Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

December means Christmas for me, and there's no hobby I like more during the holidays than decorating Christmas cookies! Gramma in a Box is the perfect subscription for anyone who shares this feeling.

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

Gramma in a Box is a monthy craft and candy subscription straight from Gramma! Terry, the box's creator, was inspired to share her passion for baking after her grandchildren moved away. She wanted to send them a box of crafts to do and thought it would be a great thing to share with everyone. She was right!

Each box contains three crafts with enough supplies to create up to 20 treats. Everything you need is included, except maybe for common household items like a bowl or spoon. The cookies are pre-baked, so be sure to complete your crafts within a week of receiving the box to ensure freshness. You'll also receive instruction cards for each craft with ingredients and allergens listed on the back.

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 craft was Hot Chocolate Treats and consisted of melting chocolate, peppermint candy canes, crushed peppermint, and marshmallows. I forgot to include the crushed peppermint in the above photo, but it was included in the box. To complete the craft, I melted the chocolate in a bowl of my own, then dipped the candy canes into the chocolate before pushing them into the end of a marshmallow. Then I rolled the marshmallow in the chocolate and coated it with the crushed peppermint. The end result is a fun snack you can eat on its own or use to stir (and melt in) hot chocolate!

The second craft was Holly Wreaths and was my favorite of the box! I used the melted chocolate left over from the first craft and dumped the corn flakes into the chocolate. I stirred it around, then scooped some into the paper cups and topped with a cinnamon candy center. So simple, but so creative! They also tasted delicious.

Here's a close up of my completed Hot Chocolate Treats and Holly Wreaths.

The third craft always includes some delicious sugar cookies to frost! The colors of the icing correspond with the month's theme, as do the sprinkles. I also used the leftover peppermint bits to add to some of the cookies. The best part about it all is that the cookies are already baked, so I can just frost and enjoy!

I loved the cute gingerbread men! The shapes were perfect for the holidays.
Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is so much fun and it's a great subscription to share with your friends and family! Whether you're near or far apart, you can share the love and delicious sweets with this box.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winter FabFitFun Review

When I saw the spoilers for the FabFitFun Winter Box, I had to sign up right away! There were so many great items perfect for cozying up in the cold.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! Post contains affiliate links.

FabFitFun is a quarterly box that sends over $200 worth of 8 to 10 full-sized items for $49.99 per quarter, with free shipping. Items range from beauty and skincare to fitness and other lifestyle products. You can also subscribe annually for $179.99 every 12 months (four boxes total).

One of my favorite things about this box is that you can customize what you'll receive. Annual subscribers will get more customization options than quarterly subscribers.

I love pretty much everything in this box! I usually purchase big lifestyle boxes like these in the fall and winter because I love cold-weather items. Being able to customize some of the items made it even better! There were nine items total with a good mix of product categories represented.

  • Ahava Hydration Cream Mask ($33) - This mask is enriched with mineral spring water, shea butter, and vitamin E to smooth skin while providing intense hydration. Every subscriber will get this in their box.
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($44) - Oribe is my favorite haircare brand so when I saw that a full-sized Gold Lust Dry Shampoo was available I knew I had to buy this box! The brand is on the more expensive side, so the total cost of the box at $49 made it worth it to get this dry shampoo plus all of the other items. It's sulfate-free and is one of the best dry shampoos I've ever used on my oily hair. This was a customizable item, the other options were a jewelry portfolio or a silver circle necklace.
  •  Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in "Stella" ($24) - This pencil is infused with macadamia and meadowfoam oil and has as silky champagne color to brighten the eyes. I wish it had a bit more color payoff, but it looks great as a highlighter on the inner corners of my eyes. Every subscriber will receive this item.
  • Bearpaw Combo Set: Headband and Pop Top Glove Duo ($45) - This set has a 100% polyester sherpa-lined headband and fingerless gloves in my favorite color, black. The headband is so soft and super cute, and the gloves are nice as well. My only complaint with the gloves is that they're fingerless except for the thumbs, making it impossible to text with them still. This was a customizable item, the other option is a Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask (hair mask).
  • Richer Poorer Reina Over the Knee Textured Sock ($24) - I've been wanting a pair of high socks to wear over boots and these are perfect! They're made from recycled yarn and are a thinner weave but still very cozy and comfortable. This is a customizable item, the other options were a jade roller or Pur Be our Selfie Palette.
  • Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid ($29) - This set of five eye masks is great for de-puffing the undereye area. They have activated charcoal for a refreshed look. All subscribers will receive this item.
  • Brooke Burke Body Sliders ($18) - These discs are to be used with specific workouts where you slide your feet along a carpeted surface. I've been wanting to try this type of workout but didn't have the equipment, so now I do! Annual subscribers can customize this item (other options are a Bite Beauty lipstick or coaster set) and quarterly subscribers will have it chosen for them.
  • Anthropologie X Mer-Sea & Co. Sea Whip Body Cream in "Coconut Sugar" ($24) - I love a good lotion, and although coconut isn't usually my favorite, this one smells really good. It's sweet and light and has sea whip extract, sea silt, and Dead Sea salt to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin. Annual subscribers can customize this item (the other option is a Way of Will Elevate essential oil set) and quarterly subscribers will have it chosen for them.
  • Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw in "Natural/Ivory" ($49) - Last up is this beautiful throw! I love when subscription boxes include blankets, so this was another plus for me. It's a light woven throw that has a stripe design and fringe detailing. It's very warm and I love wrapping myself with it while working at my desk! Annual subscribers can choose between this color or a Gray/Ivory color and quarterly subscribers will have their color chosen for them.
The FabFitFun Winter Box is still available for purchase, but if you want one I'd act quickly.
Bottom Line: My box had a total retail value of $290! I love everything, especially the Oribe and the Mark & Graham throw. This box was perfectly tailored to me, not even considering the fact that I got to choose some of the items. I think it's a great value for $49.99!

