Rocksbox · Subscription Boxes

Rocksbox Reveal Vol. 2

My post man is the nicest gentleman ever and every time he has a package too big to fit in the mailbox he always makes sure to knock on the door and personally hand it to me or if I am not home, always tries to hide it carefully under the welcome mat or between my door and the gate so no one can steal it. If I am home, he always chats and asks about the kids and dog and I always spend a few minutes talking with him. However, the other day, I saw he had a Rocksbox envelope in his hands and I feel like it took FOREVER to get rid of him so that I can tear into that package.

I’m such a snot!

Anyways, I got my goodies, which for the record, were all from my Wishlist again and I have one definitive winner and two so-so’s to share with you. But that’s ok, because if you subscribe to Rocksbox you know that you can always return what you don’t like for new stuff or rent your set and then refresh it all for something new whenever you want.

Let’s start with the WINNER, which I will definitely be purchasing with my $21 credit. I got these GORGEOUS Slate Arya “Hoops” in Gold ($46). Not sure why they are classified as a hoop as they are clearly triangular-ish in shape, but let’s just go with it. They have this beautiful  design with pave accents running down the center, that sometimes have me thinking Art Deco and other times give me total Rock n’ Roll vibes. I have been wearing them non-stop, which is usually a good indicator that I will not be parting with them.

I also received the Kendra Scott Beth Necklace in Rose Gold and Ivory Mother of Pearl ($70), which checks off all my current style preferences, but I had issues with the length. The chain is adjustable, which is a great concept as I could definitely see this necklace worn closer up between your collarbones or lower down your chest, possibly even layered, however, the adjustable clasp did not hold. I found the necklace moves around as you go about your day and while it may have started out as a choker at breakfast, somewhere around lunch time, the pendant was nestled between my boobs. Yeah. No.

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Wearing Slate Arya Hoops and Ava Rose Chandler Ring

The last piece sent to me was the Ava Rose Chandler Ring in Gold and Labradorite ($51). I love the gold combined with this beautiful jade green stone, but I decided that I was just not that fond of the elongated shape of the stone. I definitely prefer something a little less chunky and will go back in to my Wishlist and adjust some of my ring preferences as it wasn’t until I wore this ring that I decided that I’m more of a simple band kind of girl.

So 1 out of 3 is pretty good, in my opinion.

Remember, if you want to try Rocksbox, feel free to use my referral code, MARITZABFF39 and you get your first box free. I will also get $25 for a future purchase, so it’s kind of a win/win.

Till next time, friends!

Maritza

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Boxycharm · Subscription Boxes

January Boxycharm – Rock 2018

Folks, this month has had it’s ups and downs, but one of the highlights was finally getting off the Boxycharm waitlist.

I swear, when I see myself typing stuff like that, I feel like I really need to get my priorities straight, but, WHATEVER! It’s the little things in life that get you going, right?

Anyways, I had always heard really great things about Boxycharm from my friend Elsie, however, never really joined as I already had so many boxes, that I felt like adding another one would be overkill. However, having recently decided to take a break from my Birchbox and Ipsy, I figured there was no better time than the present.

FUN FACT: Birchbox headquarters are located in Miami, FL. You all know I love supporting my Florida peeps.

I purposefully avoided reading up or seeing any of the January Boxycharm unboxings as I wanted to make my own opinions and, OH BOY, was I happy I did so because I am IN LOVE with basically everything I got. Seriously, I have loads of good things to say about everything and maybe just a few MEHs.

First off, let’s start off with what I loved the most, which was the Glam Metals eyeshadow palette by Crown Pro ($29.99). You all know that I am an eyes girl, and when I opened this palette and saw all these gorgeous rusty, copper and silver metallics, I was “Shot Through the Heart….”.  The colors are all silky to the touch, very pigmented and I had zero problems blending any of them. I created a quick eye look (pic below)   using The Wicked on the crease, Rebel on the lid and Black Metal on the outer V and lower lash. Finished it off with a little Pop Rock on the inner corner and I was channeling my inner Video Vixen big times.

