Saturday, August 27, 2016

Spotlight #MakeItMerry Season is Back!

Bless my soul, it ain't the end of August yet and we are already rolling out the Christmas decorations in Spotlight! Lol. Every year i do look forward to this year end festive season because it's the only time that everyone (not matter what race or country) participates in this joyous occasion of gifting, spreading smiles all around the world!
My Christmas would most definitely be extra special because i'll have lil parasite to celebrate it with, finally i am not alone anymore during my birthday and Christmas celebrations lol. But not sure if i am in the mood to set up my entire house with Christmas deco all around because i'll be freshly out of the hospital by then unless someone is kind enough to volunteer to be my elf and decorate my house for me but first my clean the place up la because it's always in a terrible mess XD

Anyone? lol



I have a love hate relationship with spotlight really, they always never fail to lure me in with their new arrivals (especially fabrics), festive concepts and all especially during the period when i am trying not to spend on impulse lol even with my strongest will power in action, i am totally vulnerable when it comes to craft stuff la, so why fight it anymore right?
So much for trying not to be an impulse shopper lol, always end up walking out of Spotlight with SOMETHING, never once in my entire life since they opened in Malaysia that i've walked out of their stores empty handed XD

My visits were so frequent (and long) that even the store managers remembers me! Lol.
So Paiseh* man lol especially now with such a prominent hair color that makes me stick out like a sore thumb and i can't blend in with normal people anymore.
Not that i am ashamed to see the managers (they are really nice people!), it's just that i am ashamed of myself for being so weak to the point of giving in to impulse craft shopping monthly even though i don't exactly need them LOL. Pretty sure you shopaholics can relate to that feeling as well right? Especially when the staffs in the store starts giving you weird glances like you are some kind of nut job who has nothing better to do than to spend hours in a craft store :-P

*embarrassed 

Knitted Socks gingerbread man!
I remembered having an old arts & craft book that taught me how to make ragdolls out of socks, similar to the gingerbread guy i'm holding. Never got around making them because back then there was very limited access to crafting materials till 2 years ago when Spotlight finally arrived in Malaysia!

Every year Spotlight comes out with a special Christmas range that fits according to their theme #MakeItMerry, and i am really glad to be called back for their media launch for the 2nd time in the row (crossing my fingers it would be annually!) thank you for keeping me under your radar Spotlight Malaysia, i'll make sure to continue making beautiful cosplay costumes from the awesome materials bought from your store :)

So if you are wondering what inspired their current 6 color themed palette for Christmas theme for 2016, it's none other than:-
  1. Merry and Bright
  2. Crafty Nordic
  3. Modern Party
  4. Pop of Gold
  5. Sparkling Holiday
  6. Nordic Getaway
Those names sound pretty dazzling and festive eh?
Wait till you see the full range of new decor products that they have brought in for Christmas, it's guaranteed to make you go "shut up & take my money!" . 
For those who don't like to get their hands dirty, there are ready made cards and decorations you can choose from their ready made selection but really, it's just once a year to get your hands dirty for a family bonding session, so why not?

It's proven that families are stronger when they spend quality time together, doing arts and craft activities are one of the things both adults and children can enjoy unleashing their creativity.
Nothing can be more beautiful then having a warm cozy home filled with family artworks (of course some Christmas music too).

Definitely seeing glitter and gold all over 

I used to work part time as a kindergarten teacher teaching arts and craft, English and basic maths, back in church i would also volunteer to conduct the crafting session (me no likey bible study haha!) which kids are sure to enjoy it very much compared to reading them stories, and i came to realized how a child's mind is such a fascinating thing. The most efficient way to get their attention and cooperation is by giving them hands-on tasks with tons of shiny glitter and colors, it's a guaranteed you'll have their attention for the next couple hours to some point they don't even want to stop lol.

Especially during Christmas period when kids are not into opening their books as their mind are filled with yummy food and presents, so what else could be better to indirectly make them study at the sometime have fun while doing it?
It all goes back to Arts!

Now with the school holidays approaching soon, parents would want to keep their kids occupied without having to drag them out to crowded theme parks should bring them to Spotlight instead to choose their own activity :D
This allows the child to have a sense of "freedom" to select an activity that appeals to them rather than being assigned to something they do not have interests in.
And with all the new Christmas range in, they would also be in the mood to help create decorations for the house, the child would most definitely be proud to show off his/her creations to your guests instead of sulking over uncomfortable new clothes lol.

Crafting can be fun but please have close supervision with children especially on small items like these.  


