Taste and Curiosity Japan Review and 15% Off Coupon

Taste and Curiosity is a new international snack box that delivers world-class snacks right to your door! Their unique boxes allow you to step outside of your daily routine and experience something new and exciting.

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

Taste and Curiosity is based in California and was created not only to deliver high quality snacks, but to help inspire others to go for their dreams! It sounds like a lofty goal for a snack box, but it's because the people behind the box wanted to travel the world at their leisure. Starting Taste and Curiosity helped them learn about new cultures and pursue old hobbies, and now they want to share positive thinking through the box to help others pursue their dreams, too.

Each box also has a unique collectable magnet with an inspirational quotatation, which I think is a really nice touch. I have a few inspirational items on my fridge right now and this will be a lovely addition!

Taste and Curiosity currently has three boxes available, and you can purchase them individually or as a set at the following prices:
  • China/Taiwan Box: $19
  • Korea Box: $19
  • Japan Box: $20
  • Asia Tour: $49 for all three boxes
Taste and Curiosity is not currently a monthly renewing subscription. They plan to make that option available in the future as they launch more boxes, but right now each purchase is a one-time deal, allowing you to pick and choose which boxes you want to try the most.

This is a review for the Sakura box with snacks from Japan. I love the simple packaging and design of the box; it's very classy and pretty. I especially like the beautiful sakura blossom illustration on the informational card.

The box contained eight snacks, some of which were new to me and some that were old favorites. I love international snack boxes because they always have something exciting to try that I've never had before, and Japanese snacks are a big favorite because they're often as cute as they are delicious!

  • Lychee Gummy Candy - These gluten-free gummies are individually wrapped and have a ton of flavor. I've tried the mango gummies from the same brand, and the lychee ones are just as good.
  • Super Cola Candy - Cola flavored candies are popular in Japan and all of the ones I've tried were of the fizzy variety. These are a solid balls that have a hard sour outside coating and soft and chewy core.
  • Special Hi-Chew - I love Hi-Chews! They're kind of like Starbursts but better because they're infused with bits of real fruit. I haven't tried these yet, but based on the packaging I think the flavor I received was orange.
  • Flavor Burst Peach Gum - This pack contained three peach flavored gumballs, but they don't all taste the same. One is sour and I'm assuming the other two are sweet. I haven't tried them yet, but I really like that they offer variations on the same flavor.
  • Panda Cookies - These are so cute! I've seen them in other reviews but I've never been able to try them so I was so happy they were in this box. They're cookies with a blend of white and milk chocolate on top with different panda faces (see photo below) and they tasted delicious.
  • Chocolate Cream Cookie - This had three little wafer cookies inside with a creamy chocolate filling. They were really light and would go great with morning coffee.
  • Umaibo Vegetable Flavor - I've had different flavors of these Umaibo snacks before and I love them. They're a corn puff snack that's a household name in Japan.
  • Meito Fish Wafer - I've tried these wafers before, too, but was very happy to receive another one in this box. It's made of a light wafer cookie with cream filling inside. I received the strawberry flavor.
Super Cola Candy

Special Hi-Chew and Flavor Burst Peach Gum

Lychee Gummy
Panda Cookies

Meito Fish Water
Bottom Line: I'm so impressed by the Japan box from Taste and Curiosity! I think the price is very reasonable and the products are high-quality. There's a good mix of savory and sweet snacks. I highly recommend this box to anyone who wants to try international snacks!

Babytime! Snuggly Lotion Review

I recently reviewed the Babytime! Cheeky Salve (read that review here) and now I'm back again with another wonderful product from them. The Babytime! Snuggly Lotion is perfect for your little one's skin in these dry winter months!

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

I love the name Snuggly Lotion. It just makes me think that it's going to wrap my skin in warmth and comfort, and it pretty much does exactly that! I don't have children so I tested this out myself, but despite the name this isn't just for babies. Babytime! says that this lotion is great for everyone aged 0-150, so if you're 151 years old I guess you're out of luck (just kidding).

The lotion is non-greasy and contains soothing ingredients to help boost skin's immunity and soften and condition as well. Soothing borage seed oil helps with immunity and avocado, flax, and primrose oils soften delicate skin. It also has a light scent of aromatic cherry butter.

I love how lightweight this lotion is. It glides on smoothly and absorbs into the skin quickly. It's vegan and gluten-free and made with lots of organic and plant-based ingredients. Babytime! is also PETA-certified cruelty-free. The Snuggly Lotion is doctor developed and allergy tested to ensure that it will be gentle yet effective on your baby's skin (or yours).

