Vietjet will soon welcome its latest route addition linking Hanoi, Vitenam with Osaka, Japan. Starting 8 November, the route will be operational on a daily basis with a flight time of 4 hours per leg.
Hanoi and Osaka are cities that you don't usually put them together but little did you know, the French-colonial city of Hanoi and port city of Osaka shares many common traits. Boasting stupendous scenery, rich culture and diversity, both destinations are lively dynamic cities that are rapidly emerging as two of the latest hotspots of Asia. Here are a few reasons why Hanoi and Osaka warrant a spot on your travel bucket list.
Why Visit Hanoi, Vietnam?
#1 Old-World Charm with Modern Development
Located on the western bank of the Red River in northern Vietnam, the high-octane capital city of Vietnam is a combination of old-world charm and modern development brought on by a recent surge in tourism. The city best described as the cultural heart of Vietnam has much to offer visitors, from lovely parks and museums to street-side restaurants, tree-fringed boulevards and fine colonial architecture.
#2 Beauty of Foreign Influences
Hanoi’s understated charm also lies in its eclectic mix of foreign influences. Traces of the city’s French colonial past are deeply etched in its culture from the architecture, language spoken, right down to its famous Vietnamese drip filter coffee which is a reinvention of the French press.
#3 Hoan Kiem District (the Old Quarter)
While in Hanoi, a visit to the historic Hoan Kiem District (the Old Quarter) is a must. Dive into the backstreets and weave through alleyways on foot to discover boutique stores, cafes and local shops for a truly authentic experience of the city. Don’t be alarmed by the commotion of blaring horns from scooters vying for right of way as this is quintessentially Hanoi.
#4 Historical Sights
A city with a thousand year history, culture vultures will also be delighted by the many historical sights Hanoi has to offer such as the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison and the Hanoi Imperial Citadel.
Why Visit Osaka, Japan?
#1 Fun Attractions
Home to tourist favourites such as Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, the bustling city of Osaka packs quite a punch when it comes to local attractions and world-class dining.
#2 Shopaholic’s Haven
From shopping arcades to flea markets, Osaka is also a shopaholic’s haven. Some must-visit marketplaces include Shintennoji Temple market, Kuromon Ichiba market, Amemura and Shinsaibashi-suji – the 600m long shopping avenue located in the heart of the Minami district.
#3 Creative Dining Experience
A culinary mecca, food lovers will be spoilt for choice with Osaka’s unrivalled epicurean delights ranging from street side takoyaki and okonomiyaki to Michelin-starred establishments. Take a stroll along Dotonbori – the neon-lit commercial street lined with an enormous selection of restaurants, street vendors and bars and savour some of the best cuisines Osaka has to offer.
In celebration of Vietjet’s new route, the airline is offering 700,000 tickets priced from only RM0* from the period of 4 – 6 July 2018 during the golden hours of 1 – 3pm daily. These hot promotional tickets are applicable on Vietjet’s entire flight network including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia – and yes that’s right, Hanoi and Osaka! So what are you waiting for? Check out https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home and make your booking today!
Need a glamorous evening gown for an upcoming event but you don't want to buy one as you only going to wear them once? Why don't rent a gown from this new boutique located at Sunway Giza. You'll not only look beautiful for the special day, you'll also be able to save couple bucks!
Vintage Collection International had a simple launch recently and I was there to witness the opening as well as check out some of the available gowns. What I like about boutique is that they have a variety of gowns, from the classics gowns with simple design to the extravagant fancy gowns with beaded lace design. There will definitely be something for everyone.
Renting is definitely more economical especially if you are a socialite who attends event frequently, you wouldn't want to be caught wearing the same thing in every event. Additionally, if you hate going to multiple places for dress, hair, and makeup, Vintage Collection International provides all these services, a one stop makeover boutique! They even have limited edition bags, footwear, jewellery, and etc. A store you can trust to assist you head to toe for your special event.
If you want something more memorable and you have the budget, of course you can choose to order and customise your very own gown. On top of that, Vintage Collection International do provide professional photography and videography should you be interested to capture and make it an extra memorable day for you or for someone you love!
So don't let your tight budget keep you from looking extra beautiful for your special event. Be smart and start renting from Vintage Collection International Boutique at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara!
For more information or for reservations, you may contact Marketing Manager, Samantha at 012-2219138.
Vintage Collection International Boutique (located above Nando's)
C05-01, Block C, Sunway Giza Shopping Mall,
PJU5, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
10am-6pm, Monday- Friday.
Weekends and Public Holidays open based on advanced scheduled appointment.
