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 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 Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Look Fantastic Beauty Box subscription!

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box is a beauty subscription box from the UK that includes at least 6 hand-picked items along with an issue of Elle UK magazine. It costs $19.00 a month, or $16.00 if you choose an annual subscription, which can be paid for monthly.

This month’s theme is Beauty Forward.

January is all about starting the year fresh and clean – take the time to discover all the beauty tips to recharge, reset and reinvent your skincare regime and beauty stash. Discover new brands like Sampar, new products and new beauty tricks – bring on 2018, we are ready for you!

ELLE UK magazine.

I love that they include this magazine in each box. I love reading through British versions of my favorite magazines, so this is always a nice treat for a bit of Mommy time throughout the month.

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, $10.82.

A lightweight serum that will make your skin look flawless. Especially good on combination skin, it will get rid of all your imperfections and will keep your skin hydrated and glowy. Kanuka oil a good natural antimicrobial and anti-bacterial that will clear congestions, while eucalyptus will calm any rednesses and inflammations. Can be applied AM and/or PM on clean skin as a first step of your skincare routine. Use it during summer as a primer to make sure your skin is nice and matte throughout the day.

This is a very thin, liquid-y formula that has a strong eucalyptus scent. It’s incredibly hydrating on my skin, though. I do agree that it helps to keep my skin matte and this is a welcome addition to my skincare routine.

Monuspa Warming Ginger Bath & Body Oil, $18.00.

A spa experience in the comfort of your own house. This body oil has an all-natural and clean formulation with a mixture of ginger, lemongrass and orange, uplifting and awakening, it is the perfect body oil to use in the morning. Apply after the shower on you body or drop a few drops in your bath to enjoy a full & relaxing experience. If you’re seeking some relief after a heavy gym session this oil is the perfect remedy. Apply it after your session where your muscles feel tight and let it work some magic!

I’m not a big fan of the scent of ginger, so the smell of this isn’t my favorite, but it really is a luxe oil. I love that it is multi-use and that you can also use it on tight muscles after a workout. It provides a really nice, warm feeling and I found it have no oily residue.

Espa Pink Hair & Scalp Mud, $10.80.

Give your hair some love and try this intensive treatment. This lovely rose paste will condition and nourish your hair & scalp (always up for a multitasker). Its clean formation is full of good for you minerals and is enriched in Vitamin C, has red clay and Apricot kernel oil – all those ingredients to make your hair look fabulous and scalp feel hydrated.

Apply onto scalp through damp hair and leave it for 20 minutes, rinse well and condition your hair as usual.

For a more intense hydration boost, leave it all night long (we like to sleep in a shower cap when doing so – easy peasy and no damage on your pillow) and rinse thoroughly in the morning.

This is a really interesting concept to me. And the full size of this is priceyyy. The scrub is pink in color and doesn’t have an overbearing scent. I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I’m really excited to. I just have to decide if I want to use it as a 20 minute treatment or an overnight one.

Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser, $1.64.

Enjoy your morning wash with this gel cleanser that won’t dry out sensitive skin, and will leave your skin refreshed and clean, ready for the rest of your skincare routine. The contents are 88.3% natural and its main ingredient is white tea extract – a natural antioxidant protection and toner for the skin!

Use morning and night, apply a pea size of product on a damp face, clean with circular motion and rinse well.

You can also use it as a makeup remover – it works wonders as well!

I love the Korres brand and they’re cleansers are a favorite of mine. I haven’t tried this white tea version before, but it has a nice, clean scent. It goes on nicely and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and recharged in a way – and just cleaner. This is a definite win for me.

Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion, $4.04.

A skincare regime without a toning step would be like cleaning your teeth without toothpaste. . . a bit useless really. This is why the Beauty Box Team selected the best toners on the market. A selection of 3 toners from the skincare specialist Erno Laszlo, they work on all skin types, so don’t you worry, no matter which one you receive, you will be able to use, even if you have sensitive skin.

For acne, oily and skin with enlarged pores, this toner will gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells whilst soothing and calming irritations.

After cleansing, pour a small amount onto the palm of your hand and pat into skin.

With this box, you had the chance of getting one of three Erno Laszlo toners: Hydraphel Skin Supplement, Light Controlling Lotion and White Marble Essence Lotion. I’ve tried a couple of these before and they really are some of the best on the market. Erno Laszlo is a cult favorite brand for a reason and these are amazing at making my skin feel refreshed and clean to kick off my skincare routine everyday.

ModelCo 3D Lash Primer, $8.00.

If you don’t have an eyelash primer in your makeup routine yet, then this will revolutionize your mascara application. In addition to conditioning and volumizing, it allows your mascara to stay put all day! It will also maintain the curve, and even enhance by giving some more thickness to your lashes.

Apply it before mascara, don’t be afraid – it will look white but once you apply mascara on top, you will discover thick and voluminous lashes.

When applying the primer, make sure you apply it in a zigzag motion so that all your lashes are primed from base to tip!

This is full size! I am not personally a fan of lash primers, so I haven’t brought myself to try this out yet, but I am seeing some decent reviews online. I normally have issues with them because I find they make my mascara clump and make it almost impossible to remove. Hopefully, this one will be different.

