19 November 2012

What the postmen brought me today... MASSIVE HAUL!

Holy josephine! The postMEN brought me a crap load of things today. So many that I have no idea where to start. I took so many photos that my camera memory card ran out of memory (but then again, I didn't have much memory left to begin with).

See what I mean? WHERE DO I START?!
After much contemplation and umm-ing and ah-ing, I've decided to go in order that I received them.

The regular postman in the bright yellow jacket and motorbike came by first a few hours ago. He dropped off two satchels.

The first satchel that I opened (only because I knew what the other satchel contained from the name of the sender) was from Avene!

They sent me a sample of the Micellar Lotion Cleanser and make-up remover.

The other satchel was from DSK Steph's blog sale.
L-R: OPI Spark de Triomphe, OPI Berlin There Done That, OPI Rainbow Collection
I can see my bf sighing and shaking his head when he sees this post (his disapproval makes me giggle for some strange reason)... I can't help buying nail polish... pretty colours.... mmm sparkly...

Steph also gave me two lollipops, which I will probably give to the bf so he doesn't cancel my credit card... lollies are great bribery tools. :P

The next postman was from FedEx. I FINALLY got my parcels from the US (via hopshopgo - more deets at the end of the post). I have been waiting rather impatiently for two parcels from Sephora and one from SkinStore.com. I can't actually remember which parcel I opened first because all I remember was that I nearly peed myself in excitement and the rest was a blur.

I'm going to show what I got from the skinstore...

That's right kiddies... ANOTHER CLARISONIC!! But this time, a Clarisonic Aria. Boy oh boy, I've been wanting one of these bad boys ever since it came out a few months ago, and when I found a $50 off coupon code, I was a goner. The RRP is USD$199. You may be wondering, what the hell are you going to do with TWO clarisonics? Well, I'm going to leave this at the bf's because he doesn't like his granite (or whatever stone it is) benchtop wet, and since the aria has a charging stand, it'll be perfect there (well, that's my excuse anyway)...

Contents of Clarisonic Aria
It also came with a 30ml Refreshing Gel Cleanser not pictured because the orange and white info card is covering it.

Charging Clarisonic Aria
It can be charged via USB... How cool is that?! Yes, I'm one of those people who falls for gimmicky things like that... Don't judge!

I also bought me a Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings kit for USD$19 because I needed to take it over the $200 mark to get the $50 coupon to work. Mike, if you're reading this... It's a NECESSITY...hence very justifiable!
Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings
Contents of Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings

In the Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings, I received a LashGasm mascara (3.9ml), Shadow Insurance (5g), Glamour Gloss (2.9ml), Lip Insurance (3.5g), and Primed and Poreless (5g).

Anyway, enough skinstore porn... Because now I've got some sephora pornage for you! I'll start with the freebies.

I'm a Sephora VIB from my trip to LA last year. Unfortunately, I have not spent enough to retain my VIB membership this year (unless my sister uses my card, as she's in the states at the moment... that lucky biznitch!). In case you're wondering, you have to spend $350 a year to get VIB membership...
The point of me rambling about VIB membership was because I took advantage of one of their offers which was to choose one of three bags when ordering online, and I chose this bag called "Make It Last".
Sephora Make It Last Complimentary Bag
I received:
  • Sephora makeup bag
  • Lancome Hypnose Star mascara (4ml)
  • Sephora Instant Moisturizer (5ml)
  • Clarins Lisse Minute Base Comblante Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (4ml)
  • Alien by Thierry Mugler EDP sample (1.2ml)
  • Billionaire Boyfriend by Kate Walsh EDP sample (1.2ml)
  • Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting-Spray (15ml)
  • Sephora Anti-shine Foundation Primer (8ml)
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish (11.3g)
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (2.2g)
 Amazing value for a bag that's free!

I also got other freebies/samples as well...
  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer (5g) - I actually redeemed some of my VIB points for this
  • Lancome Bienait Multi-vital SPF30 Sunscreen (15g) - I'm not sure where this came from, I don't remember picking this as a sample? :-s
  • Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Oil Free Moisturizer (2ml)
  •  Lancome LA Base Pro - Perfecting Make Up Primer (1ml)
  • REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate (2ml)
  • Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 (0.9ml)
  • Dermadoctor KP duty intensive priming serum and moisturizing therapy for dry skin (5ml altogether)
  • Vichy Normaderm Pro Mat Ultra Mattifying Oil-Free Lotion (3ml) - actually, I think this came from skinstore... hmm..
I bought a few of the Sephora's favourite kits. I'm a sucker for kits because they offer such great value! The first kit is the Sephora Favorites In The Glow kit...
Sephora Favourites In The Glow
Contents of In The Glow
Contents of In The Glow
 The kit contains:
  • LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight (3g)
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic (4g)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Splendor (3.2g)
  • Benefit High Beam (4g)
  • NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna (2.5g)
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Flush (4.8g)
  • Bare Escentuals All Over Face Colour in Pure Radiance (0.57g)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (2.5g)
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony (2.2g)
 The next kit I purchased is the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip...
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip
Contents of Give Me Some Lip
 The kit contains:
  • Sephora Glossy Gloss in Precious Pink (15ml)
  • Bite Lip Shine in Vintage (2.72g)
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll (2.8g)
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (3.5g)
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope (3g)
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (2.2g)
I bought this kit specifically for the Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment and the Tarte Lip Tint. The Fresh lip treatment is AMAZING. I have one and I love it so much. As for the Tarte Lip Tint, I've always wanted to try one, as I love lip tints and heard so many great reviews about it.

