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Saturday, 26 May 2018

A Birthday Treat at AsterSpring & Review

Saturday, 26 May 2018
Hi, beauties!

I know it's been awhile since I talked something related to beauty on my blog, so here's a little treat for you! Some of you have been asking me (directly/indirectly) how exactly do I upkeep my skin these days, so here's a little breakdown for you:

Grace's Beauty Routine
Daily beauty routines (Day & Night)
Makeup remover > Cleanser > Toner > Serums / Ampoules > Moisturizer > Sunscreen

Weekly facial masks
Clay mask for pores > Sheet/Gel mask for hydration

Monthly laser facials
Done at aesthetic clinics

Monthly traditional facials
Done at beauty parlors


Reading all the above sounds tedious?
For me, it really isn't because it has become a no-brainer, daily routine. Of course, I started out with just simple steps first then gradually adding in when I feel more "skin help" is needed.


I have gone to various facial places (some independent and some commercialized) but I always go back to AsterSpring when it comes to intense facials.
I call it intense because they have advanced machines to assist the facial treatments.


Since I have been to AsterSpring many times and I genuinely love their treatments there, I thought I would do a walkthrough of my recent facial there.







My typical facial session starts with a short consultation with skin experts. Once we have identified my skin needs, we decide on a facial treatment. During my recent visit, I mentioned that my skin was dehydrated and also sensitive - so I was recommended for Skin Calming Treatment. The process would take about an hour so I was in for a (birthday) treat!
(My visit was a day after my actual birthday, so I was definitely getting a special treatment from the therapists)


Since I wasn't wearing any makeup, the therapist proceeded to cleanse and exfoliate my face in a gentle and firm massaging manner.


Later on, my face was covered in a foamy liquid that acts to soften my skin (which smells great!) and a steamer was placed facing directly at me to prep for pre-extraction.



Pre-extraction


The extraction is slightly painful but totally bearable. I believe this is something that most people would want to know before proceeding with the facial (RIGHT? haha).


After extraction is done, my skin was covered with an oatmeal mask (my fave scent in AsterSpring!). According to my therapist, some people love it while others hate it. If you are a fan of "baby food", you would definitely like this. I think people might dislike it because it reminds them if their toddler's gag *whoops*


After that, my face is then provided with nutrients using Dermalogica products. 


The Results?

My skin felt very soft and moisturizing.
No redness even after extraction.
Spots are reduced and pore size is even minimized.





I even got a bouquet of flowers from the team too for my birthday ๐Ÿ˜


If you are ever considering to book a facial, do give AsterSpring a try.
They usually have first trial promotions for new customers, especially during the month of May and June (in conjunction with Mother's Day and Father's Day).


These are my treatment details if you're curious --



Benefits:
Calming, soothing, hydrating, strengthening & repairing for sensitive/fragile skin type

Duration:
55 minutes

AsterSpring Centre – RM315
AsterSpring Signature Centre – RM335


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That's it for today!
It's been a hectic month for me - 
especially with my birthday, Sephora sale, the Malaysia elections, Mother's Day and short vacays.


Stay connected with me on my Instagram @gracemyu.
I update over there pretty often ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday, 11 May 2018

๐ŸŒธ Celebrate Mother's Day with Hรคagen-Dazs Limited Edition Pink Carnation flower cake ๐ŸŒธ

Friday, 11 May 2018
It's May!

My birthday month, as well as a very special month for mothers!


Backstory:
My mom told me when I was born, the very next day was a Sunday - which was also Mother's Day for that year! So it was a very special Mother's Day for her because she got to celebrate it with my grandmother and me!


Ever since I tasted Hรคagen-Dazs ice cream cake, my household has been buying birthday cakes from Hรคagen-Dazs for TWO YEARS now!

my Hรคagen-Dazs birthday cake in cookies & cream two years ago





So for my birthday this year - while I was making my usual cake trip - I saw this very beautiful flower cake on display!




It has a Pink Carnation flower design which immediately captured my heart and I decided to get that for my birthday few days ago!






Seeing how much I love Hรคagen-Dazs cakes, I got two of them for my birthday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป




The beautiful cake is made of luscious Belgian Chocolate ice cream inside, wrapped with a thin layer of white chocolate and decorated with strawberry chocolate carnation petals
(the petals are yum!).

