Rachel Zoe Box of Style – December 2017 Review

I finally received this box after many weeks of emails, social media messages and frustration!

I paid for this box 16th November and received it on 9th January. This was AFTER I had received an email early December letting me know they were running late but would have my box shipped out ‘guaranteed’ by mid December. Shipping details show it finally shipped on 28th December, way too late to wear or use any of the items for the holiday season.

So many of these boxes seem to have horrendous shipping times. I wouldn’t mind if it was late IF they were only charging me for the items just before shipping. But when they charge you more than 7 weeks before you receive the item its unacceptable in my opinion.

On a positive note their shipping charge is fantastic. I feel like it reflects actual shipping costs and I appreciate they aren’t trying to gouge me and make more money on me through the charge.

That said, let’s move onto the actual box and  review because in my opinion, it’s lovely:

Winter Box of Style – Cost $99 USD/$151.89 AUD (including $15USD shipping)

Claimed Retail Value $451USD/$550AUD

The box has a definite theme and cohesiveness to it which I love, I have seen some complaints about the quality of the box and I will concede, some of the items are not of the highest quality, but overall for the price of $151AUD I am very happy enough with this box.

Inclusions:

  • Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner RRP $29AUD

I love this liner! I am notoriously terrible at using liquid liners and this had a great tip that made the process almost foolproof. I will definitely use this item and would purchase it again. My only issue is that I prefer chemical free makeup items, but that’s just a personal choice.

  •  Faux Fur Stole by Unreal FurRRP $85USD/$105USD (as claimed by BOS)

I love this item, its cute, totally different from anything else I have in my closet, cruelty free (yay!) and very, very soft.  I will use this item in winter for sure and I think it was a great addition to the box.

  • Mesa Door Knocker Earrings by House of Harlow RRP $115USD/$140AUD

I love, love, love the style and look of these earrings, BUT I have to say, there is no way on earth these are worth $115!

That said, they are gorgeous to look at and they look as though they are a very high quality item, they are also so much lighter than they appear (which I love because heavy earrings dragging on the earlobe are no fun). Like many complaints on social media, the back of one of my posts was bent quite significantly, I straightened it up but I am hoping it hasn’t weakened it for wearing in the future.

My biggest issue with these earrings is the earring back is SO loose that is essentially falls right off if I move my head! I will need to source another back for these or they won’t last long at all. A definite disappointment given the claimed retail value.

Despite these issues, these are my favourite item in this box and I can’t wait to wear them out, they are beautiful.

  • Sugar.Paper Agenda RRP $48USD$60AUD

I am a digital girl through and through but I have to say this agenda is adorable and is of a high quality and I really like it.

I will use it on my desk as a place to note down memorable events so I have a memory of this year. I look forward to seeing how much use I can get out of it and I’m interested to see if it starts a trend for me going forward.

  • Essential Hydrating Oil by Osea RRP $68USD/$84AUD

I am not one who uses oils, but this absorbs quickly, has a lovely light scent and is in a glass bottle (which I love). I have no complaints about this item and I’m going to use it moving forward to see if it’s something I would use ongoing.

It did leak a little throughout the box as some people have mentioned but not enough to cause any real damage. I will use this item but its not a huge plus for me. If you love oils, you will love this item.

  • Box Clutch by Rachel Zoe RRP $115/$145AUD

This item is so cute and it’s something I have never seen before which appealed to me – a ‘marble effect’ clutch! (I requested and received the white.)

I will use this for sure and I like it. However, it’s a little disappointing that since RZ herself had this made under her name, the quality is not there. Mine doesn’t seal flush when closed and there were scratches throughout the inside of the clutch (thankfully the outside had a removable plastic film protecting it). There is no way its value is $115USD and it is made in China. I would guesstimate this bag to be worth no more than $40USD retail.

Overall I really liked this box. The quality wasn’t always there for the items and I don’t believe it’s near the value they claim, but for my $150, I’m happy enough and I will get use out of all the items.

I’m looking forward to the Spring box which should be to me in early February, and I’m hoping she redeems herself on the issues and quality that came about with this box,  watch this space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxe Catch – December 2017 ‘Holiday Glam’ Box Review

My first Luxe Catch Box was in November and it was a bit of a let down for me. Sizes were a little on the small size and styling wasn’t really me, so I had low expectations for this one… BUT I was pleasantly surprised! Remembering the items in these boxes are specific to a style profile you fill out when you join, so you will probably not receive what I am receiving here.

