My Subscription Addiction #MSA01 Quarterly Subscription Box Review – Fall 2014 September

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OMG I totally hate to be the box reviewer that hates another box reviewer’s box, but…. this was so not my style. I’m sorry! I realize that makes me basically the worst person in the world.  But I can’t even bear to take that red thing out of the package because I need to sell/swap it immediately. I opened this box and thought, what the hell is this ugly thing?

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Unboxing it did not improve it.

Raw Naturals Candle in Chai Latte ($24) Excellent smell. Will use!

Fig + Yarrow Cardamon + Coffee Body Scrub ($22) This smells gross, because I cannot stand the smell of coffee. This is JUST ME, I know. But it didn’t help to endear me to this box.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($65) I’m interested in trying it. I hear it’s a love/hate product! The #1 ingredient is talc and I’m not sure how I feel about that! Some people are super sensitive to it.

Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss ($15) Gorgeous color – fig!

Simonetta Infinity Knit Scarf ($25 according to card) – There is no way in hell I would ever wear that. If you love it, I’m super happy that someone does, I cannot stand it.

Also included, coupons for Tatcha & Fig & Yarrow (purchases required). There was also a coupon for 75% off Just Fab, which is at least better than the crappy 50% off (which was the standard offer, now it’s 20% off) Citrus Lane put in all its boxes last year.  Here’s a BOGO offer for Just Fab if you want one!

The Subscription: Quarterly
The Description: Quarterly Co. is a subscription service that lets you receive awesome things in the mail. You can subscribe to people you find interesting and, once every three months, they will send you a package right to your doorstep
The Price: $25+ per quarter. MSA’s box is $50 per quarter.

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  • PiqueintheBox.com

    First of all, huge congrats on the baby!! I hope you are doing well. Second, don’t feel bad! I heard that scarf sheds everywhere, and I would’ve hated it, too! I did not order this box for reasons I won’t disclose publically. I totally understand the tendency to feel bad for dissing anything related to MSA because her legion of groupies will jump down your throat! I LOVE the fact that you are honest… Stay true to yourself and your honest opinions! No apologies!!

  • Amanda S

    I gotta tell you, I don’t love that box either. I’m glad I didn’t order it.

  • Ricki

    Personally, I loved the box (especially the scarf, although the one you got is more my color), but aren’t review blogs for expressing opinion? Don’t worry about not liking it; it refreshing to see honesty and makes me love your blog more!

    • Brandy

      Ah thank you! I think I may have put my finger on why it turned me off so much – the big variation item isn’t really valuable enough to bother swapping for a different color. That and the fact that I just totally couldn’t stand it. It’s just my opinion and everyone does vary. I have talked to lots of ladies who liked it! But I am so jewel toned 🙂 I should have mentioned I didn’t cancel! Value wise prob this one and Ng are the only quarterly boxes worth subbing to!

  • Krista

    I agree with the others. It’s so frustrating to me when people love every single thing they receive in every box. It makes you not trust ANYTHING they say. So I appreciate you keeping it real!

  • brandi young

    Very true Krista. I think it looks like a great box, but that is why trade sites are a booming business! I love edivv.com because I always see my favorites from a box that I didn’t get on there and makes it easier to get items without subscribing to every box! I love Korres Rice powder but it is actually rice, not talc.

  • Senny

    Not every product in this box was exactly me either. I make my own scarfs so I never really NEED them so I will only keep the right one. I didn’t keep this one but again I’m super picky on scarfs and end up swapping most of them! I also make my own body scrubs so I always end up swapping these items too. I actually love the lip gloss and am really excited about the tatcha because that is an item I would never buy myself but am really looking forward to trying…plus it just looks beautiful! I love the value of the box and I really love MSA so I will always look forward to seeing what is in the next box (therefore this means I will always sub to it)! However I LOVE your blog! (and would totally buy your sub box too!) I would be disappointed if you ever didn’t voice your opinion when that is what I have always come to expect! 🙂 I may not always agree with your reviews…sometimes you love something I hate or the other way around but that doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy your honesty and the humor that is in every one of your posts!

    • Brandy

      I soooo didn’t cancel this box. Just because I didn’t love it and I actually kind of hated it, I didn’t think it was a bad box. I just had a crazy visceral reaction to the scarf!! the truth is that most stuff is pretty damned nice that comes in all the boxes but sometimes you just don’t like it.

      I would be terrified to curate a box. If it were all about me I’d have to do like coke zero and black nail polish. HAHA. Ok not really but yes really.

  • Senny

    I do love coke zero! LOL!

    I didn’t have quite the same reaction to the scarf as you did although I have had that with other items! Golden tote has given me some pieces that I’m like WTF am I supposed to do with that!?! Do I love golden tote…YES! Have they sent me some of the worst pieces of clothing I have ever seen…also YES! Actually I laughed as I read your review of the scarf because I was like I have so said that before!

  • Nikki725

    I laughed out loud at your reaction to the scarf, but only because I’ve had the same reaction to another product I received once. I had made a Stitch Fix order, and had requested a few looser fitting tops (In my note to my stylist I expressed feeling a bit self consious at the time, and didn’t want to call attention to that fact, lol), and what did they do? They sent me a giant, bright blue and yellow blouse covered in elephants (I wish I was joking). Talk about a visceral reaction…I couldn’t send it back fast enough, lol.

    • Brandy

      LOL OMG NO!

    • Senny

      AHAHAHAHA! wow! Nothing about that shirt seems like a good idea!

  • sailingthrumy30s

    LOL I love your honesty, MSA seems like she is the end all be all, and her word is law…..not so much. I hate this box….I love the lipgloss, that’s about it.

  • Liz @ My Subscription Addiction

    Thanks for reviewing the box Brandy! I know every item can’t be for everyone – and I really appreciate the feedback. (I also really hope the winter box is more of a hit for you 🙂 )

    • Brandy

      I would totally hate curating a box. I put them together for silent auctions and holiday gifts but I don’t have to meet a price point or please a bunch of crazed ladies. I did want half of the things but decided to send it complete to a friend who loved it. Looking forward to the next box. I vote, as always, for home items. Or handwarmers. Or both.

      • brandy

        I didn’t order this box but own a few of the items. The rice powder is amazing. I have not read anything bad about it though, all reviews I read were all glowing. I love coffee and the scent of coffee and so it’s refreshing and will wake you up in the morning and soft.skin. I own the lip gloss, it’s nice. Not the best lipgloss I own but nice. The candle looks luxe. The scarf and all variations look hideous. I like light weight scarves, allthough it may be soft and warm, it does not get really cold here. I am not thrilled about the first spoiler in the 2nd box and there’s really two (the last just mentioned in another review) just to let people know. The first is a wool throw, not really pretty but simple gray with red trim.

        • Brandy

          I thought the throw looked very masculine. Fortunately I am doing an “adventure” themed craft/art/reading room for the kids where it will (I think) go nicely. I hear it is soft. I would have really liked to burn that candle but it worked out better for me to keep that box together!