Escape Monthly January 2014 Review: Colorado

January’s Escape Monthly destination is Colorado! I’ve never been there but always wanted to go, so this was a fun treat.

Escape Monthly is a destination inspired monthly delivery of “luxury products to help you relax and renew” and the cost is $49.95/month. (But it’s really more like $39.99/month since you get 20% off for life with code YOURESCAPE.) Every box is filled with a selection of items ranging from spa/beauty to gourmet snacks and gift certificates. They also give one lucky member a vacation for two to the destination of the month!

Escape Monthly January Colorado Review

Escape Monthly January Colorado Review

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewJackson’s Honest Potato Chips Sea Salt | $1.25
I’ll never say no to kettle cooked potato chips! Although my bag got pretty flattened in the mail, the chips (crumbs) were still delicious! I want to try the salt and vinegar flavor so I might order some online or search for it in stores. I suspect Whole Foods might have it, since this is organic and non-GMO.

Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate Bar | $2.63
Yum! I’ve been buying Chocolove bars for years and never knew they were from Colorado! I thought this was a super cute item for January since each bar of Chocolove comes with a love poem on the inside of the wrapper. I’m definitely saving this for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Bobo’s Oat Bars in Peach | $3.13
I loved this bar so much that I immediately bought more of them. I got the Chocolate Almond ones from Amazon because it came with free shipping. These bars are really moist and soft and are gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO!

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewWhite Girl Salsa Medium Tomatillo | $5.99
The safety button on the lid popped during shipment, and Escape Monthly has offered to send me a new one, so I don’t know what this tastes like yet. But judging from the posts on Facebook, people are loving this salsa! I can’t wait to try it. Also, thanks again to Escape Monthly for great customer service!

Moon Handbooks Colorado Travel Guide | $14.27
I have a nice little collection of Moon travel guides now thanks to Escape Monthly, and I’m happy to add this one to the ranks. I’m sure I will use it since I plan on going to Colorado within the next couple of years. Now that I live in Texas, a road trip is definitely feasible!

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewBluecorn Naturals Tranquility Tin Candle | $4.80
I love the travel tin; it’s a great idea! I think I’ll save this candle for my next business trip 🙂 It smells really good and I love how it’s all natural and 100% beeswax.

Colorado Aromatics Lavender Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion | $5.20
With all the cold weather, my hands are getting really dried out so I’m so happy to see a hand lotion product from this month. I’m a huge fan of lavender so the scent is perfect, and so far I’ve found this lotion to be lightweight and non-greasy.

Rocky Mountain Mud Bath | $7.25
This might be another product I bring with me on business trips, since it’s supposed to be a stress relief blend. There’s enough in this package for two baths, and I’m really excited to test it out. It has a light lavender scent, so the lotion makes a great pairing with this mud bath.

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewThe last item is a geode! You can break it open to see the crystals inside, and from the pictures I saw on Facebook, they’re really pretty!

Escape Monthly January Colorado Review

Unfortunately for me, mine was pretty disappointing. I contacted their customer service about this as well, and hopefully they will send me another geode that actually has something inside.

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewOverall, this box was worth $44.52 (excluding the geode), which is the lowest I’ve seen from Escape Monthly so far. I hope they step up their game for the next destination, which is going to be New York. On the bright side, my experience from this month has taught me that Escape Monthly has great customer service! For me, that makes a big difference. I was very impressed with how quickly they responded to my email (1 business day) and how they were more than happy to send me a replacement for the salsa and geode.

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with Escape Monthly, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did 🙂

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New from Julep: The Plié Wand!

I got an email from Julep this morning about “their best idea yet”. Naturally, I was dying of curiosity! So curious that I opened the email at work and am now writing this blog post on my extended lunch break [hey, in my defense it was a slow day anyways ;)].

So the idea is this: a new applicator brush for nail polish that will allow for better control and accuracy. The ‘wand’ will be part of a larger system at Julep, and they will be redesigning caps and storage for their bottles.

The new idea is being crowdfunded, and for existing Mavens there is a $19.99 option that will include 1 Plié Wand, 1 extra Plié cap for any nail color, and 2 new Julep nail colors with the Plié caps. This option will count as the May box, so it’s sort of a pre-payment. For anyone interested in getting just a Plié Wand and a cap, I recommend signing for to be a Maven, since it’s by far the best deal for the tool. Use code FREEBOX to get your first month free, and prepay for the May box to get the wand.

