Jul 22, 2012

Review: Hoyu Beautylabo Whip Hair Color

I went into Watson to get the Liese hair bubble because I really need to touch up my hair color. I came out with the new Beautylabo Whip Hair Color by Hoyu (this has nothing to do with Hado Labo). 

I admit I was attracted by the packaging more than anything. Anyway, it looks kinda interesting too. 

The content of the color kit - instruction sheet, shaker bottle, a pair of rubber gloves, water base solution, color powder and hair lotion.

Step 1: You need to pour in the water base solution into the shaker.

Step 2: Pour in the color powder into the water base solution. You'll need to mix them both together.

You'll get this....

Step 3: Close the lid. And start shaking as hard as you can so that the color can mix evenly. 

Unfortunately, it didn't mix evenly. The bottom of the shaker looks darker than the top.

It looks like a freshly brewed latte with lots of milk foam on top.

Step 4: Apply evenly on your hair. This process is a bitch. Leave it for 30 minutes.

I had my left over Starbucks while waiting... and it reminded me that the shaker bottle looks like Starbucks cup!!!

Step 5: Rinse off the dye completely. Wash your hair with your shampoo and apply conditioner accordingly. 
Step 6: Apply the hair lotion.

The top part is obviously brighter because it gets too messy to apply the dye on the bottom of my hair. The foam is super hard to manage because it got really foamy, almost feel like you're washing your hair with shampoo. Then it splattered everywhere. As a result, I didn't get to apply the color evenly at the bottom.

I must say I wasn't really impressed with it. The smell stinks like failed chemical project. And it stings my scalp. I thought I was going to turn bald when I rinse off my hair. However, I must give credit to the vibrant color. And nonetheless, I will not buy it again. Maybe the Liese bubble color would be a better choice.

Price: RM39.90 at Watson

Jul 12, 2012

Black & Cream Outfits

Last week I paid Cotton On a visit. Since Cotton On is so dirt cheap in Australia, it doesn't seem appealing to me to buy Cotton On stuff in Malaysia. However, I spotted these body con lace skirt, I couldn't resist them...

The original price for each of the skirt is RM59. However, when I was at the counter to pay for my purchase, the staff told me:

Staff: It must be your lucky day. The black skirt just became RM15
Me: What do you mean?
Staff: The system changed the price of the skirt, so it's now RM15.
Me: Is that mean the white one is also RM15?
Staff: We'll have to see... *scan the price* Nope... this one is still RM59.
Me: OK. Fine... I still save some money.

I was soooooooo happy for that unexpected discount so I told my friend about it. Few hours later, my friend visited the same store and wanted to buy the same black skirt, but the price went back to RM59.

The lace is quite sturdy. I bought both colors - black and cream because they're colors that's very easy to match. I paired them with black and cream tops too.

I got both of the tops from Whitesoot. The service was quite ok. Fast replies and delivery. Unfortunately, I wasn't that happy with the products though. When I received them, I was thinking.... these are just like all those sold in Sungai Wang but double the price. The black top cost RM47 and the cream one is for RM53. If I get them directly from Sungai Wang, it will probably cost only RM25.

However, I am quite happy with the dress I got from them.

The inspired Herve Leger bandage body con dress (RM65)....... also in black and cream color.

Because I love black and cream so much, I also have high heels in both colors...

Right now I'm going to go on shopping again to collect some black and cream accessories. I definitely need some of that.

Jul 8, 2012

Kiehl's Haul & Short Reviews

Kiehl's is one of the skincare brand that I always satisfied with. Because of that I've been evangelizing Kiehl's products to my close friends and families. Lately, I've been running out of a lot of my skincare products, so it's time for me to stock up.

My housemate told me that her friend who is working in KLIA can get 10% off from her staff price in Kiehl's at KLIA. So I was taking advantage of her privilege and asked her to get for me a bottle of toner and serum. Sadly, the serum that I wanted ran out of stock, so she only manage to get for me the toner.

