review: najo jewellery

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

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I think as you age, you become more of a fan of.. simple and timeless pieces of jewellery. I’m now 25 years old, but have pretty much grown out of all the “fun jewellery” from Diva, Equip, etc.

 

I mean, I still do buy jewellery from there occasionally – but definitely not as much. I feel like I’d much rather wear jewellery that I can shower with and wash my hands with, and not have to worry about my fingers turning green or blue. :S

 

I’ve been shopping around a lot lately and although “Tiffany & Co” may be the first store most girls think of, there are many other jewellery stores with great quality pieces and designs without the heavy price tag.

 

Najo jewellery is a perfect example of timeless, classic and inexpensive jewellery.

 

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I ordered three pieces from Najo and it totaled to about AU $303. I think I received the pieces within a day or two after I ordered and there is free shipping within Australia for any orders over $100! International shipping is about $25.

 

Najo Jewellery doesn’t only have your typical “classic” pieces, but they also have a Diamond collection, Steel collection, Alegria collection (Mexican inspired) and a couple more!!

 

Because I like classic pieces, my favourite collections are the classic and diamond (girls best frannn, duh!).

 

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The piece that attracted me the most were these bow studs – Bonita Diamond Stud Earrings ($179). The studs are .925 sterling silver (solid) – as are most of their jewellery, and inside the bow, there is a 2 x 1.5mm certified 0.015 carat brilliant cut round SI2 clarity G/H colour diamond.

 

With piece of jewellery with a diamond, you will receive a certificate booklet to ensure you are buying genuine and quality products!

 

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I just love these earrings!!!

 

 

I also chose a ring that I love. I was going to buy the matching bow ring, but thought it might be abit too matchy matchy. Instead, I opted for the La French Knot Ring ($79)

I love eternity rings and this one reminded me of my friendship thing I have with my best friends!! I immediately fell in love with this design because it just looked so.. ‘promising’ (pun intended).

I purchased a size small – which is about a size 7. It fits a little lose on my middle finger, so I’ll probably opt for the extra small next time I purchase their rings. Make sure you check your size on their size chart too!!

 

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Okay, lastly, I’m sure ya’ll pretty sick of my face..

(I’m almost done!!! >_<)

 

I got these Simply Sleek Earrings ($45). They look pretty regular to the average eye, but it’s actually in the shape of a fish!! You can wear it in any angle you like, but I think the “norm” way to wear it is having the fish ‘face upwards’.

 

I really love how these hoop earrings look!! They are seriously just so classy, so chic and just super fun!!

 

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My say on Najo Jewellery?

 

Hmm, I’m going to conclude to say that NONE of the pieces actually failed to please me. I actually love each piece equally, and have been wearing my La French Knot ring since the day I received it! Shipping was one thing that managed to surprise me. I received my package within 48-72 hours of ordering!!!

 

For those who skimmed down before and did not read my post.. (why were you just skimming btw), there is free shipping on all Australian orders over $100 and a postage fee of $25 for all international orders.

 

I would highly recommend Najo Jewellery if you are looking for good quality sterling silver (.925) jewellery and don’t want to splurge the $300+ for a piece of jewellery! I think I’m going to order again from Najo Jewellery when it comes around to Christmas or a girl-friend’s birthday so that I can share the beautiful pieces with them!!

 

 

Want to shop now?

 

 

Head over to www.najo.com.au, select the options you wish to order, click on checkout and enter promo code CHAIGYARU10 for 10% discount!! Offer is unfortunately over available for one week so make sure you click onto there now and make your order!

 

 

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DIY mink eyelash extensions INFILLS

October 18, 2013 | 11 comments so far - join the discussion!

So, I remember when I used to be so obsessed with mink eyelashes! For those who haven’t followed me from there… probably around.. one and a half years ago? I wore my eyelash extensions for 4 months!!!

 

But the problem with having mink eyelash extensions is that it’s so freaking expensive to maintain! Cost of maintenance is even more than a gym membership! Probably double a gym membership actually :S

 

Typically, it would be about:

 

Full set of mink lashes – $150 at any decent salon

Infills – $50-$80 every 2-3 weeks.

