MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine’s Edition) + GIVEAWAY

February 24
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After receiving MIVVA beauty box X’mas Edition, I really fell for it already!! Whenever my friends ask me which box to subscribe, I’ll recommend them MIVVA 😀

On one fine day during February, my dad handed me a parcel and I was like “Eh… I didn’t order anything online pun…”. To my surprise, it’s MIVVA Beauty Box Valentine’s Edition!! I feel so loved! Wee~~~ Thanks to the awesome folks at MIVVA! ♥♥♥ Sorry for the late review though… I was busy…LOVING! Hahaha did that sound lame? :p

MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine's Edition)
MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013 (Valentine’s Edition)

So let’s see what exciting products MIVVA has prepared for me this month, shall we?

Content of MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013
Content of MIVVA Beauty Box February 2013

Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask

1. Murad Vitalic Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
Sample product worth: RM 16.50 for 7.5ml

An antioxidant-rich, weekly treatment that restores, revitalizes, and balances the skin. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask provides instant, intensive smoothing and hydrating benefits. Each single-dose treatment dissolves dull and dry skin creating a complexion that is fresh, clear, smooth, and bright.

Nature's Lab Refreshing Body Whip
Nature’s Lab Refreshing Body Whip

2. Nature’s Lab Refreshing Body Whip
Full product price: RM 69 for 250ml / RM 103 for 450ml
Sample product worth: Not sure since the packaging didn’t indicate product size

A light and freshly scented natural whip with Shea Butter, Cocao Butter, Grapeseed & Chamomile extracts, to moisturize and nourish your body every morning and night. This feather-light, non-oily and non-sticky body whip will leave your skin feeling hydrated, smooth and refreshed. An all-time favorite and most suitable for the hot & humid summer climate.

Considering the size, it’s really convenient to be brought during travel and the scent helps to relieve stress!

Besides beauty products, they added something extra into the beauty box, I got a cute purple flower hair pin and heart shaped marshmellows!!! I’ll definitely share it with le boyfie =)

Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner
Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner

3. Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Toner
Full product price: RM 49.90 for 120ml

WOW! A FULL PRODUCT! *thumbs up*

Contains Gentiana Lutea Root Extract and Black Pearl Extract to ensure optimal skin condition. NMF Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Acid to retain up to 6000 times of their weight in water to keep your skin continuously hydrated and seal in moisture to defend against outside influences. Vitamin B3 can hinder transformation of melanin and minimize the amount of melanin to keep your skin fair and bright.

Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick
Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick

4. Paul Penders Natural Cream Lipstick
Full product price: RM 79 for 3.5g

A lovely variety of matte shades made with LevensESSSENTIE Gold (a 100 years old, time tested, holistic extract made from 22 certified organic herbs) and natural plant oils for extra moisture, without chemicals. Free from artificial colours and chemical dyes. For added moisture and prolonged wear use Paul Penders Lip Gloss after application. Available in 9 delicious shades.

Another full product! YAY! I’ve got a Clear shade that looks sweet and pinkish. Mad love this color! ♥

SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature
SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature

5. SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature
Full product price: Solution RM 90 for 30ml / Softener RM 67 for 150ml / Emulsion RM 72 for 150ml
Sample product worth: Not sure since the packaging didn’t indicate product size

It gives caring clean & clear skin by improving dull surface of the skin, and contains ingredients that soothes the skin which has been exposed to the environmental aggressors. It also helps to revive elastic and healthy skin.

RM 30 Murad Gift Voucher, Product Guide and brochures are included too!
RM 30 Murad Gift Voucher, Product Guide and brochures are included too!

Get your BFF to take a photo with MIVVA angpaus, upload to them and get 200 MIVVA points!
Get your BFF to take a photo with MIVVA angpaus, upload to them and get 200 MIVVA points!

In conjunction with tallpiscesgirl’s 4th blogniversary, here’s a giveaway for you! I’ll be giving out SKIN79 White Reviving Miniature set in addition with other mystery samples! Refer to the widget below to join! =)

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If you’re keen to subscribe, hurry up to MIVVA.com and sign up! I assure that you won’t regret it because MIVVA beauty box is a box full of exciting treasures! Hurry up now, the March boxes are being snapped up while you’re reading this!

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HAKATA IPPUDO Ramen (一風堂) @ Pavilion, KL

