BuluBox Review – March 2015

 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and/or referral codes. This was not a sponsored post.

bulubox-march2014-1BuluBox is a monthly subscription vitamin and supplement sample box focused on health, nutrition, and weight loss products for $10 shipped per month.

Each box contains 4-5 products or samples for men and women which includes items such as vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness dvds, healthy food utensils, and more. There are two box option choices as well – the Bulubox for Health/Nutrition and the Bulubox for Weight loss. I got the Health box, which had an approximate retail value of $27.84 this month. You’ll have to excuse the camera phone pictures on this box. It contained the following items:

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  • Vivioptal Multi – Appx. Retail Value: $6.52/5 servings
  • Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips – Appx. Retail Value: $1.33
  • Unbeatable Greens Organic Concentrated Greens – Appx. Retail Value: $5.00
  • Procera Extreme Focus XTF – Appx. Retail Value: $8.00
  • E-Hydrate Hydration + Energy Drink Mix – Appx. Retail Value: $4.66
  • Rawxies Lemon Poppyseed Cookie – Appx. Retail Value: $2.33 *bonus item

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Vivioptal Multi – Appx. Retail Value: $6.52/5 servings

This is a multivitamin & multimineral supplement which is called the “german formula”. They are supposed to provide an energy boost along with your daily multivitamin. They are gluten free, and came in a sample size of 5 (fairly large brown) pills. Some of the minerals (and stuff?) in here that I don’t see in my current supplement include Potassium, Adenosine, CLA, Rutin, Orotic Acid, Inositol, L-Lysine, Choline Bitartrate, Lecihin, Copper, Manganese, and Molybdenum. It’s got less vitamin D, vitamin e, and b12 than my current supplement, but has more vitamin a and b6 – plus contains some extras that aren’t in mine at all such as  biotin, calcium, b1, b2, and Magnesium. Overall without having had a chance to try it yet I think it looks like a really good complete supplement with some advantages over my current one!

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Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips – Appx. Retail Value: $1.33

These are SO DELICIOUS! I’ve tried at least one other flavor of these chips and so far these are the best yet. They are vegan, gluten free, corn free, all natural, contain no peanuts or seeds, zero sugar, and are non GMO Project verified. This healthier chip option is made from a blend of black and navy beans, and long grain rice. It’s got a simple ingredients list and they really remind me of a more substantial tasting version of Dorito’s Cooler Ranch chips. Will definitely be buying these again! YUM!

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Unbeatable Greens Organic Concentrated Greens – Appx. Retail Value: $5.00

These are convenient little single serving packets of unflavored concentrated greens. They are certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and Paleo Friendly. It claims to be an easy way to get your daily dose of greens all in one glass and is especially great for those of us with a busy on-the-go cant-chop-and-blend-and-juice-all-day type of lifestyle. It contains 15 certified organic fruits & vegetables with “no fillers”.  I have collected quite the stash of drink mixes and haven’t gotten a chance to try these yet but based on the fact they are unflavored I imagine you’d be best to mix it up with some type of fruit juice for the best flavor!

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Procera Extreme Focus XTF – Appx. Retail Value: $8.00

I’m so excited to try these out! They are a maximum strength mental performance enhancer based on “Neuotransmitter & Oxygen Transport Technology” (not sure if Neurotransmitter was mis-spelled on the package intentionally or not – but that’s how it appears on the sample packaging I received.) Basically, it’s supposed to promote oxygenation of brain cells to increase your focus. You’re supposed to take them to study for or take exams, to help you learn something new or whenever you need a boost to ensure you stay sharp, quick, and focused. The sample contained 8 capsules, and each serving is 4 capsules or a 2-day supply. I’ve always been curious about how these types of supplements work and was glad to see this in my box this month.

