Online Shopping 101 – My Favourite International Online Stores {Part 3}

As mentioned before, I prefer online shopping to in-the-shopping-mall-shopping.  No parking fees, no busy shopping malls, no queues & no overbearing sales people.

To read {Part 1} of this blog post trio, click here.  In Part 1 I give you all the deets on what you should look out for when purchasing online, what you need to make a purchase online, how long delivery usually takes etc.

To read {Part 2} of this blog post trio, click here.  In Part 2 I show you a few of my favourite local online shops.

There are many, many international online shops out there, but only a select few who actually ship to South Africa.  Remember, even though a website might say they ship worldwide – it doesn’t necessarily mean they ship to South Africa.  So always check this first, before you start falling in love with all the products the site has to offer.  I do this by adding any product to my online shopping cart, then going to ‘check out’ and will then see under the shipping locations drop-down whether they ship to South Africa.

We are talking about international online shopping here, thus you will in most cases have to pay duties / taxes on your parcels.  Unfortunately I can’t give you a specific calculation on how the amount is calculated – in most cases it’s the luck of the draw.  I have received parcels valued at over R 500,00 and have only paid R 50,00 (BeautyBay, Vivadream Cosmetics, Cherry Culture) & then I have also received parcels valued at about R 700,00 and have had to fork out R 250,00 (Makeup Geek & Sigma Beauty).

Regarding how long it will take for your parcel to arrive, it’s also difficult for me to give you a specific amount of time.  Makeup Geek, Sigma, BeautyBay, BH Cosmetics and Asos parcel usually take quite long (about 2 months).  Feelunique & Kiss And Makeup take about 1 month.  Cherry Culture, Vivadream Cosmetics, Sedona Lace take 2 to 3 weeks.  BUT in saying that, our postal service here in Gauteng has been on strike for the last 1,5 to 2 months and we all know what that means…

I am an online shopping fanatic, so if you know of any other online shops that stock amazing brands (and who ship to South Africa), please let me know in the comments section below.  I am VERY interested in discovering new online shopping websites.

Here are my favourite international online shops:


Shop Name:  Asos

Products:  Clothing, beauty products, accessories.

Brands:  American Apparel, Daniel Sandler, Illamasqua, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Maaji, Pixi, Ted Baker, theBalm (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE


Take Note:  Asos can only send your parcel to a physical address (they do not accept a PO Box address as a delivery address).

Beauty Bay

Shop Name:  BeautyBay

Products:  Makeup, skin care, hair care, body care, nail care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Alterna, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Antipodes, Beautyblender, Cargo, Deborah Lippmann, Dr Jart+, First Aid Beauty, Kevyn Aucoin, Mario Badescu, milk_shake, Sara Happ, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Zoeva (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE


Take Note:  BeautyBay is now quite strict about which products they send to South Africa – so even though they say they ship worldwide, some of the products cannot be sent to SA.

BeautyNet Korea

Shop Name:  BeautyNet Korea

Products:  Makeup, skin care, hair care, nail care, body care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Etude House, Lioele, Missha, Milky Dress, Skinfood, Skin79, Tony Moly (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE


BH Cosmetics

Shop Name:  BH Cosmetics

Products:  Makeup & makeup tools.

Delivery Fee:  Starts at $21,95 (+- R 243,00 – shipping price has gone up significantly – it never used to be this expensive).


Cherry Culture

Shop Name:  Cherry Culture

Products:  Makeup & makeup tools.

Brands:  Beautyblender, China Glaze, Jordana, Milani, NYX (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  Starts at $ 12 (+- R 132,00).


Take Note:  Something strange is going on with Cherry Culture – they’ve been having sales like crazy lately and are not restocking products / brands.  I sent them an email asking them if they are discontinuing certain brands and they said yes but would not specify which brands.  They also told me to check back later this year as new products would be back in store soon.

Coastal Scents

Shop Name:  Coastal Scents

Products:  Makeup & makeup tools.

Delivery Fee:  Starts at $ 15 (+- R 165,00).



Shop Name:  eBay

Products:  Everything

Brands:  Everything (but beware of fakes).

Delivery Fee:  Each seller has their own delivery fees.



Shop Name:  Etsy

Products:  Handmade items

Delivery Fee:  Each seller has their own delivery fees.