For adults like me who constantly say "no budget", this would be a great way to save costs and at the same time create something meaningful compared to buying a ready made card that people would just toss aside without glancing twice.
Maybe that's just me la, not sure about you guys when it comes to receiving handmade cards and gifts, personally those are the best things that one can received as it's one of a kind with flaws and all but what matters most is the thought that counts! :)
Some people might perceive handmade gifts as a cheapskate gesture, if you are one of them please do me a favor and slap yourself for insulting us hardworking people. No value can be labeled into something that was made out of love, sweat and blood because at the end of the day all we want to see is the smile on the receiver's face upon opening their gift.

But half the time for me i don't get to see that "smile" la because it's usually pass the gift and bye bye lol.
Here is one of the recent gifts i've made using spotlight fabrics, they do have tons of pretty designs that can be used for almost anything! Whether it's clothes, quilting, table clothes or curtains, it's how you use the fabric wisely to ensure its final outcome doesn't make you look like you are wearing your grandmother's curtains XD

Handmade with "lurveeeee", tons of hand stitching but love the outcome of it! Needs more practice and who knows i might actually start selling personalized handkerchiefs :-P



If you are new to all these handmade stuff with no idea where to start, there are gift sets that are ready for assembling to make things easier for newbies instead of having to hunt for individual materials, remember to always start small even though you would like to challenge yourself, save that for future projects when you start getting a hang of it.
Don't get discourage whenever your masterpiece doesn't turn out perfect or how you imagined it to be, remember that you are doing this for fun not a competition to see who has made perfect handmade gifts XD

I can foresee myself doing tons of DIY stuff with lil parasite when he/she is old enough to start picking up the pencil. Hopefully lil parasite gets my artsy touch haha, because the dad isn't a very creative dude (damn).


For my dearest lil parasite, you are the best gift to me!
Not sure what to write in my card yet but will fill something in when we cross that bridge lol.

Nick giving a demo on how to spice up your own Christmas ornaments with simple things like stickers, paints and glitter.

Customized Christmas Ornaments anyone?

Decorating and personalizing the Christmas ornaments with our names, why didn't i ever think of this sooner? Lol. Growing up in a household where my old man scorns the idea of "creativity"(such a spoil sport, really) so we were pretty much limited, even pitching in ideas for the color theme was such a pain in the ass so we ended up sticking to two types of combination- Silver + blue & Gold+ Red for God knows how many years till recently he gave in and allowed new colors likes purple which happens to be my mom's favorite color. 
So this year i'll make sure they'll experiment with some other colors instead of the same ol' ones because who doesn't like a refreshing look every now and then?

So if you are guilty of recycling the same old Christmas decorations for the past 20 years like my family, it's about time to toss them out and head over to the nearest spotlight to get a new set of trendy looking ornaments without worrying that it costs alot to get a decently designed set because you can always get plain ones and customized your own designs.

There are currently 3 outlets in Klang Valley (Amapng Point, The Mines & Ikano), but heard that they'll be opening a 4th outlet soon, can't wait to see where it's placed next :D
Will most definitely keep you guys updated on that info!
Last but not least, don't forget to share you crafting moments or masterpieces with Spotlight by hashtaging them #MakeItMerry on Instagram as they would love to see your works as well!


Did you know that Spotlight also carries in baking materials?
It's not only limited to utensils, in fact you can find edible food decorations on the same aisle- stuff like food coloring, ready made fondants, sprinklers and other colorful toppings that would make any homemade cake look like it's been made by a pro!

Great seeing Nick & Eva from Spotlight Australia again.
Looking forward to work with you guys again soon, because crafting is life! And nothing can be more satisfying than to work in a field that aligns with your passion.
You can check out our previous collaboration for The Mines Store Opening here: Click Me!



Feeling Festive,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mamonde FINALLY in Malaysia!

Might be a few weeks late to announce this lol but i am going to include a major news in this post as well, so do read on to find out what's the surprise i have in store for you Korean fans!
Just earlier this month Mamonde, a Korean beauty brand under Amore Pacific that all of us beauty enthusiast has been waiting for has finally opened its doors to Malaysians.
Nothing makes our country's birthday month more special with endless arrays of good news like this launch, PokemonGo finally in Malaysia and the recent Rio Olympics!
Fruitful month for Malaysia indeed, despite 2016 didn't start off too great but at least progress shown over the past few months seems promising, so can't wait till end of the year now :D

Those of you who missed my previous post on Mamonde, feel free to read about it here: CLICK ME!
It has swatches that you girls might find useful especially if you can't decide on which make up product to get!



This is Mamonde's first ever outlet in Malaysia, and of course they are looking to expand very soon as their recent Facebook update there's been hints written all over it lol.
Do hope it would be their flagship store next, so we can see x2 times more product range than you find in their current outlet inside AEON, One Utama.
Not complaining about anything, it's just nice to see more stuff being introduced, giving us an opportunity to explore Mamonde further especially on what it has to offer us :)

But they do have quite a handful of their star products in their Aeon counter, so if you are new to this brand, please do head over to give them a try and mark my word when i say that you'll fall in love with their quick absorbing, non sticky and faintly flower scented skincare range!
After all this brand is indeed inspired by flowers, so in every product you'll find that each of them has nature Incorporated its formula making it the first ever skincare brand that uses only flowers as its key ingredient.

