Sunday, January 24, 2021

January 2021 Gramma in a Box Review

If you're a fan of fun crafts and sweet treats (who isn't?), Gramma in a Box is the perfect subscription for you! The January box started off the new year with an unexpected theme.

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


Gramma in a Box is a way to treat yourself and/or your loved ones to a box full of monthly treats. There are three cookie and candy crafts with all the ingredients you'll need inside. 

Here are the pricing options:

  • Monthly: $20 per month
  • Three Months: $60 every three months
  • Six Months: $120 every six months
  • Baker's Dozen (13 Months): $245 every 13 months

You can also purchase a single box for $22 with no subscription. You can save 10% off the monthly, 3- and 6-month options by signing up for auto-debit, and 15% off the Baker's Dozen.

Shipping is included in all price options. Boxes ship on the first of the month and cancellations must be submitted by the 25th of the month to avoid the next month's charges.  

All of the ingredients are packaged in sealed plastic. The only things you'll need to supply are household items like a bowl and spoon. There are enough ingredients to make 15 to 20 individual treats.

I assumed that the January box would have a New Year's or winter theme, but instead it was Cupcakes and Donuts! All of the crafts were cute and creative.


The first craft was Donut Pops. I melted the white and orange chocolate discs in the microwave to make peach melted chocolate, spread out about a quarter sized amount on the paper, set the sticks, and then added the cereal bits around the outside. They dried and stuck together in about five minutes.


The second craft, Cupcake Clouds, was my favorite this month! They involved using the rest of the melted chocolate by stirring in mini marshmallows, scooping the mixture into the paper cups, and then adding confetti sprinkles. I love how cute these turned out!



The third craft is always cookies that fit the monthly theme, so this month's were Donut and Cupcake Cookies. The cookies are pre-baked and sealed in airtight plastic so they arrive fresh. It's best to complete your crafts within a week of receiving the box so that the ingredients are at their freshest.

The cookies were cupcake and donut shapes of two sizes, with multiple colored sprinkles and pink, white, and light blue icing. I loved the pastel colors and the different designs I could make on the donuts, especially.

Bottom Line: The crafts in Gramma in a Box are always fun and appropriate for all ages. I love sharing them with my family, and they're always happy to help me eat them up!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

December 2020 Spiffy Socks Review

Spiffy Socks sends high quality socks in fun designs made from bamboo fibers. They're comfy and stylish and a great way to treat yourself to a colorful gift each month!

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

Spiffy Socks are made from eco-conscious bamboo fibers and are odor fighting, temperature regulating (not too hot in the warmer months, keeps you warm in the cooler months), and are shock-resistant. The material is lightweight and twice as soft as cotton.

Spiffy Socks are available for men's (size 6-12) and women's (size 5-10) sizes. You can choose from monthly, three month, six month, and yearly plans:

  • Monthly: $11 per month
  • Three Months: $31 every three months
  • Six Months: $61 every six months
  • Yearly: $119 every 12 months

Shipping is free to the U.S. and extra to other countries; the exact shipping price will vary based on where you live.

You can also buy individual pairs as a one-time purchase for $20 per pair. 

The socks ship towards the end of the month, which is my reviews are always a month behind. My December Spiffy Socks were a striped pattern with navy and light blue stripes and yellow, red, and maroon accents. I love wearing these around the house, especially during COVID and winter when I'm not leaving the house too often. They keep my feet warm and the designs are fun!

Bottom Line: Spiffy Socks are great quality and a fun way to dress up your wardrobe. I really like the bamboo fibers and think they're comfortable, and they do a great job of keeping my feet warm.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

REALHER Definer Brow Pencil Review

I overplucked my eyebrows when I was a teen and they've never recovered, so any time I hear about a new brow product I'm always willing to give it a try. Recently I tried the REALHER Definer Brow Pencils, available in three shades.

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

The REALHER Definer Brow Pencil is a long-lasting, micro-tip shader that can be used for bold and subtle brow looks. The pencil has a creamy wax formula and it's great for drawing in individual hairs to fill in your brows.

