November Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

Last month I reviewed the Vegan Cuts Snack Box, which was full of delicious treats.  This month I have a review of the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box to share with you, and it's equally amazing!


The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a fun and easy way to try cruelty-free brands.  Each month they send 4-7 deluxe samples and full-sized products, ranging from luxurious skincare to colorful cosmetics.  Cruelty-free beauty is important to me, and there are so many amazing brands out that there are 100% not tested on animals (from their ingredients to their final products).  The box has a few different payment options:
  • $19.95 a month (recurring)
  • $59 for three months (one time charge)
  • $100 for six months (one time charge, one box free)
  • $199 for a year (one time charge, two boxes free)
Shipping to the U.S. is included in the charge, and it's $8 to Canada and $15 elsewhere internationally.


The November box contained seven items, all of which I am loving!  The first product I noticed was the LUSH soap, I love love love LUSH and this is one scent that I've been wanting to try.  I was really impressed by the variety of items and couldn't wait to dig in and try them all!

  • EVOLVh UltrainShine Moisture Shampoo ($8 for 2.5 fl oz) - This nutrient-infusing shampoo leaves hair feeling silky and smooth.  It's free of sulfates, parabens, and is entirely vegan.  I'm going to be flying to NYC in December, so I'm going to take this with me since it's perfectly travel-sized.
  • La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar (~$6.18 for .125 fl oz) - I had to estimate the amount of liquid in this vial so the value is a huge approximation, but more importantly, this is an advanced age-fighting cellular renewal nectar that's appropriate for all skin types.  It protects against free radicals and daily pollutants to help skin stay fresh and youthful.
  • Mullein & Sparrow Mini All Natural Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm ($10 for .25 oz, full-sized) - This tinted balm gives lips and cheeks a naturally dewy finish.  After researching on the Mullein & Sparrow website I think it only comes in one shade, and it looks like a dark maroon in the tin.  When I swatched it on my hand I hardly got any pigmentation at all (it really just looked like a clear gloss), so I'm going to have to play around with this a bit more to see whether I like it or not.
  • The All Natural Face Diva Stix in Black Kohl ($4.88, full-sized) - This eyeshadow crayon only has four ingredients (organic jojoba oil, candelila wax, mica, and oxides) and can be used as an eyeliner for a dramatic look.  I've used a few of The All Natural Face's products before and they're always great.
  • LUSH Baked Alaska Soap ($7.95 for 3.5 oz, full-sized) - This was a bonus item and, as I said, I am so glad it was included in the box!  It's citrus-scented and made with lemon myrtle, toning grapefruit and ylang ylang for stress-relief.  It's also vegan, made from 100% palm-free base.  I know some people are not as into LUSH because they do use synthetic ingredients, but I continue to support them because they're such vocal advocates for cruelty-free products (and other great causes).
  • DEMES Butter Me Up in Cherry Cerise ($15 for 1 oz, full-sized) - This is an all-natural moisturizer for the body and lips.  It's made with shea butter, cocoa butter, candelila wax, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and flavor/essential oils.  The packaging is biodegradable, too.  The cherry scent would not be my first choice, but I do like this product a lot.
  • Shorganics Rosemary Mint Bar Soap ($1.75 for 1 oz) - Shorganics is another brand I've tried before that I really enjoy.  This soap is crafted in small batches with organic ingredients and it's verified vegan by Vegan Action.  It's free from harsh chemicals or detergents, synthetic fragrances, and soy.
Bottom Line: The November Vegan Cuts Beauty Box was a home run for me!  I was impressed by the types of products included and I'm excited to use them all.  I highly recommend this subscription to anyone looking to find new cruelty-free brands!

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Vegan Cuts.  Press samples received for review purposes.

November Birchbox Review - BuzzFeed Life Holiday Hacks Box

For the second month in a row I decided to choose the curated partnership Birchbox over the standard one.  I always peek at my samples ahead of time, even when I get a normal box, so I like that I know exactly what items will be in the curated boxes when they are available during sample selection.


OMG, what's up with this box (sorry, I'm cheesy)?!  This month, Birchbox partnered with BuzzFeed Life to create a "Happy Holiday Hacks" box.  Up until recently I wasn't too interested in BuzzFeed, but I've been checking the site out regularly when I'm bored now because they have some interesting things (and fun quizzes).  I thought it was interesting that Birchbox was teaming up with them for this box, and I liked what I saw as far as what would be inside.


