Friday, December 31, 2010

Yet another year has passed...

... and I'm sooo not looking forward to being another year older!! >.< Say whatever you want, but until i can accept the fact that humans do age and gravity seems to get stronger as time goes by, you'll be hearing me rant on and on about it!! :P


What gravity does to you...

Lol!! On a more serious note - What have I achieved this year? What do I want to achieve in the next? Any regrets? These thoughts have been swimming in my head for the past few weeks. As much as I tend to take things for granted, i guess its good to sit down and reflect on the past year at least once a year! :)

Read my NYRs for 2010 here.


1. Lose 7 kilos and fit into my old jeans again
I manage to lose 5 but gained back 2 for Christmas!! And oh, I can fit into my old jeans again!! Hurrah!! :D

2. To learn how to manage my anger better
Yes. I'm definitely more zen this year!! :D

3. Save X amount of money by the end of the year! :D
Oh dear... >.<

4. Spend not more than X amount of money on makeup!!
I finally did it!! *rushes off and rewards self with more makeup* Hehehe!! :D

5. To finish building my makeup storage!!
Yes!! Its done. And yes, a post on it is coming up soon, so stay tuned!! :D :D


For 2011, my resolutions are simple! :D

1. Lose that remaining 2 kgs and eat healthier! Need to tone up too!! >.<

2. Take better care of the rest of my body. Need to be more diligent with the lotion!! :D

3. Manage my time better! No more idling now that I'm going back to school!! :D

4. Learn something new everyday! They say your grey matter reduces as you age, so i better cram as much info as i can up there before it runs out of storage! lol! :D

5. Save X amount of money again! :D And no more not too many impulse purchases this year!! >.<


Thats all!! Wish me luck! Hehehe!! :D Do you have any NYRs, or you don't believe in them anymore?? Do share with me :D

Its New Year's Eve, and I'm sure all Malaysians are ELATED to have today declared as a public holiday (great job boys!)! What a way to end the year yeah?? :D :D How are you celebrating your NYE? I'll be hosting a small gathering, so i'm definitely grateful for the day off! :D

And oh, Happy 2011 to all of you!! I would like to thank you all so much for another wonderful year! Its been such a joy sharing and interacting with all of you!! Lets toast to another great year ahead yeah!! Have a fruitful new year everyone!! :D

Friday, December 24, 2010

Have yourself a...



And a meaningful and fruitful year ahead! :D :D

Monday, December 20, 2010

A super simple and cheap DIY hair mask! :D

I thought i'd switch Masking Mondays up a little and do a DIY hair mask post instead! Still hair mask is still mask right?? :D

I've been doing this from my high school days! :D I've read all about the wonders of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, whether as a skin moisturizer, hair mask or makeup remover, so being the curious cat that I am, I HAD to try it out! :D

I can still remember the first time I tried this clearly - it was after a bad episode of DIY hair straightening (remember those days when broom-straight hair was all the rage?? I couldn't be that old!!! :P), my hair was dry and scraggly and smelt horribly of ammonia! I couldn't afford a salon treatment then, so I thought of this! :D

I literally drenched my hair in it and covered my hair with a shower cap. By the time i rinsed it out an hour and a half later, my hair was soft and shiny again! How I wished I took a picture back then to show you all!! A dear friend of mine will remember this always because we both used the same thing (same stupid DIY hair straightening product, same marvelous Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and both of us experienced this amazing transformation! :D

Fast forward to now! Although I've found (and thoroughly enjoy) the joy of a salon pampering session, I still do this once in a while when I'm feeling poor I feel that my hair is in terrible shape. This never fails to give me soft and managable hair again!

Ok, enough grandmother's story for now. Lemme show you what am I using currently:



Basso Extra Virgin Olive Oil! This should be easy to find, and cheap too (less than RM15 per bottle)! I personally do not see a difference between an expensive EVOO and a cheaper one when used as a hair mask, but there is definitely a difference if you use just plain ol Olive Oil versus an Extra Virgin one (the latter softens much better)! :)

The method is simple - just saturate your hair with the oil. If you have an oily scalp, you may want to apply the oil only to the hair from your shoulder length and below. I personally apply it from root to tip and have no problem washing it off or it greasing up my hair! :) Massage the oil into your hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes - I always leave it on for at least 1.5 hours. Then shampoo and condition as usual.

