Saturday, 25 April 2015

Little Life Box - Mother's Day Gift Box Available for Purchase

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Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full of healthy and sustainable products for you to sample and discover. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. This spring, Little Life Box is offering a one-time-purchase box just in time for Mother's Day. The Mother's Day Gift Box will be filled with exciting healthy items for your loved one to try. Each box includes a card with a personalized message and special gift wrapping. The box costs $22.95 plus $4.95 shipping across Canada (total $27.90).

Boxes will ship on May 4th for those in Quebec and Ontario, and April 29th for all other provinces, so order before the shipping day to ensure your box arrives in time for Mother's Day on May 10th. Make sure to include your custom gift card message in the "Note to Little LIFE Box" box before checkout.

I'm always incredibly pleased with my boxes from Little Life Box so it's a great idea for a gift. Click here to check out my previous Little Life Box reviews.

Click here to check out Little Life Box and order a Mother's Day Gift Box.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Naked Snacks Review - April 2015 - Canadian Healthy Snack Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Naked Snacks
How Much? $27.95 per month, including shipping and tax (CDN$). Save on 3-month or 6-month pre-paid subscriptions.
What’s in it? Five 150g re-sealable packages of nutritionally-balanced, whole food snacks

Naked Snacks is a new Vancouver based subscription service that sends wholesome snacks to your door. Each month, Naked Snacks sends a selection of nutritionally balanced snacks for you to sample and enjoy. At this time there is no customization option, but it's something they are working on for the future.

Instead of selecting the exact snacks that go into your box, Naked Snacks offers three different boxes to suit your snacking needs. All three boxes are priced the same and include five 150g re-sealable pouches of hand selected snacks. The Lite Snacker box is the low-calorie option and contains five snacks that offer 200 calories or less per 30 gram portion. The Chef's Choice is a box that offers five of the most popular snacks. The High Energy box offers power-packed fuel for active folks and includes five high energy snacks that are chosen to give you a sustained boost. I received the Chef's Choice box.

 Our snacks are designed for the wholesome goodness they provide, without compromising on exceptional taste. We do this through our unique 80/20 nutritional philosophy: 80% whole grown goodness straight from the source, 20% earned indulgence as a reward for making smart decisions. Snacks that will put a spring in your step and a big, beaming smile on your face! 
The snacks come packaged in sturdy, re-sealable bags. 

On the back, each package has a sticker with nutrition facts, ingredients, and a write up about the snack.

Wholesome Yogi
Invite good karma into your life with Wholesome Yogi. This mix of hearty nuts is perfectly balanced with nutritious pumpkin seeds, flavour-filled cranberries, and topped with Greek yoghurt chips for a healthy digestion. Don’t forget to breathe and enjoy one of the most nutritionally balanced snacks we offer. Wholesome Yogi will make you feel like you’ve just woken from a long, deep savasana. Namaste!
The best part of this mix is the cranberries and yoghurt chips! The cashews are tasty too.
Hearty Tamari
Hearty Tamari is one of our favourite savoury snacks. It’s perfect for when we’re hankering for a healthy alternative to that potato chip crunch. Sesame sticks and spicy pretzels mix with almonds and cashews, all lovingly slow roasted in delicious Tamari. This exotic taste from Japan confirms what we already knew – for good times, make them Tamari times. 
I enjoyed this mix. It was salty, sweet, and spicy all at the same time.

 
Tuscan Road Trip
Everyone loves a road trip, especially one with a companion like this! This scrumptious mix was inspired by our healthy hunger for adventure. Explore new horizons with all the goodness of super-berries, mighty nuts, and delicious dark chocolate. Almonds help build and maintain strong bones, while cherries are considered a good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C. Happy travels!
The dried cherries and dark chocolate pieces in here are so good! I think this is the first time I've tried pistachios and I love them now. This one is my favourite.

Granola Girl Original
A lot of heart and a whole bunch of health goes into every batch of delicious Granola Girl. Its impressive list of certified organic ingredients are as great tasting as they are good for you. You can eat it however you want – straight up with milk, sprinkle some on yogurt, or dive into the bag and eat it by the handful as a snack. Whichever way you choose, be prepared to fall in love with your new favourite snack!
I've received Granola Girl in a subscription box before and I enjoyed it, but this mix is better than I remembered. My boyfriend and I ate this granola for breakfast with our yogurt and berries.

