What I got in Tokyo - Autumn 2015

I've hit a nice cozy spot where I can't think of anything else I want to buy. I'm just kidding, I can still think of a couple of things haha! I want to update my wardrobe and perhaps pick up a designer purse in the near future. These are not important, however. I'm sure the desire to accumulate unnecessary stuff will die down in a few weeks. Or rather I hope so.

Anyway, I just want to quickly show you what I got in Tokyo last week. As usual I got some art materials from my favorite stores and a few beauty products. I also got a Macbook Air because as I mentioned earlier my old one died on me. :( I'm still sad about that. That computer and I have been through a lot. 

Moving on. In Ito-Ya Ginza I got another Bism case, some limited edition Winsor & Newton Paints, a compact water bottle, and the Holbein pan in Opera. I was *this close* to grabbing my dream Sennelier palette but I knew that I want it more than I need it. Hay. Adulting is hard.

I am really loving Bism cases - I got a black brush roll in Osaka and I've been carrying it around since then. This new case is smaller but has more pockets. It should fit some travel brushes, small paraphernalia, a paint box, and an A5 sketch book. It was expensive though, for a case! I got it for 1,500 yen or roughly 700 pesos.

In Loft Shibuya I just got a Midori notebook plus a cover for it. The Midori is also a bit pricey for a notebook but they take fountain pen ink really well. The paper is so smooth too! I like to use my Midoris as journals but this one will be my anything-goes-notebook since it's small. Oh I also picked up a Pilot Frixion pen.

When I saw pictures of the Pigment Tokyo store in Shinagawa, my mind was blown. I knew I had to see it for myself! Pigment sells, well, pigments, glue bases, ink sticks, ink stones brushes, paper, acrylic, and watercolour. It also sells paraphernalia related to nihonga painting and Japanese calligraphy. The store was beautiful! I took a few pics.


Some items can get seriously expensive there but there were also a few reasonably priced products. I got color ink sticks, an ink stone, and a Menso brush. These are for sumi-e calligraphy but I plan to use them for painting. Well, I think they really can be used for painting.

As for skincare, I just picked up a couple of Skilabo cleansers and a facial wash. I'll let you know if these are any good.

I'm bummed out about my dead laptop but I guess it couldn't have died at a better time. It was a nice experience buying from the Apple Store in Shibuya, plus it was cheaper there! I didn't get charged an 8% sales tax because I'm a tourist; all I needed to do was show my passport. I was able to save a sizeable amount so I'm happy na rin even though it was a semi-unexpected expense.

I was undecided about getting a Macbook (the gold of course!) and a Macbook Pro but at the end of the day I know I don't need a lot of power. All I do with my computer is blog, use social media, and sometimes watch things. A more tricked up computer would be wasted on me if I were to be completely honest with myself.

So the Air it was. I got a 13" one this time! I'm loving the bigger screen. I also realised how much I dreaded working on my old, slow Macbook Air so much that it affected my productivity. In its last days I would always need to reboot it and it would lag whenever I edit pictures or open a heavy website. Now it's fast again to work. So yay!

(This is me trying not to feel bad about spending so much huhu. But really, yay.)

So that's that. ^_^ I hope you liked looking through my haul!

Top four lip picks this autumn

I like autumn more than spring. Spring is vibrant and joyful, full of hope for the year that will be. Autumn is more somber and thoughtful, almost nostalgic for the year that was. Both are beautiful at their peak but autumn is my jam because of the fiery, moody colors and the reflective nature of the season. 

With this in mind, I carefully chose the lipstick colors I brought with me in Tokyo. The Japanese don’t really favor bright shades on their lips. They prefer natural, barely there lippies with loads of shine! Lately though, I’ve noticed that they like chocolate-y shades and deep colors if they’re doing a full face of makeup. Here are a few new lip products that are MFEO for autumn in the city!

It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm (P470 on BeautyMNL). Before applying colors, it’s important to hydrate and prime your lips with a lip balm. The Macaron Lip Balm by It’s Skin is a basic, nice-smelling lip balm that works. Nothing fancy, except for the cute packaging! It’s so kawaii and fun to whip out in public.

Full Glamour Lips in EX05 Creamy Mocha (P1,650). I’m crazy about this color and formula! It’s a peachy mocha that glides like butter on the lips. It’s a good way to get into the chocolate-lipped bandwagon without committing to something overtly 90s. It has a creamy finish which makes it more modern.

