Muffy W.

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11 Reviews by Muffy


Popsugar is a media company that thrives only because of paid advertorials. You people do realize their "must have" products from their old box and talked about in their blog are there because brands paid to have them there, right? Apparently not.

Popsugar was originally created by Lisa Sugar, a celeb gossip hobbyist and Brian Sugar, Lisa's hubby. It began with a fun idea that has spiraled downward into the debacle it is today. It's as though since Group Nine Media bought it, it's gone to hell. It's really, really bad.

Originally they had a decent concept. There was a box, there were interesting articles. Now it seems they're all over the place; it's become a train wreck, the box and their mini box have ended, their old "text to buy" whatever their "must have" item was didn't work (my and my friends' texting for "yes" never went through.) They have struggling beauty brands and the website is filled with articles that are an unreadable mess. If a teenager can hack Twitterthen a media company should be able to create a useable website.

That shopping option never worked and the items were EXCRUCIATINGLY overpriced for unknown brands.

They seem to focus ONLY on new and unknown brands that paid to place absurdly high prices on their wares. Bad idea.

Next, whoever is writing those articles... all I can say is there's apparently no cure for stupid. "Be careful not to buy WIC items during the pandemic?" Are you SERIOUS? You DO realize the "approved WIC brands" (if all bought out due to a pandemic) would be replaced by available brands, right? Clearly this wasn't researched. Then we have articles entitled such as "Check out these 4 interesting..." which, for example, will only have 2 listed. The writing is just bad.

There are so many pop ups and linked articles in each post that it makes it IMPOSSIBLE TO READ so I end up closing the site because I just can't get to the meat of an article for the badly placed SEO, links within text and those gawdawful popups. It makes me not want to buy whatever product is listed just in principal. Terrible, obvious advertorials.

The "shop" section looks like old reposts of said "advertorials" and it makes the reader's brain hurt.

I won't even go into the racism. It's unbelievable.

Demographics are all over the place. Articles from Popsugar used to come up in the first page of Google whenever I looked anything up. Now? I actually have to look Popsugar up in and of itself to see if they've written anything on the subject or product I'm researching.

Popsugar used to be at least somewhat trustworthy. I have no idea what's happened but it's absolutely a nightmare. I'm pretty sure Group Nine Media bought it just to crush it out. That's the only reason I can come up with as to explain what's happened to that site.


I've been an active member of the 3 products per month which renews every 6 months, for several years.

I recently canceled all of my 10 subscription boxes and only kept 3, this was one of the ones I loved so much I kept it. Personally, I really do love it. I now own all the top designer scents in these travel-friendly sizes. I have a whole collection now. All last year they also had stuff in the personal care, wellness, makeup and skin care sections but those products seem to be decreasing and disappearing. That's my only complaint, that those sections are dwindling due to popularity. It's where I discovered Lavido and learned I couldn't live without that particular brand in my life... and Kat Von D and CLE. They tend to feature new brands that eventually become viral giants.

As far as perfume brands, they have everything under the sun you could imagine. I bought a giant Michael Kors in 2017 and was so mad because I could've gotten it through Scentbird and realized it wasn't for me, now I'm stuck with a huge purchase... that's the kind of thing Scentbird SAVES you from doing.

Basically, you get to test out a scent (or three) each month and review it... and sometimes buy the full size version which isn't available often so when I get a "credit" to use, I tend to splurge on one of their candles. Their candles are more potent than Yankee or B&BW brands and I'm addicted to the Cedar one. But I digress...

Anyway, if you want to try out expensive brands and "date" the scent before "marrying" and buying the full version then this is for you. Shipping and packaging is always great, nothing has ever arrived broken and the presentation is great (cute sustainable tube box nestled inside recycled paper crinkles) along with a scent card.

If you don't douse yourself in scent (these are pretty strong) then it lasts a month. I ended up with so many decanters because these do last forever, that I started choosing their makeup, vitamins, and other stuff... I really like the program. If they had a "4 or 5" package deal beyond the 3 items per month, I'd probably get it. They give you an option to "buy your whole que" for a 20% off rate, and I may do that because I really like these.

You do get a chance to update your selections before shipping in case something becomes unavailable, which is rare but sometimes can happen with a popular item. Once they ran out of my favorite Versace so they just sent me my next month's preference. They're strong, and the cases are cute and leak-proof. If you like fragrance, you'll save money with this. That's why I've stuck with it so long.

UPDATE JUNE 2021: Lately I don't know what's going on with them. One of my 3 items last month was missing and apart from having to take a photo of the missing item (?!) packaging to show that it really was missing (I'm not sure how that actually proves it was missing) customer service was very kind and they sent it out to me asap.

