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Friday, May 31, 2013

List of Free Sanitary Towel Samples for Malaysians

Kotex Sample received in 2011
A girl's first piece of sanitary towel would either be from our mother's drawers or through school events. I remembered when I was a primary school girl and a few companies came to distribute free samples. It was a fun yet embarrassing moment because you see friends who will shy away and give their pack to other friends as they do not need it "yet" and some over zealous ones who are not shy in demanding the promotion officer to give her the entire carton of samples. Yes, its true. I know of one friend who carted an entire box load of sanitary towels home. But I don't blame her since she's got like five or six sisters at home to split the loot.
Kao Laurier sample received in June 2013
Anyway, below are a list of website and Facebook pages for you to request for some samples. Some offers are available all year round (like Kotex and Libresse) while others are seasonal. Now for those of you who are still in school and a little bolder than others, you can email the companies below or message them via Facebook to come to your school. I'm pretty sure they'll be more than happy to come to your school for a little girly fun!
Note: Malaysian residence addresses required as the sample will be posted by regular mail.

Brand Name Link
Carefree https://www.facebook.com/mycarefree
This is a panty liner brand. They currently do not provide free samples but its no harm stalking their Facebook Page in the event they provide free trials in the future
Dreams http://www.sanitarydreams.com/experience.php
I have not seen this brand at any pharmacy in Malaysia and yet to receive this brand's samples. For those who have, please share your experience
IntimateTheir only official website is http://www.myintimate.com.my/contact and when you click the link for samples request they will automatically redirect you to the contact form. You can try asking via their contact form. At the moment, I have yet to receive a sample or email reply from them.
Laurier Their official webpage http://web.kao.com/my/laurier/try_sample.html or their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/kaolaurier
The free trial offer on their Facebook page actually ended not too long ago. I do not know when will their next round be, but feel free to stalk their page for updates.
LibresseYou can register for a free sample from their official webpage http://www.livelibresse.com.my/goodies.html or their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LibresseMalaysia
Like Kotex, this free sample offer is available all year round.
Kotex You can register at their official webpage https://www.kotex.com.my/en/member/register.aspx or their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/KotexMalaysia both sites are currently active. What I love about Kotex website is their offer for free sample packs are available all year round unlike other sites which are seasonal.
Sofy The official webpage http://www.sofy.com.my/promos/free-trials.php and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/sofy360
However this promotion too ended some months back. So do keep a lookout occasionally
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

List of Free Disposable Baby Diaper Samples

MamyPoko pants diaper sample received in 2011
Disposable baby diapers seems to have become an essential item for modern babies and choosing the right one can be a headache. So, here is a list of websites, Facebook pages and emails of diaper companies in Malaysia where you can try to get free samples. Please take note that a Malaysia residence address is required.

BrandContact
Babylove
PetPet
Fitti
These 3 brands belong to the same company Disposable Soft Good (M) Sdn Bhd (472990-P). Only Babylove has a direct URL - http://www.babylove.com.my/sample_request.html So you may want to try email them for some samples enquiry@dsgap.com or you can stalk their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/petpetMY for the latest news on where to get free diaper exchange. Diaper exchange events usually involves giving a bag of diapers as opposed to giving only one or two pieces samples. So do keep your eyes peeled.
DiapexAnother brand with no direct URL for samples request. But I think you can try requesting via their contact form from their official website http://www.ntpm.com.my/contactntpm.html
Drypershttp://www.drypers.com.my/Products/sample_request/
Huggieshttp://www.huggies.com.my/huggies-community/request-a-sample.aspx
MomyPoko https://www.mamypokoclub.com/product/sample_request.php
PureenNeither does this company provides a direct URL for free samples, again, you can try requesting via their contact form on their website http://pureen.com.my/Contact-Pureen/

Of the many brands above, I have MomyPoko (as posted in the past) and Drypers which I ended up using before I could do a blog post on this. It was sort of an emergency and that sample pack was the only diaper I have in hand.

Anyway, if anyone of you happens to obtain other brands that are not listed above, kindly do share in the comment box below.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Fashion Trend or Fashion Copy Cat?

