February Beauty Box 5 Review

February's Beauty Box 5 was perfectly themed for Valentine's Day. Normally I love the variety of products in each month's box, but this one was a little different--but still great!

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

Beauty Box 5 sends five deluxe samples and full-sized products for only $12. Each box will have at least $35 worth of products, ranging from skincare to hair care to color cosmetics, and more! Shipping is free to the U.S. and $3 to Canada.

When I opened the box I was eager to see what was inside, and I quickly realized that everything was a lip product. I thought that was weird, especially since BB5 usually sends a good amount of different products. But then I read the info card and realized it was on purpose to fit the "The Kiss Kit" theme.

  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask ($1.00 for one mask) - This lip mask has collagen, vitamins, and minerals to repair dry lips. I've used lip masks like this before and they feel nice and soothing.
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie ($9.00 for .18 oz, full-sized) - I love the name of this! I received the shade "Make Believe," which is a light pink creme (see photos below). This is a brand new product from Tint and is an ultra-pigmented matte liquid lipstick.
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner ($7.00, full-sized) - I also received this in "Make Believe," which I'm not sure was on purpose or coincidence, but I'm glad I got the shade to match the Unicorn Lippie.
  • So Susan Color Hybrid ($17.50 for .34 fl oz, full-sized) - This is a beautiful red shade named Marsala with a velvety smooth texture. It's a cream-mousse formula that's great for all skin tones. It's also cruelty-free and made with organic Sacha Inchi oil to soothe lips.
  • Style Essentials Lip Glow ($4.00 for .09 oz, full-sized) - I got the shade "Rose," which is a very light pink shimmer. It also smells really great, sweet and slightly floral. It's a balm lip crayon with a moisturizing finish.
Style Essentials Lip Glow

Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie and Liner
Bottom Line: Even though all of the products were lip products this month I'm excited to try everything out. There's a good representation of different shades and types of lip products. I especially like the Unicorn Lippie and Liner!

True Natural Benecos Cosmetics Review

Benecos is Germany's best-selling natural makeup line and they've teamed up with True Natural to be their official North American representative. I've received Benecos products from natural beauty boxes in the past and I've always been a fan of their makeup, and I'm excited to share more of it with you today!

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

Benecos is a pure and plant-based cosmetics line that's PETA-certified as cruelty-free and offers many vegan products. They've won awards from OekoTest, Natural Solutions Beauty with a Conscience, and Yoga Journal for their mineral-based products.

I find that sometimes people are hesitant to switch to natural makeup because they don't feel the products will be effective. I can confidently say that you won't have that problem with Benecos, at least with the products I've tried, because all of them were highly pigmented and had great staying power! I received the Natural Eyeshadow, Natural Lipstick, and Natural Light Fluid Foundation to try.

The Natural Lipstick in First Love is a pretty light mauve/pink creme. It's made with vitamin E, organic castor seed, and organic avocado oil for deep moisture and organic babassu oil to help protect the delicate skin on your lips. Vitamin C also provides antioxidant protection.

I found the formula to be nice and creamy and it easily glided onto my lips. Unfortunately the shade was a bit too light for my complexion (see swatches below), but I would definitely purchase another tube of this lipstick in a different shade!

The Natural Eyeshadow in So What? is the perfect shade for me; I love browns and golds! This is a a nice gold/brown (copper?) shimmer that worked great as a base shade for me. It has just enough shimmer in it to add a nice highlight, but it isn't overly-glittery or distracting. It's made with organic macadamia nut oil and organic castor oil to create a soft, velvety texture and the pigments are made from natural minerals.

I used this with my regular eyeshadow primer and it lasted a full eight-hour work day. I like that the shade is appropriate for the office but can be easily transitioned to night by adding a few complimentary shades for a more daring look! It applied nicely with my eyeshadow brushes but did require two coats to achieve the level of pigmentation I wanted.

Natural Lipstick in First Love, Natural Eyeshadow in So What?, and Natural Light Fluid Foundation in Nude

I also received the Natural Light Fluid Foundation in Nude, but it's not listed on the website. The shades available on the site are Dune, Mocca, and Sahara. Nude, as you can see, was too light for my skin but I still wore it for a day to try it out. Once I applied my setting powder over it my face didn't look too washed out.