I used this lotion after showering and I loved how smooth it made my skin feel. Unlike some lotions I've used, this one really absorbed into my skin and made it soft and hydrated. It provided long-lasting relief with a beautiful, light scent.
Bottom Line: The Babytime! Snuggly Lotion is perfect for dry winter skin, but since it's so lightweight I'm sure it'll be great for year-round use! I love that it's vegan, cruelty-free, and made with organic ingredients. It works very well and its great for people of all ages.

November Play! by Sephora Review

I'm not a fan of the vague themes that Play! by Sephora puts out every month, but I guess it's good because the products are always a surprise. This month's theme was "Best in Glow" and I was very interested to see what they'd include.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

Play! by Sephora costs $10 per month with free shipping, and there's sales tax if you live in New York like me (bringing it to $10.80). I really like this box because they send high end samples of products that are all available at Sephora, plus you'll also get a Play! Pass that entitles you to a tutorial with the products and 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any  purchase.

I've noticed that every box recently has contained a perfume sample, so I think this will be a regular occurrence. I used to really hate perfume samples, and while they're still not my absolute favorite, I'm okay with getting them because I've been expanding my fragrance collection.
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold - I like eyeshadow sticks because they're portable and convenient. This one is made with high-pigment shadow that glides on and blends in easily. The shade is more gold to me than rose gold, but it's still really pretty. I swatched it but didn't bother posting the photo in this review because it blended in with my natural skin color so you couldn't really tell what the color looked like.
  • Maison Margiela Replica in Lipstick On - This is an interesting perfume. It's definitely feminine and more for a night out. The notes are powdery and floral, which are normally not my favorites, but I don't dislike this. The bourbon vanilla, patchouli, and Tonka bean base notes ground it enough for me so that it isn't overly floral.
  • Cover FX Illuminating Primer - I've used Cover FX products before and they've worked really well for me. This primer is silicone-free and has a light-reflecting mineral complex to help eliminate dullness.
  • GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment - I've used this mask before and it's great for wintertime. It's a hydrating moisture mask that also smells really good.
  • Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink - I don't need any more lip glosses! This is a bright pink shade that isn't really my style, so I will probably post this for swap. I feel like it's more appropriate for a woman younger than me.
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - This gel cream softens skin and calms redness and congestion, which is great for my oily skin. It's made with organic grape water and grape seed polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants.
Bottom Line: These products perfectly fit the "Best in Glow" theme. I really liked the Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick and the GlamGlow.

Book Review: How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety by Zachary Auburn

I am a super cat lady and when I saw this book I knew I wanted to review it right away. How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety by Zachary Auburn should be required reading for all cat people!

*Disclaimer: This book was sent to See, Shop, Love! through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not sure this needs to be said, but just in case, this book is a parody. I think everyone can enjoy this book, regardless of your political affiliations and beliefs, as long as you have a good sense of humor.

The book is 144 pages long, which I point out because I initially thought it was just a pamphlet. It has black and white photos to accompany a variety of topics, including how to talk to your cat about evolution and abstinence. Each chapter is about 10 pages long with accompanying photos, and it's broken down with other inserts of information. I'm not sure I'm describing it that well, but remember how in textbooks they have separate, smaller paragraphs within the main chapters with side topics and more information? It's kind of like that. See the photo below with the inset "Advice From Our Expurrts" for an example.

I think this book is really cute and funny and a great distraction from the more serious things going on in the world. It's written in the style of a serious informative guide, but it is most definitely not a serious book. My favorite thing about this book is the photographs, as you can see from the photo above they're just ridiculous!

Bottom Line: This book is out there for sure, but if you need a good laugh and you love cats I think it's a good read. It's definitely for people with an odd sense of humor, but I fit that description and I thought this was a really fun read!

November Chroma.Club Review and Coupon

I've always enjoyed coloring, so when adult coloring books started getting popular I was really excited to stock up on them! Chroma.Club is an adult coloring subscription that makes it easy to grow your coloring book collection without even having to leave your home.

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

Each month, Color.Club sends a book filled with 11+ illustrations from all different artists. They've recently changed up their design and now feature larger books printed portrait style. The shipment does not come with any coloring tools, I added the colored pencils to the photo above for fun.

