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“NEW” Fashion Online Shopping Website?!

24 Oct

I was browsing through Instagram and found this website Rowme.com. By looking at its website, it’s a fashion online shopping website similar to ASOS, and I’m guessing it should be based in China (by looking at its return address).

I was so excited to see another website that provides free shipping worldwide, and was just about to do some crazy shopping, especially with the 15% discount they provided while registered as a member. However, when I was looking through the T-shirt section, and found this T-shirt so familiar. I clicked in and…. oh yes, it’s exactly the same as my H&M t-shirt, which I bought 2 years ago.

Not sure about the service and quality, but I don’t think I would ever buy anything on this website. That t-shirt was originally priced at $26.99, definitely much more expensive than the one at H&M. I don’t have any experience buying things on this website, but just as a kind warning, things sold might be fake or an exact dupe from a well-known brand.

If anyone has bought anything through this website, please feel free to comment below and share your experience.

Bangkok Shopping Haul

26 Sep

Sorry for abandoning my blog for more than 1 year. To “celebrate” the re-activating my blog, I would like to share with you all my recent 3 days 2 nights trip to Bangkok.

It’s my first time to Thailand; I had a great time, but didn’t buy a lot, as I was with my parents and was busy sightseeing. The following is most of the things I bought:

Thailand Food Haul

Just randomly bought some Thailand instant noodles, biscuit and snacks. My mom also bought some Thai seasonings, so that she can try making real Thai food at home.

Soap & Glory Haul

As we can’t get Soap & Glory in Hong Kong, I went a bit crazy, especially because they were doing a Buy-1-Get-1-Free offer at Boots.

– The Scrub of your Life (395 THB)
– Hand Food (295 THB)
– Heel Genius (295 THB)
– Scrub ’em and Leave ’em (395 THB)
Flake Away (395 THB)
– Righteous Butter (395 THB)
* Original price stated above.

Elephants...

After this trip, I found that I’m a bit obsessed with elephants, and couldn’t resist looking at things with elephant prints. In the end, I got 6 elephant postcards at Chatuchak Weekend Market (5 THB for 6 postcards) and a NaRaYa key holder (100 THB).

Random ASOS Purchase

11 Jul

I feel like I’m doing the exact opposite to what I said earlier. Oh yes, I recently made another purchase through ASOS again in May. Well, I had been looking for an umbrella for a long time, I guess for at least 2 years and finally found one that I like and what’s more, it was on sale, so I immediately bought it.

My previous umbrella was purchased in Japan 5 years ago, and it’s a black umbrella with colourful polka dots on it, it’s small and light but very sturdy. I remember using that umbrella in Atlantic City, USA on a super windy day, only my umbrella survived while my friends’ umbrellas either broke or flipped inside out, so I really like it. After 5 years, the umbrella is still in okay condition, just a tiny hole in the center of the umbrella ( but don’t worry, I don’t get wet at all), and the nylon string wrist strap attached to the handle is brittle.

What I look for when choosing an umbrella:

  • Small and light
    I carry my umbrella most of the days, so I need one that’s small and light-weight.
  • Unique pattern
    Somehow I’m very picky when it comes to the pattern, I don’t really like floral print or strips, I like an umbrella that’s more unique and not just in plain colour.

Cath Kidston Umbrella

Cath Kidston Tiny-2 Umbrella – Shooting Stars Blue (HKD$165.74)

It’s my 3rd time buying things from ASOS, and at the moment I’m generally satisfied. However, I do agree with Fleur, who did a ASOS haul video on Youtube (http://youtu.be/Y1TZKKtijmA), that it can be a hit and miss. Although it does have a return policy, we have to pay the postage fee to return things back to UK in Hong Kong, so sometimes I’m hesitant when choosing things and try my best to buy less than buy more.

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.