Friday, October 12, 2018

Introducing: Shero Science Skincare!

Shero Science is a skincare brand that wants to take the confusion out of buying products that work for you, resulting in overspending on items that aren't good fits for your skin. They have products that are tailored to your specific needs and created by dermatologists.

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

I will be reviewing two Shero Science products in the coming weeks, but I wanted to do an introductory post first to tell you all about this brand.

Darby Smart surveyed a sample of 5,000 women and found that 87 percent of these women were confused about skincare. Shero Science saw this research and created a smarter and easier way for women to get the right skincare for them from dermatologists.

You can take the Skin IQ survey at the Shero Science website and they'll tailor a set of products for you based on the results. Here are my results:

Based on this, Shero Science recommended their Power Skin Care Routine (1% Nightly Retinol CE Repair, 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Cleansing Gel, No. 1 Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, E.H.F. Moisturizing Cream, and Power-C) or the Basics Skin Care Routine (2-in-1 Pore Purifying Cleansing Gel, No. 1 Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, and E.H.F. Moisturizing Cream). Each product lasts two months. The Power Skin Care Routine costs $59.50 per month and the Basics is $28 per month; both have free shipping. This is a great deal for specialized skincare!

I'm excited to try Shero Skincare and share my results with you. Keep your eyes out for a review post within the next month or so (I'm going to sample the products for at least two weeks to see how they work with my skin), but if you'd like to shop in the meantime, you can do so at the Shero Science website!

Monday, October 8, 2018

October Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

The October Gramma in a Box is perfectly themed for Halloween! Inside you'll find three cookie/candy crafts that the whole family can do together.

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

Gramma in a Box was created by Terry after her grandchildren moved out of state. She wanted to send them cookies and goodies they could do to keep them feeling connecting, and she created the subscription box in order for all families to join in on the fun!

Each box includes supplies for two candy crafts and cookies to frost. The cookies are pre-made and perishable, so be sure to complete your crafts within a week of receiving the box.

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 was Oreo Spiders. How cute are these! The box had four cookies inside, but you had to twist them apart to insert the pretzels and I broke one of them when I did this, so I only made three spiders. All of the crafts are incredibly creative but also simple to complete, so they're great for all ages. This one included melting chocolate discs and then using them to seal the cookies back together and place the googly eyes, in addition to adding the pretzel legs.

The second project was Monster Bark and it used the leftover melting chocolate from project one. This one was super easy; just add in rice krispies to the chocolate, mix together, spread out on the wax paper (included in the box) and add in gummy worms, candy bones, and the leftover eyes from the spiders. It took about five minutes to set and is so fun and colorful!

The third project is always cookies of some sort, and the October theme was, of course, Halloween Cookies. My ghosts lost one of their arms, but the other shapes held up well. The cookies are delicious sugar cookies and the frosting is easily squeezable out of the frosting bags. There are also sets of colorful sprinkles in each box to decorate the cookies.

The opposite side of all of the instruction cards also include ingredients lists for all of the projects, as well as a list of allergens.
Bottom Line: I loved the October Gramma in a Box crafts! They were perfect fits for Halloween and I love the creativity behind all of them. It's even more fun to eat them after you create them!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October Degusta Box Review and 35% Off

Degsuta Box has rebranded, but only slightly. They're still sending a box packed with full-sized snacks, but now they're going by Degusta Box instead of the old Degustabox.

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

Degusta Box sends nine to 14 full-sized snacks and foods for only $19.99 per month. Shipping is free to the U.S. They also have a U.K. box for those of you on the other side of the pond!

The October box featured 10 brands with 14 total items. My favorite thing about this box is that they send a great variety of foods, sauces, soups, and more for much cheaper than if you bought everything individually at the grocery store. It's always fun to open up and see what's inside!

