In the month of October, I went a little shopping crazy. With all the fantastic deals of Halloween, Singles Day, end of season deals...I just could not resist! Most of the pieces I got are more towards the autumn/winter seasons so I'm hoping the spring days will still see some cooler weather. This month, I have split my clothing haul into 2 parts as I have bought quite a few pieces. In this haul video, I will show you items I bought from Shein, Missguided and Princess Polly.
As always, all items will be linked down below!
My skin has been a nightmare to deal with since young. Growing up, I was unfortunately genetically curse with acne. Both my parents struggled with severe acne during puberty and even till this day, adult acne. My first taste of acne came early when I was just in year 9. After countless facials with a dermatologist every week for a couple of years, my face was as red, as sore and as horrible. It was probably the start of my declining self esteem. I found it hard to look at people because I was ashamed of my acne.
Fast forward to university, it had cleared a little but still, I suffered with many bumps covering my T-zone area primarily. Around the hairline area was the worst. In university was when I first started using makeup to try cover up. It improved my confidence, but at the expense of being 'cake face'. I was piling on the concealer, powder, foundation to cosmetically cover up. Looking back, it still looked bad, maybe even somewhat worse but it looked cakey, thick and just so unnatural. However, at that time, it was the confidence boost I needed. Towards the end of university, I went on antibiotics to treat my acne. It helped dramatically. Within months, my face had cleared up but with it, left acne scars, dry skin due to the stop of oil production and uneven texture.
Now, at the age of 26, I can safely say, those days are behind me. Not saying my skin is perfect, but it has improved leaps and bounds. I still have acne scarring and blemishes on the side of my cheeks. I used to have what I would consider oily skin type. In more recent times, I would consider my skin as combination- oilier on the T-zone and normal on the cheeks. However, I have been told that I have dehydrated skin underneath the surface. It is so ironic how my skin can be 'oily' but 'dehydrated' at the same time. For a long time now, I have been trying to find products that are suitable for combination skin to combat the oily T-zone area but still retain moisture.
Below in the video, are products I have very carefully researched into to hopefully improve my skin moisture and balance out sebum production.
Multi-Active Day Cream-Gel
Multi-Active Night Cream
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG - Reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + b5 - Attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - Niacinamide reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion and Zinc balances visible aspects of sebum activity.
Argireline 10% Solution - Improves the appearance of facial areas prone to developing dynamic folds
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone - Effective antioxidant. Reverses multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin
'Buffet' - This formula combines many different technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once
In the month of September, I did some damage to my bank account. In my defence, it is spring and I need to update my wardrobe so I feel like it is justified. I bought a few pieces from ASOS, Princess Polly, Missguided, Zara, Bershka and Charles and Keith. Also, I have started a YouTube Channel to showcase clothing and beauty hauls, and lookbooks of what I wear during each month. Please head on over to YouTube, show me some love by liking and subscribing to my channel. All items mentioned in the video will be linked down below.
Items mentioned in the video. Please click on the product to be redirected to original website for viewing.
Spring has been here for about a month now but the weather in Melbourne is just not cooperating. Although it's gloomy out about 90% of the time, that did not stop me from busting out my florals and paisley. My biggest transitional piece from Winter to Spring is an oversized denim jacket. It not only keeps you warm but it makes any outfit fine AF. It honestly ties every outfit together and goes with any style you're going for. My denim jacket is from Levis. Normally I am a XS/6 but for the look I was going for, I opted to go 2 sizes up and got a M. If you haven't already got one, you NEED one in your wardrobe.
This nude paisley print dress is from Tobi. My favourite part of the dress is the plunge neckline with tie ups. I know plunge style dresses are for bustier girls who want to flaunt what their mama gave them but I personally particularly like plunge on small busted girls. Just my opinion. A sexy element without being too exposed. The print is also so spring and that nude colour palette is everything to me. To complete my outfit, I decided to go for the Bandage Sock Boot from Missguided. It goes with the nude colour scheme and also elongates my legs which is always a bonus.
