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PRODUCT REVIEW: MATIS

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hi everyone! Got some news for my dear readers. I have decided to change my blog title and URL to Miriam's MerryGoRound at http://miriammerrygoround.blogspot.com! 

Wondering why I changed it? Well, my previous blog URL was rather difficult to tell to others since it was using my chinese name. Even since primary school teachers and friends have a hard name pronouncing my name. Anyhow, I started blogging for personal reasons and to vent out my inner feelings but since now I'm starting to blog for more reviews, products and events, I've decided to change it to something that people can relate to. Why MerryGoRound?


Well, I love Merry-go-rounds. They remind me of a whimsical place with fun and laughter. How the lights flicker in a fairy-like way. On the other hand, it also reminds me that what goes around comes around, that the world is round and no matter how hard things may be at times easy times will come about as well. Besides the literal meaning of using merry-go-round, it also represents me as a blogger! Going around searching for new things, new places to discover, yummy treats to fill my tummy, new people to meet and new experiences and knowledge to make me a better person. 

Anyhow, this product review on Matis will be the first post for Miriam's MerryGoRound :)
Maybe some of you may remember me posting about the launch of Matis Malaysia at Passion Road, KL. You can read about the launch here

I was given their products to try out how well Matis works and today I will be sharing with you about their cleanser and lotion for Reponse Vitalite. 

Reponse Vitalite comes with an cleansing emulsion and lotion. The cleansing emulsion is for you to remove all the dirt from your skin which includes after a day out or even to remove your makeup. I use this after a long day at work to remove all the dirt and makeup on my face. 




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BEAUTY REVIEW: Enchanteur Paris Body Lotion

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hello everyone! I'm back with another beauty review. This time it is on body lotions by Enchanteur Paris!



Firstly let me give you Lesson 101 on body lotions!

What Are Lotions and It's Benefits?
Body lotions are lotions applied to the body after bathing. They contain more water than body cream to hydrate, smoothen and soften the skin. There are several benefits of using body lotion:


Moisture
  • Oils that are in lotion give skin moisture and elasticity. They are absorbed into the skin, repairing and soothing dry skin.

Protection

  • The same oils in lotion that repair dry skin can also prevent irritation from dry skin. Also, if a lotion contains SPF, it can help prevent sun damage.

Anti-Aging

  • By using lotion to protect against sun damage and dry skin, you can help minimize the aging process. Dry skin that loses elasticity and sun damage can cause wrinkles and fine lines.

Skin Color

  • Some lotions contain additives that can either lighten or darken the appearance of skin pigment.

Scent

  • Most lotions contain fragrance oils that can be used for a light scent. The scent is less potent than perfumes or colognes and is beneficial for people who desire the scent but are sensitive to stronger perfumes.

Enchanteur Paris is a range of fine quality French-inspired fragrances and fragrance-enhanced toiletries for the young, romantic and elegant female. When Enchanteur first appeared on the market I was totally swooned by the fragrance! To those who love Enchanteur as well, listen up! Enchanteur also has a line of body lotions suitable to moisturise your body and to give you that exclusive Enchanteur fragrance. Thanks to Butterfly Project I was given the chance to review all four of the body lotion in the series!


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Duriana Presents: A Market In The Skies!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hey there! 


Duriana, Malaysia’s favourite social marketplace app, is inviting you to their A Market In The Skies event on Saturday, June 14th at La Scala Restaurant, 12-6pm






Just to furnish you a little on what Duriana is about - they are a mobile-first shopping platform, which merges functions of Instagram and eBay into one, allowing users to discover a world of wonderful products around them from vintage trinkets to pre-loved clothes.
Following the success of their first major event 360 Kuala Lumpur Bazaar in April, they are coming back strong with our third event of the year! This time around, Duriana is bringing the market experience to the skies on a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers.





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EVENT: The Butterfly Project Lasertag Challenge (1st Anniversary)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

On the 10th of May, Butterfly Project celebrated their 1st Anniversary with all butterflies by playing Laser Tag at Laser Warsone e@Curve! I've heard of Lazer Tag for quite some time but never had the chance of experiencing the fun! So it was great to have the chance to zap fellow butterflies in this fun game of tag ^__^


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Lazer Warzone

Butterfly Project Laser Tag Challenge



Seriously the price to play laser tag isn't really that expensive! They have packages for those interested to host their own parties and also student rates. You can check out their rates on their facebook page.

