Sunday, March 19, 2017

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Pure Color Envy Matte

The term “Beauty Sleep” has a new and significant meaning in the modern days.

With the increasingly stressful lifestyle, many women, young and old alike are suffering from sleep deprivation. As much as we hate to admit, there is a strong correlation between a good night’s sleep and beautiful skin.

In 1982, Estée Lauder first launched its Night Repair. It was a revolutionary moment in skincare history during which the importance of night being the best time for skin repair was first emphasized. For the past 30 years, the world-renowned brand has continued to revolutionize night repair until to date, their “Little Brown Bottle” became one of the best-selling and best-performing products in Estée Lauder’s history.

Originally, the Night Repair was the first serum ever created in 1982 and the first skincare product to use Hyaluronic Acid. The texture, formula and technology of the Night Repair have remained unique ever since. Today, the new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has 25+ patents and patents pending worldwide.

The skin repair products has proven to be effective, Estée Lauder sold over 4.7 million bottles in a year globally!

How to use this amazing product:
1. Apply a drop on each fingertip of one hand.
2. Touch fingertips of both hands together.
3. Massage serum over face and neck, starting at the centre outward.

Stick to this nightly ritual, and sooner or later you will find your skin condition smoother, younger and more radiant.

Meanwhile, check out this Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick from Estée Lauder.

Creamy, matte, intense and pout-provoking.

With merely one stroke, it saturates lips with undeniably daring matte colour!

I am using the crème matte lipstick in Neon Azalea colour. Other colour available:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MHB's 5th Anniversary ft. Cotton On

MHB turned 5 in November 2016! Thanks to Eight Gourmets Gala (EGG), we had a wonderful afternoon tea session to celebrate this significant day.

 Theme of the day: pink and white which happened to be MHB's symbolic colour.

3-tier afternoon tea set! 
We indulged ourselves in the generous serving of food and cider. 

Much joy and laughter with the beautiful girls all these years.

OOTD - Cotton On striped bodycon dress

Sunday, March 5, 2017

How I Gained My Self-Esteem

Recently, a uni mate reminded me of something I used to say back then. There was once he complimented my looks, but I insisted that I looked bad that day because I didn't have my make up on. Looking back, I was once a teenage girl with low self-esteem who could hardly step out of the house without layers of eyeliners.

Years later, I could finally roam free with my completely bare face. I am still the same me with the same face, but with more confidence.

What could have possibly made me believe that make up was essential and that I would be ugly without?

In fact, there were numerous time when I had nightmares about losing my teeth. Run a search on Google and it would interpret that it was due to my obsession on physical appearance.

Growing up in my household, I did not receive much compliments from the family. If I were to receive a comment on my look, it would be my clothes are weird, my face gotten bigger, my hair not well-groomed, my cheek bone too high, my eyes too ugly etc. The constant criticisms had somehow made me into who I was, a girl who was insecure about her looks, and who would never know how beautiful she was.

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to point the fingers and condemn anyone here. I totally understand that my family is super Asian, hence they are never good in giving praises and showing affection. It is not something they do deliberately to put someone down, but rather a norm that continues in the family. 

This habit will stop from my generation onwards. 

When I have kids one day, I will refrain from throwing criticisms that would discourage them, but rather shower them with compliments that they deserve. Of course, I would not do this just to my future kids, but to others around me as well. 

One of the factors that made me gain my confidence was a man who always tells me how beautiful I am and how he prefers me without my make up, because that is truly who I am. He knows the power of praises and thinks that by doing so, he could brighten up someone's day. He does it to both men and women equally, and always meant what he says. He believes that the compliments should be genuine thoughts that come from the heart, not just some fake polished words uttered to please someone.

Years ago, I was truly a master of criticisms. One of the incidents I can recall is during my trip to Melbourne with my besties, Katie and Jess. We were going to the club for the first time together. Dressed up, did our make up and all. Before we left the house, Katie got upset with me for some nasty comments that I made. Idk what I said that night but it must have been something awful. She told me that girlfriends are supposed to compliment each other before heading to the club (like every girl's unspoken rule prior to clubbing wtf). And that usually her other friends would always tell her how good she looks right before their night out. It made me feel bad and guilty for the rest of the night. I was a horrible friend. I couldn't even do better than her other friends! I had gotten so accustomed to that habit I did not think it would leave any impact on others. Until that incident. Darling if you are reading this, I am glad we are still best friend! Thank you for not hating me forever after what I've done! Lol. 

