Sunday, August 09, 2015

David Jones deluxe sampler tote SS '15

 It is that time of the year when David Jones releases their bi-annual deluxe sampler tote which is available for $19.95 with any beauty purchase.

I have been getting them for few years as I got lots of nice product to try out of them and overall I think they are a great value (often valued over $100)

In my tote I had...

David Jones tinted day cream and daily face cream
My skin is very temperamental and can break out easily so these are going straight into donation, tinted cream has mineral oil in it so it is a big no-no for me personally.

St. Tropez bronzing mousse
Comes in a cute 50 ml bottle and is perfect to take with me on my next holiday. I also get way more applications out of the mousse formula compared to gel or cream.

Ecoya limited edition candle
This miniature candle has warm but clean and subtle scent, right up my alley! Bonus points for cute glass jar.

KORA Organics lip balm
I had good experience with Kora products so far but wouldn't pay full price for them. This lip balm is clear and almost scent-free so it will probably be my next lip-primer.

Burt's Bees cream cleanser
I prefer foaming cleansers to cream cleansers but will give it a shot as an eye make-up remover.

Molton Brown Gingerlily body wash
I like receiving miniature body washes in my packs as I often use them at the gym. Molton Brown body washes are very nice but once again there is no way I would pay full price for them.

Philosophy time is a bottle serum
This is supposed to be an anti-aging product but it also delivers other benefits as even skin tone and reduction of pore size. It comes in a very cute 2 ml pump bottle that is perfect for 1 to 2 weeks trip.

O.P.I nail lacquer in Pussy Galore

How could I walk past a nail polish called Pussy Galore?! I don't usually go for shimmery pink nails but this one dries to a matte "sand" finish that sort of reminds me of a sugar coat. It was fun to wear and looked nice on my nails but it started chipping just after one day.

Monday, August 03, 2015

DFO haul

 On Saturday I had a day to myself so I seized an opportunity and went shopping at DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) near Brisbane Airport.

I've been trying to plan my shop trips to avoid unnecessary purchases. So my goal for this trip was to get some new work appropriate tops and gym gear as I have just started new 12 week challenge. Plus my old gym clothes are super worn, faded and stretched and I would like to still look presentable after my workouts as I will be catching a bus home after the gym.

Overall I had a very successful trip.

 For work I picked up two tops, one from Country Road ($10, reduced from $79.95) and the striped one from Witchery ($30, reduced from $69.95).

Both of them were from the faulty rack but both faults were easily fixed. CR top had a pen mark which was removed with some rubbing alcohol and pre-wash stain remover and the stripe top had tiny hole at the back from security tag. 

 Lorna Jane shop was my next stop. I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with LJ gear. I have several items that lasted me well for ages and look great and others that faded just after few washes. Still I found some tops that I liked and ended up getting this grey top for $40 (was around $70)

 This tank for $17 (reduced from $46). I am planning to use it as a cover-up over my tight when I head out in public after the gym.

Then I saw this singlet for just $20 (reduced from about $40). I am not a huge fan of slogan anything but the fabric felt very nice and the writing was soft of subtle so I picked it up too,
 Adidas was my last stop and I wished I went there first. They had 30% off already reduced prices of womenswear and shoes. These Aditrack leather runners were originally $100 and I scored them for $28. They are light and compact and look great as casual shoes too. Plus I love classic black and white colour scheme.

 ...and these super comfortable Stella McCartney for Adidas tights for $31

 I will frequent Adidas outlet more often now. I liked every single piece of sportswear I had from them and I like their designs and colors.