OwlCrate – June 2019

I finally resubscribed to OwlCrate, it’s been such a long time I really missed it. I’ve said this before but I have to say it again, this subscription box is my favorite and I would recommend it to any bookworm.

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June’s theme was “Libraries of Wonder”, the card design looks like Beauty and The Beast drawing.

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This has to be my favorite enamel pin I ever received, it’s so beautiful and it fits the theme of the box as it read “Child of The Library”. The design is by Brio + Brandish.

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Key Gel Pen

I saw the key and I instantly thought KINGDOM HEARTS! Of course, it joined me in my office, it looks pretty and writes in a smooth motion.

Libraries of Wonder Coaster Set by KDP Letters

A set of 4 coasters with great quotes about libraries by authors like J.K Rowling and Victoria Schwab. I absolutely love these, I use them with my morning coffee each day different design.

Belle’s Library Book Beau Brew by Cervantes Coffee

The scent of this coffee filled the box the moment I opened it, I was afraid it somehow opened and poured out but thankfully it was just the scent that spilled out. I love the line in the packaging “nutty, bright, a touch of this provincial life” from Belle’s song, I didn’t try it yet but I can guess from the scent that it’s nutty almost like Nutella.

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Strange the Dreamer-inspired Tote Bag by Stella Bookish Art

I’ve always loved the tote bags sent by OwlCrate, this one is inspired by Strange The Dreamer which sits currently in my to-read list. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful, the handles are extra long as well.

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The Chronicles of Narnia-inspired Metal Bookends by Hey Atlas Creative

I’ve always admired bookends, they keep books neatly organized so I was excited for this item. The design is inspired by Narnia with the lamp post and the forest trees, it looks so beautiful.

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And finally, the book of the month Scorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson which came along with a letter from the author as well as a sticker with a quote from the book. Now the book features an exclusive cover and also signed by the author.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

The summary instantly made me think of Harry Potter for some reason, it seems very interesting and to be honest, this book was recommended to me before I even got the box by Goodreads so I was surprised and excited to see it in this month’s box.

Overall, I’m so happy that I resubscribed to OwlCrate. The box contents fit perfectly with the theme and the book seem very exciting. My favorite items would be the coasters and the bookends.

nomakenolife – Feburary 2019

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Yay new subscription box to try.

I’ve always been a fan of Korean and Japanese beauty products, I tried Kira Kira Crate before and I absolutely loved it. I decided to try nomakenolife -odd name I know- since I recently canceled my subscription to YumeTwins.

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Crayon Touch me Lip Gloss in Shiny Orange (Japan)

I feel so giddy seeing a lip gloss, it’s been such a long time since I used one. The shade is a subtle orange shade which goes perfectly on top of any lipstick color and gives it an extra shine.

Sparkling Eye Gloss in honey gold (Japan)

Eye glosses make life easier, they are easy to apply and work with. The shade is golden-champagne with a pretty shimmer, can be used as a base along with other eyeshadows as it blends really well.

Etude House Eyebrow Pencil (Korea)

This pencil came at the perfect time, I’ve been needing one to define and fill my eyebrows and this pencil does this function pretty well. I never really tried Etude House products so this would be an introduction to me, so far I can say I like it.

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Cotton Pads (100pcs) (Korea)

I use cotton pads for a lot of things, makeup removing or nail polish so it’s a pretty useful pack.

Savon De Chocolate Soap (Japan)

This soap is a whole different level, it actually looks and smells like hot chocolate, if I didn’t read the package I would have ate it already. It smells so good and I was afraid to eat-I mean use it, it’s creamy and it left my skin moisturized and hydrated.

Fascy Moisture Bomb Hand Cream (Korean)

I love keeping hand creams in my bag, and this cream came in my favorite scent which is peach. I really love the smell, it’s also very lightweighted and not runny like the usual hand creams I tried before.

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G9Skin Milk Bomb Face Mask in Chocolate (Korean)

Again something with chocolate and it smells so delicious. I love Korean sheet masks, I always use them as the perfect ending of the day when my kids sleep and I have time to pamper myself. The mask left my skin hydrated and smooth, I would totally buy more of these.

Flower Puff in Pink

The last item is a powder puff that comes with a pretty flower on top where the applicator strap is, it’s soft which is great to be used with foundation or loose powder. Honestly, it looks too pretty to be used.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this because I like some items and I feel they fit the theme and some don’t, like the cotton pads but I enjoyed most of the box items and I would continue my subscription for a while.

YumeTwins – January 2019

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Honestly I was planning on ending my subscription to YumeTwins by December and starting a new subscription for the new year but, I had to get January box because it had a plush of my favorite Sanrio character RETSUKO.

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For January theme, it focused on “Happy Zoo Year”  (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Aggretsuko Plushie

The main reason I didn’t cancel my subscription is this plushie, I absolutely love Retsuko and I consider her my spirit animal. There are many relatable moments I have with her and I’m so happy I finally got her plush.

Kawaii Scrunchie & Badge Set

I got Crayon Shin-chan. I’m not exactly a fan of scrunchies, I recently chopped off all of my hair so I don’t think I’ll be using it anytime soon. It looks cute though.