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E-Hydrate Hydration + Energy Drink Mix – Appx. Retail Value: $4.66

These are sports drink mix packets for hydration, energy, and electrolytes that came in a pack with 4 flavors – Lemon Lime, Orange, Grape, and Red Berry. They are made from natural ingredients and are without any other artificial colors, flavors, or additives. Containing zero sugar, they are sweetend with all natural stevia and fueled with 40mg of caffeine. Only 4 calories each PLUS you get your daily recommended amounts of B, C, and D vitamins too!

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Rawxies Lemon Poppyseed Cookie – Appx. Retail Value: $2.33

While these are pricey for a small single cookie…they are very tasty and I’d like to eat an unhealthy amount of them!They pack some health punch too and are vegan, raw, soy free, and gluten free! They are also dehydrated to preserve natural digestive enzymes – which I thought was cool. The ingredients list lists most things as organic, and it has goodies like lemon essential oil and pink himalayan salt.

The Lemon Poppyseed cookie has got a really great natural lemon flavor which tastes so great compared to the fake lemon flavor you get in most stuff. I am going to have to try more of these delightfully fancy little cookies which are supposed to have been created to “bridge the gap between indulgent desserts and nutritious food bars”. They can definitely keep bridging the gap in the face, OMNOMNOM.

Some other cool things about Bulubox: You can earn 50 points each month (worth $5 towards full size products you try in the Bulubox store) for sharing, taking sample surveys, and things like that on the website!

If you’re interested in giving BuluBox a try, please be sure to sign up using my referral link here.

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – March 2015 {Floral Fantasy}

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and/or referral codes. This was not a sponsored post.

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It’s Ipsy time again! If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, for $10 each month you get a makeup bag (aka “Glam Bag”) filled with a handful of samples and sometimes full size products. What you receive each month depends on personal profile selections you make with the ipsyMatch system. This pulls results from your Beauty Quiz and product reviews to determine the best products for you.

Approximate Total Retail Value: $35

  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick (Hunk) – Appx. Retail Value: $6

  • pūr~lisse beauty – pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover – Appx. Retail Value: $6.43 for 1 oz/30 ml

  • Boo-Boo Cover-Up – Boo-Boo Cover-Up: Medium Shade – Appx. Retail Value: $7.99 for 4 ml/.13oz

  • VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind – Illuminating Face Highlighter (Crystal Pink)- Not sure on the value of this one. The full size product sells for $26 and is currently sold out but doesn’t say what size the product is to compare the price on the trial size.

  • Dr. Brandt Skincare – pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion – Appx. Retail Value: $9.00 for .25 oz

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The bag this month was cute with nice bright colors for spring.

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NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick – Hunk

I was excited to try one of the infamous NYX Butter Lipsticks after loving the NYX Butter Gloss I got in a previous bag. This was just as fantastic and am happy with the quality of it especially for the low price tag! It comes in a total of 22 shades so I will certainly be trying more of them. The formula goes on smooth and creamy. I got the fuchsia toned shade called “Hunk” – it’s a cool toned fuschia which goes on very similar to the color of the tube itself and doesn’t look quite as purple on as it does in the tube. Due to the fact that I love bold and out there lip colors – I’d probably have preferred it to be more purple than fuchsia but it’s a nice pretty and very wearable color!

Get 25% off NYX Butter Lipsticks at nyxcosmetics.com using code: NYXBUTTER

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Pūr~lisse beauty – pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover

 This 4-in-1 sulfate free cleanser, makeup remover,  “skin soother”, and toner contains soy milk, whole oat, and white tea. It’s a non-drying creamy formula but I haven’t tried it myself to say much else about it. I’ve got a couple different moisturizers from this company in the past – one of which I still have sitting in the waiting to use bag, the other of which I’m pretty sure broke me out.  So I may or may not end up giving this a shot but have heard that it does remove makeup well.

