Thursday, February 25, 2021

February 2021 Gramma in a Box Review

My February Gramma in a Box was a bit delayed by USPS, not surprising given the storms and other shipping issues going on, so I apologize for this late review!

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


Gramma in a Box sends all the ingredients you need to complete three cookie and candy crafts. There are enough supplies for 15 to 20 individual treats for the three projects. 

Here are their pricing options, where you can save 10 percent with the auto debit option:

  • Monthly: $22.50 per month
  • Three Months: $67.50 every three months
  • Six Months: $135 every six months
  • 12 Months: $270 every 12 months

You can also purchase a single box for $25 with no subscription.

Shipping is included in all price options. Boxes ship on the first of the month and cancellations must be submitted by the 25th of the month to avoid the next month's charges.  



The box comes with all of the ingredients individually packaged in shrink wrap or plastic cups. The info card has a list of all the ingredients inside plus anything you need to supply from home (always basic items, as you can see above). The opposite side lists any allergens, too.


The first project was Cupid's Arrows. The projects are always so creative, and these are a perfect example! They involved using melted chocolate to "glue" candy hearts onto pretzel rods so that they looked like little arrows.


The second project was Valentine Candy Cane Hearts. I used the leftover melted chocolate and mixed it with crisped rice cereal, then placed it in the middle of the two candy canes to make a heart shape. These are so cute!


The last craft is always cookies, and the February theme was Valentine Cookies. The cookies are pre-baked and should be decorated within a week of receiving the box so they're at their freshest. The Valentine's shapes were Xs and Os with lips and hearts and pink, white, and red frosting and sprinkles.

Bottom Line: The February Gramma in a Box was cute! I really liked the Cupid's Arrows, and the cookies are always delicious. This box is so fun to share with your loved ones, or to keep all the treats for yourself!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Find Your Happy Place Collection Review

Find Your Happy Place is a new line of affordable bath and body products created to help you find a little peace amidst everyday stress. Their newest line, Wrapped In Your Arms, is what I'm reviewing today.

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

The Find Your Happy Place line is available exclusively at Walmart and available in four scent lines. The others are Lazy Weekends (sweet almond and vanilla), Catching the Sunrise (mango and sparkling citrus), and Under the Starlit Sky (chamomile and sandalwood).

The inspiration from the lines comes from real customers, and Wrapped in Your Arms was inspired by Sally from Vermont, who said her happy place is "My best friend, my rock. Wherever we are, whatever we're doing, the moment is always special because we are together."

All of the products are paraben- and sulfate-free and have a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E.

The Bath and Shower Gel comes in a 12 fl oz bottle and lathers well and can also be used as bubble bath. The blush rose and magnolia scent is gentle and a good blend of sweet and floral. Usually rose scents are too strong for me and cause my to sneeze, but this one is delicate enough that it's soothing and not overwhelming.

The Hand Cream is the perfect size for on-the-go, with 1 fl oz. The formula is a bit thicker and great for dry hands.


The Fizzing Bath Bomb has a pretty rose design. As the name says, it's a fizzing bomb, so it dissolved pretty quickly. It has a blend of bath salts mixed in, so you're left with soothing and pleasantly scented bath water once this is done dissolving.

I like that the Find Your Happy Place line makes bath and body affordable for everyone. There are also body lotions, scented candles, whipped scrubs, and hand washes in each scent family.

  • Visit Walmart in stores and online to purchase

Bottom Line: The Find Your Happy Place products are an easy way to take some time for yourself during these stressful times. The Wrapped in Your Arms line is great for anytime you need to treat yourself to a bouquet of warmth.

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Wine Party Co. Winter 2021 Review

The Wine Party Co. is a curated subscription that sends the best organic wines to your door every month!

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

The Wine Party Co. hand-picks organic wines from small producers and teaches customers about the every day enjoyment of wine. They want to make wine approachable to all. They offer the monthly wine club, sommelier consultations, wine classes, and curated tasting packs!

