If you’ve watched the video below, you know now that I am absolutely obsessed with Kylie Cosmetics. There is something about making a purchase from the brand that makes my heart skip a million beats. Perhaps it’s my escape from life; from the never ending work load that I can’t seem to be done with; or from my mind that is forever thinking. Whatever it is that draws me to the site when the restock happens, I am not complaining. The time before & after the restock for me, is something unexplainable. I am completely lost in it. I like that feeling. So, today I share with you my Tips for purchasing Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits, because hey, after 5 successful orders, I think I’m a pro at this.

The video is mostly focussed on the unboxing & tips for actually successfully purchasing from Kylie Cosmetics. And while I did briefly speak on my experiences, I had to edit the video down (considerably – I talk too much haha), so there are things I didn’t mention in the video, that I mention here & vice versa. One of the most important things, in my opinion is the actual break down of costs. I have seen a few local people reselling the Kylie Cosmetics products for upwards of R600 for a lip gloss & I think it’s important that you also know how much it actually costs if you would like to make a purchase yourself. For some people, staying up until midnight & having to go through the USA forwarding address process may be too much, & they would rather pay someone to go through that for them. That is fair, but personally I love actually going through it all myself, & it’s really no headache.

Before I get into the cost break down, I wanted to chat about Shipito. Shipito is the USA forwarding service I use to get anything & everything (mostly make-up) from companies that don’t ship to South Africa. And in case you didn’t know, Kylie Cosmetics does not ship to South Africa. I have spoken about Shipito before, you can watch the video here.

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Order 1

Restock Date: 1 April 2016, 10pm SA Time

I didn’t get to go into detail about this in the video, but this is my most memorable Kylie Cosmetics purchase. I had had 2 unsuccessful attempts at purchasing from Kylie Cosmetics, & this was my 3rd try so I figured I had to be successful right? I spent my whole day speaking about the restock until I left the office around 6pm & headed to the gym. I got home from gym around 7.20pm & basically opened my laptop immediately. I had no idea of the time of restock so I just sat there rotting as Rush would say lol. It was gross but I didn’t care. I eventually got to the point of restock & my screen was stuck. So here I was checking the Instagram comments on the @kyliecosmetics page; reading that people had made purchases & I couldn’t even see anything? WTF! Only to realise that I had been viewing the password page!!! I mean really? Then after my purchase I did a little victory lap around the dining room table. It really did feel great 🙂

Products Purchased:

x3 Glosses in LIKE

 

Cost:

$15 per gloss / $45 subtotal

TAX (California & LA County) $4.06

Shipping $8.95

Total: $58.01 / R892.95 (R15.40 exchange rate)

**Above is what was deducted from my SA bank account at the time I made the purchase.

 

Shipping:

6 April – Kylie Cosmetics shipped my order to my USA forwarding address (Shipito)

7 April – Parcel received by Shipito. I was notified immediately. I have it set up so that Shipito automatically takes pictures of what has arrived.

8 April – Mailed from SHIPITO warehouse to me in SA.

 

SHIPITO Costs:

$2 Processing fee

$2 Optional Special Requests (Pictures / Invoice Removal)

$3.27 Delivery Insurance

$5.91 Postage

TOTAL: $13.18 / R203

 

Date Received: 6 May

Individual Cost per gloss: R365.32

**No customs taxes paid

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Order 2 + 3

Restock Date: 11 April 2016, midnight Dubai Time

I was in Dubai for a quick trend shop out on my way home from a business trip to China. By this time, the addiction was in full force, & I had subscribed to the KYLIE App just so that I could find out about restock information. The restock happened at midnight, & I was in stealth mode with both my laptop & iPad open to the Kylie Cosmetics website. I explained why I ordered twice in one night in the video above so I won’t go into that again.

