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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Traveloka Makes Travel-okay ✌

Longing for a short summer getaway yet you're on a tight budget? Look no further ‘cause Malaysia is home to some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia! And did you know there are a whopping 878 islands in our country? Sounds like we’re pretty spoiled for choices doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure when people recommend places to travel in Malaysia, some of these places would definitely include Malacca, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Sabah. How many of you have actually heard of Kelantan? 

So recently I came across a resort that I’ve never heard of before: Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort which is tucked away in our very own backyard of Kelantan; a low key local gem that very few have discovered. 42km away from the town of Kota Bahru to be exact. With rate as low as RM160 a night, you get to enjoy the calm yet luxurious ambience of the resort with comfortable rooms that have a scenic view of the lagoon. Not to forget, this resort is family friendly resort. 




Photo credits: Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort official website.
The large swimming pool is definitely the limelight of the resort situated right in the middle of the resort. There are a lot of activities that can be done at the resort including kayaking, pedal boat rides, fishing, paintball and even spa. You can rent a bike and explore around the resort as well. The best thing is that the beach is just 5 min walk away from the resort. Boy, I can already imagine myself relaxing barefoot on white sandy beach while reading a book and sipping on a cocktail with the waves crashing the rocks in the background. Ahhh, the smell of salty water and ocean breeze too. Isn’t it obvious that I’m actually dying for a beach getaway too? Haha!

There are also several attractions out of the resort where you can visit such as Siti Khadijah Market, Jahar Palace, Rantau Panjang Tax Free Zone and Moonlight Beach. And of course don’t forget to treat yourself to their signature cuisine called Nasi Kerabu (the rice is actually blue in colour!) and fly a Wau Bulan (read: moon kite) while you’re there! So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book yourself a flight to Kota Bahru for an unforgettable East Coast experience and hospitality with Traveloka.

In case you haven’t heard, Traveloka is one of the leading flight and hotel booking platform in Southeast Asia, an integrated platform that is perfect for travellers wanting to book their flights and places of stay in one go! 

The whole interface of Traveloka is pretty user friendly and straight forward, I would say. What I like the most is that the price you see is the price you get, with no hidden fee or extra surcharge. Do look out for various ongoing promotions and recently there is even an exclusive Maybank 0% installment plan with Traveloka! There is also this TravelokaQuick option where it saves your personal information and payment details only once for all the future transactions so you don’t have to keep typing in our details over and over again. This is definitely convenient especially for those who need to make a last minute booking trip. You can also manage all of your booking in on your devices easily including retrieving booking and requesting for your refund. 

Furthermore, you can download the Traveloka app in your Apple Store or Play Store with just a click away for free, plus it’s even cheaper if you book through the app. In a nutshell, you can now easily plan your upcoming trips in a breeze with Traveloka especially if you’re looking to travel to Asian destinations.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Legend Age Healthy Cherry Lipstick

Nothing says lovin' like a nice soft kiss! But how many of you actually has a lip care routine to achieve beautiful rosy lips? Our lips need just as much care as the rest of our skin as they are constantly exposed to various irritants but sadly, our lips are often overlooked or downright neglected.

I have naturally dry lips and it's even worse when I have lack of sleep or I don't drink enough water. The fact that I'm spending most of the day in air-conditioned environment does not help either. Yet, I got to admit that I still don't put any effort in taking care of my lips cause of the hassle and it's pretty time consuming. First you got to exfoliate then you gotta yadah yadah yadah, you know the drill.

But fret not, now you can have luscious lips with just one step with this Legend Age Healthy Cherry Lipstick that actually works as a lip balm and lip mask as well, yes a 3-in-1 lip product! It contains various natural ingredients such as west indies cherries extract, vitamin E oil and imported beewax that helps to sooth and moisturize the skin. It is said to be able to treat few most common lip problems  like dark lips, dry peeling lips and lips with fine lines to name a few. Plus, it is paraffin-free and wax-free so it is safe to be used by everyone including pregnant ladies.






HOW TO USE

1. Lip balm: To apply anytime of the day especially after meals and best before sleep for pink and  
                       moist lips the next morning.
2. Lipstick: The more layers you apply throughout the day, the more obvious the colour will turn
                       out.
3. Lip mask: Apply a thin layer over your lips and cover them with clean plastic wrap for 15 mins.



As you can see, the result was almost instant upon the first application on the first day itself and the chapped lips was much better on the second day. I actually love the fact that it is colourless and odorless. Most importantly, it does not leave a greasy feeling after applying it in which most lip balms do and I personally hate that. Since it's just the size of a normal lipstick, it's so convenient to have it at arm's length. I can just bring it to work and keep it in my pocket so I can use it anytime and anywhere I want :D Aaaaaand that is not just yet(!), the lip colour is also formulated to react  to your skin's PH and colour your lips naturally. Now you can have both hydrated and beautiful pink lips all day long!