For non-Mavens, there are several options:

  • $40 for the Julep Plié System (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush) and 2 Julep nail colors with Plié caps
  • $65 for the Julep Plié system (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush), 5 Julep nail colors with Plié caps, and the Julep Plié Color Magnet
  • $120 for the Julep Plié system (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush), 5 Julep nail colors with Plié caps, the Julep Color Caddy (with storage space for up to 57 nail colors), and a 30-minute video chat with a Julep vernisseur
  • $500 for 4 Julep Plié systems (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush), 10 Julep nail colors with Plié caps, and refreshments for you and three of your friends (I think you’re supposed to throw a mini-party with this option)
  • $5,000 for a hotel suite with refreshments for up to 8 guests, up to 8 Plié systems (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush), and a 2-hour master class with a Julep vernisseur
  • $10,000 to develop a custom color with Jane Park, 10 Plié systems (Plié Wand, extra cap, dotting tool & striping brush), and 100 bottles of your new color

Wow! I’m officially jealous of anyone who can afford one of those last two options.

Okay, now more about the actual wand. From the Julep site: “When women talk, we listen. And there’s one thing we hear all the time: “I’m really bad at polishing my own nails.” Trust us, it’s not you—you just don’t have the right tool! That’s why we joined forces with the award-winning design and innovation firm IDEO to create an ergonomic nail polishing tool that allows for more accuracy and better control, especially with your non-dominant hand. The result? You’ll spend less time fixing mistakes and more time enjoying your manicure.

Imagine if you’d spent your whole life writing with a pen cap, and then someone finally handed you a full-size pen. That’s what it feels like to polish with the Plié Wand.”

Julep Maven Plie Wand New Bottle Applicator Caps

  • The Julep Plié Wand

    Ergonomically designed to function as a natural extension of your hand, the Plié Wand offers an upgraded DIY mani: more accuracy, better control, and a lot more fun.

    Features:

    • Long, balanced handle offers stability, comfort, and control, especially in your non-dominant hand.
    • Adjustable design twists, pivots, and bends so you don’t have to. This keeps your polishing hand steady and puts less strain on your wrists.
    • Interchangeable dotting tool and striping brush help you unleash your inner artist.

    How it Works:

    1. Snap magnetic Plié Wand into a new Julep polish cap.
    2. Unscrew cap and start polishing.
    3. Experiment with different grips and angles in each hand until you find a comfortable combination that feels right.

Julep Maven Plie Wand New Bottle Applicator Caps

It looks like they are also implementing a new storage system with the new caps? It’s going to be magnetic, but that’s all I really know. I found this picture on their blog, and I’m curious to see more pictures for how this will work out. Right now I’m a little perplexed about why this magnetic storage is better. Looks rather inefficient to me…

Julep Maven Plie Wand New Bottle Applicator CapsSo basically, this is fun but bittersweet news. I’m excited to try the wand, but I’m not thrilled about having to purchase new caps for all my existing Julep colors. I think I’ll try the wand because I’m so curious, and if I like it I’ll consider getting plie caps for my favorite Julep colors. But there’s no way I would dish out the money to replace all the caps! What do you guys think? Sorry this is a rather confusing and long post…

POPSUGAR Must Have Promo Code: $10 Off!

Yay for new promo codes! Use code VDAY10 to save $10 off your first POPSUGAR Must Have box! With such a festive code, I’m very excited to see some fun Valentine’s Day items! I highly recommend this box, it’s hands down my favorite one out of all the subscriptions I get 🙂

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POPSUGAR Must Have January 2014 Review

I’m finally all caught up on my boxes! And I still can’t believe how quickly January is flying by; I feel like I just rang in the new year yesterday or something. I saw all the hearts and stuff in the stores and I suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day is only 3 weeks away. And of course for the subscription box obsessed, Valentine’s Day really just means extra little goodies in our boxes 🙂

So anyways, this review is for the POPSUGAR Must Have January box! After a pretty disappointing December box, I had really high hopes for January.

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box! POPSUGAR is definitely my favorite subscription out there. The value is always really good and the variety can’t be beat. Even the months that I don’t love are a great value and have at least 2 items that I will use, which covers the cost of the box.

Check out last month’s review here.

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewI love their little pamphlet each month. I keep them all for reference when I need to replace an item I love (I just recently bought another Barr. Co. Diffuser from their September box!).

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewI’m always impressed with how full they keep the box! Even when there are just a few items, they definitely package with care and the box feels substantial.

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewThe Juice Generation Book | $15.93
Although we don’t have a juicer, we do have a VitaMix that doesn’t get nearly enough use. Hopefully this book will inspire me to make some more smoothies and juice! I flipped through it really quickly and it offers much more than just recipes. There are also tips on how to select and store fruits and vegetables, and general advice for eating well. It looks like it will be a good read! The Juice Generation also included a coupon for 30% off any six-pack of juice from their website, but the shipping is $47.86 to Texas! I think it might only be worth it if you’re in New York City. The 30% promo code is POPSUGAR, for any New Yorkers who might be interested.

