Romwe Cat Themed Haul Review

While I’ve done some hauls in the past this is the first that I’m reviewing and sharing with you. It’s also the first time that I’ve purchased items (with my own money of course I’m no influential YouTuber or Instagrammer) from Romwe.

What is Romwe?

It’s an online fashion store that features clothing,  accessories, etc. for cheap prices. Per their About Us page (emphasis mine):

ROMWE has been a global online stop for fast fashion since 2010. Our aim is to always provide high value trendy pieces at incredible prices while ensuring high quality service to our customers. We design, source, market and sell clothing, accessories and home & living products. We target our items to young fashionable consumers through localized mobile and web platforms. We deliver from our warehouses in the US, Europe and China to nearly every country in the world.

I’ve heard about Romwe for a while now and while I was skeptical and leery about the site, I was also curious. So I did my due diligence and researched. I viewed Romwe Hauls on YouTube, and read a couple of articles about the site. There were many valid complaints ranging from the store selling fast fashion, inaccurate sizing, shipping taking way longer than expected, etc. While I wasn’t fully sold on the site, I came to the conclusion that I still wanted to make a purchase… and that’s what I did.

A few things to note: 

  • I am aware that site sells fast fashion clothing and I’m aware of the issues surrounding that. If you want to learn more about fast fashion here are a few links to help you out:

Fast Fashion (via Wikipedia.org)

What is Fast Fashion? (via goodonyou.eco)

  • Because this was my first time using the site, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (I normally don’t to begin with since my finances are limited anyway).  I only spent a total of $63.45. You can see the Order Summary below:
  • Since I knew shipping takes forever, I ordered everything exactly a month ahead (March 7th) of my birthday (April 7th). Tracking information shows that my packages (2) were coming via USPS. And my shipping was free-US shipping is free with orders over $49.00. Otherwise $4.99 with 6-8 business days.
  • I wanted to have a little fun and decided to have a theme for this haul. So I typed in Cats in the search button and bought some of the products featured in the search results.
  • Due to the many sizing issues other customers have had, I ordered all the clothing items in a large. I normally wear a medium or small but since these were mostly sweaters and a pjs I ordered everything in a large.
  • Finally I apologize for the quality of my personal photos. I don’t have a cool camera yet but I did the best that I could with my flip phone (yes you read that right-I don’t really need a smartphone) and my Kindle Fire 7 so please bear with me.

Now let’s return to to shipping.

Upon viewing Romwe’s Shipping page it states the following under Processing:

Most items will ship out within 24-48 hours of ordering (weekends and holidays not included).
You will be informed if an item in your order is not available for immediate shipment. Therefore, the order may be separated into different shipments (for no extra charge), and items ordered together may not be shipped out on the same day.
My order was divided up into two packages, the first of which I received on March 12th-six days after I made my order! I checked the status of the second package that has the remaining items in it the next day after I received the pj’s and it and it showed that on March 8th it was processed and left the warehouse and on March 9th it was shipped. It arrived in the U.S. from China on March 11th. I received the second package on March 21st, 15 days later. (In addition Romwe’s customer support contacted-with no initiation from me- me to apologize for the shipping delay and gave me 200 points (Every 100 points can be used as one US dollar so this wasn’t a huge thing)).So that wasn’t a bad turnaround at all. Given what others have stated about shipping issues I was thinking I wouldn’t receive my items till next month. So that’s good.

What I bought:

Clothes:

Cat & Butterfly Print Pajama Set ($8.95). I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.

Size range: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.

Material: 95% Polyester and 5% Cotton.

Thoughts: The pajama looks exactly as it does in the picture and I’m glad I got a large. Both the shirt and pants fit well on me and it’s not a tight fit nor is it a loose fit, it’s a just right fit. The material’s not scratchy nor does it smell (there’s been complaints of items having a type of smell).

Expectation vs. Reality

Overall this is a keep for me (whether I like it or not I have to keep it Romwe’s return policy (which I encourage you to read over) does not allow for the return of sleepwear). This pj also came in a light yellowish color and there are other pjs that are around the same price.

