Saturday, September 7, 2019

August Allure Beauty Box Review

I've really enjoyed the past few Allure Beauty Box offerings, and August's box had another good selection of samples.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

The Allure Beauty Box costs $15 each month for $50 to $90 worth of deluxe samples from top brands. I've tried a bunch of beauty boxes since starting this blog, and this one currently tops my list for beauty subscriptions. They send well-curated boxes with samples from excellent brands.

You'll also get a full-sized bonus gift as a new subscriber valued at $10+. Mine was a bottle of Oribe Gold Lust hair oil, which retails for $55 on its own! The member gift changes, so be sure to check what yours is prior to subscribing (it will say on their website).

The box comes with around five samples that have been hand-selected by Allure beauty editors. You'll also receive a booklet with information about each item, as well as coupon codes and tips and tricks. There's also a reusable pouch with each box that's great for airline travel, too.

What I like best about the Allure Beauty Box is that they have a good variety of items. You won't get all skincare, or all color cosmetics, but usually a good mix of everything. Here's what was inside:
  • Nuria Defend Triple Action Eye Cream ($40, full-sized): This eye cream has a plastic disc applicator thats different, but really effective at dispensing the perfect amount of cream (so no wasted product), It's made with cucumber and ginseng to help reduce puffiness and plump fine lines.
  • Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream: This moisturizer is from a Korean skincare brand and is their best-seller. It hydrates with glycerin and cocoa-seed butter and is incredibly light.
  • Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color ($22, full-sized): I received the shade Bordeaux, which is a deep wine red, one of 11 possible shades to receive. I've always enjoyed Cargo Cosmetics products so I'm sure this lipstick will hold up well.
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara: This is probably my favorite mascara of all time! It really makes my short, straight lashes look defined. The little ball at the tip of the applicator is great for reaching every lash (pictures below).
  • La Ritzy Liquid Beam in Topaz ($22, full-sized): I'm obsessed with this eyeshadow! It's a glittery liquid bronze that looks insanely over-the-top in the tube but actually goes on sheer and is a great highlight. I've been using it on the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten up.
  • Erno Laszlo Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask: I've become a fan of undereye masks recently, especially when I want to just chill out for a bit. This one is made with translucent hydrogel and works to plump fine lines and hydrate the delicate undereye area.
  • Makeup Eraser The Mini in Black ($12, full-sized): I guess I forgot to take a picture of this because I started using it immediately! I took it on a trip to Toronto with me and it was so much easier to pack than a big packet of makeup remover cloths (and more eco-friendly). This does a great job of removing all of my makeup, including waterproof mascara.

I really enjoyed the August Allure Beauty box, especially since it had four full-sized products! The La Ritzy eyeshadow is gorgeous and the Primera cream is a new favorite.
  • Visit Allure Beauty Box to subscribe and get your first box for $10 (no coupon needed)
That being said, I actually cancelled my subscription after this box. It wasn't due to lack of quality (obviously), but rather that I was starting to accumulate too many samples again and I wanted to be able to catch up on using everything. I would definitely resubscribe in the future, though!

Friday, August 30, 2019

August My Secret Snacks Review

My Secret Snacks is -- you guessed it -- a snack subscription box that sends 14 to 20 individual snacks right to you! I love snacking, and this box is a fun way to restock your pantry.

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

My Secret Snacks started with servicing vending machines and decided to bring their snacks right to your doorstep through the subscription service. You'll get a box of surprise snacks similar to those you'd find in vending machines. Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $29 per month
  • Three Months: $26 per month ($78 every three months)
  • Six Months: $24 per month ($144 every six months)
  • Yearly: $22 per month ($264 every 12 months)
Plans automatically renew and you can cancel at any time. Shipping is free for all subscription options.

I was really excited to dig in to this box because I love snacks! Keep in mind, this isn't necessarily a healthy snacks subscription, although they do have a variety of different types and brands represented.

My box contained 17 individual-sized snacks. Here's what was inside:
  • Doritos Nacho Cheese
  • Cheetos Flamin' Hot Chipotle Ranch
  • Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips Luau BBQ
  • Basil's Cappuccino Premium Cookies
  • Chex Mix Traditional
  • Munchies Snack Mix Flamin' Hot
  • Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips Sweet Maui Onion
  • Cheez It Original
  • Gardetto's Original Recipe Snack Mix
  • Rice Krispies Treats Original
  • Oreo
  • Nature's Bakery Fig Bar Apple Cinnamon
  • Nature's Bakery Fig Bar Apple Cinnamon (two bars total)
  • Skittles Original
  • Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • Mini Chewy Sweetarts
  • Original Slim Jim
I loved the variety in this box! There were a lot of great snacks, but my favorites were the Hawaiian Kettle Chips and the Sweetarts candies. If you assume each snack costs about $2 individually in stores or from a vending machine, the approximate retail value here is $34 for 17 snacks. That's a little over the $29 cost of the box, give or take some if each snack retails for a bit more or less in stores.
Bottom Line: My Secret Snacks is a great box for snackers! There are lots of goodies inside, so it's perfect for a family to share, or to keep all to yourself like I did.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I've been thoroughly enjoying my Book of the Month subscription. I usually read a book a month, so having a brand new one to open up delivered right to me is perfect!

