Petit Vour November 2016 Box

I just received this beauty box in the mail today and have not tried any of these products. If you are not fimilar with the Petit Vour box it is a monthly subscription beauty box. You get four sample or full size product for $15 a month. All the products are non-toxic and vegan. Some of the products are even gluten free. I absolutely cannot wait to try all this products.

I love the petit vour box because I do not know what products I will receive. This helps me explore new and exciting beauty products. Here is what I receive for November 2016 petit vour box. ( I accidentally threw away the box).

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My shoe problem: Shoe Sizing too big

Shoes have always been a struggle for me to find ones that properly fit my fit. Most shoe brands sell shoes starting from a U.S 5 ½ to U.S 6.
Until, one day, I was shopping for shoe in Nordstroms and The sale associate told me that my shoes were too big for my feet. I needed to buy shoes that were smaller. She told me that I should only have 3/8 inch to ½ inch of extra room from my longest toe. This was drastically different from the shoes I put on my feet. I had about a 1 inch of extra room from my longest toe. She told me that my shoe size is a 5 and would not allow me to buy a bigger size. The sales associate told me that Nordstrom starts selling shoes from size 4 but most of the shoes start from size 5.
I thought Nordstrom’s was the only place that sold shoes smaller than a U.S 5 1/2. This would be the only place; I would find shoes that would properly fit my feet. Until, one day I was shopping in Banana Republic and saw a cute pair of shoes. I saw that Banana Republic sold shoes in a size 5 and was amazed that they sold shoes that small.
I know there are people like me that have a hard time finding shoes small enough for their feet. I found a few stores that sold shoes in small shoe sizes. Here are some sites, I know sell shoes in small sizes. If you know other stores that sell shoes in a size 5 or smaller, please let me know.
• Nine West (start from a U.S 5). My local store seems to be well stocked in a size 5. If they do not have a shoe in stock, they will be willing to ship the shoe to you. Also, Nine West does have sales on their shoes and is great quality for the price.
• Aldo (start from a U.S 5): I am not sure if they sell size 5 in store, because I did not buy my shoe in my local store. However, I know you can buy size 5 online. They do not sell shoes in a 5 1/2.
• Banana Republic (start from a U.S 5): My local store has a limited selection of shoes in store. Online seems to have a better selection of shoes.
• Old Navy: Some of the shoes come in 5 but most of the shoes come in 6.
• Asos: I am not sure what size shoe they start but they do sell shoes in size 5. I think they may sell shoes smaller. They sell trendy shoes and some of the shoes are inexpensive. This is a great website if you want to try a shoe trend but do not want to spend a lot of money.
• Zappos (start from a size 4): This is an online website and I personally did not order any shoes from this site.
• Nordstrom (start from size 4). Not all the shoes are very expensive and can find shoes less than $100. However, they do sell designer shoes that cost more than $1,000.

Gap 1969 Real Straight Leg Jeans Review

I have a lot of trouble finding the perfect pair of jeans. Most jeans do not fit me properly. Finding jeans that fit me well is like finding the needle in a haystack. I have heard a lot of hype about the Gap 1969 Premium jeans and went to try them on. Gap carries a lot of different styles from skinny jeans to boot cut jeans. My favorite styles of jeans are the straight leg jeans. Straight leg jeans help elongate my short legs. While boot cut seems to engulf me, except for a slim boot cut. My body shape is of a rectangle.

I know a lot of people who have the same body shape struggle with the thighs of the pants being too big. However, I have very muscular thighs. I used to do competitive swim and exercise frequently. My genetics have blessed me with muscular thighs and very little curves.  I do not have any pictures of me trying on the jeans.

Fit:        

I have short legs but very muscular toned legs. Most brands do not carry jeans that both fit my waist and thigh area. If the jean fits my thighs, it is too big in the waist. If it fits in the waist, then it is too tight in the thigh. The Gap 1969 Straight Leg jeans, I could fit into but it wasn’t the most flattering. My thighs looked huge. I wish the jeans would have emphasized my toned legs. I know the Gap jeans will look amazing on someone but they were not the right ones for me.

