Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kloverbox August 2015 Review and Unboxing (Plus Coupon Code!)

Ive mentioned a few times now that I'm starting to consider cutting back on my subscriptions and subscription reviews. I want to say right up front that Kloverbox is one of the subscriptions I intend on continuing to review because I consistently receive new and interesting products and thoughtful curation from them, which is what I'm looking for in subscriptions lately. As someone who has been obsessed with subscriptions for a long time, I sometimes feel like I've "seen it all" and I really need something impressive to get me excited. There are certain boxes that impress me time and time again as well as those that I feel are the "best in their genre." When it comes to natural/green-type boxes, Kloverbox is by far the best in my opinion. I have a big thing for customer service and customer interaction, and I think that Kloverbox consistently includes the customers and makes them feel like part of a family. On top of that, they're always trying to improve, they listen to customer feedback, and always make sure to send products that we don't already have dozens of from other subscription boxes.
What is Kloverbox?
Kloverbox is a lifestyle subscription box that sends 4 or more natural and organic products for you to fall in love with each month. This isn't a beauty subscription. Kloverbox sends products from all categories: beauty, health, food and home products, so you can incorporate more natural products into every aspect of your life!

How Does It Work?
On the Kloverbox site, you can choose a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription. The one month and 3 month subscriptions automatically renew, which means you will be billed again once that cycle is over (monthly, or every 3 months.) The 6 month subscription is a one-time purchase; Meaning you will not be billed again once the 6 month subscription is over. This is a great option to gift to friends and family because you won't have to remember to cancel the subscription. The longer the subscription you choose, the more of a discount you get, which is also awesome!
Another really great thing about Kloverbox is that they usually include a coupon code on the information card for each product for that month. So if you really fall in love with something from your box, you'll be able to get more at a fantastic discount. 

How Much?
  A month-to-month subscription to Kloverbox is $25 per box.
 3 month subscription is $71.25 ($23.75 per box) 
6 month subscription is $135 ($22.50) per box. 
Shipping is free and fast! 
 
COUPON!
You can save even more money by using the code "HB10" at checkout to save 10% off! This code can be used on any subscription.
 This month's theme was "Detox and Diminish" and contained 6 products.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals: Wrinkle Spot Treatment ($38.50)
While this is a full size product, and retails at a whopping $38.50, it's still on the small-side in stature. It's actually a spot treatment, so you only need a tiny amount to accomplish what it sets out to do, and that is smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles while also firming the skin. This potent treatment combines age-defying peptides, leuphasyl, inyline and argireline. Apparently this group of ingredients has been proven to reduce wrinkles and plump up troublesome areas through independent studies. 
When I first took this product out of the box, I thought it was a small tube, but it's actually a rollerball-type product! Now I turned 30 back in March, and while I don't have any deep-set wrinkles yet, I do have some fine lines around my eye area as well as one across the bridge of my nose from years of squinting/not wearing glasses when I should have been. I am really interested to see how this product works on those pesky lines!

Angel Face Botanicals: Super Detox Facial Cleanser ($13)
If you're not familiar with this brand yet, you really should be. While I tend to stick to an almost-exclusively Korean skincare routine, I have made exceptions for a few products that have really rocked my world. Months ago in a past Kloverbox, we received a gentle foaming cleanser from Angel Face Botanicals, and not only did it have a great pH, but it was very effective and gentle on my skin, which is pretty rare for me to find. I love that we have a new cleanser to try from this brand- and I highly recommend checking out their products!
This particular cleanser is "super-detoxifying" as it includes activated charcoal and argan oil, along with botanicals,  essential oils and vitamins that help deeply clean the pores to get rid of toxins and bacteria leaving behind radiant and healthy skin. Charcoal in skincare is used to help suck out oil and dirty beneath the skins service, and it really does work wonders! This cleanser is actually a greyish-black color, so I had an impossible time reading a pH testing strip to figure out if I could use this or not. If any other subscriber was able to figure it out, let me know! I think I'm going to contact the company and see if they can help me out with more info, because I would really love to try this out!

Jacq's Organics: Fancy Detox Cleansing Bar ($6)
Sticking with the "detox" theme, the next product included was this detox cleansing bar. The scent is a mix of clove, orange, patchouli and vanilla- which is amazing btw!- and contains haitian castor oil, activated bamboo charcoal and coconut oil. These key ingredients help unclog pores and remove impurities and dead skin cells. 
I feel like this soap is SO pretty- it kind of looks like a piece of marble, doesn't it? Reading the info card, it seems that there are bits of olive oil and rose clay confetti soap speckled throughout, which just makes it look even more lovely! Unfortunately, bar soaps tend to dry out my skin a bit too much, regardless of brand or type, so I most likely won't be using this product. Having said that, my fiance almost exclusively uses bar soaps, and before I even had a chance to take a sniff of this he had already nabbed it and put it in his soap dish! 

