Penny + Grace – Affordable and Amazing

I don’t know how I found this subscription BUT I am so happy I did. I used this to replace Glamour Jewelry Box because I wasn’t too happy with the overall quality of the last box I got. This is actually more affordable than that box, coming in at $19.98 for three items. You can also choose which type of metal you want: gold, silver, and rose gold OR do a random selection (which is what I did).

It comes in this great outer bag which I love because it makes organization and storage so much easier! It doesn’t look like there is an info card so we are going to wing it.

For some reason, it looks like I got 4 items this month!! I love how the others come in their own individual bag – it makes it so much easier to store.

I hate that I didn’t even notice that tiny little speck of whatever on the bag. Typical

Item One: Passport Necklace

This is SUCH a cute little passport necklace. I love that this has such detail despite being small. The quality is definitely there and it is sooooo beautiful!

Item Two: Airplane Necklace with Mini Bling Details

Next, we have a second stunning necklace. I love that there seems to be a ‘travel’ theme. In this picture, you can also see the little tag at the clasping area of the necklace which has a P+G emblem. I love this little detail and it is on all of their pieces.

Item Three: Compass Bracelet

This also has amazing detail despite being small. It also features an adjustable chain to fit multiple wrist sizes!

Item Four: Bar Bracelet with Bling Detail

This is also similar to the previous bracelet! Just so stunning!

Let me show you the final lineup!

You can see the little emblem tags in this pic as well! Overall, I am STUNNED by the quality of each item and that you get this beautiful set for $20. I also love that there is a theme amongst all of the pieces. Like I said before, you can also choose the metal that you want AND it is so easy to change your choice. I am excited to see what comes next!!

Thanks for reading! Til next time!

The Biggest SCAM – Social Subscription Box

I don’t know when I became so gullible. Maybe it’s because I have the worst FOMO that I jump into things blind without thinking it through….but I got scammed….like BAD.

I found this on Instagram and their feed was not bad. It had items I wanted and it was $30/month which doesn’t seem unreasonable. But. It’s shit. And by that I don’t mean ‘the shit’. I mean every item was the biggest piece of garbage and I am embarrassed to even have to write this. I am not going to go into detail because it makes me mad even writing this BUT it will be evident when you look at the pictures.

This box promised ON TREND items. Take a look.

I could have gotten this at the Dollar Tree.

The smallest sample in the world for a $30 box.

We have no idea what the brand is but I could probably get this at a $5 jewelry sale.

Straight to the trash with this greasy ass nasty scrub.

ONE. FREAKING. PILLOW. CASE.

WHICH IS STAINED!……from the shit scrub.

There is nothing on trend about this box. I am SO mad at myself but I am sharing this because I don’t want anyone else to fall for this scam. If you look at their website (as of this post), it is not in business. So not only did they have this box, but they put everything out with poor quality and then went out of business. I reached out to customer service to let them know that my shit scrub leaked on my pillow case and asked if they could at least replace my ONE pillow case……they had some stupid ass reply and said they couldn’t do anything because they are terminating the business. Assholes.

Thanks for sharing in my misery! Til next time!

GlobeIn Tasting Unboxing

Today, I have a super exciting unboxing that I haven’t seen many people do (which is surprising because it’s amazing). Make sure to check out my video if you want to see my awesome awkwardness in action.

Ok, so as the title implies, we are looking into the GlobeIn Tasting box which was one of the themes for March. If you are unfamiliar with the subscription, let me tell you a little bit about it! This subscription features handmade, ethically sourced goods from around the world by amazing artisans. Each Artisan Box is filled with at least $70 in value and includes 4-5 handmade items by artists from around the world. The cost is $48 a month but there is a more ‘add-on’ type subscription if you are interested. Also, I have a referral link which will get you $30 off the Artisan Box if you’re interested.