Shop Name:  Feelunique

Products:  Makeup, skin care, hair care, body care, nail care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Antipodes, bareMinerals, Benefit, Burt’s Bees, butter London, Caudalie, Daniel Sandler, EcoTools, Evian, First Aid Beauty, GlamGlow, Macadamia, Pixi, Real Techniques, Tanya Burr, theBalm, Urban Decay and soon…Zoella Beauty (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE on orders over $ 20 / +- R 220,00.


Take Note:  Feelunique is also quite strict about which products they send to South Africa – so even though they say they ship worldwide, some of the products cannot be sent to SA.

Kiss & Makeup NY

Shop Name:  Kiss And Makeup

Products:  Makeup, skin care, body care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Beautyblender, butter London, Fresh, GlamGlow, Kevyn Aucoin, Laura Mercier, Model In A Bottle, NARS, Sara Happ (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  $ 9,95 (+- R 110,00)


Look Fantastic

Shop Name:  Look Fantastic

Products:  Makeup, skin care, hair care, body care, nail care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Aveda, Alterna, Antipodes, Bumble & Bumble, Burt’s Bees, Benefit, Caudalie, Daniel Sandler, Deborah Lippmann, GlamGlow, Instyler, Japonesque, Ojon, Real Techniques, Tanya Burr, Urban Decay (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE


Take Note:  Look Fantastic is also quite strict about which products they send to South Africa – so even though they say they ship worldwide, some of the products cannot be sent to SA.

Makeup Geek

Shop Name:  Makeup Geek

Products:  Makeup & makeup tools.

Brands:  Makeup Geek, Z Palette, NYX, Palladio, Beautyblender.

Delivery Fee:  Starts at $ 6 (+- R 66,00).


Take Note:  I have placed 2 orders with Makeup Geek in the past and although their shipping costs are very reasonable, on both occasions the duties / taxes were horrific – R 250,00 on a R 500,00 valued parcel.

Sedona Lace

Shop Name:  Sedona Lace

Products:  Makeup & makeup tools.

Brands:  Sedona Lace

Delivery Fee:  Starts at $ 16 (+- R 175,00) or FREE on orders over $ 150 (+- R 1665,00).


Stephensons Online

Shop Name:  Stephensons Online

Products:  Makeup, skin care, body care, nail care & makeup tools.

Brands:  I love…, Rose & Co, Soap & Glory, St. Moriz (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  Starts at £ 4,50 (+- R 82,00) or FREE on orders over £ 35 (+- R 630,00).



Shop Name:  Vivadream Cosmetics

Products:  Makeup, skin care, body care, nail care & makeup tools.

Brands:  Alterna, Beautyblender, Caudalie, GlamGlow, It’s A 10, Rodial, Sara Happ, theBalm (to name a few).

Delivery Fee:  FREE


I am DYING to place an order on Bellami for hair extensions, but they don’t ship to South Africa anymore (they used to though).  See?  Below they say they ship worldwide but when I try to checkout my basket, they say they don’t ship to SA.  Boooo!


Also really want to get my hands on something from NuMe but they’ve never shipped to South Africa – and it pains me, because I really REALLY want one of their curling wand sets!


I used to also shop on BeautyJoint but their shipping prices have sky rocketed in the last couple of months, so I’m not including it in this blog post.  BUT, they do also have an eBay store (check it out here) and their shipping costs are A LOT more affordable.

Real Techniques recently started shipping to South Africa but I have heard from quite a number of people that they have had issues when receiving their parcels – Real Techniques often doesn’t include an invoice amount on the parcel, in which case South African customs will hold your parcel until you can supply them with an invoice from Real Techniques.

I have also heard of iHerb, which stocks brands such as elf, Real Techniques, Aveeno and EcoTools  (amongst other brands) but I haven’t placed an order with them as yet.

Nordstrom also ships to South Africa, but their shipping charges are… *cough* …a bit hefty.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!



  1. Megs Hartwig
    19 September 2014 / 11:04

    Wow…such an informative blog post! And thank you so much for introducing me to these international website’s which I did not know existed 😉 xx

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:51

      You are so welcome, Megan! 🙂 It’s always nice to see your name pop up in a comment! xox

  2. Pippa
    19 September 2014 / 11:29

    I love you so much for posting this!!

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:50

      Thank you, Pippa! 🙂 x

  3. Pippa
    19 September 2014 / 11:48

    Me again. Long ago we used to get Maybelline Instant Age rewind concealer – t was in a double ended tube. It was literally the best concealer of life. Never creased, amazing coverage.

    I see overseas they now have it – with a sponge tip applicator, I am sure you have seen it. Do you know where we could get hold of it?

