HAUL: Unboxing Beauty Box from ALTHEA.KR

Hello, everyone!!! I am finally back to my blog! How was New Year? 😀

Just like the tile above stated, today I’m gonna share with you about my recent online shopping experience with this website called Althea.kr.

Have you heard about this new beauty trend called K-beauty? I don’t know about you, but K-beauty is something really hot right now in Malaysia. Almost every girl wants to have bright and flawless skin like Song Hye Kyo, or Girls’ Generation’s Yoona.

While everyone know K-beauty is awesome, but——- there are 2 major problems

Number one, not every K-product is available in Malaysia. Brands like Too Cool For School, IOPE, Innisfree, etc are quite hard to find.

Number two, not every K-product available in Malaysia is affordable. Like seriously, even Etude House is not cheap in Malaysia, okay? Let alone brands like Laneige or 3CE. So it’s like, if you don’t have extra money in your pocket, don’t even think about skincare or cosmetics!

But my fellow Malaysians, worry no more!!! Because thanks to the convenience of online shopping, we can all have authentic and affordable Korean beauty products delivered all the way from Korea to our doorsteps!!!

Exciting, right?

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What’s more exciting is that Althea is giving MYR 15 worth of credit points to all the new sign ups!!! They are even offering free shipping if you spent more than MYR 150 in a single receipt!!! Say what?!!!!

You think that delivery from Korea is gonna take a really long period? Just wait until I finish my story.

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This is the tracking history of my order. I placed my order on NYE and Althea processed my order on 4th January because 1st January was public holiday while 2nd and 3rd January were weekend. My parcel was already in Malaysia on Friday (8th January) and I received my parcel this morning around 11am. In other words, it only took 5 working days to deliver the parcel from Korea to my doorstep!!!! Even faster than ordering from TaoBao!!!!!

*Delivery delayed on Saturday because Skynet only works until 1pm on Saturdays. I suppose they had a lot of parcels and documents to be delivered on that day 🙂

You think by the time those fragile little products arrive, they will all be broken? You will have to see me unboxing the beauty boxes I received this morning!!!

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As you can see, the beauty boxes are packed in a hot pink plastic cover.

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The beauty boxes are wrapped in a layer of bubble wrap!!!

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Not only are they offering free shipping from Korea, they accept unconditional return within 30 days too!!!! How great is that?

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Let’s see what’s inside the first beauty box. Can you believe each product is bubble wrapped?! And to be honest, this is my first time seeing my orders being carefully wrapped and packed!!!

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This is the second beauty box. And I got free gift!!!!! Wow!!!

Did I say Althea offers better prices compares to other websites or the retail prices?

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[Top left onwards]
Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing
– Althea: MYR 16          Lazada: MYR 41.91

Nature Replublic Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel
-Althea: MYR 15           Retail: MYR 28.90

Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off
-Althea: MYR 26          Retail: MYR 44.90

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
-Althea: MYR 26          Retail: MYR 44

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Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack
-Althea: MYR 37             Retail: MYR 66.30

Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
-Althea: MYR 27             Hermo: MYR 44

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
-Althea: MYR 20             Hermo: MYR 28

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack [Apple Yogurt] & [Strawberry Yogurt]
-Althea: MYR 5 each     Retail: MYR 7 each

What a steal, right? And I actually paid less than what I was supposed to, because I had MYR 31 worth of credit points to spend!!!! Can’t believe, see it for yourself!!

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Awesome, right?

Did I mention about their customer service department?

Here’s the story. That night I when I was supposed to make the payment, the internet connection at my home just stopped working. Since I couldn’t make the payment, my first order wasn’t processed and got cancelled. It was okay, but then I realized that my credit points was deducted as well. So, I sent them an email, to explain my situation and crossing my fingers they will give me my credit points back.

Here’s the thing, if you are an experienced online shopper, you will probably know that some online store takes really long to get back to their customers. Because of that, I really did not expect Althea will reply my email the next day. But guess what? I received a feedback from this customer service guy named Daniel the next morning and credited the credit points back into my account. Talk about efficiency, how cool is that?!

I don’t know about you, but I know I’m definitely going to shop more with Althea in the future!!!

Stay tuned and I’ll talk to you in my next post!

Have a good day 🙂

 

 

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A Simple Christmas

“O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and e’er pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

This is the Christmas carol we all know.

This year’s Christmas is really different. Why? Because I’m having fever, running nose and coughing. I’m basically a walking germs spreader. So no crazy Christmas celebration this year.

But don’t feel sorry for me 🙂

Exactly 2 weeks ago, before I departed to S’pore, I had a to-do list in mind. I remember I told myself to take tons of photos with those beautiful Christmas decorations, have a crazy shopping spree in Sephora, buy clothes, have awesome meals, etc

Don’t laugh! I was really holiday-deprived and I wanted to kind of compensate myself because I had a not-so-fabulous birthday back in November.

But guess what? I ended up doing nothing. I tried to shop in Sephora, because I really wanted one of those Benefit Holiday Gift Sets. But then when I was about to choose one, I realized that I didn’t actually any of those. Gosh! I can’t even finish my cosmetics, and my makeup drawers were all full.

When I was on my way back here, I was kind of frustrated, because I didn’t do anything worth-blogging nor Instagram worthy. All I was thinking was that, “Jasmine, you are going to have a crappy Christmas!!!” And what’s worse? I started to feel feverish!

Fast forward to just now, after dinner. While I was sitting in the dining room, self-pitying, my parents were discussing about the house visitation and food distribution they are doing tomorrow morning.