Bedrock and Bloom- Smart Ash ($3)
So I'm all about whiter teeth. I have purchased all kinds of teeth whitening products from toothpaste and mouthwash, to strips, to gels that you paint on and use a UV light with. I drink a scary amount of coffee and that can do some damage regarding the appearance of my teeth. I have found things that work pretty well, but I'm thrilled to see a natural, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty free product on the market now! Kloverbox mentioned this has been featured in other subscriptions, although this is the first time I'm seeing it, personally!  Essentially, the all natural ingredients of coconut shell charcaol, calcium bentonite clay, organic orange peel extract and organic mint extract to gently and naturally remove stains from your teeth.
Smart Ash uses a non-abrasive formula to lift stains and toxins from the teeth, leaving behind a whiter, healthier smile. It can be used every day, and it is safe for sensitive teeth. Interestingly enough, it actually reverses sensitivity by remineralizing and restoring enamel! It fights cavities, plaque, bacteria and gingivitis while also preventing tooth decay. Many reviews I've read also say it polishes the teeth for an almost "after the dentist" feel!
It is a black-colored powder, and the company does suggest not using this when you're wearing clothes you don't want to get ruined, or to use the product while in the shower if you're worried about a mess. To use, you simply dampen your toothbrush and dip the bristles into the powder. Then gently brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Brush again with water to remove the residue and spit. That's it!
I haven't tried this out yet but I'm genuinely interested considering the great reviews I've read and the other benefits it gives to your teeth- which other whiteners definitely can't claim. Even 

Bonus: Traditional Medicinals: Organic Herbal Tea Supplements
These teas are a little added bonus to the box this month! Since the box has a Detox theme, it makes sense to include a tea called "EveyDay Detox" right? ;) While I do enjoy tea quite a bit, I will almost always choose a cup of coffee over everything, so I'll be passing these on to my sister and my coworker who are tea fanatics! Although I might just give the Detox tea a try because it sounds so interesting!
Overall Thoughts
Kloverbox costs $25 a month (or less with a longer subscription), and the August box had a total value of just over $60- not including the tea samples. While I did notice that this box was a bit "lighter" in terms of product size, I think that each item here was curated to the theme perfectly, and they're all unique and interesting! While I can't use the soap myself, my fiance already love it, and I am truly excited to try everything else included this month, which is all I can ask from a subscription. Give me something that won't sit in a drawer for a year until it expires- I want something that I need to put in my shower or bathroom and use as soon as possible. I cannot wait to try the Smart Ash, and the anti-wrinkle serum, and I hope that I love the Angel Face Botanicals cleanser as much as I did the first one! Overall, I think that this was a great theme, and some really nice products were included. I do still think that Kloverbox needs to try and reach out to more non-beauty-focused companies, because I miss receiving things like candles, laundry soaps etc. My favorite items in Kloverbox have always been the "home and lifestyle" products, so I really hope they push for more of those types of items in the future!

If you want to sign up for Kloverbox (and why wouldn't you??) You can do that here!
Don't forget to use HB10 at checkout to save 10% off any length subscription!
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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 may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wantable Accessories August 2015 Review and Unboxing

My August Wantable Accessories box arrived the other day and other than PopSugar, it's probably my most anticipated box. There are months where I don't get anything I like and I send it back, and there are other months that are absolute perfection. As I always say, you can't go wrong either way- you can return anything you don't like and get a fast and easy refund. There is nothing I love more than a subscription box that doesn't force me to keep anything I don't like! There are months that I order 2 Accessories boxes, and that is something I did this month. I am only featuring one box in my review today because I already shipped back my first box with 2 items that I returned. I flubbed and forgot to take pictures of it. The one I'm unboxing today was the second one I received, and I was able to actually remember to take photos! I'm going back to work soon so my brain has been all over the place trying to get everything at home done before I lose all my free time!
The Details
(feel free to skip this section if you're already familiar with Wantable!)
Wantable offers a variety of different subscriptions, each one of them costing $40 per month. There is a way to make the price lower, which I will explain later.
The boxes that Wantable currently offers are Accessories, Makeup, Intimates and Fitness. You are able to subscribe to one or all the boxes on one account if you so choose!
Wantable is much different from other subscriptions in that it's completely customizable and risk-free. You take a profile quiz to tell the stylists exactly what you want or don't want based on a "Love, Like, Don't Want" scale. They will never send you something you have marked as "don't want." If you hate necklaces, you'll never get them. If you are tired of getting red lipsticks in subscription boxes, you can simply tell wantable you never want them. Problem solved! You can take the profile quiz as many times as you want- so if one month you want to get socks and bras, but don't want any the following month, simply change your preferences! It really is that simple!

Returns
Here's what makes this a really interesting experience: You can return your entire box if you're not happy with it. Even better? You can return or keep as many or as few items as you want! Not only do you get to tell them exactly what you like and don't like, but you can return anything you're not really into- or even return the whole box for a full refund!
  You can start the return process on their website and be done in just minutes. You're able to see how much credit you will receive for the item you're returning, and then you can print out a return label free of charge. Then simply stick the item(s) in the box everything came in, tape the label to the box and leave it outside for the mailman!

$4 Credit for Keeping Everything
If you decide to keep everything in your box, Wantable will reward you with a $4 credit, which you can put toward your next box, making it only $36. This way, you're rewarded for keeping your products, however you also get credits or a refund for anything you return. You really can't go wrong!

