Birchbox April 2015 Birchbox Plus, Guest Curator Box, and the Prettiest Boxes Ever.

Okay so I’m usually not excited enough about a Birchbox box design to actually make a post about it, but can we just take a moment to obsess over how gorgeous this is?? I swear I’m not crazy, just a little in love with all things Rifle Paper Co. But seriously this box is so cute, I’m totally getting a 2nd Birchbox just so I can have 2 of them.

All regular April boxes will be shipping in this pretty package! Not sure if the guest curated box will have its own packaging or if it’s also coming in this box.

Birchbox April 2015 Birchbox Plus, Guest Curator Box, and the Prettiest Boxes Ever by Rifle Paper Co.And I pretty much never get any of the Birchbox Plus options, but this month I’m so tempted to get both!

Rifle Paper Co. Tote | $35.00 Value (Add to your box for $28.00!)
Omg I need this in my life. Never mind that I have a pile of tote bags already, I need this one. And it actually does look like a unique size, much bigger and deeper than most of the current ones I have at home.

Birchbox April 2015 Birchbox Plus, Guest Curator Box, and the Prettiest Boxes Ever by Rifle Paper Co.

Second Birchbox Plus option:
Rifle Paper Co. Notebook and Tumbler Set | $25.00 Value (Add to your box for $20.00!)
I already have these little notebooks (they’re awesome!) and I want the tumbler really badly. It’s such a lovely print, how can I resist?

Birchbox April 2015 Birchbox Plus, Guest Curator Box, and the Prettiest Boxes Ever by Rifle Paper Co.And the guest curated boxes are Mad Men inspired. You have 2 options:

Option 1: New York

  • Cargo Water-Resistant Blush in Los Cabos
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel Mini
  • Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (1.5 oz)
  • Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Argan Oil

Option 2: California

  • Laqa Lil’ Lip Lube Pencil in Honeypot
  • Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator
  • Clean Original Perfume
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Bathing with Sharks
  • 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment

While I love Mad Men as much as the next girl, I only really want 1 out of each option….so I’ll be going with my regular sample choice.

Just to recap, the 3 sample options are:

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!I’m definitely grabbing the Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain, and might get the Jouer Blush with my 2nd box. How about you? Can you tell I’m ridiculously over-excited for the box design?

If you’re planning to subscribe (or if you’re like me and a little bit crazy and want to get a 2nd subscription), use code JILLIAN when you subscribe for an extra $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop!


Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Surprisingly I received my BarkBox pretty early this month. The theme for March is Movie Night, and the themed treat and toy are both ridiculously adorable (as they always are).

BarkBox is $29/month if you do the month-to-month plan, but it goes down to only $18/month if you sign up for the whole year! We sprung for the whole year since it was such a great deal. Before getting BarkBox we were probably dropping between $30 to $50 a month at pet stores, and now one box usually lasts us through the month. You can use my link for 10% off any subscription. And if you use my link, they’ll donate a free box to the Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center! It’s a great cause and I’m pleased that BarkBox gives back to the doggie community!

You can choose different sizes when you order, and we get the Large box (for dogs over 50 lbs). Even though Maddie is about 46 lbs, she has the energy and strength of a much larger dog so we always size up for toys.

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeButcher’s Block Bones The Dynamo | $5.19
Always glad to get a chew in each box. This bone is really heavy since it’s filled with marrow instead of being hollow like the cheaper stuff, which I am impressed by. The bone is from younger and healthy cattle, which makes it less likely to splinter and injure your dog. Even though the website says this is for small to medium dogs, it’s definitely large enough for Maddie. As always, it’s 100% from USDA beef for peace of mind.

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeHealthy Dogma Bacon Hearts | $5.00
Love the super cute packaging on this! I always have to give props to the BarkBox design team for their creativity. These treats are full of Omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, and there’s no corn, wheat, or soy. In fact, the entire ingredients list is so wholesome: peas, pea flour, potato, bacon, tapioca, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), cranberry, and sweet potato. That’s it!

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeLook how cute these bacon hearts are! All ingredients from USA and manufactured in the USA as well.

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeBarkMade Flexi Dog Bowl | $6.00
At first I was a little disappointed in the size of this bowl, since it’s definitely not for a large dog. But then I realized I can use it for making frozen treats or baking homemade treats since it’s oven and freezer safe, and got really excited. It’s also dishwasher safe, which is a big plus for me. Definitely something I’ve been meaning to buy for a while and now I don’t have to!

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodePet Qwerks Pawpcorn Toy | $7.50
So cute!! It’s made exclusively for BarkBox to fit this month’s theme. The bottom part is filled with crinkle paper and has a squeaker, and the top part is filled with regular stuffing. I’m guessing it won’t hold up for very long since it’s not designed to be a chew toy and Maddie sees all her toys as chew toys….

