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My Journey Into Essential Oils

7.24.2017

believing in the power of oils

My latest obsession after Voluspa candles is ESSENTIAL OILS! Blame it on my increasing paranoia to reverse signs of ageing =_= !!! I need to look youthful and healthy too and one of the ways I'm exploring today is using essential oils. So I have been reading online about the benefits, the differences between organic and non-organic essential oils, which essential oils would be good as a start and which could help improve your health and beauty!

types of essential oils & its benefits

What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are concentrated essences extracted from flowers, fruit peel, berries, leaves, plants, etc. Used in aromatherapy, natural remedies and are therapeutic.  The benefits include improving physical ailments, promote emotional well-being and quality of life. Read 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils.

How To Use Essential Oils?
  • Massage
  • Diffuser
  • Shower / Bath
  • Inhalation
You cannot apply it directly on your skin (too potent, might cause an allergic reaction) and must use it with a carrier oil, lotion, bath, or shower gel. Also do not take it internally (make sure u double triple check this with the brand first as we don't know how safe it is!) and if you're thinking of using it for children, please read up the dosage! Essential oils are like medicine, there are dosages to follow so you do not mix and used too much! (allergies, etc).

Essential Oils Facts:
  • highly flammable 
  • stored away from direct light/sun
  • the bottle is either dark/brown/blue
Carrier Oils (base oil/veg oil) are used to dilute essential oils. They help carry the oil into the skin. Applying essential oils directly onto the skin without carrier oil would not help and might instead harm your skin due to its potency. Here are popular carrier oils:
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Rose Hip Oil
What's A Good Brand?
With so many companies out there promoting that they're the best, I had to read up reviews and company information to determine if they indeed what they claim to be:
  • Pure
  • Natural
  • Therapeutic grade/Organic
Of course, essential oils are not cheap depending on how they were produced which could be from seed to seal (from seedlings to farm to processing the oils - Young Living), wildcrafted (means from the wild, which would yield better quality oils compared to farmed ones), organic or not (but essential oils from what I read are generally free of pesticides because the molecules are smaller and able to pass through the process). Be wary of ones that are just synthetic oils, fragrance oils, aroma solubles mostly used for diffusers so they're cheaper than 100% pure organic oils.

Three ways Essential Oils are made:
  • Steam distillation (woody/robust plants e.g lavender)
  • Extraction (delicate flowers e.g jasmine)
  • Expressed (soft fruits e.g lemon/grapefruit)
Best brands I read online, consistently points to:
  • Young Living
  • DoTerra
  • Mountain Rose Herbs


Young Living - How To Use Essential Oils

I do recommend reading this article! I liked how the author has gathered some brands and rate them according to her search, price and reviews. If you're like me diving into the world of essential oils, do some reading, comparison and research on the types of oils you need. Google Popular Essential Oils and you'll find many articles on this topic alone. I'm currently reading Natural Living Ideas this as it provides pictures and how it's made.

To date, I bought many types of essential oils but never really go in depth about the pricing vs use. I think the ones I have are not 100% pure natural essential oils :( but luckily I didn't use it topically for myself, it was just for my diffuser. Some I bought from visiting spas e.g pillow mists, massage oils, headache ointments. I do have two bottles of Melvita's L'Or Bio extraordinary oil, Linden Leave's rose oil and a couple of massage oils (these are blends).

So let's start fresh! Yesterday I bought myself my 1st essential oil Frankincense from Neal's Yard Remedies. It was freaking expensive, 10ml for RM165 (why did I even pay for it argh). Why does imported beauty brands in Malaysia has to be so freaking expensive?

the benefits of Frankincense Oil
(this poster got my attention at Neal's Yard Remedies)

I didn't think it would be that expensive and they didn't even give me the 10% discount (store opening) well maybe because during that time the oil was sold out so I put my details to be updated if the oil was restocked again. According to the BA, it's always sold out which got my attention. Being a hoarder, the word sold out is like magic to my ears. Still regretting I paid so much for an essential oil, I went online to check out prices from Mysale.my and one brand called Art Naturals sold the same essential oil at RM95 for 120ml size (facepalm). I'll put it to comparison when I get my 2nd Frankincense oil.

