Aug 28, 2017

Enhance The Beauty Of Your Lips With the New Water Lip Tone Up CC

Introducing the Water Lip Tone Up CC - a lipbalm that color corrects your lip colour while it nourishes and moisturizes your lips for an intense and long-lasting moisturization. The Water Lip Tone Up CC comes in a unique formulation that has been created with three colour correcting functions.

CC, or colour correcting concept are multi-purpose products that correct colour using light-diffusing particles to give the skin a healthy look. With the invention of the Water Lip Tone Up CC, you can now enjoy the benefits of the colour-correcting function in your lip balm too! Apart from that, it also revives dull lips, enhances and restores lip colour as well as brightens the lips. Its formula is further enhanced with 3D PEARL to vividly enhance your natural lip colour, thereby improving one's overall appearance.

The formula combines powerful nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin C derivative, Vitamin E and Vitamin E derivative to keep lips feeling soft and hydrated. It also contains Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil that nourish the lips.

Made in Japan, the Water Lip Tone Up CC comes in 2 variants namely Pure Red and Rose Pink. Its formula is fragrance free and contains SPF 20 PA++ to protect lips against UVA and UVB rays.

The Water Lip Tone Up CC is priced at RM16.90 and will be available at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets. 

Aug 27, 2017

Burj Khalifa Dubai: The Tallest Building in the World

If you're going to visit only one skyscraper in your life, it has to be Burj Khalifa. To date, this sculpture is the tallest building in the world, standing magnificently in the heart of Dubai. From far, you can see the luminous building reflecting the bright sun ray of the desert. You can see the sculpture everywhere you go. The nearer you get to it, the bigger it becomes, like God watching your every step.

Surrounding the building is a large man-made pool and supported by a large foundation, which is the home of The Dubai Mall. At night, water fountain at the pool dancing to the rhythm and lights, creating a symphony to give praise to the tallest building in the world.

Like most skyscraper, you are required to purchase ticket to access to the observation tower. Also, there is a headcount limit to ensure the deck is not overloaded. The observatory isn't the tallest point of the building, but it is the highest peak that opens for public access. For convenience, I would highly recommend buying your tickets online. You are able to guarantee your spot by choosing your preferred time. Tickets are also available to purchase at the counter, however your preferred time may be subjected to availability.

I'm half as tall as Burj Khalifa..... the replica.

While waiting for your entry at the lobby, feel free to educate yourself with all the information about other skyscrapers in the world. As a Malaysian, I feel proud to see KLCC standing at the hall of fame among the rest of the world. It somehow makes me feel homesick as well. Having the opportunity to stay in one of the richest country in the world (UAE), it didn't take the Malaysian out of me. Wherever I am, Malaysia is still the best in my eye. I can be standing at the tallest building in the world, staying at the most luxurious hotel, dining in a prestigious restaurant, but home is where the heart belongs.

Upon entering the lift, visitors are bound to go through a time tunnel where a huge LED screen presenting the UAE's brief history - rising from a plain desert with nothing to offer, into a rich and booming country.

At the top, I could see sand storm approaching. This reminds me of the climax scene in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Closer to the building, you can see the beautiful sea green pool that surrounding the building. I had a glimpse of imagination what life would be if I have the chance to own one unit of the apartment right next to the pool, overlooking the impressive Burj Khalifa.

When at the top, my entire perspective changed 360 degrees. On ground, overlooking the gigantic iconic structure, I felt inferior. What seems to be God watching me, is now the totally opposite. I felt like God watching people minding their business from the top. It is pretty interesting to find how one's mindset can change to where they are standing.

Visitor's tips:

  • Purchase your ticket from
  • Allocate one day to discover Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, water fountain and its surrounding.
  • Online tickets can be printed at the kiosk. To save your time, you don't have to queue at the counter.
  • Ticket cost about AED200 for adults, which is about RM232. 

Aug 19, 2017

My Hair Loss Story: How I Recover (No Click Bait)

In the beginning, I was reluctant to post this up because hair loss can be something embarrassing. I didn't want to talk about it. But then lately I found out, I'm not the only one having this problem. There are many others who are facing this issue. After a few months of taking care of my hair extensively, I can see some improvement especially my hair gets thicker now.

I'm going to let you know all that I've done and at the end, I will rate the top solution which I think helps the most in my recovery. For your quest to solve your hair loss problem, you can refer to my solutions for a guide on what to try out first.

