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Bestowed Box isn’t a subscription box that I subscribe to regularly, though occasionally I pick it up to see what they’re up to. I picked up the July box after reading that they’d recently acquired KlutchClub and I wanted to see if that had any sort of effect on the box. KlutchClub and Bestowed were fairly similar to begin with, so I really didn’t know what to expect from the merger.
So far it appears that not much has changed. The KlutchClub website is up and running still, though there’s a note that they’re now a part of the Bestowed family. The Bestowed Box made little mention of the addition to the family.
Regardless of the merger between the two subscription companies, here’s what I received in the July Bestowed Box:
EnergyFruits: Mango – This is easily my favorite item that was included in the box and something I just purchased from Amazon (the only place that sells it nearby… otherwise I’d have to drive to Oklahoma)! It might sound a little strange, but I LOVE crushed fruit in pouches because it’s such an easy thing to have on hand when the munchies hit. This is one of the better tasting fruit pouches I’ve had, and I’m going to attribute that to the ingredient list being incredibly minimal: Mango, Apple, Pear, Vitamin E, Vitamin C.
Zevia Ginger Ale – Zero calorie ginger ale? Call me skeptical, though I can’t wait to try it! As a Michigander my heart belongs to Vernor’s, but as a soda lover I’m open to trying anything without sugar and that boasts zero calories.
Update: This is terrible. Disgustingly artificially sweet even though they say there are no artificial sweeteners. At the least I’m glad I won’t ever spend more money on this!
Sometimes I don’t know why I’m such a procrastinator! My July Wantable Box actually arrived in June, and yet here it is almost August and I’m just now posting the review. My tardiness shouldn’t reflect poorly on the box because I was actually really excited with all of the contents. I just can’t get my act together sometimes.
I actually feel like this is one of the better boxes I have received from Wantable in a while, and that may be because they included a product from Tarina Tarantino, which is a beauty brand I have been wanting to try for awhile.
Here’s what I received in my July Wantable Box:
Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15) – I’ve really wanted to try a Tarina Tarantino product for awhile, but just never got around to it. I will be trying out this eyeliner – er, hyperliner – tonight though! I love a new black eyeliner, and I tried this one out on my hand and it is so smooth. I’m really geeked about this inclusion!
Mirabella Red Lip Colour ($22) – For awhile Wantable seemed to be sending me a new red lipstick every month, but since I haven’t received a new one in awhile this was a welcome inclusion. Now I just need to attend an event where I need to wear a fun lipstick! (I don’t think sitting at home blogging counts.)
I’d really been looking forward to receiving this month’s Glossybox thanks to the two sneak peeks they offered, and I definitely think the July Glossybox lived up to the hype! In addition to the promised Glamglow Youthmud and Skin Inc Serum, there were 3 other fabulous products included.
Here’s what I received in my July Glossybox
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream – I cannot say I know anything about this brand or product, but I am a new convert. Rarely do I say that body cream feels “luxurious” but I absolutely feel that way about this cream. I tried it out today and then did that thing (again) where I kept touching my skin after applying it. My skin just felt amazing, without that sticky feeling that I despise about so many body creams. Apparently this product contains “steam-distilled floral essential oils,” but I really felt like the scent was minimal, so much so that I didn’t think there was a scent at all.
The downside to subscription boxes? Falling in love with a product as I have this cream that’s a little out of my price range. A full size container costs $61! Time to start saving pennies.
Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – This product is the number one reason I was excited to receive the July Glossybox, but Glossybox sent me a sample earlier in the month so I wasn’t quite as excited as I would have been otherwise. (Check out my Glamglow Youthmud review.) Don’t get me wrong – I’m still SO happy to have this product, and it’s still an awesome inclusion from a brand that I haven’t seen any other beauty boxes include yet. Because I’d already been excited about this product, however, it meant the body cream became my favorite “find” from the box.