 

Well, here’s the good news. Recently, I have been researching on how to DIY mink eyelash extensions. It’s super hard because it requires steady hands, patience and attention to detail. I guess it’s the same as every other set of eyelash extensions, but I’ve found that mink/silk is more difficult because the strands are finer and individual.

 

Okay, bad news is that I couldn’t actually do it myself because it’s so freaking hard, but I’m starting to do infills myself!!! Just here and there!! It’s saved me lots of money by doing this!!

 

Here is what it actually looks like from the top. (Excuse my dirty looking eyebrows because I did them in a rush) embarrassedface.jpg

 

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As you can see, it’s single strand by strand!!!! One full set of lashes can range from 60 lashes to about 150 depending on how thick you want your eyelash extensions to look and how thick your original lashes are!!

 

For a more glamorous set, you can put two single lashes OVER each other (especially if you are asian and do not have many natural lashes yourself).

 

In this set, I got about 100 lashes for each eye!!

 

If you are quite impatient like me, try to do your infills at least once a week!! If you do this, then you will not need to spend so much on infills each time!! Maybe 20-3omins max will be sufficient if you do your infills every week as only a few strands will fall out (if you’re super careful UNlike me!! Haha)

 

Okay, first step is to actually find which stands are missing!! Usually I use a tweezer to look for the ones that are shorter than the rest!!

 

Make sure your tweezer is sharp (but don’t poke your eye) because eyelashes are quite fine and hard to grasp.

 

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Now, find the lashes and then determine the length of the lash! I’m using lashes 9mm-13mm for my full set. Which means, 9mm in the inner corners and 13 in the most outer corners.

 

I’m demonstrating on a pair of falsies because it’s much easier than taking pictures of my own eye!! Hehe.

 

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Make sure you dip your approx 1/2 of your single lash into the glue!! It’s important because the lash itself is meant to “stick”! If you don’t use enough glue, it will not stick! I made this mistake hundreds of times when I was trial & erroring!! >.<

I also use 2 strands of lashes sometimes instead of 1. I find that this still works perfectly fine and saves time!

 

 

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 Now, place the lash firmly ontop of your natural lash or if you are layering, the false one, and continue!! Make sure you don’t stick the lash too close to your eyelid or else it’ll sting!!

 

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And ofcourse, the result? You always get a full set of glam lashes!!!

 

 

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Let me know if you do try, and if you do please please please be careful as the use of glue may sting your lashes!! Please research and purchase QUALITY products!!

 

Hope this tutorial helped some of you and see you next time!

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BIG wavy hair tutorial

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

Hehe. Did the BIG word scare you?

 

It shouldn’t. All girls love BIG HAIR, don’t they? Okay.. not on men la, only on themselves or other women. It’s super attractive!!! Almost like… Victoria Secret-ish!

 

I took this picture after filming. Super messy one. Hahaha, but I super love it.

 

Clearly, I don’t have a proper parting for my hair, but feel free to use your own parting. I like to mess mine up and see which side my hair likes to fall each and every day. Changing your parting regularly also makes your hair look “fuller” as your hair is not tamed to sitting that particular way.

 

Hope it helps!!!

 

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Products I used include:

 

Vidal Sassoon 38mm Instant Heat Ceramic Curler

I really like this hair curler because it’s REALLY BIG and gives you the most amazing big waves (think Japanese gyaru magazines like Vivi)!! The curls don’t hold for as long as GHD curls, but big curls usually don’t hold for much longer than a day. Once they fall into “second day curls”, they become waves!!
I think the cost of this I’d recommend this curling iron if you like big curls, don’t want to spend much money for a curling iron and

 

Heat protectant: muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shine Spray

I’ve been testing this brand for about 2 months now, and I really like their products. The packaging is sleek and professional, and looks extremely high end! Good thing is that this line is pretty affordable too! I like this product because it acts as a heat protectant but also gives the hair gloss and shine! I feel like it makes my hair glow like the commercials!

 

Volumising Spray: John Frieda Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion

I’ve used this volumising spray for a while now and it’s always been on my favourite hair products list. It’s affordable, easy to use, and really works! I find that the other products under the same line are quite good as well! Really helps you poof up your boring flat hair!