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeNature’s Bits Salmon Recipe | $6.99
Each month BarkBox includes at least a full sized bag of dog treats, and they like to switch up the flavors and brands, which I really like. I’ve never heart of Nature’s Bits before but Maddie loves these soft baked salmon treats. It’s 100% made and sourced in the USA and has a short ingredients list with salmon being the first ingredient. They don’t use any artificial colors or flavors and are grain/gluten free. The ingredients list: salmon, peas, potatoes, potato starch, pea fiber, cane molasses, strawberries, sweet potatoes , chicken fat (preserved with citric acid and mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, green tea extract, rosemary extract. Short and simple!

Barkbox March 2015 Review plus 10% Off Coupon CodeTotal value for March is $30.68, which is a bit lower than usual but still decent enough. I only wish they had 2 toys each month instead of just 1. But otherwise I’m happy with their consistent formula of 1 chew, 1-2 bag(s) of treats, 1 toy, and 1 misc item. I do love their themes and think they make the cutest stuff out of all the pet boxes out there. Can’t wait to see if they’ll do an Easter one for April! Anything for Spring would be so cute!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review

I feel like this March POPSUGAR Must Have box took forever to get to me, especially since the full spoilers came out a while ago. The theme(s) for March are: Renewal, Citrus, Spring Break, Fresh, and Traveling. Even though I was way off with my predictions (luggage tag), I’m pleased with the curation and range of brands.

POPSUGAR Must Have is my favorite subscription box, and there’s really nothing comparable to it on the market right now. They’ve recently started releasing fewer boxes and selling out more quickly, so if you want to jump aboard I would do it sooner rather than later! Unfortunately the only code out right now is still MUSTHAVE5 for $5.00 off. I’ll update if I find anything better! The April box is already sold out but if you sign up now you can be added to the waitlist or choose to get the May box. I for one can’t wait for a spoiler to come out for April. Dying to see the contents!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponBliss Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment | $48.00
I was really pumped to try this, and it’s just as fabulous as I thought it would be. Judging based on Sephora reviews, I had high expectations and this actually does live up to the hype! My skin feels amazingly soft and fresh after I use it, and I’ve had no issues with irritation or anything. It also makes applying makeup a little easier since my skin is so smooth. Love! Will definitely be purchasing more when I run out (which will be a while, this tube is huge!).

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponWet Brush The Squirt | $4.99
We got a full sized Wet Brush back in the October 2014 POPSUGAR box, and I’ve been using mine ever since. It’s great for detangling wet hair and doesn’t tug, so I can see it being a big hit with kids. I love having mini travel versions of my favorite tools, so this is perfect for me. I think this definitely fits the “traveling” and “Spring Break” theme for this box.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponHalfpops in Butter & Pure Ocean Sea Salt | $1.69
Much smaller of a bag than I expected, but since these are pretty small it was still a good amount. They taste sort of like corn nuts, which were a favorite of mine many years back. I felt really nostalgic eating these! I don’t know how many flavor variations there are, but I know some people got Butter & Sea Salt and I got Chipotle BBQ. I’m all about bold flavors so I’m really glad I got this flavor 🙂

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponKnock Knock What to Pack Pad | $7.00
I love Knock Knock products! So excited to see them featured in the box. On the other hand, I’m not really sure I will actually use this. And if I did want to use it, I definitely don’t need a whole pad. It’s too bad because Knock Knock makes hilarious stationery and I would have been stoked to get any of their other stuff.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponGreenmarket Purveying Co. Lemon + Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit | $20.00
I’ll never say no to a new diffuser, especially one with such pretty packaging! The scent is really fresh and bright, and makes my room smell clean. I like that these are handmade with natural ingredients, and produced right here in the US.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponI’ve only had this for a day, so it smells really strong now. Only time will tell how strong the scent end up being and how long this diffuser will last.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponSamudra Pink Pina Zip Pouch | $40.00
This pouch is a POPSUGAR exclusive item, and I think it’s a great inclusion for traveling. I will definitely use it, but the $40 price tag is completely absurd. I would estimate closer to $10. With that being said, I do love the neon pink pineapples and I actually don’t have any clear travel bags of this size. It’s really big and roomy and I know I’ll use it quite a bit. I’m just rolling my eyes at the estimated value.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponBenefit Roller Lash Deluxe Sample | $8.00
Benefit Porefessional Deluxe Sample | $4.00
Is it sad that I was actually really really really looking forward to getting these two little “extras”? They don’t even count as items in the box, since they’re sponsored by Benefit, but I just love both items so much. If y’all haven’t tried the Roller Lash mascara, go to your nearest Sephora and ask if they have any samples left (they’re free!). It’s a really great formula and a good day-to-day mascara. You won’t get crazy volume but it looks natural and stays all day. I’ve been a fan of POREfessional for a long time now and always need more! Benefit items are always welcome in any of my subscription boxes 😀

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2015 Review Plus Promo Code CouponTotal value: $133.68. Even accounting for the crazy pink neon bag price, it’s a great value. I mean, the Bliss alone costs more than the box!

Personally this wasn’t an amazing box for me, but I still enjoyed the contents and definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. I’ll use everything except the packing pad and the items definitely fit their theme very well. I’m looking forward to using the bag and wet brush on my next trip!

