Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Top Shelf Razor Company Review - Canadian Grooming Subscription Service

How Much? $6-9 per month with free shipping (CDN$)
What’s in it? Four blade cartridges every 30 days. Free handle and extra blade with first order!

Top Shelf Razor is a Canadian service that sends razor blade cartridges to  your door each month. There are two subscription options available. The Diplomat is a 3-blade razor for only $6 per month. The Ambassador is a 5-blade razor that goes for $9 per month. Subscriptions are available monthly or bi-monthly and all plans include shipping!

The best part is that Top Shelf Razor has a satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your TopShelf Razor, return the 4 unused blade cartridges for a full refund (you cover the postage). No questions asked. Top Shelf will refund your purchase price and you get to keep the handle and extra blade.

This is a review for The Ambassador subscription.

Your first shipment includes a free handle and extra blade cartridge. 

The metal-alloy handle is ergonomically designed and weighted and balanced. It has a nice feel to it and is easy to hold in the shower, thanks to the soft non-slip rubber grip. The push button system is easy to use, even when wet. The blade is compatible with both 3-blade and 5-blade razors. The replacement cost is $3.99 with free shipping, but I doubt you will ever need to replace this handle, unless you lose it somewhere.

The blades are made with hardened American stainless steel and include a pivoting head, lubricating strip, and a rubber guide bar. This is the same for the 3-blade and 5-blade cartridges. You can order additional blades if you need more for the month. Four 3-blade cartridges go for $8 including shipping and four 5-blade cartridges go for $11 including shipping... or just order two subscriptions since the monthly subscription price is cheaper!

My first package from Top Shelf Razor Company really impressed. The 5-blade cartridges give an amazing close shave and the precision metal handle is easy to use and grip. Based on Top Shelf prices, the first month's package is worth $17.74 CDN ($2.75 for each blade, plus $3.99 for the handle). I received all this for only $9, including postage (the monthly mailing of 4-cartridges only has a value of $11). There are other services that offer bare bones blades for a great price, but Top Shelf offers top quality blades with all the bells and whistles for a fraction of the price of name brand versions. There are monthly and bi-monthly options and a couple price points to choose from, so if you are looking for a razor blade service with more features and options, look no further than Top Shelf Razors.

Click here to check out the Top Shelf Razor Company.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Bowzer Box Review - June 2015 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This  box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a recurring Canadian subscription service that delivers a box of doggy goodies every month. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

The theme for June is "Bow Wow" Q, a doggy version of summer BBQ. The box contains some of their favourite grilled treats, a toy made for the park, and a bandana to "keep the BBQ sauce from hitting the floor".

 First look!
Product Card - We want to get "all up in your grill"!

Chomper Jr. Gladiator Fetch Stick ($11)
This squeak toy is built for "tuff-ness" and is great for small dogs.
 
Merrick Tripe Steak Patties ($7.50)
These patties are made with beef tripe and beef liver. The patties can be used as a snack or a treat, and served whole or broken up.

Merrick Cowboy Cookout Gourmet Sausage Treat (35g x 4, $2 each = $8)
These treats are made with beef, oats, and potatoes (along with various other ingredients & fillers).

Red Gingham Bandana (~$1)
The perfect pattern for a country cookout!

Quality House Brand Beef Ribs ($2)
This is an all-natural 100% Canadian beef rib. It's slow roasted to retain natural flavour and nutrition. 

Amelia Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits (2 cookies, $4.99)
Dessert is a must at a BBQ and strawberry shortcake is a seasonally appropriate dish!

The June Bowzer Box included six different products, with a retail value of $34.50. This box costs $33.50 per month, including shipping, so there isn't much value here. To get the most bang for your buck from Bowzer Box, look into the longer term subscriptions, which can bring the per-box cost down to $23, plus $4.50 shipping. The true value in Bowzer Box is in the curation. Each month they send out a box full of unique products built around a fun theme. There is always something your dog is sure to love. I would have liked to see a full size bag of treats, or another toy or accessory this month though.

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.  

