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Mamonde Flower Facial Mask Review

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Hi merry goers,

Mamonde recently launched the Mamonde Flower Facial Mask for different skin needs highlighting four selected flowers. As a brand acknowledging the flowers potentiality in flourishing beauty inside every woman, Mamonde,the floral inspired skincare and beauty expert continues to uncover the hidden power and energizing nutrients of flowers. 


Inspired by the distinctive properties of four selected flowers, namely the Rose, Heartleaf Houttuynia,
Calendula and Evening Primrose, Mamonde’s NEW Flower Facial Mask Line brings women’s beauty back into bloom through its bouquet of floral goodness offered to the skin.

The Flower Facial Mask are differentiated by Leave On Mask or Wash Off Mask. 

WASH-OFF MASK


Roses has been used since the 16th century by the British and French in the cosmetic industry. It helps calm the mind, its anti-oxidative properties also help boost and refine tired skin for a clear and healthier look.

With such admiration for the Rose, Mamonde has identified three outstanding properties for the formulation of its latest Flower Mask. Introducing Mamonde’s Petal Purifying Bubble Mask, a rose-derived, wash-off mask that offers excellent calming, moisturising and anti-oxidative effect to the skin.


The new Petal Purifying Bubble Mask, which is infused with visible rose petals together with green tea and peppermint extracts, helps revitalise stressed skin caused by external environments, bringing dull-looking skin back to life. While green tea is well known for its anti-oxidative property, the peppermint extract in the rose mask, helps maintain adequate moisture on the skin surface.


When applied, this rose inspired mask immediately forms soft, fluffy and chiffon-like bubbles to purify and give skin a clear complexion. Suitable for dry skin, dull and fatigue skin.

Directions for Use

After cleansing, refine the skin with toner. Put an adequate amount of the Purifying Bubble Mask on dry hands and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Once fine bubbles are formed (approximately a minute later), apply warm water and massage the lather gently. Wash off thoroughly with warm water. Close both the inner and outer cap after each use to prevent contact with air.


The Hearleaf Houttuynia is a native plant to Japan and widely used as herbal medicine due to the rich protein, mineral and vitamin B content. Through extensive research and careful observation of the Heartleaf Hottuynia, Mamonde has discovered the antibacterial properties of the plant that is especially suited for enlarged pores and oily-prone skin. 


This is a wash-off face mask that uses the leaves of the Heartleaf Hottyunia and walnut shells as its main ingredients. Made up of natural mineral clay infused with grounded Heartleaf Hottyunia and walnut shells, the Mamonde latest Pore Clean Clay Mask helps absorb excess sebum and at the same time exfoliate dead skin cells on skin surface. Its gentle, mild and soft cream texture keeps the skin moisturised while helps to maintaining oil balance; the skin ultimately feels soft, smooth and supple after rinsing. It is suitable for those with enlarged pores and sensitive skin.

Directions for Use

After cleansing, refine the skin texture with toner. Apply an adequate amount of the Pore Clean Clay Mask on dry face. Spread thoroughly all over the face except for the eye and mouth area. Wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes.

LEAVE-ON TYPE



Dubbed as ‘Pot Marigold’, the Calendula flower has been used in cooking for centuries and it is very commonly found as one of the ingredients in German soups and stews. A flower belonging to the Asteraceae family, the Calendula plant is native to Southwestern Asia, Western Europe, Macaronesia and the Mediterranean. Not only Calendula is used in cooking, the flower is also well known for its multiple benefits to the skin. Therefore, it is frequently used in the formulation of soaps, creams and cosmetics products.

Tapping into the benefits of the Calendula flower to the skin, Mamonde through its R&D has discovered this flower contains soothing & hydrate effect, leaving skin feeling dewy and hydrated. Inspired, Mamonde then formulates and introduces the all-new Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask.


A leave-on sleeping mask, the Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask is blended with Calendula petals alongside Centella, Aloe Vera and Cucumber extracts to calm skin and lock in moisture for a hydrated look. Designed with water-gel formula, the Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask comes with a dewy texture that gives skin a cool and refreshing feel upon application. Suitable for sensitive skin and dry skin.

Directions for Use

Take an adequate amount of the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Allow the water-gel texture to melt into skin completely as you spread it over the face.


The Evening Primrose is rich in Gamma Lenolenic Acid (a type of fatty acid that nourishes the skin), Mamonde’s R&D has unleashed the flower’s excellent moisturising properties in enabling the plant to survive under harsh conditions. Inspired by the amazing features the Evening Primrose holds, Mamonde has developed and hence introduced the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask.


