Bionic Asks: Favorite beauty shopping sites?

by Bionic Beauty on 01.Dec.2010 · 6 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series
This week’s Bionic Asks… What are your favorite online beauty shopping websites?

Do you shop directly at the major online makeup and skin care websites such as the Amazon BeautyShop for beauty products online at Amazon Beauty department, Beauty.comShop for beauty products online at Beauty.com, drugstore.comShop for beauty products online at drugstore.com, or Sephora.comShop for beauty products online at Sephora.com? Or do you go straight to a particular brand website?

Typically I perform a Google search for a particular item and price shop through the search engine for the best savings.

However, if I’m buying an indie beauty product, which is about 80% of the time, then I head right to their website. I enjoy supporting the indie brands much more than the larger, mainstream brands that spend a gazillion bucks on marketing and usually have lackluster customer service.

So go ahead… list your favorite online beauty shopping sites below!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tashi December 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’ve never used a beauty shopping site, but I think I may try Drugstore.com in the near future. An item that I used to buy from Target is no longer sold ANYWHERE near me. GRRRR. I called the company’s customer service number, only to find out that it’s not available within a minimum 50-mile radius of me. Ordering from the manufacturer directly would apparently still cost me more than if I were to order from Drugstore.com. I used to buy a muuuuch more expensive item directly from the company’s catalog. But it got to be much too pricey for me, and I then found a comparable product at Target. I see on Drugstore.com that you can pay for things with PayPal. I have NO clue how to get that, or how to use it. Got any input?? What are your experiences with Drugstore.com? Thanks!! :-)

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2 Robyn @ Hawaii December 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

For makeup I usually buy at stores. For skin care I really like
Ole Henriksen products. All us Scandinavian’s still together .

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3 Linda December 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I absolutely love Drugstore.com. I started using it after I had my daughter in 2003 and I wasn’t able to leave the house much. You can look for what you want online and not be running around to different stores. Plus, they now have instant coupons too. Free shipping is available if you purchase $50. I just make a list of what I need and when it gets to $50, I place an order. With the price of gas and my limited time to shop as working mom, on-line shopping is my favorite way to shop. I also order beauty products directly from Lancome and Clinique too. I usually wait for bonus time. :)

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4 Tashi December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Thank you, Linda! Much appreciated. :-)

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5 Alexia December 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

Full disclosure time, I am the co-founder of http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk and wanted to shamelessly nominate the site because it does fall under the description you gave. We are all about cult, niche brands and are an independent, British, online-only store that ships round the world.

My business partner and I were so tired of being lied to by beauty companies about what works and what doesn’t so we set up our own! We don’t stock full lines of anything, only a cherry-picked selection of the best cult products out there.

I know is it slightly bad form to promote your own brand in comments, but it is relevant I promise!

Talking of Scandinavians, we have a huge Danish, Finnish and Swedish following, they are so enthusiastic about beauty and really know their stuff about niche brands.

Happy Thursday!!

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6 Francis December 7, 2010 at 2:16 am

I, like Alexa, would like to fully disclose that I work for http://www.tameraonline.com and we are based in the Philippines.
There aren’t a lot of makeup selection around here but we love products that are available in other countries. Sephora is also a good alternative but they would not accept credit cards issued here in the country. That’s why we bring in products that aren’t available here so people here would also get a chance to try awesome products.

We also do not stock a lot of makeup. We only sell what we’ve already tried and love. :)

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