FabFitFun Summer 2019 Add-Ons and Mystery Bundles!

I am very much the type of person that buys crap ton of stuff when my mood isn’t so great…..enter FabFitFun add-on sale. I think the combination of wanting new skincare products and feeling kind of crappy led me to my INSANE purchase that I will be sharing today.

I actually think the add-ons and the edit sales are my favorite thing about FabFitFub. I do love their boxes a ton but the access to these sales makes it even more worth my while. As an annual subscriber, I also get early access to the products which is super handy because a lot of them sell out……but actually, if you didn’t know, you can just favorite and item that you want that may have sold out and then check your ‘favorites’ section because more often than not, the item restocks. Sometimes I spend a lot of time refreshing my favorites page if I REALLY want a particular item.

In this case, I bought all of the mystery bundles that FFF had to offer because this was the first time I had seen them offer curated bundles. Normally, it’s just a bundle and you have LITERALLY no idea what is coming in them. This time, they offered 4: Fashionista, Beauty Guru, Fitness Fanatic, Jet Setter. I also got a normal one just for comparison.

Let’s dive in! Check out my unboxing video if you’d like some extra first impression commentary.

Let me first show you some of the items that I got that were not the mystery bundles. These were items I just had to have….because YOLO.

Freaking stunning oversized aviators by Quay. I love the color of these and I think they are the perfect addition to my summer!

The best body scrub and bath bombs I have ever used! Seriously, if I could have purchased more I absolutely would have BUT you can only buy 3 of any item.

Mystery Bundle for the Jet Setter

  1. Snuggie Travel Blanket/Pillow:
    • I absolutely love that this is included in this bundle. I am traveling soon and I often wish I had a pillow BUT I am too cheap to buy one itself. Now I have a double whammy pillow/blanket combo.
  2. JetSet & Go Travel Pouch:
    • This is such a cute summery print. Since my little man will be accompanying me, I will certainly have a bunch of crap to tote around and this will be a great way to organize.
  3. Ahava Body Lotion (3):
    • My skin definitely gets super dry and I love that there is a set of 3 in this bundle. This makes transporting my lotion simple and I think this might even be a good size to carry on the plane!

I think overall this is a great little travel bundle. Everything seems ‘in style/current’ and I think it fits in the curation really well. I will get use out of each product.

Mystery Bundle for the Beauty Guru

  1. Mother Dirt Cleanser for Face and Body:
    • I am started to get overwhelmed with washes! I normally wouldn’t reach for something that can be used on my face AND body so I will probably just use this for my body – my face tends to be pretty sensitive. I am definitely excited this is included but it might be a bit before I use it!
  2. Ahava Mineral Mud Mask:
    • This is such a weird mud mask. When you put it on, it has an iridescent green color to it which is out of the norm for a mud mask. It was nice enough on my skin but I didn’t notice any real difference that it is supposed to accomplish, specifically brightness or hydration. It didn’t dry out my skin but I didn’t really notice it did anything to my face.
  3. Marrakesh Argan Oil:
    • Again, this is something that I have somehow began piling up. I have seen this used as hair oils but since my hair is easily weighed down, I definitely wont be using this for that. It says it can be used for body/face so that might be a nice addition for some boosted hydration..although I don’t usually use oils on either!

Overall, I think this is a good box for a beauty guru. I hope that each product will be good for my sensitive skin but in general, if you want to try out some skincare products, this might be a decent bundle. I wish it included makeup BUT skincare is important too.

Mystery Bundle for the Fitness Fanatic

  1. Skinvolve Body Cream:
    • I guess this is ‘fitness’ because it has the word karate in it. It boasts caffeine for extra energy and toning. It is always nice to have some extra skin hydration after a nice shower after you’ve had a good workout.
  2. Athleisure Clothes Wash:
    • This states that it handles odors in clothes. Again, I guess this is good after a nice ol sweaty workout.
  3. Easy Soothing Facial Mist:
    • Ugh. This is just frustrating. A skin mist is not what I think of when I think of fitness. It sounds nice but I don’t know how this will boost my fitness game.

