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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Shopping: How to Shop on!

Hi guys! If you remember, I did a quick post introducing my current favourite online shopping site last month - Shopbop! Shopbop is awesome because they offer so many designer brands at affordable prices and gorgeous styles. Sometimes I can just spend hours browsing and <3-ing my favourite items for my wishlist :p

Today I'm gonna do a guide on how to shop on Shopbop. It's fairly straightforward and delivery is sooo fast! I did ask for your suggestions on what to get so here's what I decided to get in the end...

Step 1: Select your items.

I chose this gorgeous coral coloured Kate Spade Cherry Lane Stacy Wallet in the end. It's made of full leather and it's super lightweight and fits in any of my bags!

This little window should pop up once you've selected your item.

Another item that I got is this Marc by Marc Jacobs Adults Suck 13" Computer Case. Now I have a pretty laptop case to bring around instead of a bulky laptop bag!

Step 2: Checkout your shopping cart 
Once you're done selecting your desired items, proceed to "CHECKOUT" to checkout your order.

Step 3: Proceed to Shipping and choose a shipping method
Key in your shipping address first before selecting your shipping method. There are three main shipping methods with Shopbop. Each one has a different Terms & Conditions. For orders above $100, you are entitled to FREE Express Delivery Internationally! Find more shipping info HERE.

*Recommended* Free Express Delivery - Customs & Duties Tax are calculated based on the type of product, country of origin and destination. Delivery will take around 1-3 days and if the amount taxed is less than the charges, Shopbop will credit the extra amount back to your account.

Express Delivery - Customs & Duties Taxes or Import Fees are paid by the customer to the delivery carrier at the time of delivery. This method takes around 3-5 days for your parcel to arrive. 

Postal Delivery - Customs & Duties Taxes or Import Fees are paid by the customer to the delivery carrier at the time of delivery. This method takes around 7 - 20 days and is the most risky as it does not have provide package tracking.

For this round, I opted for the Free Express Delivery with an additional tax payment of 10% of my total purchase.

Step 4: Confirm your Order

At this stage, double check all your info and if you have a gift certificate, don't forget to key in your gift certificate number! 

Step 5: You're Done!!

Once you have clicked "PLACED ORDER", your order is now completed. You may opt to take a short survey and wait for Shopbop's confirmation email to be sent to you. 

Tadaaa! I really love the Free Express International Delivery cos I received my items in about 3 days only! I love how efficient Shopbop is and my items were all packaged nicely, with the invoice and authentication cards for each items included. 

Fancy getting one for yourself too? You can find more wallets HERE and laptop covers HERE.

That's not all. Shopbop has endless categories of items as well. You'll sure find something suitable for you! Check out some of my favourite categories. 

Clothing - from inner wear to formal gowns, I can't stop browsing for the latest fashion!

Shoes - From sneakers to flats to heels... Need I say more?

Accessories - Find the perfect jewelry, hair accessory or scarf to heat up your outfit!

And last but not least, my favourite category of all....
SALE!!! Shopbop is having final markdowns up to 70% on selected items! The items are available in limited sizes and quantities, so grab them fast!

I hope this post has been informative for you. I can't wait to get my next batch of items from Shopbop! Fast and convenient, just the way online shopping should be :)

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Friday 26 September 2014

Carinn x OOTD: Downtown Hippie

Today it just hit me that all my major assignments deadline fall really close to each other that I'm on the point of suffocating. Just when I thought I can relax a little after submitting one of my crappiest assignments today, another one comes along.. and another one.. and another one.... #nosleep4lyf

However, I'm determined to not let it stop me from blogging because blogging is my form of stress relief! Today will be a throwback OOTD again because I seem to have a few archived lol. This was back in July when I hung out with my gf. A day in town, just walking around aimlessly, sipping coffee in a nice little cafe, taking photos... Sigh, what I wouldn't give to have those days back

Gf suggested we visit this new cafe downtown called Bev C. I saw some photos online and realised that the colour theme is so monotonous that if I wore something colourful, I'll be sure to stand out. So i opted for monochrome instead. I realise I have a lot of floral outfits XD Also, what to do when you ran out of things to wear? Borrow your sister's. :p

Monochrome floral weater (worn as dress) - H&M // White tank dress (inner) - H&M // Vintage leather bag - a gift from Thailand // Houndstooth T-bar flats - Vincci // Dreamcatcher necklace - Kitschen (sister's) // Gold floral headband - Random instashop (sister's)

Photographer: Hui Ying
Venue: Downtown JB / Bev C Cafe

This hippie look is so chilled and laidback! It's also really comfy because of the sheer material. I think it's a nice muted contrast against the colourful paintings in town. Somehow I always love hanging out in town. Didn't go to town for a few weeks and it has transformed to a colourful street! Who says JB is boring? :p

Lastly, just ending off with some photos of me and my gf and the yummy desserts we ordered. In the blink of an eye, she's now in UK to further her studies already. My last hangout buddy in JB is not here already.. Miss you so much, can't wait for 2 years to pass! :(

I'm rushing off to an event now! It's great to be able to take some time off on a Friday night before jumping back into assignments stress again. Do remember to hype me on Lookbook if you like this hippie look yea? Happy Friday! :)

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)


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Beauty: Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayon

I just realised I've been blogging a lot this month but this is only my first beauty post of the month?? Quite amazing I would say loool. Anyway, here's a review on Taiwan's famous Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons, courtesy of Natta Cosme!

