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iBbeautiful Subscription Box: January 2018 Unboxing

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iBbeautiful is a super cute subscription box for teen and tween girls. To get an idea of what kind of box this is, check out the company’s mission statement:

“iBbeautiful’s mission is to help young girls realize they are beautiful just as they are without comparisons to how others look or act.  We do this by offering a monthly box of inspiration that includes fun lifestyle items and a message of empowerment to help young girls be confident, smart, brave, unique and kind.  Every girl should be confident that she will become the woman she is meant to be and can achieve anything she sets her mind to.”

What’s not to love about that? I’ve been searching for the perfect sub for my step daughter P, and I finally found it!

Each box is filled with 4-6 fun and girly makeup and accessory items. You can choose either the tween (age 8 to 12) or the teen (age 13 and up) box, and either the basic box ($24 per month) or a graphic tee box ($34 per month).

They also have bonus boxes available with special themes (ex: best friends) or for special occasions (ex: birthdays). Check them out here.

P is pretty mature for her age, so I get her the teen graphic tee box ($34 per month).

This is the second month we have received this box, but our first time reviewing. Let me tell you, after two months, P LOVES this box! I love it too, mainly because they focus so much on sending girls positive messages about themselves.

 



THE BOX:

This is January’s Teen box:

 

 

Let’s dig in!

Every box includes a card like this explaining the company’s mission:

There are always neat postcards and stickers with positive quotes and mantras. I like these because P can put them up in her locker, or frame them if she wants.

This is postcard size:

This one is more like a business card size:

 

 

Okay, so the first item P grabbed was this adorable purple mesh bag. It includes a sticker with another positive phrase on it, and this bracelet.

I really love this bracelet! Its so simple but super adorable! The key goes with one of the month’s themes, “Confidence is key.” I can’t find this exact bracelet online, but very similar ones are priced at about $10, so we’ll go with that.

 

Next up is LA Girls Colour Pop nail polish in the shade “Extra! Extra!”

This is a cute shade! I’m such a sucker for glitter and confetti! LA Girl carries this polish in a bunch of different colors, too. You can get it here for $4.

 

Okay, now we have this nice little addition to the box, Jean Pierre Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Mask. It comes with five masks!

I love lip masks. We live in Arizona and it gets very dry here, so lip masks are great! P has never tried one, so she will have fun with it!

You can get a very similar set by Jean Pierre Cosmetics here for only $9.99.

 

 

 

Moving on, we have another super cute piece of jewelry, embracing the “Confidence is key” mantra.

I love how delicate this is! P isn’t a huge fan of gold, but she didn’t seem to mind too much with this. I love that it’s gold plated and made in the USA.

In fact, I’ll probably buy myself one, because it’s such a great everyday piece. Get it here for $9.89.

 

Next up is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.

I forgot to check which shade this is before P took it home with her, but it looks to me like “Siren” or “Pinot Noir.” Very pretty! Get it here for $22.09.

 

Lastly, we have this month’s graphic t-shirt.

It’s a nice Olive green color, and brings the “Confidence is key” them full circle. P loved it!

While I can’t find this exact shirt online, similar ones are priced at around $15, so that’s what we’ll go with.

 

THE VERDICT

iBbeautiful got it right this month. Their selection of items is perfect for P’s taste. She really loves this box!

As far as value goes, let’s add it up. The total approximate value of this month’s box is $70.97. Not bad for a $34 box. The value is double the cost.

So far, there hasn’t been one item that P hasn’t liked. Of course, we are only two months in, but that’s a good sign!

Make a teen or tween in your life happy by signing up for this box here.

 

Caio broads!

 

 

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Boxycharm December 2017 Unboxing

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Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that costs $21 per month. They feature makeup, skin care, and hair care products, and their website states that they send 4 to 5 full-sized or luxury-sized beauty products in each box. The company guarantees the box value to be over $100.

Boxycharm is my all time favorite subscription box. If I had to get rid of all of my boxes but one (what a sad world THAT would be), I would keep Boxycharm without thinking twice.

