Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Collective Online Beauty Haul For May & June 2017

Photo By: Elin Chow

I have been an avid fan of online shopping for years, and I love to shop and order online more than traditional shopping. Online shopping has become my most preferred way to make purchases because it is more convenient and time saving.

I find that I usually get cheaper deals and better prices from online stores because products come directly from the manufacturer or seller. Online stores do not have overhead to deal with so they can pass on the saving to their customers. Besides that, I can also compare product prices from different online retailers easily, and have all my orders deliver right to my doorsteps.

I don't usually post about my shopping haul, but I think it might be a good idea to share some of my purchases from time to time. In this post, I will be sharing my collective beauty haul for the month of May and June. Some of them were on my wish list for a long time, and some were just impromptu purchases.

Cocomo Budget Premium Hair Curler (Straight or Volume Curl)

Price: SGD 30

Recently, my friend introduced to a hair curler from Cocomo, a Singapore based e-commerce company affiliated to the Banobagi Medical Group, South Korea. The company is founded by a team of makeup and beauty veterans with years of experience in the Kpop industry, who aim to bring the best of Korean beauty to Singapore women.

The Budget Premium Hair Curler is Cocomo's first own brand product, and is only available for purchase in Singapore. I fell so deeply in love with this hair curler after using it, and decided to buy it from their online store on Q0010 Singapore.

I have waited for almost a month for this product to arrive because the hair curler was so popular that it went completely out of stock. The product is shipped directly from Korea to Singapore and from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. As a result, it took slightly over a week to reach me. But customer service was excellent with constant updates. A complimentary hair mask was also included to compensate for the delay.

I have flat and ultra-fine hair with dry and frizzy ends. The dryness is due to the regular hair rebonding treatment I do to straighten my curly hair. Even so, my hair still tend to curl out at the ends, often with weird pieces sticking out.

Cocomo's hair curler is equipped with ceramic plates that heats up quickly, which allows fast styling, and glides on my hair smoothly. It leaves my hair feeling very smooth and soft while adding a plenty of volume without making my hair dry.

I have tried quite a few brands of hair straightener that are available in the market. But none of them gave me the same amazing result as this hair curler from Cocomo. It has helped me to achieve straight frizz free hair that I am always looking for. Furthermore, the result is pretty long lasting.

The hair curler comes with a 360 degree rotating cord that prevent the cord from getting tangled. I can style my hair easily from any angle without having to worry about tangled cord.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick

Price: RM 110

I have been wanting to try out the Lancome L'Absolu Rouge range of lipsticks for a while now, but was hesitant to spend so much money on a lipstick. So I made myself to wait for a month in order to prevent impulse buying. But after a month, I still strongly want to make the purchase, so I finally decided to splurge a little on something that I really love.

I bought this from Sephora Malaysia. All products are ship directly from Singapore using Aramex/Singpost to Malaysia. Shipping is free for all orders above RM 80.

The lipstick is available in 44 elegant shades - from nudes, plums, pink to bright reds and 3 finishes - sheer, cream or matte. Its wide range of options mean that there is always something for everyone, every occasion, and every look.

With 44 options available, I have a really difficult time choosing which one to buy. After browsing through the website for hours, I finally decided to buy the 377 O Oui! for RM 110. This is also the color picked by my husband. He will always choose pink instead of red everytime I asked for advice. Priced at RM 110, this is currently the most expensive lipstick I have ever bought.

I love the packaging. It is sleek and luxurious. The lipstick comes in a black lacquered case with a click-to-open case featuring Lancome signature gold rose. The packaging is secure and yet, easy to open for your convenience. Just press the rose emblem on the top of the case and it will pops right open for you.

The Lancome L'Absolu Rouge 377 O Oui! is a beautiful rose petal pink cream lipstick. It is softly scented and smell slightly sweet.

I have not tried the lipstick yet. But Lancome has claimed that this is an ultra-luxurious and hydrating that is suitable for all day wear. The L'Absolu Rouge lipstick is enriched with antioxidant rich vitamin E and moisture boosting Pro-Xyalne TM that will never dry your lips out. I could not wait to wear this beautiful pink on my lips now!

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Price: RM 24

I am running out of my facial cleanser and I thought it might be good to try another brand, so being a huge fan of Innisfree, I bought the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Hermo Malaysia. This was an impromptu purchase.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam comes in a cream colored tube containing 150 ml of the product. It is formulated with Jeju Volcanic scoria that absorb excess serum and purify the clogged pores, making it suitable for people with combination or oily skin.

