Conscious Box May 2013 Review



This month’s Conscious Box was pretty heavy, so I was oh-so-excited to see what was in store for me this month! I was NOT disappointed. There are a couple of amazing products in the box that I am super pumped to try! I was a little confused about a few of the other items in the box, not to mention the fact that since there is never a packing list included, it’s hard to really understand how/why some of the products were included.


Conscious Box is a monthly subscription box service that costs $19.95/month and is full of pure and sustainable products. This was one of the first subscriptions I joined and it is STILL one of my all-time favs. I LOVE that the box is full of products from every category  so it’s always so exciting to open the box and learn about  so many amazing new products and brands.  They also over vegan and gluten-free options, which I know is a great choice for many people nowadays.


The boxes typically include around 10 or more items, a postcard, and a letter about this month’s theme/season. They don’t include a packing list, and at one point they emailed out the list, but I haven’t gotten one of those in months. This month, however, I got an email that was titled “May 2013 Packing List”. I was happy to finally get one, but as soon as I looked over the list of items, they were certainly not anything that was included in this month’s box. Some were things I had never seen before and many were items that I received in my past boxes…. So I’m still kind of confused about that was…


Let’s get to this goodies inside the May box!!

1 • Earthpaste Amazing Natural Toothpaste, (2) 3 g 
{Full size: $7.99}
I got 2 different samples of this natural toothpaste, one for kids (of all ages) in a Lemon Twist flavor, and a regular Peppermint flavored one. There is no artificial coloring or foaming agents in this paste, so the I imagine using it would be a completely different experience than using a “regular” toothpaste. I am a little nervous to try this because I think I LIKE the fact that my toothpaste is white and then it is all foamy in my mouth when I brush. It feels and LOOKS clean that way. However, I understand how using this toothpaste could be better, so I am going to give it a try soon. Check out the product and company here.


2 • Dream Water Sleep & Relaxation Shot 
{2 – 2.5 oz shots, $7.50}
I got the Snoozeberry flavor and I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!!!!! First off, I had heard about this product a while back and read great things about it. I wanted to try it out but just knew I wasn’t going to pay that much money for a drink that might not even really help me sleep. These are the reasons I LOVE subscription boxes!!! Also, this week I haven’t been sleeping well at all, so it was almost too ironic that I got this in my box this month. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am super pumped to! Check out the product here.


3 • Organ Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shake 
{$2.69 for 1 – 8.25 oz. drink}
I always seem to love items marketed for kids, and this is no different. I’m sure I’ll love this healthy organic drink! Plus it’s super cute! Check out the product here.


4 • Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 
{Full size: 3 oz/ $11.99}
This is a tiny, tiny sample of sunscreen (o.o4 oz), probably just enough to cover my face and maybe neck. Nothing to get too excited about, but it certainly won’t go to waste! Check out the product here.

5 • Ultima Replenisher Balanced Electrolyte Powder 
{Full price: $16.00/ 30 servings}
This product has no added sugars or artificial ingredients, and I got the Lemonade flavor, which is awesome because I love lemonade so I know I’ll actually try this drink mix! It’s full of electrolytes and good for you! I love mixing flavors into my water for the day, so I’m happy to try this! Check out the product here.


6 • MRM Relax-All with Phenibut Dietary Supplement 
{60 capsules/ $20.00}
These 2 vegetarian capsules are supposed to support relaxation and calmness to muscles, aiding in a better night’s sleep. I of course am super pumped about trying out this product. The last time I tried a natural dietary supplement pill/vitamin, it really seemed to work for me, calming me down and making me much less anxious. Hopefully these will work too! Check out the product here.


7 • Bija Lemon Ginger Echinacea Caffeine Free Organic Tea 
{20 tea bags/ $6.00}
Eh. This is probably the item I was least excited about it in this month’s box. I get SO MUCH tea from all my subscription services, and although I don’t mind that so much, this one I KNOW I will not be trying. It’s caffeine-free, so then there’s no point in me drinking it. Also, the flavor. Lemon and ginger. Two things I barely like alone, so putting them together makes me cringe. Oh well, I’m sure someone I know will want to give it a try :] Check out the tea here.