As I said before, I am a lipstick junkie so any form of lip colour be it lippies, lip stains, lip crayons or coloured lip balms etc will make me happy hehe :D But I'm also particular about the colour payoff, lasting power and because I have dry lips, the moisturising effect. Let's see how these babies score!

Always look forward to Natta Cosme's parcels cos they're always so meticulously packed!

This totally brings back some childhood memories! I was wondering why did they include a box of Faber Castell crayons for us cos uh, I thought this was supposed to be about LIP crayons only? After that, I found out that it is for Natta Cosme's Peace and Humanity Campaign and they would love for us to draw our childhood dreams & fantasies on the postcard and mail it back to them to paste on their office all. Aww! But too bad I'm bad at drawing + I have no time due to the crazy assignments this month, so I'll send in my postcard late. So sorry! Will update this space if you'd like to laugh at see my drawing haha.

So sweet of Natta Cosme! I'm sure this box of Faber Castell crayons don't cost cheap as well :o

Pleasantly surprised that we received not one, but TWO beautiful Miss Hana Crayon Lip Balms in different colours!

Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons are best suited for ladies with dry and chapped lips, especially those caused by staying in an air-conditioned room all day long. It contains ingredients such as Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Extract and Honey to keep the lips soft, supple, moist and smooth. With 5 colours to choose from, it is easy to achieve natural lip colour while repairing your dry and damaged lips at the same time! It's so soft that it will not rip off the dry skin on your lips. You can use it anywhere - at work, school or before bedtime to keep your lips tender and soft when you wake up. Even bike riders can use it to protect your lips from sand?? Lol. And this part is perfect for me.. To reduce lip-licking! A very bad habit, I know. 

Looks so fun, it's like playtime! Similar to the Miss Hana Waterproof Gel Eyeliners (read my reviews here and here), these crayon lip balms are basically just fatter versions of the eyeliners. They have the same pretty elegant pink & black packaging and plastic cap. Again, I do not really fancy the cap cos it tends to get dirty easily.

Some things to take note of.. Avoid placing at extremely high and low temperature places, and towards direct sunlight because the lip balm crayon is really soft and melts easily. Keep out of reach of children and do a skin stimulation test before use. Do not use if there are wounds, stop immediately if swelling occurs.

Swatches. The two colours look quite similar IMO!

01 Purple Sakura Season

I love that each lip balm crayon has a different design and name on it! This is 01 Purple Sakura Season, inspired by Japanese Sakuras.

I was pretty thrilled because I don't own any purple lipsticks, but it turns out, the colour is just kind of like hot pink. Still, I think it'd be a great colour to wear to parties cos it's so eye-catching!

To use, just apply evenly on your lips, just like drawing with a crayon :D You can choose to exfoliate your lips with lip scrub first. TIP: I would recommend applying some lip balm or Vaseline before applying the colour but these are already coloured lip balms and does not go well with Vaseline. In fact, it actually doesn't last as long when I apply Vaseline first.

This colour is great for the girly girls who are looking for a pop of colour in their daily makeup.

You can find this colour HERE.

02 New York Uptown Pink Girl

This colour is inspired by the busy workaholics, rushing here and there in busy New York City!

All those nights of rushing work and assignments (like me) will cause your complexion to pale. Throw on this colour for a natural look and brighter complexion! Um somehow it looks orangey on camera but trust me, it is pink in real life. Another TIP is to double up the lip balm crayon and use it as a blusher! Just dab some product on your fingers and use it as blush on the apples of your cheeks. Voila!

You can find this colour HERE.

03 Orange Twilight (BONUS)

I've also won this from blogger Angeline Tang's giveaway! Lol what luck. So I decided to show you guys this colour as well in case you're planning on getting it. Sadly, the colour doesn't show up much especially on camera... It looks almost non-existent.

...but it does look good when I take a selfie like that! I think it's all about the lighting. The colour is really bright and cheerful.

You can find this colour HERE.

