Sally Hansen Nail Polish Haul [Indonesia]

So I went to Indonesia for 2 months. That explained my “disappearance” in December and January. But don’t worry, I’m back.

In Indonesia, I bought some nail polishes. A set of 3 Sally Hansen nail polish and also their acrylic base coat, which I have been wanting to try for a while. I knew that some Guardian stores (a drugstore in Indonesia) sells Sally Hansen products but I only just found out that Sogo (a major department store) actually sells them. The price is significantly lower than Australia so I had to get a few.

Nail Polishes

Nail Polishes

The three Complete Salon Manicure polishes came in a box set for Rp. 290 000,- or about AUD $29.

I wore Wine Not and Golden Rule for Chinese New Year:

Sally Hansen

Chinese New Year Nails – Wine Not & Golden Rule

And I wore Cherry Up for Valentine’s Day:

Sally Hansen

Valentine’s Day Nails – Cherry Up

I absolutely love the consistency and brush of this Sally Hansen line for doing an all-over colour since the brush is flat and wide. So if you’re not into flat, wide nail polish brushes, you might not be into this.

The line also claims that it is a base coat as well as a top coat. Though I always use a base coat and top coat still even when using the complete salon manicure.

I used this base coat underneath my valentine’s day nails and I’m not sure if it was the base coat or some outside-forces (i.e. I may have been working more with water, etc lately) but the staying power is not as great as my usual manicures. I will have to try it again and make up my mind later…

Have you gone nail polish shopping lately?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

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I Love Coconuts!

It’s no secret to my family that I LOVE COCONUT. I always have since I was very very young. And I’m talking about 5 years old young. It was all well and good when I was living in Indonesia. Coconuts are everywhere there! When I moved to Australia, I couldn’t enjoy coconuts whenever I want anymore, and when I can, the price is steep!

So over the years I’ve come across several different types of coconuts here.

Bottled Coconut Drink

Bottled Coconut Drink

Cap of Bottled Coconut Drink

Cap of Bottled Coconut Drink

I had heard from a few people that this bottle of coconut drink is really good. The packaging is certainly attractive and I especially love how the cap says “Happiness in a bottle”. However I have to say that this is one of the worst coconut drink I’ve tasted. It’s sweet and does not taste like young coconut. There is “meat” (pulp) in it but it’s hard and very small…

Frozen Coconut from Asian Grocery Store

Frozen Coconut from Asian Grocery Store

This is my favourite on-the-go coconut drink. You get these things from some asian grocery store. We found some at Lucky in North Bridge the other day. You keep these cups in the freezer and there’s instructions on the cup on how to prepare it. What I usually do is put the opened cup in the microwave for about a minute.

There’s also frozen coconut drink that comes in little baggies. I feel like this kind irritates my throat so I stopped buying that.

Real fresh coconut

Real fresh coconut

Nothing beats the actual thing of course so here’s a real fresh coconut. It’s a Thai coconut that you can find in markets and I believe some supermarkets or Asian grocers. They’re still different from the green coconut back home but hey, this is all I got for now!

This particular one was my coconut drink at a restaurant here in Perth, so they opened it for me but it was very pricey. However you can easily buy these coconuts for a lot cheaper ($3 for 2 coconuts rather than the $4.90 coconut in the picture above) at grocery stores and markets and  open it yourself! I admit I tried to open it without instructions and oh dear it didn’t go well at all. However after watching a youtube video, it turned out to be pretty easy 🙂

How to open a coconut? Watch this video:

 

Who else loves coconuts?

Lots of smiles,

-Sita

Current Loves: Cheerios and Soy Milk?

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

As you probably all know, I am Asian. Just like a lot of Asians, my food has to have taste. A lot of taste. During my 10 years of being in this western country of Australia, I have slightly adapted to the much more muted tastes of the food here – though I still prefer my tasty Asian food.

