Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous Peaches and Petals reviews, it seems that this subscription has been sending out their boxes at the tail end of the month. I actually thought this was June’s box when I received it, since they don’t put information cards in the boxes anymore. I’m glad I have this blog to help me keep track!

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. Usually each month has a theme for the box, and the theme for May is “Vacation, All I Ever Wanted”.

Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

World’s Best Spungee Neck Support Travel Pillow | $11.45
I appreciate getting a travel pillow in a box, since I have never received one from a subscription box before. But on the other hand, this is a pretty bad travel pillow. This seems to be an old model since it does not come with any way to keep the pillow together at the front. It’s almost impossible to keep it on your shoulders as you sleep, since the pillow has no way of keeping the U structure. If you’re a seasoned traveler, you know that having a snap or toggle at the front is essential!

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Gud by Burt’s Bees Cleaning Wipes | $4.99
These are discontinued products and the pear one (the green packaging on the right in the picture) definitely shows it. The entire package is leaking a light brown liquid that is sticky. The red one is pretty dry for a cleansing wipe, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s been sitting on a shelf for a long time or if these wipes are just designed like that. I don’t know how old these are but I won’t I’ll be using them. I’m disappointed because cleansing wipes are so cheap already. I buy them for 50 cents from Target when I’m going on a trip! Peaches and Petals could have easily bought current wipes to send that aren’t leaking or dried out!

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Soapbox Hope-To-Go Travel Kit | $7.99
I’m pleased to see a very useful kit that also supports a great cause! This travel kit contains TSA approved containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion. For each kit sold, a month of clean water will be given to a person in need through an organization called Splash.

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The products themselves are all quite nice as well. I especially like that these containers are easy to clean and refill, and the bag it all comes in meets TSA requirements too!

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Sara Beth Candle in Seaside | $12.00 (?)
This appears to be a brand that is often used for fundraising. I remember back in middle school we had these sorts of fundraisers every year! It seems kind of odd that it’s now included in a subscription box. And does anyone else think candles are a poor choice for these sorts of fundraising events? I remember we had to hand deliver the products to each person who purchased–candles would have been so heavy!

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Anyways, enough about my speculation about the fundraising. This candle has a really refreshing crisp scent and I love the wooden wick! Wooden wicks are always so much fun to burn and I rarely purchase them for myself, so I’m very happy to see this in my box! The candle came in giftable packaging as well, which I appreciate.

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Umbra Magnetic Board | $8.00 (?)
Last but not least, this super cute magnetic board! This is hands down my favorite item from the box! I love the Umbra brand, and I hope we see more of their products in future Peaches and Petals boxes. They make such stylish but affordable home goods!

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The board comes with 6 magnets and is approximately 15.5″ x 15″ in size. It’s very light and easy to hang on a wall. I love the simple design and empowering phrase!

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It was sort of mixed bag (or should I say a mixed box?) for me, but overall I would consider it a box that I liked. The Umbra board is so cute and I love it a lot, and the candle and travel kit are both useful and fun. The cleaning wipes were a total dud, but since they take up the least amount of value I’m not too upset. The travel pillow had potential to be amazing as well but the design was just awful. But I do think this is a huge step up from the past few boxes! I really hope this is an upward trend that will continue. I’m actually very excited to see what next month will bring!

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Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks over here since I have been packing and getting ready to move by the end of the month. One downside to subscription boxes? When you move you have to remember to change so many addresses! Hopefully I’ve gotten them all, but I guess we’ll see when next month rolls around if I’ve forgotten anything. Anyways, up for review today is my Peaches and Petals June box.

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. Get 50% off your first box (bringing the price down to just $10!) with promo code PEACH-SAVE50. If that doesn’t work, you can try PEACH-SAVE25 and PEACH-SAVE10 for 25% off and 10% off, respectively. Each code can only be used a set number of times, so if the 50% off isn’t working for you try the other two. Right now they’re no longer selling this June box, so your first month will be July.

They also have a gift with purchase promo code going on: use PEACHHAMMOCK to get a free parachute hammock in your first box! Expires July 15th.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Now onto the review.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Each month has a theme, and June’s is Under the Boardwalk. I’ve found Peaches and Petals to have interesting themes each month that are well curated. The items usually correspond really well with the theme and I’ve gotten some items from this box that I rarely see in subscription boxes–like a coloring book and ceramic tasting spoons!

