Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fashion Project Shopping Review - Discount Better & Luxury Clothing

** This review is completely unsolicited. I apologize for the lazy cell phone photos. ** 

 I recently purchased the winter FabFitFun box, and inside was a $30 gift card to a site called Fashion Project. I really like the premise of the site; every purchase you make goes toward a charity. You donate the clothing you don't want anymore, and they sell it and give 55% of the proceeds to a charity of your choice. Really cool idea! They only sell better and luxury brands on the site. The site is clean and straight forward. They also include measurements on garments (some). Items are described with one of four quality descriptors. They are as follows:

New With Tags 
Excellent, No Sign of Wear 
Very Good, Gentle Wear 
Good, Pre-Loved

 I will admit, I went pretty cheap when I gave the site a try. I wanted to test drive it without much risk. Here are the items I chose to purchase. Unfortunately, I didn't record what they listed them as, and I cannot go back and see post-purchase.

Here was my order:

fashion project website order review

The shipping speed was 'okay'. I ordered on January 27th (a Tuesday) and got a shipping notification on January 29th. However, it does not show my order was actually picked up until Saturday the 31st (another two days) and then I didn't GET it until February 7th, which is a full 11 days after I bought it. That's on the slow side in today's internet ordering economy.

Overall, I was pleased with the items, except for one exception. We'll go best to worst. Excuse the fact I'm up ten lbs, working on that! :)

Whetherly Gray and Black Striped Top 

I could not resist this item when I saw it. It's so me! And, I didn't even realize it, but it came new with tags. Pretty sweet. Zero is a bit on the snug side for me right now, but once I get back to where I'm supposed to be, it'll be perfect. It's super soft and comfy, but it's thick enough to hide bumps. Absolutely love it. My whole order was worth it for this top alone.

Patterson J Kincaid Sequin Racerback Tank 

 I've had a desire for sequins lately and I love a racer back top, so I had to go for this one. I think it's in good condition, and I'm pleased with the item. I just have to figure out what under garment to wear with it! It's pretty sheer.

French Connection Silk Dress 

The tag on this item shows lots of wear, however, the silk itself is in great condition. You can see some pulling at both of the back shoulder seams, but it's not surprising with the way it's constructed because it's a pull over your head dress with absolutely zero stretch. I definitely would wear this over leggings if I were to wear it. However, my complaint here is the top stitching around the neckline is utter garbage so the lining pops out, making it pretty much unwearable. I do not think that has anything to do with Fashion Project, just the construction of the dress. For a better brand, it's pretty poorly made. I might have to take my sewing machine to it, if I want to actually wear it.

J Crew Sweater Dress 

This item is the loser of the bunch in my opinion. It was only five dollars, however, I would not have even paid that for it if I came across it in a thrift store. The dress seems like it's been stretched out. The band across the middle hangs at an angle when you put it on. You can adjust it.. but the moment you actually move, it just goes right back to that angle. There is a spot (food of some sort, maybe?) on the stomach area. It's also fairly pilly - which you can try and correct, but if I were someone selecting clothing for a site that claims to only sell better and luxury items.. I would reject this dress as too poor of quality to sell. Perhaps they kept it because they're trying to hold a high inventory for now. But, unless you were super desperate for clothing, I wouldn't want it. It's not really a flattering cut either, it poofs out at both the stomach and the butt area, which is weird (nothing to do with Fashion Project). But, that leads me to one complaint about their site, which is I don't think they take enough photos of the items they're selling. It's minor, but more photos would be nice.


Overall, I would probably order from Fashion Project again. They seem like a pretty new website, so I am sure they're working on ironing things out. I will probably avoid buying anything in their bottom category, because I don't want to risk getting such a low quality item like the J Crew dress again.

Have you ever tried Fashion Project? Share your experience below.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Influenster FrostyVoxBox Product Reviews! - Celestial Seasoings, Rimmel, NYC Color, Eco Tools, Fruit Vines, Boots No 7 and McCormick Gourmet

Another fabulous box full of products to try from Influenster! What impresses me is that they are so great about sending me stuff I actually want to use and normally end up loving. Such a fun way to get the word out about new products. Getting an Influenster box is like a mini Christmas.

Frosty VoxBox

The Frosty VoxBox included the following items:

Fruit Vines Bites: Cherry
McCormick Gourmet Spices: Thyme
Celestial Seasoning Tea: Candy Cane
Eco Tools Brush: Full Volume Styler
NYC Color Lipstick: Sugar Plum
Rimmel Kohl Kajal Eye Liner: Black
Rimmel: Eye Make Up Remover
Boots No. 7: Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

I tried every one of these products and most of them were winners. Check out my reviews below.

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry

These candies were soft, chewy and had fantastic cherry flavor. Sometimes licorice style candy can be really dry, but these were super soft and delicious. It was hard to pace myself on these and not just eat the entire bag in one sitting. This was definitely up my alley, and I find I like these better than a popular competing brand. I would definitely buy these if I had a sweet tooth and needed a fix.

