Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beauty Box 5 Review - July 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 
Before the review, there is some BB5 subscription news to share. Beauty Box recently announced that they will no longer be offering free shipping to Canadian customers. Beginning your next billing cycle, current subscribers will be charged an additional $3 per box to cover shipping. I have a year subscription, so this change won't affect me until February of next year. Those of you that are on a month-to-month plan will see your monthly cost rise to $15. A three month subscription will now cost $39 ($13 per box) and a year subscription will be $135 ($11.25 per box). I read some complaints about this change, but I don't find it a huge deal. A shipping charge of $3 is incredibly reasonable, and BB5 remains one of the least expensive subscription boxes out there, especially if you opt for a year long subscription.

Now for the review! The July BB5 arrived on July 17th. I didn't get a shipping notice this month, so I'm not sure how long it took to ship. Lately they have been taking anywhere from 1-2 weeks. It's a huge improvement from the 3-4 weeks it took last year.

The theme for July is "Defining Moments".
"This month we want to celebrate the events that made you the amazing woman you are today! Whether these moments were milestones like graduating college and earning your first big paycheck, or small victories like learning how to gracefully walk in heels or finding the mascara you can't live without, treasure your accomplishments and be ready for the next one!"
Product card - looks promising!

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black (full size, $7.99)
This is a new mascara with "high-shine black fibres". I'm go through a lot of mascara, so it's always a welcome item, even drug store brands! 

Starlooks Lip Pencil in Bare (full size, $12)
I've received quite a few Starlooks products over the past year and I've always been impressed with them. I don't use lip liner though so this may end up on my swap board.

Body Drench Candy Licious Lips in Peppermint Stick (full size, $3.99)
I received a lip balm from Body Drench in a previous BB5 and I love it so this is a welcome item.

Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub (0.5oz sample, $1.37)
I love scrubs so this is a good sample for me. It smells like oranges.

HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment (60g two use pouch, $2.39)
I'm interested in trying this one. There are two uses per packet. I read some people complaining about it being a foil sample, but this is actually how they are sold - in singles or 12 packs.

My July Beauty Box 5 contained five products valued at $24.74. This is the best Beauty Box 5 I have received in MONTHS. The value is more than double what I paid and I received products I can and will actually use. I'm also happy to see four full sized products! Hopefully we see more of this from BB5 over the next few months.

What did you think of the July Beauty Box 5?

If you are interested in signing up for Beauty Box 5, click here. New subscribers can use promo code HALFOFF to get your first box for half price. If you sign up today, your first box will be September (cut off date is 21st of the month preceding).

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Body Morphia Review - July 2014 - Fitness Subscription Box

This box was received complimentary for review.
How Much? $19.99/month including shipping
What’s in it?  5 to 6 full-sized and trial samples of nutritional supplements, vitamins, and health solutions.

Body Morphia is a new Canadian subscription service that sends out a monthly Body Bag full of nutrition products such as supplements, proteins, meal replacements, and health food products. The value is guaranteed to be double the subscription price. Body Morphia generously sent me the July Body Bag for review.

 First look - uh oh!

The July bag is a yellow nylon drawstring bag. It will be handy to store wet clothing after the beach or pool. Upon opening my bag, there was a white powder covering everything. Something had leaked and caused quite a mess. A product/promo card was included but it was tossed before I could take a picture.

Vitargo S2 Recovery Drink in Natural Juicy Orange Flavor ($6.50)
This is the product that cause the mess. There was a 1cm tear in the back of the package so white powder escapes and coated everything. Washing it off caused an even bigger mess as the powder took on a sticky, almost gelatinous texture that smelled of orange Jell-o.

Promax Energy Bar in Chocolate Peanut Crunch (1 bar, $1.95)
This gluten free bar has 20 grams of protein for 300 calories. It will be great on my next bike ride.

Pure Organic Banana Coconut Bar (1 bar, $1.89)
This bar is gluten free, organic, and vegan and it's high in protein and fibre.