I prefer my Lucky Brand Sofia Straight Leg Jeans and Ann Taylor Loft curvy straight leg jeans. Those two pair of jeans fit me amazing. They highlight my strengths and hide my imperfections. The sales associate in Lucky told me to always look for jeans that say curvy. These jeans generally have a smaller waist (which I need) and larger thigh area. However, based on the advice of the sales associate the curvy jeans still are generally too big in the waist.

Length:

The Gap online sells jeans in five different inseams but in store only sell three of the inseams. I thought that I would need the petite length, since I am not blessed with long limbs. I generally need pants in the shortest inseam, I can find. Usually the shortest inseam of the pants is way too long. I generally need to go to my tailor and get them altered.

I tried on the Gap 1969 in store and grab the short inseam. My expectations were puddles of excess fabric covering my feet. However, the short inseam was the perfect length for my short legs. Anyone with shorter legs than I have the petite inseam would probably be the right length. My perfect inseam is about 29 inches. I know the length for petite denim can tricky, since petites can vary for the perfect length.

Style:

In general the straight leg jean is recommended for people with short legs. The style of jeans helps elongate the legs, since it creates a strong vertical line. The straight leg jean does make me look taller and leaner. Those are two factors in jeans that I love, since I am already petite ( I am 5 feet 1 inches tall, I grew since the last time I mention my height).  However, slim boot cuts, skinny leg and trousers jeans can be flattering on petites.

Straight leg jeans seem to be one of the most flattering jeans for me. The Gap 1969 straight leg jeans were not the most flattering. The reason that the jeans did not flatter me was the jean did not fit me well. Any jean that does not fit properly will not be flattering. I have other brand jeans that are in a straight leg and do flatter my body. Jeans are probably one of the hardest to find that makes you look amazing.

I generally stay away from distressed denim because it emphasizes the legs. Distressed denim tends to make my thighs look huge. I rather my legs look toned, not big. However, I saw some people look amazing in distressed denim. Distressed denim is just not my cup of tea.

Pockets:

The Gap straight leg jeans do not have any sort of embellishment, contrasting bright stitching or flap pockets. Those details on the pocket cause the bum to look larger. Women with an ample bum should avoid any sort of detail on the bum area.

The jeans pockets are slightly diagonal slightly towards the middle. This feature causes the bum to look perkier. The jean pockets are not too close towards the center or too far. The jean placement seems to be universally flattering.

The pocket size is another huge factor. I generally look for jeans with mid size pocket. That size pocket seems to be the most flattering. Huge pockets and tiny pockets put my bum out of proportion. The Gap 1969 denim did not seem close together or far apart. The pocket placement is important on how the jeans are going to look on your body. Pockets too close or too far can make your bum look bigger. I do like how the pockets of the jeans look like on my body (as a side note, I do not have a huge bum).

Color:

I love dark wash denim, since it goes with everything. Dark colors in general tend to recede, while lighter colors bring more emphasize. I always heard that darker color jeans make petites look taller and slimmer. Those two factors are appealing to me, since I am not very tall. What woman does not want to look slimmer?

I picked up the Gap 1969 straight leg jeans in the darkest color. The dark color seems to be very flattering on me. The jeans came in different washes depending on your style preferences. I wished the jeans came in colors other than black and blue. Color denim is on trend. Darker color jeans such as a burgundy would have the same slimming effect.  

Fabric:

The jean material is an important aspect of the jeans. Jeans that are made out of 100% cotton do not have any stretch. However, jeans that have spandex, Lycra blended in the cotton will have stretch to the denim. The stretch of the denim tends to be a bit more forgiving.  It stretches were it needs to be stretched. The Gap real straight jeans are made of 87% cotton, 12% Polyester, 1% Spandex. I expect these jeans to stretch a little over time. I will want these jeans to be form fitting but not tight. The more I wear the jeans, the more comfortable the jeans will be. I would suggest anyone to look for jeans with stretch. However, I do not recommend jeans with more than 2% spandex. The higher the spandex, the higher the amount it will stretch. High levels of stretch may stretch too much.

The weights of the Gap jeans are a thicker material. I tend to prefer my jeans with mid-weight jeans. Heavy-weight jeans tend to be very uncomfortable for me. I think it is preference on the weight of the fabric of the jeans. Some people do enjoy thicker denim. However, I always feel like I gained a lot of weight with a heavy weight feel of my jeans.

