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Ordering from Sephora

When I went through that "prove your credit card is yours" process in order to shop on Beauty Bay I asked the guy how possible it was to add a US shipping address to my credit card information. He said it was easy and I could do it right away. Little did I know how handy that would come in shortly.

All beauty lovers know about Sephora. It's the Mothership. Usually I bundle my orders with Sharalee's or enlist T.E.A.M Imports but this toss I wanted to go through the process to experience it.

What a glorious sight!

Sephora, like Nars, doesn't ship to our neck of the woods; and just like Nars they don't even have the option of entering anything other than a US address for your billing information. I called their customer service department about this and the very nice lady seemed shocked that that wasn't even possible. But alas, there was nothing she could do.

Following up with Laparkan, the guy who took my query said there's no fee to get a US mail box; you just pay the handling fee per package. For full details check out their bimpak.com site.

I placed my order on August 27th. Y'all know I'm not new to Sephora shopping...yet somehow I still got a lil first-time-shopper-trigger-happy. It was shipped the next day and reached the mailbox September 2nd. From the paper work it looks like it got to Barbados on September 10th.

Order: Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick 'Matte Bittersweet', Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick 'Sheer Rapture', Sephora Collection Ultimate oil-in-gel lipstick remover, Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush, Kat Von D Ink Liner Trio and Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Tye Dye Edition 'Coral Sunset'
Samples: Kate Spade New York Live Colorfully, Versace Eros, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control and Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

All that cost $217.21USD - my card was charged $440.68BDS

The zinger!

Import Customs Duty: $119.60
Environmental Levy: $0
V.A.T: $91.98
Processing Fee - Declaration: $10

Insurance PMB: $2.04
Air Freight: $22.39
PMB Handling: $25

Total: $271.01

Order total: $711.69BDS

Soooo my Nars order cost more but incurred less customs duty :/

I know what you're thinking...I went H.A.M in August. Most of those things I had my eye on even before before April. The rest, well you know how it goes.

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Tye Dye Edition 'Coral Sunset' LE

I hope these three posts gave you a little more insight into this whole process. For sure, if you can get around these import duties I'd always suggest that.

One little silver lining: I was able to complete this order online and thereby earn some cash back via Ebates.

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