November 2014 Birchbox Man Review – “On A Mission” + Coupon Code

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Birchbox Man
Cost: $20/month.
Ships To: United States.
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November 2014 Birchbox Man

November 2014 Birchbox Man

The November boxes are already rolling in and today that meant the arrival of B’s November 2014 Birchbox Man!

If you aren’t familiar, Birchbox Man is $20/month and sends you monthly deliveries of deluxe grooming and lifestyle samples, tailored to your profile. With Birchbox Man you can try cult brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

The Box

Birchbox Man ships via USPS through Newgistics and took four days to arrive this month.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

The Birchbox

The November Birchbox wasn’t a collaboration so it arrived in the normal Birchbox box.  For the first time ever, Birchbox Man allowed subscribers to select their lifestyle item this month or opt for their “The Right Scruff” box which was curated in honor of Movember.  B was going to get The Right Scruff Box, however, it was sold out by the time we went to make our selection, so he ended up not picking anything at all.  I was very curious to see what he’d end up with since we did this.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

First Look

B received Box #19 (*) this month which looked great when I saw the sneak peek online.  I didn’t know all of the details of it yet though, but when I opened it I was really happy to see how packed full it was.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

The Information Card

The November 2014 Birchbox Man theme was “On A Mission” and focused on how much we have to give.  Many of the brand partners this month contribute to larger social missions and the information card also asks what your mission is.  If you don’t yet have one, it reminds you that it’s not too late to chart your course.  Here is what was included:

~Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (~$16):  I had to estimate the sample size on this one to be 0.25oz because it wasn’t labeled, but I do think I am pretty close.  This anti-aging cream, which helps support the Christopher Reeve Foundation, pretty much does it all.  It exfoliates, hydrates and smoothes.  At $115 for 1.7oz I don’t know that we’ll ever actually purchase this, but B is pumped to try it.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

Clark Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream

~Alternative Apparel Basic Crew T-Shirt ($28): We SO lucked out by not picking a lifestyle item!  the choices were a notebook  / pencils or Bombas socks. He does love those socks and he would have been okay with either of those items, but this shirt is awesome.  It’s fitted and super soft and just fabulous.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

Alternative Apparel Basic Crew T-Shirt

~Jao Hand Refresher ($0.68): B will likely end up packing this for one of his National Guard weekends or a trip overseas or something.  Not overly exciting, but he’ll use it.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

Jao Hand Refresher

~Jao Bomade Beardscent ($4.03): I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as “beardscent”.  It helps smooth down crazy beard flyways and helps with dry skin and itchy beards as well.  I really hope that B never grows a beard long enough that he needs this, but you never know.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

Joa Beard Scent

~RUSK Hair Care ($6.75): I am stealing this one for L.  I can never find product for him when he needs it, so this is going to be all his!

November Birchbox Man

RUSK Hair Care

~Do The Right Thing Face to Face Foam Cleanser ($2.30): Cleanser is probably B’s favorite skincare item to receive.  He uses it daily and is always interested in trying new brands.

November 2014 Birchbox Man

Do The Right Thing Face to Face Foam Cleanser

All totaled I came up with a value of $57.76 for B’s November 2014 Birchbox Man box and that doesn’t even include the points for purchasing the box (**) (20 points = $2) or the points for reviewing the products in the box (6 items = 60 points = $6), which brings the real value to $63.76.  I think this may be our favorite all-time ever Birchbox Man.  Everything was fantastic and that t-shirt is just awesome.  Loved this month!

Do you get Birchbox Man box this month?  What’d you think of the box this month and what lifestyle item did you get?  I know there were a new more in addition to the notebook / pencils, t-shirt and socks.  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!

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(*) If you want to see all the boxes this month, click here and change the 1 at the end to anything from a 2 to 25 since there were 25 (down from last month’s 27 variations) box variations this month. If you can’t figure out which box number you got, login into Birchbox and then Click “Box” and select Men’s or Women’s. Scroll down a bit to were it says “Box History” and click the month of the box (in this case November 2014). The number at the end of the URL is your box number. B’s box ended in “november-2014-mb19″ which means he got box #19.
(**) You only get points for purchasing the box if you buy a prepaid annual subscription (or 3-month, 6-months, etc.). You don’t get points if you are on a month to month subscription.
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Hamptons Lane Ice Cream Sundae Box Sale!