Last month I mentioned that I had picked up a discount voucher and was going to check out The Sweet Trunk from Taste Trunk. Well, that box came and I was so unimpressed that I didn’t bother writing a review.
A funny thing happened, though.
I forgot to cancel my subscription and another Taste Trunk arrived at my door this month. Normally I hate when I forget to cancel, but it ended up being a fortuitous mistake this time around as the July Sweet Trunk was 100% better. I’m not sure if last month’s box was so bad because I had used a coupon and thus received a crappy box, if this box varies from bad to awesome each month, or if last month was just an off month. Regardless, I wasn’t expecting much from the July box so to say that it far exceeded my expectations would be an understatement.
Here’s what I received in The Sweet Trunk from Taste Trunk:
Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas – These were JUST what the doctor ordered yesterday. As soon as I poked through the box I had downed the package of blackberry hibiscus Gummy Pandas. They were absolutely delicious. These are two full-size bags and, if I’m not mistaken, this is a product that is sold at Whole Foods.
Suite Foods Liège Waffles – So, these were dessert last night. I had the chocolate drizzled waffle and my husband had the non-chocolate waffle. These were a little stale coming out of the packaging, but were perfect after 20 seconds in the microwave. Apparently Suite Foods is a waffle shop in San Francisco that I’m going to have to visit the next time I’m out west.
When it rains it pours! A rare Glossybox coupon was offered this morning, and now there’s an even more rare Beauty Box 5 coupon available!
For the first time that I’ve seen, new subscribers can get 50% off their first box from Beauty Box 5! Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends out 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $12 (including shipping). After the 50% discount is applied the first box will cost just $6, which is a fantastic deal. Beauty Box 5 can occasionally be a little hit-or-miss, but as a subscriber since day 1 I would say that EVERY box has been worth at least $6.
Beauty Box 5 Coupon: Use code “HALFOFF” at checkout to receive your first box from Beauty Box 5 for just $6. Please note that this offer is only valid for first-time subscribers.
Check out my July Beauty Box 5 review for an idea of the types of products you can expect to receive each month. The July box was actually pretty fantastic and included two full-size products!
Click here to check out Beauty Box 5!
It’s rare to see a Glossybox coupon, but they’re currently offering 20% off 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions!
This puts the boxes (regularly $21/month) as follows after the discount:
3 months: $48 ($16/box)
6 months: $92 ($15/box)
12 months: $176 ($14.60/box)
Glossybox Coupon: Use code “SUMMER14″ at checkout to receive 20% off a 3, 6, or 12 month Glossybox subscription. This coupon is valid only through July 24, 2014.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription box. They’ve had a couple of really great months, including last month’s Stars & Stripes Box. The July Box will include cult-favorite Glamglow Youthmud (check out my Glamglow review) and a full-size Skin Inc Serum (worth $45). Those are the only sneak peeks they’ve provided, but I’m already happy with the July box!
Click here to subscribe to Glossybox now!
You know, it’s funny. The past two months, my Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions have both arrived on the same day, which leads to an inevitable head-to-head competition. These two beauty subscription services are so similar — they both cost $10 per month and send 5 beauty samples — and at least these past two months both services have been killing it. I haven’t been able to pick a winner because they’ve both sent some really great items that I have been wanting to try.
That said, Ipsy is a VIP in my book. Every month I’m amazed that it took me so long to subscribe to this service, and this month is no different.
Here’s what I received in my July Ipsy bag:
BareMinerals BB Eyeshadow – I’m pretty excited about this product, primarily because I didn’t have a clue that it existed. Apparently some of the benefits to be found when using this eyeshadow include a built-in primer, 12-hour wear, and broad spectrum SPF 15 protection. I can’t wait to give this product a whirl!
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm – This month’s Birchbox included Posiebalm, and I feel like this product might be the Pixi equivalent. At first I thought this was a full-size product, though that doesn’t appear to be the case. Regardless, it’s a really generous sample size!