Feb 25, 2018

Harry Potter Wand Makeup Brush Review + Giveaway

Unleash your inner fandom with these uber cool Harry Potter Wand Makeup Brush. Any HP fan will fall for these (except the guys, maybe). You probably already seen photos of these beautiful brushes floating somewhere on Instagram, but today you'll get a first-hand experience review of it.


First of all, the brushes are hand-assembled, means each piece is put together by some tender hands. The handle is made of heavy gunmetal and the bristles are made of synthetic hair. The first impression of anyone who holds it for the first time is... Gosh! These are really heavy brushes.


The brush comes in a set of 5, which includes (1) shader brush, (2) blending brush, (3) eyebrow brush, (4) angled shader brush, and (5) tapered blending brush. All the brushes are meant for eyeshadow. If you're creative enough, feel free to use it for other purposes. There is no limit as to how you should use your brushes.


HARRY POTTER'S WAND
Tapered Blending Brush


The tapered blending brush is made into Harry Potter's wand. The function of this brush is to smooth out eyeshadow at the edges of your eyes. It has a precision tip that you can use for small areas around the eyes. If you have a mono eyelid, this comes in handy for your smokey look.


SNAPE'S WAND
Angled Blending Brush


The angled blending brush is a Snape's Wand. This brush gives an airbrush finish to your eyeshadow. I find the control for this brush is not too good because the hair are too soft. If you're working on a wet eyeshadow, there shouldn't be a problem. However, if you're using dry eyeshadow, the shade might be too washed off. It really depends on the effect you're going for. If it's a soft dreamy look that you're trying to achieve, this brush is up for it.


Hermione's Wand
Eyebrow Brush



This is an angled brush for eyebrow modeled after Hermione's wand. You can use this brush to fill your eyebrow or using it for a precise eyeshadow on your lower eye. This brush is by far the brush I use the most because I use it for my eyebrow on a daily basis.

Dumbledore's Wand
Blending Brush


The Dumbledore's Wand is a general blending brush. It is by far the heaviest, maybe because it takes a lot of metal to make the bulbs on the handle. Because the hair is not dense enough, I find it a bit hard to control the brush and it doesn't help when the handle is so heavy. It still does the job to blend and smooth the eyeshadow, just that it takes a little bit more effort to control the brush.

Voldemort's Wand
Shader Brush


Lastly, which is my favourite, is the Voldemort's Wand. I love Voldemort's wand the most because it resembles a bird. It's funny how Voldemort doesn't have a nose, but his wand has a long beak. Just saying. This shade brush is pretty dense compared to the other brushes. It picks up eyeshadow really well so you can peck on the eyeshadow really easy. You can also use this brush as a concealer brush or a lip brush.




To be honest, the brush is more of a collectable item rather than an everyday brush. It breaks my heart to use it for the very first time. I did use it for a couple of times, and then I decided to clean all of it and carefully display on my dressing table. It makes a really pretty vanity decor.
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You can get all these brushes from www.wanderlustthings.com. And before you head to the side, you can use my discount code when you check out to be entitled to 20% off. This code is valid till 31st March 2018. There is limited stock available. So you might want to be quick.

HT20

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And now, you probably already read it in the title, I am giving away 1 set of this brush to 1 lucky person. All you have to do is to follow the steps below:


  1. Like Wanderlust Things Facebook Page and HerTravelogue Facebook Page
  2. Go to the Wanderlust Things shop and browse through the products. Comment below on your top 3 favorite items.
  3. This giveaway is open to all Malaysia residents only.
  4. The winner will be announced on HerTravelogue Facebook page on 31st March 2018. 
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Feb 20, 2018

LunaBar Cafe, Penang


When in Penang, I hardly go out but when I do, it has to be a good reason. A friend recommended that we check out LunaBar Cafe - a cafe which inspired by plants. Being plant enthusiasts, my brother and I went to check out the place recently. We weren't disappointed when we were greeted with all these tropical species at the entrance. 


