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 🙂

 

 

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!”

Guardian Pharmacy — Asian Skin Care Products Haul!!

Hey hey everyone, how was your week? Lucky for me, the past week was actually quite pleasant and I even had time to do some quick shopping.

For those who don’t know, Guardian Pharmacy is one of the biggest pharmacy in Malaysia that caters huge range of of different drug store brands. Normally, my first choice is always Watson’s but this month, a lot of products that I want are on sales in Guardian, and I went there twice.

Now I think I probably won’t have to buy any skin care products in the next 6 months, especially facial cleansers.

The first thing I bought was Bio-essence Bird’s Nest Nutri-Collagen Whitening Series.

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All of the products are only MYR 165. I know it sounds a little expensive but it’s actually way cheaper than buying them separately. As you can see from the photo, it contains a facial cleanser, whitening advancer, whitening essence, whitening cream and 2 sheets of whitening mask.

Last Christmas I bought their beginner set that includes a travel size facial cleanser, full size whitening advancer and full size whitening cream, and I’ve been using the whitening advancer since this year’s February. At first I thought it was some kind of serum or essence but turns out it’s actually a toner. I was fooled by the gel-like texture!!

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And 3 products from Garnier Sakura White Series. I love their moisturizer!!! It’s affordable, effective and most importantly, it feels very comfortable when it’s applied on my face. While the Pinkish Radiance Ultimate Serum is something I’ve been wanting to try since it was launched. All of the products got 30% off, so the moisturizers are less than MYR 20 each, and the serum is less than MYR 30.

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And this is how it looks like. I must say I’m a little disappointed by the plastic bottle. However, I am looking forward to seeing the result.

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I am a big fans of Neutrogena Facial Cleanser, but i’ve never tried the facial scrub. I always try to avoid using facial scrub because a lot of people tell me that it could hurt my skin. But when I went to Benefit Boutique in KLCC in January, one of the girls told me that facial scrub helps cleaning pores, eliminating blackheads and she suggested POREfessional to cover up those pores and blackhead. Well, it’s true that POREfessional does an excellent job at covering pores, but it’s not a remedy. So, when I saw Neutrogena on sales in Guardian and a free hydrating mask was given at every purchase of facial scrub, I was sold!

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Hada Labo is like the number one brand in Japan, according to the Japanese Magazine I read in the bookstore. I always recommend my friends to try Hada Labo because of all the good reviews I’ve read online as well as magazines, and I’ve seen significant changes of people after using the product. It’s slightly on the expensive side, compared to all the other drugstore products, which is why I always hesitated buying one for myself. But this time, the facial cleanser, including the hydrating toner are only MYR 35++ !!!

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Last but not least, Pomegranate Milky Mask by O’slee.

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about O’slee, the only reason I was so convinced to buy it was solely because of the packaging 😛 Don’t judge!!

According to the search result from Google, O’slee is the number one skin care brand in Hong Kong and it is highly recommended by the beauty community in Hong Kong. Their brand concept is Smart. Natural. Beauty. They aim for every woman to experience the natural skin care benefits. There are currently 4 series available in Malaysia, including ClearSpa Complete Series, Medi Care Series, Rosehip Series and Skin Meal Series. And right now, I am very interested in the Skin Meal Series.

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In short, the milky mask is everything I want for my skin in one bottle!

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The milky mask comes with a mini spatula and a cleansing sponge.

I am looking forward to trying this new product and see whether it’s as awesome.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Penang one-day shopping trip HAUL!!!!

Last Friday, a very good friend and I, together with my younger brother finally went to Penang for a quick shopping trip. Our original goal was to shop as many as we can in Gurney Paragon, but we decided to visit First Avenue as well.

Therefore, this is not a Penang Island travel guide, because as much as I wish I had time to enjoy myself on the beach, or take photos at every single mural done by the talented Ernest Zacharevic, or the CAT MURAL I’ve been wanting to see since last year, I just did not have enough time. The next trip shall not be just one day, I will definitely make it at least a two day thing.

If you followed me on Instagram, you probably would have seen this photo.

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As you can tell, I only went to H&M, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Cotton On and Padini. It was not a super crazy shopping trip, due to the fairly tight budget, and time constraint.

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I honestly thought I would buy skirts, dresses, or blouses, but I bought loafers instead. I like the pointy toes and also the nautical stripes. It’s casual, comfortable and cute, and I just had to buy them. Plus, it’s only MYR 49.90.

20150307_125858Hair elastics which are also from H&M. I guess the reason I bought them was that they reminded me of the rabbit ears wire headband that was such a hit a few years ago. I think I still have one in my wardrobe, but I just stopped wearing it since my second year in college. If I’ve not mistaken, it’s somewhere around MYR 14.90 for one.

