Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kamedis Botanicals Eczema Therapy Cream Review and Coupon

I've had bouts with eczema ever since I was little, and while it's lessened as I got older, it always flares up in the winter. The Kamedis Dermatology Eczema Therapy Cream has been a lifesaver!

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

Kamedis Dermatology has a line of skincare products for eczema, dandruff, and acne care. The Eczema line has the Therapy Cream, Therapy Wash, and Calming Lotion. All of their products are cruelty-free and are made with natural botanicals used in traditional Chinese medicine. They use conscientiously sourced ingredients and a manufacturing process that employs the highest quality standards, including assessment of physical and chemical properties and microbiological testing.

I have been using this cream for about two weeks and I already feel and see the difference. It promises to reduce eczema flare ups by 50 percent, and I can say it has worked so well to soothe my dry, itchy skin. Even if you don't have eczema, the cream is still great for skin that's extremely dry, irritated, red, or with rashes.

The cream nourishes skin for long-term relief with sulfur as the active ingredient. It's free from steroids, fragrance, parabens, and dyes. It has a natural brownish/tan color and the texture is extremely smooth. It also does not have much of a scent. It absorbed into my skin fairly quickly and left it feeling nourished until I next washed my hands.

Here's a look at some of the botanical ingredients in this cream. Great Burnet root extract has been used in Chinese medicine to heal wounds, burns, and insect bites. Tree of Heaven bark is said to have cooling and astringent properies. Baikal Skullcap is said to reduce inflammation and has active antioxidants. Cnidium Fruit has been used for skin conditions, including rashes and eczema. Lastly, licorice has skin-soothing properties for reddened and sensitive skin.
Bottom Line: I'm a huge fan of the Kamedis Dermatologist Eczema Therapy Cream! I love that it has botanical ingredients and is cruelty-free, but especially that it's extremely effective. This is one of the only creams I've used that really soothed by eczema flare ups and helped reduce the itchiness. I will definitely be purchasing more of this cream in the future.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The BUB CLUB Solar Box Review - Quarter One

I love Lil BUB! If you're not familiar, she's an internet cat who became famous for her adorable appearance. Now, her and her dude have launched a subscription box that helps animals in need! As soon as I heard about The BUB CLUB, I knew I had to subscribe.

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

The BUB CLUB box has four subscription levels at the following prices:
  • Lil Box: $23 every three months for an exclusive 8" x 8" photo, sticker, postcard, and either a pin, button, magnet, or other accessory
  • Earth Box: $39 every three months for stationery, stickers, and accessories and a $5 credit to the BUB store
  • Solar Box: $59 every three months for all items from the Lil Box, some from the Earth box, and 2-3 exclusive themed gifts such as scarves, hats, shirts, or more and a $10 credit to the BUB store
  • Galactic Box: $115 every three months for some of the merch from the three previous tiers, a signed BUB photo, and a limited edition handmade item such as a necklace, tea cup, or more and a $15 credit to the BUB store
Shipping is free to the continental U.S. With each box, you'll also help donate money for special needs pets as follows:
  • Lil Box: Raises $1.50 per box for special needs pets and donates five bowls of food to homeless pets every quarter
  • Earth Box: Raises $5 every box for special needs pets and donates five bowls of food
  • Solar Box: Raises $10 for special needs pets and donates five bowls of food
  • Galactic Box: Raises $15 for special needs pets and donates 10 bowls of food

All of the items in The BUB CLUB boxes are exclusive! BUB's merch has always been top notch, and it's fun to know you'll be getting items that are only available in the box. One caveat: Since this is the first box, there are some extras available in the shop since they weren't sure what demand would be, but all boxes going forward should be exclusive to subscribers.

This is a review for the Solar Box. I signed up during the presale so my price is $55 every quarter, and anyone else who signed up for any tier during presale are locked into their lower rates for the length of their subscription. New subscribers will pay the prices listed above.

The first box had a space theme and the Solar Box contained seven items, plus a coupon for a free can of Halo cat food.

