Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Swarovski Stardust Fashion Necklace

Who doesn’t love fashionable and anytime-wear accessories… 



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This is probably the first time I’m sharing something about a necklace! How exciting!

I’m one of those few, or shall I say, very few women who are not enamored by all kinds of jewelry. I’m not fond of wearing rings, except for my wedding ring because I am obliged to wear it (haha!). Rings slowly fall out of my fingers when washing my hands or applying hand cream. I’m also not a big fan of bracelets because these disturb my comfort while typing on a laptop, desktop or any computer. I do love earrings and I do love necklaces.

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Miranda Kerr for Swarovski

I first saw Swarovski’s Stardust collection in magazine ads featuring Miranda Kerr. I loved the simple yet creative and unique treatment of crystals with the bracelets and necklaces. The collection includes different colors of nylon tubes but I liked the gray/white color the most as it will be easy to mix and match with any color of outfit. Of course, having the other colors would be nice, too.

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It also includes beautiful colors of bracelets that wrap around your wrist in 2 loops - the Double Bracelets. I love the shimmer of the crystals inside the nylon tube but as I’ve said, I’m not really comfortable wearing bracelets to work…I can wear one on a casual, no-work day but how often do I enjoy those days…ahhh, time is limited.


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*Stardust Bracelets images from swarovski.com
   
My husband was sweet and thoughtful to give me what I asked from him for my birthday…my very own Swarovski Stardust Necklace!

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Swarovski Stardust Necklace

The necklace comes in an elegant, thick hard blue box with Swarovski’s logo embossed and silver-stamped in front, its iconic swan beautifully represented in the center. Inside, the necklace rests on a solid dark blue, velvet finish board, with a Swarovski blue card tag attached to it. A booklet is also provided for jewelry care information and other important details.

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The lobster clasp is adjustable, which I also adore. I can easily play around with the length with its flexible closure. The clasp itself is adorned by the swan logo and you can see the name ‘SWAROVSKI’ all in capital letters engraved on one side of the necklace’s silver end. These 2 details are definite identifiers for a genuine/original Swarovski Stardust necklace.

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It was tough to shoot this product while trying to show its sheen or shimmer, I still need to discover more about jewelry photography. Anyway, I am so in love with the shimmer of those crystals inside the nylon tube, my shots don’t give justice but if you want to see how it really looks like, just visit any Swarovski boutique or visit www.swarovski.com

Look at those sparkling crystals inside!

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Thanks to my loving hubby for this necklace. I think I want another color of this or a necklace-earring set. Nyahahaha!

Swarovski Boutiques in Malaysia:
  • Pavilion - Level 3
  • Mid Valley - Ground Floor
  • Suria KLCC - First Floor
  • Gurney Plaza - Ground Floor
  • One Utama - First Floor
  • Sunway Pyramid - Lower Ground One
  • Aeon Ipoh Station 18 - Ground Floor
  • JBCC - Ground Floor


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*Swarovski Stardust Necklace via www.swarovski.com

About Swarovski Stardust Necklace
This easy-to-wear necklace from Swarovski’s Stardust collection features a nylon tube filled with sparkling crystals for multi-colored shine. Boasting a stunning 3D silhouette, this palladium-plated necklace is a must-have item for your jewelry box and a limited edition. It comes with an adjustable lobster clasp closure in stainless steel.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Wine Tasting and Spanish Food for a Beautiful Evening

Love delicious food with enjoyable wines? You shouldn't miss this exciting wine tasting in KL! Few days to go!


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Well-known and well-loved Spanish restaurant, La Bodega, teams up with Wine Talk, Malaysia’s online wine delivery service, to bring you yet again another beautiful evening of wine tasting, paired with delicious tapas and more.

La Bodega Tapas Y Vinos is popular for its numerous and unforgettable Spanish dishes, including the classic Paella, which is the best version I’ve tasted in my life. With branches in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), Pavilion KL, Empire Subang and the Shore in Malacca, La Bodega continues to delight us with their appetizing menu and other fun-filled activities.

I enjoy hanging out at La Bodega because of its delicious menu choices, specially these ones that will bring you to an unforgettable gastronomic (if not orgasmic) level! I'm in love with their Gambas Al Ajillo and Deep Fried Goat Cheese. 

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La Bodega's Gambas Al Ajillo (one of my favourites!)
*Photo by La Bodega

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La Bodega's Deep Fried Goat Cheese (I can't resist this one...it's addictive!)
*Photo by La Bodega

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La Bodega's Arroz Negro con Calamares
*Photo by La Bodega

And if you haven’t heard, La Bodega makes us women even happier to be…women! Every Thursday, enjoy an evening of lovely music and, of course, drinks at La Bodega Jalan Telawi KL and La Bodega The Shore in Malacca.

