Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September Degustabox Review and Coupon

If you love snacks, you have to try Degustabox. They send a huge box of goodies each month for much cheaper than what you'd spend at the grocery store!

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

Degustabox is a food subscription that sends all sorts of pantry items, including cookies, chips, sauces, and more! They always have a mix of brands and food types. Boxes are only $19.99 per month with free shipping to the U.S.

Opening up my Degustabox each month is always a treat! September's theme was aptly called "Lunchbox" for back to school. You'll receive nine to 14 full-sized items in every box.

This month's box had 14 different brands represented. Here's what was inside:
  • Hippeas ($1.49 each) - I love these snacks! They're organic chickpea puffs that are also gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and have no nuts or soy. They're crunchy and delicious. The flavors were Happenin' Hickory and Vegan White Cheddar.
  • GoCo Crunchy Coconut Bites ($2.99) - These bites are made with lightly toasted coconut pressed into bite-sized pieces. The ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced. I'm not a big coconut fan, but I can see where these would be a really convenient snack for anyone who is.
  • Handfulls Crrrunch Bites ($4.99) - These are so good and really unique. They're almonds coated with rice cracker shells with a mesquite barbecue flavor. They're vegan, gluten-free, and kosher.
  • The Better Chip ($3.99) - These whole grain chips are made with fresh vegetables and herbs combined with masa. The flavor is Jalapeno and Cilantro and they really have a kick! I liked the crunchy texture; these are perfect for dipping.
  • Tiger Tail Mustard ($1.00) - This mustard-in-a-tube is made from an authentic German recipe in a convenient container. I have to say, I really do like the fact that I can just squeeze this onto my sandwich and go.
  • The Chia Company Chia Shots ($.99 each) - These are pure, clean, sun-ripened chia seedsthat can be sprinkled onto muesli, into your smoothies, or more! Two packets equal one recommended daily dose of chia (one tablespoon).
  • SunRype Fruit to Go ($.50 each) - I love these little fruit snacks. They're packed with flavor but are made with only fruit. No additional additives or unnecessary sugars.
  •  Marion's Kitchen Kung Pao Kit ($6.99) - This was available in one of two varieties; you'll receive either the kung pao like me or General Tso Meal Kit. I've actually tried these before but it was the pad thai kit. It has everything you need for the meal except chicken. The whole thing comes together in only 15 minutes!
  • Idahoan Foods ($1.39 each) - These packets are the Classic and Four Cheese instant mashed potatoes. The Four Cheese is made with cheddar, bleu, romano, and parmesan cheese with 100 percent real Idaho potatoes.
  •  Bauducco Chocolate Wafers ($2.50) - I've always enjoyed wafer cookies and these are simple and delicious. They have three layers and no artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Marquis Citrus Yuzu ($2.89) - This is a USDA organic energy drink with no sugar or calories. It's non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. It's energized with organic yerba mate, green tea, and green coffee beans. I really enjoyed the Citrus Yuzu flavor, it was nice and refreshing.
  • PB Crave ($1.10 each) - These packets are the Sweet and Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough peanut butters. The flavors are so fun and taste great! 
  • Garden of Life Gol Bar ($2.49) - This bar has clean protein and is made with certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified whole food ingredients. I got the Chocolate and Sea Salt flavor and it was actually really good!
  • Mighty Spark Food Co ($1.50 each) - These are 60 calories or less and made with small-batch chicken and cranberries, jalapenos, and more. They also donate a meal to kids in need with every three sticks purchased!
Bottom Line: The September Degustabox had a ton of great snacks for back to school! I really liked the Marquis energy drink and PB Crave peanut butters. I always find old favorites and new products to try with this box!
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Monday, September 10, 2018

September Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

Gramma in a Box is a delightfully creative subscription that sends monthly cookie and candy crafts for families to share with one another. The September box featured crafts for back to school!

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

Gramma in a Box was founded by Terry, who was inspired to create the service after her grandchildren moved away. She decided to share her love of baking with everyone with this subscription!

Each month you'll receive pretty much everything you need to decorate cookies and make two crafts. The only items you may need to supply are basics like bowls to melt chocolate in, etc. The finished crafts will create 15-20 snacks.

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month
  • Three Months: $55 every three months (save $5)
  • Six Months: $110 every six months (save $10)
  • 12 Months: $220 every 12 months (save $20)
Shipping is free to the U.S. and taxes are included. If you want to cancel, do so by the 25th of the month.

The first project this month is Wafer Pencils. I forgot to take a photo of the supplies/ingredients before completing this one, but it's made up of wafer cookies, white melting chocolate, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. All of the crafts are easy to complete, and this one consisted of melting the chocolate and dipping both ends of the wafer in before decorating with the accents. The wafer cookies are filled with strawberry creme!