Never be stingy with compliments. If you think that someone looks good, don't be afraid to tell them so. But if you think they look bad, just shut up and keep your nasty comments to yourself. Nobody wants to hear something negative. By doing so you will not change the fact, but instead will end up destroying their self-esteem. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Embracing Adulthood

I still remember those days when I first stepped into the actual work force (For those who have yet to know, I actually have a 6-9 full time job although I hardly ever disclose much about work online). I had trouble adjusting my lifestyle to waking up early and reaching home late. Everyday I was just beyond fatigue. I used to stay up late during uni time. But not as soon as I started working. Work, eat, home, sleep. The mundane cycle repeats 5 days a week, one week after another. 

Later on, I began to adapt. From sleeping at 10pm, it became 11pm, then eventually 12am. These days, I can hardly doze off before midnight. 

By delaying my sleep time, it gave me ample time to do some other stuff. Like reading or something. LOL okay fine, I admit that at one point of time, I was a complete couch (bed) potato. I would dabao food right after work, watch Korean drama on my MacBook while I eat, proceed to shower and continue watching that drama on my bed. I would just keep watching until it was time to sleep wtf.

One day, I began to question my lifestyle. Work, eat, drama, sleep, repeat. I must be capable of doing way more than that. At the same time I happened to encounter a Japanese client at work. That was when I decided to sign up for Japanese lesson. No hesitation, just paid and attended the class 2 weeks after (and dragged colleague along too lol).

It has been 4 months since I started the lesson. I have passed the Beginner Level and am now at Elementary 1. It was really lucky of us to have been assigned a funny and wonderful sensei whose method of teaching is effective. So far all the classes are fun and I hardly had to force myself to finish the homework since I enjoy it. I have promised myself not to give up until I have become fluent in the language. After that I would sign up for Korean class XD

With the new mall opened at my work place, I have also signed up for gym membership. TBH I am not a sporty person. But these days I feel that my health has been deteriorating rapidly. I get tired from shopping for only half an hour. Every now and then I would fall sick. A few years back, I was still able to shop all day and stay up all night without feeling exhausted. Oh my youth, gone with the wind :(

Just the other day, my bestie and I happened to be at TREC. So we thought, why not drop by Zouk and have a look? Seriously I have never stepped into the new Zouk ever since it shifted. In fact I have stopped clubbing since the final year of uni. What used to be a fun night out had become a tiring affair. I still have my Zouk membership card (don't judge), so we went in and had a quick tour. It was funny cause we were quite lost at the entrance. Didn't know which entrance we were supposed to go to. Didn't want to appear like an idiot in front of other party-goers so I called up Steph (who else would I have called besides the queen of Zouk wtf) and asked for direction wtf. I asked her which way was heading to Phuture and Velvet (well at least I still know the name of the room lol). 

It was 10pm so the club was completely empty, hence allowed us a clearer view of the interior. But the downside was we wouldn't know how the actual party scene is like. Guess we need not know. Because after 5 minutes inside we already felt suffocated by the heavy ciggies odour from the carpet wtf. So yea our tour lasted for 5 minutes. LOL.

I am waking up in 8 hours for an early morning gym session as I am typing this. Don't really know the purpose of this post but I guess my main point is, I am feeling my age catching up and the signs that come along with it. I can't be young and wild and free, but instead I will work my way to becoming wiser, healthier and happier! ^^

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kerastase 3-Step Haircare Ritual

I am no stranger when it comes to Kerastase products. Growing up with a hairdresser relative, I have been introduced to Kerastase since I was a teen. There was a point of time when my hair got severely damaged after dyeing and perming (everyone must had been through that rebellious teenage stage!). These days, I can safely proclaim that most days are good hair days ^^

For weakened and damaged hair (such as spit ends, loss of elasticity, brittle hair with different lengths), I would strongly recommend Kerastase’s Resistance series (packaging in light green).

Introducing the 3-step hair care treatment:

Step 1: Bathe
Repairing Reconstructing Shampoo – RM90

Apply the repairing reconstructing shampoo to damp hair, emulsify, massage and rinse.