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Yonala Summer Swimsuit Cover Up | $8.89
Really love this item! On the left is the picture pulled from the Amazon site, and on the right is a close up of the pattern and fabric. This seems to be the summer of cover ups! POPSUGAR, Rachel Zoe, and even the POPSUGAR Limited Edition CFDA box all had cover ups in them. The good news is that none of them are alike, so if you subscribed to all 4 boxes you still have 4 totally different looks. I love the pattern of this one and the easy styling options. It’s thin and easy to pack, and doesn’t wrinkle easily. Perfect for tossing into a beach bag and not worrying about it. I’ll never understand expensive dry clean only silk cover ups. I would be so nervous to bring that to the beach with me!

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Jaclyn Smith Sunglasses | $12.99 (on sale for $9.74)
I was surprised to see sunglasses, since we already got the cover up as a fashion accessory this month. But it’s a pleasant surprise, seeing as how I can always use cheap pairs in my car and in my beach bag. I’ve gotten my car broken into once and lost my favorite pair of designer sunglasses that way. So now I never leave my nice sunglasses in the car. But as a result of that, sometimes I forget to bring a pair with me and as I’m driving with the sun in my eyes I’m kicking myself. I try to keep cheap pairs in the glove box so if I always have a back up. This will be perfect for that.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Subscribers received different styles, and I’m happy with the one I got. I don’t really like the detailing on the side, but the frame fits my face shape nicely and my nose can actually hold the glasses up. Any other Asian ladies out there with super flat noses know what I’m talking about.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

On Island Time Beach Tumbler Mug | $6.00 (?)
I’ve seen several variations of these plastic tumblers that subscribers received, but I’m pleased with mine. I like that it has a handle, unlike some of the other designs I saw. I’m guesstimating on price based on similar products that I have seen at Target. This actually kind of looks like a design you would see from Target, right? I mean that as a compliment too, since Target is my happy place.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Starfish Project Francina Earrings | $17.99
At first I was sort of disappointed in the earrings that I got, since they aren’t my style at all. But then I read the back of the card and learned more about what Starfish Project is, and I’m glad to have had the chance to support them through Peaches and Petals. They’re a nonprofit that provides employment and support to women who have suffered through human trafficking. They provide housing, counseling, health care, training, and careers. Knowing all this, I will be gifting this pair and purchasing a new pair from their website for myself.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

On the back of the card is a personal story about one woman who was helped through the Starfish Project. It’s such a great cause and I really support the work that they are doing. Plus they have some super cute styles! I wish that we had received a more “beachy” style though. Going through their online catalogue, they have lots of summer looks that would have fit the theme of this box more.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Alterna Stylist Ocean Waves Hair Spray | $5.00 (?)
More sea salt spray! Subscription boxes are really piling this on this season! I have so many different ones to try now. This seems to be the older packaging and is also a travel size or deluxe sample size. I know the Alterna brand and I’ve had some of their products in the past, so I’m pleased to try the spray from them. I’m also happy that this is a small product and not the full 4 oz version. I would never be able to finish it if it were any larger!

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Floating Circus Bag Tags | $10.95
This is the “beachy surprise” that varies from subscriber to subscriber. Some other people got a little makeup bag. These are definitely different and unlike anything I’ve gotten from a subscription box before, though I’m not sure if they’re for me. I prefer plastic or leather luggage tags that are more plain. These tags feel sturdy and hefty, though I feel like they wouldn’t hold up well if they got bumped around. The choice of using wood feels odd because it could easily break. The size is also so large and bulky that I think it would really get in the way.

Peaches and Petals June 2016 Review plus Promo Codes

Overall it was a solid box. Not my favorite, but not bad either. I think it would have been great if the earrings were a different style, but I do appreciate discovering Starfish Project and think that it was great for Peaches and Petals to partner with them. Hoping to see more of their stuff in future boxes, or similar nonprofits!

The value is sort of hard to estimate since a lot of the prices were guesses, but I think it’s around $61.82 for this box. Officially the highest I’ve seen yet! Over triple the cost of the box. I think the mix of lifestyle/home goods with fashion makes this a unique box. They seem to take more risks in sending out some more interesting items. Like I said earlier, I’ve gotten things from this subscription that I have not seen in any other boxes. The themes are also really fun and less generic than some of the bigger subscription companies out there (looking at you, POPSUGAR!).

