The Small Things

As much as I’ve wanted to maintain Milliefeuille on a regular basis, it’s been really tough handling just school alone – I honestly thought that I’d have better time management and more free time now, but I guess not?

I’ve blogged about how samples are my ‘小确幸/xiao que xing’ they’re part of the little things that keep me sane and just bring me a disproportionately large amount of joy in tuff times! It’s so irrational that I’d give myself an extra half an hour to get home so I could drop by Raffles City or Capitol Piazza just to collect some samples… when I can’t even give myself that extra half an hour of sleep sometimes… but hey, whatever works right?

Given so, I’d just like to share with you guys some of the great stuff I’ve received in the past couple of months – and the story of how I collected them 🙂

SULWHASOO

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I remember being particularly down that day – I don’t quite remember why, maybe it was that I’d just received my midterms grades back and they weren’t that great? So I went to google for some free samples, and it just random occurred to me that I might want to look up Sulwhasoo – and I saw that they were offering a 5-day trial for their Snowise series.

I was treated to a warm experience by the saleslady, who sat me down and let me try and explained to me what the different products were. She was especially generous with me as well, actually offering me the full ‘5 day’ trial that included 5 packets each of the Snowise Brightening Serum, Spot Treatment, Water, Cream, and Fluid, and the First Care Activating Serum EX (I’m saying this as some brands offer a ‘5 day trial’ with 1 packet of serum? Wouldn’t that be like, a misrepresentation?); I know my skin isn’t that great, so I wasn’t offended or anything but I was quite pleased that she took the time to diagnose my skin type and offered some Brightening Exfoliating Gel to me. Usually, I’d just be in a rush to get my samples and go, but given the environment… mmm, it felt like a great temporary respite.

ORIGINS

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Actually, not much of a story here. After visiting Sulwhasoo, I dropped by the Origins outlet at Robinsons Raffles City to collect it – and I left with a Platscription set including an anti-aging cleanser, powerful lifting cream, and powerful lifting neck and décolleté treatment. Ha! I actually also dropped by Lancome for some samples, but I gave those to my mum already.

FRESH

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I was having lunch with J at Nam Nam – when I remembered that I had this SMS from like, February!!! A month had passed since I’d signed up for a sample of the Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum – but I decided to head up to the store to try my luck anyway. And luck it was! The sampling offer was ending in 4 days, and I managed to get my trial bottle; I’m amazed at how generous they were with the packaging this time, it’s almost the same as the real packaging – with the glass dropper and all. It smells great too!

KIEHL’S

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THE BODY SHOP

Hm. I was heading home from one of my finals papers and I needed to grab some food – I had extra time, so I dropped by the outlet at Junction 8 to pick up the Oils of Life Sleeping Cream and Facial Oil for my mum. She purchased the oil and toner (?) recently, and thought she’d like to try the new cream. I walked in, and asked whether or not I could redeem the sample – I mean I don’t expect anything, but without saying a word the saleslady turned around, grabbed the sample, turned back around and just stuck her hand out with it to me – all without saying a word? I said thanks and she continued to remain silent and I just left (???) what an odd sales experience… Extremely different from the warm and friendly service my mum and I experienced at Raffles City previously. I also collected some Drops of Light Serum and Cream.

Also I’ve spent the past few months taking a module that includes a case study on The Body Shop and Anita Roddick – did you know that Roddick was vehemently against advertising? Just food for thought.

BELIF

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My last finals paper was on Friday, and I was at Junction 8 with my mum again! Belif posted that they were offering samples of their new mask on Insta, so I dropped by with my mum to get a set. They’re offering quite a few products from 30-50% off now – fairly good deals but I don’t need anything right now 🙂

Altogether, I received varying amounts of First Aid Deep Pore Care Mask, Peat Miracle Revital Mask, Lavender Sky Hand Cream, First Aid Overnight Skin Regeneration Mask, First Aid Anti-Hangover Soothing Mask, Hungarian Water Essence, First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask, and First Aid Aqua Rush Mask. Each set came with 6 masks/samples, and my mum and I got a different assortment 🙂

PHYSIOGEL

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I signed up for samples online, and a few days later a package arrived in my mailbox! 🙂 Some Calming Relief Face Cream, and Calming Relief Gentle Cream Cleanser.

NEULII

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I’m sure you guys all know about this! Roseroseshop came up with their own brand, Neulii, and offered to send samples to anyone who messaged them on SNS 🙂 By chance, I got 5 packets each of the AHA Vita Brightening Serum, and the Teatree BHA Blemish Control Serum. I don’t quite fancy the AHA, but I’ve been using the BHA over the past couple of weeks and I’m quite happy using it 🙂

SAMPLESTORE

I love the way SampleStore works but…. man you really have to rush when the new samples are out haha. I was lucky enough to get a few things – Labo Labo Super Moist Gel, Dove Body Wash, Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream, and Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock!

MISCELLANEOUS

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Also I finally received the Histolab 72% Azulene Complex Ampoule samples from HKC Plaza… and did you know that Her World sometimes attaches free samples to the magazine? That’s a The History of Whoo Ja Saeng Essence.

And sometimes I win some stuff from contests 🙂 I received Bioderma micellar water travel bottles, including a Hydrabio H2O, Sensibio H2O, and a Sébium H2O. Super cute 🙂

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styleXstyle’s The Little Black Beauty Box: December’s Shine Bright Box

While I’ve always wanted to subscribe to one of those monthly beauty boxes, I’ve been wary of what I’d get – beauty boxes tend aren’t particularly personalised, and you really aren’t sure what you’d get each month. For some other boxes, you just get a vague idea of what’s inside – I remember ordering a Japanese-themed Vanity Trove box quite a few years ago, and personally, I only liked a couple of products inside, and it was at least half-filled with foil sachets – no. No! I didn’t order a beauty box to receive foil samples!