Get 30% savings on any purchase + free deluxe samples with all orders at purlisse.com using the code: IpsyMarch30

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Boo-Boo Cover-Up – Boo-Boo Cover-Up: Medium Shade

 I’d like to try this but the medium shade is a bit too dark for me! I It’s supposed to provide very good coverage…and I did test it out on a light little scar I have on my hand…. and thought it was “just okay”. You could layer the product to get pretty good coverage and it almost covered my little light pink scar but not completely and I wasn’t blown away like I’d hoped to be. The product has some great ingredients including aloe, green tea, vitamin E, and tea tree which would all be good things to use for covering up a blemish or skin that needs healed.

Get 35% off any purchase at booboocoverup.com using code: O26W48HX

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VINTAGE by Jessica Liebeskind – Illuminating Face Highlighter – Crystal Pink

I’m pretty picky when it comes to highlighters because it can be tricky finding something that works well with my snow white skin. This works perfectly for my skin tone and type and I really like it! I’ve heard some people say it was too dark for them but I don’t find that to be a problem for me – and I’m practically translucent so that’s all I can tell you. I’ll post a full look with it sometime soon but it’s got a nice fine shimmer that layers well and leaves a nice light pink glow.

Get 20% off BLUSH & BRIGHTEN FACE PALETTE at vintagecosmetics.com with the code: LOVEIPSY

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Dr. Brandt Skincare – pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion

I’m excited to give this product a try now that the weather is warming up it will be perfect to tame the shine on my old aging face! I’ve been waiting for a day I’ll be out in the sun and can really put it to the test – but I’ve enjoyed the Dr. Brandt products I’ve used in the past and love that this offers anti aging along with pore shrinking/mattifying. It’s an oil free formula that uses apple stem cells to help delay the natural signs of aging by maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. It also contains retinol to help improve fine lines, wrinkles, and help with new cell turnover.

Get 25% off site-wide at drbrandtskincare.com with the code: MAT25PSY

Overall I think this was a pretty good bag and am happy with the value even considering the fact that I probably won’t use a couple of the products.  If you are interested in giving Ipsy a try, please be sure to sign up here using my referral link!

Happies & Crappies {Weekly Round Up}

Here’s a quick weekly round-up of my kisses and disses for the week… muah!

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Happies

+ Spring is less than TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!! We just “sprung forward” last night and I’m already frolicking through sunflower fields in my minds eye. Weeeee!

+ New Phone! I traded in my crappy old Samsung Galaxy for an LG optimus. Not only did I get the new phone for practically free but it’s a definite upgrade from the last one. I feel like I’m back in the 21st century with a camera phone that has flash and is actually usable, voice command for dialing, and even emoticons lol the only crappy drawback is I might have to start using my phone and socializing again now that it’s not a totally agonizing experience ;)

+ My adorable new phone cases (seen here and here). Got a great deal and paid less than $7 for both – either one alone would have been worth that!

+ Finding cool new apps while setting my phone up – IF by IFTTT being my favorite because it lets you set up cool custom “if this then that” functions for just about anything you can think of. You can automatically: backup photos and phone data, record phone calls to your calendar, and put all orders and receipts in a spreadsheet automatically… JUST to name a few things. Loving it!

+ A couple checks that I’ve been trying to get cut for months FINALLY coming in this week just when I really needed the extra cash. Perfect timing!

Crappies

-My shoot for today cancelling (but it was due to inducing labor so whatta ya gonna do… We will be rescheduling it as a newborn session PLUS I got the day off so it worked out nicely)

– The phone company messing up and charging me a bunch of extra money (this will hopefully turn into a happy by Monday in which I will end up with a much lower monthly bill and faster internet speeds because today they only managed to upsell my internet service with promises of retention discounts. I don’t know what kind of commission these people make but they are relentless)

-High blood pressure…I’m still considered to have ‘pre-hypertension’ with as of a tonight a 117/85 but I think it’s going down overall and I am hopeful that trend will continue.

