Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: April 2014

So when I said I’d caught up on all my April box reviews, I lied. My Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box always comes so late in the month I forget which month it actually goes with.  Sorry–but I swear this is the last of my April boxes!

Now my original Fancy fox for April was a big old mess so I was hoping the Jennifer Love Hewitt would make up for it. Let’s check it out and see if it does.

Box
The JLove box came a little bumped and bruised, but it’s fine since 90% of the box is empty anyway.

Open Box Open Box #2

This time they sent a little booklet instead of the cards. I’m not sure why I’m partial to the cards, but regardless it’s nice to have some info on each item.
Booklet

Hair Pins
First Date Bobby Pins (Fancy Retail: $9.00)
Verdict: Hit!
After having my hair in a short bob for a couple years, I decided 2014 would be my year to grow my hair out and figure out how to style it, so I’m always happy to get hair accessories. I like the ballerina-inspired palette on these and they definitely feel like an item Jennifer Love Hewitt would use.

Dry Shampoo
Haze Styling Powder by EVO Hair (Fancy Retail: $28.00; Amazon Retail: $17.24)
Verdict: Hit!
Now if you read my other Fancy reviews, you’ll know that my April original Fancybox with a “one-of-a-kind, rustic” theme also had dry shampoo. While I hated it in that box, I like it in this one. I expect beauty products in women’s fashion/lifestyle boxes and this one is perfectly sized for travel or tucking in your everyday bag, plus it’s a brand I haven’t tried before. I’ve added this to my commuting bag since it will be perfect for summer touchups after I’ve been sweating to death waiting for my morning train.

Solemates
High Heel Protector by Solemates (Fancy Retail: $10.00)
Verdict: Gift
These seem like exactly the sort of fun, quirky, fashion-y item I’d expect to see from Jennifer Love Hewitt. Unfortunately my craptastically weak ankles mean that I cannot wear tall skinny heels, but this is the perfect for a friend of mine and I’ll be adding to her birthday gift.

Necklace Necklace closeup
Cast Crystal Necklace by Amano Studio (Fancy Retail: $34.00)
Verdict: Hit!
So April must be Fancy’s month for Amano Studio designs. My April Fancy box included those lightning bolt stud earrings and now I have this gold necklace. The description says, “Amano Studio took their favorite crystal point and cast it in metal and finished it with 24k gold.” While I found the stud earrings in the other box to be okay and generally inoffensive, I really like this necklace a lot. It is far more interesting and it lends itself to being mixed with other pieces. I think it will look awesome mixed with some real crystals  and I can’t wait to try it out with some of my other pendants.

Lipgloss
Tuscany Lip Gloss by Cargo Cosmetics (Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: Love!
So apparently Jennifer Love Hewitt really loves Cargo Cosmetics since we got their eye palette last month and a lip gloss from them in April. I love lip glosses, especially golden pink shades so this is great. It also pairs nicely with that aforementioned Cargo palette from the March JLove Box.

Full Box
OVERALL
Hit!

I paid full price for this box at $46.95 and the estimated Fancy value was $97.00 (while the regular retail value came out to $86.24.) I really thought the item selections fit Jennifer Love Hewitt’s aestheic and were perfect choices for the season. This box was well put together and I feel like I definitely received what I signed up for, which isn’t always the case with Fancy boxes.

After two months in a row of great boxes, I think my JLove box is no longer number one on my upredictability list. It has now been usurped by my original Fancy box subscription which seems to be fraught with riddles and drama. The funny part is this box contained two items very similar to those in the original fancy box – but this box had more interesting versions that were better suited to the box’s theme.

I’ll be updating you on my original fancy box adventures with the may review for that box so be sure to come back. (Just be warned that post will probably be filled with expletives.)

What did you think of this box? How do you think it compared to the original April Fancy Box? Did you like it more or less?

THE BACKSTORY

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website. There are a few different subscription options. They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

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Original Fancy Box: April 2014

So my original Fancy box arrived and after last month’s rousing success I was hopeful. That was probably my  first mistake because that guaranteed this month’s box would be full of whatfuckery and on that score Fancy didn’t disappoint.
Box
Let’s get to the crap—, err, I mean box. (I apologize in advance for the cursing, you may want to turn the kiddies away from the screen).

Open #1 Open #2

Magazine
Kinfolk: Issue Eleven (Fancy Retail: $18.00; Amazon Retail: $13.49)
Verdict: Miss
So where do I start. I could start with the fact that I’m probably not hipster enough to fully appreciate this magazine, but what I should point out is that I deselected “media” eons ago just to avoid getting these stupid overpriced magazines. This one honestly isn’t too bad as it seems to have some nice recipes, but I don’t have space in my apartment for books or magazines I don’t love or use all the time.