Wasabi-me
Wasabi-me is many things, but shy isn’t one. This is a big personality snack for big
personality snackers. It’s spicy, salty, crunchy, and so darn good! The pumpkin seeds add a little sophistication to the mix, while the rest of the ingredients are unashamedly loud. Wasabi-me isn’t all party though. Its substance includes high protein, high fibre, and nutrient levels to help you relax throughout your day.

I'm not a fan of wasabi peas so this one wasn't for me. My boyfriend enjoyed it though.

My April Chef's Choice box from Naked Snacks included five pouches of healthy snack mixes, totaling about 750g of snacks. It's not possible to value a subscription like this one, but I completely believe it's worth the subscription price, especially since the cost includes tax and shipping. The snack mixes are great, and obviously made from high quality ingredients. I especially enjoyed Hearty Tamari and Tuscan Road Trip. The convenience of this subscription can't be beat, and it's fun to receive new mixes to try each month.

If you are interested in trying Naked Snacks, enter promo code CDNBOXADDICT at checkout to save $10 off your first box!

Click here to check out Naked Snacks.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Topbox Review - April 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

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

Topbox is a Canadian subscription service that sends four deluxe samples from top beauty brands each month. Topbox is the premiere monthly beauty subscription box in Canada and at only $12 per month, plus tax, it's an affordable option for those just getting into the world of beauty boxes. Topbox tends to include a lot of skincare products with some cosmetics. They tend to feature higher end drugstore and department store brands. You can expect to see Lise Watier, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, and Benefit, along with some new and niche brands. You can see all my previous Topbox reviews here.
My April Topbox shipped with The Kit Limited Edition box that I purchased last month. This bottle of Hawaiian Tropic was tossed in the mailing bag along with the other two packages. I guess it's a bonus item this month, since everyone received one and it isn't included on the product card. (Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Lotion - 59ml, $4.99 value)

The four Topbox products came in an organza pouch. I always opt for the "enviro-option" instead of the cardboard tubes. I already have a ton of tubes and have no idea what to do with them. 

Product card 

Sweet Pea Mango Papaya Soap ($5.95)
Made with Mango Papaya fruit extract this juicy smelling all natural soap smells good enough to eat.
This soap does smell super delicious. It permeated through the entire mailing package. I just wish they had wrapped the soap in tissue. Every product in the organza bag was caked with soap bits. 

Matrix Gloss Booster (30ml, $15)
Your Link to customizable shine. Unique concentrated hair gel formula adds instant shine to any style.
I'm not sure if this is something I would use, but it's a great size sample. 

LA Splash Diamond Lipgloss in Natural (6ml, $8.98)
Our High Pigmented Lipgloss provides long lasting moisture and intense lip color.  It is completely full-coverage and long wearing.  Infused with vanilla mint, this non-stick, moisturizing formula is enriched with nourishing vitamin E and Shea Butter.
I love that this gloss is infused with vanilla and mint! 

Zyderma HS Clarifying Cream (30ml, $34.95)
This cream is ideal for daily use and care of blemished and sensitive skin. The unique combination of skin nurturing ingredients and MicroSilver BG cares for and helps soothe skin, promotes the skin’s own natural healing process and helps to regulate the skin flora and reduce harmful bacteria.
I already received this product from Topbox, in February 2014. I guess they can't really guarantee no duplicates when it's been over a year, but it's still a bit of a let down. Interestingly, the Zyderma price has gone up significantly in the past year. The 1 ounce/30ml size used to sell for $24.95.

My April Topbox included four products, plus a bonus sunscreen. The retail value of the four products is $64.88, which is a huge value for Topbox. Normally the value is between $20-$40. With the bonus sunscreen, the value is just under $70. All the products are full size or travel size, but that isn't the norm for Topbox. Typically you will receive sample sizes. It's a good mix of products, with hair care, skincare, body products, and cosmetics. This is my last Topbox, since I cancelled my subscription last month. I'm happy with this box, but I don't feel like I will be missing out on anything by cancelling. It was a good two years, but it's time to move on.

Click here to check out Topbox.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BuddhiBox Review - April 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

If $41 US per month is too much for you, BuddhiBox also offers a mini version. For only $11.95 per month, plus shipping, you can get 2-3 product samples and coupons. This review is for a regular box.

Each month the box includes an inspirational quote, or intention, a yoga pose card, and a healthy recipe.

The pose for April is Deviasana, or Goddess Pose. The recipe is for Blueberry Bliss Goddess Bars, which are vegan, gluten free, and paleo.

