Tag: subscription boxes

Gwynnie Bee

Hi guys! I wanted to tell you about a cool new service for plus size fashion.  Readers of this blog may remember my feelings on plus size fashion as featured on this blog https://smilingldsgirl.com/2010/10/16/a-note-on-plus-size-fashion/ 

However, bad fashion aside one of the problems bigger girls like me has is that our sizes can fluctuate greatly depending on a ton of different factors.   I’ve changed sizes in as quick as a month both on the upswing and downswing.  This can be extremely discouraging and expensive.  Most of the time it leaves us girls wearing frumpy clothes that are too lose or tight (both depressing).  You don’t feel pretty but you don’t want to invest in new clothing that you may only wear for a couple of months.  So you end up buying something cheap that is hardly flattering.  Basically you settle.

Well, someone has finally figured out a solution to this problem.  Its called Gwynnie Bee.  It is basically the netflix of clothes.  You log on to the site and then build up your ‘closet’ full of shirts, skirts, dresses and blazers (no pants for some reason?) and all of them are size 10 to 30 and designer names.  You can then pick a plan ranging from $35 for one piece of clothing, $59 for 2, $79 for 3.  For basically the price of a pair of jeans you can look fresh and new.

It only takes 2 days to send you your clothes and it includes a usps bag to seal up the garments when you are finished.  Then in 2-4 days you get the next items on your list.  Here’s an overview

Don’t you think that is a clever idea?  My only concern is that I need pretty modest clothes because of my religion and they have too many short dresses (I am also 5 ‘8 so what is short to me may be just right for some).  Right now you can try for free for 30 days.

http://goo.gl/pSDOfQ

What do you guys think?

2 of the looks I got in my gwnnie bee.  What do you think?
2 of the looks I got in my gwnnie bee. What do you think?

Box Month: Escape Box

Forgive me for writing quickly.  I am so tired today.  I stayed up to late and ended up getting around 4 hours of sleep.  I hope I can crash tonight.

Anyway,  I am down to my last two boxes for box month 😦 .  The mail won’t be the same after this month and I still haven’t decided which one’s I’m going to keep.  Which one’s have you liked or been interested in?  Once box month is finished I will give the blog a rest and only do periodic updates but you will be able to find photos and such on my instagram.

Today I received a brand new box.  Meaning this is the inaugural box. (This also means they are eager to get it out there so contact them if you have a blog with hits or a youtube channel).   You can get 20% off using code ESCAPENOW.  With this discount the box ends up being $39 and while that is a lot for the box you will find the value is there.

So the idea behind this box is you get all the stuff to get to know a vacation spot, including a guidebook if you decide to travel there.  They also have a contest and give away said vacation with each box.  There aren’t a ton of subscribers since it’s new so I think you chances are higher than in other sweepstakes.

The box this month was on Napa so unfortunately for me it had some wine/tea items I will not be able to eat.  However, my friends will or I will use them for topical applications.  Fortunately even with those items removed I still save $20 on the contents of my box.  Pretty good.

Escape box.  Pretty good, right.
Escape box. Pretty good, right.

Here’s the breakdown of the box:

Escape
3.95 luffa
3.31 cookies
9 white tea
4.49 dead sea salts
5.98 rose candles
4.48 napa soap
0.5 suki body butter cream
2.99 detox mud
7.89 lavendar body scrub
0.7 Clearly natural bar
3.39 mixture lip balm
13.19 Moon Guidebook
50 Wine card
109.87 subtotal
7.69 sales tax
117.56 total
58.56
59 value I can use
39 cost of box

Box Month Continues: Goodies Co and Naturebox

Got two more boxes today for box month and they are both food boxes.  I think the last of my food boxes.  If you want to do a box month contact the different subscriptions, tell them about your blog and you may get lucky.  Its been really fun.

Goodies Co-

This is a great box for those that want to dabble in boxes but don’t want to invest much money . It is only $7 a month!  I spend that much on a cafe rio burrito!  They also have a points system where you can add reviews and get discounts, free shipping on products.   It is a smaller box and the value came to right about $7 so its not a huge value box but the cost is so low I think it has its appeal.

This is not specifically a healthy box; although all of the products appear to be all-natural and ingredient conscious.  Mostly its a snacking box. They have an adult box and one designed for kids.  I got the adult box to to try and enjoyed it.

goodies

Goodies
2.77 alo light exposed drink
0.31 tangy zangy
1.5 poplets sea salt and butter
0.4 sunflower seeds
1.1 veggie sticks
0.75 pronto
0.48 sales tax
7.31  total

Naturebox

I have already talked about this box on my blog because its one I have done for a couple of months.  I love it.  Its my favorite food box.  The great things about this box is you can pick what products you want, they are full size, all nutritionist recommended and yummy! This box is a great bargain too.  My box this month was valued at $27.11 and that is being conservative.  I think it would be great for an office breakroom.  You could get healthy snacks for your employees without having to go to the store or to Costco!

It is definitely the largest of all the food boxes I tried and still my favorite.  I highly recommend it.  They also have lots of gluten free and vegan options so you just pick what you like.   I can’t recommend it highly enough.

