Saturday, January 26, 2013

My recent purchases - DFO

 I haven't been to DFO for quite sometime. I've de-cluttered my shoe and clothes collection recently so I needed few replacements.

picked up these blue jelly thongs for $27.50 to replace...

my orange ones from last year.

 I loved my bee thongs but they deteriorated quickly. One of the stones fell out and they discoloured. So in the bin they went during de-clutter. I only had one other pair of things/sandals from Witchery so I needed another one badly for the beach and rainy weather.

I occasionally  find very good clothes at Country Road Outlet for the fraction of the original price (which I refuse to pay). On this shopping trip I found three items I fell in love with

a) White Shift Dress...RRP $199.95, paid $34.50 (faulty - had make-up on it...but a good soak in Napisan should fix it)
This dress looks better on me that it does on this picture. I imagine it being worn with turquoise necklace or nude woven belt. The fabric is quite heavy so it falls beautifully.

b) Oversized Striped Tee...RRP $69.95..paid $24.50 (faulty - tiny white mark on one of the stripes)

 I normally wear size S/XS in Coutry Road but this shirt is XL...however I don't mind an oversized fit

c) White Shirt RRP $99.95...paid $49.95 (small mark on the again can be napisaned :)

Nothing beats classic white shirt! I currently have brand new Ralph Lauren one but it is too fitted for my liking (planning to ebay it). This Country Road Shirt is very silimar to this Equipment one that I really want but can't justify spending $200 on

I picked up this mesh tand top for $28...RRP$ had a small pull at the front
It feels very nice and cool plus I like wearing brigh workout clothes (probably because I don't normally wear them otherwise)...I usually try to get my workout clothes on sale as I can't really justify spending $50+ on something that I wear for couple of hours per week and wash very often.

I picked up four gorgeous Essie nail polishes for $6 each!

 They usually retail for $18.95 at Myer so I was super excited to get these. They didn't have a huge choice of colours but I was still pretty happy with the range they had. I got three summery colours - Van D'Go (peachy pink), Knockout Pout (bright almost fluoro pink), Cascade Cool (cool lilac pink) and one autumn/winter shade Glamour Purse (gorgeous taupe - Chanel Particuliere dupe)

I love shopping at DFO but I prefer to go so when I really need something (e.g after a big cull). It makes shopping more productive and easier plus prevents impulse purchases. I don't mind buying faulty items as long as they are easily fixed (stains on fabric that can be soaked or pulls that can be trimmed off). I don't buy anything with brocken zips/heels/straps as it can be very difficult and expensive to fix.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My recent purchases - Shopbop

Shopbop is quickly becoming my favorite online store. I find that quality is much much better than ASOS and I love trying new designers. Plus I got few high-end designer items for the fraction of the price I would pay here (even on sale).

I'ce placed an order last Monday and my items arrived on Thursday. So here is what I got :

1. Missoni scarf.
 I wanted something from Missoni for a while but could't afford or justify it. Ozsale occasionally has Missoni on sale but I just don't trust them since some girls had issues with authenticity.
So when I saw this beautiful scarf on sale for under $58 I had to have it! They also had it in blue and red/purple/khaki. It is still available if you want one ;)

2. Pencey Standard Moto Jacket/vest

 I wanted something not too casual nor too dressy so this jacket is exactly what I wanted. It is perfect for travelling as it feel as comfortable as hoodie yet it looks more presentable. I usually wear size 10 so I chose M, however it is a bit big. Next time I'll size down!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Project 10 Pan (Sept ' Dec '12)...part 2

Sorry it took so long to post 2nd part of my Project 10 Pan...My wedding is only 3 months away and I've been spending most of my time on it.

5. Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (Full Size)
My overall impression - I love this cleanser. I blogged about it before. I've been using it on/off for over 10 years and haven't found anything better. It dissolves make-up well, doesn't sting my eyes and foams really well.
Would I buy it again - Yes, definitely. It is a HG product for me!

6. Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation (full size)
My overall impression - Good foundation, however I found something better! I thought it was the best because it felt light and lasted well (however it would start disappearing towards the end of the day). Now I'm using Guerlain Parure Extreme and think it is better because it lasts longer while still being very light.
Would I buy it again - maybe, if I can't get Guerlain.

7. 1 Skin Solution Lip Balm (full size)

My overall impression - I got this lip balm in ILoveThisBox when I used to subscribe to it earlier last year. At first it looked very generic to me but I ended up using it quite a bit. It felt very nice on my lips and moisturised them well.
Would I buy it again - Yes, if it was easy to obtain. I think their web site now offers customised lip balms.

8. Puretopia Hand Cream
My overall impression - Another product that I got from beauty box subscription (Bellabox). At first I really liked this hand cream, it had pleasant scent, didn't have any "nasty chemicals" and was "natural". However it didn't moisturised my skin well and took ages to absorb.
Would I buy it again? - No, my chemicals-loaded hand creams do a better job.

9. L'Oreal True Match Mineral Foundation (full size)

My overall impression - I can't believe it lasted me for nearly one year...Talking about value for money! I picked it up for $15 and it turned out fairly decent. It had good coverage and lasting power. However it didn't give my skin luminous finish like other mineral foundations. It was more like loose powder.
Would I buy it again? - Possibly, if I can't find/afford higher end mineral powder.

10. The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel (full size)
My overall impression- It smells gorgeous, very summery and delicious! However I feel like it is the only thing left from the original TBS product. Before L'Oreal took over TBS had very unique products but now they are very similar to a lot of supermarket products. I got it as a gift and while I really enjoyed using it I wouldn't personally pay $13-16 for a shower gel that I can easily find for $2-5.
Would I buy it again? - No, as well as being expensive it wasn't good for my skin (developed redness and rash on my forearms)


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy 2013 :)..year recap and resolutions

I can't believe it is 2013 already!

2012 wasn't an easy year but I've learned a lot from it

Here is a short recap of highlights

- We got engaged after nearly 5 years together
- Went to Sydney for 3 nights and had very good time (it was my fiancĂ©'s first trip to Sydney) 
- My other half finished his PHD and got a relevant job (after 9 months of searching). Very happy and proud of him!
- We went to Tasmania
- I started Michelle Bridges 12 week challenge

I made few resolutions at the beginning of 2012 and nailed most of them! I feel very good about it :)

- I definitely drink more water and it became my primary drink of choice (I barely ever touch Diet Coke, Juice or Energy Drinks)
- I became fitter and stronger! I usually go to the gym 3 to 5 times per week
- I eat out less and bring lunch with me more
- I definitely spent less money on make-up and related products this year and managed to use up over 50 items

In 2013 I want to accomplish the following

- Get rid of my credit card debt
- Continue my eating and exercise routine
- Start post-grad degree
- Travel overseas
- Downsize my current wardrobe, cull a lot of current possesions and get few good qulaity staple pieces
- Survive wedding!

Happy New Year everyone! What are you planning to accomplish in 2013?