Beauty Box. The Lilac Box.

Beauty box has been around for quite some time in Malaysia. Recently it has become more and more popular and we ladies are going crazy about them. Each beauty box provider is striving to provide varieties, in terms of brands and range of products. It’s getting more and more competitive now. Most of the times, it is not just the products, it also involves a great deal of customer service provided. We the consumers are the ultimate winners, we get better products and service each time. :)

Whether you’re only interested in premium brands or promotional discounts that you can get, you get to try out different kind of brands and products by just paying a small amount of money. If you like what you have tried, then only you go and buy the full size products on your own. No obligation or whatsoever. You buy at your own choice and you try at your own risk. Don’t like this beauty box? No problem, just move on to the next. :) There are so many out there. We are spoiled with choices.

In April, I subscribed to The Lilac Box. They are new in the market, only three months old. It is managed by three guys. Yes, you read me right, three GUYS. :) C’mon, there are a lot of men in the beauty industry, don’t look so surprised. You just have to admit sometimes men know better what a woman really needs.

They claimed that they only deliver premium products, and that got my light bulb lighted. *DING* :D I must say, I made a wise choice.

The Lilac Box is slightly more expensive (RM49.90 per box) than most of the beauty box, but they feature more premium brands. I was so happy with their Box 2 (in April). So, I bought Box 3 again early last month. It never disappoints! Can’t believe that Box 3 was sold out within 2 days.

I saw some subscribers commented that The Lilac Box mislead the customers by saying “it’s going to be a very heavy box”, they were disappointed when they received the box and it is not VERY heavy like what The Lilac Box claimed. I felt sorry for the three guys that worked so hard for putting the products together. When I finally received mine, I was actually on the cloud nine and excited. I must say the words “full and heavy” are true. Perhaps, some expected more than that. Kudos to the three guys behind The Lilac Box. I can see from its Facebook page that they make a lot of effort in satisfying every customer. Emailed one of them about the redemption voucher for the Talika eye therapy patch, I got a prompt reply and the email has a very personal touch.

Now, let’s see what Box 3 has.

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Love the packaging of the box. There is a cardbox (instead of the usual bubble wrap) to protect the box inside. Very thoughtful. I keep the cardbox in case that I need it for gift-wrapping in the future. :)

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Ta-da, here’s the box. The decorative lilac lace ribbon is less than impressive this time. I prefer the lilac ribbon in April. The box has no labels or markings, so that you can recycle and use it again. I noticed their boxes are of the same size every month, which to me is a good thing. I like the boxes. They are simple, but reliable. I’ve bought another beauty box from Mivva and I’m sorry to say that I don’t like the box at all, not even one bit. It’s not soft, but very easy to go out of shape and it looks “childish”. Perhaps it isn’t fair for me to comment on Mivva’s box, I only bought one month. I’ve bought the June box too, sad to say the box is the same as May.

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I was delighted when I opened the box. It was indeed full, not full to the brim, nonetheless it was still considered full. As of the heaviness, it is heavy but not as heavy as Box 2 which has 2 bottles of Redken hair products. I also love the going-green concept, no unnecessary vouchers or brochures. You can go to their website to check out the products’ details and print out the discount/promotional vouchers (if any) if you would like to use them. It’s another story for Mivva. I got a box full with unwanted brochures, cards and vouchers that I know I’m not going to use them. I threw them all away. In The Lilac Box, there’s only one piece of paper to thank the customers for their support and a little information on what the Box 3 is about.

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Yves Rocher Fresh Rose Shower Gel, 200ml. I’ve heard about Yves Rocher but never had the chance to try it because it doesn’t have outlet in the malls where I usually shop. I’ve heard all the good things about them and how they grow their own plants organically and harvest them on their own. Now finally I get to try it. Love the smell of this shower gel and you do not have to use a lot for the whole body. The scent of roses isn’t too strong, it’s quite refreshing. Unlike some shower gel I’ve tried from Body Shop which smells very strong. However, the scent doesn’t last long and it’s not moisturising enough. I still prefer L’Occitane, which smells better and moisturises very well. Price wise, Yves Rocher is much cheaper. Seeing that the plants are organically grown, I don’t mind to give Yves Rocher other products a try though.

