Lee Hwa Jewellery: Of Buddha Diamonds and Vanda Pendants

l’ve received a couple of emails recently regarding Lee Hwa Jewellery’s new and supposedly innovative collections. First up, there are the Buddha Diamonds.

Buddha Diamond

These Buddha Diamonds are developed by Munich-based Schreiner Fine Jewellery and are shaped to represent a meditating Buddha. Each Buddha Diamond has up to 58 facets and is sculpted from a single rough diamond. This diamond – which is internationally patented – takes ten times longer to cut compared to a normal diamond. The range also includes earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Honestly, I find it lacks the ‘wow’ factor for me:

Buddha Diamond earrings, anyone?

Buddha Diamond earings

The full range of Buddha Diamonds will be available at the Lee Hwa Diamond Promenade (ION Orchard), while Buddha Diamond In Glass will be available in all other Lee Hwa Jewellery boutiques from end April 2015 onwards.

What IS pretty, though, is the Vanda pendant!  :)

Lee Hwa Jewellery Vanda Pendant

Vanda’s design incorporates Lee Hwa Jewellery’s signature 19k Purple Gold™, accompanied by rose and white gold. Also, there are several dozen round white diamonds, purple amethysts and pink tourmalines combined with a round solitaire diamond on the orchid’s lip. The Vanda pendant probably looks best on the rose gold chain.. The Vanda Pendant is available at Lee Hwa Jewellery boutiques in ION Orchard, Suntec City, and VivoCity from June 2015. Each limited edition Vanda pendant comes with its own individual serial number. If you really like jewellery fashioned to look like orchids, you can also check out Risis’ collection here. Very tempting indeed.

Arrived: The SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty Limited Edition Sets

SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty

These have to be the highlight of my day! :) The 3 limited edition sets that I ordered have arrived today. These SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty plushies are just too adorable. I can’t wait to take them out and snap some pretty pictures!

There were just 1000 sets for sale, and they were all sold out within 12 hours. This is truly a collection to treasure because SG50 only happens once.

And here’s a size comparison of the SG50 kitty with one of those from McDonald’s in the past:

SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty

And they come with a certificate and lanyard too :)

SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty

As for the stamps, it’s pretty obvious they are just for collectors to keep and admire from time to time. I don’t think anyone will be able to rip one out and stick it onto an envelope. Ha!

SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty stamps

Did you get a set too?

Maku Store Singapore’s Hot Pink Sling Bag

Maku Store Singapore

Back when I was working for someone else, I’d always get bags in dull and drab colors, namely, black and brown. It’s been a while since I quit my job in 2011… and my bags and accessories are all getting bolder and brighter in color, just the way I like them. I used to carry an agnes b handbag back when I was working for Adam Khoo. I still have that bag but I probably use it just once a year. I am now in love with bags in vibrant shades that are a delightful pop of color to match any outfit. :D This sling bag in hot pink from Maku Store Singapore is one of them.

The two clasps in front can give you a little bit of trouble if you are carrying many shopping bags but need to get your ezlink card or wallet out of the bag. :D Otherwise, it’s great, with an additional zip inside to ensure the bag’s contents do not fall out.

Maku Store Singapore

Also, there’s an inner compartment (zipped) in the middle, and another by the side. The usual phone and card slots are in there too. The presence of the inner compartment means I can’t place a slightly more bulky item into the bag, such as a book, for instance. But for everything else, there should be space. I’ve had an umbrella, wallet, phone, Sonny Angel toys, and tissue in the bag.

And it comes with another compartment at the back – can place that ezlink card in here. And of course, that all important sling comes with the bag too. :)

Maku Store Singapore

Reader privilege: Get a discount when you shop at Maku Store Singapore (#03-20 Bugis Junction) just by quoting my name / blog name. Check in-store for more details. :)

Maku Store Singapore’s Beautiful Pastel-Colored Sling Bag :)

Maku Store Singapore

Yes, I have yet another new bag from Maku Store Singapore! It comes in a combination of 3 beautiful pastel shades that makes me think of macarons, for some reason. :D And pictured above are my Sonny Angels, and some macaron erasers from Smiggle Singapore. Aren’t they all just too adorable?

This sling bag is just the perfect size for dates and meetup with pals, when I don’t want to carry a bag that is too big or heavy. This one is just right, and makes me carefully consider what I want to put inside.

Maku Store Singapore

There’s a compartment at the back (as you see above) and it comes with a detachable sling which you can remove if you want to carry this as a handbag.

*Sudden brainwave: Instead of using the sling, I can hook on a little dangly accessory by the side. I’ll definitely have to look out for either a furball or hello kitty one. Hehehe.

