Rachel Zoe Box of Style: April 2015

Brand new this year to the sub box game is the oh so chic, stylist Rachel Zoe with her Box of Style. Boxes ship out four times a year and you can opt to pay quarterly for $100 per box, or $350 for an annual sub. The moment I heard about this new seasonal sub, I knew I’d be nabbing a box.   I really love Rachel Zoe’s aesthetic and am always on the lookout for awesome fashion and celebrity curated boxes. To save $10 on your own sub use code use code SUBTHERAPYSP10!

It’s always so exciting to try the very first box of any sub, so let’s stop talking and start ripping open cardboard.
Box Open Box 1

The actual box the items come in is very nice and similar to the kind in the Popsugar Limited Edition boxes. I’ll definitely be reusing mine.
Box 2 Open Box 2
Inside, everything has been lovingly packed. The attention to detail (with even a cute little sticker) makes this box feel super luxe.
Closeup Wrapping
We get a brochure from Rachel with a description of the products, styling ideas and why the item was included. Each item also has a special coupon code that subscribers can use on the product websites for extra discounts.
Booklet
Rachel writes, ” Every day, my team of editors at The Zoe Report and I set out to discover and share the best new products.  Now, we are making these virtual recommendations a reality with Box of Style: a curated assortment of the best fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items of the moment–and of course one styling tool to make sure you’re looking your most glamorous all year-round.  Brought to you four times a year, our very first box kicks off our spring obsessions…”

HERO ITEM:
Bracelet Bracelet on Wrist
Miansai Modern Screw Cuff:
(Estimated Retail: $200.00)
Rachel’s Description: “There is nothing more chic than simple gold cuff—it’s the perfect addition to your everyday look. You won’t want to take this piece off!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Stack it with an armful of yellow, white, or rose –god pieces (whatever works best for you), for a “wow” look. For evening, pair it with your favorite cocktail ring or statement earrings and a smoky eye.”
Verdict: Frick’n Love
Rachel calls this the “hero item” and was the big ticket pick of the box. They released this one as a spoiler, which was extra motivation for me to purchase it. I love, love the classic cool of this cuff. It looks fab on it’s own, or mixed with other bracelets. You could wear this with a suit to a job interview or with a tshirt and jeans to a rock concert. It’s beautiful, versatile and chic. And as someone with a smaller wrist I love cuffs that don’t fall off or move around a ton. I also appreciate that Rachel Zoe released this item as a spoiler since it’s the big ticket product and might not fit bigger wrists. Just knowing this was in the box was enough to give consumers a good idea if this purchase would work for them.

Zoya Box Zoya Open Box
Swatches
Zoya Nail Polish in Zoe, Chantal and Haley:
(Estimated Retail: $30.00)
Rachel’s Description: “These polishes are perfect for the season yet transitional and will last the entire year. I worked closely with Zoya to create the perfect custom opal color, Zoe which I used in my Fall 2015 fashion week presentation—hence the name.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Layer a coat of Zoe over a coat of Chantal for a chic opalescent-nude color. Create an updated French manicure by using Chantal as a base color and Zoe in a half-moon style on the tips. Use one coat of Zoe for a sheer, two coats for a semi-sheer and three coats for an opaque pearl color.”
Verdict: Love!
You know I love polish and Zoya has one of my favorite formulas. This set is beautifully packaged and offers some classic shades everyone should have in their collection. I collect Opal polishes because it’s my birthstone, so I was extra psyched to see a special Opal polish that is unavailable on the Zoya site. These colors are wonderful for women of all ages and Rachel did a great job with the selection.

Glasses
Traveler by TOMS
:
(Estimated Retail: $68.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Every girl needs amazing black sunnies—this pair by TOMS is a brand-new shape that works wonders on virtually every face. Bonus: They come with a crazy-cute bold, floral case. What more could you ask for?”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Channel a boho-chic vibe by rocking them with a wide-brimmed hat or whatever style works best for you. For added drama, pair them with a red lip.”
Verdict: Hit!
It’s always fun to get new sunglasses and this shape is interesting but not so weird or bold that most women couldn’t pull it off. I also love the colorful case. I’m adding this to the travel kit I’m building up so I can rock these during my next trip.

