Monday, June 27, 2016

Jewelreveal 4th of July Giveaway!

Last month I reviewed a new jewelry subscription box, Jewelreveal; you can read that review here. They sent me beautiful pieces that fit my style perfectly, and now they're giving away a gorgeous sapphire ring valued at $330 for the 4th of July!

*Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this post.

You can enter the giveaway using the form below. This giveaway is being run directly by Jewelreveal, so if you win you will be contacted by them, not me. I'm just helping to promote it!

4th of July Giveaway: Win a $330 Sapphire Ring

Sunday, June 26, 2016

June Birchbox Review

I really liked the design of June's Birchbox! It's so pretty. I actually had a similar design as my phone background for a long time. Oh, and my samples this month were pretty great, too.

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

At this point I don't think I'll ever unsubscribe from Birchbox, unless I have a budget issue. I've been subscribed for going on three or four years now and every box is so much fun. For $10 you really can't go wrong.

This month's box was clearly geared towards summer and included solid, practical items.
  • benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel - benefit is launching a new line of brow products and this was an exclusive pre-release just for Birchbox subscribers. I chose shade 5, the deepest option, for my sample choice and it matched my brows perfectly. This is exactly what it sounds like, it has a little brush at the end and is mascara-like; you brush it over your brows to add more volume and fullness. My brows are small and thin due to overplucking years ago and this adds a good amount of filler.
  • Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30 - I like Lavanila's products and can always use a good sunscreen. I like that this is specifically a sport formula and I'll use it when I go running outdoors.
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water - I've gotten this before from other subscriptions and it's not exciting. My understanding is that it's literally just spring water in an aerosol can. That being said, it is practical and I like to spritz it on my face post-workout and when I'm doing stuff outdoors and start to get overheated.
  • IPKN Moist & Firm Beauty Balm SPF 45 - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this BB cream! I've never found a BB cream I liked prior to this one because they never offered enough coverage. This one matches my skin tone really well and offers great coverage while still feeling light on my skin. I also really like that it has a high SPF. I want to purchase a full-sized tube but they're currently sold out of my shade (light/medium) on the Birchbox site.
  • dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion - I've tried a few of the pore products from dr. brandt and they just never seem to do much. I know this is a more expensive line so I expect better results, but they're just average. It's certainly not a bad product, but it didn't seem any different to me than other exfoliators I've used.

Here's what the Gimme Brow looks like inside of the packaging.

Bottom Line: Birchbox, to me, is all about discovering new products and this month's box certainly helped me to do just that. I love the IPKN Beauty Balm and will be buying a full-sized version as soon as it's back in stock, and I was happy to find a new sport sunscreen (the Lavanila).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yogi Surprise Summer Essentials Bonus Box Spoilers

Yogi Surprise has released two new limited edition boxes: the Summer Essentials Bonus Box and the Summer Jewelry Bonus Box!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

The Summer Essentials Bonus Box is a one-time purchase for $59.99 ($115 retail value) and contains seven full-sized premium items, including:

  • A healing and soothing aloe vera blend from Skinveda
  • SoapyLayne's Summer Wildflower Facial Steam
  • Energy Muse's "Bring in the Light" Crystals
  • Goddess Garden's Organic Sunscreen
The Summer Jewelry Bonus Box is a one-time purchase of $29.99 ($185 retail value) with one of two summer-inspired pieces, including an adjustable bracelet made with natural golden agate and turquoise.

Or, you can get both boxes for a one-time purchase of $76.48 (15% off original prices)! Head to Yogi Surprise to pre-order now!

Monday, June 20, 2016

June Beauty Box 5 Review

Happy first day of summer! The June Beauty Box 5 is aptly themed "Made in the Shade" and features products perfect for warmer weather.

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

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty subscription that sends everything from color cosmetics, to hair care, to skin care, and more! They always have a great variety of samples and the box only costs $12 per month. Shipping is free to the U.S. and $3 to Canada.

