Sunday, August 12, 2018

July Emma & Chloé Review and Coupon

Emma & Chloé is a jewelry subscription that always sends unique, gorgeous pieces, and July's box featured a necklace perfect for summer!

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

Emma & Chloé sends a handmade piece from an up-and-coming French designer each month. You can choose from either gold or silver when you sign up. Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $35 per month
  • 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)

Each month your jewelry will arrive in a sturdy box, packaged in a drawstring bag for protection and future storage.

The subscription also comes with a little gazette that includes information about the designer, as well as features and a gallery of other pieces available in the Emma & Chloé shop. I really enjoy getting to read the interview with the designer each month, as it provides great insight about their inspiration for their pieces.

The July box also included an extra pair of sunglasses! These are not usually my style (I prefer aviators or more square frames), but they're really cute and perfectly aligned with the French chicness of Emma & Chloé.

The July item is a necklace from LUCKYTEAM. They're a team of designers from all over, including countries like the Philippines, Mali, India, and more. The brand was founded in 2007 in the French Riviera and aims to create a universe of artisans that share good vibes and beautiful jewelry with its customers.

The necklace is simply called Long Necklace ($97) and it is reminiscent of amulets of yesteryear. It's all about texture, with brushed brass inspired by Indian civilization and the cultural wealth of the country. The garnet stone at the center is a symbol of energy, courage, and strength and will provide protection to those who wear it.

I absolutely love this design! It's a perfect fit for my style, simple but beautiful. I'll wear this with a bunch of different outfit combinations.
Bottom Line: Emma & Chloé always sends beautiful jewelry, and the Long Necklace from LUCKYTEAM is another wonderful piece! I like the versatility of it, and it's really well made. The bonus sunglasses were a great perk, too!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

August Target Beauty Box Review

I haven't purchased a Target Beauty Box in a while, but all of the products in the August box were ones I knew I'd use, and luckily they were still in stock when I went to purchase!

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

The Target Beauty Box is exactly what it sounds like: a box of beauty samples put together and sold by Target. The box isn't a subscription and you have to purchase one each month online (only) if you want to receive one. They cost $7 with free shipping, and I had a few cents tacked on for New York state sales tax.

The boxes sell out pretty quickly, and honestly when I went to the Target site at 9 AM the day they were released I was surprised to see them still available. If you want a heads up for when they go on sale, sign up for the newsletter at My Subscription Addiction (if you're at my blog, you definitely know about MSA!).

I usually pass on the Target Beauty Boxes because they're fun, but for a while I had so many samples already that there was never anything in them that I felt I really needed. But the August box was a definite yes for me because it had a bunch of things I needed for my upcoming trip to the UK in October, all conveniently travel-sized. Well, except for the full-sized razor, but you know what I mean.

  • Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Soft Waves Tropical Banana Sea Salt Spray - I've used this before, not in the tropical banana scent, and it's a pretty good texture spray. My hair is too thick for it to create any waves on its own, but I like to spray this at my roots when my hair is damp and then blow dry for extra lift.
  • Schick Intuition F.A.B. - My best friend has been recommending this razor to me for a while so I was glad to see it in the box, especially since I'm sure they retail for more than $7 on their own. The F.A.B. stands for forwards and backwards, making shaving easier with a smooth glide.
  • Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes - I've been trying to use less one-use cleansing wipes lately to be more environmentally friendly, but this small pack will be great for refreshing on-the-go for my trip. I'm not against using them once in a while, and the seven count will be good for travel.
  •  Acure Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream - This moisturizer has a blend of CoQ10, gotu kola, and argan oil to fight dullness and even out skin tone. CoQ10 is an enzyme and antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage, and gotu kola is a plant native to Asian wetlands that can help with many things, including working as a skin-healing agent that's great for sensitive skin.
  • bliss Fab Foaming Face Wash - This is a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator infused with flower botanicals and natural ingredients to relieve dryness and soothe skin.
  • Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Body Lotion - This is enriched with Vitamin E and shea butter to soften skin and replenish its natural moisture balance.
Each box also includes a $3 off coupon for a beauty purchase of $15 or more at Target.

Bottom Line: This was a great Target Beauty Box for me and I've already packed away the little samples for my trip! I'm also curious to start using the F.A.B. razor now and see how well it works.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New Arbonne Launch: Staycation Mini Stick Set!

Arbonne is one of my favorite beauty brands, and I've reviewed some of their products in the past, which you can read here. Today I'm introducing one of their newest launches, the Staycation Mini Stick Set.

*Disclaimer: Compensation was not received for this post.

This limited edition set contains four sheer glow sticks, including a matte bronzer, highlighter, holographic lip tint, and a dual-purpose lip and cheek tint!

Each stick has a silky, creamy formula that easily glides over foundation without streaking. Key ingredients include apricot, sunflower, olive, coconut, apricot, and peach botanical oils help deliver hydration to promote the appearance of healthy, glowing skin. They'll layer perfectly over the RE9 Advanced® Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen that I recently reviewed here!

You can purchase the new Staycation Mini Stick Set on the Arbonne website.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dispatch: On the Run Review - Box 4

If you enjoy puzzles and immersing yourself in a good mystery, then the Dispatch box from Breakout Games is definitely for you! This serialized story sends interactive clues to help solve a case that you're at the center of.

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

The Dispatch box covers a different story for each series. The On the Run series is the first story and the one you'll receive when you first subscribe. There are 10 boxes total. The story follows the disappearance of your best friend, and you're the main character investigating what happened to him. Each month you'll receive a box from a different location sent to you by your friend as he's on the run.

The box costs $24.99 per month with free shipping. When I input my address in New York, $2 applied for taxes, so they may apply for the state of California as well.

Each box features a different set of highly interactive clues. This box is Chapter 3 in the story, but I'm calling it Box 4 because the first box you receive is an introductory box. You can see a link to all of my reviews at the end of this post.

For this chapter, we're moving to Australia. Your missing friend, James, has sent another box of clues to help you piece together the story to prove his innocence. The reason he's on the run is because he's suspected in the murder of his fiancee, a famous heiress (as you learn in the first box).

The clues can sometimes feel intimidating to me -- they're so detailed that sometimes I don't know where to start! There isn't much instruction other than the info card that lists everything inside, but if you ever get stuck you can submit a query to the detective you learn about in the first box, or chat with other real life players on the Slack Chat forum or on Facebook (search "Breakout Dispatch Members" for that).

Here's a look at all of the clues. I didn't take close-up pictures of every individual item, as that would ruin the surprise when you get the box yourself. But as you can see, everything is really well made and intricately detailed. There are paper files like police and medical reports, as well as physical items like the UV flashlight and playing cards (inside of the white box).

It's a lot of fun to take the time to sift through everything. I honestly find that I have to take multiple sessions to go through everything, because I want to read every detail in the story. Having the chat forums and online help is also great whenever you get stuck!
Bottom Line: The On the Run story continues to be full of intrigue, and I'm excited to see where it takes us next! Box 4/Chapter 3 was again full of interesting and interactive clues.