This is another area where Australians are penalized and ripped off to the hilt for no reason! Seriously, around 5 years ago it would have been the worst – things are getting better now thanks to the endless media coverage about our appalling retail industry but we still pay more for cosmetics and beauty products than our overseas friends. The department stores are the worst so avoid them other than to get a free trial or to see the colour swatches in real life and instead try these stores.
Adore Beauty – probably Australia’s biggest online store for makeup, skincare and beauty products. Has a great range of brands including MD Formulations, Dermalogica, philosophy and Aesop. Shipping is $5.95 if order is under $99 and the overseas brands are reasonably priced!
StrawberryNet – I think most people know this site and most people have probably heard some stories about this site. I’m a little reluctant to order from this site especially those products which don’t come in a box.. Although having said that, the products can be a lot cheaper (dependent on exchange rate) and can’t beat free shipping on all orders. Note it comes from Hong Kong so does take a few days.
Fountain Cosmetics – another Australian online store but with a lot limited range. The only brands I would be interested in are Dermalogica, Ultraceuticals, American Crew and Keratin but they do sometimes have good specials and if ordering over $75, you get free shipping and (although not advertised) same day delivery if you order in the morning!
Ry.com.au – started off as an Australian online store stocking hair-care products but appears to have now branched out into beauty selling brands such as Dermalogica and bare minerals. This is where I bought my Parlux hairdryer many years ago after searching high and low for the best price locally. They will match any price and have 120 days free returns which is great. Free shipping on orders over $99 and great customer service.
Those who know me would say I am very far from domestic. Very very far. I’m not a homely person and cannot cook to save my life. Having said that, during my pregnancies where my nesting instincts kicked in and during my brief stints as a stay at home mum, I did try to get the house in order and decorate it to my taste. During this time, I did buy some stuff online but I must admit, homewares is better done in person.
Peters of Kensington – I’m tempted to put only this site on the directory as PoK pretty much has everything you need. I love this store and do bulk orders twice a year. It’s cheap all year round and has a massive sale in January each year. Shipping varies according to how much you buy – I haven’t really bought heavy electrical appliances or pot/pan sets so the most I’ve ever paid is $7. But it’s definitely cheaper than normal retail places. I will definitely post a review soon.
Bloomingdales – it’s in the fashion directory as well as it’s a great all round department store that’s has a good variety of products from designers to more affordable brands plus cool stuff you can’t get here. Plus they have a lot of sales and deals all year round and flat rate shipping of $9.95 to Aus even for bulky stuff! Can’t beat that..
Pottery Barn – OMG love this place. The way I see it, it’s a better, more upmarket version of Ikea with better quality items. You could spend all day on the website. They have opened their first store in Australia in Bondi Junction!!! Sooo excited. They also have their online Australian store as well. Remember to check out Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma.
Living exclusive – this is one of those daily/weekly deals websites where they offer you great prices on limited products from certain brands for a set period of time, say 7 days. Every now and then, you can score yourself a pretty good deal on products – just note the delay in shipping as it will take 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Victoria’s Basement – similar to Peters of Kensington, but with far less product range. Sells mostly kitchenware (not so much homeware) at pretty cheap prices. They have more stores around Sydney than PoK does so if you can get to one, that’s probably best.
Target – if you can’t get to a Target store near you, then online is just as good. Target have improved their online shopping experience and although stock/range is limited, it’s convenient. And I must say, their homewares have improved over the years at affordable prices. If you’re just plain lazy like me and can get to a Target store but can’t be arsed, then try the ‘Click and Collect’ option which will allow you to purchase online and collect it at your local store – convenient huh? Just be careful with certain items as it may not be available at your local store.
Myer/Djs – I’ve put our 2 and only 2 department stores here only because they offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. It’s not any cheaper than in-store but I would recommend buying online if you the particular item you had in mind is sold out at your nearest store and the sales people are particularly unhelpful in locating it for you from another store (which is likely to be the case). Having said that, the brands offered online are limited which sucks.