My First Subscription Box

Subscription boxes seem to be the newest popular purchase right now.  Have you heard of them? You go to the website, sign up and at the beginning of each month they send you a box of items worth more than the subscription price.  My first thought was, what a waste of money! Especially since you don’t even know what you are going to get!

But, it did peak my interest, so I decided to do some research. I found out that there are over 100 different subscription boxes for every type of interest!! Makeup, Beauty, Clothes, Food, Health, Fitness, Vegan, Children, Hobbies, Toys, and even Travel.

After reading reviews of all the different boxes, I was intrigued. Almost every single person enjoyed their boxes and the contents.  Many of them were addicted to subscribing to more than one type of box a month!

Obviously I had to know, are these boxes really worth the money? Are they really that enjoyable? Are they really addictive? (I sure hope not! That would get expensive!) So, I narrowed down the type of boxes I was interested in (Makeup, Beauty and Jewelry) and I chose a box that seemed to fit: the Indie Gift Box.

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Indie Gift Box interested me because they don’t just focus on one item, but on handmade items by independent artists. Plus, they give you hints throughout the month about what items will be in the next month’s box. It comes in two sizes: Standard for $20 ($25-$50 worth of items) or Deluxe for $25 ($30-$60 worth of items). I opted to save money and ordered the Standard, just in case I didn’t like it!

I’m not going to lie, the most disappointing thing about this box was it’s size. For some reason I assumed this box was going to be the size of a small shoe box. Instead it was the size of a thick journal. Once I opened the bright hot pink tissue paper, I completely forgot my disappointment!

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Here were my surprises:

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I am in love with this nail polish! The color is Unicorn Landia by Starrily.  I painted it over a neutral vanilla matte polish. It dried leaving a beautiful iridescent glow without it feeling like I painted glitter on my nails.







2013-09-10 18.10.54-1This product completely surprised me! Nail Butter claims to treat and heal nails and cuticles, not just mask the problems. I was skeptical, but after using it for only two days my dry cuticles feel so soft!                                                                                             Plus their product sizes are called “Marilyn” and “Audrey”. They have completely won me over!





2013-09-10 19.17.04The sample of Honey Love Face Scrub by The Wild Honey Apothocary came in this cute wrapping stamped with a tiny bee. I was reluctant to use this on my face as I have sensitive skin, but everything I researched said that honey is good for all skin types. I’ve only used it once (and boy it was sticky!!), but my skin felt so clean and smooth afterwards!




2013-09-09 19.24.41-1This was the biggest sample in the box: Apricot and Blackseed Serum by Aucocisco Naturals. I haven’t opened this yet, but it is an oil to be used as a facial moisturizer to smooth rough, dry patches of skin or in your hair to give it a smooth shine. It is also supposed to be safe for all skin types.




2013-09-10 21.14.48-2Finally, there was a sample of eyeshadow by Noelle Beauty. This shade is called “Storm“. It is a silvery gray color and I love it! It looks great with my hazel eyes! Apply dry for a light-gray or wet for a slate-gray color.





Also included in the box were several coupons for different Etsy stores and a list of the total value of the above items. My box value was just under $40.

I really enjoy the items that came in my box, but I can’t say that I would want to order this box every month. It would really depend on what was going to be in it. I think next time I will try a beauty subscription box.

Have you tried a subscription box? What did you think?


The Most Powerful Action

Every couple of weeks we close the office for a few hours and drive around the Dallas-Fort Worth area to locate places we feel that trafficking is probably happening based on research, or that we feel led to go to and pray over them. Yesterday we headed to an area in which we are thinking about starting a street outreach for the girls on the streets.  We drove up and down the main street of the potential outreach, praying out loud over the people, the area, the prostitutes, the pimps, the homeless, the families who live in the area; all who are at risk. Many of whom are already trapped.


“Human trafficking victims are often found in street prostitution where they are forced to provide commercial sexual services by a controller or ‘pimp.’”  –Polaris Project



We realized that we were driving too far down the road, hitting unfamiliar territories, getting lost in the neighborhoods. Instead of trying to find our way back, we took advantage of the situation and decided to pray through the neighborhood we were in. It was a historic part of town. Every other house was run down, but some were beautifully taken care of, showing off their historical attributes.

Turning down a road of particularly well-maintained homes, we noticed a small white house on the corner. It was a little run down, very plain, kind of cluttered; definitely did not fit the rest of the block. We drove past it going about five miles an hour, silently praying over all the homes on this street. Just because houses look nice doesn’t mean the people in them are exempt from exploitation. You never know what is happening in any area!

A white minivan drove past us slowly, stopping behind us at the white house on the corner. “Elyse, do you see that?”

I turned around in my seat just as a young girl got out of the back of the van. She was maybe 18-19 years old. Her short wavy hair was disheveled, colored a fake-reddish color on the ends, the roots showing, almost orange from being fried by bleach. She wore a skin-tight black top exposing her flat stomach, the sleeves hanging off her bony shoulders. Her denim miniskirt barely covered anything, while the ridiculously high black heels make her legs look longer than they probably were. We were probably a hundred feet away, but to me her messy face seemed sad. As she walked toward the house, she looked down at the ground until she was inside. The man in the white van waited until she was out of sight and then drove off.  I obviously can’t be sure what her story is, but based on her appearance, I believe she was being dropped off either returning from or going to a job.

pros“In the “outcall” or escort service model, the women are ‘delivered’ to a buyer’s house, apartment, or hotel room, instead of the buyers going to a centralized location.”Polaris Project




No matter what her story is, I don’t think getting lost in this area was a coincidence and I am thankful. Thankful for getting lost. Thankful for witnessing her get out of the van. Thankful for seeing details. Thankful for noticing her. Because now she is on my heart and it’s up to me to choose to do something besides turn a blind eye.

I can’t do much. I can’t go rescue her. I can’t turn the situation into the police because there’s no evidence. I can’t do nothing! But I can do something. I can pray. I can pray until God tells me what to do next. It seems like nothing, but I believe it will open the doors to freedom. To me, prayer is the most powerful action there is.