Swatches: Creamy Mocha, Desire, Fall In Love

Swatches: Creamy Mocha, Desire, Fall In Love

Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in Desire (P349). This is a deep berry with a decidedly earthy base. It’s a dramatic color, but it’s not too dark and vampiric. It’s pretty wearable! Note though that this won’t go over easily if you don’t use lip balm. It has a bit of a satin finish when freshly applied but turns matte when it dries.

Happy Skin Lip & Cheek Mousse in Fall In Love (P699). I wanted something punchy and happy in my kit too, so in went Fall In Love. This is a beautiful peachy pink, also with an earthy base. It’s bright enough that my skin looks fresher with it on without going near overboard. Love it. This is a nakakabata shade.

So there you go! What are your favorite lippie colors lately? 

Come to my Estee Lauder Lip Party this Saturday!

I'm back and I have another Project Vanity event for you guys! Estee Lauder, our favorite luxe beauty brand, asked me to host a Lip Party this Saturday in SM Aura, 4-6pm. It's a fun afternoon where you can try out the super awesome Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion, get a Nutritious Facial (that is my fave skincare line this year!), and learn how to do EL's famous 3-Minute Beauty Techniques.

Everyone will of course get to take home some freebies. Best thing - there is no fee to join. Exciting right? I hope you can come visit so we can hang out and talk about anything beauty-related under the sun. Bring friends too! I can guarantee an amazing kikay afternoon. ^_^ Sign up at this form here and see you!

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What's in my Tokyo travel beauty kit

Good morning! It's a cloudy day in Tokyo and we're about to explore Shibuya and Shinjuku later. I'm blogging from my phone because argh my MacBook died on me last Friday and so now I need to buy a new one later too. Semi-unexpected expenses suck but I've been using that machine for four years and it's time to replace it anyway. It's been on its very last legs for a few months now!


Anyway, thought I'd share the kikay kit I brought on this trip. It's a lot more than what I usually pack but that's only because I have a new, large Beabi case and didn't plan to shop a lot. (Which I btw largely succeeded at except for a few irresistible art materials and skincare).  


This Beabi case was a press gift from Unilever. I love how big yet boxy it is so it fit in my luggage neatly (very important!). It has holders for brushes and other vertical items too! While I was packing I just basically threw in the items I use everyday. Didn't have a lot of time to curate but well, isn't that the point of having a tight daily routine? You just use what you need.


Here are the reliables I have with me:

Face Base: The Make Up For Ever Srep One Primer with the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is a winning combination! I can tramp around all day without worrying about retouching. I just blot and I'm good! I brought the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for spots but the foundation is actually more than enough to conceal them. 

To set the wet stuff, I use the L'Oreal Mat Magique Powder with a Charm travel buffing brush. 


Blush and Countour: I have rekindled my love affair with the Benefit Rockateur blush. It's so pretty plus it's impressively long wearing. I also brought the Lunasol Coloring Creamy Cheeks in EX01 in case I wanted the nude dewy blush popular in Japan right now.

For contouring, need I even say it? I have my HG here, the Happy Skin Sculptacular!


Eye Definition: I have also recently "rediscovered" an old Benefit fave, the Brow Zings. My hair is quite red right now so the color is perfect for me. As for eyeliner, of course, the K-Palette liner in Brown Black is in the bag.

I also brought the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and the Pink Sugar Eye Candy Palette (the neutral one). The PS palette is just sigh so perfect. You should really grab one if you haven't yet! 

Brushes: The MAC 217, a Smashbox double ended brush, Zoeva Blush Brush, and Charm travel buffing brush all suit my needs. 


Skincare: Just the basic stuff. Shiseido Cleansing Oil, Shiseido Perfect Whip facial wash (in jar), Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (in jar. It is such an excellent moisturizer in cold weather), Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF50PA++++, Lush Shampoo Bar, and L'Oreal Mythic Oil.


The Souq Really Good Hair Oil is not just good for the hair, I also love using it as a body and hand moisturizer. Really handy now that my skin is drying out like crazy in this cold weather!


