7 Deadly Sins to Avoid When Shopping Skincare This Black Friday
Lauren runs through some sins to avoid when shopping your skincare this Black Friday. From buying skincare products you don’t need, to leaving it to the last minute, blowing your budget and more tune into hear some practical tips, plus what it’s like working on the other side of the computer at an e-comm store.
Especially if you are buying from brands that tend to skimp on preservatives, it pays not to buy too much stuff. Brands that claim to be "natural" or clean tend to sell products that go off quite quickly once they've been opened.
A good preservative system means the product is more stable and has a better shelf life.
Also keep in mind that once you open a product, most of them need to be used up within a certain period, usually about 6-12 months after opening. But again, if you're using so-called "clean beauty" products, this can be as little as 6-12 weeks.
Not only is it super stressful to leave your Black Friday purchases to the last minute, but the good stuff tends to go quickly. Case in point - Sulwhasoo's First Care Activating Serum, which sold out on STYLE STORY within 2 days.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to properly browse, check what you want / need and then checkout with enough time to spare.
Shopping the Black Friday sales online is a great idea for many reasons - obviously you can skip the crowd. Even better - you can do all your shopping from the comfort of your own home while wearing your jammies!
In addition, online stores tend to open their deals earlier, so you have more time to browse and make considered purchases.
If you're shopping in the States, doing so online is a great way to ensure you don't need to rush through your Thanksgiving meal in an effort to hit the stores and shove elbows.
Black Friday and the lead-up to Christmas can be an especially stressful time. There might be budgetary constraints, a whole lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in. Add to that delays with shipping, issues with coupon codes and you've got a recipe for disaster.
But guess what? The same issues you're facing goes for literally everyone else at this time of year - the sales assistants, warehouse staff, postmen (and women) and online store teams.
I get the temptation to send a really snarky email and blow up in ALL CAPS to get your point across. But guess what? It won't net you any better results at the end of the day. A lost parcel is a lost parcel and you screaming (verbally or electronically) at the poor person on the other end of the line doesn't "un" loose your parcel.
Being nice and keeping it friendly will literally always go further and make solving your problem a much more pleasant experience for everyone.
A good thing to keep in mind at this time of year, particularly when you're shopping online is if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t put it an email.
Just because you can’t see the person doesn’t mean you aren’t speaking to a real one. It's a guaranteed way to ruin their day and stress them out. And you know how bad it feels when someone does it to you.
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"Especially if you are buying from brands that tend to skimp on preservatives, it pays not to buy too much stuff. Brands that claim to be "natural" or clean tend to sell products that go off quite quickly once they've been opened."Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast
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