Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beautify Your Skin With Tatcha!

Tatcha has been one of my favorite skincare brands for a while, so when they asked me if I was interested in reviewing some of their travel-friendly products I said, "YES, PLEASE!"

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

I was first introduced to Tatcha through Birchbox; I received a pack of their Aburatorigami blotting papers in my very first Birchbox! I loved their beautiful packaging and that they were a Japanese brand. Although I'm Korean, I'm still interested in all things Asian beauty, and Tatcha has a huge line of amazing products for all skin types.

Tatcha's cult favorite products are now available in TSA-friendly travel sizes, so you'll never have to be without them! I am traveling more often than I used to (NYC has been a favorite weekend trip lately), and it's annoying to have to portion out all of my cleansers, creams, toners, etc. Sometimes I don't want to check a bag, but I also need to pack more liquids than are allowed on a carry on, so then I get stuck carrying more luggage than I need to just because I want to have all of my skincare essentials!

The Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder is a godsend for over-packers like me! The travel sized jar is super cute, but even better, it's not a liquid! It exfoliates without harsh abrasives and is ideal for dry skin. My skin is oily, but I still found that this works very well with my skin. It felt soft and matte after I used it. It's really easy to use: just dispense a dime-sized amount of powder, add water to make a paste, and apply it to your skin. Then rinse with warm water and you're good to go!

I followed the Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder with the Radiant Deep Brightening Serum. The bottle I have picture above is not the travel-sized version, but there is a travel-sized bottle available. This is great for all skin types and hydrates while making skin look more luminous. It dispenses from an airtight pump and has a creamy, milky appearance. Just one small drop is enough for the entire face and it absorbs quickly into the skin.

After applying the serum and a moisturizer, I save the under eye area for last. The Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream is an intensive cream with deep anti-aging properties. Eye creams are so important to use, even if you don't have any wrinkles or anything yet, because the skin under your eyes is super delicate. I want to do everything I can as far as preventive care to keep that area looking bright and youthful! This cream is very thick, so you will have to be careful when applying it to make sure you don't tug at your skin. It was still easy to apply, though, I just put a bit on my finger and blotted it along my under eye area.

I also received a pack of my favorite Tatcha product, the Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers. Anyone out there who has oily skin like me knows that blotting papers are a must. These are generously sized and incredibly beautiful, so much so that I almost don't want to use them! But I do, because they absorb all of the excess oil on my face without disturbing my makeup.

The Kinu Pure Silk Polishing Face Cloth was totally new to me. I had never heard of a polishing face cloth before receiving this one, so I wasn't quite sure how to use it. The instructions inside said that this 100% pure silk cloth pairs well with Tatcha's Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and that it's well-suited for cleansing because the protein and amino-acid rich fibers are similar to the structure of our skin. The silk is softer than cotton and and it naturally loosens and removes dead skin cells. I love using this! It's so incredibly soft and it feels like a mini spa experience to use it on my skin.

Bottom Line: I have always enjoyed Tatcha's products, and now I have even more favorites to love! Their TSA-friendly travel sizes are great for any trips you might be planning, or they're also a good way to try out the products at a lesser price before committing to a full-sized version; though I'm sure you'll fall in love with Tatcha just as I have once you try them!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PolarGel Pillow Pad Review

I hate summer. There, I said it. I don't like it! I hate heat, I hate humidity, I hate the bugs...I just overall do not like it. I'd take a cold winter's night over a hot summer one any day. But, alas, I live in a place that experiences summers as hot as the winters are cold, so I just have to deal with it. Sleeping during a humid night is the worst, but now I have a PolarGel Pillow Pad to help me fall asleep in comfort!

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

The PolarGel Pillow pad uses advanced cooling gel that disperses heat away from your body and evenly throughout the pillow. I have to say that I was skeptical at first, but I was definitely willing to give this a try because I'll do anything to have a more comfortable night's sleep!

The pad arrived in a medium-sized box and is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping. It's wrapped inside of plastic and includes an instruction/information sheet and a link to a free sleep aid eBook.

The pad unfolds and looks pretty large at first, but it's the perfect size to fit a standard pillow (12" x 22"). It doesn't feel cool to the touch at first, so I wasn't quite sure how well it would work. The instructions say you can pop it in the fridge for extra cooling power, but I wanted to try it out on its own first.

