This is a wayyyy overdued maiden post but I'm so stoked it's finally up.
It has been an unbelievable week. Many late presidents left my possession this week. Too many new polishes and accessories have taken up residency in my collection.
It all started on Monday, when I headed to Far East Plaza to check out the Konad store at #03-109B. Konad stands for Korean Nail Art, and has been around for some time. But I only got interested in it after watching some tutorials on YouTube. I already had the intention to get a starter set which includes a double-sided stamper, scraper, 1 image plate (your choice, I chose M41) and 2 5ml Special Nail Polish (again, your choice, I chose Pastel Pink and Pastel Purple). The toughest part was choosing an image plate. There are tons, like over 60, and most of them had pretty images. The store assistant was very helpful and informative. She even gave a live tutorial on how to use the kit. So that trip set me back SGD 25.90. It is worth purchasing at the store rather than the official online store, because of the shipping fee.
The very next day, I received a Gmarket daily mailer in my inbox. Lo and behold... there was a Konad image plate sale by a Konad seller! At SGD 3.90 per plate, I could NOT resist! The regular retail price of an image plate in the local stores is SGD 7.90. I got carried away and ended up ordering 16 image plates (plus SGD 7.50 for shipping). And these are shipped direct from Korea. Will do an update once they arrive.
All week, I was looking forward to visiting Smoochiezz at their showroom/warehouse at ADL all the way in the west (41 Toh Guan Road East, ADL Building) on Saturday. That's the only day of the week I'm free. While searching for the cheapest local nail polish online stores & spree organisers in Singapore, I came across Smoochiezz. A few bloggers and vloggers have reviewed Smoochiezz and hauls from their flea events. I thought they seemed really worth checking out. So on that morning, I checked their site for the address, and a latest blog update mentioned they were closed as they had an ongoing flea event at The Cathay. That's a much more convenient location! AWESOME!
I headed down, not knowing what to expect. When I got the the flea area of the mall, there was a tightcrowd gathered within Smoochiezz's area, which took up around 35% of the area. Bet all the other flea vendors were pretty bored and envious. Anyway, I narrowed in on the nail polish section and the first lot I found was China Glaze. With over 200 bottles on a wagon, it was like a treasure hunt! And it was SGD 7.00 per bottle for the regular ones (the cheapest I found online was SGD 8.50). Skipped the crackles, not my cup of tea. They had tons of cosmetics & tools too from ELF, MAC, NYX, Coastal Scents etc. which didn't really appeal to me.
On another 2 wagons were OPI. There was a bigger crowd hovering these wagons. OPIs were SGD 9.00, as well as Essie. There were also a few nail treatments, topcoats and basecoats from OPI, China Glaze, Seche and Poshé. So many good stuff, so little budget! In the end, I settled for 4 CGs, 2 Essies (my first 2 Essies EVER!), a Seche Restore (SGD 10.00), Poshé Treatment Basecoat and 3 OPIs. Just 3 OPIs cos I overheard a shopper claiming the OPIs were counterfeits (but I checked my bottles for all the signs, they look legit). Here's the haul:
I was a little disappointed with Seche Restore, not because I don't think it does its job well, but look at what it contains:
I'm pro 3-free lacquers (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP), so I don't know why I didn't check the label before I bought it. I would still consider using a non 3-free product (but not with all 3 in it!) IF it is the best at what it does, and none other comes close. Oh well.
OMG, I should not have hauled so much that day. I was expecting a large online haul of butter LONDONs that same weekend.
You see, over last weekend (23/24th July), I was researching ways and means to get butter LONDON's No More Waity, Katie online. This cult brand is not available in Singapore, and no spree organisers I've been in touch with are bringing it in. There's also a problem with shipping nail polishes into Singapore. Apparently, it is a restricted item unless you have an import license. So after much searching, the Google led me to an Australian online store called HoneyHoney. The price was so far the lowest I could find from a store that ships internationally (as compared to the cost including shipping from USA), AUD 19.80, after sale. There was No More Waity, Katie and a whole bunch of other butter LONDON colours! SCORE!! It was a huge bonus that the customer service was excellent, and handled a shipping boo-boo well beyond my wildest expectation!
Local shipping is free above AUD 50. While they do ship internationally, it was a pricey AUD 55.00. So I thought, "Hey, I have some relatives Down Under who could mail them out, or bring them over on their next trip to Singapore". They did the latter, and here they are, all 8 of them...
Might consider doing a review some time soon.
Love the way HoneyHoney packaged the goods. Love the simple but stark packagings. LOVE my very first haul of butter LONDON! They look so sleek yet so edgy, as personified by their motto; "We Believe in Rock and Roll. Great Britain. And Fashion. Long Live Nails!" LOVE their witty (and sometimes cheeky) lacquer descriptions. So this kinda culminates my long and busy week. It also perked up the start of the new week and month ahead.
Psst...butter LONDON also has a new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection out. 5 colours, although No More Waity, Katie is not really new.
Whoa, this has been a long post. Stay updated with my tweets and have a fab August!
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased with my own finances.