Make Mother's Day extra special with an ICE-CREAM cake ๐ŸŽ‚
and choose one that everyone will enjoy!
๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹


Since we are on the topic of Hรคagen-Dazs cakes, I'm gonna share a promotion that I came across on their Facebook Page:
Come on down to our shops to purchase a Mother’s Day special cake! You could be 1 of 5 lucky customers to receive L'OCCITANE Body Wash Gift Set OR a FREE Flower Bouquet E-Voucher!
See T&Cs below:
- Promo Period: May 1st – May 15th
- Winners will also receive the following:
1) Free L’OCCTIANE Gift (Random Giveaway): May 12th @ 1 Utama
2) Free Flower Bouquet E-Voucher will be sent on individual basis by end of May via Hรคagen-Dazs EDM
- This promotion is not in conjunction with other promotional programs, vouchers, offers and other VIP privileges


Btw, if you are wondering, these pics were taken during my 30th Birthday few days ago and my boyfriend got me these two cakes for a cake cutting celebration at home after a scrumptious dinner at Marble 8.
(that's why you see us both in dinner outfits compared to the rest *oops*)


So I'm just gonna leave this here - because you know how much I love my ice creams!
(I had ice-cream everyday when I was at Japan last month during sakura season)

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

1 Utama launches Flow Rider & Air Rider, for the First Phase of 1 Utama E

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
1 Utama Shopping Centre is a place where I frequent for hassle-free shopping; it has almost all the brands I love and it also is the Biggest Shopping Mall in Malaysia and it boasts the 4th Biggest Shopping Mall in the World, as recognized by CNN.

So far, 1 Utama has been around for 22 years now (since Aug 1995), and most of us in the Klang Valley are familiar with Old Wing and New Wing. But this year in 2018, 1 Utama is adding a new building called,
1 UTAMA E.


Positioned as the next "World Class Sports Tourism Destination" and "Entertainment Lifestyle Esplanade", 1 Utama E aims to attract visitors, both locally and internationally with the tagline Excite, Entertain and Exhilarate.

1 Utama E is located closer to the Old Wing, where it also houses the newly built Bandar Utama MRT station (as seen in the pic above).





My boyfriend Jack and I at the Opening Ceremony of 1 Utama E.



There will be two phases of the new building's rollout -
PHASE 1 – JANUARY 2018 | PHASE 2 – TARGET FOR COMPLETION MID 2019

Lower Ground:
Double FlowRider (Phase 1)
Alfresco F&B Street (Phase 2)

Lower Ground & Ground Floor:
Curated Retail, Specialty Lifestyle, F&B (Phase 2)

Ground Floor:
Collective Living Space (Phase 2)
Direct Link to MRT (Phase 2)

First Floor & Second Floor:
Family Entertainment Centre (Phase 2)

Second Floor:
AirRider (Phase 1)
3rd Sports Tourism Centre (Phase 2)



๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿš€ AirRider ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿš€

What It Is:
Indoor skydiving wind tunnel for simulated sky diving (specialist equipment and technology imported from Czech Republic and Australia) – 1st skydiving wind tunnel in a shopping mall in Asia Pacific!

Price packages have been engineered to be pocket-friendly for all Malaysians of all ages, with first time flyer packages starting from RM32/flight (kids party package). Each experience takes about 1 hour 45 minutes including training, and flyers will be provided with a flight suit, helmet, goggles and personalized flight certificate.




Online bookings are available at www.airrider.my or drop by
Lot S221 & S601, Second Floor, 1 Utama E.
Operation hours 10am - 10pm (Sun to Thurs) and 10am - 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) Tel: 03-77285588.



๐Ÿ„๐Ÿป‍♀️ Double FlowRider ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿป‍♀️


What It Is:
Simulated wave generator featuring sheet wave technology (designed in Southern California, United States) for the sport of flowboarding, bodyboarding and surfing – 1st in a shopping mall in Malaysia!

Kids to adults are welcome to surf with the minimum height of 107cm and general good health. The most basic regular ride (1 hour session) starts from RM45 weekday and RM55 weekend/public holiday, while day passes for unlimited rides will cost RM270 weekday and RM330 weekend/public holiday.

Apply for a FlowRider ONECARD membership for privileges such as 10% discount off regular 1 hour rides, invitations to watch FlowRider competitions, and exclusive group coaching and more.
To book a ride, just register over the counter at FlowRider’s entrance at Lot LG601, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Utama E.






