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Guerlain and Emilio Pucci Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

7.31.2012


me and Noel, luxurious beach getaway

I just came back from a wonderful trip to the beach and it feels like summer. I know we have "summer" all year long, but Port Dickson feels like summer with it's sexy heat, turquoise sea, burning sun and azure sky with it's fine sandy beaches. No one believed me when I said there's a beach just like that in PD and it's called The Blue Lagoon. All this reminds me of the glamorous and colorful summer of Guerlain and Emilion Pucci's Terra Azzura Summer 2012 collection.

Terra Azzura by Emilio Pucci (limited edition)

This collection is inspired by summertime in Italy (ah...romantic). It celebrates a light-hearted and vibrant dolce vita that welcomes the fine weather with a burst of colour. Designed as the perfect extension of an ultra-feminine wardrobe, this unprecedented make-up collection adorns the summer in delightfully sunny shades. “Guerlain by emilio Pucci” embodies the union of two prestigious Houses in perfect synergy. Emilio Pucci, the Florentine fashion brand whose cult prints have been evoking Italian colour and a refined way of life since the fifties. And Guerlain, the jewel of French cosmetics, whose creations have represented Parisian luxury, know- how and excellence since 1828.
motif inspired by an iconic print, “Winter Capri”


signature print, a blue flower interlaced with swirls and flames

These rich worlds are combining in a collection of eleven products with accents of the Italian riviera, created by Olivier Échaudemaison, Guerlain Creative Director, and Laudomia Pucci, Pucci Image Director. The guiding thread of this second collaboration is a motif inspired by an iconic print, “Winter Capri”, taken from the Italian ready-to-wear brand’s archives. Exclusively recoloured for this collection, its signature print, a blue flower interlaced with swirls and flames, adds a joyful and elegant Pucci touch to the Guerlain products. Avanti!

a sneak peek at Terra Azzura by Emilio Pucci


held at Alexis Bistro, Gardens Mid Valley

Karen introduces the collection and...

Make-up Artist from Paris, Maxime Poulin

Present at the sneak peek, is the make-up artist from Paris oh la la Maxime, who works and trained directly under Guerlain’s Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison. He showcase to us the right make-up application using the latest summer collection, Terra Azzurra. There's just about so many things to say about this beautiful summer collection, that I'll have to show you the original collection photographs instead of mine. It embodies what the summertime in Italy is and exudes that fashionable aura from “Winter Capri” motif.

the bronzing powder and blush rm294

the all time signature meteorites rm189

ecrin 4 couleurs e/s rm193, khol kajal rm121, mascara le 2 guerlain rm124


terracotta gloss rm124, terracotta nail (not available in Msia)

water villas at Avillion, Port Dickson

SO if you're getting ready to fall in love with the summer and it's blazing fiery passion at the beach side -  be it a luxurious getaway, staying on the stilts of a water villa in Avillion Port Dickson, the Terra Azzura summer colours will give you a beautiful summer to remember of. Guerlain is available at Parkson KLCC, Parkson Pavilion, Sogo, Isetan Gardens Mid Valley and Isetan KLCC.

Samsung OmniPro Oven and Plusizekitten

7.29.2012



cook like a "lousai" with Samsung OmniPro oven
(me and Cik Lily Putih were invited to try the oven)

I think I met my match today. My match made in "oven" haha! My kitchen is still empty, well no kitchen no oven no sink but only a newly purchased Samsung fridge in place. That was the first thing we bought for our new home (errr.. having fresh food kept and chilled drinks is important for us!). I'm no Jamie Oliver, but today I met Jamie Oliver in a form of a conventional oven. Meet Samsung OmniPro Oven! the latest in thing for ovens, with 32 preset cooking programmes. It cooks like a "lousai" (boss) - grill, baked, steam and even cleans! (cleans itself via steam clean. All u need to do is wipe the water droplets off). Talk about lazy (evil laughter follows). Best thing? it's also a weighing machine u know?! which means, no more setting how long to cook and what temperature because this baby here is the first in the world to have OMNISENSE! (weight and humidity sensor).

PICTURE THIS


watch this cute demo on how it works!

