04/23/2014 11:29 am ET Updated Apr 23, 2014

The Secret To Never Wasting Money On A Beauty Product Again

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We’ve all been there: You take your hard-earned paycheck to Sephora, excited to splurge on a fancy new moisturizer that promises to rejuvenate your skin or an expensive lipstick that looks gorgeous in the tube. Then, you get home, and — the horror! — it’s all wrong. Sometimes, your new purchase (and optimism) doesn’t even make it that far. You try it on as soon as you get in the car, and your heart falls as you check yourself out in the rearview mirror.

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