Before I get to the samples, I wanted to point out that everyone's box contained a holiday gift guide.  Birchbox has sent one every year (that I've been a subscriber at least), and while they're fun to flip through, they usually aren't too useful to me as far as gift shopping goes.


This one had the best design of all the gift guides I've seen, but again, it really didn't showcase too many products.  I felt like it was more about looking pretty than actually being helpful; maybe that's just because I was already aware of all of the products they featured.  But like I said, it was fun to flip through.


On to the part you actually care about, the samples!  This box contained five total, and I mostly picked it because of the candle and the dry shampoo.  I'd also tried two of the samples before and liked them a lot.  The informational card in the box lists little "hacks" that you can use these products for, but BuzzFeed is notorious for just posting obvious things and calling them "life hacks."  To me, a life hack is something creative that I wouldn't normally think of, like an unusual use for an everyday product.  Telling me to use dry shampoo on my oily hair when I don't have time to take a shower is not a life hack.


I feel like I'm sounding a bit negative in this review, but I don't mean to be!  I actually really liked this box a lot.  Here's what was inside:

  • Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask ($7.50 for one mask) - I've used this mask before and I like that it's targeted towards oily skin.  It's soaked in charcoal serum, which is great for controlling sebum production.  Unfortunately the effects are not too long-lasting with only one mask, but it's better than nothing!
  • amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($2.97 for .75 oz) - I love trying new dry shampoos because oily scalp is a daily struggle for me!  I know everyone says not to wash your hair every day, but I have to or else it's just gross.  This formula smells really nice and works better than any other that I've ever tried!  I will most likely buy a full-sized bottle of this.
  • Greenleaf Signature Candle in Silver Spruce ($3.58 for 2 oz) - This candle is the main reason why I chose this box!  I love, love, love candles, especially in fall and winter scents.  I could smell this as soon as I opened the box and it's lovely.  It smells exactly what you would expect it to smell like: a big ol' pine tree.
  • Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24hr Mascara ($11.60 for .14 oz) - I've heard good things about this mascara but I just don't ever really get excited about mascaras.  I also have about 500 of them, so I'm not in need for any more samples.  I put this up for swap.
  • Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips ($2.91 for .10 oz) - I also put this up for swap, but only because I currently have a full-sized tube of it.  The name is really weird, but this stuff is amazing!  It's a really hydrating and protecting moisturizer.  I use it mainly as a lip balm, but you can use it wherever you have dry, chafed skin.
Bottom Line: While BuzzFeed's premise of "life hacks" may be a bit weak in my opinion, this Birchbox was not!  It had an approximate retail value of $28.56, which I think is pretty good for something that only cost me $10.80.

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  Post contains referral links.

November Beauty Box 5 Review

November's Beauty Box 5 is themed "Gracefully Grounded."  This time of year is when everything starts to get even crazier than normal, what with gift shopping, travel, and everything else that comes with the holidays.  The five beauty products in this month's box help remind you to take time to pamper yourself, even if only for an extra 10 minutes a day.


If you're new to Beauty Box 5, each month they send five deluxe samples and full-sized products that are an assortment of beauty, skincare, and tools.  Boxes cost $12 a month, with free shipping to the U.S. and $3 to Canada.


  • Laura Ashley Body Butter (~$3.33 for 1.75 oz) - Laura Ashley's body butters are rich and nourishing, and this one is normally sold in a pack of six.  I received the scent "Cherry Blossom," and it's floral and feminine.
  • Hask Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil ($2.99 for .625 fl oz) - Beauty Box 5 released this as a spoiler for this month and I was excited to try it because Hask's products are great!  I've tried some of their other hair oils but not this one, but I'm sure it will leave me with soft and beautiful hair like their other oils.
  • L'Oreal Paris Nail Color ($5.99 for .39 fl oz) - Some other subscribers received a travel bottle in their box and I was bummed that I didn't get one (I need one for an upcoming trip) because I thought BB5 had forgotten to add one to my box.  Turns out that I received this nail polish instead of the bottle, it is in the shade "Because You're Worth It."
  • DenTek Floss Picks + Case ($2.49 for four) - I don't quite consider these to be a beauty item, but I suppose you could call them a beauty tool.  I'd say they're more of a personal care item, but regardless, I do like them!  I am one of those few people who doesn't mind flossing, and having the travel case is handy.
  • Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash (~$.54) - The body wash is "the latest beauty breakthrough from Dove."  It promises a rich lather and gentle cleansers, leaving softer, smoother skin.
The box also came with coupons for $1 off an DenTek Floss Pick + Case and 30% off for Sparkles & Pop, a jewelry site.