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Hamptons Lane Ice Cream Sundae Box

Hamptons Lane Ice Cream Sundae Box

Now through 11/1, you can get the Hamptons Lane Ice Cream Sundae Box for only $30! This is a savings of $17 which is an awesome deal!  This box includes:

~Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Caramel from Fat Toad Farm
~Tilt Up Ice Cream Scoop by Tovolo
~Edible Pretzel Spoons by FoodieSpoon
~Red & White Extra Wide Paper Straws by Kikkerland
~Sweet Treats Ice Cream Tub by Tovolo
~Vanilla Finishing Salt by didi davis food

If you want to take advantage of this deal, use the coupon code “IceCream17” at checkout when you select the Hamptons Lane Ice Cream Sundae box as your first box of a monthly subscription.

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October 2014 Hammock Pack Review – “Boston”

Hammock Pack
Cost: $32/month
Ships To: Continental United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
October 2014 Hammock Pack

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Today’s mail included the arrival of my October 2014 Hammock Pack! I signed up for this one a while ago after being jealous when I would see pictures of other people’s unboxings online!

If you aren’t familiar with them, Hammock Pack is a monthly surprise pack filled with everything you need to take a much needed getaway without even leaving your home. Boxes are geared towards women and each month you will receive a pack filled with a mix of food, bath products, housewares, and accessories that you’d only find if you visited that month’s destination city.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

The Box

Hammock Pack ships via USPS Priority Mail towards the end of the month. As long as I have been a subscriber I haven’t had any issues with shipping or missing items or anything along those lines.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

First Look

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Second First Look

I couldn’t wait to see what they did with this month’s box, so I peeked on Instagram and found a few box pictures last night.  But I didn’t know what variations I would end up receiving so it was still a surprise.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

The Information Card

The October 2014 Hammock Pack destination was Boston and included the following items:

~Fixx Chocolates – Lulu’s ($8.50): These chocolates are absolutely fantastic! So good.  I don’t even know what else to say other than that you should get your hands on some of these now.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Fixx Chocolates – Lulu’s

~Zesty Cookie Co. Cookies (Hot Cocoa) ($6.99): Just like the chocolates, these cookies are amazing.  I have never had anything like them.  They have a hint of cayenne in them and you can for sure taste that kick!  I think there were a few different variations, but I am very happy with the Hot Cocoa ones I received.  And I now want to try all the other ones.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Zesty Cookie Co. Cookies (Hot Cocoa)

~Equal Exchange Organic Black Tea ($4.50): It should have been no surprise that this box included tea!  You know, because of the Boston Tea Party.  I am sure this tea is fabulous, but since I am not a tea fanI will be passing it on to my cousin to enjoy.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Equal Exchange Organic Black Tea

~Smudge Ink Whales Thank You Card Set ($13): How cute are these cards?  Thanks to subscription boxes I have a collection of some amazing note cards and stationary to send out.

October 2014 Hammock Pack

Smudge Ink Whales Thank You Card Set

All totaled I came up with a value of $32.99 for the October 2014 Hammock Pack.  Individually I liked all of the items (except for the tea, but that’s not their fault I don’t like tea), but overall I thought this box was missing something.  It was just over the $32 monthly cost of the box (which recently increased as it used to be $30/month), but I think one additional item, maybe a lip balm or a pair of socks or a hand cream could have made all the difference.  It was a tad too food centered for me as well.  Two food items and two other items may have left me with a different impression.

What do you think of Hammock Pack?  If you subscribe what variations did you get this month?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.  The November Hammock Pack theme is “Seattle” which should be a fun one!

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$10 Off PopSugar Must Have Box Coupon Code!

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PopSugar Coupon Code

PopSugar Coupon Code

Today (10.29.14) only, you can use coupon code “FSB10” to save $10 off any new PopSugar Must Have Box subscription. Your subscription will begin with the October November (uncheck the Waitlist button if you don’t want to be put on a waitlist for any extra October boxes) box and you will be automatically enrolled on in a monthly subscription.  If you want to know what is in the October box, you can check it out here.
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Celebrity Gossip Time!

Celeb Gossip
We haven’t done this in ages and I am in need of someone to discuss these things with!  Let’s begin.