Big Sanrio Stickers

Is it just me or most of the items in YumeTwins are usually Sanrio ones. I got Gudetama, they are big sized compared to ones I got before.

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Medetai Chopping Board

Here’s my problem with this “board”, it’s been rolled for too long so it doesn’t stay straight -clearly I’m holding it in the picture because it keeps rolling back- it looks cute but I wouldn’t really use it as a chopping board.

Medetai Kitchen Sponge

To match the board, a cute sponge comes along. I would definitely use it with my daughter’s bottles and other utensils.

Kawaii Zodiac Boar Blanket

2019 is the Chinese zodiac year of the pig (or boar in Japan) therefore the pattern of this blanket. It’s fluffy and soft, its a good size to use for your lap. I used it to cover my son when he slept in the living room.


Overall, I have mixed feelings about this box. I love Retsuko plushie obviously and blanket but that’s just about it. Sadly this is my last box of YumeTwins, I’ve already subscribed to nomakenolife and will post about it when I get February box.

YumeTwins – November 2018

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Let me be honest with you, it took me a long while to write this post and it’s not because I was busy, it’s because WordPress implemented a new editor and I was absolutely lost in it. I really tried to like it but I couldn’t so I finally found the button to switch back to the old editor, now I’m back in my comfort zone. Now on to the main purpose of this post …

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For November theme, it focused on “Twinkling Transfomation”  (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Costume Pet Plushie

The plushie of this month is an adorable dog wearing a duck costume with a hoodie. It’s confusing my son, he’s not sure if it’s a dog or a duck which I found hilarious.

Sailor Moon Cleaner Cloth

First of all, the packaging of this cloth is very creative, I didn’t even want to open it. I got Sailor Mercury cloth, instantly kept it in my bag so it would be easier for me to clean my glasses from time to time.

Sumikko Gurashi Peg Set

When I saw these pegs, I had an idea of using them to hang photos of my kids at my office when I’m done with my maternity leave. The characters on these pegs are so adorable and I can’t wait to use them.

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Sheep Microfiber Cleaner

I’ve always wanted something to remove the dust off my laptop’s keyboard easily and I finally got it. This adorable sheep got microfibers that helps remove the dust plus it contains bamboo charcoal  which absorbs unwanted scents, that yet to be tested but otherwise it looks so cute.

Kawaii Mini Mini Memo

This is a super tiny memo pad that I doubt is going to fit anything more than 5 words per paper. It has a design of Mochi Mochi Panda but those penguins in the cover are too adorable for me to not notice.

Kawaii Changing Pouch

Now the feature item of this box is this changing pouch .. wallet ? And I got Rilakkuma which is my favorite from San-X. It’s big enough to hold my phone and my daughter’s diapers -of course not to put both at the same time- It’ll be very useful for me to keep items I need without letting them get lost in the black hole void of my bag.

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Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite box because I feel it could’ve been better. My favorite items would be the changing pouch and the sheep cleaner because I know I would be using those more frequent than the rest of the items.

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YumeTwins – October 2018

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When you think of October, usually Halloween pops first in your mind. I was expecting this month’s theme to be Halloween related but I got more excited when I saw Spirited Away item as a hint last month because it’s my favorite Ghibli movie.

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For October theme, it focused on “Magical Halloween”  (get $5 off your first YumeTwins box).

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Kawaii Rabbit Plush

I didn’t expect getting a bunny for a Halloween box but I won’t complain because it’s really adorable. Like every plushie sent in YumeTwins, it’s incredibly soft and squishy.

Pokemon Hand Towel Set

The set comes in three hand towels, it’s quite soft to be called a towel honestly. I love the designs of each one, I got Pikachu, Eevee and Mimikyu. I’ll probably use those as burping cloths for my daughter if they were nearby. Sorry Pikachu.

Ghibli Cup

I got Kiki’s Delivery Service Jiji cup, and I feel it’s fitting for a Halloween theme since it’s a black cat. I’m glad it’s plastic not ceramic because I could let my son use it without him breaking it accidentally, also I’m quite clumsy so it’s a win-win situation.

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Spirited Away Origami Set

Spirited Away is my favorite Ghibli movie as I mentioned before so I was very excited to see those papers with the movie design. It comes in four different designs in a set of 20 sheets, I honestly want to keep it that way and not use them because I’m quite bad with crafts even if my life depend on it.

Cute Cat Paw Gloves

These gloves are so adorable, they are quite soft as well. The weather is getting a little chilly so it would be great to use these gloves to warm my hands while I pretend to my kids that I’m turning into a cat.

Nyanpire Clear File

I like the word play Nyan-pire, I think that’s quite creative. This file would be very useful for me to use when I’m back to work from my maternity leave, so I could keep my papers more organized since I have a bad habit of throwing them randomly in my drawers.

Nyanpire Halloween Stickers

This last item came as a bonus in the box, I never thought of collecting stickers before so this would be a great start for me. I’m becoming a fan of Nyanpire from this box.

Overall, I thought Halloween box would be filled with spooky stuff but I’m not going to complain for what I got this month.

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