Where I Go for Online Shopping

Tip: This is best viewed on a computer because I decided to put things in tables.

Admit it, we all love online shopping and sticking the middle finger up to our Australian retail stores and their ridiculous prices. I mean, I don’t want to but when a game I buy is $50-60 online compared to the $120, I kinda do get a bit upset sometimes or you know, when almost everything is 150-200% more. But at least for the most part, I am only buying small items. My larger purchases remain here in Aussie land. 🙂 I SUPPORT YOU AUSTRALIA, but you just suck sometimes.

So I’ve compiled a lovely list of websites I tend to throw money at, keeping in mind that shipping fee or free shipping is important to me because we’re so ******* far away and delivery times is based on my own experiences to Sydney.

Beauty Websites!

I have a big thing with skincare so I’ve used most of these websites for skincare rather than makeup, but I do see a lot of them providing a really broad range of stuff too. Most of these sites sell the same brands and products.

Website Ave Shipping (days) / Fees What I think
feelunique logo 10 / Free! This is probably the thing that started it all, I was pretty impressed with the range of brands they have and this is also where I got the ‘Emu Oil Eye Cream’ from. They have pretty good navigation and easy to use site but unfortunately for them, they don’t ship a lot of brands out to Australia so I no longer really shop with them any more. Great site otherwise.Bought: Emu Oil Well, MD Formulations, Caudalie, Weleda, theBalm, Stila, Bareminerals
12 / Free I’ve only purchased from here once, buying some Pai muslin cloths and a lip balm. No issues with this site, just not something that has the brands I tend to look out for.Bought: Pai, Dr Hauschka
8.5/ Free! They have REN products, like, cleanser at <$20 vs our $40!? :O I find they’re also the cheapest site with sales all the time. I’ve already made 3 purchases with the website since finding out about it a couple of weeks ago. The GBP is better than Euro at the moment so purchase in that currency. Probably my favourite right now.Bought: REN, Caudalie, Keratase, Weleda
 14 / ~$5AUD for up to 2kg This website offers all the French brands that are focused on sensitive skin! Avene, Nuxe, Vichy and La Roche Posay.Bought: La Roche Posay
 11 / Shipping fee I bought some real techniques and eco tools brushes from them and that’s probably the last time I buy from them. Not that there’s anything wrong with the purchase, it just doesn’t have the stuff I want! 🙂 And also because the website’s a bit ugly.Bought: Real Techniques Brush, ecotools and Weleda

Games Websites!

Playstation 3 games, nuff’ said. Also visit http://www.gamecafe.com.au to search across the multiple different gaming sites.

Website Ave Shipping Times / Fees What I think
OzGameShop 14 / Free Probably bought most of my games from here, however it isn’t always the cheapest in comparison to Zavvi/The Hut
14 / $1 to $2 Pre-ordered Ni no Kuni and received it 2 weeks later as expected. These guys are actually the same people as TheHut below. A lot of other people say they’ve had trouble with them, but since I’ve received mine, I’m fairly happy.
14 / $1 to $2 Ah, the big TheHutGroup. LookFantastic is actually also under this group and I have the same things to say about it as Zavvi. It’s probably worth checking their other websites out.

Other Stuff

Website Ave Shipping Times / Fees What I think
10 / Free! This is a given. If you don’t know about it then thank me, thank me now! It’s great. It’s a book store and it’s great. They have a .com and .co.uk site; in most cases I find .com cheaper than .co.uk and the easieast way to check is just to replace that bit in the URL when you’re viewing a particular item. Easy.Bought: A shit load of books, including piano books and manga.
ebay Everyone buys from ebay.

Bought from: special_spice (Revlon Lip stuff), accessorieswhole (Skin79) and sgpstore1 (for SGP Spigen products)

catchoftheday.com.au Yes! I have bought stuff from catch of the bloody day. I recently purchased the L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream from them which I thought was pretty weird but nonetheless they were the only ones selling it. So there you go.

You’re probably wondering where the fashion stores are, you know, there’s a shitload, like asos, net-a-porter etc but I generally don’t buy clothes or shoes online just because I find it incredibly hard to do so and have found I return more than 60% of the time. And also because I am visiting the states soon so I am going to shop myself crazy there instead.

Other tips include searching online for discount codes, you’ll find them, trust me. And also use your 28 degrees card to shop for things that aren’t in AUD!