I’ll be real. I think this bundle sucks. I have gotten a random mystery bundle that was more geared towards FITNESS than this – it included resistance bands, roll on muscle oil for sore muscles, and a tote I think. This has nothing that screams fitness to me. What do y’all think?

Mystery Bundle for the Fashionista

  1. Summer & Rose Earrings:
    • These are cute gold dangle earrings which I think I can pair with almost anything in my wardrobe….the only thing I don’t like about them is that they have some weird color discoloration on the flat circular coin part of the earring. I’m not sure what metal they are actually made of BUT they are cute regardless.
  2. Scarf:
    • I am annoyed this is included. One thing I wish FFF did is stayed current with the seasons. Like I have so many freaking scarves and this is so thick that I definitely can’t use it until fall or winter. It’s good but it’s nothing special.
  3. Sunglasses:
    • These are freaking hideous on my face. I hate the shape…but they seem like nice enough quality. I just won’t wear them. Ever.

I hate this bundle and I don’t think it is very fashion forward. I don’t really have anything good to say about it unfortunately.

LET’S END THIS ON A POSITIVE NOTE!

These are the items that I also purchased outside of the mystery bundles. I am absolutely in love with the tanning products – they have such a natural looking tan coloration and the foam formula is great when I applied it with the mit that came with each. I highly recommend. The Kate Somerville cleanser is amazing of course! And I have never had anything from Beauty Blender before so this will be great to use!

Final Thoughts

Here is a pic of the final lineup. You might notice that there is an unwrapped mystery bundle…..because it was a repeat of my last mystery bundle haul. I feel like it was a fun experience to see the curated bundles but honestly, I don’t think they were anything special. I much prefer the things I purchased aside from that.

I think the add-on sales and edit sales are definitely worth having the FabFitFun subscription in general. The discounts are always amazing and there are amazing brands on there every freaking time. It always gets me in trouble.

Did you guys get anything? Are you interested in a FabFitFun subscription? I have a referral link ($10 off) AND I have 5 starter boxes which are always freaking amazing – all you do is pay for the shipping and then you can cancel if you don’t want the actual subscription (the shipping is like $5 and gives you about $75 in products I believe). Just let me know down below!

As always, thanks so so much for reading! I truly appreciate it. Til next time!

Why Is This So Expensive?! Box of Style Summer 2019

Today we are diving in to the Box of Style by Rachel Zoe (I have a $15 off coupon here). This is a seasonal box that promises over $400 with in products. They range from jewelry to fashion to skincare products.

I have such mixed feelings about this box – there are amazing skincare products for sure, but I feel like some of the retail prices are freaking insane. It is $99 per quarter which makes it my most expensive seasonal box by far. If you would like to watch my unboxing, check it out below!

Let’s dive in!

This picture doesn’t really do this box justice, but it is the most beautiful light pink, textured box with light golden lettering.

Inside, we see the fabulous Rachel Zoe in all her fashion glory……and an expensive ass towel.

Summer is all about travel, friends, and relaxing outdoors. Style that translates to effortless essentials can be worn with everything in your wardrobe. From a versatile crochet bag to on-trend Lucite earrings, every item in this edition is intended to make you feel glamorous and carefree.

Rachel Zoe

Opening it up, this is the lineup of the products. I do get let down with the quantity of products – I am one of those people who prefers to get more items. In total, there are 5 items in my $99 box.

On to the products.

Item One: Missoni Home Rufus Terry Beach Towel – $220

My love for Missoni runs deep. I never have a pool party without draping every piece of outdoor furniture with my extensive collection of Missoni Home towels. Its a dream come true to be able to share this obsession with you.

