Malaysian Travel & Beauty Blog

Oct 27, 2015

Hotel Review: Hong Kong Disneyland Hollywood Hotel

If you have plan to go to Hong Kong Disneyland, I would advise you to check-in into the hotel and plan your trip towards the end of your stay in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Disneyland is pretty far from the main city area and is located near the airport (approximately 10 minutes taxi ride) and there is a direct train to airport as well. Staying a night at Disneyland allows you to maximise your trip and leave to the airport from the hotel the next day. 

Initially, I was hoping to stay at the Disneyland Resort Hotel, which has a vibe of Disney Princess' Castle. It was fully booked. Then I tried my luck at the Hollywood Hotel and they have a few rooms left. 




The room has all your necessities taken care of - large bed, modern bathroom, TV, mini fridge, phone, wifi and room service. Rest assure, it is heavily decorated with Mickey motives, I almost died. To be honest, I am not a fan of Mickey Mouse. I prefer the Disney Princesses rather than the classic Disney characters, which is why my first preference was to stay at the Disneyland Resort. But I quickly give in to the cute toiletries pack. Toothbrush, toothpaste and vanity kit is presented in a Mickey tumbler. The bath gel and shampoo were not spared from the Mickey concept.



It is very convenient to travel around the Disneyland area when staying here. There is a shuttle bus that connects Disneyland, Disneyland Resort and Hollywood Hotel which I utilize a lot. From the time I touched down, I took the shuttle to Disneyland Resort for breakfast, and then back to Hollywood Hotel for a quick shower and then to Disneyland for a whole day trip. The shuttle bus also drops off at the main MTR station. A special Disney MTR 




Some may argue that the price for hotel at Disneyland is very expensive. Let me justify that, Disneyland is HUGE! There is no way you can have a fulfilled trip in a day. Moreover, it is located in Lantau Island which is out of the city. Traveling to Disneyland and back to the city will cost you a lot of time and money. I would take a relaxing trip to Disneyland and stay there to experience the magical vibe that you can't get anywhere else.

The Hollywood Hotel brings back the 1950's Hollywood glamour to your stay. If you are staying there, I would advise you to explore beyond the courtyard of the hotel, you will find a lot of hidden spots for great photos.




 After two nights at the Hollywood Hotel, I still find my trip to Disneyland was lacking. There are so many things to explore. Each time I visit Disneyland, there's something new. Alas, my wish to stay at the Disneyland Resort is still not fulfilled. Til the next time..


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Oct 25, 2015

CANMAKE Tokyo Haul & Giveaway

Hi all! Today I have a stash of CANMAKE Tokyo products to share with you some of their latest products in terms of information & also physical product. So read until the end to see how you can win one product from their new collection.


CANMAKE Tokyo celebrated their 30th anniversary at Kuala Lumpur Beauty Expo last week. In conjunction with that, I was invited to the check out their booth and also the new product launch.


Here is a mixture of old and new products. I will give a brief commentary on each of the product and will only do a separate review post for those which I think is worth a single post review. Here is my look using most of the CANMAKE Tokyo products you see here:




The Your Lip Only Gloss is one of the best selling new products in Japan. Upon launching, the first batch was sold out in Japan. It is a lip gloss that changes colour according to your lips natural colour. Interesting? I love this!!! It gives a natural pinkness on your lips and the texture is not sticky at all. However, I would recommend you to try out before purchasing because it can be a hit or miss. The transformation of colour varies from different people. Also, the coverage is very sheer. If you are looking for higher coverage, this won't be the right product for you. There is a range of a few options you can choose from. The one I have is in 01.



Another product which I love is the Lip & Cheek Gel. This is a 2-in-1 product whereby you can use on your lip as a lip stain or on the cheek as blush. So far I've only tried it on my cheek and yet to try on the lips. I love the natural flush it gives. It blends easily on my foundation. Don't be afraid of the strong red colour. It is not as bold as how you see on the pan. Available in 4 colours and the one I have is in 01.



I bought this Shading Powder because my contouring powder already hitting the bottom of the pan. I must be honest that this Shading Powder is pretty average. It does its job for contouring and shading. However, there is nothing to praise about and there is nothing to hate about it too. It is still one of the product which is good to have.



Something which I have not tried, the Matte & Crystal Cheek, a powder blush. From my experience with their previous powder blush, they were all good. So I have a high expectation on this one too. We'll see..


