Friday, 24 January 2014

iHerb Haul- Real Technique + more ( Indian Customs-Rant!!!)

I always squeal with joy when a package arrives at my doorstep. I get some sort of an adrenaline rush because despite the fact that numerous packages of mine have been lost by the postal services, i remain obnoxious and continue shopping online.
I received my recent order from iHerb.com and i was more than thrilled.... however, my thrill lasted only a few seconds when the delivery guy handed me a hefty custom duty receipt. When i saw the bill i was literally like "No f******* way!!"
The total value of my package was Rs.4600/- ($73.10) and the custom duty charged was Rs.3000/- ($47). Now isn't that preposterous?? That is almost like  61% of duty charged. I think its crazy and i was so angry i could have punched the delivery guy.... but then it was not his fault and i had no other way than to hand over the cash and collect my stuff. So what had actually been a haul of Rs.4600/- ($73) ended up costing me Rs.7600/- ($120)....arghhhh!!!


When i opened my box, my anger some what dissipated after looking at the products. I had waited several months for this haul because some of the products were out-of-stock and i had to wait and wait for iHerb to restock. Here is what i purchased.


First up, i present to you the Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge. I am most excited about this baby here. I know how the Beauty Blender sponge has taken the blogging world by storm but some how, deep down, i just could not justify spending around Rs.1800/- ($29) on a piece of sponge. Real Techniques heard my prayers and came to my rescue and this has got to be the best dupe ever. I hear that it is as good as the Beauty Blender at one-fourth the price. Don't we all just love Real Technique?! 


Then i got myself the Real Technique Powder Brush. Now that summer is officially ending where i live, i needed a giant powder brush to..... well powder my face to kill the shine (thinking of summer and what it does to my skin is already making me cringe!!)

Next i bought the Real Technique Stippling Brush to apply highlighters. Im naturally a heavy handed person and many times i have ended up using too much of it and ending up looking like a grease ball rather than glowy. So I'm hoping this will be perfect for me for applying highlighters.

Next up, i bought the Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum. One of my resolutions for 2014 is to take better care of my skin that i have been abusing for the past many years. I forget to drink adequate amounts of water, i miss out on monthly clean-ups and i sometimes sleep with my make-up on so the least that i could do for my skin was to take better care of it.


Last but not the least i bought Earth Science Active Age Defense Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acid Night Rejuvinator (pheww.... thats a pretty long name) I have oily and acne prone skin and i am hoping that the alpha/beta acid chemically exfoliate my skin and clean my pores and i don't have frequent break-outs. Fingers crossed!!


Im pretty happy with my haul and i can't wait to use the products and do individual reviews. iHerb is such a wonderful site and i can never get tired of going through the wonderful and unique products they stock.

Use my Coupon code GJT902 (or click on the code) and avail discount on your first purchase from iHerb

Do you guys want me to review any particular product first?? Comment!!
xoxo


15 comments:

  1. :faints: 61% custom duty is insane :(!! Awesome haul dear!! loved it <3

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    1. I know Gowthami..... isn't it absolutely outrageous. So not fair :'(

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  2. omg 61%..dats too much...anyways that real technique sponge look interesting...do review that!

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  3. Hi, what a great web blog. I usually spend hours on the net reading blogs on various subjects. And, I really would like to praise you for writing such a fabulous article ...
    iHerb Coupon Code

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  4. hi, since iherb dont accept paypal, how is the payment made, do they accept CC? thanks

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    1. Hi Shilpa..... yes they accept CC and debit cards too. Happy shopping... Use my code GJT902 if you are shopping for the first time.

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  5. hi ..thankyou for this post was really good ...i am shopping on an international website for the first time my debit card (mastercard) is being denied ...which never happens while shopping on indian sites ...is their a specail procedure for international websites .

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  6. Loved your collection, not sure which is the right one, this brush looks a bit different on iherb site:
    http://iherb.com/Real-Techniques-by-Samantha-Chapman-Your-Base-Flawless-Core-Collection-4-Brushes-Case/41367?rcode=PPT610

    Is it the same one you bought?

    Have a nice day!

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  7. The Indian customs dept site which describes for cosmetics its around 10% of the product value, and for any other supplements or vitamins its around 30% to 150%.

    Yes, its a rip off , but if we need those particular products from iHerb or any other e-com sites, we may need to pay teh extra customs duty, over the actual duty DHL r USPS may add their own charges, ending upto coming to a BIG amount till we hate iHerb.

    http://www.cbec.gov.in/htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-tariff2015-16/cst2015-16-idx

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  9. Hi,

    My name is Sandeep and I am from India DO I get Genuine body-building supplements form iherb.com please advise

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  10. 61% ? is it true ? coz as per cbec , the most they can charge is 30%

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  11. Would u recommend iherb? i was thinking to buy some stuff from that website and came across your haul?

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  12. Nice post! Real Techniques are so amazing, I'm in love with these brushes and I highly recommend the Core Collection and the blush brush!
    Best Regards

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  13. i dont understand why would someone waste that much money on useless cosmetic products. You could have used that money to help a needy one or could enjoyed a whole weekend on a hill station. Beauty is not from outside but inside.

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