Zalora Malaysia Online Shopping Haul (December 2014)

♫ Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

11.11 and 12.12 are really good days if you're looking for some sweet online shopping deals.

Take, for example, the recent 12.12 sale event by Zalora, which had items going for RM 12 with 12% off, as well as further discounts on sales items. Of course, being the Zalora stalker shopaholic that I am, I just couldn't resist checking out a few items that had been in my cart/wishlist.

As usual with Zalora's efficient delivery process, I received my purchases the very next day after I placed my order(s).

This EZRA by Zalora Cloud Nine Analogue Watch was the first thing that I added to my cart when I saw it was discounted to RM 12. It had been sitting in my wishlist for a while; I love the minimalistic design and pretty blue white color combination. It's pretty sturdy and doesn't feel 'cheap', plus it comes in a clear box which makes it great for gifting.  
【Note: Chinese usually don't give watches or clocks as gifts, as the phrase ‘giving a clock' (送钟) sounds the same as 'attending a funeral' (送终). However, if you really do give/receive one, most people would give a small amount (i.e. RM 1) to the giver in order to 'negate' the effects. Something I learnt from my elders, haha!】

Another item that was sitting in my wishlist and finally made it to the shopping cart is this Starry Cuff Ring from Something Borrowed. The different sized/coloured stars hanging from a cuff ring give it just the perfect amount of edgy and chic. Bonus points because the adjustable ring ensures that even people with chubby digits like me can wear it. (⌒_⌒;) This was RM 7 after discount.

What's a Zalora haul without clothes, right? I had my eye on this EZRA by Zalora Basic Split Shoulder Tee (I'm loving cut-out shoulder tops lately) and it was on sale at RM 19, so it was a no-brainer adding this to my shopping cart. I'm really pleased with the top, as it fits great and the material is super comfy and perfect for our Malaysian weather.

Last but not least, is this KLF MODENA Legging, which I purchased in a separate order from the 3 items above. I don't normally wear leggings, but I really liked the contrast zigzag pattern on these, and they were on sale, lol. The material is fairly thick and the quality is very good. These leggings are originally priced at RM 291.60 (like seriously? ಠ_ಠ) but I got them for  RM10.20 after discount with free shipping.

So that's my recent haul from Zalora Malaysia. Are your fingers itching to get clicking now? Use this code to get 15% off your first Zalora purchase! (。⌒∇⌒)。

Nature Republic Pastel Mint Nail Polish - Old vs New

♫ Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - 命の名前 ft. Ayaka Hirahara

It should come as no surprise that I have more nail polish than I actually need, but I strongly believe that there is no such thing as having too many nail polishes...

...especially when it comes to pretty pastel mint shades. (✿>◡<✿)

One of my absolute favourite pastel shades is Nature Republic's GR603 pastel mint polish in their old packaging, which I purchased several years ago. No matter how many mint ones I've added to my collection since then, nothing (not even China Glaze 'For Audrey') comes close to it. I was really sad to find out that Nature Republic had discontinued their old nail polish range to make way for the new repackaged versions, but a bit of Googling told me that they also had a nice pastel mint shade in the new collection, so I decided to pick it up and see whether it was the same shade in different packaging.

Besides the completely different bottle design, the old packaging nail polishes don't seem to have individual shade names, only a code, whereas the new repackaged ones have a number and name. The mint green shade of the old packaging is GR603, while the new one is #24 Mint Green.

Nature Republic nail polish: GR603 (old) vs #24 Mint Green (new)

Without having the older version to compare at the store, I thought they looked very similar. However, when you place both together side by side, it's pretty obvious even in the bottle that the older version is a brighter (lighter?) pastel shade, while the new one is slightly duskier and leans more green.

Nature Republic #24 Mint Green
Even though I prefer the older version, I think the new one is very pretty too. If you're looking for a nice pastel mint shade, I highly recommend this nail polish from Nature Republic. It's opaque in 2 coats (or 1 thick coat), applies very smoothly and dries to a beautiful glossy finish. For a pastel/mint lover like me, at RM 11.90 (you can get it cheaper during sales/promos) a bottle, I'd say it's well worth the price for such a beautiful nail colour. (✿◠‿◠)

It's December, time to flip my NRxEXO calendar~ Hello, Lay! :D

P/S: Is it just me or has every Korean brand decided to revamp their nail polish range with these bland, generic-looking cylindrical bottles? :( Etude House, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Tony Moly... Please put back all your pretty whimsical nail polish bottle designs! (╥_╥)