Wantable Accessories review – June 2015

Wantable Accessories review – June 2015

I was pretty happy with my June Wantable Accessories box. I received four items that will add a bit of pizazz to my wardrobe.

There are a few different options when it comes to Wantable subscriptions. You can subscribe to Accessories, Make-Up, Intimates, Fitness or Style.
Wantable uses a style quiz to determine what items to send you each month. My profile is set to:
Love: scarves, necklaces, glam and classic
Like: hair accessories, bracelets, earrings, multi-tone gold tone, silver tone and mix n match
Dislike: sunglasses, watches, rings, boho and rock n roll
The idea is that you receive more of the items you love and none of the items you dislike.

First look

The products

Lily Scarf Ivory
Wantable values this at $24 US

Wantable says – This scarf is a lace infinity scarf. Style Tip: Wear with a floral top.’

This is a nice light scarf and I plan to use it to dress up jeans or with a pretty dress.

Ashton Earrings

Wantable values this at $16 US

Wantable says -‘ The Ashton earrings are a coral and mint stone stud. Style Tip: These earrings look amazing with a long coral dress.’

Well I don’t have a long coral dress but I do have a coral top. I wore the two together last night and it was a good match.
Abbie Necklace S
Wantable values this at $42 US

Wantable says – ‘This gorgeous necklace features shades of blue and glamorous stones. Style Tip: Pair with simple silver studs.’

Wow. This is a gorgeous statement necklace. I need to book somewhere fancy for dinner, so I can wear this :-)
Carly Bracelet G
Wantable values this at $16 US

Wantable says -‘This bracelet features an interlinked chain with a toggle closure. Style Tip: Layer with a watch!’

This bracelet is sweet but chunky at the same time. The ends of the toggle have little diamantes on them. Which adds a bit of sparkle. This bracelet is a great size on me and a classic look that will go great with my Basic Little Black Dress from Popbasic’s Serendipity Collection.

How much does it cost?

Wantable costs $40 US for the first box and then each box after that will cost you $36 US. Shipping within the US is free. Shipping to Canada is $6 US, the UK is $7 US and to Australia the shipping costs $10 US.
As I’m based in Australia, I spent $46US which on today’s Aussie Dollar converts to $62.95.

Was it worth it?

I really liked this month’s box. Everything in it was a winner for me and I feel like I got value for money. E.g. If I want to somewhere like Collette, I would have paid about the same. The reason why this subscription works well for me, is that I am terrible at making decisions about accessories and after looking for ages in-store I generally walk away with nothing :-( So this takes the pain out of that process for me and makes me look super stylish with minimal effort.
Who should subscribe to this box: Women who want to look stylish and on-trend with minimal effort.
Out-of-My-Comfort-Zone pick: The Lily Scarf is something I wouldn’t have picked on my own, but it is absolutely gorgeous on.
StudioWedBox review – April 2015

StudioWedBox review – April 2015

This is my sixth StudioWedBox and I am very much enjoying the assistance it’s been giving me with my wedding planning. Each month is a different topic and it gets my brain on task with my wedding planning. This month’s theme was about organising the gift registry.

First look

The products

PaddyWax Jane Austen Tin Candle
Sample size 2.5 oz
Sample value $8 US

Illume Chanterelle Moss Envelope Matches
Sample size – pack of 50
Sample value $5 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘This PaddyWax candle is for you to enjoy and relax with and light with some cute matches from Illume’.

The PaddyWax Jane Austen Tin Candle is super cute and smells of gardenia’s and jasmine. It’s definitely a relaxing scent.

I usually light my candles with one of those gas charged turbo lighters from Dusk. But it will be a nice change to go old-school and use a match. These matches are nice and long, so I won’t be worried about burning my fingers.

Naiad whipped soap in Lemon Poppy Seed
Sample size 52 grams
Sample value $5.50 US

StudioWedBox says – ‘Need to relax some more? Naiad whipped soap is luxuries, creamy, and delicate.’

This soap smells delicious and has a bit of a sugar scrub element to it. I love to treat myself with these kinds of products. I can see myself ordering a sample set of this at Christmas time!

