Review: Naked 2 Basics

Hello lovelies!

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I am ordering the Naked on the Run palette from Urban Decay today, but thought I would also do a post on the Naked 2 Basics for comparison when I get my order in!

I got the Naked 2 Basics because I was looking for something that was more portable than the full sized Naked palettes. I liked that the Basics are neutral still, with this one being more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette.

The mirror is a nice size for a travel palette as it takes up the entire top portion of the palette. I was hoping the whole thing would be slightly more compact as I have a pretty small makeup bag. It is hard to open, but I actually like that a little bit since that means it doesn’t randomly pop open when being tousled around in my makeup bag on a daily basis.

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The shades are Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, and Undone.

I swatched them in order on my hand below. These are done with my finger using one pass, no primer. IMG_2478.JPG

As you can see, Skimp and Stark are barely visible on my pale skin. Skimp does give a bit of a sheen and both would be pretty highlights on darker complexions.

Swatching with a finger, the colors came out chalky and dragged horribly which left a splotchy application.  I did go back and redo 2 of them with brushes so you can see the difference. The swatch on the bottom toward my wrist is Primal, and Undone is the vertical swatch on the left. You can see them compared to the original swatches done with fingers (Undone with finger is top swatch, Primal with finger is 2nd swatch from top).IMG_2479.JPG

As you can see, the use of brushes made a HUGE difference in the way that these applied, so I would make sure you have a set of quality travel sized brushes available to use with this palette.

The fallout though is pretty bad on these. I took a photo of Cover’s fallout after I swiped a brush through it twice to do my eyes one morning. No bueno. That is a lot of wasted product over the life of the palette and if I were using this on the go as I had intended, chances are I would be getting this all over my clothes, car, etc. IMG_2480.JPG

If I would have known at the time that Naked on the Run was going to be coming out, I would have saved my cash and just held out for that. Here’s to hoping that I have better luck with that one as the travel palette I’ve been hoping for!

Did anyone else have better luck with the Naked 2 Basics shadows than I did? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: Lorac Mega PRO Palette

Hey guys!

 

As you all know the holidays are coming up. If you missed the Lorac Mega Pro palette, people are still putting them up on ebay. If you start watching now, I’m sure you can find one at a reasonable price. However, this item was a Limited Edition from Lorac and Amazon, so it is not available through the official retailers anymore.

I figured I would still do a quick review though in case anyone was debating buying themselves a little something, or putting one of these babies on their Christmas list!

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The palette itself is quite a bit smaller than I had anticipated it being. It was roughly the size of the Vice palettes from Urban Decay but thinner. It is a sturdy cardboard, and the top portion can be flipped all the way back. It also has a good sized mirror. It might be a little bit big for travel if you are taking a shorter trip.

 

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Here is a closer photo of the shades and layout of the palette. The top half is predominantly matte shades, although the 2nd row is more of satin than true mattes. The bottom half is very similar but has much more shimmer. I feel like the first two rows could be laid over the bottom two and you would have almost the same colors in matte and shimmer in most cases (see Mulberry and Merlot). There is, however, still some variation and I do like that I can use this to add drama with the bottom half or keep simple and clean daytime looks with the upper half.

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Shades in order

Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso

Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo

Row 4: Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

 

 

Swatches:

 

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Swatches of Row 1 and 2 in order. On bare skin in natural light. Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Cream is a pale warm beige. Nothing too crazy, would be a good highlight for someone with a bit deeper skin tone.

Fawn is  a warm peachy beige.

Camel is just as it sounds, a tan (camel-y) color.

Sepia is a brown with warm undertones. It is more of a medium shade and has better color payoff than the Camel or Fawn.

Dusty Plum is muted plum. I wish it was a cool shade but sadly is a warm tone (but still lovely).

Orchid is a pinky shade. Finally a cool toned shade, but I’m not a huge lover of pinks so even though this one is a purpley pink, it is one that likely won’t see much love from me.

Mulberry is cool tone berry. This one can have some problems with dragging/blending so you need to have a little more time to work with this one and I would REALLY suggest using a primer!

Espresso is dark brown. Nothing too crazy, but I do like this one for the outer corners when I am doing a softer daytime look.

White is plain white. This one is kind of chalky and I probably won’t use this one a ton.

Khaki is a grayish brown. I like the slightly satiny finish to this one.

