I've been doing quite a lot of online shopping lately. Even if I don't necessarily end up making a purchase, just "window shopping" on the World Wide Web is a thrilling enough sport for me.
One of the best parts of online shopping is probably the money that you save (compared to the exorbitant "Recommended Retail Prices" physical stores slap on their merchandise here), especially if you know where to look.
Of course, the not-so-best parts are shipping prices, the heart-stopping possibility that your precious ware might get lost in delivery, and - if patience is not one of your strengths - waiting for the item to show up at your place, but...
That brings me to another "best part of online shopping" - coming home to a package with your name on it. Don't deny that that feeling brings a certain sense of excitement to all ye who has ever experienced this!
Anyway, here are some of the stuff I scored from scouring stores in cyberspace over the last couple of weeks:
China Glaze's "Capitol Colours" (inspired by The Hunger Games!) nail polish collection in Agro, Riveting and Smoke And Ashes. These babies cost around $20 (I think?) in stores, but thanks to Smoochiezz, I got my hands on them for a mere $10 each. And they're in perfectly good condition and are genuine. I couldn't wait to try them on so I coated my nails in Agro last night, and I'm so happy with how the colour looks!
(Pardon my messy manicuring skills, heh.)
The varnish has a nice thick, creamy texture that's glossy and ever-so-slightly shimmery. The colour is a to-die-for shade of khaki green that I think complements my skin tone really well :p I never knew I'd get into green nail polish but after trying a similar shade of Mavala, I am a proud convert.
Laneige's Water Sleeping Pack. Read about this product a few months ago and it was promising some pretty good stuff, and its reviews didn't seem too bad either. I was quite keen to get it for myself but it was kinda expensive (almost $40), so I refrained.
Fast forward to last week, and I saw it being offered for only $20 on Gmarket! I placed my order almost immediately, and I finally received it yesterday. I tried it last night and it was pretty cool. It has a nice, light texture that doesn't feel greasy or sticky, which is good because you're supposed to go to sleep without washing it off (it's an overnight mask).
Effect-wise, I didn't really see that much of a HUGE difference because my skin isn't in that horrible of a condition anyway, but my face did feel slightly more "plumped up" and smoother when I woke up in the morning. Guess I'll have to continue using it regularly (once or twice a week is recommended) for my complexion to achieve Song Hye-kyo status :p
(Do you think she actually uses it?) Anyway...
Travel-sized perfume atomisers. I just love these little fellas. I can spritz sweet scents on the go without having to lug the entire bottle of fragrance around with me. I got these for $8.50 each from Gmarket. Travalo's ones are over $20. Yeah, they're probably more durable (are they?) and they're slightly larger, but these get the job done and are good enough for me.
Another thing I love about them is that they're really convenient to fill up as well. You just take the spray top off the perfume bottle and pump it into the vial from below. Super easy and spill-free!
Portable mobile phone charger. This little thing is so important. Once I was out the whole day (from 8:30AM until night) and I completely forgot to charge my phone the day before because I got back late and went straight to bed! I had to run on 50% of battery for the entire day, which meant extremely reduced use (I couldn't even listen to music on the way home on the train D:). By the time I got back home there was 6% left. Ha. And I use a Samsung! If it was an iPhone the battery would've been completely depleted by lunch :p
I bought this one from Gmarket too, and it cost me around $16 including shipping, which was quite expensive, but in all I still managed to save a bit of money. As far as I've seen, portable chargers cost at least $18 in stores. And this package arrived less than a week after I made my order. And I like the simple design and pretty colour! Most portable chargers out there insist on having Hello Kitty or an awful graphic printed on it, or they're just plain boring black -_-
As you can tell, I shop at Gmarket a lot :p However, stuff I would never buy online are shoes and clothes, unless the clothing item is baggy and looks like it'll look decent on me even without trying.
What are some good [Singapore-based, preferably] stores you'd recommend?