Mini cutting board and recipe cards
Sample value $11.99

This is a cute mini cutting board and recipe cards set that would make for a nice gift. I’m not quite sure I would use it though.

BONUS – Handmade Custom Lip Balm by Botanical Bars in Herbal Peppermint
Sample size
Sample value $2.49 US

This cute bonus product is a sample of the Mint to Be Lip Balm Party Favours. These come with a custom label with your name and wedding date. The minimum order is $29.99 for 25 lip balms, making them cost $1.19 each. The lip balm is made from soybean oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, hemp oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin e and aloe vera.

The balm goes on nice and smooth, and has a cooling peppermint feeling. You could also use these for a small gift at your bridal shower.

How much does it cost?

StudioWedBox has a 12 month ($29.99US), six month ($34.99US) and monthly ($39.99US) option for the US and Canada. International shipping of $10US per month is available on the $39.99 option, making it $49.99 a month. The international shipping option takes approximately 15 plus days.

I’m in Australia so I am using the international shipping option. Using today’s US dollar it would cost $64.22 AUD.

Was it worth it?

This is not my favourite StudioWedBox but I still enjoyed it.

There was over $30US worth of goodies in this month’s box. So if you purchase a 12 month subscription in the US, you have come out just in front value wise. So for me with the extra costs in relation to international shipping it wasn’t great value.

However it did get me thinking and researching what kind of gift registry I would like to have. Personally I love the idea of an online gift registry because I think that makes it easier for people. The two that I have found that I like in Australia are From the Owl and  Wedding List Co. In the US the lovely team at StudioWedBox recommends NewlyWish.

I’d love to hear your recommendations for a gift registry.

Read my previous StudioWedbox reviews.

Birchbox review – March 2015

Birchbox review – March 2015

The March 2015 Birchbox theme was creativity.

First look

 

 

The products

 

Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme
Sample size 14ml
Sample value $1.12US

Birchbox says – ‘Luxe hydrator that nourishes and soothes skin with 70% organic ingredients. Smooth generously onto skin after showering, or anytime you need a moisture boost.’

I thought this was a very Australian bush smelling body creme. It’s not Australian though, it’s made in the US. I quite enjoyed this body moisturiser.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
Sample size 2oz
Sample value $9US

Birchbox says – ‘This 10-in-one treatment addresses the spectrum of hair damage, from brittleness to frizz. Smooth one to two spritzes into dry hair with your hands, then style. Use more for wet hair.’

Because I have thick her that loves to get knots in it and be frizzy pretty much all the time. When I see these kinds of products in my Birchbox I get super excited. This product made me happy, it smells quite nice and did make my hair feel a bit nicer.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter
Sample size 4ml
Sample value $12.75US

Birchbox says – ‘This weightless gel formula gives a suble, pearlescent shimmer. Dab onto cheekbones and brow bones – then glow get ’em!’

My last experience with this brand hadn’t gone done too well, I had a chubby lip pencil that just seemed to smudge everywhere. It wasn’t very pleasant. This however brightened my day. I found it best as a highlighter under my brow bones. It really did brighten up my eyes and it’s been added into my daily make-up routine. Note though, that a little goes a long way!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Sample size 15ml
Sample value $3.75US

Birchbox says – ‘British award-winner that uses a two step ritual to gently purify all skin types. Massage into skin. Soak muslin cloth with hot water, then wipe off in small circles.’

What a nice way to cleanse my face I felt like I’d been to the day spa. First massaging it in and then removing it with a hot cloth. So simple and yet relaxing. This cleanser Rosemary and Eucalyptus as well. I’m not sure if this is a new beauty trend? It’s the second product in the box to include these ingredients.

Roloxin Lift Revialising Facial Masque Treatment
Sample size 2 packs
Sample value $22US

Birchbox says – ‘This treatment instantly reduces the look of wrinkles and pores, and lasts up to 24 hours. Squeeze for 20 seconds then smooth onto damp face, avoiding eyes. Wait 7 minutes and rinse.’

