Thursday, 28 August 2014

Hitha On The Go for Quarterly.Co Review - #HGQ02 Summer 2014 - Lifestyle Subscription Box

How Much? $50 per quarter plus $20 shipping
What’s in it? Curated gifts from influential contributors and cultural icons. Currently there are over 60 contributors, curating boxes of everything from technology, to food, to fashion, and everything in between.
The second Hith on the Go for Quarterly box arrived last week. Every three months, curator Hitha Palepu, a blogger and travel expert, sends a package of travel goods and packing accessories. Her blog, Hitha On The Go, offers fabulous travel, packing, and style tips.

I didn't mind the first Hitha on the Go box, but from the comments on my post, it wasn't well received by others. The shoe bag was seen as unnecessary, and for shoes, I agree that it is. I use mine as a packing cube and it works wonderfully and keeps my bag organized and my clothes wrinkle-free and neat. After a few people commented that only 3-items wasn't worth it, Hitha herself commented on my blog post saying "I'll be sure to add more items to #HGQ02". I was impressed by this and expected something great for the second box.

The box was small and light. When I opened it up, I saw it was mostly crinkle paper surrounding four small items.

#HGQ02 is filled with products to help you survive long flights.
"No matter how you shake it, long flights are rough. And while it's nearly impossible to thrive on long flights in economy, the contents of #HGQ02 will definitely help you survive (in-flight AND at sea level)."
Nourish Snacks mr. popular (34g snack bag, $2)
What's one carry-on essential I'm never without? Snacks! I've never heard of Nourish Snacks until now. It's a healthy snack subscription service, kind of like NatureBox. They also run an online snack store. Unfortunately Nourish doesn't ship to Canada. For my American readers, you can save 10% off your first order using promo code QUARTERLY at checkout.

Baggu Tote  ($9)
This tote can hold up to 50 pounds, weighs less than 2 ounces, and can hold the contents of 2-3 plastic grocery bags. It's great for every day use (groceries, work, on the go), or as a carry one to hold all your snacks, magazines, electronics, and other must-haves. I always have a foldable re-usable bag, similar to this one, in my purse, but mine is getting pretty tattered. Good timing, Baggu!


Flight001 Customizable Mini Dopp Kit  ($22)
Hitha uses this in her carry on to pack her must-need in-flight amenities and toiletries. The inside has a waterproof lining, the dark colour hides any dirt, and best of all, it comes with a white marker so you can customize your own design on the outside. Hitha recommends writing a packing list on the lid to make packing a snap. Use it to hold toiletries, electronics chargers, or whatever other essentials you need for in-flight comfort.

Perpetual Shade Luxury Eye Mask ($69) 
Holy smokes! A $69 eye mask! This one really is luxurious though. This design is exclusive to #HGQ02 subscribers (and it's gorgeous!). The back side is made of silk for repeatability, and to protect delicate under-eye skin. The oversize shape is specifically designed to block as much light as possible and the mask does not wander or come off while sleeping. I am a shift worker so I often sleep during the day and I use an eye mask every sleep. I have a large assortment of them and have tried every shape, size, fabric, and brand imaginable. I've used this Perpetual Shade one for 2-nights and I 100% agree with Hitha - this mask will change the way you sleep. So far, I love.

The summer edition Hitha on the Go for Quarterly.Co contained four items, with an approximate value of $102. The value of the first box was only around $74, so already this is an improvement. At first look I was a bit deflated because everything seemed so small and... random. After reading Hitha's letter and taking a good look at all the products, I understand where she was going with the theme. The eye mask is the definite star of this box, and for me, it's absolute perfect. I've used it already after two night shifts and it blocked out the bright day light and stayed on my head the entire time! I'm a little bummed that Nourish Snacks does not ship to Canada, so I won't be able to take advantage of the promo code. It would have been nice to have a larger bag of snacks, or more than one small bag. Other than that, I have no complaints about  this box. It's a great value, fun, and well thought out.

What do you think of #HGQ02?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Nature Box Canada Review - August 2014 - Healthy Snack Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This post contains referral links.

What is it? NatureBox
How Much? $19.95/month plus $4.95/month shipping
What’s in it?  A box of five different - but always delicious - snacks delivered to your door. 
NatureBox is a very popular US based snack subscription service that recently started shipping to Canada. The boxes ship via Canada Post, with no additional duties or taxes. The Canadian rollout is currently in "beta" phase, which means Canadian customers won't be able to experience NatureBox the same way our American counterparts do.

The main difference is that, while in "beta" phase, Canadian customers do not have box customization options. Instead of being able to choose the snacks each month, we will received a fixed 5-snack box, curated by the NatureBox experts. NatureBox predicts Canadian customers will have full access to the interactive site by late 2014.

