Pop Sugar Must Have July 2015 Subscription Box Review

As soon as you thought I was gone for good…nope, nope, nope! I’m back! I plan to stick around this time too, now that I’ve got my life all in order (sorta). My game plan is to post three times a week, but we will see how that goes (please hold me to it!).

2015-07-27 11.20.41Keeping up with my train of Pop Sugar posts, here’s this month’s box and what was inside! This month was all about beach days, easy travel, summer heat, fourth of July, and stripes.2015-07-27 11.20.31

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit- $282015-07-27 11.21.26

I love this little bag so much. I’ve always loved the color combination of blue and brown, and this little bag is really cute, and expandable. If you know anything about me, you know I’m overly organized and compartmentalize my purses…always having a little makeup bag inside to store all of my randomness. This one is now in my bucket bag, and couldn’t be more perfect! *This item also came with a code for 20% off on their website.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50- $282015-07-27 11.21.59

For some reason, this stuff smells minty to me, but I really think it’s just me. That’s definitely not a bad thing though! I used this for the first time yesterday, and actually think it works really well! It’s a great makeup setting spray, and it has awesome UV protection. It even mentions on the box to reapply every 2 hours when out in direct sunlight to maximize protection. It leaves a matte finish and says it’s helps eliminate oil and shine, and I will give them a 10 out of 10 for that one…because lately, I’ve been using my little oil blotting sheets like no one’s business…and this stuff really did eliminate all the excess shine I get, saving me a few of those sheets.

Sorial Card Case- $282015-07-27 11.22.21

I’ve always found these little card cases to be so cute, but I never use them, partially because I have about 15 cards (most of them being rewards cards) in my wallet. I never just carry 3 or 4 cards on me, and have never found a reason to use the little ones like this on top of my regular wallet. Maybe I can use it in the future for business cards, but for now, it will probably hang out in my closet with all of my other less loved wallets. *This item also came with a code for $25 dollars towards your next purchase on their website.

PopDental Portable Toothbrush- $19.992015-07-27 11.22.36

This was actually a bit different than things I expect to see in Pop Sugar Must Have boxes. I like that I now have a toothbrush I can dedicate to travel (although I don’t travel that much), rather than scrambling to find a toothbrush travel carrier for the one I’m currently using at the time. This one also comes with a replacement head.

Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes- $5.992015-07-27 11.22.49

This is one of those items that I would never buy in the store when I see it, because I want to try it out first, so I’m glad I got this in this month’s box. I typically use Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes, but I was excited to see these, because I’ve seen them in Target before, but didn’t want to spend the $6 dollars to try them out, in the off chance that they clashed with my skin. I like the smell of them, and they seem to be doing well with my skin, but I really need to give it a week or two to make sure. Either way, I liked seeing these in this month’s box.

The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar, Chocolate Berry!- $1.992015-07-27 11.24.13

I’ve had chocolate chick peas from this brand before and liked them as a snack, so I’m excited to try this out. One of my co-workers gets this box too, and told me she already ate hers and that it was delicious, so I’m gonna save this for when I need a really yummy snack (which will probably be when I’m hangry)!

Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards- $14.97+2015-07-27 11.23.59

This was this month’s special extra in the box, and I really love them.   I’m not sure if everyone who received this box got the same 3 cards, or if it was a variety, but I received one for a birthday, one with a pineapple on it which was blank inside, and another more generic card. They all require extra postage if you mail them, because they are the more fancy card options, but I’ll probably just give them out to people I’d see in person. I actually really like the pineapple one, so I might just frame it and hang it on my wall in the kitchen.

Overall Thoughts of the July Box:

There was no wow factor in this box, but that’s a-ok for me. I really loved the Henri Bendel dopp kit, and it fits perfectly in all of my purses, so I know I’ll be using it for quite some time. I also really like the Supergoop! setting mist, and I think it will be a good substitute for my current Urban Decay version. With the exception of the card case, everything in this box will get used for me. And now with fall around the corner, I can’t wait to see what August has in store!

Value of the Box: $126.94 (not including the coupon/discount codes included with some items)

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Bows and Arrows,


Pop Sugar Must Have May 2015 Subscription Box Review

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a bit crazy that it’s already May. I feel like it wasn’t too long ago that we were longing for spring, and now we’re almost half way through it! Without hesitation, here’s what I got in my Pop Sugar Box this month.