That’s what I liked about The Little Black Beauty Box (known as TLBBB henceforth!) TLBBB is a uniquely-themed box is released each month, and you get to choose whether or not you want to order it. For instance, there was a Clarins-themed box in October last year.

I ordered December’s Shine Bright Box a little late (the vouchers have already expired!) on the 25th of January, and the box arrived just 2 days later on the 27th. The boxes are sold for $15.90 instead of the usual $22.90 once the vouchers have expired, and that’s fine for someone like me who doesn’t typically use vouchers.

This is what came in the box – 14 items in total!

What’s in the box:

1. Shiseido:
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  • Perfect Rouge Deluxe Sample (2.5g) (I received RS612, Gilded Wine)
  • Luminising Satin Eye Color Trio
  • White Lucent Total Brightening Serum (9ml)
  • White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
  • White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Base UV, 10ml (SGD$75 for 30ml!)
  • Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, 10ml

I’ve tried the Shiseido’s Aqualabel Special Gel Cream and the Shiseido Aqualabel Special Gel Cream (which was my favourite for years!), so it’s a good opportunity for me to try other lines in their skincare and makeup range. The deep red Gilded Wine I received is sooo vampy, and great for me to expand my lipstick collection at the moment! Not to mention my mum was kind of jealous, since it’s a Shiseido lipstick. 😛

(Cut: Strangely enough, the concentrate’s expiry date is in 2019. That’s much longer than the typical 3-year shelf-life of skincare products!)

2. NARS Nail Polish (15ml) (I received Schiap)

Every box has a random colour in it, and I received a gorgeous (and shocking!) bright pink, Schiap. NARS is a really luxe brand imo, so this full-sized polish (SGD$30 for 15ml) really came as a surprise in this box. Schiap is absolutely perfect for a Chinese New Year manicure!

3. Clé De Peau Beaute:
  • Wrinkle Correcting Concentrate (1.8ml) (not pictured)
  • Sheer Fluid Veil (0.3ml sachet)
  • Radiant Fluid Foundation (0.3ml sachet)
  • Refreshing Nourishing Emulsion (5ml)
  • Refreshing Protective Emulsion (5ml)
  • Refreshing Balancing Lotion (12ml)
  • Refreshing Cleansing Foam (6ml)

CDPB is beaaaaautiful!! While I’ve heard amazing things about their makeup, I suppose sampling their skincare range won’t hurt either! I’ll probably be passing on these products to my mum – ‘Wrinkle Correcting Concentrate’? Probably not suited for someone my age 😛

4. Vouchers (N.A. right now)

There are vouchers available for you to claim makeover sessions, and discounts from Tangs (since this is a collaboration with Tangs.), but the caveat of purchasing this box late, at $15.90, is that the vouchers no longer work.


Was this box worth it? Definitely. Since I chose to order this box, I was sure that I’d like about everything inside – in fact, I loved most of the products in the box! (save the foil sachets. Honestly, I can’t do anything with 0.3ml of product, and I’d much rather cosmetics companies leave them out.) I’m hooked right now, and I’m probably going to order more beauty boxes soon 🙂

“Haulidayin” – #2

While I was away at Grad Night, my most recent order finally arrived. I ordered some stuff off Qoo10 on 27th November, and both arrived on 2nd December – pretty fast, considering they came all the way from Seoul! My Testerkorea orders tend to take 2-3 weeks to arrive in Singapore – Qxpress is tons faster I must say.

I included my Asos swing earrings since Mary passed them to me during the sleepover. Pink faux pearl swing earrings!


1. Mizon 90% Toners (3 x 210ml for $15)

There was this great 1+1+1 deal for $15 on Qoo10, sold directly by Mizon themselves, and since I was in need of a toner I decided on this set. They’re actually ₩12,150.00 on Roseroseshop each – which would add up to around $45!! Mizon’s pricing schemes really confuse me, since their products are supposedly the cheapest on RRS… Anyway, thank goodness the toners were packaged in sealed plastic – the Bulg Rose toner leaked a little inside 😮

I’ve never tried these toners before, so I selected one of each:

  1. Witch Hazel, for ‘Pore Tightening’
  2. Camomile, for ‘Skin Soothing and Moisture’
  3. Bulg(arian) Rose, for ‘Deep Moisture and Sensitive’

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I was actually most excited for the Bulg Rose toner! I love anything remotely rose-scented – I think the only scented product I own is my rosewater spray. While they smell pretty good, I haven’t managed to try all of them yet, so I’ll post a review soon.

Mizon also packed in 2 free samples – No.1 Moist King’s Berry Mask Sheets! They actually retail for ₩2000 each.


2. Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence (3 x 50ml for $20)

I think this has been raved about more than enough online, so I won’t go into too much detail. This essence is usually compared to the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, and as such probably the Missha First Treatment Essence (I have a sample of this! I’ve yet to try it) as well. I’ll… also do a comparison of the 3 soon! Probably plus the Mizon dupe too.

My mum received a tiny 4ml sample (so cute!) of it a couple of months ago when we were shopping in the Innisfree flagship store in Ngee Ann City, and since she didn’t want it, I dumped some of it into my Missha Magic Cushion…. and then I realised I liked it. I slathered the remaining what, 1ml all over my face? and waited for results. Not sure what I expected with one use, but hey I liked it so I ordered more from Qoo10!

The essence cost me $20 for 50ml x 3, while it costs $53 for the same 150ml on innisfreeworld.com. I really love sample sized-items – they’re so much more portable, and I can keep most of the product fresh by keeping the rest away. I’d say there’s really little scent to it, as compared to many other heavily scented Innisfree products.

img_soybeanEssence_view1From Innisfree Global