Sticking to the eyes, the next product that I was totally digging was the It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe ($24). Supposedly this color works on anybody and all you have to be is mindful about the pressure you are applying when doing your eyebrows as gentle strokes will work best for lighter hair colors and adding a bit more pressure will deepen the color for our darker hued guys and gals. The formula is a tad stiff when swatching it, but I suppose making it too creamy wouldn’t allow for it to be a universal shade, but don’t let that deter you as  I found it super easy to use and I didn’t really have to think too hard on how much pressure I was applying to create a perfect brow.

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Eyes: Glam Metals by Crown Pro. Brows: It Cosmetics Brow Power Cheeks/Face: Pur Cosmetics Dreamer Palete Primer: Dr. Brandt Luminizer Primer

Next on the list is another hometown favorite brand, Dr. Brandt. I LOVE Dr. Brandt products and I was so happy to get the Pores No More Luminizer Primer ($38) as I have been wanting to try it for so long, but we all know this stuff is a little pricey. On application, it looks a bit like foundation or a BB cream, but doesn’t have any coverage. It does, however, leave your skin glowy. It’s also supposed to minimize the look of pores, but I felt that the real draw was the luminizing effects.  I applied this under my foundation and my skin looked healthy. Not shiny or greasy, which is always my concern with these types of primers. It also worked really well under my Covergirl Vitalist Foundation and never made it slip or breakdown. Winner!

The next two products didn’t make my Top 3, but that doesn’t mean I dislike them:

Grande Lip Hydrating Lip Plumper ($27) in Hot Fuschia is surprisingly hydrating, however, I really didn’t see my lips plump much. What I did like was the glossy wash of pink color I got from wearing it. Seriously, I looked like I made out with the Hubs and then applied lip gloss. The effect was super sexy!

Pur Cosmetics Cheek Palette in Dreamer ($34) is so pigmented that you have to go in with the lightest hand possible with all three shades in order not to look clownish. However, I used the bronzer, blush and highlighter in the look above and feel like I pulled it off well. I can totally also see this being used as eyeshadow. The blusher has a BEAUTIFUL coral pink shimmer that all over the lid would make blue or green eyes POP! No need to foil that’s for sure!

Since I purposefully avoided any Boxycharm reviews or unboxings, what did everyone else think of their box? Sound off on the comments below and let’s get the party started!

Till next time, friends!

Maritza

Trippin

Museum of Ice Cream Miami

When I first heard that the Museum of Ice Cream was popping up in Miami Beach, I was like no way in HELL am I going to drop $40 to take a bunch of dumb pics in pink rooms surrounded by images of dairy products that I have a hard time digesting. But, of course, I am weak and succumbed to the Instagram pressure of all the pics of people taking a dip in the Sprinkle Pool and up against brightly colored walls.

SO WEAK!

However, as much as it pains me to admit this, I actually had fun! I still can’t tell whether I am basically paying for the use of a bunch of photo props and backgrounds or if it’s the curators way of strategically placing props so that you can create your own art, but either way, it was certainly interesting and, yes, I came home with a bunch of pics that will soon be showing up on the feeds of all my Instagram friends and followers.

For the record, all tickets for the Miami event are sold out, but if you want a quick peek into the “exhibits” take a look below. Also, make sure to sign up for their newsletter on their website as they will send you updates on future locations and extensions of the exhibit (if any) in Miami.

A couple of things to highlight:

  • Yes, I made sure that my makeup was on pointe and my hair was sleek and straight. Pictures don’t lie, ya’ll
  • I found this event to be perfect to take tweens and teens who are obsessed with selfies. My 8 year old son, not so much.
  • They do give you samples of ice cream and candies as you make your way through the exhibits, so prepare for a sugar rush.
  • In Miami, the exhibit is spread throughout 4 floors and the elevators were not operational, so you will be doing some cardio (to walk off the sugar).
  • The Sprinkle Pool is a timed exhibit, so you need to jump in and take those pics quick cause they will kick you out!