(Order 2) Products Purchased:

x2 Lip Kits in DOLCE K | KOURT K

X1 Gloss in LITERALLY

 

Cost:

$29 per lip kit

$15 gloss

TAX CA & LA $6.58

Shipping $8.95

Total: $88.53  / R1390.05 (R15.70 exchange rate)

 

15 April – Shipped from Kylie Cosmetics to my Shipito address

18 April – Received by Shipito

 

(Order 3) Products Purchased:

x2 Lip Kits in DOLCE K | CANDY K

 

Cost:

$29 per lip kit

TAX CA & LA $5.22

Shipping $8.95

Total: $72.17  / R1133.18 (R15.70 exchange rate)

 

18 April – Shipped from Kylie Cosmetics to my Shipito address

19 April – Received by Shipito

 

SHIPITO Costs (Order 2 & 3 combined)

Because Orders 2 & 3 came in around a similar time, I decided to consolidate the 2 orders so that they could be shipped together. In this case, both orders were kept in their Kylie boxes, & put into a large plain box for shipping.

$4 Processing Fee

$6 Consolidation Fee

$3 Optional Special Requests (Pictures / Invoice Removal)

$3.69 Delivery & Damage Insurance

$17.12 Postage

Total: $33.81 / R531

 

22 April – Shipped from Shipito warehouse to me in SA. The 3 day delay in shipping is mostly due to me not being sure how to process a consolidated package. It was my first time, as the FREE account I previously had only allowed 1 package at a time. This is an upgraded account.

Date Received: Not received at time of post going LIVE. UPDATE: Arrived 21 June 2016. A little disappointed it took almost 2 months to arrive. In all honesty, I thought I had lost the package, which would’ve been awful. I tracked it to SA customs clearance where it was sitting from 23 May until 17 June, when it was sent to my local post office in Durban. Basically took 3 weeks to clear, & to find out where it was I had to call Johannesburg International where they do the SARS clearance. 

Individual Cost per gloss: R339.36

Individual Cost per lip kit: R678.72

**Cost is approximate & subject to not paying any customs taxes

UPDATE: Paid R154.67 in customs fees, bringing the final costs to: Gloss R370.29 & Lip Kits R709.65 

 

Order 4

Restock Date: 15 April 2016, 9.45pm SA Time

In hindsight this is my worst purchase. I should never have purchased 1 item. The cost works out to be so much more than it could’ve been.

Products Purchased:

x1 Metal Lipstick in KING K

 

Cost:

$18 Metal lipstick

TAX CA & LA $2.70

Shipping $8.95

Total: $31  / R469.33 (R15.14 exchange rate)

 

 

22 April – Kylie Cosmetics shipped my order to my USA forwarding address (Shipito)

25 April – Parcel received by Shipito.

26 April – Mailed from SHIPITO warehouse to me in SA.

 

SHIPITO Costs:

$2 Processing Fee

$1 Optional Special Request (Pictures)

$3.09 Delivery Insurance

$4.78 Postage

Total: $10.87 / R164.57

 

Date Received: Not received at time of post going LIVE. UPDATE: Received end May 2016. No Tax.

Individual Cost Metal lipstick: R633.90

(See why I regret this one?)

**Cost is approximate & subject to not paying any customs taxes

 

Order 5

Restock Date: 3 May 2015, 9pm SA Time

Products Purchased:

x3 Lip kits in KOKO K | TRUE BROWN K | MARY JO K

 

Cost:

$29 per lip kit / $87 subtotal

TAX CA & LA $6.53

Shipping $8.95

Total: $102.48 / R1512.34 (approx. R14.76  exchange rate)

 

9 May – Shipped from Kylie Cosmetics

10 May – Packaged received by Shipito warehouse

11 May – Mailed from SHIPITO warehouse to me in SA.

 

SHIPITO Costs:

$2 Processing Fee

$2 Optional Special Requests (Pictures / Invoice Removal)

$3.27 Delivery & Damage insurance

$7.03 Postage Fee

Total: $14.30  / R211.06

 

Date Received: Not received at time of post going LIVE. UPDATE: Received 24 June 2016. NO Taxes.

Individual Cost per lip kit: R574.47

**Cost is approximate & subject to not paying any customs taxes

 

I hope this post has been helpful to you. Be sure to watch the video above because it’s got lots of valuable info in it with regard to successfully making a purchase from Kylie Cosmetics. And share with your friends. There’s no fun in not sharing such valuable info right?

**UPDATE: I have purchased more Kylie Cosmetics orders since this post. Find the cost breakdown on those here.

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