Upon opening the box, I was impressed to see all full size, factory sealed packages. So far, so good. No product card inside, but I found the products listed on the NatureBox website.

Chia Seed Crackers (156g bag)
This is just the right kind of curved, crunchy crisp that'll maximize full dipping potential.

Cashew Crumble - Cookie Coated Cashews (113g bag)
This subtly sweet snack is the perfect reward for your completed to-do list. Crumbly, crunchy and super satisfying, it's great on its own or with a steaming cup of freshly brewed chamomile tea.

Whole Wheat Lemon Figgy Bars (170g bag)
This whole wheat and lemon take on a fig-treat classic is perfect for when you want to satiate that hankering for a sweet treat. 

Acai Berry Crunch - Granola with Cranberries & Acai Berries (167g bag)
Pour this granola into a porcelain serving bowl and snack on the decadent-tasting rolled oats, dried cranberries and acai berries.

Mango Almond Bites - Mango & Crispy Rice Squares (113g bag)
Chewy mango and crispy rice come together in a sweetly satisfying snack.

The August NatureBox for Canadians included 5 full size bags of snacks and treats. It's a great introduction to snack box and I can't wait to try everything. It's impossible to put a value on these products, but I'm certain it's more than what I paid for the box. For those interested in allergens, some of the snacks are made without wheat, dairy, soy, and nuts, however every package has a warning that the products are packed in a facility that also processes "tree nuts, peanuts, milk, wheat, egg and soy". Because of this, none of the snacks can be labeled as "gluten free", "peanut free", etc, even though the ingredients list may not contain these things. If you have serious allergies, you may want to skip NatureBox.

If you are interested in trying NatureBox, use promo code "share10off" at checkout to get $10 off your first box!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Beauty Box 5 Review - August 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Beauty Box 5
How Much? $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year  plus $3 shipping per box
What's in it? 4-5 samples from your favourite beauty brands 
It's Beauty Box 5 time again. I didn't receive a shipping notice this month so I'm not sure when my Beauty Box 5 shipped. Normally it ships around the 15th of the month. According to the customs declaration, I received "Box 3".

The theme for August is "Radiant & Remarkable".
"The golden days of summer may be headed to an end, but you're still shining! This month we're recognizing the brilliant beauty that you are and adding the finishing touches to carry your carefree attitude well into the fall. Embrace beaming skin, dazzling lips, and lustrous locks to keep your glow going."
Product card

First look

La Fresh Travel-Lite Oil Free Makeup Remover Wipes (8 wipe pack,  $2.49)
I love wipes. Any kind of wipes are an A+ for me.

pur~lisse pur~protect Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (15ml, $16.50)
This is the 3rd time I have received this pur~lisse product! The first a sample the same as this on in an Ipsy bag, and the second was a full size from the FabFitFun VIP box. I use sunscreen everyday so no complaints.

Nanacoco Lip Gloss in Popular (full size, $3.99)
This is pretty darn pink and really sticky. Smells nice though, if that's something you look for in a lip gloss.

Novex Brazilian Keratin (30g pouch, >$1)
This is a keratin hair treatment that you massage into hair post-shampooing. I don't like the sample format (foil pouches are hard to use more than once) but I am curious about the product.

Style Essentials Nail Polish ($1.75)
There is no colour listed on the bottle so I guess it's called... silver? It's a no-name polish. Nothing special.

My August Beauty Box 5 contained 5 products with an estimated retail value of $25.75. I'm happy with the products received. The sunscreen and wipes are great. The lip gloss is nice to see, but the colour isn't for me. The polish and hair product are underwhelming, especially since they are so low valued. Another version of this month's box included a 4 ounce sample of hair serum valued at $11.99, instead of the Novex sample I received, which is valued at less than $1. It would be nice if all the different box versions had similar values.

If you are interested in subscribing to Beauty Box 5, for a limited time, you can get a free box with your subscription. Enter promo code AUGUSTFREE at checkout, and you will receive a version of the August Beauty Box 5 for FREE! This deal is for new subscribers only. Click here to check out Beauty Box 5.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bowzer Box Review - August 2014 - Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.

What is it? Bowzer Box How Much? $29/month, $78/quarter, $138/half-year, plus $4.50 shipping per box. What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories. May include full size toys and treats (wheat free), samples, and coupons from various brands.
Once again Bowzer Box surprised me with a complimentary review box! If you missed my previous reviews, Bowzer Box is a Canadian based subscription box for dogs. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save per box by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is only additional $4.50 per month. 