First things first, I had to find out the root cause of my problem. I went to a hair saloon to scan through my scalp and found out that all the hair follicles are stuck with sebum or oil. The hair specialist recommend to use scalp scrub and remove hair conditioner from my hair wash. Apparently, hair conditioner is one of the main culprits for hair fall (surprise... surprise!). I had my hair scanned at D'Trend Queensbay Mall Penang. It cost me about RM200 per session, but I believe it is money well-spent since I got to know what I should do next.

After got to know my hair problem, I ditch all my regular hair products from drug store. First, I switched my shampoo to the LUSH Jersey Bounce. Jersey Bounce isn't catered for scalp concern. Since this is the first time I am using LUSH hair product, I made a general mistake by picking the wrong one. After some survey, the hair range that suit hair fall is REHAB and Daddy-O. It's OK. The Jersey Bounce works fine for me. It contains natural sea salt to exfoliate my scalp.

Another new product that I try out is the L'Occitane Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic. I have never use scalp tonic before and I believe, it helps in fasten my hair growth. I only apply it on my balding spot and currently, a lot of baby hair are growing.

When purchasing the tonic, I conveniently drop in the L'Occitane Body & Strength Leave-In Concentrate into my shopping bag. The product helps to reduce tangle when combing and drying my hair.

Here are the approaches I took to revive my hair in the order I think works the best:

  1. The most sound thing to do when you are losing your hair is to have your scalp inspect. Hair loss could be a sign of anything - bad diet, stress, improper care, wrong product used, etc. As for me, I spent RM200 for it a not a single regret. Because I know the cause of my hair loss, I manage to look for a proper solution.
  2. I am washing my hair with cold water instead of warm water. And I normally leave my hair air-dried. I only use the hairdryer if I need to sleep before my hair completely dry.
  3. The LUSH Jersey Bounce shampoo also helps a lot. With normal shampoo, I had to wash my hair 2 days once. But with the LUSH shampoo, I can reduce my washing to 3 days once. I believe the sea salt helps to exfoliate my scalp everytime I use it. 

If you experience hair loss, you should try those three solutions above. As for the tonic, I can't measure the effectiveness. The combination of all the experiments makes it hard to tell which product works the most. Do try all the three solutions.

This is my most recent photo with head full of hair. If you're going to take one advice from me, it is to be dedicated to solve your hair care problem. Don't go out and try all the products you can find on the shelves, instead, take one step at a time, starting with finding out the problem.

Aug 13, 2017

Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick Eyeshadow & Flower Pop Blush

You must have notice that I have not been updating makeup reviews as much as I used to. That is because almost nothing interests me anymore. When I receive the Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick quad eyeshadow and Flower Pop Blusher, it is like a breath of fresh air. I couldn't wait to go home and try out the products. It was the sweetest thing I've seen for a long time.

I received the Rosy Road quad eyeshadow and Camellia blush. The combination creates a very sweet and young look. I was convinced that I could do a Korean teenager celeb look. But first, let's go through the swatches.

The pigmentation is average, which is good for Asian skin tone. Also, the finish is shimmer and satin which look prominent even though the pigmentation is average. I really love the top right shade, which I use as highlighter on my cheek as well.

The color of the blush on the pan was quite fierce, but when applied, it is very subtle. For a darker shade, you can layer the blush and blend it out to achieve the gradient effect. I really love the blush because it is so easy and versatile to work with.

This is the basic makeup sweet look I achieved the Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick eyeshadow and Flower Pop blush. It took me less than 15 minutes. I never thought I could pull off a pink eyeshadow, but I think this look is pretty good on me.

Recently Mamonde opens its 6th beauty counter in Malaysia at Parkson KLCC. The store features the concept of 'Journey to the Flowers' aims to improve customers' experience when visiting the boutique so that they're able to immerse themselves in the vitality and beauty of flowers which are used in Mamonde's products. At the counter, you can find the Signature Flower Zone, where you can learn about flowers, Scent Zone where you can experience Mamonde's aromatic flowers and DIY Fun Zone where you can customize your own makeup pouch and postcards.

If you're at KLCC for shopping, remember to drop by the Mamonde's beauty counter located inside Parkson.  

LipIce Tinted Lipbalm Now Available in Disney Edition

Calling all Disney lipbalm fans! The LipIce Tinted Lipbalm now comes in a brand new Disney look. The first of its kind in the market, the LipIce Tinted Lipbalm is packaged in contrasting black and pink designs to give it a young, vibrant and fun feel. Fans of Disney both young and old will fall in love with this new look as the new design is modern yet fun at the same time.

With its winning moisturizing formula, the LipIce Tinted Lipbalm is an ultra-nourishing tinted balm that moisturizes and protects lips while leaving a soft natural pink tint with a refreshing berry flavor. One glide on the lips and your lips instantly revitalizes with a burst of moisture and natural lip colour while you enjoy the sweet berry flavour that stays on your lips.

Formulated with Super Hyaluronic Acid, this lipbalm works to seal in moisture in the lips for long-lasting hydration. Apart from that, the formulation also contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Collagen to help improve lip texture, giving you more bouncy and smoother lips. Collagen, an anti-aging ingredient helps lips to restore its elasticity. Its formula is also infused with Vitamin E, which works as an effective antioxidant to help repair dry lips, keeping them smooth and healthy.

The LipIce Tinted Lipbalm is available in 3 shades that comes with different berry flavors namely Baby Pink (Strawberry flavor), Poppy Pink (Raspberry flavor), and Berry Red (Wildberry flavor). The LipIce Tinted Lipbalm is priced at RM12.50 and is available at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

Aug 11, 2017

Burj Al Arab Al Mahara Restaurant

When in Dubai one of my bucket list is to try out at least one 5-star restaurant. Due to lack of time and convenience, I choose to have dinner at Al Mahara Restaurant, which is at the hotel where I'm staying.

You don't have to be a guest at Burj Al Arab to dine at Al Mahara Restaurant. As long as you have made your reservation earlier, the security clearance will be smooth. Al Mahara Restaurant is Burj Al Arab's flagship restaurant. It is voted as one of the Top 10 most expensive restaurant in the world by Time Out.

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the host and transported underground. At the entrance of the restaurant, another host will remind the guests of the etiquette and rules for dining at Al Mahara. There is a strict dress code at Al Mahara. All guests are expected to wear formal dress or entry is strictly prohibited.

My dinner started with the usual bread and breadstick served with three types of butter - plain, herb and salted.The entree was mushroom pastry served with buttery broth.

For the mains, I had the wagyu beef braised and seared with foie gras cromesquis, glazed carrot, bone marrow, cherry black pepper sauce. Mashed chickpeas and spiced sauces are served as side dishes to go along with the wagyu beef. The sauces went really well with the mains.

For a sweet ending, all tables are served with petit four. I had the glaze strawberry chocolate and praline. It was too sweet for my liking.

The experience dining at Al Mahara costed me AED900+. I wouldn't rate this as the best restaurant I've ever been. Mainly because the dishes were mediocre for a fine dining. But the experience is one of a kind. Surely if given a chance, I would return to try their seafood, which their specialty.

Al Mahara is currently renamed as Outlaw's at Al Mahara, under the culinary patronage of multi award-winning English chef, Nathan Outlaw, Al Mahara will be focusing on serving the best seafood in the world. 

Aug 8, 2017

Beauty News August Week 1

1. Wet N Wild Mermaid Glow

Wet N Wild released its Mermaid Glow set to unleash the inner mermaid in you. The set comes with four metallic liquid lipstick, four metallic liquid eye shadow, three liquid eyeliner, and a highlighter. Check out the swatches from Now Reading.

2. Mamonde's Grand Opening at Parkson KLCC

Mamonde, a South Korean beauty brand under Amorepacific Malaysia, held a grand opening of its 6th beauty counter at Parkson KLCC today. The beauty counter is a reflection of its latest brand concept ‘Journey of Flowers’ which aims to improve customers’ experience when visiting the boutiques or beauty counters so that they are able to immerse themselves in the vitality and beauty of flowers which are used in Mamonde products.

Customers can also look forward to two new Mamonde products starting July 2017 which is the Flower Pop Eye Brick and Flower Pop Blusher. These products are available at all Mamonde beauty counters nationwide. Head to Mamonde's KLCC counter to check out these beautiful makeups:

3.  Too Faced 2017 Holiday Collection 

Too Faced's Jerrod Blandino spills some sneak peek on Too Faced's 2017 holiday collection on his Instagram. This year, Too Faced's holiday collection is all about organizer. It is a refreshing take to makeup packaging. I am definitely looking forward for it.