Takes out frozen chicken, puts in oven. Oven detects chicken is frozen and chicken is 1kg. Oven defrost the chicken within x mins (auto calculated by itself). Chicken now is ready to be roasted. You click chicken function and it auto sets x mins (against the weight of chicken) and roast it! You? reading a magazine or watching your favorite drama without needing to worry your chicken gets "bbq-ed black".


the baby that will make your cooking, baking or cleaning
EASY AS A B C

 so we tested the oven out by baking chocolate chip cookies!

 after 15mins (inclusive of cooling time) cookies ready!
(can u guess which cookies are mine?)


inside is made of ceramic not stainless steel/epoxy
(ceramic is long lasting n hygienic)

can you believe it has steak functions?
(rare/medium/well done)

steam clean device that will help clean!
(I wish next time it has dish washing capabilities to wash itself)

 the cool accessories that comes with this oven
(for grilling, baking, defrosting, steaming, etc)


pose like a "lousai" too if you have this oven


effortless make up and now you have effortless cooking
(watch the demo on how it works for u!)

first in the world weight n temperature sensor
(u don't need to guess anymore)


your own Jamie Oliver in d kitchen


one touch sensor to defrost with OmniSense

no need manual book! it's in the "oven"!


who needs a weighing machine?


simple buttons with LED screen
(no headache with so many buttons to press)


easy, big and durable


warm your meals like a "lousai"

so many features, so little time

I filmed my fridge arrival coz too happy

Impressive? I was. I baked the cookies in less than 15mis can you believe it. All I did was put cookie dough on the crusty tray (baking tray) and put it in. Then set the dial to crusty. It weights and sets time by itself and all you need to do is press start. The price? Samsung says it's a competitive rate of RM2499.00. I don't know much about the price of conventional ovens, but judging by all the features it has and it's sleek and luxury design (which matches my ultra sleek, shiny and also silver Samsung french door fridge RM4999) a "lousai" will buy it!

if you like the Samsung OmniPro Oven, then click here for more information on it!

Groupon and it's Clones. Do you trust a Deal?

7.27.2012


 a consumer crisis?

This may come abruptly, but I have been harboring this dissatisfaction for more than a month now. I know with the groupon clones sites a.k.a coupon sites that's popping out in our country since 2 years back, the deals are either getting better or getting more misleadingly better? I have my fair share of positive and good experience with coupons. However there are others (like my friends, my readers, strangers) telling me nightmare stories about being mislead, cheated or treated differently. I thought I was lucky because I "thought" the secret to not getting "cheated" or having a bad experience was to choose what I buy carefully. Like:
  1. reputable merchants (shops/brands)
  2. 5 star places that surely will not compromise their reputation for the sake of a eager quick buck
  3. avoiding places unheard of (especially spas/beauty deals)
  4. making sure to read the terms and conditions properly before buying
  5. knowing what you're going to get to avoid being shortchanged
AND surely the Satisfaction Guarantee sign on the coupon sites means something right? I found out that it means nothing. Just reading The Star Newspaper the other day on customer service, the pillar where a business should stand strong on, got me so mad. What's going on with the service nowadays that companies are putting on satisfaction guarantee signs and on the other hand, disappointing their customers by not even understanding and defending them against ruthless merchants they do deals with? In fact, I see this same flow on how they treat complains:
  1. say thank you for reporting to them, they will get back
  2. fwd your entire complain to the merchant to read
  3. merchant replies back (sometimes arrogantly and even with white lies) 
  4. fwds what the merchant says to you or relays back what merchant replies
  5. added with thank you for XXXX we apologized for the experience you have.
So is this how complains are treated? I thought when we as consumers complain we wanted an action or a solution to be given. Not relay back and forth messages, I'm not here asking for a divorce story. This is what I want:
  1. investigation towards the claims reported (hence getting merchant's explanation)
  2. CHECKS to whether a breach of trust or duty of care has been breach/broken
  3. Explain to the merchant (IF THEY ARE WRONG) and ADVISES a solution. A customer will not complain if they were satisfied HELLO? something must have gone WRONG.
  4. Relay back to customer a solution or a compromise. Not say here's the merchant's reply, thank you for complaining. We're sorry.
DO we need to keep replying emails to tell them what is wrong, what is really happening (AGAIN) and listen to them say sorry nothing can be done when the signboard hangs Satisfaction Guarantee? or whatever customer happiness motto they have. NO. Hell I'm so dissatisfied about the run around I've been given and the explanations I have to reply to, and in the end treated like the "evil" party in this situation because apparently they believe whatever their merchants said since they already have our money in their pockets. After sales? service? feedback? not important because [insert whatever explanation needed to defend themselves against complains] that you're wrong. Not them.

display only???

birthday ruined why?

