Malaysian Travel & Beauty Blog

Jul 27, 2013

[Review] L'Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil Couture Edition by Dilek Hanif


After two years in the market being the most sought-after hair oil, L'Oreal Professionel partnered with Turkish-born fashion designer Dilek Hanif limited edition packaging. This couture edition packaging is inspired by Dilek's Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection presented at Paris Fashion Week.


What is it?
Nourishing oil for all hair types with a blend of avocado oil and grape seed oil. It leaves hair instantly more supple, tamed and glossy. Immediately absorbed for a lightweight feel and finish. Depending on hair type, dispense 1 to 2 pumps into your hand and apply to dry or damp hair.


Pros:

1. Very effective product to control unruly hair. Taming frizzy dull hair in single application.
2. Although it is oil base, it doesn't have icky oily feeling. The oil absorbed into the hair immediately.
3. Easy application. You can use it on dry or wet hair. Don't require any blow drying. It's leave on.
4. Affordable for its standard. It's only RM75 per bottle.


Cons:

1. The limited edition packaging bottle sold out super fast. I'm not too sure if there's any outlet that still keep the couture edition packaging. However, you can still get the ordinary ones.


Lately my hair is always manageable, so I can't demonstrate the before and after to you guys. However, please accept Eva as my model for now. Eva has really annoying unruly hair that gets tangled all the time.


And I applied a few drops of the Mythic Oil onto Eva's hair...


I really appreciate the non-oily effect after application. Not only it doesn't leave oily feeling on my hair, it doesn't leave any sticky feeling on my hand as well. It is amazing how fast the product gets absorbed onto the hair.



I really love the gold bracelet that comes with the bottle. According to Dilek, bracelet is the perfect complement to every woman's clothes. The bracelet is a symbol of elegance, femininity and modernity which is also a key identity sign of the Mythic Oil.


The Mythic Oil is a full range that comes in shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment. The products work amazing and its effect can be seen right after each use. For L'Oreal Professionel standard, the price is pretty affordable.


L'Oreal Professionel products are available at all L'Oreal Professionel salons only. Go to www.lorealprofessionel.com to find out the salon list.
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Jul 26, 2013

Huge Makeup & Perfume Warehouse Sale 2013 by Luxasia

Guerlain eyeshadow palette for RM30, Anna Sui creme eyeshadow for RM10 each


Happy weekend everyone!!!! What are you planning to do this weekend? If you're heading to the city, remember to drop by Park Royal Kuala Lumpur to check out the Luxasia Warehouse Sale. Since it is public holiday in Selangor, I dated Fiona from Street Love to go there early in the morning today. It's all worth it to wake up so early in the morning! Though I wish I have more cash to spend (end of the month syndrome).


Luxasia is the distributor of a lot of a lot beauty brands and arguably the largest distributor in Malaysia (some says in Asia). They distribute mostly branded perfumes and some full range makeup lines.


Although it says 70% off, actually there are some item which price got cut off to 90% off. And if you already saw the information posted up somewhere else, take note that THERE IS NO Eve Lom, Aveda, La Prairie, RMK and Strivectin. The brands that available are:

1) Guerlain (cosmetic & perfume)
2) Talika
3) Anna Sui (cosmetic & perfume)
4) Ferrari fragrance
5) BVLGARI
6) Issey Miyaki
7) Britney Spears
8) Paco Rabanne
9) Lanvin
10) CK
11) Davidoff
12) JPG
13) Carolina Herrera
14) Salvatore Ferragamo
15) Taylor Swift
16) Nina Ricci
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Jul 25, 2013

NARS is opening the first store in Malaysia at Pavilion this November!!!!

Gone are the days that I collect orders from you guys to buy NARS makeups. That is because NARS is finally coming to Malaysia this 16th November 2013 in Pavilion!!!


It was quite unbelievable in the beginning until the PR passed me her name card and I know things are really getting serious here. In November, NARS will be having their very first stand-alone store at Pavilion. I'll go peep around and check out the exact spot soon.


I really can't wait til November because I already have a long list of stuff with the Satin Lip pencil and Radiant Creamy Concealer at the top of my shopping list.