I love cute packaging but I'm usually quite sceptical towards products that are made in collaboration with cartoons. Many times, they don't really put too much effort into the kind of ingredients that put in since it's really all about how it looks from the outside. However, even with such thought in mind, I'm still very open to give them a try.
I've never heard of TSUM TSUM until the day I did this video, I've even watched a short clip of the cartoon while I was filming this just to get an idea what are they all about. Immediately got addicted to all the cuteness, no wonder they are collaborating with Mentholathum for this collection of beauty care items.
Watch my video unboxing and first impressions on some of these TSUM TSUM Beauty products below:
Mentholathum Tsum Tsum Face Mask (RM7.90 each sheet)
I've tried the Lavender variant in the video and I personally do like it. Nothing fancy, just a regular basic sheet mask that do work quite well. Feels good, doesn't sting nor irritate my skin, moisturise and smells good without being too overpowering. Thumbs up from me for their sheet mask. They have 4 variants, Lavender, Rose, Honey, and Tea Tree.
Mentholathum Tsum Tsum Face Wash (100g, RM14.90)
They have two variants, Hydra and Whitening Face Wash and Pore Refining Face Wash. Cute packaging but I don't plan to try these as I feel neither of them suit my current face wash preference at the moment. Pore Refining is probably for oily skin type people while Hydra sounds good but the Whitening part doesn't appeal to me. Plus, they have Arbutin in it as one of the main ingredient, I'm not really a big fan of that particular ingredient.
I personally love Mentholathum lipbalm, especially their OGs in simple white packaging with cooling effect and a scent that could freshen up the entire room. I was really hoping these Tsum Tsum lipbalms would be exactly like those, unfortunately, they aren't. They do not have menthol in them :( Thus, I won't be trying these out myself either. However, if you are interested in a non-minty lipbalm, they do have some pretty good ingredients in there such as Vitamin E and Argan oil, both nourishing and extremely hydrating for the lips. Comes in 3 variants, Lime, Peach, and Apple.
Mentholathum Tsum Tsum Hand Cream (50g, RM16.90)
This hand cream is huge, not something that I can throw it in my purse, especially when I'm trying to switch to a small handbag these days. I'm having a lavender moment while filming, I tried the lavender variant and wow, it smells awesome and feels good on the skin. It's thick yet doesn't feel sticky on the hands. I'll definitely use these by placing them by my work desk. Comes in 3 variants, Lavender, Jasmine, and Rose.
Mentholathum Tsum Tsum beauty range are available at Watsons, Aeon Wellness, Caring, and Sasa nationwide. xo, Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram
The final few days of Fall, Olivia aged up into a toddler and Alexis is still unhappy with the fact that her parents gave her a sibling. Additionally, Chase tried to hook Nawwaf up with freaky Miko over breakfast. Could there possibly be some romance there?
St.Ives now comes with a new look! Claiming as America's #1 scrub brand, St. Ives is made with 100% natural exfoliants, spending more than 60 years exploring and formulating their quality products.
Their most famous and OG apricot scrub is made with their key ingredient, the walnut shell powder that's supposedly gentle-yet-effective. Walnuts are grown in California, they are washed, dried, and cracked before going through a gentle process to separate the walnut from the shell. The shell is then milled gently into a fine powder to create these scrubs.
I think most importantly, these St. Ives face scrubs are not harmful to the environment! Scrubs, in general, was once blamed to be bad for the sea or ocean as some scrubs includes microbeads that are made from plastics, which is potentially harmful for the marine life. St. Ives scrubs are eco-friendly and microbeads-free, you can exfoliate your skin without leaving a harmful footprint.
In attempt to #TurnUpTheGlow, I tried some of these St. Ives face scrubs myself. Check out the video below to see more of the new St. Ives face scrubs!
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub and St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub
Let's start with the two scrubs that I can personally won't be using on my dry skin. I used to use the OG Fresh Skin Apricot scrub when I was in high school and I used to really love it but as I age, my skin got drier, it became a bit too scrub-y for me. Even if I were to use it now, I probably can only use it once every 2 weeks max. No doubt, trying them at the back of hands felt amazing as the scrub-y property provided a nice massage as well as made my hands feel so smooth after rinsing. I do think these are great scrubs it's just unfortunate my dry skin can't take it.
St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub and St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub
Diving into these two that I thought I won't like but ended up actually kinda liking it and will definitely keep it for myself. These two are considered as 'moderate' exfoliators. Personally, I think they are considered pretty gentle in my books. They do not have the walnut shell powder as scrub-y ingredient, they remind me of the macha powder exfoliants that I enjoy from The Herb Farm. They are paste-y and smell rather nice, especially the Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange variant, it's so summery and might even be a tiny bit cooling!