This is one of my favourite - the Eyebrow Liquid. It feels like marker pen which is very easy to manage. The shade is buildable, so you can control whether you want it darker or lighter. It lasts very long and sweat-proof.



Well, on something which I don't quite like is the Secret Color Eyes eyeshadow. The pigmentation is not that strong, so it doesn't suit dark skin people like me. I believe this looks well on those with fairer skin. However, the champagne shade can be used as highlighter, so it's not a total waste.


Finally now, it is time for giveaway! 


Get all these CANMAKE Tokyo merchandise - hand fan, note book, pen, RM10 voucher (valid till 31st December 2015) and the Juicy Pure Eyes eyeshadow trio. Just comment below, "What is/are the product(s) you've tried from CANMAKE Tokyo". Contest ends 13th November 2015.


It would be a plus for me if you can follow my blog (at the right hand corner). Cheers!
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Oct 19, 2015

CANMAKE Tokyo Celebrates 30th Anniversary at Beauty15 Expo Kuala Lumpur

Japan's leading brand of cosmetics, CANMAKE Tokyo, has brought the latest makeup trends from the century that gave birth to the kawaii culture to Malaysia with the arrival of its latest range of face, eye, cheek and lip colors.


They were previewed during a special showcase in Kuala Lumpur that was held in conjunction with a celebration of the brand's 30th anniversary.


'Glossy & Shiny' is the theme for the coming party season that promises to make you the belle of the ball. Natural, light and translucent looking skin creates a dewy glow that takes centre stage in this look, further complemented with glossy lips that accentuate its natural color. Recreate this look with Juicy Pure Eyes eyeshadow trios (RM39.90), Your Lip Only Gloss (RM39.90) and Matte & Crystal Cheeks (RM49.90).


Another trend that is popular in Japan is 'Color Coordinate' where lips and cheeks are coordinated with the same color using the new CANMAKE Lip & Cheek Gel (RM49.90). A meltingly smooth texture that can be used on both lips and cheeks, the 2-in-1 product gives a burst of color that can be applied in layers to deepen the intensity. For a cute kawaii touch, the gel blusher is blended high on the cheek, just below the eyes to create an oriental doll look.


Complete the look with Secret Color Eyes (RM45.90) eyeshadow palette that features a red shadow to create a delicate tint on your lower lid to enhance the skin's translucence, while deepening eye contours using the palette's shader and highlighter.


"These two latest makeup trends that are gaining popularity in Japan are particularly recommended for Malaysian women as they will be able to carry it off beautifully. There are certain similiarities between the two cultures when it comes to makeup styles such as a general preference for lighter makeup to give that natural look," Kaori Anzai who handles the overseas markets for CANMAKE Tokyo.


Launched in Tokyo in 1985, CANMAKE is now available in 13 countries including Malaysia. Its popularity and success stems from its commitment to bringing the latest makeup styles and trends at affordable prices with no compromise on the product quality that is created and manufactured in Japan.


"There's a huge following in Malaysia for Japanese styles and trends. From manga and cosplay to entertainment and fashion, there is no doubt that we are influenced by Japanese and that was one of the main reasons that Teeni Enterprise introduced this trendy brand that is reasonably priced for the Malaysia, the exclusive distributor for CANMAKE Tokyo.


During the event, CANMAKE Tokyo also presented prizes to the winners of its 30th Anniversary "Fly to Japan" contest organized recently.


Ho Yee Xin, 30, from Johor won the Grand Prize of a 5D4N trip for two to Japan while 2nd Prize Winner Gong Li Wan, 26, from Sabah and 3rd Prize Winner, Tan Hui Shee, 19, from Selangor walked away with a SONY Xperia M4 phone and Casio EX-MR1 digital camera respectively along with CANMAKE products.


The CANMAKE Tokyo line of cosmetics is available at selected SASA and AEON Wellness outlets nationwide.


Coming up next: CANMAKE Tokyo giveaway on my blog. Are you ready?
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Oct 18, 2015

Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Waterproof Mascara

Here's another product sent in by MuffinBeauty. MuffinBeauty is an online community platform of girls sharing their reviews on beauty products. It is free and it is open for everyone to join in the discussion. Before you purchase any beauty product, make sure you head to MuffinBeauty to check the review so you don't end up being disappointed and waste your money.


The product that I recently received is the Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Waterproof Mascara.


Product description:
The uplifting brush coats lash by lash, creating irresistible curl with boosted volume and length.


Instruction to use:
Apply as normal mascara. No special procedure.

