Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking Back at 2014

Woah. I think that is my word for this year. 2014 flew by just like that even before I can blink an eye. 
I still remember vividly what I did on the last day of 2013 and after that, everything just happens in lightning speed.

Here's how my 2014 has been (in no particular order):

1. Visited 3 countries - Singapore, Philippines and US!

With the one whom I've spent almost 11 years of my life with. :) In Singapore for our 10th Anniversary!

On a horse carriage with our lovely host in the Philippines!

Biz trip cum personal trip. Holler at DC!

2. Finally made a resolution for the year - to conquer Mount K. Hey, my blog didn't get its name for nothing you know. I usually don't believe in resolution but because we made a booking last year for the climb with a group of friends, I want to make sure that I achieve it no matter what. 

And guess what, I did it!

3. A family affair - my sister and Marcus got married! Also, my second time in Borneo (with the first one during the trip to Mount K haha)!

So happy for my parents. Finally one of us is married. Haha.

4. Revisited Redang Island but this time with the stars!

Many of them not in the shot though. Loving the moments!!

5. Decided that life is too short for any regrets and decided to take the plunge to do things out of what I would normally do.

Cut bangs!!! The last time I did it was probably.......I don't remember at all.

Partnered up with Babe to be Sandy and Danny in Grease. I never would imagine there will be a day when I would curl my hair up like this. *faints*

Traveled solo to New urge to visit the city overcame my fear of being alone.

6. Moved into our new house! Not done with the house warming yet though..
Thanks for coming!!
7. Learned that lives are too fragile especially with my dad not being at his best of health, lost of friends' loved ones and aviation tragedies which all happen too close to home.

8. So, I ate a lot more, lived a lot more, tried to love a lot more and bought a lot more stuff (sampah or rubbish according to Babe) so that I keep my happiness level as high as possible.

That's pretty much my 2014. I hope everyone will have a much better 2015 together with their loved ones.

Signing off for the year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

First Time In the Philippines - Part 2

Here comes the 2nd part of our trip in Manila. So on the 2nd day of our trip, we had breakfast at Ayala Triangle which is just 5 mins walking distance from where we stay a.
There are rows of restaurants there and we just picked one randomly called Momo Cafe.

Gotta love the al fresco dining they have! 

As usual, I went for my eggs Benedict while Babe ordered the big breakfast! The portions were rather huge so we couldn't finish the food. :(

Eggs Benedict!

The big breakfast!

After that, it's time to head to the church where my colleague's wedding ceremony was held at.

The church is known as Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish, which is located Makati, the city we were staying at!
When I first reached the place, I was blown away by the exterior of the church! So old and slightly gothic looking but somehow, it just amazes me.

Took this from google image. I can't find any photo I took from outside the church!

This is when we were seated.

The ceremony started shortly after the guests arrived. I think that was my first time attending a church wedding!

Really cute flower girl leading the pack.

Everyone watches as the couple said their vows.

CONGRATULATIONS, Rai and Mao! Thanks for having us there!

My OOTD is from Dorothy Perkins. Loved the dress so much I've been wearing it to more than several weddings. :P

We headed straight for the wedding dinner after the church service. Both of us followed the wedding car because we do not have anyone to fetch us to the dinner venue haha.

To our surprise, the journey to the dinner place was the safest we felt in a car the entire time when we were in Manila because the driver was driving very cautiously despite the crazy traffic outside. :D

Dinner was exceptionally good! Despite not having any experience in the wedding here, both of us had great fun and we never felt foreign at all because everyone was so friendly!

And yes, when they say Pinoys sing really well, they really mean it. It's like all of them can sing so well without any effort!

That's all for this part of our Philippines trip. Next up will be on Babe's birthday celebration in the Philippines! They say it's more fun in the Philippines after all. :)


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Skincare Range

Yay! Another blog post on something I love.
So the reason I've been writing posts on skincare or beauty products in general is because I'm an addict.
Yes, I admit I'm a sucker when it comes to skincare products and because of that, I've been stocking up lots of them that it annoys Babe.

