Monday, November 18, 2019

November Gramma in a Box Review

The holiday season has started and for many, that means lots of baking and cooking! Gramma in a Box is a great subscription to share baked goods and treats with your loved ones.

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

Gramma in a Box was started by founder Terry as a way to share candy and cookie crafts with her grandchildren after they moved away. She turned it into a subscription box for anyone to share, and it's always a fun and creative box!

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. You can also try one box for $20 without a renewing subscription.

Gramma in a Box is also having a Black Friday sale from November 28th to 30th. You can get a full year for $190, which is $50 in savings! This brings the cost of each box down to only $15 per month. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY on November 28-30th to claim this deal.  

The November box had, of course, Thanksgiving-themed treats. Each month you'll receive all of the ingredients you'll need to create three projects with 15-20 individual treats each. The only items you'll need to supply are household basics like a bowl or spoon for mixing.

The first project was Turkey Buddies, and they came out so cute! They were made up of a Ritz cracker base with melted chocolate and candy eyes, sunflower seeds for the beaks, and candy corn for the feathers.

I love how cute these are! The Gramma in a Box crafts are always so creative (and delicious).

The second project was Harvest Bark and it involved using the remaining melted chocolate from the first project and mixing in cinnamon crunch cereal, peanuts (optional), candy corn, and sprinkles. It hardened in about five minutes and was full of sweetness.

The third project is always pre-baked cookies to decorate. The Fall Cookies were shaped like turkeys, pumpkins, acorns, and oak leaves with sprinkles and yellow, orange, and brown frosting. The cookies are a butter/sugar cookie that come sealed for freshness. It's recommended that you do the crafts within a week of receiving the box.

I had some leftover turkey eyes so I used them on them on the turkey cookies. These cookies are always so yummy and I love decorating them each month. These would be really fun to decorate with younger kids in the family.

  • Visit Gramma in a Box to subscribe - First box is $10, no coupon needed
    • Use coupon code 10off for $10 off a 6- or 3-month subscription! 
    • Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY on November 28-30th for a year for $190 ($15 per month)
  • Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is always a creative way to share delicious treats with your family and friends! The November box had a great theme, and I especially loved the Turkey Buddies. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

November Shades Club Review and Coupon

Even though it's winter where I live now, sunglasses are still a must have. They're even more important if you live in an area with a lot of snow like I do, since the reflection of the sun can bounce back off the snow. Shades Club is a great way to keep your sunglasses collection fresh all year!

*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 returns on every order. They have a 30-day return or exchange policy and a lifetime warranty on every pair of shades.

Here are their 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)
Shipping is free to the U.S. with all subscription options. You can also buy individual pairs and accessories in the Shop.

Shades Club manufactures their sunglasses in the same factories as brands that sell at much higher prices. I've owned shades from some of the more expensive brands, and I can confidently say that the Shades Club pairs are just as great, if not better!

Each pair will come with a microfiber bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth.

The November women's shades are a kind of circular/aviator shape blend with an orange and pink gradient on the lenses and gold hardware. The arms of the shades are a tortoiseshell pattern.

I love the mirroring and gradient on the lenses; they both look so pretty! The frames are nice and sturdy, too. The shape of the lens is interesting, usually I go more for square or aviator shaped lenses, but these work pretty well with my face shape still.
Bottom Line: Shades Club is so fun! I love being surprised by what sunglasses they send each month. The fact that you can return or exchange within 30 days is also a great deal, just in case you get a pair that really doesn't work for you (though I doubt that'll happen!).

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tattoo Junkee Cosmetics Review

Tattoo Junkee creates quality pigmented cosmetics at drugstore prices for one-of-a-kind women with a rebellious spirit. They have lip kits, eyeshadows, and everything else you'll need for a complete look!

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

Tattoo Junkee kindly sent me a variety of color cosmetics to review. Everything they make is cruelty-free (PETA certified) and packs a punch of color!

The Matte, Metallic, and Urban Jungle Mini Matte Lip Paint Kits are $12.99 each and have five mini lip paints inside. Each kit has rich, high-pigmented long-lasting lipsticks that are smudge proof. These really do stay put! I wore some of the shades for a full day and they barely moved. To be honest, I even had a bit of difficulty removing them at the end of the day (nothing too crazy, but it took a little more scrubbing with my makeup remover towel than usual).

