Birchbox Review – May 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 guest editor box and the regular monthly box. This month I chose the regular box. If you choose the guest editor box, you will already know all of the products included. 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.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel for Body ($3.19): I have tried the Real Chemistry facial peel and I loved it. I’m not as crazy about the body peel however. It worked for me but I think I prefer using a sugar scrub for my body versus a peel.
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray ($5.88): I received this from Birchbox last year and I loved it. It leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth.
ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco ($5.33): This gloss is available in three shades. I received this nudish-brown shade and I’m not sure it will work well for me. I may try this on top of another shade to see if I can make it work for my complexion.
Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($4.12): I received a full size of this last year from either PSMH or FabFitFun (can’t remember!). It’s very refreshing and is perfect for hot summer days. I have just started using a setting spray regularly so I am glad to have another travel size bottle to keep in my purse.
Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt Fragrance ($1): This perfume is a blend of sea air, lily of the valley, vanilla, and cotton candy. It smells great and I find that the vanilla fragrance is the strongest. Unfortunately, I did not find that the lasting-power on this is very good.
Verdict: The total value of this month’s Birchbox is $19.52 which is great. This isn’t my favorite box but I am happy to have receiving the setting spray and the detangle spray.
What did you get from Birchbox this month? If you would like to subscribe or want some more information, click here to head over to their site.

Pooch Perks Review – May 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 “Cinco de Mayo”


Mexican Firecracker Toy ($5): This makes a really great tug toy! I don’t think it will be super durable however so this is going to Ruby Sue. She is usually a little easier on her toys than Remy and Ellie Mae.


Mexican Themed Dog Bandana ($7): These bandanas are made in the US which is nice. I put this on Ruby Sue for a bit and she looked adorable. I wish I had gotten a picture! However, our dogs don’t wear bandanas very often so I am going to pass this on to a friend that will enjoy it.


American Natural Premium Coconut Colada ($9): This is certainly a unique dog treat flavor! These are grain free and made in the USA.


Haute Diggity Dawg Grrrona Beer Bottle Toy ($12): I laughed when I pulled this out of the box. It’s such a fun toy! It’s a plush so again it will most likely go to Ruby Sue. I will make sure to take a picture of her with her “beer bottle.”


Multipet Loofa Dog ($5): We have had several of these toys over the hearts and the dogs always love them. This is a medium size toy so it’s ok for our large dogs. Remy had a super large one of these when he was a puppy and it was always so cute to watch him try to carry it around!


Pet Chef Liver Detox treats ($10): I’m not sure how the “detox” part of this works but I know my dogs love them. These are jerky type treats that are made in the USA.


Exclusively Dog Taco Flavor Jerkeez ($7): Another unique dog treat flavor! These are all natural, wheat-, corn-, and soy-free. They are also made in the USA.


Verdict: This month’s total value is $55 which is over the cost of the box. I feel like Pooch Perks is getting better each month with sending products that match the box theme. I would be happy with random, fun dog treats and toys but the theme makes it so much more interesting! This is a great box for dog-owners but I think it’s really geared toward smaller dogs. I would love to see a box made specifically for large dogs or heavy chewers!

Have you tried Pooch Perks yet? What are you waiting for? Check out the website here!

Little Lace Box Review – April 2016

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Little Lace Box is a bi-monthly subscription box and includes hand-curated and designer products. Each box includes a variety of items included beauty products, home decor, food, and fashion accessories.  This is one of my favorite subscription boxes because it is well curated and has introduced me to some wonderful products.
Cost: $49.99/bi-monthly
Ships to U.S. via 2-day Priority Mail
LLB always includes a detailed letter that describes the products in this month’s box along with their value.
The theme of this month’s box is “The City That Never Sleeps” and features products from New York City.
Stern Design Works – Mini Brass Leaf & Puddle Ring ($28): LLB did not include this item in the box. Instead, subscribers received a coupon code so that they could order the ring in their size. I received my coupon code the day after I received the box and I’ve already ordered my ring!
Bellapierre Hydra-Surge Body Butter ($80): This body butter is made with ultra fine diamond powder (explains the price!) It’s so rich and thick! The smell is very soft and reminds me of shea butter. I love this and it really helps to combat my remaining dry winter skin! Some subscribers received the exfoliating body scrub instead of the body cream.
Travel Laundry Bag by Flight Patterns ($29): This bag can be used to store dirty clothes while travelling or at the gym. This pattern was specifically designed for LLB. The one downside to this is that you cannot wash it (only spot clean) which seems a little odd to me since it’s made to hold spoiled laundry.
Claudia Pearson Designs Tea Towel ($16): There were a variety of designs sent out and all of the ones I have seen are cute! I love the retro look of this tea towel.
Beekman 1802 Aloe & Iris Lip Balm ($8): This balm is made with natural ingredients like goat’s milk, Vitamin E, and beeswax. Some subscribers received Wondermint. I like this balm a lot but sadly, it was misplaced while I was taking pictures for the blog. I’m sure it will turn up though!!
“99 Problems” Notepad ($4.99): I didn’t realize until writing this post that I forgot to take a picture of this notepad! LLB designed this notepad as an homage to Jay Z who was born in Brooklyn. It’s a fun design and I can always use more notepads!
Rifle Paper Co. Mother’s Day Card ($4.50): With Mother’s Day coming up, LLB thought it was a good idea to include a beautiful card. I love the designs from Rifle Paper and I think my Mom will love this too. I”ve seen a variety of designs that other subscribers have received and they have all been gorgeous. The inside is blank so you can write your own heartfelt message.
Knot & Bow Confetti ($4.50): Knot & Bow is apparently a cute store in Brooklyn. I thought the confetti was an odd inclusion but LLB suggests adding it to a card for a fun surprise or using it as a party decoration. It’s really cute though so I am sure I can include it in an upcoming card making project.
Verdict: The total value of this box is nearly $175! I think this was another solid and well curated box from LLB. I especially love the body butter and the ring! I love that LLB allowed us to choose the size of the ring as well. I think that just feels so much more personal.
Did you receive this month’s Little Lace Box? What did you think? If you would like to subscribe in time to get the June box, click here to check out the website.
The theme of the June box is “Heavenly Day – Dine Alfresco.” Here is the inspiration for the June box:

Since starting Little Lace Box, we’ve gotten to know many of our subscribers on a personal level. This is an experience that has been both rewarding and heartbreaking, because there are a lot of people out there who are truly hurting. We’ve tried to be helpful whenever possible, and when we do, we see their smiles shining right through our keyboards. Last year on a visit to Chicago, we were lucky enough to experience something called Ravinia Festival. It’s a place just outside of Chicago, and for those of you from Chicago, you probably can say much more about it than I, but while I was there, for one brief shining moment, all my troubles went away. Not for long; not forever, but it made me wish that everyone have a day when their troubles go away. And I thought of the Patty Griffin song, “Heavenly Day.” Patty sings,

“No one at my shoulder bringing me fears Got no clouds up above me bringing me tears
On this Heavenly…heavenly day, all the troubles gone away
for a while anyway, for a while anyway”

Love+Blessed Review – April 2016

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


Love+Blessed is a monthly Christian subscription box geared towards women. Each box has a unique theme and includes products of encouragement to help you strengthen your faith.

Love+Blessed kindly sent me this box to review.
Cost: $10/month
Love+Blessed includes a card that details the items in the box as well as how they connect to the monthly theme.
The theme of each month’s box is on the inside of the lid. This month’s theme is “Journey.”
Each box comes with a repositionable sticker, mini poster, and wallet card. I use the stickers on my planner, my laptop etc. The wallet cards are nice to carry. I realized lately that they would also make great Project Life inserts too!
This month’s box came with a workbook for you to record your “journies.”
Love+Blessed also included this luggage tag. It’s definitely very cute and because it is unique, it will certainly be easy to spot your bags!
Here is a look at the back of the luggage tag:
This charm was also included in this month’s box. The front reads “Find Joy in the Journey” and the back says “Without change there would be no butterflies.” The charm is really adorable and I am going to put this on my keychain. You could use this on a charm bracelet or floating locket necklace as well.
Verdict: As always, I think Love+Blessed does a wonderful job at delivering this month’s message. I always mention that this is not a high monetary value box. It is a box for anyone looking for some inspiration each month. It’s always fun to open Love+Blessed! I love sharing this box with T and creating a dialogue of this month’s message.
Did you receive the April Love+Blessed box? What did you think?
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Ipsy Review – April 2016

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription. Each month, subscribers will receive 5 deluxe and full size beauty and makeup items, including a reusable makeup bag. Products are chosen for you based on a customized profile you complete when signing up.

Ipsy Glambags vary by subscriber. Selections are based on the profile you submit when you sign up for Ipsy.

Cost: $10/month

All of the products are in a reuseable makeup bag. The design of the bag changes each month. This month’s bag reminds me of a pretty watercolor painting of a sunset.


Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush ($24): I love receiving brushes in my subscription boxes! This is a really nice quality brush and it has done a fantastic job so far.


Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask/Blue Lotus + Seaweed ($8/each): Pur-lisse is another great brand that I was happy to see this month. I was also thrilled that I received two of these masks along with my other four items. These are moisturizing masks that fight free radicals and improve skin texture and tone.


Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Pouty ($7.99): This is a full size bottle. I think the shade is a great fuschia/purple for spring. It’s a high gloss polish but I think it would also be pretty with a matte top coat.


tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in Wonder ($12.80): Yay, tarte! I was so happy to see this in my bag. I love this color too! I have tried this lip creme before but it was in a different shade. This is a bit darker but I really like it. The formula is creamy and long lasting too.


City Color Highlight Trio ($8.99): I love that I received a set of highlighters along with a highlighting blush. This trio includes a goldish shade, a creamy light shade, and a pearly nude highlight. I will probably use the first two for eyeshadows and the third as a highlighter. The formula is silky and it’s very blendable.


Verdict: The total value of this bag is $69.78! Seven times the cost of the box…wow wow wow! I think that this might be my favorite GlamBag from ipsy to date. Every item is a hit for me this month. I would love it if each bag contained a brush as well!

What did you get from Ipsy this month? If you are interested in subscribing, click here to check out their website!