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My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over 8 years now. I started blogging because I wanted to share my beauty hauls and lifestyle experiences. I'm also a pro-consumer, which is probably the fire in my life.

This blog is now happily written by the cutest couple you've ever seen. Gareth's Irish while I'm Malaysian. We met in the most unexpected way possible and since then have been in a loving relationship. He loves to eat, drink and try new exciting things (even extreme sports) while I love the quieter things in life, like spas, massages, shopping and beauty! But we have something in common, we both love travelling.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers Msia
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
  • Winner of Cleo's Next Top Blogger Msia

3 Things You Should Not Buy On Mysale

10.28.2017

three things you should not buy on Mysale

After shopping on Mysale.my for a year and going through all that trial and error of shopping here, I can now advise my readers what not to buy and what to buy. Here are some tips, based on my experience.

Do Not Buy Branded Goods
Do Not Buy Fragile Goods e.g candles
Do Not Buy Gift Sets

I'll explain why you not below with some real life examples haha!

1. Branded Goods
You'll be tempted to shop for branded goods on this site because they seriously are quite aggressive in repeating and recycling their branded clearance sale. Nothing wrong with that but MySale isn't the seller, so where are all the goods coming from? Recently I bought CK cosmetic products for a really good deal but unfortunately, when it arrived, I was upset to see a bunch of cheap looking products with the logo on. The products looked old, is in bad condition (scratches, cuts) and was cheap looking and cheap to the touch. Yeah if that's a word, cheap to the touch lol. Made of some kinda cheap plastic. The credibility of branded goods on Mysale is questionable. Purchase them at your own risk, do some research first as well. While many branded goods can be replicated, others require more work than just cheap imitation.

Also for the price we pay, it could be expired, rejected goods. There is no way of telling as labels are often missing on these products from Mysale, especially on beauty products.

2. Fragile Goods
So you all know I'm a huge Voluspa fan so I've been shopping on Mysale because of that. I did buy other things too like bath products (liquid heavy) and other candle brands which comes in glass jars. There is a 50-50 chance your items may just be damaged when it reaches you. Why? Because Mysale does not care about their packaging. From what I see they just wrap bubble wrap over the bulk and throw it into a questionable cardboard box. It leaves you thinking, why do they keep doing this? They're just losing customers day after day with the no.1 infamous reason alone - bad packaging.

And then you have to complain and get your refunds done. I especially hate it when companies ask to return damaged or wrongly sent goods in order for them to return your hard earned money. This seems to be the standard procedure for most online shopping sites in Malaysia.

3. Gift Sets
If you're thinking of buy gift sets and nice gifts from MySale, you'd have to really think twice about it because of point 1 and 2, especially point 2. With such bad handling of goods purchase, by the time your parcel reaches you (normally 1 month) everything else is damaged including your gift set. My latest haul, a candle smashed like a post bar fight and the wax melted and leaked all over a damaged gift set, causing the packaging to deteriorate. So I have a gift set that's not presentable anymore.


While it's still really fun to shop on Mysale because there are items that's genuine there like Tommee Tipeee, Voluspa, Soi Candles, Bath products, and home decor, but should they not survive the horrible packing, then the customer service will refund you for it. Either partial or full refund, based on damage assessment of your goods. You have to snap photos and email them for it. It's a easy process, so far all my complaints have be dealt with, and I gotten my refunds for damaged items after emailing them the photographs. I am still addicted to Mysale.

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Free Melvita Organic Starter Kit

10.23.2017

redeem your free Melvita FREE Starter Kit here

If you've read my latest post on Melvita's If My Skin Could Talk campaign, you'd know that Melvita's dead serious about saving not only the earth but also your skin by asking you to start an organic life with them. What's the best to do this? By redeeming a free starter kit from Melvita. Just fill up your details on the page and wait for the email confirmation from Melvita. With the confirmation email, flash the visual to redeem it at Melvita boutiques near you. They're at 1 Utama, KLCC and Mid Valley.

Terms & Conditions:
Sampling kit to be redeemed in stores. Redemption date from 1st August - 31st December 2017, strictly whilst stocks last. Strictly limited to ONE sampling kit per customer, per email and per home address. Multiple email address will not be entertained. No representative is allowed to collect on behalf. Proof of ID must be presented upon request. Melvita Malaysia reserves the rights to replace any of the items for another item of similar value.

Melvita Malaysia Stop Nasties, Start Organic

Beautiful Skin without Nasty Ingredients

Thanks to Melvita, I had the pleasure of visiting their #ifmyskincoultalk Stop Nasties, Start Organic roadshow at Mid Valley a couple of weeks ago. It's been some time since I could attend events since I work full-time now and that I usually prioritize my duties against anything else like blogging unless it's for a good cause, meaningful experience or a brand that I truly believe and love. Speaking of which, Melvita is one of them because they use quality, natural organic ingredients and are certified organic by Ecocert.