Heck, I'm not even PMS-ing or throwing a scene at the place (would they prefer that?) or making police reports. I try to be civilized but sorry, I guess the dissatisfaction with the way my complain is dealt with and not getting what I purchase for, is creating this angry black hole in myself. You guys must be wondering what happened? This is my story, no sugar added. Plain facts.

5 star luxury spa deal for only RM205

Bought a 5 Star Luxury Resort deal "SPA" Package (worth RM857) + steamboat for two pax (rm58). The deal highlights says:

HIGHLIGHTS BUY inclusive of:Madu Manis Spa Package for 2 paxSteamboat Set for 2 Pax @ Stimbot Restaurant15% OFF discount on F&B for Next Visit15% OFF discount on Escape Spa for Next VisitThis BUY comes with an option for an additional : RM480++ instead of RM560++ for 1 night stay (per room and inclusive of breakfast for 2 pax) @ Golden Palm Tree Resort & SpaMadu Manis Spa Package for 2 pax inclusive of:

Hot Stone n Aromatherapy Massage
Body Scrub
Foot Bath
Jacuzzi & Steam & Sauna
Cream Bath
Oasis Mocktail
Duration : 135mins (2Hrs 15mins)

Escapade Spa is an escape with an adventure.  A perfect start towards body pampering holidays.You will definitely be
treated as a king and queen with this 5 Star Spa Treatment! Esc apade Spa offers holistic signature therapies, carefully blending traditional practices from different ethnic cultures in Malaysia.Escapa de Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments in a surrounding that lulls you into a deep relaxation.This special place is blessed with a lovely view!

Recommenda tion: This is a
perfect GIFT for your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, parents and bestfriends as they deserve it!"It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it - Eileen Elias Freeman

"Reviews on Escapade Spa:
"The Escapade spa, as the name suggests is ultimate escape for someone like me who is continuously overstressed at work. I totally recommend having the oriental massage there. It is to die for. - Elle Sheri, London""It was an awesome massage though.
First class treatment. It can’t get any better than this.

So what happened to my 5 Star Luxury Spa worth RM857 that me n my friends would be treated like king and queen? Not at all as described. My story starts with a booking made weeks ahead of our appointment. On 17th June, 2012 a group of friends travel nearly 2hrs to reach the fame Golden Palm Tree Resort. Our appointment was at 1pm and we reach just before it. This was a birthday gift for my bff Wing. She n Jean was the first couple to have their session at 1pm. The second couple, me n Kenby was at 3pm, we were there early with nothing to do so we tried out the spa facilities first. Being a Spa goer, I know for a fact that spa facilities can be done before or after your treatment and does not hinder your treatment time.

First session 1pm: Wing n Jean
Wing & Jean were told that the package we bought is "slightly" different from the spa's Madu Manis package. In what way different? we were told that instead of cream bath, now we have an option of choosing cream bath or body wrap. Sounds lucky? oh boy. Wing asked for the therapist's recommendation? should they go for cream bath or body wrap? Therapist recommended cream bath. Oh boy, just wait till you hear more. Jean changed her mind about having cream bath, opted for body wrap instead minutes. The therapist replied cannot change anymore as they have already prepared the cream bath for two pax. The girls were bewildered but let it slide.

When they began their session in the couple's room, there stood in the room a bath tub (comfortably for 1 pax) filling up with milky water. There's the last I saw of them until about 2.30pm. Wing complained that they had to sit in the bath tub (shared the same bath tub, one on each end sitting) and she came up after 10mins. Do they expect us to sit in there for an hour?! she exclaims. She also complains of having headache after being massaged. The worst is, where is the body scrub that we paid for?

