I am very excited for today’s post. We all know I’m a big fan of keeping up with new releases in the U.S. and every now and again, I can’t help but make an order. This time, I partnered up with ShopandBox to pick up some exciting new things. But I thought why not go one better and give you a run down of all the U.S. brands that we’re missing out on here in Australia?
The Australian beauty landscape has changed a lot in the last few years. It’s improved hugely, for sure. More brands, faster releases and (sometimes) more reasonable prices. With the opening of our very own Sephora stores, everything’s becoming a little more accessible but a couple of brands are still just out of reach for us Aussie beauty lovers. Here’s a look at a couple of brands and retailers that you simply must check out if you’re planning a trip to the U.S. or if you’re just wanting to add some newness to your collection.
Read on to see what I picked up in my haul as well as a closer look at my favourite shopping service to get it all from there to here.
High-End Brands To Buy in the U.S.
Glossier / minimal makeup lovers in particular need to check out this hard-to-buy brand.
LORAC / another huge brand that just isn’t getting their proper representation in Australia.
Laura Geller / although they’ve been around forever, I hardly ever hear about this brand!
Milk Makeup / a couple of hype-inducing launches have quickly landed them on everyone’s radar.
Buxom / somehow not available here unlike the other Sephora exclusives… I love their lip products.
Boscia / everything I’ve tried from Boscia has well and truly impressed – effective, beautiful skincare.
The Estée Edit / Estée Lauder’s little sister brand is fairly new but is already getting people’s attention.
Peter Thomas Roth / they have a small range here but not everything, including my favourite face mask.
Pinrose / dreamy fragrances based on your senses and the science of synesthesia – I was very intrigued.
Sephora Favourites / incredible collections of products from Sephora’s wide range of brands.
Also don’t forget to check out the travel size sections on websites to find awesome, travel-friendly alternatives for a lower price. This is also an awesome way to try out a product without making the full investment.
“Budget” Brands To Buy in the U.S.
Sonia Kashuk / sold at U.S. Target, I’ve been hearing about this brand for years.
Girlactik / I always hear bits and pieces about how awesome this brand is, particularly their liquid lips.
Fiona Stiles / I hadn’t heard a lot about their products until recently but the packaging looks beautiful.
Wet N Wild / one of the most popular U.S. drugstore brands. I already love a lot of their products.
Milani / another popular drugstore brand in the U.S. Some of their new releases look seriously dreamy.
Flower Cosmetics / Drew Barrymore’s own range, found at Walmart. I’ve heard some good things!
Neutrogena / the skincare is available all around Australia but their makeup hasn’t made an appearance.
There are also huge amount of indie brands that don’t ship to Australia or if they do, it comes with a huge shipping price tag. Of course, this hasn’t even scratched the surface of what’s available in the US that hasn’t quite made it to Australia yet. For one, they always have larger ranges (of products but also of shades) but they also get new releases much before we do. I’d also include MAC on this list as often, the price hike in Australia can be hard to handle.
Stores To Check Out
Sephora / every beauty lovers dream is to visit a U.S. Sephora but their website is the next best thing.
Ulta / another must-visit that has drugstore & high end brands all in one.
Target / Target’s in the U.S. look very different to the Aussie versions. Particularly the makeup section…
Walgreens / same deal as Target – I can’t tell you how many Walgreens I visit when I’m in the U.S.
To demonstrate how to get these hard-to-get products to Australia without planning a trip state-side, I teamed up with ShopandBox.
I’ve shopped with ShopandBox a couple of times in the past (you can view my previous ShopandBox hauls here and here) and continue to view them as one of the easiest ways to get your hands on products from overseas. ShopandBox generously gave me a $100 voucher to spend and covered the service and shipping fees and I put in a little extra money of my own as well.
