Clarins Welcome Pack – RM 120 off treatment voucher

I have joined as Clarins’ member since early last November. In the welcome pack, I was given a RM 120 off treatment voucher, which I could utilise for any treatment with the outlet where I registered my membership. The voucher will expire in three months, and therefore I got to utilise it before early February.

 

I utilise it for my normal skin treatment, which is the detox and shine stopper. So, instead of paying the normal RM 228, I only need to fork out RM 108.

 

Well, so far, I think I am a happy Clarins’ member. And, I am satisfied with the service provided by it’s the Curve’s outlet. Nevertheless, what I think they could improve would be: be more transparent to their points system. If I am not mistaken, I can only view my total points if I asked their consultant/ therapist to check for me, and not on the receipt. Also, I think the total points are not updated instantaneously, as previously when I checked with them, the consultant manually calculated for me the accumulated points plus the points I collected on the spot.

Electrolux Blender EBR 2601 from Jintex Electronics

After the second satisfactory purchased from Jintex Electronics, we have actually targeted to purchase a blender from them. I have browsed through their website and found the model I wanted, which is EBR 2600, which priced at RM 220.

I actually wanted to purchase it after I received an annual bonus, but the Chinese New Year angpaus received have enabled us to purchase it faster than expected. So, we contacted Kevin from Jintex via sms on the first day they re-open for business after their break. However, there wasn’t any reply. Hubby decided to give them a ring, and was told that the model EBR 2600 has now been replaced by EBR 2601. There was stock and we went to its shop since we were nearby.

At the shop, we were entertained by the lady boss (Christine). We were shown few models and asked about the functions that we wanted. Given that we want to snow blend, she recommended us the model EBR 2601, which is a glass blender. It was going out at RM 198. We tested the item (which they took from their store room) and paid it on the spot. This time around, I did not ask for any free gift, and they did not offer me any. They sent the warranty card for me to Electrolux and told me to keep the warranty card together with the receipt given by them. We were told to bring back the receipt and warranty card to their shop, if there’s any problem. The warranty given is 2 years.

It was a day later Kevin replied my sms saying that the blender EBR 2601 is going out at RM 198.

In short, to check on the stock availability of the items that you want and if urgently wanted, it is best to give a direct call to them, rather than sending a sms.

Ziccotees’ Personalised and Ready-to-Wear T-shirt Designs using Groupon Voucher

I was attracted to personalise t-shirts back in last September. And, coincidently, Groupon has the promotion on “Personalised and Ready-to-Wear T-shirt Designs for RM25 instead of RM49.90. For Men / Women”. I bought two of them; intending to design on both t-shirts, which is one for myself and one for hubby. My vouchers’ code are 11301363551G2 and 11301363551.

 

I was all excited to design it, but following its instruction, soon I felt it was kind of troublesome to design it. It could be probably because I don’t have the art talent. Also, I found out that we can upload the pictures and wordings, but there would not be preview shown after the submission. So, one may be crossing the fingers that the design will come out as expected.

 

The “project” was delayed. Also, it was because we were busy with our wedding stuff. It was until December that we remembered that it will be expiring soon.

 

At the end, we choose the ready-to-wear t-shirt designs. I had problem placing the order (their voucher codes’ error) and posted on their facebook. Zicco asked me to email them, which I did on Dec 27. Then, re-emailed me another code and asked me to follow the steps provided in the email. I was then given an order code: Custom T-shirts: Order ZT-2409-10. In the email, it was stated that it will be self-collected (from their new office in Section 14, PJ) in seven days.

 

A week later (Jan 5), I emailed them to check on the progress and was told that the order was not completed yet and will take about 7 to 10 working days. I re-checked with them on Jan 16 (which is more than 10 working days) and was told not ready. The reason was there were too many last minute orders from groupon purchasers (like us). It was around evening on Jan 16, I received the order completed email from them.

 

We only had time to collect from them today (Jan 27) from their office, which is a home office (bungalow house). I brought along the printed groupon voucher but was asked for the order number to track. While searching for my email over the phone, the man then told that he can actually track using my name. I gave him my name and then he looked for the shirts. And, I collected the shirt on the spot.

 

Well, I think it would be more worthy if one knows how to design and customise the t-shirts. This is because I believe the pre-design ones could be easily available in the market and at affordable prices. Zicco should also add an additional function for customers to preview the designs. I also believe that they could improve if they update their customers when the orders cannot be given on time.

