Escape Monthly November 2013 Review

The Box
Escape Monthly is an amazing vacation in a box. Each month has a different “destination”, and all the luxury products themed around that destination are for relaxing, renewing.. and of course, to Escape! Each month includes:
– Full-Size Luxury Products from Local, Artisan Brands (Worth over $100)
-Travel Guides & Secret Tips
– Special Offers for Resorts, Spas, & Travel
– The Opportunity to win a vacation to the Destination of the Month, just for being a member!
Next month, the Escape will be to…. ITALY!! “Rich in Luxury” will be shipping December 16th.
$49.95 w/ free shipping. {I subscribed to Escape Monthly before they even released their first box- they have had Napa & Oregon & Hawaii as the first three destinations- so I got a discounted rate ($39.95) & was grandfathered in for the remainder of my membership with them}
the goods
Every month includes a great “travel” pamphlet that lists out all the items in the box, a little information about the destination, and even a sneak preview into the following month’s destination so you can get excited about your next Escape! So far the total value of the boxes have always been much, MUCH higher than what I paid for the box itself, and all the luxury items include bath and body, snacks, drinks, a travel guide book of the destination, and other random goodies. There are always plenty of items, so I never feel like there’s been a bad month. LOVE this subscription!
…this month’s Escape is to…
Whats inside
1 ~ Belle Savon Peppermint Lavender Shea Butter
I always love me some body butter, especially this time of year when the weather is all dry and freezing cold!
2 ~ Distler’s Maple Pretzels
These sound super delicious and interesting!!! I’m loving on maple flavored stuff lately, so this should be a perfect snack!
3 ~ Lake Champlain Vermont Chocolates
This included 4 different flavors of chocolate! Excited to try them all!
4 ~ Moon Vermont Travel Guide
One of my favorite parts of subscribing to Escape Monthly is the fact that I will now slowly be building a travel section in my personal library! Love it!
5 ~ Nature’s Mysteries Twilight Face Cream
I don’t usually get too excited about face creams, I feel like I have so many of them from all my boxes just piling up, but each one always smells wonderful and hopefully does what it says they will!
6 ~ True North Granola Snack Pack
Granola… not TOO excited about it, but I really should start trying to make my breckie’s more healthy, soooo here’s to that!
7 ~ Way Out Wax Escentual Love Tea Lights
I love me some candles, especially with Christmas coming, these will come in handy for some pretty decor!
8 ~ Whisper Hill Olive Oil Soap
This smells super refreshing and wonderful — loving it!
9 ~ Quinn Popcorn – Vermont Maple & Sea Salt
Yayyyy!! I love popcorn and snacking and this flavor sounds amazing! Perfect for a movie night in with the bf!
product value
Popcorn: $5
Soap: $4.95
Tea Lights: $4
Granola: $3
Cream: $20
Travel Guide: $16.99
Pretzels: $6
Shea Butter: $4
Chocolates: $6
The value of these boxes are always so great! The products are generally full sized and of the best quality… completely satisfied with this service.

all love & smiles,


Love With Food October 2013 Review


The BoxLove With Food is one of my favorite snack subscriptions. It is affordable and always jam packed with new, organic, all-natural snacks. Also, for every box that is purchased, they donate a meal to a hungry child.. how cool is that? That probably means it would be wrong of you NOT to order this box… {haha at least that’s what I tell myself}. “Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love with Food experience!”


costOnly $10 bucks a month!

IMG_3588 the goodsI love that every month they have a theme, this month being “Scary Delicious” for Halloween of course. They always send a card detailing each and every product included. This is always a nice touch! These boxes are always packed with tons of goodies, so it’s nice to have them listed all in one place. {You can see that one of my bags is opened… it did not come like this, I just ate them up so quickly I didn’t have a chance to photograph them beforehand…. wooops}

IMG_3589 Whats inside1 • Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps from Silk City Snacks
“Enjoy these light & crispy Italian waffle cookies, all under 100 calories”

2 • Glee Gum, Triple Berry from Verve Inc
2 ¢
“Glee gum uses brown rice and cane sugar to coat this surprisingly guilt free treat”

