Subscription Box Insanity: Glossybox (Nov. ’14)

Glossybox is here.

Glossybox is here.

Groupon recently ran a promotion where you could get a discount off of one of their longer subscriptions. I didn’t have a true beauty box in my subscription line-up and this seemed like a good deal to give one a try, so I jumped on it.

I opted for the three-month plan and received a discount of $15, for a total purchase of $45. I received two of September’s box due to a packing error on Glossybox’s side but even so, I wasn’t super thrilled with my first box. October’s box was much better though, so it looks like November’s will be the tie-breaker on this subscription.
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Subscription Box Insanity: French Box (Nov. ’14)

French Box: First Box!

French Box: First Box!

Today’s review is for a subscription service from French Box . France was my first European adventure, way back when I was a wee teen facing down my first international flight.

When I first read about it, I was so excited to try this box out because it promised to include some very well-known French fashion and make-up brands. Being a tad bit obsessed with all things fashion- and particularly open to that of an international flavor- this seemed like it could be a great subscription. So far I loved the first box I received and found some good things in the second one as well.

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Subscription Box Insanity: The Rockettes Fancy Box (Nov. ’14)

Rockettes Fancy Box - First one.
Rockettes Fancy Box 

 Just dance! I was very excited to receive the third The Rockettes Fancy Box! It was much heavier than past boxes, so I was very eager to check it out. (See my review of the September box here and the October box here.)

I was going to use this third box to make the decision as to whether to keep the subscription or not, but of course there was a Black Friday sale at Fancy, so I opted to get a fourth box at a discount.

Speaking of Black Friday sales, check out My Subscription Addiction’s Subscription Box Black Friday “Round-up”. Some of the discounts end today but many will continue throughout the weekend.

 

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Life – Giving Thanks

There are a lot of scary, troubling things going on in the world these days. I feel grieved for the frustration, anger, and loss being experienced in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and in communities across our nation. There is no “but” that can or should make for an easy transition from such depths of despair to something “more positive”. Only silent reflection, honest dialogue, and constructive action should follow that.

I am thankful that there are people in this world who understand this and are doing their part to undertake all three. I am thankful that my own personal experiences with the shortcomings of our “beloved community” have not warped me, but rather made me able to empathize with what is in all reality, a communal grief. And I am thankful that today, I get to spend the day experiencing some light by way of breaking bread with friends and loved ones. In the words of someone who also turned grief into reflection, dialogue and action: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Starting with love and thankfulness is at least…starting.

Wishing you all, dear readers, so much love, light, and food for soul and body!

Subscription Box Insanity: Little Lace Box (Nov. ’14)

Little Lace Box

Little Lace Box

I’m very excited about a new(ish) subscription called Little Lace Box. Their motto is a box that is “for women who know they’re worth it”. A very tall order!

I missed out on LLB’s September box, which included some beautiful home items that I totally lusted after. I couldn’t purchase the box after the fact but was able to sign up for October’s box which promised to get a girl party ready. With the holidays coming up, this was a perfect theme to focus on and while not all the products were to my personal taste, they were all SO well-curated and high quality!

The theme for November’s box was based on the holiday poem, “The Night Before Christmas”  (actual title “A Visit from St. Nicholas“) and in the words of the owners/founders, they “visualized this box as that secret Christmas gift you would give yourself”. Ohhh, I can’t wait!

 

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Subscription Box Insanity: Glossybox Throwback Sale (Nov. ’14)

Glossybox is here.

Glossybox is here.

Groupon ran a promotion where you could get a discount off of one of Glossybox’s longer subscriptions. I didn’t have a true beauty box in my subscription line-up at the time and this seemed like a good deal to give one a try, so I jumped on it.

I opted for the three-month plan and received a discount of $15, for a total purchase of $45. I received two of September’s box due to a packing error on Glossybox’s side but even so, I wasn’t super thrilled with my first box. I was much more pleased with my October box, so it looks like it will take the November box to find out if I will keep this subscription or not.

Recently, Glossybox also had a “throwback” sale and I was able to get two previously released boxes for $24. It’s luck of the draw so I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get another September box after already getting two, but we shall see!
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Subscription Box Insanity: Julep Diamond Major Mystery 1 & 2 (Nov. ’14)

Julep Maven box

Julep Maven box

I had been getting notices for awhile for the Julep Maven box. I finally decided to bite, though I’m not a nail polish fanatic so I’m not too sure if I will keep this subscription for long.

Julep has their own product line and though it includes skincare and other items, the main focus is the polish. After receiving my first box, I later found out that Julep will often put out special edition “mystery” boxes. I was super excited about the Halloween version I received but just missed their holiday themed one. However, a quick call to customer service revealed that they have smaller “mystery” packs so I decided to get the Major Mystery 1 and 2 versions that I will be reviewing today. (See my other Julep reviews here.)

Can’t wait to see if they will include any of the spoiler items listed in the original Diamond Mystery box or something equally cool! By the way, many of these items are currently on special (as of 12/24) so get them at a great price while you can!

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Subscription Box Insanity: Birchbox (Nov. ’14)

Birchbox monthly

Birchbox monthly

Birchbox is a pretty popular box and since it has such a low price point, I figured it was worth a shot to try it out. I was actually turned on to it because I saw their limited edition Fall Fete box and purchased this monthly box alongside it.

I did a doubleheader on this box for September/October which you can read here.

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Subscription Box Insanity: BarkBox vs. Petbox (Nov. ’14)

W doing some product testing.

W doing some product testing.

In case you are tuning in for the first time, let me introduce Wednesday, my slightly spoiled fur-baby who is, in reality, a four-year-old Doberman Pinscher. She is beloved, that’s for sure!

To prove it, I’m putting her two (two?!) subscription boxes- BarkBox and Petbox– head to head to see if a clear winner will emerge. (Though who am I kidding? She will probably continue to get both. -sigh-)

Last month I also reviewed a special, limited edition Petbox that I ordered on its own because it supported the movement against domestic violence and abuse. Buy with purpose, my friends!

I’ll also note that the original Petbox subscription was only for three months. So this is the second box and a third and final one should be coming in December, at which point I’ll probably decide if I’m going to keep it.

Hello November showdown!

See my other Petbox reviews here and my other BarkBox reviews here.
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Subscription Box Insanity: Julep Maven (Nov. ’14)

Julep Maven box

Julep Maven box

I had been getting notices for awhile for the Julep Maven box. I finally decided to bite, though I’m not a nail polish fanatic.

Julep has their own product line and though it includes skincare and other items, the main focus is the polish. After receiving my first box, I later found out that Julep will often put out special edition “mystery” boxes. (Find mystery box and other Julep reviews here.)

I’m not entirely sure at this point if I will continue with this monthly subscription. I’ve been really happy with my purchases but I think I’m maxing out on the make-up and beauty items. Still, with the holidays coming up, boxes like this set me up for some great gift-giving!

Now on to this month’s box:

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