[Best of the Box] All The Kitties Go Crazy for the KitNipBox

As it turns out, securing my little IPSY Subscription Box with makeup goodies and samples fun enough to make any makeup maven ‘Oooh’ and ‘Ahhh’ was just the tip of the iceberg and it seems I’ve created a monthly box monster of sorts.  After two months of drooling over my IPSY goodies, I added a Birchbox Beauty subscription to the mix and just so I didn’t feel like a completely spoiled brat, I decided that it might be time to branch out; and with all these fantastic monthly boxes out there, I couldn’t just keep my subscription secret to myself – so, I figured I’d give the kitties a run for their money.

I spent some time debating between MeowBox and KitNipBox but after reading the reviews for multicat households, I knew KitNip would be a winner. One of my favorite things about the box is there are always ample toys for the cats (and when you have four kitties, this is incredibly important) – plus the treats have been on point for their first two boxes; it’s so refreshing that treats all of the cats like actually exist!

Until KitNip, I was convinced that Stella only likes the generic store bought treats, Daisy preferred fish flakes, Loki only loved high end cat food and Marley, well…Marley likes it all, but they all love the treats in the subscription box like a full size portion Waggers’ My Little Lion ‘Totally Tuna’ Cat Treats that disappeared almost immediately.  Not to mention, Last time Danny and I rearranged our living room furniture – we found over a dozen toys tucked away in the crevasses of the couch and having a hearty pile of them helps.  My personal favorites are the ‘Keep Calm and Purr On’ pillow and the plush catnip stuffed Elephant stuffed toy.

I’m a sucker for giving back to the community, and in my opinion one of the best parts of purchasing a KitNipBox is that the team  lend their charity, proceeds and products to over 100 different organizations like shelters and rescues across the country including the Paw Project and San Francisco SPCA to the Stray Animal Adoption Program and Kit Tea SF, San Francisco’s premiere cat cafe.

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Do you have a subscription box perfect for pets or one that you’ve simply been itching to get your paws on?

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[Beauty in a Box] IPSY’s April Picks: Makeup for Dreamers 


For the entirety of my post-teenage life, I’ve claimed that if makeup were considered paint – more women would be considered painters, myself included.  The only difference between the me of 2016 and the me of 2003 is the want to go makeup shopping and a daring eye of new styles and novel products.  Back then, I used to frequent sparkly cascades of rainbow colored eyeshadow paired with electric eyeliner and all sorts of concealer, moisturizer and foundation; now, I barely use four makeup products on my eyes, let alone my entire face.

When it comes to discovering new products, you could say I’m basically a noob all over again – so, I’m beyond thankful that monthly beauty subscription boxes have blossomed into commonality.Beyond just makeup, there’s literally hundreds upon hundreds of monthly boxes to choose from – and for as little as $10 a month, you’re showered with lots of fun goodies – some of which, you might become a superfan of in a heartbeat. More on the litany of boxes later – and back to the makeup, my fav! Once a month, their makeup mavens toss together an esteemed ‘Glam Bag’ chalk full of tantalizing treats and new fanged products – and I’ve been itching to get my paws on them for a good minute – turns out, there’s no time like the present.

With a menagerie of monthly makeup boxes to choose from, I made a note to choose wisely – but for the low cost of $10 a month, I let myself splurge a bit and try out a couple.  There’s the tried and true makeup and skincare favorite Birchbox – which I have cruising my direction in May (woot), the jealousy inspiring Sephora Box and last but certainly not least – my first box, IPSY.



Among the samples for April are two facial masks from Pur-lisse, a cute little Tarte lip sensation, a lively lavender nailpolish from ProBelle, a Highliter Trio, a highlighter brush and a makeup pounce that takes an ode from the pastels of Springtime. I’ve ranked each of the items on a scale of 1-10 on whether I’d buy the full size retail version, as well as a link to where you can purchase the items individually.

(From Top Right, Counter Clockwise)

(1) Probelle Nail Lacquer in In or Out // Retail: .5g for $6 // Take my money

Let’s be real, I’d rather buy five new nail polishes, a mini manicure set and some nail polish remover than go to a salon to get my nails done – so when I get a full size nail polish, the little girl inside me starts giggling with glee.  Not to mention, it’s a beautifully rich lavender – which makes for an exceptional Spring time color for your toes or your fingers.  I’ve never even heard of Probelle before this past week, but after how my nails held up over three days of Coachella -I’ll definitely be ordering some new colors for festival season.

(2) 2 x Pur-lisse Treatment Sheet Masks // Retail: $8 for 1, $36 for 6  // Take my money

I’m a sucker for a good skincare product, and this one completely takes the cake.  Best known for her role as the villain Vypra in the Power Rangers of my childhood, Jennifer Yen is now revolutionizing the skincare game – one Asian fusion product and face at a time. I’ve always used lotion or actual product as a mask instead of a cut cloth mask that was saturated in the product, so I definitely felt a bit silly walking around the apartment – but if that’s the price you have to pay for clear skin, I’ll gladly give in.