The cafe is indeed surrounded by plenty of plants - from little succulents to huge staghorn ferns. There are also different types of plants - air plant, tropical plants and rare species. If you can spot at least 10 plants' ID, you're certified a phytologist. I'm getting there soon. Unfortunately, they don't sell any of the plants.


The menu is pretty basic, you can choose brewed or espresso coffee, chocolate or tea. On the day of my visit, there were two cake options. We picked the two to try.

Blueberry Crumble
Citrus Poppy Seed Cake
Iced Coffee

The cafe has a mellow beat on normal days. But it was a full house when we were there. It's not surprising since it is a good place to hang out with family & friends.


One of the masterpieces in the cafe is the air plant lamb at the first table. The air plant is Xerographica type and it's huge! It must have taken 5 to 7 years to grow it!



The LunaBar Cafe is said to owned by the same owner as Moonshop Gallery which has the same concept. The Moonshop Gallery do sell the plants - especially curated terrariums. Both the establishment are very Instagram-able.

Location: 10D, Jalan Clove Hall, Georgetown, 10050 Penang

It is easy to miss out the cafe as there is no signage and it is settled in a residential home. 
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Feb 17, 2018

5 Honest Dating Advice You Can Use


Valentine's Day just swifted away last week. I'm not going to ask you how it was. If you've stumbled upon this post, chances are, you might be looking for "the one" somewhere out there.

I'm not a professional match-maker, but part and parcel of my job is to match make someone to the right boss. It is pretty much the same when you drill down to the essence of my day-to-day tasks. Here are 5 honest advise which I can give to you if you're feeling lost right now.


#1 - Don't mix up dating & relationship

The main goal of dating is to get to know the person a little bit more. Don't dive into the expectation of wanting to be in a relationship with the person. If you have the idea of wedding, buying a home with that person, babies and so-on, you have to kick the image out of your mind.

Treat a date as a job interview (you being the boss). Does the person fit in 60% of your criteria or more? Would you recruit him for the next level of interview (in this case, a second date)?

#2 - Settle for coffee date (if it's your first)

A dinner date is probably suitable for a second or third date. Reason being, a dinner involves too much of an affair if you're meeting the person for the very first time just the two of you. You have to consider if he/she would love your choice of restaurant, worry about getting broccoli stuck in between your teeth, who should pay, etc.

On the other hand, coffee date is more relaxed. And the time spent is shorter. It gives a better environment and boost a healthier mindset for both of you to know each other better.

#3 - Don't judge

This goes back to #1. A date suppose to be a get-to-know session. If he/she doesn't tick all the boxes, just move on and look for the next candidate. There is no point judging the person if you know he/she doesn't suit you.

#4 - Be involved in the conversation

The key to drive the conversation is to be involved (answer questions & ask questions). If you're a wee bit interested in the person, ask more questions. If you think the conversation can't go any further, just bail yourself out. This is why a coffee date would be a better option for a first date.

#5 - Keep an open possibility 

Let's say he/she can be a potential second date candidate - you have to keep a possibility of next meeting. If the person loves superhero movies, you can suggest going for a movie together. Or if you know he/she is a food lover, secure yourself a dinner date. The key point is to pay attention to the person's interest and move on from there.

I hope these simple dating rules work for you. And if you have any good advice, feel free to drop it in the comment, so that others can use the advice too. 
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Feb 12, 2018

Recipe: Cornflakes Cookies


Ingredients:


  • 100g butter
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 150g flour
  • 15g corn flour
  • (any amount) crushed cornflakes - separated into 2 bowls, I used up 1/3 of a mid-sized Kellog's cornflakes for one batch
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lemon essence (optional)
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt

Steps:

  1. Mix butter and sugar into mixer. If you don't have a mixer, leave the butter to melt and beat with a whisk. 
  2. Add egg, vanilla essence and lemon essence. Continue mixing/beating.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, corn flour and salt.
  4. Combine the two mixture and continue beating until even. Add crushed cornflakes into the mixture depending on your taste.
  5. The mixture should feel like a paste. If it's too runny, add more flour.
  6. Shape the cookie and roll it on top of the remaining crushed cornflakes for the crust.
  7. (Optional) add cut cherries on top of the cookie to give it a pop of colour.
  8. Bake it for 25 minutes at 175 degrees Celcius. If your is too big, bake it at 35 minutes at 170 degrees Celcius.