For me this is probably a bit too long of a process to do every morning. Waiting 7 minutes with a face mask on! However to my surprise it did work quite nicely to minimise the small crease lines on my forehead and the pores on my nose. It’s also a little bit pricey but definitely worth it for those special occasions when you want to look your very best e.g. a wedding ;-)

How much does it cost?

Birchbox costs $10US a month. I signed up for a 12 month subscription of $110US, you get one month free and it works out $9.16US a month

I use Shipito to ship the box from the US to Australia. This months shipping cost was $6.33 using airmail economy.

TOTAL COST $15.49US (on today’s dollar that makes it $20.17 Aussie dollars)

Was it worth it?

Birchbox is one of my favourite subscription boxes. This month was great because I discovered a totally cool face mask that I’ll use to look fabulous at my wedding as well as a new cleanser, hair spray-in treatment, moisturiser and a brow higlighter. These are all products that have brightened my week and were in line with the kinds of products that I need and use on a daily basis. My box value was really high at nearly $50US.

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Wantable Intimates review – March 2015

Wantable Intimates review – March 2015

There are three different Wantable boxes that you can subscribe to – Accessories, Make-up or Intimates.

Wantable use a style quiz to determine what items to send you each month. This month I changed mine to include bras in the love category. My preferences for this box were set to:

Love – loungewear, leggings and bras
Like – lingerie, panties and socks
Dislike – tights/hoisery and shapewear

I also put in a special request for some MUK LUK Slipper Socks. My stylist Madeline was super nice and replied to my special request with the following:

‘Hi Prue! Thanks for the note. Unfortunately we don’t have any MukLuks left in stock, but I have included some other great pieces that I hope you love! Enjoy :)’

So what did I get?

First look

The products

Real Underwear Fusion Bralette in Lipgloss
Sample value $26US

Wantable says – ‘From Real Underwear: The fusion bralette has a thin strip of micro elastic between layers of fabric, creating an ultra-comfortable seamless bra!’

This matches the singlet I received in my Wantable Intimates box last month. It feels nice on but isn’t really my style.


Black and Pink Work It Out Sports Bra by Rene Rofe
Sample value $9.95US (I found it on sale the RRP is $28)

Wantable says – ‘This bra features a racerback detail. it is soft and perfect for lounging in or working out in!’

Yay! I love comfy sports bras. It’s a fun colour too!

Bedhead Tie Dy Cami by Honeydew Intimates
Sample value $9 (on sale similar item in plain colour RRP is $20)

Wantable says – ‘From Honeydew: Our classic thin-strap tie dye top is so easy to wear alone or under anything for that layered look. Toss in some frosty-fresh tie-dye prints and you’ve got a must-have look!’

At first look I didn’t think this was really me but then I put it on and I love it. It’s so comfy and the colour brings out my tan and my eyes. Love it!

Third Love Mesh Plunge Bra
Sample value $39US

Wantable says – ‘This Mesh Plunge acts like a basic but walks on the wild side. Angled cups give a stunning natural lift, and the sexy lace details is a perfect touch.’

This one feels a little flimsy to me but I think that is how it’s supposed to feel. Light weight! It’s a nice basic bra with a fun pop of hot pink.

How much does it cost?

The first box costs $40 and then if you keep all the items in the box you get a $4 credit for next time. Making it $36.

I kept all my items from last month so I was billed  $36 for a monthly subscription and $10 for shipping to Australia.

TOTAL COST $46 US (on today’s dollar that makes it $62.88 Aussie dollars)

How long did it take to get to Australia?

My Wantable boxes always seem to take about two weeks to get here from the US.

Was it worth it?

Three out of four is pretty good. I’ll get good use out of the cami and two black bras. The purple bralette isn’t my style but I will give it a whirl and see how we go. Value wise I received over $80US worth of goods for a spend of $46US. So that’s pretty good. I do enjoy my Wantable Intimates boxes as it saves me time and money. My April box is probably already on it’s way but for May I think I’ll swap to the Accessories box. I love Spring accessories :-)

If you’d like to get your own Wantable Intimates Box visit Wantable to get your own subscription box filled with goodies!