Next month the theme will be “Dance to the Music”. Each box will receive a Boombotix Boombot Mini bluetooth portable speaker! Wonder what else will be included? I’m thinking maybe a music festival/boho sort of fashion piece, or maybe those gold temporary tattoos that are really popular.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

After the drama from last month’s Glossybox, I was really interested to see what kind of box we would all be receiving. Since I seem to always be one of the last people to receive my box, I get to see what everyone else got in their boxes and get an idea about the different variations that are sent out. I’m happy to report that I got the combination I wanted! Also, the variations didn’t have such a huge price difference this month, which is always a good sign.

Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price. I certainly would not be shelling out the full $21/month for this subscription.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Box looked more substantial this month! The sizes seemed a bit bigger than what the past couple months have been.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

RITUALS Cosmetics Shower Foam in Zensation | $3.75
Very pleased to see a RITUALS item in this box. I love this brand! It feels very luxurious yet is reasonably priced. I usually buy a few of the shower gels from Barney’s when they have the gift with purchase beauty events. This shower gel turns into a soft foamy texture when you use it, and is very gentle on the skin. It also smells absolutely divine! At $12 for the full size (which lasts forever, by the way), it’s a nice little treat that doesn’t break the bank. I’m glad to have a travel sized one now, thanks to Glossybox.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Talika Photo-Hydra Day | $39.50
Yay for more French beauty items! I do enjoy discovering European brands through Glossybox and think that is currently their most interesting selling point. This is a lightweight gel moisturizer and I’m surprised by how much I like it. I usually don’t like gel moisturizers, but this one is so lightweight and works really well with my skin. My face feels moisturized and soft, but there wasn’t any shininess that I had to cover up with powder. I’m glad we got such a large bottle to play around with. If my skin doesn’t react poorly after this tube, I will probably purchase more.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme | $8.50
This was the item I was hoping to get, so I was really happy when I saw this in my box! Usually my main issue with Estee Lauder products is the heavy fragrance used in many of the creams. This moisturizer has a light fragrance that I found quite refreshing, and it definitely gave my skin a great boost of moisture when I used it overnight.

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The cream has a thick texture and feels like it’s going to be heavy, but it actually absorbs really quickly and well. I would only use it as a night moisturizer though, since I think it would be hard to apply makeup on top of the moisturizer.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Benefit Roller Lash | $8.00
As much as I like this mascara, I’m not excited about this sample at all. It feels similar to when we got a sample of Benefit’s POREfessional a couple months ago–I love the product, but the sample is so easy to obtain. Sephora gave these mini mascaras out for free when the product first went on the market, and I’ve gotten several of them within the past year. I just feels boring and old to get another roller lash mascara sample from a box that is supposed to be “luxe” and “full sized”. With all that being said, I do like this mascara. It doesn’t provide much volume for me, but it gives great curl and length. I like to layer it with my current favorite, Armani’s Eyes To Kill.

Glossybox May 2016 Review

NIOXIN System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner | $10.00
I’m a bit confused about these products, since it’s not entirely clear if this is meant for people who are currently worried about thinning hair but still have normal hair, or if it’s meant for people who are already dealing with thinning hair. Either way, I don’t think I really fall into either category. If anything, my hair is too thick! I was hoping it would maybe provide a lot of volume, since my hair is thick but tends to lie flat (or get really frizzy). Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver any additional volume. The cleanser claims to “help remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residues from the scalp skin”, thus stimulating more hair growth in the future. Not sure how effective this is, but it’s just not a product I’m that interested in.

 

Glossybox May 2016 Review

Overall, it was a decent box. I found a moisturizer that I really like, and got travel sized versions of two products I already use. The value comes out to $69.75, which is more than triple the cost of the box.

My main issue with this subscription is the same thing I’ve been talking about for months now: it doesn’t feel exciting. Some of the products that Glossybox sends are items that have already been featured in boxes before, so there isn’t a sense of discovery. With so many other beauty subscription boxes out there, I feel like Glossybox can’t really claim to be a “luxury” box or a “full sized” box. Not a single item I got in my May box was full sized! Glossybox also sends out variations for their boxes but does not take your profile into account, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be getting the products that match with your interests/lifestyle/skin tone. Everyone got the same shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair, even though that’s a vey specific concern. It just feels odd to send it to everyone!