Tips:

  • Use Anchor butter (unsalted) for better taste. I tried using normal Buttercup, there's a big difference in taste.
  • If you don't have lemon essence, you can use any lime. Since all you need is a small amount, there's no need to buy a new bottle of lemon essence.
  • To make it crunchier, add more crushed cornflakes into the mixture. 
  • You can skip Step #6 - rolling the crushed cornflakes - if you add lots of cornflakes into the mixture. 
  • One batch creates about 100 pieces of cookies (the size of mini fishball).
  • It takes about 15 minutes to prepare for 1 tray of baking. Total time spent to make that 100 pieces was 1 hour.

It's been awhile since I update on my blog. That is because I was so busy baking for Chinese New Year.

I've been searching up and down for cornflakes cookies in the mall, online and any bakeries. Unfortunately, there's no one making it. According to one of the baker, cornflakes is too expensive, so everyone focuses on nestum or oat cookies where they can find cheaper alternative ingredients. So, I decided to make my very own cornflakes cookies. 

The ingredients are not cheap, including the bottle and cookie lining, I spent about RM15. It's definitely not for sale, otherwise I have to charge really expensive. But I do give some to my friends and most of them give good comments, except some said it's too hard, and some said it's too soft. That depends on the content of the cornflakes inside the cookies.

Good luck on trying the cookies. If you do make it, please tag me in your IG @queenjerine. I would love to see your adaptation to the recipe.

'Til then... Happy Chinese New Year to all my Chinese readers! And happy holiday to all. 
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A Better Florist: Land of Flowers



Singapore is a city where you can find everything you need - from cheap and traditional restaurants to luxurious, high-end boutiques, so it’s no wonder that I’m writing about the best florist in Singapore. Even florists in Singapore are different, and A Better Florist is a fusion of luxurious flowers and hampers and affordable prices. Simply put, it’s the best of both worlds.

This is the best flower delivery in Singapore, and even further, as they have a Dubai flower delivery, a Hong Kong flower delivery, and others. First of all, it’s difficult to deny their talent. Every single bouquet they produce is a mirror of their passion, expertise, and skills. It shows how much they want to give you something different, something authentic, something that will take your breath away. There’s nothing ordinary about their flowers. From the small and trendy hand bouquets that are in mason jars or stunning floral arrangements like a grand opening flower stand, everything is exceptional. It’s not a team of people that came together to make bouquets. These guys live and breathe flowers. But it’s not just about grand opening flowers, the beauty lies in their anniversary flowers, fruit baskets Singapore loves to get from them, funeral flowers and pampering bundles. It’s literally a flower delivery of your dreams.



Here are some more benefits! A Better Florist has a fast delivery, floral and fruit basket delivery, and it comes on the same day! Same day flowers whenever you want them doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. Their same day flower delivery doesn’t cost anything and you can get them to deliver to any place in Singapore. Also, they have an express flower delivery that comes to you within just 90 minutes, saving you time, money and simply pampering you to the very core. This all goes for their Dubai flower delivery, KL flower delivery, and Hong Kong flower delivery.




This online florist is the symbol of convenience. Whether you want to browse through their latest collection of grand opening flowers or you want to order, you can do it all without even moving from one spot. They have a website shop that enables you to order from your mobile phone and your computer, no matter where you are.




