Friday, May 24, 2019

Emma & Chloé Memorial Day Sale: Boxes for $20!

Now through Monday, Emma & Chloé has past boxes on sale for only $20! They're normally $50, so this is a great deal!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Shop the sale here and use coupon code MDW20 to get this great deal! The sale ends the night of Monday, May 27th. You can read my past Emma & Chloé reviews here.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May Daily Goodie Box Review

I've received quite a few boxes from Daily Goodie Box and they are always packed with fun products, but the May box was my most favorite yet!

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

Daily Goodie Box isn't a typical subscription service. They don't send out monthly boxes for purchase, but instead send out completely free boxes to certain members each month. It really is entirely free and you'll never be asked for any kind of payment information.

You can create an account on their website to try to get a box, and increase your chances by interacting with them on social media (links at the end of this post). All you have to do in return is leave a few sentences of feedback on the products on your account page.

What I like best about Daily Goodie Box is that they send deluxe samples (and even full-sizes, sometimes) from new brands in a variety of different product types. Here's what was inside the May box:
  • Prince and Spring Organic Applesauce - I know these are made for kids, but I actually like taking them myself for an on-the-go snack or breakfast! This applesauce is Non-GMO verified, USDA organic, and has no added sugar.
  • KÖE Organic Kombucha - I recently started drinking kombucha and I'm kind of obsessed with it now. For those unfamiliar, it's fermented tea. This one was Raspberry Lemon flavored and had juicy fruit flavor with no vinegar-y aftertaste like some kombuchas I've tried.
  • Michele's Granola Original - This is their snack sized bag and in the Original flavor, which has sweet coconut, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, and a touch of pure Madagascar vanilla.
  •  Cusa Tea Variety Tea Pack - This has 10 individual tea services, two each of English Breakfast, Mango Green, Lemon Black, and Chai and one each of Oolong and Green. I like having instant teas on hand, especially when I travel.
  • Pure Aura Cosmic Shimmer Hologram Foil Mask - Another thing I'm obsessed with is sheet masks! The whole hologram/foil trend is fun but they don't really do anything for your skin, they just look cool. The foil itself, I mean. This one has activated charcoal and other ingredients to help soften and moisturize your skin.
  •  Kika's Treats Salted Crunchy Caramels - These were so yummy! They're dark chocolate covered caramels with crunchy rice inside and a touch of salt on the top. 
  • Goddess Garden SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen - This is the perfect addition to the box, given that the sun's finally coming out again. This has SPF 30 and is made with dermatologist-tested organic ingredients.
  • PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant - I haven't yet found a natural deodorant that works well with my skin, but I'm always willing to try new ones. This one is free from aluminum and has activated charcoal to help draw out impurities. I like that it's made for sensitive skin, since my main issue with other natural deos is that they've left me with an underarm rash.

Bottom Line: Every product in the May Daily Goodie Box was a hit for me! It was the perfect mix of beauty and lifestyle items. I especially loved the Kika's Treats caramels and the Pure Aura mask.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

Time to celebrate spring with Gramma in a Box! The May box featured crafts with a "Cookies and Candy" theme.

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

Gramma in a Box is a great subscription to share with your loved ones! It was created by owner Terr when her grandchildren moved away and she wanted a way to share sweet treats with a touch of home with them. She decided to open it up as a subscription so that everyone could treat themselves to delicious candy and cookie treats!

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.

Each box comes with everything you'll need for three projects, except for basics like a bowl and spoon for mixing ingredients. There are enough supplies to create 15 or so individual treats.

The first project was Pretzel Butterflies. The projects are always so creative! I love how Terry comes up with unique and adorable treats from simple, every day ingredients. This project included melting chocolate to use as a glue for two pretzels, then licorice and sprinkles to add the butterfly body and decoration.

The second project was my favorite because of how colorful it was! The Butterfly Bark used the remaining melted chocolate, which was combined with crisped rice cereal and topped with a mixture of beautiful sprinkles, marshmallows, and candies.