The foundation is vegan and has certified organic jojoba, shea butter, and plant extracts to add nourishing moisture without clogging pores. The pigments are made from natural minerals. It's appropriate for all skin types. I have oily skin and this stayed on (with primer) for a full 8 hour work day. It's a very lightweight formula and I only needed one coat, applied with a sponge, for full coverage.
  • Visit Benecos on True Natural to browse their full line of products!
Bottom Line: I really enjoyed all three Benecos products, even though the lipstick and foundation weren't quite the right shades for me. I was impressed by all of their formulas and I think they're an affordable and high quality natural brand that everyone should add to their routine!

February BookCase.Club Review

I love getting my BookCase.Club cases every month! I've always been an avid reader and this subscription always sends such interesting books. They have plenty of themes to choose from and are sure to satisfy everyone's inner bookworm!

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

BookCase.Club costs only $9.99 per month for two brand new, hand-selected books. The per-box prices are also discounted if you sign up for three-, six-, or 12-month payment options.

There are eight different cases to choose from:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Read To Me - four children's picture books
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months

This is a review for the Strange Worlds and Thrill Seeker cases. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm always so excited to open up these boxes! There's something so special about getting lost in a book and I look forward to seeing what stories are sent each month by BookCase.Club.

The books are neatly packed inside with recyclable paper filler to keep them safe during shipping. There's also a bookmark that has a short quotation from each book inside.

The two books included in the Thrill Seekers box are The Confabulist by Steve Galloway and From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins. The cover art for The Confabulist stood out right away. Here are their synopses from Amazon:
The Confabulist:  The Confabulist is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative that weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with the surprising story of Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring, late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself: There is much more to Martin than meets the eye.
It looks like From the Charred Remains is part of the Lucy Campion mysteries series:
It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact―the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest.

Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself.

Here's what was inside the Strange Worlds case:
Departure by A.G. Riddle: En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear: Set in the late nineteenth century-in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground-when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable's high-quality bordello. Through Karen's eyes we get to know the other girls in the house-a resourceful group-and the poor and the powerful of the town.
Bottom Line: Both the Strange Worlds and Thrill Seekers cases are great this month! I can't wait to drive into all of the books, especially The Confabulist and Departure. I love that BookCase.Club offers such a great variety of books at an even better price!

Daily Goodie Box Review

Daily Goodie Box is a new service that sends completely free boxes filled with full-sized products! They sent me one of their February boxes to review and I had a ton of fun with it.

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

Daily Goodie Box really does send boxes daily that are completely free (not even a shipping charge!). All you have to do is make an account and fill out a survey with information about yourself. Boxes are based on availability and aren't guaranteed, but they are 100% free so it can't hurt to create an account and see if you get chosen!

Daily Goodie Box never asks for any credit card or other payment information. All you have to do if you receive a box is provide honest reviews of the products inside on their website. After you get a box, there will be links to review each of the products on your home page.

My Daily Goodie Box contained 10 full-sized products. Most of them were food, but I'm not complaining because I love snacks.

