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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cafés Richard, SkyAvenue Genting Highlands

French dining experience made better when you're 5710metres from ground level, and what's best? It's hundred year old name restaurant from France. Started from 1892, this no.1 coffee roaster from France has opened its first branch outside of the country after remaining at its homeland for 125 years, and I'm very glad that my first french dining experience done right. 





Flower petal seats design from above







These came out just like scene from French movies





Aren't they pretty!





Aesthetic satisfaction




It was actually my first visit to SkyAvenue Mall, the latest addition of attraction to Genting Highlands' entertainment outlets. I'm so in love with the mall, there are so many instagrammable interior design just somewhere around the corner, and Cafes Richard is definitely one of them. Since it's already evening, hence we get to taste Cafes Richard's Menu Du Soir (menu of the night/ dinner menu).



My choice of dinner:
 escargots - roast duck - crepe




Since Cafes Richard is a famous french coffee roaster, their famous slow coffee method is definitely one of our choice. We ordered Sumatran Orang Utan Coffee (which part of the proceeds goes to endangered orang utans in Indonesia) and Ethiopian Moka Yirgacheffe both using the syphon method. 












Although they are famous for coffee, but I heard there's something for the non-caffeine lovers, which is also my favourite - Ice Chocolate! This cuppa taste smooth and aromatic at the same time, with fresh cream on top, I can have two glass in one go! 

Ice Chocolate - RM19






Jean is feeling adventurous that day, she ordered the prettiest looking cafe on the menu - Latte Jardin Fleur (literally means Flower Garden Latte). The combination of hibiscus, rose and elderflower in this cup of latter might taste a bit weird at first, but slowly as the caffeine sets in, it is actually like the name - A garden of flowers on your tongue tip!

Latte Jardin Fleur - RM20




and here comes my meal of the night:



Escargots
Not really fresh (I presume is the location?), taste a bit bland




French Onion Soup
This isn't in the dinner set menu but we extra order this just because.
Tasted a bit weird at first (because we're not French I guess?) then it's alright.
Wowed by the soup bowl tho. lol.








Magret de Canard Á L'Orange
Honestly, I can't really find any good description about this dish probably except for the potatoes gratin.
Duck is dry, sauce taste weird, bitter brussels sprout. I kinda regret I chose this dish.






Aumônière
Caramelised pear and orange crepe with chocolate sauce. Another big no no from me.
Everything is too sweet.  





Crème Brûlée
This is good! Super crisp hard caramel and smooth cream.
When it comes to french dessert, it just have to be crème brûlée.







After dined at Cafes Richard, it turns out what they say about french dining duration is true. We spent 3 hours at this place and missed out the opportunity to walk around SkyAvenue Mall lol. But nonetheless it's a great experience and happy dining session with my beloved friends. 





Jean and her Olympus camera
(Read her blog here)




Thanks guys for the company.
(And yea, this visit was in April, hence my blonde hair lololol)






For more information:

Cafés Richard Malaysia Facebook Page

Level 1, SkyAvenue Mall
69000 Genting Highlands
Pahang

Tel: 03-6101 1118

Open daily, 10am to 10pm




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Product Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Cobalt Blue

I'm weird and eccentric in some sense. I knew it since I was little, I'm quite different from the others. The experience I'm searching for in life varies from my siblings and relatives' kids and I don't know why. But I'm glad I turn up alright, and proud to say I'm bold to accept things that are more challenging when it comes to all aspect of life. 



Same goes to my choice of eyeliners. I have no idea why we have to stick to boring black eyeliners everyday when there are so many colours available as choice! There are only handful of challenging souls in Malaysia when it comes to beauty/makeup/fashion choices I think. So, I decided to spice things up a bit last week and try out Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Cobalt Blue!




Blue is the warmest colour ain't it?



What I like about Estée Lauder's Double Wear Eye Pencil is that it is so smooth to draw on, hence you can lined your eyes smoothly without having to worry about crooked lines and uneven colours. Very, very long lasting and water resistant, despite I'm always have trouble with my oily eyelids, this eye pencil colour managed to stay on for long hours without glide off.