  • Pirate's Booty ($5.46 for a 12 pack, ~$1.82 for four): I love these snacks; they're made of rice puffs with real aged white cheddar that's baked and not fried. They're light and fluffy and full of flavor.
  • Idahoan Foods Creamy Potato Soup ($2.99) - I love a hearty soup, especially now that it's getting colder out. This one makes restaurant-quality soup and all you have to do is add water.
  •  Tastykate ($1.79 each) - Tastykakes are a regional brand and I know they're popular down in Pennslyvania, but they're sometimes available in stores here in New York and I absolutely love them. The Chocolate Juniors are baked fresh and finished with chocolate icing and the Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes combine a snack-sized vanilla sponge cake with a thick stripe of peanut butter coated in milk chocolate.
  • Garoto ($.80) - This candy bar is a combination of Garoto milk chocolate with a banana filling. Sounds like an interesting but delicious combo!
  • Sixlets ($1.00 each) - Sixlets is another brand that not everyone may know of but that I really like. There's one pack each of the Chewy Fruit Flavored candies and the Original Chocolate candies. Both are gluten- and nut-free.
  • Bahlsen Waffeletten ($3.49) - Oh my, these are so good! They're crumbly to eat so be careful, but the light wafers are dipped in milk chocolate for a perfectly delicious flavor combo.
  • Brown & Haley Sea Salt Caramel Roca ($2.99) - Another great candy featured this month is this pack of buttercrunch coated in California almonds and sea salt. I love salty/sweet candies and these sound wonderful.
  • Bush's Best Sriracha Lime Crisp-Roasted Chickpeas ($3.99) - These high-fiber beans are crisp-roasted and coated in a variety of flavors. I'm going to pack these in my carry-on for my upcoming trip to London.
  •  Welch's Fruit Snacks Superfruit Mix ($2.99) - Who doesn't love fruit snacks? These have pomegranate-passionfruit, starfruit-kiwi, dragonfruit-blackberry, acai-blueberry, and goji-apricot flavors made with real fruit. They're also gluten-free and have no artificial preservatives or colors.
  • SunSpire Peanut Butter Chips ($7.99) - These chips are made with real peanut butter that are perfect for baking or eating straight out of the bag. I'm going to use these in cookies.
The total approximate retail value for the October Degusta Box is $32.64, well over the $19.99 price tag of the box. I was pleased with all of the snacks this month, especially the Sixlets and Pirate's Booty!
Bottom Line: The October Degusta Box had lots of fun treats, with old favorites and new brands for me to try. I love this box and always enjoy the surprises each month!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sheree Cosmetics New Launches and Review

Sheree Cosmetics is a makeup brand created by Tiffany Sheree Hudson Hermann, a cosmetics lover since the age of six and a certified makeup artist. She wanted to create a cosmetics line that had a luxury feel without an extreme price tag. The result is a fantastic line of color cosmetics!

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

Every item from Sheree Cosmetics is cruelty- and paraben-free. They have a fantastic line of Waterproof Liquid Lipsticks that's highly pigmented and transfer-proof. I love liquid lipstick, especially matte ones, so these are perfect for me! The shades above, from top to bottom, are Shannon's Secret, Lady in Red, Glamour Pink, and Berry Sweet.

As you can see from the swatches, these lipsticks really do pack a ton of color! These are from just one swipe of the brush. To apply, add one layer, allow to dry, and reapply if you prefer. I think just one layer is more than enough color, but you can layer on as much as you want. They apply evenly and with a creamy texture and took about 30 seconds to dry on my lips. Like with most matte lipsticks, they did feel a little dryer than normal after drying, but they really do stay put! To remove, an oil-based makeup remover is the most effective.

Sheree Cosmetics also has a brand new line of metallic liquid-to-powder eyeshadows! The Born to Be Iconic Metallics are absolutely gorgeous and are just as highly pigmented as the liquid lipsticks. The shades are, from left to right starting with the top photo: Audrey, Elizabeth, Grace (limited edition), Kate, Gabrielle, Jackie, Marilyn, Bette, and Marie.

