January Scentbird Review - Eau des Merveilles

I received a perfume from Scentbird for review last month and I loved their service so much that I subscribed (you can read my first review here).  They have so many perfumes to choose from that it can feel a little overwhelming, but I knew I wanted to try a warm and spicy scent for winter.

Scentbird is a perfume subscription that sends a 30-day supply of the perfume of your choice to your door.  If you're having a hard time choose from their 350+ options, you can pick their Scent of the Month.  They included an info card with my order that detailed February's choice, Aqua Allegoria Flora Rosa by Guerlain.  Scentbird also recommends perfumes to you based on the profile you fill out when you first sign up.

I think Scentbird is very affordable, especially since they send authentic designer perfumes.  Here are the pricing options:
  • $14.95 per month for a month-to-month subscription
  • $43.50 for three months ($14.50 per shipment)
  • $84.00 for six months ($14.00 per shipment)
  • $164.00 for twelve months ($13.50 per shipment)

Your first order will come with the Scentbird reusable purse spray atomizer and felt pouch.  All you have to do to change your perfumes is twist the actual vial in and out of the holder.  Each vial contains 8 mL of perfume, or enough for 30 days of daily use.

I chose Eau des Merveilles by Herm├Ęs, which is described as "fresh, mysterious, and sexy" on the Scentbird website.  I picked it because I love warm scents that are more on the masculine side, and I was intrigued by the scent notes: orange, amber, fir, pepper, and Virginia cedar.  I absolutely love how this smells!  I'm not very good at describing perfumes, but this one is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine.  I can definitely pick up on the pepper and amber, and the orange notes add a bit of sweetness.  My only complaint is that it isn't very long-lasting; I can't really smell it any more after a few hours.

Bottom Line: I'm excited to keep getting perfumes from Scentbird, and I'm having a tough time ordering the perfumes I chose in my queue because I want them all now!

What do you think of Scentbird?  What perfumes would you choose?

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

January Love With Food Review + First Box Free

This was the last month of my Love With Food three-month voucher from Zulily, but I am definitely staying subscribed because I love this box.  I love snacking, but I am trying to be more conscious of what I eat and only reach for healthier snacks when I'm actually hungry.  Love With Food allows me to do that but still have fun with it.

The Love With Food Taster's Box costs $10 a month and is full of organic and all-natural products. The Deluxe Box is $17 a month, and the Gluten-Free Box is $24.50 a month (this review is for the Taster's Box).  For each box sold, they donate a meal to a hungry child in the United States.  I love that this is such a tasty and affordable way to make a donation to someone in need!

  • Big Slice Energy Kettle Cooked Apples - The flavor of these is Raspberry Hibiscus and Green Coffee Extract.  I was the most excited to try these out of all of the other items in the box because I had no idea what "kettle cooked" apples would taste like.  They were amazing!  I loved them so much that I went out to Target the next day to buy more pouches.  A few reviewers weren't keen on the texture, but I liked it and the flavor was just fantastic.  They tasted more like raspberries than apples, and they had a semisoft texture.  They reminded me of how apple chunks feel in homemade applesauce.
  • Britt Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs - I've had cacao nibs before and they were always too bitter for me, but I inhaled this bag of them!  They were covered in delicious dark chocolate, which made them more palatable for me.
  • Wai Lana Cassava Pops - I've tried other Wai Lana products in the past and they were always delicious, and these chips were no different.  They're made from the cassava plant and are popped, as opposed to being baked or fried.  They had a nice, airy texture and good crunch.
  • Somersault Snack Company Somersaults in Salty Pepper - I've had different flavors of these before, too, and I could just never get into them.  They don't taste bad by any means, but I just don't crave them the way I do other salty snacks.  They're made from sunflower seeds and have a slightly nutty flavor.
  • Alter Eco Velvet Truffle - I thought that this was going to be a dark chocolate truffle but it was actually milk chocolate and I loved it!  It's 99.97% organic with 81% fair-trade certified ingredients.  I want more.
  • Bobalu In-Shell Almonds - I'm not the biggest fan of nuts so I passed these along to my dad to snack on.  They're just standard almonds, no extra flavor, but if you like them I know that they're great to snack on because they help you feel full.
  • Stash Breakfast in Paris Black Tea - Stash makes wonderful teas, and this is a flavor I've never tried before.  It has notes of lavender and bergamot and sounds lovely.
  • Luna Chocolate Dipped Coconut Mini - I hate coconut!  I never want to see coconut in a snack box ever again, but I know that won't happen.  I also don't really care for Luna Bars as a whole, so I didn't try this.
The box also came with a $40 coupon for Hello Fresh, 25% off of Grandma Hoerner's (they make the Big Slice apples), and $15 to Urban Remedy.  I had a bad experience with Hello Fresh so I won't be using that coupon (I posted it for swap if anyone is interested).  I was going to use the Urban Remedy one, but you have to spend at least $50 and I'm not really interested enough in their juices to do that.  I will, however, definitely use the Grandma Hoerner's one!
  • You can get your first Love With Food box free if you click here to use my referral link!
Bottom Line: This month's box had a total of eight snacks, and I found some new ones that I really loved!  The Big Slice apples were definitely my favorite, but the Velvet Truffle wasn't far behind.  I liked the variety again this month, too.

