Monday, 10 December 2018

Great Online Shops for Christmas Gifts, Birthdays and more




It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Time for joy, time for cheer, time for gifting! 

With just around 2 weeks before Christmas, shopping rush is on. And if you are juggling work, home, travel and many other responsibilities, it might not be easy to get gift shopping done on time. Don’t forget, there’s still Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day celebrations to plan for. 

But don’t let time stop you from getting things done. There are a lot of online shopping sites out there. While I was “window shopping”, or should I say “screen shopping”, I came across some great gifts from different sites. So many choices, so little time! The magic of online shopping is that you can explore many options in less time and you can get the gifts delivered to your house, office or maybe even directly to your loved ones. That's efficiency and convenience. 

For those who’d love skincare, scents, hair care and body care gifts:

Althea (tried and tested)
Althea is an online shopping site for Korean beauty products, skincare, body care, cosmetics, hair care and makeup. Find brands like Innisfree, The Face Shop, Laneige, Nature Republic, Sulwhasoo and more. 

You can find gift ideas from as low as RM13  



I ordered a few items for myself (yah, I deserve a Christmas box, too) several weeks back and it came with this pretty Holiday box!





I picked this cleanser purely because of the "killer" name!





The Body Shop
The Body Shop is a retail and online shop for skincare, beauty products, makeup, body care and more. If you don't have time to buy from its shops, you can easily order online and get them delivered to you. 
You can find gift ideas from as low as RM35






Sephora
From as low as RM44





For those who’d like something a bit more personalised:

Giftr
Giftr is an online shopping site specializing on gifts such as flowers, bouquets, chocolates, cakes and personalized gifts. 
You can find great gifts from as low as RM49.90, including personalised monogram cushion






Printcious
Printcious is an online shop that specializes on personalized gift items such as mugs, shirts, mouse pads, keychains, luggage tags and even ceramic tile!
You can find gift ideas from as low as RM20.30





BloomThis
BloomThis is great for those who love to send or receive flowers. They can do same day delivery, just order before 1pm between Monday to Friday and before 12pm for Saturday deliveries. 
Find gifts from as low as RM99



For those who like shiny, sparkling things

Swarovski via Zalora (tried and tested)
I'm a Swarovski fan and a Zalora fan, too. It's great to shop online for Swarovski accessories via Zalora and enjoy fast delivery. If you're looking for sparkling, shiny gifts, check out the Swarovski flagship store at Zalora for earrings, necklaces, rings and more. 
From as low as RM149



Look at this pretty key pendant necklace...



Jeoel
If you like the idea of collecting charms or beads, check out Jeoel and its collections of accessories with various themes such as animals, fairy tales, love, music, numbers and more including diamond-ornamented accessories. 
You can find great sparkling gifts from as low as RM84




There’s currently a promo for Buy 2 for 50% off



If you or your loved one love unicorns, you might like this one...




For those who love activities and experiences

Klook
Klook is your online destination if you're looking for experiences such as tours, shows, performances, galleries and theme parks like 3D Art Museum, aquarium and more.
Find activities from as low as RM7






For those who love delicious cake, delivered right at your doorstep:

Cake Together
What's not to like and be happy about this Christmas if you receive a beautifully crafted cake? Cakes can get ready in as fast as 4 hours within KL and PJ, and selections are available for Penang, too.
From as low as RM95 per cake




There seems to be lotsa love for unicorns and mermaids...take a look at this beautiful mermaid cake!


Oh my goodness, look at this mouth-watering Nutella Cake…




Eat Cake Today
More and more cakes! I'd definitely be delighted to receive any of these beautiful cakes, cookies, macaroons or cupcakes. Look, they even have gingerbread cookies!

From as low as RM60





Happy shopping and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! 




Thursday, 22 November 2018

Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup




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Ah makeup, makeup, makeup. Can’t live without ‘em. And definitely cannot live without any foundation! 