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Wine Talk is known for its wide selection of wines online, ready to be ordered and delivered to your address within West Malaysia. Wine Talk wines are selected by its French sommelier, David Stephan, and are made available online where you can order anytime, anywhere…from a couch while using your phone to a coffee shop while using your laptop.

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Wine Talk also makes you discover wines that you haven’t seen or tried before. With David Stephan always looking for new great wines to introduce to Malaysia, Wine Talk continues to make wine discovery an exciting and pleasurable journey.

And this time around (again), La Bodega and Wine Talk join wines and wine glasses to bring us its wine tasting and sale event for July. Come on, ladies and gentlemen, you don’t want to miss all these!

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There will be 11 wines from respected winemaking countries: France, Italy, South Africa and Chile. For only RM100 per guest, you will enjoy free flow drinks of these beautiful wines, which are available in Malaysia exclusively via Wine Talk.

Wine is best enjoyed with friends and even better with delicious Spanish food by La Bodega. Take a look at this mouth-watering Paella Valenciana Mixta that was served during the previous wine tasting evening in May! We gotta have a plate or 2 of this!

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La Bodega's Paella Valenciana

How to be part of this event? You can RSVP via the Facebook pages of La BodegaTapas Y Vinos or Wine Talk Malaysia or you can click the image below and fill-up your details. Payment is not required yet on RSVP. RM100 will be collected at the entrance during the event on 25th July 2015, Saturday, 4pm-7pm, La Bodega Bangsar Shopping Center.


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See you soon!

If you have any questions, you may directly send a message via the Facebook pages above or email to info@winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 9788




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Zoeva and Luscious Lipsticks to Get that Girl-Next-Door Look

It’s amazing how a dash of color on a woman’s lips changes her personality and appeal.


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I’m getting more addicted with using different lip products and different colors these days. In one day, I’d probably use 2-3 different brands and shades of lipsticks at work: one in the morning before I go, another one right before stepping out of the car and a third one when I retouch after lunch time. I find it fun and stylish to be shifting lip colors through the day!

I have a collection of lip colors that I mainly use for my office look but there are times when I want to have that simple, innocent look (so I don’t look like that tough monster all the time at work, haha!).

I love shopping at Luxola and I had a fun time choosing 3 lipsticks to try and to achieve a girl-next-door look. I picked 3 different shades from light pink to vibrant red. And I was also excited to try 2 brands of lip color that I haven’t tried before: Luscious Cosmetics and Zoeva. I’ve tried Zoeva brushes and I loved them so I decided to try its Lip Crayon.

The Zoeva Lip Crayon comes in a black matte box and the lip crayon stick comes in a black matte finish with silver text letterings. The lip color shade is visible at one end so it’s easy to identify even with the cap on.


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Color: Tender Rose
Lipstick Pencil
Made in Germany
2.8g / 0.10oz
Price: RM34.00

What is it:
The ZOEVA Lip Crayon is a chunky lipstick pencil with a super light and creamy formula. It gives your lips sharp colour and a fine shiny finish. This product is also very smooth, as it melts naturally like butter on your lips for a visibly soft and plump effect.

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What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, making the lips smoother, plumped and moisturized.

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The downside to this crayon is that it’s not the twist up type. You need to use a sharpener for this one.

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The texture of this crayon is amazing. It’s so easy to apply, it glides smoothly on the lips on its own. I normally use lip balm with some other lipsticks but with this Zoeva lip crayon, I’m good to go without balm. It also has a soft sheen finish, giving you an overall fresh look. With light makeup, I can easily have a girl-next-door look. Adding a hair accessory like this Sereni and Shentel thin headband makes it even sweeter.

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I also decided to try this brand, Luscious Cosmetics, as it has an interesting name and the shades are fashionable. This Signature Lipstick comes in a combination black and silver tube, with the color visible on the base, like Zoeva Lip Crayon.


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Color: Buff Pink
Made in USA
4g / 0.14oz
Price: RM57.00

What is it:
The Luscious Signature Lipstick Collection provides the lips with lightweight, vibrant colour. Each lippie in infused with nourishing oils that make the formula feel moisturising. It also offers a velvety finish that makes your lips look and feel rich.

What makes it great:
This lip product contains jojoba oil that keeps the lips well-moisturized. It feels lightweight on the lips while giving a velvety finish.

