Birchbox Free Pixi by Petra Palette with New Subscription!

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Birchbox Free Pixi by Petra Palette with New Subscription!

Use coupon code “PIXIPALETTE” to get a free Pixi by Petra Palette with all new Birchbox subscription purchases (valid thru 5/25)!

Use code PIXIPALETTE at checkout to receive a free Pixi by Petra Palette with the purchase of a women’s monthly or yearly rebillable subscription. Offer available while supplies last. Your free gift will ship with your first subscription box. Please note that this code is only valid for new subscribers. Redemption of this code for existing subscribers does not guarantee receipt of these promotional items. 

What is Birchbox?
Birchbox ($10/month) offers 4-6 (sometimes more) hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door each month. You can review the samples you receive on a monthly basis to earn points in their shop, which makes the “real” cost of the box even less. Points accumulate until you are ready to spend, so you can stockpile and combine with coupon codes to get some complete steals (which I try to do).  I have been subscribing to Birchbox for over 3 years now and would say they are one of the most (maybe the most) well known subscription boxes out there. They are certainly one of the longest lasting boxes.


GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother’s Day Box Review

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GLOSSYBOX
Cost: Monthly Box: $21/month. Mother’s Day Box: $40 (one-time purchase)
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX is a monthly beauty subscription box and includes five luxury surprise beauty items shipped to your door.  Every once in a while (typically for Mother’s Day and around the holidays) they offer a limited edition box.  This review is on the Mother’s Day Limited Edition Box.  It was a one-time purchase of $40 and was “filled with trending beauty essentials valued at $148″.

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

The GLOSSYBOX Mother’s Day Box ships via FedEx Smart Post.  I ordered when it launched a few weeks ago, but if you order today, I don’t believe it will ship in time for Mother’s Day.

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
As usual, the presentation on this one was amazing. GLOSSYBOX has some of the best packaging in the subscription box business, and this box was no exception to that.

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
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The 2016 GLOSSYBOX Mother’s Day Box included the following items:

~Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray (6 fl.oz) ($26): This does what you’d expect from a sea spray – it volumizes and gives great texture, but doesn’t contain the drying effects of salt. It smells like you are on a tropical vacation and I think I found a new favorite.  It did everything as promised and it didn’t make my hair hard or crunchy. It was still soft, but wth texture.
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
~Click Click Lipstick by Doucce ($24): This lipstick “clicks” open / closed.  You click it from the bottom to release the lipstick and then to close you push the tube all the way into the lid until it clicks.  I cannot figure out where on this lipstick they list the color (?), but this is a very pretty, very wearable berry shade.
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
~bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam (4.2oz) ($22): This cleanser has a light grapefruit scent.  It’s foamy (I love that because I feel like it “works” better) and removes makeup and other impurities.  It’s infused with Elderflower and Rosemary Extracts, plus mineral-rich Sea Salts and so far, I am loving it.
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
~Baked Blush-N-Brighten by Laura Geller (Tropic Hues) ($28): This blush (which is a subscription box favorite) is made by Italian artisans and starts as a cream.  It’s baked for 24 hours on a terracotta tile then hand-finished—resulting in a smooth, long-wearing formula.  And a gorgeous piece of art. I received Tropical Hues, which contain swirls of coral, pink and bronze.  I love the color, and it’s such a large size, so it’s going to last for ages.
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
~KARITY Professional Five Pigments Eyeshadow Palette ($21): This palette contains both matte and shimmer shades and can be applied with an eyeshadow brush, foam tip applicators, or fingers.  The Birthday Suite was almost the same shade as my skin, but the other shades were beautiful.  I absolutely love the Diva which is almost a copper / beige.  So pretty!
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review
~Lauren B Beauty Top Coat ($28): The final item in the box was a Lauren B top coat polish.  I really need to get back to using a top coat because my polish just doesn’t last like it should.
GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

~Coupon Code: The box also contained a unique coupon code for 15% off a 6-month GLOSSYBOX subscription.

GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Mother's Day Box Review

All totaled I came up with a value of $150 for the 2016 Mother’s Day GLOSSYBOX.  I was thrilled with this box and love when GLOSSYBOX does limited edition boxes!

Did you order the GLOSSYBOX Limited Edition Box?  What’d you think?  They are still available (although they won’t arrive by Mother’s Day), so if you are interested in ordering snag one before they sell out.


Brick Loot 20% off Coupon Code

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Brick Loot 20% off Coupon Code

Use coupon code “JEDI20” to save 20% off your Brick Loot subscription.  This works on both 1 and 3-month subscriptions and brings the cost of a 3-month subscription down to $26/box.

What is Brick Loot?
Brick Loot ($33/month) is a subscription box company for LEGO and Brick fanatics! Subscribers will receive a monthly box filled with 4-8 hand-picked, unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building.


Men’s Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

Men’s Health Box
Cost: $89.99/quarter
Ships To: United States ($5) & Canada ($10).
Coupon Code: N/A

Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
The Men’s Health Box delivers what you need to turn heads, turn her on, and turn your body into a work of art. Their editors handpick the best fitness, nutrition, style, grooming and tech products to make you fitter, healthier, more confident, and more attractive – and then deliver the goods right to your door.

Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men’s Health Box
 generally ships each quarter’s box at the beginning of the last month for the respective quarter. If you subscribe to the club after the current quarter’s box has shipped, they will ship you that quarter’s box if supplies are still available. Otherwise, your first box will ship in the next upcoming quarter.  Boxes are shipped via FedEx.

Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
I couldn’t wait to see what was in this box.  I was totally spoiler-free opening it up!

Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 ReviewThe Spring (May) 2016 Men’s Health Box included the following items designed to improve your health, your fitness, your style and your life:

Fashion
~Zing Socks ($8): The information card values these at $15, but from the looks of it, Zing is a monthly sock subscription service and sends members socks for $8/month (they don’t appear to have a shop).  The socks are fun bright colors and will be a nice addition to B’s sock wardrobe.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
~Wurkin Stiffs Magic Wallet ($49.50): This wallet restricts the radio chip inside your credit and debit cards from casting their signal while the wallet is closed so no one can steal your information.  The wallet itself is made out of a High-Quality Embossed Italian Leather and is a nice size for everyday use.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
~Tie Bar Necktie (Camo – Charcoal) ($19): B already has a lot of camo in his life, but I know for a fact that he doesn’t own a camo necktie.  He does, however, own basically every other piece of clothing / outwear in every shade of camo that the Army has used over the years. LOL!  It was only a matter of time before he got a camo tie!
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

Grooming
~Lafco Soap (Rosemary Eucalyptus) ($17): This soap is free of: BHT, EDTA, parabens and sulfates and is also vegan and cruelty-free. It’s a giant bar of soap (8.5oz) and smells amazing.  It’s described as “Fresh and invigorating; a scent mix of sweet eucalyptus, white floral and a touch of rosemary.”  B uses bar soaps when he is home and this will last him for ages.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
~Clinique SPF 21 Moisturizer ($26): This moisturizer is lightweight and oil-free and also has built in SPF21. It’s an awesome everyday lotion for summer and B will  love that it’s a full-size.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
~GOA Face Serum (50mL) ($55): This serum is designed to eliminate tired symptoms such as redness, acne, puffiness and deeper expression lines from excess habit. B doesn’t get a ton of serums in his subscription boxes and this one sounds like a good one. I tested it on my own skin and liked what I saw.  It made my skin feel smoother and I swear my pores looked smaller.
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~Recipe for Men Under Eye Gel ($48): This under eye gel is supposed to reduce dark circles and fine lines.  B isn’t too worried about fine lines, but I know he would like to get rid of the dark circles.  He’s been using some of my stuff, but hasn’t been consistent with it.  Hopefully now that he has some of his own he’ll use it more frequently.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

