Lola Subscription Review

So I’ve tried Lola for two months and I haven’t cancelled my subscription. To see my original post about Lola please click here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.26.36 AM.jpgOriginally I signed up for a 2 box subscription where each box has 18 tampons. You can customize how many light, regular, and super tampons comes in each box. They cost $18 for two boxes (36 tampons) or $9 for one box of 18 tampons. They are still running the promotion where you can sign up for a two box subscription for just $9. If you use my referral code KBAILEY6 you can get $5 off your first order.

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REVIEW:

I typically use Tampax Pearl. I’ve always preferred using a higher absorbency because I hate having to change them frequently.

I found that the Lola tampon was a little more difficult to put in because the applicator doesn’t open and compress as smoothly as Tampax Pearl. However, this really wasn’t a problem and it is made of plastic which I prefer.

I was very worried that these — or really any brand other than Tampax Pearl would leak. I did not have the problem at all except of course when you should have changed it sooner. You know the times when you go to the bathroom and think you should change it but you don’t? That’s when you’ll have a problem with the Lola tampons.

I have recommended these to my friends and family and I haven’t had any issues with them If I do I will return to update this post. Honestly, I’m waiting for them to come out with pads as well! Overall, I am really glad to have found such a responsible brand that cares about what we put in our bodies. I will continue using Lola and if you want to give them a try as well use my referral code: KBAILEY6.

The best offer you can get is to sign up for a 2 box subscription (with the lowest monthly frequency). Your first order will only be $9. But with my referral code, you can save $5 bringing your total to $4. Then after you receive your first shipment change the number of boxes you receive down to 1.

 

 

Target September Beauty Box

For someone who is just starting to explore make-up, these beauty boxes are a no brainer! This box is nearly a $40 value for just $10.

I’ve tried the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream before and I wasn’t that fond of it.  I am trying to stock up on different kinds of lipsticks and I absolutely love S.W. Basics but their products are so expensive. My advice is that if there are three or four products within a Target Beauty Box that you are interested in trying that you should go ahead and buy it!Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.01.16 AM.jpg

  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara – Full Size $7.49
    • Get over-the-top lashes for a glammed-up look with cup-shaped bristles that lift your lashes to new heights.
  • EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner – Full Size $8.59
    • Strengthen and restore your hair’s natural beauty with an all-natural deep conditioner for all textures and hair types.
  • Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser – Full Size $5.99
    • An everyday liquid cleanser that deep cleans and exfoliates dirt and oil from pores, leaving skin clean, soft and smooth.
  • S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm – Full Size – 4 pack is $15.19
    • All-organic beeswax, extra-virgin coconut oil and fair trade cocoa butter work together to soak and heal dry, cracked lips without leaving a sticky residue.
  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream – Full Size $32.00
    • Skin-perfecting, hydro-ionized mineral water infused with 6 essential minerals to give your skin 24 hours of continuous hydration.
  • OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo OR Conditioner -$5.79 each
    • Shampoo: A deliciously creamy and nourishing blend infused with coconut milk, whipped egg protein’s and coconut oils to help strengthen and hydrate your hair.
    • Conditioner: A hydrating formula that softens and conditions your hair with a special blend of coconut milk, egg white protein’s and coconut oils
  • Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick – Full Size $6.99
    • All-in-one lipstick with the perfect balance of high-impact color, moisture, all-day comfort and staying power.

 

Click here to go to the Target September Beauty Box page

 

Tangy & Sweet Sangria

This recipe is a bit more complicated than my go to Sangria which is a better choice if you’re on a diet or trying to avoid a lot of sugar.  This one is very sweet and in my opinion pretty damn good.

For this recipe all you have to do is mix all of the ingredients below:

  • 6 cups of ice
  • 6 ounces of light rum
  • 750 ml of Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 oz peach schnapps
  • 3 oz sour apple liqueur
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sprite
  • 3/4 cup carbonated water

Stir it all together and throw these sliced fruits on top:

  • 1 green apple (cored and sliced)
  • 1 red apple (cored and sliced)
  • 1 peach (sliced)

My go to Sangria!

This is my go to Sangria. It’s so simple and always requested at any summer party that I attend. I typically make one or two batches before I arrive. While I’m there I will make one or two more batches right in the host’s kitchen using ingredients from their home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 orange (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red or white wine, chilled
  • 1-2 cups carbonated water, chilled (I usually choose between 1 or 2 cups depending on how many people I’m serving. Two cups makes it last longer 😉
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (More if I want to make it stronger so people will ask for less refills)
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Juice half of an orange and half of a lemon into your pitcher. Then cut off all four ends.
  2. For the syrup, add sugar and water to a saucepan and place the four fruit ends face down in the pan. Bring this mixture to a boil stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove that from heat and let it cool. (this is the part where I get impatient and usually put the hot mixture into my sangria pitcher) Once cool, Squeeze remaining juice from the cooked fruit into the syrup.
  4. In a pitcher combine syrup, wine, carbonated water, and brandy. Stir the mixture together and top with fruit slices.
  5. Serve in wine glasses over ice. For garnish – cut the remaining halves of lemon and orange into small slices then cut in half. Place in glass over Sangria.

Birchbox Man

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I really enjoy my Birchboxes. What’s better? They are always running awesome promotions. I’ve considered signing up for Birchbox Man before knowing that mine would not be pleased that I’m spending money on it.