I forgot to take a picture of the outer box

So as you can see, the box is a decent size (and if you can’t see, check out the video). I am going to go ahead and show you the two *free* glasses I got for signing up! They literally always have promos going on where you get free items like this.

Aren’t these just stunning?! They are SUCH amazing quality and beautiful. I cannot wait to add these to the collection I just ordered from add-ons.

We have the info booklet which tells you about the products and the artisans who made them. I am going to include all the information because I absolutely love it!!!!

First Item: Tasting Journal

Jot down your thoughts and comments on the flavors, origins, and tasting notes of new bottles and brands.

This is such a great thing to include in a tasting box. There are so many intricate details that go into different beers, wines, and teas. I love picking up on these notes but I have the worst memory so keeping track of what I like and why I like it is always a struggle. This give me one organized place to keep track of my thoughts! My whole family loves craft beers so this will be a great way to share and discuss with them.

Second Item: Handwoven Bottle Coaster

Dress your favorite 40-ounce bottle of beer, wine, or champagne to add a bit of festive-flare to any table top set-up.

We are always reaching for coasters in our house but we definitely don’t have anything so beautifully made or so large. I mean this can fit a biggggg bottle…..which means more drinking for me! It is nice and thick which means nothing will seep into the surface below which is important in keeping your furniture safe! I just love the colors and that it is handwoven.

Third Item: Hand-carved Flight Stand

Place your teal-rim Tasting Glasses on this stand, cleverly shaped as a wine bottle, for organization.

I have been wanting to get a flight for my home for a while now. My favorite thing when going to a new brewery is to try a bunch of what they have because I am always so indecisive. Now, I can make tasting at home a more fun experience! This could organize any kind of tasting with the cute glasses that are in here too.

Fourth Item: Tasting Glass Set in Teal

Sample new brands of beers and wines, or try out cocktail recipes on your friends.

I AM SO EXCITED!!!! These glasses are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. They are indented on the sides which helps for handling, they are thicker glass -the weight makes it feel unique and valuable, and I love the teal rim. I can see myself putting little toppings in this and of course I can see all kinds of beers, wines, and teas in here too. This is such a great thing to add to my current glassware.

Fifth Item: Bottle Opener Necklace

Wear as a necklace and surprise your friends with its hidden bottle-opening functionality!

There is nothing that says you’re classy like a handmade necklace that functions as a bottle opener. Seriously, look at how stunning this is!!! I am always reaching for random things to open bottles but this is something you can wear as jewelry and then whip out to pop tops. I just love that! Plus, the design is stunning.

Final Thoughts

Here is the final lineup of everything that I received and I am over the moon! Everything fits into the theme so well and is something I can see myself using frequently. I love seeing the artisan’s stories in the booklet and I love that there is support for artisans all over the world. The value is definitely there and each item is visibly high-quality. The functionality of each item is diverse: the glasses can be used for sampling food, beverages; the necklace can just be jewelry or a bottle opener; the coaster can hold any type of bottle or glass. I am just so happy with this!!!! Let me just show you a few more pictures of the items closeup.

There is even this tasty recipe!!!!!!

Thank you guys so so much for reading. Til next time!!

Birchbox March 2019

I did it again – I bought a new subscription because I saw you could get two free gifts. I am a sucker for free things and I don’t know why….like I am still buying something. They always get me. I can pretty much be talked into buying anything. Like literally. It’s a mix between me being too awkward to say no and also I am down to try almost any product at least once.

I also got these two gifts for signing up!

The funny thing is they sent me double which I am really excited about because that pillow spray is the bomb. The little candle is crap though.

I just think this is so cute for an outer box.

And here we can see another box that I will add to my hoarder collection because I have a problem.

This is out little info sheet – I really love this quote. I need to tell myself something like this more often.

Ok, on to the products!

First Item: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eyedylic Gel Liner – $19

Formulated for long-lasting, budge-proof wear, this jet black eyeliner glides on effortlessly. Dot the color along your lash line, then fill in to create your desired look.

