Sep 18, 2017

5 Reasons Why The Barat Tioman Resort Is Not Worth It

"Kau asal mana? Sini ke?" My friend asked the driver as we were going to the Marine Park. He replied kindly, "Tak kak. Saya asal Bukit Tinggi. Dah 15 tahun tinggal kat Tioman."


Indeed, Tioman is a beautiful island, capable of captivating any visitors to stay longer than expected. The unspoiled nature, calming blue sea and the gentle waves are the reasons we were drawn to the place. Sitting on the South China Sea, Tioman island is one of the best diving spot in Malaysia rich with marine life and coral reefs.


I could list a hundred and one good things about the island to make me stay (I even considering to retire here), but on the other hand, I only have 5 reasons to let you know that I won't be reconsidering staying at The Barat Tioman Resort again. Let me tell you why...




#1 - Misrepresentation

When I make my hotel booking, I clearly checked the accessibility of the resort. And I found out it is only 700m away from the Juara Beach Jetty through Juara Express. Also, there is a complimentary transfer from the jetty. Sounds like a pretty good deal. However, the Juara Express is not operating at the moment. I only found out after confirmed my room booking. That left me with no choice but to take a boat to Tekek and then a taxi to the resort. The resort also charging us for the transfer from Tekek which added RM280 into our cost. We think that the price is really unreasonable.

The resort could have mention that the Juara Express service is coming soon or currently not in operation.

From the Barat Tioman website


Email reply from Juara Express


#2 - Non-accessibility

As mentioned earlier, the nearest jetty to The Barat Tioman is Tekek, which required us to get a transport from Tekek to the resort with an exorbitant price tag.

It is also far from the major spot such as Marine Park. When we requested for transport to the Marine Park for snorkeling, the hotel charged us RM80 per person. If we took the usual transport to Tekek, it only cost us RM70 per person. Not too sure where the additional RM10 go to.


#3 - Non-forgiving bathroom

When we first got into the bathroom, one thing you will notice is the missing toiletries tray you usually get in other resort. What we found was a attached-dispenser for soap like those you get in backpackers common bathroom. For a beach resort we would expect a proper toiletries set, shower cap, sanitary pad bag and laundry bag. All those are not available. Bring your own laundry bag.

The shower is not separated from the toilet. Each time we shower, the entire bathroom will be flooded with water. Add on to the pain, there was no ventilation in the bathroom. It smells pretty bad with the high humidity weather on the island.

#4 - Lack of amenities

Comparing with my previous experience at Alunan Resort (Perhentian Kecil), this resort lacks of some amenities. All the water activities are subjected to fees. Even renting a safety vest cost us RM10 each per day which you have to return by 6pm. Unlike Alunan Resort, guests can utilize the snorkeling mask and safety vest for free. You can jump into the ocean anytime you like without additional charges.

#5 - Lack of marine life around the beach

You can't rent a snorkeling mask and jump into the beach directly and expect to see some fishes around the resort.  I swam from the front of the resort towards the edge of the beach where the river ends, I only saw 5 fishes.

You get the usual water activities like snorkeling, diving, banana boat, kayaking, etc. But those activities have to be pre-booked and pre-planned ahead. We booked for a Marine Park tour that costed RM80 each only to find out that the Marine Park is at Tekek, which we could have rented a motorbike or a car for a lesser fee. (Another misinterpretation).


If given a second chance to go back to Tioman (more specifically to Kampung Juara area), I would book my stay at 1511 Coconut Groove which is right next to the Barat Tioman Resort. It is well-kept and shares the same beach front as the Barat Tioman.


My advise is to do a thorough research especially on the costs (if budget is your concern). In our case, it was a concern and we exceed RM300 that could have spent on something better - like donating it to the Juara Beach Turtle Project.


They say what makes the trip is the company. Although we didn't enjoy the resort, we did enjoyed the trip. We looked for our own activities like stars gazing, dancing in our own balcony and taking photos at the beach. The best memories were the stories we tell to others while catching our breath laughing.


Overall the resort is a nice place and there are a lot to improve in terms of the management. I hope the management will look into it to give a better experience for the guests.


Enjoy the rest of the photos....



1511 Coconut Groove







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Sep 13, 2017

Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion: For Blossoming Beauty

Mamonde, the floral inspired skincare and beauty brand continues to bing women the hidden power and energizing nutrients of flowers via its latest Brightening Cover Cushion Line. Inspired by the restorative properties of the Peach Flower and the Narcissus plant, the NEW Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line fulfils every woman's' dream to have a bright, light reflecting skin resembling the blossoming peach which has its moisture locked by the water-storing Narcissus bulb!




