YogaClub Review & Coupon

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*Image from YogaClub’s Facebook

If you’re like me you probably have to bribe yourself in order to build and maintain healthy habits. It’s March so I’m still trying to bribe myself to maintain an exercise routine.

Recently, I started practicing Yoga with Adriene (YWA). I’ve tried other yoga practices and couldn’t stay motivated. The practices I tried were so focused on form and swiftly moving from pose to pose. Adriene makes Yoga accessible to anyone and everyone by encouraging you to “Find What Feels Good” to make the practice your own. In January, I completed the “Dedicate” daily Yoga challenge. I could not believe how strong I felt after the first week.

While I would love to tell you all of the reasons I love YWA this post is actually about Yoga Club.

I’m a subscription box addict and I REALLY wanted to try a clothing box. I struggle when it comes to buying pieces to create the perfect outfit. After looking at a ton of clothing boxes I stumbled upon Yoga Club.

Yoga Club gives you the opportunity to try high-quality brands at a fraction of the cost. I buy all of my workout clothes at Target and TJ Maxx. While I love finding great deals and buying really inexpensive clothes I am so tired of my faded and holey yoga pants.

It is SO important to remind ourselves that we are worth pampering!

Yoga Club is a subscription that provides you with a curated box of premium yoga clothes based on your style preferences. There are three subscriptions levels:

  • Mantra ($49) – One pair of premium leggings
  • Karma  ($69) – Two-piece premium outfit
  • Guru     ($79) – Three-piece premium outfit

You can choose a delivery frequency of either monthly, bi-monthly, or every 3 months. You have the flexibility to skip a box or cancel at any time.

One of the things I love about Yoga Club is that they partnered with “LA’s BEST, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, to teach yoga and meditation to elementary school children in their after school enrichment programs in some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable neighborhoods” for every box sold.

My favorite thing about Yoga Club is you have the opportunity to receive your curated outfit for as low as $19/month. When you refer a friend they receive $10 off their monthly membership and you receive $10 off of yours.

If you’re interested in trying Yoga Club please consider using my referral link.

My first Guru box consisted of a sports bra, shirt, and leggings. The total MSRP for my box was $204. Two of the three items in my box are still available on the retailer’s website (linked below). Personally, I would never pay the MSRP price for any of the items I received. I didn’t have to pay full price for these items because of my subscription – my current bimonthly rate is $59. I believe that $59 is a fair price to pay for three high-quality items.

TLF: Bound Bra – $52

This bra is so comfortable and really cute. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I signed up.
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Unfortunately, the material is not very thick so I will probably only wear this bra at home. I’ve worn it for one yoga practice thus far and the straps were a little distracting because they kept shifting. I didn’t love the color at first but it’s growing on me. The whole point of trying this box is to encourage myself to step outside of my comfort zone.

Vie Active: Alia Twist Back Top, Ivory – $60

Again, this top is really cute and exactly what I was hoping for when I signed up. The material is so soft and flowy. The open back goes perfectly with my new sports bra.

Vie Active: Rockell 7/8 Legging, Twilight Ombre – $92

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Wait for it – these leggings were exactly what I was hoping for when I signed up. I love the material, the thickness, and the color. These are a little tighter than I was expecting so I will need to adjust my style/size preferences before my next box ships. At this point, I am not planning to exchange them. If I decided to exchange anything I will be sure to cover that in my next post.

I can’t speak to how well your boxes adapt to your style preferences over time because this is the first box I received. Please use my referral link if you’re considering signing up. It will allow me to purchase more boxes and continue posting honest reviews of the products I receive.

Lola – Ultra Thin Liners

You may or may not have read my original post about Lola when I decided to try their tampons. (FYI – if the word tampon bothers you then this is not a post for you). In that post, I explained the amazing deal I got by combining a “two boxes for the price of one” offer with a friends referral code.

My second post about Lola came two months later where I discussed how I liked the tampons and decided to keep my subscription.

