30 November 2012

Hada Labo Air BB Cream Launch

I believe every women have tried using BB cream by now since it has been introduced few years ago. Some love it for its ease of usage and skincare benefits but I've heard numerous complains about BB cream too over the years. Among the complains include wrong color tone since most BB creams only have 1 color and they claimed that it can blend according to your skin color but failed to do so, making your face look as white as a Chinese Opera singer and sometimes too oily. I had a fair share of that too.

So last week, I was at invited to the launch of Hada Labo Air BB Cream at Acme Bar & Coffee, a beautiful cafe overlooking KLCC Twin Towers along with fellow beauty bloggers. Thanks to Whitesoot for sponsoring me a beautiful Royal Violet Wrap Ruched Knee Length Dress. Looks so elegant on me! <3

Hada Labo Air BB Cream
Hada Labo Air BB Cream

Trying to be a model here :p
Trying to be a model here :p

Sharon, yours truly and Kelly Chin
Sharon, yours truly and Kelly Chin

Fellow bloggers! <3
Fellow bloggers! <3

According to Hada Labo, Air BB Cream offers 10 benefits and functions including makeup.
  1. Brightens complexion: Natural shades helps to brighten skin complexion for a more radiant look
  2. Perfects skin tone: Helps to even out skin tone
  3. Concealer: Conceals dark spots, fine lines and blemishes
  4. Whitening: Contains Arbutin to help fight dark spots
  5. UV Protection: With SPF 50/PA+++ to provide broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays
  6. Hydrate: With Super Hyaluronic Acid to instantly plump up skin for a visibly soft and supple skin's elasticity
  7. Oil control: With Witch Hazel Extract to help control oil for a complete matte look
  8. Minimizes pores: Help to refine pores for a visibly clear smooth skin
  9. Anti-oxidant: With Vitamin C to help fight free radicals

Well, don't just believe what they say, you gotta see it to believe it! Proof is just below! Read on...

Oh... before that, we get to munch on some finger food while listening and watching the demonstration! *yums* 



Professional make up artist Monica Lee was here to demonstrate the correct technique to use Hada Labo Air BB Cream.

After putting sufficient amount of Air BB Cream on your skin, apply it with a brush. Do not pull the BB cream on your face. Dab it or use circular movement to blend it instead.
After putting sufficient amount of Air BB Cream on your skin, apply it with a brush.
Do not pull the BB cream on your face. Dab it or use circular movement to blend it instead.

You can also dab with your fingers
You can also dab with your fingers


Model, Shinyee's face looks dewy and radiant after applying Air BB Cream!
Model, Shinyee's face looks dewy and radiant after applying Air BB Cream!

Here's the official video of the demonstration:


Still not convinced? We also offered Jennifer out to volunteer for another demo :p

Before Air BB Cream was applied, there were some red spots on her face
Before Air BB Cream was applied, there were some red spots on her face

Monica Lee doing the magic~~
Monica Lee doing the magic~~

After applying the first layer, red spots are less visible
After applying the first layer, red spots are less visible

Adding second layer on the red spots for concentrated concealing effect
Adding second layer on the red spots for concentrated concealing effect

Now you see, now you don't!!! *GASP*
Now you see, now you don't!!! *GASP*

Admiring that pretty and flawless right face
Admiring that pretty and flawless right face

When you need to touch up, spray Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mist to make it less hassle
When you need to touch up, spray
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mist to make it less hassle

We also get to try BB cream from other brands to compare against Air BB Cream. No doubt, Air BB Cream gives a lighter feel, better coverage and the color is not too pale.
We also get to try BB cream from other brands to compare against Air BB Cream.
No doubt, Air BB Cream gives a lighter feel, better coverage and the color is not too pale.

A group photo with all bloggers who attended the launch!
A group photo with all bloggers who attended the launch!

A big thank you to Hada Labo for having us and teaching us so much about the products! It was a truly fruitful day! A review on Hada Labo Air BB Cream will be up soon so stay tuned! =)

Update: Hada Labo Air BB Cream review link

Hada Labo Air BB Cream (40g) is now available in all major pharmacies at retail price of RM 55.90.

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26 November 2012

Food Review: Bulgogi Brothers, e@Curve

Annyeong-haseyo!!! Have you notice that the Korean wave is getting stronger and stronger in Malaysia? Definitely! In just a month's time, I've attended a party with KPop artists, launching of a Korean beauty store and now, a Korean restaurant! I'm sure Bulgogi Brothers is a familiar name by now as they started to mushroom in Malaysia in August 2012.