After listening to their conversations, and I was reminded again the true Christmas spirit.

Christmas is never about Christmas trees, ornaments, fancy meal, shopping and Instagramming.

As much as I love shopping, it shouldn’t be my life’s first priority.  I took shopping so seriously that I almost forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Jesus came to this world to give us faith, hope and love.

It’s true that I miss my friends, and I miss our Christmas-New Year dinner tradition. But it shouldn’t be the thing that hinder me from recognizing the blessings God has showered me.

It’s only 6 days to the year of  2016.

Here are a few things I’m thankful for:

  1. I got to spend almost all the important festivals with my family.
  2. I had the opportunity to be there and held my great-grandmother’s hand when she breathed her last breath.
  3. My study loan was paid.
  4. I travelled with my mom 3 times in one year.
  5. My loving and understanding parents.
  6. I’m debt-free.
  7. I haven’t lost my voice yet!!!
  8. My friends in Paris were and are safe!
  9. Good weather, no flood!
  10. Jesus loves me for who I am.

I think I’m going to join my parents tomorrow morning.Hopefully the nasty flu will be gone when I wake up in the morning 🙂

So this is my very simple Christmas. What’s your Christmas plan?

Blessed Christmas, everyone!

Secret sisters holiday gift exchange?!

Again, my blog was abandoned, again, by me, the very owner and writer of this blog.

Forgive me for my poor time management.

I had been meaning to update my blog since last month, but then my great-grandmother was admitted to the hospital because her eye got infected, not long after she was switched to the ICU because she fell down and roughly a week after she passed away at home after we decided to bring her home.

October was indeed a busy month.

The good news is, Christmas is just a few weeks away. And just when I thought I won’t have the chance to go for Christmas shopping this year, I saw my friend, Faith posted this really interesting post on Facebook.

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Of course I joined!!!  Only because I was bored and also it kind of reminded me of the book, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants for no apparent reason. 😛

It’s basically like secret Santa, you will never know from whom you will receive your presents, and you will probably be assigned to send present to someone you don’t know.

So Faith sent me the message, and guess what, I’ll have to go gift shopping for a girl who lives in Virginia!!!!! It’s like another side of the globe!

By far I have only 2 friends responded to my post. I need another 4, but I don’t think it will happen. I don’t have many friends, and the friends I know are highly unlikely to spend money to buy gift for someone they don’t even know.

We shall see.

Have you joined this kind of secret gift exchange game before? Please share your experience at below, I’d love to read them 🙂

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Weekend Shopping Haul!!!!

It has been a really hectic week and all I wanted to do was just go shopping and then come home and watch drama in my bed. But what actually happened was that I ended up spending almost an hour driving around town hunting for lunch. Though I did go to the mall after lunch, I kind of lost the momentum to shop 😦

So lucky for me, Watsons was having sales on some of the products I have been wanting to try.

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Left: Bio-essence Tanaka White Double Whitening Mask
Right: NRK’s Peptide Purrty Kitty-Eye Lifting Eye Mask

I bought it for MYR 5.90 but I just found out that it’s MYR 59 for 20 pieces on Naruko Malaysia!!!! I should have bought it from the website!!!

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Pure Beauty Complexion Corrector with Pink Flower Complex

Okay, I have to be honest that I know nothing about Pure Beauty, the only reason I bought this was only because it was 50% off for all Watsons member and it’s pink.

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Top: Royal jelly Mask, Citrus Firming Aroma Mask
Bottom: Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask, Vanilla Moisturizing Aroma Mask

I actually bought the My Beauty Diary The Celebration of Symphony All in One Set. The Beauty Diary is one of my favorite masks since high school. I had tried quite a lot of their masks, and those are the masks that I haven’t tried yet.

So how was your weekend? I am super tired and I just wish to put on a mask and go to sleep xD

 

 

Things I wish I knew before I dyed my hair red

If you didn’t know yet, I dyed my hair three weeks ago using L’Oreal Paris’ Excellence Fashion Intense Spicy Red. IMG_8706 Of course I didn’t expect my hair would look as red as the model’s. I mean what can I expect from an at-home hair dye? But my hair does look kind of red now, and I personally think that it looks way better than the “default” hair color of most Malaysian-Chinese — coppery brown with a hint of strawberry blonde. Not that I’m against brown hair, but I’m a born brunette, so it doesn’t make any sense for me to dye my hair brown. Since it has been 3 weeks since I dyed my hair now, I thought I would jot down some of the things I wish I knew before I dyed my hair red.

1. My bathroom would look like a murder scene when I was rinsing my hair. But thankfully I managed to clean the bathroom afterwards.

2. Maintaining red hair is extremely DIFFICULT!!!! I should have known better when one of my co-workers dyed her hair purple few days before the Lunar New Year in February and it only lasted for about 5 days. Her hair was completely brown again when I went back to work after my 5 day holidays. But good for me, I read this post on The Beauty Department and also The Dainty Squid, so now I only use cold water to shampoo my hair and I unknowingly joined the “No Poo” trend, or you can say I followed Kim Kardashian.

3. People at your workplace might not take you seriously even though you did spend 4 years of your life studying in one of the finest business schools in the country and you are planning on finishing CIMA! UGHHHHH!

4. Your hair will still bleed a little even though it was already the third wash. (Yup! I have red/pink stains on my white towel.)

5. You dread the day when your red hair fades and turns brown again.

Do I regret dyeing my hair red? NO!!!

Because ever since I dyed my hair red, every time when I walk pass a mirror or basically anything that reflects my hair color, I’ll be like “Damn! Jasmine! You look amazing!”