Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: MAMONDE Advanced Moisture Ceramide Range feat. Hibiscus & MAMONDE Flower Lab Essence Mask

Hello! MAMONDE’s latest skincare range is all about Hibiscus this round. Being a Malaysian, we have long known Hibiscus as our national flower. But do you know what are the beauty benefits it brings to our skin? ❤ 

I am actually surprised to learn that hibiscus flowers is actually known as “Botox Plant” because of its benefits of exfoliating, firming and lifting. Plus, it is a source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which help increase moisture in the skin.

So, the Advanced Moisture Ceramide range is here to bring out the best of Hibiscus.

If you have other skin concerns, please feel free to take a look at my past reviews on MAMONDE products:
#3 Review: MAMONDE Flower Pop Eye Brick + Blusher
#4 Review: MAMONDE Brightening Cover Powder & Watery Cushion
#5 Mamonde ‘Flowers for Me’ Holiday Collection 
#6 Review: MAMONDE Flower Facial Mask (Jar)


Why Ceramide?
I always love how MAMONDE combines the benefits of different ingredients to create synergy in each product. For this new range, MAMONDE has combined the moisturizing substance of Hibiscus flower with Ceramide that strengthens the skin barrier.

Ceramide is the most important component making up the skin layer since it accounts for about 50% of the lipid that also functions to supply ample moisture to the skin. When our skin turns dry, dull, rough and dehydrated due to the external harmful factors, all we need is ceramide that helps repair and protect our skin barrier, making it easier to repair skin troubles such as wrinkles, dry skin and breakouts. 

Benefits of MAMONDE *NEW* Advanced Moisture Ceramide Range
❤ Double amount of Hibiscus extracts, double moisturising benefits
❤ “Double-Moisture Barrier Technology” strengthens the skin’s protective layer
❤ High concentration of ceramide limits harmful substances inflow and ensures constantly hydrated skin
❤ “Lipid Networking System” creates a soft, smooth and tight texture that absorbs easily into skin


ADVANCED MOISTURE CERAMIDE : STAR PRODUCT

Moisture Ceramide Light Cream (50ml) @ RM139

Among the 4 items in this new range, the Light Cream is a must-have! It contains double amount of moisturizing ingredients (mainly hibiscus extracts) to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier in keeping the skin moisturised and healthy.

Having the structure similar to the skin's own components, ceramide is quickly absorbed to offer moisture.

 Benefits:★★★★☆
❤ 24-hour hydration
❤ Protects / strengthens skin's moisture barrier


Texture: ★★★
Lightweight, soft and refreshing.

Feel: ★★★

Upon application, it easily melts onto the skin, sealing it a layer of fresh, moisturizing ‘lotion-like’ cream. Since it is a lighter alternative to the usual facial cream, I find it great for those with combination skin or for those who don't like the heaviness of the Intense Cream.


Result: ★★★
Absorption wise, it is really quick. And I love how it delivers quick moisture boost to the skin almost instantly.


Apart from the Light Cream, there are 3 more new products introduced in this range:

Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream (50ml) @ RM139
❤ Boost moisture and strengthen skin barrier
❤ Suitable for flaky, sensitive and rough skin

Moisture Ceramide Skin Softener (20oml) @ RM75
❤ An intensive moisturizing toner specially for flaky/sensitive/rough skin
❤ Offers intense hydration to the skin

Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Emulsion (150ml) @ RM85
❤ An intensive moisturizing emulsion
❤ Builds a soft skin moisture barrier without stickiness



MAMONDE FLOWER LAB ESSENCE MASK

Inside the Mamonde Moisture Set, I am also surprised to discover a set of Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask which is created with the energy of flowers for healthier and more radiant skin.There are 5 types available, to address different skin concerns:

❤ [Best-selling!] Flower Lab Essence Mask Narcissus
A replenishing mask to quench thirst and retain moisture 

❤ Flower Lab Essence Mask Rose
A nourishing mask that helps hydrate.

❤ Flower Lab Essence Mask Camellia
A firming mask that refines the complexion.

❤ Flower Lab Essence Mask Magnolia
A brightening mask for a radiant complexion.

❤ Flower Lab Essence Mask Calendula
A mask that soothes and comforts skin.


Plus, it is easy to apply like your usual mask! Just prep cleansed skin with toner then leave the mask on for 20 minutes to enjoy the floral beauty goodness on the skin.


VERDICT

It is important to first repair the skin barrier and then boost skin's moisture to always keep our skin hydrated and healthy. Therefore, MAMONDE Advanced Moisture Ceramide Range is effective in bringing out such result and your other skincare routine will not go into waste! Don't forget to complement them with the Essence Mask for the best result!