– This makes it totally evident today was “bill day” – but I’m giving a quick shout out to my insurance company who I couldn’t pay today because you need a key code from your most current bill to make a payment – which of course they haven’t sent. So if a tree falls in the forest… ya know?! Seriously though, what the hell. If you want your money, make it reasonable for me to pay you kthx.

-This parts just a rant but I’m leaving it because it is one of the crappier things that I’ve been feeling often lately so WTH. Even if it is the same old struggle of trying to do everything only to have to contend with the fact once again that I am one person who can only do so much. I’m practicing patience and knowing deep down that I’m grateful for the fact that I have an inspired mind with passions and things that I need to divide my time for. I will remind myself of this when I am feel like my energy is scattered in every possible direction and know that my problems whatever they are – are wonderful problems to have, lessons that I can learn, and blessings in disguise just waiting for the right perspective and understanding to be gained by me.

I hope you all have an amazing week full of happiness and blessings! ♥

Summertime {Musical Mondays}

I found the most awesome cover of the classic tune Summertime as sung by the late great Janis Joplin. I was blown away that I had never heard her version of this! Not only is it the best cover of this song I’ve heard but she really makes it her own. Not an easy feat for a song that has been covered 438947238943728 times. I’m not even going to say any more on it – I’ll just let the psyhedelic guitar riffs do the rest of the talking for me on this one. Enjoy!!!

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

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Snowy Saturday

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We are having a snowpocalypse over here, so it’s a pretty quiet weekend. Rescheduled  today’s shoot for a day when we’re not having a blizzard and I was so happy to not have to be out in the snow! Especially considering in the very wee hours of the morning our shower broke. Luckily my guy was able to jimmy rigg up a hose that we can use to draw a bath until it gets fixed. Funny how badly we both wanted to shower the second it broke. It’s so easy to take simple things like having a shower to use in the morning for granted.

Anyway after dodging of the bullet of not being stuck in the house all day having to smell each other – we got some wine and have been relaxing and having a nice quiet day inside. It sure is beautiful from in here where it’s warm and cozy. I will try to go on a little photo walk in the morning and snap some good pictures.

Tonight we’re going to watch the first episode of the Breaking Bad spin off ‘Better Call Saul’. We’re very excited to check it out. I guess all of the episodes will be coming out on Netflix the week after they air on AMC  so you have no excuse not to go and watch it ;) Hope the rest of you are enjoying this relaxing weekend as much as we are! Stay safe & warm out there!!

Kiesza – Hideaway {Musical Mondays}

Oh musical Monday, how I missed you and how you always get me groovin. This week we’re listening to Hideaway by Kiesza. This is perfect for those of you recovering from hiding out during your romantic Valentine’s Day weekends. Or perhaps those of you recovering from national breakup day yesterday – LOL! You can get down with this one either way. It’s a fun house song thats got a bit of an old school flair that makes you want to move. Hope you guys love it as much as I do!

Taking me high up where I’ve never been before
I’m holding it back, just one sec, I won’t be long

You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling
You let my heart escape, beyond the meaning
Not even I can’t find a way to stop the storm
Oh, baby, it’s out of my control, it’s going home

You’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming
You’re just another day that keeps me breathing
Baby, another week-end, there’s nothing sure
Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more!

Uh, you send me the shiver and the spine might overflow
You’re bringing me closer to the edge, I’m letting go
You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling
You let my heart escape, beyond the meaning

Cover my head into the clouds I’m going home
When letting me go and I can’t find a way to stop
You’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming
You’re just another day that keeps me breathing

Baby, I love the way that there’s nothing sure
Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more
Hide away with me some more

Taking me high up where I’ve never been before
I’m holding it back, just one sec, I won’t be long

You’re just a hideaway, you’re just a feeling
You let my heart escape, beyond the meaning
Not even I can’t find a way to stop the storm
Oh, baby, it’s out of my control, whats going on?

