I had a referral credit this month (thanks to everyone who signed up and shipped a bag through my referral link!), so I had an extra item in my bag. It was pretty lame, one of those ugly green picture frames, but at least it was something I could trade. LBB also did a promo for July where everyone who opened a bag got a deluxe Redken sample while supplies lasted. I received five items total in this bag, including the sample.
The item I chose to open with was this awesome Street Level Tote, which is more of a messenger bag in my opinion. I had seen it on the site in June and thought it was something I would like, but I liked the Melie Bianco bag I had better so I didn't try to trade for it. When I got the notification on the 1st that I had a new bag ready, I intended on skipping it, but then I saw that this bag was back and I snatched it up right away. I believe the retail price was $78, but I couldn't find it anywhere else (nor could I find a website for Street Level), so I couldn't really verify that.
I wish I had this bag while I was in college. It's huge and perfect for carrying around notebooks and my laptop. Unfortunately I don't know how much use it will get now since I rarely carry my laptop anywhere, but I'm still glad I have it and I'll find some way to use it. The other items I got were:
- ncla Nail Wraps in Hi-Fi Stereo ($16) - I thought the pattern on these was really pretty and I've been wanting to try them for a while, so when someone offered me these in a trade I accepted. I think I traded an ncla nail lacquer for them. I'm glad I tried them because now I know, but I have to say they are pretty crappy. They're basically stickers, and the pattern itself looks like it was printed off of some ink-jet printer from the 90s. I know that's a weird description, but I have a close-up photo that I'll post to better show what I mean. Aside from the bad quality of the print, they don't apply well and they just look bad.
- ncla Nail Lacquer in Miss Sunset Strip ($16) - While I don't recommend the nail wraps, I do really like this nail polish. It's a purple glitter that I was really excited to get, because all of the swatches of it that I found looked really nice. I'm happy I didn't trade this item away.
- All The Rage Snake Bracelet ($22) - This bracelet is totally not something I would imagine myself liking, but as soon as I saw it in the LBB gallery I wanted it really badly! There was also a tiger one which I liked a little bit more, but no one was willing to trade me for that. In the end, though, I really like this snake design because it's really fun.
- Redken Align 12 Straightening Lotion - I think these extra samples were a nice addition, but I wish that they were only tradeable amongst themselves. I was getting really annoyed at people who were trying to offer me a $0 value, 1 oz. sample for my items. I know that some people were able to trade their samples for nail polishes, etc., but I personally just wasn't willing to part with one of my valued items for a free sample.
The total value of my July bag was $132. I like to choose purses for my main item because then I feel like I'm really getting my money's worth. If I was to choose a necklace that cost $80, it wouldn't really feel like I was getting as good of a deal because I wouldn't get as much use out of a tiny necklace, and could probably find a comparable one for less than that at Target.
Bottom Line: I am 100% happy with my July Little Black Bag, but I'm going to hold off on purchasing another one for a little while because I'd like to use the $60 elsewhere. If you'd like to give it a try, I'd love if you could use my referral link!
More photos of my items are after the read more!