    Loving your blog, well done on doing videos and all the effort you put into this. I wish I could. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:50

      Yes, a couple of months ago I placed an order on eBay and had 2 of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer shipped here (I bought the Brightener, which is a salmon-toned shade and the shade Light). I love them, but I would say if you have super dark circles then it’s probably not going to cut it for you. So I only use mine when I’m having a ‘good-under-eye-area-day’. I also really love the Revlon Age Defying Concealer (in the squeeze tube) and if you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Bobbi Brown concealer duo is also great!

      The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer is unfortunately not available in SA and I don’t think they’re going to bring it to our shores anytime soon. 🙁 So eBay is your best bet…

      Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my blog and YouTube channel, Pippa – you have no idea how much it means to me knowing people actually enjoy reading my content and watching my videos. 😀

  4. 19 September 2014 / 12:24

    HQHair ( also delivers to SA. They stock UD, NARS, Tanya Burr, Daniel Sandler, Antipodes, Lipstick Queen, etc 🙂

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:43

      Thanks for letting me know about HQHair, Tarryn – I checked out the website and it’s amazing! Definitely going to place an order with them soon (just as soon as the post office stops striking). 😉

  5. Talitha ❤
    19 September 2014 / 13:07

    Favourite blog post to date!! 😀

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:15

      YAAAAY! That’s so awesome to hear, Talitha! Thank you so much! 🙂

  6. Yolandi Wilken
    19 September 2014 / 14:21

    Been waiting for this one – thank you, Luzanne! So many new shops to check out! xOx

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:15

      You’re welcome, Yolandi! 🙂 xxx

  7. Bianca
    19 September 2014 / 14:38

    Placing an order for soap & glory tonight!!!!

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:14

      Awesome, Bianca!! I hope your goodies arrive safely & that you enjoy them! I’m also planning on placing an order for Soap & Glory stuff – been dying to get my hands on the Orangeasm range, Glow Job, their bath pillow and Archery Brow Tint (actually way too many to mention)! 😉

  8. Candice
    19 September 2014 / 15:11

    Great post!! helps alot


    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:11

      That’s great to hear, Candice! Thanks for popping by the blog. 😀

  9. 19 September 2014 / 16:43

    I will have to look at these sites. Heard of some but not others:) Lovely post

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:10

      Thanks, Stephanie. 🙂 You guys have so many stores available over there, one of which is Sephora – SO jealous of you for being able to place an order on Sephora whenever you feel like it! 😉

  10. 20 September 2014 / 11:22

    Such a great selection of stores!

    Personally I always feel like it is a waste to buy beauty products from overseas when I go over at least once a year. I tend to save and compile a list for when I am there. Since beauty products will be available months down the line unlike with clothing.

    At least more and more overseas fashion stores are heading our way but with beauty it feels like we take one step forward and two steps back 🙁

    • Luzanne
      20 September 2014 / 19:09

      Thanks for popping by the blog, Abby! 🙂

      That is SO true, our beauty brands (and drugstores or high-end stores) just never seem to catch up with the rest of the world. For example, why is there not a single chain store that sells Urban Decay, Too Faced or NARS here in South Africa? Surely it’s obvious any store would make a KILLING selling those brands? Even brands – I can’t for the life of me understand why a brand wouldn’t import the products that sell really, REALLY well overseas for example Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer & Maybelline Baby Skin.

      You are so lucky in that you can go overseas and bring back the things you are lusting after…wish I could do that once a year. 🙂

  11. Ingrid
    21 September 2014 / 14:32

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I don’t really follow a lot of South African blogs but yours is top notch, definitely comparable to international blogs! I am online shopping obsessed and thanks to you have discovered new shops to stop by. Thank you, Luzanne. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      22 September 2014 / 09:14

      Aaaaaah thank you so much, Ingrid! So glad you are enjoying my blog! 😀

  12. 21 September 2014 / 18:35

    Thank you so much for this post. Was going to place a order for some Make-up Geek items but will now maybe wait and place a larger order if customs is going to charge R250. Love reading your blog and watching your videos! <3

    • Luzanne
      22 September 2014 / 09:14

      It’s a pleasure, Melanie. 🙂 Customs might be more on an order that is larger (or valued at a higher amount), it’s such a pity because I really love their eyeshadows. And I’m dying to get my hands on a couple of their new blushes too! 🙁