Sizing:

I think everyone will find jeans fit them completely different. One person may find the jeans true to fit based on the size chart and another person fined it different. Based on the size chart, Gap says I should be a size 2 or size 26. In the petite jeans, Gap says I should be a size 2 or 26. The jeans in a size 2 did not fit me and was way too small. The size chart on Gap is based on an hourglass figure. I do not have an hourglass figure, and know I will probably not be the exact same size on the size chart.  I tend to be tiny. Do to my muscular frame; I tend to be a larger size. I need more room to fit my muscular body. If I was not very muscular, I would probably be a size 0.  I think the best way of knowing something fits you is to try the item on.

When I am looking at a sizing chart on the manufacturer’s website, I like to try on several different sizes. I will grab one size smaller and two or three sizes bigger. Sometimes, a jean can buckle but it does not mean the jeans fit. A jean in the next larger size may fit better than the jean in the smaller size.

As a note, I do not recommend shopping for jeans based on a certain size. Clothing today is based on vanity sizing. A size 4 may be smaller in some stores and larger in others. A size is just a number and can usually cut out the size. No one will know the size you are unless you tell someone. However, people will be able to tell if the item of clothing does not fit you properly. Shopping based on a size may cause you to purchase ill-fitting clothing.

Pricing:

The Gap Real Straight Jeans are not super expensive. When the jeans are not on sale, they are $69.95. They are a mid-priced jean.

Summary:

Jeans are one of the hardest to purchase to find the perfect pair. The Gap 1969 real straight was not the jean for me but will be better on someone else. Just because a jean does not fit me, does not mean it will not fit you. I think it is best to purchase clothing that makes you look amazing. I would recommend the Gap 1969 Real Straight Jeans to others.  

The Limited Finally Sells Petites Clothing

I find it difficult to find clothing to fit my petite figure (I am only 5”1’ tall, I grew since last time I mentioned my height). A lot of places do not sell petite clothing and was excited to see that The Limited was starting to sell petite clothing. The Limited petite line introduces the line last month but is only available online. I wish someday The Limited will sell their petite line in stores. Currently, I did not try any of their petite line. I am planning on soon to order a few items from their petite line.

The Limited I feel caters more for the working women but I think some of their pieces can be dressed down. They sell petite suits, which can be difficult to find. Especially for tiny petites and petites that wear larger clothing sizes. For petites that love to dress casually, they do sell petite sized t-shirts.

Why did The Limited decided to add a petite range: The Limited was getting demands from petites to make petite clothing. The company decided to lesson to customers, since they will be buying the clothing. After all, clothing companies are trying to make money.

Petite versus Regular: The Limited designed their clothing to fit petite proportions. A lot of elements of clothing fit have been altered to fit a smaller frame. Here is what

Suits: “Proportioned shoulders that fit smoothly”. In other words the shoulders are smaller than on their regular size suits. “Shorter sleeves (no bagging at the wrist). Shorter inseams so hems fall where they should.”

Skirts: “Waistbands that sit at your waistline. Shorter hems fall in just the right place”.

Ankle Pants: “Shorter pant rise. Inseams & hems designed to hit just where they should”.

Jackets: “Proportioned shoulders that fit smoothly”. The shoulders are smaller versus of the regular line. “Shorter sleeves (no bagging at the wrist).

Dresses:  Neckline & armholes that sit in the right place”. The arms holes are raise higher in order accommodate a shorter frame. “ Waist placement is raised proportionately. Hems shortened to hit just where they should”. In other words a mini dress should hit mid thigh.

Tops: “Proportioned neckline and collars, shorter sleeves (no bagging at the wrist).

Denim: “ Proportioned waistband fit just right”. In other words the waistband is taking in compared to the regular line. “ Shorter rises (no bagging), knee breaks that hit in the right place”. The knee placement should hit at your actual knees. “ Shorter inseams so hems fall where they should”.

Sizing:  I think The Limited has a large variety of sizes. In their pants they sell petite 00 to 16. Some of The Limited pants start at a size 0 to 12. Some tiny petites may be sized out. The Limited sells their pants in short and petite. The short length, I believe is sold in stores.

The Petite skirts start at a size 0 to a size 12. I wish The Limited sold 00 for some petites that wear that size clothing. Some tiny petites may be sized out or require a lot of alterations.