art natural essential oils

Now I tried looking up information for this brand but couldn't find much. A site did review that they sell 100% pure natural essential oil so for me, I guess why not. I bought the following essential oils for my diffuser which I'm proud to say not bad for the price!
  • 100% Pure Essential Oil - Frankincense 4oz/120ml @ RM95
  • Pure & Natural Magnesium Oil 12oz/355ml @ RM59
  • Top 16 Essential Oil Set 10ml each @ RM89
Now the reason why I decided to start off with Frankincense Essential Oil is that besides being linked as a natural cancer healing remedy, it's also to said useful to reduce wrinkles, pigmentations, moles, warts, boost the immune system, relieve chronic stress, and many more health benefits. Read here.


it's said Frankincense Oil is the King of Essential Oils

Then, of course, I wanted to explore more so I got the top 16 essential oil set from Art Naturals. At RM89 why not! It's a bargain that I can explore with my trusty diffuser. The set is comes with the following essential oils 10ml each - Bergamot, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, and Tea Tree oils. Use these pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to help tackle common ailments, boost mood and scent your home and office with aromatherapy. Create your own nontoxic household cleaners, skin, hair and body care products. The possibilities are endless with this carefully-selected, signature collection.

an example of Magnesium Oil Benefit

Then I got the Magnesium Oil because I read that topical use of Magnesium is better than pill popping. Magnesium was one of the supplements recommended to me by Blackmores during my health check for stress management. It's from vegetables and bananas which I rarely eat so I am going to find another way to have Magnesium in my body.

When my haul comes next month (it takes a month from Mysale) I'll do an unboxing review okay! Sigh does this post sound long winded? I tried to make it as simple as it can be already. Still, a newbie here so whoever who has any info to share please do leave a comment!

Maze Afternoon Hi-Tea Review

7.17.2017

Maze Hi-Tea Set RM78++

I enjoy a good hi-tea and one recently popped out of nowhere called Maze at Menara Lien Hoe, (Tropicana). I thought this must be the strangest place to have hi-tea in. To be honest, I have never heard of Maze until last Saturday but granted they just launched a couple of months ago. I am sure the word will get out, especially when you see how pretty their hi-teas are! Make no excuses not to sip tea and chitchat because this is one place you should visit at least once, to get the grand English coffee and tea salon feel and should you love gin, this place turns into a gin parlour at night just like Superman, normal by day, superhero by night.

So what is Maze? They're Malaysia's first Gin Parlour by night and Coffee Saloon by day. Don't play play as the locals would say because, at Maze, there are over 100 Gin labels from all over the world to be discovered. Flip through their Gin menu and you'll be able to order from bespoke cocktails to imported Gins.

what do you think of the setting?

The ambience? An English splendour of mix and match furnishing to make you feel like you have been transported away from Menara Lien Hoe to another world. Quiet, private and cosy elegance, there's something in the air that is indescribable, a kinda je ne sais quoi feel about it. Divided into two sections, velvet and leather, there's a place for His & Hers soiree. You have got to see this for yourself. I knew this place has taste when two of the best premium brands out there are found here as well. An eccentric lamp from Thin & Bold and desserts from La Rose Noire (which supplies to 5-star hotels).

Recipe for a tea party: One cup of love, Two pots of tea,
And a handful of friends. To make the moment sweet!

“A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

Now, I'm not here to talk about Gin. I'm not a fan of it but hi-tea's, yes! I've been to my fair share of luxury hi-teas and I would pay for one that has the best of both worlds - decent afternoon tea & a setting fit for it. Like a fine wine, a high tea is ideally enjoyed slowly at your own leisure savouring every taste, every moment with great company. Why do you think hi-teas last for hours? Well, normally 3pm - 6pm. That must be the hour of chit chat. Don't worry Maze's 12pm  - 6pm daily.

For RM78++ the hi-tea set comes in bite size sweet and savoury delicacies plus two hot beverages. TWG tea of your choice (12 to choose from) or long black/latte. The hi-tea's are presented in either one of the three types available, two of which come with its own fairy lights! (oh so twinkling romantic). I don't know the names so I'm just going to come up with my own - the flower lamp,  the secret garden, and the retro bicycle.


