February 2018 Boxycharm Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the February 2018 Boxycharm subscription box!

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Boxycharm is $21.00 a month and each month you get 5 full size beauty products!

I’m already excited just seeing a glimpse of the contents of this month’s box!

This month’s theme is Galaxy Glow! I expected a more Valentine’s Day-ish theme, but this is a nice change of pace.

Boxycharm always sends a very detailed information card, which I appreciate.

+ OFRA Cosmetics Pop-Up Palette Mini, $21.00.

Pop-Up Palette Mini provides a perfect home for any magnetic makeup godet. Items can be continually tailored and rearranged according to personal preference. The unique design is lightweight and travel-friendly, yet securely holds the godets in place.

This obviously reminds me a lot of Z-Palettes, which I always find useful in my collection, especially with the single pans that I tend to get in subscription boxes. This one is really unique because you can prop it up. I think it’s a really cool idea and it’s a really nice product to get in a subscription box!

+ OFRA Cosmetics Blush Godet Refill in Winter Rose Glow, $12.00.

The Blush Godet offers strong pigment with a long-lasting effect in a fabulous pressed powder blush.

I love that Boxycharm sent us a blush to put in our new palette! I have a couple of the OFRA Cosmetics blushes and the pigmentation is really nice. This color is really gorgeous and I’m pleased with their curation so far this month!

+ Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Amethyst, $28.00

These multi-use, shimmering creme colors are crease-proof enough for the boldest of eye looks and formulated with a weightless finish for a shimmering effect anywhere on the face. Suitable for all skin types.

I’m having some technical difficulties with the picture of this product, so I do apologize that I wasn’t able to include one. It’s been one of those days, guys. Either way, this is gorgeous! I’m a big fan of Cover FX products and this is so beautiful and preforms really well. I’m super impressed and this fits in with the monthly theme perfectly. I love getting to try these different and unique products.

+ Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Pencil, $21.00.

Jessica’s richly pigmented smokey eye pencil delivers intense jet-black definition! Creating pencil-point precision or smudgy, saturated color, the creamy-soft formula glides on lids without tugging or pulling.

This is a really great pencil! I love black eyeliners and typically wear one every day. This is a great creamy pencil that really does glide on smoothly. It is an opaque black that is really pigmented. I believe I already have one of these, but this quality is worth having a back up!

+ PUR The Complexion Authority X-Faux Lips Plumping Lip Exfoliator, $17.00.

With an instant boost of shea butter, raw sugar and exfoliating beads, this 4-in-1 lip scrub pencil exfoliated, plumps, hydrates and soothes. Using the shea butter to soften lips, while the raw sugar and exfoliating beads are used to buff away dead surface cells, it moisturizes the lips for a softer, smoother, more plump lip!

This doesn’t have a scent that I can detect, but its got a really nice exfoliant! It’s not too harsh, but it definitely makes a difference. I like to use lip exfoliators a couple of time a week, and I’m much more likely to use on that I can apply like a regular lip stick or pencil.

+ Crown Pro Trio Brush Set, $29.99.

Use this 3 pc Pro Brush Trio to contour your face to perfection! The small brush can be used to conceal imperfections and highlight underneath the eyes. The medium size brush can be used to sculpt the cheekbones and perimeter of the face. Finally, the large powder brush can be used to set everything in place.

I love Crown Pro brushes! I have a few that I’ve purchased myself and a few that I have received in subscription boxes. They are super soft and work really well to blend everything in nicely. I love that they sent a trio instead of just a single brush!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really loved the box this month! I’ll use everything in it, and I’m really pleased with the curation of this box. Every month Boxycharm continues to impress me more and more. If you’re looking for a makeup subscription box, I definitely recommend this one!

I paid $21.00 for $128.99 worth of makeup!

What do you think of this month’s box? Are you a Boxycharm subscriber?

February 2018 Bookcase.Club Kids Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the February 2018 Bookcaseclub.Kids box! My kids love this box and I love getting new books for storytime every month!

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Bookcase.Club Kids box is a monthly subscription box that costs $9.99. Every month you’ll receive 3-4 children’s books, from a variety of genres.

I love the variety of books they send every month as it really makes us expand our horizons on the type of books my kids read, and they always send beautiful picture books which are Monroe’s favorites.

The Adventures of TinTin: The Seven Crystal Balls by Herge, $9.00.

