Firstly, blogging is lagging behind as I struggle to keep up with the influx of thesis demands and lack of sleep 😦 I am thoroughly sick of working, though, and I can’t stop obsessing over (my lack of) blogging. Without further ado, let’s get down to business so I can finish this and concentrate on my work 😛
Thanks to a recommendation by Lil Miss Shanghai, I made my first order from COSME-DE.COM on the 19th. The order was dispatched the very next day on the 20th. Although the estimated delivery date was stated as March 29th – April 9th, I got my package yesterday on the 26th. Considering that COSME-DE is based in Hong Kong and my package was an international delivery, I am duly impressed by the delivery speed!
Here’s my mini haul:
Skin 79 Lovely Girl BB Cream and Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara
I wonder if you’re wondering why I made such a small international purchase. Most of my international hauls are quite a bit more substantial than a measly total of 2 items. (That reminds me, I haven’t posted any of my YesStyle hauls >__< despite my review)
Normally, any international hauls I make exceed anywhere from $75-150 CAD. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m usually meeting the spending limit for offers of free shipping. Although items are being sold for less in Asia, it’s meaningless if I have to pay for shipping on top of it – it would far exceed what I would need to pay were I to buy items locally. I could also technically ask my mother’s many friends who travel back and forth between Canada and HK to pick things up for me, but I’d prefer not to because she disapproves of my spending (despite the multitude of shopping she does herself). So each time, I figure I may as well reach the free shipping limit.
This is where I discovered the most wonderful thing about COSME-DE:
You can enjoy FREE shipping on ALL orders regardless of order size and destination. We offer international shipping to over 160 countries worldwide. (Except PO Boxes, APO, FPO, BFPO or any military addresses.)
Free shipping. FOR ANY ORDER.
That’s not to say there aren’t a few exceptions – they do need to keep themselves afloat, after all. For some items (probably the lower priced ones), they state that:
This product is not available for individual purchase, please pick at least 2 pieces or PURCHASE with other products.
which to be quite honest, is really not a big deal – what’s wrong with getting two of what you want anyway? All kidding aside, ordering a minimum of two items for certain products isn’t a demanding requirement at all. Toss in the free shipping and the fast delivery – it’s a shopaholic’s dream come true!
They also have a Best Value section, where they have ridiculous discounts but the items are non-returnable. All other items can be returned within 30 days, but you pay return shipping. They also have a Loyalty Discount program, where:
|Spend this month||Save next month|
|USD80.00 or above||2%|
|USD250.00 or above||4%|
|USD800.00 or above||8%|
I don’t think I’d ever go so far as to spend $800 USD in a month. Nor hopefully even $250 USD. But I suppose it’s useful for those who are buying stock online for their businesses.
I’m immensely pleased with COSME-DE and would definitely make future purchases.
Let’s talk haul now.
If you don’t know what a BB cream is, please check out my in-depth post. In short, it’s an all-in-one product meant to replace both skincare and makeup by having coverage as well as multiple skincare benefits such as anti-aging, sun protection, oil control, moisturizing, or whitening depending on the brand and formula.
I ordered Skin79’s Lovely Girl BB Cream for my sister. It comes in a lovely pink screw-top tube. Previously, I had gotten her the purple tubed Skin79 Dream Girls Beblesh Balm (still a BB cream, despite its odd name), which had few functions other than oil control, SPF 30 sun protection, and keratin control. I have never tried the Dream Girls BB Cream myself, although my sister has asked me for more BB creams – so I suppose that means she loves it.
The front of the box and tube have the same text. The back of the tube is the same as the box, but lacks the ingredient list. Click to enlarge ingredients.
Lovely Girl BB Cream is also touted to control oil, moisturize, and provide coverage. There’s no indication of sun protection that I can find, so perhaps this BB cream may be one of those rare ones that can handle flash photography. However, that could make it unsuitable for daytime use, unless you plan to be indoors all day or apply a separate sunscreen underneath. I like that there’s an option, but I probably won’t be trying this one out either, as my skin is now more dry-combination than combination-oily.
Dream Girls Beblesh Balm and Lovely Girl BB Cream are both meant to be for teenage skin, which tends to produce excess oil and doesn’t require anti-aging or whitening properties. Because they are meant for younger girls who don’t require much other than light coverage and oil control, these BB creams tend to contain the fewest skincare properties. They may still be worth it if you have combination-oily skin and are looking for a BB cream without too much fanfare.
As a side note, I would love a BB cream with all the skincare and anti-aging benefits without SPF – just so it would be wearable for flash photography, too. Unfortunately, if a BB cream has whitening properties, it will almost definitely contain SPF to protect the skin while the whitening works away. And sun protection is the primary prevention against aging, after all.
The Dejavu mascara was a purchase I’d made based off of one whispered comment on a beauty blog somewhere that listed 3 mascaras the user thought were the best. This was one of them: Imju Dejavu’s Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara (phew, what a mouthful).
Why didn’t I think of this method of comparison before?
Imju Dejavu is a Japanese brand – which explains the Japanese on the back of the tube.
Here’s the back of the packaging, which is in Chinese. I suppose it’s well-expanded into Hong Kong as well.
I can’t read either Japanese or Chinese. But according to COSME-DE:
Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara launched in 2010 and is an improved version and new formula of Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Mascara. It is well-known as one of the best-selling mascaras in Japan all the year, and is widely covered by beauty magazines in Japan.
Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long instantly transforms into wrapping firm and multiple fiber that lengthens your lashes like wearing the fake lashes, resulting in long and eye-catching makeup finish. It is adhering firm to resist sebum, water and sweat. As a result, mascara will not melt or smudge. But it could also be removed easily by warm water or makeup removers. No damage to lashes.
If any of you can translate either of the packaging languages, perhaps you can confirm the truth of their description?
It seems Dejavu and Fairy Drops are neck-in-neck for being the best-selling mascara in Japan. Another seemingly popular mascara is Kiss Me’s Heroine make Long and Curl Mascara. Kiss me is a popular Japanese drug store cosmetic brand. Not to mention I’ve heard good things about Shiseido’s Majolica Majorca Lash Expander mascara as well. I have heard rumours that all these mascaras are smudge-proof but are easily removed with warm water. Some sources say otherwise – you need a good eye makeup remover.
I’m waiting for the arrival of my sasa.com order, where I ordered Kiss Me and Fairy Drops mascaras. I want to compare them all with the Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara available locally in North America – especially since Scandal Queen has a pretty steep price (which I hauled last week with a Bare Escentuals GWP). It’ll take me a while to go through it all, but wait for this one – it should be good.
Hopefully this will curb my blogging addiction for a while. 😉