3 • New World Caveman Cookies by Caveman Bakery
“Made with a mix of pumpkin seeds and maple syrup, these cookies are sure to satisfy any caveman”

4 • Organic Hard Candies from Torie & Howard
“Made with luscious and all natural fruit flavors, this organic hard candy will be good to the last drop”

5 • Pixo Pearls from Vinaigerie Gingras
“These apple cider vinegar pearls add a burst of flavor with every bite” {If you look super close you can see the little pearls of flavor!!}

6 • Happy Squeeze from Happy Family
“This convenient pouch can trick anyone into eating their fruits & veggies on the go” {I absolutely LOVE these things!! Sooooo delicious!!}

7 • Toasted Coconut Chips from Dang
“Crunchy, lightly salty, and sweet these coconut chips will definitely have you saying ‘daaaaang'” {As you can see I already tore through this bag… I actually got a large bag of these in my Fancy Food box a while back and put them in the back of my pantry because I thought I didn’t like coconut… little did I know these things are buttery and delicious and amazing!!!}

8 • Kind Bars from Kind Snacks
“One KIND bar a day, chocked full of nuts, fruits, honey and other spices, will keep your hunger away”

product valueKind Bar: $1.50
Coconut Chips: $2.63
Happy Squeeze pouch: $1.79
Pixo Pearls: $1.80
Hard Candy: $1
Cookies: $1.90
Gum: 2 ¢
Pizzelle Crisps: $1


all love & smiles,


POPSUGAR Must Have Box October 2013 Review


The Box

POPSUGAR Must Have Box. This is one of my favorite boxes that I subscribe to because of all the full-sized products and the range of categories the items fall into. It’s basically like opening a surprise gift to myself! “POPSUGAR’s monthly favorites delivered to your door. Hand selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food. Full sized products and premium items.”

IMG_3436 cost

$35/month with free shipping!  The total value of these boxes is basically always over $100 so you definitely get your money’s worth! {UPDATE: The price of the boxes beginning in November will be $39.95. They are encouraging their active members to sign up for a 3, 6, or 12 month plan in order to lock in the $35 price for as long as they can. You can do this by signing up by November 4th}

IMG_3438the goods

The box is always bursting full with amazing full size products, and I honestly love their little fold out notecards on why they picked each product and how it can be put to good use. They do a great job of explaining the items in this packet. The box also comes pretty nicely wrapped with the pink tissue paper and sticker everytime : )

IMG_3437 Whats inside

1 • The Can’t Cook Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!
This book is absolutely AMAZING! It came at such a perfect time for me when I’m doing some major cleaning and organizing in my house, I’m finally ready to take on some good cooking! I have my kitchen (pretty much) organizing and I’m ready! This book has beautiful step by step photos on every page, alongside the recipes and all the wonderful tips. The night I opened this box, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s just so good and wonderful to read with all the pictures and step by steps! Check out this book and her others here.
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2 • NYX Cosmetics Liquid Liner & Smokey Shadow Pallet
$6.00 + $7.00
Since I already unsubscribed (for now) to all my beauty subscriptions because I have so many little products and samples of every kind of piece of make-up I can imagine, I wasn’t TOO excited to receive even more make-up in this box. Unless it’s a really awesome brand or something that I’ve been excited about, I really don’t need anymore liquid liner (I basically use the same exact eyeliner every single day for the past 5 years), but this eyeshadow pallet does look pretty nice and I didn’t have most of the colors on the pallet. It helps create a great dramatic (or not too dramatic) smokey eye look. Check out NYX cosmetics here.

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3 • Gorjana Charity Bali Bead Bracelet
This is a very delicate, adorable pink bracelet. 100% of the proceeds from each bracelet went to a charity, Breast Cancer Connections. I LOVE this bracelet and was SO EXCITED to wear it along side my usual 3 silver bracelets I wear daily… However, this bracelet is TINY. I know my wrists aren’t that big at all, and this barely fits around it, plus it’s hard (at least it was for me) to try and close this bracelet on your own wrist. I honestly really do still love this bracelet though. Check out the bracelet here.


