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Let’s talk about returns. I think there’s a stigma against returning items that don’t work for you and that there’s a thought that now you just have to suffer with an item that doesn’t work and you’re just out of the money you spent on it to teach you a lesson. Most of the time I’ve either ‘researched’ the item I’m going to buy for a long enough time so I know I want it, or it’s not that expensive and I can usually make it work in whatever way I need to. There have been a few times recently though, where the price of the item couldn’t warrant a ‘I’ll make it work attitude’ nor could I just accept the cost and chalk it up to learning a lesson.

If you’ve read this blog before, then you know of my love for QVC. They have such great deals and their easy pay makes me more willing to try new items that I might end up loving. Most of the time I do, but here are three items I’ve returned recently for different reasons. I’m not saying these items are horrible, they just didn’t work for me (for various reasons).

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Up first, the IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer & Brush a three in one product with brush that retails from QVC for $35.92 where ‘if sold separately’ it would be $85. Now I have no issue with the actual product; I love coral blush and, in the spring, I love it even more, this was a case of I found a better deal elsewhere. Not too long after I received this item Ulta was having their 30 days promo and one of the items available was the blush. Now it was $18 at Ulta so for the price of one at QVC I was able to get two different colors at Ulta. For those that were thinking the brush was worth the difference, I tried the brush, and for the life of me I couldn’t make it work for me. I don’t regret making the decision to return the one to get the two.

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Next up is a return that just plum didn’t work for me at all, the bareMinerals barePRO Foundation and Brush. I got the same color that I purchased the liquid foundation in and for something that promotes it as a “pressed mineral formula delivers an ultra-smooth, silky texture that glides on effortlessly for superior customizable coverage” (from the QVC website) I could not get this cover anything on my face. I don’t have a whole lot of blemishes or other things to cover up, and when this powder couldn’t get my skin tone even I chalked it up to not enough primer. So, the next time I tried it over power, and still it didn’t really add extra coverage and barely kept me shine-free for 3 hours. I know it doesn’t promise to, but it’s supposed to offer a “matte finish”. Even with a brush, I couldn’t justify keeping this set for $48.

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Now perhaps the most tragic, the Algenist Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30. Why didn’t I link this item? It’s not longer for sale on QVC. Perhaps this is a good thing, but maybe it’s because it was so popular when it released that others like me, who love Algenist skin care, instantly thought hey how could this go wrong?! Let me tell you, the scent of this item lasted through the entire day, if you’re familiar with Algenist then you know the products tend to have a sea-like scent, and it was just so overwhelming in this product. The fragrance didn’t leave and I couldn’t stand smelling it all day. It was somewhere between seaweed and something that expired. I really hope that they are reformulating this item and that the deal of two for $36 remains, I would love to try it again but until that scent changes I wouldn’t waste that money.

So those are my most recent returns, and really, I think they tell the best story. Most of my smaller returns are mainly due to my rushing through Walgreens or Target. These were purchases I wanted to love and two out of the three just didn’t cut it. How about you? Any recent returns that you’ve had to do and wished you could have loved the items instead?

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Now that I’m getting back into the swing of things I’m going to try a few different versions of these posts. I will always try and include a before makeup application preview, but I normally look the same at 4am so there’s not a whole lot of reason to take a new one each day, but that might change down the road. For this post we are looking at the longevity of the L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Nude Beige W3. I will do my best to include a shortcut table at the end of this post, but for those of you intrigued by how this foundation held up for me, continue reading!

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I’m thinking about doing some sort of foundation set up or review schedule and I’m not sure how I’d like to set everything up quite yet, but for now I’ll give you some of my skin history so you’ll know what I’m looking for.

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Let’s take a few moments today to talk about packaging. No, I’m not talking about amazing palette cases, or beautiful lipstick tubes, Anna Sui cosmetics I’m looking at you, I’m talking about those cardboard boxes that cosmetics come in that are meant to be thrown away. I don’t think I’m alone in this thought, but I can’t bring myself to take my foundation out of the box and then plop it in the trash.

I hope I’m not alone in this event, but an example I can give is that recently I purchased the Becca Ultimate Perfection 5 piece kit from QVC and the set came in a large beautiful box with each item individually boxed. Now I brought myself to toss the larger box since it took up so much room, but the smaller boxes I’m finding it harder to part with. Now, don’t get me wrong, I want to keep my makeup looking nice and keep things as clean as possible, but keeping items in a cardboard box, and having to remove them each time I go to use them, kind of takes extra time I don’t have in the morning.

