Coming from a girl who is always online shopping, I've dealt with scams, terrible products, unprofessional owners, you name it! Here are some tips to help you online shop successfully!
Do - Watch Reviews
There a review for every new thing under the sun. You should take advantage of that. Before I buy anything, I take myself right to youtube or google & do my research. The questions you should always be looking for answers to are: Are they a trusted brand? Do they provide quality products? What’s their refund/return policy?
Do - Use PayPal
Paypal always provides protection if you don’t receive the product you were promised. Especially with the “Instagram boutique” epidemic, everyone wants a clothing store but not everyone provides quality clothing and/ or service. Save yourself the trouble of having to deal with unprofessional business owners who don’t want to give money back over a crappy product and go through paypal. It’s your best bet.
Do - Read The Product Description BEFORE Buying
9 times out of 10, the products materials are listed in the description box for example: 99% cotton, or something in that nature. Here's an example below!
Don't - Buy From Untrusted Brands or "Instagram Boutiques"
With this tip, it's honestly a hit or a miss. Never an in-between. You should also stay away from the instagram boutiques that have in their bio, “No Returns” or “Only Store Credit”. Which is basically saying, we get our stuff from wholesalers in China for a super low price, over price it, and if you don’t like it we won’t give you your money back. I’ve actually fallen a victim to this trick. I brought this super cute (or I should say, I thought it would be cute) white bodysuit for only $13 + free shipping. Good deal right? WRONG. The body suit was constructed TERRIBLY, it took forever to come & you can see my nipples through the material. It wasn’t even like I would be able to wear a bra under it because it’s a super deep v cut & plus the whole back is out. It was terrible!
Don't - Direct Message, Comment or Tweet An Owner About Your Order
Professionalism is always a MAJOR KEY. 99.9% of the time, an owner to a business will have an email address in their description box of their social media pages or it will be in a section on the actual website. Please remember that owners are people too! Do not be rude or annoying. You reap what you sow!
Don't - Buy From Just Any Vendor! (Ebay, AliExpress, Amazon, etc.)
This tip is dedicated to my ebay and amazon babies! Please be careful buying from just any ol' vendor. Check the star rating and comments. Comments by previous customer have some times driven me away from buying a product. Be aware that when you do buy from these websites, the shipping may sometimes take an EXTREMELY long time to come because it can be coming from overseas and it will have to go through customs, which is an annoying, long, and unnecessary process :)
Tell me some of your crazy online shopping experiences in the comment section below!
It's no secret that the beauty world is dominated by white women. While we're splurging at Sephora, it's also very important that we also support our Black-Owned Beauty companies as well! Here are some Black Girl bosses that have brands that we love! There are direct links to every product talked about, just click the picture! :)
**All pictures are taken directly from the site or were given to me to use for this post. All links on photos redirect to the owner**
(@KAYLUXCOSMETICS ON TWITTER)
Kaylar Will is a girl boss that I love! She is a self-taught makeup artist residing in Los Angeles. She built up her platform on social media and released her popular highlighters earlier this year. Recently, she has also released a body highlighter and is about to release her lipgloss on her site soon!
(@KORVEYYCOSMETICS ON IG)
Korveyy Cosmetics is a beauty brand coming straight out of the place I'm from; Jersey! This brand is currently expanding on the beauty market. They have a selection of mists that are primers and setting sprays. Not only are their setting spray's amazing, they also have a beauty blender dupe for only $5 as well as mink lashes for only $15 to keep you looking fabulous on a budget! All of their products can make your makeup last all night! Check out and support their site now!
HONEY KISSED COSMETICS
(@HK_COSMETICS ON TWITTER)
Honey Kissed Cosmetics is an upcoming brand. If you're on twitter, I'm 99% sure you've seen her lipglosses breaking makeup twitter! Not only does this brand have lipglosses that will change your life. They also have highlighters that will too! Their recent release of their colored highlighters are definitely for my dramatic MUAs! Check them out below!
Fashion Fair is a high-end makeup brand that is Black-Owned and caters specifically to colored girls! Their most popular product amongst their consumers are their "Fast Finish Foundation Sticks". In this case, it's easy to guess your shade because it was made by a colored woman, for colored women. Their products are currently sold on their online website and at Macy's (online and in most stores). Click here to shop Fashion Fair!
This is only part 1, I'm on the hunt for more beauty brands for my colored girls! Until then, enjoy!
"Be the girl who turned her cant's into cans and her dreams into plans"