Sunday, June 12, 2016

Money-Saving Secrets

Having two of my best friends getting married next year, not to mention my employment in a wedding industry, have induced me to explore loads of bridal references nowadays. Personally, my way to find inspiration is by browsing around catalogues where I can find something from gifts, accessories to decoration. But you know, girls will always be girls, we get lured quite easily. In spite of my primary intention, I tend to end up buying things that don't belong in my priority list. Who's to blame anyway when shopping is just one click away?

Obviously, shopping online is unavoidable in this modern world due to its ease to access, but let's see in a bigger picture, isn't it a positive development? Catalogue shopping provides you with a cost-effective alternative to conventional stores on the high street. But if you want to make more savings, read these three tips on how to save money whilst shopping through online catalogues.

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Discover low-interest rates

How much interest you pay on your purchases can vary from one retailer to the next. To save money, shop around for catalogues that offer low-interest rates, something that could bag you a significant saving in the long run. Some companies won't charge you any interest at all if you pay off your balance within a certain a time frame. For example, Very enables customers to pay for a purchase in three monthly instalments and won't charge interest if the balance is settled during this period. Other companies, like Argos, also won't charge you interest if you pay your balance in time. Many places offer catalogue finance, but choosing the right company is just as important as choosing the dress or pair of shoes you are looking for.

Use a price comparison website

One way to save money on catalogues is to use a price comparison website, where you can compare the prices of different products (everything from laptops to kettles, beds to clothes) in one place. The result? You find the retailer that is offering a product for the cheapest price. You can also head over to third party websites where you can read reviews left by customers who have used a catalogue company in the past, providing you with all the must-know details about a particular brand before you apply for a credit account.

Use a voucher code

More and more catalogue retailers offer voucher codes to customers. These promotions enable you to save money on the cost of a purchase or get reduced delivery just by entering a code when you check-out and pay for your items. Look for voucher codes that provide you with the biggest savings. Don't forget to sign up for mailing lists too! You can have the latest promotions and discount codes sent to your email address directly.

Alrighty, then... I couldn't think of any other tips. So if you bumblebees have your own more efficient way to get the best deal online, let me know in the comments section below!
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Monday, June 06, 2016

Berry AHA!

Greetings, bumblebees! So if you have noticed, a few months ago I changed this blog header in pursuit of rebranding my beauty journal, while in actual fact I just couldn't commit to a specific topic and even talked about something else aside from beauty. Therefore, I sort of wanted to remake a new header without binding myself into a particular niche blog. You may now expect a fashion, lifestyle report or perhaps random chats from me! 

Here we go again to beauty related post, this time it's about a not-so-new-anymore toner from Etude House called Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum. Phew.. What an eye-catching name! I think this was released earlier this year along with their Toning White C line in which I have zero interest with.

Etude House Berry AHA bright peel boosting serum review
Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum.

Description: The first-step peeling essence for skincare removes dead skin cells and impurity residue daily.

Directions: After washing the face, at the first step of skincare, dispense an appropriate amount on a cotton pad and apply on the face in the direction of skin texture, starting from the inside and working outward in a gentle blotting motion.

My question was "is it toner, is it serum?" when I first saw this product (I didn't know their description in the beginning). Obviously it's called serum but it looks too watery from the outside, yes? We know that toner is the first step, meanwhile serum is supposed to be used at the last step of your skincare routine. Thanks to Google, uh I mean Etude House website (or should I say my meticulous research before purchasing every skincare item?), I bought the right product for my need.

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I've always had a thing with AHA ingredients simply because it's known to be great at rejuvenating. The only downside of wearing AHA is that your skin can get extra sensitive to sunlight, thus a sunscreen is a must (thought it's always a must all the time). This boosting serum has salicylic acid too in it! That seriously surprised me because I was presuming this line would only concern at peeling or brightening the skin.

Packaging wise, it's kind of sleek despite its name. Moreover, considering it comes from Etude House who always gives such cutesy atmosphere to their product, I think this one maybe intended for more matured target market. Haha.. I might be wrong too. Anyway, I like how secured the seal (picture below), so bravo Etude House for the consideration. I still remember their Wonder Pore toner didn't include such seal to prevent leakage. However, the outlet of this bottle is too small for the product to come off. Because texture wise, it's not as watery as usual toner (now the name boosting serum makes sense). The liquid is thicker than water, it seems like it contains a teeny tiny jelly-like substance.

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Nice security seal you got over there.

Scent wise, it smells fruity with minty tinge. It doesn't only feel sweet but refreshing. I don't know how bilberry fruit's supposed to smell, but it definitely has the kind of smell that doesn't bother me at all. Performance wise, as a toner, I can say I was impressed for the immediate effect. It moisturizes my skin and on top of that, it gives me this silicone effect, you know? Yeah, they do use a synthetic skin conditioning agent and surfactant belonging to the chemical class of siloxanes and silicones. No wonder the instantly smooth skin. However, the good thing, it doesn't break me out.

