Allure Beauty Box Review – August 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.


Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($52.90): Incredible value on this sample! This serum reduces puffiness and fine lines. I actually own another sample tube of this serum so I have passed this one on to my Mom.


Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($16): Another great value! I love Pur-Lisse products so I am happy to receive this. I  think I already own this one as well. It leaves skin soft and glowing without any residue or greasiness.


Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($4.12): I own this as well! This is a setting spray that mattifies skin. I love that it also includes an SPF. It’s also really refreshing and cool on hot summer days. One warning on this product: When you spray on your face, be careful to not accidentally spray any on your hair. I did get some in my hair and it left it feeling sticky.


Mally Mattewind Eye Brightener ($25): This is a dual pencil that includes a pencil and a shadow brush. I thought this was eyeliner at first! The pencil is peachy-white and is meant to be used around your eyes to help brighten them and make you look more awake!


Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach ($12.60): I like that this shade is a deep brown but it’s not black. This will be a much better shade for work or every day wear. It’s supposed to be waterproof so I’m hoping that means it will stay in place all day.


Wet Brush Midi Brush ($8.99): Subscribers received this brush in either blue or silver. It’s a small, compact brush which I like. I usually use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet but this brush is designed to be used on wet hair without damaging or breaking your strands. So far I have used this only on my dry hair but it does not pull my hair at all.

Verdict: The value of this boz is $119.61 which is mind-blowing! At first, I was not really excited with this box but after looking over the products again, I have to say this is one of the best Allure boxes this year for me. A lot of the products were repeats for me but that’s ok because they are products I love! I think my favorite find this month is the brush! My hair tangles so easily so I love the idea of a brush that does not break or damage my hair!

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Loved + Blessed Review – August 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.


Loved+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.

Loved+Blessed kindly sent me this box to review.
Cost: $10/month
Loved+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 “Following God.”
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 and stickers are great for Project Life or pocket letters too!
The feature item this month is a pair of cozy socks  to remind you to have the courage to walk in the direction God is sending you.  I love this item both because the sentiment is sweet and it’s also useful! I am not wearing socks much right now but I know these will be very well used once winter time again!
The box also includes an encouragement kit that you can pass on to a friend or loved one. This kit includes the box’s theme, a note card, and the wallet card.
Verdict: Loved + Blessed does a great job of curating inspiring and meaningful boxes each month. I think this is a really sweet box to gift yourself or your loved one. We all need a little encouragement from time to time and this is such a great box for providing just that!
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Pooch Perks Review – August 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. The card was a bit different this month and did not include the values of the products. I am using values that I was able to find online.

Each month, Pooch Perks introduces a “theme.” The theme of this month’s box is “Olympics.” Pooch Perks included nutritious treats and interactive toys in this box to get your dog ready for the Olympics!


Boo Boo’s Best Bison Flavored Treats: These treats are full of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation and arthritis. They must be tasty too because Ruby Sue gobbled them up!


Twister Pull: The rope on this toy is made with cotton blend fibers that help to “brush” and massage your dogs teeth and gums. Remy loves tennis balls so I will give this to him to play with outside. I know he will love it but something tells me it won’t last too long.


Natural Twister Dog Toy: This toy is made with 100% natural nubby fabrics like corduroy and microplush to make an interesting feel for your dog’s mouth. We usually give the plush toys to Ruby Sue since she isn’t as hard on them.


Dogs Love Kale Chicka: These treats are made  with., guessed it! Kale! Kale is a superfood, packed with vitamins and minerals. The ingredients also include blueberries to help control blood sugar levels and improve cardiovascular health.


Jack for Joy Toy: This toy was only included in the large dog box. (The small dog box included a Kong Gyro.) This jack toy is very durable and made with non-toxic plastic. I am going to give this to Remy and Ellie Mae to play with outside.


FouFit Bandana: This bandana is made with a fabric that is treated with powdered jade ore to absorb and lock in water so that it is released slowly to keep your dog cool. The info card says that it will work from 2-6 hours and does not include soaking or freezing.


Verdict: Pooch Perks did not include costs on this info card so I did not do a cost breakdown this time. However, I am really happy to see that Pooch Perks is now offering the small and large dog boxes. I love getting more durable toys that all three of my dogs can enjoy. As always, the treats included are nutritious and made with wholesome ingredients. Pooch Perks really has become one of my favorite boxes!

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Sephora Play Review – July 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/mo


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.

(All values are calculated using current Sephora prices.)

This month, Sephora sent out two variations of the monthly box: one for subscribers will oily skin and one for subscribers with normal-to-dry skin. I received the box geared for oily skin.


Nest Fragrance in Citrine ($1.60): This is a great summer scent blended with lotus flower, freesia, citrus and precious woods. I like it but not as well as I like Nest’s Indigo (that scent is amazing!)


Ouai Wave Spray ($8.84): I am officially stocked up on wave and texture sprays! This stuff isn’t bad but it’s not incredible. I think I just don’t have the right hair type to pull off the beach waves. I can do straight and I can do big bouncy curls. But nothing I ever try gives me those cool, tousled waves.


Beautyblender Blotterazzi ($10): I saw this item in the spoilers and I cannot tell you how excited I got. Anything from Beautyblender is amazing in my opinion and this is no exception. This will soak up oil andd help to control shine. It will also help to smooth cracks and cakiness during the day. Plus, Sephora included a packet of cleanser!


First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay ($5.11): This is a foaming gel cleasner that use botanicals and red clay to remove oil and dirt. It definitely removes excess oil without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry. This is a great find and I may pick this up in a full size.


Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($9.75): You can never go wrong with Smashbox primers. I love their Photo Finish primers and this version is just as great. It reminds me of the Benefit Porefessionals primer. It glides on so smoothly and really does create a soft base for your foundation. It’s not cakey or heavy but it’s also not greasy like a lot of primers I have tried.



Too Face Soleil Matte Bronzer in Chocolate ($6.86): This bronzer is made with cocoa powder for a natural glow. I love the matte finish and even though this is a medium to dark shade, it’s actually subtle enough for me to wear.


Verdict: The total value of this box is $42.16 which is impressive. Overall, I really enjoyed this box. With the exception of the texture spray, I will use everything in the box so I’m really happy with it!

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ipsy Review – July 2016 “Hot Summer Nights”

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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.


Trust Fund Nail Polish in No Filter ($15) : I love this shade. It’s a great nude shade with a tiny hint of gray. I typically reach for nude colors over bold shades for my fingernails so this will be the next color I use!


J. Cat Beauty Perfect Duo Brow Pencil ($3.99) : I don’t get too excited about brow pencils just because I have so many. I do love that this one has an eyebrow brush at one end though!


Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara ($7.35): : I have another MakeUp Forever mascara that I love so I’m hoping this one is just as good!


Eva NYC Get Glossed Hair Serum ($3.53)I tried another Eva NYC hair oil recently and it was fantastic. Hopefully this is another great product!


Mellow Baked Eyeshadow in Coco ($5): This shade looks super dark in the packaging but it’s actually quite sheer and buildable. It does have a hint of shimmer and I think the coppery color will work great for summer.


Verdict: The total value of this GlamBag is around $34.87 which is incredible. I’m really happy with this month as well. It’s a nice mix of makep, nail care and hair care items. It’s a bit heavy on the eye products but that’s still ok with me.

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