This book is listed as $9.00 on the book itself, but is listed on Amazon for $11.99, on sale for $5.21. I’ll be using the $9.00 price on the book itself for the value during this review.

Seven explorers return from an expedition in the Andes, where they unearthed the tomb of an important Inca. One by one, the explorers are found in deep comas surrounded by mysterious pieces of broken crystal balls. Can Tintin find the meaning behind these crystal fragments? Will he uncover the cause of the mysterious illness? Join Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus on this gripping adventure woven from thrilling detective work and spooky sorcery!

This book is set up like a comic book, with a lot of small print. I think that this is going to be a bit old for my kids, and way out of their realm of reading abilities. It’s also going to be a bit difficult to read as a bedtime story, so I think I might hold on to this one for a while until they get a little bit older.

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale, $16.99.

This book has a price listed of $16.99. It’s available on Amazon for $17.99, on sale for $15.60. I’ll be using the price of $16.99 for this review.

How to keep a baby happy:

  1. Never delay naptime.
  2. Keep favorite blankies clean and soft.
  3. Serve only the finest baby food.

What to do if baby becomes unhappy:

  1. LOOK OUT!

Because when babies get cranky – really, really, cranky – you never know what could happen. . .

This is a really cute book with beautiful illustrations. The story line is cute, and my kids really liked looking at the pictures of the “big baby”. It’s a great book for a bedtime story, which is how I tend to use these book so I’m pleased with the selection of this one.

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman, $16.99.

Amanda is afraid of the dark, but her dad loves the night and shows her all the wonderful things that there are to see. The stars, especially, intrigue them both. When Amanda’s dad has to go away, he tells her how looking at the same stars can help them feel close. So even though Amanda misses her dad terribly, she has a special way of keeping him in her heart.

The pictures in this book are beautiful! My kids love looking at the stars with their dad. We even had to get light machines for their rooms that display the moon and stars on their ceiling at night to help them sleep since it provides them so much comfort. This is a really beautiful story that makes a great addition to our book collection for storytime before bed.

World of Wonder: The Awesome Book of The Universe, $7.99.

This book is full of amazing illustrations and information about the Universe, from stars to galaxies, black holes and more. Did you know that sometimes galaxies crash into each other? Or that the Universe began with a Big Bang? Look for: In-depth information, quizzes, question and answer boxes and awesome facts panels.

This is a great educational book that I think Gibson will absolutely adore. Especially because it all revolves around stars! Well, a good portion of it :). This book has a lot of great information for young children that is presented in a fun, colorful way. It keeps their attention well and I love books that teach as you read. This is a definite win for Gibson!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really love this box. It’s a hit month after month and I think for $9.99, getting 3-4 kids books (mostly hardcover) is an amazing value. I am always pleased, even on the rare occasion like this month that we receive a book that is a bit out of my kids age range. They actually just updated their subscription system, so now you can choose an age range. I selected age 2-4 for now, so hopefully the issue of older-aged books will resolve itself.

I paid $9.99 for $50.97 worth of books.

What do you think of this box? Have you or your kids ever read any of these books?

February 2018 Rag Tag Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review on the January 2018 Rag Tag Box!

Rag Tag Box is a monthly subscription box by Spot Colors that provides a new cross stitch pattern and all the supplies needed to make it every month for $16.00 a month.

This month’s theme is Angry Gnome. The pattern is really cute. I think it’s a great choice for a Spring time pattern!

This kit came with a pattern, a photo, and a link to the pattern and instructions.

It also came with a 14 Count White Aida Fabric, DMC Threads and a wood hoop.

And every box comes with some extras. This month included a needle, angry gnome stickers, an angry gnome bookmark and a little red baggie.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is one of those subscriptions that is hard to value properly because this kit is exclusively curated every month and not everything can be purchased separately. I find a lot of value in that exclusive curation and the fact that everything is pre-sorted for the project every month. I love the theme this month and I think this pattern will be super cute in my office or as a Spring decoration.

What do you think of this box? Do you like the pattern?

January 2018 Target Arts & Crafts For Kids Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is the last January subscription box review. Today I’ll be reviewing the Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box for January 2018!

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The Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box is $14.99 a month and each month you’ll receive a new craft kids from Target.

It comes packaged like a regular online order from Target would come, so there’s not much unboxing excitement that comes along with this box, sadly.

Creativity For Kids Light-Up Heart Marquee Craft Kit, $13.99.