You’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming
You’re just another day that keeps me breathing
You’re just a chance I take to keep on dreaming

Baby, another week-end, there’s nothing sure
Baby, don’t stop me, hide away with me some more
Hide away with me some more

"Musical

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – February 2015 {#ipsylove}

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and/or referral codes. This was not a sponsored post.

I know it has been for exactly EVER….. but I’m finally back from hiatus and excited to be doing regular posting again. With that said we are going to get right into a review on Februarys #IpsyLove Ipsy GlamBag. If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, for $10 each month you get a makeup bag filled with a handful of deluxe size samples and sometimes full size products.

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Here’s what I got in my February Ipsy Glambag:

  • Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil
  • Luxie Beauty – Large Angled Face Brush 504
  • Cargo Cosmetics – Mini Lip Gloss
  • Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow
  • ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder

Approximate Total Retail Value: $70.94+ 

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That’s the bag itself this month. I’m not a huge fan of the design and think the coloring is a bit weird (the gray looks more olive in person and seems off to me) however I love the non-traditional front zippers and am just happy enough with that and the fact that it’s not one of the tiny strangely sized bags. Considering those factors I think it’s a good bag overall.

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Mitchell and Peach Floral No. 1 Fine Radiance Face Oil – 10 ml Value $23

As far as I’m concerned this made the bag for me. I have been wanting to try a face oil and so far this one is working well for me after just a couple uses. It works great using it alone or mixing a few drops in with my moisturizer. It’s got vitamins and natural anti-oxidants – and is nice and light on the skin so it doesn’t feel heavy like you might expect from an oil. The biggest downfall I can say is that you have to fight a bit to get the drops out of the bottle. You don’t need much product at all so this little bottle will go a long way and is a great value.

Receive 20% off purchases at mitchellandpeach.com: 
Enter code: ipsy23 (offer valid through: 3/31/15)

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Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504 – Value $16 (on sale for 8 at the time of this posting!)

Makeup brushes are always useful so I’m always happy to have an extra one. This particular brush has a couple of neat features. First and foremost, it’s 100% Vegan and Animal Cruelty Free (with soft synthetic bristles). It also is coated with a “revolutionary” antibacterial solution that is said to be for minimal brush cleansing to help your brush stay clean for longer periods of time!

Receive 30% off any luxie product at luxiebeauty.com: 
Enter code ipsy30 (offer valid through: 3/31/15)

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Cargo Cosmetics – Mini Lip Gloss – Value appx. $16 (not finding the price of the product in this size so that’s the price of the full sized versions available for purchase).
Another too light pinkish gloss? Thanks I’ll pass. I think I’ve had a light pink or nude in every bag for months. I have collected enough that I’d rather give it to someone that would actually like to use it. There may be at least a couple items from this month making a reappearance in a giveaway soon. The reviews on the gloss that I’m seeing are all saying too thick, too sticky, and too light. So if you are into sticky light pink this is going to be a huge hit for you! No promo codes on this one, either in case you were wondering.

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Rob Scheppy for ‘Tini Beauty Eyeshadow – Pearl Fizz – Value appx. $4.94 (only finding the palette for sale online at $39.50)

Another one of those items I can’t seem to stop getting – beige colored powered eyeshadow. I have gotten too many similar items to need this one. I’m seeing people saying that it’s pretty golden color with good pigmentation so if you’re in need of that pick one up or hold your breath because one is sure to end up in your Ipsy bag sooner or later.

Receive 40% off + $5 Shipping + FREE Nail Polish automatically added to order at tinybeauty.com. Enter Code: ‘IpsyEyes’ (offer valid through 3/31/15)

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ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder – Ballerina Pink – Value $11 – $22 (not sure if this is the same full sized version available online for $22 but it may be half sized)

Didn’t try this one and not sure I will but it’s a nice cool shade of pink. Word on the street is that it’s very highly pigmented so be sure to start out light and layer your color on so you don’t overdo it.

