Sep 1, 2014

10 Step Korean Regime at Muse by Watsons


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Recently I attended a Korean beauty workshop at MUSE by Watsons courtesy of The Butterfly Project. The word 'muse' is defined as a woman who is the source of inspiration for a creative concept. MUSE by Watsons flagship store is designed with this concept in mind!

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MUSE by Watsons carries 12 exclusive skincare brands and cosmetic products for both men and women. Their idea is to create a comfortable yet warm environment for all customers to access premium skincare and cosmetics products in the journey to rediscover their beauty. Their staff consists of experienced beauty consultants, professional skin specialists and well-trained nail colour service assistants that will cater to their consumer individual needs.

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I have always been curious by how the skin of Korean woman looks so flawless and radiant...and the secret to it is their facial regime! I have seen people using more extensive regime which consist a lot more products which I think adds on while we age. For now, 10 steps still seems a lot as we are constantly exposed to the simple 3 steps facial regime which is cleanse, tone, and moisturized. Especially in our humid country, we definitely need more steps in protecting our skin from free radicals and pollution.

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Amanda Gan, the brand manager of MUSE by Watsons explained to us the 10 steps of Korean regime while their beauty consultant demonstrated it on a model.

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Step 1: Remove makeup / Pre-cleanse
Using the 'double cleanse' method, remove makeup with a gentle makeup remover fir the eyes and lips, followed by a cleansing oil for the face. Use a nutrient-rich cotton wipe which is gentle on the skin and then use a deep cleansing oil to draw out impurities within the pores.

CLIV Mediskin Cleansing Lotion, 250 ml, RM90
CLIV Cleansing Oil, 250ml, RM90

Step 2: The Cleanse
For the second part of the 'double cleanse' method, Korean women usually will cleanse with a mild cream or foaming cleanser depending on the skin type. It is to further remove any excess traces of makeup or dirt on the surface of the skin. In this step, gently massage that face to increase circulation which will bring out a brighter complexion.

Cremorlab Foaming Cleanser, 145ml, RM59
Ibling Sonic Pore Face Cleanser set, RM199

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The Ibling Sonic Pore Face Cleanser uses sonic action to deeply cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Even when placed on water, it remains calm and does not splash the water away, which I believe is beneficial to the skin as it proves that it won't be harsh on the skin.

Step 3: The Exfoliator
As our skin is constantly exposed to pollutants, we will need to scrub our face once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells so that our pores will not be clogged. Do focus more on troubled areas that has visible pores and blackheads on the nose.

DHC Facial Scrub, 100g, RM69.90
Cremorlab O2 Bubble Energizing Mask, 100ml, RM99

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Step 4: The Refresher
After cleansing our face, we will need a toner to balance and restore our skin's pH level to allow better absorption of the next product, which is Essence. Toning also helps to tighten our pores.

Cremorlab Essence Tonic, 250ml, RM69

Step 5: The Essence
Essence is often regarded as the most important step of the Korean skincare regimen. Essence is a nourishing liquid concentrate that enhances the skin's cellular renewal process, and increases the skin elasticity and firmness. Apply to a cotton pad and tap the product into the skin

Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence, 270ml, RM129

Step 6: The Ampoule
Ampoules contain concentrated active ingredients with smaller molecules for a deeper penetration to target specific skin concerns. It targets problems like signs of aging, pigmentation, excessive oil production and many more, depending on the range of ampoule.

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule, 30ml. RM200
CLIV Revitalizing C I2PL Corrector Ampoule, 30ml, RM200

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Step 7: The Sheet Mask
On top of the usual skincare routine, use a sheet mask twice a week or more if the skin condition is dry. Sheet masks are soaked in nutritious ingredients which are then absorbed into the skin. It forces the skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture intensively, before allowing the other products a chance to evaporate.

CLIV Mediclear Healer Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Seaweed Mediclear Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Revitalizing C I2PL Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33
CLIV Collagen Resurgene Ampoule Mask, 35g, RM33

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Step 8: The Eye Cream
The skin around our eyes are very thin and fragile as compared to our facial skin, hence it requires extra gentle care. It is more prone to lines, wrinkles and dehydration; so it is essential to pamper the area around the eyes. Gently tap the product around the entire eye to keep the area moisturized to prevent fine lines.

Cremorlab Wrinkle Off Eye Cream, 15ml, RM89

Step 9: The Moisturizer
Replenish the skin's hydration by locking it in with a lightweight emulsion. Use the fingertips to gently massage the product into the face and neck to promote healthy blood circulation.

Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel, 100ml, RM119
CLIV Mediclear Cream, 70g, RM180

Step 10: The Night Cream
The final step is to apply a night cream to help lock the goodness of the serums or ampoules while adding moisture and firming effect (for anti-aging range). Another option is to use a sleeping pack which is a jelly-like texture packed with moisture and nourishing benefits, leaving the skin soft and well-hydrated.

However, during the day time, this step can be skipped but remember to use a sunblock or BB cream before stepping out!

Cremorlab Enriched Moisture, 45ml, RM129
CLIV Active Resurgence Wine Capsule Gel, 50ml, RM100
AM+PM 10 Peptide Firming Night Gelly, 118ml, RM69

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After the workshop, we had our refreshments. Thanks for the Starbucks as well! There was also other activity after that like express makeover and skin analysis.

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I went for the skin analysis with MUSE Beauty Consultant. This skin analysis is free for consumers where MUSE Beauty Consultant will provide you with a better understanding of you skin. As u can see, I was highly concentratinb on the computer screen that was generation the image of my skin condition. The results were ok and they printed out a elaborated hard copy for my reference which basically said that I have will have to drink more water, prevent from sleeping late, don't be too stressed, and choose products that is suitable for my skin as it is quite thin...to achieve a healthy and flawless skin, I must work hard as there is still a long way to go! 

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A group photo with everyone!

For more information, visit MUSE by Watsons Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/MusebyWatsons

Aug 29, 2014

[Review] Ginvera Marvel White


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After attending the launch of Ginvera Marvel White, I was given their latest range of products to review and I have been using it for more than two weeks now. This latest range has active ingredients that for fairer and flawless skin. They are:

Green Tea Extra - offers excellent anti-oxidant properties that help in fighting free radicals, shield the skin from UVB radiation and deliver soothing relief for sensitive and irritated skin, hence resulting in a fairer and more radiant skin tone.

Swiss Cress Sprout & Soy Bean Extract - has exceptional whitening benefits that helps to lighten dark spots and pigmentations, reduce the effects of daytime stressors, brighten & even out skin tone, delivering visible whitening results while keeping skin perfectly moisturized.

Japanese Shiso Extract - a natural active ingredient with excellent anti-inflammatory benefits that offers soothing relief from redness and itchiness, and help to prevent formation of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

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1. Marvel White Zero Blackhead Marvel Gel (40ml), RM25.90
The Marvel Gel is Ginvera's star product that helps to gently get rid of blackheads effectively without pain. It removes dead skin cells to reveal a brighter and finer complexion as it helps to fade pigmentation, spots and acne scars as well. 

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Squeeze out sufficient amount to apply it onto your face. Make sure your face and neck is dry! Gently massage in circular motions until small flakes appear which is dead skin cells and dirt from the skin. Rinse of if water after that. It can be used daily or if you feel that a particular area is more problematic like the T-Zone, you can concentrate on that section more often :)

I use it every two days and I can see the dead skin cells every single time which is good as it means my skin is being exfoliated. The blackheads on my nose has not been popping out much every since I squeezed it out and used the Marvel Gel.

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2. Marvel White Complete Cleansing Foam (100g), RM15.90
After rinsing off the Marvel Gel, it is time to cleanse the face with the cleansing foam! A pea size is enough to cover the whole face since you have to lather it up.

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Was pretty surprised when I used the cleansing foam for the first time. I felt a tingling sensation on my face which was really refreshing. But after using a couple more times, the tingling sensation wasn't there anymore. It cleanses my skin thoroughly and leaves it silky smooth without the feeling of stripping off all the oil.

