Friday, September 30, 2016

GLAMORA, Malaysia's 1st High End Brand for Skincare & Beauty Products

Looking at the title, are you excited to know more about this premium beauty brand from our homeland? I mean, I am proud that Malaysians can finally obtain high-end products locally at a much affordable price.

Currently, Glamora offers two signature products in its beauty and skincare line: LUMINATE Fairness Face Serum and BODY SPA Intense Lightening Body Spray. Glamora products are made of quality ingredients using French formula and Korean cutting-edge technology

The concept of Glamora is pretty straight-forward. It pays emphasis on skin health and effectiveness, with no bounce-back effect upon discontinuing the usage of products. Its special formula aims to repair the skin composition from within, not just on the surface.

LUMINATE Fairness Face Serum (15ml) @ RM155 

Don’t belittle this tiny bottle! This water-based face serum can be used by both female and male to smoothen, brighten and enhance the overall complexion. Oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types / age ranges.

Benefits of LUMINATE Fairness Face Serum
Skin whitening and radiance
Even out skin tone
Reduce scar and repair cells

How to use: Just apply 1-2 drops of serum onto face and décolleté (day and night) then massage gently in outward direction, and you’ll see the serum is well-absorbed within seconds. No allergic reaction, dryness, peeling or breakout after using it.

It can be used on its own, after cleansing / before night cream, or under the makeup (to “set” makeup).

The absorption of serum can go up to 99%, which makes it very effective on the skin without leaving any sticky residue. You can see the result within 2 weeks, but some have experienced positive changes as early as within 1 week! How amazing is that.

One bottle can easily last up to 2 months ya.



BODY SPA Intense Lightening Body Spray (50ml) @ RM145

The other product by Glamora is claimed as the first whitening body spray in Malaysia! Instead of whitening lotion/cream we usually see, this comes in a spray bottle, which makes it easier to reach hidden areas, hence more even coverage over the body.

Oil-free, paraben-free, hydroquinone-free, mercury-free and suitable for all skin types, genders and age ranges.

Benefits of BODY SPA Intense Lightening Body Spray
Reduce dark area on skin
Whiten exposed areas such as neck, elbow, knee cap, arm, etc
Repair skin due to sunburn
Reduce scar due to body acne

How to use: Shake the bottle well and apply evenly on clean targeted area for quick absorption.
*Avoid spraying onto face.

The best part is that, it has a lotion-like consistency, and feels non-sticky and non-oily on the skin. The added fragrance is a plus point to give a pleasant body odour.

If you use it both day and night, it'd probably last for 1-2 months.

I will be one of the first to try out these products. Can’t wait to share more with you guys!

For more information, please visit: 
Email: glamora.hq@gmail.com
Contact number: +6013-3108080
Instagram: @glamora_hq

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Discover Japan Mall in Malaysia!

Hello Japan! ❤ Japan has always been in my travel wishlist because I love shopping! Tokyo by itself is already a shopping haven for everyone, be it for female, male or children. Personally, I am a huge fan of Japanese snacks and sweets such as the signature Tokyo Banana cakes and Shiya Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人) Cookies!


A lot of Japanese snacks are already available in Malaysia via major shopping malls and Japanese chains such as Daiso, Yubi-so, Shojikiya etc. But none of these is able to beat the convenience and wide varieties offered online. And the good news is, we can now buy directly from Japan — Not just foodstuff, but also various items that you can find in Japan such as Japaneses Anime, cosme and action figurines, mangas, iconic Japanese handcrafts, etc.

Recently I found this website called Discovery Japan Mall (http://shop.discovery-japan.me) which is an “one-stop" online shopping site based in Japan, so you can find thousands of Japanese stuff offered in different currencies depending on your country-- USD, GBP, EUR and JPY are amongst the common ones-- with international shipping available too.  

For instance, I always have friends who always go to Japan for these Gundam figurines. With this website, I am pretty sure Gundam collectors will be more than happy to shop for them online, at more affordable prices. 