Receive 20% off + Free Shipping on orders of $39+ at modelcosmetics.com using code ‘Ipsy20′ (offer valid through 3/31/15)

Anyway, still a great bag with plenty of product and value for your money despite getting a lot of similar products lately. The products I see a lot of are usually basics, and there is no arguing with the numbers. If you are interested in giving Ipsy a try, please be sure to sign up here using my referral link!

Bulu Box Review – March 2014

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and/or referral codes. This was not a sponsored post.
bulubox-march2014-1BuluBox is a monthly subscription vitamin and supplement sample box focused on health, nutrition, and weight loss products for $10 shipped per month.

Each box contains 4-5 products or samples for men and women which includes items such as vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support, fitness dvds, healthy food utensils, and more. There are two box option choices as well – the Bulubox for nutirion and the Bulubox for Weight loss. I got the weight loss box which had an approximate retail value of $56.84 this month. It contained the following items:bulu2-1

  • K-Pax Energy
  • VanaPain PM
  • Rootology: Breathe Free
  • HAVVN GO Sticks
  • Nuvia Trim Coffee
  • Body Glove – Surge Chocolate Energy Gel

bulubox-march2014-4K-Pax Energy – Appx. retail value $22.48

This was essentially a full sized bottle of K-Pax energy supplement. Or half of a bottle, the regular size is 60 tablets and this was 30.  It’s cool to have your multivitamin and your energy boost combined in one product. Great to be putting some healthy things in your body along with getting your morning jolt. Even better is the fact that this baby contains no artificial ingredients and no sugar. It claims that you’ll have no jitters, no crash, and it even acts as a mood elevator. Definitely all things I’m looking for in the morning!!!

bulu2-2VanaPain PM – Appx. retail value $3.20

This strawberry flavored elixir is both a pain relief agent and a sleep aid combined into a single serving liquid “shot”. The formula is supposed to be non habit forming and is a blend of Choline Salicyate, which is supposed to have an onset FIVE times faster than asprin – so it should work 5x faster than your traditional pain reliever. The liquid delivery of Choline Salicyate also reduces common side effects of pain relievers and doesn’t set in the stomach like a tablet does.

bulubox-march2014-9HAVVN GO Sticks – Appx. retail value $2.16

How cool are these orange mango flavored drink mix sticks… THAT HELP SLOW AGING!? Perfect for dropping into a water bottle  on the go or keeping in your desk. They contain a blend of natural components and products like HAVVN Gene optimized nutrition that are meant to extend your youth throughout your life span. It’s got great anti-aging components like Tumeric, Goji Berry Extract, Coenzyme Q10 and Resveratrol!

bulubox-march2014-7Rootology: Breathe Free – Appx. retail value $1.90

This blend of concentrated herbal extracts work to provide relief from allergies and support nasal, sinus, and eye health. Contains Vitamin C & Vitamin D, along with cinnamon twig, angelica root, and xanthium fruit! Good for sneezing, runny n ose, congestion, itchy or watery eyes, and sinus pressure. Since I rarely have issues with allergies, I’ll probably pass these on to a friend to try.

 

bulubox-march2014-5Nuvia Trim Coffee – Appx. retail value $2.54

This is a yummy instant coffee product which helps weight loss and replaces your daily cup of regular coffee with this delicious blend of Green coffee bean, fat burning thermogenic Raspberry Ketone, African Mango, and Green Tea with ECGC. It helps to boost metabolism, promote appetite control, and support healthy after meal sugar levels. Powerful anti-oxidants combat stress at the cellular level, and keep your body energized to burn more fat. I had it with creamer and thought it tasted great  and seemed to give me a comparable buzz to regular coffee.If you drink a lot of coffee, choosing an option like this with other help benefits is most certainly the way to go!!!! The instant packets would be very convenient for keeping at work or places where you don’t have access to a coffee maker, too!

bulubox-march2014-10Body Glove – Surge Chocolate Energy Gel – Appx. retail value $2.09

