Petit Vour Subscription Box Review February 2016

Disclosure: I purchased this box with my own money and was not paid to review this box.  However, if you purchase this subscription box using a link from this site, I will receive a small commission.  All opinions are my own.
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I love makeup and beauty products and am slowly making the transition to cruelty-free.  For me, cruelty-free is becoming a passion, but it is a constant challenge for me to discern when companies truly do or don’t test on animals.  I happened upon Petit Vour’s subscription box when I was reading reviews on all of the beauty boxes out there.  I learned that Petit Vour is a site which provides luxury vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free beauty products.  Petit Vour offers a monthly subscription box costing $15 USD (or $23 in Canada) which boasts over $35 worth of products in each box.

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Each box contains a card detailing what’s included, how to use the products and how much the products are worth.

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February 2016 Subscription Box!!!

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum

JUICE BEAUTY Stem Cellular Booster Serum: I would qualify this as a “travel size” product as it really is larger than a sample.  It is about .25 fl oz and is valued at $19.  The full-size is a one ounce bottle and is valued at $75.  The gel serum goes on smoothly and is absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy feeling.  It is meant to plump skin (reduce wrinkles) and to even out the skin tone.  I have used it about five times and still have half a bottle left.  I think it’s too soon to tell whether it is working or not but I really like the way it feels and smells.  My forehead did end up breaking-out after I used this but I’m not sure if it was the serum’s fault or if it was hormone-related.  I’m pretty impressed with the value in this little bottle.

 

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HAN SKIN CARE COSMETICS Eyeshadow: This is a full-size eyeshadow valued at $13.  The color I received was taupey plum–I don’t see any “plum” in but I do love the shimmery bronze color.  It is made with 100% natural rice powder and has anti-aging ingredients.  I love the way this eyeshadow looks and it is very smooth upon application.  For me it looked best in the eyelid crease, not as a base color.

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CHRISTY ORGANICS “Trance” Natural Perfume: This is an oil-based perfume smelling of jasmine, bergamot, and ylang ylang. This is a 1ml sample valued at $5.25 and the 12 ml full-size is available for $65. My husband’s first impression when smelling it out of the bottle was that it smelled like rubber tires. I am happy to say that I gave it a chance despite his assessment and have fully enjoyed it. I tend toward fruitier perfumes (if I wear perfume at all) but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the floral scents in this perfume. I think it works really well with my body chemistry and the name of the perfume, “trance,” is quite accurate as I find the scent entrancing. This is a perfume I would consider purchasing in the future!

 

 

 

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GRAYDON Hair Smoothie: This conditioner/detangler sample is valued at $2.50 and a full eight ounce bottle is $25.  It is meant as a conditioner for thin hair but can be left in for several minutes to achieve the same effect for thicker hair and is also supposed to stimulate hair growth.  The smoothie can also be used as a leave-in conditioner if applied just to the tips of hair.  I have used this smoothie several times and still have half a bottle left so it’s a great size and would be ideal to take on vacation.  It contains essential oils including parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.  When I use this it smells like I’m cooking instead of showering–which I don’t love, but it’s growing on me.  The scent doesn’t stay in my hair once I’ve washed the conditioner out, so I’m able to tolerate it better.  My skin is typically sensitive to rosemary but this did not cause my scalp to itch or get a rash.  Though it’s not my favorite scent, I am still enjoying using it.

 

All-in-all the total value of this box was $39.75, not too shabby for only paying $15!  You can also go to Petit Vour’s website and rate all of the items in your box and you’ll accumulate store credit for just giving your feedback!  I was thrilled with my first Petit Vour subscription box and can hardly wait for March’s!  I feel like I’m really getting introduced to some neat stuff that I would never have considered buying for myself.

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Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle

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Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle
Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle

My husband is obsessed with kitchen gadgets and it’s often a bone of contention in our household.  Though I don’t dislike the gadgets themselves, I get annoyed with how much counter and cabinet space they take up!  It is not often that I am willing to accept a new gadget into our household, but an electric griddle was one thing I didn’t mind getting.  I love making pancakes on the weekends but I don’t like how long it takes to cook a batch when only making one at a time.  Not to mention the fact that by the time the last pancake is done the earlier ones are cold.

When we found the Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle on sale at Target we decided to jump on it.  Since our purchase, we have made a variety of foods on it, from burgers, to pancakes, to bacon, and more.

The Basics

The Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle is constructed of plastic and stainless steel with a ceramic-coated non-stick cooking surface.  The cooking surface is 10X20 inches and includes a drip tray as well as a warming drawer beneath the cooktop.  There is a knob used to control the temperature of the surface.
Cost: Target has the griddle listed for $39.99 but we got ours on sale for $29.99 a few months ago.  Amazon has it listed for $29.92 (but they only have it in creme/black, not the stainless steel/black).

Cooking pancakes and bacon at the same time!
Cooking pancakes and bacon at the same time!

Pancakes on my griddle
Pancakes on my griddle

The Details

What I like:
-The griddle has plenty of space to cook multiple items at a time.
-The griddle comes with a guide indicating the temperature you should set the griddle for certain foods and whether you need to preheat the griddle or not.  I have followed the temperature guidelines closely and have always found everything cooked evenly and best of all, without burning!
-The griddle has an opening in the back which connects to a drip tray so you can easily remove excess grease.
-The DuraCeramic coating is fantastic at keeping things from sticking to it and it also makes for speedy cleanup–which is very important to me because I abhor doing dishes!

What I dislike:
-Although the griddle is a great size for cooking it does take up a lot of storage space.
-The griddle comes with a warming drawer that slides in beneath the griddle.  In theory it’s a good idea but I’ve had a hard time getting the drawer to slide back in once it’s been pulled all the way out for washing.  Additionally, the warming drawer is not very tall so it doesn’t fit a lot of pancakes at a time but does fit plenty of bacon.
-I have found the DuraCeramic coating to be very easy to clean but the unit itself cannot be submerged in water so you must be very careful when washing to only run water over it and keep the plug end away from the water!

The surface is very easy to clean and requires very little effort.
The surface is very easy to clean and requires very little effort.

The warming tray is not very deep so it can’t accommodate many pancakes or french toast at a time.

 What’s the Verdict?

I am so glad we chose to purchase the Oster DuraCeramic Electric Griddle because it truly fit our needs of needing a quicker way to make a lot of food at a time.  Though it has a few small imperfections for the price I think it’s a great deal and does what it’s intended to do admirably.  I would definitely buy this griddle again and will recommend it to friends and family.

Interested in getting one for yourself?  Amazon currently has the best price but it doesn’t include the same color as mine.

Target.com is having a sale currently and that’s where I purchased this exact item.

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