Oatbox – June 2018

This is my second month of Oatbox (and the review is a month late I know). I loved the idea of this box. It makes breakfast that much more fun and with two new flavours every month there is something to look forward too. It is a flat rate of $20.00CAD per month ($10.00CAD per bag).

These are made with clean ingredients right here in Canada! The company is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Offering unique flavours/pairings.

I had ordered their jar with the first box and it unfortunately broke while in transit. The company was very quick to rectify and sent a new one out with my next box. Huge kudos to them, customer service is a very big deal to me.

Here we have pear and red quinoa flavours. Every month there is two recipe cards included. While this one here does not specify to use the pear and red quinoa; it would work perfect in it.

Here we have the almond and mango flavour. The matching recipe is for Coconut Snow Balls. I probably will not use this granola for the it but I will try the recipe out soon.

I will update with pictures and the recipes as I try them out.

 

Shop with Me – Barefoot Venus

I went on a bit of a shopping spree. One of my orders which I just received is from the company Barefoot Venus. I received a body wash in my Canada Beauty Box from the Lilly Pilly line. I wash rushing to jump in the shower and this body wash was sitting on the counter so I grabbed it. I am in love with its sent and I did not have a reaction to it.

Knowing I needed to buy body wash and this was a Canafian company I opted to check out their website. I got even more excited that they are in British Columbia! Let’s take a look at what I bought.

Foot Fetish foot lotion $16.25. This has Tea Tree in it but it does not smell like it. It has an almost peppermint-y smell to it.

**I like this. I find it a little thick though. It is not one I would go to use at the beginning of the day but rather I use it at night. I will be repurchasing it once I have another order to make.

Playing Footsie foot soak $16.25. I mean you can see the ingredients listed right there. It is a milk bath for your feet. It has a similar smell to the lotion but much more creamy.

Decadent Duo $12.00 in Maple Blondie. This set includes a hand creme and a body wash. I will not lie I had huge Hope’s for this sent. Those expectations were not met. It smells like maple and I think it will be better when I go to use it. It may be too much sent st once.

**This flavour works great in the winter. The season makes or breaks it. To heavy for the spring/summer. Unless there is a great sale I will repurchase it if I make an order closer to winter.

Decadent Duo $12.00 in Hunny Mango. This is my type of tropical scent. It does not smell like a daquria or some other really strong ‘tropical’ scents. There is a hand creme and body wash.

Ruby Red Gift Set $20.00. These are flavoured in red grapefruit and orange. I love grapefruit flavouring! This set includes hand creme, body wash, mango butter bath soak, and a bonus lip gloss.

**Great grapefruit flavour. Out of all of them the hand creme is not my favourite. I was impressed with the lip chap though. A little more thin than what I am use to but that is not in a bad way. Love that it is not in plastic container though!

Lilly Pilly Guft Set $20.00. I wanted to try out the bubble bath. The set also includes a body wash and hand creme.

**Have not use the bubble bath yet but still in love with that green tea flavour. It is so soft and feminine.

Skin Polisher from the Lilly Pilly line for $15.00. Since I knew I already liked this flavour I figured I would buy a new body scrub while I was at it. It is a green tea flavour and very subtle but not so much so I cannot smell it.

**I will not be repurchasing this. I do not find it well as an exfoliant. I would just rather buy the body wash again (which I will be).

So I also purchased a set called Bath Without Limits $65.00. The above three we have seen earlier in the post. These are a cocoa butter bath soak and there is a total of six tins.

Vanilla Shake is a very creamy vanilla smell. It is not over powering what’s so ever. This will probably be the most relaxing sent out of all of them. Also the easiest to balance with something of another flavour.

Wildflower….is a floral soak. There is no way to break down the layers for me. This is an area where they all start to become strong and blend together. I am still going to give it a shot though. I think it will lighten up when it is in use.

Gingersnap soak. This is a winter Limited edition and mostly the reason why I purchased the set. It smells like gingersnaps with out the sugar. Something I would like to use when trying to warm up. Like in the winter.

As I stated I bought the bath soak set because of the out of seasons gingersnap bath soak. I also wanted to know what all the other smells where like with out ordering one of everything. Which is where I was headed. I was confident that I would enjoy the Ruby Red so I did get the bigger set in that one. Gift sets also tend to be value sets as you’re purchasing a lot of product at once or they have smaller contents.

Despiste spending a total of $178 (after taxes and discount). I am happy with the order. I over hyped the Maple Blondie but I just have to get over that ha-ha.

As I use the different products I will come up and update. I have high Hope’s for these guys though. I would like them to become a regular product.

Beauty Box – Cruelty Free Box 2018

I ordered this one right after I ordered the Canada Box 2018. I look for cruelty free products so I figured this would be a good one to try out.

This box I paid $28.00 CAD for.