Canceling/Skipping
There is nothing I hate more than a subscription box that doesn't have a way to cancel easily and quickly! As if Wantable couldn't get any better...they allow you to cancel your subscription with one click on their website. If you don't want to cancel, but would rather skip a month or two, they also have a "skip" button available. Awesome!
Here's a peek at how I rated things on their survey. As I mentioned, Wantable will never send you anything you've listed under "dislike" and they will try to send you more things from your Love category if they possibly can.
As you can see from my preferences above, I almost exclusively wear "bohemian" style pieces and I prefer gold tones. So while you may not love everything I receive, the great thing is you will get accessories more closely catered to you!

I did switch my preferences around after receiving this box- I'm really hoping for some nice sunglasses and fall scarves next month!
First up, we have the Aubrey Earrings. These feature a mandala-style pendant with neutral-colored tassels. I of course never mean to offend anyone that may like the things I dislike, but I really did not like these. I do like bohemian-style jewelry, but I tend to lean toward more simple pieces and these are anything but. The tassels were just way too much for me. They looked cheap and a little tacky on me when I held them up to my ear. I used to prefer necklaces, although I've been looking for more unique earrings lately- it's too bad these didn't work for me!
VERDICT: RETURN
A second pair of earrings! These are the Harlow Earrings, and they feature gold hammered circle medallions and turquoise teardrop-shaped beads. I'm having a hard time explaining how I feel about these earrings. They're not ugly by any means- I just don't think they fit my aesthetic? They kind of remind me of something you'd see at Kohls on sale. I can't explain it...they just don't seem very unique in my opinion. I subscribe to Wantable so that I can received unique pieces that not everyone has, and I don't think these have that factor.
VERDICT: RETURN
Next up we have the Lila Necklace in a vintage gold metal. It features a circular semi-precious stone and a hammered triangle drop. This is SO huge. I wish I had taken a photo next to my hand so you could see how large this piece is, but it's just way too in-your-face for my taste. I like some parts of this necklace- the stone is pretty and the hammered triangle is neat, but all the elements together just seem a little too busy for me. I actually would have LOVED this if it was just a chain with the gold circle. Another thing that made this necklace a pass for me was the face that it's super long and hung in a very weird spot on my chest. 
VERDICT: RETURN
The last item in my box this month was the Leona Necklace in gold. It features natural crystal stones with gold bar accents. This is also a very long necklace and sits just below my bust line, which I thought looked a little awkward. I think that if the gold bars were a bit shorter and the necklace itself sat higher on my chest it would have worked much better style-wise. I just wasn't too into the randomly placed gold bars between the crystals- plus they were actually stabbing me in the tummy when I sat down. This is another necklace I would have loved if those gold bars were simply removed. I'm sure I could have grabbed some wire cutters and did it myself, but I wasn't in love with it enough to mess around with it.
VERDICT: RETURN
Overall Thoughts
Wantable costs $40 per month, and my collection had a projected value of $79. I do think their prices are pretty inflated, but I usually base my decision on whether or not to keep a piece that I like on whether or not I would pay $10 for it in the store. As I mentioned above, none of these pieces were my style, and even at a discount I most likely wouldn't purchase them separately at a store. 
Wantable also used to package the jewelry in their own individual pouches, and it seems they've switched to a single box that displays all your pieces at once. I'm sure this saves them money on pouches, but it kind of takes away from the surprise factor of the box for me, which I don't like. I much preferred taking one piece out at a time and prolonging the excitement. with this box, the surprise is over as soon as you flip open the top. 
While none of these pieces worked for me, I had no issues returning them, as usual. It takes about 2 minutes on their website to print out a return label and slap it on the box that everything came in. Then I simply leave it outside for my mailman to pick up. It couldn't be easier! This is why I'm never upset when I don't get anything I like! Although it's been a couple of months now since I got a really great piece of jewelry. In the box I got earlier this month there were 2 pairs of earrings I ended up keeping that I quite liked, but I'm still hoping to get some sunnies or a nice scarf next month! Fingers crossed!

If you'd like to learn more about Wantable or sign up for one of their boxes, you can do so HERE.
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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 may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beauteque Head to Toe Skinfood Bag Review

Skinfood is definitely one of my favorite Korean brands. While I don't think there is anything in particular that is a "stand-out" product necessarily, I think their line in general is always pretty great in terms of performance, quality and price range. Not only is their packaging appealing, but they have such a wide variety of products that it's almost impossible to have tried them all! That's why I was so excited to see a Skinfood bag from Beauteque. I knew that anything I already had I would mostly likely be fine with having a backup of, and there are so many things I haven't tried yet- so it was a win/win for me!

