July PostBox By Postmark'd Studio Review

Postmark'd Studio is a stationery and gift boutique that has just launched their subscription service, PostBox. They kindly sent me their inaugural box to share with you and I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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

Postmark'd Studio was founded in January of 2017 and they launched their website just recently on June 1. Their mission is to revive letter writing to support meaningful human connection. In today's digital age, it seems like more and more people are circling back to "snail mail" and handwritten communication and I personally love it! It's important to reach out with a card or letter every once in a while.

The PostBox subscription costs $25 per month with $5.95 shipping ($30.95 total). Each shipment will contain four handcrafted artisanal cards, one postcard, postage stamps, and an "artsy doodad" such as a pen, pencil, or knick knack. Each box is curated around a theme and will allow you to creatively show your loved ones you care.

There are discounts for longer subscription lengths (these prices include the $5.95 shipping):
  • Three months at $85.35 prepay
  • Six months at $163.20 prepay
  • 12 months at $240 prepay
There is also a reward for 12 month subscribers, you'll receive free shipping and a free 13th box. The 13th box ships upon payment of the 12 month subscription.

As you can see from the photo above, the PostBox packaging is excellent. Everything was shipped in a thick envelope and the contents were between two pieces of cardboard for extra protection.

I normally take photos of the packaging for any subscription I receive, but I really wanted to showcase how thoughtful and well-done the PostBox presentation is! I almost didn't want to untie everything because it was so neat and pretty.

There were two extra inserts, one is the light blue card with Postmark'd Studio logo on it. This is a postcard itself with space for writing and addresses on the opposite side. The other card had letter writing tips and instructions on how to draw a fun whale doodle and information about the cards inside on the other side.

As promised, the package included four beautiful handmade cards and one postcard. The extra knick knack item was a pen, and the postage stamps were neatly packaged inside a separate little envelope.

I love these cards! Obviously the theme is whales and it couldn't be more appropriate for me. I'm sure the beautiful artwork will be appealing to everyone, but I especially like these cards because I was obsessed with marine biology when I was younger. I think the postcard (top left) is a Humpback Whale, the black whale below it is a Right Whale, and the red and blue card features a Blue Whale. Here's more info about each card:
  • Have a Whale of a Time (postcard) - This is from Noteworthy Paper & Press, located in Missoula, Montana, which is a team made up of Taylor Valliant and Amy Dolan. Both women are passionate about paper and letterpress and create splendid stationery for all.
  • Whale Hello! (far right) - This card is by August & Oak, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The husband and wife team of Haley and Adam use their original illustrations and turn them into delightful cards.
  • Herman the Whale (top) - This card is by Reyn Paper Company in Atlanta, Georgia. They've made it their mission to create unforgettable greeting cards and paper gifts.
  • Whale, Whale, Whale What do we have here? (bottom) - This card was created by Kelly Shields, a letterpress artist and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. She combines computer designs with the old-fashioned printing process to create beautiful cards. This design was designed by her daughter.
  • Whale, Congrats! (far left) - MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN, a company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, created this card. Their designs are a wash of color and vivid graphics that create a perfect harmony of image and text.

Last up is the assortment of stamps. There were four in the package with varying designs. I love getting stamps like this because I usually just buy the basic ones that are available at the post office, so getting fun designs adds even more flair to your letters.
Bottom Line: I am in love with PostBox! I think this box is very well curated and features absolutely beautiful cards and stationery. The inaugural shipment was perfect for me and I adored all of the whale designs. I think PostBox from Postmark'd Studio is an excellent subscription for anyone who loves stationery and handmade cards!

New Subscription Alert: Hasbro Gaming Crate!

Hasbro has launched the first-ever gaming subscription, Hasbro Gaming Crate! Subscriptions are now open for this service that will deliver exclusive games right to your door.

Hasbro Gaming Crate has two themed crates that will deliver exclusive games every three months:
  • The Party Crate: Games geared towards college students, young adults, and parents looking to enjoy "adults only" game nights. New games include Judgmental, Box of Rocks, and Speak Out: Joe Santagato Edition.
  • The Family Crate: Offers games designed to be played and enjoyed by kids and adults. New family games will include Mask of the Pharoah, Leo Goes to the Barber, and Tricky Wishes.
Starting today, June 19th, you can sign up at the Hasbro Gaming Crate website. You'll receive one crate every three months for $49.99 plus shipping per crate. The first crates will ship in early fall and you can cancel at any time. This service is currently only open to U.S. subscribers.

