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One dollar online shopping spree! PART 1-Shopmissa review and haul.

Online shopping for (most) women is nothing short of a blessing. Well, at least I feel this way and I can explain why. It’s like taking an enjoyable trip to a mall, strolling around and not feeling weirdly embarrassed about entering a store without spending money. Picture this- easy shopping on your laptop while sitting in your comfiest pj’s, unkempt hair framing your face and binging on snacks. Sounds like a regular weekend, huh?

To add to this mix, I only shop within a budget and I consider any item above $50 a luxury. So when I landed on shopmissa.com for the very first time, I was hooked.

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NOTE: This post is not sponsored and does not have any affiliate links. If it changes, I will definitely mention it.

Here’s why I ended up doing an online shopping haul TWICE on this first online one dollar store

a. The price point- most items are a dollar, as promised to buyers. Some bundled sets cost more. Their new pop up shop called a2o lab sells products that cost more than $1, but less than $10.

b. They offer a variety of makeup, jewellery, hair accessories, mobile phone cases, socks, underwear (!), sunglasses, scarves and so much more. And you spend only a dollar per item- that’s just dope!

c. You can be sure they are reliable. No scams such as taking your money and not shipping your products to you. They deliver what they promise you when you decide to shop with them- cheap and good quality stuff.

2 things to know before you decide to buy on shopmissa.com:

  1. You are charged with a shipping rate of $3.95 for any purchases below $35. Anything above that price point and you get free shipping.
  2. Your items take about 2 weeks to reach you, because their processing time takes a while.

I am breaking down the list of 15 products I got into three categories-

After a suggestion from one of my followers, I decided to break this into a two-part blog post for easier reading. That said, let me go on to PART ONE of my haul and review of shopmissa.com. May the (shopping) force be with you!

COSMETICS/MAKEUP

I bought 8 cosmetic products from shopmissa.com, which I have listed below.

  1. The 10-Piece Hi-DEF Brush Set + Brush Roll:

 

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I was looking for some kabuki face and eye makeup brushes, and something cheap that would come as a set instead of getting individual ones (lazy much). Kabuki makeup brushes, according to me, pack in an even, well-brushed out coverage. And I hit jackpot with these kabuki makeup brushes from shopmissa!

There are 5 face brushes and 5 eye brushes (but no eyebrow brush). I use the brushes for applying both liquid and powder makeup products, such as- BB cream, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, highlighter and concealer.

PROS:

  • They cost $10 for 10 brushes and have the softest, most dense fibers ever!
  • The brush fibers are vegan.
  • They come with a vegan, faux leather brush case which rolls up. So handy for travelling!
  • They don’t shed. I have been using them for a month now and they perform so well.

CONS:

The eye brushes seem a little repetitive. An eyebrow brush being included would have made it better.

RATING: 4.5/5

2. Amuse Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette (SOLD OUT) – Color 2

I’ll be honest with you- I am not a fan of this eyeshadow palette. It isn’t all that pigmented, it is chalky to the touch, fades away within hours of wearing and yes, has a lot of fallout. But there is one particular shade I like in the palette that I use everyday, and it is the mauve one. It has a very neutral look, and plays to the current pinkish mauve makeup trend. I wouldn’t recommend this item.

RATING: 2.5/5

3. Kleancolor Brows Essential Kit-Ash Brown

Let me state one thing clearly- I am completely new to the whole eyebrow game. I was seeing people doing these beautifully arched eyebrows all over Youtube and Instagram but I wasn’t interested. Till this year, when I decided to give it a whirl- trying the eyebrow trend, that is.

OK enough about me. This brow powder from Kleancolor is a total steal for a dollar, and should be one of the eight wonders of the world.

PROS:

  • The brow powder is soft, goes on so smooth and easy, and has the perfect amount of pigmentation so that you don’t have to go over again and again.
  • Comes with 3 eyebrow stencils, so that you can match it to your brows and fill in.
  • Long lasting product, and can easily be used for more than 3 months.
  • Stays put on the brows and doesn’t move at all. I have clocked in about 6+ hours of wear with this brow powder.
  • Matches my medium fair, blackish brown hair and warm yellow undertone.

