Archive | May, 2012

Review: Nivea, Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant

25 May

I still remember my ballet teacher taught us to buy our first deodorant when we became teenagers, but I never felt they really help control perspiration, I guess it’s because we sweat like crazy when we dance, so it wasn’t useful at all. I just occasionally use deodorant spray, because I like using it before or after dance class for its scent, and I was a fan of Fa’s deodorant spray, they smell really nice. I haven’t used a deodorant for a long time, but there are 2 reasons why I decided to buy this deodorant:

  • One of my favourite beauty guru missglamorazzi recommended Nivea’s 24 Hour Extra Whitening Deodorant and said that they smell very nice and help brighten up the underarm area
  • I am looking for a whitening product for my underarm area.

I saw them at Watson’s one day when I was looking for heel insoles (They are so hard to find and I still can’t find any!), and they were on sale, so I decided to give it a try.

Nivea Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant

Nivea Extra Whitening Roll-on Deodorant (HKD$9.9)

I later realized the one I got is different from the one Ingrid recommended (she got the 24-hour solid and spray version), but I guess they are something similar. There’s nothing special about the packaging, just your regular roll-on deodorant.

Well, I think it does its job to control perspiration, but I think some people might not like its scent. It smells okay, I won’t say I really like it but I don’t hate it. The scent is very obvious and you can occasionally smell it after applying it for hours. I don’t use deodorant on a daily basis, so I still need some time to see if it helps whiten the skin and tighten the pore, so will update you later.

However, even if this deodorant really helps whiten the underarm area, I’m a bit hesitant if I would want to buy the full-size product or other products in the same line, because like many other deodorants I have used before, my skin becomes very dry, especially after using it for 2 consecutive days, and you can sometimes see white powder left on your skin.

First Purchase@Zalora

16 May

I know I just mentioned that I don’t like shopping online, but I recently made another online purchase through Zalora.com.hk. I don’t remember how I discovered this website, but it seems to be a reliable website, and the main reason why I decided to make my first purchase is because their shipping is free and I saw these beautiful ballerina flats sold at HKD$119!

The time when I saw these ballerina flats, only size 37 was available, and they were sold out immediately after I placed my order. That evening, a lady called me to confirm my shoe size. I’m not sure if they always do that, but I think some customers might not like that, as we have already chosen the size we want when placing our order, so they should be able to check it through their own system. That didn’t really bother me, I was just a bit shocked when the lady called me.

5 days after I placed my order, the deliveryman called me saying I had a parcel from Singapore (I don’t really know why they are shipped from Singapore, as I thought they are based in Hong Kong) and they will deliver it to me that afternoon. I was so surprised when the deliveryman stepped out of the lift, because he was holding a huge box. Well, I’m not an enthusiastic environmentalist, but I do concern about the environment. For me, the packaging was a bit too much, they didn’t need to use such a big card box to hold one pair of shoe and to put 2 sheets of wrapping paper and some air cushions inside. Shoes are definitely not fragile products, and they already come in a sturdy shoe box, so they don’t really need those extra packaging. I know companies are trying to put extra thoughts to please their customers and I do appreciate their  effort in wrapping the shoe box with black paper and putting their company sticker on it (which I thought was so nice and sleek), but other wrapping materials were not necessary.

P.S. The box was shipped to me by Aramex, but one disappointing thing: they included another customer’s shipment details. In front of the box there’s an A4 sheet placed inside a clear, sealed pocket which contains information about the shipper, receiver and other shipment information. I think they accidentally included another Zalora customer’s shipping details in my pocket, and that’s pretty dangerous, as it contains that person’s name, address and contact number, so hopefully they will take extra care next time when they handle customer’s personal details.

Zalora Packaging

The huge box

Zalora Packaging

Unnecessary packaging inside the box

Zalora Packaging

The shoe box nicely wrapped in black paper

Larrie Studded Ballerina Flat

Anyway back to the shoes, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! I I love buying flats from H&M, they are cheap (usually below HKD200) and comfortable, I have never had blisters or any pain after wearing them. However, these ballerina flats from Larrie completely beat them, as you can tell the quality is better than H&M’s. Size 37 is a tiny bit loose, as I’m between a size 36 and size 37, but I can definitely solve it by adding shoe insoles. I like how the shoe vamp is high enough to cover all my toes and they feel very comfortable. I still need to wear them for one day outdoors to say if they are going to hurt my feet or not, but for the price of HKD$119, the quality is absolutely amazing.

Larrie Studded Ballerina Flats

Larrie Studded Ballerina Flats

Larrie Studded Ballerina Flats (Size 37) (HKD$119)

My thoughts about Zalora?! They have a lot of brands that I have never heard of nor seen in Hong Kong, so I’m a bit hesitant when I’m making my decision, but I’m always tempted to browse the section “Under HKD250”, as they always have some nice flats to choose from. Just like Asos, their shipping is free and even better there’s a free, no questions asked return policy. I saw people complaining their shipping to be too slow on their Facebook page, but I thought it was still acceptable (FYI: it took Asos 1 week to ship things from UK and it took 5 days for Zalora to ship things from Singapore). Zalora.com.hk only ships within Hong Kong, but they can be found in other countries, such as Singapore, Thailand and even more, so do check them out. A staff from Zalora called me 3 days after I got my parcel to check if everything is okay, pretty good post-service!

