Let me start by explaining the reason behind this post. I posted recently about how I disgusted I was with the Julep promotion. I seem to have had a lot of people think that I liked the company and just disliked the promotion. The idea seems to be that I was disappointed in a company I liked for such a disgusting add campaign. Let me start by saying this.
Now lets make sure I keep this all nice and legal and such. These are just MY opinions. My opinion is I wouldn't trust this company or the owner as far as I could throw him. And again, MY OPINION. I don't quite know why I am so worried about legal stuff since the lawyer and law firm he claims represents him and threatens to use doesn't exist and its address is an empty building. But I will be careful none the less.
Ok, so the obvious question at this point is why don't I trust him? Oh so many reasons! Lets start with properly introducing him to all of you. His name is Richard Annington. You can see his Linked In profile here:
Now just in this page there are MAJOR issues that need to be addressed. The Founder and Board Member at Beauty Gives Back sounds like a snazzy title! Too bad this is a non existent charity. It has not yet actually been created. Hmm..... Thats interesting.... And issue number one I have.
Now issue number two. Gotham Beauty. His LAST beauty box service. What? Whats that you ask? You didnt know Bondi is not his first rodeo?
At the most simplistic and basic level, I dont want to deal with someone whose previous yet very similar business was rated with an F on the Better Buisness Bureau site. But lets go to the review centre page and see, maybe they have some more in depth information.
So basically, according to the reviews, he doesn't pay people, people don't get their stuff, and then he closes up shop and runs away. That sounds like someone I want to subscribe to a beauty box from. Not.
Now I did make a snide comment about his "lawyers". I guess he does have SOME lawyers since you can also find this piece of info online:
Now lets move on to Bondi. The point of this article. According to the Bondi website in the about page.
"We're working on some awesome content for this page as text is just plain boring, however, in the meantime, here's a little something about us:But once more, their non profit foundation has not yet been liscensed. It is pending, but as of yet does not exist. If I were creating a company with the intent of funnelling all profits to a charity, I think I would get that started first. Yes, it can take up to a year, but it takes that long to start a company, get the product, and production and everything else ready to sell product. If Bondi has been around for 9 months, he should have had this foundation up and running by now.
Launched in 2013, Bondi New York is a collection of twenty fashion forward colors that are five free (formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, toluene and DBP). Based out of New York, our brand is American made with all of the net profits going to our non-profit foundation which supports a wide variety of charitable causes throughout the United States."
"Beauty Gives Back exists solely to channel the profits from the sale of Bondi New York brand nail polish to charitable causes in the countries that we operate. More information on our giving back efforts is available by emailing hello at bondinewyork.com"But yes, nowhere in the state of Delaware is this charity ACTUALLY registered as far as I can find. 9 months in its still pending. And yet that is supposedly where the money all goes.
Richard claims that its not tasteless because Julep doesnt respond to messages online withing 120 minutes like he does. He is correct there. They dont. But they do all sorts of crazy things that Bondi DOESNT do. Like ship boxes. Thats right. These posts were all made last week. And at that point NO September OR October boxes had been shipped out. Yet he started this promotion to get new members to join. I guess he needed to replace all the people cancelling due to NOT GETTING BOXES.
They are super different from the competition. Absolutely! Competition SENDS boxes. oops. I guess that is NOT what he meant. He shortly afterwards posted a facebook message thanking the 700+ new subscribers who signed up that day. I would think when you are behind TWO MONTHS you should not actively seek 700+ subscribers but what do I know? I am merely a beauty addict who subscribes to services such as this one (such as, but NOT).
Hmm....... so this was just posted the other day. Seems people will be charged for NOVEMBER before they ever get SEPTEMBER.
And if you happen to be in the NYC area, you may decide to go pick up your box. And forget about waiting for it to be shipped. But wait. Thats been done. It doesnt work too well either! OOPS!! (this post was taken off of makeuptalk.
So yes, for those and so many more reasons I wont go into (google his name, check him out yourself!) I wont be purchasing from him. Now he started sending out september shipping notices at the beginning of this week. But so far all the tracking information suggests they printed labels, but have not yet shipped anything. I dont know if that is true or not. I find it hard to believe usps would mess up EVERYONE'S tracking but its possible. So people MIGHT get September and October boxes. But I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the company will eventually pick up and pull a Glym. Again, this is NOT fact.