Sisters of Los Angeles Surf Sand Love Beach Towel- $402015-05-18 07.50.43

While most people might not be terribly excited about a towel, I am! Surprisingly, being from the beach, it’s a shame to say, I don’t actually have a beach towel! I don’t know how I’ve managed, but I realized that was the case when I saw this one. So now I have the perfect thing to take with me to the pool during all these hot days we’re having. I’m not a fan of yellow, but I actually like this one, and having it means I don’t have to go buy myself a towel for the summer.

Middle Kingdom Mini Plum Vase in Coral Red- $20 2015-05-18 07.48.31 2015-05-18 07.48.52

I actually really love this. I’m really into flower vases lately, and this one will go perfectly on my little café table!

Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace- $322015-05-18 07.47.01 2015-05-18 07.47.41

This necklace was packaged so beautifully. It came in a jewelry box with it’s brand on the front, and packaged on a cute card that resembled a post card. I don’t wear silver necklaces often, but I’m definitely not opposed to them. I think it was a good thing for them to add this silver piece into the box, since so many people do prefer silver to gold (I’m not one of those people). Unfortunately, my necklace had a small knot in the top of the chain…it’s not the end of the world, but I know it’s there, so I won’t wear it until I get it out. And right now, I’m too lazy to get it out, so it might be a while before I put this to use.

Sage & Row Bare Shave Cream- $17 2015-05-18 07.49.26

I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I’m excited to try something different when it comes to shaving creams. I usually stick with the typical drug store brands for shaving cream, mostly because I never think to look for anything else when it comes to shaving. This one smells like aloe and lavender and reminds me of a beachy scent. I haven’t tested it out yet, but I hope it’s awesome, since it is so expensive for a small 3.5oz tube!

Batiste Dry Shampoo- $4

I already love Batiste dry shampoo and I have the original scent in my bathroom right now. I haven’t tried this cherry flavor before, but when I used it the other day when I first got this box, I really liked the way it smelled. This will definitely come in handy for me when I travel

Hammond’s Candies McCraw’s Flat Taffy- $1 2015-05-18 07.51.05

I haven’t tried this taffy before, but I’ve always heard great things about Hammonds candy. I also love saltwater taffy, as referenced in this post. According to the back of this package, I received the “rainbow” flavor. Not sure what that’s supposed to taste like, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Overall Thoughts on the May Box:2015-05-18 07.52.03

I like this box. I’m not in love with it, and nothing in it really wow-ed me, but I’ll definitely put the majority of it to use. I do feel as if they needed to add a discount card or some sort of promotion to one of the brands to really make the box feel complete.

Value of the Box: $114.002015-05-18 07.48.02

In terms of their inspiration for this month, I think they really touched on each of the topics they listed, however, I can see people getting slightly upset that it mentions Mother’s Day if they received their box after Mother’s Day (I received mine the Thursday after Mother’s Day). I’m definitely still excited to see what June has in store, even though they already have a spoiler out for Quay sunglasses.  I’m hoping to see some sea salt spray for my hair, and more food!

Bows and Arrows,


Pop Sugar Must Have April 2015 Subscription Box Review

2015-04-12 02.12.17Happy Monday! I’ll just start off by saying, I’m not sure if Pop Sugar really stepped up their shipping game, or if the place I just moved to causes my box to get here a lot faster than it usually does. Either way, I’m not complaining! I came home after a Target run, to my box on my new doorstep, and was so excited, because it’s still not even halfway through the month yet! Usually my box doesn’t get to me until around the 20th.

2015-04-12 02.16.51This month the inspiration behind the box was spring showers, farmers market, outdoor fun, fresh produce, and simplicity. Diving right into what was in the box…

2015-04-12 02.16.26 Dabney Lee Dottie Umbrella- $20

I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the quality of this umbrella is very good. I really like that this umbrella auto opens and closes, because I was scarred as a child while trying to close an umbrella, and getting my finger stuck in it. Also, the only umbrella I currently have is the big clear one, which isn’t convenient for throwing in my purse or for travel.

2015-04-12 02.14.06One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum- $39

I’ve never heard of this brand before either (please let me know if I’ve been living under a rock!), and I did have to actually read the outside of the box to know what this was. It’s a serum that you mist on your skin after you shower or bathe, and it’s supposed to seal in moisture. I’m excited to try it out, although I let my boyfriend smell it, and he wasn’t too excited about the scent. I think it smells good though!

