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November Bag of Love for Women on the Go

23 Nov

Hi y’all! The November Bag of Love is dedicated to the busy women of today. So it contains a little something to either save time, or take care of your skin and so on. If you have been following Bag of Love on their Facebook page, you’d have heard about the “extraordinariness” of the November bag. It would contain something that no other beauty bag/box in Malaysia has included so far. This was enough to drive fans to press the “Get the Bag” button (apart from the bag itself of course!). The only hint given on what this item would be is that it’s from the Panasonic Beauty line. We can only guess and wait till we get our bags to find out.

Well, I finally found out! First, the very cute Levi’s denim bag.

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Taken with a big fluffy pink heart for Bag of Love.

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The interior is a red and white checked pattern reminiscent of a picnic basket.

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So the star is revealed! I had thought it would be the eyelash curler. We got the Doltz Battery-powered Toothbrush instead. This retails at RM99 and is single-handedly worth more than the subscription price. It reportedly vibrates at approximately 16,000 brush strokes per minute with the vibrations of a sound wave. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that it will give a more thorough brush than doing it manually for the same amount of time. Replacement brushes can be had at RM25 for a set of two.

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Next up is Double Serum by Clarins. This serum “combines two powerful age-defying serums into one optimum balance to help fight all aspects of visible ageing. Now you can stay younger. Longer. The only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that revitalizes the skin’s 5 vital functions. A unique formula the promises a visibly youthful look: firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, more even complexion and less visible pores.” This is a 7 day supply. I took the sachets out to count them and found this at the end:

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Oo. A generous extra gift should you like what you see and wish to explore further!

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Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo (90ml) and Conditioner (80ml). Stress can cause hair fall as well so if that sounds like you, this set may just address your problem.

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Last but not least, Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Aura EDT sample vial and a voucher for their Christmas Set. Interesting, feminine scent which smells floral and woody at the same time.

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Family portrait!

If you like what you see, check out Bag of Love at their Facebook page. Their December bag is revealed there in case you’re looking for a nice gift. Till next time!

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Wicked Bag of Treats – Bag of Love October

12 Nov

I had quite a good experience with my first Bag of Love in September, and decided to continue my subscription in October. Mimi had put together a Halloween-themed bag for the month and when I saw that it would include an eye brush, I jumped in!

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Cute little drawstring bag with a jack-o’-lantern design. Shown here with the Collistar brochure.

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Mimi on her broomstick (did I say how much I love the style of illustration?) and a voucher for Jojoba Spa. I haven’t decided if I would go for it yet, but I have been to Jojoba and found the service to be attentive and professional.

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SP Repair Shampoo (30ml) and SP Repair Mask (30ml). Haircare is always welcome since it’s something I would use anyway. Haven’t tried this one as well.

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Collistar Biorevitalising Anti-cellulite Concentrate (30ml). Hmm.. I wouldn’t say I’m very bothered by cellulite because I don’t really scrutinise my thighs that much. Nevetheless, you never know right?

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Nanowhite Infinity CC Cream (full-size). Now this was a winner! It looks greyish when you first squeeze it out, but upon blending, the pigments are released and the colour blends into your skin tone. I really like this as it provides decent coverage and evens out my complexion. The UV protection isn’t bad either! It also works better than all the BB creams I have tried so far which somehow doesn’t match my skin tone very well.

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Yay, brush! I was hoping for an eyeshadow brush, but this is close. I received the Definite Eye Blender brush. I think this is one of the reasons Bag of Love’s many fans subscribe as Definite brushes are exclusive to Bag of Love, and for good reason too. They are good quality brushes.

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The other full-size item in the bag, Splassh glow-in-the-dark nail polish. I was hoping for blue, but pink is fine since it doesn’t really show up in daylight. True to the Halloween theme, this provides an added fun element in the already fun bag. I put it to the test immediately and went into the darkest room in my house and closed the door.

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Cool, right? Pic quality not great, but you get the idea.

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Once again, all in the family. Let’s take a look at value.