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Payot Speciale 5 and Pate Grise, sachets. I was a little disappointed when I saw this 2 sachets. For such a premium brand like Payot, they don’t even bother to package their samples nicely in a bottle or container? Isn’t it more hygiene to use a proper container to prevent any contamination after open? I felt like they are just like some brands who think that they’re so high and mighty and simply give you some samples in sachets to make you go away. I could get a 5ml eye cream sample from La Mer, in tube!  Why not Payot? Sigh. Back to the product.

Speciale 5 and Pate Grise are said to be Payot’s legendary products, you can see the result with just one use. They’re for blemishes/pimples/acne. Pate Grise is said to help the blemish to reach its maturity. So happened that I had blemish that week. I applied Pate Grise on the blemish before bed. All you need is just a tiny dot enough to cover the blemish. The almond smell is very strong. Good that it doesn’t sting or irritates. The next morning, I was surprised to see the blemish was less swollen and no longer red. I was happy. I used Pate Grise for 2 nights in a row on the same blemish. On the 3rd night, I applied Speciale 5. Speciale 5 dries and purifies the blemish at the end of its cycle. It’s said to help diminish scar of blemish. Also, just apply a thin layer on the blemish. After 3 nights of applying Speciale 5, my blemish scar was still there! @__@ I thought my blemish hadn’t reached “the end of its cycle”. So I went back to apply Pate Grise. Nope. Nothing happened. T__T Not wanting to give such a premium product the “death sentence” so quick, I continued applying Speciale 5 for few days (almost a week). Sigh…… My blemish scar was still there! When my face developed new blemish, I again applied Pate Grise. Guess what, all of a sudden it just stops working wonders, on my face. End up I resorted to my usual blemish routine, pat on the blemish with a cotton pad with SKII Facial Treatment Essence then apply the Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel. Will I go on a second-date with Payot? The answer is a resounding NO. Moreover that it is so troublesome to use, how would I know if my blemish has reached its maturity? I’m not a dermatologist. I only know my blemish is GONE when it DISAPPEARS.

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Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, 15ml. It’s funny that it says BALM, it clearly is not balm! It is runny and colourless, more like gel. Sometimes how the French named their products really make you scratch your head. This is an anti-frizz smoothening/straightening gel. Squeeze a small amount of gel on fingers, apply it to your damp hair from root to tip, strand by strand. I know, it sounds ridiculous right to apply strand by strand and for people like me who has thick and long hair, this will take forever. I don’t really separate my hair to strands when I apply it. I just grab some hair and rub the gel onto the hair from root to tip. It says that it is heat-activated, meaning you’ll have to blow-dry your hair to achieve a better result. I always blow-dry my hair after the wash, so this is not a nuisance to me. Oh boy, I couldn’t believe that it really works. When I looked in the mirror and I saw my straight hair without frizz! My hair looks so tamed after blow-drying and without the oil-based serum that I always used. I was so freaking happy that I could finally ditch that oil-based serum for good. When I used that serum, my hair would appear to be smoother at the end of the day, but oily. It would be worse if I sweat. Now, I get straight and smooth hair all day long! If you have a bit of natural curls and would like to have straight hair, you may want to consider Phytodéfrisant. Last month, I got the full size (100ml) from Zalora at RM90. Thanks to The Lilac Box, I got a 20% discount. :)

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Babor HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream for face and eye, 5ml each. Nice packaging, Babor! I give you two thumbs up just for the packaging alone. When I opened the lid, I was surprised that the bottle was nicely sealed with a foil! Wow! That shows that they did not just scoop some cream from the full size into the bottle for the purpose of “samples”. When I opened the foil, another surprise, it is so full! Babor is definitely generous.

The Extra Firming Eye Cream is not oily and is easily absorbed by the skin. I used it for about 2 weeks, no good for me. I saw my right under eyelid has developed a new milia seed (or oil seed some may call it). I panicked. Ever since I got rid of most of my milia seeds years ago, I’ve been very careful with eye skincare. Nothing rich and oily for me. Some may argue that it is due to the oily stuff that we eat, but for me, it is proven that milia seeds on my eyelid were caused by rich and oily eye products. I have not had new milia seed on my eyelid for 2 full years. I stopped using this Babor eye cream immediately. As much as I love its texture and scent, I hate to have milia seeds growing on my eyelids, they look awful. Sorry Babor, you’re too “rich” for me. Other than the milia seed, I don’t see any significant improvement on the fine lines.

