By Jessica Greenstein
We’re still searching for my male counterpart. Do you know a guy who likes trying out new stuff, isn’t afraid to voice his opinions, and can string a couple sentences together? If so, have them apply at email@example.com.
Since we don’t have our male voice yet, I’m giving you two box reviews this month and they are all geared to- ward women this month (sorry guys).
SwaagBox is a time-of-the-month box that I decided to try out this month because they had a coupon to try the service for only $5 with free shipping (regular price is as low as $14/month with a six month sub- scription or $16 per month). I was pleasantly happy about the fact that I got to choose between Tampax (Pearl and Regular), Playtex (Gentle Glide and Sport) and Always (pads), plus they promise to send you jewelry, makeup, and sweet treats to help get you through the week. It’s mailed in a discreet box, right to your door. For an additional $6, I was able to double my makeup and jewelry and since it was a trial, I figured, why not.
Upon opening the box, I immediately noticed it was packed full; that’s a good sign, right? Well, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I looked at the makeup first. It was mostly Hard Candy brand eye shadows and eyeliners (valued at $30 since I doubled the makeup) with a Maybelline Color Show (Spring color) nail polish (value $4.99) and a Revlon Luxurious Color Shadow (value $5.99). It was all bright tones or glittery, something I could probably only get away with on Halloween or at a theme party, but perfect for someone in their late teens or early twenties.
The jewelry was also disappointing. I received a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet (value $19.95) and for doubling up a Breast Cancer Awareness Bangle (value $19.00). It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so I’ll wear it with pride, especially since they donated a portion of their profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but I was hoping for a something a little more generic that I can wear anytime and with almost anything. My box included an 18 count of Tam- pax Pearl tampons (value $4.99) and some much needed TOM chocolate.
I will use a couple of the eyeliners and I want to try one of the eye shadows (I think I can pull off the team color if I use it sparingly for smoky eyes and accenting; the rest I’ll be swapping on one of my favorite subscription box blogs. I’ll probably do something with one of the brace- lets too because I’m just not the type of person that can wear advocacy 24/7/365. Although I’m going to swap more than half of the box, the value (according to the product card inside my box) was phenomenal—$84.92 and I only paid $11.00 for it!
Cost: $14.00/per month with a 6 month subscription.
Website: Swaagbox.com Introductory Offer: $6.00 for your first box at http://www.swaagbox. com/tombox/1/?SSAID=669014 (Make sure you type it correctly)
I’ve been subscribing to Wantable Accessories for about six months now and absolutely adore it, so this month I decided to branch out and try something new—Intimates. While my intention was to still review the Accessories box, my October box still hasn’t arrived, so as if we haven’t been intimate enough with a TOM review, welcome to my bedroom!
I have to say, I have never been disappointed with a Wantable box yet. I have loved every single thing that I have ever received and the only minor issues I’ve had, they’ve made it up to me in a huge way. Their cus- tomer service is incredible! I once received a ring where the stone in the corner (very tiny; barely notice- able) had fallen out; they let me keep the ring and instantly sent me a scarf (worth double the value of the ring) to replace it!
Wantable is truly customized. They ask you a series of questions to get to know your likes, dislikes, and style preferences. They ask about sizes and types of intimates prefer- ences. You can change it every month so that you can focus on more of what you like or need at that time. For example, when we get further into winter, I will probably only change my preferences to reflect that I love loungewear, but right now I have it on dislike so that they don’t send me any as I have plenty for this season.
Wantable costs $36.00 with a sub- scription or $40.00 for a one time box. You can skip months, so honestly, just sign up for the subscription and save yourself some money. They promise four to 5 pieces every month and shipping is always free.
Fun & Flirty Brights
Pretty & Polished Neutrals
Tanks Tights/Leggings Socks
Inside my box:
•Nana Soft Bra in Grey by Miel (value $34)
•Lace Trim Boyshort in Bright by Fleur’t (value $35)
•Royal Ribbon Thong in Rose by Sophie B (value $12)
•Hot Pink Seamless Sports Bra by an undisclosed designer (value $18
I love everything in my box. Everything fit and I will wear it all. Particularly, the bright pink sports bra is one of the softest things I’ve ever felt in my lift—think bunny rabbit! I was really hoping for ACTUAL bras, you know, with support, but the grey, soft, bra without underwire fit perfectly and provided just enough support for me. The total value of my box was $99 and I only paid $36, so it’s also not too shabby!
Wantable (Intimates, Accessories, or Makeup)
Cost: $36.00/per month with a subscription. FREE SHIPPING! Website: Wantable.com
Introductory Offer: Unfortunately there isn’t one available at this time; you’ll just have to fall in love with them at full price!
All photos courtesy of Jessica Greenstein for the UB Post