The Wine Party Co. subscription currently ships to 38 states, excluding AK, AL, HI, IL, KY, MS, ND, NH, SD, UT, VT, and WA.

 
This review includes one bottle from the Winter 2021 selections; however, you'll receive four bottles each month when you subscribe. The box also includes an experience guide with stories from the winemakers, pairing and serving suggestions, tasting notes, and more.

Subscriptions cost $129 per month for four bottles, or about $7 per glass each month. You can also purchase individual wine packs as a one-time purchase (not a renewing subscription) from $150 to $180.

The Wine Party Co. also offers a Wine Connoisseur Course for $99 where you'll learn how to more confidently choose and enjoy wine through six chapters of video lessons that you can view at your own pace (3.1 hours of content), worksheets, and tasting challenges. They also offer a Conversation With Your Sommelier for $20 where you can spend 30 minutes one-on-one with Founder and Sommellier, Ronda Fraley and ask any questions you have about wine!
 

I received a bottle of Les Hérétiques from winery Pays d'Hérault. It's described as "jammy and bold" and is from the greater Langeudoc region of Southern France. 

I know almost nothing about wine and I rarely drink it, so the experience guide was very helpful. I liked learning more about the wines and the food pairings, and the back of the booklet also included space for you to add your own notes about each selection.

This wine has aromas of cooked blackberries, plums, and cherries complemented by notes of black pepper, chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of Earth. I think that description sounds delicious!

Please forgive my completely inexperienced description, but I think this wine has a tart, crisp blueberry and plum taste up front that melts into a sweeter, warmer note at the end (the chocolate and vanilla). I think it's very good!

Bottom Line: The Wine Party Co.'s Wine Club is a great way to keep your wine collection stocked with high quality organic wines. It's easy to try wines from all over from the comfort of your home, and the company provides several other services to help you learn how to appreciate wine.


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Miami Beach Bum Signature Bum + Body Cream Review and Coupon

If you're searching for a little bit of an escape during these winter months, Miami Beach Bum has vegan skincare that can whisk you away to someplace tropical, at least in your imagination!

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

Miami Beach Bum was created by Ayssa, a marine scientist who created plant-based products after developing folliculitis from wet bathing suits. The first product was the signature Bum + Body Cream.

Miami Beach Bum is a women-owned and operated business that uses quality plant ingredients in their vegan and cruelty-free skincare. They use circular supply chains to minimize environmental impact and all of their products are made in the USA using fair labor practices. They also give back to 501(c)(3) charity Operation Liberation!

I received the Bum + Body Cream in the Lemongrass scent. It's a daily moisturizer with a base of aloe and jojoba combined with oregano to balance skin's microbiome. It provides your skin with a full reset and alleviates skin irritations. It works great for dryness and dullness, folliculitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis pilaris, and more.

I have mild eczema on the back of my hands that worsens in the dry winter months and this thick cream felt so soothing on those trouble spots! The lemongrass scent is very strong and herbal. The cream is also available in Mint and Orange.

A little goes a along way here and the formula is thick but absorbed quickly into my skin. I used it all over after showering and it made my skin feel soft and left it smelling great! Normally I would gravitate towards something warmer smelling (vanilla, cinnamon, etc) for the winter, but the bright lemongrass scent was a nice change of pace and reminded me of warmer weather.

Bottom Line: Miami Beach Bum has a great line of products and their Bum + Body Cream is a great daily moisturizer for all over. I really enjoyed using this and am happy with the results it provided for my eczema.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Valentine's Gift Guide: Ida Body Care

Ida Body Care was created by a mother and daughter team in honor of their mother and grandmother. Their products are cruelty-free and vegan and from an all-woman team.

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

Owners Vicki and Nicole created Ida Body Care in honor of Ida, who did everything from repair airplanes during WWII to traveling the world solo multiple times. They use her own formula of natural ingredients and essential oils to create products for fatigued skin.


