Monday, July 30, 2012

Shopping Experience: Lioele Philippines (plus my Lioele mini haul)

Blogging from my iPad. Please forgive any typos. >.<

Soooo... I've been checking out reviews for Lioele products, most especially their Beyond the Solution and Triple the Solution BB creams, I instantly wanted to try them out.

Lucky for Pinays out there that Lioele has started opening physical stores. There is a boutique in Cavite (which is very far from me. Pfft) and a kiosk in Robinson's Ermita (which is also far from me). I think they have some kiosks in other places too and another one opening in Market! Market! (yes, it is said twice).

Speaking of other branches, I am lucky enough that they also have a kiosk in 168 Mall (you know? That one mall that killed Tutuban from the map? Hahaha). If you dunno where it is, well 168 Mall is the new haggler's haven in Divisoria. Albeit, still far from where I live, this is the location that I do not mind traveling to since I can also shop for other stuff when I'm there.

It took me an hour to find! Apparently I was searching for it from the wrong entrance. I was in the correct wing (Soler) but I forgot that there was another entrance and set of elevators further to the right. Eventually our helper, Michelle, told me that we passed by the kiosk the first time but I didn't notice. LOL. If you're interested to visit the kiosk, it's located in the 1st floor of the Soler wing. Look for the entrance to Robinson's Supermarket. The kiosk is to your left, infront of the exit.^__^

Now, I pretty much have an idea of how much their products cost because of their website (www.lioeleph.com).

I would like to point out that the prices of their samples are more expensive than from sellers online. Although, that always seems to be the case; prices from official dealers are higher than online sellers.

However, it's a bit disappointing that the sample are being sold for P45 each when brands like Etude House, Tony Moly, The Face Shop, etc give these for free (for a minimum amount). And I am not talking about 5ml mini size tubes, these are the packet samples good for 2-3 uses depending on how much you use. Online sellers would usually sell samples like these P10 cheaper (so around P30-40). Then again, I found some selling for P50 so it really depends.

So why did I buy from the kiosk if it's cheaper online??? Well, I'm already there and physically shopping is more rewarding for me than doing it online. Plus I don't have to pay any extra fees (like for GCash transactions and shipping fees). LOL.

Anyway, I just really like the feeling of actually taking something home when I go to the mall to shop.

Oh! And since the kiosk is part of the official dealership here in the Philippines, I am also disappointed that (I suppose) they are stingy with freebies? I asked the SA in the kiosk if I get any freebie for going over the P1,000 mark but sadly she just giggled and said that they don't. Errr...

I bought 2 mini size Skin79 bb creams from Charmaine of Kkochipida and I didn't even go beyond the P400 mark and yet she gave me something. EH, TM, and TFS would give you something if you buy P500 worth of their products.

I would've accepted even tissue if that's what they can give. But, nada.

Sorry, I'm ranting and I feel like I'm only after the freebies. It's just that basing from experience from other (Korean cosmetics) shops, it's quite a let down. Or maybe I'm (we're) spoiled by the other brands. Haha.

After some coaxing, the SA eventually gave me another Secret Pore Rich Balm sample for free. It was nice of her to still give me something (somewhat reluctantly) since I don't think it's standard procedure. I do hope she doesn't get in trouble if the someone from Lioele PH stumble upon this post of mine if it really isn't standard procedure.T_T

Or maybe because it's just a kiosk owned by a reseller, hence, this no-freebie policy? Who knows? I haven't been to the boutique in Cavite so maybe they have different policies?

Shouldn't they have the same standards of service?


The shopping experience is such a let down.

I was so excited to visit the kiosk because it's another chance for me to try something new. I was under the impression that it would at least look like a mini store, but it was just literally a kiosk.

The kiosk in Robinson's Ermita looked like it's a mini store, albeit, it's also just a kiosk. The one is 168 just has glass cases. No designs whatsoever. You know the display cases for cellphones in Greenhills? Yes, that's it. Sana naghanap sila ng stall diba? But no. The 168 Lioele store consists of 2 display cases with a typical seller. No uniform even. Blah.

It's most likely that the people who brought Lioele here in the Philippines really didn't mean to bring the whole franchise here like that of the other Korean cosmetics/skincare brands. What I mean is that maybe it's not the experience of shopping in a Lioele store that they chose to focus on, rather their goal is to bring the brand to our shores. That's it.