Saturday, 4 July 2015

GLOSSYBOX - July Sneak Peek + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Glossybox
How much? $21/month plus $5 shipping (US$). Save on 3, 6, & 12 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5 surprise luxury beauty products packaged in a glossy pink gift box

Glossybox is a deluxe beauty sampling program, operating in more than a dozen countries worldwide. They consider themselves the "leading purveyor of luxury beauty samples on a global stage". Glossybox US started shipping to Canada in November 2014.

The first preview for July has been released.

From Hey Honey Skincare, we have Hey Honey I Peel Good! A full size is 1oz for $59.
Promising to improve skin’s elasticity and texture after even a single application, this innovative treatment provides a trio of benefi ts, including hydration, exfoliation and protection. Another perk? The cream also reduces stretch marks and leaves behind a natural lipid barrier to protect skin.
 
The Gift with Purchase for July is Black Rose Cream Mask from Sisley. New subscribers can receive this product for free in their first box. Use promo code ROSEMASK at checkout. This one is valued at $19!
The Black Rose Cream Mask has been specifically formulated to instantly provide the skin with a youthful and energized look. Rich in active anti-aging ingredients, it immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking youthful and energized.

Sign up in July and you will receive the July box, while supplies last. Once the July box sells out, new subscribers will receive the Classic Glossybox, which is a collection of the most popular products from past boxes.
 
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Friday, 3 July 2015

Bespoke Post Review - June 2015 "Roam" - Men's Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Bespoke Post Box of Awesome
How Much? $45 per month + tax, plus $10 shipping to Canada (US dollars)
What's in it? Fresh & interesting lifestyle brands for men built around a central, unique theme   

Bespoke Post is a lifestyle subscription box for men. Each month, Bespoke Post sends a new "Box of Awesome" - a box filled with a limited edition collection of products built around a specific theme. To complement the box, Bespoke posts how-to-videos, tips & tricks, and interviews with the makers. Their goal is to introduce men to something new. Many of the boxes could appeal to women as well, which is why I subscribe! Last month I received Shine, and the Dharma Eyewear "Cash" sunglasses I received are the best sunglasses I have ever owned (no exaggeration).

For June I selected "Roam".
Every journey, from weekend adventures to daily commutes, starts with the right supplies. Whether you're headed down the block or going out for the day, you'll need some key provisions and a trusty bag by your side.
Put it all together, and this made-in-America setup is built for the daily grind and quick-hitting travel alike with a sturdy-yet-smart design that’s made to last, while looking sharp every step of the way. It's functional, versatile, and ready to boldly go wherever you’re headed.
I'm going on a big trip in a few months, so I'm looking for things to make travel more convenient and packing more efficient.The Roam box looked like the perfect mix of items.

The Post this month was quite information, with information and history about canvas weave and waxing. Canvas is water-resistant, outdoor-ready, and "tough as all hell"!

Vapur Eclipse 1 Liter Water Bottle ($11.99)
Re-think your water bottle. This interesting take forgoes the rigid design in favor of a flexible, packable profile that rolls up to take up next to no space when you're empty. And when you're heading to the park, an outdoor concert, the beach, or wherever else you might want a drink, you can fill it up with some wine or pre-mixed cocktails.
I already have a couple Vapur bottles from the old Seasons Box and they are great. When empty they weigh next to nothing and can be rolled up so they take up very little space. This bottle is double the size of my other ones so it will be perfect for travel.

TM1985 Leather Cord Wrap (~$10)
Wrap your cord up neatly with this piece of quality leather, and they'll stay neat and well protected in your bag or pocket. It's made with love from the craftsmen at TM1985 - a Brooklyn design shop that makes their goods in the USA. 
Cord wraps are very handy for travel. I have a couple already for my charger cords and this snazzy one will be used for my ear buds to keep them neat and organized.