Moving on to the two products that I was curious and actually tried on my face. I did a half and half test in the video with these two products. One with an exfoliating factor of 'deep' while the other is in the extreme 'gentle'.
St. Ives Energizing Coconut and Coffee Scrub
This is one that I wasn't planning to try until I saw the special sticker on top of the tube. It's the only one with the special sticker that states "America's #NextTopScrub". It seems that it's been truly loved by people and I want to know why. This has an exfoliation factor of 'deep' and I was scared that it would be too harsh for my skin. I wasn't wrong actually, definitely too scrub-y for me and left my skin a little bit too dry after using it, as it does have the walnut shell powder as the scrub ingredient. However, I did find out why it's so loved, it's the smell, the freakishly invigorating scent! It smells so so so good! It's something that you would definitely want to wake up for, almost like a chocolate muffin infused with coffee. It's ridiculously amazing. For whoever can use a deep exfoliating scrub, please, try this!
St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub and Mask
I've been eyeing on this ever since they contacted me about their new mask. It's the gentlest among all the other scrubs and yes, I have to agree, it's super gentle and even somewhat leave my skin feeling supple and a little bit glowing. It literally smells like your regular breakfast oats with some honey, it's gooey and slimy, perfect to make any dry skin peeps feeling like a queen. They also contain walnut shell powder as a scrub ingredient but thanks to the slimy and gooey part of the cleanser, it helps to cushion or prevents the walnut shell powder from having direct contact to my skin. Resulting in a soft, supple, glowy skin yet still felt clean and mildly scrubbed. The best part about this product is that you can also use it as a mask! I did and I love it!
Each if these 170ml St. Ives face scrubs are available at RM24.90. For more info, visit St. Ives website.
If you are looking for a real long lasting matte lipstick that's comfortable, try these new babies by Maybelline. Known as Super Stay Matte Ink, in Malaysia currently we have 8 shades in total and I have all of them swatched. Some colours look better on me than others, no doubt I have my favourites.
Packaging is simple and classy. I love that the colour outside represents that colour inside, making it so much easier when searching for our favourite lippie. Check out the video below to see more of these Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink and find out how you can win yourself a full set of these beautiful lippies!
I love their applicator. It's precise and holds the right amount for one layer on my lips. It's also pretty flexible, making it easy to smooth the products around comfortable and evenly. The product itself smells heavenly like I've just went into a bakery.
Overall, the colours are pigmented and smooth. The only one I find rather patchy is the shade 40 Believer. I had a hard time trying to get an even application and I ended up layering over and over at least 3 times, with multiple dips back into the tube for more product. The rest of the colours I didn't need to dip my applicator back into the tube, one layer is enough for an opaque finish. They do dry down matte (cream-ish kinda matte) but you've got to give it some time, most of my swatches here looks wet, that's because they've not dried properly.
Once these sets, it's really tough to remove. It clings on your lips so well, making it ultra long lasting even after eating oily food. It's crazy!
Overall, these Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink are amazing liquid lipsticks. Easy to apply, great for liquid lipstick dummies as their formula doesn't dry quick, giving you enough time to get the lip shape and coverage you want before it sets. Shades are pretty, comfortable, and long lasting. Definitely a liquid lipstick that I'll recommend to anyone who wants to try them.
Or win a full set of Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink from me! Check out the description of my YouTube video to find out how you can participate this giveaway. Ending 1st August 2018! HURRY!
I can't believe it's already your 3rd Birthday! Thank you for being the game changer by not only making K-beauty so accessible to us in Malaysia but also many times, making it so affordable as compared to other sites. May you continue to grow and expand while still thinking about us, the consumers.
31st July is their last day of having storewide promos and join their special IG contest to win awesome prizes! Check them out here!
Besides that, they've also recruited me to be one of their Althea Angels! Basically, being in their beauty ambassador community where I'll have the opportunity to enjoy certain privileges and early access to certain new launches. I've received my shopping credits and ordered a few popular k-beauty items that I thought would be interesting to compare for my upcoming videos. So stay tuned!
Althea's 10% discount code for you! (ALTHEATURNS3) *I'm not affiliated*
Check out the special goodie box that I've received from them for being an angel!
Althea is no doubt one of my favourite online platform to shop for k-beauty items. I've probably said this many times, they prices are very competitive and I trust every product to be 100% authentic from Korea.
Althea is still pretty new in producing their own products, so far, I've heard great reviews about their velvet powder, some say comparable to the innisfree no sebum loose powder, and as for their skincare line (Bare Essentials), good basic beginner products but not for me (it's not moisturising enough for my skin) as I've been pampered with other better and more moisturising skincare.
