Some people prefer shopping at bricks-and-mortar retailers, while others (like me) enjoy making purchases in the comfort of my own bed/couch/lecture theatre/etc.
I find that beauty bargain hunting is a lot easier online, especially if you’re on the mailing lists of your favourite online beauty shops.
Here are a few which I have tried and tested, some took a long time to ship and others shipped overnight.
I’ve also include my own brand picks from each online beauty shop, feel free to click on their logos to see the products each store holds. Some of the links are affiliate links 😉 Check them out:
It seems that Luxola has been around for quite some time now, but I feel that not many people know about it so here goes!
I ordered my Luxe Complete set of Zoeva brushes from Luxola and they virtually shipped them overnight, only taking 2 business days to get to me from Singapore. I guess it helps that Australia is still pretty close to Singapore 😛
Their customer service is also speedy and really helpful, with a lot of my email correspondence replied within 24 hours.
They also often have flash sales and being on their email newsletter helps me get the best price for my beauty loves.
ASOS have long established themselves as a wide-reaching retailer for all things fashion and beauty.
They too, often have sales that strip off at most 70% off full price, and stock some renowned brands including Too Faced, Illamasqua, Korres and theBalm just to name a few.
You also get Free Shipping on orders over $30 which is awesome because you can get quite a lot with $30 when paying lower prices compared to getting items in store (in Australia).
UO is a bit harder to navigate if you’ve got a particular brand in mind as they don’t have a list of brands they stock on their site. In this case, just use the search bar in the upper left corner of the site.
They ship from the United States, so it may take a while to get to your doorstep if you’re not anywhere near the US (like me :P).
They stock some pretty popular cruelty free brands like Lime Crime, Anastasia Beverly Hills, theBalm, and Sigma Beauty.
These guys offer Free Shipping on orders over AU $50 – same deal with ASOS, get lots more products for U.S. prices! Or, collaborate with some friends and make a giant order to save on shipping 😉
Don’t be fooled by how simple their site looks! They’ve been in business since 1996 and have become one of the largest e-tailers for natural products globally.
From supplements to household products, and pet care products to bath and beauty products, they distribute some of the world’s most trusted brands when it comes to naturally formulated products.
They take a reasonable amount of time to ship out, considering they too are also based in the states. Pay as little as AU $4 for shipping, or opt for express shipping for a little over $10.
P.s. This is where most of my lip balms come from!
They stock a select few cult beauty brands like Milani and often have sales with up to 70% off. But be warned, they ship from the U.S. and Cherry Culture orders have been known to take forever to reach customers (especially when you’re in Australia).
International shipping costs are calculated by weight, with the cheapest option at US $9.35 for orders weighing up to 4lbs (1.81KG)
If you don’t mind waiting up to a month and a half for your make up goodies to arrive, then give them a shot!
These guys are the Priceline of Hong Kong and stock some higher end brands like Chanel and Christian Dior. If you’re looking for Korean and Japanese cosmetics, they stock a range of sweetly packaged cosmetics praised by celebrities and beauty bloggers alike.
For those who live cruelty free, you’ll need to sift through their list of brands and do your own research. But most of their brands are NOT cruelty free.
It’s still a good place to find beauty tools and accessories
Have I missed any that you often order from? Let me know where else I can nab myself a bargain considering the prices for cosmetics in Australia are THROUGH the roof!