Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Love packs, a little bit of haul + review

I have been resting at home today because of a terrible shoulder/backache that bugged me all night long :( I couldn't even lift my right arm above my shoulder or else it would start hurting! Do you guys know any remedies that will make me feel better? I've taken the painkillers and had ice/hot pads on my shoulder, but none of which helped much yet :(

But no worries, love packages in the mail and a little haul always cures everything (mentally at least :p).

I finally SWAPPED! Last month, I was browsing through Jojo's blog and noticed in her "looking for..." section that she was looking for a L'Oreal linear intense liquid eyeliner. I happen to have an unopened backup in my makeup drawer and offered to send it to her. Instead of Paypal-ing me for it, we decided to make it into a swap instead, because it's more fun that way. Since Jojo lives in New Zealand, even though she sent out the package a while ago, it took forever for it to arrive through the postal system, I was beyond ecstatic when I saw her package (still well sealed and intact) on my front porch!

When I went to New Zealand for vacation last winter, I had purchased a few Wild Ferns manuka honey items that I absolutely love. So this time, I asked her to send me some more, plus some kiwi flavored goodies. But she went above and beyond and included SO much more! She got me a set of nice smelling soaps in lanolin, honey and kiwi -- New Zealand's three most well known things. My favorite lipbalm -- Wild Ferns manuka honey lip balm, and its matching hand sanitizer which took Jojo some extra effort to find and send to me! Kiwifruit lipbalm with SPF, and a kiwifruit flavored soap. I am really interested in the mask she included, it is a thermal mud face mask, it kind of reminds me of the MAC volcanic ash mask, I can't wait to try it out! What's more is she got me my first MAC Powerpoint pencil in this lovely dark purple, a Smashbox eyeshadow trio that she was originally selling in her blogsale, AND a Majorlica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara that has been on my wish list forever! Can you imagine how excited I was when I saw it in Jojo's lovely package? She also got my favorite chocolates -- Flakes, Maltesers, and lots of yummy candies, good thing I took a picture of them right away, they are nowwhere to be seen now, the bf and I fought for our share and happily stored them in our tummies :)

Thank you for all the goodies you sent me Jojo! And thanks so much for being my FIRST swap buddy :) I also hope you liked all the stuff I sent to you!

Good things always come in pairs! I received Dana's package on the same day that I received Jojo's. I was the lucky winner to Dana's contest earlier. I feel so lucky to have won because Dana had some really awesome prizes!

Look at all those bows, I am now the proud owner of more Eki bows and GS&P hair bows, AND DSK jewelries! Yayyyyy!!! Dana also gave me some adorable bandaids with Hello Kitty on them! a few cute dangling ornaments and a pair of super cute Guess earrings. She also gave me a bunch of ELF/Costal Scents brushes, a few of which that I've been wanting to try, I love the ELF Studio Line eyeshadow C brush and the small precision brush! Both of them are super useful! Thank you so much sweetie! I also wanted to use this chance to say that I am so glad to have met you through blogger, we have been emailing back and forth a few times and getting to know each other a little better, and I feel like we are already good friends :)

Now onto some of my hauls recently:
Today I got another Sasa package. I know I know, ever since Sasa had the free shipping promotion, I've been on the site all the time checking for goodies to buy. One night, I found these -- A box of 22 sheet masks (not individually packed) that you take out as daily treatments for 5 minutes (or more). The best part is the price, they are only $8.90 (if I remember correctly) a box, for 22 masks that will last you almost a month if you use one everyday! I also really like how this mask has the little flaps that can cover up the eye area as well. Most mask I use leave too big of a hole for eyes and I always feel the bottom of my eyes aren't moisturized and nourished as well as the rest of my face. I got two boxes to try out, the top (blue) one is for whitening, and the bottom (yellow) one contains
hyaluronic acid. Also included in my package are these tiny tubes of Suisse message cream and face mask that I chose as free gifts from Sasa's point reward program. I have accumulated quite a lot of points on Sasa over the past few months, so I figured I should redeem some of the points for a few more samples to try out!


I also stopped by my school's bookstore to purchase a huge pack of special 25% cotton paper to print my Thesis on. They are so pricey (for printer papers), but it's well worth it considering that they will help me to graduate by this December, right? hehehe :) I also picked up some adorable bookmarks. The ones on the right are called "book bracelet", I've never used one before, they are so cute aren't they!

From Target, more Hello Kitty goodies, because I can never get sick of collecting anything HK related :) A whiteboard for writing down things I suddenly remember to do when I am in my vanity area doing makeup/putting on skincare, a HK bottle of handwash, HK stamps, and HK beaded bracelet/necklace that look too childish for me to wear, but I'm sure I'll find some use for them :)


At RiteAid, I bought a new lipbalm:
EOS (the evolution of smooth) lip balm in honeysuckle honeydew

This lipbalm originally sells for $3.29 at my local Rite Aid, however it was on sale this week for $1.99. I have heard about this dome-shaped lipbalm for a while now, and always wanted to get my hands on one of these mainly because of my curiosity about its interesting shape :) What also draws me to these is the fact that these lipbalms are 95% organic, 100% natural, and contains no artificial ingredients such as petrolatum and paraben! It contains shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.

