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Crabtree & Evelyn's Afternoon Tea (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

7.27.2016

Crabtree & Evelyn's afternoon tea experience

If you enjoy afternoon teas with biscuits, then you're going to love what I'm about to share! Crabtree & Evelyn has thought of something out of the box to bring their fine food collection closer to their customers. The first ever Pop-up Cafe to create moments of indulgence is open to invited customers from 26th July - 31st July, 2016 @ 10am - 10pm only at 1Utama (New Wing, LG High Street). The Pop-up cafe is open to public from 27th July @ 2pm onwards.

Thanks Crabtree & Evelyn for inviting me to the preview


The seating capacity is only for 28 guests (small, cosy, quaint English garden). Definitely selfie worthy as you find yourself in the centre of the shopping mall, sipping tea on green lawns and gardens. If they surround this area with flowers then it would be perfect. Once seated, you're presented with a cute small menu where you can choose between 2 sets at RM18nett / set. Payment would be by cash or credit card (Master/Visa).

Pick Either One Set RM18nett:
  • Choice of Tea with Choice of 3 Biscuits; or
  • Choice of Tea 1 Scone & Choice of Preserves. 
Your Choice of Tea Selection (Pick 1):
  • Blackberry Green Tea
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Mint Green tea
If you opt for the Biscuit Set, here's the biscuit selection:
  • All Butter Orange Biscuits
  • Lemon & White Chocolate Biscuits
  • Salted Caramel & Belgian Milk Chocolate Chunk Biscuits
  • Strawberry & Clotted Cream Biscuits
  • White Chocolate & Raspberry Biscuits
If you opt for the Scone set, here's the preserve selection:
  • Strawberry & Rose Water Preserve
  • Wild Blueberry & Lavender Preserve

Crabtree & Evelyn's Pop-up Cafe


pick a choice of tea with 3 biscuits or scone with preserve

scones (normal) / biscuits (5 types to choose from)


unique cookies to try from Crabtree & Evelyn
(Lemon & White Chocolate Biscuits)

White Chocolate & Raspberry Biscuit is yummy

strawberry & rose water / blueberries & lavender preserve
to go with your scone & tea


there's also a pampering massage corner

There's also promotions & gwp gifts!
(click on posters for larger view)

Completing the whole experience is a corner set up to pamper customers with a hand massage ritual using Crabtree & Evelyn's popular hand lotions. Six days is too short to enjoy such a luxury from Crabtree & Evelyn IMHO. This may be a prelude to a cafe in the making, which I hope would come true because it would definitely be a hit with a cafe that provides afternoon tea in an English garden-inspired setting along with Crabtree & Evelyn's popular biscuits, preserves, and tea. For more information about Crabtree & Evelyn's Pop-up Cafe, visit www.crabtree-evelyn.com.my, their facebook or instagram @crabtreeevelynmy.

P.S : I'm a Crabtree & Evelyn member since 2008 and have been buying their biscuits every Christmas as gifts for family. Their biscuits are one of the yummiest around, so I am really happy to be able to enjoy this time-limited experience. I would go back to buy the fine food collection promotion!. 

Lebaran Luster an Exclusive 11Street Collaboration

7.25.2016

the fashion collection from now until 31/7/16

Just before the Raya holidays, I was surprised to discover the Lebaran Luster on 11street.my amidst the usual deals and steals, commonly seen on 11street's app. This is the first time 11street has done something out of the box to suit local needs and growing fashion scene I read. What attracted me continue browsing was the pictures of mannequin models wearing interesting, modern and bold patterns in "Barbie Doll" inspired box. The models are real btw. 

the out-of-the-box concept attracted me!

The Lebaran Luster fashion collection features 4 renowned local designers Adam Liew, Ruzz Gahara, ShomirIzwa and VARIANTE. Whether you're a modernist, fashionista or the classic Audrey Hepburn looking for something closer to the expressions and styles of home - Malaysia the Lebaran Luster would make a good start to look. I hope to see more local designers collaborate and get their designs out, especially for plus size girls like me.

