Subscription Box Round-Up | April 2015

I love receiving subscriptions delivered to my doorstep every month filled with fun products, ranging from beauty and lifestyle to food and crafting items.  It’s a great way to be introduced to new things I might not otherwise try.

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My current subscriptions include Julep Maven, PopSugar Must Have, and KnitCrate.  Read on to see what came in each box this month:

Please be advised that some of the links provided are affiliate links and I do receive a small commission if you make a purchase using those links.  This does not cost you any extra when you make a purchase.  I very much appreciate your support of this blog in doing so!

Julep Maven

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It’s no secret that I love nail polish.  I’ve been a Julep Maven subscriber for a couple of years now and I always look forward to my monthly box from them.  The Julep polish formula is one of my all time favorites.  The Maven Box costs $24.99 a month, or $19.99 a month with a three-month prepaid subscription.  They ship to the United States and Canada only.  I love that you can select between several different offerings each month or even skip a month if you’re not feeling it.

I received the It Girl version of the Paradise Collection for April which included two polishes and a topcoat.  The two polishes in my box are Randi, a bright pink crème, and Danielle, a blue/teal duochrome.   Both shades are bright, summery, and suitable for a resort theme.  The box also came with an Oxygen Bonding Base Coat, which has an adhesive quality and is meant to “grip your nails and holds tight to color (like double-sided tape!).”  I’ve always had great luck with Julep top and base coats and am looking forward to trying this one!

Each Maven box comes with a quote.  This month’s quote is: “Paradise is a state of mind.’” – The Beach Boys

If you’d like to learn more about the Julep Maven program, I recommend checking out their website.  Join now and use code SPRING to receive the four-piece welcome box for free!

Popsugar Must Have

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This subscription is so much fun!  PopSugar Must Have is a monthly subscription service where you receive a selection of full size and premium beauty, fashion, home, and fitness items for $39.95 per month (this includes shipping and is available in the US only).  The April box theme is inspired by “Spring Showers, Farmers Market, Outdoor Fun, Fresh Produce, and Simplicity.”  As usual, there is a nice variety of items in this box ranging from beauty to home.

Once again, Popsugar stayed true to their theme, and this box feels like a taste of spring.  The 24-7 Bag by Flip & Tumble is the perfect little reusable tote to slip into your purse or travel bag (it’s a little cheaper on Amazon FYI).  I love the bright blue color and built in shoulder pad.  I can’t get enough of the delicious smelling Rhubarb Spring Candle from Produce Candles.  It smells like pie!  I’m excited to try this out as I’ve been hearing that soy candles are a cleaner burn and generally better for you.  I’m interested to learn more about Mott 50, which is a sun protective fashion line.  The $25 gift card included will come in handy if I decide to try one of their coverups, which I have my eyes on.  I thought it was cute that Popsugar included something to plant this month.  I’ve seen the Garden-in-a-Bag plants from Potting Shed Creations before, but have never tried one.  I can’t wait to see how my basil grows!  I’ve never tried a product like One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum before, but my skin generally loves any type of body oil or moisturizer I try, so I imagine this will be no different.  It sunk right into the skin when I tested it on my arm and the gardenia scent is lovely.  Apparently you’re supposed to apply it to damp skin, but it worked just fine on my dry arm.  Lastly, the sweet Dottie Umbrella by Dabney Lee is the perfect spring accessory.  I actually put it to good use last weekend when I was traveling to stormy Dallas.  It’s too cute!  I especially love the hot pink handle.  PopSugar delivered another smashing box, as per usual!

Click here to learn more about the PopSugar Must Have Box. Use code REFER5 to save $5 off your first box!

KnitCrate

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I absolutely love KnitCrate, which is a monthly (or bi-monthly if that seems like a bit too much yarn coming at you) subscription service geared towards knitters.  There are eight different subscription options, which you can see here if you’re interested.  The prices range from $23 to $75 a month depending on which kit you choose and where in the world you live (they do ship internationally).  I subscribe to the Beginner’s KnitCrate, which includes a pattern suitable to that level, enough yarn to complete that project, a couple of bonus items (ranging from soothing to sweet to fun), and promo codes for knitting related products.  It’s basically the most awesome care package a knitter could ever dream of!