And here’s what I had in the bag for this shoot. There’s my umbrella, a book (which I will review soon), my Maku Store limited edition wallet and a powerbank from Julie’s Biscuits! :) And of course, my handphone will fit in there too, except that I used my phone to take these pictures.

Maku Store Singapore

The bag also has an inner zipped compartment and some card and phone slots too. I usually stick my ezlink card and a tube of eyelash glue into those slots.

Maku Store Singapore

This is definitely one pretty bag you will want to treasure. To check out this design, and many more others, pop by Maku Store Singapore at Bugis Junction #03-20 and be sure to quote my name / blog name for exclusive discounts and privileges. And don’t forget to check out the limited edition items in store. For barely any difference in price, you can be the sole owner of that particular design (bag, wallet, etc) in Singapore! Yes, no one else has this particular wallet featured above. *WINK*

Soufeel: Beautiful Personalized Charms For Your Charm Bracelet

soufeel

I’ve never quite understood why people spend hundreds of dollars on charm bracelets. Each charm can cost more than S$100, if you get them from a popular ‘P’ brand. (@_@)

I ordered some charms from Soufeel.com, together with a bracelet. As you can probably guess from the picture above, the two heart-shaped charms are my favorites. One is of the Singapore flag (not customized; they are sold on soufeel.com) and the other was made using a picture of me and my BF (customized for under USD10 when there was a promotion).

You can customize your own charms here for under USD20: http://www.soufeel.com/soufeel-charms/memorable-charms

soufeel charm bracelet

As for the other charms, the wizard’s hat reminds me to never forget to look for the magic in everyday life. The pink charm is a birthstone (gem) charm. The fortune kitty is supposed to bring me good luck and prosperity – hehe. The aeroplane charm is a reminder of the wonders of travel, and to visit at least one new country every year. And the final one is a gift from Soufeel – not picked by me.

As for the bracelet, I bought it for S$5 from a stall at Bugis Village.

Go ahead and pick your own charms at Soufeel or design your own with a customized charm. Feel free to share your designs with me, and the story behind each charm, and I’ll be happy to feature them here. :)

soufeel

http://www.soufeel.com/

SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty Sets SOLD OUT in Under 12 Hours: I Bought 3 Sets. You?

Singpost SG50 Hello Kitty

The MyStamp Folder set (S$21.80) is also out of stock at the time of writing. :D The 1000 sets of the SingPost SG50 Hello Kitty Limited Edition Bundle Set (S$108) are all sold out! I managed to purchase 3 sets this morning.

I noticed that sales started before 10am. I was already on the site by 9.30am and around 9.55am or so, when refreshing the site, I noticed that the kitties were up for sale. So I quickly grabbed 3 of these limited edition sets. :D

Why 3?

One will definitely be for my collection, and two sets for giveaways probably later this year. Or, they could become birthday gifts for my fellow Kitty fans/friends. :D

Why pay so much for 5 plush toys and some stamps? I mean, the plush toys probably cost 3 or 5 dollars to manufacture in China, right? BUT this design cannot be found elsewhere! It’s in celebration of SG50! And it comes with a certificate and all, so yes, a pat on the back for getting them. :D

And to my friends who are celebrating birthdays soon, and want to get this (*ahem) expensive set as a gift, feel free to drop me a message with an obvious hint. Depending on how much I like you (or not), I may/may not gift it to you. :D Hahaha!

(*Update: One reader has convinced me to sell her a set as she missed out on pre-ordering due to exams)

SingPost’s SG50 Hello Kitty Plush Collectibles – Pre-Order 23 Feb 10am

*Update: I’ve managed to purchase 3 of the S$108 limited edition sets which are now SOLD OUT. Check out my blogpost HERESingPost SG50 Hello Kitty Plush Collectible Set

Check out my earlier blogpost HERE for all the details! :D

The BF asked if I want to get the entire set for S$108. No, I don’t. Have no use for a lanyard or Hello Kitty stamps (which I can’t bear to use anyway). But yes, I DO want that S$88 set with all 5 plushies.

What about you? :D

E’AURA: Authentic Perfumes At Lower-Than-Duty-Free Prices

E'AURA perfumes online Burberry Brit Sheer

I’ve found my new favorite fragrance in the Burberry Brit Sheer. It is a fruit floral fragrance with “top notes of yuzu, pineapple leaves, litchi, mandarin and grapes, middle notes of pink peony, peach blossom, nashi, and base notes of white musk and blond woods.” I bet you can tell it smells delicious just from reading this list of components, yes? :D And that’s not all it comes with! How about free delivery and super-low prices that even duty-free stores cannot beat?