Another weird thing is that I KNOW which products I'd added to my lineup for June, but when I went onto the site, those products had been removed and my July lineup had been moved into June's for the month. I can understand if they run out of things, delete and replace with what was supposed to come up next in line, but when I went into their site I saw they had plenty of the things that had been deleted. That's just annoying. So I went ahead and added them again. We shall see if they actually arrive.

Tip for consumers:
Keep checking back because their available products do tend to change from time to time, depending on who ads what to their que.

Products used:
I use them all.

Jessica L. – Scentbird Rep

Wow, we were blown away by your positive words, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a detailed review! We’re very grateful for customers like you and hope you stick with us for years to come! ❤️


I bought the seasonal sub for discounts and the edit sales and add on's is what make me want to stay. I love the products and the amazing deals you can get on this site. Yes they moved offices and there was some trouble with the headache of shipping 2 seasons ago. But that cleared up. It's that time again and I'm totally buying what I need. They usually have high end brands and then some unknown brands that are new. Sometimes it's a hit and miss. I've never had a box tho that I didn't repurchase at least one or two things in there at full price just because they worked so darn good. Sometimes I get stuff I go why this, but I end up using it bottom of the jar or until it finally break years down the road. Sometimes I'll get sheet mask I don't ever use but it's always one of the real expensive kind that I'd never buy for myself. So I try it and love it. They do stick to the profile. I've never gotten anything unrelated to what I'd at least like. The one thing to remember is if you add stuff to your cart, there's no checkout and they'll bill you and ship them. It's how they work. The add on's and the edit sales they're addicting. I save hundreds.


Amazon has gone big box meaning if you buy a product they pull it from the big box of all the same no matter who the seller is. Fulfilled and shipped through Amazon. So it means I might get a real product or I might end up with a fake from another country that's not legitimate. This makes shopping scary here so I try to go with items I know are safe and aren't being duplicated in other places. The shipping is unusually fast even with this covid. Every now and again we have a return or exchange and when we do it's always handled by a polite rep and everything is always fast and easy. My only complaint is the stocking of necessary products and the the big box issue other than that I don't see how we could live without Amazon.


I placed an order online and it arrived today. I was billed for my full order. Two items are missing from my packing slip and my shipment, however they show on my online purchase order on their website. I noticed the items that are missing are no longer in stock. I'd specifically placed this order in the first place FOR THOSE ITEMS and had added a few others, the items that did arrive, just to reach the free shipping threshold. Normally when an order is placed the stock should show accurately whether it's available or not. If for some reason their inventory was way off, then they should at least reach out to the customer to let them know that said items are out of stock and refund the difference to the original method of payment. I run a business myself - very similar in process - and I have the system set to show accurate inventory and errors are never made. If for some reason an error occurs which has not happened thus far, my system would automatically refund the difference and alert the buyer of the situation in advance. The LAST thing I'd ever do is just bill someone for something I'm not shipping and then just "wait and see" if said customer notices. I also notice that the negative reviews on Julep here tend to be billing related as well. Perhaps Julep may take notice and make the three clicks within the site's platform that it would take in order to put these in place to avoid further inventory and billing issues.


Normally I don't give single-star reviews however I saw all of the good reviews on the products and decided to try them. I, too, fell for those colorful YouTube advertisements. SOME of the products are decent (the leggings) however the shapewear really isn't, more detailed review below. This site isn't what you think, or what they represent themselves to be to the public. Here's my personal experience.

LIE NUMBER 1: WE SELL LOTS OF BRANDS: Apart from Emputa and Cocoon brands, as this site represents itself as being a site that sells all name brand shapewear, however in reality it sells 1 item by Wacoal (a bra which is priced far beyond Wacoal's standard retail price likely so that no one will actually order it.) It comes in a choice of 2 colors, 3 sizes and is severely out of date. They have another bra by Bally listed which has been perpetually out of stock for months. Other than that, it's Emputa or Cocoon or nothing.

LIE NUMBER 2: QUALITY: The site mainly pushes the Emputa and Cocoon brand shapewear. These are low-mid quality products typically sold via Amazon and often through other discount sites. If you've ever bought cheap China-made items via Vipon, which offers coupon codes for Amazon products that are made in Asia and are of lower quality, then you know about what I'm referring to. While the shapewear isn't horrible, it's sure not worth the listed prices.

LIE NUMBER 3: FREE RETURNS & EXCHANGES: This couldn't be further from the truth. First, to return an item at all, it's a $6.95 return fee. Then they give you a choice: you may shop now online with the amount you're trying to have refunded or, you can pay a FEE to have the money returned to the original form of payment. Then there's the issue of shipping. I'm surprised the FCC or BBB has not called them out on this blatant lie yet.

