Thursday, April 24, 2014

CLOTHING & SHOES HAUL: SM DEPARTMENT STORE

Hi everyone! Anyone missed me? Anyone? No one?!!! Whaaaatttttt?!!!!! End of the world for me. :(


Hurhur! Kidding aside, I miss all of you! I miss blogging and putting up videos on YouTube which is why I’m here with my comeback video. Hoorah!


I hope you don't skip the video but if you did, I mentioned in the video the reason why I’ve been MIA for a while. A lot of things happened. My sister got hospitalized, we moved to a new house and we went back to the Philippines. We were there for almost a month and it’s so much fun! While we were there, I, of course, did a little bit of shopping which means I’ll be doing a ton of hauls for this blog and my YouTube channel. And here goes the first of my many hauls to come!


Since I've already talked about these items in the video, I'll just be showing you the photos here and won't blabber much about 'em - just another way to say that I'm a lazy blogger, hehe. 

Alright! Maybe I'll blabber a little... just a little. Hoho! <3



I got these shoes for such a great deal. Individually, they cost PHP299 but if you buy two pairs, you get one pair for only PHP199 - 2 pairs of flats for only PHP400! How can I pass up on such a good bargain?! That's why I got myself not only two but four pairs, hohoho!

FRONT (499.75 PHP)
BACK
FRONT (400 PHP)
BACK
I bought two pairs of short-shorts because my old ones are... well, old, hahaha! And it's been years since I bought new shorts. I'm really not a shopaholic and I rarely shop for clothes, so I guess it's just right that I treat myself to these two beautiful and lovely shorts. Don't you just love the colors I chose?! They're so spring-ish and summer-ry! I LOVE EM!!!


For some reason I got drawn to this tees the first time I saw it. I don't know what's with it that I wanted so bad to have it. Got it for 499.75 php. I still don't know when I'm gonna wear it though, and where to. 


I simply can't wait to use this denim-looking jacket! I love how it fits on me and I love the color. I'm so happy I bought this. I got it for only PHP 599.75 - what a steal, right?


And how can I not have this hoodie jacket? I love me some pink hoodie jacket! Oh yeah! Bought it for PHP 899.75.



Lastly, I got myself a dress that I can wear to work. I'm gonna go back to the employment world real soon that's why I bought this, hehe. 


And that's it, folks! Have you gone shopping lately? What's your recent purchases? Let me know! And oh! Thanks for reading. :)


Saturday, March 22, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: JACQUELINE BURCHELL “I AM PERANAKAN” NAIL LACQUER COLLECTION

For someone who can draw and paint but can’t (for the life of her) varnish her nails beautifully let alone decently, finding the right nail polish is of the highest importance. Sadly, that someone is me. Yeah! How ironic, right? I draw. And I paint but I can’t seem to translate it to painting my nails. Sigh. Would you believe me that I always spend hours (sometimes even half a day… *shrug*) painting my nails? Every time I’d move to the other hand, something terrible would happen to my first set of freshly painted nails and I’d have no choice but to fix ‘em. Then for some impalpable reason I’d accidentally repeat messing that same set of nails before I could even finish my other hand. Please don’t ask me why my life is like that coz I REALLY HAVE NO IDEA. I’m innocent.

When I first got my hands on a JB nail polish back in November last year, that’s when I realized that hope is not yet totally lost for my case, haha. I, for the first time, was able to finish painting my nails in just one hour. You may say, “What?! One hour? Seriously?!” Hey! Don’t judge me. Truth be told, that’s the fastest I’ve ever painted my nails. You should, in fact, be congratulating me. Hmp! And so I thought I should buy more JB nail polishes because inasmuch as I would like to get the credit for that victory, it’s really the nail polish that’s responsible for that achievement. But like usual, I haven’t really gotten around to purchasing a new nail polish since that post so my nails remained unvarnished for quite a long time.

Last month, I attended Jacqueline Burchell Spring Collection Launch and after enjoying the event and having a good time there, JB asked me if I would like to try one of their collections. I was like, “What?! Are you kidding me? That isn’t even a question!”

