• Review: Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack

    A few weeks ago, I got a chance to join the Butterfly Project- Beauty Bloggers – Himalaya Product Sharing Session. I am well aware of Himalaya products and a great fan of the brand’s Conditioner. If you have never heard of it, Himalaya Herbals is a range of natural, effective and safe products that use special herbs carefully selected from nature. I love products which contain herbal ingredients and when I found out that Himalaya Neem Face Pack contains Neem, I really couldn’t wait to try it when I got it. himalaya1

    First of all, you might be wondering what is Neem… Well, Neem (Azadirachta indic a) is an Indian lilac tree from the mahogany family. I remember when I was young, I had chicken pox, so my parents asked me to sleep on a white sheet with neem leaves on it coz the leaves are known to treat chicken pox. In fact, Indians love to plant a neem tree outside their house because it is known to keep diseases away. In fact, every part of the neem tree is very useful for various things.

    10569992_807220539308947_494159284_n So,I knew a face pack that contains neem, definitely would do good to my face. The Neem Face Pack which also contains turmeric and Fuller’s Earth helps to clean clogged pores, rejuvenates and firms up your skin. The antibacterial properties in Neem and turmeric helps eliminate acne that causing bacteria while Fuller’s Earth cools and soothes the skin. It is suitable for normal to oily skin.

    At first, when I squeezed some pack on my hand, my first thought was, ‘It look similar to GlamGlow’ which is a dark paste. The reason why the paste is dark in colour because of the ‘neem’. Caution : Please shake the tube well before pumping out the paste because it might come out a little watery if you don’t shake it first. I love the smell of the pack but if you are someone who has sensitive nose, the smell can be overwhelming. Even after removing the pack off my face, the fragrance smell was still there on my skin. It is quite rejuvenating actually.  

    himalayaface2   Directions : Apply evenly over cleansed face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes. I just put on a very thin layer and I had apply it really quick because unlike other masks or packs, this one tends to dry really fast. After applying, allow to dry for 10 minutes, then you can remove with a wet sponge and wash with cool water. It is best if you remove it using a wet sponge. I didn’t have a wet sponge, so I just used a clean wet towel to remove the pack. Make sure you rub the towel/sponge gently when removing the pack, you don’t want to cause saggy skin later :P It is suggested that you use the mask twice a week but I have a sensitive and dry skin, so using it once a week is good enough for me.

    himalayabefaft I felt my skin was a lot smoother and I felt that my moisturiser absorbed better after applying Neem Face Pack. I also love the fact that the face pack fragrance smell was still there and it was really nice to walk around with the nice smell… hahaha… I realised that my pores are getting smaller too. If you are wondering, how long the product will last, it is expected to last about 6 months (expiry date from the date of opening).

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    Retail Price = RM27.90 (150ml)

    Himalaya Neem Face Pack is sold in Himalaya Herbal Stores at Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, 1 Utama, Sunway Pyramid, Empire Shopping Gallery, Setia City Mall, IOI Mall, Mines Shopping Fair, Wangsa Walk Mall, AEON – Taman Maluri, Ipoh Parade, Aeon Bandaraya (Melaka), AEON Tebrau City (JB), Gurney Plaza (Penang), Queensbay Mall (Penang), Sunway Carnival (Seberang Prai), East Cost Mall (Kuantan), Wisma Merdeka (Kota Kinabalu), The Spring (Kuching) and Palm Mall (Seremban)

    You can also find out more Himalaya at www.himalayahealthcare.com

  • Look of the day for a Movie day out with Hubby

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    I did this look when I went out for a movie with my dearest husband. Its a simple look and took me less than 5 minutes to do it. Following are the products that I used

    FACE 

    Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50++ PA++

    Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter in Orange/Yellow

    MAC ProLongwear Concealer – NW25

    Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle PO-02 as powder to set the concealer

    Kate Eyebrow Pencil in BR5

    Kate Eyebrow Color BR1

    EYES

    Maybelline Hypercosmos Trio Eyeshadow – Pinky Comet

    Maybelline Hypersharp Liner – Intense Black

    MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil – Engraved

    Lancome Oscillator Mascara

     

    CHEEK

    Lancome Blush Subtil – 21 Pink Splash

    Victoria Jackson  Shimmer Powder Blush – Bronzer

     

    LIPS

    Maybelline Pink Alert- POW4

     

     

     

  • My Vanity Table

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    I love my new vanity table. It doesn’t only store all my things but it is visible enough for me to choose and pick what accessories I want to wear . I have arranged my skin cares, perfumes and hair brush neatly on the table.  Oh yes, I have a whole bunch of perfume. Reason is because I simply get bored with one type of scent, so I will choose perfumes according to my mood. My favourite will definitely be the Natalie Rodriguez but it is so hard to get here in Malaysia. Now, that the bottle is empty, I am looking to buy a new one. Unfortunately, I have been hunting for it but till now,  I couldn’t locate any store that sells it. Looks like I have to travel to JPO just to get another one.