LIE NUMBER 4: EASY RETURNS & EXCHANGES: This is really the most blatant of all. Upon ordering, I'd set up an account. Now when I try to login all I receive are error messages. I've input all my information correctly, all I'm trying to do is return items that don't work.

REVIEWS OF THE PRODUCTS: I purchased a lot of products here in my one and only purchase. Here's my reviews: I am 5'7" and 155 lbs. and my measurements are 3 8D- 30-38 and ordered size Medium in everything.

THE FREE TOTE: it's weightless, paper thin and cheaply made so it's perfect for lightweight carrying of your new shape wear! 5 stars.

THE FREE LAUNDRY BAG: It's great quality. Works well. 5 stars.

THE EMPUTA HIGH WAIST SHAPING BRIEF: The stay up band is excellent but it's so high waisted it will comes up over my chest and the compression would be considered "a light hug" in Spanx language. The top stays in place perfectly but the leg openings are so small they cut off your circulation. I have long, lean legs so someone with weight to hide, this would be a possible SERIOUS ISSUE not to mention the lack of circulation, especially if diabetic. 1 Stars.

THE EMPUTA HIGH WAISTED SHAPING SHORTS: These give Spanx a run because they're super comfortable and work. I wear them as bike shorts. There isn't much compression though. 4 Stars.

THE EMPUTA AT WAIST SHAPING SHORTS: Another perfect item except for the waistband. Lord it's not even sewn right and it's a weird band like I can't even describe, stay away from these seriously. They cause an odd muffin top. No real compression however they smooth the legs but that waistband... 1 Star.

THE EMPUTA LOUNGE LEGGINGS: These are super comfy. I'd wear these daily. Thin like runner's tights. 5 Stars.

THE EMPUTA HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS: These are very comfy but come with a waist that reaches the chest. Comfy. 5 Stars.

THE COCOON SHAPING CAMI: Terribly strange material, cuts off the circulation and the straps are not adjustable. If you are extremely short, you may like this though but not if you're over 5 feet tall. High compression. 3 Stars.

So, I'd recommend going to a store like any discount store and just buying the shapewear there because it's cheaper, better quality and you can try it on. This is next to impossible to return and the quality isn't so great.

Shapermint R. – Shapermint Rep

We really appreciate your feeback, Muffy. For the record, we do sell other brands, not only Empetua, Co'Coon, Wacoal, and Bali. We also sell Maiden Form, MiracleSuit, TC, Naomi & Nicole, Commando, and Squeem. It is also stated in our return policy that exchanges free and there is a $6.95 refund fee for returns. Shipping fees are also non-refundable, these are for the third party couriers that we also paid to deliver the item/s.

You may send us a private message through our facebook page with your order details so we can provide you the best resolution possible. We hope to hear from you soon.


I used to be a travel agent. Priceline is decent as far as prices and being a one stop shop. Here is some accurate info. Based on my personal experience with them. For car rental you'll need to be honest if you don't have a credit card and are using a debit card and be prepared to make a decent sized deposit. I've seen a lot of lines of people with this issue at the airports. Click the "using a debit card" option always on the site if this is your case and save yourself the headache as otherwise Priceline will assign you a rental company that does not accept debit. For hotels NEVER EVER USE EXPRESS DEALS because you only save around $20 and for some reason they really think a Howard Johnson is a 3 star resort. Choose your hotel based on star rating and location, you'll be happier you splurged that extra $15. For flights NEVER USE THE EXPRESS FLIGHT DEALS unless you are okay with flying redeye meaning you fly at 5am or some ungodly hour on a carrier that will still charge you for bags anyway. I recommend you choose your flight time with a higher price on the carrier that allows for the free or less expensive bag. Cost wise, it's ALWAYS a wash and you're saving time and stress and it's far more comfortable. I run away from Spirit and choose JetBlue and Southwest often for example. For timing everything Priceline is excellent if you book your flights first. Book and pay for the flights then they offer you the car to be picked up immediately after you land, no messing with timing or with multiple sites. Priceline even allows you to add mileage, points and so on. Priceline also allows cash back using ebates which saves more money. Priceline gives constant alerts on timing, travel updates, flight schedule and so on. Getting an agent to help out is easy and fast too. Do they always have the absolute best prices? Not always but pretty close. With this one site I can get literally everything booked, planned and set up and have an agent if I need one.


