Something Snacks March 2015 Review and box content spoilers

Something Snacks March 2015
Something Snacks March 2015

Something Snacks is a newish food subscription box. The cost is $13 a month and you’ll be introduced to both new and familiar tastes!

Since giving up on Love With Food (I just don’t like the snacks included. There are lots of repeats and they are BORING repeats) I’ve been looking for a cheap food subscription to fill it’s place. I found out about this box through various blogs, so I thought I’d subscribe!

winner
winner

For the month of March, Something Snacks was having a contest. If you found a “pot of gold” it means you’re a winner. I found this and was super excited! :O I didn’t actually think I’d win something. I instantly posted on Instagram (papperdellex) and was told I’m 2nd place, but I honestly don’t know how they are matching up the prizes? If I don’t get an email from them soon, I’ll probably be annoying and email them. :p

Nunes Farm Fancy Nuts – Roasted Salted Pistachios! – Yum, these look good! I will have to eat them before friday, because I am starting a dental work adventure starting friday. :/

something snacks 2Inka Chips – Plantain Chips – I LOVE PLANTAIN CHIPS! I just never buy them. So, I’m super happy to get these! I haven’t tried them yet, but I plan to eat them all tomorrow. I know that once I start eating them, I won’t be able to stop.

Burts British Hand Cooked Potato Chips Sea salt & malted vinegar – These look interesting! These are an imported potato chip. I always look forward to trying imported products!

sea veggies and crispy fruitBoth of these bags are already empty!

Crispy Fruit – tangerine – I never thought of freeze drying tangerines, and this is GENIUS! I loved these so. freaking. much. I just can’t describe them. They’re good. So good I might buy a dehydrator so I can freeze dry some tangerines.

Sea Veggies – These are roasted seaweed sheets. I love roasted seaweed, so I was happy to eat them. It’s only 35 calories a bag, so it felt healthy!

cookiesThe last items in the box! Be-Bop Biscotti Grasshopper mint and some dipped shortbread cookies! Both of these items are amazing. I ate the Biscotti for breakfast. My husband took the cookies. It was a fair trade.

Overall, this was an awesome box~ I am looking forward to my free months for winning. I hope they contact me soon about that! In any case, I do recommend this box, because the snack assortment is fantastic! This is quickly becoming my favorite subscription, and this is after my first box!

Le Parcel March 2015 Review

leparcelLe Parcel is a monthly TOM (time of the month) box for women, meaning, it’s a box for your period, containing period supplies. I tried Le Parcel about a year ago and it wasn’t too successful. They sent my box out late (like three weeks after I told them I’d get my next period), so I wasn’t too happy and immediately canceled.

The cost is $20 a month and you get 30 period items of your choice, including pads, and some gifts. I always hate when TOM boxes don’t offer pads. This one does.

They recently went through a revamp, so I thought I’d try it again.

le parcel not subtleI don’t think the box it comes in is very discreet. I think “every month without fail” and “#celebratewomanhood” pretty much screams “MY VAGINA IS BLEEDING!”  I personally don’t care, but I know a lot of people who do, so, uh, yeah. There are a lot of TOM boxes that are actually discreet, but this one not so much so.

le parcel cardThe box came with this postcard with a poem. It’s pretty darn corny.

The first thing I pulled out of the box were the supplies. Period supplies. 25 pads I ordered plus 5 panty liners. They were loose in the package, so that’s kinda weird. I’d prefer just a 16 count box or something, but whatevs. That’s not the fun part! The fun part are the gifts!

knot chocolates le parcelInside one of the pouches were 3 truffles from Knot. I think they send random flavors because I saw someone get an espresso flavor. Anyway, even though they are .67 ounce each, I would have liked to see just a little more than 3 chocolates! I’m a fatbutt, so I appreciate more chocolate.

le parcel gifts pure vidaThe gifts were: Kitsch Black Hair ties, Puur Fresh Peppermint foot lotion (2oz) and a Pura Vida bracelet. I don’t like the bracelet. I like the colors, but the fit is awful. The Kitsch ties are pretty generic, but the foot lotion is AMAZING. It really is. It’s awesome. Thankfully, I remember you can buy Puur products on Etsy, so I’ll probably buy a full size of this! It smells so good and feels great.

Overall~ I’m not sure if I’d recommend Le Parcel. If you like Knot Chocolates and the gifts, maybe, but I think Bonjour Jolie offers more in the way of TOM boxes and is the same price. I do think the packaging is kinda pretty, but packaging isn’t really everything!

Oishii Box February 2015 Review

Oishii Box Opened
Oishii Box Opened

Oishii Box is a Japanese snack subscription box. According to old estimates, it was $12 per month, but the price has raised to $14.99 per month, which is what I paid for this box. I have been buying Japanese candies online since I was 10, and at 28, that means I’ve been in niche for almost two decades (much old). It takes a lot to impress me, and sadly, I couldn’t recommend this box to somewhat like myself. But I would recommend it to someone new to the Japanese snack world!

marukawa grape bubble gumFour Tirol Chocolates – two Biscuit milk chocolate and two strawberry jelly – Tirol are a really interesting brand of chocolates, but sadly, included here are some of the less interesting ones. Tirol releases all kinds of crazy flavors in Japan, some of which you can see here @ Napa Japan. I’ve always found this brand of chocolate to be bland, even with the interesting flavors.