 

 

Shu Uemura membership

I like Shu Uemura for its make up stuff. I became a free member in its Sunway Pyramid’s outlet after purchasing an RM X amount of items (can’t really remember that figure) on Feb 27, 2011. The membership comes with a complimentary eyebrow trim, complimentary makeover, complimentary smokey eyes and eyeslash workshop and skincare basic workshop. Both the workshop can only be used from Monday to Thursday before 7pm. The services can be redeemed in the same outlet where I obtained the membership and prior appointment needed. The services, if not redeemed in one year, will expire. A membership card in the form of hardboard is given to me.

 

I managed to redeem the free eyebrow trim. I did not go for the other free services because of hassle (working hours). Furthermore, I am disappointed that they do not have a system to follow up on who are the members that have not take up the services (it is expiring soon).

 

In addition, I did not get much information about the membership. I did not know what are the benefits of the membership except for the few free services in first year. I only found out about it in my recent visit to their outlet in Midvalley to purchase an eyebrow pencil that the membership is for lifetime and the benefits will be the point accumulation, which last a year.

 

Another disappointment yet again when I wanted to know my points and the sales assistant at the Midvalley outlet took down my phone number and supposed to call me (when their system is up) failed to do so, despite more than 5 days.

 

Well, I don’t have great confidence with the membership system at Shu Uemura. Nevertheless, I think I will still frequent them for their eye shadows and also sharpening of the eyebrow pencil. I would say that their sales assistants are good in getting “sales” and “members”, but poor follow up.

 

Travel insurance from einsuran.com

About three to four weeks before we went Hong Kong, we actually contacted einsuran.com’s owner, Mr Loi for travel insurance. He told us that he no longer offer travel insurance to the public because most travellers already bought it from their travel agents.  He also mentioned that airliners are offering travel insurance when you purchased the ticket from them. Nevertheless, he told us that if we are interested, he can still help us process it. He enclosed us the documents related to the travel insurance.

 

Without much hesitation, we filled up the form and scan it to him. The premium is RM 65 for two persons travelling five days. Despite a very low premium (meaning a very low commission), Mr Loi made every effort to ensure that the coverage takes effect. This includes having to go forth to the insurance company (on the same time he does his business) and emailing me to ensure details are accurate. All these were completed in 13 working days.

 

I still think it is an easy choice to do this online. For a little premium, we get coverage for lost of baggage, flight delays, personal accident during the trip and etc, though we don’t wish it would happen. I really salute Mr Loi’s effort and patience for making sure that the policy went through.

Clarins product @ Sasa Beauty House in Hong Kong

In our recent honeymoon trip to Hong Kong, I managed to grab few Clarins items from Sasa Beauty House, which I think was really cheap compared to Clarins Malaysia. In fact, Sasa Beauty House in Malaysia does not sell any Clarins products, which is real disappointment.

Items that I gotten from their outlets are

  1. Gentle Foaming Cleanser With Cottonseed ( Normal / Combination Skin 125ml/4.4oz (Normal price: RM 98 – price from StrawberryNet) –for RM 73.80
  2. Cleansing Milk – Oily to Combination Skin 200ml/6.7oz (Normal price: RM 93.50 – price from StrawberryNet) – for RM 70.11
  3. HydraQuench Cream Mask ( For Dehydrated Skin ) 75ml/2.5oz (Normal price: RM 120.00 – price from StrawberryNet) – for RM 88.15
  4. Toning Lotion – Oily to Combination Skin 200ml/6.7oz (Normal price: RM 87.00 – price from StrawberryNet) – RM 68.88
  5. Truly Matte Pure & Radiant Mask With Pink Clay 50ml/1.7oz  (Normal price: RM 125.00 – price from StrawberryNet) – RM 84.91

Some of the items are after a 5% discount for staying in Silka Seaview, Hong Kong.

So, the total savings that I obtained is RM 137.65 out of actual products’ prices of RM 523.50, which is 26.29% savings.

For Hong Kong visitors who use Clarins products, Sasa Beauty House (any outlet, which is everywhere) is a MUST go place!

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Bag from Sugar Dressing Online Boutique

We were in Tropicana Mall a week ago, and I stopped by the shop where online boutique stalls place their items for sale. I found a black bag, which suited my taste. It was RM 25, slashed down from RM 35. I bought it without much hesitation.

I recently used it for a wedding ceremony and dinner (about a week after I bought it). When I returned home, the bag belt broke off. This really puzzled me about the quality of the bag. Well, guess every sen counts for something of quality.