ModCloth Stylish Surprise

I have always been a fan of ModCloth’s clothing even though I didn’t actually own anything. I always peeked from the sidelines, oohing and awing at their cute, vintage boutique style. When I joined My Subscription Addiction.com, I saw a review for something called  ModCloth Stylish Surprise, so I read the review and discovered that ModCloth ran these “specials”, where you could sign up to get a mystery item, for a fraction of the price the items sold for. I was intrigued, but at the time there were no Stylish Surprise sales available, so I jumped on the list to be notified when they came around next.

I had somewhat forgotten about it until I was notified about a week ago when I was up very early for me ( I work at 3:30 in the afternoon, so 8- 9 am is early to me) that the Stylish Surprises were available, and had the most size and  style availability yet. Since they tend to sell out fast, I jumped at the opportunity not wanting to miss it.  I had read in the reviews that the clothing runs a little small, so size up from what you normally wear. I purchased one of each surprise: 1 Large Apparel which was promised to be a shirt or blouse or something of the such, 1 Large Dress, and 1 size 6 shoe. The  apparel and the dress were both $20, and the shoes were $15 which in my opinion isn’t a bad deal. With shiping, my total came to $59. The price alone can be the cost of 1 item from modcloth, so getting 3 items even though I had no idea what I was getting, was a good deal to me. I joined a Buy, Sell and Trade group for ModCloth on facebook, just in case I didn’t like what I got, I could in someway get something I DID like, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with what I got.

img_0684

img_0686 I can’t tell if they are cats or bunnies, I’m more leaning on the side of bunnies, but I think I am going to say they are cats because I love cats.(I know, I know that doesn’t make them cats) These are the kind of shoes, that I would see in a store and eye up, thinking they are cute, but ultimately not buying them because they are too expensive. A look up on ModCloth.com showed the company T.U.K. makes these in different animals, from cats (which look very different) to foxes, and other animals in between.  The look up told me I was right about the price: a whopping $59.99. The shoes alone cost more than what I paid for 3 items.

TukShoes

$59.99

I tried looking up my other items on ModCloth to check their prices, but didn’t see them listed. ModCloth’s website has a lot of clothing, so I am sure if I combed the site for awhile I’d find them, but I have ADHD and am impatient.  The going rate for a dress on ModCloth despite the brand and excluding sale prices is about $59.99 and spans a variety of  styles and goes up to dresses that cost up to $200. I was worried I was going to get some strange print I didn’t care for, and was pleasantly surprised that the dress I got, is something I would have bought myself.

img_0687

It has beautiful pleats, and though it’s a it more conservative in the top than my usual, I really like it. It even has a ribbon to tie around the waist, which is something of a trend with most of my casual formal dresses. ( I know casual formal isn’t a thing, but in my closet it is considering most of my dresses are prom and social dresses). I could see this being a day dress or an evening dress, depending on how you dress it up.  I only have 2 other black dresses, which are very formal,  so this little number will fit in my closet perfectly. I was glad I sized up and got a large, because it fit perfectly. The brand is  Moon, who I have not heard of, but the quality of the fabric is very good and I can’t wait to wear it.

img_0688

I was a bit surprised to get this t sweater in April, but nonetheless I am in love with it.  Fall is truly my favorite time of year, and this will be perfect to pair with my LuLaRoe leggings and Bailey Button UGG boots ( I am a basic white girl, I know….I know). I can see myself wearing it, snuggling up on my couch with my favorite FootSac (it’s a blanket with pockets for your feet, from LoveSac) and a cup of hot cocoa in front of my fireplace (should we ever get the new receiver we’ve been waiting for since November that’s on undetermined back order). The fabric again is great quality and comforatable. It fits perfectly and again I am glad I sized up. The brand is again something unfamiliar to me, Blue Pepper.  I tried looking it up on ModCloth.com, but couldn’t find it. I would guess it might be about $30 or $40 since those are pretty normal prices for garments on there.