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3. Marvel White Refining Toner (150ml), RM18.90
The next step after cleansing is to apply toner. This toner is different from the toner that you use a cotton pad to wipe your face. It is to refine and tighten pores, nourishes and softens skin. It brightens and evens skin tone for an instant naturally flawless and luminous fair complexion.

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Since this toner is in the form of a spray bottle, you will need to hold the bottle approximately 20cm from the face, close your eyes and then spray evenly onto the face. I usually spray the toner on my face about two to three times and then gently pat my skin to allow the toner to absorb into the skin and prep my skin for the next step.

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4. Marvel White Whitening Face Location (50ml), RM25.90
Lastly, apply moisturizer onto the skin. This face lotion is rich in natural anti-inflammatory ingredients that relieve and soothe skin, keeps skin blemish free with a healthy radiant glow.

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One pump is sufficient to moisturized my entire face. I love the fact the it is non-sticky and non-greasy, which allows the lotion to absorb into my skin easily. Even after applying, I don't feel any stickiness on my skin as well!

Ginvera Marvel White range is really affordable as for this 4 products, it is only below RM90! It is really worth it as it provides many benefits to the skin :)

Ginvera Marvel White is sold at major pharmacies (Watsons, Guardian, Caring), hypermarket and supermarkets (Aeon, Tesco, Giant, etc)

For more information, visit Ginvera's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GinveraMalaysia

Aug 25, 2014

Standing Theory @ SS2


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Seems like I haven't blog about food related post for ages! I've been guilty of updating it on Instagram most of the time...heh. Anyway, let me introduce you to Standing Theory that is located in SS2. Heard a lot of good reviews about this place, so me and my friends decided to check it out.

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Arrived there on a sunny weekend where the placed was packed. Luckily for us, a table left when we entered. Love their simple decor :)

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With Sharmayne

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Group photo with Amelia! It was a great afternoon just chilling around.

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Standing Theory's Cold Brew
I have never tried a full cup of cold brew before and I must say it was alright for me because I am not a huge fan of caffeine. Needless to say, I drank most of it but couldn't bring myself to finish it as I was already full!

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Sharmayne ordered tea as she already had a cup of coffee prior to our coffee session.

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Flat White

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BBC Waffle
Got a little peckish halfway so I decided to get their popular BBC waffle. Though the combination of bacon, banana and ice cream was weird as first, I gobbled it up in the end! Would definitely go back for this.

Standing Theory
26, Jalan SS 2 / 103,
47300 Petaling Jaya.

Opens:
Tues - Sun
11 AM - 11 PM

Aug 21, 2014

Heineken Cities of the World Launch


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When it comes to parties, Heineken definitely knows how to organize one of the best ones. Recently, Heineken launched ' Cities of the World' - a global campaign aimed at inspiring people to get out of their homes and start exploring their cities. Most of the time, we are only familiar with the hotspots in our city but may not venture out to explore more. This campaign aims to inspire people to move away from their usual habits and discover more within their own backyard.

This event was held in a building at Jalan SS225 PJ which is an industrial/factory area. It was really intriguing because I have no idea how the place looks like which really fits Heineken's campaign. Upon arriving, we were told to open the door on our left. Curiosity was high as we walked through the maze and explored the different rooms / establishments that gave us a feel of traveling in KL city.

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Heineken featured three of KL's hidden gem, where the first room that we opened to was an elegant and classy tailor store named Bespoke. They are tailors from humble beginnings that brought the traditions of bespoke tailoring from London to Malaysia.

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Next up was Replacement, a unique boutique salon where you only get to see the new you when your stylist is done.

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Moving on, we went to Paradox Cafe, where guests can step out of their comfort zones and pick up some salsa moves.

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After our unique adventures, we were then lead to the main room where the party was happening at!

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Hulkas, DJ Goldfish & Blink ft Elizabeth Tan and BATE were spinning the decks that night!

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This two-month long campaign sees the introduction of limited Cities edition bottles and encompasses digital activities that help people unlock hidden gems around Malaysia.

