Friday, May 31, 2019

May Shades Club Review and Coupon

I'm always so excited to get my monthly Shades Club package! Their designs are fun and high quality and it's a great surprise to open them up each month.

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

Shades Club has men's and women's subscriptions with free shipping and free returns (within 30 days) on every order. Each month you'll receive a pair of unique sunglasses with a microfiber carrying case that doubles as a cleaning cloth.

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $29 per month
  • Four Months: $112 every four months/$28 per month (one month free)
  • Six Months: $162 every six months/$27 per month (1.5 months free)
  • Yearly: $288 every 12 months/$24 per month (two months free)
You can also purchase past shades on the Shades Club website for $75 per pair.

 Shades Club manufactures their products in the same factories as some of the higher end brands and every pair I've gotten has been excellent quality. To be completely honest, I wear my Jetsetter Aviators way more than the Ray-Bans I purchased for a lot more money! The Shades Club aviators are much sturdier.

The May Shades are named "Day-Trippers" and came in a muted pink shade. I love the shape and the thick frame, but pink isn't my first choice of color. I'll still wear these though and I think the color is fun for summer. I usually buy dark blue or black shades, so it's probably a good thing for me to throw in a little unexpected color here and there.

You can see from the photo above that the "Shades" name and logo is printed on the left arm and is also etched into the left lens (top right corner of the lens).

I also like how Shades Club adds the name of the design and other fun text on the inside of the arms. It just adds an extra touch of detail.
Bottom Line: I'm pretty much obsessed with Shades Club at this point! I love getting new, fun designs each month and I'm always excited to see what new sunnies I'll have to add to my collection.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mama June's Southern Treats Review: Box 3

If you like southern cooking, Mama June's Southern Treats is the perfect subscription for you! It's a quarterly box that sends the best of southern cuisine.

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

Mama June's Southern Treats features the best in southern hospitality from reality TV star June Shannon (Honey Boo Boo's mom). Every three months you'll get a box of June's favorite southern cooking!

The box features full-sized items, including snacks and ingredients with associated recipe cards. You'll also receive a fun kitchen item, like an apron, utensil, or other non-food item.

The box ships quarterly (once every three months) and costs $34.95 or $119 annually with free shipping to the U.S. The boxes do ship internationally as well with a $15 flat rate shipping fee.

This quarter's box had seven items, with three non-food treats. Here's what was inside:
  • Pork Clouds Fried Pork Rinds - These weren't on the info card, but they're Garlic Thyme flavored pork rinds. I've never had pork rinds before; I know what they are, just have never tried them.
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning - This seasoning adds a punch of flavor to anything you're cooking and is made in Louisiana.
  • Man Made Seafood Boil Soap - This soap is lemongrass scented and is strong enough to wash away strong smells from cooking crawfish, shrimp, etc.
  • Star Cookie Cutout - This also wasn't on the info card, but is a cute extra item.

  • Mama June's Hushpuppies Mix - This mix is made with Georgia-grown, organic, non-GMO white cornmeal and 100 percent soft red whole wheat flour. I've never made hushpuppies on my own before, so this mix will be a nice treat!
  • Sweet Cream Butter Grits Cookies - These cookies were so good! I love butter cookies and these had a great buttery flavor with Georgia grits mixed in. 
  •  Kiss the Cook Apron - This apron is nice and thick and has a colorful design on the front.
Bottom Line: The third box from Mama June's Southern Treats had more delicious surprises! I especially enjoyed the butter cookies and hushpuppies mix.

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.