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Saturday, 14 July 2018

I was born in KL and have been a KL lass since then. It might sound great to many people, to grow up in KL but I can tell that city people are envious of the clean and fresh air which we do not have privilege towards. Growing up in the city, I am always surrounded with air pollution which is one of the single most toxic substance for the skin

Polluted air contains free radicals which stress and damages the skin leading to dull and tired looking facade. Women who's life is surrounded by polluted air need to take extra care of their skin because skin exposed to free radicals will get wrinkles, dryness and skin damages more easily.

It was with this concern that Pure Beauty introduces a new skin care range to the market; the new Illuminating Urban Shield Skin Care range which is P)araben-free, Lanolin-free, Alcohol-free and most importantly, is dermatologically tested. This new range is created based on their 4Ps philosophy of Intensive Brightening Power;
  • Preparation of using the willow bark extracts to enhance healthy skin
  • Preservation where Neurolight derived from the certified Natural Star Lily decreases dark spots.
  • Protection where Ceramide 123 strenghtens the skin barrier, shielding from harmful elements.
  • Prevention of the exposure to pollution with EPS White which helps to reduce dark spots.

Pure Beauty's Illuminating Urban Shield skin care range is formulated with the latest technology to fight against skin problems caused by free radicals found in polluted air. The formulation creates a protection layer that helps to reduce effects of dirts and dusts on the skin while enriching the skin's natural glow and lightening dark spots.

During the launch, we get to witness and learn some tips on how to maximize the benefits of Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Skin Care application and also learn the choice of products we should choose to counter the problem of our skin condition. 

Products available in the Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Skin Care range are;
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Radiance Serum (RM59.90) - reduces dark spots and even out skin tone while repairing damaged skin and defends against pollutants.
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Capsule Essence (RM69.90) - helps to reduce dark spots, brings out natural shine, diminish uneven skin tone and illuminates skin for a smoother, brighter look.
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Water Gel (RM55.90) - hydrates and moisturizes skin, keeping it fresh and clear.
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Radiance Cream (RM59.90) - keep skin raidnat white and preserves against environmental agressors.
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Sun Protector SPF 50+ PA++++ (RM49.90) - provide sun screen protection from exposure to UV rays.

During the event, we also get to test the full range of products and also bring home a set of Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Skin Care range for further trying and testing. After a quick test, here's my verdict of my thoughts for these products;
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Capsule Essence (RM69.90) - this is probably my star product from the range. I like the popping white capsules which contains all the goodness to help me reduce dark spots and even up my skin tone. The essence feel very hydrating and is very lightweight. It absorbs easily just within a few dab onto the skin.
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Radiance Cream (RM59.90) - as my skin get oily easily, I just tried on a very light layer of application as overnight mask. Surprisingly, it does not feel overly moisturizing the next day but soft and supple.  
  • Illuminating Urban Shield Sun Protector SPF 50+ PA++++ (RM49.90) - the texture is light and smooth. It feels really comfortable after application as it does not leave any greasy or sticky residue after that. 

This range of products is said to be suitable to all skin types and I believe so as the products feels really comfortable during the first day of my tryout on my dry and oily combination skin which is prone to acnes and inflammation. Even Cik Shazreeyana Shukri, a well-known make-up artist who has sensitive skin gave praised to the Pure Beauty Illuminating Urban Shield Skin Care range after trying it out for 3 weeks with glowing effects.

Therefore, if you're a girl living in this concrete urban jungle surrounded by the toxicity of air pollution, I urge you to try out this range of products which cater specifically to fight against free radicals and repair damaged skin. This range can be found solely at the Watsons stores in Malaysia. 

Pure Beauty

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Magic! I can't remember when was it since I last heard the word Magic but it was probably during my much much younger childhood days that I watched replays of Magic Show being aired on Malaysia local television channels. To be honest, I have not watched any Magic Show upclose or even live but I just had a chance to witness it really really up close today!

Today, The Magic Library launched the First Nationwide Magic Illusion Tour - THE MAGIC LIBRARY: NEW CHAPTER happening this July, bringing world-class theatrical live magic performance throughout Malaysia.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

It was a pleasure to witness the grand launching of Vintage Collection International Boutique in Sunway GizaVintage Collection International was established since the year 1996 and has been offering tailor made gowns of unique styles for ladies of the executive level or socialites.

