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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


Makeup Shopping in New York

So, I had to do some research before I headed to New York for my holidays.  Yes, makeup shopping research!  I thought I should share some of my research with you guys since, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a makeup addict like me!


Since I did not know where to start, I thought I would try Google maps and search makeup.. Wow..I’m glad I tried because it showed some of the makeup stores available!

Google Maps


After researching a little more, I decided to visit the following.. Here’s my personal experience and my thoughts.


1. Kenig & Alcone

I spent quite some time looking for Alcone NYC up on 49th Street but could not find it.  Lucky I got lost and found Kenig & Alcone store (a sister company of Alcone NYC) on 538 Avenues of the Americas.  Staff there were professional and very helpful indeed!  Definitely bought my fair share of hair products in this store.  They also sell cosmetics but this was one of the last cosmetics store I visited so, I had already spent most of my budget on cosmetics.

Kenig & Alcone

2. Inglot Cosmetics

This was on my go-to list because I’m a big fan of Inglot and when I compared the prices, buying Inglot in the US turned out to be cheaper.  I chose plenty of eyeshadows and lipsticks and even lip liners.  This store was pretty small but had everything.  It’s located about a block north of Time Square on 1592 Broadway.


3. MAC Cosmetics

Okay, MAC Cosmetics is not really my favourite brand but .. OMG!  The price!!! Soooo much cheaper than products sold here in Australia.  I just had to get my hands on some of their lipsticks!  They have stores almost everywhere so you don’t really have to look that hard!


4. Target

I had to go out of my way to get to Brooklyn so I could shop in Target.  What a waste of time.  I was hoping to get some a lot of drugstore items but the Target there was pretty disappointing.  There were only 2 rows of makeup.  The usual Priceline I go to here in Australia has even more options than that Target!  Your best bet to get drugstore cosmetics would be Duane Reade (their Priceline equivalent), since the price is exactly the same!


5. Cosmetics Market on 37th Street

Another shop that I wasted my time tracking down.  I walked quite a bit looking for this store but was hugely disappointed when I found it.  The cosmetics sold here looked like rejects.  It even felt like a reject store.  Although, the store front was deceivingly elegant! lol!


6. E.L.F Cosmetics

If you’re a fan of E.L.F, then you will be happy spending some time at the store.  They have a few stores around the city but the one I chanced upon was on Fulton Street.

ELF Studio

ELF Studio

7. Wigs and Plus

Another store I came across when I was lost (that’s why I love getting lost in such a big city).  It had a lot of hair stuff but there was a big range of NYX cosmetics!  I was hoping to find NYX in Target but they did not have this brand. This store is located on 37th West 14th Street.

Wigs & Plus


8. Sephora

Of course. how can you not visit Sephora!!!!  The best store that I went to was the one near Time Square (1500 Broadway) and the one at Union Square (45 E 17th Street).  Yes, I spent most of my money at Union Square and they were very generous with the samples!



Also, before signing off, I thought I would do a special mention to Century 21 as well.  I spent a lot of time and money at this store for gifts and clothes.  If you’re not looking for anything particular and don’t mind old season stock, this is the place to be.  You can find plenty of bargains here if you just look hard enough.  It is located near the 9/11 Memorial site.

Century 21


And that’s pretty much it for most of the stores I visited.  Of course, there was the Woodbury Factory Outlet I visited but it costs roughly $40-$45 (return) to get there and although it is big and you can get a lot of stuff.  There were not that many bargains since my sizes weren’t available.


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…


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


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.