Before you go out and buy that new makeup item you've been eyeing, make sure that you stop by www.MakeupAlley.com. Before you make an investment in that really expensive makeup item, you can read lots and lots of reviews on it. Just type in the name of the product in the search box and people from everywhere will let you know whether or not it's a good buy, and for what reasons. From there, you can make an more informed decision before you spend your hard-earned money.
And let's say you didn't know about this website, so you bought a perfume and tested it out only to find that it's a terrible smell and you can't get a refund for some reason. Well, this website can connect you with someone who has been looking everywhere for this perfume and is willing to trade for something you would like to have. This option is available under the "Swap" tab on the website, and there you have the ability to search people's wishlists, as well as browse through the items that are available. Then you would contact them and bada-bing bada-boom, you are able to get rid of this terrible perfume and instead receive something you would actually like. How awesome is that?
Let me warn you, though, that trading makeup items such as used lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows and such, is not very sanitary. As much as the swappers claim they have cleaned the product after use, I would not trust them--especially considering the fact that disease and sickness can be spread through these items. I would highly recommend that you avoid swapping for these items, and instead, go for items that are labeled BNIB or BNIP (Brand New in Box/Brand New in Package).
And try to do a fair trade: if you are giving someone something that is brand new, make sure the item you are going to receive is brand new. Specifically ask them if their item has ever been tested or used. Also keep in mind the cost of your item vs. the cost of their item. Make sure they are honest by looking at their trading stats: the more 'swap tokens' they have, the more trustworthy they are. I don't have very many swap tokens right now because I've just started trading, but I have available for swap a BNIB MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep (never tested or used) if anyone is interested, and the picture is below.
I hope this website helps you make an informed decision before you actually buy a makeup item, and that you will be able to get the things you want through swapping (preferably BNIB for BNIB). Here is the website again, www.MakeupAlley.com, and good luck!