This month's box had four full-sized items in it! I've found that Beauty Box 5 usually sends a decent amount of full-sized products.
  • Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Treatment Sheet Mask ($8, full-sized) - I know sheet masks are all the rage but I just don't use them. I can't sit still for 20 minutes with it on my face, so I usually end up swapping these. This one improves skin texture, delivers antioxidants, and leaves you with a healthier complexion.
  • Versaspa Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer ($4.38 for .25 oz) - This daily moisturizer blurs fine lines and gradually creates a beautiful tan. I don't use self-tanning products because I tan pretty well by just going outside (with SPF, of course), plus I'm always afraid things like this will give me uneven color.
  • Prestige Brow and Lash Brush ($3.25, full-sized) - This brush has bristles to tame unruly brows and a sturdier side for evening out eyelashes.
  • Manna Kadar Radiance Bronzer and Highlighter ($24, full-sized) - I like the convenience of this; usually I have to take my big bronzer and highlighter compacts separately but this makes it much easier. I like both shades and will be putting this to good use.
  • Sweep Oval Contour and Highlighting Brush ($15, full-sized) - This is a really interesting looking brush. It's supposed to make blending and shading really easy, but I'll have to play around with it because I'm not used to the shape.
Bottom Line: The total approximate retail value of this month's Beauty Box 5 is $54.63! Even though all of the items weren't a hit for me, I still think this is a good mix of summer products.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June Play! by Sephora Review

June marks my second month of being a Play! by Sephora subscriber and I'm still crazy excited about this box! This may be my new favorite subscription overall...

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

Play! by Sephora is a new-ish beauty box that costs $10 a month with free shipping. Tax is $.80 more if you live in New York state like me, and probably for California, too.

If you're familiar with the subscription box world then I'm sure you already know this, but for those who don't, this box has a wait list. Enter your email here and keep your fingers crossed that you'll get an email saying a slot has opened up for you. I was on the wait list for months before I got that email. You can also check back from time to time and just enter your email to see if an opening has been created.

As you can probably guess, all of the products are beauty samples of items you can purchase full-sized versions of at Sephora. I'm a VIB and am always looking to spend too much money in that store, so this box is a win-win for both me and Sephora (probably more for Sephora). Like I said, this is only my second box, but so far I've been very impressed by the quality of items they send out. If you're more into high end brands, then you really can't beat this box at only $10.

This month's theme was The Minimalists, and all of the products were tailored around a low-maintenance look for summer.
  • Tocca Florence - I like Tocca's perfumes as a whole, but this scent isn't for me. It has notes of bergamot, violet petals, and blonde wood. It's too floral for me but is perfect for summer and someone who likes florals.
  • benefit They're Real! Mascara - I love this mascara! It actually works really well for me and I like the shape of the brush (it has a sphere at the end to help you reach all of your lashes). I already have a full-sized tube, though, so I posted this for swap.
  • Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It - I'm obsessed with B&B products and this one is new to me. It's a creme that's meant to be added to fine or medium hair when air drying. Now I know why I haven't ever heard of this before--I have thick AF hair and never air dry it. I'm still willing to give this a try, though.
  • Bare Minerals bareSkin Bronzer - This is a liquid bronzer that can be worn alone or over foundation. I've never used a liquid bronzer before so I'm curious to try this out. I don't have the special brush that Bare Minerals makes for their liquid products but I'll just use my fingers and my mini beautyblender instead.
  • Tarte TarteGuard 30 Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - I didn't know Tarte made sunscreens so I'm so glad this was in the box! I've been looking for a lightweight SPF to use on my face and I think this will be perfect.
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter - Ooh, I love this! I don't own any Becca products but I've been hearing a lot of buzz about them recently. I used this last night and it made my skin look so luminous and wonderful. It's a primer, but it's special in that it helps blur imperfections and give your skin a soft-focus look.
This month's box was really good! Even though the perfume wasn't my style, I still liked everything and found some new products to try and fall in love with and burn more money on! I didn't use my Play! pass last month but I think I will this month because I have to restock on some things (you get 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase when you use it) and I'd like to get a tutorial on how to use the Bare Minerals and Becca products. I think I'm using them fine, but any helpful hints can't hurt!

