Archive | December, 2011

Share a Coke Australia

30 Dec

Not sure if you have heard of this advertising/marketing campaign by Coca-Cola Australia; it’s pretty massive here in Sydney. I have seen people posting their customized Coke on their Facebook, or updating their status saying how they finally found a bottle of Coke with their name on it.

It’s rare, at least to my own knowledge, for the Coca-Cola company to do such a massive campaign. They do a lot of advertising campaigns, but definitely not like this one. They are giving out free 200ml Coke and having kiosks at several locations, which means lots of effort put in. The kiosks where you can create your customized Coke have been around for some time; however, I didn’t have the time to visit one of them. Finally they are back in a nearby Westfield shopping center, so I decided to get a customized one for my little brother.

Share a Coke Australia

It wasn’t a very long queue, I waited for like 20 – 25 minutes. Didn’t know what to expect when I was queuing, but when I finally got closer to the kiosk, I was a bit disappointed to find out they are just putting red stickers on the can. However, the red sticker isn’t very visible, it looks as if it was printed on the can. Mine wasn’t done perfectly, but I was pretty satisfied with it.

One thing I wasn’t really impressed is their service. The first thing is that their staff had their own personal belongings inside one of the cabinets, which was visible to all of the customers, right next to the queue. So I saw a staff finishing work, getting out her bag, taking off her work T-shirt and putting on her own T-shirt. Well, I think that’s not a good thing to do in front of all your customers, right?! And I also saw the staff, who was in charge of the sticker machine, getting his lip balm while there was a long queue waiting for their customized Coke. Their service isn’t up to the standard, not what I would have expected from the company.

The another thing was the whole atmosphere. Nothing exciting there, the staff didn’t seem to be that friendly and fun. They were not very organized too; there were two sticker machines, but most of the time only one was in use, because the other staff had to get Coke out of the cabinets. That staff was even a bit pissed off when people were inside the kiosk, but no one ever told us not to go inside the kiosk while waiting in line.

Not sure if it’s because it’s nearly the end of the campaign or whatsoever; I think they could have done better, they should have made more use of social media and online media. They could have asked people to hold their cans and take photos in front of the kiosks, and immediately upload them to the official facebook page. I’m sure they are a lot of people willing to do that. And of course, they could have better customer service, even though we are not paying for what we get.

Not sure if the campaign result is really that good, but I’m certain they are burning off their money!

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Review: EOS, Lip Balm (Summer Fruit)

20 Dec

The YouTube beauty world has been raving about this lip balm for such a long time; I didn’t know where to get it in Australia, so I waited until I went back to Hong Kong to get it. It was pretty difficult to find it, not all Sasa shops have them and most of them only had the Lemon Drop flavour, which I wasn’t that interested in. Luckily, I found the Summer Fruit one at one of the Sasa shops.

EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm

EOS lip balm: Summer Fruit flavor (HKD$39)

I really like the summer fruit flavor, smells very fruity and sweet, but not sticky at all when you apply on your lip. And of course, the unique sphere shape.

Unique sphere shape lip balm

However, it does not glide on easily and it isn’t as moisturizing and long-lasting as I thought. One more downside about this lip balm is its unique packaging too! When compared with other lip balms, this is a bit too bulky to bring along with you . I  have never bought this lip balm with me when I’m out, I just leave it at home. It is taking up too much space when I put it in my cosmetics bag when I travel.

Well, I would say the price isn’t expensive for a lip balm; the overall quality, in fact, isn’t that bad. However, it’s not moisturizing enough for my dry lips. I won’t say it’s my favourite lip balm, I don’t feel like buying another one. I prefer my Mentholatum Maxlip lip balm more.

P.S. If you want to try EOS lip balm, they are sold cheaper at Bonjour and EOS hand lotion can be found there too.

Update (15/3/2012): According to the research done by Hong Kong’s Consumer Council, EOS Evolution of Smooth lip balm (Sweet Mint) contains DEHP, a type of phthalate plasticizers which is prohibited for use in cosmetics in many countries! Not completely sure if the Sweet Mint flavour has the same ingredients as the Summer Fruit one, but I believe they should be pretty much the same. They said that the product has a low level of DEHP, and does not indicate a risk to the health of consumers; however, it is suggested that consumers should avoid being exposed to DEHP.

Review: Koji Dolly Wink, Long Mascara BK with limited eyeliner

5 Dec

Update (15 Nov 2013): Dolly Wink has recently reformulated their mascara and changed the packaging. Pretty sure the brush is now different, but not sure about the performance of the new formulation. Shall try it once I finish up my current mascara!

Many YouTube beauty guru have been talking about Dolly Wink’s products; however, I couldn’t find them in Sydney, and I guess even if I find them, they will be pretty expensive. I waited until I got back to Hong Kong, and went to Sasa to get them. However, the store nearest to my home didn’t have the Dolly Wink eyeliner; instead they only had the Dolly Wink mascara with a free limited eyeliner. At first, I didn’t buy that set, because I don’t really like putting mascara on; however, after searching in 2 or 3 Sasa stores, I decided to get them, because the eyeliner itself is sold at HKD$105 at CitySuper, whereas for HKD$125, you get the mascara and the eyeliner, so why not?!

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK With Free Limited Eyeliner

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK with free Limited Eyeliner (HKD$125)

The pink packaging is cute. The mascara brush is pretty standard, nothing special about it. I actually like the Majolica Majorca mascara’s brush, it can easily catch up the lower lashes, and it doesn’t really clump but it does smudge a bit. This brush is okay to me, I hold it vertically to catch the inner upper lashes or the outer upper lashes, because my lashes are very short. From the photo below, you can see there are a lot of fibres, so it really extends my eyelashes and it doesn’t smudge nor clump at all! One thing to note though, the fibres do fall out after some time.

Koji Dolly Wink Long Mascara BK

The free limited eyeliner that comes with the mascara is the main focus! The brush is very thin and precise; however I guess I’m used to my old eyeliner (K-Palette 1 day tattoo eyeliner), so I can’t really control this new eyeliner brush. Although I’m still learning how to control my new eyeliner, I prefer the Dolly Wink eyeliner over the K-Palette one, mainly because the Dolly Wink one lasts longer and the colour is more solid.

Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner

I still love my Majolica Majorca mascara, and still using my K-Palette eyeliner, but Dolly Wink’s mascara and eyeliner have become my favourite! Definitely going to buy another set as back-up!

P.S. I once had the Dolly Wink Mascara on for 15 hours, and I didn’t have panda eyes at all. However, I was applying my mascara one day, and my eye was itchy and tears started to pour out, it completely washed off all the mascara I have applied earlier, so maybe it’s not waterproof.