Paisley Print Dress - Tobi
Oversized Denim Jacket - Levis
Nude Bandage Sock Boots - Missguided
Pink Sunglasses - Charles and Keith
When I think of the 'Little Black Dress', a body con mini black dress comes to mind. However, that's hardly me. I've been on the hunt for a black dress which is casual, cool, yet stylish. This black corduroy halter neck dress from Tobi is perfect. The corduroy material keeps it casual, yet thick enough to keep it's shape without clinging to all the wrong places. The halter neck design gives an open back which keeps the outfit a little sexy still. And the brushed gold snap button closure all down the front creates a statement in itself. A complete outfit in a single LBD. In keeping with the black palette, I paired it with my trusty black backpack and a black perspex heeled sock boot from Tony Bianco. Alternatively, for a day out in the city, I would throw on some low black ankle boots.
Black Corduroy Dress - Tobi
Black Backpack - Tobi
Perspex Sock Boots - Tony Bianco
Yellow Tinted Sunglasses - Zaful
As much as I love a good dress that shows off my petite frame, I am not able to go past the trusted denim and tee combo. Fortunately for me, jeans is still the recommended dress code for the Melbourne weather. For the past several years, Topshop Joni jeans have been my go to when it comes to denim that fits me. However, I have a new favourite- ASOS. I love that ASOS have a petite range but even more amazing is the fact that they recently brought out a 26" length as oppose to the usual 28" for petites. In my opinion, gone are the days of skinny jeans. Mom jeans are all the rage now and I believe it to be the perfect style/fit for all body types. Since it is a Saturday, not to be cliche or anything, I choose to wear my 'Saturday' tee from Bershka. White tees is my weakness. Throw a slogan on it and it'll immediately be in my cart. For warmth, I threw on a suede full length coat from Shein. To compliment and complete the look, I accessorised with a backpack from Tobi. If you don't already own a backpack, you need to. There are so many stylish backpacks out there on the market that won't make you feel like you are reliving your primary school days. I may be biased, but if you are looking for a backpack at the moment, you need to check out the one I have. I recently got this backpack and it has already made it as a staple into my wardrobe! Not only is it black and goes with every outfit, it is also roomy enough to bring along all my 'Melbourne weather' essentials which includes my thermal bottle of hot tea to keep me extra toasty. (Extra triple points for allowing me to have my hands free to go shopping with.)
'Saturday' tee - Bershka
Mom jeans - ASOS
Suede full length coat - Sheinside
Black backpack - Tobi
Gold buckle loafers - Zaful
Yellow tinted glasses - Zaful
If you know me, you know I'm a shopaholic. And if you don't, my bank account can tell you all about it. I first started my love for online shopping years ago because of the limited and lack of fashion clothing stores in Perth. I have been shopping from ASOS long before they even stocked UK2. So you can only imagine my happiness to be introduced to online shopping cashback platform, ShopBack which pretty much pays me to shop. Whatever to justify a girl's spending right? I simply search and click on the shop I am looking for on the ShopBack site. It will open up a new tab and you shop and checkout as normal. After checking out, your cashback amount will be recorded in your ShopBack account. As cash. Not credits.
I was actually introduced to ShopBack by a friend when I first moved to Singapore. Since then, I have been making my online purchases through the site. They have over 500 merchants with categories ranging from fashion, beauty, travel and dining- all of which are relevant online stores that I have shopped at regularly. My favourites stores that you can find on ShopBack include ASOS, SheInside, Romwe, Sephora and Booking.com. The cashback amount ranges from merchant to merchant but they often offer 'supersized' cashback promotions for limited periods. The best thing about ShopBack? Cashback can be stacked on top of sales and promo codes used on the site! For example, on 11/11, ASOS had a promo code for 28% off and ShopBack had a 'supersized' cashback of 11% on top of the 28%. I know- crazy but how amazing! Apart from cashback available through ShopBack, you can also find ASOS promo codes available at ShopBack.
I know it sounds like a gimmick- make money while shopping? What? How? ShopBack acts as an intermediary between online retailers and customers. They get a commission from retailers when customers shop through ShopBack and in return, ShopBack passes on some of that onto us. It is a win-win situation for everyone! Check out the video below to see how it works and how ShopBack is able to provide the insane cashback amounts that they do.
