Saturday, November 17, 2018

November Degusta Box Review and Coupon

Degusta Box has a new look but they're still sending great boxes packed with full-sized foods! The November box featured nine brands of sweet and savory goodies.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

Degusta Box costs $19.99 per month with free shipping to the U.S. for 9 to 14 full-sized items. They send everything from cookies to dips and sauces, and way more! I've discovered a bunch of fun brands and foods through this box.

The November box had 13 total items from nine different brands. I always enjoy the variety in these boxes, especially since the price is way cheaper than buying everything individually at the grocery store.

  • Popcorn, Indiana Black & White Drizzlecorn ($3.39) - This popcorn is so good! It's a kettle corn that's covered in white and milk chocolate drizzle and it's the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I inhaled the bag pretty quickly.
  • PopCorners Kettle Corn ($3.29 for 7 oz bag) - PopCorners are another favorite of mine. These light, airy crisps are made with non-GMO corn sourced from a network of family farmers in the U.S.
  •  Bush's Best Bean Dip ($2.49) - Bush's has been making beans for over 100 years and this dip is low in sodium, trans fat free, and has no added sugar. Your box will contain one of two flavors; I received the Original.
  • Bauducco Mini Panettone ($2.99) - Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday cake made with a process that takes 52 hours. This mini cake is a bite-sized version.
  • Chickapea Organic Chickpea Lentil Mac and Cheese ($3.99) - This pasta is made with organic ingredients and is gluten-free. The chickpea lentil pasta has a clean, organic cheese sauce for a healthier take on this favorite comfort food.
  • Nutiva Coconut Oil - These little packets of coconut oil are a bonus gift item, so there is no retail value attached. These organic culinary oils are made organically, ethically, and without harsh chemical processing.
  • Wholesome Goodness Tuxedo Mix ($1.25) - This mix brings together yogurt covered raisins and peanuts with crunchy dark chocolate covered soy nuts and infusion roasted peanuts. Another great salty/sweet snack!
  •  Grand Belgian Specialties ($6.99) - This assortment has 16 pure Belgian chocolates (or pralines) with flavors like sea salt caramel, hazelnut, espresso, and more. It would make a great hostess gift for holiday parties, or you could eat the entire thing yourself like I did.
  • Pearson's Mint Patties and Coconut Patties Minis ($2.49 for Mint, $1.00 for Coconut) - The mint patties are made with creamy, aromatic peppermint oil centers covered in rich dark chocolate and the coconut patties are smaller discs with coconut covered in dark chocolate.

Here's a look at all of the chocolates inside of the Grand Belgian Specialties box. My favorite was the one on the far left in the second row -- it was a milk chocolate cup filled with salted caramel. There are descriptions with pictures on the sides of the box that list what all of the candies are filled with.
Bottom Line: I loved this November Degusta Box! My favorite was, of course, the Grand Belgian Specialties chocolate box, but there was a great variety of all kinds of snacks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Organic Skin Co. Task Force Nine and Lip Service Review

Back in September I reviewed some great products from New Zealand skincare brand The Organic Skin Co., and today I have more from their wonderful line to share!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

The Organic Skin Co. creates skincare and cosmetics that are PETA-certified cruelty free, vegan, and certified organic by NZ Bio Grow. You can read my previous review and learn more about the company here.

I received the Task Force Nine Calendula and Turmeric Cream and Lip Service Lipstick to try and both gave great results!

The Task Force Nine Calendula and Turmeric Cream is made with nine ingredients, including organic calendula and turmeric supercritical extracts to moisturize. The ingredients also have antiseptic and antibacterial products to provide extra nourishment to skin. It's made with 78.4 percent organic ingredients.

I absolutely love this cream! It's so soothing and made my skin feel so soft. The texture is silky-smooth and it absorbed into my skin without leaving any feeling of residue. Calendula is an antiseptic that works well to treat inflammation and extra-dry skin and eczema, making this perfect for the cold winter air. Turmeric is also great as an anti-inflammatory and is a strong antioxidant.

