Tuesday 5 November 2013

Sephora Haul via Tarazz

I wasn't sure about posting this as it is another haul. I don't like to post hauls all the time. I worry that people don't like to read hauls all the time (I personally LOVE haul posts). I decided I would post this haul as I wanted to share my experience with Tarazz (website HERE). I know some people are interested in purchasing through them but are unsure if they are reliable and such. 

Tarazz is described as a online mall that allows you to shop from several sites with one checkout. Coincidentally, Sephora is one of these sites. Tarazz was launched probably around a year ago now but the first time I looked at them I wasn't too impressed - the prices seemed inflated (even with currency conversions) and shipping was ridiculously high (started at around $30). When I checked again recently, the shipping costs were much lower and the site was a lot easier to navigate. 

I had a few items I was absolutely lusting over from Sephora and I know I could have used parcel forwarding but I was really unsure as I have never used it before. I didn't know if Sephora would accept my credit card and I didn't like not knowing how much shipping was going to be before purchasing. Tarazz lets you know shipping costs on checkout and there will be no additional costs later. So, I placed my order a fortnight ago... 

So onto the goodies I received and I'll let you know what I think of Tarazz down below:
Please note: I have rounded up the price of the beauty items below just because it was easier.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2
I purchased (and reviewed HERE) the original Ocho Loco set last year and have been so pleased that I purchased it. The 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils are amazing and I cannot wait to try out these different shades. I am especially excited about the three very pretty looking brown liners. This set represents amazing value also - it cost around AU$66.00 for eight full size liners and a sharpener. 

Tarte Off the Cuff Palette 
This is the item that really pushed me to make the order. I had to own this palette. It features four Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, one Amazonian Clay bronzer and a cuff bracelet (that doesn't fit my chunky wrists). I love the Tarte blush formula and I cannot wait to use it. I love the balanced mix of shades in the palette too - some neutrals, some brights and the one bronzer. This gorgeous palette cost AU$47.00. 

Tarte Thoughtful Treasures Set

This little set contains three deluxe size bestsellers from Tarte. A miniature Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Thankful (a limited edition shade), a 7ml bottle of Pure Maracuja Oil which I have never tried but am interested to and a miniature LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy. This little set would be a good introduction to Tarte for those that have never tried the brand before. The cost for this set is AU$21.00. 

Dior Diorific Vernis in 995 Minuit
Deborah Lippmann Luxurious Nail Color in Wicked Game
Urban Decay Nail Color in Vice
I was super excited to see that Tarazz would ship nail polishes to Australia - almost nowhere else will. These weren't planned purchases but I couldn't help myself, would you expect me to? The Diorific polish is from Dior's current holiday collection Golden Winter and cost AU$29.00 - look at that gorgeous bottle! I have been wanting to try Deborah Lippmann polishes for ages and this pretty polish caught my eye it cost AU$19.00. I have heard good things about the Urban Decay polishes and again this shade just called out to me, it cost AU$17.00 and look at that funky bottle. It has a skull on the top!

Marc Jacobs Tonite Lights Glitter Dust in 304 Ultraviolet Light & Lovemarc Lip Gel in 118 Roll the Dice
This very pretty eyeshadow from Marc Jacobs was just calling out to me and I purchased it blind having not read any reviews on it. The shade is gorgeous but on first swatch the texture seems dry and pigmentation is patchy. I already have one lipstick from this and couldn't resist picking up another one. The photo shows it as a red but it is more a raspberry pink. The eyeshadow cost AU$36.00 and the lipstick was AU$37.00. 

Thoughts on Tarazz?
Overall, I am really pleased with the experience. It took two weeks from the time of ordering for my parcel to reach me from the US which I think is pretty fast! Shipping for this loot cost a grand total of $21.00 which I think is a bargain especially considering how quick it was. Remember they order it from Sephora and then have to wait for it to be delivered to them before it is shipped on to Australia. Tarazz also kept me up to date with the progress of my order, an email when it was ordered with Sephora, another when it was shipped, and again when it arrived in Australia.

I wouldn't hesitate to order from Tarazz again, I only wished that you could order from all the brands Sephora stock (like Hourglass and Nars). They provided the exact service I like - fast, reasonable costs and they kept me up to date. It is also a plus that they will ship nail polishes.

What have you hauled lately? Have you ever used Tarazz? Thoughts?


  1. I love this post!! Thankyou so much for talking about your experience with Tarazz! The goodies look so good and what a shame the eyeshadow wasnt what you expected!!

    1. Disappointing but hopefully I'll find a way to work with it, the colour is very pretty too.

  2. I love your haul posts! Hourglass and Tarte are so popular recently on YouTube beauty videos that I want to get them as well! For UD and NARS you can order from hqhair.com. I tried HQ Hair twice and I received the packages after 2 weeks. Also HQ Hair has a lot of discounts and offers and gift at different times so you might want to subscribe their newsletter and become a member so you will receive email about them before doing any purchase. Oh and beautybay.com carries UD as well (I personally prefer beauty bay over HQ hair, and actually Lisa Eldridge has introduced HQ Hair and got a discount code for her viewers so HQ Hair is trustable as well). Other than that kiss and makeup new york do carries NARS, Laura Mercier, Smashbox, etc. and their shipping rate is 10 dollars flat rate which is awesome :)

    1. I have never tried HQ Hair, I have purchased from Beauty Bay quite a few times and browsed Kiss and Makeup NY heaps but never made an order. I had heard Kiss and Makeup shipping can be quite slow and I hate waiting :)

    2. Kiss and Makeup NY shipping is average, same around 10-14 days. But I personally think UK's order shipping is faster than US's order shipping :)

  3. Great post, lovely!

    I was initially very disappointed with the shipping rates on Tarazz, but it's actually quite affordable! In fact, far more affordable than parcel forwarding, so this might be something I look further into in the future!


    1. Thanks!
      Same here, when they first launched shipping was ridiculous but I would happily pay the $21 for shipping from the US and the items arriving within the 2 weeks :)

  4. Great to see a review of Tarazz. Shipping seems reasonable, so I might check them out in the future. Thanks Steph :) x

  5. This is fantastic. I recently ordered something direct from the US and used a parcel forwarding service, but the thing I was buying was about $300US, and when I checked on Tarazz it had been inflated to about $400 plus shipping was expensive for it (since it was huge) so it ended up being cheaper with a parcel forwarder. BUT I will definitely be going on Tarazz for nail polish and smaller items, as they seem pretty decent! Thanks for the review, I wasn't sure if they were legit or not, so it's good to know that they are! xx

    1. I think Tarazz must add a fee to the price of the items (probably a couple of percent) after the currency conversion. For the items I purchased though they were pretty much on par with the Sephora price once converted to AUD. I saw you tweet about what you have purchased am I really excited for you!
      I found it hard to find reviews on their service before purchasing so thats why I made sure to share my experience. :) x

  6. This is exactly what I have been looking for! I enjoyed reading your honest thoughts on Tarazz because I have been thinking about making an order for ages now. Also, I love haul posts so please don't stop doing them :)


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Stephanie x

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