 

 

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wantable, a personal styler in a box.

September 19, 2013 | 6 comments so far - join the discussion!

I was recently approached by Wantable, and at first… I’m gona say, I thought it was another one of those “beauty boxes” so I didn’t have much interest. I’ve been a subscriber or have been gifted quite a few of those, and I no longer have space for any more make up at home!! ;o

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However!!!! To my surprise, when I clicked onto Wantable, I noticed something in the corner of my eye!! It’s… what?? Accessories (jewellery/sunglasses/hair accessories) box?? Intimate (lingerie) box???

 

Yeap, you didn’t read wrong. Accessories and Intimate box!!

 

I mean, seriously, this has just brought “beauty in a box” to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. I’ve always… ALWAYS wanted to order from stylemint and jewelmint (US based websites) but have never had the chance due to the “No international shipping policy” so I quickly checked for shipping details on Wantable!!

 

What???

SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA AND CANADA????

 

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I contemplated about which to order at first, but quickly realised that alike most women, I probably have too many pieces of lingerie for my one set of goodies. However, if I get the accessories box… I do have two long arms, ten fingers (or some may not call thumbs fingers but lets just leave it at that for the purpose of this context) and five piercings!!! Soooo… I got the accessories. :D

 

To use the website, you actually fill in an extremely long and detailed survey about your likes and dislikes. With this quiz, they can more accurately judge your style. Examples of the questions are:

 

“What types of earrings would you wear?”

▪ Studs

▪ Dangly earrings

▪ Hoop earrings

 

It costs $40 USD for a “one off” box or $36 USD for a monthly subscriber. Monthly subscribers get a slight discount and it’s not a “commitment thing” either, you can cancel at any time!! Shipping is $5 USD for Canadians and $9 USD for Australians! More details here.

 

Alright, enough about the website, let’s show you what I received in my first box!!!

 

I received a total of four items so I think for the cost of the box, it was well worth it!

 

Okay, first thing I noticed.. is this ring. (Please look at second finger. Not third)

 

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It’s really unique and I LOVE IT because I’ve never seen anything like it before!!! I also posted it on my instagram immediately after I received it!!!

I’m a massive fan of simple, yet strangely shaped rings. This one is just perfect! I’m pretty sure during the survey, you’re required to give them your ring size too!! This ring pretty much fit my second and fourth fingers perfectly. I also like that you can also use it as a knuckle ring on your second and third ring if you like!!! (You should find out your ring size prior to filling in the survey. I’m pretty sure I choose a size 6)

 

Second thing I noticed (I’m saying “noticed” because it’s just a big box of surprises) are these studded earrings. Those who have been reading my blog for a while or following my youtube, or even know me in real life, will know I am.. ZE BIGGEST, MOST MASSIVE, MOST INSANE STUD LOVER. STUD STUD STUD EVERYTHING. WOOT WOOT!!

 

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Similar to the above ring, it’s simplistic but I LOVE IT! I only ever wear studs, and rarely do I wear dangles or hoops, so this is perfect for me :)

 

Okay, now, there was a little black pouch with drawstrings within the box and I immediately knew they were sunglasses. You can call me a bit of a snob, but I’ve only ever worn designer sunglasses? I feel it’s one of those things.. like designer bags, where you just spend a lot of money on one of them, and use it for a long time! I don’t have many sunglasses.. I probably purchase.. one.. every… 3-4 years?

 

I mean, I’ve definitely purchased cheap sunnies in my life, but they tend to break within the first 2 weeks! Shrug, never had a great experience with $20 sunnies!

 

So you could imagine my reaction when I first saw that little black pouch. But, oh well. I opened it up. It really is only $40 for the whole box.

 

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To my surprise, they looked like that! Kinda reminds me of Raybans? I don’t own a pair of Raybans either, so I don’t mind it at all!!

The quality looked pretty similar to the ones you can get from the markets but they weren’t HORRIBLE. I’m also a massive fan of leopard prints!!! I don’t know if I actually put that in the survey or not? Anyway, it’s not too bad. I reckon I’ll still wear them here and there! Maybe to Stereosonic, which is coming up in November!!! Who else is going??

 

Last item is a necklace!