The Four Steps treatment is the basis of the Ida Body Care line. Ida created this treatment to help revitalize your skin. While all will work well on their own, combining them provides the best results.

 
The set is available in four ounce and eight ounce options and comes with a Dry Brush, Body Wash, Sugar Scrub, and Body Lotion. The products are scented with Verbena Citrus, which has a zesty lemon and herbal profile. The scent is bright and energizing and smells great in the shower, but the essential oils will dissipate so that you can still wear your favorite fragrance after using the products.
 
 
The Dry Brush is the first step in the routine and it helps tighten and tone your skin. The name is self-explanatory: the brush should never be wet. The bristles gently exfoliate the skin, deep clean the pores, and stimulate capillaries to improve circulation. It's best to shower or bathe after using.

The brush felt a little strange at first since I had never dry brushed before but I've heard great things about the benefits. Exfoliation is especially important during the dry winter months. The brush felt like a mini-massage.

 

The Body Wash comes next. It's a creamy formula made with 13 natural and essential oils, including jojoba oil, argan kernel oil, and sweet almond oil. It lathered up well with my loofah sponge and the verbena citrus scent was so invigorating!

The Body Lotion is actually the last step in the routine, but I included it in the photo with the body wash for aesthetic purposes. This has 18 natural and essential oils, including coconut oil, Shea butter, and sunflower seed oil. The formula is smooth and silky and absorbed quickly into my skin.

The Sugar Scrub is meant to be used third in the routine, after the body wash. It was Ida's secret step to maximize hydration and is made with natural sugar and 12 essential oils, including anti-aging avocado oil, Evening Primrose oil, and apricot kernel oil. Apply it in gentle circular motions and rinse.

I love this scrub! I've used body scrubs with larger exfoliants that were too harsh but this one has a great balance of nourishing oils and sugar crystals. After rinsing, my skin still felt hydrated from all of the essential oils.

Bottom Line: The Ida Body Care Four Step set would make an excellent Valentine's Day gift for your partner or for yourself! All four products made me feel like I had a spa day at home, and I loved the refreshing citrus scent during the doldrums of winter.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Heat Holders Outerwear Review

I live in Western New York and it gets cold! We currently have about a foot of snow on the ground and the wind chill often makes the temperatures dip into the single digits (Fahrenheit). Luckily, Heat Holders makes excellent winter wear to keep me cozy in these harsh months.

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

Heat Holders has a huge range of products, from socks and gloves to loungewear and blankets. I received three pairs of socks, a pair of gloves, and a hat to try.

The company was founded in 1947 in England. They've since expanded to North America and are based out of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The current Heat Holders product was created in 2008.

Heat Holders uses Japanese designed acrylic yarn for high performance insulation with advanced moisture management. The innovative looped cushion pile knitting technology boosts the TOG rating, which stands for Thermal Overall Grade (aka, they're really warm!). They original Heat Holders thermal socks are seven times warmer than cotton socks and almost three times warmer than other thermal socks.

The Woman's Hat comes in four colors: black, purple, navy, and light grey. It has a chunky cable-knit design with soft yarn and a ribbed hem. It has HeatWaver thermal lining with fur-like insulation lining. It is so soft and feels amazing!

The Women's Gloves are a matching design to the hat and available in nine different colors. I absolutely love these gloves. They're thick and keep the snow from soaking through my fingers while brushing the snow off of my car. The insulation is the same softness as the hat and feels amazing.


I have poor circulation and my feet are always cold, so I'm always on the lookout for warm socks. I've tried several brands of thermal and insulated socks, but they either made my feet sweat too much or didn't keep them warm enough. 

These Heat Holders socks are perfect! They're available for men and women and come in a variety of patterns, lengths, and styles. I received a pair of the ULTRA LITE (black), Fairisle LITE (pink), and Women's Original (purple).

