BarkBox: April 2014

April 2014 BarkBox

 

via simplydogsandcats.com

via simplydogsandcats.com

 

BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about hiking and camping.

This month’s box included:

  • Etta Says! Duck Meat Treats (Est. Value $9.50)
  • Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Smokey Beef Treats ($5.99)
  • GoDogs Unimal Toy ($15.75)
    Poesy really likes this toy and has been playing with it non-stop.  The u-shape makes it really easy to play tug with.
  • Mrs. Barksmith’s Carrot Cake Smoothie (Est. Value: $1.25)
    Poesy gave this frozen treat several enthusiastic licks, but the majority of it was left uneaten.
  • Barkworthies junior Bullystick (Est. Value: $2.50)

Box value: $34.99

We are much more satisfied with this month’s box than we were with the last couple – still hoping for a little bit of customization though!

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Nail Polish Review: Julep’s Aretha & Cleopatra

Julep's Aretha and Cleopatra

Aretha is one of Julep’s new Birthstone Collection polishes (March).  As with most glitters , it is very pretty, but doesn’t photograph well.  The different colors in the glitter give it a real opalescent effect and it is a very lovely glitter.  I can see this getting lots of use this spring!

Via Julep

Via Julep

I used Cleopatra (from the October 2013 Maven box) as an accent, although I ended up putting a top coat on over it as I have found that Cleopatra starts to peel if not sealed with a top coat. I think that it would work on it’s own for nail art, but it just doesn’t work for full coverage without a top coat.

 

How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Julep did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

 

Julep Maven Box: April 2014

Ok, I will admit it – I was excited for April’s Julep box.  Not excited enough to upgrade to the full box, but excited enough that I opened it as soon as it arrived.  April’s theme was the “Vivid” collection.

 

April 2014 Julep Maven Box

I went with the “It Girl” box this month, so I got:

  • Glow Pore Minimizing Blush (our choice) in Petal Pink ($24.00)
  • Mariska, which Julep describes as a juicy tangerine shimmer ($14.00)
  • Caitlin, which Julep describes as a shocking hibiscus with gold shimmer ($14.00)
  • WEIRD CANDY (ZERO DOLLARS)

Total box value: $52.00

I also added on Felicia (black speckled mint crème).

So, a couple of points about this box:

  1. The colors are AMAZING!
  2. The blush is very, very soft and powdery – a very finely milled product.  However, I do not expect it to minimize my pores at all and I think Julep’s claim that it minimizes pores it absolute BS.
  3. Please stop with the weird candy.

This month was a much better box than the past few – next month we get the new plié wand so that should be…exciting.

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Julep did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

 

Julep Maven Box: March 2014

March 2014 Julep Maven Box

 

I was cleaning off my desk yesterday and was like…wait, I have an unopened Maven box?  Just goes to show you how excited I was for March’s box.  March’s theme was the “Riviera” and I chose the lip gloss in awestruck (pictured below).  I also added on two additional nail polishes because I was apparently experiencing a moment of weakness during the selection window.

April 2014 Bombshell Box

Via Julep

 

For March I received:

  • Lilou, which Julep describes as a lemon chiffon crème ($14.00)
  • Monaco- Pantone Color of Spring 2014, which Julep describes as a dazzling mariner blue crème($14.00)
  • Lip gloss (our choice): Awestruck, which Julep describes as a sheer golden blush shimmer ($16.00)
  • WEIRD BROKEN PIECE OF CANDY (ZERO DOLLARS)

Total Value: $44.00

I also added on Rae (2014 Pantone Color of the Year, which Julep describes as a radiant orchid crème) and Tania (which Julep describes as a multidimensional mermaid teal glitter) for $4.99 each.

Via Julep

Via Julep

 

I’ve discussed the lip gloss briefly before, and this one is no different – nice color, good packaging, sticky, unlikely to repurchase.

Overall – just a “Meh” box.  Not the best, but not the worst – seems a little uninspired.

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Julep did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Bark Box: March 2014

BarkBox March 2014

Bark Box March 2014 Card

 

BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about breakfast!  It seems like BarkBox is adding in some more variations each month, so it makes me wonder if we are going to be able to set preferences soon…Although Poesy’s box didn’t exactly scream BREAKFAST at us, she still enjoyed most of it.

