Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

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A List of Online Beauty Stores that Ship to Kenya

A List of Online Beauty Stores that Ship to Kenya

I recently moved from Uganda to Kenya for "spread-my-wings" purposes. Kenya has a wider beauty brand variety than Uganda, but I still need to keep a list of online beauty stores handy.

A major frustration I have with the African skin care industry is the scarcity of some products. Products like chemical exfoliants and sunscreens for dark skin are so hard to find.

There is no way around it, we have to shop for some skin care online when you live in Africa.

Lucky for us, if you have Mobile money, PayPal, VISA or Mastercard enabled cards, you're set. There’s nothing you cannot shop from anywhere in the world.

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
— Bo Derek

9 online beauty stores that ship internationally to Africa

Sometimes, the stars align and you come across online beauty stores that ship to your country. Subscribe to their newsletter, bookmark that site and stay up to date on their deals. It could be worth it!

ASOS

Online store based in London, UK

Stocks great brands like The Ordinary, Pixi, Hylamide, REN, Korres, The Balm, The Chemistry Brand, this works

Examples of products ASOS have that

 

b-glowing

Online beauty store based in Oregon, USA

Stocks great brands like Drunk Elephant, by terry, Paula’s Choice, African Botanics, Bioderma, First Aid Beauty

Examples of products b-glowing have that

If you have a MyUS account, you’re in luck! b-glowing and MyUS have a partnership.

This means when you shop at b-glowing, you can have the purchases sent to a US address. MyUs will then ship to you! You can sign up for a MyUS account here.

 

Beauty Bridge

Online beauty store based in New Jersey, USA

Stocks great brands like AHAVA, Peter Thomas Roth, Philosophy, REN, Pixi

Examples of products Beauty Bridge have that

 

Escentual

Online beauty store based in Cardiff, UK

Stocks great brands like Avene, Clarins, Bioderma, DHC, Elizabeth Arden, NIOD, Ole Henriksen

Examples of products Escentual have that

 

iHerb

Online beauty store based in California, USA

Stocks great brands like:  Derma E. Azelique, Cerave, Mad Hippie, Alpha Skin Care, Alba Botanica, Banila Co, Dr. Jart+

Examples of products iHerb has that

iHerb is popular for natural products.

 

Kiss and Makeup

Online beauty store based in New York, USA

Stocks great brands like Kiehl's, Bliss, Tata Harper, Skinceuticals, Dr.Dennis Gross, Eve Lom

Examples of products Kiss and Makeup has that

 

Look Fantastic

Online beauty store based in the UK.

Stocks great brands like Alpha-H, Avene, Decleor, Jurlique, La Roche-Posay, Caudalie, NUXE, Clinique, REN, Murad, Dermalogica, Vichy

Products Look Fantastic has that

 

Jolse

Online beauty store based in South Korea

Stocks great brands like COSRX, Mizon, Sulwashoo, su:m37, OST, Too Cool for School

Examples of products Jolse has that

Jolse is a Korean beauty store that offers FREE worldwide shipping! Well, not free exactly, the shipping is added to the price of the products, but still! FREE!

The store also sends plenty of samples with your purchases. It's been my only Asian beauty shopping destination for the past 2 years.

 

Space NK

Online beauty store based in London, UK

Stocks great brands like Tata Harper, Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Zelens, Sisley

Examples of products Space NK has that

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.
— Elayne Boosler

Online Shopping Services that Deliver Skin Care  to Kenya

If you'd like to shop somewhere that doesn’t deliver to Kenya, like Sephora or Cult Beauty,  you need an online shopping service.

Online shopping service providers can shop on your behalf or provide an address to which you ship the goods. They then ship the goods to Kenya and deliver them to you.

There are many online shipping companies that cater to the Kenyan market. Some include:

When selecting a service to use, choose one that quotes a price that covers everything up front. There is nothing worse than dealing with hidden costs.

Tips for Shopping Skin Care Online

  • Check product reviews before shopping. Go to sites like Reddit and MakeUpAlley to make sure the product is a good fit for you.
  • Use your debit or credit card wisely. Dedicate one card to your online purchases like the *Nakumatt Global or **I&M Safari card. Use a card that isn’t linked to your bank account. Load these cards only when you are going to shop. Better yet, use Paypal or Mpesa if your online service provider allows.

FYI: The Nakumatt Global Card has been out of stock for a while now. I’ve been waiting for mine since December 2016. Go to any I&M Bank branch for a Safari card. Apply with you I.D. or passport and KES 875. You will receive a working card immediately.

Barclays Kenya also has a multicurrency prepaid VISA enabled card. I find it more expensive than the I&M Safari card, but you can find out more about it here or at a Barclays branch.

  • Consolidate your purchases. Girl. Don’t be buying and sending stuff every week unless you are running a skin care business. Those charges add up. Monthly or even quarterly hauls will save you a lot of money. Online shopping service providers are great for consolidation.
  • Factor in the delivery time. It can take a while to receive your purchases. If the company you are using is worth its salt, it shouldn’t take longer than a month. Plan your skincare routine, especially if you have a special event like a wedding coming up.

Now that you have the information, go forth and shop (responsibly, obvs)!

Online beauty stores are many but we all lean toward a few. What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out for our next beauty haul!

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