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.
- 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!