Recap:
$15 for a pair of shoes that cost $59.99
$20 for a dress that cost about $59.99 or more
$20 for a sweater that costs about $30 or more
Total with shipping cost $59.00 for all 3 items which would cost about $150 (an estimate)

Overall, I was very impressed with my items, especially for the price. I think I it is safe to say should the Stylish Surprise come around again, I will be purchasing it again.  It’s a great way to try out something new without breaking the bank, and should you get something you don’t like you can always exchange online through one of the ModCloth BST groups, or sell it.  ModCloth itself will not exchange or return since all sales are final on the Stylish Surprise, which is why I joined the BST group on Facebook. If you would like to be notified of the next time a Stylish Surprise comes around, I suggest getting on the notification list from MySubscriptionAddiction.com or join ModCloth for their newsletter, and when it does come around, make sure you order FAST. I ordered as soon as I saw, and every size was available, but many people have claimed that they had trouble finding their size because they sell out so quickly.

Advertisements

Ipsy: March Bag Review

So, my first bag from Ipsy was a win. I loved the leave in conditioning hair item, I loved my lip gloss,  loved the  nail polish- the only thing I did not care for was the eye pencil and the under eye concealer.  Overall, I reviewed the items and the bag and was happy.  I even loved the pixel envelope design of the make up bag.

March was a bit of a let down for me.   I was excited to try the Illamasqua  liquid liner, and was pretty impressed at the buffer/file I received, but what was this toner stuff? The Make Up Forever Primer looks good, but I typically don’t use primer unless I am doing something where I am going to be photographed.

Below is a picture of my March Bag:

The Pixi by Petra blush is Rose Gold, what I have noticed as a predominant color this spring. Rose Gold is EVERYWHERE, and while I do love the color itself, I fear that the blush I received too light. I am pretty fair, and I used the darker shade of the duo, and really did not notice that much of a difference by itself. Maybe in conjunction with a contoured look it might work well, but that will have to be determined some other time.

The Illamasqua liquid liner in Jet Black looked promising; I absolutely love liquid eye liner, and eye markers, so this being a fine tip would be perfect for helping me achieve my ever sought after perfect cat eye. I attempted to line my eyes, after going almost a month without eye liner altogether (my right eye was being very twitchy, so I was giving it a break).  I had some issues with keeping my hand steady, and blinking, and that’s when I discovered just how smudgy this was.  I kept having to erase it, to try and make it match my other eye, and this stuff got everywhere.  When I finally got it to match ( the struggle is real), I happily went on with my day. I was delievering hoagies for a fundraiser with my grandmother, and then that night we were attending a community event together.  Before entering the event, I briefly checked my make up in the mirror and saw that despite my best efforts of not touching my eyes, the eyeliner had deteriorated and smudged.  I tried using it again when I just wanted a little definition around my eyes before going out to dinner,  and encountered smudge city.  I think the only way I will use this will be if I layer it over top of my eye marker I normally use, to deepen the pigment, but obviously it didn’t stand up to being what I had hoped.

The 28 Remedy skincare toner was new for me. I had never used Toner, and after some research I determined I was supposed to use it before applying my moisturizer or primer. I have used it to prep before using my moisturizer, and it seems to help it sink in better, but I don’t know if I will use it or any product similar to it again. I currently use Fresh’s Lotus Moisturizing with Super 7 Anti Aging, and while I paid $42 for it, and use it every day, I was much happier when I tried a sample of Philosophy’s Renewed Hope In A Jar ( which costs a whopping $47), and plan on purchasing that once my Lotus cream runs out.

I have not actually used the nail buffer/file yet, so I can’t comment on that.

I saw that Ipsy posted it’s spoilers for some items that may be in the April bag, and they look like a better batch to me, so hopefully it will be, since I wasn’t overwhelmed with March’s bag.

