Saturday, June 23, 2018

[BEAUTY] Review: Pony Brown Masks from Korea

Hi, guess what? Another cutesy Korean brand has just arrived in Malaysia -- it's PONYBROWN❤ 

Look at the cute packaging of PONYBROWN... I always admire the artist behind the brand that makes everything just so irresistibly cute! So I have gotten some of the best-selling masks to try out...

PONYBROWN has been in the Korean market since 2007, bringing customers positive vibes through its iconic little hoody girl character, Marrife, created by a Korean animation artist, Mane. In Marrife's life, she is always accompanied by her cats and she sees every tomorrow as a positive and sunny day. I guess that's why the product packaging is so colorful and spreads positivity to consumers. 


PONYBROWN PLUS + Mask Range

In 2015, PONYBROWN got engaged with Naturie Korea Laboratory and Research and introduced PONYBROWN PLUS +, a new line of skincare and cosmetic products MADE IN KOREA. Currently they are available in various countries around Asia and Europe.

Let me share with you the two types of mask I have gotten from PONYBROWN PLUS +

How to Use:
Step 1: Purify using Black Mask
Step 2: Soothe / Hydrate using Skin Hue Mask 

Similar to double cleansing, we often cleanse and exfoliate our skin for better absorption of skincare. Hence, for the mask, it is good to use Black Mask Range (to cleanse/purify) and Skin Hue Mask Range (to soothe/hydrate) at once or on alternate day, for the best result. 

Step 1: Purify
PONYBROWN PLUS+ Skin Hue Sebum Control Black Mask (23ml)
❤ Made in Korea
❤ Natural bamboo charcoal fibre sheet
❤ Sebum reduction
❤ Pore management

To first cleanse the skin thoroughly, the black mask is made from the natural bamboo charcoal fibre sheet that can help to do the 'magic' by: 
❤ Removing impurities and unclogging pores
❤ Minimizing pores and improving skin texture 
❤ Restoring skin complexion
❤ Balancing sebum secretion

For the benefits of controlling sebum on skin, the mask contains Affipore, extracted from leaves of a South African plant rich in flavonoids, to help balance sebum secretion, diminish pore size and improve skin texture.

 The  natural bamboo charcoal fibre sheet mask is good in quality -- very thick material and does not tear off easily.

One thing I always love about Korean masks is the face-fitting shape that is just nice for our Asian face. And it adheres very well onto the skin too. After 20 minutes, I remove it and carefully massage the remaining essence into the skin. Another good thing is, no rinsing is required too! 

The instantaneous effect is impressive! Look at the result -- my pores are more refined, and the skin complexion becomes more radiant. 

I personally find it suitable to refine my large pores too, as the mask is also rich in green tea filtrate and lotus flower filtrate. The duo is a quick and effective pore treatment pack that maintains the oil-water balance of the skin. I will use it as often as possible, since it is recommended to use it 3 times a week. 

Step 2: Hydrate
PONYBROWN PLUS+ Skin Hue Aquaring Face Mask (23ml)
❤ Made in Korea
❤ Natural fruit pulp fibre sheet
❤ Moisturizing benefits 

After purifying the skin, it is important to lock moisture into the skin so that it stays plump and hydrated. The aquaring mask uses an all-natural fruit pulp fibre sheet, comprising natural Skin Rest Complex that is safe for sensitive skin.

As a quick moisture booster for the skin, the mask is punch-packed with Bio-HA, a water-holding agent or natural moisturizer which our body produces lesser as we age. Coupled with the rich content of ceramide, coconut water and cornflower water, the mask helps to deeply moisturise the skin, maintain skin structure and protect skin.

Similar to the black mask, the natural fruit pulp fibre sheet mask is good in quality,
considering its thick texture and generous amount of essence in it.

Unfortunately, as I unfold the mask, I notice that it is lacking of a protective layer.

On the skin, it feels so moisturising as if the mask is feeding the skin with water. A good 15-20 minutes is sufficient to replenish the skin with moisture, especially after a long day in the air-conditioned room.

Did you notice the glow on my skin after a deep moisturising mask treatment? I love how my skin is soothed and moisturised instantaneously.

