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Where has the time gone! The past few months have just whizzed by in a flash. Work and life, in general, has been a bitch… yada yada yada. I won’t get into it as too much whingeing is unbecoming of a lady. Besides, I refuse to start the weekend with a pity party!

It’s a sign from above that I need to get back to blogging again. The first post I saw, when I logged in after months of inactivity, was this giveaway by Abbamart.

One of my favourite companies, the customer service here is superb. I highly recommend their Toray products and if finances allowed it, I’d buy over the company and make it my very own… MUAHAHAHHA *evil laughter*

Oh well, one can only dream. Good luck for the giveaway! ūüôā

 

xoxo

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Abbamart’s Service Recovery

Following my recent post about Abbamart no longer shipping to Singapore, they have¬†emailed me to apologise and¬†offer an explanation on why they had to stop shipping to Singapore. Unfortunately, it was not due to shipping costs, which was what I’d originally thought.¬†

I felt so ashamed to discover that there have been cases of fraud originating from Singapore, which resulted in them having to suspend shipping.

After this incident, I am utterly blown away by the level of customer service at Abbamart. That they took the time to reach out to me and apologise for something that is not their fault whatsoever is just extraordinary! On top of that, in view of my long-time patronage and to thank me for being a trustworthy customer, they have offered me alternatives to ensure that I will receive my packages if I do intend to make any purchases during the time that shipping is suspended.

Once again, Abbamart has shown that making their customers happy is their top priority. I am very impressed and to be honest, so relieved that I have even more reasons to continue shopping there. I adore their Toray brushes and would hate to stop buying from Abbamart.

To the culprits who caused this Рyou are assholes, cowards and no better than thieves. You are a disgrace and I am ashamed to call you a fellow Singaporean. Your actions have given your country a bad name, and affected not only the company and their staff, but also me, my friends and other customers of Abbamart. May karma bite you squarely in the genitals!

 

xoxo

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I’ve just returned from a short vacation, where I had no access to the internet whatsoever. I felt like I had been completely isolated from the modern (and virtual) world, which is both a good and bad thing. I wasn’t even able to access the wifi in Starbucks; I guess the place was too secluded!

Anyway, after checking my email when I got back, I received some bad news from Abbamart:

Abbamart had to make some hard decisions, and we are not shipping to Singapore at this time.

WHATTTTTTT! Was this even announced anywhere? There is nothing on the info page or Facebook about this. I don’t understand the reason at all, and I am not happy about this. Singapore isn’t some third world country where packages get lost all the time. Besides, WE are the ones paying for shipping, not them – it is well within their right to retract the free international shipping offer.

I’m not sure if I ought to bother trying to get my American friends to help me with future Abbamart purchases. This is one very upset ex-customer here. ūüė¶

 

[Edited 17 May 2012: Abbamart has contacted me to apologise, and they explained that shipping had to be suspended due to cases of fraud originating from Singapore.]

 

xoxo

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Abbamart – Flat Top Powder Brush

What it is:

A brush typically used for mineral foundation.

What it claims:

On the Abbamart website, the flat top is described as,

Blunt cut powder brush made from soft and dense high quality goat hair. Works well with mineral makeup to build foundation in sheer layers from light to heavier application where necessary. Flat top buffs away lines and seamlessly blends edges.

What is noteworthy:

The Abbamart brushes are extremely reasonably priced, as they explain on their website,

Because Abbamart is owned by its supplier, you get true factory-direct pricing, just like the high-end brand names that buy and resell brushes under their own label.

My impressions:

I have always loved synthetic brushes, and the synthetic (or Toray, as they call it) brushes offered by Abbamart are incredibly soft and of good quality. As the flat top brush did not have a Toray version, I decided to grab this goat hair flat top on a whim when it was on sale a few months back. 

As far as first impressions go, I was nicely surprised. Many companies simply slip the brushes into a plastic sleeve and do not bother with a box. The brush is well-made and a good size. The natural wood handle is sturdy and its finish is sleek and smooth.

I don’t use foundation so I can’t comment on how well the flat top buffs. I do use it for stippling and overall concealing, and I find that¬†the brush is decent. The goat hair picks up powder and holds it in its bristles quite securely, so I¬†didn’t have¬†to deal with fallout on my clothes.