If you're expecting the feel the Korean vibe that you get from visiting EH, TM, etc; sorry, but don't count on it. No SA's in pink uniform. No freebies (haha).

I'm even weirded out that the pictures of the Lioele store in Cavite have other products not related to the brand (KB Whitening pills, anyone?). It's not really focused on just Lioele. Even the Facebook page advertises other products other than that of Lioele's.

Thanks for the effort though. At least we have "real" Lioele stores here in the PH.

The good point though is that their prices are almost the same with online sellers, actually even cheaper by at least P100 ($2) for their BB creams. 50ml of Triple the Solution BB cream is being sold for P1,150 by Lioele Philippines while the it's being sold for P1,500+ by online sellers.

Not really happy about the sampler prices, though. I'm not really sure why they can sell they full tubes of other items for a relatively cheaper price but the prices of the samplers are a teensy bit overpriced?

Today I brought home the following items:


4 sample packets of Triple the Solution BB cream (P45 each)
2 sample packets of Beyond the Solution BB cream (P45 each)
2 sample packets of Dollish Veil Vita BB (P45 each)
2 sample packets of Secret Pore Rich Balm (P45 each; the 3rd one I got for free)
1 Lioele Miniature Special Set (P640 for the set)*

*The set includes 4 5ml tubes; Lioele Fresh Sun Screen, Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base (I think she said this is no longer available, I'm not sure if I heard her right), Beyond the Solution BB cream, and Water Drop BB cream.

(See my loot in the photo below.^___^)

I also just wanted to spend just P500 because I only wanted to sample their products as I am unsure if they will work well with me. The miniature set was the one that ruined my plan since it was too good to pass on.

If you buy the BB creams individually, the 5ml tubes will cost you P250 each. Sorry, OMG lang sa price.O_O

So if I bought just those two, I would've spent P500 already.

If I do the math correctly, I must have spent P500 on the BB creams and prolly P70 each for the other 2. Or it's P160 per tube in the set.

I suppose the prices are ok; although, it's not something to rave about. The P640 I spent on the sample is justifiable since I found it being sold for $16.80 (roughly around P700+). The prices of the samplers though, uhmm, not really that good for me. If they offered to also sell the sample packets in bundles for a slightly cheaper price (3 for P100? Charot!), maybe then I would've been ok with it? They only sell them individually though.



Prices: Check (but it depends on the product)
Service: Meh. I feel like I'm just shopping in Divisoria. The 168 Kiosk is nothing out of the ordinary.
Likelyhood of visiting again: Depends. If the products work well on me, I suppose I would. But it won't be something that I would be excited about. Or I wait for online sellers to put their Lioele products in their sale bins. Haha.


Setting aside the shopping experience, I hope that the products don't disappoint! I'm really excited to try them out.:)

How about you? Have you dropped by any Lioele Philippines kiosk/shop? How was your experience?:)


Monday, July 23, 2012

First Impressions: La storia della Arcana Famiglia. And some other shit. [SPOILER WARNING]

Ooohh... Reverse harem shows. You are one of the few things that I just can't say no too, even if you are very sucky. Hahahahaha.

I love the fact that there are lists out there that shows the upcoming shows for a certain season. I can just pick out whatever I want to see even before they get shown. Whatever I will be watching for the season depends on my first impression. Mostly, if it's a reverse harem show and it has totes loads of bishies then it's instant like for me! LOLOLOLOL. I could care less if the show sucks bigtime. Hello Hiiro no Kakera?!
So today I shall blurb about La Storia della Arcana Famiglia.


 From left: Felicita, Liberta, Nova, Debito, Pace, Luca, Dante, Jolly
Synopsis:
"Things are NOT going well for Felicitá. For years, the island of Regalo, has been protected by her father's "organization," the Arcana Tarroco, whose success is due in no small part to the members' unusual skills with Tarot Cards, not to mention the usual guns and knives. But now, unexpectedly, her father has decided to retire and, while the fact that his position will be filled by the winner of a series of duels doesn't worry Felicitiá, the fact that he's decided to throw HER into the contest as part of the prize certainly does! Especially since some of the contestants are her cousins, which is keeping things WAY too much in the family! Fortunately, our lady shark has two aces up her sleeve: as the head of the Swords division, she's eligible to compete for herself, and with her favored Card, The Lovers, she can snoop into the minds of her would be suitors/rivals! It's just too bad they have their own card tricks!"