The Matte Mini Lip Kit contains the following shades (left to right):
  • Vixen
  • Grunge
  • Rebel
  • Happy Hour
  • Sugar

The Metallic Mini Lip Kit contains:
  • Heartless
  • Spoiled
  • Royalty
  • Semi-Sweet
  • Famous

The Urban Jungle Mini Nudes Matte Lip Kit contains:
  • Jungle Boogie
  • Heirloom
  • Sugar
  • Barehug
  • Animal Instinct

Here are swatches of the Matte, Urban Jungle, and Metallic lip kits in color order of how they appear in the photos above. You can see from the swatches that they are intensely pigmented! The formula is really smooth and was easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator in each bottle.

Tattoo Junkee also has a line of tools, like the 2 Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set. The set is $7.99 and comes with two brushes for blending and smudging. The bristles are soft and pick up and spread powder shadows well.

My favorite products were the Barefoot and Bankroll Glitter Glosses ($6.99 each). They are super shimmery with a smooth formula that doesn't feel too sticky on the lips. They have a light berry scent and a sponge applicator tip (keep reading for swatches).

The Glo-Lite Strobe Highlighter is $3.99 and really packs a punch! If you're just looking for a little shimmer, I recommend using just a touch of this and adding on if you need more highlight. It's very pigmented and you can work up to the level of shine you desire.

Tattoo Junkee also has powder eyeshadows. The Space Dust Moonwalk and Life on Mars shadows ($5.99 each) are gorgeous! The shadow is sponge-y to the touch and is highly pigmented. These two shades have a slight glisten to them, too.

Swatched from left to right: Glo-Lite Strobe Highlighter, Moonwalk Space Dust eyeshadow, Life on Mars Space Dust eyeshadow, Barefoot Glitter Gloss, and Bankroll Glitter Gloss.
Bottom Line: All of the Tattoo Junkee products I tried were incredible quality! I love that they are so affordable, too. This line is made up of tons of cruelty-free cosmetics with pops of color that are perfect for any look!

Friday, November 8, 2019

November Spiral Rain Relaxation & Well Being Box Review

Spiral Rain is a Canadian online store that offers handmade natural, vegan products that are inspired by a love of the Earth and all its magic. They have two subscription box options, and I'm going to share their beautiful Relaxation and Well Being Box with you today.

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

Spiral Rain is a Canadian-owned family business that was created to celebrate love of the Earth and all it has to offer. They create unique items that re designed to overcome modern problems with old world recipes, new age metaphysics, and assertion of spirit.

All of the items you'll receive in their subscription boxes are handcrafted and designed in-house using natural ingredients and packaged with 100 percent recyclable or reusable materials. Each item is made with purposeful intentions, positive energy, and a passion for quality.

The Relaxation and Well Being Box contains bath and body and wellness products to help you relax and appreciate the positivity of the universe. I was interested in reviewing this box because Spiral Rain sounded like a fantastic company and I was really excited to see what their boxes featured.

The other subscription box offered by Spiral Rain is the Witch Box. Both boxes cost $39.99 CAD and shipping to the U.S. is an additional $25.91 CAD. The total to ship to me in NY came out to $65.90 CAD/$49.82 USD. You can do a one-time purchase of either box, or subscribe and receive the box at $37.19 CAD after the first three months.

The inside flap of the box had a sticker with "A little sparkle to align with the Universe" written on it, which I love. I like to take time to set my intentions and try to manifest peaceful positivity, and boxes like this are a great way to accomplish that.

The November box contained seven products total. The box came with a printed sheet with information about everything inside, as well as information about celestial events in the month of November (Full moons, new moons, etc).

The Protection Candle is absolutely gorgeous! I love candles and this one is great for protecting your physical and mental space. It's a soy wax candle scented with cedarwood and rosemary and contains amaranth and black tourmaline. Cedarwood is good for cleansing, purification, vitality, wisdom, and protection; rosemary is for cleansing, purification, vitality, wisdom, and protection; amaranth is for healing, summoning spirits, and healing broken hearts; and black tourmaline stones provide the ultimate form of protection by absorbing negativity and shielding your space from unwanted energy.

To use the candle, burn it in a room that could benefit from extra protection. Once the candle has burned down, the black tourmaline stones can be removed and placed around the home to create a protective shield.

The Protection Roll-On (left, pictured above) is a fragrance roll-on to pair with the Protection Candle. It's made with fractionated coconut oil with 100 percent pure essential oils of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, and lavender with sage leaf. I love earthy scents and the combination in this perfume is so soothing and grounding.

The perfume is designed to bring you total protection for any situation or attacks you may come across. It protects against energy vampirism (something I've had to deal with often -- when someone drains your energy but doesn't help to replenish it) and any unwanted energies.