I love this type of pencil eyeliner. I don’t usually buy black so this is nice to have. I have to admit that I suck with liquid eyeliner so I usually take a pencil like this and make everything look like I’m a pro. This specific pencil is so smooth and pigmented. I am really excited to try to add a little more black eyeliner looks to my routine.

Second Item: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm – $45 for full size

Watermelon hydrates, aloe vera reduces inflammation, and cucumber soothes in this gel moisturizer that instantly energizes skin. Apply a thin, even layer to your face before SPF.

I am so sad this is small because I LOVE IT! Normally, I hate products that have a scent on my face because I am really sensitive. However, this one is so refreshing and delightful that I don’t even mind it. It makes me get all kinds of summer vibes and let’s be real, everyone wants that. The balm itself is really light and it doesn’t take much to drench your face in hydration. I definitely think this is a homerun.

Third Item: Marula Light Hair Oil Treatment – $26 for full size

This sulfate- and paraben-free oil conditions, tames frizz, and adds shine without weighing hair down. Run a dime-sized amount through damp or dry strands.

I have been trying this out for like a week now and I don’t know that I’ve seen any difference. I can tell you this: it is super lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my thin ass hair so that’s a plus. As far as benefits go, I really can’t see any. Also, there is no scent which is unfortunate for me with hair products because I want my hair to smell like a perfumed luscious garden.

Fourth Item: Natura Castanha Hand Cream – $19.50 for full size

This rich, delicately scented hand balm softens and smooths skin while strengthening its natural moisture barrier. It leaves your hands feeling nourished, not greasy.

This is a really great hand cream that is nice and thick but not overbearing. It makes my skin feel nice and hydrated – I have been putting it on before bed and my hands have been feeling soft and refreshed every morning. It doesn’t have much scent which is pleasant. The price point for a full-size seems affordable too!

Fifth Item: Model Co Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Positano – $18 for full size

Three complimentary shimmery shades of light peach, violet, and chocolate make uptimes this vibrant metallic palette that’ll give you a sultry eye look.

I am pretty sure I got this exact eyeshadow trio in my Feb Allure Beauty Box and I thought it was really lovely. There is something weird though….let me show you!

Similar, right?!?!?! Maybe I am blind.

They have different names but I SWEAR they are the exact same. Regardless, they are beautiful!

Sixth Item: Luxie Brush

I am obsessed with Luxie brushes and this will be a great addition to my collection.

So here is the final lineup!

And here are some swatches!


Overall, I am really excited about this box and I can see myself using every product! I think the price ($10/month) is great BUT I did see that they are increasing to $13/month which I am not thrilled about. I feel like I can get these same type of products in Ipsy which is still $10/month and more personalized. What do you guys think?

As always, thanks for reading! Til next time!

I Always Ask Myself If I’m Going to Cancel This – Allure

I literally have the worst luck with the Allure Beauty Box.

I don’t know if it is just me or what, but I never get it in a timely manner or they lose it. This month, both happened! I was tracking my package from the beginning of March and it made progress for a couple of days….then literally for weeks nothing happened again. I am not the type of person to really get mad but I emailed them a couple of days ago like ‘hey, I have no idea what happened to my box’ and they were like ‘yeah, it’s lost – let use send you a new one’……

OK…..so a few days go by and one randomly shows up in my mailbox. This box has some random person’s address on it that was blacked out with a sharpie and my address hand written on it…I don’t know if this is the replacement or my actual box, but here we are.

Let’s open it up!

I like the white bag with the gold! I also like seeing something outside of the bag because that means it is full of goodies.

The booklet is very pretty!

Why do I have the worst luck? Does anyone ever get these where the bag isn’t broken?

First Item: Au Naturale The Anywhere Cr̩me Mulitstick in Grapefruit (Full Size) Р$35

This was listed as an Editor’s Pick and has a little blurb that I don’t feel like typing out but basically says this is great when used as a cream blush on your cheeks for a subtle hint of color.