I used this on a night that it was in the 80s and there was no breeze -- a.k.a. THE WORST. I didn't need to worry about the product's efficacy, because as soon as I placed my head down on my pillow I immediately felt the cooling sensation! The instructions say to not cover the entire pad with your body, otherwise there is nowhere for the heat to dissipate to. This really did help me drift off to sleep because I wasn't kept awake by the annoying feeling of being too hot.

The pad is made from non-toxic materials and weighs 2.2 pounds. It does slide around a little bit on the pillow, but two non-slip straps are included to help hold it in place. I sleep on one of those neck support contoured pillows so I didn't need the straps (the shape of my pillow helped keep the pad in place enough), but when I tried it with my regular pillow I used the straps.

Bottom Line: I really like the PolarGel Pillow pad and I recommend it to anyone who suffers from hot flashes at night or just generally doesn't enjoy sleeping on a hot pillow. I found it to be very effective!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Birchbox Review

This month Birchbox had a giveaway for all subscribers, and prizes included discount codes, referral points, and "adventure-ready products." You can also enter if you aren't a subscriber, just enter your email here and they'll send you a code. My prize was a 10% off coupon code, which I may or may not use.

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

This month's theme was Adventure. I've said it before, but I don't ever really think the products they send match up too much with the theme, but I like all of the different box designs they've been sending this year.

My box was fairly decent. I didn't absolutely love any of the samples, but I wasn't totally averse any of them, either. I think I was underwhelmed because I have gotten very similar samples before and have no need for anything that was in the box. I guess that's bound to happen when you've been subscribed for three years, though.

  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel ($4.80 for .17 fl oz) - I actually like this product quite a bit, I just have three sample tubes already that I bought directly from Real Chemistry. It's fun to use and effectively removes dead skin, so I'm definitely keeping this for future use.
  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+ Shade 2 ($4.42 for .17 fl oz) - I know Dr. Jart+ products have a cult following, but they've always been way too light for my skin. Now that it's summer my skin is even more tan than usual, so I didn't even bother trying this and just posted it for swap.
  • TOCCA Isabel Eau de Parfum ($1.20 for ~.03 fl oz) - I'm totally guessing on the size of this so the value probably isn't calculated correctly, but whatever. I usually like TOCCA's perfumes and this one is no exception. It's a good mix of sweet and spicy, with notes of bergamot, sangria, Mediterranean orange, vanilla, and Spanish rose.
  • Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream ($.92 for .5 fl oz) - I like Harvey Prince perfumes and Hello is a good one, it's bright and citrusy. I ended up posting this for swap, though, because I have a ton of lotion samples that I'm already not using and I didn't want to add one more to the pile.
  • Emi Jay Solid Hair Tie ($2.20 for one tie) - These are pretty unexciting and always overpriced, regardless of the brand (considering you could make them yourself), but it's practical and I'll use it. I just probably won't use it anywhere other than at home because it's bright green and I prefer wearing black hair ties to match my hair color.
  • Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner ($4.50 for one eyeliner) - I feel like the only eyeliner color I ever get from subscription boxes is bright blue. I will never use this.
Bottom Line: This was not the best Birchbox I've ever gotten, but it wasn't the worst. All of the samples were just so-so to me because I either wouldn't use them in the first place, or already have similar (or the same) products I'm currently using.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June Beauty Box 5 Review

June's Beauty Box 5 theme is "Bon Voyage," and the box features brands "from near and far so you can get globetrotter gorgeous!"

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

Beauty Box 5 costs $12 a month and sends five deluxe-sized samples (and full-sized products, too!) to your door, shipping included to U.S. addresses. Shipping to Canada is an extra $3. Boxes contain everything from hair care, color cosmetics, accessories, and more!

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($5.50 for .1 oz) - To be honest I was surprised to see Urban Decay in the box because BB5 usually doesn't send items from brands like them. This mascara has a creamy formula that packs in pigment and volume. I tried it and wasn't impressed, I thought that the brush was too thick and the formula too sticky.
  • LOL Rotational Eye Shadow ($3.00, full-sized) - I got the "So Rosemantic" palette and man, these shadows are pink! I think that this is more appropriate for tweens, especially given the name of the brand, so I probably won't use it. The colors are a lot of fun for younger girls, though.
  • Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water - I'm not going to bother calculating the value on this because it was so minuscule. I'm actually disappointed with this "sample," if you can even call it that. All it contained was a tiny little pad inside that barely had any product on it, so I couldn't even really test it. I don't think micellar waters are really for me anyway, though, because my skin is too oily/problematic.
  • Nails Inc. Nail Polish ($9.50 for .33 oz, full-sized) - I got the shade "Bruton Street," which is a pretty pink/mauve creme. I also really like the name because it reminds me of one of my favorite shows, Psych (Gus's "Bruton Gaster" nickname).
  • Herbal Essences Body Wash ($.27 for 1.2 fl oz) - I got the "Honey, I Smell Good" scent and it is very sweet. It contains honey and apricot extracts.
There was also a note at the bottom of the info card that said "Beauty Bonus: treat your tresses to shiny, strong results with $20 to shop from Gorge Hair!," but I did not have an insert or anything from Gorge Hair in my box.

