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When the colour payoff is TERRIBLE, no matter how much I like the colour if the payoff is bad I won’t buy it.

Also, the smell/taste, if a lipstick for example smells/tastes funny I don’t wanna put it on my face!

Bulk packaging, ugly packaging, when the product smells weird or when it gets back reviews.

Temptalia is my makeup kiss of life on the other hand. My makeup collection has been on the rise for the past year lol.

Anything with a strong fragrance is a huge turn off for me but I also agree with outrageous claims. I think sometimes the simple products work better than ones that have all these new special ingredients.

(sorry for some reason it didn’t let me send the email to you)
Hey Christine,
In a couple of days i’m going to having a photoshoot it’s just like a family portrait plus many photos of myself. I was wondering what would be some good eyeshadow for the photoshoot? smokey? neutral looking on the eyes and maybe some berry tone lips? please give me some tips!

also for foundation, i dont wear foundation on a daily basis only some concealer so i was wondering if i should buy the makeup forever HD foundation? or is it ok to use the laura mercier tinted moistourizer?


The smell. Sometimes the smell is just distracting or annoying, as with some lipsticks or lipclosses, but with some products, especially expensive creams like Chanel or Clarins the smell was so bad that it caused me a headache and nausea.

Ooh yay! A question from someone I know! (well, kind of… hehe). I’m usually put off by really cheap, off brand products – The stuff you only see on-line. If I’m not sure what’s in it or in what conditions it’s made, I won’t usually buy it.

A big no no for me are ridiculously overpriced products, like Serge Lutens make-up. I doubt if the quality is any better than Bobbi Brown or MAC.

I also don’t like really flimsy, cheap looking packaging. I’m not a package snob, but I just prefer a package that looks classy, but simple at the same time.

Strangely enough, for me it’s the smell of a product. I always smell the tester before I buy it, because I know that I would not be able to use it if the smell puts me off! 🙂

Animal testing, will not support anyone who does it or has ingrediants that are animal related, so most drugstore items are off limits.

Revlon and Almay are listed on caringconsumer on the list on companies that does NOT test on animals:) GOSH cosmetics is cruelty free as well 🙂

Hmm nothing, maybe like Christine, products with ridiculous claims. And though I hate wasteful packaging, I keep buying UDPP.

when I don’t like the smell. there are some scents I like, but some I hate. Like rose-smelling stuff, and those maybelline lipsticks smell like caramel gone terribly wrong.

I had that happen to me with Urban Decay Lip Sticks – I love them and think they are pretty but the caramel taste / smell is soo bad I threw mine out

The frangance that some companies add to their products, like the one on the YSL’s lipsticks. Also, some packaging tend to add some smell to the product too, don’t know if it is the glue on it or the material, like too face cardboard packaging for shadows book.

Animal testing. This means that I’m never tempted to impulsively buy random cheap/drugstore cosmetics and such, since the majority of them are not cruelty-free. Consequently, I am rarely ever disappointed by products I buy and I probably end up spending less money, so I guess it’s a win-win situation!

When I pay for something I pay for quality (and hopefully a decent amount of product too!) That means I want it animal testing/cruelty free (There is no point in testing cosmetics, we know all the chemicals used in cosmetics for the most part or there are in vitro lab experiments that do the same thing!) as well as having good colour pay-off, good feel and good smell. And uber glitter tends to put me off as well.

For me it would have to be price and smell. The smell would probably take the prize on this one, I just get headaches pretty easily and smell is a huge factor for me. As far as price goes, I really try to be reasonable… If something I want is very expensive I always try looking for a cheaper alternative for it, but if it is something completely “undupable” and reviews are amazing, I will take the hit.

Parabens, but especially in lip products. I’m not quite as picky about them in eye products, but I do not want to be inadvertently getting toxic preservatives in my mouth.

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