Sephora Play Box Review – June 2016


Sephora Play is a new beauty subscription box from Sephora. Each month, subscribers will receive 5 deluxe size samples of premium brand beauty products sold from Sephora. The box will also include a perfume sample each month.

Cost: $10/month


Each box includes a card that is good one a free one-on-one in store tutorial plus 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase.)


The box also includes a fold out informational pamphlet that details the month’s products along with useful tips on how to use each one.


All of the products are wrapped up in a pretty bag each month.


Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It ($3.75): This styling creme is meant to be used on air-dried hair to create body and volume. I rarely air dry my hair but occasionally on the weekends I like to give my hair a break from the heat. I haven’t used this one yet (because I have so many hair products right now!) but I’m eager to see if it will make my hair look decent without blow drying.


Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara ($8): This is my FAVORITE MASCARA EVER!! I was so happy to receive this mascara. This formula plumps and thickens my lashes like no other.


Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($4.33): This sunscreen is infused with antioxidants to moisturize and protect skin. It’s probably the most expensive and luxurious sunscreen I have ever received!


Bareminerals bareSkin Bronzer ($2.80): This is a really lightweight bronzer that can be worn alone or with foundation. I used it as a contour shade because it doesn’t have any major shimmer. It worked beautifully. The formula is a bit runny so I suggest using it with a beautyblender or sponge.


Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($7.60): This primer add a soft-focus filter to skin to help blur imperfections. I used this in the areas where I would usually use concealer or highlighter to add a soft glow to my skin.


Tocca Beauty Florence ($2): This perfume is described as a romantic fragrance that blends bergamot, violet petals, and blonde wood. It has a floral scent but the blonde wood notes balance is out nicely. I’m not sure I would buy this in a full size because I don’t typically like floral scents though. All in all however, this is nice and I’ll definitely use up the sample.


Verdict: The total value of this box is $28.48 which is almost three times the cost! I really enjoyed this box. Everything was a big hit for me this month and I feel like they really included products that work beautifully together.

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Allure Beauty Box Review – June 2016


Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription from Allure magazine. Each box includes 4-6 deluxe and full size beauty and makeup products chosen by Allure’s beauty editors.

Cost: $15/monthly


Each box includes a mini-magazine that details each product.


Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter ($5): I received this last year from Birchbox and I really liked it. It smells amazing! This is a large sample so it will last me at least a week (I wash my hair daily.)


Pur-lisse lue Lotus Eye Adore Serum ($30): I received this in another subscription box earlier this year and just ran out recently. This stuff is amazing! It absorbs quickly and leaves the under eye area feeling soothed and refreshed. It is very gentle and did not irritate my eye area.


Pur-lisse Blue Lotus SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer ($16): I have never used this moisturizer but I’ve read great reviews online. It absorbs quickly and helps to neutralize free radicals before they can damage your skin. This is also a good size sample so it will last for several weeks.


Leaders 7 Orange SuperFood Coconut Gel Marks ($6): This is just one of the varieties of sheet masks sent out this month. I love sheet masks and use at least one each week.


Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronze (~$3): This is a skin illuminating powder but unfortunately for me, mine arrived in a broken mess. I used some rubbing alcohol to see if I could revive it but I’m not sure it was a success. I’m a little bummed because this looked like a pretty shade.


Julep Nail Color in Katie ($14): Hey, a nail polish named after me! This is a very bright orchid purple. Subscribers received either this shade, April (coral) or Cassidy (rich teal.) To be honest, I would have loved to have received the teal shade but this purple is nice too. I don’t think I have anything else like this in my collection.


Verdict: This month’s box has an incredible value of $74! I really think this was a solid month. I’m bummed about the bronzer but I understand that these things happen during shipping from time to time.

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Birchbox Review – June 2016

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty box that typically includes regular and deluxe size samples of haircare, skincare, perfume, and makeup products.
Cost: $10/month
Birchbox Points System: You will receive 10 points for each box. You also receive 10 points for reviewing each product in your box. 100 points = $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop.
Each month, Birchbox offers subscribers a choice between a monthly curated box (all samples in the box are revealed) and the regular monthly box. This month I chose the regular box. With the regular monthly box, you will have a choice of one sample item and all of the other products will be a surprise.
Birchbox always includes an informational card that details each of the month’s products.
Balance Me Congested Skin Serum ($14): I am super impressed with the value of this sample! This is about half the size of a full size bottle. This serum fights blemishes, refines pores, and balances skin without leaving it dry. It has a clean, fresh scent and it’s very soothing on my skin.
Benefit Gimme Brown Volumizing Fiber Gel ($7.20): This was this month’s sample choice item. If you chose the regular box this month, you got to choose the shade of this product. I chose dark/deep. This is not available for purchase until June 24th so this was a special treat for subscribers. This product is made with water-resistant fiber gells that help you to fill in and build your brows to your desired thickness. I recently started filling in my brows so I am excited to use this gel.
Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey ($11.38): I think this may be my favorite item in the box! This illuminator is perfect for highlighting or “strobing.” The formula is super creamy and blendable, You can use this with a brush or even your fingers. I have a feeling this is going to be my new go-to highlighting shade. This comes in a ton of pretty shades but I love this Gilded Honey color!
Lavanila The Health Sunscreen Sport Luxe Face & Body Cream SPF 30 ($2.20): I don’t get super excited about sunscreen but this is also very useful to have. This is supposed to endure high performance activities as well as stay put with water and sweat.
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow ($4.20): I received this last year as well and I love it. I didn’t start using it recently but it quickly became a favorite. In fact, I think this is the best BB cream I have ever used. The formula is slightly thick so it’s doesn’t feel like it’s runny on my skin. The coverage of this is amazing and I can wear it alone and still feel confident. I love the golden glow it gives my skin as well.
Verdict: The total value of this month’s Birchbox is $38.98. Wow! I think this is one of the best month’s in a long time. I really feel like all of the products fit together well this month too. I’m excited to try these products together for a glowing, radiant complexion!
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Pooch Perks Review – June 2016


Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. No compensation was received for this review.


