November 20, 2016

My Shopping Experience at ZaloraPH

I used to be not a fan of online shopping, I still find it more satisfying to do things the old school way - walk into a store, pick an item you fancy, try it on, pay for it and then leave the store happily.  Not to mention, more often than not - it's a hit or miss with these things. However, times have changed and most of the things that you actually fancy are now within your reach, specifically on the right side of your newsfeed, staring right back at you, with an almost imaginary flashing neon sign saying BUY ME. I'm looking at you, Zalora Facebook Ads. You're lucky if you're able to look the other way but little old me gave in the other day and here's the story of my recent purchase.

Zalora, as they call themselves, is the Asia's online fashion destination. They have been around for a while and I have had previous transactions with them, the first one was back in 2015 when I purchased the #IAmPreviewGirl Moisturising Lippie in Too Cool. I wanted to post about them then, with it being my first time to buy online and avail of their services but I guess the thought got lost along the way. My next purchases would be swimsuits from the brand called Kats Clothing which I mentioned here. During both times, I don't remember having problems with the transaction or the delivery so my record of online shopping so far is tiptop and here's to hoping it would stay that way.

So onto my latest Zalora purchase which I'm finally writing about. I got these Nose Casual Slider Mules before they sold out. I'd link it but I can't find the exact item on their website anymore, how sad. But I know what you're thinking, they are a dead-ringer for that Gucci Princetown Leather Slippers except for two very obvious things. The first one is the colour as these are white and last I checked they don't make them in black just yet. And the next one is the hefty difference between their price tags. This pair retails for Php 1249.00 and let's just say, multiply that amount by 21 times the least, that's the price for the Gucci ones right there. So I guess it's safe to say these are such a bargain especially for its style and quality. The bodice is made of leather but the soles are made of wood. And can we obsess about the rose gold detailing? Because if I've ever had second thoughts before "Add To Cart", it was a done deal when I saw a close up shot and staring right back at me are rose gold soles and dainty buckles. It was love at first sight! As for the sizing, I suggest you size up given the slip on design. I'm normally a size 37 but I got these in size 38 and they were just a perfect fit. I think if I'd gone for my normal size, I wouldn't be able to fully slide my feet in. And with all my excitement, that would've been a real downer right there!

Are they not so gorgeous! As you can probably tell, the worn out marks are already visible but that's okay since it's expected from this kind of material and style. I'm obviously very in love with them and have already given them a lot of wear out considering I've just received them a couple of weeks ago. And if I'm being honest, they're not fresh off the box when these are photographed because I wasn't able to contain my excitement to break them out. In fact, I've discovered other features of ZaloraPH because of this. Did you know you can talk to their Customer Service Crew thru chat and they answer almost automatically? I placed my order a day before the long weekend so I expected a slower movement in between but when I tracked back, there's been no update for more than 5 working days and I wanted to know what's up. I found out through our chat that it has been forwarded to their international supplier and I will be notified as soon as the shipment's been made. True enough I received a message informing me that it has been shipped and will be delivered by Zalora Express on that same day.

Few tips for the road. At Zalora, you can choose your mode of payment. Some items like this are available for COD, but you can also pay thru credit cards and Paypal accounts. Shipping fee is free when your purchase is above Php 995, so mine is for free this time around. Delivery days may vary depending on your location and since I am from the province, 5-7 working days are my default waiting time. They also have a 30 day free return policy, you can find a return slip inside your package which I was thisclose to using until my feet finally adjusted with the design and can now fully slide in without a bit of my ankle peeking outside of the soles. And lastly, I was wrong. With online shopping, you can still get that same happy feeling. When the delivery guy calls out your name and hands you your package, it's like Christmas everytime - except it's a present from me to me but I'm definitely not complaining. And thank you ZaloraPH, just another hit. I know I have yet to miss but I really hope that never happens. 