Enjoy and let me know what other awesome websites there are. 🙂

2012 Favourites

It’s still January, I can still post 2012 lists. So let’s seeee

Gadgets

iPad Mini

Check out my review here. Still loving it, still using it everyday, more so than my Macbook Air. I’m currently playing The Walking Dead and shit is scary and fun. Kotaku mentioned avoiding iOS for the Walking Dead, but really it’s just for the iPhone. There’s no issues playing on the iPad as far as I’m concerned! It’s apparently cheaper than other platforms too. $15.99 for 4 episodes, if you download the first episode now for free.

Apple TV

This was for mom to watch things from her iPad on the TV. So, so useful. Completely worth buying if you would like to stream things from your iPhone, iPad or Macbooks or even PC now that iTunes 11 has that ability. At a priceo f around $110, it’s not too bad an investment 🙂 It’s also very small and cute.

My PlayStation Vita didn’t make this list because… well, it’s collecting dust. And you know what? When something obvious like the Walking Dead doesn’t end up on the Vita but every other platform, it really does say something about it. Now I need to figure out if I can let it go and sell… :[

Entertainment

I really liked The Avengers. I can’t seem to remember anything else. There was the Dark Knight Rises, but it didn’t leave that big an impression for me.

Call of Duty Black Ops II Zombies was a disappointment, but I’m now addicted to the Multiplayer mode instead. Huzzah!

Beauty


left to right

Avene Thermal Spring Water

Just in time for 2012. This thing… is a lifesaver. Got sunburnt near the end of the year, somehow found out about this and voila, relief. Not just a sunburn btw, sunburn-turned-horribly-inflamed-eczema. Eczema people, use that sunscreen like no tomorrow and make sure you thoroughly apply it to all areas. I failed to cover all areas.

Now this spring water can be used as I did, for relief of eczema or sunburns but it also has other uses like a hydrating face mist or toner. In any case, I really like it. Refreshing and cooling.

Bastiste Dry shampoo

Super lazy, tired and cbfed washing your hair? Get this. I feel sorry for the me who didn’t know about this earlier. It really works! As to the turning your hair grey or white, that’s okay, you just have to massage it through and it’ll go away.

I got the tropical flavour and that was way too sweet and vanilla, this new FRESH is nice. It’s … well, fresh and not that fragrant at all.

Bioderma Makeup Remover

Discovered this from the millions of bloggers that love it. Hardly use this, but when I do, it works, feels great and doesn’t irritate for my sensitive skin. Thumbs up.

Revlon Kissable Lip Stain in Honey

I never really did review these did I ho ho ho. I now have Honey, Darling, Precious and Rendevous. All of which I bought from ebay! I’ve never used any beauty product so religiously since I never really wear any other make up. But I wear Honey almost every day. Easy, smooth and awesome lasting power. Tick, tick and tick.

Review: Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food

Best hand cream for super dry hands, hands down. I first came across it on feelunique where quite a few celebrities endorsed it as one of their must-haves or favorites.
It says at the back

It’s for dry and rough skin such as hands, feet and allows.

I didn’t buy this for me but for my mom, who has super duper dry hands. Sand-paper hands that would crack and bleed regularly. Not exaggerating at all. We tried all sorts of creams including the loccitane, Crabtree, Clarins, all other drugstore brands. Everything. Nothing worked. If anything, the best product out of all those was Vaseline. But even then, they were all short term effects.

This Weleda cream? Is amazing. She’s been using it for about a month now and her hands have transformed from crazy dry to normal. I asked her today about it and she only uses it at night. Wtf? Although I tell her it would be better to use it at least twice a day, she didn’t listen. But the result is apparent. I’m so impressed, I never thought anything would work for her.

Best of all, it’s not crazily priced, I think I got it for around $13 from iHerb.com, and now that there’s another 15% off at feelunique (code TREAT15), I may have to go and buy another one, which was requested earlier today from mom. Glad she likes it. 😉

Really liking the Weleda brand, I’m still using their Almond Soothing Facial Cream! And I’ll probably switch to Skin Food for my hands during winter too.

 

Oh you, Sunscreens

I think you and I, and everyone know about how good sunscreen is and all that anti-aging and anti-cancer stuff. Yet, none of us bother because we’re all lazy bums, there’s really no other explanation. (Yeah, I’m just pulling everyone down to my level. I’m sure there are those who are good though… amongst us bums)

I remember reading some article ages ago and I believed it, I got alllll motivated and shit and it was advertising the ESP Insivisble Zinc Moisturiser with SPF 30+. It started off well and I used it once in a blue moon but there is seriously something wrong with this cream, man. Take a look at this:

It gets all lumpy and ugly and what you see above is me having tried to rub the damn thing in. Mind you, it’s not like it’s expired or anything. So while on paper it’s great, it’s a little bit of a poo when putting it on. In za bin it goes! It’s also not that cheap either.

