Zalora Malaysia Online Shopping Haul (December 2014)

♫ Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

11.11 and 12.12 are really good days if you're looking for some sweet online shopping deals.

Take, for example, the recent 12.12 sale event by Zalora, which had items going for RM 12 with 12% off, as well as further discounts on sales items. Of course, being the Zalora stalker shopaholic that I am, I just couldn't resist checking out a few items that had been in my cart/wishlist.

As usual with Zalora's efficient delivery process, I received my purchases the very next day after I placed my order(s).

This EZRA by Zalora Cloud Nine Analogue Watch was the first thing that I added to my cart when I saw it was discounted to RM 12. It had been sitting in my wishlist for a while; I love the minimalistic design and pretty blue white color combination. It's pretty sturdy and doesn't feel 'cheap', plus it comes in a clear box which makes it great for gifting.  
【Note: Chinese usually don't give watches or clocks as gifts, as the phrase ‘giving a clock' (送钟) sounds the same as 'attending a funeral' (送终). However, if you really do give/receive one, most people would give a small amount (i.e. RM 1) to the giver in order to 'negate' the effects. Something I learnt from my elders, haha!】

Another item that was sitting in my wishlist and finally made it to the shopping cart is this Starry Cuff Ring from Something Borrowed. The different sized/coloured stars hanging from a cuff ring give it just the perfect amount of edgy and chic. Bonus points because the adjustable ring ensures that even people with chubby digits like me can wear it. (⌒_⌒;) This was RM 7 after discount.

What's a Zalora haul without clothes, right? I had my eye on this EZRA by Zalora Basic Split Shoulder Tee (I'm loving cut-out shoulder tops lately) and it was on sale at RM 19, so it was a no-brainer adding this to my shopping cart. I'm really pleased with the top, as it fits great and the material is super comfy and perfect for our Malaysian weather.

Last but not least, is this KLF MODENA Legging, which I purchased in a separate order from the 3 items above. I don't normally wear leggings, but I really liked the contrast zigzag pattern on these, and they were on sale, lol. The material is fairly thick and the quality is very good. These leggings are originally priced at RM 291.60 (like seriously? ಠ_ಠ) but I got them for  RM10.20 after discount with free shipping.

So that's my recent haul from Zalora Malaysia. Are your fingers itching to get clicking now? Use this code to get 15% off your first Zalora purchase! (。⌒∇⌒)。

Nature Republic Pastel Mint Nail Polish - Old vs New

♫ Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - 命の名前 ft. Ayaka Hirahara

It should come as no surprise that I have more nail polish than I actually need, but I strongly believe that there is no such thing as having too many nail polishes...

...especially when it comes to pretty pastel mint shades. (✿>◡<✿)

One of my absolute favourite pastel shades is Nature Republic's GR603 pastel mint polish in their old packaging, which I purchased several years ago. No matter how many mint ones I've added to my collection since then, nothing (not even China Glaze 'For Audrey') comes close to it. I was really sad to find out that Nature Republic had discontinued their old nail polish range to make way for the new repackaged versions, but a bit of Googling told me that they also had a nice pastel mint shade in the new collection, so I decided to pick it up and see whether it was the same shade in different packaging.

Besides the completely different bottle design, the old packaging nail polishes don't seem to have individual shade names, only a code, whereas the new repackaged ones have a number and name. The mint green shade of the old packaging is GR603, while the new one is #24 Mint Green.

Nature Republic nail polish: GR603 (old) vs #24 Mint Green (new)

Without having the older version to compare at the store, I thought they looked very similar. However, when you place both together side by side, it's pretty obvious even in the bottle that the older version is a brighter (lighter?) pastel shade, while the new one is slightly duskier and leans more green.

Nature Republic #24 Mint Green
Even though I prefer the older version, I think the new one is very pretty too. If you're looking for a nice pastel mint shade, I highly recommend this nail polish from Nature Republic. It's opaque in 2 coats (or 1 thick coat), applies very smoothly and dries to a beautiful glossy finish. For a pastel/mint lover like me, at RM 11.90 (you can get it cheaper during sales/promos) a bottle, I'd say it's well worth the price for such a beautiful nail colour. (✿◠‿◠)

It's December, time to flip my NRxEXO calendar~ Hello, Lay! :D

P/S: Is it just me or has every Korean brand decided to revamp their nail polish range with these bland, generic-looking cylindrical bottles? :( Etude House, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Tony Moly... Please put back all your pretty whimsical nail polish bottle designs! (╥_╥)

[Beauty Finds] SaSa Double Pencil Sharpener

♫ 규현 (KyuHyun) The 1st Mini Album '광화문에서 (At Gwanghwamun)'

Yes, I'm blogging about a (makeup) pencil sharpener.
No, I'm not crazy - yet.

I was so fascinated by it that I posted an Instagram video when I got home to show how it works opens up.

