Canadians have been screwed over for a long time by being charged inflated prices at home for everything ... from clothing to groceries to liquor to gas ... and inflated conversion prices if you are buying online -- and then paying the duty charges and shipping charges on top of that. That is, if you can find something online that will ship here. It is better than how it used to be, more stores do ship to Canada now but there are still many products that I like that cannot be shipped to Canada or the product is still cheaper to buy it in the US, so it makes sense to just wait and buy it on one of our trips.
So it's no wonder I do the majority of my personal shopping directly in the US. We also buy groceries in the US when we can, as the savings do make a difference. The US has different products than we do and the variety is wonderful. (I also like that you can buy your groceries and liquor in the same store in the US). There are no such stores as Macys, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, CVS, etc where I live, so I usually save up big-time once we decide to go on a vacation. I generally make it worth my while and stock up on what I like. Thank goodness the duty limit has gone up!
As always, I buy my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers in Porcelain (LM does not ship to Canada and the US/Can conversion is ridiculous - Sephora in Canada charges $13-15 more per moisturizer than buying it in the US.) I also bought my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners and a cream eyeshadow after getting a makeover done at Macys. I was impressed with the cream eyeshadow - it stays put all day. I bought the gel eyeliners in Black Ink and Chocolate Shimmer Ink and the creme eyeshadow in Galaxy.
I love my Molton Brown shower gels, this time they did not get confiscated at the airport! Yippee!
I went to CVS Pharmacy to get some toiletries, I usually just buy shampoo & conditioner minis whenever I go somewhere. CVS has the best products, I could spend hours perusing the aisles. Many of the products they have are far less expensive than here, or they have products that we don't have at all. I tried the Salma Hayek Nuance Raw Honey Shampoo and Conditioner minis and loved them so much that I went back and bought the bigger sizes. Don't think I can buy these in Canada.
I LOVE Henri Bendel. The NYC flagship is one of my most favorite stores ever and those iconic stripes make me happy. I was delighted to discover the Henri Bendel store in Chicago. I was in need of a jewelry case and a makeup bag, so I bought those, together with a pearl bracelet as a gift to myself.
Here's a better photo of the bracelet:
I also discovered the joy of Jo Malone perfume. I had received some samples when I bought some makeup one day and I loved the Blackberry & Bay scent so much that I went back and bought a big bottle of it. Again, another product that does not ship to Canada! Arrghh. Hopefully this bottle lasts awhile!
Hubs bought me this Dooney and Bourke wallet from Macy's as a 10th anniversary present. Goes with my tote. He is the best!
Rubber boots are mandatory this spring, even just to walk on our slushy street. So it was off to Nordstrom to buy a pair of Hunters.
I did very well at Banana Republic, I loved the dresses from the latest Mad Men Collection and bought two of them. I also ordered one of the scarves and a clutch after I got home as those items weren't available in the store (and they are actually now on sale! Yay!)
Went to Topshop and bought a bodycon dress that I actually feel comfortable wearing, the green jacket is from Nordstrom Rack, I also bought one in black. (The green jacket looks brighter here but it is actually more of a darker aqua).
I was very pleased with my finds! The next round of savings has begun.
Do you shop on vacation?