Bottom Line: I wasn't as impressed with this Beauty Box 5 as I have with past boxes. I liked the full-sized Nails Inc. polish and I know a lot of people will enjoy the Urban Decay mascara, but overall I felt that this box was a little underwhelming.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June Candy Adriatico Review

I love candy, and I love trying candy from other countries even more. It's so much more fun to try something that isn't readily available in the U.S. Candy Adriatico is a fantastic subscription that sends sweet treats from Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia (the Adriatic Group) right to your door, making it easy to sample international snacks!

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

Candy Adriatico has one-, three-, and nine-month options available at the following price points:

  • Sweet Starfish Plan: One month for $24.08 (€22,50), billed monthly
  • Sweet Dolphin Jump Plan: Three months for $23.54 (€22,00) a month, charge of $70.63 (€66,00) every three months
  • Sweet Shark Bite Plan: Nine months for $22.47 (€21,00) a month, charge of $202.26 (€189,00) every nine months. Includes free gift envelope with extra special treats!
Each box contains up to 500 g/17.64 oz of candy and an exclusive postcard that's signed by Nadi, Candy Adriatico's founder. I love the personal touch!

  • Tortica - This candy bar is from Croatia and is my favorite of the box so far (I haven't tried them all yet). It's milk chocolate filled with cream and wafers and kind of reminded me of a Kit Kat, except it was 10 times better because it was filled with cream!
  • Kinder Delice - I love all things Kinder, especially their Happy Hippos, so I know this will be good. It's a soft cake with chocolate and milk cream. Even though it's a cake, it still felt kind of soft and melted so I stuck it in the fridge. Oh, and it's from Italy.
  • Tronky - I just love the name of this! It's also from Italy and is a crispy wafer with cream inside. It was pretty good, but the wafer to cream ratio wasn't quite right to me (I was hoping for more cream).
  • Gorenjka Bali - This is from Slovenia and is made with milk chocolate and puffed rice. Puffed rice seems to be a popular ingredient in candy from the Adriatic Group; I feel like it's been in at least one bar from every box I've gotten (read my past reviews here). I'm not complaining, though, because it tastes great!
  • Gianduja - This is from Italy and is a little milk chocolate bar with hazelnuts in it. It was really good!
  • Nougat Napolitanke - This is from Croatia and is a wafer with hazelnut cream. I haven't tried it yet but I love wafer-style cookies so I think this will be delicious.
  • Herba - These are gummy candies with natural orange and ginger flavors that are from Slovenia. I like ginger in candies so I think I'll like these a lot.
Bottom Line: June's Candy Adriatico box was another great one! There was a lot of chocolate and wafer snacks this time around but I love both of those things.

What do you think of Candy Adriatico?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June PopSugar Must Have Review

This is my last PopSugar Must Have review for a little while. I cancelled my subscription because I just leased a new Dodge Charger and wanted to cut back on some of my other spending to compensate. I really enjoy this box, but it's one of the more expensive ones, so it was also one of the first to go. But aside from that, June's box was really great!

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

PopSugar released two spoilers for this box and I loved both of them, so I was really excited to see what the other items would be. Normally I'm not a huge fan of "summer" boxes, mainly because I love all things fall and winter--spicy scents, cozy scarves, etc.--but PopSugar did a great job putting this box together!

PopSugar Must Have costs $39.95 per month, shipping included. Boxes only ship to U.S. addresses. I have to pay $3.20 in tax because I live in New York, which brings the total cost of my box to $43.15.

I always peek at spoilers when it comes to this box, and when Liz at posted her review I clicked on it right away. At first I wasn't blown away by the items, but once I got my box I really ended up liking (almost) everything.