The result? Soft, shiny and "thicker" (feels that way anyway for me :P) hair! Simple right?? :D

I'm still a little iffy about applying this oil onto my face. But I've heard sooo many success stories of how this oil really moisturizes the skin, i'll have to admit that i'm quite tempted to just throw caution to the wind and try it for myself!! :P Will definite report when I do! Till then, it stays on my hair! :D

Have you tried this before? Or incorporated this into your beauty regime?? Do share with me!! :D

Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Arrivals in Penang!! :D

Hello hello!! :D It's the weekend finally!! :D And with Christmas just a week away, I can't help but to brace myself for the inevitable weight gain that comes with the festivities!! Oh dear!! My mouth is just watering at the thought of all that fooood! Oh well i guess i have just enough time to lose weight for CNY, so bring those yummies on!! :P

Some of you may have read from my Facebook page about the new arrivals here on our little island!

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If you haven't followed, what are you waiting for already??? :P

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I'm totally thrilled to report that Kiehl's have found its way here!! *squeals with excitement* It's located on the ground floor of Gurney Plaza, just next to MAC! Oh dear... what a horrible nightmare this is for my wallet! :P lol!! I'm soooo lemming their Olive Fruit hair stuff, as well as their Calendula toner! Help!! >.<



They gave out the #1 Lipbalm for free! :D I've been wanting to try this lip balm out for ages, so I'm elated!! :D :D The nice SA gave me samples of stuff she think i might like too! :D



Also, my favouritest RM5 store is coming sooooon! :D It's at the 1st Floor, North Zone of Queensbay Mall (just beside Shoe Point / Opposite Maybank)! :D



Can't wait for it to open soon! I need more storage for my evergrowing makeup collection kitchen stuff! :P


Thats all for now! Enjoy your weekend! :D

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Product Review: Loreal Elseve Re-Nutrition Caring Shampoo



At a Glance:
Price: RM11.90
Website: NA
Weight: 250ml
Made in: Indonesia
Likes: Makes hair soft and bouncy, cleanses well, cheap, easily available
Gripes: Not a fan of the scent
Repurchase: Yes
Jenn's Rating: 4 Stars! Me likey! :D :D


Ingredients:



Product Description:

Royal Jelly, a rare and precious natural ingredient, is a balanced complex with an exceptional concentration of combined elements (glucids, lipids, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, oligo-elements).

For the first time, the Loreal laboratories have incorporated Royal Jelly in a caring, creamy formula that bathes the hair in nourishing ingredients, without weighing it down. Hair instantly feels replenished and revitalized.


Actual Product Pic:



Texture & Scent:


This shampoo is quite runny, and it doesn't lather up a whole deal so I find that i have to use quite a bit of product for my waist long hair.



This smells like an old lady's perfume, which I don't like! >.<

Packaging:


This shampoo comes in the usual plastic bottle with a flip top cap. It travels well! :)



Price & Availability:
This shampoo is priced at RM11.90 and should be available at all Watsons / Guardian outlets as well as you local supermarket! :) There's a bigger 400ml bottle available, and that goes for RM18.90 each! :)


My $0.02:

Ok, this review is wayyyyy overdue! But since it's still available on the shelves so I guess its still relevant yeah? :P

I bought this shampoo together with its Hair Mask sister last year, and when used together, i didn't really liked the effect, so this got ignored while i went through several bottles of the other two shampoos i rotate with. One fine day while cleaning out my shower rack, I thought that I'd give this one a final spin before tossing it out, and lo and behold, I really liked it, especially when paired with the Pantene Hair Fall Control Conditioner! :D

That combi gives me super soft, bouncy and silky hair like never before! I even liked this so much that my beloved Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo got ignored for awhile! lol!! :D

The only thing i didn't like about this shampoo is its scent. It's musky and it makes me feel 30 years older!! >.< Thankfully the scent doesn't really last so it's still alright.