The second project is Teacher's Apples. I love how creative all of the crafts are each month, down to the little details like the candy leaves to go atop the apples. For this project, there were six marshmallows that were dipped in chocolate and then coated in red sprinkles, finished off with a pretzel stick and leaf.

Another photo of my completed apples and pencils.

Each box also contains pre-baked cookies for you to decorate, along with colored icing and sprinkles. This month, fittingly, featured alphabet letters and little apples. One of my A cookies broke a little bit in transit, but nothing too serious, especially since I quickly ate them up after decorating them anyway!
Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is always so much fun! I love doing the crafts and decorating the cookies, and I love eating all of the yummy treats after even more. I like that all of the crafts are easy and can be shared with kids of all ages.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Clean Enhanced Organics Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment Review

I'm always looking for hair products that will help heal my heat-damaged hair. I have a short cut so I pretty much have to at least blow dry my hair every day, and all that heat adds up. The Clean Enhanced Organics Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment is the perfect product to help out stressed strands!

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

The Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment addresses hair damaged by environmental stress, heat styling, or chemical treatments. It not only repairs hair, but also restructures strands for healthy, full-bodied look. It works best when used with other Clean Enhanced Organics shampoos and conditioners, along with the Repair Style Spray and Repair Hair Oil Treatment.

The mask is formulated with organic aloe, chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm extracts. The natural ingredients help create healthier hair without the use of harsh chemicals.

The 8 oz jar is enough to last a long time. You can use it one to two times a week, or as needed. Just add it to towel-dried hair from roots to ends and leave in for two to five minutes, then rinse out thoroughly. I have an oily scalp so I didn't apply this to my roots, but I applied down my hair from about one inch off my scalp and down.

The mask is a creamy consistency with a slightly floral, slightly sweet smell. It was easy to work through my hair and rinsed out well. My hair felt super soft after drying it but not weighed down at all. I've only been using this for about two weeks, but I will definitely continue to do so, because I've seen great results so far!
Bottom Line: The Clean Enhanced Organics Repair Intensive Restructuring Treatment is a must-have for anyone who regularly heat styles their hair or has other damage. It's easy to use, smells great, and works even better! The natural ingredients are a huge plus, and the whole experience left my hair feeling soft and smooth.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August Kid Wonder Review and Coupon

Kid Wonder is a box full of crafts and fun activities to encourage children to learn through play! Each month you'll receive a box full of imagination to help busy parents grow creativity in their kids.

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

Kid Wonder was created by two moms, Christina Lantsman and Amber Furlong, who wanted to provide families an affordable and meaningful way to take a break from TV, phone, and computer screen time by offering a carefully and thoughtfully curated subscription box.

Currently they have a Little Dreamers box for children ages 3-6, and there's also a siblings option that contains enough supplies for two kids. They also have a Big Adventurer's Box (ages 5-8) with adventures through history and a Junior Explorers Box (ages 7-10) with world explorations in the works. Here are their pricing options for the Little Dreamers Box:
  • Monthly: $24.95 per month / $39.95 for siblings
  • Three Months: $74.85 every three months / $119.85 for siblings
  • Six Months: $149.70 every six months / $239.70 for siblings
  • 12 Months: $274.45 every 12 months / $439.45 for siblings
The three-, six-, and 12-month options are a one-time prepay with the option of auto-renewing available at checkout. The monthly option auto-renews each month until you cancel.

Shipping is $5 flat rate to U.S. addresses, $15 to Canada, and $20 to the U.K.

This is a review for the Pirates and Mermaids box! The theme changes each month, and next month is about wilderness exploration. Inside is a booklet with brightly colored activities and stories for kids to practice reading.

The box had five activities inside, ranging in difficulty, messiness, and time involved. None of them are too laborious, considering they're made for children aged 3-6, but I like that they clearly mark the effort involved so parents know what they're getting into. All of the activities should be done with parent supervision, also.

The first activity is Dress Like a Pirate and it has lots of feathers and foam cutouts that you can use to create a cute little pirate costume. There are also inserts with each craft that have other quick activities on them.

Activity two is An Arrr-mazing Show! and is the least messy, difficult, and time-consuming of all of the crafts. It includes two spoons that you can decorate with foam attachments to create two little puppets, and there's also a mini stage to put together.

Next up is a Treasure Hunt, which is exactly what it sounds like. There are mini instruction cards (pictured middle left above) for parents, plus a certificate and treasure map for the kids. The treasure came in a little drawstring pouch (pictured middle right).