MaskerAide All Eyes On Me. One pair of eye gel patches that are suppose to brighten and hydrate. I 100% plan on trying these. Having a 6 month old does not make for beauty sleep ha-ha.

Amike Perk Up Dry Shampoo. I am going to see if my Mother wants to try this out. I have never used dry shampoo. If she does not I might ask my Aunt.

*Update: My Mother is in love with this product. I cannot really say more than that but I know how to figure out where we can purchase it.

The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara. This packaging is adorable. I am up for trying out a new mascara at this point. I have not found one that I am in love with yet.

**This was not a good mascara for me. It kind of only just coated my lashes. It was very dry and crumbly. Maybe it was simply just dried out but I am not looking at purchasing it.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner. I am still using the toner I received from Medusa’s Make Up. I was recently looking at other brands to try out. I am happy to be able to try this.

**I had problems with the face scrub. This I just was not comfortable with. I thought maybe I was reacting to this as well. I cannot say for sure. It felt like it was doing nothing for me though. I quit using it after about a week and half.

Living Libations Open Sky Eye Serum. Serum for tired eyes, that is suppose to freshen and tone under the eyes. I am going to give my Mother the option of trying this if she wants. If not I am more then willing to.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I originally started using this primer. It is not bad and it does do its job. I just wanted to switch it up and see what else was out there. I am not a fan of the almost silicon feel it leaves on the skin. It just makes me feel that I am completely cutting off my skin from breathing.

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut and Cream. I just reviewed this on the Canada Box 2018. The formula is to thin for my liking but it smells like it is suppose to. This one I am giving to my Mother.

I had a choice between this product or the Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Sweet Mint and Cream. Which I received in a Luxebox. I was not a fan of the smell and I know my Mother would not use it.

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer. This is suppose to create a luminous base for make up application. I am excited for this as I have repeat primers which does not help if I am looking to try something new.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth. This is a concentrate serum that enhances the surface skin condition. I am going to offer this to my Mother. I know she is looking to try other skin products. If not I will be more than happy to try it out. I am revamping my skin routine.

**I actually think this was given back to me. I will have to go looking for it.

Beauty Box – Canada Box 2018

I get notifications about these boxes all the time. Until now though there was never enough in them that interested me. I opted to purchase this particular one because they are Canadian products and between my mother and I, they would all get sampled.

I paid $29.12 CAD for this box. I am hoping I find some winners in here!

LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen. I usually use sunscreen religiously during the summer. I have a sun sensitivity so it does not take much for me to regret trying to get that precious vitamin D. I will be using this and I do not see myself having a reaction to it as it is fragrance free. This is a sample sample though. I truly will not be able to make a real judgement call on it.

Lovacado Extra Virgin Avocado Oil. This one is not at the top of my list to try. I mean it is an oil that you massage into your skin. I will see if my Mother wants to give it a shot.

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. This I will be passing along to my Mother. With curly hair this is not a product I want to be putting in it. It is awesome this is made in Canada though.

*update: My Mother said this exploded so she just tossed it.

Evio Green Tea Primer. I received one of these in a a past Little Life Box. I remember being so excited to try it out. It is not my most favourite and I will not be going out and purchasing it. It also is not the worst out there so I have no problem using it.

Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in the flavour Coconut and Cream. This does not have a strong smell and it does smell like it is suppose too. This is a very thin formula, while it does absorb well I end up using way to much. I did not have a reaction to it though. I am using it as a hand cream instead.

BeautySoClean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes. I have high hopes for this one. I am going to put a couple in my purse and store a couple at the office. I would not want to waste using them at home.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Forest Charcoal Soap. It smells very masculine and woodsy. Which means it smells pretty good. I did give it to Mister though. I do not use bar soap. It is much to drying.

Barefoot Venus Green Tea Body Wash. I have not tried this. Mostly because I forgot it was in the tube.

*Update: the smell is subtle and enjoyable. I do not find it drying but I will say that it is also not the most moisturizing either. I moisturize after washing though so it’s not a biggie.

Living Libations True Blue Spirulina Shampoo and Conditioner. I am offering these to my Mother first. These are suppose to be a clearing and renewing formulas.

We have another Cake product, this is Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Butter Balm. It has a bit of a stronger smell to it and the formula is thicker. I have not tried it yet but I have every intention to soon!

**I cannot do the smell. It is to rich for me and the fact that I would use it on my body. That is a lot of product to smell.

Freedom Japanese Market – February 2018

These are all over YouTube and not sure if I have ever seen this box specifically but I did want to try something different from what I have been getting. There are Canadian candy subscription boxes out there but it is a bit much for our household. This was more for the gimmick than anything else. I purchased three months of the original box at $68.97USD. There was a $3.00 discount on there for signing up for the e-mail thing. This a monthly box and the monthly cost is $24.99USD with free shipping.

