Happy Monday! I’m currently recovering from a stubborn cold – so please forgive the disruption to my posting schedule the past week. I’m making up for it with a post I was honestly anticipating writing around a week from now. For the first time in around 3-5 years, I made an order on YesStyle.com which is made up of solely cosmetics products.
I have quite the crazy wishlist (the icon stops at 99, but I’m well above that) of products I want to keep tabs on. Wishlists for me are more like bookmarks – I like the look of items, but I can’t commit to a purchase right away so I want to make sure I can find it again when the opportunity presents itself. So there are lots of beautiful looking clothes, shoes, miscellaneous products as well as cosmetics that appeal to me on their site, but I only bought cosmetics this time around.
All of the products I purchased were from the cruelty-free category (they include an option to only show cruelty-free products) with the exception of one product which I’ll discuss in a moment. So I put trust in YesStyle to be up to date with their information on which brands are cruelty-free or not.
As far as the actual process of using their site: it’s very simple and easy. Having an account, most of these items were ones I had wishlisted during an online window shopping session recently, so I picked these out knowing I was already interested in them. I really like that the website has the cruelty-free category you can tick so you can exclude brands that don’t fit that criteria.
The payment process was also really simple and easy to go through, which is one of the things I find makes me nervous with online shopping. I also like that the notification process of my order was in two steps – the initial payment accepted email, and then a follow up invoice to inform me that my order was dispatched. I’m a huge advocate for communication and when company’s keep you informed of what’s going on with your order, that increases my respect for them.
In terms of shipping times, I took advantage of the £30.00 minimum spend to have free premium shipping, which based on their shipping chart on their site, meant a 7-14 day shipping period to the UK. From my previous experiences with other online shopping sites, I anticipated my delivery arriving at the latest possible date, so I’ve ordered my products around when I expected to need them and the latest possible time they could arrive. In my case, my package arrived exactly 7 days after it was dispatched, so I’m extremely pleased. My package was also dispatched within a day from when I placed my order as well, which is another factor that’s left me pleased. So as far as service goes, I’m quite happy.
The package itself arrived in a plastic bag as opposed to a cardboard box (I’ve clearly developed my expectations after so many orders with Amazon). I didn’t photograph it because it has my address on it, but inside was a plastic hollow container which houses my products inside. The container itself is designed to hold itself shut, but it was also taped down to keep it more secure. The products were also bubble wrapped with the inventory sheet inside.
My products overall were all in-tact and safe, the only damage was to the box of one of my skincare items, which I suspect was just so tightly packed with my other purchases that the box’s integrity was mildly compromised. The bottle itself is perfectly fine though, so I have no real complaints. The box isn’t going to look quite so pristine for photographing purposes, but honestly, I don’t mind.
So what did I pick up? Starting with skincare, I picked up two COSRX products. The first is a product I’ve missed immensely, which is the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, which I’ve reviewed in the past and wanted desperately to repurchase. I’ve tried a couple of products that are similar to this in the past, and while they are nice and definitely easier to get hold of, I wanted to get hold of another bottle of this product anyway, so I took the opportunity to pick it up again. I paid £10.85, which is slightly more expensive than I’d prefer to pay for skincare items (I don’t have a large budget) but I think it’s worthwhile because I know I like this product.
The second COSRX product I picked up is the Two In One Poreless Power Liquid. I was conflicted between picking this product or the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, and I settled on this product instead because it seemed like a more all-around formula that would suit my skin better. I paid £13.73 for this product, which is a little bit on the pricey side, but since I knew I wanted to reach the £30.00 spending limit, I cut myself some slack.
As far as these two products are concerned, I plan to test them out in both my night time and day time routine to see where they fit best, but mostly I’m just excited to have a product I know love back in my routine, and to try something new from this brand.
The last skincare item I picked out are 3 minis of the CARE:NEL Special Lip Sleeping Mask. Part of me regrets not picking up the full size instead for an extra 20p, but the minis are very convenient for travel and just testing these out for the first time. So I’ll consider buying the full size if I like it, and if I don’t, I can pass on the other minis. As I was expecting my package to arrive a week later, these are going to be stashed away for a bit. My plan for these though is to have these as a back up for my night time lip balm that is currently sat in my bathroom (I forget to use it if I leave it in my office, and I use this straight after brushing my teeth before bed). I’ll review this in detail in the future, but one of the things that amuses me is how similar the packaging is to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I would like to try the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask someday, but they do not seem to be a cruelty-free brand, so it’s currently not an option to me. So for now, I want to try a different brand that offers the same type of product.
The only makeup item I purchased is the Heimish Varnish Velvet Lip Tint. I picked out the shade ‘05 Dry Rose‘, for £7.23. I wishlisted multiple shades from this line, but I picked the shade that seemed the best fit for wearing on a regular basis. For me, this tends to be very natural tones, typically in the medium-pink area, as my lips are naturally pigmented. The photo and my monitors’ colour settings make this shade look a relatively cool-toned medium pink, which is my ideal shade. The packaging gives it a warmer tone, but I haven’t swatched it yet because I want to make sure I don’t have too many overlapping lip products on the go. But I’m really excited to try out another Korean lip tint, as I’ve only tried the PeriPera Disney Frozen Magic Glam Tint in Elsa’s shade called ‘Let it Go‘. So I’ve been curious to try other lip tints and see if they suit my tastes or look good on me.
Finally we have the Tony Moly Pureness 100 Pearl Sheet Mask. This was added to my order during the payment process as a free gift for spending a certain amount on my order. Tony Moly are technically not fully cruelty-free, so I’m a bit conflicted about having received this item. I’m extremely grateful to receive a free gift as that’s generous and a positive customer service experience, however I think YesStyle could improve this by letting their customers pick a cruelty-free option. My only option to avoid receiving this item was to remove an item from my order – which would have been the Heimish Lip Tint, but I didn’t want to do that. I couldn’t opt-out of receiving the free gift either, so adding that as an option is another alternative that I think YesStyle should consider on top of adding a cruelty-free option if they want to pursue a generous free-gift scheme. I hope that doesn’t come across as ungrateful as I am grateful for their generosity, however I am put in a conflicting situation as someone who only wants to support cruelty-free brands.
I intend to offer this sheet mask to my mum when I see her this weekend, so if she wants to take it off my hands then I’ll happily pass it along. If she isn’t interested in trying it – I’m not sure sheet masks are something she’s interested in – then I’ll use it myself to avoid waste. Having looked through my stash of sheet masks I do have this exact mask in my stash among other masks from this brand, which I hauled in my trip to Canada and America a couple of years ago, so if I do end up with an extra, I will disclose both of these in future posts where they come up.
That concludes my YesStyle haul. It was really exciting to order a package just for myself and have the anticipation of it arriving in the post. Typically I’m picking up one or two items here and there in-store when I take trips into the city so I’m used to the instant gratification. This is great as well, but it’s nice to treat myself every now and then, particularly when I really wanted to rebuy a product I love. I can see myself placing future orders with YesStyle, although I don’t expect this to be frequent. I think they’re a great option for trying cosmetics from brands that aren’t otherwise accessible to you so if you’re curious to try out their site, I do encourage it. My singular pleasant experience isn’t indicative of everyone’s experiences, but I will review my experiences in future haul posts so you can see what my experiences are like over time.
In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy, and thank you so much for your support.