The pro-keratin and ceramid help to rebuild and strengthen the hair fiber from the inside.

Step 2: Treat
2 options under this step. Personally, I would use the masque only on once or twice basis.

Repairing Anti-breakage Cream – RM100
Repairing Reconstructing Masque – RM145

Apply to washed and towel-dried hair. Massage onto lengths and ends. Leave in for 1-2 minutes (cream)/ 5 minutes (masque). Emulsify and rinse thoroughly.

The products are well-known for their regenerating power.

Step 3: Texturize
Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk – RM94

This is a leave-in product that requires no rinsing. Apply to washed and towel-dried hair. Massage onto lengths and ends before you proceed to blowdry.

It protects the hair from heat up to 180 degree Celsius and makes blow-dry 2x faster. Definitely the last but not the least important step!

Good news: you may now purchase a set of Kerastase 3-step haircare ritual from any Kerastase Authorized Salons in Malaysia and claim a free Kerastase Texturizer!

Thank you Kerastase for the fantastic box of hair care goodies!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™

Beauty comes at a price. And that price surely wouldn’t make you happy.

With the rising cost of living, the cost of mani-pedi is also rising in tandem. It costs about RM200 in Klang Valley area to get a simple gel manicure these days. What used to be a bi-weekly routine is now a luxury splurge.

Thank beauty goddess for the existence of DIY nail polish.

This CNY, I decided to paint my own nails! T o T

The results used to be disastrous whenever I did hat in the past. But this time, it turned out well with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™.

The new Sally Hansen “Royal Splendor” Miracle Gel™ Collection features 3 new shades to the Miracle Gel™ - Regal Rosé Wine and dine, Off with her Red!, and Prince Char-mint.

Super amazed by the chandelier in the set that can be switched on and off with the mini button! Thumbs up to Sally Hansen for coming up with such a brilliant idea!

In conjunction with CNY, I opted for “Off with her Red!”. As the name suggests, the nail polish dries off pretty quick miraculously. The colour and shine effects are equivalent to the conventional gel polish, hence the name Miracle Gel™ although no UV light is required throughout the process.

The colour could last up to 14 days (depending on how much house chores you do LOL).

I am now using “Regal Rosé Wine and dine” which is beige with tinge of pink. Very clean and neat colour suitable for normal day use.

The black bottles are actually the 2X Volume Top Coat which provides a high-gloss finish and mirror shine. Makes the colour longer lasting too.

Additional surprise in the box. I had trouble opening this bottle of “matte polish” until I realized that it was in fact a USB! LOL. Second cutest thing ever apart from that mini chandelier.

The new shades are sold at RM36.90 each. You can get them easily at selected Watsons, Guardian, Sasa Malaysia, Caring and Parkson.

I can haz pretty nails 365 days now without having to worry about the costs! XD

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein

Feeling euphoric receiving my Christmas present this year!

Thank you Calvin Klein for the new fragrance just in time to replace my finished bottles of old perfume.

If you are looking for Valentine gift, this could be a good idea.

Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein: feminine, fruity, floral

Refreshingly light and radiant, Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein translates the provocative fantasy of the iconic euphoria fragrance into a sunlit daydream filled with cherry blossoms and air of sheer sensuality.

The translucent pink bottle contains the mixture of natural ingredients which exude a dream-like seduction as you spray it.

Absolutely adore the 3-in-1 set!

Sensual Body Lotion - 100ml
Non-sticky, non-greasy. Just apply an adequate amount and let the sweet sensual scent lingers.

EDP Rollerball - 10ml
 Fits perfectly in even the smallest handbags.

And of course, the highlight of the day:

EDP Spray - 125ml
The contemporary and artsy bottle design happens to be in my favourite shade. 

Top: cherry blossom, mandarin, bergamot
Mid: violet, pastel rose accord, syringe
Dry: bamboo, sandalwood, bare musk accord

I like the fact that it is EDP which makes the scent long lasting throughout the day. There’s no need to carry your perfume everywhere and respray it.

The eau de parfum is priced at:
40ml: RM225
75ml: RM339
125ml: RM419

Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein is available at various major departmental stores J