Alternative Titles:
  • English: La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia
  • Synonyms: Arcana Famiglia: La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia
  • Japanese: アルカナ・ファミリア -La storia della Arcana Famiglia-
Information:
  • Type: TV
  • Episodes: 12
  • Status: Currently Airing
  • Aired: Jul 2, 2012 to ?
  • Producers: J.C. Staff, Frontier Works, Movic, Sentai FilmworksL, Warner Bros., Showgate
  • Genres: Romance, Shoujo
  • Duration: 24 min. per episode
  • Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Source : MyAnimeList 
Now that we got the basics covered, a few things should be added to the above information. Arcana Famiglia is another anime based on an otome game on the PSP by Comfort-Soft.

Otome Game = Reverse Harem. Hell yeah!

This is one of the shows that I was anticipating for in the Summer 2012 roster. The other shows are fine; however, this is the one I am looking forward to watching.

(Follow the fake cut; Click it, yo!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Face Shop's Club 20 VIP Card

Soooo... Like I said yesterday, I was hoping to drop by The Face Shop today so I can get their Club 20 VIP card.


AND I DID!^___^

Unlike the other Korean make-up brands wherein you have to spend a minimum purchase amount, you have to pay P150 (around $3) to get the card.

My mom's a bit peeved because the card you'll be paying for is a glossy paper card, it's not the plastic kind lile the one from Etude House.

Anyway, this is a card for you to use to get invited to exclusive skincare/make-up workshops and products launches/events. If you have this card, you get access to upcoming products, promotions and activities.

It's a card made for beauty bloggers! Hahaha.

So again, you pay P150 for this card, BUT! You get a gift pack when you get the Club 20 VIP card.

The gift pack includes the following items:

1 Real Nature Lemon face mask
A bottle of Clean Face Mild toner and a bottle of Clean Face Mild lotion
5 sample packets of E'thym Recharge Essence
5 sample packets of Natural Sun Aq Power Long Lasting Sun Cream (what a mouthful!>.<)
5 sample packets of Face It Powder Perfection BB

Please see the attached picture for visual.:)

The plastic bag containing the freebies has intructions at the back explaining the process of using the sample products. You may or may not folle the instructions, but it's a plus that it's there to guide you (especially to those who have yet to use these kinds of products).

Package also says that the samples are enough for 5 (days) usage.

I suppose it would.

The only downside is I think my Clean Face toner doesn't have anything in it. I've been shaking the bottle a number of times; however, I really don't feel or atleast hear something. Boohoo.

Any possibilities that they will replace this?

I'm to shy to ask since this is a freebie. I technically didn't buy it (although my package actually has a price tag. Haha). Pfft.

Ohyeah! Card says it's only valid until June of next year. I am unsure of the renewal process.

Monday, July 16, 2012

My incessant love of Korean cosmetics

First and foremost, like that of what I said regarding book reviews, I do not know how to review a product properly. I do not know the nitty-gritty of make-up to do comparisons of same items/different brands. I, most likely, will not post pictures of my face with the product as I look like shit. Haha. But who knows. On with the program...



I cannot remember when
.. Oh, wait. I remember now.

The first time I've heard about Korean cosmetics was when I was looking for contact lenses to use for a cosplay.

Err.. what's the connection? Back then, most online sellers who sell lenses were also selling BB creams. I got curious as to what BB cream was and took a liking to it.

Unfortunately, I was only starting out for work back then and I could not afford to buy one since they cost an average of P600-P1,000+++. I bought a phone back then and I just couldn't cough up the amount to buy outright (every peso counts to pay for the phone as it was worth almost P20,000 back then). I was also scared of buying from online sellers since I was very, very new to the notion. And I also didn't like the expensive shipping fees.

Anyways, some time in 2009, I heard that there was an Etude House kiosk in SM Makati  (although I knew there was a boutique in SM Megamall, I dislike going there because it's tedious to go home after). I visited the kiosk and got myself my first ever BB cream and a 55 Kissful Chou.

And then I found out that they opened a boutique in SM North EDSA and well, the rest was history!

One of the reasons why I like to buy from Korean brands is that these are quality products wherein you only have to pay almost half the price of the high end brands.

Why these instead of the local make-up brands? Unfortunately, I do not like the color selection and texture of most local brands. Either the colors are too obnoxious or they do not show at all. Maybe also since I am partially Chinese, well I have yellow undertone? (Simpsons!??!)