I hope you enjoy the pics. Some of these were taken by my daughter on her iPhone and mines were all taken on my Cannon, but honestly, I can’t tell the difference in quality.

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Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Antonym Cosmetics

Antonym Cosmetics – Review Time

I am such a Florida girl. I was reading a post from Makeup and Beauty Blog in which she was talking about the Antonym Cosmetics eye quad in Noisette and when she mentioned that Antonym is headquartered in Miami, I immediately clicked on over to their website to check them out and proceeded to drop a small fortune on their products.

I am 305 for LIFE, ya’ll!

In all honesty, it wasn’t just because I like to support my local Florida peeps, which I do, but I had been hearing a lot of chatter about Antonym for a while and figured it was time to see for myself if these products were really as good for the skin as they are for the environment. All Antonym products are cruelty free and made from Certified Organic and Natural Ingredients. Even their bamboo packaging is made from sustainable materials and also happens to looks super cool and earthy.

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They don’t have a very large selection of items, but I feel that now that they are in Sephora, we might be seeing this line expand a bit. Quick Tip: if you shop directly from their website, you get 10% off your first order and you can also join their Rewards Program where you earn points towards future purchases for every item you buy, referrals and even your birthday.

Prices are mid to high ranging from $17 – $52, which puts it up there with the Becca’s and Hourglasses, but not quite Tom Ford or Dior. I think that’s a comfortable price for the product you are getting as I must say that I LOVED everything I bought.

I opted for Baked Foundation in Light ($38), Baked Blush in Peach ($38) and the Quattro Eyeshadow in To The Moon and Black ($39). If I had to choose one that I like the best, it would really be a toss up, but as a girl obsessed with eye palettes and mascara, it would have to be the eyeshadow quad.

I purposefully picked the smoky blue and grey set as I am trying to get out of my comfort zone of nudes and at first swatch, the navy blue, white and grey shimmers and matte black feel a little dry. However, these are the types of colors that blossom with the guidance of a brush. They are easy to blend and when combined, do not muddy at all.

For the look below, I used Blue Moon (navy) on the crease and blended it to the outer V. Then applied Slate (grey) all over the lid, going back to the Blue Moon to blend any lines. I then intensified the outer V a bit with Obsidian (black) and dragged that to the lower lash, where I smoked it out to almost the inner corner. Lastly, I dabbed Ice (white) on the center eyelid, inner corner and upper and bottom lid.

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The Baked Blush in Peach is soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of color and glow to the cheeks. At first, I went in a little heavy handed thinking the color might not show up on my pale skin, but that was not necessary. A light layer is certainly enough and, I feel, complimented the smoky eye nicely.

To tone down the blush a bit, I went in with the Baked Foundation and a powder brush and it did the trick perfectly. The Baked Foundation can be coupled with a more denser brush and used as foundation, but to be honest, I like it best as a powder to set my liquid foundation. I don’t feel it provided the amount of coverage I was looking for with such a smoky look, however, on natural makeup days, it’s one of those products where you swirl, tap and buff into skin. Apply some Baked Blush and some mascara and you are all set to go.

Have any of you given Antonym a whirl? If so, let me know your thoughts. I personally loved it, but want to know if my LOVE for Miami is blinding me a bit.

Also, if you want to try out Antonym for the first time, feel free to use my referral link below. You get 20% off your order and I get 20% for a future order. Win/Win!

http://antonymcosmetics.refr.cc/maritzar

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Tween Time

Tween Time with Sofia Vol. 3

Happy Monday, Friends!

I feel like we are finally seeing the light with this flu in our house. Everyone is definitely feeling better, but I’m lucky if my face even saw daylight, much less makeup the past few days.

However, Sofia and her friends did a “photo shoot” using their iPhones a few weeks ago and in lieu of a makeup review thought I could post some of their pics.