4 • Julep for Popsugar Duo Nail Polish
I received “Freedom”, a polymer top coat, and #3108, “Coco” (it also says “It Girl” it smaller letters so I’m not sure if that’s maybe the collection it is in or completely vice versa). I am so happy I got these colors; ready to paint my nails with it any minute! : ) Check out the Julep site here.


5 • Jane Tran Bobby Pins
These aren’t my favorite item in the box, but they are certainly cute and I go through my fair share of bobby pins throughout the year! These are really cute for a messy do too. Check out other cute bobby pins like these here.


6 • The Wet Brush
This is one of my favorites in the box – or even ever! This is why I love subscription boxes… things that you never knew you would love (or in this case, actually really really need)! My hair tangles SO EASY it is so gross, and now with this I don’t mind when I quickly have to get ready when I get out of the shower when I’m running late for work. My hair is no longer a problem! This brush is amazing and perfect for a girl with long, easily tangled hair like me. Click here to check out the wet brush.


7 • The Crispery Halloween Crispycake
This was SO. DAMN. GOOD. nom nom nom!! Me and the bf both thought this delicious sweet rice cake was absolutely perfect. It was covered in decadent marshmallow and was so soft and chewy with just the right amount of slight crunch. I am honestly probably going to order more of these sometime very soon. I’m looking at some of the other adorable holiday cakes that they make and I am wanting to try this fabulous Christmas one! It’s full of peppermint and that amazing marshmallow! Check out the Halloween crispycake here.
8 • Stich Fix
$20 off my purchase + a waived styling fee
I have been reading GREAT things about Stich Fix! It’s “a personal styling service to get handpicked fashion goodies delivered right to your door”. You basically complete a profile about your style, you then pick a date and they send you 5 clothing & accessory items that are hand-picked just for you. You get 3 days to decide if you want to keep (and buy) the item(s) that you got. If you keep anything, the $20 styling fee is automatically reduced off of one of the items, therefore, I’m pretty sure everyone’s styling fees are waived (well, just as long as they keep anything, and with the $20 they are giving me, I am bound to want to purchase something!)
product value
Cook book: $27.99
Crispycake: $3.95
Wet brush: $14
Bobby pins: $12
Nail polish: $28
Bracelet: $45
Eyeliner: $6
Eyeshadow Pallet: $7
TOTAL VALUE: $143.94
(this isn’t even including the $20 certificate for Stich Fix!!!!) 
* This box has SUCH a great value! Remember, I only paid $35 for it! I am SO HAPPY about the October must have box!

all love & smiles,


Taste Trunk Gourmet October 2013 Review

IMG_3393 The BoxTaste Trunk is a delicious box that I just started subscribing to last month and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites!! I chose to subscribe to the Gourmet box, but they also have boxes for Health, Sweet, or BBQ. The Gourmet box “Features new items from the best gourmet lifestyle brands. Each trunk includes 5-10 products, discount coupons, backgrounds on the companies, and amazing new recipe ideas.” It is basically awesome delicious in your mouth every month.

costTaste  Trunk costs $29 dollars a month, and you can cancel OR switch to any other box theme at any time : )


the goodsThe Taste Trunk comes adorably wrapped in beautiful wrapping, however I took this picture the day after I opened it, so it didn’t look anything like my rendition, trust me. haha. Also, it comes with cards with recipes and coupons for the items inside. The nice little poem is a very cute touch too.


Whats inside

1 • Shemp’s Old Fashioned Brand Whiskey Pepper Steak Sauce
$5.50/ 10 oz. bottle
This steak sauce is SOOOOOOO delicious! I am so excited about it! I love trying new hot sauces or any sauces in general from brands you just don’t see every day. Definitely a perfect 10 in the box for me! Check out the sauce here.
2 • Southern Culture Shortstacks Pancakes & Waffle Mix – Bourbon Salter Pecan
$7.99/ 10 oz. container/ Serves 4
I was ecstatic to receive this mix in my box this month because I got a super cute waffle maker in my Fancy Food box the other month and these are going to be a delicious flavor to try! Check out the waffle mix here.
3 • Bountiful Pantry – Pumpkin Chowder
$8.50/ 9.8 oz/ 8 servings
I am SOOOO excited to try this soup!! I’ve certainly been in the “fall” mood, and anything pumpkin-related gets me excited!! Also, while I was doing some research on the chowder mix, I came across this great pumpkin picture from their website with the soup. Check out their website here.
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4 • Wooden Table Baking Co. Traditional Alfajores
$4.89/ 3 pack/ 6 oz.
This is a “hand crafted vanilla cookie filled with dulce de leche and rolled in grated coconut.” The card they included on the company was a great letter from the owner of the company that made me think it was a great, family business, who was really dedicated to the treats they were making. Check out their products here.

