Subscriptions boxes have been around a few years now, ranging from food, toys, beauty, fashion & even ones for your pets! Australia is still somewhat limited compared to the US, but a few US based boxes, such as Loot Crate and Nerd Block do deliver to Australia. As you can imagine, I’d love to subscribe to them, but I probably have enough geeky nerdy toys to last me a life time!
I’ve subscribed to a few Beauty & Fashion boxes over the years, a couple which are still going, and a few who are no more. I thought i’d share a list of 5 currently available boxes that I either subscribe to, or are interested in.
I’ve been a subscriber to Bellabox from it’s very first month! With this months box marking it’s 3rd year, it means I currently have 35 box worth of stuff from them. And if you wanted to know, yes, I’ve kept ALL those boxes! They come in handy for neat storage! I’ve subscribed to a number of boxes over the years and this is one that has always ticked the boxes for me. I’ve found some interesting and new products, and most of the items are affordable to re-buy if you fall in love. Sadly, with the move and rent rise, I think I’m going to have to cancel my subscription. I’ve been very pleased while it’s lasted.
I’ve subscribed to Lust Have It twice, I believe. Once when it originally started, and again late last year. I quite like Lust Have It, but when it came down to it, I just couldn’t afford it to keep getting it. They have some of my favourite brands available in their shop though, such as Sugarpill, Klara and Lime Crime. It is a box that I loved though, and if I had the money, I would still be subscribed to.
OTHER: They have a quarterly Eco box that I’m hoping to try in the future. I’ve been paying a lot more attention to what I put on my body lately and the idea of a box catered to natural product really appeals to me. They also have a monthly Fashion and Beauty (FaB) box, as well as a Bridal Box!
I actually have The Parcel on it’s way to me now! I’m excited to see what it’s like. I like the idea of queartly boxes, I do find with weekly boxes that I don’t always have time to trial all the products before a new box arrives and I end up with a draw full of samples. I think this gives you more time to trial the products, and it’s also works out cheaper. Would you be interested in me shooting a box opening video?
OTHER: Nothing as of yet, but you can sign up your interest for a ‘Girlfriend’ box.
Native Box have a few boxes, and one is Beauty Box. As I mentioned above, I’ve been trying to buy a lot more natural products, so this quarterly box which caters to eco friendly products.
HFB has always intrigued me, but at $40 a month, it’s never been something I could justify. You get 2-3 on trend fashion accessories, as well as at least 4 beauty & lifestyle accessories. They’ve worked with some great brands and accessories have ranged from blinging jewellery, scarves and even some awesome cat eye sunnies!
OTHER: They teamed up with Nicola Finetti to create this awesome limited edition box!
Halloween isn’t an Australian tradition. It’s slowly becoming popular over the years, with kids trick or treating around the area. Some shops now stock bits and pieces of Halloween goodies to decoration your house with, but really, it’s not something you see much of. Luckily, with the internet, you can buy so much online, and I have to say, I just LOVE all the spooky clothing that comes out at this time of year. I bought a ghost jumper last halloween, and I wear it ALL YEAR ROUND! Why not!? So here are a few of my favourite things that I would totally rock in any month!
We have a house! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will know that I’d put in an application for a rental property in Melbourne. To be completely honest, I’m super surprised we got the first house we went for. I was expecting to search for awhile, maybe get rejected, etc, but nope. It’s a cute 3 bedroom place with a roomy backward. I’ve not yet seen it, but I’m super excited to. You’ve probably noticed that my posts have slowed down recently, between that and packing, I’ve honestly not been doing anything exciting or wearing more then leggings and singlets! Sorry! Anyway, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learnt along my recent journey!
Use the phone, don’t email.
I have a bit of a phone phobia. I dislike talking on phones, and prefer to communicate other ways. Email, text, I’d even prefer to write a letter, but sadly I found that using the phone was the fastest solution. I’m pretty sure I made more phone calls in the last month then I did all of last year. While Domain has a nifty little form on the property page, which sends a quick little email to the Agent, it’s often a pre-filled copy & paste reply. I had to suck it up, and use the phone.
Secretary > Agent
Secretaries are amazing. Agents seem to not really care. Then again, I find that with Nurses and Doctors in hospitals too. Out of the many Agents I contacted, only a few seemed to be helpful. I’m not sure if that’s the nature of rental agents or what, but it was a bit frustrating. On the other hand, the secretaries were helpful and very charming. The lady who managed the house we got seems to be quite nice though.
Have all the documents you think you’ll need, and then some. Also, a scanner!
Thank heavens for the internet! These days, most of your information like bank statements and such can be found online and downloaded as a PDF. I’ve been lucky in the past and only had private rentals, so the amount of info I had to show kind of astounded me. I admit to being a bit naive going into it. Bank statement, Centerlink documents (if any), utility bills, your passport, your medicare card, your drivers licence. I had all the info needed though and was able to scan everything onto a computer to send off. Of course, me still being in Sydney meant I’ve had to do 95% of everything via email.
All states are different.
Most of the info I know about renting through a real estate, has come from my Brother and his more recent house hunts. To say that the property market in Sydney is different to the one in Melbourne, is an understatement. From pricing, to rent in advance times and also general leasing time lines, it’s all quite different! In NSW, you are only required to pay 2 weeks rent in advance, whilst we had to pay a Month.
Use a Pet Resume!
If you have a pet, that is! I remember Liz writing a post ages ago about doing up a Pet Resume for her cat. Whilst the post isn’t online any more, she was happy to send me a copy so I could have a look at it. I included a couple of pictures of Tonka, some information on him, as well as contact numbers for my current vet and a pet reference. While the Agent called me and asked me a few questions about him, I think the Pet Resume helped in learning a bit more about him.
The photos in this post is my current place, #thedarlingden. I’ll share some pictures of the new place once I’ve moved. I need to think of a new name!!
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