Lip Stuff: Now this is another story entirely. Seriously it is so stay tuned for my post about my top lip picks this season. ^_^

With James <3

With James <3

Hope you enjoyed looking through! How was your weekend? What are you excited about this week? 


Beauty blogging Snaps: The Pet Angel Detangling Grooming Brush

Hai guys, my name is Snaps and I'm here as your beauty blogger for the day! My super best friend Liz is in Tokyo (without me, blargh) so I'm taking over her blog today. She promised she would get me some yum yums there. I'm a simple dog. I love yum yums.

So okay, I'll tell you a secret: I don't wake up like this every morning. I know! It's hard to believe! My hair flattens down and becomes this stringy mess, which means that I need Liz to brush me thoroughly. Sometimes I get tangles behind my ears too, which makes me self-conscious because I don't feel handsome :( . But it's ok because Liz uses two brushes: a big one to remove major tangles and a smaller one to refine and fluff up my look. 

When she heard about the Pet Angel Detangling Grooming Brush, she got one for me. It has soft rubber bristles that help fix pet hair and make it shiny. It also has antibacterial-protected bristles to make sure it's hygienic to use. I really like it because it detangles without hurting me. It also seriously fluffs up my fur!

Here's how Liz uses it. First she brushes me following the direction my hair is growing. Then, she turns me around and brushes AGAINST my hair growth so that I get majorly fluffy. Finally she gets to my face and ears, following and then opposing the direction of my hair. 

See how much cuter I am after the brushing session? The Pet Angel Detangling Grooming brush is the secret to my lush pomeranian coat. (Editor's note: Uh how about me Snaps? Am I not the one actually brushing you?) Don't mind Liz because she's just jelly of my natural good looks.

Okay that's it. My nanny is about to walk me and feed me. Hello to your pets too and let me know what you think about this brush! Bye bye!

How get a quick derma consult - for free

Many girls come to me with a skin problem. While I can recommend products and treatments that have worked for me in the past, I can’t help solve persistent and severe issues because I don’t have the training, sadly! That’s why I always recommend seeing a proper dermatologist if you want to know what’s really happening to your skin. It may be pricey but it’s a good investment towards the health of your biggest body organ. I mean, if you’re going to spend on products anyway, it might even be more cost-effective to stop randomly experimenting and start with targeted treatments and products.

However I understand that sometimes you just have a quick question or are too lazy to look up a dermatologist in your area. That’s why I love the new feature of Skin Matters. Skin Matters is a website under Unilever that talks about how to get your skin in the best shape possible. Its Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Romero (who is also a beauty blogger and a friend of mine) comes out with fabulous articles that are relevant according to top searches on Google. Yes, they’ve partnered up with Google! Their most recent collaboration is with the Philippine Dermatological Society, the licensing and regulatory body for dermas in the Philippines.

The Skin Matters team!

The Skin Matters team!

This partnership enables us to ask a skincare question on Skin Matters just by filling up the form that will appear on any article. Our questions will then be coursed through PDS’ licensed dermatologists who will provide an answer within 48 hours. 

I tried it the other day with a concern about these annoying pimples around my chin, and here is their answer:

It has enough information for me to tackle the problem from an informed direction, but of course it can’t be too detailed since face-to-face consultations are still the best way to go about it. This is why they’ve provided a button where can book a derma through PDS if you want an in-depth and specific solution to your skincare issue. Unfortunately the PDS website is down currently so you can’t check out this feature.

Nonetheless, Skin Matters’ Ask A Derma function is still pretty kick-ass. Who would say no to a free derma consult? Try it today and let me know how it goes!

PS In Tokyo right now and loving the perfect weather. Heading out to Tsukiji Market for the best sushi…so excited! Let’s have an awesome weekend!

Fancy yet affordable: The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0

My work involves the Internet and its new technologies but I don’t think of myself as a techie. For example, if I need a new camera I’ll research what the best one is for my budget and study how to use it properly - only on a need-to-know basis haha. I suppose I should learn all the specifics but I’m too lazy to do it. You know what though, I’m completely fine with that! I’m not too hard to please as long as the gadget is up to my standards and requirements.

If you’re like me who needs something fancy yet fuss-free, I think you’ll love the new Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 (starts at P7,295). This is a beautiful, slim Android phone with a large screen (a ~67% screen to body ratio) that allows you to view your media in good resolution. I’m not going to give you the specs of the phone because you can easily find ‘em here, so I’ll make this short and sweet. Here are its top three features!

