Sunday, November 29, 2015

ShopMissA Haul

Purchased


I did a ShopMissA haul because they had inexpensive items on their website. There are plenty of Youtubers documenting the haul, albeit given press samples or were sponsored, but it still perked my interest in them.


What is it?


ShopMissA's main selling feature is their $1 USD for most items, which includes products that range from cosmetics, to socks, to hair accessories.


Cost


Every individual item in my haul costs $1 USD!


Shipping


$3.95 flat rate shipping for within the United States for any purchase amount.


Packaging



The package came in a plastic shipping bag. My products were bubble wrapped and foam encased.


Contents



Naisture 15 Minutes: Mask Pack in Green Tea
$1 USD
I love sheet masks, and so why not try another Korean brand mask? I haven't used it yet, but I would be down to just get all the variants from this line to compare with each other.

Stainless Steel Eyebrow Scissors
$1 USD
A sharp pair of scissors. I don't know how long it will last, but it shears pretty well.

Vintage Cola Lip Gloss in Lemon
$1 USD
The lemon scent is so faint that the generic gloss smell overpowers it completely. I never planned to use the gloss, because I don't like their texture. I will get the other varieties in the line to collect because I like the packaging.

Card Holder/ Pouch in Brown
$1 USD
This worked better than I initially thought it would because it was a bit flimsier than I'd like it to be. But, it holds up well for my transportation pass.



Kleancolor Ms. Chick Blush in Gauva
$1 USD
This has a beautiful color, but it has a weird powdery scent. The smell is off putting and the blush is so sheer and I am having problems picking it up and applying it with my brushes, as well as just my fingers.

Kleancolor Pair-IS Escape Lip & Cheek Cream Tint in Sweet Wine
$1 USD
This has that generic lip balm / gloss scent, a nondescript sweet and fruity smell. It has a wonderful texture that is so smooth and velvety, like silicone primers. I can't say much for lasting power as a blusher because I haven't tested it out that way yet, but as a balm, it lasts as long as a balm normally would. The packaging is also pretty solid. I will definitely get more from this line.

Kleancolor Mark of Love Lipstick in Merlot Adore
$1 USD
I did not know that this has a crazy amount of shimmer, and there are rare specks of larger chunks of glitter that I'm not even sure can be in makeup. I will not be repurchasing this due to the frosty finish it gives off.

Kleancolor Muuaaah! Lip Stain in Candy Orange
$1 USD
The lip stain is a beautiful orange-red color and is smudge proof. That is, until in the presence of water, which renders this lip stain pretty useless. It already needs retouching in an hour. Using a lip balm or gloss on top helps to extend the life of the stain and prevents the touch of dryness from the nature of a watery lip stain, but the stain mixes into the balm / gloss and wears away with it. Will not repurchase.

Kleancolor Kajal Eyeliner in White
$1 USD
I will also not be repurchasing this. It has a terrible petrol-like smell and it is so offending that I tossed it out after I tested it. And it is way too creamy to be used as an eyeliner since it smudges right away because the texture is akin to the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils.



Woven Yoga Hair Tie Set
$1 USD each
They are fold over elastic hair ties, except the ones with the charm, which are just braided elastic hair ties. These make nice little gifts, but I don't think this particular set is sold anymore. I already gave the pink set to my mother. The charm also says "Made with love". Right...



72 Piece Black & White Bobby Pins
$1 USD
My bobby pins always fall into unknown chasms, so I always have to replenish my stock.

Lia Flower & Rope Headband in Red
$1 USD
This is a pretty floral headband, but the flowers are made of paper... I will give this away because I accidentally ordered a red one.

Flora Open Cuff Ring in Gold
$1 USD
This ring has a great design that is adjustable to your finger size. I like it so far.

Oval Stone Vintage Ring in Black
$1 USD
Uhhhhhh... So I didn't realize that the design does not allow for different finger sizes. This ring is way too big for me.

Dangling Circles Ankle Bracelet in Silver
$1 USD
A dainty ankle bracelet that I really like, but one of the rhinestones already fell off in the first half hour of use. Glue can fix that.



Cute Animal Stationary
$1 USD each
I would have picked up the polar bear one, too, but it was out of stock. Not much of a reason to get them besides the cuteness factor.

Customer Service


So I had a little run in paying with Paypal, in which Paypal didn't load properly for me as I submitted payment. So I went on to the ShopMissA website and the cart was still full, which I thought that the Paypal payment did not go through because of this. So I submitted payment again. Once I did that, I actually received two emails confirming my payment to both of the orders I submitted. So I emailed ShopMissA about the mistake, and I received this message:
Thank you for shopping with us at Miss A and we thank you for your message!

