• Ipad Mini 2 is my new companion

    I am a big fan of Samsung devices. Ever since the first Note phone came into the market, I have continued purchasing it each time the new version was released. In fact, I loved it so much that I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as well. Unfortunately, that device died off and I needed RM700 plus just to replace the mother board. So, I thought I would just get a new one since I was starting my MBA at that time. I wanted a device that I could use to take notes. I wanted a smaller version since 10.1 size is just too heavy but the review on samsung galaxy note 8.0 was quite bad. Hence, I opted for the 10.1 (2014 Edition).
     
    To make a long story short, I did use the Note 10.1. I downloaded my class lectures (powerpoint) and took notes on it. However, the size of the device was a bit troublesome for me coz I needed to bring a larger size handbag. I don't bring my Note 10.1 everywhere so if I want to revise whenever I'm stuck somewhere (e.g: in traffic jam) I can't do that. On top of that, my writing is so bad coz I have to use a thin stylus to write on it (FYI, I prefer my pens to be thick, so that it's nice to hold and my fingers won't get tired when I'm writing). By the way, don't think I'm just simply condemning the Samsung products and trust me I'm not. I am using my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and personally I think no other device can replace that beauty. It's just that my preference for note-taking in my class is not fulfilled by the larger Note.
    So, what did I do in the end… I purchased iPad Mini 2. Well, I can hear already someone who undermines the ipad's capability. Of course, I do agree that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is superior when it comes to the technology that uses stylus. I did my research and I found that there are other manufacturers producing a stylus that can write on iPads as well. I've watched lots of Youtube Channels about the stylus for ipad that is available out there. After weighing the pros and cons, I made a decision to purchase the iPad Mini 2 and the Wacom Bamboo Fineline Stylus. And, yes, now all my notes are in my iPad Mini and when I'm studying for exam, I don't have to lug around with my physical notes. Isn't that awesome??

     

     

  • Self made Magnetic Calendar using Silhoutte Portrait

    I bought a calendar white board, so that I can have a quick look at how my schedules are like in a month. I do have a planner which have a monthly calendar and I do use it to jot down my monthly appointments and activities. But, having the whiteboard calendar will help my family members to see my schedules (my classes especially) when they plan their activities. Prior to this, I was using marker pens to jot down my schedules. I used coloured maker pens just to make a bit more colourful. However, the board did not look attractive coz my handwriting looked ugly :P. Furthermore, whenever I want to erase the board, it is so difficult coz the marker pens are dried off, probably coz I only erase the board after a month.

    So, I thought of using the magnetic sheet to print out the dates and my activities. It will look colourful and also gives me the leisure to move around the magnets if my classes schedule changes. I have also included my husband’s golf schedule in the calendar, so that I don’t have to ask my husband constantly when he’s playing.

     

    Anyway, I bought the magnetic sheet from Silhoutte Malaysia website for RM41 and after designing the icons and boxes, I print it out on a sticker sheet and paste it on the magnetic sheet. After that, I used my Sihoutte Portrait to cut the sheet. By the way, I didn’t print the designs straight on the magnetic sheet coz it was too thick to run on my Fuji Xerox printer. That’s why I had to print it out sticker sheet. I’m happy with the results and now the calendar look so much more colourful and neat. Love it!!! What do you all think??

     

  • Unboxing Kikki K Time Planner – Lilac

    I am so happy that I finally got my hands on the Kikki K Time Planner. I’ve been always wanting to get my hands on it and when my husband went to Melbourne last year, I was tempted to ask him to buy the planner. But I was not willing to pay AUD79.95 for the planner… I mean after converting to our local currency that will be about RM240… Dayuuummmm… that’s expensive…

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    So, when I saw that Kikki K has 50% off for their planners, I jumped on to purchase it immediately. I wanted to get the mint planner but it was about US50+, so I decided to get the lilac planner which was  priced at US39.95.. It’s a steal right… You might be thinking that I already have Filofax, why on earth would I want another a5 planner… well, I have too many things to write down such as Finance, blog, day to day planner, wishlist and the list goes on… I got Erin Condren last year (will blog about it later) and after about 2 months of usage, the front cover started to look so worn out, hence I uncoiled and moved it to my Filofax Finsbury. Unfortunately, it was too thick coz I already have some other stuff in it and I prefer to have a full year planner rather than 3 months in the planner coz I tend to look back at my appointments (e.g: when was my last car service) or my to dos as reference. That’s why getting a Kikki K planner is totally justified (hehehe…. yeah right).

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    Uncoiling my Erin Condren

     

    Anyway, I would like to share with you guys the unboxing video of the Kikki K planner. I will be doing another video of the Erin Condren in my Kikki K planner later for those who would like to know how I setup my Kikki K with Erin Condren.


