I'm currently in the midst of filming a January/February shopping haul which is huge at the moment so it's taking awhile. It is long overdue, I know but I figured better late than never. However, I thought I'd show you the bags I've gotten in the month of February and have been loving recently. Back in the days I used to 'collect bags', my bag collection was huge but since then, I have moved on to spend more on clothing and have allowed my bag obsession to die off leaving me with hardly any bags which inspired new bag purchases last month. I bought three bags in particular that I wanted to feature on this post. There are all very affordable, has fast shipping to Australia and I'm generally impressed by the quality of them.
My favourite bag is hands down this simple, yet beautiful black beauty from Shein. At $31 (before discount codes!), you simply can't go wrong. the stitching is perfect, the size is perfect for my everyday necessities and then some and of course, that hardware latch-style closure is AMAZING. I can't rave about it enough. I have already recommended it to many of my friends. This is quite possibly my favourite purchase from Shein EVER. Which honestly says a lot considering I love Shein despite the many 'misses' I've have with their clothing products. Unfortunately, this bag is currently sold out on the website but save it in your favourites anyway as Shein often restocks popular products.
Next on my favourites list is this beautiful burgundy smooth pleather bag with a pearl on metal detail. I bought this one for more dressy outfits and was drawn to this due to the deep Burgundy colour which keeps it classy. It was a little pricey for what it is and one of the more expensive products from Shein at $37.
Finally, this navy quilted crossbody bag is from Princess Polly. It is a dupe for the Gucci Marmont Velvet Bag but I bought it because I fell in love with the colour and was on the look out for a larger style bag. The most pricey of the three bags at $65 is justifiable. It is very well made, the stitching is perfect and the hardware feels sturdy. I love the juxtiposition of how dressy this bag is and love to pair it with a casual outfit. My favourite casual outfit to wear it with on a casual day to day is a band tee with leggings.
Ever since being told the base curve of my eye is very steep and would need custom made contact lenses, I have been drawn more and more towards wearing glasses instead. My optometrist got me some yearly custom lenses which were so comfortable but eventually got incredibly drying on the eyes. Since then, I have been wearing glasses almost everyday which made me want to build up a collection of glasses. I was very surprisingly contacted by Firmoo Optical who asked if I wanted to try out a pair of glasses from them. It was beyond perfect timing as I had been looking at glasses for a very long time. Reviews online were really positive with correctly made prescription glasses, cheap frames and fast delivery. The glasses are between $23.99 to $39 USD which is very affordable with plenty of deals going on all the time such as 'Buy 1 get one 1 free', 'Free frames' and many discount codes going on at the same time.
As an asian with a non-existent nose bridge, purchasing glasses online without trying them on was scary. Lets just say, even when I walk into an optical shop to try on glasses, only about 20% of glasses fit my face and sit on my nose nicely without sliding off. So I spent a long time measuring my features, looking at the nose bridges and nose pads before finally selecting a pair of tortoise-shell glasses. After sending off my order and prescription, I was surprised by receiving the shipping notice just 2 days after and arriving at my doorstep only 3 days after shipping.
I am in love. It fits perfectly and the prescription was perfect. The nose bridge was really narrow which was absolutely god-sent for my Voldemort nose. The nose pads sits well and I love how well made the frames are, the top half is a tortoise colour and the bottom half is clear acetate. These have got to be my favourite pair of glasses at the moment and I am already back on the site, having a look at more frames to order to continue building my glasses collection. Since my private insurance have kicked it, I have also ordered three other pairs of glasses from Oscar Wylee and Clearly which I hope is also as amazing as these from Firmoo. In my next post, I will be posting my glasses collection!
Other glasses from Firmoo that I am planning on ordering soon (as you can see, I am a gold frame kind of gal):
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