Oh did I forget to mention that the remaining essence in the mask pack is sufficient to moisturise the neck too?







Overall Verdict:

Overall, I just can't tell which is better -- black mask or aquaring face mask -- because both are equally great and works well on my dry skin plus oily T-zone area. I love how the duo can be combined and used as my weekly remedy for eliminating oily skin surface and improving skin moisture. In a long run, I believe it would do great for improving the skin structure and reducing pores too. 

PONYBROWN Hue Mask retails at RM29.90 per box of 5 whereas the PONYBROWN Dream Masks Range retails at RM11.90 per piece. Feel free to find out more about other mask ranges too.

PONYBROWN mask range is currently available on 11street.

Instagram: @ponybrownmalaysia

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Everydaywigs - Synthetic and Real Hair WIgs for Beginners

Everydaywigs has been a pretty cool website for those looking for synthetic wigs. For example, if you want to try out new hairstyles but are not daring enough to try it on your own hair, then getting a good quality wig is the next best option. 

Since early 2010, Everydaywigs has been dedicated to providing happy online shopping experience to our customers. Offering high quality products at affordable prices, along with quick delivery and top-tier customer service is why they have been attracting so many customers globally. 

Here are some of the cute wigs that I find pretty interesting. Let's check them out one by one....

Pastel Green Ombre Wavy Synthetic Wigs
(Direct link: HERE)

The pastel green is just so beautiful, isn't it? Each time when I want to try it on my own hair, I take a step back because I know bleaching my hair multiple times to achieve the pastel green ombre is very damaging. Hence, the wig is useful so that I can enjoy beautiful pastel hair anytime I want.

The ombre lace front wig is a two-tone wig, with darker hair color on the top and lighter hair color at the ends of the hair. Be it curly or straight, you can find this kind of wig in various colors such as blonde, pink, grey, purple and even red ombre, 

Brown/Blonde Straight Synthetic Lace Wig
(Direct link: HERE)

One of the most popular types of wigs around the world is the blonde lace front wig. As blonde is a timeless color, it is easy to match the the blonde wig with different styles to create any look, be it glamorous or playful and carefree. 

Similarly, I am amazed by the wide range of blonde wigs here as the color ranges from beach blonde to honey blonde, in both short and long hair lengths, to suit any occasions.

Balayage Ombre Dark Brown to Blonde human wigs
(Direct link: HERE)

For those with fair skin, it is easier to match different wigs with your skin tone. From the various types of human wigs for white women, I have spotted the balayage style which is darker on top and lighter at the hair ends. This type of 100% real human hair wigs are pretty unique as they are 50% machine weft at back and 50% hand-tied in front. Ideal for wig beginners! 

Feel free to check out their website for more styles that suit your personal liking :) 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RedTail Bar by Zouk @ Sky Avenue, Genting Highlands

Woohoo, it's party time at the trendy RedTail Bar by Zouk!

With exciting drinks, cool games, lively ambiance and artsy atmosphere in the house,
where else could be a better chill-out place than RedTail? 

It was my first time hanging out at RedTail last weekend since its grand opening at Sky Avenue, Resorts World Genting early January this year. To my surprise, RedTail has a totally different concept as compared to Zouk in KL. 

The mastermind behind RedTail, the team of Zouk Singapore has created such a revolutionized nightlife scene in RedTail by transforming the traditional drinking hole to a new-style gaming bar.

Look at the spacious adult playground in RedTail! Covering 4,289 sq ft, it can easily fit up to 150 guests along with a wide variety of game zones such as Xbox E-Games, Beer Pong, Shots & Ladders, Battle Shots, Giant Pong, darts, and poolMarvelous ambience, food and company all set to awe customers here!

Excitement doesn't just end with the games here. Complementing the vibrant nightlife scene is the colorful atmosphere of the place which celebrates culture and arts — do you know that RedTail is a big supporter of the Southeast Asian art scene? The décor showcases murals, graffiti art, handcrafted lighting and sculptures; How cool is that! 

*bestseller* Zouk-inspired Lime Shot

What not to be missed here is of course the wide array of unique concoctions. I heard that the Zouk-inspired sour plum shot, a bestseller in Singapore and part of the Zouk DNA, is served here at RedTail. But I personally prefer something more subtle (less sour), hence I opt for lime shot instead. Cooling and refreshing! 