It did arrive VERY late. I was charged on the 16th November and it arrived on January 4th. Given it was the holiday period and we all know shipping is a nightmare at this time of year, Im going to let it pass, but going forward I would like to see a much faster shipping time, so here’s hoping.

DECEMBER 2017 BOX – COST $50USD/$155AUD (incl. shipping of $45-85)

APROX RETAIL VALUE $215USD/$260AUD (This is over the $200 value they claim you will receive)

The breakup of cost is: Box is $50 USD plus $35-75USD for shipping (depending on which method you choose) which I think is pretty steep as these (so far) have been small, lightweight boxes If they halved the shipping costs I think this would be much more reasonable. Moving on…


The box arrives in a custom outer box which is a nice touch and definitely gives the ‘glam’  feeling the usual brown shipping boxes don’t give!

Opening the box you have a nicely custom printed lid and then the actual box the items are in, inside, which is a gorgeous looking Luxe Catch monogrammed box with a black bow. It also includes the items listed with their retail value on a receipt on the top of the box:

Inside the box I see two black, velvet style bags that obviously contain jewelry items in them.  I find that all the items are labeled ABS By Allen Schwartz. The brand sells at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and other higher end departments stores in the USA.  The items included are as follows:

28 inch Lariat Necklace RRP $95USD

 

This is a stunning, heavy piece that reeks of good quality. I love lariat necklaces, my only issue with this one is that it is so heavy and jewel-laden, that it will only ever be appropriate for very formal occasions, and I don’t get out to formal occasions very often! It’s so gorgeous, but I am worried I wont get to wear it before it goes out of fashion. It’s definitely a classy piece so I am not unhappy with this item, it’s really beautiful.

Chain Wrapped Stud Earrings RRP $45USD

These are pretty earrings with an edge, which is a style I like. They are definitely event-specific style earrings (not everyday earrings) but I like them and will wear them. I also love that they are nickel free, as I react to earrings with nickel in them.
These earrings match well with the lariat necklace and the bracelet set below but could also be worn in more casual times so I am very happy with these. 

7pc Bracelet Set RRP $75USD

This is my favourite item in the box. 7 pieces of varying shades of gold, gunmetal and bronze metals, I will get significant use out of this set! They have a stretch to them that allows them to fit any wrist size and can be dressed up or down, I will wear them dressed down more often. They will work with the earrings above as well, so a nice set for a night out on the town!

Overall I like this box a LOT, for the AUD value of nearly $150, I do think putting aside the likelihood of me wearing the necklace, its reasonable value.

It definitely complies with the style profile I filled out so they did really well with this.  The retail value is definitely there so I certainly don’t feel like this box wasn’t worth the value claimed and if I was living in the USA and got all this for $50 I’d be jumping up and down!

My biggest gripe with this company is that I have  consistently  paid for two orders before I receive the first one for each month. I am hoping now the holidays are over that this wont be an issue, because outlaying close to $300AUD and not receiving the first box yet wasn’t a great feeling and it happened again this month, paying for the January box before receiving the December box I had paid for 7 weeks ago.

Stay tuned for the January ‘New Years Box’ review later this month, I look forward to receiving it!

 

 

 

If You Put Lipstick on a Dog, It’s Still a Dog

TherapistMy sister had some specialised dog food for her dog delivered to my place a few weeks back, because I work from home and can easily take deliveries.

Forgetting this fact, I opened the packaged before I realised what it was. Since it was open anyway, I threw an organic lipstick into the box, still new in its cardboard package.  I had tried it and didn’t like the colour on me, I figured if she liked it she could have it.  A few days later she picked up the box and inevitably I forgot to mention the lipstick I’d thrown in.

Fast forward a few weeks…

She and her family were over for a summer BBQ at our place, and during our conversation she mentioned that the new ‘natural’ dog food company had the best deals on specialised dog food and really took the natural thing the whole way, because they had given her a free lipstick as well! At least she figured it was for her she mused… surely it wouldn’t be for the dog, right?

It was literally half an hour before she realised my hysterical laughter wasn’t about the absurd fact that she thought the lipstick might be for the dog, it was about the fact that they hadn’t sent her a lipstick with her dog food (are you crazy?), it was me! 

Best. Laugh. Ever.

