Happy Friday, friends and lovebirds! Thankfully, I survived Scooperbowl 2012. My stomach is still screaming at me, but that’s another story. Today, I wanted to gush about my lil’ love muffin – AKA my May Cravebox (click here for the full scoop on Cravebox and here for previous monthly box reveals). If you are a “craver” like me (ha ha, sounds like I’m a groupie), you anxiously awaited the May box since it was the first one sent out after they said “Adios” to their Beta test, and “Aloha” to a bunch of new subscribers…Soooooooo, I decided that since the May box was so dope, that I needed to dedicate my Friday “5-list” to bragging about it. I realize this may not be consistent with other Friday 5-list themes, but, I’m a thrill-seeker, so what can I say…. Here goes nothin’:
First of all, the May Cravebox came in like a party. I’m pretty sure that the mailman was doin’ the conga down my hallway on his way to deliver it to my door. It was HUGE. Once I opened it up, I had an instant ear to ear grin. Although I have loved all of the Craveboxes, I’ve received, this one was one of my faves. It was just a ton of fun to open. And, inside it came a ginormously huge, full size Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Body Scrub. I am so stoked about this scrub because it smells like you are at the spa…or on vacation with several shirtless men fanning you with palm leaves…oh, wait, sorry. In any event, it was pretty fitting for the “A Taste of the Tropics” theme, they came up with for this month’s box. Thanks to the natural ingredients Tree Hut uses (um, try coconut oil imported from the Polynesian Islands), my skin is feelin’ and lookin’ glorious. No seriously, I have been obsessively showering ever since I got it. I think I might have issues. Well done Cravebox. WELL DONE!
FULL-SIZE GOODNESS?: Yup. Serious goodness. This scrub retails for around $18 bucks. Every single box I’ve gotten so far has had at least one, if not more than one, FULL-SIZE product. Did I mention that my entire Cravebox subscription is only $10 bucks a month??? Yeah. They rock.
Ok. Well, it’s no secret that I’m in full-on psycho stalker mode for any type of ALL NATURAL fruit that comes in bag form (see?..no really, see?). I was really pleasantly surprised by these Plum Amazins by Sunsweet. It’s hard to come up with a word for these guys…cool..neat…um, “Amazin?”…ha ha ha ha ha. I’m so lame. No really, they were awesome though. Totally filling, while tasty at the same time. The only thing I wish, is if they were a tad bigger. They sorta had the consistency of licorice and I think if they were a little larger, they would feel a lil’ nicer on the tongue (is making them larger even possible???). Either way, I still loved em. And, thankfully, they arrived with a $.55 off coupon (which I’m totes gonna use) and a couple of recipes (stay tuned for my Plum Chicken Wonton with Mango Sauce & Pineapple Salsa post, coming super-duper soon…). Overall, these really are a great little, 100% fruit, healthy snack. I likey.
AMAZIN’ SNACKS? Hell yes! Take a look at some of the fab treats from the February “Make a Date” box (pic to the left). These thinkThin nutrition bars are SO delish. Other treats from this box weren’t “edible”, per sae, but they were equally snack-a-licious! I have gotten TONS of use out of the Bic Mark-it Markers and the Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Sometimes I just sit around and sniff it (the Downey, not the markers, I’m not THAT crazy!)
I haven’t tried the Lipton Tea & Honey To Go Packet yet. But it looks like I’ll probably dig it. I’ve actually been seeing it like madballs in my Fitness and Health Magazines lately, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this “refreshing blend of mango and pineapple flavors, green tea and honey” tastes like. Bonus – it’s only 5 calories per serving. If my calculations are correct, I can have 6.75 glazed donuts and 1 glass of this a day if I want to stay in within my 1200 calorie limit. I’m in.
THIRST QUENCHIN? You betcha! Thanks to Cravebox, I’ve gotten to try EBoost natural vitamin/energy and Mercy to cure a good hangover (see my March box below). P.S. I won a case of Mercy in a giveaway, so I’m totally set to get shit-show wasted for at least, 24 days.
I’m sure this Skintersection Intense Repair Cream is lovely. I just haven’t tried it and don’t have any real need to at the moment. It’s $18 bucks a jar so it must be out of this world! I’ll have it on safe-keepin’ for next time I’m a crack-head…I mean, have cracked skin
FAB SKIN & BODY TREATS? Dude…(yeah, I said it) the full size skin & hot-bod products that have come from Cravebox are out of this planet. Check out the January Box here and March box (below) . In February, they sent a “pre-date” pamper duo from Amore Pacific. It included this great moisture/misty spray that I love to use after I workout.
I’m not gonna lie. I used to hate chocolates..and really, all things sweet if I’m bein’ honest. But, something happened to me at around 31-ish that changed me to a sweet seeking sicko. So, that’s why I consider these Guylian Original Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells a “Whole lotta awesome”. I mean, they are shaped like sea-shells. I can probably even hear the ocean if I rub them on my ears. I can’t take it. Saving these for a reward after a hard week of eatin’ healthy and workin’ out. Can’t wait.
