September 2014 Mocha Box Review

Mocha Box is a fairly new subscription service and I was super pleased when I found out they wanted me to review a box for them!

Mocha Box is a monthly subscription service that sends three bags of coffee to your doorstep! They have different plans, the cheapest is $20.99/month where you’ll get three 2 oz bags and the other plan is $22.99/month where you’ll get three 4 oz bags!

I was super excited to receive this box because I’m a HUGE coffee addict and I love trying new flavors!


The packaging was really nice! The box itself was really flimsy but they sent it within a bigger box so there was zero damage! I also loved the way they had a sticker of my name on the box, it felt more personalized!

Each box comes with a detailed card that lists the types of coffee you received!


Onto the contents


Zombie Desert: A Medium Roast from Haiti

Haitian Hound: A Dark Roast from Haiti

Both of these are organic and DELICIOUS! The Zombie Desert has a bit of an almond taste plus a hint of pear. This flavor was completely new to me and I really enjoyed trying it! The Haitian Hound was super delicious! I’m a fan of dark roasts and this one was crazy rich! I’d definitely buy more of this in the future!


Stafford 350: A Dark Roast of South American and African Beans

Bonus Item: Sumatra Mandheling: A French Roast from Indonesia

Another dark roast! I was so happy seeing this because I’ve never tried South American/African coffee before! It was delicious and I’m a huge fan of this as well! The Sumatra Mandheling was delicious as well! It had more of an earthly flavor and I’d probably buy this one again too! They also added a snack but I haven’t tried it yet!

I was super pleased with my Mocha Box, I’ll definitely be purchasing more coffee beans from at least two of the brands, if not all four!

I seriously recommend subscribing to Mocha Box if you’re a coffee lover! It’s a great way to discover new, tasty brands and flavors! The samples are great sizes and will last you a while!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


Deco Naturals Autumn Harvest Lip Butter Review

Deco Naturals send me two of their Limited Edition Lip Butters from their Autumn Harvest Collection to review – Butterscotch and Apple Cider!


There are tons of brands out there that make lip balms/butters but what I really love about Deco Naturals is that they are cruelty free, handmade, and 100% natural! Their products are made in small batches so you’re ensured to get fresh products!


Here’s what Deco Naturals says about their products on their website!

“You’re no stranger to the “natural” claims strewn throughout the beauty market. Unfortunately, natural often translates to “made with a base of synthetics, but infused with natural ingredients”. You’re the best, and you deserve to be using the best: Deco Naturals. Each of our products is composed of butters, oils, and waxes sourced from nature. We’re giving you products that only contain what you need, and none of what you don’t. No synthetics. Nothing artificial. Just pure, 100% natural ingredients coming together to deliver incredible results.”

I was glad they sent me part of their Autumn Harvest Collection! I’ve been using the Limited Edition Butterscotch Lip Butter for over a week now and am super impressed!


This lip butter had a strong smell, which I loved! This lip butter was super moisturizing and creamy! I didn’t have to apply it many times throughout the day unlike other balms I’ve used like the Eos Balms, for instance.

If you’re looking for a new Lip Butter to use, I highly recommend trying out Deco Naturals! They have numerous flavors to choose from and they’re great quality!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night Review

Birchbox sent out an email on September 10th with the offer to try out and review this Hydration Lock Lip Balm, all we had to do was tweet them which Chapstick we wanted to try and why!

I believe they chose 100 people and I had no idea I was being sent these two lip balms until the Fedex delivery man showed up at my doorstep! I was super excited since I didn’t receive either of these lip balms in my September Box! I also thought we would only be sent one, not both!


These dual ended Chapsticks cost $2.99 in the Birchbox store! At first I thought these Chapsticks would have less product than the regular ones but I was wrong! There isn’t a huge difference but regular Chapsticks have .15 oz of product while these dual ended Chapsticks have .154 oz!

The “Day” side has SPF 12 while the “Night” contains tamanu oil and natural butters. Also, these new Chapsticks have a clinically proven formula for healthier looking lips!

I found this Chapstick to be super moisturizing compared to other lip balms I used! I’m more of a fan of the “Night” end because it’s more moisturizing with the oils/butters it has! I’ve noticed a positive change in my lips and I’m sure you will too!

What are your thoughts on these Hydration Lock Dual Ended Chapsticks?

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


Fall Walmart Beauty Box Review

If you’re a beauty lover and have $5 every season or $20 a year to spare I highly recommend reading through this review!

I found out about Walmart’s Beauty Box about 2 weeks ago and couldn’t resist signing up because it was so affordable! Walmart will send out beauty boxes each season, and this Fall Box is their first. The box is only FIVE DOLLARS A SEASON – and the price is just for shipping, the actual box is free!

Here’s what their website says about the Beauty Box:

“Each new season brings different product needs and a reason to refresh your beauty cabinet. In your Walmart Beauty Box, you’ll find sample beauty products and tips on how to use those and other items sold at Walmart and on Walmart.com. Receiving your Walmart Beauty Box will be another reason to welcome each new season.”

