Friday, December 15, 2017

The Making of Sleeping Beauty

As a model and a person who likes to travel, wake up and having skin condition that is ready to go is essential in my life. My skin needs to be in good condition in order for makeup artists/myself to put on makeup hence prep for good skin condition is an all time mission in my weekly beauty routine.

Got the chance to try on Neutrogena latest hydrogel mask and capsule sleeping mask last month and I fell in love with their hydrogel mask series. These two mask series came in two types of formula to improve skin's condition - Fine Fairness and Hydro Boost. 

First, I tried on the Fine Fairness capsule sleeping mask. Manufactured and imported from Korea, this capsule sleeping mask is travel-friendly, hence I can keep up with my weekly mask routine even I'm on-the-go. 

Gel-Jelly type sleeping mask

Contains Niacinamide for brighten up skin to make it luminous and radiant looking, the sleeping mask has very generous amount in one capsule for few time usage (but preferable store in fridge if there's leftover). It's thick, and somehow my combination skin can't cope with its heavy-weight texture while using the Fine Fairness series. I tend to have breakouts every time I apply it overnight. 

Apply the capsule sleeping mask before sleep to get the most of it

Hence to those who facing the same breakout problems for the Fine Fairness capsule sleeping mask series, apply it for 15mins and wash it off and see your skin glow in radiant. Looking pretty with good looking skin can increase good sleeping mood too.

Next is my fav: Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask. 

Literally changed my perspective towards facial mask that all cotton sheet mask should be made into this type of paperless hydrogel mask as it fits to all types of face and you can obviously see the nutrient of mask being absorbed into skin.

As the skin is in direct contact with the mask, I can feel my skin is absorbing more from this hydrogel mask without greasy feeling or serum dripping from the mask to my neck. It's well fitted on my face I have no problem moving around or sit upwards if I have to.

Upon application, I can feel its cooling effect on my skin and it's a big yes for hot and humid weather as it can be refreshing and made me and my skin feel so good! For most of mask, my combination skin type especially my T Zone can look especially oily after masking session but I have no problem with greasy looking face with this hydrogel mask as its 100% Hyaluronic Acid is on direct contact to my skin hence the absorbance power for my skin is amazing, leaving my skin feels supple, hydrated, radiant and fresh!

Hydro Boost Hydro Gel mask comes in patches for both eyes and lips too
A total hydrated skin on face!

As comparison, I love the hydrogel mask series more than capsule sleeping mask due to I'm a big fan for lightweight texture mask instead of heavy ones. I feel my skin reacts better with the hydrogel mask as well and it's effectively shown on my glowing skin after every hydrogel mask session.

Do visit local pharmacies (Guardian and Watsons) near you to get these two masks and try it for yourself. Do leave me comment of which one you like more!

For more information:

Neutrogena Capsule Sleeping Mask: RM12.90

Neutrogena Hydrogel Mask: RM13.90

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kiehl's Nature's Playground, MyTown Shopping Centre

I guess one of the most precious moment of my childhood were the times me and my younger brother playing at playground. We would climb high and low, play with slides and swings, trying to bump each other off the see saw and laugh like there's only happiness in the world. We were never not laughing, and as an adult, I really miss those happy moments I share with my sibling.

And thanks to Kiehl's Malaysia, I get to experience my favourite childhood activities again, this time with my beloved Fei! 

So ready to becoming a child again

Kiehl's Nature's Playground is a global event, and the largest interactive-beauty-playground for both adults and children. Me and Fei had so much fun exploring this oversized fun land and got so exhausted at the end of the day lol.

fun filled activities waiting for us to discover

Since it's an interactive beauty-playground, we've learned a lot of Kiehl's history and product information throughout completing the map, it's a fun way to learn how our skin works well with which Kiehl's products as well as natural ingredients that are used to produced each and every Kiehl's star items!

H2O is very crucial for healthy skin

Nescafe Gold Coffee anyone? They contains natural antioxidant as well!

