Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Wine Talk Exclusive Blogger Event at La Bodega Bangsar


Wine appreciation still seems to be a mystery for a lot of people. But with Wine Talk and with its French Sommelier, David Stephan, wine discovery becomes easier and more fun. 

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Have you ever experienced going to an event where wines are served and you’re not really sure how to look like you’re confident with holding the wine glass? And even if you finally become confident with how you hold the wine glass, you are then faced with the challenge of drinking like a pro? Why do people swirl the glass and sniff the wine? What difference does it make? Is that a requirement or something?
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Comfortable seats at La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar - did you know they have Ladies Night every Thursday where ladies enjoy free drinks between 8-10pm?

Wine Talk held a wine tasting evening exclusively for bloggers in June at La Bodega in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. Wine Talk’s French sommelier, David Stephan, started the evening by serving the first white wine then followed by 2 more white wines and 3 red wines. There was a total of 6 different wines from different regions and countries. All the wines we tried that night are exclusive to Wine Talk; you wouldn’t find these in supermarkets or other wine shops.

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David Stephan with guests for that evening

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More lovely guests that evening

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More gorgeous guests having fun that night

Guests were served with delicious dishes from La Bodega that evening, like this really yummy platter of different cheeses!
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Delicious Cheese Platter by La Bodega


DAVID’s TOP 8 TIPS to appreciate and taste wine like a PRO:

  1. Hold the wine glass by the stem, not by its bowl. In my years of serving wines, I’ve probably seen hundreds of people holding a wine glass by the bowl. It’s not that bad but doing this exposes the wine to your fingers’ temperature. Best is to hold a wine glass by its stem. It reduces exposure of wine to heat and it also makes you look like a pro. Classy and elegant.
  2. Swirl the wine in your glass, be careful not to spill. Swirling allows the wine to release aromas. Just give your glass a gentle swirl. After you’ve done this a few times, you’ll get the hang of wine glass swirling.
  3. Sniff the wine. It’s totally fine to put your nose inside the glass. Learning to appreciate wine aromas is learning how to appreciate the character of the wine. Don’t panic if your friend smells something else than what you smell. Wine aromas can be completely subjective. Your friend might smell flowers while you smell fruits. It’s fine. The important thing is whether you like the aromas or not.
  4. Look at the color of the wine. You can hold your glass higher to get some light. The color of the wine can tell you a lot of things about what you’re drinking or tasting. Some white wines might be lighter than others; it will roughly give you an idea about the taste. Some red wines are very dark while types like pinot noir might have lighter red color than merlot and shiraz.  
  5. Sip the wine. Take note: SIP not gulp. Sipping gives you more chance to appreciate the taste. If you are willing to expand your tasting skills, you can explore inhaling air through your mouth while the wine is inside. This can be tricky but perfecting this skill can give you significant difference in appreciating wines.
  6. Take note of the aftertaste. This is where you’ll notice if a wine has strong or light tannins. Tannins are most commonly present in red wine. It is the textural element that makes wine taste dry. Observe your tongue when you taste red wines, it’s that ‘dry’ feeling or taste when you swallow wine. Some grapes have higher tannins while some have lower.
  7. Swirl, sniff then sip again. This will allow you to rediscover the aromas and the taste for another time.
  8. Be familiar with basic wine terms. Looking and sounding like a pro need a bit of research. Some people might talk to you about nose, legs, fermentation, vintage, corked wine, acidity and other terms. Take a few minutes to read about some wine terms before you attend a gathering where wine will be served. If you’re armed with some wine knowledge, you’ll relate to what people are talking about and maybe even add some comments that make you look and sound like a pro!
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If you really want to learn more about wines, it is best to keep trying more. Wine Talk has a special service where wine lovers or enthusiasts can discover more wines that will be personally handpicked by David. A person just needs to join the Wine Club, which is FREE from sign-up or membership fee, and receive 6 or 12 bottles of wines every month or 2. It’s a convenient way to enjoy wines. You don’t need to worry about what wines to buy because David, the sommelier, will choose them for you based on your preference. Isn’t this amazing? And another great thing from Wine Talk is their GUARANTEED PRICE and GUARANTEED SATISFACTION. If you’re not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you. Cool!