Line of Trade Canvas Tote in Navy ($60)
Intensely tough detailing meshes with refined design in this ready-for-anything bag that’s made in the US. It's built with heavyweight everything, from the veg-tanned leather straps to the brass rivets to the strong canvas body. The upper uses a high grade eighteen ounce weave, while the lower color blocked section uses a waxed version canvas for even more resilience.
I can't express how awesome this tote bag is. It's a great size, high quality, durable, and good looking. It's a basic style that goes with anything and will last forever. I won't be taking this on my trip, for practical reasons, but I will get lots of use out of it this summer!



The June offering from Bespoke Post - Roam - included three items to organize your life on-the-go. This box has a retail value of around $82 US. This box cost $65.40 US with tax and shipping. It's a good value for three practical and useful items. I will get ample use out of all three, so this is a great box for me.

Roam is still available, so if you are looking for a cool, high-quality tote uni-sex tote, check out the Roam box from Bespoke Post... and if this is your first Bespoke Post order, new subscribers can save 25% off your first box using promo code RESCUE at checkout. I also highly recommend Shine, but only the McQueen style glasses are still available.

Also of note, Bespoke Post is now offering $10 shipping CANADA WIDE (for orders $45 or over). Those of you that have still been paying the old $20 rate can rejoice in knowing you will now save $10 per month, just like that! All duties and taxes have are covered by Bespoke Post, so there are no additional fees due upon delivery. As well, Bespoke Post can now accept returns from Canada. Check out the Bespoke Post FAQ for more details. 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Razor Blade Club Review - Canadian Grooming Subscription Service

This package was provided complimentary for review.
 
What is it? Razor Blade Club 
How Much? $6.99 per month, shipping included (CDN$)
What’s in it? First month includes an ergonomic handle and four 3-blade cartridges, then four cartridges per month.

Razor Blade Club is a Canadian grooming subscription service that sends quality blades to your door. For only $5 a month, plus $1.99 shipping, you will receive four 3-blade cartridges each month. Your first shipment also includes the razor handle. If you ever break or lose your handle, just contact Razor Blade Club for a free replacement.

Razor Blade Club is a unisex service. Both men and women can "shave cash" by joining this club. I was previously subscribed to Razor Blade Club for over a year with no complaints. Every month I found a small envelope in my condo mailbox containing my blades for that month. It was easy, convenient, and most of all... cheap!

The blades and handle, although inexpensive, are not cheaply made. The blades are high quality and provide a great, close shave. It's a basic set up with three blades that get the job done. No moisture strip or aloe strip here, folks! The handle is ergonomic and comfortable, although at times it was difficult to get the blade off, especially when the razor and hands were wet. The push button would stick a bit, but a little force and persistence would get it done.

If you are looking for a way to cut back and save cash, look no further than Razor Blade Club. Traditional blades aren't cheap. A five pack of Gillette Venus blades goes for $19 or more. A three pack of Intuition blades runs $12,99 and up. It's summer time and we are shaving our legs every few days. That adds up fast. A subscription to Razor Blade Club will cut your monthly shaving costs by at least half. If you aren't picky about name brands, aloe strips, pretty colours, or number of blades in your cartridge, this could be for you.

Click here to check out Razor Blade Club,

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Oatbox Review - June 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box

Happy Canada Day! Here's a great new Canadian subscription box for you to celebrate!  -J

What is it? Oatbox Cereal Co.
How Much? $20 per month (CDN$). Shipping included.
What’s in it? Two bags of healthy cereals, prepared exclusively for Oatbox subscribers (380g each)

Oatbox is a Canadian subscription services based in Montreal, Quebec. Each month, Oatbox creates two different oat-based cereal mixes, inspired by the seasons. The cereals are made from natural, healthy ingredients. 
From whole grain cereals like rolled oats and puffed quinoa to nuts and fruits as fresh as they get, our ingredients are really what makes our breakfast cereals truly unique.
Each bag is about 380g and offers approximately 8 portions each. The granola blends are made fresh and shipped the same month so your oats are guaranteed to be fresh. The packages are re-sealable and will last for 3-months on the shelf, at room temperature (as long as the seal is properly closed). Oatbox also takes allergies into consideration. If you have any food allergies (like nut allergies), just contact them to see about what can be done. Because Oatbox is oat based, the mixes are not gluten-free.