 



 

For me, no other box delivers the fantastic value of Boxycharm. Every month I find myself wondering how they can send so many amazing and EXPENSIVE products, but only charge $21! It rocks my socks!

You can sign up here.

 

 

THE BOX:

 

What have you got for me this month Boxy? Let’s see:

 

 

There is always a nice little information card that describes what products you are getting and their retail value. Like so:

 

 

Glitz and Glam. Great theme! Don’t we all need a bit of that in our life, to remind us what crazy awesome ladies we are?

 

 

The first item I see is one I’ve been expecting. Boxycharm’s Facebook said a few months ago that the Tarte mascara would be in one of 2017’s boxes. Since I haven’t seen it yet, I assumed it was coming in this month’s box. I’ve gotten the smaller sample size of this mascara in other boxes, but I’ve never had the full-sized version.

 

 

This stuff is great! What I like about it is that it lengthens, separates, AND volumizes. It’s an all around great everyday mascara.

You can get it here for $23.00, which is the exact value Boxycharm states on the information card.

 

 

Next up is the Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Lightweight Liquid Lipstick. I haven’t tried anything from this brand, which is what I love about beauty subscription boxes. Always making me try new things!

 

 

So when I swatched this (below), I was pleasantly surprised at how unique the color is. It also stayed put for a very long time, especially for not being a long wear lipstick. I’m pretty excited to try this color. It so coppery and beautiful.

The information card says it retails for $24.00. You can get it here for, you guessed it, $24.00!

 

 

I’m pretty stoked about this next item! It’s the Bellapierre Pro Concealer Palette.

 

 

I love colored correcting concealers. They help to even out skin imperfections. The orange is great for bluish dark circles, the green helps to even out redness, and the purple is perfect for minimizing yellowish spots. I’ve noticed some color problems with my skin as I’m getting older, so this is a great product for me.

This can be purchased on the Bellapierre website for $29.99, like the information card says.

 

 

Next we have the Real Her Blush Kit.

 

 

Ain’t it a beauty? These colors are just lovely! Plus they have very empowering names, which always makes me walk a little taller.

I love blush. I really can’t live without it, and this palette will be immediately added to my daily makeup routine.

According to Boxycharm, this is $32.00 retail. Sure enough, you can get it on the Real Her website for $32.00.

 

 

The last item is great paired with the blush palette. It’s the Crown Brush Deluxe Blush Brush.

 

 

You know what’s as awesome as getting a new blush palette? Getting a brand new brush to use with it! Crown Brush makes great brushes, and I’m always happy to get makeup brushes.

The information card values this brush at $12, which I confirmed on Crown Brush’s website. Get it here.

 

 

Here is a swatch of the blush and the lipstick:

 

 

It’s so pretty!

 

The Verdict:

 

Adding up the retail cost of each product, this month’s box is worth $120.99.

Again, the cost of the box is $21/ month. Like I said, in my book, no other beauty subscription box even compares in value for the price!

I am not paid or affiliated with Boxycharm in any way. My monthly subscription comes from my own pocket, like everyone else. I just love them THAT much!

Again, I highly recommend signing up! If you sign up using my referral link (here it is again), we BOTH get extra points, which can go toward free products!

 

 

Thanks Broads!

 

 

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2017 Gift Guide for Teenage Boys: 30 Awesome Ideas

Without a doubt, my biggest dilemma during holiday shopping this year is what to get for my stepson, D. I need a guide to tell me exactly what teenage boys like! I don’t know about you, but I feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off! It feels like it will never end.

Why are teen boys so difficult to shop for? And forget about asking them what they want. All I’ve gotten so far in response to that question is “Uhhh…” and “Well…” and “I’m not sure.” So I guess I’m on my own.

I’ve been perusing catalogs, Amazon, and Pinterest, and have FINALLY compiled a pretty phenomenal list of gift ideas for teen boys. Several of these are sitting under my tree right now marked with a D. Hope he likes them. Hope YOU like them! Here goes!