Formulated in accordance with the Flower Oil Complex (a formula that combines three types of flower oils, i.e. Evening Primrose Oil, Camellia Oil & Sunflower Oil), the Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask, which is also infused with moisturising ingredients extracted from the Evening Primrose, glides gently and provides dewiness to the skin once applied.


In addition, this leave-on mask contains nutrient capsules to help fortify the protective layer of the skin, thus lowering the chances of external pollutants from harming the skin. Upon application, skin
feels nourished and moisturised without feeling sticky. Suitable for bloated skin and dehydrated skin.

Directions for Use

Take an adequate amount of the Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask and apply all over the face except for eyes and mouth area. Allow the mask to absorb into the skin. The Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask is especially catered to those with bloated and dehydrated skin.

Apart from incorporating a daily facial masking habit into your skincare routine, the facial mask layering, which is a current hit amongst the skincare and beauty enthusiasts, equally brings ample benefits to the skin. Mamonde’s Flower Facial Mask Line, which includes 4 different types of masks can be applied concurrently to achieve the following desired course:-





The Mamonde Flower Facial Mask Line can be purchased through Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, KL, Parkson Suria KLCC, KL, Aeon Bukit Indah, JB, Aeon Tebrau City, JB, Aeon Queensbay Mall, Penang and, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Penang. It is also available on 11street.my and Lazada.com.my.

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Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day Set Menu @ Bintang Revolving Restaurant, The Federal KL

Monday, February 12, 2018



Hi merry goers,

Nearly every year, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day falls on very close dates with this year being only one day apart. Hence there are a few places that serve both Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day menu. This includes Bintang Revolving Restaurant at The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur. 



If you did not know, Bintang Revolving Restaurant is the first revolving restaurant in Malaysia, located on the 18th floor of The Federal Kuala Lumpur. This is my first time actually dining in a revolving restaurant so I was excited and looked forward to the meal. 


This year, enjoy the Double Happiness 5-course Set Dinner or the Valentine's Day 5-course Set Dinner with the gorgeous view of the KL City skyline, the KL tower and KLCC. The Double Happiness set menu will be available from January to February while the Valentine's Set Menu is only available on 14 February 2018. 


Priced at RM138nett per person, Double Happiness 5-course Set Dinner is exclusively designed by the team of chefs at Bintang Revolving Restaurant. The dinner starts off with Seafood Glass Noodles with Honey Plum Sauce as the appetizer. Sweet, tangy and with a nice kick of heat, this dish awakens your appetite with a fiery start. 


Cool down your taste buds with the Double Boiled Chicken & Lotus with Chinese Herbal Soup which was well seasoned and sweet from the chicken essence. Light on the palate, this calmed the senses preparing you for the next dish. 


For the mains, you have a choice of the Oven Baked Rack of Lamb with Garlic Brown Sauce or the Grilled Salmon with Honey Light Sauce. Both are surprising choices for a Chinese New Year Dinner Menu as we are normally accustomed to Asian dishes during this festive season. However, I must give praises to the lamb which was well seasoned and baked well leaving it tender and flavorful. Pairing it is a side of fresh salad and potatoes which I loved especially the potatoes. 

If you prefer fish, try their Grilled Salmon with Honey Light Sauce. The piece of grilled salmon was a generous portion and well grilled leaving the insides pink. Also paired with salad and potatoes on the side. 


Ending the dinner Nutella Tartlet with Strawberry for dessert. The Nutella tart was rich and creamy with the Strawberry slices giving it a fresh burst of flavor. As a whole, the Double Happiness 5-course Dinner Set can be a good replacement for Valentine's Day dinner too. 


Next up the Valentine's Day 5-course Set Dinner starts off with Carpaccion De Salmon. Fresh marinated salmon slices served with green salad and dill yogurt dressing. It reminds me of the one I love from IKEA. The salmon slices were fresh and a pleasure to enjoy when served chilled. 


We were then served with Broccoli & Potato Cream Soup with Roasted Almond. The soup was very creamy and well presented making it a hearty selection. 


For the mains, you have a choice between Surf & Turf or Baked Tenderloin in Fillo Pastry with Mushroom Stuffing. The Surf & Turf is a good option if you can't decide between seafood or chicken. You get a portion of stuffed lobster with wild mushroom and grilled chicken breast with wild mushroom sauce.