There was a full page sheet with information about Lil BUB, the box, and all of the items and creators inside. The first quarter of The BUB CLUB has already raised $4,567 for pets in need and donated 2,453 bowls of Halo Pet Food! I love that this box not only gives me adorable BUB items but also helps animals in need. Here's everything that was inside:
  • 8" x 8" Photo Print: This print is by Artsy Couture and features BUB in all her glory. She looks so cozy and adorable!
  • HALO Pet Food Coupon: I'm pretty sure that my local pet store will carry this brand so I'll definitely take advantage of the free can.
  • BUBumper Sticker: This sticker is by Sticker Robot and features BUB's characteristic "YES!" exclamation.
  • Space BUB Button: The button is made by Busy Beaver Button Co. and is nice and big. I think I'm going to add it to my backpack along with the next item.
  • Space Box Enamel Pin: This pin is made by Pinsource and features BUB flying through space in her little box rocket. So cute!
  • Space BUB Sticky Notes: These are made by PrintPPS and have a BUB in a space mask with "Hello, It's Me, Bub" written on top.
  • Sparkly Fridge Magnets: These magnets are made by Busy Beaver Button Co. as well and are really sturdy. I already have them hanging on my fridge (see below photo for all of the designs)!
  • Super BUB Crew Socks: These socks are made by Sock it to Me and feature superhero BUB!

I'm so happy with the first BUB CLUB Solar Box! I think it's a great deal, especially since it is quarterly and not monthly (might get expensive for me at that price point monthly), and considering that part of the purchase goes towards raising money for special needs animals and donating food!
Bottom Line: The BUB CLUB is a must-have box for BUB fans new and old! I think any cat lover in your life will be immediately charmed by the items regardless of whether they've heard of BUB or not.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Travel Guide: Three Days in Edinburgh

Last month I took my first trip overseas and went to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin. Traveling to Europe was a definite bucket list item of mine, and I finally decided to just go for it. I learned a lot from this trip, from saving up and planning to the actual execution, and I wanted to do a mini travel series to share my experiences!

*Disclaimer: Post does not contain any affiliate links.

I spent four days in London, three in Edinburgh, and three in Dublin and Edinburgh was by far my favorite city, so I wanted to highlight there first. But before I dive into what I did in those three days, a few quick tips and things I learned while traveling overseas: 

Pack as light as you can! I traveled solo and fit everything I needed for 10 days in Europe in a carry on. I purchased the Away Bigger Carry On specifically for this trip and it was amazing. It had more than enough room for everything I needed and was easy to roll around. It fit into the overhead bins for my Virgin Atlantic and JetBlue flights, but I had to check it for my RyanAir flights within the UK and Ireland.

If you're traveling with others this may not be an issue since you'll have more hands to manage more luggage, but since I knew I'd be on my own I only wanted to worry about one bag. I took a travel backpack and the Away carry on and both fit everything I needed. Plus, the less you have when going through all those airport security checkpoints, the faster and easier it is to get through them.

Use the ATMs: One of my biggest concerns was the monetary exchange, and everyone I talked to who had traveled overseas recommended just using ATMs instead of constantly using a card, as the fees would be less than the exchange rates, or something like that. I took their word for it. Plus, my credit card charged me a foreign fee every time I used it, so I saved on that as well. I just took out about as much as I thought I'd need at each airport at each stop and ended up having enough in each city. Plus, it was easier to keep to a budget when using cash.

Book direct flights if you can afford it: I flew out of Rochester and down to JFK then straight to Heathrow on my way to Europe, but on the way back I booked a layover in Stockholm from Dublin to save $100 and it was not worth it. It made for a very long day, and when I finally touched down in Rochester I had been awake for a straight 24 hours (a few naps on the planes, but we all know that isn't the best sleep!).

Pack rain boots and a good pair of sneakers: If you're going to any of the cities I visited you're going to need to be prepared for rain. It actually only rained one day (keep reading for more on that) during my trip, but having a nice pair of boots was so worth it (I got the Sam Edelman Tinsley Rubber Rain Boot). I spent most of my time walking around each city as well, so you'll need a good pair of comfortable sneakers (I recommend the Skechers GOwalk).