Here are some highlights of this fun land:

Kiehl's Heritage Apothecary, vintage pop-up Kiehl's store for skin consultation on the spot
I got some free samples alongside too!

free skin consultation and found the perfect product combination for my skin

Calendula Swing

Nature's Market

Checking out the ingredients that are being used in Kiehl's products

And this Nature's Playground ain't all just for fun, Kiehl's Malaysia is partnering with National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) to give support to 300,000 children that are suffering in silence. With every jar of Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream (designed by Matthew McConaughey) sold, Kiehl's Malaysia will donate RM25 to NASOM. If you happened to saw those beautifully designed ultra facial cream, please do not hesitate to get one and lend a helping hand to those who are in need.

Last but not least, the event ends with Kiehl's Malaysia 10th Year Anniversary celebration and this coming December, Kiehl's Malaysia is gonna send 10 lucky winners to the homeland of Kiehl's - NEW YORK! Stay tuned at Kiehl's Malaysia Facebook Page to find out how to win it!

There's no better feeling in this world to let your inner child run wildly and freely, thank you Kiehl's Malaysia for this wonderful event and I hope there are many, many years of celebration to come! 

For more information:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy 1111

Year end is definitely shopping season for everyone. Numerous holidays, thanksgiving, Christmas, a lot of my friends' birthday fell in year end category as well. All these present givings and dress up occasion always got me thinking: what am I gonna wear to the celebration/what am I giving as present?

Ever since I discovered Taobao many years back, online shopping experience changed my life drastically - I bought literally everything from head to toe from Taobao whenever I can. From hair accessories to wig to clothes, hats, shoes, books, gifts, literally everything from Taobao. Many were confused by its shipping method and payment method back then but thank god for being Chinese ed me and my friends managed to figured out everything and placed our order everytime then got our parcels delivered to us safe and sound. 

And since year 2009, Alibaba Group kick start "Single Day" One Day Sale event at Taobao and Tmall on 11th November, and ever since then, this day has been known throughout China and then globally as the Biggest One Day Sale event which lasts for 24 hours. Last year, this "Festival of all Festivals" made a successful record of RM17.8billion worth of gross merchandise value in just a day, smashed the world's largest online shop event record with 32percent growth on Single's Day shopping compared to previous year.

As a valuable key location to Alibaba group, Malaysia has been chosen as one of the country to join the fun in this biggest one day sale by enhancing online shopping experience with exclusive deals for Malaysian shoppers such as cheaper sea freight shipping, door to door delivery and installation services. 

I'm so ready to shop with Tmall and Taobao on this coming 11th November!

On 11th November 2017, for 24 hours Malaysians will be able to enjoy these great promotions from Tmall and Taobao:
  • International shipping starts from RM0 on consolidate shipping
  • Cashback offers with Malaysia E-Banking: RM30 cash back with minimum RM300 spent on Taobao
  • Enjoy RMB50 (RM33) off on low-priced sea freight services when spend of RMB299 (RM200) on Taobao
I guess most Malaysians are confused about shipping and payment method, with easy Malaysia E-Banking and credit card payment system, buying from Taobao is simple as one two three nowadays. Just make sure you choose "Consolidate Shipping" upon checkout to enjoy the RM0 International Shipping fee for 1st KG on this day.

Check out Taobao's Happy1111 One Day Sale on main page
Up to 50% discount and shop coupons up for grabs!

Aside from these great promotions, Alibaba also aims to transform traditional retail through technology and shoppers at China are able o visit pop-up cosmetic stores to experience augmented reality (AR) shopping experience such as lipstick trial as well as some partnering stores featuring facial recognition payment and scan-and-deliver Online to Offline (O2O) shopping.