Was waiting patiently for those yellow drapes to go down lol!

Finally it's OFFICIAL!


Not gonna say much about it as the photos are already self explanatory lol, but here is some info that might send you running down to Mamonde counter immediately (if you haven't just yet), from the day they launched till 31st August 2016, Mamonde is giving out tons of freebies daily like skincare samples, facial masks and these doesn't even require purchase! All you gotta do is get your Facebook ready by liking their official page: www.facebook.com/Mamonde.MY to redeem your freebies.

For purchases you will be rewarded even more, with every purchase of RM180, you'll be entitled ro redeem a 25ml lotus micro cleansing oil & a limited edition mamonde coin purse. For purchases above RM350, you'll be getting a full 5pcs trial kit set alongside with a Mamonde floral recycle bag.



Get the cushion! Highly recommended :D 



They are also having special prices for their skincare sets with rewards to meet their Mamonde ambassador, Korean actress- Park Shin Hye in October!
YES!! This was the good news mentioned at the start of this post, we actually thought that she would be here to grace the launch but was disappointed when we found out she isn't in Malaysia that day. But that didn't dampen our hopes on meeting her as they are saving her appearance for October during their next store launch!
So to stand a chance to meet Park Shin Hye in person, just purchase any of their exclusive beauty sets and get a try in their lucky draw box, for more info please do visit their counter.
  • First energy lucky box
  • Floral power of 5 skincare set
  • Floral Power of 5 Make up set
Wishing all customers good luck and thank you Mamonde Malaysia for inviting me!

To learn more about Mamonde, you can also read about it on their website: www.mamondegarden.my


I've got this set, but haven't had time to try it out yet so no reviews from my side lol but heard from my other blogger friends who already used it, that this Honeysuckle is really good! It's function is for Revitalizing as the plant has the ability to absorb and distribute nutrients to vital parts of the skin.



XOXO,

Friday, August 19, 2016

Maybelline Lip Flush Review- Sheer Goodness

Please don't hate me (certain someone) for the long delayed post lol, but it's alright i'll love you guys no matter what XD
Another lip related post, i know that my lips looks so kissable (cheh! perasan lol) in photos that's why i end up reviewing tons of lip related products haha, on the bright side my lil parasite will be showered with endless amount of kisses everyday from his vain pot mom!
So I am constantly on a lookout for good colored lipsticks that isn't too sticky so that i can "kiss", actually eat & drink more because who else to kiss at the moment without having to worry about stained bottled and cups. Today, we'll be testing out Maybelline's Lip Flush series, initially was eyeing their latest 3 tone bar lipsticks, but probably another time since i have this first :)




So what's special about this lipsticks?
They aren't exactly your average pigmented lipsticks, feels more like tinted lipbalm in my opinion compared to lipsticks as the colors are sheer with the right amount of shine to make one's lips looks extra plummer than usual, and if you lipsticks don't makes your lips look kissable then please throw that thing away. It's practically useless lol.

The whole point of lipsticks is to define and accentuate your lip shape to make them look more fuller like the queen of bee stung lips- Angelina Jolie.
Everyone wants her lips, except me of course because i personally feel her lips might swallow an entire face whenever she's trying to kiss someone lol, sorry i sound so mean but that's how it looks like to me! XD
I am happy with my small Asian lips and wouldn't trade anything in the world for them.
But one of my problems is having too pale complexion, as a result i look haggard (not enough sleep of course la!) and lifeless like a corpse. My main reason of wearing make up isn't to exactly cover my flaws but to give some "life" into it or else people will ask me if i am sick or not lol.


Got them in these 3 colors! 
But it's available in 6 beautiful shades actually.


Lip flush series's formula contains shea butter which moisturizers your lips the whole day and with the faint hues, you can top up the color on top of each other without worrying about it looking too heavy on your lips. It's made to give your lips a natural finishing touch of color while you go wild on your eyeshadows (eye make up), plus the colors are made using food pigment instead of the usual cosmetic grade color pigments and food pigment colors are known to attract people due to their "delicious" looking shades that triggers the mind of consumers (law of attraction) lol. 

Since it's already so moisturizing enough, i find myself using this without the aid of a lipbalm base since my chapped lips is immediately smoothen out whenever i apply this on to complete my simple everyday look!
But it does stain my cups and bottles slightly whenever i drink, the colors are sheer so don't expect it to last on your lips the whole day like those lip stains lol as i've been stressing this isn't your average thick lipstick formula but a tinted lipbalm.