There’s just one little thing I wasn’t satisfied with: when I took out my shoes, there were beads dropping out everywhere. Later I realized that one pack of silica gel beads, that was supposed to control the box’s humidity, was torn apart, so they were all over the place and I kept stepping on them.

All in all, if these shoes are not going to hurt my feet, I’m definitely going to buy more flats from Larrie and maybe try other brands too!

P.S. Shoes from Larrie sold out very fast!

Update:
Sadly they do hurt the back of my ankle, causing blister on my right feet, so I’m hoping it would be better after adding heel insoles later. It’s actually hard for me to find a pair of shoes that don’t hurt my ankle, even those expensive shoes hurt my feet, so I guess my feet might like cheaper shoes like those from H&M, which never hurt my feet. I wish they had real ballet shoes or dance shoes that can be worn outside the dance studio, they are the only shoes that never hurt my feet, and they still feel comfortable after wearing them for the whole day. Even worse, my toe nails and my heels turned a bit black caused by colour fading problem of the inner sole, so I do need to reconsider whether I’m going to repurchase Larrie’s shoes.

If you like to shop online, you can visit their website: www.zalora.com.hk

Mini ASOS Haul

15 May

This is my first haul post (well, a mini one) and I don’t know when I’m going to do another one, because I don’t really buy a lot of things, though I’m now always tempted to try new things after watching people’s beauty/fashion videos and blog posts. I think nowadays a lot of people like shopping online, but I’m never a fan of that, I guess it’s because my mom always tell me how insecure online shopping is and I like to try things on or see the actual product itself before buying it. However, since the day my friend introduced me to Asos.com, I became so addicted to it, checking their website for discounted items and so tempted to buy something from their website.

I eventually couldn’t resist the temptation and made a purchase. Well, this is actually my 2nd time buying things from Asos.com, the first time was a failure and I had to return the item back to them. At that time, I was looking for a make-up bag and saw a pretty Paul’s Boutique quilted wash bag on sale, it was a cream colour bag with a cute decoration, so I decided to get it. However, when I opened the parcel, it wasn’t what I was expecting, the colour and the texture of the wash bag didn’t match what I saw on their website. I immediately returned it and got a refund. So that’s one of the biggest reasons why I don’t like online shopping, I hate it when I can’t see the actual product before buying anything!

Failure to resist my temptation, I made my second purchase on Asos.com. This time I got a pocket mirror and a bronzing powder.

ASOS Parcel

ASOS Parcel

Parcel from Asos

Oh yes, I don’t have a pocket mirror, but since the day I started applying eyeliner and mascara on a regular basis, I’m always afraid that my eye make-up would smudge, so I feel like I need one. I have been looking for one for a long time, but couldn’t find one that I like. When I saw this pocket mirror from Cath Kidston, I immediately fell in love with it and decided to get it.

Cath Kidston Pocket Mirror

Cath Kidston Pocket Mirror

Pocket mirror from Cath Kidston (HKD$41.44)

Photo shown on Asos.com

Well, I think the photo I took doesn’t really reflect how it actually looks. The actual product is a bit smaller than I expected but I’m still okay with the size. The colour was a bit lighter than the photo shown on the website, and the image of the Buckingham Palace wasn’t as clear as shown too. Not totally satisfied with it, but it’s not expensive and the overall quality is still acceptable, so I would still keep it.

I think Asian girls are not really into bronzing powder, but the girls I follow on Youtube love using bronzer, especially during summer. My face is very big and round, so I would like to try using bronzing powder to help contour my face and to give a bit of tan during summer. I was choosing between Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder and Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder, as they are affordable and highly recommended drugstore products. I actually want to try the chocolate bronzer, but because Asos didn’t have the lighter shade, I went for the Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder.

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder

Swatch: Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder

Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder (12 fair/medim) (HKD$124.17)

I do like the packaging, especially the panoramic mirror, because it is practical and not there just for decoration purpose. I do have a blush from Bourjois, which I really like, but I have never been a fan of their brush, as they don’t feel soft on my skin. The bronzing powder seems to have a tiny amount of shimmer, but when applied on my skin, it gives a matte finish, which is something I was looking for. I’m now still trying to figure out how to correctly use the bronzing powder, so I won’t review it yet.

All in all, I like browsing Asos.com and looking for new-in products. I also like their free and fast shipping, it usually takes around 1 week for the products to arrive in Hong Kong, and not to mention the care they put into packing the parcel. However, I’m still not a huge fan of online shopping, so will only buy stuffs that are on sale or not available in Hong Kong.

Review: May 2012 Glamabox

6 May

My third Glamabox arrived on 5th May. I feel like their method of delivery often surprises me; it was still delivered by Yamato Transport but they just suddenly bumped up at my door without calling me beforehand on Saturday. Anyway, let’s get into this month’s products!