Emma & Chloe Flash Sale: 50% Off!

Emma & Chloe has extended their Summer Sale flash sale until Tuesday, June 20th!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Emma & Chloe sends designer jewelry from France's up-and-coming artists for $35 per month. Now through the 10th, you can get 50% off your first month or 50% off anything in the Previous Boxes Collection.
  • Use coupon code HALFOFF for 50% off your first month
  • Use coupon code GET50 for 50% off anything in the Previous Boxes Collection

June Valor Blocks Review (All Branches)

Valor Blocks recently launched boxes for all four branches of the U.S. military (previously it was only available for the Army) and I have all of them to share with you today.

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

Now active military, veterans, and their friends and family can receive a box for each branch of the U.S. military: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Boxes are $34 per month with $6 shipping to the continental U.S. and U.S. military bases worldwide. All active duty and veterans receive a 10% discount.

Each month you'll receive 4-6 officially licensed collectibles and an exclusive t-shirt. You can choose your t-shirt size when you first subscribe.

The Marine Corps t-shirt features the USMC Eagle, Globe, and Anchor logo with "Boot Camp" text. It's all black with white lettering and I like the basic style.

The box also contained a Travel Tumbler with straw (both were individually wrapped in plastic and the straw was sealed, but its still recommended that you rinse it all in warm soapy water before using), a Patch, and Self-Adhesive Medallion. The patch is embroidered with a heat-seal that can be ironed onto almost any fabric. The Medallion has an embossed enamel and metal design with a strong sticky back for attaching onto any surface.

All of the boxes also contained a two pack of Headrest Covers for your car with the logo of the branch you subscribe to. These are a universal slip-on design made from a soft, silky fabric.

When I was in high school I considered applying to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Even though I ended up going a different route, the Navy still holds a special significance for me. I also participated in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps program as a teen which was a great way to orient myself to the military.

Anyway, the t-shirt features the Navy logo with text reading "Land of the Free Because of the Brave" in white on a navy blue background. I like the big bold text and design.

The Navy box accessories were a little underwhelming to me. Inside was a Magnet, Keychain, and Self-Adhesive Medallion. I feel like the magnet and keychain could easily be picked up at any recruiting station for free. More on the accessories overall later in this post.

The Air Force t-shirt is navy blue with a silhouette of an F-22 Raptor jet and USAF text. Back when I was considering joining the Navy I was huge into naval aviation but I find the USAF interesting as well.

All of the accessories for the boxes were fairly similar, and the Air Force box featured a Keychain, Air Freshener, and Self-Adhesive Medallion with the USAF logo. The air freshener pairs well with the seat covers. Again, the keychain is kind of boring to me.

The Army t-shirt was the same t-shirt in my May box, except it's white with dark blue design instead of black with a white design (see last month's review here). I guess it's kind of different, but not really. I would have liked to see a different design in this month's shirt.

The Army accessories also featured the Self-Adhesive Medallion, Keychain, and Air Freshener. The medallion and keychain have the Army star logo and the air freshener has the traditional eagle logo.

I have to say that the June Valor Blocks were a little disappointing to me. The past Army boxes had some really interesting items but all of the boxes fell flat to me this month. As I said before, I felt like some of the accessories could easily be found at a recruiting station or other event where they're given away for free. The t-shirts are nice as well, but the Army box featured a semi-repeat design and the other three were fairy simplistic. The headrest covers are also nice and probably the best quality accessory this month.
Bottom Line: Overall, none of the June Valor Blocks boxes were very interesting to me. I hope that the next boxes feature items with a bit more intrigue and value, but I do wonder how much variety they really have with officially licensed military memorabilia. For the price, I feel like perhaps the June boxes were lacking in value.

June BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

BookCase.Club has become my favorite book subscription and one of my favorite boxes overall! I'm always anxious to see what books will arrive each month.

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

BookCase.Club sends two books for only $9.99 per month. They have a bunch of different genres to choose from, including BookCase.Kids! Here are the other box options:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Read To Me - four children's picture books
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months

My two favorite cases are the Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases. I've gotten some really great books from both cases. What I like most is that I'm pretty indecisive when it comes to choosing what to read next, so BookCase.Club makes it easy and I know they'll send something good.

The Strange Worlds case featured Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and Departure by A. G. Riddle. I received Departure in my February case, so this is unfortunately a repeat. 