Produced in the early spring, each Peach Flower measures about 3cm diameter and has five petals. Easily distinguished by its light pink to purplish colour, the Peach Flower is sometimes seen blooming in solitary or in pairs on short branches. One interesting feature of this flower is the colour of the inner surface of the hypanthium, which indicated the fruit's flesh colour. So the next time you would like to know the colour of the flesh, check out the colour of the flower's hypanthium.

If there is one distinctive feature of the Narcissus that is akin to the Peach Flower, it would be the plant's association with the waking of nature and the arrival of spring. The Narcissus is often regarded as the long-lived bulb due to its water storage capacity that enables the plant to be grown and maintained anywhere, even in well-drained conditions. Because of its rare ability to bloom through the frozen soil, the Narcissus is not only well recognized as an essence of spring, but it also bears the symbolic meaning of hope and persistence in rough times.

Specially designed and formulated with the Brightening Cover Complex, the new Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion line, which includes the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and Brightening Cover Watery Cushion work synchronously to give a tone-up skin while covering up the appearance of skin imperfections for a bright, moist and smooth looking complexion.


Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion with SPF50+/PA+++, 15g (RM90)


Formulated using the Peach Flower, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is especially suited for individuals with oily prone skin. Unlike any other cushion that may congeal on the skin, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is made up of Peach Flower particles which blend well on the skin to help cover any imperfections and pores on the skin surface. Through its specially designed cover-fit puff, the covering particles instantly spread onto the skin to give it a clean, flawless and downy finish. Moreover, its built-in sponge ensures the content is discharged evenly, providing a lighter coverage without the appearance of a heavy and cakey look. Skin feels fresh and downy without the sticky feeling after application as the sebum controlling soft peach powder helps to absorbs excess sebum to maintain a non-darkening, brilliant makeup.


Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion with SPF50+/PA+++, 15g (RM90)


Specially designed in accordance with the water storage capacity of the Narcissus bulb, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion is suitable for individuals wiht dry skin. It provides light yet a moist texture that spreads onto the skin just like water colour painting to naturally cover the appearance of skin imperfections and dry skin texture. Moreover, its water-fit puff helps enhance the skin fitting effect that provides great coverage for the appearance of skin imperfection, leaving skin feeling naturally radiant and moist. The watery cushion that is enriched with narcissus extract offers a cooling sensation on the skin while delivering ample moisture making it soft and smooth without any feeling of tightness. In ensuring that the skin receives maximum coverage and moisture, the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion also comes with a water-pump sponge that effectively discharges its content onto skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth, supple and moist.


There will be a suitable shade for everyone as the all-new Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line is available in 5 different shades. They include 3 pink base colours, namely No.17 Light Peach, No.21C Medium Peach and No.23C Natural Peach and 2 yellow base colours for natural cover makeup, namely 21N Medium Beige and No.23N Natural Beige. Both the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and Brightening Cover Watery Cushion come with a sweet, floral scent.


Direction for use:

For oily skin with Acne / Dark Spots / Freckles

Recommended Finishing Tips: Apply the Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the cheek area to build-up coverage. Then, dab the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion on the T-zone area to obtain natural coverage.

Step 1: Lightly press the puff onto the surface of the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion and twist the puff twice of thrice to pick up the foundation evenly.

Step 2: Dab the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion from the apple of the cheek in gentle, patting motion. Apply additional layers to areas that need more coverage. Repeat the same on the other side of the face.

Step 3: Pick up a small amount of Brightening Cover Powder Cushion using the puff and apply to areas around the eye in a gentle, pressing motion (for high coverage).

Step 4: Use the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion on the puff to apply to the centre of the face, nose and around the mouth in gentle, patting motion (for natural coverage).


For Dull Skin / Dehydrated cheek / Oiliness on T-zone

Recommended Finishing Tips: Apply the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion to areas that require instant hydration especially the U-zone. Blend into areas that need more moisture using the puff. Then, dab the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the T-zone for sebum control.

Step 1: Lightly press the puff onto the surface of the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion and twist the puff twice of thrice to pick up the foundation evenly.

Step 2: Spread the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion from the apple of the cheek in a gentle, patting motion. Apply in a similar manner to the other side of the face (for instant moisture effect).

Step 3: Pick up a small amount of the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion with the puff and apply to the area around the eyes in a gentle, pressing motion.

Step 4: Use the Brightening Cover Powder Cushion on the puff to apply to the centre of the face, nose and around the mouth with a gentle, patting motion (to obtain sebum control effect).