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013 vs Christian Dior Spring 2013
To what I understand from the fashion world is that when a designer have a particular line for display, they'll do a runway show. And usually these shows tend to coincide with a fashion week in a particular city (ie Paris, New York) because this is the moment when many designers, critics and fans are all zeroed in one particular place. And it's usually from this runway, designers get inspiration from another to create a near identical garments. How do I know? Well, the image above and below is the strong tell tale sign.
Christian Dior Resort Collection 2012 vs Michael Kors Spring Collection 2008
So, if anyone of you have this weird feeling of "why I feel like I've seen this before somewhere?" Ha, well, I can honestly tell you that chances are you've seen it somewhere. You might drop your jaw and yell blasphemy, but the actual truth is it is quite a common issue. Some fashion designers might go all out and defend each other to say "we love inspiring each other" or "this is how we set trends". And while those high end fashion continue to inspire each other, it's good to know that some of these beautiful dresses are (or soon to be) available at your local supermarket for a fraction of the price.

Drape blouse with lace skirt: One of the pair cost £41 and the other cost £709
Tesco in house brand F&F have have their own line of copy cat fashion. Which is a good thing because you still can look chic without nuking a hole in your pocket. After all, looking at the price tag of £41 is a cool thing in the UK, however over here in Malaysia you'll be staring at approximately MYR190! NOW, you can yell blasphemy. I really don't like exchange rates. This only shows how small our Malaysian currency rates are. It is a sad thing that Malaysia's currency is shrinking and I see all those really nice dresses selling at reasonable prices overseas is just jaw dropping expensive over here.
Floral Dress : One of these cost £20 while the other £585
Perhaps this is why some mid range fashion over in the US or Europe ends up being a high end fashion over here. Maybe if I have taken up sewing or fashion design, I could have saved lots of money (or even made a handsome profit) by having my own label of affordable fashion...

To find out which dress is the cheaper one click here.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Online Shop Review: Ebay

Disclaimer: The reviews on the online shop are my personal experience while purchasing products/services. I do not get paid by the reviewed shop/seller. I am not responsible for any loss, damage or loss of profits that may result from reading my review. In particular, I am unable to accept any responsibility or liability in the unlikely event of a dispute between vendor and purchaser. It is you (the reader's) responsibility alone to check the vendor's credibility, quality of merchandise and method of payment.

Company Name: Ebay 

Seller ID: timesaviour

URL: http://myworld.ebay.com/timesaviour/

First Purchase Date: 17 April 2013

Subsequent Purchase: 0

I have been shopping at online stores for quite some time and the convenience of it is just marvelous. If Ebay is a real place with real people selling their wares in one real spot, I think it could be the largest physical marketplace on Earth. And walking around bargain hunting would most likely be an occupation by itself!
Ebay - screen shot

Anyway, dear hubby just got a new phone and was looking for an aftermarket casing for it. We tried looking around cell phone stores around Penang but no one carried that particular model and even if they do, the quality was poor and the price was just exorbitant! After wasting nearly two Sundays hunting for it, I suggested to hubby that we scour at Ebay instead.
Package arrived

Now hubby is no stranger to shopping at Ebay so he very much knows how to spot a credible seller. I don’t go to Ebay on my own because I’m not sure if the seller is genuine or not particularly when the products they sell are just ridiculously low! Many years ago, I was pretty much hooked on Ebay because the prices are just way too good to be true. And I have learnt my lesson; a three ringgit lesson that is. Two years ago, I saw knitting yarns sold from China for only a few US cents. I bought 1USD worth (about MYR3) and it never arrived. I asked hubby to email and enquire, they kept telling us to wait and wait. And after the 3rd email or so, they never reply. I gave them the worst rating possible and lodge a report to Ebay against them. I didn’t get back my money because it was past the 45 days waiting period, but that didn’t matter so much. It was more of a principal – I felt cheated.
Nokia Lumia N920 casing (left) and screen protector (right)

So did hubby’s purchase arrive? Yes, indeed! It was sent via regular air mail hence it took nearly a week to arrive and there was no tracking number (only registered mail has tracking number and the shipping price would most likely cost double). The casing arrived in a padded brown envelope. That way, whatever that is inside will not get crushed easily. The condition of the casing is brand new and looks very much alike what we saw on Ebay. When hubby bought the original phone, it came with a screen protector. So he kept this extra screen protector just in case. Overall, hubby is happy with his new casing and rather proud to know that it’s cheaper than what local cell phone accessory stores are selling!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Arts and Craft Supplies from Daiso One Utama