From Amazon:
The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers maintains the magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman as their Sorcerer Royal and allowing England’s stores of magic to bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up, an adventure that brings him in contact with Prunella Gentlewoman, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, and sets him on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

From Amazon:

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.

The Thrill Seekers case is definitely my favorite! I have gotten so many great books in this case, and this month's selections are equally as wonderful. I feel like thrillers are especially fun to read in the summer at the beach, or anywhere really.

The two books are The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith and The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. I was especially excited to receive The Silkworm, as it was on my list of books to read. Robert Galbraith is a pen name of J. K. Rowling's and since I love Harry Potter I have high hopes for this novel.

From Amazon:
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

From Amazon:
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

Bottom Line: Although the Strange Worlds case had a repeat book for me, I still think BookCase.Club sent a great offering of books. Sorcerer to the Crown sounds like a fantasy book I'll easily get lost in, and both books in the Thrill Seekers case are right up my alley!

SMD Cosmetics Saromae Radiance Emulsion Brightening Moisturizer Review

SMD Cosmetics is a premium Korean skincare brand that is now available in the United States. They sent me the Radiance Emulsion Brightening Moisturizer from their Saromae line to try.

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

SMD Cosmetics is one of the most popular and prestigious skincare lines in South Korea, and I was excited to try their products because I was born in Busan and I love finding new Korean brands. Their formulas are made with over 40 powerful ingredients that are expertly blended by accredited doctors.

They have two main lines, the Inhyunjin for ageless skin and Saromae for brightening. The Saromae line uses beer yeast extract, Uva Ursi (bear berry) extract, and Mitracarpus Scaber Extract for natural skin-lightening properties. The formulas work to reduce the appearance of dark spots, uneven sin tone, age spots, acne scars, and dullness caused by sun exposure and enviromental stressors. Also, I had no idea what Mitracarpus Scaber was, but it's a flower.

Now, here's where I have to take a bit of a detour. In Korean culture, light skin is favored. I won't go into a whole long sidebar about colorism, but I will say that I prefer to celebrate your natural skin tone, however light or dark that may be. That being said, this lotion is called a "Brightening" lotion but the front of the bottle (click photo above to enlarge) does say "Whitening" lotion and some of the ingredients are known to have bleaching properties. So if you are looking to truly whiten/lighten your skin, this lotion will likely be a good option for you. Also, I don't mean this to be a total dig at SMD Cosmetics. Like I said, Korean skincare is full of products like this and to having bleaching ingredients is not at all uncommon, but I wanted to make any readers who are not familiar with Korean skincare and culture aware of this.

Edited: SMD Cosmetics has clarified that although the lotion contains natural bleaching ingredients, they are not strong enough to lighten your entire skin. I mention this later in the review, but I will say that after a month's use it did not lighten/bleach my skin. The ingredients are concentrated in such a way that they only work to brighten discoloration and skin pigmentation issues.

Okay, this is me stepping down from my soapbox and getting on with the review.

The bottle for the Saromae Radiance Emulsion Brightening Moisturizer is sleek and beautiful and would look lovely on anyone's vanity. I unfortunately do not speak or read Korean, but I love the Hangul (what the Korean language is called) on the bottle and the rest of the packaging.

The box has directions and ingredients listed in English. This is step three in the Saromae line, but I didn't receive the first two steps to try along with this so I can't comment on how they all work together.

So what about the lotion itself? It's a very light and silky formula that glided onto my skin and absorbed quickly. I liked this more as a day moisturizer because it was so light, and I prefer a heavier night cream. It's also cruelty-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic (won't clog your pores). I used this for a month and it moisturized without feeling heavy or greasy. I will say that my skin didn't become any lighter in a month's time, but I discontinued use after that because I don't want to lighten my skin tone.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a premium moisturizer and are not averse to skin lightening/brightening, the Saromae Radiance Emulsion Brightening Moisturizer is a good option. I loved how light and silky this was and I think it would work well alone or with the rest of the Saromae line from SMD Cosmetics.

June Daily Goodie Box Review

Daily Goodie Box is a fun and fairly new service that sends completely free boxes to members in exchange for honest feedback. They're always packed with great items and are a lot of fun!

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

Daily Goodie Box is 100% free. When you create an account you'll fill out a short survey about yourself. You'll never have to enter any credit card or payment information. Creating an account doesn't guarantee a box, but they give out boxes regularly on their social media accounts (see links at the end of this post).