Marukawa Gum – These gums are super cheap and come in jumbo packs, so I wasn’t too excited to see them. I think when someone firsts delves in the world of Japanese candy, they’ll probably try these. They’re not great. The flavors are kinda good, but they’re like any generic gumball machine gum. They quickly get old.

sushi gummy kitMeiji Sushi Gummy Kit – These can be bought at Asian Food Grocer pretty cheap (actually, I think everything in this box was sourced from AFG because there were AFG stickers on the back of some of the products.) The gummies are pretty tasty and have good flavors. It isn’t nearly as much fun as the package makes it look.

Flower Kiss Candy – I got four candies from a larger bag. Not very exciting! These are lightly sweet candies. I guess they’re suppose to have some floral undertone in them, but I have never tasted the flower in them.

yan yan chocolate hazelnutOrchids Party Cracker Mix – I’ve had these before, and they’re quite good! In fact, I am eating them right now. :p It’s a small bag, so I don’t feel bad about eating them! If you like rice crackers, you’d like these!

Yan Yan Chocolate Hazelnut – Yan Yan is another snack I think most Japanophiles have had, though they aren’t a product of Japan, but rather Singapore. These are little breadsticks you dip in a chocolate sauce. I like them a lot and have bought them many times in the past. The hazelnut stuff kinda tastes like Nutella, but not quite as good. I’d rather buy the Nutella dipper packs! :p

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My favorite part of the entire box was… the outer box. Yeah, the snacks weren’t exciting, and I couldn’t really recommend this box to someone who buys Japanese snacks all the time. It’s not as exciting as a box directly sourced from Japan, because I’m pretty sure anyone interested in Japanese candy has probably had all this stuff before.

I won’t complain about value with this box because I think it is about discovery, but I’ve discovered all this stuff on my own long, long ago. If you’re someone located in the US who hasn’t really been buying Japanese snacks for decades, then yes, go for it! But if you’re someone like me who spends probably $100 a month on Japanese candy imported straight from Japan, you might want to avoid it because you’ve had it all before.

Of course, this is my opinion just off one box. Who knows – maybe next month will be better. I do like all the snacks included, expect for the gum; I really wish they’d skip that.

One thing to keep in mind – everything from this box can be found at AsianFoodGrocer for less money.

Yumvelope February 2015 Review and unboxing

February 2015 Yumvelope
February 2015 Yumvelope

Yumvelope is a subscription service that sends out “healthier” snacks made with less processed ingredients. I say “less” because everything in a box is still processed, obviously, but this stuff just has things on the ingredient label that you can pronounce, which is always a plus!

For $21, you get a variety of unique and delicious snacks! Most of the stuff you cannot really find locally, unless you go to someplace fancy like Whole Foods – and even then, you might not find it. It’s a lot of fun to get this box! 😀 Though, I think Yum-o-Box would be a better name for the sub, since it no longer comes in an envelope. 😦

Alter Ego Truffles
Alter Ego Truffles

Alter Ego Truffles – Assorted box – Aw, yes, truffles. I will never complain about getting a box of truffles. These are also very tasty! I tried the sea salt truffles and I am certainly pleased with them! They might not be as good as Godiva, but they are mighty tasty. :3 Plus, USDA Organic!

More delicious
More delicious

Ellas Heavenly Hunks – Original Oatmeal – Ugh, these were too good. So good that I need more of them. So buttery tasting and just, wow. If you like oatmeal cookies, you’d like these. :3

Goodlife Granola – I have not tried this yet, but the enclosed card said that this is a Yumvelope subscriber favorite, so I am looking forward to it! It does look mighty good! The only thing I don’t like about granola is that while it is healthy, I could eat an entire bag at once, which kinda negates everything healthy about it. :/

More delicious~
More delicious~

Mayesa Cacao Mint and Mixed Berry – I have had these before and I LOVED them. I’m really happy to see two more flavors for me to try! The taste is so rich and smooth and really impressive for a healthy drink.

Amrita Energy Bars – I am a nursing student, so anything I can just stuff in my bag and eat later in the day is appreciated! I am looking forward to trying these bars!

So, I am very happy with this Yumvelope shipment! I’ll eat everything – but then again, I’m not exactly picky, so if I say I’ll eat everything, it really doesn’t mean much. Even so, everything looks super delicious! I enjoyed this box a great deal and will stay subscribed for next month!

disclaimer: I paid for this box myself, no referral links

Graze Subscription Box Review

Current graze box!
Current graze box!

Graze is a subscription snack box. They send out 4 individually portioned snacks. You can pick to get the snacks every week, every two weeks, or once per month. I get the snacks every week because I love them! If you use a referral code, you get your 1st and 5th boxes for free. If you need a referral code, I’d appreciate if you’d use mine: DARRIN6PP

My Weekly Graze Snacks
My Weekly Graze Snacks

I always love my snacks, but I thought the assortment this week was particularly good!

