I often get questions regarding where I purchase K-Beauty products so I thought I'd share my experiences ordering the products locally and internationally.
Local: there are quite a few South African K-Beauty online stores - Glow Theory, Philosophy Glow and Butterkup Beauty, to name a few. I usually order from Glow Theory because the online store stocks quite a few cult favourites. My orders usually arrive in 1-2 working days (shipping is R80) and the products are packaged in lovely, reusable pink packets. And the customer service is impeccable.
However, I sometimes order my K-Beauty products from YesStyle - an international online store - mainly because it's cheaper and YesStyle stocks hundreds of K-Beauty brands. I qualify for free international shipping if my order is above $35 and the products usually take around 2 to 3 weeks to arrive in SA (depending on the availability of the products). Unfortunately, SAPO takes forever to process international orders so I sometimes get my package 1-2 months after it arrives in SA.
So, YesStyle is cheaper and has a wider range of products but the waiting time is often long. Also, I have to pay customs (usually around R30 to R100 per $35 order). Despite these custom charges, it's still generally cheaper to order from YesStyle. When I order from local stores, the range of products/brands is usually limited, prices are sometimes a little higher and there's usually a shipping fee. But, the products arrive in less than 5 working days.
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, leave them down below!
Current Makeup Favourites.
*Colourpop Brow Boss Gel in Soft Black
*Colourpop Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Foxes and Half Moon *Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm and Dawn
*Glossier Balm Dotcom (Original)
*Nars Powder Blush in Exhibit A
*MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood *Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Cherry
Spot a fave? Comment down below!
Skincare Review/Empty: Lush Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm (R89).
Formulated with hazelnut oil, marula oil, shea butter and rose water, this multi-tasking balm can be used as a makeup remover, cleanser and/or toner. As a makeup remover, there are two ways to apply this: either apply it directly on the skin or melt a little in your hands and apply with your fingers.
This balm does a great job at breaking down my face makeup (I don't use this around my eye area to avoid unnecessary tugging/pulling) but the balm is quite thick and therefore difficult to apply to/spread on the skin. Despite leaving a nourished and moisturized 'layer' on my skin (which is still present after doing a second cleanse), this product isn't my favourite makeup remover/cleanser because it's not as easy to use as cleansing oils/balms. Also, this product is quite small and doesn't last that long so it's not the most cost effective - it lasted me about 3 weeks with daily use (and in this time I used it in conjunction with another makeup remover). I don't think I'll repurchase because I prefer other cleansing balms/oils and the Jade Roller Cleansing Balm doesn't last long enough for me to justify the price. Also, the mung beans fall out of the balm after a few uses.
Have you tried any of Lush's Naked range? Comment down below! #burgundyxlush
Brand Spotlight: Suki Suki Naturals.
Founded by Linda Gieskes-Mwamba in 2014, this South African brand has a curated range of multi-use skincare, haircare and body care products that boast some amazing ingredients. I've only tried two products thus far (the Papaya Rose Hydrating Facial Mist and Mango Butter) but these products have become firm faves in my collection - the Papaya Rose Mist is refreshing while the Mango Butter is incredibly moisturizing on my dry skin. I also have my eye on the Acai Gentle Exfoliating Mask, Whipped Shea Creme and Rosehip Brightening Facial Oil and will probably purchase these in the near future.
Packaged in beautiful glass jars and bottles, these aesthetically-pleasing products are free from sulphates, animal ingredients, artifical fragrances, petroleum, and mineral oil. This is definitely a local, cruelty-free brand to keep an eye on. You can browse and purchase Suki Suki Naturals products on their website or on Faithful to Nature's website. Have you tried any of their products? Let me know below!