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The March 2019 Allure Beauty Box: Tried & Tested

It’s a good thing March’s Allure Beauty Box was so good because the April spoilers look really, really bad. A self tanner wipe and really specific drug store hair products instead of the ABH lipstick? Blerg.

Anyway, here’s my review of March’s products after testing most of them for a few weeks. I gave a couple of products away but am enjoying the rest. definitely worth the $15 I pay for the box via my Amazon subscription.

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Sephora Play! March 2019 Review: Practical Stuff

This month’s Sephora Play! variation was more to my liking this month. It contains four practical items that I’m happy to use-up.

Below are my thoughts on the products after having the opportunity to test them over the past couple of weeks.

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Sephora Play! February 2019 Review: Hmmmm

On a positive note, this Sephora Play! box shipped faster than January’s, which took three weeks, traveling by what I can only imagine was an 18th century courier or some guy pushing a wheelbarrow from Maryland.

This subscription box costs $10 a month and includes a variety of samples from brands that Sephora carries. Samples are known for being tiny, but oftentimes high-end.

Something irritating Sephora has done during January and February is sending emails saying “Hey, your box is coming! Here’s what you are going to receive” and then sending different things; sending far worse things, like mushroom latte packets. . .

For $10, I feel like I shouldn’t complain too, too much. This box was worse than last month’s but I’ll start with the three items I did really like:

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Trying Allure’s Beauty Box: Reviewing The February 2019 Products

As a subscription box drama follower, I’ve noticed a couple of things about the Allure box:

  1. People feel it provides an excellent value for $15 per month.
  2. People complain about the customer service and billing issues.

When I learned that I could subscribe and cancel easily through Amazon, I signed up. Currently, Allure offers the first box for $10 and ships a welcome gift later.

There does seem to be slight variations in products subscribing through Allure vs. Amazon but my priority is never dealing with billing or cancellation issues so I can deal with that.

With the click of a button, I subscribed via Amazon and my February box arrived about one week later.

Next month’s spoilers are released each month – if you don’t like what you see, unsubscribe via Amazon and resubscribe later.

Here are my thoughts after testing each product in the February box:

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How To Curate The Best Work Snacks On Your Desk: My Top Eight

I spend a lot of time thinking about work snacks. In fact, I take great pride in curating a compelling collection of snacks and beverages at my desk. Crunchy, salty, sweet, and caffeinated. Some line their desks with photos; I line mine with snacks.

Speaking of work drinks, I also cultivate a collection of cups at my desk. My top shelf is lined with teas, coffee pods, and beverage receptacles not limited to a glass skull cup, mug decorated with photos of my godcats, and loose-leaf tea maker.

My days are rarely boring which means they are often stressful. Having good work snacks and drinks is not just self-care, it’s ESSENTIAL.  I may not be able to walk away from uncomfortable phone calls, but I can walk away from my desk and make a hot cup of tea that pairs perfectly with one of my snacks.

The key to enjoying work snacks is the first rule of work snacks which is that it’s never too early to eat work snacks.

Here’s a list of my eight favorites that have sustained me through many wacky weeks:

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