Maze Hi-Tea Set Menu RM78++

Savoury
Smoke Duck Canape,
Mediterranean Sandwich
Smoke Salmon Sandwich


Sweet
Butter croissant with Salted Egg Yolk Dip
Peanut Butter Danish
Mixed Fruit Tart
Dark Hazelnut Tart
Passion fruit Meringue Tart
Macaroon (Assorted Flavours)

With 2 cups of:
TWG Tea or Long Black/Latte
(12 types of TWG tea available)

*pork and lard free.


this place is so Instragrammable I kid you not

the flower lamp


the secret garden dome

the retro bicycle

each set comes with sweet & savoury delicacies

smoke duck, smoke salmon & grilled mushroom toast

the tarts & macaroons are hotel grade desserts!

my favourite? The smoke duck canapes!

life is like a cup of tea, to be filled to the brim & enjoyed with friends

So each hi-tea set comes with a choice of two teas or long black/latte. I went for tea of course and was presented with a menu with TWG tea selection (my head went wah). They only have 12 types, so I choose my favourite which is the TWG Grand Wedding Tea. It's a festive TWG tea to celebrate life's momentous occasions (so fitting to the occasion right?). A black tea blended with sunflowers and breath-taking exotic fruits. It's not too fruity, only a hint of it.

P.S: The waiters are so nice, they'll come offer refill of hot water for the tea. I drank like 5 cups and still, they kept coming. I hope they're genuinely attentive and friendly, and not because I super pretty right? (I'm kidding alright, I'm kidding).


spotted the butterfly, this must be fated

A hidden gem I would call this. Who knew you could find good hi-tea in Petaling Jaya? Right at the Tropicana residences with the up and coming Menara Lien Hoe. We got lost trying to find Maze and laughed at ourselves when we finally inquired from Chaze, (the ground floor restaurant) part of the M Group of outlets of which Maze is also under. Maze is inside Chaze on the first floor! So don't get lost. Strategically situated in between known established neighbourhoods, such as Bandar Utama & Aman Suria Damansara, Maze is only a mere 10 minute drive away from popular shopping malls 1 Utama and the Curve.

Coffee Saloon by Day, Gin Haven by Night

add-on Maze Signature Cocktails at RM26

in the order of top left to right
The Reviver, Love Potion, Sangria & Lemon Fizz

The gin is strong in this one (pointing at Maze). As part of the "Gin" side of Maze, you can add-on their signature gin cocktails from the menu at RM26. There are 5 types to choose from which I will list below here. They use Gordon's, which is a London dry gin (standard) for Lemon-Gin Fizz, The Reviver and Sangria. Love Potion uses Fords and Sloe Gin is used in Slow and Steady. I would say my favorite is The Reviver because I love berries.

Lemon-Gin Fizz RM28
Gin, fresh lemon juice, fresh basil, egg white

The Reviver RM35
Gin, fresh lime juice, fresh black berries, elder flower

Love Potion RM30
Gin, homemade honey rose, fresh lemon juice, egg white

Sangria (Red/White) RM30
Gin, wine, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, soda water

Slow and Steady RM28
Sloe Gin, fresh lemon juice, homemade sugar syrup, fresh red grapes

For reservations or more information please call 0103111888 or email enquiry@mgroup.my. Hi-Tea is available Daily from 12pm-6pm. Hi-Tea & Champagne Duet promo runs from 14th July - 27th August 2017.

*Dress code is smart-casual

1st Floor, Menara Lien Hoe,
No 8 Persiaran Tropicana,
47410 Petaling Jaya
Contact: +60103222888
Website: www.mazemy.com

The Butterfly Birthday Bag (Overview)

7.13.2017

The Butterfly Birthday Bag

Last month, the Butterfly Project beauty & lifestyle blogger's community celebrated their 4th birthday with a pastel theme party at Hello Deer, Uptown PJ. Hello Deer was a party space above Wondermilk cafe (who happens to be the caterer as well). Unfortunately, Hello Deer party space will not be operating anymore starting July 2017 onwards. It's a pity because their space is just so adorable and cute. I was lucky to be able to rent the party package before they close.

I'll review Hello Deer on my next free time because today is I'm going to introduce a pet project I'm proud of - The Butterfly Birthday Bag! Every year I would curate a beauty box for my community to review, it could be something simple, something fun, something meaningful. It will always have a theme in mind.

The first beauty box I made was called the Travel Essential Bag 2013, it contains travel-friendly beauty products from sponsors that's useful for a holiday trip. At that time, 20 bags were given to butterflies on board the KTM ETS from KL Sentral to Ipoh.

The second was the Butterfly Christmas Box 2014 worth RM500 for 100 butterflies at The Apartment Restaurant, Curve. That was the most memorable Butterfly Christmas party ever, with Edazz and Choy Peng singing in the middle of Curve. Strangers watching, amazed at what's going on. We even have two nice big turkey sponsored by The Apartment for our party!