What's Ecocert again?
ECOCERT was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics". Introduced in 2003, the specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organizations. ECOCERT currently supports and guides more than 1,000 companies through their certification processes.

The basic principles of the ECOCERT standard
To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the ECOCERT standard lays down:

1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. ECOCERT therefore checks:
  • The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).
  • The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.
2. A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:
  • For both labels, ECOCERT Standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
For the natural and organic cosmetic label:logo-organic-cosmetics
A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.


For the natural cosmetic label: logo-natural-cosmetics
A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.


Melvita Rose Floral Mist Shower &  Argan Oil Power Try

 curate my own Oh Honey Tote Bag design

If my skin could talk, it'll say don't suffocate me!

 capture my own stop nasties, start organic moments

I found out the reason for this roadshow and the message behind the "If My Skin Could Talk" from speaking to the PRs there. It's no surprise that the brand who's in love with nature for 30 years are strongly campaigning to raise awareness on saying No to nasty ingredients that could harm us. A taboo subject in the beauty industry as we know ingredients used in products have long been debated to cause more harm than beauty. Of course, these ingredients have long been used to produce not only beauty but household products in the market because it helps keep them on the shelves longer e.g paraben, mineral oil, palm oil for example.

Bad news, these ingredients have been linked to common skin problems like clogged pores, skin allergies, hormonal imbalance and even risk in cancer.

So if your skin could talk, what would it say?
Would it say, stop suffocating me? I can't breathe, I am getting itchy! 


did you know?


learning to say NO to these nasty ingredients

The good news is, brands are evolving to rethink their ingredients and consumers are growing more conscious of what they put on their skin. Brands like Melvita are proactively educating consumers on the 7 NOs on their brand, shop, products, and activities roll out to teach consumers to identify nasty ingredients. The easiest way of course to do this is to understand and get familiar with the 7 NOs by reading product labels (ingredients) before purchasing them.

The 7 NOs and the Risks

1. Mineral Oils 
Paraffinum liquidum, paraffin. Risk clog pores

2. Parebens
Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben. Risk suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer)

3. Silicons
Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone. Risk clog pores.

4. SLS/SLES
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Risk Skin irritation.

5. Aluminium Salt

Aluminium chlorohydrate. Risk suspected to be carcinogenic (cancer)

6. Triclosan
Triclosan. Risk provoke allergies and risk of hormonal disturbance.

7. Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol. Risk provoke skin allergies.

*Melvita replaces these ingredients in their products with extensive research on alternatives such as plant oils, plant extracts, essential oils (which is all the rage now), beeswax derivative and sugar derivative.



Why Start Organic?It's probably the easiest way for you to reduce chemicals on your skin and help the earth to be more sustainable. Here are some reasons why you should go organic:
  1. Reduce poorly biodegradable waste to environment
  2. Preserve Mother Nature for future generation
  3. Lower risk of diseases and unwanted side effects
  4. Lead a healthier life
  5. Effective and safe no nasty ingredient
  6. No animal testing
There are more nasty ingredients out there but the 7 NOs are a start. If you want to know more about organic beauty and nasty ingredients or get started with using organic products, drop by Melvita 1Utama/Mid Valley and ask the friendly SAs all about it. They'll also give you some samples to bring home and should you love a particular product, there are starter kits available. No time? Visit Melvita Malaysia Website :)

redeem your free Melvita starter kit to start your organic journey

Need recommendations? Here are some of my favorites from Melvita which I repurchase from time to time because they worked for me.
  1. Organic Argan Oil
    I use this on my dry frizzy colored hair after washing while it's still damp, I pumped 1 - 2 product on my palm, heat it up with my hands and gently massage onto the ends of my towel dry but still damp hair to nourish it. I then blow dry my hair.
  2. Organic Rose Floral Water
    I use this in the office to keep my skin hydrated and refreshed. Love the rose scent!
  3. L'or Bio Extraordinary Oil
    My number one holy grail from Melvita. I use this for everything, from head to toe. It's a lovely lightweight oil, with a heavenly scent. It makes my skin soft with a glow. I also use this for body massage hehe!

HM Recycle Clothes Discount

10.22.2017

brought my unwanted clothes to recycle at H&M 1Utama

for every bag of clothes you recycle, you'll get one discount voucher

it's 15% discount only on one item

So I brought bags of unwanted clothing, mostly new or not worn that many times because of impulse buy to H&M Malaysia to recycle. H&M says for every bag of clothing donated, they'll give you a 15% discount voucher for it. To make it easy for you, I'll explain that one bag needs to have min. of three (3) pieces of clothing. Max only 2 bags a person. It can be any brand, any condition as long min. 3 pieces in a bag which you bring to the counter at H&M and wait for the cashier to check and record it down. They'll put it into the H&M recycle box and pass you the discount voucher.