The Petite suits start at a size 00 and goes to a size 12.  Some petites that wear larger clothing sizes will be sized out. However, I was glad to see The Limited selling size 00. A lot of petite brands do not sell 00.

As far as tops and sweater it starts at a size XS to XL. The petite dresses start at a size 0 to a size 12 or sizes XS to XL.

Overall, I think The Limited sells a large variety of sizes. However, I wish that the Limited sold more sizes in 00. Some tiny petites will be sized out of some of The Limited petite clothing line.

Shipping: The Limited shipping is 8.95 for orders under $125. This seems to be standard shipping. Ann Taylor Loft and Ann Taylor both I believe shipping is 8.95 for orders under $175 or $150 (I cannot remember).

Return: The petite clothing items must be returned online only. I wished that The Limited accepted clothing in stores, which means that you may luck out in finding petite sizes in store.

When I try The Limited Petite range, I will probably do some reviews on their clothing. I know clothing items fits us all differently.

Products I finished in June

I do not always finish product every month and I am not sure how often I am going to do this post. In general June was a very busy month for me and did not have much time to blog. I unfortunately threw away the bottles before I took a picture. I will try to include pictures of the products next time. 

One of the first products I finished was the Deva Curl No Poo. It is my current favorite shampoo and repurchase the product. I never had a shampoo before that did not strip all the natural oils out of my hair. My hair does not feel dry after using the product and it is sulfate free. The product is also silicone free. My naturally curly hair could not look better. 

Another product I finish was my facial cleanser. I use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to cleanse my eczema, sensitive, dry skin. Most cleanser causes my skin to become very irritated. I usually get rashes, burning, hives from most cleansers I used in the past. This cleanser did not cause any irritation and it says it is formulated for the most sensitive skin. It does not foam up like other cleansers but my skin still feels clean. My skin does not feel dry at all after using the product. I already repurchase the product. 

The next product I finished was my facial moisturizer. I used the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. I was not in love with this product because it did not seem to eliminate some of my dry patches. I think it is a good product for people with normal to combination skin types. I think the product may be too heavy for people with oily skin types. Overall, I was please that the product did not irritate my skin. I did not repurchase this product and I am not sure if I would repurchase. 

Throughout the month of June, I finished my contact solution. I naturally do not have very good vision and wear contacts (I wear soft contacts). There is only one brand, my contact say I can use (it is written on the box). I can only use the Opti-Free Contact solution. The formula that I always use is the Opti-free replenish which helps my contacts to retain moisturize. The solution did not cause my contacts to irritate my contacts throughout the day. I also use the product to clean my earrings. This may sound wierd. When I got my ears pierced the person piercing them told me to clean my earrings with contact solution. I already repurchase the product. 

The last product I used was my mascara. I tried the Maybelline rocket volume express mascara in the shade black/brown. I often have problems with mascara irritating my eyes but this product did not cause any irritation. This product did volumized and give length to my lashes. It seem to separate my already thick full lashes. Black mascara does not look very good on me and looks like I got into a fight. I will continue to repurchase this mascara and I already repurchase. 

It seemed like I used more products up in the month of June. I typically do not use a lot of products up in a month.

 

Why I Canceled my Just Fab Account:

I saw some shoes that I thought were cute and they said it was from Justfab.com. At the time, I did not realize it was a membership club and they said it was a free membership to sign up. However, I realized it was not true. It is a free membership, if you do not purchase anything from the site but when you purchase an item you are considered a VIP member. They will start charging your account every month 39.95 and you are require to skip the month if you are not planning on buying shoes. This does not sound to be a free membership because you will be charged. I heard from others that six times you skip the month; they will charge you $39.95 anyways. I do not think this is fair, since you should not be charged.

Another item that annoyed me about Just Fab was the customer service. I used both the telephone and the live chat. First, I started by using the live chat and the employees would not answer my questions. I told the employee that they did not answer my question. They started to get very nasty to me and told me to call Just Fab. I told them, I will not buy anything off their website. It is my money to purchase whatever I want and I do not have to purchase anything. I wanted to make sure no money was going to be taken out. At this point, I am thinking Just Fab is a scam. I do not want to be caught up in a scam and not know if I am going to get the product shipped to where I lived. I wanted to cancel my account, which I was told to call Just Fab. The employee bluntly said good bye and would only answer questions I did not ask before. I should be allowed to ask the same question multiple times and this is not fair for someone with a disability. Someone with a disability may need to ask the same question in order to understand.