The third and last Sephora Favorites is Draw The Line.
Sephora Favorites Draw The Line
Contents of Draw The Line
 The kit contains:
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (1.2ml)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (0.2ml)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (0.7g)
  • Buxom Insider Eyeliner in Black Jasper (0.2g)
  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner (0.31g)
  • Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight Black (3.4g)
I love eyeliners, and I wear them everytime I go out. Hence why I bought this kit! So excited to try them all out!

The last thing I purchased is Benefit's How To Look The Best At Everything in Medium

Front of box
Back of the box
Contents of How to look the best at everything
The contents of this kit are:
  • Porefessional (7.5ml)
  • Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in I'm so money honey (7ml)
  • Boi-ing in shades 002 and 003 (2x1.5g)
  • Hello Flawless Powder in I'm Cute As A Bunny Honey (4g)
  • Brush
That's all I got for now. I'm still expecting another postman to come by - the one that delivers bulk items in a van. I hope my BellaBox comes today because I'm going to the bf tonight and won't be back till Wednesday!

Before I finish, I would like to inform you about HopShopGo (because I'm an informative person... sometimes). HopShopGo is a company that is backed by paypal, so you can pay for delivery charges via paypal. I think this is one of the three advantages of using this parcel forwarder. The second advantage being if it is your first time using them, and you find their shipping costs too high, they will ship the parcels back to the store for free and absorb any re-stocking fees that the store may charge. However, the shipping charges are quite ridiculously expensive. The third advantage is that the address you send your parcels to are in Oregon, and so no taxes!

However, it costs about USD$88 to ship all three boxes to me. I'm glad I didn't have to pay any postage for both Sephora and SkinStore to send my parcels to HopShopGo. I'm currently on the look out for another parcel forwarder. I have my eyes set on myus.com, but the only downfalls are their $10 membership charge,  non-paypal payments and their address is in florida (although you can request for an address in one of the few tax-free states, I can't remember which one).

I hope that was useful, and if you have questions at all in regards to HopShopGo, please feel free to in the comments or on twitter or facebook.


  1. Don't mind me while I wipe away my drool....

    homg those Sephora kits looooook amazing!!! Especially in the glow. I few of my wishlist things are in that!

    1. Thanks. I'm still so bloody excited about everything!!!

  2. I was going to ask how you got all those gorgeous goodies over here until I read the end part!
    I've read a few bloggers use "PriceUSA" just for parcels from the United States, so many check that out? Apparently it's pretty good?

    Otherwise I'm super jealous of everythinggg!!! Especially the Clarisonic! xx

    1. I've checked out PriceUSA, but they work only by you telling the chick what you want, therefore I don't get my Sephora VIB points and with the credit card I'm using, I get pretty much the same rates as what "xe" says unlike PriceUSA, where she charges a rate lower in AUD.

    2. What credit card is that if you don't mind sharing. I know Sephora doesn't accept international credit cards so I've always used PriceUSA to buy and ship to me.

    3. I use 28 degrees mastercard. It's the BEST card out there for international shopping. It gives extremely good rates, and there's no annual fees. But you have to make sure that you pay the full balance because the interest rates (like all credit cards) are a killer.

  3. PriceUsa are excellent, definately give them a go! I was reminded about them by Jen and I currently have any order on my way from them :D
    You should have warned me to get a cup of tea before I sat down to read this, it was epicly long and so exciting ;D

    1. I would give priceusa a go but I wont get my sephora VIB points, and I get better rates paying in USD through my cc compared to what they're offering. :(

  4. Great haul! I love the OPI nail polishes you've bought! ^_^

  5. I love those Sephora kits they look amazing! I've always wanted to do an order from Sephora but have never known which parcel forwarding service to use... PriceUSA is pretty recommended.. I think I'll have to bite the bullet and just give them a go! Especially while all these Christmas kits are out ^-^

    1. You NEED these Sephora kits in your life! :P

    Wow. Love all the items you purchased. Christmas came early for you!! ♥ LOVE EVERYTHING!!!

    The Misty Mom

  7. *faints* oh my... SO MUCH MAKEUP-PY GOODNESS <3
    All those kits look divine! Nars, Benefit... *swoon*
    Buying another item to get $50 off is VERY justifiable! *nods*

    1. Hahaha glad to see we're on the same page in regards to justifiability! :P

  8. woah.. I think I've just found someone (you) who can rival me in shopping :P Pretty impressive! I was dying to get those sets but I have absolutely no room left to store makeup..

    1. I have no room left either, but that didn't stop me! I'm out of control!

  9. sheila-post on eBay does a mail forwarding thing starting at $8 plus PayPal fees.

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