This kit comes with everything you need to create a colored light-up heart. It’s a really cute craft idea and is relatively simple to do. I am a bit irritated by the value this month, the subscription cost more then this kit. However, I’m willing to overlook one month of bad value and it is a nice craft kit that I don’t think I would have purchased myself just because it’s not something that would have normally caught my eye.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am a bit bummed by the value this month. I haven’t had any issues with the price of the craft kit being lower then the cost of the subscription before this, so I’ll have to keep my eye out to see if this is a recurring issue going forward. But, I do like the craft this month and I think it’s unique, so I’m okay with it for now.

I paid $14.99 for $13.99 worth of products.

What do you think of this subscription? Have you ever made a craft like this before?

January 2018 Beauteque Mask Maven Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be one of the last subscription box reviews for the month of January (just one more after this), the Beauteque Mask Maven review for January 2018!

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Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription box that costs $18.95 a month ($15 for the box and $3.95 for shipping). Each month you’ll receive 9-11 masks of all kinds, straight from Korea.

The theme for this month is “Prime Time”! The information card has the company’s social media information and instructions on how to find information on this month’s box through their online portal.

I seriously have a sick obsession with sheet masks. This is like Christmas to me <3.

Disclaimer: I have not tried any of these at the time of this review. This review is more like an unboxing and first impressions.

Purederm Black Food Under Eye Mask, $2.90.

Black Food Complex, which contains 17 types of black food ingredients packed with healthy energy and nutrients, makes the sensitive skin under your eyes firmer and healthier, and Collagen, Bamboo Water, Panthenol, Pearl Extract, Cauliflower Extract, and other ingredients thoroughly fill up the moisture in the skin.

This mask is a black under eye gel mask that firms, hydrates and brightens. I really like under eye masks for the days that I’m just not feeling a full face mask. Gel masks in particular always make me feel more refreshed and relaxed. I can’t wait to use these little guys.

It’s Skin Fresh Sheet Mask – Pomegranate, $1.99.

The cushion pulp sheet includes nutrition from fresh and natural ingredients, giving its own nourishment to the skin as well as solving skin problems. The Fresh Mask Pomegranate delivers natural glow and vitality to dull skin.

Pomegranate masks are really great to get your skin glowing. I’ve had really good luck with them in the past. You’re supposed to keep this mask on for 15-20 minutes, which is pretty standard for a sheet mask. I really like the scent most pomegranate masks seem to have, so I’m pretty excited to try this one out.

NOHJ Aloe Mud Texture Mask Pack, $2.99.

The packaging of this is super cute and the mask itself has this amazing gold rose imaging on it. This contains mud extract and tea tree to help calm and reduce inflammation which is great for the days when the weather gets the best of my skin. Or for when my hormones do. I really am intrigued by the whole concept of this particular mask, so this is one of the next ones up in my rotation and a welcome addition to my stash.

NOHJ Tea Tree Mud Texture Mask Pack, $2.99.

This mask has the same design and same claims as the previous one, so I’m curious to see if I notice a difference after using them both. Either way, I’m loving the gorgeous pattern on these masks and the again, the packaging is super cute. I’m excited to try this pair.

Goodal Water Full Mask – Moisture, $1.99.

The water-full mask moisturizes skin. Mineral moisture from Salicornia herbacea water. The formulation of a moisture film with Hyaluronic acid. Adhering sheet like a second skin.

This mask is meant to be used for 10-20 minutes. It claims it is perfect for dry and cracked skin. Due to the weather and my hormones going crazy after giving birth, my skin is super dry right now so I’m hoping this will be a miracle worker when it comes to getting my skin back into shape. The packaging is simple, but cute. In all, it seems like a promising mask.

MJ Care Premium Charcoal Black Mask, $2.99.

This mask contains charcoal extract and is meant to make skin elastic, moisturized, clear and relaxed. The packaging of this intrigues me and I’ve recently tried a couple of charcoal based sheet masks that I really liked. I love charcoal skincare products as a whole, but the sheet mask world of charcoal products is really interesting to me. I’ve had pleasant results with the ones I’ve tried so I’m hoping this mask lives up to my expectations.

Entia After Overwork Vitamin Water Pack – Vitamin B, $3.99.