This review (a year after my first post) is about the new Ultra Thin Liners that Lola offers. Spoiler alert: I LOVE them!

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I’ve also written about the Target Cartwheel app and since then gotten a Target RedCard. I’m a Target fanatic which is why in the past I decide to try the Up&Up brand liners. You can almost always get 5% off of Target brand items using cartwheel and my RedCard lets me get 5% off of everthing.

Surprise! The Target brand liners were awful. They’re the kind that doesn’t stay put and ends up getting bunched or sticking to your skin.

Anyway – after straying from my go-to Carefree Body Shape liners that I use every single day I didn’t want to try anything else. Until I got an email from Lola about their new liners and decided to look into it.

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I love that their liners have edge to edge adhesive which ensures that they’ll stay put throughout the day! They’re also made of 100% natural organic cotton so they’re breathable. Yes – these probably cost more then your go-to liner but they’re absolutely worth trying.

Not to mention Lola was started by two women who met in grad school and had a crazy idea to change this industry. I’m trying more and more to support people like them instead of big corporations!

If you’re interested in giving this product, or any Lola product a try PLEASE use my referral code kbailey6. You’ll get $5 off and I’ll get a $5 credit added to my account so I can keep trying Lola products and updating you all!

Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzy Vs. Lush Yoga Bomb

Last week Bath & Body Works came out with a new line of Bath Fizzys! Which is fantastic because a trip to Lush for their Bath Bombs isn’t convenient for me.

I went to B&BW a few days after they came out and picked up four bath fizzys.

Currently the B&BW bath fizzys retail for $6.50 and are available in 5 scents: A Thousand Wishes, Beautiful Day, Sweet Pea, Moonlight Path, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Warm Sugar Vanilla. Bath & Body Works also has 3 bath fizzys wrapped to look like candy in their seasonal scents: Twisted Peppermint, Vanilla Bean Noel, & Winter Candy Apple.

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I didn’t purchase any of these as I was shopping for a friend who prefers bath “bombs”.

As some of you may already know – Lush is known for their “handmade, 100% vegetarian, ethical buying, naked packaged products which allows for the freshest cosmetics without any animal testing.” I love Lush products but I live about an hour away from the closest store. The creation of bath fizzys at B&BW means that I can have bath bombs any time I want AND I can use their coupons to get a better deal.

Here are the differences that I notice between the Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzy and Lush’s Bath Bombs on first glance:

  • The B&BW bath fizzys are much smaller at 4.6oz than most of Lush’s bath bombs.
  • The B&BW bath fizzys are wrapped in plastic.
    • While Lush bath bombs are placed in 100% recyclable bags.
  • The B&BW bath fizzys smell exactly like the lotions and shower gels that we all know and love.
    • While Lush bath bombs are made from various natural ingredients and essential oils which makes each one smell unique.
  • I was unable to find the B&BW ingredients online and had to physically look at the bath fizzy package to read the ingredients.
    • While Lush ingredients are available on their website with clickable links to “Lushopedia” where you can read what other products have the same ingredients.

Let’s see how the pricing and ingredients of the two products that I will be testing stack up.