This is an all natural energy gel designed by the popular sports brand and wet suit company Body Glove. It’s got a nice dose of 150mg of caffeine in an 80 calorie serving. It’s also got Green Tea, Honey, Protein Powder, high antioxidant fruits, polyphenol, and coconut water. Conveniently packaged for easy consumption before or during your work out. Increases mental focus and boosts the immune system, too!  Lots of caffeine in a low calorie dose with great natural ingredients!!! Excited to give this a shot!

bulubox-march2014-11Some other cool things about Bulubox: You can earn 50 points each month (worth $5 towards full size products you try in the Bulubox store) for sharing, taking sample surveys, and things like that on the website. You can sometimes find coupon codes to try them out fpr half price which really drops down the price of your box as well! Even at the regular price it’s well worth it.

bulubox-march2014-3If you’re interested in giving BuluBox a try, please be sure to sign up using my referral link here.

Peckish Box Review – {The Sweet Tooth Box} Week of March 17th, 2014

Update:  I am just furious with this company. What a terrible experience. After I received this box, I cancelled my order because I just didn’t feel like the value was there. Instead of cancelling my order, they took it upon themselves to change my subscription to bi-monthly, charging and sending me MORE boxes, and after sending multiple emails for 2 months, I was only able to get a response and have the order cancelled after leaving a bad review on their facebook page. I still have not been able to get them to credit me back for the erroneous charges they made to my card. Whatever you do, DO NOT use this company. They send the TINIEST portions of freeze dried fruits that all basically taste like styrafoam anyway, and they have a very small selection of items they include in the boxes so you get the same tiny samples of snacks repeated  month after month. I ended up getting two other boxes as a result of them refusing to stop charging my card and sending me boxes, but I refuse to do any more reviews for this company because they are THAT BAD.

Tried out my first Peckish box recently and have to say I was extremely dissapointed ! If you’re not familiar with Peckish, they send you a few small snacks for $5.99/box. Shipments are available for the boxes on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. 

peckish-march2014-1All the boxes contain “minimally processed” ingredients supposedly. They also contain no trans fats, no partially hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.  They are basically just tiny little plastic boxes with not even a handful of crappy tasting freeze dried crap.

I got the Sweet Tooth Box and here’s what it contained:

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  • PB & J
  • Sweet Americana
  • Strawberry Banana Sundae
  • Blueberry Walnut Granola

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PB & J

Raisins, peanuts, and freeze dried raspberries which are supposed to mimic the taste of the clasic peanut butter and jelly – but instead just taste like raisins and peanuts which is pretty much what you’re getting with every peckish mix. That or peanuts and chocolate chips. More or less. 

Ingredients: Raspberries, grapes, peanuts, peanut oil, unbleached wheat flour, water, canola oil, all natural evaporated cane juice, salt, yeast, baking soda

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Sweet Americana

Again we have freeze tried blueberries and raspberries mixed in with banana chips… all of which had a bitter taste and came with the corner of packaging open so that little bits spilled everywhere. Which I guess was a favor to me, since it tasted like crap anyway. Small favors and stuff.

Ingredients: Blueberries, raspberries, bananas

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Strawberry Banana Sundae

This had styrafoam strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Same bland tasting, strangely textured 

Ingredients: Dried Strawberries, Dried Bananas, Organic Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liqueur, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla

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Blueberry Walnut Granola

Dehydrated blueberries mixed with the walnuts and granola. This one didn’t contain a card with nutrition information, nor is it listed on the website right now, but there is a granola mix with Cranberry available that looks similar you can check out. 

I think the value of the box for $5.99 shipped was just not enough for me to want to continue subscribing. Combine that with the fact that this company will charge your card however much they want to, whenever they want to, and there will be no way for you to cancel it without cancelling your credit card and getting a new one (or getting very lucky) it’s just NOT WORTH trying. If you’re interested in trying out a food box, there are SO MANY more reputable companies that send out an actual variety of good tasting snacks, instead of just putting a bad taste in your mouth.