I’ve also used the Extra Firming Cream for face for 2 weeks, night and day. It smells heavenly! Note that though the cream is rich, it is not oily. It doesn’t give the sticky or oily feeling after application. I enjoyed applying it on my face, felt like some goddess whenever I used it. :D However, I had blemishes and acne after using the cream. :( At first I thought it was my body being heaty. Then, I noticed the blemishes started growing more and more, some even look like milia seeds! It was about the same time when I discovered that damn milia seed on my eyelid. I stopped using the cream and started treating my blemishes with the Payot products that came together in the beauty box. Speaking of perfect timing. It was only 2 days ago I fell back to my usual Clinique routine, and I saw improvements. Sigh. Babor, Babor, you’re just too “rich” for me. Second date? Sorry, my FACE says NO even when my HEART says YES. Someone advised me to use only a tiny bit of the cream for the face. I did. Again, same thing happened. Babor is really too rich for me. By the way, I don’t see and feel the firming effect after I tried this.

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Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum. I’m so happy to see there’s 10 packets of foundation from Max Factor. Love this 2 in 1 foundation as it is so easy to apply and it doesn’t feel oily. It is very light-weighted. I don’t even need to use facial powder. Coverage is good too.

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See By Chloe Eau De Parfum miniature. It is very similar to Moschino Cheap and Chic, only this is lighter. The funny part is I LOVE Moschino Cheap and Chic, but I don’t like this See by Chloe. I don’t think it “suits” my personality. Perfume is very personal and subjective. What I love may not be what you like and what you adore may not be what I like. So, don’t take my word for it. You’ll have to go try this out and see if you like it.

The Lilac Box launched their first ever concept box last month, the box is going to be filled with only products from Decléor. Can’t wait to receive them. :D

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid

Thanks to my friend, Vanessa who informed me that Hada Labo was giving away a 9ml Moisturising sample for those who registered. I registered out of fun.

Few weeks ago, I received the sample which I’ve totally forgotten. Can you believe that they sent it via post? I thought we would have to go to some counter to collect it, I was waiting for a SMS or something. Instead, they mailed it. Right to your doorstep. Awesome service.

In the envelope, I also received a leaflet with a code. It says that the code will entitle me to some discount on the products. Sorry, I can’t remember how much discount I got. Hahahahaha. I threw the leaflet after I made my purchase. :P I think it was either 20% or 30% off the normal price.

I was surprised to see that the prices of the products are relatively reasonable and affordable. I’m not interested in the whitening and lifting range, and I’m a bit allergic to AHA+BHA. So, I only concentrate on their moisturising range.

Hyaluronic Acid is famous for its moisturising function and it is proven on my skin that it is indeed VERY moisturising. I’ve tried The Face Shop Hyaluronic Acid masks and loved it so much. I guess the SUPER Hyaluronic Acid from Hada Labo would be even more moisturising then. Super wor, must be lah.

I bought 4 Super Hyaluronic Acid products.

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My Clinique cleansing oil finished few months ago, am now using the cleansing foam which I bought in Korea and it is also finishing. So I thought might as well try Hada Labo’s cleansing oil. It’s only RM35 after discount! No harm trying.

I am very particular with facial wash. I’ve tried other brands but I would always go back to Clinique. Other brands are either too oily or  too dry, only Clinique’s liquid facial soap has that “just right” feel. The best part is, one bottle of 200ml can last me for more than 9 months. :D Thinking of giving this Hada Labo Moisturising Face Wash a try. Since it says that it is moisturising, guess it couldn’t be that bad. After discount, I only paid RM20 for it. DIRT CHEAP!

I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this Moisturising Milk and Moisturising Cream. I didn’t know what’s the difference until I Googled them. Found a blogger who did a comparison between the two. Her verdict was to use the milk during day time and to use the cream during night time. I am already using two moisturisers for day and night. So, I don’t mind the same routine. After discount, RM39 for the Moisturising Milk and RM41 for Moisturising Cream. Adoih…… So cheap!!! If at all they’re not good on the face, I can use them on my hands, right?!

Four products, only costs me RM135! I could hardly buy 2 products in Clinique with that money!

I didn’t purchase the hot selling Moisturising Lotion though. I am already using SKII Treatment Essence and Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus serum, don’t feel like stopping them. If I were to add the lotion in, gosh, how many products I have to put on my face?!

