Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Happy Halloween! I always look forward to dressing up and passing out candy to children in the neighborhood. I like to get really festive with my decor as well, so we have stacks of pumpkins outside and plenty of fun garlands draped everywhere. We don’t get many trick-or-treaters here so¬†we spoil the ones that do come! Full size candy bars, y’all. Just saying ūüôā

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples.

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Each month has a theme for the box, and for October it was “Pumpkin Spice”. I’m totally one of those people who loves pumpkin spice everything (highly recommend trying pumpkin spice ice cream, it’s amazing!!!) so this is perfect.

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Mornin’ Pumpkin Travel Mug |¬†$8.00 (?)
Thanks to various subscription boxes I have lots of travel mugs now, but since I have a¬†serious coffee/tea habit I’ll put them to good use. I like the simplicity of this design. However, it’s a very no-frills mug. It doesn’t offer insulation and the cap is not leak proof. It’s very cute but won’t be the first one I reach for in my cabinet.

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

The cap is a sliding mechanism that is held in place with a silicone ring. It’s secure enough to use for light travel (like in your car’s cup holder) but I wouldn’t trust it to stay leak-proof in a bag or anything like that.

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Plaid Cozy Scarf | $5.00 (?)
Does this scarf look familiar to you? It looks really similar to the one we got from FabFitFun, right? I also saw a very similar scarf to this at Target the other day for only $5, so that’s what I’m estimating this scarf is worth. It’s very soft and cozy, but significantly smaller than the FFF one from Modcloth. I do like the color pattern–very classic autumn!

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Pumpkin Pie Scented Candle | $6.00
Yum! I adore all candles but fall scents have a special place in my heart. This pumpkin pie candle smells amazing! I find myself wishing this candle were bigger because I like it so much. It makes your house smell exactly like you’re baking a pumpkin pie. I can’t wait to burn it for Thanksgiving!

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Another great thing: it came in a gift box! I always appreciate it when subscription companies send out items that are individually packaged like this. It makes it super easy to gift. The packaging on this candle is so pretty: love the rustic ribbon and mason jar!

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Mandala Color-a-Puzzle | $1.00 (?)
I saw a similar puzzle to this in Target’s $1 section (are you seeing a trend for my obsession with Target?), so that’s what I’m estimating the value at.¬†My plan for this item is to pack it all into a small ziplock bag and bring it on my next international flight. Hey, if I have to kill 14 hours I might as well make something pretty!

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

Fannie May Chocolate | $1.00
I’m surprised this made it to me all in one piece without melting! It’s still so hot here in Houston! Of course, you can’t have an October box without a sweet treat, right? I’ve always liked caramel and chocolate so this is a natural winning combination. And I will never have anything negative to say about getting¬†tasty¬†chocolate in the mail!

Peaches and Petals October 2016 Review

The overall value is around $21.00, which is a tiny bit above the cost of the box. But you do have to take my estimate with a grain of salt, since it’s always quite difficult to calculate value for Peaches and Petals boxes. They send lots of unbranded items that are harder to track down. I generally use Target as a good rule of thumb–if I can find it in the $1 section I’ll only value it at that cost!

I think the curation was quite nice this month. It felt very fall to me and I think the pumpkin spice theme is cute. It did feel oddly similar to the FabFitFun box though, with the scarf and travel mug and coloring puzzle. Most likely a coincidence, since I’m sure boxes do their curation several months in advance. It just was a little unfortunate since I can’t help but compare this box to the FabFitFun box. There’s a significant price difference in cost ($20 vs $50) but also a huge difference in value ($21 vs $240) While I’m not expecting all subscription to match the value that FFF sends (how crazy would that be?!),¬†I would like to see a higher value from Peaches and Petals in the future.

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Free 12-Piece Nail Polish Set ($168 Value) with Julep Subscription!

Julep has a reputation for great sign up bonuses, but this is the best one I’ve seen! They are offering a¬†free 12-piece gift (valued at $168)¬†when you sign up for a Julep Maven¬†subscription!