The fourth activity is Pirate's Booty Slime, which I attempted to do myself and it went horribly wrong. I don't have kids but I still wanted to try out at least one of the activities for this review so that I could relay my experiences. I'm not sure where I went wrong, but my slime was not really malleable, it ended up kind of just being a big sloppy mess. This is not a criticism of the actual activity -- I think I just did it wrong and didn't spend enough time mixing the ingredients, so it didn't form well. But this was definitely the messiest activity in the box, so be sure to have lots of space and towels available to clean up messy hands!

The final activity is Design a Pirate Ship! and it is the most time-consuming of the five. There are little wooden pieces to put together, along with other paper activities of kids to complete.
Bottom Line: I think Kid Wonder is a great box for parents/guardians and kids! I can't believe it's only $24.95 for all of these crafts. Everything was high-quality and had great detail. I know I would have loved getting a box like this when I was a kid. I especially like that each box is themed and has other activities and reading practice for kids to go along with the hands-on crafts!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Fall FabFitFun Box Spoilers and $10 off Coupon!

The Fall FabFitFun box is here! It's a good one -- I love pretty much everything inside! Keep reading for full spoilers and a $10 off coupon code.

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Every box will contain the following:
  • GlamGlow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask (2 pack, $18 value)
  • Simply Whimsical Tea Towels (2 pack, $14.99 value)
  • Beautyblender ($20 value)
  • Skin&Co Roma Blue in Capri ($22 value)
The customization options are (choose one from each group):

Customization #1
  • Vince Camuto Luck Tote in black or red desert ($128 value)
  • Crown Brush 6 Piece Brush Set in black and rose gold or silver ($75 value)
Customization #2:
  • Alfred Teapot ($26 value)
  • Alfred French Press ($22 value)
Customization #3:
  •  Catherine Malandrino Umbrella in red floral or black/white floral ($39.99 value)
  • Cylo Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds in black or white ($40 value)
 Annual subscribers will be able to choose two more custom options from the following:

Customization #4:
  • Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant ($67 value)
  • Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Dry Cream ($49 value)
  • Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser ($49 value)
Customization #5:
  • Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream ($38 value)
  • Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Liipstick Duo in Penny ($24.99 value)
  • Cuccio Somatology yogahhh! Detox Bath ($39.99 value)

Use one of the following coupon codes to get $10 off your first box: FALLINLOVE, HARVEST, or PUMPKINSPICE.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer Walmart Beauty Box Review

If you're looking to start exploring the world of beauty boxes, the Walmart Beauty Box is a great place to begin! It's affordable and a fun way to discover new products.

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

The Walmart Beauty Box costs is released quarterly and inside you'll find samples of products available at Walmart and Walmart.com. The box is technically free, all you have to pay is a $5 shipping fee. However you look at the price, it's still a great deal for a beauty box.

When you subscribe you'll complete a short survey about your beauty preferences, including things like your makeup style and skincare concerns and hair type and styling. Walmart will do their best to tailor samples to your interests and needs.

The box has really pretty packaging. The box itself is sturdy and is lined with a pretty tissue paper insert to protect the samples.

This quarter's box had six samples inside. A lot of them are foil packets, but I don't mind considering that the box is free. All of the samples are a decent size and you'll definitely be able to get more than one use out of them to decide if you want to purchase full-sized versions at Walmart.

  • Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask - I've seen advertisements for these masks and wanted to give them a try, so I'm glad this is included. This one has papaya extract and will be perfect for my hair, since I heat style every day.
  • Soo Ae Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask - Soo Ae's masks use traditional fabric sheet masks with hydrogel technology to deliver donkey milk and other ingredients for soft, hydrated skin. I've used a donkey milk lotion in the past that I loved so I'm excited to try this.
  • Rembrandt 3 Day Whitening Boost Kit - This has six teeth whitening strips (three upper, three lower) inside that have enamel-safe ingredients to help whiten teeth in only three days. I hope these work well for me, since I have been looking for effective teeth whitening products lately.
  •  Garnier Fructis Soothing 3-in-1 Mostuirizer Day/Night Mask - This mask is made with rose water and has no mineral oil, parabens, silicones, or dyes. Originally I thought this was a hair mask like the previous packet, but it's actually for the face. It sounds really soothing.
  • Kleenex Wet Wipes - These might not be the most exciting product but they're super convenient for me. I like to keep wet wipes on hand in case of any spills or other random messes. They're made for use on the hands and face.
  • Garnier Whole Blends Gentle Shampoo and Gentle Conditioner - This has soothing oat milk and rice cream extracts to nourish hair. I know oats are great on sensitive skin, so I'm curious to see how well this works on my hair.