I have lost my damn mind when I saw the retail value on this towel. I’m sorry but who TF spends $220 on a towel. Like I said in my video, I can run my happy ass down to Target and buy the MOST EXPENSIVE towel there for $50. Sure, it’s not designer but for the love of all that is good in the world, it is a freaking beach towel. That being said, I think it’s gorgeous. It feels nice enough but probably not $220 worth nice. I will get a lot of use from it but I would never ever ever ever pay that kind of money.

Item Two: Machete Kate Hoops – $44

Summer calls for playful earrings. This of-the-moment lucite style comes in a choice of opal or tortoise and looks great with everything from a caftan to jeans and a tee.

I like these earrings a lot! While my style is more studs or the type that run up the side of your ear, I think these are great quality earrings that can go with a lot of my clothing. I don’t wear a lot of fancy clothing so the fact I can pair these with jeans and a tee means I can wear them all the time!

Item Three: Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel – $24

I was so nervous about having something like this being included in the box. I get nervous about my eyebrows being too crunchy or stiff looking BUT I was in shock that these made my eyebrows look freaking fantastic. They helped my brows stay in place without looking too stuck in place. I think this is a great product that will be in my everyday use – I don’t have the time to be worrying about my eyebrows being all over the place. Plus, there are so many great reviews out there about this brand and this product so that makes it feel like a real treat to get in this box!

Item Four: Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 40+ – $38

SPF is a must year round, but particularly during the summer. This hydrating moisturizer is oil free, lightweight and boasts protection of SPF 40.

As bad as it is to admit it, I really never worry about SPF. I used to tan a lot………like every day……and caring about SPF was never something I worried about since I wanted to be tan at any cost. As I have gotten older, I have stopped tanning and have started worrying more about what the sun is doing to my skin. I don’t want to be 50 looking 100. I think this will be a great addition to my skincare routine although I have seen a lot of products with SPF in them that I already have in my daily routine. I am happy this was included in the summer box as the sun has definitely come out in full force now!

Item Five: Danielle Nicole Macrame Handbag – $100

Crochet is a huge trend for summer. The wooden handles on this lined style are beyond chic and we added a cross-body strap for versatility.

This bag is freaking gorgeous and I am so excited that this is included in this box. At first, I was bummed out thinking that this was just a handbag but thankfully there is the cross-body strap. With the strap, it makes it such a beautiful, wearable bag for me. It has quickly become y favorite bag in my collection and I feel like I might buy more from this collection if they have more of this style!

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is the final lineup of the box! The total value calculated for the box comes to $426 which is over the promised value of the box. I feel a little cheated because of that stupid (beautiful) towel. Like, you take away from the box when you include an item that has such high retail value. The crochet/macrame bag makes up for my disappointment with the towel because I am already using it so so much! I love the earrings and they are definitely going to be a fun addition to my collection. The eyebrow setting product was surprisingly pleasant and I am excited to use the SPF. Overall, I feel like this is a good box but I just cant justify the price tag on the box (or the towel) because I could have picked these items up for cheaper elsewhere.

What do you guys think? Is it worth the $99 price tag every 3 months? Let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading (as always) and I have some exciting boxes coming up! Til next time!

I’M BACK with a New Box! Top Knot Tribe Box Summer 2019

Hey you guys! What’s up and welcome back. I took some time off because honestly I was a little drained from how many giveaways and socialization I was doing. I am VERY introverted…although I try to push my social boundaries because YOLO….and sometimes it can be VERY draining. But I am back and I am excited to share a new box with you guys. I haven’t seen many unboxings or reviews so I am excited to share what’s inside.

This is the Top Knot Tribe Box which I found on CrateJoy and is a seasonal box which starts at $45. I love seasonal boxes because they are usually jam packed full of goodies and sometimes getting things monthly can be overwhelming. I also uploaded the actual unboxing on my YouTube channel if you want to check that out as well!

Let’s dive into these goodies!!! Also, thank you guys so much for coming back. It truly means so so much to me.