So what are you waiting for? Just forget about those tedious lip regimes, get yourself a Legend Age Healthy Cherry Lipstick today that promises plump and deeply moisturized lips especially if you are perpetually battling a chapped pout. For more deets about this awesome lip products, feel free to wechat @vivian_shya

Disclaimer: Product was provided review purposes but this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Must Have Lancôme Products in 2017

Ever since cushion compact foundation was introduced to the beauty industry, it has been a staple in my makeup routine no matter how lazy or glam I'm feeling. No surprise that brands  – both affordable and luxurious have hopped onto the cushion bandwagon with a wide variety of these to achieve porcelain, blemish free face effortlessly. So far, I've only tried Korean cushion compacts, so this time round I'm really excited to give Lancôme's highly raved cushion compact a shot. 


Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation | RM188.00 

Claims to be long lasting, this oil-free lightweight liquid foundation also promises an ultra high coverage, plus refreshing hydration (that's a first, I must say), SPF 50 Sunscreen, as well as a natural matte finish. It is utilizing a technology called Polar Cushion Technology™ - which is tailor made for longwear and coverage.



I've got to say I am utterly won over by this cushion compact, from its chic packaging to its velvet puff applicator which is one of a kind. It was developed specifically for high coverage textures. Instead of tapping the puff onto your face to blend it out, you can just swipe it onto your skin to blend the formula out seamlessly thus creating a flawless-looking finish. 

And of course, the formula itself too! It does give me the cooling sensation when I first applied it onto my skin and the best part, even the first dip itself was enough to cover my entire face.


Based on these two tests that I've done, this cushion compact has indeed live up to its claim. Despite having such incredible high coverage, I love the fact that it doesn't feel greasy at all on the skin. In fact, it was very light and comfortable. It can even last me the whole day without any touch up.

The natural looking glow aftermath without any concealer or even loose powder, I kid you not. The cushion comes in nine shades and mine was in 025, Beige Naturel. Though it can be slightly on the steep price, but I can assure you that it's certainly worth every dime you spent

And on my lips, I was wearing the The Lancôme Juicy Shaker that I've been looking forward to try out ever since it made its debut. Trust me when I say it took me a good 30 minutes to decide which color I wanted for myself since it comes with 20 different shades and flavours that look equally fabulous and tempting! So what is so special about this Juicy Shaker? It has this biphase formula which does not only nourish your lips but also leave your pout infused with a sheer wash of colour. Packed with 5 nourishing oils such as cranberry seed oil and sweet almond oil, it can treat your lips like a lip balm.

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 372 - Berry Tale | RM95.00

You gotta admit that the packaging looks super adorbs and cute, resembling a mini Martini shaker. Plus, you'll hear the familiar sound of a martini shaker as you shake and mix your cosmetic cocktail.

When you open up the cap of the Juicy Shakers, you'll notice the unique looking sponge tip applicator. Fluffy as it looks, it feels really soft on the lips. You can either dab or swipe it onto the lips to apply it. The tip will hold just the right amount for you to use, so as to prevent a mess. It also seems to absorb more oil than the pigments sometimes, so maybe shaking a little more beforehand would help balance that out.


Swatch of Berry Tale; bright mid-toned reddish pink shade.

I was never a big fan of lip products, cause they either dry up my lips or end up being sticky. But this Juicy Shaker is definitely something you should try especially for people who have dry lips like me. They are healthy for the lips with its caring and hydrating formula, they give your lips a youthful glow. You don't have to worry if it could last you throughout the day because applying it is so quick and easy. And if you have that extra budget on hand, you can get a few other shades a fun time shaking up your very own Juicy Shaker concoction.

Ladies, what are you waiting for? You can now shop your favourite Lancome products at all Sephora stores or even online here!

xx

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Markets 21 At The School Jaya One

Hi again!

As mentioned in my previous post, Markets 21 was happening at The School Jaya One last weekend. The one thing I love about all these lifestyle bazaars is the unexpected cheap finds. Since I've pretty much done my CNY shopping, I was just basically looking around for any stalls that caught my attention. Continue reading to find out more!


The first one has got to be BentukBentuk by Adesh and Shahfiq that sells really pretty homemade concrete deco that comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes; thus the name of their brand. Look at those details, yourself. Some even have marble prints on it, how to resist you tell me! They do take customised order, depending on your design.

Next would be Naturafun, a home maker of soap bars, essential oil and more. I've heard of cold pressed juices, but cold pressed essential oil? It's definitely my first. Besides reasonably priced natural beauty solution, they do provide some interesting workshops in soap making and  aromatherapy too. 

Jeanie Botanical, another brand that emphasizes on the use of 100% natural and organic raw materials  in their skin and body care products. One of their products that attracted me the most is the beautifully layered aromatic bath salt, would love to give it a try some day!  

There are even stalls that sell stuff for your favourite canine. Besides some yummylicious treats, they do sell cute outfits for them too!


Adding another stall to the list would be Fleur Lab that sells personalized hand tied and bridal bouquets. They claimed all of the bouquets are made with real flowers that can last up to 5 years. And guess what, Valentine's Day is coming soon *hint hint


Last but not least, would be thes mouth watering brownies from Manis! They had a happy hour promo where their 3 best seller brownies are sold three pieces for RM10, which is definitely a steal. Needless to say, their brownies are as sweet as the founder herself, Adreena who is based in Ampang.



