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I’m a student. Therefore I’m generally ‘skint.’ However, I still seem to have a huge collection of potions or lotions which promise beautiful skin, shiny hair or sparkly eyes. Carly_Pussycat may be the cosmetics queen of Ciao, but I must certainly be near to princess standard! As I mentioned before, although my bank account is generally just in double figures, my dressing table is still bulging with top brand cosmetics. So how do I do it?Once on a website, I read an opinion about a site called directcosmetics.com. I can’t remember who wrote the opinion, or why, but I remember thinking “by golly that sounds too good to be true!” so off I toddled and within 15 minutes had placed an order for 5 items. (5 items I didn’t really need, but never mind.) So here I am, a few months later, and I too, am ready to bow to the God that is direct cosmetics!
+++ Why it’s so great +++Direct-Cosmetics has a huge range of branded cosmetics at absolutely rock-bottom prices! That’s the reason it’s terrific. Urban Decay Lipsticks at £3.00 that generally retail at £8.00, ‘YSL Touch Eclat’ £15 instead of £21 and ‘Barefoot Doctor’ gift sets for only £9.99 to name but a few. Personally I have no idea how the website does it, and at first I thought it may be only discontinued lines, but it doesn’t seem to be that way at all. The site is simple- simple choose the manufacturer you want to buy from, select your product and checkout.
+++ Sample of Brands +++The selection of brand names is huge… Almay, Anna Sui, Barefoot Doctor, Beauty Without Cruelty, Diesel, DKNY, Cutex, Calvin Klein, Dior, Clarins, Clinique, Hard Candy, Urban Decay, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Faberge, I won’t go on… The list would fill up the review space! Between the listed brands you will find everything from Hair Accessories and Make-up Brushes to Fragrances and Make-up. Each and every item on the site is at the lowest price that I’ve ever seen personally. And for those who don’t know much about cosmetics, the above brands are extremely reputable.
+++ Site Layout and Format +++In my opinion, the site design lets the content down a lot. It looks cheap and tacky. Dull and boring. But don’t let this put you off purchasing. Although the site graphic design is poor, it is simple to navigate and make purchases from. The Home page also has a very useful feature- this week’s special offers and new arrivals, so if you are a new visitor, it is easy for you to keep track of the newest items. At the time of wring this, the new arrival is Urban Decay nail enamel at a bargain £2.50. There is also a new lipstick shade at £3.00 which I feel I may purchase.
On checking out you are directed to a secure page where you can decide to pay by switch or credit card. Generally I like to pay by switch, as my credit card debt is hideous enough on it’s own, but for some reason this site doesn’t recognise MY brand of switch card. (and yes there is enough in the bank to cover my transactions!) This is slightly annoying. But I suppose it cannot be helped.+++ Quality of the Cosmetics +++
I’ve noticed absolutely no difference with my products from this website, than the ones that I buy in the stores. There are of course drawbacks to purchasing lipsticks on line- you can never test them against your skin before you buy, and by the time that you try it, you can’t return it to the company for hygiene reasons. This isn’t really a problem for me, as I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to shiny tubes, I just like to have as many options as possible in my make-up box. And being an art student I’m partial to mixing up my own unique shades of glosses and lipsticks. Each and every item I’ve bought from direct cosmetics I’ve been pleased with. Although I have no experience with the perfumes yet.+++ My experience +++
My last batch from DC.com cost £26 (-P&P) and for that I had a box containing
1x Touche Eclat
1x Hard Candy Hint Tint (tinted Moisuriser)
1x Almay Lipstick with SPF
1x Hard Candy Eyebrow pencil (this is broken now-don’t buy it)
1x L’Oreal Featherlash Mascara (great mascara- I will buy again)
+++ Do I recommend? +++Absolutely. Although Directcosmetics.com looks amateur from the outside, they are a great, efficient online store. I’ve heard that they have little shops throughout the UK, but I don’t think there’s one near me. Believe me, a trip to this site will have you thinking twice about paying full (ridiculous) prices for cosmetics ever again!
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