Isn’t it just the biggest pain when some of your favourite US brands just don’t ship to the UK? (Colourpop for example) and others that do ship here, charge an extortionate amount for postage – Too Faced, I’m looking at you, seriously a minimum of £15 for shipping, without even adding taxes is just ridiculous!
This is where My Mall Box comes in – this company offers the perfect solution to our US shopping woes. My Mall Box is basically a shipping company that you can use to deliver items from the US that you may not be able to get otherwise – what a genius idea!
So how does it work? Well it’s very simple, you sign up to their site (which is free of charge) and MMB will assign you your very own US postal address. This is basically a PO Box at their warehouse which you can then use as your shipping address on your US orders. Simple!
My Mall Box invited me to test out their services to see if it really was all it’s cracked up to be. So let me talk you through my experience –
I decided to order a few beauty bits (of course) and ended up with a Sephora order, a Marc Jacobs order and a LA Splash order. When making my Sephora order, I thought everything was ok until I went to find out where my parcel had got to as I’d received no updates, and they had cancelled the order without informing me. It turns out Sephora do not allow orders to PO boxes. Now I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t I just order from Sephora and have them ship direct to the UK, because they can and will ship here. Well I just wanted to see if it would work out any cheaper via MMB when it came to shipping and taxes really. Though I couldn’t get Sephora to deliver to my US MMB address, luckily My Mall Box offer a ‘buy for me’ service. This is where they literally buy the item for you and hold it at your MMB address until you arrange for it to be shipped on to you. I did wonder why on earth anyone would want to use it to begin with (as there is a small fee per transaction) but in this instance it was the perfect solution.
So this was lesson number 1 – Sephora will possibly cancel your order if you use your MMB address as your postal address. Now I say possibly as this happened to me, but I’ve heard of others that have successfully had their Sephora orders sent to MMB. To be on the safe side, if you’re desperate to get your hands on that must have item, My Mall Box will buy it for you.
I know what you’re thinking – BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FREEBIES? Regular Sephora shoppers will know that you get a minimum of three freebie samples per order, well the good ol guys at My Mall Box will also include these in your order, but you must specify when completing the ‘Buy for me’ information which ones you want.
I also fancied picking up a few Physicians Formula bits from Ulta, so I tried to place an order there too, but the issue here was that their system wouldn’t accept my payment method as I’m in the UK. I ended up going with a rather gorgeous product from Marc Jacobs in the end, but I could have got My Mall Box to ‘buy for me’ from Ulta if I’d really want them to.
The only downside that I can see with the buy for me feature, is that the My Mall Box team have their own accounts at various stores, so many of you will know with Sephora and Ulta, the more you purchase the more your points you will receive – well you’ll miss out on points as the orders aren’t on your own account. It’s not necessarily the end of the world but I think this is definitely worth mentioning.
Ok so I ordered a couple of STUNNING Laura Mercier Highlighters from Sephora, which I got My Mall Box to buy for me, as well as a Marc Jacobs highlighter direct from Marc Jacobs – these items aren’t available in the UK yet so I thought I’d treat myself! I also ordered some LA Splash liquid lipsticks which I bought ‘myself’ by just adding my MMB address as the shipping address – reviews will be coming up of everything very soon!
One thing I like is that My Mall Box keeps you informed every step of the way, when they have placed an order for you, and when the package arrives with them. I waited for all my orders to be delivered then asked MMB to ‘Repackage’ everything. This basically means they open all your packages and re-package them into one box – which will save you money on shipping.
You are also given different shipping options, of course the faster ones are more expensive, and my parcel ended up costing $32 via DHL express service, and it only took a few days to arrive, which I thought was fantastic.
If you’re thinking of ordering from the US and fancy saving yourself some money, please feel free to sign up to My Mall Box via my referral code here, this will give you a credit to your account for your first use.
I think I’ve covered everything but if you have any questions please feel free to ask away in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
This post is sponsored by My Mall Box, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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