  • Quay Australia Mandate Sunglasses ($45) - Just last week I went for an eye exam because my prescription for contacts had expired and I wanted to be able to wear non-prescription sunglasses this summer. I have a pair of prescription wayfarers that I love, but I was so happy to get these because now I have a non-script pair, too! They are quite large and almost look a little bit too big on my face, but they're sturdy and well-made so I'm going to wear them anyway.
  • SNAP Infusion SUPERCANDY ($4 per pack) - Two packs of these were included in the box but I ate one at work today, so that's why only the sour gummies are pictured above. To be honest, I don't really understand what's so "super" about these, they have a few vitamins in them but lots of carbs and not a ton of nutritional value, but they did taste really good!
  • Sweet & Spark Gift Card ($30) - I had never heard of Sweet & Spark before but they have "curated vintage jewelry." I am 99% positive I won't end up using this gift card because a quick glance at their site showed that most of their pieces are $98+, but it's a fun extra item.
  • Yogitoes Peacock hBand ($4) - My headband is a little curled on the edges in the photo above because I actually wore it today (I took photos of all of these items when I first got the box and they were unused, but the pictures were bad so I took new ones today). I like this headband a lot, except for the fact that it's very wide. I just folded it in half though and it worked fine. I will definitely wear this when I go out for runs.
  • SPONGELLE Boxed Flowers ($16) - I think everyone got the same scent, which was Papaya Yuzu. It smells absolutely amazing. I posted it for swap because, although it's a nice item, I probably won't use it. It's a body wash-infused buffer.
  • Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette ($14) - I love the colors on this palette but I posted it for swap as well because I have tons of palettes like this one already. I really like that it's vegan and cruelty-free too, though.
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume ($27.95) - I'm still working on one of the books from my Book Case Club box (review here), but as soon as I finish it I'm going to start reading this one. At first I thought, Judy Blume? The YA author? But this is her newest adult novel and the plot sounds really interesting.
Bottom Line: I think June's PopSugar Must Have box was well-curated and was a good one for me to go out on. The total retail value adds up to $144.95, including $8 total for the two packets of Supercandy. I am definitely going to resubscribe in the future, probably for their September through December boxes at least (like I said, I love those fall/winter months!), but I want to get used to having my lease payment on top of my other bills before I budget some of my subscription boxes back in.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love With Food: New Pricing and Discounts + Coupon

Love With Food has changed their prices for all subscriptions; they're now cheaper than what they were before! Usually when boxes change their prices it's to raise them, so this is really great news!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

The new prices are as follows:
  • Monthly Tasting Box: $9.99/month
  • 3 Month Tasting Box: $8.99/month ($26.97 total)
  • 6 Month Tasting Box: $8.50/month ($51.00 total)
  • Annual Tasting Box: $7.99/month ($95.88 total)
The price changes affect the Deluxe and Gluten-Free boxes as well:
  • Monthly Deluxe Box: $19.99/month
  • 3 Month Deluxe Box: $18.99/month ($56.97 total)
  • 6 Month Deluxe Box: $17.99/month ($107.94 total)
  • Annual Deluxe Box: $16.50/month ($198.00 total)
  • Monthly Gluten-Free Box: $24.99/month
  • 3 Month Gluten-Free Box: $22.99/month ($68.97 total)
  • 6 Month Gluten-Free Box: $21.99/month ($131.94 total)
  • Annual Gluten-Free Box: $19.99/month ($239.88 total)
Love With Food was already one of my favorite snack boxes because of their amazing prices and great variety of products, but now they're even better with these changes!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Case Club Review and Coupon

I love to read but I haven't ever subscribed to a book box before because I'm pretty picky about what I read. I was an English major in college and I have to admit that I am a bit of a literary snob. Plus, a lot of the current book subscriptions are a little pricey, and I'm a big fan of getting books for free from the library. That being said, when I discovered Book Case Club I knew I had to give them a try because they're incredibly affordable and allow you to choose what kinds of books you want!

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

Book Case Club sends a mystery box of books from the genre of your choice for only $9.99 (plus shipping) per month! That's cheaper than the price of one copy of most books out there. The titles are handpicked by their expert curators and delivered right to your door. Here are the box types:
  • Blind Date Case: Paranormal romance subscription
  • Strange Worlds Case: Sci-fi/fantasy subscription
  • Teenage Dream Case: Young adult subscription
  • Thrill Seeker Case: Mystery/thriller subscription
  • Booking for Love Case: Romance subscription
I chose the Thrill Seeker box because I love a good thriller. I also used a coupon code (which I've listed at the bottom of this post for you to use as well), so with shipping ($5) this ended up costing me $11.99 total. The books ship via media mail, which can be a little slow, but I actually got my box three days after receiving the shipment notice.