8MP PixelMaster camera with f/2.0 aperture. Gorgeous pictures are a must in the social media age. If clear, well-lit ones are non-negotiable for you then you’ll enjoy the way this phone takes pics. It does fabulously in daylight, of course, but it’s not too bad in low-light conditions even without flash. It has zero shutter lag! Expect a bit of graininess but as long as you adjust the settings this is considerably lessened.

Here are a couple of pictures taken indoors with no editing. They’re not Instagram-bright but you’ll see the colors and fine details clearly.

Laser auto-focus with focus speeds of up to 0.3 seconds. This contributes to having great pictures. The camera focuses almost instantly once you point it at your subject. No more blurry selfies or group pics!

Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. I can’t remember how many times I’ve dropped my iPhone already but I still get a mini-heart attack every single time. I don’t get that with this phone. It’s made with super-strong glass that’s designed to breakage when you drop it! Oh and did I say that the glass is also fingerprint-resistant? I’ve been using this phone for over a week with no case or cover but it barely retains any finger prints even if my hands get oily. So cool.

I will always be an Apple girl, but for a secondary phone, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is perfect for me. It has two sim slots too, which makes it convenient for work. ^_^ Keep an eye out for this if you’re on the market for a new phone this season!  I find the price pretty affordable for the features and size.

Get a juicy stain with the Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint

How are you holding up under all the APEC insanity out there? It's stressing me out, just like everybody else, as I have a trip this week to Tokyo. The flight was paid for in February but knowing that there's a very real chance that it might be canceled due to APEC, I only paid for the AirBnB yesterday. That was after calling Japan Airlines to confirm that the flight is on schedule. Then just a couple of hours ago I found out that our flight will be delayed by 12 hours. That means I have completely wasted one day of my AirBnB booking.

I know it can be a lot worse but thanks anyway for hearing me vent. That's still money down the drain, if I don't get a refund. Sigh. 

But on to happier things! I want to talk about the Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint (P495), a buttery smooth lipstick that promises a long-wearing stain. This is the love child of the hydrating Dear My Essence in Lips-talk and intense Sugar Tint Balm! Indeed, it leaves a soft stain for 5-6 hours even after eating and keeps my lips in top shape. With it I don't feel the need to retouch - very important when I'm out traveling or playing sports. I'm at an age when I just really want my makeup to be comfortable.

The color I have, #2 PK001, is a juicy pink that's solid upon application and stains my lips a softer pink. I've observed that the more I layer it during the day, the more intense the stain becomes. I'm ok with the original stain but this is nice to note if you want a strong just-bitten color all day. 

The catch is, the lip stick is not retractable. Once you push it up, you can't pull it down anymore! So be careful about only revealing the exact amount of product you need to avoid accidentally shaving off the lipstick when you cap it.

Overall, I find the Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint a good buy if you like staining, hydrating lipsticks in fun punches of color. ^_^ 

Hope you're having a better day than I am!

How I keep my feet callous-free even though I play sports

Growing up I always had my nose in a book and my hands strumming a guitar. I was an honors student and participated in debate competitions. In college, I focused all of my energy on studying and carving out a space for myself in the Internet. I didn’t do sports (outside of school requirements), never took even a mild interest. 

Not once did it ever cross my mind that at 27 years old I would be crazy about tennis. 

I actually only took it up about four months ago because I thought it would be a fun date activity to do with my paramour. He played competitively in college and said he’d like to teach me how to play it too! I was like, hmmmm, okay, sure. I’m always up for trying something at least once before I decide I don’t like it. I fully expected not to like tennis at all - all that hitting and running around must not agree with my not-so-fit constitution. 

To my surprise, I enjoyed my first session. The trainer threw a few balls at me and I actually managed to hit some of them! Before I knew it I was spending much of my free time in the court three to four times every week. I’m not very good yet, but I love this feeling of accomplishment whenever I hit a ball correctly and when it goes where I want it to. I love that I have to move and think fast so I can be in the right position before exploding my racket at the ball. Soon, I’ll have to learn how to serve and how to do other kinds of shots - I am so excited! 

