World of Wizardry May 2017 Review

I was really excited for my Harry Potter box this month. I’ve been a bit let down in recent months and so I was expecting a good box, finally. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this box. For those of you that don’t know, the World of Wizardry box is a monthly subscription (or one off) box from GeekGear. They cost around £25 a month but I pay every three months. They are posted around the 21st of every month, around payday for me which is great.

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I’ll dive right into it this month and start off with the t-shirt. They are a good quality t-shirt and you receive an exclusive shirt every box. This month was in either a grey or light blue. Mine was blue and a really nice winged key design on it. It’s a bit different in design to the normal shirts and it was nice to have a bit of a change. Usually it’s a block print, I like it.

That’s it for the wearables for this box. Next, we have a metal storage/lunch box. Perfect for me as I’ve been debating buying a lunch box to take my lunch to work, rather than carrying my food and dropping it as I am now. I’m not blown away by the design or the quality. It is my favourite exclusive to this box item so far. It will do its job. Its big enough to fit in a decent sized lunch and a small bottle of water. It will be used, unlike many of the other items I’ve had recently.

Another thing I liked was the chocolate frog moulds. I probably won’t use them with chocolate but I will make some jelly in them this summer. They aren’t terribly detailed but what do you expect from food moulds? They are cute and unique so again, a nice little addition to the box even if they are a bit tacky.

I’m going to stay on the positives of this box and go straight to the next exclusive item. I really nice print of Hogwarts castle. The box always has some form of poster and this is my favourite so far. It’s a very nice quality and it doesn’t look tacky or childish as some of the others have. I like a lot of the posters I receive in these boxes, this one just stood out as being better.

My final positive is the house specific notebook. I really like the design and feel of this book as well as the fact the house insignia is on each page. Not sure what I’ll use it for but as I’m going into my final year of an English degree, I’m sure it will come in handy.

Now on to the negatives, the space fillers. There is a tacky little wristband that displays your house characteristics. It’s a nice thought, but pointless for me. For people that wear these, it is quite a nice quality and the design is unique and well done. Just not something I will wear.

The next item is not a box filler but I wasn’t blown away by it. The exclusive Harry Potter mug. It’s not the first mug from these boxes and is definitely a better quality then the previous one, but I’m not a fan of the design. This is personal preference though! It is a well-made and nice looking mug in good packaging. I just thought it was a bit predictable, I would like more unique items in these boxes.

This is it for this month. In my opinion, the good outweighs the bad for the first time in months. I love this box, it’s just been letting me down recently. I really hope they keep getting better rather than going back to what it was. I’m not jumping for joy over this box but I did breathe a sigh of relief when I saw good quality items that I could actually use. Not just stuff put in a box to meet a quota. Next months hint is a lightening bolt so it could be anything Harry Potter at the minute. IMG_2183

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these boxes then feel free to use this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU I receive a free box for every 5 subscribers so I appreciate anyone that uses this.

Next month is potentially my last box. I am happy with the improvements so far and so I might renew after June’s box but for now, I have one more to come. I am looking into other subscription boxes so feel free to leave any recommendations. Even if it’s because you want to see a review on it before you purchase for yourselves, that’s fine with me. At the minute, I am looking at these boxes: Popinabox, Doki Doki, Japan crate, or Akibento. I really don’t know yet though. I will do a review on whichever box I do purchase though.

Thanks as always for reading!

Charlotte x

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Harry Potter GeekGear August box review

As I love receiving subscription boxes I thought I would treat myself to a Harry Potter themed box. I don’t regret it in the slightest! This month’s box had a villain theme and cost £24.99. I’ve also realised that it’s cheaper if you subscribe for the box as it goes down to £19.99 per month. They also ship Worldwide as far as I’m aware! You can choose between two different boxes, a general Geek themed box which includes items from different Geeky backgrounds or a purely Harry Potter themed box as I did. When you look through the previous boxes that have been issued you can see that they consistently offer great value and so I wasn’t unhappy to place an order. You can select which house you belong to and the box will be themed according to this selection, I chose Ravenclaw, mainly because I really like blue, would probably be a Hufflepuff if I’m being honest with myself, but not a fan of the colour yellow.

I’ve contacted the site a few times in regards to codes available either for myself or that I can offer to my readers (there’s a code at the bottom!) and have found the staff very friendly to deal with. They do however give out very generic responses and it feels a bit like I’m talking to a polite computer when I get a message back from them. They also didn’t give me much information to include for you all. I could write a 5-page message and I’d get a few sentences back in return. This could be improved if you ask me. I didn’t write an email that long, just so you know!

The packaging of the box was brilliant, it’s wrapped in a plastic envelope and the box inside is designed like a crate. This crate was decorated in multiple little Harry Potter images. Very nice box. The items inside were wrapped really well, the bottle of Butterscoth butterbeer was a little overwrapped if you ask me. Lots of bubble wrap. At least it arrived in one piece though. The drink itself tastes a bit like melted caramel ice-cream which was a little overly sweet for me and the family but we shared it between us and enjoyed the novelty of it. Just wouldn’t be able to have a whole bottle to myself. This is an alcohol free drink and the labels are designed in a way that it looks like you’ve purchased it from a Harry Potter themed establishment. The Flying Cauldron label was perfect. I drank it from the very well made little Three Broomsticks half a pint glass tankard that also came in the box. I love this glass, just have to avoid putting it in my dishwasher so it stays looking like I’ve been drinking in Harry Potter land. These products really match this boxes them which was a ‘Three Broomsticks’ theme, next month’s teaser image is a Dark Mark so I can’t wait to see what’s in it!

One piece of packaging that was a bit over the top was the cardboard snitch box. This is a fairly decent size that I would expect to see something the size of the tankard come out of, instead you get a nice little snitch necklace that opens to show a clock face.

It’s a nice enough necklace but it was a bit out of place coming from that box. It also seems a little bit cheap, something I could have purchased from Claire’s accessory and whilst I like the idea, I wasn’t overly amazed. I think I would have preferred it if it had been a bracelet or on a shorter chain. I’ve since been told that it’s actually a pocket watch which explains the length, I still think I’ll take it off the chain and just keep it in my pocket for work.

In every box you will receive a uniquely designed T-shirt that is made by this company and not sold in stores. In this box it is a Disney castle logo that shows Hogwarts instead of Cinderella’s castle. It fits perfectly and is really soft and comfortable. I really love it and will be taking it to Disney with me when I go next year. My only downside is that it’s white, I’m a bit too pale to get away with wearing white without looking a bit washed out. It won’t stop me wearing it though!

The box included paper replicas of the Knights bus ticket and a train ticket for Platform 9¾. These were nice little additions but not really very useful, I like things to have a bit more of a purpose, although I can always pin them to my board along with the Ravenclaw flag that I received in the box. Could have a Harry Potter themed board when I get back to my student accommodation.

Whilst I liked but disliked some of the items I received I still loved the box. The excitement of receiving such unique Harry Potter themed items was worth every penny and I think I’ll subscribe to get the box every month. I really did love it and recommend it to everyone. Just buy it as a one off box if you prefer, that way you can try it out and see how you feel. Choose your house, and join the community.

Don’t forget to share your selfie with the items in order to enter a prize draw, I took two but my favourite is this one by far:  #ILOVEGEEKGEAR! IMG_1599

The next box is themed ‘Future’ which is perfect as it coincides with my return to University. I’ll be putting my order in this weekend and eagerly anticipating the last week of September. If you guys also wish to place an order, then you can use the code NEWSUB10 and get 10% off your first purchase. The link for the site is: http://www.geekgearbox.co.uk/

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Charlotte x