Okay, the packaging of this mask is seriously super cute. I love the Vitamin Water reference. This mask was created to calm and restore skin after a stressful week. This seems like the perfect sheet mask to use during a nice bubble bath. I can’t wait to try it. Even the packaging looks relaxing to me, with a nice throwback to my high school years – a simpler time.

FrienVita Gold Glow Mask, $4.99.

This mask seems a bit pricey to me for a sheet mask, but one of the ingredients listed is 24K gold. This mask is supposed to purify the skin, eliminate toxins and provide a nice glow. I am really interested in the 24K gold addition to the mask, so I’m hoping this will be a really nice, luxe mask that just makes you feel good if you know what I mean. This should be a fun to use and I’m really looking forward to it.

FrienVita Aqua Gold Glow Mask, $4.99.

This mask is the same price as the previous one, which still seems a bit high to me. This mask is advertised as “perfect skin adhesion”, claiming that the mask was developed based on the octopuses tentacles. This mask also boosts 24K gold as an ingredient, but the octopus resemblence is what intrigues me about this one. I always have an issue getting sheet masks to stay in place when I use them, so I’m hoping this one works a bit better.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really like this subscription. This is only the second month I’ve been with them, but I really appreciate the value and curation they provide. It’s really nice to be able to try several new sheet masks every month, most of which are not easily available in the US. That alone makes up a decent amount of the value for me.

I paid $18.95 for $29.82 worth of product.

What do you think of this box? Do you like sheet masks?

January 2018 Splendies Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Splendies box!

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Splendies is a monthly subscription box that sends you three pairs of underwear for $13.99 a month!

You can choose between No Thongs, Surprise Variety and All Thongs. I subscribe to the All Thongs variety since that is my style of choice. Each month, your three pairs of underwear will come wrapped in cute tissue paper.

Rene Rofe Lingerie Heart Thong (Style # 12206-C214), $10.00.

This pair is a gray thong with a pattern of light pink, red and white hearts all over it. It’s got a light pink trim. I’m not able to find this pair online, but that doesn’t change my love for them. I love the simplistic design and style. I think the heart pattern is super cute for Valentine’s Day. Rene Rofe Lingerie is a brand that I’ve gotten several times in my Splendies packages, and their underwear is always really comfy and comes in the cutest patterns.

Rene Rofe Lingerie Owl Thong (Style # 12206-D463), $10.00.

This thong is dark gray with a pattern of winking and not winking owls, red and pink heart outlines and little black hearts covering it. It’s got a black trim. This is another pair I was unable to locate online, so I’m thinking that might be a pattern here. However, the underwear is still cute and this is another pair by Rene Rofe Lingerie, so I’m happy with it!

Splendies Pink Thong, $12.00.

This is a light pink thong with scalloped trim and a light brown bow on the front. These are made by the Splendies brand, which I don’t think I’ve ever gotten from them before. They’re very soft and cozy. They have some stretch to them and seem a bit bigger then the standard medium size, but they fit nicely and are comfortable, so I can’t complain.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really enjoy this subscription. Every month I get three new thongs for $13.99, which means I can toss a couple of older pairs of underwear. I don’t like that I can’t find these pairs available online for purchase, but the designs are normally cute and that price just can’t be beat.

I paid $13.99 for $32 worth of underwear.

What do you think of this box? Would you ever sign up for an underwear subscription service?

January 2018 Sephora Play! Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Sephora Play! box.

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Sephora Play! is a monthly subscription box that costs $10.00 a month. Every month, you’ll receive six samples, a PLAY! BOOK of tips and tricks, and a PLAY! PASS for in-store learning.

This month’s theme is Happy You Year.

When resolutions look this good, they’re easy to keep. Kick off 2018 with a new beauty routine that puts hydration first.

On the opposite side of the information card, there’s an illustrated list called “Here’s To A Beautiful 2018”. The list is monthly challenges to make 2018 a more beautiful year. There is also a Play pass that you can take to a Sephora store and redeem for 50 Beauty Insider points.

Each month, the products come in an exclusive drawstring bag. This month’s bag features a black haired girl peering out over a banner that says “Happy You Year”, wearing a crown that says 2018.

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, $9.39.

A creamy, conditioning primer that preps lashes for smooth application and a boost of drama.

Your lashes are delicate and sometimes they require a little R&R. This formula is infused with vitamin E and microfibers, which not only make your lashes look fuller and longer, but also nurture and rejuvenate lashes.

Apply from roots to tips of lashes and then apply mascara while formula is still wet.

