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Sephora Alternative

Few weeks ago I tried ordering from Sephora website and paid almost $117. A day after placing my order, I logged in to check my order status and it was showing “Unsuccessful Authorization” so they basically cancelled my order without even informing me. I sent them emails regarding this issue and they replied with a long email a day after, and I honestly didn’t understand a word from it because it doesn’t really say the exact reason, they mentioned I’ll get a refund for my cancelled order and I got it recently. After this experience with Sephora, I tried finding an alternative makeup website so I can order from because we don’t really have Sephora store in my country but there are ladies who bring those makeup products and sells them for quite a high price.

I came across this website which sells makeup in decent prices which is called ACW All Cosmetics Wholesale and decided to try it out. They sell high end brands and also drugstore brands so you’ll have various options to choose from however I couldn’t find Kat Von D or Tarte products, hope they add these brands soon. The website is well organized and you can search for products by brand or category, there’s also a ‘sales’ tab of discounted products. I read few reviews of people saying some of their products are fake, mostly mentioning MAC lip products but I can’t say for sure since I didn’t try buying MAC from them yet. Anyway here’s what I bought from this website.

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E.L.F. 11 Piece Brush Collection 85015 ($37.50)
I have a cheap makeup brushes collection which I bought ages ago and I seriously needed new ones so I decided to go for E.L.F brushes since I read positive reviews of them before. The brushes came in an authentic E.L.F box and it was well packaged. I love that each brush got it’s own name since I love using wrong brushes for wrong areas, the brushes are really soft and they pick the color really well also great for blending.

RIMMEL Lash Accelerator Mascara – Black 001 ($4.99)
For the longest time I was debating myself into getting lash extensions because they make the eyes look so pretty with lengthy lashes, I decided to try out this mascara because it enhances lash growth just like serums. The mascara wand is thinly shaped so it gave my lashes more of my natural look which is great for my everyday look, I’ve yet to see the effect of the lash acceleration so will post an update probably after few weeks of using it. The mascara came in a clear plastic retail bag which was odd to be honest but the mascara itself seemed unused anyway, maybe that’s my only comment about this website.

The shipping cost was $6.50 and it honestly came very fast.

Overall it was a good online shopping experience, I think the prices are reasonable compared to what I used to pay for makeup brought by the Instagram sellers as I call them. Other than the mascara packaging comment I mentioned earlier, I didn’t have any problem with my order. I’ll make a proper haul post of this website soon so I can check how authentic the products are so stay tuned for that.

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