Bottom Line: Beauty Box 5 is a great box with a great value!  The overall retail value of this month's is $15.34, which may be only a few dollars more than the price of the box, but I think the real value comes in getting a surprise assortment of samples to play with!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Beauty Box 5.  Press samples received for review purposes.

BareBox Review

BareBox is a new subscription that promises to send "beautiful, organic skincare" to your door each month.  I was intrigued because I love trying new organic products, and I was attracted to BareBox's simple ingredients.


The box is simple yet appealing.  I like that the design is no-frills because it reflects BareBox's products: natural, effective skincare.  Here's a quick breakdown of how it all works:
  • The box costs $16 a month plus shipping ($4.99 to US, $8 to Canada).
    • Use code Bare25 for 25% off of your first box.
  • You are billed on the 1st of every month.
  • You can cancel at any time by emailing them at Hello@BareBox.com
  • Each box contains the same items, which BareBox is explains is because: We believe in consistency and making it easy to add BareBox into your daily routine. For this reason, every month you get the four same amazing organic products!

The items were neatly packaged and wrapped in confetti tissue paper.  I thought everything looked so pretty and I especially loved the tissue paper!  I did notice one small typo on the lid of the box (where they give details about each product), and being a former English major it did irk me a little bit.  I won't stay too long on my soapbox, but when you're sending out a product I think it's important to make sure grammatical errors don't happen, because it can reflect poorly on the service (see photo below).


As stated previously, each box will contain the same four items (the typo is the "Organic Skin Clearng Tea"), all of which are described above.  You can access the full ingredients list at GetBareBox.com/ingredients.  I actually pulled the page up as I was typing this review and, yikes, I found more glaring typos.  But more importantly, I like that they are transparent about what goes into their line.  There is not one ingredient on that list that I don't like or see as any cause for concern!


So what exactly is inside?  There's an Organic Coffee Scrub, Organic Moisturizer, Organic Facial Cleanser, and Organic Skin Clearing Tea.  I actually think that each product would last me for much longer than a month, so I think it would be nice if there was an option to pause your subscription so you could order a new box when you needed one.  I could see myself getting overloaded with products each month since I wouldn't be able to use them up fast enough.

  • Organic Moisturizer - The moisturizer is the opaque white cream on the left.  My favorite thing about this is how it smells, it is so nice!  It's sweet and slightly floral.  The cream itself is light and absorbs into the skin quickly, and it's very smooth.
  • Organic Facial Cleanser - I like this cleanser a lot and found that it lathered well.  I used it just using my hands and again with my Clarisonic Mia, and I prefer using the face brush because the liquid is a bit runny, so scooping it out and putting it in my hands got a little messy.  I suppose if you had a small scoop or spoon it would be more effective than trying to scoop it out with your fingers (probably more sanitary, too).
  • Organic Skin Clearing Tea - The tea was inside of a blue and white striped bag and there were 12 sachets total, enough to drink it three times a week.  According to the ingredients page it's a rooibos tea, and I'm assuming that all of the ingredients listed after that are in the tea: organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic cloves and organic stevia.  As far as teas go it doesn't have a ton of flavor, but it smells wonderful and is nice and relaxing to drink.
  • Organic Coffee Scrub - Last, but not least, we have the coffee scrub!  This is definitely my favorite item in the box, mostly because I always love a good scrub.  I like it even better because it's made from coffee and it smells wonderful.  It's a bit on the harsher side because the coffee grains are a harder exfoliant, but it's perfect for once-a-week use.
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by BareBox!  It might be a turnoff for some people that the items are the same every month, but if you're looking for a great line of products that is really affordable, I highly recommend giving this box a try.

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Le Tote Review for November

I have known about Le Tote for a while, but I never thought to give them a try because I'm a little wary of clothing rental subscriptions.  For those unfamiliar, for Le Tote specifically you pay $49 each month and they send you five items (three garments and two accessories) that equal $200 or more in retail value.  You can wear the items for as long as you want, and if you choose to keep them you'll be charged a discounted price for each item.  If you don't wish to keep any of the items, you simply mail them back to Le Tote in a prepaid envelope they provide.