SyomirIzwa's Bold Modern



for women of all sizes


SyomirIzwa believes in creating pieces which celebrate women of different shapes and sizes thus introducing his plus-size line, Gupta PLUS. Being famous for his modern timeless pieces and luxe designs, Gupta PLUS is specially crafted and will debut as part of 11street’s ‘LEBARAN LUSTER’ 2016 collection and will exclusively be available on 11street.

Gilded Syawal by Ruzz Gahara

modern batik

To add a dash of Malaysian flavour in 11street’s ‘LEBARAN LUSTER’ collection, the e-mall which offers a plethora of fashion indulgences, collaborates with Ruzz Gahara for some unique and beautiful hand-painted batik ensembles with custom prints. Ruzz’s designs combine local flavour to modern design which have been making waves in the fashion industry.

GlamoRaya by VARIANTE

classic elegance

As the very definition of elegance, 11street is proud to present its 2016 Raya collection, GlamoRaya by VARIANTE. The outfits will be available at VARIANTE’s Bangsar boutique for customers to try on but will be sold exclusively on 11street. VARIANTE always has its unique mix of style for those who want something more for themselves and does not shy away from stylish trends, and this collection is no exception.

 French Kiss by Adam Liew


French Chic

Being a part of the exquisite Raya collection by 11street is none other than Adam Liew, an emerging Melbourne based fashion designer who melds fashion, culture and art in his designs. Focused on timelessness, uniqueness and modern elegancy, Adam Liew created garments that will absolutely indulge customers with his out-of-the-box “French Kiss Raya Collection”.

I was looking for a modern, elegant, and yet modest Malaysia dress for a wedding to attend in Korea (so patriotic). I know the collection is for Raya but hey they look so beautiful I decided this is where I would buy my dress from. I checked Gupta Plus designed by ShomirIzwa because he desigend for women of all sizes (yay!). He uses bold modern colors and lines to create a balance illusion on a plus size figure. Inspired by the fantasies of the Turkish Harlem, ShomirIzwa cleverly plays with the striking colors and lines of the Turkish interior and architecture.

Illy Kurung Set in Infinity Print - Gupta PLus

I had my eyes set on this style, called the Illy Kurung Set in Infinity Print. I love how elegant the patterns were, the demure yet modest style of the baju kurung with bold tri-colored sleeves which reminds me of the South Korean flag. Since I was working for a Korean company and also attending a Korean wedding overseas after Raya, this would make the perfect dress. 


 ‘Out-of-the-Box’ fashion show video

Prices range from RM169 onwards but you know what? I was so lucky because, after weeks of stalking, there was a Raya sale and the dress became 50% off! I checked and the sale is still going on until end of July. A designer outfit at 50% off.... I'm going to hashtag #blessed.

Thanks 11street for giving me to opportunity to review the Lebaran Luster collection on my blog. I look forward to many more plus size fashion and local designers shining their craft here. 

Sophie Paris Son Altesse Sophie Make Up Review

7.06.2016

introducing my guest blogger somethinkblack

Let me introduce you to my guest blogger Sydney. She happens to be from the same Chinese family clan as me called the Hokkiens. We both shared the same surname Lim but no we're not related in any way. I thought it would be cool to invite her to review Sophie Paris's latest line of makeup introduce a few months ago. I didn't have time to review them so I asked if this glam sista if she wanted to. She loves makeup you see and she's also beautiful.