     

  • My Filofax – A5 Finsbury

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    Happy New Year everyone!!! I have not been updating my blog lately. Juggling between studies, home and family can take a lot of time and tiring. I wanted to update my blog everyday but by the time I get to my computer, I will be so tired that I just want to go to bed :)

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    Anyway, to help keep my world more organised, I jumped into the world of Filofax. Thanks to My Purpley Life, I’ve got into habit where I write things down to help me remember and complete tasks. Some of you may think that our smartphones can help us to keep us organised. I do agree with you but to tell the truth, by the time I enter my first task in my phone, I forget to enter the rest of the tasks that I suppose to do. Sometimes, pen and paper are the best to keep you on track. Well, let’s talk about my Filofax. This is Filofax Finsbury, A5 size. I got this from Amazon for $61.00 which is quite cheap compare to the original price which was about $99. It is pure leather and it opens flat on the table. The Finsbury certainly looks very elegant and rich, I enjoy my every moment when I open and write on it.

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    I use this as my main overall planner where I plan my daily to dos, finance, wishlist, saving plan and so much more. I like Filofax a lot coz it gives me freedom to put in what ever I like in it, thanks to the 6- hole binder. I didn’t use the original Filofax coz it came with the 2015 weekly pages (I ordered this on September 2014), so I decided to do my own daily to do pages. I used Studiol2e stamps which I love so much by the way to decorate the pages. I got a few washi tapes online and voila, my planner inserts became attractive. I did my own tabs from Card Stock Scrapbook Paper which I bought many years ago. What I did was, I took the original Filofax dividers  and used it as template on the Card Stock and cut it. I punched holes on this divider using KW-Trio 6-hole Puncher. You can purchase it from Becon.my, I think it is about RM65.

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    I stuck to this daily to do’s planning for about 2 months only as I find it quite cumbersome to decorate daily as I don’t like plain pages. Currently, I am using Erin Condren Life Planner which I have uncoiled and insert it in my Filofax. I like the way it is now coz I don’t have to decorate the pages a lot as it is already colourful. I am trying to organise the planner with some color coding, for example, I use Red for appointments, Purple for personal stuff. I am still unsure whether it suits me or not but hey… I enjoy trying different ways to do it until I find the perfect ones to suit me.

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    I am glad that I found Filofax and Erin Condren to be more organised. All this while, I had so many diaries and planners but I only will be planning for about 2 weeks and then stop. It has been about 5 months now since I started this and it is still going strong. If you are interested to know how  I decorate my pages, please subscribe to my Instagram (cosmocrazewoman) as I post it there on weekly basis.

  • bollywood PROFESSIONAL @ MUSE Watsons

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    Are you a big fan of Bollywood movies??? Well, I know I am and every time I put on make up, I do try to emulate some of the Bollywood stars. So, I was ecstatic when I found out that Bollywood Professional has made its way to Malaysia . Now, we can have all the glitz, glamour and beauty that we desire so much from the Bollywood film.

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    Before I go on about the products, let me give a brief introduction about the Bollywood Professionals. Rani Birring who is born and educated in England is the Managing Director of bollywood PROFESSIONAL. With her hands-on approach to exquisite, skin-enriching formulations and silky textures, foundation shades for all races and skin-tones, glamourizing eye-shadows and pencils and extraordinary lipsticks, no stone was left unturned when it came to creating a full range of skin-care and colour-cosmetics. The products which is manufactured in New York are used on the film sets by the Bollywood film industry and is fast becoming a favorite among celebrities and women all over the world.

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    When it comes to cosmetic, I wary about the quality and be very careful before I purchase them. Looking at bollywood PROFESSIONAL, you might ask me what is so special about this than any other product. First of all, being an avid user of cosmetics and trust me I have tried so many brands, I always find it difficult to find products that suits my skin colour. We are Asians and unfortunately, most of the cosmetic brands out there are pinkish tone and not yellowish which turns out ashy on our Asian skin.Liquid Lipstick

     

    That’s why when I heard about bollywood PROFESSIONAL, I knew that I am not going to have difficulties in finding the perfect shade for my skin tone. I must thank the Butterfly Projects for giving the opportunity to experience the brand personally at MUSE Watsons. Fyi, the brand does not only cover the cosmetics but also skincare and fragrance. My favourite is their ‘liquid lipstick’ which was the star of the day in the event that day. The colours are gorgeous and the best part is… it really lasted very long. I have very sensitive lips and the only lipstick that doesn’t give me chapped lips is ‘NYX’. Other brands even the most expensive ones gives me chapped lips within an hour after wearing it. So, when I tried the BP’s liquid lipstick, I was afraid it will cause the same but it didn’t. I was happy as a lark. I can also skip lip gloss when I wear the liquid lipstick because it is a 2 in 1 product (lipstick + lip gloss). The liquid lipstick which retails at RM92, shades are quite limited but it is okay for me because the colours that are available is pretty much basics that is preferred by everyone.

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    I didn’t get a chance to try other products though but I am certainly interested to look at their primer since I have read about such good raves about it. For those who are interested in the product, bollywood PROFESSIONAL is doing a free makeover for those who purchase 2 products from them. So, hurry up, what are you waiting for?? For more information on the products, do check out their website at www.bollywoodpro.com. Currently, bollywood Professional products can be purchased from MUSE Watsons which is located in Sunway Pyramid and also Tangs in Malaysia.

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    Thank you once again to Butterfly Projects for giving me an opportunity to attend the event and it was an event well done by our mamasan Tammy and her team. I am looking forward to attend more projects with them.

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  • 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

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    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.