Celestial Seasonings tea in Candy Cane

I am already a tea person and I love peppermint so this was the perfect mix. The flavors of this tea are sweet enough that you don't even need to add any sweetener! This was the perfect thing to drink while wrapping presents or watching holiday movies. However, I would have no problem drinking this during other times of the year as well. It was really good.

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

Thyme is the perfect spice for the holiday season. The McCormick Gourmet thyme was very fresh tasting and brought a lot to my dish. I made a dish with roasted butternut squash, vegan sausages and couscous and thyme was the perfect seasoning in it. It had a great warming flavor for a chilly evening.

NYC Expert Last Lipcolor in Sugar Plum

I can't lie - when I first saw this color I cringed a little. I am normally a burgundy/wine lipstick type girl. The darker the better for me. However, I want to keep my options open and I gave Sugar Plum a try. When I first put it on, I was really impressed by the formula. It's super smooth and not drying at all. But, I did find the color felt really pink in comparison to my normal go-tos. But, after wearing it for a while (and yes, it really does last) the color grew on me a bit. Plus, I got a lot of compliments and people told me it looked good on me. It's good to try new things, so thanks NYC Color and Influenster for pushing me out of my comfort zone :) I DID see a few colors in this line I think I need to grab. You can't beat the price!

Eco Tools Full Volume Styler Brush

Since I am a curly girl, I almost never brush my hair. I honestly cannot even remember the last time I used a real brush (normally comb in the shower). But, I wanted to give this brush a try, so I blew my hair out to mix it up. Now, you can see a little bit in the photo, but I have butt length hair. And it's very thick as well. To my surprise, the Eco Tools brush did exactly what it claimed, which is to reduce drying time. It only took me about 20 minutes to get my massive amount of hair to about 85% dry. Also, it had almost no pulling or snagging which was equally impressive. I did not expect to be this impressed with a brush on my hair, but I was. I also love the fact it's an eco friendly company, of course!

Rimmel Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Black

I used the Kohl Kajal Eye Liner a couple of times, including in the photo above. This is a super smooth, super black liner. Those are both perks in my book! This liner is perfect for lining your waterline, because it doesn't tug at all. I have pretty sensitive skin, so no tugging is important to me. That's one reason I normally use a gel with a brush, because so many pencils are too dry. But this one is not dry at all. Plus, holy moley, this thing has STAYING POWER! I mean, serious stick to your eyelids staying power. Smooth and soft, but stays in place. That's an impressive combination.

Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover

Unfortunately, this was probably the least impressive product in the box. The good part is that it leaves zero oily residue like many makeup removers and it has no weird smell either. However, it just doesn't work very well. Especially when paired with the Rimmel eye liner above. I used a fully saturated cotton ball and went over an eye at least 6-8 times and the liner was STILL THERE. I had to use another remover to get it off. This may work better on less stay proof makeup.

Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Serum

This serum is nice and lightweight and does feel moisturizing. There really wasn't enough to tell long term benefits, but I would consider purchasing it because it felt nice going on and seemed like it moisturized well.

I loved the the Frosty VoxBox as a whole and I'm excited to see what my next VoxBox will hold!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: Mary Kay Makeup - Sun Kissed and Fabulous

Thanks to the amazing Influenster, I received a box full of amazing Mary Kay goodies! Now, I don't know about you, but I've always thought of Mary Kay as kind of an old fashioned brand. But, after trying these makeup items, and viewing Mary Kay's website and product line.. I've changed my mind. Here's what I got in my box:

Lash Love Mascara in I Love Black 
Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist 
Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush 
Translucent Loose Powder 
Gel Eyeliner with Brush in Jet Black 
Bronzing Powder NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango 
Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush 
Powder Brush

Here's a picture of all the awesome products:

Now, I've created a couple of different looks from the Mary Kay box and I've found the products to be really versatile. I'm not the type who spends a lot of time putting on makeup. I like to get ready
and go. I've got two little ones to care for, after all. Here are my Mary Kay selfies:

Look One: For the look on the left, I was channeling a bit of retro pin up.I went for thicker black liner with their gel liner. I used the shadow, mascara, blush and the lip gloss as well. Honestly, in the tube I felt like it was pretty orange but I liked the color once it was on. I have a warmer skin tone so it's pretty complimentary for me.

Look Two: This is definitely a THREE minute face. Not only did I use the cream eye shadow on my eyes but I used it on my lips with some clear lip gloss for just a little shimmer. And, of course, what every tired mom needs.. mascara. Quick and easy but it brightened me up.

The gel eye liner is a real stand out in this group. It has MEGA staying power! Like, it's actually kind of difficult to get off, even with makeup remover. So, if you need eyeliner that's going to make an impact and last all day (and night) you have got to try this. I really like the subtle shimmer of the eye shadow color I got and I think it's a great multi use makeup. The brushes have a nice texture and good hold on the makeup. I will definitely keep Mary Kay in mind for my future makeup needs. Thanks again, Influenster and Mary Kay.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask

I received this product from Influenster to try and review. I was not paid for this review. All reviews are my honest thoughts!