The Evil Eye Protection and Fatima Hand Keychain is beautifully-made and a great way to protect yourself on-the-go. It has an aqua glass evil eye protection bead and a silvery Fatima Hand on the bottom. There are also two smaller evil eye beads at the bottom for added protection.

The Evil Eye amulet can protect you from envy, fear, resentment, or other negative thoughts aimed your way.  The Hand of Fatima, or Hamsa Hand, has been used in Middle Eastern cultures for centuries and is associated with a female entity offering protection from evil and misfortune.

These two Seed-Bearing Lollipops from Amborella Organics are so unique! They're Rosemary Mint and Lavender Lemongrass flavored, and once you finish them you can plant the biodegradable stick to grow mint and lavender plants!

I love bar soaps, and the Dead Sea Mud Soap Bar by Naturally Vain is perfect for my skincare needs. It's made with Dead Sea Mud to cleanse and eliminate acne, dirt, and blemishes. It also softens and exfoliates skin and is highly moisturizing, biodegradable, and cruelty-free. This will be great for my oily skin.

Last up is the Jacklyn Black Bath Bomb by Naturally Vain, who unfortunately didn't fare well in transit! I don't blame Spiral Rain, as the bath bomb was well-packaged, but making the trip from Quebec to New York must've roughed it up a little.

Anyway, the bomb is supposed to be shaped like a jack-o-lantern and is scented with maple and pumpkin. It smells absolutely delicious! It has added rice bran oil to soothe skin. Rice represents rain, fertility, money, and protection. Oatmeal is used to invoke or worship Brighid (Irish goddess of Spring, fertility, healing, poetry, and smithcraft), and the pumpkin represents lunar magick.
Bottom Line: I am thoroughly impressed by the Spiral Rain Relaxation and Well-Being Box. The contents were well-curated and high quality, and I appreciated the extra information about everything and what the different ingredients and symbols represent. I think the U.S. price of around $50 for the box and shipping is fair, considering it ships from Canada and has great items inside. This box is right up my alley and I can't wait to use everything!

Monday, November 4, 2019

October 2019 Japan Candy Box Review and Giveaway

Japan Candy Box is one of the most fun boxes out there. If you like to treat yourself to Japanese snacks and goodies, you'll love this subscription!

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

Japan Candy Box sends 10 Japanese snacks and candies each month from Tokyo, including brands like Pocky, Hi-Chew, Glico, and Kit-Kat. 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 October box was Trick or Treat themed for Halloween. Each box comes with a colorful info packet with descriptions of each of the snacks, which is incredibly helpful if you're like me and don't speak/read Japanese.

There is usually a good assortment of sweet and savory snacks, and not everything is candy, despite the name of the box. The October snacks had an obvious Halloween theme, which was fun.

  • Shimi Halloween Choco Corn Stars: These are chocolate-coated corn puff snacks shaped like stars. I would've liked a bit more chocolate topping, but they were still pretty good.
  • Toppo Halloween Edition Biscuit Sticks: If you're familiar with Pocky, these are kind of similar. They're biscuit sticks but instead of having coating on the outside like Pocky, these had chocolate on he inside. They were really good!
  • Happy Halloween Umaibo Snack Stick: These sticks are some of my favorite Japanese snacks. It's a puffy corn snack with a savory flavor (potage soup). 
  • Koala's March Halloween Biscuits: Koala's March cookies are so good! These had Halloween-themed koala designs with chocolate inside.
  • Tohato Caramel Corn Halloween Mini Pack: These are corn puff snacks with a caramel flavor. They were a good mix of sweet and savory.
  • Black Thunder Halloween Chocolate Bar: This has "the intensity of a thunderstorm," with chocolate-coated crispy rice puff. It was really good and I wish it was bigger!
  •  Tohato Bokun Habanero Chips: These crispy potato rings are super spicy with habanero pepper flavor. Not for the faint of heart!
  • Monstro Frankenstein Gum: The gum inside is soda flavored that makes your tongue change color as you chew.
  • Pokemon Halloween Party Chocolate Snack: These chocolately treats are shaped like a Pikachu head. Mine had the Pokemon Duskull on the package.
  • Terrible Ghost Story Gum: This creepy little package has a ghost story inside that you can read as you chew on the gum; it also has a talisman inside to ward off evil spirits.
Close-up of the Koala's March cookies

Close-ups of the Toppo snacks

Bottom Line: Japan Candy Box is a really fun and affordable way to treat yourself to Japanese snacks each month! The Halloween box was full of sweet and savory snacks to fit the October month.

Japan Candy Box has generously offered a box for one of my readers to win! Enter the giveaway below. The giveaway is being run by Japan Candy Box and they are responsible for choosing the winner and shipping the prize.

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