Sephora Haul

I try and put off placing Sephora orders for as long as I can, so I can pick up all of my necessary/holy grail items at once. There are some products that I absolutely love that I just can’t find anywhere in Australia, so being able to parcel-forward things from the US Sephora site via Hop Shop Go makes life a lot easier for me. Especially as my holy grail foundation is only available for purchase from there. *stressful* Here’s what I picked up this time around –

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
2x Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge Nude
2x Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Fresh Sugar Lip Conditioner in Rose

If you have any suggestions for products I should pick up from Sephora in the future, please let me know. I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to purchasing new beauty products… Mostly because I have no idea what to try! I’d love to hear your suggestions so please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

Planner Sticker Haul

Sticker haulin’ is expensive but oh so fun. I decided to place an order for some new planner sticker goodies, because my stash is starting to run a bit low. Ever since KrissyAnneDesigns moved her store to self-hosting, I’ve found it impossible buy anything because her stock is always sold out. Which is pretty disappointing, because a lot of her basic stickers are my all-time favourites. KarolinasKrafts is also a favourite store of mine, but she’s become so popular that I now have to wait well over a month for a stickers order to arrive. It felt like a good time to source some new planner sticker sellers on Etsy, so this time around I decided to try out Addie and Allie and CustomKeyCreations. Here’s what I ordered this time around –

Colourful Half Box Stickers
Appointment Reminder Stickers (in Cool + Warm)
Rescheduled/Cancelled Stickers (in Cool + Warm)
Scallopped Stickers (in Cool + Warm)

FacialCo Skincare Haul

I’ve had a real hankering for face masks lately, so I decided to splurge and pick up a couple of new ones from FacialCo. I only really have two needs when it comes to a face mask: something that clarifies my skin, and something that hydrates it. I alternate between the two kinds, depending on what I feel my skin needs at any given time. I don’t tend to move outside my comfort zone when it comes to skin care (you know I love my Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica), but I’m willing to branch out when it comes to face masks. I picked up the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, and the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask) I picked this one up because I remember seeing Anissa’s skin absolutely glowing after using products from this brand… hopefully this works just as well for me). I also picked up a new bottle of the Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray, because mine is getting a little low.

Paula’s Choice Skincare Haul

I’m a huge fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products, and if you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while you’re probably sick of me constantly raving about their products. Honestly though, I think if you stumble across a good thing (especially when it comes to products that can almost guarantee you lovely looking skin), you should be shouting it from the heavens! Paula’s Choice offer a wonderful rewards system where a friend or family member can purchase products from the site using your referral link, and you’re credited $30. I recently checked my credit balance and I had enough in there to purchase a few products, so I picked up my old faithful Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser and also the Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 15 (because I’ve been wanting to try a new facial sunscreen). I’d also spent enough money to earn a few samples, so I picked up a few of the Skin Balancing Oil Absorbing Mask, which is one of my favourites. If you’re in the market for some new skincare and feel like checking out Paula’s Choice please feel free to use my referral code. Happy shopping (and happy skin)!

Sephora Haul (and how I order from the US site…)

Ordering from Sephora has become a sort of hit-and-miss process, which can be extremely frustrating (especially when I’m approaching the end of my favourite foundation). I recently placed an order, and thought it would be a good time to update you all on how I order things from the US Sephora site using a parcel forwarding service. Because I tend to order 4-5 products at a time (depending on cost), I find in the long run it ends up being cheaper for me to get things sent here from the USA. It was even better when the Australian dollar was strong but what can you do?! I posted a how-to style post on Hop Shop Go a couple of years ago, but their site has changed a little bit since then. This is how I order now –

Step One – sign up with Hop Shop Go. Hop Shop Go is my favourite parcel forwarding service. I know Australia Post offer something similar, but I’ve heard enough nightmare stories from people of their parcels going missing and Australia Post not doing much to help them out that I’m happy sticking with what I know. When you sign up with Hop Shop Go you’re issued a postal address, and you’ll need this for later. Please note: to use Hop Shop Go you will also need a PayPal account.

Step Two – sign up as a Sephora member. Sephora have a great rewards system, and you can accrue points to exchange for sample sized products and additional benefits (if you get enough points under your belt).

Step Three – get shopping! Hop Shop Go will not ship aerosols or nail polishes. So no perfumes, sprays, or the Sephora for OPI range for us. I’ve also found I have a much greater success rate with orders that fall under US $100, so I always stick to that. If you’re unsure what to buy from Sephora, see here. Please note: if your order gets cancelled, Sephora will hold onto your money for a few days. So if you’ve been squirreling away your pennies for a little splurge on makeup, you may have to wait a few days longer if your initial order is cancelled.

Step Four – time to order! As you progress to the checkout you’ll be asked for an address – this is where the Hop Shop Go personalized address comes in handy. When placing the order, I always use a VISA. Again, I’ve had more of a success rate with this so it’s what I stick to now. You should get a confirmation email regarding receipt of your order, and then a second email when your order has shipped. These usually come within two or three days.

Step Five – forward that parcel! You’ll receive an email notification when your order arrives at the Hop Shop Go facility. At that point you can log onto the site, click on ‘Ship + Track’ and go from there. My orders usually arrive within a week and are delivered by DHL.

To give you an idea of what a typical order will cost, I’ve broken it down for you. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the Australian dollar is performing terribly at the moment. This plays a big part in whether orders from the US are worthwhile.

Total cost of products at Sephora: $87 USD ($117 AUD)
+ Shipping (this is calculated on the weight of your package): $23.13 USD ($31 AUD)
Total = roughly $148 AUD

Total cost of products in Australia (with no shipping cost): $140.51

One of the big benefits of ordering from Sephora is the range of products available. The fact that I can order the only foundation I use from the site, but cannot find it anywhere in Australia is a big selling point for me.

And now for what I ordered! The main reason for my order was to pick up another tub of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but I thought I’d pop another couple of staples into the cart to make shipping worthwhile. So I also grabbed another tube of my holy grail mascara – Lancome Hypnose, and my favourite go-to lip shade – the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose. I was also gifted three free samples but I only picked two, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, and the NUDE Skincare Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil. Using my Sephora reward points I also picked up a deluxe sample size of Dior’s ‘Diorshow’ Mascara, and Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow. Now I just need to sit back and wait for them to arrive!