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[Giveaway at the end of this blogpost: WIN Burberry Brit Sheer and Brit Rhythm]

E'AURA perfumes online

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Introducing EAURA.sg, which prides itself on being a “close-to-heart online beauty portal, delivering pocket friendly scents to all customers”. Also, repeat customers are rewarded in their loyalty programme (2% cash rebate for every dollar spent).

www.eaura.sg

EAURA

I tend to be skeptical of most marketing claims so I’ve compared E’AURA’s pricing across various online stores just to see if they indeed offer lower prices compared to other online retailers. Here’s the Burberry Brit Rhythm EDT (90ml) on TANGS estore:

Burberry Brit Rhythm

It’s priced at S$130. [The same as on sg.burberry.com]

And since E’AURA claims to sell fragrances cheaper than at Duty Free shops, I did a comparison with Shilla Duty Free at ishopchangi.com. Will E’AURA be able to beat the Duty-Free online prices?

The same 90ml EDT at ishopchangi.com costs…

Burberry Brit Rhythm

S$90.45 (S$39.55 cheaper than at *ahem* TANGS)

And how much does it cost on E’AURA?

Burberry Brit Rhythm

Just S$65 (That’s 50% cheaper than TANGS and 28% cheaper than Changi’s duty-free online store!)

And that’s not all. You can even purchase the (brand new) tester sets from E’AURA at just S$45:

Burberry Brit Rhythm

*What are tester sets? Those sets displayed at fragrance counters for you to ‘try out’ the scents. For some reason unknown to me, they are sold in many places, whether online or not. The packaging may not be as pretty as the non-testers but the fragrance is the exact same, so if you’re getting it for yourself, why not save some money and get a tester set? And since online stores don’t have physical counters for you to visit and try the perfumes, I guess they can sell those tester sets, right?

My take on the products from EAURA: The scents last as long as any regular EDT, they smell awesome (my bf thinks the Brit Rhythm smells better than the Davidoff Cool Water; which is saying a lot) and I like getting good deals when I make purchases. Who doesn’t?

And why are EAURA’s prices so low? I spoke with their co-founder, Shantel, and found that they want to serve more customers by keeping prices low. In Mandarin, this is called ‘薄利多销’ (“thin profit, vast sales”). And they are so confident about their products that they even offer a 100% money-back guarantee regarding product authenticity! On top of that, they have a loyalty program, a referral program, and a constant stream of promotions.

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And, of course, I had to ask for a special promotion just for my readers! :D

Simply use voucher code ‘RUNUI1FJ‘ (valid till 31 Mar 2015) to get S$5 off your (minimum) purchase of S$80 worth of fragrances. Pay via Internet Banking and get an additional free perfume vial too. :) [*Other T&Cs apply]

WHAT? A discount on top of already-low prices?! YES, and you are welcome. :)

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Whether you are making a purchase right away or not, go sign up for a FREE account at E’AURA.sg now and you can get a complimentary perfume vial, while stocks last (no purchase needed; E’AURA will send you an email regarding the free vial).

EAURA free vial

Sign up now: http://eaura.sg/

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E'AURA perfumes online

To win either the Burberry Brit Sheer or Burberry Brit Rhythm, take part in the giveaway happening at my facebook page HERE.

Where To Buy Sonny Angel in Singapore

Sonny Angel Singapore

This is a complete guide about all the stores in Singapore which stock Sonny Angel. I have indicated which ones no longer sell Sonny Angel, and which ones are my favorite stores. I have been to these stores personally, to verify whether they sell Sonny Angel or not, so this is a highly accurate guide. All pictures were taken by me.

Some of the stores listed online as stocking Sonny Angel actually do NOT sell SA at all – I don’t know why the local distributor didn’t update their sites to reflect this. So this guide will help you prevent wasted trips when you shop for SA in Singapore! :D Please leave a comment at the end of this blogpost if it has been useful for you! :D

In Singapore, you can find Sonny Angel at Action City (but not all outlets), Dollz Inc (Funan), Individual Expression (Millenia Walk & Wheelock Place), and Toy Outpost (Vivocity). I have been to Hako at NEX and found that it does NOT sell Sonny Angel.

No Sonny Angel here:

Sonny Angel Singapore

So far, the Sonny Angel retailer that has the biggest range of SA is Dollz Inc at Funan (Address: 109 North Bridge Rd #05-45)…

Sonny Angel Singapore

Dollz Inc has the best collection of Sonny Angels I’ve seen thus far, and you can buy them in the sealed boxes or even open-box at the same price! *gasp* (Important Note: This is not the only shop selling SA open-box. Some Action City outlets and Individual Expression outlets do too! So visit them if you want to find a particular angel)  And yes, you can get SA clothing at Dollz Inc for S$9.90 – I find this rather expensive so I haven’t bought any clothing for my SAs yet though I buy the Laduree angels here. If an angel (normal range) costs S$9.90 and clothing also costs S$9.90, I’d rather spend my money on angels. This is purely my personal opinion, like it or not. ;)

Sonny Angel Singapore

For angels sold cheaper than at other stores, visit Toy Outpost at Vivocity (#02-27) The Sonny Angels sold here are cheaper than those sold everywhere else. The artist collection angels are going at 2 for S$50 and the rest of the ‘normal’ SA range at S$8.90 (all in boxes). The Christmas edition is going at S$10.90 each.