I personally am more of a meat lover so the Baked Tenderloin in Filo Pastry with Mushroom Stuffing was the preferred choice. Underneath the crispy layer of filo pastry, you get a good chunk of tenderloin baked well. A generous portion for the meat lover. 


End your sweet date with the Passion Fruit Mousse with Berries. The passion  fruit mousse was light and creamy tho slightly a bit too tangy for my liking. Somehow the Nutella Tart suited the Valentine theme more but it sure gave you a different ending than any regular Valentine's Day Dinner. 

The 5-course Valentine's Set Dinner is priced at RM288 per couple and only available on 14th February 2018. Accompanied by the gorgeous view of the city skyline, this would be an interesting place to bring your date. Valentine's Day is drawing near so hurry make your reservations at 03-21489166 or at www.fhihotels.com for more information.

Bintang Revolving Restaurant, The Federal KL
Address: 35, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-21489166

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

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Battle of The Charms: Trollbeads vs Pandora vs Thomas Sabo

Wednesday, January 31, 2018



As they say accessories make a girl a woman. I'm not much of an accessories kinda girl but if there is one item I've always eyed on is owning a charm bracelet. Over the past couple of years, charm bracelets have become huge and trending all over the world with several brands. But the brands that pop into your head when you mention charm bracelets would most probably Pandora, Trollbeads or Thomas Sabo.


If you are as confused as how I was, then here's the rundown on what's makes these three brands different from one another and well... ultimately, who will win the Battle of The Charms.


The Origin


The story of Trollbeads began in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1976, when Soren “Silversmith” Nielsen created the first Trollbead, Faces. The sterling silver bead, faces, is named for the no less than 6 faces that decorate it. Soren “Silversmith” Nielsen sold the Faces Bead from his father Svend Nielsen’s jewelry shop in Central Copenhagen. The trending fashion at the time of Trollbeads creation was to wear a single silver bead on a leather cord necklace. Instead of hanging the bead from an eyelet, Nielsen placed an opening through the center of the bead. Later his sister, Lise Aagaard, began to place the beads on silver bracelets. 



Lise Aagaard, the founder of Trollbeads, went on to open her own jewelry store. One day a customer asked to place more than one bead on her bracelet. The storekeeper was surprised but added another bead to the customer’s bracelet. This is how the bead-on-bracelet jewelry concept was born. 



From the suggestion of one customer, the Trollbeads brand and adventure were created. In cooperation with customers and with their wishes in mind, the collection grew. Today Trollbeads can be found in over 400 cities worldwide. They even expanded to a Mens Collection as well.


Trollbeads is an exquisite set of interchangeable jewellery pieces which let you create your own look. At the heart of the collection are the beads themselves. Each piece in the Trollbeads collection has its own little history, taking its inspiration from mythology, astrology, fairy tales, fauna, flora, cultural diversity, and last but certainly not least, in the familiar things of everyday living. 

Trollbeads jewellery includes beads, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. The jewellery has a wide range of collections that let you tell your own story through the beads and accessories


Battle of The Charms


Pandora does not need much introduction as it is probably the most well-known charm bracelet brand and many would see them as the leading charm bracelet maker. But did you know that the brand that came up with the concept first was Trollbeads. Starting out as a family run business in 1976, they elude the traditional beauty of charm bracelets. 

Pandora has a unique method for attaching the charms to their bracelet where you have to screw on the charm with the little treads cleverly placed. This means that you are kinda stuck with only having Pandora charms as other charms without the thread can get stuck on the bracelet.  Meanwhile Trollbeads have openly said that you can mix charms from any brands as it will slide on due to the flexible nature of it. This allows you to collect your preferred charm and customize your charm bracelet with charms from any brand.  Meanwhile Thomas Sabo is an example of a modern day charm bracelet where they dangle from a chain instead of the actual charm.


Ultimately, it’s all down to your own individual personal preference. If you're looking for  a more pristine polished look, Pandora might be your cup of tea. Just decide on your color scheme and get matching beads along with it. Popular for their range of charms, they elude a slightly more whimsical tone throughout their whole collection. 

Thomas Sabo is known for their sterling silver pieces whose designs range from modern & pop culture-inspired to elegant & classic. They have a slightly more modern feel as well with emphasis on silver pieces.


Trollbeads on the other hand, I would call it more rustic and classic. You get this rough cut but exquisite design  that is like no other. Their materials range from sterling silver, gold, copper and leather. Each bead is handcrafted especially the glass beads which means there is no two beads alike. The more beads you put together, the more it grows on you. 