Tipping: If you're American like me, you'll be pleased to hear that you won't need to tip in the UK and Ireland the way we're used to in the States. Most restaurants do not expect tips, but if you want to leave 10% or so for good service you definitely can. Taxi drivers don't expect tips either, but I also found that leaving one or two pounds is a nice gesture. Taxi drivers in Ireland, though, do not expect tips at all and will often round down your fare, especially if it's a longer ride.

Public Bathrooms: If you've ever been to NYC then you know how difficult it can be to find a free public bathroom. That was luckily not the case in Edinburgh. I found that they were way more lax about their facilities, as I could walk into a coffee shop and use the bathroom without having to buy something. I only did this with bigger chains, like Costa and Starbucks, not the smaller independent stores. But rest assured that if you really need to find a bathroom, you can probably find one for free nearby.

Day One: I flew into Edinburgh Airport from London Stansted and touched down at around 10 AM to see a gloomy, rainy day. I wasn't bothered since I knew I was traveling to the UK in the fall and would likely see some rain. I was planning on using Uber to get to my guest house, but there were no cars available in the area so I used a taxi instead. The ride was about a half an hour long and cost me roughly £30.

I checked in to Fraoch House, a beautiful guest house that was about a mile outside of the Edinburgh city center. I actually found it and booked through and cost me about $80 USD per night after the booking fees, which I found to be incredibly affordable. I kept joking with my family that I booked 3+ nights in each city for less than one night in NYC!

I highly recommend Fraoch House to anyone headed to Edinburgh! It's in the New Town section of the city and, like I said, is about a mile walk away from the city center. I liked being able to walk down the streets and admire the architecture while heading into the Old Town part of the city, and they're also a mile away in the other direction from the coastal enclave of Leith. I stayed in a single room that had a private, locked bathroom across the hall to which only I had a key. There were tons of amenities, from tea and coffee to toiletries, and the house operates as a bed and breakfast so there was plenty of food each morning. One note: If you stay here, there's a bell outside to ring to be let in! I didn't realize this and was a bit frazzled when I arrived in the rain, but I called their front desk and got let in that way.

Given that it was raining, I didn't do much on my first day in Edinburgh, but I did eat dinner at La Favorita. It's an Italian restaurant and the food was so good. The prices are pretty fair and they have your standard pizzas and pastas. All I wanted was some warm, hearty carbs and I ordered a seasonal risotto that was to die for!

Day Two: The first thing I did on my first full day in Edinburgh was walk up to the top of Calton Hill. Google Maps took me up the most arduous trail and my heart was pounding by the time I got to the top, and I realized that the other side of the hill has a much more user-friendly climb. Lesson learned! Regardless, you must visit Calton Hill! The views are phenomenal.

The National Monument of Scotland is located at the park atop Calton Hill and is also known as "Scotland's Disgrace" because it stands unfinished. Basically, the Scottish government wanted to create a grand monument in the style of the Ancient Greeks and they ran out of money, so they stopped construction in 1829/

You'll also be able to get a glimpse of Arthur's Seat from Calton Hill. I didn't end up hiking up Arthur's Seat, but there are also some amazing views from this well-known spot. The green hills were exactly what I was envisioning before I got to Scotland, so the view was absolutely breathtaking to me.

I can imagine this is a beautiful view at any time of year, but I especially enjoyed the leaves starting to change and the somewhat gloomy weather (makes for better photos, anyway!). It was also cool to see Leith on one end and Old Town on the other.

After Calton Hill I walked to the National Museum of Scotland. A friend described it as a "museum of everything" to me and that was incredibly apt. Entrance is free, as is admission to most of the museums in Edinburgh, and I highly recommend staking out some time to see everything. I tend to move through museums at a quicker pace, but I spent a good two hours looking through everything. There are three floors with several different halls, including Earth sciences, animals, Scottish history, world cultures, and so much more!

Next up was the Surgeons' Hall Museums, located on the Royal College of Surgeons campus. There was no photography allowed inside of the museum, but here's a shot of the courtyard at the entrance.