Up next are the four cat themed sweaters:
(White)Cat Print Sweatshirt ($4.95) I paid $4.46 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex
Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L XL as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex
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Reality
1Plus1 Girls Cat Print Pullover ($7.95) I paid $7.16 with the discount code I used.
Size: S M L as I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
(See You)Letter And Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) I paid $8.06 with the discount code I used.
Size Range: S M L XL  I stated previously I sized up for all the clothing items I ordered. So I got a L.
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex

Thoughts: I wore these sweaters each day to work (see pictures below). I’m glad I did for it was a bit breezy, chilly and rainy throughout the week (I live in Florida btw). Each one has a different feel to it and the material off each sweater varies. I like them all but my favorites are the 1Plus1 Girls Cat Print Pullover ($7.95) and the Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) Out of the four the (White)Cat Print Sweatshirt ($4.95) was the thickest while the (See You)Letter And Cat Print Sweatshirt ($8.95) was the thinnest (it also didn’t have any pockets). Overall I’m satisfied with my sweaters. You can wear them with or without a tee underneath and you’ll still be comfortable.

For my final clothing item purchase I present you with these cute Cat Pattern Invisible Socks 5Pairs ($3.95).

Expectation vs. Reality

Size: One size

Material: 64% Cotton, 36% Polyester

Thoughts: With the discount, I paid $3.56 and wasn’t disappointed. These socks look exactly as they’re featured in the picture and not only are they cute, but they’re also comfortable.  There were other options for cat socks so it was hard to choose but these were the ones I ended up purchasing.

That ends the clothing portion of this haul review. Now it’s time for the accessories!

First up is the Cat Pattern Floor Mat (13.95) 

With the discount code I paid $12.56. Out of everything that I bought, this was my favorite. First off I was a little skeptical about it, but when it arrived all of that disappeared. It’s exactly as it looks in the site’s picture and it’s a little bigger than I thought it would be.

Reality vs. Expectation

 

This Cat Print Makeup Bag ($1.95) I is cute but yet it was the biggest disappointment.  It’s smaller than how it’s presented in the site’s picture. You can only hold a few-and I mean a few-lipsticks and maybe one compact mirror. It won’t be able to hold anything else. I did pay $1.76 and that’s a good price for this cute tinier than thou makeup bag.

Expectation vs. Reality

 

I haven’t attempted to place this Cat Decora Hook 1pc ($2.95) on my wall…I’ll wait till I move into a new place. For now I’ll say that the item looks exactly like the picture. It’s large and adorable and I look forward to placing it in a nice spot in my new home. With the discount I paid $2.66.
Expectation vs. Reality
Moving onto the Cat Overlay Print Cushion Cover ($2.95)  I love it. And I only paid $2.66 I have no regrets!
Expectation vs. Reality

All that leaves us with are the Gold Hollow Out Cute Cat Pattern Dangle Earrings ($1.95) and the Butterfly & Cat Tattoo Sticker Set 5pcs ($1.95) which I paid $1.76 each for thanks to the discount. Both look exactly as they do in their pictures. I haven’t used the tattoos yet, but plan on doing so soon. I’m not sure if the earrings have real gold but I do like them. They were light as a feather on my ears and they’re just simple and stylish.

Expectation vs. Reality

Final Thoughts:

Overall I’m quite pleased with my first haul from Romwe. Would I purchase from the site again? I’m planning on ordering a few more items later this month and that will be it for a while. And I’ll post a review of my haul for you. If you do order from this site, make sure to do the following:

  1. Read the reviews for the items
  2. Be aware of the shipping and return policies.
  3. Keep in mind that Romwe has a similar site called Shein which sells similar clothes for higher prices.
  4. Check out these Romwe hauls from the following YouTubers which inspired me to give Romwe a try:

That’s it for now! Have a great week.

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Diving Into Cosmetics: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display Review

Hello my fellow Beauty Kings and Queens!

Welcome to another entry in my Diving Into Cosmetics series. Today I have a review. If you haven’t gathered from my previous entries, I’ve acquired a lot of makeup-lipstick to be exact-so much so I needed an effective way of storing it all.  Enter Amazon once again to save the day with my first makeup storage case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers)

Manufacturer: Sorbus

Purchased from: Amazon.com; 88% positive reviews

Price: List price is $49.99, but I paid $31.99 with free shipping via Amazon Prime.