I’m a fan of lightweight liquid foundation. I prefer texture and viscosity that feel like it’s just “second skin”. I tested this foundation in one of the retail shops (oh my, I can’t believe that I can’t remember where exactly did I buy this) and I really liked how water-like it was. So I bought one (hmmm, probably in Sephora, Aeon, Isetan, Metrojaya…). 

I’ve been using this for more than a month now and I’m enjoying how easy it is to blend and spread on the face. I normally apply it using wet beauty sponge and it easily gets absorbed by the skin. However, if you prefer full coverage, this might be a bit light for you. Although it says that coverage is from medium to full, I find that it might be light if there are dark spots that you want to blur. I do apply concealer before this foundation to even out some spots. 

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Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup
SPF30 / PA++
How much: RM205 / 30ml 
My shade: 1C0 Cool Porcelain

Made in Belgium. Use within 24 months after opening.
Created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.

It comes in a plastic bottle with frosted finish, looks like frosted glass until you touch it. The cap serves as dropper so you can dispense the liquid in controlled amount. 

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Here's a closer look at the dropper
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Look at those drops. Aren't they pretty to look at?
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My steps on how to apply this foundation:
1. Cleanse your face and neck. Pat dry.
2. Apply your usual skincare products: toner, essence, moisturiser and eye cream. 
3. Apply your makeup base. 
4. Based on your preference and need, apply concealer on target areas of your face. 
5. Dispense 2-3 drops of Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup on your palm.  
6. Using a beauty sponge, dab the foundation onto your face up to jawline and neck. Blend in circular motions until even. 
7. If needed, dispense another 1-2 drops and apply on selected areas. 
8. Finish with translucent or face powder. 


Throughout the day, this foundation feels great on the skin. No caking. My skin feels moisturised and I do notice slight brightening of some spots over the past weeks. It’s not massive impact but the foundation does function as makeup and skincare at the same time. Works great for me. 

It seems though that it’s not easy to find this specific product online except Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s still available in major retail stores but if in case you are looking for it, Amazon might be able to ship it to Malaysia. 

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About Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup 
(try to say that in 3 seconds, quite a mouthful of a product name)  

Every drop of this light-filled liquid foundation is fortified with skin-pampering, cooling hydration to plump skin, enhancing its luminosity. Advanced optics instantly blur and minimize uneven skin tones, dullness, fine lines, pores and dark spots. The result? A smooth flawless finish that seems one with your skin, glowing from within. Contains key actives that complement the Light Cycle Complex in the Crescent White skincare products. Medium to full coverage. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested. 

  • A brightening, fluid foundation with high UV protection 
  • Gives medium to full coverage to even out skin tone 
  • Instantly hides fine lines, pores & dark spots for a flawless complexion 
  • Delivers a luminous finish to refresh dull skin 
  • Enriched with cooling hydration to plump skin 
  • Boosts skin radiance & smoothness
  • Smooth on this luxuriously sheer, fluid base to help instantly correct and minimize dull, sallow tones and dark spots with advanced optics and skin-brightening lavender pigments
  • The luxuriously lightweight formula primes skin so effectively, makeup glides on effortlessly, blends smoothly and looks flawlessly fresh

For optimum performance, prime with Brightening Makeup Base. 
Shake well before use. 

Other available shades:
  • 1C0 Cool Porcelain
  • 2C0 Cool Vanilla
  • 3C0 Cool Cream
  • 4C0 Cool Cashmere
  • 1W0 Warm Porcelain
  • 2W0 Warm Vanilla
  • 3W0 Warm Cream
  • 3W1 Tawny


For more Crescent White products, you can check Estee Lauder site 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11 Reasons Why I Love Spotify




If you’re not yet using Spotify and wondering why so many people are using it, here are some of my personal reasons why I love Spotify (and could be why you might want to start using it, too). 

