Free Nail Polish from Zoya!

In celebration of Halloween, Zoya is offering a free bottle of any nail polish plus free shipping with any order! How could I resist??

Zoya Free Polish Halloween

Just click here to be taken to their really adorable Halloween “game”, and you’ll be prompted to either sign in or create an account. If you’re worried about getting spammed, Zoya has never emailed me for anything except promotions (which are all totally worth it!). Then the game will generate a unique code for you, and once you add your items to the cart, you’ll automatically get one bottle of nail polish for free! I finally picked up Kennedy and Purity (for only $8 total!), two colors I’ve been dying for! What did you get?

Oh, and for all you ultra thrifty folks, Zoya sells color spoons for $0.50. Since this promotion is a free polish with ANY purchase, you can go ahead and just buy a color spoon. That’s like getting your nail polish for only 50 cents!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Why I Am Unsubscribing From Bondi New York

So I don’t really know where to begin this post. I guess I should start by saying that this isn’t a review, and it isn’t about a promotion of any kind. It’s more of an angry rant, or I guess a “buyer beware” story for all nail polish lovers. I usually try to stay out of these kinds of things (so stressful!), but in this case I feel that I have promoted Bondi New York on my blog enough that I need to let my readers know why I can no longer recommend them in good faith.

So I first posted about Bondi New York in August, when the previews for the September box came out. And like so many others, I was ecstatic about the gorgeous colors! Everyone seemed to love the Bondi formula, and their customer service couldn’t be beat. I signed up for a 3 month subscription, and recommended them to several of my friends.

I guess the first sign of trouble was when Bondi sent out an email on September 18th, informing subscribers that the September boxes would not be shipped out due to a problem with the manufacturer screwing up the formula. Subscribers would be compensated, and anyone requesting a refund would receive one. The response he got was mostly positive. Most people were impressed with his honesty, his communication with customers, and were satisfied with the vouchers he gave out as compensation. I was also very happy with the way it was handled, and continued singing praises about their customer service and recommending Bondi to my friends. There were some customers who were upset with the delay and wanted a refund, and posted on Bondi’s Facebook wall about it. I’m not entirely sure about the details (the posts were deleted very quickly), but it seems that the CEO (Richard) refused to give a refund to one customer who purchased a 3 month subscription, and she issued a chargeback with her credit card. Richard then threatened to turn her over to a collection agency, which pissed off a bunch of his customers.

Screenshot Bondi New YorkOne person who was very angry was Shawna, the blogger behind PolishJinx. He sent her a very unprofessional (and totally uncalled for) message on Facebook, stating that he had called her employer and will pursue legal action against her.

Bondi New York Facebook DramaThat’s beyond extreme, and he really had no right to do it. But despite all of this drama, I still remained loyal to Bondi. I figured that even if I wasn’t a fan of the CEO’s eccentric behavior, I was subscribing because I wanted nail polish. At the end of the day, if the nail polish had a good formula, I would be a satisfied customer.

So when I got a shipping confirmation email on October 18th, I was excited! I couldn’t wait to get my September beauty gift and my boxes. As the days went by, the tracking information never updated. Other people were also concerned and went on Facebook and various beauty forums to ask about why the tracking hasn’t moved at all. Richard placed all the blame on USPS, insisting that the boxes had been shipped but were not scanned and is going to investigate why. At this point, I was honestly pretty skeptical that the boxes had been shipped at all because what are the chances that USPS would fail to scan all of them?

Then, on October 23rd, PolishJinx posted about Richard’s previous business ventures and how they have many complaints online. One complaint in particular set off huge alarm bells with me, because it was from a web designer who supposedly never got paid for a website he made for Richard. Now I know Yelp isn’t the most reliable place and there is no proof that this guy didn’t get paid or that he’s even an actual web designer. But as a designer, I’m aware that there is zero benefit in making up a story like this. We all want the companies that we work for to do well, because it reflects well on us! If I create websites for companies that fail quickly, what does that say about me as a designer? So there’s no legitimate reason this guy would be making up a story like this. I also know (sadly from experience), that stories like this happen all the time. Almost every designer I know has had at least one client skip out on the bill. And it’s a huge pain in the butt (and very expensive) to get your lawyer to hunt them down. So I feel for this guy.

Bondi New York Yelp ReviewBy this point, Bondi had disabled comments on their Facebook page and had been actively deleting comments and blocking people. Simple (and perfectly legitimate) questions like “Why hasn’t the tracking updated?” and “Have you actually shipped the boxes out yet?” were being ignored and then deleted. Richard promised an update on the shipping and didn’t come through. The lack of communication was starting to feel ominous, and a lot of people requested refunds, including yours truly (on October 26th).

Finally, he posted a picture of one of the Fall/Winter colors in a Bondi swap group on Facebook. Personally, I think this photo is completely meaningless. If he really had all the polish in stock, I think he would have sent a picture of several bottles, not just one. And once again, his post is completely uncalled for. I don’t know why he feels the need to keep insulting PolishJinx. He needs to get over it, and focus on actually mailing out boxes instead of badmouthing a blogger.