The third project is always cookies, and this month's box was Spring Cookie Decorating. The cookies were shaped like butterflies and flowers of different sizes and had colorful sprinkles and icing with which to decorate. The cookies are pre-baked, so it's advised that you complete the crafts within one week of receiving the box in order to keep them fresh.

Decorating the cookies is always a lot of fun, but not as fun as eating them! They're delicious sugar/butter cookies and I look forward to receiving them each month.
Bottom Line: The May Gramma in a Box was a lot of fun, as always. I especially liked the Butterfly Bark treat and my family enjoyed sharing all of the snacks!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

CrateJoy Giveaway: Win A Box of Your Choice!

I've partnered with CrateJoy for their new monthly giveaway! All you have to do is leave a review of one of the 10 selected boxes on their marketplace and you'll be entered to win a free box of your choice. Keep reading for the full details.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CrateJoy.

Here's how to enter their monthly giveaway:
  • Head to this page (must use that link, so they know I sent you)
  • Leave a review for one of the 10 boxes on that page. The boxes are: FabFitFun, Birchbox, Stitch Fix, Causebox, Ipsy, Glossybox, Book of the Month, Blue Apron, Erin Condren Surprise Box, and Pusheen Box
    • You'll receive an extra entry if you include a photo of your box with the review!
The giveaway begins now, May 14th, and ends at May 31st. The winner will be selected by CrateJoy in early June. The winner will be able to pick a FREE box from the CrateJoy marketplace, worth up to $100/month (including shipping).

Entries will be judged based on readability, authenticity, and effort. And again, if you include a photo with your review, that will get you an extra entry. Only one review/entry per person, though you can review extra boxes if you'd like.

Pretty easy, right? Just leave an honest, thoughtful review of one of the boxes on this page and you might win a free box from any subscription on the CrateJoy marketplace!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

April Emma & Chloé Review and Coupon

Emma & Chloé is an excellent subscription service for jewelry lovers. The jewelry they send is high quality and gorgeous, and they always feature unique designs. April's box had a beautiful set of hoop earrings.

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

Emma & Chloé sends a handmade jewelry piece each month. Sometimes they include bonus items, too; in the past I've received haircare products and a pair of sunglasses. Each box comes with a certificate of authenticity for your jewelry and a gazette with information about the designer and more. You'll also get 20 percent off of anything in their online shop for the life of your subscription.

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)

You can choose to receive gold or silver jewelry when you sign up. Every piece comes within a drawstring bag for storage, and there are care instructions on the back of the certificate of authenticity.

In past months, Emma & Chloé has featured up-and-coming French designers, but with April's box they're starting a new chapter. Now, each month you'll receive an item from one of the L'Atelier Emma & Chloé collections that they're releasing monthly.

April's jewelry is a beautiful pair of Oma Earrings! The hoop earrings feature an ivy leaf, which is a symbol of femininity and rebirth. The leaves have a "frosted" surface and are adorned with a liana ring inspired by the unique plant. My earrings are brass gilded with fine gold, and the other option is immersed in a silver bath.

These earrings are beautiful! I love the ivy design because I'm a Cubs fan (if you're not a baseball fan, the Cubs play at Wrigley Field, which is famous for its ivy plants along the outfield walls). If you're not big on hoop earrings, the leaves can also be separated from the hoop and worn alone.

I'm excited to see this new direction that Emma & Chloé is taking. They have always sent one-of-a-kind jewelry in the past, so seeing their new collections each month will be quite a treat!
Bottom Line: The Oma Earrings are beautiful and really well-made. The new Emma & Chloé is surely going to continue to send excellent pieces!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ApotheCARE Essentials Review

ApotheCARE Essentials creates targeted skin care, hair care, and cleansing products that are grounded in the purity of nature and proven, scientific approaches to optimized beauty solutions. I tried two of their skin and hair care products recently and I love them!

