Lately I've been experimenting with skincare (20% Azelaic acid Gel to be precise) and my skin looks like shit at the moment 'cause it's purging badly. It's been almost 6 weeks now so hopefully the purge should be over soon. The Ordinary's skin care range has been on my radar for a long time and I finally decided to get some of their products.
I had placed an order for 5 bottles of their AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution through a friend when I realized that ASOS was actually one of their authorized retailers and the price conversion wasn't bad at all.
I decided to try them out and went with 5 bottles of 100% L Ascorbic Acid powder which just got delivered today; 19 days after I placed the order.
This guide will serve as an update of sorts to my previous review on shopping with ASOS here in Nigeria.
Simply click on this link which will take you direct to the entire catalogue for The Ordinary on ASOS. Unfortunately not all products are available there. The AHA-BHA Peeling solution isn't there at all and I've been checking for 3 weeks now.
Add the products you wish to buy into your bag then go to checkout. Keep in mind that ASOS charges a standard delivery fee of about £8 to Nigeria. You qualify for free shipping if the cost of your order is above £50.
There might have been a promotion of sorts when I ordered 'cause I got free shipping for an order of £24.50.
Take note of any promo code you see around the site then click on Checkout. As in the screenshot above you get 15% off with the code FIFTEEN.
Apply the code and get your discount then move to Address section.
Fill in your address and under County, enter your phone number as shown in the screenshot below. There have been issues with ASOS not printing phone numbers on packages and this has caused delivery issues for some people in the past. They seem to have fixed the problem but better to play safe still.
Leave the delivery option as £8 standard which is cheaper but will probably take 21 days to get to you. If you have money to blow or you need the order urgently use Express delivery which will cost you £20 and deliver in a week.
I strongly advise against using Express Delivery as both delivery options come with custom duty charges. It would be painful to pay £20 express delivery and get charged custom fee too.
My order cost £24.50 free delivery included and I ended up paying N1,000 custom charges before I got my order.
WARNING: The higher the cost of your order, the higher your custom charges so shine your eyes and don't play ya sef. I just wish it was possible to calculate custom charges before the order is finalized and paid for.
The rest is pretty straight forward. Just pay up and within a day or two, your order will be shipped out and a tracking link sent to you.
As you can see below, it took 3 days for my order to get to Nigeria after which things went silent for like a week, then I got an invoice via email asking me to pay N1,000 as custom charges. I quickly paid and got a receipt the next day and 7 days later I got called to come pick up the package at SKyNet's office here in Sokoto.
And thus went my second experience shopping with ASOS Nigeria. I'll be so using them to shop other cheap effective skincare brands in the future.
I'v seen some beauty shops here in Nigeria selling the Ordinary products for like N6500 a vial. That's like triple the regular retail price in some cases. E go be for una oh! ASOS 4 Life. lol
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