So don't forget to set a reminder on 11th November as the crazy sales starts right from midnight for 24 hours, with more than 100,000 brands and 15million products, it's gonna be a sleepless shopping day(and night) for all of us and I'm already filling up my Taobao cart with all sorts of items waiting to be check out on that very day *Pro Tip ahem*!

Happy shopping on 1111!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Scent of Autumn

Although four seasons isn't something I get to enjoy at my dearest homeland, but whenever I get to visit higher grounds like Genting Highlands, Cameron Highland or even my recent visit to Fraser Hill, I enjoyed the cold weather very much and kinda imagine it's autumn for me and put on some autumn-like clothing for the sake of Instagrammable photos.

And did you notice that there's an unique scent that's floating in the air of these cool places? With pine trees and colder climate, flowers at higher grounds blooms more vibrantly and don't get me started with trees, they look so majestic with fog surrounding them. These places really gives me the autumn vibes with autumn scent. 

As this year is approaching its end, I find that I've changed my style to a more earthy look as well as the scent I'm used to. Different from the energetic and fresh feeling of spring and summer, I find that Avon's latest Eau De Perfume - Femme Exclusive speaks to my soul more than my usual perfume. It has a faint scent of jasmine and sparkling pear with a dash of black vanilla in the notes. And to pair with it, there's Avon's latest Eau De Toilette - Homme Exclusive which I can match my perfume scent with Fei without feeling awkward. 

Femme Exclusive and Homme Exclusive, both from Avon's latest perfume collection

Homme Exclusive, bold and masculine

A musky, woody bold scent, I would say I find this scent very familiar, perhaps it's quite similar to something that my dad used to put on himself when I was a little girl, nothing is more powerful and memorable than the sense of smell and memory that comes with it, thanks to my olfactory memory this scent gives me a warmth feeling of father figure as well. 

For guys who aren't into strong scent, Eau De Toilette is your best choice as scent of EDT only lasts around 2-4 hours and only contains 7-15% concentration of fragrance oils, the fresh citrusy scent gradually change into a woody notes with a hint of spice in it. Giving off the energetic but full of confidence and reliable vibes, Homme Exclusive's woody aromatic note is definitely my choice of boyfriend perfume this autumn. 

Avon Homme Exclusive

Femme Exclusive, Eau de Parfum from Avon

Glamorous looking in a diamond cut shaped bottle, my first sniff upon Femme Exclusive has left me a strong impression on this Eau de Perfum. With sparkling pear, oriental floral jasmine infusion and black vanilla essence, these combination brings out the feminine side of me every single time I apply this Eau de Parfum on me. Like aforementioned, scent as the strongest tie of memory, a man will never remember how your dress looks like or what handbag you're carrying, but he will remember your scent and a woman's perfume tells more about her than anything else. 

There are so many female figures that can't live without their perfume, and I find it I'm gradually falling in love with this "smell good feel great" daily ritual too. Spray the perfume in the air and go under it and pretend it's raining perfume is what I like to do most before my outing and it gives me a good vibes to start my day with. 

If there's a question on how to make someone keep falling in love with you...

Avon Femme Exclusive

I guess the answer is: make them fall in love and addicted with your scent first.

For more information:

Avon Malaysia Official Website

Avon Homme Exclusive Eau de Toilette 75ml:
RM89 West Malaysia
RM102.40 East Malaysia

Avon Femme Exclusive Eau de Parfum 50ml:
RM89 West Malaysia
RM102.40 East Malaysia

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stay Young with NUTOX Renewing Treatment

Felt my skin has aged few years more after my vacation due to the sun and rain, and of course oily & spicy food of Yunnan. Despite the east side of Yunnan has beautiful landscapes and scenery, getting used to every spicy meal is still a challenge for me and it has taken a toll on me through my skin. 

Acnes, dull looking skin and much tanned than before. 

Luckily just right before departing to Yunnan, I got a new set of skincare products from Nutox Malaysia: the all new Nutox Renewing Treatment!