8 • Herbamare Original Seasoning 
{8.8 oz/ $8.00}
This is a natural fine sea salt infused with organic fresh herbs and veggies. What’s not to love!? Seasonings are amazing and make your food even more delicious, so naturally I love them and probably over-use them, but I like it so that’s okay. haha. I’m excited to try this one out, I’m sure it’ll be fabulous! Probably would have been nicer with a bigger sample size, but oh well! :] Check out the product here.


9 • Ecover Natural Automatic Dishwasher Tablets 
{$6.00/ 25 tablets}
I don’t have, nor have I ever used a dishwasher, therefore these tablets will see no use from me. I will just be giving these bad boys away. Check out the product here.


10 • Fridg Tech DSP-30 Filter
At first, I had no idea what this item was. Now that I know that it’s a filter to place in the fridge that will help keep my fruits & veggies fresher longer, I love it! And it lasts for 90 days!!!!! How amazing! It also saves on energy costs and eliminates bad odors in the fridge. LOVE IT. The filter can also be cut in half to use in 2 different drawers! This is certainly an item I would never normally buy on my own in a store, but something I appreciate and will put to good use after being introduced to it! Check out the product and all it’s amazing wonders here.


I don’t want to count this as an item, but I’m not sure why we got it since I never got a sample of this brand/product, but they sent an envelope with all this stuff inside the box… not sure why since I didn’t get a chance to try the product they are advertising!


May’s box also came with a coupon for the Dream Water, along with 2 business cards for companies who will give discounts to Conscious Box subscribers. I wish I could have gotten a sample of the Mac-N-Mo’s treats though!



All in all, May was an excellent box full of goodies I am loving right now!


Thanks Conscious Box, for being so awesome! :]


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Birchbox May 2013 Review


This month’s Birchbox wasn’t my favorite, but only because I liked the items, but it was definitely not worth my $10. Instead of beauty products, this month I got 3 random products ranging from tooth paste to a Pilot pen! I’m not complaining about that because I do love random lifestyle products, but it’s kind of unfair for the value of the box this month.


Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10/month. They send out 4-6 deluxe sized beauty & lifestyle samples each month. Each month usually has a theme, and they include a card explaining the theme and also listing the products and pricing.


May’s theme is “Beauty Diaries”.


Now let’s get to the {random} goodies inside!!

1 • Amika
Obliphica Nourishing Mask, 0.67 oz {Full size: $40.00} 
I sampled some Amika shampoo & conditioner before and absolutely loved it, so I’m sure this nourishing mask will be great! I love getting hair products for my damaged hair. Always put to great use!! Check out the product here.


2 • COOLA 
Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face, .23 oz {Full size: $32.00} 
I WOULD have liked this product if it wasn’t soooo tiny. Maybe if this little tube was actually FILLED it would have been okay, but theres barely anything inside of it. It’s enough for maybe one use on the face. Tiny. Plus, it’s sunscreen. That’s not really something I get too excited about, especially compared to cool beauty products I could have gotten. Check out the product here.


3 • Isaac Mizrahi 
FABULOUS Isaac Mizrahi Eau de Parfum, .05 oz {Full size: $69.00} 
This smells SOOOOOO GOOD. I used to hate perfume samples because they were so tiny and I didn’t appreciate them enough compared to the other beauty products… but I’m starting to love them now! I love that they ARE tiny and I can carry them around in my purse for night’s out or heading out for an interview… very convenient and I love trying out all the new fun scents that I wouldn’t normally purchase! This scent is so light and cheery, completely perfect for summertime! Check out the perfume here.


4 • Marvis
Classic Mint Toothpaste, .5 oz {Full size: $10.50} 
I don’t know what to really say about this… I mean, it’s toothpaste. Something I use everyday, so of course it won’t go wasted. I do love the packaging and how it looks like something from an old antique store or something. Super cute. Check out the product here.


5 • Sumita 
Color Contrast Eyeliner, .7 g {Full size: $11.00} 
This is a small sample of an eyeliner (I guess I’m just used to more full sized eye liner items). It doesn’t have a color name/number but I clearly got a Black pencil. This is perfect for me because I wear black eyeliner almost everyday and can never have enough! It’s very smooth and easy to apply. Check out the product here.


