July was my “Low-Buy” month which coincided with my birthday month (it was no accident, I orchestrated it so that I was able to haul for my birthday 😉 ), so the floodgates were open and I especially went to town with online orders. Here are the 3 online retailers I purchased from:
Makeup Geek, Beauty Bay, and Glossier! It was my first time ordering from Makeup Geek and Glossier. 🙂 For reference, I live in Toronto, Canada and costs will be stated in Canadian dollars (CAD) unless otherwise noted. As an “international” customer from most online sources, it’s always a challenge when it comes to shipping time and costs from a Canadian perspective – here’s what I bought and my experience.
• Blush Pan in Secret Admirer $10 USD (this is listed as to be discontinued so I just had to grab it)
• Blush Pan in XOXO $4 USD (this was in their damaged section but it is in mint condition!)
• Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Mesmerized $10 USD
• Duochrome Eyeshadow Pan in Steampunk $6 USD
• Duochrome Eyeshadow Pan in Mai Tai $6 USD
• Eyeshadow Pan in Barcelona Beach $6 USD
• Makeup Geek Travel Vault Palette $13.00 USD
I finally got my paws on some MUG goodies! By the way, I clicked through TheMakeupCase’s link to place my order (it’s on her sidebar). 🙂
Here are the pans all snug inside the palette:
I believe the palette could fit one more eye shadow – now I kick myself for not getting one more (had my eye on the shade “Prom Night” but just how many taupe eye shadows does one person need? It’s the greatest mystery of life! 😆 )
Ordered: July 9th
Shipped: July 11th
Received: July 17th
Source: Jackson, MI (USA)
Shipping cost: $6.99 USD, no free shipping offer
Prices shown as USD on site, taxes not included
The shipping was speedy and hassle-free – I did not get dinged on taxes / custom fees (my total came to $83 CAD). The packaging was stellar both in function (box was compact and items were wrapped in tissue) and in form (sleek black box with metallic logo sticker on the outside, and hot pink tissue paper inside).
• Anna Sui Eye & Face Colour Angel Feather in A700 Mouton $13.30
• Anna Sui Face Colour in 301 Apricot Peach Garland $18.70 (on clearance)
I ordered these mainly to fill out my Anna Sui compact! I listed these Anna Sui eye shadows in my last favourites and I’m very happy to add one more shade to round out my collection:
The blush was on sale and I like how this eye and cheek palette can be good for weekend travel.
Ordered: July 10th
Shipped: July 14th
Received: July 31st
Source: Manchester (UK)
Via: Česká pošta Prioritaire (it was really odd that this was shipped via Czech Post but the return address is in the UK)
Shipping cost: free with minimum $25 purchase; otherwise $6.50
Prices shown in CAD (converted from £), taxes not included
I’ve ordered 2 other times from Beauty Bay and all the shipments take 2 weeks minimum to arrive. I’ve always kept the total below $100 and have not had issues with taxes / customs. The size of the shipping box was bit ridiculous – for 2 tiny items – I could have fit a pair of shoes inside that box! 😛 But, at least it was very well padded inside with lots of paper.
• Balm Dotcom in Coconut $15
• Milky Jelly Cleanser $22
I wanted to dip my toes into this brand so I stuck with only 2 items (there’s a free shipping offer with any 2 items purchase). I read so many online reviews to narrow it down to these 2. I was also eyeing the Cloud Paint and the Generation G lipstick.
Ordered: July 23rd
Shipped: July 24th
Received: July 28th
Source: Mississauga, ON (Canada)
Shipping cost: free shipping with any 2 item purchase; regular shipping is $8
Prices shown in CAD and all applicable taxes included – this makes sense since the warehouse is – surprisingly – a local source.
When I learned that Glossier is finally shipping to Canada, I jumped at the free shipping offer. Shipping time was quick given that Mississauga is only about 30 minutes away from Toronto. Technically, I only paid for 2 items but when I opened the box, I was greeted with a lot of extras, plus a sample of their Priming Moisturizer.
This brand really has their image tightly controlled – no detail is overlooked; from the carton to the small extras like the reusable bubble wrap zip lock pouch, to the stickers, to the postcard – they all scream “I’m trying very hard!” 😆
And their efforts are paying off – I can be bought with freebie stickers. I’m easy. 😛
Overall, the MUG and Glossier shipments were outstanding – very quick and packaged exceptionally well. Beauty Bay was a bit disappointing but I do like that they offer free shipping at such a relatively low dollar minimum (most sites require $50 minimum purchase for free shipping) and they stock some hard-to-find brands. I would repurchase from all 3 sites in the future.
Have you ordered from these online sites before, or tried the items that I got? What are your favourite online stores to shop for beauty products?