#1 
I can find every song I want, from new songs up to the songs I listen to when I was, hmmm…8 years old? 
I’m a 1980 baby (yes, I admit, I’m old) and I grew up with my father’s music like The Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, The Carpenters and Cat Stevens. My strongest music preference is within the 90’s, when alternative rock and more rock genres have evolved up to gothic rock. Generation of today may not be inclined to listen to bands like Disturbed, Garbage, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation and System of a Down. I don’t listen to the radio and I definitely need my own mix of songs while driving or running. 


And that’s the greatest thing I experienced when I first used Spotify. I can create my personal mix and I can literally find every song I wanted. 

#2 
I can download songs or podcasts and listen to it offline. 
This makes the experience hassle-free. I don’t need to be dependent on data to start listening. I can create my mix or follow playlists that I like and download them into my iPhone, iPad or MacBook. 
You can’t play your music on more than 1 device at the same time but I have no issue with this. 



#3
I learn interesting stuff from podcasts and more. 
It’s not just all songs and playlists. Spotify has multiple categories including audiobooks, comedy and podcasts. My favourite podcast is Something You Should Know by Mike Carruthers. Oh and there are new ones including Chill Digital Marketing! I should start listening to that… 




#4
I discover songs that I probably wouldn’t know about. 
Since I don’t like listening to radio, I’m unaware of new songs that I might potentially like based on my music preference. Spotify has weekly updates under “Made for You” tab where you see playlists and songs that you might like. 



#5
I feel like Spotify understands my mood. 
There is a certain time of the day or day of the week when I need music to focus. Spotify has playlist for it. There are times when you need some energy boost. There are times when you need to de-stress or need good music while reading a book for that perfect chill-and-relax time. There’s this season of the year when you need Christmas songs, yes? Spotify’s playlists for genres and moods are just amazing.



It’s also great how Spotify has a localised approach. Since I’m based in Malaysia, my Spotify “Browse” section features Malay Pop playlist. I don’t really listen to it but it’s great that Spotify has this. 


#6
I fall asleep with Spotify Sleep playlists on.
I used to have a hard time falling asleep. At home, in local hotels, in overseas hotels, it’s just difficult for me to stop thinking, chill and fall asleep. And during one of the nights I was having trouble sleeping and I was tinkering with my Spotify playlists, guess what, Spotify showed “Can’t sleep?” And it displayed several playlists for sleep! Since then, I’ve been playing Sleep playlists every night, wherever I am, and it really helped me relax and doze off faster. 



#7
I run longer and better with my Spotify playlist on.
I started running every weekend around 2 years back and it can honestly be very boring. I find it more challenging to defeat boredom than enduring the exercise itself. Then I tried running with music on and it was a game changer! I can now last more than an hour with music on when I used to get so bored within my first 20 minutes. 



#8
I can survive hours of flights with Spotify. 
I’m not a fan of traveling, unlike most of young people out there who love to travel. I don’t like sitting for hours in a plane (or any form of transport). I try working on my laptop in flight but this gives me headache. Nowadays I have my Spotify music on. Whether I’m listening to songs or podcasts, I am now better at traveling for a few hours. 

#9
I can easily access what I recently listened to. And play it again and again when I feel like it. 
The Spotify app or software easily allows you to go through playlists, follow them and the playlists you recently played go inside the tab “Recently Played”. Then you can keep playing the same playlist and knock yourself out with the same songs again and again. Ahhhh, the joy of satisfying your song cravings. 



#10
The user interface is just awesome. 
This is just way easy to use, easy to find songs, easy to personalize and easy for discovery. 

#11
It’s affordable. 
It does have 30-day trial and even the premium subscription is only at RM14.90 per month. I use Spotify everyday and I find that it’s really worth it. I hope Spotify maintains its reasonable price while it keeps adding more cool things over time. 

 Music for everyone


Keep it up, Spotify! Rock my world. 

*Just in case you are wondering…the contents of this article are from my personal opinion and experience. This is not a paid post.