Wine Club and Wine Talk’s wine delivery service are currently available across Peninsular Malaysia. For further information, log on to http://www.winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 97 88.

Good news for my readers! Love wine? Need to send wine as a gift or need wines for an event, gathering or party? Use my special voucher code when you shop at Wine Talk to enjoy RM50 OFF on your order of RM300 worth of normal-priced wines! Simply key-in BLOG50CC upon checkout!


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About Wine Talk Malaysia
Wine Talk is an online wine delivery service where customers can easily order wines via www.winetalk.com.my or via call to 1300 88 9788. Customers can choose from over 400 labels of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, champagne, rosé wine, even non-alcoholic wine, and have them delivered to their home, office, wedding venue or any location within Peninsular Malaysia.

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David Stephan, Wine Talk Sommelier
David Stephan who is Wine Talk’s sommelier, studied hospitality and sommelerie in a professional school from the age of 16 in France, with internships including stints in various hotels & renowned restaurants in Paris.  In the late 90’s, he moved to the exclusive island of St Barts, working in a 5-star resort.  The island is famous for stunning beaches and locations, but also high-end hotels and restaurants, frequented by the rich and famous including ‘L’Esprit Salines’, one of the island top restaurants at that time, where he managed a splendid premium wine list. In 2003 he moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked in relation with the wine industry for 8 years.

Wine Talk is known for successfully launching the Wine Club in 2012. “This is a club, and its members will get to be a part of its development to enjoy a wine journey that is meaningful and rewarding.  We offer members an exclusive access to wines that are imported exclusively for Wine Talk while also enjoying privileges such as exclusive member prices, surprises, access to events and more.” said David Stephan, Wine Talk’s sommelier.

Wine Talk’s Wine Club is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The Wine Club is an exclusive service with no membership fee wherein members will receive wine cases on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, delivered straight to their home. Members will receive great value wines with a different selection every time, handpicked by David. The selection will feature popular labels and also fun discoveries, which a lot of people may not have thought to try. It comes with a personalized booklet that details the history of the winery, grape varietals, tasting notes, food pairing and more. At only RM428 for 6 bottles and RM788 for 12 bottles with FREE delivery included, personalized selections from David Stephan, Wine Club members will enjoy a wonderful wine experience. And due to insistent demand, Wine Talk recently launched the Premium Wine Club selection for those who want a different level of wines to be handpicked by David. 
Anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Wine Club even have the option to arrange for personal wine tasting where a Wine Club ambassador explains more about it while serving wine and canapés to a customer.

Aside from the Wine Club, Wine Talk customers also enjoy wine advices for weddings, events, gifts and other requirements. David and his sommelier team take pleasure in serving the needs of customers via online, via call and via personal appointments.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Fight Blackheads with Neutrogena Deep Clean


How do you solve your blackhead woes and how do you prevent them from coming back?

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Having pores that are ‘not normal in size’ can be really challenging. Pores like mine tend to get clogged and invite dirt, forming more whiteheads or blackheads. My regimen through the years involved proper cleansing and trying to ensure that I use the right cleansers to address this concern about blackheads.

Although there are a lot of good cleansers out there, it pays to use a specific one that is targeted to fight those nasty little things. While doing my regular visit a few months ago at a leading pharmacy, I stumbled upon this product from Neutrogena, which caught my eye because of its name that twinkled magically to my attention (ching ching ching). Blackhead eliminating, eh? Gotta try that.

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This product comes in a half-transparent plastic tube. The flip-top cap makes it convenient, and the opening has a sticker seal for quality protection. You have to twist the cap open to remove this.

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The scrub itself is a shiny, white fluid with orange micro beads. It just smells clean and nice, no extra fragrance there.

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I love using this on my face. During the day, I normally use a different cleanser then in the evening, I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub after Cleansing Lotion. My face feels great and really ‘deeply cleaned’ with this scrub.

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LEFT: with makeup, before washing with Neutrogena
RIGHT: after washing with Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

What difference did it make on my pores?
When I started using this, my regimen already included weekly cleansing with pore strip, which has reduced the amount and size of whiteheads and blackheads that I strip off every week. With the addition of Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, I noticed that I barely have blackheads on my pore strip, and it definitely prevented formation of more blackheads. I don’t think that my face will totally be ‘heads-free’ but I’m now able to control them, resulting to cleaner pores. Yay! #happy #neutrogena #skincare #greatcleanser #fightblackheads

More about Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub               
What it does:
  • Helps to effectively eliminate blackheads from the very first use
  • Prevents new blackheads from forming for clear and healthy-looking skin

What it contains:
  • Beta hydroxyl acid formula – cleans dirt and excessive oil
  • Skin-conditioning beads – condition and soothe skin
  • Blackhead Fighting Complex – penetrates deep into pores to remove dead skin cells to help eliminate blackheads
  • Cedarwood extract and moisturizer – help strengthen the skin’s natural water and oil balance, and prevent new blackheads from forming with continuous use

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub is OIL-FREE and SOAP-FREE.

How to use:
As a daily cleanser, squeeze a pea-size amount of the Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub onto your palm. Add a little water to form a lather and gently massage over the face. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Can be used everyday.

Price:
RM19.90 for 100g – available at Guardian, Watsons and other leading pharmacies

CONTEST! 
I might be a bit late in sharing this but we still have a few days! Neutrogena Malaysia is running a contest with Guardian where you and a friend can win a pampering getaway to Port Dickson!

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Visit the nearest Guardian Malaysia to get your entry form!

Like Neutrogena Malaysia Facebook page for updates, tips, news and contests: http://www.facebook.com/myneutrogena

Discover more Deep Clean products from Neutrogena in leading pharmacies.
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About Neutrogena
Neutrogena the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand offers a wide range of skin care products.

Neutrogena began its success story in 1930 when founder Emanuel Stolaroff started a small specialty cosmetic company called Natone. In the early years, Natone was a supplier to beauty salons usually associated with the glamour of the film industry. By the 1940's, Natone began manufacturing and distributing cosmetics for the retail market. In 1994, the respect and credibility earned by Neutrogena Corporation led to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1994. As a member of Johnson & Johnson companies, Neutrogena has the opportunity to preserve the "Neutrogenic way" while at the same time drawing on the breadth of Johnson & Johnson resources.

Now, more than ever, consumers equate health with beauty. Neutrogena stands naturally poised for tremendous future growth and an ever-increasing number of satisfied customers. Under Neutrogena Brands.

Goodbye Lipstick Stain with Elianto Brilliant Riche


Do you like seeing your lipstick stain or mark on a mug, glass or anything your lips touch? What if your lip color can be long lasting and transfer-proof? Elianto launches a solution.

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Lip color has become an integral part of our daily fashion and it makes a huge difference to how we look. It’s amazing how a dash of color on our lips can totally create an impact on our appearance. I used to survive with just 1 or 2 lip colors but I now have 5 lip colors in my travel cosmetic kit alone. I wear a different color for every occasion and I enjoy changing colors within the day, depending on my mood. But, of course, like a lot of ladies, I also have my top picks, those colors that I can simply keep wearing again and again.

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Do you love black dresses? I certainly do; it makes me look slimmer, classier and there’s just this elegance that comes with a black dress. So when it comes to wearing lipstick, I love colors that really pop against black color…like this new Elianto Brilliant Riche Lip Color Collection.

When I first saw this item, I thought it was a lip gloss and I was like…uh-oh. I’m not a big fan of lip glosses, except for very few brands, but upon testing this new Elianto collection, I was surprised to find out that it was not lip gloss at all; it’s matte lipstick in liquid form!

