My Indifferent Experience with RoseRoseShop + Haul

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RoseRoseShop is an e-commerce website where you can purchase Korean make up and skin care products directly from Korea. Honestly, this site kind of sucks. Keywords here being “kind of”. Okay, I’m starting off to a very negative start but hear me out–it’s not all pessimistic! I know I said I’m indifferent in the title, but made the shipping itself just made me so frustrated. Maybe, I’m just hella impatient. But, comparing my experience with MemeBox and WishTrendRoseRoseShop pales in comparison. I heard Jolse is better, so I think I’ll try them out next. So, why am I so frustrated with this site? First of all, they had an item on their site that was out of stock, yet it looks like it isn’t. When I emailed them about it, they said they didn’t have the resources to fix the issue. Or at least I think that’s what they said. Their English wasn’t the best. I can’t really blame them for that, but I wish they had someone that did know English fluently. I haven’t even placed an order and I’m already having issues. I should of taken that as a sign for the worst. In the end, I did order about 11 items from them. So, today I thought I’d share my experience with RoseRoseShop.

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Nicely packaged in bubble wrap. Only a couple of boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Site/Accessibility: Not the prettiest. Yet, simple and straightforward. However, I did come across an oddity. As I had mentioned in my introduction, there were items being featured on the site that were not actually in stock, hence not intended for purchase. If there’s an item that is indeed out of stock then it shouldn’t be listed on the site at all. I’m sorry but that is just ridiculous. Other than that, I didn’t have too much of a problem navigating the site. Keep in mind, there are wholesale items to purchase on RoseRoseShop. So if you are wondering why a product is $100+ it’s probably because you aren’t purchasing just one unit of that product, but at least 10+ units of that product. Simple fix to not encounter such listings is to change the filter to Price: Low to High.

Price: It seems pretty cheap, but with shipping prices it kind of balances out to be around the same price as other sites. But, I compared prices between MemeBox and WishTrend and it was cheaper to purchase everything at RoseRoseShop. Ultimately, RoseRoseShop was the best price-wise.

Shipping: H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E. I realize I opted for the cheapest shipping, which can take up to 20 days. But, if I’m spending $12 for shipping, I expect it to be a little faster than that. It took 22 days for my order to get to me. It was nerve-racking watching the tracking of my package. According to RoseRoseShop, my package had shipped. But, the USPS tracking site stayed on Pre-Shipment for several days before showing any progression. I’ve never encountered that before so I was very worried. Especially, after reading the several bad reviews I found on the blogosphere. Most the reviews said they had missing items from their packages because those items were suddenly no longer in stock. Thus, the items were removed from their order without any prior notice until after the packaged was shipped out. After reading all that, you can’t blame me that much for being worried. Thankfully, my order was complete and nothing was missing from my order. The products were all wrapped in bubble wrap. Though some of the boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Overall: 7/10 I am not amused. I am however, relieved. I am extremely hesitant to order again from this site. Even though my items were all accounted for and nothing was damaged, I’m still feeling pretty indifferent (lol) about this site. That said, I think they have potential to grow and become much better. I may revisit in the upcoming future. Hopefully, by then, they would of worked out all of the kinks. I am not saying this site is bad. My experience was just unfortunate. But, I hope by reading this post you’ll be able to become more aware about what this site has to offer and feel less anxious about ordering from RoseRoseShop. I feel as though I let myself be overly influenced by other peoples’ experiences. I forgot that just because their experience wasn’t good, doesn’t mean mine will be the same.

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Despite my complaining, the products themselves are wonderful. Onward, to the haul portion! (I will do a review on some of the products I really am enjoying!)

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The haul. Gotta love Asian packaging.

(1) [NATURE REPUBLIC] Collagen Dream Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser – 150ml 

“Nature Republic Collagen Dream Vita C Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser contains tiny vitamin capsules that burst during the massaging process to provide active vitamin ingredients directly to the skin. Vitamin C boosts your skin’s elasticity and provides for a brighter and clearer skin tone. It also contains collagen to maintain a moist and elastic skin post-cleansing. This product is a foam cleanser that only requires a small amount that can be whipped up into a soft, creamy, and rich lather.” (momomango.com)

(2) [COSRX] Acne Pimple Master Patch – 1pack (24pcs)

These patches when placed on your pimples will reduce them in size overnight.

(3) [Neulii] Assorted Samples

Assorted samples from RoseRoseShop’s own skincare line, Neulii.

(4) [SKINFOOD_Sample] Black Raspberry Eye Cream Samples – 10pcs

“This herbal medicinal anti-wrinkle eye cream contains black raspberry extract, and jayangboeumdan (滋養補陰丹) and cheongyeondan (淸連丹) extracted from 12 kinds of oriental medicinal herbs that have traditionally been used by women to treat rough, dry skin. It provides deep moisturization to skin in eye areas. Anti-wrinkle adenosine adds resilience to skin, keeping it healthy-looking.” (eng.theskinfood.com)

(5) [Ciracle] Anti Blemish Aqua Cream – 50ml

A light gel moisturizer with acne healing properties. Key ingredients include aloe vera.