This museum is not free, but entrance was only £7 when I went. Inside you'll find a history of surgery, including many preserved specimens ranging from bones, severed feet, fetuses, and pretty much any other body part you can think of. Needless to say, if the thought of that makes you squeamish, this might be a museum for you to pass on. But if you're interested in medicine I found this museum to be incredibly informative and very well put-together.

Greyfriars Bobby sits outside of Greyfriars Kirkyard, another landmark on my must-see list. I actually missed the little Bobby statue when I first when in the kirkyard and doubled back to see him after. If you don't know his story, he was a Skye Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner who had passed. He became so well known that the city memorialized him with this statue.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is said to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world. They allegedly have a poltergeist in one of the closed-off sections and people have reported feeling a presence and even leaving with physical scratches and marks. So I went during the daytime! Note: If you want to go into the supposed haunted park of the cemetery, the only way to gain access is with a City of the Dead Tour.

This might seem weird, but I find old cemeteries fascinating. It's quite humbling to walk around one and pay your respects. Seeing all of the gravestones from the 19th Century was quite a sight.

I also happened upon a free Potter Trail tour while I was in the kirkyard so I joined for a bit. Normally I wouldn't hitch on to a tour that was already in progress, but I knew this one was free so I didn't feel guilty. I had actually planned on doing the tour, but I wasn't able to make it to the meeting spot at 2pm when it started. Guess I didn't have to worry, as they found me.

Unfortunately I can't remember our tour guide's name, but he had an encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter! The tour hits up several spots that are integral to the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's life, including a stop at The Elephant House where she first started writing the series. I actually only stayed with the tour while they were in Greyfriars Kirkyard, as I found it to be a little bit too in depth for me (I'm a casual HP fan at best), but I could see where die hard fans would love this tour!

After all that walking I was very hungry. I stopped for lunch at Yocoko Noodle Bar. Edinburgh has a fantastic array of international cuisines and I was in the mood for some cheap and delicious noodles. Yocoko definitely delivered! The inside was calm and the service was prompt and friendly. I had a plate of noodles and a side of rice for about £10.

The last thing I did during day two in Edinburgh was an Edinburgh Dark Side Tour with Viator. It cost $16.24 USD booked ahead of time and was really interesting! My tour guide was quite enthusiastic and had a ton of knowledge and made it really fun to listen to. The tour is at night, so if you go in the fall like I did, wear layers, including a warm jacket and gloves. The tour covers the darker history of the city, including true stories about the witch trials, murders, and more. I highly recommend this tour.

Okay, I lied. The dark side tour was not the last thing I did. After walking around at night in the cold I needed a warm meal, so I headed to Roti for some Indian food. They serve their dishes tapas style, so I got the best garlic naan I have EVER had in my life plus a mango lassi and butter chicken. Another delicious meal for less than £15!

Day Three: To kick things off on my last day in the city I headed up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. This was the most expensive attraction I visited, with an admission fee of £18.5 for adults (£17 if you book online in advance). It's well worth the price, as there are several smaller museums within the castle. Plus, how can you visit a city with a castle atop a hill and not go see it?!

As I said, there are several small museums within the castle that focus on the military history of Scotland. I really liked seeing the different regiments and learning about their contributions during various wars because, as an American, I really don't know much about European history. My favorite was the National War Museum.

You'll also find fabulous views of the city from inside the castle! And if you visit around 1pm, prepare yourself for the One o'clock gun. The firing of the gun dates back to 1861 and was used to alert ships to help them set their maritime clocks. It's said that people from Edinburgh will often look down at their watches at this time, even when not in Scotland (not sure how true that is, it was in one of the guide books I bought).

After spending a few hours at the castle I took time to stroll along The Royal Mile. This is the main hub of the Old Town city center and it has tons of shops, restaurants, and other attractions to see. If you want to do some shopping, this is the place to be (there are some great shops off the beaten path, too, though!).

During my walk around the city I found Maison de Moggy, Scotland's first cat cafe! I honestly couldn't believe I didn't look up to see if there was a cat cafe before visiting, since I try to go to one in every city I visit. But much like the Potter Trail tour, these beautiful kitties found me and it all worked out!