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

ApotheCARE Essentials use traditional apothecary wisdom and cutting edge modern science to create products that deliver optimal results. They use carefully selected ingredients that are known for their hair and skin benefits. They use a phyto-extraction technique to extract the core essentials of six plants: burdock (detox), white willow (soothing), rosemary (refreshing), ginkgo biloba (balancing), sage (purifying), and seabuckthron (revitalizing).

The products can be purchased at stores like CVS, Target, and Ulta.

Their recently launched THE RESCUER Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner is free from parabens, silicones, and dyes. It's safe for all hair types, but is specially made to combat dandruff. Ingredients include eucalyptus to soothe and salicylic acid to control flaky scalp.

I have a very oily scalp and dandruff so I was excited to try this shampoo and conditioner. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient for balancing oil production. I used this after my hapkido (Korean martial art) class when my hair was especially sweaty and dirty and it left my scalp and hair feeling so clean! I did find that it was a little harsh on my scalp (salicylic acid is really powerful) for daily use, but I definitely recommend using this once or twice a week if you have issues with oiliness or dandruff.

I also tried two products from the ApotheCARE Essentials skincare line, including the phytoQUENCH Hydrating Day Lotion. It contains Japanese blood grass and burdock roots that help trap moisture into the skin to maintain hydration. The lotion comes in an air pump dispenser, making it easy to get just the right amount and not waste any product. It feels silky-smooth on my skin and absorbs quickly. This is a lovely daily moisturizer.

My favorite product of the three is the phytoQUENCH Replenishing Serum. It also contains Japanese blood glass and burdock root, along with hyaluronic acid, to help seal moisture into the skin. It's incredibly light and smells so good! The dispenser is a dropper bottle, and just two or three drops are enough to cover my entire face and neck area. It glides on smoothly and feels great on my skin.

I have noticed a difference in my hair and skin after using the ApotheCARE Essentials products for about a month. My skin feels much more hydrated after using the phytoQUENCH products, and my hair is less oily with the THE RESCUER shampoo and conditioner!
Bottom Line: I think ApotheCARE Essentials has a great line of products at affordable prices. They use high quality ingredients and each of the products I tried worked well with my needs.

FabFitFun Summer 2019 Spoiler

FabFitFun has released a spoiler for the upcoming Summer 2019 box!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Subscribers will receive a Doctor Rogers RESTORE Healing Balm in their Summer 2019 boxes. This balm is hypoallergenic, plant-based, and remarkably effective. You can use it to relieve chapped lips, dry nails and cuticles, eczema, tattoos, cuts, scrapes, burns, and more. You can also use it to style unruly eyebrows and tame flyaways.

FabFitFun is a quarterly box that sends full-sized products with a $200 value for only $49.99, with free shipping.
  • Subscribe here to get the FabFitFun Summer 2019 Box!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

April Daily Goodie Box Review

Sorry that this review is a bit late. The April Daily Goodie Box once again delivered a fantastic sampling of products, entirely free!

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

Daily Goodie Box isn't a traditional subscription because it isn't a box you can purchase each month, but it is an entirely free box full of samples. You can create an account on their website and interact with them on social media (links at the end of this post) to increase your chances of getting a box. You'll never be asked for any kind of payment information, either. All you have to do in return is leave a few sentences of feedback about each product.