The Mamonde Advanced Moisture Ceramide Range can be purchased through Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, KL, Parkson Suria KLCC, KL, Aeon Bukit Indah, JB, Aeon Tebrau City, JB, Aeon Queensbay Mall, Penang, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Penang and Sephora stores located at Mid Valley Megamall, KL, 1 Utama, PJ, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Komtar, JB, IMAGO Shopping Mall, KK and Nu Sentral, KL (starting April 29th). It is also available online on 11street.com.my and Lazada.com.my.

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: fb.com/MamondeMY
Instagram: @MamondeMalaysia

Sunday, April 22, 2018

An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals @ Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Thank you guys for supporting my shoutout post on The Phantom of The Opera musical concert! It is totally unexpected that so many of you actually like The Phantom of The Opera. So the long-awaited date had finally arrived and I was pretty excited for the musical. 

An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals finally made its Malaysian debut at The Royal Charity Gala Premiere on 18th April 2018 at the Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Look at the massive crowd! Glad to see that the musical received such positive response from the public. The Royal Charity Gala was graced by YMM Tunku Ampuan Tuanku Najihah Binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin in aid of Tuanku Ja’afar Educational Trust (TJET).


Opening Speech by Y.A.M Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar

As you may be aware, each ticket sold would contribute a portion to TJET. It was further revealed that TJET has raised RM320,000 worth of financial assistance benefitting thousands of students during the charity event.

An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals was held in conjunction with the iconic musical’s 30th anniversary on Broadway – The Phantom Of The Opera, featuring the casts from The Phantom itself – Michael Cormick and Claire Lyon.

This 75-minute musical celebration has transported us back to 1881 in Opera Populaire with the greatest hits from The Phantom Of The Opera and highlighting the very best of melodies from other popular musicals.

Some of the songs performed by the duo throughout the evening were:
❤ Phantom of The Opera
❤ A Whole New World
❤ Memory
❤ Impossible Dream
❤ All That Jazz
❤ Sound of Music (Medley) : The Sound of Music, My Favourite Things,
Something Good, Edelweiss, Climb Every Mountains
❤ West Side Story (Medley) : Tonight, I Feel Pretty, Maria, Somewhere
❤ Beauty & The Beast
❤ I Dreamed A Dream ; Bring Him Home
❤ I Could Have Danced All Night ; Can't Take My Eyes Off You
❤ Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again ; Angel of Music ; Think of Me ; Music of The Night
❤ All I Ask of You

Overall, it was an amazing musical experience especially for all musical lovers to get close, share and live the passion in this musical journey. 

Looking forward to having more world-class theatre and musical performances in future!

An Evening With The Phantom – Songs From The Musicals is presented by Milestone Production
and in aid of Tuanku Ja’afar Educational Trust.

For more information, please visit Milestone Entertainment at:
Website: www.milestone-entertainment.com
Facebook: fb.com/MilestoneEntertainment.Show
Instagram: @milestoneentertainment.show
Call: 03-7932 1001

Saturday, April 21, 2018

[HOTEL REVIEW] Resorts World Langkawi: Newly Renovated with Infinity Pool


Yay, I am here in Langkawi again! 

It is my 4th time visiting Langkawi Island and this round,
I stay at the newly renovated Resorts World Langkawi for 3 days 2 nights.

Aerial view of Resorts World Langkawi

Located in the tropical paradise of the Andaman Sea, Resorts World Langkawi not only offers tranquility amidst the picturesque surroundings, but also provides world-class facilities including newly renovated rooms and upgraded amenities.

I remember I have been here once when I was a kid and the resort was previously known as Awana Porto Malai. Now it has changed so much! From the Mediterranean-inspired architectural designs to the beautiful natural surroundings, it is indeed a perfect getaway from the hustles and bustles of urban life.

How to Get There:
❤ 25 minutes drive from Langkawi Airport that is located some 15km away
❤ 15 minutes drive from Cenang Beach

*Airport transfer service is available upon prior booking.



RESORT ROOMS

There are 211 rooms in total -- among which are the newly renovated Standard room, Standard Seaview, Premier and Premier Seaview Rooms which are all private spaces that offer different panoramic views of lush greenery or cerulean sea.

SIGNATURE SUITE

For those seeking for the finest level of service and comfort (especially during your honeymoon!), you can also choose among the Premier Suite, Signature Suite and Presidential Suite.

Spacious living hall in the Signature Suite

For instance, the Signature Suite is tastefully furnished with ultimate luxury and comfort in mind. The suite is complete with a living hall, bedroom, dressing area, outdoor dining area and even an en-suite Massage Room so that you can enjoy massage therapies in the suite itself. How well-thought the design is!


Private massage room with two beds in the Signature Suite

The Suite also features a spacious, romantic bath area.

PREMIER SEA VIEW ROOM
Check-in Time: 3pm onwards
Check-out Time: Before 12 noon

The room we stay is the sea-facing Premier Seaview Room which provides a picture-perfect breathtaking view. The best part is, I get to watch sunrise right from the floor-length window in the room itself, how amazing is that!

