First Taobao Haul of 2019 (With Links!)

♫ 莊心妍- 好可惜

It feels strange to be back on the blog after such a long hiatus. They say life always has ups and downs; so if 2018 was my high, then 2019 is definitely my low. It's devastating when somebody you loved suddenly becomes a total stranger, but as long as they're well and happy, that's all that matters. Or so that's what you tell yourself, as you listen to a bunch of sad songs on repeat.


Well, you're not here for a sob story. You're here to see what you can score from Taobao, so let's get to it.

Denim Platform Booties
Frankly, I don't need another pair of shoes - denim, booties, platforms, or otherwise - but these were too cheap and cute to pass on. These were surprisingly comfortable, lightweight, and sturdy (for the price), and the colour is easy to match most outfits too. The heel is about 7cm, which gives enough of a height boost. Grab the few remaining pairs here, or check out the store for more footwear at bargain prices!

11-piece Magnetic Makeup Brush Set with Metal Frame
I've always wanted a set of magnetic makeup brushes ever since Pony released her collection back in 2016, but it was too expensive for me to justify buying the set, since I hardly use eyeshadows. This set caught my eye during Taobao's Women's Day 淘宝女王节 sales, so I YOLO-ed and went for it. I must say, it's a really good buy, as the brushes are soft and well-made, the metal frame is solid, and the magnetic ends adhere really well. What I love most is the fact that you can stand the brushes up the right way, and also stick them upside down after cleaning. They're available in 2 colours and 2 frame designs here.

Jinbesan iPhone XS Casing
I'm totally crazy about this cute little whale shark character from San-X called Jinbesan. Couldn't resist getting this phone casing - why else would you buy an iPhone if not to change its 'clothes' every week, right? (I kid, I kid. iPhones are great for plenty of other reasons too.)

Jinbesan Printed Tote Bag
Remember how I mentioned I'm crazy about Jinbesan? Well.... I also decided to randomly buy this printed tote bag because why not, right? There were so many designs, it was honestly quite difficult to choose just one...
That's my super adorable and super squishy Jinbesan plushie at the top right!

Grace Gift x Sailor Moon Crystal Bag
Another item I'd been eyeing for a while now, this Grace Gift x Sailor Moon Crystal collaboration bag had been on my radar since it was launched last year, but couldn't bring myself to check out from cart. It went on sale during the Women's Day frenzy, plus there were extra discounts with certain minimum spend, so I bit the bullet and bought it from the official Tmall store.
To be honest, I was a little taken aback by the actual colour of the bag at first, because I expected it to be a pastel pink shade as shown in the photos, instead of the dusty, muted peachy-pink tone that it actually was. I admit it took me some time to get used to the colour, but after inspecting the bag and all, I find it to be a very pretty, age-appropriate colour that can be easily suited for a variety of occasions and outfits.
The bag itself is very roomy, consisting of two big compartments and a smaller item slot inside each. The gold-toned Sailor Moon-inspired hardware goes well with the otona kawaii (adult cute) look of the bag, and the leather/chain sling strap further complements the design. Made from PU leather, this medium-sized bag is sturdy and can comfortably fit most ladies' essential items.

Avengers: Endgame Quantum Realm Suit Inspired Jacket
Okay, so technically this jacket was purchased in my second Taobao haul after the Women's Day haul, but I decided to include it anyway, since Avengers: Endgame isn't out until later this month and Chinese manufacturers are crazy fast in producing stuff based solely on the movie trailer, lol. This jacket is a unisex design in male sizing, so for me, the M size fit nicely but was a tad long in the torso and arms. It's made from some sort of smooth, silky material which is just nice to stay warm in a cold cinema, and the designs are printed on. There are several designs to choose from, and include tops as well as track bottoms. I am totally ready for the epic 3-hour movie!

Yep, so that's about it for my Taobao haul so far. I'm looking forward to a shipment of Jinbesan products from Japan sometime this week, as well as a small Sephora haul, so I may update those too.

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