April BOOM!Box and Nexus Nail Wraps Review

When I was introduced to the BOOM!Box and Nexus Nail Wraps subscriptions from Espionage Cosmetics I couldn't wait to see what they were all about. They send makeup, accessories, and nail wraps for fellow Nerd Misfits from all different fandoms!

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

BOOM!Box is a quarterly subscription featuring nerd makeup, manicures (two designs, one of which is a subscriber exclusive!), and specially curated theme-specific goodies. The box will have items from Espionage Cosmetics and other geeky vendors. Here are the pricing options:
  • One Box: $30 per box, charged once every four months
  • Two Boxes: $50 prepay, charged once every eight months
  • Four Boxes: $90 prepay, charged once every 12 months
Shipping is extra; when I input my address in New York it added $6.25 for shipping.

The box is neatly packaged with BOOM!Box tissue paper surrounding all of the items.

The April theme is Retro Gaming and the box had eight individual items and three stickers. I think the items are all well-curated and fit the theme perfectly! I was so excited to open up the box because I consider myself a nerd for sure and was curious to see what would be included. I'm more of a comic book nerd and less into gaming, but I still thought everything was a lot of fun!

  • 8-Bit Hearts Nail Wraps - These nail wraps will restore your HP and make your heart smile, according to the info card. The design is really cute and they're also glow in the dark! I also like the "We find your lack of nail art disturbing" (Star Wars reference) on the bottom of the packaging.
  • Power Up Nail Wraps - These are multicolored with a gloss finish. I think the designs are bright and eye-catching! This is also the first time BOOM!Box has sent out two designs for subscribers.
  • Art Print by Fox Smith - I LOVE this print! Fox used Japanese art elements to create a print featuring classic retro characters. I have to admit I'm not quite sure what they are from (other than the turtle with wings, I think that's Mario Brothers?), but the print is high quality and perfect for framing.
  • Floppy Disk Notebook - This is so creative; the notebook is made from old floppy disks with lots of blank pages inside. I like having portable notebooks like this to write quick notes at the office or to put my grocery list on.
  • Console, Pixel, and 1Up - Console is the blue pressed powder and Pixel is the pink, while 1Up is the shimmery green loose powder. The pressed powders are brand new and exclusive to Boom!Box. All three are very highly pigmented and great for cosplay, or everyday wear if you like bold looks!

Three look tutorials were also included from Nerd Makeup Ambassador The Pryncess! I can't wait to try these.

  • Golden Relic Necklace - Okay, I know that this one is from Zelda! This necklace is a BOOM!Box exclusive from GeekStar Costuming. The chain is shorter than necklaces I usually wear but I like the simple design.

Espionage Cosmetics also offers the Nexus Nail Wraps subscription option, which sends two nerd-themed nail wraps every month. Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $15 per month
  • Three Months: $36 every three months
  • Six Months: $66 every six months
  • 12 Months: $120 every 12 months
There's also a one-time purchase option that contains 2-4 wraps for $25. The designs are a surprise, but you can get theme hints at this page.

I love nail wraps. They're easy to use and they last longer than regular nail polish. The wraps from Espionage Cosmetics are perfect for me because I love nerdy designs! They have tons of designs to choose from featuring different fandoms, licensed designs, and science themes.

  • Nevermore Wraps - I love these wraps so much! I like anything with birds on it so I would enjoy these regardless, but I like them even more because they're inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.
  • Flight of the Moonfallen Wraps - I am not sure what fandom these are from, if anyone knows please comment and tell me! Regardless, I really like the design because green is my favorite color and the patterns are really interesting. I tried looking up the name to learn more about these but couldn't find much in the way of what fandom they're from.
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by the BOOM!Box and Nexus wraps subscriptions from Espionage Cosmetics! I think they're great for fellow nerd girls because they have an excellent variety of high-quality items from all different fandoms.

April Valor Blocks Review

Valor Blocks is the newest addition to the Nerd Block family and it features officially licensed items from the U.S. military. The U.S. Army Valor Block is currently the only option available, but they have ones for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force coming soon.

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

Each month you'll receive four to six collectibles plus an exclusive t-shirt, all of which are officially licensed by the U.S. Army. Boxes are $34 per month with $6 shipping to the continental U.S. and military bases worldwide. Active duty military and veterans receive a 10% discount.

