Influenster is a product review and discussion site that occasionally sends free products for users to try.
The selections are usually themed or from just one brand, but this box was all over the place.
A card was included for more details on the products.
A serum and Target coupon were in the Frosty Box. I’m not really in the market for a serum right now, and found some conflicting info online as to whether this brand is cruelty free, so these are getting swapped.
NYC, owned by Coty, is another company I couldn’t find much info on. I’m not a big lipstick user, and have way too much tea, so these guys are getting swapped as well.
Rimmel is also owned by Coty, who isn’t listed in the cruelty free database. I’m not a huge eyeliner or makeup remover user, so these will be swapped.
I got so excited by the hairbrush, I forgot to take a picture of the Thyme seasoning they included, which is totally random but a keeper since I don’t have any. Ecotools is one of my favorite brands ever. I actually need a new hairbrush – my current one is by them too – and this one is perfect (and an $11 free value!).
Verdict: Hey, free hairbrush!
MunchPak is an international snack subscription box delivered monthly. Subscriptions start at $21, and, for an extra fee, you can choose what types of snacks and ingredients you want included or excluded.
I cannot ever get enough Cadbury. If only they had vending machines here like they do in London… Probably a good thing they don’t! I had the chocolate flavor of the bear biscuits last month and they were super tasty. Even though I’m a huge fan of taro, I haven’t been brave enough to try the candy.
I like how the chips are “unmistakably” onion and cheese flavored. This month’s box also included gummies and a green tea wafer bar.
Nugs! This made me laugh. Nugs are a prominent fixture in my favorite video game franchise, only they’re pink little pig-type creatures, not candy bars! I kept the koalas for myself, but I always pass on the wasabi peas.
A strange fruit candy was included this month, as well as a delicious-looking toffee chocolate bar, coconut wafers, and a Croatian chocolate bar that I sent to my Croatian friend.
Verdict: MunchPak is one of the best. subscription boxes out there. I love finding new favorite snacks; I’m still dreaming about vanilla Italian wafer Balconi bars from a few months ago…
I joined the Handmade Beauty Box team in Bellingham’s Umpqua Bank for the box’s launch party. Guests were treated to drinks and hors d’oeurves, live piano, handmade soaps, a preview of the inaugural box, and a make-your-own bath salt bar. I got to meet the box’s manager and The Soap Queen herself. We learned HBB has over 400 subscribers, and that an upcoming box will feature ingredients for nail polish.
Being surrounded by such kind people who were so excited about natural beauty was a wonderful treat. I’ve just finished making my soap from the first box – post coming soon! – and can’t wait for next month’s box.
Birchbox is a monthly beauty box starting at $10 a month. It features samples of makeup, skincare, and perfume. My friend Kathleen got me a subscription for my birthday and I love it!
Each box is beautifully packaged and contains a card detailing this month’s selections. Major kudos to Birchbox for all cruelty free products this month! This month also came with $10 to spend at the Gap.
Number Four is a French haircare company specializing in luxury vegan products. I was able to smell the shampoo without even opening it – it smelled very Parisian!
I’m not in love with my current hairspray, so I’m happy to replace it with this Rusk spray instead. Birchbox gives you an option of choosing one sample a month. Mine was the Manna Kadar lip stain, which turned out to be even prettier in person.
It even has a jewel on the lid!
I’m still not entirely sure what this serum is, but apparently there are a million different ways of using it, so I look forward to playing around with it. And hello holiday parties… meet this gorgeous sparkly eyeliner!
Verdict: Cruelty free is what really does it for me, and I’m especially impressed that a box that doesn’t bill itself as such would go out of its way to pick all cruelty free products. And they’re great products; I’ll use all of them!
Referral: Use my link to sign up for Birchbox and I’ll receive a $5 credit towards full-size products.
It’s here! The first-ever edition of the Handmade Beauty Box.
When my mom, a soapmaker from NC, visited Seattle, we made a stop in Bellingham to visit the Brambleberry soap supply store. We accidentally went to their headquarters instead of the store and met Anne-Marie Faiola, the Soap Queen. She was incredibly kind and gracious, and, in addition to giving us directions to the actual store, told us she’d soon be offering a subscription box.
I ended up buying a full year subscription on Kickstarter. Handmade Beauty Box starts at $31.50 per month. Each box contains supplies for a DIY beauty project. I was thrilled with the first box!
Its project is a “Sunny Herbal Garden Loofah Soap,” and it contains nearly all the ingredients you need, from the molds to the soap base and loofah, even beautiful labels!
It comes with easy to use instructions too.
The scent smells just like walking into an herb garden drenched in sunshine. It’s fresh and gender-neutral.
I can’t wait to get started making soap. I’ll also be attending the Handmade Beauty Box launch party next Tuesday (we get to learn how to make our own salt scrub!) and will be sure to post plenty of pictures from the event.
Verdict: A promising start to a highly-anticipated new subscription box. Now I know what I’ll be making my friends for Christmas…!
Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box starting at $10 a month. You can customize your profile and get to choose one sample per month; the rest are skin or hair care, makeup, or perfume surprises.
My soul sister Kathleen got me a Birchbox subscription for my birthday. My first box arrived just a few days after; I was giddy to open it.
Kathleen got me the Trendy intro box (aw yeah); the other two options are Classic and Customer Favorites.
A card is included with details on each sample, including if they’re cruelty and paraben free – I was surprised and impressed by how many were!
This perfume smells delicious, like juicy candy. And the eyeliner is a dark green with gold flecks: perfect for my hazel eyes. The lip and cheek stain wasn’t kidding – it stuck around all day and was a sweet, pretty pink.
Here they are swatched.
I can never have too many cleansers, especially the exfoliating kind. With winter in Seattle approaching I need all the brightening up I can get! The only item I’m not able to use is the shaving cream. I’m a loyalist to my Schick Intuition razor. It seems quite luxurious though, and I’m hoping to find a good home for it!
Verdict: The intro box promises good things to come, especially cruelty free ones! I can’t wait for my next box (and to try out that eyeliner).
Referral: Sign up for Birchbox using my link and I’ll receive points to use in their store.