Monday, December 10, 2018

November Emma&Chloé Review and Coupon

This review is a little late because my November Emma&Chloé box took the scenic route to get to me, but good things do come to those who wait -- the November piece is absolutely gorgeous!

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

A few weeks ago I received the label only for this box with a note from the post office attached. It said that they only received the label with no package attached, so I was bummed that I wouldn't be able to review the November box. It wasn't Emma&Chloé's fault, just an unfortunate mishap during shipment. But, lo and behold, somehow the box made its way to me a few days ago!

Emma&Chloé sends handmade jewelry from an up-and-coming French designer. Boxes cost $35 per month and you can choose either gold or silver pieces when you sign up. You'll also receive 20 percent off anything in the Emma&Chloé shop for the lifetime of your subscription. Here are the multi-month price points:
  • 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)
Aside from the jewelry, you'll also get a gazette with information about the designer, the specific piece, and interviews with other creators and a gallery of other jewelry available in the shop. I love thumbing through this each month and learning more about the designers and their inspiration.

November's designer is 13février, started by two sisters from Lyon with a passion for beautiful materials. I absolutely adore the Lou Long Necklace (retail value $99), which is made with a natural glass rhinestone center and gold plating. You'll also receive a Certificate of Authenticity with your jewelry.

Even though the brand is French, the four leaf clover reminds me of my family's Irish heritage. I love the sophisticated take on the design and long chain necklaces are my favorite style. I'd wear this with a dolman top of to accent a solid color dress!

I'm so glad that the post office located my Emma&Chloé box because the November necklace is so stunning! This is one of my favorite pieces I've received from this lovely subscription.
Bottom Line: Emma&Chloé is a great subscription for jewelry lovers! You'll get a handmade piece that isn't mass-market for a really affordable price.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Green Goo Body Care Review

Earlier this year I reviewed a pain relief balm from Green Goo (read that review here), a company that creates medicinal herbal healing products. They also have a great line of bath and body products that are great for gifting this holiday season!

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

Not only does Green Goo have excellent products, they also do a lot to give back. They're a certified B Corp, meaning they are a company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certifications are to sustainable business as USDA organic certifications are to organic foods. They also donate some of their proceeds to charities like Mercy in Action, 1% for the Planet, Summit for Soldiers, and more. Lastly, they are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.

I received the Unwind and Relief Bath Salts and the Skin Loving Essentials set to try, and all of the products worked wonderfully for my dry, chapped winter skin!

I love to pamper with a warm bath year round, but they're especially nice in the winter. Unwind Bath Salts have lavender and bergamot to to relieve stress and tension and soothe skin. The Relief Bath Salts have eucalyptus and mint to soothe aches and pains. I use these in the bath and the shower; in the shower I sprinkle some on that tub floor and let the warm water activate the soothing scents. Both smell absolutely wonderful and are great for relaxation.

The Skin Loving Essentials has four products inside. I couldn't find the set in their shop, but I've linked to each individually:
  • Natural Herbal Salve Skin Repair: I actually couldn't find this stick in the shop either, but they have a larger tub available. The product is made with aloe vera and Vitamin E to nourish and improve skin's appearance. It can be used as a night eye cream, on aging and sunspots, and for after-sun care. The formula is really smooth and it absorbed into my skin quickly. It worked wonders on the dry skin patches on my hands.
  • Lavender Body Lotion: This relaxing lotion has shea butter and argan oil for quick absorption and great moisture. It smells wonderful and I like using it before bed to help relax.
  • Geranium and Lavender Castile Wash: This multipurpose soap can be used as a dish soap, laundry detergent, stain remover, shower soap, bubble bath, or even pet shampoo.
  • Dry Skin Balm: I love this moisturizer! It has a high concentration of calendula flowers and five other active healing herbs to provide natural head-to-toe relief of dry skin. The homeopathic ingredients can help alleviate symptoms of dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as dry red bumps, cracked skin, and windburn. I like to apply it to my hands and cuticles for long-lasting moisture.

