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Monday, 31 December 2018

[REVIEW & GIVEAWAY] Cleanse your face with the Goodness of Nature with THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil

Monday, 31 December 2018


Cleansing oils, you either love them or loathe them. I for one, have been loathing them because somehow they always find a way to put breakouts onto my face (do you also feel the same way?). That is until I tried THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil. This isn't a new product on the market - in fact, it has been a worldwide best-selling item for a while now, especially in Japan. 


Being a skeptical user, I am careful and observant when trying out new cleansers. This one, I am quite impressed at first glance as the ingredients exclude mineral oils, colourings and artificial fragrances. In fact, THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil is 88% naturally derived ingredients and its main ingredient is derived from premium Tea Seeds planted in Shizuoka, a place famous for producing top-quality tea. What's special about this oil is that its extraction process involves a heat-free cold-press method, meaning it is able to preserve all the benefits of the tea seed. Its signature golden colour is packed with nature's goodness, without the need for additional colourings.


It is recommended to use 2-3 pumps per usage but I find that a single pump is sufficient for the full face and another pump is for the neck area.


Upon application onto my face, I can sense a deeply calming effect coming from the soothing scent of the cleansing oil. It transcends me into a walk into a beautiful garden, with natural herbs blooming at every corner of the room. Cleansing is truly a luxurious moment for me with this one.


After using for about 2 weeks now, I'm glad to report that this cleansing oil
DOES. NOT. BREAK. ME. OUT.
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I'm really glad about its outcome and I'm continuing to spread the goodness with you through a giveaway!





[WIN]
THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil deluxe size by leaving a comment on my Instagram post.

Giveaway is open to Malaysian residents only and closes on 7 Jan 2019, 11.59pm.
May the Beauty Gods be with you and have a splendid New Year 2019!



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THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil 200ml retails at RM175 (at time of posting).
THREE is available online and at their stores in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, The Gardens Mid Valley and Isetan Lot 10 The Japan Store.

Disclaimer: Product is sent to me for review purposes and all opinions stated are of my own.

Eye Bags Removal via Accusculpt Laser, an aesthetic clinic procedure with RJ Clinic

Prior to this post, I have introduced RJ Clinic and documented my journey of a chin filler and botox to balance the lower half of my face. Today, I'll be sharing on the second procedure that I've done with them - eyebags removal.

Eyebags Removal via a surgical procedure.


I could very well say that my eyebags are part of my genes because I have them at an early age - during my teenage years, to be exact. I do find them annoying, and I have tried various eye creams in hopes of reducing its unsightly appearance. So far, eye creams that I've tried could only help reduce the darkened areas (dark circles) but could not help in reducing the "bulging shape" protruding under my eyes.


I've always toyed with the idea of getting them removed permanently but never knew such a procedure existed! That is when I found out that RJ Clinic offers Eyebags Removal using Accuscuplt Laser procedure.


What is Accusculpt Laser?

An eyebags removal surgical treatment completed in about 15 minutes for both sides, it is a painless one as local anesthetic is injected beforehand. The procedure includes the removal and/or adjustment of fatty tissues under the eyes to eliminate the bags. Most patients resume the majority of normal activities 1 week after eye bag surgery. Full recovery usually takes 4-6 weeks, depending on the body’s natural healing pace.


Therefore, if you wish to look good during Chinese New Year, now's the best time to get it done so that you'll look your best during then ;)


The Actual Process


There will be a consultation prior to the surgical procedure to address patient's concerns and expectations. A 3D photo taking session will take place to record your current state and to give you an idea of how you will look like, after the procedure. Rest assured, the doctor will be able to provide a Medical Cert for work/school absence for this surgical procedure if need be.


Once those are done, the eyebags areas will be marked and your face will be covered in iodine to remove any unwanted bacteria and microorganisms.







Once the areas have been identified, the doctor then inserts the needle for local anesthetic, to numb the said areas. It takes a few minutes for the anesthetic to kick in and by then, the areas including the top of lips would be painless.


To be honest, the anesthetic injection is the only pain you would feel during the process. And as for me, one side of my face feels more pain sensations than the other (according to the doctor, this is normal).


The laser is then inserted through a hole puncture at the sides of my temples, below the eyes. There will be a red light shining through my skin. From my perspective (when my eyes are closed), there is something really bright moving under the skin around my eyes, but I do not feel any pain. When the red light is activated, it releases a beeping sound - much like a quick ticking sound. Of course, it makes me feel a little scared but I know that everything will be alright as I'm in the hands of a very good doctor.


Watch the 5-minutes video below to observe how the procedure is done.
FYI the video is conducted in Mandarin.








Once the laser process is over, a bag of ice is placed on top of the area for about 30 minutes for quicker recovery. And that's it!



POST-SURGERY


Right after the surgery, sans makeup. Notice the 2 hole punctures on the sides? Bruises are minimal at this point.


Day 1 Post Surgery - with light makeup on. Bruises are barely noticeable. They look like pimples instead! lol.


Day 3 Post Surgery - Bruises are apparent, but healing quickly.


Day 7 Post Surgery - Bruises are completely gone! I can look pretty even without any makeup :D


I'm really happy that I look years younger now, especially that the problem is now well taken care of. The recurrence of having eye bags again really depends on one's lifestyle habits from now onwards. Take good care of them by having early nights, a healthy diet and also a good beauty regime!



The Clinic

This write-up is based purely on my personal opinion, with treatment done by Dr Cheok, RJ Clinic.
I can only say good things about this clinic because they really treat all their patients with good service and care (it was evident for other patients too, during my visits there).


LOCATION
No. 468-G-9, Ground Floor, Block G, Rivercity,
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 3rd Mile Jalan Ipoh,
51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

๐Ÿ“ž03-40400778๐Ÿ“ฑ016-6651113 


READERS EXCLUSIVE!
If you are interested in getting a filler treatment done, use code “GRACEMYU10” to be entitled to ONE complimentary SilkPeel or Carbon Laser treatment.


Friday, 23 November 2018

How to Achieve Sharper, Slimmer V-Shaped Face Instantly Without Surgery

Friday, 23 November 2018
Many of us seek a slimmer looking face to be selfie-ready anytime, anywhere and it's no secret that I'm one who braves through aesthetic treatments to achieve my personal goals.


If you have decided that creams and massages aren't working for you and currently contemplating having some work done on your chin area - scroll down and read on my recent aesthetic experience.


Answer: Non-surgical chin fillers & botox


Truth to be told, I'm pretty satisfied with my physical appearance but recently when I became had a featured video role - I found that my face is pretty "flat". I mean, in photos I can angle my face for a flattering portrait shot but when it comes to videos - I can't really control which part of my face will be shown because the videographer will basically capture the angles that best tells the story.

Because of this recent video experience, I was pretty disappointed with my non-3D Asian features because I know in the social media world - videos are the future. And if I want to create more videos in the near future for a more engaging content, I cannot help but feel insecure about my "flat face".

It's not like I want a super 3-dimensional face, but I'm looking for some dimensions that will allow my best features to "pop" on camera. Also, I was advised by a Feng Shui Master that my face is my "rice bowl" - meaning if I keep up my appearance, more fortune will come my way. I don't know how true this statement is, but I never denied the fact that having good looks can get you one step in the door because (sadly) people will always judge you by looks first.


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About a few weeks after the video shoot, RJ Clinic approached me. Talk about right timing!
A quick Google search revealed that RJ Clinic (previously known as Renee Clinic), have serviced quite a few famous Malaysian social media personalities - some are whom I am well-acquainted with.

Seeing their faces on RJ Clinic's page gave me the assurance I need to take the leap of faith and get some aesthetic work done together.


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Upon entering the clinic, I am greeted with a Victorian-themed interior.




RJ Clinic is situated along Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur - which isn't far from my place in Petaling Jaya. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to get there and the parking is such a breeze.