The Mamonde Brightening Cover Cushion Line can be purchased through Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ; Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, KL; Aeon Bukit Indah, JB; Aeon Tebrau City, JB; Aeon Queensbay Mall, Penang; Parkson Gurney Plaza, Peanng and Parkson Suria KLCC, KL. 
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Sep 12, 2017

[Haul & Giveaway] Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Get yourself a coffee. This is going to be a long post. I'm going to feature the haul, first impression, review and lastly, you will be rewarded with a giveaway. Or you can straightaway jump to the giveaway section. If that's the case, I hate you!

Take note that below are just my first impression. I will do a separate review for the products. Do let me know which product I should review first.



A short story-time:

I think I was the first to purchase the Fenty Beauty product online because when I was browsing, everything seems to sell out. I could only get the Match Sticks Matte Skinstick (Mocha) and the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby). Off... I went to check out and paid for it (since everything else sold out). A few minutes later, I went back to check out the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. What was marked "sold out" was then magically available! That moment, I knew... My first purchase was made before they could release all the items!

My early purchase got me the limited edition holographic makeup bag. This is my most favourite thing from the entire haul!

I went back to the screen and saw all that I wanted was already in stock. To add salt to the wound, the Match Stix Trio (which includes the mocha shade I bought earlier) that I wanted is also available!!! I went on to purchase the second round. This is how I ended up with two of the Match Sticks Matte Skinstick (Mocha) that I decided to give it to you.


Rihanna, in partnership with Kendo Brands, a LVMH-owned beauty developer, launches her global makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, in an unprecedented 1,600 stores across 17 countries on one day. Beauty industry's most anticipated launch. Fenty Beauty was created by Rihanna with a vision that's always ahead of the game - Fenty Beauty redefines the rules with light-as-air formulas that love to be layered, in a global lineup of shades designed for all.
Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after trying to find products that worked across all skin types and tones. With Rihanna's mandate to inclusivity, Fenty Beauty offers a wide range of products for traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades.

Match Stix Trio (RM230)



A magnetised trio of longwear, light-as-air makeup sticks curated by skin tone with two Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour and one Shimmer Skinstick to highlight. Take your complexion to the next level without the guesswork using a Match Stix Trio. The pre-bundled sets make it easy to conceal, contour, and highlight on repeat with light-as-air makeup sticks that are expertly curated. Each Matte and Shimmer Skinstick is weightless, easy to blend, and stays put. The cream-to-powder formulas are so seamless, it’s impossible to tell where skin ends and makeup begins. They’re buildable, crease-proof, and made to be layered in a range of combos that light up all skin tones. And with a magnetic physical attraction, Matte and Shimmer Skinsticks click to each other, uniting for the total skin-defining package that’s always at your beck and call. 

I got the set that has the shade Bamboo, Mocha & Trippin' for the medium range. The Bamboo was perfect for my skin tone (NC25/NC30) as concealer. Mocha would be my contour shade. And Trippin' reminds me a lot of NARS Orgams Blush which is also available in stick form.


Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (RM90)


The ultimate gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine in one universal rose nude shade. The stop-everything, give-it-to-me, gloss that feels as good as it looks: Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself, Fenty Glow. One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter conditions from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, and although it’s super shiny, it feels amazing on your lips, with an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

It claims to be the only lip gloss you ever need. But from the swatch it appears to look like every other lip gloss. It also reminds me of M.A.C.'s Lip Glass which is really sticky. In my opinion, this lip gloss is quite average (don't kill me if you love it). I just think that it doesn't stand out as much as what I expected it to be. Good to skip the lip gloss.


Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (RM145)



Weightless cream-powder hybrid highlighters that range from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged in expertly paired duos. Light up where you want, when you want. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter was born to reflect your every mood with its lineup curated duos. Each duo features a subtle sheen on the left that's perfect for day and supercharged shimmer on the right, killer for night. With a dose of skin-glorifying colour, Killawatt ranges from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged with shades that were designed for all skin tones. Unlike your everyday highlighter, it keeps skin lit beyond sundown with a weightless long-wearing formula—--a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. Another win: It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture.

This is my favourite of all the products although it isn't the star product from the brand. It reminds me a lot of another NARS product - Hungry Heart Duo Highlighter. Mean Money is a subtle highlight which is not very prominent. Hu$tla Baby is more prominent and it gives that disco ball reflective effect.


Overall, I think it is worth it to get the Match Stix Trio. For the price of RM230, you get three full size of the Match Stix (RM105 each). You save about RM85. The Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo is also a good purchase. I really love the texture of the highlighter. It blends well on top of the loose powder, but not on liquid foundation. If I could return the Gloss Bomb, I would trade it for the Invisimatte Blotting Powder. I also wish to try out the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation that comes in 40 shades!

