Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Haulage! Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Fall 2015)

On the last day of August, since I knew I was starting a fall low-buy, I decided to splurge one last time! I knew Hudson’s Bay was running an Estée Lauder GWP, and eBates.ca (referral link) was offering an additional 5% cashback. Plus, I’d had Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose on my wishlist ever since I bought it for my mom last year. Then, last week, Stashmatters praised the blush, and basically, all the stars aligned and I finally ordered it. It costs just enough to qualify for the GWP, as well!

Well, I should say that most of the stars aligned. I recently updated my Firefox browser, and I don’t know if it was the browser update or Hudson’s Bay updating their online store, but I suddenly could not add anything into my shopping cart. I also couldn’t remove existing items from my shopping cart. Both actions prompted JavaScript errors.

Now, I’ve never really mentioned this on my blog, but as much as I like to shop at thebay.com, their online store is kind of a disaster, in my experience. If it’s not one bug, it’s another. If it’s not useless online customer service, it’s nonexistent online customer service (note: I’ve always had good customer service in-store).

For example, once I ordered a few items meant to be Christmas presents. They never arrived; instead I received someone else’s order. I emailed HBC, and just went and bought different Christmas presents, since there was no way a new order would arrive on time. I literally got zero response from them after a month, and finally had to bring the whole box into a store to resolve the issue. Which, of course, took over an hour, because I had to wait in line and the in-store staff had difficulty bringing up the online order, etc. Yes. I have nothing better to do than stand around here, with my baby, for over an hour, to fix a problem that you caused me in the first place.

Also, sometimes their “Contact Us” form won’t submit: I’ll get “this page can’t be found” on the response page. What rinky dink operation am I spending my money with, here? If I lived in the US and had access to the huge variety of US online stores, I would literally never set a virtual foot into HBC’s website again. Nordstrom’s site works perfectly every time I’ve placed an order. Hell, even Well.ca, a smaller Canadian company, works great and has the best customer service! But, this is Canada, and we don’t have that many options (cough—Sephora and beautyBOUTIQUE/Murale).

Anyway, I switched browsers to Safari and suddenly the site was working just fine, and I placed my order. Gaaaaaaah. I received my order yesterday and here are the goodies. I can rant about HBC’s online service all day long, but at least they ship promptly!

Oh, one more complaint. You’re supposed to get a choice between “Subtle” and “Bold” colors for the GWP. I didn’t get this choice online, and was going to call them to ask about it (they’ve previously allowed me to choose GWPs online, so clearly they just forgot about it this time). However, when my email receipt arrived right after I ordered, I saw that they just defaulted to “Subtle”, which is what I wanted—I already tried and gave away the Rubellite lipstick that comes with “Bold”. Convenient for me; not so much for those who want “Bold”.

Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Estée Lauder GWP in Subtle at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Estée Lauder GWP in Subtle at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Barely Nude GWP
Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Barely Nude (GWP)

I already have a bit of this lipstick in the Estée Lauder Color Portfolio Purchase With Purchase I got last year, but I always prefer to have lipstick in tube form! This one looks promising. I just hope it doesn’t turn fuchsia on me like the other ELs I’ve tried. (This photo is more color-accurate than the group photo above, which I had to lighten up a lot more.)

Estée Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Quad GWP
Estée Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Quad (GWP)

Three of these four shades—all but Chocolate Bliss—are in that Color Portfolio, too, so I’ll give this to my mom. The four colors are Sugar Biscuit (60), Nude Fresco (47), Wild Sable (04), and Chocolate Bliss (38).

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black GWP
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (GWP)

I finally got a waterproof mascara undercoat, so I am looking forward to trying this on top of it!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II GWP
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (GWP)

I guess I’m getting to that age at which I should start using serums and things.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex II GWP
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex II (GWP)

Also, that age I should be starting to using eye creams, too.

Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover GWP
Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (GWP)

Can’t have too much eye makeup remover. Never tried this one, so I’m glad to have it.

Opening Ceremony for Estée Lauder Cosmetic Bag GWP
Opening Ceremony for Estée Lauder Cosmetic Bag (GWP)

I like this bag! The dopp-kit shape is handy.

And, of course, the Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose (11):

Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose
Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose

Am I the only one who has a lot of issues with thebay.com? It’s so aggravating. But hey, I guess I got my goodies in the end. No more shopping like this until December!

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11 thoughts on “Haulage! Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Fall 2015)

  1. Oh! I’m directly responsible for this one last splurge – yay! 😉
    I haven’t experienced any issues with the Bay’s site, although it’s been ages since I bought from there, so I’m not sure what changes / upgrades they’ve done to it. What a pain though, your experiences sound like! This is when you have to resort to using social media – I know, it’s not the purpose of that channel, but still, they leave customers with no options!
    This is a fantastic gwp – I would use the heck out of that eye shadow palette and lipstick! Yay, subtle! 😀
    Which waterproof mascara undercoat did you get?
    And this blush, ahhh it’s so lovely! I wore it yesterday! 🙂

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    • Ha, I blame you! 😀

      The Bay’s site was actually fine up until a couple yrs ago when they did an overhaul. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like everything is broken/half-assed now. The inconsistent spacing between the top navigation links bothers the crap out of me, and that’s just skimming the surface. I also like how they always log me out; “remember me” never works – OMG just keep me logged in, you are not a bank! I might have to tweet them about stuff, now. I did for the most recent situation, and they got back to me pretty quickly, though I figured it out myself by then.

      The GWP is surprisingly useful!

      I got Etude House Dr Mascara Fixer. It is so gross looking with the little fibers on the brush!

      I can’t wait to try the blush 🙂 I actually just discovered I have three other minis of their blushes in that holiday set I got: Lover’s Blush, Alluring Rose and Mauve Mystique. So I look forward to trying LB, since you liked it so much, as well!

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