Feb 28, 2017

February 2017 Favourites

February is my least favourite month because it is the official cut off for the new year and it is a shorter month compared to the other months. Although it's just 3 days short, I feel like I would miss out a lot in February. Here are the usual 5 favourites ranging from beauty to books. Basically, the "monthly favourites" are special pick of the things I enjoyed in the month in no particular order:

#1 - Hologram purse

I bought this purple hologram purse from H&M. I must say that this purse isn't the best quality, but for the price of below RM50, I don't have much to complain about. In my previous January favourites, I have discovered a new problem that my long purse doesn't fit into the bags, especially the Gucci Soho. Since hologram is in trend now, I have been looking for one of these smaller purse and I was lucky enough to find it in H&M. This purse caught a lot of attention, I'm not sure if it is a good or bad thing. The good thing is, it becomes a conversation starter whenever people notice my purse. The bad thing is, I can't reveal it too much because it might attract the wrong attention such as snatch theft.

#2 - Casey Neistat Vlog

I have been following the popular YouTuber Casey Neistat for a long time. But not until recently I religiously follow his videos. His video on the Emirates First Class upgrade triggered me to watch his videos. He's very original and spontaneous on his videos. Very few Youtubers are able to be as natural as him. As a person, he's very cool and I believe he's likeable on offline too. Anyway, go and watch some of his videos and you'll get hooked.

#3 - Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick

This is the No.1 lipstick in my list. Previously I have heard of many good things about this lipstick, but I thought it was just marketing gimmick from the brand to sponsor all the YouTube beauty gurus. After I tried it myself, I have to agree that this is a great lipstick. First of all, the shades are very special where you can't get exact dupe from any other lipstick brands. It is moist and stays creamy throughout the day. It doesn't dry on the lips and the color withstand one or two meals. I highly recommend you to get it if you manage to find one. Although it is not available in Malaysia, I'm sure you can get it shipped from either Harrods or Neiman Marcus. Check out the review <<here>>.

#4 - Happiness Project Book

To be honest, I feel like my life is complete. Occasionally, I wish that I have more time to spend with my family. And sometimes I whine about being poor. And that's just the regular sighs. Deep down inside I'm pretty much happy with life - I am healthy, I have supportive family, I have a job that pays a decent salary, I a handful of good friends I can rely on, I have a roof on top of my head, I have sufficient money to last for a few years to come, and basically all my necessities are taken care of (I owe all this to my parents). I just can't understand why I still don't feel satisfied with my life but at the same time I'm unsure what I need to repair in my life. I picked up this book at the airport by chance to kill my transit boredom. And this book carefully crafted to assist the readers for a happier life. I won't go deep into the content of the book because I plan to reserve a book review for it in a separate post. This book is divided into months. It started with energy - to be able to enjoy life fully we need energy. And that's where I'm going to start with... Jogging at least twice a week. Wait for the rest of the book review. Or better, read the book yourself. Get it from Amazon <<here>>.

#5 - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

This mascara gives the most volume compared to other highly raved mascaras in the market. I got the sample size from the Christmas set I purchased and so far I am enjoying it more than the eyeshadows. The mascara is easily removed and doesn't leave the dark stain around eye areas. This is my daily mascara right now and I will be purchasing the full size once I run out of the sample size.

Well, these are all my favorites for this month. Oh, March please have mercy... 

Feb 27, 2017

Disneyland Paris in Winter

Whether you are old or young, big or small, a Disney-fan or not, I think you should go to Disneyland once in your lifetime. In my case, this is the 6th time I'm in Disneyland (first time in Paris), I still get that excitement like it was my first.

As usual, Disneyland is located out of town, it is the same case in Paris. The train ride is about 45 minutes, so you need to allocate one full day for the trip. Although the tickets are available for purchase online, we couldn't figure out which ticket to buy. There are two parks and the ticket prices are divided into peak and non-peak time. We bought our ticket at the park. Since it was peak holiday season, we waited around 15 minutes for the queue, that wasn't bad at all. I can't remember the price, but we paid around 100 euros each person, it wasn't bad at all too.