Which is your favourite colour? Mine would be NY Uptown Pink Girl because it is so wearable for everyday makeup! My final thoughts on this lipbalm is that it is so, so moisturising! When I first applied it, it felt so pleasant because it glides on so smoothly. The tip is SO soft, I'm afraid it will break easily so I'll handle these crayon lip balms with care lol. The colour payoff is quite good for the pink colours, not so much for the orange. Of all the five colours, I would say they fall more into the pinks and peaches category. 

One thing I dislike about these lip balms is the smell. It smells like artificial sugar which smells good at first, but makes me want to gag after awhile LOL. The tip also tends to become blunt after awhile but this can be solved with a sharpener! Get your Miss Hana Professional Sharpener HERE. Sadly, the colour doesn't last long and wears off with eating and drinking but all in all, I am pleased with it. The moisturising effect is really good and if you notice, it doesn't emphasise my cracked lips but smoothens out the lip lines instead! I don't feel the need to keep peeling my lips with these on HAHA.

If you'd like to get these Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons, here's a piece of good news for you!

Key in the discount code 'MHSHARP' to buy Miss Hana Lip Balm Crayons at RM35 instead of the usual RM39,90! You'll also be entitled to a FREE Miss Hana Sharpener with any purchase! *expires on 15/10/2014 so act fast!

Find more Miss Hana products here. It's Time for Beauty and Happiness with Natta Cosme. Do visit Natta Cosme's websiteFacebook and Instagram for more fun and exciting promotions and contests!


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Disclaimer: Even though the products were sponsored, the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the producst. Effects and colour payoff may vary depending on individual lips condition and other factors.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Event/ Food: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2014 Media Launch

Who doesn't love food? We've all heard of food festivals all over the world but did you know we have our very own GOURMET Food Festival in Malaysia too? On Friday 12th September 2014, the 14th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival was launched officially at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. 

It was officiated by YAM Tunku Laxamana Negeri Sembilan, Tunku Naquiyudding Tuanku Ja'afar, who is also the Royal Patron of MIGF. The event started with a speech by the Organising Chairman, Dato' Steve Day before the screening of the MIGF TV commercial followed by a runway entrace by the chefs with the theme "Red Hot Chefs!" This was then followed by the "Revealing of the Festival Billboard". 

Festival Sponsors (From left)- Ms Elynn Chuah, Assistant Brand Manager of Kronenbourg, Carlsberg Malaysia; Y. Brs. Dr. Junaida Lee Abdullah, Deputy Secretary General for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture; Royal Patron Tunky Naquiyuddin Tuanky Ja'afar; Chef Wan, Celebrity Chef; Organising Chairman Dato' Steve Day; Mr Johnny Khoo, General Manager, Sales & Marketing of Fujifilm and Ms Loo Hoey Theen, Senior Manager, Marketing of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.

Throughout the event, you could see curious shoppers trying to get a look at the excitement. The event was also attended by Festival Advisory Committee members, restaurant owners, members of the media and online food writers.

Next, the event was followed by the "Review of the Festival Dishes".

The media launch then concluded with a Q&A session with the Organising Chairman, Royal Patron and Festival Sponsor - Ministry of Tourism & Culture.

Spot your favourite Red Hot Chefs' poster!

We got to walk around and take a look at the Festival Dishes as well and most of them are really too pretty to eat! Feast your eyes on these gorgeous dishes and if you'd like to see them close-up,you can take note of these important dates.

1st- 31st October 2014 - The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival
A fabulous month of Special Festive Menus in Malaysia's best restaurants 
For a list of participating restaurants, log on to

26th - 28th September 2014 - Taste MIGF (Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre) Super Gourmet Safari
26th September (11am - 4pm) - Epicure International Gourmet Village & Luxury Plus Showcase
27th & 28th September (11am - 10pm)Theatre of Cuisines (payment with Gourmet Dollars), Epicure International Gourmet Village & Luxury Plus Showcase (payment with cash & credit cards)
For more information, log on to

27th - 28th September - Taste MIGF Activities (Limited spaces, please pre-register at
Epicure Lifestyle Workshops (11am - 10pm) - Maser Chef's cooking classes and enjoy wine appreciation talks and other culinary happenings

LuxuryPlus Showcase Workshops (1pm - 8.30pm) - display of high end properties and investment opportunities

*.* Which is your favourite??

With my new friends :) 
From left: Puiyan, Mary Jane Tauyanm, Jessica, yours truly, Ashley! :D

OOTD: Top from Tanks for 5 // Midi skirt from Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid // Shoes from Taobao // Bag from LoveBag LoveBag.

We were then treated to lunch at ThirtyTwo Bistro & Bar at Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid. First time having beer in the afternoon HAHA. Too bad I didn't get to eat all the food because there was another event that I had to rush off to.

But at least I got to take a photo with Chef Wan! Been watching him on TV since young!

Can't wait to meet you girls again at the Gala Launch of TasteMIGF! :D
Update: Check out my Gala Launch experience!

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