5. Fenty launching

Rihanna's makeup line Fenty is scheduled to launch in September. That's next month! Rejoice, as it is available in Sephora. 

6. L'Oreal x Balmain

L'Oreal is partnering with Balmain to launch a lipstick collection. This high profile partnership is scheduled to launch sometime in September or October. Let's hope the lipstick will make it to Malaysia. I have spotted some coral and vampy colors that I like from the colelction. 


Aug 7, 2017

Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet

With Malaysia’s hot and humid weather all year long, we often struggle to find ways to keep our skin radiant, hydrated and grease free. Hada Labo introduces a new Whitening Cooling Sherbet from Japan, so your skin does not have to take the heat anymore.
The Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet is a multi-purpose soft cream that comes with a unique sherbet-like texture. Upon application, the cream melts on skin surface like a sorbet and instantly calms and cool down the skin. Formulated with Tranexamic Acid- a powerful whitening ingredient, the Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet not only provides a cooling sensation that refreshes the skin, it also helps fight dark spots, brighten and rebalance skin tone, leaving skin perfectly luminous and translucent with natural radiance. With just a spread of the sherbet cream on your face, skin instantly feels refreshed, moisturized and hydrated all day long!   
The formula of the Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet combines a blend of Menthol, Witch Hazel extract, Strawberry Saxifrage and Edelweiss which boosts skin hydration and visibly minimizes enlarged pores. Upon application, the soft texture of the cream melts smoothly on the skin, giving the skin a refreshing, cooling sensation. The Whitening Cooling Sherbet can be applied day and night, after moisturizer as the last step of your skin regime. It is also ideal to use after sun exposure to cool, calm and soothe skin irritation from UV exposure. For better cooling results, it can also be stored in the refrigerator.

The Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet (RM65.90) is gentle on the skin and free from alcohol, mineral oil and colorant and it is suitable for all skin types. It will be available exclusively at Watsons nationwide starting July 2017.

Aug 3, 2017

Kittens in our car bonnet

This is one of those life-happenings that I want to document and read it when I'm older.

Last weekend, we (Z and me) drove to KL. I went off to my makeup class and Z went to check-in to the hotel. Late evening he picked me up and we went off to 1-Utama for our dinner. When we returned to the carpark, someone left a friendly note on my windscreen:

I got a shock of my life. We quickly open up the car bonnet and found.................... not one, not two, not three, BUT FOUR KITTENS stuck underneath.

We spent some time trying to figure out what to do. At the same time we were running out of time, because the parking grace period was going to end soon. We drove back to the hotel and open up the bonnet again to check on the kittens. I believe they are barely a week old. Three kittens were stuck on the left side, it was so cramp-up that they barely move at all. Another kitten was on the left.

To make things worse, it was weekend, no workshop was open and we couldn't lift up my car to open up the front cover. One good thing was they weren't actually stuck inside the bonnet but inside the front bumper of the car.

After hours of emotional stress, we finally decided to move on with our plan. We took the risk to drive with the kittens inside because we don't think they can actually get into the engine part (lucky enough my car is high).

Out of the stressful moment, it was so comical to hear the kittens meowing from the front of the car. Whenever we stop at traffic lights, motorcyclists will turn their head every where to look for the kittens. When they figure out that the sound comes from my car bonnet, most of them have a puzzled look. It's my entertainment of the day. (Although I feel bad for laughing at those kittens' misfortune).

It took us awhile to think where did the cats came from, then we thought, it must be the neighbour's. I was pretty angry because we had to go through a lot of unfortunate events with the cats:

  • Cat scratch out outdoor furniture
  • Cat eat my plant
  • Cat push off my pots
  • Cat scratch my washing machine cover
  • Cat vomit furballs at my front porch, side walkway, and my laundry place
  • Cat poop in front of my gate causing me stepping on it a few times
  • Cat pee on my shoes
  • Cat scratch my door mat
We put up with all those shenanigans because after all, we want to live harmoniously with our neighbour. After a few times triggering them the events, the neighbour did nothing to stop the cat from coming to our side. And we continue to tolerate.

