First things first—I’m excited because both Jolse and RoseRoseShop, Korean beauty etailers, are shipping to Canada again! I’ll finally be able to use my $3 credit at Jolse. Ha! But seriously, I am looking forward to placing my first ever order with RoseRoseShop, after having excellent experiences with Cosmetic Love, Jolse, Sweet Corea, and Tester Korea.
Secondly, I hopped onto Cosmetic Love (referral link) this morning and saw that they have changed their pricing! Apparently Korea Post have hiked their prices, so Cosmetic Love have gone to the pricing model where they no longer offer free shipping, but all product prices have been dropped. In the end I think it still works out well, and from a brief bit of fiddling around with my shopping cart, the shipping cost is recalculated with every item added/removed. A nice positive is that now it’s easier to compare Cosmetic Love’s prices with most other online stores, since most of them use this pricing model.
Their website also calculates the cheapest economy shipping cost for you right on the shopping cart page, which is very handy.
Here’s my latest order—I’ve totally fallen for snail mucin and ceramides! It helps that Cosmetic Love are running a huge sale at the moment, and most brands are discounted. All prices are in USD (so happy the Canadian dollar has gotten stronger recently):
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence [$9.93, reg. $15.27]
COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid [$9.22, reg. $14.18]
I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.
Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to them. Sweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.
Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):
Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]
Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.
Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.
My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.
They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:
I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for the best part of three years now, and I’m really glad that they’re starting to include products from Korean beauty brands, too. A few months ago, my Ipsy bag came with a rose lip balm from the popular TonyMoly brand.
The company’s name is variously displayed as TONYMOLY, TONY MOLY, TonyMoly, and Tony Moly, even in official channels and publications. I’ve been inconsistent with how I’ve written it, too. They seem to have changed their logo of late, so I’ll go with TonyMoly—one word, but still kinda reads as two.
Anyway, the product I received is the LIPTONE Lipcare Stick, which comes in three flavors: Honey Moisture (01), Rose Blossom (02), and Mint Light (03). Their website actually shows a fourth beige color, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Tester Korea offered it, and it’s called Sugar Scrub (04).
I’m a huge rose fan, so I was tickled pink to have received the Rose Blossom.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been hauling a little too much, lately! ColourPop, Deciem (plus I’m still waiting on two orders containing their new foundations), Sephora, and tarte were my biggest weaknesses. I love a great sale!
But online Korean shops have been another: I’ve ordered from Jolse and again from Cosmetic Love (referral link).
I should be winding down now for the next month or three…
Meanwhile, here’s what I ordered last month from Cosmetic Love. This package arrived in a mere 18 days from Seoul to Toronto, which is awesome! My Jolse order took about a month. Obviously, Canadian customs is the main reason for the length of time it takes for the packages to arrive, so it’s probably just the luck of the draw. Both shops shipped my orders very quickly. (Of course, Jolse aren’t doing free shipping to Canada for the time being, so Cosmetic Love remains my first choice shop.)
Prices are all in USD. I ordered during an Innisfree sale, if you can’t tell!
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream (10x samples) [$4.95]
The Face Shop Trendy Nails in Trolls Collection TR001 [$5.15]
Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care SPF50 PA+++ [$14.16]
I’ve been getting a little obsessed with the state of my skin lately, and while it’s been super fun ordering Deciem products (items from The Ordinary, Hylamide, and NIOD lines are now in my possession!), this also meant that I hit up the online Korean beauty shops, too.
Little did I know that with my most recent Jolse order, I snuck in just before a Canadian shipping issue!
In the past, I pretty much stuck to Cosmetic Love (referral link):
The site is super easy to navigate, and generally I don’t have any issues with it. I personally find it nicer to look at than some of the more popular Korean beauty sites. The photos also tend to be slightly better.
Brand and product selection seem good to me, though there have been a couple brands I’ve been vaguely interested in and had to look for elsewhere.
CS is good, though I’ve never had to do more than get a quick response about a minor issue.
Prices are a bit higher than some other sites, but shipping is always free so I like not having to tally up the final cost. I really hate when the shipping charge differs depending on the size of your order (is it by weight? by price? gah!) and then I have to shift products in and out of my cart to get the max stuff for my money. The price is less of an issue to me since I just shop their sales, anyway. With free shipping, I can order, like, $20 worth of stuff during a sale and not have to think about spending $100+ to get free/cheaper shipping elsewhere.
Delivery has never been a problem for me. Yes, it takes a few weeks, and maybe a bit longer, but that’s not the store’s fault. They always ship very promptly and it’s Canadian customs that’s the hold-up. Luckily, I’ve never gotten dinged by customs, but I keep my Korean orders to around US$40 max. (Technically, orders totalling CA$20 or less are duty-exempt.)
They give a useful amount of samples—though it’s usually just handfuls of those single-use pouches of Tony Moly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack and Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. I don’t think I will ever need to buy those two products.
But last year, I finally branched out a bit and ordered one test product from Jolse via Amazon (some Innisfree sheet masks, which I haven’t even bothered to use because shortly afterward, I decided I’m not really a fan of sheet masks).
Innisfree It’s Real Facial Sheet Masks (15 pc) (US$19.08)
Then last month, I placed a trial order from Jolse proper (and I forgot to use the $3 sign-up discount, gah!):
COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (US$16)
Holika Holika Naked Face Illuminating Powder (US$11.88)
They sent a lot of different samples, which is awesome, but on the other hand, it’s a little useless to test a skincare product with just a single one-use sample. Cosmetic Love, by comparison, send about 10 of a product sample, but I almost always get the same two products so it’s not great that way, either.