Customs duty, Korean Skincare, Korean website, Shopping guide, Uncategorized

Korean Website which ships to India | A shopping guide

DISCLAIMER:

The website has a very basic and simple user interface. But the operations are smooth and I haven’t faced any difficulty while shopping with them.

This post is not sponsored. I love the website and their customer service, hence I made this shopping guide.

SHOPPING ON THE WEBSITE

  • THERE IS NO FIXED PRICE. PRODUCT PRICE VARIES DEPENDING ON SALE AND PROMOTION THE WEBSITE OFFERS.
  • The website has a lot of products and a lot of brands, DO NOT GET DISTRACTED AND CONFUSED.
  • In the navigation bar, hover/click on the special offers tab -> special deal. Check their bestseller sale page and weekly deal sale page (new products every week and great discounts, maximum 3 products per week is added here)
  • special offers tab-> sample shop (find deluxe sample or 10 pieces sachet sample packet)

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Tips:

  • Make optimum use of your wishlist, add the products you want to buy to your wishlist and monitor it from time to time for any price changes. Make a purchase when there is a sale.
  • Some brands like Laneige, Tony Moly, Etude House etc., maintain consistent price and usually don’t fluctuate. But brands like Skinfood, Secret Key, Innisfree etc., have price fluctuations depending on sale or any offer.
  •  Don’t use the navigation to shop by product type, it can be time consuming and confusing to find specific product. Shop by Brands instead or search for the product.
  • Use the 10% discount coupon. It pops up from time to time when you add item to your cart or when you open the page.

  • You need to share the website link in any of the platforms mentioned below.

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SHIPPING ESTIMATE:

  • The website offers weight based shipping. What does it mean? Shipping charges vary from order to order depending on the weight of the products in the cart.  As you can see in the image below, the shipping varies depending on the product weight.
  • Choose K-packet. Don’t exceed 1.8 kg weight(your cart will show the total product weight. K-packet takes anywhere between 10-25 days to arrive depending on the holidays in between. I usually get my orders in 10-15 days. You also get a tracking number when you use K- packet and chances of not getting customs duty is high when you use K- packet.
  • If you choose EMS, your order will reach you in week and YOU WILL PAY CUSTOMS DUTY 41% and customs handling charges to the logistics company(charges vary depending on the company).

Tips:

  • It may appear like you are paying extremely high shipping charges but when you buy a couple of items and break down the shipping it is cheaper than any other website.
  • Total shipping value/no of items = individual shipping amount.

  • Add this to your product value and cross verify with other websites which offer free shipping.
  • Install an app “Aftership” from app store and add your tracking number to track it.

PAYMENT METHODS

  • Currency is USD, if you are shopping using Indian cards. Make sure your card supports international transaction and also prefer using a credit card over a debit card. (in case there is a misuse of card, you won’t incur much loss, since it’s credit card, headache will be for the bank)
  • USE ONLY PAY PAL. It’s safe, secure and easy. Also when you are redirected to Pay Pal page, change currency conversion by bank. It’s set to default as pay pal but change it to bank. Bank conversions are slightly cheaper than pay pal.
  • Capture

Image source: Bank Bazar

REWARDS:

  • You get 400 points when you sign up.
  • And 10 points for every 1$ you spend on the website.
  • You can redeem points according to the chart below,

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CUSTOMS DUTY:

  • Customs duty depends on location, quantity, product value and the logistics company.                                                                                                                                     eg : Maharashtra customs is one tough cookie.
  • Customs duty is 41% of total value declared(including shipping).

 

Tips:

  • Always use K-packet to ship.
  • Since it’s weight based shipping there is no minimum order value so shop in small quantities. I don’t exceed 1-1.5 kg limit. This will also reduce the chance of hitting customs.

 

This is the link to the website www.cosmetic-love.com

And let me know in comments if you have any difficulty and also if you are going to shop from them. 

 

Image credits: Cosmetic-Love

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Korean Skincare, Serum, Vitamin C

How to use Vitamin C serum – Do and Don’t | Layering Vitamin C in your routine |

The vitamin C we are talking about is LAA – L Ascorbic Acid.

Check my previous post for a complete review on Vitamin C serum by TIA’M.
DON’T MIX VITAMIN C: [1]

  1. AHA/BHA. Vitamin C has exfoliating properties and AHA/BHA are great exfoliants too, double exfoliation would make your skin very sensitive.
  2. Niacinamide – When mixed it changes the formula and causes vitamin C to oxidize. A lot of Vitamin C serum have Niacinamide but they are formulated such that they work together to enhance the effect. However topically applying Niacinamide isn’t safe.
  3. Benzoyl Peroxide, if you have inflammation and acne, the products prescribed by the dermatologist might contain Benzoyl Peroxide. This causes vitamin C to oxidize.
  4. Collagen – when it comes in contact with vitamin C it clots and hence it becomes useless to add further products into your skin.

THE DO’s |What enhances Vitamin C? :[2]

  1. Vitamin E – it enhances absorption rate, I used the Vitamin E toner by The Body Shop and the TIA’M A+ cream in my routine. They compliment each other’s antioxidant effect.
  2. Arbutin – Since arbutin inhibits melanin formation and vitamin C removes pigmentation, they work together to give an enhanced brightening effect.
  3. Peptide – Peptide signals the skin to produce collagen and when peptide meets Vitamin C it boosts the effect.

How to use vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an acid. Especially this particular form of vitamin C (LAA) is pH dependent i.e it penetrates your skin effectively and gives you maximum results when applied at a lower pH level.

pH is measured between 0-14, 0 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline/basic. 7 is neutral. pH is really a measure of the relative amount of hydrogen and hydroxyl in a water solution. Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic, whereas water that has more hydroxyl ions is basic.

  • Our skin falls on the acidic side, the skin barrier also known as the acid mantle helps to retain moisture, keep away toxins and bacteria. Our skin pH is 5.5
  • When the skin becomes alkaline the acid mantle is no longer balanced and hence our skin becomes dry, dull and ages quicker. It also provides a good environment for bad bacteria which causes acne. Hence maintaining skin pH at 5.5-6 is very important. Always use a low pH cleanser.

How to lower skin pH before using LAA?
Method 1: Use a toner which has a pH of (3.5-4.5) to lower skin pH.
Method 2: After cleansing with a low pH cleanser wait for anywhere between 15 minutes to one hour before you apply the Vitamin C serum.

I follow method 2, I have a long gap between the time I wash my face(I do it immediately after returning home) and my routine again restarts two hours later before I am off to bed.

Oil Cleanse/Makeup remover – Low pH gel/foam cleanser – (a big time gap) – vitamin c serum- and so on……..

If you don’t like the wait time, you can buy a pH balancing toner instead.
Oil Cleanse/Makeup remover – Low pH gel/foam cleanser – pH balancing toner – vitamin c serum- and so on……..
How to layer multiple acids?

If you are already using AHA or BHA,

  • You can either use AHA/BHA in one routine and Vitamin C in another routine. But remember that AHA are more sensitive to light than LAA.
  • I rotate my acids and use them on alternate days. This is to be on the safer side and prevent over exfoliation.

NOTE:

Always patch test before you use. If you have sensitive skin, mix the Vitamin C with a toner and use it for a couple of days, later your skin will be able to handle the vitamin C.

Information sources : Internet