(6) [Ciracle] Red Spot Cream – 30ml

This product heals and soothes pimples and reduces hyper-pigmentation caused by acne.

(7) [Mizon] UV Mild Sun Block – 50ml (SPF35 PA++)

This physical sunblock is perfect with those with sensitive skin.

(8) [WELCOS MERIT] Killing Me Zombie CC Cream – 40ml (SPF30 PA++)

A CC cream will adjust to your skin tone, evening out your complexion while also providing wrinkle care, whitening and UV protection,  with SPF 50+ PA+++.

(9) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (Intensive) Samples – 10pcs

“This essence improves fine lines and skin tone. The miracle water hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(10) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution Immortal Youth Moisturizer Samples – 10pcs

“Immortal Youth Skin Rebooter is a 2-in-1 treatment of skin + lotion for firm, healthy skin. It contains 90% ferment essential ingredient to recharge and care for complex skin concerns due to skin aging. Helps brighten and protect skin, and improve skin damages.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(11) [Holika Holika] Petit BB in Moisturizing – 30ml

This bb cream has hyaluronic acid and makes drier skin types rejoice with it’s moisturizing formula. Also, has 30 SPF PA++.

 

Thank you for reading! Please look forward to more content in the future!

– Marissa

iKateHouse: Mini Haul – First Impressions Quickie

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Disclaimer: I bought these products with my own money, this is not a sponsored post.

Marissa, here! I wanted to do a quick first impressions on a website that I’ve purchased off just recently, called iKateHouse. I have to say, I’m super impressed! First off, their website is really easy to navigate and is appealing to the eyes with it’s green color scheme. Secondly, their prices are quite fair, that’s including shipping. Standard shipping is $3.95 with orders less than $39! But, if you purchase more than that, shipping would be free. Keep in mind, taxes varies based on where you live, so if you live in SoCal like myself, I’m sorry–lol. FYI, they do offer internationally shipping! A little bit more expensive, than if you live in the States, but unfortunately that’s expected. Thirdly, shipping is super quick!! I ordered on Tuesday and received my package on Friday. Granted, I paid a little extra, about $2, for expedited shipping. But, that’s because processing time can take up to 1-3 days and regular shipping takes up to 5-10 days. I was worried I wouldn’t get my order in time for a wedding I’m attending. Yes, another wedding, lol.

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Packing peanuts!!!! How considerate!

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My products came in pristine condition! I love their attention to detail!
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These are the three products I bought. Two L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Glosses, in Secret and Backstage & one L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in Pure Beige.

The best part of this site, is that they put so much detail into their packaging! Mine came in a standard packet lined with bubble wrap. They even sprayed perfume onto the packaging. Interesting touch, even though I don’t care for perfume. I have sensitive skin so fragrances are kind of a no-no for me. Anyway, the products were wrapped in bright green tissue paper; a strip of paper, embellished with a sticker–their logo, held everything together. After removing that, it was wrapped in more bubble wrap, surrounded by packing peanuts and a couple of their business cards were also included. I was absolutely floored by how much care was taken into consideration. Everything was in pristine condition, with the products’ original plastic still intact. What more, could I ask for?! Super happy with iKateHouse, I’m glad I gave them a chance. I hope if you try them out, they treat you just as well!

 

Battle Of The Natural Deodorants – New Series

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When Debbie and I first started this blog, one of the first ideas was to pin products against each other in a battle to see which product is the best. Hence, the Battle Of series is born! The first post of this series is all about natural deodorants. Ever since I heard aluminum, which is commonly found in most deodorants can possibly cause breast cancer (FYI, I’m high risk for breast cancer!), I decided to find a natural way to stay sweat and odor free! The contenders today are: Tom’s of Maine, Kiss My Face and The Honest Company!
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Tom’s of Maine Natural 24 Odor Protection Long Lasting Deodorant in Soothing Calendula 2/10

Price: $3-$4.50

Smell & Effectiveness: The first natural deodorant I’ve ever tried and is probably the worst deodorant I’ve ever used in my entire life. Stay away from this product, unless you want to smell so bad that no one wants to be near you. Believe me, I’m trying to save you from the embarrassment!! It just doesn’t work, you’ll smell good for maybe a few hours and then you’ll start smelling awful. It does not help with body odor or help decrease sweating. I’ve only gave it 2 points because the smell. When you initially apply the deodorant, it is actually smells quite nice. It has an herbal flowery smell, I can’t exactly figure it out, but if I could explain in my own words, it reminds me of rosemary/thyme mixed with lavender. Even though the label clearly says Soothing Calendula–I’m not sure what a calendula flower would smell like. Such a disappointment! I would say the best thing about this product other than maybe the smell, is it’s price point.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, save your money and try something else.