In conclusion, I might finish it all since I totally enjoy the immediate result. Umm.. But you know me, when it comes to cosmetics, I always want to explore, try new things, and whatnot. That's why I'm here for you guys ;) To review more and more exciting products!

Price: IDR 210k
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Home Sweet Home

If you want to decorate your home, but you don't want to break the bank, shopping with a catalogue gives you choice and flexibility over how you pay. Err.. I know I know.. Some people might prefer to visit a physical store when it comes to furniture, but considering the price might be higher and the quality is just the same. Let's check out some catalogues, shall we? My only tip when it comes to shopping furniture online is to read the reviews. If there is no review, then check the product details carefully. I hope some of these websites below can help you to refresh your home.

Home Essentials

Home Essentials is a UK catalogue brand that provides you with more bang for your buck. When you sign up for a new personal account, you can spread the cost of purchases you make and pay in affordable instalments. What's more, you can have your products delivered to your home address and make repayments online or over the phone.

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From bedding to living room furniture to kitchen accessories, you can find it all at Home Essentials with big savings on hundreds of products. The brand also has various furniture packages that could save you money. It is one of the best catalogues for home shopping, and offers a large variety of products. Other benefits include click and collect and a flexible returns policy. Don't forget to find the discount code to save more money on your order ;)

Look Again

Look Again is another destination for home ware, including beds, chairs, rugs and bathroom essentials. The catalogue company can stock your need to transform boring, bland wall spaces or old-fashioned rooms. You can apply for an account and make repayments online. Alternatively, pay for your items by phone. New customers who open a personal account with Look Again can get £15 off their order when they spend £75 or more. When you apply for a credit account, you'll receive a monthly statement with details of your purchases and the minimum amount you need to pay.

Have you tried shopping furniture online? How was your shopping experience? Mind to share with me?
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Brace Yourself, Summer is Coming

Have you ever gone shopping on the high street only to go home empty-handed? Perhaps the shop was too crowded or they didn't have clothes in the size you wanted. This was so me when I visited the Big Apple LOL. I "hate" crowds, or being stuck in the middle of a crowd, and the idea of browsing clothes in such condition can give me a bad shopping mood.

When you shop for fashion with a catalogue, you can choose from the latest big-name brands and well-known designers from the comfort of your own home, saving you the hassle, I guess.

Without further ado, here are the some of the women's fashion catalogues I've found:

Marisota

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From swimwear to lingerie, shoes to accessories, Marisota has an assortment of clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. The brand specialises in plus size clothes (sizes 10 to 32), with hundreds of products on offer, including clothes from designer brands and new labels. Customers can use the website's search feature and find products by name or catalogue number to be taken to individual product pages. Alternatively, you can click on one of the menus to find the clothes you're looking for. When you open an account with Marisota, you can pay for your order in instalments, spreading the cost over time. Doing so is easy: there are lots of repayment options and you can apply for finance on their website or over the phone. Not completely satisfied with a product? Marisota has a flexible returns policy, too.

Simply Be

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Just like Marisota, Simply Be specialises in plus size clothing, with clothes that range from sizes 12 to 32. You'll find shoes, coats, shirts, dresses, nightwear and more on their online store, with a free click and collect option when you spend £40 or more. New customers can save even more money when they apply for finance. Simply Be offers free delivery and 10 percent off a first order when a customer opens a personal account. The catalogue brand is the home of unique fashion brands and big name labels, with thousands of must-have clothing items for almost every occasion.

P.S: Yes, it's hard to believe that Summer is just around the corner. It was getting hotter in NYC, I can't wait to go back :)
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Western Beauty Wish List

When I travel overseas, I need to stay on the budget. Around one year ago, I made this Korean Beauty Wish List before flying to Seoul, and seriously it was pretty effective. I got home with loads of beauty products that I loved, the wish list picture also made my shopping experience easier since all I had to do was showing the picture to the sales attendants and they would helped me finding the product.

On the contrary, last Summer I visited LA without having any wish list on my hand, guess what? I ended up buying almost nothing I liked yet surprisingly I spent my whole pocket money. Hmm, it makes me wonder too what my purchases were besides those depilatory creams (always have to get them in the States because they're freaking expensive here). Ok.. I think I only liked my purchase on that Stilla Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. *deep sigh*

Now that I'm even on a tighter budget than last year, hopefully this wish list would help me not to buy things impulsively. However, if you have any recommendation on good products (or the new released ones), please let me know, maybe they can be my lifesaver ^^

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