Kbeauty Hauls!

 

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It’s… It’s glorious. I’ve never hauled this much before. Going by /r/asianbeauty, it’s not even that much compared to some other crazy sale hauls.

 

Ordering things from abroad is always full of tension – they give such a broad range of delivery dates that I have no clue when to expect them. So it was a real surprise when my K-beauty Holiday Hauls all came in over the last two weeks.

First of all, HKCPlaza. The items and samples I got are on the bottom row of the picture, below the Jolse-labelled blotting papers.

I know many fans and newbies of the LJH brand were estatic to hear (from fanserviced-b) that HKCPlaza were doing a huge sale of LJH’s Tea Tree range. I bought two of the essences for a third (A THIRD!) of the usual price, then threw in a sheet mask so I would get free tracking… then whacked a discount code in so I got both the tracking, and a free sheet mask. *fist pumps air in victory*

However, HKCPlaza was really behind on orders due to holiday season and the sheer popularity of their sale, so it took almost a month for my order to be processed and the package shipped out. The LJH Tea Tree essence was finally in my loving arms… and smaller than I thought. Can you believe this can be £30 per 50ml bottle depending on where you get it at full price?

Well, if it works I can’t complain. The opened bottle is currently in testing, and I think it is helping with blemish recovery and hydration, so I say it was worth the wait to get this as a deal.

The samples I got were all from a brand I had not heard of before, called Velieve.

  • Velieve CC Complete Care Cream SPF25 – not in photo bc I used it… and didn’t like it. It was seriously pasty on my skin and the texture was separated and strange.
  • Velieve Milky Pudding Cream
  • Velieve White Flower Rich Cream Tub
  • Velieve DD Cream Tub

Here is the link to HKCPlaza’s store! They are currently doing a sale that is almost, but not quite, as good as their LJH sale I bought from, and is extended to all products in store, for Chinese New Year!

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Secondly, Jolse. (In the photo, this is all the stuff between the sheet masks and HKC stuff. We’re working our way up.)

I have heard tonnes of good things about this store, but I was mostly enticed by the idea of lots of free samples, to be honest! I made my order on the first day of the their New Year’s sale Plus the CosRx Brand Discount, as I had been waiting specially for it. It got shipped out on the third day after ordering, and arrived after 11 days! It felt like the longest 11 days of my life, no lie.

I was not disappointed. I ordered the 4pack of CosRx Acne Patch Sheets, one CosRx AHA Whitehead Power Liquid, and the Innisfree Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel which reputably has low pH so I can use the AHA right after. I spent ~£27 (about $38?).

The samples/freebies I got were:

  • The little bag of CosRx Samples (Galatomytes essence, Snail essence, Blackhead Power liquid and Whitehead Power Liquid)
  • Liole Seaweed Gel
  • Liole Intensive time reversing snail cream
  • TonyMoly My Sunny Body and Family Sun Cream
  • 3x Tomatox samples (Good thing, as I was running out of samples of this, lol)
  • Holika Holika Good Cera Original Super Cream
  • Holika Holika Good Cera Frozen Sleeping Pack
  • Holika Holika Good Cera Super Cream Jelly Capsule
  • 2x Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence
  • Tony Moly Naturalth Goat Milk Premium Cream
  • Jolse Blotting Papers
  • Jolse Hair Tie (Not pictured because I am wearing it…)
  • CosRx Stickers!

That’s… a lot! *cries with happiness* This one time I ordered at feelunique, they only sent samples if you spent £30.

Here is the link to Jolse’s Online Store, and their Ebay Store (under the name Jolse_Cosmetics) and their other Ebay store (apparently the same? Under the name iamloveshop)

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This morning, out of the blue, my Etude House sheet mask order from YouRiShop on Amazon came! They were selling an assorted pack of 20 for only £12 ($17USD – although I just checked and it’s no longer this cheap, sadly) which makes each mask about 60p and I had just started a no-buy after ordering from Jolse… I held it off again just to get this. It was shipped out next morning after ordering, if I recall, and took 10 days to arrive.