2015-04-12 02.20.28Produce Candles Rhubarb Spring Candle- $20

I LOVE the smell of this candle. And I also love the packaging…it’s just so darn cute. The lid on the little mason jar says “fresh” and is a little vent, so even when the lid is closed, you can still slightly smell the candle! When I saw spoilers for this scent, I wasn’t too excited…I mean, who gets excited about rhubarb?! But now that I have it in my hands, it’s my favorite item in the box. Also, it came with a discount code to use to get 35% off of anything on their website! I’ll most likely be using that, because now I want candles all over my house that smell like crops!

2015-04-12 02.17.44Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bag- $12

Most people wouldn’t get terribly excited about a reusable bag, but I actually really love this one. I’ve had a few in the past that are very difficult to fold back up, and eventually gave up on them, but this one is so easy to roll back into it’s stretchy home! I can definitely see myself taking this with me on small grocery trips, or to the farmers market in the near future. This also came with a discount code for 20% off on their site as well.

2015-04-12 02.13.05Potting Shed Creations Garden-in-a-Bag Basil- $10

If only I could have just opened the bag and pulled out fresh basil. I was actually really excited for this when I saw the spoilers, but now I’m just a bit overwhelmed by the instructions. Ok guys, they are not hard instructions at all…I’m just not a green thumb in the slightest (even though I really wish I was). I’ll eventually try this out, but for right now, it’s going to stay in the bag.

2015-04-12 02.19.08Mott50 $25 Gift Card- $25

This gift card is only for women’s apparel and accessories and you do have to pay for shipping on whatever it is that you order. This brand carries clothing and accessories that have 50 UV protection. I went on their website and looked at some of their items, and most things range above $58. I don’t think I’ll end up using this gift card, so if you want my code to use it for yourself, please comment below or send me an email!

Overall Thoughts on the April Box:

My first reaction to this box was just ‘meh’ when I saw the spoilers for it online. But then when I actually got the box and really looked at all the items, I realized they are all things I will actually use. You can always use an extra umbrella, and this one also doubles as a great gift if you don’t want to keep it for yourself. The body serum is something I’m really excited to try, I can never have enough candles (especially in cute reusable containers), and the reusable bag will really come in handy, even if you just keep it in your car for last minute shopping trips. Even if you don’t use the garden-in-a-bag (which I definitely will at some point), it’s a great gift for anyone that loves to cook.

I will say that I can see why some people wouldn’t be overly thrilled with this box though. There wasn’t anything in this month’s box that was a big wow factor item. But sometimes those items are things people don’t want/like, so it’s good to have boxes like these some months.

Value of the Box: $126 (including the Mott50 gift card)

The one thing I think this box was missing was a food item. Even if it was a small bag of dried fruit, or something along those lines, it would have really felt like the box was complete. Without the gift card added in, they just made it over the $100 mark they promise in all of their boxes.

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Bows and Arrows,


Pop Sugar Must Have March 2015 Subscription Box Review

2015-03-19 15.47.09First of all, I would like to apologize for my absence for essentially an entire week. I didn’t intend to take a small hiatus from updating you all on all things Lynda, however, I got pretty sick during my work week, and was sleeping every moment I wasn’t at work. But, I’m [almost] all better now, so I thought I’d go ahead and share what came in the mail this week! 2015-03-19 15.47.24

My Pop Sugar box was delivered sometime on Tuesday, and I found it when I got home after work. This month’s box was inspired by renewal, citrus, spring break, fresh, and traveling. Jumping right into what was in the box, the first thing I saw when I opened my box was this:

Greenmarket Purveying Co. The Archivist Lemon + Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit – $202015-03-19 15.46.38

I’ll just go ahead and say it: I love diffusers, but I never want to pay the price tag to have a pretty one. I received a reed diffuser a while ago in another Pop Sugar box by Barr & Co. and I still use the reeds and bottle, just with a different oil added to it. I’ve loved it since I received it, so I really do love this item. It smells very refreshing, and I’m already trying to think of which room I want to place it in once we move.

Samudra Pink Piña Zip Pouch – $402015-03-19 15.40.51 2015-03-19 15.41.37

This pouch was very hard to photograph, and it actually looks really cool in person because the pineapples are so neon, they look like they are glowing. I’ll definitely be able to put this to use, especially for traveling to carry my toiletries, since my boyfriend uses the other pouch I got from yet another previous Pop Sugar box. I’m not sure if I would have paid $40 dollars for this pouch, but it will still get used.