The Daily Goodie Boxes I've gotten have been really packed with deluxe samples and full-sized products. Since the boxes are free I wasn't quite sure what the quality would be like, but they've sent some really great products!

After you get your box and try everything, be sure to log back into your account on the website and leave feedback on the products. They only need one or two sentences of your honest opinions and experiences with each item.

June's box had another good assortment of things to try. They do a great job of sending all different types of products, and I found a lot of new favorites this month.

  • BiPro Protein Water - I got the Berry Burst flavor and I was very curious about how this would taste. It was a little bit to sweet for me, but definitely still better than protein powders (which I hate). It has 20 grams of protein in each bottle with only 90 calories and no carbs.
  • Prince of Pea Instant Tea Ginger Honey Crystals - I've gotten this from another subscription box and am happy to have more. I love ginger tea and these are really convenient. Each sachet has 12 grams of raw ginger.
  • Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment - Tiger Balm was in last month's box too and I loved the pain relief patch they sent. This ointment works equally as well and I like it because it's effective and unscented.
  • Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears - The package says "America's Best Tasting Gummy Bear" and I thought ha, I'll be the judge of that! But honestly, these really are the best tasting gummy bear I've ever had! They're USDA organic and colored with natural sources (veggies, etc.). I loved them and will definitely buy more.
  • BetterThanCoffee Energy Bars - These little bars are made with guarana and maca for a quick boost of natural caffeine. I got the Dark Chocolate and Mint flavor.
  • Vitabath Travel Sized Body Wash - I've used Vitabath before and I really like their products. I got the Heavenly Coconut Creme scent and will keep this in my travel pack.
  • Goddess Garden Mineral Removing Cleanser  - Goddess Garden was also featured last month and this time they've sent a cleanser. It has French clay to lift away impurities and a tightening effect to minimize pores. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds like it'll be a good fit for my skincare needs.
  • Pure Growth Organic Snack Mix - Last month's boxes contained an oatmeal from Pure Growth Organic, and this snack mix looks great, too. It's organic with no GMOs, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, or MSG. Even though the packaging is marketed towards kids I think this is the perfect size snack for me to munch on at work.
  • Crown Maple Organic Maple Syrup - At first I thought this was a mini bottle of whiskey because of the shape! I figured that couldn't be, though, and I was right. Even better though, this maple syrup is certified organic and smells absolutely delicious!
Bottom Line: The Daily Goodie box is a lot of fun and always has great products inside! I encourage everyone to sign up on the website and interact with them on social media to help secure a box, I think you'll really enjoy them.

Clean Enhanced Organics Surf Spray Surf Styler Review and Coupon

Everyone loves beachy, windswept hair for the summertime, right? The Clean Enhanced Organics Surf Spray Surf Styler is made with organic ingredients to help you achieve the perfect beach waves!

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

Clean Enhanced Organics is a salon only line of haircare made with powerful organic ingredients to cleanse, condition, and restore hair. They have a broad range of cleansing, conditioning, and styling products that are all made with clean, non-toxic ingredients.

The Surf Spray Surf Styler is formulated with organic kelp, lime and patchouli extracts, organic lime and birch essential oils, and imported dead sea salts to create salty, sun-dried, and sexy wind-swept hair.

Here's a list of the ingredients. As you can see, magnesium sulfate (salt) and dead sea salts are at the top of the list, so there's plenty in there to help create a style with hold.

My experience with this salt spray has been incredibly positive, but I want to point out first that I have never found a sea salt spray that has given me waves without the help of a curling iron. That's not due to the efficacy of any of the products, but simply because I have thick Korean hair that doesn't create waves on its own no matter what I do! That being said, the Surf Spray Surf Styler is probably the best sea salt spray I have ever used!

I instantly loved this spray because of all of the texture it gave my hair. I used it on damp hair before blow drying and it helped to create volume at my roots and enough texture throughout to help hold my styles. I also used it on my roots when my hair was dry to add extra lift and it did so without feeling too sticky or weighed-down. This spray really made a difference in how long my hair was able to hold a style, so I think that someone with thinner hair would be able to achieve beachy waves easily with this.
Bottom Line: I can't recommend the Clean Enhanced Organics Surf Spray Surf Styler enough! If you're looking for added texture and hold, this is the spray for you. It's affordable and very effective and made with organic ingredients, which makes it a home run in my book.
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