What do you do…

…when a product under performs, or there is a packaging issue?

Typically I make the issue known to the brand by way of Twitter, or email. Like the Hourglass incident a while back..

Usually brands are nice enough to send you a replacement, or hassle-free return.

This one is a bit unusual though.

It cosmetics

I bought mine through The Shopping Channel at the end of November. And then tried using it at the end of January (or February). I immediately put it back down, as something was off to me.

I squeeze to use it, but nothing came out. So I kept squeezing…and squeezing…until it did eventually come out. But I had squeezed out air for nearly half of what the volume was supposed to be O___O

It cosmetics
It cosmetics

I’m not sure if it was just because there was a packaging issue, or if it really is not filled all the way (I’m assuming the former based on the volume stated on it).

The thing is, I sent emails to The Shopping Channel. A few actually, and didn’t hear back from them. They have a lot of customers, so after my failed attempts, I emailed It Cosmetics directly. Same deal. Seeing as they have been really popular for a while now…I chalked it up to a loss. I didn’t mind too much seeing as I only paid about $15 after using a giftcard I received for attending an event. But if I didn’t, I probably would have hounded them more.

Anyway, what do you do when you find a bit of an issue with a product you recently picked up? Return, exchange, give up?

Inspiration for a new nail polish color?

*This post is not sponsored in any way by Julep (by products or monetary means). I figured I had time to do a quick post, so decided it would be fun to share. This would have happened eventually.*

Many years ago, I think it was Essie? held a contest where you could make your own nail polish and have it distributed by the brand. There was this gorgeous blue one, if I am remembering correctly, Starry Night or something. Anyway, I have always held that thought in the back of my head since then. What would I create?

I’ve always been fascinated by dark purple. Well, black and dark reds have been thrown in to that mix as well.

So when I got this email by Julep asking if I would consider creating a post to share “inspiration for a new nail polish color”, I already knew what it would be.


I used to hate wearing purple clothing items, but when it came to hair and nails, I was oddly attracted. It is one of the reasons why I enjoyed wearing China Glaze VIII for so long as well (which also remains one of my top colours to wear on my toes).

Valentine's #4
(China Glaze VIII)

I would liken my colour a little closer to Padma by Julep though, just really dark.

*It was hard to pick just one picture, so I screen shot what I Googled, and added the link. If you are one of the many pictures in the screenshot, and object to your image being used in this way, let me know and I’ll fix it.*

Dark purple plums also come to mind
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(Screenshot of Google Images)

Or dark purple hair dye
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(Screenshot of Google Images)

Anyway, the only thing is…for my own colour, I would mix in a bit of fine holo glitter. One of the reasons is because you need to move it this way and that, in order to get the full colour.

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(Screenshot of Google Images)

What would your colour be?

Oh, if you are one of my American readers, Julep has a sweepstake going on. You can check it out HERE. Wish I could enter, but it is only open to those in the US. BOOO…but Good Luck :)

Last week on Instagram…

If you are reading this on a reader, you might not see the Instagram photos. You will either need to check out my Instagram HERE, or check out the post. If you can, then yay :)


I’m backtracking to two weeks back, as I didn’t get a chance to share last week…


Creme Egg McFlurry. How I <3 thee. But it was OOS 2/3 stores I would go to! DAH!

Got the new Elle Beauty Box! I wrote about it HERE, so if you want to get in on it next time, check it out.

My fav lip products this past winter… Loreal Berry Persistent, Bite Beauty Rhubarb, and Clinique Grandest Grape

The last time I had it, they messed up my order…Real Fruit BBT is actually quite good! If I lived near the Manulife centre location, I would probably go every day!

This is a Korean snack/biscuit(?) thing called Manju. Basically it is made up of different beans or something or other lol. Anyway Mother of mine decided she needed to make it…and did. Yum.

I was in Ottawa visiting a friend. The last time I was there was nearly two decades ago. I don’t remember that trip as well, but my dad tells me we went.

I cannot find my Gold Card, so I got a replacement. This one is prettier as it has a shimmery effect.

Mother was craving lobster, so we went to out go to restaurant. She has been going before I was born, so a little over 30 years!

May started off rough for me, as I had an expected visitor about a personal issue. But when I have been really down, that is when the packages come in! It may sound stupid to some, but I have been super thankful for these boxes that bring a smile to my face. (The first one was for #BeautyUnited, and the other was from FarleyCo <3 to both :))

Dufflet Cake. Picked it up at Target. My friend HJ has been craving cake, as have I, so we got them to devour. I ate mine while watching Ally McBeal (i started watching just for season 4 hen Robert Downey Jr shows up as Larry Paul *drool*)

Got a little bored, so I took videos for the video instagram account.


Mini Update

Hi All

I know not everyone follows me on Twitter or Facebook, so I wanted to post here as well.

I will have to take a bit of a hiatus. I’m hoping that it will be small, but it is necessary for me at the moment. I just cannot fully immerse myself to the blog the way that I want, and which my readers, my friends, deserve. So, if you’ve come to browse, well there are several years of random posts on this blog, so you could check out the archive :)

In any case, I thank you for your continued support of Rasilla, and I hope to see be back to writing very soon…*fingers crossed*

- Esther