Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Priceline Skincare Haul

Priceline is having red dot sale this month and I found a few good gems!


The first thing I bought was the hydraluron trio by Indeed Laboratories. It includes a full-size moisture serum, a full-size moisture jelly and 4 pieces of moisture masks. The RRP was $59.99 for $104.97 worth of products but the trio is now only $39.99. If you love hydraluron, pop into your local priceline ASAP :D 

I haven't heard much about this line but it is only $14.99 for a day cream with spf50 (50 ml), an eye serum (15ml) and a foaming cleanser (90ml). Great value! I checked the ingredient list and the products actually have fairly good ingredients for the price. Being made in Australia is also a bonus :)

This set consists of a cream cleanser (150 ml), a day & night creme (50 ml) and a hand cream (75 ml), valued at $50.85. I haven't tried anything from Innoxa but GooRooBeauty's positive review on its products really intrigued me. The set is now $14.99, reduced from RRP $24.95. Fairly good value for what you get! And all products are made in Australia as well :) 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Paula's Choice $15 off

If you are interested to try out some Paula's Choice products, you can order through this affiliated link for $15 off your first order :) They are currently having free shipping for all purchase as well. 
When I made my first purchase, I couldnt find any code for Paula's Choice Australia and I missed out the offer... So I am putting one here ((link)) for anyone interested :) 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Lust Have It! May 2014 - Just received it this morning!!

  I had a terrible experience dealing with GlossyBox back in 2012 and it was one of the worst online stores. It forgot to mail out my subscription twice and kept sending me repeated products. I was frustrated, as frustrated as getting shitty products from eBay, and I stopped my subscription with no regret. 
  But this month Lust Have It! had an offer for new subscribers - $9.95 for your first box + your choice of shade (Mary Kay lip lacuer). So tempted and I am once again on the beauty box bandwagon.

Delivery : Moderate. Took about 3 days to deliver from Sydney to Melbourne
Price : New subscription offer $9.95 (RRP $19.95)
Packaging : No pretty box or plastic makeup bag but a black box and wrapping paper. 
  Well, at least all recyclable and it is good for the environment.
Products : 5 full size products!! You got to select the shade of your MaryKay lip lacquer! 

Mary Kay Lip Lacquer in Chai Latte (RRP $22, Full size 4g)
I chose Chai Latte and it really is a lovely glossy nude. As pretty as the swatches online!

Premium Spa Face & Body Mask 
(RRP $14.99, Full size 150g)
  I was so excited when I saw it in my box! My skin has been quite sensitive lately and I need something to clarify my skin without irritating it. It seems like a decent product for my need. No harsh chemicals and also made in Australia.

The Cosmetic Kitchen Pure Mineral Blush in Strawberry
(RRP $34.95, Full size 6g)
  Another Australian made product :) !! When I opened the cap, I realized the powder went everywhere since the sticker wasn't placed properly. Ehhh... it might be a good way to prove the packaging is cute but also functional at the same time so no powder leaked out *over optimistic* ??? Although it looks like a plum shade, the pigmentation is sheer and it appeals as a dusty rose with nice sheen on my skin. 

Coral Colours Eyebrow Definer Pencil in 246 Dark Brown 
(RRP $7.95. Made in China. Full size yet no volume listed)
  I am not sure what I am going to do with it? The shade is too warm and red which wont suit my brows. Neither I can see myself using it as eyeliner since the texture is quite 'thick' and it does move around pretty easily. Very mediocre brow pencil.

Coral Colours Eyeshadow Quartet in Vibrant Forest 
(RRP $7.95, Full size 3.2g)
  Its cheap packaging really didn't catch my eye, yet I started to like this quad after making a swatch. Beautiful shades and moderate pigmentation. Quite shimmery but not glittery or chalky.  

(Swatch of the mineral blush, brow pencil and eye shadow)

I must say this month Lust Have It! box is excellent and I am very satisfied with the products I received! I cannot guarantee I would continue subscribing since currently I try to cut down my "Retail Therapy session" and only allow myself to purchase ONE makeup product every month!

Lust Have It! has a coupon code MAYGIFT and you will get $20 off of your Eco Box/ Fashion & Beauty Box/ Chloe Morello Box/ The Bridal Party Box. If you wish to know more about their subscription services, you are welcome to visit their page through my referral link (Thank you very much :* ).

Friday, 25 April 2014

Tiffany Blue nail polish (I) - Sinful Color in Mint Apple

Tiffany blue is such a beautiful color and I love how refreshing and cheerful it is. Since theshade is registered as Tiffany & Co. 's trademark color, you will not find an exact match unless one day Tiffany & Co. decides to manufacture a nail polish (Yes, one day I hope! how cool it will be!).

