Friday, March 25, 2011

Archetype Cosmetics... My fabulous fail.

I'm mad...

No, I'm furious.

While reading one of my all time favorite blogs, I came across a post for Archetype cosmetics. I'm always on the lookout for new mineral makeup lines, and after seeing the swatches on said blog, I rushed to the Archetype site and was ASTOUNDED when I saw each sample was a mere 25 cents. I quickly placed 40 samples in my shopping cart, giddy as a school girl and placed my order...

Now here is where the nightmare begins.

Directly afterwards, I searched my inbox for a purchase receipt. There was no receipt anywhere.
I figured it was just a small fluke and assumed I would be treated the way I am usually treated with other MM companies that spoil me rotten.

I placed my order in NOVEMBER of 2010, two days after Thanksgiving and thought nothing of it when December rolled in and still I had recieved no kind of shipping info.
Christmas was approaching and I was getting really impatient, I ordered many colors specifically because I wanted to try them for a holiday look I had been planning. I sent a quick e-mail to the address listed on the site.

"Hi there, how are you today? Busy I assume.
I say that because I placed an order about 3 weeks ago and well..
I was wondering if it had shipped out already and a notice wasn't sent?
My name is Bla bla bla and the date I placed the order was November 29th
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this message, have a great day :)"

And I sent off the message certain I would get a reply.
A day went by. And then another. And another. And another until new years eve passed and we were suddenly in 2011. And I was still without my eyeshadows grrrr.

I sent another e-mail.

"I have been waiting for nearly 6 weeks now and I still have not recieved any info on my order. Please contact me as soon as possible. I understand you must be very busy but this is getting ridiculous."

Another week went by and NO ANSWER.

Understand that at that time I didn't know what a paypal dispute was, so I was feeling awful that I had been scammed by this company. By the time I found out I could dispute the money I paid, I had gone past the 45 day limit. No answer to my e-mails, nothing at all.
By February I had started researching the company and saw that many people had to wait 2, 3 even 4 months to recieve their orders from Archetype! Defeated, I figured I would just have to wait.
And wait.
And wait some more. 
Until finally today, March 25th 2011... Yeah 5 months later, I decided to send one last angry massage to Archetype and decided it was time to post about this.

" Thank you so much for taking my money. I really appreciate getting scammed by you. Keep it, I don't want it any more. You will never recieve a cent from me again."

Ok, so it was only like 13 dollars or so, but STILL!
(Caps warning)
*Violently shakes laptop around*
Archetype gets an F- in my book.

For great Customer Service in the online makeup circles, I recommend...

High Voltage Cosmetics- The owner Jasmine is always so quick to answer any questions and is always really helpful.

Fyrinnae- Quick helpful replies, very polite.

Detrivore Cosmetics- Besides shipping super fast, whenever I have a question I always get quick replies.

And thats all for today, have a great night and always reaserch before purchasing, please :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

I was feeling colorful today

Here is a little look I created when I was bored and sad because of my break up.

I decided to be colorful and cheerful.
The exact opposite of how I am feeling, but alas life must go on. Thank goodness for color.

On the lid I used Sassy Minerals in Disturbing The Peace.
I blended the blue out with Fyrinnae's Karasu.
I used a touch of Urban Trash by GDE as an accent on the outer corner.
I used a White Chapel by Detrivore as a highlight.

No mascara because I am going nowhere.
No eyeliner because I couldn't find it.
Super dark eyebrows because I felt like being dramatic!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 makeup 'IF's' that would be awesome.

1. If Fyrinnae made an eye primer. This would make me cry tears of joy. Fyrinnae products are teh awesome.

2. If MAC pigments were less expensive.

3. If Sugarpill cosmetics made cream shadows.

4. If TKB hadn't have discontinued their POP micas....

5. If indie companies offered pressed eyeshadows.

Ah, a girl can dream can't she?

I'm sure Fyrinnae will someday come out with an eye primer that will blow all the rest out of the water. All of their other products are amazing. I know they can do it.

MAC i'm sure wont be lowering their prices any time soon. If ever. Their pigments are all I care for since the pressed shadows I have tried are quite frankly very chalky and not outstanding in any way. Some Revlon shadows I own are way better.

Sugarpill is on the rise and we all know it. I am eagely awaiting new products. I can only hope creams will follow.

POPs are gone everyone. Nobody knows why exactly. This could be a terrible blow to many indie companies. IDK why the manufacturer discontinued it. They're dumb! That was probably the best selling item :(

I know at one point Glamour Doll Eyes was advertising pressed eyeshadows, but after the initial press I never heard of them again. Instead they came out with an 80's collection... Hmmm. Reformulation? Perhaps we'll see them pop up soon. I'd absolutely love to try them out.

K see ya guys!