Monday, 15 August 2016

HOW TO GET COLOURPOP TO THE UK (WITHOUT PAYING THE $25 SHIPPING FEE!)

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So. Colourpop have finally started shipping to the UK! ... For $25. Or $15 for 3 or less items. Pffft. I can't be the only one a little annoyed about this, surely? Therefore sadly, I still use courier services to ship my favourite make-up to the UK, because it's cheaper. Sigh. After spending ages researching the best forwarding service, I chose MyMallBox. It seems very complicated and yes, I also thought at first my make-up would ed up in Indonesia or Pakistan.. but it's such a simple method once you know what you're doing! (I have added a guide for newbies in this post). 
If you've never heard of the service before, they essentially act as a buffer between US brands shipping to the UK. So instead of paying a lot of money on shipping from each brand to the UK, you can get it all delivered at once, which often proves very useful. Did I mention, it's really quite cheap? I also have a discount code for you guys!

Basically, Colourpop offer free US shipping for orders over $30. So if you're in the UK, it is well worth it to use a courier as you'll be paying around $8 instead of $25, which is astronomical. 

So, how cheap?
There are a lot of different postage options you can pick from, but my personal recommendation would be MyMallBox. They charge as little as £6 to forward your parcel, which is great if you're doing a large haul from several companies! However, it isn't tracked or insured and can take a lot longer (anywhere between 8-20 days via economy airmail.. but you'll usually get it way quicker. I got mine in 5/6 days!) They do offer better and faster shipping services too though, so it just depends on what you want. I personally sometimes want my items quite quickly, so I'm happy to pay a little extra for a premium service, but equally I'm happy to wait if I'm only paying a few pounds! If you want some money off, you can use my exclusive discount code. This gets you $5 off, which will save you a few pennies when you make an order.

Do make note though... 
> Weight is where things get costly. I recently did a Bath & Body Works order totalling a weight of around 3.8lbs and it came to $40. However, 
I recently sent a few bits from Kylie Cosmetics & Colourpop to myself and it cost around $6.

> I would also advise against purchasing high-value goods. For example, Kylie Jenner eyeshadow palettes or other more expensive powders could break in transit - it's airmail, after all. If an eyeshadow palette breaks, you can't claim back for it from the brand, because it will have been too long - it sits in the Mallbox suit for ages whilst it's being processed as "Arrived" and then repacked, and then sent, and then the shipping to the UK. It's also fraudluant to lie - and they won't believe you anyway after so many weeks.


So why not order directly from Colourpop [or other sites]?
When you order from Colourpop, shipping in the US is free over $30. You can also combine the coupon codes from the mailing list too, if you're really clever. Basically, when you ship from Colourpop to the UK, shipping is either $25, or free over $50. When you spend $50 to get free international shipping, you're looking at a customs charge of around £20 when your goodies hit the UK! So that's where MyMallBox come in - they can make things way easier. It can get very expensive to send things from the US to the UK once you spend over £15. 


As requested... A general guide on how to forward!
MINI GUIDE ON HOW TO USE COURIER SERVICES:

1. Sign up to MyMallBox. Do that hereYou now have a US address! (Even if its not MyMallBox, be sure to choose one that will forward your parcels at affordable rates and re-package them for you!)

2. Order your Colourpop goodies! Make sure your US address is totally correct when entering it on the site. Double check it twice or just copy and paste. You don't want your eyeshadows going to someone elses suite! 

3. Once Colourpop send you a tracking number, that's it! Just patiently wait until MyMallBox e-mail you and let you know that they have processed your shipment and it's at your 'suite'.

4. Once the e-mail arrives stating that your parcel has arrived to your suite, you will then have the option to forward it and repack, etc. Choose the option you want - I recommend the cheapest one. 

Remember that the company can put several parcels together, so if you order 2-3 times from a store, they can put all your parcels together in one box/bag to save on shipping. I would always recommend doing this - costs will be significantly higher if you choose to send your stuff in the original packaging box rather than MyMallBox re-packing it for you into jiffy bags. (Don't worry about it 'breaking' - Colourpop use less padding than MMB!!)

4a. You can decide how much you're declaring your parcel for, also. MyMallBox always put the actual value of your items, but if you change it, that's up to you. They don't individually check items and they allow you to change prices in case they accidentally enter the wrong price. 

5. Once shipped, your courier company will e-mail you either with a tracking code or general delivery date, depending on your postage choice. I usually receive my order within a week or so, sometimes longer, sometimes less than a week. It's pot luck!