Definitely book your spot ahead of time online. They're open from 10:30 AM to 2 PM and then again from 3 PM to 6:30 PM, and from 7 to 8 PM on Thursdays only. Entrance was £8 for one hour, not including refreshments. I chose to buy a slice of cake for £3. 

The cats are so beautiful! There are 12 cats who live at the cafe permanently and most of them were raised since kittens, so they all get along quite well. If you've never been to a cat cafe, keep in mind that the cats make the rules. This was probably one of the most relaxed cat cafes I've been to, as the staff told us we could pet the cats while they were sleeping (a no-no in most other places I've been), so long as we didn't disturb them or try to wake or pick them up. A few of the cats were sleeping, but I went at at good time (3 PM), since many of them were awake and quite playful!

The Scott Monument and St. Giles' Cathedral are two more landmarks that I passed while walking around. I didn't tour inside of the cathedral, but it was beautiful from the outside.

I ended the day with a stop at Holyrood Palace, where the Queen stays when she's in Scotland. Unfortunately I was not able to go inside because I visited after the gates had closed for the day, but I wasn't too disappointed. To be honest, I wasn't planning on visiting it at all but had some time left on the last day so I figured it was worth it to go and at least take a few pictures.

I can't remember what I ate for dinner this night! But I do know that after the castle and before Maison de Moggy I stopped in to Pumpkin Brown and had the most delicious vegan chai latte! I also went to The Fiddler's Arms for a dram of Lagavulin 16 Year, since I had to have scotch in Scotland.

Bottom Line: Edinburgh is the most beautiful city I have ever seen and I can't wait to go back! I want to visit Scotland again as soon as possible and also hit up Glasgow and Inverness. I was enchanted by the architecture and overall mood of the city. The people were friendly and there was plenty to do, see, and eat!
  • If you would like to see more photos from my trip, please check out my Flickr

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

November Love With Food Deluxe Box and Black Friday Sale

It's been a while since I tried a Love With Food box, and they're now operated by SnackNation. The box is essentially the same, though, and they still donate at least one meal to American families in need with every purchase! Read on to see what was inside the November Deluxe box and get their Black Friday deals.

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

Love With Food sends a box of great tasting, feel-good snacks that have no chemicals, artificial flavoring, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup. They're clean foods made with real ingredients and every snack passes Love With Food's 73 Banned Ingredients list. You'll get a box of delicious, healthier snacks for you and the knowledge that your purchase helped donate a meal to someone in need!

Here are their pricing options:
  • Tasting Box: $7.99 to $9.99 per box for 7+ snacks 
  • Deluxe Box: $16.50 to $19.95 per box for 15+ snacks
  • Gluten-Free Box: $19.99 to $24.99 for 10+ snacks
Shipping is free to the U.S. and its territories and is $3.99 per month for international orders. The Tasting Box is not available for international shipping.

This is a review for the November Deluxe Box. The boxes I've gotten in the past came with an insert with a list of all of the snacks inside, but this box was sans info card. All of the labels are easy to find on the items, but I liked having a reference sheet.

I couldn't find some of the items in the Love With Food shop, so if there's no link, that's why. Here's what was inside:
  • Oogies Gourmet Popcorn Spicy Nacho Cheddar: I have had other Oogies popcorn before and they're great quality; unfortunately, this flavor wasn't my favorite.
  • Drizzilicious Crunchy Drizzle Bites in S'Mores: These were little quinoa and grain puffs drizzled in chocolate -- so light and fluffy! I really liked the extra chocolate drizzle.
  • Zee Zee's Strawberry Grahamz: How cute are these cookies! They're made with whole grains and were just a little bit sweet. Perfect for dipping into something like peanut butter or yogurt.
  • SunRype Fruit to Go: I love these fruit bars. Mine were both Apple Raspberry flavored and they had a ton of fruit flavor. They're also gluten- and nut-free and vegan.

Here's a close-up of some of the cute monster designs on the Zee Zee's grahamz.

