Sanrio Small Gift Crate – Friendship

The second crate for Sanrio’s collaboration with Loot Crate is Friendship. Sanrio was founded with the purpose of social communication. They wanted their brand to connect people, nurture friendships, and bring happiness to the world. This makes complete sense since their products constantly bring smiles to those that have them, and also when they share them with others. I received 7 items in this crate. All of them are exclusive to this subscription and are absolutely adorable.

 

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What’s inside:

Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel Mamepuchi Plush Set – These two make the cutest couple. And those outfits! I’m not an avid collector of these Tsum Tsum-like toys, but I’ll consider them an exception.

Hello Kitty & Mimmy Letter Set – The one thing I loved bringing back from any trip to the Sanrio store was stationary. This set comes with a writing pad, die cut pad, stickers, and envelopes. It’s everything you need to get your snail mail on.

Little Twin Stars Infinity Scarf – A great thing about this subscription is that it includes wearable items. Even better when they come in my favorite color (yes, I love black). The material of the scarf is lightweight, and the foiled design adds a nice touch.

Little Twin Stars Stackable Mugs – I have a small mug collection at home, and these will be an awesome addition to it. Although there aren’t any warnings written on the box on how to use them, I’ll play it safe and only hand wash them and not use them in the microwave.

My Melody Charm and Friendship Trinket – This exclusive charm can be attached to the Hello Kitty key chain from the first crate or used by itself. Each crate shipped included a small tape dispenser (colors and characters varied). Funny thing is I also received the same one a while back from a friend.

Patty & Jimmy Enamel Pin Set – According to their bio on Sanrio’s website, Patty & Jimmy are from Kansas city. Patty is the athletic one and loves playing sports, while Jimmy is more of the nerdy type and enjoys studying, chess, and playing board games. This 3 inch pin set is the largest I own (I also like collecting pins).

This subscription costs $39.99 USD (includes shipping) before tax, includes merchandise worth $75, and crates are shipped within the US and also internationally to select countries 4 times per year. Subscribers can choose from 3 different subscription plans. For more information on those options and to learn more about the Small Gift crate, visit Loot Crate’s site.

Japan Crate Mini, Volume 13

Last month’s mini crate came with 3 sweet and 1 savory item, and 1 candy item.

What’s inside:

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Maruta Mini Bottle – This dagashi or old-style sweet is a powdery candy, sort of like Pixy Stix, except it’s in a plastic bottle. I got the Cider flavored one.

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Morokashi Wa Taro, Doubanjiang FlavorDoubanjiang is a mix of chili and fermented bean paste. I wasn’t sure what I was in for with this snack, but it actually tasted like shrimp to me.

Sakusaku Panda Anniversary Chocolate Torte Cookies – This 3 layer cookie with a crunchy biscuit bottom, chocolate mousse filling, and topped with milk chocolate was almost too cute to eat. The cookies came individually wrapped with different panda “faces” on each one. A chocoholic like myself couldn’t resist this. I’m almost done with the box, which only contains 8 pieces. Question now is, where can I get more?!

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Closer detail of the cookie. Seriously, how cute is this?

Takaoka Choco Flakes – This portable snack is basically corn flakes covered in chocolate. If this were an actual cereal, I guarantee I’d eat it almost every day.

Yaokin Cocobis Biscuits – I’m already a fan of coconut flavored biscuits. I’ve tried other brands, but the concept between those and these is pretty much the same. Only difference is these are square shaped, while the other ones I’ve had are rectangular. Love the crispy texture and light sugary glaze on these. I’ll admit, I finished these first!

Overall, I loved everything in this crate, especially the items with chocolate. August’s crate is currently on its way, so I can’t wait to see (and eat) what I get. Interested in giving Japan Crate a shot? You can get $5 off either your first Original or Premium crate (both contain more items than the Mini) by using the code MSA5 (code courtesy of My Subscription Addiction).

Japan Crate Mini, Volume 11

I received 4 snack items and 1 candy item in this box, plus a toy bonus.

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Clockwise from top left: Calbee French Salad potato chips, Kitty Cup, Puku Puku Taichoco, Sour Cider Gum, Big Bar Z White Choco, Mochitto Minako Mochi

What’s inside:

Big Bar Z: White Choco – The shape of this reminded me of a churro, with a crispy wafer-like texture. And it has white chocolate inside. Not a big fan of the stuff, but it was tasty.

Calbee French Salad potato chips – Modeled after the nicoise salad, the taste of these is similar to that of salt and vinegar, but not too strong. I liked it.

Mochitto Kinako Mochi – Kinako is a roasted soy flour, which is what covers this slightly sweet mochi. So good! I wish the portion could have been bigger.

Puku Puku Taichoco – The phrase “pukupuku” refers to the sound of fish gulping. This large wafer resembles the popular taiyaki, which is a fish-shaped dessert that often contains a red bean filling. This one contained chocolate cream filling. Delish!

Sour Cider Gum – Japan Crate is back at it again with another cider flavored item. It definitely had a slightly tart flavor, but wasn’t too sour. And surprisingly it lasted longer than the other types of gum I’ve received from past boxes.

*bonus* Kitty Cup – Gachapon, or vending machine capsule toys, can be found just about anywhere in Japan. Every box shipped had one with a kitten inside a mug. Can we say kawaii?

Good variety with this box. I’m just about finished eating through Volume 12, so stay tuned for another review!

Play! by Sephora, May 2016 – The Forces of Nature

After being beauty subscription-less for over 6 months, I jumped on the opportunity to check out Play! This monthly box includes 5 beauty products and 1 fragrance sample. There’s also a pamphlet that gives information about the items sent to you, and includes a Play! pass that can be used in store  to receive expert beauty tips and earn Beauty Insider points when you make a purchase. May’s theme, The Forces of Nature, focuses on products that “are high performing and good for you too”.

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Pamphlet with description of the items included in the box.

What’s inside:

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine – Citrus is one of the notes I like in a fragrance. This one isn’t overpowering.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi – Bite’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks are highly pigmented and formulated with edible oils for hydration. This color is a bright pink, which is a bit out of my desired shade spectrum.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – I had tried this in the past with a previous subscription, but am glad to see this again since it’s in slightly larger packaging. This worked great on my dry ends thanks to frizz reducing argan oil and deep conditioning avocado oil.

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial – This rose oil overnight treatment is said to moisturize and brighten skin. I’m a bit skeptical with this since I have combination skin. I suppose I can try it on my cheeks since they tend to be the driest part of my face. We’ll see.

Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement masks – The small spray container of Maskimizer is said to help prime the skin before applying either of the included masks. That’s the first time I ever heard of a product like that. The Clear Improvement mask has active charcoal to clear pores, while the Drink Up mask is to be used overnight to hydrate.

tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram – If there’s anything I know I’ll use from this box, it’s this item right here. Although I haven’t used lip liner much in the past few years, I can’t resist a nice neutral, which this one is.

I feel like this was a so-so introduction to this subscription. I plan on using at least 4 out of the 6 items I received. Hopefully June’s box will be better. I’d love to know your thoughts on this if you’re also a subscriber.