 

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Parrot Mambo Fly Minidrone

 

Drones are all the rage. This one is great, because not only is it affordable, but your teen can control it with their phone. It will also teach them some basic coding skills! It’s safe to fly inside and outside, too.

Only $99.99! Get it here.

 

 

GeekFuel Subscription Box

 

 

Geek Fuel is a fantastic subscription box for anyone. I get it for D, and he LOVES it! Check out my review of November’s box for an idea of what’s inside. Plus, being a monthly subscription, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Only $24.90/month! Get it here.

 

 

Kidzlabs Combination Lock Set

 

 

Remember watching the Davinci code and seeing the Cryptex they had to break into? I wanted one SO bad! This is a great sort of replica. Your teen can store secret messages or whatever he wants inside and set a combo. Fun!

Only $12.38! Get it here.

 

 

Leonardo Davinci Inspired Clock

 

 

Speaking of Davinci, this is such a cool looking piece! It’s a reproduction of one of Leonardo Davinci’s sketches. It’s great because it doesn’t require nails or glue, it just snaps together. Keep in mind that this is an educational toy, and it doesn’t run like a regular clock. It winds, but the power won’t last a long time. It’s designed to teach your kid how Davinci’s mind worked. Plus it’s hella cool looking!

Only $13.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Walkie Talkie Set

 

 

Walkie Talkies are an awesome gift for teen boys. They will have a blast playing with their friends and being able to communicate at a distance. I got this exact set for D this year.

Only $19.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Rechargeable AA Batteries w/ Charger

 

 

 

I grabbed this for D, to go with his walkie talkies. Honestly, I think everyone needs one of their own rechargeable stations like this. Kids always have toys that need batteries, and they’re expensive. Especially for a toy like a walkie talkie, which will be used all the time. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!

Only $9.59 ! Get it here.

 

 

Dart Board

 

 

 

 

All guys like dart boards. This one is especially cool because it’s a regular dart board on the front, and a baseball dart board on the back. Two games for the price of one!

Only $13.50! Get it here.

 

 

Gaming Rocker

 

 

 

 

Gaming chairs are awesome! This one is ergonomically designed for better posture, and includes built-in speakers, incorporated audio controls and a headphone jack.

Only $64.94! Get it here.

 

 

Game Stop Gift Card

 

 

Gaming is an everyday part of a teen guy’s life. It can be hard to pick the right game, because every guy has his own picky little preferences. So let him pick it himself! Problem solved.

Only $25! Get it here.

 

 

Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop

 

What teenage guy (or any guy for that matter) doesn’t want a basketball hoop in their bedroom? They’re using the garbage can already, so why not give them this awesome over-the-door hoop? Spalding makes an excellent product, and since the backboard specs are the same as the NBA,  your little man will feel like the NBA is right there in his bedroom.

Only $33.99! Get it here.

 

 

Razor Hovertrax 1.0 Electric Hoverboard

 

My step kids each got one of these for Christmas last year and they LOVE it! It has superior stabilization and meets the highest electrical safety standards. Plus, it goes up to 6 miles per hour and can be used continuously for up to 115 minutes.

Only $229.00 ! Get it here.

 

 

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

 

 

This droid is fantastic! It has won 6 awards, and is completely kid-friendly. Your teen can work on 16 different missions, and they can teach the droid new skills. They’ll be playing AND learning. What’s not to love?

Only $99.00! Get it here.

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker Backpack

 

 

I’m seeing these bluetooth speaker backpacks everywhere, and D has been wanting one for a while. Pretty self-explanatory, and pretty rad, too!

Only $79.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Nerf Doomlands 2169 Negotiator Blaster

 

 

What teen guy doesn’t like Nerf? I love Nerf toys, and I’m a gal. They’re just fun! This one can fire 8 darts in row. Whoop whoop!

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

The Manual to Manhood by Jonathan Catherman

 

 

I’m pretty picky about getting books for teen boys, because a lot of times they’ll just sit on a shelf and collect dust. However, this is an easy reader, and a subject your teen is really becoming interested in. It’ll help him with all of those essential skills a guy is expected to learn along the way to adulthood.

Only $6.10! Get it here.

