THISWASFOREVER | Fashion and Beauty Blog by Emily Chan

MY EXPERIENCE WITH POLETTE EYEWEAR

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Mood [Frustrated]
Currently Playing [None]
 
Disclaimer: This is my blog, and quite frankly, I am entitled to my opinions and thoughts. Please be prepared for a wordy post.
 
Polette.com is born from a man’s vision, a man who decided to put an end to the monopole of optics.
No more expensive eyeglasses. His idea? Break up the chain of intermediates and offer, using the internet, a massive selection of frames and lenses provided by his own factories.
 

Meet Pierre Wizman, a young and one of a kind entrepreneur who decide to quit school and build his first company -bought up for a peppercorn rent- in France, at the age of 16. With the help of Pauline Cousseau, his associate, he launches the first website in August 2011. They learn to do everything by themselves. In October of 2011, they make their first sale! As of today, they still remember the name of this very first customer.
 
The team:
Polette is also about a young dynamic staff, defined by different atypical profiles. (Movie school, Tech school, Arts school) They all carry one mutual interest: the strong will to share this universe and make you live a very nourishing and one of a kind experience from every point of views. (customer service, products manager, design, networking, and even the emballage).
 
The company has 4 main selling points:
1) A new mean of distribution – Polette lies on a simple yet groundbreaking idea: being the only intermediate between the factory and the customer. The frames and lenses are provided straight from our workshops, there is no stock nor intermediates to high margins
2) The lowest prices on the market – With such a business model, L’usine à lunettes by Polette offers highly-competitive prices- no compromise on the quality. This concept allows an 80% discount on the usual optical invoices, offering frames from $9.99 to $49.99 and lenses from $9.99 to $89.99.
3) A range of original frames – With a huge variety of designs, the purpose is to allow anyone to afford style and quality (e.g the frames from ‘Collection’, exclusively made out of acetate and handpolished).
4) The laboratory and the lenses – In our laboratory, our opticians take good care of your lenses from their conception to their shipment. They work on assembling the lenses on your frames.
 

OLD SCHOOL GOLD $29.99 USD with the BASIC POCHETTE $5.99 USD
These frames along with the lenses cost about $39.99 USD, which is pretty affordable considering that they are made out of metals. I loved the vintage and retro feel you get with these lenses. I didn’t have any problem with the prescription because I used the one that I got from my optometrist to fill out the required info on the website when I was ordering. The quality is what you paid for and please note that the glasses didn’t come with a case. If you want a case, you would have to purchase it separately. It came in these little pouches (photo below), which didn’t really protect the glasses at all. I had purchased from other online glasses shops before, and they all came with a free glasses case.
 

CHOPSTICK BROWN $19.99 USD
The final item that I had picked out was this pair of sunglasses. These sunglasses look great on and really suits my face shape. But please note that if you look carefully at the ends of the sunglasses where it hooks onto the ear, it doesn’t have a rubber wrapping around it. It’s pure metal. This means it doesn’t really sit comfortably on my ears.
 

 
So… after talking about the products from the website, I want to go ahead and talk about their customer service. A representative from Polette, their Community Manager (you can find the names of their entire team here), contacted me in November regarding this review post. The manager offered me a press account so naturally, I ordered the products that were of interest to me. I wanted to style the glasses into my outfit posts, like what I had done previously here with another sponsor. I had no idea that I was only supposed to order ONE pair of glasses at the time. When I clicked the order button with the 3 products (the 3 listed above) in the shopping bag with my press account, I was able to check out without having to pay. Then after I had placed the order, the manager kindly said this in her email to me:

I guess this was when the first red flag was raised. Was the manager suspecting that I was giving away the items? Since she said…”Hope these 3 products are only for you”? I got a sense that the company didn’t want to sent me all 3 products and honestly, that’s okay! If they had only wanted to sponsor a pair of glasses to me, then why couldn’t they have canceled the order and asked me to reorder? They didn’t have to sent me all 3 products. I won’t complain about it because I also run a business and I understand expenses. However, please don’t suspect that I have other intentions with those items.
 
Next, please understand when I say on behalf of many bloggers that it’s really difficult to keep track of what products you’ve received from which company and whose emails you’ve replied to. On top, most bloggers do have a full-time job aside from keeping their blog running. Thus, I’ll admit that I am guilty of not replying to emails from companies regarding arrival of products. For that, I will gladly apologize for. Furthermore, quality posts take time. Companies should understand that if they want a post with BEAUTIFUL photos and INTERESTING content, it TAKES TIME. If companies want cheap and uninteresting content, I can easily write a post in 10 minutes.
 