Head-to-Toe Bag Details:
Not everyone is interested in beauty subscription services. Now if you're reading my blog, you're most likely not one of those people, however you may be on a strict budget that doesn't always leave much room to pay for a monthly subscription. The good news is, every month Beauteque releases a new limited edition bag called their "Head-To-Toe" series. This is not a subscription, but a one-time purchase bag that is curated around a specific theme. So if you have a little extra month on a particular month and want to treat yourself to something special without committing to a subscription, the Head-To-Toe bags are perfect for you!
Or...you could subscribe to the BB bag and grab the Head-to-Toe bag if you're really addicted to kbeauty!
The cost variess from bag to bag since it's not a subscription. This particular bag is still available for purchase for $25 plus shipping HERE.
Description
Skinfood, a well-known brand established in South Korea in 1957, follows the motto, "Good Food For the Health is also good food for the skin." All of their products are made from different types of food. Each food has a different skin property including: Moisturizing, soothing, cooling and more. Beauteque chose six great products from this brand that we believe will be most liked! 
Skinfood: Glacier Water and Deep Sea Water Gel Masks ($3 ea)
 While I'm usually ho-hum about receiving sheet masks in kbeauty bags (unless they're a sheet mask-specific subscription) I for some reason get super excited for "sea" or "ocean" related products, no matter what. While these are called "Gel" Masks, they're actually made from cotton and the essence they're soaked in is a gel. The Glacier Water mask is used to soothe and tone irritated skin, and the Deep Sea Water Mask is used for clarifying and brightening. 

Skinfood: Watermelon Embossing Cleansing Tissue 30ct ($21????)
 I can't even write my thoughts on these yet without pointing out that for some reason, Beauteque has these listed at a $21 value. I...I don't even have words for something like that. I am very understanding when it comes to US-based kbeauty companies valuing products at their western prices- which are always higher than the Korean prices. However $21 for a package of Cleansing wipes from an already-affordable company? Nope. Most places I looked (on ebay and on official online stores) These go for about $10.50 on average. Which to me I still think is a bit high for a package of face wipes. *shrugs*
As for a review of these wipes: LOVE. The pH is about a 6 (a little under by my reading) and they have everything I love in a cleansing cloth. I love cleansing cloths that have the plastic closure on the top of the bag- it makes it so much easier to store them and to keep them from drying out. 
The cloths themselves are heaven. Some of the best I've tried from a mid-price kbeauty brand. They re super thick, very saturated and overall quite large. The "embossed" side of these cloths is essentially little risen bumps- they're not exfoliating at all but they would definitely help with removing makeup etc. Plus the light, fresh watermelon scent is SO refreshing and calming. If these weren't so expensive I would absolutely repurchase them!

Skinfood: Nail Vita Pineapple Cuticle Cleaner ($8)
 I have seen this product quite a few times while browsing kbeauty sites and it's always interested me, but I've never owned it until now! This product contains pineapple extract which helps remove dead skin cells around the nail to essentially clean off the cuticle and dryness without having to cut them (which is dangerous and bad for your nail health and you should never do it!). To use, you simply apply a small amount to the cuticle area of your nails (fingers and/or toes!) and wait about 15 seconds for it to penetrate the skin and soften the cuticle. I haven't used this yet but I'm definitely going to give it a whirl the next time I do my nails. My only complaint with this product is that it doesn't smell like pineapple at ALL. So depressing as it's one of my favorite scents!

Skinfood: My Short Cake Setting Mascara ($11)
 Seriously, it's the month of mascaras!! It takes me months to go through a single tube of mascara, and I am pretty sure I got at least 4-5 tubes this month alone from random boxes. Not to mention the stash I already had- I'm either going to have to start wearing mascara 24/7 or give some away! Having said that, I decided to leave this one sealed because I'm not sure when I'll be using it and I don't want it to dry out! I really like the cute/simple packaging of this, and I especially like the large handle. It's always a pain when mascaras have a tiny handle that I can't get a good grip on. This is a pretty standard mascara from what I've seen of the reviews. It does a nice job giving a natural look on the lashes while also providing some impressive length. I also have heard this is kind of a pain to remove (like most korean mascaras) so keep that in mind! Overall this seems like it would be a good "daytime" mascara, or one that I would use on my days off when I'm hanging out at home but still want to do a natural makeup look!

Skinfood: Grape Seed Oil Wrinkle Neck Cream ($10)
 I was recently talking to my friend about how I've been thinking about taking better care of my neck lately. Seems like a weird conversation to have with your pal, but considering my bestie is also a kbeauty blogger (Sample Hime- she is brilliant and I'm not just saying that because she's my boo!) our conversations tend to go toward skincare a lot! I was telling her that while I was doing basic care for my neck area, I really wanted to invest in more neck-specific products like neck sheet masks etc. I started noticing some of the lovely ladies in my life that are older than me have started to show signs of aging in their neck area, and since Ive lost a significant amount of weight, the skin isn't as resilient on my body anymore. I want to avoid "chicken neck" for as long as possible! This Skinfood Grape Seed Oil Neck Creams contains adenosine and grape seed oil which helps care for and prevent wrinkles while also providing moisture and smoothing effects. 
I feel insane for adding yet another product/step to my already extensive skincare routine, but hey...what's one more product, I guess? Even if you don't have neck-specific products, I do want to mention you should always be carrying your skincare down to your neck!
Overall Thoughts
 The Head to Toe Skinfood Bag costs $25 plus shipping, and has a total retail value of around $42. That value is based on a more realistic price for the cleansing tissues. Everything else was priced close to (or even less than in some cases) what other western sellers were charging. At $25, I think this is a really great value! It's a big challenge taking on a brand like Skinfood since they have so much to offer, but there's a nice variety of products here in terms of introducing customers to the brand as a whole. Sheet masks and cleansing tissues are useful and a nice introduction to Skinfood's skincare products, and the neck cream really shows how specific their products can get! I love that there's also a cosmetic item and something a little different with the cuticle cleaner. Even someone that is super familiar with this brand, they could still find this bag desirable. I have to say my favorite product in the bunch is hands down the Watermelon cleansing tissues. They're really fantastic!

