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Byrdie Glossybox Review October 2013 and promo code/ coupon code

My Glossybox came last week, but we were so busy I didn’t get a chance to post until now! This box arrived super early this month, unlike last month (please keep it up, Glossybox- I hate getting boxes from the previous month into the next month!) I love Glossybox, and I would say it’s in my top 5 boxes. (although this is the only makeup box I currently receive!)

Glossy box is a monthly subscription box that has deluxe and full-size products.

The Cost: $21 a month (you can save more with 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription), but if you go through Ebates, you’ll save $2.75, making this box only $18.25

Promo code: there’s no promo code on this one, but if you go through Ebates, you can save $2.75, and get a free $10 Target gift card, making your first month close to free. Click here to go to Ebates first, then sign up and search Glossybox! And even if makeup isn’t your thing, or you’re a dude, check out Ebates for a second anyway! You get paid extra to buy the things you already buy on the internet!

If you already have Ebates, you can click on the link below to check out Glossybox:

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I love that Glossybox always sends info cards. This month’s theme was a collaboration with Byrdie.

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I knew one of the products was going to be this Tarte Mascara because of an email spoiler this month:

ImageTarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara ($23): I love the Tarte brand and I knew how much this mascara cost, so I was excited about the value of this one. It does make your lashes nice and long, but it also is kind of clumpy. Plus, I’m a loyal fan of Maybeline Great Lash (it keeps my lashes super long!) but I just ran out so I’ll still probably use this up. Plus, the packaging is fabulous.

Here’s what my lashes looked like (not a great picture, I took it with my phone, but you can see the lashes pretty well. Sorry, Tyra, I forgot to “Smize” (smile with your eyes).

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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream ($12.60): This was nice to use after the exfoliating cream. I have to use it a little bit longer to tell if I really love it.

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Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Vert de Cologne ($4): ugh. I’m sort of sick of receiving tiny cologne bottles. Although this smells nice, neither of us wear cologne often so I’ll end up passing it on to someone.

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Sesha Renu Exfoliating gel ($10?):  Oh. My. Gosh. I love this! This is definitely going on my Christmas list. My skin felt like I just had micro-derm, and I can honestly say that I’ve never used a product before that made my skin so soft! According to the website, the exfoliating gel “uses natural papaya enzyme to gently remove dead cells and unclog pores”. The strangest part was you could feel all of the dead skin cells coming off!

The final item was Balance Me Shine on Tinted Lip Salve ($19.37): I’m not sure what happened to my picture of this! But you can see it if you click on the link. I love the color of this gloss, and it isn’t sticky at all, but the smell is a bit weird. But it has lots of natural ingredients, so I just chalked it up to that.

This box had a value of nearly $120 – which is awesome! And I love that every item was full-sized with lots of makeup products, instead of just smaller samples like a lot of other makeup subscription boxes send. And the presentation and packaging is still the best I have seen. I’ve been getting Glossybox for a few months now and have yet to be disappointed. This one is a keeper for Christmas presents!

What do you guys think of Glossybox? I’m not super into experimental trends with makeup- I tend to keep my makeup pretty simple and classic colors, and this box delivers just that- beauty products anyone can use!

If you’re interested in signing up for Glossybox, make sure you sign up for Ebates first here

and if you’re already on Ebates, here’s the Glossybox link below:

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. You don’t have to use them, but if you did, we’d thank you kindly 😉 All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s). The Family Class does not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box.

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Bulu Box Review October 2013

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Bulu Box: $10/Month

We love subscription boxes- so much so, that we review them all the time! Unfortunately, neither of us loved this one. In fact, I just took 3 pictures of this box because both of us were so incredibly disappointed, and I didn’t want to invest the time in a review of a box we just didn’t love.

Even though this box is only $10, if you check out Bulu’s website, the box looks like a good deal and boasts on the website that each box contains Each box contains “4 to 5 premium samples plus lifestyle extras like gym gift cards or DVDs from time to time”

Here’s what came in the box:

Image1. Rootology (x2) -although we both use a natural allergy supplement, and will probably try these, I feel like this is more of a “specialty” product for people that have allergies and I don’t completely understand why it would be in a nutrition subscription box.

2. Strawberry pocket protein: now this is a product I would expect from a nutrition box, but is really the only “deluxe” sample in the box.

3. Smarty pants adult vitamins: These are really good, but I wish it was a bigger sample so I could take them for a couple days. There was only enough for 1 day.

4. Body Glove Chocolate energy gel: I’m not a huge energy gel fan, but Greg sometimes takes these, so I’m sure he’ll give it a try.

5. Axia 3 Prodigestive Antacid: We don’t really get heartburn so we’ll probably pass these off to someone that wants them.

