Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ollie Belle Cover Dot Acne Care and Maskne Duo Review

We all are familiar with the term "maskne" by now: those annoying breakouts that have popped up due to wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ollie Belle has created their Maskne Duo to help battle these breakouts!

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

Ollie Belle makes Cover Dot Acne Patches, which are medical-grade hydrocolloid patches that fight blemishes. Hydrocolloid was originally made to bandage wounds and help draw out pus. Gross to read, but that's exactly what pimples are, right? So these patches create a moist environment above the pimple and draw out the impurities. They work best on whiteheads.

The patches are vegan, drug-free, and cruelty-free. Ollie Belle's acne dots are the first made in the U.S. and to be FDA-registered. They're so easy to use: just peel, stick onto the pimple, and then leave it for at least six hours. I like to wear these overnight, but they're clear so you can also wear them during the day without attracting much attention.

The Maskne Duo contains a Phyto Anti-Acne Mask and 12 Cover Dot Acne Care patches.

The Phyto Anti-Acne Mask is reusable and made with moisture-absorbing fabric to keep your skin's surface sweat-free. It has a lightweight, breathable material that doesn't stick to your face when you breathe in, which I've found happens with some other fabric masks I've used.

The mask contains phytoncide, an organic natural plant compound with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help revitalize skin's texture and soothe inflammation. The mask is also made with microcapsules of phytoncide, which helps contain the effects of the compound after you wash the mask. The mask also has UV protection! The default color is navy, but you can choose either black or light blue when you checkout to change colors.

You can also purchase the Phyto Anti-Acne Mask on its own if you don't want to buy the Maskne Duo.

The Cover Dot Acne Care patches are also available for purchase on their own in 17-, 24-, 72-, and 120-count boxes.

I used the patches on a recent blemish I had on my face and they work wonderfully. I left it on overnight and it drew out the pus from the pimple. By the next morning, all I had to do was remove the patch and it took away the gross parts right with it. These really do work!

Bottom Line: The Ollie Belle Cover Dot Acne Care patches and Maskne Duo are a great way to battle blemishes. They're affordable and effective: can't really beat that!

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Simplicity Teas Review and Coupon

Simplicity Teas sends artisan loose leaf teas that are hand-curated by experts to your door every month! 

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

The teas you'll receive from Simplicity Teas all have a specific purpose, whether it be aiding in digestion, providing a midday pick-me-up, or helping you fall asleep. The teas are both 100 percent organic and vegan and come with a reusable loose leaf tea infuser.

Here are their pricing options:

  • Mini Two Teas of the Month: $9 per month for two teas/15 cups per month and a reusable infuser in your first box
  • Teas Lover Tea of the Month Club: $20 to $115 per month for four full-sized teas/30-40 cups and a combination of vials and bags with a reusable infuser and deluxe box packaging. Free shipping.
    • Monthly: $20 per month
    • Three Months: $58 every three months
    • Six Months: $115 every six months

You can get a 100 percent decaf option only with the Mini Two Teas of the Month subscription plan. 

The Teas Lover option has free shipping to the U.S. and an extra charge for international shipping, depending on where you live.

This review is of the Teas Lover deluxe box. The box contained two bags of tea and two vials with a reusable infuser and info card.

The info card includes a welcome letter and instructions on how best to use the teas. Each tea has ingredients and steeping instructions specific to that blend, but the card has basic tips such as not using too much tea (leads to sub-optimal infusion) and steeping tea twice to get more minerals.

The two bags of tea were Berry Beautiful and Love Potion. The Berry Beautiful blend has hibiscus, rosehip, apple, strawberry, and raspberry leaves and is caffeine-free. It is a healthy diuretic and has a high mix of minerals for skin health. The Love Potion blend has apple, papaya, strawberries, cocoa beans, rosehip, hibiscus, and cornflower petals with minimal caffeine. It has folic acid, manganese, and potassium.

