Whee! I normally don’t do haul posts but since I had just made a large haul I decided to share the love! Today I bring you a RoseRose Shop haul complete with mini-review/impressions of each product. This will be a long post, so for those who’re curious stick around or if you’re not so curious feel free to wait for the full review of the products!
A while ago Priceline had a 40% off all skincare sale on and based on a friend’s recommendation, I picked this Antipodes mini set to try out their products. Best thing was it had only cost me $12! It is a limited edition set but there seemed to be a lot of stock when I was there last (a week ago?) and they are still selling these minis at Priceline. Antipodes is a New Zealand brand but I believe they are available world wide at any good department store. Their main selling point seems to be that they use organic products and that their products have been scientifically tested. Even though they did get an independent test done with fibroblast cells, I honestly would take ‘scientifically tested’ with a grain of salt. I mean applying the product to live cells and applying it to your face is very different.
But anyway, this isn’t a scientific blog! It’s a beauty/lifestyle blog, so on to more interesting things!
Wow – so sorry about the radio silence, it’s been crazily busy at Uni recently so I’ve been neglecting the blog *Sobs*. I’ve actually been meaning to do this review for about a month now and just managed to finally get it done!
Many of you may (or may not) be familiar with the Hada Labo brand. It’s a Japanese brand that focuses on simplicity and affordability (big props to the affordability point!) I had actually purchased a bottle of this cleanser while on a short trip to Taiwan (I had run out of my cleanser and didn’t have enough time to pack so I traveled all the way to Taiwan with no face wash). I mainly wanted to try it out because I had heard nothing but good things about this brand while researching Asian skin care brands and plus it said “AHA+BHA” – what more could I ask for?!
Anyway, less rambling and more reviewing!
*These products were sent to me for my consideration but it does not affect
my opinions expressed on this blog.
Wow! An actual review post this time! Today I bring you a review of an organic Paw Paw from the brand Little Bird. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Paw Paw but when I was contacted about these products I thought, why not? I’ve never really given Paw Paw products the time of day and this was a good opportunity to give it a shot.
Most Paw Paw balms contain some kind of petrochemical (ie: Petroleum jelly) but these ones are devoid of the use of petrochemicals. I can’t comment much about the “organic” claims of this product because 1) I don’t know enough and 2) even if I did know enough I’m still hesitant to spew out potentially wrong information!
On to more interesting things! The Review:
We needed a wardrobe. That was basically the first thing we said (other than “we need a bed”) when my boyfriend signed the lease so we looked high and low – searched gumtree and browsed through every single available wardrobe at Ikea. Everything we saw was either too expensive, too ugly or did not have enough storage space.
Honestly, I first got the idea for this from IkeaHackers.net – a few people had submissions of making the Expedit range into wardrobes but since Expedit has been discontinued and sold off in the bargain bin, we couldn’t find the right size. For that I gumtreed the 4×4 unit ($50 only!) and we managed to snag the 1×5 unit ($65) in the bargain bin on one incredibly busy Saturday morning.
Irrelevant: my favourite time to go to Ikea is when they’re refreshing the displays – hello bargain bin furniture!
Again, if you do attempt this hack you are fully responsible and liable for any consequences that occur as a result of making this hack.
All instructions are in the pictures, click to enlarge.
So from my previous Ikea Hack post you should know that as a condition of renting, we aren’t allowed to drill/stick/glue anything onto the walls or ceilings. The ceiling light in the bathroom was woefully inadequate so to get around that, I had decided to use the two remaining stugvik suction hooks from my previous hack to put in a wall light into the bathroom. This hack will require some electrical knowledge so please for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t attempt this hack unless you know what you’re doing! Also, you will assume all responsibility and liability if you do attempt this hack!
On to the DIY! Instructions will be in the pictures so click on them to enlarge!
*Picture heavy post ahead!*
Recently my boyfriend moved into a rented apartment and one condition was “No drilling, gluing or sticking anything to the walls and ceilings”. We thought, that’s ok – we won’t need to drill/attach anything to walls or ceilings. How every wrong we were. For one, kitchen bench space was very small and we had no where to put a knife holder that would traditionally sit on the counter top and second we didn’t really want to fork out $40-$60 for a knife holder.
Ikea stepped in at this point (pretty sure their demographic is young adults living in a rented shoe box) and we saw the Grundal magnetic knife rack. It was in short perfect – except for one tinnyyy detail. It has to be attached to a wall. Obviously we couldn’t drill into the wall but I remember seeing some bathroom suction hooks that Ikea was also selling. I decided to put the two together and Voila! knife holder without drilling into the walls and for less than $30.
Instructions are included in the pictures below! Click to enlarge.
Honestly, I’ve never got onto the Memebox bandwagon but I had recently won the Office Essentials box (they should’ve just called it the “OL* box”!) from a giveaway Chee was holding thanks to Memebox sponsoring it. This is the very first time I’m trying a box and there are some major misses but a few hits as well!
Also, because my usual camera is at my boyfriend’s new place I’ve just resorted to using a cool-toned LED lamp and the back facing Iphone camera for photos in this post! Let me know what you think! Are they noticeably potato-quality or would you not have even noticed if I didn’t mention it? Anyway! On to the unboxing~
*OL: ‘Office Lady’
Clio Gelpresso Waterproof pencil gel liner. What a mouthful! I bought these two Gelpresso pencils recently on a short trip to Taiwan and I’m just in love with them! So far all Clio products haven’t failed to impress me (see eyeliner and lip lacquer) and this is no exception!
I wanted to buy the pastel colours too but unfortunately the Watsons I was at had sold out (sad face) so I just bought Beige Shine (No. 1) and Bloody Angel (No. 14). Normally I’m not too excited about coloured eyeliners since all the ones I’ve bought have always been lacklustre and I find using eyeshadow as colour eyeliner works just as well (when combined with a good primer!) but combined with my love of Clio and rave reviews, I just had to give this a go when I saw them!
Yes, everyone – brace yourselves because here is another one of a dozen Bioderma comparison against an el cheapo version post. In all seriousness though, I can straight up tell you I love using Bioderma. My friends have complained about its lack of make up removing power but I don’t believe its meant to be used solely as a make up remover. It does say cleanser so I use it as one. You don’t expect your facial cleanser to remove make up very well so why is there so many people convinced that Bioderma is used for make up removal? I digress.
I use it after I remove my make up with a regular make up remover and then go over my face with precious, precious Bioderma to really get all the left over residue.
So now you know why I love Bioderma (in 250 words or less) – read on to find out how it stacks up against a similar product only at a fraction of the cost.