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AliExpress Earring Haul

Friday, November 9, 2018

If like me, you live by the mantra #FasunIsMyPasun {hashtag credits: @nehadoodles} but don't believe in spending tons of cash on unaffordable-fast fashion, read on!


I was smitten by a particular earring, that was retailing around INR 1200 ($ 15) at Zara. I had the item in my checkout cart for the longest time, but then my brain somehow didn't allow me to make the purchase.

One fine day, I casually searched for "Zara earring" on AliExpress website, and boom! a world full of 'earropportunities' opened up. AliExpress is an online platform that connects Chinese sellers to potential buyers. I placed my order on August 14th, (the items were purchased from different sellers) and I received my items between 2 weeks to a month's time. So before you get all excited and make your purchase let's analyze some Pros and Cons.

Pros


  1. Price, Price, Price 🤑 : It won't come cheaper than this!  
  2. Refund Policy♻: AliExpress has a good refund policy, wherein which buyer protection is enabled for a 2 month period. In case, the item goes missing or doesn't reach you within the stipulated time frame, you can raise a dispute with the seller, and most oblige to either refund or replace the items.

Cons

  1. Shipping Time📦: Unless, you are purchasing items for your best friend's wedding, next week, you are good. Shipping times may vary based on seller; Most reach you in 7 days to 1-month time frame.  
  2. Finish😤: As for the quality, you cannot expect an Iphone at Nokia 1100's price. The finish is of far less quality than the original, for example, if you look carefully, you can see that the thread on the earring is uneven.
💡Smart Tip: If you like something, but would want it in a weeks time, check Shein for the earrings. The earrings might be a tad bit costly, but at least you have a guaranteed delivery timeline.


Pro-Tip

When buying accessories from AliExpress, check for:
  • Read the policies accurately. What does the seller offer in terms of buyer protection?
  • The same items are sold at different price tags by different sellers, so go over few sellers to ascertain the lowest price.
  • Check for Shipping Charges. Most sellers ship items to India for free using standard post, but there are a few sellers who charge a small amount. If an item has Shipping Charge, search for a different seller.
  • Ensure the seller has adequate reviews.
  • Check/read through reviews and actual pictures posted by real users.
  • Payment is via PayPal or Credit Card. Check the transaction rates carefully before ordering as most items are listed in US Dollars.

Let's get into the haul, shall we?

Item 1: Maroon Tassel Earring

Price : $1 (INR 75)


Note: The threads are uneven. The top round portion of the earring is easily detachable, making the earring difficult to manage.

Item 2: Red Beaded Earring

Price: $2.82 (INR 210)

Note: This is the earring that started the snowball effect. I have the same earring in Blue (purchased via Shein)

Item 3: Multi Color Tassel Earring

Link To Buy
Price: $1.68 (INR 126)


Note: This is a replica of the earring that is sold in HnM. The threads are uneven.

Item 4: Pink Beaded Tassel Earring

Price: $2.88 (INR 216)


Note: This earring was part of ZARA's last seasonal campaign (inspired by African tribal  jewellery). The stud portion of the earring is made of metal, and not beads. This earring is very heavy.

Item 5: Geometric Green Earring

Price: $2 (INR 150)


Note: Probably, the most practical and most worn item from this haul. Again part of ZARA's last seasonal campaign.

Item 6: Red Tassel Earring with Rhinestone stud

Price: $1.5 (INR 100)

Note: Least favorite out of the lot. The threads are coming off and also the rhinestone stud looks cheap and tacky.


So, did you like something from this haul? Have you shopped from AliExpress? What are your thoughts?

Gulity as Charged

Thursday, October 25, 2018



If the beauty police were to arrest me today, for any of the below said charges, I would confess and be pleading guilty as charged.

Applying Dark Foundation
A lot of people, including me strongly digress light shade of foundation. With pigmentation around the mouth area, it becomes tough to find a match. In the end, I resort to a darker shade foundation that matches the mouth area.

Rubbing My Under-Eye 
I do know that under-eye area is sensitive and needs a lot of attention. I really work my way to remove my kajal for which I vigorously rub my under-eye with makeup remover. The eye creams are  like an afterthought, something that I apply when the dryness become unbearing.

Chipped Nail Paint
I somehow have tough time with my nail, both finger and toe nails, it's an absolute nightmare while growing out (much more notorious than my teenage self), it either grows outward, or breaks out in a matter of weeks. Same is the case of toe nails, I hardly shower any care on nails, let alone painting them, I usually run around in the same nail paint for 2-3 months straight!

Exfoliating My Lips
I don't exfoliate my lips before applying lip products which in turn leaves crusty white patches on the rim of my lip line. On googling, I found out that these are in fact dead skin that needs to be exfoliated.

Threading Eyebrows
I am not an excessive eyebrow person, I get my eyebrow threaded only when an event comes up and I have to have to look like I am born with the perfectly arched eyebrow and not part of the Walking Dead's zombie cast, until then I let my eyebrow grow wild and multiply their little hairy family!

So these are the beauty crimes that I am guilty of. What are yours?   

Products I Regret Buying

Friday, October 12, 2018


I don't live my life with full of regrets, but yes, I do go into that sweet puppy regret mode post an impulsive purchase, weep uncontrollably about my shrinking bank balance, stuff my face with ice cream, take some pretty Instagram pics, and just move on. I have come to realize that there are certain items in my vanity that I do regret purchasing, either I had fallen into all the marketing traps or enticed by YouTubers telling me how amazing the product was. These are a few items I regret purchasing:



Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny l $18
The whole beauty community raves about the Jeffree star liquid lipstick formula, I on the other hand am not a huge fan. The color by itself is not the most flattering on my tan skin tone. The liquid lipstick formula disappears from the surface of my lips in 2 hours. Also, the smell does not agree with my nose. 

Kylie Holiday Eye Shadow Palette l $42
*This palette is currently sold out on the website.

Kylie has yet another victim. I purchased this palette, after jumping onto the K bandwagon and truth to be told, I have used this palette just once. I just don't seem to reach for these colors, and even if I do want a colored eye shadow I see myself using the Juvia's Place eye shadows more. The colors don't speak to my soul, and neither are they pigmented to give a second try!

MUG Plus Creme Liquid Lipstick l $14

Makeup Geek produces some of my favorite eye shadows and when they launched their new liquid lipsticks, I was excited and wanted to try them so desperately. Sadly, they did not live up to my expectation. The colors, I can live with, the formula was sub-par with the shade disappearing off my lips in a matter of hours, not something I expect my liquid lipsticks to do.

This specific shade, called the 'OLD SOUL👵' make me feel like an old soul, grumpy, dull, and probably bitchy. The color does nothing for my complexion, the grey pigment makes my face look sickly. Additionally, the product comes in a 3ml tube, which is less than your standard liquid lipstick

MAC Prolongwear Fluidline Gel Liner l INR 1450
We have an oldie here, ooh haaai! Make way for felt tip liner ! I used to be a big gel liner junkie, but with age comes maturity and also, less time on hands to get ready, so I switched over to the felt tip liner. My Zoeva and Kat Von D liners are less of a hassle, require less of a plus one (brush), and stays put all day.

The shade is called "Blitz & Glitz", a very appropriate name for a black gel liner pumped up with multi-glitter chunks. The glitter disappears when you apply the product on your eyes.

Swatches


These are some of the disappointing products I have the bad luck of trying out. Do you have any?

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