Design

Design wise, all three brands have their own characteristic to it. Pandora charms are more polished with cute silver charms and glass charms with little birds, polka dots and love hearts while Trollbeads has a more rustic feel to it. Their designs are mostly inspired by the supernatural and nature such as fairies, mermaids, trees, galaxies and shells you might find on the beach. 

Price-wise, you can choose to get a ready-made or a customized bracelet from the website or stores however there is one thing unique to  Trollbeads which is the lock. Trollbeads has unique locks that the other two do not offer. You get to really customize every part of your bracelet to your liking.

Material and Production

Trollbeads are made of the highest quality raw materials, and have evolved from the beginning to be only in sterling silver to now include 18 karat gold, freshwater pearls and gemstones - and last but certainly not least the beautiful and fantastic glass beads made from Italian glass. The gold and silver Trollbeads are modelled using the so called 'cire perdu' or 'lost wax' method. This 3,000 year old technique allows for fine details to be reproduced from wax to precious metals. While glass Trollbeads all are hand made from red-hot glass in the open flame.


Trollbeads are produced all over the world; from Denmark and Germany to eastern Europe, USA, and China. We find business partners who have the best product knowledge and often find this in cultures where there is a tradition and understanding for the materials being used.

"Every Story Has A Bead"


The idea behind Trollbeads is that it is a bead-on-bracelet/-necklace/-earring product, where you can build your own story by adding the beads the way you want to. You can collect a bracelet entirely from beauty, diversity and colours that fit your clothes, personality or memories.




Create your very own Trollbeads piece that fits your style, memories and personalities with 3 simple steps:



1. Select a bracelet (Sterling silver/Gold/Leather)



2. Select your desired beads



3. Select a lock (unique to Trollbeads)



After doing all my research, I'm sorry Pandora but Trollbeads have won my heart especially with their handcrafted glass beads, each unique and different. How can I not with all the gorgeous designs?







Share with me your thoughts and which brand won the battle for you.

Locations

Trollbeads Malaysia is available at MidValley, Sunway Pyramid and Vivacity Megamall, Kuching. They have been on the market for more than 40 over years, with over 50 countries around the world. 
You can find Trollbeads online on their website at  & on their official Facebook & Instagram


Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam




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JONLIVIA BlazePants Brightening Series Launch

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Time to get back in shape before Chinese New Year with JONLIVIA BlazePants Brightening Series. Well... technically getting  back in shape to fit into that cheongsam but then there's still all that good food. Let's try not to get too unhealthy this Chinese New Year *wink*


JONLIVIA is one of the popular fitness outfit brand in town especially with their cutting edge style and passion for fitness. Nowadays, you've got to look good even when working out because you never know if that cute guy at gym is checking you out. I'm sure you don't want to look like some frumpy girl at the gym. 


Last weekend, JONLIVIA announced the arrival of the BlazePants Brightening Series which is part of their Neoheat series. This cutting-edge athleisure apparel helps you sweat faster as you burn calories faster. 


JONLIVIA is already well-known for their Neoheat Technology that helps burns calories 4 times faster thanks to the high performance inner layer. Plus, the design helps to give you a slimming form fit, distributing heat to your tummy and getting rid of those love handles.


Now, with their White Rose Brightening Technology the BlazePants Brightening Series is the first fitness pants which also helps brighten and moisturize skin. Using hundreds of organic rose petal components it releases vitamins and minerals that brighten the skin. 


Plus the BlazePants Brightening also is up to 50% UPF protection which protects you from those harmful UV rays that causes skin darkening. The anti-oxidizing hydration and anti-ageing properties hydrate your skin and prevents your skin from aging faster; making it ideal for dry or sensitive skin. The components of the rose petals minimizes redness and soothes skin. 


With the Fitgrip Technology and fitting cut, the BlazePants will make you the most fashionable girl in the gym. Love how the Fitgrip Technology ensures that the pants stays snug and doesn't rise especially when you do exercises like yoga that requires stretching.


Proven during the Grand Finale of Jonlivia Slimplezy Challenge last weekend at Paradigm Mall. Congratulations to all the gorgeous ladies who went through a series of intense workout with Jonlivia outfits and got back into shape.

The BlazePants Brightening Series will be retailing at RM208 and available for purchase online at Jonlivia.com or from their retail outlet at Jonlivia Lifestyle Club SS2. Also, for Chinese New Year they are have some promotions and discounts so do check out their Facebook page for more details.

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

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