I finally decided to try Le Tote after they ran a promotion where you could try your first tote for free.  Since the tote was free I have to return it by a certain date, and I couldn't find anything on the website about whether or not each tote needs to be returned after a certain amount of time before they'll charge you for all of the items (with a paid subscription).  Anyway, my box arrived damaged and I should have taken that as my first warning.  The seal was broken and the box was really dented, and I don't know if that was an error on Le Tote's behalf of the post office's.  I'm honestly leaning towards Le Tote's, because I have a pretty good relationship with my mail carrier, and they would have left a note if something happened to the package in transit.


As you can see from the photo above, the seal was entirely broken.  It looks like someone ripped it off.  After I found that none of the items inside were damaged or missing I felt better, but still -- as a new customer, this did not leave a good first impression.


Your first Le Tote comes with a nice tote bag, measuring tape, and a guide about the service.  I wasn't sure if the bag was something I could keep, but I checked on their website and these three things are their gifts to you.  The bag is actually really nice--it's sturdy and has lots of interior pockets.  I also didn't have any measuring tape prior to receiving this box, so that was a welcomed gift, too.


On to the items!  I went through Le Tote's website and selected items for "My Closet," which is what they use to choose items to send to you.  I'm hard to please when it comes to jewelry, and these two pairs of earrings are not my style.  The blue teardrop ones would be okay if they were smaller (I actually had put these in My Closet without realizing the size), but both are just too big and clunky for me.  The ones on the left are just not my style at all; frankly, I think they're ugly.  But that's okay, I was more interested in getting some cute clothes to wear anyway.


This top ended up being my favorite piece in the box.  It's the Polly Plains Blouse by French Connection.  It retails for $58, but the Le Tote member price is $44.  Most people would think this is boring and simple, but I love simple black clothes.  Tops like this are easy to wear to work or out and about and can be dressed up or down with different accessories.  I wore this once but I won't be keeping it because I know I could find a similar top for much cheaper elsewhere.


Up next is the Button Shirt by Saint Grace.  I don't think I need to point out what is wrong with this picture, but just in case I do--can you see how wrinkly this shirt is?!  I was so disappointed when I pulled it out of the box.  Not only was it ridiculously wrinkled, but there are small stains along the top of it and on the collar.  It retails for $88, member price is $64.  I wouldn't even pay $20 for this shirt in this condition!  This really, really turned me off from Le Tote as a whole.  I didn't even bother trying this on because I was so disappointed.  They couldn't have even taken the time to iron it just a little bit before sending it out to another customer?


Last up is the Lacey Dress by Willow & Clay, which retails for $88 with a member price of $64.  Again, wrinkly.  Way too wrinkly.  It's a cute dress but I haven't tried it on because I honestly have not felt like ironing it.  I know that's lazy of me, but it's also lazy of Le Tote and I think it reflects really poorly on them that they send customers clothing in this condition.  I'm glad I didn't pay $49 to get a box full of wrinkly clothes!  I'm undecided on whether or not I'm going to wear this before I send the tote back.

Bottom Line: I am 100% not impressed with Le Tote and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  For $49 a month I expect clothes in good condition: no stains, no wrinkles.  I know some wrinkling will occur during shipping, but that Saint Grace shirt is unacceptable.  The stains alone should have been cause for it to be pulled from their inventory.  All I can say is I'm glad that this tote didn't cost me anything and that I got a nice tote bag out of it!  I definitely will not be staying on as a customer of theirs.

See more photos of my items behind the "read more."

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.


Modere Beauty Box Review

It can be a hassle to find a skincare routine that works for you, and even more difficult to find one without harmful ingredients.  Enter the Modere Beauty Box: a great way to conquer both of those obstacles.  The box allows you to try five products absolutely risk-free (and for free)!


Modere offers lifestyle essentials like personal care and health and wellness products that are "safe made sexy."  They're committed to pure, ethical, and safe formulas and have been for over 25 years.  The five items in the Beauty Box are free of parabens, ethoxylates, PEGS, SLS, and phthalates.