Bliss Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment – $482015-03-19 15.45.25

I am pretty excited to try this stuff out. I’ve never used any Bliss products before, but have been looking into them recently, so it’s great that I can try one of their products out before committing.

Knock Knock What to Pack Pad – $72015-03-19 15.43.32

I am a list maker for sure, and I really think this idea is great, but I don’t think I will actually use this. I’m already so organized, that I don’t think I would need this to prepare for packing. I can definitely see other people getting use out of this though, so I may re-gift it to someone I know that travels frequently.

Wet Brush The Squirt – $4.992015-03-19 15.44.11

I received the original Wet Brush in a (you guessed it) previous Pop Sugar box, and I use it all the time. This will be a great brush to throw in my bag for those days I can’t stop running my fingers through my hair (resulting in many removed hair knots from the back of my head), or also in my travel bag when I do go out of town.

Halfpops Halfpopped Popcorn in Chipotle Barbecue – $1.692015-03-19 15.43.49

Pop Sugar sure does send a lot of popcorn. I’m not complaining though. It’s my boyfriend’s favorite snack, so if I don’t like it, I know he’ll eat it. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but if I love it, I’ll have to hunt it down like I did with the G.H. Cretor’s popcorn.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara and POREfessional – $~82015-03-19 15.44.42

I’m actually excited that they included a sample of Benefit’s newest mascara, so that way I can test it before I decide to purchase a full size. I love trying new mascaras, but because my eyes are so sensitive, I can’t use all brands, so having a sample is definitely beneficial for me.

Overall Thoughts of the March Box: 2015-03-19 15.49.32

I wasn’t overly impressed with this month’s box. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a Pop Sugar box, but this one I just wasn’t over the hills in love with. It felt like a repeat of previous boxes all added in one. If you aren’t a long time subscriber to them, that might not be the case, but I have previously received similar items to everything in the box, so nothing really felt special this month. However, I will probably end up using everything with the exception of the What to Pack pad.

Value of the Box: $129.68

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Thanks for reading,


Pop Sugar Must Have February 2015 Subscription Box Review

2015-02-13 20.21.27I got home from work last night, and look what was waiting for me! My February box, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I know you’re curious, so here’s what I got inside of my box. 2015-02-14 11.24.25

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in True Love – $26

2015-02-14 11.35.43I’ve never tried Tarte’s blushes before, but I’ve heard great reviews. And since I only have 3 other blush options currently, this one will be easily integrated into my makeup routine…and it’s different than my go-to Nars blush.

U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath – $30

2015-02-14 11.31.43I currently don’t have any bubble bath products at my house right now, so this was something exciting to get. I don’t take baths too often, but sometimes they are needed after a stressful day, and this scent is perfect to help you relax.

ACME Party Box Company Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife – $32

2015-02-14 11.36.23I actually don’t have a wooden cutting board yet…or a cheese knife, so this is a great addition to my kitchen. And if I didn’t think I’d be using this (which I definitely will be), it comes in a burlap pouch which would make it easy for gifting.

BaubleBar Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace – $32

2015-02-14 11.29.21 I saw spoilers for this before I received mine and was really hoping for the gold (which I got!) instead of silver. This is hands down my favorite item in the box. It’s so delicate, and is going to become one of my everyday jewelry pieces.

Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm in Lemon Berry – $8

2015-02-14 11.33.40I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the scent smells nice. I’m not really a fan of the containers for lip products that you have to touch to get the product from the container to your lips, but it’s still something I can give a try.

Chuao Chocolatier Ravishing Rocky Road Bar – $6

2015-02-14 11.28.35I must not be up on my brands lately, because I haven’t heard of this chocolate brand either…and it seems like everyone was really excited for this. I am always excited for chocolate though, and can’t wait to eat this later today during my dinner break at work!

Sally Beauty FingerPaints Nail Color in Pink Imagination – $5.502015-02-14 11.28.19

I will say I am happy with the color I received because I don’t have anything very similar to it. This baby pink has some shimmer to it as well, and if I don’t end up using it, it will be a great add-on to someone’s gift in the future.

 Overall Thoughts of the February Box:

I don’t think I’ve ever really been disappointed with any of the boxes I’ve received from Pop Sugar. This one will definitely get some use. The only thing I can see myself not really using is the lip balm, but that’s mainly because I have to use my finger to put it on my lips. Everything else will get use, and were all things I don’t think will just sit somewhere around my house. And I already know that chocolate is going to be gone by the end of the night!