And...what should I do with all of them? I can use them all up and forget about the effect they have on my skin or I can share on my blog to earn more side income! So here I am! :)
Introducing to you my latest set of skincare - Bobbi Brown Hydrating Skincare Range.

How I decided to get these is because I was in need of a new toner and stumbled upon reviews on the BB toner and please don't ask why I ended up getting another 2 products (the smallest one is complimentary).

Left to right: Smoothing Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Face Tonic, Hydrating Gel Cream (for day use) and Hydrating Intense Night Cream (for night use) 

1. Bobbi Brown Smoothing Cleansing Oil

I've been using this since my Shu Uemura cleansing oil finished and it's been more than a month now. From the bottle itself, you can tell that it's made of sunflower oil and jasmine flower extract, which smells really good!

The cleansing oil functions as to remove make up as well as oil-based facial cleanser.

However, I find that I need to use quite a significant amount of the cleansing oil as compared to that of Shu Uemura's. Will I repurchase? Perhaps not. I shall stick to my HG cleansing oil - Shu Uemura. :)

2. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic

I"m halfway through this toner now and I really like the smell of it. It claims to restore and balance skin after cleansing with its mineral water and cucumber extract.

My verdict? I like the scent and I think that is all I like about it. Ok besides the design of the bottle. Told you I'm a sucker for all things pretty!!! I don't feel much difference on my skin and it doesn't convince me enough to repurchase somehow.

3. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

This is one of the most expensive moisturizers I have gotten myself thus far. At the time I was buying it, it was the most expensive wtf. But I was sold because the sales assistant tried the cream on my hand and she claimed that it can also be used as primer. Well, guess what, it did look like there's a layer of primer on my hand when she applied it!

But when I used it daily, it doesn't feel like it at all! In fact, at the end of a day at work, my skin tends to look very oily! I mean yes, I have combination skin but it wasn't as oily as this before! Because of that, I decided to use facial mist to control the oil secretion. T_T

But the logo looks damn classy please.

The cream swatch on my hand. 

Look at the sheen after I spread it on my hand!

As a comparison on hydrating moisturizer, the Olay Aquaction Hydrating Gel works even better than this!

4. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Intense Night Cream

To be honest, I haven't used this yet. Okay, I'll use it tonight and update this space again tomorrow morning. :D
However, after the first 3 products, I do not have high expectation on this really. But, who knows right? 
Ooo, amazingly this night cream is not as heavy as I thought it would be. It absorbs pretty fast and rather lightweight. My skin doesn't feel greasy the following morning as compared to other night cream I've used before.

OVERALL: I think Bobbi Brown should just stick back to their cosmetics range. Their skin care range is a failure, at least for me. Not sure if the night cream will make a difference but let's see!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Pet Peeves

Today, I decided that I should write about something personal because I need to remember, my blog is not just about beauty products. :( Although it does seem my life revolves around it.
Anyway, I'm going to talk about my pet peeves today.
Just in case if some of you were to wonder what a pet peeve is, here's the proper definition for it:
pet peeve or pet hate is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to themselves, to a greater degree than others may find it.
In other words, it's something (could be an act of a person) that you get easily annoyed at but not necessarily annoy others.

Here's my list!

1. People who dry their hands by shaking them vigorously after washing.

Let me explain further. You have a sink in front of you which I believe fits at least 2 pairs of hands. Okay if you want to argue, at least it fits both your hands!
So you wash your hands and decided to dry them by shaking the water off. Someone also happens to be washing their hands beside you.
Instead of shaking off the water in the sink, you think that it'll be easier to do it outside the sink.
Next thing you know (most of the time the person who does this doesn't seem to know), the person who is washing their hands beside you gets all the water from your act of hand drying.
This is probably the mother of all my pet peeves I tell you. Damn brainless.