Brand and Shade : Sinful Color in Mint Apple
Dry time : About 90 - 120 seconds, so not really fast-drying
Formula : Smooth but thick. Does not chip too easily so it is good
Application : Okay. No too challenging but not the easiest either
Pigmentation : High. It gets almost completely opaque in two coats but perfection in three coats
Finish : Cream. No shimmer / glitter. 
Top coat needed? : Preferably.  The finish is not glossy so a top coat will help to add some shine. 
How close it is to Tiffany blue : Very similar but a touch darker

What do I think about it?
  It definitely looks more like Tiffany blue on my nails compared to how it looks plainly from the bottle. Although the formula and application is not the best I have tried, the shade is really lovely. Affordable price as well. 

Swatch - two coats without top coat

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 220 Cafe Au Lait

Shade : 220 Cafe Au Lait
Dry time :Quick
Formula : Silky smooth and not streaky
Application : Easy 
Price : RRP $16, but I got mine for $8 when it was on sale
Pigmentation : Moderate. It achieves an even coverage in two coats, completely erases the white tips in three coats.
Finish : Cream and glossy. No shimmer / glitter. Can get away without a top coat
Top coat needed? : A must, or it starts chipping in the first day

What I think about it?
   It is my perfect nude! Excellent formula and great shade, I really enjoy wearing it <3 nbsp="" p="">

Swatch (two coats with top coat)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

My experience of shopping at BeautyBay

  I still remember how excited I was when I first discovered BeautyBay in 2012. BeautyBay is an online retailer based in the UK and offers international shipping inclusive the selling price. I was absolutely satisfied with my first order and it was once my favourite online store. However, things have changed and I definitely less prefer BeautyBay compared to Lookfantastic, Echemist.co.uk, Lifeandlooks and other online retailers nowadays.

1. Delivery Time
  In the past two years I have placed 6 orders in total. My first order took about 12 days and it was reasonable considered the parcel was shipped from the UK to Australia. However, the delivery time ended up taking longer and longer in each order. The last order I placed in mid-November 2013 arrived two and a half months later and I only received my parcel in February 2014. My order was about 90 pounds worth and I was anxious if it went missing or mis-delivered. I wrote to CS in January 2014 and filed a claim. Yet, I never heard anything from them in that one month time (between jan-feb 2014), not even a reply of whether they had received/ accepted/ declined my request.

2. Free Shipping On All Orders Within Australia/ HK/ the UK ??
  Technically, online retailers from the UK don't need to collect VAT from their international customers if the orders are shipped overseas, so a few online stores offer international customers VAT-free / discount. Often retailers just keep the same price and contribute the difference into their margin. It is nothing wrong about it although it would be nice if they reduced the price.

  The thing I am not very happy about BeautyBay is what they call "FREE SHIPPING". Unlike Lookfantastic, Echemist.co.uk, ASOS and other online retailers which offer the same price for customers from anywhere, BeautyBay's system adjusts the price based on the delivery destination. Yes, it is still FREE shipping but the price has been adjusted. Again, it is nothing wrong for businesses to try to absorb the costs but I do feel it acts a bit sneaky (HK and Australia are both in zone 2)

Let's use Urban Decay Naked Palette as an example
To the UK (including VAT), 37 pounds.
To Hong Kong, 36.52 pounds.
To Australia, 44.1 pounds.

Another example - Anastasia Beverly Hills

3. Restrictions
  BeautyBay used to ship nail polishes internationally. Once I made a purchase of some OPI nail polishes but they emailed me and told me they had cancelled my order and they discontinued shipping nail polishes internationally :(
  I understand it might due to delivery restrictions, yet having perfumes and nail polishes shipped internationally was a massive attraction and I did enjoy their services.
[[I secretly wish they would consider it again.]]

  It is very unlikely I will purchase anything from them anymore. However, I agree that they have a good selection of brands which some are really cool and might be hard to find elsewhere. For examples: ArtDeco, Le Metier De Beaute, Louise Young, Ellis Faas. It is still a online store you can consider if you have products you cant find elsewhere and you understand there is a risk the delivery might take long where refund/exchange might not be given.

  (Sidetrack:::: Feelunique has the most restrictions and lots of brands cannot be shipped internationally, including Bareminerals, stila and other brands most stores offer :S SakFifthAvenue and Nordstrom dont ship 90% of beauty products overseas. Sad!! Sephora just started shipping beauty products to Japan, South Korea and the UK, hopefully one day they will ship to Australia! )

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Essence Long-Lasting Pencil - Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green

Pigmentation: Soso, not comparable to my favourite Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliners or Milani Eyeliners.

Finish: Shimmery but not metallic.

Longevity: Excellent. I normally use them on my bottom lash line and outer wing, they are still visible after 8 hours.

Packaging: automatic/ mechanical pencil, travel friendly and hassle free! 
(I hate to sharpen my eyeliners all the time! )

Price: RRP $2.5 each! The cheapest eyeliner I have seen from Priceline!!!

  Essence Long-Lasting Pencils in Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green are not intensely pigmented or metallic so using either of these two shades solely might not give enough definition to your eyes. I recommend using a black/ dark brown eyeliner near the lash line/ tightline for more definition and only adding the turquoise or green as a accent color. The shades are refreshing and beautiful, especially suitable for summer season!