Here are some close-ups of the Dry Skin Balm and Skin Repair.
Bottom Line: Green Goo has a great, diverse line of body and skincare products made with natural ingredients. They're also cruelty-free and a certified B Corp, so you know your purchase will be supporting a company that is ethical and gives back! I loved all of the products I've tried here and am so glad to have them to help heal my dry skin.

Friday, December 7, 2018

RawSpiceBar Review and Gift Ideas

If you have someone in your life who loves to cook, a subscription or gift set from RawSpiceBar is the perfect present for them!

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

RawSpiceBar is a quarterly subscription that sends three packs of spices from all over the world, with enough in each packet to cook two meals a week for three to four people. It costs $26 per quarter (every three months) or $88 for 12 months. You'll also get 25% off everything in the spice shop for the length of your subscription.

When you first sign up you'll fill out a quick questionnaire that asks what your taste preferences are, how many people you cook for, your favorite things to cook, etc. You'll then receive three spices that match your preferences, and if you don't like them you can always switch them out for others.

RawSpiceBar has 75+ spices to choose from, such as sweet ones like Pumpkin Pie Spice and eclectic ones like Bourbon Smoked Paprika.

The spices are all freshly-ground and salt-free, so you can reduce the sodium in your meals without sacrificing flavor. I've tried a few spices from RawSpiceBar and they're truly high quality.

This quarter I received Moroccan Ras El Hanout, Jamaican Jerk, and Cardamom Summer. The Ras El Hanout is great for Moroccan tagines, roasted butternut squash, or chicken. Jamaican Jerk can be used on a variety of proteins as well, and I love a good jerk chicken. Cardamom Summer has a cool and citrusy flavor from the green cardamom, along with cinnamon and a slight hint of licorice from freshly ground star anise. I'm going to use it to make a mango lassi!

RawSpiceBar also has a bunch of spice gift sets for all occasions. There's a Global Spices Starter Set, Baking Spices Set, Asian Spices Set, and more! You'll definitely find something for the cook in your life (or yourself).
Bottom Line: RawSpiceBar is an easy and affordable way to keep your pantry stocked with delicious, high-quality, global spices. I can't wait to try out new recipes with the ones I received this quarter!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Manscaped Men's Grooming Review (Slightly NSFW)

When I first approached to review Manscaped I did a quick overview of their website and assumed that they were a men's shaving subscription, so I said of course I'll write up a review. I wasn't wrong -- they are a men's shaving company, but they provide products for keeping it clean "down there."

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

Manscaped is not a traditional subscription that sends different items every month, but they do have a a monthly replenishment program that you can opt in to. All of their products are geared towards manscaping, or trimming up around a guy's personal area. If you aren't getting the euphemisms yet, keep reading and I think you'll get it with the names of the products.

This is a review for the The Perfect Package 2.0 kit. It comes with four items, but they're running a special holiday promotion where you can get a complimentary toiletry bag (pictured below) with your purchase, a $39.99 value.

This bag is really well made and is perfect as a dopp kit for travel so I will be putting it to good use.

The Perfect Package kit has all of the essentials:
  • The Lawn Mower 2.0 Electric Trimmer
  • The Plow Safety Razor
  • Crop Preserver Multitasking Moisturizer and Deodorant
  • Crop Reviver Toner and Refresher
When I first opened the package and was going through the items it still didn't hit me that these were specifically for man trimming until I read the descriptions for the Crop Preserver and Crop Reviver. The Crop Preserver is a cream lotion with anti-chafing properties and the Crop Reviver is a pH-balanced spray for the "highly sensitive" areas.

The Lawn Mower 2.0 trimmer has a sleek design and is 100 percent waterproof. The 6,000 RPM motor can handle coarse, curly hair without tugs or pulls. It also comes with two combs for trimming to different lengths. Oh, and it's cordless and rechargeable.

If you're not into the electric trimmer, The Plow safety razor is also included in the kit. It's designed to cut hair at skin level without nicks or bumps. It has a built-in guard with a single blade and a pack of replacement razors included.

If you choose to join the replenishment program, you'll get replacement blade refills for The Lawn Mower and every three months for $14.99 per shipment.

Manscaped also has two smaller kits, The Nuts and Bolts 2.0 and The Keep it Clean Kit. You can also purchase any of their products individually in their shop.
Bottom Line: While I may not have the proper equipment to truly appreciate these products, I think the Manscaped kits are high quality and a great value for manscaping. And ladies, I think we could use these products, too! The kits would make a great gift for the guy in your life this holiday season.