Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - May 2017



The Rising Stars


This is a review of a monthly cosmetics subscription box called Play! by Sephora. Each month six samples are sent along with a cosmetic bag for $10 including shipping and handling. The retail value of this box is approximately $42.78. The highlight stick didn't indicate it's size, so I guessed it's 1/4 of the full size. Included in this month's box were the following products:
  1. trèStiQue - Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick, made in the USA, $8.50 approximate retail value 
  2. Nudestix - Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone, made in Germany, 2.5 g, $21.42 retail value
  3. belif - Hungarian Water Essence, made in Korea, .33 fl. oz., $5.47 retail value
  4. Rahua - Omega 9 Hair Mask, made in USA, 2 ml $0.58 retail value
  5. Tocca - Stella Eau de Parfum spray, made in USA, .05 fl. oz., $2.11 retail value
  6. Tatcha - One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, made in Japan, .5 fl. oz., $4.70 retail value
I have tried the Tatcha line before and I enjoyed it. The cleansing oil I save for makeup removal. It's good at getting the makeup off without damaging or irritating the skin. I would only buy it in a set to save money. It too expensive to purchase individually. The hair mask and the highlight stick arrived damaged. The mask leaked in the box and the highlight stick broke at the end. I managed to push it back in, but it will probably fall out again. The reviews on the hair mask are mixed. Many say that it smells awful and for some it either made their hair soft, dry or oily. I applied just a dab of it on my hand and it smells just like Vicks Vapor Rub. Not a scent you would enjoy in a hair mask! It also made my skin itch so I washed it off right away. The Nudestix lip color is the worst product I have ever tried! It's difficult to apply since it's so dry and it's an awful dark brown color. It made my lips unbearably dry so much so that I immediately removed it only to find out that it is difficult to remove. Awful, so awful! There are so many brands of highlighters, do we really need anymore! I prefer a powder highlighter than a stick because I feel it looks more natural and it's easy to blend. The Stella perfume is ok, but not a scent I would purchase. It's described as blood orange, white freesia and sandalwood. The Water Essence has a gel consistency that left a sticky feeling, not a fan.

This was my least favorite Play! by Sephora box. The only product I like is the Tatcha cleanser. If you received one this month, did you like the samples you received? If you haven't subscribed to this box, what's keeping you from doing so?

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Monday, May 22, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94

The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

QVC's TSVs for June 2017


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


1st - Diamonique 100 Facet Diamond Cut Split Hoops, J347909, $39.68 or 2 payments of $19.84, comes in 4 colors

3rd - Fly London Leather Lace-Up Wedges, A294578, $129.80 or 5 payments of $25.96, comes in 5 colors

5th - Belle by Kim Gravel Flexible Crop Jeans, A296708, $49.80 or 4 payments of $12.45, comes in 6 colors

7th - Cooks Essentials Thermo-electric 1.5 Pint Ice Cream Maker, K45927, $89.96 or 5 payments of $17.99, comes in 6 colors

12th - Vionic Orthotic Studded Leather Platform Sandals, A295861, $59.90 or 5 payments of $11.98, comes in 5 colors

14th - Lock & Lock Insulated Cooler Bag & Six Piece Storage Set, K45921, $29.98 or 2 payments of $14.99, comes in 8 colors

15th - Attitudes by Renee Sold & Print Set of Two Dresses, Petite A296362 or Regular A296361, $59.70 or 5 payments of $11.94, comes in 5 patterns

18th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Cotton Modal Knit Top with Button Detail, A295859, $39.96 or 3 payments of $13.32, comes in 6 colors

19th - Kristofer Buckle Five Piece Color Collection, A296442 or A/D A297550, $58.14 or 3 payments of $19.38, comes in 5 shades

22nd - My Saint My Hero Set of Two Gratitude Bracelets, J348126, $38.36 or 2 payments $19.18, comes in 8 color choices 