#sisters

Good Green Box – November 2017 Review

 

GGB is one of my favourites because they are ethically-beauty focused and I love beauty!

I am waiting for the day when an Australian company does a subscription box for ethical clothing… can you imagine? I would be beside myself with excitement.

For now, lets see what GGB has left at my door…

Good Green Box $25/month(Incl. shipping) VALUE $95

(This box charges on the 25th of the month and ships out the 15th of the following month.)

Review: Certified Organic Face Cream by HempMe RRP $38

I am firmly committed to the face cream I used but I did try this for a few days and it really was lovely. It has a pleasant but noticeable smell and is a light liquid cream rather than a thick heavy cream. It did not leave any oily residue and I love the fact that it’s organic and the bag it comes is portrays the ‘natural’ element well. I will pop this cream in my travel bag and use it when I travel as its definitely a good cream.

My only complaint is that I am very fragrance sensitive and this had quite a strong smell that stayed with me for quite a long time and bothered me, however it was not unpleasant, just strong.

Review: Certified Organic Flora Mascara by Zuii RRP $27.95

I wanted to love this SO badly! The box actually arrived on a day when my own mascara was precariously low and so I tried this immediately. Although it gave me a little length and was better than my own eyelashes, it gave almost no volume and was quite dry and hard to apply.

If anyone ever creates an organic, toxin free mascara that works I will personally invest in them and their business. This is SO needed!

Review: Bamboo Toothbrush by bodecare RRP $4.50

This is a great looking eco friendly brush. I use a Sonicare (can someone come up with an eco friendly head for the Sonicare range please?) so I wouldn’t use this every day but would definitely pack it in my travel bag.

The bristles have apparently been enhanced from activated charcoal (and that can only be a good thing, right?) they are BPA free which I love.

If I were to purchase this I would but a medium head as the bristles are very soft on this brush, but for those of you with sensitive teeth, you will love it!

Review: Nail Polish by Zoya RRP $19

I was SO frustrated to receive a BLUE polish in this box. I am a woman in my early 40’s and blue is not a colour I would even consider wearing. I feel as though they were sending out the colours they couldn’t sell.

A nude, red or even pink makes sense, but blue is such a specific colour I feel like it was unfair to send it out in a box like this and this would have probably been my favourite product in the box had I been able to try it out as it was relevant to me and something I have been searching for in terms of a non toxic equivalent to what I already wear. 

I have heard great reviews about Zoya Polishes, so I would have loved to try a product with no nasty chemicals (and the list they are excluding is long and impressive) but alas, I will have to continue to not purchase these because I wasn’t able to test it out. 

Review: Hand Cream Sachet  by Bondi Wash RRP $1.00

This is definitely my favourite product in the box.

It was a moisturising, luxurious cream with a light lavendar scent and left no oily residue on my skin. It is made from botanicals so has a real natural smell and feel to it.

I usually use Weleda Hand Cream but would definitely purchase this product. The full size retails on their website for $25 but they have a 15% off coupon when you sign up to their website.

Review: Face Scrubby by Boho Things RRP $4.95

Call me a cynic, but I don’t get this new ‘face scrubby movement’ in the natural beauty world. They are everywhere! To me, my face washer can do the same thing or, I use an organic face scrub and NO cloth at all, so I save all the washing that is needed for these items. 

If you are into these, this is a cute one. It’s white which I like because you can see the dirt come off onto the scrubby, it is made of 100% bamboo, which I love because it’s renewable. It doesn’t mention if its grown with pesticides so I can’t comment on this. it is very small about 5cm diameter. 

I will probably give away this scrubby in one of my upcoming giveaway boxes so watch this space. 

This box had fewer things in it than I would normally use, but once again the value was excellent so I am not complaining. Its a great box with a good variety of items that I enjoy receiving every month. I look forward to the December box!

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Wars…In Our Home

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 14.28.33We have a mixed religion marriage, my husband is Christian and I am Jewish, so during Christmas we put up the nativity scene but the figurines all look sceptical.

As I watch people talk more and more about hatred and religion and wars we look at each other in wonder. People even ask us ‘how we do it?’ It’s not that hard if you have any sense of decency and frankly, respect.

I respect his right (and many generations of history) to believe what he wants, and he mine. Sometimes we go alone to our services, sometimes we go together and sometimes not at all.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? If you’re trying to figure it out you’ve lost the whole point!

 

 

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