Color.Club is really affordable with three pricing options:
  • Monthly: $8 per month
  • Three Month Prepay: $21 every three months (save $3)
  • Six Month Prepay: $39 every six months (save $9)
I think the pricing is really fair, especially since most adult coloring books I see run at least $8 in price, often more.

The book has full-sized designs that are printed on one side of the page, so you can tear them out and display them if you choose. The paper is pretty standard, not too thin but not too thick, either (sorry, I'm not the best at describing it!).

My favorite page this month was this one with a bunch of cats on it! It's really cute. I like that the book features a variety of designs, since you can color all different types of things. Some are more intricate than others, so if you're not into crazy-detailed pages then there's still something here for you.
Bottom Line: If you love coloring then I think Chroma.Club is the perfect subscription for you! It's fun and affordable, and each month you'll get a bunch of great new pictures to color.

Book of the Month Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Treat yourself to Book of the Month's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! This is one of the best offers I've seen from them, and I highly recommend their subscription (read my reviews here).

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Black Friday Special: Now through November 27th, give a gift subscription and get 50% off a three month membership plus a free tote! Click here to grab this offer.

Cyber Monday Special: If you don't have anyone you can think of to gift a subscription to but still want one for yourself, get 50% off a three month subscription plus the free tote on November 28th only using this link.

If you're not familiar with Book of the Month, each month you'll choose one of five handpicked books from guest judges for $14.99 per month. With this offer, that brings each individual month down to only $7.50 per book! That's an excellent price for a brand new hardcover book.

Love With Food Black Friday Bonus

Love With Food is currently offering 15% off all plans for Black Friday, but the deal gets even better tonight! Starting at midnight tonight, November 24th, all customers who purchase a six month or longer plan will also get a free holiday deluxe box!

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Love With Food's boxes are already super affordable, but with this deal it brings the prices down to:

  • Tasting Box: $8.49 for your first box
  • Deluxe Box: $16.99 for your first box
  • Gluten-Free Box: $21.24 for your first box
These prices are for the month-to-month option, but you'll get even bigger savings if you choose the 3-, 6-, or 12-month plans. Shipping is free to U.S. with all options and $3.99 per month for international addresses.

Head over to Love With Food to take advantage of this offer! If you want the bonus free holiday deluxe box, be sure to wait until Friday, 11/25 to place your order.

November Beauty Box 5 Review

November is my favorite month because I love when the weather gets cold and the snow starts to fall. I know, I'm crazy! But I've just always loved the colder months. Luckily, Beauty Box 5 sent a great assortment of products this month, with the theme "It's too cold for a naked face!"

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

Beauty Box 5 sends five deluxe samples and full-sized items for only $12 per month with free shipping (to the U.S., Canada is $3)! The samples range from skincare to color cosmetics to tools, and more. They always send a good amount of full-sized items and I like the variety of brands, too.

I have to admit that I've gotten a little lazy with my morning makeup routine. Staying in bed for a few extra minutes has been winning out over taking the time to put on all of my normal makeup, plus I've been feeling a bit uninspired. But this month's box had great products to help jump start me back into a routine again.
  • Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Condition Hair Mask ($4.50 for 1 oz) - I've gotten this in a few other boxes before but I haven't ever actually used it. Now that winter is here it means even drier air outside, so I'm definitely going to put this to good use to keep my hair moisturized. It has no sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial colors, or fragrances.
  • Manna Kadar Lip Locked Stain in Shae ($6.93 for .052 oz) - I've really liked every Manna Kadar product I've tried, and I especially like that they're a Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free brand. This is a primer, stain, and lip gloss all in one. The shade is kind of like a mauve/nude, so it's great for daytime wear.
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($1.96 for 7 wipes) - BB5 does tend to send makeup wipes more often than other boxes, but I'm not complaining--if you've been reading my blog for a while you know that I use these on the daily, so I'm always glad to get a spare pack.
  • Peony Shadow Trio in Gilded ($17.95, full-sized) - This is the perfect little palette for me! I love golds and browns and like having portable palettes like this for travel. I love every shade and will put this to good use. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free.
  • BB5 Cut That Crease Angle Brush ($10, full-sized) - I actually don't have a true crease brush, usually I just cheat with other smaller brushes. This has really soft bristles and looks like it'll be good for smudging, too.
Bottom Line: This box was pretty much perfect for me! I love the eyeshadow palette, will definitely use the makeup remover wipes and the hair mask, and am curious to try the lip stain and crease brush. The box had a total approximate retail value of $41.34!
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