 

 

 

Magnetic Desk Sculpture

 

This sculpture is not only sick looking, but it’s also supposed to help with stress relief and intelligence-building. With 160 stainless steel balls, the combinations are endless, and will keep your teen’s mind working.

Only $9.99! Get it here.

 

 

Electronic Mini ATM Piggy Bank

 

 

Everyone should have a personal piggy bank, especially teens. It’ll help them to learn to save, even if only a little bit. This is super cool looking, too! Anything to get your kid saving money, right?

Only $28.99! Get it here.

 

 

Basketball 3D Illusion Night Light

 

 

For those teens who aren’t necessarily AFRAID of the dark, they just don’t like it too well.

Only $20.90! Get it here.

 

 

Dollar Shave Club

 

 

Dollar Shave Club makes the BEST razors. I’ve been subscribing to this club for years. I get refills every other month, and it’s less than $10 a pop. Your teen will love it!

Only $5 for the first month, and $9 per month after that! Get it here.

 

 

Camping Hammock

 

 

Hammocks are life! Your teen will love sleeping under the stars on camping trips next summer, or even just in the back yard. You’re gonna want to use this too, trust me!

Only $19.99! Get it here.

 

 

Dakine Vert Rail Wallet

 

Every teen guy needs a wallet. This popular Dakine wallet has a great tri-fold design with a zippered coin section. Slip a $20 in and you’ll have a happy kid!

Only $11.95! Get it here.

 

 

Wallet Ninja

 

 

Since, you’re getting him that awesome wallet, why not grab him the Wallet Ninja to go with? This has so many different functions! 18, to be precise. It has a bottle opener, four screwdrivers , can opener, nail puller and so much more!

Only $8.49! Get it here.

 

 

Money Maze Puzzle

 

Cash is always a great gift for teens. How about making it a little more interesting by putting it in this Maze Money Box? It’ll make your teen use his brain to get his reward.

Only $8.90! Get it here.

 

 

Funny T-Shirt

 

 

T-shirts with funny sayings always make good gifts for teens. This one is great for your little gamer.

Only $11.54! Get it here.

 

 

Magnetic Shoe Closures

 

I hate shoe laces. I keep mine tied just loose enough to not have to untie and tie them when putting my shoes on or taking them off. These magnetic shoes closures take away that problem by keeping them tied always. Every lazy teen will love them!

Only $10.99 ! Get it here.

 

 

Bluetooth Beanie

 

Like the bluetooth backpack, this beanie has built in speakers that your teen will love. He wont have to worry about misplacing his earbuds or headphones.

Only $17.99! Get it here.

 

 

Magic Gravity Ball

 

 

With this crazy ball, your teen can impress his friends by creating the illusion of no gravity. There are no strings, it’s simple hand manipulation, but very impressive!

Only $34.89 ! Get it here.

 

 

Beginner’s Acoustic Guitar Set

 

D is getting this for Christmas this year. He has expressed interest in playing guitar, but until he has some lessons and we are sure it’s going to stick, we are cautious of spending a great deal of money on something expensive. This kit is great because it’s super affordable, and includes everything your teen needs to get started playing guitar. If he loves it and sticks with it, then D will get the step up next year!

Only $34.95! Get it here.

 

 

Ultimate Gym Duffel by FocusGear

 

For those teens who are athletes, a gym duffel is always a great gift. This one was designed after FocusGear did a crowd-sourcing research project to see what features athletes think are most essential in a gym bag. Your kid will love!

Only $24.99! Get it here.

 

 

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

 

Last, but certainly not least, it’s essential for your teenager to have a good cologne (boys stink, remember?) Acqua di Gio is a classic scent every guy, young or old, should own.

Only $85 for 3.4 ounces ! Get it here.

 

 

There you have it! If you don’t find at least a few great ideas for your young Mister on this list, it may be a lost cause! Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Geek Fuel November 2017 Unboxing (Fashionably Late)

GeekFuel is a monthly subscription box that appeals to gamers, pop culture geeks, movie lovers, collectors, and more.  I get it for my 12 (almost 13) year old stepson, D.  However, this box isn’t just for boys. Geek Fuel has a huge variety of different subscribers, male and female, young and old.