It was a frosty morning when we were there with slight snow. The weather was bad because the temperature dropped drastically compared to other days. Despite the cold, we still had fun.

How we cope with the cold weather is to do as many indoor activities such as indoor rides, watching shows and having a long meal at the cafe. A lot of rides were closed due to the snow. I strongly encourage you to go there during good weather so you won't miss out most of the rides.

Here are some snippets from my trip.

The grass are covered in snow

Can you believe that this photo is taken in Disneyland? Does it look like a haunted movie?

If I had a daughter...

Just right after Christmas

The macaron I'm addicted to

Alice in Wonderland - my favourite character of all the Disney icons

Pirate ship

Father of vapping

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...


Feb 24, 2017

Monocle Cafe London

I am heavily influenced by Monocle. I believe that Monocle is more than just a media. It is a lifestyle. Given the opportunity to visit the Monocle Cafe in London, as an avid follower, I had the urge to check out the cafe myself.

Nestled in the Marylebone neighbourhood, the Monocle Cafe embraces the classic essence of Monocle - simple, hipster, diversely global and refreshing.

The interior is noticeably narrow. Extra seatings are available on the lower ground, however the entire cafe is designed in the minimalist fashion that you don't feel cramped up in the cafe despite the small space. They have a basic menu and typical range of coffee selections.

On our table, we had chicken katsu sandwich, Scandinavian breakfast, flat white and latte to start our day. Overall, food was great, the coffee was average and the service was acceptably fast. This place is a cafe for everyone. Whether you're with friends for a meet-up or a writer looking for a quiet solo coffee session, it fits those moments you're looking for. And, definitely, it makes every Monocle followers feel at home. 

Feb 22, 2017

[Review] Too Faced Melted Lipstick

You can call me the mad lipstick lady (akin to mad cat lady). I think I might have lipsticks to last three generations. But who can resist the beautiful colours? I am attracted to lipsticks and blush compared to other makeup products on the shelf. It's very hard to find me walking out of Sephora without getting a lipstick.

Today, I'm not going to talk about lipstick, but rather... a lip tube... If the phrase exists. The Too Faced Melted Lipsticks have been loved by many. It is a decent lipstick especially it has a wide range of beautiful colors. However, it has its own set of pros and cons. 

The pros - The intensity of the colors is something worth mentioning. It has a rich vivid color, especially those with bright shades. The texture is liquidated and creamy - you have the option to wear it thick or spread it into thin stain. It has long lasting. 

Melted Ruby

When spread out it creates a thin layer for stain effects

I love this photo because of the contrast of my lipstick that I made it into my profile photo. I use Melted Ruby.  
On the other hand, the downside is also the texture. It is liquid, so it doesn't stay put. If your hair run across your face on a windy day, disaster happens. You know what I mean. Also, it has a strong noticeable scent which may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Marshmellow, Candy, Nude, Chocolate Honey, Chocolate Milkshake, Metallic Candy Bar
Chocolate Honey 
This isn't the best liquid lipstick I've tried. When it was first released, I agreed that it was a sudden change of game for lipstick industry. Since there are so many better liquid lipstick now, I don't think I will repurchase this in the near future.

What do you think about the Too Faced Melted Lipstick? Do you love it?

Feb 21, 2017

[Review] Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick

First of all, Charlotte Tilbury is not available in Malaysia. I am writing this review because I find that it is a nice lipstick. And I think if you have the chance to grab one, do so and you will not regret it. Let's just take a moment to appreciate the colours:

L: Coachella Coral; R: Hepburn Honey
I have not seen any lipstick shade like it, especially the Coachella Coral, a strawberry rose pink with orange undertone. The Hepburn Honey is a bright take of nude lipstick, which is very refreshing especially so many brands are duplicating the same nude shades.

L: Coachella Coral; R: Hepburn Honey

The lipstick has satin finishing and it glides very smoothly like butter. The opacity is buildable - if you desire sheer lipstick, just swatch once. The colour builds up on third swatch into a rich creamy finishing. The lipstick lasts about 5 hours and withstand light and non-greasy meal.