Bottom Line: My second Play! by Sephora box was wonderful and I can't wait to see what's in store for next month!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

HASK Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection Hair Care Collection Review

I am big fan of HASK's hair products. I've never tried a line from them that I haven't enjoyed, and when I found out about the HASK Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection set I had to try it!

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

I have highlighted hair and I want to protect and keep the color for as long as I can, since good highlights are quite an investment! HASK uses kalahari melon oil to protect color-treated hair from damage and fading caused by washing and heat styling (both of which I do daily).

I received a set with the Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioner, and Shine Treatment. All of the products are free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol, and artificial colors. They also smell divine!

Kalahari melon oil counteracts dryout and fading in colored hair. The shampoo contains a Color Shield Complex made up of cranberry and sunflower oils to delicately cleanse and maintain long-lasting, vibrant color. The conditioner does this and also detangles. The Deep Conditioner (which I ripped when I opened the box with a box cutter, hence the tape in the photo above) is an ultra-restorative treatment mask. The Shine Treatment oil can be used on wet or dry hair to provide a radiant glow without greasy residue.

I absolutely love the HASK Kalahari Melon Oil line and I'm so glad I found it! My favorite thing about the shampoo is that it actually lathers really well. Usually sulfate-free shampoos don't lather well, and while lather isn't indicative of a better clean, I just prefer it because I find it easier to spread the product throughout my scalp. After using all four products my hair is so, so soft and smooth and smells amazing. I also like that all of the products are really affordable.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a high-quality, affordable color care set I highly recommend the HASK Kalahari Melon Oil line! I will definitely be purchasing more of all of these products once I run out!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

May Unbound Delta Box Review

The Unbound Box is a fabulous subscription that discreetly sends high-end adult products right to your door. I received their May Delta box to review.

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

Since this review is for adult products, I'm going to place the rest of the post underneath the cut (the packaging of one of the items contains slightly-NSFW images).

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Coco and Peri Review and Coupon!

If you love jewelry then you must check out Coco and Peri! They're a jewelry subscription that sends pieces that are just absolutely gorgeous and handpicked to match your style!

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

Coco and Peri sends three pieces of jewelry for a flat rate of $34 per month. Each piece is curated and from an independent designer. Shipping is free, but currently they only ship to U.S. addresses and AFO and FPO addresses.

When you sign up for Coco and Peri you'll fill out a short style survey that will help them match pieces to your preferences. I went through the entire sign up process so that I could give you a totally honest report on what I thought of the service. I always like filling out surveys because I prefer boxes that actually take the time to learn my style. The survey asks things like if your ears are pierced, what your ring size is, and what types of jewelry you prefer. You can change your answers at any time.

The box itself is small and not very tall, but it doesn't need to be very large considering that the contents are pieces of jewelry. The packaging was really pretty and I loved the polka dots!

I received a necklace, a ring, and a pair of earrings and I absolutely love all of them! The only type I said I didn't like on the survey was bracelets, and I was hoping I'd get a necklace, ring, and earrings.

The card that comes in the box doesn't have any information about the pieces themselves, so I'm not sure who the artist/brand is that made these or their retail values, but it didn't really bother me. If that's something you prefer to know, though, it's worth noting.

The necklace is perfect for me. I love gold and also dainty necklaces, so they hit the nail on the head with this one! I love the V charm. I can wear this to work or out and about, and it's just enough to spice up any outfit. The earrings are crystal studs and I like them because they're a little larger than what I normally wear. I don't have a pair like these, and I think I'll wear them to my brother's wedding in a few weeks. My favorite piece is the beautiful rose gold ring! It's such an interesting design and unlike anything I've ever had before.

I also added a credit card to my account when I signed up so that I could experience what the cancellation process is like. It's super simple: you just have to go to your account page and click on a link that says "cancel." You can then reactivate your account at any time.
  • Visit Coco and Peri to subscribe!
    • Use coupon code SSSJUN16 to get an extra piece in your first box! The code is good until June 30, 2016.
  • Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
Bottom Line: Coco and Peri sent me some absolutely beautiful pieces and, based on their style gallery on their website, they have a lot more that perfectly fit my style! I think this is a great box and I highly recommend it to any jewelry lover!