Here, I will cover my experience with Shiro Cosmetics. In the next post, I will cover the products themselves.
So. I broke my no-buy, but it was because I decided it was being counter-productive. Normally, if I decide I want something (I'm not much for impulse buys, so I usually do deliberate over products - look up reviews, swatches, try it out, etc), I'll just put in my order and then I'm at peace while I wait for it to arrive - it's out of my hands, you know? I'm not usually impatient about orders arriving, so long as I know they're not lost. This time though, since I couldn't buy anything, I constantly just thought about what colors I wanted from Shiro Cosmetics. Well, not constantly, but seeing all of her "new colors in the works" pop up on my Facebook feed did not help. So I caved. I'm a bad person, I know.
But I like to think that I ordered less than I would have if I hadn't been on any sort of restriction.
A note about Indie makeup: this is my first foray into the Indie makeup world, and I don't know that it will become a routine thing - not that this experience was in any way bad - quite the opposite, in fact. It is simply that I am pretty content buying mainstream makeup and don't go out of my way to find Indie alternatives - I buy what I like, you know? I don't have anything against Indie companies - I think a lot of them are handled very well, actually - but I personally don't have the time to invest in doing careful research in a lot of small companies. With that said, I will repeat: I buy what I like. If I find something I like from an Indie company, I'll buy it. This is, of course, assuming that they check out okay - full ingredient lists, safe practices, good customer service reviews, etc. Shiro Cosmetics checks out perfectly, and has a lot of great reviews from a number of beauty bloggers, which is why I felt confident enough to make a purchase. (And, based on the experience I had this time with Caitlin - Shiro Cosmetics' super cute owner - I will definitely order from her again - there are at least fifty colors that I don't have, you know, and she's coming out with a new collection very soon!)
Enough of that. I ordered the Kawaii set (those pastels called to me!) and the 15 mini-jar set. These are the fifteen colors I picked:
1. Majora's Mask
7. Small Key
15. Lance the Dragon Trainer
I picked a lot of bright and unique colors that I'd be hard pressed to find in drugstore or high-end brands. I've been lusting after Givenchy's Acid Lights palette, but I think this will be a nice replacement. My order was placed on April 30, and arrived on May 4; the turn around time was listed as "1-2 business days" at the time of purchase. April 30th was a Saturday and I ordered at night, so it only took three business days to get to me! It arrived in a sturdy little box.
|Everything was packed beautifully and snugly with brightly colored tissue paper; the invoice also had a handwritten thank you :)|
|Kawaii set is in the cute box; fifteen mini jars on the right - that star sticker holding the package closed = adorable. Where can I get some? I would stick them on everything!|
|Everything that came in the box - Caitlin included three samples and candy :D The candy's gone...S. ate it.|
|The Kawaii shadow set, wrapped in pink and green. I felt guilty that I was keeping this, and not giving it to someone as a gift. ^^; I could not get over how cute the packaging was for everything.|
Also, the geek theme - love. As an avid Zelda and Pokemon fan, I think there are only a few references that I'm puzzled over, but then, I spent far too much of my childhood (and etc :p) playing video games. I'm so happy to see a company that joins my makeup hobby and my video game addiction (or is that makeup addiction and video game hobby?).
Okay. Hope I haven't bored you. Grab another cookie and stay tuned for Part II.