Friday, November 29, 2013

Some of my favorite BLACK FRIDAY Sales & Deals!! *UPDATED**

Ok! Took me awhile but I put together a great list of shops I really like that are having fantastic Black Friday deals!! Some in the list are Fancy, Birchbox, Julep, Nourish Organic, Cult Cosmetics, etc. Some REALLY good deals here. Happy Shopping! ;)

Birchbox - Hidden Deals ALL week!!!


HUGE Julep Sale! $1 nail polishes! Need I say more?

Julep Beauty Inc.



Conscious Box - 20% OFF everything in their Marketplace! 


Promo Code: "BLACKFRI"
**this was just updated! (my previos code was for only 20% off, but I just checked their site and this one was avaialble!

Above is a screenshot of my Cart. This is a great time to take advantage of sales like this to make holiday gift shopping a little less expensive:) Before this Thanksgiving promo my cart would've added up to almost $47!!


Klutch Club - 40% Off 6 month Subscription!

Promo Code: "ZZBLACK40"


Cult Cosmetics - Awesome 40% Everything Discount! 
Promo Code: "HOLIDAY40"
I tested out the coupon code, and it works! :)

Nourish Organic - 50% off Everything on Black Friday!! This is their biggest sale of the year so take advantage of it!!

Save 50% on everything during Nourish Organic Green Friday Sale

Promo Code: "GREEN50"

Also check out their Eco-Chic Holiday Gift Sets that are already 20% off! I'm not sure if you would get an extra 50% on top of that? Does anyone know? I'll try to find out ;)

_________________________________________________________________________________ - Black Friday Sale - FREE Full Size Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer with any $50 Purchase -(A $45 Value!). This offer ends at 11:59 pm PST 11/29/2013. So hurry and stock up if you're interested!


Fine Featherheads - 30% off until December 3 (this excludes sale items unfortunately)
They have things like hair tint and really pretty feathers for your hair!

Fine Featherheads

Promo Code: "givethanks30"
_________________________________________________________________________________ - Up to 50% off select items! I really like this online shop. They have TONS of really great eco-friendly, "green," sustainable products!

Treatsie - 1 month free with 3 month Gift Subscription!
I haven't ordered the gift subscription buuuut, I did ordere a $5 (Free Shipping!) Sample Box from them! I think it'll make a sweet little addition to gifts I give for the holidays ;)


**UPDATE** - Save 20% Off Any 3+ Items! 
Promo Code: "AF13203"

If I find any more I will post them ASAP! Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
-xo, T

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Birchbox Limited Edition Snow Day Box Review!

I was excited about this one! I was able to use my Birchbox points to get $10 off! You accumulate by making purchases (includes the monthly box) and doing reviews on their website for products you purchased from them or received in your Birchboxes
(*I included a screenshot of my checkout page at the bottom of this post)

Extras!!: I also used a promo code that was on their website for a free face scrub (free with $25 purchase - find these deals on the left side of the screen under the category "Birchbox Bonus Shop") AND I got to add on the Mystery Sample Pack for free (you can purchase it for $10 or get it free with $35 purchase)!

A packing list along with some neat little cards: Scrabble tips and "Home Spa Day" tips, which was just giving suggestions on using all the items from the box.

Three Tarts: Cinnamon Marshmallow (2 pcs) - $2.20 (10 ct. = $11)

I love playing Scrabble and mini versions of things so this is perfect! It's housed in a nice sturdy box (more sturdy than what board games usually come in) and seems to have enough pieces for 2 players. Can't wait to play this with the BF instead of Words with Friends ;)

I haven't tried the marshmallows or cocoa powder yet but I'm sure they're both delicious ;)

Here's the game w/ all the pcs out.

Happy Socks (1 pair) - $10
MALIN+GOETZ: travel candle (Cannabis) - $13.40 (9oz candle = $52)

I really like the pattern on the socks and they're really soft! However, I don't really show off my socks so I'm thinking of giving them as part of a Christmas gift to a friend who does.

The candle is really nice, and no it doesn't smell like marijuana lol. It smells more forest and nice soap. Looove! But, I do have allergies and a slight cold right now so it may actually smell completely different.

Chantecaille: Flower Infused Cleansing Milk (0.27oz) - $5.08 (3.4oz = $64)
Chantecaille: Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask (0.17oz) - $7.90 (1.7oz = $79)

Out of these 3 I've only tried the Cleansing Milk. It worked well as a gentle facial cleanser. I didn't break out from it and it didn't dry out my skin. I normally don't wash my face everyday because I'll break out and dry out. I guess my skin has become "sensitive" in the recent years. The scent was very light too, but pleasant. Anyway, I don't think I would spend $64 on face wash though. Well, I definitely wouldn't right now, but who knows later on? 