  • Gary Poppins Lite Popcorn in Simply Sea Salt - This little bag of lightly salted popcorn was really good. Normally I like lots of salt and butter on my popcorn as an indulgent treat, but this still had good flavor and was a satisfying snack.
  • Jack N' Jill Natural Toothpaste  - This toothpaste is made with xylitol, organic calendula to soothe gums, and organic flavoring. It's free from fluoride, sugar, color, sodium lauryl sulfate, and artificial preservatives. I've been looking for a natural toothpaste and, even though this is marketed to kids, I think it'll be a good choice for me.
  • Just Chill Stress Relief Drink in Tropical - These drinks have SunTheanine, a patented form of L-theanine, which is a unique amino acid found in green tea that has been shown to help improve performance by reducing stress and increasing focus without causing drowsiness. I'm usually pretty low-stress in my daily life, but I drank this at work while I was sick and it had a nice peachy flavor and I definitely felt relaxed. I'm not sure if that was due to the fact that I usually don't get stressed in the first place, but it certainly didn't hurt.
  • Coffee Blocks Butter Coffee - This is an individual pack that makes one cup of coffee. It also contains butter, hence the name, so it's much higher in calories than a normal cup of black coffee (210 as opposed to 2). It's made with grass-fed clarified butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic vanilla extract, and organic egg yolk. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like it'll be pretty yummy.
  • Aloha Daily Good Greens Chocolate - I've heard a lot about Aloha but I hadn't tried their products prior to getting this sample. It's a whole food powder dietary supplement with naturally-occurring vitamin D and a full serving of fruits and vegetables. I still haven't tried it because I'm wary of "green" powders like this, not because of the ingredients or anything but just because I've never had one that tasted good. I'm willing to give this a try, though!
  • Gorilly Goods COAST Sweet Curry Cashew - I'm normally not a cashew fan but these sound like they have good flavor. They're raw, organic, gluten-free, and and vegan. This mix has cashews, raisins, coconut, coconut nectar, curry, and cayenne (all organic) and sea salt.
  • XyliChew in Spearmint - I chew gum constantly so this is something that I'll put to good use. The gum is made with no chemicals or artificial sweeteners and promotes a healthier mouth. It's gluten- and GMO-free and made with birch xylitol, a natural sweetener extracted from the fibers of sustainably-harvested birch trees.
  • Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda Pack - Only one tablespoon of this natural laundry detergent is needed for a full load. It's free from sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate, gluten, phosphates, fragrance, and chlorine. I have sensitive skin and sometimes harsh detergents make me all itchy after I wash my clothes so this product is perfect for me!
  • Nature's Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar - I know I've had this before from another box and it was really good. It's soy-, dairy-, and cholesterol-free and is Non-GMO project verified. It's made from stone ground whole wheat with no artificial colors or flavors.
  • Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepper Beef & Pork Stick - This real meat protein snack has a classic mix of spices and a peppery kick. The meats are raised without antibiotics and no added hormones and are vegetarian-fed. The snacks are gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free and are made without sodium nitrate and preservatives.
Bottom Line: This Daily Goodie Box was such a fun treat! Obviously it's easy to love since it's totally free. I'm not sure what their criteria are for selecting who gets a box, but I think it's worth it to create an account and see if you're selected. It's a great way to try new products, and I noticed that many of these had a natural/green theme, which is appreciated.

Emma&Chloe Flash Sale: $14 Off!

Emma&Chloe sends designer French jewelry each month for only $35, but now you can get your first box for only $21! They're running a flash sale for $14 off in honor of Valentine's Day. This deal is good for anything on the site, including subscriptions.

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

As of 9:30 PM EST on Wednesday the 15th the coupon code is still working for this deal. In order to redeem:

  • Use this link and enter coupon code FROMPARISWITHLOVE for $14 off the entire site!

Giovanni 2chic Haircare Review

I never used to care too much about hair products. I'd just shampoo and condition with whatever I had on hand and not use any styling products. Maybe hairspray here and there. But now I make sure to take care of my hair, and my current needs are for moisture and more moisture. I recently got to try the Giovanni 2chic line of products and they're a great and affordable way to keep your hair healthy and hydrated!

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

The 2chic line, like all Giovanni products, is paraben-free, 100% certified vegetarian, and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. The products are also sulfate-free so they're safe for color treated hair. The best part is that they're an affordable line that's available at Walgreens!

I received the Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo and Conditioner and Blackberry and Coconut Milk Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner to try. There is also a Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek option in the 2chic line. I wanted to try the Ultra-Moist and Repairing options the most because my dry, heat-styled hair really needs some help.

The Ultra-Moist Shampoo and Conditioner are made for dry, damaged hair and work to restores moisture and nourish hair with vitamins and omega fatty acids. It has a very faint fragrance and the shampoo lathers really well for being sulfate-free. After rinsing both the shampoo and conditioner out my hair already felt softer and smooth in the shower. This definitely hydrated my hair really well; it felt so soft to the touch after using it. My only slight complaint is that it did weigh my hair down a little bit, but I do have very thick hair and I'll take that in exchange for extra hydration. It was also nothing that a little volumizing root lifting spray couldn't fix.

The Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner smell deliciously of coconut and hydrate and seal your hair cuticles. They eliminate frizz and protect each strand from damage. Blackberry is one of the highest-ranked fruits for antioxidant strength, and coconut milk is filled with vitamin B6 to reinforce hair fibers. I've only been using this for about a week so I can't say too much about how it's healed my hair in the long term, but I can say that my hair is much softer after using this and styling.

I also received some great styling products from the Ultra-Moist line! Each are focused on hydrating your hair but all of them serve a slightly different function.
  • Touch-Up Hair Towelettes - These are such a great idea! They're little portable towelettes you can use to fix your hair throughout the day. They work to re-bond ends to prevent splits and breakage, minimizing frizz. I used one of these after the gym and it was so easy and convenient to smooth it over my hair for a finished look.
  • Super Potion Anti-Frizz and Binding Serum Oil - This is a potent serum that protects hair from heat styling and humidity. I used one pump (about a pea-sized amount) on damp hair before blow drying and straightening and my hair felt soft and smooth after.
  • Deep Moisture Hair Mask - I do a deep conditioning mask once a week and this is a great addition to my collection. It revitalized overly-processed hair and helps prevent split ends and breakage. I left this in for about 10 minutes and then rinsed out and my hair was so smooth the next day.
  • Leave-In Conditioning and Styling Elixir - I found this similar to the Binding Serum Oil. I used both at the same time on damp hair and they definitely contributed to my hair being much softer and smoother after styling.
  • Dual Action Protective Leave-In Spray - This helps improve hair's elasticity and restore shine and bounce while heat styling. I spritzed this all over before blow drying and straightening and, combined with the Styling Elixir and Binding Serum Oil, my hair was so nourished!

Last but not least, 2chic also offers an Ultra-Moist Body Wash and Body Lotion for normal to dry skin. My skin, much like my hair, is so dry in the winter and I've had a lot of problems with rough, dry patches. The Body Wash lathered up nicely in my bath pouf and my skin felt soft and moisturized after, not dried out the way some soaps leave you feeling. I also loved the Body Lotion. It's silky-smooth and spread across my skin easily and absorbed quickly. I loved the lightweight texture.
Bottom Line: I had a great experience with all of the Giovanni 2chic products I tried and I'm so glad to have found this brand! I can say that everything was effective and I would highly recommend this line to anyone who wants to take care of their hair on a budget. The Shampoo and Conditioner are $7.99 each and the styling products are all less than $10, all available at Walgreens. But don't let the price fool you--these products are great quality!

February Degustabox Review and 50% Off Coupon

Degustabox time is always fun because I know the box will be packed with great snacks! I'm a snacker. I love eating. I'm eating all the time, so Degustabox has quickly become one of my favorite subscriptions. February's box had really great treats!

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

Degustabox is a food/snack box that sends full-sized items to your door for only $19.99 per month! Shipping is free within the U.S. They also have a U.K. subscription, but this is a review of the U.S. version.

I think of this box as my grocery supplement box. They always have products that I either already love or am excited to try. There's a good variety, from cookies to sauces to drinks and so much more! Another great feature is that you can earn points for reviewing the products on the Degustabox website and/or by referring friends. Once you have 100 points you can redeem them for a free box.