Shampoo
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder (Fancy Retail: $21.00)
Verdict: Miss
Oh Fancy here we go again, with all those interesting, fun quirky products that you can’t find anywhere else…oh wait, it’s dry shampoo. You know, the kind they include in every beauty box. And this brand is available everywhere including Sephora. Fancy boxes are supposed to be unique, fun, finds. HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO TELL YOU THIS FANCY!!!!! Okay, I’m calm now. Really. I am. If this had been included in my Jennifer Love Hewitt box or the Cocha Rocha or Kelly Rowland I would have understood. I expect to receive beauty products they enjoy, even if they are mainstream or a touch boring. But in a regular Fancy box, it’s just a stupid copout.  I’ve used this dry shampoo before and it has a nice scent and is fairly effective but it is very noticeable on dark or even medium hair. I have red hair and it stands out quite a bit. If you want a dry shampoo in powder form the Lulu Organics brand is much better.

Earrings
Tiny Gold Studs by Amano Trading (Fancy Retail: $22.00)
Verdict: Like
These are just little gold-plated lighting stud earrings. I think they’d actually be quite nice for someone’s second piercing. I don’t love them and they aren’t particularly compelling but I wear stud earrings frequently so I’m sure I’ll use them from time to time.

Labels
Chalkboard Decals by Wallies (Fancy Retail:$10.00)
Verdict: Like
I actually use chalkboard labels a lot and just picked up  chalkboard paint to make some hanging tags. My only problem with this is that the decals seem to be designed for inset cabinets and mine are not that style and adding these to the outside would look super odd. I may just use them inside a cabinet or for some other crafting project. I wish Fancy would have included more versatile style decals, then I would have loved this.

Thumb Drive
Message in a Bottle USB Drive (Fancy Retail:$28.00; Amazon Retail: $11.95)
Verdict: Miss
Let me guess, you’re having a weird feeling of déjà vu. You’ve seen this before..read about it before…? That’s because I already received it in a Jennifer Love Hewitt box. It’s actually a fun little item, but hugely overpriced at Fancy. If this was brand new to this box I’d be happy with it.  If you like it, pick it up on Amazon.

Now for the cherry on the crap sandwich that is my Fancy April Box:
This mysterious card was included.
Mystery
Read it carefully…

Take your time…

I’ll wait…

Now, I’m not sure who is getting this box of “one-of-a-kind items with a rustic feel”, but I don’t’ think it was me. Well is dry shampoo one of a kind? I guess maybe it’s rustic not to wash your hair? We know that thumb drive isn’t one of a kind, but perhaps the cork stopper makes it rustic? I’d love to hear your guesses.
Cards
Full Box
Overall:
Verdict:
@*&U#$&#*)&$#* (Censored for the young and faint of heart)

So I got this box several weeks ago and my immediate action was to contact Fancy about the various issues. #1 The Duplicate item. #2 The Magazine that goes against my selections and #3 the mysterious card – because if the box described in that card exists, I want it. And if I was supposed to get it this month and got this pile of crap instead, someone’s got some s’plaining to do.

I sent three polite emails (I swear) through their customer service system spaced out over 3 weeks. No response despite the “24 hour response” claims. Attempted to talk with a customer service representative over their instant messaging. He couldn’t understand or help me with my issues and then proceeded to cut and paste instructions on how to set my Fancy preferences—which I know how to do quite well. Perhaps Fancy should just learn to read them? We got cut off and I did receive an email from the instant message person who proceeded to ignore the most important issue (duplicate item) and my question about the card and just suggested I return the magazine so they can exchange it for something else. I responded stating that he’d missed all the other issues. No response since then and that was a week ago.

Now Fancy has sent me some shit before and sometimes their customer service has been slow as hell, but eventually they come through with some kind of refund or response. This time I am angry, very angry. I understand sub box mistakes, but you don’t ignore your customers for weeks at a time and send incompetent customer service people who try to do the job, fail and then give up in the middle.

I will most likely be canceling this box (but for now am keeping the Jennifer Love Hewitt). If I hear back from customer service any time in the foreseeable future I’ll post an update with my next Fancy box review. I paid full price $46.95 and according to Fancy I got $99.00 worth of stuff. According to prices in the real world I actually received $78.44 in value, but one item is a duplicate and another is something I deselected from my profile.  I don’t usually get quite so ranty in my posts, but I’ve reached my limit.

If you got an April Fancy box, I’d love to know the contents and if you got one of the mysterious “rustic” cards. I’d also love to hear your thoughts on what the “one of a kind items with a rustic feel” card actually means, (maybe I’m just not seeing the rusticness of USB drives and dry shampoo).

 

THE BACKSTORY

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website. There are a few different subscription options. They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Kelly Rowland Fancy Box: Brand New! (This box is more geared towards Women)#4 New Mystery Boxes!
Select “Men” or “Women’s” and then choose your size:
Small: $10.00 plus shipping
Medium: $20.00 plus shipping
Large: $40.00 plus shipping

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