WHOLE LOTTA AWESOME? Really, I can’t express enough how AWESOME Cravebox is as a whole. Every box I get has a whole-lotta awesome, for reals. And, there is always something…that just stands out to me as being particularly redunkulous. Like, the March box. This was such a fun box to get. I realize now that I never posted about it because I was in the process of moving when it came. So here’s the quick version. Happy Friday!
PURISTICS Intensive Eye Treatment. Boosts your skin’s natural ability to produce collagen to lift and firm
MEREADESSO Lip Treats. Blend of vitamins, primrose, grape seed, coconut oil, and sunflower.
NYX COSMETCS Boudoir Mascara. Distinct want to deliver full lengthening or curled lashes.
MIGHTY LEAF Tea. Premium whole leaf tea infused with smooth harmonious flavors in a silken pouch
MERCY Drink Mercy to prevent hangovers, detox your body, replenish key nutrients and alleviate alcohol flush.
P.S. If you are not a member of Cravebox yet, visit their site and become a member. For only $10 bucks a month, it’s so worth it and SO fun to get little boxes of goodies every month. Later dude. Jenny, out.
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Oh, hey! Apparently, I forgot that yesterday was Monday, so I’m sharing something awesome today instead. To be fair, it’s been slightly dramatic here in the last couple of days. Since last time I posted: (a) we found out our loft is being sold, (b) we decided to buy instead of rent, (c) we put an offer in on a the perfectest loft for us and (d) lost it to some dumb richy-pants. Apparently, we do not know how to just relax and take a breath between major life events. I.e. last summer we thought it would be a hoot to become a doctor, move to a new state, get married and save the world. To be fair, I”m not the one that became a Dr., but I became a Mrs. Doctor, which is almost as hard. Oh wait, I also didn’t save the world. That was a flat-out exaggeration.
Thankfully, we are going on our Honeymoon next week (FINALLY!) for a much-needed siesta from adulthood, so I”m gonna be off the grid for about a week. I’ll be posting stuff randomly before we head off to sea, including the name of the winner of the awesome Bitter Baking Co cookie giveaway that just ended yesterday! First though, I gotta post about my newest craving:
Something we’ve previously established: Me + monthly presents = smooshy love fest. Last week, I talked about Birchbox and Foodzie and I mentioned that they may or may not have a secret lovechild – Well, I’m happy to report, it’s true! My Cravebox arrived last week!
After accosting the mailman, I snatched up the box of unknown goodies and sprinted up three flights of stairs to my abode. ok, fine…I was completely out of breath by flight 2, but you get the gist. I won’t lie. I cradled my Cravebox a little bit before I opened it up. Then, I ravaged it like it was filled with gold; and to my surprise I felt as giddy as I do on Christmas morning once I saw what was inside.
If you aren’t hip to Cravebox yet, you should totally GET hip to it. The receipt of this absolutely killer monthly subscription box inclusive of “the most crave-worthy food, beauty & home products” only costs $10 bucks a month. The retail value of the contents in this 1 box alone exceeded $175 bucks, at least (NO JOKE PEEPS!). Then, if you want more of what’s in the box, you can hit up the website and purchase it (with a coupon code!) How awesome is that!
Here’s the deal though – they are SUPER exclusive at the moment. Everyone wants in and they are SOLD OUT. But, you can click here to get on the waiting list and they will email you once they have room for you to join in on the fun. It took me about 30 days to get in on this, so I’d recommend adding your email address, like 5 seconds ago. Anyway, here’s what I got in the “2012 VITALITY BOX“:
A full size package to get my vitamins! I haven’t tried this yet, but seriously hope it tastes like Tang. I haven’t had that in a bazillion years or so.
Colavita EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for those of you that are acronymically challenged):
This stuff is cholesterol free and rich in nutrients. This will be gone in about a second, since I use olive oil for everything. Love.
Can I just tell you that this FULL SIZE goodie retails for $120 dollars. Must I remind you that I only spent $10 on the entire monthly box of stuff? It’s like the monthly subscription box and skin replenishing lottery!
I was super excited to get this lil’ magazine in my box and cannot wait to give it my full attention. Once I completely read the love note from Cravebox, I realized that it was a ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION! I know I’m screaming, but I can’t help it. I’m too excited to contain myself.
This was the favorite of the box. If you remember, Santa brought me the S2H Replay watchy-thinga-majiggy that I bragged about here. Now, it has a mate! Hubby has been wearing this guy to work everyday. Yey.
CANNOT wait to see what I get next time around! See ya later alligator. Love, me.