Bulgogi Brothers was first opened in Gang-Nam, Korea in 2006 and since then, they have expanded to 46 outlets in South Korea including one in Canada and four in the Philippines. In April 2012, Bulgogi Brothers was awarded by the prestigious National Brands Award for Best Korean Restaurant 2012. Thus, being invited as a guest to review their new outlet in e@Curve made me feel so honoured!

Bulgogi Brothers
Bulgogi Brothers

Interior of Bulgogi Brothers
Interior of Bulgogi Brothers

The ambience in Bulgogi Brothers is very pleasant, the lights dimmed and all the decorations were imported piece by piece from Korea to ensure that it mimics the interior of Bulgogi Brothers in Korea. They also play Korean songs in the background. According to them, their staffs were sent to Korea for more than a month for training purposes. Its no wonder their staffs are so knowledgeable and polite.

Complimentary welcome dish (Edamame, corn, sweet potato)
Complimentary welcome dish (Edamame, corn, sweet potato)

Refillable side dishes
Refillable side dishes




Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet Potato Soup

Bulgogi Brothers is a very generous restaurant I must say. Upon arrival, guests will be served with complimentary welcome dish which includes Edamame, corn, sweet potato, 6 refillable side dishes and soup of the day! Our soup of the day was a yummy bowl of thick Sweet Potato Soup with almonds. It's so addictive I wanted another bowl! Another side dish worth mentioning is the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Mash. Its sweet and thick texture paired with crunchy cucumber and carrot slices made a perfect combination.

Spicy Chicken Maekjeok
Spicy Chicken Maekjeok
Price: RM 20.90

The first main dish served was Spicy Chicken Maekjeok. Basically, it's chicken and vegetable skewers sauteed with sweet and spicy sauce but don't underestimate it; it acts like a bomb. When I first put it into my mouth, I told myself: Hmm... so this is not so spicy afterall. I can handle it and I'm so in love with the tenderness of the chicken. After I swallowed it in, the spiciness started to kick in!! In just a minute, I feel like a dragon, ready to emit fire from my mouth!

Haemul Pajeon
Haemul Pajeon
Price: RM 27.90

Haemul Pajeon is a must-have Korean-style pancake with an abundance of seafood like prawns and squids and green onions. I love the aroma and taste of egg that still lingers even when cooked.

Unyangsik Bulgogi
Unyangsik Bulgogi
Price: RM 45.90

Highlight of the night is Unyangsik Bulgogi, a unique heart-shaped beef bulgogi seasoned to perfection. It was cooked by a trained staff there so guests can just eat without any hassle, worrying that we might overcook or undercook the meat. The beef that they serve is premium Australian grain-fed beef and is best eaten well done. Although it was cooked well done, but it still tastes soft and juicy. Thumbs up for that! I was told by the staff that the mushroom broth is good for men's stamina. *winks*



Beef patty represents my heart
Beef patty represents my heart

Chamchi Kimchi Jjigae
Chamchi Kimchi Jjigae
Price: RM 23.90

Chamchi Kimchi Jjigae is a Korean stew made from spicy kimchi paste, tofu, rice cakes and tuna. The taste of this is very surprising as I've never tasted one with tuna. Tuna blended very well with spicy kimchi soup and the spiciness is quite mild, suitable for people with low tolerance for spicy food.

Janchi Guksu
Janchi Guksu
Price: RM 17.90

Janchi Guksu is known as "party noodles" in Korea, served in a bowl of clear seafood broth and garnished with vegetables, sliced fried egg and seaweeds. It is known as "party noodles" because it has been eaten during special occasions like birthdays and wedding banquets as it symbolizes longevity.

Bulgogi Bibimbap
Bulgogi Bibimbap
RM 29.90

Last but not least, we were served Bulgogi Bibimbap, the most popular Korean dish where beef and vegetables were combined and served on top of rice and special spicy sauce. For this dish, we had the staff to help us mix it because to mix it properly in order to ensure that everyone gets all the ingredients in their bowl requires skill!

Corn tea (back) and Sour Plum tea (front)
Corn tea (back) and Sour Plum tea (front)

Before we start our meal, we were served with tea of the day: corn tea (Oksusu Cha). Love the refreshing taste of it. They rotate their complimentary tea on a daily basis between corn tea, brown rice tea and buckwheat tea. When we finished our meal, we were served sour plum tea to help in our digestion.

Overall, my tummy is very satisfied with the hearty meal and trust me, I will be back for more Korean goodness!