6 • BIRCHBOX FINDS: Acroball by Pilot Pen (Pink) 
Full size! $6.24/ pack of 4 
I thought it was kind of weird to get a pen inside of my Birchbox… but I am an office supply LOVER so this was super awesome for me! It’s super smooth and writes pink! Love it! Check it out here.


This was quite a confusing Birchbox as many of the items weren’t exactly beauty related, however I did it enjoy it and I’m pretty sure all the items will go to great use!


I can only hope that Birchbox will start getting better, the way they used to be… the past couple of months just haven’t been too great!


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Popsugar Must Have Box – May 2013



I was so pumped to find my second ever Popsugar Must Have Box waiting on my doorstep the other day! Although the items are random and from many reviews I have read almost a hit or miss, I honestly loved all the boxes I read about it and am eager every month to find out what they will send out to us next!


These monthly subscription boxes are full of hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. The cost is $35/month, and is well worth the money because the boxes are usually worth well over $100 in products. They always include a little booklet explaining all the items inside.


Let’s get to May’s must have goodies!!!

1 • Kooringal Giselle Mid Brim Hat 
{Retail Value: $27.99} 
At first I laughed out loud at this hat because I was confused by it’s shape (I didn’t realize that it was super bendable and able to be packed tightly into bags) and I also am just not normally a hat person, especially a huge beach hate like this one. However, after reading good reviews and taking to heart all the benefits this hat has against harmful sun exposure, I was kind of excited about it. I live near the beach now too, so this can now go to good use! :] Check out the hat here.


2 • The Modern Margarita 
{Retail Value: $8.00} 
Mmmmmm I was so excited to see these in the box! I love margaritas and there are some delicious flavors included in this simple kit… and they even give you salt to brim the glasses with! It’s perfect! I also LOVE the packaging, so bright and an excellent design. These will go to great use this summer. Check out their website here.


3 • Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself Deck 
{Retail Value: $14.95}
“50 Topics to Share with Friends.” This is based off of her book (which I have but still have yet to read), and they are basically cards to start topics up around, say, a group of ladies having a fabulous wine night. I love Mindy Kaling and think she’s hilarious, so hopefully some of these cards will be funny… otherwise, I’m not the biggest fan of this item in the box. Check out the product here.


4 • The Original BeautyBlender & BlenderCleanser 
{Retail Value: $23.95} 
I was SO PUMPED to get this!!! Whenever I see these in the store I contemplate buying one but can never get myself to pay so much money for a sponge. This is the reason why I love subscription boxes!! They send you things that you couldn’t/wouldn’t normally buy in stores! I’m almost too scared to use it and get it all full of make-up, but after watching the videos about the product it seems fairly simple to clean. This was probably one of my favorite items featured in this month’s box!! Check out this amazing product here.


5 • Pacifica Natural Color Quench Lip Tint 
{Retail Value: $9.00} 
This lip tint smells SOOOOO yummy! I got the color Guava Berry, and it’s a very sheer tint, not too overwhelming, so perfect for me! An awesome lip product I’m excited about! Check out the product here.

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6 • Charm & Chain $30 Gift Card 
Charm & Chain is a great online jewelry store that features over 50 different luxury to every day jewelry designers. A lot of their jewelry is REALLYYYY out of my price range, but they have super cute pieces starting at $33. Since they gave us a $30 credit towards the store, I’m excited to pick out a piece and basically only pay the shipping charges! Check out their website here.


7 • Way Better Snacks – Simply Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips 
{Retail Value: $3.49/ 5.5 oz bag} 
I can never complain about getting snacks in one of my boxes. Especially when they are chips. These are unique and delicious and not as bad for you as many of the other brands. My only complaint is that the bag was too tiny! Check out the chips here.


8 • Popsugar Bag 
We also got this bag as a little added bonus! I seem to always be lugging random crap around me with everywhere, so bags like this certainly get some good use!


So although I really enjoyed this box, the value came in VERY LOW this month. The added retail value of all the products is only about $85.39. If I count the $30 gift card that brings the value to $115.39, but that’s still very low for this box, and I don’t think adding the $30 is really fair because you’re going to have to pay more on the website because the products are all over $30 to begin with.