So now, when I saw this two new products in my Althea Angel's beauty box, I was utterly intrigued as it was written as a 10-second mask on the packaging. I mean, how is that even possible, right? It's weirder as you'll have to wash them off. How is this different from a regular cleanser? In the unboxing video above, I kinda left it aside so I could do some research first.
The day has come when I think I've enough idea on how to use these products, of course, did a video demo and first impressions on it. Check out the video below for more of the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer.
Althea x Get It Beauty Real Fresh Skin Detoxer (150ml, RM43 each)
As you can tell from the name itself, these new babies are a collaboration with a popular K-beauty TV series in Korea. These kind of collab, it make sense to me as they are both credible companies when it comes to K-beauty.
The 10-second concept is new to most of us but it has been done before by other brands, however, they are mostly 10-second sheet mask/wipes style. So this would be the first wash off 10-second mask.
They claim to use premium ingredients, where green tea sourced from Jeju (true, some of the best ingredients come from Jeju) and Rose sourced from France. Below are some of the benefits of each product.
They recommend using Rose variant in the morning help prep skin for makeup while Green Tea variant to be used at night as it helps with regeneration.
The green tea variant has a scrubby property to it while rose doesn't. They both smell amazing, rose smell heavenly like rose while green tea smell more fresh than your usual green tea scent. Both comes in a runny gel consistency but thick enough to stick on your skin when doing the mask routine.
After smoothing both mask on my face, I lather them with water and massage my face in a circular motion. They both foams up very well and rinsed quite easily. My skin felt clean and a little firm with green tea side feeling smoother as they have the scrubby property in them. My skin felt a little dry, not too bad as compared to some other cleansers that I've used before but I definitely need my moisturisers.
I think the main point is if the 10-second mask time made any difference. For me, for my dry skin, I don't think it's necessary, I think it would be more useful for people with oily skin type. I don't feel the 10-second mask time adds any moisture to my skin and I prefer foaming up my cleanser, especially gel cleanser, first so it's gentler on my skin. Thus, I'll only continue using this like a regular cleanser since I do like them as cleansers very much. Smells good and not overly drying for my dry skin.
By now, with this Squeeze Lip collection, Mamonde Creamy Tint range is massive. It's crazy. They have Mamonde Creamy Tint Colour Balm (light), Mamonde Creamy Tint Colour Balm (intense), Mamonde MLBB (my lips but better), and Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip. I believe I might have tried Colour Balm Intense before but can't really remember how is it different from the Light version, possibly the lighter version spreads more like a lipbalm while the intense versions spreads more like a lipstick, if my brain remembers clearly. As for MLBB, I've never tried them before.
Mamonde sent me 3 products from their Mamonde Creamy Tint range, 2 Squeezy Lip colour and 1 Mamonde Creamy Tint Colour Balm (light). Check out the video below to see them in action:
The light version is said to be a crayon, pencil-type lip balm that has high oil content to help keep lip moisturised, smooth, and comfortable. They might be balmy in texture, the one that I have is surprisingly super pigmented. The colour doesn't look anything like the outside tube thus make sure to swatch them and see which is your fav colour, don't buy them based on the tube colour. I love that it's super moisturising and it spreads beautifully and easily for a Korean gradient lip look but because it's ultra moisturising, it's not one that will last super on the lips. Thankfully, it does have that tint effect, so at least even if you eat off all your colour, there's that tint to keep you going before your next application.
I have this in two shades, no.8 Girly Rose and no.10 Retro Rose. I love both colours but my favourite will have to be no.10 Retro Rose as I'm currently a little more into such burn orangy-red colour as gradient lip. Mamonde marketed this as a liquid lip with Ultra High Density (UHD) Grinding Technology that makes the number of pigment particles to be more, resulting in a brighter and richer lip colour. I don't know much about these science mumbo-jumbo but I what I can say is that the colour is definitely super pigmented and vibrant. It's also said to be infused with 28% Rose Water, and has a cooling liquid texture. For me, I don't feel much of the cooling effect but the smell definitely is pretty rose scented and I love it.
For a gradient lip, upon application, they do feel extremely creamy and smooth, but I think after a while having it on, it becomes a dry like how a liquid lip would feel, not super dry but definitely not as creamy as when first applied. Additionally, the tip of the application or the "brush" for easier understanding, is not as precise as a traditional doe foot applicator for a liquid lipstick. The plastic applicator on this squeeze lip is useful for a gradient lip style but I don't recommend if you want a precise full lip look.