Tuesday, November 29, 2016

QVC's Josie Maran TSV Review - Peace, Love & Joy Argan Body & Fragrance Set


Josie Maran Peace Argan Body & Fragrance Collection - Vanilla Wafer


On November 19th QVC's Today Special Value (TSV) was a collection from Josie Maran called Peace, Love & Joy Argan Body & Fragrance Set. It was offered in three scents: unscented, Vanilla Wafer and Sweet Holly. I preorderd Vanilla Wafer a couple days earlier than it aired. It's item number A284158 and it's TSV price was $69.95 or five payments of $13.99. The current price is only $6.99 more which doesn't seem like much of a discount for a TSV though the retail value for this set is $192.33. Included in this set are the following products:
  1. 100% Pure Argan Oil - .5 fl. oz.
  2. Holistic Fragrance, Peace aka Vanilla Wafer - 1.7 fl. oz.
  3. Argan Lip Sting Butter in Honey, .16 oz.
  4. 100% Pure Argan Oil - 1.7 fl. oz.
  5. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Wafer - 2 fl. oz.
  6. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Wafer - 8 fl. oz.
When the collection arrived I tried the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter first. The first scent I smelled was a powder followed by sour vanilla. I'm not crazy about the powder scent, but I enjoy the vanilla though I'd prefer it not to smell so tart. I'm going to avoid purchasing any of her vanilla scents from now on since they all have that powder scent. She said it would smell like dessert being baked in the kitchen. I don't get that at all from this scent! Then I tried the perfume. It's described as green foliage, Lilly of the Valley, vanilla and rice milk. It's a aromatherapy scent so you can use a lot of it and many times during the day without it building unlike your typical perfume. It's a perfume that you can spray all over from head to toe instead of just pulse points. It's good for a pick me up or at bedtime. It's smells very similar to the body butter. I'm disappointed in the Lip Sting Butter. It really does sting and for about twenty minutes or so, I do not like that feeling at all. I've heard for others it lasts about ten minutes, but I have really sensitive skin, so for me it lasts twice as long. I really like the tingling sensation that Buxom lip gloss by BareMinerals has for plumping lips. Josie's version actually stings! I don't think anyone would enjoy that! I didn't see any plumping action on my lips, pain no gain. On top of that the lip butter will not stay up in the container, as soon as you press it on your lips it goes back down, how annoying! I've heard from many other customers that they also received a defective lip butter, so it's not an isolated incident. The color is a very neutral earthy rose, not much different from my natural lip color and it's matte. It's nice for hanging around the house, but not impressive enough for out on the town. It's suppose to be very moisturizing, but I find it actually drying. Her Argan Oil is very nice, but it seems every single TSV has included it, so I have too much on hand. It's really moisturizing on the face, but I can only use it in the less humid months since it's just too oily for my skin during the summer months. It's also good for hair ends and cuticles. I have mixed feelings about this TSV, while I enjoy her body butter and the scent really doesn't last very long for me to complain much, I'm really annoyed the lip butter is defective. I can't get a replacement of only the lip butter since it's a new version and not sold separately. She only sells the clear version with no color, so I'd have to send the entire thing back for exchange and odds are I may receive another defective one. But it's not worth keeping since that was one of the main reasons I purchased this kit. I really need a moisturizing neutral lipstick that I can wear daily during fall and winter. Any suggestions? I've always wondered why she doesn't offer her TSVs for preorder more than a couple days prior to airing and this kit made me think that the reason is she's afraid of bad reviews prior to it airing. This kit has the worst reviews I've ever seen for one of her TSVs! It currently has 429 reviews with a score of 2.8 stars out of 5! Most people do not like the scent of Vanilla Wafer nor Sweet Holly and apparently the unscented has no scent even though she said it would have just a bit. I can't imagine spraying perfume on that has no scent unless it's April Fool's Day! Did you order this collection and if so, what did you think of the scents? I can't decide what to do, so you tell me should I return, exchange or keep it? Taking votes now, comment below!

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22 comments:

  1. It's interesting you mentioned that about how maybe she doesn't do preorder in advance because she could be afraid of bad reviews. I purchased the last tsv she had with the foundation in it a few days before it aired. I posted a bad review. Then they changed the item number on tsv day so that review was gone.

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    1. I've noticed that with other items, u have 2 search to find the previous item number to find reviews and if it's sold out they won't show the reviews. They have a habit of doing that lately, so if I see no reviews on a product I know they have sold before it's a red flag. I don't take their mostly positive reviews very seriously since all of my negative reviews were rejected. I don't even bother to review now. What didn't u like about the foundation? I didn't purchase because there are so few shades. Whenever they only have a couple shades it's never light enough for me.

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    2. The foundation was OK but not great. It is kinda heavy with a medium coverage. In my experience It cosmetics and Laura Geller provide more coverage, lighter weight and a nice finish. The brush was really cheap.

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  2. I would return it... I was tempted to order this one, but ultimately decided against it since I am so picky about fragrances. Now I'm glad I passed! Thank you for your reviews and TSV previews!

