March 12, 2017

Is Coal Cosmetics a scam?

I have been thinking about how to answer the question "Is Coal Cosmetics a scam?" for the last few days and have come up with one word: Yes! If you happen to have fallen victim to their unethical business practices, you'll definitely want to read this! 

Coal Cosmetics makes great claims that it reduces bags and wrinkles and makes you look much younger. They have a video showing them on a TV show applying the cream and the models wrinkles literally vanish in front of your eyes. How can you not want this product? They offer a "free trial, pay only shipping". Once you order the cream for under $5 it takes you to a page with the eye serum offered for about the same shipping price. At no point does it say anything about paying full price after your 'trial' is up or an automatic shipment plan. Unfortunately, that's exactly what you are agreeing to. Not only that but they charge your credit card an additional $1.49 service charge then refuse to remove it!

Coal Cosmetics scam
My experiences began as so many others have, with a Facebook ad. I cannot stress enough that no where in any part of the advertisements did it say I would eventually be charged full price! I read very carefully thinking there might be a catch but found nothing. I went ahead and ordered the product. My credit card was charged with the 3 charges, 1 for each product and then that random other charge. The weird thing is, the 3 charges came with 3 different company names and phone numbers attached (see image). While this was odd, I really wasn't worried too much about that third charge as it wasn't even $2.

February 11, 2017

Loreal Color Vibrancy Intensive : Review

A little over a month ago I got a package in the mail from Loreal and Influenster. It contained 3 full size products from the Color Vibrancy Intensive line: shampoo, conditioner & post-color repair mask. This is perfect for me because my hair is lightened every 2 months at a salon and as such has quite a bit of damage. Some shampoos make it feel dry and brittle, and I've spent a lot of money over the years on salon brands to minimize the damage. I was looking forward to trying this since I had heard great things about it, and the cost was considerably less then what I had been shelling out.
Loreal, review 

January 20, 2017

Best subsciption box of 2017

I really feel that Sephora play! is going to be the subscription box of the year. I have ordered many makeup subscriptions over the years and the boxes I have gotten from Sephora Play! have been my favorite so far. Once you see what was in my box for January 2017, I think you'll agree it's a nice selection. First of all, you get 6 things per month not 5 like Ipsy. Well, you get 5 plus a perfume sample. I also love the little drawstring bags they send in the Sephora box. I have liked many of the Ipsy bags over the years, but you really can only use so many of those and I literally have 2 dozen that I'm not using (and another half dozen that I sent to the thrift store because they just weren't cute) These drawstring bags are more versatile and I've just adored every one that I've seen so far!

Sephora Play 2017


Here is what was in my box this month: 
Ouai, Hair treatment mask
Clinique, Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Drunk Elephant, Lala Retro whipped face cream
Tarte, Frixxxtion Stick facial cleanser
It Cosmetics, Nice to CC you
Tory Burch, Love Relentlessly mini perfume spray
Cute drawstring bag with mesh back.

You can watch the unboxing here...sorry I kept loosing where the camera was pointing!


 
One of the main reasons I really think this is going to be the subscription that blows Ipsy away, is because of the little pamphlet that comes in it. On the outside is a card that can be takes to a Sephora store at any time during the month and redeemed for 50 extra beauty insider points when you purchase any full size item.

But wait...there's more! Inside this little pamphlet is a description of every item in the box. Each description tells you what the item is, why they chose it and how to use it. They even add little  pro tips on getting the most from the product. I've only ever seen this much detail with the more expensive boxes. Derm Store and Fab Fit Fun both had this type of pamphlet. Unfortunately they are both about 4 times the price and Fab fit fun was a complete waste of money...but I digress.

I also like how they seem to be themed bags. From the gym saying on the little mesh shower bag, to the no spill face wash stick and the sheer lipstick...everything just screams "It's January, everyone's in the gym. These will fit into your routine perfectly you this month!" I really like that they are anticipating our needs.

So after about 3 years with Ipsy I am probably going to let my subscription lapse this year but I will be continuing with Sephora Play! At $10 a month they are the exact same price and I just feel like Sephora creates a better box that's more user friendly. You can order Sephora play! through their website. I think you should give it a try.

~L
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January 17, 2017

The best cheap Google Pixel case

I recently bought the Google Pixel phone and was immediately confronted with the fact that it needs a phone case. This phone is slick. Slick as in slippery. I was sure I was going to drop it at any second. Plus not only is the front glass, but I think the top half of the back is too. I was sure I was going to drop it and the glass was going to shatter. Unfortunately, the Google Pixel only came out last year and as with all new phones the only ones available in the stores were way too expensive. (like $35 expensive!) I ended up on Amazon where I found exactly what I was looking for. Well, actually I found 3 different cases and they were each under $10. Unfortunately they all didn't work out as I wanted them to, but let me tell you about the one that did.

Google pixel phone case