I'm obsessed with these socks! All three have soft interior lining, and the ULTRA LITE have a thinner but just as effective thickness for use with heavy winter boots. I wear these socks during the day while at my desk and they really do keep my feet warm for the full eight hours of my shift.

Bottom Line: Anyone looking for a way to stay warm and cozy during winter should check out Heat Holders! They have a great range of products and something for everyone. I want to get one of their blankets next.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

January 2021 Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I got two books in my January Book of the Month box, one was a free add-on because I reached BFF status. 

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

Book of the Month costs $14.99 for a new hardcover title. You can select from one of five selections, and if you don't see a title you like you can skip the month and carry over your book credit to the next month. You can also add on as many titles as you want for $9.99 per book.

If you achieve BFF status you'll get to choose one of the Book of the Year finalists and add it to your January box for free. To get BFF status you have to purchase 12 boxes (doesn't have to be consecutively). You'll also receive a tote bag with your 12th box.

I chose The Survivors by Jane Harper as my January title and added The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which was the Book of the Year winner for 2020.

Here's the synopsis for The Survivors:

Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...

There were several great titles to choose from for my Book of the Year Finalist add on, but I settled on The Vanishing Half because it seemed like the most fitting for the times:

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.


I'm a little behind on my reading and have quite a few titles on my backlog to get through, all from Book of the Month! That's not a problem, though, since I have plenty of time to read during the pandemic.

Bottom Line: Book of the Month is one of my favorite subscriptions and is definitely my favorite book subscription. You just can't beat a brand new title for only $14.99.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

January 2021 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

My second Ipsy Glam Bag was another good one. I got to choose one of my samples and the other four are well-suited to my likes and beauty needs.

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

Ipsy has three subscription levels and this is a review for their lowest-priced service, the Glam Bag, which is $12 per month with free shipping. You'll get five deluxe samples valued at $50+ in a reusable zippered pouch.


The January theme was "Dream It." The pouch this month was translucent with "Dream It" written across it in a repeating pattern. I liked the material; this will be good once we can travel again because if anything breaks or spills it will stay contained.

Here's what I received this month:

  • Item Beauty Air Hug Concealer in Light Warm: This was an early release item that Ipsy subscribers got to try before the general public. I wanted to purchase a full sized version because I liked it so well, only to see that it hadn't been released yet. It's TikTok-er Addison Rae's beauty brand (I don't know who she is -- I'm old). Most importantly, the concealer has a smooth formula and a larger applicator, making it easier to apply over my blemishes.
  • Kosette Salt Scalp Scrub: I chose this item this month because I've been looking for a good salt scrub for my dandruff-prone scalp. I liked that this one has charcoal, gray sea salt, and tea tree oil (which is especially good for fighting dandruff). It has a small tip applicator, which is great for precision, but the hole was too small to dispense enough product so I cut a larger opening in it with scissors to get a better flow when using. I've only used it once so far, but it seems to work well with my scalp.

  • Belle En Argent 8-Free Nail Polish in Bore Someone Else: This is a gorgeous, deep burgundy shade with rich pigment. The brush is a wider tip than most nail polishes and made from vegan bristles.
  • Ciate London Glow to Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker: This blush is a really pretty light pink shimmer shade. The formula is advertised as lasting up to 12 hours. I wish there was a bit more color payoff. Even as I applied more layers to build up the color it still didn't provide as much pigment as I prefer.
  • Firma Beauty 201 Flat Oval Blending Brush: I forgot to take a picture of this because it wasn't inside of the actual bag when I unpacked everything, but was instead packaged inside of the bubble container on its own. It's a flat oval brush with synthetic bristles and is good for cream and powder products. I use it for blending eyeshadow and it works well.

Bottom Line: I enjoyed this Glam Bag and am looking forward to continuing my subscription. I think it's a great value at $12 and so far I've gotten great samples that fit my beauty needs.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Winter 2020 Walmart Beauty Box

The Walmart Beauty Box is one of the most affordable beauty boxes, if not the most. Their winter box had an assortment of different cold weather products.

