Back in January we posted about a discount on Bean Box, but today we have another fabulous deal- you can get one free month! Bean Box is one of the first subscription boxes that I’m excited to pick up for my husband- he’s a coffee fanatic!
Here’s how it works:
1. Start your free trial
Your trial Bean Box includes four unique hand-picked coffees, delivered fresh.
2. Monthly deliveries
Each month you’ll receive a new box, with free shipping in the US, for $20.
3. Fall in love
Found a roast you love? Want only dark roasts? Tailor your box to your preferences.
Honestly, for $20 a month this is a fantastic deal. If you stop for coffee everyday or every couple of days, that adds up to way more than $20. Now you have the option to make your own!
I will tell you though, this isn’t entirely free- they do charge you $2 for shipping. But $2 with the option to cancel if you hate it isn’t a bad deal, in my opinion.
I’m a little late with this, but a couple of months ago I was contacted by the powers that be at We are Onyx, which is an online beauty store and subscription box dedicated specifically to black women. Of course I agreed, but when the review box arrived I actually received two boxes! I wasn’t sure which month the boxes were from so I decided to show you the contents of two different boxes in this one review, which will perhaps give you a better idea of what you could expect to receive with a subscription than if I jet shared the contents of one box.
We are Onyx costs $25 per month and includes 5 deluxe samples or full-size of beauty, hair, skincare and lifestyle products. After your first box you will get the opportunity to choose one of the samples you receive each month, while the other four products will be surprises.
I’ll let you be the judge, but based on the two boxes I received I am very impressed.
Onyx Box 1:
This box included a full-size Cargo Texaslash Mascara ($20), full-size Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer ($11.99), deluxe samples of Natural Splendor Curl Conditioning Cream, deluxe sample of Hask Monoi Oil, and a foil packet of Creme of Nature Argan Oil.
With two full-size products that have a retail value of $31.99, as well as two other deluxe samples and a foil packet (I don’t consider foil packets to be deluxe), I would say this box was a pretty good deal.
Is it sad to say that my favorite day of the month is the day that the PopSugar Must Have Box arrives on my doorstep? I bring it inside, set it on the dining room table, and put the kids down for a nap early so I can dive into the goodies in peace. Although it is more expensive than the $10/month beauty boxes, this lifestyle subscription box always brings a smile to my face and new products to my repertoire. I kind of pretend it is my birthday…every month.
It is uncanny how many times I have wanted to try a product, only to have it pop up in my Must Have Box the next month. For example, the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush- I was about to buy it, but it came last month (and it is just as fabulous as I imagined)! And Emily Giffin’s The One & Only? I planned on downloading it the night that my Must Have Box came so I could lay out in the sun dig in. I was ecstatic that it arrived in my Must Have along with a Turkish Towel that day! If you want to see what all the past boxes have included, check them out here.
This month’s theme was all things spring: Spring Break, Renewal, Fresh, Travel…
Here is what I received:
1) Knock Knock- What to Pack Pad (Retail: $7); Perfect for spring break!
2) Samudra- Pink Pina Zip Pouch (Retail: $40); Although I don’t think it is worth $40, it is excellent for all the sunscreen that I take and always seems to explode.
3) Bliss- Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment (Retail: $48); Super fine micro crystals- perfect for a post-beach scrub.
4) Halfpops- Halfpopped Popcorn (Retail: $1.69); Like Corn Nuts- my go-to road trip snack- but better!
5) Special Extra:Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara and POREfessional; Roller Lash is the hot new mascara, and I am always looking to reduce my pores, of course.
6) Greenmarket Purveying Co.- The Archivist Lemon+Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit (Retail: $20); THIS SMELLS AMAZING!! Fresh, clean, spring…even my scent-sensitive husband liked it.
7) Wet Brush-The Squirt (Retail: $4.99); my daughter has this brush, and I am thrilled to have my own mini as well! This works the BEST on tangles- I bought the full size for my nieces.
Total Retail Price: $121.68 + special extras
Cost of Box: $39.95/month
This box is so popular that April is already sold out! Make sure to put your name in for May’s PopSugar Must Have Box ASAP- I have a feeling that it will sell out as well!
What is your favorite subscription box? If you subscribe to PopSugar Must Have, what has your favorite item been?
If you haven’t hopped on the Ipsy train, I say time to get on it! This beauty subscription box was created by Michelle Phan, the YouTube star who inspired countless gals to give a new look a whirl. It was recently announced that Ipsy, who launched in late 2011, hit 1 million members- compare this to Birchbox’s 800,000 members (and launched in September 2010).
What is the difference you ask? Ipsy was created as an anecdote to the “one size fits all” beauty mentality. They tailor their boxes to members’ taste and the items are curated by Michelle Phan and her team of stylists. Birchbox is more of a “try before you buy” box, providing samples of full size products that can then be purchased on their website. Very similar, but they usually have fairly different product offerings. I like that Ipsy actually knows my skin tones, eye color and hair color. It also looks pretty easy to cancel since they have a “Cancel Subscription” button right in your profile. Many sites force you to call in or try to figure out exactly how to cancel!