Then this year, I've decided to curate a birthday box, but with custom printed tote bag featuring our brand new butterfly logo. A symbol of our growth, from the playful and colourful to an elegant gold butterfly. I couldn't be any prouder that our community has lasted 4 years :) The party was thematic from the photobooth by GNG StudioBooth to the hand drawn chalkboard wall, food toppers, invitations, party poster & gift tag design by Kamibee a new party planner in town. I paid for the party package from Hello Deer with catering from Wondermilk. Prizes were given out to best birthday makeup and most creative social sharing thanks to sponsors NYX Malaysia and The Body Shop. Shall review the party the next time!

Without further a due I present to you the 2017 beauty box theme Butterfly Birthday Bag filled with 18 beauty and lifestyle products from 13 supportive brands worth RM1,000. 


the custom printed canvas tote bag
with gift tag, sticker & product info postcard (front view)

the product info postcard (back view)
I personally made this from the description copy to the drawings!


A picture is worth a thousand words so keep it!

Photobook Malaysia Simple Book RM79
Photobook is now available on mobile! Download and create your very own beautiful photobook to keep sweet memories forever! Personalized it on the go. The Phtoobook App is available on Android and iOS to download.
available on Android & iOS to download

Photobook Malaysia 50pcs 4R prints RM25
Make an album for a loved one or create your very own wall of fame by downloading the Photobook App to upload and print photographs on the go. The Phtoobook App is available on Android and iOS to download.
available on Android & iOS to download

Glitz & Glam Studiobooth print outs (priceless)
Complete your birthday or big celebration with high-quality photograph prints from the perfect studiobooth that's both exciting and interactive to wow your guests! Customization and props available too. More examples view here.
more information check out their website!

eye magnets to snag that hottie

1028 Big Eyes Magnifier Mascara 8ml RM59.90
Magnify your eyelashes with this diamond-shaped brush that coats your lashes from the root to top, lifting and thickening every single lash without weighing it down.
available at drugstores

Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner WP Super Black RM69.90
Cry all you want because this easy-to-use, quick-dry, waterproof liquid eyeliner is resistance to sweat, water, tears, and sebum! Contains beauty essences to nourish your skin.
available at drugstores

butterflies love flowers so this was my favourite!

10 beautiful e/s colours inspired by flowers

W.Lab Pocket Shadow Palette Blooming RM90Goddess like eye shadows created with the beauty of flowers and made with various flower extracts. Let your natural beauty bloom with this palette of 10 beautiful colors.
available at www.althea.kr


     The brushes to die for (oh la la)

Wanderlust Things Unicorn Brushes (rose gold) RM89
Made from the finest unicorn hair and a strong unicorn horn handle, this unicorn brush set would make any girl, scream with rainbows! No unicorns were harmed in the process.

available at www.wanderlustthings.com

What's New in Beauty?

Mamonde Floral Hydo Mist 120ml RM49
Feeling hot and dry? This spray mist turns the heat down with it's cooling effect while replenishing and hydrating your skin with Daffodils extracts and mineral water!
available at Mamonde outlets near you
available at Mamonde outlets near you and 11street.my

Mamonde Long Lastig Liquid Eyeliner 4ml RM39
Do that cat eye of yours with this long-lasting liquid eyeliner that creates vivid lines without smearing your eyes for a whole day. We got the shade in No.1 Black for you!
available at Mamonde outlets near you
available at Mamonde outlets near you and 11street.my

Orkid Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks RM39 each
Orkid Cosmetics is a Halal beauty brand created by a local blogger. Their matte suede liquid lipsticks have been the talk of the town. Halal, Vegan free!
available on www.orkidcosmetics.com


from face to body care, we've got you!

Clinelle UV Defense SPF50 30ml RM48.70
Soothe, hydrate and protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays with this non-greasy broad spectrum sunscreen that's suitable for all skin types.
available at drugstores

Clinelle PureSwiss Hydracalm Sleeping Mask 60ml RM75.90
Their Best Seller! Cooling, refreshing light cream gel sleeping mask to hydrate and brighten your skin overnight. Water droplets form on skin to provide instant hydration.
available at drugstores

Clinelle Hot Body Shaper Cream 170ml RM89.90
Take the 7-day body shaping challenge to reduce cellulite, flatten tummy, shape, form and tone your body. Use metal roller ball head to massage flabs away.
available at drugstores

Adidas ClimaCool Shower Gel 250ml RM10.90
Stay fresh all day long with this innovative shower gel with motion-activated fresh capsules that break upon friction and touch to release "freshness" as you move!
available at drugstores

Adidas ClimaCool Deodorant 35ml RM10.90
Use after the shower gel, this anti-perspirant not only keeps B.O away but it also releases the same unique "freshness" that activates when you move.
available at drugstores

add these to your skincare regime!