Second session 3pm: Kenby n me
Being really early here, we went to enjoy the spa facilities first. However before that happened, Kenby was upset after inquiring from the therapist on the package that we're going for and seek clarification on it. Apparently the "slight" change was we don't get body scrub anymore! a shocking find. Now we get something better, we get to choose either a cream bath or a body wrap, which is more expensive. In what way more expensive? We're losing a body scrub (worth RM180++) and there was no replacement given for it. Instead, they asked us to choose cream bath OR body wrap.

My initial thoughts were, maybe they got it wrong? maybe it's sorry we can't give u body scrub anymore, but now u get body wrap instead, which is more expensive - correct? and everyone is happy. WRONG. It's sorry no body scrub. Now your cream bath can be replaced with body wrap. SO if I choose body wrap, what happen to to my cream bath and body scrub? it's getting worst, not better.

why different from their package? looks same

scrub rm180 + cream bath (worth?) = replace with body wrap worth rm200

Our inquiries went to deaf ears. The therapist was upset that we question them. They told us body scrub can no longer be given because and guess what?

  • we ran out of scrub (HUH?  we made booking weeks ahead, why didn't u inform us prior to travelling nearly 2hrs to your spa?)
  • other customers did not complain about this (HUH? so we should not complain to you now?)
  • you're paying rm200 only so this is what you get (WHAT? this is outrageous! I CLARIFIED to her in a civil manner that our package is worth RM857 not RM200).
  • Therapist showed unhappy face and did not want to speak to us anymore. Instead send another younger girl to attend to us. (treated like king and queen? this is the service we get for questioning what we paid for? omg).

Immediately I called the coupon company for a solution. No answer. It's Sunday, sigh. What should we do now? We just found out there's no scrub! this is not what we paid for and we have travel almost 2 HOURS to get here. That's a total of nearly 4HRS just to come here! How about the first couple? they were already INSIDE! Kenby was really angry and upset over this. I thought let's be civil, do not make a scene. I'll contact the company tomorrow when they open for business. SO WE continue our session and I found out in the hard way, how this deal which seems so GOOD, ain't. AND P.S, it's weird that cream bath and body wrap were done first before massage. In my spa experience, massage was always done first then scrub, body wrap and bath. I got a headache after my session and needed a panadol badly.

Madu Manis Spa Package for 2 pax inclusive of: WORTH RM857

1. Hot Stone n Aromatherapy Massage
they gave us hot stone "BACK" massage. The massage didn't last more than 30mins, there were more time spent walking around, washing hands, leaving us there to sleep. When the masseuse came back, they turn us and gave us a brief "HEAD n SHOULDER" aromatherapy massage that ended our "massage session". Not even a hour. This is a luxury spa package?

2. Body Scrub (worth RM180++)
Out of stock. Not given to us. Never bother to inform us by call prior to our appointment or inform us CLEARLY (without needing us to probe and probe during 2nd spa session to find out the truth).

3. Foot Bath

nice, I guess this is the only thing I enjoyed.

4. Jacuzzi , Steam n Sauna
Facilities that can be enjoyed before or after your treatments (normally, and in this case they did tell us this too).

5. Cream Bath
Became an option: Cream Bath (soak in a bath tub for two) OR Body Wrap. The recommendation should be BODY WRAP when customers ask. Not do the easy way out n recommend cream bath so you filled the bath up and put two person inside. Thank goodness me & Kenby choosed Body Wrap.

6. Oasis Mocktail
Drank it :) nice.

Our spa experience didn't even reach 135mins. Guess what happened when I made an official complaint to the company by e-mail? they fwd the the complain to the merchant and guess what the merchant said? the two thing that I was chizzed off.

  • we know about this "customers"
    oh boy? u know? we're criminals now because we question our rights?
  • we gave them a more expensive treatment (body wrap) since there's no scrub
    u mean initially you try to make us believe the package is different from the spas and told us to choose either cream bath or body wrap (while hiding the fact scrub is not given).