I really like Etude House’s sheet masks, so far. In my experience I have only tried one (the Olive). My skin is notoriously insensitive to things, so having had a good experience with it, I figured I should try the rest. They’re not mind-blowingly good by any means, but they make my face feel like a baby’s butt the next morning, really, and it’s full of enough extra essence to coat my face and arms, and my sister’s face and arms… all out of one packet! Plus, if I’m getting them for 60p each, a good bargain.

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Since those masks were the last thing I got before re-commencing my no-buy, I am a mild shopaholic who is now 10 days sober. I’m going to keep this up until I run out of something *suspiciously eyes Garnier toner*.

Will I do product reviews? I can’t imagine that they’d be interesting if I do them, especially since my skin is highly unreactive and they’d all sound like “Oh yeah, this… didn’t do much for me yet again.”

But seriously, when my skin actually does something, you will be the first to know, haha!

Until next time,

X

My Experience Buying from TokyoToys

So, I guess this is a short review of sorts. TokyoToys is a store specialising in anime/manga themed and other Japanese products. They are based in the UK and their website was the first that I checked out when looking for anime-themed items for DD’s birthday.

I made my order – two items plus delivery totaling £27 – and made the payment, so I was expecting the items to arrive within three days max in line with their delivery information. When 5 days had passed I began to worry, and when I visited the website, my shopping cart was still full with the items making me wonder if my order had been processed. Then I checked my bank account and saw that the transaction had gone through. The day after, I sent them an email outlining my concerns. It was Saturday of the Bank Holiday Weekend so I was not expecting a reply until Tuesday. However, the day after, I received a reply.

After emailing them back to tell them what I had ordered, they also replied on Bank Holiday Monday, for which I’m very grateful for  – we returned to school on Friday so I needed those items fast for DD’s Present Time. The items were sent out right away and arrived Thursday morning, good timing as we were giving the gifts to her the next day! She loved them so all is forgiven. (The items were packaged in  a plastic bag and the invoice was literally the names of the items on the sheet of paper with my address on it… Now that there is a store in my city centre I probably won’t order from them online again.)

The problem seems to be a ‘rare, re-occurring error’. Whilst I am really glad that they sent out my order quickly and the customer help was indeed very helpful, I hope they sort out that error quickly.

X

Weekly Thoughts #10

I am typing almost half asleep and am blissfully wondering if I could squeeze in a nap before dinner…

  1. I think one of the single biggest factors of my skincare problems is my lack of sleep. The other is hydration, which has been easier to rectify. I get into bed at 10pm but don’t fall asleep until midnight, giving me an average of 8 hours’ sleep (7 on school days or when I stay attached to the family iPad) when I should try to get more as I definitely have the time.
  2. I have attempted to stick to a blogging routine but well, personal happenings do not happen on a schedule so I think I shall just roll with this semi-scheduled format.
  3. I have discovered a new eating place near Mom’s nail salon. I have walked past it so many times on my way to get lunch at Greggs’ (or another local eatery) but never entered the shop. The Spud Oven does simple lunch foods like jacket potatoes (with a great variety of toppings) and pork sandwiches and soups and regular sandwiches and sometimes other hot foods like cheese and potato pie. I am a convert and will be visiting regularly from now on!
  4. I bought a slightly battered copy of Game of Thrones from a charity shop to ‘try out’ but I think I may have dived into the deep end of the pool. I feel as if this series should be read first and watched later because knowing what happens by watching, I no longer have the patience to read all about it again. The books, however, are just as vivid and action-packed as the TV series which is a good thing to know. On the other hand I bought some old pop CDs from the 2000s and I’m really not sure whether to regret this or not – ah well, for 50p each I can’t go too far wrong… can I???
  5. I am developing a vague interest in tea, and have purchased Pure Green Tea and Mint-and-Green Tea for the health benefits of the Green, even though I am not a fan of the taste – the mint is a welcome addition and sometimes I put lemon in my Pure Green Tea. I also bought a small box of Chamomile Tea for the evenings to help me relax and possibly help with my sleeping routine. These teas are surprisingly really affordable at less than £1 a box for own brands (I bought mine from The Co-Operative Supermarket) and a bit more for Twinings.
  6. I (or rather, Mom) bought a pair of beautiful new boots at New Look in the kind of style I have been lusting after for months and months (Mom justified this by fitting well into them as well so we can share!). I love block heels with platforms in particular but they’re particularly hard to find sometimes, especially as I have small feet (I fit a size 3 with wide fit and 4 without). New Look have a lot of items in styles I love and the biggest blessing is that their stuff actually fits my petite frame. I spotted a long t-shirt style top which is now on my mental wish list for my next after-work shopping spree.
  7. I ripped out my Lael Cowl and started it over again as I didn’t like the rolling stockinette at the beginning. Instead, I replaced it with seed stitch which doesn’t roll and adjusted the pattern so that the bumps in the main pattern fall in line. I have knit enough to catch up to where I should be as the 3rd episode of The Great British Bake Off is on tonight.
  8. I have re-done my nails twice since my last nail-related update, so a post is long overdue. The parents have plans to redecorate the salon and I got a huge bagful of throwaway polishes that have questionable colours and half-full bottles… But c’mon. It’s free nail polish – even if my mom has a particular disdain for those brands (How could she not like China Glaze? Really.)

The back to school rush has well and truly started  – I’m exhausted from today’s shift at work, I mean we have a ticket system for a reason, dear customers, don’t tell us we’re crap for not catering to your every whim when you didn’t get a damn ticket or bother to get measured – and that only serves as a grim reminder that we have like, two weeks left of the holidays.

I swear, yesterday I still had my entire life ahead of me, what happened?

X

P.S. It’s my brother’s turn for GCSE Results Day tomorrow. Wish him luck.

New Nails and Charity Shop Buys!

So over the last week I’ve been helping out at the Nail Salon again.
I removed the polish from last time, and my nails began to hurt. This is normal, apparently, especially when I have had polish on my nails all year without a break. The pain only lasts a day or two so as soon as my nails felt comfortable again, Mom popped on some new colours for the last few weeks of the summer term.

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  • Cacee’s Nail Lacquer in Summer (Yellow)
  • Glam Lac’s Nail Lacquer in Neon Pink

The neighbourhood in which Mom works is different to that of my home, which is closer to the city centre. Mom’s workplace is situated on the local high street so when the Salon isn’t busy, I’ll go browse the local shops. There are two charity shops, which are my go-to places to buy books and rarely, yarn. Today I got a good haul.

Is it Just Me? by Miranda Hart. I already own the paperback copy of this but when I saw the hardback in the shop window I couldn’t resist. I’m giving the paperback away to a friend where, hopefully, the laughs will catch on. According to the cover, the hardback is worth £20. I bought it for £1.50, people. I wish numbers could be in caps, but this is what the bold button is for.

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Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix – That makes 6/7 books from the series, all of which were bought at charity shops! They’re all in really good condition too apart from one which has a little rip in the paper cover of the Hardback, and the second book which has gone through a lot of wear. Order Of The Phoenix is one of the chunkier books in the series, though, so if I see it in hardback anywhere else it will be mine.

-Unknown Cotton 4ply yarn in Black – Recently the charity shops haven’t yielded any interesting yarn other than basic acrylics, but I saw this bunch stuffed at the bottom of the yarn basket and gawped. I love cotton yarns and that isn’t a secret, but I’m not so sure what I’m going to do with 360g of black, which, if my hunch is correct, equals over 1000 yards to work with. Giant shawl? Lacy top? The possibilities are endless, and this was a steal at £2.

Finally, I have just hit 200 likes! *round of applause* Thank you, thank you.

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