Let me swatch it for you:

The issue I have with this is that I don’t really like metallic or shimmer blushes. I also have never used a cream blush but I might give this a try if I am ever feeling confident in my makeup abilities. I actually wouldn’t mind this as a lip color personally…so that might be the route I will go if I use this. I can’t believe it is so expensive for something I can’t really see myself ever using.

Second Item: Acure Seriously Soothing Night Oil (0.3 oz) – $3.89 ($12.99 for 1oz)

I am not really sure how to add this into a skincare routine. My routine consists of cleanse, tone, serum, and then moisturizer. I don’t know if an oil should be added in at some point or takes the place of the serum. In the meantime, I am going to look that up and then let y’all know. However, if you are more educated than myself, please leave me a comment below!

This comes in a rollerball form which I actually hate. I think it’s weird that the bottle itself didn’t have any branding on it…..I started thinking ‘oh hell, I am putting some random ass stuff on my face and now I will break out’. Funny story: I did end up breaking out after using something in the box…..but since I am stupid and didn’t methodically try out new products one at a time, I have no idea what it was. Anyways, this is an oil with a rollerball. I can’t say much more than that.

Third Item: Mamonde Rose Water Toner (25ml) – $2.30 ($23 for 250 ml)

So in my last Allure box I got an oil to foam cleanser that I am OBSESSED with! This toner is no exception to my new found love for this brand. It has the most beautiful light rose scent and really cleans up the trace amount of makeup left after cleansing. I am definitely going to be purchasing the full version of this after I use up my current toner.

Fourth Item: Biossance Squalance + Vitamin C Rose Oil (4ml) – $9.60 ($72 for 30ml)

Again, I have no idea when to use an oil. This absorbed nicely enough (I didn’t use a serum). I feel so weird trying to review skincare because it really takes a while to see any benefits.

Fifth Item: Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Balm (60ml) – $10 per the website ($25 for 200ml per the website)…which is weird because the price shouldn’t be that high if my math is correct…

Um….I love this product…………….I also accidentally didn’t read what this was when I first used it and used it as a lotion……so don’t do that. BUT when you use it in your hair, it makes frizz go away and silky luscious hair appear. I really think I am going to buy a full size of this. I get so nervous trying out hair products because I am afraid it will weigh my hair down (my hair is pretty thin) but this one definitely did not add any extra weight. There isn’t much of a scent which is kind of a bummer but I still love this.

Sixth Item: Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb (10ml) – $7.60 ($38 for 50ml)

The packaging of this is just so adorable. When you put this on your face, it has this great silicone feeling which leaves your skin feeling ahhhh-mazing. It also has some great hydrating power and feels so light. The best thing about this is that you really can cover a large amount of your face with the tinniest amount of product. Even though this is a tiny sample, it will definitely last a while.

Seventh Item: Derma-E Microdermabrasion Scrub – $32.50 for a full size. I don’t know the size of this sample

This is a great little sample of facial scrub. It has the most delicate, fine abrasiveness to it but you know it is gently scraping off the dead skin cells from your face. I love how gentle this product is. If I ever have the desire to purchase a facial scrub, this will definitely be a top contender.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So the total of this box minus the sample of Derma-E comes to $68.39….like….this is the reason I never cancel this. If you consider the price of a regular subscription for this ($15/month) then that is an AMAZING value. I hate that I love this subscription so much but I really love it. Like it has to be true love to put up with the headache.

If you would like to join me in this, I have a referral link which advertises either 2 Sunday Riley samples or a Ouai trio sample. I believe you can even get your box for $10….and if you’re like me and complain because they can be such nightmare to deal with and threaten that you’re going to cancel because your heart can’t handle this heart break month after month……………you can get 4 months for $10/month……….so……..don’t say I didn’t help you out here!

Thanks for reading! Til next time!