Thanks Sophie Paris Malaysia for sending me their collection of makeup from the Son Altesse Sophie line. The collection focuses on the glamorous look for your urban lifestyle. Here's what Sydney says, I told her to be as honest as she can because when it comes to makeup, it's all personal.

the Son Altesse Sophie makeup line (new)

swatches on fair skin

I’ve always loved being able to do a whole face with products from a specific brand. It really gives me a feel of what the brand has to offer as a whole, as well as an insight of how their products work together. I was recently given the chance to try out the Son Altesse Sophie range from Sophie Paris (thanks Tammy!), a French cosmetic brand that sells affordable beauty cosmetics. Let’s see how these items faired, shall we?

lightweight liquid foundation, matte and high coverage

First up is the Matte Liquid Foundation. I have this in the shade Natural Vanilla, but unfortunately, the shade was far too dark and yellow to suit my skin shade, which was such a pity because I really liked the packaging of it. It comes in a bottle with a pump on top, making this hygienic and easy to dispense. Texture wise, it was really easy to blend out on the back of my hand, and it definitely has medium buildable coverage that goes on with no streaks. It does dry slightly sticky so you might want to set it with a powder after for better-staying power.
for a natural flawless coverage

Next up is the Two Way Cake in Ivory Nude. Man, I really, really like the packaging of this. It feels sleek and heavy and comes with a good sized mirror for a compact. The powder is pretty fine,and spreads onto the skin evenly. As it is a two way cake, you can opt to apply this wet or dry (I personally prefer dry as wet end up streakier and need another layer of setting). I find that it can go on a bit cakey if you’re not careful about how much you put on. It’s great if you swipe on a light layer with a fluffy brush as it offers a little bit more coverage to add to your foundation routine.

a water base pearl primer with moisturising effect
leaving a luminous healthy glow 

This was definitely one of the products I was more interested to-try! I’m all about glowy, dewy skin and I was really hoping the Luminizer would be a good liquid highlighter to add to my stash. Let’s start with the good: packaging, like the foundation, came in a bottle with a pump. Great stuff because it’s clean and you can easily get the amount you want without accidentally pouring out too much. The consistency of the liquid is also good, easily blendable and dries at a reasonable time, so you still have time to move it around for a bit and get it blended before it dries and doesn’t budge. The bad? The formula wasn’t as pigmented as I expected it to be. It’s not so much of a highlight you’d use on top of your foundation, but it would be great as a base or primer to give your skin that “lit from within” look. I definitely prefer using this under or mixed in with my foundation as opposed to on top of it to give me skin an all over glow.


blusher with pearl and color pigment

I’m usually not a coloured cheek person, but the blusher in Neapolitan was really an unexpected winner for me. The colour was beautiful: a warm coral that leaned more red than orange that’s perfect for most Asian or warmer skin tones. Pigmentation was very decent and was really easy to blend out. It gave my cheeks a natural flush like I’d just gone for a healthy jog around my neighbourhood. Definitely one of my favorite products from this range!

long lasting waterproof brow liner

My second favorite is the Infinite Brow Liner in Brunette. Man, I love when companies think of making products as convenient as possible, so I really appreciated the fact that this came with a spooly on the other end. The colour suited my red hair, and texture wise, it was really easy to draw on without worrying about it smudging around or not being pigmented enough that you needed to go back and correct it over and over again. The spooly was a little hard for my liking, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t work with, and the convenience factor of it was enough to win me over. 

high impact intense shade that glides smoothly on eyelids

The Intense Shadow Stick is essentially a cream type shadow in a pencil form for easy application. I got mine in the shade Folklore, which was a warm, shimmery brown with hints of taupe. It applied on creamy and was really easy to blend out, but was really budge proof by the time it dried. This lasted all day on me, and was really waterproof and sweat/oil proof as well (I have relatively oily lids). I think this product would be really good as a base for warmer, dark eye looks, say a smokey eye or something because it really lasts on your lids.

gel based formula for long-wearing, water resistant finish

I’ve used quite a few gel liners in my lifetime, and I’m always on the lookout for a good one. The Gel Liner in Ebony was unfortunately not one of the ones I will keep in my holy grail stash. The pigmentation was good, black enough to not have to go back a second time with the product, and the texture was really creamy and glided on like a dream. Unfortunately this didn’t last very long on me. Within an hour or two, the product on the inner parts of my eyes started to flake, and before I knew it, I had half an eyeliner missing. The outer wing remained pretty and sharp, but the rest of it was gone, which was weird for me because usually my flick is the first one to go. The brush was no big deal: felt a bit cheap, but it got the job done and could be tapered flat enough to do a wing.