Remarks:

After keeping tabs on the price point since January, I finally purchased the product last month.  As I embarked on my search to locate a make up storage item within my budget, my eyes set their sights on Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display.  The things that appealed to me were storage space and the color options-7 to be exact varying a bit in price-available for the product.

Storage wise, this product is excellent. It fits all of my lipstick, lip gloss, lip linear, nail polish, etc. And there’s still room for more items.  I ordered my storage unit in purple with the option of 4 large and 2 small drawers. There’s also an option for 3 large, 4 small drawers which is available in the 7 colors.  The top part of the storage unit fits neatly on top but it can also stand aside on its own.

So far I have no issues with the product, though the negative reviews (3%) have stated that the product may crumble and fall apart due to being damaged. I’ll keep my eye on that for future reference.

Overall the Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers) meets my expectations and is a good quality product.  4/5  stars

 

Review: Hell or High Water, A Fantastic Modern Western

Last night I attended a screening for Hell or High Water and I had a great time watching this film. The film first premiered back in May at the Cannes Film Festival and had a limited release on August 12th and will get a wide release this Friday, August 19th. Hell or High Water stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, and Gil Birmingham and was directed by David Mackenize.

Synopsis:

The film centers around two brothers: Toby Howard (Chris Pine) a divorced father, and his ex-con older brother Tanner Howard (Ben Foster).  A few weeks before the events in the film, the brother’s mother has passed away and left the family’s West Texas ranch to Toby and his sons. Unfortunately, the ranch is being foreclosed and in order to save it, the two brothers commit several bank robberies. As their spree continues, two Texas Rangers Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) who’s forced into retirement and his partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) are hot on the brothers’ tale. With the brothers close to reaching their goal, one robbery goes awry resulting in violence, a car chase, and a final showdown.

Five Things From the Film That I loved:

  • The cast:

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This cast did an excellent job. Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine are two of my favorite actors so I definitely wanted to see this film. I love that Chris wanted to take on this role in addition to other meaty roles and isn’t interested in being typecast. Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham also brought their A games in this film. Both Foster and Pine were previously in the film The Finest Hours, and they worked really well together in that film as well as in this one. The brotherly love between the two characters that they played was real and genuine. The same can be said of Birmingham and Bridges characters. Whether they were bickering back and forth, being snarky towards each other, or being serious and talking about the dangers of their job, their partnership was real. There was real affection for each other and that was important to note especially when a critical scene occurs towards the end of the film.

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  • Humor

From beginning to end, humor is placed at the right moments throughout the film. Some might not like the off color racial jokes from Jeff Bridges character Marcus Hamilton, but otherwise the humor was very good and well done.

  • Action

The action in this film is phenomenal, granted this film isn’t an Michael Bay explosion fest type of action film, although there is one explosion in the movie. When I say action, I mean from start to finish, the story moves right along-the pacing is great, the choice of camera angles-especially the opening scene-were well chosen. There is no lull in or between scenes, even in scenes where the characters are just sitting having a beer and talking. In addition, as I watched the film I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I was surprised many times as the story moved from beat to beat and didn’t see certain moments coming. Nothing was too obvious and what I thought was going to happen, often didn’t which was great.

  • The story/setting/dialogue

Hell or High Water is a  bank robbery movie, a buddy movie, and a road movie all rolled up into one, but underneath its surface, the film’s also an examination of the passing of the Old West. The Western is one of my favorite film genres, and in my opinion this film is a modern western.

The story is set in modern day West Texas in various small towns where the recent economic crisis has hit residents hard. Aside from the obvious themes of cowboy hats, horses, and wide open plains, awareness of the treatment of First Nation peoples and women are touched upon in subtle ways in a few parts of the film.

It’s also an exploration of the American Frontier, as in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan (who grew up in Texas) stated the following: “My intention with these three was to kind of explore the modern American frontier and how much has it changed in 130 years, how much hasn’t it changed and how much are we seeing consequences of that still.”

The dialogue is another example of this as in the same interview Chris Pine described the dialogue as cowboy poetry of the script. “This film is about men relating to men and seeking intimacy, failing at intimacy, trying to articulate their love and affection for one another but desperately unable to do so,” Pine said. “Oftentimes they find themselves filling space and time with silence and ways around saying what they want to say.”

  • The Soundtrack

An important component to any film, is the soundtrack and the music used in Hell or High Water was used to brilliant effect.  The music was scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis who have previously scored together films such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and The Proposition.