There is always a good mix of products, mostly deluxe samples but there are some full-sized products as well. Here's what was in the April box:

  • Tickle Water Orange Mango Sparkling Water - I love the cute packaging this has! I think this has been featured in a previous box, because I definitely have tried it before. This flavor was new though, and I love all things mango, and it was nice and refreshing.
  • SPORTea Energizing Drink - This tea is made with green tea, Vitamin C, electrolytes, and Siberian eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng) that's made to enhance performance and help you feel more energized.
  • Earth Elements Organics Medicinal Balms - I got the peppermint balm, which is made with chamomile oil and peppermint. It has warming and cooling properties and provides relief for respiratory congestion, colds, flu, and sinus infections. It can also help increase blood circulation. I love using balms like these on my hands and temples to relieve headaches.
  • Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Daily Serum - This serum has powerful antioxidants and Real Chemistry's proprietary MTHV Complex to protect against environmental factors like pollution, infrared radiation, and UVA rays. It has a soothing aloe base to calm distressed skin. I really like all of Real Chemistry's products that I've tried, but my only complaint with this one is that it's a rollerball applicator, which is kind of weird for a serum. I'd rather have a pump applicator so I can easily smooth it onto my skin with my fingers.
  • Kokokahn Breathe Aromatherapy Inhaler - This aromatherapy blend has a mix of five plant oils, including eucalyptus and peppermint, to open up the sinuses and airway. It's made with all natural plant ingredients and is easy for on-the-go relief. I always use inhalers like this one to soothe my nasal passages during allergy season.

Bottom Line: I had fun trying everything in the April Daily Goodie Box, especially the Tickle Water and Earth Elements Organics balm! These boxes are a great way to try new products.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Marilyn Martyouze Mother's Day Giveaway and Coupon

Marilyn Martyouze is a women's subscription service that has two great boxes: an audiobook romance box and lingerie box.

I reviewed their Audiobook box last June (you can read that review here) and it had two great romance novels inside, as well as lots of great beauty products!

Marilyn Martyouze is giving away one box, and the winner will be able to choose between either the Audiobook or Lingerie box. The giveaway ends on Mother's Day (May 12, 2019) and the winner will be selected and notified by Marilyn Martyouze.
  • Enter the giveaway at Marilyn Martyouze
  • Use coupon code MYLINBOX for $15 off your first Lingerie box
  • Use coupon code WELCOME for a bonus book and 10% off your first Audiobook box

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

DANI Naturals Skincare Review

DANI Naturals makes all-natural, vegan skincare inspired by the high desert. They craft everything from lotions and body washes to bath bombs and reed diffusers with eco-friendly ingredients.

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

DANI Naturals was founded in 1996 in Bend, Oregon with a single product: a handmade, natural soap. They've expanded to a full bath, body, and home line and are still going strong 20 years later! Their mission is to create products with only the purest ingredients to refresh and nourish the body and soul.

DANI Naturals products are Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free and free from sulfates, petroleum, parafiin, parabens, GMOs, and artificial colors and dyes. They are committed to using organic and natural ingredients. Their signature scents include Bamboo Bergamot, Coconut Hibiscus, Grapefruit Ginger, Lemongrass Lavender, Passion Fruit, and Sandalwood Vanilla.

I was interested in DANI Naturals because of their commitment to creating organic and natural skincare, but I also was drawn to them because my name is Danielle. They sent me a Coconut Hibiscus travel set and Lemongrass Lavender bath bomb to try.

The Coconut Hibiscus Travel Size Toiletries Kit comes with a shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and hand and body wash. Each bottle is 2 fl oz, making it the perfect set for air travel or general on-the-go needs. I took it with me to the gym and it was so convenient to have everything I needed right in one pack.

The coconut hibiscus scent is to die for -- so deliciously fruity and slightly floral. It reminds me of summer. The products are made without sulfates but still lathered up well and left my skin and hair feeling clean. The lotion is nice and smooth and absorbed quickly into my skin and left a soft scent.

A relaxing bath with a bath bomb is one of my favorite ways to wind down, and the Lemongrass Lavender Bath Bomb was quite a treat. The essential oil blend is the perfect balance between the calming power of lavender and the uplifting scent of lemongrass. There's also a hint of bergamot, geranium, and rosemary. I loved the scent and found it to be very relaxing.
Bottom Line: DANI Naturals has a great line of natural skincare products. I'm excited to try more of their bath bombs and want to pick up some candles, too. The two scents I tried were lovely and I'm sure the rest are equally soothing. This is a great brand for anyone looking for eco-friendly, cruelty-free beauty!

