Terra Bella Box: September 2015 & a Lip Trio Giveaway!! & Coupon Code

For TGIF, I’ve got something really special. Not only do I have a review of the new natural beauty subscription box, Terra Bella Box, but they were awesome enough to give me a lip trio as a giveaway for you, my oh so awesome readers. The rules and info on how to enter are below.

Terra Bella Box offers two box options, the regular box offers 5-6 natural beauty items, while the “lite” version has 2-3. For details on pricing, including prepayment discounts, jump down to “The Backstory”. There is also an exclusive coupon code for my subscribers, use SUBTHERAPY to get $3.00 off the month to month subscription price.

Now let’s get to the box!
Box
Adorable little packaging and inside we have the ever so important info card. (You’d think every box would have one, but a lot don’t and it really makes a huge difference.)
Open Box Open Box 2

Soap
Salacia Salts in Midnight Garden

(Estimated Retail: $10.00)
Description: Exfoliating soap with pure Atlantic sea salts in one of 3 scents ~ Shoreline, Midnight Garden or Seersucker.
Verdict: Gift
This is a beautifully packaged soap, but I received the “Midnight Garden” scent and it’s a touch too strong for me. I really think the “Shoreline” scent probably would have been perfect. This is lovely though and I’m going to add it to my Christmas 2015 gift stash.


Bath Bombs
Wellsmith Bath Bombs in Aloe and Lavender
(Estimated Retail: $6.00)
Description: Refreshing bath bomb sampler duo in Green Tea/Aloe and Lavender/Vanilla.”
Verdict: Hit!
Bath bombs are so much fun and I find Lavender super relaxing, so this is a great fit. The card lists the value at $6.00 but I can’t find a duo in the Wellsmith Etsy shop and just one bath bomb seems to cost $6.50.  It seems like Terra Bella’s cost on this one is underestimated.

Perfume
Olivü 426 Travel Perfume Sprayer in Vanilla Sandalwood

(Estimated Retail: $5.00)
Description: Travel perfume sprayer in Vanilla Sandalwood.”
Verdict: Gift
In general I’m not a fan of perfumes in beauty boxes because they are so personal. I can’t wear many scents and unfortunately I find the sandalwood in this a bit strong for me. I’m going to gift this to a friend who enjoys these types of perfumes. This brand does offer a ton of other options and the $5.00 price tag is super affordable so I may try out a few other of their offerings that are more my speed.

Lotion
Robbins Essentials Goat’s Milk & Honey Lotion in Oatmeal & Honey

(Estimated Retail: $7.50)
Description: Goat’s Milk & Honey Lotion in Oatmeal & Honey.”
Verdict: Like!
This lotion absorbed quickly and didn’t leave me feeling greasy. I definitely found it to be on the lighter side as far as moisturizers go. The biggest thing I noticed was the scent – it’s almost like brown sugar and it stayed with me all day. I kept catching whiffs of it and being surprised that I smelled like breakfast cereal (but in a good way, I swear). I didn’t see this exact version in Robbins online store, so I linked to a larger size.

Mascara
Herbanluxe Cosmetics Mascara in Black

(Estimated Retail: $11.99)
Description: Vegan Handmade Mascara in Black”
Verdict: Like
Vegan mascara is a tough thing to do well. This mascara isn’t the kind that is going to give you a super dramatic eye, but instead offers a more natural look. My eyes are sensitive and my lashes are oily, so mascara tends to bleed all over my face and make my eyes and skin itchy. This one didn’t smear and it didn’t give me any reactions. I prefer bolder mascaras in general but this is nice for a more natural look. If you’ve been in the market for a vegan mascara you may want to give this one a chance.

OVERALL
Terra Bella Box
Verdict:
Hit!

I received this box for free, but the regular month-to-month price is $37.95. The estimated retail value came out to $40.49 (and that’s using the lower price for the bath bombs). It’s hard to navigate the world of natural beauty products because there are so many small businesses in large marketplaces like Etsy. Natural beauty subscriptions are a great way to introduce you to brands you might never hear of otherwise. I’ve tried lots of natural beauty products and these brands are all new to me so I feel like this box was successful even if all the items weren’t to my exact taste.

Now to the super exciting part…drumroll please…

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
Giveaway!

The winner is…drumroll please….Southern Sugar!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.  I’ve got more giveaways planned so please check back soon!

Terra Bella Box graciously sent me this fabulous lip trio to giveaway. I like to keep things relatively simple so here are the rules:

1. You need to have a mailing address in the US. (Sorry international peeps!)
2. You need to “like” the Terra Bella Box Facebook page.
3. You need to leave a comment on this blog post.

You’ve got until Friday September 18th to enter.
Winners will be randomly selected.
I’ll announce the winner once they’ve been contacted and a mailing address confirmed.

Good Luck and thanks for reading!

TERRA BELLA BOX NEWS!
A Limited Edition Holiday Box is available!

Limited Edition Holiday 2015 Box: $65.00
“A Limited Edition Terra Bella Box that will ship in December. Each box will contain more full size products and will have a higher retail value than the regular Terra Bella Box. Very special and unique items that are our very favorite things, just in time for the holidays.”

THE BACKSTORY
Terra Bella Box is a subscription service that sends you 5-6 natural beauty products each month.  Variety is assured with your subscription to Terra Bella Box. You won’t end up with a cabinet full of face washes. We handpick the best lotions, scrubs, cleansers, moisturizers, cosmetics, masks, and everything in between, all sourced from fantastic small businesses that handmake their products using some of the best natural ingredients–not harsh chemicals.   Subscribing to Terra Bella Box is a way to support a local economy–not a large corporation–so you can feel good about where your money is going.”