It’s almost summer and I’m about to go on my le Melbourne trip so I need a goddamn sunscreen. Go Google, go! Google seems to tell me that one of the more popular options is the Clinique  City Block Sheer SPF 25. Looks gooooooooood but retails for $36 for 40ml. That’s a little pricey for a sunblock, but I still want. There’s just gotta be something else though.

Sheer, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sunscreen. Lightweight formula helps wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil. Perfect alone or as an invisible makeup primer. No chemical sunscreens. Appropriate for eye area and sensitive skins.

Then I came across a comment on Temptalia’s blog by Kelly B who has been diagnosed with skin cancer. She mentioned two products that her dermatologist recommended her.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30 or SPF 45 ($12-14 Priceline)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 feels like you have nothing on, but offers broad-spectrum protection to help prevent sun damage. This dermatologist-tested formula uses Avobenzone to provide advanced protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, along with Dry-Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. Fast-absorbing and waterproof, this non-oily formula is enriched with anti-oxidants to help skin fight the harm caused by environmental damage.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40 (A trip to the States or eBay I guess?)

Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40+ is your skins first defense against premature ageing. This natural formula physically blocks UVA rays that can cause up to 80% of premature ageing. It also blocks the harmful UVB rays we encounter on sunny days or at the beach. Unlike traditional sun blocks, this natural formula is infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil, which repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun, fights sign of ageing and improves skin tone for a radiant, renewed complexion. This sun block is extra mild and fast absorbing. It can also double as a great makeup primer. Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40+ is lightweight, Paba Free, and for all skin types. 2 fl oz./60 ml.

Anyway, I’m sold on both products but I don’t think I can grab a hold of Josie Maran. Neutrogena? Drugstore brand? Hell yeah! Priceline’s also having a 20% off sale for all makeup and skincare tomorrow and Wednesday so I’m going to take advantage of that.

You’ll hear about it soon enough I think. Which one do you use?

Do you even use sunscreen? Do you? DO YOU? Everyday? 365 days a year? Well you should.

Review: Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream

Yo! Totally following up my super decisive post about whether to get the Weleda or Neal’s Yard moisturiser.

This cream is for sensitive dry skin (me). My purpose was to replace whatever I was using as day cream since it wasn’t moisturising enough and I wanted something inexpensive. This is my first Weleda product, the green and organic company.

I got this from feelUnique during the sale for $18ish, it’s now $20.32AUD.

Verdict

Very moisturising for my dry skin! I like it. It keeps me moisturised for the whole day which most other creams fail to do. It’s also quite a thick and sticky cream in comparison but I don’t mind it. In terms of smell, think… oh, I dunno, almond cream? @_@ Nothing strong, only really notice it when you apply and then it’s gone.

So far, I don’t really know how much I’ve used, it’s a pretty small tube and if I use it up quickly then that doesn’t make it inexpensive at all! My MD Formulations creme of 50ml takes half a year for me, which I use at night.

The other thing I’m not too sure about is whether it’s making my bumps a bit more red in the morning (but which strangely subsides later in the day). It doesn’t introduce any other crazy blemishes though, so that’s alright! I also don’t expect it to be anything other than a moisturiser – i.e. fixing my blemishes or random dry patches. I’ll leave that for my other face products.

I’m keeping this on my list as day cream, but am still very interested in trying the Neal’s Yard versions so will probably try that when this runs out. :]

Hand Cream Battle: L’Occitane vs Crabtree & Evelyn [FB Promo Update]

Damn hand creams. I’ve personally been using the Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Therapy creams for a while now, albeit not regularly – I’m a lazy shit. And then 1 million years later, I discovered Loccitane, particularly when they started opening stores everrrrrywhere. The ad at Myer tells me they sell one hand cream every second or somethin’. Selling like hot cakes like them iPhone 5s! …Anyway, I digress.

Oh, the fuss, so I bought the 30ml tube after I finished my C&E Lavender I received from a friend.

L. Loccitane Hand Cream R. Crabtree & Evelyn Lavenda Hand Therapy

The noticeable difference between the two – Loccitane is thick and sticky and C&E is more smooth.

Moisturising affect – Uh… I really don’t think there’s a large difference here. I’ve experienced both where I felt one or the other was better and then immediately thought differently a week later. They’re great as everyday hand creams if you’re only a bit dry, but if you have super dry flaky, chapped or just crazily dry hands, they might not work so well.

