Wantable Jewelry Box April Review Part 2

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Part Two of a two part review. Read Part 1  for the basics of a Wantable subscription. (Disclaimer: I received my box free for my honest review. Thanks!)

My purple Wantable box arrived at my doorstep, impressing me with its professional packaging. The pieces were wrapped inside tissue paper and bubble wrap for safety and had the folded paper filler that a lot of subscription boxes have for protection. The guest stylist this month was Helen Berkun, who I am not quite familiar with, but she is a fashion photographer and stylist.

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All my pieces of jewelry! In total I received six pieces (including the matching necklace and earrings): two necklaces, two rings, one bracelet, and a pair of earrings.

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Wantable Jewelry Box April 2013 Review Part 1

(Part 1 of a two part review)

(Part 2 here)

Wantable.com, formerly Wantable.co, is a relatively new box service, based out of Wisconsin, offering subscription boxes for cosmetics or jewelry or both.

The Basics: Each box you want can cost either $36 a month or a single box for $40. In the makeup box, there are 4-6 full-sized products (no samples here), that are hand-picked each month from a questionnaire asking about your preferences. The jewelry box includes 4 to 5 pieces that are picked in the same way.

Another plus about the service is that subscriptions can be canceled or paused at any time, in case you don’t feel like receiving a box that particular month.

When you first enter the website, it is easy to navigate and very nicely designed. Not much clutter or confusion to intimidate you. I decided to try out Wantable’s jewelry box and was first greeted with photos and descriptions of various jewelry categories to choose from.

You can slide a bar to select if you love, like, or dislike something. If you “love” a type, you are more likely to receive it and if you “dislike” a type, you will never receive it in your box.

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My first decision was choosing what types of jewelry I liked: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and watches. I left all the sliders at “like” so I was equally likely to receive any of the above.

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Further along in the survey, questions got more detailed in asking about materials you like and even colors you like (gold, silver, mixed, etc.). In the screenshot above, you can see how even the size of studs you prefer can be customized.

I finished the survey and overall, the styles I chose to receive are Classic, Glam, Rock ‘n Roll, and Quirky. The materials are Silver tone, Gold tone, Multi tone, Wood, and Leather. I didn’t want to receive anything Boho, Seasonal, Acrylic, Beaded, or anything with religious symbolism. Part two of my review will have what I received in my box! *edit- Part two is up!*

ipsy News: ipsyPoints Referral Program

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ipsy (referral link) has a new referral program that rolled out today called ipsyPoints! When you visit ipsy now, as a subscriber, there is a new tab at the top labeled ipsyPoints with your unique referral url to share.

While supplies last, the two possible bonus items you could receive for referring two people are an Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow or a BaubleBar wrap bracelet. If you refer two before May 1st, one of these items would be in your May bag (chosen randomly).

New bonus items will be added when supplies run out every month.

Unfortunately, past referrals are not tracked and at this moment, there are no actual “points” to be earned. More information on ipsy’s Q&A!

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Anyways, I’m excited about May’s ipsy bag, which would be including a gorgeous Zoya sping pastel polish! Sign up soon if you want to be on a list to receive ipsy bags (possibly starting with May).

My link again: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-h5iifjki5i44en6

April 2013 Blush Beauty Mystery Box

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Blush.com/Dermstore/Hairenvy are the web stores featuring a newer subscription beauty box that includes a mix of full-size and travel size sample items. The box itself will be worth over $100 every month.

The products range from cosmetic items, hair products, and skin care products and the cost for a monthly box is $24.95 or a one time box for $34.95

Two days after ordering, my box arrived. I was quite pleased with Blush’s fast shipping, but the box’s presentation could be improved. Instead of being in a box with nice packaging, like Birchbox or Glossybox, there was a big, black ziplock bag with items just tossed in and a free gift with purchase on the outside of the bag. Also, there was no card or insert included describing the items received or how to use them.

What was inside the box then?

Items:
Tendu Ultimate Hair Conditioning Treatment Mask / Full Size $60
Vichy Eau Thermal / Full Size $12
SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub .25 oz *Gift with purchase
Obagi Nu-derm Foaming Gel / Sample Value $12
SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer / Sample Value $6.50
Make-up Designory Eye Pencil in Black / Full size $13
Paula Dorf Lip Liner in Sultry / Full size $20

Total Value: $123.50

I’ve seen other reviews with box variations; some boxes have had a blush, dry shampoo, and serum. Preview on my items received below.

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Birchbox April 2013 Review

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Time for another Birchbox review, and for April, Birchbox had partnered up with Women’s Health magazine to promote this month’s theme of “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results”.

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The first thing greeting you this month is a lime green sleeve with a very flexible woman stretching! I don’t know how these products will promote healthy living and exercise, but I digress. With this month’s magazine partner, Birchbox has also sent out a card for a free year’s subscription to Woman’s Health (or $9.99 rebate, which would make this box free)!

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My box this month was a monster! It weighed at almost 1-lb, which is twice the usual shipping weight of around .4-.5 lbs. I’ve been liking how they’ve been packing things in this pillow box to protect smaller things from shifting too much.

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Five items this month! Not too bad, and I think I received two full-sized items and some good sized sampler items.

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Special April/May Boxes news

I unsubscribed from Glossybox for April, but there is a special limited Mother’s Day Box curated with BeautyBlitz for sale. $30 gets you a full-sized essie polish and other deluxe sized samples including a Benetint and an Estee Lauder mascara. (Edit: April 24 / Box contents have changed! No more Benetint… ) It seems like an okay deal if you’re interested in the products, but it doesn’t seem like it should be more than the regular $21 Glossybox price. For that price + a little bit more, I would rather get Allure’s summer box (on sale Tuesday April 23)!

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Allure’s Summer Essentials Beauty Box. Spoilers below!

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For $39.99 + $10 shipping, you get 25 items with the value over $250.

Prices below are my estimates from Drugstore.com/other online retailers

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic (unknown size) $30-55
Burt’s Bees Lip gloss $8
Butter London in Bit Faker $15 (Bronze glitter)
Cetaphil Daily facial cleanser $7
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner $6 each
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes $5
GK Hair Leave-In spray $20
Neutrogena MicroMist Sunless Tanning spray $10
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 $10
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm $7
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser $7
Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir $18
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream $8
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen $15
Pureology Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray $28
Redken Control addict 28 high-control hairspray $17
Redken Extreme Anti-snap leave-in treatment $16
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jaded $7
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops $7
Sally Hansen Zero Bumps Bikini spray $8
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love at First Byte $5
Simple Kind to Eyes, make-up remover pads $6
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil $6
TanTowel the Original Self-Tanning Towellette for Face & Body $20
Tresemme Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protect Spray $5

Total estimated value : around ~$305

I can’t wait! It looks like a great deal. Not a lot of makeup products, but tons of hair and skin care.