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

The Walmart Beauty Box is advertised as free, but technically it will cost you $5 for shipping. It ships quarterly, so you'll get a box each season (once every three months). The boxes contain samples from products you can purchase at Walmart stores and on their website.

I've been receiving this box for a while now and I've noticed an improvement in the types of products and customization. There were 14 possible products (all are listed on the info card that came with the box) and you'll receive six of them based on your beauty profile.

I'm fairly happy with the products I got this month. They do match my beauty preferences and needs and I'll put them all to good use.

  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Setting Spray (full sized): I use setting sprays every time I put on makeup so this will definitely get used. Hard Candy is one of the better drugstore makeup brands in my opinion, so I think this will work pretty well.
  • Bio Oil Dry Skin Gel: I wish this sample was a little bigger because I love Bio Oil products. They work really well for dry skin, and mine is especially dry in the winter. This skin oil felt great on my hands and I'll definitely purchase a full sized version.
  • LOLA Organic Cotton Tampons: These are made with 100 percent organic cotton and have a plastic applicator. Not a glamorous sample, but a practical one.

  • Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment: I'm going to use this the next time hormonal acne strikes. It has 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide to really dry up any pimples.
  • Earth to Skin Hand Sanitizer Gel: Remember when no one could find sanitizer anywhere? I now have so many bottles and samples of all sizes that I don't know what to do with them, but there could be worse things. This one has coconut water and aloe to soothe skin.
  • Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen: This is the Strawberry Lemon flavor. I was skeptical about whether ingested collagen would actually work, but I did some research and found that, over the course of time, it actually can provide visible benefits to skin and your overall body.

Bottom Line: For only $5, the Walmart Beauty Box is a fun box to receive each quarter. You won't receive the fanciest of samples, but I've gotten a lot of products that I will put to good use.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

January 2021 Gramma in a Box Review and Coupon

If you're a fan of fun crafts and sweet treats (who isn't?), Gramma in a Box is the perfect subscription for you! The January box started off the new year with an unexpected theme.

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


Gramma in a Box is a way to treat yourself and/or your loved ones to a box full of monthly treats. There are three cookie and candy crafts with all the ingredients you'll need inside. 

Here are the pricing options:

  • Monthly: $22.50 per month
  • Three Months: $67.50 every three months
  • Six Months: $135 every six months
  • 12 Months: $270 every 12 months

You can also purchase a single box for $25 with no subscription.

Shipping is included in all price options. Boxes ship on the first of the month and cancellations must be submitted by the 25th of the month to avoid the next month's charges.  

All of the ingredients are packaged in sealed plastic. The only things you'll need to supply are household items like a bowl and spoon. There are enough ingredients to make 15 to 20 individual treats.

I assumed that the January box would have a New Year's or winter theme, but instead it was Cupcakes and Donuts! All of the crafts were cute and creative.


The first craft was Donut Pops. I melted the white and orange chocolate discs in the microwave to make peach melted chocolate, spread out about a quarter sized amount on the paper, set the sticks, and then added the cereal bits around the outside. They dried and stuck together in about five minutes.


The second craft, Cupcake Clouds, was my favorite this month! They involved using the rest of the melted chocolate by stirring in mini marshmallows, scooping the mixture into the paper cups, and then adding confetti sprinkles. I love how cute these turned out!



The third craft is always cookies that fit the monthly theme, so this month's were Donut and Cupcake Cookies. The cookies are pre-baked and sealed in airtight plastic so they arrive fresh. It's best to complete your crafts within a week of receiving the box so that the ingredients are at their freshest.

The cookies were cupcake and donut shapes of two sizes, with multiple colored sprinkles and pink, white, and light blue icing. I loved the pastel colors and the different designs I could make on the donuts, especially.

Bottom Line: The crafts in Gramma in a Box are always fun and appropriate for all ages. I love sharing them with my family, and they're always happy to help me eat them up!