Monday, June 28, 2010

A Surprise From Jocasi London

Remember when I bought a Jocasi cross-body bag for £5? A rivet on top of the buckle fell off and my attempts to fix it resulted in all of the top rivets removed. I thought I could buy replacements rivets but could not find them anywhere.

Finally I emailed Jocasi and they asked me to sent the bag to them for repair. The bag was gone for months. I had even forgotten about it because I was buying other bags from the op shop.

It finally came back with an apology for the time it took to fix (due to an office relocation) and they included a magenta leather purse as a gift.

I was stoked as I needed a proper purse. How lovely of Jocasi!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fekkai Sensuelle EDT & Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid

I fell prey to Space NK's mid year sale as I popped in to take a look. Despite spending more money than I should have in NY, I bought two items which justified breaking the bank just a little bit further.

This Frederic Fekkai fragrance instantly reminded me of Lush's Gorgeous. It's Lush's most expensive face cream, made with orange blossoms and neroli oil. Sensuelle smells blissful and although it's mildly fruity, the scent is womanly and alluring. I really like that it's clean smelling as strong scents bother my sensitive nose.

Buying the Shu Uemura foundation was a fluke. I don't wear normally foundation due to the hassle of cleaning brushes. Also I subconsciously wipe it off during the day when they feel greasy and itchy. Since this was less than half off, I gave it a try and it amazingly transformed my skin.

It's easy to blend and very pigmented for the watery consistency. What sold me was that my pores disappeared and the finish was weightless. Like I don't have any foundation on. No wonder they call it a "smoothing" foundation. Brilliant complexion trickey, I reakon. Since it was so easy to apply with my fingers, I realised I NEEDED this product!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Moschino Heart Sunglasses

My big fat Moschino sunnies arrived today. I bought them online from Brand Alley and they took a few weeks to dispatch.

I was a sucker for the pink arms with hearts. Brand Alley had them on sale for £38. Can't remember their original price but I remember thinking that I scored a bargain!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back from NY - Stretching Jessica Simpson Patent Shoes

I'm still buzzing from the joys of my New York trip. I heart this city, exactly as in the iconic shirts which even the locals wear. The atmosphere is electric and the pizza is incredible. Of course, so is the shopping!

Century 21 is where I bought these patent shoes from Jessica Simpson (did'nt know she had a shoe range until I saw these). They are clearly Louboutin rip offs but for $32 USD, they hardly compare anyway.

I tried wearing these at work and they were too tight. Within 5 minutes, my feet were numb. Had to take them to the cobbler to break them in.

It was worth it even for patent leather which is harder to stretch. They're a little more comfortable but they have'nt stretched a size. No blistering numbness at least. I'm still working on these babies because there's hope now that the leather's softened. Within in two weeks with two hours wear everyday, I'm sure they'll fit!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Today's Deal - Or How To Get Beauty Treatments For Cheap

Check out this Frugalicious deal which hit my inbox today.

I'll let you in on a secret. This is how I can afford to have a monthly pampering session. I never spend more than £30 and the treatments are from beautiful inner London spas.

I joined My City Deal after booking a facial, massage and threading at a spa in Chelsea for only £25. The service was amazing and there were no quibbles for using the deal voucher. From my experiences, the staff treat you like a full paying customer and don't give you a hard sell.

Now I'm hooked on this site. It not only sends daily deals on spa treatments and hairdressing, they also do entertainment and dining too.

I've booked this deal and can't wait to get my head massaged (mmmmm!) and my hair highlighted. Have not justified the cost of doing it until now.

You can even purchase multiple deals from My City Deal so you can treat a friend or family member as a gift. They'll think you've truly spoiled them!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Gosh Peony Nail Polish

GOSH is the Danish cosmetics brand available from Superdrug. Their products are marketed as professional and judging by the chic packaging, it looks like they're modelling MAC without the price tag.

GOSH nail polish colours are uber trendy, retailing for £5 each. They're dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and phthalic acid-free. That's an impressive long list of nasties!

I got Peony from Ebay for £2 including shipping. Was on the hunt for their discontinued Rainbow polish, much loved for it's holographic flakies. (Turn any colour into something incredible with Rainbow. I want it so terribly bad!)

Found this one in my search and fell in love with the frosty jewel pink. Peony is well pigmented with the consistency of a creme. Sometimes it's pale red but most times it's the swirly pink you see in boiled sweets.

A droolworthy colour. I was in a rush to go out and only had time to apply one coat. It dried fast and was enough to pull off a shiny manicured look. I like!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Dior Sandals & Rose Quartz Necklace

Can't think how a day could get better. The sun was shining and the sky was clear. Summer in London is glorious.

As I was walking home from Hampstead, I spotted a beautiful pink necklace with a £10 price tag in a window. I figured for a store in this area, the necklace would have to be plastic but not so.

The necklace is made with rose quartz beads knotted along the string and the clasp is sterling silver. I wear it looped around twice and it's the perfect length.

Turns out I had stumbled across a designer clothing store where everything was nearly new.

After half an hour browsing the store, I also bought a pair of Dior patent wedge sandals for £28 and a textured linen scarf for £5.

A bit more than what I'd pay at the thrift shop but designer has never been so cheap.


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