Tennis is loads of fun, but there’s a catch. I’m developing callouses on my hands and feet. I’m especially vain about my feet, so it’s stressing me out a little to see hard spots and grooves forming on them. Good thing I have the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi (P1,685)! I’ve written about this a couple of times already and it’s really been such a big help! Its Micralumina roller hard files down hard skin in minutes, saving me expensive trips to the foot salon. It’s so easy to use and has an ergonomically-shaped soft-touch handle that fits in my hand comfortably as I work.

More importantly, this is extremely effective at removing callouses. As I mentioned I am starting to form hard skin on the pads of my feet. In tennis, one must be agile on her toes. It’s a great way to move fast but this is causing some deep grooves in my feet. Here’s what mine looked like before facing off with the Scholl Express Pedi: 

After literally two minutes with the electronic file, here’s what happened: 

Super cool right? I didn't edit anything except to adjust the brightness on both pictures. Here’s a closer look: 

So there’s the proof. ^_^ Now I don’t have to worry about callouses while I’m playing tennis. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pediis a simple solution to a potentially expensive problem. Hope you can try it too and let us all know your experience!

By the way, this nifty machine is battery operated and comes with washable roller heads. Replacement heads can also be purchased for P550 for two heads. You can find it in selected Watsons. You may also like facebook.com/SchollPhilippines for tips and updates. 

This post is brought to you by Scholl. 

Now I know why the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil has a cult following

Nuxe, the famous French pharmacie brand, is finally in the Philippines! You can find their counters inside Beauty Bar. Now there's no need to go to Hong Kong or buy from online sellers to get your Nuxe fix. ^_^ Since the launch a couple of months ago I've fallen in love with this relatively affordable yet clinically certified brand. I've been using three products regularly - the Gentle Toning Lotion (an excellent makeup remover), the Anti-Fatigue Cream, and the best-selling Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. I adore them all! They're all super hiyang on my skin and work as promised.

I was thinking of doing a post with capsule reviews of all three but I would never finish writing it haha. It's going to be too long! So today let's focus on Nuxe's most popular product, the Huile Prodigieuse (pronounced "hwee prodeejoo") Dry Oil. It retails for roughly P900 for 50ml and about P1,200 for the 100ml - I don't have the exact price yet so don't quote me on that.

What is it, exactly? It's a mix of different essential oils that can be used on the face, hair, nails, and body. Yes, everywhere! It features macadamia seed oil, sweet almond oil, hazel seed oil, and camellia seed oil, among others. It also has tocopherol or vitamin E. What makes it such a winner is that it doesn't feel greasy or sticky when you apply it. After a few minutes, it feels dry already. It also gives a glow to the skin!

The 100ml bottle, which I have here, has a fine spray nozzle. The oil is dispersed evenly and this allows me to apply the oil faster compared to starting out from only one area. I'm just careful not to go past my body to keep the oil from being sprayed to the floor. It's a waste of product otherwise.

The Huile Prodigieuse is particularly famous for its scent, so much that Nuxe even made a fragrance based on it. It's a strong powdery floral with a bit of green to it, rather reminiscent of how La Mer skincare smells like! It's one of those scents that you either really love, or don't like at all. Give it a sniff and decide! Me, I like it. It smells forceful yet personable - just the way I like it.

I LOVE USING THIS ON MY LEGS. If like me you want that subtle JLo glow to trap eyes to your gams, this is the one! It has a version with shimmer for a more high-impact finish. I haven't used it on my face since I prefer milder scents for my moisturizer. On my hair it works to give my dry ends a shot of moisture, and on my hands and nails it's just perfect since it dries so quickly. ^_^ It's also great as a scent if you apply it all over your body; there's no need to spray anything else! It will just waft through your clothes and it actually lasts longer compared to your average alcohol or water-based perfume.

Overall, I highly recommend the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil to anybody who likes multi-purpose products with an elegant scent. I find the price sulit since very little goes a long way! I spray just twice for each leg, once for each arm, once around the neck, and I'm good. Check it out in Beauty Bar soon!

Five easy ways to tell if a beauty product from an online seller is fake

We all want a good bargain. Those are not impossible to be had, what with sales and promotional offers brands come up to draw in more customers and get rid of old stock. But it's important to know the difference between a bargain and a scam! Here are four easy ways to spot fake beauty products online. 