Smooth drawing, easy glide on, contrast colour
create any type of lines in just one stroke





Smudger on the other end for blending












Blue eyeliners surely brings out one's personality and enhanced sense of fashion when it comes to an overall look. This cobalt blue eye pencil beautify my eyes in just few strokes and bring up my moon in an instant. I'm gonna try blending of more colours using this cobalt blue eyeliner soon so stay tuned to more of my makeup style both in this blog and instagram!




For more information:

RM100




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Product Review: Argan Glow Hair Oil by CFC Lab

I can never tell you how much hardships my hair had been throughout the journey of being a model, especially one that is active for hairshows and such, my hair is under constant bleaching, chemical product processes that there's once my hair went "jelly fish" on me! The texture of my hair became "spongy and soft", one pull of my hair can stretch to 3 times its length. It was my worst nightmare I wouldn't wanna see that happen to my hair again.



Ever since then, I am quite particular in choosing organizers of hair show, as well as hair products I'm using. I've tried tons of hair products and there are some not even worth a mention, but not for this: 

Argan Glow Hair Oil by CFC Lab
in Grapefruit Scent



CFC Lab or as known as Iljin Cosmetics is an unknown name to me, but not to fellow Korean beauty lovers because it is a 50 years history company and they've used one year to dedicate their effort in making this Argan Glow Hair Oil in order to suit the needs of user. They did product plans as long as 6 months to cover 40 different units of hair oil available in the market just to understand customer's needs and behaviours, a 4 months of production samples involving production of 30 different type of scents and 2 months of product design and image in order to deliver the perfect hair oil to the market.




When I first receive the bottle of hair oil I was like: Wow! The packaging and bottle design looks vintage, and comes with different type of cape (screw cap and pump) so you can either pour the hair oil directly or use the pump the amount of hair oil that you desire. I was impressed by the quality of the bottle and pump cap as they constantly deliver smooth pumping to the amount of hair oil that I'm gonna use.




Argan Glow Hair Oil is golden tint in colour


Second thing I noticed upon using the hair oil is - The scent. Its grapefruit scent smells aromatic I could not tell you how much I'm loving it! It scents perks up my mood whenever I'm having some rough mood dealing with my damaged hair, and there's nothing that this bottle of grapefruit scented argan glow hair oil couldn't do. 



9 types of healthy ingredients are used to maximise the effectiveness of this hair oil:
  • Argan Oil
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Vaccinium Myrtillus Oil
  • Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
These components has created a effective, Vitamin E, Carotinoid, Lecithin, Protein, Vitamin C, Oleic Acid loaded with a very lightweighted and non-sticky texture. I love how light the oil feels when I pump it into my hand, and my hair absorbs them in an instance without any greasiness left on my hand. 





Hair coated with Argan Glow Hair Oil
It feels more healthy compared to before




I'm glad I found this hair oil and it has gave me such a good feeling towards my hair after applying. My hair becomes smooth, softer, moisturized and easily managed after application and it becomes healthier too day by day after some time. I think I just found the perfect hair oil for myself.


More Information:

110ml
RM45

Argan Glow Hair Oil on Althea Korea Malaysia Website








Saturday, May 6, 2017

RM5.90 Stationeries

It got me thinking pretty hard what title should I give to this post. When it comes to spending style, I like to buy cheap and practical stuff or maybe when things are a bit too cute to resist, but nonetheless, price is the main factor of me actual buying something. 



That's why I like places such as Daiso and Komonoya, at the price of RM5.90, I'm actually enjoying products that Japanese like to use/ practical stuff that you wouldn't find them else where. Each Daiso and Komonoya outlets carry different products, sometimes I feel like I'm a treasure hunter when I dive into the sea of Japanese products in these places, looking for things I want.



Guess what, I found these:
Cute and practical stationeries, at RM5.90 each!




I was excited when I found that Daiso actually carry fountain pen with blue ink cartridge. I told Fei I just have to buy it! The design looks pretty elegant too for a fountain pen at such price. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any refill cartridge selling separately at Daiso. lol. 

Metal cap, barrel, feed and ink nib




Smooth writing




Back of the paper that was written with the fountain pen.
I'm using notebook from Muji. 