Renewing Treatment Lotion, Renewing Treatment Essence and Renewing Treatment Cream
Nutox got it all covered for keeping my skin young and vital!

After putting these on my face ever since I came back from my trip, I noticed the speedy recovery of my dull and tanned looking skin and now I'm able to put on my foundation without having people thought I'm putting a mask on my face lolololol. This whole set of renewing treatment has treated my skin and renewed it to let me regain back my younger looking skin.

Invited to the launch of NUTOX Renewing Treatment with Nancy Wu at Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang last month

Nancy Wu looked much more pretty in real life!
Her photos don't do her justice at all!

NUTOX Renewing Lotion, RM59.90

With NUTOX's latest skincare technology - LumiNes, Renewing Treatment skincare series buff and lift away dead skin cells and impurities, letting my skin breathe and renew in much faster speed, breathing new life into my dull skin. This lotion is very lightweight and fast absorbance with a faint hint of fresh aroma, it moisturises my skin thoroughly and prep my skin for the next skincare regime.

NUTOX Renewing Treatment Essence, RM75.90

Restoring youth back to my skin is what this renewing treatment essence does best! With aforementioned LumiNes technology, this lightweight essence penetrate to the deeper layer of my skin and restore, improve my skin texture. I can see my skin's improvement using this day to day, radiates with glow even without makeup!

Last but not least, Renewing Treatment Cream RM49.90

Last step of my skincare regime with NUTOX Renewing Treatment series is this treatment cream. It smoothens out my skin, and provide nourishment from deep within to keep my skin looks moisturizes and glowy all the time. Non-greasy, easy absorbance, I can feel my skin is prepare to continue battling the hot weather of Malaysia too.

Here's a short video I made for the launch of NUTOX Renewing Treatment at Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang: 

Thanks to NUTOX latest skincare - Renewing Treatment range, packed with LumiNes, I can have beautiful looking radiance skin like Nancy Wu!

More information:

NUTOX Official Facebook Page

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Product Review: Althea Petal Velvet Powder

Makeup routine has been a big part of my life since many years ago, if I'm not feeling particularly lazy on that day, I would definitely wear makeup if there's any activities that involves going out from my house main door and meet people. I like to my appearance be beautiful ones and leaves strong impression on others whenever I go to events, hence my makeup always changes style from time to time, and needless to say, the brands that I've tried are countless (that some don't even exist anymore!).

I used to think "Loose powder are obviously a waste of money!" Because of all the brands I've used, none of them gave me the oil control or less cakey looks. Some loose powder is real "loose" and have no whatsoever function over my combination oily skin. Hence I've ditched loose powder from my makeup essentials for a very long time, until I try...

Althea's very first product: Althea Petal Velvet Power 

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Comes in a handy size, this pastel pink cutie packaging translucent powder is powerful than I thought. Can you imagine your skin transformed into velvety texture just like texture of flower petals? Althea Petal Velvet Powder actually does that! It sets my makeup that is silky soft to touch and smooth to look at. Its oil control function keeps my makeup without melting even on a hot sunny day and I don't "glow" in the end of the day. 

Fluffy puff that comes along with!

Made with pure natural ingredients, its micro-fine particles smoothen my pores appearance and reveal a flawless, smooth complexion that I've always wanted. I guess most of the oily combination skin type girl have the same issue like mine: translucent powder with glossy/shiny particles for dewy skin effect will make my skin look like it's dripping oil in the end of the day. Hence after I wear Althea's Petal Velvet Powder a few times, I'm madly in love with it. 

I purposely created a flower petal makeup look when I'm trying this translucent powder:

or watch it on youtube ( )

I really like the whole looks as it's not a feminine flowery kind of makeup
Gives off a more cool looking vibes that I usually does

Main Ingredients that are used in creating Althea Petal Velvet Powder are:
  • Althea: 
full of natural antioxidant, act as barrier to prevent skin dehydration by increasing moisture level.
  • Polyphenols:
Protect skins from sun exposure and ultraviolet radiation.
  • Saponarin:
repair damaged skin cells, restore elasticity to premature skin ageing.