April's Valor Block featured four items and the exclusive t-shirt. The t-shirt I received is different than the one pictured on the info card, so I'm not sure if this is the same shirt everyone will receive or not.

  • U.S. Army Est 1775 T-Shirt: The shirt on the info card is black with a gray design and text that says "United States Army Est 1775," but as you can see I received a black t-shirt with a snake that says "This We'll Defend." I like the design regardless, but again I want to point out that you may receive a different shirt in your box. When you subscribe you'll be able to choose your t-shirt size and whether you want a loose or tighter fit.
  • U.S. Army Pint Glass: This is my favorite item in the box. It's a really nice glass cup with a bald eagle design. It was packaged inside of another cardboard box within the Valor Blocks box so it was nice and secure for shipping.
  • Eagle Crest Challenge Coin: Last month's box listed this as a spoiler item for April and I was very curious to see the design. Traditionally, challenge coins were carried by military personnel to present when challenged to prove membership within a unit or regiment, etc. This coin has a beautiful design and is a great collectible item, and I love that it's exclusive to Valor Blocks!
  • U.S. Army Coasters: This has four soft coasters inside with a digital camo pattern and the U.S. Army log on them with a rubbery grip bottom.
  • U.S. Army Bottle Opener: This is a great little portable bottle opener. It has the U.S. Army logo on it and can easily be slipped into your pocket.
Bottom Line: Valor Blocks is a great subscription for members of the military and their friends, family, and supporters. I can imagine this would be a great morale booster as a care package for active duty personnel. This is only the second box ever and I'm excited to see what Valor Blocks will continue to send!

March Sticker Swaps Review and 50% Off Coupon

Sorry for the lateness on this review, but it's a good one! Sticker Swaps is a really fun subscription service for sticker collectors of all ages, and their March package had more featured stickers than ever!

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

Sticker Swaps sends an envelope of high quality stickers from around the world for only $9 per month. Shipping is free to anywhere in the world and they ship from the United Kingdom.

Each month you'll receive a minimum of 10 stickers, but Sticker Swaps often sends extras that get sent to them. If you're an artist you can also get in touch with them to get your stickers featured in a shipment!

There's no info card included with the stickers, but there was a URL listed on the package label that leads to a page with information about all the artists and their respective stickers (check it out here). Sticker Swaps got rid of the random stickers for March and only sent bigger stickers from featured artists. There were 10 total. The featured artists were Cocorino, Karina Rehrbehn, Nolart, Emma Brett, Steve Hind, and Kvachi. I really like the kawaii style ones from Cocorino (the orange, burger, and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) and the sushi ones from Kvachi! All of the designs are fun and bright this month, though, and are great for swapping or plastering on whatever surfaces you desire.
Bottom Line: I think Sticker Swaps is a ton of fun. I always liked stickers as a kid and it's fun to get a pack of them as an adult, too! I like to put these on my electronics, like my laptop and iPad, for a little extra flair. The random sticker selections were fun in past envelopes, but I like that they're focusing on sending bigger stickers only going forward.

Reverie Farms Soaps Review and Coupon

There are a few things in life that I don't necessarily need but that I love to purchase when I want to pamper myself: soft blankets, candles, and handmade bar soaps! I am a total sucker for soaps and Reverie Farms creates simple, quality bars in a variety of lovely scents.

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

Reverie Farms is a local family farm in Argyle, Texas that offers natural organic soaps, laundry soaps, farm fresh eggs, Nigerian Dwarf goats, and Anatolian Shepherd dogs! I received their Peppermint Natural Foaming Hand Soap and Walk in the Forest bar soap to try.

The Peppermint Natural Foaming Hand Soap ($6.25 for 8 oz) is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils of sunflower and/or safflower and coconut, vegetable glycerin, rosemary extract, and essential oils. It's formulated for sensitive skin and is 100% cruelty-free. The Foaming Hand Soap is available in five different scents (lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood) and an unscented option. The bottle says to shake before using, which I did and found that it dispensed more foam that way. Overall, though, one pump dispenses more than enough soap with or without shaking the bottle before using it every time. I liked that it left my hands feeling clean without being too dry the way some soaps do. I also love the peppermint scent -- it's nice and bright but not overpowering.