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Kiss My Face Natural Active Life Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea 5/10

Price: $4-$7

Smell & Effectiveness: I really wanted to love this deodorant because it’s smells wonderful. It reminds me of Cucumber Melon from Bath & Body Works, back in the old days. You can really smell both the green tea and cucumber! A super fresh and clean scent, not heavy at all. However, it doesn’t work that much better than the Tom’s of Maine deodorant. While, it does to a better job with body odor it only lasts for maybe a quarter of the day, about six hours before you start smelling a little gross. Maybe, if you are willing to reapply throughout the day, you’d be fine using this deodorant. But I think for most people, including myself, would rather apply their deodorant once in the morning (and or once at night) and be done with it, not having to worry about smelling funky for the rest of the day. It’s not an awful product but it isn’t the best either, pretty mediocre. Though, considering the price, depending on where you purchase it, this product might not be worth your time.

Bottom Line: I do not recommend this product, at least not by itself. Or only if you are willing to reapply every six hours.


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The Honesty Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage 8/10

Price: $8-$9

Smell & Effectiveness: One of the better natural deodorants I’ve tried. I was starting to become dishearten because the natural deodorants I’ve tried thus far just didn’t work for me. This deodorant is much different because it’s in a spray bottle versus the typical stick deodorant. Can’t say I love the idea of using a liquid deodorant, I feel like it wouldn’t last as long as a stick deodorant. Also, I have problems with the spray nozzle, sometimes I would spray it elsewhere than my armpits. That’s more of a personal thing I’m sure, since I’m rather clumsy. That said, I really love the smell! However, if you don’t like herbal scents, this deodorant also comes in Vanilla Lavender and Vetiver (a grass, which has an earthy & woody aroma). But, if you’re like me, who loves earl grey tea (btw, bergamot is in earl grey! But, you knew that! ^. ~)) and the smell of fresh herbs, this deodorant is a great fit for you! I have to say this deodorant lasts the longest, I usually stay odor free for half of the day, about 12 hours. Though keep in mind, if you sniff your pits by end of the day, you’ll smell just a little, faintly funky, but I don’t think anyone will notice unless they are straight up trying to smell your pits. It does work, but it still isn’t anything like your typical deodorant with aluminum in it. But, I’m still quite happy with it’s performance compared to the other two natural deodorants I’ve tried.

Bottom Line: Yes, I recommend this deodorant! It’s a worth a shot!


Overall: Seems like the more expensive the deodorant is, the better it performs. I guess, you get what you pay for, as they say! While it’s not always the case, there is some truth to it. Since, I still have plenty of the Kiss My Face Green Tea Cucumber deodorant left, I use it in conjunction with The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage. I don’t know if it really does anything to boost the effectiveness, but it seems to work, so I can’t complain. While I haven’t found a deodorant that can beat one that contains aluminum, I think The Honest Company did a great job! I know that there was controversy over their sunscreen products lately, but I seeing how this was the first product I’ve ever used by them and it works, I feel I can’t judge them too harshly. I feel like with every product there is a chance it doesn’t work for you while it may work for someone else. But, I do feel for those who put their trust into this company and were rewarded with adverse reactions. I guess, that’s all the reason to do lots of research before purchasing, but that’s not always possible. It’s unfortunate that it’s a trial and error kind of process but hey, that’s kind of just life, isn’t it?

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The Winner: The Honest Company in Bergamot Sage!

They Say, We Say – An Illustrated Excerpts Series

While I know this blog is primarily about beauty and lifestyle, I’ve always wanted to also document certain moments from my life in a fun, non-sensical kind-of-way. Which is why I decided to start this illustrated series based off quotes that were said by friends, family, strangers even random sayings I’ve happened to stumble upon.

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This particular quote was from my good friend, Esther Narae Rusch. She saw it during her vacation in Korea and we both thought it was pretty silly. Engrish can be pretty much seen everywhere and it usually yields a lot of laughs. Honestly, we aren’t even sure what they actually meant. ^^;;;

I hope you look forward to more from this series! I have another one already in the works!

– Marissa

NOTD – Cherry Blossoms: Wet n Wild Megalast & Maybelline Color Show Jewels

After long days of gloomy weather in SoCal, the sun has finally come out! It has inspired me to create this simple gradient look and since winter is coming to a close and Spring is just around the corner, I feel it’s very appropriate. 🙂 The base is Wet n Wild Megalast in 203B 2% Milk with Maybelline Color Show Jewels in 600 Precious Pearl on top. I kind of feel like a princess wearing these nail polishes. I seem to gravitate to this style a lot! Remember the Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradient Nail Kit?! Lol. I like pink! Though I don’t prefer wearing pink clothing, accessories and everything else is too cute not to love. To each their own, right? Anyway, even though this mani is so cute, it didn’t really last that long. But, I’m not surprised considering how much I paid for these two polishes, which was less than $5. lol. You pay for what you get for, as they say! Well, good thing I get bored of my manicures quite easily! Haha.

Onwards to the pictures!

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