February 23
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Great food is never enough! Don’t you agree? That’s why I always feel excited when there are new eateries opening around me! It just gives everyone more choices and with competition, the food scene can be improved! That being said, I’m here to announce a great news to all ramen lovers in Kuala Lumpur – HAKATA IPPUDO ramen is finally here!
Entrance of Hakata Ippudo
Entrance of HAKATA IPPUDO
Hakata Ippudo KL from outside
HAKATA IPPUDO KL from outside
Greeted by energetic and passionate staffs as soon as I walked pass this door - Irashaimase~~
Greeted by energetic and passionate staffs
as soon as I walked pass this door – Irashaimase~~
If you haven’t known, IPPUDO was founded in 1985 at Japan by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. Today, there are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years.
Love the dimly lit ambience in the restaurant that gives a casual feeling
Love the dimly lit ambience in the restaurant that gives a casual feeling
I love the fact that they have a tray beneath your seat so you can put your belongings securely!
I love the fact that they have a tray beneath your seat so you can put your belongings securely!
Hot Green Tea
Hot Green Tea
If you’re a fan of Japanese appetizers, you’ll certainly love HAKATA IPPUDO as I find that their appetizers are one of a kind ♥. If you’re not, feel free to scroll down and read about the ramen reviews but I assure you that it’ll be your loss :p
Goma Q
Goma Q
Price: RM 9
Goma Q is a refreshing and cold appetizer made of fresh cucumber slices topped with sesame and chilli flakes. The special sauce gives it a sweet flavor, enhancing the taste of this crunchy appetizer. Great choice for health concious people!
Fried Young Corn
Fried Young Corn
Price: RM 8
Curry Cheese Haru Maki
Curry Cheese Haru Maki
Price: RM 10
Fans of fried food might wanna try Fried Young Corn, a garlic-flavored deep-fried young corn with seaweed seasoning and Curry Cheese Haru Maki, deep fried spring rolls with a plate of curry cheese sauce to dip in. The Japanese curry cheese sauce is very addictive and the cheese blended very well in the sauce. Definitely a great snack!
Pork Bun
Pork Bun
Price: RM 7
From the time we saw the menu, Pork Bun is the most anticipated appetizer of all! Apparently, it’s an all-time favorite in IPPUDO! It certainly didn’t let me down as the steamed bun was soft and fluffy and most importantly, the succulent braised pork tastes very good coupled with IPPUDO’s original sauce.

Spicy Shrimp Mayo
Spicy Shrimp Mayo
Price: RM 15
The lightly battered shrimps in Spicy Shrimp Mayo was deep fried and eaten with their home-made spicy mayonnaise dip. I love the texture of the succulent and fresh prawn oozing with sweetness although the mayonnaise doesn’t really tastes spicy.
Hakata-style Soup Gyoza
Hakata-style Soup Gyoza
Gyoza
Gyoza

Hakata-style Soup Gyoza is a great alternative to the dry pan-fried gyoza as this one is boiled gyoza that comes with IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth plus some added ginger! Perfect for soup lovers, it’s smooth and flavorful!

And now, let’s head to the ramen department, shall we?

Shiromaru Motoaji
Shiromaru Motoaji
Price: RM 26

The most classic Hakata-style ramen, Shiromaru Motoaji is definitely a must-try especially if you’re a first timer because I believe that the classic one should be good enough or else you can forget about the rest. They’re serving ultra thin noodles in IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth with belly chashu, bean sprouts, kikurage & spring onions. The tonkotsu broth was flavorful but yet not too thick, making it less salty compared to other ramen chains like Yamagoya ramen. Belly chashu has a good balance of fat, some to melt in the mouth and some to chew.

Akamaru Shinaji
Akamaru Shinaji
Price: RM 28

Akamaru Shinaji is known as the refined, modern-style ramen as they have enhanced the IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth with special blended miso paste, chilli and fragrant garlic oil to suit local taste that demands mild spiciness in their classic recipe. I’d certainly choose this as tummy warmer on a cold rainy day!

Karaka-men
Karaka-men
Price: RM 28

Karaka-men was the spiciest among all 3 ramens that I’ve tried since it is categorized as ‘IPPUDO Spicy Tonkotsu’ in the menu. IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth was mixed with special spicy miso and served with ground pork and spring onions. As a person who has low tolerance towards spicy food, I think it is still tolerable but I would prefer Akamaru Shinaji more.

The one thing I love most is their service. Noticing that we took quite a long time shooting the ramen, they offered (and insisted) to change a new bowl for us because they wanted us to try it as soon as it was served because leaving it for too long will affect the texture of the ramen to become soggy and coarse. Although customers are allowed to choose whether they want the ramen to be soft, normal or hard, but the staffs strongly recommend that we order the hard one. The reasoning is because normally Malaysians will take some photos, cool off our food by blowing on it, etc. so after all these gestures, the texture of ramen will be in best consumption condition if you order it hard.
Oh my! Look at those succulent belly chashu!
Oh my! Look at those succulent belly chashu!
Even he can't resist the temptation!
Even he can’t resist the temptation!

Last but not least,

A Charmaine-was-here shot :p
A Charmaine-was-here shot :p
Address:
Hakata Ippudo (一風堂)
Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2110 6233
Opening hours: 11am -11 pm
Facebook Page: Ippudo Malaysia
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Don’t Lose It All, Time to Get Data (Part 3)

February 21
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If you’ve been following my blog, I’m sure you know that Xpax has came out with a series of short videos about long distance relationship. Just in case if you’ve missed it, do head on the links below to catch up!

Episode 1: http://youtu.be/FCnNYgrEw7c
Episode 2: http://youtu.be/6pDcf73J9YI

And here’s the latest episode! http://youtu.be/wnSaxejvj6U


After all that we’ve seen in the long distance relationship between Amy & Nick and the love Joe had for Amy, it’s obvious that keeping in touch is so important. A quick glance on Facebook on your loved one’s wall or a tweet on your latest makes a world of difference. So it’s always important to fuel up on data to constantly stay connected with our loved one to maintain an amazing relationship. So dial *128#, pick a pack and get data now!

It make me wonder who will Amy pick in the end! I secretly wish it’s Nick :p
What do you think? Who do you want it to be?

To get more info or view all the videos, check out: http://bit.ly/dontLoseItAll or http://www.xpax.com.my/c1.php.

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