And here we are today! I’m sorry for the long intro. *W-wait! What? You mean, we’re not even half-way through* RELAX <insert naughty grin here..hehe>. There’ll be a GIVEAWAY at the end of this long post so your time won’t be wasted, I promise. #YAY

Today, I present to you the “I AM PERANAKAN” nail kit from Jacqueline Burchell.



Could we all just take a moment and adore the packaging? The artwork is really eye-catching and I tell you, this tin-can-box-type packaging is a total space-saver. 'Really lovin' it! <3


I love that I can use it to store these lacquers this way...


Or this way! =)


Alright! Let's discuss the contents. Inside I have 6 mini nail lacquers (size: 5ml - 0.17oz). I got 4 Peranakan inspired nail polishes, 1 top coat and 1 base coat. Peranakan is a term used to refer “descendant”—click HERE for a more elaborate explanation, because if you’ll ask me, when I saw the term “Peranakan-Inspired”, I automatically think of the Peranakan Museum here in Singapore.




Moving on, here are the four Peranakan-inspired nail lacquers:

LC039 - MY LOVELY BAJU
LM009 - NONYA LAKSA
LP007 - MY LOVELY NONYA
LM008 - KUEH LAPIS
And because these are "mini" nail polishes, the brush is, of course, shorter than usual which you might find not easy to work with but I actually liked it. I don't have a spacious nail bed to paint on so the small brush seemed to work perfectly for me, haha. Want some proof? 





They’re all obviously pretty and absolutely stunning! I like how creamy and opaque each of these nail lacquers are. In fact, I almost didn’t need a second coat for the pink one (see photo below), but I still went for two coats just because it's my first time to use it. 



With these lacquers, I was able to paint my nails in less than an hour which is unbelievable if you know my pedicure skills. Really! Told yah, it’s the nail polish working the miracle! And you know what? It seems that glitter polish is my thing, harhar. 



TAKEN WITH FLASH
WITHOUT FLASH
I’ve tried all these colors for two weeks and out of these 4 (four) lacquers, my favorite is MY LOVELY BAJU because it’s just... it's drop-dead gorgeous! It's classy and girly and super pretty overall. Don’t you think so, too? C'mon! Look at these photos below:





If you’re a nail polish lover, you’ll instantly fall in love with this set. So! On to the GIVEAWAY now!



If you’d like to win your very own I Am Peranakan Nail Kit, all you have to do is to enter this giveaway through the rafflecopter below. In case you don't win and you're really so inclined, a set costs S$48 and there are a total of three to choose from. For more information, just click HERE or go to Jacqueline Burchell's website: http://jacquelineburchell.com/


I’m afraid this giveaway is only OPEN TO SINGAPORE RESIDENTS.  I hope you understand. I really appreciate all your support and I look forward to hosting an international giveaway, too, real soon! 

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Thanks for reading this post and good luck to everyone who’ll join!

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Bellabox Singapore: MARCH 2014 | BEAUTY SECRETS EXPOSED!

If you’ve read my previous post, you’d be aware that receiving this month’s box was quite an adventure for me, only not the good kind. If you haven’t seen my last post and are anxious to know what happened, go this route



Otherwise, let’s see what beauty secrets have been exposed in my March Bellabox.

NEW PACKAGING EH?
OOOHHHH.... IT'S BLUE!
I'M ALREADY LOVIN' THE COLOR. I PERSONALLY LOVE THIS BETTER THAN THE RED ONE.
AND THIS YELLOW WRAPPER IS VERY BRIGHT AND EYE-CATCHING. VERY SPRING-ISH TOO!
JAM-PACKED WITH GOODIES!
First on the list would be these two samples from Happy Skincare, an Australian brand.


 HAPPY SKINCARE CLOUD 9 DEEP CLEANSING BALM: 80ml / S$44

PIG IN MUD MINERAL MASK: 40g / S$29
(NORMAL/DRY/SENSITIVE)

100% natural, its sop-free and sweet smelling balm contains a skin-nourishing blend of nature-derived ingredients that will make your skin very, very happy! Its pink clay mask overthrows the perception of drying the skin with its non-drying and extra-gentle formulation!