I have to say that I think I have a mini- photographer/stylist in the making. Sofia said all the pics were taken in Portrait mode on her iPhone7 plus and she edited them on VSCO. The day was a bit cloudy and chilly, so she used blue tint for ambiance.

I’m telling you…Photographer in the making!

Not sure about her friends outfits, but I can tell you (cause I paid for it all!) that Sofia’s jeans and jacket are from Garage and her shirt is from H&M but it’s an oldie, so no longer on their website.

The pictures were all taken in my backyard, which is currently under renovation. We put in some new pavers and are about to paint the exterior of the house, so that is why you may see patches here and there. However, if you ask me, it actually makes the pictures look a bit grunge and as a 90’s teen, I dig that!

Hope you enjoy and let me know how all of you are doing? Did any of you get the flu? How did you survive?

Till next time my friends!

Maritza

The Friday Five

The Friday 5 – The Flu

I don’t know about you guys, but 2018 so far is proving to be a bit stressful. Between work and family, it’s been a rough two weeks for me, so I am once again going to make todays post, not only brief, but a free for all.

#1 -5 – The Fucking Flu

I don’t know if my WHOLE family has the flu or just a really bad cold, but everyone is sick in my house. Yeah, not just “cough, cough. sniffle, sniffle” sick. Like 101 degree fever (with medication), sore throat, headache, chills…the WHOLE SHEBANG!

Wow…I don’t think I have ever spelled “shebang” before. Literally, it’s She Bang, but together. Like the Ricky Martin song. Weird.

Anyways, it’s been particularly bad today, but I hope I get to see the light soon. I have to travel next week for work and there is nothing worse than traveling and being away from your family when you are sick, but especially when you have to leave them still sick. So crossing fingers that we all get better soon.

If you happen to read this post, send some good vibes our way. Any little bit, helps!

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

Facetory · Subscription Boxes

Facetory Sheet Mask Subscription Roundup and Review

In December, I made a conscious effort to focus on skincare. Partly because my skin was in desperate need of a change, but also because I came to the conclusion that no matter how much makeup I buy, it’s never going to look right if my skin is not properly moisturized and prepped.

I figured there was no better time to invest in my skin, especially since I’m 40 and, let’s face it, not getting any younger. As part of my revised skin care routine, I decided incorporate more masks and subscribed to Facetory as they will send you a curated array of Korean sheet masks each month.

There are 2 subscriptions, Four-ever Fresh (4 sheet masks for 5.95 + shipping/ month) and Seven Lux (7 sheet masks for $15.95 + shipping/ month). If you want to read up on how each plan works, check out their FAQ.

Since this was my first foray into sheet masks with Facetory, I chose the Four-ever Fresh set and the only thing I regret so far is that I only got four. Seriously, I can now see why my Instagram feed is always clogged with selfies of people wearing masks. They may make you look like that creep from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but when you peel one off, its like you anti-aged 2 years. Your skin is just so plump and moisturized!

The last box/envelope I received was actually in late December, but I just finished my last mask and wanted to give you my thoughts.

First thing firsts, I don’t get the impression that these masks are curated by your skin type, but rather by month. Meaning that each month everyone may just get the same masks, which, admittedly, is the only downfall to the subscription as not everyone has the same skincare needs. Out of the four I received, my favorites were:

  • G9 Skin Strawberry Milk Bomb – creamier than the others as the name suggests. No need to apply moisturizer if you use this one. Soaked right in after removing mask.
  • Baroness Pomegranate- light and gel like in consistency. I applied this one in the morning and then put moisturizer and makeup about 30 minutes later and –OMG– my skin looked fantastic.
  • The Face Shop Aloe Mask – also gel like in consistency, but not sticky as the name would imply. This mask smelled like aloe and was a really cooling, light mask. I think I wore this on a makeup free day and my face looked bright all day.

All three also felt like a direct infusion of hydration to the skin.

