Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Today's post, and also first post of this blog is gonna be... *drumroll*

durh, its in my title :)

If you haven't heard of vpost - it is basically a service provided by singpost which allows you to shop on overseas wesbites and ship your stuff to personalised addresses assigned to you (USA, Japan, Europe, China) when you register with vpost.

I am a huge FOREVER21 fan and the range on F21 US website is so much better than we have in the SG stores! I am also a Sephora addict!

So i was like why not? Let me get all these goodies all at one go and realise cost savings since exchange rate is so good now :D

The shipping rate seems reasonable enough - defintely better than international shipping cost. Plus shipping within US is free for most websites if you hit a certain amount.

USA Shipping Charge = Base Charge( S$13.40) + Variable Charge (S7.20/kg - weight charge + S1.90/kg - fuel charge)

And you can consolidate your packages up to 21 days before paying on vpost website (vpost will ship to your sg address thereafter) so means you can shop from multiple online merchants over a period of time! You are only charged base charge once for all your packages that you ship together.

It was really fun shopping online. I spent quite a bit of time though. So hard to decide on all the makeup colours without actually testing them. Only had to rely on online swatches especially for those pdts not available in singapore. And for F21, the pieces I like all had S size OOS so I basically had to keep surfing the website and clicking next , next , next.... -_-

So here is a snap of all the parcels when they arrived!
(as you can see I take crazy loads of shit with instagram) :P
It looks like I bought LOTS of items but actually it's because the boxes are big.

I ordered twice from Sephora. 2nd order only had dior eyeshadow palette and it is the only item in the WHOLE sephora box you see in the picture. The rest of the space is filled with recycled paper. -_-

The website stated:
As per freight industry practice, the chargeable weight of a package is calculated based on Volumetric or Actual weight whichever is higher.

For all my boxes, volumetric weight was higher because the boxes aren't full and seriously how much can makeup weigh?? So i was like whatt! I am paying for shipping of empty space? I actually requested F21/drugstore/sephora/sigma to pack them as compactly as possible... I guess that is like the smallest box they have  or either that they don't entertain such requests. -_-

Total shipping amounted to 70 SGD but I used a promo code for OCBC card from vpost website (remember to use!!http://www.vpost.com.sg/promo/promocodes.html) so I got 20 SGD off.  They have promo codes for visa/uob and dbs too but all were fully redeemed at the time I paid. (first 200 customers of the month)
Anyway here is the TIP OF THE DAY! - BUY MORE! LOL. so your products can fill the empty spaces in the box! Share each order with your friends!! Also, make sure you put all your stuff in one single order...or else you are seriously paying twice the amount for variable weight component. And if you can combine your orders into one, for example some pdts from sephora like two faced and urban decay are also available on beauty.com/drugstore!

From Sephora: Around 10 SGD shipping fee for each parcel
  • SEPHORA  Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner 01 Black
  • NARS - Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendome
  • Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde
  • Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder 
  • Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Grege 734
  • Mini Kabuki brush and powder from Bare Esentuals - free sample
Already have the above items prior to this (decided to stock up because they are so good!) except for the nars lipgloss and dior eyeshadow.

From Sigma:
Only bought 1 brush -E45 as I have the full professional set. E45 is a brush you can use for both shading and blending! <3 Oh yea, also the sigma box only contained this brush. @_@  Shipping is around 5 SGD. GRRRR. Talk about waste of space (and paper)! I seriously thought they were going to just wrap it in a envelope.

From Drugstore:
Shipping was only 7 SGD for this! Because the box they use is quite small and hence packing was quite compact. Besides lipsticks aren't heavy!
  • Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in Lovesick, Sweetheart, Smitten (there 3 are pretty similar but I am a sucker for pinks), Cherish and Rendezvous. - HIGHLY RAVED IN YOUTUBE NATION - not available in SG. YET.
  • Revlon Matte Lipstick in pink pout
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef, Pink Pursuit, Peach Petal and Pink Pop
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude
Reason why I bought so many revlon lip pdts is because they are SO GOOD. I love their lipglosses after I tried pink afterglow and glossy rose. IMO, better than MAC.
PLUS they are a fraction of the price in SG since they are all made in USA.I also don't see the lipglosses in SG that often.

Dumped the rest in to hit 75 USD to use the VISA promo code to get 10 USD off. (another tip: Please do google for promo codes!)
  • Elf studio contour brush
  • Wet n wild Shimmer eye pencil in Silver
  • Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Pure White
I am going to review the products in future posts so STAYED TUNED!! <3

Up next: FOREVER21!
Shipping for this was around 24 SGD. Volumetric weight was twice the actual weight of 1+ kg because of the size of box F21 used :(

Peplum dress in wine (they are so in now I HAD TO GET ONE but couldn't find one that fits me nicely in SG), abstract print romper, neon pink leopard print tank top (I LOVE LEOPARD PRINTS), floral hi -low dress and 3 GEORGEOUS rings and a pair of earrings.

The earrings came defective though :(  A few of the chains were detached. Bf fixed them for me using a pair of piler. Perhaps I will give items with movable parts (does that sound correct? but anw u get what i mean) a miss the next time I purchase from F21. I remembered when I was on exchange in US it happened to my necklace which I shipped from F21 too..

Overall I LOVE all the items I bought from F21. The clothes fit me like a glove (not surprising though since I shop at F21 a lot so I know their sizings). One good thing is the items are all very true to the pictures online. 

Had to take a close up on the rings cos they are SO PRETTY! <3 

Why SG F21 doesn't have all these pretty stuff? :P

Ending here!

Not sure why I didn't give vpost a try earlier but I am glad I did now! 

Have you tried vpost? Let me know by leaving me a comment!


1 comment:

  1. Hi thanks so much for e post!:) you mean the entire shipping cost for a whole bunch of drugstore item is only $SG7? So I use shipping via Vpost and buy only the drugstore product, roughly the same amount of product as you, I only need to pay total of $SG7 shipping fees from US to SG? What about base charge?:) if u will answer this I would appreciate it very much :)