Brown is a matte medium brown. Another staple shade that you probably already own in a few variations, but it’s nice to have it easily accessible for when you are creating a look with this palette.

Stone is a purpley gray. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette after actually using it a few times. The purple tones to it make it more interesting than a lot of the other gray shades in my collection.

Lilac is lavender. This one was chalky and did not have very good color payoff at all. My least favorite out of the whole palette.

Wisteria is about the opposite of stone. This one is a purple with a bit of gray added. I like to use these two to create just a bit of contrast but stil have a very subtle day look.

Gray is not gray. I’m not really sure why they even called it that. If anything, stone is more of a gray than this is. This is more of a blue. It’s a grayish blue, but still.

Black is a plain matte black. Again chances are you already have this in your collection, but it comes off more of a charcoal than a true black. I also had some issues with blending with this one.

 

Let’s move on to the next 2 rows! The shimmers!

 

 

 

These are the shimmers. I took 2 photos under each lighting with my arm turned, in order for you to fully see each swatch. These are taken in soft indoor lighting with no primer. I tried to make one set of swatches the focal point of each photo. The ones that are complete swatches (not cut off at the ends) are the focus of each photo.

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Swatches of Row 3 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo 

 

Opal is much prettier than I had thought it would be judging from the pan. It is a white with intense gold shimmer.

Sand is a light champagne. I reach for this one quite a bit as a highlight.

Copper is a metallic-y reddish brown shade.

Sienna is a softer brown. Another good one just to have if you are looking for a little something without going too over the top.

Apricot is bright peachy orange. It was MUCH brighter swatched than I thought it would be and would really help to brighten a look.

Blush is a light frosty pink. It wasn’t as buttery as some of the other shads.

Merlot is my FAVORITE shade in the bunch. Its a medium metallic wine shade with a bit of shimmer. Goes on very easily and blends well.

Indigo is blue black with a ton of micro glitter, but the glitter is VERY hard to see once applied.  With a more intense (sticky) primer, the glitter may take hold better and be more visible, which would make this another favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Row 4 under natural light and indoor lighting.

Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

 

Vanilla is more frosted off white. This is another I prefer to use for a highlight or the inner corners.

Cashmere is a softer metallic light tan/off white. I use this on my brow bone when I want something with a hint of shimmer but not a ton of color, but the light color would show on someone with a darker complexion.

Smokey Topaz is bronzy brown with a bit of glitter and is pretty pigmented.

Dusty Rose is brownish pink. Another shade you may already own.

Granite is another frequently used shad for me. Dark brown with some shimmer/metallic finish that is super easy to blend and work with.

Maroon is brownish red. I was hoping with would be a deeper TRUE maroon (a bit closer to the merlot), but its more of a red.

Deep Teal is another beautiful shade. It’s a darkened cool teal. This is one of the shades that initially interested me and it did not disappoint.

Caviar is more of a true black than the ‘Black’ shade in this palette. It is not matte, but when I want a black, I reach for this.

 

 

Overall, I would absolutely buy this palette again. It was $59 and while I do wish more shades were cool toned, but I find that the warm shades here are still okay for me to work with.  It does have quite a few browns and whites, but on the skin they are all different enough where I was not disappointed, and there are enough unique shades that I would have gladly paid more for to make this palette worth it for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Hey guys!

 

A few weeks ago, I stayed up in great anticipation to grab some items from the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection!

 

I changed my mind about 15 times as to what items I was going to grab. It didn’t help too that the launch was plague with issues. MAC was supposed to release this collection on Sept 29th. Then word on the internet was that it wouldn’t be out until the 30th (so some people wound up staying up 2 nights in a row). Then MAC tweeted a statement saying it would be out around noon. They missed this deadline as well and when the collection finally launched, they were missing one of the most anticipated items – Frank-N-Furter lipstick. Rumor on the street is that there was a problem with one of the FNF batches, which is why the entire collection was delayed.

Anyway, once I was FINALLY able to place my order, I went as quickly as I could. This was no time to look around. I felt like I was that crazy person during Black Friday that just throws EVERYTHING in their cart and runs to the register. lol.

 

The packaging on all of the items that I got is amazing! The picture below is of the inside of the blush box, but they all have this image of the characters inside!

