fivezero's ColourPop haulage (June 2017)

Haulage! ColourPop — Pressed Powder Shadows (June 2017)

So, back in May, ColourPop ran this amazing promotion that offered all of their eyeshadows at 3/$10 (really it ended up being 3/$9.99), plus a free mini Ultra Satin Lip for every $20 spent, plus—and this was the real kicker for me—free international shipping on all orders.

You see, while ColourPop do offer free shipping to Canada on orders of $50 and up, this is still not that great for Canadians. Not ColourPop’s fault, of course! They’re awesome for even offering free shipping to Canada, at all!

The issue is that Canada charges duties on imports which value a measly CA$20 and up, which is about US$15 at the moment. By comparison, the US exempts duties for imports valued at $800 and under.

This means that for Canadians, a US$50 / CA$66.67 order will likely end up getting charged $10 for Canada Post’s handling, plus tax, which for me in Ontario would be 13%, around $8.71. Also, if customs don’t notice that ColourPop’s products are all made in the US, and therefore eligible for NAFTA, they might tack on an additional duty of around $5. That means a US$50 order just became CA$66.67 + CA$23.71 = CA$90.38 (or US$67.79). Stinks, right?

But Canadian customs officers are busy, so they don’t bother to charge on every single package that comes through (though I have heard that more packages are getting stopped due to an ongoing fentanyl problem). So, packages with values around US$20 are less likely to be stopped and charged.

I got super excited about finally being able to order from ColourPop without being charged an arm and a leg for shipping and duties—and to top it off, ColourPop was running a fab sale!—so I placed four separate orders, ranging in value from US$22 to $35. I was lucky and not one of them got hit for duties. Phew!

ColourPop’s packages always arrive in adorable-on-the-inside boxes, and the contents are securely wrapped. My kids are enjoying playing around with the colorful boxes. (Boxes are better than toys any day, right?)

Olive's stuffed animals in a ColourPop box

Peanut's Hot Wheels cars in a ColourPop box

My orders included a combination of Super Shock Shadows, Pressed Powder Shadows, and Ultra Lips in various finishes.

This post just covers the Pressed Powder Shadows. I picked up thirteen shades:

  1. Backseat (Metallic, deepened aquamarine)
  2. Ego (Metallic, rosy taupe)
  3. High Strung (Metallic, dusty rose)
  4. Locked and Loaded (Matte, pale yellow)
  5. Made to Last (Matte, neutral mauve)
  6. Pebbles (Satin, yellowy pink)
  7. Pinky Promise (Metallic, wine)
  8. Play by Play (Metallic, duochrome peach with a green gold flip)
  9. Ringer (Metallic, warm champagne)
  10. Sauvage (Metallic, duochrome peach with a hot pink flip)
  11. Sideline (Metallic, duochrome eggplant with a green flip)
  12. Take a Break (Metallic, duochrome peach with a subtle gold flip)
  13. Up and Up (Metallic, duochrome teal with a green flip)

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Coral Trianon, swatch

L’Oréal — Coral Trianon (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

SALE ALERT

Just a quick note to everyone: Sephora (at least on the Canadian site) is currently discounting selected Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss and eye shadow. The lip glosses on sale are shown ($11, reg. $21); the eye shadows do not have a special sale section yet, and you have to click on the individual shades to see the discount ($8, reg $16).

I found that if I bought 8 shadows and 2 empty eyeshadow palettes, I was able to get the $13 discount for regular-priced eye shadows! So go check it out. Here’s my damage, by the way. So glad I didn’t splurge on these during the VIB sale! [By the way, it was pointed out that if I had just placed 2 separate orders of 4 shadows and 1 palette, I would have gotten $13 off each order! That works out better even if you pay for shipping, and you get 2x freebies. D’oh!]

Also, don’t forget ebates.ca (referral link) with 8% cash back today, and Sephora has really good codes now for multiple samples: SUNVIBES for VIB/VIB Rouge, SUNSOUT for Beauty Insiders.

[Thanks to this reddit post for the heads-up.]

FYI, the sale eye shadows are:

  • China Rose (Metallic)
  • Dark Chocolate Shimmer (Shimmer)
  • Fawn (Matte)
  • Gem (Satin)
  • Gold Rush (Metallic)
  • Mermaid (Metallic)
  • Sateen (Metallic)
  • Smoke (Matte)
  • Soft Gold (Metallic)
  • 10K (Satin)
  • Topaz (Satin)
  • Truffle (Shimmer)

The sale lip glosses are:

  • Barbie Pink (High Shine)
  • Bordeaux (High Shine)
  • Bronzed (Shimmer)
  • Candy Coral (High Shine)
  • Date Night (Shimmer)
  • Dollhouse (High Shine)
  • Maui (High Shine)
  • Neon Apple (High Shine)
  • Neon Carnival (High Shine)
  • Orchid (High Shine)
  • Pastel Pink (High Shine)
  • Petal (High Shine)
  • Potion (High Shine)
  • Punchy Red (High Shine)
  • Purple Rain (Shimmer)
  • Rio (High Shine)
  • Runway Red (Shimmer)
  • Socialite (High Shine)
  • Venom (Metallic)

 

Happy Shopping! And now, back to your regularly scheduled program:


Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line.

Coral Trianon (442) is from the original launch, and it’s a superbly rich and juicy coral orange cream. It has a teeny touch of white to brighten it up nicely. The pigmentation is fantastic, especially for a drugstore brand.

trianon, by the way is a small villa, like a châlet, especially one that is situated on a larger ground, like the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon (big and small) at the Palace of Versailles.

Petit Trianon, Palace of Versailles, France

Petit Trianon, Palace of Versailles, France.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Coral Trianon

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Coral Trianon

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Haulage! Darn You, Sephora…

Of course I was looking for a new powder brush over the last few days! It was between the MUFE 130 and the Sephora Pro 91. I went with MUFE because I prefer the chunkier handle design.

Sigh.

Darn you, and thank you, Sephora. Finally spent some Sephora points, and snagged some great perfume samples, too. And don’t forget ebates Canada (just 4% today).

fivezero's Sephora VIB discount order (December 2016)

  • Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion (deluxe sample)
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice (deluxe sample)
  • Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace EDT (sample)
  • Miu Miu EDP (sample)

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