The Modere Beauty Box allows you to test five of their best skincare and hair care products for a full week, which begins when you receive your box.  The box contains sample tubes of each item, along with full-sized products.  The box itself is free to request.  If, after trying the samples, you decide that you want to keep the full-sized tubes, you will be charged the full price of $79.99 (plus tax, which is an overall savings of $60) for the box.  If you decide that the products are not for you, simply return the full-sized ones back to Modere.  The samples and full-sized Dual Action Eye Gel are yours to keep (a $39.99 value - $10 for the samples, and $29.99 for the eye gel).  You also have the option of keeping just one or some of the full-sized items, for which you'll be charged the MSRP value.


Above is a photo of the sample sizes, along with the full-sized eye gel.  Here's a breakdown of each item:

  • Exfoliant ($12.99 for 1.7 fl oz) - This exfoliant is made with prickly pear and jojoba wax beads to gently lift dead surface cells from the skin.  Brush-like bamboo particles also work to visually resurface your complexion.  This can be used 2-3 times a week.  I loved how gentle this was on my skin while still being effective; it left my face feeling nice and smooth.
  • Anti-Aging Serum ($39.99 for 1.5 fl oz) - The serum is a quick absorbing liquid that achieves the perfect balance of preserving your skin while enhancing your natural look.  It contains rye seed extract, Maca (hydrolyzed Lepidinum Meyenii root), hydrolyzed elastin, gotu kola, and banana flower.  The rye seed extract helps with firmness, the Maca hydrates, and the hydrolized elastin revitalizes the skin.  The full-sized tube has a pump applicator that dispenses just the right amount, so you don't have to worry about wasting any product.  When I think of a serum I usually think of a clear liquid, but this one is opaque white and with a thin consistency.
  • Antioxidant Gel ($24.99 for 1.0 fl oz) - The Antioxidant Gel is my favorite item in the line to use!  It is a primer-like consistency and leaves my skin feeling nice and matte (a welcome feeling, since my skin is oily).  It also smells slightly citrus-y, probably because it's enriched with vitamin C and citrus aurantium dulcis.  All of the ingredients work together to strengthen skin's natural defenses as well as improve firmness and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dual Action Eye Gel ($29.99 for .6 fl oz) - This eye gel soothes under-eye puffiness and reduces the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles.  It's made with hydrolyzed elastin and hydrolyzed lupine protein, both of which absorb into the skin quickly.  The gel is a bit less viscous than I normally imagine a gel to be, but it applies easily.
  • Antioxidant Hair Serum ($21.99 for 1.5 fl oz) - This is my favorite product of the bunch!  It made my hair feel so amazingly soft and smooth.  It works to banish frizz and leave hair nice and shiny, which it definitely did for me.  It contains oils of kukui seed, argan, jojoba seed, and tamanu.

The above photo shows the full-sized tubes of each product.  The Dual Action Eye Gel in the photo before this one is full-sized, but a reminder that if you order a box that one is yours to keep regardless of whether you choose to keep any of the other full-sized items.

  • Visit the Modere website to learn more about the Beauty Box and browse their full line of products! (*Note: This is a referral link, but it is not my personal referral link.  A referral is needed in order to access the box).
Bottom Line: The Modere Beauty Box is an excellent way to try a great line of skincare products completely free.  Not only do you get to keep the samples and the full-sized Dual Action Eye Gel regardless, you can choose to keep all of the items for $60 off of their combined retail values!  I have really enjoyed using all of their products and I can say that they've all worked very well for me.  I definitely recommend giving this box a try!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Modere.  Press samples received for review purposes.

MONAT Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Winter weather is here!  Well, it's snowing where I am, at least.  If you live in a place where it gets nice and cold and dry during the winter, too, then MONAT's Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive just may be your new best friend.


The Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive is a multipurpose oil that can be used anywhere you need some extra moisturizing.  The key ingredient is Abyssinian Oil (along with 10 other rare oils), the molecular structure of which mimics the body's own natural oils.  Clinical trials have shown that it's more effective than argan oil.  It's also entirely cruelty-free.

Some of the other ingredients include Capixyl, which helps reduce scalp inflammation, strengthens and thickens hair, and stimulates natural hair growth.  Procataline helps maintain healthy levels of antioxidants in hair follices, combating premature thinning and protecting color and shine.  Lastly, Crodasorb is a UV absorber that helps protect hair from sun damage.


The oil can be used daily, and it provides nutrients like Omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants to wherever you apply it to help prevent premature aging.  When used on the hair, it seals, coats, and smooths the cuticle to boost shine and protect from environmental stressors.  I like to use oils like this on my hair, but it can easily be used to target dry patches on the skin as well.

Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive works great as a facial moisturizer, as it works to control sebum production by replenishing the skin's natural oils.  If your skin gets too dry (on your face or elsewhere), this usually triggers the body to make even more oil, which only exacerbates the problem.  It may seem counterintuitive to apply an oil on oily skin, but as a sufferer of oily skin, I can promise that it works!


A full-sized vial contains 1.0 fl oz (30 mL) of product.  At first I assumed this was mainly to be used on the hair and scalp, so that's what I did with it the first few days I was testing it.  But then I realized that it could be used as an effective moisturizer as well, so I tried using it on my skin at night after cleansing.  I really like this oil, it's fast absorbing and has been effective in all the ways I've used it.  I'll probably continue to use it as a nighttime facial moisturizer during the winter, since the dry, cold air can be so harsh on my skin!

  • Visit the MONAT website to learn more about Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive and browse their full line of products

Bottom Line: MONAT's Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive delivers on its promises, and is a great way to treat yourself in these cold winter months!

*Disclaimer: This post is powered by iFabbo. Press samples received for review purposes.

Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription Boxes

As I get older, I'm finding that it's getting harder and harder to shop for my friends and family.  It's easy to buy for kids, since they always want a certain toy, book, movie...anything, really.  But if you're friends and family are anything like mine, the holidays become a time where all you hear is "I don't really need anything."  Humility is fine, but it's the holidays!  It's the perfect time to indulge in or ask for things you wouldn't normally purchase for yourself, and I think subscription boxes fit perfectly into that category.


I've compiled a list of some great boxes tailored for all different types of people.  I haven't personally tried all of them, but I've seen reviews on other blogs and I thought they looked like good deals!


Conscious Box - $9.95 a month for the Taster Box, $19.95 a month for the Plus Box
I was a Conscious Box subscriber for over a year (read my reviews) and I loved it!  They send the best natural, non-GMO products each month and their shop has all of the products available at discounted prices.

Daily Dose of Green - $15 a month or $165 a year (one month free)
I subscribed to this box for quite a few months and really enjoyed it (read my reviews).  I was always impressed by the variety of items they sent.  You fill out a survey as well and they send you specific products tailored to your needs and interests.

Eco Emi - $15 a month for the Variety box, $22 a month for the Beauty box
Eco-Emi is another box I was subscribed to (read my reviews) that I thoroughly enjoyed.  They now have two separate boxes, the Variety option is a lifestyle box (7-8 samples) and the Beauty box contains 4-5 full-sized and deluxe makeup and skincare samples.

Yuzen Autumn 2013
Goodebox - $19 a month, $18 a month for three months, $17 a month for six months
I only tried one Goodebox when they first launched, but they have vastly improved in my opinion.  Not that they were ever bad, but now they feature many more brands.  The nice thing about their service is that you can gift subscriptions in increments of one month, i.e.. one month, two months, three months, etc. up to six months.

Petit Vour - $15 a month, $45 for three months, $90 for six months (US pricing)
I love Petit Vour because they send only vegan and cruelty-free beauty (read my reviews)!  A lot of their items are from luxury brands, so the box always has a high value.  They also ship internationally, with $23 a month for Canada and $30 a month elsewhere.

Yuzen - $33 a month, shipped quarterly
Yuzen boxes are always gorgeous.  Their packaging is wonderful and the items inside are even better (read my reviews).  They feature the best eco-conscious products to "nourish the body and soul."


Golden Tote - $49 for 2-3 items, $149 for 5-7 items
Golden Tote is a really fun way to shop.  Each month they release specific clothing, and you can choose one item to be in your tote.  Then the rest of your items are surprise items that are hand-selected by the Golden Tote staff to match the style profile you fill out when you sign up.  If you choose to gift a tote, you have to create a style profile for the recipient.

Just Fab - $39 a month
Just Fab features shoes, accessories, handbags, and apparel for only $39 with a VIP membership!  Each month, stylists choose items for you in your showcase based on your style preferences, and you can choose to purchase an item or skip the month if you don't see anything you like.

Image courtesy of Golden Tote
Stitch Fix - $20 a month
Stitch Fix sends five items to you each month picked based on your style profile, and you can choose to keep them at a discounted price, or send them back if you don't like them.  Returns are free and easy.