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    1. Yep, you have all convinced me I need to do the dreaded return. You are lucky you skipped this TSV! You're very welcome :)

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  4. I am in the minority! I love the scent of the vanilla wafer body butter and I think it pairs nicely with the fragrance. It is light which I like because strong scents give me a headache (I can't even walk into a Sephora store). I agree the lip stick is light and a bit drying but when I add some lip gloss over it I like the color. I haven't tried the other products. I also bought her holiday body butter set and I really like the scents I have tried. I am a huge fan of the body butters so that is why I tried the kit. I am keeping and going to see how the next kit shakes out. I regret every day not putting her last body butter kit on auto delivery so I did auto on this one. I would send it back though if I were you. Too expensive this time of year to keep.

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    1. Oh my not being able to walk into a Sephora store, so sad. I can't imagine being sensitive to scents, I'm addicted to buying perfumes. I'm glad you found something you can wear without a headache! Maybe you can switch to auto delivery if you call customer service. I know you can do it shortly after ordering the non a/d by mistake. Yeah, I'm going to do the dreaded return. I hate returning things.

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  5. I completely agree with you! I feel like ALL of Josie's TSV and special sets always have body butter and the Argan Oil in them, enough already, I have way too much! That is why I didn't buy this TSV actually. Although I understand that is what she is known for, I would have loved to have seen something different in this TSV for Christmas, maybe the Divine Drip or the Nirvana spray. Regardless, it sounds like this TSV was a bust, so I would absolutely return it if it's not your cup of tea.

    I don't know if you have tried IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi, it has come in the last few TSV's and I love it. It's a lip conditioner and it doesn't have color which I like so I can layer whatever lipstick or lip gloss color I like over it. I find my lip color stays on more with it as well.

    Thank you as always for your wonderful reviews and previews!

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    1. Hi Nicole, thanks for the compliments! Yeah, I'm going to have to return it, not fun. Yeah, I've heard of that lip stain from It Cosmetics. I'll give it a try if I can find it for a good price. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  6. I also ordered this set. I use and really like the argan oil itself and have for over a year. I also usually love the body butters and use them everyday. I did not like the scent in this body butter. It has a strong lemon scent and that is all I smell. The perfume is pretty nice and I will wear it but I don't think it's something I would buy again. When I put it on in the morning it does give a nice vanilla smell but by lunch it's hardly there. I gave the lip butter away so not sure about that one.

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    1. Yeah, her perfume is more of an aromatherapy scent which doesn't last long, but the good thing is you can use it as often as you want as a pick me up. My favorite is from Wei.

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  7. I ordered the Peace set and was extremely disapointed!! The vanilla wafer scent was like play-dough, the lipstick stung so badly I had to remove it and was drying. I am returning mine tomorrow. Sounds like you should return yours as well.

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    1. I can't believe how much it stung, Lisa! Why would she approve such a product! Yeah, I'm going to have to do the dreaded return.

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  8. I also got Vanilla Wafer and don't like it. I wanted to try the Unscented fragrance, but I didn't want more uscented body butter. I liked the shade of the lipstick and I wasn't bothered by the sting, which I didn't notice much, but I did find it drying. I'm very sad to say this kit was a fail for me, too.

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    1. I'm sad too, wish it was a winner for everyone. Hopefully her next TSV will be. Going back to look at my previous Josie TSV A/Ds that I skipped and maybe reschedule one. Yeah, the shade of the lipstick is pretty, bummer I have to send it back but can't stand the sting, drying and it won't stay in position while applying. Don't understand why it's drying since she said it would be the opposite!

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  9. I ordered the Joy and really like it, but the scent doesn't last long. It is Christmasy and smells just like the season. The body butter is too oily for me.

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    1. Sorry so slow to reply, health issues. I'm glad to hear you like it, I regretted not ordering that one instead after I heard the description on air, but it was too late since my preorder was on it's way. Make sure you use very little of the body butter, a little goes a long way. It's best to apply right after your shower. Just a dab or two on each arm and leg, etc. It takes very little. Try using it as a hand cream only if that doesn't work for you.

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  10. I agree with everyone. The lip product was horrible. Mine also wouldn't stay up in the tube. I think the worst part was the sting and the color. I got the vanilla and thought it smelled like my daughter's modeling clay. Such a loss for me. I need to cancel my auto delivery. Love the blog!

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    1. Sorry so slow to reply, health issues. You would think they would have some kind of quality control, usually QVC does. So many had the same issue, she's going to eat the cost of all of these returns, maybe she will learn her lesson. I have little patience for issues like that, why I stopped ordering from Tarte. Yeah, don't forget to cancel your A/D. Thanks so much, glad you enjoy it!

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  11. I picked up the Vanilla Wafer and the Sweet Holly. I am surprised that I like the Sweet Holly better than the Vanilla Wafer. I really like her other scents that have vanilla in them, such as Vanilla Apricot. I am excited about trying the Vanilla Pear in the February shipment. I would have preferred the clear lip sting to the color in this kit. I wonder if the clear is less drying.

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    1. Sorry so slow to reply, health issues. I regretted not ordering the Holly since after she described it on air I thought I'd probably like it, but I preordered vanilla wafer and it was on it's way so it was too late. I'm not crazy about some of her vanilla scents, they smell too powdery for my liking. Let me know how you like the vanilla pear, it sounds like a good one. You could check the reviews on the clear lip sting, I haven't had a chance to and I'm curious.

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