A monthly Birchbox man subscription is $20/month. The promotion that they are running gives you 121 points when you sign up and use the code “TEAMUSA“. It’s 121 points because that is the number of medals Team USA won at the Olympics.

This is a great deal because points can be used in the Birchbox store. 121 points values at $12.10. Typically you can earn 10 points by reviewing each product you receive.  For the women’s Birchbox that’s 50 possible points a month – one for each product.

I’ve already redeemed $10 worth of points since signing up for Birchbox in June!

If you’ve been considering a Birchbox Man subscription – now is the time! Essentially you’re trying it for only $7.90 instead of $20!

 

graze Subscription

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UPDATED 8/25 – Scroll to the bottom to see the awesome deal I found for Graze…

My mother and I will try anything once. I was flipping through my Rachel Ray magazine when I saw an insert for graze. I wasn’t interested in it. But, I always ask my mom if she is interested in something before I throw it away. Apparently, she had seen an ad for graze before and considered it.

So I went to the website and realized pretty quickly that this subscription is expensive and doesn’t seem to be very flexible. A graze box costs $11.99/week for 8 snacks. Knowing how many products I have laying around from Birchboxes, Sephora Play!, & Target Beauty Boxes I can’t imagine how many snacks we will have.

graze was created to help people find better alternatives when snacking. Some people have the subscription sent straight to their office to prevent them from hitting the vending machines when they get hungry. The best part is that their snacks are free of GMOs, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives

I love that graze allows you to tailor the snacks you receive to your own dietary preferences. I was able to rate a ton of snacks as “trash” “try” “like” and “love”. When you “trash” something, graze promises to never send it to you. When you “love” something, you’re more likely to receive it in your boxes. This rating gives graze an idea of your tastes while still allowing your snack box to be a complete surprise!

The cutoff time for changing your weekly subscription is (I assume) based on where you live in comparison to where they are shipping from. My cutoff time is at 5am on Wednesdays and our first box will arrive next week! I found a feature on their website where you can “snooze” a box for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks which will be nice because I really think a weekly subscription will be too much.

If you’re interested in taking this journey with me head over to graze and check it out. By following that link your first 4 snack sampler box will be free and if you keep the subscription long enough your 5th box will be free as well!

If you are like me – I am planning to keep my subscription until at least the 5th week and then I’ll decide if I’m keeping it from there. That means you only have to pay for 3 of the 5 boxes that you will receive.

Next week I’ll post about the snacks I received and what I think about my first graze box!

 UPDATE AS OF 8/25: So I was pretty excited to receive my first graze box and I felt good about the deal I received. Little did I know – Groupon has a FANTASTIC deal for graze right now. Unfortunately, to redeem this deal you have to be a new subscriber –> which I am but I had already set up an account. So I had to set up a new account with a different credit card in order to use this offer.

On Groupon you can get a 4-week subscription of graze for only $24.00 that’s a value of $47.96 ($11.99 weekly x 4 weeks). Until 8/27 there is an extra $4 off so you can get four weeks of graze for only $20.00. I couldn’t believe that I missed this deal when I first signed up so I will absolutely check Groupon every time I sign up for a subscription box from now on!

**If you plan to use this deal – do not click through my graze link because it will default you to my offer for friends that is explained above.

Sephora Play! May 2016

In case it wasn’t clear in my first post…I did not enjoy my Sephora Play! subscription and after this box I cancelled it. Out of the boxes I received, I felt like the products were not customized to my hair or skin type.

I was also kind of overwhelmed by the booklet that came with it. The booklet didn’t provide any kind of clarity for me and if I wanted advice on how to apply any of my products I would rather go online to find out.

The process to cancel the box was annoying because they force you to call them instead of allowing you to cancel it online. Luckily, the woman I spoke to on the phone was wonderful and once connected it was pretty easy to cancel.

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  • Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi – Full Size $26
    • This color was very bright which looks crazy with my pale skin. I like the formula of this lipstick but the sample size was difficult to apply.
  • Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – Full Size $26
    • This product smells good and it is a weekly conditioning mask for hair. I found it to be a little too heavy for my thick hair but it made it feel soft.
  • Tarte – Tartiest Lip Crayon in Latergram – Full Size $18
    • Tarte is a brand that I was very excited to try. I think I got the worst product. The sample size was so thin and it didn’t glide at all. It literally looked like I was coloring with a crayon. Think of how spotty crayons are when you push too hard and that is exactly what this was like.
  • Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial – $48
    • This is an overnight mask that is meant to brighten your skin. As a person with very sensitive skin, this made my face feel dry.
    • After two weeks of use – it’s no miracle cream. I already have soft skin and a fairly even skin tone which a lot of people have said this product is good for. This product smells likes roses – seriously it’s so strong I’m wondering where the rose garden is hiding and why my hair products can’t have a smell that lingers for so long. When you first apply the product it starts off smooth and creamy but then as you’re still applying it your fingers start to skid across your skin.
  • Atelier Cologne –Organe Sanguine – $70-$195
    • I actually liked the orange scent of this but it was so strong that it was nauseating almost immediately after opening  it.
  • Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks – $22-26
    • Maskimizer – mask primer itself is $22 and it was just a wet spray. I’m not sure that it primed anything.
    • Drink up overnight mask retails for $26
    • Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask is also $26