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Lastly... the giveaway is the Match Stix Matte Skintstick in Mocha which is the same thing I got from the trio stix.




Before joining the giveaway, please read some of the T&C below:

  1. This giveaway is open to all Malaysian residents only. I will ship out within Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak included).
  2. Winner will be contacted via email. If the winner don't respond to my email within 24 hours, I will select another winner.
  3. The closing date is on 30th September 2017 (Saturday). I will send an email to the winner on 1st October 2017 (Sunday).
  4. Do follow me on Instagram @queenjerine and like my Facebook page (it won't affect the winner selection, but it's just nice to do so).  
  5. Please click the photo below and fill in the form to be in the running to win the Match Stix Matte Skintstick in Mocha. 


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Sep 10, 2017

[Haul] Stationery & Planner Stuff


In my August favourites post I did mention that I am into art & journaling now. The journaling hobby is really not cheap. Typically, you only need pen and a good journal. Because I'm the type that get drawn to pretty designs, I also invested a lot in stickers, washi tapes, die cuts and quote cards.

In this haul, there are three places I got my supply from - Popular Bookstore, Mr. DIY & Wanderlust Things (online).


Popular Bookstore

I love strolling in bookstore. From Popular, I got my basic supplies which are Luna color pencil from Staedtler, Stabilo color pens, and a bullet journal from Unicorn. The Luna pencil color is the most reliable pencil color or all brands. I have tried Faber Castle and Swan both are quite disappointing. The Stabilo color pens are probably the cheapest color pen you can get. It only cost RM39.80 for 20 colors. Lastly, I got a basic bullet journal from Unicorn for only RM29.90. It is not obvious from my photos, but the journal pages are dotted just like other expensive bullet journal. I use this journal as my doodle journal. Do follow me on Instagram @queenjerine for my #3stepsdoodle for a guide on how to draw simple things.




Mr. DIY

Who would have thought that Mr. DIY has stationery? I always thought that Mr. DIY only sells hardware and home improvement things. But the also have a section dedicated to pretty stationery! They're pretty cheap as well. On average it costs about RM6.90 for a sticker book. However, the quality isn't the best, especially those with gold foil. The gold foil tend to rub off easily.


  1. 3 sheets sticker pack. I got one set for summer theme and another motivational quotes theme.
  2. Sticker booklet with gold foil. Also, one with summer theme and another one with motivational quotes.
  3. Single sheet sticker with gold foil letters and another one with positive statements.
  4. Scrapbook paper with gold foil designs. 
  5. Gift tags.
  6. Quote cards. 

Wanderlust Things

Lastly, from Wanderlust Things online store are pre-ordered journal from LoveDoki. This will be my play/creative journal. Lots of washi tapes with tiles design, makeup stickers & water brush are also in my stash.


  1. LoveDoki journal in A6 size. This journal is HUGE which is great for creative work. I plan to make this into my visual diary where I will put in photos, inspirational quotes, etc. Can't wait to fill it in.
  2. Washi tapes - I am a washi addict since college. I can't seem to have enough of washi tapes. These new tiles design washi tapes are going to be great for deco on the side of my pages. 
  3. Water brush is probably one of the best stationery ever invented. I don't have to go back and forth to change my water color water. All I need is to damp the brush by pressing the body of the brush and voila... it will turn my pencil color into water color. 
  4. You all know how much I love my makeups. This makeup sticker is so cute! It has all my favourite beauty products in it!

I'm not sure if Malaysia has any planner addict as gung-ho as I am. Are you a planner addict? Let me know so we can exchange some stickers! 
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Sep 9, 2017

Cleansing Brush Comparison: Mary Kay vs. Clarisonic


I enjoy writing product comparison posts because I know it helps some of you to get clearer picture of the two similar products. I hope you too, enjoy reading the posts. This round I am comparing two beauty tools that do the exact same thing - cleansing brushes.

Related article: Read this before you buy a Clarisonic SmartProfile

I get a lot of questions whether the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush is comparable to the Clarisonic Brush. My answer is always........ depends. It really depends what you are looking for and what is your priority. I am breaking down all these factors that might differentiate the two brands. For the purpose of this discussion, I am focusing on the Clarisonic SmartProfile model which I own.