“We know that Heineken’s men of the world are constantly on the lookout for new experiences. ‘Cities of the World’ is a campaign to inspire them to get out of their comfort zones, embrace the unusual and embark on adventures within their own cities,” said Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad.

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For the month of August, six specially-designed limited edition Heineken bottles will be available to consumers. Each bottle represents one of six global cities – New York, Shanghai, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, and Kuala Lumpur. A unique code found under the cap of each limited-edition bottle gives people a chance to win prizes, including an opportunity to unlock worldly adventures in New York.

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It was definitely an awesome night grooving to the beats while enjoying the Heineken experience albeit it being a weekday!
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For those with a passion for discovery, Heineken developed a mobile-friendly website which reveals unique locations across Malaysia. This geo-targeted compass gives people a look into interesting locations around their vicinity, enabling them to spark new experiences wherever they are.

Heineken’s ‘Cities of the World’ campaign runs from 1 August until 15 September 2014. For more information on the ‘Open Your City’ social compass, and the Heineken’s Cities edition bottles, be sure to check out www.heineken.com/openyourcity.

Aug 12, 2014

Ginvera Marvel White Launch


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For the first time ever, I attended a beauty product launch with a wedding theme by Ginvera! It was held in Fullhouse Cheras. Was pretty curious before attending this event since the theme itself is pretty unique for a product launch. Decorations were lovely and it really feels like I was attending an actual wedding ceremony :D

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Was there quite early, so waited a while for the event to start while catching up with friends who attended the event and also played some games!

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Post its launch in 2002, Ginvera Green tea skincare range has been well accepted by the consumers particularly its hero product - Zero Blackheads Marvel Gel. Ginvera's skincare products has remained relevant to its consumers because of its efficacy and unique product offerings.

The main users of the brand as mostly younger female consumers who usually seek multiple benefits from their skincare range in convenient and trendy format. With this, Ginvera decided to revamp its brand to Ginvera Marvel White, where a range of skincare products combining the benefits of Green Tea and the ingredient - Shiso, to offer flawlessly fair skin!

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The lovely wedding ceremony started with Ms. Green Tea making her grand entrance while Mr. Shiso waited at the aisle. Proceeding with the ring exchange and taking their vows, the ceremony is complete where Mr. Shiso and Ms. Green Tea is finally married! 

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As blackhead is a common problem in our age group, we constantly desire for a product that not only creates fair skin but a perfect flawless skin without blackheads, marks or pimples. Ginvera Marvel White is meant for young females in the age group 20s to 29s who lives an active lifestyle. Effectiveness and ease of use is important to this target market when it comes to skincare due to people like us being on the go most of the time, where we want our skincare regime to be less tedious as possible before running out of the door! 

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During the product demonstration of Ginvera Marvel White, we also got to test the Marvel Gel which removes dead skin cells and dirt! It was really effective in removing dead skin while I was trying it on the spot.

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Ginvera Marvel White is a Flawless Whitening Dual Functions skincare range. The new and improved Marvel White contains two unique Japanese ingredient - Shiso & Green Tea to create not just fairer but flawless skin!

Shiso - A natural active ingredient with excellend anti-inflammatory benefits that offers soothing relief from redness, itchiness and helps to prevent formation of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Green Tea - Offers anti-oxidant and whitening benefits that helps in fighting free radicals and shield the skin from harmful UV rays.

*pic credits to Koeyy*
Picture with all the bloggers at the event :)

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Ginvera Marvel White range comprises of:
1. Marvel White Zero Blackhead Marvel Gel (40ml) - RM25.90
2. Marvel White Complete Cleansing Foam (100g) - RM15.90
3. Marvel White Refining Toner  (150ml) - RM18.90
4. Marvel White Whitening Face Lotion (50ml) - RM25.90

Ginvera Marvel White is now sold at various major pharmacies, hypermarket and supermarket!

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Couldn't resist a photo under this lovely arch! :)

I will be reviewing the new range of products by Ginvera Marvel White. Stay tuned for it! At the mean time, if you'd like keep updated about the latest updates by Ginvera, visit their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/GinveraMalaysia

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