  • B&BW Sweet Pea Bath Fizzy
    • Pricing: $6.50 for 4.60z or ~$1.41 an oz
      • BUT – you can use coupons at B&BW
    • Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda – makes the fizz), Citric Acid (occurs naturally in citrus fruits), Maltodextrin (food additive), Canola Oil (canola, huile de colza), PEG-180 (used as a binder and a solvent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance (Perfum) (catch-all for a companies formula), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (floral smell), Linalool (occurs naturally in many essential oils), Benzyl Salicylate (floral fragrance additive and UV light absorber), Amyl Cinnamal (floral smell suggestive of jasmine), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance ingredient), Citronellol (a natural acyclic monoterpenoid?), Red 33 (CI 17200).
  • Lush Yoga Bomb
    • Pricing: $7.95 for 6.3oz or ~$1.26 an oz
      • Lush never has coupons.
    • Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda – makes the fizz), Citric Acid (occurs naturally in citrus fruits), Fragrance (catch-all for a companies formula), Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana), Olibanum Oil (Boswella Carterii), Ho Wood Oil (Cinnamomum Camphora), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent), Lauryl Betaine (synthetic vegetable derived liquid), Benzyl Benzoate (solvent and preservative), Eugenol (essential oil from cloves), *Limonene , *Linalool , Snowflake Lustre; Frosty Holly and Gold Glimmer Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate (anti-caking agent), Titanium Dioxide ?, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (bulking agent), Iron Oxides (may make the color), Silica) , Red 28 , Blue 1 , Yellow 6 . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Both of these have a TON of ingredients. But honestly – most people aren’t reading the ingredient labels before they hop into the bath. This section was include for those of you who prefer to know whats in the products you are using.

Now for the fun part:

Test 1 – Bath & Body Works, Sweet Pea Bath Fizzy

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How was the Bath & Body Works bath fizzy? First of all, it was so difficult to get the packaging off! Make sure to open this up with scissors before you get into the tub. Or else you’ll end up like me having to bite the packaging off with your teeth which leaves a very gross taste  in your mouth.When I dropped the bath fizzy into the tub it sunk right to the bottom and lasted for about a minute and a half. I stayed in the tub for about 20 minutes and my skin felt pruney. While I didn’t smell much Sweet Pea while I was in the tub the scent was still on my skin even after I rinsed off in the shower. I took a video to post – but since I do not have a premium wordpress account you can watch it here.

Test 2 – Lush Yoga Bomb

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How was the Lush Yoga Bath Bomb? First of all it smelled fantastic and took at least 15 minutes for the bath bomb to fully dissolve. The bath bomb started off fizzing and the tub became a bright orange color.

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Then the center started to disappear and there were green and purple colors coming out of the bath bomb. At this point I realized that I was sitting in a tub full of glitter. But some how there isn’t any glitter left on me. I asked my boyfriend to see if the tub was stained orange, green, or purple and he responded by telling me it was covered in glitter. Ooops!

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Wondering how you can get an awesome ring in your tub? All of the credit goes to shampoo that claims to dye your hair 😉

But guess what! Using this bath bomb was fun and relaxing. Except for the icky gray color the water turned into once all of the colors had come out of the bath bomb. If you would like to see a video of this bath bomb click here.

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At the end of the day – I would purchase a Lush bath bomb over a Bath & Body Works bath fizzy every time. BUT, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run out and try one for yourself. Bath & Body Works lets you use coupons which means you can save a bunch of money when buying these for yourself or your friends. I love Bath & Body Works products and they are the first place that I go for foaming hand soap, lotion, and even candles. But let’s leave the bath bombs to the experts at Lush.

***Bath and Body Works now offers a 4 pack of mini aromatherapy stress relief bath bombs!

Target November Beauty Box

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This month’s Target Beauty box is a $38.00 value. Here’s what is inside:

  • L’Oréal Advanced HairCare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo – $3.79 for 12.6oz
    “This rich formula permeates and expands every strand to make hair look and feel twice as thick.”
  • Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream – $24.99 for 1.7oz
    “Alpine rose stem cells, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera nourish, tighten and revive skin on a cellular level.”
  • HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner – $1.99
    “Moisture-rich ingredients work to repair damaged, over-processed hair while helping reduce breakage and static.”
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask – $25 for 5 masks
    “A non-slip sheet mask infused with hydro-ionized mineral water that delivers intense moisture while soothing skin.”