Cytomax Energy Drops in Pomegranate Berry + Tropical Fruit (60g, $2.15)
Energy chews are great on long runs and bike rides. I hate the texture of gels so chews are perfect for me. They work to replace energy lost during intense training.

Kaizen CLA 95 Conjugated Linoleic Acid (90 capsule full size, $27.99)
There are a lot of claims about the benefits of CLA. You can read about it here.

The July Body Morphia Body Bag included 5 products, valued just over $40. All products are full size. There's a good mix of items - from meal replacement, to energy supplements, to health food products, to dietary supplements. There's a little of everything. I will get use out of the two bars and the Energy Drops. the Vitargo is going in the garbage since it wasn't sealed. I need to do more research on the CLA supplements to see if they are something I need in my diet.

I'm happy to see a new Canadian subscription service and this one looks promising for those that are interested in diet and fitness supplements. The price is good and it includes shipping!

Click here to check out Body Morphia.

Monday, 21 July 2014

FabFitFun VIP Review - Summer Edition 2014 - Women's Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? FabFitFun VIP
How Much? $49.99 per quarter, plus $8 shipping to Canada
What’s in it? Full-size premium beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness finds, valued at least $100
FabFitFun VIP is a US based lifestyle subscription box for women. This season, they started shipping to Canada and the additional shipping charge is an incredibly reasonable $8. I've been coveting this box for quite a while so I was thrilled to hear the Canadian shipping news. FabFitFun is a beauty and lifestyle e-zine that is associated to E! News and Giuliana Rancic. Every 3 months, the editors of FabFitFun send out a mystery VIP box filled with their favourite products as well as must have products of the season.

The box shipped via UPS and arrived within a week of ordering. There were no additional tax or duties owed at the time of delivery. It's about the size of a standard shoe box, weighed in at 3lbs, and was filled to the top.

Lots of spoilers were available online but I glazed over them. I sort of knew what to expect but didn't read all the details. All I knew for sure was that this box has an estimated retail value over $240!

Thursday Friday Diamonds Away Mini Clutch ($35)
This canvas clutch/cosmetic bag is super cool. There were a lot of different designs available but I'm pretty happy with the one I received. I like the white on canvas print.

POPchips in Sea Salt & Vinegar ($1.29)
I love that this box sends a little bit of everything, including snacks. Unboxing works up an appetite!

Slim Fast Have Your Cake...Vanilla Protein Meal Bar (1 bar, $1.10)
This really did taste like a piece of vanilla cake, which made it way too sweet for my tastes. For those with a sweet tooth, it would make a good treat item rather than a meal replacement bar.

Zoya Nail Polish in Maya (full size, $9)
At first I wasn't sure about this colour but now I think I love it. I see a pretty peach pedicure in my future.

KISSTIXX Lip Balm in Strawberry & Chocolate ($5.99)
"Simply smooch to unlock a mind blowing flavor combination and experience a kiss you won't soon forget." Love lip balms but this may end up on my swap/sell board

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial (1oz/28g full size, $95)
Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this product... At a whopping $95 per ounce of weight, this is the first and last time I will ever own it. I'm looking forward to trying it out and seeing why the hype is all about.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (30ml, $25)
This one claims to take flyaways without weighting down hair. Sounds promising but I don't really enjoy the smell of lemongrass. This may be another swap/sell board item.

Always Xtra Protection Long Panty Liners (12 liners, $1.50)
Not very exciting, but always useful.

pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moistuizer SPF 30 (50ml full size, $55)
More sunscreen. Love it! I just received a sample size of this in my July Ipsy bag too. I won't have to buy any sunscreen for at least a month! :-p

Skintimate Shave Gel (78g, $1.99)
Like the liners, not very exciting, but also very useful.

