Oct 22, 2017

The Viral Plates & Bowls From Pasar Seni

I hear ye... The last time I ran a survey on this blog, lifestyle topic was the third highest requested post for this blog (first: beauty, second: travel). So I will throw in more lifestyle posts during the weekend for your reading pleasure.

Today I'm going to talk about the viral plates and bowls from Pasar Seni Central Market. To set the record straight, the shop is not located inside Pasar Seni Central Market, but it is at the corner of the shophouse right outside Central Market main entrance. Although some call it the Central Market/Pasar Seni viral plates, you now know, it is not inside the building.


The vendor has been selling the plates and bowls for a few months now and they aren't going to be here forever. Once out of stock, that's the end of it. When I was there last week, there was hardly any human traffic and definitely not as crowded as how it was portrayed on social media when it first pops up. Perhaps, the hype already wears off, or maybe I was there on weekday working hour. Shopping was a breeze generally due to the lesser crowd, however, there are many designs been sold out, which means options are limited.



After the plates went viral, a UM professor warned the public of the danger of these plates. Apparently, it is painted and the paint tends to dilute as you use it. I'm not going into how bad it is to our health, common sense tells me, those free plates you get from toothpaste aren't safe to use as well.



Who should be visiting this viral plates shop:


  • Instagramer - I swear your photo will gain lots of likes.
  • Restaurant/cafe owners - Cheap beautiful kitchenware. Nuff said.
  • Beauty bloggers - Get some props for your next blogpost flatlays.
  • Housewives - Get all orgasmic over these beautiful bowls that will make your kitchen pop.
  • Artists - Inspirations everywhere!



When I was surveying the designs (I can't make up my mind whether to focus on the Japanese, Turkish or Chinese designs), one restaurant operator was bargaining for the plates. He told me that it was his third trip and his customers really enjoy seeing their meals on the beautiful plates. There you go.... even if you don't use it, somewhere the restaurants you visit are using the same plates. You really don't have to worry much about whether it is safe or not. Just don't use it for your babies' food.


If you're really OCD about it and still wants to buy the plates, you can use it for decor. This is my haul for the trip. I swear I could get more if they aren't so heavy. Since I had to take the train back to the hotel, I settled for these few beauties.


I got a matching square bowl and a rectangle dish plate for my console table. They will be holding my necessities so that it is easy for me to grab them before leaving the house.


My most favorite piece is the china porcelain bowl that has blue flowers imprinted on it. It is so pretty to look at and also gives a luxurious vibe to it. The size of the bowl is perfect for soup or salad. I love the flat bottom of the bowl, it doesn't look like other bowls that concave at the bottom.


If you're a blogger or Instagramer, you might find some pretty dishes to score a pretty #flatlay. Otherwise, you can use it as a place for your jewelery or makeups.

The next time you take the MRT, be sure to stop by Pasar Seni station to check out these beautiful plates. It takes 1 minute walk from the station. If you can't get to Pasar Seni, you can always shop online. Here are some of my favourite picks:

Imaginist Dessert Plates. Get it <<here>>.
Dansk Arabesque Dinner Plate. Get it <<here>>.
Porcelain Serving Bowl - Medium - Gray - Project 62. Get it <<here>>.

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Oct 21, 2017

Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++

Vehicle emissions, smoke, and dust are all pollutants that we are exposed to daily. With our skin being the outermost barrier, it is damage-prone with constant exposure to pollutants and UV. Pollutants have minute particles that are tiny enough to penetrate the skin resulting in various skin problems that include premature aging, wrinkles, pigmentation, and dullness. In addition to the effects of pollutants, excessive exposure to the UV rays can worsen skin conditions and accelerate premature aging.



One of the ways that could help protect the skin from the harmful pollutants and UV rays is by applying sunscreen that has an anti-pollutant function. Developed to address skin problems caused by pollutants and UV rays, the Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++ is here to protect your skin against environmental pollution including PM2.5 particles (PM2.5 are fine particle pollutants which are potentially harmful. They cling to the skin and become lodged in the pores which could penetrate into the epidermis layers. An extended exposure to PM2.5 can cause various health problems including inflammatory skin conditions such as rashes and itching).



The Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel is formulated with three moisturizing ingredients i.e. hyaluronic acid, amino acids and a collagen blend that functions to keep the skin moisturized and prevents it from premature aging. The Skin Aqua Mild Gel is free from fragrance, colorants, alcohol and mineral oil. It is gentle on the skin and suitable for those with sensitive skin.



It has a super light and watery texture that makes it comfortable for everyday use on both face and body. It also comes with SPF30 PA+++, offering a broad spectrum of protection against UV rays.

Start protecting your skin from air pollutants and UV rays today with the Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++ 110gm which is available exclusively at all Watsons stores nationwide at RM40.
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Oct 19, 2017

[MUA Series] How to build your makeup kit


In the MUA Series, I will be sharing all the info which I think useful for those who embark their career path to be an MUA as well. This series will be live on this blog every Thursday. Be sure to come back if you would like to follow this series. If you're an experienced MUA, I hope that you can share some useful tips by leaving me a comment. 

In the last week I started the MUA Series where I spill out all the information I have gathered on how to become a MUA. This week we are focusing on how to build your first makeup kit and other non-makeup tools you need to prepare.

To start with, do not invest in high-end brands as it will increase your operation cost. Unless you have


Foundation

You probably can't expect what type of client you will receive - do they have dry skin, dark skin tone, light skin tone, warm skin base, cool skin base? It is impossible to purchase all 40 shades of Fenty Foundation, right? Here's the trick. Get the lightest tone and darkest tone of the same brand and type of foundation and mix the foundation for each client. That way you can custom the shade according to the skin tone of your client. Be sure to also invest in a small plate and flat foundation brush to do the mixing.