I noticed a new feature on the product card this month. Now there are little icons to incidate which items are vegan, organic, and cruelty free. Great idea!

First look... what the heck are those?!

Toesox Casual Knee High Socks in Retro Emerald Strip ($16)
Activate your toes every day, in every shoe. Wear the Casual Collection with boots, sneakers, and oxfords for the ultimate fusion of function and fashion.
I was confused by these socks at first until I read more about them. Ever heard of Yoga Toes? They're like that, but in sock form. If nothing else they will be cozy for around the house.

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Energy Bar in Lemon Coconut (1 bar, $3)
Our naturally sweetened Lemon Coconut Whole Food Energy Bar satisfies while helping deliver the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to power your way through your day.
I haven't tried this yet, but I love receiving energy bars. I've tried so many different ones through subscription boxes. It's great to get to try them without committing to a full box.

Stinky Yogi Pranayma {breathe} Essential Oil Blend ($12)
A concentrated blend of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that is invigorating + uplifting. Together, this combination of oils helps to open the channels for deep breathing! In addition to inhaling directly from the bottle or diffusing, this blend is great for use in baths and humidifiers.
This will be great for cold season... an all natural Vics rub in essential oil format. I love the idea of adding it to a bath. The blend includes peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon oils.

Real Beauty for a Cause Bath Fizzy (2 pack, $4.99)
These bath fizzies are very cool. They're shaped like little flowers and smell of lavender. This was an extra product that wasn't included on the product card.

Yogi Tea Samples in Skin DeTox and Healthy Skin (2 Tea Bags, $0.62)
I love Yogi teas. I drink Green Tea Kombucha regularly. Unfortunately these flavours aren't available in Canada yet but I'm excited to try the Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin sample. 

Amazing Grass Amazing Meal in Original (1 packet, $3)
Make your next meal amazing. Amazing Meal combines our Green SuperFood blend with 11+ grams of premium whole food protein containing all essential amino acids. 

I received a different flavour before and I didn't mind it. I usually add the packets to smoothies.

prAna Organic Headband ($10) 
The prAna Womens Organic Headband is a stretchy, lightweight, 92% organic cotton headband ready to keep sweat and hair off your face. It's ideal for climbing, yoga, and cross-training.
This is great! I've been using a buff that I received in StrideBox to keep my hair back and sweat off my face while hiking. It always slides off and needs constant readjustment. I recently bought a pair of prAna pants for travel and hiking and I'm very happy with them.

My Mat My Mantra Mantra Spots Mat Sticker ($5.95)
Find inspiration with the original yoga mat sticker. 
This is a neat idea. I probably won't use it on my yoga mat, but it will be good on a mirror on the the back of my tablet.

The April BuddhiBox contains eight products (lemon bar not pictured) with a retail value over $55 US. It's a great mix of products for yogis and non-yogis alike. I don't practice yoga, but every month I find a use for every product I receive. The boxes are always well curated with thoughtful and useful products. Even better, partial proceeds from the April box go to Poses for Paws, an organization that donates to shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Ready to sign up for your own subscription? Save  $3 off a month-to-month subscription using promo code buddhifriend at checkout.
BuddhiBox is also currently promoting a limited edition Mother's Day box that features a collection of their most popular items from past boxes. Click here to check it out.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

FabFitFun VIP Review - Spring 2015 - 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. They started shipping to Canada in the Summer and the shipping cost is a very reasonable $8! 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.

FabFitFun ships in batches and it seems like mine was one of the last to go. It shipped April 3rd and arrived April 15th via Canada Post.

The "Big Reveal" is a bit of a misnomer since all the products were revealed long before I received this box. The only surprise was which scarf pattern I would receive. I was really, really hoping for the watercolor pattern... 

... but no such luck.

Jules Smith Modern Art Scarf ($42)
Join Rihanna, Mary-Kate Olsen, and other celebs who are fans of Jules Smith Designs! Each lightweight cotton viscose scarf is printed with beautiful, vibrant colors, and is ideal for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring flawlessly.

The scarf is actually better in person. The colour is more vibrant and I love that it's so light weight. It's only 12" by 60" though so a bit smaller than expected. It will be great for travel so I'm going to gift it to my globetrotting mother as part of her Mother's Day gift... and then I might go buy the Watercolor pattern for myself!