COUPON CODE:
There is also an exclusive coupon code for my subscribers, use SUBTHERAPY to get $3.00 off the month to month subscription price!

Cost:
Terra Bella Box
(5-6 natural beauty products):
Month to Month: $37.95 per month
3 Month Prepay: $107.84
6 Month Prepay: $209.67

Terra Bella Box Lite (2-3 natural beauty products:
Month to Month: $17.95
(There are no prepay options for this box)

Julep Maven Box – September 2013

Julep’s September boxes feature their new Cityscape collection.  For more details on their subscription options, costs and a coupon code, skip down below.  But for now, onto the unboxing!

Box

Julep allows you to choose your own boxes and gives you the option of adding on up to 3 items at a big discount on each.  Despite my original profile being “Boho Glam”, I skip around every month and choose what tickles my fancy or what I need in my collections.

This month I chose the Bombshell Box.  This box includes Bare Face Cleansing Oil, Karmen and Catrina nail colors along with a free polish remover pad.

Bombshell Box

Bare Face Cleansing Oil: (Retail $28.00/Maven Price: $22.00)
Description: This lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleanser gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil without over-drying skin, then rinses clean with no oily residue. Recommended for all skin types.
This is the item I was most excited to receive.  I currently use cleansing oil and I adore it.  This one feels light, non greasy and has a lovely citrus scent.

Nail Polish Remover Pad:  (Retail $9.99 for 10 pack/Maven Price: 7.99 for 10 pack)
Description:  Each no-mess, lint-free pad is infused with aloe vera to moisturize and condition your nails. A great on-the-go solution for polish removal.
I love these things, can’t have enough of them.  A very useful freebie.


KarmenKarmen:
  (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description:  Golden crimson microglitter
I wasn’t sure about this color when I chose the box, but its actually really lovely.  It’s more shimmery than glittery, and more red than gold.  It will be a great color to use on the holidays.

DariaDaria:  (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description:  Dark slate grey crème
This shade was one of the reasons I chose this box over the other options.  Gray is big for fall this year and I thought this would be a nice sophisticated option for work.

As I mentioned earlier, Julep gives the option to add on up to 3 items from the collection.  I decided to pick the Konjac Cleansing Sponge, and two polish colors Catrina & Josephine.

Add-onsKonjac Cleansing Sponge: (Retail $12.00/Maven Price $9.60/Add on Price $7.99)
Description: This super-soft sponge is an all-natural exfoliant made from the fibrous root of the Japanese Konjac plant.
I think the idea with this item is to use it in conjunction with the cleansing oil, but I find oil is best to use with just your fingers.  I did want to try this item with some other cleansers since I’ve heard so much hype about Konjac sponges.

CatrinaCatrina: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20/Add-on Price $4.99)
Description: Marigold yellow crème
Before I joined Julep, I don’t think I would have considered a yellow polish, but this is the third one I’ve picked up and I adore the gold yellow tone to this polish.  It’s perfect for fall.

JosephineJosephine: (Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20/Add-on Price $4.99)
Description: Deep teal grey crème
I’m a sucker for teals and I didn’t actually own one that was more grey.  This is a really lovely shade, but it is somewhat close to the Daria color from the bombshell box.  I’d say if you’re on a limited budget, that you don’t need both colors.  Just choose whether you want a straight gray or one with a blue undertone.

PolishesOverall I love the items I received.  I will use all of them and the discount is great.  I paid $19.99 for the Maven Box and about $18.00 for the add-ons.  Even with maven discounts on the items, that’s still a huge value.  If you enjoy Julep products, it’s worth it to subscribe to the box.  And just remember you can opt out each month.

About Julep’s Maven Box

Julep specializes in toxin-free nail color but also features beauty products.  They are a small company based in Seattle and have been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List.

They have a monthly maven box that costs $19.99.  You simply take their beauty quiz and it will match you up with a specific style.

The options:

Modern Beauty – (For those who prefer beauty items over nail color) – “You’re a savvy tastemaker obsessed with the art and science of beauty.” Get two full-size beauty products in every box.

Boho Glam – “You’re a dynamic free spirit with a creative eye.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Bombshell – “You’re a confident frill-seeker with magnetic appeal.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

Classic With a Twist – “You’re an iconic beauty with a timeless aesthetic.” Get two limited-edition nail colors and one full-size beauty product in every box.

It Girl – (For those who want polish only) “You’re a colorful trendsetter who’s not afraid to be bold.” Get three limited-edition nail colors in every box.
The real beauty of a maven box is that you only get what you want.  You can change profiles each month or simply opt out of a box.   Julep will email you your monthly box selection, at that time you can choose a different box than your regular beauty profile or opt out entirely.  Every time you purchase a box you get the option of add-ons at a huge discount along access to their “Secret Store” that lets you get other products at great prices.   Another perk is that when you’re a maven you get 20% off anything you purchase from their store along with free Shipping.  Julep polishes retail at $14.00 each, so a Maven box of two to three brand new polishes for under $20.00 is a great steal.

Coupon: To try out a box for free, use the code FREEBOX
(you’ll just have to pay for shipping this time).  Just remember this is a subscription service so your free box will sign you up to get a box every month.  Either opt out each month when you don’t want a box, or cancel by calling Julep’s customer service.

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