The company just relay back what the merchant said and apologized for the experience. What that's it? what happened to protecting your customers against this?! I just had to reply (yet again, trying to explain) what really happened and defend ourselves against what the merchant said. I pull out two facts - this is not what we paid for and this is breach of the package. Again sorry for your experience and relaying back again what the merchants said in trying to defend themselves:

  • no scrub because we came late
    what? now you're using this to justify no scrub? The second couple was AN HOUR EARLY, while the first couple was made to wait for their turn!
  • no scrub coz it was out of stock
    so..... will you be happy if you were in my shoes? u arrived at a spa (2hrs away) did your spa and found out scrub was omitted out? (in the case of first couple session, second couple found out after questioning what the package was about).
  • it's not 135mins because sauna, steam and jacuzzi time is INCLUDED
    I didn't even get hot stone and aromatherapy massage. I got a "back" hot stone massage and "head and shoulder" aromatherapy massage. How misleading! Now they say it's less than an hour because the sauna, steam and jacuzzi time is included. Don't tell me they're going to say the Oasis Mocktail drinking time is also included next? I just realize the packaged wasn't clearly stated what was given and the breakdown of time. Maybe it's because I let my guard down and trusted this website, the merchant and a RM857 worth spa package. 
  • THE FAMOUS REPLY: We (all 4 of us) agreed to the "changes" in the package.
    When I clarified we did not agree, and that some of us didn't even know the change, the next reply was that we agreed to it because we did the sessions!

Utterly shocking. I didn't have energy to reply anymore to that company or the merchant. There's 4 witness here, and all 4 is tired of this game. This was suppose to be a birthday celebration, a pampering spa from head to toe for the birthday girl and she was not even happy that day. BAD EXPERIENCE  and BAD SERVICE and we are not satisfied with what has happened and with the replies to my complaint. No solution was given and they didn't even offer to refund us for what happen. They WERE the first ones to BREACH the deal, not us - the consumers. Would they prefer I claim for 4 hrs of travelling and the cost of the coupon (should I throw tantrum and refused to do the 2nd session)?

I will never trust a coupon deal again, regardless whether they're of what star or popular. It's all the same. Maybe I should be gangster and raise my voice there so settle the dispute rather than thinking the best way is to send in a complaint (which is advised by the site and they're not even open on Sunday to answer calls). I am not trying to offend anyone here, I know we all deal with customers before and some of us are in the service/coupon industry, but heck put yourself in my shoes (4 girls! in fact).

Do give me your comments on what you think about coupon deals? did you have any bad experience before like me? Was I wrong in complaining or questioning my package change?

Listerine Natural Green Tea and My Bathroom

7.26.2012


sometimes thai commercial seems sexy to me

Watch the video! the Thai commercial is soooo cool, or maybe I'm just hit with Thai-fever. I was just youtubing Listerine's latest mouthwash the Listerine Natural Green Tea, curious to see what the commercials up to nowadays that I don't watch tv anymore. Having to recently moved in to the TTDI neighborhood after 3 months of renovation, I'm proud that I have a fabulous master bathroom even if it's a small one (even after extending!). Check out my bathroom below.

 peeking in from the door, can see my glass wc n shower
(opted for rain shower heated by solar power instead of bathtub)
-eco friendly-

if you come in, on your left is the couple's sink
(and idea from our stay at Bali)

 the idea from The Kamuelas Vilas, Bali
(the couple sink)

inspired by my stay at The Banjaran Hotsprings Resort

What do you think of my humble bathroom? I'm planning to install mirrors soon on the wall so it reflects the whole shower area, giving an illusion of  a bigger bathroom. I haven't put up anything on my sink area yet. Need to buy like really nice clay or glass toiletries to decorate the area to be more Zen-like. Sorry looks pretty messy atm, with toothbrushes and toothpaste around. You can spot my Listerine mouthwash on that sink (toothpaste is not enough to prevent tooth decay). These are the must haves in my bathroom every morning and night before I sleep. 

natural green tea?

I bought the 250ml size @ RM9.90 from Guardian Tropicana. The 750ml @ RM22.90 (also on sale at Guardian for RM20 now) was tempting but so heavy to carry. Plus with every purchase of a 250ml or more, Listerine will contribute RM2 to charity. You can find out more by visiting Listerine's website http://www.listerine.com.my/.

