Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - January 2017


Beauty, Set, Go


This is a review of the January Play! by Sephora subscription box. It only costs $10 per month including shipping & handling. Each month it includes one perfume sample and five deluxe samples of high end cosmetics that are sold at Sephora. This month the approximate retail value of this box is $50.99. Included were the following samples:
  1. Clinique - Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, made in Belgium, .035 oz., approximate retail value of $8.50
  2. Dermablend - Loose Setting Powder, made in the USA, .18 oz., $4.86 retail value
  3. Tarte - Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Gel Cleanser, made in the USA, .22 oz.. $4.84 retail value
  4. Caudalie - Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer, made in France, .5 fl. oz., $25.38 retail value
  5. Ouai Haircare - Treatment Masque, .5 fl. oz., $6.66 retail value
  6. Pinrose - Wild Child eau de parfum, $0.75 retail value
I prefer lipstick or gloss rather than a combination such as this Clinique sample. It's a bit less glossy than a gloss and glossier than a lipstick. It's a very dark purply burgundy, I don't think it looks great on my fair skin. It's suppose to look good on any skin tone, but I disagree. They say that they have been making this color since 1971 and that they sell one every three minutes. I really have a hard time believing that. My favorite lipstick is from Bite Beauty and my favorite gloss is Buxom from Bare Minerals.

I'm not a big fan of white setting powders, I prefer more of a skin tone setting powder such a Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. This is the first Dermablend product I have tried. It's suppose to keep your makeup smudge free and transfer resistant for up to sixteen hours which doesn't seem possible.

The Tarte Exfoliating Gel Cleanser is quite strange. It has just a bit of fine exfoliating particles. It goes on black and it doesn't lather. It reduces the pink tone of my fair skin for a few seconds. I'm not a fan of the cleanser being in a stick since it's not sanitary. My favorite cleanser is Josie Maran's Cleansing Oil and my favorite exfoliating product is Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate. I prefer two separate products rather one that combines the two products. 

I love products from Caudalie and since they are so expensive I don't purchase them, so I'm always excited to receive samples. This moisturizer sinks in quickly which I appreciate. It also has SPF 20.

I don't tend to take time to use treatment masks for my hair since I use WEN Cleansing Conditioner daily. WEN is so moisturizing that I don't find much need for a mask. It's paraben free, but it still has a long list of ingredients many of which I don't think are healthy, so I'm not a fan of this brand. Why they would put alcohol which is drying in a treatment mask is beyond me. It also doesn't smell that great.

Not a fan of the Wild Child perfume sample, it's smells cheap to me. It's blend of jasmine and gardenia according to their website and on Sephora's website it lists the following: Tiare Flower, Bergamot, Freesia, Gardenia, Jasmine, Frangipani, Vanilla Bean and Amber.

What's your favorite subscription box? This month's box was disappointing. If you received one this month, are you happy with your samples? Check out my Play! by Sephora Pinterest Board to see what I have received in my previous boxes. Also, check out my Subscription Box Pinterest Board to see what other boxes I've subscribed to over the years. Help me out by sharing this blog post with friends by clicking on the Google red box (G+1) at the very top of this page or via Twitter and Facebook by clicking their boxes here: 


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Monday, January 16, 2017

QVC's TSVs for February 2017


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


4th - Clarks Nubuck Triple Strap Wedges, A289237, $62.88 or 4 payments of $15.72, comes in 5 colors

5th - Susan Graver Water Resistant Packable Anorak Jacket with Hood, A291789, $39.90 or 3 payments of $13.30, comes in 3 colors and 2 patterns

6th - Spanx Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings, A291793, $44.98 or 2 payments of $22.49, comes in 5 colors

7th - Scott Living Set of Two Illuminating Gloves with Shepherd's Hook, M53158, $49.80 or 4 payments of $12.45, comes in 3 colors, currently not available for preorder

11th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Cotton Knit Top with Pleated Peplum, A291790, $49.96 or 4 payments of $12.49, comes in 5 colors