The packaging reminds me a lot of the old Estee Lauder's lipstick circa grandmother's era. The gold case makes it look really luxury.

I purchased these from Harrods for £24.00 each. It is a high-end range price. For the non-drying and moisturizing effect, I think the lipstick is worth it for those who have easily chapped lips. This is by far the best bullet lipstick that I own. It surpasses the Burberry Kisses lipstick that I used to raved about.

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick before? Do you love it? Let me know if your opinion differs from mine. 

Feb 20, 2017

Musee Du Louvre

Musee Du Louvre (pronounced as musi doo luv; make sure you squeeze your mouth like a fish) is one of the most iconic royal palaces in Paris (the other one is Versailles). What was once a royal residence, central government office, torture ground and hostage prison, is now a beautiful museum attracting thousands visitors per day.

Visitor tips:
To skip the queue, purchase your ticket online (highly recommended) because the ticket queue can take up an hour long. Backpacks and large bags aren't allowed in the museum, however, lockers are provided free of charge. Just in case there's no more room at the locker, bring a small handbag for your convenience. Pack a bottle of water or snacks if you are going to spend a long time there.

I believe 80% of the crowd aren't art connoisseur. If you think you're one of them who wants to see just the Mona Lisa painting and take a couple of photos, my advice is to skip it entirely if you are in a rush. For those who wants to glance through all the exhibitions on the surface, you may required 3 days. And if you're an art scholar who wants to study the art pieces in detailed, a year spending inside the Louvre isn't sufficient. My point is, plan your visiting time because the place is HUGE!

My main goal for The Louvre isn't Monalisa. I was very eager to see David's painting of Napolean's Coronation. Enjoy...

Travel safe. Go and see the world! 

Feb 17, 2017

Dinner at Eiffel Tower

I have two bucket lists for Paris - (1) to see the Eiffel Tower, and (2) to have a fancy meal. To save my time and money, I combined the two in one. So I had a fancy meal at the Eiffel Tower. A toast for that!

There are 3 restaurants on the Eiffel Tower - Gustave Eiffel Room at first floor, 58 Tour Eiffel also at first floor and Le Jules Verne on the second floor. My initial choice was Le Jules Verne but I couldn't confirm my trip to Paris earlier, the restaurant was fully booked a month before I arrive. 58 Tour Eiffel was the next option. The restaurant is also fully booked (we were there during holiday peak season on 30th December), but we managed to get a table for two.

Getting onto the first floor of the Eiffel Tower wasn't easy, but at least we have a separate lift to go up. The crowd was unforgiving. At least 150 people or more were dining at the restaurant. In a classic Parisian fashion, the waiting staff did very little to speed up their movement to sit us fast. Our reservation was at 9pm and we had our table no earlier than 9:30pm. Standing at the door in a freezing cold weather have killed the entire experience.

Bread with butter only. I was looking for olive oil and balsamic but they didn't have it.

Duck foie gras, quince and white balsamic marmalade, with a toasted brioche

Marinated Manakara peppercorns Trout, aromatics fromage frais, citrus dressing

Cod fillet, seasonal vegetables cooked in crustacean broth

Tender cut of beef, mashed potatoes, onion confit, mushroom, bacon, and a red wine sauce

Mont-blanc, silvers of candied chestnut, mandarin

Crousti Eiffel Guanaja chocolate, praline cake and creamy Jivara chocolate

Overall, I think that the price is OK (€120 per pax), the taste was mediocre, the view is magnificent (except that it was covered in darkness) and the experience is not as profound as it sounds. I guess it could be better during lunch when the view is bright and you have lesser crowd in the restaurant.

It is cliche to say this, Eiffel Tower is really breath taking. I had a love at first sight when I saw the tower lit up with twinkling lights at night. It sparkles like a diamond.

Photo does not do justify the beauty of the tower. It is so photogenenic at every angle. I didn't have enough of it and went back the next day to have a view of it under the sun. Whether you see it at night or during the day, it is just as gorgeous as it is.

P/S: Do you know that the creator of Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel, has a secret apartment on the top of the tower? I got to know about it in The Da Vinci Code book.