With that being said, the Manager from the company sent me about 2 emails asking about the arrival of the products and also about the review post. When I replied to the manager of the company and explained to her that I updated my blog posts in the order of when I had received the products, so it was fair to each sponsor, her response was rather shocking. (Note: if it’s an advertisement post, I, of course, will put that as the top priority. That’s the difference between an “ad” versus a “sponsored” post). With that being said, this was the response from their Community Manager:

It isn’t exactly professional from my point of view…don’t you think? Plus, it doesn’t sound like she has the mutual interest of having “the strong will to share this universe and make you live a very nourishing and one of a kind experience from every point of views. (customer service, products manager, design, networking, and even the emballage)” as stated on their company website. I am sadden by this experience.

FUR STOLE

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Mood [Hopeful]
Currently Playing [None]







Zara fur stole with hood (Buy here), Forever 21 coat, Abercrombie & Fitch dress, Only crochet vest, Kate Spade Small Laurel in black, Mossimo Supply Co at Target flats

Just because something isn’t happening for you right now doesn’t mean that it will never happen. The longer you wait for something, the more you appreciate it when you get it, because anything worth having is definitely worth waiting for.

ORAL HEALTH WITH DENTYL ACTIVE AND CREST 3D WHITESTRIPS LUXE SUPREME FLEXFIT

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Mood [Drained]
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I am really fortunate when I say that I’ve never had braces or anything more serious than 2 cavities in my lifetime. I want to credit myself for keeping my teeth in top shape but I really have to thank the good parenting of my mom and dad. Now, aside from brushing twice daily, I have added mouthwashes and whitening strips to my oral health routine. These two products are my favorite at the moment: Dentyl Active Smooth Mint Mouthwash and Crest 3D Whitestrips Luxe Supreme Flexfit.
 

I was introduced to Dentyl Active Smooth Mint Mouthwash around 2 months ago. The product was designed by a leading dentist to provide fresh breath and to also eliminate oral bacteria as well as remove food debris to give your mouth a deep clean. What’s really cool about this mouthwash is that it has two unique phase solution which is completely alcohol free. You have to shake it well prior to usage and it leaves your mouth feeling hydrated rather than a dry feeling like other mouthwashes on the mass market.
 

You can also see it work as it highlights the bacteria and food debris in the sink as brightly coloured masses so you know that it is working. It’s a great well for me to see how much I have missed while brushing. The masses can be easily washed away when you rinse the sink.
 

My other little gem in keeping my teeth in tiptop shape is this Crest 3D Whitestrip Luxe Supreme Flexfit. Crest claims that these specific strips are supposed to work as well as a $500 professional teeth whitening treatment vs. laser. I can’t compare because I’ve never used laser whitening, but I must admit, these strips work wonders on my teeth. I also love the Flexfit technology design that stretches and molds to my teeth. They fit really nicely and it’s a comfortable and no-hassle at home teeth whitening experience. A little tip from me: I don’t leave mine on for more than 30 minutes even though the strips have the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredients dentists use.
 
So that’s it…my 2 little secrets to healthy and dazzling teeth! :)

SAILOR MOON STAR POWER LIQUID LINER BY CREER BEAUTE REVIEW

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Mood [Happy]
Currently Playing [One Direction – 18]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Creer Beaute SAILOR MOON Star Power Liquid Liner helps to draw very fine eyeliner which can be maintained 24 hours. Extra-fine brush with the tip of 0.1mm, easy to draw. Easy application and suitable for beginners to use, leaving the makeup pretty and special. Country of Origin: Japan. Suitable for: All skin type
 

FOR BEST RESULT
For a natural look, draw a fine line along the base of the upper lashes.
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCT
AHHHHHHHHHHH! I pretty sure that’s what I said when I first saw these eyeliners last year in Hong Kong. As you can probably imagine, I simply cannot hold back my excitement for anything that’s Sailor Moon and it’s makeup too! As far as I am aware, this item is available in most Asian countries but not in mass retailers in North America. You would probably have to purchase from YesStyle.com ($20.00) or SaSa.com ($14.00). The liquid liner comes in both black and brown.
 