13th - Aimee Kestenberg Pebble Leather Crossbody, A291794, $129.96 or 4 payments of $32.49, comes in 2 colors and 3 patterns

15th - Kevin O'Leary Vintage Wine Estates Reserve, 3 Count M53153 A/D M53815 or ship date of 3/27 M53156 A/D M53816 $39.00 or 5 payments of $7.80 or 12 Count M53154 A/D M53817 or ship date of 3/27 M53157 A/D M53818 $129.00 or 5 payments of $25.80, choice of Chardonnay, Merlot, Rosé or Syrah 

22nd - George Forman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Grill with Cover, K45556, $89.96 or 5 payments of $17.99, comes in 5 colors

24th - Quacker Factory DreamJeannes Eyelet & Scallop Pedal Pushers, A291792, $39.96 or 2 payments of $19.98, comes in 5 colors

26th - Energizer 10 Piece Solar Landscape Path Light Set, M53159, $59.94 or 4 payments of $14.98, comes in 6 colors

March

2nd - Ryka Ajustable Mesh Mary Jane Sneakers, A291795, $44.94 or 3 payments of $14.98, comes in 5 colors

Not that exciting so far. I will be looking forward to seeing what Josie Maran has to offer on the 3rd. So which Today's Special Values are tempting you? Please note that these links are for preorder only and may not work on the day the TSV airs or thereafter. Also, easy pay offers may not be available the day it airs. From time to time they change the air date and lower the shipping price, so it's a good idea to check back for changes closer to the air date. Note that the wine doesn't ship to all states and it has to be signed for by someone 21 years of age or older. So be sure you will be available to sign for the wine prior to ordering it. That's the reason I don't order alcohol for delivery, it's too much of a pain to have to be around when it's delivered. If you try it, please let me know if it's tasty. If you haven't heard of O'Leary before, he's on the television show called Shark Tank. Other interesting TSVs that information hasn't been released on yet are:

3rd - Josie Maran
8th - Copper Chef
10th - Beauty We Love
12th - Luminara Flameless Candles
16th - Skechers
17th - Eve Pearl Makeup
18th - Denim & Co
25th - Perricone MD
27th - Isaac Mizrahi 

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Friday, January 6, 2017

15th Sun Basket Delivery Review & Three FREE Meals for You



Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce & Mint Cilantro Rice


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Korean Beef Skewers with Mandarin Cabbage Slaw


Ingredients (pork shown by mistake, ground beef was sent)


New England Overnight Oats


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Spinach Feta Scramble


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This is a review of a weekly food subscription box called Sun Basket. We gave two recipes five out of five stars and two recipes four stars. Calories ranged from 330 to 650 and preparation time ranged from five minutes to an hour. Two recipes are gluten free, one is paleo and two are vegetarian.

Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce & Mint Cilantro Rice

Hubby gave this recipe five out of five stars and I gave it four stars. I really appreciate that they only send us wild caught seafood and not farm raised. The Fish People seafood packages even have numbers on it that can be looked up on their website to tell you who caught the fish! Click here to learn about the salmon they sent us. Their seafood always arrives fresh and tastes delicious. The dill sauce on the salmon made with yogurt, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt was scrumptious. The addition of capers, cilantro, fried shallots and mint to the rice was really tasty. The swiss chard was delicious also. This scrumptious recipe only had 580 calories and it took forty-five minutes to prepare. It was a nice sized portion of food and gluten free.

Korean Beef Skewers with Mandarin Cabbage Slaw

We both gave this recipe four out of five stars. The beef skewers tasted like dumplings without the wrapper, so very tasty. The side salad made with cabbage, lime juice, mandarins and Asian pears topped with sesame dressing was scrumptious. It would make for the perfect summer salad. It only had 650 calories and it's a paleo and gluten free recipe. It took and hour to prepare. It was the perfect healthy sized portion. The pork shown in the photo above was for a different recipe, I made a mistake. They sent us ground beef.

