Dec 28, 2017

The History of Whoo Lipstick: The Most Beautiful Lipstick in the World

This is the last beauty product I bought for the year 2017. Pretty sure you've heard about the most beautiful lipstick in the world from The History of Whoo brand. The brand name is quite a mouthful, but in short, most people just call it as Whoo (pronounced "hoo" not "woo").

I got to know this lipstick from my favourite YouTuber, Tina Yong. She introduced this lipstick as the most beautiful lipstick in the world and I think a lot of people do agree with that label she gave for this lipstick.

When I saw this lipstick at Pavilion, I knew I have to add this on to my lipstick collection. The Whoo lipstick has two variant. One is the creme version and another is the shiny version with micro glitters. I was tempted to buy the two versions, but the mister refused my purchase, so I had to settle for one. I went for the creme one, with the rationale that I will use it more often in my mind. After getting it, I don't have the heart to use it. You get what I mean? Just look at this.....

The lipstick has a fancy presentation with the gold hardware, Middle Eastern traditional motif, jeweled lip brush and pristine new lipstick. If this lipstick doesn't scream luxury, I don't know what else to define its outlook.

Honestly, the packaging is over the top, but the box that comes with it is not appealing. The brush that comes with it is merely a decoration. It is so tiny that you can't get a good grip of it. In other words, the brush is pretty useless.

It's only RM189 which I think pretty reasonable for a collector item. It's available at Parkson Pavilion. I'm so sorry I couldn't swatch to show you the shade. This is going to end up in my "beautiful lipstick collection". Once I get another set, I will be doing the swatch.

To complement the beautiful and expensive lipstick, be sure to be smile-ready whenever you put it on. Get pearly-white teeth with a home teeth-whitening kit <<here>>.

The History of Whoo product packaging is over the top. If you would like to purchase it online, here are some of my recommendation:

The History of Whoo - Gongjinhyang Mi Luxury Lipstick

The History of Whoo - Jinyulhyang Jinyul Cream 

The History of Whoo - Hwanyu Eye Cream

The History of Whoo - Gongjinhyang Mi Color Pact


Dec 26, 2017

Escape with Traveloka to KL Journal Hotel

Kuala Lumpur is made of two things - one, it is the melting pot of all Malaysian various races' heritage and two, it is the heartbeat of Malaysia urbanization. To experience the two characteristics of Kuala Lumpur, there is no place to be other than the Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel.

It is easy to miss this hotel due to its hidden location behind Jalan Bukit Bintang. Although within a stone throw away from the major KL shopping spots and high-rise office towers, the hotel is amalgamated among the other old flats along Jalan Beremi. This is why the hotel retains the old KL neighborhood quality and still in touch with the modernized city life.

Location: 30, Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation type: Boutique Hotel
Average price per night: RM330
Nearest train station: Bukit Bintang Monorail Station
Facilities: Free parking, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar
Nearby places of interest: Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, Pavilion, Fahrenheit88, Jalan Alor Night Market

Traveloka had a humble beginning and now the company is still improving to bring the best travel experience to all their customers. Besides flight and accommodation, the company is looking to provide holistic travel services.

The KL Journal Hotel GM walked us through the hotel history and highlight some of the amazing features of the hotel. I wouldn't know the pool is filled with 100% salt water. From his speech, he made us understand that the hotel has a close-knitted relationship with the neighbors. And as the name suggests, the hotel aims to give all the guests a memorable experience.

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For a boutique hotel, this hotel delivers more than what other boutique hotels have to offer. It has an infinity pool filled with salt water overlooking the KL skyline, fully equipped gym, a terrace bar with live band performance, a restaurant, and most important highlight... pristine clean room. Cleanliness is my top priority when it comes to choosing a hotel room. I'm glad this hotel is on par with a five-star hotel in this department.

