I am impatient when I wanted something badly. If I can choose I would prefer to get my beauty fix from retailers directly. But no matter how bad I wanted that something, I will stop and think if it’s worth to pay premium. To my own surprise I do have a pretty good shopping restraining mindset. After all I’m no longer 18 years old impulsive shopper. When it comes to expensive counter brands, I turned to my usual local online beauty stores. I happen to know a few local online seller that is selling at 40% – 50% lower than retail. If these seller doesn’t have the stuff I wanted, I turned to these 3-Online Beauty Stores.
Here is my Top 3 Favourite Online Beauty Stores in no particular order.
Best Buy World Malaysia (http://my.bestbuy-world.com/)
Best Buy World (BBW) is probably my favourite online store for deluxe and miniature counter brands. Whenever a brand launched a new product, I will turn to BBW for deluxe size before purchasing full size from the counter. This is because I would rather pay for a sample to try than asking from the counter. The array of brands and products is so huge. BBW also carry full sizes at discounted price and they offer customized sets and sales from time to time.
BBW offer free shipping for puchase of RM150 and above. It used to be just RM100. Certain areas in Klang Valley is also eligible for Cash On Delivery (COD) deal.
So far I have make numerous purchase at BBW and I don’t encounter any issue like fake products, expired products or delay in shipping. You can read about my Best Buy World shopping experience here.
Luxola is the most addicting beauty store website of all! The company itself is quite new, I think it was probably established 2 years ago? What I like about Luxola is the international brands that they carry, which is not available in Malaysia directly for example Sigma brushes, Sleek, Konjac Sponge, BECCA Cosmetics, Beauty Blender, Face Atelier, the recent new addition Zoeva and many more.
My first purchase was alright. The parcel was shipped from Singapore and it arrived less than a week. Nowadays it only took 1 – 2 days which is super awesome 😀 . Their free shipping benchmark fluctuate previously. Sometimes it’s free shipping for RM100 and above purchase, sometimes RM140 and sometimes RM40+. I’m glad that Luxola has now fixed the minimum purchase for free shipping at RM40 only. This is probably the main reason why I like Luxola.
Another main reason why me and everyone else like to get our beauty fix at Luxola is the sales period. I notice that Luxola is constantly throwing 25% or 30% discount storewide. I usually wait for 30% 🙂 . Certain low demand item is put on maybe 40% to 75% discount sometimes. However I have to warn you about the constant change in product price. My advise is don’t go back to check the price after you’ve bought an item because sometimes the price can be lower.
Supermodel’s Secret (http://www.supermodel2u.com/)
Getting gorgeous without surgery, that’s the motto of Supermodel’s Secret. Whatever you can think of, you will find it at Supermodel’s Secret. I happen to know the down to heart, sweet, kind and gorgeous founder and owner for this large scale beauty store. What I like about Supermodel’s Secret is the globe-wide array of products. The store carry brands that is not available on retail locally such as Elishacoy, Ardell, Carmex, Babyliss, As Seen In TV and many more. If you are following Korean or Japanese beauty style you will probably hoard every single item from this store.
Price wise, it’s quite reasonable. Supermodel’s Secret offer free shipping for RM100 purchase and above. It’s quite convenient to make a whole lot of purchase one lump sump from them rather than bit by bit from other individual online seller. I am too was into all this Korean beauty stuff. I used to buy a lot from a few individual seller. All the postage I have to pay. Phew.
Other than the above online beauty stores, I have heard a lot about other local and international website such as HiShop, Hermo and so on. I personally don’t shop at HiShop or Hermo as they don’t have the stuff I want.
Not sure if you have heard or buy from iHerb before. This online store name keep popping out everywhere from successful buyer. Most beauty blogger I know locally and internationally shop at iHerb. Their international shipping rate is quite low too, which is why the site is a favourite. I have yet to buy anything from iHerb. I probably don’t have the patience to wait for the shipment to arrive.
Among favourite among every beauty addict is StrawberryNET. The site never attract me to buy anything but I heard that you can try your luck in finding past season products or limited edition products. I find the site to be a bit crampy, the picture used on most product is old packaging and the price is not really that cheap. Sometimes it’s more expensive than counter too. Let’s take Clarins UV Plus HP Perfecting Cream High Protection BB Cream as an example. This BB Cream is retailing for RM158 for 30ml at local counter. StrawberryNET is selling the same BB Cream for RM183.50. Here’s the link. I guess shopper will need to keep an eye on sales.
Over the past few years, online shopping is slowly playing a major role in our society and everyday life. I am a fan of online shopping as I can get a better price and deal compared with buying directly from retailer. I still prefer online store that is based locally or a store that can ship out my parcel the next day. I have low tolerance in waiting for the parcel to arrive. Well, I get bored very fast and the hype will be gone if I were to put on wait 😀
Many people have ask me how to know if the seller is trustworthy. If the store offer feedbacks and rating system like eBay, read through all the feedbacks from other buyers. It will give you an idea on how fast the seller send out the parcel, how patience is the seller in answering your questions and if the products are authentic. If there is no rating system available, just do some googling on the store and on possibilities of a fake version of the product you are buying. This is what I usually do 😀 . Otherwise you can shop from my blog sales store. Ehem 😉
Are you an online shopaholic too? Share with me your favourite trustworthy online store, all the good and the bad. I want to hear it all from you!