New England Overnight Oats

For the price of one dinner they send two breakfasts, so when I see a breakfast recipe that I fancy I'm sure to order it. I tend to skip breakfast since I'm so bored with the same old thing, so their breakfast recipes are super helpful. I enjoy oatmeal and I really appreciate the overnight oatmeal recipes since they are made in advance. I gave this one five stars and that's not a easy task for a oatmeal recipe! This one was super delightful since it tasted like an oatmeal cookie! I added one packet of Stevia since I like my oatmeal on the sweet side. Stevia doesn't mix well so it's best to add it right away into the liquid and stir well. The next morning I stirred it since the cinnamon rose to top. Then I warmed it in the microwave for one minute, stirred again and sprinkled the almonds on top. This vegetarian meal has 400 calories and it's very filing. It only took five minutes to prepare. I ate the second portion the next day since I couldn't share it with Hubby due to him being out of town.

Spinach Feta Scramble

I gave this recipe four out of five stars. I appreciate that they only send pasture raised organic brown eggs. The addition of oregano was a wonderful. It was a very easy and fast recipe to prepare. It took me twenty-three minutes to prepare, mind you that includes washing the pan and stovetop. This 330 calorie vegetarian recipe was filling and delicious.

It was another delightful week of recipes from Sun Basket and everything arrived in great shape even in this cold weather we have been having. Since they are my favorite meal kit, I highly recommend you give them a try today! Click on my link below to receive three free meals delivered to your doorstep. Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see photos of all the Sun Basket recipes we have made so far.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

47th Home Chef Delivery Review & $30 Off for You



Shrimp with Tiger Sauce and Charred Zucchini


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Cherry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Honey Butter Braised Carrots & Duchess Potatoes


Christmas Side Trio


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This is a review of a weekly food subscription box called Home Chef. This week we gave one recipe three out of five stars and the other two recipes only two stars. Preparation time ranged from twenty-five minutes to over an hour and calories ranged from 475 to 939.

Shrimp with Tiger Sauce and Charred Zucchini

We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. The jasmine rice was of low quality, some of the green onions were wilted and the zucchini had some freeze damage from shipping and it was very small. The cooking instructions shouldn't have said to cook the shrimp on high, one should never cook them at too high a temperature. We enjoyed the sauce. This one had only 475 calories and preparation time was twenty-five to thirty-five minutes.

Cherry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Honey Butter Braised Carrots & Duchess Potatoes

Hubby gave this recipe two out of three stars and I gave it three stars. The dried cherries were tart instead of sweet and the tenderloin was a bit dry. The mashed potatoes recipes from them are usually scrumptious, but this recipe was very dry and they added egg to it, which is so strange that I wonder if it was a typo. The only yummy thing in the entire dish was the carrots which were cooked in butter, honey and thyme sprigs. This one had 939 calories and it takes from forty to fifty minutes to prepare. I thought I had taken a photo of the ingredients, but I can't find it anywhere. It was a busy time during the holidays!

Christmas Side Trio

We made two of the three sides, since we aren't a fan of bread pudding. We just enjoyed the baguette with butter with one of our dinners instead. It was very tasty. We gave the other two recipes two out of five stars. I thought it would be impossible to come up with a sweet potato recipe that isn't really tasty, but they managed to do just that. They added orange juice to the mashed sweet potatoes and it was so tart. The brown butter pecans were awful, we just picked them off and threw them away. I usually enjoy brussels sprout recipes from them, but this one was so simple with just rosemary, so it wasn't very tasty. It was very disappointing. This one had 899 calories for all three recipes, but we only made two. All three recipes require over an hour preparation time.

It was a very disappointing week of recipes, so I'm going to cancel some upcoming shipments that I was planning to have shipped. I'm going to stick with Sun Basket since they have been the most rewarding lately and lower in calories by far. What's your favorite subscription box service?