CONS:

  • The brush is of very poor quality. I would suggest using another angled brush instead.

RATING: 5/5

4. Beauty Treats Bunny Lip Balm

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I got it in the variant “Mint Nude”, which does not have a color. There are two other color options, pink and purple. I got the nude one because I wanted a chapstick that I could wear  underneath matte lipsticks.

PROS:

  • Moisturizes well.
  • Non-sticky, and can be used under matte lipsticks for hydration.
  • Cute packaging! The cap is sturdy, does not slide away and create a mess in the bag.

CONS:

  • It dries out a little over time, especially during harsh winters.

RATING: 4.5/5

5. Beauty Treats Fruit Lip Scrub-Strawberry

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Thanks to winters in Seattle, my lips have been very chapped. And you know how dry lips look with lipstick on them, right? Enter the fruit lip scrub from Beauty Treats. It is a life-saver, to put it in a few words.

PROS:

  • Totally scrubs away the dead skin after 2-3 minutes of gently rubbing it against lips. The end result is soft and smooth lips, just the way it should be.
  • Smells and even tastes good. ( I didn’t eat it on purpose, I swear!)

CONS:

  • The smooth effect stays on for about a day, after which the dryness starts to come back again. I use this lip scrub about twice a week.

RATING: 4.5/5

6. AOA 2 Piece Eyebrow Razor Set

This set comes with two razors, one for trimming small rogue hair growing on the upper part of the brows. I have not used the bigger one yet, but I think it can be used for trimming your upper lip area and bikini line too (the webpage says so as well).

PROS:

  • It is easy to use and precise for trimming fine and small hair.
  • It does not hurt all that much. Probably you feel like a tiny sensation of burning when you keep repeatedly running the razor over an area.
  • It comes with a brow brush on a safety guard, so that the sharp blade is not left open to rust and for nicks on the skin.

CONS:

  • None.

RATING: 5/5

7. AOA Wonder Blender-Black Beveled

Apparently, you’ve got to change your makeup sponge every 1 to 3 months. Ain’t nobody got the time for that! So as a backup sponge for my real techniques sponge, I got this black one from AOA studio. It is on the larger side, has a flat side for blending product around the under-eye area and is not hard. It also doesn’t grow larger after you soak it in water for a few seconds.

PROS:

  • Blends liquid products well, giving a natural look.
  • The flat side gives it a smooth, even finish.

CONS:

  • The sponge tends to absorb a lot of product.

RATING: 4.5/5

8. Honey Bee Wax Lip Balm (SOLD OUT)

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I think I found the perfect lip balm, ever. And it’s this honey bee wax lip balm from Rich On. I have not used the Burt’s Bees one, so I cannot compare to it.

PROS:

  • Super smooth application.
  • Hydrates really well, and leaves behind a slightly glossy finish.

CONS:

  • None.

RATING: 5/5

9. Beauty Treats Vanilla Lip Scrub

When I went through the reviews for this particular pot of this lip scrub, everyone was clamoring for a restock. I was curious to see if it was as good as the reviews it scored, and ordered the vanilla flavored one. And here’s what I gotta say-

PROS:

  • It has a mild, buttery scent. It won’t irritate those with a sensitivity towards fragrance.
  • It has a fine, grainy texture that spreads evenly on the lips.

CONS:

  • You have to use it twice to get the dead skin off the lips.
  • The texture is hard, and you have to swirl your finger a bit to warm it up.

The beauty treats lip scrub (above) in a tube formulation is way better.

RATING:3/5

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This is only the first part of my shopmissa.com haul, debuting some of the cosmetic items I got for supremely money-saving price tags. The second part of my haul will be up soon, but you can read my previous posts till then here and here.

Do let me know down in the comments if you’ve visited shopmissa’s site or are planning to buy something there. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. 🙂

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