Value of the Box: $139.50

Just a reminder, all opinions are my own, and I do pay to receive this box each month. If you want to get one for yourself, just click here!

Thanks for reading,


Pop Sugar Must Have January 2015 Subscription Box Review

I received this box on Wednesday, so I’m sorry that I’m just getting around to posting it, but I will say, I have already used 4 of the items from the box. Well, technically 3 items, but I’ll explain that down below! 2015-01-16 13.19.07

The first box that I received from Pop Sugar was in February of 2013, and I will say that throughout the past 2 years, they have done some changes, and one of the changes I really like, is the updated cards they include in the boxes detailing what you’re getting. The piece they include each month about “What inspired us for [insert month here]?” is something I really like…I’m sure most people just overlook that and jump right to what’s in the box, but I thought I’d point it out anyways. :p2015-01-14 19.40.11

Moving along!

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Here’s what I received in my box this month.2015-01-14 19.52.16

Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat- $322015-01-14 20.05.05

I will say that I was not overly excited about this item, because I already have a beanie that I wear all the time, so I wasn’t really in need of another one. But I put this one on, and I actually really liked it! Which is why I wore it the day after I got it, because it was surprisingly cute on my small head, even though it’s slouchy and has a pom pom on the end. Hopefully, this holds up over time…last January’s box included some tech gloves from the same brand, and mine started falling apart after maybe 2 weeks of use. :/ (I’m not sure if that was a fluke, or if it happened to a lot of the gloves.)

KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup- $262015-01-14 19.45.50

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When I saw spoilers for this box, this was the item I was most excited about. I love travel mugs. It’s a glass mug with a silicone sleeve on it and a spill proof lid. The box also states that it’s barista standard, which is awesome, especially if you already prefer using your own cup vs. the standard paper cups. (I used to be a barista, so really, what they are trying to say, is that this cup fits underneath espresso machines so espresso can be brewed straight into the cup, as opposed to the usual taller, non-see-through, ceramic or plastic reusuable tumbler options.) This is definitely my favorite item in the box, and one of the items I’ve already put to use.

This item also came with a 15% off coupon code for their website.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream- $282015-01-14 19.39.13

Talk about perfect timing. If you can recall, I love this stuff. I highlighted this brand (including their Ultra Repair Cream) in my September Favorites, and I’m almost out of my current supply of this stuff, so it really just worked out that I received this just before I had to go out and buy more. I really do love this brand, and I’m happy they included it in a box! (This is the 4th product I’ve used since I got the box on Wednesday, it just literally wasn’t from this container. I’ll be saving this one for when my current one actually runs out.)

Manduka eQua Hand Towel- $162015-01-14 19.42.28

This is my least favorite thing in the box, however, I’m sure a lot of people are really excited about it. I’m sure I’ll find a way to put it to use though, because it is bigger than I thought it would be. I may even be able to use it as a hair towel!

ToGoSpa EYES- $12.502015-01-14 19.44.07

I’ve never used anything under my eyes besides cream, so I’m interested to see how these things work for me. They are supposed to reduce puffiness and get rid of unwanted dark circles, and since I am now in my mid-twenties, maybe these things will be a good add-on to my skin routine every now and then. Or maybe my skin will hate them and I’ll never use them again. Either way, I would have never considered trying anything like this if it weren’t for them being in this box.

Skin Jewel Tattoos- $182015-01-14 19.52.42

I think a lot of subscribers weren’t excited about these, but I’m actually really happy I got them! I’ve seen them be on trend since last summer, and was always eager to try them, but I never wanted to pay the price for them, so I always opted out. I do wonder why they were included in January’s box though, because they definitely seem like something that is more on trend during warmer weather. (They were sponsored by the show Empire, so that really might be the only reason why.)

General Mills Nature Valley Protein Granola- $3.682015-01-14 19.44.59

I actually really like snacking on granola, and you can’t go wrong with peanut butter and dark chocolate. I also really like that this one is full of protein, because there are some mornings that my breakfast doesn’t contain enough, and I find myself hungry just an hour after eating. I think it’s nice that Pop Sugar sometimes includes items you can find in your local grocery store. That means you get to try them without buying them in the store, and if you like it, than at least you know where to get more!

Overall Thoughts of the January Box:

Overall, I liked this box. I wasn’t over the top in love with it, but it also didn’t have a big ticket item in it. I’m still swooning over the December box, so it’s probably hard to judge this box fairly. I am definitely looking forward to what February’s box has in store, and am really hoping for some sort of candy! 🙂

Value of Box: $136.18

And just so ya know…I am in no way affiliated with Pop Sugar and was not asked to review this box for any sort of compensation, etc.. This review was posted by me simply because I wanted to. If you wish to subscribe to Pop Sugar as well, click here!

Bows and Arrows,


Pop Sugar Must Have November 2014 Subscription Box Review

Happy Thursday everyone!2014-11-20 00.05.02

My box arrived on Tuesday a little dinged up, but everything inside survived!  Getting right down to business, here’s what was in this month’s must have box.2014-11-18 14.35.05


The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel- $352014-11-19 23.54.05

This is definitely my favorite item in the November box! It’s a book filled with pastry recipes by the maker of the Cronut. I love baking, and this book has some really good recipes, along with some I’ve never even heard of, so I’m excited to try some of them out. I will say, however, that I can definitely see how some people might not be excited to get this in their box…especially if you aren’t a baker, or creative type.

Sorial Saffiano Wallet on a Chain- $49 2014-11-19 23.52.10

I’ll probably use this at some point. Right now, I’m really satisfied with my wallet and other pouches in my tote, but I can see this coming in handy on trips. The chain is long enough to wear it as a crossbody bag, and it’s small enough, yet has enough space for just what you need when you’re out and about exploring new places. Also, the leather is vegan, which I don’t mind. It’s actually pretty good quality, but I’m not a fan of the fabric animal print interior.

K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream- $22 2014-11-18 14.52.44

I think this was a great addition to this month’s box, as a lot of areas around the U.S. finally start to get cold this month, which means dry skin. I’m not overly excited about the scent, but I think it was a safe scent, because I don’t think anyone could really hate this scent. I’ll probably end up gifting this item to someone for Christmas, because I already have a Shea butter hand cream I carry with me everywhere, so I don’t really need this one.

Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery- $15 + $25 gift card for tinyprints.com2014-11-19 23.57.31

I am excited to use the $25 dollar gift card on their website to get myself some stationery. I love having cute note cards and greeting cards on hand. The ones included in the box are simple note cards with envelopes that I’m sure I can use to send out thank you’s, or to write a note just because. I am slightly disappointed that the backs of the cards are branded with both tinyprints and PopSugar.

Wine Glass Writer Pens- $9.952014-11-18 14.54.10

These are cool. It’s a different take on the little charms or suction cup designs that companies sell as wine glass markers. Realistically, I won’t use these for wine glasses. I do see myself using them for writing on glass, or something else I’m sure I’ll think to use them for. Either way, I think they were a cool addition to this month’s box, because I think a lot of people will get use out of them during the holidays.

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn- $3.69 2014-11-18 14.46.22

Food. That’s really all I’ve gotta say about this one! I haven’t even opened the bag yet, but I’m almost positive whatever is inside is going to be quite tasty! It does say it’s a mix of caramel and cheddar cheese…two flavors I don’t think I’ve ever combined. I’m still excited to try them though!

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I feel like this box was missing something. I don’t know why, I just feel like the past few boxes have had more to them. Not necessarily in value, but just more in general. I don’t know…maybe I’m just losing it. I do like this box, but really though, I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a box from them!2014-11-18 14.43.53

However, I will say this. Once it hits November, people are really thinking about the holidays, and 2 of the 6 things in this box were branded with Pop Sugar (which almost never happens). That’s perfectly fine if you love everything and keep it all, but many people around this time, decide to gift the things they don’t like to friends and family. Now obviously, I’m posting this on here, so if I gave something from this box to someone, they would know where it came from. But, if you aren’t someone who tells the world you receive this box, you might have wanted to gift the tinyprints cards or the wine glass writers to someone, and if you do, they will know it wasn’t something you picked out for them (because they are branded). Maybe I’m just going out on a limb, but I don’t think everyone likes gifting things that show they were obviously not purchased for the recipient.