Eco Emi Box Review – March 2014 {Girls Just Wanna Have Fun}

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Eco Emi is an Eco-friendly subscription box service that sends at least 5 samples (or sometimes full sized items) to you each month for $15 shipped. They send you all natural products that can range from skin, hair, and nail products to snacks, teas, and other lifestyle type items. The products they send are all healthy, natural, and organic. You usually get a little bag of beauty products, plus a couple healthy natural snacks to try – so they do a good job of giving you a nice variety of things, and it has a lot of different points of appeal that way. Here’s everything I got in my March box:

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  • Shea Butter by Karitex
  • Dawn Lip Gloss by Purely You Minerals
  • 2N1 Lip Therapy and Cuticle Treatment by The Lano Company
  • Eco-Beauty Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes by La Fresh
  • Eco-Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pads by La Fresh
  • Red Popcorn by Kitts Kernel
  • Almond Bar by Kuli Kuli

rp_ecoemi-march2014-5-510x510.jpgShea Butter by Karitex   – Appx. Retail Value: $10

Thought it was VERY COOL that they included a full block of Shea Butter with the box this month. It’s organic, 100% raw, and a really soft quality that makes it easy to work with. Some unrefined Shea Butters that I’ve used come in a much harder consistency that practically needs to be grated in order to use – so I was VERY happy with that.  Shea Butter can be used in so many ways – check out the post I made here if you’re looking for some ideas on ways to use yours!

 

ecoemi-march2014-8Dawn Lip Gloss by Purely You Minerals – Appx. Retail Value: $8.00

This vegan lip gloss contains all natural vitamins, oils, and minerals. Feels nice and moisturizing on. Doesn’t give you a super glossy look, though. The color Dawn is a very nice, wearable natural tone!

ecoemi-march2014-92N1 Lip Therapy and Cuticle Treatment by The Lano Company  - Appx. Retail Value: $5

This product can be used as a lip treatment or a cuticle treatment – so I love the fact that it’s dual purpose. It’s got jojoba, coconut, and sweet almond oils. I did get a chance to try it on a real painful hangnail I had – and after applying it a couple days the area has really healed up nicely so it seems to work well for that.

ecoemi-march2014-11Eco-Beauty Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes by La Fresh – Appx. Retail Value: ranges from $ .42-1.66

Single use packet containing an eco friendly, lavender scented makeup remover. Haven’t tried it yet to say how it works, but having the individual package would be very handy for those that travel often.

ecoemi-march2014-12Eco-Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pads by La Fresh – Appx. Retail Value: $.60

Another single use packet containing acetone-free nail polish remover. Is orange scented, and claims to not have the harsh, drying effects of conventional polish removers. One pad is supposed to clean all 10 nails. Very convenient for traveling or keeping in your makeup bag for nail mishaps on the go. Haven’t tried it yet to say how well it works yet.

ecoemi-march2014-7Red Popcorn by Kitts Kernel- Appx. Retail Value: $ 6.25/1.5lb. bag (not sure on size of sample!)

This Red Popcorn is non-GMO and grown naturally, which is supposed to enhance the corn flavor and makes it extremely cool already. I haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet, nor have I ever had any type of red corn so I’m excited to check it out on a movie night this weekend!!

Use coupon code ECO2014 for 15% off your next order from Kitts Kernel.

ecoemi-march2014-6Almond Bar by Kuli Kuli  – Appx. Retail Value: $2.89

These Almond Bars are sourced from West Africa, and is filled with a nutritious and medicinal plant called Moringa. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and made with simple ingredients. One very cool thing about it is that it contains the protein, iron, and calcium you need throughout the day. The taste wasn’t all that great, but it wasn’t terrible or intolerable either and I managed to eat the whole thing. Love the nutritional value and would be curious to try the other flavor options available to see if any of them are more palatable.

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