May 11, 2015

[Review] Sudio Earphones


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Sudio - an earphone brand originating from Sweden. The name Sudio came about when one of the founders spotted musician Phil Collins in New York having problems with his headphone. Similar to the frustration most headphone users are having, the founder couldn't offer any better solution at that moment to Phil and could only utter out his sentiments which were: "trust me I know the feeling". The name sudio is an homage to Phil Collins song Sussudio.

I was very fortunate to receive a pair of TVÅ earphones from Sudio which was delivered to me all the way from Sweden! Sudio has two products which is Klang, specially for Apple products and the TVÅ which is suitable for all smartphones & tablets. Check out what's inside the box!

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Packaged nicely in a box, it comes with an owner's manual, 1 year warranty card and a quick start guide. The boxes are designed in a minimal yet elegant way. 

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Inside the packaging also comes with a genuine leather carrying case which is a plus point as I get to keep my earphones neatly into the casing without any worry of damaging the earphones. Embossed with Sudio's logo, the gold button definitely adds sophistication to the casing.

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Not forgetting the TVÅ earphones which is packed nicely into the box and comes with a metal clip which is very useful to clip the wire onto your outfit if you don't want the wires to swing around when you are on the move. Most importantly, you can also reach out to your earphones easily when it is clipped onto the outfit. 

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TVÅ is Swedish for number "two" which represents the synergy between  bass and treble. The earphones allow air to enter the ear  channel for those who prefer the spatial experience. It comes in four colours which is brown, orange, black and white. I went with the white as it is the colour that easily compliments the outfit no matter what colour or pattern. Also, I fell in love with the gold details on the earphones. Its timeless elegant design is suitable for every day and every event.

Sudio earphones are mostly handmade for most part of the production process as they value the importance of craftmanship.

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What's different about the TVÅ is that the plug is L-shaped, which is designed to fit perfectly into the pocket. Compared to those vertical/straight up plugs that most of my earphones have, the L-shaped plug does not poke me whenever I sit down.

It also has an extremely light weight construction, making the earphones easy and comfortable to wear. The earphones, despite it being light weight, drives a powerful 14.2mm dynamic driver which is perfectly tuned for music lovers.

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This is the one button that serves as a multipurpose remote for you to:
  • Play & pause music (1 click)
  • Answer & reject phone call (1 click - but when rejecting a phone call, you'll need to hold onto the button longer)
  • Skip to next music (2 clicks)
  • Skip to previous music (3 clicks)
Behind the button is also a mic for you to speak through during a phone call :)

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I've been using the earphones for over a month now and I am still in love with it! The quality of the sound is really good where the bass and treble is well balanced and I could go on listening to music for hours and be absorbed into my own little world. I brought it along with me during my Taiwan trip and used it to listen to some music before I go to sleep. The clarity of the sound helps me soak up all the lovely music and relax further.

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TVÅ retails at RM149 for is really value for money if you ask me. The design & quality is great and it's fashionable too! I also don't have to worry about the cords tangling and bring it where ever I go as TVÅ is made of flat anti-tangle cord.

Sudio provides FREE worldwide shipping when you purchase through their website at http://www.sudio.se/en/store. So hurry over now! Also, here is a special discount code for you! Just key in Lichuen15 upon your checkout to receive 15% off your purchase :)

For more information on Sudio, you can visit their:

May 6, 2015

Watsons x Avengers: Age of Ultron


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2 weeks ago, I was invited to the special screening/ premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron at GSC Pavilion KL. Huge thanks to Watsons Malaysia for the invite! :)

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Definitely not missing the opportunity to pose with the Avengers cosplayers!

The Watsons Heroic campaign, which hit all Watsons stores nationwide starting 23 April 2015 until 20 May 2015, promised all its customers and loyal Watsons VIP Card members many fantastic offers and money-can’t buy experiences.

Shoppers can meet the Marvel’s Avengers characters in selected Watsons’ stores nationwide and also take pictures with the 3D art floor stickers and #watsonsheroic to win great merchandise. Check out www.watsonsheroic.com for all the exciting activities organised by Watsons.

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Bumped into a number of bloggers as well! Haven't seen Chocky & Shivani for a while :)

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“Watsons is always known to be in the forefront of innovation campaigns, and have always been organising many money can’t buy experiences for our Watsons VIP members. Do look out for more excitements from us soon,” said Danny Hoh, Head of Marketing, Watsons Malaysia.

Watsons launched the Limited Edition Watsons VIP Card with Marvel’s Avengers stickers that fans can personalise. It can be purchased at Watsons’ stores or Online Store at only RM20 for new sign up and upgrade.

