There’s no reason not to shop online for cosmetics – you just have to be smart about it. Here’s how…

  1. If you’re spending big bucks on known brands, buy from verified trusted retailers only.
  2. If the deal seems to good to be true, it very likely is.
  3. If you’re buying from international sites, it’s best to use a third party app like Paypal.
  4. There’s nothing wrong with buying from third parties via sites like eBay and Amazon, but do make sure that they have high ratings, as well as a high number of ratings to show you that they’re well established.
  5. As tempting as it can be, avoid buying knock-off beauty brands. They’re completely unregulated, which means that they can contain pretty much anything. More often than not the quality is terrible – you’re better off buying a more affordable but reputable brand from your local pharmacy.