  13. Hasmitha
    22 September 2014 / 09:09

    This is the post that I have been waiting for! Thank you 🙂 It upsets me that certain websites don’t ship everything here. I don’t understand that but I think you have provided alternatives for most of the things I lust over on YouTube. The one thing I am dying to get my hands on are one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. Oh! and Tarte foundations.. *sigh*.
    Awesome post though, you are officially an enabler 😀

    • Luzanne
      22 September 2014 / 09:21

      I know, it’s very frustrating… 🙁

      You and me both, Hasmitha! I really, REALLY want to try the Ambient Lighting powders (and blushes) and basically anything from Tarte! I own a few of their blushes and I’m obsessed – great quality and pigmentation! There’s always eBay – just checked and eBay has them for about R 700,00 (includes shipping) – eeeeek! Edgars and Stuttafords need to step it up and start importing these brands! 😉

      Happy to be an enabler! 😀

      • Hasmitha
        22 September 2014 / 15:39

        My Wallet is sweating thinking about that price! The heart wants what the heart wants, *sigh* I agree, Edgars, Truworths, Stuttafords need to come to the party 😉

  14. Talia
    22 September 2014 / 21:55

    Loved these posts!

    Have you ever heard of I really want to get some Real Techniques brushes and they’re the cheapest I’ve seen but I’m so afraid of buying online, especially internationally

  15. Arleen
    2 February 2015 / 15:31

    Hi Luzanne

    I love your blog and YouTube video. You have such amazing taste and you give such good advise. You really explain things nicely and I can tell you really put in the effort.

    I found this duty calculator. I am not sure how accurate it is, but it might help. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      5 February 2015 / 16:35

      Thank you for this lovely comment, Arleen.

      Going to check out that duty calc now – will use it for the next parcel I receive & will see if the amounts correlate. 🙂

  16. 30 June 2015 / 08:14

    Hi L,
    I stumbled upon your site whilst doing research as to which sites ships AUTHENTIC makeup to SA SAFELY. I am sooooo happy to have found your site and I am so grateful that your post is so informative! Thank you! I have a few questions before venturing to the sites you have posted “up there” * Have you ordered from all of them personally and when last? * Are you absolutely sure of the authenticity of the products? Will they arrive??? (I placed orders end of last year 2 parcels from Eyeko went missing! and after paying major ZAR for priority shipping for a parcel from My Pretty Face Place (they’re awesome btw), I had to wait 6 weeks instead of the specified 6-10days!!!!!!!)) Tracked my parcel and It went through US like a bird I tell you.. landed in SA and stood still in JHB for 39DAYS before arriving here in CPT!
    How long, on average, does Beauty Bay take to arrive from time of order? There are people here in SA who source the brands but for literally DOUBLE the price! I won’t lie..I have already “semi placed” my order for fear of the above mentioned but if i can get 2 for the price of 1..
    So least to say, I am SO skeptical and scared BUT..the itch is so bad 😉 it has to be scratched!
    I will really, really appreciate your feedback. 🙂

  17. Gen H
    14 July 2015 / 15:07

    Hi L,

    I recently ordered from Cloud10 Beauty, an Irish online store, and my goodies arrived in PE exactly 3 weeks later! 🙂 Didnt have to pay anything at the post office because I chose the “no tracking number’ option (mainly because it was only about 5 euro shipping fee, compared to the tracking number option which was a whopping 27 Euro or something ridiculous) – I ordered 2x Cocoabrown self tans as well as 2 FAB Sleek eyeshadow pallets 🙂 (everything incl shipping cost about 500 bucks) I def took a chance with the no tracking number but I was impressed that it only took 3 weeks to arrive in little old PE! 🙂 (I was expecting much longer)

    Just thought id let you know! 😉 p.s. Please tell me you know where I can order Laura Mercier setting powder?:'(


  18. 20 October 2015 / 22:06

    Hi Luzanne
    I cane across this post looking for info about feelunique
    I just placed an order with them and it had been sent but it isn’t tracked shipping.
    Any idea how long it takes to get to SA?

  19. Cotie
    9 November 2015 / 12:14

    Hi there 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all these lovely pages 🙂 Awesome blog!
    I just wanted to know if you have had your orders shipped to a postal box address? I am in the process of moving house soon so I would rather prefer to send it to my postbox.
    If so, is it easier? Do you pay custom taxes at the post office?
    I was interested in ordering straight from the bh cosmetics website as buying from locals ends up working out much more.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  20. Aaliyah Simjee
    1 June 2016 / 08:25

    How long did your products take to arrive from beauty bay? and did they deliver to your door?
    My order hasnt been delivered yet and its been 10 days so Im stressing out and asking other people who have ordered from there how long it took.
    So sorry to worry you!
    I do love your your blog its extremely informative!

