Beauty Bits & Bobs

Musings of the Day: Return It? Maybe Not!

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The return policy with in the USA on cosmetics, makeup items, bath and body products, etc…is very lean and gracious. Many stores, particularly Sephora, allow easy, fuss free returns. Even QVC has a lovely return policy on many cosmetic items. Even used items are given a free pass for a drama free exchange! Most times a new item is available for you, money back, a credit of some sort, or full refund to your credit is given. This is a policy that many makeup lovers have enjoyed and embraced for a long time now.

This isn’t to say that many companies are as gracious. Quite a few counters do give a fair bit of drama to exchange used cosmetic items but with a receipt and a good attitude you should get your way!

The world as we know it has changed considerably after the collapse of our economy and what was once taken for granted is now not as readily available and at your disposable. As the economy continues on it’s high and low track stores have begun changing their policies and even a faint whisper and rumor has arisen about Sephora’s exchange policy.

I’m sure you remember the day when opening up a box of software and easily returning it because Winblows was being terribly whiny about installing it wasn’t a problem at all. I recall Staples smiling friendly like and giving me a full refund. Within that time frame much has changed. Software is exchanged now but only for the same title (absurd if you think about it as if it’s crashing on install it’s crashing! How can that be helped?) and electronics are occasionally exchanged but with a 15-20% markdown on the original price.

So I ask…what if….your favorite counter, your favorite store, your favorite brand of cosmetics stopped offering credits and refunds on used cosmetics? How would you deal with it? We are a spoiled nation and we take for granted that bright red lipstick that looked fab under the glaring lights in the store can easily be exchanged for money back since it’s looking rather obscene in the daylight on our lips.

What if you were stuck with that red lipstick? Without any option to return?

What would you do?

Check below for my answer!

I have two replies to this Musing. One, would be I can understand where these companies are coming from. They have to be losing millions of dollars a week due to chronic returners. Believe me these people exist. I’m not necessarily a chronic returner but I tend to change my mind alot. But where as I normally sell off or swap an item I hate, someone else isn’t as gracious. They are in shop, right away, returning for money back or a new item, etc…..When I’m at Sephora I’ll see people with big bags of items they are returning, this is rather obscene and could be seen as taking advantage of the system. Granted, if something doesn’t work or you hate it by all means return it but do make a smart choice prior to leaving the store that the item you have in your hand is something you want. Don’t go home, proceed to smear it all over your lips, and demand a refund a year later. Be gracious and respectable when it comes to returns otherwise we could be in a similar situation as European and Asian countries where returning makeup new or used is unheard of.

On the other side the idea of taking away my privilege to return an item for another item or for my money back is something I value. Sephora’s exchange policy is incredible! It’s one of the best reasons to shop at Sephora, a simple, mess free return. They even offer free shipping back from their online shop, unheard of on most online stores. It terrifies me that larger stores, such as Sephora, would consider possibly taking away this valued policy!

I do think that everyone should be entitled to a return on occasion as we do make mistakes here and there! Do remember to not take advantage of the system because we seriously don’t want to wake up one day in a world where returning makeup or getting a refund doesn’t exist!

What’s your take?

Tell it!

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Beauty Reminders: MAC, Bare Escentuals, and the Muse’s Contest!

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Just a few beauty reminders chicas!

MAC 25% Off Ends Today so if you’re hauling best step on it! See here for the coupon code.

Tomorrow my first Summer Lovin’ Contest ends and a new one begins late tomorrow evening! If you haven’t entered to win yet please step over here to see what’s being given away and how you can win it! It’s open worldwide readers as well!

And finally don’t forget that tomorrow Bare Escentuals begins it’s 20% Off Sale! See here for the details and coupon code!

Happy Days!

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Best of: Jill Stuart Cosmetics


It’s no secret Jill Stuart is one of my very favorite cosmetic brands. With it’s elegant packaging and unique makeup items, is it any wonder why it’s a makeup junkie’s dream come true?

As of late I haven’t indulged in Jill Stuart cosmetics due to the repetitive color releases and bad currency conversion. But regardless how repetitious it becomes or how high the cost, Jill Stuart still remains a true favorite that stands out in my makeup world.

Click ahead for the Best of Jill Stuart Cosmetics at Musings!

Click through some great posts, reviews, and babblings about Jill Stuart Cosmetics!

Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color Review

Stash Spotlight: Jill Stuart Blush

Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil Review

Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007 Review

Jill Stuart Perfume Review

Fake Jill Stuart Palettes

Jill Stuart Illuminance Review

See all tagged Jill Stuart posts

I hope you enjoyed clicking through these and learning more about Jill Stuart or just drooling over the greatness of Jill Stuart Makeup!

Do share some of your favorites from the brand!

Or e-mail me some stash pictures of your collection to share with readers!

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Beauty Most Unusual: Just The Treat For Lips!

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We all have those days when we want to turn the other cheek and tell someone to go ahem…intercourse themselves.

A beauty most unusual topic or a cheeky little treat for lips?

Leave it to those crazy people at BlueQ to create a lip balm that tells it like it is.

Supposedly a natural and delicious cherry lip balm this one is for mother intercoursers everywhere……indeed and an SPF of 15 too! It just gets better and better doesn’t it?

Beauty Most Unusual indeed, no nerve here to carry this one around, I’m a mush I never tell anyone to go intercourse themselves. I simply nod and smile like an idiot, seems to work wonderfully well!

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WANT IT: Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials

Like everyone else in the makeup world I strive for perfection. I want to look as flawless as humanly possible. Which is why Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials is currently topping my WANT list!

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Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials is a set made up of professional quality products to achieve incredible coverage for a flawless, beautiful complexion.

Baby I’m a want you!

Cover FX is a camouflage makeup that’s heavily pigmented to work at covering even the worst flaws, birth marks, tattoos, etc….This kit includes everything for covering minor to major imperfections.

The set includes:

  • Cover FX SkinPrep FX
  • Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation (3 Shade for mixin’ and cocktailin’ for your unique shade)
  • Cover FX Setting FX
  • Cover FX Precision Foundation Brush
  • How To Video

Can I tell you I’m totally enamored with this set and want it badly. The only thing that’s prevented me from fully exploring Cover FX is having to sit down and have my color matched for me. I’m not a fan of MA’s touchin’ and feelin’ all over my face so I haven’t experimented with the wide range of Cover FX foundations. Which brings me to why this kit is so appealing. It’s only available in four color combination which totally breaks down the overwhelming amount of colors available in the standard foundation. Plus it has three shades so even if I get a set that doesn’t match me completely I can still mix my proper shade.

But…ado…the $75 price tag hurts a little bit. I believe what’s included is pretty much trail size so I’m wincing slightly at the price.

Doesn’t stop me from wanting this kit though! I’m trying hard not to submit, a little moral support please?

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