C&E has a larger range of scents to choose from. I love the Citron honey & coriandar, smells like you’ve washed your hands in lemon water.

L. Citron Hand Therapy R. Citron Hand Recovery

I also use the Hand Recovery (exfoliating scrub) which is actually really, really good. Now this is the stuff that makes my hand instantly soft including those who have chapped and crazy hands (tested on mom). I think if I weren’t a lazy shit and used this regularly once a week, I would have some really nice soft hands… but alas…

Anyway, so which is it?! Personal preference! I initially didn’t like Loccitane because it made my hands sticky and I really don’t like stickiness in general, but I do like how it makes me feel after the stickiness goes away! Whereas C&E gives me that nice smooth feel immediatel. Right now I’m going through Loccitane but I think I’ll return to C&E and maybe throw in the Loccitane once in a while just becuz’! Alternating between the two *nodnods*

[UPDATE] Just realised C&E has an FB promotion going on – https://www.facebook.com/CrabtreeandEvelynAU/app_377858962231843
Free 25g pomegranate hand cream and $10 off!

Review: Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15

Just gonna go out and say it – it’s holy-grail lip balm material.

  • $42 in Australia or otherwise half price everywhere else. Pretty expensive huh?
  • One tin lasts at least 2 years – well holy crap that makes it cheap!
  • One application lasts for a day – my sister, for me – until I wipe my mouth like crazy after eating.
  • Feels awesomely moisturising. Use it all year round.

No cons?

Well, I suppose there is one – it’s in a tin container rather than a tube – so you have to use your grimy fingers. This can be explained though! The substance is harder compared to normal lip balms so may require you to warm it with your fingers, which may also explain why its staying power is a lot longer. I, uh, just breathe into it sometimes…to warm it up.

My sister’s still on her first tin can from more than 2 years ago and I am on my second… but only because I don’t know where I placed the first ha ha ha! Also stocked up from Hong Kong – $20 – real bargain, real win.

High-end products can end up being a better deal sometimes.

Before:

After:

Hah yeah… will probably last me until 2013 I reckon.

Do you have a lip balm that lasts forever?

On a related note – Katie Holmes is the new face of Bobbi Brown apparently!

My Eczema and How I Deal With It

It’s Eczema Awareness Week! I didn’t know until I saw it in TheUglyMoment’s post. So to make sure you’re aware, here’s a depressing post about my experiences with eczemaaaa. I kid, a bit of a spoiler but there’s a happy ending and secrets to be revealed. If you cbfed reading this very long post, just skip to the red letters for le secrets, otherwise read on!

Childhood

I’ve had eczema since I was born, it was a hereditary thing for me and it hasn’t been the same throughout these twenty something years. My childhood was typical, I had eczema primarily behind my knees and behind my elbows. Yes, it was itchy, yes, the rashes were bad but it didn’t stop me from doing what I needed to do – run around like a maniac kid. No probs there!

Growing Up

Then came highschool and I think it started creeping upwards towards my neck and scalp. I remember scratching multiple layers of skin off my neck and it was just a patch of raw flesh and not to mention, it was infected. Grooooosss and incredibly painful. I even remember when the wind blew and I halted, standing there frozen like a dumbass. The sharp pain was similar to what I thought a knife slicing across you might feel like. Not fun. But no worries! I was just given stronger creams as I go.

Giving Up

Then came uni and I went through what I thought might have been months and months but may have only been weeks, I forget, of hell. For whatever reason, my eczema had evolved through my entire body. Spending a few minutes in the sun or even a few minutes of exercise meant feeling like a sea of ants had just invaded my skin and it would be randomly inflamed. There was something seriously wrong and I didn’t know what to do. We tried all sorts of things and unfortunately the only thing I remember is sitting in a bath full of something that resembled piss. Nothing helped and I would cry in my showers while scratching. The scary thing was not knowing whether this would continue for the rest of my life or just a momentary thing, but not being able to be in the sun for more than 5 minutes? Nothing that can cause sweating in any way? I was bloody scared shitless.

Then it just went away. It. Just. Went. Away. You can imagine the jooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyy. So what happened? Fuck knows! Piece of random shit! But that’s eczema for you. It hasn’t come back so far and I pray that it doesn’t.

Control

Now comes the good part, I have found my remedy to keeping my eczema in control! Holy ##)98 #()*$@)(#*$)@!! I mean I no longer regularly get any more rashes and inflammation and it’s only just dry.

SO WHAT IS IT WHAT IS IT?