Comment: 
First, let's talk about the packaging. I love the elongated tube that looks like an ancient urn. It's sleek and has an expensive look. This is a pretty easy-to-use mascara for everyday. I can sum it all as a no-comment review. It has pretty decent quality, but there are also a lot of other mascaras that perform much better. It does not lengthen my lashes, but it does a good job in thickening and curl my fine eyelashes.

The wand is huge and can be clumsy for some girls. It picks up a lot of products so you might want to remove the excessive products before applying, or it will make your eyelashes look clumpy and messy. 


Price:
RM51.90

Available at:
Watson, Bourjois kiosk
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Oct 15, 2015

5 Office Habits That Make You Healthier


Loathe going to your office? The thought of being in office makes you feeling lethargic? If your answers are yes, then read on and discover how you can make office a healthier place to be. After all, we spend majority of our day in office and it is best to grow some positive vibes around.  

We cannot deny that office is a place with accumulated negative vibes. Bad news, whether you like it or not, deadlines, demanding bosses, coworkers with bad attitudes, and office politics are some things you can't avoid and have to face at all time. Good news is, you can improve on your own inner wellbeing while at work. 

#1 - Take 5 minutes break every 1 hour 
Our brain can concentrate at its optimum level for at most an hour. You will then need to reboot it with 5 minutes break away from your work. Take 5 to read news online, go to the restroom, have coffee break, or simply close your eyes and shut down for a moment. Continuous working for long hours will result in lower quality results in your work and make you less productive. 

#2 - Do a one-location exercise at least twice a day
Do some stretching exercise at your cubicle whenever you take the #1 five minutes break. Alternatively, roll tennis ball underneath your feet helps blood circulation while you're sitting. If the space permits, spread your workout mat and do a simple yoga. Your body needs some movement to get the oxygen up to your brain. 

#3 - Crack a joke with your coworkers
Laughter is the best medicine. Share a funny post or joke with your office mate. This will lighten the mood and also increase bonding with your team. Make sure the jokes you're cracking don't offend anyone. 

#4 - Take a dose of sunshine
The sun does not only provide vitamin d and e, it is also a mood lifter. Guess why some people have winter depression? The main reason is lack of sunlight. Walk towards the window and take a dose of uv while you're on the phone. If your office blocks out the sun, walk out of the building once a day. 

#5 - Drink plenty of water
This is pretty self-explanatory. Besides keeping you hydrated, it also increases the oxygen level in your brain while helps stimulate thinking. 

Do you have any good office habits to share with me? Comment below and I would love to try it out. 

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Oct 11, 2015

Bourjois Aqua Blush (Cocoricorial)

Hey ladiess ! I believe most of you have heard of Makeupalley or Birchbox especially when it comes to beauty product reviews. Today I am going to recommend a website to everyone of you- MuffinBeauty, a beauty review social platform for Asians!


MuffinBeauty is the first beauty review community targeting Asian women. People are increasingly looking up online reviews at TripAdvisor or any other similar websites before deciding on which hotel to stay. And MuffinBeauty is like a beauty version of TripAdvisor in Asia. A platform where everyone shares information and makes neutral reviews about beauty products.


There is a Muffin Beauty Club set up especially for beauty enthusiasts and bloggers who share reviews in their own social media sites actively. With only minimum 10 reviews written in MuffinBeauty, you already have a ticket to join this club and a member can access the redemption page in order to receive products for making reviews. This is how the team rewards review contributors, I was told we stand higher chances to receive products for review if we constantly share about genuine and useful reviews to the community. I am invited to join MBC by Muffin team and there it goes my first beauty box! Check out their page for more information.


This is the product I am going to review today...


Bourjois is a French brand. It's a huge name in the Europe and recently landed in Malaysia's drugstore (if I'm not mistaken last year). Not many people know about this, Bourjois is the sister company of Chanel. The products are made by the same manufacturer with similar ingredients. Both the brand focus on different market. So if you're looking for a good makeup product without hurting your pocket, Bourjois is the brand you should go for.


Product description:

Instruction to use:
After foundation, apply one pump on the apple of your cheek in dabbing motion for richer color. For more transparent effect, spread it evenly. Seal your makeup with loose powder after. Use fingers or flat top brush to blend. Blush brush may not work well for the product. It tends to eat up the products.



Comment:
Thumbs up for the long lasting effect. It is also waterproof, which makes a perfect match for swimming or beach day out. However, the gel texture can take awhile to get used to, especially for those who have been using powder blush for a long time.