November 18, 2016

The Cold Shoulder Tops

My wardrobe is very confused at the moment. For one, it has some color in there - I know, shocker! However they're still neutrals but at least my very worn out white shirts have finally taken their much needed days off. And then secondly, I've jumped right into the latest trend there is - off the shoulder tops - which I've managed to stop doing for a while now. Well not anymore, or at least, for now.

I think you would agree with me when I say they're everywhere at the moment but for an obvious reason, since these are very flattering and fun tops you can add into your existing pile of blouses and shirts to give it a twist or a playful mix. They're all I have been wearing on loop for events and for when I go out. And I've worn them so much I've started receiving questions about where I buy them, where they are from and for how much so I thought I'd answer them all in here.

Where they are from. They're brandless. Although I can tell you the designs have been inspired by tops from Zara and ASOS mostly.

Where I buy them. From this tiangge stall located at the MRT Shaw station. You can also try buying from Zalora (here's the link!) however the price is slightly higher than that of the tiangge's (of course).

What they are made of. It varies. The striped top is made of polyester cotton, which makes the sleeves extra puffy. The next two are of chambray material that feels more like what a denim shirt would. The tube top is the only one made of cottony, stretchable material. 

For how much. Their usual price, as in the amount they tell you when you ask them straight out "Ate, magkano yun?" is Php 300, if I remember correctly. But they can go for as low as Php 200 - depending on the number of your purchases but you can usually arrive at a closed deal for Php 230 which isn't so bad at all.

The only downside. BUT a major factor is the sizes, or lack thereof. These tops are usually under the 'one size fits all' range so it's really a hit or miss if your arms will fit in the holes or if you'd be able to pull it down from your head to your neck. Or if it will fit you at all, which is such a shame.

I personally find it as a way to incorporate a bit of fun and style into your wardrobe especially if you're a working girl and you're tired of all the usual office outfits. The off the shoulder cuts are extremely flattering and refreshing without even trying. And seeing it made me embrace a trend in all of its bare bare 'em shoulders glory, I think it's safe to say, it'll also be worth your time and trip to the nearest tiangge near you even just to try if it's something you would fancy, too. Let me know how it goes!

November 13, 2016

The Brown Nudes by Maybelline

Creamy Matte | Brown Nudes
Brown Nudes | Burgundy Blush
Brown Nudes | Clay Crush
Brown Nudes | Nude Nuance
Brown Nudes | Nude Embrace

Obsessed is probably an understatement of the century as I haven't really worn anything else on my lips since these came out. The Creamy Matte Brown Nudes by Maybelline is probably one of the most awaited and most talked about lipstick collection from the brand especially here in the Philippines where you have IT Girl Georgina Wilson as your endorser. Case in point? She was wearing Nude Nuance in one of her print ads for the launch, so naturally it was the most sold out shade among the range. The rest of the shades are Nude Embrace, Daringly Nude, Clay Crush and Burgundy Blush.

The general formula of these are called creamy matte which also translates as a demi-matte, an almost-but-not-quite matte finish but with an impact of bold color to go with it. Since it's not entirely matte, it means it transfers easily and longevity isn't as long as a usual matte lipstick would be. I also find that with this particular range, the formula seems to vary depending on the shade. Let me give you a rundown...

Burgundy Blush is the darkest shade from the collection. It is a reddish brown color leaning more on the warmer side of things that the payoff almost appear like burnt leaves - the pretty kind. For a bold lip color, it doesn't bleed on the sides, however it transfers easily so blotting it off with a tissue or dusting off loose powder on top are some tricks you can apply to make it work for your lips. If you're looking for a bold statement, look no further - this shade definitely takes the cake.

Clay Crush is a shade I didn't think I'd like at first. It's nude beige with peach undertones, borderline orange in color. I find that the formula of this alone is quite flaky and unforgiving to dry lips. Since it's still matte (however demi-) and on the lighter end of things, it can highlight the traces and lines of your chapped lips - so girls, exfoliate and moisturize first. I love how the color payoff seems to instantly brighten and lift up my face with its subtle but noticeable tint of peach.