Use this link and coupon code FREEFALL to get this free gift when you sign up! 

Free 12-Piece Nail Polish Set ($168 Value) with Julep Subscription!

And I totally caved–I signed up for a subscription again! I don’t need any more polish in my life, but I love to give Julep as stocking stuffers for Christmas. I figure this is an amazing deal because I get 12 free bottles of nail polish (score!!!) and I’ll pick up some hand cream and makeup with my subscription.

This box is $24.99 with a monthly subscription or $19.99 with a 3-month subscription. You can customize the box to get exactly what you want: you can swap out items and add items freely! I’m looking forward to getting mostly body lotion and hand cream and cuticle oil, but you can also add makeup and tools and skincare. If you’re curious, this would be a great time to try. This gift is pretty amazing, I can’t wait to receive it!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Is anyone else wondering where October went? It feels like it¬†zoomed by and Halloween is just around the corner! I finally got a chance to break out all my fall decor and adorn the front door with pumpkins, so I’m one happy camper right now. Up for review today is the October POPSUGAR box!

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, but you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

All the goodies!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

My Cup of Cocoa Dark Drinking Chocolate | $4.99
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the first item I pulled out was the hot chocolate! It took a lot of resolve not to finish this whole can right away. We’ve tried this brand before from POPSUGAR, when they sent out a cake product. I remember the chocolate taste being rich and full, so I knew this would be a great hot chocolate. And I was not disappointed–great chocolate flavor and not too sweet!¬†I also love that it’s a milk-free product, so you can add the milk of your choice. My fiance is lactose sensitive so I love that he will get to enjoy this with almond milk! Would definitely repurchase!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath | $28.00
Most of the year I shy away from overly sweet scents, but once October hits I can’t get enough! The holidays and rich vanilla scents really go hand in hand, don’t they? I think the choice of a shower oil is really smart, since it’s so moisturizing and decadent when¬†cold weather¬†is notorious for stripping skin of moisture. Of course, we don’t have any sign of cold weather here but it’s never too early to prepare for when it does come around. Shower oils are also perfect for shaving, I swear by it! Happy to receive a huge bottle of this!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

The Original MakeUp Eraser Mini | $12.00
I already own the full sized version of this, and totally swear by it!¬†I’ll admit that I was initially really skeptical. I mean, how?? How does a little cloth remove makeup with nothing but water? But it seriously works! I don’t like to use it for my eye makeup since it doesn’t do an amazing job with mascara (especially waterproof mascara), but for everything else it removes all traces of makeup. It’s gentle, reusable, effective, and perfect for travel. I’m very pleased to have a mini now!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella | $58.00
I’m a little confused about this item, since it’s the “hero item” of this box. At $58, it’s by far the most expensive item in the box. But it doesn’t really feel like a fall item, and it’s a super overpriced umbrella for the quality. This same umbrella was actually a gift with purchase at Henri Bendel a while back, so it’s probably overstock or something. I’m disappointed that the most expensive item is a gift with purchase manual umbrella (seriously, they couldn’t splurge a couple bucks for an automatic??) that should be valued at $15 max. On the Henri Bendel website all their umbrellas are automatic and retail for $58. That stands to reason that this one definitely should not be $58 estimated retail.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Now that I’ve said all the things I dislike about this umbrella, let’s talk about some of the good. I like the pattern even though I usually dislike brown. I think it’s simple enough to work for anyone and interesting enough to stand out. It’s a signature Henri Bendel pattern so it’s classic and recognizable by people who know the brand.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Holds up fairly well in the light wind (you can’t tell but it was sort of a windy day when I tested this, haha) and the construction is decent but nothing spectacular. Again, I think this is a $15 or less umbrella. I’ve put it in my car as a backup option, but my current umbrellas are sturdier and automatic and they only cost $20 each!