I learned about Oatbox through my boyfriend. He was visiting friends in Ottawa and saw the Oatbox bags on their kitchen counter. He texted me right away to ask if I knew about Oatbox. I'd never heard of it before but as soon as I saw the website, I had to sign up to try it out and review the box. More people need to hear about this great Canadian company!

When you subscribe, your first box ships within 2-3 days via Canada Post. Shipping is included in the cost of the subscription! The price you see is the price you pay - $20 (no tax!). 

To help you eat your healthy breakfast when on-the-go, your first box includes a free glass jar.

After your first month with Oatbox, you will receive an e-mail three days prior to your next shipment notifying you of the mixes for the month. If they appeal to you, do nothing. Your mixes will be on their way to your door in a few days. If you aren't interested in the blends-of-the-month, you can easily skip the month and wait for next months' blends. This is a great feature, especially if you only have one or two oat-eating people in your household.

100% Pure Chocolate (Batch 073, Produced June 15, 2015, 380g bag)
 "What the customer wants, the customer gets!" By popular demand, chocolate will be included in our newest June mix. After a few bites, you will realize that this is not your average chocolate, it is 100% pure raw cocoa and it will please all of our chocolate lovers! Crunchy and rich, this mix is the one with our best nutritional value ever made by our Oatbox chef. Simple is often key. We’ve only added spelt bran and organic kamut flakes in order to get the best result. Enjoy our gourmet mix, guilt free!

This one was good. It had a rich chocolate flavour, without being sweet. My boyfriend said it reminded him of Chocolate Haystack Cookies. This mix would be great for breakfast, or as a dessert with some yogurt. I also want to try to make some granola bars.

Pears & Pine Nuts (Batch 021, Produced June 12, 2015, 380g bag)
The Guyot pear season has arrived! What better way to celebrate than to include it in our June mix. Rich in flavours and vitamins, this seasonal fruit will be a pleasant surprise to all those who dare to try it. Beware, you will wish pear season was a yearlong festivity! To balance our mix, our chef has carefully selected AA pine nuts from Pakistan. The result will be loved, cherished and craved by our healthy living customers.

This one was tasty too. It had a subtle sweetness from the dried pear. The pine nuts added a nice texture. I'm used to pine nuts in savoury dishes (with pasta, salads, etc) so this was a nice surprise.

The box also included recipe cards for "Raw Asparagus, Endives, Radishes & Warm Granola Salad" (using Pears & Pine Nuts) and "Belgian Style Granola Waffles" (using 100% Pure Chocolate). If you need other ideas for using your oats, look no further than Google. You can go basic and eat your oats with milk (warm or cold), sprinkled over yogurt, raw as a snack, or use them to make granola bars, cookies, breads, and other treats. There are oodles of things to do with oats and granola mixes! Here is a good link with ideas

Also of note, Oatbox supports the Breakfast Club of Canada. For every box shipped. they donate $1 to the cause, which provides one warm breakfast to a child in need.

The June Oatbox contained two 380g bags of custom blended granola, for a total of 1.6 pounds of oats! I also received a reusable glass jar to take my cereal on the go. It's hard to put a value on this box, but given what I've paid for quality granola recently, I'd say I more than got my money worth. This box costs $20 CDN, with free shipping and no tax. The cereal blends were prepared fresh just weeks ago, and will last another three months. So far I'm impressed with Oatbox and I look forward to trying the July mixes.

Click here to check out Oatbox Cereal Co.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Splendies Review - June 2015 - Undergarment Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Splendies
How Much? $13.99/month plus $7 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Three pairs of quality undies delivered to your door

Splendies is a subscription service that sends quality women's underwear and panties. Each month is a total surprise and with a multitude of brands, styles, and colours in the Splendies vault, no two packages will be the same. This is a great way for you to try new brands and discover new styles. It's easy and convenient.

Splendies sizes range from S to XL. The website notes that Splendies brands tend to run small, so if you are unsure or between sizes, you should size up. When you subscribe, you have the option to select a surprise mixed pack, no thongs, or all thongs (available in S-L only). For those that need larger sizes, Spendies has a sister site called Volupties which offers quality undies for curvy gals and plus sizes from 1X to 3X. Volupties is $24 US per month, including shipping to Canada.

