Tuesday, January 9, 2018

GUIDE| Online makeup shopping; where to shop?

Shopping online can be quite tricky, especially when it comes to makeup. There are so many makeup shops out there, but which one can you trust? As I live in the Netherlands and the brands and shade ranges are very limited here I order most of my makeup from foreign countries. Many of my friends ask me where to buy certain brands and I even got one request to write a post like this: so here I'm.

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International makeup webshops

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Sephora (USA & France) $$$
This one seems very obvious, yet I see many questions regarding shipping and customs. Sephora USA does ship to the Netherlands, however because the good will come from outside of the European Unions you'll have to pay customs and duties if you spend over 21 euros. To avoid the customs and taxes you can order from Sephora France. The only downside is that the French Sephora offers a few less brands.
Shipping: The shipping is about 10 euros and quite fast in my experience.
Brands to check out in Sephora France: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Hourglass, Fenty, Huda Beauty, Kat von D, Nars, Ouai,Sleek, Bare Minerals, Farsalí, Makeup Forever
Brands to check out in Sephora USA: IT cosmetics, Tarte, Colourpop, Bite beauty, buxom,
Tip: sign up for the Sephora France newsletter! Often they have promo's and 25% discount codes on a product or brand of choice and sometimes even on your entire cart.

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Colourpop (USA) $
Colourpop is a young brand with a lot of very effordable and yet good quality makeup. They have a lot of neutrals but also a lot of crazy colors, and in my opinion is a great option if you just get into makeup or when you want to experiment with color.
Shipping: Shipping is $10, unless you spend more than $50 (for a non-US customer). On top of that you'll have to pay some customs and taxes. Due to those customs it can take about 2 weeks before you receive your order.
Products to check out: Ultra satin lips, Cream highlighters, Ultra gloss lip, the pressed eyeshadows and the supernova liquid glitter eyeshadows.

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BeautyJoint (USA) $-$$
Beautyjoint is one of my favorite affordable websites to order makeup. They have many brands that are available online in the Netherlands, but for the (lower) american price and they offer many more shades when it comes to foundation.
Shipping: The shipping is based on the weight of the products you choose to buy. Starting from about $3. It takes 1-2 weeks for you to receive your order. I would recommend to stay under 21 euros or split your orders to stay under that amount into multiple orders to avoid any customs.
Brands to check out: Wet 'n wild, E.L.F, Nyx Cosmetics, Ardell, Maybelline, Jordana

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Cult Beauty (UK) $$-$$$
Cult beauty is one of my go-to webshops when it comes to buying makeup. They have a huge brand portfolio including some mid-priced brand but also a few very high end brand and offer many brands that are not easily available in Europe.
Shipping: Shipping takes about 1 to 2 weeks.
Brands to check out: Huda beauty, nyx cosmetics, Becca,  Briogeo, ICONIC London, Jouer Beauty, Kevyn Acoin, By Terry, Lime crime, Laura Geller, Elisabeth Arden, Stila, Charlotte Tilbury, Violet Voss. 

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Beautybay (UK) $$-$$$
In my opinion Cult Beauty and Beautybay are very similar, however they both offer a few different brands and beautybay has promotions a bit more often.
Shipping: Shipping takes about 1 to 2 weeks.
Brands to check out: Dose of colors, Morphe, L.A Splash, Makeup Geek, Jeffrey star, Juvias place, RCMA, Mario Badescu, Gerard Cosmetics, Illamasqua, Jordana, Jouer, House of Lashes, Lilly Lashes, Laura Lee LA, Ofra, Velour, Violet Voss, Sigma, LIT cosmetics, Colordraine.
Note: You can not pay using Ideal and only with paypal after you spend 40 euros.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills (USA & UK) $$
Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favorite makeup brands, especially when it comes to eye and brow makeup. It is available in-store in the Netherlands (douglas), but online they have more products and a wider shaderange.
Shipping: Shipping is free and often it arrives within 2 days.
Products to check out: Matte tube lipsticks, glowkits, eyeshadows, brow products, brushes

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HQ Hair (France) $$
HQ Hair is a relatively unknown shop from which I have been ordering for quite some time. They ship fast, have a few brands that are hard to get, and often have 15%-20% off everything. So, it is definitely worth a look!
Shipping: Shipping is free and it usually arrives after 3-7 days.
Brands to check out: EX1, Nars, GHD, Fake bake, Pixi, Morrocan Oil, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs, Mellow Cosmetics, Shea Moisture.

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ASOS (UK) $$
Most of us probably know ASOS from shopping on there for clothing and shoes. However, ASOS also has a great selection of beauty products that are definitely worth a loko.
Shipping: Free over 25 euros and it arrives usually within 1 week.
Brands to check out: NYX Cosmetics, Nars, Lime Crime, EX1, Illamasqua, Pixi

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Morphe (USA & UK) $-$$
Morphe is one of my favorite affordable brands and they make great makeup brushes. These brushes vary from very cheap to a little expensive (e.g. the elite collection), but I highly recommend them.
Shipping: From the USA, shipping is quite expensive: especially because of the customs that come with it. Luckily Morphe opened their UK webshop recently so we, Europeans, don't have to struggle with that anymore.
Products to check out: Morphe x Jaclyn Hill pallete, 3502 palette, liquid lipsticks and brushes.

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Tarte (USA) $$
As far as i know, Tarte is not available here in Europe. That's a pity, because many people are really interested in the brand. The only way to get the products is to buy them from the Sephora USA website or through the Tarte website.
Shipping: I believe the customs are already included in the prices, so that is a pro: no unexpected costs when you receive the package.
Products to check out: tartelette eyeshadow palettes, blushes

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MakeupGeek (USA) $-$$
As many makeup lovers probably already know: Makeup Geek makes some of the best affordable single eyeshadows. They are definitely a must-have.
Shipping: Because Makeup Geek ships from the USA, you'll have to pay customs, which you don't have to do when you order Makeup Geek from beautybay. That is why I recommend buying all your Makeup Geek products from there.
Products to check out: Single eyeshadows

Dutch makeup webshops

The makeup spot (NL) $ - $$
Shipping: Shipping is very fast (1-2 working days) and costs 3.95 and is free when you spend over 45 euros.
Brands to check out: Inglot, burt's bees, LIT cosmetics, Viseart, the Balm, wet 'n wild, Milani, Morphe, Real techniques, Gerard Cosmetics.

Boozyshop (NL) $ - $$
Shipping: Shipping is very fast (1-2 working days) and is free when you spend over 30 euros.
Brands to check out: Inglot, Ofra, Nabla, Sleek, Physicians formula, wet 'n wild, real techniques

The great beauty bar (NL) $$ - $$$ 
Shipping: Shipping is very fast (1-2 working days) and is free.
Brands to check out: Anastasia Beverly Hills, beauty blender, May beauty

Lash Addict (NL) $$ 
Shipping: Shipping is very fast (1-2 working days), and costs 2.95-4.95 but is free if you spend more than 40 euros.
Brands to check out:  Revlon, Lilly Lashes, Ofra, House of Lashes, Queen tarzi


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