Category Archives: Where to buy

Where to buy: bareMinerals makeup

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Mineral cosmetics is no longer a new thing and has become a staple range in most cosmetic brands. But, as you probably know by now, I’m a sucker for classics or originals and I would have to say bareMinerals is one of the originals and the brand that made mineral cosmetics as big as it is today.

I first tried bareMinerals foundation just before my wedding when I was getting a facial and afterwards, the lady asked if I wanted to apply some make-up. She then put some loose powder on my face using a brush. When I looked in the mirror afterwards, I was shocked to see the kind of coverage the powder had given my face! It was awesome – great coverage and dead easy to apply. That was about 8 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.

Back in those days, it was expensive. Myer had only just started stocking it for I think about $69. Otherwise you had either buy overseas or buy from beauty salons. Nowadays, prices have come down and there’s many stockists so you can definitely be smart and buy for cheaper than RRP.

So let’s take the bareMinerals Matte Foundation (this is the newer one) which is the one I use these days and see where we can find some good prices. As a point of reference, it’s USD$27 from the bare escentuals store.

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1. Mecca Cosmetica Australia

$36.95 + $10 shipping (free shipping if you spend over $75)

Australian cosmetics store which stocks overseas brands such as Nars, Kiehls, Stila, Smashbox and of course bareMinerals. They have stores around Australia as well as the online store. Price is pretty good for Australia and given the current state of the Aussie dollar against the USD (below 90c as I write this! eeeek!), you’re better off buying locally. I don’t like the shipping charge but if you have other stuff to buy, might as well buy over $75 and get free shipping.

2. Ry.com.au

$35.10 + $6.95 shipping (free shipping if you spend over $99)

The all round online hair and beauty store. Great place to buy all your beauty stuff. Their range of breaMinerals is limited, especially the matte foundation so if you are after a specific shade, ask customer service if they are getting more stock in. They seem to have a decent range of the original foundation.

3. Kit Cosmetics

$36.95 + $10 shipping

Kit Cosmetics stock some other brands including bareMinerals, Peter Thomas Roth and Smashbox. I don’t think their concession stands in Myer stock other brands but their online store does. They have good range of bareMinerals makeup and prices are fairly competitive so definitely worth checking out. Their shipping is a bit funny in that the more you buy, the more you pay in shipping…

4. BeautyBay.com

£22.05 + free shipping

A UK online cosmetics store but offers free shipping to Australia. The downside is you are charged in pounds so exchange rate will play a factor in how much you finally pay. Currently, it’s pretty crap so converted, you’re look at about $37 – $40 depending on what your credit card company will charge you in fees. Having said that, it’s free shipping so it’s competitive against some of the Australian stores. BUT, be warned, shipping will take a while so be prepared to wait about a week or more to get your delivery. Might be worth it if you’re not in a hurry.

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£20 or 2 for £35 + free shipping

Another UK online cosmetics store which also offers free shipping. It’s the same deal as Beauty Bay above but they have a pretty good deal where they’re offering 2 for £35. If you’re not in a hurry to get the goods, then I would definitely get 2 from here given I go through these quite quickly and always good to know I won’t run out for a while.

Another good place to go looking is eBay. There are plenty of good reputable sellers who will sell brand new, boxed goods for a lot cheaper than RRP. I’ve bought bareMinerals from eBay a few times and with the good sellers, it’s just as good as buying from an online store. Some of them offer free shipping as well. Just make sure you look at the feedback of the sellers and make sure it’s boxed and brand new.

Just remember to never pay full price! Happy shopping!

Where to buy: True Religion jeans

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I’m not sure why I didn’t post this earlier given my love for TR jeans. There’s tonnes of denim ybrands out there plus other clothing brands that have denim in their range. This means we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect jeans and this also means you’re overwhelmed with too much – especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

For me, I have certain type of body shape and I’m tall so TR jeans fit me perfectly. When I bought my first pair, my mum was mortified at the price I paid but I was quick to point out that my body is this way because of my parent’s genes so it’s their fault! 😛 For me, TR jeans are my fall back, default, I know without a doubt they’ll look great on me brand of jeans.

So, where to buy? Those who know know they’re not cheap here in Australia. Back in the days, they were almost double the US price – retailing up to $550 at Myer. And to be honest, I haven’t ever bought them here in Australia so no idea what the prices are like. I’m going to stick to the places I know…

As a point of reference, I’m going to use the True Religion classic Julie skinny jeans in Sunset Pass as it’s currently on my wishlist to buy  🙂

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1. Revolve Clothing

I think Revolve would have to have the largest selection of TR jeans outside of the actual True Religion website. This is where I have bought mine and they have never failed me. The only downside here is that the promo codes usually don’t work for TR as they are an excluded brand. It’s selling on Revolve for USD$198. Enter in ‘TULIP’ for 10% off which will bring it down to $178.20. Factor in current crap exchange rate + 3% in credit card fees and you’re looking at approximately AUD$190 with free shipping to Australia.