Will update you girls soon when I have more info.
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Jul 23, 2013

[Review] Lipgloss and Lipliner from Bloop + HiShop Bloop Candy Makeover Party


Hello beautiful!!!!

Thousand apologies for not updating this blog as often as I used to. Something caught up in my life recently and I promise I'm back with full swing. Today I have, not just one, but two product reviews for you. They are the Bloop LV Lip Gloss in the color 217 and Bloop Lip Liner Pencil (not sure what color).


Bloop LV Lip Gloss (217)


Pros:

1. The thing that I love the most about this lip gloss is that it doesn't stick. Yeah!!! You heard me right. It is non-sticky. The texture feels like creme lipstick but a little bit runny-er.
2. It stays moisturized throughout the day and doesn't dry up the lips. If you have really dry lips, this is the right lip product for you. 
3. I love the color 217. It is a bright orange that instantly brighten up my look once I apply it.
4. It has doe foot applicator that is easy to use. 
5. The price is really pocket friendly. It's only RM28. You can buy it from HiShop <<here>> or from Bloop counter at Sunway Pyramid. 

Cons:

1. Like every other lip gloss, you need to reapply it after a few hours. It gets cleaned off after meal.
2. I hope Bloop comes up with funky names for the shade, instead of calling it 217. I'll name this shade "Fresh Tangerine" or something like that to give an identity to the colors. 


Here's how I look with the Bloop lip gloss...


Bloop Lip Liner Pencil


Pros:

1. It is easy to control the intensity of how dark or how light you want the color to be. 
2. Contains aloe vera as one of its key ingredients. Rich in Vitamin E. Doesn't dry up the lips like other lip liner.
3. Long lasting. Stays on for about 6 hours.


Cons:

1. This might not be a problem for a lot of people, but there's no color code/name for this shade. Other than that, there's really no negative stuff about it. 


Here's how the Bloop lip liner pencil look on me without any lipstick or lip gloss on top...


Insider news..... WonderBox is giving out the Bloop lip liner pencil this month. Did you subscribe to this month's WonderBox? If you do, you'll receive this awesome product. And if you haven't, maybe you should start subscribing to WonderBox.


Last month HiShop and Bloop had a small gathering with the beauty bloggers at their Sunway Pyramid counter for a Candy Makeover Party. It was quite an educational event. Bloop's director herself, Ms. Chan, conducted a makeover demonstration, sharing her skills on how to create flawless makeup. 


You know, I'm quite comfortable with my makeup skills, and I thought the demonstration won't impress me much. But I was wrong! One of the special technique I acquired from Ms. Chan's demonstration was to pat the foundation instead of stroking it. The stroking motion will create streakiness, while the patting technique will even out the foundation. 


Look at Charmaine, she's so dedicated in learning...


Bloop's best seller is their nail polish. I can't agree more because they have close to 200 colors and 5 different types of nail polish. Check out the magnetic nail polish with is so awesome!!!


And I actually didn't know that Bloop has their own skincare line as well. I thought Bloop is purely a makeup brand. Bloop skincare products are based on marine ingredients which is delicate to the skin. 


The one product which I'm so eager to try is the Bloop blusher stick. Will drop by their counter to get it when I'm free and do a full review on it.


By the way, have you LIKE Bloop Facebook page? If you haven't go you might want to do it because they always have contest running. The previous one was a prize of RM150 worth of makeup products.


Thank you HiShop for inviting me to the fruitful event and gave me the opportunity to rediscover Bloop. I'm new to Bloop brand and I already have a long list of products that I want to try from Bloop. Have you tried Bloop? What are your favorite products from Bloop? Do let me know in the comment so I can check it out soon.
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Jul 19, 2013

Peony & Blush Suede from Jo Malone

What a lovely name for a fragrance.... Peony & Blush Suede. The name itself gives a subtle characteristic to the perfume, which I interpreted as soft, floral, flirtatious and luxurious.


Jo Malone partnered with Master Perfumer Christine Nagel and came up with Peony & Blush Suede which will be available in Malaysia this September 2013. The first time I heard of the name of the perfume, I couldn't imagine how suede smells like. Do suede even have a smell?