I absolutely love the way this box looks…it might also be the reason I chose this box. This box promises home items. jewelry, beauty, and more. They also partner with businesses owned by women which I think is great BUT I will admit that is not the reason I ordered. I just really like these type of lifestyle boxes.

We have a couple info cards which outline a little bit about why these products were chosen AND a little bit about the women behind each business.

You open the box up and you can see just how full it is!

Item One: Makeup Bag

I think this is such a cute design for a makeup bag (or whatever bag). It is printed on what feels like a woven plastic textured bag which seems easy to clean. Although I list this as a makeup bag, I really love to use these bags for random things like feminine products, or diapers, or whatever else I can find. I definitely love the summer beach print on this bag. It makes me wish I lived near a sunny beach!

Item Two: Soap or Jewelry Tray

I absolutely love having these around the house. I am the worst about taking off my earrings or rings and just putting them down. I also love that this matches the cute bag listed above – there is nothing that gets you in the summer mood more than beach vibes!

Item Three: Raspberry Lime Shower Frosting

I have never heard of ‘shower frosting’ but it sounds freaking fabulous.

I love the way it looks with the little flecks of color throughout. It kind of makes me think of a fruity smoothie! When I used this, it was SO FLUFFY! I absolutely loved the texture – fluffy with little exfoliation beads. It was such a great texture to use in the shower…and if I am honest, I feel like it would have been great to eat too….BUT back to the shower, it made my skin feel nice and hydrated with a pleasant exfoliation texture too. I was not a huge fan of the scent but if there was a different scent, I would absolutely buy this again.

Item Four: Wooden Sign

It says that this is included in the box as a gift you can give to your mother. Since my mother lives across the country, I am afraid that the shipping cost would be more than the sign is worth BUT I love that they included something like this to gift to someone. As someone who gets a lot of subscription boxes, it can feel like you are overindulging in spoiling yourself so it is nice to give back sometimes.

Item Five: Rustic Sign

I absolutely love these types of signs – wood with canvas is right up my alley. I think the quote on there is great to have around the house because let’s be real, sometimes life can get in the way of seeing the big picture or having an optimistic outlook. This will look great in my house!

Item Six: Top Five Sticky Notes

I am very much someone who writes notes all over the house. I have planners and notes on my phone and all kinds of things to remind me of what I was thinking. My parents were always making lists of things they wanted to achieve for the day because they loved to check them off as completed…I have of course picked up this habit because I feel like the only way I can feel like I have done anything is actually seeing it marked off my list. This is a super cute addition and something I will get a lot of use out of.

Item Seven: Daily Journal

At first, I wasn’t too excited about it. I like journals but I feel like I forget to use them. After I opened this up though, I was SO EXCITED!

When you open this, it has quotes to start off your day and has lists to help you focus on what you want to get out of each day. So many times I find myself getting caught up in silly things that in the big picture won’t matter. This will help me start off each day on a positive note. There are various ‘acts of kindness’ placed in the book as well which I think is a great addition.

Here is a back summary in case you are interested too!

Item Eight and Nine: Soap Bar and Chapstick

I am so excited about this soap bar. If you have read any of my other bath product reviews, you’ll see that I get a lot of soap bars. I love that this one is scented like a margarita (and let me tell you that it DOES smell like a nice salted marg) and I love that this has gentle exfoliation in it. It is coming into fake tan season for me so I need my skin nice and exfoliated. I am not using this right now since I have like a million bars of soap open, but when I do use this, I will absolutely let y’all know how it is!

The chapstick is absolutely fantastic! It has a silky texture that makes your lips feel so hydrated and protected. I love that the ingredients aren’t anything I can’t pronounce or haven’t seen before and it has a fabulous peppermint taste – reminiscent of Burt’s Bees. I definitely will use this whole thing…..if the soap is amazing too, I will definitely purchase from this shop again!