FabFitFun Infuser Water Bottle ($15)
I have a glass version of this but I love this plastic one. It's lightweight and great for travel and fitness. And I just noticed there is a dead fly INSIDE THE BOTTLE. How did it get in there?

FabFitFun's Summer Edition VIP box contained 11 items valued at $245! Everything is full size except for the shave gel and liners, which are brand sponsored deluxe sample sizes. It's a great box with a mix of beauty, lifestyle, fashion, and food. I'm happy with every product received and I'm looking forward to trying several of the items. FabFitFun has an article on their site titled "How to Pick the Perfect Subscription Box". Of the five points listed, the FabFitFun VIP box hits all five. It's worth the value, it's full of full-sized products, it has variety, it is risky, and it's ahead of the trend. I think this is my new favourite lifestyle subscription box for women and I can't wait to see what next season brings!

The Summer Edition FabFitFun VIP box is still available to purchase. There are three codes currently so if the first one doesn't work, try the next one. All are valid for new subscribers only.
  • Code 1116704 will get you $15 off the Summer Edition box, while supplies last. Limited code redemption allowed so if this one doesn't work, try the next code.
  • Code FLASH10 will save you $10 off your first box.
  • Code REVEAL5 will get you $5 off your first box.
 Click here to sign up for FabFitFun VIP.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - July 2014 - Beauty Subscription Bag

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada
What’s in it?  4-5 beauty products every month  

My July Ipsy bag shipped July 10th and arrived July 16th. The theme for July is "Sensationally Suns Kissed". All the products came inside a hot pink vinyl pouch.

Here comes the sun and a Glam Bag full of beauty products so good that even the sun would worship it. There isn't a gray cloud in sight this summer as we give you an amazing selection of brands and products fit to help keep you looking your best during summer's brightest days and warm long nights.
Pixie Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink (1.8g, $8.40)
Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydrates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (color & intensity depends on pH level of lips). 
This is a really nice sheer pink colour on my lips. It feels like chapstick but colours like a sheer gloss. Love it. (Full size is 3g for $14, available from

Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea (14ml full size, $8.55 US)
The Models Own SPLASH collection dives straight into summer. Revitalize your entire polish collection; wear alone for a wash effect, or over your favorite color polish for a glistening top coat. 
This isn't for me and has been added to my swap/sell board. (Full size price converted from
£5 GBP)

pur~lisse pur~protect Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (15ml, $16.50)
Stay protected with pure flower power. Pur~lisse's unique peptide complex, Lotus Lupine 5, and Hydra-Shield Complex, offers superior full-spectrum sun protection in a light weight nourishing moisturizer. 
I go through a lot of SPF all year long, but especially during the summer months. Products like this are always welcome. (Full size 50ml for $55 from

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in "The Inspiration" (1g, $7.14)
Provides vivid, pigment-packed color with seamless blendability that lasts up to 12 hours. 
This is a great deluxe sample, modelled after the full size version but about 1/3rd of the size. I love the colours too (Muse - a "pink frost" & Passion - a "glimmering plum") - great for my green eyes. (Full size 2.8g for $20 at Sephora)

Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (2ml, $9.33)
Vanished is an on-the-go, clear spot treatment specially formulated with menthol, glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
Perfect timing as a hormonal eruption has just appeared on my chin. (Full size 7.5ml for $35 at

The July Ipsy Glam Bag included five products valued just under $50 ($49.92 to be exact). I'm happy with four out of five products. The nail polish isn't for me so I will try to swap or sell it. I love the Pixie Balm and the bareMinerals shadows. The pur~lisse SPF and the Clear Clinic treatment will both be put to use immediately. My Ipsy bag is a win this month!

Ipsy currently has a wait list for subscriptions. Be sure to sign up for an Ipsy account now to get on the wait list. They also offer a way to "Skip the Wait" option. Through your account, you can click the "Skip the Wait" button. This prompts you to share an Ipsy post on your Facebook page. When someone signs up for Ipsy through your Facebook post, you will be removed from the wait list and start receiving Ipsy Glam Bags. Keep an eye out also for random promos offering open sign up. That's how I got in without having to wait.