The shade leans towards sheer side. However, the colour is buidable. I love the look on me. It looks so soft, especially with the Cocoricorial shade.



It has 4 shades to choose from. And I love the Cocoricorial shade - warm peach tone, which suits my tanned skin. I wish it comes with dark brown shade for contouring. It blends really smoothly with my foundation and creates a natural look.


Recommended for:
Those who wants a no-makeup look. Perfect for travel, sports or water activities as it is waterproof and long lasting.

Price:
RM48.90 for 10ml

Available at:
Kiosk exclusive (not available at Watson)

Ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CARBOMER, SILICA,
PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRONELLOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL,
LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, CITRIC ACID
[+/- (MAY CONTAIN): MICA,
CI 45380 (RED 22 LAKE), 
CI 12085 (RED 36), CI 15850 (RED 6), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 15880 (RED 34 LAKE), CI 15985 (YELLOW 6 LAKE), CI 17200 (RED 33 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE),
CI 45410 (RED 28 LAKE), CI 73360 (RED 30 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77000 (ALUMINUM POWDER), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77163 BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)].
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Oct 5, 2015

Gifting with Meaning

Last year I started a small e-commerce site because it is a cool thing to do these days. By the end of the year, I ran out of options to maintain my business and eventually closed down the business. It was around Christmas, and my friend Chris got me the Sophia Amoruso's #GirlBoss book.



To her, this is the best gift at the right time. She wanted to give me a book on business tips, hoping I can learn something from it. However, the book she gave me is not about business at all. It is about the founder of Nasty Girl, started with dumpster diving, selling clothes on eBay and now owning a billion dollar business. She had mistakenly bought a book thinking it is a business guide book. However, it is an inspirational book that only inspires itself. Despite carefully picked by Chris, the book is not for me. It doesn't speak to me. I don't know how it can be useful for my venture into fashion business.


Chris didn't have to give me the book. She didn't owe me anything. However, she spent the 1 hour of her lifetime looking for something which she thought can help me improve in my career. That 1 hour she could have spent it with her family. She could have used the 1 hour to replenish her sleep. She could have saved that 1 hour doing something meaningful for herself. But she chose to spend it on me. The book costs her more than just 1 hour. It also cost her money. She spent RM80+ on me. That could have lasted her a week of groceries!


But, that didn't matter at all. It is not the book that I cherish. Material things come and go. In fact, material things don't mean anything. It is the gesture of how it is presented that mean something


The thing that I truly appreciate is friendship like Chris'. And I am blessed with wonderful friends who are like Chris. I am thankful that I am surrounded by genuine people who are constantly wishing nothing but the best for me.



Yvonne got me the rosary from Vatican, hoping that my prayer becomes more effective. She also got for me the Victoria's Secret's limited Bombshell holiday collection from London because I'm a big fan of Bombshell perfume. This shows that I'm always in her mind wherever she goes to.


Shikin got for me my very first SK-II product - the famous Facial Treatment Essence. She was promoting it to me after she use it and sworn by it. I was reluctant to get it, obviously because of the steep price. Without any hesitation, she bought a 215ml bottle for me at the airport during our holiday. She really wanted to share the good things with me. And I'm glad she did. It has been my staple beauty product ever since. I still keep the empty bottle of the SK-II FTE that Shikin gave me.


Alicia got me a patch of grass. It is quite funny. But I need the grass so badly at that time because I was taking photographs on real grass. It was so inconvenient. With the fake grass, I could take photo comfortably at home. Recently, she got me skin moisturizer tester. Oh my, I wanted this so badly. As a beauty blogger, this machine will definitely help me a lot! She always take note of the little things I want and need.


These are just a few of the very thoughtful gifts that I received from my friends. There are a lot more and I can't possibly list all of it.


The greatest gift I've ever received in my life is friendship. Sometimes it is odd to me that how these people are not biologically related to me, not compelled to care for me, but willing to do it anyway. And it is nice to know that I'm always in their mind wherever they go. The bond is something magical that I can't explain. I am truly fortunate to have these girls in my life.


Share with me what is your most meaningful gifts by commenting on this post and stand a chance to win the SK-II Pitera Essence set (containing the iconic Facial Treatment Essence 75ml, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml, and a piece of Facial Treatment Essence Mask) worth RM229. Contest end Oct 15, 2015. The best story will win. Good luck!


Also, you are invited to SK-II #changedestiny World Festive Edition special event happening 5-11 October 2015 at Mid Valley Megamall Centre Court.


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