This month I tried a few new things like the guacamole bites and garlic pumpkin seeds and some of my favorites from past boxes like the cheddar pub pretzels (so good!).  You can also be suprised by snackbox if you prefer and you can add on to your box for a very reasonable fee.   Naturebox is not a sample box.  All of the products are made with the naturebox label which is part of the reason why you are given such generous amounts for the $19.95 cost.  I love it.  Give it a try!

naturebox

Naturebox
4 pumpkin seeds
3.34 cheddar pub pretzels
4 plantain chips
4 peanut butter nom noms
4 guacamole bites
6 veggie chips
25.34 subtotal
1.77 sales tax
27.11 total

Lip Factory Review and Unboxing

My last beauty box for box month is here.  Its called lip factory and I had quite the story getting it here.  I had entered my information and then received an email from them saying they needed my address.  I gave them my address but for some reason it was sent to 1357 instead of my number.

With it being returned in the mail I tried to contact them to no avail and their website was down so I got nervous.  I cancelled my account and then posted a comment on their facebook account.  Within a few hours they responded, apologized, explained the situation and sent me a new box that got here quickly.  All in all I think they handled the situation very well and I left feeling impressed.

This box is $22 so it is more expensive than Birchbox or Ipsy but it has much larger samples, some full size.  It also has a larger beauty profiling service than either of those sites so you get the colors that work for your skin type and coloring.  I found it to have a $53.99 value which is a great return.

It is only for girls that wear makeup.  It doesn’t have a lot of health products such as lotions and hair products like ipsy and birchbox have.  I’m a medium makeup wearer but I like it and like trying new things.  I wish I knew how to do my makeup better but I try.

Anyway, here’ s the review.  2 more boxes left for box month!  Fun!  I hope you guys are enjoying learning about these subscription boxes and let me know if you decide to subscribe to any and what you think.

lipfactory

Lipfactory Price Breakdown

Lipfactory
7.99 sweat pea and fay lip joule
6.5 nyc wonder pencil
15.6 me me cosmetics shimmer stack
7.9 red cherry natural lashes
15 coulour u lipstick
1 White Towel Make Up Remover
53.99

 

Ipsy and Love with Food

Box month continues!  I got two today!

Love with Food- a box for the kind hearted.  You get a bunch of samples for $10-$12 and give a meal to the hungry for each box.  Here’s the video and breakdown.  I really liked this one.  Everything except for the praline looks good and the few things I tasted were very yummy.

Love with food box
Love with food box

Breakdown

Love with Food
1.25 Cranberries, sesame seeds and honey
0.58 POPS chips
2.49 pralines
1.99 snappeas
1.28 mints
1 dizzy dust
1.65 salsa
1.25 waffel cookie
2 salsa coupon
13.49

 

Ipsy- Ipsy is the competition to birchbox and a lot of the people on youtube like it better but I haven’t been thrilled. I like birchbox much better.  First of all birchbox has their points system and they give you more samples, smaller but I like trying more things and then leaving my review on the birchbox website for points.

This month was particularly disappointing for ipsy.  The value was high but everything I tried seemed overpriced and there wasn’t much in the bag.  On the other hand its only $8 so one can hardly complain.  Still I give the win to birchbox.

ipsy box
ipsy box

Ipsy breakdown

Ipsy
2.99 lip balm
5.29 michael todd facial scrub
9 chella eye liner
9.99 MICA Shimmer
4 Pixi mascara
31.27

 

Conscious Box August 2013 Review

Another day in August, another box review.  Conscious box is a clean living box that tries to introduce consumers to products made in earth-friendly ways.  It has food, cleaning supplies, supplements etc.  All are natural, non GMO, BPA free and 1% of profits goes to help the planet.

The box is 19.95 but there are tons of discount codes out there.  I got this box for free using code FREEBIE.

I’m not the most greenie, hipster type but I like to help our environment when I can.  Who wouldn’t?  It’s just not my religion like it is for some but great when I can.  My only flaw with conscious box is some of the samples are on the small size but you get to try a little of something new.

There is also a points system on conscious box like birchbox which can help you save money on orders and make input on your future boxes.

The value of the box ends up being about the cost of the box but like I said there are lots of codes which can save you as much as 30% a month

Here is the items in the box an the value

0.6   Nordic Gellies  
0.5   postcard    
2.8   tot bars    
0.34   digest all    
0.38   Even the kitchen sink cleanser
2.78   country choice oatmeal
1.07   cereal    
2.08   sneakz nutritional drink
1.46   Allimax    
2   superfood  
2.86   sleep chocolate  
1.07   veggie protein  
0.22   tea    
0.6   Ancient Minerals magnesium     lotion
18.76      
1.30382   sales tax    
20.06   total replaceable value of box

conscious box

August Birchbox

A great box this month!!! I think it is one of the best birchbox’s so far.

Trying out the red lip stick!
Trying out the red lip stick!
A great box
A great box

Here’s the breakdown of the birchbox samples value.  This is the retail price of the samples, not full size.

0.66 food wipes
1 buffing beads
22 liquid lipstick all day
17 miyu beauty essence
18.53 coastal scents pallate sets
59.19

 

 

My Cotton Bunny Box August

So this month I am having a ton of fun with subscription boxes.  I found a bunch of try it free/discount codes for boxes so I signed up for a bunch in August and will be posting reviews.  Subscription boxes are sent to you each month for a fee.  I’m a huge fan of birchbox which was the first subscription box company and they consistently have high quality boxes with a great points system for discounts if you rate products and write reviews.  So fun.

My first box came today even before August started. It is called the My Cotton bunny and it is a box to help women with their period each month.  I laughed when I first heard about it because on Big Bang Theory Sheldon suggests this idea to Penny.  Funny…

So here’s my review and unboxing!

cotton bunny