The product card alerted me to Bowzer Box's new referral program. Subscribers can sign up here. For every person that signs up for Bowzer Box through your unique link, you earn a free month of Bowzer Box! You can also let your friends know they can save 10% off their first month using promo code REFERFRIEND. Only active subscribers can take advantage of the referral program, so if you are currently subscribed, be sure to register!

The August box is all about the beach!  
Seeing as it's no so easy for our furry friends to hop a place to the beach when summer ends, we're bringing the beach to them. From Florida to Hawaii, and beyond, we've got something beachy for everypawdy!
Quaker Pet Group Go Dog GATOR ($14.99)
This must be the "Florida" part of the beach theme.This guy has minimal stuffing for maximum fun and it's made with Chew Guard Technology to stand up to the toughest pooch.

Chuckit! Tennis Balls ($3.99)
Great for playing fetch at the beach.

Whimzees Dental Chews (2 pieces, $3.99)
These dental chews are shaped like gators too!

Exclusively Dog Fillet Stix (198g, $8.99)
Nothing says beach like fishy snacks!

Slobbers Organic Treats in Coconut Bananza (235g, $9.99)
Coconut and banana? Sounds like the perfect tropical cocktail! 

Zuke's Hip Action Daily Hip & Joint Support (3 piece sample, $1)

The August Bowzer Box included 6 products, with an approximate retail value of $42.95. It's a nice collection of toys, treats, and supplements. I'm going to the lake with Jack on Sunday so I will be taking the box with me to surprise him. I will be sure to posts pictures of his reaction on Instagram. Also don't forget, Bowzer Box donates 10% of proceeds to animal-based charities in Canada. By subscribing to Bowzer Box, you not only get cool treats and toys for your dog, you also help other dogs and animal groups.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX at checkout and 10% will be deducted from your total. Click here to check out Bowzer Box

Friday, 22 August 2014

Julep Maven Review - August 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Julep Maven
How Much? $24.99 per month, shipping included*
What’s in it? At least $40 worth of products chosen depending on your style profile, or upgrade your box for an additional fee and get the entire collection.
 *Julep's Maven program has changed. Read here to see what the changes mean for you, whether you are an existing Maven or a new one.

Julep recently moved their order fulfillment center from Seattle to Ohio. They say it will make shipping quicker and more efficient since the boxes ship from the middle of the country instead of from the West coast. Seems like a good idea... except the first month operating out of Ohio was a complete disaster. The boxes shipped late - a week to several weeks late. Mine shipped August 6th and arrived August 18th. Normally it comes the first week of the month, not the third. Shipping wasn't the least of the issues. Many, many customers received incorrect orders... it's almost comical how wrong some of the orders were. Polish Jinx has a great re-cap of the whole Julep snafu.

August featured the "Wanderlust Collection", with a whole array of new polish colours, as well as Gel Eye Glider pencils. I opted for the "Happy Mani-versary" box instead of a collection box. The Happy Mani-versary box was to include some basic nail care products and a special edition 3rd anniversary nail polish.

On August 15, Julep e-mailed to say that one of the products I ordered was left out of the shipment.
Thank you so much for celebrating our anniversary month with us! We wanted to let you know we are aware the Cleanup Tool was missing from your Happy Mani-versary box. We have shipped it separately and it is on its way to you now.
Great. Delayed shipping and now a missing product. Not good so far, Julep. Thankfully, when my box finally arrived, everything else was there and correct.

Free gift - a screen cleaner as well as a notice about Julep's new app. If you download the app and login to your Maven account, you will earn some free Jules (reward points).

Product card and a 30% off coupon code. Use code JULEPPERK to get 30% off your next order from Julep.com. This promo code is not valid for purchases of gift cards, gift boxes, Maven subscriptions, or Mystery Boxes. It also excludes Savvy Deals and Secret Store items. Code expires September 30, 2014. I'm going to use it to buy the September gemstone polish and a few other item.

Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum ($28/$22.40)
Kapow! Peptides – super-charged amino acids that build keratin (for your nails) and collagen (for your cuticles) – are our Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum's secret weapon to transform dry and damaged cuticles almost overnight. Plus, get visibly stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges and less splitting and brittleness in only 2-3 weeks.

Ta Da! Quick Dry Polish Drops ($14/$11.20)
Back by popular demand, these game-changing drops will leave your manicure touchably smudge-free in just a few minutes.

Queen Anne Polish ($14/$11.20)
Lilac confetti microglitter

Missing Item: Julep Cleanup Tool ($14/$11.20)


My August Julep Maven box included 3 products, with a 4th on the way. I was lucky enough to experience only minimal issues this month. The estimated value of my box is $70 retail, or $56 Maven pricing (including the missing product). I opted for a core box this month because I didn't need any more polish and the Eye Gliders did not appeal to me. I'm happy with the products I chose and all will be put to use.

