Saturday, November 17, 2018

November Degusta Box Review and Coupon

Degusta Box has a new look but they're still sending great boxes packed with full-sized foods! The November box featured nine brands of sweet and savory goodies.

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

Degusta Box costs $19.99 per month with free shipping to the U.S. for 9 to 14 full-sized items. They send everything from cookies to dips and sauces, and way more! I've discovered a bunch of fun brands and foods through this box.

The November box had 13 total items from nine different brands. I always enjoy the variety in these boxes, especially since the price is way cheaper than buying everything individually at the grocery store.

  • Popcorn, Indiana Black & White Drizzlecorn ($3.39) - This popcorn is so good! It's a kettle corn that's covered in white and milk chocolate drizzle and it's the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I inhaled the bag pretty quickly.
  • PopCorners Kettle Corn ($3.29 for 7 oz bag) - PopCorners are another favorite of mine. These light, airy crisps are made with non-GMO corn sourced from a network of family farmers in the U.S.
  •  Bush's Best Bean Dip ($2.49) - Bush's has been making beans for over 100 years and this dip is low in sodium, trans fat free, and has no added sugar. Your box will contain one of two flavors; I received the Original.
  • Bauducco Mini Panettone ($2.99) - Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday cake made with a process that takes 52 hours. This mini cake is a bite-sized version.
  • Chickapea Organic Chickpea Lentil Mac and Cheese ($3.99) - This pasta is made with organic ingredients and is gluten-free. The chickpea lentil pasta has a clean, organic cheese sauce for a healthier take on this favorite comfort food.
  • Nutiva Coconut Oil - These little packets of coconut oil are a bonus gift item, so there is no retail value attached. These organic culinary oils are made organically, ethically, and without harsh chemical processing.
  • Wholesome Goodness Tuxedo Mix ($1.25) - This mix brings together yogurt covered raisins and peanuts with crunchy dark chocolate covered soy nuts and infusion roasted peanuts. Another great salty/sweet snack!
  •  Grand Belgian Specialties ($6.99) - This assortment has 16 pure Belgian chocolates (or pralines) with flavors like sea salt caramel, hazelnut, espresso, and more. It would make a great hostess gift for holiday parties, or you could eat the entire thing yourself like I did.
  • Pearson's Mint Patties and Coconut Patties Minis ($2.49 for Mint, $1.00 for Coconut) - The mint patties are made with creamy, aromatic peppermint oil centers covered in rich dark chocolate and the coconut patties are smaller discs with coconut covered in dark chocolate.

Here's a look at all of the chocolates inside of the Grand Belgian Specialties box. My favorite was the one on the far left in the second row -- it was a milk chocolate cup filled with salted caramel. There are descriptions with pictures on the sides of the box that list what all of the candies are filled with.
Bottom Line: I loved this November Degusta Box! My favorite was, of course, the Grand Belgian Specialties chocolate box, but there was a great variety of all kinds of snacks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Organic Skin Co. Task Force Nine and Lip Service Review

Back in September I reviewed some great products from New Zealand skincare brand The Organic Skin Co., and today I have more from their wonderful line to share!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

The Organic Skin Co. creates skincare and cosmetics that are PETA-certified cruelty free, vegan, and certified organic by NZ Bio Grow. You can read my previous review and learn more about the company here.

I received the Task Force Nine Calendula and Turmeric Cream and Lip Service Lipstick to try and both gave great results!

The Task Force Nine Calendula and Turmeric Cream is made with nine ingredients, including organic calendula and turmeric supercritical extracts to moisturize. The ingredients also have antiseptic and antibacterial products to provide extra nourishment to skin. It's made with 78.4 percent organic ingredients.

I absolutely love this cream! It's so soothing and made my skin feel so soft. The texture is silky-smooth and it absorbed into my skin without leaving any feeling of residue. Calendula is an antiseptic that works well to treat inflammation and extra-dry skin and eczema, making this perfect for the cold winter air. Turmeric is also great as an anti-inflammatory and is a strong antioxidant.

I'm also in love with the Lip Service Lipstick! I tried the shade Galaxy and it's the perfect red for me. I think this would be flattering on all skin tones and undertones, and it's especially great for a darker, date night look. The formula is smooth and was easy to apply -- not too smooth, but not too waxy, either. I've tried other lipsticks where they were difficult to apply with precision because they either slid around my lips too freely or didn't move enough, but this one gave off just enough color to make it easy to apply.

