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Our Subscription Box Favorites for January!

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We’re starting a new monthly post highlighting our favorite discoveries from subscription boxes! Here are our favorite items from the past month:

Lindsey’s Favorite:



The Item: 2014 Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc

The Cost: $17.99

From: Wine Awesomeness (Limited Time Deal: Get a FREE bottle of bubbly with any prepaid Wine Awesomeness Membership, no coupon required, just use this link!)

Why I love it: I really loved all of the wines in January’s Wine Awesomeness box, but this Sauvignon Blanc was my favorite. The flavor was just great: vibrant and fruity (think tropical fruit salad) with a clean, crisp bite of acidity. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines, and this bottle is one of the best I’ve had in a while. It was tasty, refreshing, and delicious!

Ragan’s Favorite:




The Item: Cat Lady Squad Cat Ears Hoodie

The Cost: $37.99

From: CatLadyBox (Coupon: Use code OHMEOW10 to save 10% off your first box!)

Why I Love It: This hoodie is comfortable and fits well, plus it is great for layering this time of year.  And it proclaims my love of cats (as does most of my casual weekend clothing…).  I also liked CatLadyBox’s suggestion to zip a cat up inside the hoodie for warmth, although that didn’t end up working out so well.

Haley’s Favorite: 


The Item: Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser

The Cost: $22 for 1 oz 

From: Play! by Sephora

Why I love it: I love trying new and innovating skincare products, and I had seen this new Tarte product around but didn’t quite know what it was until I got to try it in my Play! by Sephora box this month. It’s my new favorite thing! So, it’s a twist-up stick gel cleanser that has suspended diatomaceous earth and Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex. It exfoliates and helps with oiliness, pores, dullness, and uneven texture. My favorite part about this product is just how different it is and how fun it is to use! Remove your makeup, wet your face, and apply the stick directly to your skin and apply to forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Massage with your fingertips in a circular motion to exfoliate. Then, either rinse immediately or leave on for up to 10 minutes for a little mask treatment. Bonus: this all makes it perfect for traveling!

Bekki’s Favorite: 


The Item: Dolce Vita Collection Elise Tote

The Cost: $228.00

From: Ivory Clasp (Coupon: Use code IVORYCLASP to save 20% off your first month!)

Why I love it: I really loved my bag this month! It is 100% leather, which makes it actually worth the price it’s valued at, appears to be really well made, is right up my alley for a fun tote bag, and it works great to take to a farmer’s market or shopping as well. The little zippered pocket is what makes this tote great – I can keep all of my valuables zipped away, and still feel free to drop things in without unzipping the top! I love it. 

Nancy S’ Favorite:


The Item: Albanese 12 Flavor Gummi Bears

The Cost: $2.49

From: CampusCube for Girls (Coupon: For a limited time, save $5 off any order with code MSA5)

Why I love them: These are some of the best gummy bears I’ve ever eaten! They have the ideal texture and consistency: oh so soft, squishy, and chewy but not sticky. Some of the flavors are especially unique and delicious, like Mango and Pink Grapefruit. Plus, they’re fat-free, so I’m totally justified in buying six more bags… right? Also good to know: Candy Club offers an array of Albanese gummies!

Jessica’s Favorite:


The Item: Honeyed Grapefruit Hand Cream 

The Cost: $22.00

From: Beekman 1802 Beauty Winter Box

Why I Love It: This moisturizer healed my dry scaly hands rapidly. It smelled divine like a freshly zested grapefruit with a touch of sweetness. It was bright and fresh and the scent lasted for hours.

Shawn’s Favorite:


The Item: Humble Deodorant (Essential Lavender) 

The Cost: $8.00

From: Wellness Tribe (Coupon: Save 15% off any subscription with code WELLNESSADDICTION15)

Why I love it: I’ve been looking for an all natural deodorant for a while. I feel good about the ingredient list (organic cornstarch, organic olive oil, organic beeswax, all natural baking soda, and organic essential oil), the smell is nice and not overwhelming, and it works well.

Nich’s Favorite:


The Item: Pedi in a Box Ultimate 6 Step

The Cost: $10.00

From: SinglesSwag (Coupon: Save 10% off your first box with code ADDICTION)

Why I Love It: The distinctive aroma of the honey from my Pedi-in-a-box lingered on for a few days after I had used the products, which was a welcoming scent that I continue to enjoy. This kit left my feet smooth and relieved aches and pains. 

Emily’s Favorite:


The Item: Etro Crystal Sculpted Earrings

The Cost: $495. Switch is $49/month to rent 2 pieces at a time

From: Switch (Coupon: Save 50% off your first month with coupon code LOVEMSA)

Why I love them: The sculptural design of these earrings is beautiful! I liked them when I saw them in the Switch collection but thought they were really stunning in person. They aren’t something I would wear every day which makes them great as a rental piece. Fancy!

Andy’s Favorite:


The Item: I loved the whole box!

The Cost: Third Man Record Vault costs $60 per quarter (There’s a $20 option as well, but that doesn’t include the 12″ vinyl record)

From: Third Man Records Vault #30

Why I love it: It’s a truly beautiful subscription series, from the well-thought-out protective packaging to the expertly curated music selections. I’ve been hooked on the Live from Disgraceland LP and even ended up purchasing some albums from William Tyler after hearing the songs on there. I definitely can’t recommend this box enough.

Sara’s Favorite:



The Item: Balinda Loafers in Blush

The Cost: retail $55.95 (VIP price: $39.95)

From: ShoeDazzle (Coupon:Get your first pair for $10 + free shipping or Get two pairs for $39.95 + free shipping!, no coupon required, just use this link)

Why I love them: These are the most beautiful shoes in my closet! They’re blush (one of my favorite colors) and velvet, so aside from being on-trend, they are soft and comfortable to wear around all day. They will continue to be my go-to shoe throughout spring!

Anna Reilly’s Favorite:

Check out our review of the Merkaela winter box!

Check out our review of the Merkaela winter box!

The Item: Honey Clay Facemask

The Cost: $7.00

From: Merkaela Winter Box (Coupon: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!)

Why I love it: This gooey mask made my tired winter skin feel soft, rejuvenated, and surprisingly clean. It doesn’t dry or get hard like other masks I’ve used, so there’s no tight feeling on your skin. Instead, it left my skin moist and smooth—I couldn’t stop patting my soft cheeks afterward!

Lacey’s Favorite:


The Item: Honest Bubble Bath, 12 oz

The Cost: $11.95 ($8.96 with the add-on discount when you subscribe)

From: The Honest Company Diapers and Wipes Bundle (Coupon: Get a trial Essentials kit for free + $5.95 shipping when you subscribe!, no coupon required, just use this link)

Why I love it: This is really my toddler’s favorite pick of the month – he jumps up and down and points excitedly at this every time we get a bath, until I pour some in to make bubbles. Love the smell, the bubbles last a long time, and it doesn’t seem to be overly drying or anything for his skin – we both love it!

Sarah’s Favorite:



The Item: Carrot Muffin – Fruit Tea

The Cost: $11.47 ( for 2oz.)

From: Field to Cup (Coupon: Use code MSA10 to save $20 (65% off) on your first month when you subscribe to the Tea Discovery Plus box!)

Why I love it: I’m a big tea fan but this was a totally new blend for me because I’ve never tried a tea with carrot flavoring before. The blend itself is really beautiful too, with huge chunks of walnuts, almonds, coconut, and carrot. The combination of the fruits, nuts, and spices created a flavor reminiscent of carrot bread. This is definitely one of the more interesting teas I’ve had from this box and it’s piqued my interest in other unexpected flavors. 

Eric’s Favorite:


The Item: Hoth Han Solo with Tauntaun

The Cost: Value $36 on POP Price Guide

From: Smuggler’s Bounty

Why I love it: I love this item because of it’s unique sculpt – I’ve been waiting for a Star Wars POP like this one! This is easily the best POP that I own – and I have 400+ POPs!

Liz’s Favorite:


The Item: Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil

The Cost: $36

From: Julep Maven (Coupon: Use this link and coupon code FREEFALL at checkout to add the 12 piece Beauty Set to your cart.)

Why I love it: This oil is a light, moisturizing formula that feels fabulous on my skin, and it absorbs pretty quickly, too. (Plus it has a sweet, citrusy scent!)

You can use this day or night in place of a serum, and you can even add a drop or two to a liquid foundation for a more dewy finish.

I’ve been using it daily since I got my January Julep Maven box, and it’s been perfect for my dry skin, too!

What do you think of our favorites for January? And what were your favorite discoveries?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. If you love the Boost Your Radiance ( I Love it so much), try adding a few drops to your conditioner. It makes my hair so soft!

  2. I agree with Haley! I am obsessed with the frxxxtion stick. I used up my sample & immediately ordered the full size. Best beauty discover in awhile

    • Maggie, yessss! I totally bought the full-size after my first use and before even finishing my Sephora review!

    • I did the same! Used it once and immediately ordered the full size without hesitation. It’s so good!

  3. I love seeing everyone’s favorites!
    Haley, the Tarte isn’t too drying?? And when you say remove makeup first, you mean with an oil cleanser for example?
    I was just re-reading the Merkaela and Beekman box reviews today because I really want them! But I so don’t need them…
    Now I want to try that Julep oil too but have a couple other oils I should finish up first.
    I’m also eyeing Sara’s pink shoes even though they aren’t my usual style.

    • Heat,
      No! I had no problems with the stick cleanser being drying! And I have dry skin. The formula is a gel cleanser that has their nourishing “rainforest of the sea” complex in it, and it’s just a cleanser (or mask, optionally,) and you follow-up with your normal moisturizer and/or serums (I also use a toner before moisturizing). And when I say remove your makeup first, I mean to use like an eye makeup remover or oil cleanser, like you said.

      Personally, I use some makeup remover wipes to keep it fast and easy, and make my real cleanser more effective/have to work less hard. This method is technically called “double-cleansing,” which got trendy in the beauty world a couple years ago, but it’s really just the best way to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This way, your cleanser actually cleans your skin instead of just touching/removing your makeup. 🙂 Hope that all helps answer your questions!

    • I got a sample of the oil in my February Julep box instead of candy – so that may be something they are sending out!

      I got it last month, and I really like it. It smells awesome, and I feel like it’s been very effective on my skin.

  4. Love the Ivory Clasp bag. Mine is in transit… hope that is in the box!!

  5. I loved the wine glasses from Globein this month, they’re heavy and gorgeous!! But Sephora was a great box this month as was PopSugar.

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