I had the hardest time trying to find a good cereal and milk that I like (other than those really sweet unhealthy cereals like coco pops, fruit loops, etc). I hated milk back home (since it’s very hard for us to get fresh milk and we are stuck with long life, sweetened milk or powdered milk) and I am definitely a very picky milk consumer even today. Australia’s fresh milk is a lot better than the milk we get in Indonesia – by far. But I still don’t “reach” for milk when I open the fridge.

The Milk

Recently, people hyping different types of milk. Soy milk and almond milk just to name a few. Some prefers these types of milk compared to the normal dairy milk because of the health benefits but I drink it literally because I like them better. I only managed to take pictures of the long life soy milks but I have since switched to the ones they sell at the chilled section next to all the dairy milks (I think these are more fresh and less preservatives?).

I also ventured to try the regular soy milk vs 99.9% fat free. As many would have guessed, the regular taste a lot better. The fat free version to me tasted like water when I tried it with cereal. But hey, I finished the carton nonetheless. But I think I will stick to the regular version better.

And then I compared regular soy milk to their almond milk and that just tasted like sugar water but not in a sickening way, if that makes sense. Plus, the almond milk is not available in what I perceive to be a more fresh version (the chilled version) so I am sticking to the soy milk.

I also recently finished another kind of soy milk which my mum found at the chilled section – the Vitasoy Calci Plus. Strangely, this one tastes like cereal – like oats – similar in taste to the regular soy milk mixed with cereal.

The Cereal

Cheerios. Hm… This thing is seriously UNDERRATED and definitely something is missing from their marketing. The packaging and the colour of the cereal itself doesn’t look very “fun” nor is it appealing to its main target audience, whom from what I gather from their advertisements on TV, are little kids. To me the packaging appeals more to people in their 20s or 30s. My perceptions when I saw these at the supermarket were that I thought they were going to taste really plain – like cornflakes or plain rice bubbles. And then the ads got me thinking, if these are marketed for young kids, they SHOULD taste good… So the next time they were on discount, I tried one.

It was the BEST cereal I’d ever had! It’s slightly sweet – but not overly sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s healthier than those cereals I previously eat – at least this one’s got a large wholegrain percentage. And combined with soy milk – heavenly.

I also tried the honey version and that just has less wholegrain percentage and tastes all just the same.

So, what will I continue to buy?

I am definitely sticking to the regular Cheerios for cereal since they are healthier and the taste is no different to the honey version. As for milk, I will buy whatever is cheapest out of the soy milks (not the fat free one) at the chilled section. I love them all! And when they do get almond milk in the chilled section, I will put them into consideration too (I will still buy whatever is the cheapest)!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated, sponsored or compensated in any way from any of the brands mentioned, showed, or linked.

Thankyou: The Coles and Woolworths Campaign

 

Thankyou_logo_2012

So I have seen Thankyou waters here and there but I don’t really know what they’re about so I haven’t really been buying them. Though I do know that they somehow benefit some kind of charity/those who are less fortunate. However, this video was on my Facebook feed today and I admit at first I thought Coles and Woolworths (the two largest retail grocery stores in Australia) were working together to make this happen when in fact, Thankyou is a separate organisation that is trying to get Coles and Woolworths to stock their products on their shelves.

This is what I understand the program to be: essentially, Thankyou wants to empower Australians by giving them the opportunity and link to fund projects to get fresh water for those living in less fortunate countries and possibly living in poverty. I’m probably not explaining this very well (sorry!) but you can go to their website for more information about their movement.

Thankyou wants us to show how we feel about them selling products at Coles and Woolworths and of course I’m ALL FOR IT. In the video, they mentioned that they will price it competitively and many great people are on board in creating the products to make sure that their products are at least on par or better than their competitors. If all that is true, I feel like switching as much of my necessities as possible to the Thankyou brand.

It’s so easy to join this campaign. To join, Thankyou suggested to either make and post a video or simply post a quick comment on either or both of Coles and Woolworths‘ Facebook pages expressing your opinion. As for me? Well, I’m posting this on my blog and I will share this blog post on both retailers’ Facebook pages.

Although the readers of this blog is nowhere near a significant number, I just thought this is worth sharing anyway.