I had the opportunity to stay here for 2D1N trip courtesy of Traveloka. This trip is organized by the Butterfly Projects Malaysia, a blogging community where I feel comfortable to work with. With so many blogger friends around, this trip was filled with energy and it is a nice get-along just before Christmas. The highlight of the trip was the crash-course workshop. We had a few topics to pick and I chose the Bath Bomb & Body Scrub Workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Wunderbath, an artisan bath & beauty brand.

The workshop was more than just a fun-filled activity. I learned a lot from the workshop, such as understanding the different uses of essential oil and science behind the cosmetic ingredients. Do you know, not all essential oils can be applied directly to your face? I bet you didn't know. Only lavender, tea tree, chamomile and other selected essential oils are safe to be applied directly onto our skin. This is something new I learn. Check out my beautiful creation of bath bombs and scrub from the Wunderbath workshop.

KL Journal Hotel has an amazing work area which they call it as the Workers' Union. If you're a guest, this is a cool place for you to chill out with a book and a cup of coffee, or jam with your laptop to finish your assignment. It looks very much like a co-working space. It is also a good place to host a small event.

You can't miss the food at Kedai Kopi Journal (Journal Coffee Shop). It has a humble name, but the menu has a lot to brag about. For example, my Wagyu Beef Burger is probably the best burger in town!

For breakfast and dinner, the Kedai Kopi Journal will transform to a buffet setting with more than a hundred variety to choose from. We had our small Christmas gathering there and had a gift exchange. Can you guess what I got from Cindy?

Christmas gift exchange
Cindy was my roommate during the trip. I haven't seen her since she went to Melaka to see me, which was almost two years back. It was totally a good trip for both of us to catch up.

Before coffee

After coffee
My favourite place at the hotel is the Terrace Bar. During the day, it is a quiet place for you to enjoy the view with backdrop of lushes greenery. During the night, this place transform into a happening social bar with live bands performing. I call it a social bar because no one is a stranger there. The stage is open to welcome anyone who aren't shy to perform. Even if you're too shy to take the stage, you can always dance or sing along around your table.

Another cool facility worth mentioning is the infinity pool. For those of you who have an allergy towards chlorine, you can ease your mind and swim to your heart's content. This pool is filled with salt water. Is that amazing?

Every inch of this hotel is Instagram-friendly. Whether you're at the pool, the lobby, in the room, at Workers' Union, Terrace Bar or Kedai Kopi Journal, you can definitely find a spot for your Instagram feed. I have uploaded all my photos on my FB page <<here>>. Make sure you check it out.

Besides being "Instagramable", the hotel is also a good place for you to pick up some inspiration for home decoration. The decor is very intimate, it feels like being in a stylish home instead of a hotel. My greatest source of inspiration is this small greenery spot beside the entrance:

That wraps up my 2D1N trip at the KL Journal Hotel with Traveloka!!!


Dec 17, 2017

16 Things To Check Out at PLAY UP Advance Store

Beauty addicts, behold! We have a new playground to feed our beauty-lust at Fahrenheit88. If you don't know, PLAY UP Advance just launched recently (launched on 16th Dec, to be exact) in Kuala Lumpur and the 3,000+ sqft area houses at least 100 beauty brands, mostly from Asia.

The entire shopping experience at PLAY UP Advance is totally different from Sephora, mainly because the store brings some cool indie brands, as well as cult products that are famous within the Asia region. Meanwhile, I feel that Sephora is being too focused on Western beauty philosophy, which missed out the entire Asian beauty landscape. At PLAY UP Advance you can find not only makeup products, there are also a wide range of skincare, perfume, hair care and some beauty accessories.

There are thousands of great products which you should check out at the store. But I am going to narrow down to 16 things to check out, including brands and specific products, in no particular order.

#1 - Moonshot

Moonshot is one of my favourite Korean brands. Normally I purchase it from Sephora online and it is great to see the brand at PLAY UP Advance. I managed to do some swatching and test out the products on my own skin before buying it. My personal recommendation is the Microfit Cushion.

#2 - VT

Any BTS fan here? I am not acquainted with Korean celebrity but I am sure they are popular. If you are a fan of BTS, you should get this VT x BTS Premium Collagen Skin Cover. It is also a cushion type of foundation with skincare benefits.