Facilities:
❤ Free WiFi
❤ Television with in-house movies (Phoenix, CCTV Chinese channels, satellite TV programmes)
❤ Mini fridge and tea / coffee making facilities
❤ Complimentary bottles of mineral water 
❤ Iron, safe, hair dryer, basic toiletries, etc
❤ Baby cot and extra bed (subject to availability, upon request only)


Alternatively we can also take a stroll and watch the sunrise along the boardwalk right below our room, while the sea breezes kiss the hair. Now as I'm penning this down, I already miss this holiday where I can totally clear my mind and have nothing to worry about! 

BUFFET BREAKFAST
Location: Seagull Coffeehouse
Breakfast Time: 7am – 10am
Coffeehouse Operation Hours: 7am – 10.30pm

Food and beverages are not lacking in Resorts World Langkawi. However, as we spend most of our time outside the resort, the only meal we have here is the buffet breakfast at Seagull Coffeehouse that offers a great variety of Asian and international dishes. 


Our breakfast portion during getaways is always bigger than usual :P Just kidding!
How I wish to have such a scrumptious breakfast by the pool with a huge bunch of friends everyday.


INFINITY POOL
Operation Hours: 8am – 8pm

Woohoo, this is the best part I like about Resorts World Langkawi! Nothing beats the enjoyment of dipping into the infinity pool overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea.

Picture taken around 5-6pm when the sunshine is pretty strong.

Newly launched in February 2018, the infinity pool is a separate addition to the existing swimming pool so that guests can have the feel of "swimming in the sea" as it is a salt water pool.

With the sun rays shining directly to the pool during the day and moonlight in the evening,
it becomes an ideal spot for Instagram-worthy shots.

So, don't forget to bring your bikini and floats, and have fun here!


POOL PARTY

On the first evening of our stay, we have our Pool Party by the infinity pool. For those who are interested to book the place for private events or organize pool activities, feel free to contact the Sales Department or Hotel Reservation (subject for approval) for more details.

Our dinner by the pool features an array of sandwiches, fried snacks, desserts and mocktails.



Beverage Happy Hour (Buy 1 Free 1) and Cocktail Promotions run from time to time,
so don't miss it!


TAMAN SARI ROYAL HERITAGE SPA

As we explore the rest of the resort, we also spot an ideal spa sanctuary to complete our rejuvenation journey from head to toe. The resort’s five-star Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa is famed for its traditional Royal Javanese massages, aromatherapy massage, hand and foot therapy that help soothe the body and mind.

If you are seeking for holistic treatments to pamper your bodies, here's the right place to go.

Other amenities in the resort include swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, grand ballroom and game room.


ZIPLINE (FLYING FOX)
Read more about my first zipline experience: HERE

Activities outside the resort are aplenty too! First timers should try the Umgawa Zipline Adventure where we can fly across the rainforest with a mountainous waterfall backdrop amidst the lush greenery! 


Crossing the "Sky Bridge" during my Umgawa Zipline Adventure.

Apart from that, the resort also offers recreational activities such as jet-skiing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, island hopping, fishing, and mangrove-and-cave geopark tour.



LANGKAWI SKYCAB / SKYBRIDGE
Read about my experience: HERE

To explore the popular spots of the island, the resort offers trips to some places of interest, namely:
 Pantai Cenang (The resort offers FREE shuttle to Cenang, 5 times a day)
❤ Langkawi Underwater World
❤ Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge
❤ Mahsuri’s Masoleum (Makam Mahsuri)
❤ Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
❤ Buffalo Park
❤ Field of Burnt Rice (Beras Terbakar)

One of the must-visit places I personally recommend in Langkawi is the popular SkyCab cable car ride to the top of the hill for a breezy walk along the SkyBridge in the air. Right next to the SkyCab station, there is also a 3D Art Museum which is worth checking out for! 

Langkawi SkyBridge

Travelling Tips: It is best to visit SkyBridge during cold season, i.e. October - December
to enjoy the cool breezes at the top of the mountain.



LANGKAWI SUNSET CRUISE
Read more about my first sunset cruise experience: HERE.

Another must-try experience here is the Sunset Cruise for some relaxing moments with magnificent sunset view, barbecue gourmet feast, free flow of cocktails, salt water jacuzzi and eclectic music.


What’s better than sailing across the Andaman Sea and watching the sunset in the middle of the ocean?



Overall Verdict:
★★★★☆

Overall, it has been an amazing stay in Resorts World Langkawi with its top-notch amenities, surreal sceneries, excellent location and impeccable services. I don’t mind coming back again for a long weekend escapade! 


For more information, please visit:
Resorts World Langkawi Website: www.rwlangkawi.com
Resorts World Genting Website: www.rwgenting.com
Call: +603–6101 1118

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