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A Lifestyle Reboot

A lifestyle reboot, and thusly a blog reboot. Recently I’ve changed jobs, not due to any maliciousness or ire but because I needed a change; I needed something that my old job wasn’t offering no matter how hard I tried. I worked at this old job for over thirteen years and it was my first job right out of high school so I went through a lot of emotions with it. I lost family members while I worked there, and I gained many friends that I still have today. I developed personally and professionally while I was there and gained social skills that would help me in life.

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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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Foundations

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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