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! Post contains affiliate links.

Book of the Month costs $14.99 per month for a brand new hardcover book. You can also add on other books for $9.99 each.

There are five books to choose from that are hand-selected by a panel of judges. If you don't like any of the books you can skip the month and your credit will carry over to use at a later time.

For August I chose The Whisper Man by Alex North, which is a mystery/thriller about a serial killer. To be honest, the August selections weren't super exciting to me and I almost skipped before I saw this title.

I'm about halfway through the book so far and it's pretty good. It isn't the riveting page-turner I hoped it would be, but it's still sufficiently intriguing. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:
Told in alternating voices, Alex North's thriller The Whisper Man delivers strong twists and a truly surprising ending. A fresh start always seems like a good idea, but for Tom Kennedy and his son Jake, it doesn't go so well. When the two move back to Tom's hometown, their arrival coincides with the kidnapping of a boy who is Jake's age. The crime appears to have the hallmark of Frank Carter, a serial killer who terrorized the town twenty years earlier, and part of the novel is narrated by the cop who captured Carter decades earlier. The Whisper Man is spine-tinglingly creepy, and the suspense keeps building, layer by layer. Little reveals only serve to keep the reader guessing, and the end feels like more than a reveal--for me it was as if the entire atmosphere of the story took an unexpected and chilly turn. At first, the storyline appears to employ a familiar genre trope, but it veers wonderfully from the expected, and North's inclusion of a touching father-son relationship in this psychological thriller took it to the top of our best of the month list.--Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review
If you're a reader, Book of the Month is a great subscription for you. I love getting a new book every month for only $14.99!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

Gramma in a Box is a wonderful subscription that sends cookie and candy crafts that you can share with your family and friends! The August box was "Beach Party Snacks" themed.

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

Gramma in a Box was started by Terry after her grandchildren moved out of state. She wanted a way to share some treats and love with them and thought it would be fun to open it up to subscribers across the country!

Each month you'll receive a box full of ingredients to make three different crafts. It'll include everything you need, save for maybe a household item like a bowl or spoon for mixing. I've never needed anything that I didn't already have at home. The crafts are simple, fun, and great for all ages.

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month
  • 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. You can also try one box for $20 without a renewing subscription.

One of my favorite things about Gramma in a Box is how creative the crafts are! The first one was Goldfish Bowls. It involved dipping jumbo marshmallows into melting chocolate, then dipping that into graham cracker crumbles and adding the Goldfish crackers as decoration. So cute!

The second project was Seashell Pretzels and used up the rest of the melting chocolate. I dipped the pretzels in the chocolate, then added sprinkles and one of the pretty seashell chocolate shapes that were included in a separate container.

The third project is always cookie decorating, and this month's was Sea Life shapes with beautiful pastel frosting and sprinkles. The cookies are pre-made so it's best to do the crafts within one week of receiving your box to keep them fresh.

The shapes were seashells, stars, and fish. I loved how pretty the icing colors were! The cookies are a butter/sugar cookie and are always a hit with my family. I took all of my completed crafts to a weekend cottage trip and had a great time sharing them.
Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is always a nice surprise! I love the creative crafts and how simple and fun they are to complete. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August Shades Club Review and Coupon

The August Shades Club sunglasses were some of my favorites yet! The style is great and the construction high quality, as always.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.

Shades Club is $29 per month for a pair of stylish sunglasses. They have men's and women's styles that are manufactured in the same places as more expensive brands.

Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $29 per month
  • Four Months: $112 every four months/$28 per month (one month free)
  • Six Months: $162 every six months/$27 per month (1.5 months free)
  • Yearly: $288 every 12 months/$24 per month (two months free)
You can also purchase past shades on the Shades Club website for $75 per pair.

Each set of shades comes in a drawstring bag that doubles as a microfiber cloth for cleaning. You'll also get a folding carrying case with your first order, and other accessories may be included in future boxes.

The August shades are the Jetsetter aviators. Aviators are my favorite lens shape and the reflective surface looks so sharp! All of the Shades Club sunglasses are also polarized.

You can also see in the photo above that the left lens is branded with the "Shades" logo. It's discreet but a nice detail. The lenses have 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, too.

The arms of these sunglasses are a tortoiseshell pattern with "Shades Club x Barbella" written on the inside. It looks like these were made in partnership with the BarBella subscription and were featured in their April 2019 box.
Bottom Line: These Jetsetter aviators are the perfect style for me! I love that they're a high quality and polarized for only $29 per month. That price is insane! I can think of a similar brand that charges over $200 for polarized lenses, and I've had that brand, and these are much better quality.