Today, I’ve received all the products, and I’m gonna start using them. Hope Hada Labo won’t disappoint me. Few weeks later, we will know. :)

Excellent Customer Service: Victoria’s Secret

I started buying from Victoria’s Secret online since 2 years ago. I was so on the cloud nine when I know they ship to Malaysia. :D Earlier this year, when I saw a Victoria’s Secret outlet in Pavilion KL, I was so delighted! However, I got so disappointed when I stepped in. They only sell bags, make-up, accessories, perfumes, body care and some panties!!! No swimwear, no lingerie, no sleepwear! My goodness…… What Victoria’s Secret outlet is that if it doesn’t sell lingerie?????? I can’t believe it!

So, go back to buying online then. :|

All the while, I always received my items weeks earlier than the expected arrival date. Was so happy with their efficiency and service.

This time, I did not receive the package 3 weeks later. Then I remember, perhaps the Sandy storm got everything delayed. So I waited for another 2 weeks. I still did not receive my package by the expected arrival date. :(

Wrote an email to VS’s customer service, got a reply within a day! Best of all, they offered a refund or a replacement order! No questions asked! Such a reliable merchant is really rare these days.

That was really nice of them to trust their customers completely. Who knows, some people may just lie that they did not receive the package just to get a second order at no cost at all, or a refund!

In my case, I genuinely did not receive my package ok. :)

Now, the replacement order is on its way. Hope I would be able to receive it this time. (Really love the bra top camisole that I bought last year, and I bought another 3 this time.) Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

Bra top cami with shelf bra. So, so, so comfortable! After discount, US$9.50/piece.

Beach Sexy bikini set. US$20.71 after discount.

Online Shopping #3

At this golden age of internet, you just can’t deny how convenient it is to shop online. Sundry goods, fashion, toys, baby stuff, household, almost everything…… Delivered to your doorsteps.

I’ve had bad experience with online shopping previously, so I now choose the seller carefully. Been frequenting this online seller for few times, so far so good. She has 2 brands, one is more expensive, another is of lower range, cheaper but quality is compromised too.

Bought another 2 from the same seller, was checking my parcel last night. The T-shirt that I bought, has some tiny yellow dots on left and right shoulders and chest area. They are so obvious. :( Then, the side of the t-shirt is not sewn! It is only sewn briefly below the sleeves!!! Meaning if you wear, you have to either wear another tank top beneath or you will risk showing your boobs and tummy to everyone. Hahahaha.

Oh crap. Living in Malaysia, meaning it’s hot weather all year round. To wear another layer of clothes is something that I do not like. So yeah, seeing that this t-shirt has so many cacat-ness (pardon my Malay-English if you do not understand), I wouldn’t be wearing it. I told Andrew, the Hello Kitty is cute though, maybe use it as a floor mat in our future home. Hahahahahaha…… :P

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The side is not sewn.

See those tiny dots?

How to wear with so many “dots”…… :( Sigh.

The M.A.W. Special

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FREE delivery for purchase of RM100 and above from The M.A.W. still applies.

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September Surprises

For the month of September, The M.A.W. brings you the SALE and the new stock.

For sales items, click HERE.

As for the new stock, this time The M.A.W. is bringing a trendier and all-occasion clothing line. Do check them out HERE. Like any? Faster grab yours, the stock is of limited quantity.

I’ve added a new page here on my blog, so that it’s easy for you guys to check out the updates on The M.A.W. :) It’s on the top right corner.

Personally, here are the items that I like. :) What says you?

Flattering Layered Sleeveless Dress – RM55

Polka Dots Mini Dress – RM55

Vintage Printed Dress – RM45

Sleeveless Shirt with Front-tied Ribbon – RM45 / Satin Tiered Skirt – RM40

Sleeveless Satin Dress with Mini Bow – RM65

**I’ll blog about the photos and the model later. :) Let’s not steal the lime light from The M.A.W. right now. ^__^**

One Step At A Time

Didn’t plan this for long, was briefly discussing about the dreams we have and what we want to do to achieve them. We are glad that we have a common vision.

Clueless, hesitated to take the first step. Too many to plan, too much to think, too little experience and too afraid to lose. Guess our guardian angels heard our cries, help came in the right time. Just that little push, enough to make us leaped.

Here we are, making our first big step. As the saying goes, the first step is always the hardest but once you make it, the rest will follow. How I wish things are as easy as they seem. Well, guess we just have to keep going and hope for the best. More planning is needed, but we shall not give up.

If you could give us the little support that we need, please click the link here for our Facebook page. Your support means a lot to us, and me. Million thanks.

Am I A Crazy Shopper?

