Unbox with Me: My Neiman Marcus Purchase!

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Online Shopping is the Devil

Online Shopping 1 – Shari 0. I’ve been ‘controlling’ my makeup sprees lately by limiting myself to one purchase a month vs. a full-on makeup ban which seems quite undoable for now. Makeup and skincare are part of my mommy me-time, which I believe is important for full-time moms (the me-time, not the makeup!).
I’m still getting a kick out of GCASH-Amex Virtual Pay. My last purchases were from Nordstrom and Sephora. I don’t know what came over me this time but I swiftly decided to leap on over to Neiman Marcus to gloss over their Tom Ford collection. Right. Gloss over. Sure. We all know what happens next. For that, I’ll refer you back to the first statement of this entry.

I don’t know how I feel about the packaging, though. I’m over the moon that my purchases have all arrived in pristine conditions. Nary a chip or a smudge on the box or the inside of the items. But a smaller box with generous layers of bubble wrap, instead of smushed up paper, could work too noh?
Especially since the My Shopping Box shipping fee is calculated per pound so instead of paying for just one lb., I usually get charged for 2lbs thanks to these huge boxes and bountiful papers! Anyway, I’ll keep you hanging for a few seconds what Tom Ford item seduced the worst of my vulnerable self.

Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming.. Everything’s Hazy

>I picked out Orchid Haze, an eyeshadow quad from the Fall collection which will delightfully be joining the permanent collection. Tom Ford is known for the grown up glitters in his quads which to be honest, sounds kinda iffy to me.
Glitter is glitter and no matter what, they’ll shimmer like the glitzy Christmas balls during December. So imagine my delight when I saw a palette from the Fall collection that didn’t have one speck of glitter in it.

Ladies, Orchid Haze will be my make-or-break entry into the lavish and luxurious world of Tom Ford. I don’t want to be displeased and let down with the many raves online but let’s find out.

GCASH-AMex Virtual Pay, you little enabler!

Again, aside from the packaging issue, I’m still as pleased as punch with Globe’s GCASH Amex Virtual Pay service. Everything is just too easy nowadays! Never did I imagine owning a Tom Ford quad because I just won’t shell out Php4,800 ($112) for it (price of a makeup store I know carries Tom Ford).
Total time it took to arrive at my doorstep from the day of purchase is 13 days. No shocking customs fees (which I experienced recently upon receiving an item shipped through FedEx!), no long waits, nothing. This kind of innovation and hassle-free service deserves commendation, so here it is — snaps to you, Globe!
Because of this, I don’t even buy makeup locally anymore because of the high mark-ups with all the taxes, etc. Ever heard of the showrooming phenomenon? That is definitely at play here. And why not? Who wants to pay for more when you can get it for less somewhere else, right? Only con is probably that you’d have to be patient and wait for two weeks till you get your items. Otherwise, I couldn’t recommend this more.
Price: $78
Where to Buy: Neiman Marcus Online via GCASH-Amex Virtual Pay

*This is a paid partnership with Globe Telecom and GCASH AMEX.
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  1. Eileen
    October 14, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    I love online shopping (though I only shop at local e-shops like Taste Central, Zalora, etc.) it’s so much fun for me for some weird reason haha! When purchases get delivered to my house in a box I feel like it’s Christmas and I have gifts to open! Kinda silly but it brings me joy. LOL!

    Anyway, on a completely random note, I just saw your recent skincare post shared on Clarence Slimming and Dermatology Centre’s FB page! I thought it was cute that they added the comments such as “Clarence could also be your new skincare BFF!” to head the post. 🙂

    • October 15, 2013 / 1:20 am

      I like Taste Central, too! Have yet to try from Zalora though but my sister buys from there and she likes it.

      Oh they did? Wait ha, I’ll check now. Onga noh, kulit ng caption! Love it! Thanks for the heads up, Eileen!

  2. October 14, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    OOO haaai Tom indeed! I try not to shop a lot online when the webshop is not based in the EU, because if the customs seize the parcel, it could mean weeks and countless phone calls before I get to pay a big bill (VAT plus the cost of them opening my parcel. Thank you but I really didn’t ask you to) to liberate it! I also dislike paying a lot of shipping when I shop online, so mostly I am very good. I have to say mostly because a lot of UK-based webshops do offer free shipping, and they keep spamming my inbox with coupon codes that I just sometimes HAVE to use LOL Would love to see Orchid Haze on ya!

    • October 15, 2013 / 1:23 am

      I know what you mean! I have a package sent as a gift that’s being charged a preposterously high customs tax (even higher than the declared amount!) and I’m so furious about this. This service I discovered though completely eliminates customs fees, taxes etc because they deliver door-to-door without having to pass customs!! I only pay USD5.99/lb to have it shipped from the US to here.

      And yes, Orchid Haze swatches and look soon!

  3. dianne
    October 14, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    How much was the shipping fee ms shari? Thank you

    • October 15, 2013 / 1:25 am

      Hi Dianne! I paid $11.98 (around Php500) for shipping, but it’s supposedly just $5.99 (around P250!). The box kasi it was shipped with is so big! Thanks for the question, I shall add it up there on my post.

  4. Rae @Scatterbraintures
    October 14, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    And here I am googling for GCASH-AMEX…

    • October 15, 2013 / 1:26 am

      It will open doors, windows and catholes… 😉 Hehe! Good luck! It’s quite easy to sign up and use the service, which makes all the temptation in the world a pinky away.

  5. Memoiselle
    October 14, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    I know the feeling when you’re unboxing your parcel.. It feels so exciting right 😉
    It’s so exciting to see you get that Tom Ford Orchid Haze, please do a look with it!

    • October 15, 2013 / 1:29 am

      I think I enjoy more the thrill of unboxing than the product itself LOL! But yes, I know what you mean, Meryl! And will do one soon!!

    • October 15, 2013 / 10:25 pm

      Bahahaha, sorry guys. Shall try to keep it at a minimum, promise. Operative word: TRY!

  6. October 15, 2013 / 3:37 am

    Thou shall stop tempting me!! Seriously, Shari, huhuhu gudlawrdjeezuz! I think I might give in any time soon. Need. To. Control. Myself. Bow.
    Btw, can’t wait for your reviews, swatches and all that beautiful jazz 🙂

    • October 15, 2013 / 10:26 pm

      Just sharing and passing on the temptation 😉 Hahaha!
      And for the swatches etc, working on it na!!

  7. CJ
    October 15, 2013 / 12:44 pm

    Oh you tease! Not even a little photo of the actual thing :))

    • October 15, 2013 / 10:27 pm

      Me? A tease? Of course not! I just like a little mystery 😉 Hehehe!!

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