I'm also loving the Walk in the Forest ($6.00 for 4 oz) bar soap! Anything with the words forest, trees, nature, or woods is going to catch my attention because I love those types of scents. This soap smells of pine trees with fresh, sweet juniper berries -- it's perfect! I honestly can't stop smelling it. It is everything I want in a woodsy soap.

The soap itself is made without any artificial substances like synthetic fragrance, dyes, or preservatives. It's scented with essential oils only and colored with organic herbs and plant extracts. The soap base is made from 100% certified organic oils with no parabens. The soaps are all 4 oz and are gluten-free and cruelty-free.
Bottom Line: I think Reverie Farms soaps are so lovely! I absolutely love the Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap and the Walk in the Forest bar soap. Both smell wonderful and work really well. I can't wait to try some of their other scents!

May Cate and Chloe VIP Review and Exclusive Coupon

Last month I tried my first Cate and Chloe VIP box and I loved all of the jewelry they sent (read that review here)! Their theme for May is Unconditional Love; read on to see what I got and get an exclusive coupon for 35% off your first box.

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

Cate and Chloe VIP is a jewelry subscription that sends hand-picked pieces based on a style profile that you fill out when you sign up, plus an extra VIP perk item. The VIP perks are different each month and can be anything from beauty products to other accessories, and more!

They have three different box options:
  • The Starter Package - $19.99 per month for one piece
  • Double the Fun - $29.99 per month for two pieces
  • Full VIP Status - $39.99 per month for three pieces
Each option includes the VIP perk and comes with free shipping on all U.S. orders. You can also exchange anything you don't love for free.

This is a review for the Full VIP Status box. One thing I really like about Cate and Chloe is that everything is beautifully packaged. The tissue paper is a different design each month and is always really pretty. I save it to use for future gifts. Each piece also comes in a sturdy gift box or drawstring bag so nothing gets tangled.

  • Ava "Free" Aztec Drop Earrings ($59) - It looks like these earrings are currently only available as part of a set, so I'm glad I got them in the box on their own. I really love the black and gold design. They're the perfect size and I will definitely wear these out and about this summer!
  • Harper "Majestic" Leather Choker - I couldn't find this in the Cate and Chloe shop so I'm not sure how much it retails for. I know chokers are really trendy right now but I feel like they're more appropriate for teens and younger girls. It's not really my style but I will gift it to someone who will wear it more than I would.
  • Aubrey "Fair" Gold Stacked Jewel Ring ($49) - This is a statement ring for sure! It has earthy jewel tones that I really like, but it's big. This isn't something I could wear every day but it's great for a night out.
  • L'ange Hair Replenish Detangling Conditioning Spray ($17 for 4.5 fl oz) - I'm glad this was the VIP Perk this month because I will put it to good use. It's made with pro-vitamin B5, aloe, chamomile, and wheat amino acids to detangle and condition hair. It also has UV protectant to help keep color treated hair from fading.
Bottom Line: I loved the VIP Perk and the Aztec earrings that I got this month. The choker was a bit of a miss, but I'll be able to gift it to my younger cousin and I'm sure she'll love it. The ring is a lot of fun and way outside of my comfort zone, but I'm glad I received it because it forces me to try something new!

March Chroma.Club Review and Coupon

I love coloring and I'm glad that adult coloring has become so popular. It's such a nice way to relax and practice mindfulness. If you're a fan as well, you should definitely check out Chroma.Club!

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

Each month you'll receive a full-sized coloring book with a variety of illustrations from indie artists, along with information about each artist on the other side of the design. There are 11+ illustrations in each book. Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $8 per month
  • Three Month Prepay: $21 every three months (save $3)
  • Six Month Prepay: $39 every six months (save $9)

What I like most about Chroma.Club is that it's an inexpensive way to get lots of new pictures to color. There are lots of adult coloring books out there, but I've found that some of them can get a little pricey. These are a nice surprise each month with plenty of different designs to color.

Naturally my favorite illustration this month is this cat! There isn't much of a theme when it comes to the books, so you'll get all different types of illustrations. I also like that they include information about each artist on the back of the pictures because it's interesting to learn their inspirations for their designs. As you can see, the pictures are printed on one side of the book only so you can tear them out for framing or otherwise if you want.
Bottom Line: Chroma.Club is a must-have subscription for adult coloring fans! The illustrations are high quality and from indie artists, which are always great to support.