Every Singaporean loves to get pampered by a business like this, and now, you have a chance to experience ABF outside of the sunny island of Singapore. A Better Florist has an equally successful flower delivery Hong Kong, in fact, the best flower delivery in Hong Kong. But the list doesn’t stop there. Want to know where they also have flower shops? They have a flower delivery Abu Dhabi adores, a flower delivery Dubai also loves and several online sources call them the best florist in Kuala Lumpur. Wherever you might be, visit them and see for yourself what they have to offer, and why everyone fell into a flower craze.


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Feb 4, 2018

Mamonde New Flower Facial Mask: Flower Treatment with Real Flower Extracts

Acknowledging the flowers potentiality in flourishing beauty inside every woman, Mamonde, the floral inspired skincare and beauty expert continues to uncover the hidden power and energizing nutrients of flowers via its latest Flower Facial Mask Line. Inspired by the distinctive properties of four selected flowers, namely the Rose, Heartleaf Houttuynia, Calendula and Evening Primrose, Mamonde's New Flower Facial Mask Line brings women's beauty back into bloom through its bouquet of floral goodness offered to the skin.



Petal Purifying Bubble Mask (Rose)


A woody perennial, the Rose was first spotted in the Babylonian Kingdom in 2000 B.C., prior to being cultivated by the British and French later in the 16th century. Roses blooms in various shapes and colours, and it is usually extracted to produce rose oils or used as an ingredient in the cosmetics industry. Beautiful and healing, the Rose is loved by many for both its ornamental values and the many benefits it brings to the skin. Not only does the Rose helps calm the mind, its anti-oxidative properties also help boost and refine tired skin for a clear and healthier look.

With such admitation for the Rose, Mamonde has identified three outstanding properties for the formulation of its latest Flower Mask. Introducing Mamonde's Petal Purifying Bubble Mask, a rose-derived, wash-off mask that offers excellent calming, moisturising and anti-oxidative effect to the skin.



The new Petal Purifying Bubble Mask, which is infused with visible rose petals together with green tea and peppermint extracts, helps revitalise stressed skin caused by external environments, bringing dull-looking skin back to life. While green tea is well known for its anti-oxidative property, the peppermint extract in the rose mask, helps maintain adequate moisture on the skin surface.

Looking for a skincare remedy to combat dull, tired looking skin? The Mamonde latest Purifying Bubble Mask is perfect for you as this floral inspired mask instantly boosts skin for a radiant look. When applied, this rose inspired mask immediately forms soft, fluffy and chiffon-like bubbles to purify and give skin a clear complexion.

The Petal Purifying Bubble Mask is best for dry skin and dull & fatigue skin. 

Direction for use:
After cleansing, refine the skin with toner. Put an adequate amount of the Purifying Bubble Mask on dry hands and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Once fine bubbles are formed (approximately a minute later), apply warm and massage the lather gently. Wash off thoroughly with warm water. Close both the inner and outer cap after each use to prevent contact with air.


Heartleaf Houttuynia (Chameleon Plant)


According to the recorded history, the Heartleaf Houttuynia is native to Japan as it was the first plant to be found sprouted in Hiroshima in 1945. Grown abundantly in moist, shady environment, the Heartlead Houttuynia is used widely as herbal medicine as it is rich in protein, minerals and vitamin B. On top of that, this flowering plant also possessess ample benefits to the skin.

Through extensive research and careful observation of the Heartleaf Hottuynia, Mamonde has discovered the antibacterial properties of the plant that is especially suited for enlarged pores and oily-prone skin. Amazed by the plant's ability, Mamonde through its breakthrough has formulated the Pore Clean Clay Mask.



This is a wash-off face mask that uses the leaves of the Heartleaf Hottyunia and walnut shells as its main ingredients. Made up of natural mineral clay infused with grounded Heartleaf Hottyunia and walnut shells, the Mamonde latest Pore Clean Clay Mask helps absorb excess sebum and at the same time exfoliate dead skin cells on the skin surface. Its gentle, mild and soft cream texture keeps the skin moisturised while helps to maintaining oil balance; the skin ultimately feels soft, smooth and supple after rinsing. It is suitable for those with enlarged pores and sensitive skin.