  •  Pretzel Pete Nuggets in Honey Mustard and Onion: These pretzel bites are dusted with honey mustard seasoning and have a great crunch.
  • Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch: I've had these before and they're so good, but definitely spicy. They're made with real peas and are baked for less fat and sodium.
  • Field Trip Maple BBQ Pork Stick: This craft jerky has a sweet and tangy flavor from a brand that aims to provide delicious and versatile snacks.

  • On the Go Edamame Berries Fusion: This is a trail mix with dried berries, nuts, and edamame beans. I love edamame (fresh and dried), so this mix was a good blend of salty and sweet.
  • Simply 7 Quinoa Chips in Sea Salt: These chips are from TV chef Giada De Laurentiis and are dusted with a light sea salt flavor.
  • Marich Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels: These caramels were absolutely delicious! I wish the package was bigger. They had the perfect sea salt flavor.
  • Absolutely Gluten Free Vanilla Tahini Bar: These are made with sesame seeds and have only 100 calories. I've had tahini dip but never a bar, so this looks interesting.
  • Jana Banana Bar with Coconut: This bar is made with a blend of bananas and all-natural coconut flakes with no sugar added. I'm not the biggest fan of coconut, but this sounds like a great tropical flavored treat for those who do enjoy it.
  •  RxBar in Pumpkin Spice: I've seen lots of adds for RxBars and was excited to try this limited edition flavor. I was surprised by how much pumpkin spice flavor it had and thought it was pretty good!
  • Verb Energy Co Maple Blueberry Bar: This bar has 90 calories and as much caffeine as a shot of espresso (65 mg). This is a great on-the-go bar for me when I can't get a cup of coffee.
  • 4th & Heart Ghee Butter: This is a lactose-free butter that is a clarified butter from India. I haven't cooked with it before but am interested to try.
  • Apple Simply Wholesome Soft Oatmeal Bar: This was my favorite bar in the whole box! It had so much flavor and was buttery and delicious. It's packed with whole grains, all-natural flavors, no trans fat, and no preservatives.
  • Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds: These seeds have a flavor blend of dark chocolate, vanilla, and subtle salt. They're so snackable and were really delicious!

The November Love With Food box had a total of 18 snacks. I liked the variety of salty, sweet, and savory and that all of the snacks are clean and made with better-for-you ingredients. And with the purchase of a Deluxe Box you'll donate two meals to someone in need!
  • Visit Love With Food to subscribe: Use that link for 40% off your first Deluxe Box
Bottom Line: Love With Food is an affordable snack box that gets you a great box of delicious treats and allows you to easily give back to someone in need. They also have some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up, check them out below!
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Now through 11/27, get a FREE $25 box of snacks with any 6+ month plan AND 20% off all plans using this link.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November Japan Candy Box Review

Japan Candy Box is a sister subscription to Kawaii Box that sends hand-picked snacks straight from Japan! The November box had a "Thanksgiving Feast" theme.

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

Japan Candy Box sends a box of 10 exclusive Japanese snacks each month. The name is a bit misleading, as not everything is candy. My box contained an assortment of savory and sweet treats. Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $19.90 per month
  • Six Months: $113.40 every six months ($18.60 per month, save $6)
  • 12 Months: $214.80 every 12 months ($17.90 per month, save $24)
International shipping is free with every plan. Boxes ship from Japan and mine took about two weeks to get to me in the U.S.

The box comes with a cute insert that has illustrations of all of the items inside. This is helpful since I don't read or speak Japanese and many of the labels are entirely in Japanese. It was easy to match up what was what based on the illustrations, though.

