Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jan'11 - Week 4

Hi! It's been 2 weeks since my last update.

After spending $$$$ on a Gucci bag and the holiday sale is over, my shopping habit is a bit more tame. ^__^"

I only bought a couple of tops online last week and I also picked up the $88 Chi travel kit from my in-laws that they bought for me from Walmart.

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C&C California Cold Shoulder Tee (Orig. $68) - $19
C&C California Cowl Neck (Orig. $68) - $19

I love this brand, but they are outrageously very expensive! I guess because they are made in USA, not through 3rd world country cheap labor. I love their cotton material. It feels really good and soft against my skin. The cotton is semi-sheer, but I still can wear it alone without have to wear another layer of top under it to look proper.

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Mini Chi Pro Collection 7 pcs Travel Kit (Orig. $129.99) - $19.75

Found this deal on slickdeals forum in early January. Walmart sold this kit for $19.75 in-store! Now the price is back to $88.

I was going to skip this deal because I didn't have the time to go there. I live 30 mins from the nearest Walmart.
My hubby contacted his sister about this and she went to buy it for me. She said there's only 2 left, so she got one too. Lucky us!

The hair dryers and the flat irons from both kits work great! We're pretty lucky since I saw a few posts on Slickdeals, saying that they got defective ones.
The sleek hair dryer has low & high hot setting.
The 1" flat iron heats up pretty fast.

Travel Sized Chi Flat Iron
Travel Sized Chi Blow Dryer
Travel Sized Chi Infra Shampoo (2 oz)
Travel Sized Chi Infra Treatment Conditioner (2 oz)
Travel Sized Chi Infusion (2 oz)
Travel Sized Chi 44 Iron Guard (2 oz)
Hanging bag for carrying all of this

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Today, I picked up a couple of FREE 1.6 oz candles ($3.50 value each) from Bath & Body Works. B&BW posted the coupon on their Facebook, it valid until today only.
The fruity fragrance smells amazing!!! My fav one between the two is the Pink Sangria.

Pink Sangria:
  • A refreshing combination of zesty mandarin, raspberry and fresh blueberry, layered with the sweetness of sugar crystals.
Island Colada:
  • A delicious blend of pineapple, creamy coconut and orange, with a touch of ginger.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jan'11 - Week 2, Part 2 (Online)

Things I received in the mail this week! ☺

There's this website called, that is similar to Ruelala or Hautelook, but instead of fashion-related items, they sell home furnishing goods, 50-70% off retail price. They have nice furniture, kitchenware, pet stuff, etc for pretty good price.
A few months ago they had a promo, $25 store credit for new members. After stalking the site for a few months, finally there's one item that I could get with the credit.

Escali Sola Digital Scale (Orig. $39.99) - $9.95 shipped

This is a pretty neat scale. It's small and sleek, with built-in thermometer in Fahrenheit and Celsius. It can measures in pounds/ounces, fluid ounces, grams and millimeters. So I can use it to weigh liquid, solid food, and even to calculate postage!

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Tiger Jet 3 Mini Helicopter (Orig. $49) - $4 shipped
Mini Garden Pail Lavender (Orig. $25)- $5 shipped

Last month, a website called (it's also one of those sites that sell expensive goods for 50-70% off retail price), offered promotions that was hard to ignore, $20 automatic discount for new members, $25 referral code, and free shipping code!
I used the promos to get a lavender pot kit. It comes with soil, seeds, wood chips, and instructions. I can't wait until spring to start planting! I also used the promos to get a mini helicopter toy. Something that hubby and I can play with. ☺

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FUMI Purse Hook/Bangle - $21.24 shipped

I bought another purse hook on eBay. I once bought the cheap version, the one that looks like a button (Link). It doesn't work on thick and slippery tables. It's a pain to find it in my handbag that is always full of junk. I already lost it too.

