Subscription Box Insanity: My Subscription Addiction Quarterly (Dec. ’14)

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Quarterly box packaging

A Quarterly Co. box is here! As the name implies, these subscriptions only come in every three months, prolonging the anticipation with the promise of the “cream of the crop” for sub boxes. (And starting at $50 a box and up, the expectation is that they will be!) One of the other foundations of Quarterly Co.’s model is that the items in the box are hand-selected by a celebrity curator. There are football players and chefs, bloggers, actresses, and fashionistas.

I currently have Quarterly subscriptions for curator Design*Sponge, a new curator, Naomi Kyle of the Daily Fix, and today’s curator, My Subscription Addiction (Liz Cadman).  (In the past, I’ve also subscribed to Nina Garcia, Arianna Huffington, and Eva Scrivo’s boxes so check out my reviews of some of those here.) According to Quarterly’s bio for her:

“Liz Cadman started My Subscription Addiction as a way to keep track of all the emerging subscription boxes, and help others find out what they could expect to receive from any box. Two years and hundreds of boxes and reviews later, Liz has become the subscription box expert.”

Liz’s site is a wonderful plethora of boxes I could neither afford, or perhaps would never pay for, but for which I still get to peek inside and share in the surprise. She also offers her site users a swap site which functions in a very orderly and well-mannered fashion considering it’s mostly based on “scout’s honor”. I had to join the waitlist to get access, but once I made it off, I’ve found that I’ve loved being a member. I’ve swapped some items I didn’t like for items I loved and there is a sense of camaraderie amongst the swappers which, even if we never do swap again, results in cute post cards and other freebies often being included in a swap. Too, with Liz having the point of reference of hundreds of boxes, you could almost be positive her own curated box will be a hit.

THE DETAILS: This subscription is priced at $50 a quarter, including shipping. Quarterly Co. delivers worldwide and typically doesn’t charge for the box until it is ready to ship/being shipped. They have a 100% money back guarantee and will send you a prepaid return label if you contact customer service and request to return your box and its contents. One other thing to note is that when a new curator comes out, the company often provides a code for $10 or so off the first box – but only for a very limited time. Quarterly Co. has 100% money back guarantee so you can contact them to get a prepaid return label.

My Subscription Addiction founder note

My Subscription Addiction founder note

As you can see, Quarterly Co. boxes always include a curator note in a classic blue envelope. I usually skip over these until the end but it is definitely worth looking through because it is typically a note with personal thoughts and sentiments about each of the items selected by the curator. I did shuffle through it long enough to notice that unlike some curators, Liz opted to list the retail price for each item so it’s easy to figure out if you’ve gotten value for your box fee.

First Look

First Look

Here’s a picture of the first look upon opening the box. Everything looks to be full size and I see some products I recognize, as well as some that I don’t.

Foot Traffic Fuzzy Slipper Socks

Foot Traffic Fuzzy Slipper Socks

The first item I pull out are these fluffy pink Microfiber Fuzzy Socks by Foot Traffic. They certainly do look comfy. However, I just got some warm slipper socks that are more my style from a different subscription box. So these don’t thrill me and will be swapped. They have a retail value of $8.57.

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow: Addiction

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow: Addiction

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow: White Quartz

Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadow: White Quartz

Next up are two Au Naturale Creme Eye Shadows in Addiction (a special color for the MSA box) and White Quartz. These look like colors I’d normally get some use out of but I’ve had bad luck with cream shadows (oily lids that challenge even the best primers) so these two will be put up for swap. Each one retails for $20, so $40 total.

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Recycled Wool Throw

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Recycled Wool Throw

The big ticket item in this box is a Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Recycled Wool Throw in Red Whip Stitching. It’s wool, so as would be expected, a little scratchy. But nothing near the olive drab, wool blanket that my parents had left over from their Marine Corps days; we used to have to sit on it for 4th of July outings…ah the scratchy memories! I think I will stash this in my car for emergencies and picnics. It has a retail value of $65.

Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream

Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream

This is a brand I’ve seen at my local Target. I’m pretty picky about my skincare items though. So while I’m sure that if Liz picked this out, than this Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream is free of many harmful ingredients, I’m not super inspired to test it out. However, it is a full size version and has a retail value of $11.69.

Bauble Bar Ice Circle Pendant

Bauble Bar Ice Circle Pendant

The last item in this box is a delicate, gold necklace: Bauble Bar’s Ice Circle Pendant. The actual pendant is 14K gold with crystals. It’s pretty and I think I’ll hang on to it, either for myself or to gift! It has a retail value of $32.

Liz also was able to negotiate several great discount codes (though I have not counted them towards the retail value of the box). I’m happy to share them with you, dear readers! They are as follows:

  • Next App: 1st Month Free, Months 2-3 50% off – Subscribe via http://www.nextissue.com/subaddiction/
  • Faribault Woolen Mill Co.: 15% off before 2/20/15 – FFE15
  • Au Naturale: 30% off before 1/30/15- ANADDICTION
  • Yes to Carrots: 25% off before 1/30/15 – QUARTERLY

So a quick tally of this box results in a total retail value of $121.26. That’s more than double the cost of the box itself. And though I wasn’t as wowed by the items in this second box as I was of those in the first, I still feel like there were a few that I will get some use out of. However, as always I will be looking to the third box (March) to truly decide if this is a subscription I will maintain.

Thanks for reading!

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