Sunday, November 29, 2015

KLFW 2015 | Carven Ong - The Finer Details of Being A Woman

We are not able to let it go, not just yet. Yes, after all these while, those detailed work on the gowns that floated down the runway, that very day, are still very much playing in our minds, repeatedly. Hopelessly romantic and graceful, Carven Ong's Collection for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear 2015 (KLFW2015) was one of the highlights to the annual event this year, for us, personally. (Those few shows that we managed to catch, not all, unfortunately)

We remembered vividly that, our camera kept clicking away when the pieces were presented, as if, involuntarily, without our permission, but we were more than happy to do so. Each piece had its charm, they captured our heart - the beads, the carefully crafted details of embroidery, the materials used, the geometrical lines and the intricately and well-made pieces of gowns, all spoke to us in ways that we could not hold back our excitement. We especially love the muted hues, it seems to set the tone and mood for the season, we felt. It is dreamy, to say the least. We had fallen in love, deep in love this time around. 

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

[Review] Mary Kay® TimeWise Microdermabrasion Step 1: Refine

We were quite intrigued when we first received this skincare set from a dear friend. It is Mary Kay® TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set, one that received quite some rave reviews by users. We were interested due to the fact that we are new to the concept of microdermabrasion and have not tried it. Upon some research, we found that there is a difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion (here for more). We have always thought that microdermabrasion can only be done in a clinic with specific instrument or equipment and it is quite interesting that it can now be used at home too, with Mary Kay®'s set. With it, also came their Creme Lipstick *_^

First of all, Mary Kay® is a direct selling company founded by Mary Kay Ash way back in 1963 to give women around the world a platform to succeed through sheer perseverance in advocating beauty in a safe manner through their beauty products. (here to explore) The nature of the business is nothing new to us. Let's get down to exploring the TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Step 1: Refine, shall we?

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Series 2015 | M.A.C Magic Of The Night 2015 Jazzes Up Your Festive Looks

Are you ready to have some fun with your up-coming holiday season's makeup looks? Well, you can get ready for an enchanted evening that is filled with non-stop glitz and glam, depends on your mood for the night or evening out as this season. This holiday season, M.A.C Cosmetics with its Magic of The Night collections are already here to offer you some cool shades and palettes, with eyes in deep smokey hues and lips that are bold enough to set you on fire. There are so many beautifully packaged sets to choose from and all of them look equally enticing. We shall do a quick share with you some of the products we have from the collection, all thanks to M.A.C Malaysia.

Apparently, the highlights of the Magic of The Night collection, according to bloggers local and abroad are actually the In Extra Dimension Skinfinish (the Oh Darling highlighter and Shaft of Gold bronzer, here for more). They did look super gorgeous that night when we attended the launch of this collection at KLCC previously. They had such rave reviews after the launch on the internet and youtube. The other ones that were equally eye-catching to the media and bloggers are the Colourdrenched Pigments (here) for the eyes, in pearlized, creamy hues, which comes in 5 shades, shown here. The holiday season collection from M.A.C is one that is along the colour palette of teal, blue, deep purple and all the jewel tones with cool shades. 

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

[Inspiration | Musing] When You Say You are Feeling Blue

When you say you are feeling blue, set me free to roam the streets with no name, or pull me into a cafe and have a seat on that beautiful chair, that is meant for the free-spirited side of me. Set me free to indulge in my kind of blue, if you say you are feeling blue, for how could you not see, I desperately need to let it all go, this very instant?

Let me be, let me be what I want to be - the sun that caresses the hand that holds the glass, or the glass that keeps the water in its place, or even the lines that run along, not knowing that they are supposed to stay in line.  How could you expect me to stay in one place when you are the one who escapes with an unwilling accomplice? You took away the only thing that matters to me - my kind of terribly beautiful blue... my unapologetically stunning blue.

It is a little blue kind of Saturday, but a gorgeous one. Visual 1 | Visual 2 | Visual 3

With love, 
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The Charming IsMe Beauty & Café Moments

We have always been wondering when will someone conjure up a concept that marries lifestyle café and beauty in one. That flash of idea in our head back then is now a reality in Klang Valley - the new IsMe Beauty & Café outlets found at Empire Shopping Mall and NuSentral. We had the pleasure to be invited by Tanky, the manager to give this unique Beauty Café a try. So, off we went, with another two blogger friends of ours that evening some time back. 

Although the concept is not brand new, it is pretty popular overseas like Korea, but it is the first of its kind here in Malaysia, specially created having women in mind. IsMe Beauty & Café is not only just combining beauty and the usual cafe, but with promoting a healthy lifestyle and health conscious focus meals in its inception, a balanced lifestyle inside out. All meals on the menu are only 400 calories, putting health first for your meal consumption. So ladies, you can order away that cup of cute-looking cappuccino or latte, or even take a bite at that daily in-store freshly prepared sandwich without the guilt or having to hit the gym right after feeling. How cool is that?

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Friday, November 20, 2015

[Review] Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Kiehl's has been a brand that is synonymous with naturally derived ingredients-based coupled with dermatologist skewed beauty products and had a long standing history dates back to more than 160 years ago founded as an old-world apothecary. (here for understanding). We have heard rave reviews about Kiehl's products, have seen the bright neon signage, the skeleton and lab coat personnels at the stores countless times but have never had the opportunity to experience them till recently. We are glad to introduce you to one of the skincare products that we had the pleasure to try out - the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Inspired by new dermatology hydration procedures, this innovative formula anchors moisture deep within skin's surface layers to address age-related dehydration issues which are caused by an imbalance of moisture within the skin that occurs as we age, making our skin more prone to showing signs of aging sooner. Some of the signs of aging would be fine lines, wrinkles, dull and tiring looking skin. So, if fresh, plump and youthful skin is what we aim to achieve, perhaps this would be the answer?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

M.A.C AW2015 Trends: Strength of Beauty and Beautiful & Damned

If you had seen this, you would have known that there were 4 major makeup trends that were shared by the professional at M.A.C Cosmetics recently for this Autumn/Winter 2015. In the constant and evolving conversation of what defines beauty today, true makeup artistry broadens the propositions and opens our eyes to inspired options of how to celebrate beauty with makeup - Beauty is Diversity. At least, that is what according to the beautiful people at M.A.C and we could not agree more with them! 