I hope you’ve been having a great day and I’ll post again soon!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

–Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Thankyou brand in any way and all oppinions are my own. I am just an ordinary supporter of Thankyou and its causes.

DIY: My Neighbour Totoro Shoes

Hello hello so this was my Sunday Arvo / Rainy Day project yesterday – TOTORO SHOES!

I’d seen a few pictures on Pinterest on grey shoes decorated with the Totoro theme. Being an anime & totoro fan myself, I decided to give it a go on these AUD$3.50 K-Mart shoes. Really you can’t go wrong with a $3.50 pair of shoes. Worst case, it looks ugly and you throw away $3.50 with some experience on DIY-ing a shoe.

Here’s how I did it:

Face Inspiration

Face Inspiration From Pinterest

Materials:

  1. A pair of grey shoes,
  2. White paint (I used acrylic paint since that’s what I have at home)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Black ballpoint
  5. Toothpick
  6. Paper
Spirits Inspiration

Spirits Inspiration From Pinterest

Method:

TOTORO:

  1. Prepare the picture of Totoro you want to add to the shoe i.e. I used this image. You can either print or do what I did: trace this straight from my screen on to paper. It turned out to be the perfect size for where I want to put the drawing.
  2. Cut out the totoro outline
  3. Trace the outline onto your shoe. You can be as detailed or as simplistic as you want.
  4. Mark dots on the shoe of where the eye, nose, mouth are supposed to be. I did this by placing the template on to the shoe and then folding where I have to mark. I marked the top of the eyes, a dash for the nose, and a dot at the top, bottom, left and right of the mouth.
  5. Finish the outlines with ballpoint – this means draw 2 circles for the eyes and connect the dots on the mouth and I added the teeth lines here
  6. Paint the whites and wait to dry (time of drying depends on paint type) – eyes & mouth
  7. Outline everything with sharpie!

SPIRITS:

  1. Draw hairy black blobs – I drew them like how I would draw daisies since the sharpie bleeds a little.
  2. Draw eyes on the blobs using a toothpick (or you can use anything with a point) dipped in a little bit of your white paint.
  3. Wait for it to dry and you’re done!

Here’s the results:

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

This probably took me half an hour to do not including the wait time. Outlining the drawing takes literally 1 minute.

This was a very easy, quick & cheap DIY. You can also use this method not only to do Totoro shoes but for any design!

What do you guys think?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion update + Galaxy Pot!

Hello everyone!

I am back here today with an update on the 6 garlics and Mr. Ronion that I planted about a month ago (view first post here). They’ve all grown really well!

6 Garlics

6 Garlics

I just water them every couple/few days now and I also put in a sprinkle of Epsom Salt. Just cause, I feel like it. Now I am not a plant expert in ANY way. In fact these are probably my first real pots. If anyone have any tips related to any of this please do let me know!

Mr. Ronion

Mr. Ronion

Just about a week ago, my mum decided she wanted me to plant more stuff. I planted more garlics (2 different kinds) and another red onion. We decided to put it all in one pot this time though and I got my little sister to name the whole pot. She named it Galaxy Pot.

Galaxy Pot's plastic knife sign

Galaxy Pot’s plastic knife sign

Internet, meet Galaxy Pot:

Galaxy Pot

Galaxy Pot

Grow plants grow~! That’s all I’m hoping. Maybe we’ll be able to eat these at the end of the year!

Anyway, wishing you a very good week and I’ll post again soon!

 

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Haul: Nail polishes + Swatches

Nail Polish Haul

Nail Polish Haul

So, I went a on a little white nail-polish hunt yesterday. I’ve actually been looking for a good white nail polish for a while and as you might know from my last post that included a white Sally Hansen, I was pretty disappointed due to its streaky-ness. I typically think that nail polish is a low-involvement product that is relatively cheap (the ones I buy anyway) so I never really research on what brand has the best stuff. However, I decided a few days ago that I would do my research before I went in stores. I found that most of the recommendations were to get OPI’s Alpine Snow and some suggest other brands like China Glaze, Sinful Colours as well as other brands that are not even easily accessible in Australia. Actually, from all the brands above, the only really accessible brand is OPI. But I refuse to pay more than $10 for a colour nail polish so OPI was definitely out of the question (unless there’s a crazy discount on them) as it retails for AU$19.95 here in Australia. The only accessible drugstore brand here in Australia that I saw people had suggested was Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal & White On, Models Prefer Make A Million.
Photograph taken under white LED light.