If you'd like to purchase the Head to Toe Skinfood Bag, you can do so right HERE. And don't forget: Beauteque ships to many more countries than just the US and Canada- so no matter where you are you can get your kbeauty fix!
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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 may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beauteque Mask Maven August 2015 Review

 This month's Mask Maven was right up my alley! While most of the past themes have been pretty general, the August bag featured the theme "Acne & Pores" which are almost always my major skin concerns. I spent years of my young adult not caring for my skin outside of maybe washing my face in the shower once a day. I slept in my makeup, picked at breakouts religiously and wore a lot of makeup to cover up my skin issues. Because of those things, I now suffer from some seriously large pores (which were already big naturally, but sleeping my makeup for a decade didn't really help) and due to some medical/hormonal issues, I suffer from pretty frequent bouts of acne. I can definitely keep breakouts under control with my skincare routine and they're no where near as bad as they used to be, but I am always on the lookout for products that help me combat zits quickly and efficiently!
 
What is Mask Maven?
Mask Maven is a monthly subscription service that sends you 9-11 masks each month. These masks range from sheet masks, hand and foot masks, hair masks, wash-off masks and more, although it seems that it's usually sheet mask-heavy. You receive a different variety of masks each month.

Subscription Details and Pricing
 
You can subscribe Month-to-Month, or prepay for a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. You are billed on the 20th of each month if you subscribe for the month-to-month option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will have to wait until the following month to receive your bag. Bags are shipped starting on the 20th of each month, although they have shipped earlier occasionally.

 Month to Month: $16 per month
3 months: $16 per Month
 6 months: $15 per month
12 months: $14 per month

Shipping costs range from $3.95 to $9.95 depending on where you live. Beauteque currently ships Mask Maven to the following Areas: US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.

 Beauty Friends II: Green Tea and Kiwi Sheet Masks
This is a new-to-me brand, but these seem to be pretty basic run-of-the-mill sheet masks in terms of ingredients, packaging etc. That's fine with me, though. Inexpensive sheet masks are great for basic moisturizing and soothing, and with the colder weather approaching before we know it, having these kinds of masks on hand is a lifesaver. I tend to use one at least once a day to keep my skin moisturized as well as to combat that "red look" that cold winds and snow can bring about! The green tea mask featured here helps protect skin from free radicals and conditions, while the Kiwi mask uses vitamin C to help soothe rough, damaged skin.
 SNP: Troubled Skin Care Essence Sheet Mask
I'm vaguely familar with SNP, so I'm always happy to see products from a company I don't know well yet. This mask is free of parabens, mineral oil, artifical color and synthetic silicones, and is good for all skin types. As a "troubled skin" mask, it uses herbal extracts to nourish and prevent breakouts. The essence that this mask is soaked in is extra concentrated to help improve skins texture as well. I really like the packaging of this mask as well!

Esfolio: Volcanic Water Essence Mask
Beauteque has sent out a few things from Esfolio, and I was totally unaware of them prior. I've really enjoyed their products so I was excited for this volcanic water essence mask! Essentially, this contains volcanic ash, which is an active mineral ingredient that helps the body resist and destroy bacteria, which in turn, prevents breakouts. This will probably be the first one I try from the bunch- admittedly because I like the packaging. I'm one of those weird packaging people, it's a curse.
 Face Q: Luffa Oil Control Sheet Mask
This is a Taiwanese brand, similar to My Beauty Diary. They even have the same type of packaging! This particular mask is made with luffa extract, which is an active enzyme that removes dirt and impurities from the skin keeping you oil-free. These oil control masks are usually temporary fixes, but they're great to put on before applying makeup for the day as the oil stays at bay for most of the day.

My Beauty Diary: Citrus Firming Aroma Mask
I have tried almost every MBD mask at this point, because I find them to be some of the best in terms of quality for their price range. They also fit my face well. I have tried this particular type a few times in the past and while it's not a particular favorite, it's still a good one! This contains plant essence from hamamelis virginiana, lemon and grapefruit which work together to regulate and balance oil while firming and clarifying the skin. 
Hanaka: Marigold Oil Control Sheet Mask
Hanaka is another brand that I've become more familiar with through their regular appearances in Beauteque bags, although I can't say I'm a huge fan of them at this point. I don't dislike them or anything, however I did use this exact mask a few months ago and shortly after broke out pretty badly. I'm not entirely sure if it was the mask, but it was the only thing I used that wasn't a regular item in my routine. It could be a specific ingredient that doesn't like my skin in this mask, but I'll be passing this one on to someone else. Regardless of how my skin reacted to it, this mask includes marigold and vitamin A which help with acne, oil control and aging issues.