As you can see from the photo above, not only did I receive the promised books, but there was also a nice handwritten welcome note and a surprise extra (a little notebook).

Both books I received are hardcovers, and they're titles I've never heard of before (which is a good thing). The first is Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski. I knew I recognized the name Anthony E. Zuiker, and that's because he is the creator of the CSI: series. Here's a blurb from Amazon about the book:
It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of twenty- five levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated torture- murderers who inhabit Level 25.

What almost no one knows—except for the elite unnamed investigations group assigned to hunt down the world’s most dangerous killers, a group of men and women accounted for in no official ledger, headed by the brilliant but reluctant operative Steve Dark—is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined.

Only one man belongs to this group.
His targets: Anyone
His methods:Unlimited
His alias: Sqweegel
His classification: Level 26
I loooove crime shows and stories, so I think this book is going to be right up my alley!

I also received The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch. Here's the Amazon blurb:
Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his wife, Julia. He knows she's dead--he saw her bloody corpse--but he's innocent. A mysterious gentleman gives Nick a talisman that takes him back in time, hour by hour, for a total of twelve hours. With each hour, Nick finds more clues to the identity of the killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past may have unexpected repercussions in the future. If he doesn't set things right by the thirteenth hour, all will be lost, and his desperate attempts to save Julia's life may lead to a far greater catastrophe than he could have ever imagined.
To be honest, this doesn't grab me as much as the Level 26 synopsis does, but I still think it sounds interesting.

  • Visit Book Case Club to learn more and subscribe
  • Use coupon code bccjohn for 30% off your first box!

Bottom Line: I am really impressed by this box and I think Book Case Club is a great value for any book lover! I think it's great that you can choose from which genre you'd like to receive titles, and the best part is that the box is so affordable.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Skinue Acne Skincare Review

When I was a teenager I didn't have too many issues with acne, but more recently in my adulthood I've been breaking out like crazy! I have been working out more than I ever did and have been under some other random life stressors, so I figured that was the main contributor to my constant breakouts. Then I discovered Skinue, a wonderful skincare brand that has worked miracles on my skin!

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

Skinue's acne line is made up of four products: the Facial Wash, Gel, Serum, and Lotion. I tried the Facial Wash, Gel, and Serum, but unfortunately I misplaced the Serum when I moved out of my apartment so that's why it's not pictured above.

The Facial Wash is seriously magical! I have been using it for about a month and a half and I have had zero breakouts. I mean, I've had a pimple here and there, but that's to be expected with any skincare line I think. I can't rave enough about how much this has transformed my skin! I use it once in the morning and once at night. It has a silky texture and a slight lather, and it also has a nice, light scent.

I used the Serum all over my face after cleansing with the face wash. It can also be used as a spot treatment on blemishes at any time. It's a little more viscous than other serums I've tried but it absorbed pretty quickly into my skin.

The final step in the system was the Gel. It's a great moisturizer for oily skin and can be used instead of their Lotion. I don't normally use gel moisturizers, so the consistency was a little weird to me, but a little goes a long way and it felt great on my skin. My skin is super oily and blotting papers are my best friend, but this did a decent job of controlling sebum production.
Bottom Line: I'm in love with Skinue's acne line and I highly recommend it to anyone who is battling blemishes and breakouts! I haven't had a major breakout since I started using these products and my skin is smooth and beautiful!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Better Box Review - Gratitude Box

There's a subscription box for pretty much every interest these days: beauty, cooking, reading, sports...and they all have their merits, but I think that BetterBox really is a step above your average box!

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

BetterBox is a subscription box with a purpose. Each month they send a treasure-filled box with a collection of easy activities that help you to cultivate positive habits, uplifting emotions, and a happier outlook on life. It's a really fun and easy way to treat yourself and others!

Here are the BetterBox pricing options:
  • Monthly: $29 per month
  • Six Months: $27.50 per month, $165 charged every six months
  • Yearly: $26.58 per month, $319 charged every 12 months
The website states that all boxes have free shipping. I am not positive to which countries they ship, but they definitely ship to the U.S. The order page also has a drop-down menu with a bunch of different countries, so I'm assuming you can choose one of those as well.