I'm also in love with the Lip Service Lipstick! I tried the shade Galaxy and it's the perfect red for me. I think this would be flattering on all skin tones and undertones, and it's especially great for a darker, date night look. The formula is smooth and was easy to apply -- not too smooth, but not too waxy, either. I've tried other lipsticks where they were difficult to apply with precision because they either slid around my lips too freely or didn't move enough, but this one gave off just enough color to make it easy to apply.

I really do love this color, despite how miserable I look in the above photo. I'm awkward with selfies. But regardless, you can see that it has great color payoff and is great for day or night looks. I wore this to a Friendsgiving party and was surprised at how long it lasted on my lips before needing to reapply. It lasted through a few drinks before I needed to add more.
Bottom Line: The Task Force Nine and Lip Service are two more great products from The Organic Skin Co.! If you are looking for a line of vegan, cruelty-free, and organic skincare and makeup, look no further than this great and affordable brand!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shero Science Skincare Review

A few weeks ago I wrote an introductory post about Shero Science. They tailor skincare products to your specific needs, and they sent me two of their serums to try.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

When you visit the Shero Science website you can fill out a quick survey that will match products to your skincare type and needs. You can learn more about the company and how they match products at my intro post here.

I have oily skin and Shero Science sent me the Power-C AM Serum and 1% Nightly Retinol CE Repair PM Serum to try. If you don't currently use serums I highly recommend adding them to your skincare routine, as they're potent products that will really help transform your skin!

The Power-C AM Serum is a brightening serum that has three powerful active ingredients:  L-Ascorbic (Vitamin C), Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. These ingredients reduce signs of aging, fade dark spots, brighten dull skin, and protect you from daily pollution. After two weeks of use you'll see skin that's more plump, balanced, and glowing.

I've been using this serum for about three weeks and I have to say, my skin does look way more balanced! Even though I have oily skin, I get these dry, rough patches on my cheeks when the weather gets colder and the air less humid. I also have some redness, and this has seemed to even everything out. While my skin still has some signs of the above issues, I think that with prolonged use this serum will be really helpful in evening out my skin.

Next up is the 1% Nightly Retinol CE Repair PM Serum. If you're not familiar with retinols, they're a very powerful anti-aging ingredient that can have some adverse affects on your skin at first. For first time users, it's recommended that you use this only once or twice a week to let your skin get used to the ingredients, and as you build up tolerance you can add it into your routine more frequently.

The serum is in a lightweight lotion form that has dermatologist-grade ingredients, including 1% retinol to stimulate new skin cell production, reduce fine lines, and fade dark spots and scars. After four weeks of use you should see brighter, younger skin.

Now, for a word of warning: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BOTTLE! I've used a few retinol products before so I thought I knew what I was doing, but I misread the label at first and used this serum once per night, which ended up being way too much for my skin. I thought the bottle said to use twice daily and I thought, whoa, that's nuts! But as you can see from the picture of the bottle above, it says twice a week. The photo above is what can happen when you first use a retinol, but please note that your skin may react differently and this is actually normal. Since retinols are so powerful, your skin will go through a "purge" where it's turning over old skin. In the past, I've had acne breakouts with retinols, but this time I developed red, dry patches that kind of felt windburned.

I'm not telling you this to scare you off of this serum -- this is actually what it's supposed to do! It's just my fault because I started using it way too frequently and it caused an augmented reaction with my skin. If you use it as directed just once or twice a week for the first week or two, you should see some purging but not nearly as strong as mine. The upside is that after backing off from using the product so frequently and working in a hyaluronic acid serum, my skin recovered and now seems way smoother!
Bottom Line: Shero Science has a great line of dermatologist-grade products and they're sure to have something that will meet your specific needs. They aim to send you exactly what you need so that you get positive results without having to spend any money on something that won't work for you. I've had a great experience with the serums I've tried!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Box of Style Winter Edition by Rachel Zoe Spoilers and Coupon!

