Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birchbox Review: November 2011

Catching up with Birchbox posts...

If you don't know about Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service.  For $10 a month, you get a box of 4 to 5 high-end skincare, makeup, and/or hair care products to sample.  Sometimes there are also "lifestyle samples", like an organic granola bar, tea, etc.  Some products are even full-size!

It is a really fun thing to get in the mail!  Plus, I am a product junkie and love being able to try all these different products.  Check out the website for more information!

This month's theme was Gift-Worthy Products.

Birchbox November 2011

Products Include:

  1. Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Cornflower.  LOVE this stuff!  It doesn't feel super oily like other eye makeup removers.  It has a nice smell to it and removes ALL my eye makeup pretty swiftly.
  2. LaROCCA Skincare Champagne and Shimmer Body Polish.  This smells so nice, like champagne.  I like to use it to massage my hands.  It has great exfoliation.
  3. Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist.  I like to use this in between shampoos to freshen the ends of my hair.  Not crazy about the smell, but it seems to be a helpful product.
  4. Zoya Nail Polish in Noel.  LOVE this denim-like color.  Zoya is a great polish.
  5. Chuao Chocolatier Firecracket Chocopod.  Tasty with a bit of heat. YUM!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: Black Box Wine

I joined the website called BzzAgent after a friend pointed me to it.  Bzz Agent is a social marketing company.  They work with companies to share their products and get feedback on those products.  My first "campaign" experience was taste testing Black Box Wines.  I was asked to throw a taste testing party to get feedback on the product.  I received a rebate for a box or two of wine, $5 off coupons for everyone, magnets from the brand, tasting information, and some plastic wine glasses to use at the party.

I wanted to share my review of the wine for all of you.

I have always been very skeptical of boxed wines.  I've tried boxed reds in the past and was always turned off by the dryness of them.

I was apprehensive about trying Black Box wines, but I wanted to go ahead and give it a whirl.  I really enjoyed the Reisling.  It was nice and light without being overly sweet.  I think it is a great option for people who aren't into wine that much or who are just getting started or prefer white wines.

The red was okay, better than I had anticipated.  It wasn't quite as dry, but after the first few sips it tasted kind of like watered-down grape juice.  By that I mean there was no depth of flavor to me.  I would have liked to taste more notes throughout.

Considering the amount of wine you get for the price, I still think Black Box wine is a great value.  I'd buy it again, especially for parties or making sangrias and the like.

For more information on Black Box Wines, you can checkout their Facebook page.  If you'd like to become a Bzz Agent, check out the website.

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