Even POPSUGAR’s “worst” boxes have been pretty nice, in my opinion. I’ve never received one where I felt like the value wasn’t there or the items were useless. They consistently deliver the best range of lifestyle and beauty items, as well as cohesive themes that truly feel curated and well thought-out. I’m especially excited for April now since they seem to do an amazing box right after one that I didn’t like quite as much. Judging by the buzzwords, it’s going to be right up my alley!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2015 Inspiration Teaser Spoiler Sneak Peek

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!

My March Birchbox got here and it’s the perfect curation (and box design!) for Spring. It’s making me yearn for warm sunny weather even more than usual.

Birchbox is only $10/month (even less if you prepay), and they have this fabulous point system that makes every month a total steal. For every sample you receive in your box, you can fill out a review to get 10 points (equivalent to $1) to spend in the Birchbox shop. And since every box has at least 5 samples, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get $5 worth of credit each month if you fill out all your reviews. It’s really satisfying when you want to treat yourself to something and remember that you have $50 worth of credit sitting around in the Birchbox shop!

Birchbox was really been on a roll with the special box designs lately! This is probably one of my favorite designs ever, it’s just so pretty and feminine and adorable…not to mention too perfect for Spring.

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product | $9.00
This was my sample choice for this month, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I know this has a lot of rave reviews which is why I picked it, but I honestly didn’t have crazy high expectations either. But seriously, when they call this a miracle product they weren’t kidding. I already went ahead and got myself the full size with some leftover points! I just spray it onto damp hair and blow-dry or air-dry and my hair is so soft and shiny afterwards. It smells amazing, feels so lightweight you forget you even used it, and make hair a million times more manageable. I can’t believe it took me so long to find this!

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme | $1.18
I like the smell of this and it feels great on my skin, but also doesn’t seem like anything too special. Since I already have body lotion that works well for me, this one is a pass. I also found the sample to be on the small side. It would have been a great size for hand cream or face cream, but I only had enough product to cover like…one leg. Just saying.

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | $5.00
I’ve wanted to try this for ages, and was so excited to finally see it in my box. And now that I’ve tried using this cleansing system,  I completely regret not buying a full sized one sooner. I love this 2-step cleanser! The muslin cloth feels great when it exfoliates (and not too harsh) and my skin looks amazing afterwards.

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!I’m seriously so impressed with this stuff, I bought a full sized one as well. It’s surprisingly affordable for the results. I was picturing a really expensive system since it works so well and feels so luxurious, but you get a 3.3 fl oz cleanser, 2 muslin cloths, and a storage bag for only $25.50. Personally, i think that’s a really great deal.

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel | $12.75
I admit: I totally thought this was a nail polish when I first got it. I’m glad I actually read the Birchbox description before I attempted to paint my nails with it! I’m impressed we received the full size version, and I know this is going to last forever since a little goes a long way. Personally I thought it had too much glitter/shimmer for an everyday look, but it’ll be super fun for going out.

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment | $22.00
I love facial masks, so any time I receive a new one I get excited. I was also really surprised at the price for these, and I’m impressed we actually got 2 full sized packets! I almost didn’t want to like this mask since it’s so expensive, but of course I fell head over heels in love with it. It made my pores look so tiny and my skin looked and felt firmer overall. Now I just have to shell out the $$$ to repurchase…

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!This is officially my favorite Birchbox I’ve received so far. I already made 2 full sized purchases from this box, so that should tell you how much I loved the products! I’m pretty sure the leave-in hair spray is a new holy grail item for me, and the Liz Earle cleanser is quickly becoming my favorite. The Roloxin mask is amazing and I definitely plan to purchase it in the near future. The value for this box is $49.93, which is incredible! I wish I could buy a dozen more of this exact box, I would do it in a heartbeat. Can you tell how much I loved my box this month???

For next month, the 3 sample choices are:

Birchbox March 2015 Review, April 2015 Sample Options, and $10 Off Coupon!

I’m super excited to grab the Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain. I’ve heard amazing things about that brand and I can never have enough stains in my life. What are you thinking of? There’s also rumors that the guest curated box will be Mad Men themed, so I just might have to get two boxes next month!

Oh and before I forget, use code JILLIAN when you subscribe for an extra $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop! As if you needed another reason to join, right? 😉

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2015 Box Sold Out!

Well that was fast. I still don’t have my March POPSUGAR Must Have box yet (scheduled to be delivered tomorrow!) and April is already sold out! Wow, looks like POPSUGAR is going back to their old model from 2013, where the current month is always sold out in advance. Sadly for us, that means the end of all the amazing $10 off and $15 off codes that used to come out every month.

If you’re still interested in getting the April box, you can join the waitlist when you subscribe now for May. I feel like people have had pretty good luck getting off that list lately. As always, you can use MUSTHAVE5 to get $5.00 off. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for better codes, but I don’t have high hopes there will be any 😦

On the bright side, the inspiration for April still looks amazing to me. I can’t wait for nice weather again!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2015 Inspiration Teaser Spoiler Sneak Peek