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I had a disproportionately negative reaction when I opened this months’ box. It had been a long day, I was nursing a headache, and I was so excited to see what the February food box would bring. No doubt some magical Valentine-themed wonderfulness, right? NOPE! I open the box, and the first three things I see are trail mix with raisins, dried cherries and grape lollipops. Three things that I very strongly dislike. I hate, hate, HATE raisins and most dehydrated fruits for that matter. Who ever thought “Wow, these juicy delicious grapes are awesome; you know what would make them more awesome? Putting them out in the sun until they shrivel up into gummy brown morsels”. Probably the same idiot who was like “Hey, lets use raisins instead of chocolate chips.” In the words of Matt Bellassai, “Raisins are chocolate chips that gave up on life.” Anyway, I threw everything back into the box and set it on the corner of the counter where it sat for a week and a half before I could look at it again. On round two of the unboxing, I approached this box with the support of my husband who agreed to eat any of the things that I deemed too gross to try.
What I got:
Boardwalk Kettle Corn Pop Chips: LOVE! I would keep these on top of my fridge, in my work desk drawer, in the glove compartment of my car; you get the idea. They were the perfect blend of crispy corn, salty and sweet, and I was sad that I 1) had to share with Andy and 2) the box only came with one snack-sized bag.
Baron Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Truffles: A solid “meh”. Better than your average Hershey Chocolate Bar, but not as good as Lindor or Godiva. The chocolate lacked some of the richness I expect from a good milk chocolate, but it did have a fruity sweetness that was much better than the straight up sugary sweet of some other brands. I wouldn’t buy these for myself, but I’d eat them if someone gave them to me as a gift.
Stellar Strawberry Non-Dairy Fruit & Veggie Blend: So gross. Mad props for sneaking veggies into kids food, but the strawberry flavor used to mask the other flavors was really off putting. Natural strawberries taste good; why would you make a healthy snack that tasted like a cheap jello pop?
Liddabit Sweets Sea Salt Caramels – very caramel-y, but lacking in the salt. As in, I didn’t get any. I’d try them again though; it is possible that I just got a batch that missed the salting.
Power Up Trail Mix – Andy quickly claimed this since he knew I wasn’t wild about the inclusion of the raisins. He liked that this was a very low sodium trail mix, and he’d finished the sample bag in a few short minutes.
All Natural Montmorency Cherries – This was a big “nope” for both Andy and myself. He doesn’t care for cherries, and I don’t like dehydrated fruit. I could see these being good for baking, though.
Googly Grape Organic Lollipops – Fun name aside, I knew going in that I wasn’t going to like these. I, hand to God, was eating a grape lollipop when I found out Santa wasn’t real, and I haven’t liked them since. I can still remember sitting in my mom’s Toyota on our way back from a Christmas Eve party and asking her if what the big kids had told me was true. Traumatic childhood experience aside, these taste like grape soda, and they are organic so there’s that.
Choco Liege Wafel – these made my inner fat-kid so happy. They’re like the adult version of those chocolate-dipped Sweet Sixteen mini donuts we used to buy from the store when I was little. I gave Andy a little bite, but I shamelessly consumed the rest. #sorrynotsorry
Overall, I did suck it up and try everything for the sake of an honest review, but this wasn’t the box for me.
After last month’s unboxing, I was really excited about my February Julep Maven Box. Since I’d ordered so late in January, I didn’t get the options to select my box’s contents, and it was a surprise when I opened it. This time around Julep sent me a notification of release of the February Collection offerings and gave me a four day window to research and select my options. They also sent out an email offering a free heart confetti nail polish if you entered the promotional code. Free stuff? Yes, please!
What I got:
Nail Polish in Rosie (charcoal grey with magenta glitter) – I thought this color was really cool. I have plenty of gunmetals and magentas in my polish arsenal, but not one that combined the two, let alone had the glitter factor. Two coats with no top coat, and I was able to keep it on my hands for a week before it started to chip noticeably. Not bad considering the cleaning and cooking I’ve been up to. I still struggle with the texture of glitter polishes – I prefer my nails to feel smooth -, but texture aside, I will absolutely wear this one again.
Creme to Powder Eyeshadow Stick in Warm Gold Shimmer – I was a little apprehensive about this product; I haven’t had much luck with crème shadows in the past. It was solidly “okay”: not great, but not unusable either. The color was lovely, but the wear was a little uneven. It works much better with a primer, but I had hoped for a throw it on and go kind of ease. All and all, I’ll keep it in my make up bag to use with my Urban Decay Naked Pallet.
Don’t Leave your Brows at Home in Warm Brown – my favorite item in this month’s box. I was a little disappointed when I realized that this wasn’t a pen; I have to unscrew the bottom which holds the brow makeup and then dip the brush into it… which I would have known if I’d actually looked at the product description before I added it to my box. Lesson learned. That being said, I’ve used this every day since I’ve gotten it. The angled brush makes filling in and shaping your brows very easy, and the texture of the pigment is relatively light, so you can build the color slowly rather than going from zero to Jennifer Connelly.
*Bonus* Heart Confetti Glitter Polish – I was so excited about this; I had visions an adorable Valentines manicure dancing through my head the moment I entered the code. Alas, it was a good thing I didn’t have to pay for this, because it was really disappointing. The micro confetti part works just fine, but the large pieces of heart shaped confetti were disinclined to come out of the bottle. I had to tilt the jar to the side and sort of scoop the pieces out with the brush, which made for a laborious and less than smooth application. Ultimately ,I gave up, and now the bottle sits sad and alone on my coffee table. Festive, but unloved.
I will admit, there is a little less magic when you choose the contents of your subscription box, but it was worth it to find myself with products that I 100% was eager to try. I plan on curating my box again next month.
Of all the subscription boxes coming my way, I was most excited about the PopSugar Must Have Box. I’ve seen it reviewed by dozens of bloggers, and I was stupid excited to get one of my very own. Along the lines of squealing and hopping up and down on the front porch when I came home and found it waiting on me.
What I got:
- Pehr Designs Pebble Speck Bin – this now lives on the corner of my coffee table. I keep all of the pieces of whatever my current crafting project is safely inside and away from little paws.
- Spark Joy by Marie Kando – I haven’t read this yet, but lord knows I need to . My house is in a constant state of chaos. Andy and I try, but neither of us seems to have a knack for keeping things tidy.
- Patchology Face Masque Trio – I am saving these for my Disney trip next week. I plan on having a nice long soak in the hotel tub with a bath bomb from Lush and one of these masks. Post park spa time if you will.
- Blue Sky Day Planner – So pretty, but I am horrible at writing things down. I put the planner in my purse as soon as I unwrapped it, and there it has remained, untouched for the last week.
- Not Soap, Radio Bath & Shower Gel Gift Set – Also saving for my Disney trip, although I did open them all and smell them. I mean, you kind of have to.
- Project 7 Inc. Summer Snow Gum – the flavor is pretty spot on, and I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it, but I keep chewing it so some part of me must really like it.
- Chapstick Total Hydration – I was a little disappointed when I pulled this out of the box, but I shouldn’t have been. It’s been a life saver these past few weeks as the weather has been cooler and everything is super dry. I even like the soft vanilla flavor.
The cool thing about this box was that all of the items it included were things that I’d find interesting but never purchase for myself. I can’t wait what the next two months’ boxes will bring!