The yarn included this month is Juniper Moon Farm Herriot, which is 100% alpaca.  I received two colorways: Talc, a soft white, and Royal Heather, a vibrant royal blue/purple.  This yarn is super duper soft!  There are two patterns included this month: a Chevron Cowl by Shannon Sanchez and Winnekenni Beret by Alison Green.  The fun extra is a Mrs. Crosby’s Luggage Tag with a cute quote.  The soothing extra is a French Lavender & Rosemary Artisan Soap from Thrive Handcrafts.  It smells divine!  As always, KnitCrate subscribers receive promo codes each month.  This month includes discounts on patterns by Yuki H.S., Shannon Sanchez, and Becky Greene Designs.  There is also a discount for the KnitCrate Newbies subscription.

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I also subscribe to the 5 Mini Add-Ons package available through KnitCrate.  Each month I  receive five 30-yard mini hanks in hand painted/indie dyed yarns.  It’s a nice way to try out a variety of  hand-dyed yarns from different providers.  I use the mini hanks I receive through this subscription for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.  This month’s selections includes five soft spring shades of Mrs. Crosby Train Case.  This hand-dyed, washable 3-ply yarn is a blend of superwash merino, nylon, and outlast (which is apparently a “rayon fiber technology that interacts with skin to moderate temperature”).  I love all of the variety I get with this subscription for my ongoing quilt project!

If you’re interested in purchasing the Beekeeper’s Quilt Kit or other items from KnitCrate you can receive 10% off your first KnitCrate purchase (not including monthly or bi monthly subscriptions) by clicking here!

I don’t always have a need or use for everything I recieve in my subscriptions and I thought one of you might enjoy a little care package, so I’m giving away a collection of resort-themed items.  The April 2015 Subscription Goodies Giveaway will run until Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  One person will win the selections of brand new and unused items shown in this photo:

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  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.  Good luck!

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Congrats to the winner of the April 2015 Subscription Goodies Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *Do you purchase resort wear?* out of 627 entries:

Only if I’m traveling someplace warm (252) 40%
Yes, I like to hold onto the pieces for summer! (207) 33%
No (168) 27%

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Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I’m actually planning on putting my Julep Maven and KnitCrate subscriptions on hold for the time being, not because I no longer enjoy them.  I’m trying to enjoy and use the large collections of yarn and nail polish I already own.  I still highly recommend both subscriptions!  Next month I’ll be sharing my Popsugar Must Have Box alone.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I received with my subscriptions this month.  I’d love to know if you receive any monthly subscriptions, too!

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* All products mentioned are part of the Julep Maven, KnitCrate, and PopSugar Must Have monthly subscription programs, for which I pay for my own memberships.  Giveaway prizes come from these subscriptions.  Post contains affiliate & referral links.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

7 comments

7 thoughts on “Subscription Box Round-Up | April 2015”

  1. I also subscribe to Pop Sugar and Knit Crate because of your your reviews. I am pretty sure that Knit Crate did away with the bi-monthly subscription. I checked their site and don’t see it referenced there.

    Thanks for your reviews I miss the vlogs of you opening your boxes, but am glad you still blog about them.

  2. Jennifer, Watching your vlogs are so joyful. It is such fun to watch someone sharing their day when they express such gratitude over the smallest of things. The weather, the flowers, a loved one’s company, the perfect wallet found. I love your vlogs the best of all your content. You make me smile!

  3. Thank you for this lovely review, thank you for the opportunity you give us via this giveaway!
    I cross my fingers because i really love knitting and i also do it in sumer, i prepare lovely scarves and items for the winer, and for the family.
    Wish you a wonderful day!

  4. Jen, do you have any videos on you knitting or learning to knit? I have always wanted to take up this hobby. Looks like your enjoying it.

  5. I sure do miss your open box videos… especially the Popsugar box and the knitcrate…. but it’s great to see a blog post still, though it is a lot more fun to get to watch you open them 🙂 than just read about it…

  6. Some fabulous goodies in your subscriptions! I’m totally jealous because I live in the UK so can’t get some of them for myself, but I look forward to seeing what you make of them! 🙂

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