(3) City Color Highlighter Trio + Luxte Highlighter Brush  // Retail: $8.99 + $24 // Neutral

For me, highlighter is a lovely little touch on top of my makeup – and a wonderful double for neutral eyeshadow; but something I already have a ton of, brush included.  I’m thankful to have something else to toss into my reservoir of travel makeup, but I wouldn’t purchase a trio of highlighters – I’d prefer just one rich bronze color.  The makeup brush is soft and wonderful, and though I have others – I’ll actually probably replace them with this one, good on you, IPSY.  Now I won’t need a new one of those for a few years!

(4) Tarte Lip Surgence in Wonder  // Retail: 3g for $24 // Pass 

Though I’m a huge fan of the Tarte brand, and this comes in a pretty pink packaging and leaves a sultry smooth stain behind – I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of lip cremes or lip stain – this one included.  I’d never purchase this on my own, but I’m glad I have it around for special formal occasions, weddings or big nights out on the town.  For now, I’ll stick to my Mango Burt’s Bees please and thank you.

All in all, this was a great first Glam Bag because I’ve been in desperate need of some facial masks and Summer highlights for my cheekbones, not to mention – I’m a bit obsessed with pastel polish.  But I’d definitely skip the Tarte lip stain and go in the direction of a natural lip balm with a dash of SPF and little to no tint.  Is it time for the next one yet?!

Do you have any subscription boxes that you’re a sucker for?

I’m always looking to try out new things, let me know in the comments below!

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Monthly Subcription Boxes: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

A few weeks ago, I was on this major beauty buying binge; I swear there literally wasn’t a single item at Sephora that didn’t deserve a place in my boudoir.  Each time I opened a package from their website, it felt exactly like Christmas – especially with the plethora of free samples they give out (I swear, I could start a mini-perfume shop by now).  But then, I started seeing Instagram and Twitter posts from my friends, boasting about their holiday ‘Boxes.  My immediate thought was – “…boxes?! What am I missing out on?!” And as it turns out, a LOT!

So many different websites, PR companies and socially savvy sites are  putting together these fun and fabulous ‘goodie‘ boxes that get sent out to subscribers either monthly and seasonally, both paid for and free. Oh, yeah – you read that right: free.  You can sign up for a monthly subscription that rolls over until you say ‘quit’, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month subscriptions.

My Influenster VoxBox!

Boxes on Boxes on Boxes.
And at this point there’s basically a subscription box for everything: Beauty, art, crafts, sport, food – you name it, there’s a box full of it.    There are monthly boxes for couples and there are boxes for your pets; boxes for  sustainability loving, EcoConscious souls, paranoid Survivalists, worldly Foodies , Bookworms, Geeks and  inner Glamazons.

Boxes on a Budget.
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably perfected the art of ‘ballin’ on a budget‘: I have big dreams, expensive taste and a small bank account.  After finally budgeting myself this past Fall, I’ve started honing in on the ways to get the best bang for my buck, and enjoy it, too. One of my Twitter friends (don’t lie, you have them too) posted an awesome picture of like six or seven of her gift boxes the other week and my eyes literally bugged out of my head – that’s so much swag! A tinge of jealousy crossed my body and then I relaxed again, I’d find a way – I knew I would.  I did some research on the boxes she posted and found out a social PR site called Influenster: they focus on social and digital PR, but instead of using company specialists – they let the Trendsetters do the talking.  The website is built around user reviews, pictures, Q&A boards and chatter; simply put, it’s where social media junkies go to gush and reap the rewards.

I just got my first box from Influenster and have been slowly but surely trying out all the fun products.  In our holiday VoxBox, we were given products from companies like Goodie, NYC, Montagne Jeneusse, Sole Society, Natural Energy and KISS Nails.  Slowly but surely, I’ve been making my way through the plethora of products.  The inner child in me says “DO IT ALL NOW!”, but I’m trying to be an adult (keyword: trying) and savor this experience – and so far, so good!  Last night, I tried out the chocolate face masque from Montagne Jeunesse – it left my face feeling fabulous…and my sink looking a dingy brown.  Loved the result but if I had my way, I would have picked a different flavor.  This morning I dove head first into Quaker’s peach + almond oatmeal – since I actually detest oatmeal, I thought this experience would be over fairly quickly but to my surprise, I found it absolutely delicious; I might even go buy oatmeal for the first time in my life – fancy that one!  And to boot, I swooped in on a $25 off coupon for SoleSociety and found myself a pair of sparkly flats that I fell in lust with.  Needless to say, I’m anxiously waiting for the next one!

Quaker Real Medleys: Peach and Almond

Chocolate Face Masque