~Bruce Jenner.  What is going on here?  Is he transitioning to become a woman or is he dating Kris Jenner’s best friend?  Or both?  Or neither?  When does the next season of this show come on?  I need to figure this all out!  Oh, and TMZ, those nails look pink to me, not fire engine red.

~So Teresa and Joe Giudice got sentenced to prison and are being allowed to serve their sentences one at a time (which was VERY nice of the judge).  Anyway, I am super curious about what her brother Joe and Melissa have to say about this?  Are they going to step in and help Joe while T is away? Because I think it’s clear that he’s not going to be able to do it alone.

~This isn’t really gossip, but does anyone else think Taylor Swift is just the cutest?  She just seems like she’s having such a good time and I love it.

~Did anyone see Daniel Radcliffe rapping Alphabet Aerobics on the Tonight Show last night? He killed it. He seems like another cool dude. I actually don’t know what was better, him rapping or Jimmy Fallon bouncing around in the backround!

~I haven’t seen too much posted about it yet, but it appears that the next season of the Real World starts in December! Real World: Skeletons was filmed in Chicago over the summer and is set to expose skeletons in the closet of each of the cast members.  I haven’t heard about the latest season of The Challenge yet, but I am looking forward to it. Sort of Challenge related, but has anyone heard any updates on Diem?  I have been following her story and there haven’t been any updates in a few weeks and I am getting worried ;(.

Allright, so that wasn’t really a ton of gossip.  Just some celebrity talk.  Anything else we should be talking about??

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October 2014 Bestowed Box Review + Coupon Code

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Bestowed
Cost: $20/month
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: Use code “LOVEHEALTHY” to get 10% off any subscription.
October 2014 Bestowed

October 2014 Bestowed

Bestowed, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box that offers 5+ amazing nutrition and lifestyle products delivered to your door every month – each one hand picked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer. It’s $20/month and delivers around the 15th of the month.

October 2014 Bestowed

The Box

Bestowed ships via DHL Global Mail.  My box took quite a while to arrive this month – over a week for sure.  Sometimes DHL surprises you and shipping is fast, okay most of the time, it is not.

October 2014 Bestowed

First Look

Loved this first look!  The box had lots of products in it and it looked to be things I wanted to try.

October 2014 Bestowed

The Information Card

The October 2014 Bestowed Box included the following non-GMO products in honor of non-GMO month:

~Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers: These crackers are good.  I have had them a few times and have always liked them.  Of course they are even more delicious with say peanut butter on them, but they are good alone as well.

October 2014 Bestowed

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

~FiberLove Bar: The cinnamon raisin one was okay, but I loved the peanut chocolate chip one!  That made a very good afternoon snack.

October 2014 Bestowed

FiberLove Bar

~Hooray Puree Spinach: At first I thought, no way, I am NOT using this. But after reading a little more about it, I want more.  LOL.  Seriously.  You can use it in brownies or muffins in place of oil, add it to your morning smoothies – basically whatever you think of.  I am totally into sneaking some veggies in whenever I can so this rocks.

October 2014 Bestowed

Hooray Puree Spinach

~Little Miracles: There is a lot going on in this drink.  Maybe a little too much for me.  It was fun to try, but I don’t think that it will be replacing my morning coffee.

October 2014 Bestowed

Little Miracles

~Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Tea Sampler: This smells good and I am sure B or my cousin will enjoy it.

October 2014 Bestowed

Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Tea Sampler

~Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters: I just got these from Abe’s Market last week and they are fabulous!  I was so excited to see more in this box and now I want to try all the flavors.

October 2014 Bestowed

Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters

~Sugar-Free Glee Gum: This has appeared in a few boxes here and there and while I am not a fan of gum, I do love the packaging.  And B likes this gum, so it’s a win.

October 2014 Bestowed

Sugar-Free Glee Gum

I didn’t do a cost breakdown on this box, but it was definitely one of my favorite boxes from Bestowed.  It had lots of great goodies in it (some new, some old) and lots of variety as well!

If you are interested in ordering Bestowed, or just want to learn more, click here and use the code “LOVEHEALTHY” to get 10% off any subscription. In addition, Bestowed also has an online shop containing most of the items from this month’s box, so make sure to check that out as well!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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So What Wednesday…

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This week I am saying So What If….

