Unboxing BoxGreen!

Let me just caveat this upfront: This is not a sponsored post and I paid for my own box myself.

My sister calls me a squirrel these days. I’m all about granola, healthy snacks and nuts. Dadster used to sneak into my room and scurry off with spoils but now, he slinks in and quietly retreats because he says, “you eat hamster food.”

Anyway, while subscription box frenzy is slowly dying, I didn’t see the hurry to hop onto the bandwagon.

Initially, BoxGreen started out with surprise snacks I think. I am not one for unknown – I need to know what I am paying for. With the new plan they rolled out: your choice of 4 snacks (3 packs of 30g each) in each box, I thought, why not?

My box was shipped out maybe 2 business days after I carted out and took 3 business days to reach me.

Shipping was free for me but costs $1.70 for BoxGreen


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I kind of enjoy shopping but I’m not one to purchase big ticket items except for maybe the geeky stuff. I would splurge any day over a new gadget such as tablet/e-reader/camera than to get a Miu Miu. I think to date, the only branded thing I own is probably my 21st Kate Spade wallet from my JC besties.

I’m in between sizes so it gets kind of annoying for me when I purchase clothes. I got this cutie when I was in Hanoi. So in places such as Bugis Street where you aren’t allowed to try clothes, I’ll whip my ladybug out for a quick measure. It’s super useful in Bangkok too.

My grandma tends to nag at me whenever I purchase new things. It is pretty amazing how alert and sharp her mind is when she puts her mind to it. I need to be especially sneaky these days. Well, my wardrobe now kinda looks like Niagara falls of cloths and I own… maybe 6 pairs of boots.

The trick is smuggling and no plastic bags! I’ll usually stuff my new loots into my bag that I’m carrying. When I do online shopping, I’ll have them send to my bestie’s place or to my office. With shoes, it tends to get a little trickier. I’ve learnt that the key is to come home super late and quietly, hide the shoebox and plastic bag somewhere and place the new shoes in the shoe cupboard so it looked like it belonged there all the while.

I tend to get a little panicky whenever I make new purchases because it means being sneaky or incurring the dowager empress’s nagging.

Good buys: Humble Beginnings

If you’re a fan of Humble Beginnings and you happen to be in Malaysia, try having the cakes be delivered to you and bring it back to Singapore instead.

Eight pieces of vanilla crepe goodness

Layers of vanilla crepe

The base price for the cake and delivery price are much cheaper in Malaysia than Singapore.

Base price of cakes
Malaysia: 72RM (based on exchange rate of 2.42) = approx 29SGD
Singapore: 58SGD

Delivery prices
Malaysia (Penang island, mainland Penang, Johor, KL, Petaling Jaya: approx RM10-15/2.42 = approx 4.13 to 6.19SGD
Singapore: 10SGD flat

Check out the layers!

Good buys: Benefit Cosmetics Finding Mr Bright

If you’re looking to purchase Benefit Cosmetics, why not try joining a spree?

I did some research to check out how much I would save if I purchase this beauty kit, Finding Mr Bright, online as opposed to at the local Sephora Store.

The product at Sephora store costs: SGD51

At Benefit website: USD27.99 based on 1.33 (USD exchange rate) will cost: SGD$37.23. If you join a spree (shoppers cobbling online to save on shipping costs) as Benefit offers free international shipping above USD150, you basically pay postage within Singapore (about $2?). The total costs will add up to approx $39.23

You save about $12 which buys you… about 4 plates of chicken rice. Or two McDonald’s meals with one ice cream cone and some coins to spare. Or 11 Milo packets at Cheers convenience store.

Finding Mr Bright – four mini sized products

Good buys: Cotton On Online

If your skin is really thin like mine Рmy feet bruise very easily, you might want to consider getting lousy albeit comfortable shoes from Cotton On/ Rubi. My feet bruise and blister at the slightest discomfort which hurts too much to dance so whenever I purchase shoes, I have to be super careful.

Instead of getting shoes from Rubi retail outlets, try shipping from Cotton On Asia. The shoes are dirt cheap on sale but of course, don’t expect them to last very long. I bought seven pairs of basic flats at $5 each. Which means… approx the cost of about 1 wanton mee and 1 teh peng. I also got accessories such as socks, bracelets and cool foldable sunnies at $2 each.

Cotton On routinely has discount codes so their website so do check them out. I used a discount code that entitled free shipping. Shipping is otherwise, only $7.50 flat throughout Singapore.

Good buys: Name card case

I’m a fan of online shopping because it means that I don’t have to head out to the shopping centres and squeeze with the crowd. With Internet banking, it has become really easy to buy goods online.

I chanced upon this mini briefcase which makes a perfect name card case. What a perfect conversation starter too! However, I don’t think the buckles will last very long. This cost S$10.90 with free normal postage. I think this will make a good gift as well.

I got this from Qoo10.sg. This is available in five colours: Red, blue, black, silver and gold.

Pretty colour

Pop the buckles to open

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Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream

Quick tip: The next time you’re in Malaysia or Thailand, you might want to consider stocking up on the BB cream if you’re using this brand. It costs about 6-8SGD in Malaysia/Thailand instead of Singapore’s retail price of $16 approx.

You can get it at any Watson/Guardian outlet. Do check that the product is new and unopened.

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream (first from right)

Favourite Gmarket/ Qoo10 links

And so… I’ve been asked to share some Gmarket/ Qoo10 links that I’ve bought from previously so here they are.

Each Gmarket listing is typically a “store” with many listings that change prices from time to time according to discounts. I would suggest checking out the “store” to check out which listing is the cheapest because most of these listings are duplicates. However, some pricier items may not be listed on the discounted price listings.

1. Dance harem pants: Tomatoma

2. Wide selection of tops including some familiar UK pieces: Starblink

3. Korean tops and bottoms: Bebuying

4. Korean bags and lots of lingerie: Nana Beauty Shop

5. Lingerie and Body shapers: Great buy deals

My BB creams stash

If you still have no idea of what BB creams here, I don’t know what planet you might have been on. BB creams are all the rage now. This¬†good blog entry explains very clearly what BB creams here.

I jumped on the BB Cream wagon sometime early this year. Previously, I was using just Foundation alone and I felt that it was too thick for daily coverage. I was getting a lot of small little pimple bumps that aren’t pimples and were super hard to get rid off. My skin seldom needed the thicker coverage foundation provided as well, so I thought, perhaps BB cream will be the answer.

Since I was a newbie at this, I thought I would try different BB creams to see which suit me best. Some of the BB creams were gifted to me (I am a blessed child, thank you) and some I bought them myself.

From left to Right: Missha Perfect Cover, Pure Beauty Jasmine Water BB cream, Bio-essence Bio-Multi Effect and Maybelline Clear Smooth

My favourite for everyday wear would definitely be the Maybelline Clear Smooth because it was long lasting and had good oil control. I liked the Jasmine Water as well because it gave me very dewy complexion. Missha and the Bio essence are good for heavier coverage days – I like to layer on foundation on top because both are a little too fair for me. Missha definitely lives up to its name – Perfect coverage indeed.

I’m a lazy bum when it comes to make up removal so for a while, I battled with complete make up removal. I was so tired after dance most of the times I would remove my make up haphazardly. This is a BIG no-no if you don’t want black heads. BB creams clog your pores very easily if you do not remove them entirely.

Remember kids – remove your make up entirely or suffer a strawberry nose!