Okay, something like this might be pretty normal to you, but to me, it's a pretty amazing beauty tool that I recently discovered. I've always been a liquid eyeliner kinda gal so I didn't have much use for sharpeners, but being a makeup aficionado means that you'll inevitably end up with some products that you (1) hardly use but still own several of anyway, or (2) love to use but can't be bothered to sharpen, which in my case are pencil eyeliners.

My point is, pencil eyeliners offer so much more variety in terms of colours, but they also need to be sharpened, and really, ain't nobody got time for that! Anyway, I'll let the pictures (and captions) do most of the talking.
It comes with a sturdy plastic case, very convenient for travel.
Flip up the lid at the back. There are 2 sizes to fit your eyeliner/eyebrow/eyeshadow pencil.
You can also flip up the top portion... well as detach the sharpener from the plastic casing for cleaning!
It's really convenient because you can keep it in your makeup pouch to sharpen your pencils even while on-the-go, and you can remove it from the casing when it needs to be cleaned. What I did not expect to see was this...
What's this?
It's a tiny hidden scraper underneath!
It's a tiny scraper cleverly fitted under the sharpener, which you can use to scrape out any excess product after sharpening your pencils! Pretty nifty, eh? (◑‿◐)

The sizes are just right for my pencil eyeliners and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil.
And so I finally got around to sharpening all my eyeliners (and that solitary Jumbo Eye Pencil which I use for the inner corners and lower waterline) today. Since it's still new, the blade sharpened the tips beautifully. I sure hope it stays that way for a long time, haha!

I can haz (almost) brand new eyeliners to use again!
Tip: You can minimize the mess made while sharpening your eyeliner/eyebrow/eyeshadow pencils, simply by placing them in the fridge (I prefer to put them in the freezer, lol) about 30mins prior to sharpening. This way the creamy part of the pencil won't stick to the blade, and makes it easier to remove and clean.

Oh, last but not least, did I mention that they're only RM 5.90 at SaSa outlets?
You can look at me like I'm crazy all you like. At least it's better than buying an overpriced high end cosmetic brand sharpener that costs upwards of US$ 8.00.

Review: 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #10 Mojito

♫ Lorde - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

My fondness for anything mint-coloured is still going strong, as well as my love for eyeliners. So what do you get when you dangle the proverbial carrot in the form of a mint eyeliner like this 3CE Waterproof Eyeliner in Mojito in front of me?

Why, an overly excited makeup junkie and a review chock full of raves, of course! :P

3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner
I had heard many good reviews about 3CE (3 Concept Eyes) makeup from friends and various online reviews, but never had the opportunity to try it personally. A (long) while back, Luxola had a 40% off offer storewide, and I immediately pounced on this particular mint-coloured eyeliner that caught my eye. ψ(`∇´)ψ

3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #10 Mojito
Shade indicator and sharpener
The impression I had of 3CE products was that it was all about sleek, black, and simple packaging. I was not disappointed. The 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner comes in a simple matte black box, with a glossy section at the top to indicate the eyeliner shade. The eyeliner itself is similarly presented in pencil form; a sleek matte black body with the shade indicated at the bottom, along with the built in tip sharpener.

Sticker seal for safety
Before you use it for the first time, you'll notice there is a sticker seal on the cap to make sure it has not been opened or used before. There are A LOT of counterfeit/fake 3CE products being sold online nowadays (especially their lipsticks), so it's best to purchase from guaranteed sources like Luxola or Stylenanda to ensure you get genuine products.

Retractable type eyeliner
Remove the sticker seal and cap, to reveal the pretty mint eyeliner inside. One thing I love about this, besides the sleek minimalist packaging, is that it is a retractable type eyeliner. This means no sharpening, no wastage!

Swatch of 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #10 Mojito
In the swatch above, you can see how bright and pigmented it is. The eyeliner is true to colour, and one layer is enough to achieve that result. It is also very smooth and creamy, no tugging on the lids. Once set (which takes about 2 seconds, tops), it doesn't budge at all. Rubbing with water does nothing to fade, smear or smudge it at all; I went about my daily tasks with a swatch on my hand, and it still looked exactly the same 3 hours later, after several hand washes and a shower. (º_º) Waterproof and smudge-proof? Check! ✓

For this simple eyeliner look, I drew a line of the mint eyeliner just slightly above the lashline (leaving a small gap), then filled in the gap with black liquid liner and a tiny flick at the end.

I can hardly express in words how much I love this 3CE Waterproof Eyeliner, not only because #10 Mojito is such a pretty mint shade, but also because of its great pigmentation and waterproof properties. Oh, and not to forget it applies like a dream, smooth and creamy with no tugging on the lids. The only (slightly) negative aspect of it? Be prepared to use a strong (oil-based or bi-phase) makeup remover. (¬‿¬)
(Remember my CLIO Gelpresso eyeliner? Well, this 3CE eyeliner ties with it at the top of my fave coloured liners list.)