I don’t typically buy Sally Hansen’s colour nail polishes as the cheapest retails for between AU$6-7. However, Priceline had a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free! So I took a leap of faith and bought the white nail polish and got myself a gunmetal colour as my 2nd item. So that’s 2 nail polishes for $6.95 (or about $3.50 each).

I previously owned a Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Polish in Flirt (#38) which I used to use quite often (it’s not with me at the moment hence I can’t wear it right now) so the consistency didn’t really surprise me. It’s a little thicker than my Revlon polishes and the Models Prefer nail polish but I think it works quite well.

Sally Hansen “White On” is exactly what it is. A white creme polish. I don’t know what else to say about this other than it is white, shiny and I love it. I think the shine takes the “I-have-white-out-on-my-finger-nails” look away and I am actually considering painting all of my 10 fingers in white.

I applied a base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat. Photograph taken under yellow light indoor

Base coat, 2 layers of colour and Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat.
Photograph taken under yellow light.

Gunmetal” I picked up because it is almost winter here in Australia and I love me some good dark coloured nail polishes. It seems like winter is the more-appropriate season to wear dark polishes (but hey, I wear whatever colour I feel like whenever I feel like it). It’s got a slightly purple undertone and a slight shimer. The name fits the colour – it looks like a gunmetal colour.

As I was walking around Priceline after I’d picked out the two nail polishes, I saw that Models Prefer had a promotion going on too. It was a free blender sponge every time you purchase at least 1 product. I’ve never tried a beauty blender and I am a sucker for nail polish and VOILA! I got sucked into buying this really pretty light bronze/gold colour even though it costs $5.99 ($1 over my limit). However ended up being my favourite nail colour I’ve ever had so far. And the bonus blender sponge is probably worth more than $1.

To me this colour screams out luxury and expensiveness. It’s subtle enough to wear everyday but I’d imagine it would look fabulous with a champagne-coloured, shimery but elegant dress or to dress up a little black dress.

Models Prefer Make a Million + Bonus Blender Sponge

Models Prefer Make a Million + Blender Sponge

The formula is wonderful! It’s got a thin but opaque consistency and it’s got a really really big brush which I actually kind of like. It applied really well and it has a smooth finish.

I also bought a few other things which I might mention in another post but this was all the nail polishes! All in all I was really happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to wear these polishes again and again!

Let me know what you think of the colours and if you have any of them, do let me know what you think of them!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Family Brand Rubbing Alcohol

Hello again smiley faces!

I hope you are all well.

Today I would like to talk about Rubbing Alcohol. I have recently learnt that this not-so-expensive product is actually very versatile and useful.

Before that though, I want to say that there are cheaper rubbing alcohols around rather than the Isocol brand (the one with the dinosaur on it) they sell at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Though that one is probably the most convenient one to get. However, I don’t know about you but I refuse to pay AUD$10 for one bottle of this stuff.

I actually wanted to get some rubbing alcohol since a while ago but I thought that I still had some at home. Being quite unfamiliar with the stuff, I had no idea that they have an expiry date nor did I know much use of them other than cleaning cuts (which I never do) and to clean walls before you stick things (like hooks) on it. So, long story short, my supply at home was “expired” and I had to throw it out (I searched online whether they can still be used for general cleaning around the house but they all said that the chemicals have somehow changed or something – sorry not a chemist). But again, I didn’t want to spend another $10 to get the bottle which most of its contents will probably end up in the bin again like the last one.

Luckily enough, I held out buying it long enough to come across this particular brand at the asian grocery store at Canning Valle (Perth) which costed me around $5 a bottle. The bottle looks pretty similar if you ask me. Green, same size. Just different brand/sticker and a different lid (click here to see what the Isocol rubbing alcohol looks like).