I think this might talk to a deeper level of my psych, but for now I’ll take it as a quirk of mine and something I need to work on parting ways with. What about you? Has there been any packaging you just couldn’t bring yourself to part with?

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All of the items mentioned were purchased with my own money, the comments are my own.

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The second week of the QVC Advent Calendar has some ups and downs as well, I’m still not regretting the purchase and I think it gave me an idea of some other brands to go for.

Week 2:

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Stowaway Day to Night 5-piece Collection w/ Bag $49.50

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best with a black pencil liner. Give me a gell or liquid and I’ll wing for days, but a pencil makes it a little harder for me. The concept of this liner, and collection, it a really nice one; they are the same product size as most other brands, but offered in a smaller easier to travel with package. I don’t travel all that much, but a liner I can put in a bag and add more to later or use to touch up does pique my interest. The liner itself is creamy and a nice deep black, not too bad for such a tiny product!

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-I don’t love pencils, so probably not

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid $29

Ok, ok, ok….so this item is the best thing that’s happened to my oily skin in a long time! I’ve had issues with the pores on my forehead becoming clogged and then getting those little bumps, they aren’t acne but they look similar. I’ve noticed that the more often I fall asleep and forget to wash my makeup off or just don’t do a super job getting it all off I have those bumps the next day. This product gets rid of them. Now I’m not saying all your skin woes will be gone overnight, but this will help in correcting them and setting your skin in the right direction. Using this item is a little tricky though; I put it on at night and just leave it on and then wash my face in the morning. I know they mention you can wear it under makeup, but that defeats the purpose in my opinion.


Tl;dr Works-yes, beautifully. purchasing full size- I have like 3 sample sizes since a little goes a long way, but yes I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Full Coverage Concealer $28

I’m not a fully-grown beauty blogger yet; I don’t know exactly how to apply concealer but I feel like I have a pretty good idea on how to make it work. I couldn’t get this to work for me. The texture was a little sticky, and I think that might work for the undereye area, but my color was too dark. I know this might sound a little off as well, but I find most foundations I use offer enough coverage for me to not need additional products. The shade range is not the greatest, at least on QVC, so perhaps that might make it easier when deciding to spend the money here or on another concealer of the same price…


Tl;dr Works-yes…as long as you can find your shade, purchasing full size-no, a little too sticky for all over and the color I got was too dark for just under my eyes.

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Algenist POWER 360 Eye Serum $70

Why QVC?? Why give me samples of products I can’t afford?! I mean I know it’s because it’s expensive so of course I’d want a sample to make sure it works, but come on! This has a nice gel texture and sinks in effortlessly. I’ve rotated the usage of it so I don’t see an immediate change; I might also not be the prime demographic at 31 years old.


Tl;dr Works-I’d say yes, purchasing full size-no, it’s expensive and I have similar items that do an equally good job.

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Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit with Mask Tasker Tool
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I love me a good mask. I usually have about 5-6 samples rotating thanks to Birchbox and Target. This one is a nice staple to have. I have oily skin and this one doesn’t irritate it or cause any weird things to happen. I’ve linked the sample pack, which is a nice price but they sell the full sizes of all of them.


Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-maybe not full, but this sample pack, yes.

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Kopari Coconut Melt, 7 oz $38

When are we going to admit that coconut oil is not the end all be all God send? This package legit says 100% pure coconut oil…really? Ok I know that what I get in the grocery store may not be as ‘pure’ or acquired in the same fashion, but there are health food stores that sell oil labeled the same way that doesn’t cost $38. This container has been sitting on my desk this week and it’s already in pure liquid form since the melting point is so low. I can’t use this oil on my body, it just takes too long to sink in. A light oil like almost or avocado works similarly.


Tl;dr Works-?, purchasing full size-I think I have coconut oil in my cabinet…

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Obliphica Seaberry Hair Mask 2.54 oz $14

Remember earlier when I said I loved me some masks? Well hair ones are no different! I’m still working on my hair journey and trying to pinpoint what my type is but I think I have a decent picture of it. My hair is oily at the roots at day 3, and dry at the ends. I have thick wavy hair that tangles easily. This particular offering is meant for thinner hair, but I can still see the effects on my thicker hair. The scent was nice, like a bright berry scent, and it did get through all of my hair. After the shower my hair was softer and didn’t tangle as easily. They sell this is larger pots as well as this smaller size. They do offer the purple one, and that’s meant for my hair type.


Tl;dr Works-nicely, purchasing full size-maybe, I’d buy the one for medium hair though

There are 2 more weeks to come so keep an eye out.
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