On top of that, Watsons is giving away 4 pairs of HEROIC TRIPS which was featured in the blockbuster movie to Seoul, West Hollywood, Italian Alps and New York City when customers sign up or upgrade to the limited edition Watsons VIP Cards, or when they shop RM80 at Watsons inclusive of 1 Listerine item.

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During the event, Kulvinder Birring, Watsons Malaysia Managing Director, and Noor Farilla Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of Touch n Go, unveiled the special limited edition Watsons VIP Card. Stuart Crabb, Country Director, Retail Group of Johnson & Johnson, joined them on stage and presented the mock flight ticket for the Heroic Trips to Kulvinder and Noor Farilla.

For more information about Watsons Malaysia visit www.facebook.com/watsonsmalaysia or Watsons official website watsons.com.my and campaign microsite at www.watsonsheroic.com

May 4, 2015

[Review] Mario Badescu Skin Care


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Recently, I was sent 2 products from Mario Badescu courtesy of Luxola! I have heard about the brand before from one of my favourite YouTuber Essie Button but never had a chance to try it out! The 2 products I received from Luxola were the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion and also the Mario Badescu Silver Powder.

Mario Badescu Skin Care begun in 1967 when Mario opened his salon in New York City to develop his signature skin care product line. He spent many years doing research in his laboratory and testing his innovative product in his salon, and the result of his hard work can still be seen today. Morio Badescu Skin Care line are botanically-based, which is expertly designed to keep the skin luscious and beautiful.

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The Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion is said to fight against oily build-up and bacteria that can cause acne. It is a refreshing, disinfecting and deep cleansing astringent/toner that is effective in drying up existing acne blemishes while preventing new eruptions.

[Direction of Usage] Use twice daily after cleansing the face. Apply lotion to a cotton ball/pad and wipe skin in an outward direction until cotton comes up clean. Avoid eye area. Suitable for combination and oily skin.

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Using natural ingredients to draw blackheads, excess oil and other impurities from the skin, the Mario Badescu Silver Powder is super effective in combating t-zone shine, decongesting pores, and balancing oil in the skin.

[Direction of Usage] Dip a water-dampened cotton ball into the powder and press onto nose, chin or other areas where pores are clogged. Remove after 10 minutes with a toner or astringent. Use 1-2 times each week. Suitable for all skin types.

Let me show you how I use this two products hand in hand!
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After cleansing my face, I will press the damp cotton pad onto the Silver Powder and then swipe it evenly across the face. I would advise to do this in the toilet as it gets pretty messy during application with the powder flaking off the cotton pad as I applied it on my face. Another option is to place the powder on the lid, add a few drops of water and make it into a paste. This way, it is easier to apply on using your fingers or a brush and you wouldn't waste as much product as the cotton ball/pad direction tend to make the powder clump together and fall off easily!

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The Silver Powder will dry-off after 10 minutes. If you have combination skin, applying it on the T-Zone will suffice but if you feel your pores are clogged, you can apply it on those areas as well. After my trip back from Taiwan, my skin was really clogged and had those little bumps which made me very anxious. Luckily this product had arrived when I got back and I tested it out immediately!

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After waiting for 10 minutes, I will use the Special Cucumber Lotion and clean the Silver Powder off my face.

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Usually I will use two cotton pads soaked in the size of a 50 cents coin to make sure all the Silver Powder is removed fully.

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After removing the Silver Powder, I will follow up with my usual skin care product to keep my skin moisturized!

[Verdict]
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion: This toner/astringent is very mild and does not irritate my skin and so far no pimples have surfaced during this 2 weeks which is why I am happy with it. Some of the pimples that was going to surface on my T-zone was reduced, which I believe is due to the help of the Silver Powder as well. However, I try not to apply too much of the toner on my skin, as it contains alcohol which will make my skin dry. Therefore, I apply it moderately.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder: One of my least favourite product from this range due to the messy application. When I first read the instructions, I was pretty surprised as it being a powder form, things are sure gonna get messy! And I was right. I guess there are trial and error in applying the product and so far the paste method has worked for me. Being messy aside, this product has greatly help decongesting my pores upon my arrival back from Taiwan. I guess it is due to the cold weather over there and my skin was not used to it. During the first application, I did not notice any big changes but after consistent use, the bumps on my skin has been reduced except for the ones my my chin. Those are pretty stubborn but I am definitely looking forward for my skin to be clear again!

If you are interested in purchasing Mario Badescu Skincare, there are good news for you, my readers! Use the code 'BLX-STRINGS' during your checkout and you get to receive 15% off on all first-time orders! This code will expire on 3rd June 2015! This coupon is not valid on non-discountable brands as found on Luxola FAQ Page.

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