Thursday, 27 February 2014

Headband Shopping at Sereni and Shentel in Lot 10


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Sereni and Shentel FREE delivery to Malaysia


I’ve raved a lot about this brand in January after I came across an article in Female magazine and then explored their website. I don’t think I can get enough of the chic designs and eye-popping colors! So when I stumbled upon the pop-up store in Lot 10, I knew I just had to buy a piece or two.

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Sereni and Shentel in Lot 10
It was CNY season when I came to the shop. The display is just bursting with colors. It’s pretty clever that they only used simple, white walls and furniture to make the head pieces stand out.

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Headbands displayed on golden holders

The headbands are nicely displayed on gold headband holders that are also sold online by Sereni and Shentel (around RM200). If my vanity kit had more space, I would probably get one of these because it’s convenient to display and store headbands.

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Red headbands
Since it was CNY season that time, special attention was given to red-colored headbands. Check out the cool visual of a lady about to kiss the CNY lion. My son was so enamored by this picture.

Sereni and Shentel also offers a sweet collection of bands for the little ones. See the colors available from Baby Bow Down.


So what did I get for myself? I got 1 striking piece and 1 neutral one.
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Headband haul! Only 2 pieces...

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My first 2 Sereni and Shentel pieces


I was captivated by this purple Ice Ice Baby embellished with acrylic stones. Well, purple is my favorite color so it’s quite easy to get this sold with me. Each headband comes with a Sereni and Shentel tag stitched under the headband. It also has the signature 24K gold plated charm. Inside the provided cloth pouch is a small card with care instructions. I need to keep the headband inside the pouch when not in use to maintain its condition.

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Sereni and Shentel Purple Ice Ice Baby
NP: RM156 but I got this at special price in Lot 10 (only RM93.60 or 40% off)


I also took this pink salmon-colored Mini Lolita. It is simple and has a cute, little bow. Easy to match with office clothes and even casual attires.

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Sereni and Shentel Mini Lolita
Price: RM78

It’s easy to fall in love with S&S. The headpieces are very chic and range from simple ones to really thrilling designs. I even got a red Block Party piece online. It just goes well with a lot of my black outfits!


New collections are added regularly online. The Sweetheart Collection has been launched! If you love pinks and reds with a touch of sweet appeal, this collection is right for you.
Read my first article about Sereni and Shentel - click HERE.

For more info, collections and online shopping, visit
You may even request for a Look Book by filling up the form on their home page.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Love your lips and cheeks even more with Benefit Lolli Tint!


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Benefit Lolli Tint


It’s coming; it’s coming!

Are you one of those girls who just love multi-tasking makeup items? Then this is good news for you! The much-awaited Lolli Tint candy-orchid tinted lip and cheek stain is arriving in March!

Our beloved beauty brand, Benefit Cosmetics, has excitedly announced the arrival of this eye-catchy and tempting item that will definitely be a must-have in our cosmetic kits. This delicious candy-orchid lip and cheek stain is long wearing and leaves skin with a natural finish.

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Benefit Lolli Tint with Brush Applicator
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Benefit Lolli Tint in candy-orchid liquid color

The Formula:
  • Buildable payoff
  • Long-wearing liquid-gel formula
  • Natural finish
  • Enhances all skin tones
  • Smudge-proof/ smooch-proof color


Price: RM125 for 12.5 ml
Availability: March 2014

HOW TO USE:
  1. Using the applicator that comes with the cap, brush three strokes on the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly
  2. Dab on lips and blend for a deeper “pop” of color
  3. For extra delicious color, repeat!


See how the lolli tint gives a chic and pretty blush to these girls while it also adds that luscious sparkle to their lips! And all these from just 1 product! Talk about multi-tasking! Take note: the color of Benefit Lolli Tint blends well on different skin tones. So whether your fair-skinned, tanned or dark, expect beautiful tint results from Lolli Tint!
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Benefit Lolli Tint Candy-Orchid Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain

For a 30-second tutorial, watch Benefit Lolli Tint’s video HERE:
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Watch a 30-second tutorial HERE

Check out more fun and flirty orchid-fuchsia Benefit items!
Benefit Lolli Tint, Lip Color and Lip Gloss 

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Follow Benefit Cosmetics Malaysia on Instagram via:
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Or visit Benefit boutiques at:
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Starhill

Or visit a Benefit counter in:
Parkson KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion, Gurney Plaza
Robinsons The Gardens
Sephora Starhill, KLCC, Paradigm Mall
Metrojaya Mid Valley
Colours & Fragrances, KLIA

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

L’Oreal EverSleek Shampoo and Conditioner


Dealing with dry, frizzy hair has been part of my challenges since I was in my late teens (and now I’m already in my early 30’s, gasp!). When I was 26, I started rebonding my hair once a year. However, going through chemical hair treatments like this can make the hair unhealthy, more brittle and harder to manage once the effects of the treatment wear off. From 6 months onwards after treatment, my hair would start to get frizzy and dry again, reveal unwanted waves all over, and I notice bad hair fall while bathing. If I want my hair to be in presentable condition, it’s either I use a straightening iron or I tie it.

It’s not easy to find a good set of shampoo and conditioner that will be great for my hair type. For a long time now, I’ve been loyal to Clairol Herbal Essences Coconut Milk (see my post about this, click HERE). But I’m always happy to try something new and interesting. While shopping for my regular toiletries at Watsons Mid Valley one day, I stumbled upon L’Oreal EverSleek products. The ‘Sleek’ packaging and the product description caught my attention; it says EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System, 48-hour frizz control.

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L'Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System

A lot of us have probably heard of sulfate a few times but why is this product highlighting “Sulfate-Free”? Sulfates are chemicals found in shampoos, cleansers and similar products that produce suds or foam. In the past, we consumers felt that the foam makes the product work or more effective. But as it turns out, the sulfates that produce the chemical process aren't very good for our skin or our hair. Sulfates in shampoo strip away more than dirt and excess oil from the scalp; sulfates also remove natural oils that our hair needs to stay healthy. Without these natural oils, scalp can become dry and itchy, and hair can develop dandruff and become frizzy (for more details, check www.livestrong.com).

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L'Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Shampoo
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L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Reparative Smoothing Shampoo - Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
Smooths.
Gently cleanses while weightlessly smoothing frizzy, unruly hair. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.

The shampoo comes in a plastic tube with its opening cap at the base. The shampoo itself is a clear, colorless liquid with very light scent. Though the packaging looks elegant with its color gradient effect while showing the contents, I wasn’t happy with the cap. It’s quite hard to control the flow of the shampoo with this opening and considering that the shampoo is very water-like and fluid, it’s even tougher to stop the product from flowing out.

It would have been a good idea if the hole has some sort of stopper to control the liquid easier. Something like these two:
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So I decided to transfer the shampoo to a bottle. This is why I love glass containers; they are reusable and easy to wash. The brown bottle here is my Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer’s glass bottle that I finished last year. But I’ve kept the bottle simply because I know it can be useful.
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When I used the shampoo for the first time, I didn’t quite like it because of very little foam forming on my hair. But since this is a sulfate-free product, that is expected. I just wasn’t used to it and I had to pour more of the shampoo to apply all over my long hair. Nevertheless, my hair felt clean after shampooing. When used together with the conditioner, this shampoo does miracle to my hair! (Refer to my verdict below)

How to Use:
Apply to wet hair and massage into a thick lather. Rinse. For optimal results, follow with EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek’s advanced treatments.

PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies 


L'Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Conditioner
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EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Intense Smoothing Conditioner -Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
Smooths.
EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner smoothes and deeply conditions frizzy, unruly hair without weighdown. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.

The conditioner comes in a copper-colored metallic tube with shiny finish. Unlike the shampoo, this one is easy to control even with that type of cap since conditioners have a thick texture and don’t flow continuously. The tube is easy to press. The conditioner itself comes in a milky white color and has a good thick texture. I don’t like those watery conditioners that don’t stick well to hair upon application. But this one is good.
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After washing my hair with EverSleek Shampoo, I apply a generous amount of EverSleek Conditioner on my palm then massage it all over my hair, focusing more on the roots then to the ends. I place a shower cap and leave it on for 3-5 minutes then rinse thoroughly. And OMG, my hair feels really SLEEK.

How to Use:
After using EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo, apply to wet hair and massage gently. Leave in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek's advanced treatments.

PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies

MY VERDICT
Using the shampoo and conditioner together for the past 2 weeks, I notice significant improvements on my hair:
  • Less hair fall after washing
  • Fewer frizzes
  • Softer and smoother hair
  • More manageable hair
  • Even if I don’t iron, my hair comes out semi-straight after drying


In short, I love this L’Oreal hair care duo! Though it’s double the price of what I normally spend on shampoo and conditioner, it’s worth the price of saving my hair from harsh ingredients that result to dry, frizzy hair. I am now convinced that sulfate-free is the way to go for hair products.


The EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System is free of harsh sulfates and heavy silicones. With Argan, Sunflower and Olive Oils, it weightlessly smoothes hair for 48-hour frizz control. Unlike some silicones, which can coat hair, these natural oils penetrate the hair while natural botanicals invigorate the senses.  

  • Silicone-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • 48-hour frizz control
  • Natural botanicals & oils
  • 100% vegan


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