Bottom Line: I think the Walmart Beauty Box is a great way to try new products for a really affordable price. You'll get a box of samples each quarter for only $5 and if you like any of the products, they're all easily available at Walmart stores and on their website. I especially like the Soo Ae mask and Rembrandt kit in this quarter's box!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August Degustabox Review and 50% off Coupon

The August Degustabox had a Campout theme and was full of great summer snacks!

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

The best thing about Degustabox is that they send only full-sized items, including everything from cookies and chips to sauces, teas, and more. Each month you'll receive nine to 14 items for only $19.99 and free shipping. This is a review of the U.S. box.

Degustabox is a big shipment and is a great addition to your regular grocery run. They send a variety of items at a great price, and it would definitely cost more to purchase each individually at the store.

The August box had 12 total items from 11 brands.
  • Wise Snacks Bravos Chips ($.50 each) - These chips have a Stadium Nacho flavor and were so good! They were new to me and I really liked the strong nacho flavor.
  • Popcorn, Indiana Movie Theater Popcorn (~$2.10) - This popcorn is made with real butter and salt, and although it obviously doesn't taste exactly like movie theater popcorn, it had a good kick of flavor and a nice crunch.
  • PR Bar ($1.99) - Protein bars are hit or miss for me, but this one was a definite hit because it was like eating a candy bar. It was coated in chocolate and had lots of peanut butter inside.
  •  Country Archer Jerky Co Sweet BBQ ($3.00) - This jerky is made with pork and uncured bacon and is also gluten-free. I don't eat jerky but this looks like it's made with great ingredients.
  • Prince of Peace Ginger Chews with Lemon ($1.99) - The Prince of Peace brand shows up in Degustaboxes a lot but I'm not complaining. I love ginger chews and these are great as a snack or to soothe an upset stomach. They're sweet and spicy and really warming.
  • Sahale Snacks Maple Pecans ($1.49) - This has a blend of warm, sweet flavors that capture the essence of a pecan pie. It's made with dry roasted pecans, walnuts, apples, and cherries.
  •  The Good Crisp Company ($3.49) - These chips are the product of the month and I received the Original flavor (the other option was Sour Cream and Onion). They're made with non-GMO ingredients and are gluten free. They're really addicting!
  • Colombina Breakfast Biscuits or Colombina Sweet Chili Sauce ($3.69 for the sauce) - Subscribers received either the Breakfast Biscuits or the Sauce, not both. I received both as a reviewer to be able to show both options. My information card doesn't have the biscuits listed, so I'm not sure on their price. Anyway, the biscuits were light and airy and my favorite item of the month. I like to have these types of biscuits on hand for an easy breakfast. I haven't cooked with the Sweet Chili Sauce yet, but it sounds wonderful, made with hand-picked peppers and no high fructose corn syrup.
  •  Ready Nutrition Protein Water ($2.50) - This has 15 grams of high quality 100 percent whey protein isolate, no sugar, and five grams of electrolytes without any artificial ingredients. This is great for a post-workout drink.
  • High Brew Coffee ($2.50) - This coffee is made with arabica beans that are cold brewed, not heated. This process creates twice the caffeine as standard coffee and lower acidity. I received the Double Espresso flavor and it was strong and delicious.
  • Post Frosted Shredded Wheat Chocolate Strawberry ($3.49) - This cereal has shredded wheat biscuits coated in strawberry flavored frosting with a burst of chocolate in the middle. It's a great balance of flavors and crunch!
Bottom Line: Degustabox is always fun, and this month's Campout box had a lot of new items for me to try. My favorite was the Colombina Breakfast Biscuits. The total approximate retail value this month is $27.24, accounting for the Colombina sauce (not biscuits).
Degustabox is celebrating their second birthday this month, so be sure to follow them on social media (links above) to enter to win two free months of boxes!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

August Daily Goodie Box Review

Daily Goodie Box isn't a traditional subscription service, they're an entirely free box that you can sign up to receive in exchange for reviews of the products inside. Keep reading to see what was in the August box and learn how to get one in the future!

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

Daily Goodie Box really is 100 percent free. You'll never be asked for any kind of payment information. Boxes are sent out based on availability and aren't guaranteed, but all you have to do in order to try to get one is create an account on their website. You can also interact with them on Facebook or other social media in order to increase your chances (links at the end of this post).

In exchange for the box, all you have to do is log in to your account after you receive it and have tried everything and leave short reviews about each product. The list of products will pop up as soon as you log in, making it easy to share your experience. Daily Goodie Box is just looking for honest reviews of all of the items.