How about Japanese manga and music records too?

From the fashion section, I see alot of clothing and accessories including the Japanese Casio G-Shock watches. Of course, there are also many unique and high-quality products that have not been introduced overseas. 

Some of these Japan-made products that even the Japanese have not heard of, are available at this online store. How awesome is that! 


Now I am definitely looking forward to shopping with Discovery Japan and share my haul with you guys! 
Ciao, xoxo.

Review: Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water, Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion & Skin Recovery Cream

When I share my acne story with people, most of them do not believe it and they would say, "How would that be possible?! Your skin is so smooth now!". Well, I have the proof to show you! 11 years ago, my skin was in a terrible condition-- Breakouts happened on every part of the face, especially the T-zone area.

It took me about 2 years to fully recover, but the pores of the skin were still enlarged, and the overall skin condition became very sensitive. When I say very sensitive, it means that I really have to be very careful with my choice of skincare / makeup products on the face, to avoid breakouts. 

But I reckon the term "Sensitive" is being loosely used by people, since it is a measure of relativity. To better cater for the consumer needs, Avène categorises different degrees of sensitivity into 3 main types: 

First Degree: Sensitive
 Mild experiences of tingling, tightness, inflammation or burning
 More reactive towards aggressions (wind, cold, sun, overzealosu cleansing)

Second Degree: Intolerant/ Hypersensitive 
 Frequent tingling, tightness, redness, scaling and burning
 More traumatised with the application of unsuitable products 

Third Degree: Allergic Skin
 Eczema (redness, burning, blisters or even oozing)
 Urticaria (Swelling, burning)


After finding out from Eau Thermale Avène that my skin is merely of the first-degree sensitivity but a very dry skin type, I got myself this basic set of skincare-- Cleanser, toner and moisturizer, for hypersensitive skin

Avène Village in Southern France, the place where Avène Thermal Spring Water is discovered since year 1736.

Despite of having over 50 different products under this brand, all of them have one thing in common: The Avène Thermal Spring Water, a natural key ingredient incorporated in Eau Thermale Avène products because of its naturally soothing and anti-irritating properties. It is not only used to treat sensitive, intolerant, atopic and psoriasis-prone skin, but also a great remedy for serious eczema. 

 Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion (200ml)

My first step of skincare is always the makeup remover, followed by cleanser. To prevent the skin from over-drying, I'd usually go for lotion type of cleanser. And the one I'm using now is suitable even for very sensitive skin because it is so mild and gentle on the skin. 

Texture wise, it is very fluid and gives a fresh sensation on the skin, leaving the skin clean and comfortable without any tightness / discomfort

Unlike any other cleanser, Eau Thermale Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion can be used without rinsing, because pipe water generally increases irritation due to its high mineral properties as it is heavily treated and processed.

So all you need is to apply on a cotton pad in light circular motions and pat dry without rubbing, then remove excess with Avène Thermal Spring Water.

But since my skin sensitivity is not that severe, I'd still prefer applying directly onto the face and rinsing thoroughly for a more refreshing feel. 

Avène Thermal Spring Water (150ml)

Regardless of your skin type, the next step (which is the most important step which I think you must not skip) is applying the Avène Thermal Spring Water in two ways:
(1) Before your toner
(2) As a replacement of your toner

The first time I tried this miraculous water was 3 years ago when I first attended Avène Skincare beauty workshop, and I fell in love with it since then!  Its unique and constant composition will seal the skin with soothing softness and long-lasting protection against irritation, redness, sunburn, itching and more.

All I do is just to spray a fine mist over skin and dab to allow absorption. It feels very cooling on the surface, and more soothing as it penetrates into the skin. Apart from that, I also use it at the office as a face mist to freshen the skin, and bring it along for travelling too.

You can also use it as a facial mask for a quick boost of moisture-- Spray a clean mask sheet with the Avène Thermal Spring Water until completely soaked and leave on for 15 minutes.

Skin Recovery Cream (50ml)

The last step of Avène skincare regime I use is the moisturiser. Similarly, it is very rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, hence is specially formulated to rapidly calm irritations and restore the protective skin barrier of naturally sensitive or irritable skin

Do you notice something different on the nozzle? The Skin Recovery Cream is the first skincare I have seen that uses Sterile Cosmetics technology, a unique safety for sensitive skin. The tube opening uses a perfectly hermetic patented sealing system – D.E.F.I (Device Exclusive Formula Integrity).

It guarantees a 100% air-tight packaging, hence the cream within the tube will have 0% contact to external environment. Complemented with sterile formula, production and packaging, the product contains 0% paraben, 0% fragrance, 0% preservative and 0% alcohol.  

In other words, it is safe even for the most sensitive skin! 

Texture wise, do expect the cream to be slightly thick. Nevertheless, I appreciate the ease of spreading over the skin despite of its rich texture. Suitable for both morning and evening use.

Verdict:
1. Overall, I find that Eau Thermale Avène products are extra mild, gentle and soothing for the skin.
2. I love the concept of using pure Avène Thermal Spring Water throughout all the skincare steps to effectively deliver moisture and calmness to my very dry, sensitive skin.
3. Truly appreciate the story and efforts behind Avène Thermal Spring Water to bring natural remedy to various skin diseases.  

Wanna know more about Avène? Please visit:
Facebook: fb.com/AveneMY

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fashion Forward: Be Inspired and Inspire Others!

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”, by Rachel Zoe.

Don’t you just agree with the above statement? For me (and many girl friends out there), clothes are never enough. NEVER.

People who know me would realise that I shop online very often and love getting fashion inspirations through various fashion blogs from the West. From what I read in one of those blogs, I found an amazing fashion site, Lyst with over 11,000 fashion stores and designers in one place.

I am serious, imagine yourself being spoilt with thousands of styles, designs, colors and trends? How can anyone possibly resist that?!

You gotta check this out, especially if you are into designer brands or European fashion.

ASOS Women's Multicolour Premium Off The Shoulder Bardot Midi Prom Dress In Garden Floral

Off-shoulder is definitely the trendiest style to date, and I am eyeing on this lovely piece of floral printed midi dress from ASOS. Perfect for that afternoon tea party or garden wedding reception that you are attending!

Aside from dresses and clothing, I am more interested in the bags and shoes collections there. I can’t believe they have everything from elegant clutches and totes to oversized work bags and luggages.


MCM Women's Multicolour Berlin Ruby Red Hat Box Small Crossbody

The moment I see this cute crossbody in box shape, I immediately fall in love with it! So vintage, so classy that it fits into any occasion. Shall put this into my birthday wishlist! *hint*

Perhaps I am the kind of person who places more emphasis on accessories than anything else. Choker, another in-trend thing recently, is a must-have in every girl’s accessories box!


TOPMAN Women's Brown Faux Suede Wrap Choker 

And if you’re running out of ideas on what to get for your man, fashion inspirations are aplenty there. You can always check out their stuff when you are on the go, just download the Lyst mobile app from App Store into your iPhone or iPad and browse anytime anywhere you want.


Wanna be fashion forward? Let's Lyst!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rumour Has It: Adele–Her Life & Songs: Musical Celebration @ KLPAC

Rumour Has It: Adele – Her Life and Songs; Truly impressive musical celebration for the fans of Adele 

Courtesy to Milestone Production, I am lucky to attend this international award-winning musical celebration, Rumour Has It: Adele – Her Life and Songs, held in Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) from 21 September to 25 September 2016.

Rumour Has It Adele has toured more than 12 major cities in Australia, and has won many international awards such as:
Best Musical – Matilda Award
Best Musical Production – Groundling Award
Sunday Mail Top Two Show 2013 – Critic’s Choice
….and hopefully more to come!

Look at the amazing crowd of the evening!

It is a rare opportunity to have Naomi Price flying in from Australia to perform a musical on the inspirational journey of Adele Adkins from a young, ordinary girl to a superstar. Her voice is so beautiful that she can sing Adele’s song so well, and recreate the scene of Celine Dion singing Adele’s song in her show.

The musical is beautifully composed and synchronized with different melodies, especially the part where she incorporates parts of Spice Girls’ songs into the musical. The story-telling part is equally interesting and I love how it flows smoothly from the childhood background of Adele to her best album creations such as Adele 16, 19, 21 and 25.

In the black lace dress, Naomi has transformed physically to Adele’s iconic look. Added with her naturally witty and expressive character, her performance is fantastic for her humour and musical prowess.

When the top hits from Adele are played, the applause and cheers of excitement from the crowd overwhelm the entire theatre hall. The popular songs include:
Skyfall
Rolling in the Deep
Someone Like You (My personal favourite among all!!)
Set Fire To The Rain, from album 21
Hello, in her latest album 25

Other hit songs from the mega-platinum catalogue of songs which she performs include:
Rumour Has It
Hometown Medley
Chasing Pavements, Adele’s debut single when she was 19
Daydreamer
Send My Love to Your New Lover
Take It All
I’ll Be Waiting

It truly feels as if the actual Adele is performing right in front of my eyes.
Thumbs up to her world-class vocals! 

For 2 hours, the theatre has transformed into a night of magic as the visual effects set in and the live bands with strings session take on the stage, giving an unforgettable spectacular visual and sound experience.

Joining the stage to celebrate the life and songs of Adele is the talented pianist cum music director, Michael Manikus from Australia, co-director Adam Brunes, violinist, cello, drummer and 3 Malaysian professional musical backing vocalists.

Verdict:
Definitely worth watching! It is a short show but I am truly satisfied with the performance by the lead, Naomi who really go deep into Adele’s life story and translate that into the show, plus her amazing team! With so many top talents from around the world, this musical celebration is truly an award-winning show.

Special thanks to Milestone Production for this lovely live entertainment experiences.

For more information on the upcoming shows, please visit:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Singapore's Famous Cheesecake by Cat & The Fiddle is Now in Malaysia!

Craving for cheesecake? Think about Cat & The Fiddle!

If you are a huge fan of cheese or you know someone who would die for cheesecake, then you gotta see this. Cat & The Fiddle is synonymous to the home of cheesecake because it specialises in various types of baked and non-baked cheesecake, injected with fun, colourful and delicious ingredients imported from around the world.

In fact, it is dubbed as the “Singapore's Best Cheese Cake Delivery” exclusively created by the award-winning chef Daniel Tay and now we are glad that it arrives at Malaysia!

Comes in one size at 7 inches (900g - 1.1kg), all cakes here have no added artificial flavouring and preservatives. Most importantly, they are certified Halal by JAKIM.

Well, you must be wondering what does Cat and The Fiddle have to do with cheese? Named after the English nursery rhyme, the brand is a symbol of joy, fun and togetherness for both young and old. And the illustrations of cute characters can be found on its website, so cheesy right?

*NEW* King Cat of the Mountain (Non-baked Durian Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM139

The cheesiness here is true. They have 6 popular cheesecake flavours to die for. And one of them is specially made of the King of Fruits! How amazing is that. The Musang King cheesecake is truly a winner because of its creamy rich durian cream cheese layered with soft sponges dusted with cocoa powder

Guess what's the best part of it? You can taste the texture of the durian flesh itself!

*NEW* Naughty and Nice (Non-baked Chocolate Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM119

Some people cannot really take the taste of cheese, but I am sure this chocolate cheesecake is acceptable for you. Sitting on a base of fluffy sponge, the thickest layer comes from the rich premium couverture chocolate mousse. Best served chill, just let it melt in the mouth like ice-cream! 

The pillows of fluffy sponge topping is sure to win the heart of chocolate lovers,
especially if you love the soft, moist, brownie-like texture.

The Modern Duke’s Pudding (Fully-baked Oreo Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM99

As opposed to the Chocolate Cheesecake, the Crunchy Oreo Cheesecake is meant for cheese fanatics who also want a hint of chocolatey flavour infused into the smooth rich cheese, with an added biting pleasure from the Oreo cookie crumbles.

If you love your cheesecake with a tangy, refreshing twist, then consider adding some fruits so the cake does not feel so "heavy" on the mouth. Strawberry and Mango Cheesecakes are pretty common out there, but Cat & The Fiddle probably has the nicest ones I have ever tried! 

The Russian Whiskers (Non-baked Mango Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM99

The mango cheesecake reminds me of mango mousse cake, so creamy soft and smooth, plus extra sweetness coming from the mango puree topping and curl chocolate chips at the side wall. Overall, the aromatic balance of cheese and mango works pretty well here.

Although the taste of cheese is rather mild here, I appreciate the generous filling of fresh mango cubes within the cream cheese layer sitting on the biscuit crust. 

Queen of Hearts (Fully-baked Strawberry Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM99

How about a thick layer of natural strawberry and raspberry puree topping your rich, gooey cheescake? Although the texture of the cheese used here is denser (hence, more filling), but it is well-paired with sourish strawberry to exude refreshing tartness which cuts through the cheesy richness.

Over The Moon (Fully-baked Classic New York Cheesecake)
Whole Cake @ RM99

Nothing beats the taste of ol’ classic cheesecake. But be warned, this is for true cheese connoisseurs. Dense and creamy, every spoonful is so luscious, so rich in real savoury cheese with hints of sweetness from the vanilla beans.

Some may find the cream cheese texture a tad overwhelming, but I don’t mind skipping my diet plan once in a while!

Verdict:
A good cheesecake is very subjective; some love it thick and creamy while others love it soft and melt-in-the-mouth. To sum up my experience with Cat & The Fiddle, I'd recommend the following for different preferences: 

*Recommended* Classic New York: Extra thick and rich. For true cheese lovers.
*Recommended* Durian: Light like mousse with real durian flesh. For durian die-hard fans.
Chocolate: Ultra rich and smooth chocolate mousse. For chocolate enthusiasts.
Oreo: Same thick cheese base as Classic New York. For cheese and Oreo lovers.
Mango: Lightweight mousse with real mango cubes. Well-loved by mango fans.
Strawberry: Same thick cheese base as Classic New York but tastes more tart.

Where To Get Cat & The Fiddle Cheesecakes?
(1) Purchase Whole Cheesecakes online at www.catandthefiddle.com.my

Order any whole cheesecakes online, and enjoy FREE delivery within Klang Valley. Self-collection is also available at Cat & The Fiddle Office, Bandar Sunway, Nadayu 28 Dagang Level 1 – 10B (Above HOPP Café)

Business Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Special Promotion for you guys! 

Enjoy 16% off on Cheesecakes for all online orders + FREE Delivery with Klang Valley by entering the discount code:
PROMO16

Note:
*Place order at least 1 day in advance (before 4.00 pm in order to enjoy next day delivery or self-collection)
*Promo ends on 30th November 2016 
*Accessories: Birthday Tag, Birthday Candle and Plastic Cake Knife is not included, please purchase from Add-Ons

(2) Purchase Sliced Cheesecakes in HOPP Café and selected PappaRich outlets 

HOPP Café [Sliced RM11.90/pc and Whole cheesecake selling at normal price]
10A, Nadayu 28 Dagang, 
(next to Sunway University side door)
Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway,
48250 Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Contact: +603-5613 3366
Operation Hours: 11am – 10pm daily

Selected PappaRich Outlets [Sliced RM9.90/pc]
Click this link for the list of selected PappaRich outlets: http://papparich.com.my/pr/happenings/#CNF

For more information, kindly visit Cat & The Fiddle at:
Instagram: @catandthefiddlemy

Customer Careline
Careline: 018-872 1818 and 018-873 1818
Email: customer@catandthefiddle.com.my
Operating Hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday & Public Holiday: 9am – 6pm

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