Bondi New York FacebookBasically, I’m out. I’m tired of Richard’s excuses, I’m tired of his immature and unprofessional way of handling things, and I’m tired of waiting for a product that I paid for 2 months ago. At this point, I don’t think he has the polish from the manufacturer (he would be posting pictures to calm everyone!). I’m almost 100% sure that he hasn’t mailed the boxes (there’s no way USPS didn’t update for a whole week), and I’m frustrated with his blame game. I’m also unimpressed that he’s doing all of his “updates” on social media that isn’t accessible to everyone. Also, what’s up with this voucher just for the closed swap group? It’s like paying your fans to continue being fans. Pathetic, much?

Bondi New York Facebook

I feel bad for all the subscribers who aren’t on Facebook, because I’m sure they’re just waiting and waiting, unaware that they probably won’t receive anything until November. How hard is it to just email everyone and apologize? For the record, my shipping status today is still nothing.

Bondi New York Shipping Tracking

For those of you who are sticking with Bondi, I wish you the best of luck! I hope you get all your boxes soon and that all the colors are completely fabulous. Please post swatches so I can stare at them and be very envious and maybe regret my decision to cancel 🙂

Sorry for this very lengthy and very negative post, I just want people to be aware of what they’re getting into! I’m not saying don’t subscribe to Bondi, I’m just saying that it’s best to be an informed buyer.

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I do not represent Bondi New York in any way, and all content provided in this post is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.

50% Off The Honest Company with Groupon

I meant to post this a few days ago, but it totally slipped my mind! Groupon has an amazing deal right now for The Honest Company: $40 worth of products for only $20! Although Honest bundles are a good deal in terms of eco-friendly cleaning products, they are still on the expensive side compared to regular brands. But now with this Groupon, they’re amazingly affordable even compared to the cheapest brands. Groupon will have the deal available for 3 more days, so get it before it’s gone! I already purchased one myself, it’s just too good to pass up. Find the deal by searching for “honest” on Groupon.

I suggest using a bundle if you want some of the more expensive things (like laundry detergent), because it can be a great deal. If you are interested in the products that don’t cost as much, such as soap and toothpaste, the bundle (which is a flat price of $35.95) could end up costing more. Personally, since this Groupon is for $40, I would do a bundle and grab 3 “add-on” items at 25% off. Just make sure to add the expensive items to the bundle, and get the cheaper ones as the add-ons! Check out the review for my previous bundle here.

I highly recommend:

  • 4-in-1 Laundry Pods ($15.95) – I also recommend their regular detergent, but these pods are convenient and mess-free!
  • Dish Towels ($7.95) – Really absorbent, and holds up well in the wash
  • Suds Up ($12.95) – Attractive and works well. Also comes in a nice box for gifting
  • Multi-Surface Cleaner ($5.95) – My favorite! I get one in every bundle.
  • Healing Balm ($12.95) – One tube will last you a very long time! I use this stuff on my cuticles and it works wonders
  • Face + Body Lotion ($9.95) – I can’t vouch for using this as a face lotion, but I love it as a body lotion. Absorbs quickly and fragrance free

I do not recommend:

  • Bug Spray ($12.95) – It was completely ineffective! Not to mention it’s so expensive for the volume.
  • Hand Soap ($5.95) – A really runny formula, though the scents are fabulous.
  • Glass + Window Cleaner ($5.95) – At first I really liked it, but I used it again recently and it left a lot of streaks. Also the vinegar smell is very strong!

I have only purchased their Essentials bundle before (which is the cleaning supplies and bath/body products), so this post is only about the things I have tried. But as far as I know, the Groupon applies to all of their products!

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with The Honest Company or Groupon, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did 🙂

$10 Off from thredUP and Twice

Thanks to PijonBox, I discovered a new place to buy and sell clothing online! The new site is thredUP, and I was already using Twice. I’ve had great success both selling and buying with Twice, and am eager to try thredUP as well. I love that thredUP buys and sells clothing for men, women, and children, as well as shoes and accessories. They also accept more everyday brands like Old Navy, which Twice doesn’t. Twice is only for women’s clothing, and they put more of an emphasis on high-end designer brands. I just sent a bag to Twice (my offer was $70!), but have lots of shoes and bags that I’m excited to get rid of. We’ll see how much thredUP offers me!

For a shopaholic like me, online consignment stores are a godsend. If you want to sell your stuff, you get a prepaid bag sent to you for free. Just fill it with the clothes that you’re tired of/outgrown, and then you get an offer from the store via email. Usually the offers are pretty generous, and anything they don’t want to buy from you they will donate. Or, if you’re not satisfied with the offer, you can choose to have the clothes sent back to you for a small shipping fee.

It also makes sense for buying clothes. You’re getting the same designer brands for a fraction of the retail price. Not to mention, it’s much easier than going to a thrift shop and rummaging through racks of clothes. Everything on these sites is carefully inspected for any damage, thoroughly cleaned before being mailed to you, and both sites have generous return policies. I think it especially makes sense for parents with young children (before they’re old enough to care!) to buy gently used clothes. Kids outgrow their outfits so quickly! I definitely wore a lot of hand-me-downs as a kid. Oh, and these sites have brand new clothes with the tags still on them too. I bought a Marc Jacobs dress with the tag still on it from thredUP for only $45. Not bad, considering the original was $295. I have a feeling I’ll be buying lots of dresses from these sites as more and more wedding invitations start rolling in. Gotta love being 20-something.

