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.

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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?

Treat Chest Candy Club: August 2015 & Coupon Code!

Today I’ve got a subscription for the kid in you. The folks at Treat Chest Candy Club box graciously sent me a box to review. Yes you heard that right, CANDY club. Seriously people, you have no idea how much I needed this.

Treat Chest Candy club will send you a monthly assortment of 5 different candies for $26.99. You can pre-pay for 3 or 6 month for a discount and there’s currently a great coupon code.  (If you use code 1for3, you’ll get one month free when you purchase the three-month subscription. If you use code 2for6, you’ll get two months free when they purchase the six-month subscription.).

Now let’s get to the sugar people.

A surprisingly large box showed up at my doorstep.
Box
Unfortunately, there was no little info card inside so I’ll need to get a little creative with my descriptions.
Open Box

Rock Candy
Rock Candy (8 pieces)

(Estimated Retail: 75 cents each; 8 for $6.00)
Description: “Rocks you can eat, that will make your kids bounce off the walls.”
Verdict: Like!
I don’t really like to eat rock candy that much, but I do think they are awesome for cake decorating. I’m sure I’ll eat at least one when I need a sugar fix. I’ll just have to hide them when my niece and nephew come to visit.

Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly Beans 30 Flavors (7 oz)

(Estimated Retail: $6.52)
Description: “So much yumminess until you hit a licorice or cinnamon flavored one. And the cinnamon ones are tricky little bitches because they look like cherry. Bastards.”
Verdict: LOVE
Have I had jelly belly beans before? Of course. But I never bother to buy them for myself and these are frick’n delicious (except for the rogue licorice and cinnamon ones). I cannot adequately describe the appeal of eating a jelly bean flavored like popcorn. Somehow it transcends both popcorn and jelly beans. It’s magic, I tell you. Magic. My boyfriend and I finished the bag and I actually went out and bought a couple more.

Licorice
Kookaburra Strawberry & Cream Liquorice Bites 6 oz

(Estimated Retail: 2.59)
Description: “When you like licorice so much you need to add “cream” to it so you don’t eat too many.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I adore strawberry liquorice (as evidenced by my obsession with Twizzlers), but I wasn’t crazy about the “cream” part of this. Don’t get me wrong, I still ate them because strawberry and liquorice, but they would have been so much better without the cream. I’m not sure about the price on this one because it’s sold out on the Kookaburra site and priced much much higher on Amazon, so my estimate on this one is probably on the low side.

Taffy
Frosted Cupcake Flavored Taffy Town Salt Water
– 15 pieces
(Estimated Retail: 1 lb bag: $8.95; 15 pieces: $2.07)
Description: “Candy for people who like to chew for a really long time”.
Verdict: Mysterious
Because we had no info card and these are individually labeled, I needed to do some detective work in order to figure out what they were. I’m not a taffy fan. I’ll eat a piece once in a while but it’s not my favorite. These are definitely good for taffy, but I tried them before I knew the flavor and I really couldn’t recognize it. They tasted like vanilla to me, but I’m not sure the “Frosted Cupcake” came through enough.

Smarties
Giant Smarties 1 oz.

Description: “For the folks that look at chalk and think “I wish I could eat this”.”
(Estimated Retail – 36 pack box oz box: $29.95;/1 piece: .83)
Verdict: Nope.
Smarties are to candy what grape nuts are too cereal. Gritty, gross, and unnecessary.
I remember being a little kid and eating the small size smarties and pretending they were pills. Like that’s the best thing I can say about this candy. It was great for playing make believe hospital. Seriously. These are not good candy. No Bueno. They are dragging down the box.

Gummy Bears
Albanese 12 Flavor Gummy Bears 7.5 oz

Description: “Happiness in a bag. Absolute happiness.”
(Estimated Retail: $2.19)
Verdict: Let the angels sing!
So I saw the “world’s best” on the bag and I admit it, I scoffed. I love gummies and I’ve tried a lot, believe you me. I was so sure these would not live up to cliam. Now I’ve never tried gummies from say Madagascar or Zimbabwe, but THESE ARE THE WORLD’S BEST GUMMIES. They are not lying. These are so damn delicious, I can’t even tell you. They are perfectly soft and each flavor tastes exactly like what it’s supposed to. The watermelon gummies (yes I said watermelon) are frick’n amazing. I had to buy more of these so I went to the Albanese site and not only are there “bears” but there are “cubs” and “papa bears” and worms and Rain forest frogs and even memorial day gummy soldiers. It’s like Willy Wonka for gummies! I may or may not have a 5 lb bag of gummy bears heading to my house. I should be sorry, but I’m not. If you love gummies, you have to try these. Find a way, I’m telling you it’s a goddamn gummy revelation.

OVERALL
Treat Chest August 2015
Verdict:
Hit!

At first glance the value on this box looks a little low. If you add up all the candy you get $20.20, and this box costs $26.99. But after having attempted to order some of the candy, a lot of the specialty places have high shipping prices and the Kookaburra is sold out on the main site and Amazon charges a ton to ship it. So while this sub seems a touch pricey for the 1 month subscription, the value is still there. Once you opt for the 3 month or 6 month options you are definitely fine with what you’ve paid versus the value of the items.

This box was so much fun to open and introduced me to some candy brands I hadn’t tried before. I will forever owe Treat Chest a debt for introducing me to the Albanese brand. (Although I may gain 5 lbs of solid gummy weight).

What are your favorite candies?

COUPON CODE!!:
If you use code 1for3, you’ll get one month free when you purchase the three-month subscription.
If you use code 2for6, you’ll get two months free when you purchase the six-month subscription.

THE BACKSTORY
At Treat Chest, our sole purpose is to deliver a unique and mouthwatering mix of the world’s finest candy to your door. The variety changes each month, so every box is a sweet surprise!

“Just pick the plan you want, and mark your calendar in anticipation. You can choose to receive just one box, or you can select one of the other multi-month options. Each order renews itself at the end of the subscription time period.

Once we receive your order, we’ll fill your box with that month’s unique assortment of confections to send your way. At the beginning of the month, we’ll ship the box to your home so you can savor the flavorful artistry of the world’s best candy.”

Monthly Cost:
1 Month: $26.99
3 Months: $23.99
6 Months: $21.99