Jersey Shore Cosmetics and Sox Box Subscription Reviews

This week I received two of the subscriptions I have through Cratejoy.  The first is the From Korea with Love Sox Box.  For $12.95 per month you get three pairs of Sox.  This month they came in a small box wrapped in tissue paper instead of the little cardboard tube in a bubble mailer. 

As the box is easier to recycle, I’m okay with that. I suspect recent pandemic protocols caused the mailing change. The socks fit my feet with a little extra room to spare.  I wear a US 7.5 and I think they are supposed to fit size 6 -8.5 US.  The subscription charges on the 11th of the month and ships between the first and the third and they ship out of California.

This month I have to say the penguins are my favorite.  Seriously, how stinkin’ cute are these? Pretty stinkin’ cute that’s what.  And they make me happy when I look down at my feet.  I know, they are just socks, but I have to tell you, I really like socks.  I think one of the reasons I like them so much is that with my weight and weight loss, all of my clothes feel temporary and somewhat ill fitting.  All clothing has been going from too tight to just right to too baggy for the past year. Or if my weight loss stalls I wonder why it isn’t getting too baggy. And then I worry that I’ve plateaued and start to rethink my entire work out plan.

This does not happen with socks.  They are just cute and I am happy.

Also arriving is my Jersey Shore Cosmetics. This month I am adding to my stockpile.  After this month, I may be cancelling this subscription for a while, or I may keep it one more month, then cancel.  I love lip balm, but there is only so much lip balm I can use.  It takes me about a month to go through one tube and each subscription comes with four lip balms.  It is a really good deal actually.  The subscription is $10 with a $3 shipping charge and comes with four lip balms from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. 

As each of their lip balms costs $12 each, it is a great value for the price.  So what I tend to do with this subscription is keep it for a few months, stock pile lip balms and then cancel until I’ve gone through my stock pile. Then I re-subscribe and the process starts all over again.  I may not keep this subscription every month, but I will always return. 

This month I received my four lip balms.  They are a lip balm in watermelon and another in cherry.  These are their standard formula for lip balms.  As in only the scent varies as opposed to highlight or tint.  The third lip balm was the Quattro H2O Pure Hydration Ultimate Hydrating lip balm.  I have never tried this one before.  As I am almost through with the pomegranate lip balm I opened last month, I am just going to mark this as next in line so I can try the formula. 

Okay that is a long winded way of saying I opened it even though I try to keep only one open at a time.  As a spoiler, I also opened the fourth one too.  The Quattro feels a little firmer than the regular lip balms and I put it on to test it out and it actually stayed on my lips longer as well. If I venture near a swimming pool this year, this is the balm I’ll take. For now, I’m wearing it on my walks outside.  I think it is designed for the summer and I look forward to wearing it and seeing how it does with my lips. 

The fourth hydrating Balm I received in my subscription this month is called nudist.  I opened it becuase it seemed to have a tint to it which made it more like a lipstick than a balm, so of course I had to open it and see.  First off, it smells like candy.  It actually reminds me of Tarte eyeshadows.  Its that kind of scent.  That vanilla-esque scent. Personally, I love it. There is a little bit of a bronze shimmer to it, but it is very subtle and when I tried to take a picture just looked like lip balm. Even though I normally plan to stockpile my lip balms I may try this one out in my make up bag next week. 

In addition to the lip balms, Jersey Shore Cosmetics sent a stick mineral sunscreen as a free gift this month.  It smells oddly like oatmeal.  In the best possible way of course.  I love oatmeal.  In the spirit of fairness I should point out that my baby doll does not think it smells like oatmeal.  He also thinks I am crazy for thinking it smells like oatmeal. 

But it smells like oatmeal.

At the moment I just started testing out a Volition sunscreen so I will be putting this to the side to try at a later date, but I really appreciate having extra sunscreen around.

Both of these subscriptions are through Cratejoy.  I really enjoy having the one system to manage several subscriptions. It’s really easy to log into my account, see what subscriptions I have that are active, which one’s I’ve cancelled and when the next payment date for the subscription is.  It’s especially useful with subscriptions like Jersey Shore Cosmetics that I only keep for a few months at a time, but then return to after a break.. They are easy to find, easy to cancel and easy to reactivate.  It helps me to keep things organized.  Plus I get to poke around and see what other new subscriptions I think might be fun to try out for a while. I always seem to find something interesting.

Sox Box May 2020 Review

Sox Box May 2020

As many of you know working out can be hard on your clothing.  I managed to sequester a section of shirts in my wardrobe specifically to walk in under the hot sun on the walking trail.  (Actually many of them come from Just My Size in case you are wondering.  They fit comfortably and are Hanes products so they can take a beating and still come out nice in the wash.)