I then called Just Fab to make sure my account was not being charged. They said my account was not being charged and I could not cancel my account. I was not a VIP members, since I did not purchase anything. I told them I do not want my information to be on the website and to cancel my account. They did cancel my account and I am sure to never purchase anything from Just Fab. I especially wanted my account to be cancelled because I had a weird bad gut feeling about the company. I do not believe that anyone should receive bad customer service. I worked in retail environment before and I know how important customer service is to a customer. I was told in my training that a customer will probably not go back without good customer service.

Before, I canceled my account, the website said they would pick shoes according to my personality. There was not one shoe Just Fab picked out that I did not like. None of the shoes fit my personality. I looked at other shoes and none of the shoes I felt I really needed. I did not think the shoes were worth the price and would only purchase the shoes if they were really cheap. For me 39.95 are not cheap, considering I got designer shoes for that price. I got Sam Edelman shoe at Marshalls for 39.95.

I am not trying to say that Just Fab is a bad company, it just was not a good fit for me. I do not purchase items with bad customer service and it is very important. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish:

I feel nail polish wears on everyone differently and has brands they prefer over others. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish. I do not enjoy doing negative reviews but I wanted to be honest of what I think of a product.

The only three items, I liked about the nail polish was the price, appearance of the bottle and colors. Sally Hansen has some beautiful shades and picked up five colors. The shades are extremely pretty on the nails but I did not enjoy the formula. The nail polish cost about $2.49 per bottle, which I was hoping to like. I did not want to spend money on my favorite nail polish, OPI. That brand cost about 8 to 9 dollars a bottle. I enjoyed the design of the bottle. I thought the bottle was cute and names are on the top of the nail polish. The font on the bottle is white, which makes reading the bottle hard on some colors.  

In my opinion the nail polish was thick and hard to work with when applying the polish on the nails. I could see a raise surface on my nail when the polish was on them. I enjoy my nails to have a smooth finish. It did not leave a finish on my nails, I enjoyed. The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish went all over my cuticles and fingers when applied. The nail polish got every wear and required a long clean up time. When I was trying to clean up any smudges, it got worst. The nail polish started to stain my hands. I had to wash my hands to get the stains off my skin.

The nail polish would not apply smoothly over a base coat to help prevent staining and have the manicure last longer. I had more stains on my nails when applying a base coat to my nails which I never experience before. I tried to use a nail strengthener as a based coat and the nail polish did not go on smoothly. I had bumps in the polish and bubbles began to form. I had nail polish on my parts of my hands, which do not touch nail polish. Also, a based coat or strengthener made the nail polish easier to have dents or fingerprints. I still had issues with the nail polish drying.

The nail polish never seem to dry properly on my nails. I wanted an hour for my nail polish to dry and not mess up my freshly painted manicure. However, immediately I had dents and fingerprints on my nails.  The nail polish started to peel off my nails and I never had that problem with any other nail polish. I remove the nail polish in less than a day from when I applied the product. All the Sally Hansen nail polishes I had the problem.

I tried the polish several different ways and tried to work with the nail polish. I used up 1/3 of a bottle in one application. The nail polish was on my nails less than a day. I do not think the nail polish would last me as long as my more expensive nail polish. I would have to buy more bottle of the same nail polish and in the long run spend more money. I rather spend more money on nail polish that would last me a lot longer.

Some of the Sally Hansen Nail Polishes, I found are not very opaque. I had to apply multiple coats to even have the nail polish color show up on my nails. Normally, I apply two coats and have an opaque finish on my nails. I do not mind a sheer finish but want some color on my nails. The nail polish was basically clear for a nail polish not close to clear.  The nail polish applied streaky to my nails and look worst with every applications. The first coat of the nail polish looks the best but did not look great. Getting a professional manicure would have look much better than my experiences with the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear. My OPI nail polish, I get a manicure that looks like a professional painted my nails.

Overall, I do not recommend this nail polish, even though it does not cost a lot of money. I heard lots of good reviews on the product but I do not see the hype. I am sorry if anyone else really enjoys the nail polish but it just did not work for me.  I will not buy any more Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polishes.