Must Have Boxes – | Welcome to a new friend – Kristin

I’m a 20-something year old fashionista and pop culture junkie. My fast-paced corporate career keeps me busy, but I always make time for my true passion…blogging! When I’m not writing or snapping photos, I enjoy spending time with my cute pet bunny Patreezy and my even cuter boyfriend Nick ;) .

After receiving my first beauty box last year, I was officially hooked. What better (and more affordable) way to discover amazing products designed just for women? It’s exciting to open a pretty little box packed with the latest beauty, fashion, and fitness must-haves. I spread the word among my friends, and they fell in love too.

As new subscription box companies launched, it got difficult to keep up. That’s what inspired me to create Must Have Boxes. I’ll give you a sneak peak at up-and-coming brands and I’ll post detailed box reviews. You won’t find any fluff here – just straight talk about the products that work best and make me feel beautiful.

So relax, take a look around and discover your monthly must haves.



My Promise:

  • I’ll never place banner advertisements on my site. I’m not trying to profit from your clicks and I only feature content that I truly believe in.

  • I don’t receive monetary compensation for my reviews, but I do accept free boxes or products. My honest reviews reflect my own experience and they aren’t influenced by outside sources.

  • I’ll personally respond to every single comment, always. I love hearing from my amazing readers!

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Color Me Monthly Review – August 2013

by Must Have Boxes on August 26, 2013


Company: Color Me Monthly

Category: Nails

Cost: USD $7/month, free shipping

About: “Become a CMM member and get GORGEOUS nail polish delivered to your door every month. Each box contains a surprise color that’s always in-season and in-style.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a full size bottle of nail polish that features the season’s latest fashion and color trends. You can subscribe to a one month, six month or yearly plan and you have the ability to cancel at any time. Color Me Monthly also offers gift options to make your life easy.

Summer Tryst
“Until days grow short, promise to meet me at sunset, where salt meets the sand”

Wow! This gorgeous plum lavender shade is perfect for summer. Purple is such a hot color right now, and one of my all-time favorites. The Color Me Monthly formula is the ideal consistency for nail polish and it’s super quick drying. This shade would be worn with a daytime or nighttime look and it would pair especially well with a colorful summer maxi dress. I love the card with the featured haiku too. The idea it speaks to is…oh-so romantic. Swoon.


The August Color Me Monthly nail polish is a total winner. It’s important to me that my nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde/formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). This small company is dedicated to producing non-toxic, eco-friendly products, and I’m happy to support that. Other high-end nail polish brands retail for USD $8.00-9.00 per bottle, so the monthly cost of the subscription is very fair. I can’t wait to see what Color Me Monthly delivers next!

What do you think of Color Me Monthly? Interested in subscribing? Let me know! 


Watanut Review – August 2013

by Must Have Boxes on August 23, 2013



Category: Health, Snacks

Cost: USD $25/month, free shipping

About: “Watanut is a fast, easy way to discover healthy snacking. Whether you’re in training, trying to eat healthier or just a fan of fresh nuts, dried fruit and mind-blowing mixes, Watanut makes nutritious snacking simple.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a box featuring four of Watanut’s healthy delicious custom snack mixes. These real food mixes are fresh and flavorful – a rarity in today’s world of processed snacks. From trail mixes to granola, Watnut makes it easy to snack right on the go. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from every Watanut box is donated to a local Boys & Girls Club. I love a company with a positive mission!

I’m a self-proclaimed healthy snack enthusiast, so I was excited to try my first Watable box. The smartly branded box with the quirky nut design is so much fun! When I opened the package, I was met with four amazing looking snack mixes. And now, for the much-awaited taste test…


Thru-Hike Mix

The 6.0 oz Thru-Hike Mix features cranberries, roasted almonds, and roasted and salted cashews. This balanced combination of salty and sweet is absolutely delicious! The whole nuts provide great texture and the cranberries deliver the perfect fruity bite. If you’re going on a hike or simply searching for the perfect post-workout snack, then be sure to have this nutritious mix handy.

The Happy Nut :) Mix

The 6.0 oz The Happy Nut :) Mix features roasted salted pistachios. I love the pure taste of fresh in-shell pistaschios. Yum! I used a few of these to top a spinach salad tossed with imported balsamic vinegar. The pistachios added a nice savory crunch to the delicate salad. You definitely need to try this.

