Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marks & Spencer Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

I'm all for casual (and the occasional k-pop) style when it comes to clothing and fashion, but there's just a certain je ne sais quoi about classic designs and bright pops of colour that is everlasting. Marks & Spencer know this very well, and their Spring/Summer 2014 collection brings luxurious fabrication, an exploration of both the bold muted colour palette and vivid new prints into play.


This season has been a notable shift towards sleek styling and minimal design, clean lines and soft construction epitome. This look and feel of whites, nudes and champagne metallic provide a soft tonal background while an emphasis on voluminous shaping and proportional variety infused with a feminine sensibility define the visual.




Love these two outfits
I am in love with the bag the model is carrying ♥
When abstract print, bold colour and feminine textiles come into play, and there continues to be an emphasis on the luxurious, leather has been exploded to include sumptuous new shades, lace has been intricately worked into classic for the Spring Summer 2014 Collection is one of understated elegance, embracing the finesse of contemporary design.






The detail on that jacket is gorgeous
I'd say the collection is sleek, chic and minimalistic, which is perfect for everyday (work, study, play) yet trendy enough to catch attention - definitely pieces to keep for any season of the year! I'm eyeing that grey and black striped Boston bag... (⌒_⌒;)


Special thanks to Gushcloud Malaysia for inviting me to attend the Marks & Spencer fashion show. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel

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Hello, pretty peeps! :)

What with the water rationing in Klang Valley for the past month, and the extremely unpredictable weather lately, it's important to keep your skin hydrated. Drinking lots of water is important, but you skin needs extra hydration especially in air-conditioned places like school or work. Let me introduce to you the new Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel.

Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel
Our skin loses moisture to its surroundings, and also due to skin fatigue. The AquAction technology, inspired by the legendary beauty of Yang Guifei, has been refined, tested and proven on Asian women. Powered by HydraLock (which contains WSK and Niacinamide), new AquAction delivers a new standard of hydration that is known fondly as pump pump” bouncy skin – skin cells that are well-hydrated and attain a full, rounded shape, giving skin a firm and elastic touch.


The Olay AquAction Hydration Gel comes in a blue plastic tub containing 50g of product. There's a plastic lid once you unscrew the cap, which prevents the gel from spilling out. Do note that it doesn't come with a spatula or anything to scoop up the product, so you'll have to dip your fingers into the gel directly. Simple and solid packaging, although the lack of a spatula might deter more hygiene-conscious users.


The gel has a blueish tint when seen in the tub, but applies clear on the skin. It does has a scent to it, but I find it quite pleasant. What I love most about this product is the texture. True to its name, it has a gel-like texture that is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy feeling. (✿◠‿◠)

Like me, you might be wondering whether this hydration gel (moisturizer, if you will) can be used with other skincare brands/products. Worry not! I had addressed this concern to the company and one of their skin experts had assured me that 'AquaAction products are compatible with other ranges and even other brands'. It will boost your skin hydration level  and penetrate deeper to deliver better results to your current skincare regime.


Indeed, my cleanser, toner and moisturizers are all from different brands, but they all work together pretty well, and this Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel didn't break out my skin and keeps it hydrated for the whole day. ♥ As it is very lightweight, I usually use it for daytime and use another moisturizer at night before sleeping.

The verdict? I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy using this Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel. I've always thought of Olay as more of a brand used by mature ladies (since I've been watching their ads on TV since I can remember, lol) so I'm glad to find that they've upped their game and come out with products that appeal to and suit the younger crowd. Also helps that they have the gorgeous AngelaBaby as their brand ambassador. (✿ ♥‿♥)

(Photo source: Clozette)
Olay AquAction Long Lasting Hydration Gel (50g) retails at RM59.90 and is available at all leading pharmacies.

*This item was sent for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

GEO Big Grang Grang Brown Lens from LoveShoppingholics.com

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Once you've worn circle lenses, you (almost) never go back to normal contact lenses, purely because circle lenses make your eyes look super nice and pretty. I love wearing violet or green lenses, but sometimes you just need to take a break from the vibrant colours and go with a nice natural brown, thus my favourite is definitely the GEO Grang Grang series. ❤

 
Thanks to LoveShoppingholics.com, I got the chance to try out the GEO Big Grang Grang Brown lenses. I'd previously worn the regular 14.2mm GEO Grang Grang Choco lens and really loved it because they're so comfy and look super sweet and natural. (◕‿◕✿) Now, enough of the backstory; let's go on to the review! :)

Isn't that cute?! The package with my lenses arrived within 2 days after being shipped, and came in this kawaii bag with cute lens case and small note, while the contact lens vials were wrapped securely with bubble wrap.


The contact lenses sold at LoveShoppingholics.com are genuine products from Korea and GEO-certified. You can check the authenticity of the lenses from the scratch off sticker on the vial.


The GEO Big Grang Grang lens (15mm) does not have a very obvious outer ring, and the brown pattern is also very scattered and random. I like it because when worn on the eyes, it blends very well with my natural eye colour (dark brown) while giving an iris-enlargement effect.

Although the website indicates that these lenses can be worn for a year, I highly recommend that you do not wear them (or any reusable contact lens) for more than 3 months to avoid bacteria buildup and infection.

Below are picture comparisons before wearing the lenses, seen in natural light, and with camera flash.