1) SP Repair Shampoo (RM72/250ml) | RM8.60/30ml

2) SP Repair Mask (RM109/200ml) | RM16.35/30ml

3) Collistar Biorevitalising Anti-cellulite Concentrate (RM185/200ml) | RM27.75/30ml

4) Nanowhite Infinity CC Cream (full-size) RM49.90

5) Definite Eye Blender brush (full-size) RM69

6) Splassh mini glow-in-the-dark nail polish (full-size) RM3.90

This brings the total value of the bag to RM175.50 excluding vouchers and the bag itself.

The November bag has been sold out and subscriptions are open for the December bag, which comes in a chic red clutch. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who would appreciate some really nice samples from some really nice brands, head on over to http://www.bag-of-love.com/

Till next time!

Wonderbox October

12 Nov

I was looking forward to my October Wonderbox because September’s box got delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. A nice little email from Wonderbox apologised and explained the cause of delay and moved our subscription to the October edition with a promise of two additional full-sized items for the inconvenience. I thought it was very thoughtful of them and patiently waited for my box to arrive.

It finally did!

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When I opened it I found…

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The information card, brochure for RA8 and a voucher for RA8

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The full-sized Neutrogena Ageless anti-wrinkle and firming essence (30g) as promised. I was pleased to see this as it’s never too early to start the ageing gracefully process, plus it is valued at RM89.90.

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Full-sized bloop nail strips (RM12.90). I’ve never tried nail strips before unless you count the time in school where I stuck psychedelic present wrap on my nails with clear polish. It reflected the sunlight like mirrors and I was pretty pleased, heh heh. Anyway, I’ve always preferred simple and classic styles so I don’t do nail art that much. That said, this probably gives me a chance to try it out. We’ll see.

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Bio-Essence Nourishing Deep Cleanser with Royal Jelly & ATP (30g), Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly & ATP (10g), and Radiant Youth Essence With ATP & Royal Jelly (5ml)

I’m actually fine with Bio-Essence since I like their Radiant Youth Essence. This gives me a chance to try more of their line of products.

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RA8 Renewal Creme. I’ve never heard of RA8 before. It is described as a “rich and gentle non-greasy creme enriched with UV filters that protects the skin against harsh environmental conditions while promoting the generation of cells through the proprietary aquamarine extract. This unique formula will moisturize and clarify skin tone for a fairer, luminous and more even complexion.”

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So that’s it for October. Honestly, I felt a bit underwhelmed with this edition since I had expected the two full-sized products to be in addition to a regular edition. I do appreciate the thought behind it and the Neutrogena does make up for the whole box, but I think there will be those who feel that it could have been better.

Anyhow, they have just launched The Little Black Box which is a fashion box based on themes selected every month. You need to be registered first though, so if you don’t already have an account, register here. Do check it out and let me know what you think.

Bag of Love September – Travel theme!

27 Sep

Sometime in March this year, a friend of mine in the know asked me, “Have you heard of Bag of Love?”. I hadn’t, and decided to look it up. It was interesting, but I didn’t feel that I should splurge on another beauty box/bag. Fast forward 5 months, I realised how much I would have liked their debut and April bags. Anyway, it’s never too late.

For September, it’s a travel themed bag. The bag itself is a transparent, airmail envelope inspired one, which I already know what I want to use for.Image

The goodies! The welcome note and information card featured a very cute Mimi in a pilot’s uniform. I like all their illustrations! So for this month, a few lucky subscribers would find an extra item in their bag — A CK Euphoria 15ml miniature. Looking at the picture, you’d have concluded that I’m not one of them, but that’s all right. Let’s see what else we have:

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O’slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Advanced Formula III (60ml). What a nice size! I’ve never tried O’slee products, but I did use rosehip oil years ago because of its moisturising properties as well as effective treatment of scars and stretchmarks. Let’s see how this one fares. I already like the light rose scent.

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Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua Vitale Cream (10ml). Another brand I haven’t tried although I hear rave reviews about their products. Eager to try this one as well!

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (10ml). Yay! I’m using my dry oil sparingly and it’s such a nice surprise to try the shimmer version. For about a minute I was tipping the bottle over and over looking at the shimmery oil flowing down like liquid gold, and the tiny bubbles making a trail as they rise through the oil to the surface. Oooo.. well, enough of that.