Top notes: Juicy bite of red apple
Heart: Voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile peonies
Base: Soft, blush suede


The first impression of the scent was the first hint of red apple being sliced. A few seconds later you will get a hint of fresh peony lingering around. The suede as a base note keeps the scent light and fresh. All of the ingredients complements each other to portray a romantic and flirtatious scent.


Like other Jo Malone's fragrance, the Peony & Blush Suede is made for layering with other Jo Malone's fragrances. The Peony & Blush Suede is made to be layered with the English Pear & Freesia for exquisite juiciness and a sensuous, mellow touch. For a full floral and flirtatious scent, layer it with the Orange Blossom. The fragrance combining is endless as you can create so many different scent from the Jo Malone's collection.


I still love my Blackberry & Bay, so I did a test by combining it underneath the Peony & Blush Suede. The experiment successfully created a scent which is more gender friendly. The blackberry overpowers the floral hint from the peony. From the experiment, I also discover that when I layer the same combination, but the other way round (e.g. the Peony & Blush Suede below, and Blackberry & Bay on top), it will create another different scent. If you haven't try fragrance combining yet, I suggest you to go to Jo Malone's boutique and try it out. It is really fun and you'll learn so much more about perfume.


The Peony & Blush Suede is available in full collection of cologne, body & hand wash, body creme and home candle.

Cologne 30ml RM225
Cologne 100ml RM450
Body & Hand wash 250ml RM200
Home Candle RM270


In my opinion, the Peony & Blush Suede is suitable for wedding, first date and a carefree weekend day out. The longevity for the fragrance is about 6 hours which is quite surprising for cologne. And the sillage is from moderate to heavy depending on your skin chemistry. This scent would be appreciated by female better than male. It is very unlike other Jo Malone's fragrance which can be acceptable by both sexes.


Do remember to check out this special scent that made out of suede in September. I'll make sure to remind you girls again when the time is near. I know all of you will fall for this fragrance head over heels. At the mean time, I'll leave you all with the interview with Christine Nagel, the master perfumer for Peony & Blush Suede.


How did you feel when Jo Malone London asked you to create a scent working with the peony flower and the idea of leather?
The peony is such a delicate, beautiful flower, so widely adored for its romantic and blousy appeal. Reminiscent of grand English gardens bursting with these elegant pink blooms. I was immediately interested in thinking about how its subtle fragrance might blend with the textures of fabric and leather.

What was the inspiration behind Peony & Blush Suede and how did it develop?
For me this fragrance captures the connection between the craft of fragrance and couture fashion. I wanted to capture the charm of the English ballroom in the mid-20th century. The heady glamour of the Cecil beaton era. Women elegant in couture, with peonies brought in from the great country estates, the gossips and moodiness as the night unfolds. We wanted a fragrance that embraced both the floral notes and atmospheric texture of this scene. I choose to work with texture, to bring something unexpected - suede is not only surprising but has a muscularity that acts as the perfect complement to the peony flower.

What was you starting point as you embarked on creating the blend?
There are so many varieties of peony, and so many stages the flower takes; the tight bud which gently unfolds as the petals fall softly from the stem. I had to choose which facets of this extraordinary flower I wanted to transcribe in the fragrance. Additional layers are created with the sensuality of rose honey, the sophisticated of jasmine and the spice of gillyflower.

How would you describe Peony & Blush Suede as the fragrance unfolds?
The fragrance starts with the crisp bite of the juicy apple, in combination with the fresh almond giving a softness. After that comes the floral heart, where the peony takes centre stage. The intriguing aspects of this fragrance is the duality of the enveloping feminine floral and the muscle of the textured suede. The fragrance is a matter of sensation; you have to feel it, just as you feel a piece of fabric in your hands.

Suede is an unexpected idea. What does this facet bring to the fragrance?
The suede note brings sensuality, warmth and texture, and adds a certain suppleness. It's very unusual.