The two vials contained Decaf Lady Lavender and Almond Oolong. Decaf Lady Lavender contains decaf black tea, bergamot, vanilla, lavender, and orange peels is great for relaxing after a long day. Almond Oolong is exactly what it sounds like: oolong tea (pronounced "woo-long") and almond flavor and it is caffeinated. This one is good for a midday pick up and aids in digestion.

The reusable infuser is so cute! It's a strawberry shape and the leaf hangs over the side of the cup. 

Bottom Line: The teas from Simplicity Teas are great quality. I love the high quality blends, especially the Decaf Lady Lavender (it smells so good!). This is a great tea subscription for anyone looking to treat themselves to a nice cuppa!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Colourpop x Animal Crossing Review

I knew when Colourpop announced they were doing an Animal Crossing collection that they'd sell out quickly, and they did! Luckily I was able to snag the items that I really wanted.

*Disclaimer: These products were purchased by See, Shop, Love!

If you're not familiar, Animal Crossing is a video game from Nintendo where you create your own island and cute animal villagers move in. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the newest edition, which has been out for a little over a year. It's been really popular because it came out during the height of the COVID pandemic, making it a great escape, literally and metaphorically.

I bought all four eyeshadow palettes and a Lip Tint Mini Kit. The first time they were released I was only able to get two palettes, but the products were stocked at Ulta at a later date and I grabbed the other items I wanted then. There is still some stock available on the Colourpop website.

The palette I wanted the most, What a Hoot, ended up being the least popular, as it was still available once I finally made it through the queue on the Colourpop website. Nook, Inc.was also still there, so I grabbed it as well.

What a Hoot has neutral shades, which are my favorites, and Nook, Inc. has green/blue shades. 

Photos of swatches for all of the palettes are further down in the post.

I love all of the colors in What a Hoot! I was surprised it wasn't more popular, but I guess neutral tones are pretty common. That being said, the two glitters (Meteor Shower and All Aflutter) are really glittery, and the mattes (Celestial and WHO!) are good base shades.

I bought Nook, Inc. just because it was still there but I really ended up liking the colors. Yes...Yes! and CEO are glitter shades, Made in the Shade is a less dense shimmer, and Water Landing is a darker matte.

I picked up the other two palettes, 5 Star Island and Labelle of the Ball from Ulta. They were the same price, but the release on their website was way less hectic than the first one on Colourpop.

5 Star Island has a shimmery light yellow called Isabelle, a matte pink called Island Tune, and two pink/magenta glitters called Island Designer and Resident Rep. This one was a little disappointing, as Isabelle and Island Tune weren't as pigmented as I was hoping.

I also really love Labelle of the Ball. Able Sisters and Custom Design are dense shimmers and Tailors Ticket is a less intense light purple shimmer. Serene Sable is a matte purple.

There were three Lip Tint Mini Kits to choose from and I picked up Fruit Roots, which has the shades Orange Cutie and Peach Surprise. All of the tints smell like fruits! They have a decent color payoff, a kind of mix between a balm and a gloss.

Colourpop always has good quality products and their collabs are so fun! The Animal Crossing one did not disappoint and I'm glad I was able to buy the items that I wanted. You really can't beat Colourpop's prices and quality.

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Bottom Line: I highly recommend any of Colourpop's products, as there has never been one I didn't enjoy!

Friday, April 2, 2021

March 2021 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Even though I love the Ipsy Glam Bag, I decided to make the March bag my last for a little while. I recently signed up for a fitness program that is taking up most of my play budget, so I decided to give this subscription a rest for the time being.

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

Ipsy is pretty popular, but in case you don't know about it, they send a monthly package of deluxe beauty samples tailored to your interests and needs. You can also choose one sample a month to be guaranteed in your shipment.

This is a review of the basic Glam Bag for $12 per month. They also offer the Glam Bag Plus for $25 with five full-sized products and a quarterly Glam Bag X for 7-8 full-sized products for $55 every three months. Shipping is free with all bag options.

The March bag was themed "Stronger Together" and the bag reflects women of different ethnic backgrounds. The bag is a sturdy polyester material and zips shut. This is perfect for travel.

