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Strong Selfie Burst Box Review – Fall 2018


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

About the STRONG self(ie) BURST Subscription Box for Teen 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: Trendy products and positive messages 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) Fall 2018 Review

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

This quarter all of the information came inside this envelope.

Instead of the separate info sheets for teens and parents, they are combined into one. Each item has a parent connection tip so parents can connect with their daughters through the box—my favorite is the tip to tuck a picture of parent and daughter in the phone pocket for an extra boost of brave when needed.

You also receive three compliment cards.

Also inside the envelope were these stickers and button. I totally would have decorated my notebook with these stickers in high school.

NPW Complimentary Pen Set, Pack of 6 – Retail Value $15.64 (£12.00)

I loved bright colors in high school- I even wrote my notes on neon paper. These complimentary pens would have fit right in with the rest of my school supplies, though I am a bit bummed that they only have black ink inside (teenager Jessica agrees with this statement). The pens have lovely sentiments like “people like to sit near you” and “your breath is so minty.” I totally could see myself thoughtfully picking which pen to lend a friend when they needed one based on what the pen said.

Holographic Pencil Case

We needed a pencil case to store our new pens and this holographic one is absolutely perfect—it is currently in my law school backpack now! It has a tassel on the zipper and is made of holographic blue plastic, and it should fit a decent amount of pens, highlighters, and other knick-knacks.

Natural Life Be Brave Phone Pocket – Retail Value $10

This phone pocket attaches with a 3M backing and gives off bohemian vibes thanks to the mix of orange, pink, and purple. In metallic gold lettering it says “be brave,” and underneath is a golden arrow. This would have fit perfectly with my teenager style, and if I didn’t have a pop socket on the back of my phone right now I would be attaching this to store my ID and debit card. This would have been really handy for storing my school ID when I was going to Friday football games where I needed my ID to get in but didn’t want to wear it around my neck to still look ~cool~.

CA Souls Morse Code Bracelet – Estimated Value $41 (based on similar bracelets)

I am in love with the thought and consideration that went into this bracelet! In Morse code, the bracelet says “I’m enough,” which really is a message I needed to hear when I was a teenager in high school. The info sheet doesn’t say that this bracelet is gold filled, but all of the gold-tone bracelets on the CA Souls website are gold filled (the other option is sterling silver), so I am assuming this one is too.

Crazy Rumors Chapstick in Banana Split – Retail Value $3.49

This is a vegan lip balm made with macadamia nut oil, olive oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil – AKA it is super hydrating, and it tastes like sweet dessert to boot.

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn in Sea Salt, 0.6 oz – Buy a 4.8 oz bag for $4.49

Mmmmm popcorn. I love popcorn. This is lightly salted and the entire bag has only 80 calories. I totally would have loved this if it were packed in my lunch (though my mom never *actually* packed my lunch once I hit high school), and it also would make a good after-school snack.

MaskerAide Bubble Face Mask – Retail Value $5.45 ($7 CAD)

I love bubble masks as a 24-year-old and you can bet your bottom dollar I would have loved them as a teenager too. They’re so fun! Before opening, you massage the sheet mask pouch to activate the bubbles, and then you put the sheet mask on clean, dry skin. The best part is you can really feel the bubbles forming up as you wear it!

Short Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt

This short sleeve hoodie is SO soft- I would love a blanket made out of this fabric, and this shirt has become Duchess’s favorite place to curl up and nap. The size listed is medium 10/12, and I think that is kid sizing but I am not positive. Either way, this wouldn’t have fit me as a teenager, so it is a bit of a bummer to get a sized item in a box that wouldn’t have fit.

The Verdict: I think STRONG self(ie) knocked it out of the park! Almost every single item in the box would have been a home run when I was a teenager, and I imagine most current teenagers would feel the same way. I calculated an estimated value of $75.58 for the items available for purchase online (not including the sweatshirt, pencil case, and popcorn which will add additional value), and I believe as a parent I would have been happy with my purchase looking at everything the box sent.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box was still available!

Value Breakdown: This quarterly box cost $59.95 with free US shipping and I received 8 items. That means you are paying approximately $7.50 per item.

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Posted in STRONG Self(ie) Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids, Subscription Boxes for Teens, Subscription Boxes for Tweens| Tags: strong selfie | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. I’m glad this is reviewed because I would be absolutely disappointed to receive so little for sixty dollars. Absolutely every item can be bought now at tjmaxx or marshalls for about 20-25 total. Extremely cheap box. They should be sending way more, or higher quality things, the bracelet making up half the value doesn’t really fly with me.

  2. They have a message on the site that says:

    Our original fall teen box SOLD OUT in record time, but don’t worry, we curated a Fall Box #2! All orders placed after 8/10 will be receive the Fall No. 2 box (shipping mid September)

  3. 10/12 is child size not a teen my 8yr is in that size.this is for sure not a $60 box

    • The age ranges are from 8-17 for this box.

      • This is a review of the Burst box for 13 – 17 year olds. The Bloom box is for 8 – 12 year olds. I think the Burst box should offer a choice of size. The Bloom box should too. Clothing items may not be the same in each box.

  4. This is a good box with some nice stuff in it. Weird about including a sized item. Did they ask for size info when signing up? It’s a large part of the box’s value, and I would be really upset if I received something I couldn’t wear, after spending so much on the box.

    They have listed a total RV of $120, and you only calculated less than $80. Are they saying that hoodie is $40?

    Anywho, nice box, too pricey though

    • Well it’s a box for kid/teen girls so the inclusion of a kids sized items seems totally reasonable to me. When you subscribe you pick your kids size too.

      • Well, that’s what I asked. Jessica didn’t mention anything about selecting a size, so I was curious if they just put in the same size for everyone. And what actually makes it weird is that they have a 10/12 marked as a medium, when it’s normally a large. So if you are asked S, M, L, XL etc, then you’re gonna get something that’s probably too big.

      • I’ve read reviews from other reviewers with kids and they receive items that fit their kids in the boxes. I think this is a case of someone with a tween/teen would make a better reviewer choice.

      • 10/12 is a medium in European sizes. Maybe that’s it.

  5. Would love this hoodie if someone wants to trade! Thanks.

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