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I have secured various other exercise clothes from stretchy yoga pants and leggings to jeans of varying sizes, depending on the situation.  I have monitored my shoes and my undergarments for wear.  But you know what I forgot? 

My socks.

Well forget might be the wrong term. 

Let me explain.

I love socks. I love big fat fluffy ones.  I love cartoons of all varieties.  I love holiday socks and flying pig socks. And I have quite a collection.  Or had really. You see when I started working out I thought, I have so many socks, there is no point in buying socks just to work out in.

I thought that would be wasteful.

So I didn’t.

I wore my regular socks.  So, soon the fluffy socks no longer were and my fun socks developed holes. While both were designed to cover the feet and keep toes toasty, they weren’t made for working out and it soon showed. 

Because I’ve never really worried overmuch if my socks matched (either each other or the outfit I’m wearing, since most of the time my socks don’t show anyway) when one sock wore out to the point where it could no longer be worn, I chucked the worn out sock and if it’s mate was still usable I kept it, pairing it with another loose sock until it too wore out. Soon enough though, my sock collection started to dwindle under the constant barrage of abuse.

Replacements were purchased, although they were not in my usual style.  I picked up socks with reinforced toes meant to take the beatings workouts provided. (again, Hanes is my go to for these very necessary items, just FYI, and no this is not sponsored, I just happen to like and wear their socks on a routine basis).

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So the athletic socks are in predominantly white and black.  They are easily distinguishable from my other socks, which is by design. They are not as fun, but they are easily identifiable and quick to grab.

So a while ago I was poking around on  At the moment I was picking up a tea subscription for my mother as a mother’s day gift.  (Simple Tea, in case you were wondering.) She loves tea of all varieties and was lamenting that when she goes to the store at the moment she goes in and quickly gets what is needed and then gets out, forgoing her usual leisurely brows of the tea aisle. (I know there are other items in the aisle and tea is not even the majority of the aisle in her favorite store, but it will forever be thought of as the tea aisle in my head.) So I figured this would give her a nice surprise. 

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While on cratejoy I also renewed my Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balm subscription since I am running low and then I decided to poke around, just to see what else I could find that was interesting.  I found many things actually, but then I find subscription boxes rather fascinating.  Anyway, one of the ones that caught my eye was the Sox Box: Cute Socks from Korea subscription.  It is $10.99 (with 1.99 shipping for a grand total of $12.98).  For this price you get three pairs of socks.

After looking in my sock drawer and seeing that the black and white athletic socks now actually outnumbered my colorful socks, I decided to give it a try.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I expected three pairs of thin socks that would be cute, but not really last long.  While longevity hasn’t been tested, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised when my socks arrived. I have to say I like that the packaging was minimal. There was a plastic mailer on the outside (not bubble wrap because socks really aren’t breakable when squashed) and then a cardboard sleeve. Inside the socks were wrapped in a sheet of tissue paper. That was it. Personally, I like the minimal trash produced.

the packaging

First, some additional details.  The subscription charges you when you sign up for your first box and then mails the socks out between the first and the fifth.  After that they charge on the 11th for the following month (May 11th for June’s box, and so on).  The socks claim to fit a variety of feet and I have to say I am a US 7.5.  They fit me perfectly.  I can see that there is a little wiggle room for anyone with either larger or smaller feet, but on me they are just about perfect.  They are ankle socks which are great for around the house wear for me.  (Not that I won’t wear them out of the house, just not on workouts. I don’t like running around barefoot, never really have to be honest so I’m always in socks in the house.)

The socks are much better quality than I expected and are quite adorable.  This month featured two puppy socks and a pair of kitten themed socks.  At least I think they are puppies.  They could be bears.  They have the ears and are brown and could go either way.  For now I’ll call them puppies. All three socks come from a company called Aries. When I looked up Aries socks on line I came up with varying prices mostly between $8 -$10 per pair so I am happy with the value of the three pack. The socks are compostable to wear and I ran them through the hot cycle in both my washer and dryer (I use the heat to help shrink my jeans a little so they stay on my hips, oddly enough I’ve not lost enough to fit into the next size down, but the pair I’m wearing is too big – ah the joys of weight loss)

I have to say as much as I love my plain work out socks, I am really happy I am adding fun socks back into the mix.   As three pairs per month will add up quickly and the one negative review I saw of the subscription claimed lack of variety was the issue, I’m not sure how long I’ll keep the subscription. For now though I am loving the subscription. It isn’t terribly expensive and when I look at my feet throughout the day, the socks make me smile.  Not really a bad deal all in all.