Which other Jo Malone Colognes can be layered with Peony & Blush Suede to create a bespoke scent and to what effect?
I love to combine this with Saffron, from the Cologne Intense collection. An unusual choice but it works very well, giving an opulent and striking combination - the mix of a luxurious floral with a vivid spice. Or for a different effect you may choose to layer with English Pear & Freesia creating an exquisitely juicy floral with a sensuous mellow touch.
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Jul 17, 2013

Winner of WonderBox Contest


Anxious who win my first year anniversary giveaway????


Here is the list of the participants:



And the winners are:







Congratulations LauraLeia, Mizu chan and Im Xwei!!!!!!! Make sure you already sign up for an account on WonderBox ya? Or else you won't be able to redeem the free subscription. 



If you didn't win it, don't worry, Wanista is having WonderBox giveaway too! You can check it out <<here>>. At the mean time, do accept this photo of cute kitty............


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Jul 8, 2013

Your Makeup Dilemma Solved (WonderBox)


Hi girls! Last two weeks, WonderBox encourage everyone to share their makeup dilemma. And yours truly is here to help out these girls. I know I suppose to post this up on Thursday, so sorry for the delay. The blame is on me. I feel so bad for not delivering on time. Is this the time to use the phrase "better late than never"?


Anyway, if you don't know about this.... WonderBox launched their "Beauty Tips 101" on their site recently. The site features priceless information on beauty and health shared by WonderBox community. It is a good educational site, so bookmark it and learn something new there everyday.


This article is to feature on WonderBox's Beauty Tips 101. I have print screen each questions and going to solve them one at a time. I hope I didn't miss out anything. Read on to see if you face the same beauty dilemma as all these beautiful girls....

Answer: Primarily you need to treat the problem of dark circles and uneven skin tone from inside out. But to camouflage them, you need a good concealer for dark circles and uneven skin tone. The concealer should be in the shade as closest to your original skin tone. Blend the concealer underneath your foundation as a second layer of your skin. Top with foundation to even out the tone the rest of your face. As for open pores, you can fill it in with Benefit Porefessional. It is a super great product to fill in pore temporary.


Answer: My advice is don't put on foundation at all until you treat the problem. If you need to "cover up" try tinted moisturizer. I love the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer a lot. It doesn't cause a single harm to your skin.

Answer: Dear Sharon, do you mean you have no idea what product suit you? Or which makeup style suit you? If you meant product, it is a game of test and error. You have to test as many products as you can to find out which one suits your skin. But you must first understand your skin type. For makeup style, try go for nude makeup first, and slowly work it up with natural colors until you're comfortable with it. It is all about exploring and choosing the style which you think suit you the most.



Answer: The reason is because your eyelid produces oil that melts the waterproof eyeliner. Try sweep some eyeshadow primer prior to applying the eyeliner and then carefully dust some black eyeshadow on top of your eyeliner (assuming that you use black eyeliner) while it is still wet. The eyeshadow will help set the eyeliner.

Answer: The easier way is to visit cosmetic stores and ask them for help. Cosmetic stores these days hire professional makeup artist to educate consumers on how to put on makeups. However, you might risk getting harassed to buy products from their store. If you're more comfortable with learning it yourself, Youtube has really good makeup gurus that uploads step by step tutorial. I totally recommend user "manwomanfilm". She's a Japanese but it is not much of a problem to follow her tutorials. Her makeup style is wearable for Asian look and not as complicated as other makeup guru.

Answer: Contrary to popular belief, makeup hardly cause sensitive skin. Sometimes people think makeup cause sensitive skin, but the real problem is they are using product which is not suitable to their skin. To take precaution, use makeup primer like Etude House Baby Choux base. As for a makeup starter brand, I would recommend is Elianto. The price is reasonable and they have wide range of colours which allow you to invest a lot of products to experiment on.


Answer: It is not the problem with the brand. Sweep some loose powder across your face when you use foundation. Have you tried the Ronasutra mineral powder from the January WonderBox? I am using that. It sets the foundation into place and doesn't cause streakiness and prevent makeup from getting cakey. 

If you have any makeup dilemma, do let me know, I will help you guys figure out a solution or to recommend products which I've personally tried before.
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