PureDerm: Strawberry Yogurt Pack
 I am quite familiar with Purederm, and have used this particular mask many times! I love Purederm because they are a no-frills skincare brand that is insanely affordable. I buy their cleansing wipes in bulk because they're around $2 a pack and you can get them from Forever21, so no waiting a month or paying a bunch of money to ship heavy cleansing wipes from Korea! I received an entire box of these single-use mask packets from a Memebox long ago, and I've used it a few times and think it's quite soothing! Since this is a wash-off mask, it actually looks and feels a lot like regular yogurt, although it contains vitamin E, collagen and strawberry extract as well, which help soften and refresh the skin while removing impurities. 

PureDerm: Deep Cleansing Peeling Gel 
Another Purederm product, although this one is something I haven't tried. This peeling gel is made with fruit extracts and is used to remove dead skin cells, clean pores and refine the surface of the skin. There are a few different ways peeling gels are used, however this one is used on a cleansed, dry face. You simply apply onto the skin and massage for 1 minute, then rinse off with warm water. 
Overall Thoughts
Mask Maven costs $16 per month (less if you pre-pay for a longer subscription) and the August bag contained 7 sheet masks, and 3 mask packs, making each mask cost under $2. (around $1.60)
I really loved the theme this month! It's overly common to get "moisturizing and soothing" masks because I find they're the most common, and while those can be great it's so nice to have a bag full of masks that are finally catered to my skin type! Even if you don't suffer from acne or large pores, I think many of these masks would be useful for their other various benefits. I would love to see Beauteque continue to have interesting themes like this in the future!

If you'd like to learn more about Mask Maven or sign up for yourself, you can do so HERE.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Naturebox August 2015 Review and Unboxing

I feel like it's been forever since I last did a Naturebox review! Basically what happened is my 6 month subscription ended and life got crazy-busy and I ended a handful of subscriptions so I could better keep up with reviews etc- not to mention I was getting so many snack boxes that I wasn't able to eat everything before the next month's boxes began to pour in! Now that things have calmed down a bit here, I'm able to start up Naturebox and reviewing again! I do want to let you know ahead of time that since this is a new 6 month subscription, I may be getting some repeats. I'm pretty picky with my snacks, so if I do have any repeats and I have already reviewed them (and I remember that I've reviewed them) I'll mention it's a repeat snack. I think that's important to note so you know which snacks are my personal faves!

About NatureBox
Naturebox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients - with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Snacking has never been so deliciously fun and naturally easy.

How It Works
Naturebox has you choose a subscription plan from the following options:
 Free Trial
This option is a small sampler box that contains 5 different snacks. It's free, however they have a $2 shipping charge on this box, AND it rolls into a monthly subscription. So if you are interested in this option but do not want a subscription, make sure you cancel as soon as your box ships.

Monthly
You can also choose to pay month-to-month for your subscription, which is $19.95 per month. 
There are also discounted rates for subscriptions that are paid in advance, so if you know you'll be subscribing for awhile, these are good routes to take.
Each box contains 5 snacks, and to my knowledge, an occasional "bonus snack" that Naturebox chooses and adds into your box.

Many Options
You can leave your box up to chance, which has NatureBox choose all the snacks that will be in your box, or you can browse their snack library and add things to your "pantry." This will let Naturebox know which snacks you are interested in trying, and they will incorporate them into your box.

Add-Ons
You can also add extra snacks into your box. Each snack costs a different price to add on, however the more you add on, the less the snacks cost.

So now that we've got the basics out of the way, Let's take a look at what I got in my Naturebox, and what I thought of each snack!
Salt & Pepper Lentil Loops
This is a repeat snack, and I swear if it wouldn't make my reviews super boring I would probably pick them every month. They are so incredibly satisfying! I rarely crave sweet snacks these days. For some reason I'm always digging around for something salty or savory. These lentil loops are perfect for that craving. Light and fluffy, they kind of have a the consistency of an airy potato chip. They are seasoned pretty reasonably with pepper and a little pinch of salt. If you don't like pepper, you're definitely not going to be into these. After a handful or two, my mouth is usually on fire. Sometimes I forget how spicy black pepper can be! Even so, the spiciness keeps me from eating too many in one sitting, which is a good thing!

Mini Belgian Waffles
This is another repeat snack that I absolutely could not resist getting again. I refuse to even look at the nutrition facts on these because they're just so yummy. On the rare occasion that I'm craving a sweet snack, these are the perfect thing. They taste exactly like a waffle cone- that's the best way to describe them. They have a good cookie-like crunch and just enough sweetness without being overbearing. Highly recommend these, but beware- you will have to pry yourself away from the bag!

Honey Macadamia Pretzel Pops
This is a new snack for me that I thought I would try out Basically, these are little pretzel spheres that are dipped in a honey/macadamia flavored glaze. They're very airy and it's almost difficult to tell these are pretzels by the flavor. I was hoping for a bit more sweet/salty mix, but these are mostly sweet. The outside layer of glaze is actually a bit too thick for my liking as well. It makes them a bit difficult to bite down on. The flavor is tasty, though! Jeff and I both agree they kind of taste like they could be a cereal!