This one kind of reminds me of House of Harlow, but… with empty triangles?? Haha!! I know loads of companies have been trying to duplicate the infamous House of Harlow necklace for years now, so it doesn’t bother me.

I wouldn’t say I LOVE THIS necklace, but I think it’s a-okay! Somewhat geometrical like the ring I showed initially so they can be kinda matchy matchy!

 

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If you looked closely, each triangle actually has a different tone to it, meaning it’s super easy to match anything! You don’t need to stick to the silver accessories with silver accessories, gold to gold, rose gold to rose gold rule!! Yaaayyyyy!!

 

So.. my final say on Wantable?

 

I think it’s worth it!!! I will definitely get another box, maybe I’ll try an Intimates box! OH, and there’s even a new Halloween box that’s limited edition!!!

 

I most likely wouldn’t get Make Up box only because I have too much make up for my own good, and there are too many competitors in the market for this kind of thing. You could probably find a cheaper alternative like Bellabox or Lusthaveit, on the Australian market and not have to pay for the extra shipping cost.

 

I think the other thing I would have to say about Wantable is that their packaging is not as good as some of the beauty boxes I’ve received. I know Bellabox always had an amazing solid box which I always reuse for storing my rings and other bits and bobs.

 

Wantable sent their products in an average filmsy cardrobe box with sponge another the accessories to protect it.. which is FINE for the purpose of mailing, but not so much for the purpose of presentation.

 

Anyhow, Wantable is still.. a beautiful new thing. Definitely blog-worthy.

 

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Catch you girls next time!

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Tobi.com Review

July 31, 2013 | 7 comments so far - join the discussion!

Heloo!!

 

Gosh, I take a long time to show my face sometimes. But it’s not because I don’t want to, but it’s because I’m such a lazy blogger. As you blog for longer, somehow you can just become a lazy lazy blogger. You think you’ve already talked about everything possible, so somehow.. you drag out each blog post. haha. #excuses

 

Todays topic is interesting lah. I promise you. It’s more about… online shopping. Who doesn’t like online shopping?

 

I think at the moment, I probably buy 5x more online than in shops. It’s super easy to buy things online because it does not require you to “walk around”, then “think about it”, then “think about the price”.

It’s as simple as “Add to Cart” and “Check Measurement Chart“. And even most of the time, I don’t do the latter. You’d think the most important thing in online shopping is for you to know all your measurements!!

 

This is why… I find one thing quite important for online stores. Must have a return policy. Keep that in mind.

 

Now, let’s go onto the review.

 

I came across Tobi.com when I was Facebooking. I believe Tobi has a very large network on Facebook. It’s one of those websites where it is highly socially connected, so you are able to “like” an item and it will share it to your facebook friends. I believe it also shows the items you’ve “clicked” on, but ofcourse that could probably be just a Setting you can turn off.

 

Anyhoo, what I’m trying to say with the above, is that the concept of being so socially connected is great… depending on how active you like to be on Facebook. For me, I don’t mind too much!

 

Now, once you connect your Tobi to your Facebook, you actually get a hefty 50% off!!!! They allow this ONCE PER PERSON and they can monitor it by checking whether you’ve already activated it on your “Facebook” account. Most people (I’m hoping) only have one Facebook profile so their monitoring system actually works! I doubt anyone will create a second Facebook just to get 50% off their order.

 

I would probably rate the online store:
Cost: 8/10
Shipping: 3/10
Quality: 6/10

 

Prices are quite cheap – obviously depending on what you’re buying but there are loads of sales on the site and you also get the 50% off first purchases.

Shipping is heck slow but free over US$150 (or US$10 if under $150) . HOWEVER, you do risk not even being able to receive your package because of the horrible shipping!! The customer service is a 8/10 I would say because I got my refund back within 2 business days after notifying them I had not received my parcel and requested a refund!

The only reason I reduced the score for customer service is because CS could have resent my package rather than pushing me to get a refund!! You can watch the video for more info on my experience!

Quality – you will also need to watch my video as I talk about each item!

 

 

 

 

Have you purchased from Tobi before? What were your experiences?

 

Leave a comment below for any questions, requests for posts or have your say/opinions.

 

 

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