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Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv Review + Coupon – August 2018

Nich Baviera
ByNich BavieraAug 25, 2018 | 8 comments

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Brown Sugar Box by Izzy & Liv
4.8 overall rating
4 Ratings | 4 Reviews

Brown Sugar Box is a monthly women of color lifestyle subscription by the shop Izzy & Liv that promises a total retail value of $85+. Here’s how they describe it:

As a Brown Sugar Box Subscriber, you’ll get a box filled with the BEST of Izzy & Liv including best sellers, new releases, and limited edition (subscriber-only) products.

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Brown Sugar Box August 2018 review

About Brown Sugar Box

The Subscription Box: Brown Sugar Box

The Cost: $39.95 a month + $4.95 shipping

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code GIVEMESUGAR to save $5 off your first box

The Products: “Your box will include 5-6 products every month. You will always get at least one Izzy & Liv tee, tank or sweatshirt along with other fabulous items — and as often as we can, we will include items from other black-owned businesses we love!”

Ships to: The United States for $4.95 and International for $12.95.

Brown Sugar August 2018 “Glow-Up Edition” Review

Included in the box is a mini magazine with various articles for my reading enjoyment. 

Izzy & Liv® T-Shirt– Listed Value $ 28.00

Izzy & Liv t-shirts are a staple in their boxes, and their tees always reflect their theme. This month’s tee is grey, 90% cotton, 10% polyester, and has “Hair Done Nails Done Everything Done” on the front. The phrase is from Drake’s song “Fancy.” I always look forward to their tees and wear them often. Their tees from previous boxes can be found here for purchase.

Izzy & Liv® Beauty/Matte Lipstick Trio

Izzy & Liv® Beauty/Matte Lipstick Trio – Listed Value $22.00

The trio of matte lipsticks is from Izzy & Liv’s™ Beauty Collection. They sent their lipglosses and nail polishes that are from their beauty collection in past boxes and now sold on their website type in matte lipgloss or nail polishes. I didn’t find the matte lipstick on their website; it may come to their online store soon. I received three matte lipsticks in the colors, “Sashay Shante,” “U Betta Werk,” and “After Party.” The color “After Party” is my favorite, the color lasted most of the day, it seemed semi-matte to me compared to other matte lipsticks I own, and the deep burgundy color is rich and bold, perfect to ease out of summer and into fall. The other two colors, “U Betta Werk,” and “Sashay Shante,” weren’t my shade preference.

Here are the swatches of color from top to bottom, “After Party” (my favorite and my go-to for the last two days), “Sashay Shante,” and “U Betta Werk.”

zzy & Liv® Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Izzy & Liv® Cat-Eye Sunglasses –Listed Value $13.00

These sunglasses remind me of my mom and a pair of similar cat-eye glasses she once owned. These sunglasses are out of my comfort zone, but once on, I liked the looked. Subscribers received these sunglasses in black or red.

Here’s a closer look at the side view of the sunglasses and Izzy & Liv® inscribed on the temple of the glasses.

Rose Gold Body Oil – 2oz

Rose Gold Body Oil, 2oz – Estimated Value $7.50 (Buy a 4 oz. bottle for $15.00)

This body oil is lightly scented and consists of organic oils, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E, rose, frankincense and patchouli essential oils. I’m slowly getting used to using body oils, thanks to subscription boxes. This body oil left my skin soft.

From A. Joy Signature Products:

Body oils enhance the quality of the skin because they soak quickly and deeply into skin leaving it moisturized all day long. Unlike lotion, no water is added and will not wear off as quickly. 

Rose oil can be used as a natural perfume, and it’s thought to act as an aphrodisiac. The nurturing, mothering essential oil brings feelings of comfort. Rose oil can uplift your spirits and reduce feelings of loneliness and grief. The blooming floral fragrance brings about feelings of love, care, and comfort while providing harmony and balance to the body and mind. Rose Essential Oil is good for dry, sensitive, or mature skin types.

This body oil will give your skin an extra boost that will surely have you glowing from head to toe. All of the oils are organic, free of chemicals and extracted from roots, fruits, flowers, and leaves. Each essential oil added to the body oil was chosen for its unique skin nourishing properties. The scent is absolutely amazing and will linger long after applying.

Selfie Stick– Listed Value $16.00

I received a red selfie stick that has “Izzy & Liv®”  “Culture. Confidence. Soul.™ and “Own it, Werk it” inscribed on the front. Selfies are still popular, and this can not only capture your selfies but those last minute end of summer getaway shots that you want to remember. Unfortunately, my iPhone 7S isn’t adaptable with this selfie stick so, I will pass on to a friend or family member.

Here’s a look at the selfie stick and the cord you plug into your phone.

Pop Socket

Pop Socket – Listed Value $5.00

This pop-socket is not like the original pop socket I own and looks cheaply made but the signature Brown Sugar Girl is displayed, which I love. The pop socket has a collapsible grip and a stand for my phone for those moments when I’m watching my favorite show on Hulu.

Rose Gold Square With Crystals Phone Mirror – Retail Value $9.99

This rose gold square mirror with crystals surrounding it intends to fit on the back of my phone or phone case. I had a mirror on my old phone, and it was handy to have for touch-ups. The backing intends to apply easily, it peels and sticks to my device plus it intends to adhere tightly to my phone and is removable with no residue. The mirror measures at 2”L x 2”W. There are many accessories for your phone, and this box sent three, and now I’m all set.

Wooden Comb – Listed Value $12.00

This wooden comb has “I Love My Hair” on the handle. It’s nice to receive hair tools instead of hair products which I get inundated with from subscription boxes. This will come in handy when I’m taking out my protective style.

Verdict: This month’s box has a value of $113.49 – an incredible deal for $39.95 a month plus shipping. This month’s Brown Sugar Box helps me to get selfie-ready with my phone mirror, lipstick, cat-eye sunglasses and my cute t-shirt. I appreciate a subscription box that puts thought into their box curation and to have a theme with products that match it. The subscription price is on par with other lifestyle boxes, and you receive at least 6-7 items monthly. Brown Sugar Box by Izzie & Liv is one of my favorite WOC beauty/lifestyle boxes!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but sign up for next month’s waitlist!

Coupon – Use code GIVEMESUGAR to save $5 off your first box

Value Breakdown: At $44.90 a box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item: 

  • “Hair Done Nails Done Everything Did” T-Shirt: $11.08
  • Lipstick Trio: $8.70
  • Cat Eye Sunglasses: $5.14
  • Body Oil: $2.97
  • Selfie Stick: $6.33
  • Pop Socket: $1.98
  • Phone Mirror: $3.95
  • Wooden Comb: $4.75

Check out all of our Brown Sugar Box reviews and more women of color subscription boxes in the Women Subscription Box Directory!

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"As a Brown Sugar Box Subscriber, you’ll get a box filled with the BEST of Izzy & Liv including best sellers, new releases and limited edition (subscriber-only) products. Your box will include 5-6 products every month. You will always get at least one Izzy & Liv tee, tank or sweatshirt along with o... read more.
Nich Baviera
Nich Baviera
Nichelle has been obsessed with subscription boxes since 2012, when she received an email to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have Box. Since then, she has subscribed to Glossybox, Allure Beauty Box and GoodeBox which is now called GoodeBeing Box. She currently subscribes to: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Essence Beauty Box, PopSugar Must Have Mini Box, and Play! by Sephora. She is an avid admirer of PopSugar, so much so that she had an office tour of their San Francisco headquarters in April of 2015.

Nich Baviera
Nich Baviera
Nichelle has been obsessed with subscription boxes since 2012, when she received an email to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have Box. Since then, she has subscribed to Glossybox, Allure Beauty Box and GoodeBox which is now called GoodeBeing Box. She currently subscribes to: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Essence Beauty Box, PopSugar Must Have Mini Box, and Play! by Sephora. She is an avid admirer of PopSugar, so much so that she had an office tour of their San Francisco headquarters in April of 2015.
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8 comments

Pia Easton

Good morning. I am new to brown sugar and I am so looking forward to my fist box. But I do have a question. I have been going through some of the reviews of ost boxes and one in particular totaled about $48. Ordering you box is $45. What is the benefit to ordering your box over going out and buying the stuff myself. It seems buying it myself would be cheaper. I noticed this is a couple of boxes but the one I am specifically referring to is the August 2018 box. Please help

Tunisia Carter

I’ve been a Brown Sugar Box subscriber for a year now. I’ve loved almost all the boxes. I look forward to that T-shirt every month. Could you perhaps recommend any other WOC subscription boxes.

Nich

We Are Onyx and ZaaBox check out the reviews on our site.

Amanda

They make adapters for your iPhone 7, had to get one myself

Nich

Thanks, will look into it!

Courtney

Thanks for the great review! I’ve subscribed to Izzy and Liv since Oct 2017, and it just keeps getting better. I always look to MSA for your take on boxes even though I have received myself. Hope you have not gifted your selfie stick yet because if you use the headphone adapter that should have come in your phone box or purchase one for cheap on amazon, your phone will work with the stick. Would hate for you to miss out on this fun gadget. Hope this helps!

Sonya Lovelady

Absolutely loooove BrownSugar Box !!!

ReeRee

BSB is one of my fav sub boxes! I’m glad you are reviewing their boxes. They are worth the money and each month you are wow’d by the theme and items!

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