Cheapskate Hauls

I won’t lie, I am SO in love with Daiso I don’t think I will ever shop anywhere else again.  For those of you who might not know, it is a Japanese department-like store very similar to a $2 shop here in Australia.  In Japan they are called 99 Yen stores, and they sell everything.  Literally everything.  In Australia, all items are $2.80.  Every.  Single.  Item.  Cleaning products, stationary, homewares, snack food, art supplies, you name it.  AND beauty products and supplies.  Yay!  Plus everything is super cute because it is Japanese.

Now, since I am currently in between jobs, I am trying to modify some of my spending habits in case I am out of work for a while.  And… because if I could find a foundation that suits my skin for $2.80 instead of a regular price, ahhh hell yes I would use that.  Here is a peak at everything I bought while at Daiso:


Are you even kidding? Look at all those goodies!


So this included an eyebrow pencil, foundation, two different peach scented body sprays, one set of fake lashes, a packet of cotton buds, a charcoal face mask and an extra large 180 pack of make-up remover pads.  All for $22.40.  I did also purchase a shower curtain and some lollies.  Yum.


My second lot of goodies were from a pharmacy when I was visiting my mum, so she actually bought me these.  They were all in the discount bins, so am not sure of the cost, but I would go with cheap.  I would not normally buy Revlon products, like ever, but this was a gift so I will trial them anyway.



The mascara is Revlon CustomEyes in Black, the two nail polishes have most of their labels rubbed off unfortunately, but the orange one is Tropical (unsure of which range) and the other comes out a very translucent natural beige with a lot of gloss.  The two concealers are of the Revlon Age-Defying range and are in colours 003 Medium and 0002 Light Medium.  The other goodies hiding behind are tiny tubes of pure organic Aloe Vera Gel (bless my mum!) which come in very handy for sunburn and which I find make an excellent light hand cream during the day, for those who don’t like any greasy feeling left on their hands.

I look forward to reviewing a lot of these products for you guys in the coming weeks!  If anyone out there has any helpful money-saving tips, please comment and let us know!


Bon Appetite!




Singapore Goodies

Recently I visited Vietnam, and at the end of the trip I tagged on an overnight stay in Singapore to break up the flights home.  This also provided a fantastic opportunity for some shopping, even more so because it was over 35 degrees with what I am fairly sure was 10000% humidity and bucket loads of rain.



Well it was tropical, I’ll give it that.

I wasn’t there for all that long – only overnight – so did a bit of shopping at Bugis Mall and the Raffles City Mall.  Raffles is a bit more upmarket, includes mostly fashion, as well as a department store and a few designated boutiques dedicated to beauty products. Prices varied widely, and some items were better than Australian prices but most were not.  I searched everywhere for my favourite Lancôme foundation, but the ranges in Singapore mostly included those designed for Asian skin.  In the basement food court, I can vouch for there being delicious goodies all over the place, and quite good coffee too.

Bugis Mall has a bit of a younger, edgier feel, with more unique fashion labels and boutiques for many beauty brands.  One of these included Etude House: just about the cutest Korean brand ever with gorgeous cosmetics and skincare products.  I bought a few sheet masks from here, so I look forward to trialling them and reporting back soon!  I definitely recommend Bugis for shopping because of the range of brands and variation in prices.  I picked up a few unique clothing items here also, so definitely worth a look!

Here’s a pic of the goodies I got at Changi International Airport too:

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The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in BD20 (I would normally get B20 but I have a tan from the trip) was only $46 Singapore dollars.  In Australia it’s $75!  I should have bought three.  The image doesn’t have the box because it was squashed in my bag.  Unfortunately that was the only product with such great savings, as skincare products tended to only be a few dollars different.  Still, I saved maybe $20 between the other three items by getting them at this airport.  The other products include Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, and Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder (which I have never been able to find in Australian stores, but is rumoured to be an amazing vitamin C powder).  I am really looking forward to reviewing all these once I have trialled each properly.

Any stories about amazing steals overseas or through duty free?