If there’s one thing I love more than shopping for beauty products, it’s online shopping for beauty products. There’s nothing sweeter than clicking that little PayPal link, confirming your purchase, then waiting anxiously for your beauty haul to arrive.
Despite my love for online shopping, being from South Africa, I was always hesitant to purchase from overseas stores, as if it something went wrong, it was a huge hassle to have to return the items and pay for the return shipping, then hope that your return shipping will be refunded. I know right?!
Much to my surprise I just found out that PayPal now offers Refunded Return Shipping on any purchases you make using your PayPal account – even if it’s from an international store. That’s right REFUNDED RETURN SHIPPING. This is probably the greatest news in online shopping for us South Africans.
What this means, is that I can now shop from any store online, whether local or overseas, and have the assurance that if I’m not happy with my purchase, regardless of the reason, I can easily return the goods and have the cost of the return shipping refunded and get a refund for the shipping (up to R200 and 12 times per year – the refund will be paid out in US dollars). Awesome stuff from PayPal. If you have a PayPal account you can opt in for the service, for free, here.
In honor of this momentous occasion for us online shopping mavens, here is my top 3 list of international stores for the best and cheapest in international beauty or fashion products.
1. YESSTYLE.COM – If you love places like China Mall and the sheer variety it offers, then you’ll love YesStyle. They sell everything from beauty products, clothing and shoes, to cellphone covers, the cutest stationery and accessories. They also include free gifts with all purchases. Just be careful when buying Foundation or BB Creams as their colors run slightly on the lighter side.
2. TBDRESS.COM – The worst thing about going to weddings, parties or any event, is finding that perfect dress that no one else will be wearing and not paying a fortune for it. This is where this stores comes to the rescue with literally thousands of dresses, shoes and accessories to choose from. They even sell wedding dresses (yes really!).
3. VICTORIASSECRET.COM – Who hasn’t heard of Victoria’s Secret? One of the most iconic brands also has one of the coolest online stores with things that you simply cannot get anywhere else. Besides being known for their underwear, the store offers really cute lounge wear, outerwear and beauty products. When I want to feel like an Angel, their beauty mists and fragrances are my go-tos for that sweet and sexy boost.
Check out these sites, and don’t forget to login to your PayPal account and sign up for the Refunded Return Shipping so you can protect all your future purchases.
Now for the Paypal surprise. So how can you win $500? Just post a pic of your prettiest/ugliest/craziest online purchase to Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #PaypalGotyoucovered. That’s it.