6. A $25 “giftcard” that is only good on a full price Bulu gym bag, which start at $142

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Our Thoughts:

We thought the samples were probably not even worth $5 (but they cost $10) and we were incredibly disappointed. If we’re totally missing something about this subscription box, please point it out to us. Unfortunately, we don’t feel like it’s a very good value, and we cancelled our subscription after only one month. I don’t think we’ve ever done that before!


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New Subscription Box- Orange Glad

Food/Snack Boxes:

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Orange Glad: $19.95/month. Orange Glad is a assortment of gourmet sweets delivered straight to your doorstep every month. They search high and low for new tasty sweet treats to put in our Gourmet Sampling Box for you to try every month. The Family Class will being doing a review of Orange Glad soon, but and in the mean time, Orange Glad is offering a special code for our readers only: 10% off with code “FAMCLASS10″ 


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Parenthood Survival Box October 2013 Review

Parenthood Survival Box is a monthly subscription box full of helpful items for babies and parents to help get through the early months of having a baby. The nice folks at Parenthood Survival Box kindly sent us a box to review. The box can be customized by gender or you can opt for the general neutral option, if it’s a surprise!

Boxes are $39.99/month

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We were excited to review this box even though we’re not expecting. We were curious whether it would make a good future baby-shower gift though, and luckily, it arrived a day before a good friend’s shower, so we were able to test it out!

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I had to add this one too. I call this picture “How I know my cat is plotting to kill me.” Or, she must not love subscription boxes like I do.

Here’s the first look into the box. I love that the Parenthood Survival Box comes with a letter explaining each item and why it was selected. I think this is a great touch- especially for gifting this box to new parents!

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Here’s what we received in our box:

ImageAngel Dear Swaddle Blanket – Value $16

I was trying to think of excuses to keep this one, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have even covered half of Auden’s body. This blanket is so nice and soft! It’s made with 100% pre-washed cotton muslin, and I love the owl print too!  We could’nt wait to gift this to the momma-to-be!

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Hey Diddle Diddle Indestructible Book – Value $4.95

Auden had a couple of these and we loved them- you can rip them, step on them, whatever- and they don’t tear! We’ve actually gifted a couple of these already, so we were excited to see this product in the box!

ImageChill, Baby Pacifier – Value $10

This pacifier is silicone and BPA free! Auden never really took to pacifiers (sometimes we really wished he had) but I think this is a hilarious gift. Love Fred products, they’re always hilarious.

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BabyLegs Legwarmers – Value $10

These are so adorable. I wish this trend was around when Auds was a baby, I see it all the time now and love it!

ImageParents’ Night Out Pad – Value $6.50

We actually own this Pack this! pad, and I can’t live without it. I’m incredibly forgetful and unorganized and I always forget something that needs to be packed.

The last time we went on vacation, I couldn’t find my “packing” pad and I had a mental breakdown. Well, that and I while I was packing, I found a tick on me and I have never encountered a tick before, and Greg wasn’t home so I had to pull that sucker out myself. Ticks+disorganized packing = nervous breakdown.

This box made a great baby shower gift, and the box had a great value in our opinion too – nearly $50 worth of baby and new parent items for $34.99.

What do you guys think of Parenthood Survival Box? Would you gift one to a new parent?

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s). The Family Class does not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box.


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Love with Food Review October 2013 and coupon code!

The box: Love with Food

What’s in it: Organic, all-natural snacks. We get every Love with Food every month and love it. Everything is organic and usually a decent portion is gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun to discover new snacks- we’ve both discovered some of our favorite healthy snacks this way! Love with Food also donates a meal to a hungry child for every box sold.

The cost: $10-$12 a month

Want to give Love of Food a try? Click here and use code “FB7OFF″ to get your first box for only $5!

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Here’s what we received this month:

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New World Caveman Cookies from Caveman Bakery: I loved these! They’re paleo, dairy and gluten-free so they make me happy! We’ll be ordering some more of them! They taste like cinnamon/pumpkin bread.

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Glee Gum, Tripe Berry from Verve Inc.: We’ve already loved Glee gum for awhile so we were happy to see it this month. Glee gum is dairy and gluten-free and doesn’t use any artificial colors or flavors.

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Toasted Coconut Chips from Dang: We’ve gotten these before and they’re delicious, and gluten/vegan as well.

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Kind Bar from Kind Snacks: I love these! I was just thinking about how sad it is that Starbucks doesn’t carry them anymore. I loved grabbing one of these to hold me over through class with my morning coffee. Maybe Love with Food will keep sending them?