Daiso Japan Mascot
Apart from stalking Mr. DIY, my other cheap haunt is Daiso Japan. As long as there is an Aeon shopping mall in Malaysia, there would be a Daiso too. Everything is sold at MYR5 (it’s a 100-yen chain shop in Japan) and for some items it is a real bargain! If you are a regular at Daiso Queensbay Mall, you might notice a small TV by the entrance with a program about Daiso in Japan. If I ever have the chance to go to Japan, I’m sure to make a pilgrimage there as the size of the store is HUGE!

Daiso Malaysia - my mini haul
Anyway, I was back in Petaling Jaya sometime end of April, so I took the opportunity to stop by Daiso One Utama. While there are Daiso in Penang Queensbay Mall and Bandar Perda, but the size of the shop is smaller and the variety of product is just scarce (comparing to Daiso One Utama). Since everything is sold at MYR5, it’s quite easy to over spurge – imagine nail polish and Japanese themed letter pad with envelope for only MYR5! Consider me lucky that I didn’t blow a hole in my purse. Firstly was due to the credit card machine giving the sales personnel a headache (forcing many to pay cash) and secondly, there was only a miserable MYR30 left in my wallet. It really is inconvenient when my personal ATM is not with me.

Daiso - circular knitting needles
So this is what I want to highlight in particular – 40cm circular bamboo knitting needle (4.5mm and 6mm) for only MYR5 each! Yes, I know! So cheap! The last circular needle I bought some months back cost me nearly MYR15! I could have bought 3 from Daiso had I knew earlier. Apart from circular needles, they also have straight needles and double pointed needles all made from bamboo. The yarns however do not come cheap; for a mere 30grams at MYR5. And for a child’s garment I would require somewhere between 10-20 balls of yarns which would cost me MYR50-100! Apart from yarns and knitting needles, they also carry cotton cloths and felt cloths for crafts. It is a real bummer that I did not see this in Daiso Queensbay Mall branch.

And while I was reading Daiso Japan’s official website (click here) I came to know of their USA California branch offers online transactions! I wonder when the Malaysian branch will have the same offer too. I mean it would be great for online shoppers like me to get my hands on their latest product without the need to worry for items being available at certain branches only.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Product Review: Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++

I got this small tube of sample in my mail last week and my first response was (my apologies to those working in Bioré) –I don’t read Japanese. The product brochure came in bi-lingual of English and Chinese. But the direction of usage and ingredients written on the sample tube itself is in Japanese. Thou if I may add, I find their website more informative than what is on the brochure.
Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++
Blemish Balm cream or BB cream for short is an all in one product – tinted moisturizer, make-up base (foundation/primer) and sunblock. Basically with a BB Cream is really handy for those who do not like putting too many creams/balms/lotion on their face on a daily basis. Most BB Cream in the market is oil based making the product sticky or greasy to the user. And it is a hassle to remove oil based products from the face particularly if you, like me have oily skin.
Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++ - Ingredients (in Japanese)
The name of the product Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++says it all; water based cream tinted moisturizer with sunblock. This light beige colored cream blends well onto the skin – just like a water base product would. And if you are worried about smell, fret not as this drug store brand product has something tangy up its sleeves – citrus smell. Personally I think it smells more like pomelo/pummelo (Citrus maxima) than orange/lemon type of citrus. Nonetheless, I like the smell –at least it is better than chemical smells!
Bioré - Hand swatch
Personally, I do like it very much particularly it is water base. After wearing it the whole day I don’t look like I’ve just dunk my face in a bowl of oil! I have oily T-zone hence it will be oily in this particular region however; I did not find the need to blot my face very often as the amount of secretion is rather minimal. Removing the Bioré AQUA Rich Water Based BB Cream is an ease. Since I have been habitually practicing double cleansing (first round with milk cleanser and second round with gel) I do not have any problems removing this BB Cream. I do not use foam cleaners as it makes my face rather dry. I would definitely recommend this to those with oily skin to give this product a try since I am liking it very much!
Bioré - Results
Now according to Bioré official website, this BB Cream retails at RM32.90 for 33 a grams tube and is available at all major supermarkets, hypermarkets and pharmacies. If you are interested to try before you buy, click LIKE on Bioré Malaysia’s official Facebook page and click on their apps to apply for a free sample today (while stocks last). Once you’ve gotten your sample, do give Bioré a feedback on what you think of their Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++.