Food / Nutrition
~Zing Nutrition Bar (Almond Blueberry) ($3): This bar (totally unrelated to the Zing socks in this box) is 100% natural and contains no artificial additives, sweeteners or flavors. They don’t look like the most attractive snacks (I have tried them before), but I liked them well enough.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
~Fatman’s Beef Jerky Sweet & Spicy ($6): Fatman’s is a new to me brand jerky and is made from all-natural ingredients in Roswell, New Mexico. Any jerky is a score for B and he’ll enjoy this.
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

Tech
~Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini Power Bank ($24.95): Unlike most power banks, this one is water, dust and shock resistant.  We already have a handful of power banks, but none like this one.  I appreciate that it has a flip off cover so you don’t end up getting unwanted dirt and dust in it.
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Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

Fitness
~XD Jump Rope Aluminum Handles ($45): This jump rope has a 6in tapered handle and a 10ft long adjustable 3mm coated cable. It’s way fancier than any other jump rope I have seen and while I have never know B to jump rope as part of a work out, maybe he will now?
Men's Health Box May / Spring 2016 Review

All totaled I came up with a value of $301.45 for the May / Spring 2016 Men’s Health Box.  That’s over 3x the cost of the box and I was impressed. I feel like this could best be described as a quarterly POPSUGAR for men.

What do you think of the May / Spring 2016 Men’s Health Box? If you are interested in subscribing or want to learn more, you can check them out here. The website isn’t clear on if this box is sold out or not, so you may want to shoot them an e-mail before ordering if you have your heart set on receiving this box just to verify what is in stock.


Gable Lane Crates – Outdoor Living Crates Sneak Peek!

Gable Lane Crates - Outdoor Living Crates Sneak Peek!
Gable Lane Crates has released a few sneak peeks for their Outdoor Living Crates!  Outdoor Living crates are available through May 4th and will ship approximately 20 days after that.

Gable Lane Crates - Outdoor Living Crates Sneak Peek!

The following Gable Lane Crates Outdoor Living Crate options are available:

The Backyard Oasis Exclusive Crate ($84.95)
The Exclusive Crate is the upgraded version of The Original Crate and will always have a minimum of 6 trending decor items and will hold a retail value of at least $105.  Sneak Peaks Include:

    • A handmade SWEET TEA sign
    • A 12″ Round Acacia Wood Tray Platter
    • An 18×18 Pineapple Pillow Cover

The Backyard Oasis Original Crate $49.95

The Original Crate will include a minimum of 4 trending decor items and hold a Retail Value of at least $65. Sneak Peaks Include:

      • A wooden serving Tray with Gray Bottom 10″ x 8.5″ x 1″ Retail Value of $24.99
      • An 18×18 Pineapple Pillow Cover

If you are interested in ordering make sure to do so by May 4th!


Trunk Club – Men’s April 2016 Subscription Box Review 2

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Trunk Club
Cost: Cost of Items Kept.
Ships To: Continental United States.
Coupon Code: N/A

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review
Trunk Club is a styling service for men and women. They offer in-person shopping appointments (in Chicago, Dallas, DC and LA) and at home styling, which is what we did. You sign-up on the Trunk Club website to be connected with a stylist who reaches out to get to know you and understand your clothing needs and preferences. Your stylist will then send you a link to preview your trunk. You can select the items you would like sent to you to try on at home and pass on the items that aren’t of interest to you. Once your trunk ships you have 10 days to try everything on. You keep only what you love and return what you don’t. Shipping is free both ways and the trunk includes a pre-paid return label. They will even schedule a pick-up at your house. There are no commitments, minimum purchase requirements or styling fees for Trunk Club.  Trunks are sent on request and you can change your preferences / profile at any time.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club ships via UPS.  Boxes vary in size depending on how many items your trunk contains.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

B was in need of some Spring / Summer pieces for work – mainly polos and some other casual things for weekends.  His stylist (Mary Kate) put together a trunk with about twenty pieces for us to review.  We looked it over before it shipped and ended up nixing about ten of them.  They were mainly dressier shoes that he doesn’t need right now and long-sleeved button downs that he also wasn’t interested in.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club sends everything from shoes to clothing to accessories.  Everything is brand new with tags (from the manufacturer) and shoes come in their original boxes.