  •  Pine Sherbert Pero Fun Dip Lollipop: Mine appears to be cola flavored and came with a lollipop that you could dip in the sherbet powder. It was actually really good and fizzy!
  • Clabee Jagabee Osatsubee Sweet Potato Chips: These chips are shaped like fries and made with pure sweet potatoes.
  • Meiji Gochi Sour Plum Gummies: According to the info sheet, Gochi is Meiji's answer to Fettuccine - "their flavor perfectly captures both the sweetness and sourness of Japanese plums." I think this may be a translation error, or I'm just not familiar with a meaning for fettuccine other than a cheesy pasta? But either way, these do not taste like cheesy pasta, and were indeed a yummy plum gummy.
  • Bonchi Pnsuke Arare Crackers: I love these rice crackers! They're traditional Japanese crackers made from glutinous rice and with a sesame sauce flavor. They're available at the Asian food market near me and I immediately went out and bought more after I finished this bag. They're such a great balance of salty and sweet!
  • Osatsu Doki Sweet Potato Chips - Apple Pie Flavor: Sweet potatoes are not my favorite, but these chips were thick cut and very crispy. I didn't taste a ton of Apple Pie flavor, but nonetheless they were pretty good.
  •  Kanro Pure Gummy Mixed Berry Flavor: These gummies are made with real fruit juice and a mix of seasonal berries. They had a sugary coating and were very tasty!
  • Coris Plum Chewy Candy: When I first bit into these I thought they were chewing gum based on the texture, but they proceeded to kind of melt in my mouth as I chewed. They had a light plum flavor and powdery texture.
  • Kit Kat Cranberry Almond Minibar: Japan has the best flavored Kit Kats! This one had cherries and almonds on top and I wish it came in a bigger size.
  • Bourbon Bit Chocolate Crunch: This was another yummy chocolate bar made with crunchy almond and corn puffs.
  • Gudetama White Chocolate Bar: Gudetama is a lazy egg ad this bar had his resemblance on the packaging. The inside was a white chocolate with a wafer center and milk chocolate bottom.

Bottom Line: I loved the snacks in the November Japan Candy Box! I'm lucky to have access to Asian food markets and can buy some of these things, but there were a lot of snacks that were new to me and I think this box is great for anyone who wants to enjoy great international snacks!

Monday, November 19, 2018 Product Review is an online shop that isn't exactly a subscription box, but they have everything a man (or woman!) could need for the perfect wet shave experience. I tried a few of their products and had great results!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. was founded in 2018 and provides traditional wet shaving and cartridge razor shaving products. They're based in Seattle, Washington and provide a one-stop shop for everything you could need for a great wet shave, and you can sign up to receive a monthly box of your favorite products.

Their boxes are different from other subscription services because you won't receive different products each month, but instead you'll choose what you want to purchase and receive a monthly replenishment of those items. You can, of course, always choose new products when you want to mix things up.

Even though their website is geared towards men, I wanted to try them out because ladies, we can wet shave, too! I received a basic kit to try out and used it to shave my legs. Here's what I used:
  • Anodized Safety Razor ($29.99) - Ooh, shiny! I love the colors of this razor (see photo below for a close-up). It's well-made and has good heft, which is essential for a good wet shave. The way it works is you load in the razor blade yourself and instead of pressing down to shave, you glide the razor and let the weight of it do the work for you. It actually makes for a much easier shave in my opinion, once you get the hang of it.
  • Synthetic Black Acrylic Shaving Brush ($8.99) - This brush is made with a durable, sturdy construction and can last for years if you take care of it. The bristles are soft and numerous, which makes a nice, foamy lather when mixed with the shaving cream. The handle is nice and ergonomic, too.
  • Captain's Choice North Shaving Cream (value unknown) - This particular scent isn't currently available, but I did link to the others you can purchase. The price of a full-sized tub is $14.95 for four ounces. The North scent is cool and woodsy and I love it! Just a dab of the cream lathers up really well with the shaving brush.
  • Suneko Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades ($.75 for 5) - These blades have an innovative design with a double-stacked, knife-edge surface that slices through facial hair, or leg hair, in my case. They're very sharp, so be careful when loading them, and I'd suggest going slowly during your first go with them.

Not all of the products in the shop are available for an auto-renewal subscription, but you'll only have to purchase things like the safety razor and shave brush once. Items like the razor blades, aftershave, and shave soap are available for the subscription option. They also have disposable razors if you're not quite ready to commit to wet shaving. You can view everything available with the subscription service here.
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by the products I received! The safety razor gave me a clean, close shave and was easy to use. A wet shave set would make a great gift for the man or woman in your life!