The Miko Pore Control mask was nice, but the tackiest of them all and made my skin feel as if I rubbed hair gel on it. It also didn’t make my makeup sit as nice throughout the day as the others did.

**Check out ingredients and product details on the December masks, by clicking here.**

Personally, I think the price is phenomenal. I usually pay about $6 a mask from Boscia at Sephora and these masks are at par quality wise and obviously cheaper. Also, they are delivered right to your door each month like a fresh bouquet of flowers, except they don’t die and make your skin glow.

Can we say win?

If you want to try out Facetory, feel free to use my referral code by clicking here. First time subscribers will get 10% off their first order. Please note that this referral link is given to ALL subscribers and if you decide to use it, I get 10% off a future order as well.

Let me know if you use face masks and which ones you recommend. I’m want to look 35 by end of year, so help a sister out! 😀

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza<<<<<<<

tarte

Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette – Review Time

Hi, my name is Maritza and I have an addiction to face palettes.

Ok, If I am going to be honest, I love all types of palettes: eye, face, blush, lips. Heck, it they came out with a foundation palette, I would be all up in that. Do they have a foundation palette? That would be neat, right? Like a palette of crème/stick like foundation that you can mix and match to create your perfect shade and not have to buy different shades when you are darker or lighter throughout the year.

Anyways, I have recently received a slew of face palettes for the holidays as gifts and I have to say that I love the idea of them. Basically, in one neat little package, you get contour, bronzer, highlighter and sometimes blush, which I don’t know about you, but 99% of the time I double these as eyeshadows to create a simple, clean, monochromatic, everyday look. I find that, lately, my favorite palette to do this with is the Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette.

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First of all, aesthetically, I love everything about this palette. The exterior has this sleek gold and black look that opens up from the middle, like one of those expensive jewelry boxes that houses a necklace. Then when you have it opened, you get is this delicious whiff of hot cocoa. Well, more like the hot cocoa powder you get in packets (think Swiss Miss), but it’s still wonderful.

The palette contains 4 highlight shades, 1 crème contour and 1 powder contour/bronzer shade. The highlights are all silky to the touch and, in my opinion, none of them are going to blind you with their shine, but definitely create that lit from within type of shine. The right two highlights, Strobe and Stunner, go perfectly with my fair skin and I often like to combine the two to create a light golden shade that works well for everyday looks and also on the eyes. I love to use them on the lid, inner corner and even on the brow bone.

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Shades read from left to right, like a book: Lit, Strobe, Fire, Stunner, Shade, Sculpt

The left two highlights are better suited for darker complexions if you are going to highlight, but I like to use on my eyes. I simply just pat Lit, a shimmery tan, with a peachy/copper tinge to it, on my eyelids and then use Fire, which is a degree or two deeper, on the outer V. Both shades would also would look great as a blush topper because they are not blinding, but will make a matte blush pop if you apply light a layer to your cheeks. I would say the same goes for Stunner as it has an ever so slight pinky shimmer to it that would also look nice on the cheeks as a topper.

The third row are your contours. Shade is a crème contour and is sort of middle of ground shade wise. I find it a bit too dark for my fair complexion and I believe that it will definitely be too light for my darker complexioned guys and gals. However, if you are medium toned, this is your shade. It’s definitely on the warmer side, so if you prefer an ashy contour, then I would skip. The same goes for Sculpt, the powder contour shade. Personally, I use this color as a bronzer, not as contour, because it has an orange base, AND as a crease color. Love it on my crease!

The downfall to the palette is, as mentioned above, that both contours are not really universal for all skin types. That’s a bummer given the $45 price tag, but I feel that the highlights make up for it as they are the real stars of the show. Also, the mirrors are not user friendly. The are small and located on the flaps of the palette and really don’t give you a full face view, so applying contour or highlight can be a little challenging. But to be honest…WHATEVER! I never rely on palette mirrors to apply my makeup.

I know that Tarte recently came out with Pro Glow To Go mini palette ($23), that contains 3 different shades and it’s supposed to be travel friendly, but to be honest, I think the Pro Glow is already small and compact and offers a wider variety of options to play with whether you travel a lot or not.

With that being said, did anyone pick up the Pro Glow To Go? Love to hear your thoughts on the shade selection.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holly the Housecat · The Friday Five

The Friday 5 – Unwind With Me

What a day, what a day!

Actually, it’s more like what a week, but I like to focus on the present and I feel like the theme of today’s Friday 5 is something along the likes of “It’s 5pm somewhere at this exact moment, so time for a drink.”

(Pours a nice, tall glass of red wine.)

I should probably call this post Un-Wine with me.

(I crack myself up!)

Anyways, with that being said, I thought today I would make this post a free for all and just take the opportunity to chat with you. I know this is primarily a beauty blog, but….

#5 – I haven’t worn makeup all week!!!

Seriously, this is so unlike me. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bare, clean face with just a little moisturizer on those days when you are just planning to Netflix and Chill (like the real Netflix and Chill, not the “wink, wink” Netflix and Chill). However, I miss those peeks in the mirror when I have a really nice eye look and think to myself, “Damn, I look good!”. It’s just been so crazy at work, that I have not had 15 minutes to myself to eat, much less play with makeup. The good news though is that I’ll be doing a slew of moisturizer and face mask reviews in the coming weeks because that’s what I have been focusing on during my forced makeup hiatus.

Can I get “Yeah” for soft, supple skin?

#4 – I won a Giveaway!

This was the highlight of my week. I like to use an app called Promota to do my signboards for my blog and they were hosting a giveaway during the holidays and I WON an Amazon Echo. I feel so super cool and trendy now that  all I have to do is scream from across the room “Alexa, what’s the weather looking like today?” instead of reaching out my hand, pressing the home button and asking Siri to tell me how hot it’s going to be. #siriisso2017 #firstworldproblems

#3 – The Ice Cream Museum

I succumbed to Instagram pressure and bought tickets to go to the Ice Cream Museum that just opened in Miami last month. I’m about $160 broker than I was last week and I’m still not sure how I feel about that, but it really does seem quirky and cool and I’m taking my kids and my MOM, so you know it’s going to be HILARIOUS! Seriously though, this museum better be freaking awesome and I better be picking rainbow sprinkles out of my butt crack for a week after basically paying that much money for photo opportunities. Once again, #firstworldproblems

#2 – Vision Boards

My friend, Yudy and I, have this tradition where we each create a vision board at the beginning of each year so that we can manifest our goals and dreams into reality. Well, we did it for the first time last year, so since this is our second go around, I’m calling it a tradition. We have plans to get together this weekend and just chat, drink wine and do a little crafting. If ever I wonder the exact moment I hit middle age, I think this is it.

#1 – Holly the Housecat (AKA: the Ca-terrorist)

Let me introduce you to my cat, Holly. On the outside she looks like the sweetest, gentlest, blue eyed cat. However, don’t be fooled, my friends. She is a Terrorist. She takes great pleasure in:

  • scratching you for no reason at all
  • tipping glasses of water on your electronic devices – to cut you off from the outside world and make you her slave.
  • Attacking my 12 year old dog, Rita, for being petted 3 more times than she was in one sitting
  • Sneakily stealing one sock from each coordinating pair right after you take them off. Forcing you to wear mismatched socks for a month. Then, when you finally decide to give in and use the mismatched socks as cleaning rags, she magically procures one from her hidden sock den and dumps it on your person during the night. It’s like the scene from The Godfather, except that instead of waking up to a bloody, decapitated horses head, you wake up to a dirty, stinky sock full of cat saliva.