Either way, I did like this box, and I’m excited to see what next month has in store!2014-11-18 21.22.53

Value of Box: $159.64 including the gift card to tinyprints.com

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Bows and arrows,


Julep Maven October 2014 Subscription Box Review

Happy Saturday!  I received my Julep Maven box on Thursday, however, this was the first chance I had to post what I got in my box!2014-10-02 20.20.03

The collection this month was titled “The Black Magic Collection” and a lot of the colors were definitely dark, rich fall colors, or perfect Halloween colors. While they still had their normal options to choose from for boxes (Bombshell, Modern Beauty, Classic with a Twist, Boho Glam, or It Girl), they also had some other options since Halloween is coming up, so I opted to get the box titled “Dark Arts.” The special Halloween themed boxes cost the same amount as the other options.2014-10-02 20.25.09

My box included 3 polishes, a top coat, chevron nail decals, and a small bag of candy corn, which I ate as soon as I opened the box.  There was also a coupon code for a free polish with the purchase of $15 dollars on their site.2014-10-02 20.27.44

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Glam Roc ($14)2014-10-03 09.00.33

This polish has a stardust finish, which is essentially a textured polish. It reminds me of that sand blasted spray paint you can get in craft stores for projects.   It has a matte finish and is a really deep purple with gold undertones. I really like it because the glitter is there, but it’s not screaming “I’m a glitter polish!!!”, and it also is matte and textured. All the things included in one polish!

Estelle ($14)2014-10-04 10.46.16

This polish is midnight black with micro-glitter. It also seems to feel like a stardust finish, although it isn’t labeled as that. The glitter is multi-colored and gives off a lot of shimmer. I really like this one more than I was expecting, because it’s a way to brighten up black.

 Cleopatra ($14)2014-10-04 11.00.55

This polish has a black latex finish, however, there is no latex in the formula. I believe that what they are trying to convey with that term is that the black has a slight matte finish with a bit of shine to it. I think this is the perfect black polish for Halloween!

Oxygen Performance Top Coat ($18)2014-10-04 11.21.37

I’ve seen this in Sephora the last few times I was in there. It’s a breathable top coat, so your nails are staying healthier than they would with other top coat options. I used this as my top coat for my current nail color (which is the Glam Roc polish), and it’s been holding up really well, even though it’s only been 2 days since I’ve had it on my nails. I’m excited to see how this top coat works over time!

I also received some chevron nail decals in this box as well, and I’m excited to try these out. I think the last time I used nail stickers, I was 12…or something like that. But these are cute and I’m hoping they last just as long as my manicure does!2014-10-04 11.22.51


So that’s what came in my box this month.  Not including the price of the candy corn or the chevron nail stickers, my box totaled to $60, and it only cost $19.99.  If you have any questions about this subscription box, feel free to ask in the comments below, or you can check out my previous post detailing the subscription service here.

Have a great weekend!  Bows and Arrows,


Pop Sugar Must Have September 2014 Subscription Box Review

I recently decided to re-subscribe to the Pop Sugar Must Have box that gets delivered monthly with various lifestyle items inside. I dropped my subscription a while ago to save money, but I recently decided to re-subscribe because I kept stalking all of the boxes every month and realized how much I wanted it again (we’ll see how long I keep it this time…I seem to convince myself that I don’t need it quite frequently).2014-09-13 16.14.27

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If you don’t know what this subscription box is, here’s a quick run down. You pay $39.95 a month and you get a box delivered to your door with various products ranging from beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and other lifestyle items that total up to at least $100.00 worth of goods. For more information, here is a link to their website. (They are unfortunately completing site maintenance, so they won’t be up and running again until September 16th.)

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On to what I received in my box this month!2014-09-13 16.18.59

Tilo Scarf2014-09-13 17.04.06

This scarf was their spoiler for this month’s box and it is so much prettier in person than any picture I’ve seen of it. It’s also very soft; I’m currently wearing it around my neck and I don’t want to take it off. It will definitely been incorporated into my fall wardrobe and I’m so excited to pair it with my all black looks that may or may not happen more than once a week.2014-09-13 21.50.45

Value: $125

2014-09-13 16.55.57Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore card set

First of all, I love stationary! I was actually looking for some just three days ago because I’ll be sending some snail mail to my long lost cousin/dearest friend who’s just moved to DC. We are going to be pen pals now, so getting these cute little fashion inspired cards definitely made me happy. Also, I really love Rifle Paper Co. products.

Value: $18

Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds

I love the color of these, however, these were my least favorite item in the box. I just don’t really like in-ear buds. No matter the ear cap size, they just never want to stay inside of my ears. Besides, I own Beats by Dre, so twenty dollar headphones aren’t going to impress me. But I’m sure a lot of people really enjoyed getting these in their boxes.