I wasn’t sure what to expect in my box but was highly impressed with the results! I saw most people receiving the first variation of the box, which included a Covergirl Lipstick, Secret Deodorant, Juicy Couture Fragrance Sample, Clear Shampoo + Conditioner sample packets, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer sample, and a L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer sample!

I was excited but a few days ago I noticed a few ladies had received a different variation of the box which is the box I received! I was much happier with the contents of the second variation!

Onto my box!

Just one glance at the contents shows how it was a great deal for just 5 dollars!

Neutrogena Long Wear Foundation Tester Card + $2 Off Coupon

I won’t be using this card since I’m happy with the foundation I currently use but I’ll definitely pass this along to a friend!

 L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher – .06 oz $1.07

I’ve never tried this product before so I’m glad I’ll be able to test it out and see how I like it!

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Fragrance – .04 oz $1.16

I’ve never used this fragrance before and it smells good so I’m definitely pleased to see this in my box!

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Completely Clean – FULL SIZE! $7.92

Another product I’ve never tried before! Not sure if I’ll be using this since I have a few Toms Deodorants ahead of the line but I’m sure I’ll be able to find it a home!

Not sure if you could tell, but I saved my favorite products for the last!

L’Oreal Glossy Balm in Lovely Mocha – FULL SIZE! $6.97

I was so glad I got a shade I will be able to use! I’ll definitely be using this a lot!

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner – 1 oz – $0.82 for both?

I’ve received samples of this set before but I was still happy to see them in my box! I think these are perfect for when I go travel!

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – .4 oz $1.42

I saw this product in some Influenster Voxboxes a while ago and read some good reviews so I’m excited to try this oil out!

CoverGirl Glowing Nights Glosstini in 690 Laser Light – FULL SIZE! $2.97

I love love love nail polish so I was happy seeing this in my box!

I am definitely a happy camper because my box was well worth over $20 when I only paid $5! It’s a GREAT deal and I’m looking forward to the Winter box!

If you want to sign up for the Walmart Beauty Box, you can do so here!

Have you ordered this box or plan on ordering it? What are your thoughts on the Walmart Beauty Box?


Ultra HGF Youth Serum Review

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to review a product from SOBO Skin Care!

Sobo Skin Carewas built on a clear philosophy of what should (and shouldn’t) be in quality skin care products. Our primary focus has always been to formulate cleansers, toners, creams and serums that are made with as many natural organic ingredients as possible, but without compromising the efficacy that women expect. To accomplish this we combine wonderful organic ingredients like orange flower extract, hops and strawberry oil with others proven to provide visible results like hyaluronic acid, human growth factor and ceramide 3 to effectively and gently rejuvenate skin.

SOBO is dedicated to setting a new gold standard in the years to come for indie skin care products of all types. Natural, wholesome, honest, and effective — that’s the SOBO value system in a nutshell.

The product I was asked to review was their Ultra HGF Youth Serum! Here’s a little information about the product

— This innovative youth formula leverages the power of proven acetyl tetrapeptide-2 to help restore your skin to its former glory and help prevent signs of future aging. Skin’s critical immune functions are also boosted while the production of healthy, youthful skin cells is uniquely supported and accelerated. Light but potent formula also moisturizes dry skin and smooths for a glowing, velvety appearance.

I received a sample of the Ultra HGF Youth Serum in the mail and have been using it for almost a week now and there’s still a ton more product left to use!

This serum doesn’t seem to have any fragrance, which I liked! I’m not a huge fan of serums that have a scent to them. I also love the feel of this serum, it’s not heavy at all and it feels almost like water! I used this product right before applying my Iope Moisturizer!

I don’t have many fine lines or wrinkles so I wasn’t able to see the results in that aspect but I found it to be super moisturizing! My skin has been super dry lately and I noticed this serum to moisturize my skin more than just using my moisturizer alone!

Here are some other products by Sobo Skin Care!

 Anti Aging Cream Resveratrol

— This anti-aging cream is an exceptionally pure multi-peptide complex with organic moisturizers. Light but intense serum formula delivers a powerful wrinkle-fighting cocktail that includes resveratrol, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soothing, all-natural jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil work together to moisturize and smooth for a healthy, youthful glow and drastically improved overall appearance.

Anti Aging Eye Serum

— Moisture is the key to the youngest-looking, most velvety skin under the sun and this innovative under-eye serum really delivers and then some. Light, comfortable silicone-based moisturizing complex protects the skin around the eyes from puffiness, dryness and harmful elements that contribute to a tired appearance. A collection of essential lipids accelerates healing, promotes the production of healthy skin cells, and provides stellar protection after procedures like microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Gentle, hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin types.

Essential Moisturizing Cream

— This rich and effective cream combines everything your skin needs to look and feel its absolute best in one convenient product. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work together to fight aging and relieve the effects of stress on skin. Rich emollients work to return dehydrated skin to the peak of smoothness and glory. A suite of vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils work together with replenishing hyaluronic acid and retinol to promote a healthful, vibrant appearance.

SOBO has provided a 25% discount code for my readers! Use coupon code “TRYSOBO” to get 25% off your first purchase!

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I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


September 2014 Birchbox Review

Before I get started, I have to say that this month has got to be my favorite box ever! The box itself was gorgeous and the products chosen for me were beyond perfect!

Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. These points add up since you can get $5 or more worth of store credit each month!

Onto my box!


Each box comes with a card detailing which products Birchbox chose for you!


As usual, I peeked on the Birchbox app to see what I would be receiving. I tried so hard not to but I couldn’t help myself!


Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser – .2 oz – $1.65

I heard great things about this product so I’m crazy excited to try this Suki Cleanser! I’m always in search of exfoliators to try and this Suki cleanser is made up of all natural ingredients, including lemongrass and chamomile, which is perfect for me! It also smells really great!

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream- .1 oz – $1.28

I feel like I’ve used this brand before but I can’t remember when or which product I used! The fact that Yu-Be has been Japan’s top selling skin cream since the 1950’s really caught my attention! Sometimes my skin gets super dry to the point that my moisturizers don’t help! I’m intrigued to see how this one works!


Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar – FULL SIZE! – $8.00

I heard great things about this Pixi Lip Balm and was hoping I’d get a color I would be able to use often and I did!! I’m so glad Birchbox sent me this lip balm in a nude color rather than something bright! I’ll be able to use this every day! In fact, I already began to use it and love how it feels! I’ll most likely be purchasing more of these with my Birchbox Points!

Curl Keeper Gel – 1 oz – $2.19

I love seeing hair products for curls in my Birchbox because I’m still looking for a product that works with my thick curly/wavy hair. I can’t wait to try this out and see how it works!

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner – .25 oz – $11.25

Another product I’ve heard nothing but great things about! Again, I was super happy to see this product in my Birchbox! I’ve always wanted to try this product out and see how well it gets rid of my blackheads! I also think it’s pretty neat how the gel turns blue once it’s dry!

September’s Birchbox is my all time favorite! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love all the products I got! I paid $10 for this box and the value of the products was around $24! I’ll also be receiving $5 in store credit for reviewing all of the products!

If you’re interested in receiving a box full of amazing samples every month for a low price I highly recommend subscribing to Birchbox

You can sign up here and you can use coupon code BBKIWI100 to get 100 Birchbox which is equivalent to $10 to spend in the Birchbox store!

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Conscious Box Review

This review was supposed to go up over a week ago but I didn’t realize how exhausted school was going to make me!

Conscious Box is a monthly subscription service that features various products like food, beauty, and household items! What’s great about this subscription service is that they aim to introduce you to healthier options for everything in your every day life! You can choose to purchase a “Plus” box (which includes 8-12 items per month) or the “Taster” box (includes 5-8 items). The price for the Plus box starts at $16.95 while the price of the Taster box starts at just $6.95!

What I really love about Conscious box is that you can choose one of three curated boxes,vegan, gluten-free, or classic!

The theme of the August Box was “Wanderlust”

I’m think I received a Classic Plus Box but I’m not entirely sure. Also, Conscious Boxes are made from recycled materials!

Each box comes with a card that lists out the products in your box and a short description of each!image

The first thing I saw in my box were these cute luggage tags!


I think they would be be fun to use when I go travel!

Farmer’s Market Foods: Organic Pumpkin and Organic Coffee Co: Java Love


I was really happy to see both of these items in my box! I’m definitely going to make my own pumpkin pie this year with the organic pumpkin! I was beyond excited when I saw a sample of the coffee! I am a HUGE coffee addict and I will be able to make 6 cups with this sample! I’m also excited to try these two products because they’re healthier options than what I would usually use. Own Beauty – Anti-Aging Trio


This trio comes with samples of eye cream, night cream, and firming silk concentrate! I was happy I received samples of these products because I still haven’t found the right eye and night creams for me! There’s a good amount of product in these samples so I’m sure I’ll be able to get plenty of uses from them! Vibrant Health: Green Vibrance Junior, Barney-Butter: Almond Butter, Simple Nature: Natural Shampoo and Body Wash, and Amki: Sesame Snaps


The Green Vibrance Junior is for kids so I passed this along to my cousin! I’m sure he will love to try it! I’ve never tried almond butter before so I was happy to see this sample in my box! I love how it’s low on saturated fats compared to peanut butter! The body wash/shampoo intrigued me because I’ve never seen a product that can be used as both! I like how it’s made from shea and mango butters! I wish the samples were larger, I don’t think I will be able to try it on both. I’m not a huge fan of Sesame Snaps but this one is gluten-free so I’ll definitely be trying them! Who knows, I may just fall in love with them! Recycled Paper Greetings: Birthday Card, Bioderived Picnic Kits: Utensils Set, Urban Remedy – $15 Credit


I found this birthday card to be super cute! It’ll definitely be put to use since I have a few birthdays coming up in a few weeks! The utensil set is eco friendly and perfect for a picnic! I’m glad Conscious Box introduced me to these kits, it’ll be great to use during family outings!

Last but not least, Conscious Box sent an envelope full of coupons to use!


I was impressed with this Conscious Box. I think it’s a great way to be introduced to healthier alternatives! Everything I received will be put to use – I think this is the first time everything I got in a subscription box will be used!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Conscious Box, you can do so here!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.