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Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Woman EDP (6ml). This rollerball is different from the usual vials we receive and a welcomed change. It looks really classy and much easier to handle. Popular scent too.

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RVB Skinlab Diego Dalla Palma Cell Detoxium Purifying Clay Mask (10ml). “Intensive care thanks to the presence of ventilated green clay with detoxifying and remineralizing action. Thanks to the presence of puri-enzyme, an enzyme complex with an exfoliating and moisturizing effect, it removes impurities in a few minutes and gently refines skin texture, restoring brightness, firmness and softness all in one.” I’m trying this today.

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Olay Regenerist Serum (10ml).

And there you have it. It’s a good set of products to care for your skin whether your travels bring you to dry weather, sunny places or walking through crowded markets for street food.

Let’s look at the value:

1) O’slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Advanced Formula III – RM59.90/100ml |RM35.90/60ml

2) Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua Vitale Cream – RM368/50ml |RM73.60/10ml

3) Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil – RM198/100ml |RM19.80/10ml

4) Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Woman EDP 6ml – RM49

5) RVB Skinlab Diego Dalla Palma Cell Detoxium Purifying Clay Mask – RM29.90

6) Olay Regenerist Serum – RM49.90/50ml |RM10/10ml

which brings the total value to RM218.20! How’s that for value? Do check out their website and Facebook page for updates and mini contests!

My Vanity Trove

23 Sep

Hello! How was your week? Hope everyone got a good break from the long weekend.

Ok, so I’m not a particularly adventurous person. Once I find something works, I tend to stick with it. So it has taken me this long to try Vanity Trove. Most of you would have heard of Vanity Trove, a beauty box service which started in Singapore and came to our shores early this year. Their boxes began with the surprise element where subscribers don’t know what is featured in their boxes until they received them. Vanity Trove has since revamped their model to one where we get to choose the samples we want to try. There are pros for both of course. If it’s a surprise, you get to try items you may not have heard of before or even thought you wouldn’t like, but might. This may be useful for people (like me) who don’t usually grab the next new thing to try. On the other hand, picking samples you’re interested in gives a higher chance of you enjoying the item since you would have already done some research on it. Well then, let’s see what I got.

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I’ve been eyeing the pretty drawer box even though I’ve not subscribed before this.

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Yay!

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Discount voucher and information brochures from Skin Lab and Decleor

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Tilley goat’s milk soap. This is the first time I’m trying this. Have only recently heard about it and the good reviews. Apparently it’s very moisturising and gentle.

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Pure South fresh goat’s milk body lotion (50ml). Both Tilley and Pure South are carried by TSN Skin Lab, which specialises in natural and organic personal and beauty care products. I personally like green products and it reflects in some of the items chosen for this box.

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Cocolab Aromatic Body Oil (5ml). Virgin coconut oil blended with essential oils. What a yummy, refreshing scent! It quickly absorbs into the skin without any oily feeling. Not to mention it’s virgin coconut oil (VCO) which has a long list of benefits. I’m already using VCO for my hair as well as having it with toast (yummy and aromatic) and encourage you to look it up!

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L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (100ml) and hair mask (75ml). A good product that leaves my hair nice and smooth. I mentioned this in this post.

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Decleor Hydra Floral ‘flower nectar’ moisturising cream (15ml). Since I like Decleor so much, I grabbed this while I could. I love the smell, it’s mostly botanically derived and very light.

So that’s my trove. Depending on your membership plan, you might be able to pick up to 8 samples with up to 15% bonus credits.

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Head on over to Vanity Trove Malaysia or their Facebook page for more details.

Lilac Box 4 has got you covered head to toe

17 Sep

Hi ladies! I’ve been missing for awhile as I attended a life-changing conference where young people of like mind came together to reflect on how they can use their best years in service to others. I learnt a lot about the importance of youth and our role in ensuring the future generation are able to navigate the forces of society.

Anyway, once I arrived back home I found a package waiting for me. Yup, the Lilac Box 4 has arrived.