A couple things to note about the box though. In the pro column would be they include an English list of everything that is in the box and they include a handmade origami each month. On the con would be that it can take weeks to get and there is no tracking. To me that was not enough to say no to the box. It is coming international and the shipping is free. It was something I expected.

If I happen not to have a picture of the origami above this it is because I have misplaced it. A mom brain moment. I set it down because Missy woke up before falling asleep all the way and when I came back I could not find it. It is super cute though ha-ha.

The blue on on the left is Tonkotsu Umaibo, a crunchy puffed corn tube flavoured like pork cutlet sauce. This is also open. The reason I decided to try this one first is because it was thee most disgusting sounding one to me. Part of that reason is that I do not like pork. I imagined it being much worse than it is. No I would not buy it off the shelf but I ate a third of it. I will give the rest to Mister to try. I found it to be a savory seasoning on a giant Cheeto.

The one on the right is Cheese Umaibo. The only difference is that it is a cheese flavouring. So, this tastes like a giant cheese puff! I absolutely want to find some of these to buy ha-ha

Here we have Takoyaki-Tei, puffed rice balls coated with takoyaki sauce. The name of the sauce sounds so familiar and I just cannot place it. Since this is a fair sized bag I am going to wait to try this with Mister.

This is another one I plan on waiting to share with Mister. These are potato chips with soy sauce and mayonnaise. I cannot say these sound appetizing but is mayonnaise not a condiment that varies in flavour in every country?

These have a smell that smells like a regular chips with a slight vinegar smell. They do not taste like anything special and they are not gross either. I am just not a huge fan of chips.

Pachi-Pachi Panic!, soda flavoured ramune candy and grape pop rocks. Pretty excited to try these ones out.

These things are amazing. I mean pop rocks are pop rocks but combine them with whatever ramune candy is and it is a pretty great mix. No I did not share this one.

Here is another one I am phsyced to try out. They are small candies that taste like apple, banana, cherry, and orange. My only qualm with this is that, as you can see, there is a toothpick included. I just simply do not think it needs to be in there.

The banana is the one that tastes the most like a banana candy. The orange has a decent flavouring to it. The green apple is alright I guess. I found it had a bit of weird after taste. The cherry flavour was hardly there. Mister was not even able to tell me what it was and guessed based on the colour.

This the bonus snack, a twisty marshmallow stick. The flavouring might be different (maybe) but we have these here. Another fun fat about me is that gelatin grosses me out. So the most that I use marshmallows for is rice squares. This will absolutely be the last thing I go to try.

Ouji no Wasure-Mono, a chocolate filled cookie that is designed to look like a princes crown. The photo on the packaging reminds me of a meringue cookie.

These are Soba Meshi, which is a puffed rice and dried soba noodles. I am looking forward to trying this one.

I cannot make up my mind about these. I do like them but I am not sure if I want to purposely go out looking for them. I remember as a kid we use the crush up ramen noodles and mix in the dry flavouring. Then we would eat it just like that. This reminds me of that but the flavouring is better and much less salty.

This was the first thing I wanted to try but it is late and I am hoping they taste good. Sona Manmam Soda, soda flavoured gum and one piece is extra sour!

Okay the flavour does not last long and I did not expect it too. They were very good though and very soft. Being soft makes a difference because of their size. I did not share this one either.

Waffle-Kun. A waffle shaped biscuit that is coated with milk chocolate. It looks like what it is suppose to and it does not taste bad. It tastes like a plain biscuit. Really not sure how to explain that one. The chocolate is basic and nothing special though.

Mister had the same thoughts as me. It is a basic biscuit with chocolate.

7 Stick Chocolate Cream, 7 crunchy wafer sticks filled with delicious creamy chocolate. I have a pretty good guess what this is going to taste like. I am in no rush to try it.

These are wafer sticks. They are not quite as sweet as the ones I would buy at the store. I think that is because the wafer is plain and not chocolate. I would buy these.

This fish looking thing is Puku-Puku Tai. A taiyaki shaped biscuit filled with strawberry chocolate. The only reason why I am not trying this one right now is because of its size.

Looks like a fish and smells identical to our strawberry wafers. I have not made up my mind on the taste yet though.

Last we have a potato snack and these are flavoured spicy shrimp. So, these look pretty much like Hickory Sticks. Man I miss eating those. However, they smell like fish flakes. Why I did not think this would be the worst item in the box is beyond me. There is a kick to them, sitting at the back of my throat. I have not tried fish flakes so maybe they do taste like them too. I mean I did not gag (and I had two mouthfuls for an honest tasting) but I am not a fan of these. If the spice was paired with something else I think I would be all over these.

Mister liked these. Said they were alright and finished off the bag. Wish I could have gotten more from him.

I will come back and update as I try items. I will also try to get Mister’s opinion on them as well.