CUTTING MY FRIGGIN NAILS AND FILING THEM SO THEY’RE SMOOTH AROUND THE EDGES.

Do you see that? That’s not short, that’s LONG.

This means as soon as I see the white part (pictured above), I cut it. Off it goes, motherfucker! And keeping it clean as fuck. I noticed once I started doing this religiously that I wouldn’t be itchy anymore. Huh? But. Well, most likely something to do with the germs and goo that you build up when you have naaaaaails. Those dirty little shits. (In case you missed it, I really hate nails with a passion now). This is my short and long term strategy.

What else what else?! I took Zyrtec, an anti-histamine! Although I no longer have to take these because I’m feeling preeeeeeetty damn good now, but it worked. It generally kicks in an hour or so later and stops the itchiness. So if I know that I’ll be going to the beach and may get sunburnt, then I better have this ready.

And and and? Diprosone.

Goddamn Diprosone, damn, I love you man! My bff. Yeah alright, it’s a prescribed medicine from le doctor but it’s the best prescribed cream ever. HOWEVER, it is a topical corticosteroid and it’s one of the stronger ones so I use it sparingly and only apply a thin layer because… well, it willdamage or thin your skin permanently if you use too much. And I won’t ever use it on my face or neck. Still, it works like magic and nothing else beats it. I use diprosone whenever I start getting itchy patches and putting it on at night meant getting rid of it by morning. Case in point –

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Left Arm | Right Arm

I took this picture today – may need to click on it for a closer look. Had a little bit of eczema few days ago because I didn’t cut my nails, on both arms and it’s almost gone. Right arm was predominantly worse than the left arm so I used diprosone.  SEE HOW IT’S CLEARED compared to the left arm? HELL YEAH.

It’s a strong cream, so should be the last resort after all the other ones – celestone, elocon etc.

The only thing I’m missing in my awesome formula is a body lotion for my dryness.

Besides what I went through in uni, I would say my eczema has been mild to moderate considering where and how much of it I get. Now I would classify it as very mild. Eczema is now my least problematic disease because I know how to control it. I really do believe everyone can find something that works, just have to keep looking. :]

If by any chance my methods work on you, then please please tell me. I might even shed a tear because it’s such a life changing thing. Shit’s serious yo.

Review: Organi Honey Peel

DELETED ORIGINAL POST / UPDATED 14 Mar 2017

Hi guys,

I’ve stopped blogging since forever ago. This post is still gaining views and ultimately the most popular post on this site.

I’m removing it because I no longer use the product, stopped several years ago.

There are a tonne of comments that are more useful down there than the info I provided, thus I’m keeping this page alive.

Do I have Rosacea?

I probably do. And it’s pronounced roh-zay-sha according to the Internet.

You know, it never occurred to me that I might actually have another skin condition other than eczema. And hey, if you already have eczema, you would assume anything weird happening to your skin would most likely be eczema right?

So of courseeee I brushed the frequent redness, the red bumps that aren’t pimples/black/whiteheads and dry flaky skin aside as eczema, even though it had crossed my mind that they were incredibly weird for an eczema condition considering it wasn’t itchy or anything like normal eczema. But hey, whateves right?

I think I have mild rosacea.

What is rosacea? Weelll, a picture paints a thousand wo…

That’s what it looks like on my cheeks, it’s mild but nonetheless can be annoying. The lil red bumps are called papules. Comes and goes, the little f*kers.

You see, besides the red bumps and redness and flaky dry skin, the other symptoms and ‘initial’ symptoms are apparently flushing and blushing! I flush and blush like crazy when under pressure or heat. And when I have a sip of alcohol, I turn into a tomato… so maybe it isn’t the Asian flush after all EH EH EH?

Although having said that, does that mean I had rosacea when I was a baby!?

Who knows? And here people were jealous of my ‘natural blush’ back in the day hohoho

Am I going to a dermatologist to properly diagnose this?

Nahhhhh, I’ve seen two or three dermatologists in my life and frankly, that’s enough. I don’t like them. Rosacea, like every other disease I have is non-curable and can only be ‘treated’ individually. So far, they haven’t helped. So what am I going to do? Find my own bloody solution and you bet I’m working on it (and blog about it).

Do you have any skin condition? Do you think you do? If you haven’t, like me, had eczema all your life and think you have ‘something’… please, go see a doctor. Sheesh.

P.S I bought a Clarisonic Mia recently and have so far used 3 times in a fortnight… I think it’s actually working but I’ll post about it later when I’ve tried it a few more times!