    • I keep getting Laneige brand Water Bank products and I just don’t like them! – BUT, I gave this mask a try as soon as I got my box. It’s a weird two-part mask that covers your entire face. It was way too big and it felt gross when I took it out of the package. I looked at the directions and saw that it was supposed to stay on for 30 minutes and thought there was no way I could keep it on. Surprisingly I kept it on my face for the full 30 minutes and I almost forgot it was there. While I’m pretty sure that it didn’t do anything for my skin it was kind of neat! Overall I would not buy this product.
  • W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick – $23.99 for full size
    “This illuminating cream creates an instant glow with premium natural ingredients and organic botanicals.”
  • L’Oréal Voluminous Primer – $5.99
    “A lightweight primer that enhances mascara, helping it go on smoothly for visibly longer, thicker lashes.”
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner – $5.99
    “A retractable, waterproof pencil (with a built-in sharpener) that keeps lines neat all day long.”

    • I realllly like these! They’re so easy to apply and come in so many colors.

I bought this box because I really wanted to try the W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick, Andalou Day Cream and I can’t resist another eyeliner.

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.

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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.

 

 

Birchbox Subscription

I started my Birchbox subscription in June. So far I’ve received two boxes and my August box should be arriving soon.

I’m planning to post about the products I receive and then a follow-up post reviewing those products. I am by no means an expert on beauty products.

The Birchbox subscription for women is only $10 a month and you receive 5 items. The items are almost always sample sized. I like this subscription because it gives me the opportunity to try new products that I otherwise would have overlooked.

If you’re interested in going on this journey with me follow this link & sign up for your own Birchbox subscription.

 

Target August Beauty Box

Yay! The new Target beauty box is out for August. It’s called the “Back to College” box and it has everything you need to make the transition back to school easier. For $7.00 this box is a $32 value.

Don’t get discouraged if it says “item not buyable” when you try to purchase it. I had to click on and off of the page about five times before I could get it to work. They’re so popular that everyone is trying to buy them at once!

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Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • up & up™ Women’s 5-Blade Razor $10.39 for a pack of 5
    Combines coated blades and lubricating moisture strips with botanical oils to glide over your skin for a close, smooth shave.

    • I love to keep extra disposable razors around for vacations. I read a few reviews that said these were terrible but when you’re at the beach and really need to shave your legs you’ll be glad you have this free razor stuffed in your bag.

 

  • Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner – Coconut Full size $9.99 for each
    Achieve hydrated hair that’s less prone to breakage with a repairing blend of coconut, soy protein, borage seed oil, and aloe.

    • A 10oz shampoo or conditioner retails for $9.99 each. I’ve heard that this product smells great and makes your hair really soft.

 

  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask 70ml for $24.00
    Recharge dehydrated skin while you sleep with ionized mineral water combined with aromatic Sleepscent to promote deep sleep.

    • I’m not big on “water” lotions, cremes, and masks. But I have very dry skin in the summer so I’m willing to try anything that will hydrate my skin.

 

 

  • Olay Make-up Remover Wipes – 25ct for $4.99
    Made for everyday use, these fragrance-free makeup remover wipes clear your face of dirt, oil, and makeup—even waterproof mascara.

 

  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant – Full size $7.39
    With 2 times the sweat protection of regular antiperspirant, it absorbs odor while releasing a scent to keep you smelling clean and feeling dry.

    • I absolutely love this deoderant. No I do not sweat very much but when I do I have to be wearing this. It smells great and I feel confident in it all day.

 

  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara – Black – Full size $6.99
    Create a 360° cat eye with a sculpting brush that sweeps lashes up and out for lush voluminous lashes that won’t smudge or smear.

    • I’m currently collecting all of the mascara that I can in search of the perfect one. This adds one more to my collection!

 

  • Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips – $35.99 for 20 treatments
    Delivering professional-level results, these teeth-whitening strips remove 14 years of teeth stains to give you a whiter smile.

    • Forget what you know about whitening strips because when Crest created these they got rid of all of the frustration. I ordered these back in April and while they don’t exactly whiten evenly they will whiten your teeth. Better yet when you put them on your teeth they will stay put! Unlike the original white strips which moved around constantly.