 
We’re over noshing on snacks with ingredients that are harder to pronounce than Benedict Cumberbatch’s name. That’s why we’re loving Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn made with all-natural ingredients. With non-GMO corn, no hulls or kernels, and totally gluten-free, this is one snack you don’t have to feel guilty about.

I don't normally like popcorn, but with no hulls or kernels, I really enjoyed these. 

ORLY Nail Lacquer in Cake Pop (18ml, $8.50)
Pop this pretty polish on, and you’re sure to feel springtime-ready. This subtle pink crème color looks gorge on everyone, and will soon become your go-to hue.

ORLY BB Creme Make-up for Nails (18ml, $15)
Like BB Creme for your face? Then you are going to love it for your nails! Nail the look of a natural mani with this time-saving, über fabulous, all-in-one topical cosmetic treatment that helps to smooth, moisturize, and brighten natural nails with a super cute sheer peach tint. 

The BB Creme for nails is an interesting product and so far I'm very happy with it. It's similar to OPI Nail Envy, but the light peach tint (very sheer, very light), really does enhance natural nails. I'm a fan already. The Cake Pop polish doesn't excite me too much. I've already received two blush pink polishes in the last few months.

 
Sun, smoke, and smog suck! But this spring, you’re in luck because we’re giving you a free radical fighting super serum to keep your skin safe from the daily elements. This powerful formula increases collagen growth, rapidly slows down the aging process, fills fine lines, and minimizes wrinkles once and for all! And just because we love you, from now until August 31, get 25% off your purchase at Palmetto Derma with the code “FABFITFUN25″.

I'm always happy to receive another high quality skincare product and FFF always delivers.

Sprout It App Card + Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod ($1.49)
Spring is the perfect time to grow green! Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® are all-in-one seed podsTM containing everything you need to grow your own veggies and herbs by simply removing the lid and placing in the soil. Earn a green thumb with Sprout It, an app that makes gardening easier with reminders and tips from planting to harvest, customized to your location and garden!

This is a great idea for non-green thumbs like myself. I received a cilantro seed pod, so I'm eager to plant it and have cilantro all summer long.

Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos ($36 - $3)
Get festival ready in a flash! These gorgeous metallic designs are the perfect, chic accessory for any of your spring music festivals, beach vay-ks, and really anytime you wanna sparkle. 

How someone decided to list these ridiculous tattoos at $36 is beyond me. AliExpress sells Yasi brand tattoo sheets for $1.27 a piece. Even Amazon only has them listed as $15.99 retail, although these ones are on sale for $3. It doesn't look good when FFF values a dollar store item at $36. Also... vay-ks? Seriously? It's this product and its ridiculous write-up that have me thinking that I am not FabFitFun's target demographic.

 
Brush up on your makeup skills! It’s time to spring clean your brushes because this new duo will make you a total beauty pro! Brush #11 is the perfect eyeshadow application tool to make those peepers pop. Brush #20 is designed to help you apply concealer/corrector or any liquid or silk peptide foundation. Want more from OFRA? We know you do! Use code: FABFITFUN40 at Ofracosmetics.com for 40% off your first purchase through August 1, 2015.

Good quality make up brushes makes all the difference when applying makeup. I will probably gift these to my sister though because I recently bought my own brushes that I love.

 
From coast to coast, you’re sure to love this uh-dorable coaster set featuring illustrations of the world’s most loved cities. Feed your wanderlust with images of New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris — all in a beautiful keepsake box.

For some reason I didn't expect these coasters to be cardboard. I should have known, since they are made by a paper company, but I was expecting (or hoping?) for something like ceramic or cork. I don't expect cardboard coasters to last very long with a lot of use. On the plus side, they are gorgeous and I will use them!

Merrithew 3 DVD Set "Intense Body Blast" and $25 Gift Card ($35.95)
Blast your bod into bikini shape this season! MERRITHEW’s Intense Body Blast three-part DVD set gives you a full-body workout by taking basic HIIT (high intensity interval training) principles and combining them with simple STOTT PILATES® moves for an effective and rewarding workout! Head over to Merrithew.com/FabFitFun and put your $25 gift card toward one of their 500 fitness products!

I only calculated the value of the DVD's, because the gift card is not a true gift card as it can't be used to cover tax and shipping. When you have to spend money out of your own pocket to use a card, that makes it a discount card, not a gift card.