It does made up as an aesthetic writing instrument of some sort. 






One of my favourite purchase of all time - Sakura Page Marker





This paper marker reminds me of the popular Bande sakura washi tape that was sold out everywhere in Japan. Since I can't have the washi tape, this paper marker sorta comfort me in some way. It contains 160 sheets of petals, just peel off one by one and stick wherever you want. 



Material: Vellum paper

It is made by quality vellum paper which is semi-transparent and yet not easily bend as normal paper. Each petals is quite thick and sturdy, and it instantly light up my notebook the moment I stick them on it. 





Is okay that I don't get to watch sakura at Japan, I'll create my own sakura paradise inside my notebook.





Last but not least, an impulsive purchase because... RM5.90 can buy you a box of 20 colour pencils? You must be joking right Daiso?



I rarely use colour pencils as drawing medium because I like watercolour more, but this product is totally irresistible and I would like to do some mix medium if possible. Hence I made a colour chart for future reference. 

20 colours, what say you?


In a black coated thin body, the colours are more subtle compare to other colour pencil brands that are available in the market. It has strong core compare to some as it doesn't break easily while I'm colouring which I really have to give credit too. God knows how much I hate when colour pencil break on me while I'm colouring! Fancy colour available, I guess it pretty much worth every cent spent on this box.



Sometimes we don't need to splurge on fancy, expensive, hipster branded stationeries just trying to look good (or instagrammable) because when it comes to writing/drawing, it is what from within that counts. Ideas, inspiration, creativity, method of execution, and perseverance, these are essential elements that made our works a true masterpiece instead of our writing/drawing instruments.



So don't look down on yourself if you're using a RM1 ballpoint pen or in this case, a RM5.90 fountain pen just because you're currently unable to afford a LAMY fountain pen, it is what you're doing with the RM5.90 fountain pen that counts. So draw/write on, let your creativity flows and one day it will take you to the place that is worthy of your effort for not giving up.




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Product Review: Veet Sensitive Touch

If eyes are windows to soul, then eyebrows should be the window frame and it is essentially important to create a good looking ones without excessive spending( eyebrow waxing that cost almost hundred? Sounds like not a good financial planning to me). With everchanging fashion style like mine, I need something more practical that can change my eyebrows whenever and however I want. 



And yes, I believe Veet has heard all of us yearning for it and it has launched its all new eyebrow game (and painless hair removal) device called:

Veet Sensitive Touch



This innovative electronic killer is the latest device for girls who are into d.i.y eyebrows and hair removals without heading to wax center to get it all done. Designed for delicate body areas such as eyebrows, underarms and bikini lines, its special blades are created for precise trimming and without touching the skin directly, it is totally no risk of cuts!

Eyebrow trimmers, hair trimmers and combs
Adjust hair lengths as you how you want it






Just put in an AA battery and it's ready to go!







I love how easy it is to trim my desired eyebrows shape without having the fear that I will over-trimmed it or unbalance length. I can now change my eyebrows from edgy type to bohemian/korean anytime I want! (I just have to not trim my eyebrows for 2 weeks and change the shape!) No fear of cuts, easy to maneuver, no irritation on skins and such, I have just found my favourite device.



For more information:



Veet Malaysia Facebook Page

Retails at RM119.90 at major pharmacies nationwide and online retailers






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Happy Skin

The importance of beautiful and happy skin start from perfect cleansing.
The importance of beautiful and happy skin start from perfect cleansing.
The importance of beautiful and happy skin start from perfect cleansing.
*important info are to repeat thrice!



Just back from Bangkok and I can't tell you how amazing Coldplay concert was! Definitely one of the best concert I've been to. Thanks to the crazy weather of Thailand, my face feels constantly sticky and unclean it irritates me so much, then these came to rescue:

Neutrogene Deep Clean series
From left to right:
Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam and Brightening Foaming Cleanser




Founded in year 1930, Neutrogena has been taking care men and women of their faces and body with dermatologist recommended skincare products that are loved by many around the world. Nicole Kidman is Neutrogena's newest global brand ambassador. Have you seen her in HBO's Big Little Lies? Her stunning flawless skin left me speechless and I wanna have skin as beautiful and healthy as hers. 