So what is the common thread? For M.A.C, it feels fresh to declare: there isn't one! For refreshingly, there is no unanimous aesthetic view to A/W2015. The means are as diverse as the ends. This season as makeup artists pull energy and inclinations from a varied mash up of eras, attitudes and artistic techniques, playing with paradoxes - particularly that of hard vs soft (in respect of attitude, colour, texture and techniques) - results this season in makeups that are as strong, dynamic, creative - and polarizing. We shall first share with you here, two of the four trends - Strength of Beauty and Beautiful and Damned.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

[Sneak Peek] Intimate Melvita & L'Occitane Christmas Preview

Christmas is a time for celebration, a time for giving and most of all, a time to enjoy each others' company and love. That was exactly what went down today at the Melvita and L'Occitane Malaysia's joint Christmas Lunch Date to reveal both these French brands' up-and-coming new launches and limited-edition gift sets for this coming Christmas season. 

The team of Melvita and L'Occitane Malaysia put quite some thoughts into putting together a lunch date at the exquisite Ciao Restaurant that was nothing short of impressively decorated set-up in a beautiful sort of French chic manner, where the Christmas vibe was totally in the air, from goodies and samples filled with glittery box sets, snow crystal Melvita globe right down to the specifically designed meals fitted to the theme of the day. 

We do hope you come back later to check out what's in store for this festive giving season with the offerings by these two brands. Let's just say that you will be pleasantly surprised. More about Melvita here and L'Occitane here. See more up-to-date happenings via our instagram feed, if you have not already connected with us there

Have a luminously happy and beautiful weekend ahead, lovelies *_^ 

With love, 
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Monday, November 9, 2015

[Review] Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Holiday Collection 2015

East meets West, Maison Kitsuné debut beauty collection, sees a collaboration of this fashion, arts and music fore-fronting Tokyo + Paris inspired brand with eclectic and cultural crossover pioneering Japanese beauty brand, Shu Uemura is one that is whimsical, fun, colourful and most of all, invigorating. Bursting with a sense of adventure and exploration, this Shu Uumura x Maison Kitsuné 2015 Holiday Collection is an interplay of Western elements, infused with Eastern sensibility and aesthetics, aptly designed allowing for the creation of a variety of looks for the festive occasion.

Founded by Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, Maison Kitsuné (House of Fox) is a unique concept of infusing fashion, music and design into its work, reinventing the "classics" while mixing them with daring range of colours, prints and materials, very much close to the philosophy of Shu Uemura's art of beauty - a long standing belief of Mr. Shu Uemura himself, bridging arts and beauty, merging the two in all its forms and glory. We had the pleasure to attend the recent Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné media preview plus launch and check out more about this holiday collection, all thanks to the Shu Uemura Malaysia team *_^

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Inspiration | Musing: Shades of Autumn Grey

To love that space between black and white, is to fall in love with nothingness, yet filled with so much of that fulfillment that comes from dwelling in that notion of nothingness. We can speak, yet can't talk for we are speechless, we can see, yet we can't witness for we are blinded by the subtlety of quiet beauty it brings, we can hear yet we can't listen for we are deafened by the muted noise that comes from not knowing. We can feel yet we can't touch for touching nothingness is like waving your hands in the desperation of voidness.

We have fallen, for the different shades of grey, amidst the call of the autumn wind.

Let us just take a moment, step back and enjoy the blissfulness of the shade has to offer, close our eyes and breath in all that is about this colour, for the emotion that it evokes, is truly a wonder, and a mystery, at the very same time.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Innisfree Beauty Picnic - The Jeju Sparkling Mineral Experience

Green lush lawn, beautiful clean fresh air, serene and peaceful space to kick back and have a little picnic and good times while discovering what the latest range of Korean skincare has to offer to rejuvenate and hydrate? All these seemed too magical when we received the invitation from Innisfree Malaysia, as it came during the time when Malaysia was experiencing a horrendous hazy weather situation. We were worried, to say the least as having a really sensitive nose and allergy did not help to calm our nervous. Upon arriving on location, the prior worries immediately melted away, as we knew, the well thought-out set-up by the Innisfree Malaysia PR team was absolutely perfect for an indoor picnic scenario (yes, you heard us right *_^), as good as it could get, we felt - this was our very first indoor Innisfree Beauty Picnic

Nestled within the city, Organica Lifestyle (here for more), this health-focus eatery turned picnic location for the day is the perfect choice for this Saturday afternoon rendezvous. We were invited to a quick de-stress session with the owner upstairs, to relax and calm our body and mind, a great way to start off the session. What followed was a quick introduction to the brand by the Innisfree Malaysia Brand Manager, Johnny Nam and explanation about their latest range - Jeju Sparkling Mineral skincare line, a collection that mainly uses carbonic hot spring water (sparkling mineral water) from Jeju Sanbangsan Mountain, only available exclusively to Innisfree. This active ingredient provides deep hydration while the frizzy sparkling effect allows you to experience that hot-spring spa-like feel and its benefits right at home. Sounds awesome, right? Wait till you see what we were doing right after this! 

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