It’s no secret that I’m a lover of “monthly subscriptions” and “of-the-months“. It is the absolute most fun receiving cute little packages each month. You should try it, at least one of them, at least once. You can cancel most of them whenever you’d like without selling off your first born or anything, so that I consider a bonus.
My current monthly flames are Maghound, Birchbox and Foodzie so that I can get my magazine, beauty and snack fix. I’m totally stoked to report that I just snagged a Cravebox subscription as well, which is a box that kinda-sorta blends the Birchbox and Foodzie concepts together (think “secret lovechild”). I have heard through the grapevine that my Cravebox is on its way to me as we speak. I will be sure to provide my official opinion on it’s awesome status as soon as the stork drops it off. Until, then, here’s the most up to date info on my other loves (starting with BirchBox):
FYI, me and Birchbox are still in a pretty serious relationship. For those of you unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s an awesome monthly beauty box subscription that’ll only cost you $10 bucks a month! The full skinny is here and, I also talk about it here. Anyway, when Birchbox came into my life, I took the plunge and circled yes, and now I’m it’s girlfriend. I’m not a very good girlfriend though because I haven’t talked about my lover since November! Since then, I’ve received 2 beautifil Birchboxes and I’m stoked to tell you what I got. So, without further adieu:
Harvey Prince (Yogini) – I’m sad to say that this was probably one of the more disgusting perfume samples I’ve sniffed. It gave me an instant headache, although I’m super picky when it comes to fragrance, so take it for what it’s worth.
Jouer (Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink) – I was pleasantly surprised with the way this looked on my lips given it’s beautifully insane custom Birchbox fuchsia color. The bad news is that I’m becoming increasingly convinced that Jouer lip products give me chapped lips (had the issue with this product as well as their limp plumper). I’m interested to hear if anyone else has experienced this, so please let me know! I just might be a weirdo and am hoping that it’s just coincidence.
L’Oreal Professional (Mythic Oil) – Was STOKED to get this sample as I have extremely dry hair and am always looking for new products to oil up my mane. I usually use Moraccan Oil which, I’m sorta married to at this point. BUT, the Mythic Oil worked good too, so I will definitely be keeping it on the radar.
Befine (Gentle Cleanser) – Some weird observations – 1. Smells like tree bark. I was expecting a really fresh, clean smell and I kind of felt like I had just stuck my nose in a pile of mud. 2. Is this supposed to be watery? I mean, to the point where I can’t really figure out how to apply it? Oddly enough, this really worked well on my skin (I just sorta squeezed it all over my face), despite the previous observations. I have rosacea and it made my skin feel totally clean, soft and did not make me went a face transplant, so that in itself makes this product pretty frackin’ awesome.
PREP ShowStoppers (Designer Fashion Tape) – These double-sided tape strips are the BOMB. I always have some sort of fashion tape on hand to avoid any “celebrity oops” moments. They are also really good for fixing a seam / hem or holding a rogue belt flap down. I actually haven’t used this particular sample yet – it’s in my purse for emergencies though, and I plan on buying these guys with my current Birchbox referral credit.
RECHARGE EBOOST (Orange Natural Energy Booster) – Drinking this as we speak and I have to say that it is WAY too sugary tasting for my palette. To me, it tastes like Orange Pop (soda) and I hate it. If you like Orange Pop though, you will probably dig it. The jury is still out on weather or not this boosts my energy or immunity. I’ll keep you posted if I end up ping-ponging off my walls later.
Borghese (CuraForte Moisture Intensifier) – I have not tried this baby out yet, but am jazzed to give it a whirl. The full size version is 10 million dollars, but I will totally become a stripper to pay for it, if it moisturizes my insanely dry skin.
Juicy Couture (Viva La Juicy) – I really thought I would have liked this, until I smelled it on myself and then I had to take an immediate shower to get it off of my skin. I’m a fragrance snob though, so you should totally try it out for yourself.
Jouer (Body Butter) – I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever tried “body butter”. It sounds fabulous though, so I’m trying this out tomorrow.
Stila (Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner) – This is probably my most fave Birchbox present to date. It is a FULL SIZE PRODUCT which costs double the $10 bucks I paid for this month’s box. It’s a gorgeous bluey-gray color and it really makes my tie-dye eyes pop. I’ve always been a liner-smudger, so this lil’ guy just made my day.
The “Lifestyle Extra” this month was a LARABAR (Mini Bar).
I’m eating it right now, I just ate it and it was pretty tasty. Love the texture of this “Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Fruit & Nut Food Bar”. Yikes – That was a mouthful…and, I also just said “Yikes”.
I have to say that this was a pretty fun box for me. In addition to the Stila Smudge stick, there was an extra card (coupled with an adorable Birchbox Logo magnet) that included a bunch of “mini-detoxes” for your mind, relationships, closet, diet and bathroom cabinet. So much fun! Get your Birchbox subscription here