Here's what was in my bag:

  • Lottie London Slay All day Liquid Lipstick in So Good: I love matte liquid lipsticks and the color here is perfect. It's a pinkish-brown with a velvet formula that keeps lips feeling soft.
  • Hanalei Company Aloe E Face Cleanser: This cleanser has a soothing, cooling formula with aloe to calm stressed out skin. 
  • benefit They're Real Magnet Mascara: This was my choice item for the month. I love the They're Real mascara; the formula draws lashes up and out and helps my straight, short lashes look more voluminous and curled.

  • Shaina B Miami Powder Brush: This brush unfurls into a big, puffy shape that's great for applying finishing powder. The synthetic bristles are very soft.
  • The Creme Shop Fusion Sheet Mask Duo in Blueberry Banana and Peaches N Cream: I love The Creme Shop's masks! The blueberry is good for brightening and clearing, and the peach is for a gentle cleanse and skin-smoothing.

Bottom Line: My March Ipsy Glam Bag had great picks and I'm going to miss receiving this subscription every month. I think they do a great job of curating products to my needs with a good mix of new brands and ones I already love.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

February Spiffy Socks Review and Coupon

Spiffy Socks are made with bamboo fibers for a high quality, comfy sock that is better for you and the environment. The subscription is an affordable way to treat yourself to a fun wardrobe upgrade!

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

Spiffy Socks are created from sustainable bamboo fibers that are odor-fighting, thermo-regulating, hypoallergenic, shock-resistant, and wrinkle-free. They offer size women's (size 5-10) and men's (size 6-12.5) starting at $11 per month for one pair of socks. You can also get three months prepay for $31, six months for $61, or 12 months for $119. Shipping is free to the U.S. for all subscription plans.

You can also buy individual pairs with a one-time purchase from their online shop for $20 per pair.

The designs are random each month (aka you can't choose which pair you receive, unless you want to make a one-time purchase from the shop), but they're always fun. The February pair had black and white smiles with a yellow background and pink border.

These socks are really comfortable. They aren't the thickest socks but they are deceivingly warm. The bamboo fibers really do a great job of keeping my feet warm and dry. I don't have a huge problem with sweating, but when I wear these with boots my feet don't overheat at all.

Bottom Line: Spiffy Socks is always a fun surprise, and I especially like the February pattern! Their bright and fashionable designs are great for all ages and the socks are great quality.

Friday, March 26, 2021

March 2021 Gramma in a Box Review

The March Gramma in a Box had a St. Patrick's Day theme, of course! The cookie and candy craft box is always a fun way to share delicious sweets with my family.

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

Gramma in a Box was created by Terry, who wanted to be able to share sweet treats with her grandchildren who had moved out of state. The subscription allows everyone to send a box to their loved ones, or complete the crafts with them if you live close to each other!

The box usually comes with enough supplies to create 15 to 20 individual treats, but this month's info card announced that, starting in April, subscribers will now receive a dozen cookies in each box!

Gramma in a Box sends all of the ingredients you need to create three projects. The only items you'll need to provide are basics like a bowl and a spoon for mixing. Here are their 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. You can save 10 percent on subscription plans with the auto-debit option.

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 first project was Shamrock Pretzel Pops. To assemble them, I melted the chocolate discs in the microwave and then dipped the "U" shaped end of each pretzel into the chocolate and connected three pretzels to form a shamrock shape. I added a little extra in the center to attach the stick and chocolate candy in the middle. These are so cute and such a creative idea!

The second project, Crispy Pot 'O Gold Cups, involved mixing the remaining melted chocolate with puffed cereal and scooping it into the paper cups. I then added gold and other colored sprinkles for decoration.

The third project is always cookies, and the March cookies were St. Patrick's Day themed. As stated earlier in the post, starting in April boxes will contain even more cookies - a full dozen! The cookies are pre-baked and shrink wrapped in plastic to maintain freshness, but be sure to do your crafts within a week of receiving the box for optimal freshness.