Although the value was low, I’m super excited about my new BeautyBlender and fun margarita mixes, not to mention my new beach hat :]


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Ipsy Glambag May 2013 Review


“Spring Fling”


This month’s theme is Spring Fling. I LOVE the bag, super bright & adorable! This month, I am SO PUMPED about all 6 items that I received in my Ipsy Glambag. Ipsy costs $10/month, and you usually get 4-5 deluxe samples of beauty products to try! The bags are always themed, and they send along a little card that gives the theme name and also all the deals that you can get on products on their website. I am a little unhappy with this feature because I wish that (like almost all of my other monthly boxes) a list came with all the products and comments about usage.


This month’s bag was jam packed (and heavier than usual) so I was very excited about it from the start! This month’s box also came with a NuMe gift certificate worth $110 on their online store. I am SUPER pumped about this because I have been wanting extensions for a super long time to thicken up my hair, and they have some that I think I may have to try out! I also got that little note about the special Urban Decay product that I got in there too…. which made me super excited because I LOVE UD!

IMG_1909 IMG_1915 IMG_1917But now let’s get to the goodies inside the box!!!

 1 • Pacifica 
Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter, 2 oz. (FULL SIZE!), $7.00
This is a slight instant tanner with amazing shimmer that smells heavenly. I get a coconut-vanilla scent from it, and the shimmer isn’t over the top. Always love tanning products!!!! Check out the product here.



2 • Macadamia 
Healing Oil Treatment, 1 oz. (FULL SIZE!) $13.50
Well this product is worth OVER the entire price of the bag itself!!! I loooove getting hair products to help restore my hair back to some state of health, and oil always makes my hair feel extra soft and shiny. This particular oil has a strong scent that at first I thought smelled like an old man’s cologne (!!) but now I’m starting to like it… So I don’t know if I’m just crazy, but it does have a pretty strong scent. Check out the product here!



3 • Urban Decay 
Moondust Eyeshadow – Stargazer, 1.5 g (FULL SIZE!) $20.00
This was the bonus item I get this month from Ipsy, and I couldn’t be happier with it!!! Urban Decay is one of my all-time favorite make-up brands, and this color is so amazing! At first, it looked to me like mustardish yellow and I didn’t think I would like it at all… until I tested it out and realized that it is a super beautiful gold color! The feel of the eyeshadow is so smooth and it’s simple to apply. I am so excited about receiving this extra marvelous product (that is worth double the price of the bag itself!!!) Check out the product here.





4 • Yaby 
Concealer Refill, #cc008 – Buff, 3.5 g (FULL SIZE!) $4.85
This was the item that I was least excited for in this months bag… at first. Then I tried it out and it actually blends perfectly well with my skin tone/makeup, so I like it a lot! The packaging is obviously not very nice (or non-existent if I lost the loose plastic casing they send it in), but I can just stick it in the magnetic little Glam RX freestyle pallet I got in the March Ipsy glambag. It’s not my favorite product, but it’s definitely a good one! Check out the product here.


5 • Zoya 
Nail Polish, Blu, 0.5 oz (FULL SIZE!) $8.00
This color is beautifully blue (hence the name), and it’s a perfect formula that spreads on super easy and dries fairly quickly! I LOOVEEE nail polish so I’m always excited to get a color that I know I’ll use and get to try out more nice polish brands I wouldn’t normally buy in the store. I have gotten other Zoya polishes before from subscription boxes but I never remember them coming in boxes like this month’s did… Made it seem even fancier, so I loved it! Check out the polish here.


6 • Juice Beauty 
Reflecting Gloss – Pink, 0.14 oz, $7.50
When I went to look up the price on this lip gloss, I just assumed it was also a full sized item because it’s a normal size for a lip gloss. When I found out the full size is DOUBLE (0.28 oz) I was shocked because I thought this was already big enough! Anyway, this gloss has a yummy sorbet smell and looks nice and shiny (and not sticky!!) on the lips. Perfect for Spring! Check out the product here.


This was probably my favorite glambag yet… value-wise, I’m sure it was the best! This month I got (almost!) ALL full-sized items, for a grand total of $60.85! And that’s not even including the adorable makeup bag that it comes packed in! This month my $10 was FOR SURE worth it. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next month! Hopefully things just keep getting better & better!


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Love With Food May 2013 Review

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This might be my favorite Love With Food box yet!! Everything that I have tried so far (and I only just got the box TODAY), has been absolutely delicious. The theme this month was “Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed”, and the theme works great, probably because all the products are just super unique and tasty!