The August box had a bunch of great brands and products inside! Daily Goodie Box always sends a large variety of things, from beauty products to foods and snacks to household items. Here's what was inside:
  • WOLO Wander Bar Peanut Butter Protein Bar - I keep bars like these for easy breakfasts/mini meals when traveling, and this one has a soft layer of peanut butter over a crispy bottom. It also has 16 grams of protein, which is great for keeping you sated when you're running around and don't have time for a full meal.
  • Bright Day Hangover Prevention - It's been a while since I've had to worry about a hangover (i.e., my college days are long past!), but this is still an interesting supplement. It's made with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to remove the toxins that cause hangovers from alcohol.
  • RunGum Energy Gum - This gum has 50 milligrams of caffeine per piece, providing the same boost as a cup of coffee with faster absorption. They also have an extra strength variety that provides 100 milligrams per piece!
  • The Grandpa Soap Co Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner - This shampoo and conditioner combo is perfect for my oily scalp. It helps remove buildup and oil residue with a calming blend of witch hazel, lavender flower, and coconut oil. It's also safe for color treated hair.
  •  Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish - I love Trust Fund Beauty! Their polishes are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free and have great pigmentation. I received the shade Skinny Jeans, see the photo at the end of the post for it up-close.
  • Teapigs Rhubarb and Ginger Tea - Teapigs is another favorite of mine. Their teas come in the cutest packaging and are high quality. Ginger tea is one of my favorite varieties beecause it tastes great and is soothing on the stomach. This one adds a little bit of rhubarb for a clean, pure, zingy flavor.
  • That's It Apple and Blueberries Fruit Bar - I've had these bars before and they're very good, and Daily Goodie Box featured a full-sized box with five bars. The name is self explanatory: the bars are made with only apples and blueberries, with no preservatives, juices, concentrates, or purees. They're an easy way to get a serving of fruit on-the-go.
  •  Napz All Natural Sleep Solution - This supplement has been featured in Daily Goodie Box before, but I don't mind. Also, keep in mind that you won't receive every box, so this is probably new for a lot of people. Anyway, it's a short-term sleep aid made with chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, and hibiscus to help calm the mind and induce sleep. I've been having trouble falling asleep lately, and I have to say, this really did work for me! I was able to drift off to sleep easier without my mind racing with a million thoughts, like usual.
  • Veroni Iron Energy - I suppose this product is the opposite of Napz! This energy drink is from Mike Tyson and is GMO-free, Kosher, and Halal-certified. I got the Mojito flavor, with mint and lime that can be used alone or as a mixer for cocktails.

Here's the full-sized polish from Trust Fund Beauty.
Bottom Line: Daily Goodie Box is so fun and a great free way to try new products! This was one of the best boxes I've seen yet, with a great mix of all different types of things to try. Be sure to create a profile on their website and maybe you'll get selected for a box!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lypsyl Original Mint Lip Balm Review

I have a new favorite lip balm: the Lypsyl Original Mint Lip Balm! This balm is Sweden's #1 selling balm and is so soft and nourishing.

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

Lypsyl is made with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter to heal and protect, coconut oil to moisturize, and Vitamins A and E to soften and heal. All of the ingredients add up to a balm that provides deep penetrating, long lasting moisture. The balm is also not tested on animals.

The Original Mint Lip Balm has a light mint scent and flavor that's refreshing. I love the slight tingling sensation I get from the mint when I first apply it: it's not too strong at all, but it just feels cooling and soothing on my lips. I also like how smooth the application is. The balm is silky and evenly applies and provides great protection. I've been using it for a few days now and it leaves my lips feeling hydrated without any kind of residue or heaviness.

My other favorite thing about the Lypsyl balm, other than how well it works, is the adorable packaging! The cute little bee on the side is what you use to push the balm up and down for application.

I also really like the oval shape of the balm itself. It's easy to apply and glide over your lips. It's so creamy but also really lightweight.

The Lypsyl balm is perfect for any time of the year, but I can see it especially coming in handy once the weather starts to cool down for fall and winter and the humidity drops. I'm always applying lip balm during all seasons, and this one is excellent and affordable.

You can purchase the Lypsyl Original Mint Lip Balm for only $2.99 at Walmart, Walmart.com, and Meijers! Don't let the low price fool you, this balm is high quality and is going to be by my side for good!
  • You can purchase Lypsyl at the Walmart website here
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Bottom Line: I love the Lypsyl Original Mint Lip Balm. It has a silky smooth application and feel that provides lasting hydration. I also enjoy the minty scent and taste, and the cute packaging! This is an all around steal at only $2.99 and should definitely be a part of your beauty routine.