Since signing up to ShopBack, I have been using it to make all my clothing purchases, food deliveries and travel bookings (flights & hotels). You can also check out Hotels.com discount codes and cashback for your accommodations. As every purchase I have made have gotten me cashback, I have racked up cashback in my ShopBack account that I can transfer directly into my designated bank account. Allow me to show you step-by-step how ShopBack works.
1. Head to ShopBack's site - https://www.shopback.sg
2. Using the search bar, I searched for the store I want.
3. Click on 'Shop Now'. Shop and checkout as you do. Remember to stay within the tab to checkout!
4. After your purchase, cashback can be seen in your ShopBack account.
5. Transfer it to your designated bank account. Easy!
ShopBack has revolutionised online shopping for me. Apart from getting amazing cashback amounts, ShopBack also provides coupons for some online shopping discount. Instead of googling 'promo codes 2017' everytime I shop at an online store, I simply head over to ShopBack to find the latest (and active) coupon codes.
If you haven't yet check out ShopBack, now is the time to sign up and start saving! It is easy to sign up, simple to use and cash will be in your account in no time. Amazing. You can get a $5 extra cashback if you sign up using the following link - https://www.shopback.sg/?raf=dpHm7w
Once you are signed up, you too will receive a referral link where you can invite friends to join and you will receive $5 extra cashback too when they sign up and make their first purchase.
So I will be heading on a couple of holidays in the upcoming months to colder countries. Coming from Australia and having four seasons there, I do have quite a few winter coats and jumpers but since I have been living in a tropical country for the past year and a bit, I need a winter wardrobe revamp. I will be heading to London in April, so definitely not the dead of winter but still chilly as hell. As I still have a couple of months before heading on my trip, I haven't yet committed on purchasing anything just incase I find something better in the next few months. I am currently on the look out to purchase a faux fur coat, thigh high boots, black longline coat and a sturdy pair of leather ankle boots. If you have got any suggestions of affordable, good quality winter items, please leave a comment for me to check out!
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I have been a Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid fan girl since, forever. Not only am I jealous that they are blessed with looks from the Genetic Gods but because they pull off such simple looks effortlessly. If I walked out in velvet sweatpants and a matching velvet crop top, I'd probably gain stares for all the wrong reasons. But these two, perfection.
I have picked 5 street style outfits that Gigi Hadid has rocked and no doubt, us peasants can't afford to replicate each item exactly. I have sourced through Polyvore for items that best match each piece of clothing and accessories pictured. I have tried to use items that are under $50 or are as affordable as possible. For those that I cannot find, I have found something in a similar style/trend. Well, to the best I could.
I used Polyvore's app to create each outfit layout. The app is fun and easy to create new looks. It browses Polyvore's online shop for all clothing items. Check out my other Polyvore outfit sets here!
Click on pictures below to take you to my Polyvore account where you can find links to each piece.
Outfit 1: Blacks and Blues
Outfit 2: Victoria Beckham Coat
Outfit 3: Tory Burch Coat
Outfit 4: Elizabeth James Furry Coat
Outfit 5: Nili Lotan Duster
I have always been interested in purchasing things from online wholesale e-stores but am always put off when I watch hauls on YouTube from sites such as Romwe and Shein. It is always such a hit and miss. The prices and the pictures online make it looks almost irresistible to not get but I have been holding off for awhile making a purchase. I have in the past made an order from Shein just to test out the quality and fit of such stores but was left disappointed. I did quite a big order (about 14 pieces of clothing) and probably only kept 3 items as the others were ill fitting, poor quality or just not what I expected from what I saw online. I was extremely disappointed and also that much poorer.
I have been watching quite a few haul videos in the past week and was introduced to a new wholesale site called Zaful. I have never actually come across it before last week. I found from the reviews of YouTubers, the quality and pieces seemed a lot better and of higher quality. A few of the pieces they got were actually tagged and branded with Topshop, Zara, Brandy Melville. So I assume their manufacturer might be the same as those international brands hence better quality pieces. Or maybe they just got lucky with the pieces they ordered. That being said, I had a quick check out of the site and was quite interested in a few items. So below are the items I have placed on my wish list. I have been loving floral at the moment so majority of the pieces are floral. My apologies!
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