Monday, April 22, 2019

April Shades Club Review and Coupon

Summer's coming, so now is the perfect time to build up your sunglasses collection. Shades Club is a fun and easy way to do so, as they send high quality sunglasses of all different designs each month.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.

Shades Club sends a pair of sunglasses valued at around $100 for only $45 each month. All of the shades I've gotten have been great quality, comparable to brands at much higher price points.

Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $45
  • 4 Months: $112 ($28 per box)
  • 6 Months: $162 ($27 per box)
  • 12 Months: $288 ($24 per box)
All orders ship with free 2-3 day shipping to the U.S. and international shipping prices vary based on the destination.

The Shades for April are the Nantucket Summer Vacay style. Each pair comes with a microfiber drawstring bag for storage that doubles as a lens cloth. Boxes sometimes also include extras, like a sunglass hanging kit. Your first box will come with the Shades branded fold up case (see that here).

I'm not quite sure what to call this style, as they're kind of wayfarers but have round lenses. The frames are a speckled black and white/clear pattern and the lenses are a purple/blue tint. You can see the branded "Shades" logo in the left hand lens in the photo above.

The arms of the glasses also have the style name and "If it feels good, do it" written on the insides, which I think is a fun addition to the design. The arms are sturdy, but I found that when I first unfolded them they had a little bit of resistance, so I was afraid I was going to snap them (no worries, though, the frames are well made, I was just being extra cautious).

This style is not the best for my face shape (I look best in squarer lenses), but I love the frames and the colored tint on the lenses. It's always fun to see what design will be in my Shades Club box every month, and they certainly send a great variety of styles!
Bottom Line: The Summer Vacay - Nantucket shades are the most colorful design I've gotten yet, and they're definitely suited for East Coast beach life!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

The April Gramma in a Box arrived a little later than usual due a shipping delay, but the issue was quickly taken care of and I received my box full of Spring treats!

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

Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription that sends supplies for three candy and cookie crafts to share with your loved ones (or keep for yourself, no shame!). The box was created by Terry, or "Gramma," after her grandchildren moved away and she wanted a way to share baked goodies with them.

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.

So this month there was a shipping error where some of the labels fell off of the boxes en route. It was just one of those unlucky circumstances that was the fault of no one; however, Terry promptly emailed me and the other customers affected and let us know she'd be shipping a second box. I appreciate the quick and considerate customer service!

The boxes come with all of the ingredients you'll need to create the crafts. The only things you may need to supply are household items like a spoon or bowl for mixing.

Project one was Marshmallow Flowers Pops. There were enough supplies to make six pops, but I made only three because I wanted to save a majority of the melting chocolate for project two. This activity consisted of melting the chocolate, then dabbing a quarter-sized amount on the supplied wax paper and arranging the marshmallows around an M&M center. The finished product is really cute!

Project two was Crunchy Birds' Nests. I used the leftover melting chocolate and mixed in the crunchy Chinese noodles, then spooned some into each of the six candy cups. The finishing touch was to add three jellybeans to make little "eggs."

The third project is always cookies, and this month's theme was Spring Cookie Decorating. The cookies are all pre-baked, so it's recommended that you complete your crafts within a week of receiving the box. There are also three frosting colors and sprinkles with which to decorate.

The shapes this month were eggs, birds, and bunnies!

I decided to keep my frosting simple this month, not going too crazy with trying to decorate the bunnies or birds. The bird reminded me of the Twitter logo, so I made him bright blue. There were eight cookies total, I just took a close-up photo of some of them so you could see the detail.
Bottom Line: I love spring things, so the April Gramma in a Box had a perfect theme for me (especially the bunny cookies)! I appreciated the prompt customer service with the missing boxes, and had a lot of fun, as always, completing the crafts.