Fabletics - Starting at $49.95 a month
Fabletics, a sister company of JustFab, is for the athlete in your life!  They have a huge range of athletic wear for everyone from yogis to joggers and beyond.

Gwynnie Bee - $35 a month (for one item, prices increase from there)
Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental/purchase service for plus-sized women (they carry only sizes 10-32).  Subscribers add clothes they like to their virtual closet, and then they'll receive a box with these styles that they can either wear for a time and return or purchase at discounted prices.  There's no limit to the number of boxes you can receive a month.


Plated - $60 per shipment
Plated is a meal delivery service that allows you to select complete dishes from their menu each week.  You can choose plates for 2, 4, or 6 people and skip any weeks you'd like.

Nature Box - $19.95 a month, $17.95 for three months, $16.95 a month for six months, or $15.95 a month for a year
I love Nature Box; they have such a huge range of delicious snacks!  You can pick five snacks for the $19.95 charge, plus you can add on as many more as you'd like for an additional fee.  You can also choose to be surprised and they'll send you a random assortment of snacks.

My March 2014 Nature Box
Graze - $6.99 per shipment, $25 per box for the Graze Big Box
The original Graze box contains for mini snack packs that are perfect for anytime you get a craving.  The Graze Big Box contains larger bags of the same snacks.  You can't choose exactly which items to receive, but you can rate each snack and select "never send" for any you don't like.  You can get boxes once a week, twice a month, or once a month.

Vegan Cuts Snack Box - $19.95 a month, $39 for three months, $100 for six months (1 month free), $199 for a year (2 months free)
The Vegan Cuts Snack Box is perfect for the eco-conscious foodie in your life (or anyone who really just loves delicious snacks!).  They send 7-10 items each month that are all vegan, from cookies to tea and beyond!  Read my review for their October 2014 box.

Orange Glad Sweet Box - $19.95 a month or $31.95 a month for the Double Treats box
I was gifted a three-month subscription to Orange Glad last Christmas and it quickly became one of my favorite boxes (read my reviews)!  They send 4-5 gourmet desserts each month and they are absolutely heavenly!


JewelMint VIP Box - $29.99 a month
Each month JewelMint will send a box full of jewelry valued at $80+.  You can also just sign up for their standard service, which allows you to purchase pieces each month that are picked based on your style profile, or you can choose to skip that month (prices vary).

Your Bijoux Box - $35 a month
Your Bijoux Box sends three pieces of hand-curated jewelry.

Cate & Chloe VIP - $39.99 a month
The Cate & Chloe VIP box sends $200 worth of designer jewelry to your door.

Necklace from my fourth RocksBox
Formio - $18 a month
Formio sends four accessories plus a clutch, all curated to be worn together and based on your style preferences, and you can choose to either keep and purchase them at discounted prices or send them back after you've worn them for a little while.

RocksBox - $19 a month
RocksBox works the same way as Formio.  You pay the $19 a month fee, and for that you get an unlimited supply of designer jewelry.  You can choose to keep the pieces and purchase them at discounted prices, or send them back and get a brand new box.


Kiwi Crate - $19.95 a month, $18.50 a month for six months, $16.95 a month for a year
Kiwi Crate is a really fun box that sends hands-on crafts centered around different themes.  It also comes with a mini magazine with illustrations and information about the craft.

FabKids - $29.95 per outfit with VIP membership
FabKids is another brand that's under the same umbrella as JustFab and Fabletics.  Each month you can choose a full outfit for boys and girls, or you can purchase outfits individually without the VIP membership.

Green Kid Crafts - $19.95 a month, $18.95 a month for six months, $17.95 a month for a year
Green Kid Crafts sends 3-4 Creativity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kits that help kids learn while having fun.  Each kit centers around a different theme.

March NerdBlock Jr. Girls box
Nerd Block Jr (Boys and Girls) - $13.99 a month + shipping
Nerd Block Jr. is a box full of toys for boys or girls.  The girls box contains stereotypical "girly" toys, while the boys box contains stereotypical "boy" toys.  You can purchase either for your child, regardless of their true gender.  Click here to read my review of the March Girls Box.

Kiwibop Postcard Pals - $3.99 a month, $3.79 a month for biannual, $3.59 per month for annual
Kiwibop Postcard Pals is one of the more unique subscriptions I've found.  Your child's first kit will include a welcome package with their first four postcards, stickers, and a fun activity.  Then each month after they'll receive four more colorful postcards packed with information on a wide variety of subjects.