Pooch Perks is a monthly subscription box for you and your dog. Each month, you will receive an assortment of premium treats, toys, and other goodies delivered right to your door. All of the treats in Pooch Perks are made in the USA and are mostly organic and grain free so you can feel good about spoiling your pups.


Pooch Perks offers 4 different subscription plans:

Pennywise Pooch (2-3 items) $20/mo

Popular Pooch (4 items) $29/mo

Patriotic Pooch (5-6 items) $45/mo (every item is made in the USA)

Pampered Pooch (6 items) $50/mo

COUPON CODE: “SPARKYLITTLEWIFE25” to save 25% off a minimum purchase of $25.

Pooch Perks kindly sent me this box to review. I received the Pampered Pooch box.

We have three dogs: Two Bloodhounds (Ruby Sue and Ellie Mae) and an American Pit Bull Terrier (Remy).


Pooch Perks includes a detailed informational card that lists the items in each box.

Each month, Pooch Perks introduces a “theme.” The theme of this month’s box is “Just Keep Swimming.” With “Finding Dory” coming out soon, I love this theme!


Yummy Chummies Salmon Savory Strips ($9): These treats are grain and gluten free. They are also made in the USA. I didn’t think my dogs would be much on fishy treats but they have gobbled these up!


Kong Cute Seas Fish ($7): I love Kong toys because they are so durable. This is a squeaker plus it’s a crinkle toy. I gave this to Ruby Sue but because it’s a Kong, this will probably get passed off to Remy. He’s a heavy chewer but this should be durable enough to last him a while.


Pet Lou Sea Turtle ($8): So cute! This one isn’t quite as durable and it’s filled with fluff so again, this goes to Ruby Sue. She’s still a strong chewer but she’s a bit more gentle on her toys than the other two.

The Real Meat Company Beach Bums Treats ($7): These treats are make with turkey, pineapple, and coconut. They are all natural and made in the USA. This is such a fun summer treats for the dogs!


Grandma Lucy’s White Fish Treats ($13): I’ll admit, when I first saw these, I thought they looked kinda gross. But they are for the dogs, not me and I am sure they won’t mind that they look weird. They are grain-free, freeze-dried and include no preservatives. They are also all natural and made in the USA.


Petrageous Nemo ($8): It’d wouldn’t be a “Just Keep Swimming” theme without Nemo! This is a plush squeaker toy and he’s just too cute!


Aromadog Derma Pooch Spa Therapy ($10): This soap is made to sooth itchy, flaky skin after a trip to the beach. Remy is a pit bull terrier and their skin can be very sensitive and dry. This will be perfect for him but it will also work great with the Bloodhounds. T gave the dogs a bath yesterday but he did not know we had this in the house. They will probably get another bath in a few weeks so I will make sure we use this. It smells great as well!


Biscuit Bob’s Apple Crisp Treat Sample (~$1): We have received Biscuit Bob treats before and my dogs always love them.


Verdict: The total value of this month’s box is around $52. I love the theme is this month’s box and the curation was spot on. I think Pooch Perks is  a great monthly box and I am always happy to open it! It’s probably not the best box for owners of bully breeds or strong chewers though. The toys last for a few weeks for us but we have very large dogs that love to chew. I love the mix of all natural treats that are included and I always feel good about feeding them to our dogs.

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PopSugar Must Have Box Review – June 2016

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PopSugar Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription for women. Boxes include a variety of exclusive and trendy items including beauty products, food/snacks, lifestyle items, and fashion accessories. Aside from the monthly box, PopSugar also offers limited edition boxes from time to time.

Cost: $39.95/month


PopSugar includes an information card that lists all of the products along with their values.


Hat Attack Diamonds-Printed Sarong ($58): This was the only spoiler we got for the June box and everyone seemed pretty excited about it. I actually don’t own a sarong so this is a nice addition for me. I like then neutral colors a lot. I just bought a new black swimsuit so this will work perfectly for me.


Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers” Gold Bottle Opener ($12): I think a bottle opener seems a little out of place in a summer box personally. I think this would have been a better fit for a New Year’s Eve box. It’s a nice quality bottle opener but T and I don’t drink so I’m not sure if we will get much use from this.


Wild & Wolf Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I” Quiz ($12.95): This game reminds me of “20 Questions.” We always end up playing board games at our family’s Fourth of July parties so I think this will be a fun one to bring along!


NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer ($16): NCLA polishes are cruelty-free. I have received them in other boxes but this patriotic glitter is new to me. I love it! It can be worn alone or over another polish. I am going to use this for glitter tips over white polish.

Knock Knock Are You Ready for Your Close Up? Compact ($10): This isn’t particularly exciting item but it’s useful. It’s double sided and will come in handy I’m sure. I’ll throw this in my purse for on the go makeup touch-ups and emergency eyebrow plucking!


Pacifica Underarm Deodarant Wipes ($9): These wipes neutralize underarm odors for hours. It’s already over 90 degrees in Kentucky so I am putting these in my purse immediately. These are aluminum-free and vegan.


Pressels Sriracha ($1.29): These chips are lower in fat and sodium than other types of potato chips. They have a bit of a kick to them thanks to the sriracha. I don’t care for spicy snacks so these will go to T.

Verdict: The total value of this month’s box is $119.24. It’s not my favorite PopSugar box but I do really love the nail polish, the sarong and the game!

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