Vintage Collection International provides personal service of individual customization when it comes to tailoring every piece of gown for every unique individual. Every gowns are individually customized after a thorough consultation to find the best fitting and suitable style for their customers. They aim to create a sense of uniqueness and also individuality, to create a spotlight on the lady wherever she go, whichever event she attends. 

 // Vintage Collection International New Fall Evening Gown Collection Series //

Models of beautiful figures were seen flaunting the new falls evening gown collection series from Vintage Collection Boutique. The gown design consist of a different colour selection to cater to different requirements and style selection.

Anna stated: “As the upcoming arrival fall season and mid-year holiday fashion festival, Vintage Collection International brand that fashion industry pursues live up to the expectation of audience and releases new fall and holiday collection series. Each design will absolutely deliver you a
contemporary feeling, and wearing it allows you to become a focal point of a banquet in town with effortless.”

// Vintage Collection International elegant gowns//

// Vintage Collection International elegant gowns//

Every unique evening gown designed by Vintage Collection International in-house designer, Anne is put together with high quality diamond ornaments, and handcrafted with much care and affection. Therefore, it is guaranteed that every gown produced is very much excellent in hand made work and also quality material used.  

 // Quality selection of ornaments //

However, for ladies who prefer to rent these elegant gowns for events, many beautiful designs are also available. They provide a one-stop service which also includes make-up and also hair-do. Every customer is advised to make an appointment in advance for personal consultation, fitting or even gown viewing. As mentioned, Vintage Collection International provides a complete service to assist in creating a complete look ready for the red carpet entry. Therefore, remember to check out accessories available in-house such as designer bags, footwear and accessories to complete the look.

// elegant gowns for socialite events //

Vintage Collection International has the perfect range of elegant gowns which can easily show off and flaunt the figure of a beautiful lady. To know more details of this series or service provided by the professional team of Vintage Collection International, please contact their marketing manager: Ms. Samantha at 012-221 9138.

Vintage Collection International Boutique

a: C05-01, Block C, Sunway Giza Shopping Mall, PJU 5,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
t: +603-6151 9133

h: 10.00am – 6.00pm (Every Monday to Friday)

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The first time I was introduced to OUD was in the form of Oud chai tea. It was a very pleasant drink and I fell in love with it instantly. Little did I know I am drinking something really precious from an endangered species tree, the Agarwood which are mostly harvested after 80 years of cultivation.

However, attending the introduction of this first Oud-based Anti-Ageing Skincare by OUD ESSENTIALS has taught me so much about this precious oil. It is not only because this tree species is endangered, but mainly because the pure essential oud oil derived from the infected part of this precious tree species can just produce a small amount of oud oil which have medicinal and therapeutic benefits and has been very popular since a very very long time ago in the middle east that apparently, it has been mentioned before even in the Quran and the Bible.

// Pure essential OUD Oil // 

Pure Oud Oil  - 3ml (Bottled Perfection) MYR 1,8000.00

"The science of nature’s liquid gold, Pure Oud Oil combined with vitamin E, essential oils and ginseng extract encourage the production of collagen that instantly improves the complexion. Oud is an integral part of every exquisite item in the Oud Essentials range of products, and our Pure Oud Oil showcases our core ingredient in its simplest, purest and most fundamental form."

Pure Oud Oil has been around for a very long time and the purest of pure oud oil is at the most expensive form of oud which carry benefits such as;
  • Rich in antioxidants that slow down the process of ageing.
  • Repairs and fights against the damage caused by free radicals such as wrinkles, age marks and pigmentation.
  • Contains anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a natural and safe treatment for those seeking effective pain relief.
  • Acts as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial barrier that kills or resists pathogenic viruses and microorganisms.
// OUD Essentials first Oud-based Anti-Ageing Skincare //

Therefore, OUD Essentials has taken a step ahead  by formulating and developing a range of organic, anti-ageing skincare products featuring the brand's unique patented ingredient OudActive+ - a super refined, purest of the pure essential oil that enhances both physical and spiritual wellbeing. This line of skincare was developed together with the skincare industry professional, Jean-Marc Dufat. The 4 items in this skincare line will be introduced below;