So what “other uses” did I manage to find for rubbing alcohol?

Personally, I used it to fix my broken blush like one of the many tutorials around on YouTube. The easiest (and laziest, but in a good way) is probably Kandee Johnson’s tutorial. But you can search many others on the internet or if you prefer, a video version on YouTube.

But I also found all these other ways to use it which I have yet to try (but I’d imagine it’d be useful). Here are some of them:

  • Clean your phone (wipe down)
  • Erase permanent markers
  • Clean white boards
  • Make shape-able ice-packs
  • Clean bathroom fixtures (chromes)
  • Clean hairspray off mirrors (although I don’t even own a hairspray right now)

So I hope this post will benefit at least ONE person out there and I’ll post another post soon!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Meet 6 Garlic & Mr. ROnion

Hello hello! I hope you are having an awesome weekend so far. I’m just here to quickly introduce you to my 6 garlic and Mr. ROnion!

6 Garlic is a pot of 6 garlic (obviously) and Mr. ROnion is a red onion in a separate pot. I saw so many posts about planting garlic on Pinterest and so I wanted to give it a try.

I’m not much of a green thumb but I thought I’d give planting garlic and onions a go. I’m in to try lots of things at the moment! #YOLO. I’ve just been following a few instructions from the internet. I put them on my patio (with a roof) and water them about twice a week since it is autumn here in the lower half of Australia. I also sprinkled a little tiny bit of Epsom salt on top of it the other day as fertiliser. If anyone has any tips, do let me know!

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Yes, I am so creative I write details on some extra plastic spoons we had laying around the house from takeaways and such. *sarcasm*

Anyway I will probably write update blogs on these two pots every now and then!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

 

Lots of Smiles,

Sita Carolina

 

Glad I have you: Leather Puncher

Hello lovely smiles,

Leather puncher in its packaging

Leather puncher in its packaging

About a month ago, as some of you might remember, I bought an AUD$1 belt at a sale about a month ago and they were way too big for me. I talked about getting a leather puncher so I can customise the belt to my size. Well, I’m telling you today I’m glad I decided to buy this little gadget! Now, I can surf the sales all I want and since my size is normally the one that is gone first (XS/S) and therefore found it hard to buy belts on crazy sales in the past. Now, I can buy larger belt sizes and will still be able to wear them!

If you are petite in build like me, then I definitely recommend this investment. I suggest buying the revolving one with multiple sized “punchers” (for lack of a better word – I don’t know what you’d call them) since different belts will require different sizes. Especially those fastened with a push button.

I researched DIY alternatives and they are very tedious, uncertain and the results are not satisfying at all! (messy, rough, etc) Trust me, $10 will be paid back in a flash! (e.g. I recently bought a supposedly $14 belt for $1 which was too big and I had to punch a few extra holes with my leather puncher at home. Now, I think by having the leather puncher, I saved $13 — BAM! Leather puncher paid back.)

Revolving leather puncher - multi-sized puncher

Revolving leather puncher – multi-sized puncher

A great tip if you are in AustraliaDO NOT buy this from Spotlight. I tried finding something like this there and it costs AUD$25+. I luckily went to Bunnings (a home-improvement/hardware store) shortly after and found this one that I bought for a little less than AUD$10.

Leather puncher packaging

Leather puncher packaging

I also searched online and found nothing worthy of buying less than $8. And that didn’t include shipping either. The wait times for delivery and such were around 1 month. Totally would have costed me more than $10.

hole comparisons

Holes originally on the belt vs holes I made using the Leather Puncher

UPDATED: here is the hole comparisons – original holes vs punched holes. In my opinion the holes are really neat and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you stare at them really well. With my black belt, I had to make the hole bigger since I didn’t want to even attempt to make the slits.

If you would like to use this, then make sure you start from a hole that is a little smaller in size than what you think it might be. If you made a mistake in judging, you can always go bigger, but not smaller.

So that is all smileys, I hope you found this useful!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita