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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Urban Decay Girls Night Out x Gwen Stefani Collection

Saturday, 30 April 2016
Gotta say being a beauty blogger does have it perks, especially when you get invited to events that involve your fave beauty brands! Being a makeup junkie, I've always been a long time fan of Urban Decay, collecting ALL their 4 Naked Palettes and replenishing my Eyeshadow Primer Potion once in every few months.
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Themed Girls Night Out, the sole boutique of Urban Decay in Malaysia (Suria KLCC) hosted an intimate party with their loyal Facebook fans, with bloggers and personalities. It was an evening to pamper us girls while introducing Gwen Stefani's blush palette.
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A closeup of Gwen's dream eye palette




... and her blush palette with lipsticks, glide on lip pencils and brow box!




There were treats for guests including hair chalk makeover with L'Oreal Professionnel,



... tid-bits ....







... and a live makeup demo by UD Senior Makeup Artist, Koma Tan (I love her mini workshop because she is really engaging and cute hehs) ....







Urban Decay Malaysia standalone boutique is located at C27, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC. 
Stay tuned for more thoughts on the blush palette :)
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Beauty Starts with a Smile

Thursday, 28 April 2016
A screenshot of Elle Malaysia website


A week ago Malaysia experienced something pretty *revolutionary* at our shores. I'm not delving into something heavy, such as politics or finance, as this blog has always remained true to its main topic, which is BEAUTY. So what has gotten so many tongues wagging recently in the Malaysian beauty blogosphere?


Well, to get started, let me give you a hint: Beauty Starts With a Smile.
The brand behind this whole idea is called Smile Makers. 
(And for a moment I thought these were stuff for the teeth.)




These revolutionary products really set the standards high, as it's really intriguing to know that they are all readily available at an easily accessible place: Watsons.

Yes, Watsons.
The place where you get your makeup, toiletries, vitamins, meds, feminine supplies and all.
Watsons is a family place after all.
This is the ONLY BRAND of its kind that only sells in mainstream stores.


First thing that I'd like to point out is PRODUCT DESIGN.

At first glance, they do not look like anything unusual. I actually likened them to my Foreo facial massager, with the high quality of silicone used. (I heard it is made of super-smooth, 100% body-safe, phthalate-free FDA-approved silicone.) An interesting point to note that the founder's wife actually uses it as her facial massager too. I mean, my Foreo costs almost RM900(!!!) and these things are at a fraction of its price (RM129).

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Secondly, the products are made of the BEST INGREDIENTS in comparison to its competitive counterparts. The moisturizing counterparts actually takes a cue from the luxury skin care world. They follow footsteps of some of the world renowned skincare brands by using ingredients such as Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice root extract, to restore suppleness), Sodium Benzoate, Refined Glycerin, Carbomer and Methylpropanediol (as a solvent).

Now just how many brands out there that can actually claim that too? The design of the bottle give the vibe of an uber expensive essence that many women worldwide adore too. It essentially gives a whole new meaning to its intended function, especially couped up with a couple of skincare benefits too. They are water-based, pH-optimal, paraben free, fragrance free and are made of the highest purity of ingredients available.

Last but not least, the most important factor of all is that the Smile Makers is an AWARD WINNING product. One of its design - The Fireman, beat iPhone in D&AD international awards in London. The iPhone! The Fireman was nominated in the Consumer Product Design category alongside with the iMac 27-inch, a GoPro Camera, and a Nest Thermostat; eventually losing to the iMac in the end. You could see a long list of recognitions here.





So I can totally understand how and why the products can become available in a family place like Watsons, where young kids can roam freely. Because as much as it is designed for its intended use, it does look elegant and classy. Now owning a revolutionary product can be as simple as popping in a Watsons!


If these reasons are enough to stir your curiosity, feed them here by visiting the official website at
http://smilemakers.com.my.


Smile Makers products retails at your nearest Watsons Malaysia stores between RM59-RM129. Or you could also purchase them at the comfort of your home via online channels such as Watsons Online Store and Lazada Malaysia.

Smile Makers is inspired by the belief that beauty starts with a smile. When you are smiling on the inside, you smile on the outside. And nothing is more gorgeous than that.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

[AD] The Non-Alcohol, Alternative Red Wine: Nano Reserva

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
I actually have been working wayyyyy before I even graduated. Since my uni days, I was one half of an events company, running bazaars. Back then, I was always seen as the "lady boss" (or you could say the Anti-Social because I always reject social gatherings) because I was always replying texts non-stop to customers and running out of class occasionally to answer important phone calls. Rarely do I ever have time to take time out to chill out with my girlfriends, or even go for a holiday for that matter.

