Some Dangerous Places I Want To Share

I live in a place where I don’t get many beauty brands. I also like to browse beauty products in peace, without someone breathing down my neck or giving me glances when I swatch everything in the store. This post is for those who are like me.

Internet has made shopping borderless to a certain extent. Many online sites now ship worldwide, some for free and some for a fee. Blogging and exposure to more beauty blogs have opened up my beauty world to endless possibilities and insatiable curiosity. Please read on ONLY if you have a strong sense of self control. Please don’t blame me when your credit card bill suddenly hit the roof.

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NOTE: I am NOT affiliated with any of the links mentioned below.

 

First off, the place I spend most on is at this fruit net called StrawberryNet. It offers a variety of brands from makeup, skincare to fragrances and sometimes even discontinued limited edition products. Some prices are higher than retail prices, some are lower. My friends in Australia tell me that she shops there solely because they offer free shipping and the products are all much cheaper than those where she lives. Oh, this site also sells Tom Ford. Just sayin’.

Talking about Tom Ford, I just found out I can get their brushes directly from Harrods. They ship internationally too, and the best part is, they deduct the VAT on checkout. There are brands like Giorgio Armani and Burberry too.

When I want a luxury skincare fix from brands that are not available locally, I head on to Cult Beauty. I have a long wishlist from there, including Omorovicza, Sunday Riley and Tata Harper. I also bought my RMS goodies there. They ship from the UK so they arrive much faster. Also, they offer free worldwide shipping for purchases above GBP50.

For Hourglass products, I only found one site which ships worldwide and that’s Liberty London. They also sell Penhaligon’s and Chantecaille. This site is also based in the UK.

What else… ah, if you’d like some Japanese makeup fix like Suqqu, Addiction and Three, you can head on to Icibankao. I haven’t bought anything from there before, but I know a few bloggers frequent that site.

What about you? Do you shop online? Maybe you can share some here so we can all benefit from it 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • HARROD’S SHIPS INTERNATIONALLY? OH GAWWWWWD Lily.

    • LOL yeah. Go crazy >_<

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    I’ll have to give strawberrynet another try. It’s weird, I’ve heard about it SO much, but I really wasn’t too impressed when I checked out the site in the past. I feel like I’m missing something haha

    • Well, the site layout isn’t as posh but they’ve got bucket loads of stuff so it’s worth a look

  • i had no idea harrods ships internationally! crazy!! Now you can get more TF heheehe

    • I know right? So dangerous!

  • No internet shopping for me! Way too dangerous for my wallet but I must say that even if there are brands we don’t have where I live, we are still pretty spoiled so I can make do. 🙂

    • I wish I could be like you – my wallet will be happier. LOL!

  • Jan S

    I’ve had very good experiences with strawberrynet 🙂 Have you tried best buy world? Discount cosmetics, prices are good but stock may not be the most extensive.

    • I agree with you on StrawberryNet. I haven’t tried Best Buy World though… should I or should I not check it out? Hehehehe

  • Oh am I not glad that Harrods’ outrageous shipping is totally putting me off! Otherwise I don’t want to know how many TF blushes I’ll eventually add to my stash!

    • Hahaha! Oh, just to let you know that when the VAT is taken out of the gross price, it might cover your shipping fee. Just sayin’. LOL!

  • LOL Lily..!
    I like this post and I agree that Cult Beauty is a dangerous place..
    For me, Saks is a dangerous website as the make up price in the US is cheaper :p and Also illamasqua.com, they have free shipping for certain amount of purchase 😉

    • Oh yes, makeup is cheaper in the US in general, but many sites don’t have international shipping? I mean, those that offer seem to jack up the prices quite high. Then again, what do I know? LOL

  • I am 100% with you! I would pretty much always prefer to shop online. I mean, you can sit back and relax (in your pajamas) and take all the time you need to browse! I have a terrible time finding LE drugstore collections so if there’s something I must have, I can usually find it at Amazon. For mid to high-end beauty, I shop at Sephora, Amazon, and Beauty Habit. I just discovered Beauty Habit recently and I love it because they carry brands I can’t find anywhere else, and they also offer candles and other non-beauty related goodies. 🙂

    • I love browsing Sephora, but I hate that they don’t ship worldwide 🙁 I hardly look at Amazon because most of them don’t ship worldwide and Beauty Habit is new to me. Might check it out 🙂

      • Hi Lily! I just ventured onto your site and I must say I’m loving it! Good job! Sephora US now accepts credit cards from Malaysia! I just made a purchase a coupla days ago. You just have to have a US address and I am using MyUs.com for that. Depending on how many packages you consolidate, and if you don’t buy much, shipping by FedEx or DHL is actually quite reasonable! And at the Sephora website, you can do this thing where you enter your email once a day, and you get like a lucky draw. I got a 10% off once and it’s awesome. LOL….Try it!

        • Thanks Kim! I’m so happy to know now Sephora accepts Malaysian credit cards! They didn’t before… thanks so much for the update 🙂

  • oh those dangerous places!
    yeah..i mostly do online shopping nowadays. more places offer free shipping and returns and just like everything, you get better with practice – meaning i think i’ve gotten better with online shopping. lolz.
    i like imomoko for japanese toiletries. nordstrom for high-end makeup and drugstore.com for all my drugstore needs.

    thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lena 🙂 Do you think SAs will lose their jobs in the future when everybody shops online? Hahahahaha!

  • I looove online shopping! So, I don’t know if they ship to you but Beautyhabit.com is an incredible place! They have a lot of hard to find niche brands. I do most of my shopping where they offer free shipping. For me Sephora gets a lot of orders 🙂

    • OK, that’s the second time I hear of Beauty Habit. Gotta have a look – even though they might not ship internationally 🙂

  • Yvonne

    Me loves online shopping! Thanks for the new recommendations!

    I like using beautybay.com as they ship internationally, free! Sadly, the nail polishes I used to get are now not available (they were restricted to UK only). I used to get my Essie and Butter London polishes from that site.

    • Oh yes, Yvonne. I’ve been browsing Beauty Bay too, but didn’t get anything. I went on a skincare madness and I have to stop. LOL!

  • I have ordered from StrawberryNET four times now. I have never had a problem. I purchased skincare, cosmetics and perfume. All have been the genuine product.

    • Yes, I’m sure all products are genuine. I received an item which smelled off, and they proceeded with the refund within 2 working days. I was impressed!

  • I have always found it difficult to get these amazing products from around the globe. Cult Beauty makes it so easy to get the things I love.

    • Ah yes, Cult Beauty definitely hurts my wallet 😛

  • Liz

    I rarely shop online and it’s usually just Sephora or StrawberryNet. I’m so overwhelmed by choices that it would take a lot for me to look up a specific site for products that I can’t test first-hand.

    • If I could shop Sephora online, I’d be broke. So many brands…!