The 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner (0.8g) is priced at RM 50.50 on Luxola.

✓ Pros: Sleek simple packaging, pigmented, smooth and creamy application, waterproof, smudge-proof, available in a variety of shades, retractable type eyeliner, comes with tip sharpener.
✗ Cons: Pricey, small amount of product, not easily available outside of S.Korea unless bought online.

Caution: Be careful of fake 3CE products when buying online, especially lipsticks! 

*Disclaimer: Products in this post were purchased using my own money. They were not sent in for review.

Review: Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo

♫ 丁当 - 一个人不可能

Are you a fan of herbal products? If you are, you might want to check out this herbal shampoo from Korea!

I was sent a bottle of Atomy (Atom美)Herbal Hair Shampoo to review by Cosmetic Love, a Korea-based online shop that sells a huge variety of Korean skincare, hair care, and cosmetic products. I did not expect it to be such a big bottle of shampoo (500ml), and it even comes with a box! The packaging is simple but convenient; a plastic bottle with a press pump in the shape of a leaf (a nice touch).

Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo
The Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo contains Atomy Saengmodan, a specialized prescription for hair care which combines oriental medicinal secrets with 10 complex oriental medicines to cleanse, nourish and care for hair and scalp.

The herbal ingredients of Atomy Saengmodan combine together to provide the hair and scalp with the following benefits:
  • Scalp Cleansing - removes wastes and contaminants with traditional herbal ingredients such as asparagus cochinchinensis, eclipta prostrata, and chrysanthemum.
  • Hair Trouble Treatment - cares for scalp troubles with angelica extract and tricholoro acid contents.
  • Improves Hair Texture - protects damaged hair texture with various effective ingredients such as pleuropterus multiflorus, Dictamnus dasycarpus Turcz. root bark, and Swertia pseudo-chinensis extract.
The full list of ingredients are printed on the side of the box.
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True to its name, the Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo has a very distinct herbal smell, not unlike that of Chinese traditional herbs. Some might enjoy the scent, while others may not like it.

Personally, I am not a fan of the scent, as it reminds me too much of the taste of Chinese herbal medicine. (⌒_⌒;) However, as a shampoo, I find that it works well to clean hair and scalp, plus it has a very refreshing minty (menthol?) feeling when you shampoo your hair. The shampoo doesn't make your hair feel overly dry or have that 'squeaky' feeling after you rinse it off, but as I have coarse and damaged hair, I will still use a conditioner after shampoo. 

Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo
You can purchase the Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo (500ml) from Cosmetic Love, which carries a wide range of Korean skincare and cosmetic products. They offer free shipping worldwide!

*This item was sent to me by Cosmetic Love for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Review: Secret Key Snow White Cream

♫ 李行亮 - 愿得一人心
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?

That's probably the first sentence you think of when somebody mentions Snow White, right?

Secret Key Snow White Cream
Along with the Banila Co. lip crayon, Cosmetic Love also sent me a tub of this Secret Key Snow White Cream to try out.
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The Secret Key Snow White Cream has 5-in-1 functions, which includes whitening, as a base for makeup, provides moisture, protection from makeup chemicals, and a 5-free system that is suitable for sensitive skin.

Product information on side of box
Unfortunately, the product information (information, usage) on the box is all written in Korean. However, on the top of the box and on the sides of the tub itself, it is written that the cream contains niacinamide. Niacinamide is a type of Vitamin B3 that can help to prevent skin from losing water content, and is also able to treat uneven skin tone and to mitigate acne and red marks on the skin (source).

Upon opening the tub, you will see a protective plastic lid to prevent the cream from sticking to the screw cover. The cream is quite dense, and has a fairly strong baby powder scent. Some people may love it, but personally I am not a fan of the scent.

The cream comes with a spatula for you to scoop out the cream, which is great for hygiene purposes. Just scoop out a small dollop of the cream, place it on the back of your hand, and gently apply to your face.

Once applied onto the face (you'll need to blend it out), you'll find that your skin is slightly fairer and moisturized. It doesn't have any greasy, sticky or silicone-y feeling, but the baby powder scent does linger a bit. Personally, I will not use it as replacement for a makeup base, as it just seems like a normal whitening moisturizer to me. My skin did not break out while using it, which is good news.

✓ Pros: Smooth feeling, non-greasy, non-sticky, quite moisturizing, did not cause skin breakout, includes protective lid and spatula, affordable price.
✗ Cons: Strong baby powder scent, not recommended as replacement for makeup base, will dry up into powder form if left exposed to air for a long time.

You can purchase the Secret Key Snow White Cream (50g) from Cosmetic Love. They carry a huge variety of Korean brand cosmetics and skincare, which are 100% genuine and sourced directly from Korean retailers and manufacturers. 

*This item was sent to me by for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.