Bottom line is I get good quality products with prices that won't hurt my wallet.

So far, I have tried buying from Etude House, Tony Moly, Missha (from an online seller friend), The Face Shop, and  Nature Republic.

Another thing that these brands have that local brands don't is their membership/VIP cards. I already have a card from Etude House, Tony Moly, and Nature Republic. The one from EH is the most abused, although, I have not used the rebate system. I can't remember if you need to show them your card for you to be eligible to get their GWP (gift with purchase). However, the one I like the most is the card from Nature Republic. NR's card automatically gets you 10% off from all of their products.

I am hoping to get the Club 20 card from The Face Shop tomorrow. I keep on forgetting to ask about it even if I pass by the boutique everyday.

So speaking of perks, Korean brands offer various freebies when you purchase from them!


However, people should note that the freebies you get depends on how much you spend. Mostly, these shops require you to spend a minimum purchase of P500 to get something. I'd like to point out that with P500, you can take home at least two items so that's not too bad, right?

The freebies you can get can be as simple as a bookmark or as awesome as a travel kit.

Today, I would like to show you some of the freebies I have accumulated and adored.



1. First ever freebie I got (it's not the same one I got, I meant the kind of freebie). This is a Pomegranate facial mask from Etude House. I got this for a minimum purchase of P500. Not bad since the prices of their masks starts at around P80, I think.


2. This one's a Precious Mineral BB cream sample. I got two of these, but I no longer know where the other one is. LOL. Got this for a minimum purchase of P500. Or it was with the mask above. Can't remember.


3. Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack from Tony Moly. Get this for a minimum purchase of P500. I have not used this yet. I'm still summoning the courage to do so as I read from a review that it can be quite painful when left on the face for too long.


4. Phytogenic Infinite Foundation from The Face Shop. Got this for a minimum purchase of P1,000. I remember that it was P1,000 because this was the time my mom bought the Honeysuckle perfume.


5. Face masks from The Face Shop. You get two of these for every purchase of P500. They gave me 4 I think because I spent P1,000.


6. A tube of Natural Sun sun cream from The Face Shop. I got this together with the masks above. You get this for a minimum purchase of P1,000. Oh wow! The SA's at The Face Shop were gracious that day. I brought home 5 freebies.


7. Toner from Tony Moly. I remember being asked what Freebie I wanted because I used an RCBC credit card to pay for what I got. It was this or a facial mask. I chose this only to realize that I should've opted for the mask due to the size of this toner. Got this for a minimum purchase of P500.


8. Nature Republic Brightening Mask Sheet. I spent P1,000 at the store that day and got the card and 3 of these masks.


9. This would be my most favorite freebie up to date (well, unless I get something better). This is the Must Have Travel Kit # 5 from Etude House. I spent a minimum purchase amount of P3,000 and got home Petit Bijou body wash and body lotion, Baking Powder pore cleansing foam, Moistfull Collagen essence, and a Precious Mineral BB cream. I swear by the smell of the Petit Bijou stuff. They are still sealed but they smell so awesome!


10. This is the most recent GWP I have. I got this yesterday from Etude House. I spent P2,000 and got 3 tubes of body wash. They all smell so nice, especially the strawberry one.


11. Yesterday was the last day of The Great Northern Sale and Etude House participated in the sale (although, the sale items are the ones included in their Mid-Year sale). The things I got were not on sale; however, I got what I wanted so that's fine. They conducted their "Sweetie's Spin" promo for the sale and I got two boxes of the O2 White Vitamin C trial kits. For every purchase of P1,000 you get one spin. I had the chance to spin 3 times (twice for spending P2,000 and another spin for getting a "get another spin" reward). I prayed that I would get this and lucky me, I got this twice!

So there are my freebies. LOL. I know it's a marketing strategy to get people to spend more than they should, but I do believe it's also a helpful way for the stores to promote their products to the people. Some freebies may seem not much especially compared to the amount you have spent; however, a greater majority of stores in the Philippines do not offer these. They don't need to do this to get people to buy from them, they do this as a service for their patrons.

And another thing, I am not a beauty blogger nor do I spend so much when I go to the Etude House boutique in SM North, but I have fallen in love with the people in the shop more. Where else can I go in wherein the staff knows me, my mom, my cousin, and my brother?!
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