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Morning Culture Rise and Shine Diner Mug | $16.00
I admit to being a bit of a mug hoarder, so it’s always exciting when I get a new mug in a subscription box. Unfortunately, diner mugs¬†aren’t¬†really my style. I like the simple typographic design, and wish I could get it on a more sleek and refined mug shape. The good news: it comes in its own box so it will be really easy to gift.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

For those who don’t really know what a diner mug is (I didn’t!), here’s a picture of the rim. You see how thick it is? The handle and the rim are really hefty and makes the whole mug feel really heavy and clumsy. I guess I would describe this as a really “clunky” mug. I’m sure it’s a lot sturdier than your regular mug, but I prefer thinner walls and a more elegant handle.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen | $8.99
I’m all about finding great drugstore makeup, because I really don’t believe price always correlates with quality. Covergirl makes some fabulous mascara for a fraction of what designer high end mascara costs! I’m glad to see this is considered a “special extra” though, so it isn’t supposed to count towards the value of the box and is a sponsored item. I don’t have much experience with Revlon products but I’m very happy to try. I need another eyeliner like a bullet in the head but I do see a lot of great reviews for this. I’ve promised myself I won’t open any more eyeliners until I finish my current one, so into the pile it goes.

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar | $25.00
This is another “special extra”, which I’m relieved about. It would be so tacky to include your own book in your box as an actual item! I haven’t read this from cover to cover yet but have sort of skimmed through a few sections. Overall it’s not really my type of book, but I think would make a good gift¬†for a recent graduate or someone making a career transition. It’s very upbeat and positive, not at all one of those “here is a strict plan for how to be successful” books. You know what I mean?

POPSUGAR Must Have October 2016 Box Review

Overall October felt like a mixed bag for me. I liked many of the items but feel like the box was missing something. I guess because the most expensive item is a manual umbrella it feels a bit lackluster. The box comes to a total of $118.99 without the two extra items. It’s good, but once you factor in that half the value comes from an umbrella, it seems really overinflated. And without the 2 special extras, this box would feel especially sparse. I think if you’re going to add extras, you have to make sure the box can stand on its own without them. Because otherwise they aren’t truly “special extras that don’t count towards the value”.

Luckily I did enjoy several items in the box: I love the drinking chocolate, the makeup eraser, and the body oil. But the value of those only adds to $45, which is a tiny bit more than what the box costs. Overall I still think it was worth it because I can gift the mug and the book, and I’ll still use the umbrella. Just not one of my favorite months.

FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

I can’t believe how quickly the¬†FabFitFun Fall box sold out! I regret not purchasing more of them, since they would have made amazing gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays. Luckily we now have a spoiler for their Winter box, and you bet I’m going to stock up!

FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

Drumroll, please….

FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

Each box includes a¬†D.L. & Co Candle in Bergamot Woods or Blackberry Nectar ($45 Value). If you want to be able to choose which fragrance you receive, upgrade to an annual subscription! What do you think? I’m¬†super excited, since I love candles and the container looks absolutely gorgeous! It looks perfect for the holidays and I can’t wait to get my box.

The FabFitFun box is usually $49.99 a box, but you can get $10 off(bringing the price down to only $39.99) by using this link. For $39.99, that’s a total steal! That makes it the same price as POPSUGAR Must Have, except the value here is somehow almost double your average POPSUGAR box!

 

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Okay, exciting news! Little Lace Box is having the best sale I’ve ever seen from them, so I’ve officially (finally!) subscribed to the full Little Lace Box! Can’t wait to get my first box, which will be in December. Stay tuned for reviews, y’all ūüôā Meanwhile, here’s my Serendipity review for September.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box¬†is a bi-monthly subscription by the same people who run the original Little Lace Box.¬†Serendipity is only $12.99/shipment ($9.99/shipment if you get a whole year), and sends out a collection of 5-7 items that ‚Äúcelebrate life, celebrate style, and celebrate you‚ÄĚ.¬†The shipments for the two boxes alternate, so if you subscribe to both Little Lace Box¬†and Serendipity, you‚Äôll receive a LLB in August¬†and a Serendipity box in September. There‚Äôs no overlap at all. And while Little Lace Box has a theme for each shipment, Serendipity does not. Sign ups for Serendipity are often sold out and open briefly when new spots become available, so if you‚Äôre interested I would check the website every now and then to keep tabs! Usually spots open up when the shipments go out.¬†

And now, super exciting news: now through 10/10, Little Lace Box has discounts available for a single box, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions!