Mascara
Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara
(Retail: $21.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I firmly believe that taking an extra few seconds to put on mascara instantly trnasforms your look and literally opens your eyes. It’s hard to overdose on mascara and this formula is one of my all time faves!”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “To make your eyes pop, use an eyelash curler before you apply. Once an initial coat has been applied, add more product on the outer corner of the lashes to create the illusion of falsies. We are huge advocates of top and bottom lashes, so don’t be afraid to trip up on coats.”
Verdict:
Like
Mascara in a sub box is not exciting, but Tarte is a great brand. I have pale lashes so mascara is a must for me and I love trying out new formulas.

Style Tape
Bristols 6 Stylin’ Tape
(Estimated Retail: $10.00)
Rachel’s Description: “A styling kit is incomplete without double-sided tape. Always keep in your bag for both day and night—you never know when you’ll have an unexpected wardrobe malfunction!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “If you’re wearing a billowy top or caftan, use small section sof tape to xsecure it to your body—near cleavage, at the shoulder sor anywhere eyou need a bit of extra security. This takpe can be used to keep the straps of a top in place on your shoulder o to adhere bra straps to your shirt so they don’t slip out. Keep a large bangle or ring in place if your jewelry is a little too big.”
Verdict:
Like
I love the idea of using this tape on oversized jewelry. I’m sure this will come in handy for dressier events when I want to keep small straps under control. This was a really thoughtful addition as we head toward warmer weather.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Where have you been all my life?

FINALLY.  A celebrity curated box that is everything it should be. This box was thoughtfully curated, seasonally appropriate and arrived on time. It had a great balance of beauty and style items and would work just as well for a 25 year old woman as a 45 year old. Even the packaging had lovely little details. All the brands are high end and nothing feels out of place or thrown together. This was an amazing box. I paid $100 and received $429.00 of product. The bracelet alone was worth more than the value of this box.

This sub has quickly moved to the top of my favorites list. If you can swing the cost of it, I can’t recommend it enough. I’m already looking forward to what will show up for summer.

Have you ever tried a celebrity curated box? If so which one and how was it?

THE BACKSTORY
Box of Style has Fashion, beauty and lifestyle items you’ll be obsessed with!   Over $300 worth of product in every box.

   Box of Style ships 4 times per year—March, July, September & December

   Membership renews each quarter

COSTS:
DISCOUNT!:  Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
Seasonal Membership:
$100.00 / 4x year
Annual Membership: $350.00 / year
Free shipping!

Seasonal membership:  Cancel any time (after the shipment of your first purchased Box of Style)
Annual Membership: Renews each year (membership is not cancellable during the year)

 

October Blog Hop: A Spooktacular Beauty Blog Hop!

Last month my beauty & fashion bloggers group took a brief hiatus from our monthly blog hops. We’re back this month for a Spooktacular Beauty Blog Hop with an obviously Halloween theme. Halloween has always held a unique place in my heart because my birthday is just a few days before. I can’t tell you how many Halloween themed birthday celebrations I’ve had over the years.

Halloween is one day a year where you can let your inner monster (or princess, for that matter) run around unfettered. But why limit yourself to just one day a year? Why not keep a little bit of Halloween with you all the time? This October 13th, I thought I’d pick 13 Halloween inspired items to help you keep that vibe going for more than one day in October.

#1 For the Ghost Hunter:
Ouija Dress

Modcloth’s: Spell Me a Story Dress
(Photo from Mocloth.com)
(Retail: $89.99)
Description: “Channel your most spellbinding style in this playful tank dress! Skulls, scrolls, and stars frame a Ouija board graphic on this soft, knit frock. Accentuated by a caged cutout back and sweetheart neckline, this mystifying dress tells a tale of enchantment!”

#2 For the Vampire Slayer:
Polish
Picture Polish’s Vampire
(Photo from llarowe.com)
(Retail: $12.50)
Description: “Deep vampy red jelly polish”

#3 For Bat Girl:
Bat Heels
Jeffrey Campbell’s All Bat and More Heel

(Photo from Mocloth.com)
(Retail: $179.99)
Description: “Swoop! There it is! You glide into the room and all eyes are drawn to your Batgirl heels from Jeffrey Campbell – and for good reason. How could anyone not adore the wing-shaped closure on these black pumps? Feeling magnificent in these suede, pointed-toe shoes, you’re destined to ‘stiletto’ the spotlight!”