Nude Nuance has got to be my favorite, favorite - if that is even acceptable. This has been my default lip color eversince I bought in on the first day the collection launched. As much as I wanted to get everything, I can't so I swatched all 5 shades and this was the winner almost by default. It's an easy color, it's flattering and good for everyday use. It is also quite pigmented, one layer already gives off an opaque finish, so you can choose your way on how you want to apply it. Straight from the bullet always works, but I find that when you dab it onto the lips, it helps give off a more relaxed and off-duty look.

Nude Embrace is an muted nude beige that can potentially wash you out if you're a morena like me and not careful. You also need to layer it up more than the usual to get any color payoff. It's so light that it cancels and evens out the color of your lips, more like a lip concealer actually with a brown tone to it. I had to decide between this and Daringly Nude but since I wanted to go for the less forgiving - I picked this. Daringly Nude gives off a nude beige color too but with light pink tones so I knew it wasn't going to be right up my street.

Few things to add for the road. 1) You may want to wait for flash sales or sales, period. Maybelline always comes up with sale promos during the end of each season so wait it out. I bought Nude Nuance for its regular price (P299) and then came back for the 3 other shades when they went on sale, P100 off, a few weeks after; 2) sanitize and swatch the testers real-time on your lips if you can because the arm swatch can be deceiving. It will depend on your skintone and undertone so what might work as nude for me may wash you out and vice versa. You'd want to be sure than be sorry to have a new lipstick within your reach but not be able to use it at all; and lastly, 3) as if I haven't said it enough, if I can only pick one shade form this range, it'd be Nude Nuance. I reckon it will flatter any skin tone and a perfect lip colour for date nights and lunch with the ladies. It's basically easy everything - color, formula, texture and price. That's like hitting a jackpot in the lipstick territory.

November 07, 2016

MAC Fast Play Amplified Creme Lipstick

I am the kind of woman who endlessly thinks about her next MAC lipstick purchase, or any MAC purchase for that matter, even if I have no plans of buying anything at the moment. It's just a list that won't come to an end anytime soon I'm afraid, but it's also something I'm less proactive about. It's not like I walk purposely inside a mall and tell myself -- "I will buy a new MAC lipstick today". Hardly ever the case actually. I just keep a list at bay, that way when when a situation presents itself, I just tick one shade and range at a time.

At the moment, you can hardly call mine a MAC Lipstick Collection, I only have three. I have Patisserie, the pinkish nude with a lustre finish, Ruby Woo, a retro matte red and the latest addition called Fast Play, a what I like to call my-lips-but-extremely-better shade. It's a rosy pink color with brown undertones but transfers as a nude on me. The formula is an amplified creme finish by default and that explains its rich and creamy texture. It's also moisturising on the lips with a bit of gloss to it but still gives off an opaque finish even with just one swipe. It's also reasonably long lasting although I initially find the longevity a little too quick for a MAC lipstick but I find that the good ole blotting technique works especially for the amplified creme finish range. I cannot stress enough how addicting the scent of a MAC lipstick is. It's not overwhelming at all, it just smells nice and fresh. It's not really that strong but it's very distinct and you can guarantee the person next to you can smell it especially after your retouch.  

Fast Play is easily one of my favorite neutrals because the shade is very close to my natural lip color. It's an easy color with an easy formula. Although I can tell there's a drugstore dupe of this somewhere, it is still nice to have a sophisticated tube of lipstick you can carry out with you when you're out on a fancy date and you just want your lips to look and even smell better. That's a weird way of putting it out there but you know what I mean. And oh, about that next MAC purchase thing I was talking about? I'm already thinking about MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Toast & Butter, you two have just been right up on that list. See? It won't come to an end - not just yet.
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