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Website Review: Akessory

I came across Akessory via Instagram and made my way to their online shop. They were having a 50% off sale so I decided to purchase some things. I know, I know. What happened to the no buy? It’s become a low buy lol!

As their name suggests, Akessory stocks accessories! They’re based in Melbourne and stock some great stuff.

Anyways, on 10 August, I put through my order via their website which was really user friendly. I ordered the teal and gold stone necklace and the chain print scarf in blue. They do charge a fee for shipping – $6 but this comes with tracking.

Four days later, I received a shipping notice with a tracking number and the next day, they were in my hot little hands!

For the price I paid, the quality is great. Akessory offers affordable accessories at a great price point. I hate crowds and to be able to shop online and not be charged a fortune for shipping is a thumbs up for me.

Akessory also usually has some great sales on so keep an eye out :)

My Sigma Haul

I couldn’t resist Sigma any longer! Seeing as I’m on a no (or low) buy thanks to my project 10 pan, this haul wasn’t paid with my own money :) It was my sister’s late Christmas present to me.

Prior to this order, I owned 2 Sigma brushes – the ss219 (e30 pencil brush) and the ss188 (f55 small duo fibre). I acquired these through swaps and blog sales etc and I was surprised at their quality!

I took advantage of their 10% off for Valentine’s Day and placed an order for:
e45 small tapered blending (ss226)
e40 tapered blending (ss224)
e60 large shader brush (ss252)
e30 pencil brush – yes, another one. I love this!

Shipping to Australia for the 4 brushes cost me $10.76 which I thought was reasonable. Shipping does depend on how many items you purchase though :)

I placed an order on the 15th, received confirmation a couple of minutes later and a “your order has shipped” email on the 17th. The Sigma brushes arrived on my door step on Monday (28th) afternoon. So expect them to take at least a week to arrive.

They arrived in a large box and the brushes were housed in a cute red drawstring bag.

Also included with the brushes I ordered was a freebie – a travel size e25 (ss217) – for ordering over $30! :)

I Had No Idea 28g Was *THAT* Much – Coastal Scents and Silica Powder

I’ve ordered from Coastal Scents twice now. Coincidently, my two orders were placed exactly 3 years apart haha – right down to the date!

Both times I ordered, I experienced great customer service. Prompt, quick and clear communication. Seriously. That’s what every company should strive for.

As for shipping, I usually just choose the cheapeast shipping option (First Class Mail International something or other) and it arrives within 2 weeks give or take a couple of days. Plus, they don’t charge you something ridiculous to ship small items!

For example – my recent order of 3 x 30 grams sifter jars and 3 x 28 grams of silica powder cost me about $9 in shipping to Australia. The items were packaged very well and it came in a big box.

As for the items I purchased, they were for my sister, cousin and aunty hehe. We honestly had no idea how much 28 grams of silica powder would be! But what the heck? So cheap.

That’s another great thing about Coastal Scents. They offer great products at a fraction of the cost. I purchased a duo fibre brush from them back in 2008 and 3 years later, it’s still in great shape :)

I’d definitely recommend purchasing from Coastal Scents if you ever get the chance :)

After transferring 2/3 of the silica powder into the sifter jar, my desk looked like a cocaine lab or something.

OCC Lip Tars

Per my past post about OCC lip tars and Lehved, I decided to just order some to take advantage of the 20% off storewide sale.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are known for their lip tars and was all the rage on YouTube a while back.

What are lip tars?

Well, according to OCC’s website,

A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment – a little goes a very, very long way! An intense yet featherweight layer of color that stands up to the scrutiny of Hi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without ever looking (or feeling!) heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you!

These retail for $12.50USD/$16AUD and you get 0.27oz/8ml of product but as many have stated, a little goes a very long way so these will definitely last you a long long time!

For my Aussie readers, the two Australian-based retailers that I know of are Lehved and Makeup and Glow. Both are selling these at the same price with similar shipping options ($6.95 registered or $10 express).

Alternatively, you can also order from AllCosmeticsWholesale for $12.50USD + shipping (shipping is charged by weight so it’d depend on your whole order).

So I just wanted to praise Lehved for their lightning fast shipping and great service.

I ordered from their website on Sunday night, received a confirmation email on Monday afternoon along with dispatch email and today (Tuesday!), I am holding the lip tars in my hands :)

I’ll be posting swatches soon :)

Net Optical Website Review

Net Optical Australia is an online contact lens supplier and after doing my research, I was happy to make my first order with them. Having been in the business for over 10 years, I felt comfortable placing an order. Their web interface is very simple and easy to use. I’ve come across other websites offering contact lenses but I was stumped as to how I was supposed to order.

The website offers various brands of contact lenses – Acuvue, Air Optix, Freshlook, Proclear etc. They are based in Queensland and in regards to shipping within, it’s a flat rate cost of $6 and free shipping if your order is over $200. For those of you in Queensland, you can also opt to pick up your order instead thus eliminating the $6 shipping cost.

Bubble wrapped package.

Payment options are actually really important for me when it comes to online shopping. I prefer to pay via PayPal but Net Optical doesn’t offer this option. However, they do offer secure credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard), bank transfers, money orders and cheques. In my case, I opted for the credit card payments as it was much more convenient for me.

So here’s a timeline of my order with Net Optical Australia:

17/08/2010 – I placed my order and within five minutes of submitting my order, I received an email to confirm that my order has been received as well as a payment confirmation email.
19/08/2010 – Received an email to inform me that my order was express posted!
20/08/2010 – Order received.

Got my order safe & sound.

Three days for the order to get processed and delivered. Very nice! I am definitely impressed with the service and I would be ordering from Net Optical Australia much more often 😀

PS. They have a referral system going on so I’d appreciate it if you do order from the website, please put down JNTTL in the referral code box :)