This week is dedicated to all things gifting – I’m excited to get my gift guides up but first, I wanted to revisit the topic of where I buy my beauty online. I love shopping online for makeup because when it arrives, it feels like a neatly wrapped up present to myself. And I get the feeling I’m not the only one, with my previous Where I Buy Beauty Online post being one of my most-read posts this year. A lot of the picks this time around are the same but there are also a few newer additions that also do a great job getting new beauty bits into your mailbox.
My first stop when I feel like a little bit of retail therapy is Mecca. With a bunch of my favourite brands, it’s pretty obvious why this extension to my favourite bricks and mortar beauty store would be a favourite. With free (incredibly fast) shipping over $75 and an easy to navigate website, it’s no wonder why I have so many points on my Mecca Beauty Loop account.
When every order comes with a Tim Tam, it’s a pretty good sign that I’m going to love an online store, but that’s not even the best bit. AdoreBeauty stock a great range of makeup and skincare options and frequently have specials on big brands so you can get them cheaper than in store. AdoreBeauty are also responsible for the awesome Findation site where you can compare foundation shades online to ones you already own. They also offer Afterpay which sometimes comes in handy and have free shipping on every order within Australia (and did I mention the Tim Tam?).
Brands to check out: Laura Mercier, Becca, Glasshouse, La Roche Posay.
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With a bunch of extremely luxe brands, great customer service and a very reasonable international shipping price (and free over $50USD), Beautylish is one of my favourite places to spend up big or just fill my cart with things I can never afford before exiting the tab. They’re also a great place to discover brands that you’ve never even heard of.
Brands to check out: Charlotte Tilbury, Viseart, Jeffree Star, Natasha Denona.
Another online retailer with a great mixture of your favourite brands and new niche discoveries. It’s very easy to go over the free shipping threshold of £50 with so many beautiful bits and pieces. The idea behind the site is to introduce it’s shoppers to cult favourites from around the world so it’s definitely worth having a proper browse.
Brands to check out: Jouer, Kevyn Aucoin, Oskia, Peter Thomas Roth.
I love spending hours scrolling through clothes on ASOS but when it comes to actually placing an order, I always make sure to check the beauty section before checking out. Quite often I find sales on drugstore bits that haven’t hit Australian shores just yet or awesome brands that you can’t find in stores in Australia at all. Free delivery on orders over $40 and frequent sales sweeten the deal even more.
Brands to check out: Rimmel, NYX, Paul & Joe, Nip & Fab, Pixi.
(edit: unfortunately, Rouche Boutique has since shut down)
Getting back closer to home, I’m so glad I stumbled across Rouche Boutique while browsing online. They accept Afterpay and are always introducing new and exciting brands to the site. And, of course, it’s always nice to support local small businesses, too. I reckon this would be a great site for MUAs too, with plenty of awesome additions to your kit and plenty of false lash options. Shipping is a $9 flat rate or free if you spend over $70.
Brands to check out: RCMA, Shanghai Suzy, Sigma, Milani.
Another Australian online powerhouse. I always make sure to check out RY if I’m after new haircare as they have so much variety on the site. They always seem to have great discounts or exciting GWP offers going on and they stock a huge range of makeup and skincare brands so there’s really something for everyone. Shipping is $6.95 or free on orders over $99 and they’re another awesome retailer offering Afterpay.
Brands to check out: Napoleon Perdis, Goldwell, Skinstitut, The Balm.
It’s been a while since I’ve shopped with Feel Unique but it would seem since then they’ve only expanded the site more, there’s such a huge variety of stuff. Because they’re a UK site they have access to a bunch of brands that don’t have a lot of presence in the Australian market. I also love the little Beauty Box Sets they put together, featuring the best of brands they stock on their site. They also have awesome sales & offers year round. Shipping is $5 and free over $120.
Brands to check out: Zoella Beauty, Caudalie, Sleek, Tanya Burr, Topshop.
An Australian essential for drugstore makeup lovers. Priceline stores are the original reason I fell in love with makeup so you can bet I love browsing the online store, too. Although I normally prefer to shop in store at Priceline, I love checking prices, reading product information and seeing what’s new on the site. Their Sister Club loyalty program is awesome, too. Shipping is $9.95 or free over $100, but sometimes it can take a while to arrive depending on whether you’re ordering during a peak time.
Brands to check out: Models Prefer, La Roche Posay, Maybelline, Rimmel, NYX.
Another retailer that’s come so far since last time I ordered with them, BeautyBay keep introducing new and exciting brands to their site, making it an awesome place to check to see what’s new. They also tend to have lower prices than Australian-only retailers so it’s worth checking here first, before ordering elsewhere. Shipping with BeautyBay is fairly unreliable, even if it is free over $26, but I personally haven’t had any problems, as long as you’re prepared to wait a while for your order.
Brands to check out: Makeup Geek, Zoeva, Laura Geller, Mario Badescu.
The Australian version of Sephora looks and performs a little differently to the US site but since launching, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the brands they’ve introduced. With all of the favourites from in store, plus another bunch of smaller niche brands, there’s plenty to shop for on the site. It’s worth comparing prices before purchasing though, as some products on Sephora AU are quite a bit more expensive than on other sites. Their shipping ($5 or free over $55) can be pretty hit and miss, from what I’ve seen but I haven’t had any problems with them personally. Students get 10% off online, too!
Brands to check out: Tarte, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Becca, IT Cosmetics.
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This one’s a little different to the others but definitely worth mentioning. If there’s something you’re desperately after but the store doesn’t ship to Australia, Shop & Box can be a lifesaver. The site matches you up with an overseas shopper, you let them know what you want and they go and find it for you. There is a service fee, of course, but it’s definitely one of the easiest ways to buy things from the US and get them to Australian shores. I’ve used the service a couple of times in the past and have always loved it.
What are your favourite online beauty destinations?
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