The one thing I really do enjoy about Glossybox is the inclusion of international brands. It’s fun to get European products and I think they’re the only beauty box that consistently offers brands from Europe month after month. Despite that,  I don’t see myself resubscribing when my year is up. And definitely not for the full price.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Up for review today is my Glossybox, which I received a few days ago. There was some drama and general unhappiness with the contents of the April box (more on that later), so I was relieved to see that I got lucky and received one of the better options. Glossybox has no idea that I blog and my subscription account isn’t tied to this blog at all. I actually got an annual subscription at a huge discount through Gilt, so I know I did not receive this box because of my blog.

Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

I always like to mention that Glossybox has really cute packaging. I always love to reuse the boxes for storage or gifting, and I appreciate their attention to detail when they’re packing the boxes. The ribbon is always a nice touch.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

This is the box variation that I received. Some subscribers did not get the Norell perfume, but instead got a Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Hair Spray. The perfume retails for around $11.25 and is sold at stores like Neiman Marcus, while the sea salt spray retails for around $3.00 and can easily be found at Walmart. A lot of subscribers were rightfully upset, but as far as I know, Glossybox hasn’t done anything about it. It’s something to be aware of if you’re interested in subscribing: not everyone gets the same box, and not everyone gets the same value in a box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask | $18.00
I’m always excited to try new face masks! This one is a gel formula, so you won’t feel the mask dry and tighten your skin. If you’ve ever tried GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud (the blue bottle one), it’s kind of similar. It’s very hydrating and designed for sensitive skin, so if regular mud masks are too harsh for you this would be a good one to try. The tube is quite large, so I’ll get plenty of uses out of it.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Nail Polish in Pillow Talk | $16.00
Usually I shy away from bright colors, but this is a great pedicure color for summer! I’m unfamiliar with this brand, but so far I like the formula. It leaves a glossy finish and the color is very opaque. I only needed one coat for great color! It applied smoothly and after 3 days I haven’t had any chips yet. Glad to have discovered this brand!

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Biossance The Nourisher | $9.60
Even though I don’t like face oil and tend to use oils only for cleansing, this one is really lightweight and absorbs well. Unlike some oils that I have tried, I don’t end up with a greasy feeling and I haven’t even noticed any residue left on my pillow when I use it at night. A little goes a long way, so even though the sample is pretty small I still anticipate using it for at least 2 weeks.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Studio 10 Brow Life Perfecting Liner | $20.00
Yay, a full sized brow liner! It’s double ended so it also has a highlighter, which is nice for definition. I did find it a little odd that Glossybox sent out a full sized brow liner without checking to see what people had in their beauty profiles. I can imagine quite a few subscribers aren’t able to use the shade that was sent out. Luckily for me, it works well with my natural hair color and I like the precision of the liner. But I would be pretty disappointed if this were too dark or too light, since it’s a pretty big chunk of the value of the overall box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Norell New York Perfume | $11.25
Ah, the problematic perfume. I know a lot of people were really excited to get this in their boxes, since the bottle is super cute and the full sized scent is pretty pricey. My friend who also subscribes to Glossybox got a sea salt spray in her box in lieu of the perfume and she was so disappointed, so I’m going to give her my perfume. I have too much fragrance anyways. I didn’t open it, but based on the description on Neiman Marcus, it’s a very fresh and floral scent.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Honestly, if I did not know about the discrepancy between boxes, I would have been very happy with Glossybox this month. I really liked the items that I received and there were 2 full sized products, both of which were great for me. The value comes out to $74.85, which is pretty good.

But unfortunately, I’ve been hearing a lot about disappointed customers who got boxes with the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray. If I had gotten that box, I would be so upset. I have not had any luck with any Not Your Mother’s brand products, and they have such a low retail value. I always see their items for sale at Target and Walmart, and it seems incredibly out of place for a “luxe” sample box. To add insult to injury, the exact same item was included in a Target Beauty Box recently, and that box only sells for $5. Seriously, five dollars.