The Definer Brow Pencil is available in three shades:

  • Eye Am Grateful - light brown
  • Eye Am Strong - medium brown
  • Eye Am Inspiring - dark brown

What I liked best about the pencils is the micro-tip. It's delicate though, so start off with soft pressure and build as you get more comfortable with using the pencil. I broke off some of the tip the first time I used it because I put too much pressure down too quickly. The texture is great for buildable color, so a light pressure to begin with is better since you can always add more if you need. The pencils also have a spoolie brush on the opposite side (like a mascara wand applicator) to smooth out brows and any harsh lines.

Here are the shades, from darkest to lightest. The Eye Am Grateful was too light for my brows, but it still works great as a defining/highlighting shade.

Here are my brows before and after using the REALHER pencils. I wasn't kidding -- my natural brows are horrible! I used the medium and dark brown shades to fill in my brows and give them a thicker shape. I think the colors look natural and the application glided on easily.

Bottom Line: I'm a fan of the REALHER Definer Brow Pencil! I appreciate that they have three different shades. They can be used alone or blended together for more depth, and I think the shades will be appropriate for almost any natural shade. The application is easy and provides natural looking definition.

Friday, January 15, 2021

December 2020 Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I got two books with my December Book of the Month box, neither of which were featured for the month.Since this was my birthday month I was able to choose a free extra title.

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

Book of the Month costs $14.99 per month for a new hardcover title. You can choose from one of five books, and if none of them strike your fancy, you can skip the month or choose from a small option of previous titles.

The December box came with a sheet of cute Boxie stickers, the Book of the Month mascot.

I wasn't interested in any of the December selections so I chose The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. For my birthday bonus book I could choose anything from their past catalog, so I picked The Night Tiger by Yangze Choo.

Here's the synopsis for The Great Alone:

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger.


And for The Night Tiger:

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin plunges into a dark adventure: a mirror world of secrets and superstitions.

Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master's dying wish: that Ren find the man's finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master's soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren's increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.

Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

 
Both titles sound like great stories that will transport me to two very different places and I'm excited to read them.

Bottom Line: Book of the Month is the best book subscription box to me. You can't beat $14.99 for a new, hardcover title, and they always have great titles to choose from.

Friday, January 8, 2021

December 2020 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

I think everyone knows about Ipsy by now. I used to subscribe years ago when they first launched and were still called MyGlam. I decided to subscribe again because they've become one of the best affordable beauty subscriptions, in my opinion.

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

Ipsy costs $12 per month for their basic Glam Bag. They also have a Glam Bag Plus for $25 per month, and a Glam Bag X that replaces your bag once a quarter for $43 per bag.

The standard Glam Bag comes with five samples worth $50+ every month. Glam Bag Plus sends five full-sized products, and the Glam Bag X sends seven full-sized products and you get to choose three of them. Shipping is free to the U.S. and $2.95 to Canada.

I was drawn back to Ipsy because I liked the quality of brands and product types that they've been sending out. I think it's a good deal for only $12 and I was running low on my beauty sample supply (finally).

My December bag had a good representation of products that fit my needs very well. I also liked the design of the December bag itself, though I could do without a monthly bag. I don't know what to do with them -- they're nice enough that I feel guilty throwing them out, but I also don't need all these little pouches (I usually end up donating them).

 

Here's what was in my bag:

  • IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream: This moisturizer is clinically tested to give skin a healthier, more radiant appearance with Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramides, and more. It's a thicker cream that's great for winter but it still felt light on my skin and absorbed quickly.
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: I've tried this serum a few times before and it's fine, but nothing special to me. It probably works well, but the sample size is too small to really be able to tell how well it works with my skin. It has green grape extract and patented viniferine to help lighten hyperpigmentation and even skin tone.


  •  Violet Voss Single Eyeshadow in Nude Sparks: I love this eyeshadow shade. It's a gorgeous golden brown with shimmer flecks. I like wearing it on my lids as a single shade for extra dimension, but it's also great as a base for other colors.
  • Glam Up Moisturizing Avocado and Nourishing Acai Berry Sheet Mask Set: I love sheet masks so I'll take as many as Ipsy wants to send. The avocado mask is great for moisturizing and the acai berry works to tighten pores and smooth fine lines.
  • Beauty for Real Lip Cream + Color in Really Red: This is a gorgeous red lipstick. I prefer liquids and usually go for mattes, but this cream stayed put on my lips and looked very glam.

The December bag had a faux shearling design and was really cute! The bags are much better made than when I used to subscribe.

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