I really do love this color, despite how miserable I look in the above photo. I'm awkward with selfies. But regardless, you can see that it has great color payoff and is great for day or night looks. I wore this to a Friendsgiving party and was surprised at how long it lasted on my lips before needing to reapply. It lasted through a few drinks before I needed to add more.
Bottom Line: The Task Force Nine and Lip Service are two more great products from The Organic Skin Co.! If you are looking for a line of vegan, cruelty-free, and organic skincare and makeup, look no further than this great and affordable brand!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shero Science Skincare Review

A few weeks ago I wrote an introductory post about Shero Science. They tailor skincare products to your specific needs, and they sent me two of their serums to try.

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

When you visit the Shero Science website you can fill out a quick survey that will match products to your skincare type and needs. You can learn more about the company and how they match products at my intro post here.

I have oily skin and Shero Science sent me the Power-C AM Serum and 1% Nightly Retinol CE Repair PM Serum to try. If you don't currently use serums I highly recommend adding them to your skincare routine, as they're potent products that will really help transform your skin!

The Power-C AM Serum is a brightening serum that has three powerful active ingredients:  L-Ascorbic (Vitamin C), Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. These ingredients reduce signs of aging, fade dark spots, brighten dull skin, and protect you from daily pollution. After two weeks of use you'll see skin that's more plump, balanced, and glowing.

I've been using this serum for about three weeks and I have to say, my skin does look way more balanced! Even though I have oily skin, I get these dry, rough patches on my cheeks when the weather gets colder and the air less humid. I also have some redness, and this has seemed to even everything out. While my skin still has some signs of the above issues, I think that with prolonged use this serum will be really helpful in evening out my skin.

Next up is the 1% Nightly Retinol CE Repair PM Serum. If you're not familiar with retinols, they're a very powerful anti-aging ingredient that can have some adverse affects on your skin at first. For first time users, it's recommended that you use this only once or twice a week to let your skin get used to the ingredients, and as you build up tolerance you can add it into your routine more frequently.

The serum is in a lightweight lotion form that has dermatologist-grade ingredients, including 1% retinol to stimulate new skin cell production, reduce fine lines, and fade dark spots and scars. After four weeks of use you should see brighter, younger skin.

Now, for a word of warning: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BOTTLE! I've used a few retinol products before so I thought I knew what I was doing, but I misread the label at first and used this serum once per night, which ended up being way too much for my skin. I thought the bottle said to use twice daily and I thought, whoa, that's nuts! But as you can see from the picture of the bottle above, it says twice a week. The photo above is what can happen when you first use a retinol, but please note that your skin may react differently and this is actually normal. Since retinols are so powerful, your skin will go through a "purge" where it's turning over old skin. In the past, I've had acne breakouts with retinols, but this time I developed red, dry patches that kind of felt windburned.

I'm not telling you this to scare you off of this serum -- this is actually what it's supposed to do! It's just my fault because I started using it way too frequently and it caused an augmented reaction with my skin. If you use it as directed just once or twice a week for the first week or two, you should see some purging but not nearly as strong as mine. The upside is that after backing off from using the product so frequently and working in a hyaluronic acid serum, my skin recovered and now seems way smoother!
Bottom Line: Shero Science has a great line of dermatologist-grade products and they're sure to have something that will meet your specific needs. They aim to send you exactly what you need so that you get positive results without having to spend any money on something that won't work for you. I've had a great experience with the serums I've tried!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Box of Style Winter Edition by Rachel Zoe Spoilers and Coupon!

The Box of Style Winter Edition is available today and has some great items to keep you stylish in the cold!

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The Box of Style Winter Edition features over $480 worth of the season's most coveted fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items. Inside you'll find five luxe items that keep your winter glamorous and cozy and make great gifts for any occasion!

Members get exclusive access to the Box of Style Boutique, which has expertly-curated pieces at special prices, including beauty, home and entertaining, jewelry, and accessories that can be purchased a-la-carte or bundled for even more savings!

Here's a peek at everything inside the Winter Edition box:

  • Choice Item: Luv AJ Exclusive Marquise Diamond Disc Statement Ring ($85): Members will choose between either rose gold or yellow gold . Take the guesswork out of jewelry layering with this pre-stacked piece!
  •  Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105): Combat fine lines and wrinkles, even texture, and reduce the appearance of pore size with this cruelty-free oil. It's formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.
  •  Eddie Borgo The Soho Watch - Exclusive! ($115): Do as Rachel does with this sleek statement watch and mix the rose gold with gold or silver jewelry for a fashion-forward look.
  •  Jules Kae Exclusive Vegan Leather Tote ($150): This tote has a beautiful pale pink vegan leather that can be worn to work, for travel, or running errands. It's the perfect accessory for your winter wardrobe!
  •  Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Balm ($25): This multi-purpose hair product hydrates and protects against environmental damage, frizz, and heat styling. The lightweight cream also provides hold without stiffness.