The cookies were shaped like pots of gold, shamrocks, and leprechaun hats with yellow, white, and green icing. There were several sprinkles of different shapes and colors, too.

Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box always has fun and creative cookie and candy crafts. The projects are simple enough for kids of all ages to share with adult loved ones and are a great way to bond and show someone you care!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

FaceSecret Pillowcase Review

One of my weird habits is that I hate having anyone touch my pillow. I'm very protective of it, and I don't like sleeping on other pillows when I travel. I even travel with my own pillowcase to avoid using ones from hotels and Airbnbs! The FaceSecret Pillowcase caught my interest for those reasons.

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

The FaceSecret pillowcase is a slip-over pillowcase that's great for travel. It comes with a sheer travel bag and is easy to fold up and fit in your suitcase. The pillowcase is available in gray cotton, white cotton, pink satin,  and gray satin.

I am reviewing the Gray Cotton standard sized pillowcase. It's made of jersey cotton and has a quarter inch woven elastic and an elastic pull-tie drawstring to keep it snugly fit to most sized pillows. I chose the cotton because I prefer the way it feels, though satin pillowcases are known for helping keep your hair smooth and skin healthy due to its delicate texture. 

Keeping a fresh, clean pillowcase of any material is great for your skin and will also help lessen allergies to dust and other things that can crop up on an old pillowcase.

I know what you may be thinking: Why not just get a regular pillowcase? I had the same thought when I heard about FaceSecret, which is another reason why I wanted to try it. The cotton is comfortable and does feel like any other cotton pillowcase, but what I like about it is the elastic. My pillowcase always slips around while I sleep, and this one stays in place due to the snug fit around the pillow. It makes sleep more comfortable to not have the pillowcase bunching up under my skin.

I also like this for travel and am excited to pack it with me when travel is safe again. It folds up neatly and the drawstring travel bag makes it easily accessible in my luggage, and I'll appreciate having the extra layer of cleanliness for a pillow that isn't mine.

Bottom Line: The FaceSecret pillowcase is an affordable way to treat yourself to a good night's sleep and better skin! I like that it stays in place all night and adds extra protection against dust and allergens.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Bespoke Post "Yellowstone" Review and Coupon

I only get a Bespoke Post box every once in a while when one really piques my interest, and last month I decided to choose their Yellowstone offering.

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Bespoke Post is marketed as a men's lifestyle box but I think their boxes can be enjoyed by anyone. They release a new set of curated boxes each month and you can skip any month (without being charged) if you don't like any of the options.

Bespoke Post costs $45 per month. You'll receive an email at the beginning of the month with the box that Bespoke Post has chosen for you based on your interests, but you change your selection or skip within the next five days.

I chose the Yellowstone box because the national park is high on my list of places I want to visit. I prefer a selection of a few items in a box over one or two more expensive items, so the array included in this box felt like a good value to me.

The Caswell-Massey tonic was available in three scents and I chose "Old Faithful." The other options were "Mammoth" and "Canyon," and currently only "Mammoth" is still available. The tonics were created in partnership with the Yellowstone Forever nonprofit, which helps ensure the park's ecosystem stays thriving. I love the "Old Faithful" scent, it has notes of sagebrush, sweet blue lupine, earthy larkspur, and pine smoke. It starts off smoky and develops into a complex blend that works really well with my skin.

The Brass Bison Figurine is created by Ezra Arthur and is solid brass. I currently have him hanging out on my work-from-home desk.

The Yellowstone Bandana was custom-made by illustrator Nicky Ovitt for Bespoke Post. It has Yellowstone's most memorable highlights on it, including bull elk, bald eagle, Steamboat Geyser, heartleaf arnica, wavy-leaf thistle, and more.

Last up, and the main reason I picked this box, is the photography book Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder by Christopher Cauble. It's a beautiful coffee table book with photos of the iconic landscape and fauna of the national park.

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Bottom Line: I'm very happy with this box from Bespoke Post. Everything included is great quality and something I will use and enjoy.