Category: Subscription Boxes

Whole Grains 2 Memebox Review & Unboxing

Next up in my seemingly endless line of food-themed Memeboxes… it’s time for my Whole Grains 2 Memebox review!

Several years ago, Davies Gate released a series of “Seeds and Grains” beauty products. It included items like Whole Wheat Body Lotion, Cardamom Foot Butter, Barley Body Wash, etc. For some reason, this really appealed to me and I remember trying to find it in stock online or at the Bath & Body Works near me, but never having any luck – I think I found out about it too late, and so it was all being phased out. Ever since then, I’ve always kind of kept an eye out for similar-sounding beauty products, to make up for my missing out on that particular collection.

So obviously, when I saw that Memebox had released a Whole Grains box and I’d missed THAT, I was totally bummed. Luckily for me, they announced Whole Grains 2 pretty soon after, and I immediately snapped it up. The box arrived on my doorstep this week, so now it’s time for me to revel in FINALLY getting my hands on some grain glamour!

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Memebox’s official description of Superbox #34 Whole Grains 2:

“Whole grains are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to buff away dead skin cells and encourage surface cell turnover! Whole grains will leave skin feeling silky soft, smooth and glowing. Rich in vitamins A and E, whole grains are full of antioxidants that promote cell respiration and also stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, slowing down the aging process.”

For someone who counts inflammation/sensitivity, dullness caused by inadequate natural exfoliation, and anti-aging as some of her skin concerns, this box sounds like a no-brainer!

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This box has some items that I’m really excited about, and a few that I’m not too hyped to try… but of course, I will end up testing everything eventually, because you never know when a seemingly boring product can actually be a game-changer, right?

You know the drill: if you’re seeing this post from the main page, the rest of the post is beyond the read more!

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September 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + October 2014 Glossybox Spoilers!

Continuing my pattern of slowpoke Glossybox unboxing posts, it’s almost a week into October and here I am about to do my September 2014 Glossybox review! Apparently my mailman only feels like delivering packages in giant batches, I received *five* Memeboxes (that I’d been waiting on for like a month) and my Glossybox all on the same day. Since that’s highly unlikely to be coincidence – their shipping notices were all at least several days apart – it looks like my PO is content to just let people’s packages sit around until they finally feel like delivering things.

Sigh.

I’m on a no-buy right now, but if we still have the same abysmal mailman at the start of next year, I’ll probably have to look into getting a PO box (at a different PO because I’m not rewarding mine for bad service by paying them more $$ to get my mail on time) for my sub boxes and orders that need to ship USPS.

Anyhow, enough complaining, because the September box is pretty nice!

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As you can see, the September box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. This had me interested, because I actually subscribe to and generally enjoy their magazine! If only they’d stop working with Terry Richardson, though… I find him distasteful enough that I likely won’t renew my subscription when it ends unless they’ve dropped him.

Their beauty advice is generally far sounder than their taste in skeezy photographers, though, so I expected that this would be a good box, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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Here’s the first look with the card and tissue paper pulled back so that you can actually see the products. I spy an Essie polish, BVLGARI something, and an OCC Lip Tar! We had a spoiler about Benefit They’re Real Mascara, so that’s obviously what the black box contains, but the other white box is still a mystery at this point…!

I am really glad that they’ve kept the new box style that they premiered last month. I still feel something about the texture and shape just looks crisper and more chic. This special edition box was white and black rather than the classic pastel pink and black – I love that they let the guest curators design their own boxes as well. Really adds to the experience, I think!

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Here’s everything pulled out and lined up. Uh, please ignore the fact that the lip tar appears to be about to fire a laser beam at my (new, significantly less shitty!) camera.

Hit the read more if you’d like to see the blow-by-blow list of each product and my thoughts~

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#30 Tea Cosmetics Memebox Review & Unboxing

A few weeks back, I noted that I had unconsciously purchased a bunch of food/drink-themed Memeboxes… a pattern that also showed up in my most recent haul. Clearly, I am a sucker for foodie cosmetics – whether it’s simply that the product is packaged to look like a cupcake (see this review from one of my favorite bloggers; I was partially hoping it would turn up in this particular Memebox because of the tea connection, lmao) or that the item actually has some type of food or drink in the ingredients… coffee, ale, honey, tea, berries, sugar, whatever! This is my beauty kryptonite, haha.

With all that said, there is probably zero surprise that I was totally pumped when I realized that my Tea Cosmetics Memebox had arrived today!

Here’s the official description of the box:

Teas are natural wonders that have long been touted for their countless health and beauty benefits! This time, Memebox is back with the most powerful beauty benefits of various teas with our Tea Cosmetics Box! We’re bringing you the most natural remedies to address all your skin care concerns!

This Tea Cosmetics Box packs a punch with natural yet potent tea infused cosmetics that work to brighten dark spots, clear pores of impurities and perfect a glowing complexion.

Sure sounds appealing, eh? Let’s find out if the actual box lives up to the hype~

Here’s the classic first look photo – at first glance, this seems like a normal-to-low amount of products for a Memebox, yeah? Looks can be deceiving…!

Blah blah, click the read more if you’re on the main page, blah blah etc.

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August 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + Future Spoilers

Yes. Really. I don’t know what happened, but I only now received my August 2014 GLOSSYBOX this weekend – September 5th, to be precise. It was postmarked August 5th, so I have absolutely no clue why or how a package going from Kentucky to Ohio managed to take longer to get to me than most of my Korean orders!