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    Going back to the story of my vanity table, although my husband and I share this space but most of the space are occupied with my things. Hahaha.. I think he has about 2 bottle of perfumes, 1 hairbrush and his deodorant, the rest are mine.

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    Anyhooooo…..accessories are placed in the drawer which is compartmented. My another drawer has the purple jewellery box which was given by my student a few years back. It looks so beautiful that I made it into like a decoration piece.  My other accessories which I can’t fit into the compartmented drawer, I placed in this drawer. I am still figuring out how to put it beautifully under the see through glass. The wooden box I got from Kerala, India last year. It was really cheap, I think about RM10. I bought it coz it looks exactly like the one my parents have been keeping for years. I don’t know what to put in the box, so for now, I just left it empty :P

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    The Bangle holder, necklace and earring sets that you see in the pictures are all bought from India as well. I don’t like to wear gold so much because I think gold is boring.. Costume jewellers can be adorn in different colours and they look so much better when you pair it with your attires. So, that’s why I have lots of costume jewelleries…

    So, if you are wondering how to get this vanity table, I got this together with my walk-in wardrobe. You can request from your wardrobe designer that you wanted your vanity table to look like this. Having a glass over the vanity table definitely makes it easier to look for your accessories. It looks like the displays in stores :P I would suggest going to D’Format coz the service there is good and I would say the pricings are very much more reasonable and other designers. Do look for Kenny from Kota Damansara Branch, if you are considering D’Format.

  • Hair dying experience at 76style in Mont Kiara

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    Last week, I decided to get a hair dye because after all the exam tension, I thought I seriously need some TLC to get my mind straight again. Just after 1 month of joining MBA, we had our exam… I was really super stressed. So, I decided to get a hair dye… usually I will cut my hair short to make my head lighter (hahaha) but since I intend to grow it longer, I decided to just dye. I picked 76 style of course because I know that they can never go wrong and based on all the reviews I read online, 76style is quite honest in giving suggestions and comments if the colour you choose doesn’t suit you. 

     

    I did the booking online coz it was a lot easier for me to check on which hair stylist and slot is available on the day I wanted to go. I chose the Mont Kiara branch because that was the nearest and easiest to find parking. I was 10 minutes late for my 10.30am appointment that day because I had to feed my daughter before I left. Although, it was a working day, I saw the salon was already almost full with clients cutting and getting some treatment there. Anyway, I picked Hikky to cut and dye my hair. I explained to her that I want my hair to be layered with the length maintained. When it came to colouring, I had no idea what to choose. Finally, I showed her one of the girls picture from their Instagram which hair colour I liked. Hikky told me that it was baby pink. Whoa!! I thought it was caramel or brown, I didn’t even know it is pink. I told her that I don’t want to bleach my hair and she said no problem. 

     

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    My original hair colour and this cut was done by Jeddi from 76style as well. I did the Ultra Sonic Treatment and my hair was super smooth.

    The whole process of cutting and dying my hair took about 3 hours. Initially, I wanted to do the treatment but since I was suppose to pick up my sister in law at the airport at about 3pm, I thought I won’t have time. I regretted for not including the treatment because my hair is a bit coarse after the hair colouring. It is not frizzy or something but I can just feel that my hair is not as soft as before. So, I highly suggest to also include their hair treatment for coloured hair as it will make your hair a lot softer. I will be going back to 76style to get the treatment because their treatment is simply the best. Last time, I did their Ultra Sonic treatment, my hair got so much better and softer. 

    Cost : Hair Dye + Cut by Director (Hikky) = RM320

     

  • Devastating day for me – MH17

    Bsxwuk-IQAEp15D.jpg-largeI was very disturbed after discovering that the MAS plane was shot down. I was about to go to sleep when I received WhatsApp from friends about the incident at about 12.30am. I was hoping it was a hoax but sadly, it wasn’t. Later in the day, I found out, some who were in the plane are friends of friends and family members of friends. There was a young couple who with infant were also perished…. they didn’t even get to have enough time to live in the world.

    My thoughts were immediately shifted to my own family. Have I said enough I love you to them, have I given enough hug… My heart was really really heavy… Life is so short… We must remember to live today, like there is no tomorrow and the truth is we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. So, let us all live a life treasuring every moment with the loved ones and let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you…

    RIP to all those perished and my heartfelt condolences to the family members.

  • Won this at baby expo

    Won this at baby expo today

    I went to the baby expo which was held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre this year. I had a few items that need to be bought such as stroller, more dresses for my daughter. Our main focus to buy a stroller because it was so difficult to find a stroller that is good quality and at a reasonable price. The baby expo was said to be the biggest in Malaysia but to my surprise, I went 1 round in less than 15 minutes… hahaha… it was not that big… Anyway, to cut the story short, I did manage to find a good stroller and bought it at a very good price (review on the stroller will come later). After paying for the stroller, we were looking for some dresses and bibs, when I heard last announcement for a lucky draw in which the prize is a 42inch LED TV. The announcer was giving countdown for the last 1 minute… so I quickly ran and wrote in my entry. Within 5 minutes, they were doing the draw and my name was announced… hahaha I was ecstatic coz I wanted to buy a TV for my bedroom and my daughter decided to give it as a gift…

  • Selling my #Panasonic multi styling straightener 6 in 1

    #Panasonic multi styling straightener 6 in 1 for easy #straightening and #curling. Retail price is RM229, I am letting it go for RM150 including cost for Pos Laju. Warranty till 24th December 2014.

     

    Are you looking for a curler and a straightener. Well, look no more. I am letting go my Panasonic Multi Styling Straightener 6 in 1 for RM150 including cost for Pos Laju. Retail price is RM229. Warranty till 24th December 2014. Reason for selling is after unpacking my stuff in the new house, I realised that I have more than 1 straightener and curler…

  • After a long hiatus… Updates!!!

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    It has been a while since my last post in my blog… time certainly flew quickly…I have always been wanting to update my blog… thinking tonight… tonight … tonight… but that ‘tonight’ to update didn’t come through… :P So, why was I so busy till I don’t have time to post anything at all… here goes my list: 

    1.  I’m a Mom now

    Yup, I had my daughter in January this year… she is such a bundle of joy… I was enjoying motherhood so much that I forgot about blogging completely… hehehe… Everyday, was a new day and I enjoyed and cherished every moment of it… typing it out here in my blog… jogged my memories of feeding her in the middle of night… I was always afraid I will sleep off and I won’t here her cry… Fyi, I don’t  wake up when my alarm rings and it is pretty loud trust me… but with my daughter… I couldn’t believe that a slight cry from her will wake me up immediately and I attend to her instantly…

     
    2.  Renovation of New House

    We got a bigger house where my in laws and us are going to stay together. So, we need to renovate the house to accommodate all of us. Almost every weekend we were at the shopping for tiles, paint colours, kitchen cabinets and etc for the new house… it was tiring, I think for almost 5 months we didn’t have a proper weekend where we spend as a family… it was filled with activities related to the house… 

    3.  Moved in to new house

    Finally, after all the havoc, we moved in to the new house in April. But, the work in the new house was still going on because we didn’t want to wait and I had to move out from my old house because the buyer wanted to move in already. So, for almost 2 months we had to bear the dirty environment in my house with all the dust caused by the making of kitchen cabinets, wood flooring, wardrobe and the list goes on… Imagine with a baby, noise and the dusty environment.. phew… On top of that, unpacking was another headache… thank god it’s all over now.. 

    4.  Doing my Masters now

    I got government scholarship to continue my Masters. I applied to UPM, Putra Business School as I heard that PBS offers the best MBA in Malaysia since PBS is accredited by AACSB. True enough, they are good and I am so glad that I chose UPM to pursue my MBA. 

    So, that was a short update on what’s going on in my life right now… Currently, I am juggling a few roles, a mother, daughter, daughter in law, wife and a student… oooh.. add on to that list is a blogger… hahaha… My life was so packed with so many things that I didn’t have time for my hobby… I was getting very stressed and then, I realised that it was because I didn’t have time to do what I like… so, here I am sitting in front of my Macbook with my daughter sleeping in her cot and me, typing away with a smile on my face… I don’t know why, suddenly I thought about ‘Murder she wrote’. I bet those who were born after the late 80s don’t have a clue what is ‘Murder She Wrote’ :P

  • iPhone 5s is in the house…

    Digi Telco offered a special package for iPhone 5s from 31st Oct – 30 November 2013. I am not a subscriber but my mother in law received an sms indicating that iPhone 5s 16Gb is available for RM965 with iDigi 138. She wanted to get one for herself because I have been urging her to change her iPhone 4 ever since the new iPhone was released… hehehe… 

    As I am always happy accompanying people to buy gadgets… hahaha… I took her to Bukit Raja, Klang Digi store and was told there were no stock at all. They don’t know when the stock is coming in. So, from there, we went to Setia City Mall Digi store, again… no stock. Both stores only had iPhone 5c which my mother in law was not keen because the finishing of the device is not as elegant as the iPhone 5s. I called the Digi Customer service line but was told that they can’t check the stocks in their system and we have to walk in to digi stores to find out their stock availability. I asked  them to give me Pj branch number because I don’t want to drive all the way to the centre just to find out there was no stock. Unfortunately, they don’t have any branch number… Waahh… seriously??? That means, you want a device, you have to do your own hard work… Haish… 

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    Anyway, I browsed Digi’s website and found out a few branches in PJ. My target was PJ SS2 or Bangsar Shopping Complex. Suddenly, my mother in law told that she knew there is one branch available in The Curve. I checked online there was none but we decided to go just check there. Upon reaching there, I asked the Concierge about the Digi Store and he mentioned that it is in Ikano… We walked to Ikano from the Curve and we were so happy when we found out that they have iPhone 5s in stock. However, it is 32Gb only. Crap!!! It is RM400 more. AFter looking into the package and all, my mother in law just decided to get the 32Gb coz she doesn’t want to go to other stores and check. So, finally we got the iPhone 5s 32 Gb in Silver… I bought a case and a screen protector for her as a gift… hehhehe… Will try to post a review later… 

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Gear

    Thank you #samsungmy for the lovely #galaxygear

     

    I was one of the 500 winners for the Galaxy Gear!!!! Whoa, I was happy as a lark. I have been wanting this Gear ever since it was launched. But, for the price tag of RM999, I decided it is way too expensive for me to buy it. Besides, I already spent RM2399 for my Galaxy Note 3. So, when the opportunity came to me to join the SMS contest, I jumped on the bandwagon!! When I joined the contest, I was 100% sure I will be one of the winner… talk about positivity…hehehe…

    Anyway, let me give a short review on Gear.

    GOOD:

    1. I like the fact that I can see my incoming calls when ever my phone is in my handbag. I don’t even have to bother taking my Note 3 out of my bag. If I want to answer it I simply answer the call on my Gear. The clarity of the speaker is quite good on both sides (receiver and caller) but if you are dealing with some private or confidential discussion, this would not be a good idea because others can definitely hear your conversation.I can also make my calls directly from my Gear because I can access my contacts directly from my phone.
    2. Your latest agenda on your calendar can also be viewed on your watch. This can be done so when you choose the clock with the time and event from a few of selection of clock display. This is very convenient for me because when ever I attend a meeting, I always have to get my phone out of my bag to look at the venue of my meeting when ever I am at the security post just to get a security pass. With Gear, all I have to do click and scroll. Even the guard was amazed!!! hahahaha
    3. I like other supported softwares such as Evernote, Chats On and Endosports which assists my daily life even better. Sometimes, I leave my phone on my desk to go to a colleague to discuss about my work, I miss important calls or messages. Thanks to Gear, I don’t miss any important messages or calls.
    4. Camera is pretty awesome too for a tiny device, image is good provided the lightings are great.

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    BAD

    1. You definitely can’t reply message by typing. Your only option is SVoice which by the way Sucks for now… It is not very accurate and seldom get the message right. So, I had to use my phone to reply to messages
    2. No email and social network support, which means you can’t view your email or Facebook, twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.
    3. Sometimes, you can sense lagging; e.g. when you lift your hand to look at your watch, it takes a second for the time show. Initially, it was quite fast but after I downloaded a few stuff such as Evernote and Chats on, the device respond time deteriorate a bit but not too slow though.
    4. Price tag is quite high for the limited things that it can do.

     

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    Overall, I love the Samsung Galaxy Gear a lot. Despite the drawbacks, I find the gear quite helpful especially, when I don’t have to hold the Note 3 unnecessarily in my hand and it remains in my bag. I am pretty sure they are going to come up with a much better version soon and rumour says that we are to expect a 2nd Generation early next year. Looking forward to it.

    Samsung Galaxy Gear is sold at RM999 in all Samsung Stores. It is available in 6 different colours.