The price is too low. This is the #1 red flag! If the original sells for say P1,000 in stores and you find the same, brand new one in an online store for P200, then you might be in for a surprise. Ask yourself how the seller could possibly turn a profit at that price point! Some would rather believe the seller just does it out of the goodness of his or her heart but while that may happen, I assure you it's highly unlikely. Selling online is hard work. It really is. (I say this with a lot of feeling because I ran a moderately successful online store before).

I'm sure many of you guys are smart enough to at least ask why the price is that low. And so we come to a tricker bit...

It's labeled as a "tester", factory surplus, or Singapore-authentic. Many sellers claim that their products come straight from the factory or are testers for the brand. Some would say the items only have minor defects which didn't make it past quality control, but are good enough to use anyway. Some would say the magic words "Singapore-authentic" or "Dubai-authentic" which means - honestly, I don't even know. There's only one kind of authentic, and it's the one that the brands authorize to be manufactured and sell in stores!

Some customers believe (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that Singapore or Dubai-authentic products are made in those countries with a few minor differences. Singapore and Dubai aren't big cosmetic manufacturing hubs for major brands, to begin with, so that should keep your guard up. 

The box says tester. The bottle looks like it's almost the real thing...except it doesn't have a ring and three bars around the cap.

The box says tester. The bottle looks like it's almost the real thing...except it doesn't have a ring and three bars around the cap.

There's a new kind of fake that's trickier though. I see it on Facebook every so often. Seller would say that the products are "testers" so they're able to practically give it away at cheap prices. Perfumes are the most common culprits for this. The store can even sell items to you in bulk at a cheaper price per piece. You'll have to wonder how he or she was able to acquire so many, er, testers! And why the testers look slightly different from the original packaging.

Luxasia, Rustan's, and Prestige are the biggest official distributors of perfumes here in the Philippines. When they have extra stocks or products meant as testers, they hold a HUGE sale in their offices or warehouse for employees and those in the know. You can get items for as low as 70% off and they are 100% legit. Even then, you'd be hard-pressed to find a bottle of Marc Jacobs perfume for like 600 pesos (the usual price of online "testers"). Seriously now.

I have a friend whose dad works in MAC in Canada, where the brand's HQ is. I believe they all get a sort of product allocation where they can buy original MAC products at about half the original price. However, in recent years, this allocation is more controlled to prevent employees from selling the goods at cutthroat prices and taking what could be their company's profit.

Bottomline: brands won't allow their own employees and manufacturers to undercut their business. They're not stupid. Be wary of sellers who say they got the items this way, and be even more careful if they can sell in bulk.

Seller doesn't have pictures of the item on hand. Always ask for a recent picture from the seller. If all they post are pictures from the brand website or stolen from bloggers, they either don't really have the product or don't want to show you what it really looks like. It's easy to take pictures with a camera phone so there is no excuse. Ask for different angles and a swatch if they have one.

The packaging is different. A few minutes of googling can easily show what a product really looks like. Keep a sharp eye on the colors, font, and materials used. Look for swatches too and compare that with what the seller has in the website, assuming the photos are hers/his.

Sometimes though the fakes are too close to the real ones. Read about Jamie's experience on buying a fake MAC MSF online.

Sometimes though the fakes are too close to the real ones. Read about Jamie's experience on buying a fake MAC MSF online.

There is no feedback from any buyer. Always look for customer feedback. Surely you're not the first ever person to purchase from the store! If you are, well, perhaps you shouldn't be. Feedback is powerful as it informs us how the product and service is like from a real customer. If the seller's pages on social media are suspiciously quiet (especially those with a huge following), you'll have to wonder if anybody is buying or if negative feedback is being deleted. Either way it's not a good sign.

So there you go. ^_^ I've already written about why it's not the best idea to buy fakes. I promise you that there is a more affordable and sometimes even better alternative if you can't afford high-end brands! Of course, at the end of the day, it's your money and you can spend it however you like. Hopefully, it's not to support counterfeiters and risk your skin being damaged by illegal products with unsafe ingredients.

Got more tips on spotting fakes? Any stories about buying fake beauty products online? Please share in the comments!


PS If you're a seller who in fact peddles fake cosmetics, have the grace not to be offended and please don't sic your friends against me. Your business is illegal and you've chosen to deceive customers. Live with that choice or sell authentic products instead.