The Box of Style Winter Edition is available now! What's your favorite item in the box? I'm in love with the Jules Kae Vegan Tote!
  • Use coupon code WINTER15AFF for $15 off your first box

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

The holidays are coming and that means lots of sweets, treats, and family. Gramma in a Box is a great box to share with your family, whether you'll be close together this time of year or far away.

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

Gramma in a Box sends three cookie and candy crafts each month for $20 per month. Gramma behind the box, Terry, created the subscription after her grandchildren moved out of state. She wanted to have a way to share home baked goodies with them and decided to share the idea with the rest of the world!

There are a few other pricing options for multi-month subscriptions:
  • 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 November box had goodies for Thanksgiving! The first two crafts vary, but the third is always a set of pre-baked cookies for you to frost. Since the items are perishable, be sure to open your box and do the crafts within one week of receiving them.

The projects are always super creative and I love seeing what Gramma put together for us to do! The first project was Acorn Kisses and involved applying Hershey's Kisses and chocolate chips to mini vanilla wafers using melted chocolate. They came together really easily and look so cute!

The second project was Pretzel Turkeys and was just as creative as the first. I would never be able to come up with crafts like these, so it's always fun to get them and create them each month. These included using the rest of the melted chocolate to attach candy corn, candy eyes, and a candy beak to the pretzels to shape them like turkeys.

The third project is always cookies and these had fun fall and Thanksgiving shapes of maple leaves, turkeys, and acorns. I used some of the leftover melted to chocolate on the tops of the acorns and used the frosting and sprinkles for all of the others. I accidentally broke the heads off the turkeys when I was removing the cookies from the plastic wrapping, but after the frosting dried it held them together again.
  • Visit Gramma in a Box to subscribe
    • Use coupon code 10off for $10 off a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription!
    • Black Friday deal: use code black50 for $50 off a 12-month subscription (valid only on Black Friday, November 26th)
  • Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram
Bottom Line: I always love Gramma in a Box! The crafts are great for families of all ages and are even more fun to eat after you finish them. This is a great box to treat yourself or your loved ones to!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

October Emma & Chloé Review and Coupon

Emma & Chloéis a jewelry subscription that highlights an up-and-coming French designer each month and sends you one of their unique pieces! October's box featured a beautiful set of earrings.

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

Emma & Chloé costs $35 per month for a handmade jewelry piece from a French designer. You can choose to receive either silver or gold when you sign up. The following pricing options are also available:
  • Three Months: $99 every three months ($33 per month)
  • Six Months: $186 every six months ($31 per month)
  • One Year: $348 annually ($29 per month, equivalent to two free boxes)
You'll also get 20 percent off of the Emma & Chloé shop for the lifetime of your subscription.

The boxes are well-packaged and always come with a bag for storage and a certificate of authenticity.

You'll also receive a gazette that includes an interview with the featured designer, profiles from other designers, and beautiful photography with items available in the shop. I love reading through this every month and getting new style inspiration!

The featured designer for October is Les Tatillonnes., run by Gaïa Anastasio. She uses geometric inspiration, clean lines, and contemporary materials to create unique, minimalistic pieces.

The Cosmos Earrings ($82) are beautiful! I love the simple design and the gold accent. The earrings are inspired by the 90s and play a perfect balance of lines and curves. A pearl white plexiglass area is delicately lined with gold-plated brass (or immersed in a rectangular silver bath) and the earrings are great for dressing up a casual outfit or for date night.

Bottom Line: This is my first pair of earrings from Emma & Chloé and I love them! They're so beautiful and perfectly fit my style.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dispatch: On the Run Review - Box 5

Breakout Games is one of the leading escape room companies in the U.S., and they have a fun subscription box called Dispatch for mystery fans to solve at home! The first series is the "On the Run" storyline.

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

The On the Run series has 10 boxes total and is the first story you'll receive when you subscribe. Boxes are $24.99 per month with free shipping. I live in New York and $2 was added for tax.

Box Five in this series takes us to Tanzania. Each month you'll receive a box full of interactive clues, including things like handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, and other physical items. All of the clues are really well made and help immerse you in the story.

So far, Dispatch: On the Run has taken us to countries like Australia and Japan. You're following the disappearance of your best friend James, who is sending you these boxes to help clear his name in the murder of his fiancee.