Pipcorn Truffle Mini Popcorn | $6.00
First of all, this bag of popcorn is huge! It filled up the entire length of the POPSUGAR box. The truffle taste is really great: not too strong which is what I prefer. Also, I’m really digging the small kernels which are better for your teeth. Wish I had this stuff around when I wore braces!

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewRevlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files | $3.29
Not a very exciting item, since I have so many nail files already and Revlon isn’t exactly a brand that I associate POPSUGAR with. But nonetheless, they are really cute files and are small enough to keep in a purse or travel bag. I’ll definitely use them!

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask | $40.00
Love this! I tried it today and my skin feels super soft. It applies as a cream/gel texture and it becomes a foam that you can wipe off. The tingling bubble sensation is also really pleasant. My favorite thing about this mask is probably how quick and easy it is to use. You just apply the gel and leave it on for 5 minutes, then wipe or rinse off the foam. Since this is a full sized bottle, it should last a for a long time.

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewRifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar | $16.00
This is adorable! I love pretty much everything that Rifle Paper Co. makes, so this is perfect. I only wish it came in the December box, since I already got myself a desk calendar (though not this cute). But I’ll still be able to use it on my desk at work, and I love the illustrations so much!

Jack and Lucy Touchscreen Gloves | $20 (?)
I couldn’t find these anywhere online! I can’t really decide on the value, but I think $20 is a fair assessment. They were a little too big for me, but I threw it in the dryer for a few minutes which helped shrink it just enough. And they work great on my iPhone! I was able to text and check my email, so that’s good enough for me. Just like with the calendar, I wish these had gone out in the December box. I’m still glad to see them in my January box, but I think it would have been better timing for the previous month.

Popsugar Must Have January 2014 ReviewOverall my box had a value of around $101.22, give or take a few dollars for the gloves. I think that’s a fantastic deal and since I will be using all 5 items, I really lucked out. I do think it feels more like a December box and the Revlon nail files seem cheap, but I love the mask and calendar and gloves, which are the big ticket items. Overall, POPSUGAR is my favorite subscription and even during the months that I don’t particularly like (for example, December) I still feel like I am able to get my money’s worth. So how about you? Did you like this month as much as I did?

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with POPSUGAR, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did 🙂

Olfactif January 2014 Review

My second shipment from Olfactif is even better than my December one (review found here)! I think this is going to be a keeper on my list of subscriptions 🙂 

Olfactif is a monthly perfume subscription service that sends a collection of three niche fragrance samples from artists around the world. It’s really a fantastic way to discover unique perfumes that aren’t available at stores. Plus, you can learn about the fragrance artists and their creative process, as well as their inspiration and history. 

The monthly cost is $18, and each month they send you a curated box of 3 perfume samples, and they recommend that you wear each one 15-20 times to really get a good understanding of the scent. If you want to purchase a full sized bottle, the $18 cost of the box is applied towards the order.

Olfactif Perfume Subscription January 2014 ReviewI already raved about their gorgeous packaging in my previous review, but I think I need to reiterate how much I love it. It’s simple and elegant and the construction of the box is amazing! The flap that says “Olfactif” slides up when you pull the ribbon, revealing the perfume inside.

Olfactif Perfume Subscription January 2014 ReviewThe theme for this month was “Winter’s Cocoon” and the fragrances felt much more warm compared the the December “Evening” ones. I really love the themes they pick and I think the curation process is thoughtful and very well done.

Olfactif Perfume Subscription January 2014 Review

From left to right: Lightscape by Ulrich Lang New York, Field Notes From Paris by Ineke, and Violette Fumee by Mona di Orio. The Field Notes From Paris scent is amazing!! I purchased the full size, which is $95, and I got the $18 that I spent on this subscription box as credit. Olfactif also offers free shipping. So basically I spent $77 on the perfume and got this month for free! Not only do I love the scent, the bottle is stunning. It’s printed with hand-drawn maps of Paris, how could I resist? I’m glad I fell in love with this scent, since the Violette Fumee one is $330 for the full size. Ouch! I’ll be sure to cherish my sample of it.

Olfactif Perfume Subscription January 2014 Review

I paid $18 for the subscription, but got the $18 back as credit towards my full size perfume purchase. My purchase also came with free shipping, so I think it’s a fantastic deal. I won’t be able to afford a full size purchase each month, but I think $18 is more than fair for the lovely packaging and the curated samples. Some of the perfumes are expensive (like the $330 one this month!), so even getting a sample is pretty luxurious and has good value. For people interested in perfume, I can’t recommend this subscription enough! It also makes a great gift, and I’m thinking about getting a 6 month one for my mom. Does anyone else subscribe to Olfactif? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it! 

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with Olfactif in any way.