As I mentioned at the start of this blog post, the crucial step towards a healthy and beautiful skin starts with cleansing. I don't wanna share with you how many cleansing products I've tried but not working for my skin due to I'm combination oily skin and with acne scars, it is hard to satisfy all my cleansing needs, and surprisingly Neutrogena's Deep Clean series do!





Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser

When I first receive this foaming cleanser, I was a bit skeptical as it looks very normal like all other foaming cleanser does. I've tried so, so many foaming cleanser but all didn't suit my needs until this! Its simple and clean design flip-cap packaging is spill proof and travel friendly. Its refreshing aroma and creamy texture upon usage is what ticks me on, gives me a thoroughly cleanse skin without tense or pulling effect, my skin is left clean and moisturized. Plus, just a small amount is enough to lather for face and neck usage, one tube is definitely worth every cent spent on it.






Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil to Foam
This bottle got me love at first sight, I really love its pinkish red coloured bottle, makes me feel happy for no reason as well as cleansing off make-ups and dirts become a happy chore! Its lightweight, colourless oil to foam formula combine dual-cleansing process into one, removing makeup is now one step simpler! 


With Mulberry extract, Vitamin C and B3 infused into this bottle, skin is left with visibly brighter and healthier glow. The cleansing oil actually smells like a bottle of aromatic jelly, I'm literally craving for berry konnyaku while removing my makeup. My skin feels clean and supple after the two-in-one cleansing process with a hint of fragrance that it feels good.






Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub


Here comes my favourite product among the Deep Clean series: blackhead eliminating daily scrub. I love scrubbing facial products, but they either left me too little scrubs or too harsh towards my skin. I love mild scrubbing as I feel it clear away the dirts and makeup impurities that are trapped inside my pores, leaving me a cleaner feeling.

This blackhead eliminating daily scrub had me at first squeeze as its smooth, ton full of smooth microbeads infused creamy texture foam cleanse my skin thoroughly unlike huge beads of some. Its mild citrus fragrance smells good and I'm looking forward to use for a longer period and see if it really prevents blackheads from clogging my pores.






Its been a while since I last felt happy while cleansing my skin and thanks to specially curated for me this Neutrogena's Deep Clean series, I felt my skin is brighter, healthier and moisturized from time to time. You can get Neutrogena's Deep Clean series at most of the shopping malls and pharmacies as it is easily available. Can't wait to have you share with me your happy skin moments with Neutrogena.






Friday, March 10, 2017

#EyebrowGameStrong with Veet Sensitive Touch

Shaving and trimming eyebrows has been a twice-a-week routine to me for more than a decade and sometimes the amount of time I spent to balance both eyebrows to make sure they look perfect is just absurd. And don't even have me mention about trimming each and every eyebrow hair to the same length, quite impossible for people who are impatience like me lol. 



And I discovered this one simple beauty gadget that's just launched is perfect for female like me - urban, modern, always in the rush, always doesn't have enough time, have to keep looking good due to jobs and social network circle, Veet Sensitive Touch has come to the rescue!



Veet's latest innovative beauty gadget for woman on-the-go: Veet Sensitive Touch



Got invited to Veet's Sensitive Touch launching last month and everything were in pink! Just when I thought Veet Sensitive Touch is just for eyebrows, in fact it can remove and trim hair at most of your sensitive skin area such as underarms and bikini lines. Pretty sure Veet is gonna continue owning the status of world's no.1 depilatory brand after they launch Veet Sensitive Touch. 



At the event, Veet has invited Celebrity Makeup Artist - Stevensunny to demonstrate 3 different types of eyebrows trimming + drawing method that suits different characteristics of women. Each and every types of eyebrows are trimmed using Veet's Sensitive Touch and the trimming done in a breeze. Makes me questioning myself of my eyebrow trimming skill right now. 



Upper left to right: Rock and Bohemian style
Lower: Korean



Just while I'm aware of the electronic razor sound made by the gadget, I was told that the razor of Veet's Sentitive Touch is precise yet gentle, and users should be zero fear of cuts due to its innovative razor design. It's detachable heads are to facilitate the different usage of different body parts as well as the length of eyebrows that were to trimmed. 