Sonny Angel Singapore Toy Outpost Vivocity

Sonny Angel Singapore Toy Outpost Vivo City

My very first TWO Sonny Angels were purchased at Action City in Bugis Junction (Address: 200 Victoria Street #03-23)

Sonny Angel Singapore Action City Bugis

Sonny Angel Singapore Action City Bugis

I’ve also bought SAs at Action City in Marina Square (Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-213/4).

Sonny Angel Singapore

The price of these Artist Collection Sonny Angels are the same across the various Action City stores: S$29.90 each for all designs. But not all stores have these Artist Collection ones. ;)

Sonny Angel Singapore

I’ve bought SAs at Action City at Vivocity too (Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-38). And yes, they stock the Artist Collection SAs here as well. The range is not as extensive as the one at Dollz Inc in Funan, but it’s still quite decent: you can find the animal SAs, Valentines 2015 SAs, and also the Christmas 2014 ones here, among others.

The staff showed me how to find the Christmas cake SA (the one in the middle) – just locate the heaviest box and that will be it. :D

Sonny Angel Singapore

Sonny Angel Singapore

Even though it is stated online that Action City at 313@Somerset stocks Sonny Angel, I visited the store and found that it does NOT sell Sonny Angel. It sells a lot of other figurines though.

Sonny Angel Singapore

Action City at Jurong Point sells only a very limited range of SAs. Might not be worth the trip unless you live or work nearby (Address: 63 Jurong West Central 3 #B1-86).

Sonny Angel Singapore Action City Jurong Point

onny Angel Singapore Action City at Jurong Point

You can also find SAs at Individual Expression (Millenia Walk and Wheelock Place). However, the peculiar thing is that the SAs seem to be part of the decor and you won’t find them in boxes. Only a few (not-very-pretty-ones) are left out in the open.

Sonny Angel Singapore

S$8.90 each at Individual Expression (Millenia Walk)…

Sonny Angel Singapore

Seems like the boss could be an SA collector and is just selling the extras in the two shops. The good thing is that all are open-box so you can immediately purchase any SA you want.

Same for their outlet at Wheelock Place. At this outlet, there isn’t even a pricetag, so I have to assume it’s S$8.90 as well:

Sonny Angel Singapore

Just 7 SAs and they have blue tack at their feet. That’s why I felt they were part of the decor, more than being for sale.

Thanks to a reader (Cindy), I’ve also checked out Toy Outpost at Plaza Singapura (#07-10) and they do have some cool SAs for sale:

Toy Outpost Plaza Singapura

Toy Outpost Plaza Singapura

You can find some limited edition SAs here ;)

Toy Outpost Plaza Singapura

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Sonny Angel Singapore

I’m currently looking for these SAs (Picture from my Penang blogger pal, Sock Peng)

Sonny Angel halloween

Maku Store Singapore: A Red CNY-Ready Handbag for Mom! :D

Maku Store Singapore

Maku Store Singapore has a wide range of handbags, wallets, apparel, and other accessories. And many of them have special features, such as being expandable, detachable, come with compartments for SIM cards, etc. But I was looking for one which is suitable for Chinese New Year, and great for my Mom.

I picked this one in a fiery red hue. And while it doesn’t have any ‘transformer’ abilities like some of the other bags that Maku Store sells, it is incredibly lightweight.

You would expect a bag that looks like this one to be bulky, and weigh quite a bit even when it is empty. But surprisingly, this particular bag is super light, chic, and roomy all at once:

A classic gold clasp for a stunning red bag:

Maku Store Singapore

And it’s super spacious:

Maku Store Singapore

Unlike some other bags which have a compartment in the middle, the creator of this bag has the user in mind. There’s just plenty of space. If I’m using this bag, I can easily have two books in there, among other things like my wallet, an umbrella, handphone etc.

And yes, I’m sure my mom can fit quite a few mandarin oranges into this bag. Though she probably won’t want to do that to a new bag. :D

If you ever need a new bag or wallet, make Maku Store Singapore at #03-20 Bugis Junction the first shop you visit. I’m pretty sure you’ll find one which catches your eye there. And always quote my name / show staff that you are a fan of my facebook page for perks, privileges and discounts that no other shopper will get. You have my permission. *wink*

Featured in an earlier blogpost:

Full Circle Singapore