One thing I love about Ipsy is that my products come in a cute reusable makeup bag. This is perfect for travel- I like to separate things from hair ties to snacks and these bags are ideal. They also regularly include beauty tools like blush and eyeshadow brushes. Again, this ROCKS for travel- I have now amassed a travel set of brushes from Ipsy so I can just keep them in my travel bag and not have to transfer them from my sink.
Ipsy also offers special deals on products that are sampled in their bag just for Ipsy members!
Here is what I received in my March bag:
1- Coolway Glow Oil Treatment- hair finishing oil that doesn’t contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates
2- NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Pops- hydrating, highly-saturated and long-wearing
3- Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Fifty Shades- loose 100% natural powder that can be used both wet and dry
4- Pur-lisse Beauty Cleanser- gentle soymilk cleanser and makeup remover
5- Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter- multi-purpose blendable neutral pencil
Let’s start from the top- the glow oil treatment is something that I can definitely use since my hair is pretty light blonde. I like the unique packaging- the dropper helps me avoid product overload. I’ll take it to the beach this week! As for the lipstick, props for including a FULL size product! The color is pretty neutral and it is actually incredibly moisturizing. I usually don’t wear straight up lipstick because it dries out my lips, but I think I could handle this!
The mineral eyeshadow is probably one of my favorite items- I love a good smokey eye and could totally see using this to accentuate a sleek cat eye when used wet. The cleanser/makeup remover is perfect for my upcoming trip and I love the fact that it actually removes makeup. So many cleansers can’t hack it.
The only repeat I have is the Chella Highlighter (might have received it in Birchbox, though), but I will include this in my travel bag. This pencil has so many uses: lighten dark circles, brighten eye area, thin your nose (I guess), prevent lipstick bleeding, and the list goes on. Check out this awesome video tutorial here on TEN uses for it!
Want to try Ipsy? Click here to subscribe and take the style quiz to tailor your bag preferences. Enjoy and happy SPRING!
I have a like/meh situation going with Birchbox. It isn’t a love/hate- I haven’t loved something they have sent in a while, it is more that I like most items, and some are just…meh. But you know what? Are there many new things you can buy for under $10 that you LOVE every month? I’ll pay the price of two lattes for a box of surprise subscription box goodies every month.
This month’s Birchbox theme was “Creativity” and they included a card with the question: “I feel most creative when I _____________” My answer? When I am at an art museum OR when I have an eyeshadow brush in my hand. Two totally different scenarios, two very different types of art.
Birchbox is starting to change up their routine, though. They send out an email that allows you to select one item in your box and they will surprise you with the rest, or select the entire box that they show you. The first time, I selected the non-surprise box and kept seeing people getting AWESOME stuff in the surprise boxes (like a Mini Beauty Blender- for real?!?). This time, I selected to receive the Amika product and be surprised with the rest.
Here is the rundown of what I received in my March Birchbox:
1. Harvey Prince Signature- fragrance with notes of pink grapefruit, Hawaiian jasmine, and patchouli
3. Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray- lightweight styling spray that adds volume, smooths and protects hair
4. Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo- purifying and moisturizing shampoo
5. Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter- gel highlighter
6. BONUS- Number 4 Reconstructing Mask- used to smooth and strengthen hair
And my thoughts…
The Bombshell Blowout Spray works well on my fine hair, although I already received this product via Birchbox last year. I take it with me on vacation, so happy to have it for spring break. Amika products usually smell amazing as well.
This is the first perfume sample I have received in a while from Birchbox- I updated my profile preferences to indicate that I wasn’t a fan of them. I have received this specific fragrance before and I like the fresh scent. Most perfume smells horrible on me (didn’t have this problem before I had kids- another side effect!), so I tend to spray it on my hair or clothes.
The Glow Getter will be going to my babysitter. I have no use for shimmery highlighter at age 34!
I have a full size bottle of this Jurlique serum in my beauty cupboard. I am not a fan of the scent (kind of like the potpourri that was so popular in the late 80s). I prefer to not receive anti-aging samples because I can’t tell if they work if I only get .5 oz!!
The Clarifying Shampoo and Mask will work well for travel, but I know I just received this in another subscription box recently…maybe even Birchbox…
All in all, a decent box, nothing to get excited about. I keep getting the same products over and over, which kind of defeats the purpose of the “sampling new products” concept, right? I would love to see more makeup, beauty tools, cute hair ties, things that perk up my everyday looks.
What did you receive in your Birchbox this month? Let’s compare notes!
It has been a long time since I wrote an individual post about a subscription box, primarily because it seems like there’s a new box launching nearly every single day, but We Shop Thrift recently caught my eye and I thought it might interest some of you as well.