Initial Reaction: A cleansing balm! Wow! I first heard of cleansing balms from Elle Fowler, one of my favorite YouTube personalities and beauty bloggers, but I haven’t really tried any. While I’m excited to give this a try, I’m also a bit worried because I have sensitive and acne-prone skin, and sometimes no matter how good a product is, when my skin doesn’t like it, it just doesn’t – end of the story. Also, it is made for "normal/dry/sensitive" skin type and mine is actually oily-combo. Makes me wonder why they didn't send me the one formulated for oily/combination skin when I've made that clear on my beauty profile on their website. Hmmm... I just hope my skin won’t react badly when I do try this out 'coz I really don't want this sample to go to waste. *fingers crossed*

LANEIGE TIME FREEZE ESSENCE: 40ml / S$88

WRINKLE FILLER: 20ml / S$66

Featuring the first ever breakthrough Dynamic Collagen and Watering Peptide technology, weakened collagen are broken down and regenerated to form new collagen structure. For younger, more youthful look skin today and tomorrow. There’s no messing around with this pair of beauty superpowers.

Initial Reaction: Laneige! I must give these two a try coz I’ve read so many rave reviews about Laneige products and I really wanna see it for myself. I also have seen other positive write-ups for the time freeze essence and since my age is about to hit the finish line of the calendar, hoho, I’m in need of something that could aid postponing my ageing schedule, LOL.

GIOVANNI 2CHIC® AVOCADO & OLIVE OIL ULTRA-MOIST 
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
250 ml / S$15.90 & 71 ml / S$39.90

Give your dehydrated, dull-looking hair a drink! This shampoo and conditioner duo gives your strands a moisture boost by using a combination of two hair-loving ingredients – Avocado Oil and Olive Oil – into a unique Dual Moisture Complex that will revive your hair back to its former glory.

Initial Reaction: Hmm, I smell something fishy. Shampoo & Conditioner in my January box, another set in Feb and another in March? Will I be getting a new set of shampoo and conditioner every month? Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to have these travel sized hair necessities but I’m just wondering where the makeup samples went. I’m a makeup junkie so while I appreciate these shampoo and conditioner samples, I can’t help but think if I’m gonna get a makeup sample next month…

 COVERMARK products!

COVERMARK MOISTURE CLEAR BASE: 25g / S$60

  MOISTURE VEIL LX FOUNDATION

 8g / S$70 refill, S$25 case

It’s one thing when it’s a foundation that covers up your imperfection but it’s another thing when it’s a foundation that offers a radiant coverage with hydrating and SPF protection properties. Prep your skin for a firm and exquisite base, and create a seamless complexion under and over your skin surface for a dewy finish over time.

Initial Reaction: Makeup! Now, we’re talking! And it’s foundation – ooohhh! I instantly got so hyped up and so interested that I quickly checked its price on the card, and then my shoulders dropped. Why must you be so costly mah?!

TAUT BEAUTY PACK

Collagen Drink plus Placenta: 50ml of 8 bottles / S$99.95

Collagen Mask: 5 pieces per box / S$49.50

Collagen Infusion Essence: 14.6ml / S$119.95

A revolutionary and all-rounded skin treatment, the Taut Beauty Pack helps you target and combat against signs of ageing, keeping your skin young and radiant. This pack includes the Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta, Taut® Collagen Mask and Taut® Collagen Infusion Essence.

Initial Reaction: I’m not sure if I’m gonna drink it or not but when it says it helps combat against signs of ageing, I thought maybe I should drink it. LOL. As for the mask – oh dear, I really need to start using them one by one or I might end giving all of my masks away. The essence? No comment for now.

GIFT: JILL LOWE MAGAZINE MARCH ISSUE

Get your dose of the latest fashion and Lifestyle trends and stay on top of the urbane chic crowd in Jill Lowe Magazine’s March Issue!

Initial Reaction: Well, look at that! I love simple gifts like this. This actually is enough to make me happy for this month’s box despite the hassle I went through. I love flipping through beautiful, colorful and informative magazines. I just don’t like paying for one, harhar.

That’s it for now. Wanna subscribe to Bellabox and get your own surprise box next month? Click here