I've tried 4 different types of Kiehl's toner - (1) Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, (2) Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner, (3) Cucumber Herbal Toner and (4) Yerba Mate Tea Toner. I think the best is still the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner. So, my friend got me the biggest bottle, which is 500ml, for only RM185. The original price is RM210.

It smells like chrysanthemum tea, which is very refreshing. It doesn't sting the sensitive parts of my skin (you know how some alcoholic toner hurts your zits a lot). And it helps a lot in providing even skin tone. I wrote down the date that I started to use this toner, and I'll figure out how long that huge bottle of toner gonna last me.

I also wanted the Acai Damage Repairing Serum, unfortunately it was sold out in KLIA outlet, so I have to buy it from Empire Gallery, thank God my neighborhood mall has Kiehl's counter. But that also means, I won't be enjoying the 10% discount :(

I've always been using the Acai Damage Correcting Moisturizer. This is the best moisturizer I've ever tried. It does more than just moisturizing your skin, it also helps repair damage that's already been done on your skin by restoring your skin cells back to its normal form. And the price is quite reasonable... it's only RM170. Because the Acai Damage Correcting Moisturizer is so good, I assumed that the Acai Damage Repairing Serum will be much better (serum has better repairing agent compared to moisturizer if I'm not wrong). So I went on to purchase the serum as well (RM180). You know, it was the last bottle on the shelf!!! Since it's sold out in KLIA and the last bottle in Empire Gallery, I would assume that this is one of the best seller.

It's been a week since I use the serum every night. I wouldn't say it's fantastic but it does its job. Maybe I would rate this 7.5 out of 10. But the moisturizer is still the best.

And these are the stuff I got from my previous purchase, I thought I might as well write a short review:

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 - I love this!!! My aunt used to recommend me this but I thought it was a bit pricey (compared t petroleum jelly). After I use it, I think it's one of the best lip balm I've ever tried. And it comes in tube form which is very convenient to use. I would recommend it to everyone who have dry lips and chapped skin.

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve - This is too expensive for hand cream. It's probably just as good as normal drug store brand hand cream. So... don't bother. Save your money for something else.

Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo - My hair is not really that fuzzy. I can never review hair products properly. So.... I have no comment on this product. It's quite nice to use though.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps - This is the original rich nourishing cream. For extremely dry skin, it is good to use this moisturizer. And I think it's good to use during winter as well. But in Malaysia weather, I feel a bit irritated by the thick texture.

It is my practice to ask for free samples of Kiehl's new products when I visit them. This time I've asked for the Midnight Recovery eye cream. My aunt also recommended me this.

I quite love it. It does eliminate some fine line around my eyes area. Unfortunately, it doesn't help much in reducing dark circles. Nonetheless, I will get it when I have the money :D

That's all for today. Happy Monday anyone.

P/S: Currently I'm in my exam week. Wish me luck!

Jul 6, 2012

9gag t-shirt & merchandise

Do you read 9gag? If you don't, maybe it's the time to check it out? I used to get so addicted to 9gag because it's sooooooooo funny. One point in my life, I speak only 9gag vocabularies. Go read it and you'll understand what I mean.

Anyway, I found a shop in Empire Gallery that sells 9gag t-shirt. I think the shop is called Urban Tee (next to FOS). 9gag t-shirt is like one of those statement tee, but when another 9gag reader passed by you, they'll know that inside joke. I asked my brother if he wants it and he is really into "Me Gusta". 

I know this is not like a girlie girl fashion piece, but it's really cute to wear it. The t-shirt is RM35, which I think it's ok. And it comes with a free badge of your choice. 

I got the flip table badge, that's my favorite meme. I always find myself in situation which I really want to flip a table down. 

I wish they have more merchandise like mug. I really want a mug that says "Like A Boss". 

Jul 4, 2012

DIY Ferrero Rocher Jewelry Tray

Just want to share this great idea that I got over the weekend.

I constantly look for things that I have that can be reuse, reduce and recycle. When I was about to throw away my Ferrero Rocher box, I thought I can reuse this as a ring tray. And true enough... the tray for the chocolate fits my ring perfectly.