The cleanser is very soft, has a semi-thick consistency and contains exfoliating beads that gently exfoliate the dead and dull skin. After washing, it gives my skin a fresh and clean feel without over drying it.

Laneige Multi-Cleanser

Price: RM 15

I also purchased a travel-size Laneige Multi-Cleanser from Hermo Malaysia as well. The travel-size packaging contains 30 ml of the product. The reason why I bought the travel-size packaging is because it just makes traveling easier, plus it was on sale! Furthermore, I have never used any products from Laneige before, and I thought it would be good to try this facial cleanser this time. Thus the travel size will be ideal for trying this product out before committing to the full size.

The 4-in-1 cleanser that claims to remove makeup, remove sunscreen, exfoliates and cleanse. Formulated with mild plant based cleansing ingredient, and papain enzymes (extracted from Papaya fruit), the cleanser contains fine micro beads that will help to exfoliate and leave skin feeling fresh and clean. The micro beads are gentle that can be use everyday.

This cleanser might be too drying for people with dry skin, but it is great for people with combination or oily skin. Also, I don't trust this facial cleanser to remove all my makeup. But I believe this will able to remove light makeup.

Shiseido The Hair Care Aqua Intensive Shampoo and Treatment 2 - Moist Feel

Price: RM 90 (250 ml) | RM 110.70 (250g) (before discount)

Since I rebond my hair regularly, the ends get really dry while my scalp is oily.  I am picky about the shampoos and conditioners I use because not all products work well for my oily scalp and extremely fine hair. A shampoo and hair conditioner that would cleanse my scalp well, care for my locks and make my hair smell irresistible throughout the day.

Just a few months ago, my hair stylist introduced me to the Shiseido Aqua Intensive shampoo and treatment while I was doing my usual rebonding treatment at his salon. The Shiseido Aqua Intensive line is specifically targeted at frizzy, dry and chemically treated hair. I bought both the shampoo and treatment from Lazada with a discount voucher. It is so much cheaper than buying it from a salon.

The Shiseido Aqua Intensive shampoo remove impurities selectively without stripping the moisture from your hair. My hair feels incredibly soft and lustrous after using it. The shampoo prevents damage and dryness while cleansing your hair thoroughly. However, for people with oily scalp, I will not recommend using this shampoo everyday. It does not help to control itchiness and oil secretion of the scalp.

The Shiseido Aqua Intensive treatment 2 infused hair with intense moisture and locks it in, keeping them healthy looking. My hair feels incredibly smooth and soft after application.

I love the smell of the Aqua Intensive line. It is heavenly, which makes me look forward to using it every single day. For people with hair that is fizzy and difficult to manage, you might want to give these two products a shot. I believe it will not disappoint you.

My purchases also came with a free Shiseido Sleekliner shampoo and conditioner sample. The Sleekliner line is targeted at frizzy, tangled and unruly hair. I am excited to try this out too!

Bio Top Fit Hot & Cold Cream

Price: RM 350 (3 Bottles)

I bought the 3rd generation Bio Top Fit Hot & Cold Cream from a seller from Facebook. I have been a long-time user of the Bio Top slimming cream for years now, and have used both the 1st and 2nd generation.

The reason why I keep repurchasing this is because I find it helps to firm and smooth my skin. The brand new Bio Top Fit is formulated with natural high quality ingredients with 3 new exquisite ingredients added - lemongrass extract, ginger extract and mint, and helps to burn and eliminates fat cells, detoxify and beautify your skin.

I have been using this cream for more than two weeks now, and have already noticed significant results. It has help to reduce cellulite around my thigh area and to tone my tummy and arms areas. The cream is non greasy and can be absorbed into my skin easily.

The newly added lemongrass not only helps to remove gas from the intestine, but also acts as a great insect repellent, preventing bites from mosquitoes.  The ginger extract will help to remove "wind" from the body, which is great for women who have just give birth. Besides that, it is also effective in reducing swelling, backaches and stretchmarks.

Massage the cream onto the areas you want to get slim. I would recommend wearing a plastic glove because the cream is really hot. It gives you a cooling sensation once applied, but you will start to feel a burning sensation after a few minutes. I love the burning sensation because it feels as though my fats are being burned away.

Bio Bright Perfect Shaping Ice Gel

My purchase came with a free Bio Bright Perfect Shaping Ice Gel. Honestly, I do not love this ice gel as much as I love the Bio Top Fit. I find this product a little hassle to apply. You are required to wash the gel off right after application. As such, I usually use this while in the shower.

Once you have washed the gel off your skin, you will feel a cooling sensation. It is cold and I do not like spending extra time in the shower just to apply this. Furthermore, the result is not noticeable.

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