Wild Bill’s Buffalo Mix

The 6.0 oz Wild Bill’s Buffalo Mix features buffalo peanuts, unsalted peanuts, buttermilk ranch pretzel bits, and sunflower seeds. Don’t let the name of the “buffalo” peanuts fool you. These savory peanuts are enclosed in a sweet, crispy coating. That flavor is perfectly paired with the buttermilk ranch pretzel bits. Warning: this snack is so tasty, you may eat the entire container in one sitting!

A Walk in the Woods

The 6.0 oz  A Walk in the Woods Mix features rolled oats, honey, brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, and cinnamon. Looking for the perfect yogurt topping? This is it! The coconut flakes provide a bit of island flavor which goes perfectly with the cashews. This chewy granola has spice and everything nice. :)


Watanut totally delivers on its promise of delivering healthy, delicious mixes! The $25 per month cost may seem on the more expensive end, but when it comes to food, you always get what you pay for. I expect high quality ingredients come at a slight premium and I’m more than happy to invest in snacks that are nutritious and pure. Watanut is a convenient subscription service that takes the guesswork out of snacking. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Do you love to snack? Interested in subscribing to Watanut? Let me know!


Fair Treasure Review – August 2013

by Must Have Boxes on August 13, 2013


Company:Fair Treasure

Category: Beauty, Lifestyle

Cost: USD $30.00/month, free shipping

About: “Handmade Treasures, Fairly Paid, Beautifully Crafted, & Delivered To Your Door Each Month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive ethically sourced treasures from around the world, ranging from jewelry to candles. Each high quality, handmade item is produced by a local artist with an incredible story to tell. Fair Trade allows you to explore amazing global treasures while supporting small businesses across the globe.

The Box:

After my experience with the July Fair Treasure box, I was thrilled to receive the August shipment. Fair Treasure is one of my favorite subscriptions because it introduces you to unique handmade items from artists around the globe. The package arrived in a small box with a custom stamp on the outside. Included in the box is a card that connects you to Fair Treasure’s social channels and individual cards that describe each of the featured items. Let’s see what’s inside!


Sequence Collection Love Knot Metallic Bracelet
Value: USD $40.00

Sequence is a collection of jewelry and accessories inspired by the Latin American culture and designed by Ariela Suster. Each piece of vibrant handcrafted jewelry is produced by local artisans in Tepercoyo, El Salvador. Sequence provides much-needed employment opportunities for at-risk youth and the company is committed to enriching the local community by offering art and other cultural classes. The Love Knot Metallic bracelet blends high fashion with rustic craftsmanship to create a piece that is ultra sleek and modern. I’m in love with the golden metallic color scheme and the knot has a very nautical feel. This bracelet is perfect for stacking and mixing with Sequence’s other bracelet styles too.

Beyond Borders Haitian Metal Art Small Bird Wall Art 
Value: USD $9.95

Metal sculpture was born in the Haitian village of Croix-des-Bouquets where chisels, dies, and a large hammer are used to cut and mold the designs from oil drums. This gorgeous 6″ x 5″ metal wall art sculpture is handcrafted by Haitian artist Cineus Louime. Louime’s art focuses on his love of nature, in particular birds and trees. He was introduced to metal sculpture at an early age and eventually opened his own shop where he now perfects his creations. I love the intricate detail, from the bird’s feathery wings to the sharp point of its beak. This wall art would look beautiful hung in an outdoor garden or somewhere else close to nature. There’s something special about the care that has been put into making this piece.


Total box value: USD $49.95

  • Sequence Collection Love Knot Metallic Bracelet – USD $40.00
  • Beyond Borders Haitian Metal Art Small Bird Wall Art – USD $9.95

The August Fair Treasure Box is fabulous! I’m totally smitten with both pieces which are hand crafted and sourced from different parts of the world. The Sequence Collection Love Knot Metallic Bracelet is the perfect summer accessory and the Beyond Borders Haitian Metal Art Small Bird Wall Art brings life to any space where it’s displayed. Plus, the purchase of these one-of-a-kind products helps small businesses that really need our support. The value of the items is more than the cost of the box, which is always a plus too. :)

Aren’t these handmade products incredible? Interested in subscribing to Fair Treasure? Let me know!



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