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VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron Review

I've mentioned a few times on this blog that I'm notoriously inept with hairstyling tools or any kind of fancy hair tutorial.  When I learned about the VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron, I was intrigued, but was unsure of how well it would work for me because of my ineptitude.  I didn't need to worry, though, because this iron is amazingly easy to use and really effective!

VOLOOM is a new tool with special patented plates that provide volume that lasts for days.  The way it works is that you use it on the bottom layers of your hair and then leave an undone layer sit over the top of it.  It's a super quick process and it really is long-lasting.  Watch the video below to see how it works:

At first glance, the iron looks like a regular flat iron.  It has a long cord with an on/off switch on one side and a switch to lock the plates closed on the other.  You can also see in the photo above that there's a numerical temperature display.  The recommended temperatures are 320°-350°F for fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair; and 350°-370° for normal, medium, healthy hair; and 370°-390° for coarse or thick hair.  My hair falls into the last category, so I set it to 390°.

Here's what the plates look like.  They've been scientifically engineered to create volume and structure without leaving a clear imprint on the hair, so you don't have to worry about anyone seeing a giant checkerbox pattern on your head.  The beveled edges gently bend the hair, creating natural-looking "volume pockets."

Along with the iron itself, you'll receive three clips, a red rat tail brush to section off the hair with, and a pouch to store it all in.  I've been meaning to buy some of these clips forever but just never really made the effort to, so I was excited to get some with the iron.  They make sectioning off your hair so much easier.  In the photo above I've sectioned off the top layer of my hair and am preparing to use VOLOOM on the bottom layers.

And here's the before and after!  These photos were taken after one day of not washing my hair, with no product in it other than the shampoo and conditioner I had used the day before.  Clearly, my hair in the "before" photo is pretty flat.  I was so surprised at how much natural looking volume that VOLOOM gave me in the "after" photo!
Bottom Line: I think VOLOOM is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy way to add volume to their hair.  It's especially helpful for those days when you don't wash your hair but want to pump it up a bit without worrying about residue from dry shampoos or other products.

What do you think of VOLOOM?  Would you purchase one?

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

Saturday Thoughts + Link Love

I was going through my list of "Subscriptions To Try" on Pinterest and I felt overwhelmed.  There are so many I want to try, but I only have so much available in my budget for boxes.  I tend to try out boxes for a month or two and then cancel so that I can try others and provide reviews.  Sometimes I do get contacted by brands who kindly send me a box to review, so that helps as well.  I guess my "thoughts" post today is really a question: which boxes would you like to see reviewed on here?  I'd be happy to take suggestions, since I am having a tough time deciding which ones to try next.

The Birchbox Home "Snow Day" box (review here)
Beauty boxes are always fun, but I like lifestyle ones, too.  I bought the January PopSugar Must Have box after seeing that they had a Keep Cup in it, and I think I'm going to stay subscribed for a few months because their boxes have gotten a lot better than in the past.  A good food/snack box is always great, too!  I can't make up my mind.  What are some of your favorite boxes?

Arganesse Hair Treatment Review

I use heat styling tools on my hair every day, a blow dryer and a flat iron usually, and that definitely takes its toll on my hair.  It gets really dry, sometimes frizzy, and definitely gets a lot of split ends.  In order to combat the negative effects of heat styling, I like to use hair oils to moisturize my strands.  Arganesse Hair Treatment is one that I've recently begun using and it's wonderful!

Arganesse is a daily leave-in treatment that controls frizz and adds shine.  Argan oil is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, all of which contribute to its hydrating capabilities.  Unfortunately, sometimes argan oil alone can leave hair feeling a bit greasy, and Arganesse was created to provide the same wonderful effects as argan oil, but without the greasiness.  It blends argan oil with the perfect combination of complimentary ingredients, and when applied to hair it gives a lovely gleam to dull, lifeless hair.

The ingredients are listed on the box in the following order: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E acetate), fragrance.  I looked up the first two at the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database because I didn't recognize them, and they are both listed as low hazards.  If you're ingredient-conscious, I don't think there is much to worry about here.

Arganesse comes in a sturdy box and has a nice felt drawstring pouch you can store it in.  The instructions say to wash, condition, and towel dry hair, then pour a small amount (about the size of a quarter) into the palm and massage gently through your hair.

I take my showers at night and I let my hair air dry before bed.  I followed the instructions and then woke up the next morning with super soft hair!  I was very impressed by the results.  I also really enjoy Arganesse's scent, it's bright and citrus-y.  I'm not sure exactly what the fragrance is since it's only listed as "fragrance" in the ingredients, but it's nice and not what I expected since most argan oils are not sweetly scented.
  • Visit the Arganesse website to purchase a bottle ($96 for 3.4 fl oz)
  • You can request a free sample at the Arganesse website!
  • Connect with Arganesse on Facebook
Bottom Line: I like Arganesse and would recommend it.  It's definitely pricier, but since you only use a few drops at a time it will last you quite a while.

*Disclaimer: Press samples received for review purposes.

LUSH Yog Nog and Reindeer Rock Soaps

I really love LUSH.  I know that they get some flak from people because their products do contain some synthetic ingredients, but the reason I continue to support them is because they are huge advocates for ending animal cruelty (as well as for many other causes!).  My favorite time of year to shop there is during Christmas because they have so many amazing scents, including the Yog Nog and Reindeer Rock soaps.

I bought a bar each of these back in December with a few other products and I meant to post a review but I didn't get around to it.  I'm posting it now because LUSH had a buy one, get one free sale and I scooped up two more bars because they are amazing!

Yog Nog is still available online (in the U.S. store, at least) and is still on BOGO sale.  When I first smelled this soap I was transported to happy place full of sweetness and warm, fuzzy blankets and all of the most delicious candy you could ever want!  It's that good.  Here's the description from the website:
Made with soy yogurt and a dash of festive spice, Yog Nog has that unmistakable creamy texture with a fudgy, spicy blend of clove bud and ylang ylang essential oils to leave skin super soft. We even gave it a generous dusting of aromatic cocoa and nutmeg powder. Just try not to eat it. Because after all, it's still soap.
I love spiced scents, and I love warm scents, and this one is the perfect mixture of both.  I think that it smells like caramel.  It's made with soy yogurt and is vegan, and is dusted with cocoa and nutmeg powder.  As far as lathering goes, if you plan on using this in the shower I would use a bath pouf/loofah with it.  I keep it at my sink to use for handwashing and it doesn't lather up a ton, but there's enough there for it get the job done.

Reindeer Rock is also still available at the BOGO price.  I think this was a new scent this year, but I'm not 100% certain on that.  It was definitely new to me.  It's scented with lingonberries, which I've eaten before but never really noticed the scent of.  Here's the description:
This reindeer-embossed sudser is made with dried lingonberry infusion, and bergamot and cypress oils to uplift and calm your mind and body. As you lather up and prepare for the Christmas rush, breathe deep and let the aroma wash over you, while the embossed reindeer silently reminds you that you can skip the holiday rush and just order everything online.
It smells like sweet berries and is really pleasant.  I love the reindeer design too, it's really cute.  The silver on it is described as "raspberry sparkle dust" on the website.  This soap performs very similarly to Yog Nog; it lathers enough but if you're used to a very rich lather from your soaps, this might take a bit to get used to.  It's worth it for the scent alone, though!

Bottom Line: You can still treat yourself to these soaps at a great price, and I highly recommend that you do so!  I love the scent of both of them, and since they're only around for the holidays I was happy to stock up on more.

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

January Something Snacks Review and Coupon Code

I signed up for Something Snacks last month because they ran a promo where you could get your first box for only $3.  It may have been a promo code from another blogger, I can't remember because I bought a lot of boxes last month (oops!).  I love snacks, so I figured Something Snacks wouldn't disappoint.

My assumption was correct: Something Snacks is a great subscription!  Boxes cost $10 per month, or $9/month for increments of six or twelve months.  There is a $3 shipping charge for all options and they currently only ship to the United States.  Each box will contain seven hand-selected snacks, all of which were tasted and approved by their team.

The snacks ship in a medium-ish white box with the Something Snacks logo.  I didn't receive a shipping notification, but per the tracking number on the label it was shipped via USPS First Class from California and only took two days to get to me here in New York.

I had actually forgotten that I'd purchased this box, so when it arrived it was a really nice surprise!  I have zero patience so I always peek ahead of time at spoilers for boxes, but it was nice for once to not know at all what would be inside of a box.  As you can see, it came with a pamphlet that listed all of the snacks inside.

