Thursday, 17 January 2013

How I buy my Real Techniques (International Shipping!!)

I love my Real Techniques make up brushes a lot.  Previously, I got mine from the States, where my friend Tao custom purchased them for me (link to my blog post) from Ulta.  Ulta doesn't ship to my place, so I couldn't do it myself.  Another way I tried was to order from Amazon (link to my blog post) which I have no idea how it worked as Mister Fiancé did that for me.  My friend used iHerb before, and kindly helped me out with getting the blush and powder brush (mentioned in the same post as the Amazon).  She had positive feedback with iHerb so I figure, why not try to do it myself this time and see if I like the service?

With a discount code a fellow blogger shared, I got $10 off my purchase so that's a very very good deal, I think!  In the mail I got another set of the Core Collection, which is my third set.  I adore the Buffing Brush for appying tinted moisturisers, bb creams, light foundation as well as powder.  The Contour Brush is marvellous for contouring, blusher, highlight and also precise powder application.  Many people find the other two brushes less brilliant, I may have to agree, but I still find them useful.  The Pointed Foundation Brush is great when I want to apply higher coverage foundation or concealer to a larger area, e.g. cheek or chin; it is also good for cream highlight or blusher.  The Detailer Brush is one of the best lip brushes I own, try it if you find the traditional square-top ones hard to maneuver.  The other brushes I got are the Expert Face Brush, and the Stipping Brush.  Let me give them some good uses and report back how they perform! :)

As I am going to make a purchase anyway, and seeing good prices on a number of other things, I went ahead and order some more.  IHerb stocks a lot of good natural or pharmacy brands with a wide range of products, e.g. I have tried Palmer's cocoa butter lotion before, but local stores do not stock the oils.  So glad I find it, cheaply too, on iHerb so I can rescue my dry limbs this Winter!

Not long after my purchase I received a new-year newsletter from iHerb, specifically for Hong Kong customers, telling that there's a Newly Discounted DHL Shipping Rate for us, and Extra 5% discount for orders over $60.00.  I don't know if it is exclusively for HK, but that's certainly good news!

One more thing, use discount code JBF362 for your order, so you can have $10 off your first iHerb order of $40 or more!

List of Everything and the Price:

Palmer's, Cocoa Butter Formula, for Dry, Itchy Skin, 5.1 fl oz (150 ml)
$5.92 - This product is not seen in Hong Kong 
Mane 'n Tail, Herbal Gro Spray Therapy, 6 fl oz (178 ml)
$5.49 - More reasonably priced than local drugstore
Olivella, Bath & Shower Gel, Vanilla, 16.9 oz (500 ml)
$7.71 - Sounds natural and yummy
Cococare, 100% Cocoa Butter, The Yellow Stick, 1 oz (28 g)
$1.41 - Good for intensive chap-care :P

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman, Your Base/Flawless, Expert Face Brush
$8.99 - See if it compares to the Buffing Brush?
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman, Your Finish/Perfected, Stippling Brush
$9.99 - My first time trying this, I want to use with cream highlight.
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman, Your Base/Flawless, Core Collection, 4 Brushes + Case
$17.99 - My third set and I can't get enough of these!

Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor, Fat Free, 7.33 oz (208 g)
Madre Labs, CafeCeps, Instant Organic Coffee Beverage, Stay Fresh Re-Sealable Pak!, 3.52 oz (100 g)
Now Foods, Solutions, Xyli•White Toothpaste Gel, Fluoride Free, Refreshmint, 6.4 oz (181 g)
Nutritional Concepts, Pure CoffeeMax, Green Coffee Extract, 60 Veggie Caps
Country Life, Gluten Free, Zyme-Aid, Digestive Enzyme Complex, 100 Tablets
Country Life, Gluten Free, Maxi-Zyme Caps, 60 Veggie Caps
Country Life, Gluten Free, Maxi-Hair Plus, 5,000 mcg Biotin, 120 Veggie Caps
$17.26 - Starting taking these for a few days, no adverse effect so far

Jarrow Formulas, PhosphOmega 2 Softgels Dietary Supplement
Complimentary Sample - Finished and no special feelings
Episencial, Soothing Cream, 3 g
$1 - Special Sample
Healthy Origins, Biotin, High Potency, 5000 mcg, 7 Vcaps
$1.99 - Special Sample
Atkins, Endulge, Caramel Nut Chew, 5 Bars, 1.2 oz (34 g) Each 
$5.97 - Not pictured because Mister took them!

Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")



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