Here's where BetterBox gets really good: you could definitely just open the box and enjoy all of the goodies whichever way you please, but the whole point of the box is to use the items to enrich your life and others'. Each day BetterBox will email you a task to complete that utilizes one of the items. Here are the tasks I received:
  • Day 1 - Mapping Your Blessings: Get the gratitude mind map (not pictured) from this month's BetterBox. Perform the Mind Mapping exercise to reconnect with Gratitude. Place your Mind Map somewhere prominent to inspire your Quest.
  • Day 2 - Showing Gratitude: Send a handwritten note of appreciation to a friend or loved one. Use one of the handcrafted Appreciation Cards from your BetterBox.
  • Day 3 - In Thanks For the Simple Things: Admire the sunset over a cup of tea. Take a picture of your experience. Post your image to your favorite social media platform.
  • Day 4 - Your Happy Place: Visit a location for which you're supremely grateful. Spend at least 30 minutes in quiet appreciation of the place. Leave behind your gratitude stone for a stranger to find.
  • Day 5 - Inspire Gratitude In Others: Perform any random good deed. Photograph the outcome and post to social media to inspire the world.
  • Day 6 - Make a Wall of Gratitude: Grab five of your gratitude sticky notes from your BetterBox. On each, write a different thing about your home and family that you're grateful for. Post the stick notes on your fridge, mirror, or in your workspace.
  • Day 7 - Gratitude For Yourself: Enjoy a soothing bath and relax in gratitude for you. Use the bath salts included in this month's BetterBox.

I have to be honest and say that I did not complete most of the deeds in this box as I received them; I had to move out of my apartment so that took up most of my time. Now that I have some time to really relax, though, I'm going to complete these tasks this week!
Bottom Line: BetterBox is so unique and I love that they're sending people ways to enrich their lives. They make it easy to complete little tasks that don't seem like much, but I think they'll really help me connect with myself and others.

What do you think of BetterBox?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wet Shave Club Women's Box Review

I reviewed Wet Shave Club last September and was impressed by their high quality shaving products. Now they've launched a box just for us ladies!

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

Wet shaving is a technique that requires a double or straight razor (not a disposable one), a shaving brush, soap, and some sort of aftershave product. I think it's definitely becoming popular again, what with all the hipsters and their beards, but it isn't just for men! Wet Shave Club makes it easy for women to have access to all the tools you need for a wet shave as well.

There are four different payment plans:
  • Monthly: $29 per month
  • Three Months: $26 per month, total of $78 (save over 17%)
  • Six Months: $24 per month, total of $144 (save over 24%)
  • Yearly: $22 per month, total of $264 (save over 34%)
All subscriptions have free shipping to U.S. addresses. Shipping is an extra $5.99 per box to Canada and $13.99 per box anywhere else.

Your first box will include everything you need to start wet shaving, including a premium pink razor. Each box contains luxury soaps, a wet shave brush, razors, and a post-shave product as well. Future boxes will include shaving accessories like soaps and post-shave items; you can view what's been inside past men's boxes here.

  • Razor: This is a really nice, sturdy razor with removable blades. It has definite heft to it, but it's not so substantial that it makes it hard to use,
  • Satin Tip The Purest Synthetic Brush: This brush is SO soft! The bristles are seriously amazing and it lathers up very nicely when used with the included soaps.
  • Stirling Soap Co. Soaps in Black Cherry and Strawberry Bubbly - These both smell really nice, but I'm partial to the strawberry one. As I said, they lather up very well with the brush and allow for an easy (and great smelling!) shave.
  • Whoo's Soap Strawberry Cream Body Frosting - This is a nice, thick body cream that absorbs quickly into the skin. It's perfect for use after your shave.
  • Treet Double Edge Blades: These are pretty self-explanatory, they're replacement blades for your razor.
Wet Shave Club also included an info card with "10 Steps For An Awesome Wet Shave." I had never used this method before so I greatly appreciated the instructions. They recommend using a new blade every three days or so, but I only have to shave my legs about once a week and my hair is not very coarse, so I think I'll see about leaving it in for longer. I was nervous to try this because the razor is a little bit intimidating, but it was so easy once I stopped stressing about it. I was afraid of cutting myself, but you don't actually apply any pressure when you use the razor--just let it glide over your skin. The instructions also said to shave with the grain of your hair.

Bottom Line: I think Wet Shave Club is a great way to treat yourself to a fancy shave! I don't know that I would need a monthly shipment of new soaps, but if you're interested in wet shaving (it did leave my legs feeling incredibly smooth) it's a fun way to give it a try.