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I seem to be the only one who got their box so staggeringly late, so I’m assuming it has something to do with my local post office – UPS has the local mail man deliver some, but not all, of their parcels, and our the mailman that our neighborhood got a few months back is notoriously bad. He’s been caught several times leaving the ‘sorry we missed you’ message in people’s mailboxes when they were standing in their yard and said hello to him, people have been finding both incoming and outgoing mail just… abandoned in piles in people’s yards (including an outgoing mortgage payment) or on the sidewalk, packages are being marked as delivered full weeks before he actually bothers to truly deliver anything – unfortunately, it seems like if an entire neighborhood constantly filing complaints for three months about him hasn’t given any results, I’m assuming that we’re stuck with him no matter how badly he does his job. I’ve always heard that it’s next to impossible to get even the worst postal worker fired, and given how serious some of his offenses are – particularly the leaving outgoing bills on the sidewalk in piles with other mail and flat-out lying about deliveries – this situation seems to be proving that statement.

If this keeps up, I’ll have to get a PO box or something because I’m losing faith in my postman’s ability to actually guarantee delivery of my parcels. But honestly, I’d probably take it out with the UPS store or something. I’d rather give them money than essentially reward my PO for being so bad by giving them even more money just to receive my mail properly.

Sigh. Okay, okay, rant over – it’s just that this is the second parcel in a week’s time that I was expecting almost a month earlier, and the PO has been absolutely zero help. Our neighborhood has a Facebook group and we’ve been documenting all this nonsense, but it seems like the PO simply doesn’t find it important enough to hire someone who actually does his damned job and doesn’t put the community at risk for theft via leaving all their mail and important documents all over the street. Seriously, how the fuck is that considered good enough to keep a job?!

I just wanted to clarify that this fault does not lie with GLOSSYBOX. They fulfilled their part and mailed it out over a month ago, so I don’t hold them accountable for my local PO’s insistence on employing this irresponsible, dishonest, and lazy idiot masquerading as a mailman.

So anyhow, not like anyone will really care since this unboxing is about a month later than everyone else’s, but here we go – my August 2014 Glossybox review and unboxing!

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Memebox Luckybox #9 Review & Unboxing

It’s tiiiiiiiiiime! After some people posted their recent Memeboxes on a certain enabling subreddit, I went a little crazy and bought multiple boxes – as I detail in this post, it’s really hard to resist the siren call of Memeboxes once you get started, even before you receive your first box!

Speaking of which, that is a thing that happened today. My first Memebox arrived!

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This is Luckybox #9 – from their description: Luckybox has always offered only the must-have items for both the loyal fans of Memebox and also those new to Memebox! For Luckybox #9 we’ve included the best items from previous Luckyboxes and Memeboxes!

So basically, the Luckybox series is a “best of” past boxes kind of deal. IIRC, this is the only unthemed box that I purchased, so I really had no idea what to expect!

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So here’s our first look. Gotta love detailed information cards, particularly when all the packaging is in a language I don’t speak at all!

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Here we have all the products laid out – so that’s four full-sized products, four samples, and a sheet mask. For $23 plus $6.99 shipping, that’s not bad at ALL. I’m also happy to see that it’s all skincare, too – makeup is fun and all, but I only need so many mascaras at any given time, you know? I go through skincare products much faster than makeup, and I’m still looking for my personal holy grail products in almost every category.

Anyhow, let’s get down to it and check out the info cards + each product individually!

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August 2014 Bulu Box Review

Last month, I posted about the Amazon Local deal for Bulu Box that I’d picked up. You can read about the specifics here.

Well, my first Bulu Box arrived a couple days ago, and as promised I’m going to review it!

August 2014 Bulu Box First Look

The boxes are rather small, which makes sense as they are sample-only boxes. Here’s the first look at the August 2014 Bulu Box, which was apparently “curated” by celebrity trainer Larysa Didio. I’d never heard of her before, myself, but it seems that she is the creator of “Strogation” – a combination of stretching, yoga, and meditation that really just makes me hungry for Stroganoff. Oops.

August Bulu Unboxed

Here’s everything unboxed and laid out. As you can see, it’s samples and some information cards/promo codes. Yes, I know the photos look worse than usual, somehow my upgrading my Kindle HD to the HDX has resulted in WORSE photos. I need to figure out if there’s a way to mess with the photography settings, because this is just bad.

August Bulu Box Info Card

The information card! Yes, I know you can’t read it because of the chronic blur that seems to be present in all HDX photos. Don’t worry, I’ll be showing pics & describing each individual product, I just wanted you guys to see that they do provide this information for you, with photos, pricing/sizes, and a summary of each product.

Click the read more to see everything!

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Glossybox July 2014 Review & Unboxing

Well, this is interesting! It appears that the Glossybox July 2014 Spoilers that members received via email weren’t entirely accurate. I assume that something came up RE: distribution and that’s why we didn’t receive products from Nailgirls London or The Aloe Source. While I was really interested in the nail polish, I have to say that I’m honestly not upset about this development: I absolutely love all the products that I ended up receiving!

July 2014 Glossybox

First of all, apologies for the washed-out look of all the images. It’s overcast and my Kindle Fire’s camera really doesn’t do well with anything but the natural light of a sunny day! I tried to balance the colors so that they look closer to how they are IRL, but you can tell that everything still looks a tad ghostly. Sorry!

As always, the Glossybox comes in cute pink boxes with tissue-and-confetti packaging, topped up with a pretty ribbon. Part of the appeal of these boxes is the care they put into their packaging, it always feels like you’re opening a beautiful gift!

Unboxed July 2014 GLOSSYBOX

As you can see, this month it was a makeup-free box. I think that’s a refreshing change, since to be honest – I can only use so many eyeliners at a time, you know! I personally find that when the boxes feature more skincare, body care, and hair care items, I tend to be happier overall. I like playing with makeup and all, but skincare stuff is my first love when it comes to beauty.

Want a closer look at the products in this month’s box? Click the read more to see my full Glossybox July 2014 review & unboxing!

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