The Box of Style Winter Edition is available today and has some great items to keep you stylish in the cold!

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The Box of Style Winter Edition features over $480 worth of the season's most coveted fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items. Inside you'll find five luxe items that keep your winter glamorous and cozy and make great gifts for any occasion!

Members get exclusive access to the Box of Style Boutique, which has expertly-curated pieces at special prices, including beauty, home and entertaining, jewelry, and accessories that can be purchased a-la-carte or bundled for even more savings!

Here's a peek at everything inside the Winter Edition box:

  • Choice Item: Luv AJ Exclusive Marquise Diamond Disc Statement Ring ($85): Members will choose between either rose gold or yellow gold . Take the guesswork out of jewelry layering with this pre-stacked piece!
  •  Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105): Combat fine lines and wrinkles, even texture, and reduce the appearance of pore size with this cruelty-free oil. It's formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.
  •  Eddie Borgo The Soho Watch - Exclusive! ($115): Do as Rachel does with this sleek statement watch and mix the rose gold with gold or silver jewelry for a fashion-forward look.
  •  Jules Kae Exclusive Vegan Leather Tote ($150): This tote has a beautiful pale pink vegan leather that can be worn to work, for travel, or running errands. It's the perfect accessory for your winter wardrobe!
  •  Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Balm ($25): This multi-purpose hair product hydrates and protects against environmental damage, frizz, and heat styling. The lightweight cream also provides hold without stiffness.

The Box of Style Winter Edition is available now! What's your favorite item in the box? I'm in love with the Jules Kae Vegan Tote!
  • Use coupon code WINTER15AFF for $15 off your first box

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

The holidays are coming and that means lots of sweets, treats, and family. Gramma in a Box is a great box to share with your family, whether you'll be close together this time of year or far away.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Gramma in a Box sends three cookie and candy crafts each month for $20 per month. Gramma behind the box, Terry, created the subscription after her grandchildren moved out of state. She wanted to have a way to share home baked goodies with them and decided to share the idea with the rest of the world!

There are a few other pricing options for multi-month subscriptions:
  • Three Months: $55 every three months (save $5)
  • Six Months: $110 every six months (save $10)
  • 12 Months: $220 every 12 months (save $20)
Shipping is free to the U.S. and taxes are included. If you want to cancel, do so by the 25th of the month.

The November box had goodies for Thanksgiving! The first two crafts vary, but the third is always a set of pre-baked cookies for you to frost. Since the items are perishable, be sure to open your box and do the crafts within one week of receiving them.

The projects are always super creative and I love seeing what Gramma put together for us to do! The first project was Acorn Kisses and involved applying Hershey's Kisses and chocolate chips to mini vanilla wafers using melted chocolate. They came together really easily and look so cute!

The second project was Pretzel Turkeys and was just as creative as the first. I would never be able to come up with crafts like these, so it's always fun to get them and create them each month. These included using the rest of the melted chocolate to attach candy corn, candy eyes, and a candy beak to the pretzels to shape them like turkeys.

The third project is always cookies and these had fun fall and Thanksgiving shapes of maple leaves, turkeys, and acorns. I used some of the leftover melted to chocolate on the tops of the acorns and used the frosting and sprinkles for all of the others. I accidentally broke the heads off the turkeys when I was removing the cookies from the plastic wrapping, but after the frosting dried it held them together again.
  • Visit Gramma in a Box to subscribe
    • Use coupon code 10off for $10 off a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription!
    • Black Friday deal: use code black50 for $50 off a 12-month subscription (valid only on Black Friday, November 26th)
  • Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram
Bottom Line: I always love Gramma in a Box! The crafts are great for families of all ages and are even more fun to eat after you finish them. This is a great box to treat yourself or your loved ones to!