BarkBox November 2013 Review

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My Barkbox came! Always an exciting day when barkbox comes. My dog freaks out whenever any box comes now because he thinks each one has goodies for him. This one smelt great to him apparently; he attacked the box!

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This one is all about the goodies, it is after all the month for Thanksgiving! So my photos are a little less quality because I had to take them fast because he wanted  that toy and treats!

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PetSafe Toy Pogo Plush Dog Toy $ 12.52

I wasn’t able to get a picture of the toy in it’s packaging because he took this toy right away. Never can have enough of these types of toys. It’s stuffing-less and very durable. Just the way want it! He has too many toys so I had to throw some old ragged ones after this. He likes it, naturally. 🙂

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Twistex Treats Vanilla Mint $ 7.13

I was happy to get these because I use Greenies typically, but they are so pricey so I haven’t bought any in awhile, so it’s nice to get these. I gave one to ranger right away, I wouldn’t say he loved it. he sniffed it forever but he did eat it. So we will see how he feels about the next one I give him.

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Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese $ 9.50

Fancy treats. 🙂 He likes these, this isn’t the first treats he got from Bocce’s. So he will be happy with these.

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Nootie YumZies Duck Jerky Chews $15.50

He loves duck treats! We received duck treats in August box and he ate those all up! He loves these things!

I love Barkbox, my 6 months subscription is over, but I am renewing. It’s nice getting treats for my dog monthly. I find new brands I would never hear of otherwise. I like how products are usually made in USA and they use quality ingredients. The whole thing is awesome. I am racking up a tonnnnn of treats though. 🙂 Maybe next month..less treats? I am sure it will be cute and festive. 🙂

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Birchbox November 2013 Review

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My Birchbox arrived! It actually arrived a little bit earlier this week but I’ve been busy so I am a little late! Anyway I’m always excited for my Birchbox. I seem to get all my boxes right in the same week, so it’s a week of goodness. 🙂 My box of course came as pretty as always. Lots of envelopes with stuff inside. My perspective with Birchbox has changed a little now that I have Ipsy as well. So for those who don’t know Birchbox is a monthly subscription of beauty samples, it costs $10.00 including shipping. To me the true value is in their points system. More on that later. So on to the goodies!

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Color Club Nail Color in Baldwin Blues $ 8.00

It’s actually a really pretty shade of blue. I am tempted to use it, but I have so much nail polish now. So perhaps I will give it away. Makes a good stocking stuffer.

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DDF Amplifying Elixir Sample .5 Fluid Ounces  $? Full size: $70.00

I appreciate products for my face because I honestly never do much in the night or in the morning. I know I am bad! But I am trying to change, so more samples of products like this the better. We will see how this stuff works out.

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Joie Folle de Joie eau de parfum – 2 ml Value $1.70 Full Size: $98.00

This stuff smells so good! gah I love it. I was kind of meh when I first sprayed it on my wrist, but with time I kept smelling it and fell in love. Why must it cost 98 dollars for a bottle?!

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Mox Botanicals Bath Milk .35 oz sample $? Full Size: $ 12.00

I wish I had a big bath tub to soak in this. 🙂 It smells nice and they are a company from Portland. My land! Looking forward to using this

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theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac – sample $? Full Size: $17.00

It’s been a really long time since I’ve used a product similar to this. It is a nice products just adds some color to your lips. It’s not crazy vibrant red or anything which I like.

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Might Leaf Tea– 3 tea Pouches $? Full Size: $9.95

I love tea! I have been using this in the mornings at work. I may have tried this tea once before just because I remember the elegant tea bags. Vanilla Bean is yummy.

That was my box this month! Overall it was decent, not my favorite birchbox I have received. Also this was the first month of Ipsy and since both are 10 dollar subscriptions I can’t help but compare the two. They are quite different, I am not sure how Ipsy can do these awesome full sized products but I am loving it! Birchbox on the other hand gives these much smaller (mostly sample sized products).   I think Birchbox has an awesome rewards system! I get 10 points for each review I do of a product I am given. So this month I earned 60 points just for this box, that is equivalent to 6 dollars. When you earn 100 points I have 10 dollars to spend in the birchbox store. It is a great value! So I am loving that! So birchbox is still a great deal and I love it.

Ipsy November 2013 Review

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My first ever Ipsy arrived! The anticipation was killing me more than any other subscription I’ve received. This was due to the fact that I had been on their waitlist for 2+ months. I debated this subscription  for awhile, then once I knew I needed it, I had to wait. But it really was perfect because my first one arrived a few days after my birthday and my subscription seems to better than the last couple I’ve seen in the past (and those looked pretty awesome as well). It’s crazy this subscription only costs $10.00 (includes shipping), same as birchbox yet included so many full sized products. Not sure how they do it! So here is what I got.

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Pretty Pretty bag! 🙂 Not crazy about gold, but I always need more bags like this for my cosmetics. Especially as they grow! 🙂

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em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Waterproof  Dramatic Volume Mascara  $20.00

This mascara alone doubles the value of my ipsy subscription. I don’t think I would ever spend $20 dollars for her mascara, but still good value already. This mascara is so different from others I have because it is so light and not clumpy at all. It worked really well and I like the curved brush. 🙂 Also it is waterproof, I only buy waterproof so I would of been bummed if I got one of the others in her collection that aren’t waterproof. I love mascara so yay!

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Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon Some Beach  $14.00

Another full sized product! So I haven’t tried this on yet, still trying to decide yet if I want to try it or give it to my sister because she would really be into this. I am not really a lipstick, lip gloss, lip anything person, except lip balm. Maybe I should be adventurous. The color is a little much for me I think. But I’ve heard great things about the Be a Bombshell brand so I am still very happy I received this.

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Nailtini Caviar Cocktail $13.00

Nail polish, I love me some nail polish. It looks like a gunmetal type color, it looks pretty . I did not swatch this nail polish. I think the concept of naming nail polish after drinks is cute. I plan on swapping it or giving it to someone who would like it. As is my nail polish collection is growing and it is growing fast so I don’t really plan on using it. But still great value.

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Pixi Beauty Bronzer $18.00

I never use bronzer, am I weird? Probably, but part of the reason for these new subscriptions is so that I try more new things. So yea, this item is full sized. I used it this morning actually for my crease in my eyes ( I know it’s not for that), but I liked the coloring. I need to buy some brushes. Maybe groupon will have another bush deal.

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Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil $ 14.00

I just received a pallet of Starlooks from my FabFitFun subscription. I rarely use pencil anymore, but I tried this just above the black eyeliner I had on and I really liked it. My main worry was that it would fade but I wore it for hours and it still looked good. Also this is awesome how 5 of my items are full sized.

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BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Sample $2?

Here’s my one and only sample size, which is pretty decent. It looks pretty I like that there is a few shades in this sample. I definitely look forward to using it.

Verdict:

I spent 10 dollars on my bag and received a value of 71 dollars worth of product. This is a pretty amazing deal!! I am happy that this was my first bag because it really is a great one! Sure I might gift a couple of items but still I am very pleased. Can’t wait for my December bag!

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