About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • TUMI 19Degree Collection Comes To Life


    TUMI celebrates it's 19Degree launch with a journey

    Thanks to TUMI, I had the chance to grace their 19Degree launch earlier this month at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. TUMI which of course is no stranger to us is not only popular with travelers but they are also the leading international brand of premium travel, business and lifestyle accessories. The launch showcases the 19Degree collection of aluminum and polycarbonate (PC) luggage, a popular choice for travelers these days due to being its lightweight advantage. The launch also opens up to an experiential experience from 8 - 14 May, combining design and life in an interactive area that ignites your longing for exploration and to travel the world, in style obviously.

    Chill by Swasana Spa, Impiana KLCC Hotel Review


    the luxury foot massage you should try even once

    I pay good money to enjoy spas and massages at luxury resorts and hotels because there's where all good things happen. Not that you're going to hit a jackpot good thing but the kind of good thing where your mind, body, and soul would thank you for it. Since my first paycheck, I visited and tried almost all the spas on my bucket list except for Swasana Spa at Impiana KLCC Hotel. I wonder how that got missed. They won the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016, TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2016 and Spa of the year (2016 – 2018) by Hapa Awards.  The spa is designed with the hectic traveler in mind. They offer body treatments, therapeutic getaways and rejuvenating treatments in the form of Balinese, Thai, and Malay traditional treatments.

    Now I do believe I owed it to all the bodily love I get for my youthfulness (no I'm not talking about sex here). Google massage benefits and you'll see all the benefits listed and explained. I would think the number 1 reason and benefit is that it releases stress. Why do people go for a massage? To relax, to destress, to chill.

    My latest visit is to Swasana Spa in the heart of the city. The Golden Triangle to be exact. It's just a cross away from KLCC. They recently introduced a new service which is a lot more affordable compared to their menu called Chill by Swasana Spa.

    Not to say it's cheap, it isn't btw. If cheap is what you're looking for, I would recommend the up and coming Footsie at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. Clean, good, and they have a foot theater (yes a foot cinema to watch movies while you get your feet massaged).

    Chill by Swasana Spa, on the other hand, is a heightened version of your usual foot reflexology. You won't need to worry about masseuses talking with each other right in front of you. There won't be a language barrier as well so both of you have an understanding of why you're there. The fine dining of foot reflexology minus the small portions. In fact, you're getting a large portion of well-being here because, from the moment you step into Swasana Spa, you're going to feast your eyes at the beautiful oasis of senses.

    While it's a small spa, in my opinion, it has all the right elements. Just take a look at my iPhone pic that I sneakily snap while going to the changing room.

    Swasana Spa, Impiana KLCC Hotel

    They have four Chill treatments to choose from Chill Classic, Chill Out, Ultimate Chill and Holistic Chill. The Holistic Chill is highly recommended for those who are looking for a therapeutic full-body treatment, jet-lagged or about to board a long-haul flight. I took the Classic Chill, which is designed for those on the go or at least looking to destress during lunch hours or in between their travel itinerary. The difference between Chill and the usual treatment menus is you don't need to change your clothes or get down to just your panties. If you want to be comfortable, you can request for a change into the drawstring pants and oversized shirt (which I did).

    Chill Classic 60mins RM180
    Transform your day with a combination massage that concentrates on the feet and ankle, finishing with your neck and shoulders to leave you relieved off the day's duress.

    Chill Out 60mins RM180
    Experience our deeply relaxing full-body pressure point massage as our therapist focus on clearing your energy pathways.

    Ultimate Chill 90mins RM210
    A combination of acupressure and reflexology, this 90-minute treatment that focuses on your feet, ankles, neck and shoulders is the answer to a very long day at work.

    Holistic Chill 90mins RM210
    A full-body treatment as the name suggests this treatment is an extension of Chill Out. The focus is on specific, reflex and acupressure points of the body to prevent or alleviate symptoms of jet lag, which caters for frequent flyers before or after a flight.

    *all prices inclusive of 6% GST.

    No oils would be used btw because all Chill treatments focus on reflexology and acupressure (alternative healing) Acupressure focuses on specific points of the body (your meridians) and through precise finger placements and techniques, relieves pain and destresses you. At this point you'll be thinking, omg it's going to be painful? I can't take the pain! and the memories of Thai reflexology massage starts haunting you (okay me).

    Acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure in the pressure points and meridians much like acupuncture does with the use of needles. As these acupressure points are stimulated, muscular tension releases, circulation of blood is promoted, and the body's life force energy is enhanced to aid in healing - source.

    Well, acupressure isn't the bad painful where you squirm or let out a horrible facial expression. It's the good kind and it isn't painful at all. Sure it pokes you at the right places but you're going to feel so good after that. It's like being kneaded like a dough.. and you form into a beautiful soft springy dough ready to go into the oven to become fluffy bread.

    I chose Chill Classic because I prefer my massages to focus on my feet, neck, and shoulders. There's where all my burden stress is at. Only if I've time and I'm on a holiday, I would go for the full on body experience. This was a good choice because, OH MAN.. it was so relaxingly good. I felt like the dough who's ready for the oven.

    Swasana Spa has turned this area into the Chill area
    the lounging sofa beds are now replaced with reflexology beds

    I'm going to rewind and talk about my experience here. After I changed into my spa attire provided by the spa of course, I was ushered to the Chill area which was formerly a lounging area overlooking the beautiful Impiana KLCC Hotel swimming pool. Just like your usual foot massage center, there's no privacy here but then again you're not semi-naked. Each reflexology bed is separated by a curtain and with each bed, your very own therapist there serving you like a queen (hotel service ftw).

    My therapist was gentle, and always smiling. She preps me for my treatment by making sure I'm comfortable. The bed is well designed for the treatment. I lay there comfortable and she placed an aromatic eye pillow over me. AND here I thought I'm going to be staring at my phone reading Facebook updates but they're not going to let you do that. After what you paid for, no way. They mean business.

    Next, she places earphones in my ears, connected to an iPod and asked if the volume is alright? OMG.. they're drowning me with spa music in total darkness now. This is so cool.

    Leaving me with only my sense of touch, the whole experience is enhanced. I could feel her every touch, every pressure from her gentle but ferocious strength melting my feet away with her fingers, I slept, to the sound of oceans and chimes calling.

    When I woke up, I thought this must have been forever. I couldn't walk properly, I felt light, my legs loose. I fumble my way out of Chill and to my dressing room. This experience left me with a good impression to come back for more and I would recommend it to my friends who's traveling to the city and needing a good recovery before they go back.

    This review is written based on my honest feedback and experience here. This is my first time to Swasana Spa and will not be my last time. You may not have the same experience as me because we're two different beings. I do hope if you try this, let me know what you think and if you had the same dough to oven feel.

    P.S: Guests of the spa are able to enjoy the Spa's other facilities - the steam room, sauna, infinity-edge swimming pool and fitness centre. 

    About Suasana Spa, Impiana KLCC Hotel

    We stimulate your weary senses by offering you restorative and rejuvenating therapies which accentuate your sense of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound while you gently lay back, close your eyes, and thoroughly relax. Skillfully combining and fusing present-day preparations with ancient treatments indigenous to the Eastern region, our spa assistants are there to fully ensure your overall well-being while they soothingly revitalize your fatigued mind and body. Our treatments are specifically designed to invoke a mystical sense of harmony, inner serenity, and deep calm. To this end, we offer a comprehensive range of body massages, body treatments, facials, bath treatments, hand and feet treatments, and other spa packages to cater to the needs of individuals who may require special remedies.

    Swasana Spa was modeled upon the concept of a spice pavilion created out of a tantalizing three-way Balinese, Thai, and Malay combination of traditional healing methods and pampering treatments. In-keeping with its ambiance highlighting an exotic and magical allure of the East, each treatment room is named after popular herbs and spices found throughout the Asian region.
    13, Jalan Pinang,
    50450 Kuala Lumpur,

    (603) 2147 1111
    Operation hour : 10am -10pm
    Location: 4th Floor

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    Voluspa Prosecco Rose Review


    Voluspa Vermeil Prosecco Rose (Pink)

    My new found favorite from Voluspa is the Prosecco Rose Candle (surprisingly!) after making a RM3K worth haul from Voluspa's sale (haul post here) I've fallen deeply in love with this lovely elegant rose scent that lingers. Formerly know as Champagne Rose, the Prosecco Rose is actually the scent of sparkling pink Prosecco chilled and pour over ice and edible white rose petals. 

    If you don't know, Prosecco is bubbly. A sparkling wine like Champagne but Champagne is from France, Prosecco is from Italy. 

    It smells like dessert rose wine to me, very elegant, sweet silk linen rose scent. It doesn't smell like the usual strong rose scent the market has. I really like this a lot and would repurchase it!

    Another one of my favorites is the Blanc de Blancs from the Voluspa Holiday collection. It's white (packaging, everything) while Prosecco Rose is pink. Blanc de Blancs is dry with a vibrant, fruitful, crisp nature. Blanc de Blancs (White from White) Derived from Chardonnay. Another wine! Although I don't drink wines, I'm fascinated by the scents created from it!

    I'm beginning to love these unique scents from Voluspa. They aren't your average candles and they create their own scents themselves which make it even more unique. Made from coconut wax and 100% cotton which, Voluspa candles burn cleaner and longer. They also don't tunnel or mushroom when burnt. They smell great, and not cheap like Bath & Body Works or Yankee Candles. Particularly Yankee Candles, I find the throw isn't very good and I have moved on from their holiday edible scents to unique scents that inspire or elevates my ambiance. 

    Bath & Body Works, the tunneling annoys me and the soot blackens the glass cars. I don't have this problem when I burn Voluspa candles. 

    That's just my opinion. I can't wait to try my unique candle scents this year! Particular to relax at home with jazz music from Spotify playing in the background.

    Voluspa has 6 collections all together - Japonica (limited edition), Vermeil, Maison Blanc, Maison Noir, Maison Holiday and Maison Jardin. You can view them at www.voluspa.com.

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    Melvita Rose Damask Floral Water Mist Review


     alcohol-free misting toner with rose floral water

    I have sensitive skin so I avoid toners with alcohol. It stings my cheeks (the dry and sensitive part). I used Melvita Floral waters, an alcohol-free toner in the past so I was happy to find out that they've created a mist now which makes it fun and easy to tone your face. More than just water, the toner can be used to prep your skin after cleansing as well as to remove any makeup residues left behind. It also refreshes, soothes and hydrates your skin for the day. You can use your skincare after this step too as it will make absorption better for your serums. If you're a fan of Melvita's beauty oils then it boosts the use of the oils, so your skin "sucks" all the goodness in! 

    The product is certified organic (ECOCERT GREENLIFE) and fair trade (EFT attested). If I'm not mistaken, it takes many damask roses to make a drop of rose water and for that, the price of products using rose water (damask) increases. For this product, over 2000 damask roses are used via steam distillation of fresh Rosa damascena petals. Rich in active ingredients, Melvita says this makes for a naturally powerful formula.

    100% of the total ingredients from natural origin
    99% of the total ingredients from Organic Farming

    Melvita's Damask Rose Floral Water
    tone refreshes & hydrates

    Night: cleanse, mist before your beauty oils/serums

    What I like about this product?

    I love the scent, it's so romantic. It smells like delicate roses just melt on my skin lightly. Since it's a mist, the water particles are fine and hydrating. I pat it on my skin after spraying, so it gets absorbed in. You can feel it almost plumps up your face. I can't stop misting my face with this, especially in the office when the air is dry due to air conditioning. It gives an instant refresh to my skin! Rose is also very soothing, so when it's a particularly hot day, this comes in handy by my side.

    It can also be used to set your makeup or just to refresh your skin on a hot day.

    There are many toners and beauty water in the market that promises this and all that jazz, but sensitive skin types may find it overwhelming for their skin to use. I would highly recommend this toner since it's alcohol-free and organic. It is mild, gentle and soothing.

    How To Use?
    After cleansing, mist your face with a pump or two. You can also spray it on a cotton wool pad and use on the face just like a regular toner. Use morning and evening. No rinsing required.

    Rosa Damascena Distillate [Rosa Damascena Flower Water]*, Citric Acid, Aqua [Water], Polyepsilon-Lysine, Citronellol**, Geraniol**.
    *Ingrédient issu de l'Agriculture Biologique / Ingredient from Organic Farming.
    **Constituants naturels de l'eau florale / Natural components of floral water.

    The Organic Rose Floral Water 200ml RM138 is available for purchase from Melvita stores and Melvita Malaysia Online.