The Spring 2015 FabFitFun VIP box included eleven products with an approximate value of $217.33 US. Apparently there were supposed to be a couple of promo cards as well ($40 discount for Hello Fresh and $125 discount to Vow to be Chic). My box didn't include these discount cards, and I'm wondering if it's because I'm in Canada and the cards aren't valid here. If this is the case, it would have been nice if they let Canadian subscribers know in advance instead of just leaving the items out without a word. I can't say this is my favourite FabFitFun VIP box, but there are a few products I will use and a few more that will make great gifts. The only item that absolutely will not be used is the tattoo sheet. The metallic temporary tattoo trend needs to go somewhere and die.

If you are interested in FabFitFun VIP, you can save $5 off a new subscription by entering promo code NEW5. Spring boxes are still available. The next edition ships in Summer (July/August).

*New Promo Code* - New subscribers can save 20% off their box using promo code FRIENDS.

Click here to check out FabFitFun VIP.

Monday, 20 April 2015

GlobeIn Gift Box Review - April 2015 - Eco-Conscious Subscription + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$) What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.  
 

The theme for the April box is "Picnic". Learn more about the box and all the products here.
"Our picnic theme is about enjoying new ways of eating on the go. Picnics can be urban or rural, take place in a national park or on a neighborhood park bench. They are simple ways to enjoy a self-catered moment that is economical, ecological and fun."
Product card


ECOlunchbox ECOnapkins (Set of 2 with Sack, $12.17) 
Following techniques passed down over generations, Khatri artisans produce these whimsical hand-printed fabrics using wooden blocks, screens, and wax-resist dyeing. Sourced in fair trade from the Gujarat deserts, the ancient textile tradition combines natural plant-based dyes with synthetic dyes that help to create such rich, bright colors. In using these ECOnapkins, you are helping to sustain and protect these artisans in their cultural and artistic traditions, as well as lessen their chance of being overrun by large-scale manufacturers.

These will be great for work lunches too. It's a great and easy way to conserve paper towel and napkins.

Kopali Organic Dried Mango (1.8oz, $6)
There’s nothing better than feeling good about what you eat. This energy-boosting, easily packable snack is the perfect company to your picnic. Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, these mangos are completely hand-picked, dried, and crafted in pure goodness, leaving you with a sweet burst of flavor to your day. Kopali Organics assures you of a product that’s good for everyone: you, local farmers, and the planet. 

I love dried mango! It's a great snack, but so expensive. I usually buy the large bag from Costco.

Elemental Herbs Sunstick SPF 30 (0.6oz, $7.99)
Enjoy this convenient and protective sunscreen, and let yourself delight in all of its magical healing qualities. Crafted from certified organic oils such as jojoba, coconut, avocado, and an unexpected twist: Buriti, sourced from the Amazon. This unique oil hosts a rich concentration of antioxidants, possesses a photo-protective quality and an elastic nature that remedies dry skin and fights aging. With such a lively assembly of natural ingredients, your days will be that much more durable under the sun!

This was the spoiler product earlier in the month. In photos it looks like the size of a lip balm but it's actually quite a bit bigger, and perfect for using on your face, ears and nose. 

ECOlunchbox Tri Bento ($30.43)
Pack yourself a three-course meal with this hand-made stainless steel, traditional and robust lunchbox, perfect for mindful eating and portion control. Meeting the most important food-safety standards, your ECOlunchbox ensures reliability and sustainability, helping to get you one step closer to a lunch of less waste!

It's a little known fact, but I have a serious addiction with bento style lunch boxes. I have one like this, one of these, this one, and one of these. I have almost every kind of bento, except for an Indian inspired tiffin box like this one from ECOlunchbox. It's a great addition to my collection, especially since it's plastic free and dishwasher safe! 

Palm Leaf Basket (Mexico, $12)
All the monthly goodies come packed in a reusable palm leaf basket. Colours and designs will vary. Now that I have two (the last one yellow), I'm really not sure what to do with them. They could be a unique way to wrap gifts.


The April GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box, featuring a picnic theme, included five products with a retail value over $68 US. This box costs $47 US for Canadians. It's a very well curated collection of quality products that will help you plan the perfect picnic. I plan to use my bento to hold snacks for hiking or an afternoon at the beach. It will come in very handy this summer!

If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time. The  March and April boxes both sold out within the month. First time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout.

GlobeIn also has a Mother's Day special. Use promo code MOM when you order a gift subscription to get $10 off, and if you order before April 30th, you will receive a bonus hand painted candle and a gift card. This offer expires April 30th.

Click here to check out GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box.


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