Currently, I subscribe to two beauty boxes per month; Sephora Play! ($10) and Boxycharm’s base box ($25).
I think of beauty boxes like gambling – My limit is $35 per month. I fully understand I could get some really good products and some really crappy ones. Fortunately, my coworkers, friends, and family members enjoy the items I pass along. I love sharing so it’s a win-win.
My fake meat bar is set low.
With the exception of mock duck and tofu, my criteria for fake meat products is “Does this taste gross?” No?! Then I guess I like you, I think.
Jake recently got a charcoal grill. We’ve been having a lot of fun grilling on the weekends. He chose an assortment of turkey burgers and brats from Costco. I decided to try grilling Beyond Burgers, a hyped-up vegetarian meat substitute free from soy or gluten and high in protein.
Dietician Abby Langer wrote a recent post about Beyond Meat that caught my eye. She discusses whether or not it’s a “healthy” choice and examines the ingredients, some of which include pea protein, canola oil, coconut oil, rice protein, mung bean protein and methylcellulose (a soluble fiber).
The closest grocery store to us that sells them is Lunds & Byerlys. I knew this product cost more than real meat, but was a little taken a back at the price – inside of the package ($5.99) which I would normally expect to contain a pound of ground beef held two little patties.
I think you’re supposed to save money shopping at Costco. We’re definitely not.
In theory we should be saving money, buying bulk laundry detergent, paper towels, and eggs at these fantastic prices. It’s just, well, all of that other stuff.
An impulse buy at Costco looks like this:
Not one box of macaroni and cheese, but TWELVE.
Sometimes an impulse buy will get you 12 chicken patty pita sandwiches you find you don’t actually want to eat more than two of. Other times you find a winner that you re-purchase time and again.
I’m not sure why it was so hard to do it, but I cancelled one of my subscription boxes.
Three months of Allure was enough Allure.
Between Allure’s $15 monthly beauty box and Sephora’s $10, I liked Sephora’s better.
Allure’s box provides larger sample sizes but they contained less high-end brands. Sephora’s samples are usually teeny tiny but premium. Allure’s are a mixed bag. You could get a Natasha Denona eyeshadow or a John Freida sample.
With Sephora’s box, you know there are a lot of variations. Worst case scenario, you get a boring bag.
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.