Top 15 Sub Box Items of 2015

So it’s time for me to pick my favorite 15 items from all of my 2015 Sub boxes. This was epically hard and I swear I started with twice as many awesome items that I had to painfully work through. There were so many great things that just couldn’t make the cut. I’ve broken down the list for you by month.

JANUARY
BorealisBorealis Swatch
Orbital Eyeshadow – Borealis:
(Retail $18.00/Maven Price: $14.40)
from Julep Maven: January 2015 – The Chrysalis Collection – Modern Beauty
Possibly my most favorite eyeshadow ever. It’s a smoky eye for dummies and the peacock shimmer on it is amazing.

Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
(Suggested Retail: $30.00)
from the Popsugar: January 2015
This product does exactly what it says it will and is unscented. It’s great for both men and women as well as folks with sensitive skin. Since I tried this I’ve recommended it to tons of my friends.

FEBRUARY
Cutting Board
ACME Party Box Company
Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife
(Suggested Retail: $32.00)
from Popsugar: February 2015
This set was so adorable and I regularly pull out this cutting board to slice fruit.

MARCH
Rings Necklace
Three Gold Rings Necklace
from Amanda Deer Jewelry
(Retail: $32.00)
from Fair Ivy: March 2015
I found myself reaching for this necklace all the time. It’s so simple, lovely and great for layering. I got lots of compliments on it.

APRIL
Brush
Multipurpose Pro Tools Oval Brush by Harry Josh
:
(Estimated Retail: $40.00)
from the Nina Garcia Quarterly (#NGQ05): April 2015
The saving grace of my last Nina Garcia box. This is a great brush and I love the mint shade. It sits out on my bedroom dresser.

CupSpoon Close
Handmade Mug & Spoon from White Peach Pottery (Retail: $32.00+)
from Fair Ivy: April 2015
I adore handmade ceramics and this mug and spoon set is so lovely. It sits out on display on my kitchen shelves.

Bracelet Bracelet on Wrist
Miansai Modern Screw Cuff:
(Estimated Retail: $200.00)
from the Rachel Zoe Box of Style: April 2015
This is my favorite item of all for 2015. It’s classic and somehow edgy and conservative at the same time. It’s great quality and I really want the exact same one in a rose gold finish.

MAY
Bracelet On Wrist
Silver Chalcedony Bracelet from Simply Lovely Handmade
(Retail: $???)
from Fair Ivy: May 2015
I love the delicateness of this bracelet and how well it layers with other pieces I have. The pink stone is also right on trend for 2016.

JULY
Oribe
Oribe Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray (Full Size: $39.00)
from Birchbox: July 2015
Oribe products are always amazing and since I wear my hair wavy, this was a great product for me.

Mineral Peel
O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel
(Retail: $44.00)
From Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Summer 2015
I was concerned about spraying a peel directly into my face, but this didn’t irritate my skin at all and (I know this sounds gross) it really peeled off all the dead skin. I tried this with my best friend and she was amazed. Seriously, my favorite peel ever.

SEPTEMBER
Watch Case Watch Watch Close
Cluse La Bohéme Rose Gold Watch with dual straps:
(Estimated Retail: $132.00)
from the Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Fall 2015
I don’t own many watches and this one is so lovely and classic. The rose gold on this is epic and the changeable straps make it so versatile. I know I’ll have and use this piece forever.

Gummy Bears
Albanese 12 Flavor Gummy Bears 7.5 oz
(Estimated Retail: $2.19)
from the Treat Chest Candy Club: August 2015 Box
Yes, gummy bears are on this list. Because they are the best damn gummy bears in the world. They were so good I ordered my boyfriend and I a giant 1 lb bag of them.

OCTOBER
Pillowcase
Savvy Sleepers Luxury Satin Pillowcase
(Suggested Retail: $36.00)
from Popsugar: October 2015 & a New Limited Edition Holiday Box!
This pillowcase was so soft and comfy, that I used the coupon code in the box to buy some more for my bed.

DECEMBER

Jewelry Box 2 Jewelry Box Open
Swing Design Nova Blue Mist Jewelry Box (Suggested Retail: $36.00)
from the Popsugar: December 2015 & A Promotion Fail
I am a sucker for Mint and this box was perfectly sized to hold all kinds of goodies. I have two of them and they live on each end table on the sides of my bed.

Hairpin 1Hairpin Close
Lelet NY Swarovski Crystal Hair Pin
(Retail: $98.00)
from the Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Winter 2015
This is gorgeous and has an heirloom feel to it. So beautiful.

It was fun to look back and see which items I ended up falling in love with and which ones I adored from the start. Overall, my favorite subscription box for the year was the Rachel Zoe Box of Style. I received so many amazing things from that subscription and if I could only choose one to keep, it would be Rachel’s, hands down.

So that’s what we got in 2015, but what do I want to see in 2016?

FOR BEAUTY
Watercolor Eyeshadows: Enough with the neutral palettes, we have a ton of them. How about some pastels? I’d love to see some fun watercolor shades in blues, greens and pinks. Give us something that we might not already have in our makeup bag.

Practical Luxury: Full sizes of Fancy Shampoo, Conditioner, Bodywash—even deodorant. We get tons of masks and styling items, but I’d love to try out the pricier every day products. If I fall in love with one, I’d probably splurge on it regularly.