The ShopandBox process sets you up with a personal boxer in whichever country you’re interested in purchasing from. You add your items to a wishlist and they’ll connect you with a boxer. They get to work purchasing your products and shipping them out to you ASAP. There’s a chat function so you can always get in touch with your boxer, either on your computer or through their app. You pay two invoices – the first is for the products themselves and any domestic shipping costs and the second is their service fee (10- 14% of the order cost) and the cost of international shipping. You can read more about their rates here. Their shipping system is worked out by weight so it’s often worth making full use of the 500g.
I love using ShopandBox because it’s such a personal experience – you’re getting help from someone on the other side of the world! My boxer for this order, Yan, was attentive and so helpful every step of the way. AND she was incredibly generous with samples. ShopandBox ship with DHL and every time, my package has arrived in less than 4 days. They also have a great section on their site where they have all of the newest beauty releases so you can browse and add everything to your wishlist easily.
Of course, I couldn’t resist grabbing some Glossier things after having them on my wishlist since they first launched. I went for the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser & the Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light. Even though I wanted to pick up literally everything they sell. I’m so excited to try both but unfortunately, it looks like the lightest shade in the Glossier range will be a little too dark and yellow-toned for me. I’ll have to see if I can make it work!
Oh man, I have wanted the LORAC Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette for years. I kept on resisting the urge but one last look at swatches and I was sold. This palette is perfect for a neutrals junkie like me and I can tell you right now that this one’s going to get a serious workout. The palette is slim and compact so could also be a contender for a easy travel companion.
Apparently, I went a little highlighter crazy in this order. And strangely enough, the pans are all gorgeous, too. Firstly, I picked up the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Charming Pink. This formula is raved and raved about so I wanted to try it out for myself. Charming Pink is such a me shade so I look forward to getting it on my cheekbones.
The Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Afterglow was next on my list after hearing a couple of positive reviews. The shade range was impressive but I went for the lightest shade, it looks like a stunning pearly, champagne.
My final highlighter pick-up was the Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighter Powder in Precious Petals. A relatively new release that sent Instagram into a meltdown when they launched. It’s a much deeper gold but hopefully I’ll still be able to make it work.
My other ‘drugstore’ purchase was the Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Bare Necessities. I wasn’t sure what to grab from the range as I was browsing the site so I settled on a simple six-shade palette with plenty of neutrals. The formula hasn’t blown me away yet – that top left cream shade is full of glitter – but I’m interested in giving it a proper go!
L to R: Laura Geller Charmed Pink, Milani Strobelight Afterglow, Wet N Wild Precious Petals, Ofra You Dew You
L to R: Kat Von D Blonde Tattoo Brow, Sonia Kashuk Bare Necessities Palette
While browsing the Sephora website I chanced upon the Pinrose fragrance range and quickly became obsessed. A couple of their fragrances sounded right up my alley but it’s always risky to buy without trying first. I had a look on their own site and was happy to see that they had the Pinrose The Starter Kit. The set has each of their scents in a towelette format, perfect for travel and a great way to get familiar with the range. I also grabbed the Pinrose Parfum A Go Go Set. I’m looking forward to giving these all a sniff – particularly Wild Child, Lil’ Dipper & Merry Maker.
And of course, a quick look at the samples Yan threw in. Firstly, some sample sachets of the Smashbox Pore Minimising Primer (which I already love), the Tarte Tarteist Liner and a Sephora Cream Lip Stain. Yan also threw in a Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Blonde and the Ofra x Dupe That Highlighter in You Dew You. As always, my boxer, Yan, was so incredibly generous. You can see why the samples are one of my favourite parts of shopping with ShopandBox.
I couldn’t resist a couple of sweets, too… I sneakily added the Oreo Red Velvet & Oreo Cinnamon Bun cookies to the order as well as the Peeps Delights Easter Creme Fudge Dipped Strawberry Chicks because they looked absolutely insane.
You can’t get much more exciting than a big ol’ haul full of new and beautiful products. I can’t wait to get testing everything.
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always! ShopandBox generously gave me a $100 voucher to spend and covered the service and shipping fees and I put in a little extra money of my own as well to add to the haul.