Sunday, 14 August 2016

#444; Doll up for less with cash back and online shopping offers at ShopBack

My guilty pleasure is shopping online because of the convenience it brings me. Often times, I look at my account and weep at the pathetic amount of money I have left, because of my shopping. So imagine one day, when I got some money back after shopping at Forever21. That day, I felt extra lucky, like I’ve struck lottery!!

Side note: Dis the top I got :p

But you don't get that kind of luxury when it comes to shopping online, since prices are already lower than retail and there are often promotions to make the prices even lower. I thought about joining Shopaholics Anonymous (if there was such a thing) to stop shopping. I resorted to getting dirt cheap and sometimes “meh” quality clothes from Taobao. I've tried leaving my credit cards and Ibanking devices at home and almost succeeded. BUT! I don't have to try so hard anymore because I found a site to get me back some money while shopping!

Introducing... ShopBack! The online site that gives you cash back when you shop online! ERHMARGERD. The very first time I heard about them was while I was in the cinema and I was watching one of the many ads. When I heard about getting stuff for cheaper because of the cash back, my mind was gearing towards the “bo ko leng” category. Online shopping is already cheap. What do you mean I can still get money back after already spending lesser than retail?

And I admit. The movie was good so I forgot about it. Until I went to the cinema and caught another one of their ads. This time I remembered and went to their site to find out how it works. So here is what I found out:

  Merchants give commission for directing shoppers to their site. This is true. Especially site Z, the people who recommend you to their site will definitely earn commission from your orders placed. And you don't get a cent from their commission. But ShopBack will give you the money they earn from your commission, in the form of cash back!
The whole concept is really smart and just simple! You get cash back and you get cheap deals. So what’s not to love?

I already “beo” and saw that they work with places like Expedia, Foodpanda and many more. So why not look for a Sephora sale or even save on Groupon deals? Because ShopBack give you cash back when you shop with them!

I bought my tickets to Taiwan without realising that ShopBack can also give you a cash back with Expedia. Ragrets because every cents matter when you are on a budget! They even have Taobao cash back scheme which I will definitely be looking into. Check out their YouTube account for more instructions on how to shop at Taobao without incurring agent fee.

For added convenience, I have already looked through and found a page that has all their latest coupon for online shopping! Here is the link!

With the money that I can potentially save when I shop with ShopBack, I can totally spend more money on food there.... Or the duty free goodies at the airport :p

So here it is. I will definitely be using ShopBack the next time I order from Sephora, Zalora or even Asos. Because everyone loves some more cash to spend on more goodies! So check out that cart and just wait for that cash back!


Sunday, 24 July 2016

#443; [Review] Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick

Today I am reviewing the Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick in #02. 
That's quite a mouthful to say.. I bought this on a huge haul from Althea and this only costs SGD$8~ That is really affordable.

The box packaging is a striped box with accents of hot pink while the actual lipstick packaging is a sleek black tube with a tiny witch hat. It is quite simple but slim enough to slip it in a clutch for touch up. 

This is in the shade #02 Orange and Nudie. Not much of a description but then again, I am no expert in Korean so I will just go with the description provided by the website. 

Once you uncap the lipstick, it has a twist mechanism that pushes the lipstick up. The Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick is designed to give a flawless ombre lip effect and thus there is a lighter shade and a more pigmented shade. I find that this is comparable to many ombre lipstick in the market, such as Laneige. You can totally see how much I fell in love with this lipstick. 

Swatching it on my arm. The "nudie" part is really light pink while the "orange" portion is much more vibrant. This has a sheen but is not overly glossy. To use an ombre lipstick like this, on the top lip, you have to flip the lipstick so the lighter part is on top. For the bottom lip, the more pigmented side is on top while the lighter part is below. 

This is how it looks like when worn. Because the colors are quite contrasting, you have to use your fingers to dab away the hard edges and blend it out. I really like the overall effect because it makes my lips look really soft. 
However, the application can be a little tricky because the lipstick is a little dry and pulls at my lips when using it. I also found that if my lips are really dry and flaky, this accentuates my lip lines even though it is not a matte lipstick. 

