Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bespoke Post: Highlands Review and Unboxing


As much as I hate to admit it, the Holidays are here. Whenever I start to seriously think about gifts is when I know Christmas is fast approaching. While some people look at this time of year as a stressful and filled with busy shopping malls and money flying out the window, I try to look at it as a time when I get to give gifts to the people I love! More importantly, nothing is more fun than eating some good food, sharing laughs and making memories with family and friends! Since my brain has shifted to gift-giving season, I am always on the lookout for really fantastic gifts for the men in my life. Jeff is really easy to buy for- he really likes everything! My best friend Nick is a bit more of a struggle, but I always end up finding him something he'll really love. The hardest man in my life to buy for is my Dad. Not only is he incredibly frugal, but he finds frivolous and/or fun things a waste of money, so I need to make sure that he gifts are not only practical, but something I know he will use and love. 

I was lucky enough to be able to try out a subscription service called, Bespoke Post. I have seen reviews of these boxes before, and I have always found them to be incredibly well curated and high-end. I wanted to write this review as soon as possible, because I truly think that these boxes would make fantastic gifts for the men in your life!
What is Bespoke Post?
Bespoke Post scours the world for fresh and interesting products. Each month they create a themed ‘Box of Awesome’ that will introduce you to a new and different way of thinking. Each box is a limited-edition themed collection of mens lifestyle gear from up-and-coming brands, spanning all areas of your day-to-day. 

Let's Talk Numbers.
Each box costs $45 per month, and has a value of over $70. Most of them far surpass that in value!

What Makes them Different?
At the beginning of the month, you’ll receive a detailed box description in an email. There are usually 6-8 different boxes to choose from each month. They usually add 2 new boxes and retire 2 boxes from the available selection monthly. The great thing about Bespoke Post, is that you can choose a box from their monthly selection, OR you can skip the month if nothing interests you- at no cost.
Click here to see the boxes that are currently available.

Coupon
Use the code RESCUE to save 30% off your first box!

I had Jeff take a look at the available boxes, and let me tell you- he had a VERY hard time choosing! There are quite a few beautifully curated boxes that really do touch upon every personality and type of guy. He finally (after an hour!) decided on the "Highlands" box.

Highlands Details:
When you step out into the crisp air, wrap up in a luxe custom scarf that'll keep you warm while adding some punch to your outfit. To protect your skin, switch to top-of-the-line grooming goods that'll keep you looking and feeling fresh despite the dropping temps. Then light some grown up incense while you're settled in at home to wind down and warm up. 

Paine Products: Balsam Fir Incense ($4)
 Pour yourself a drink, grab a book, and light up one of these for a very cozy night in. While the stick smolders in the included wood holder, it'll suffuse a balsam fir scent throughout your pad that will make you forget all about the cold wind blowing outside.

Jeff loved the rustic-look of this incense as well as the included burner. When he lit it in the living room, I immediately could smell the lovely balsam fir scent. If you're unfortunate like we are and don't have a fireplace: dim the lights, get a few unscented candles going, and light this incense. I swear- it smells like a crackling fire, and will really make your house feel cozy!

Port Products: Grooming Trio ($28)
Dry, cold weather can wreak havoc on your mug. Fight back with these additions to your daily grooming. They’re high-quality renditions of skincare basics, using natural ingredients and a touch of modern science for best-of-the-best end results. They won’t add any new steps to your morning routine, but they will make your face look even better than usual. You'll get:
    Detoxifying cleanser to scrub away oil and inflammation. It’ll leave your pores clean and calmed without drying out your skin.
    Balancing moisturizer to combat skin damage and visible aging using ginger root and bamboo extract.
    Shave cream to let your razor glide smoothly with an ultra-rich and soothing formula.

While Jeff is a very low-maintenance kind of guy, he loves to really take his time with washing his face and using his "old-timey" shaving kit. He puts on some music, pulls out his shaving brush and safety razor and goes to town. He said he really loved the products in this collection, especially the shaving cream. He said it had a minty-earthy scent, and left his skin feeling very soft after shaving.
 
Guilded Age: Wool Scarf ($125)
Look great while staying warm. This custom woven number uses extra fine 100% Mongolian wool. It's extra soft, exceptionally cozy, and lightweight enough to wear all day long. That's because it's been developed by Mother Nature to protect sheep living in the harsh elevation of the far-flung Mongolian highlands -- which means it can handle your blustery commute, no problem. It’s over-sized for some added luxury, which will keep you extra warm and makes the scarf easy to tie any way you like. And thanks to the versatile colorway options, you can choose which will pair best with nearly anything you wear from early Fall to the end of Spring.

This scarf is what sold Jeff on this box, hands down. He loves scarves, but can never find ones he likes. This one, he absolutely fell in love with. I was surprised at first that it retailed for $125, however once I had it in my hands, I could definitely tell this was one fancy scarf! It is made out of 100% Mongolian Wool, and it is the softest, most luxurious-feeling scarf! I wish I had one for myself! Jeff was able to choose from 3 different colors, and he picked the charcoal with ash stripe. I want to buy this box a few more times just so I can gift this scarf to the other guys in my life. It really is THAT good. 

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $45 through Bespoke Post, and the retail value of the items included is $157
I am officially obsessed with this subscription, and I immediately signed Jeff up for it. I love that you not only can choose exactly which box you want, but you can skip any month you want without penalty. Sometimes, subscriptions just aren't in the budget, or maybe you just don't fancy any of the boxes. That's the great thing about Bespoke Post- no hassle at all. I am absolutely thrilled with the items that are in this box, and feel like it's beautifully curated for a rustic-loving, outdoorsy guy. There are so many other box options available, that I would be genuinely surprised if you couldn't find one for every man in your life!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are genuine and belong to Harlot Beauty. No monetary compensation was received, although goods and/or services have been provided and accepted for purpose of review.

2 comments:

  1. This box is seriously so nice. My dude is kind of low-maintenance, but cleanser + moisturizer + shave cream is definitely basic enough for him to actually use it, haha. :)

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    1. I LOVE the scarf! And yea- my fiance is SO low maintenance that he always thinks he'll use toiletries except they end up gathering dust on the bathroom shelf. ;) I already stole the shaving cream and I love it! haha!

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