My First Splurge | Beauty Encounter

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I chanced upon vPOST quite some time ago, but I was not ready to ship anything via vPOST then. Mainly because of the complication, doubt and fear that the shipping costs might turn out to be expensive. However, having taken on a part time job recently, I have thus decided to give it a try since I’ve earn some bucks! Maybe if it’s too expensive, it would just be this time round and no more second chance, or maybe not. :>

The total shipping cost was SGD34.36 for two packages (with promo code of 30% off shipment fees),

  • Forever21 – actual weight 1.2kg | chargeable weight 3kg
  • Beauty Encounter – actual weight 0.2kg | chargeable weight 0.6kg

Shipping Fee Calculation:

  • Base Charge SGD13.40 – this is a one-time charge. Which means you can buy as many packages from as many merchants at once, and ship them together, this base charge would only be SGD13.40, no more no less.
  • Weight Charge SGD7.20 per kg, minimum chargeable weight is 0.5kg and an incremental weight break of 0.1kg thereafter. This means, for a package that ranges from 0 – 500g, the charge would be cap at a minimum of SGD3.60. For example, my Beauty Encounter package, with a chargeable weight of 0.6kg, the first 0.5kg is charged for SGD3.60, an additional 0.1kg is charged at SGD0.72, which totals up to SGD4.32.
  • Fuel Charge SGD1.90 per kg, similarly minimum chargeable weight is 0.5kg and an incremental weight break of 0.1kg thereafter. The same calculation method applies here. For Beauty Encounter package, the first 0.5kg is charged for SGD0.95, an additional 0.1kg is charged at SGD0.19.

Shipping Cost

There’s also a shipping calculator available on vPOST website which gives a rough estimate of the shipping cost. But I guess the challenge would be estimating the chargeable weight of the parcel. I suggest ordering in large quantities by collating orders from friends to save on the shipping cost!

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(A snapshot of vPOST website.)

P.S: I’ve gonna try another shipping service soon! Probably the next batch of F21.

Beauty Encounter

Since cosmetics are applied on our faces, it is important for us to ensure that these products are authentic. Unauthentic products may cause unnecessary conditions on our skin. This shop has been trusted since 1999, providing consumers with 100% authentic product guarantee. It offers competitive prices, huge varieties for selection and free samples with every order! Free domestic shipping on orders USD60 and above, below USD60, standard ground shipping costs USD5.95. Furthermore, you can earn BE points with every order! Upon creating a BE account, you will receive 250points, and for the amount spent, it will add on as BE points. Every review on products will also earn you 15 points! With 1000 points earned, you will get to redeem $10.00 that is usable when you checkout for your goodies!

Let’s start with my bundle of goodies! Basically, I bought a parcel of NYX cosmetics. Which consists of three lipsticks, one eyeliner, and one eye pencil. And for spending $10 at the Beauty Encounter, I’ve got myself a free gift : Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy!

FREE Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy with any $10 Purchase

 

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And thank myself so much for being a GIFT-SET-MAGNET, I was attracted by the caption that says “Free NYX Cosmetics 2 Piece Gift Set with any $25 NYX purchase”, and there I was, bought over by the caption, and I bought exactly $25 worth of NYX Cosmetics. Partly because I am so spoiled for choice! There’s simply too many lipsticks and too many colors that I wanted! It was hard for me to even capped at $25, I was going way over this amount. At least I held back in the end!

NYX Cosmetics 2 Piece Gift Set | Value: USD12.00

  • NYX Cosmetics Black Label Lipstick Frosted Pink
  • NYX Cosmetics Single Eye Shadow Golden Sky

FREE NYX Cosmetics 2 Piece Gift Set with any $25 NYX purchase

 

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Below are the items that I’ve purchased from Beauty Encounter:

NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick – Angel | USD6

NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick - Angel

 

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NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick – Tea Rose | USD6

NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick - Tea Rose

 

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NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – Paris | USD4

NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick - Paris

 

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NYX Cosmetics Retractable Eye Liner – Bronze | USD4.50

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NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil – Cottage Cheese | USD4.50

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I shall try them out, maybe tomorrow! 🙂

Overall, a wonderful shopping experience at Beauty Encounter, except that my NYX Matte Lipsticks were not twisted to a lock-position, so the Angel one’s tip was smeared. But it’s okay! I still like the products’ condition. It’s a pity that the samples ran out of stock, so I didn’t receive any samples. As for vPOST, I feel that the shipping fees are slightly overcost. If not for the promotion, it would be way over my personal expectation. vPOST took 6-7 days to ship my things from US to SG, which was within the expected time frame. In general the shipping procedure was smooth. But considering the costs, I might choose an alternative!

Credits to: Beauty Encounter & vPOST.

Stay tune for reviews on the following products:

  • Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy
  • NYX Cosmetics Black Label Lipstick – Frosted Pink
  • NYX Matte Lipsticks – Tea Rose X Angel
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – Paris
  • NYX Cosmetics Retractable Eye Liner – Bronze
  • NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil – Cottage Cheese

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Starters: Decisiveness

Before I start to tell you about the products that I got my hands on, here’s gonna be a short start-up post!

Having made so many decisions in life, you’re still expected to make decisions while shopping online. Deciding on which shop has a better offer, deciding on which shirt has a better design or nicer color, deciding whether to buy a few items together to earn that free shipping or just one item will do. Decisions, decisions. You may regret or you may be glad. It all depends on the outcome of your buy, satisfactory or disappointment.

I have always been the kind that would think twice before buying. Always found adding tonnes of items into the cart, and later on eliminating one by one. The same old story goes when I was placing an order on BeautyEncounter. Initially, I chanced upon two websites, both selling things that I wanted. While Beauty Encounter offered free gifts and samples, the other had a dollar off each product. Caught in a bit of struggle to make a choice between “a dollar off” or “free gifts”! As for me, “free gifts” happened to seem more alluring than a dollar off! Actually, no. I was just particularly interested in the free gifts and samples that the shop was giving. After adding tonnes of items in the cart, I had to eliminate the products that I don’t really want *at the moment*, especially so since I’ve added way too many lipsticks in the cart. I capped my orders at USD25, a minimum requirement to get the freebies! I’m so excited about getting my package! It’s gonna take some time before my orders actually reach me. The start of yet another week of waiting…

Well, other than anticipating my parcel from Beauty Encounter, I’m all-so-very-eager about my Forever21 package! I’m still refreshing vPOST website in hope of shipping my package as soon as possible!

On the other hand, the after-shopping dilemma kicks in. After shopping for so much goodies, you just noticed the “NEW ARRIVALS” are fabulously attractive. Oh man, you just wish you can buy them all! Then again, reality says you can’t! And wise angel in you says you should stop here. Well well well, the wiser thing to do: Never check back on the site till your parcel has reached! Maybe you’ll be satisfied with your buys :> I’m practically convincing/persuading myself, no, No, NO!