Neesya Cleansing Set RM39
Certified Halal. This brightening set comes with a 100ml Gel Cleanser and 75ml Enzymatic Refiner Scrub to brighten and revive dull looking skin so your skin gets the makeover it needs!
available at drugstores

Pax Moly Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Jeju Aloe RM29.90
Soothe and cool down your skin with Aloe Vera from Jeju Island's warm sunshine. This light, moisturising, and refreshing gel contains vitamins and amino acids!
available at drugstores

Hadabisei Moisturising Face Mask Extra Rich 5pcs RM48.70
Boost your skin instantly with this extra rich serum moisturising face mask formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Royal Jelly to deliver hydration deep into the skin.
available at drugstores

That's all! I'm super happy with this bag and I hope my butterflies do too. A big thank you to the brands who supported our 4th birthday party. Me and the butterflies love you guys a whole dam lot! Check out our social sharings on IG #butterflymsia to see pictures and unboxing videos of this beautiful birthday bag by the butterflies. Till next year again *kisses*


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What's New? KBeauty SEP Jeju Mask

7.12.2017


SEP sounds familiar, right? I just can't knock it off my head where I heard about it when they e-mail me to see if I would do a collaboration with their brand for Butterfly Project to review their masks. I did some digging online and saw that they had an official launch with Watsons Malaysia last December at the fancy expensive event place @ Glasshouse Seputeh. How I wish I could do an event at this place *drolls* but it's freaking expensive (I almost fainted looking at their rates). The event space is catered more for weddings hence the price but has become popular for brands to hold events there.

Anyway so as usual before accepting any collaboration, I'll do some research into what the brand or products are before agreeing to hold a review activity. They passed my inspection and I thought it'll be good to also blog about them here on my blog. Since I'm heavily into KBeauty these days, I guess it makes more sense that I built more content around this on my blog. I have access and information to a wide range of KBeauty products, even new ones incoming. Call it my lucky star that this dawn on me after 2 years into KBeauty industry.

ETS KL IPOH REVIEW

6.26.2017

Lost World of Tambun Getaway

Last month, I brought my staffs to Ipoh, the land of white coffee for a short getaway. It was one of the perks of working for Althea Korea. Every month, I get to bring my staffs out for team bonding with a budget. This is strictly only for employees, whoever that tag along has to pay for themselves. Stretching that budget is art. An art that I master in since I became a shopaholic. When I chance upon this year's MATTA Fair promoting Lost World of Tambun, I immediately decided this was going to be the trip we were waiting for. Our first out-of-the-city getaway. A chance for us all to unwind, enjoy and just let loose. My staffs are all crazy people. They're fun, adorable and well crazy. Sometimes I asked them if they forgot to take their medicine? It's supposed to be funny but it meant, are you okay?

The Butterfly Project How It Started - Episode 1

6.25.2017


What's in a name? It all started one day when I was flipping through a copy of the latest Female Magazine from the newsstand. One of the features got my attention, it was called the Butterfly Project.

Now if you google Butterfly Project, you'll be looking at anti-wrist slashing campaigns but Female Magazine was about a beauty makeover for women to undergo a series of positive change. From learning to makeup, going for facials, getting your hair done, and to creating a more healthy lifestyle at the fitness centers. I loved their makeover campaign and the name stuck to my head.

Neutrogena Happy Skin 24/7 Kittie Yiyi Hazzer Wan Lee

6.19.2017

Happy Skin Happy People Happy You

My first fashion show in ages brings me to the Neutrogena Happy Skin 24/7 fashion debut at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival last month. Just the curiosity and the hype got me there to check the fashion show out during my busy work quarter. Questions in my head on how this can a beauty (skin care) brand can pair off with fashion. While Neutrogena is a name everyone knows (yes I am assuming everyone, knows this brand! haha). Their products helped me through puberty and have since imprinted on my mind that they're the go to drug store cleanser brand to use. I still remember stalking the drug stores reading and checking out Neutrogena products. Their rain shower was a trophy to admire on the shelves out of reach because as a young girl, I couldn't afford it. I think I did save up for a few months just to buy that rain shower (body wash).

I didn't regret going to the fashion show at all. Read why.
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