At first just by looking at the packaging, I thought the rounded part that the lady in the picture put next to her lips is a roller ball, but turns out the whole dome is your lipbalm goodness! Instead of like a potted lipbalm where you have to stick your finger in to dab some onto your lips, this inverted pot makes application a lot easier.

Applied onto my lips, it feels kind of waxy, it drags a little and doesn't feel extremely smooth, but the hydration it gives lasted a long time!

Pro:
- 95% organic, 100% natural, good for people who are allergic to petrolatum and paraben.
- applies on clear: good for guys too
- smells yummy
- moisturizes for a long time
- can see how much product is left
- ergonomic design/easy to hold

Con:
- too bulky and weird to carry around in pocket
- can't get a precise application around corners of mouth
- contains no SPF

If my review didn't convince you to try it, then let Chuck Bass do!

19 comments:

  1. wow dana's package looks awesome!

    man, i need to get some masks too!

    that is one funny looking lip balm. rite aid you say? imma go check it out!

    <3

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  2. Oh man you're just so lucky!!!, that lip balm i've seen that before but pity they don't sell it in Australia I wouldn't mind trying it actually hehe :) just out of curiosity

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  3. omg so many cute stuff !
    ohh i didnt really notice dana's giveaway included dsk eki and gd&p goodies !
    congratz !haha
    nice swap !
    ohh i want maltesers now !lol

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  4. that's a lovely love package! :D Swaps are great, you get to know the person you are swapping with too
    and I hope you don't have pains anymore, so sorry to read that

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  5. oh sasa sale for the 22masks is so cheap!!!!
    nice package!

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  6. I love packages and you got some great ones there! :)

    Wow Jojo is a real sweetheart to send you all those goods! I would love to hear your thoughts on the Shiseido MM mascara, the line is so famous. Enjoy all those cool candies!

    Congratulations on winning the contest. All those prizes look really nice. So many new brushes to try out. ^^

    LOL I bought two boxes of masks myself! We think a lot of alike. :)

    Oh man I've seen that expensive thesis paper! XD But it means you're that much closer to graduating and getting your advanced degree.

    Aww the EOS lip balm is super adorable! Thanks for the review Lulu. I will keep an eye out for these, especially since Mr. Bass uses them. haha

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  7. Oh dear, I hadn't realized I wasn't following you! That's fixed now!!

    Congrats on your packages! They are such bundles of happiness!!

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  8. P.S.
    So sorry to hear about your shoulder! :( Feel better.

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  9. wooow
    so many packages! swaps are interesting :)
    The prize in that giveaway is amazing! ribbons <3

    aww i love hello kitty <3

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  10. receiving packages always cures any sickness!! lovely items from NZ and great prizes from Dana!!

    Lol during the sasa FS i was also on their website like everyday, was so tempted to order more and I did see those deals on those masks but decided not to make a 3rd order...i think i regret it now

    hope you feel better soon!

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  11. Oooh, so many goodies to look at!!!. As for remedies for your sores... What helps when I come back crazy sore from dance is that I drink a lot of milk and I take a long toasty hot bath. The calcium in the milk provides your muscles ingredients to restore muscle cells. The bath will help your muscles to relax :] I hope that helps and you feel better!

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  12. So much goodies!! & OMG! Maltesers! Those stuff rock! And congratz on winning Dana's giveaway! I was like Nooo...when I found out I lost :P I soo wanted to try those stuff. I've never owned any of them =O But hope you're having fun playing with them!

    Sasa! I want to order from them soon! ^^ Those cotton pads I wanted by Attirer were SOLD OUT! *cries*

    & great review!! The shape is definitely interesting and I love the colour of the packaging :P Though, I've never seen it in Canada

    Oh! And hope your shoulder feels better. I've had it before but I had no idea how to make it better so I just let it be and eventually it got better =P

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  13. Swaps and hauls?! (someone's jealous!)

    EOS is awesome, I'm using their shaving cream and it smells soo good :)

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  14. nice hauls!!!
    very cute HK stuffs =)

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  15. Wow, such lovely packages and hauls! I love the look of the HK stuff hehehe.

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  16. great swap u had.......and you're such a lucky girl..to win a lot of giveaways....I never won any...hehe...and nice hauls...

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  17. after reading this I went out to get the EOS yesterday, they were out of stock but good thing I know RiteAid well enough I know they have another section where they stash their lip care products and lo and behold I found 4 more. I would say the packaging is cute but the product is so so. I also read some1 post about this the other day & they mentioned it dried their lips. I also woke up with dried lips this morning. haha

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  18. nice packages! Yea, I'm not too fond of the EOS lip balm, I don't think it really does its job and its too big and bulky. I got mines for free though when they were having their promo on their website, I got mint too! lol

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  19. Omg, hahaha...Chuck Bass with the lip balm! XD My comment is late but how is your shoulder/backache, hun? Hope it is no longer an issue for you.

    How exciting it must feel to be graduating soon! :D That is the first time I've seen a book bracelet!

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