February's box contained items from 10 brands. Here's what was inside:
  • Green & Black's Pure Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt ($3.49) - I love sea salt with chocolate! This smooth bar has flakes of Anglesey sea salt harvested from the Irish Sea. I haven't tried it yet because I'm saving it to be a special treat.
  • PR Bar in Chocolate Peanut ($2.07) - These bars are gluten-free and packed with the perfect blend of carbs and vitamins to boost your energy and endurance. It also has soy protein for optimal recovery. I'll probably eat this as a pre-workout snack.
  • Bandara Spicy Mango Chili Sauce - This isn't listed on the info sheet but I'm so glad they're in the box. I've been wanting to try this brand for a while but was unable to find them in stores near me. I might mix this with mayo to make an aioli for dipping fries in, or I might use it with chicken.
  • Nando's Peri Peri Hot Sauce ($5.99) - Degustabox sent a Nando's Peri Peri Medium Sauce in a past box and I loved it, so I'm sure I'll love this even more because I love hot hot hot sauces! I wish we had Nando's in the U.S.
  • Grace Foods Coco Chips ($2.99) - These all natural chips are made from the meat of mature coconuts using a traditional process. They're high in lauric acid, low in sugar, and have zero cholesterol. I'm not a huge fan of coconut so I passed these along to my dad, but they sound like a great snack for those who do like it.
  • PopChips Ridges in Salted and Tangy Barbeque ($1.59 each) - I love PopChips and these were both delicious! They're baked, not fried and had a great crunch with a lot of flavor. I inhaled them.
  • Slendier Calorie Clever Noodle ($2.49) - These noodles are an Australian brand of organic konjac pasta, rice, and noodles. They're a good alternative for those who are looking to lose weight, have food allergies, or are diabetic. They're made from konjac, which is a plant indigenous to Asia.
  • Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges ($13.99) - Ricola lozenges contain no artificial flavors or colors and are free from GMOs, too. These have a proprietary blend of 10 natural Swiss herbs infused with a highly concentrated form of ginseng to help support your immune system. I can never have too many of these during cold and flu season.
  • Jones Soda in Orange and Cream ($1.79) - I love cream soda and this one tasted just like a creamsicle. It was so delicious!
  • Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds ($4.49) - These didn't last very long at all because I absolutely inhaled them. I love shortbread and these are one of the more authentic brands, in my opinion. They're made with only four natural ingredients: butter, flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Bottom Line: This month's Degustabox had an approximate retail value total of $40.48, not including the Bandara sauce packets, which I did not have a price for. That's such a great deal for only $19.99! I had a fun time trying pretty much everything in the box, and the items I didn't get to yet will definitely be put to good use.

December Sticker Swaps Review and 50% Off Coupon

If you're a fan of stickers but not necessarily looking for sticker sheets geared towards a younger crowd, Sticker Swaps is a really fun subscription I think you'll enjoy! Their December package had a lot of great stickers in it.

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

If you're wondering why I'm posting a December review in February, it's because I received this package in mid-January and had some other reviews to complete ahead of it. Anyway, I'm thinking that this got delayed due to the Christmas mail rush in December, especially since it ships from the UK and I live in the US. That being said, the package I reviewed in November got to me really quickly.

Sticker Swaps sends an envelope of high-quality stickers from around the world starting at $9.99 per month. They also have three-month prepay at $27.99 and six-month prepay for $53.99. Shipping is free worldwide.

These are the loose stickers that were included in December's envelope, and as you can see in the lower left hand corner of the photo there's also a smaller label with a link to more information about the artists. Sili Sunglasses is the December sponsor whom they partnered with after Sili heard about them online.

The other stickers are super random but that's what I love about Sticker Swaps. I immediately noticed the Siamese cat because I have a Siamese cat, and I also loved the Pokemon and Zootopia ones. The Green Lantern one is pretty funny and the Troll and Spiderman are cute, too (Spiderman is cute because it's small).

There was also a separate envelope with five featured stickers inside, which was a new addition since November's shipment (read my review of that here).
  • The Cloud Artist Cloud - Sticker Swaps came across The Cloud Artist on Instagram and he was happy to be involved. The iconic cloud sticker was sent with this shipment, but he supplied many more stickers for future envelopes, too.
  • Kawaii Krissy Candy Bar - Kawaii Krissy is another Instagrammer with kawaii (cute) illustrations. She has many more stickers available for purchase at her online store.
  • David Millar Astro Nana - David is a sticker artist and stationery geek, and once the Sticker Swaps team saw his Astro Nana design they had to have it for this set!
  • Live Design Co. Tree - Jay at Live Design Co. was featured in last month's shipment as well. I really like the simple, nature-inspired sticker this month.
  • Sena Kaito Girl - Sena Kaito's illustrations have a kawaii/manga vibe, as evidenced by this sticker. I like the retro feel of it, too.
Also, turns out the Troll in the first photo is a bonus sticker from Stabby Gabby, which was picked because it was perfect for Christmas!
Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this envelope from Sticker Swaps. I think they featured some great artists this month and the extra stickers were a lot of fun, too.
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