I love how they put business cards in the box too. There have been multiple times where I have tried to find a shop on Etsy and had some difficulty so this will be great to use if I want to re-purchase anything.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I think this is a great box! I wish there was retail prices listed but I love each product. Each item is something I can use for my well-being and making my house a happy space. I think I will go ahead and get another box because some of the other pictures they have from past boxes look lovely!

What do you guys think? Think it’s worth $50? I would absolutely love to hear from you guys.

Thanks so much for coming back and reading with me. I hope you guys have a lovely day – til next time!

Handmade Happiness – Natural Desires Soap Co. PLUS GIVEAWAY

I spend a lot of time reading. Reading about the world, reading about things for my baby, and reading about product reviews. It has just become second nature at this point! I think most of my reading and reviews come from Instagram and YouTube so I was shocked when I had the sweetest woman reach out to me to see if I would review her products on my blog. My first thought was “heck ya!!!” but I think that is natural for anyone. I wanted to make sure the products were something I was ACTUALLY interested in and sure enough, I was blown away when I realized how lucky I was to get to review Natural Desires Soap Company!!!!!

Nicole, the shop owner, is such an amazing woman to talk to and I feel so privileged that she reached out to me (despite my small following) to see if I would like to review her products. In researching her company, I found not only beautiful, handmade items but also a truly lovely woman with an amazing family and a heart of gold (you can read about her here). Amongst the many amazing things I could say about her and her products, one of the biggest is that her company gives back to the community! Each purchase helps the charity Delivering Fancy which works to create self-care boxes for mothers of special needs children – such a beautiful charity!!!

Y’all know I love me some bath time. Especially because it is time to focus on ‘Erika Time’ and pamper myself a little bit. Let’s be real. Who doesn’t need time like that?! These products are HANDMADE and NATURAL!!! Plus, they are freaking stunning. Seriously. I feel like my pictures don’t do them justice….and I’m sure my words won’t do them justice either BUT we are gonna try!!!!

Let’s dive in!

Here is the outside of the box and I love it!! It’s little details like this that make you feel appreciated.

Plus, I have a little handwritten note!

First Item: Jasmine Crush Bath Truffle -$7

Our new Jasmine Crush Bath Truffle will create an abundance of bubblies that will lusciously love your skin with organic butters. It’s a unique blend sassy Jasmine Essential oil and infused with shea and cocoa butter to help retain your skins’ natural sheen. Your buttering up bubble bath has arrived.

Natural Desires Soap Co.

This was actually featured in the April box for Bath Blessing and it’s absolutely amazing. This is different than a bath bomb in the sense that it makes your bath so decedent and luxurious with its buttery, bubbly experience. Whenever I crumbled this under my running faucet, it had a velvety buttery texture to it that even made my hand feel moisturized. As I sat in my lovely bath tub filled with buttery goodness, I was surrounded by the most delicate jasmine fragrance to it. I literally kept refilling my tub because I did not want to get out!!

Second Item: Apple Pie Goat Milk Soap – $6

I know it looks like a swirly apple dessert, but it’s not for eating! This homemade Apple Pie Goat Milk Soap has the perfect mixture of apple and the perfect mixture of pie to make you fall in love.

Natural Desires Soap Co.

Holy heck, is the soap not the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen?! I love the texture on the top – seeing the actual cinnamon in it just brings a huge smile to my face. This has a faint cinnamon scent to it when you smell it before lathering up, but as you use it, you can really smell all of the dimensions of an actual apple pie. Needless to say, I am now craving pie. What I loved most about this soap was the thicker lather that coated my skin in a lavish hydration. This also has a beautiful buttery silkiness to it that I cannot begin to express how amazing it feels against your skin. IT IS SUBLIME!!!

Third Item: Shower Steamers – Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Lavender – $8

Our set of 4 shower steamers will make any down day, simply go away. Shower Steamers easily turn your shower into beautiful an aromatherapy spa experience. You will breath easy as you soak in the therapeutic affects of hot steam and orange, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils fill your shower. Clearing any sinuses and uplifting your day. These are perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather.

