Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#WalmartBeauty Box - Winter 2014

#WalmartBeauty Box - Winter 2014

WalMart has gotten into the beauty box subscription business, offered quarterly. You fill out a short survey and receive a box of beauty items, some full size and some samples. For only $5 per box, I couldn't resist signing up! From what we've seen online, there are two boxes and we're guessing that they're divided by age. I decided to sign up for both boxes, using different email addresses and ages. You can sign up or get more details here if you're interested.

#WalmartBeauty Box - Winter 2014
This is what is being referred to as the "Old Lady" box, no doubt because of the wrinkle cream sample. Way too many foil samples for my taste, but still not bad for $5.

*Age Perfect Golden Serum & Day Cream foils
*Ponds Rejuveness anti-wrinkle cream sample
*John Frieda Volume shampoo & conditioner foils
*Ponds wet cleansing towelettes 5pk
*Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion sample
*L'Oreal Color Vibrancy shampoo & conditioner foils
*Olay tone perfecting cream sample
*Nivia cocoa butter body lotion foil


#WalmartBeauty Box - Winter 2014
This is the younger version, called the Trendsetter box. Some duplicates with the other box and seems thrown together at the last minute. I had to email them to ask where my box was, so it could be a made-up box. Very disappointing because the other Trendsetter boxes I've seen online were different. Not worth the $5 for me.

*Flower perfume card samples
*Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion sample
*John Frieda Volume shampoo & conditioner foils
*CoverGirl lip gloss
*Dove deep moisture body wash
*L'Oreal Color Vibrancy shampoo & conditioner foils
*Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelettes 10pk


The Fall boxes were amazing, so I'm disappointed with both of these. I'll wait to see what the Spring boxes are like, but will probably cancel if they don't wow me.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BarkBox - December 2014

BarkBox - December 2014
Our December BarkBox
BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)

Butcher's Block Bones 6" Trachea
Butcher's Block Bones 6" Trachea
My dog scarfed this down in no time! I didn't realize when I gave it to her that it was actual cattle trachea, but it didn't last long enough for me to get it again. Weird.

Etta Says rabbit chew
Etta Says rabbit chew
Waffles loves these chews! Actually, she loves everything we've ever received from Etta Says!

Primal Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Munchies
Primal Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Munchies
According to the info card, we were supposed to receive a different type of treat but got these instead. I think Waffles will like these better than the sweet potato treats we were supposed to receive, but we haven't tried them yet.

Safemade green sweater bandana
Safemade green sweater bandanna
We're not big into accessories, so will probably gift this to someone.

R2Pet Zany Ziggler Giggler Moose
R2Pet Zany Ziggler Giggler Moose
This made the craziest noise when shaken and Waffles loved it! Unfortunately, even with supervision and limited access, she managed to kill the noise-maker within 24 hours. The head still has an intact squeaker and she loves playing with it! We taped up the hole where she pulled out the giggler with duct tape and it's as good as new!

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Very happy with BarkBox! Waffles somehow knows when the box is for her and gets so excited that I can barely take pictures before giving her the newest toy!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Glossybox - November 2014

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Glossybox is a monthly subscription service that is available by the month ($21), or you can sign up for 3,6,or 12 month plans. Once you select a plan, you fill out your beauty profile, sit back and wait for your box filled with 5-6 luxury-sized samples! A little pricey for my tastes, but I keep getting sucked back in with special promos.

Glossybox - November 2014
The November box

Kneipp Herbal Bath Balancing in lavender
OPI nail polish in Pink Outside the Glossybox
So Susan Universal Blush
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
12 Benefits Instant Healthy hair treatment


Not impressed with this month's selections, so glad that I cancelled my subscription.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wantable Intimates Box - November 2014

Wantable Intimates Box - November 2014
Wantable is a subscription box company that offers makeup, jewelry, and intimate apparel options. When you sign up for a subscription, there is a detailed quiz so that they can better match products to your unique preferences. They've added a new comment section at the end of the quiz, which is incredibly helpful for requests! This is one of the more expensive subscription boxes at $36 per month ($40 for a single month), but I signed up using a special 50% off promo.

Wantable Intimates Box - November 2014
My November goodies!

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Pink drawstring lounge pants. I don't usually wear this type of sleepwear, but they feel comfy so I may give them a try.

K.Bell penguin footies
These footies are adorable and I fell in love with them as soon as I pulled them out of the box! So, so cute and comfy! Unfortunately, the rubber grippies on the bottom were just glued onto the fuzzy material and come off pretty quickly. I'm still finding the little rubber dots around the house. :(

K.Bell knee high socks
I usually wear crew socks, but these knee-highs are cute!

Not sure where my picture of the top went, but it's nice and warm and very soft. Unfortunately, the long sleeves are too tight and I can't stand tight sleeves. Sad to lose this, but will try to trade for something I can actually wear. 

The total box wasn't worth $36 for me, but I'll try the pants and like both socks. Not bad for $18!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

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May you get everything under the tree that you wanted! 
If not, there will be huge sales tomorrow so treat yourself!

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And now, for your viewing pleasure....enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Birchbox - December 2014

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription where you receive a mix of beauty products (samples and full size). At only $10 per month, it's one of my favorite beauty boxes and a great deal! 

Birchbox - December 2014
They used such a pretty box this month! Definitely a keeper!

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First look and the info card

Birchbox - December 2014
My December goodies!

Tocca Creme da Mano in Cleopatra
Tocca Creme da Mano in Cleopatra
This is supposed to be a good lotion, but I have too many lotions and creams so will probably try to trade this for something else. 

Rusk texture spray
Rusk texture spray
I don't really use hair spray, so another item for my trade list!