These two transparent jars store all the tools for fillers and injections - to demonstrate that they are really experienced in the aesthetic field. (Later I saw they won awards in Golden Record Awards 2018 by Merz Aesthetics - Winner for Highest Amount of Belotero Filler Injected in M'sia & 2nd Runner Up for Biggest Filler User in Asia Pacific!) Not to mention a whole wall filled with certificates too.


Dr. Renee Law & Dr. Cheok receiving the coveted award at Golden Record Awards 2018






Dr. Renee is the founder of the famed Renee Clinic and they recently updated their name to RJ Clinic, as part of a rebranding exercise.


Waiting Areas


The waiting areas are decorated with such plush seats that will make time pass by in a breeze. There is also complimentary coffee, tea, water, and light refreshments served here.






This is the first clinic that I've visited that offers a selection of Netflix movies for you to spoil yourself with! They really do know how to welcome their patients and their companions!


After registering myself, we took a few close-up shots using an advanced camera with unique lens to capture my face in 3D. Yes - 3 dimensional. Apparently, I learned that this camera also costs a bomb to acquire it because it has the ability to preview your face after the aesthetic work is done!




Once my photos are taken, I met up with Dr. Cheok to discuss the structures of my face and we identified some improvements that can be done. It is such a joy being able to share my deepest insecurities without feeling judged.


We identified a few things that can be enhanced without resorting to surgery:

a. Botox & Filler on chin
b. Accusculpt Laser on eye bags
c. Filler on cheeks and tear trough


I pretty stoked to share that I will be going through
ALL THREE TREATMENTS WITH RJ CLINIC!



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I never thought that I would be able to achieve my "dream face" here in Malaysia!
I'm really excited and I can't wait to see the final results.


As for the first treatment, I will be going through Botox & Filler on my chin.



Beauty is served: Dr. Cheok recommends using these two fillers - one intense (firmer type) to create the base while one balance (soft type) to support both sides of my jawline.



The nurse then escorted me to the treatment room, with a flat screen TV attached to the wall. The TV emitted calming music from Spotify and I drank one last sip of coffee before the treatment begins.







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On a side note, RJ Clinic has a Golden Shower in their washroom!
And an automatic Toto bidet!

I could only find Toto in Japan during my trip earlier in April and it is really famous there. Literally, all the high-class shopping malls and hotels use this very brand in their toilets.





With high anticipation, I was lying down on the treatment bed with numbing cream on, ready for my enhancements.
Dr. Cheok marked exact points for the needle to be inserted and I had one last look at my original chin, bidding my farewells internally.





DURATION
After the numbing cream set in (about 20 minutes), the duration of the treatment is really fast!
It only took Dr. Cheok to inject both firm and soft fillers about 10-15 minutes and top up with botox with about 5 minutes. 


PAIN LEVEL
Numbing cream = 0/10
Fillers = 1/10 on my left side, 3/10 on my right side
(the right side of my face seems to have more pain receptors. this varies between individuals)
Botox = 0/10



PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Pain wise, I experienced close to NO PAIN. I thought I was calm in my head before the treatment started, but I can't help but noticed my heart was pounding faster than usual and that I started to feel my body sweat under the covers thought the aircon was working perfectly fine.

I'm not sure why my body reacted that way when my mind wasn't (lol) but I'm thinking that it really has been a while (few years) since I have had anything done to my face so it could be just nerves.


Throughout the treatment, I could HEAR the liquid entering my chin as the doctor injects the fillers on my chin. It was quite a nervous moment for me because I couldn't open my mouth to ask questions as my chin was getting treated. I feared that by talking, I would move the syringe and in turn, disrupt the process. So I had to be patient until the whole 10 minutes or so was over because I could ask anything. But those 10 minutes, I was feeling anxious! So I thought to myself - I should ask the doctor on things to expect BEFORE THE TREATMENT BEGINS so that I don't have to feel paranoid during the process lol.


For fillers and botox, there is NO DOWNTIME so basically, I can return to work or activities as normal. There is only one thing to avoid - which is the sauna or any hot places - as we don't want the newly fillers to be affected. Also, Dr. Cheok warned me not to massage around my chin area because the shape takes some time to fully settle in with the rest of my face.