    • Luzanne
      1 June 2016 / 10:39

      Hi Aaliyah,

      If you used the normal shipping option from Beauty Bay (not Aramex), then it could take up to 1 to 1,5 months to arrive. 🙁 They usually post their parcels, so if you gave them a street address then they will send the parcel to your nearest post office (if the parcel doesn’t fit in your post box or if there’s duties / customs charges). 🙂

  21. Zara
    2 August 2016 / 20:35

    Hi I really like ur blog I live in durban and did place an order with beautybay which they sent me an email that my order was confirmed but never had an email that it was dispatched and I was wondering if the parcel is going to be delivered to the address I gave them or post office as if it will be going to post office I need to check and make sure to pay any customs

    • Luzanne
      2 August 2016 / 20:55

      Hi Zara, Beauty Bay delivers to the post office – so you will definitely have to go check with your local post office (in the past I haven’t received parcel slips in the post once the parcel arrived, so it’s best to go follow up at your post office). 🙂

  22. Lydia
    15 August 2016 / 09:53

    Thank you so much!! Smashbox SA no longer stocks their hydrating powder. I was fretting about it and I had no clue where to get it online. This post was super helpful. Thank you!!!!

  23. Amanda
    22 August 2016 / 15:11


    Does anyone know where I can get any Tarte products inline who deliver to SA.


    • Amanda
      9 September 2016 / 13:39

      Have you tried some of the Instagram boutiques eg makeupsouthafrica, makeupbowtique,

      • Luzanne
        10 September 2016 / 20:56

        Hi Amanda – I’ve only ordered from Muse.SA, she’s very reliable and all her products are 100% authentic. 🙂

  24. Amanda
    9 September 2016 / 14:06

    Thank you for this post was running around almost paranoid asking everyone who’s ever ordered online questions.
    The post as well as your responses to the questions answered all my questions and have calmed me down quite a bit. You simplified everything
    I’m now ready for my next international online shopping spree

  25. Mikela van Dyk
    11 October 2016 / 11:41

    Hey Lady! Have you bought something off Beauty Bay? I see they have free shipping to SA?! Like door to door free shipping? Or pick up from Postnet and have a huge surprise taxes bill to pay to retrieve?

  26. Jenna Holder
    25 November 2016 / 23:14

    Colourpop. com ship internationally. I absolutely love their products! Definitely worth the purchase

  27. Robyn Groombridge
    9 May 2017 / 17:14

    Hi there,

    When you ordered from Beauty Bay, did you put a home address or a PO box for delivery?
    If you put a home address, how long did it take to come and how did you know it had some. I still am waiting to receive something I ordered and am worried it is never going to arrive. Please help!

    • Luzanne
      11 May 2017 / 09:46

      Hi Robyn – they don’t use a courier to deliver parcels, only postal service. So I’ve always entered my PO Box address. If you entered your home address, you’ll get a parcel slip that will direct you to your nearest post office to go pick up the parcel (and pay any duties / customs that are due). If you haven’t received a slip, maybe follow up with Beauty Bay and ask them for a tracking number, then take the tracking number to your nearest post office. It usually took about a month or a little bit longer for my parcels to arrive from Beauty Bay.

      • Robyn
        14 May 2017 / 21:38

        Thanks so much L, I appreciate the advice.

  28. Raeesa
    3 June 2017 / 16:07

    Hi There

    Thanks for this informative piece, really helpful. You can add NEXT online to your list as well they ship for free over R400. I’m looking for more clothing (branded) online stores please, especially for kids. Any one know any websites? Thanks

  29. Kassie
    5 September 2017 / 15:20

    Hi Luzanne 🙂

    This is such a wonderful post!
    I really really want to purchase some Nars blushes (got my eye on Taj Mahal!) so I figured I’d give Kiss and Makeup NY a shot. But first I wanted to find out from you if they deliver via courier to your door or is it the same as Beauty Bay where the delivery goes straight to the nearest post office?

    And if it is via courier service, how exactly will I be notified of any customs amounts due? It’s my first time shopping online internationally so I just wanted to understand the process a bit more.

  30. Humairaa
    28 September 2017 / 22:56

    Hi Luzanne,

    I just wanted to find out if there are any other online stores you’ve used since you wrote this post?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Luzanne
      22 October 2017 / 10:48

      Hi Humairaa – I’ll be doing an updated post soon! 🙂

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