Natural Desires Soap Co.

YAY! I love shower steamers!! There are so many times where I want a little extra boost to my shower and these are perfect for that. You stick one in the corner and it wafts up and creates the most earthy, fragrant experience. I just used the lavender one before writing this (big shocker there, I love lavender) and let me tell you, it is SO amazing. It lasted the whole time I was in the shower and made my bathroom smell divine. Plus, I am a strong believer that lavender actually does help some of the stress ease away so that’s a great added bonus. I am excited to see what the others are like!

Fourth Item: Kozmic Karma Soap – $7

Kozmic Karma Soap is a lavender and charcoal blended batch with ‘out of this world’ benefits! You and your skin will sigh with relief when you feel the rich lather of smoothness created by this unique Kosmic Karma Soap. Charcoal has powerful absorption properties making it especially beneficial for oily facial skin. The olive oil and shea butter are moisturizing resulting in a highly beneficial combination for drier skin. This epic fusion will deeply cleanse while naturally exfoliating the skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion. 

Natural Desires Soap Co.

Y’all. Check out those swirls!

And that detail!!!!!! Look at how cute those poppy seeds are. I love that this is a little ‘out of this world’ in terms of what you imagine handmade items to look at. I can’t say I have used many things that have activated charcoal in them so I was excited to see this! I was also very happy to see that you can use this on your face – my skin is definitely in some need of TLC with all this crazy weather we are having. You can definitely catch the lavender scent in this as you lather up and it left my skin feeling like a million dollars!

Fifth Item: Sugar Scrub – $7

Satin hands are created here! Cane Sugar buffs away dull skin. Hydrating coconut oil softens skin. Mineral rich salt & sugar combination leaves your skin looking supple & smooth. Although it smells insanely delicious, blended with vanilla extract, ginger oil & cinnamon, we ask that you resist the urge to take a bite….Your skin will never feel dryness again

Natural Desires Soap Co.

You guys. I can’t. THIS SMELLS JUST LIKE A FREAKING COOKIE!!!! Holy heck, I may have died and gone to heaven. I never want this to be empty!!! Imagine the most moist, buttery, just out of the oven cookie and put it into a sugar scrub – that’s exactly what this is. The sugar is a perfect, fine abrasiveness to gently exfoliate your skin BUT there is also all of the goodness from the oils to envelope your skin in a lovely hydration barrier to keep you hydrated all day. Ugh. Everyone needs this!!!!!!

Bonus Item: Lavender Limeade Soap

Our Lavender Limeade Soap has a fresh lavender & zesty, crisp notes of lime. It’s spinach powder strips and dried lavender bud toppings makes choosing natural simply beautiful. Limes acidic nature will help kick out any excess oils that cause bacteria buildup in pores to gently clear up acne. While an extra boost shea butter & vitamin packed goat milk make your skin crave this wash of creamy lathering softness.

Natural Desires Soap Co.

I was so happy to see this little fella having out in my box! It has the best fresh squeezed lime smell to brighten up my day. Plus, those colors are so fun!

We even get a little handwritten note! Y’all know I’m a sucker for notes!

Final Thoughts

So here is the final lineup!!! I am absolutely in love with each product and I know that even unboxing and describing these items is an injustice. That’s why I want to share with you guys!!!!! I am having a giveaway that will end on 5-9-19. The lucky winner will receive 3 items that I choose PLUS one item of your choice! The best way to let you see how magnificent this is is to try it out yourself. I will leave the rules below!!

The Rules are as follows:

  1. Must have US shipping address
  2. Must follow my blog
  3. Comment which product you would like (check out the site – it’s stunning!)

This giveaway is not sponsored by Natural Desires Soap Co or any other entity – it is myself purchasing some goodies for my followers. Feel free to enter on my Instagram post (@erika.b.lathrop) and my YouTube channel. There are unlimited entries!!!!

Thank you guys so so much for reading as always! Til next time!!

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!