The new Brilliant Riche Lip Colour is elianto’s 1st Kiss Proof (or Transfer Proof) lip color collection. Wait…what? Kiss Proof? Ohohoho, this has gotta be something good. This collection comes in 6 stylish colors:
01 – In Love, 02 – Blooming, 03 – Blissful, 04 – Sexy, 05 – Groovy, 06 – Wild

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Elianto Brilliant Riche Lip Color
Price: RM25 for 2.6ml/ 0.87 floz
Made in Italy
No parabens, no fragrance, no D5, no talc
Contains sesame seed (hydration), boswellia serrate (anti-inflammatory)
Where to buy: Elianto counters or via www.elianto.biz

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The lip color comes in a transparent tube, showing the color inside, topped with a black cap. The cap also holds the applicator, same as normal lip gloss. The tube has a metallic silver accent line, adding a classy touch to the product.

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The colors are very precise once applied. What you see inside the tube will be the same (or almost) as how the colors will look on your lips. It dries quickly as a solid lip color finish but can be layered several times to fill in your entire lip.

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In my line of work, I participate in regular events that involve wine tasting. One of the things I dislike is leaving my lip color mark on the wine glass. Although it is something acceptable in this kind of events, some may find it sexy, but I’d still prefer to put down my wine glass without an additional mark on it, especially when you taste wine with very important guests or clients. I can say the same for drinking coffee. Don’t you just hate seeing that lip color stain on a coffee mug?

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But this Kiss Proof lip color solves that. It just stays in place even after contact with mugs, glasses or cups. And the color intensity stays the same. (I would have shared some photos testing it against kissing to see if it’s really kiss proof but my husband is too shy…and I also don’t want to be controversial, huh)

What makes Brilliant Riche Kiss Proof Lip Color great:
3 Unique Technology

1. FILMING POLYMER – Flexible film, adheres perfectly on the lips, with an even finish. Maintains comfort overtime, without tackiness.
2. VOLATILE OIL – Long wear and filming properties enhanced, no transfer effect thanks to the extreme adherence.
3. GELLIFIED SYSTEM COMBINED WITH MICRONIZED PIGMENTS – Improves glide and comfort in application, imparts an extremely soft and velvety touch, sophisticated matte look, extraordinary pure color release.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT:
Transfer resistant
Long-lasting

Weightless, ultra-thin film
Vibrant matte finish
Intense rich, vivid shades

How do these lip colors look on me? Here’s every color on my lips, starting from the ones I liked the most:
05 - Groovy
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02 - Blooming
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06 - Wild
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04 - Sexy
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03 - Blissful
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01 - In Love (I think this one doesn’t suit my skin color)
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With choices of 6 colors, you can easily mix and match with your attire, whether it's formal, casual or corporate. I can see myself wearing these lip colors for every possible ensemble. 





Overall, this collection is fashionable, great for everyday wear, for special events and perfect for occasions when you need your lip color to just stay put. My top color picks are Groovy, Blooming and Wild. These colors are kick-ass stylish!

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

elianto’s 1st kiss proof lip colour comes in 6 vibrant matte shades with filming polymers and volatile oils for a natural, kiss-proof performance.Arresting bright pops of colour make a statement in intensely rich, vivid shades.

In one stroke of pure colour, the sensorial creamy fluid shapes lips with an extremely light veil. The weightless micro-fine pigments in a gelled system guarantee a smooth glide when applying. The colour adheres to lip, dries quickly and lasts longer, leaving a comfortable, smooth and transfer resistant finish.

Lips remain soft and velvety, while the colour is long-lasting and transfer-free. With a flexible finish, lips remain evenly coloured, enhancing the wearer’s chosen mood.

Filming polymer in volatile oil also ensures application is smooth and comfortable, while maintaining the satin glaze. Available in shades ranging from bright nude to deep red: In Love, Blooming, Blissful, Sexy, Groovy and Wild at RM25 for 2.6ml/0.87 fl.oz at all Elianto stores from 21st July 2014 onwards.

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About Elianto
elianto is a Korean-inspired, trendy and affordable beauty brand that’s international. elianto’s resources are used in offering the best-quality products at the most affordable prices. Meaning ‘sunflower’ in Italian, elianto is a brand synonymous with gentle skincare products, enriched with nourishing and soothing botanical extracts, complemented by a vibrant range of colour cosmetics.