The discount voucher is only valid for one (1) single regular item. This means no promo no sales item. The validity is very long, a year ++ so you can keep collecting and come back again to shop the next time. There's no min. purchase to use these vouchers.

do check with H&M on the latest terms & conditions as they may change at the time you're reading this post

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Grab A Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Today!

grab a Nitro Cold Brew today

What do you get when you push cold brew through a draft system? Smooth, flavourful coffee with a creamy consistency that's worth waking up for. That's what's hitting the town now - Nitro Coffee Brew. Just like the name says, it's infused with nitrogen. Seriously? yes, nitrogen seems to be hitting the scene now. We have nitrogen ice-cream, nitrogen milk-shake, nitrogen god knows what! but this isn't new. Apparently, it's been around for some time and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf who introduced the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee in 2016 was even voted Time Out KL's Best 5 Nitro Cold Brew Coffees!

Fund-raising for Portable Microphone System

10.15.2017

fundraising for community portable speaker

I bought a portable community microphone system that costs RM300 and I hope I could raise some funds to cover the cost of it and also the upkeep of the community website. If you're a beauty and craft lover, then I have two cute gifts for you to consider! First I have two things, a BB Decoden Kit set at RM29.90 and a set of cute birthday postcards RM10/10pcs which you can use as birthday party invitations or purely as birthday postcards. If you like to get both, I'll post to you for free!

Decoden Kit Set RM29.90

Are you looking to pimp your bb cushion up? You know, you can decorate your bb cushions to look like desserts just by using a piping cream made of white cream clay and dessert decodens. The key is not to think too much into it, I made mine by piping it like a whipped cream and then I place randomly picked dessert decodens on it. You can continue to fill spaces in between with the piping cream to make it more delicious.

What are Decodens?
Decodens are deco phone bits that the Japanese started. There's a whole craze over decorating our phone, your camera, your makeup products, just about anything with decodens.

How long does it take to harden?
It starts to harden once you have pipe it, but it takes 24 hours to set. Once it has set, it feels like hard rubber/silicone. The shape would not change as well. During the first 10-15 mins, you can still wipe them off and redo if you feel it's not up to your standards. The white cream clay I have is a quality one, used by many decoden artists.

How many decodens did I use on mine? (sample pic)
About 16 assorted decodens, in various sizes. I find that if you try to coordinate the colors, it won't turn out as cute as an assorted decoden arrangement.

How long does it last?
Depending on how you keep your bb cushion. I have mine for over a year now and it still looks good!
You can get my BB Deco Kit RM29.90 and it comes with the following:
  • 10pcs assorted dessert decoden
  • 1 white cream clay 50g tube
  • 1 random piping head*
Add-ons:
Pos Laju RM6 WM / RM8 EM (courier)
Additional 5pcs of decoden at RM3.10 only.


cute birthday postcards


10 for RM10 / 100pcs for RM100 + free courier

These are matte colored printed double-side Birthday postcards which you can use either as it is or as a party invitation or deco. I only have 100pcs of these so if you'd like to support by buying a set of 10 at RM10 or 100pcs (courier free).

Add-ons:

By Normal Post (FREE) no signature needed
By Pos Laju RM6 WM / RM8 EM (courier)

If you're interested, please drop me an email at tammylci@gmail.com. I hope this can lessen my burden on the upkeep of the community. If you buy both decoden kit + a set of postcards, I'll courier it free to you! 

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Avon Femme Exclusive & Avon Homme Exclusive Review

10.13.2017

avon malaysia perfume
Avon Femme Exclusive & Avon Homme Exclusive Review

The OG #bossgirl is here. This is my first time reviewing Avon perfumes so forgive me if I don't know much about the range of fragrances they have. When a long time friend, Aisyah asked if I would review her new perfumes the Avon Femme Exclusive and Avon Homme Exclusive. I said yes, partly because of my curiosity since I've never smell Avon before. The magic word (from her) was that this is the exclusive version of the popular Avon Femme perfume #bazinga.

Expectations VS Reality : Online Shopping

10.12.2017

expectations vs reality Lazada version

Last month I shared this on my Facebook because it was just too hilarious not to share. You see, I purchased 6 feet inflatable palm tree for a party from Lazada Malaysia thinking it would wow my guests. The price was affordable, it was RM80, about RM40 cheaper than Spotlight Malaysia RM120. It would take weeks to arrive, so I waited eagerly for my palm tree to come.