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Walmart Beauty Subscription Box Review - December 2016



Treat Yourself This Season with Beauty - Trendsetter


This is a review of the quarterly cosmetics subscription box from Walmart. It only costs $5 including shipping and handling. The retail value for this box is $11.75, compared to other beauty subscription boxes it's not that great of a value, but it may still be worth it for some. I was in need of some more mascara and I find drugstore mascara equal to many expensive brands, so for me it was worth the $5. For the forth quarter of 2016, they sent out the following products for those under 35 years old:
  1. Garnier - Whole Blends Green Apple & Green Tea Shampoo & Conditioner, .34 fl oz each, $0.17 approximate retail value
  2. Covergirl - Lashblast Volume Mascara, full size, $6.15 retail value
  3. Dove - Deep Moisture Body Wash, 1.8 fl oz, $0.59 retail value
  4. Curél - Hyrdra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, 2 fl oz, $1.99 retail value
  5. Dove - Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant Deodorant, .5 oz. $0.84 retail value
  6. Pond's - Rejueveness Anti-wrinkle Cream, 1.75 oz, $2.01 retail value
Mind you there are a couple of variations to this box, but still in the same range of retail value. While I'm not under thirty-five, I chose it because last time I was subscribed I found they sent less of a value for those over thirty-five and less exciting products. That box is called the Classic Box and this one I am reviewing is the Trendsetter Box. I use Dove's antiperspirant deodorant, so I recommend that, though the ingredients aren't the healthiest, it works. I've had a sample of the Dove moisture body wash and it was moisturizing, but yet again the ingredients aren't healthy, so I prefer brands sold at Vitacost. If you need a moisturizer for your face and you can't afford the expensive brands, Ponds is ok, but Olay is much better. I'm not a big fan of drugstore shampoos due to their ingredients, so I can't recommend them, but the samples are handy for travel.

Also, included were coupons for $1 off InStyle Magazine, People and StyleWatch plus $4 off Curél. It's not the most exciting subscription box, but if you're on a tight budget and enjoy drugstore cosmetics, this is a treat for you at only $5. Sometimes one just enjoys receiving a surprise in the mail and at $5 this one is a good choice. What's your favorite subscription box?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

14th Sun Basket Delivery Review & Three FREE Meals for You



Orange Almond Smoothies


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Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Jam & Mashed Potatoes



Ingredients (click on images to enlarge)



Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Lemon, Egg and Cauliflower Rice



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Spicy Mexican Scramble



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This is a review of a weekly food subscription box called Sun Basket. We gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe four stars and two recipes two stars. Three of the four recipes are gluten free and paleo and one recipe is also vegetarian. Calories range from 250 to 720 and preparation time ranges from five to forty minutes. 

Orange Almond Smoothies

I love that Sun Basket offers two breakfasts for the price of one dinner. The competition only offers one. I love smoothies, but sometimes I don't have the time to make five smoothies a week which is offered from Green Blender, so this is a nice substitution. This smoothie tasted like an Orange Julius yet it's much healthier. This recipe uses almonds and almond milk and extremely delicious Cara Cara oranges. If you haven't tasted Cara Cara oranges before you need to run to the nearest grocery store that carries them and buy them. It has a richer, juicier and sweeter taste. It had 250 calories and it only took a few minutes to prepare. It's a paleo, vegetarian and gluten free recipe.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Jam & Mashed Potatoes

My Scottish Mum served me and my English & Swedish father Swedish meatballs on a regular basis during my childhood, so I'm a big fan and had to order this recipe. I'm quite critical, so I was quite delighted that I fell in love with the flavors of this recipe, this one is very impressive. I gave it five out of five stars! Hubby gave it four of five stars, but what does he know he doesn't have any Swedish heritage, so let's discount his evaluation. I agree with him that it should have been ground beef or lamb instead of turkey for more supreme flavor, but turkey is a healthier choice. We were disappointed that we were only given one potato, it was suppose to be a half pound of Yukon Gold potatoes. To make this one more delicious, I suggest more of the spice which is all spice and nutmeg and the addition of some brown sugar would have made it perfection. Also, we would have liked more of the jam, it seemed like too small a portion for two people, but it was of high quality and so tasty. The egg broke during shipping, but that's the first time that has happened. Their packaging is really good, being the busy time of the year for shipping damage is more likely to happen. This recipe had 720 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare.

Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Lemon, Egg and Cauliflower Rice

We both gave this recipe two out of five stars which is a very low rating which we rarely give Sun Basket. In the recipe's photo they show something red, but none of the ingredients included anything red, maybe that was the issue, something flavorful was missing. This one was very bland. We waited until the sixth day to prepare, they recommend cooking within five days of delivery and so the cauliflower was bad and Hubby substituted some jasmine rice. This one has only 580 calories and it takes up to forty minutes to prepare. It's a paleo and gluten free recipe.

Spicy Mexican Scramble

Hubby and I both love really spicy food, but we found this one to be too spicy, so that was quite the surprise. Hubby gave it three out of five stars and I gave it two stars. I made mine into a taco instead of having the tortilla on the side. It's a vegetarian, gluten free and paleo breakfast with only 270 calories. Preparation time was around fifteen minutes.

While this wasn't our favorite week of recipes from Sun Basket, the Swedish Meatballs and the smoothie were so very impressive. We look forward to our next shipment arriving tomorrow. I highly recommend you give this meal kit a try and at 50% off how can you resist! Click on the link below to receive your discount.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Blue Apron 15th Delivery Review


Chicken Khao Soi with Crispy Wonton Noodles


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Blackened Catfish with Veracruz Sauce


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Pork Chops & Freekeh Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Clementine Chutney


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This is a review of our 15th delivery from a weekly food subscription box called Blue Apron. We gave one recipe five out of five stars and two recipes three stars. Calories ranged from 530 to 700 calories and preparation time ranged from thirty-five to fifty-five minutes. 

Chicken Khao Soi with Crispy Wonton Noodles

Hubby gave this recipe five out of five stars and I gave it four stars. It was scrumptious! The fresh noodles and crispy noodles were delicious along with lots of chicken, wonderful spice and kale. I felt there was too much onion though. Hubby said it was easy to make the crispy noodles which was a nice surprise. I tend to really enjoy the Asian recipes from Blue Apron and this one was no exception. This recipe had 700 calories and it took forty eight minutes to prepare. The recipe indicated it would take thirty-five to forty-five minutes to prepare. It was a generous portion of food.

Blackened Catfish with Veracruz Sauce

Hubby and I both love catfish, but we felt the this was of low quality though it was a large portion. Hubby gave this recipe three out of five stars and I gave it two stars since I only ate half of it due to dislike. The Veracruz sauce was tart and we didn't like the combination of potatoes and tomatoes. The raisins and olives were lost in the tartness of the sauce. The spice blend made with smoked paprika, oregano, coriander and cumin gave us heartburn. We appreciated that they gave us rice flour to coat the catfish which is healthier than regular flour. This recipe had 530 calories and it took forty-eight minutes to prepare. The recipe indicated it would take up to fifty-five minutes to prepare.

Pork Chops & Freekeh Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Clementine Chutney

We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. The chutney tasted like marmalade which wasn't a good combination with the pork. We didn't care for the freekeh salad and it made us gassy. The brussels sprouts were of a low quality which was quickly discovered when they began to stink as they were cooked. There wasn't enough apple cider vinegar to flavor the dish well. This dish had 600 calories and it took one hour to prepare. The recipe indicated that it would take up to fifty-five minutes to prepare.

While this week's recipes weren't our favorite, the previous weeks were very good. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway before you go and check out my Pinterest Blue Apron Board to check out all of the Blue Apron recipes we have made so far. What's your favorite food subscription box? Our favorite is Sun Basket.

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