I was always seen either on the phone or on the laptop, as the online part of the business solely depended on me. I was sitting very long hours at cafes - learning marketing strategies, building an online presence, watching tutorials on how to use Photoshop, creating proposals, replying emails and so on. Basically I was leading a sedentary lifestyle without me realizing it. 






I was a scholarship student and I needed to maintain good grades. But at the same time, another part of my life was taking off and seemed to be going faster than I imagined. Running a business of that scale and having that much of responsibility burns you quicker that you can ever imagine. And little did I know that also took a toll on my health.

Because of that, I was not paying attention to what I eat - always ordering the same thing over and over again. I see food as a means of small daily rewards for getting tasks done on time and for delivering a good job. Everytime I step into a restaurant, I would order rice, my favourite Chinese dishes and sweet iced tea (or Teh Ais, as Malaysians would fondly know as) - always extra sweet. I always look forward to meal times every day because it was then I could only afford short breaks from work and school. This was all way back in 2010-2012 era.

Sadly, those were the years when I packed on 10 kilograms. I was weighing about 50kgs when I first stepped into uni and close to 60kg when I stepped out. Of course, it is impossible to hide 10kgs of fats. Friends around me noticed, but didn't want to say anything in fear it would hurt my feelings. I can see it in their eyes, their astonished look when they look at the "new" me. It hurted me, because that was the first time ever I felt THAT overweight and I really didn't know how to deal with it. Even my own family would drop hints that I have expanded and it can never come off subtly when one is feeling that insecure and vulnerable.

The weighing scale always seem to be heading up, up, up and I honestly have NO clue on how to get back to my original state. Heck, I was starting to worry excessively because I was not even trying to lose baby weight lol! I was just a clueless girl, wanting to look slender and slim, just so I could wear beautiful clothes and actually look good in them. 


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Fast forward to today, I have managed to lose all that excess weight thanks to exercise and eating clean. Sounds familiar right? I'm sure you have read this line over and over and it's nothing new to you, BUT trust me, IT WORKS. That's why it's been repeated so many times, by so many different individuals.

Even after losing the weight, I still am trying to maintain this figure by working out regularly and making better eating choices. I usually avoid bad carbs and sugar, and everything else is all in moderation. I also avoid alcohol, especially beer because it's all bad calories.

Recently, I chanced upon an opportunity to experience non-alcoholic red wine by Nano Japan.
NON-ALCOHOLIC red wine, you say?
Yes, I didn't really believed what I read either.












Here's some interesting facts about NANO RESERVA:
  1. Japan's first non-alcoholic red wine that uses an advanced distillation biotechnology
  2. Won 3 years consecutively for Europe highest level of Monde Selections' Grand Gold Award for Beauty & Slimming Drink Supplement
  3. 1 glass of NANO RESERVA = 7 cups of red wine health & beauty benefits!
  4. Uses Pinot Noir grapes, the black grapes that contains the highest amount of anti-oxidant
  5. Accelerates fat burning 3 times faster
  6. Anti-aging and improves skin health 6 times longer lasting
  7. Promotes better blood circulation and radiance
  8. Fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality


I find it very interesting with all the beauty and slimming (brownie points!!) benefits it claims, so I decided to give it a try!



It is advised to drink 40 to 50ml everyday after meals and while it is most suitable for people above the age of 30, there is no restrictions.


Can be taken by children 6 years and up (once a week), because it's both alcohol and sugar-free.


Safe for pregnant or lactating mothers. 


It's certified organic, halal and vegan-friendly.



Just a kind reminder, if you are on medication/drugs, please consume Nano Resvera at least 2 hours apart to avoid any internal conflicts. Otherwise, it is perfectly safe to be consume by everyone!

I like to enjoy a glass every night before I sleep, I sometimes drink more than the recommended dosage because it just tastes TOO GOOD!!
And I feel not guilty at all because there is NO SUGAR
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So few months into drinking NANO RESERVA, I can conclude that it is indeed very rewarding!
The only downside I could think of is.... it finishes too quickly since it is non-alcoholic (๑ ˊ͈ ᐞ ˋ͈ )ƅ̋


I took these photos after indulging the beauty drink (I swear no photoshop going on!) and I did not change my lifestyle throughout the duration. I also can vouch for the better sleep quality claim because I noticed that I fall asleep easily and more soundly !(•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑




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