Their website explains that each box is guaranteed to have at least $50 worth of merchandise. Since the box only cost you $24.90 (that’s $18.90, plus $6 shipping & handling) a month, that’s a pretty darn good value!

The types of items you get in your box include toys and action figures, household goods, limited edition comics, collectibles, everyday essentials, hard cover books, exclusive t-shirts, and downloadable games.

 



 

Every box is guaranteed to have a cool t-shirt, AND a full-size downloadable STEAM game. Those were the two main reasons I picked this subscription box for D over all of the others out there. He loves STEAM games, and always wears fun comics/pop culture t-shirts, so it’s perfect for him!

Let’s check out November’s box!

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The Box

I just love how cram packed the box is full of fun goodies. Let’s dive in chicas and chicos!

So first of all, every month you get a copy of GeekFuel magazine. Its filled with fun stories, gift ideas, recommendations, interviews and more.

Like most subscription boxes, Geek Fuel includes an information card detailing the items in the box, like so:

I always like to check out the t-shirt first, and November’s is stuffed into a super cool box, which is obviously Jurassic Park related. Whoop whoop!

This shirt is too cool! It features Isla Nublar, and the graphic is wicked cool. Totally digging “Life Finds a Way!” D loved the shirt this month, too.

There is this cool info card featuring the shirt, as well as a promotion where you can take a selfie in the shirt and possibly be featured in the next issue of Geek Fuel magazine. How rad is that?

It’s hard to determine the EXACT value of some of the items that come in the Geek Fuel box, because many of them are exclusive to the company. I’ll try my best.

I googled Isla Nubler t-shirts, and there were quite a few between $15-$20. We’ll go with that.

The next item I am drawn to is the cool little Deadpool Plush toy. We knew there would be a Deadpool item in this month’s box, and Deadpool just so happens to be D’s favorite superhero, so YES!

LOVE that he is white instead of red. It just makes it a little more unique.

You can get the red version of this on Funko Mopeez: Marvel – Deadpool Action Figure“>Amazon for $10.48.

Next up are the Kom-Bot Edition Epic Enamels. I love that Geek Fuel sends collector pins. D can put these on his jacket, his backpack, or anywhere he wants. They are super cool, and great quality too! I like that this month gave us a set of two pins instead of the standard one. Another win!

I can’t find anything regarding price for these pins because they are exclusive to Geek Fuel, so I’m going estimate they are worth about $10 for both.

The next item is amaze-balls! It’s from Star Wars Rogue One, ans it’s a collectible 3D wood model. I like this because not only is is wicked neat looking, but D has to build it. Anything to get the kid doing something besides being glued to the TV.

You can get this wood model on Incredibuilds Star Wars Rogue One: At-Act 3D Wood Model and Book“>Amazon for $16.99.

Moving on, we have a pretty fantastic seasonal item, wrapping paper. Not just ANY wrapping paper either. These have to be the funkiest, most fun wrapping paper sheets I’ve seen in a while. I was surprised how much D and Mr. OG like them, too.

Again, these are exclusive to Geek Fuel, so I’ll have to estimate their worth. Based on wrapping paper prices, and how unique these are, I’ll value them at about $8.

Last but not least, we have our monthly STEAM game. This one is called Lumini. The STEAM website says of the game: “A long-forgotten species, a hostile planet and a journey of discovery! Welcome to the world of Lumini – split and reform your swarm, evolve and discover new abilities to bring the Lumini back to their former glory…”

FUN!

Determining the value on this one was a cinch because it says right on it that it has a $13 value. Nice!

The Verdict

That, my Broads, is November’s Geek Box. Pretty great, I’d say, but let’s check the total value of the whole box to be sure.

Remember, the cost for this box was $24.90. Adding up everything, it looks like the approximate worth for November’s box is between $73 and $78. I’d say that’s fantastic. Its triple the price I paid, and I love hearing that!

What do you Broad’s think?

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