Us UK folk have been able to order Sephora for a while now, but I’ve always resisted. Sephora has always been a holiday treat for me, since my first trip to America a long time ago (sidebar – my first visit was actually to the UK store on my 18th birthday. I made my Mum drive me all the way to Bluewater where I spent all of my birthday money. Why did they leave us?!?!)
After three visits to the USA this year, my Sephora addiction has reached new highs, and the temptation of a birthday gift and 3x Beauty Insider points got to me so I placed my first online order.
It’s made incredibly easy as Sephora use Borderfree, so shipping is only $6 and all the customs and taxes are sorted on purchase – no guessing the upcoming bill or having the parcel held up at the border. Not only that, but my parcel arrived only 6 days after I ordered, which is faster than I receive most stuff I order in the UK.
As you can see from my photo, my order was largely sheet mask based, but I also picked up two sets – one of the reasons I love Sephora so much as it’s a great way to try products out. I picked out a Christophe Robin set as I’m trying to convince myself I don’t want to by a full size of the Regenerating Mask (I really do though – it’s so good). I also picked up a Peter Thomas Roth Cult Classics kit and am already a huge fan of the powder SPF and the cucumber eye patches.
But my experience wasn’t all positive. That birthday gift I talked about? Not available to me because I’m in the UK. I understand that some items are restricted for various reasons, but it’s super sucky that I can’t get my gift! Not only that, but none of the codes on the beauty offers page worked for me (all restricted), and those 3 free samples they rave about was bloody impossible – 12 to choose from, and only 3 were available to me. So I ‘chose’ those 3 only for them to ‘forget’ to include them.
When I raised this with them by email, they almost shrugged. I know it’s only free gifts, but I’ve almost reached VIB Rouge so I kind of expected more.
Still, I’ll carry on enjoying the many sheet masks I bought. Freebies aside, it was a good experience and I’ll probably end up making another purchase before the end of this year. Those Peter Thomas Roth eye patches are calling to me already.