Friday, February 24, 2012

Huge BeautyJoint Haul! Nyx, Klean Color, Milani, China Glaze + more!

Oh New Years money, I see where you went ):
I've always wanted to try American drug store brands, as there has been huge hype of them all over the internet. Cheap AND great performance? Who wouldn't want to! So when A friend of mine told me about a site that has a great range and okay pricing (okay I mean not that good if you buy heaps of stuff ): ) , yeah. I got a little carried away.So here's what I got! Jump to the bottle if you want the review of the site :)

LtR: Nyx pencil "deep red", Nyx Retractable lip pencil "Natural", NYX Jumbo Crayon in Purple Velvet, Cottage Cheese,  LA Girl Jumbo Eye Pencil in Waves & Sandcastles

I got 2  Nyx Jumbo Pencils and 2 LA Girl Jumbo Pencils and two lip pencils. I'll do a detailed comparison of the NYX and LA Girl later :). The NYX ones were $3.50, and the LA Girl ones were $1.75 I think.



the colour payoff of the Milani Once Coat glitters were enough for me to splurge and get 3. I love the One Coat Glitters, they really are one coat, but they look better with two or more.My Favourite is the black/silver one, it's very gunmetal and wearable. Even though my favourite colour is red, it's probably my least favourite just because it doesn't sparkle as much. I really wanted to like it. :/
The 3D Holographic ones fascinated me to no end. I have the silver one one now and it's absolutely amazing. I'm constantly distracted by it sparkling in rainbow colours in the light, it's dazzling yet in normal shade it becomes a subtle, wearable silver with a bit of sparkle. The gold, I have swatched and is a tad disappointing. The yellow is a dirty yellow and pales in comparison to it's beautiful rose gold One Coat counterpart. All these polishes were $3.99, a steal!



here are some miscellaneous beauty items I bought. I LOVE the Seche Vite Base Coat. Initially I thought I ordered the top coat (which I've been hearing alot about) but this is good too. :)
The Jordana matte lipstick is a light pink and so pretty! It smells so good, plus the formula is creamy plus affordable. I also got the E.L.F All over cover stick in white, which I have been using as a highlighter. For the price, it's very satisfactory and has a creamy, easy to blend formula. On a random note, I purchased the Acnes Mentholatum BB cream, which is something I haven't heard much about but have been curious about since the powdery lotion and tinted moisturiser are a huge hit with me. It's okay, I really like it except that I've been breaking out recently but it might not be the bb cream.



I've got Dorothy Who, which is a blue with a few glitters, Inner beauty-  a pinkish nude and the Patent Leather Top Coat. Dorothy Who suits a top coat, but isn't opaque and isn't as dazzling as the one coat glitters. I haven't swatched Inner Beauty, but I love the top coat, it's great. :) The China Glaze polishes were probably the most pricey items I bought at about $3.99 each and the weight of these babies drove the postage up alot.

 I also got these Klean Colours pastels in teal and orange. They're super cheap and not wow worthy. Comes in a decent size and is okay. But nothing amazing unfortunately.




My experience with beautyjoint:
Overall I'd say ordering with them was a positive experience. I was always very afraid to order makeup online due to my horrible experiences with leaking products etc. I did my research and found all this hype about beautyjoint and Cherryculture but found out that beautyjoint's postage is cheaper and that they also offer a larger range such as the nail polishes that Cherryculture does not. Even though I was totally satisfied with Beautyjoint and their customer service (they even gave me a discount code for a large order!) one of the China Glaze polishes came rather empty and had dried residue on the outer rim. I have emailed them and hopefully it can be resent ):

unused, but there was missing formula that made it seem used. ):
I ordered with a creditcard and the total was around $150 on a group order with my friends (don't worry, I'm not THAT crazy to spend that much myself! haha) and the postage for 46 items to Australia was $50.55, which even though I felt was very steep, it was justifiable considering the range of products and their lack of availability internationally, and the price of the products themselves were cheap. Personally I think they could really improve customer service by offering free shipping on orders over x amount or something similar for large orders because I know I'd definitely order off there much more if they did. I hate paying expensive shipping costs, it's the one thing that can really be a decider for me when ordering online.
The package arrived just about two weeks after I had ordered in a box with styrofoam noodles and everything was packed away really well in bubble wrap. My friends and I were like little kids in a candy store opening them up! I'm still wondering how the heck the polish has leaked through that great packaging job ): Anyways, all the products were alright besides the jordana lipstick which had some dewy vapour on the outside, though I am presuming it was from the intense heat in Australia and that is not a huge problem for me as it is still perfectly working.
I have already place another tiny order from them and hopefully I will be able to do so again in the future! I do recommend the site to us Aussies that only have a limited selection of products on our shelves.

4 comments:

  1. how much was shipping from beautyjoint?

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    1. hi there dear,
      shipping is based on weight so it differs depending on what item you purchase. I can't remember the exact total, but heavy items such as nail polish brought the shipping up as compared to eyeliners etc. that were only a few cents. I hope that helps and sorry for the late-ish reply! x

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  2. hey! i ordered off beauty joint as well around 20 days ago with the standard shipping, i was wondering if there were any mishaps in the shipping process as i think i should have gotten it by now , need the products for my formal! :(

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    1. Hello there,
      I has been a while since I last ordered, but I do think that it was a bit slow to ship out. I live in Australia so it took around 4 weeks, but I think it depends where you are. If you're in the US you will probably be fine. I really hope you get your order before prom, best wishes for it! x

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