My verdict on the Listerine Natural Green Tea flavor:
I've tried all the Listerine "flavors" in the market and so far my favorite has been the orange one which is so zesty in my mouth! feels like a pop soda (warning do not drink like soda). Trying the latest flavor, natural green tea gives me a different sensation. Introduced to help address the concern of dental cavities with a natural-based formula, the natural green tea flavor is definitely milder compared to the other flavors and has a refreshing taste. Containing double dosage of fluoride and green tea ingredients to strengthen weak tooth enamel, while forming a coating shield to make teeth even more cavity-resistant. I still prefer the orange one :D haha maybe because I'm no fan of green tea.

OnlyBeauty Sales at Sunway Hotel, Seberang Jaya

(and register to get freebie)

Afternoon Tea, Goodie Bags & A Bazaar Experience!

7.25.2012

calling all shopaholics! do u love Bazaars?

Hello Pretties! I have something special for my followers today! I know how some of us loves to just treasure hunt at Bazaars for costume jewelry, vintage or plus size clothing, funky cool stuffs and just things unexpectedly cute to fill your room. In conjunction with my blog birthday month (June), this will be the first giveaway for my sweet followers! My Bazaar (the Bazaar organizer) is inviting 50 Plusizekitten followers to a  afternoon tea session at The Scott Garden 2nd June, 2012 from 2pm - 4pm. The lucky 50 kitties will also be getting a goodie bag worth RM100 (filled with selected cool stuffs and vouchers) to kick start their Bazaar experience!


THE FOLLOWERS WHO COMMENTED! 
U ARE ALL REGISTERED! SEE U 2MORROW!
The bazaar is at 1st floor of The Scott Garden, right on top of OverTime. 
The finger foods are served right at the middle of the bazaar, in front of Movida & the fountain.


My Bazaar is a weekly bazaar where it happens every Saturday and Sunday. This bazaar consists of more than 30 booths that sell women apparels, accessories, bag, shoes, men apparels and shoes, handphone casing, contact lens, spectaculars, handmade watches etc. Here's a sneak peek at some of the booths at My Bazaar, The Scott Garden. 

 costume jewelry and knick knacks

 bags, soft toys, collectibles!


hair accessories of all sorts


cute baby stuffs!

 soft toys and pink stuffs

 clothes, bags, street wear

 funky, cool pouches for the fashionable?

There will be prizes to giveaway from me and one of the prizes is a 2 Days 1 Night stay at Jerejak Rainforest Resort, Penang worth RM280! (short holiday trip for love birds or bffs to go chill out) Also thanks to Posh Nail Spa, each goodie bag will get a voucher to enjoy a Mani Pedi session at only RM39.90 instead of RM88 at Posh Nail Spa, TTDI (I forgot to give this voucher out! pls contact me n I will send by post). 

Date: 2nd June, 2012
Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue:
My Bazaar, The Scott Garden,
2-68 Kompleks Rimbun Scott,
289 Jalan Kelang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.

Click here to join My Bazaar Facebook!



First 50 followers to leave a comment saying they want to go and why! will be of course :) invited to the afternoon tea session, round of lucky draws and goodies bag to bring home! Afters, they can visit the Bazaar for a look see! Giveaway ends 31st May, 2012. Followers will get an email reminder :D



{ ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY }
2D1N Stay at Jerejak Rainforest Resort, Penang


wish I can win this too haha!

*********the winner has been decided! by a lucky draw*********
(since that day it was kinda hard to do a draw, apologies)



CONGRATULATIONS SHIRO!
quick plan your holiday, your prize expires 31/8/12
e-mail has been sent to you

ShiroMay 28, 2012 3:32 AMIts a long wait for me!
Firstly, I know being follower of miu will not go wrong...hehehe...sure will have lots fun!
Second, I really didnt have my own shopping fun since baby born T.T

The first ever holiday giveaway by Plusizekitten, a 2D1N stay at a getaway island! Thank you everyone for coming to the afternoon tea party at MyBazaar, I appreciate your time and effort and support towards my blog! do continue reading and pls drop me comments from time to time :) I'll try to organize more awesome giveaways and parties! 
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