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As I mentioned we opted for a more casual trunk.  I would say that these prices are on the less expensive side of things that Trunk Club normally sends.  The brands they carry are similar to those Nordstrom carries (actually Trunk Club is a a fully owned subsidiary of Nordstrom) so you can expect Nordstrom type prices with this service.

B’s April 2016 Trunk Club contained the following pieces:

~Penguin Basic Short – Navy ($69): We both loved these shorts, but they were a little too tight in the waist / hips.  The material is a cross between swim trunks and chinos.  It’s a great lightweight fabric for summer and had they fit right, they would have been a keeper.  Verdict: Returned.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

 

~Twenty Singleton Slub Polo – Black ($95): I saw the price on this and thought no way, why is this $95?  And then B tried it on and I realized because it’s the nicest polo I have ever seen!  It’s made from a thin sweater like material and is perfectly fitted.  I can’t find this brand online (Twenty polo isn’t exactly the easiest term to search for), but I am going to keep working on it and see what else they offer. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review
~Sol Angeles Sahara Flora Polo – Light Blue ($88): This was better in person than in the pictures, but it’s still a no for B.  Maybe if he was going on a tropical vacation?  It is very soft and it fit great, but it’s too much for him to wear to work. Verdict: Returned.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

 

~Seavees Baja Slip On Core Vintage Wash Linen – Orange ($68): These shoes were a little big on B, but we both loved the style and the price!  I’m not sure how wearable this color would have been for B though. Verdict: Returned.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~Seavees Hermosa Plimsoll Core Vintage Wash Linen – Teal ($78): Great shoes!  They fit B perfectly, but the color (a pale washed teal) wasn’t for him. Verdict: Returned.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~Seavees Hermosa Plimsoll Core Vintage Wash Linen – Navy ($78): Had B not received these shoes in Navy, he may have kept the teal ones.  Maybe.  The Navy ones are much more wearable for him though and will fit his style better.  Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~John Varvatos Classic Polo – Navy ($68): This is a fitted washed navy polo.  Totally B’s style and it was an easy decision to keep this. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

 

~John Varvatos Soft Collar Peace Polo – Blue ($68): The information sheet calls this blue, but it’s much more of a green.  Again it’s a soft washed polo with a great fit for B. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~A.G. Protege – Tan ($178): These fit B well and I liked them, but he just wasn’t sure how often he’d wear them.  He says he’s not much of a tan pants guy and for the price they just weren’t something he’d wear enough to make it worth it. Verdict: Returned.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~Theory Gaskell Short Sleeve Henley – Red ($95): This was my favorite piece in the entire trunk.  It’s on the more expensive side of the pieces in the trunk, but it’s so well made and so incredible soft.  And I love the burnt orange / red color.  This is a piece that B will have for years. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

~Taylor Vintage Walking Shorts – Pink ($78): The fit on these shorts was idea and they are a fun pop of color for summer.  I doubt they are something he would have picked out on his own, but he ended up loving them. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review
~Goodlife Short Sleeve Henley w/ Split Hem ($85): This was another keeper. It fit perfect and was super soft and well-made. Verdict: Kept.

Trunk Club - Men's April 2016 Subscription Box Review

B was really happy with his Trunk Club!  He’s been traveling so much lately (and has lots of traveling on his schedule for this summer as well) and just doesn’t have the time to go out shopping right now. It was frustration free and a nice birthday splurge for him.  It’s certainly not something we would (could) purchase monthly, but it comes in very handy and really takes all the work out of shopping.

If you are interested in checking out Trunk Club, you can find them here.  They offer both Men’s and Women’s trunks and can be scheduled for delivery at any time. If you have tried a trunk (men’s or women’s), what’d you think?


Hamptons Lane April 2016 “Pizza” Review + Coupon Code 1

Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own, and no compensation was received. This post contains affiliate links.
Hamptons Lane
Cost: $47/month
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: “Subscription10” to save $10 off your first box.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code
Hamptons Lane curates an amazing monthly box of artisan foods, kitchen tools, and serveware for the food lover. Boxes are $47/month and are revealed at the beginning of every month. Boxes are created around a monthly theme, such as Southwestern Fiesta, Summer Cocktail, The Best of BBQ, Coastal Italy, etc. Unlike most subscription boxes, you can skip the box if it doesn’t interest you during the first five days of that month.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code
Hamptons Lane ships in the second half of the month.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

This box shipped at the end of the April and we couldn’t wait to get making this!

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

The April 2016 Hamptons Lane theme was “Pizza”. The information booklet includes a few recipes along with details on each of the products in the box. The box included the following:

~Tipo 00 Flour from Antimo Caputo ($3.49): We don’t typically make our own pizza dough, however, this may inspire us to do so more often. B used the recipe from the information booklet, and it worked out perfect. To make two pizzas, you only need 1 cup + 1tsp. of this flour so we have plenty left over for more.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

~All-natural Pizza Sauce from Scarpetta ($7.95): This sauce was fabulous! It’s gluten-free, contains no preservatives and has no sugar added.  It’s very flavorful and maybe the next best thing to homemade? We made two pizzas and have enough left over to make at least 2-3 more. Once opened you do need to finish within seven days so it looks like we will be having pizza again soon.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code
~Custom Italian Seasoning from Raw Spice Bar ($2) & Active Dry Yeast from Red Star ($0.50): I want to mention that the MSRP’s that Hamptons Lane listed for these were, from what I can tell, higher than what they should have been.  Or at least higher than what I found.  I always use the online prices, though. Anyway, our active dry yeast package wasn’t labeled, but we figured out what it was.  The Raw Spice Pizza spices were fantastic. They were a blend of garlic, black pepper, sun-dried tomato, onion, oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, fennel, rosemary, and thyme.  Totally made the pizza!

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

~Pizza Peel from Epicurean ($30.25) & Pizza Cutter from Epicurean ($19.95): The pizza peel is made from an “environmentally friendly natural wood fiber pressed composite” and is “perfect for sliding pizza out of the oven or off a stone onto a tray”.  We had some trouble getting our first pizza off the peel (it didn’t slide easily), but it picked up our pizza off the stone no problem.  The pizza cutter was cool.  It doesn’t seem like it’d work (I wasn’t expecting it to), but it totally did.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

~The Pizza: B made the dough for the crust the night before (Sunday) and then we all made the pizza together for dinner last night. We did one pizza with basil / tomato / mozzarella pizza and then did one with pepperoni in addition to the other items. We had a little bit of trouble getting the first pizza to slide off the board, so it may not have looked perfect, but it was delicious. The second pizza (the one you see below) worked perfectly. We didn’t have any issues at all and again; it was amazing.

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

Hamptons Lane April 2016 "Pizza" Review + Coupon Code

All totaled the April 2016 Hamptons Lane box had a value of $64.14.  It wasn’t a incredible value, but we did love discovering these items and will use them all in our kitchen going forward and has inspired us to make more homemade pizzas!

What do you think of the April 2016 Hamptons Lane box?  If you are interested in subscribing or want to learn more, click here and use the coupon code “Subscription10” to save $10 off your first box. You can opt for the Pizza box as your first box or one of Hamptons Lane‘s many other boxes.


Two on Tuesday… 6

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1. Mother’s Day is Sunday so I want to know what you are doing for your mom (or what your kids are doing for you)? B has National Guard this weekend so he won’t be around, but I know the little boys will take good care of me ;).  They have been working on top secret projects at school that I cannot wait to see (I LOVE the crafty projects they come up with at school).  I am not 100% sure what my mom is doing this weekend (mom are you going up-north?), but the boys and I may invite ourselves to hang out there for a while Sunday too!

2. Of all the subscription boxes in April, what was your favorite (either one you received or one you are sad to have missed)? Of all the boxes I received / reviewed in April, I think my favorite was the Birchbox Limited Edition: New Naturals box.  It was an amazing value and just an all around fabulous box (it’s actually still available to purchase too). I think it may have been my favorite (or at least close to) box of the year so far!

I can’t wait to hear your answers!