UPDATE 23 MAY 2013

The very nice people at Biore has sent me the list of ingredients in English.
Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Methicone, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891

UPDATE 9 JUNE 2013

Bioré AQUA Rich Watery BB SPF50+/PA+++ is on sale in Guardian for MYR27.88. I am not sure how long this sales will go, so do hurry for those you have tried and love it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Lilac Box #3


Last Saturday, I received the third issue of The Lilac Box. And once again, the Tazmanian devil in me took hold of the packaging and ripped it apart like no body’s business. Despite being his spouse for so long, he still finds it peculiar on how I treat my presents and it only gets worse when I do not know its’ contents. When I saw the lace on the box, I sort of balk my eyes a little - my lingerie! Thou the colors are not the same but I had a hunch there was something French inside.
The Lilac Box #3
So I popped open the lid and behold the beautiful contents of this third box filled nearly to the brim. Now before I get into the details, I was actually worried sick because a fellow Lilacan (a subscriber) voiced her disappointment hours before I received mine. Maybe she was expecting Vin Diesel or Brat Pitt squeezed into that little khaki colored box but got a cross between Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Reno instead. True to my first guess is Box #3 has a French connection (and I was screaming “parle pas Français”) as almost all the products are French with the exception of Max Factor (Polish founded currently owned by American consumer goods giant P&G).

The Lilac Box #3 : Over View
But this is after all a blind date. You’ll never know what’s on the inside until you open your eyes. Overall, I do love the fact that the samples provided are large enough to last me more than a week and it is cool to know that there are 6 brands in this time around. I did drool over the 200ml bottle of Fresh Rose Shower Gel by Yves Rocher and do hope that everyone else got the same sized bottle. It does feel a little “unfair” as to what happened in Box #2 that only a lucky few received super sized oil while others did not – particularly when everyone paid the same.

However, Payot is the only brand that gave a 1ml sachet of ‘Special 5’ and ‘Pate Grise’ each; I can only use once. And what worse would it be when Mount Vesuvius erupts a day after use! So with a big pimple under my chin, Max Factor’s sachets of foundation have been sitting on my dressing table for the rest of the week.

I’ll just go over the individual products but not make a review since there are some I’ve yet to try.

Yves Rocher - Fresh Rose Shower Gel


The Lilac Box #3: Yves Rocher Fresh Rose Shower Gel

Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical Relaxing Balm


The Lilac Box #3: Phyto Hair Balm

Payot Pate Grise and Speciale 5


The Lilac Box #3: Payot

Max Factor Ageless Elixir
 Foundation + Serum

The Lilac Box #3: Max Factor Foundation


See by Chloe


The Lilac Box #3: Chloe See Perfume

Bador HSR Lifiting Extra Firming Cream

The Lilac Box #3: Bador Firming Cream

So, I bought box #1, skipped box #2 and then buys box #3. Will I buy box #4? Honestly, I think this blind date has come to an end for me. I know those guys have tried really hard to please everyone. But it’s not easy to make all happy at the same time. I think the problem lies with me since I did have greater expectations since I’ve been following them on Facebook for quite some time and even got myself a free eye gel courtesy of Talika and The Lilac Box. Merci Beaucoup!

Perhaps if there would be a crazy chance that Lilacans have the special option to choose one brand to be included in their next subscription; I may just change my mind. I know the work would be a lot harder packing each box differently, as there would be 4 identical items while the 5th is Lilacans’ choice. Try imagining the very feeling to know that my choice of Burberry is somewhere in there, yet I would die of curiosity over the Lilacan who opted for Chanel instead! On the other hand, what happens when I found out that the Chanel product was more uber than the Burberry? C’est la vie chère~!