It’s a sad fact that, when it comes to beauty products, we South Africans don’t have the same access to trendy beauty brands as many international countries do. Thanks to the increasing popularity of overseas beauty influencers, loads of international brands have become sought-after, but are unavailable in commercial South African stores. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on these must-have products – we’ve found an easy and affordable way to get genuine, lust-worthy international makeup and beauty brands to your doorstep with no fuss! Postbox Courier offers a safe, affordable, and convenient way to order cult beauty favourites like Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Colourpop and so there’s no need to miss out!
There are tons of South African Facebook and Instagram pages claiming to sell international beauty brands, but it’s important to be cautious when buying from online retailers as many sell counterfeit products produced in factories that use dangerous untested ingredients. Using these products could cause acne, eye infections, rashes, and chemical burns and often buying counterfeit beauty products just isn’t worth the monetary saving. To truly guarantee that you’re getting the real deal it’s easier to instead use a service like Postbox Courier.
The South African run shipping service allows you to shop online in the US, UK, Dubai, Australia and many other countries and then have your parcel sent to one of their global delivery hubs before it is safely delivered to your door in South Africa at pretty decent shipping rates to boot. If you’ve never tried international shipping before then now is as good a time as any as Postbox Courier has just dropped their prices! In order to offer SA shoppers even better value Postbox Courier has introduced a minimum 250g weight break and pricing structure as well as discounted shipping rates. These new rates will go a long way to helping shoppers who are importing smaller one-off items as well as those wanting to first test the service before ordering at limited cost. Overall the new rates offer around a 17.5% drop in charges from the US and UK regions alone!
Here are 7 cult makeup and beauty products that are worth importing to SA!
1. BECCA X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop’ Highlighter
One of my absolute favourite highlighters! This bestselling, creamy, highlighter powder acts like a spotlight for your skin by lighting up your favorite features with high-impact, ultra-reflective shine. The multi-toned pigment pearls adjust to your skin’s natural undertones and its unparalleled, creamy feel gives you a silky finish that never cakes.
2. Farsali 24K Rose Gold Elixir
This face oil gained great exposure on Instagram this year and for good reason! Featuring 24ct gold flakes and rosehip seed oil, this radiance-boosting oil is a highly effective lightweight moisturiser, which will leave skin healthy, hydrated and glowing. This ingenious elixir makes the perfect primer and can be mixed with all sorts of makeup products to help you create a flawless finish.
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
I’ve used this product every day for the past year to fill in my brows and I still haven’t finished the pot yet! The award-winning waterproof, multitasking, and buildable matte pomade stays put when applied. Just a small amount of this product will allow you to effortlessly outline, fill, and texturize brows.
4. Morphe 350 Eyeshadow Palette
The Morphe 350 is my go-to palette for warm-toned looks. From cooler grey-toned browns to fiery sunset colors, this large palette is a beautiful mix of wearable warm neutrals that give you effortless versatility whether you are after a daytime look or full-on glam. The perfect balance of matte and shimmery finishes make it a go-to for makeup lovers at every skill level. It’s everything you need to highlight, blend and transition.
5. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
This product is known for providing incredible coverage for under-eye darkness and blemishes. The best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer helps to instantly brighten, smooth, and shape skin. It provides a flawless matte finish that won’t flake or crease, even if you have dry skin, fine lines, or pore problems – no setting powder necessary.
6. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
This is my holy-grail concealer for exam season when I don’t get much sleep! This affordable concealer instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. The product has a super concentrated formula with goji berry and haloxyl which helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while visibly diminishing the appearance of puffiness around the eyes.
7. Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks
A product with a cult following of note these liquid lipsticks come in a range of colours and offer high pigmentation and a satin-matte finish in liquid lipstick form to keep your lips soft and comfy all day long.
Ready to shop online with Postbox Courier? Registering with Postbox Courier is FREE, quick and easy and once you’ve registered you’ll get your very own delivery address in the UK, Hong Kong, US and Australia. Then, when it comes time to shop all you need to do is have your goods delivered to your most appropriate address. If you’re shopping in America then deliver to your New York address. Once you’ve placed your order and your goods are on their way head back to the Postbox Courier website to submit a Parcel Pre-Alert. This just lets them know to expect your order so everything runs smoothly when getting it to you here in SA. At this time you can also choose to have several individual items you’ve ordered bundled together to save cost on shipping to SA.
Not sure what the cost will be to import? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and they can calculate how much you will have to pay in import charges if you send them a link to your wishlist – this will help you decide on whether or not to purchase. And if you’re ordering liquid items, make sure you to let them know so they can quote you accordingly.
To find out more about PostBox-Courier and just how easy the service is to use, read our full review here or visit the PostBox Courier website here.
Paige has just completed her Honours in Media Theory and Practice at UCT. She is obsessed with makeup, is an avid online shopper, loves to read autobiographies; and enjoys scuba diving and learning about sharks in her spare time.