So I promised I’d share the details of my Shop and Box haul with you and here it is!
What is Shop and Box?
I don’t want to say it’s a forwarding service because it’s a lot more personalised than that. Basically you tell them what you want, pay for it, and you get it. Shop and Box collects a commission on top of the prices of the items and shipping which varies.
How does it work?
Firstly, you have to create an account and make a Wish List. The website has items that previous people have purchased in the past but you can add your own items by proving the link and name. Once you have complied your wish list, you can turn it into reality by submitting it – along with your postage details.
Then, you are assigned a boxer based on the items you want to buy. I was assigned JoeLynn who loved fashion and makeup so it was a perf match. The boxer then goes through your list and approves or deletes items according to availability. For example, I had the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette listed but it was sold out so it got removed.
The boxer then communicates with you through a message board (which is public so no sharing of public info allowed!) the response time was generally ok. Of course you have to take time zones into consideration.
The boxer then orders the items to be sent to their house/post box. They update the order page with the date they place the order and when it’s received. The items I wanted come from various sites so it took some time to collate them all. This was the part that took the longest.
Once it all arrives, the boxer packs it and sends it off. It took about a week for me to receive mine. The whole transaction took about half a month.
How much did it cost?
So the boxer invoices you twice – firstly to pay for your items and then again to pay for shipping. On top of this, the boxer/Shop and Box claims 14% commission. This rate is determined by how much you spend overall. On top of these again – PayPal charges $10 with every invoice.
How was my experience?
It was decent. I ordered the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow palette with the 3 highlighters which was to be realeased a day later. I received a message from the boxer after the release saying she couldn’t get a hold of the palette. After talking a while she realised that she had been after a different highlighter – the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. I won’t lie, this caused me a bit of stress as this palette was the sole reason I wanted to use the company. Luckily, the product was still in stock and she was able to snap it up for me. My products arrived in tact (though the one of the boxes was a bit tattered but I think that was Ultas fault)
I would use this service again 🙂
Is it worth it?
It depends. It’s definately worth it if you are grabbing a few things that are unavailable/do not ship to Australia. For example, Sephora US sometimes cancels Australian orders. I also bought limited edition sets. It’s definitely something you have to calculate carefully before hand considering the conversion rate also.
The exciting part: What did I get!
Eylure x Vegas Nay Glamour Lashes (via Ulta)
Huda Beauty Samantha Lashes (via Sephora)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Set (via ABH)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette (via ABH)
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette (via Sephora)
There will be individual blog reviews or Instagram reviews coming soon!