I’ve been painting my nails on a regular basis for 5 years. Through the years, I’ve come a long way from “I’ll just apply a little bit of nail polish” to actually doing my nails regularly during a one-hour-long ceremony. How do I do it? You can learn it from this post. (more…)
In this post, I’m writing about 18 things I want to put my hands on. If you want to know, what these things are, keep on reading. (more…)
I’ve been using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo (+) tinted moisturizer for 4 or 5 months. If you’re curious how it worked for me, keep on reading. (more…)
“trend IT UP” appeared in dm shops a few months ago. When I saw that they had a high coverage foundation, I had to try it. (more…)
A few months ago I was looking for Korean makeup ideas on the Internet when I found the Too Cool for School eyeshadow palette on Aliexpress. Though I rarely wear pink eyeshadow, I decided to try it. (more…)
I’ve loved cream eyeshadows recently. They’re easy to work with, long-lasting and it’s easy to create a nice eyeshadow look with them – they’re perfect on busy mornings. The following eyeshadow stick is one of my latest Aliexpress purchases. (more…)
The Internet is full of videos and blog posts about the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte&Poreless foundation. It was the word “poreless” that made me buy it. I’ve been using it for about two months, so I’ve had time to get to know this product. (more…)
I had been thinking of trying contouring for a few months. Yet, anytime I thought of it, I always brushed it aside as I thought that it wouldn’t look flattering on my pale skin. In April, my curiosity got strong enough and I decided to brave it out, so I went out to buy the Essence Shape Your Face contouring palette. I thought that if I have a go at this thing, I would do it with a brand I know well. (more…)
I bought the Catrice The Essential Nude Collection eyeshadow palette. It seemed perfect because it contains exactly the kinds of shades that I most often use. (more…)
Clothing items are the most difficult to buy. All these products have size charts on their pages but they aren’t usually accurate. What you should know about sizing is that Chinese sizes are usually 1-2 sizes smaller than European or US sizes. So if you wear a size M, it’s generally true that L or XL will be the right pick for you. But it isn’t always true. If you want to get a clear picture, make sure to check the feedbacks. A lot of people do not only rate the order or product by giving stars, but they also provide information about their sizes and measurements (e.g. I ordered size L to European size and it fits/too small/too big, etc.), upload photos, so you can see the actual product, not a retouched catalogue photo. Among the feedbacks, you can often find useful information relating the delivery (it arrived in 2 weeks, it arrived after a month, the product was packed well, etc.), and they also write if the product was faulty or damaged. As far as I’m concerned, I like to read other people’s feedbacks because I can learn what the seller does in case of an issue, like if they respond to customers’ messages, how cooperative they are when it comes to problem-solving, things like that.
Another favourite and exciting category of mine is buying makeup-related things. You see that beautiful eyeshadow palette in the photo, next it a woman who is likely to have had her makeup done with that palette, you put the product into your shopping cart and pay right away, but the actual product is nowhere near the one in the photo.
Oftentimes, the same model with the same makeup appears on the sites of different products. Let’s see an example.
The same photo for two different items. Interesting, isn’t it? That’s why I don’t trust in the photos uploaded by sellers. The rule of buying clothing items applies: I always read other people’s feedbacks and decide if I will buy that product based on their photos.
Another favourite of mine is when they get photos from other websites.
So I don’t think you should rely on the sellers’ photos, but on the reviews of other customers instead.
Useful tips – for online shopping in general
Have you ever been in a situation when you liked something, bought it right away, then realised that you don’t really need it or don’t like it? I have. Recently, I’ve been trying to avoid such situations by putting something I like into my virtual shopping cart and check it after a couple days and if I still like it or still feel that I can’t exist without it, I buy it. If I don’t really need it or don’t really like it, it becomes clear after a while, I remove the item from the cart and avoid impulse purchase.
Another reason why you should keep the chosen items in your cart for a while is that if the price gets reduced, you can get it cheaper.
A very important thing: never save you bank card/credit card data. If your computer gets hacked or somebody steals your phone, they can easily get access to your money as well. Remove your credit card number after every purchase, or it’s even safer if you log out from your account.
I hope you liked this post. Write a comment if you think I’ve missed something. What tips and tricks do you have for online shopping?