Address:
e@Curve
Lot G-05 & G-06, Ground Floor, e@Curve
No. 2A, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 603-7722 3633

Pavilion KL
Lot 6.01.03, Level 6, Pavilion KL Shopping Mall,
No. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 603-2141 9620

Paradigm Mall
GB13, Ground Floor, Boulevard
No.1, Jalan SS 7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 603-7887 3541

Mid Valley Megamall
Lot T-013B, Level 3,
Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 603-2282 2413

Facebook Page: Bulgogi Brothers Malaysia

Website: Bulgogi Brothers Malaysia

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24 November 2012

Why we need Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream

Have you ever wondered what is the highest priority for a woman? For most women, BEAUTY is the most important thing in their life. Regardless of their income bracket and profession, we will still do whatever we can and spend a lot of money to beautify ourselves.

***Glowing***
***Glowing***

BUT... if you have dull and dry skin, how will you look beautiful? With texture like crocodile skin, flaky and visible fine lines.... NOOOOO!!! Men will not get attracted by women like this!

Dry and cracked like an old house
Dry and cracked like an old house

Lately, I'm so glad to have discovered Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream. Here are 3 main reasons why we need Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream!

Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Cream
Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Cream

  1. Rich enough to provide deep hydration
    Have you ever wonder why is your skin still dry although you've been using moisturizer all along? The reason is simple. Your mosturizer is not rich enough to provide the necessary moisture to your skin. With the richly-textured Intensive Hydrating Cream, it provides a good hydration base and acts as an instant relief for both dry and dehydrated skin. It helps treat dryness and flakiness by reinforcing the skin’s protective lipid layer and nourishing the complexion with Ceramides and Phytosphingosin. Combined with anti-oxidants, your skin will be shielded from harsh environmental attacks. The final result? A visible moisturized skin shown after short period of application thus skin feels comfortably plumped, soft and looking healthy.

  2. Locks moisture on your skin
    Now, you may have a moisturizer that can provide deep hydration but how long can the moisture last? Can your skin hold the moisture on its own? With Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream, it can! It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a powerful water-binding agent that can absorb and hold water up to 1,000 times of its own weight. The ability to lock in moisture gives the skin a youthful appearance that lasts.

  3. The most important reason - It can attract more cute/handsome guys
    If you're still single, this would be the strongest reason why you'll need Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream! If you aren't, I bet you wouldn't mind feasting your eyes with cute/handsome guys too right? We all know that guys are attracted to pretty ladies so we gotta make sure our skin is soft and smooth instead of dry and flaky! Oh by the way, don't forget to read this article I wrote for the previous Cellnique contest: How to Treat Dry & Dehydrated Skin! That would keep your skin healthy and glowing =)

Cellnique's new Intensive Hydrating Cream 50ml is available at all Cellnique and Cres outlets at retail price RM 189. Pssst... you can also get it from www.cellnique.com now cos I saw that they have a promotion for it. It's only RM 139 with a free Intensive Hydrating Mask!

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23 November 2012

Sundown Festival 2012 Singapore

Sundown Festival 2012
Sundown Festival 2012

With Sundown Festival 2012 pulling all the stops to bring in leading acts from China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the F1 Pit Building at Marina Promenade is proving to be the place to be, rain or shine, on 1st December.

Sundown Festival 2012 features buzzed-about newcomers and some of the region's hottest solo and group acts including Jeno Liu Li Yang from China; Raymond Lam from Hong Kong; BTOB from Korea; Anthony Neely from Taiwan and Alice Nine from Japan.

2012 marks the fourth anniversary for the homegrown Festival, which has emerged to become the definitive all-Asian music and cultural experience of the year. Sundown Festival 2012 is executive produced by Red Spade Entertainment, and is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and presenting co-sponsor SingTel, Asia’s leading communications group, for the second consecutive year. Global wireless innovation leader, BlackBerry, is this year’s newest sponsor to come onboard.

“Asian Music for a Greater Asia”
"It was necessary to continue this tradition every year; it is our promise to our fans and supporters. Anyone who is interested in Asian music and proud of the immense talents the region has to offer should take a look at what is going to go down at Sundown Festival this 1st December," said Samantha Chan, Director, Red Spade Entertainment.

"Sundown Festival has a legacy of highlighting the diversity of the Asian music culture. At the same time, with fans from all walks of life and nationalities banding together to show support for their favourite Asian acts, it illustrates the boundless power music has to unite people and unify differences," said Ellena Liu, Associate Director, Segment Marketing & Communications, Consumer Marketing, SingTel.

Artistes’ line-up overview
This year’s Festival is being headlined by visual kei group Alice Nine, whose most recent releases included self-titled album “9” and compilation of music videos entitled ‘Alice in Pictures III’. Riding on the recent surge in popularity and demand for their brand of glam-metal rock and “visual style” of music outside of Japan, Alice Nine’s highly-anticipated appearance at Sundown Festival 2012 promises to be an evening of head-bopping entertainment.