All you need is a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box:

If you buy the chocolate from retail store it is about RM49 per tray. It is very expensive! But if you're in duty free shop such as airport store or Langkawi, a box only cost you RM29.90. I got mine at the cheaper price of course.

After you finish up your chocolate, you'll get an empty gold tray in a clear plastic box. I really don't like the Ferrero Collection sign on top of the box, so I just flip the box and the gold tray over.

Not only it is a practical storage, it is also beautiful. It sits perfectly on my dresser, displaying all my colourful rings. You can also put your earrings or necklace in it. If you have more jewelries, you can always get another box and stack them up. It is quite space efficient. Each of the compartment in the tray separates my jewelries nicely, it makes my task in selecting accessories easier.

What do you think?

I hope more people will start thinking whether they can reuse the stuff they have instead of throwing it away. Think twice before you throw away something. It might turn out to be a really useful thing.

Till then... will share with you guys more DIY stuff later.

Jul 2, 2012

How & Where to buy Yukata in Malaysia

Bon Odori is coming soon!!!!!!!

In Selangor:
Date: 14th July 2012
Venue: Matsushita Stadium, Shah Alam

In Penang:
Date: 21st July 2012
Venue: Esplanade

And this is the time of the year everyone is scouting for yukata. I did plenty of research before getting mine. So I thought I might as well share it here for everyone's convenience since buying a yukata can be a huge headache.

First: Choose your yukata color.
These are the normal colors - black, red, yellow, pink, purple, blue, white, green, brown (brown is mostly use by men only).

Then choose the motives (prints) on the yukata.

The usual motives are sakura, rose, dragonfly, butterfly, maple leaves, gold fish and recently there's flying bunny print which I think is soooooo cute!

After you're done selecting the color and the prints of your yukata, you have to select a matching obi. Obi is the belt for yukata. There are two types; one is the original obi that you have to tie them yourself...

Or you can choose to get the pre-tied obi that has velcro. All you need to do is to stick the ribbon on your back. These type of obi are pretty generic.

Lastly, you need to get yourself a geta (wooden sandal) and a pouch for accessories.

If you don't follow the steps above, it is quite easy to get carried away. Some people couldn't resist the cute geta and pouch and go on to purchase them before having a full set of yukata. And then they will find themselves trapped in the limited choices of yukata.

Now, where to get your yukata in Malaysia?

Very few shops in Malaysia sells yukata. You can get them from souvenir shops that sells traditional clothes, but they will cost a bomb. So I resort to buying online. You might not be able to try them, but they're a lot cheaper. Here are some of the online sellers that I found:

Oh Japan - They have large choices of yukata for you to choose from. However, it is quite pricey as they sell the yukata and obi separately.

Koori no ya - This is a Facebook shop. They also provide renting services. I bought my pink sakura from this person and it's only RM255 for the whole set (yukata + pre tied obi + geta). I'm really happy with her service. I got my yukata within 2 days after payment. And the seller is really prompt in replying your inquiries. I do recommend you to check out her Facebook page.

Valval Yukata & Kimono shop - This is also another Facebook shop. Their price is the cheapest (RM210 for one set of yukata). However, I think the site is dead. I asked the seller a few questions and sent her messages but I never got any reply from her/him.

Summer Shoppe - Also a Facebook shop. If you're looking for only the yukata piece, this is the cheapest place to get it. However, she doesn't sell whole set, so it can be a bit pricey if you're going to get the whole set.

And this is the yukata I've chosen....

And this is me in my friend's sister's yukata. We swapped yukata for the day...

Are you going to Bon Odori? Let me know if you are, maybe we can meet up. I'm going to the one in Penang, by the way...

Winner of Bloop Crack Nail Polish

The winner of the Bloop Crack Nail Polish is...

Congrats Yit Mun!!!

Yit Mun, please send me your mailing address to my email jerine.lay [at] gmail.com by this Wednesday (4th July). If not, I will have to draw for another winner again.

Thanks to all who participated. I will be having more giveaways coming soon. So stay tuned ya!