It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything other than babies or grief, so I figured it’s time to have a little fun again and I wanted to share some new recent finds.
In October, I discovered “Volaire” hair products on an infomercial. This is what happens when you only watch TV for football season and you stay in a hotel with access to the rest of the television world at your finger tips. So, Volaire. The products were known for volumizing finer hair which is always my struggle so I thought I’d try it.
Product Review: decent. It’s not overly expensive and I would rate it in there along with some of the other better hair volumizing products I’ve used. But for someone who likes to switch it up often, don’t ask my why I thought a subscription would be a good idea. 4 months later including 2 deliveries that never made it though I was still charged, it was time to cancel.
Customer Service: you have to call to cancel which was honestly easy to do and when I told them about having two charges for deliveries that never made it I was instantly refunded! I didn’t even have to get into the “I’m going to tell all my friends never to use this product” script I’m used to having to do for these sorts of things. They were quite willing and ready to correct the situation immediately and with no fuss, even knowing I was no longer going to be a customer.
Rent the Runway as a SUBSCRIPTION – This is an exciting one I could probably dedicate an entire post to in itself. So if you don’t already know about RTR you should download the app immediately. This is a service where you can “rent” a formal designer dress for a fraction of the cost. That was their initial purpose. I first used RTR in 2010 for my friend Niusha’s wedding. I’ve since used RTR for my own birthdays and other fun occasions. The cool part about it is, you get a back up size sent with your order FOR FREE and you can add on another dress for $35. Oh, and it arrives in a few days, AND they pre-pay your UPS return shipping costs. So the amount you pay for the dress includes all of that. Oh, and the dresses are drop dead gorgeous with pictures of real people wearing them including their height, weight, and measurements so you can find someone with a similar body type to see how the dress might fit you.
More recently, with the evolution of more wardrobe rental subscriptions popping up for those of us who don’t want a closet full of cluttered pieces you spend a fortune on and only wear once (you rent clothing items and pay a monthly fee), RTR got into this business, too. You can also rent accessories, bags, even outerwear! So, after a convo with a friend on the topic of capsule wardrobes she told me she moved her clothes buying to this kind of subscription model. I was intrigued. She said the economics play out where you save more money on an annual basis doing it this way than your normal clothes shopping in a year, and you have a lot more variety.
Well, I had a kid’s school gala I was attending and I needed a dress. The cost of renting a single dress on RTR was going to cost more than signing up for a [promotional] monthly wardrobe which included dresses subscription where I could also get FOUR different dresses shipped so it was pretty much a no brainer. I did it. I ordered 4 different styles, they all arrived within a few days and I picked the dress I loved most. It worked out flawlessly. Check it out!
Up next? FabFitFun, but of course. Damn those Tori Spelling Facebook ads. I was skeptical. I’ll be honest. This seemed like another one of those silly subscription boxes with terrible products you’re just going to waste a bunch of money on. I’ve tried many of those, too. Except, this one was kind of legit, guys. I’ve only received one order so far but I loved it all. I actually loved everything and paid $30 for over $300 worth of stuff which included muscle relaxer bath salts for my new pilates workouts, a facial mud mask that was decadent and to die for — as good as the stuff my aesthetician JUST used on me a few weeks ago, a body scrubber with infused wash that has made my whole bathroom smell like Hawaii, a gorgeous cozy wrap, an eyeshadow palette I’ve been using ever since it arrived, but my favorite was the “meet me at the barre” gym duffle bag. My favorite pilates instructor says “meet me at the foot bar” only 100 x a class so it’s a cute saying I love hearing right now. Gorgeous long dangly earrings that look pretty trendy were also included. There wasn’t a single product I didn’t just drool over. Plus, I adore nice packaging which they nailed. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
I think I’ll stop here. These are just a couple of reviews I wanted to share though I’m sure I could write so much more on other amazing recent finds.
Until next time…