Left to right: Rock, Korean, Bohemian
Which one is you?



Besides trimming eyebrows, changing the style of your eyebrows has become easier too! The comb caps that came along with the package, just attached it to the razor heads of Veet's Sensitive Touch, you can change your eyebrows style from Rock to Korean to Bohemian without your eyebrows being messed up. 


Models and special guests that graced the launch: Amber Chia, Tiffany Tang (Marketing Director of RB Malaysia and Singapore) with Stevensunny





Can't wait to try out this innovative beauty gizmo and stay tuned to my review post soon!







For more information:


Veet Malaysia Facebook Page

Retails at RM119.90 at major pharmacies nationwide and online retailers




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tonkatsu Anzu, Isetan The Japan Store, Kuala Lumpur

I guess it is undeniably that our city lacks of tonkatsu(pork cutlets) choices, especially good ones. I've just recently had my very first tonkatsu experience at One Utama and to be honest, I'm not really impressed by the taste of it but somehow that's all what's left for us Malaysian to choose from when it comes to tonkatsu.



Thanks to Isetan The Japan Store, the newly opened restaurant floor The Table (4th floor) serves premium Washoku (Japanese food) prepared by Japanese chefs expertise, so me, Jean and Fei decided to have a lunch date at Anzu, one of the well-known restaurant back at Ginza, Tokyo for serving authentic delicious tonkatsu.



Anzu 





flavorful pickles to prep your taste bud for tonkatsu




Here's what Anzu thinks of when it comes to meal:
In Anzu, we think about the “meal” carefully and thoroughly, while treasuring the material, the dish, the producer, and the region. We aim at creating a place where everyone could enjoy and share the meal while enjoying conversation and time with each other.



With limited seats (about 40), the restaurant atmosphere is quite chill and spacious. Upon ordering, green tea and salad will be serve to guests free of charge.

Salad, sesame for sauce-making (for those who orderd Anzu Limited Ginjo Pork Katsu Set)





You can make your desired tonkatsu sauce by first grind the sesame. I had so much fun with this!
 (with choices of sweet or original sauce) 





Jean grinding and making her sesame tonkatsu sauce





Besides Anzu's limited Ginjo Tonkatsu Set, there's this limited Service Bento lunch set which only serves on weekday from 11a.m. to 2p.m, 20 sets per day. When we arrived (about 1:30p.m.) I thought we missed the opportunity to try this Service Bento but I guess we're lucky.


Service Bento - RM30

This Service Bento serves almost every washoku variety except for sushi. There's brown rice, chawanmushi, miso soup, katsu (pork cutlets and fried prawn cutlets), chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken), soba, yasai (fresh vegetables), appetisers etc. Its impressive dish-serving outlook brings me a real taste of Japanese bento. I find the prawn katsu taste good too! Maybe I shall order prawn ones on my next visit.  








Jean's Ginjo Pork Loin Katsu Set - RM48





Fei's Ginjo Pork Fatty Loin Katsu Set - RM55



One bite of these tonkatsu is able to tell the difference of how high quality these ginjo pork cutlets are that each bite leaves you craving for more. These pork are handpicked by Chief Chef of Anzu then matured the meat by their original technique, which make these ginjo tonkatsu premium. Just sprinkle a tad bit of special salt prepared by Anzu on these ginjo tonkatsu, each and every bite is heavenly with juicy and tender meat juice flowing and spread out to your taste buds.






Premium pork, crispy batter, high quality oil, original meat-matured technique
Elements that Anzu used to make their ginjo tonkatsu into perfection




These first class tonkatsu are definitely not to be missed! Anzu's Ginjo Tonkatsu really has opened up my eyes about tonkatsu and I am going back to try their other katsu sets for sure! 





For more information:

Anzu, Isetan The Japan Store Website

4F, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10
50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50520, KL.

Business Hours:
10a.m. - 11p.m. daily
(Last order 10p.m.)

Phone: 03-2119 2625