I'm older than the college age that Pink by Victoria's Secret markets to however I can only comfortably wear the Pink brand underwear for some reason. It's absurdly comfortable and the Pink leggings too. I just wish they would get those giant labels off of the clothing. I have noticed though, that the quality in general has taken a serious nosedive. The sizing for one thing is totally inconsistent. You really need to read reviews first to see whether it runs too big or small and hardly anything runs "true to size" anymore. Even the bras and panties run one way or the other now. I've ordered multiple items in different colors in the same size and they're not only different sizes but different material too. A pair of leggings recently arrived with a hole. I returned them and they charged me shipping even though they told me on the phone that they wouldn't. I am going to stop shopping there.The brand seems only popular with a certain under-culture now anyway. I just purchased a sweater from there and the entire thing unraveled within a few minutes. I will never, ever shop there again.


If I charged Life Lock by the hour for the TIME THEY COST ME I'd be a millionaire. This company was recently fined by the FCC and by federal judges in numerous states and I can see why. First of all, they pretend to be the consumer (you) and repeatedly place "fraud alerts" on the 3 main credit reporting agencies as well as all of your cards and automatically "renew" said alerts every 90 days. This not only prevents you from obtaining new accounts at places you might want to open, but it makes the major credit reporting agencies AI apparently think you're a fraud risk. Next, if your wallet is stolen and you "make that simple call to Life Lock," they'll simply cancel every single transaction on all of your credit cards and bank accounts from that day's date on back for several months causing you more harm than good. You'll have charge backs out the wazoo that you can't even count not to mention the DAMAGE YOU DO TO SMALL BUSINESS. So that $5 cup of coffee you purchased from the local coffee shop actually costs the coffee shop $50 in time, fees, taking pictures of old receipts and then their card processing service decides to give them the boot ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. Try calling your card company and straighten it out? GOOD LUCK... Life Lock doesn't care who they hurt. They just create charge backs on literally everything. All your subscription boxes and subscription services are STOPPED COLD WITH NEVER-ENDING WORK TRYING TO REACTIVATE. Add a new form of payment? Forget it, you bought LIFE LOCK so literally EVERYTHING YOU OWN IS FROZEN. Life Lock doesn't do a thing for spam, identity theft or anything else. It only places repeated "fraud alerts" on everything you own, freezing up all your accounts and all your money. With all this mess and your regular accounts fighting these erroneous charge-backs, your credit at wherever you had any is now RUINED along with your reputation.


This is a decent place to buy anything you need for beauty, including skincare, makeup and hair care plus tools. They do always have the latest of everything as far as the top name brands. Ebates gives cash back and you can always use their on site coupon codes to get samples of the latest and greatest of anything you want to try. My only complaint is that sometimes they supplement the samples with things that are totally not relevant (such as men's cologne to a woman or a co-wash product to someone who cannot use that type of thing.) Also, sales are very infrequent and not really worth it. I could receive higher cash back from the brand's main site plus a nicer promo coupon most of the time. Sephora does have their Play box which is awesome and it's totally worth it. That's happiness in a box every month for me. However, buying makeup here doesn't save much money even though their points system is nice for sampling. I'm a member of their Flash shipping which is $15/year however the minimum is $20 or $25 to get a sample of anything with it, so it's almost a moot point to sign up for.


First of all, there's no actual savings. VIP members ONLY and I mean ONLY save money when they sign up for that membership when they make that initial purchase. Thereafter, the prices SELF-ADJUST and you will be paying FULL PRICE ALWAYS THEREAFTER, regardless of said "VIP membership." The membership does not actually get you any special deals, any sales or any discounts WHATSOEVER. You only save money the first purchase. If you don't believe me, open two browsers and look for yourself. Next, their shoes DO NOT RUN ACCURATELY TO SIZE, ARE CHEAPLY MADE AND I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S THE SAME SUBPAR QUALITY YOU CAN GET FOR A LOT LESS MONEY ON ALIEXPRESS. If you want to return something, you have to pay a 20% restocking fee - even if it's defective or damaged. Their points system is a joke and you can get the same stuff from Wish for a third of the price. Their quality is SO bad, for less money per pair you can get a high end brand from Macy's or Nordstrom if you shop the sales. The Just Fab / Shoedazzle (they are owned by the same company) styles must cater to ghetto gangsters because no one wears stuff like that, no one with any real style sense. The shoes are also uncomfortable and dear God, it's like the 90's cheap bright stripper shoes are alive and well on that website.

D M. – JustFab Rep

Hello Muffy,

We’re sorry to hear about your recent experience with JustFab! We value your feedback and the chance to resolve any issues that our members may have. A representative from our member service team will be contacting you within 48 hours to further assist you.


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