What did you receive in your July Ipsy Glam Bag?

Click here to sign up for Ipsy.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Toothbrush Subscriptions Review - Sample Pack - Grooming Subscription Service

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Toothbrush Subscriptions
How Much? $3-5 every 1, 2, or 3 months. Shipping included.
What's in it? One quality toothbrush in style and colour of your choice

The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. With regular dental checkups, most people only get a new toothbrush every 6 months (here's why). This is where Toothbrush Subscriptions comes in.

Toothbrush Subscriptions will send a fresh, high quality toothbrush to your door when you need one. Choose to have a delivery every month, every other month, or every three months. Then select between three toothbrush styles, priced from $3 to $5, and select from five available colours. Toothbrush Subscriptions does the rest of the work, giving you one more thing to cross of your to-do list.

Toothbrush Subscriptions carries adult and kids brushes. Kids brushes are all $3 and come in baby, toddler, and teenager sizes. Shipping is always free, even to Canada. You pay only when your toothbrush ships and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

Toothbrush Subscriptions generously sent me a sample package for review. The package included two brushes, as well as instructions on how to clean and disinfect a toothbrush. I didn't even know one was supposed to clean and disinfect a toothbrush! 

The Defender Toothbrush ($3)
Extra soft bristles for sensitive teeth. Oval shaped brush head. Flexible neck & contoured handle.

The Professional Toothbrush ($4)
Soft bristles. Medium brush head. Ergonomic handle. Soft rubber grip.

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The Superior Toothbrush ($5)
Dual soft and extra soft bristles. Compact brush head. Clear handle with sticky grip. One of only 30 toothbrushes worldwide that is approved by the American Dental Association.

I am a soft bristle brush person so I think The Defender or the Superior would be best for my needs. I think this is a great subscription idea. I'm all about convenience and like my razor blade subscription, Toothbrush Subscriptions makes me have one less thing to worry about while I'm at the store. It's always good to have spare toothbrushes on hand, especially if you have guests regularly, or during cold and flu season. I always replace my brush after overcoming a cold, so in the winter, I go through more brushes than probably necessary.

What do you think of Toothbrush Subscriptions?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Topbox Review - July 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box

What is it? Topbox
How Much? $12 per month, shipping included
What’s in it?  4 deluxe beauty samples  

The July Topbox shipped and arrived within one day. How the heck does Topbox do that?! I'm excited for this one because I opted for a wish list box instead of a regular box and... I got the one I wanted!

They're Real! Benefit Topbox

Benefit is one of my favourite brands so I was thrilled to get this box. It features two brand new products from the They're Real! line, in addition to two of Benefit's top selling products. All the pricing below is based on Canadian retail prices, as provided on the above info card.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara (3g sample, $10.25 CDN value)
This mascara is iconic and it's one of my faves. Can never have enough!

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner (0.10g sample, $2.18 value)
I have seen a mixed bag of reviews about this new "innovative" gel liner pen. I can't wait to give it a try! Robyn wrote a pretty thorough review here.

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer in Medium/Deep (2.5ml sample, $7.50 value)
I would have liked to try this but it will be too dark for my fair skin. I have added it to my Sell/Swap Pinterest board, if anyone is interested!

Benefit They're Real! Remover (7.5ml sample, $3.30 value)
This is another new product. It's a creamy gel waterproof eye makeup remover. It's another product I'm looking forward to trying out, probably in conjunction with the Push-up liner.

My Benefit Prive Topbox included four Benefit products, valued around $23.25. I paid $12 for this box, plus tax, for a total of $13.44. I am really happy with this Topbox, even though one product isn't for me. I can't wait to try the new Push-up liner, then take it off with the gel makeup remover.

If you are interested in trying Topbox, click here. There is a wait list that runs 6-8 weeks so sign up now!