It's pretty expensive for a purse hook, but it also works as a bracelet and as an accessory for my handbag.
When I'm not using it, I just wrap it around the handbag strap. The plain version is cheaper. I spent $ extra since I love leopard/cheetah patterns. :-P

When I tested it out the first time, I was worried that my heavy handbag would break the bracelet.
Amazingly, I can hang my handbag on it with no problem. Yah, it's supposed to be able to hold up to 25 pounds of weight! It's a good investment if you don't like putting your bags on the floor, afraid of getting it dirty.

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After waiting for 2-3 months, finally Sephora restocked the Urban Decay NAKED palette. So I bought it right away. It's out of stock 1-2 days later. It's really crazy that this palette disappears from the shelf really fast.

UD NAKED palette (Orig. $44)- $40 shipped (w/ VIB 10% off code)
+ 3 perfume samples

I love the shimmer eyeshadows. The matte ones, not so much. It's a quite expensive palette, but since there 12 shades, each e/s costs less than $4. A single UD e/s costs $17. So it's quite a bargain. I bought this because most of the times I wear neutral colors. So this palette is really made for me!

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I ordered these clothes from 3 weeks ago. I shouldn't have, but it's really hard to ignore. They had 40% off sale (now they are having 70% off sale!), plus free shipping, and $25 off of $50 offer.

After the discounts, my items costs less than $11, EACH!!

Pure & Simple Wrapped Dress (Orig. $88)

I think this dress is not that flattering for my body type, due to my big bust and short torso. But, I like the style, perfect for summer. The material of the dress is so nice quality and comfortable. The material is between cotton and rayon, and a little stretchy.

Karen Kane Print Dolman Sleeve Top (Orig. $72)

I love this top! Not sheer, lovely beige color and the prints, and love the dolman sleeves. Nice quality fabric.

Calvin Klein Foile Top w/ Petal Sleeve (Orig. $59)

This is an interesting babydoll style blouse. The pattern is boho-ish. The split sleeves won't look flattering on people with chubby or muscular arms for sure. The sleeve holes are a bit big, exposing my bra. So i'm planning to alter them.

Calvin Klein Fit & Flare Tunic Sweater (Orig. $63)

The one I bought is in oatmeal, beige-ish color, babydoll-ish style. Pretty comfy. The neckline is not that low, so I don't really need to wear a tank top under it, just like the modeled picture.

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First damage in 2011..... I blamed my BFF for this, but I must thank her too!

GUCCI Guccissima Charm Medium Tote

My friend, who is a bag addict, occasionally shows me some nice deals on designer handbags on Neiman Marcus website, asking for my opinions.

One day, I came across this Gucci leather bag on the sale section. I was panicking when I saw how good the price was, 55% off of the retail price! I immediately sent a text message to my friend and then purchased the bag without thinking it through, before it's snatched by someone else. Besides, I could cancel the order any time as long as the order was still "In Process" anyway... of course I decided to just take the plunge. Buy now, decide later.

My friend went online a moment later, and bought the bag too. She shipped it to me to avoid paying sales tax, like usual. LOL

The description from the website:

The description says the bag color is green. But, when I opened the package, I was shocked that the bag wasn't green at all. It looks black to me, which is a plus! The bag only looks dark green-ish under bright light or the sun.

Versatile color and style. The leather feels soft and luxurious.
I LOVE IT! So glad I decided to buy it! Finally I own a Gucci bag. ♥

Now, I have to go on a shopping ban for real....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jan'11 - Week 2, Part 1 (In Stores)

Last week, I had Friday off to take care of some things. My hubby took a day off too to accompany me. Then, we went to a couple of malls, and then stayed overnight at a friend's house. Lovely weekend! ☺

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So, we visited Sephora to get the free iPhone cases. We asked for an iPhone 4 case, and an iPhone 3GS case for sister-in-law's. I don't like iPhone 4 case, it only has B/W stripes on the sides. I like the design of 3GS version more.

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While hubby browsing the Apple store, I went to the VS store to check out the Semi Annual Sale.

I ended up buying a bra, it's on sale for $26.99 (Orig. $48). This bra is incredibly comfortable!
Also, the bra is actually not on sale online! (Link). It looks like I got a good deal on it!

