May 25, 2019

I Think I’m Obsessed With Affordable Subscription Boxes


I’ve come to the realization that almost every season I get obsessed with something new. Well something new to me that is. 

First it was online shopping - I spent about US$1000 (not all at once) on clothes at Forever21 and Charlotte Russe. I swear to you they were just having sales back-to-back and I felt pressured into buying things. It was like high school all over again (peer pressure). However I think I got a bit carried away - as usual - especially since I was spending my own money. Luckily I didn’t end up wearing majority of the clothes I bought so I got to resell them. 

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Then I moved on to wigs - I just loved the fact that I didn’t have to comb my hair regularly if I had a wig to wear. I literally bought almost every type of wig that existed. I had a long one, straight one, long curly one, short curly one, a black one, a red one, a human hair one etc. You name it and I had it. They were so affordable and it was like I never had enough even though I could literally wear a new one everyday without repeats. Then to make matters worse YouTube kept suggesting wig installation videos for me to watch so I just kept getting reeled in. 

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This season it’s something out of the ordinary for me - subscription boxes. For those of you know me this might seem something completely strange because most subscription boxes are beauty related and I don’t even wear makeup. As a matter of fact, the only beauty items I own are: 
  • mascara (that I don’t use)
  • eyebrow pencil (that I don't need) and
  • a Burt's Bees vanilla lip balm that I can't live without.
So to find out that I’m paying to have boxes of beauty products sent to me monthly is definitely a shocker. 

In all honesty I just like the excitement of not knowing what I’ll be getting in the box every month. Pair that with the fact that they’re SUPER cheap and it’s a done deal.

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I Think I'm Obsessed with Affordable Subscription Boxes

You might be wondering how I got sucked into this craze and it’s simple - Instagram. AGAIN (see A White Christmas post for reference). I was literally minding my own business and scrolling through my explore page when I saw a post about a free subscription box, just pay shipping. Immediately my red flags went up because nothing could be that easy/simple so I ignored it and continued with my scrolling. 

About a week later I was thinking about ideas for a blog post and I figured that unboxings could be interesting but I needed something to unbox. So I googled reliable subscription boxes and that’s when I found out that Target had some. I ordered my first subscription box from Target then other companies started popping up as suggestions on my social media. I ended up watching people unbox theirs on YouTube then I ordered some more boxes. 

And now I have a total of four monthly subscriptions plus two others that I’m still contemplating. The ones I’ve subscribed to already are Target, Walmart, Birchbox and Ipsy and they were all under US$10 - except Birchbox which was $15. Each subscription is different in terms of availability and payment so I’m not really worried about the monthly sum that will be taken from my account.

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If you’re interested in getting your hands on a box for yourself here’s some more information about them: 


Walmart 
Target

Birchbox 

Ipsy

Subscription Type 
Seasonal 

Monthly 

Monthly 

Monthly

Price
$5/ 3 months 
$7/ month +tax 
$15/month,
$10/ month + tax

Items Included 
4-6 samples 
4-6 samples
5 samples
5 samples/products
Billing & Delivery 

Billed every 3 months. Free shipping. 

You choose when to pay for a box. Free shipping 
Billed monthly on the same date. Free shipping 

Billed on the last day of every month. Free shipping 

Links 




My boxes were delivered surprisingly quickly but I am yet to open them and believe me when I say that the suspense is killing me. I don’t want to get my hopes up just in case I get disappointed when I do open them but the longer I take to open then is the greater my anticipation gets. I’m at the point where I pick up the boxes every now and then to check if they’re heavy. Then I judge the weight and guess if there are good sized products inside. It’s a bad habit but I can’t help it. 

I’ll be doing follow up posts when I actually unbox each of them and I’ll be going into details of the products I received and whether or not I’ll be keeping the subscription. So stay tuned! 

Comments Discussion 

Would you purchase a subscription box for yourself? 
Which of these boxes are you most excited to see unboxed? 

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May 5, 2019

I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2 | I'm Not as Strong as I Thought

What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

As promised, here is the follow up post to the original I Gave Up Junk Food For Lent. If you haven’t read that post go ahead and click here to check it out. It’ll give you some background to this post. 

So to start it off, I failed guys. I succumbed to the temptation and the amazing smells of food and I could not give up junk food completely. But...let me explain because it’s not as bad as you think. 

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I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2

My original challenge for lent was to give up junk food at my school and substitute them for green smoothies. This included foods like: 
  • KFC
  • Burger King
  • Chinese food
  • Patties
  • Pizza
  • and any other food that wasn't cooked in my house.
I thought this would be somewhat easy since my mother already cooks healthy food - my stepfather has high blood pressure and my little brother has hyperthyroidism so they can’t eat just anything. Giving up these foods at school would just equate to me eating more home cooked meals and saving my daily lunch money. And saving money meant I could spend it on other things I want. So the motivation to get it done was definitely there. 

Nonetheless I took on the challenge with maximum motivation however, after two days I started thinking that I bit off more than I could chew. Normally I can finish a regular fruit smoothie (papaya, banana, pineapple and berries) in five minutes or less but this vegetable smoothie took me about 15 mins. It wasn’t even a smoothie anymore but the time I drank everything - it transformed into warm-ish green juice *barfs*.

I never had any issues eating these same vegetables but this blend had me feeling some time a way. But I had to drink it for the greater good of my body - was trying to get fit for summer (didn't work as planned though). I eventually found ways to get around the weird taste like adding more blue agave (sweetener) or making sure that the straw was as close as possible to the back of my mouth so the juice didn't touch my tongue when I swallowed. 

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BUT about a week after Ash Wednesday the smoothie shop at my school closed down (indefinitely) and my replacement meals basically disappeared. At first I tried to work around it by eating larger potions at home before I went to school. Then I moved on to bringing lunch with me daily but I got tired of that really quickly. My only other option was to remove patties from the list of banned foods and use them as a substitute for smoothies. 

So I basically ended up needing a substitute for my substitution. Sad right?! 

Anyways, this worked for the remaining days of Lent and the more time passed the less guilty I felt. When Lent finally ended I actually was surprised that I didn’t go crazy and eat a bunch of junk food so that's an improvement. But I definitely didn’t turn it down when my mom offered me some Wendy's. So you guys should be a little proud of me.


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Apart from the technical difficulties that arose, I completed my mission and I find myself having little interest in eating burgers and fries nowadays. Surprisingly I miss the memory of drinking smoothies with my friends everyday and I even miss the weird taste of the green smoothie. 

I don’t know if I’ll be drinking it any time soon (since I’m on summer break) but if the option pops up I’ll seriously consider it. I’m also thinking about purchasing a mini blender so I can make my own smoothies when the cravings arise. 

Comments Discussion 

On a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate my performance? 
Would you consider giving up junk food? 
Have you done it before? 
Do you have any recommendations for substitutes I could use for junk food? 


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