Pokémon x Its' Demo Cosmetics Haul

清水翔太 (Shota Shimizu) - Love

As a huge fan of Pokémon back in the 90's and 00's, I watched the animations, played the game (on an emulator), and collected a bunch of merch. So imagine my excitement when I got wind of the new Pokémon x Its' Demo collection, which not only includes cosmetics but also stationery and household items. Long story short, when the collection launched online in May, I quickly placed an order through a Japan-based shopping service to get several items, which promptly arrived at my doorstep two weeks later.

I know you're here to take a peep at what I snagged from the collection, so let's cut straight to the chase. These are the items in my Pokémon 💓 Its' Demo haul:

Welcome to LauraLeia.com!


I finally got my own domain!

My inner voice is rolling its eyes and saying "About time."

Anyway, it's finally done, and I'm proud to announce that www.lauraleia.com is now up and running!

What took me so long to get a .com?
Procrastination. I probably should've gotten it back when I was still actively blogging and attending events, but at that time I simply didn't see the need to put money into getting a domain, and didn't have the resources to do so.

Why lauraleia.com?
Well, at this point, it's pretty obvious to me. Creating a brand name is important, and like it or not, the name LauraLeia has stuck with me for a pretty long time now. Might as well make good use of it. ;)

Why now?
To be honest, I decided to get this domain mainly because...
  • of kiasu-ism - what if somebody took my domain name?!
  • I wanted to revive my blogging activities and share my interests with others
  • it would help me discover another technical aspect of blogging and websites (blogging taught me basic HTML skills, haha)
  • it's the next step to building my own personal writing portfolio

I know it's pretty basic and all, but to me, it's enough (for now). Thanks for sticking around even through the long hiatus, and I hope you'll enjoy the posts to come. 

Let's Celebrate Althea's 1st Birthday! ♥

♫ 五月天 - 派对动物

Wow! Can you believe it's been only a year since Althea Korea was introduced? I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get early bird access to their online store, which sells Korean cosmetics and skincare, and until now I am still super impressed by the range of products, affordable prices and excellent customer service offered by the Althea team.

Well, Althea is celebrating its 1st birthday on 20th July 2016, and you're invited! (๑>◡<๑) From 20th to 31st July, 2016, Althea is having a whole host of great deals and promotions that you definitely won't want to miss!

Review: Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop

♫ JONGHYUN (종현) - Dress Up

A few months back, Laneige released 4 new shades of its innovative Two Tone Lip Bar, as well as the new Two Tone Shadow Bar. The Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop, in particular, was sold out as soon as it was released, due to the fact that it was used by Song Hye Kyo in the highly popular Descendants of the Sun k-drama.

I was lucky enough to snag one online from Laneige Malaysia when it was restocked, but never got around to share my thoughts about it - until now. (Procrastination is a scary thing, lol) Cut to the chase, let's get on with the swatches and review! :D

Sephora Malaysia Black Card Sale Haul

♫ EXO - Monster

Let's begin by saying... I don't really shop at Sephora. *le gasp*  

Wait, hear me out. What I mean to say is, Sephora is really fun and amazing and there are plenty of outlets in the Klang Valley that I can easily visit, but my inner scrooge simply cannot in good conscience pay full price for an item that I know I can get for cheaper elsewhere. *coughonlinecough* Which is why when Sephora Malaysia had its Black Card member sales last month, I couldn't resist taking a look, and ended up buying a few things from its online store that I may or may not need. (⌒_⌒;)

Review: Mentholatum Sugar Lip Lipbalm in 02 Dancing Pink & 04 Rock'n Pink

♫ Bebe Rexha - No Broken Hearts (ft. Nicki Minaj)

Well, it's been a while since I last used a lip balm, so I was rather interested to find these Mentholatum Sugar Lip lip balms at my doorstep a couple months back.

Its formulation features brown sugar in the recipe, which works to nourish and smoothen your lips. It also acts as a natural humectant that seals in moisture and keeps lips feeling hydrated. Makes sense, as most - if not all - homemade lip scrubs have brown sugar as the main ingredient. I received two out of the four shades available in Malaysia: 02 Dancing Pink and 04 Rock'n Pink.