If you love animals and want to keep pets in your own home, go ahead. But BE A RESPONSIBLE OWNER. I'm not sure what would happen if the cat got rollover or stuck inside my car belt and die. I would have gotten mental breakdown if the cat ever die because of me. I don't want to keep a pet because I don't want to subject myself to be responsible over the animal's life. But now I feel like I'm more responsible to take care of the cats rather than the owner. Many times I tried to carry them and put them back to their home. And I can only do so much. 

I'm not sure if I'm overreacting or too emotional, but when things happen repeatedly, it gets onto my nerves easily. Whatever complain we send to the neighbour, it just ended on their deaf ears.  I was seriously pissed off. But let's get to the happy ending.

When we arrived back home, the mother cat manage to get into my car and took the kittens out one by one. We took the kittens for a joyride from Melaka to PJ to KL and then back to Melaka. It must be a hell of experience for the kittens. 

Aug 2, 2017

Hydrate with Hada Labo's All New Revolutionary Hydrating Oil-In Lotion

Hada Labo, the Japanese skincare brand well known for its hero product lotion, introduces a new breakthrough innovation in their range of lotion products. Introducing the first Oil-In Lotion. this new Hada Labo oil infuse lotion offers a unique approach to lotion where it promises consumers a brand-new experience in hydration like no other.

Combining the best part of water and oil, Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion enables oil to adheres on the skin retain moisture while the water penetrates deep into skin to infused skin with abundant of hydration. A single pump patted on the face is all you need to exchange for a well hydrated, soft, smooth and supple skin all day long.

Using the nano encapsulated and dispersion technology, Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion nourishes like oil and feels like water. The plant-derived squalene oil in this lotion is encapsulated and disperse onto skin through nano-dispersion technology to ensure the oil is solubilized in water to give you a transparent, ultra-light, pleasant and comfortable feeling without leaving any oily & sticky residues when applied onto skin. It also provides skin with ideal oil and water balance to ensure skin stay hydrated and fresh for long hours.

To top it off, the Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion contains Vitamin B3 and E, which serve as a great source to help keep the skin soft and smooth all the time. Because it is pH balanced, free of animal derivatives, fragrances and colorant, the Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion is suitable for users of all skin types. To obtain a better result, use twice a day after Hada Labo cleanser.

Directions of Use: Take one pump of Hydrating Oil-In Lotion onto the palm and gently pat onto face until it is thoroughly absorbed.

Boost your skin with ample moisture using Hada Labo's Hydrating Oil-In Lotion! Priced at RM69.90, the Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion (220ml) is available exclusively at Watsons stores nationwide. 

Aug 1, 2017

Hotel Review: Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is an iconic architecture in Dubai featuring a sail shape right at the coast of Jumeirah. The hotel silhouette is easily recognized on Dubai's skyline The hotel is usually fully booked due to its high quality customer service, hospitality and out-of-the-world experience.

Upon arriving, you will undergo a strict security check at the driveway. The security office already have a list of expected guests, if your name is not in the list you will not allowed to enter the premise. I appreciate the security measures, but as a commoner, it does feel awkward to be seated in the car and have the car scanned entirely.

You will be greeted with a extravaganza fountain at the lobby. The usual sights at hotel lobby where people waiting with luggage and the receptionist keying in details of clients at the counter are totally non-existent. The hotel staff will be expecting your arrival and prepare to transport your luggage into the room floor. Each floor has its own reception to ensure the guests comfort and privacy. Check-in is as smooth as silk - no waiting in line, no documentation and no forms to fill.

Since this hotel is frequent by politicians, celebrities and high-ranking businessmen, I do see why they have to pay so much details in their hospitality. Now, to the room. The furniture are covered in velvet and the bed sheets are made of silk. This is by far the most exorbitance hotel stay I've ever stayed in.

I could stay in the bathroom forever! I had a huge vanity unit, personal shower area and a Jacuzzi tub. The toiletries in the vanity are all from Hermes, which makes the experience even more luxurious.

The hotel would suit those who are in habit of indulgence. It is definitely one hell of an experience for me. What I regret was, I didn't have anyone to share this experience with. So I was there for one night quick stayover.

One thing which disappointed was there were no access to the beach. Instead, there is a man-made terrace which adjourned to the sea. The pool area is packed with guests and I couldn't find a sun bed to myself.

The room costed about RM4000 per night. For the ultimate luxury, their Presidential Suite isn't that pricey compared to other hotels. If I remember it was approximately RM22,000, which is what you expect to pay at other 5-star hotel presidential suites.