There is no discernible scent to this lipstick and overall, I like it enough to repurchase more shades. There are a total of three shades and you can get them for SGD$8 from Althea. The link is here

The Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick in #02 is a MLBB shade that I think would suit most skin tone. It is very work appropriate and perfect for that just bitten look too. What are your thoughts? Would you try this out?

Laneige has a similarly concept ombre lipstick that I will be reviewing soon and I will be doing a mini comparison of the two in that post! So if you are interested in that, do like my page and stay tuned~

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Monday, 11 July 2016

#442; [Review] NYX HD Blush in Summer and Pink the Town

I'm back with a new post! After countless of lipstick and eyeshadow review, I finally get around to doing blush. I'll however preface this by saying that my swatch on my face are not very obvious because of my camera and I didn't want to look like an "Ang ku kueh" (red cake) for it to show up. 

I recently hauled two new High Definition blush from NYX. They've really stepped up their game and I actually also bought their Ombre blusher and have already reviewed them here

I got two High Definition Blush from the latest collection in the shade: Summer and Pink the Town. These are $11 for a pan of 4.5g which is pretty worth the price!

First off, the packaging is super cute. There is a black ribbon on the clasp and a clear circular window that shows the shade of the blusher. These are sleek and compact and doesn't take up much space, making it easy to store and carry around.

Pink the town on the left and Summer on the right.
These do not have any embossing or design on the blush pan. The pans are also pretty sizeable, making it easy to swirl your brush to pick up product.

Let's start off with Summer.
The NYX HD Blush in Summer was an impulsive buy off Sephora webstore because I wanted to fulfill the minimum spending for free shipping.
I wanted a colour that I didn't have so I chose this bright coral with more reddish undertone. For fair to medium skin, this is so pigmented and too red for my liking.

The bottom swatch is one swipe and the one on top is two swipe. One Swipe is pigmented enough and as a blush, maybe a tad too pigmented for my liking. I have to use a very light hand when swirling my brush around the pan. It looks coral here but has more red undertones in real life.

Not sure if you can see it but when applied with a light hand, it gives a pretty subtle blush that last eight hours even in the humid weather. You must however, keep blending it with powder if you happen to pick up and use too much product. 

The blush on my right cheek is more prominent and is pretty much how it looks like in person. It is pretty hard to tell online but I would say that the blush is true to that of the pan so if you love bright blushers or have a good tan, this is a suitable blush for you. Personally, I don't much like how it looks on my skin tone and the fact that I may forget and use too much product. 

Saving the best for the last, here is the second NYX HD blush that I bought in the shade "Pink the town". I bought this because I thought I'd play safe and also because I refuse to give up on the HD blush even after my so-so experience with the above blusher. I wanted a nice rose peach blush that looks elegant and will suit my day to day makeup. Also, the formulation of the HD blush are too good to give up as both blushers are very smooth and finely milled.

Did I also mention that they are pigmented? Because they are pigmented like cray. 

Bottom swatch is one swipe and top swatch is two. I like the soft rose blush because it is very neutral yet pulls together your whole look. In terms of pigmentation, these are already pretty pigmented but perhaps less so than Summer. I think this might be due to the pigments in the blush or the fact that my skin tone on my arm is darker than my face and will take a little more product to build up colour.

Again, these are smooth and blends well. 

Application is simple and easy and the colour shows up well on my cheeks. I love the subtle blush effect that this gives me because it looks very classy and can complement a whole range of looks from nude lips, red lips to bold eyes and "no makeup" makeup. 

The full face. Although it doesn't show up in my selfie, this blush actually looks really pretty in person and you have to actually really test out these shades to fall in love with them. 

Lesson learnt: Swatch at Sephora before buying online. I would definitely repurchase Pink the Town once I hit the pan but I think that is some time away considering I have so many other blushers to go through..

Which NYX HD blush featured in this post is your favourite? I know the NYX HD blush also has this taupe brown shade that is perfect for contouring and I would love to test it out. If you guys are interested, leave me a comment and I might actually buy it and try~

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