The ultimate guide to scoring limited edition beauty buys from Kylie Cosmetics, Jeffree Star, Huda Beauty, and more
Shoot your shot
Look, we get it: as Singaporeans, there's few things we enjoy more than standing in line, both online and off. At the risk of sounding as if we don't love spending hours hitting refresh or melting in 32-degree heat (heh), it's a no-brainer that the journey is far more satisfying if securing our bounty is a guarantee. Is there a sure-fire way of scoring the sneakers/McDonald's toy/eyeshadow palette we're willing to shed blood, sweat, and tears for?
Not to make it all about us beauty buffs, but it is a situation we often find ourselves. Clearly, the scarcity model of highly-anticipated releases is working, as evidenced by the mile-long list of Kylie Cosmetics and Fenty Beauty products pending restocking. Thankfully, years of experience have taught us well. To ensure your dreams don't stay, well, dreams, we've compiled several *innovative* tips that ups the chances of your fate with The One. Pens at the ready — you'll want to be jotting down our words of wisdom.
Know your time zones
The early bird catches the worm. Except, of course, early is relative depending on where you're situated. Tati Beauty might be dropping their latest makeup sponges at 10am on 10 January, but that could be just for the folks living in regions that observe Pacific Standard Time (PST). Read up so you know the difference between UTC, ACST, and AKST... or just check your clock app, really.
Memorise your credit card details
Let's be real: you're wasting precious minutes checking your card's CVC code for the umpteenth time. Learn your essential details by heart, or opt for the auto-fill option if you can't trust yourself to retain the right info. Your extremely exclusive Morphe brush set could very well depend on it.
Get your friends in on it
You're less likely to fall asleep and miss your window if someone's elbowing you in the ribs every five minutes. Or blowing up your phone. Sure, you might have to play the long game to get them at the same investment level you're at, but hey, what are friends for?
Keep track of relevant social media accounts
You never know when a good Samaritan, aka influencers, with early access to the goods decides (*cough* is getting paid) to do a giveaway. Tag all your friends crying about how much you need it, or write a novel-length response in the comments detailing your love for the item. Dignity? You don't need her. What you need is the Jeffree Star 18-pan Conspiracy Palette.
Failing that... trawl Carousell until the cows come home
A majority of re-sellers are likely to double the price of hyped items, but there is the off-chance that one or two of them are clueless about its true value. Or, are just nice people by nature opting to let it go at retail price. Put those negotiation — and investigative — skills to the test. But first, make sure you're dealing with legitimate sellers only. Counterfeit products can do great harm to your skin. Read all about them here.