#3 - 16 Brand

I am new to this brand and I was amused by the packaging and then I found that it is actually a colour correcting concealer. The packaging resembles jam jar and you get a lot of product in that jar.

#4 - Makeup Helper Double Cushion

Another product that I was attracted to the packaging is the Makeup Helper Double Cushion. I feel like getting it for the beautiful art on the cover of the cushion, especially the one with a girl surrounded by galaxy.

#5 - Lifeford Hi-Precise Eyeliner

The name of the product says it all. The liner has a really precise line which you can carefully define your eyes with its ultra-thin brush.

#6 - Canmake

I love Canmake because of its beautiful packaging and also great quality products. If you have not tried the Canmake blusher, please do so. You will fall in love with its beautifully embossed roses on the blusher.

#7 - Breena Blending Pearl

From our own hood, the Breena brand is our homegrown. This Blending Pearl is on par with Beauty Blender and for half the price, you can save a lot. Check out my product comparison post to be convinced.

#8 - Graccy' Grace

This is another new brand that I discovered at PLAY UP Advance. I am amazed by the liquid lipstick, especially the metallic one. It is so shimmery and buttery. When I swatched it on my hand, I can't take my eyes off the colour. Photos don't do justice to the swatches. To make you understand more, it is comparable with the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip in metallic.

#9 - Hope Girl 

Previously in my post on the Top 10 Must-Buy Beauty Products When in South Korea, I have featured Hope Girl because it wasn't available in Malaysia. Now I'm glad to announce to you that Hope Girl has arrived our shore. Do check out the mascara.

#10 - Paponk Poet Lipstick

My god! This packaging had me at first glance. It reminds me of London, Harrods, Harry Potter and Oxford in a glance. When I swatch the lipstick, it is so buttery. There are so many shades to choose from and I couldn't decide. I kind of regret didn't bring home one. They didn't put up the price and the sales person was clueless as well. I forgive them because it is their second day in operation. On my next trip, I will definitely get one or two back.

#11 - Agatha

The Agatha brand has all the Parisian elements on the packaging (I know, I'm a sucker for packaging). I can't resist the Scottish Terrier. I was looking for its lipstick and I really wanted it for the longest time. Unfortunately I didn't find the lipstick, but this cushion is just as pretty.

#12 - Mortar & Pestle Lipbalm

I can't remember what brand this belongs to, but look at how cute the mortar and pestle is! the lipbalm is a lemongrass scent, very unusual. It is good to have it around, not just as lipbalm, but to get rid of mosquito's bite and relief blocked nose.

#13 - Witches Pouch 

I have always been shopping for Witches Pouch products on Althea. When I see all the products displayed on the shelf, it excites me. There is a huge difference shopping online and shopping in a brick & mortar shop. The experience to try and test the products are so satisfying. I handpicked this real gold ampule fro Witches Pouch for you to try.

#14 - Bayu Skincare

Have you heard of the horse oil benefit for skin? If you have not, it is about time for you to try. The horse oil are harvested in a humane way, so you don't have to be afraid of animal cruelty. Why is this popular is because the horse oil is able to repair our skin cells very fast. Do try out the moisturizer if you have scared skin that you want to fasten the repair.

#15 - Ichikami Shampoo

My friend recommended me this shampoo before and it is really amazing. If you experience hair loss, do try this brand. The price is also affordable. It is not easy to find this brand in our local drugstore and I was delighted to see the many ranges of shampoo they have on the shelf.

#16 - Rimmel London

Rimmel is a rare brand in Malaysia. It has been disappearing slowly from all the drugstores. It was a waste because Rimmel London has really great mascara, eyeshadow, blusher and foundation. You can definitely find some rare items here.

The PLAY UP Advance store is located on the ground floor of Fahrenheit88. Just head straight from the main entrance and you will be able to see it within a few steps. Until 18th December, they are running a contest for you to stand a chance to win a free trip to Korea + ticket to Big Bang Last Dance Concert.