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It came in the same black box as the Decleor Concept Box, tied up with a shimmery silver Jimmy Choo ribbon.

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The goodies!

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L’Oréal Professionnel Mademoiselle Infinium hairspray (100ml). This hairspray got an update on its packaging by celebrity hairstylist Charlie le Mindu sometime middle of last year. I rarely use hairspray so I’m not sure when I’ll be trying this out yet.

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L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (100ml) and hair mask (75ml).  I know, I know. It’s been doing its rounds in beauty boxes, but believe it or not, this is the first time I’m getting it! I have somehow not managed to get the other boxes they appeared in. It’s a good product. I like it enough to pick it for my first customised Vanity Trove.

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Sothys Hydradvance Light Hydrating Cream (15ml) and Hydra-nourishing Mask (15ml). I’ve seen Sothys salons around but never tried them, so this one I’m excited to try!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange hand therapy (25g). Another favourite, which I also picked for my customised Modbox.

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OPI nail lacquer in the shade Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! from their Germany collection (15ml). This is a dark grey with a tinge of green. I was really happy we got OPI, although I can’t say I’m excited about the colour I got. It’s not something I would wear, really. If only I got Just Spotted the Lizard or Into the Night (which happened to by my chosen shade for my post-wedding manicure) or any of those two-toned metallics (Metallics! Blues! ♥) . Ok moving on…

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Perfume vials of Jimmy Choo (2ml) and Flash (2ml). I like Flash. I get the white florals and strawberry, and maybe a bit of spice. Jimmy Choo is also quite pleasant. It’s more fruity, and sweet.

So there you have it. Here’s the rough value:

1) L’Oréal Professionnel Mademoiselle Infinium hairspray (RM40/300ml) | RM13.30/100ml

2) L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (RM50/250ml) | RM20/100ml

3) L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime hair mask (RM67/200ml) | RM25/75ml

4) Sothys Hydradvance Light Hydrating Cream (RM370/50ml) | RM111/15ml

5) Sothys Hydradvance Hydra-nourishing Mask (RM272/50ml) | RM81.60/15ml

6) Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange hand therapy (25g) | RM35

7) OPI nail lacquer (full size) | RM63

8) Perfume vials of Jimmy Choo (2ml) and Flash (2ml)

This brings the total value of the box to more than RM348.90! For only RM49.90, that’s almost 7x the price you pay. If you’re interested to get your hands on their next box, go here for updates.

Modbox Relaunched!

15 Aug

I’ve heard of Modbox months back and was quite tempted to jump in but never really did. Then when I decided to try them out, they announced that they were taking a break to revamp the company. Boy was I excited when they finally relaunched in August! At an even lower price of RM9 at that!

This time, the concept was a little different. We get to actually choose the items we want to try out. It was not easy choosing because they all looked good but here’s what I got:

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The small but functional box. I like it!

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The personalised welcome note. I appreciate it when people get my name right 🙂

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First up, Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy (25g). A good size, delicate scent, and I like how it feels on the skin. This came together with:

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A Tarocco Orange body lotion sample and a Somerset Meadow EDT sample vial. Somerset Meadow smells really green and fresh, something different.

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Next, I got the Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++ (7g)

SPF indicates protection against UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns while PA indicates protection against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin and is responsible for premature ageing. + shows the least amount of protection and +++ shows the most so this product has got some really good protection! This one comes with a 20% off voucher for the full-sized item.

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Last but not least, Murad Eye Lift Illuminator (0.44ml)

This one claims to depuff and firm skin in 15 minutes as well as cover and treat the delicate under-eye skin. I have dark circles so I’m excited to see how this works for me.

So the value of my first Modbox:

1) Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy, RM35/25g

2) Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++, RM198/30ml |RM46/7g

3) Murad Eye Lift Illuminator, RM165/1.8ml |RM40/0.44ml

Excluding the voucher and Crabtree samples, this box comes up to RM121! Not bad for the RM15 (RM9 + RM6 for shipping) I paid.

If you like what you see, hop on over to their website or their Facebook page for updates.