Brochure Blunder

I figured that colors in brochures are a little different than its actual product. I don’t know if this whole brochure conspiracy really is what it is or am I just naive on the subject?

I’m talking about cosmetics – lipstick to be precise.

My very recently former “favorite” brand used to have that one lipstick shade which complimented my complexion very well and I have been using it since I discovered it years ago. It was a mix of brown and red which enhanced my lip color but not too much that it hurts to look at.

However, after the brand discontinued the lip shade, I have since been in a quest to try their other lipstick lines in attempts to find another one of its shade or something near it. I noticed that the lipsticks in each brochure page may differ in price and line name but the colors are actually the same. Since there are no samples of the products provided and it would be ridiculous to buy all similar shades at once “just to compare,” I had to just try my luck each time I order.

Over time I have purchased several “close enough colors” I see in the brand’s brochure and each time I am left disappointed because it’s just not it. It seems like it in print but once I receive the order, the actual color doesn’t even come close! As a result, I am now left with several barely used lipsticks of nearly the same color in my attempts to find THE ONE.

Just last week, I decided to make my final attempt and if it really doesn’t work, so be it. And indeed it wasn’t! To make things worse, when I tried to complain to the agent about the brochure and actual color difference and ask if I can exchange since I have not opened the original package, as soon as I opened my mouth, she cut my sentence and said rudely, “Ganon talaga. Neng! Iba talaga ang nasa brochure, ganon din sabi ng iba. Hindi ko rin naman pwede isauli na iisang piraso lang!” (“The brochure color is different! That’s also what the others say and I can’t make exchanges for just one piece!”)

OMG! Imagine what strength I had to summon in order to contain my temper! It was bad enough to get disappointed, she made it worse with her attitude and by informing me that she already knew about the color difference, and worst –  I still have to pay for the items! “Little Ms. Smart Agent” is an elder relative of mine and couldn’t find it in me to argue any further out of respect but she did make being “disloyal” to her product a lot faster a lot easier! Lol!

In case you’re wondering why don’t I just go out and look for the shade myself, it’s because I feel pressured and slightly irritated of sales people hovering over me and forcing me to buy something I don’t like. Sometimes I put on my earphones when I feel like braving the cosmetics aisles. Hehe. Now I guess I am left with no other choice…

So, lesson learned. Do not EVER trust a brochure!

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The DIY Christmas Series : Decor

From September to December, Kaye and I have decided to dedicate our BFF Series to the festive spirit of Christmas.

In our home country, the Philippines, Christmas is a 4- to 5-month long celebration which starts in September and being it my favorite season, I am an advocate to keep the spirit alive all year long – except for special days when tantrums and whatnots come along 😉

I love watching DIYs and love to claim that I have so many ideas in my mind. However, I must admit that DIYs are Kaye’s forte – her entry for this post and the whole of her blog site is proof enough 😉 I guess I can copy or follow if there are instructions provided but making things from scratch will take a lot of work for me. I always end up in a mess and come out with a really simple one or some times nothing! Hehe. Hey, at least I try. 🙂 I think I’m much better at organizing things and food.

Since I am aware that I’m crappy at DIYs, instead of venturing into creating something from scratch, I have decided to recycle some unused things around the house.

First off, I collected materials that I knew would come handy.

Loads of glitters! You can never have enough for such a jolly season. This picture has scissors, glue, acrylic paint, loose glitters and glitter pens.
Loads of glitters! You can never have enough for such a jolly season. This picture has scissors, glue, acrylic paint, loose glitters and glitter pens.
1 & 2 - Paint brushes and my choice of glitters (gold & silver); 3 - My choices of acrylic paint (blue, white, red)
1 & 2 – Paint brushes and my choice of glitters (gold & silver); 3 – My choices of acrylic paint (blue, white, red)

I prepared my desk by placing some water and old newspaper. Glitter and paint are never the neatest combination! 02 - prep

I wanted something which I can hang on the main door to replace that wicked chime (I dislike chimes – irritating little buggers). It took me forever to think how am I going to do such a thing. I swear I had lots of drawings in my head but landed up with this idea because I didn’t know how I would do the more difficult ones I thought of. Lol.

1. I made and printed some square patterns to create some hanging ornaments and stuck them on blue art paper; 2 - 4. I cut and folded alternatively to show both sides of white and blue; 5 - 6. Finished product, front and side view
1. I made and printed some square patterns to create some hanging ornaments and stuck them on blue art paper; 2 – 4. I cut and folded alternatively to show both sides of white and blue; 5 – 6. Finished product, front and side view
This where I will be hanging the paper ornaments. It's regular wooden frame from Ikea and I removed the pieces in the center.
This where I will be hanging the paper ornaments. It’s regular wooden frame from Ikea and I removed the pieces in the center.
Tada! I hung the ornaments with dark brown thread to make it blend with our door, decorated the sides of the frame with glitters and added a couple more ornaments made of magazine pages.
Tada! I hung the ornaments with dark brown thread to make it blend with our door, decorated the sides of the frame with glitters and added a couple more ornaments made of magazine pages.
The wicked chime! Wahaha!
The wicked chime! Wahaha!

Second and last piece.

I’m a sucker of light emitting objects especially lanterns.

We have couple of these which were bought from Ikea 3 houses ago. It was too heavy to hang so it was kept in storage since. I decided to take them out and finally make us of them :)
We have couple of these which were bought from Ikea 3 houses ago. It was too heavy to hang so it was kept in storage since. I decided to take them out, dust them off and finally make us of them 🙂

Process…

1. I realized I had to coat it in white first because when I tried directly applying the blue paint, the color was not at visible; 2. Blue as the second coat; 3. Glitters! :)
1. I realized I had to coat it in white first because when I tried directly applying the blue paint, the color was not at visible; 2. Blue as the second coat; 3. Glitters! 🙂
I did the same procedure for the other lantern, coating it red this time and adding more glitters to the lock and hinges
I did the same procedure for the other lantern, coating it red this time and adding more glitters to the lock and hinges
Final Product! Tadaaaa!!!
Final Product!
Tadaaaa!!!

14d I added more details by using glitter pens and since the glass was a little dull, I happen to have some glass paint in my possession and starting dabbing it away on each glass surface.

This is how it looks like when lit in the dark. The camera gets a blur shot but it looks wonderful.
This is how it looks like when lit in the dark. The camera gets a blur shot but it looks wonderful.

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A little behind the scene sneak peek…

I had to snack in between since I was absolutely clueless as to what I wanted to do ;p
I had to snack in between since I was absolutely clueless as to what I wanted to do ;p
It is out of habit to post a picture of a face in my blog but I just have to share her reaction. This is my niece and she loves the color blue and glitters and lights. ♥ I think she likes the outcome of my project :)
It is out of habit to post a picture of a face in my blog but I just have to share her reaction.
This is my niece and she loves the color blue and glitters and lights. ♥ I think she likes the outcome of my project 🙂