~I am dying to see this Hermes bag that North West painted for Kim’s birthday.
~We forgot to carve pumpkins on Monday. I guess we’ll be doing that tonight.
~I almost want to go to up-north this weekend so I can go see the Terror at Tee Lake again! Seeing them on ABC last night was just too cool.
~I was this close to buying the new Taylor Swift CD this week. She’s my new favorite. #dontjudgeme
~That Marlin’s dude that travels to all those sporting events is my hero. He’s living the dream!
~WB asked “What’s This?” no less than 1000x times yesterday. Sometimes I just guess because I don’t know what he’s pointing at.
~Once I get into a book, I finish it in like two days.
~L wore his pants backwards to school last week and I didn’t even notice until he got home.  He also did not notice all day.  Really?  How could you not notice that?
~I am kind of excited for the return of Elf on the Shelf.  That will probably last about two days though until I wake up at 3am freaking out because he hasn’t moved for the night yet.

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November 2014 The Boodle Box Review

The Boodle Box
Cost: $29.99 (One Month / Gift).  $24.99/month (3-Months). $19.99 (6-months).
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
November 2014 The Boodle Box

November 2014 The Boodle Box

The Boodle Box, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box full of adorable accessories and beauty products that encourage girls of all ages (boxes are broken down into a 5-10 age group and a 11+ age group) to uncover new things and discover themselves in the process! This box is for the 11+ age group, but don’t think it’s just for tweens / teens at all.  No way.  I know a lot of adults that subscribe for themselves and love it!

November 2014 The Boodle Box

The Box

The Boodle Box ships via USPS Priority Mail.  Boxes generally ship the last week of the month and arrive just before the month begins.  This was the November Boodle Box and it arrived at the end of October.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

First Look

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Second First Look

I actually tried to find some spoilers on this one yesterday, but I came up with nothing.  I pretty much knew the theme from their Instagram posts and that was it.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

The Information Card

The theme of the November 2014 The Boodle Box Two (that’s the 11+ age group box) was “Fabulous Fall Fun” and included the following items:

~EcoTools Mini Essentials Makeup Brush Set ($5.99): What a great little brush set!  It includes a full powder brush, an eye shading brush and an Angled Eye Liner Brush.  I may have to pull up some You Tube videos and see if I can’t figure out how to apply liquid eyeliner with this brush.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

EcoTools Mini Essentials Makeup Brush Set

~Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner ($2): Why is it that travel sized products are always way cuter than the full size?  Never fails.  I tend to use less expensive hair products so this is great for me.  It’d work for the gym, traveling, or even at home when you want to try something new.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner

~Knit Boot Cuffs ($19): I see these types of boot cuffs on Pinterest all the time and have always wanted a pair.  There was something like this on Shark Tank once too.  I love these and would assume a teen would as well.  What’s not to like?

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Knit Boot Cuffs

~Chocolate Covered Sunny Seeds ($2.97): I didn’t even know that chocolate covered sunflower seeds actually existed.  I wouldn’t have been overly excited about sunflower seeds, but chocolate covered ones?  Okay, yes, I’m in ;).

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Chocolate Covered Sunny Seeds

~Leather Wrap Bracelet ($13.85): This bracelet buckles like a belt which I think makes it very unique.  I would (will) wear this and don’t think it’s too young for me or too old for a teen. It’s could work with most any outfit for most any age.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Leather Wrap Bracelet

~Fall Paper Straws ($2.99): The boys go through lots of straws and they always go for the cute ones like these first.  And to tell you the truth, I do too.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Fall Paper Straws

~Physicians Formula Natural Bronzer ($13.99): You can use your new brushes for this bronzer.  It’s got two shades so you can mix it and find what works best for you.

November 2014 The Boodle Box

Physicians Formula Natural Bronzer

All totaled I came up with a value of $60.79 for the November 2014 The Boodle Box. And as usual, I loved this box.  They always put together such a fantastic box and have been knocking it out of the park since they started in the Spring. If you have a tween / teen girl that you can’t figure out a gift for, I totally recommend this!

What do you think of The Boodle Box?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.  They also have launched their shop and have individual items from past boxes, some limited edition themed boxes, previous months boxes and more in there! Totally check it out!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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