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Happy Squeeze from Happy Family: I was barely able to photograph this before Auds grabbed it. He loves “squeezie pouches” -as he calls them, so I love getting them in boxes because I know they won’t go to waste. Does anyone have a kid who doesn’t love these things? I’m curious!

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so…. I’m not exactly sure what to do with these… I’m not even really sure what they are? They are described as “apple cider vinegar pearls add a burst of flavor to every bite” bite of what? I wish I knew what to put them on! Here’s a close up where you can see the “pearls:”

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Organic Hard Candies from Torie & Howard: These just tasted like hard candies, but they were good and we appreciated that they were organic and natural!

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Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps from Silk City Snacks:  We were really excited for these when we saw the spoiler (we live in an Italian town!) but… we just didn’t love them. Maybe we’re just used to the real (and fattening) Pizzelle cookies, I’m not sure. But Auds liked them!

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Did you get Love With Food this month? Did you love it or not as much this month?

If you are interested in signing up click here.  Subscriptions (for a regular box) are $12/month, but you can use the code “FB7OFF″ to get your first box for only $5. There is also an option for a Deluxe Box (it’s $19.95/month and contains 16-2o items) so you can check that out if you’re more into quantity!


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Peach Dish Discount!

We’ve done quite a few reviews about a meal-box subscription we receive every week and love, Peach Dish. If you’ve thought about trying Peach Dish, the good news is that you can try it now for $15 with code “2kWmFqc6

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$15 for a 3-course meal for 2? Not bad at all! Click here and be sure to use the coupon code to save $5.

Want to check out some of our reviews of Peach Dish? We have 3 examples you can check out here:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s).


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Box Of Happies Review- first edition October 2013

Box of Happies is a subscription-box service that sends you 3-5 top-quality, handmade products a month from artists across the country. 

We think Box of Happies sounds like a great idea for stocking up on hand-made Christmas presents and we’re excited to check out the their first box, the October box (we signed up today!). In addition, it supports artists (we have a lot of artists in our family!)

Another great thing about Box of Happies is that there are no recurring charges like a lot of other subscription boxes. I hate forgetting to cancel a box that I wasn’t a fan of and then getting charged for an extra month. Box of Happies lets you choose as many or as few boxes as you would like – and you don’t have to receive your boxes consecutively. 

Box of Happies cost: $24.00 + $4.99 shipping

If you’re interested in signing up for the October box (the first box- so you know it’s going to be AWESOME!) you can use code “ 5PERCENT” to save 5% off of the first box

ImageBox of Happies shipped in a USPS priority mail envelope, and I was surprised to see it came in a little plastic box instead of the typical cardboard box. It came with a card with recommendations of how you could re-use your box!

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The description card also included the value of each item which was really nice to see- it makes my job a lot easier! The first item was an adorable necklace from Mint Marbles on Etsy. I checked out their job and they have some cute stuff! My sister actually stopped over, saw this necklace (I was taking pictures) and yelled “I want that!” hahaha. Sorry, sis, I’m keeping this one! ($10 +shipping)

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The next “Happy” was a set of adorable recipe cards from Petersen Designs on Etsy. I love giving out recipes, and I can’t wait to use these adorable cards! ($2)

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next item was a pair of earrings created especially for Box of Happies, and guess what??? Box of Happies is giving one lucky reader a pair of their own! Just click on the link at the bottom of this review! I was so excited to see these in person! They’re really beautiful and look great on! Confession time: I ordered this box to get a pair of these for myself 🙂 ($8)

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Next in the box, I received a little “sticky-notes” note book with a little gel pen from Leas Letters on Etsy. This is great because I can never seem to find post-it’s when we need them and I can just keep this out on the counter. Love it. ($4 + shipping)

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The last item is a glass ring from Glasshealer.com. It reminds me of a galaxy or something, so cool. And since I’ve taken a glass class, I have a new-found appreciation for glass art. It’s hard stuff! ($3-$5)

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So what do you guys think? We think Box of Happies is a great company that showcases some great artists. So who wants to win a pair of Box of Happies earrings? Then enter below!

  • PRIZE: A beautiful pair of handmade earrings (A Box of Happies original!) that will be featured in the first box in October!
  • TO ENTER: Enter by following our blog and clicking the Rafflecopter link below!
  • BONUS COMMENT QUESTION: …what’s your favorite piece of jewelry you’ve ever owned? Or, if you’re a guy, who would you gift these to if you won?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: October 31st
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • PRIZE SHIPS: United States only (we’re working on some international giveaways- we appreciate all of our international readers too!)

UPDATE: For some reason the raffle image link above does not appear on most mobile phones, but works on normal computers.

Disclosure: We weren’t paid or given anything for hosting this giveaway, and want to thank to everyone who follows our blog and checks out the great companies we partner with.