Born to Beat (BOTB)
Born to Beat (BOTB)

Fans of Korean pop won’t want to miss Born to Beat, or BTOB, a seven-man group recently unveiled by Cube Entertainment (the same artiste management that produces talents the likes of 4Minute and G.Na). This Korean band is already reining in fans for its fancy footwork and masked mystique.

Jeno Liu Liyang
Jeno Liu Liyang

To complement this amazing line-up of musical entertainment, Sundown Festival will also welcome the Singapore debut of Jeno Liu Liyang, a Guangzhou native whose first shot to fame came when she won Super Girls, a popular singing contest in China, in 2006. With Liu’s soulful vocal, the charm of TVB series singer-actor, Raymond Lam and charismatic Taiwan Mandopop prince Anthony Neely all coming together on one stage, Sundown Festival is set to be a massive hit with those seeking quality Asian music and entertainment.

Raymond Lam
Raymond Lam

Anthony Neely
Anthony Neely

“Made in Singapore, Entertaining The World”
“We are pleased to support local entertainment players such as Red Spade in the development of a strong pipeline of differentiated home-grown entertainment content. As the only annual music festival in South East Asia to unite Asian music and culture, we are confident that the Sundown Festival will contribute to our delivery of unique and original tourism experiences for both Singaporeans and international visitors, and set Singapore apart as a global city with an energetic and innovative entertainment scene,” added Lynette Pang, Executive Director for F1 & Sports and Arts & Entertainment, Singapore Tourism Board.

“The amazing line-up of performances is yet further confirmation that Sundown Festival is ranked in the league of some of the region’s leading entertainers and event organisers. Put together by Asians for Asians, the Festival is giving consumers an understanding of the creative potential and musical possibilities as well as the impetus to purvey great Asian music worldwide,” said Keith Loke, Manager, Segment Marketing & Communications for Consumer Marketing, SingTel. “Music is something many of our customers are passionate about and as presenting sponsor of Sundown Festival 2012, SingTel is leading the way in showing how music inspires and amalgamates people in unprecedented ways.”
"Welcoming SingTel and BlackBerry as presenting co-sponsors further proves this year will be the best festival we've seen yet," added Kelvin Goh, Director, Red Spade Entertainment.

SUNDOWN FESTIVAL 2012 DETAILS
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2012
Time: From 5.30pm 
Venue: F1 Pit Area, Marina Promenade

TICKETING INFORMATION
Mosh pit  (cat 1 & 2) -  $158
Stage front (cat 3) -  $118
Tier seats (cat 4) - $118
Walkabout tickets (cat 5) - $88

Tickets (all free-standing) are available at SISTIC only. Log on to www.sistic.com.sg to book or call ticketing hotline: (65) 6348 5555. For more information on Sundown Festival, check out www.sundownfestival.sg or email contact@sundownfestival.sg.

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20 November 2012

Vietnam Kitchen @ One Utama Shopping Centre

I was at Vietnam Kitchen few weeks ago for a date with Poesy Liang of GoMakan.com. Frankly speaking, I've only tried Vietnamese food once many years ago and it didn't suit my taste so I never went back. I was a little sceptical to try it again but I give it a chance anyway =)

Vietnam Kitchen @ One Utama Shopping Centre
Vietnam Kitchen @ One Utama Shopping Centre

So as a smart consumer *ahem*, I checked Foursquare to see what people recommend to order there. It's very useful so that I won't order the wrong food. A lot of people recommended Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Set while some recommended Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Set. As Poesy and I was feeling quite full, we ordered one Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Set to share.

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Set
Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Set
Price: RM 16.90

The set consists of a bowl of rice with fried egg, a piece of pork chop, Vietnamese spring roll, salad (it tastes like kimchi) and a bowl of vegetable soup. Overall, it's a worthy meal and satisfying. No weird taste whatsoever because it tastes almost like Chinese dish. I'd prefer if the egg has a runny yolk though. The grilled pork chop has a distinct lemongrass flavor. Yummy! But I think it'll taste better with tender chicken meat.

Vegetable soup
Vegetable soup

Bowl of rice with fried egg
Bowl of rice with fried egg

Basil Passion Soda
Basil Passion Soda
Price: RM 6.90

As a coffee addict, of course I'm interested in trying their coffee. I've only tried Vietnamese 3-in-1 coffee but this one doesn't taste like it. This is like dripped kopi gao with milk! Yum!

Vietnamese Coffee with Milk
Vietnamese Coffee with Milk
Price: RM 6.90


Poesy Liang and I =)
Poesy Liang and I =)

Nice to meet you, Poesy! Til we meet again! =D

Address:
Vietnam Kitchen
No. S 312, 2nd Floor,
One Utama Shopping Centre,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: +603-7724 1336

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