Dia&Co: A Full Review

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try out Dia&Co (a plus size personal shopping/styling subscription service) and I thought I would review my first box. [For more information on Dia&Co, please check out my previous blog post–Dia&Co: A Plus Size Solution for Stitch Fix???]

My first box was shipped via USPS 2-day Priority Mail on December 23rd and I received it on Monday, December 28, 2015. I had no problem with the condition of my package since it was carefully packed and all the clothing and accessories were nicely and neatly wrapped in tissue paper inside.

Tucked in the box was a personalized note from my stylist with some fashion tips and an explanation of why certain items were chosen for me. However, none of my clothing pieces had Dia&Co tags with styling tips like they do in the YouTube videos I saw.
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Here are pictures of the (5) items I received from Dia&Co.

My Thoughts:

  1. Modamix – Chiffon Pleated front and Sleeved Shirt – $79.00
    Lime Green, 20W: I loved the color, quality of fabric, and the pleats on the arms, but the cut of the blouse was boxy and unflattering. It made me look older than I am and the blouse made my bust look even bigger than it is in actuality. It just wasn’t my style (I lookedold and pregnant and I’m not LOL). My shoulders are not nearly as broad as the shirt is designed for and unfortunately, this piece was rather overpriced as well.
  2. Brave Soul – Patterned Top with Zipper – $35.00
    Black/Multi, 2x: This blouse fit ok, but was also too boxy for my shape. I thought about keeping it, but it just didn’t seem worth the money. It appeared very cheaply made and I wasn’t sure if it would survive a washing. Had the fabric been a little better, this is one that I would have kept although I didn’t overly love the orange hem on the sleeves.
  3. Fashion to Figure – Peplum Top – $36.90
    Black, 2X: This was the piece I was most excited about, but the torso was too boxy and the sleeves a bit snug on my arms. I wanted to keep this piece the most, but it wasn’t practical. The fabric was too heavy for the climate I live in and I couldn’t justify buying something that I would wear only once. Hands down I loved the peplum style the most out of everything. A softer and lighter fabric in this style would definitely be a win in the future.
  4. Junarose – Slouchy Oversized Sweater – $48.99
    Dark Blue, 2X: This sweater is simply too boxy. The end of the shoulder seams went halfway down my arm. I know it was supposed to be oversized, but the shoulder and torso are too wide. The fabric was comfy, but seemed cheaply made and there was nothing special about the color. (It actually photographs better than it looked in person. My camera made the dark blue more vibrant than it actually was in person.) Had this piece been priced a little lower, I would have considered exchanging for a smaller size. (Please forgive the flash in the photo I took that makes this look light blue.)
  5. Two Tone Infinity Scarf – $30.00
    Lime green: It’s over priced, but was the most wearable item out of the entire box. The fabric was really nice and the colors complement my style and skin tone, so I kept this item.

Overall Impression: ☆☆☆ 3 stars [based on a 5 star scale]

  • Customer Service = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Delivery/Arrival Time = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Variety of Brands = ☆☆☆☆☆ 5 stars
  • Quality of Clothing = ☆☆☆ 3 stars
  • Age Appropriateness of Clothing = ☆☆☆☆ 4 stars
  • Fit of Clothing = ☆☆ 2 stars
  • Cost of Clothing = ☆☆ 2 stars

Unfortunately, my first box was pretty much a bust. Although I am genuinely a 2X, my sizing from store to store is fairly consistent. However, the clothing I received from Dia&Co was pretty far out of proportion compared to the norm of what I’m used to and not as age appropriate as I would like. Also, the clothing quality is not the same grade either. (In all fairness, however, I typically bargain shop and I rarely pay retail for any of my plus size apparel.) Additionally, my budget was set lower than the Dia&Co average per item. According to a statement on Dia&Co’s Facebook page, the average of each garment is usually $50.00 (not sure if this includes  the discount or not) and the average garment in my box was about $33.00 with the 20% discount and application of the $20.00 styling fee towards the box.

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I contacted customer service and they were nice enough to offer me credit to try another box. Here’s a snippet from their email response.

Thanks for reaching out – I am sorry that this first box was a miss! The first box is always the trickiest as our styling team is still learning your unique fit and style preferences. The feedback you can provide on your first box will really help us hone in one what works best for you so that we can make smarter selections for your next box, so I would encourage you to leave as much detailed feedback as possible. I’ve also credited your account $20, so if you’d be willing to give us another shot, we will cover the styling fee for you on a future box.

Since customer service was so nice, I’ve decided to give Dia&Co another chance. I plan to raise my budget and share my Pinterest board for my next try. I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully, I’ll have better luck. If you are interested in Dia&Co please feel free to use my referral link at https://www.dia.co/r/12y2 or you can go directly to https://www.dia.co/.

Tips:

  1. Do not expect your first box to be amazing; it may take time for your stylist to get a feel for what you like.
  2. Don’t expect Ross and Marshalls pricing–things are going to be a lot more expensive that what you can find at a typical discount clothing store.
  3. Share your Pinterest board with your stylist;  I didn’t and I think that would have been very helpful.

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Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review + Giveaway

If you’re looking for budget friendly sun protection, look no further. The Coppertone Clearly Sheer sunscreen line is a great option. For review consideration, Bzz Agent sent me free samples of two types of this sunscreen: Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days and Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray. 

According to Coppertone, the Clearly Sheer Sunscreen line has the following benefits:

  • It absorbs in seconds for a clean and light feel.
  • It has a moisturizing formula that leaves your skin soft and smooth.
  • It won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin).
  • It has a matte finish that is perfect for use under makeup.

