Beauty shopping is normally fun, trying different shades of lipsticks and gloss or going through palettes upon palettes of pretty shadows finding new shades is always an adventure. One thing I hate though is shopping for foundations.
I believe foundation is one of the most important beauty regime but still finding the right foundation had been a very time consuming and annoying experience for me. In the last 5-6 years since I started using make up, I tried numerous foundation. I am sure it is every woman’s problem, to get a foundation that matches their skin colour and type.
I had stand in front of the cosmetic section in a store trying to figure out whether I am sandy beige, beige or a toasted almond. There is also the choice between powder, stick, or liquid foundation. On top of that all these foundation are expensive so that buying and trying each of them means you have a lighter wallet and a stack of different foundations that you will never use.
So it took me ages to find one that suited me perfectly after testing so many different brands. Surprisingly, I found it while I was visiting Nepal.
The brand that worked perfectly for me was Isadora. It is a Swedish cosmetics brand and it was suggested to me by a cousin. Initially I was not very keen to try it as I had never heard of the brand but I was surprised when I did, it was perfect for my skin, evening out my complexion without being noticeable. I was so impressed that I bought 4 bottles to bring it to Australia.
I was very happy with it and have continued to use it for a few years now. Every time I go to Nepal, I buy a few bottles so I have enough stock with me. Also when my parents or in laws visited us, I asked them to buy a few bottles for me so I always had a good supply of the foundation.
But unfortunately the shop that sold the foundation stopped stocking it. I called them, emailed them but the answer was final. They were not going to restock it.
I was so sad that that I had to go through the process of finding another foundation as I could not find Isadora products in Australia. I even mailed the company in Sweden to find out if they had any partners here in Australia, but alas they did not. My only option was to get it shipped from Sweden but then the company doesn’t sell to the public directly. They just gave me the names of a few re-sellers in Sweden but most of them don’t ship outside Europe.
Finally after searching through many pages of Google translate (wish I knew someone who spoke Swedish), I found one website which ships to Australia. So I emailed them to check if they will definitely ship to Australia and when I received a positive reply I was ecstatic. Finally I could just buy from their website and I could still use my favourite foundation.
So, I went onto their website to order the product and when I reached the page with the shipping options I couldn’t find the option to ship to Australia anywhere. It required me to send an email again and after few emails, I managed to finally place my order.
After 3 weeks, I received my product and now I am so happy.
While I was going through this entire ordeal, AS once asked me why I couldn’t find something else so I could easily buy it in Australia. I told him that after many trial and errors I had found one foundation which is perfect for me, I really didn’t want to go through the whole process again. Anyway, the problem is resolved now and I am not going to whinge about foundations for a long time 🙂
Do you have beauty story like that. What foundation you are using and are you happy?
M from nepaliaustralian
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