Amika Nourishing Mask
Amika Nourishing Mask
This is a deep conditioner for your hair. Not sure if I'll use it or trade it, as I'm usually too impatient to wait for conditioners and use the leave-in kind.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter eye pencil in black
Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter eye pencil in black
Black eye pencils are another thing I have way too many of, and glitter? No thanks!

Mirenesse Mattfinity lip rouge in New York
Mirenesse Mattfinity lip rouge in New York
Love trying new lip colors, so will give this one a shot.


Overall, a disappointing box for me. Most of it will be going on my trade list. Maybe it's time for me to take a break from Birchbox for awhile? 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PopSugar Must Have Box - November 2014

The PopSugar Must Have Box has always been hit or miss for me and I'll either love it or hate it, no in-between. Because it's on the expensive side, I usually resist. But then came another irresistible promotion and I caved. Not impressed with this box, so I may have made a mistake.

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First look at my November goodies!

PopSugar Must Have Box - November 2014
The info card

The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
This seems like an odd choice, as most of the recipes are a little advanced for the novice baker. I know that they say it's for both advanced and novices, but I wish they had gone with another, more basic cookbook.

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn
This is actually pretty good! A mix of caramel and cheese popcorn, it's nice and light and very tasty!

Wine Glass Writer
Wine Glass Writer
I'm not sure how practical these are, which makes it another odd choice for them to include. I know I won't be using them to write on any glasses, but maybe I could use them for holiday messages or designs on my windows?

Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Satationery
Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery
I would have loved these if they were notecards, but they're just a single card. Not a lot of room to write, but guess you could jot down a quick note to someone. Close, but no cigar PSMH!

Sorial Saffiano wallet on a chain
Sorial Saffiano wallet on a chain
I'm a big purse girl and have no use for this little thing. Will try to sell or trade it.

K. Hall Simpatio Ambergris butter cream
K. Hall Simpatio Ambergris butter cream
This seems like a nice lotion, but I already have enough creams and lotions to last a few lifetimes! Enough with the hand lotions already!


Overall, I'm not impressed with this box. I love to bake, but the cookbook is above my skillset so I can't use it. Don't like the rest of the products either. Major disappointment.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Target Beauty Box

Target Beauty Box

Target offers occasional beauty boxes on their website. The most recent offering had several different choices and, after much inner debate, I picked the $5 Naturals box. What's nice about this box is that you know what's included before you place your order. Not as much fun as a mystery box, but sometimes it's nice to know what you're getting into.

The items in this box:
  • Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelette 10pk
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie 3.2 oz
  • SoapBox Argan shampoo 2 oz
  • Acure brightening facial scrub 1 oz
  • Skinfix hand repair cream 1 oz
  • Borghese exfoliate facial scrub 1 oz
None of these products really wowed me, but figured the Acure and Borghese samples were well worth the $5 cost all on their own.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BarkBox - November 2014

BarkBox - November 2014
Waffles can't wait to see what's in her box!
BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)

BarkBox - November 2014
The info card

BarkBox - November 2014
November goodies!

P.L.A.Y. Carrot PlushWaffles loves her carrot
P.L.A.Y. Carrot Plush
This is Waffles' new favorite toy! She somehow managed to break the squeaker within a couple of hours and has torn off the green topping, but the carrot itself is still intact. Despite her best efforts, she has yet to tear a hole in it and plays with it every day. Need to buy more of these, as they're awesome!

Superior Farms Lamb Bisquits
Superior Farms Lamb Biscuits
These are hard, heart-shaped biscuits. Not her favorite, but she eats them.

Caru Real Pork Stew
Caru Real Pork Stew
Waffles has never had anything but dried food so I'm hesitant to try this. I may just put this in the donation basket at the shelter, as I'd hate for her to get sick (or worse, love it and want more!).

Safemade Apawthecary Cleaning Wipes
Safemade Apawthecary Cleaning Wipes
No. Just...no.

Petprojekt Dogmeat Turkey Leg
Petprojekt Dogmeat Turkey Leg
This is really cute, but Waffles won't touch it for some reason. I've tried to get her to play with it several times, but she acts like she's afraid of it. She has other rubber toys that she likes, so not sure what the problem is. If she doesn't want it, I'll add it to the shelter basket.


Really enjoy BarkBox and the new toys they send us every month! Waffles somehow knows when the box is for her and gets very excited. You can't see in the above picture, but she was licking the box in anticipation of new treats and toys!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Facebook Secret Santa Exchange

Facebook Secret Santa Exchange

Secret Santa swaps are one of my favorite things about the holidays! Trying to find the perfect gift for someone you don't really know, and the excitement of receiving a total surprise in the mail...well, it's a total win!

I signed up for three swaps this year and this was my first gift received. It's from a swap I did via one of the Facebook groups I belong to and a nice surprise!

We answered a questionnaire when we signed up, then people could ask general questions to try and narrow down some gift-giving choices. It was fun answering questions and being a sleuth to try and determine what my giftee would like best!

Amanda did a good job putting together my gift, as chocolate covered cherries and Lindor truffles are two of my very favorite things! I also love fun flavors of candy canes, so another win! The socks are adorable, and she sent me my very first roll of washi tape! Can't wait to have fun playing with it!

Penguins are another favorite of mine and I received a penguin Christmas tree topper and window cling film decorations. I haven't decided if I should put them on my front window or back sliding doors, but they will be going up within the next few days! We're not doing a tree this year, but think the topper is too cute!

She also included a hot chocolate mug set, an envelope of hot chocolate, and some cute pencils.

Very happy with my first Secret Santa gift, and can't wait to see what else I might receive!