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The texture is good and color is buildable. If you want a very light touch of color, you can apply 1 swipe. I, however, prefer a deeper shade so I apply 2-3 swipes then blot my lips over folded tissue. It has a darker color than Zoeva Lip Crayon but it still gives me that girl-next-door look. Combined with a white plain headband, my look is complete, voila!

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And who said that dark, rich red lipstick won’t give you a sugar-spice-and-everything-nice appeal?

I was happy to give this Luscious Super Moisturizing Lipstick a try. The shade I picked is sexily named ‘Flirty Fuschia’, and it comes in a sleek silver tube. Nudes dominate the full color collection and I picked one of the deepest colors.


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Color: Flirty Fuschia
Made in Taiwan
3.5g / 0.12oz
Price: RM51.50

What is it:
The Luscious' Super Moisturizing Lipstick gives colour and luster to your delicate pucker with its creamy and moisturizing formula enriched with Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil.  

What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil to keep lips moisturized and supple.



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The texture is great and like the other Luscious lipstick, the color is also buildable. Because it contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil, this lipstick feels smooth and comfortable on the lips. 

Yes, the color might seem too sexy for a girl-next-door look but with light eye makeup and right accessories, this shade can be sweet and dandy. Here is the flirty fuschia paired with my red Sereni and Shentel headband.

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I love these 3 new lipsticks and I find it amazing how I can change my look with different lipstick shades.  Do you switch lip colors throughout the day? Give it a try and explore how your lip colors change your mood, your look and your appeal!



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Friday, July 10, 2015

SK-II Pitera Facial Essence Product Review

I finally took the step to test this bestselling beauty product…why is this so popular and is it worth it?


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Since I arrived in Malaysia 5 years ago, SK-II has been one of the most prominent skincare brands in this country. I wasn’t really familiar with this brand before as it is not available in the Philippines, at least not before I left. The brand has such strong marketing presence and highly influential brand ambassadors that included Cate Blanchett. Oh, who doesn’t admire Cate, with her timeless beauty, grace and impeccable sense of fashion?

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Of course, I admit that I got interested to try the brand, mainly because of its Facial Essence. It promises skin transformation in 14 days, making spots less visible, appearance of wrinkles reduced, and making the skin radiant. I bought a Pitera Essence set for my mother-in-law before and I noticed a remarkable improvement on the radiance of her skin. After finishing that first set, I bought a second set for her and bought one for myself, too.


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Made in Japan
Price: RM229
Where to buy:
SK-II counters in major department stores – Isetan, Parkson, Metrojaya, Aeon
Sephora boutiques
Luxola at www.luxola.com.my

SK-II Pitera Essence Set contains:
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml
How to use – After cleansing the skin, pour an appropriate amount (approximately 3 cm diameter) of Clear Lotion onto cotton pad. Gently wipe over T-zone, followed by U-zone from center outwards, then over neck.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml
How to use – After toning the skin, pour an appropriate amount (slightly larger than the diameter of the cap) of Essence onto cotton pad. Gently pat onto face and neck.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 1pc
How to use – Place mask over eye area first, then gently spread over face and pat firm. Remove mask after 5-15 minutes. Discard mask after use.

I’ve used up the Clear Lotion and the Treatment Mask. These are both good products although it’s hard for me to fully evaluate, as the size of the lotion may not have been enough to show results while the 1-piece mask does give that instant hydration effect after use.

As for the Facial Essence, I’ve been using it for 3 months now. I’m not a big fan of the scent of the essence itself but it dissipates in a few seconds anyway so it’s not a big deal. The essence is water-like both in color and viscosity. It feels clean and light, easily absorbed by the skin.

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After first 2 weeks of use, it’s sad to say that I didn’t notice much change on my skin. I know that a skincare product’s speed of efficacy may vary from person to person, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is not working so I patiently continued to use it. After 1 month, I did notice that my skin’s texture and radiance have improved. And on my 2nd month of use, I noticed that spots are diminishing, although not completely gone. 

I’ve seen good results but somehow on my third month, it’s just on ‘maintenance’ phase, as I don’t notice improvements anymore. I also find that the progress of results took longer than expected or as promised. I’m happy that my skin improved, especially with the diminished spots, however, I expected better. Considering that SK-II is probably the top brand in the country and that it’s mid-priced, I thought that results will be amazing or surprising, within at least a month. I find that it took long to see changes from the Facial Essence. Will I buy it again? Hmmm, I’d probably try something else with my RM229.

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About the product
SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera™, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today. Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

In just 14 days, your skin’s 5 dimensions are visibly transformed: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

Texture: This lightweight miracle water is quickly absorbed into the skin.

Key Ingredient: Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime.

Other Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.