6. Once your parcel arrives in the UK, you'll either have a customs charge, of your goodies will simply show up. Track it normally as you would anything else if you have a tracking code for your items. 

Excited?
So, your shopping basket is fit to burst and you're probably super excited that you can finally order some make-up without crazy shipping prices.. but obviously this method isn't for everybody and I would probably recommend just grabbing an up-marked eyeshadow or lipstick from eBay if you want to try a brand out before spending money on couriers and possible customs fees. I honestly can't fault the service I received from MyMallBox, and I'll continue to order! This is a great way for us make-up lovers out there to buy things we love in bulk, or save a lot of money and combine orders with friends! If you sign up using my referral, you'll get a $5 discount, too!

For full disclosure, this post wasn't sponsored or an advert, it is simply me sharing my experience with you guys. I was gifted some credit on my account to review the service, but I had no problems and would 100% recommend this company and I have paid for the service before in the past with my own money many times and continue to use the service. I receive $5 also for referring you to the service, but hey, I did write a nice little guide for you! xo

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26 comments

  1. The colours you got look beautiful! I haven't actually tried using a forwarding service before (I've never needed to!) but I know lots of people that have done for years, it's great that it makes things easier, cheaper and more accessible to us!

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    1. I wish I'd known about it ages ago! It's so helpful for buying from places such as Walmart! x

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  2. I love Colourpop and hate the shipping costs, same as you do... I have never used courier services before, I am afraid of all the additional costs, since any Invoice above 25 euro goes to customs in Bosnia :-(

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  3. I tried ordering directly through their website. It came really quickly, but it's better to team up with a friend who wants to order stuff too - that's what I did. 25$ for delivery is a bit too steep though. Might try this method next time! Thanks hun x

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    1. Yeah it's okay if you order with a friend from Colourpop directly.. but there are ways around customs with couriers too! x

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  4. wow such lovely colours. Great that they offer free overseas shipping too.

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  5. I've been working with MyMallbox too to get some Colourpop goodies to the UK and they're just such a fab service to use aren't they? My post on it will be up soon but I honestly can't recommend them enough, plus my package arrived with no customs charge. Win, win. x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. I really loved the service! So quick even for economy mail and they were super helpful via Twitter DM, too. xo

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  6. Seriously can't believe after all the anticipation and hype its $25...pfft! I would deffo wait to do another bigger order and then pay 3rd party and customs and its still works out pretty reasonable per item as they're so cheap to begin with. Loving your pics and your picks here hun xxx

    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

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  7. This is so useful, I've been dying to get my hands on some colourpop (although I should really stick to my ban!) I love the shades that you picked out too!
    - Nishi xx
    www.nishiv.com

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  8. Your color pop selection is gorgeous. I've been wanting to try them for a while. I need to get on it!

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  9. What a great tip!!! This will
    Help a lot of makeup fanatics out that's for sure :)

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  10. I suppose I'm lucky because I live in the U.S. and can take advantage of the free shipping. You've come up with a creative way to take part in it as well though!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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    1. Yes!! You're lucky :) At least it's only a little extra to get my fix to me! Haha xx

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  11. Its really great that they offer free overseas shipping! Your color pop selection is so beautiful!.

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  12. It's great to know about these services!! I would never have even thought about it.

    www.phillippabeauty.com

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  13. This is a fab post & will benefit a lot of people! Thank you for sharing.

    I've never experienced a colour pop item but your photographs are enough to make me want to!

    Keep up the great content!

    Love
    Charlene McElhinney
    @blogabtnothing1
    www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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  14. This was so useful, and loved the colours you chose!

    www.whynotblog.co.uk

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  15. What are the name of the super shock eyeshadows on the first picture? They are gorgeous. I am looking to buy some more from colour pop you see :)

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    1. Here you go! https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/394768723569674068/ Xx

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  16. I was thinking of using Forwarding service for a while now , as i want to purchase few things from few different places in USA . Still I worry what custom charges would be like lol
    I just received my Colourpop order , I spend 50 $ and customs where 8.70 £ + 8£ handling fee form Royal Mail . Handling charge is what I find Annoying the most lol

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  17. Thank you this is so useful! I've wanted to try colourpop for so long but n ever thought it was worth the shipping fee. i will definitely be placing an order soon!

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  18. So, I have to place an order of more than $30 and I'll have free shipping and I'll just have to pay $5-$6 more than the subtotal?

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