20150307_130350I always wanted to get a dry shampoo, for one of those days when I don’t feel like washing my hair, but I just have to or else it will get super oily and disgusting. It’s summer everyday here in Malaysia. I was about to get Batiste dry shampoo, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I was thrilled to see one in Victoria’s Secret. I know it’s more expensive than Batiste (it’s MYR 70++ and Batiste is only MYR 30), but you will understand if you watched VS Fashion Show. All of them have fabulous and sexy hair, though my hair is no longer long and wavy but it’s just hard to resist. This was not on sales, but there was this buy any 3 hair products for MYR 121, and my friend bought one total volume shampoo and one dry shampoo. In other words, I only paid MYR 40. There was also this buy one free one promotion on some selected makeup palettes, but we were actually hoping to see some lingeries, but unfortunately, all of the VS stores in Malaysia are more like beauty, body and accessories store. I guess anyone wants to get sexy lingerie will visit La Senza, or better off, Agent Provocateur!!!

20150307_124732Bunny tote bag by Cotton On

FYI, I hadn’t bought anything from Cotton On for 2 years. It just feels like they keep recycling the old designs, and most of their dresses and skirts are too short for me. I don’t know about you but I’m not into the business of exposing my butt to the public. So, when I saw Cotton On in First Avenue, I was like “Yeah, let’s just go in for a few minutes before we leave.”, without any intention of buying anything. Just when I was about to leave the store, I saw a few canvas tote bags at the cash counter.

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The bunny one is only MYR 6 while this one is MYR 8. I know that they are not exactly very fashionable, but they are cute! And I think they are perfect for grocery shopping or a very casual day out with friends at the cafe nearby.

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I saw this cat t-shirt in when I was looking for my brother in Padini. People who know me would know that I will only shop in Padini during sales. Not only are the clothes in Padini totally overpriced, most of the clothes are also low-quality.

 

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 And for some reason, it feels like Padini is like the “uniform” for college students. I remember during my first year in college, there was this girl in my class wore Padini to college almost every single day. A weeks later, I found out that her pants were also from Padini. But I can’t judge her because soon after H&M launched their first flagship store in KL, H&M sort of became my “college uniform”. Both of the T-shirts I bought were on sales, only MYR 15 each.

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Benefit Porefect Couple

Sephora is definitely one of my favorite shopping places. It caters a lot of my favorite makeup and skincare brands, and most importantly, they always have awesome promotions. What’s not to love about Sephora?

I have to say, the staff in Sephora Gurney Paragon are way helpful and friendly than those in Sephora Avenue K. I went to Avenue K in January and I was ignored the whole time because they were busy touching up their makeup and complaining to each other about dry skin and oily hair.

Anyway, I mentioned in my last post that POREfessional is like the perfect primer for the oily T-zone and minimizing pores. So, I went to Sephora planning to get the actual size POREfessional and I found the “Porefect Couple”! It’s the same price as the actual size POREfessional, but you will get a deluxe sample of Total Moisture together with an actual size POREfessional, how cool is that?

At first glance, I mistaken Total Moisture as It’s Potent, and guess what, the sales assistant thought it was It’s Potent too, and she told me it was very good at reducing fine lines and dark circles. I came home only realized that it was actually Total Moisture.

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I love the packaging, but a friend of mine said it looked like a coffin and the Spy Gal is lying inside of the coffin-like packaging. Now I feel like I should buy Agent Zero Shine as well, just like how I always want to buy They’re Real Push Up liner to pair with They’re Real Mascara, and also the itch to collect all of the tints.

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Did I tell you that Sephora is doing this promotion where if you purchased up to MYR 180, including skin care products, and you are a white card member then they will give you a Skin Care Survival Pack. So, since Porefect Couple was MYR 120, I was thinking of getting more cosmetics but I couldn’t make up my mind, so my brother decided to buy Sephora’s Soothing Cleansing Milk and my friend bought herself a Lip Butter. My friend took facial scrub and facial cleanser, my brother took all the Biotherm samples and I only wanted the Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover gel. I can tell you right now that the remover gel anf the cleansing milk are both very effective and comfortable to use. I’m starting to regret for not getting one for myself.

And before I left Penang, I did manage to go to the Benefit Boutique located in Gurney Plaza and I got my eyebrow waxed again. Contrary to my first Brow Bar experience in KLCC, this time was not exactly pleasant. The Brow Expect in Penang was not very friendly and he didn’t talk much, while the Brow Expert, Stephanie in KLCC was really friendly and we talked a lot. I guess this is one of the many differences between female and male. Guys are generally not that talkative, while we girls, just like to talk.

I am hoping that I could have a trip to Penang before the end of March, because Big Bad Wolf book sales is happening right now in Penang, and there are also some products I wish to purchase in Sephora.

Have you tried Benefit newly launched Roller Lash? If you did, please leave a comment below and tell what you think. I tried it once in Sephora and I thought the result was really cool, but not as dramatic as They’re Real.

Au Revoir!