Over the last 6-weeks, I tested out both sunscreens and here’s my full review below.

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Here, I’m wearing Coppertone Clearly Sheer on my hands and body and it is completely undetectable.

Pros:

+Can be found a most common shopping venues, i.e. Target, Ulta, Walmart.

+It is budget friendly. You can purchase for under $10. If you use the Bzz Agent coupon, it can be purchased for about $8.00 and some change (including tax). However, if you purchase at Ulta, you can use their $3.50 coupon and pay under $8.00 with taxes included.

+The product (Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days) does what it says:

  1. It did not make my acne worse.
  2. It can be used under makeup without complication;  I had no problems using it with my Becca primer. 
  3. It is absolutely sheer and easy to blend into the skin. If you have a deeper complexion, like me, you’ll have zero problems with this sunscreen white casting on your skin. 
  4. My skin felt soft and smooth after use.

+Both types of Coppertone sunscreens were easy to use for the body, but I preferred the continuous spray version because I could spray it quickly and easily.

+Both types of Coppertone sunscreens are person of color friendly. I did not have to excessively work to blend in the sunscreen. It was so easy to use, I did not even need a mirror. There was absolutely no white casting on my skin and it dried matte.

+The Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days has a very light and fresh fragrance and it didn’t smell like sunscreen at all.

Cons:

-Unfortunately, the fragrance in the product made my eyes water initially. That’s only thing keeping it from being a 5 star product.

Results:

4-stars

If Coppertone were to develop a fragrance free version, Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days would be my go to everyday sunscreen. I really loved using this product and 5 ounces of product for under $10.00 is a great deal when my typical everyday facial sunscreen (Coola) is $36.00 for 1.7 ounces. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a quality sunscreen at a drugstore price. However, I would caution anyone with sensitivity to fragrances

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I held onto a sample of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days for my readers. If you’re interested in trying a sample of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days, please comment below about which sunscreens you’ve tried and loved and I’ll enter you in my drawing for a sample. **Please do not comment that you want to win the giveaway. If you do, you’ll be disqualified. 🙂

Drawing closes 12:00 pm (MST)  July 11, 2014. Winner will be announced via comment on this blog post by 2:00 pm (MST) on July 11, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. In the event of no drawing entries, by stated deadline, the giveaway will be withdrawn. Winner must be 18 years of age and a resident of the US. Winner will receive a 1 ounce tube of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days. Good luck everyone!!! 🙂

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A Winter Skincare Solution

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Let’s face it. Winter is rough on skin, but the dry air is even more dangerous is you have a tendency to have dry skin and/or have other skin conditions. Although I have an oily face, my skin otherwise is dry as the Southwest desert I live in. On top of that, I have eczema. Needless to say, winter makes my skin dry, patchy, and sometimes unbearably itchy.

Since I had a major eczema flare last summer, I’ve been working at keeping my skin better hydrated and flare free. To do that, it’s important to regularly exfoliate my skin with gentle products. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin and helps the skincare products you use to work better.  

One of my favorite products to use is Treehut’s Shea Sugar Body Scrub. I love…love…love this. Treehut Shea Sugar Body Scrub is simply amazing. If you’re trying to get rid of dry, itchy winter skin, you gotta try this. (I keep backups of this product on hand at all times.)

I use the original Treehut Sugar Body Scrub and try to stay away from the other versions that are more heavily fragranced. The original body scrub has a light shea fragrance that doesn’t irritate my skin  or linger after use. I typically use this sugar scrub at least once a week. (I’m still struggling to stay on schedule with this.)  When used with gentle pressure, this is a great body exfoliator. After use, my skin always feels buttery smooth and hydrated. (By the way, I don’t use salt scrubs because they have a tendency to really dry my skin out.)  

Tips:

  1. The best way to use this scrub is in the shower or bathtub because it can be quite messy. Also, be sure to use a safety bath mat so that you don’t slip. 
  2. Do not use this product on your face.
  3. This body scrub also works great for hands to get rid of rough dry patches.
  4. Try the original version of this product if you are more sensitive to fragranced products.
  5. Use gentle pressure when using this product to avoid skin damage.
  6. Rinse thoroughly. (You’d be surprised how persistent some of the sugar granules are at sticking to wet skin.)
  7. Newly exfoliated skin makes it easier for your body oils, creams, and lotions to lock in necessary moisture.

So, comment below if you’ve tried Treehut’s Sugar Body Scrub or if you’ve discovered a better and more hydrating body exfoliator.  I’d love your feedback. 🙂

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*Currently, Ulta has this body scrub on sale buy 2 get 1 free in their printed advertisement. However, online, Ulta is selling Treehut products buy one get one 50% off on their online site. Usually, a jar of this scrub retails for $7.49, but the cost may vary at your local Ulta. Either way, you can use Ulta’s $3.50 coupon to get a really great deal.

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Review: Mally Beauty Face Defender

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Mally Face Defender, high shine gloss, and perfect prep primer.

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First Impressions Em Life Palette Trial

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For $10 I was pleased, but I’m not sure I would buy a full-sized life palette from Em Cosmetics. *I am not wearing EM in this video; I am only explaining how I used the product prior to making a review decision.

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Review: Stila Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

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My review on the New Stila Prime & Anti-Shine Balm.

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Review: The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit

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Review of the Brush Guard Cleaning Kit. I would not repurchase

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