  • Mocha Walnut Cake
  • Fruit & Seed Flapjack
  • Jelly Doughnut
  • Spicy Sriacha Peas
Graze Mocha Walnut Cake
Graze Mocha Walnut Cake

I am most excited for the Mocha Walnut Cake!

What I love most about Graze – the snacks are tasty and pretty healthy. I don’t have to think ahead about snacks to pack in my lunches because I get 4 snacks per week. Shipping is fast and they always charge on the same day. Calorie counts are always listed in the box and everything is super fresh.

What I don’t like – They have raised the price a couple of times. I use to get the boxes for $5. So, as  they raise the prices, the box becomes less appealing. At the current price, I still love it, but I don’t think I’d love it if it is raised again. The snacks aren’t quite as tasty as Nibblr, but they are much healthier!

Overall~ If you love to snack as I do, subscribe to Graze, or at least try out the first free box. I love snacking, so this sub is a no-brainer for me. I’ve been getting the snacks for over a year now and I still think they are fantastic!

disclaimer: this post contains a referral code, but I paid for this box myself!

Boxy Charm January 2015 Box Review

Boxy Charm January 2015
Boxy Charm January 2015

Boxy Charm is a beauty subscription boxes  that sends full-sized items for $21 per month, including shipping! I think this is a great deal because they tend to send pretty good brands! I’ve been admiring this box for awhile now, but just signed up for the January box. I figured it would be a good time to start. After seeing the Tarte spoiler, I knew I had to subscribe.

Boxy Charm
Boxy Charm

The theme for this month is “Celebrate in Style.”

Boxy Charm January contents
Boxy Charm January contents

There is a lot of stuff in such a small box! This box fits right into my mailbox, so that gives you an idea about how small it is. It’s quite impressive!

Tarte bronzing serum
Tarte bronzing serum

Of course the start item this month is the Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum. Wowzers! This is a large bottle. I’m totally happy about it because I love Tarte Maracuka oil. The stuff is not cheap, either. I’m not into bronzers, but it is said this just gives “glowing” skin, which I’m all about, so I wanted it. A lot of people complain about the scent, but I didn’t think it was bad. It seemed beachy to me, but I guess if you’re sensitive to scents, it could be a turnoff.

Tarte Bronzing Serum
Tarte Bronzing Serum

It seems super moisturizing, which is great! It doesn’t bronze immediately, so don’t expect that. Expect a little bit of a glow over time.

Two Beauty for Real items
Two Beauty for Real items

This month there were two Beauty for real lip products. A liner and a cream lip color. The cream lip color is wonderful, applies smoothly and is a very nice color. I didn’t think I’d like it from the spoilers, but I’m in love! The lip pencil is perfect with it.

beauty for real

See? It is super pigmented!

Mirabella Primer
Mirabella Primer

Another item in the box was a Mirabella Prime. I will use this, but it is not too exciting! I do need a primer, though, because I just finished up my full Benefit Porefessional. I love that stuff. I am not so sure about this. I have crater pores and I am unsure if this will cover them up enough.

Strange
Strange

These pur-lisse temporary tattoos seem really out of place to me. They even seem out of place for the brand. It just is so weird to me. I do appreciate the 20% Tarte discount, though! I will be taking advantage of it!

Overall, I think this was a great first box! I am staying subscribed because I am enjoying the items. I liked almost everything in this box and I will actually use everything. Yes, even the tattoos, but only to be goofy. I don’t actually think they suit me, haha.

disclaimer: I paid for this box myself. There is 1 referral link in the post.

Square Hue January 2015 Decades collection review.

Square hue
Square Hue January 2015 box

Square Hue is a subscription box that sends out 3 new, on-trend nail polishes each month. The cost of the box is $19.99 total, with shipping in mind. Right now they are doing the “Decades Collection.” All year they will have a new decade each month. This month is the 1900 collection!

As you can see, everything is packaged nicely in a small box. It is sent first-class mail, so I didn’t have to wait a decade to get the box, unlike some boxes I won’t name, that use FedEx Smartpost.

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Gibson Girl, First Flight, Victorian End

The polishes represent the decade very well. My favorite this month was First Flight, the center polish. It really does remind me of an airplane, which is pretty awesome. I also really like Gibson Girl. I’m going to do a walk of shame, because I didn’t even know what a Gibson girl was until asked Google. *pout*

A gibson girl.
A gibson girl.

First Flight and Gibson Girl are creams. First Flight goes on like a dream, but I found Gibson Girl to be rather streaky and took 2 coats. Victorian End also took 2 coats, but it was much less streaky.

Swatches - Purple: Victorian End, Grey: First Flight, Pink: Gibson Girl
Swatches – Purple: Victorian End, Grey: First Flight, Pink: Gibson Girl

Overall, I think the polishes are pretty good quality! I got 3 days without chips from both First Flight and Gibson Girl.

The polishes are over double the size of Julep and I actually like these little square bottles better. I think they are super cute. They also have the date stamped onto the bottom. The price is $4 less than Julep, so you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck!

This was my first box and I will be staying for next month. I do wonder what the 1910’s will bring!

This box was paid for by Tako.