I'm obsessed with these shadows! The formula is so silky smooth and the cream application dries to a powder. The application wand is nice and soft, making it easy to apply the shadows. The colors are absolutely gorgeous; I especially love the brown/copper metallics.

They also have a line of 3D Silk Lashes that last up to 40 applications per set. I received the Tiffany and Diane sets and I think both are beautiful. The lashes are long and luxurious but not too outrageous so that they look fake.

Last but not least, Sheree Cosmetics sent me two of their palettes to review. The Fighter Eyeshadow Palette has 12 shades of talc-free eyeshadows for great blendability. The colors are great for day or night looks.

Here are some finger swatches of a few of the eyeshadow shades. The formula was a bit chalky to me, but with more than one layer and brush application I think they would provide great color.

The Born to Sparkle Glitter Palette is a ton of fun! It has 15 shades of pressed glitter that are wet to the touch and apply effortlessly with little to no fallout. They're infused with glue, so you don't have to use separate glue when applying.

To apply, just rub your finger gently atop the shade until it feels damp to activate the glue, then apply to eyelid (or wherever else) using a sweep/tap motion. The top layer of the glitter in the palette will re-seal on its own until you're ready to activate it and use again.

As you can see, these really do transfer well. This was with just one finger swipe. I truly had very little fallout. This palette is perfect for any upcoming Halloween looks you may be planning, or for when you want to add a little sparkle to your look!
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by the Sheree Cosmetics products I tried. I'm in love with the liquid lipsticks and am pleased with their pigmentation and staying power. The metallic eyeshadows and palettes are gorgeous and fun to play with, and will pair well with the luxurious lashes!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

September Kid Wonder Review and Coupon: Wilderness Explorers

If you have young kids, the Kid Wonder box is a great way to entertain them with crafts and games that encourage creativity! Each month's box centers around a new theme and has five activities to complete.

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

Kid Wonder has a Little Dreamers box, which is the box that is being reviewed here. In the future they will 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 siblings options includes enough supplies for two children to complete the activities. Shipping is $5 flat rate to U.S. addresses, $15 to Canada, and $20 to the U.K.

The September box is themed "Wilderness Explorers." Every month you'll receive five individually-packaged activity kits, a magazine with games and reading practice inside, and an insert for parent/adult helpers outlining each activity.

I love the little booklet and would have enjoyed thumbing through something like this as a kid. The illustrations are bright and engaging, and there are good opportunities to practice reading and learn about the theme.

Activity Kit 1 is "Dress Like a Wilderness Explorer," where your child will decorate a backpack, color a compass watch (toy only, not a real functioning compass), construct binoculars, plan a wilderness adventure, and learn about hiking safety to earn the wilderness explorer badge.

Activity Kit 2 is "Let's Go Camping" and it teaches kids about fire safety through having them create a camping diorama to earn a camping badge.

Activity Kit 3 is "Wilderness Training" and it has activity sheets to train to explore the wilderness and become an official backcountry explorer. Your child will use their training skills to go on an imaginary hike and earn their hiking badge with a scavenger hunt outside.

Activity Kit 4 is my favorite of the pack and is called "Let's Go Fishing." It comes with a foldable "pond" with paintable fish. Children will learn about fish anatomy and earn their fishing badge.

Last but not least, Activity Kit 5 is "Let's Make S'mores." The s'mores are not edible, but instead the kit has supplies to make playdough to make the s'mores and earn the s'mores badge.

Each kit is also rated on Messiness, Difficulty, and Time Involved, so you can gauge which activity to use first based on how much time you have (or patience!). I like that each kit offers different options and levels of involvement, giving kids and parents a good variety of activities.
Bottom Line: This month's Kid Wonder box had another great set of fun activities! I love that they have hands-on crafts as well as more imagination-driven activities, like the scavenger hunt and imaginary hike in Kit 3. These activities are sure to keep your children happy and engaged!