So anyways, use the code THREDUPPIJON for $10 off any purchase at thredUP, and use this link for $10 off at Twice!

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with Twice or thredUP, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did 🙂

Pijon Box October 2013 Review

My second PijonBox arrived today! PijonBox is a subscription service for parents who want to send monthly care packages to their kids in college; I wish they were around when I was in college! Seriously, there’s nothing better than getting a care package in the middle of a hectic week, especially around midterms and finals. PijonBox delivers a variety of products catered to the needs of college students, including snacks, beauty products, and other useful items. They also have a super awesome social misson: PijonBox partners with Project Night Night, a nonprofit that donates care packages (consisting of a blanket, a children’s book, and a stuffed animal) to homeless and underprivileged children.

At $29/month, they’re totally worth it! The value of each box is great, and you can tell the people at Pijon really put thought into curating the care package.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review

Love this theme! I remember it was around this time of year when my school had midterms, so if I were still in college this would be perfect timing. Pijon Box October 2013 Review

Pijon Box October 2013 ReviewAwesome Bar Salty Peanut Granola Bar | $2.50
Awesome Bar Blueberry Almond Granola Bar | $2.50
I love that I recognize all the ingredients in these bars! It makes me feel great about eating them, and it makes me more forgiving about the expiration date (11/1/2013). I imagine these handmade, organic granola bars wouldn’t have the same shelf-life as the processed stuff. Frankly, I’d be suspicious if they did! My only (really weird) complaint? The wrappers are super loud! There is zero chance you could get away with unwrapping this bar sneakily in a lecture hall (admit it, we’ve all done this!). But on the bright side, the wrappers are also compostable. You’ve got to love that kind of commitment to detail regarding sustainability.

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate (3 pieces) | $0.63 each
Given how much coffee I drink on a daily basis, I can’t say whether or not these work as substitutes, but they’re delicious chocolates! Not to mention the packaging is beyond adorable. I could see this becoming a staple in every college student’s all-nighter survival kit. Also they’re a Canadian company! I’m always in the mood to support some fellow Canucks, so I’ll be picking these up from Amazon.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review Awesome Bars and Awake ChocolateMetropolis Soap Co. Vegan Lip Cream Lavender and Spearmint | $6.99
Metropolis Soap Co. Vegan Lip Cream Lime and Spearmint | $6.99
I think I saw these at the 2012 International Gift Fair in New York, and they took home the “Best New Product” award! I’m impressed that the lip cream is so buttery soft without using any beeswax, and the lime flavor is great! I just don’t know why we needed two of these. I would have preferred a different product instead of two flavors of the same thing.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review Lip CreamRooted Beauty Raspberry Citrus Facial Wipes | $6.99
I’m thrilled to get this in my box because I’m always traveling and love carrying facial wipes with me. They’re perfect for long flights and also for all-nighters. Plus, a portion of the proceeds for this product goes towards helping a trafficked woman send her son back to school and recover from the sexual abuse.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review Face WipesBaggu Reusable Bag | $9.00
My favorite item from this month’s box! I can’t imagine a more useful product for a college student. I didn’t have a car on campus for all 4 years of undergrad, and lugging groceries back to the dorm was always a nightmare. I had these cheap little reusable totes that weren’t all that sturdy and a backpack. There’s nothing worse than having a bag rip on your way home, leaving you with no way to bring your groceries back. Trust me, I’ve been there. The Baggu holds up to 50lbs, and is surprisingly comfortable on the shoulder. I would recommend any college student to stock up on these bags! They come in all different colors and patterns, and are worth the $9 investment. Your arms will thank you.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review Baggu

Pijon Box October 2013 Review BagguAnd finally, two coupon codes. One coupon is for $10 at thredUP, a site that sells gently used and new clothes at a discounted rate. They also buy used clothes, so this is a good site to keep in mind when it’s time to move out of the dorms. I’m glad this coupon doesn’t have a minimum purchase amount, and you can definitely get something for less than $10 on thredUP. The other coupon is for 4 hours of free tutoring from InstaEDU. For those who are using the coupon, be sure to note that if you don’t cancel the service after you use the free 4 hours, you’ll be charged $48/week.

Pijon Box October 2013 Review CouponsOverall, I’m pleased with the box. The total value of the box is $45.86 (without including any of the coupon code values), so no complaints about not getting my money’s worth! I kind of wish there had been more of an emphasis on the theme of late nights, or maybe something for Halloween? But I’m still happy with all the products, and will definitely use all of them. I think this is a thoughtfully curated box, and there are items in here that are very useful for college students but are easy to overlook (like a sturdy reusable grocery bag). Can’t wait to see what’s coming for next month! I’d love to hear what everyone else thought about their box this month!

As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with PijonBox.