So my verdict on Glossybox: it’s a gamble, and definitely not a good choice if you’re looking for value. Plenty of other boxes out there offer better value for the money (Birchbox, Allure Beauty Box, Target Box, Boxycharm, etc.) and Glossybox isn’t featuring as many luxury brands as they advertise. It seems pretty risky to subscribe to Glossybox even after spoilers come out, since the boxes vary in content. Some people subscribed after the spoilers for April came out because they wanted the perfume, and were left disappointed with the sea salt spray. I’m locked in for a full year, but I know I won’t be resubscribing once the year is up.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

With rain still hitting Houston pretty hard, I have plenty of time to enjoy all my subscription box goodies! One of the plus sides of being a secret subscription box hoarder is having lots of products to try on a rainy day like this.

Birchbox is $10/month (less if you sign up for a longer subscription), and it’s the original beauty subscription box. I think my favorite part about Birchbox is that they have an amazing point system. Every 100 points is worth $10 in the shop, and you get 10 points for each sample you review from your box. So you’re basically guaranteed to get at least $5 worth of store credit from each box, making the subscription an amazing deal.

Each month you get 5 samples based on your profile, and you can choose one of the samples from a short list that they released the previous month. It’s usually an option between 3 or 4 samples, and you can log into your account to add one to your box. You can also opt to be surprised for all 5 samples, or go for a curated box. Curated boxes will list all the contents so you won’t be surprised, and are usually curated by a guest or with a partnership around a theme.

Promo code alert: Use coupon code RIFLEBOOKS to get two free pocket notebooks from Rifle Paper Co. with your first month of Birchbox!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Rifle Paper Co. designed the boxes for April, which made me so happy. Who doesn’t love Rifle Paper Co. floral prints? I still have the box from last year’s collaboration and use it to store stationery now! This month I went with the curated box: Effortlessly Elegant. Feel free to use my 20% off code at Rifle Paper, by the way! It’s a unique code: 3EM-07J. First come first serve!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution | $3.57
I can always use more travel friendly makeup remover, so I was happy to sample this. What I really love about this remover is that it is oil free, but still easily takes off eye makeup without tugging. I love cleansing oils, but lately I’ve been trying out lash extensions and you can’t use any oil based cleansers with them. If anyone out there is searching for a great makeup remover that is safe for lash extensions, this is the one! It removed my liner and eye shadow perfectly. If I continue using extensions, I’ll be grabbing a full size version of this.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues | $6.36
Blush is one of those things that lasts me a super long time, so a sample like this means I won’t have to buy any blush any time soon. I can’t remember the last time (if ever?) I actually hit the pan of a blush. Even though this shade is brighter than the others in this line, it works well with my complexion. The pigment isn’t too strong and it’s mixed with highlighter, so you can build for a bold look or just do a light dusting for a soft glow.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray | $4.90
I’m overloaded with hair products right now, so this will probably be given away to a friend. I tried it once after showering and it did give me a little boost in volume, but nothing that made me want to buy the full size product. It does smells amazing though!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Tocca Crema de Mano in Giulietta | $5.00
Hand cream is another thing I have plenty of, but since Tocca fragrances always smell so good I can’t say no to another one! Giulietta is a light and fruity fragrance that has notes of pink tulips and green apple. I have sampled plenty of Tocca lotions in the past, so I know this hand cream is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly. I like to keep them in my purse and on my desk, especially in the winter.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream | $6.00
I was really excited to try this because it sounds so intriguing, but I’m disappointed in the small sample size. I feel like for things like skincare it’s really important to get a larger sample because you won’t be able to see results or get a good feel for a product without extended use. As for this “contour” cream itself, I was a bit confused. I applied it at night and while it moisturized my face and absorbed well, that was pretty much the only thing it did.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Overall my box is alright. I really loved the makeup remover and the blush, but everything else was pretty unexciting. The total value comes to $25.83, which is decent. I think I definitely got my money’s worth with just the remover and the blush, since I also got my $5 worth of points from reviewing all my samples.

Next month’s sample options:

Or choose the curated box, which comes with

What do you think? I’m really tempted by the COOLA White Tea Moisturizer but I also really want the curated box! The Davines Shampoo and Benefit Hoola are both great products that I would love travel sized versions of.