Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My 1st Apothica.com Haul (Nov 2011)

If you look at my sidebar, there's an ad for an online cosmetics company called Apothica. A few months ago I got a few items from there, so I thought I'd do a little review.  Before I start, I'd like to add that even though the company advertises on my blog, my opinion in this post hasn't been swayed by that.

I had browsed through the site before I let them advertise on my blog to ensure that the site was selling products that I would be interested in purchasing myself & I was pleased with their selection. When it was time for me to purchase, however, I noticed was that a lot of the products could only be shipped within the U.S., which was a bit disappointing. Even though this meant that I couldn't order the Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector that I wanted to try so badly, I still managed to find a lot of things that I wanted to get.
Here are the items that I ended up checking out with:
  • Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette 2011 (I got 2 - 1 for myself & the other as a present)
  • Too Faced Natural Eye Kit
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer
  • Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Mini Brush Set
  • Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Roseberry
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #25 Soft Beige 
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #23 Luscious Pink 

I used the coupon code PACK10 for 10% off my purchase + the shipping charge was a little over $25, which brought my total to around $256. I kept checking my account & they took 12 days to just get the stuff together & ship it, which annoyed me a bit. After they sent the items out, it received it in a little over a week. Once the mail lady arrived at my door with the parcel, I also had to pay a little over $27 for customs. If I lived in the U.S. (it takes me 30 minutes to cross the border), I would have avoided the custom charges & the shipping charges as well since shipping to a U.S. postal address is free when your order is over $49. So if I lived in the U.S. I would have saved over $50 & would have probably purchased something else with that money.

Moving on, the items itself were packaged very well & none of them were damaged. I noticed that 2 of the items (the brush set & the Natural Eye Kit) were back-ordered & one of the YSL #23 lipstick could not be shipped so the money for it was refunded. I found it really weird that the site let me check out with the lipstick when it couldn't be shipped to Canada.
The brush set & the Natural Eye kit arrived later. I was upset when I noticed that the eyeshadows had already been swatched before since I could clearly see shimmery fingerprints in the matte eyeshadows. The next morning, I got on the phone & spoke with someone from Apothica & they sent a new palette out right away. The lady on the phone was polite & quick, which I liked.

Once again, I love some of the items on the site & they are priced competitively. If you see an item listed for a lower price on another site, get on the phone & Apothica will match the price for you! Their customer service is great. The negatives are that the wait time after you order items is a bit long if you don't live in the U.S. & that online shopping makes me wish I lived in the U.S. If you're already living there then this would be a good site to shop from.

I plan on reviewing some of the items that I bought, which is why I've just included small pics for now. I thought I'd do a 1st experience/haul post since I advertise their site, so I wanted my readers to know about my experience with the company.
Hope those who are planning on purchasing from Apothica.com found this review helpful.


Rakhshanda said...

Great stuff <3

March 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
indian beauty central said...

Goregous haul-I <3 Laura Geller Blush-such a pretty shade!

March 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM
Cherry Lane said...

what a pain that you had to pay $50 in customs and shipping!! I think this is a really bad business practice...when you are buying from an online retailer the shipping price should cover the total cost to your doorstep including customs! But it looks like you got some great stuff! I cant wait to see your full reviews on them!x

March 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM
Betzy's Makeup said...

I need to grab me a few of those palettes

March 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

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