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Presenting you, my newly enhanced chin --







A comparison with Before & After.

Top - Before. Below - After. Sans makeup.


In the Before shots, you could see that my chin is shorter.
In the After shots, my chin has been elongated and slightly protruding.

With a slightly longer chin, I have now cheated my way to look slimmer in photos haha!




If you want to get some aesthetic work done, you can make an appointment to get professional advice before deciding on a treatment. From my observation, the doctors in RJ Clinic are willing to educate you if you have any burning questions. I was jokingly asking about our ex-First Lady's face mishaps and he was even willing to share his thoughts on it. (Let's save that for another day, shall we? lol)






LOCATION
No. 468-G-9, Ground Floor, Block G, Rivercity,
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 3rd Mile Jalan Ipoh,
51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

WEB www.rjclinic.my
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/rjaestheticclinic
INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/rjaestheticclinic
๐Ÿ“ž03-40400778๐Ÿ“ฑ016-6651113 


READERS EXCLUSIVE!
If you are interested in getting a filler treatment done, use code “GRACEMYU10” to be entitled to ONE complimentary SilkPeel or Carbon Laser treatment.


Next up, I will be undergoing Eye Bags Removal using Accusculpt Laser Treatment so be sure to stay tuned for my next blogpost!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

[REVIEW] C.Michael London Stem Cell Professional Hair Care Line

Wednesday, 7 November 2018
It's not uncommon for both ladies and gents to lose hair as they age. As for me, the main cause of my hair loss comes from (I'd to admit it) .... bleaching my hair.

Though the colors may look nice and vibrant in pictures, did you know that in order to achieve that vibrancy - a lot of chemicals are involved? Today we have the revolutionary OLAPEX - but 5 to 6 years ago - we weren't so lucky. Not in Malaysia, at least.

Because I have started bleaching, the process is undeniably addictive. I wanted to change my hair colour every other month but my hair condition worsens as time passes, eventually.

If you scroll through my Instagram feed now, you will see that I have not had any bright hair colors since Chinese New Year this year because my New Year's resolution was to cut out hair bleaching/colouring for at least a year to reset my long-lost precious soft hair.


Recently, a friend noticed my hair condition and she realized that my hair needed SOME SERIOUS OVERHAUL. No joke. She was concerned because she could observe that my scalp was sensitive and I shared with her that I was looking for a good hair care to maintain my both my scalp and locks.




I'm so glad that she sent over a box of precious hair care filled with Stem Cell technology!

I received these a few months back and now I have completed using 3 out of 4 products - thus I am now in a good position to share my overall thoughts and experience.


















The same goodness but even more Apple Stem Cell and higher in concentration for better results! The most advanced hair treatment to infuse life back into the scalp and hair with PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica, the world’s first raw material based on Apple Stem Cell.


That's basically the summary of the hair care line, meaning this would be the ones used in C.Michael salons and have a higher concentration of active ingredients to restore hair to its optimum self.


Upon opening the product, there is a strong pleasant scent the diffuses the whole shower room and it lingers on even long after washing and nurturing my hair. To be honest, I enjoyed it so much that even my partner noticed the new beautiful scent.


The conditioner, masque and serum all had the same scent - it was such a joyful experience that it felt like I just walked out of a salon whenever I wash my hair.


After finishing the 3 bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner & Masque - I'm glad to conclude that I did not experience any dandruff during this period of time YAYY!!! My sensitive scalp was not agitated throughout the duration of usage and in fact, it did restore the shine and vitality of my locks. 


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As for HAIR FALL, I also noticed fewer hair fallouts and I'm glad to be reporting that I would be considering to replenish the Shampoo & Masque very soon.


Me in Feb 2018



Me in Oct 2018


As you can see, I'm refraining from colouring my hair drastically and so far, its been great.

C.Michael Stem Cell Professional line is available in Alpro Pharmacies and online at their official website.