Love With Food is only $10/month, and they send you gourmet samples of amazing new foods. You can learn more about the service in my subscription box section. I have discovered so many new/different brands that I had never before even heard of before trying them from these kinds of boxes. This one is full of fun new products and brands! It’s never been a let-down. And this month I think is my absolute favorite thus far!


Each month, they send you a nice little card with that month’s theme and the rundown of all the tasty new treats inside the box. This month, there is a “Mystery Item” listed, however when I go to the website it says nothing about my actual 8th product, which I will review last, so I’m kind of confused about that…. Otherwise, I loved this box!!!

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Item 1 • Great Full Cookie, The Cookie Department, Inc. 
{$36.00/box of 12}
This cookie is full of sweet potato and cranberries. And it was one of the best cookies that I have ever tried!! It was super sweet, but in a perfect way, and I loved the cranberries and the super super softness of the cookie. Plus, it was huge. It was actually 2 servings, so I was only supposed to eat 1/2 at one time… Buuuut it was just too good. I couldn’t help myself. Check out the cookies here.


Item 2 • Strawberry Preserves, Bonne Maman 
{$4.99/13 oz. jar}
I was SO HAPPY to see this adorable little jam jar in my box this month because I had already recieved it before in my March Goodies Co. box and I LOVED it {you can find the review here.} It’s a really tiny amount in there, just enough to spread on 2 slices of toast, but they were two DELICIOUS pieces of toast! I love this jam and I’m so happy I get to have some more. Check out the jams here.


Item 3 • Hand Drip Coffee, Caffe Borsa, Sumatra flavor 
{$17.99/2 boxes}
I’m a little confused about this product only because I don’t know why I would normally want to choose this hand-made coffee over letting my coffee pot do the work and I can get ready while it’s making the coffee FOR ME. But I’m probably just missing the point of this, I didn’t really give it a second look yet and read over the directions and whatnot. Who knows, it could be super amazing. See for yourself on their website.


Item 4 • Original Cajun Seasoning, “Slap Ya Mama” 
{$3.50/8 oz. canister}
This seasoning looks so fun! I’m a sucker for fun names and packaging and these guys did a great job with both! I’m excited to try it on just about anything, as the label directs. I love delicious spice blends, especially if it’s got a good kick to it. Check it out here.


Item 5 • Tomato Crunch, Snapz Crisps 
{$1.99/1 bag}
O.M.G. I was a tad bit freaked out at first when I realized I was about to try dried tomatos. Out of a package. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tomato in this form, but I am a huge tomato lover, so I knew had to give it a shot!! They were sooooo freakin good! They tasted almost like a regular, fresh tomato, but the crispyness also gave it a new flavor. I loved them! Absolutely delicious, yet good for you at the same time! Check out the chips here.


Item 6 • Authentic Almond Biscotti, Biscotti Bari 
{$14.50/pack of 8}
I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m not usually huge on biscotti’s, especially because there are almonds in this particular one. I will give it a try soon though to see if I like it. They look pretty fancy, and the the biscotti is also pretty big, so it’s a large treat! Check out their website here.


Item 7 • Latte Candy, Bali’s Best 
{$16.38/ bag of 42 candies}
These were DELICIOUS! There wasn’t an overpowering coffee flavor (like I thought there was gonna be), it was very smooth and milky and carmelly and just all around delicious! Would definitely buy these. Check them out here.


Item 8 • Pumpkin Crunch, Mrs. May’s Naturals 
{$40.00/ 24 pack}
I didn’t think I would really like this all that much. I’m not very big on nuts and grains and oats… I don’t mind them, but most of the time they are just too bland for me. This pumpkin crunch, however, was absolutely delicious! I only wanted to try one piece and I accidentally found myself eating the rest of the bag. SO FRICKIN GOOD. And I felt even better about myself because I knew that it was a healthy snack. Check out their website here.


Overall, I LOVED this May Love with Food box. It was full of random items that I never even knew exsisted and brands I have never tried before. I love getting introduced to all these new brands, especially when it’s about snacking… I LOVE to snack and this box keeps me happy for a while :]



all love & smiles :]

mary elyse