Unique Polish Finishes: We get a lot of cremé, glitter and shimmer polishes but there are a lot of other finishes out there. How about more holographics, jellies and duochromes this year?

Tools: I want to see more styling tools. I’d fall over to get a Mason Pearson brush or comb, a fabulous curling wand, or a great Blush brush.

FOR ACCESSORIES
Rose Gold:
We saw rose gold jewelry pop up in a lot of 2015 boxes, but it’s still on trend and most women don’t have a ton of it in their jewelry collection. Send us more please.

Moonstone: I love moonstone and it shines with both Pantone colors of the year (baby pink and blue). It’s gorgeous and mystical and I’d love to see it pop up in some jewelry.

FOR FOOD
Seasonings:
I’d love to see more seasoning and spice blends (particularly salt free ones). Oils are great too—basically less snacks and more cooking items.

FOR LIFESTYLE
Bagged Lunches: Those of us who bring our lunch to work or school are always on the lookout for new boxes, bags or other gadgets that make it easier and more fun to pack a lunch. Cool Bento boxes, insulated containers and thermos are all welcome.

High End Cleaners: Cleaning isn’t glamourous but it’s a fact of life and I’d love to see high end cleaners in boxes. Eco-friendly countertop cleaners, fancy scrub brushes or specialty laundry detergents would all be some great practical additions.

So what’s your wish list for sub box items in 2016?

Top 14 of 2014: My Fave Sub Box Items

At the end of each year, I take a look back at all my sub boxes and pick out my favorite items and favorite subscription box. I took a couple weeks to go over my past reviews and on this lovely January 14th, I’ll give you my top 14 Favorite Sub box items of 2014:

JANUARY 2014

Rings 2 Rings
Wrap Arrow Ring
& Athena Wrap Around Ring by Katie Dean Jewelry (Fancy Retail: $45.00 & $55.00)
from the Original Fancy Box – January 2014
I loved these rings and wore them constantly – both together and mixed up with my other rings.

Cable
Crosslink Cable
(Fancy Retail: $18.00)
from the Original Fancy Box – January 2014
This little cable totally helped reinvent my commuter bag. Instead of hauling a different charger for my iphone,ipod and old Kindle, this one cable covered everything.

FEBRUARY 2014

Pottery
Tillandsia planter
from White Peach Pottery (Retail: $18.00)
from the Fair Ivy Duet Box – February 2014
I loved the little air plant and its cute planter. And shockingly it is still alive!

MARCH 2014

I had to include some Julep polishes and in March I fell in love with these two from The Riveria Collection.

Soraphine Swatch
Soraphine:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Classic sheer white crème

Tania Swatch
Tania:
(Retail $14.00/Maven Price: $11.20)
Description: Multdimensional mermaid teal glitter

from the Julep Maven Box – March 2014

Earrings
23k Gold leaf Inlay Sterling Silver earrings
from Virginia Wynne Jewelry (Retail: $27.00)
from the Fair Ivy Duet – March 2014
I wore these earrings so much that I managed to lose one somewhere in my house. They are adorable and go with anything. I may end up breaking down and ordering another pair

 

 

Palette
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Compact
(Retail: $48.00)
from Nina Garcia Quarterly – March 2014
Laura Mercier is one of my favorite cosmetics line and this kit is perfect for giving you a sunkissed look.

APRIL

Palette#2
Too Faced Natural Eyes
(Retail: $36.00)
from Popsugar Must Have – April 2014
This was a great neutral palette and I used it all the time.

JULY

Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat
(Retail: $21.00)
from Birchbox LE Modern Mermaid Box – July 2014
This amazing topcoat turns any mascara waterproof. I was so impressed I immediately went to Birchbox and ordered a full size.

Salt Spray
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mane Sea Salt Spray
(Retail: $24.00)
from Birchbox LE Modern Mermaid Box – July 2014
I have a bunch of sea salt sprays from boxes but this one was by far my favorite and I will definitely buy it again.

 AUGUST

Cream #2
Kang Skin Rejuvenating Cream 50 mL
(Memebox Retail: $72.00)
from Memebox: Superbox #34 Dermocosmetics 2 – August 2014
As you know I’m obsessed with snail creams so I loved this one from Memebox and I use it regularly.

 

SEPTEMBER

Lip Crayon Lip Swatches
Plush Pout Lip Crayon
in Cardinal Red: (Retail $16.00/Maven Price: $20.00)
from Julep Maven Box – September 2014
I loved the color and staying power of Julep’s lip crayons.

Scarf
Tilo Scarves
Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin
(Suggested Retail: $125)
from Popsugar Must Have – September 2014
I actually got a ton of awesome scarves in my 2014 sub boxes, but this one was my favorite. (I am a sucker for ombre fabrics).

DECEMBER

Bowl
Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl
(Suggested Retail: $29.00)
from Popsugar Must Have – September 2014
I know it’s just a little bowl but this little guy is so pretty sitting on top of my dresser.

 

FAVORITE SUB BOX OF 2014
It was tough to pick a favorite box since most boxes had awesome months and some not so great months too.  Looking over the year, it seems that I’m going with my Popsugar Must Have sub as my fave. It consistently delivers items that I love and even when something isn’t quite my taste it will usually make a great gift. It is one of my pricier subs but that’s expected when it includes higher quality, full size items.

What subs did you subscribe to in 2014 and what were your favorite items?