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

[Review + Discount code] Sudio NIVA, true wireless earphones from Sudio Sweden

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


Hop onto the bed without leaving sound behind.
Feel the freedom of true wireless earphones, with stellar audio quality.



Tiny, but mighty.


Sudio has craved a name for itself in Malaysia and rest of the world, thanks to the boom of social influencers helping to promote it online. I have used a wired version from Sudio previously, KLANG - but this is such a nice upgrade, especially when paired with my new iPhone XS Max.

As for sound quality, it is good - clarity is there which is great of you're someone who likes emphasis on vocals and instrumentals, but do not expect the bass to be too banging. Personally, I prefer "bass-ier" audio quality for that head-banging jams but then again, I would use headphones for that. With the limitations of not being able to move around quickly (with the fear of it being tossed out involuntarily), these earphones are nice if you are one who sits down for long hours to do some computer work (ie. office/assignments).

These earphones do offer 3.5 hours of battery life per charge but the pocket cover that comes with it, doubles up as a portable chargerwhich could charge these earphones up to 4.5 times, totaling to 17 hours worth of listening time if you are out and about.






When you get these pair of earphones, it also comes together with interchangeable earbud cushions to suit the size of your ears. Also, by finding the right size, you're really in for a treat because it offers soundproof effect - perfect for concentration especially when you're focusing on work.

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Retail Price: RM425
Available at Sudio website.
Use code "GraceMyu2018" at checkout to enjoy 15% off + free shipping + 4 minimalist coasters.


Disclaimer:
This pair of earphones was sent to me for review purposes only.



Sunday, 8 July 2018

OMM arrives in Malaysia & I tested out a few of their Best Sellers!

Sunday, 8 July 2018
Earlier in June, I came to learn about a new luxury Korean-beauty brand called "OMM". I was invited by the brand directly to be acquainted and have a store visit in their first outlet in Malaysia.



OMM is headquartered in Seoul, Korea. The brand now has boutiques in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Thailand. 

Among global top cosmetic brands, OMM is the first brand I've encountered to propose the idea of incorporating bioactive Lactobacillus into skincare products. It is learned that Active Lactobacillus has shown to effectively boost the performance of skincare products by supporting their core functions. Simultaneously, it strengthens skin immunity and forms a protective film of healthy flora, offering solutions that target skin issues from the root.


If you're wondering,  the letter ‘O’ in OMM represents the initiator of Lactobacillus skin care – O Rรฉn Yi; the letters ‘MM’ to honor all magnanimous mothers. As Lactobacillus is found to be transmitted from mothers to babies during natural birth, this brand highlights ‘LOVE’ to create fresher, healthier and more natural skin care products; bringing about exquisite skincare products for all beauty-seekers to indulge in.







OMM open its door in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on 7 April 2018, on the same floor as Watsons and Sasa. It boasts 1,000 square-feet in real estate size and it marks the FIRST of 5 stores in OMM's brand expansions in Klang Valley over the next 2 years.


The interior has a clean and sleek feel to the eyes, making navigating within the shop pretty simple. Upon entering the premises, you can find their Best Sellers in the left area.


BEST SELLERS


Best Sellers display


With the opening of OMM’s new retail boutique, Malaysians can finally experience the much-awaited Fresh Ferment Skin Care range, the first in the world to promote a powerful combination of Lactobacillus and Gangwon Deep Seawaters. 



The role of Lactobacillus in skincare was initially mooted by Korean Royal Physicians in the 1920s, but it was only in 2016 that OMM cosmetics, in collaboration with international research company Kolmar, managed to successfully integrate Lactobacillus into their popular skincare range. 

Using a special strain of bioactive Lactobacillus that mimics the natural bacterial protection of new-born babies, the Fresh Ferment Skin Care range promises to improve skin health by eliminating toxins and creating a balanced environment for healthy bacteria. The result is enhanced skin resilience and decreased skin sensitivity.