2. Neiman Marcus

Not my normal place to look for TR jeans but because they’re now offering free shipping to Australia, I’ll definitely be considering NM especially if they have a % off coupon or some sort of deal. NM are selling the Julie jeans for AUD$217.10. They’ll charge you in AUD so no exchange rate conversion worries. Not bad and glad to see it’s not a big mark-up on USD prices.

3. Bloomingdales

As much as I love Bloomies, they’re mark-ups on AUD are a little excessive. If you select Australia as the shipping country, then the Julie jeans are retailing for AUD$260 which is a ridiculous mark-up when US retail price is $198. Having said that, it’s currently on sale for AUD$208 and their friends and family sale starts on 5 June US time with further 20% off. So if I do the maths, that will bring the price down to about $166 plus $9.95 shipping to Australia and so total amount paid will be $176. Cheapest so far but only because of their current promotion. Without it, I wouldn’t buy from Bloomies just on principal.

4. True Religion website

True Religion online store now offers shipping to Australia which is great as you get access to their full range of clothes including their new arrivals. They use FiftyOne as well which means that you are charged in AUD including taxes and shipping so no need to worry about exchange rate conversion and credit card fees. The Julie skinny is AUD$217 on the website which is very reasonable given the current state of the exchange rate. Shipping is $19.95 on orders over $150 although when I tried to check out, shipping came up free. Bonus!

There’s heaps of other places which stock TR jeans – Shopbop and Saks, in Australia there’s Birdsnest, Myer, Surfstich, ASOS but their range is appalling. You can try UK or other international stores but given it’s an American brand, it usually isn’t cheaper in other countries.

I’m all for quality over quantity and my TR jeans have lasted me about 5-6 years with absolutely no issues. They are now starting to stretch a little but that could also partly be me having gone through 2 kids and my body is no longer what it used to be and my poor jeans are having to adjust. So if you have chosen True Religion as your perfect jeans, make sure you shop around and try and find the place offering the best deal. No reason to pay full price right? 🙂

 

Where to buy: Ray-Ban sunglasses

Have I told you how much I love classics? You can’t go past Ray-Ban for classic sunglasses – whether it be the wayfarer or the aviator, both styles have proven to be THE staple sunnies for both boys and girls.

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VB looking great as usual

VB looking great as usual

So, where do you go and buy one for the best price? Do I need to say it? Definitely not in Australia. Sunglass Hut in Australia are selling the New Wayfarer (RB2132) for $139.95 and the Aviator (RB3025) for $199. DJs are about the same although the aviator is slightly cheaper at $185. Let’s find some alternatives:

1. Revolve Clothing

Love this store for their range of items. This is where I bought mine and you get free shipping to Australia. The new wayfarers are USD$125 and aviators are USD$145. Hands down the cheapest place to buy! Enter code ‘tulip’ for further 10% off! YAY!

2. Shopbop

Aviators are selling for USD$155 which converts to around AUD$155 given the current exchange rate plus credit card fees, etc. Plus shipping is FREE so you’re guaranteed to save at least $30! Funnily, there’s not much price difference in the wayfarer style with Shopbop selling these for USD$130. In which case, dare I say, you might as well buy it here. BUT, if you purchase these during Shopbop’s 20% friends & family sale, then it’ll definitely be cheaper. Keep in mind that Ray-Ban’s will never go on sale.

3. ASOS

Advantage of buying from ASOS is that they have a warehouse in Australia so offer free shipping and easy local returns. Plus you’re charged in AUD. But, looking at their website, their prices seem to vary a lot which is interesting. Aviators you’re looking at $191 so slightly cheaper than Australian retail price. But, the new wayfarers – they’re $172! Now the only thing I can think of is that they’re polarized hence it’s more expensive but the description doesn’t say as much. Best to check with their customer service otherwise look elsewhere!

4. Neiman Marcus

Given they offer free shipping to Australia, I just had to have a look at their prices. They don’t ship the Wayfarer styles to Australia but they do ship the aviator sytles – go figure!? The Aviator is selling for AUD$153.90 plus free shipping which is still cheaper than the Australian retail prices.

It’s funny after researching on this, the prices seems so varied. I bought my new wayfarers a few years ago for USD$119 but prices must have increased between then and now. Hopefully I’ve given you some options if you’re looking for Ray-Bans and just remember my motto – never pay full price!