#4 For a Steampunk Princess:
Trunk
Butter London’s Gears & Gadgets Ultimate Lacquer Trunk
(Photo from Butterlondon.com)
(Retail: $150.00)
Description: “All hail the ultimate gift for the beauty obsessed! Discover your signature look with 20 gorgeous Fashion Size Shades, 4 best-selling treatments and our favourite tools of the trade. Mix, match and play with all the essentials, and never wear the same look twice.”

 

#5 To visit a Galaxy Far, Far Away:
Leia Tshirt
Thinkgeek’s Star Wars I Know V-Neck Ladies’ Tee
(Photo from Thinkgeek.com)
(Retail: $24.99)
Description: “Han and Leia kiss on the front of this grey, 100% cotton shirt. Features a v-neck and delicate spirals with the words “I know” subtly integrated.”

#6 For the Mother of Dragons:
Dragon
SerpentsDance on Etsy: Dragon Necklace on Leather Cord Copper and Silver
(Photo from Serpentsdance Etsy Shop)
(Retail: $80.00)
Description: “This intricate pendant shows a dragon curled up on his back, nose buried in a book. The book has sterling silver covers, and inside are four tiny copper pages. A 6mm rose cut Labradorite cabochon is bezel set above the dragon.”

#7 To Curse A Princess:
Lipstick
MAC’s Maleficent Pro Longwear Lipglass
(Photo from maccosmetics.com)
(Retail: $22.00)
Description: “The bright, crimson gleam of Pro Longwear Lipglass in Anthurium. Goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours. Envelops lips with shine and colour and prolongs the hours between reapplication.”

#8 For A Pixie:
Zoya
Zoya’s: Bar Magical PixieDust
(Photo from Zoya.com)
(Retail: $10.00)
Description: “A glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula.”

 

#9 To Rule Them All:
One Ring
Thinkgeek’s Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring
(Photo from Thinkgeek.com)
(Retail: $99.99)
Description: “This Tungsten Carbide One Ring replica has the highest melting point of all non-alloyed metals and tough enough to go with you on your daily adventures. You’ll need the volcanic lava of Mount Doom to destroy it… or you could just wear it and see if you can withstand its evil powers.  The ring features an inscription in Elvish letters of the Black Speech devised by Sauron when he crafted the all powerful ring: ‘One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.’”

 

#10 For a Black Widow:
Cleanser
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Elastic Pore Cleansing Foam
(Photo from memebox.com)
(Retail: $25.00)
Description: “Suck out dirt out of your pores with charcoal while collagen extract from pig skin firms and hydrates skin. Spider extract makes this cleansing foam extra refreshing and suitable for sensitive skin.”

#11 For Wonder Woman:
Cuff
Fancy’s Goddess Gold Cuff
(Photo from fancy.com)
(Retail: $28.00)
Description: “Rock the ultimate wrist party with this oversized gold cuff.”

 

#12 For a Good Witch (Or a Bad Witch):
Witch

Skipnwhistle’s Witch on Broom Scarf
(Photo from skipnwhistle’s Etsy Shop)
(Retail: $20.00)
Description: “This super comfy American Apparel SUGAR SKULL SCARF is printed by Skip N’ Whistle with eco friendly ink.”


#13 For Catwoman:
Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
(Photo from sephora.com)
(Retail: $36.00)
Description: “This set features the Too Faced signature Glamour Guide, with three iconic cat-eye beauty looks to get you started. From sheer washes of color to highly-pigmented shadows, it includes nine shades in warm and cool tones. Three vivid, wet-and-dry formulas provide intense precision lining and a perfect wing tip for foolproof, dramatic eyes in minutes.”

If you enjoyed my post, please check out these other fabulous blogs who are posting their own take on Spooktacular Beauty:

Kristina from The Feminine Files

Megan from Polished Portland

Sammi from College Beauty Buff

Angela from Your Beauty Whisperer

 

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