Blog Closure Announcement

I’ll be closing this blog to focus on my Etsy store. I’ve enjoyed sharing my love of subscription boxes with you and hope to see you over at SeasonSoaps!


Handmade Beauty Box: February 2015 Review


Handmade Beauty Box is a monthly DIY beauty subscription box from the owners of Soap Queen and Brambleberry (in Bellingham, WA!). Subscriptions start at around $30. February’s project was a cuticle/lip balm project. Detailed instructions with pictures and tips are always included.

I started by cutting out the labels for the tins. This tends to be the hardest part of any HBB project, which should tell you about their difficulty (which is not at all).

I then labeled the tins and set them up for the balm to be poured into.

I poured all of the [vegan!] included, pre-measured ingredients into a microwave-safe measuring cup – the spout made pouring easy.

After microwaving, they were a nice liquid. I then added the flavor/scent, a berry rose. The instructions said there would be some left over, but as a fan of heavy scents, I used the whole vial.

Then I poured it into the tins.

It didn’t take long for them to solidify, as you can see from the bottom tins.


By the next day, they were a nice solid cuticle and lip balm with a lovely scent.

Verdict: Since its first box, Handmade Beauty Box has been my favorite subscription. The projects are fun and easy, and I love sharing with friends. It even inspired me to start making other products; check out my Etsy shop here!

Julep Maven: April 2015 Review

Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty box from Julep, which happens to be a Seattle company. Subscriptions start at $20 a month.

IMAG1568I joined Julep Maven a few years ago, back when you were allowed to skip any months where you didn’t like the products (new customers have limited skips). I’ve skipped quite a few boxes, but when I saw this month’s bright colors, I upgraded to the whole collection.


Known as the Paradise collection, this month’s colors included (left to right) Jenna, Connie, Drew, Cassidy, Addison, Danica, Danielle, Randi, and April.


I also added on Angie (a holographic shimmer), Brigitte (white, painted underneath bright colors, it causes them to pop), a base coat, and a top coat.


For ordering at least three add-ons, I received a free surprise gift, which turned out to be a lip gloss.


Vivid is a dark red and definitely not my shade. I’ll be swapping it.


The box also included a coupon, inspirational quote, and colorful candy.


Verdict: I’m a huge Julep fan – their products are vegan, 5-free, and some of the proceeds go to women’s empowerment. I also really enjoy visiting their local parlors. Maven is a great deal for polish and beauty product lovers: not only do you get Julep products at much lower prices, you get a discount on everything in Julep’s online store and free shipping. Just be sure you want a monthly commitment, as new subscribers only get the option to skip every three months or so.

Referral: Use my link to sign up for Julep Maven – you’ll get a free box and I’ll get a $15 Julep credit.