The packaging is extremely sweet and dreamy. I love all the design on the liner itself and having Lunar there is an extra added touch. I especially love the box that it comes in because it opens up and has a picture of all the Sailor Scouts! It’s super pretty and cute! I won’t be throwing away the box anytime soon.
 

The tip of the liner is both soft and sharp, which I personally think it’s perfect for creating a cat-eye. I use liquid liner on a daily basis and I think this type of brush is ideal. The feel of the liner is very similar to that of the Dolly Wink eyeliners, which are my HG’s. However, I must admit, the Dolly Wink one is a lot more pigmented than these ones. (The brown one is, especially, not as dark in colour). I need to apply 2 layers of the liner to get the same colour payoff as the Dolly Wink ones, which isn’t all that bad.
 

Another difference is the drying time. Since I have to apply 2 layers of the liner it makes the drying time a lot slower. But, once dried, this Sailor Moon eyeliner is absolutely SMUDGE-PROOF. I can rub it so many times with my finger and it’ll not budge. Take a look at the gif below:
 


It doesn’t move at all. Amazing! Overall, though this eyeliner will not replace my Dolly Wink one, I still think it’s a great purchase and worth testing out. It’s perfect for any Sailor Moon fans like myself, even if it’s just for a collector’s cabinet.

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (5/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

HOLIDAY NAILS WITH OPI AND COCA-COLA – BEAREST OF THEM ALL REVIEW

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Mood [Chill]
Currently Playing [None]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
OPI continues their partnership with the Coca-Cola Company for the holidays, and introduces This Bear’s Got Flair! The gift set includes ‘Bearest of Them All’, a unique nail lacquer shade inspired by the iconic Coca-Cola color scheme featuring white hearts mixed with red and white glitter, along with a plush polar bear ornament.
 

“Both OPI and Coca-Cola strive to inspire happiness, encouraging consumers to celebrate life’s little moments of joy,” explains OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “The Coca-Cola Company’s signature polar bear represents the feelings of warmth and goodwill associated with the holidays. Reimagined as a plush ornament, the Coca-Cola polar bear is the perfect gift to pair with Bearest of Them All. This glitter nail lacquer provides sparkle for the holidays when layered over favorite OPI shades. This Bear’s Got Flair! is sure to bring lots of cheer to gift givers and receivers alike!”
 

WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
I’ve always loved OPI polishes and I loved the previous collaboration between OPI and Coca-Cola (Review here). This product would make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer for your young ones. Not only is the polish amazing, but it even comes with the cutest little bear ornament. It’s simply adorable!
 

I’m wearing the polish alone here because I want to show how the polish actually looks. Of course, I think it’ll also look great on top of a more “Christmas” polish colour. Also, I think this polish not just suitable for Christmas but I can see someone wearing this for Valentine’s Day as well because of the colours and the hearts. When I was applying the polish, I didn’t have any issue getting the hearts or the glitters to apply. The only complaint that I’ve had with this polish is the removal process. It was a really big hassle to take off all the glitters and hearts. In the end, I had to use acetone to get rid of all the polish.
 
This Bear’s Got Flair! will be available beginning October 2014 for $18.95 CAN at Professional Salons and Spas across Canada.
 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

12 DAYS OF BEAUTY GIVEAWAY!

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Mood [Cold]
Currently Playing [Backstreet Boys – Breathe]


I have partnered up with Beauty United for a holiday giveaway for one of my lucky Canadian reader. I will be participating in the Beauty United 12 Days of Beauty photo challenge. In the next few days, up until the 19th of this month, I will be posting 5 photos on my Instagram based on certain themes. (So make sure you follow me there) I will also be throwing in my thoughts of some of the products featured in this prize pack. One lucky reader will win the ENTIRE prize pack at the end of the photo challenge. Here are the prizes:

THE PRODUCTS
Olay Sensitive Body Wash
Secret Oh La La Lavender Clear Gel Deodorant
Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream Fragrance-Free
Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo + Conditioner
Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-minute Moisturizer Scalp & Hair Treatment
Clairol Hair Colour Coupon
Crest Flex-Fit Whitestrips
COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes
COVERGIRL Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner Medium Brown

 
The giveaway will be open from Dec 10th – Dec 19th (12:00am) and will be open to Canadian Residents only. The winner will be announced via the Rafflecopter on December 19th, 2014. Good luck everyone!
 
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