Battle of the Boxes

The two boxes I’ve chosen for you this month are two of my favorites: Birchbox and Try the World. I chose Birchbox because as one of my first subscription boxes, it really instigated my addiction so to me it scream classic. As for Try the World, we focused a lot on travel this month and since that is one of my favorite hobbies, I decided to share this experience with you.

Birchbox 

Birchbox is always delivered in the coolest boxes. This neon pink and orange conversation bubble box is no different.

Birchbox is always delivered in the coolest boxes. This neon pink and orange conversation bubble box is no different.

Birchbox is a health and beauty subscription that sends on average give deluxe and sample sized products every month. Along with their fantastic curating, subscribers get to choose one of their featured samples from a pre-selected list every month. Additional bonuses include guest curated boxes, early sample choice for referring a friend or being a Birchbox Ace, monthly upgrades, and reward points for product reviews. This is a regular subscription of mine and I pay $110.00/year, although monthly subscriptions of $10.00/month are available. Usually, they also have deals going on to get discounts on subscriptions or free gifts with purchase; shipping is always free.

amika Nourishing Mask and Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

amika Nourishing Mask and Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

When you first subscribe to Birchbox, you’ll take a survey about your health and beauty preferences. These aren’t necessarily used in personalizing your box, but it does help them with market research so that they know what their subscribers prefer. This box was a big hit for me this month. It’s always a great value and I love that they are constantly introducing me to new brands that I fall in love with each month.

My favorite products this month was the COOLA face tint (I’m a huge fan of BB creams and the like) and the Marcelle Eye Make-Up Remover because you can never have too much of that on hand!

COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint and Harvey Prince Sincerely perfume sample

COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint and Harvey Prince Sincerely perfume sample

Inside my box 

amika Nourishing Mask (Sample; Full size $28)

COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint (Sample; Full size $36)

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (Full size $16)

Harvey Prince Sincerely (Sample; Full size $55)

Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up

Remover for Sensitive Eyes (Deluxe sample; Full size $15.00)

Birchbox
Cost: $10/month or $110 with annual subscription. FREE SHIPPING!
Website: www.Birchbox.com Introductory Offer: JILLIAN will get you 100 Birchbox points ($10.00)

Try the World 

Try the World is a gourmet food subscription that sends you a box from a different country every other month. This subscription is relatively new to me and to the world, but so far, I’m in love. They’ve taken me to France, around the world during the holidays, and now to Italy. The cost is $39.00/every two months and they promise 7-10 items from each month from the selected country. They publish the country in advance so that if you aren’t interested in the selection, you can send them an email and skip that month.

Don Peppino Crackers and Domori Cherry Chocolate Treats

Don Peppino Crackers and Domori Cherry Chocolate Treats

First, let me start by saying they have some of the best packaging. It’s more of an unboxing than anything because a lot of attention goes into every aspect from presentation to curation. Second, it’s jam-packed (pun intended) with amazing goodies, most of which I’ve never tried before and some brands which aren’t readily available locally. I have greatly enjoyed my trip, and destination, every single time so far, and this month was no different.

Each box comes with a box describing what the items are and a little bit about how to use them or what is significant about them. Each box also comes with a culture guide which includes a letter from the curators explaining the box, recipes, a playlist (available online), and popular movies featuring Venice.

The one downfall to food subscriptions is they often don’t match the value spent on the box, but are rather more about the curation of the boxes themselves and the exposure to new goodies. I love my food subscription boxes because they give me lots of little snack goodies to take with me to work.

I haven’t tried everything in the box yet, but I did try the jam, cherry chocolate treats and crackers and loved them all. I think this is a great representation of Italy, but I think there were a couple things they could have included as well. I would have liked to see some Amaretti cookies. To me, these scream Italy and Tiramisu. Also, maybe an Italian espresso sample as Italy is famous for their coffee, although I understand this may have been difficult from a large scale perspective as not everyone has espresso makers, so maybe some espresso powder or instant espresso or at least something with espresso in it. Overall,I’m very happy with the box and look forward to trying the rest of the items.

Monte Pollino Red Pepper Tapenade and La Bandita Di Daniela Mariotti Pear and Grappa Jam

Monte Pollino Red Pepper Tapenade and La Bandita Di Daniela Mariotti Pear and Grappa Jam

Pastificio dei Campi Rigatoni de Gragnano, Perugina Chocolate Tab in Lemon, and Apicoltura Luca Finocchio Thousand Flowers Honey

Pastificio dei Campi Rigatoni de Gragnano, Perugina Chocolate Tab in Lemon, and Apicoltura Luca Finocchio Thousand Flowers Honey

Inside my box:
Monte Pollino Red Pepper Tapenade

Don Peppino Crackers

La Bandita Di Daniela Mariotti Pear and Grappa Jam

Domori Cherry Chocolate Treats

Perugina Chocolate Tab in Lemon

Apicoltura Luca Finocchio Thousand Flowers Honey

Pastificio dei Campi Rigatoni de Gragnano

Try the World

Cost: $39/every two months. FREE SHIPPING
Website: www.trytheworld.com Introductory offer: GOURMETBOX50 saves you 50% off your first box.

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