The Pore Clean Clay Mask is best for oily skin and skin with dead skin cells. 

Direction for use:
After cleansing, refine the skin texture with toner. Apply an adequate amount of the Pore Clean Clay Mask on dry face. Spread thoroughly all over the face except for the eye and mouth area. Wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes.


Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask (Calendula)


Dubbed as 'Pot Marigold', the Calendula flower has been used in cooking for centuries and it is very commonly found as one of the ingredients in German soups and stews. A flower belonging to the Asteraceae family, the Calendula plant is native to Southwestern Asia, Western Europe, Macaonesia and the Mediterranean. Not only Calendula is used in cooking, the flower is also well known for its multiple benefits to the skin. Therefore, it is frequently used in the formulation of soaps, creams and cosmetics products.

Tapping into the benefits of the Calendula flower to the skin, Mamonde through its R&D has discovered this flower contains soothing & hydrate effect, leaving skin feeling dewy and hydrated. Inspired, Mamonde the formulates and introduces the all-new Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask.


A leave-on sleeping mask, the Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask is blended with Calendula petals alongside Centella, Aloe Vera and Cucumber extract to calm skin and lock in moisture for a hydrated look. Designed with water-gel formula, the Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask comes with a dewy texture that gives skin a cool and refreshing feel upon application.

The Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask is suitable for sensitive and dry skin.

Direction for use:
Take an adequate amount of the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Allow the water-gel texture to melt into skin completely as you spread it over the face.

Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask (Evening Primrose)


A species belonging to the Oenothera, the Evening Primrose is especially unique when compared to other flowering plants as it only blooms in the late evenings, producing an interesting spectacle to flower enthusiasts. The Evening Primrose has a lifespan of two years and it adapts well in harsh environments.

While it is known that the Evening Primrose is rich in Gamma Lenolenic Acid (a type of fatty acid that nourishes the skin), Mamonde's R&D has unleashed the flower's excellent moisturising properties in enabling the plant to survive under harsh conditions. Inspired by the amazing features the Evening Primrose holds, Mamonde has developed and hence introduced the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask.


Formulated in accordance with the Flower Oil Complex (a formula that combines three types of flower oils, i.e. Evening Primrose Oil, Camellia Oil & Sunflower Oil), the Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask, which is also infused with moisturising ingredients extracted from the Evening Primrose, glides gently and provides dewiness to the skin once applied. In addition, this leave-on mask contains nutrient capsules to help fortify the protective layer of the skin, thus lowering the chances of external pollutants from harming the skin. Upon application, skin feels nourished and moisturized without feeling sticky.

The Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask is suitable for bloated and dehydrated skin. 

Direction for use:
Take an adequate amount of the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Allow the mask to absorb into the skin. The Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask is especially catered to those with bloated and dehydrated skin.


Apary from incorporating a daily facial masking habit into your skincare routine, the facial mask layering, which is a current hit amongst the skincare and beauty enthusiasts, equally brings an ample benefits to the skin. Mamonde's Flower Facial Mask Line, which includes 4 different types of masks can be applied concurrently to achieve the following desired course:


  • Purifying course for clean and healhty looking skin (Petal Purifying Bubble Mask + Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask)
  • Nourishing course for dewy and resilient skin (Pore Clean Clay Mask + Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask)
  • Skin beauty cour for perfect makeup look (Pore Clean Clay Mask + Petal Purifying Bubble Mask)
The Mamonde Flower Facial Mask Line can be purchased through Mamonde Beauty Counters at:

  • AEON 1 Utama
  • AEON Mid Valley
  • Parkson Suria KLCC
  • AEON Bukit Indah
  • AEON Tebrau City
  • AEON Queensbay Mall
  • Parkson Gurney Plaze
  • 11street.my
  • Lazada.com.my
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