Unfortunately, I did not like the goat hair fibres at all. It was spiky¬†(or pokey?) and scratchy, a far cry from the wonderful Toray brushes I’m so used to. The brush was easy to wash, but once dry, the bristles flared out and I was¬†left with what looked like a mini feather duster.

I am hoping that Abbamart¬†releases a Toray¬†version of the flat top. I really love their ever-expanding Toray range, but I will not try their (or anyone else’s) natural hair brushes again.

Note: I do apologise for the terrible photos. The lighting is all funky and I can’t seem to fix the colour imbalance.

Size:

Hair length – 2.1 cm

Total length – 10 cm

Price:

USD $4.20 (I paid $3.60)

Abbamart is one of my favourite companies. Their customer service is fantastic, and Lana, whom I’ve corresponded with a few times via email, is really helpful and quick with replies. Their turn around time is fast and international shipping rates are very reasonable. They are also generous and I always receive a couple of¬†extra items tucked into my package. Every shopping experience with them is a delight!

 

xoxo

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Abbamart – Japanese Hair Pads

 

What it is:

Hair pads for keeping hair in place and away from face.

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What it claims:

The Abbamart website describes the hair pads as,

Lightweight accessory with Velcro-like hooks that keep hair gently in place. Use to hold bangs or wisps away from your face during washing, skin care or makeup routines.

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What is noteworthy:

Their website also explains why their prices are so affordable,

Abbamart¬†is excited to offer professional-grade cosmetic tools at a price that won’t limit your possibilities. Because Abbamart¬†is owned by its supplier, you get true factory-direct pricing, just like the high-end brand names that buy and resell brushes under their own label.

My impressions:

I stupidly¬†decided to¬†have bangs¬†a¬†few months ago, and I’m really paying for¬†my vanity now. My bangs are at that¬†annoying length whereby¬†they’re poking into my eyes while obscuring my vision completely, all¬†at the same time! I thought this was a weird gimmick but¬†when I¬†saw how cheap¬†the hair pads were, I thought,¬†“Well, why the hell not?”.¬†Guess what, THEY WORK!

All I had to do was sweep my bangs to the side and slap the hair pad on. It held my hair up nicely and I tried to test it by¬†jumping around my room, shaking my head¬†like a lunatic at a¬†heavy metal¬†concert. The hair pad didn’t fall off like I’d expected it to. When I removed it, it didn’t leave my bangs all bent and floppy like it would have, had¬†I¬†used a hairclip¬†or hairband.

The Japanese are utter geniuses, I tell you! They always find the simplest ways to solve problems that people face in their everyday lives, which seem small and mundane when compared to say, global warming. In case you were a science geek like I am and wanted to know the secret of the hair pads, here it is: TA-DAAA!

We all know what a velcro strip¬†is made up of – hooks and loops. The hooks hook onto the… yup you’ve guessed it… loops. The Japanese hair pads¬†are made up of countless tiny hooks, exactly the same as on the velcro strip. These hooks catch onto your hair and hold them securely enough to keep your hair up when you’re putting on make up, for example, or bent over the sink washing your face. The hooks are flexible and gentle, and¬†do not cause pain at all. Removing the hair pad from your hair is so easy, a baby could do it.

Anyway, the hair pads are of extremely good quality. I don’t know what¬†synthetic¬†fabric they’re made from, but the material is soft yet durable. I’ve used them while I’m in the shower and they don’t mind getting wet.

I wanted black, as I have black hair and didn’t want to walk around the house with 2 pink patches on my head. I’ve seen the black ones sold elsewhere (for a higher price) but unfortunately,¬†Abbamart only had pink ones. I also¬†found it highly amusing that the sticker on top said Made in China, while at the bottom, the words Made in Japan were printed on the packet. So which is it?

Size:

6 cm x 10 cm

Price:

USD $1.10 per pack, contains 2 pieces.

I love shopping at Abbamart. The prices are affordable, the products are really good quality (I have several of their makeup brushes, and they are AMAZING! AND SOFT! AND CHEAP! Reviews to come another time.), and their customer service is excellent. They are generous with freebies and sometimes I receive little surprises in my packages. This is one of my favourite companies to shop from. Awesome stuff!

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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