Since I was there after my brunch, I didn't get to explore the food area much but I saw a number of food trucks available selling all sorts of delicious snacks and food. Maybe next time?

After getting to know all these people behind their very own brands at Markets 21, or should I call them entrepreneurs, I have learnt one thing from them; they are really passionate in what they are doing. Start from being nothing, to running and growing their own business. They have done it, how bout you? #haveyoudoneit

So, if you already have a business plan and not sure what to do next, POP by Jaya One, Malaysia's very first pop up retail store is definitely your place to be. Open daily from 10am to 10pm, all you have to do is to walk in and talk to the consultants regarding your product or brand, they will then guide you from them. Worried about not being able to juggle between your day job and what not, no worries! Just let them do the rest! You can take up a spot for your store for a day, a week, or even a month, all at very affordable prices. 

Remember, it's okay to start small. It's either now or never.






For more deets, visit www.popshop.my 

xx

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pop by Jaya One | Markets21

Well, hello there! I know I know, it's been a while. It sure feels great to be back here :D
It's a brand new year, so what are your goals? If you are planning to start a new venture/business, well look no further! POP by Jaya One is a pop-up retail store that allows you to kick start your entrepreneurship dreams.

Located at The School, POP by Jaya One offers you a hassle-free opportunity to start your business by offering you services such as a centralised payment system, security, dressing rooms and most importantly, staffing for your store. Sounds good, doesn't it? For as low as RM 800 a week, you no longer have to wait for the weekends to open up your store! Whether it's fashion, beauty, homemade goodies of yours, handicraft or lifestyle, POP has no limitations for you to showcase your creativity and ideas, and that explains the huge variety of the stores at POP.




For more info, 
visit www.popshop.my
Instagram instagram.com/PopShopMY
Twitter twitter.com/popshopMY



Speaking of which, you can just drop by POP by Jaya One to have a better understanding or talk to the consultants, plus Markets 21 is happening this very weekend too! So if you have not done your CNY shopping, you should totally start already. To be honest, I've never had the chance to attend any of the Markets (shame on me T__T) cause it always clashes with my personal schedules. So I'm super excited this time cause I finally have my weekend free. To Markets 21, we go!  ε=(。ノ・ω・)ノ

For those who don't know yet, Markets 21 is the largest lifestyle bazaar in Klang Valley that offers old and new quality goods ranging from clothing, hand-crafted items and food trucks. I heard that there will be over 80 vendors participating in Markets this time round!


Beside the lifestyle bazaar, there will be some live performances, buyer vs seller stage challenge as well as street dance battle. The School in collaboration with Peanut Butter Studio will be having a showdown of dance battle, as well as a Junior Dance showcase category too!

This weekend, 11am - 7pm at The School by Jaya One; be there or be square (^-^*)/

xx

Disclaimer: Photos are all courtesy of POP by Jaya One.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A • Toast - Breakfast & Juice Bar

Ever since I've started working, Sunday mornings are the only day of the week where I can choose to either sleep in or hunt some new place for a hearty brunch. After seeing several posts of this humble little sandwich shop on Instagram, I've decided to drag Kev along to try it out. Their sandwiches simply look irresistible!

Located just a stone throw away from the Pudu LRT Station, this place serves a variety of sandwiches, french toasts and salad for breakfast as well as some pasta for lunch at affordable price. Open as early as 6am during weekdays, it's the perfect place to grab a healthy and filling sandwich before work. The only downside is probably the limited seats since the place is pretty small in size. Since it was the weekend, we pretty much mentally prepared ourselves to queue. True enough, there was a queue when we arrived and we had no choice but to settle with a outdoor seating despite the hot weather cause we are starving already.

Basically it's self service, so you have to head to this counter to make your order and you will have to collect your order at the same counter as well.


 What I love about this place is that they serve a variety of fruit juice as well! A cup of refreshing celery+apple+cucumber juice (RM8.90) for me and hot chocolate for him (: 

We ordered the signature Bamboo Charcoal Toast with scrambled egg and cheese (RM5.90) and the Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich (RM12.90). 

For the price we paid, we felt that it would be better if the sandwich has more than just egg, vege cheese and kimchi. Perhaps some chicken slices to complete the sandwhich? Besides, The kimchi was too overpowering as well that we couldn't taste any cheese.

On the other hand, I truly enjoyed this sandwich, the amount of scrambled egg and cheese was just perfect along with the soft fluffy bamboo charcoal toast. 

So thoughtful of them to provide some gloves; good for those messy eaters, no worries about dirtying your hands too while chowing down those delicious sandwiches!





So if you're searching for some healthy yet affordable place for breakfast, you should give A.Toast a try; especially if you love sandwiches (Y) 

A • Toast 早餐店
No. 291, Jalan Pudu,
Pudu, 55200, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel No: +6013-277 5654
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
                             Sat-Sun:9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Official FB Page: www.facebook.com/atoast.my

xx