From Left: Pink, Red & Coral
My pick would be the pink (PK04) because it' gives my lips a natural hint of pink and barely looks like i am having any lipstick on yet my lips looks so "juicy". Somehow the shades between red & orange there isn't much difference probably one is just lighter than the other but i am definitely convinced this is more of a tinted lip balm than a lipstick lol.

It's available at your nearest drugstore (Guardian/ Watsons/ Caring/ Aeon Wellness) price at only RM24.90 each. 
Maybelline is always so affordable and the amount of variety they provide is endless! That's what i love about this drugstore brand, if you are a make up beginner and on a budget, i would recommened you try this brand first before exploring further! :)
My first make up product back in 2006 was also from Maybelline, gosh..can't believe I've been a faithful user of their products for 10 years already!

For more Maybelline updates follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MaybellineMalaysia

Next target are these babies!
They are the next generation of LIP FLUSH series called "Bitten Lips" Lipstick (smells like watermelon too), it creates an immediate ombre (gradient) effect like those Korean/ Japanese make up trends!


So pretty! *v*




XOXO,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Surprise!


More Innisfree goodness for 2016!
When it comes to Korean skincare products, nothing works better on sensitive skin like Innisfree because they are made from the natural goodness for Jeju Island without damaging the ecosystem. Innisfree is an eco-friendly beauty brand who plays their part in contributing back to nature in every possible way so that's why they have recycling rewards for their customers to encourage them to bring back their innisfree product containers instead of simply discarding them.
In their jeju factory, everything is thought out thoroughly from production to manufacturing, making sure that their beloved mother nature isn't harm in any way while producing their products because they rely heavily on mother nature's resources, without it there would be no Innisfree products :-p


Personalized gifts are always the best, don't you agree?
One of the main product line to battle pore problems is their Volcanic range, around July they have introduced a new family member to their ever expanding range and this time it's the Volcanic Clay Mousse!
Thanks to its mousse-like texture, its supposed to have a better pore care effect compared to their clay mask which i am currently using whenever my face feels extra oily.
Since molecules of mousse are technically much smaller than smallest pores, it helps clean out our pores easily inside out more effectively. 

It also helps reduce excess sebum and fine dust resting on top of our skin that usually causes our clogged pores. Volcanic scoria is known to have twice as much nutrients and stronger sebum control capability than their other famous soil family members like mud and red clay.
It is available in all Innisfree outlets in Malaysia, priced at RM70 for a 100ml bottle which should last about 3 months+ with weekly usage.
Not sure how this product is going to fare for my pores since my blackhead and pore problems are under control at the moment thanks to Tansan Soda Spa foam lol.
Gotta test it out on my other siblings instead to see whether it is as effective as their previous clay mask which i reviewed last year (still loving it!), you can read about Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask HERE.



My current Volcanic family is growing steadily! Not to say that i have really oily skin as this line is more recommended for those but that doesn't stop me from using their face scrub for exfoliating purposes since it's mild enough not to cause my skin to peel off unlike my previous St.Ives peach scrub which is more suitable for other parts of the body except my face as i have very thin and sensitive skin.

Explains alot on why it peels and feels raw frequently whenever i use new products on my skin, well at least i know what i CAN and CAN'T use whenever i am being approached for reviews now :)
So far Innisfree works great for my skin, tried quite a number of their range, emptied up couple of their bottles (still waiting for me to bring them back to the outlets for recycling lol) my favorite yet to date is still the Green Tea Seed and Tangerine series, as for make up it's most definitely their Innisfree Long Wear cushion as it has the right amount of coverage for my skin to go without concealer!
Not a huge fan of their water glow (more lighter coverage) as my skin ain't exactly "scar free" from pimples lol, it's more suitable for those who are blessed with damn good skin.


Sebum problems no more with Jeju Volcanic series and from 15th August to 30th September, with every purchase of Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask, you will receive an extra Super Pore Tightening Mask as well!

Take advantage of their opening promo prices to try out their best sellers (which are also my favs lol)


For those who aren't aware, Innisfree Malaysia is opening their 4th Outlet in Suria KLCC (more reasons for me to visit since near my workplace) this coming Friday, 19th August!
Congratulations Innisfree on your steady growth, soon you guys will the No.1 Korean skincare brand in Malaysia :)  More updates and progress do follow them on their official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/innisfreeMYS
They usually have interesting giveaways, promotion updates and event invites to give out!


Eating my chocolate pores haha, Koreans are so creative! 
Thank you for the limited edition choco balls Innisfree Malaysia, they are delicious!

How to enjoy your Super Volcanic Clay Mousse, should probably take their advice and try it out tonight lol, sadly my only comfortable thing is the floor since my house doesn't have any furniture except my low Japanese table which my laptop sits on.


Read my other related Innisfree Posts:-



XOXO,

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