My Subscription Madness

When it was just JustFab and ShoeDazzle, I joined JustFab. All they had were shoes, which before I sprained my ankle for the last time, or the last trip I took down my stairs, seemed like a fun idea. $40 a month, and I can skip if I don’t want to be charged.  I bought a few pairs up front, then let my credits accumulate as I skipped the months, especially during the brief time of 6 months when I was unemployed. I took up a trial of The Honest Company a year or so after joining JustFab; it was free, I just paid for shipping which was $5. I loved the products but didn’t read the fine print. A month later after I unexpectedly quit a job I had left my cozy job for, I was charged $40. Because I didn’t change the date ( aka skip) I was charged for my Honest Bundle which was now a full size bundle of products instead of the little ones. After calling, I learned just like JustFab, I could skip. So I did. I regularly still use the subscription though, but only when I need the products, and it’s one less thing I have to get at the store.

Since I joined, both JustFab and The Honest Company have expanded their products. JustFab which originally offered shoes and handbags, offers shoes, handbags, jewelry and apparel such as dresses, shirts, pants, etc. they even partnered up with Kate Hudson for an athletic service called FabLetics. The Honest Company, who started out offering baby diapers and  vitamins, and a few house cleaning products now offers a wide variety of HBA items as well as baby items, and even have their own make up subscription service.

Subscription services have really exploded recently, and I had seen probably the most popular ones as ads on Facebook or Instagram.. BirchBox, Ipsy, FabFitFun, LoveWithFood, JapanCrate, and Nerd Block to name a few. My cousin got a year subscription to BirchBox for Christmas, and I thought to myself, I would like to try some of these subscription services.  But which was the best? Which one offered better products or samples? Which ones were the best in price and value? So I did my research. I asked friends on Facebook what services they used and how they liked them, I researched the boxes and read reviews people had given, and decided since I am phasing out my JustFab and using up my credits so I can close it ( since I no longer use it as much)  I can make room for some new ones.


(My February Ipsy Bag shown above)

I joined Ipsy for $10 a month, where I take a style quiz and 5 skincare, hair and makeup selection samples will be mailed to me in a cute makeup bag. This I thought would be a great way to try out products first,instead of buying them outright without knowing wheather or not I’d like them.  I also thought, since I mostly wear make up on occasion, one being cosplay; that I could potentially get a good bit of makeup I can then use for when I cosplay, instead of spending $100 at Sephora for 1 look alone.  You can see what I received in the picture above. Ipsy has offers on products, and if you review the products you can earn points to spend on the offers. I liked 3 out of my 5 samples which isn’t bad I think. I loved the nail polish, the lip gloss and the leave in hair conditioner ( which I kept meaning to buy at the store). It will be interesting to see how next month stacks up to this one in products.

I had been eyeing up FabFitFun for awhile. For $50 every quarter (March, June, September, December) you get a mix of items.  FFF intrigued me because all the reviews claimed it was one of the best box values out there, with each box containing at least $200 worth of product in a $50 box.  As with a lot of my “bigger” splurges, I tend to roll it over in my mind awhile before pulling the trigger. I joined My Subscription Addiction, so I could watch when boxes had deals and read reviews. I waited until FFF had a flash sale, and bought my first box for 50% off. That’s right $25. I read the fine print, and can cancel the subscription anytime and there is no cancellation fee.  After some thought I signed up in February, so it is in between months,and I missed the winter box, so I got the in-betweener box known as The Welcome box. My card which listed all my items claimed the total value of my box was $315.  I ended up getting a beautiful  14kt gold dipped necklace with a black sapphire chip that was valued at $100, which in my opinion is probably the item I was most surprised at. I typically don’t wear gold, but I love the necklace, and it is perfect. The other items I was surprised at, was the fancy $88 earbuds, and a full size under eye cream that retails for $88. I also got another leave in conditioner, this time a full size product (a different brand though), a full size nude colored nail polish by Zoya ( although I prefer the shade I got in my Ipsy bag better), a really cool jump rope from CosmoBody (a partner of FFF), and a organic protein shake (which I gave to Jeff, since it was chocolate).  I also got a $25 giftcard to Shoptiques, which I will definitely use. I will be getting a Spring Box in March, so I’m anxious to see what kind of products I wil be getting in the full size seasonal box.

I’ll definitely keep you guys posted, as I get more boxes I will be able o provide a better review of those boxes over a period of time.