Masa Crisps
This is new snack for me, and I was a little weary of even trying them. I'm not a massive fan of sesame seeds, although I do sometimes like them if they mix well with whatever their in/on. These masa crisps are essentially little broken pieces of corn crisps. They taste exactly like Fritos, with a light sesame seed flavor. I ended up enjoying these way more than I thought I would, although my roommate totally stole these and ate the majority of the bag! They're definitely a popular snack in this house!

Santa Fe Corn Stix
I'm pretty sure these were my favorite in the entire box. This was another snack I wasn't sure I would like because I have a very low tolerance for spicy things. I do like the flavor of spicy food, but my mouth just wasn't cut out for anything too crazy. The description of these on the site made me think they would be too spicy for me, but they're not at all! These taste similar to the masa crisps in that they taste like a corn chip. The closest thing I can compare these to is tortilla chips and salsa. The seasoning really does taste like a mild salsa- and it's stinkin' delicious. i ate this entire bag by myself because I have no self control- but they were seriously delicious. Plus you get a LOT in one bag so they'll last you at least a week or more if you break it up into snack-sized baggies!
Overall Thoughts
I am seriously so happy that I am getting Naturebox again! While I wasn't always a fan of their service, I'm now a total convert. They've made so many positive changes and continue to make new and exciting snacks so I can get my old favorites and also branch out and try different things. I do miss when they would add in a "bonus snack" every now and then, but I still think this service is fantastic in terms of healthier snack options!

COUPONS and Deals!
If you're interested in trying Naturebox, you can do so two ways:

Free Trial
If you simply want to give this service a try and are interested in trying a few of their snacks, go for the Free Trial! You get 1 full size bag of snacks, and 4 trial-size bags. It doesn't cost anything, however you do have to pay $2 shipping. This trail does roll into a monthly plan though, so if you just want the one box, make sure to cancel before the next month! 

Coupon Code
There are a wide variety of coupons constantly available for Naturebox. Some give you a percentage off, others will take $10 off etc. They are always changing though, so I'll link you to the retailmetnot page so you can pick which one works best for you!
See Coupons here.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Love With Food: August 2015 Review, Unboxing and Coupon!

For the past few months, I've been receiving the Deluxe Love With Food boxes thanks to an amazing coupon that I found that saved me a lot of money on a 3-month subscription. Due to my schedule being so insane these past few months, it seems I forgot to cancel and I was charged the full amount for an auto-renewing 3-month subscription. Normally I'd be a little angry at myself for not remembering to cancel, but I am so incredibly happy with Love With Food month-after-month that I have no problem paying full price! And I have to say- August may be my favorite box since I started subscribing!

The Deets
Love with Food is a $10 a month (+$2 shipping) subscription box that features 8+ organic and/or all natural snacks delivered to you monthly. For every box sold, they donate a meal to a food bank in an effort to support the end of child hunger. I think it's an absolutely wonderful cause and makes me feel good about subscribing to them!
Love with Food also offers a Deluxe Box which is the one I will be reviewing this month. The deluxe boxes cost $19.95 per month (free shipping) and features 16-20 snacks. It seems like the deluxe boxes are double the amount you get in the regular box, plus a few extra goodies.
They also have a Gluten Free box available for anyone that might be interested!
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The theme this month was "Road Trip."
Adventure is calling, and that calls for some serious snacks to keep your Summer road trip rolling. While you're noshing with the wind in your hair, you'll know your choices have helped make a difference. After all, for every box sold we donate money to fight hunger. So crank up those tunes and hit the open road!
As always, Love With Food includes lots of great coupons from the brands featured in the box that month. This month there was a free product coupon from Bandar!
Pop Art: White Cheddar Jalapeno Popcorn
Spicy and I have a strange relationship. I really love the flavor of spicy foods, but I have a hard time dealing with the mouth-on-fire aftermath that certain spices can cause. Because of that, I'm always a bit weary to try things like this popcorn. There were a few spicy things in the box this month and I was brave enough to try them all! I think this popcorn is most definitely my favorite! Think of it as Smartfood popcorn with a little kick! The first handful or two tastes like your basic white cheddar popcorn, and then once you've swallowed you get a little bit of a spicy aftertaste. The more you eat, the more intense the spice gets, but it never got too overwhelming for me, personally!