Mocktails aka kids' drinks are available too :P That's how I enjoy the fizzy drinks while sitting back and relaxing with some cool live music playing in background.

We also order beer towers along with some light meals and snacks for sharing to keep us going throughout the night. If you're lucky, you'd meet Xiao Hong the Red Panda mascot of RedTail and don't forget to take pictures with him!

Oh did I forget to mention that you can get free massage at RedTail too?


The best nights have a happy ending, and the happy ending usually happens only here in RedTail! 

Overall, RedTail the entertainment-driven social gaming lounge is a perfectly trendy and cool place for all age groups. The lively and fun vibes here are amazing for celebrations and group gatherings of lovers of all kinds of music, games and sports. 


Can't wait to be back for rounds of drinking with mates!

For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Getting Housing Loan for First Timers

At the age of 26, I think it is the right time for me to start making financial plans for the future. I have plenty of peers who have already bought their second and third home, while I….am still planning for the first. Well, I guess it is the peer pressure that becomes my source of motivation when it comes to getting my very first home.

Although there is no concrete plan yet at the moment, I think it would be good to find out more about the housing loan arrangement before I commit. To be honest, all banks in Malaysia offer loan services and it can be a headache on which to choose.

Recently I stumbled upon my blogger friend's blog post that shares about her pleasant experience at CIMB Bandar Utama branch. On a Friday when I was having lunch around that area, I thought why not go in and make some enquiries?

To be honest, I didn’t know that there is such a huge CIMB branch at Wisma BU8, right next to Centrepoint Bandar Utama and a Caltex petrol station. If you are working / staying in the vicinity of Bandar Utama, I am sure this branch would offer the locational convenience you need.

There were not many customers during my visit on a Friday afternoon, and I was so lucky that the person who attended to me is Branch Manager himself and I managed to have a chat with him to understand about how to plan for my house financing considering the amount of commitments I currently have to pay every month from my nett salary.

Overall Experience:

For first timer like myself, there are indeed lots of things I need to learn. Glad to have someone professional here to guide me through without me having to go through much hassles. 

Personally, my past experiences with some banks were not as satisfying and I always have a bad perception that walking into a bank to make queries is a total waste of time. Until my recent visit to CIMB Wisma BU8 branch, I'm relieved that the prompt and friendly customer service and informative staff here are very helpful.

For those staying / working in Bandar Utama, I think the CIMB Wisma BU8 is an ideal avenue for you to seek for any banking services.

Feel free to make a visit there:

CIMB Bandar Utama Branch
No. 11, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Level 1-2, Wisma BU 8,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.


The interior of the two-storey branch is pretty sleek and cosy. While the CIMB preferred banking services are located on the first floor, all the other services for normal customers are available on the ground floor.

Also, I notice that the Old Town Coffee Shop is attached to the bank outlet. While seats are aplenty for customers who are waiting for their turns, perhaps the customers can also hop next door and grab some food first. How convenient it is! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

[BEAUTY REVIEW] THE FACE SHOP x Coca-Cola Makeup Series

Did you grow up having Coke and fries as one of your best childhood memories?  I was certainly one of those kids who got excited for a happy meal with fizzy drinks. But, when I grow up, diet is becoming more important, so I only have Coke occasionally during my cheat days. 


Now, when THE FACE SHOP introduces the world’s first ever Coca-Cola makeup line,
I am thrilled as it is totally guilt-free!

It’s the first time Coca-Cola does such an exclusive, limited-edition makeup collaboration and they have THE FACE SHOP on board for this! Comprising 6 skin-friendly items with ultra-wearable happy shades, this makeup collection wows me when I first see it.

THE FACE SHOP Coca-Cola Makeup Line consists:
 For the face: Oil Control Water Cushion and Oil Clear Blotting Pact
 For the eyes: Coke Red Eye Shadow
 For the lips: Lipstick and liptint

Featuring Coca-Cola’s signature colour, Coke Red, the eye-catching packaging brings the ol' vintage charm to live! Complete with retro-inspired pop art drawings, swirly straws and polar bear details, how can I not fall in love with them?

The best part is, all the lip products are Coca-Cola scented!
Let's see what are the items I have from THE FACE SHOP Coca-Cola makeup collection...

 Coca-Cola Oil Control Water Cushion SPF50 PA+++ (15g) @ RM130
Recharges skin with moisture and controls oil/shine

Available in 2 shades:
 V201 Light Beige
 V203 Natural Beige

For the base makeup, I have previously shared about my experience with the complete range of THE FACE SHOP Miracle Finish Cushion which includes the oil control water cushion. There you can find out more about the formula, texture, feel etc.


Nevertheless, this packaging is definitely more appealing especially for Coke collectors!



Mono Pop Eyes Coke Red Eye Shadow (7g) @ RM143
9 vibrant shades in 1 palette

Among all 6 items, the most exciting one is probably the signature Coke Red Eyeshadow! The topmost left shade, Coke Red, is the trendiest shade for eye makeup right now while the remaining 8 shades are equally versatile as all of them are inspired by the sparkling freshness of Coca-Cola.

How To Use:
Use Coke Red shade along the crease of your upper lashline for a warm pop of color.
For other colors, have fun playing with them!

Texture: It is a powder type of eyeshadow that finishes the eyes with highly-pigmented shades
in matte, shimmery and glittery textures. Very easy to blend.

Feel: Smooth and velvety on the eyelids and undereye area.

What I Like: It is easy to mix and match the 9-in-1 eyeshadow palette for creating subtle or dramatic eye makeup look. Plus, the glitters have high adherence on the eyes and hence the eye makeup can last for long hours!



Coca-Cola Lipstick (4ml) @ RM78
Sweet and kissable Coca-Cola scented lippie!

Available in 5 shades:
 01 Refreshing Red
 02 Fizz Pink
 03 Ice Orange (the shade I'm using)
 04 Coke Red
 05 Vintage Red

Yay, all the lip products under this series have strong, pleasant Coca-Cola scent! Although this matte-velvet lipstick smells like real Coke, it doesn't taste anything on the lips. But I think it is the stunning packaging that makes me fall in love with it -- I mean, look at the red-and-white swirl pattern on the tube, how retro it is!

How To Use:
Trace the lip line with the pointed end of the lipstick.
Then use the flat, angled surface to shade and fill in lips.

Texture: Although matte, it is more moisturising than usual, all thanks to the Red Fruit Complex.
Color Payoff: Extremely vibrant and bold. Love it!
Feel: Easy to glide onto lips and smooth away any visible lip lines.
What I Like: It gives the pout a bold statement, with sufficient moisture and creaseless coverage.



Coke Bear Tint (6ml) @ RM78
Cutest lip stain ever!

Available in 3 shades:
 RD01 Red Label
 RD02 Coke Red (the shade I'm using)
❤ RD03 Fizzy Brown

But sometimes when I want to tone down my lip makeup, I'd use this cute lip tint for a subtle, dewy hint of translucent pinkness instead. It is not only scented with Coca-Cola, but also protects the lips with long-lasting moisture care and healthy lips look.

Packaging wise, this is definitely a love at first sight! Having such a cute Coca-Cola polar bear in a mini snowglobe cheering my day whenever I touch up my makeup is just awesome

How To Use:
For gradient effect: Apply tint onto the inner part of the lips only.
For full, striking effect: Fill in the lips completely.

Texture: Ultra lightweight, soufflé-like texture.
Feel: Wet and natural finish on the lips. 
What I Like: Versatile! The tint gives a healthy pout look in just one single stroke and is easily buildable (apply few layers) for bolder lips. 


Overall Verdict:

THE FACE SHOP x Coca-Cola series is probably the coolest makeup collaboration I've seen. Apart from my favourite Coke Red themed eyeshadow, the Coca-Cola scented lip products are equally amazing in terms of quirkiness, packaging and finish on the lips. Must-buy item? Coke Red Eyeshadow! 

❤ ❤ 
THE FACE SHOP X Coca-Cola will be available at all THE FACE SHOP outlets and online store (www.thefaceshop.com.my) from June 2018 onwards.

To find out more about THE FACE SHOP please visit:
THE FACE SHOP Online Store: Click HERE

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