Eyeshadow

In the beginning of your MUA career, you don't have to experiment all looks. Get one basic nude tone eyeshadow and a multicolor eyeshadow palette and these two palettes will be sufficient for the next 50 jobs. The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow is enough to create hundreds of looks. After all, being an MUA is not an excuse to buy more makeups, it's how creative you are to create looks.

Photo from ablogbycharlie


Prepping products

Instead of spending on eyeshadow, you should be investing a lot of prepping products such as primer, skincare base, loose powder and setting powder. It is risky to skip this because different people have different skin type. For dry skin, you may want to add some oil on the prep (tarte maracuja oil is the best!), and for oily skin, you want to get oil control primer. Be sure to make lots of research on prepping products and techniques because this is the most crucial step of makeups.


Products that required hygiene care

You cannot be frugal on products that require additional hygienic care. Purchase lots of brush cleaner because you will need to clean your brush after each client. Also, purchase an additional set just in case your brush didn't dry on time. If you are using a makeup sponge to apply foundation, it is best to purchase the sponge for each of your clients. Instead of using mascara straight from the tube, you may want to purchase additional mascara wand. Be extra careful with hygiene because if anything happens (skin infection, eye infection, lips infection), you cannot afford to repay your client's health. On top of that, it hurts your reputation as an MUA. No one wants to work with an MUA who doesn't know the basic hygiene practice.


Makeup case

Get a case that is suitable for your size. Instead of dragging a trolley full of products which you're not sure you're going to use or not, it is best to contact your client and understand the look she is going for. That way you can limit yourself to bringing the stuff you're going to use. A good size MUA makeup bag is as big as a doctor's bag. Make sure to also separate the different compartments so you don't look clumsily digging into your big bag in front of the client.


Here are some of the tips for you to build your makeup kit as an MUA. Most importantly, get the basic makeup products and experiment on your creativity. Don't get trendy products such as green mascara or purple eyeliner. You are not going to use those unconventional products on every client (unless you're focusing on Halloween or special effects).


Some of the things that you may find worth spending on are:


1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Book

This is the makeup bible for all makeup artists. Even if you're a pro, this book proofs to be useful when you are experimenting with different products. Get it <<here>>.


2. Makeup Artist Chair

Nothing can be a pain in the ass more than a wrongly leveled chair for your client. If it's too low, you will be risking your backbone by bending down too long. If it is too high, you won't be able to reach the eyes of your client. Get yourself this light weight aluminium tall protable chair for your own convenience. Get it <<here>>.


3. Zoeva Makeup Artist Makeup Bag

Makeup brushes are makeup artists' most important tool. Without a good set of ammunition, you can't go to war and expect to win. I personally recommend the Zoeva Makeup Artist Makeup Bag because it has all the brushes you need, plus a practical bag to guard your precious brushes. It might seem to be expensive, RM1100+, but if you break it down into each one of the brush, this set is worth a lot. Get it <<here>>.

4. Shanny Makeup Artist Bag

SHANNY makes really good makeup artists' bags for an affordable price. You really don't need a gigantic bag in the beginning. This medium sized trolley bag is enough to store all your tools. The trolley function also makes it easy for you to move around. On top of that, it has separate compartments for you to remove and place on top of the table. For smaller items like individual eyeshadow, lipsticks and travel sized makeups, you can store it in those comparments and get it all out without having to dig into your bag. Get it <<here>>.


5. MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist Belt

You probably have seen hair designers, makeup artists and so on, using this belt as they work on their clients. It is proven to be really convenient for you to put all your makeup brushes and items that you use often without having to move to and fro from your makeup bag or the table. Get it <<here>>.


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Oct 18, 2017

YSL Lipstick Engraving Service


You should know by now that the YSL Beauty Store at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur offers free engraving service for your lipsticks. The engraving service is only limited for lipstick only. Check out the YSL Beauty website for the engraving options.


I think this is a good add-on to personalize your lipsticks. We carry our lipstick in our purse every day and it feels really special when we take out our lipstick to find our own name on it. As a gift, it is truly a special thing to give, rather than just giving a plain lipstick tube. Christmas is coming, perhaps you can add this to your giving list for your mom, sisters, BFF or MIL.


The engraving is not limited to just names. You're able to engrave little message if you can fit into the word limit. A small message such as "I Love You" or "Relax" will give a little pick-up to those who receive the lipstick.


If you're loaded, maybe you should buy 7 lipsticks and engrave it from Monday to Sunday so you'll have different lipsticks to wear every day.


I got myself two Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks (RM147 each) to try out. These are my first YSL creme lipstick. The price is pretty affordable compared to other high-end brands lipsticks.


Here's a quick video on how the engraving is done at the YSL boutique:


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Oct 17, 2017

2017 Beauty Advent Calendar Part 2


Check out Part 1 if you have stumbled upon this first. In Part 1, there are more options for beauty calendars that available in Malaysia. In Part 2, there are more overseas options. Anyway, I don't want to limit those available in Malaysia only. I know end of the year, many of you will be traveling. Do look out for these amazing deals of advent calendar if you happen to find it.


Holland & Barrett, £35



Jack Wills, £35


John Lewis, £149


Birchbox, £65


Feel Unique, £35


QVC's TILI, £40


Diptyque, £300


The Liz Earle, £66

Marks & Spencer, £35


Molton Brown, £165


Decleor, £65


Cowshed, £90



Sleek Makeup, £35


Soap & Glory, £40


Clinique, £75


Elemis, £150


ESPA, £100


Fenwick, £150

House of Fraser, £25

John Lewis, £149

Liberty, £175


lookfantastic Beauty, £79


LUSH, £67.50

No.7, £40


Rituals, £79.50


Lancome, £95


Susanne Kaufmann, £110


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