This month’s box included:

  • Twistix Yogurt and Banana Flavor Wheat Free Dog Treat ($5.00)
    Um, cool concept but yogurt and banana – yuck! We pawned most of these off on my mom, but kept a few to try again in a couple months.
  • Happy Howies All Natural Lamb Sausages ($6.49)
    Poesy loves little treats like this!  We have gotten this brand before (different meat) and we cut some up to use as training treats and others we added to her normal food as a bonus.  These are great treats for travel as well – no crumbs!
  • Healthy Dogma Log Fat Apple Cinnamon Flavor Mini Barkers ($6.95)
    I know from experience that Poesy won’t eat  these, which is too bad because they are the perfect size for her!
  • Charming Pet Latex Balloon Bull – Small ($5.99)
    This was the clear winner in the box this month.  Poesy has been playing with this thing pretty much non-stop since it arrived.I can see us adding a few more of these durable little critters to her toy box in the future (just don’t tell Brandon!)
  • Jolly Pets Teaser Ball (Est. $15.00)
    This is one of those things that none of us are sure about.  I, personally, feel that this is a toy for a dog with a much bigger mouth – Poesy can not really carry it and the plastic is very hard.  Poesy isn’t quite sure what to do with it.

Box value: $39.43

The box defiantly had good value this month, I just wish the teaser ball wasn’t accounting for 50% of the value since I don’t feel like it’s appropriate for my little 5 pound pup.  As much as I love BarBox and checking out all of the new companies each month, I am not sure how much longer I can justify the cost of the box without some form of customization (last month’s most expensive item was a cookie treat, which Poesy won’t eat).  To break down this box:

  • Will definitely use: Happy Howies sausages, Charming Pet toy ($12.48)
  • Will maybe use: Twistix ($5.00)
  • Won’t/can’t use: Healthy Dogma treats, teaser ball ($21.49)

Again, we really love BarkBox and getting introduced to all of these new brands that you don’t see in places like PetSmart – but I really would like some say in the box – not quite as much input as Ipsy, but maybe just – “no hard treats”, “soft toys only”, “very small dog sized items only” or something like that.

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

 

Ipsy Glam Bag: March 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2014

March’s Ipsy theme was “Destination Beauty”.  There appears to be some debate over the bag (which is adorable), because Ipsy is all like “look at our favorite local artist” and recipients are all like “I don’t live in San Francisco…”  Whatever, it’s cool looking and doesn’t smell like melting plastic – so win.

This month:

  • The bag: As I mentioned, pretty adorable and doesn’t smell like it’s going to strangle me in my sleep . (Est. value: $2.50)
  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Pallet (Amazonian Babes): Pallet name aside, the colors are pretty great looking.  It includes 3 sparkly brown shades.  I already have a lot of brown eye shadows, but the small size makes it a great travel pallet. Pigmentation is OK – it’s not Naked pallet, but I won’t be throwing it out. (Value: $6.00)
  • Chella Eyeliner Pen (Indigo Blue):  I am not usually a fan of the brush types of eyeliner, so I haven’t tried it yet (I much prefer a pencil).  I will say that this is not indigo – it is a bright blue, still a pretty color – but not indigo. (Value: $24.00)
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxi Lipstick (Get Ready): This is a really great lipstick – the color is a rosy pink and it glides on like butter! (est. value: $7.00)
  • Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer: I really liked this when I quickly tested it out around the house, but I need to give it  a full-day trial before I make-up my mind about it.  It seems to be a bit on the shimmery side and I’ve seen suggestions of using this under a matte primer to add luminosity, so more experimentation is needed. (Value: $9.00)

Total bag value: $48.50

This is one of the higher value bags and I am overall pleased with this month – a giant leap forward from last month.

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Loot Crate: March 2014

March 2014 LootCrate

March’s theme was “Titanfall” and even though we aren’t getting Titanfall B was pretty stoked by the loot – so stoked in fact that he ran off with some of it before I could take a picture!

This month we got:

  • Titanfall t-shirt (Est. Value: $20.00)
    Brandon said this was “really cool!”
  • Titanfall Pin (Est. Value: $1.50)
  • Attack on titan Manga ($10.00)
  • Titanfall Lanyard (Est. Value: $5.00)
  • Scouting Regiment Wristband (Est. Value: $3.50)
    Not Pictured:
  • 2 Pieces Taffy (Est. Value: $1.00)
    I think it was coconut/lime flavor – it was soooooo good!
  • Attack on Titanfall Magnet (Est. Value: $2.50)
  • Titanfall Premium E-Guide ($9.99)

Total Box Value: $53.49

Even though Brandon won’t be playing Titanfall he still loved this box.

 

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Loot Crate did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.