2. People who do not flush everything away in the toilet bowl.

Nobody likes to see the waste of anyone else's except their own babies' perhaps. But it doesn't harm or hurt the eyes if you were to ensure you flush away your own waste before leaving the loo.
I can understand if the flush doesn't work and there's no water hose/pail to fill the water, then maybe you should just put down the toilet cover to indicate that.
But if everything is there and is working well, wth can't you just spend a few more seconds to ensure everything is clean and proper before you leave the toilet??? Urgh!
If you're wondering why it's all about the loo, it's because I go to the toilet very often and these are the things we could easily miss but it's important to know it's part of the washroom etiquette.

3.  People who do not switch off the power switch after using.

This is a bit subjective. To me, it's okay if you don't switch off the main hall lights or room lights in your house if you were to go out for the night and come back right after. But if you have switched off your laptop or done charging your phone, wouldn't it be great if you can switch off the charger as well???
It's like you just leave the power on with nothing connected at the end of the wire. I don't get it. :S
Yes, it's about the people! Things that annoy me easily are usually done by other human beings.
But please, this is rather personal as it's MY pet peeves. What's yours?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Good Batch, Damansara Uptown

I'm blogging about food today! :)

This time, it's The Good Batch at Damansara Uptown, along LDP Highway on the way to 1 Utama.
It's just one of those days in the month of June which I took leave just because I needed a break from all the hoo-hahs at work.
What better way to chill than to have a good brunch!

The interior of the cafe.

As I was alone, I only managed to order a dish and a drink to go with my food.

Here's what I decided to have that day:

Latte - RM8.50

Portobello Road - RM19.90

I'm a sucker for all things mushroom. Give me any mushroom dish, I'll just eat them like I've never had any mushroom before. :-/
It's not surprising that I ordered portobello because from the reviews I read online, it seems like it was going to be great choice!

But, it's wayyy below my expectation. As I sliced the portobello, the juice oozed out and I know a lot of people seem to think that it's juicy and nice, but I think the juice is a little too much that it eventually affected the taste of the lettuce, bread and dressing,
It's just too much of a portobello juice for me.

My brunch! Just in case you're wondering, Miranda Kerr is not naked on my phone wallpaper. ;)

Overall: 4/10. I didn't quite like the seating arrangement in the cafe. Some seats require you to share a table with other customers and some customers just can't seem to stop shaking the table. :-/ I eventually changed my seat to a single one. The latte is normal but the portobello was quite a disappointment.

Till then!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Eyeko Liner Workshop at Sephora KLCC

While I still remember the details, I shall blog about it!
Back in July (I was away for business trip!! /excuses/), I attended a workshop organized by Sephora Malaysia, in collaboration with Eyeko at the Sephora store in KLCC.
When I found out that Sheng Saw was going to be the MUA for the event, I couldn't be more excited!
Famous for his creative works in the beauty line and also the celebrities he worked with, I felt like this is a golden chance and I would love to learn more about make up with the sifu!
Beautifully lit vanity tables at Sephora.
I was a tad early so I snapped a little while I waited for my guest and the rest to arrive.

Evelyn...faster come..

Right after everyone reached, with no time wasted, Sheng started by introducing to us the Eyeko brand alongside with the products its brand are famous for.

With a model in front, he showed us the correct way to draw eyeliner and how easy it was to use a liner like Eyeko which is waterproof and the nib size is just right to give us the control we need while drawing our eyes. Totally a breeze if you ask me.

This is how the Eyeko eyeliner looks like.

Sheng showing us how to draw the liner to match the shape of our eyes.

My turn now!

He drew one side of our eyes and proceeded to ask us to continue with the other side. Although it wasn't easy to match the skill, but I'm getting there! :P

It was really cool that not only we got to learn about drawing eyeliner, Sheng even taught us how to curl our lashes so that they are curled instead of bent! Haha!

Not forgetting a photo with the infamous Sheng Saw sifu!

I don't do this often but here's my OOTD for the event!

Tunics dress from Topshop.
Tote Bag from Prada.
Ballerina shoes from Charles and Keith.

Special thanks to Sephora Malaysia for the invite and Sheng for teaching us some great techniques to make us girls look even more beautiful! xx
Till then!

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