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Dec 29, 2018

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: Launching in January 2019


If you're looking forward to freshening up your wardrobe, the fastest and easiest way is to get yourself a new scent. You might not notice it, but fragrance plays a vital role in appearance. Other than leaving an impression, it is also something personal - just like a hidden tattoo under your sleeve.

I'm embracing the new Chanel Chance Eau Tendre as my everyday perfume starting right now. Just in time to welcome 2019. The perfume is a new interpretation of the previous Chance Eau Tendre that comes in eau de toilette form. With the new eau de parfum form, it is more concentrate, giving an intense scent which lasts longer and at the same time, has a longer time to react to different skin type.

You can smell the fragrance as being powdery in the first whiff. But as the perfume evaporate and the longer you wear it, the fragrance leave a floral/fruity smell. It depends on different nose whether it is being floral or fruity, that is because it has a fruity top notes (grapefruit and quince) and floral middle note (jasmine and hyacinth). The different characteristics of the notes are bind together with musk and amber for its base notes. Overall, the notes are very powerful, but not overpowering. If you're not a fan of Chanel No. 5, do give this fragrance a try. It has a playful and modern take, unlike the other conventional Chanel's fragrance.

The Chanel Chance Eau Tendre will be available at all Chanel Beauty counters starting from January 2019. 
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Dec 25, 2018

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Christian readers a Merry Christmas. And to everyone, Happy New Year. May joy and happiness will forever be with you. 
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Dec 9, 2018

2nd Floor Coffee House Melaka


Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Price range: RM8 - RM15
Pork free
Address: 25, JALAN TKL 2/17, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 MalaccaPhone number: 017-611 2865Business hour: 12PM - 1AM (Closed on Thursday)

Melaka has plenty of cafes to explore, but the famous ones are usually packed with customers during the weekend and especially during holiday season. One of these worthy cafes to try out is the 2nd Floor Coffe House Melaka, which you can find plenty of parking spots even on the busiest weekend. The cafe is located same row as the white restaurant building, Bei Zhan.


The specialty of the cafe is the coffee art. It is insta-worthy and definitely a fresh take for coffee art. I highly recommend this place because you're not only paying for the coffee, you're also paying for the art that comes with it. 'Fraid not! The price isn't expensive at all. In fact, a cup of coffee cost around RM8. The barista will draw the art by random unless requested for a special drawing.


There's practically no food served here, except for cakes and sandwiches. It is a cafe for chilling after your meal.


The owner also decorated the cafe into a 1970's homey charm. You'll get a nostalgic feeling when exploring vintage toys, posters, records, etc. that are placed around the cafe.



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Nov 28, 2018

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette Review


Looks like the pink hue eyeshadow is going to be the next big trend in makeup. Or is it already happening now? First, there was the Urban Decay Naked Cherry. And now, this - Huda Beauty Nude. On the first glance, it doesn't resemble the usual nude that we are accustomed for which is the skin tone browns. It has pink-peach tones which don't resemble the nude that we are familiar with. But according to Huda Kattan, this palette is a game-changer to all the nude palettes ever made. It embraces confidence and not the "naked nude".

Brand: Huda Beauty
Product name: New Nude Palette
Purchase from: SephoraPrice: RM275
Product explanation: A game-changing palette that reinvents nude with revolutionary textures and colours.

Initially, I thought the pink tone eyeshadow palette is so overdone. For example, the peach palette was quite a good investment for me, and then I put it aside because I couldn't figure out how to use it on a daily look.



I bought this palette for the reason that the colors are extremely beautiful. From my previous Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette, I have expressed that I didn't like the palette, but I am willing to give this palette a try because of its new formula.

One thing I notice from this new palette is that the mattes are less powdery and the glitters are more compact. These are the two noticable upgrades I see compared to the previous palettes.



There is a wet patch on the Secret swatch. It shows that you can use the wet technique as well on the matte eyeshadows.

Pros:


  • The eyeshadow quality is extremely good. The matte shadows are easily blended and the glitters are creamy and rich. The color pay-off is totally is good.
  • The combination of colors, textures, and tones are well-thought of. The palette can create endless looks and they are mixed cohesively. 
  • There are some colors that you are able to use for a daily look. 
  • The paltte comes with a large mirror, which I know a lot of people would enjoy using. 

Cons:


  • The first thing I didn't like about the palette is the concealer. I rather swap it with another darker brown eyeshadow to create a smokey look. I think everyone has their own personal favourite concealer. That additional concealer really doesn't serve any purpose. Besides, the palette has really rich glittered eyeshadow, I foresee that in the long run, the glitters are going to stick on the concealer. That is a basic common sense, I'm not sure why the Huda Beauty team thinks it is a good idea to include the concealer. 
  • The price is, of course, a debatable point. Some might think that it isn't expensive compared to other high-end brands. I am still going to say that this is a downside of the product because of the price, you'll get a lot of options in the market.
  • With the hefty price tag, the palette still comes with a cardboard box like the other palettes. I wish they could do an upgrade on the packaging. And speaking of packaging, I think I'm done with the Huda's eyes on the front (and basically everywhere) on the package. If they could feature some new artwork, that would be great. 






Tips:


  • Use your fingers to pat on the glittered eyeshadow instead of using the brush. You'll get a lot of fall-out when using the brush and it is also lack of intensity. 
  • Use a wet brush for more intense color. 
  • This palette is one that you'll need to work on an eye primer, especially if you're going to use a lot of the glitters. 
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Nov 22, 2018

Jill Stuart Loose Blush Review


This blush is extremely pretty - that's enough excuse to get one. I got drawn to it because of the unique packaging and the very girly salmon pink shade of the blush. I'm really into salmon pink shades at the moment because it lifts up the spirit whenever I look at it. Plus, the delicate dandelion applicator adds the fun of it.