Splendies also has a LUXE subscription which ships every other month and includes three pairs of underwear from premium brands. These panties are some of the finest on the market today, and come in a tie-ribbon keepsake box. Sizes range from S-L. Click here to learn more about Splendies LUXE.

Splendies undies come wrapped in tissue, tucked inside a mailing bag. The bag is small enough to fit into a condo-size mail box. There is no product card included, but each pair comes with its brand tags still attached.

Honeydew Claudia Rayon Hipster in Sugarberry/Candied Lime ($14)
I love the bold blue colour of this pair. The fit is okay. They are super low rise, which is not my preference.

Honeydew Rayon Boyshort in JamN'Jelly ($14)
I searched online for this panty using the style code (660) and learned it was discontinued in November 2012. This probably explains why the hang tags are a different design than the other two pairs I received. This is the pair I like the best so it's too bad I won't be able to find more to buy.

Honeydew Emily Sheer Micro Hipster in Jinx/Moonstone ($14)
This is another bright and sexy pair. There is a little keyhole cut out and some ruching on the backside. I love everything about this pair, except how low rise they are.

Brights for June!

My June Splendies box included three colourful pairs of panties. All three are from Honeydew Intimates, a brand I am familiar with and quite enjoy. I'm pleased with the selections this month, even though a couple pairs have a lower rise than I would prefer. This subscription costs $20.99 US per month for Canadians, and this time, the items I received have a $42 US retail value (although the tags indicate MSRP of $14 or 3 for $33). Whether going by the discounted 3/$33 value or the full $42 value, it's still more than the cost paid, and that's a win in my books. Remember, if you plan to subscribe to Splendies, make sure you size up! Here are the promo codes this month:
  • If you are interested in trying Splendies, you can save $4 off your first month by entering promo code SPLENDIES at checkout.
  • For Volupties, you can save $5 off your first month, using code VOLUPTIES at checkout.
  • And if the Splendies LUXE subscription interests you, enter LUXEJUNE to save 20% off your first box.

 Click here to check out Splendies.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Ipsy Review - June 2015 - Beauty Subscription Box

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

Ipsy is a San Francisco based beauty subscription that sends a beautiful Glam Bag filled with with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Once you've received your Glam Bag, you can head over to the Ipsy Community to watch tutorial videos and play along with the Ipsy stylists, using the same products they are using.

The theme for June is "Swim into Beauty" and features a black neoprene-eque bag that reminds me of a wetsuit!
Salt in the air, sand in our hair. Cue the lifeguards because summer will be 5 times the fun when you dive into these beauty must-haves for June.
LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla (24g, $2.40)
I am so thrilled to have this! I love LAVANILA. I've tried a few scents of The Healthy Deodorant and I have a Pure Vanilla Rollerball. After trying this lotion, I will probably be buying a full size version!

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil (Full size, $24)
This is a great product. One end has a pencil in "Universal Taupe" and the other end is a brow brush.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25oz, $4)
This is my mom's holy grail product so this will go to her. She's been using Smashbox for over a decade. 

treStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold (0.02oz, $10)
When I first took this out of the bag I was worried the cap came off. Turns out, the cap look slike the crayon. very sneaky! This is a nice colour but I don't wear a lot of shadow so I'm not sure if I would get much use of this one.

Formula X Nail Color in Power Source (4ml, $3.50)
This colour is bright, almost neon pinky-orange. I'm not a fan.

My June Ipsy bag included five products, with an approximate value of $44 US. The bag costs $14.95 US per month for Canadians, which worked out to $19.19 CDN for me this month. The value for June is great since I received more than double the cost paid. One product is full size and the rest are deluxe samples. I love the eyebrow pencil and the body butter. My mom will appreciate the Smashbox primer. The shadow crayon is a cool product, but just not for me. The only thing I really don't like is the bright nail polish colour. Four out of five ain't bad!

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