water proof mascara for long and deep eyelashes

like the shape of this wand

Following that was the Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara in black. I actually really liked the shape of the wand with this one: it was bushy but not too fat, and had bristles that you knew would easily coat your lashes with a slight curve to make sure your lashes stayed curled. The pigmentation and wear time of the mascara itself was great: no flakes or smudges throughout the day, my lashes were black and perky. Volumizing and lengthening properties of this mascara were so so; my lashes were more defined, but nothing extravagant.

waterproof, long wearing lip liner with creamy smooth texture 

I’ve never been a fan of lip liners because I usually find myself applying on lipstick without, or that they’re too drying and tend to drag on my skin. That’s definitely not the case with this product. Aptly named the Amazing Lip Liner, this baby glides on really creamy, making it really to apply on and hit those sharp lines. It doesn’t feather and the pigmentation is super vibrant. So good!

rich luxurious colour + deeply nourishing

Last but certainly not least is the Couture Lipstick in the shade Drama. It’s packaged in a pen fashion similar to the eyeshadow stick for easy application. Man, I really like the lip products from this range. This glides on easily and the texture is creamy but not sticky or slippery, giving the lips a satin-matte finish. The colour is bright and bold, extremely vivid and pigmented with just one swipe. Perfect for finishing off a dramatic look, this gorgeous red shade has made it to my loved pile.

the look created using Son Altesse Sophie's makeup products

Here’s what they looked like on together. For this look I used all the products mentioned above except for the Matte Liquid Foundation. I actually really like how everything turned out together. My favourite parts are of course the brows and the lips. For a range as a whole, I think Son Altesse Sophie was alright, but they could be better. Colours for skin products are limited, and this might mean that only a small range of people could use them according to their skin shade. The prices for the products featured are as below: 

Matte Liquid Foundation 20ml - RM45 (WM), RM54 (EM)
Two Way Cake 10g - RM 60 (WM), RM72 (EM)
Luminizer 20ml - RM50 (WM), RM60 (EM)
Dazzling Blush 5g - RM45 (WM), RM54 (EM)
Infinite Brow Liner - RM38 (WM), RM45.60 (EM)
Intense Shadow Stick 3.25g - RM35 (WM), RM42 (EM)
Gel Eyeliner 3g - RM40 (WM), RM48 (EM)
Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara 8ml - RM45 (WM), RM54 (EM)
Amazing Lip Liner - RM30 (WM), RM36 (EM)
Couture Lipstick 3.15g - RM32 (WM), RM38.40 (EM)

If you like what you're seeing here, click here to find out how you can purchase Sophie Paris products from their flagship store at Menara UOA Bangsar or through mail order. They're also open for locals to sign up as a member to start being a Sophie Paris agent :)

Uber, Makeup Storage, Clarins & How To Create A New Lifeform

7.02.2016


look, it's a bird, no it's a plane, no it's just our Malaysian weather

It's 365 days of hot, humid, haze (it has become part of our weather) and high chances of Armageddon-like showers in Kuala Lumpur. I stood out my office window just last month, wondering why my eyes have failed me. The sky was dark, cloudy, and well blurred. It looked like a scene from "The Mist" a horror movie. 

Then my newsfeed was flooded with pictures of building collapsing, traffic jams, trees falling and cars wrecked. It was both exciting and horrible feeling to comprehend. I wasn't dreaming that's for sure because I have an office full of people still working. If this were a movie, everyone would be screaming and waiting for a Marvel superhero to appear. Say... Thor. 

The first thing I thought was man... Uber is going to have the high surge.


some guy ranting about Uber surge on ig

Okay so yes you do know all this insanity might spoil your makeup. The best way to preserve their "life" is to keep them stored in a dry, cool place say a nice acrylic storage from Daiso (cheap), Muji (expensive) or your local blogger sisters who sell them in cute customised, beauty fanatic vanity storage box.


I want my own princess storage please!
(check our my friend Sabby selling it on her blog)

Some people store their makeup, skincare and even perfumes in the fridge (I hope not freezer). It's to keep them "preserve" but some beauty workshops I attended say, it doesn't apply to all kinds of beauty products. Some products might have it's formula changed because of the temperature e.g., not all perfumes can be stored in the fridge, it's chemical compound may mutate it into another scent.


I guess it depends on what kind of fridge, because hey if you have the old school fridge that makes all your vegs start looking like popsicles, then it's just way too "cold." Some new high-tech fridge with smart temperature control probably... yeah.. help? I don't know because currently, the only two products in my fridge are the Clarins V-Shape mask and eye gel.


my fave all-time firming mask & serum It's from Clarins

Why I keep them there? Because firming masks can help shape your face, put it in the fridge for a few mins and wallah! You have a nice cooling firming mask that acts faster than your room temperature mask. The "wrap" around becomes more effective.

Eye gels? Well, a cooling eye gel de-puffs your eye bags (from a sleepless night working or quarrelling with your guy). Of course, don't just glaze it on your skin. Do a lymphatic drainage massage with the product on your eye bags so it helps to de-puff that area.


more about this on tongueinchic

Need a tip? Just apply the product on under your eyes (puff area), sit down with your knees together. Use your palms and placed it on your puff eye area, face down like you have a migraine attack and just want to close your eyes for a sec, and have your elbows resting on your thighs. Do this for 20 - 60 secs and it helps to make your eyes look not so... like the wicked witch from parliament.



Makeup and beauty products can be expensive, so be kind to them. Store them properly and don't let bacterias grow in them unless you want to discover a new species of lifeform. Hey that might explained the crazy alien weather.


One Week One Rent All Covered - Haftarent

executive living made easy

I wanted to share something interesting, recommended by my friend Nicholas to me last month. I was given a chance to have a short stay in the heart of the city and be surrounded by the glitz and glamour of weekend walks around Bukit Bintang, and food binging in Jalan Alor.

Yes, who don't want to live in the city. I want to. I'm in my thirties, and I should have a life like Carrie in the Sex and the City, ops.. minus the sex. I just want the city. Did I just give away my age? ops. Anyway, this is fascinating! Thanks to the magic of convenience, living in the 21st century does has its perks.

For instance, booking for a short stay say a week due to work, travelling or just because you're fully loaded can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Formerly known as TrupCotel, Haftarent is an affordable luxury renting platform online available for rent in strategic locations around Klang Valley. Even landlords with vacant properties can come on board and advertise their properties for short stays. 

Started last year April 2015, Haftarent already completed more than 400 bookings serving more than 1,900 guests to date. Their target audience would be young executives, expatriates, and students looking for rental homes in the city. 

Interestingly... Haftarent means "week" in Persian. In Hindi, Urdu and Turkish it's "loanword".

the perks of renting with Haftarent

I like the hassle free living that comes with Haftarent. Like I say, if you're travelling or here for business, you don't want to worry about deposits, tenancy agreements, paying bills, someone cleaning your place yadda yadda yadda. You can even give your visiting friends or guests a treat with this, and they don't have to worry about anything. It's like walking into a massage and having everything taken care of. 

Here are 6 reasons why Haftarent can be your next rental:
Reason 1 - Low Deposits. Forget the 2.5 months rental deposit.
Reason 2 - Forget long tenancy period. You can rent 1 week or longer.
Reason 3 - Pay online. No tenancy agreement, checks, bla bla blah...... just take my money already.
Reason 4 - Worry free living. Your rent comes with housekeeping service! Weekly :)
Reason 5 - Worry free living 2. No bills to pay. It's all part of the rent too! (wifi as well!)
Reason 6 - Quality furnishing. You're not going to live in a college dorm.