Aside from the paper clues, the Tanzania box features a bag of stones and a mancala board game. As you can see in the photo above, the board has letters scrambled on it. What I really love about the Dispatch boxes is that all the clues are so well thought out and there's always a ton of detail to pay attention to.

There are always a lot of letters, receipts, and other types of paper clues to dig through. This box is great for a rainy day (or any day you just feel like relaxing at home), because it does take some time to dig in to everything. If you're into mysteries and analytical puzzles, you'll love going through the clues each month!
Bottom Line: The Dispatch boxes are so much fun to comb through. They really make you feel like you're the center of this mystery, and I love searching through the clues each month.

Friday, October 26, 2018

October Sock Fancy Review

I know it's still October, but let's be real: the holidays are coming. If you want to get a jump start on your shopping, subscriptions are always a great option, and Sock Fancy is a fun and affordable service for anyone on your list!

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

Sock Fancy sends a monthly package of eye-catching socks starting at just $11 per month with free worldwide shipping. You can also gift subscriptions at $19 per month for two pairs of $57 per month for six pairs. Satisfaction is 100 percent guaranteed and you can exchange or cancel at any time.

When you subscribe you'll fill out a quick survey where you can choose men's or women's socks, as well as styles (crew, no show, or a mix) and quantity. You can also choose to pay monthly or up front.

Sock Fancy was launched in 2013 by Stefan Lewinger and Futhum Tewoldeto provide a simple solution to a growing frustration: create comfortable, durable socks that are awesomely-designed and inexpensive.

My package came with a pair of tall socks with a bonus drink holder and Sock Fancy pin. Socks may not seem exciting at first, but I love a good pair of comfy socks with a fun design. I especially like the taller styles with patterns to wear with boots in the fall and winter.

The socks are made with a high quality cotton blend on a 200-count needle machine. They're soft and comfortable and also keep my feet feeling warm, despite the thinner weave. The top portion has a no-slip cuff so the socks don't slide down your calf while walking around. I've been wearing my socks all day today and can attest that they haven't budged!
Bottom Line: Sock Fancy is a fun and affordable way to treat yourself (or someone else) to a great pair of socks! The socks are high quality and keep my feet warm and looking stylish.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mama June's Southern Treats Review - First Box!

I'm a northerner at heart, but if I know one thing about southerners, it's that they know how to cook! Mama June's Southern Treats is a new subscription box that just launched this month and it features delicious goodies from Mama June.

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

Mama June's Southern Treats is from reality star June Shannon of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and From Not to Hot fame. The box ships quarterly for $34.95 or $119 annually with free shipping to the U.S. The boxes do ship internationally as well with a $15 flat rate shipping fee.

The first box is Georgia themed and has great snacks, ingredients, and a special extra item centered around delicious flavors from Mama June's home state.

The box contained seven snacks, one extra item, and three recipe cards.

Some of the snacks can be eaten on their own, but there are also three recipe cards included that you can use to make other items out of the ingredients. There's also a booklet with information about each item in the box.

  •  Vidalia Sweet Onion Petals - These are delicious! They're a light, crispy snack flavored with real Vidalia sweet onion puree.
  • Bacon's Heir Pork Panko - This breadcrumb replacement is fine and flaky for a crispy finish and pakcs more punch than regular, unseasoned panko.
  • Bacon's Heir Pork Clouds - These are a gourmet take on pork rinds: made with pork skins, olive oil, rock salt, and seasonings in a puffy cloud of crunch.
  •  Southern Treats Peach Crisp Mix - This is one of the ingredients that has a corresponding recipe card. It's June's favorite Southern Peach Crisp Mix made with whole grains and rolled oats.
  • Dillon Candy Pecan Praline Candy - These candies are a Georgia favorite and is made my Georgia-based Dillon Candy. They're loaded with pecans and are super creamy.
  • Southern Treats Peach Tea - This tea is perfect for sipping on the front porch on a hot day, or with a splash of bourbon for a grown-up treat!
  • Byrd's Cookie Company Georgia Peach Cookie - Another peach treat, these cookies are dusted with powdered sugar and have the perfect balance of tangy, ripe Georgia peaches and sweet cream.

The tea is loose-leaf and comes with steeping bags inside.

  •  Southern Treats Dish Towel - This special dish towel is an extra item branded with the Southern Treats logo. It can be used to keep your dishes clean or to line a tea tray with.
You can find more Southern-inspired recipes at the Mama June's Southern Treats blog, which you can read here!
Bottom Line: I really liked the first Mama June's Southern Treats box! It had a bunch of snacks and brands that were new to me, so it was fun being able to try southern staples that aren't readily available here in New York. I also think it's a great deal at only $34.95 per quarter.