L'Occitane: Shea Butter Hand Cream (10ml) - $1.82 (5.2oz = $28)

I've bought this hand cream before so it was nice to get a little one to carry in my bag. It's a little thicker than lotions I usually use but it does absorb pretty fast and was a hand saver (get it? :P) during bitter winters on the east coast. Tip: a little goes a looong way, I still have a tube from 3 yrs ago!

The packaging is pretty cute! Especially for a box a matches! If I still had my antique oven that required lighting with a match these would've been perfect! Perhaps I'll take them on my next camping trip instead… I mean "glamping" trip?!

S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm: Cinnamon (0.15oz) - $3.75 (4 tube variety pack = $15)

This lip balm is pretty good! The cinnamon flavor also has cardamom. It should be labelled Cardamom flavor instead of cinnamon bc it definitely overpowers any other scent and flavor. It's not bad though. I would've preferred more cinnamon or just a different flavor all together lol. I'd like to try the Peppermint one. 
One thing I really like about this lip balm is that it doesn't leave any medicinal weird metallic-like after taste, as do Chapstick brand and others like it. 
I don't know if I'm allergic or something, but Chapsticks will dry out my throat or something… strange. That's why I usually carry little tubs of Bag Balm concoctions I mix up to use as a balm instead (*later on I'll post a how-to).


The following items were all additional free samples (the face scrub was the bonus item for spending $25. The last two were from the mystery pack that's $10 or free with $35 purchase).

I actually used this on my legs before shaving and it seemed to do what it's supposed to! Reminds me of St. Ives Apricot Scrub but not as rough and I like the smell a little more. I was surprised that they sent a full-size version and not a little sample since it was a free gift! What a deal! ;)

Ruffino Nail Polish: Fox Hunt (0.17 fl.oz) - $8 (comes in a set of 3 = $24)
Violet Oasis: 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil (4ml) - $2.66 (60mL = $39.95)

I received a Ruffino nail polish in my October Birchbox and really did not like the color. But I do like this one! And the quality is actually pretty good. Dries as fast, if not faster, than my Julep nail polishes!

I was actually recently admiring a friend's hair… M;)… who told me she uses Argan oil on it! Definitely trying it out on that soon! I did try it on my face already and it was wild! My skin instantly looked smoother. Seriously. 

Snow Day Box = $97.85
+ Free Derma e Exfoliant $12.75
+ Free [Pick 2] Sample Pack $10.66

Here's that screenshot I promised:

Whaat?! Crazy deal for only $29! Once again the people at Birchbox impress:) Love it!

So as you see above, the Snow Day box is actually $39, but I used my Birchbox points to get a $10 discount. You accumulate the points by doing reviews on their website, which you can only do on things you receive in the monthly Birchbox and I think on stuff you buy from their shop. I'll have to double check on that one.

-xo, T

Monday, November 25, 2013

Review of November 2013 Taste Guru Box (+Coupon Code for 2 Mths for $24! Save $44!)

My 1st Taste Guru Gluten Free Box! 

I signed up for the 2 months for $24 promo :) 
This is the link I found for the deal from some website… I don't remember which one sorry! I just saved the link: Taste Guru 2 months for $24 (Basically you're just paying for the shipping for the two boxes). 

Regularly the box costs $34/mth but the price lowers with longer subscriptions. A little pricey, but they give you full size items, and well specialty Gluten Free foods are pretty expensive compared to non-GF foods. 

Anyway, here are pictures and info!

This cereal was SOO goood! Like Frosted Flakes but BETTER and it stayed crunchy for a really long time in the milk… Always a good thing ;) Pretty sure I'm going to buy this cereal again.

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips (1.43 oz): $2.85
I've gotten these in a couple of few subscription boxes and am always happy when I do! I've even purchased them at the grocery! Any time I get someone to try these they are pleasantly surprised; even people who don't like coconut has liked these chips!

Hummuz Crisps: Roasted Red Pepper - $0.43 ($3.49 for 11oz bag)
You can get these at Abes Market, which always has good deals! If you sign up for their newsletter you  get a 15% off coupon! And they have no minimum for Free Shipping!
I had actually bought a bag of these in the Olive Tapenade flavor before I received these. I loved the olive one, but didn't like this flavor as much.

(12 pack box = $19.99)
You can try all 6 of their fruit bar flavors for $8.99!
This had a clean simple fruit flavor. Nothing too exciting but I might buy again for snacks if I find a deal.