May 2012 Glamabox

[Front: From left to right]
Ankang Beauty Restoring Essence
Shea Organics Shea Bath Balm
Caviar Skin Caviar Anti-Aging Essence
Kerasys Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner

[Back: From left to right]
Mask House Celebrity Snail Extract Moisturizing Gel Mask
Talika Bio-Enzyme Renaissance Mask

This month’s Glamabox included some things I’m excited about and some things I’m not too interested in. I have only heard of Talika and Mask House but have never tried any of the brands included in this month’s box. When I first saw the list, I was like “Oh, shampoo and conditioner again!?!”, but when I saw the packaging, I was like “Wow, I like the packaging, it’s perfect for travelling!”. So that’s a thumb’s up for Kerasys’ shampoo and conditioner, and it smells pretty good. I also like Shea Organics’ packaging, but I didn’t get the shea body butter; I got the shea bath balm and I can’t use it at all since I don’t have a bathtub at home!

To celebrate the coming of Mother’s Day, they included some anti-aging products. I’m not really interested in trying Caviar Skin’s product, as the packaging looks a bit cheap and unattractive to me. As for the 2 masks, I’m always interested in trying new masks, especially they are brands that I have never tried before. However, I’m not interested in the beauty drink, don’t think these type of products work and I feel like it’s going to taste gross, so let’s see how it goes!

Still going to stay subscribed at the moment, although I’m afraid I would end up having a bunch of samples and useless products at home. I wish they could include some make-up products!

P.S. Product reviews will be up once I have tried them.

  • Ankang Beauty Restoring Essence:
    As expected, it tastes gross! I firstly had a sip and couldn’t bare with the weird taste, so I got a cup of cold water, poured the whole bottle of beauty essence into it and kinda of forced myself to drink it. Well, I don’t think you would see any result by just drinking one bottle, but even if I’m given a full set of these beauty essence to try, I would not drink it again!

 

  • Mask House Celebrity Snail Extract Moisturizing Gel Mask
    The gel mask comes in 2 parts, which fits better than regular one-piece mask. However the packaging is bad. There’s a white plastic film and a clear plastic film, with the gel mask in between. I believe you are supposed to take the mask out, remove the white one, place it on your face and then remove the clear one, but that wasn’t the case at all. When I tried to pull out the mask from the packaging, the upper part of the mask was stuck with the lower part, and I ended up only pulling out the white plastic film, but not the mask.
    Then I tried to pull out the mask, but because it’s a gel mask, it’s slippery and hard to catch it, especially the two separate parts are sticking to each other. So it took me some time to get the mask out of the packaging, and it ended up pretty messy.
    Yes, I do like gel mask more than paper mask, as it feels like it is completely molded to your skin. However due to the bad packaging, I wasn’t able to put the mask on the exact spot, and it’s hard to move the gel mask once it’s placed on your face.
    It is moisturizing, and I feel like my skin has brighten up after using it, yet there is a little downside. Usually after I remove my mask, I will gently massage and pat my face so that the skin can absorb the remaining product. However, when I started massaging my face, some white flakes like eraser dust (if you know what I mean) appeared, which I don’t really like.
    Overall, I’m not sure if I will buy this mask again, it’s okay, but the packaging is really bad.

Review: Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

3 May

Manning’s had a 25% discount on all products, so I went in to see if there’s anything I would like to buy. I saw this eye cream and suddenly remember how people started a conversation about it because of a product test done by the Hong Kong Consumer Council, claiming that it was one of the effective eye creams among the ones they have tested.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream (HKD$112.4)

According to its packaging, it is recommended for people aged between 30 to 50. Although I’m only in my mid 20s, I still feel a need to use an anti-wrinkle eye cream. I don’t really have serious problem with dark circles, but do have some fine lines due to constant rubbing of my eyes, so I thought it would be great if this eye cream does help minimize fine lines.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Nivea Visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Although the packaging of the eye cream is very simple, I really like it, because the tube packaging is slim, so it’s easier to store and I think it’s more hygienic.

Fragrance-free eye cream

Amount of eye cream used each time

The eye cream is fragrance-free and it’s white in colour; the consistency isn’t too thick. A small amount of eye cream is enough for both eyes. I followed the instruction and gently pat the product with my ring finger, starting from the eye corner to the bridge of the nose. I think it does take a bit of time until the skin completely absorbs the eye cream, but it doesn’t feel heavy nor oily.

I have seen other reviews where people complained about the eye cream burning their eyes. For me, although it didn’t irritate my eyes, I do feel the slight burning sensation around my eyes and I’m sure is if I apply the eye cream a bit closer to my eyes, then it would definitely irritate my eyes. Therefore, do remember not to rub your eyes after applying the eye cream, and do not apply them too close to your eyes. I’m not sure if the burning sensation is a good thing or not, but it didn’t make my eyes uncomfortable, so I’m okay with that.

I will update again after I have used it for at least 4 weeks and see if it really does the job of minimizing the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles, as it claims.