  • Brand: Jill Stuart
  • Product name: Loose Blush
  • Shade: 02 Fluffy Flower
  • Price: RM160
  • Product explanation: Just like cotton candy, this Loose Blush is sure to keep you sweet! You’ll be pretty in pink when you use the soft puff stick applicator to apply a hint of colour to your cheekbones. The powder blush even has a delicate shimmer for a naturally radiant finish.


Let the review begins!




Pros:

  • It is extremely beautiful (not sure how many times I'm going to say this). Whenever I use, it adds a little special moment. To me, the time spent on makeup is also my "me time". I enjoy admiring the packaging, swirling the blush on to the dandelion puff and brush it off my cheek. That moment of self-love is really precious. Kinda off-topic, but you know what I mean...
  • There is a fainted rose scent which smells really good. It is good to know that the scent comes from the rose extract and not perfumed alcohol. Rest assured, it is friendly to sensitive skin.
  • The shade itself is really beautiful. I'm using 02 Fluffy Flower. It gives a light wash when applied, so it isn't "into your face" kind of product. You need to work on a few layers to get a strong blush on your cheek. I like my blush to be sheer, so this is a good feature of the product.
  • The dandelion applicator is so awesome. Initially, I thought it wouldn't pick up the product, but it works just as good as a blush. It did hurt a little when you see the foundation kinda smeared on the "bulu-bulu" of the dandelion. (Should I add that in the "cons" section?)
  • It contains natural ingredients such as rosemary extract, lavender oil and avocado oil.

Read also: Sephora New Brand Jill Stuart

Cons:

  • First of all, you don't get much product from the container. There are only 5g of blush. To break it down, it's about RM32 per gram, which is really expensive. Other high-end blush normally cost around RM20 per gram.
  • The price is a bit expensive, so this isn't a good idea to use it for regular daily blush.




I'm not sure if I would recommend this blush or not. It is nice to have and not a must-have. If you have the money to spend, it is definitely a good addition to your makeup collection. Otherwise, you could get it as a treat for a special occasion. 

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Nov 17, 2018

Travel Journal Tokyo 2018

Since I spent most of my time filling in my Traveler's Notebook, I will show you guys how my travel journal looks like. The style that I adopt is mostly collage, using scraps of paper goods I collected during my trip, washi tapes, stickers, etc. 

お楽しみに.


The Traveler's Notebook that I enjoy using now is the Tokyo Station Limited Edition brown cover. I bought this from Tokyo Station. The limited edition Traveler's Notebook is limited to 2 per person. I begin to like the brown cover a lot because as it tarnishes, the colour becomes more vivid. It is slowly becoming of a character of its own. 


The first page is usually not my favorite because the insert is still fresh, lacking of inspiration and flow for me to start the first step. Some people keep it simple by putting just one photo or a quote. If you have any idea how to overcome this problem, let me know.


Throughout the trip I was eating salted salmon onigiri. I ate 2 each day in the morning while doing my makeup. I incorporated a recipe of onigiri in my travel journal. I think travel journal not necessarily focus on your travel tales, you can always add things like song lyrics, book excerpt, poem, etc.


At the bottom right corner, I use a brad to hold all the small pictures together. Although overlapping each other, the pictures can be slid to reveal the bottom pictures. I also use the pictures to protect the leaf stuck at the back.




I kept the ice cream label and drew a vanilla ice cream on it. I really love this idea.


I never knew I could paint a bowl of ramen, but I did.


My favorite page is Alice on Wednesday one. It's one of my favorite childhood cartoon and I still love it now.



This is the only two pages that I use the horizontal page instead of the usual vertical. I stuck in my fortune telling slip into the small envelope and the small postcard of Sensoji Shrine as a background.


What do you think of my journal pages? I know it's a little bit crowded, but I love it that way. Blank spaces bother me a lot. That is why I put lots of stickers to fill up the page. 
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Nov 13, 2018

Halal Nyonya Restaurant in Melaka: Big Nyonya


School holiday is approaching. If you're planning on a trip to Melaka, and you have to tick off the bucket list for good Nyonya food, I highly recommend the Big Nyonya Restaurant.


Big Nyonya is one of the best Nyonya restaurants in town because of its reputable owner, Datuk Kenny. Datuk Kenny was a famous comedian in Malaysia who played a Nyonya character in the longest running comedy Baba Nyonya for 509 episodes. It's not because of the famed owner that the Big Nyonya Restaurant is good. Beyond the star-studded signboard, there's a team of passionate staff who keeps this restaurant running after Datuk Kenny passed away. The chef was personally trained by Datuk Kenny and now his legacy continues in the food they are serving here. This restaurant is a legit Nyonya Restaurant that puts the importance on fresh ingredients and authentic nyonya way of cooking.


In terms of pricing, you can expect to pay about RM80 for 4 dishes which is enough for 4 people. I think it is quite affordable and worth the trip.



Gerang Assam Fish (RM48)

Sambal Sotong (RM28)

Ponteh Chicken (RM20)

Kangkong Belacan (RM14)

Otak-otak

Sambal

Big Nyonya also has a good recommendation from TV3's program Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan. If you are a food lover, you'll know that the Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan's recognition is reliably honest.




Big Nyonya Restaurant is strategically located in Melaka town within walking distance from Hatten Hotel, Imperial Heritage Hotel, and Equatorial Hotel.

For reservation, call: 06-286 3536 
Address: No. 33 & 33A, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya
Closed on Monday.

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