Mary Kay
Clarisonic (SmartProfile)
Price
RM200
Including a set of batteries and two replacement brush
RM1,190 (SmartProfile)
RM729 (Mia 2)
Variant
One type only
A few variants - SmartProfile, Mia, Mia 2, Alpha, Alpha Fit
Brush head size
Small (5cm diameter). Easy to reach out to the side of the nose and chin.
Large (8cm diameter). Large brush area which difficult to reach out to the side of nose, underneath the nose and chin area.
Brush head replacement
RM50 for 2 brush head
RM100+ for 1 brush head
Battery operation
Battery operated. Size AA. Lasts 2 months of daily cleansing.
Using charging port. Each charging takes 3-4 hours, only lasted 3 weeks of daily cleansing.
Handling
Small handle, easier to hold during cleansing and to be carried around when traveling.
Large handle. Traveling with it can be a hassle due to the large size. It takes up a lot of luggage space.
User-friendliness
Basic cleansing brush which is easy to operate.
It has a few functions. The auto function is a plug-in-and-use, which is user-friendly. The other functions such as body and manual mode are extremely confusing to operate. It keeps switching to the auto mode.
Special features
Manual button for turbo mode to increase the brush spinning speed.
Auto cleansing mode with timing. Different speed programmed on different areas of the face.
Maintenance
Hassle free. Cheap replacement brush. Battery operated, which can be replaced anytime.
Expensive replacement brush and Sephora seems to run out of stock all the time. Requires charging after 3 weeks use. Charging takes a long time.






Clarisonic was a huge brand among YouTube beauty gurus. It appears on all the influencer's timeline and almost every celebrity has it. Suddenly this year, no one talks about. I feel like it was a big thing only during their campaign period. Now that the trend has died down, no one is promoting it anymore. If it is a genuine good product and value for money, people would promote it for free despite whether or not it is a hot product.


I personally regret getting the Clarisonic SmartProfile. I feel like I bought it because of the massive influence from YouTube. It is very costly and hard to operate. The reason why I bought the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush because I couldn't find the replacement brush for the Clarisonic and my brush was molding. Sephora told me it was out of stock everytime I go to the store. Even online Sephora runs out of it. With the price of the brush (RM130+), I decided I could buy a new facial brush and opted for Mary Kay one. At that time, it was only RM180. After I experience the Mary Kay, I really love it. It's a basic cleansing brush, easy to operate, works well and unpretentious.


Currently I am ditching my Clarisonic for the Mary Kay. I'm not sure what do you think. Which one would you go for? A - An international brand that is famous for its cleansing brush? or B - A basic cleansing brush that does the job equally good for a quarter of the price? Let me know... 
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Kai Kei Curry Fish Ball & Other Hong Kong Street Foods

You did not visit Hong Kong until you try their legendary street food, the curry fish ball. In Kowloon, the best curry fish ball stall is located at the corner of Dundan Street and Sai Yeung Choy Street. The name of the stall is Kai Kei. It doesn't have English signboard but the stall is hard to miss. Just follow your nose to the stinkiest smell (somewhat like a dirty drain smell), you will come to a corner stall packed with people. Even the locals get their snacks here.


Other than curry fish balls, the stall also sells the infamous chao tau fu (fermented beancurd). This is the smell that I said you should follow. Having the same status as durian, the chao tau fu is not something which commonly accepted. It is either a love or hate relationship, nothing in between. The pungent smell is very strong and not very pleasant to foreign noses (including myself). However, according to many testimonials, the tofu has crunchy texture and soft beancurd fillings which is addictive. It melts in your mouth and the taste is in between cheese and tofu. I will leave it up to you to decide if you should try it.


Back to the curry fish ball, it is something which I strongly recommend. The curry is rich and thick, meanwhile the texture of the fishball is soft and bouncy. I ordered two servings because it was really good and addictive.

Spicy sausage and cocktails

Although Sai Yeung Choi Street is located at Kowloon, the nearest MTR station to the stall is Yau Ma Tei. While entering the subway, I spotted another street snack shop right next to exit A2 and made a pit stop. With my limited knowledge in Chinese, I managed to point the siew mai and a beancurd dish. It was surprisingly very good despite the look. The tofu is wrapped with a layer of fishcake, it is savory, soft and tender. I would recommend it if I can point out the name. Unfortunately I didn't recognize the Chinese characters.



At night there are a lot of small shops underneath the crowded apartment in Kowloon that serves curry fish balls as well. Here you are able to order a bowl of noodles to go with it. You can add on other side dishes such as pork intestines. I know it sounds weird, but it taste heavenly. It has a chewy texture and each time you take a bite, the juicy from the soup oozing out of the intestine.


Those are the common street snacks you can find in Hong Kong. Do you have any particular street snacks you like in HK? Do let me know so I can try it out on my next trip.
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