There are 6 products under the Fresh Ferment series:


Fresh Ferment Moisture First Essence stimulates skin vitality


Fresh Ferment Essence Toner that strengthens skin’s immunity


Fresh Ferment Lifting Eye Cream


Fresh Ferment Essence that addresses skin aging


Fresh Ferment Emulsion that maintains skin moisture


Fresh Ferment Facial Cream that maintains elasticity and brightness.





Aside from the classic range, there are a few other ranges that complement your skin, according to your skin concerns.








PRODUCT REVIEWS



I managed to test out 4 products and here's my take on each of them.
My skin type is currently dry & sensitive, so do take this into consideration when reading my reviews.


Wing Wing Wing Renew Cleanser Gel





This cleanser comes in a very runny liquid texture with a distinct honey scent. It is said to be suitable for all skin types. It foams up easily when it comes into contact with water.

Personally, I love the scent of this cleanser and I like the texture of it. However, I realized that this cleanser gave me breakouts when I first started using it. I stopped using it for awhile, but when I resumed, the breakouts came back. I was really disappointed because I really liked it, but it didn't work for my skin.

However, when my man tried this - he reported that he absolutely loved this cleanser! He has been using it regularly, unlike other cleansers I let him tried previously. A thing to note is that he has oily skin type so this could be the very reason this cleanser worked for him. So this cleanser has been on his permanent skincare routine ever since.


Fresh Ferment Moisture First Essence






I realized that Korean skincare brands make first essences as their top priority in skincare routine, thus its no wonder that this first essence makes into OMM Best Sellers list. The right application of this first essence is the FIRST STEP right after cleansing, before toner. This step is vital to prep the skin for better absorption of the following skincare products (toner, emulsion, serums, so on).

The texture is a transparent gel-like liquid that has a high absorption rate. It sinks into the skin easily without leaving any residue. Easy to use, and easy to carry around because of its light plastic bottle packaging.

I usually pump around thrice for full face coverage and twice for my neck & decolletage area. So far, I do think the efficacy is just about ok, as I do think my favorite first essence does a better job at this. When I switched from that to OMM first essence, I felt that my skin wasn't as radiant as before, but it is still better than not using a first essence product at all. But this conclusion is just based on my skin, it could be different for yours.

I do plan to finish this bottle though it isn't the best first essence that I have used because it is still good.


UV Shield Moisture Sun Mist SPF50+/PA++++





This sunscreen is such a joy to use because it comes in an easy spray-mist bottle! It's been awhile since I used a spray-on sunscreen for my face because most spray-on sunscreens are made for body usage.

I enjoy using this because:
a) Absorbs easily into the skin
b) Leaves no white cast/residue
c) Highly moisturizing
d) Has high SPF coverage (SPF50+ PA++++)
e) Lightweight packaging, easy for travels

I don't think there is anything I dislike about this sunscreen!


Fresh Pomegranate Juice Mask


Fresh Pomegranate Juice Mask + 6 sheets

This juice mask is something new that I have discovered because I usually use sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating gel masks, but not DIY masks style!


So this juice mask comes in a "milk carton" packaging that contains the juice (155ml) and 7 empty sheet masks. Meaning you are required to use this product within 7 times in 1 month as the packaging states the juice will only last 1 month upon opening. Reason being, it contains fresh Natural Active Lactobacillus on top of Gangwon-Do Deep Sea Water and Pomegranate Fruit Essence.


I like the idea of it but I gotta be honest - the DIY part makes me a little lazy to go through the hassle because it sometimes can get messy if you are not careful when pouring the juice into the plastic packaging.



With it being priced at RM105, it translates into RM15 per usage. As for me, I'm used to buying sheet masks around RM5-8 per sheet thus it is slightly pricier than usual for me. However, if you are one who is looking for superb efficacy, this juice mask really does provide long-lasting hydration throughout the week. I still feel that my face is well hydrated even on Day 2 post-mask. I do feel that this mask is worth the money and I would consider to repurchase it in future.



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If you're keen on learning more, you can find OMM here:

Location
Lot 1.32.00, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours
10:00AM till 10:00PM

Phone
(+603) 2110 6255

Website



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