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Calling all shopaholics! This is your absolute go-to guide for online shopping! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy reading 🙂
Ever since I moved to the UK, online shopping is something that I have been addicted to. Yes, addiction, I tell you. Well, perks of being addicted to online shopping is me being able to tell you about all these reviews! Whoo. It is mostly concentrated in The UK, sadly. Because I do try to keep it domestic to save me from overpriced shipping cost. Anyways, let’s get it started!
Well, of course you could always go to ASOS, which I love. It has everything you want and frequently have MANY offers & discounts. I am in love with ASOS (it is a UK site but they often have offers on free international delivery!). But unlike many people, I sometimes find ASOS very intimidating. There’s too much in it and there are times that I’m looking for something affordable… and ended up seeing many ridiculously adorable yet beyond my budget kind-of clothing. So this is not desirable for someone who constantly budget herself… like me! So, here are you other alternatives:
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Missguided is a very nice and chic website. It has a lot of affordable variety of clothing. I have ordered something from missguided once and it turned out very nice. The one thing I love is on your first buy, you get a free next day delivery! Mine came right on time, how awesome is that? However, one downside was that, one of the shirt I ordered, one of the buttons was quite hard to button. I mean, who doesn’t love FREE next day delivery? Any free stuff would to for me! Haha. This is my definite to go website. I love their shorts and shirts. My friend has also told me how comfortable the dresses are. So check it out!
** students, you can get 10% off if you join UNIDAYS
Boohoo is one of my favourite online website. I have ordered around 3 times from them. It is absolutely amazing. I LOVE their onesies. They’re adorable! I have also bought few skirts, shorts, and dresses. I highly recommend their onesies. Although my concern is as the price is quite cheap, the quality may not be as you expected. First, one of my shorts, the zipper was really hard. I guess it depends on your luck. But don’t be disheartened, you could still change the zipper at some of those places that fix clothes 🙂 That’s my plan. The shipping cost with boohoo is also relatively cheap compared to missguided.
** students, you can get 10% off if you join UNIDAYS
ASOS Marketplace is not the same as the normal http://www.asos.co.uk, Marketplace sells more vintage clothing, as it says on the description. In my opinion, what it is, is that, they sell clothing that is not from big brands (individual sellers from different countries around the world). Also they sell some 2nd hand ones. So it is relatively cheaper compared to the http://www.asos.co.uk, BUT like ebay, make sure you check with the seller first. I bought a jumpsuit once here and it came perfectly fine. I love it. It was exactly like it was pictured. However, the downside is the shipping cost. Since it is from different parts of the world, the shipping cost might be more pricey for some people than others. Depends on which dealer you choose from actually. The website is very basic and straightforward. Every time you click on the product page, on the side, it says the origin of the country and how much the shipping costs would be. So give it a try 🙂
** there is no discounts for ASOS Marketplace, however with UNIDAYS you can get 10% off with the normal ASOS.
Motel Rocks is a very chic and girly online shopping site. It is a bit pricey, but if you look at the SALE section, they actually have some really huge price drops. So that is student friendly! I guess, this is a very similar to Lipsy, but Lipsy has more dresses. While Motel Rocks has a good variety of others. I do love Lipsy, it is one of my go to places for party wear. So check it out! I think the US version of Motel Rocks would be Nasty Gal. I love Nasty Gal too but I find it quite pricey and the shipping cost is quite a lot too. So I have never really bought anything from there, but I do love online window shopping there 🙂 I honestly have never actually got anything from Motel Rocks, I shall review this once I have bought something.
** Students, you can get 20% off if you join UNIDAYS – not on discounted price (I assume)
I love this website, it is an online website of a retail store in London. So if you are in London area, you might as well pay it a visit to save yourself from the shipping fee. Basically they sell makeup brands that do not have retail stores (or uncommon to find) in the UK. It is specifically for the UK. But I love this store, of course I go here for Make Up For Ever. But there are other brands too. The only downside from the website is that the prices stated are excluding VAT. So please be aware of this when you are looking around. The prices however, are pretty reasonable (even after VAT), some are still less expensive than the retail prices in Asia. Amazeballs! I bought a lot of things from here and I paid for the standard (cheapest) shipping fee. It came within 4 days, though on the website it mentioned that there is no guarantee when it will arrive. Mine went from London to Edinburgh, so I guess it should be around 4 days to anywhere in the UK.
** Tips: if you are ordering it online, look around, they have a lot of gifts for orders above certain amounts. It is quite good, so search for promotion codes!
PAM is also an online store for uncommon brands in the UK. It is neck to neck with Guru Makeup Emporium. I haven’t had the chance to order anything from PAM. But when I was about to order my things from Guru Makeup Emporium, I did a hell lot of comparison. I found that Guru Makeup Emporium has more varieties. PAM often don’t have it or run out of stock. It may seem like the PAM has slightly more expensive prices but that is because the prices you see are with VAT. The shipping costs is slightly cheaper (by like a pound or so). So honestly, it is neck to neck with Guru Makeup Emporium. They both have their own advantages so, it’s your call!
HQ Hair I guess is more of beauty than makeup. It carries skin products, hair products, and up to makeup. It is not makeup concentrated so it is different than PAM or Guru Makeup Emporium. The makeup sold here are the common makeup you can find in the UK, e.g: Urban Decay or NARS. But they do have a lot of offers (e.g: they had an offer of buy 2 NARS products and get a small NARS orgasm blush!), or they have sales too. They also have beauty stuff like: hair straightener/curler. So it is a definite go to place to check for all your beauty needs!
UNIDAYS is like NUS CARD (if you are studying in the UK you should know this). They work with many online shops and give special offers for students. Simply by joining them and giving your email. They do have many deals with shops too (if you buy them online), e.g: Topshop/Topman/Miss Selfridge, etc.
If you are not in the UK, please check, because they do run in few countries. Sparing few minutes may save you a ton!
This is the end of my list. PLease let me know if you want any other categories or have any suggestions and want me to review it. Otherwise, comment below stating YOUR favourite online shop 🙂
Best of luck girlies.
Enjoy your shopping spree