Birchbox review – February 2015

Birchbox review – February 2015

I always love to see the Birchbox parcel waiting at my post office box.

This month’s theme was friendship and it came in a orange and hot pink box.

First look

 

 

The products

 

Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm
Sample size 0.5 grams
Sample value $3US

Birchbox says – ‘This mango butter balm hydrates lips and provides a wash of sheer, just-right pink. Sweep onto bare lips, or over your favourite Benefit tint for instant moisture.

Yay! I love Benefit and I’ve been wanting to try this colour. I already own it in two other colours Benebalm and Lollibalm. So I know I am onto a winner with this.

Davines MINU Shampoo
Sample size 75ml
Sample value $7.50US

Birchbox says – ‘Richly foaming wash that gently cleanses hair and safeguards color. Massage generously into wet hair. Rinse well, and follow with color-safe conditioner.’

I’m always happy to see hair products in my Birchbox. I love that this smells like citrus. It makes washing my hair even more pleasant.

Davines MINU Hair Serum
Sample size 6ml
Sample value 0.94US

Birchbox says – ‘Bonus item – This citrusy-fresh formula protects hair color and boosts shine.’

A bonus hair serum is always a good thing in my book!

Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Shower Gel
Sample size 1 oz
Sample value $2US

Birchbox says – ‘Rich in antioxidants, this paraben-free cleanser leaves skin soft and lightly moisturised. Squeeze onto loofah or washcloth, and work into a rich lather. Apply to skin, then rinse.’

This shower gel reminds me of being in a super posh hotel. Which is a nice feeling in my quaint little bathroom.

Harvey Prince Hello
Sample size 1.5ml guesstimation
Sample value $4.43US

Birchbox says – ‘Best-selling spritz that mingles cheerful citrus with floral notes. Well, hello there! Apply to pulse points and let this upbeat scent do the talking.’

I don’t wear perfume all that often but this is a nice cheerful scent. It’s sweet and fruity, perhaps a bit too sweet for everyday wear although it does soften throughout the day.

Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Sample size 50ml
Sample value $5US

Birchbox says – ‘Hypoallergenic formula that’s tough on even long-lasting makeup, but gentle on the eyes. Dispense onto cotton ball and wipe eyes to remove liner, shadow, and mascara.’

I actually needed a new eye makeup remover so I am happy to give this one a whirl.

How much does it cost?

Birchbox costs $10US a month. I signed up for a 12 month subscription of $110US, you get one month free and it works out $9.16US a month

I use Shipito to ship the box from the US to Australia. This months shipping cost was $26.81 USPS Priority Mail. It cost quite a lot more this month as you can’t ship perfume by airmail economy. Sigh… So I don’t really like getting perfume samples.

TOTAL COST $35.97US (on today’s dollar that makes it $46.40 Aussie dollars)

Was it worth it?

I am a huge fan of Birchbox. Each month it is nicely packaged and presented and I get useful items. This was a good month for me as it was very practical – lip balm, shampoo, shower gel, perfume and eye makeup remover. All good daily products. It’s good to try different daily products to reinvigorate yourself and experience new things. It really does brighten my day trying new beauty products!

This month I received $22.87US worth of products. Value wise this would be good value if I didn’t have to ship it to Australia using USPS due to perfume in the package. It would be great if Birchbox had an option where you could choose no perfume.

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Popbasic Cobalt Leather Cluth and Ariel Collection – March 2015

Popbasic Cobalt Leather Cluth and Ariel Collection – March 2015

Maddie from Popbasic is really feeling the cobalt blue at the moment.

This Wednesday the Cobalt Leather Clutch was launched. It costs $85US and also comes with a free surprise piece of jewellery. Use my Popbasic referral link to get $15 off. This makes the clutch $70US.

Next week the Ariel Collection will be launched. The Ariel Collection consists of two necklaces and a charcoal grey singlet.

A few weeks ago the Isla Collection was launched with that beautiful blue skirt that I am still really tempted to get. The Isla Collections costs $75US. Use my Popbasic referral link to save $15, this brings the price down to $60US. What a bargain!

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