Incredible by VS racerback bra - $26.99 (Orig. $48)

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Then, we went to H&M. I bought a sweaterdress that's on sale.

Sweaterdress - $15 (Orig. $34.50)

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Other store that we visited was GAP.

Ruched Dolman Tee - $17.15 (Orig. $24.50)

After visiting two GAP stores, I finally found this top! I had been wanting to get this top since I saw it online last month. I love the back! I bought it in bordeaux red (left). If you're planning to buy this top, get it one size smaller. It'll be more flattering and not baggy.

When I was paying, I realized I'd left my $10 coupon at home!! So bummed! :(

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So, my hubby's friend got a guest-pass to shop at the Nike employee store.
Nike employees get 50% off of everything. That's one nice perk!

So we asked him to buy us some clothes. We wish that he could get us shoes too, but we didn't know what shoes to get.

Nike Pro -Core Hyperwarm Fitted Mock-Neck Training Shirt
Gray & Red (hubby's) - $25 (Orig. $50)
Black (mine) - $28 (Orig. $55)

This training shirt keeps you warm in freezing weather. So you don't have to bundle up when you're working out or doing sports outdoor. Hubby really likes this shirt. Plus these 2, he has 3 total. He just wish he could get one in black, his fav color, but it's always sold out in his size. LOL

On the other hand, I got one in black! He was so pissed off about it. :-D
I love the half zip, so I don't feel chocked. It also have thumbholes! I love thumbholessss!!

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Update (1/15/11):

VS lowered down the prices of the bras and the panties! All bras are $15.99 and all panties are $2.99. So, hubby and I went to the mall again the following weekend to get a price adjustment, and to check out the sale (of course). I was able to get the price adjustment (Yay!), and bought some panties too.

Incredible by VS racerback bra - $15.99 (Orig. $48)
Panties - $2.99 (Oirg. $12.50 each)

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We also checked out Bath & Body Works.

Foaming Anti-Bacterial Hand Soaps - 4 for $15
Moisturizing Conditioner - $3

Hubby bought an AE waffle hoodie, with my gift card. This hoodie costs more online ($24.95). In-store, this hoodie costs $19.95 plus 30% off.

AE Waffle Full Zip Hoodie - $13.96

Monday, January 3, 2011

Jan'11 - Week 1

I ordered this from Sephora mid-December. Didn't have the time to post it up until now. Sephora offered a free mini size Marc Jacob Daisy with any purchase. I love the design of the bottle !!
I love the smell. I bought the roll on version last year, and I used it all.

Sephora Nail Polish - Vintage Sweater - $5
Marc Jacobs Daisy - Free + Free 3 perfume samples

To get the perfume, I bought a nail polish that was on sale. The nail polish quality is quite nice. I like the opaque teal color.
The total of my order was $10.95 shipped. Pretty good deal, since the perfume alone costs at least $10 on eBay.

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So many nice stuff on sale on Nordstrom Rack online!
I ended up ordering $210 worth of clothes, to avoid paying shipping fee ($200 min purchase). I ordered 2 tops, and 5 pairs of pants and jeans in multiple sizes because I didn't know which size would fit me. I don't like buying pants online because of that reason. After trying them out, I'm only keeping 1 pair of those pants, and the tops. You can return the unwanted ones to a regular Nordstrom store. ☺

Kenneth Cole New York Drawstring Pants $24.97 (Orig. $69)

Very comfy sweat/yoga pants!!

Karen Kane Cowl Neck Top $24.97 (Orig. $69)

I was hesitated to buy this top, because stripes pattern can add pounds. But, it actually it looks pretty good, I think. LOL
The material is very nice quality and soft, and I like the colwneck.

Free People 'New Kit Far Away' Cardigan $39.97 (Orig. $108)

Bottom-half of the sweater is flared-out, which kinda makes the sweater doesn't look too flattering. But, it is warm, and the knit material is not itchy. Red is my favorite color too. So it's a keeper.