Value: $20

Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils + Sharpener

I thought I was the only girl in her twenties still using pencils, but apparently not since they sent these cute little things out to everyone that’s subscribed. But really though, I love these! They have ARROWS on them! And if you couldn’t tell by the blog name, one of us really likes arrows (that would be me). I also took a look at the company’s website, and I love everything on there! And everything is affordable too.

Value: $5

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Urban Remedy Almond Brownie + $10 dollars off purchase of $50 or more

I’ve never had anything by this brand before, and I haven’t opened this brownie yet to try but it is 100% raw and gluten free.

Value: $6

Ghirardelli Minis in Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond2014-09-13 23.41.38

I saw these recently in Target and wanted to get some, but I decided to be more responsible and not purchase them on impulse. I tried them a few hours after I opened my box and they are really good. And the little blue packaging is cute too! I’ll probably be popping a few of these in my lunch box this week.

Value: $5.95

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Oribe Superfine Hairspray

I’ve also never tried anything by this brand before, but I’ve heard great things about it. I don’t really use hairspray, mainly because I don’t own any, but I’m sure I can put this to use when I decide to take the time to do something cute with my hair!

Value: $21.50

Nike $20 Gift Card + Measuring Tape

This might sound really cheesy, but I really like that they included the measuring tape. I’ve wanted a fashion measuring tape for a while, I just never went out and bought one. But now I have this one! I’m not sure if this gift card can be used on anything on the Nike site, or if it’s only good for purchase of a bra, but I’ll soon find out!

Value: $20

Total Value of the Box: $221.45 (including the Nike gift card) 

My overall opinions of the September box:

For my first box after re-subscribing, I’m impressed. I know I’ll use everything from this box with the exception of the ear-buds, which are easily giftable. I’m really excited to incorporate the scarf into my wardrobe and I’ve already used one of my cards and eaten some of the chocolate. I’m excited to see what October’s box has in store, because it’s gonna be FALL, officially!!

Bows and Arrows,


Julep Maven September 2014 Subscription Box Review

Man, that title was a mouthful!2014-09-05 20.27.52

I’ve been subscribed to the Julep Maven subscription box for over a year now, however, the past few months, I’ve been skipping my box for various reasons. This month I decided to get the box for two reasons. One: I realized I had enough “jules,” which are essentially points you earn for taking boxes, having a birthday, or having a Julep anniversary (being subscribed for a full year), to get a FREE BOX! Two: I’ve been looking for a darker blue nail polish color, and one of the boxes this month had it! (Disclaimer: Since I’ve been subscribed for a while, I get the option to skip months, however, they recently updated their skip policy for new subscribers, so I’d read over that if you join now!)

If you don’t know what Julep Maven is, I’ll explain. Each month on the 20th, a new collection of nail polish and beauty items are released. You have the option of picking one of their already curated boxes, or customizing your own box. They give you 4 days to decide what you want and lock it in on your account. If you choose month-to-month, your box each month is $24.99. You also have the option of locking in for 3-months, and that will bring your cost to $19.99 a month.  They send you over $40 dollars worth of products each month, so either way, it’s a great deal!

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This month, I went with the Bombshell box, which is also what my style profile says I should get each month (unless I choose to have a different box instead).

What I got this month:

2014-09-05 20.29.44Eliana: soft denim crème ($14)

First of all, I work for a company that is rooted in denim, so when the description of this polish included the word “denim,” I was sold. Second, it’s that dark blue I was mentioning earlier!

Kirby: silver jagged glitter topcoat ($14)

I’m not overly thrilled with glitter topcoats anymore, but this polish will definitely come in handy during all the winter holidays when I’m trying to be festive! And I will admit, it does look kinda cool. It gives me an 80’s vibe when placed on top of Eliana.

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Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Magenta Plum Crème ($20)

Honestly, I wasn’t too excited about this when I saw it was coming in my box, because I’ve had many issues with actual lip color by other brands. Mainly because I feel like most lip colors highlight the fact that I always have chapped lips! When I opened this up, I decided to try it right away, and I was pleasantly surprised. I LOVE this stuff! I want all the colors now!! It’s nourishing (like it says it is), and it is also very pigmented. It isn’t sticky, it smells slightly like vanilla, and it stays on your lips for a long time. Really, there’s nothing negative I can say about this stuff.

They also sent 2 pieces of hard candies, which I haven’t tried yet, but I’m sure they taste just fine.

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Are you subscribed to the Julep Maven Subscription Box? If so, what box did you get this month? Let me know!

Bows and Arrows,