I have used this before, and while the product itself is nice, I’m just not a fan of lash primers or mascara bases. I feel like they make my mascara a bit clumpy and make it much harder to take off, which I get is kind of the point, but I don’t have an issue with my mascaras on a day to day basis. While I will use this on occasion, it’s definitely not my favorite from Sephora.

Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE Clearing Cream-To-Foam Cleanser, $3.20.

Ultra-creamy cleanser uses a blend of three charcoals to clear pores and remove excess oil and makeup.

End the day feeling fresh with this powerful yet gentle cream-to-foam cleanser that removes every trace of makeup while maintaining moisture in your skin.

Squeeze a generous amount into your hands. Add water and rub hands together to create a foamy lather. Massage over face morning and night. Rinse clean.

I am a huge Glamglow fan. Their masks are amazing, although quite expensive. This cleanser has a nice minty smell, and foams up really nicely. Glamglow products always make my skin feel super clean after using them, and this one meets that expectation from the first trial. This is a thumbs up for Sephora!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $5.46.

Lightweight, non-greasy primer and moisturizer delivers deep hydration while prepping skin for makeup.

Streamline your morning routine with this two-in-one primer-meets-moisturizer, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, two all-star ingredients for deep hydration. The result? Glowing, dewy skin.

Using your fingertips, apply a small amount all over face before applying makeup.

I have tried several Smashbox primers in my days, and I’m a pretty big fan of the entire line. I do however, love multi-use and multi-tasker products so I’m really excited that Smashbox came out with this little guy. And I mean little literally. This is a very tiny sample. Cute, but tiny. It’s a very thing formula with no scent that I can detect and is a nice change of pace from their silicone based primers. It blends into skin nicely and holds makeup in place. Another win!

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, $5.30.

A hydrating and brightening under-eye cream that’s easy to pop in your bag for pick-me-ups throughout the day.

Say goodbye to tired eyes with this moisturizing and brightening eye cream. Powered by peptides, it will keep you looking refreshed all day long, no matter how little sleep you got.

Using a circular motion, apply a small amount directly to under-eye area in the morning or as needed throughout the day.

This is another product that I have used before. I actually have a couple little baby sizes like this one in my stash. It really is a great eye cream. My under-eyes feel hydrated and soft and look smoother and brighter after I use this, which is amazing in my opinion. Especially as a mother of three.. 🙂 This is a win for me, because I love having smaller options for eye cream so I can try out more since a little goes such a long way.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner, $2.82.

A hydrating facial toner infused with soothing rosewater for a refreshed, healthy-looking complexion.

Keep this by your side during flights, long work days, trips to the gym, or anytime your skin needs a little pick-me-up. This gentle formula is great for giving dull skin a boost of vitality.

Apply using a cotton pad morning and evening. Avoid the eye area.

Fresh is another brand that I really enjoy. This is a cute little mini bottle of their Rose Floral Toner. It does have a strong scent of rose to it. I never used to like the rose scent, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to appreciate it more and more. Nowadays, it doesn’t bother me at all and I quite enjoy it. This is a really nice toner, it makes my skin feel cleansed and refreshed and I do like the scent. All in all, another win.

Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Shampoo, $1.00.
Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Moisture Conditioner, $1.00.

Luxurious moisture-boosting shampoo and conditioner packed with age-defying proteins, minerals, and vitamins for silky strands.

Feed your hair the nutrients it needs with this replenishing shampoo and conditioner fortified with caviar extract, vitamin C, and cytokines. We love that it provides color and UV protection!

Apply a generous amount in the shower and rinse with water.

I have used this before, in these same little sample sachets actually. I actually still have a couple from GWPs and sample bags. These are okay, but the size is something that really bugs me. Small bottles is one thing, but these little one-time use foil packs never comes with enough products for the length of my hair. Especially the conditioner packet. Eh, I’ll use what I can out of them, or combine with the other ones I have to get enough product but I’m not really impressed with this as an addition in the box since this really just feels like a free sample to me.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

All in all, I think that this was a good month for the Sephora Play! box. I’m happy with 4 of the 6 products in here and I’ll still use the other two products, so I call that a win. I think the value is definitely a plus with this box and I love shopping at Sephora, so I think it’s a great way to try out a variety of the products they sell at a discount.

I paid $10.00 for $28.17 worth of product!

What do you think of this box? Do you shop at Sephora regularly?