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STRONG self(ie) BLOOM Review + Coupon – Spring 2018

strong selfie spring 2018 box review

STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly subscription box for teen girls aimed to empower and inspire.

strong selfie unboxing and review

Each box contains all sort of fun, positive products for teens, plus helpful information for parents, too. Choose from the BLOOM box, for 8-12-year-olds, or the BURST box for 13-17-year-olds. Both boxes cost $59.95 per quarter.

This is a review of the BLOOM box, which is $59.95 per quarter.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

all items in the spring 2018 strong selfie subscription box

About the STRONG self(ie) BLOOM Subscription Box for Tween Girls

The Subscription Box: STRONG self(ie)

The Cost: $59.95 per quarter + free US shipping

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!

The Products: Aspirational, positive products for tween girls (8-12), focused on health, beauty, fun, and more. Each box comes with info for parents, too!

Ships to: US for free. International shipping varies.

STRONG selfi(ie) Spring 2018 Review

Note that I’m reviewing this as an adult, not a tween! If you have, know, or are a tween-ager, take a peek and leave a comment about what you think!

packet of info

pouch of information

Inside the box, there’s a little pocket of information for the tween recipient.

teal info pouch

pouch of info from strong selfie

And there’s a pocket for parents, too!

friend card

silly compliment card

heart compliment card

compliment card

In each pouch, there are compliment cards. The ones up above are the tween ones.

selfie compliment card

powerful compliment card

compliment card in pink

compliment cards

And these are the ones in the parents’ pack.

back of compliment card

Each card has a little “To” and “From” section on the back to fill out.

text convo card

list card 2

The tween packet includes this product list. I like the addition of a cute text message convo on the back!

strong selfie note

list notecard

The parent pack also comes with a product list, but their card has a little letter with some details about the #beyondthebox campaign this subscription is starting. Each month, the site will highlight a different girl who is making a difference for her friends and community. Hop on the website to nominate a tween who inspires you!

featured tween

Here’s a little card featuring Nandi, the first of the featured #beyondthebox gals!

organize and chill planner with tassel

back of patterned planner

spiral bound planner page

planner sticker page

two page spread in planner

calendar page in planner

planner page

Organize and Chill Planner – Retail Value $12.95 (Found here for $6.48)

Does Papersource make the coolest stationery or what? I can totally see tweens digging this Papersource “Organize and Chill”—I’m an adult and even I’m super into it! It’s super colorful, plus there are plenty of pops of metallic gold for a bit more fun. Inside, there are several pages of stickers (of everything from emoji to sushi), a spread of astrological signs and their meanings, full month spreads, weekly spreads with lined areas for note taking, and even reflective question prompts at the end of each month, so your tween can take stock of what they did, felt, and learned. SO cool!

tin of three skincare products

back of UR Skin tin

skin care kit

three step skincare kit

UR Skin headband

skincare headband

UR Skin Skincare Kit – Retail Value $18.50

The coolest thing about this skincare line is that it was actually developed by a tween! These Australian skincare products are made without a lot of the synthetic ingredients you find in a lot of commercial brands. Isn’t it cute how they include a headband to hold back your bangs while you wash your face? My favorite was the lip balm (it’s not sticky and has a lovely vanilla aroma), though the face wash and moisturizer were nice, too. While the lip balm feels pretty crowd-pleasing, I do worry that not all tween skin will appreciate the cleanser and moisturizer. Not because they aren’t awesome, but because I remember my skin at that age and boyyyy, was it finicky! Does your tween use these products? What do they think?

UR Skin info card

It came with a coupon card, too!

honey gummy bears

gummy bears ingredients

gummy bears on plate

Lovely Candy Company Sour Honey Gummy Bears, 6 oz. – Retail Value $4.99

Gummy bears aren’t my favorite, but I do think that this is a great idea for a tween snack! They’re colorful and sweet and come in three yummy flavors. Plus, these natural candies are sweetened with honey!

dusty rose satin jacket

dusty rose satin jacket with back ruffle

Hayden Girl Ruffle Jacket – Retail Value $37.95

This jacket is so awesome! Ruffles and dusty rose are both so in right now, that I could see a tween really loving this fashionable zip-up. The jacket is 100% polyester and has a super soft satin finish. I did notice a few loose, feather-light threads drifting out of the side seam, so know that this somewhat delicate jacket might not be one for tumbling around the park. But for a fun topper for a dressy look or a special night out (maybe a birthday party), it’d be perfect!

dream big package

back of package

patterned headband

headband tag

elastic on patterned headband

Bold Bandz Headband – Estimated Value $8.99

While I couldn’t find this specific design on the Bold Bandz site, most of their other products are $8.99, so that’s what I listed above. I love the colors in this headband, which has a surprising amount of stay-put-ness to it. (The black underside of the band is that kind of velvet-ish fabric that you find on clothes hangers to help prevent clothes from slipping off.) The back elastic part of the headband has a little adjustable bit like you’d find on a bra strap, so this headband can grow with your tween!

The Verdict: I, of course, can’t speak for tweens on this one, but as an adult, I feel like this is something I’d feel comfortable getting for a tween in my life. I like the emphasis on empowerment and fun, and that the products in the box try to appeal to all different parts of a tween girl’s life (style, self-care, confidence, plans and dreams). It also just feels fresh to me—when I was a tween, I could sniff out a cheesy present a mile away, hehe. I feel like this box feels very relevant (especially with that trendy, unique jacket) so that tweens might really enjoy it! Do you have a tween (or are you one yourself)? I’d love to hear your opinion of these items, and get some different perspectives in the comments!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Though only a few of these boxes are left, according to their site. Hurry!

Value Breakdown: This quarterly box cost $59.95 with free US shipping. Based on my estimates, I got about $83.38 worth of products inside. Proportionally, I paid about the following for each item I got:

  • Planner – $9.31
  • Skincare kit –  $13.30
  • Gummies – $3.59
  • Jacket –  $27.29
  • Headband – $6.46

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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Comments (4)

  1. Great box for a teen. I would definitely get this but I have 3 boys.

    • Aw man, they need to do a box for boys next! I’m glad to hear they have a solid sense of what teens (well, girls, at least) like 🙂 Thanks for reading, TK!

  2. I would have loved this when I was younger. These boxes seem better than the adult boxes I get lol

  3. This is such a great box! I would have loved this as a tween

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