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Smartass & Sass Review January 2023

Kate Kemp
ByKate KempFeb 24, 2023 | 2 comments

Smartass & Sass
4.1 overall rating
8 Ratings | 3 Reviews

Smartass & Sass is a monthly subscription for sassy ladies. There are 3 plans available:

Shirt Only for $19.95, Box Only for $39.95 or the Big Box Subscription which includes the shirt and box for $54.95. Shipping is $3.95 for the Shirt subscription and $7.95 for the Box or Big Box subscription. Smartass & Sass also now has a “Small Box” subscription for $21.95/month + $7.95 shipping.

Each box contains 8-9 full size beauty and lifestyle items from Smartass & Sass and various other sassy businesses. The shirts are comfy unisex T's available in sizes XS-3X.

This box was paid for by Smartass & Sass. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

First Impressions


Warning: This review is not for the faint of heart! If you're offended by bad language, this probably isn't the review or box for you! If you're like me and thrive on poor language and bad ideas, this is definitely a subscription box you need in your life. Consider yourself warned!

With that said, January's theme was "Be Kind, Rewind!” In other words, for you youngsters, the box is a tribute to the 80s & 90s!

Bring On The Sass!

B*tchin’ Visor - Retail Value $20.00


Remember the phrase, “my future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades?” Well now it’s here and forget the shades, I’ve got a sun visor! I’m really impressed with how sturdy and well made this visor is! Spring is almost here, time to garden or hit the beach in this b*tchin’ visor!

She’s All That Puffy Star Earrings By Foxy Originals - Retail Value $32.00


These earrings are adorable! They’re reminiscent of the ones I’d wear as a teen but are grown up enough to wear today. Plus they have stars! I’ve had an obsession with stars since I was 16 and my favorite band, The Wallflowers, used stars in their logo. They also remind me of those plastic glow in the dark stars that so many of us had all over our ceiling as kids. Remember how much they rocked?

What-ever! Perfume Roller By Wicked Good - Retail Value $18.00


Another great roll on perfume from Wicked Good! This company has had items in past boxes of Smartass & Sass and I can see why they’re back. Actually I can smell why, but you know what I mean! This combination of lime, cherry and watermelon reminds me of my childhood. It smells bright and youthful. Take a whiff then take a chill pill!

Mean People Suck Socks By Gumball Poodle - Retail Value $14.00


These socks totally brought back memories! I’ve seen this phrase on everything from t shirts to cars to skateboards. Now I’ve got it on a pair of cute, cushy socks! The material is thick and they’re nicely made; perfect for a game of hoops! Totally awesome!

Holographic Lip Gloss By Bella Pierre - Retail Value $15.00


The booklet for this month’s box shows four holographic glosses (from Bella Pierre), one of which is included in each box. Unfortunately, I was unlucky enough to receive the only one I disliked. I hate the color orange. I look terrible in orange anything. So my 15 year old niece has claimed this. However, I’ve used other lippies from this brand, and I love them; plus the holo effect is lovely, I just can’t do orange. As if!

Vintage Sass Stickers (Set Of 2) - Retail Value $13.95


Bring back the 90s with these two, b*tchin’ sheets of slang stickers. They are made from a thick, tough material that makes them perfect for water bottles. No, duh!

Their retail value listed in the box insert is $13.95 while the Smartass website lists them as $19.90 (on sale for $12.95).

Blockbuster Blue Collectable Marker - Retail Value $4.95


If you remember this phrase, your back probably hurts!

I like this marker for a few reasons: it’s an actual Sharpie brand marker, it has a great saying on it that totally fits the theme of the box, and it’s the first in a set. Smartass & Sass has announced that they will include a different color Sharpie, with appropriately funny phrases, in each of 2023’s boxes! What a rockin’ idea!

Sparkle Pencil Box - Retail Value $3.00


Another trip down memory lane; like it says in the Smartass box insert, you’re never too old for school supplies! Oddly, this simple box turned out to be my favorite item this month! Not only is it super useful, it’s teal with glitter! Plus, it holds a lot and locks closed nicely. Totally radical!

Bite Me Unisex T-Shirt - Retail Value $24.95

January's shirt is perfect for the 90s theme! Not only does it use a 90s insult, “Bite Me,” it uses a color combination that is just so 1990!  If you’re around my age (40), you’ll recognize the colors; they were used in everything from windbreakers to disposable cups to the interior of restaurants (look up images of '90s Taco Bell).

Though I’m not a T-shirt person, my bestie is, so this shirt goes to her. She now has a collection of around 20 Smartass & Sass shirts, which means she literally wears them daily. Thank you Jenni, for posing for this photo! According to Jenni, the shirts are true to size, long enough to wear with yoga pants and ridiculously soft! She tells me that every morning she flips through them in her closet and chooses which to wear, based on her sass level that day!

The Verdict

I’ve been a subscriber for over two years, and January’s box was definitely a trip down memory lane! The creativity of the curation of items is incredible. But it feels like it’s missing something.

The stated total retail value is $145.85 (counting the T-shirt). Which sounds good, but it felt like a lot of filler items, without much substance. I’m split on how I feel about January’s box. All of the items fit the theme so perfectly, they all bring back a lot of fond memories. But with the box costing over $60 (and the shirtless one $37.95), it just feels like there needed to be an item that really stood out.

The items included were great though, so I want to note that Smartass & Sass has a great shop with items found, and not found, in the box. They also have a monthly "Secret Shop" for subscribers who automatically receive 20% off their order.

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To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will be the March box. However, extra previous boxes are oftentimes available for sale in the Smartass & Sass store.

Value Breakdown:

The box plus T-shirt costs $54.95 plus $7.95 shipping which means each of the 9 items (counting the T-shirt) cost an average of about $6.99. What do you think of Smartass & Sass?

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I thought you couldn’t do pierced earrings?

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I can convert some to clips. These, however, I gave to my 16 year old niece because, shockingly, the 90s are hip again!

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