I did experience once additional issue which is still being addressed. Julep gave everyone bonus Jules reward points for the shipping delays. My Jules balance shows "AUG 2014: 300 Jules for Box Take + Delayed Shipping Bonus" but I only received the usual 300 points for taking the monthly box. No bonus was actually rewarded, even though it says "+ Delayed Shipping Bonus". I've seen other people receive anywhere from 400 to 2000 additional Jules for their troubles. I e-mailed Julep to see why I wasn't given bonus points as stated and have yet to hear back. I will update when they reply.

What did you think of the August Julep Maven collection? Did you experience any issues this month?

Don't forget to use code JULEPPERK to get 30% off your next order from Julep.com.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Fall Edition Luxe Box - Coming soon!

What is it? Luxe Box
How Much? $26 per quarter, $50 semi-annually, $96 yearly. Shipping included.
What’s in it?  7-8 Trial-size products every season (4x per year) 

The Fall Edition Luxe Box is shipping in mid-September, so as always, Luxe Box has released a few upgrade and add-on options.

The first is an add-on:

Stila Add-On (+ $7 - SOLD OUT!)
Add this full-size Stila product on to your Fall Edition Luxe Box for an additional $7.  Unfortunately, this option is already sold out.
 Dash your cheeks with this lavishing sun-kissed shimmer!

Select this upgrade to add Stila Custom Colour Blush as an additional product in your personalized Fall 2014 Luxe Box.

Products Included:
  • Stila | Custom Colour Blush in "Self Adjusting Bronze" (Full Size)
  • 7 to 8 Beauty & Lifestyle Discoveries
 
The three box upgrades available are: 

Be a Bombshell Edition (+ $13 - SOLD OUT!)
Swap your Fall Edition Luxe Box out for the Be a Bombshell Edition for an additional $13. Unfortunately, this option is also already sold out.
Let your inner Bombshell shine through this season, with a complete make-up look selected by our beauty editors.
For the natural goddess or the bold temptress, this collection can be worn several ways: Together or mended with your daily make-up routine!

Products Included:


  • Be a Bombshell | Lip Gloss in "Caliente" (Full Size) 
  • Be a Bombshell | Eyeshadow in "Tempted' (Full Size)
  • Be a Bombshell | Blush in "Glowing Goddess" (Full Size)
  • Be a Bombshell | One Stick in "You Glow Girl" (Full Size)
  • Be a Bombshell | Lip Crayon in "Some Beach" (Full Size)
  • Loose Button | Blush Brush (Full Size)

Dream & Dazzle (+ $6)

Swap your Fall Edition Luxe Box out for the Dream & Dazzle Edition, for an additional $6.
 
Calling all dazzling Luxe Beauties!

Walk with a little extra sparkle in your step this season with seven beauty discoveries that will be sure to spice up your fall style. This collection is specially curated by our top beauty editors and Natasha Zimbaro from PRTY H3RO. 


Products Included:

  • LVX | Nail Lacquer from Winter Resort 2014 Collection (Full Size)
  • So Susan | Universal Blush (Full Size)
  • Loose Button | Fan Brush (Full Size)
  • VASANTI | Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (20 mL)
  • Burt's Bees | Lip Gloss in "Ruby Moon" (Full Size)
  • Vita Liberata | Rapid 4-7 Day Tan Mousse (25 mL)
  • Phyto Paris | Phytok√©ratine Thermal Protectant Spray (30 mL)

Get Up & Glow (+ $5)

Swap your Fall Edition Luxe Box out for the Get Up & Glow Edition, for an additional $5.
Fall is always the time for a fresh start and getting back to the basics.

Enjoy these seven discoveries helping you to get up & glow in the morning!

Products Included:

  • AG Hair | High & Dry (50 mL)
  • Sweet Leaf Bath Co. | Blush Body Wash (60 mL)
  • So Susan | Concealer Quad (Full Size)
  • Loose Button | Blush Brush (Full Size)
  • Amarte | Aqua Cream (5 mL)
  • Amarte | Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum (5 mL)
  • Burt's Bees | Lip Gloss in "Autumn Haze" (Full Size)
Feel refreshed, energized, and most important of all... beautiful.
So, grab that pumpkin spice latte and get ready to show the city your autumn glow.

If none of the upgrades interest you, no problem. You will receive the regular Fall Edition Luxe Box which will include 7-8 trial size products.

I managed to snag a Stila add-on before they sold out. I love Stila products so I am looking forward to trying it out.

What do you think of the Fall Edition Luxe Box upgrades?