// OUD Essentials Eye Serum //


Eye Serum (15ml) - Firming and Lifting MYR330.00 with benefits:
  • Tightens the skin and reduces dark circles and puffiness on the delicate areas around the eyes.
  • Easily absorbed, with immediate effects and superb long-term results.
  • Deeply moisturises and replaces the naturally-occurring elastin and collagen that keep the skin firm.
  • Visibly minimizes wrinkles and delicately smoothens the skin.
// OUD Essentials Regenerating Serum //

"Regenerating Serum will give an instant lifting and tightening effect to the skin, while helping to lift and firm for long-term results in reducing the signs of ageing."

Regenerating Serum (30ml) - Instantly Revitalising and Lifting MYR425.00 with benefits;
  • Anti-ageing, Anti-wrinkle, Anti-inflammatory.
  • Works instantly, and continuous daily use will give excellent long-term results.
  • Revitalises, restructures, smoothens and regenerates all skin types instantly.

// OUD Essentials Dual-Phase Oil // 

"Instantly bathes the skin in a golden glow, while toning and reducing the appearance of fine lines."

Dual-Phase Oil (30ml) - Liquid Gold MYR370.00 with benefits;
  • Revitalises, moisturises and improves skin texture and tone.
  • Instantly rejuvenates the skin, reducing the appearance of ageing.
  • Non-greasy, fast drying formula allows makeup to be applied immediately afterwards.
// OUD Essentials Oud Blanc Lightening Cream //

"Infused with Pure Oud Oil, creating a smooth, milky cream that melts into the skin to produce a noticeably silky ‘after feel’. Reduces the appearance of age spots, blemishes and scars, giving the skin a new lightness and brightness."

Oud Blanc Lightening Cream (30ml) - Illuminating Cream MYR370.00 with benefits;
  • A luxurious lightening cream for bright, luminous skin.
  • Lightens the appearance of pigmentation and brightens overall skin tone.
  • Smoothens skin texture and minimises the appearance of pores.
// Trying out OUD Essential Skin Care Products! // 

After trying out four of their products, I feel that my favourite is the Dual-Phase Oil and the Regenerating Serum. I love how the products can easily absorb by the skin and do not have a sticky or oily residue right after.

// DIY Lip Scrub with Dual-Phase Oil + Honey + Sugar //

Dual Phase Oil can also be used an one of the ingredient to create a DIY lip scrub to give you a very kissable lips! Just add in three ingredients above accordingly and there you have it, a very nourishing oil scrub! 

Also made available by OUD Essentials are OUD Essential Fragrance, Handmade Agarwood Bracelet and the new Oud Chai Tea which will be launching soon!

// Enjoying the OUD tea //

// OUD Essential Fragrance //

In conjunction with the Ramadhan month and Raya Celebration, Oud Essentials is offering 50% off for first purchase online at OUD Essentials website: for a limited time! Apply promo code: RAYA2018 to receive the 50% discount on their range of products and FREE shipping when you sign up as a new customer and place your first order from 22nd May - 22nd June 2018!

// OUD Essential Handmade Agarwood Bracelet //

OUD Essentials

Monday, 4 June 2018

// MANDALA Cafe & Bar //

In the compound of Publika lies a very hidden gem with the perfect relaxing and enjoyable ambiance to relax and unwind from the city life. Located at the higher row of terraces in Publika, MANDALA is actually quite hidden from the busy vicinity of shoppers. 

// A Glass of Wine with MANDALA's 3 Course Set //

The interior of MANDALA offers a beautiful setting suitable for dates, dinner with friends and families, or even celebrations and events. The place is offers a chilling ambiance with low level of noise which contributes to the relaxing environment.

MANDALA offers a range of western style cuisine that is suited to children and grown ups a like. Therefore, everyone who visit is bound to find something suited to their taste buds. Just recently, MANDALA has launched their special 3 Course Set @ RM70

MANDALA's 3 Course Set offers a variety of choices for mix and match between starters, mains, desserts and drinks. This special 3 course set menu is very much recommended to wine lovers or to those who would love to be a little more adventurous and pair their meal with a glass of wine. However, do take note the 3 Course Set is only available from 6pm to 12am daily and there is no notice yet as to when it will remain available in their menu.

