Scarlet & Julia is a new online store that lets Canadians shop for their favourite beauty products and tools, with a couple of unique twists. Not only can shoppers get products from hard-to-find brands, but they can also access exclusive private sales, collect loyalty shopper points that can be used on future purchases AND 1% of all Scarlet & Julia sales is funneled to the non-profit, Look Good Feel Better, an organization that helps women fighting cancer rediscover their inner beauty. Don't you just love it when shopping feels good and does good!
Recently I was offered a $50 gift card to try out the new shopping experience at Scarlet & Julia. The site is pretty straightforward to navigate with its familiar options of shopping by product category and by brand. I was really impressed with the range of brands that Scarlet & Julia offers, some of which I didn't even know did beauty, such as:
- Agent Provocateur
- Anna Sui
- Lipstick Queen
- Lise Watier (one of my fave Canadian brands!)
- Living Proof
- Nuxe Paris
- Dr. Hauschka
- and more!
The only sad thing is that many of those brands have limited stock available, unless you're really into perfumes in the case of Burberry. Hopefully as time goes on Scarlet & Julia is able to stock more variety per brand.
In terms of pricing, Scarlet & Julia is pretty similar to other stores online, but for those really looking for a deal, they can just visit the Beauty Outlet section, where there are items at up to 80% off retail!
For my first purchase, I knew I wanted to try things that I wouldn't normally get and what better to splurge on than a $42 sunscreen and a $20 lip liner?
The Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish sunscreen is a 70% organic sunscreen that has a light, non-greasy finish and a refreshing cucumber scent. Besides offering sun protection, this sunscreen also acts as skincare thanks to its evening primrose and linseed oils to provide a more even skin tone, and plankton extract to plump up tired skin, among other ingredient goodies that have me wriggling with glee! Coola is hard to get in stores here, so the opportunity to try this out was a no-brainer.
My second pick with the remaining funds I had left, was the Cargo Reverse Lip Liner. A nude toned liner, this soft pencil can be used to define your natural lip line and prevent feathering and smearing, which is perfect for all the liquid lipsticks that have been coming out lately.
Overall my shopping experience with Scarlet & Julia was simple and straightforward, but there are still some obvious growing pains. The site could definitely use more products and a section for product reviews as I'm used to seeing on Sephora, so in that respect it still has a long ways to go. As well, don't expect your products to arrive quickly. My order didn't ship until a couple weeks after purchase, which is a millennium in today's Amazon Prime world. Despite these negatives though, I'll still keep visiting Scarlet & Julia as really there aren't too many good Canadian beauty options out there and I'm hopeful that the site will improve over time. They've got a promising start and I can't wait for summer to bust out my new sunscreen!
What are your tips for shopping for beauty products online as a Canadian?