Category Archives: Shopping

Bachelorette Survival Kit

Happy Happy New Year!  I honestly haven’t posted in awhile that it took me awhile to navigate my own webpage!  Lol!  That’s not good, is it??  Well, I’m back after a tough 2016 and it is time to get back into the swing of things.  What better way to start it off than a  party favour (because who doesn’t like party favours, am I right?? or rather.. who doesn’t like parties???).  

 

Being old and all, my friends are starting to get married (and starting to  have babies).  I’ve been given the title of bridesmaid and have been tasked with the glorious task of getting us all back on our feet after nights of crazy drinking and partying, in Bali, no less.  

 

 

Now, let’s get on with it!  What to include in a Bachelorette’s Survival Kit or.. Hen’s Survival Kit..or what we’ve called.. the Oh Shit Kit!

Bachelor Survival Kit

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Cosmetics, Skincare, Haircare Shopping Haul from US

Okay.. when I was planning to go to the US, I saved up for this day.. and I spent almost all of my budget  in 3 weeks!!!!! yikes!  I guess there will be no more shopping for awhile.. I GUESS… he he he…

Let’s start with the brushes I got!

Royal & Langnickel Brush Set

Royal & Langnickel Brush Set
Royal & Langnickel Brush Set
Bdellium Brushes
Bdellium Brushes

 

The haul from Sephora!

Sephora Haul
Sephora Haul

 

The haul from Target!

Target Haul

 

The haul from CRC Makeup Store

CRC Makeup Haul

 

The haul from Inglot

Inglot Haul

 

Haul from MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Haul

 

NYX Haul from a random Cosmetics store I chanced upon

NYX Haul

 

Hair haul from Sephora and Kenig & Alcone (buy 1 get 1 free at Kenig & Alcone!)

Hair haul

 

Haul from Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works Haul

 

 

Massive haul, eh?  I still wish I bought more.. darn shopaholic problems! Reviews to come soon!  Keep an eye out for them!!

 

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

 

Shopping Haul: Makeup and Glow

The Glamcor lighting system has been on my wishlist for a very very long time, roughly 2 years?  So.. after years of just waiting and watching and more waiting and more watching, I took the plunge.  I found (what it seems like) the one and only distributor for Glamcor, Make Up and Glow.  They also sell a whole lot of other stuff that I’ve always wanted too!

The website was pretty easy for me to navigate with a lot of information.  The only hitch was the item description on the website was slightly inconsistent.  Some of the items had plenty of descriptions but some others did not have much at all.  It was hard to tell the quantity of the item when there wasn’t much description.

My Glamcor purchase came with free shipping up to 5kg.  I just checked their website again it looks like they just changed their shipping policy.  It’s important to read this section if you want something urgent.  I did not read it properly and missed the “pre-orders” section.  Then again, I thought the item I wanted was not on pre-order.   There was also a one day delay with processing my order.  On top of that, I had no idea Couriers Please (the shipping company) did not post to PO Boxes so the fellow staff at Makeup and Glow had to call me to re-confirm my address.  They had pretty good customer service.  They tried calling me twice and I missed both calls.  I was too busy at work to give them a call back but they called me the next day as well (although I did leave a message on their voice mail the first day they called me).  A++ in my books.

Got the call for confirmation of address on Friday morning and got my shopping on Monday evening! YAY!

My shopping came in pretty good condition, maybe except the boxed items since they were a bit squished.

Picture time!

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Shopping MakeupandGlow

Will you be shopping at Makeup and Glow?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Oh, this fuzzball was also happy with the shopping…

Fuzzball

Shopping Haul: Recreate Yourself, ry.com.au

Time for some shopping!  I was gratefully given some store credit from Recreate Yourself, ry.com.au, an online store who sells hair and beauty products.

I’m surprised with the amount of different products on sale!  There are so many different brands from Dermalogica, Napolean Perdis, BabylissPro, Cloud 9, Redken, Pureology and the list goes on.  You can definitely “recreate yourself” with the amount of products on the website.  The website is extremely easy to navigate where you can either search by brands or by product type.  They are currently working on a point system which is great if you are a returning customer!  Also, I noticed that the pricing for majority of the products is cheaper than retail stores.   On top of that, you get 2 samples with every order.

As much as there are pros, there were a few downsides to my shopping experience (I might have just been a little bit unlucky).

  1. Free shipping.  To be eligible for standard domestic delivery, you do have to spend more than AUD$99.  There are other websites that have free domestic express shipping that don’t need you to spend that amount.
  2. The price comparison.  This website allows for price comparisons, however, when I did try, it was slightly difficult/tedious to get the price matched.  It took a week of back-and-forth emails to get them to price match and after all that, I have to call them if I want to add anything to my order!  Personally, it’s difficult for me to make calls during work hours and I am slightly frustrated after a week long of emails (just let me buy my stuff already!).
  3. Payment.  There are 2 payment methods: credit card and BPay.  Personally, I do not like to use my credit card, so I opted BPay (which is like a bill paying system through the bank).  After making my payment, I still got email reminders to pay for my product.  With the first reminder, I contacted the person who helped me with my order.  She mentioned that it will take 24 hours, even though I got the email more than 24 hours after payment.  Few days later, I received another reminder.  There were another few email exchanges and I had to show proof of payment.  After which, finally, they found my payment.  (I’ve been informed after going back to the company that Paypal is an alternative payment option)
  4. Point system.  You get 2 points for every dollar spent; to redeem, it is 200 point for $1.  I spent a little over $120 (inclusive of the store credit).  That means I get 60 points.  That’s not even close to $1 off my next purchase.

So, my order finally came through the post. Shopping haul!

RY shopping haul

RY shopping haul

RY shopping haul

I had a chance to go back to the company and they have gladly on-boarded my comments.  They are now working on the few hiccups I experienced when I was making my order and I’m pretty sure you won’t be experiencing the same thing I did. 🙂

Have you bought any hair/beauty products lately?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Disclaimer:

Store credit of AUD$50 was given to me.  The remainder of the amount above the store credit was topped up on my own.  This review is personally my own and is not biased in any way.

Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo – 25 & 26 August 2013

Who is this expo for?   Pretty much anyone in the beauty industry: spa technicians, beauty technician, make-up artist, beauty bloggers.  The expo hosts all sorts of brands for waxing, nails, make-up, skin care and is held on Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August.  Its main target audience is spa/beauty technicians who own their own boutique.

There was definitely a lot to see at the expo but I was drawn towards the nail polish stores, hair stores and make-up stores.   I think I bought almost 10 years worth of nail polish.  (Yes, you will see plenty of Monday Manicures – hope you’re looking forward to it!)  There was also a make-up competition called the Face 2 Face Makeup Awards.  It was very interesting to view the different make-up looks.

To see the pictures from the expo, click here!

Beauty Savior Facebook

Short post today!  Hope you did something great over the weekend to celebrate the spring weather!

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam