22 December 2013

My experience with mbeautylounge

I thought I'd share my experience with mbeautylounge with you, as I have a spare minute or two and wanted to do this post before I left for the states. mbeautylounge is notorious on the web for being quite dodgy. There are quite a few blog reviews out there about mbeautylounge and unfortunately, most are bad reviews.

I did my research prior to purchasing, and I decided not to go ahead and risk it. However, after they sent me a discount code one day, I forgot all about the bad reviews and made a purchase before remembering the reviews.

I purchased nine Zoya polishes, which are super hard to get in Australia at a reasonable price, as well as the OPI Pink of Hearts 2013 set.

As you can see in the picture above, I only received seven of the nine Zoya polishes, and my OPI Pink of Hearts set. Before I go on about the service of mbeautylounge, I'd like to share my polish haul...

 I may have an unhealthy obsession with pink polishes. I picked up Bela, Jessika, Willow, and Elodie.

Along with Lo, Tomoko and Maria Luisa.

Tomoko is a pixie dust, and it's easily one of my favouritest polish that I've picked up in this haul. Tomoko is a champagne silver colour and is textured and matte. If you apply 2-3 coats of top coat, it's the most gorgeous, sparkly polish ever. Best part of it all is it's so easy to remove!

I was attracted to the More than a Glimmer polish in the OPI Pink of Hearts set. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I had in mine and was a tat disappointed in how it looked. It was also difficult to remove, which is expected considering the amount of large glitters in the polish.

Pink-ing of You is a gorgeous pink creme colour. I used two coats and it wasn't too streaky.

The other two polishes that were missing were "Abigail" and "Priscilla" polishes by Zoya. I was going to give the "Priscilla" one to my sister for her birthday, which was late September, and I placed the order on the 3rd of September. Those bastards!

According to the information on their website, my order was shipped out on the 9th of September. Although I was prepared for the "Priscilla" zoya polish to be a few days late for my sister's birthday, I grew concern about six weeks later and still no parcel.

I contacted mbeautylounge on the 19th of October informing them that I have yet to receive the parcel, and this is what they said:
"Thank you for contacting Mbeauty Lounge

hello can you please provide me with the following information so I can properly locate your order
1) Order number
2)Date of purchase
3)Shipping name and address

Thank you"

I provided them with the information as requested as soon as I received their email, and I did not receive a reply to date. I gave them about a week before I contacted my credit card company and reported fraud. My credit card company said that they will investigate this and will take about 4-6 weeks.

Long story short, I got my money back... and my parcel. But here's what is really messed up....
They sent it out on the 14th of November. I received my package about 2 weeks after that date. I assume that the reason for this is because the two polishes that were missing are discontinued and perhaps they were waiting to see if they can obtain those two polishes but the least they could do was tell me what was happening. They also gave me a credit note for the two polishes.... like I would use it and deal with this horrible customer service again.

You have been warned.

12 December 2013

This may be the last post of 2013

As you may be aware, I am going to the states next Wednesday and I may not find the time to blog before I go or when I'm there, as I will be busy moving furniture out of Mike's house this coming weekend since we've sold it. Yay for moving... NOT.

Anyway, I thought I'd quickly write this short post before bed to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a happy new year! Stay safe everyone! xo

08 December 2013

Christmas Nails

I have two Christmas manis to share today. Both manis feature snowflakes. I think I have a slight (and weird) obsession with snowflakes. Perhaps it's because it never snows in Sydney and I've never seen snow in real life before... ok I lie. I saw snow twice on a mountain from a gazillion km away, once in Tasmania and another in Jindabyne NSW.

Because I absolutely suck at drawing free-hand, I cheated and used a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store that was sent to me (purchase here for USD$0.99).

This is the first manicure I created.
I made a boo-boo and applied a top coat a tat too early on my pointer, resulting in a smudgy snowflake near the tip of my nail. I actually really like how this mani turned out. If you're wondering what I used to achieve this mani, read on!

 For the base, I used SHE Nail Varnish in Galaxy. It's a black polish with silver shimmer. I then applied a coat of Out the Door Northern Lights top coat over the top to enhance the shimmery finish. I then used the Konad polish in white, and the other white polish (which was also sent to me from Born Pretty Store - purchase here for USD$2.05) to stamp the snowflakes (picture of the stamping plate further down). The Konad one created really crisp-paper-white snowflakes, and the Born Pretty Store white stamping polish created more of a silvery-off-white snowflakes. I think the two polishes gave my mani a more dimensional look. 

I then used the Butter London Matte Finish topcoat to create the matte look.

I wondered what this polish would look like with a shiny finish instead of a matte one, so I applied a coat of Seche Vite over the top.

I can't decide which I like better. What do you think?
For my second mani, instead of using a black polish, I decided to experiment with a blue and white ombre background. Here is what I came up with...
Please excuse the mess around my cuticles!  I also stamped a reindeer on my ring finger for something different, and used a dotting pen (sent to me by Born Pretty Store - purchase here for USD$3.96).

 I applied a coat of Color Club OOOOOO La La (the white polish in the picture above) as a base coat. And then using a sponge, I applied a line of Color Club Pure Energy (the blue polish) and then a line of OOOOOO La La directly underneath and sponged the colour onto my nails, creating the ombre effect. Once dry, I stamped the snowflakes on using the Konad white polish, and stamping tools.

 This is the plate I used for both manicures. I wanted to add the house and/or Christmas tree, but I ran out of room. I think this is a brilliant stamping plate that is perfect for creating Christmas manis. It's also super affordable!

 I've had the Konad Stamping Kit for YEARS. I'm talking at least 8 years. They last forever if you treat them right. Be sure to wipe off excess nail polish after each use.

 The last tool I'd like to share is the dotting pen mentioned earlier. I love how fine the tip is because you can create the tiniest dots like in my mani. It's got a thin stripping brush on the other end, and is so affordable!

I'm going to insert another picture of my mani here, because I'm random like that.

If you'd like to purchase the stamping plate, stamping polish, dotting pen or anything else from the Born Pretty Store, be sure to use the "SRKW10" to get 10% off. Shipping is free worldwide!

Some of these products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

05 December 2013

Merry Christmas to me... My Latest Sephora Hauls

It may seem silly doing a Sephora haul (or rather blogging about it) since I will be going to the states in less than two weeks, but I did do a haul when they had their 20% VIB sale about a month ago, and another prior to that. Nevertheless, I expect I will be going crazy at Sephora in the states despite my recent hauls.

So this is what I picked up from Sephora. I merged both hauls into one, as I didn't see much of a point separating them into two blog posts.
I forgot to include a Marc Jacobs gel lippy in the picture above. Oops.

Sephora Favourites Superstars - USD$75 (minus 10% - discount)
What's included in this kit:
Deborah Lippmann in Cleopatra, NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita, NARS Blush & Bronzing Duo in Orgasm & Laguna, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin & Mushroom, Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum in Light, Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Stila Stay aAll Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Too Faced Flexistretch Nylon Fibers, and Too Faced Better than False Lashes.

I thought that this kit was definitely worth the $75. I will probably be giving a few items in this kit away, as I already have them in my collection.

Fresh Sugar Treasures Mini Lip Collection - USD$50 (minus 20% - discount)
 I absolutely LOVE Fresh Sugar lip balms, and there are six shades in this kit, as well as a lip treatment. The shades are Petal, Honey, Passion, Berry, Rose and Cherry. I think I'll be giving a couple of these mini lip balms away too, as I have a few back ups of some of the colours in this kit.

Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip - USD$25 (minus 20% - discount)
I love Sephora Favourites, as it's such a good way to try new products without forking out a ton of money. There are 6 lip products in this kit - Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment, Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink, Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly, NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight, Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Glitzy.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Shell - USD$55.00 (minus 10% - discount)
 I purchased this hourglass foundation because I've always wanted to try it ever since I've heard about it. I think I tried a sample (that was a tat too dark) and loved the formula. I'm hoping that my search for the perfect wedding foundation is over, and this will be the answer to my prayers.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - USD$52.00 (minus 10% - discount)
This is one of my favourite primers! I'm just a bit sad that this has SPF15, which means I probably won't be able to use it on my wedding day, less I get white cast in my photographs. :( BUT I highly recommend this primer if you have oily skin!

Marc Jacobs  Lip Gel in 108 Have We Met? - USD$30 (minus 20% - discount)
I was curious about the "new" Marc Jacobs cosmetics line, so I figured I'd pick up a lipstick (I fell for the "lip gel" name). I did a quick swipe on my bare lips, and it is quite sheer and doesn't feel moisturizing. First impression wise, I'm a bit disappointed. Will give it a go tomorrow and over the next week or so. Let me know in the comments if you're interested in a review and swatches!

Clinique Face Scrub for Men - USD$20 (minus 20% - discount)
I declared my love for this scrub in my most recent empties post (read here). It's a fantastic scrub, which I highly recommend to anyone without sensitive skin. It's gritty, and is so refreshing thanks to the menthol. This scrub is my HG scrub!

Soap & Glory Foamy Fruit Body Scrub - USD $20 (minus 20% - discount)
I have a bottle of this sitting in my shower, but it's nearly empty. I've only ever used this body scrub, and I loved it so much that I purchased another. This is also really gritty and not for sensitive skin. It also smells AMAZING. Highly recommend this body scrub!

 Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 6 and 7 - USD$32 each (minus 20% - discount)
Dare I say this concealer is another HG? I decided to purchase backups, as this has got to be my favourite concealer to date. Unfortunately, I'm between shades, and am currently mixing both 6 and 7 in 1:1 ratio, but this concealer stays all day and is definitely a "full cover" concealer - a little goes a long way!

 Clinique Lash Building Primer - USD$15.00 (minus 20% - discount)
I was looking for a new primer and was contemplating getting the dior one, but since I'm a tight arse and have already spent so much, I thought I'd get the Clinique one and see if it's comparable to Dior's primer.

Kat Von D Autograph Pencil - USD$9.00 (minus 10% - discount)
I bought this because it was on sale. Enough said. :P

That's it for my Sephora hauls! Have you picked up anything excited from the shops? Did you purchase anything during the crazy US Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale?

03 December 2013

My faith in corporate companies has been somewhat restored... Part I

Please note that this blog post is another wordy one...

This is in relation to my fairly recent blog post regarding my experiences with a company called Ozsale (read here). If you're too lazy to read that post, I'll briefly summarize what happened that warrant a post expressing my disgust with Ozsale. Ozsale is a website that has sales events that lasts for a few days. Sometimes there are amazing bargains to be had, which is why I've purchased a few things from them. There were two orders in particular that I had troubles with, but Ozsale didn't seem very helpful. One order for Pumpkin Patch was cancelled, which I was fine with, as I only purchased an item so I could take advantage of free shipping. However, the refund was taking FOREVER, especially when I paid for the item using paypal (paypal refunds are instantaneous). The other order was for Essie polishes. I waited for a good month and a half from date of order (see below) before starting to get the shits.

The response I got from Ozsale regarding the two orders were less than satisfactory, which resulted in my rant post.

However, I'm happy to say that my faith in Ozsale has been somewhat restored. Instead of writing messages to me that don't make sense, they called me up to talk about my problems. To cut the story short, they've refunded my money for both the Essie order and the Pumpkin Patch. YAY!!! It only took 7 days to refund my Pumpkin Patch order after notifying me that it's been cancelled... But YAY for refunding me my money for the Essie order on the same day that Ozsale called!

01 December 2013

Empties - November 2013

I can't believe it's December... i.e. the LAST month of 2013! Where has the year gone?!

I have quite a fair bit of "empties" this month, most of which are hair care and skin care products. I did cheat a little, as I forgot two empties last month, so I included them this month.

In no particular order, these are the products I've used up in November...

1. Selsun Blue Anti-dandruff Shampoo
I've gone through about 4 bottles of this shampoo and it has been featured in quite a number of empties posts. This is an amazing, affordable shampoo for itchy scalp, and I'd have to give this HG status as an anti-dandruff shampoo. I alternate this with another shampoo, which varies. I'm currently alternating Selsun Blue with a Kerastase shampoo.

2. Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourish Conditioner
Not a fan of this. It did nothing special for my hair even after using up all 500ml that warrants a repurchase. My hair was still left dry and damaged, resulting in me having to chop the "dead" bits off.

3. Terax Crema Conditioner
I LOVE this conditioner! I was quite tempted to purchase the full size version but I have far too many conditioners to get through. I will most likely repurchase when my conditioner stash runs low, as it smells amazing and detangled my hair really well, leaving it soft and so much more manageable.

4. John Frieda Intense After-Colour Conditioner
To be honest, I'm not sure if this conditioner helped to preserve my hair colour. It did help nourish my hair a little and it smelt good. Unfortunately, the nourishment didn't seem to last very long, as after my hair dried (and especially after waking up), my hair got quite tangled and dry. I probably won't repurchase this.

5. Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo
I really enjoyed using this shampoo and was bummed out when I finished it. It's a great shampoo that left my hair feeling clean. It also didn't aggravate my scalp. I will repurchase once my shampoo stash runs low.

6. Elemis FreshSkin Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturizer
This moisturizer was quite thick, but it absorbed into my skin really easily. I think this moisturizer helped keep my oily skin at bay, although I did get a bit shiny towards the end of the day. This moisturizer has a really strong citrusy smell, which thankfully disappears after slapping on some foundation. I would probably repurchase this for its mattifying properties.

7. Estee Lauder Makeup Brush Cleanser
Ermahgerd! I can't believe I've FINALLY used up this brush cleanser (although there was a teeny weeny bit left in the picture above). This has lasted for about 1.5 years - this probably shows how often I clean my brushes... But this cleanser is amazeballs. I have a spray top that I used for this bottle (I swapped it with my MAC brush cleanser, which I'm pretty sure is the same thing) and it worked brilliantly at getting all the gunk off my brushes. I spray my brushes with the cleanser and simply wipe the gunk off with a kitchen paper towel and repeat a few more times, depending how long it has been since the last clean. I do sometimes do a deep clean where I actually use shampoo to wash my brushes, but I don't do it as often as I should because I'm lazy. I have purchased two or three bottles of the MAC version, and will continue re-purchasing once I've used up

8. Etude House Nail Polish Remover - Mild & Extra Power
Holy smokes batman! I don't think I've ever used a better nail polish remover! Even the mild version removed my glitter manicures effortlessly. AND it doesn't even smell offensive. In fact, it smells surprisingly nice for nail polish remover. This is my favourite nail polish remover EVER. It also doesn't wreck my acrylic nails, which is amazeballs. This is definitely my HG nail polish remover. Have already repurchased two. :)

 9. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - Professional sized
This ginormous bottle of daily microfoliant (well, it's not that ginormous, but it's big compared to the non-professional ones) lasted me AGES. I don't even remember when I started using this. But I finished this in October (i.e. one of the two products I forgot to list in the previous empties post). It's a great and gentle exfoliant (or microfoliant). In case you are unaware of how to use this, it's a powder that you have to add water to and create a paste. I sometimes don't add enough water to create a paste if I need a harsher "scrub". So it's great for all skin types, even delicate/sensitive skin. I would probably repurchase this one day, but I'm a bit sick of it, after using this every morning for God-knows-how-long.

10. Clinique Skin Supplies for men face scrub
This is the second product that was used up in October. This is my HG scrub. Even my brother who uses high end skin care, such as SK-II, Chanel and Bobbi Brown loves this. He loved it so much that he used approximately 80% of my scrub (bloody rude!). It is a bit of a harsh/gritty scrub (which is why I love it) and it contain menthol, which leaves the best refreshing feeling ever. I have repurchased this because I love it so much! I think I'll need to purchase a backup in case my brother uses it all up again (and I'll make sure to forward him the bill).

11. Davroe Wellbeing Treatment Replenish conditioner
I did a micro-review in my November Lust Have It box review (read here). It lasted four washes for me, which was disappointing. It smells really good but I don't think it did much for my hair in terms of nourishment. My hair didn't feel all that moisturized after it was left to air-dry, but the smell of the conditioner lingered till my next shower, which I love. I'm not entirely sure if I'll repurchase.

12. Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner for very dry skin
I had high hopes for this skin conditioner but it failed me when I needed it most. I had extremely dry skin, which itched like crazy and I ended up getting rashes-like bumps all over my legs. This did absolutely nothing for my legs, and I ended up having to go to the doctor, who gave me a prescription for an ointment. I will not be repurchasing this.

13. Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Body Lotion
Unfortunately, this didn't help with my itchy, dry skin either, but it smells really good. I can't wait till I go to America in about 2.5 weeks to stock up on more Bath & Body Works stuff! (I may be SLIGHTLY biased, as Bath & Body Works products can do no wrong in my eyes)

14. Lush Twilight Shower Gel
I was using this shower gel during my itchy, dry skin phase. Needless to say, it's not moisturizing BUT Lush did not claim that this shower gel has any moisturizing properties. It is a calming shower gel, which smells like lavender. I probably would not repurchase this, as I'm now a Bath & Body Works convert.

That's it for my November empties! What have you emptied recently? Any products that earned HG status?

27 November 2013

Lust Have It - November 2013

Is it me or are we getting our Lust Have It boxes later and later each month? At least there was a pretty large range of products included in this month's box...

There were also coupons that were actually worth taking photos off (more on this later)!

Without blabbering on about nothing, I'm going straight into what I received...

1. Mary Kay Relaxing Foot Soak - 88ml
This is sold in a pack with an Energizing Foot Scrub, Soothing Foot Balm and Pedicure Brush/Punice Stone with its handy beauty bag (RRP: $38). I'm not sure if I'll ever use this, as I'm far too lazy when it comes to my feet. The only thing I do is paint my toe nails, and that happens approximately once a fortnight or when I get a new polish and have run out of fingernails to paint. Therefore, I will probably give this away... Kris Kringle? :P (I'm such a tight arse)

2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub - 15g (RRP: $9.99 for 150ml)
"Containing micro-fine crushed cocoa beans to gently exfoliate facial skin, this facial scrub removes dead skin cells. It reveals smoother skin and enhances the skin's surface, allowing it to better absorb the daily moisturiser or night cream."

I'm pretty sure I have one of these around somewhere. I think the words "gently exfoliate" in the description throws me off using this exfoliator, as I hate exfoliators that are weak. Having said that, I will probably take this with me to the states next month, as it's handy to have a travel-sized scrub when travelling.

3. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Gel Cleanser - 7ml (RRP: $54.95 for 150ml) and Hydrating Lotion - 7ml (RRP: $79.95 for 150ml)
Botanical Kinetics Gel Cleanser:  
"This plant-derived gel cleanser foams away impurities, helps normalise skin and gently dissolves makeup and impurities. Ideal for normal to oily skin."
I'm quite excited to use this! I love that it helps remove makeup, as I know that my usual method of removing makeup through the use of a makeup removing wipe is not always efficient. Therefore, I do rely on my cleanser and Clarisonic to remove any residual makeup. I will be bringing this with me to the states as well!

Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion:
"Protecting from dehydration, this quick-absorbing hydrating lotion contains naturally-derived ingredients that replenishes moisture with a gentle touch. For all skin types."
Someone said to me that sometimes people with oily skin have de-hydrated skin - the skin over produces oil in response to dehydration. However, I'm still really iffy when it comes to using anything that claims to hydrate. But I'm going to put this to the test and see if it really works. Keep an eye out on an empties post for a quick review, as there might not be enough to warrant a full post review.

4. Davroe Wellbeing Treatment Replenish - full size (RRP: $11.95 for 50g)
"This intensive moisture-rich treatment deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. With Australian pure plant botanicals and sunflower ceramides, it restores wellbeing, silkiness and shine to the hair."

I was astonished to learn that this is a full sized conditioner, as it's small compared to its competitors. However, it doesn't exactly break the bank, so I guess it's forgivable.

I just used this today and it smells amazing. I think I probably get about 5-6 uses out of this tube, which isn't very impressive (sorry to bring up its size, but it's just so tiny for a full-sized product!) My hair doesn't feel all that moisturized (nor does it feel super damaged, but I did get a haircut recently). I might have to use it more than once to reap the benefits.

5. Benefit They're Real Mascara - 30g (RRP: $38 for 8.5ml)
"This breakthrough mascara reveals lashes you never knew you had with a specially designed brush that can be used horizontally and vertically. The long-wearing jet-black formula lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates."

This has to be the most exciting product in this month's Lust Have It box. I love Benefit Cosmetics, despite the crazy inflated prices in Australia compared to the states. I also love their Bad Gal lashes, and I have yet to try the They're Real mascara. I think I will be using this next, after I throw out a few more old mascaras.

6. Mary Kay Thinking Of You EDP (RRP: $30 for 29.6ml)
"This fruity floriental fragrance turns a moment into a memory with a scent that captures the emotions that connect us all and makes the perfect gift."

Fruity/floriental is definitely what this perfume smells like. I find this perfume pleasant, but a little too strong (I just wiped it on my wrist two seconds ago, and will report back after I finish this post). It's been about 7 minutes since I wiped the perfume tissue thing on my wrist. It's still quite strong, and I can see me getting a headache from it, which is a shame as it smells quite nice.

7. Lonvitalite C3 Collagen Firming and Moisturizing Facial Mask - 1 piece (RRP: $32 for a pack of 5)
"Supplying collagen, this facial mask mildly seals water in the skin, improves skin luster, fades wrinkles, and promotes the regeneration of damaged cells."

I'm really horrible at using masks. I just don't have the time. Whatever time I have is used on getting lung cancer from re-painting my nails. Therefore, I'm not sure if I'll use this. I'll probably throw this in a box for Kris Kringle ;) :P

There were some photo-worthy coupons here. One from Davroe - purchase a luxe leave in masque and receive a free rebuilder protein reconstructor worth $14.95. One from Benefit - complimentary eye and brow make-upper and a free brow tint when a brow arch wax is purchased (I wish I still worked near Bondi, as there's a brow bar there). A $30 gift card from Hell Fresh. And lastly, a $5 voucher off Lust Have It Fashion & Beauty Box.

So that's it for my Lust Have It November edition box. Overall, I'm quite impressed with the range of products included despite how late I received it. Here's to hoping that Lust Have it sends out December's box earlier, so we get it before the long christmas/new year holiday!

What did you get in your Lust Have It November box? Were you happy with what you received?

If you are interested in purchasing a Lust Have It subscription, get $5 off your first box by using the coupon code "WALLET". To subscribe for $14.95 for the first box (regular price $19.95), click here.

22 November 2013

Pissed off at the world... - Part II

This is another rave post aka long, wordy one. This time I'm annoyed at a company called Ozsale. Ozsale is a website that has a whole heap of sales events that run for a few days. They claim here that "Estimated delivery times will be indicated within each specific sale according to the dispatch location and are typically between 7 - 21 days", which I have absolutely no problems with.

However, having to wait ONE month (or 32 days to be exact) for them to DISPATCH my order is simply just ridiculous.

It's two weeks in, and I'm STILL waiting for my Essie polishes to appear in my PO Box. According to the tracking link, it's umm... somewhere?

It should have AT LEAST reached Australian shores by now... shouldn't it? I mean it's the 21st century, and there are things called planes? It's a 14 hour flight from LA to Sydney, so I think it's safe to assume that it shouldn't take over two weeks to find it's way from LA to Australia.

To further fuel my annoyance/disgust, Ozsale has cancelled ANOTHER one of my orders. Please note that I have paid for all my orders via paypal, which means that a refund should be instantaneous. 
My Pumpkin Patch order was apparently "refunded" on the 19th of November 2013. However, I have not seen a refund in my paypal account.

I have sent a message to Ozsale, expressing my disgust and impatience. 

This is what I wrote on the 4th of November 2013 regarding the Essie order:
"Regarding Order 9170651. The estimated delivery is: 22/10/13 - 29/10/13, and the stock arrived on 29 Oct. I know you guys are busy but why is it taking so long for this order to be packed and sent?"

They replied with:
"Hi Abigail,
Thank you for your contact message!
I apologise for the delay in the delivery of your order.
I have spoken to our logistics team and they noted that they are currently packing all orders from this sales event at our US warehouse! Depending on the size of the sale this potentially can take a few days.
The reason for the delay is the delay of the delivery of the stocks from our brand partner due to the huge number of orders.
Once your order has been dispatched the link to your tracking details will appear next to your order in My Account, My Orders.
Please allow up to 10 business days for your tracking number to become active once dispatched.
As a thank you for your patience, I've placed a $10 store credit onto your OZSALE account today.
Happy shopping!

Thanks for the $10 store credit, but what makes you think that I'd want to spend anymore money on sales events at Ozsale when you are taking so bloody long fulfilling orders?! Also, fair enough it can "potentially take a few days" to pack all orders from this sales event, but to take SIX days? How many staff do you have? Two?

On the 21st November, I was well and truly annoyed, and this is what I wrote:
"This is just getting ridiculous. The tracking link still says the same thing as it did two weeks ago! It's been 6.5 weeks since I placed an order. Not happy at all! Furthermore, one of my orders (10191571) was cancelled on the 19th of November, and I have yet to receive my money. It was paid via paypal, so I should be getting a refund instantly. This is so infuriating, I think I will be ranting about Ozsale on my blog"

They replied with:
"Hi Abigail,
Thanks for your contact message!
Your order was dispatched from our warehouse on 22/10/2013 with our postal partners.
It is extremely rare that they lose parcels but in this case it is clear an inquiry is warranted to locate your parcel.
Today I have lodged an inquiry with our courier for the consignment number JMV9170826. 
This process is out of our hands now and we expect to take up to 3 business days to complete. The case investigator will be in touch with us within this time frame with an update.
As soon as I hear from them I will be in contact with you!
While it is out of our hands we will make sure you are satisfied with any outcome at the completion this short investigation.
Happy shopping! 

I'm frankly quite confused here. According to the website and the tracking link, the order was dispatched on the 7th of November. Not sure where Saragunes got "22/10/2013" from. 

Also, where the hell is my money from the pumpkin patch order that you cancelled?!

I really cannot think of words to describe Ozsale right now, as "incompetent" and "infuriating" does not even come close. 

Despite having a few orders that went through smoothly, I do NOT recommend Ozsale at all because when something goes wrong, it goes REALLY wrong. I advise that you stay away unless you want premature gray hair.

18 November 2013

Updated Blog Sale

It's been a busy few days. My fiance has deserted me for work in LA (although, on the bright side, I'll get to visit him over the Christmas holidays... Sephora, here I come!), I've made responsible to sell his property, and work has decided to relocate to another office nearby (like I don't do enough packing outside of work).

After packing my cosmetics at Mike's, I've found more cosmetics I don't really want anymore. And since work's moving to a location that's within walking distance to the post office, I thought it'd be perfect timing for another blog sale (perfect timing because then I can use the proceeds to buy more crap I don't need in the states over Christmas break).

Please head over to the Blog Sale tab above or click here to see what I've got for sale!

13 November 2013

NOTD: Orly Surreal Collection - Pink Waterfall & Pixie Powder

It's been a while since I did a NOTD post, considering I change the colour of my nails every few days. Today, I have two polishes from the Orly Limited Edition Surreal Collection to share.

L-R: Pink Waterfall and Pixie Powder
The first nail polish is Pink Waterfall, which is described as a pink creme. It is a purpley-pink, and you could get away with one coat. It's also surprisingly non-streaky.

Two coats of Orly Pink Waterfall
I love that it has a super glossy finish, however, I did have to put a coat of fast-drying top coat over the top, as I smudged a few nails because it took a little too long to dry for my liking.

One coat of pixie powder over the top of Pink Waterfall on ring finger.
The second nail polish is Pixie Powder, which is described as a light purple with gold shimmer. It reminds me of an artificial purple christmas tree for some strange reason. I also would say that it has more of a silver shimmer than a gold one. Regardless, it's a really gorgeous shade and it looks amazing over the top of Pink Waterfall.

I'm not sure when they changed their bottles, but I love them with their black almost rubbery caps.

These two polishes can be purchased from the orly website, along with the other four polishes from the Surreal collection for $18.95 each.

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

07 November 2013

Wantable - November 2013

I friggin love Wantable! I know I said this last month, but I cannot believe how efficient they are at sending out beauty boxes. Unlike the other monthly subscription boxes currently on the market, Wantable is a company that sends out FULL-SIZED products tailored to your preferences. They also have an intimates, accessories and limited edition holiday boxes. Each box costs USD$36 a month or USD$40 for a one-off box, and shipping applies for Canadian (USD$5) and Australian (USD$9) orders. Enough crapping on about how Wantable is amazing and how everything else is dog poo in comparison, let's get started on what I received in my Wantable November box!

I received four full sized products and a bonus item in this month's box. In case you were wondering, in the "love" category, I had brows, eyeliner, blush, lip colour, nail polish, lash product, tools, complexion products and fair (skin colour). In the "like" category, I had highlighter, bronzer and eye shadow. It's great to see that all the items received (bonus included) were all from the "love" category!

1. Pomegranate Nail Lacquer in Rose Garden Romance - RRP: USD $8.50
"Rose Garden Romance is a rich red creme. Our long-wearing polish glides on smooth for a great finish. All of our polish is made in the USA, "4-free" - contains NO toulene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or comphor, and is free of animal testing."

I LOVE nail polish, and I haven't many reds. The polish is actually a few shades darker than this. I have yet to swatch it but I can't wait to wear this!

2. Michael Marcus Plump Lip Plumper - RRP: USD$20.00
"This must-have product is enriched with natural emollients to plump lips by increasing shine, hydration, and volume. After 15 days of regular use, you'll see more hydrated, fuller and more voluptuous lips. Castor Oil provides a protective, shiny appearance after application, Beeswax moisturizes, Vitamins A& E are natural antioxidants that protect the lips from free radical damage, and Wintergreen, Spearmint, and Peppermint increase circulation, adding warmth and flush to lips."

I gave this a quick swipe on my lips and it tasted like toothpaste. I can't say it's pleasant, as its a strong taste that lasts a rather long time. Upon application, my lips tingled and I wouldn't describe it as a warm feeling like Wantable did on the info paper, it's more of a cool feeling like the effects of menthol. My lips also felt hydrated and smooth. I may be able to look past the strong toothpaste taste!

3. Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in Barely There - RRP: USD$22.00
"Full coverage, long wearing lip cream with no smudging or bleeding. Barely There is everyone's favourite nude shade. Creamy, light beige with a hint of sheer pink shade."

They are not joking when they say it's full coverage (swatch below)! The shade I received is definitely a my-lips-but-better shade. It's really wearable and non sticky! I can also see why they say it's long-wearing, as it took a lot of scrubbing to remove the swatch from my arm.

4. Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner - RRP: USD$19.00
"This Precise Marker Liner is designed to create a super thin or thick dramatic line, since the tip is so soft and precise. The formula is weightless, long lasting, water resistant, smudge proof and lies comfortably on the eye with no pulling or tugging. With all of these things, how can applying eyeliner be hard these days!"

I swatched this and was impressed at how pigmented it is. I love the foam-ish style tip of this eyeliner, however I found it a tat hard to create a "super thin" line. The smudge proof test also failed, but it might be due to me not letting the eyeliner dry for long enough.

L-R: Beauty for Real lip cream, "thick" swatch of Girlactik Beauty eyeliner, "thin" swatch of Girlactik Beauty eyeliner
Pointing out the obvious here, but on the left side is the swatch prior to smudging and the right is the swatch after smudging (I did not touch the Beauty for Real lip cream). I only waited about a minute before doing the swatch test. I think if I waited a couple more minutes, it would have dried properly and perhaps would pass the smudge proof test, as I did the thick swatch first and there's less smudging than the thin swatch.

5. BONUS - Kikkerland Glam Girl Matchbox Emery files
"This handy matchbook of nail files is small and lightweight, perfect for your bag! The matchbook-style cover will ensure nothing else in your bag gets scratched up!"

I really should have taken a picture of the actual files #beautybloggerfail, as the files are printed with different girls (cartoon/comic style). It's kind of cute but slightly freaky. I think these will be perfect for travelling!

Overall, I'm not surprisingly impressed with Wantable yet again. It's probably not very fair that I compare Wantable with the Australian beauty box companies, since the brands that the Australian beauty box companies have access to probably aren't as generous to provide full sized products or are limited to brands, but I can't help it. It's not just the brands that sets Wantable apart from other companies, but also their customer service, and time management skills (sending out boxes at the beginning of the month, or even at the end of the previous month). Furthermore, they handpick products according to YOUR preferences. Gone are the days where you are completely disgusted at the products you receive in your beauty box, that is meant to be like a Christmas/Birthday present from yourself to yourself every month. If you are umming and ahhing about subscribing to Wantable, I suggest you give it a go, I promise you won't regret it (well, I certainly hope you don't)! Unfortunately, Wantable is only available to residents of USA, Canada and Australia.