28th - Revers-A-Brella Set of Two No Drip Auto Open & Close Umbrellas, A295862, $29.98 or 2 payments of $14.99, comes in 6 color choices

July

4th - Denim & Co Fit & Flare Stretch Lace Top, A296672, $28.24 or 2 payments of $14.12, comes in 6 colors

Not as many TSV previews for June which is disappointing. What do you have your eye on? I'm tempted to get the Vionic Orthotic Sandals. Their TSV from a year ago I've worn every day as my house shoes. The sole fabric has recently torn off at the heel. It's disappointing they didn't did last longer than a year, but since they are so comfortable I'm tempted to get another pair of sandals from this brand. Last year's TSV was adjustable, so I'm a bit nervous about buying a pair that is not. Has anyone bought a non adjustable pair from Vionic Orthotic before? I'd love to hear your review. The set of two dresses is also tempting since they are pretty and they look comfortable. Has anyone bought the Attitudes by Renee brand before? How does their sizing run, is it true to size? I highly recommend the Roomba! HSN use to have them as TSVs and I bought one many years ago. Then it died and recently I bought another one. You can see my video demo on You Tube. You'll see Maltese Teddy barking at it. It only took a couple of uses for our beloved Teddy to stop barking at it. It's especially good on hardwood since it won't scratch any type of hardwood floors unlike some vacuums. It's pretty good on thick carpet, but less so on really short carpet like my area rugs from Ikea. For those it's good for maintenance, but the use of a regular vacuum is necessary occasionally to get the deep down dirt. It's awesome for areas a normal vacuum can't reach like under beds and furniture. It's also good at getting the dirt closest to the baseboard which some vacuums miss. For more information, read my blog review. Not a TSV, but a good value:

WEN - Gallon Size Cleansing Conditioner Classic, A270285 or A/D A270384, $179.00 or 6 payments of $29.83, comes in 6 scents or Seasonal, A270286 or A/D A270383, $189.00 or 6 payments of $31.50, comes in 5 scents 

I recommend the Winter Mint scent. It's so good for the scalp and it smells like mint candy. The gallon size lasts at least six months. I found it lasted about nine months for our household. Hubby uses it on his very short hair and I use it on my long hair daily. I don't apply twice as suggested by the manufacturer, just once at the beginning of my shower and rinsing out at the end of my shower. I find one pump is enough, sometimes one and a half unlike the smaller versions which you have to pump so many times to get enough for one application. Other interesting TSVs that information hasn't been released on yet are:

2nd - Tatcha
6th - Beauty We Love
8th - iRobot Roomba
24th - Perricone MD
26th - Isaac Mizrahi

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Plated Meal Kit Worth $72


Plated has provided me with another box worth $72 to give away. Plated will send the winner one shipment that includes three recipes and the ingredients needed to make three meals for two people for a total of six servings. Above photo shows an example of one recipe. Enter via Rafflecopter:

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The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Plated, provide me with their name and email address to give to Plated, provide Plated their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Plated and simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Plated box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to my account settings, scroll down to the bottom and chose "cancel subscription" or to skip future shipments select weekly menus and chose "skip week". They ship to most of the US except Hawaii, Alaska and a few cities in TX including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo & Midland. Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesdays or Saturdays. Vegetarian meals are also offered.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Giveaway - $50 Home Chef Meal Kit


The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Home Chef, provide me with their email address to give to Home Chef, provide Home Chef their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Home Chef & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free $50 Home Chef trial. To cancel future shipments visit their website and go to my account, contact info then chose "pause your account" or to skip future shipments select delivery calendar and chose "skip delivery". 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

18th Blue Apron Subscription Review


Katsu Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice


Ingredients


Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce


Ingredients


This is a review of the 18th delivery we received from a food subscription box called Blue Apron. This week I was ill and Hubby was out of town several days, so we didn't make the third dinner which was Top Chef Spice Rubbed Pork with Sweet Red Onion & Black Beans. It was one of the recipes created by the winner of the latest season of the Top Chef television show. I read some reviews that it was disappointing, so we weren't as anxious to make as we were prior to reading the bad reviews. It just doesn't seem like a very creative dish considering it's from the winner of the show. The calories ranged from 710 to 800. The preparation time indicated on the recipe cards ranged from twenty-five to forty-five minutes. Actual preparation time was one hour for both recipes.

