What I Bought from ASOS

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I recently wrote about my experience placing an order from UK-based website ASOS, and how I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t charge me customs duties. I’m hearing conflicting reports from readers so I think it’s still quite hit and miss, but for a few small items I think it’s worth the risk, especially since the lower the value of your order, the lower the customs charges if you get nailed.

Anyway, I thought you would be interested in what I bought:

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Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Price: £7.50 (usually £9.99)
Shade: Rose Beige

As with most products she uses in her videos, Lisa Eldridge caused an absolute frenzy when she applied this new product to Sophie Dahl’s face in a recent tutorial (side note: Sophie Dahl is SUCH a babe). Don’t be put off by the whole CC (colour correcting) thing – it’s really just a great tinted moisturiser with a little extra coverage and a bit of healthy glow. It’s a fabulous product for girls on the go because you can easily blend it in with your fingers and build up certain areas that need extra help. This shade is unfortunately a little bit light for me at the moment but as we’re going into winter, I’m sure I’ll get to use it a bit more in a few months time. PS: This is available in SA at selected Clicks but I didn’t know that at the time.

Update: This product is now also available on rubybox. Am also awaiting feedback from Clicks with a list of which stores stock Bourjois.  

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm

Price: £4.00 (usually £5.99)
Shade: Drive Me Nude

I would never have even picked this up in store, nevermind swatched it. Luckily I had checked out some swatches online and this shade really caught my eye as the perfect daytime lip colour. The packaging and even the product colour are a little misleading, because on the lips it’s a lovely pinky-toned nude that’s very easy to wear and extremely flattering. They have a yummy vanilla scent (similar to MAC lipsticks) and a twist-up mechanism so you never need to sharpen them. I think I might need these in a few more colours… As if I don’t own enough chunky lip pencils already! I know, I have a problem.

Online shopping in South Africa | All Dolled Up

Online shopping in South Africa | All Dolled Up
Swatches (no editing or filters, natural daylight)

Rimmel London 5 Pan Eyeshadow

Price: £4.50 (usually £6.99)
Shade: Brixton Brown

I read rave reviews about this little gem on a few overseas blogs (Alix, Lily & Anna) where it was often referred to as a good alternative to Charlotte Tilbury’s swoon-worthy La Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette. On first impressions, I’m slightly underwhelmed. The colours don’t swatch as nicely as I would have liked (the pigment of the khaki shade in particular is basically non-existent) but I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve actually used these on my eyes and done a proper wear test to how they hold up. In short, I like the colour selection (although definitely better for brunettes I think) and it’s wonderfully affordable, but I’m just not sure about the quality just yet.

10 comments on What I Bought from ASOS

  • hildegarde_k

    I was contemplating placing an Asos order just for Brixton Brown, but now I think I’ll wait for your review first… I also have the CC cream and I loved it! I was actually a bit shocked at how much coverage it gives.

    • Jules (author)

      Camilla had a go with the eyeshadows this week and she said they’re better than she expected. I decided to give it to her because I don’t think the shades work as well on someone as fair and blonde as me.

  • wilandri


    Do you which Clicks sells the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream?

    I also use the Garnier BB cream in Light and I was wondering which colour for the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream you would recommend?


    • Camilla

      Hi Wilandri. I bought mine from the Clicks in Canal Walk. I checked in the V&A Waterfront Clicks today and they definitely do not stock it. Let us know if you manage to find it!

    • Jules (author)

      Which part of SA are you in? We can tell you which Clicks branches stock Bourjois but not specifically which ones carry the CC cream unfortunately. It’s a bit difficult to say which shade you’ll be; best to try the testers when you get there and they vary in tone as well as shade.

      • Wilandri

        Thanks so much! I actually found it at the V&A waterfront store. But was unsure about the shade. Tried the Stila CC, but it was really oily and my skin is already oily and prone to breakouts – also might have been because of the moisturizer the lady used. Will continue my search. Love your blog by the way!

  • Noya

    HI, have you tried other foundations by bourjois? I was wondering if the Shade 33 for the CC cream match well with shade 53 from their Healthy Mix foundation.

    • Jules (author)

      I have compared shade 33 in the CC cream against shade 53 in the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and although they are similar tones, the CC cream definitely has more of a pink undertone. You can also check out resources like Findation and Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix for more.

  • Bee

    Hi Jules

    When ordering from ASOS do you generally list your postal address or residential? If different

    • Jules (author)

      Hi Bee – I’m afraid I don’t know because I’ve never tried using a postal (non-physical) address.

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