FINAL THOUGHTS: 

I really love this subscription. For $16.00 a month, they supply me with really luxe brands that are normally brand new to me. Most of the products this month are brand new to me, even if they’re by brands that I’ve tried before. I don’t think I can beat that. The information booklet also includes a lot of great information and tips in addition to the product information and I appreciate that.

I paid $16.00 for $53.30 worth of product + the latest issue of ELLE UK.

What do you think of this subscription? What are your thoughts on lash primers?

January 2018 Rag Tag Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is a review of 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 Beetle Juice! I love the Beetle Juice movie and I can’t wait to make this pattern!

Each box comes with a card that lists whats included, a pattern, a photo of the completed project, and a link to more patterns and instructions.

This is the pattern for this month. I think it’s really cute and fits the Beetle Juice theme perfectly.

This box also includes a 14 Count White Aida Fabric, DMC threads, a wood hoop, and a needle to make the cross stitch.

Every month includes a couple of small extras. This month they included a black and white stripe baggie and a Beetle Juice business card, which will be so cute for my bulletin board.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This box is hard to put a value on, simply because some of these pieces can be purchased separately, but you have to take into account the fact that this kit is pre-made and that you are receiving an exclusive pattern that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I love the theme of this month’s box and I can’t wait to do the project, so I think that the kit as a whole is well worth the $16.00 price point.

What do you think of this box? Do you cross stitch?

January 2018 Allure Beauty Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the January 2018 Allure Beauty Box!

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Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box from Allure Magazine. Each month they send out a mix of deluxe and full-size products from high-end brands. It costs $15.00 each month.

This month’s theme is To New Beginnings. The information booklet says that the products in this box are perfect for welcoming the new year in style.

One of the things I love about this subscription is the information booklet. It’s made to look like a mini magazine and it has incredibly detailed information and coupon codes about all of the products inside the box!

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Serum, $85.00.

This serum contains 15% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a vitamin C derivative that penetrates skin so well that you get the full pigment-fading, glow-inducing power of the ingredient.

Ya’ll. This is literally an $85 serum. In a $15 box. I can’t even. I really love Sunday Riley products, I’ve tried a few in the past that I received as PR samples for a previous blog I had. This product is new to me, though. The packaging of this is gorgeous, it comes in a beautiful frosty orange glass bottle with a pump. It has a slight citrus scent to it and it’s a bit thicker then most serums that I’ve tried, but it soaks into my skin really nicely and leaves me with a refreshed clean feeling. This seriously made this box for me. We can all go home now :).

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up, $20.62.

This product is a mask-moisturizer-primer hybrid. It contains skin plumpers (hyaluronic acid, glycerin) and a tightener (caffeine). It’s described as a balmlike texture that feels a little sticky at first but quickly becomes a smooth canvas for foundation. This product was not a product that every subscriber received. The information booklet states that your box contains either This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray, Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower Moisturizing Body Lotion, Noxidoxi Pollution Blocker Face Mist, or LXMI Creme du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil.

This product is not the full size, so I calculated the price based on the full size product. I don’t notice a scent with this, but the texture does blend to a smooth final product. It sinks into my skin nicely and feels rich and hydrating. It is a bit pricey, but I do feel skincare is worth the cost if it works, so I’d be open to purchasing this in the future.

The One by Frederic Fekkai One and Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray, $2.10.

This spray is said to create fullness and volume without dulling hair. It has exclusive marine technology that helps transform hair from the inside out by protecting against external pollutants. The information booklet states that your box will either contain this product of the One More Day Dry Shampoo from the same line.

First of all, the scent of this is incredible. Like, perfume worthy incredible. That’s huge in my book because a lot of aerosol hair products have a scent that really bothers me. I haven’t tested this on my hair yet, but I use a texturizing spray every day as part of my hair routine and I’ve heard really great things about this one, so I’m really excited to try this out!

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in Rosewood, $10.00.

This shade is an opaque pinkish-nude. It’s an ultra-matte, liquid lipstick with high color payoff and 20-hour, comfortable wear. Its precise applicator coats and defines every peak and valley of your lips to perfection.

I adore Make Up For Ever’s lip products and this shade is absolutely gorgeous. This tube is half the size of the full-size, which I think is a great value for this box. The packaging is very sleek, just like all of Make Up For Ever’s products. This is a really comfortable liquid lipstick that dries down to a beautiful matte finish without feeling drying on the lips. And, like I said, I really love this color. This was a perfect shade for me.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Brown , $21.00.

This is a kohl and sharpenable pencil that delivers a rich brown color that stays crisp or smudges easily depending on the look you’re going for. The information booklet says subscribers will receive either the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Brown or Black, Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Whiskey, Grande Bat Your Lashes Mascara, or PopBeauty Kajal Pen in Inky Purple.

I’m not the biggest fan of brown eyeliners. I typically prefer black, but I love that I can smudge this out to fit my style a bit better. This is a really creamy pencil that provides an opaque color. This is full-size, which is awesome especially when you take into account the other items in this box.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am seriously so blown away by this box. The value was incredible this month, and I will use every product included, which is always a plus. I view this as money incredibly well spent and I really couldn’t be happier.

I paid $15.00 for $138.72 worth of products.

What do you think of this box? Have you ever tried any Sunday Riley products?