Stonefire: Original Naan Crisps
Jeff and I both really loved these! The flavor of these sort of reminds me of classic Ritz crackers, but maybe if you made them in your own oven? It's hard to explain because they have a bit of a "grilled" flavor to them- sort of like if put them over a fire for a moment. They're really delicious- but Jeff and I both agreed they'd be even better if we had a chive and onion dip or some pub cheese to dip them in!
Lundberg Family Farms: Shasta Chipotle Lime Multigrain Chips
This was the second "scary spicy" snack in the box this month, but I actually think the flavor of these is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the lime. Jeff and I both weren't sure how we would feel about these, but he seemed to enjoy them much more than I did. i thought the spice was a little too much for my tastes, and I also felt the multigrain chip had a strange aftertaste. Jeff said he didn't detect an aftertaste at all and was surprised he enjoyed them since he doesn't like lime/citrus flavors with savory snacks usually. Mixed reactions overall!
Bandar Foods: Crisped Harvest Sea Salt Vegetables
I definitely think this is one people will either love or hate. I'm not usually one to enjoy vegetables. I have certain ones that I love, and others I have such an aversion to that I steer clear of them at all costs.  Regardless, I have tried a variety of different vegetable chips and have enjoyed almost all of them. These are so beautiful when you open the bag! All the veggies still LOOK like veggies and are so bright and colorful! There's carrots, green beans, sweet potatos, okra, pumpkin, purple sweet potato and...onion. Yep. Dried onion. I tried each veggie individually and they all have a very satisfying crunch, a hint of natural sweetness and a dash of sea salt. Super delicious! My only suggestion is not to eat the dried onion on it's own. It's very strong- but I think it would taste very good when paired with the other chips!
ILoveSnacking: Fruity Pies (Apricot and Almond/ Fig and Walnut)
 I'm not really fond of dried fruits/fruit snacks etc because I have very sensitive teeth, so I passed these along to my roommate who luckily seems to like all the things that I don't! He said these fruit pies were quite good. They were soft, but you could hold them in your hand without it falling apart. He enjoyed that they were sweet, but not too sweet and that the added nuts were broken down into small pieces so they didn't overwhelm. A good review overall from him!

Hillside Candy/GoOrganic: Apple Hard Candies
While we usually get 2-4 pieces of candy when it's featured in a Love with Food box, this time we got an ENTIRE bag! Excitement! These candies are so incredibly good. They were a household favorite immediately and we've already hunted down where we can buy more. They taste like hardened apple juice n the most delicious way possible. Like Autumn in a tiny piece of candy.  Absolutely delicious, and not filled with any gross additives or ingredients, which I appreciate!

Pik-Nik: Original Shoestring Potatoes
Who else remembers having these in their lunchbox regularly as a kid? Obviously not this brand, but I think I ate more of these things than anything else when I was younger. They definitely brought back some nostalgia! If you for some reason are unaware of what these are, it's essentially a can of little potato chip "strings." They're delicious and go perfect with almost any lunch!
Kind Bar: Healthy Grains Popped Salted Caramel
 I've been a fan of the Healthy Grains Kind bars since I first tried one in a Birchbox years ago. My personal favorite was the peanut butter and chocolate one...that is until I got my hands on this flavor! It really does taste exactly like caramel popcorn, but it has the nuttiness of the granola mixed in there to make for a really soft, chewy, delicious bar. It works best in the AM for me, but this could really be a snack anytime!

Mandy's: Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins
I feel like I've tried these before, although I'm not entirely sure if they were in a Love With Food box, or one of the other snack boxes I've gotten over the years. Regardless, I really love these! You get 4 decent-sized cookies in one bag and it's only 90 calories for the whole thing! I ended up using my Love With Food points to buy a box full of these! I think they'll be great for when I'm craving something sweet and don't want to waste the calories!
Olympos: Pitted Greek Olive Mix
This was the only thing in the box that I refused to even attempt to eat. It's a bag of olives. You either love olives or you hate them with a firey passion. I'm part of the latter group. I can't understand what is appealing about the flavor of olives- and sadly enough- I don't know anyone that likes green olives, so these went in the garbage. I hate wasting food, but I wasn't able to find anyone who actually wanted them. Womp.
Enlightened: Wasabi Roasted Broad Beans
The final destination on the Spicy frontier this month. These are roasted broad beans that came in a variety of different flavors. I was the unlucky one that got wasabi flavor. I did try these anyway, and while they actually weren't awful in terms of the broad bean and basic wasabi flavor, I found they were way, way too spicy and the aftertaste wasabi leaves in my mouth reminds me of...nail polish? Permanent marker? Just something not so appetizing. I passed these onto my roommate who of course, loved them!
Belgian boys: De Liege Wafel
Finally, we get to my favorite thing in the box! This simply-crafted belgian waffle was so incredibly delicious! At first I expected it to be hard/crunchy like the other waffle snacks I've received in food boxes, but this was a big, super thick, yet light and fluffy waffle! The consistency reminded me a bit like a mix between a donut and a pancake. It had a bit of sugar sprinkled on it...it was pure heaven. No other way to describe it. I would have ordered more of these in a heartbeat if I trusted myself not to eat them all in one sitting. SO SO good. 
Overall Thoughts
With the small exception of the olives, every single thing in this months Love With Food Deluxe box was really awesome! Even if I was a bigger fan of certain things, I was excited to try/test everything out- which is what makes this box so enjoyable. My fiance and I always have fun sitting down together and reading about each snack in the info booklet and then testing them out. This particular month seemed like it had so many snacks that were up my alley- I really didn't know which one to try first! A great mix between sweet and savory snacks as well as a packed-full box made this my favorite snack box so far this year.

 I've been getting Love With Food deluxe boxes for most of 2015 and I can confidently say: If you are ever looking for a snack subscription that provides healthier snack options than the grocery store, gives you large portions and snack-sized, travel/packed lunch friendly packages, and a wide variety of snacks and brands that you can't find in just any grocery store, Love With Food is definitely the subscription for you!

Don't Forget!
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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 may have been provided and accepted for purpose of review. Post may contain affiliate or referral links.