Bare; natural light; flash
These lenses are super comfortable, and I can wear them up to 6 hours without any discomfort, which is great for 15mm enlargement lenses. Any longer than that and you'll need some eye drops, especially if you're in an air-conditioned place. I find that the smaller 14.2mm Grang Grang lenses are even more comfortable and can last a good 8 hours without needing eye drops. Either way, I am absolutely in love with this GEO Grang Grang series! (✿ ♥‿♥)


You can check out their website for a huge variety of circle lenses, or their Facebook page for latest updates. (≧∇≦) Psst... They have FREE SHIPPING for orders over $50!

P/S: They are the same lenses I used for my Topshop lipstick review. (¬‿¬)

*This item was sent to me by LoveShoppingholics.com for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Kosé Sekkisei Lotion Mask

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Have you heard about KOSÉ? If you’ve been anywhere near skincare/beauty blogs and Facebook, I’m pretty sure you have. ;)


For those who might be scratching your heads, here’s a short intro: KOSÉ was established in Japan in 1946, when cosmetics were considered luxuries with goods still in short supply. At a time when even products with inferior quality will sell, Mr. Kozaburo Kobayashi, the company’s founder, instilled the standard that continues to this day of insisting on high-quality products for their customers. This number of customers grew as a result. The history of KOSÉ has been one of diligent research into product quality, and placing emphasis on good counseling and customer service.

Shh… I’ll let you in on a little secret – the first proper skincare brand that I used (cleanser, lotion/toner, emulsion, and white mask) was this very same Kosé Sekkisei series, and it really helped to improve my skin condition drastically. The only difference is that now they’ve launched this super nifty and convenient Kosé Sekkisei Lotion Mask, which is one of the best skin whitening products around! :D


I’ve stopped using the full Kosé Sekkisei series for my daily skincare routine, but I am still a loyal fan of their White Mask. It was a real pleasure (not to mention a good trip down memory lane) to try out this Sekkisei Lotion Mask. Basically it’s their Sekkisei Lotion (toner) in mask form.



I received the packet mask to test out, and it’s just like any regular sheet mask application. For those with the big bottle of KOSE SEKKISEI Lotion, simply purchase a packet of shrink masks (they look like pills), drop them into a cap of the lotion, wait until it fully absorbs the lotion, unfold and apply! Remove the mask, unfold it, place on face for 10mins (no longer than that), and remove and gently pat the lotion into skin to reveal a clear, bright, rejuvenated complexion! 

Before
Just sit back and relax for 10 minutes. Take a nap. ;)
After
The Kosé Sekkisei Lotion provides “…deep translucency with the power of oriental plant extracts, even for dull skin. It is a lotion that creates fine-textured, hydrated ’snow-white’ skin.” Having used this daily for several days, I can say that it really does make my skin seem fairer, brighter and firmer. It does have a bit of an alcohol scent when first used, so those with sensitive noses may not be used to it. After a couple of times using the mask, the scent doesn’t bother me so much now, and the results are worth the 10-minute wait, lol.

How the mask looks like after opened up
There are 3 main ingredients used in the formulation of this Kosé Sekkisei Lotion:
Coix Seed Extract - has effects such as increased metabolism, whitening, moisturization, and prevention of skin roughness.
Angelica Extract - has disinfectant, whitening, and moisturizing effects.
Melothria - The root of the Melothria plant is called White Lotus. The extract taken from this root is said to suppress melanin production and has whitening effects on the skin.

The Sekkisei Lotion helps to balance out the skin’s moisture levels, preventing dullness, roughness, and pimples caused by dryness, as well as redness caused by sunburn from sunlight, or by the sun’s reflection in snowy areas. It blends instantly into the skin, just like melting snow, creating fine-textured, plump skin. With a refreshing, light sensation, the lotion leaves the surface of the skin feeling silky smooth, yet hydrated. Your skin regains its natural pure translucency down to your pores.

You get an amazing 9 benefits in a single mask!
  • ·         Translucency
  • ·         Penetration
  • ·         Moisturizing
  • ·         Tighten Pores
  • ·         Whitening
  • ·         Evenness
  • ·         Elasticity
  • ·         Firmness
  • ·         Relaxing
Price and availability:
SEKKISEI Lotion 200ml - RM170
SEKKISEI Lotion 360ml - RM260
Available at KOSÉ counters throughout Malaysia
But wait, there’s more! If you’ve always dreamed about being a princess, KOSÉ might just be able to grant your wish. Sign up for the KOSÉ SEKKISEI Cinderella 2014 contest and you stand a chance to win RM 15,000 cash, one year’s supply of SEKKISEI products, a trip to Japan, be a magazine cover girl, and crowned as SEKKISEI Cinderella Malaysia!

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For more information and updates, you can visit the KOSÉ Malaysia Facebook page.

Giveaway Time!

  • Leave a blog post comment with the answers to the 2 simple questions below, and include your name and email address. 
  • The first 24 comments with the correct answers will win 1 pair of pocket masks each.
  • Winners must be able to collect their prize from Nuffnang’s office in Kuala Lumpur, or send a representative.
  • Giveaway ends on 25 April 2014 (Friday).
  • Open to Malaysian residents only.

Question #1: What are the 3 main ingredients used in KOSÉ Sekkisei Lotion Mask?
Question #2: Name one of the benefits of the KOSÉ Sekkisei Lotion Mask. (Any 1 out of the 9 benefits)

Good luck! :)
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