5 • Chateau White Garlic Marinade
$5.00/ 14 oz.
This. Sauce. Is. So. So. So. Frickin. Amazingly. Garlicky. Deliciously. PERFECT. We love it!!! It’s marinade but I can use it as a salad dressing. It is so perfect tasting. To me, it tastes like caesar crossed with italian plus more garlic and veggies… SO GOOD. Check out the website here. 

product value
Marinade: $5
Steak sauce: $5.50
Waffle Mix: $7.99
Chowder: Mix $8.50
Cookies: $4.89


all love & smiles,


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

Glossybox January 2013 Review

Jan 2013 Glossybox

Jan 2013 Glossybox

little card inside the box.

little card inside the box.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

Alright so there is my first Glossybox of the year and oh my gosh did I LOVE it! They usually send around 5 travel sized beauty products a month. The monthly subscription runs for $21/month. Usually you get your money’s worth with the high values of products included in the super fun boxes!

So what’s inside this month’s box???

goodies inside

goodies inside

list of items included.

list of items included.

Item #1: Estée Lauder: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (0.1 oz)

(Full size $25.00/ 0.27 oz)



This came in the color “01 Extreme Black”. It has a very nice brush & works great on my lashes. I always think tiny samples somehow magically work better for me than normal large sizes…. hmmmm….

Item #2: fresh. : Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (0.17 oz)

(full size: $35/ 1 oz.)



It doesn’t have much of a smell, which is a great plus. Haven’t tried to really use it yet, will see how it goes…

Item #3: Le Métier De Beauté: Replenishing Daily Solution (0.10 oz)

(full size: $225.00/ 1.17 oz)



Seems super fancy, will definitely try this out soon. 

Item #4: Narciso Rodriguez: for her Eau de Toilette Spray (0.02 fl. oz)

(Full size: $77-104 / 1.6 oz.-3.3 oz)



My spritzer part was kind of messed up on mine so it kind of sprayed strange, but all in all I think it’s a pretty good smell. I would definitely wear this perfume before a fun night out!

Item #5: OPI: “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Laquer (full size)

(Full size: $9.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This was my first Liquid Sand polish from their collection and I absolutely love it!!! It looks great on your nails and has just the right amount of sparkle! (I would have added a picture but my nails are just NOT in the best shape right meow)

Item #6: Sebastian Professional: Potion 9 (1.7 fl oz)

(Full size: $19.00/ 5.1 oz)

styling treatment

styling treatment

I’ve used some of their products in the past and have always loved them, making my hair feel and look great. This in particular is a wearable-styling treatment. I can’t wait to try it out.

Item #7: tarte : glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick (full size)

(Full size: $26.00)



i loved the casing!

i loved the casing!

This came in color “Fierce” , and is a very bright reddish color. One day when I’m feeling bold I’ll be giving it a try :]

I honestly think that Glossybox is such a fun and rewarding box of goodies to get every month in the mail. Sometimes they just feel like surprise goodie bags and you never know which item will be even better than the next one! This just keeps my blood pumping it’s so much of a great fun surprise, will all products that you know you’d at LEAST want to TRY.

Let’s take this box for example of how much we got for our money:

  • Full size OPI nail polish: $9
  • Full size tarte lipstick: $26

WE JUST MADE THE MONEY BACK FROM OUR BOX COMPLETELY & GAINED $14 WORTH IN PRODUCTS… and those are just TWO of the items from the full box!

All love & smiles :]

Mary Elyse