 I think I've mentioned before that I have pretty sensitive skin. It tends to try out easily. Most standard facial cleansers leave me dry and flaky looking, and my skin uncomfortably tight. The same goes with most clay masks. I have tried several in the past and they make my skin feel like it is vacuum formed onto my face and super dry. Because of that, it's been a long time since I tried one! Well, I got this Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask from Influenster, and I was excited to try something new. The Boots Botanic Ionic Clay Mask has natural oceanic clay and Burdook Root Extract. I think for me, the burdock root is the secret ingredient! It is known to help with dry skin. No wonder this mask is a great fit for me. Burdock root is also great for acne! I love the idea of a natural acne product; one that doesn't rely on chemicals.

Here's a super glamorous photo of me in the mask. It dried quickly, felt nice and didn't give me that vacuum tight skin feeling at all. It rinsed off easily with a little warm water and my skin felt really soft and smooth. Also, as a bonus, my daughter thought it was hilarious!

If you're interested in trying out the Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask, you can find it on their website here! Thanks to Influenster and Boots for letting me try this great product.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dove Advanced Care Deoderant Review - This Stuff Really Works!

Thanks to Influenster, I got this full sized Advanced Care deodorant from Dove. I'm normally a skeptic when a company starts saying things are new and improved, but hey, give it a chance, right? I tend to have sensitive skin, and especially after shaving. I actually normally don't even put deodorant on for the first six - eight hours after I shave, because it always makes me break out and get irritated.

Now, I decided to give this new Dove Advanced Care Deodorant a try and put it on immediately after shaving. Even while applying it, I could tell it was chock full of moisture and it didn't pull on my skin at all. It glided on very smoothly, yet it didn't feel wet at all. And guess what? NO BREAK OUT. My skin didn't feel irritated at all, and not one single ugly little bump popped up. Plus, I didn't get stinky. Sweet! So, I've got to admit, this Dove deodorant really lives up to it's promises, even on sensitive skin like mine. Thanks Dove and Influenster for letting me try it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

I'm 'That Mom' and That's Okay

I am one of 'those' moms. The kind of mom who obnoxiously obsesses over birthday parties, and perfectly coordinating clothing in photos. I love to make things from scratch and there is no arts and crafts project I won't tackle. However, I have found myself on more than one occasion feeling guilty for just being who I am. I feel bad for talking about my plans and my obsessions because I'm afraid other people think I'm judging them, just because I choose to do certain things. There are a plethora of blog posts out there saying 'So what, I'm not a mom who does all this fancy stuff, I'm a real mom' (to paraphrase, of course). While I know these posts are meant to make moms who maybe don't care to craft feel better, they also sometimes seem to take digs at those who do.

My children (okay, the older one, as the baby is too young) aren't spoiled. They aren't rotten because I like to throw a big birthday party once a year. I don't give into every whim my daughter has, even if I do perhaps buy her too many clothes.

Here's the thing. I don't spend hours crafting to look good in other people's eyes. I do it because I want to. Because I enjoy it. Because I was a crafty person way before I had children. I don't care if you don't craft. I don't care if you don't bake. I don't care if you don't have a Pinterest board with 300 pins planning your kids' birthday party. If your kids run around in mismatches clothes, it doesn't matter to me. The measurement of a mother is not reliant on those kind of things. If your kids are happy and loved, that's all that really matters. You shouldn't feel bad if you love to craft. You shouldn't feel bad if you hate to craft. We each have our own beats, and that's okay.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Following Your Happy

        It has been way too long. Don't I always say that? Probably. Well, this post might have a cuss word or two so.... Get over it. Right. I decided to follow my dream. Maybe it wasn't so much of a dream as a realization that I wanted to be happy. 
         We all know I have an unhealthy obsession with makeup and I'm a fan of hair. I officially become a Paul Mitchell the School student on Friday. Did you clap? You didn't? Aren't you excited? Well you freaking should be! It's all I Have A Dream from Tangled and shit. I'm seriously overwhelmed by the amount of people who support this decision! You post it on FB and suddenly everyone you ever knew is beyond excited for you! I'm okay with that. 
         It has been tough to look at this situation and not be a little scared? Ashamed? Worried what people will think? I've gone to two different universities and completed nothing while my peers have attended college and successfully hold careers they enjoy. Does that make me a loser? I'm 25 and yes, I have kids but NO I don't have my shit together. I'm getting there. Gawd, I hope I am. 
          I realized that although I love my kids and it's been great taking care of them, I have forgotten someone in this mix. Me. I have been depressed, unhappy, miserable... I deserve to be happy, too. Every mom deserves that. I thought that it was because I was so heavy. Well, I'm 185-190 right now and I don't feel much different. I looked at Cosmo school before I went to TWU and loved the idea of it!!! But to my dismay, my mother, the intellectual professor, wasn't so pleased with the idea of trade school. 
         Life is what you make it. If you only get one chance to be here, why not be ridiculously happy?. Nothing can be perfect 100% of the time but you can choose your perfect. Is the house spotless? No? Well, did you at least clean SOMETHING today? There ya go! Is te laundry folded? No? Well, at least you cleaned it! Those are my examples.... Whatever, you get the fucking point. You CANNOT go through life worried about fixing things or making everything perfect. You will blanket yourself in anxiety and that can only shorten this life. 

Choose your happy.