Most of all, guess the price of this awesome Korea-made translucent powder.... It's only RM16! Although it is the smallest translucent powder I've ever used but it is the most usefulness too. I can use this powder to set any type of makeup looks without having to worry in the end of the day my face will look super oily plus it gives off the perfect silky finish to my skin I don't really need to soften my skin in photoshop. 

From the cheapest K-Beauty shopping site to awesome product, thank you Althea for this wonderful flower power experience! I can't wait for your next product!

More information:

Althea Malaysia

Althea Petal Velvet Powder Website


Suitable for all skin type

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Gindaco, 1 Utama Shopping Centre

I hooked on takoyaki (octopus in fried wheat batter balls) when I did part time in MidValley more than 11 years ago. It's probably the first takoyaki stall in Malaysia and I bought takoyaki as snack almost every single day for as long I work part time in an office located beside mall. 

This is a rendezvous between me and takoyaki that I remembered, sadly now the stall is no longer there and I can't really find good takoyaki around KL area. Most of them tasted soggy, tasteless, super tiny bits of octopus, or over fried. I cannot express how disappointed I am over and over again giving chances to various takoyaki stall all over the city and yet unable to find that one stall that can gives me the same taste as the first one I went. 

So when me and Fei went to 1 Utama and saw Gindaco I was like, since I'm beyond disappointed by others, why I don't give Gindaco a try and pray for magic to happen?

Located at LG Floor of 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Little did I know, Gindaco is a huge Japan takoyaki chain with more than hundreds shops alone in Tokyo ( more than 300 sites around Japan) and they are easily spotted with their red shop sign which located near to exits of train stations and bus stops. Unlike in Japan that usually have to eat these takoyaki at standing bar, Gindaco offers tables and chairs around the premise for customer's dining pleasure.

This is what both of us ordered:

Original Takoyaki 6 pcs, RM10 (Ramadhan promotion)
Cheese Mentaiko Takoyaki 6 pcs, RM13.90
Yakisoba with egg, RM14.90
Comes with a complimentary drink

Original Takoyaki

When this Original Takoyaki was served, the first thing I asked Fei was: Where are the dancing bonito flakes (katsuobushi)? Watching the bonito flakes dancing on top of steaming hot takoyaki is a very satisfying view but sadly Gindaco's takoyaki doesn't have this. 

Aside from the missing bonito flakes, albeit having huge chunks of octopus inside these fried tako balls, the batter for making these fried tako balls tasted a bit bland in comparison. It can't compliment the freshness of octopus as well as the flavourful takoyaki sauce. It wasn't what I hope I'll find but nonetheless it actually tasted okay. 

Yakisoba with egg

Pairing with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, this yakisoba with egg tasted somewhat sweet ( too sweet for my liking as I like my noodles savoury). But when the sweet yakisoba pairs with mayonnaise and takoyaki sauce, their taste harmoniously blend together and I actually kinda like the combination. Down side of this combination is while consuming, egg's ration have to be balance or there'll be more yakisoba left without egg. 

Last but not least, my favourite dishes from Gindaco:

Cheese Mentaiko Takoyaki

I actually can't wait to stuff all 6 of these takoyakis inside my belly once I've tasted the cheese mentaiko sauce topping. They tasted so heavenly, with melting cheese and mentaiko sauce that covers the takoyaki, I could swallow one boat of these in one shot. The savoury taste of cheese and mentaiko blends with takoyaki sauce indirectly bring taste to the bland fried batter that I mentioned above of the original ones. Cheese and mentaiko is life, nuff said.

This is truly a heavenly sight

And while I was eating cheese mentaiko takoyaki, I glance over the sign board on top of me and I saw there's Triple Cheese flavoured Takoyaki and only available for limited period only. Damn~ Why didn't I read available options carefully? I would've ditch original ones for triple cheese flavour! Now that I had 6 takoyaki and yakisoba I couldn't stuff another three into my belly anymore.

Well I do hope they'll bring back the triple cheese flavour, I could really use some cheese mentaiko or triple cheese flavour takoyaki anytime! Gindaco's flavoured toppings takoyaki proven to be somewhat delicious that all other takoyaki stalls I've tried and it kinda satisfied me in a way. For more delicious ones, I guess I'll have to personally fly over to Japan and get my takoyaki fix. 

For more information:

Gindaco Malaysia Official Facebook Page

Friday, July 28, 2017

Product Review: Kracie Hadabisei Super Moist Facial Mask

Weather has been extremely hot at Malaysia these days that I feel thirsty for most of time throughout the day. I cannot imagine how my skin take it when I head out for lunch in these hot afternoon, and I would really, really like to reward my skin for all the battle it's doing to combat with these vicious heat hence I chose Hadabisei Super Moist Facial Mask to moisturized my skin at night.

I've heard many compliments of this facial mask and finally get to witnessed it myself. If you're still asking should you put on a facial mask? The answer is always yes, as a good facial mask will hydrates skin, remove excess oil, improve appearance of pores and brighten skin complexion. Hadabisei Super Moist Face Mask is rich in serum that are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Royal Jelly, it gives skin an instant boost of moisture and hydration that makes my skin happy!

One pack, 5 pieces of face masks

Each face mask are packed separately into smaller packet

If you're reading this, there's 5 reasons you should apply facial mask like right now:
  • Relaxation:
    Set aside a bit of "me" time as applying facial mask can be quite therapeutic. Cleanse and tone skin as prep for facial mask application as it will let the goodness of facial mask penetrate thru skin. While waiting for facial mask does it work, listen to relaxing music, some light reading, or even meditate are some quality time for one. 

  • Deep Cleanse:
    Even though I clean my face through proper face washing routine yet I still it isn't "clean" enough. Good facial mask does provide "detoxing" process where dirts and impurities can be dissolve and draw out through a face mask which leads to improvement on appearance of pores. 

  • Unclog Pores:
    Aside from deep cleansing, facial mask does help lift dead skin cells that are accumulate on our skin, which believe to unclog pores too. Clogged pores are often troubles to skin, hence if dirts and impurities were trapped inside pores and pushed further down into pores, bacteria can be develop and prone to break outs and inflammation. Regular facial mask does keep skin surface clean and pores unclogges. 

  • Radiant Skin:
    Mask with rich serum like Hadabisei's which are infused with Hyaluronic acid, Royal Jelly and Lemon Extract, these ingredients can soften skin's hardened keratin and let the rich moisturizing serums penetrates into skin's deeper layer which ensures an overall improvement of skin tone. Skin will become smooth and supple, with radiant and even complexion. 

  • Efficient Skincare Routine:
    To make sure I don't waste all the skincare products I've applied on my skin, I always make sure I apply facial mask at least twice a week, With my skin being deep cleanse and pores unclog, my skin is able to absorb more skincare products when I apply them on, and have them performing better so I can achieve skincare result in a much faster and efficient pace. 

My skin become so supple and plump after the facial mask of Hadabisei

If you're interested in watching me applying face mask do click play:

Did you notice the difference before and after I apply Hadabisei's Super Moist Facial Mask? My skin literally glow in radiance and I'm elated about it. These supple waffle sheet fits perfectly on my face and I can blog, edit photos and read books without having to worry they slid off my face. Remove mask and massage the remaining serum into my skin and voila, my skin literally glows with bouncy touch.

Just remember, 20 minutes of mask time is sufficient for face masks to moisturise skin, the drier it gets the more dehydrated ones skin will be so less is more sometimes. Don't wait, it's face mask time! 😉

For more information:

Kracie Hadabisei Super Moist Face Mask Website