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I grabbed the Crazed Imagination limited edition blush because it was a pretty purpley-bronze shade on my monitor. When I swatched this, I was VERY disappointed. I was aware that it was sheertone but there is literally almost NO coor payoff on these, even though I am super pale. It was also more on the brown/bronze side than I had been hoping for.

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My sister and I happened to stop at a MAC store the day of the in-store release and while I was there I showed her how poor the pigmentation was. The sales woman snarkily told me (because I had just swatched it with my finger and got nothing as far as color payoff) that since people had been rubbing their fingers all over it all day that of course it wouldn’t have any payoff since the oils from everyones hands were all over it. I understand this may be somewhat true, but I replied back that even my BRAND NEW item that I was shipped had poor payoff as well and I walked away. I was a bit irked by it however.

Moving on, the next item was the pigment. This shade was another limited edition shade called ‘It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time’. Again, I’m not sure if I have a monitor issue or not, but this looked like a beautiful plum with a bronze shift. This turned out to be a bronze with a reddish shift. Not bad, but also not something   I was crazy for or would use all the time like I would have had it been the shade I thought it was!

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I grabbed some of the blue base red lipsticks since I have pink undertones. The first is ‘Oblivion’ which is very bright and has an almost satiny finish.

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Next is ‘Frank-N-Furter’ which is the one that was much waited on and had the potentially botched batch haha.

This one is a pretty matte and looks like a great go-to fall blue red.

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The Formidable nail polish was the one item that I got because the histeria, lack of sleep, and the craziness of the sale got the best of me. I paniched and picked the shade I liked better, only to find out right after I placed my order that this color in particular is part of their permanent collection and was just shown in the fancu packaging. The only other polish shade was one that was a repromote or limited edition so Bad Fairy is the one that I left behind in the chaos.

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The products are all the same quality that we have come to know and love from MAC. I also love that the RHPS graphics on the packaging are on there really well. They aren’t like a cheap sticker that is very easy to scratch off.

Below are some swatches of a few of the items. We have Frank-N-Furter at the top, Oblivion in the middle, and then the Crazed Imagination blush at the bottom. The top photo is in direct sunlight. The one below is the same swatches but in indoor lighting.IMG_2395

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Review: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Hey guys!

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The Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette just dropped in price, so I thought I’d review it for any of you who may be debating purchasing it.

The packaging on the palette is very in theme with the movie. The inside of the box is red with white blood-like spatter. It is a sturdy cardboard with a decent sized mirror inside.  The palette design is well presented, although I feel it is VERY bulky for the size of the small shadows inside.

 

 

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It also comes with a look card and a small brush as seen above. I love to color of the brush as it again keeps with the Pulp Fiction theme.

 

I swatched this and was not thoroughly impressed. Some shades lack any kind of pigmentation, while the others just looked so… plain on my skin. Don’t get me wrong, they might be nice, matte browns but for the $32 I spent at the time, I was looking for something with a little more to it.

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I do have all 5 shades swatched on my hand above… but can you even see them? I know I’m pale but come on now!

 

Overall, I like the movie and the theme of the packaging. I would use this as some daily neutrals to pair with some of my other UD shadows, but I wouldn’t pay $32 for this again. I think the $16 price tag that it is on sale for now is much more reasonable. I would pick one up still at that price!

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Review: Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Hey guys!

I thought today I would post a review of the Push Up Liner from Benefit! I know a lot of people went over this awhile back but I thought I would give my take on it too since some of my friends have been asking about it.

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Now for me, Benefit seems to be completely hit or miss. I either LOVE their stuff, or I find that some of it is way over-hyped and not at all worth the money. Let’s see how this held up.

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The applicator and Accuflex tip are supposed to be the big innovations on this product. You twist the pen to get the liner flowing, then with just a flick you can imprint the tip onto your eye to line up your wings, fill them in and BAM, you have flawless matching wings. Not so much in actual use.

The tip didnt have a large enough opening for me to be able to put a mark where I wanted my wings to be that was still noticeable on my hooded eyes. Lining my eyes was fine, but it was more of a pain than it was worth. I could have used my normal liner and it would be way faster (there is a learning curve with this but in my opinion I am not patient enough to bother).