Then when it did, it was in a tiny flat parcel and I was stunned. I opened the parcel to discover flat pieces of material. Did I just buy a 6-inch palm tree instead of 6-feet? You know like how people always mistakenly buy miniature things for a fraction of a price without really reading into the finer details of the deal.

My staffs blew it up and we laughed - HARD. Instead of the 6-feet palm tree, what I got was a reindeer hat. This is a huge difference and clearly a big joke. While I was very angry and frustrated over my purchase and having to wait weeks for it, I couldn't stop laughing at how silly shopping on Lazada can be.

Thank god it wasn't a sex toy. Imagine what people would think I buy?

have you got a story to share?

I complained to Lazada's customer service and they gave the generic standard apology and whole nine yards of copy paste. This isn't my fault, to begin with, and I wasn't allowed a refund until I returned the goods. Seriously? So if I don't return it, could I report to the consumer ministry that I've been scammed by this website and they won't return my money? Technically, this is a scam. I can start selling diamond rings but deliver a burger instead.

So I had to fill up a form, print it out and spend time and money to travel to the nearest Lazada approved "returned" station to drop the parcel back to them before my refund could be processed. I just wish I was compensated for this? The reason I shopped online = convenience, but I guess these are the cons of shopping online.

You'll never know what may come.

Guardian X Anna Sui Luggage Redemption

10.03.2017

Exclusive Anna Sui Luggages at Guardian

YES! I'm a bit late but here's the good news! For all you Anna Sui fans, you're going to scream at these beautiful luggage bags from the Guardian X Anna Sui collaboration! Already I'm gawking at the designs shown here! I didn't get to go to the media launch but I'll still share about this coz dam I love Anna Sui since I was a student! Her designs, creativity and magical butterflies never cease to amaze me.

The collection comes in 2 trolley bags, 1 tote bag and one designer case and can be redeemed at special prices via Guardian's loyalty programme where for every purchase of RM20 you get 1 stamp.

*Extra stamps are given if your purchases include one of the 33 participating brands. Bio-essence, Dettol, Dove, Maybelline, Nivea and Pantene.

Collect 10 Stamps to redeem one item at a special price!
  • 24-inch trolley bag at RM159.90 (compared to retail price of RM399)
  • 20-inch trolley bag at RM129.90 (compared to retail price RM199)
  • Tote bag at RM69.90 (compared to retail price of RM129)
  • Designer case at RM59.90 (compared to retail price RM99)
Stamps will be issued starting from 28 September 2017 onwards.
Redemption starts from 26 October and ends on 31 December 2017 or while stocks last.
For more information, please visit www.guardian.com.my

I want them all!

which one is your favourite?

Guardian X Anna Sui Luggage Collection

Anna Sui Perfume Lovers! Guardian is offering 2 limited edition Anna Sui Eau De Toilette (EDT) starting in November. The EDT, in handy size of 30ml each, are the Dreams Yellow, and   La Vie De Boheme, both priced at RM99.00, inclusive of GST, and would be available in only 150 selected stores. 

24-inch trolley bag


 20-inch trolley bag

Tote-Bag


Designer Case

The Story Behind The Bags:
  1. The 24-inch trolley bag: “The pattern comes from a Mid-century modern tea towel, with a barbershop quartet theme.  It originally appeared in my Fall 2012 collection, which was inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, and their collection of Folk Art Americana.  We customized the print with Anna Sui slogans, perfume bottles and lipstick tubes.”
  2. The 20-inch trolley bag: “The butterfly print came from dresses in my Spring 2009 collection.  The colours of the original pattern were quite similar to the way they are on the luggage.  Some of the butterflies have been replaced with bottles of my Romantica fragrance!”
  3. Tote-bag: “The rose bordered stripe design was originally done-up in black and white, with red flowers for a dress in my Spring 2007 collection.  It remains one of the most iconic Anna Sui prints.  A runway shot of the dress is on the cover of my new book, The World of Anna Sui.”
  4. Designer case: “The pattern is derived from various Anna Sui cosmetic boxes over the years.”

I'm a bit tad worried about the quality of the luggage because we all know that loyalty goods are usually just factory reproduce merchandises for the sake of marketing redemptions. I hope these luggages are the real thing! I'm so going to Guardian tonight to get my stamps and collect all the luggages!

Update: I collected 15 stamps already! It's all thanks to the double stamp award under the brand partners for Guardian. Tip* Shop during the weekend because Guardian has special weekender promos! They'll give you the stamps and just stick them onto the card. Fill up details on the card and bring to Guardian to redeem your preferred Anna Sui luggage. There is no limit as long you have completed a full 10 stamps card. 
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