Operation hours are 10am - 10pm (Sun to Thurs) and 10am - 10.30pm (Fri & Sat).
Tel: 03-77100833 | Website: www.flowrider1utama.com.my | Facebook & IG: @FlowRider1Utama


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What I like about these two new additions to the mall is that I can actually host events or parties at these places! They have event packages for this sort of arrangement so you can call to inquire within!

Personally, I haven't had the chance to try them out yet due to bad weather during the opening, but I got passes to these two facilities so I will update here once I get the chance to!


Additional Info:
Other than FlowRider and AirRider, 1 Utama also houses other unique health and fitness centres such as Camp5 (Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing gym), Sealantis (PADI 5-star scuba diving centre), Celebrity Fitness (lifestyle gym), Padang (rooftop futsal) and It’s A Hit Batting Cages (South East Asia’s 1st and only automated baseball and softball centre) for a complete lifestyle experience.

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Althea Holiday Edition: ✨ Black Sparkling Box✨ Review




I got myself another Althea Box and this time it's the Christmas 2017 special -
 ✨ BLACK SPARKLING BOX 

I got this box about one month back and somehow MAGICALLY  it is still on the site for sale! Althea boxes are curated specifically for a theme and this box is catered for those who are getting ready for a ๐ŸŽ„ Christmas / Year End Party ๐ŸŽ†  in a "black" or smoky theme.


Do note that Althea Korea sells all Korean Beauty products and ships them directly from Korea, so what you're getting is truly the REAL DEAL. What I like about Althea is that they provide -
(1) FREE SHIPPING ABOVE RM99
(2) 100% AUTHENTIC PRODUCTS
(3) BEST PRICE
(4) 30-DAY RETURNS!


Ok, enough with the chit-chat, and let's see these are worth the buy!



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#01. Son & Park - All That Smoky Kit





What It Is:
A compact eyeshaodw kit that comes with 6 colours: 3 shimmers and 3 mattes.
Shimmers: Clear Stone (pearl), Brass (gold) & Iron Lilac (purplish gray)
Mattes: Tobu (nude), Brownie (deep brown) & Charcoal (black)

My Review:
Usually Asian-made eyeshadows fail me because of how patchy and chalky they can be. For arm swatches (as seen in the above pic), they turned out great because I applied some eye primer underneath. However when it comes to blending onto my eyes, it's a different story! The shades are not as pigmented as I would like them to be, and it is quite difficult to blend!

Turns out that I was pretty bad at applying them and ended up as a panda ๐Ÿผ lol~
Truth is, I only like two shades - Tobu (to set my eye primer) and Iron Lilac (to deepen the outer sides of my eyes and plus, the colour is unique). I honestly do not really like using this compact palette, but the colour payoff is decent. I wouldn't repurchase this because it's expensive on its own and I'd still reach for other eyeshadows in my stash tbh.

This eyeshadow palette is worth RM100+ on ecommerce sites, so getting this box at RM120 is definitely a BARGAIN!




#02 April Skin - Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 (2016 New!) Shade 23






What It Is:
April Skin is a brand that is not foreign to Kbeauty fans - because they produce BB Cushions that have earned a cult status! April Skin BB Cushions are known for its high coverage that gives its users a flawless, cakeless finish. For this new version, it is made with 45% moisture serum that would ensure your skin is hydrated throughout the day! Its mochi-shaped cushion dispenses the right amount when pressed with the puff that comes with it.

My Review:
This is my very first time using a BB cushion by April Skin, and I can conclude that ...
THE HYPE IS REALLLL.
I LIKE IT!
It gives me a medium coverage, which is sufficient to cover my uneven skin tone and it provides me with a semi-matte, satin finish
Longevity wise, it sits well on my skin until it starts fading on my nose after 3-4 hours. But nothing with a quick touch up can't do! I admit it's a little upsetting, but hey most BB Cushions can't really mattify my (problematic) nose area, only foundations can.
Repurchase - maybe, if it is within RM50 range.
I'm more of a high coverage, foundation gal.

This BB cushion is currently retailed at RM82 on Althea with a rating of 4.4 stars by 72 reviewers.




#03 RiRe - Gel Eyeliner in Shade 01 Kill Black




What It Is:
A crayon gel eyeliner that helps define your eyes for both upper and lower waterline. No edgy girl look is complete without this! This can be smudged for that smoky eye effect or can be used to just define the eyes. It comes with a sharpener so that you can achieve that sharp wing look.