April Daily Goodie Box Review

Daily Goodie Box is a fairly new service that sends boxes full of all types of products completely free! They're not a monthly subscription and signing up doesn't guarantee that you'll receive a box, but there are ways to increase your chances that I'll explain if you read on.

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

Like I said, Daily Goodie Box is 100% free -- no shipping, no hidden fees, no catch. Boxes are sent out based on availability, but they definitely do send out boxes to lots of people so it can't hurt to create an account to see if you get chosen! If you interact with them on their Facebook page (link at the end of this post) it might increase your chances too, since I've seen them comment and give boxes to people on there.

When you sign up at Daily Goodie Box you'll fill out a survey to give them information about yourself. This is the information they use to match you with boxes, as I'm sure they operate the same as similar services and pick people based on the demographics the companies in the boxes are looking to reach.

After you get a box, log back in to leave reviews of the products inside. You only have to give a few sentences about your experience with the product and whether or not you liked it. The more products you review, the better your chances of getting a future box!

This box was loaded with stuff. When it arrived I immediately noticed that it was pretty heavy so I was excited to see what was inside!

  • DudeProducts Quick DUDE Shower Wipes - As the name implies, these are cleansing cloths for the guy (or gal) on the go. They're thick and larger than a standard makeup remover face wipe and have a light, clean scent. I used these on my face only because I had run out of makeup remover cloths and they took everything off easily and didn't leave my skin feeling dry. These would definitely come in handy in a pinch post-workout.
  • Bakery on Main Bunches of Crunches - Bakery on Main creates gluten-free snacks that are really delicious. This was a dark chocolate and sea salt flavored mix superfood grains. I really liked the flavor and think it would go great on top of yogurt.
  • EBOOST Strawberry Kiwi Energy Powder - I've had EBOOST before and I've always enjoyed it. This flavor is new to me and I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good. It has green coffee bean, green tea leaf, essential vitamins and minerals, electrolytes, and more to keep you feeling your best.
  • Adamia Therapeutic Lotion - This was my favorite item in the box because I always have dry, cracked skin on my hands. This has macadamia oil and an exclusive Promega-7 blend of clinically-proven moisturizers to calm painful dry skin. It also has macadamia oil, which mimics skin's natural oils for faster absorption without greasy residue. I really like this and think it works very well.
  • Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - The sun is finally back out here in Western NY, and hopefully it's here to stay! This is made with plant-based ingredients and provides broad spectrum sun protection. It's also certified organic.
  • Peanut Butter & Co Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter - I had no idea powdered peanut butter was a thing until I saw this! I received the vanilla flavor and I think I'll add it into a protein shake after my next workout.
  • Slurpee Cotton Candy in Cherry - Who doesn't love cotton candy? This was a lot of fun to eat and I liked the cherry flavor a lot, which usually isn't a flavor that I enjoy.
  • #MPWR Skincare Zip, Zap, Gone! Spot Treatment Stick - I had been looking for a product like this so it arrived at the perfect time. This is a certified organic spot treatment for acne that's made with all-natural ingredients. In comes in a rollerball applicator that's easy to apply right to problem areas. I had two lovely pimples on my face when I got this box so I used this immediately. It didn't cure my acne right away, but I swear it did dry it up and make it go away faster than it normally would have.
  • Detox Water in Lychee and White Grape - This drink is non-GMO, USDA organic, gluten-free, and vegan. It contains 350 mg of ACTIValoe gel flakes, electrolytes, and vitamins to help support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and improve skin elasticity. The flavor was great and with only 15 calories I could definitely see myself purchasing more of these in the future.
Bottom Line: This was an exceptional box, especially considering it was free! I liked the variety of products represented and found some new favorites. I highly recommend signing up for Daily Goodie Box!

April Degustabox Review and Coupon

Degustabox is my favorite food subscription! They always send a box packed with fun snacks and pantry items and I've found some great new favorites through them. This month they had a really good variety of things to try.