The formula itself is very dry compared to what I was expecting. It is not as black as I was hoping for either, so I feel like most days I would end up putting a liquid liner over this anyway, which kind of defeats the purpose of using this one. The little orange piece in the photo above is supposed to be taken out and then put back in each time you use it to help keep it from drying but I think the formula is too dry in general for that to make a huge difference.

In the photo below this was my first time trying it after I got anything out. The pen is easy to maneuver, but as you can see on the lower left swatches, it can drag and be very dry, even upon first use!

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Now I get it that sometimes when you use something new, you have to click or spray it or what have you a few times to get it going. I had to click my pen OVER 50 TIMES to get this going! After a minute or so I was wondering if this was a joke, but nope, it was painfully real. I’m paying $24 to have 50+ clicks without ANYTHING coming out? I call BS on this.

The staying power was okay but once again I think this is something that the makeup world went overboard on with high expectations and the result ended up falling flat. I not only will NOT buy this again, but I will be returning the one I bought as well.

My sister does have this and loves it. She found that it stayed very well on her skin and was matte black enough for her (she is paler that I am at an NC10! and even that is a bit dark sometimes!!), but I would rather save the money and use a drugstore liner since they seem to give me the same results.

Have you tried the Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!!

Review/Haul: Kiko

Hi guys!

 

I have been MIA for a bit, partially because of an extended vacation with the husband. You better believe that while we were gone I got some new makeup to share with you!

 

KIKO is a brand that is found in Europe and the US (in NYC and soon Miami). I hadn’t really heard of it before except on facebook groups because one of their eye shadows is a dupe for MAC’s Whisper of Gilt which is going for $100+ USED online! Crazy, right?

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Anyway, let me show you all the things I got!

 

Now one thing that I’m not crazy about with this brand is that most items are just numbered instead of having names for the shades.

 

First I picked up  Eye Shadows in shades 118,152,172

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152 is a pretty plum purple

172 is a grey

118 is a champagne

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Swatched on hand (152, 118, 172)

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The colors are pretty pigmented with the exception of the champagne color, 118. The pigmentation is not horrible,you just need a second swipe and you are good to go! The shadows are really big for the price. i’m not too crazy about the clear plastic domed lid on the packaging. It just feels cheap to me and they can be hard to get open.

 

Next is Sun Lover’s Blush. I believe this is a limited edition item. I got it on sale there and was really intrigued by the powder itself. Below is the box and packaging…

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I grabbed the shade Atlantic Camellia. It is a bright watermelon pinky blush. The other side is a swirl of bronze and baby blue. When the whole thing is swirled together, it is a watermelon shade with an almost opalescent finish.

Again, not crazy about the packaging on these. The compact is about 3/4 inch tall, but almost all of that height is from the lid. The portion with the blush itself is fairly thin. The lid does have a mirror inside, but I just can’t see this being very travel friendly because of the bulky packaging.

 

 

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I grabbed some more of the LE items, including the Street Fashion Eyeshadow Palette .

 

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I got 02 Addictive Song. It comes with 5 shadow shades and has a pretty large mirror in the lid.

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The shades do not have names or numbers, but the swatches are below. They don’t quite match the placement in the palette, but as you can see the deepest brown is below the other colors in my swatches (it is the top color in the palette). Then we have the plum shade, rosey pink, fawn, and white. All of the shades are matte and again I found that some of the shades are more pigmented than others. I do like the darker shades as they have great payoff (all of the swatches are one swipe in pan and one on hand, no primer). The lighter shades aren’t as pigmented but can be built up.

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Glow Touch for Lips and Cheecks (as the box says haha) comes in a circular tin. I got 103 Heavy Honeysuckle.

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This is the WORST packaging I have ever experienced on a product EVER. Period. I love this stuff but I literally struggled with getting the lid off of this for 5 minutes before I used a knife to pry the damn thing off. Somehow the lid gets suctioned off and you can’t get it to release unless you pry the side to equalize the pressure and get rid of the vacuum that’s created when you pull. It would be much better if it were a threaded lid. You get a TON of product though and maybe as I use it, it will become easier to open.

 

Maybe my nose is just messed up right now, but this does not smell at all like honeysuckle. It smells like brownies to me haha.

 

 

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Swatched in shade to show how opaque it applies. I have found that it is a bit drying when used alone on the lips, so will have to see how it performs as a cheek stain.