// MANDALA's 3 Course Set Menu //

// Mushroom Soup //

// MANDALA's Green //

The option for starters are MANDALA's Green, Mushroom Soup and Oxtail Soup.

MANDALA's Green promotes a healthy intake of fresh green romaine lettuce (my favourite green!), Japanese Cucumber, Hard Boiled Egg Topped with Parmeson Cheese and Caesar Dressing.

For soup lovers, there's a choice of Mushroom Soup and Oxtail Soup to choose from. Both fares well as the Mushroom Soup is prepared with a mixture of fresh mushroom ingredients and truffle oil while the Oxtail Soup promotes a strong aromatic beef broth in vegetable soup.

A choice of Mandala's Green with a soup would be great to share among 2 person.

// Mushroom Soup + Grilled Chicken with Buttermilk / Black Pepper //

// MANDALA's 3 Course Meal //

// MANDALA's 3 Course Meal Feast //

MANDALA has a generous range of selection for mains from seafood to poultry and from buns to pasta and mashed potatoes. 

Fans of soft shell crab, you are being spoilt with choice of having your favourite seafood with either a healthy charcoal bun and fries or pasta with buttermilk sauce garnished with chilli flakes for flavour. Spicy and non-spicy lovers, the choice is pretty clear for you. :)

The more classic choices are Grilled Chicken with Buttermilk/ Black Pepper, Fish & Chips or Grilled Salmon with Mashed Potato.  The Grilled Chicken is moist and tender with a tinge of  Black Pepper so it is actually suitable for most people's flavour. If you are lost for choice, you cannot go wrong with Fish and Chip but it might be too common a dish to be paired with wine. As for Grilled Salmon with mashed potato, it would be great if they could retain the juiciness as I find it a little too  dry and lack of flavour.

// Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti //

// Daily Crepe Cake //

// Brownies with Ice-Cream // 

When it comes to dessert, a girl might have a tough time deciding between the mouth watering daily crepe cake, brownie with ice-cream and chocolate lava cake. I recommend the brownie with ice-cream as I feel the combination of brownie and cold ice-cream is amazing and gives an absolute satisfaction to complete the course. If you are a cake lover, crepe cake is great too as the flavour between the cream and the crepe layer is quite balanced, melting with every bite without feeling greasy.

// MANDALA's House Pouring Wine - Shiraz / Chardonney //

As we come down to the wine selection, I think there needs no introduction between the choice of red wine and white wine. Every person has a different preference between white wine, Chardonney and red wine, Shiraz. However, I always prefer white wine as it taste much smoother, sweeter and lighter compare to the red wine which usually gives a stronger flavour. Which do you think you would pick?

// Enjoy MANDALA's 3 course meal with a glass of white wine //

// Oxtail Soup //

// Jumbo Soft Shell Crab with Charcoal Bun //

// Grilled Salmon with Mashed Potato //

In the 3 Course Meal, there is actually an introduction of MANDALA's new menu items such as the Oxtail Soup, Jumbo Soft Shell Crab with Charcoal Bun and Grilled Salmon with Mashed Potato. However, there is one other item which is not included in the selection, the Seafood Pizza.

The hand made Seafood Pizza is a must try for seafood lovers as the ingredients of fresh prawns, squid and even mussels are aplenty, giving you a tangy and juicy enjoyment at every bite!

// Seafood Pizza //

// VIP Room //

There is also a VIP Room available at MANDALA which is great for meeting, celebration and functions. If you prefer a little privacy, do enquire on how the room can be booked with a minimum spending! 

// Visit from famous designer, Datuk Jimmy Choo //

// Visit from Malaysia Professional Badminton Player, Datuk Lee Chong Wei //

MANDALA has also made headlines with attracting visits from several well-known Malaysia icons such as Datuk Jimmy Choo and Datuk Lee Chong Wei. Therefore, give this wine bar a visit and let me know with a comment down below on how you think this place has fared during your visit!

MANDALA Cafe & Bar

a: D3-G3-8, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
t: +603- 6419 0382 

h: 11am- 1am