The soundtrack features several original tracks by the duo in addition to music by Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Stapleton, and others. In an statement made to NME back in July, director David Mackenzie had this to say about Cave and Ellis’ music for the film: “What I love about Nick and Warren’s film music is that it’s epic and expansive without being grandiose. For me as a filmmaker this hits a sweet spot where the score is able to have scale and emotion but not feel manipulative or overwhelming.”

The music featured in the film meshes well with how the story is being told, and not one track felt out out of place and the soundtrack is enjoyable to listen to.

Conclusion:

Overall though I enjoy my comic book films, Hell or High Water is a much needed breath of fresh air in this summer of films. The director, cast and crew did an awesome job of telling this story of two brothers. I definitely enjoyed watching this film and would rewatch it again. I’m giving Hell or High Water an A+.

Review: Future Primitive

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Writer: Kevin Gunstone
Artist: Slobodan Jovanovic
Format: 100 pages Full Colour

Synopsis:

On an Earth transformed by supernova radiation, Kulkan, last warrior king of the mutant Neanderthal “Skybearers”, faces devastation at the hands of the rampaging Australopith “Moon Clan”. A lunar apparition has fuelled the Clanês bloodlust, but the scientifically advanced Skybearers realize they are witnessing the first sign of the mutating supernovaês resultant shockwave – a devastating force_set to obliterate the world it once transformed. Set in an age outside of time, FUTURE PRIMITIVE is a spectacular, dynamic, and hallucinatory stonepunk adventure that follows Kulkan as he battles for the survival of his civilization and to preserve their “Memory of Being” – the sacred cave images relaying Skybearer history and myths – and in which he will find a clue.

Review:

I was intrigued by Future Primitive’s premise and the story did not disappoint.

The plot is one that I have yet to read before and I love the originality of it. The pacing of the story is well balanced and each scene moves to the next with great fluidity. The artwork is spectacular and captures the brutality, hallucinogenic visions, and noble endeavors of all the characters involved. While reading I was very immersed in the story and as I read it on my Kindle, I noticed the colorist’s excellent work.  Whether the colors where vibrant, dark, etc. they all shone through and helped set the tone of each scene.

Future Primitive is an awesome original story that takes our primitive ancestors and gives them a futuristic twist.

5/5

Purchase here.

Book Review: Becoming Undone

becomingBecoming Undone is the sequel to Almost Alive and continues the story of two lovers who fight demons, Michelle and Julian.

Julian loses himself and it’s up to Michelle to save him and get him back and she does. But not before going through many hellish twists and turns. In fact Julian and Michelle both become undone in different ways, only to pick themselves up again at the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book more than I did reading the first. What I loved about this book was that the plot moved steadily and had many twists and turns that I did not see coming. From the get-go the story is full of action packed movements as the series of events throughout the story build on one another.

In this story Michelle finds the hope and courage to believe, and that is one of the messages readers can take away from Becoming Undone. At the end of the book, I was left content but also wondering if Michelle and Julian’s story wasn’t over just yet.

Overall Becoming Undone is an excellent sequel and readers will not want to put the book down until they’ve reached the end.

5/5

Book Review: Storykiller

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I was a Kickstarter backer (I didn’t get The Girl Who Be King) and received the limited edition illustrated hardcover book with was numbered and signed. I really loved all the illustrations especially those of which were scenes from the book. Very beautiful.

Storykiller is an excellent novel. The short description author Kelly Thompson gave for the book “It’s classic Fiction meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new generation.” is absolutely correct. I also loved the tagline “Fight your fiction.” which has an important role in the story.

Tessa is a great character who continues to develop throughout the story. You can feel her struggle with the burden of being the Last of the Scions-those who have the power to kill stories.
The complex world of the novel is explained very well by the author. She also does an excellent job of giving readers her spin on classic story characters such as the Snow Queen and Robin Hood both in their description and character development. Also Micah and Brand were great characters and they had great moments humorous and serious.

There were a few scenes in the book which were unclear or irrelevant to what was going on. I also felt that the pace was a little too fast. We didn’t have time in a few instances to dwell on what was going on.

Overall the story was great and I am curious as to what lies in store for Tessa, Micah, Brand, and their allies, frenemies, and enemies alike.