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    Butterfly Project X 1028 Visual Therapy The Review Contest


    the 1028 Visual Therapy collaboration

    Hijacking my blog to talk about a review project that I'm organizing for beauty bloggers who loves makeup! Well, this is until the Butterfly Project's official website is ready. I wish I have many copies of myself to do everything. So this particular review project, which I really hope would be a good activity for my members a.k.a butterflies to participate in. Not only will they get to explore and experiment their content style, those who did really well will be winning cash prizes from 1028 Visual Therapy Malaysia! *jeng jeng*

    available at Watsons Malaysia
    Created on 28 Oct 2008, 1028 Visual Therapy is specially designed for the Asian Skin. With the aim of Therapy, the products are all infused with Skin Care Essence, ensuring you look great and at the same time care for your precious skin.
    I wasn't aware of this brand until they approach me. It's a beauty brand from Taiwan with fun, trendy and cute makeup products for girls to play with. The colors, the shades, the packaging is so cute and trendy! Really couldn't resist, so I thought why not hold a content creating contest for Bloggers and YouTubers to join.

    The contest would be called "Which 1028 Butterfly Are You?" The 1028 Visual Therapy Contest. As the name suggest, I want butterflies to create visual therapies using the products from the brand. It can be a makeup tutorial, flat lay artist, anything that's going to be visually appealing when you review this brand. The skies the limit. Each butterfly will create their project by first selecting which 1028 eyeshadow palette that would set their theme in stone.

    There are three deliciously named eyeshadow palettes from 1028 Visual Therapy. They are the Brownie, Macaron and Mont Blanc Eyes. Each eyeshadow palette is designed for a particular makeup look.

    Brownie Butterfly Sexy and smoky 

     Macaron Butterfly Sweet and gorgeous 

    Mont Blanc Butterfly Elegant and charming 
    this is a Mont Blanc Dessert (snow-capped mountain)
    pureed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream
    source: engnatalie.com

    Of course, every butterfly who can tell me in secret what they're planning to do will be joining the project review team to be a 1028 Butterfly! They'll be getting a 1028 Butterfly Kit to create their review content. The makeup products can be different from one butterfly to another, but will essentially be the same usage.
    1. Cushion Foundation /Moisture CC cream (Light Beige/Natural Beige)  
    2. Liquid Eyeliner - Deep black
    3. Mascara - Black
    4. Eyebrow (Light Brown/Dark Brown )
    5. Eyeshadow Palette (Brownies/Macaron/Mont Blanc

    What do you think of this review activity? To better understand the brand and their style, which you can get inspirations from click this link. I'll be kickstarting this soon on the community page for sign-ups. As a bonus, the best three reviews will win cash prizes RM1,000 (grand prize), RM800 (first prize) and RM500 (second prize). Awesome right!


    Clinique Pep-Start For The Fast & Furious

    the new Clinique skincare for the fast & the furious

    So this has been on my blogging list to do for some time and I should get it out. Sitting on my office table is a yummy orange product that I use for my eyes. It doubles as an eye massager and an eye brightener. I used it when my eyes are feeling so tired from staring at the screen all day long. It helps to hydrate and refresh my eyes when I need it. The ball roller, it pops out and you can dispense the white cream liquid and roll around the eye area to de-puff your eyes. I really like the color and how easy it is to just use it for a quick fix. The only thing that I'd say is, the roller ball is plastic. I wish it was metal so it's smoother to roll on the eyes and cooling too.

    That's what so cool about Clinique's Pep-Start series which is designed for the millennials to prep, pep and out the door! No time to lose.

    There are only three products so far from this colorful range. The first is the quick fix for eyes, Pep-Start Eye Cream, Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser, and the Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. I'll break it down to you in this post what each product doubles up for alright?

    Best Chee Cheong Fun in Kuala Lumpur Yap Hup Kee Hakka Yong Tau Foo Pudu, KL


    love this sweet chee cheong fun with dried shrimps

    Woke up this morning and kept thinking about that really yummy chee cheong fun around Pudu area (Kuala Lumpur). The first time I went there was because the Teow Chew Dim Sum Restaurant at Pudu closed down so went to this lil shop instead. It look quite Hong Kong street-type condition with small tables n chairs inside the air conditioned shop. A lot of people were eating, it must be good? The restaurant is called Yap Hup Kee amongst the chinese paper trading shops around this place. The famous roast pork shop is just a few feet away.

    15 Toxic Ingredients To Avoid in Beauty Products

    15 toxic ingredients to avoid

    I found this cute little card from dropping by Neal's Yard Remedies and kept it for a while. I'm currently spring cleaning my apartment so it'll be easier to move when the time is right. Getting rid of the things that I don't need and so on (you know). I'll post this up here so I can remember to reference it when needed. It may also be useful for my readers.
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