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October 29, 2014

Somebody's going on the Naughty List! An update on Blue Velveteen

I really can't even tell you how many subscription services I have tried in the last year. The list is huge, but for the most part, all my experiences with these companies have been positive. Very very rarely does a service receive a bad rating from me.... sadly,  today is the day I add a box to the naughty list.

There was a massive amount of anticipation this summer over a startup subscription service called Blue Velveteen. It was so pumped up... who doesn't get excited about a $10 per month beauty box? So of course I signed up for the pre - release and waited.

I received my box quickly in the early days of September. I loved the packaging and found most of the products included were pretty decent. It looked like the beginnings of an amazing beauty box and I shared my positive opinion with you all. Sadly, mere days after my review, the problems began to pour in.

It started with the fact that many of us did not receive as many items as others did. Then it escalated to box variations. Many bloggers received boxes slightly different from the paid subscribers did. I dislike that immensely because I find it very misleading and underhanded.
Towards the end of September,  Blue Velveteen's Facebook page was beginning to accumulate a number of customer comments and complaints. Tracking problems, missing items, some boxes still hadn't even been mailed to paid subscribers.  This was the beginning of a very bad thing. Red flags went up in my mind.

Around this time, an email went out to subscribers.  They apologized for the delays and then told us there had been an issue on PayPal and that if we wanted to receive a October box we would need to sign up again. They offered a coupon for the inconvenience and I know several people who gladly resubscribed in good faith. I, for one,  decided to stay away but I still kept an eye on things out of curiosity.

As October rolled along, things continued to snowball. No boxes, no refunds, no communication of any sort. Emails and posts went unanswered and customers began to get pissed (which is completely understandable). Where was the product? Where was the money? Where was...well.... anything? !

And so now it seems the other shoe has dropped. Blue Velveteen has decided to close their website. But not before deleting the negative comments on Facebook and issuing the same generic statement to everyone. The owner tries to smooth things over claiming to have been ill while simultaneously stating that the bad press she has received constitutes slander, harassment and cyber bullying. And to this I say, "WTF?!'

In what world does expecting to receive a refund or the product you purchased constitute cyber bullying?  Regardless of the being sick excuse, that does not help the customers who put their trust and hard earned money into your hands. It's the lowest of the low to make such a remark about your customers. Absolutely unprofessional and inexcusable!

To top it all off, the time line she has given customers about their refunds is 90 days. That is an unacceptable amount of time and it leaves the door open for that money to go bye bye (.There is a time limit on disputing charges!) My advice is to file a PayPal dispute asap if you were a subscriber. Don't put any more faith in this company than you already have!

There is also a Facebook group for those affected (Thanks to DDG reader Jenna S for the heads up about this btw!). You may want to check it out and see if it can help you figure out what legal recourse you may have. You can visit that group by clicking this link.

Be wary, my dolls. I think we can all agree that this has been an eye opening experience and for those affected, I wish you luck and hope for the best for you. I will most certainly stay on top of this and give you all any further information I hear!

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Fashion Obsession - Le Tote Review #2

If you follow my blog, you know that my new favorite thing in the entire world is the amazing and fabulous service known as Le Tote.

October 28, 2014

Target Beauty Box Review

By now, I'm sure it's pretty obvious how much I love beauty subscriptions,  but you know what else I love love love? Target!  So when the newest Target Beauty Box went live, of course I just had to get one..

October 27, 2014

Fashion Jewelry of the Month Review

These days, it's so hard to keep track of all the subscription boxes so I'm always really excited about receiving one I haven't ever tried... especially when it's Fashion related box!

Fashion Jewelry of the Month , who kindly sent me this box for review,  is (obviously) a monthly jewelry subscription service.  For $17, you will receive 1 new piece of fashion jewelry per month.

While subscribers typically receive one jewelry piece per month, I was sent 3 for this review so you can have a better look at what you can expect!

Butterfly Statement Bracelet --- I wanted to start with my favorite piece. Isn't this just beautiful!? It's perfect for a younger girl.The butterfly center is flanked with blue stones on the sides. Very standout but not over the top! 

Silver Tree Earrings --- I received a very similar pair of these in a Wantable box a few months ago. I like them!

Silver Leaves Necklace --- This is cute and simple but the quality isn't quite as nice as the other items I received.  It is pretty though and I like the design and simplicity of it.

So what is the verdict on this subscription?  Well, I have mixed feelings. First, let me say that I really do like the pieces sent to me. They are all cute and very wearable and the mystery aspect of this service makes it so much fun!  That being said, I honestly think that the price is to high. For a single piece of jewelry per month at $17 (shipping is included in that price)... Its a tad to high to me. Personally,  I feel like two pieces per month would go over better and I hope that as this company grows, they can up the ante a bit. I love the idea of this service though. Who doesn't enjoy a mystery every month?!  They have alot of potential and I'll be watching them closely over time. I look forward to seeing them get better and better!

What are your thoughts on Fashion Jewelry of the Month?  Share below!

*Although items were received complimentary for review purposes,  all opinions are my own and unbiased.

October 23, 2014

October 2014 Wet Shave Club Review

There is definitely something to say about a close shave, especially on my husband's face. One of my number one pet peeves? His stubble is like glass against my skin. I'm sure I can't be the only wife in the world who has this issue and I can't begin to tell you how many razor blades we've tried to get a closer shave.

October 22, 2014

October 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Oh cosmetic products. ... will I ever get enough of you? Silly question! Of course I won't! It's impossible for me not be addicted to all things beauty. Especially when the October Ipsy Glam Bag arrives!

For those who don't know,  Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month and each subscriber receives a new limited run makeup bag packed with 5-6 deluxe samples and sometimes full size products.  It's personally still one of my favorite subscriptions and I've always found the value to be pretty impressive!

KOELF Peeling Balm Review

I'm sure by now you dolls know all about Memebox.com and how obsessed I am with it. So when they asked me to do a review of the Koelf Foot Peeling Cream of course I said yes!

Just in case you don't know, Memebox is a company geared towards sharing the best in Korean beauty products with the world. I absolutely love them and have found some amazing products thanks to their site!
This review is for the Koelf peeling balm and I was so excited to try this stuff out. I am rough on my feet. I rarely wear shoes when I'm at home and I even used to cut hair in heels. Needless to say, I have a loooot of issues with calluses and rough feet. Now I've tried my fair share of pedicure products aimed at solving these issues but very few have worked for me.

October 21, 2014

October 2014 Nadine West Review - A Free Personal Styling Service!

Now that Fall is officially here, it'd time to set aside the tank tops and tshirts for long sleeves and sweaters.  ... In other words, I now have a good excuse to shop! And what better way to start the process than a new Nadine West outfit?!

October 19, 2014

New Coupons, Boxes & Giveaways!!

New boxes and coupon codes have been added to the Subscription Box List. Be sure to check them out!

There will be lots of new reviews this week: Wet Shave Club,  Target Beauty Box, Allure Sample Society, GlobeIn Artisan,  Jewelry Subscription monthly, Le Tote #2, Ipsy, Memebox and more!

II will also be hosting several giveaways over the next few weeks and I urge you all to check back often and enter!