Bakery on Main Oatmeal: Traditional Flavor (1 - 1.75oz packet) - $1.00 
(Box of 6 packets for $5.99)

Alpine Avocado Vinaigrette (oz) - $7-7.50
 (Made by a small company in Colorado… it seems like you can only buy multiple bottles at once on their website… $37.50 for 5 bottles and $56 for 8 bottles).
I'm excited to try this vinaigrette! I looove avocado!

So, was this box worth $12? I think so! Would it have been worth $34?

Totaled up this box has a value of $25.43

Hmmm… well, we also have to keep in mind the labor of the searching/gathering/putting together/etc and the shipping costs.
If S&H costs $12 normally the contents of the box should be around $22.
(*Note: If you subscribe it's included in the monthly price of the box but for the free trail you pay for it, I think that's fair)

So, yes! I guess it is worth it in terms of cost! However, I think it may be better for me to just go to the grocery store myself and spend $34 on random gluten free stuff to try instead of spending $12 on S&H instead of actual product. I think if I get any more of these it will have to be with coupons. They do give the option to purchase longer subscriptions at discounted rates but it's a bit much for a fairly broke student to spend all at once :P

These are their subscription options:
3 months: $34/mth = $102 up front
6 months: $29/mth = $174
12 months: $25/mth = $300

(with all subscription use Coupon Code 1FREE to get one more free month. Or use that other websites referral link to get 2 months for free ($12 S&H = $24 up front for those 1st two months). I could only find the link for this deal via other people referral links, I'm thinking they have some sort of affiliate program or something and only those people got the link.

Well, I guess I'll make my decision about subscribing after I get my 2nd trial box!

-xo, T

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review of November 2013 Birch Box!

Birch Box November! Once again they delivered a great box! They seemed to be quite varied from what I've seen on other reviews. The value of the box wayyy exceeded the $10 it cost!

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil (full size!) - $18 value

Joie: Folle de Joie eau de parfum (2 mL) - $1.95 value

Wei: Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask (1 container) - $5.25 value

Wei: Pomegranate Buffing beads (2 packets) - $2 value
BeeKind: Body lotion (30 mL) - $1.90 value

Mighty Leaf: tea pouches (3 pouches) - $1.99 value

That's a Total Value of: $31.09!! What did you get in your Birch Box? 

And if you haven't tried iit yet and enjoy sampling a variety of beauty products I would highly recommend signing up for Birch Box! It's only $10/mth and it seems they make sure to go above and beyond. Even their rewards system is generous! I ALREADY have redeemed a $10 reward towards my last purchase and I have only bought and received two boxes!! 

As soon as I can afford it I'm going to purchase one of their long term subscriptions. This is unusual for me bc of tight budgets now that Im a student again, so yep, that's an indication of what a great deal I think Birch box is lol! 
And no they didn't pay me to say this stuff; I really do feel this way :)! 

-xo, T

Thursday, November 14, 2013

30% off at Kid Robot!

(I took this is a shop in Beacon this past summer; this is where my bf was introduced to Kid Robot lol)

Just in time for the holidays! I love the little figurines! Perhaps, I'll take advantage of this sale to get one for my boyfriend, that he has been eyeing ;)

-xo, T

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Feedbands Review! (September 2013) - Get FREE 1st Month!!

This is quite late! It's the September Feedbands Box… Oops! Thought I'd still share though! The month's band was The Parlez; their fb page says "Based in Dublin, Ireland, brothers Dermot and Neil Walsh produce a mix of classic pop-rock, post-punk and psychedelia for your listening pleasure."

I haven't had a chance to listen to the whole album but what I did listen to reminded me of the Beatles. That's a good sign ;)

Try out feedbands for free the first month! This is actually the record I got for my free trial :) Thanks feedbands!

Review of November 2013 Julep Maven box (+ get your FREE 1st Box!)

I haven't had the chance to get a box in a long time and I have to say that the quality has gone up A LOT! The polish dries SUPER fast, I was shocked! And I didn't even need a second coat, it looked that good!

Check out what I got in my November box, and then try it for yourself for FREE just apply the coupon code FREEBOX at checkout :)

The lip gloss was really sheer, had a nice flavor and was long-lasting! I was really happy with this item. The nail polishes were both soooo pretty! I've changed my nail color twice (to try each one!) this week, normally I change my nail polish a couple times a month, if that! It's definitely becoming more of a regular thing now, lol!

Try out your free first Julep Maven box!

Ooh I almost forgot! They just released a special edition Diamond Box for sale! It's $24.99 and contains +$120 worth of items! AND one box will contain a pair of real diamond earrings! Whaaat?!

Julep Beauty Inc.

-xo, T