All in all I'm loving this shampoo, and I'll repurchase next time! I want to try out their Color Care range next!! :D :D


Credits: Product pic from Google Images.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Product Review: The Face Shop Herbal Therapy Rose & Pine Moisturizing Mask Sheet



At a Glance:
Price: RM6.90 (approx. US$2.09)
Website: http://www.thefaceshopen.com/
Weight: 20ml / 0.67 Fl. Oz.
Made in: Korea
Likes: Moisturizes and brightens skin well!! :D
Gripes: Fragrance a little too strong, contains alcohol albeit quite low down the ingredient list.
Repurchase: Maybe
Jenn's Rating: 4 Stars! Me likey! :D

Ingredients:


Product Description

This mild, all-natural mask sheet is formulated with Rose and Pine extracts to hydrate skin and improve elasticity while indulging the senses in its romantic aroma.


Aroma therapeutic benefits of Rose:
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Purifies skin
Aroma therapeutic benefits of Pine:
  • Refreshes and combats fatigue
  • Helps protect against eczema and infection


Directions:



Actual Product Pic:


Texture & Scent:
This mask is quite moist, and it remains so until you removed it from your face! :D The essence takes sometime to sink it, but its not sticky or anything so it's still alright for me! :D

The fragrance is quite strong, and I do think that they have changed the fragrance. I remember this one to be alot more rose-y! :(

Packaging:


This mask is individually packed into their respective packs and is sold by the piece. Assss usual, the mask sheet fits my face well except for the mouth part:



Time Test:
15-20 minutes!

Price & Availability:
This mask is priced at RM5.90 each and is available at all The Face Shop outlets.


My $0.02:

It's been years since I've used this one, and I'll have to say that I still like it! :D

I like how this mask moisturizes quite well and brightens up my complexion too! At RM5.90 its probably the cheapest mask from TFS, even more during their sales period! :D

This is how i look after using this mask:



I do remember this to smell better (and less strong) back then though! But other than that, its not a bad mask, and I might purchase this one! :D


Photo credit: Product photo from Thefaceshopen.com.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Looking for a High SPF Makeup Base / Sunblock? :D

I'm helping my friend sell her brand new in box MAC Prep + Prime Face Protection SPF50! She got somebody to bring it back from the States just weeks ago, but has decided that she doesn't want it anymore now! lol!



Oh well, her loss is your gain! :P This retails for RM130 here. She's selling it at RM100 inclusive of Poslaju to any Malaysian address. Manufacturing date is May 2010 so it's definitely fresh. Give me a hola if you're interested k! :)

SOLD! :)

Back to regular transmission on Monday! Have a great weekend everyone! :D

Friday, December 10, 2010

FOTD: Yet another quick smokey look! :P

It's been ages since my last "real" FOTD, so here's a quick one i spotted recently at a friend's wedding! :D





Stuff I used:

Face:
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder


Cheeks:
MAC Joyous Beauty Powder Blush
NARS Nico (Highlight)

Brows:
Maybelline Line n' Design Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
MAC Brow Set in Beguille

Eyes:



MAC Claire de Lune es (highlight)
MAC Henna es (all over crease)
MAC Charred es (outer crease and contour)
Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner in Black (upper lashline)
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown (lower outer lashline & tightline)

Lips:



MAC Beachbound lipstick
MAC Easy Lounger Lipglass


It's Flyday again!! :D And with Christmas just 2 weeks away, I really NEED to get my Christmas shopping done pronto, so yeah, I'll be going shopping this weekend!! :D :D Also, if you don't already know, Kiehl's has finally found its way to our little island! Whoootss!! Do drop by the store on Monday the 13th and you might just get yourself a free lippybalm! :D

Thats all for now! Whats up for your weekend? :D

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Product Review: The Body Shop Nail Colour in 01 Starry Night



At a Glance:
Price: RM22
Website: Thebodyshop.com.hk
Weight: 0.169 US. Fl. Oz / 5 ml
Made in: USA
Likes: Beautiful color, dries quickly, lasts!
Gripes: Glitters hard to remove, limited edition!
Repurchase: Yes
Jenn's Rating: 4.5 Stars! Me really likey!! :D

Ingredients:
NA


Product Description

This sparkly black nail polish contains silver glitter particles. It is quick-drying and chip-resistant.