What sets We Shop Thrift apart from all of the other subscription boxes is that the curators of this box will go out and curate a box of thrifted clothing and accessories especially for you. I love this idea! I’ve always loved the idea of thrift shopping but thrift stores normally make me feel slightly claustrophobic. I prefer shopping on the internet where I can find exactly what I want instead of digging through piles and racks of stuff looking for diamonds in the rough.
We Shop Thrift offers three different box subscriptions: a monthly box with prices starting at $50 for 3-5 pieces, a quarterly box with prices starting at $100 for 7-8 pieces, and a bi-yearly box that also starts at $100 for 7-8 pieces. Shipping adds an additional $15 to any box.
Each box from We Shop Thrift may include “shirts/blouses, skirts, pants, dresses, jewelry/ accessories and/or outerwear.”
Not only that, but We Shop Thrift asks an assortment of questions in their quest to *really* learn your style before sending you boxes.
Pretty fantastic, right? I love that that they ask so many different questions and really try to get to know your personal style! (Important to note: Thrift stores do not take returns and neither does We Shop Thrift, so I recommend being as thorough as possible when filling out the survey!)
Once I’m back to my regular size and fully leave my maternity wardrobe behind I will definitely be trying out We Shop Thrift! I’m so excited about the possibility of adding some retro/vintage/unique pieces to my wardrobe via thrifting… but letting the service do the searching for me!
If you have searched Polyvore for something recently, you have probably stumbled upon the site YOOX.com. They call themselves “the world’s leading online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art,” and frequently have the top designers such as Fendi, Prada and Versace ready to pop in your shopping cart.
They recently introduced LUCKYOOX- a surprise gift box that costs $150 but contains over $350 of designer merchandise. This is different from other subscription boxes since it is a one time deal. As with many brand new ventures, there are a number of limitations to ordering this box:
You can currently only order Small or Medium; no XS or XL available.
Women’s boxes only- no men’s.
Sales are final.
You have zero say in what you receive- there are no style surveys, measurements, body type input fields. You get what you get.
Shipping is $9.95.
Tax is $10 (which works out to 6 2/3% tax???)
The site offers (at times) highly discounted designer clothing, sometimes at over 80% off the retail price. How do they do this you ask? They seem to be selling last season’s duds. They don’t come right out and say this, but one of their site descriptions is as follows:
Shopping on yoox.com is all about discovery – an eclectic and playful journey beyond fashion’s strict seasonal rules – allowing men and women to express their individuality through timeless and creative style.
Soo…that means to me that this is last season’s stuff, which I truly have no problem with. I am not one to have the “just off the runway” designer pieces- not my style or budget. I am a TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth fanatic.
Here is what I received after placing my order:
The items came in a branded shopping bag, nestled inside a matte black box, and wrapped in white gift paper, sealed with “open” stickers. I have to say, the presentation was highly anticipatory- I wanted to rip open those little packages at lightning speed by the time I unearthed them.
Brunello Cucinelli Belt
Dolce & Gabanna Sunglasses
Costume National Dress
Now it is time to try on!
Let’s start with the dress. I am a more…shall we say…conservative dresser? Not a fan of showing too much cleavage, thighs or anything way too clingy. Well…this dress has all three. I would need some serious fashion tape to keep the top in place and not frighten people when out in public. There is ruching around the bottom sides and a twist at the bottom hem that is tough to see in photos. Luckily I had two rounds of the flu recently so could just pour myself into this dress. Honestly? I would probably put a high-waisted skirt over this and wear it as a shirt.
On to the sunnies…I immediately saw the D&G logo when I tore off the paper and yes, a little frisson ran through me as I cracked open the case. They are perfect- flattering shape for most faces, no blingy embellishments that would date them, and well…they just FIT well. Score.
The belt was probably my least favorite since it is unwearable at this point. It is MASSIVE- I mean a good foot and a half of belt is left dangling after I have it on, whether at my natural waist or hips. It is way too big to even put the buckle in a notch- I guess I would have to create a new notch to even wear it.
Here’s what upset me. I ordered the size “Small” box and was sent an incredibly tiny dress (ok, so it is Italian I think, which tends to run small) and a massively large belt that would NEVER fit the person who could fit into the dress. I e-mailed customer service, thinking there surely must have been a mix up. They e-mailed me back, stating that there are no refunds or exchanges. PERIOD. Huh?
Here are the approximate retail prices of the items on their site:
C’N’C Costume National Dress- $127
Brunello Cucinelli Belt- similar $432
Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses- $170
Since I paid $150 for the box and received over $700 worth of merchandise, this sounds like an absolute steal. The only item I truly liked were the glasses, but maybe I could sell the other items on eBay and cover the cost of the box.
I think the concept definitely needs some tweaking! If you do want to take the gamble (hey, these glasses will be planted firmly on my face forever…or until my 3 year old destroys them) give it a shot here: LUCKYOOX Gift Box.