P.S: For emergencies like break ups and couple fight and need a break or a short stay until you find another place, you can consider this place. Rentals start from RM300 onwards per head per week. My first rental costs RM1k a month. That's not inclusive of bills and cleaning. I could've just rented with Haftarent for RM300 a week! And not worry about Unifi contract two years. 

4 easy steps to start renting from recommended properties

My Personal Experience:
I stayed in The Vipods which is opposite Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.  I didn't check in personally, but my boyfriend did. He waited for the landlord to be at the property and was given keys to our brand new home (for the night). After work, I took the lrt from Bangsar to KLCC and a short walk to the property. The view was amazing at night, and well also cold. It was central air-conditioning, and the floor was made of laminated wood nice. My boyfriend and I cuddle up on the sofa and watch Family Guy on the tv, streamed online via the wifi (all part of the stay).

The next day, check out was easy - all I did was put the keys into a key holder and leave. Yeah, that easy. Well, I'm not sure how other properties are like but for The Vipods, the security was top notch and electronic. The landlord would just enter his door password to retrieve the keys at a later time.

I met with the cleaners on my way out. They came right on the dot 12 pm to clean the place up. 

So there you have it, weekly rentals with the aim to encourage flexible tenancies and a hassle free living experience in the heart of the city and Klang Valley. If you find my review helpful, leave me a comment. I would like to know what you think. For more information, check out http://hafta.rent/.

Canon EOS M10 x Rilakkuma Your Travel Companion

6.12.2016


I want Rilakkuma to be my travel companion!

OMG... me being a big fan of Canon, I went OMG when I saw Canon's latest camera promotion, which is a collaboration between them and Rilakkuma! (I'm also a big fan of this cute teddy bear). BUT when Rilakkuma? Why not Sanrio Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty is so overated already so thank goodness no Hello Kitty. Both brands are from Japan :D so it figures they will collaborate sooner or later especially when girls go travel! so they can bring a travel companion with them to selfie everywhere haha. It's not a new trend, people have been selfie-ing with toys for the longest time but to see Canon pair up with Rilakkuma is WAHLAUEH big news!.

When I say I'm a big fan of Canon, I really meant it. My first camera was a Canon 550D (DSLR) then last year I bought the Canon 750D (DSLR). My first printer, Canon as well and I'm still wishing to own their latest printer which looks like a jewel box. Now I'm putting the Canon EOS M10 x Rilakkuma on my wish list. Like having one camera isn't enough right? =_= shhesshh.... having another camera which is small, lightweight, easy for travelling, fuss-free, can selfie and can also social share is well another treat! *proceeds to put in next birthday wish*.

WATCH THIS SUPER CUTE YOUTUBE ON CANON EOSM10  X RILAKKUMA!



oh oh oh oh!!! heart beating fast

The Canon EOS M10 starts at RM1,999 and with every purchase now you get a free limited edition Rilakkuma plush doll. Original not fake okay and it wears a Canon EOS M10 around it's neck. You can check out the prices here EOS M10 Kit (EF-M15-45mm)EOS M10 Kit II (EF-M15-45mm & EF-M22mm), and EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M15-45mm & EF-M55-200mm)


the Canon EOS M10 x Rilakkuma bundle*
(limited time only)

my bf's take on my new obsession

want to win a EOS M10 & a Rilakkuma?

So if I can't buy a new camera since I just got the Canon 770D, I might think of joining their EOS M10 #toytravel challenge on instagram/facebook to win a EOS M10 and a Rilakkuma plush doll instead. They have three themes for this contest. Take part in all three themes and you could win their grand prize a 110cm giant Rilakkuma plus doll!
To participate:
1) Post a photo of your toy and his favourite food
2) Tag it ‪#‎ToyTravel‬ and ‪#‎EOSM10Rilakkuma‬
3) Make sure your post is set to public

Contest ends on 30th Jun 2016. Visit snapshot.canon-asia.com/toytravel to view all your #ToyTravel snaps! Terms and Conditions apply.
*Promo valid for a limited time only. Availability differs according to your country so check out your local retail outlet for more information! more info here


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