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Rock Attraction Blush in 03 Crossroad Pink

 

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This has the same style packaging as the quad, but when you open it, it has an imprint of a jean pocket in it which I think it cute and adds to the aesthetic of the blush.

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This looks super bright in the pan, but when swatched it becomes a more sheer, very cool toned pink.

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This is Glamorous Eye Pencil in 407 which is a navy shade. It is on the harder side, but can be blended and smudged for the desired effect.

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Kiss Balm in Strawberry was a register impulse purchase (they were using it as their add on by offering it to each customer that got up there). but is probably my favorite thing that I got! It does on really gel like and is super bright! I got the strawberry, but wish I would have grabbed other shades/flavors.

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Hard to see the brightness in the swatch, but on the lips it is a bright pinky-red.

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Overall I got everything for great prices and most were on clearance. Im happy the products are made in Italy since that is where I bought them. Some of the items lack a bit in pigmentation or packaging, but you can’t beat this brand for the price and there are some definite winners here.

If you can get your hands on this brand, I say what are you waiting for?

Have you tried Kiko?

How To: 8 Things I’ve Learned From Selling Makeup Online

Hello lovelies!

 

So the husband and I are going on vacation, AND I’ve been cleaning our house and donating a lot of items, so I have been selling a lot of my makeup online. Here are a few of the major things I have learned:

 

1. Facebook is your friend!

I posted on a few makeup exchange groups. These groups are great! People post a LOT of stuff on them though, so you have to make sure you keep your listings up to date and keep on top of who wanted which item first. Also, make sure you read through the group’s rules before you post, so you don’t get yours deleted!

 

2. DON’T do holds!

I had one girl wanting multiple items. She was one of the first people that contacted me and I decided to be nice and do a hold for her. Looking through the forum’s comments, she was posting all over (literally every 3rd listing had her comment for purchase on it!) and she was telling everyone that she needed more time. I ended up missing out on a for-sure sale on some of these items because I was holding them for her.

 

3. Don’t forget shipping and paypal fees when you’re setting prices.

Most of my items cost about $3.50 to ship and another $1.50 in materials and PP fees. If I’m not making what I ACTUALLY want for the item + $5 MINIMUM, then I’m not getting a good deal. The customer might be, but I’ll be out some of the money I thought I was getting!

 

4. Don’t stay in the groups too long…

You WILL see things you want to buy! If the point of you listing is to make money and declutter, take care of your listings and GET OUT! This has been hard for me since there are a lot of AMAZING deals on these forums. I have to keep reminding myself WHY I am on the forum in the first place.

 

5. Auctions are another option.

One of the groups I am in does auction events. They will have you post photos and starting bids (as well as bid increments and shipping fees to the winner) on the event page. Then users comment with their bid. This is a good way to get more for your item if it is in high demand and you can hold off on selling it for a couple of days.

For instance, if you listed an eyeliner for $10 on the regular group, it would sell for $10. If you list it on the forum STARTING at $10, and it’s a high demand item, it will get you at least $10, but bidding will likely net you more money.

 

6. If you do buy anything (or for items you are selling), sanitize them and pack them well!

Sanitize everything you purchase online. Even if they said they did, it’s not worth the risk. Usually all you need is some alcohol in a spray bottle to spritz on the item. Also, be kind and sanitize your items for your customers. If your brushes or fingers have been in it, you need to clean it!

 

7. Pay attention to specifics

Look at the oz size listing. You may think you are getting a full size when really they are selling a travel size at a higher price point. Make sure you watch this part of the listings, or ask if it is not stated outright.

 

8. Compare online

That bronzer that is listed for $22 (+shipping) looks like a great deal… Until you see that you can order it from Ulta for $25 with free shipping. Sometimes a couple bucks isn’t worth the hassle of dealing with strangers online or paypal. If you go through a well known retailer, you know EXACTLY what you are getting. You have to weigh how good of a deal it really is before you commit, so the easiest thing to do is do a quick check online at Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens, etc.

This also goes for selling as a way to help you set your prices. You probably aren’t going to get the full amount you paid for an item, unless it’s still brand new in the box and you got it on a super deal or it was a Limited Edition/discontinued item. Look to see what they are going for at retailers and set your prices accordingly!

 

 

Any other tips or lessons you’ve learned while selling or buying makeup online? Let me know in the comments!