My Review:
As with most gel crayon eyeliners, this doesn't beat liquid eyeliner when it comes to achieving that sharp wing look. You would need to use a flat slant brush to help line the wing tightly and to get a sharp wing.
This gel eyeliner definitely does help opens up my eyes (as seen in pic above) and it lasts pretty long on my waterline because it's waterproof. However, it may move around after some time (especially when coming in contact with sweat or tears) so it isn't exactly 100% transfer-proof.

This gel eyeliner is currently retailed at RM18 on Althea with a rating of 4.3 stars by 58 reviewers.




#04 Missha - The Style 4D Mascara




What It Is:
A volumizing and lengthening mascara that gives a 4D effect for fluttery lashes.

My Review:
This doesn't really impress me, in fact this is the most disappointing product of the box IMHO (sorry to say)! It doesn't perform as well as my other mascaras and I have used better mascaras in this lifetime. It doesn't volumize, it just lengthens a little bit. Definitely will pass this on.
As one reviewer, Ana C. says,
"If you're looking for vavavoom lashes, this really isn't the product for you; 
But for the everyday natural "no makeup-makeup" person, I think you'd totally love this.
I like using this mascara when I know I'm going to use some false lashes because it keeps the curl up and manages to look natural and mesh well with the falsies. 
Value for money is really great too!"

Missha 4D mascara is priced RM16 on Althea with a rating of 4.5 by 227 reviewers (at this point of time).





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Notes:
Althea Holiday Edition: Black Sparking Box was sent to me for review purposes and it currently retails for RM120. It is still available for sale on the website, so go grab it while you still can!

Friday, 23 February 2018

How I Spend Chinese New Year Together with My Families

Friday, 23 February 2018
The view of Penang Bridge.

Every Chinese New Year, for as long as I can remember - I will always travel back to Penang by car with my immediate family from Kuala Lumpur, to visit my grandmother. There are the 5 of us: my parents, me (the eldest child), my younger sister and younger brother. The car can get a little crowded sometimes with the extra luggage (which doesn't fit into the boot) but my parents always made it interesting by playing some games or telling some stories to keep us entertained!


And when in Penang, there is always ONE STOP that we will never miss - the chendul (shaved ice dessert) road stall along Lebuh Keng Kwee. No matter how long the line is, we will queue patiently to get our bowl of chendul each.


The usual queue at Lebuh Keng Kwee, Penang.

This is the iconic bowl of Penang chendul (shaved ice with coconut milk, gula melaka, red beans and pandan jelly).

Enjoying a bowl of Chendul in sunny Penang.


My father is originally from Penang thus this very bowl of chendul is something that he grew up eating every single time he is in the area. So whenever we are in Penang, my father always makes it a point to bring us to eat together. It is relatively cheap (RM2.90 per bowl the last time I checked) and it makes a cool quenching dessert for the sunny Penang island weather.

This is one of the traditions that we upheld up until this day though having the same chendul now is relatively easier as my boyfriend recently opened the franchise outlet in Sunway Velocity!


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Aside from my immediate family, there is also my boyfriend's family to consider. There are 5 of them in the family (father, mother, sister, brother), but if I were to count in with their partners as well, there are the 8 of us! As we live under the same roof, we do things together as a family quite often.

For annual CNY Reunion Dinners, my boyfriend's family will take up most of the seats (other families have an average of 4-5 people). It makes us feel very special like a strong sense of kinship within our family.


My boyfriend's immediate family.

Our family takes up most of the table seatings in one table (seen above).

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Thus Chinese New Year is really a busy period for most Chinese families and it is vital to stay healthy throughout the season (CNY lasts for 15 days!) to enjoy the celebrations. My families (both immediate and boyfriend's) always have medicine on standby, just in case any of us fall sick.


You'll be glad to know that this Chinese New Year, Panadol ActiFast is helping you get back to the moments that matter, quickly.

Just purchase RM15 worth of Panadol at any Guardian store and Whatsapp/MMS your receipt to +6011-11266930 by Friday 2 March for your chance to win a trip to Disneyland Hong Kong or RM500 worth of shopping vouchers!

Every submission will receive a special gift.
Terms and conditions apply. Visit http://bit.ly/2rX39b1 for details.


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Happy Chinese New Year and wishing you an abundance of health & wealth for this festive season!

๐ŸŠ GONG XI FA CHAI ๐ŸŠ
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