Actual Product Pic:



Pigmentation & Color:

This is a gorgeous glossy black with large silver particles! Two coats gives a beautifully opaque finish! :)

This is me wearing two coats:



Texture & Scent:
This nail polish, though thick, it applies smoothly and it dries quickly. This smells like nail polish!! lol!! :D

Packaging:


This nail polish comes in a glass bottle with the usual brush applicator attached to the cap! The brush is a little shorter than I prefer, but it works well nevertheless.



Time Test:
This lasts more than a week on my digits with only one small chip! :D

Price & Availability:
This nail polish costs RM22, and should be available at all The Body Shop outlets.


My $0.02:

This is definitely an impulse purchase because you know i'm not crazy over nail polishes! I was simply smitten by the dark glossy black and pretty silver particles!! :D

This polish applies like a dream and dries in a jiffy too. Most importantly, it lasts and lasts on me, which is amazing considering most polishes don't even last through a hair wash everytime!! :D

This is how it looks like on the 6th day with no top coat:



Still no chips!! Amazing yeah?? :D :D

Wondering how its 02 Sparkling Pink sister looks like? This is my friend wearing it:



According to her, it applies beautifully too, and this photo is taken after a week. As you can see, it has minimal chips, which is amazing considering that she is a kindy teacher!! lol!! :D

All in all i really like this polish, and will repurchase if its available again! :D


Photo credit: Product picture from Thebodyshop.com.hk

Monday, December 6, 2010

Product Review: My Beauty Diary White Peony Tea Mask 我的美丽日记白茶牡丹清透美白面膜



At a Glance:
Price: RM5-RM6.90, depending on seller
Website: http://www.beautydiary.com.tw/
Weight: 30g
Made in: Taiwan
Likes: Moisturizes skin well, skin is super bright after using, affordable! :D
Gripes: Mask doesn't fit well around the mouth area, hard to find locally!
Repurchase:Yes! :D
Jenn's Rating: 4.5 stars! Me super likey!!! <3

Ingredients:


Product Description

Golden triangle recipe of refreshing transparent and whitening
The product has extracted tea-leaves from the precious species of white tea "White Peony" from Sri Lanka, and element of arbutin - high-tech whitening element to create the golden triangle recipe for skin refreshing and whitening.


Imported fabric membrane from Japan - alcohol free
The special fabric membrane, which is highly intimate and soft, is introduced from Japan to enhance absorption, and it is totally free from any intoxication ingredients of alcohol and perfume, being most pure and gentle.


High-tech Dual-carrier Mechanism
It has combined dual-capsulation mechanism as micro-"particle capsulation" and "multiple layer capsulation" so that permanent softening and moisture etaining factors of skin are surrounded in layers. Then, these ingredients are released to skin through controlling mechanism progressively.


Actual Product Pic:



Texture & Scent:
This mask is dripping wet fresh out of the pack, and it remains wet throughout the 30 minute treatment time! :D The essence absorbs quickly into the skin with some massaging which is great! :D

This has a very mild floral scent which is almost undetectable once on your face! :)

Packaging:


This mask is individually packed into a foil wrapping like your usual sheet masks. It comes in a super pretty box of 6:



This mask itself fits my face nicely, except for the mouth part:




Time Test:
30 minutes, which is a little longer than what i'd like!

Price & Availability:
This mask is priced at about RM5-RM6.90 per piece depending on online sellers. Its currently not available locally.

Usage:
Since this brightens super well, this is great for a brightening boost before an event! :)


My $0.02:

It's been a year since I last tried out any MBD masks from the Luxury range, so when Miss Capsicum offered me to send some my way to try, I jumped at the chance!! :D

Like the other masks from the luxury range, this really moisturizes and brightens well. But this one is definitely superior in terms of its brightening power! lol!! Look at how bright my skin is:



Super super bright skin!! :D Oh dear I'm in love with this mask!! I've since stocked up, so needless to say, I'm definitely repurchasing when I run out!! :D


This item is sent to yours truly by Miss Capsicum for consideration. I am in no way affiliated with them nor do I get compensated monetarily for this post. Kindly purchase at your own discretion.


Credit: Product photo from Mybeautydiarymask.com
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