I need to keep my on eye her at ALL times. #hollythehousecat #sockstealer

I hope you enjoyed this little chit chat with me. Feel free to chat right back with me in the comments below. Let’s keep the dialogue going!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Rocksbox · Subscription Boxes

Rocksbox Reveal – Vol. 1

I LOVE jewelry. Especially really unique pieces. They don’t have to be flashy or expensive, but a little off the wall is cool and nothing too chunky. I don’t like the feel of heavy things on my body. Also, I love natural stones, like rose quartz or moonstone, particularly paired with gold or silver.

You see what I just did there? I basically gave you my style profile on Rocksbox. It’s really that easy and now you just sit back and wait for a cute little package to arrive with three items that you can rent for as long as you want and then return for another set or buy if you can’t bear to part with one.

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To rent the set, it’s $21 a month and you can keep it for as long as you want. Keep in mind, that you will be charged each month regardless if you return them right away or not. You have to return all three pieces together in order to have another set sent out to you, but you can refresh your set as many times as you want and it will still just be $21/month.

If you decide to purchase a piece, the monthly credit will be applied to that purchase and if you ever decide to buy all three pieces, you get an additional $10 discount applied to the total. Now mind you, these pieces are not exactly cheap. The average price is between $40-$100/piece (from my experience), so $21 -$31 off isn’t exactly a steal, but this is where the renting part comes in handy. Let’s say you like something, but not enough to shell out $100, you can still wear it to that important meeting or that wedding and then return it.

Trust me, if you are anything like me. You will want to refresh your set more often than you think.

Also, you do get to browse the site and make a Wishlist of pieces that you like. If available, your stylist will send a piece (or more, but up to 3) to you in your box. If there is a special occasion or outfit you would like assistance with, just leave your stylist comments and they will try to help you coordinate jewelry for that event.

Ok, enough talking! Since this is my first Rocksbox post, I felt compelled to give a brief introduction on how it works, but if you want more info, head on over to their FAQ and read up on anything I may have missed.

So what did I get in my latest box? I’m so glad you asked!

To begin with, I got the beautiful Aster Aloe Necklace in Rutilated Quartz ($46) which I highlighted in the first pic above. I love how the stone looks hazy and is cut into a neat shark tooth shape. It’s a beautiful delicate piece, however, the 15 inch chain was a little short for my taste. I prefer a style like this to hang a bit longer down my chest and this fell right between my collarbones.

However, the second necklace I got was just perfect! The Valencia Necklace Rudiment ($68) is an Evil Eye inspired design with a delicate gold chain. It has “sapphire” and crystal accents and is made to hang a little higher to your neck. It looks gorgeous with collared shirts and regular tees and I’ve already worn this on various occasions and have received so many compliments. I actually did end up purchasing this piece as it was just too unique and eye catching (pun intended) to return.

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Excuse the close up pic. Pic taken from iPhone and it was just not working out for me.

The last piece, which I also decided to keep because I’m such a sucker, are the Octavia Ear Jackets ($55) also from Rudiment, and are what I like to call a basic with a twist. The stud is a genuine opal stone with a line of crystals that hug the curve of your earlobe. I think this is something that you can either dress up or down and will look good with anything. I was in desperate need of a set of earrings that I could wear for work meetings and actually look like I was trying and I think that these fit the bill.

For the record, this post is totally NOT sponsored. Rockbox doesn’t know who the heck I am and probably never will, but when I like something, I will tell you all about it, and I really like this subscription box. Yes, it’s a little weird renting jewelry. Small delicate things have a tendency to break and get lost and you do run a risk of having to purchase something if that happens, but small wear and tear is actually covered with your monthly fee, so if you are someone who takes good care of their pieces, then this might be something up your alley.

If you liked this post and decide to check out Rocksbox, feel free to use my referral code MARITZABFF39. This is a referral code that they give to ALL their customers and if you decide to use it, then I get $25 towards a future purchase.

Also, let me know if you like these type of unboxings or reveals by liking this post. On days when I am having a hard time figuring out what to write, I go through all my posts and see what you guys gave a big thumbs up to and try to give you all some more of that type of material.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza