I won't go through everything that I got in detail as not everything is for me. I got some birthday presents and some stuff for a swap that I'm doing at the moment. I also want to fit in a little bit about the Parcel Forwarding companies that I used.
I placed my first Sephora order through PriceUSA (parcel forwarder). I use PriceUSA for pretty much all my orders from the US as they don't charge any fees other than shipping fees when I pay via bank deposit (rather than Paypal or Credit Card).
|2 Sephora parcels|
There are 2 Benefit sets behind this but I won't show them as they're for birthday presents and giveaways :) I dropped my iPhone a few times today and now the camera is a bit weird so while I did take photos, they were too fuzzy to use. I've put links on each item that you can click on to see the item on the Sephora website.
|Dior, YSL, Duo|
2. Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy in 02 Dewy Papaya $30
3. DUO eyelash adhesive in black $8
|How pretty is this lip balm?!|
|Lancome, Tarte, Benefit birthday gift,|
YSL mini lipstick, Bobbi Brown
|Look how pretty the mascara is! It's all|
glittery on the bottom :)
|Birthday gift and YSL mini lipstick|
|Sorry for the really bad photo quality!|
So.. for the comparison of PriceUSA and Hop Shop Go:
First Sephora order placed through PriceUSA:
21st December 2012 (midnight or so) : Emailed PriceUSA for a quote
21st December (2.03am): Received quote
21st December: (sometime between 2 and 7am) Paid PriceUSA the deposit
21st December: (2.21pm) PriceUSA placed order
22nd December: Advised that Sephora had shipped my order
29th December: Advised that PriceUSA had received the order and sent me the invoice for the remaining money that I need to pay
29th December: I paid the remaining amount that I owed
30th December (8am): Advised that they had received my payment
3rd January: Advised that they had shipped my order to me
15th January: Received order
Obviously the times have been affected by the public holidays but the shipping time was less than 2 weeks when it normally takes about 3 weeks.
My order was 3lbs (1.36kg) and cost $24.14 to ship. There were no extra fees that I had to pay. If I had shipped this with Hop Shop Go, it would've cost me about $40 to ship but the shipping time would've been drastically reduced.
My gripe with PriceUSA at the moment though is that I placed the Sephora order as Sephora were giving away the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm sets with any order over $25. These sets were the 2012 birthday gifts and I really wanted to try the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms so I asked PriceUSA to add it onto my order. I also asked them to add the free YSL mascara sample to my order IF the lip balms were out of stock (you can only use one code at a time on the Sephora website). So while I didn't *need* any of the stuff that I ordered, I really really wanted one of those sets.
So when I opened the box today, I was expecting to see the Fresh Sugar set but instead I saw the mascara... I was really confused as the Fresh Sugar sets are still in stock so I'm really confused as to why PriceUSA ordered the mascara instead. I know that it's only a small thing but it actually really ruined the order for me. I think it was just the fact that I've had a crap day and it's affected me when really... when I think about it, it's just makeup and not the end of the world.
The reason why I've had a crap day is because I managed to superglue my hand at work today and the medical centre couldn't get it off my hands.
|Super glue and some tissue paper that got|
stuck to it.
Now onto Hop Shop Go...
5th January 2013: Ordered from Sephora
7th January: Sephora shipped the order
10th January: Hop Shop Go received the order
10th January: Paid Hop Shop Go for the shipping fess
15th January: Received order
So all up, it took 10 days for me to receive my order and the shipping time was only 5 days.
The order was 1.5lbs (0.68kg) and cost $32 to ship. I think that's actually pretty reasonable considering that they use a fast method of shipping and I was able to get my order really quickly. If I had shipped this with PriceUSA, it would have cost me just over $18 in shipping fees and I wouldn't have been able to get the Benefit birthday gift.
I think overall, I'm actually going to start using Hop Shop Go for my Sephora orders. This way, I can accumulate Sephora points (I spend enough in a year to qualify as a VIB) and redeem my points for deluxe samples.