Citrus Lane - $29 a month, $27 a month for three months, $24 a month for six months, $22 a month for a year
Citrus Lane sends a box full of 4-5 of the best products for your little one (toys, books, snacks, and more).  You also get to choose the box based on your child's age, so you know you'll always receive products appropriate for them.


Birchbox - $10 a month, $30 for three months, $60 for six months, $110 for a year (1 month free)
Pretty much everyone knows about Birchbox, but I'm including it anyway because it's such a great deal.  This is a great starter box for anyone who's new to the subscription box world, and it features deluxe samples from high-end brands.  You can fill out a beauty profile to ensure that you receive samples relevant to your lifestyle and needs. *Note: if you choose to gift a subscription, currently they only allow 3-, 6-, and 12-month gift increments, but if you'd rather gift only one month you can just sign up with your recipient's address and cancel after one month. (Read my Birchbox reviews).

Beauty Box 5 - $12 a month, $30 for three months, $60 for six months, $99 for a year
Beauty Box 5 is so named because they send five full-sized and deluxe samples to your door each month.  Their items range from cosmetics to skincare and accessories, and more!  Read my reviews.

Glossybox - $21 a month, $60 for three months, $115 for six months, $220 for a year
Glossybox is a bit more expensive than some other beauty subscriptions, but they send more full-sized products from high-end brands (each box contains five products total).  I have only received one Glossybox (read the review), but I was impressed with it and continue to be impressed by reviews I see on other blogs.

My May 2014 Birchbox
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box - $19.95 a month, $59 for three months, $100 for six months (one month free), $199 for a year (two months free)
The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is the sister box of the Vegan Cuts Snack Box and is just as wonderful.  Each month they send 4-7 full-sized, cruelty-free products ranging from skincare to cosmetics.

Boxycharm - $21 a month or $231 for a year
I have tried two Boxycharm boxes (read my reviews) and really loved them.  They send 4-5 full-sized beauty items and are one of the more underrated beauty boxes in my opinion.

Square Hue - $14.99 a month + $5 shipping US, $9 shipping to Canada
There are a lot of nail polish subscriptions out there, but Square Hue is my favorite (read my reviews).  Their formula is phenomenal and the price is great for three polishes a month.


Bespoke Post - $55 for a gift card (digital or physical), $135 for a box and gift card
Bespoke Post sends a "Box of Awesome" each month that contains a limited edition collection of products that are built around a specific story or theme.

Mantry - $75 a month
Mantry is "the modern man's pantry."  Each month they send a box of 6 full-sized, premium curated food items that are made in the U.S.A.

Loot Crate - $13.37 a month + shipping
Loot Crate is a box for geeks and gamers (and it's a great gift for women gamers as well).  Each box contains $40+ retail value with items centered around a specific theme (read my reviews).

Nerd Block - $19.99 a month + shipping
Nerd Block is similar to Loot Crate as it is geared towards geeks and gamers.  Each Nerd Block has a t-shirt, and the items are centered around a specific theme.  They also have Horror Block and Arcade Block (read my reviews).

My August 2014 Loot Crate
Wet Shave Club - $29 a month, $24 a month for three months, $22 a month for six months, $19 a month for a year + shipping to Canada or other international
Wet Shave Club makes shaving easy.  The starter box comes with a safety razor and shave brush, as well as all the accessories needed for a good shave (read my review here).  A lot of men I know don't take the time to shop for things like shaving accessories, so this is a great way to treat them to high-quality products that they don't have to go out and get themselves.

Birchbox Man - $60 for three months, $110 for six months, $195 for a year
Birchbox Man gift subscriptions function the same way as the women's boxes.  Birchbox Man is a great way to introduce the guy in your life to luxury skincare and more, or indulge the man who already appreciates good grooming (read my reviews).

Five Four Club - $60 a month
Five Four Club is a luxury men's clothing subscription that sends $120 worth of clothing each month.  After filling out a style profile, you'll be matched with a personal stylist who will select items to send you each month.  Boxes contain an average of 2-3 pieces.


Bottom Line: This list obviously is not all-inclusive!  There are tons more subscription services out there for any interest, and I encourage you to explore beyond these to find the perfect gift for your friends and family.  I do hope that this was helpful in getting you started, and that you find one or two that caught your eye.

Feel free to comment below with any boxes I didn't include that you recommend!

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