Katsu Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice

I love any Katsu dish in restaurants, so I was really excited to have Hubby make it at home. We also had black garlic before and absolutely loved it's flavor. Since I was sick my taste buds were off and the black garlic mayo was a turn off, so I skipped it. The Katsu Catfish was so tasty. The fish was flaky and the batter was delightfully crisp. The cabbage with dressing was scrumptious. We gave this recipe four out of five stars. It has 800 calories which seems like a lot considering the ingredients. It was a healthy portion. It took one hour to prepare while the recipe says it will take up to thirty-five minutes. 

Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce

I made this recipe when Hubby was out of town. I'm not a fan of making meatballs since long nails are hard to clean after forming the meatballs not to mention I don't like touching raw meat. As a ex-vegetarian it grosses me out and normally I have Hubby do it. I have to eat meat due to IBS. I was a bit intimidated by this recipe, but I pushed myself to do a step at a time and it turned out good. It was very tasty and filling. We try to eat more chicken than beef, so it's nice to have a chicken meatball recipe for a change. I didn't miss the beef at all. I love kale, so it was a nice addition to the fregola sarda. I love the texture of the fregola sarda. If you haven't tried this type of pasta before, you should give it a try. The addition of capers and golden raisins was lovely. This recipe has 710 calories and it was a very filling portion. It took an hour to prepare while the recipe card stated only thirty-five to forty-five minutes.

It was an enjoyable week of recipes, I just wish their preparation times were more accurate and less time consuming. If you haven't tried Blue Apron yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. They often use unique ingredients and most of the time the ingredients arrive in good shape and the recipes are tasty. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Walmart Beauty Subscription Box - Spring 2017



Embrace Your Beauty


This is a review of a quarterly subscription beauty box from Walmart. It costs only $5 including shipping and handling. The last one I received was in December for winter. The December Beauty Box was much better than this one.  The retail value on this box is $7.48. I received the following products in the Spring Box:
  1. Palmer's Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer, foil packet, .17 fl. oz., $0.89 retail value
  2. Palmer's Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil, .03 fl. oz., $0.29 retail value
  3. Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Liquid Mouse Foundation, .05 fl. oz., $0.24 retail value
  4. Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Shampoo, 1.7 fl. oz., $0.68 retail value
  5. Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Conditioner, 1.7 fl. oz., $0.68 retail value
  6. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer with Subtle Color, 2 fl. oz., $2.30 retail value
  7. John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner, 1.5 fl. oz., $0.97 retail value
  8. Bioré Baking Soda Acne Scrub, 1 oz, $1.43 retail value
I'm not a fan of shampoo and conditioner samples since I have a favorite shampoo, Wen, that I use and I am loyal to it. I also do not have acne, so the Bioré Acne Scrub is of no use to me. I also don't use self tanners, so the Jergens Natural Glow is another product I will not be using. The foil packet of Rimmel foundation is in a color too dark for my skin. I will try the coconut facial oil from Palmer's along with their facial moisturizer. I was hoping the Frizz Ease would be a leave in treatment, but instead it's really just a conditioner that requires that it be rinsed out with water. Receiving boxes like this is what made me cancel the last time. I resubscribed because I noticed they were sending out some full sized products that made it worth resubscribing like a full sized mascara or lipstick. So I'm sad to see there isn't a full sized product in this box along with so many products I just won't use. I think I will give them one more chance and if the next one is also disappointing, I will unsubscribe once again. While it is very inexpensive, if they send me mostly products that I won't use then it's not a bargain at all. If you received a Walmart Beauty Box this month, did you like what I received?

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