Original Fancy Box: May 2014

So I know this Fancy review is overdue, but it got delayed because I was waiting on a resolution to my many issues with my April Original Fancy box. As you remember I received a repeat item, an item in a category I did not have checked and none of the items seemed to fit the theme they mentioned. Well, apparently dry shampoo, a USB drive, a magazine, chalk board decals and lightning bolt stud earrings are actually “one of a kind” with an “outdoorsy” and “rustic” feel. Who knew? Anyhow, I went back and forth with their customer service for weeks. At first I was told you can only return one item, then I was told you can return any repeat items. After much angst, I was able to return the USB drive (the repeat item) and get $20 credit which I am putting toward a different Fancy box.

Now enough about the last box, let’s dive in to this one.
Fancy Box Open Box Open Box 2

So once again it seems that Fancy has gone with a theme for the box and this one is “going away for the weekend”. I think that’s a fabulous theme and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the items actually fit in this category.
Card

Splitter
Y-Split Headphone Splitter by TYLT (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
While I understand the idea of “sharing” music or sound with these, are they really that useful? I mean, wouldn’t a Bluetooth speaker be better? Most folks either want to listen on their headphones or share with a crowd. I guess if you really want to share music with someone sitting next to you on a plane, this would be useful, but beyond that I’m not quite seeing it.

Travel Set
Beauty is Skin Deep Travel Kit by evo (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This travel beauty kit certainly hits the theme and it has adorable packaging. I used this on a recent work trip to Baltimore and I found the products to have a lovely light citrus scent, but the shape of the bottles made it a little difficult to get out some of the products with a thicker consistency. Still, I really liked this and found it to be very useful.

Glasses
AJ Morgan Sunglasses (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Miss
So you may be getting that sense of déjà vu. Don’t worry you’re not having a stroke, you have seen this before. Since they sent the same brand in the March Jennifer Love Hewitt box. The only difference was they were a different color. Let’s not forget we also got sunglasses in the May Jennifer Love Hewitt, in fact, I’d argue that I’ve gotten sunglasses in more Fancy boxes than I haven’t. On the positive side these are a nice classic pair. But Fancy really really really really needs to stop sending out sunglasses. Really.

Wraps
What Filter Should I Use? Nail Wraps by NCLA
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Like
Along with polish, I am now accumulating lots of nail wraps thanks to my subscription box addiction. I think these are fun and go right along with the travel theme. The pattern makes them more suited for accent nails. My one beef is that for the same month the Jennifer Love Hewitt box also had nail wraps. If Fancy really wants customers to subscribe to more than one box at a time, they need to put more effort into not having overlapping products in the same month. I can see a few months down the line, but you shouldn’t be getting stacks of the same item each month.

Tshirt
Weekend Warrior T-Shirt (Fancy Retail:$28.00)
Verdict: Sigh
I’m going to be frank with you guys. I have big boobs and have since like 6th grade. This means that if I want a tshirt with a logo or a picture to not be oddly stretched, I need something roomy. So I set my WOMEN’S size for extra large. Yet Fancy likes to send out unisex or as I call them “men’s sizes” instead. This means that this tshirt is super damn gigantic. As in my over 6 foot tall, broad shouldered boyfriend can wear it with room to spare. For the love of all that is holy, STOP WITH THE UNISEX TSHIRTS!!! Or if you must send them, make two areas on our profiles to list our tshirt sizes. One for your men or women’s size and another for the unisex size. I actually liked the design on this one, but I passed it along to my boyfriend since there’s only so many shirts I need for sleeping in.

Cards
Overall
Verdict:
Mostly a Miss
Full Box

So let’s start with the positive. Fancy actually chose a good theme and picked products that mostly fit with it. So that’s a definite improvement. I also like the idea of a having a unified box each month. Unfortunately, they still keep recycling items or making them overlap with boxes in the same month. I’m like one box away from setting up a sunglass hut in my living room. I paid $45.95 (with my $1.00 discount) and received $114.00 worth of items. Unfortunately the only one that was a real hit was the travel kit.

So I finally opted to cancel my original Fancy box. I know, I know, but it was time. I still however, have my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and am definitely eyeing their new offerings. As soon as that Isaac Mizrahi box is available, I’m on it. (But god help him if he sends me sunglasses).

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so, do you see a lot of overlap or repeated products?


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 (unless otherwise noted) 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
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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