In my previous post, if you’ve read, I’ve bought a blue dress for RM167. Andrew was a bit surprised with the price, but he is always very sweet to say “as long as you like it, it’s ok, and by the way, it is pretty”. He has never tried to stop me from buying anything, he would only ask if I needed it.

I’d buy cheaper clothes too, if they’re nice. I’ve even tried online-shopping. My last online-shopping experience wasn’t a good one. I was so disappointed. I’ve bought 9 pieces of tops and dresses altogether, amounting to RM261. Guess what, only 3 of them are wearable! That is sad, isn’t it? RM261 for 9 pieces is VERY cheap. But when you could only wear 3 of them, you do the maths. Out of that 3 pieces, one T-shirt, one off-shoulder blouse and one cotton dress. The rest of them, bad quality, poor workmanship, way too different from the photos on the web, sizes are not consistent with what mentioned on the web too. Shall post the photos of them when I have the courage to look at them again. Now whenever I see them, I feel sad. Can’t wear them nor give them away. They are so bad I wouldn’t want another person to feel that I’m giving them unwanted bad stuff. I may sound a little exaggerating, but one thing could prove that they’re really bad. Tried all of them on and showcased to Andrew, he has never said a word except smiling. Oh well, perhaps one word he did say when I asked if it looked nice, “OK” was his only answer.

So now, you tell me, would you rather spend RM261 for 3 casual simple clothes? With that RM261, I could get a pretty dress from Miss Selfridge and a nice top from Dorothy Perkins which I could wear to work. Most importantly, I know I am going to wear them!

Okay, I am finding excuses to justify my shopping spree. LOL!

Online Shopping, Again

This isn’t my first time to shop online. I totally understand the risk of buying online and I can take the risk so long as I am careful in selecting my purchases. If the goods received were way too much different from what I saw on the website, it would then be the first-and-the-last time for me to buy from that seller. No point in cursing the seller for cheating my money. After all that is the risk I took and I have to manage it, not let it manage me.

Got my clothes on Tuesday. I was so excited opening the package! Hahaha. Ooohhh…… They look nice! Oops… One little problem with the clothes. First sweater, it was supposed to be grey with PINK trims, but it is white. Second sweater, it was supposed to be open-button sweater, but the one I got is a pull over sweater! Okay, they may be big problems to some people. To me, well, I’m okay with it, they’re just small details that varied from the photographs. Other than those details, I find that the quality is good. Well, that kind of comfort me. :)

So, people out there, if you ever wanted to purchase online, make sure you can handle the risk and the possible discrepancies later. If you can’t, online purchasing is definitely something which you should not even TRY, or THINK.

Here’s some photos on the differences.

Where have the buttons gone? Who ate the buttons? LOL!

The one on the right is what I received. See the different?

Online Shopping

In the past, I hardly had the chance to go to Seremban. But this year, within a month, I travelled to Seremban twice. And today, I went to Seremban for the 3rd time. Hahaha. But today it was for work.

When I was on my way back to KL, received a SMS from Irene, that if I received the parcel. 3 days ago, I bought 2 dresses from Irene online. This isn’t the first time I shop online. First time was I bought some beads from ebay about 2 years ago. Second time was I bought 2 dresses
from Josephine before Chinese New Year. Too bad that one of the dresses didn’t fit me well.

I got Irene’s website from the Facebook advertisement. Went in to have a look, found that she got more choices there. Found a few that I liked, but I couldn’t spend unnecessary anymore. At the end, I bought 2 dresses from Irene. Going to wear one of them to a friend’s wedding.

Bought this from Irene. Love the colours!

For the other one, I haven’t got it yet. There is some minor mistake, Irene mixed up with the other customer’s dress. LOL. The one I got is a green dress which is not what I ordered. I’m going to courier the dress to her customer tomorrow. Hope that I could get my dress next week.

Despite the small hiccups, I find that Irene is good. Efficient and more friendly in dealing with her customers. I’m not polishing her shoes in order to get some good discounts. This is just my review and experiences. If you do not think the same, that’s ok.

The material for the dress shown above is chiffon. It’s quite comfortable to wear. The dress is a bit short for me, but guess I could still wear this to work on a Friday. One thing quite funny is, the zip is on the right side of the dress! Normally the zip would be at the left side for a dress, easier for us ladies to zip. It took me quite a while to pull the zip by using my left hand. Other than that, it is a nice dress overall. The colours are sweet.

Guess I’ll be buying from Irene again. Hahaha. Not so soon though, I have too many dresses now! Can’t wait for the other dress next week!