  • Andy Capp's Cheddar Fries (~$.43 for .85 oz) - I actually made a happy face when I opened the box because I saw this snack first, and I love, love, love Cheddar Fries!  They're so addicting.  I could eat 10 bags of these, easily.  If you've never had them, they're baked and crunchy but still airy with a heavy cheddar flavor.
  • Orion Custard Soft Cupcake (~$.42 for .81 oz) - At first I was wary of this because the package says it's "cream and egg filled" and I was grossed out by the egg, but the info pamphlet lists the ingredients and it contains less than 2% of actual egg.  I think I'll still give this a try.
  • Simply 7 Lentil Chips in Sea Salt (~$.64 for .8 oz) - This is the featured snack of the month.  I love chips and am always looking for "healthier" alternatives (healthier in quotation marks because I know if I really want to be healthy I should just stop eating chips altogether), and lentil chips are a good option.  I haven't tried these yet, but based on other brands I've had, I'm sure they're delicious.
  • Pasencia Vanilla Drop Cookies (value unknown, .71 oz) - These little cookies kind of taste like Vanilla Wafers to me, but with a little less sugar.  They taste very familiar but I can't quite put my finger on what they remind me of exactly.  Either way, I like them, and I think they'd go good with coffee.
  • Pepero Almond & Chocolate (~$2.50 for 1.27 oz) - According to the box, this is Korea's number one brand.  Since I'm from Korea I like trying new Korean things, and I've never heard of these before.  They look like Pocky, and I'm assuming they're similar and are covered in chocolate and almonds.  If so, they must be delicious!
  • Churritos Mexicanos Corn Sticks ($.40 for 2.5 oz) - The packaging for these is really cute, I love the little lion on the front.  These are corn sticks that I think are cinnamon flavored (?) based on the "Churritos" name (churritos=churros?).  I haven't tried them yet, so I can't say for sure.
  • Lotte Choco Pie (value unknown) - According to the Amazon page I linked to, these are worth $.0093 individually, so I don't really know what they would retail for.  I love Choco Pies, and I inhaled this as soon as I opened the box (even before the Andy Capp's!).  It was delicious!  I did see in my Google search that they were recalled back in 2012 because they had almonds in them and didn't say so on the packaging, so if you have an almond/nut allergy you might want to steer clear of these.
Use coupon code TRY3NOW to get $3 off of your first month!  February's box will be Valentine's Day themed.  Sign up here.

Bottom Line: This box had a retail value of $4.39, not counting the two snacks that I couldn't find prices for.  If you're looking for a high-value snack box, this one probably would not be what you were looking for.  However, I like it a lot because they send a good mixture of familiar brands and international snacks that I otherwise wouldn't have access to.  Plus, value with snack boxes can be difficult because snacks are relatively cheap no matter where you go.  The fun here is that you're getting a surprise variety of something familiar and something new!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

January PetBox Review - Snack Box

I bought a voucher for a three month subscription to PetBox back in November, and I thought that this month marked my final box, but my account page says that it expires in February.  Regardless, this was the best month yet!

PetBox has four different box sizes, and this review is for their Snack Box, which is the smallest and cheapest option ($7.95 a month).  You can view all the box options here.  You can choose to have PetBox send you an assortment of items, or you can pick them out yourself.  The Snack Box option comes with 200 points each month that you can use to pick out items from their shop, and they'll also include a surprise treat.  If you choose not use all 200 of the points, whatever is left over will roll over into your next month's shipment.

Another nice feature of PetBox is that you can choose dog and cat treats and toys for the same box.  Some of the other pet subscriptions I've seen are catered to either dogs or cats specifically, so if you have both types of pets you'll have to buy two separate boxes.  I only have a cat, so I picked only cat items.

  • Penny Candy Catnip Toys - Sami got one of these in her first box and went nuts over it, she still plays with it now, so I knew she would love to have two more.  As soon as I got the box I opened up the pink one and gave it to her and she started chewing on it and playing with it right away.
  • Petlinks Fun Beam Laser Pointer - I was excited to give this a try because I thought Sami would love chasing it, but so far she seems pretty uninterested.  She'll follow it with her eyes, but she hasn't yet gotten up to try to chase it or anything.
  • Spot Refillable Catnip Insect - Since she loved the Penny Candy toys so much, I figured this refillable catnip toy would be a great thing to have.  I haven't filled it up yet, but I'm going to as soon as I finish this review.  I have a feeling it'll be a big hit!
  • Cosmic Catnip - This was our surprise snack, which is the same thing we received last month.  I don't mind, though, because Sami loves catnip and this won't go to waste.
Bottom Line: I was able to get four toys for Sami with only 200 points because a few of these items were on clearance, but overall I've found that 200 points is more than enough to pick out one or two good toys and treats.  Plus, PetBox sends the surprise treat so that's one more item to look forward to.  I really like this subscription and would definitely renew my subscription!

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