  • Use code FRIENDS to save $25 on a single box (regularly $59.99).
  • Use code FRIENDS3 to save $60 on a 6-month subscription(regularly $149.99) + a $15 eGift card¬†to use toward your purchase of merchandise from the¬†online store. (Brings cost down to $29.67 a box.)
  • Use code FRIENDS6 to save $100 on a 12-month subscription (regularly $269.95) +¬†a $25 eGift Card to use toward your purchase of merchandise from the¬†online store. (Brings cost down to $28.32 a box)

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

The box shipped a little later than usual, which is why I actually received it in October. Usually I do receive my boxes in the correct month though.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Boot Cuffs & Socks | $6.99
Subscribers either received Taupe (which is what I received), Ivory, White, or Mint. I’m happy that all the colors were neutral so I would have been fine with any variation. I haven’t received boot cuffs/socks from a box before so this is fun and new! These are meant to be worn with ankle boots, but since I tend to wear taller boots I’m gifting this to a friend who adores booties.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Karista’s Kitchen Spices | $17.97
This is a set of 3 different spices: Korintji Cinnamon, Smoked Sweet Paprika, and Matcha Sea Salt. At first I saw the almost $18 value and was like whoa, that seems overpriced! But then I actually thought about it and remembered that spices are really expensive! Especially high quality spices. So after some though, I think the value seems very fair to me. I am so excited to use the cinnamon, and have already used the paprika and salt. Delicious! I’ve never used matcha salt before and it was unique and wonderful. I’m convinced that anything matcha is going to be amazing. I also appreciate that they included recipe cards for each spice.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Kilner Square Clip Top Spice Jar | $5.99
Very useful little spice jar! Kilner is a UK based brand and their products are very well made and my go-to for canning/preserves. This little jar is so adorable and a thoughtful inclusion for this box. I would really like to buy a few more so I can have a nice little line up in my kitchen! I also use this style of jar to store my loose teas and they work wonderfully.

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Handwrytten Card | $4.99
Subscribers received a promo code for a free hard at Handwrytten.com. It’s a service to sends out handwritten cards on your behalf.¬†I guess I don’t really understand the appeal of this service, since I love writing my own cards and I feel like the effort of writing it is kind of the point? And most of my friends recognize my handwriting, so it would be very strange to receive a handwritten card from me that is in a completely different hand. And for $4.99 it seems quite steep–you can get a lovely letterpressed card plus a stamp for that price! Take a minute to write your own card, your friends will appreciate the effort!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

Overall I would consider it a good box. It’s not as amazing as some of the previous boxes, but considering I paid only $10 it’s amazing that the total is $35.94! Every month I ask myself “how do they do it?”, because I’m sure just the shipping cost is at least $2 for them. And it really does deliver a dose of serendipity for me! It’s such a low cost that it never feels like a gamble, and the curation is always so on point that it truly delights me!

Serendipity by Little Lace Box September 2016 Box Review plus $100 Off Coupon!

And again, just wanted to remind everyone that this sale is amazing!!!

  • Use code FRIENDS to save $25 on a single box (regularly $59.99).
  • Use code FRIENDS3 to save $60 on a 6-month subscription(regularly $149.99) + a $15 eGift card¬†to use toward your purchase of merchandise from the¬†online store. (Brings cost down to $29.67 a box.)
  • Use code FRIENDS6 to save $100 on a 12-month subscription (regularly $269.95) +¬†a $25 eGift Card to use toward your purchase of merchandise from the¬†online store. (Brings cost down to $28.32 a box)

Seriously, take advantage of this if you’re interested in Little Lace Box at all! I’ve literally never seen a price this low.