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience, but since the orders are sent directly over to the warehouse for shipment, we are unable to "modify" any orders in the system. We always strive to send out orders as fast as we can, so we are unable to change/modify or cancel any orders.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and we will be happy to accept any returns if you are unsatisfied with any of the products you receive. If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and let us know how we can help.

Have a wonderful day!
Miss A Team

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Which is an inconvenience, and understandable at the time. Good thing I contacted Paypal (along with ShopMissA, as mentioned above) at pretty much the same time I found out that I paid twice to correct this and it was Paypal who informed ShopMissA that the payment was a mistake. I don't see why it needed to take Paypal's authority to say that the payment was an error to resolve this issue, along with them shipping out my package two days after this conversation, which means there was plenty of time to rectify this incident.


Conclusion


Pushing the customer service issue aside, which I found annoying, but sort of understandable, I enjoyed this haul and will plan another purchase from ShopMissA. I've seen great pigmentation from swatches of Kleancolor eyeshadows, and I'd would love a plastic floral headband. I'm probably going to get more stationary, too!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nov. 2015 Loot Crate [Combat] Unboxing

Purchased Affiliate / Referral Link


Tofu already has a subscription to Loot Crate, and since they were doing a promo that allows two free boxes to other people, I was able to sign up for the November box free of charge.


What is it?


Loot Crate is a geekery monthly subscription box full of trinkets that range from tees to mugs, and figurines to stickers. Each month has a theme, and this month's is Combat.


Cost


I "purchased" mine for $0, but the regular pricing models can be viewed here.


Shipping


My box was free and there was no shipping cost, but the usually amount is $6 USD per box.


Packaging


It comes in a black box with the Loot Crate logo outside of it, as seen above. There are no extra packaging materials.


Contents



All of the contents inside the black box.



TMNT Shredder Sunglasses
First up are these Shredder shades. They are funky, but other than that, I don't know what to do with them! I can't really display them, either. I feel neutral about them and I might give them away to someone.



Exclusive Fallout 4 Vault Boy Bobble Head
And here's Vault Boy! But... I don't follow the Fallout franchise so this is a miss for me. Plus, I don't like bobble heads. It will be given away to someone who appreciates it.



Cute But Deadly Vinyl Mystery Figures
Cute But Deadly look like a selection of Blizzard's characters turned chibified and stuffed into blind bags. The last Blizzard game I played was Warcraft 3. Anyways, I wanted Sylvanas but got Zeratul instead. Tofu wants it, so it will be given to him. These figures are pretty hefty for their size, and are well painted.

Exclusive Cute But Deadly Magnet Set
These are magnets to accompany the blind bag figurines.



Exclusive Street Fighter Hyper Looting Comic Book
A Street Fighter comic book. I'm not particularly a fan of Street Fighter, and this comic looks kinda cheesy from the title. Now I gotta find a Street Fighter comic book lover to pass this on.



The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Pin
Although I am partial to the Hunger Games, the mockingjay pin is beautiful with its intricate details of the wings, tail, and breast feathers. I'm keeping this and I'll wear it to the movie showing.

Combat Pin
Of course, there's the Loot Crate pin. Gotta collect them all!



Here's the Loot Crate pamphlet of interviews, box contents, and prizes of the Mega Crate. Do people actually read any of the contents besides what is included in the box? They have the zine online and I think printing it is just a waste of material resources.

There's also 4 perforated tags that you rip out so you can gift someone some loot with those tags.


Conclusion


I'll have to say that this box, and Loot Crate as a whole, is not for me. I am simply not interested in the majority of this particular box because I do not really keep up with a lot of pop culture happenings and like enough of a variety of stuff. When I initially found out about Loot Crate, I was excited for the reveals and wanted to purchase a subscription. It is a good thing I did not and chose to view the contents from month to month as a bystander, because then I would be disappointed and out of money.


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Just Another Lunch No. 5


A sandwich for lunch!

Included is:
  • German rye slices with caraway seeds.
  • Tribe Swirl Sweet Red Pepper Hummus on the bread.
  • Lettuce and beefsteak tomato slices.
  • Green Way Garden Veggie Burger pattie pan seared with salt and cracked black peppercorn.
  • Various small tomatoes from the farmer's market.
  • Muscadine grapes.