What Won't I Buy Online?

So it's time for my next post! And thankfully this one is right on time. I had a little bit of an internal debate as to whether I should post this because I don't want to come off as preachy or a know-it-all. This post is all based off of what I personally feel, and if you happen to prefer the other way around, that's cool, I don't mind. I try not to force my opinion on other people, so you won't be finding me preaching about vegetarianism, going cruelty-free, politics or whatever. I find that being pushy doesn't do anyone any favours, but if they have an interest in a certain subject, I don't mind explaining my view.

Such is the case with this post, I'm only trying to explain why I won't buy these particular products online, not to besmirch others for choosing to do so.

First up, face base products. I cannot, for the life of me, buy foundations or concealers online. About 1% of foundation or concealers that I've tried have matched me and my skin type, while the rest are all too orange or pink, or too dark! Other times, the consistency isn't all that great, nor do they stand up for more than a couple of hours against my oily skin before they start melting and separating. That's why I can't bring myself to buy them online. I don't want to waste money on products that may not work for me at all.

Secondly, perfumes. I spent so long trying to find a perfume that was cruelty-free but not so insanely expensive that it breaks the bank. However, I had very few options here in Melbourne and I kept looking at reviews upon reviews online until I found something that I could possibly consider. However, because of my virtually non-existent sense of smell, I didn't want to risk throwing my money down the drain on something that may smell shite to my partner once it arrived. Luckily I found something from Chi Chi Cosmetics and that was it for my search.

I absolutely cannot buy clothes or shoes online. I just can't. I have really weird proportions in which my butt is a 14 while the rest of my legs and waist are a 12 or smaller (damn hourglass figures). I need to physically try on the clothes before I buy them, and even then, I ooh and ahh over it until I decide, because I am just so picky. My feet are basically between a 7 1/2 and an 8, so I often have to go with an 8 when shopping in person, but I can never tell when shopping online. Shoes also need to be comfortable enough to be worn all the time, and all the shoes I've gotten online always hurt my feet even if I got the right size.

Finally, there's one last thing that I can not convince myself to buy online, is makeup in general on eBay. Half the time, when you spot branded stuff, they turn out to be fake reproductions of the real thing, and the other half of the time they're cheap products from mass-manufacturers like Chinese factories that could have anything added to it. I shudder to think of what kind of ingredients are in those super cheap eyeliners and contouring palettes. This is actually why I won't order makeup from BH Cosmetics or Coastal Scents - I don't know if it's true, but I've heard that they just repackage the same products found on eBay and slap their own labels on them. That doesn't sit right with me but brushes are a different story.

On the other hand. I do like buying eyeshadows, lipsticks, highlighters, and everything else online from reputable sellers/distributors. I generally only buy craft supplies, brushes, and tools from eBay, though I might buy certain products (such as e.l.f. Cosmetics) from Australian sellers if my instinct tells me they're not fakes/scams.

What do you avoid buying online?


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