Online Beauty Shopping Guide

I love shopping online. usually make most of my beauty purchases online, unless I want to swatch an item or get matched for a foundation in-store. Not only is it more convenient but you also have a better ability to shop around and compare prices (including overseas) to get yourself the best deal. I noticed last year around the time of Brexit, that the GBP dropped and purchasing beauty products from overseas became much cheaper compared to shopping in Australia. Don't get me wrong, I will still shop from Australian companies, however for particular brands, the price difference is too great to ignore. Also, there are some brands that are simply not available to the Aussie customer, unless you shop from an overseas supplier. 

Below I have rounded up some of my favourite online stores and tried to list the benefits and drawbacks of each one.  I hope you find this little guide useful!

Mecca has several retail stores around Australia branded under Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica. The online store is a combination of the two, with a huge range of makeup, skincare, fragrances and haircare. I purchase from the online store often and they have very fast shipping times with the parcel sometimes being delivered within 24 hours of ordering! They offer free shipping for orders over $75 which I think is quite reasonable compared with other Australian retailers. 

Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Nars, Origins, Byredo, Escentric Molecules.
Benefits: Loyalty program that offers Beauty Loop boxes and complimentary makeup application and classes; free shipping for purchases >$75.
Drawback: Almost never offer discounts or sales.

Cult Beauty is based in the UK and has a huge range of brands, some of which are difficult to locate in Australia. Purchases are made in GBP and if you are based outside of Britain, VAT is removed at the checkout which means even lower prices for Aussies. I love purchasing Charlotte Tilbury from Cult Beauty for this reason (it works out much better value compared to charlottetilbury.com and net-a-porter). They also have some amazing niche products (see anything from the brand Bed Of Nails) and also release a Beauty Box every fews months which means even better savings for the products included.
Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Charlotte Tilbury, Tata Harper, Sunday Riley, Pixi.
Benefits: works out to be cheaper compared with Australian prices, particularly if you qualify for free shipping. 
Drawback: Due to overseas location, you cannot buy nail varnishes or fragrances due to aviation/shipping laws.

Look Fantastic is another UK based store with a large range of skincare and haircare products (I feel as though there are more haircare brands on offer). They often have sales on and offer promotional codes with purchases so you can get some amazing savings compared to shopping from Australian stores. As they are based in the UK, you can access some great brands that are not available in AUS.

Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Oskia Skincare, Real Techniques, Illamasqua, Sarah Chapman.
Benefits: if you sign up, they often offer 15% off discount vouchers via email.
Drawback: Due to overseas location, cannot ship nail varnishes or fragrances due to aviation laws.

Feel Unique is another UK stockist I love to shop from with a range of beauty products from beauty blogger brands including Tanya Burr Cosmetics, Zoella and Fleur De Force. I also recently discovered they had added Charlotte Tilbury to their range and some of her products are cheaper again, compared to Cult Beauty! This is one to remember for around Christmas time as they run great "3 for 2" offers on many ranges.

Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Tanya Burr Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury, Zoella.
Benefits: Cheap prices and offers unique brands that are difficult to locate online elsewhere, such as Tanya Burr Cosmetics.
Drawback: Due to overseas location, cannot ship nail varnishes or fragrances due to aviation laws; long shipping periods/ expensive Express freight costs. 

Adore Beauty have a wide range of beauty products and tools, from Benefit to the expensive Mason Pearson brushes (which are on my Beauty Wishlist). They are based in Australia and therefore have fast shipping periods. I like to purchase a lot of my haircare form Adore Beauty as they stock both EVO and Kevin Murphy. The site often also has a Live Chat session available which means you can get some great advice from a Customer Service Consultant, whilst shopping (which let's face it, isn't always on offer in physical Retail Stores).

Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Dermalogica, Alpha H, Kevin Murphy.
Benefits: often offers discounts on products. Located in Australia so faster shipping periods. 
Drawback: price (with no discount) is not comparable to some overseas sites such as Cult Beauty.

Well we all know who Sephora are and what they are about. Sephora AU online is unfortunately not as well stocked with labels as the US version however still has a great range of items. Their rewards program that offers discount is a major drawcard for me, as other sites don't offer a loyalty of any kind (and if so, almost never a discount as a benefit of the program). I don't purchase a lot online as they now have two retail stores in QLD, however I did have my moments in the past where I frequented the site. They also have an app available for iPhones which makes shopping online even easier!
Brands I Love to Buy from this Store: Ouai, Guerlain, Dr Jart, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Tarte, Zoeva.
Benefits: Loyalty program where you are rewarded the more your spend in the form of discounts (10% off and 20% off); range of brands not available otherwise in Australia.
Drawback: Australian orders are shipped from an overseas warehouse and therefore shipping periods are slightly longer compared to Australian based stores.
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