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

Degustabox costs $19.99 a month for at least 10 full-sized products. Shipping is free within the U.S. They also have a U.K. box, but this is a review of the U.S. version. You can also earn points for reviewing the products and/or referring friends and once you have 100 points you can trade them in for a free box!

This month Degustabox is doing a split campaign so you may not receive all of the same items as I did. Since I am a blog review partner Degustabox sent me all of the variations so that readers could see all of the possible choices. One of the items is a box of K-cup teas, but since everyone does not have a Keurig you may receive Zenify, Steady Energy, or Cafe Bustelo instant coffee.
  • Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast ($4.99) - This is an USDA certified organic free-range chicken breast roasted right in the can without added fillers or water. Normally chicken from a can is not something I would buy, but I like that this is USDA organic and has no fillers. I'm going to use it to make buffalo chicken wing dip.
  • Felix Lingonberries with Spiced Apple and Cinnamon - This is not on the info card so I'm not sure if you'll receive this in your box or not. I didn't receive the Steady Energy so I'm thinking this may be a replacement item? Either way, I'm glad I got it because it sounds absolutely delicious!
  • Nando's PERi PERi Sauce in Garlic ($5.99) - I've gotten Nando's PERi PERi sauces before from Degustabox but they've always been different flavors. This time it's the garlic sauce and I can't wait to try it because the other varieties have been fantastic and I love garlic.
  • Bush's Garbanzo Beans ($1.00) - This may seem like a pretty random item, even for a box full of different foods like this one, but it's to go with the hummus mix in the photo below. I'm glad they included this so you'll have everything you need to make the hummus.
  • Zenify Stress Relief ($2.00) - I love supplement drinks like this because I'm always looking for something to help me chill out. This had a nice peach flavor that wasn't too sweet. It's infused with stress-relieving antioxidants equivalent to 15 cups of green tea but without any caffeine.
  • Mutti Double Concentrated Tomato Paste ($.299) - I love making homemade sauce so this will be put to good use. It's preferable for recipes that require long cook times but can also be used to add a dash of flavor to quick ones, too.
  • Cafe Bustelo Espresso Instant Coffee ($1.29) - I haven't had an instant coffee in the past that I liked but I had high hopes for this because I really like Cafe Bustelo's coffees. This didn't disappoint! It tasted really good for instant and has a nice bold flavor.
  • Bush's Hummus Made Easy in Classic ($2.29) - This has simple ingredients of tahini, olive oil, and spices that's meant to be blended into a can of Bush's garbanzo beans. Sounds delicious!
  • Wilton Candy Melts in Salted Caramel ($1.99) - I love salted caramel so much! This is a neat little pouch filled with chips that you microwave then drizzle over whatever you want. I'm saving it to use on ice cream.
  • Skinnygirl Peach Bellini Green Tea K-Cups ($4.99) - This green tea is infused with ripe juicy peach flavor and is sweetened with stevia. It has all natural ingredients and zero calories. I think it'll taste great as an iced tea.
  • Better Oats Steel Cut Instant Oatmeal with Flax Seeds ($3.99) - This has premium oats that are thick cut to preserve texture. I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal, no matter how many times I've tried to like it, so I think I'll pass this off to a friend.
  • PR Bar in Yogurt Berry ($2.07) - Protein bars are another thing I've never liked until I tried this one. Normally they have that really grainy texture that I just can't get past, and while this one had that to a small degree, the flavor was actually really good!
  • Chiridos ($1.49 each) - When I saw the flavor names--Spicy Mole, Baja Ranchero, and Salsa Verde--I couldn't want to tear into these! Then I realized they're made with cricket flour and I got a lot more hesitant. I know crickets are common in Mexican cuisine and there's a restaurant nearby that serves them, but I just can't get past the thought of eating a bug, even if it's ground up into a flour! I might give these to my brother and not tell him what they're made of and see what he says!
  • Lovely Candy Co. Chewy Original Caramels ($2.49) - I'm so glad there were two caramel items in this box because I love caramel. These were so smooth and soft and had delicious flavor. I wish there were more in the bag (there were about five, I think)!
Bottom Line: The April Degustabox was a lot of fun! There were a ton of snacks that I know I love and a few that were new but also delicious, and some that were definitely unique. This box always has great variety and April's selections didn't disappoint!
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