Some other info :
- Minimum 4 person for a game
- Maximum 25 persons in a game
- Minimum age : 5 years old

- Maximum 2 teams in 1 game

Price per game

If you are having a party, they will also provide food for your guests! Minimum of 15 people are needed for the party package and the private room is yours to use for 2 hours :)

Lounge for some refreshment and briefing


Entrance to the warzone

To play laser tag, you will be required to wear a vest that has tags on the arm, chest and back where your opponents will need to shoot at these tags to gain points! The vests have light pads on them indicating your team. There is team green and team blue. Shooting at different parts of the body have different points.

Here's how it works :
Chest - 50 points
Back - 100 points

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FOOD REVIEW: Sakae Sushi @ IOI Mall

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

[Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post]

It's been a long time since I last had Sakae Sushi but ever since the quality of food at Sushi King is going downhill, I had the chance to try out Sakae Sushi once more with a good friend of mine :)

Was surprised that the quality of food at Sakae Sushi has improved and the prices of food there is quite reasonable. Was kinda tired of dining at Sushi Zanmai, so for one weekend the family decided to have a meal at Sakae Sushi. The following food selection are what I would personally recomment.

Firstly, some introduction about Sakae Sushi:


At Sakae Sushi, freshness matters! It is a hit among Japanese food lovers for its delicious yet affordably-priced fare and is a kaiten sushi-concept restaurant. Air-flown weekly, Sakae Sushi ingredients are selected from top suppliers around the workd and stringently checked to ensure total freshness, quality and nutrition.

One of Sakae Sushi's must try selections is the salmon sushi range. Prepared with the freshest and most premium salmon directly air-flown from Norway, finers can take their pick from a mouth-watering variety that includes the classic Salmon Sushi and Sashimi, Hana Maki, Lobster & Salmon Roll.

Sakae Sushi also tends to those who fancy something apart from salmon or sushi as there are over 250 delectable choices such as sashimi, yakimono, nabemono, tempura, Japanese noodles (ramen, soba and udon), donburi and bento.

[From : Sakae Sushi Malaysia ]


One thing different about Sakae Sushi is that their menu! They actually use I-pads for their menu instead of printed menus. This is a great way to order your food as you don't have to wait for the waiter/waitress to take your order because you can just send your order to the kitchen using the I-pad.

Using the I-pad which is also interactive actually can help boost their sales as while you are waiting for your food, the I-pad will keep on flashing other food options which help promotes their menu! Great idea ^__^


Ipad Menu


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CONTEST: Domino's Pizza Kicks Off Football Online Contest

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thanks to Domino’s for the invite to Setia Alam Domino’s Pizza outlet to participate in the promotion of the Domino’s Kickoff Online Contest and for filling my empty tummy with loads of yummy pizzas!




The football season is here and in conjunction with that Domino’s has launched their new Smoky Blended BBQ Pizzas! Football and pizzas cannot be separated especially during an exciting football season. Now to all those football fans out there take note! Domino’s Pizza is giving one lucky football enthusiast the opportunity to win an all-expense trip for two to Brazil with the launch of its Domino’s Kickoff Online Contest!
All you need to do to win an all-expense paid trip to Brazil is to participate in the Domino’s Kickoff Online Contest by logging into www.dominos.com.my/kickoff. Weekely points earned in the contest is multiplied with every online purchase of Domino’s Pizza! So even if you can’t score very well in the online game, you can still increase your chances of winning with the score multiplier, which is by purchasing the bigger pizza size and ordering the new smoky BBQ pizzas! Remember, the more pizzas you purchase, the higher your scores are. The highest score throughout the contest period wins the Grand Prize! Linda, the Senior Marketing Manager of Domino’s Pizza Malaysia and Singapore said that at this moment there is already a football fanatic that has purchased 26 Xtra large pizzas! Bear in mind, one Xtra Large Pizza is worth 6 points! This definitely makes him in the leading! But fret not because the competition kicked off on April 28 and will last until June 1, 2014! This means you still have time to beat the high score. You may be able to win the Grand Prize!
The Grand Prize winner will enjoy:
·         5 days 4 nights stay with all expense paid trip to Brazil for two worth more than RM34,000
Five 1st Runner Ups will be invited to an
  • Exclusive Pizza Party with 20 friends, worth RM2,000
Five 2nd Runner Ups will receive
  • A year supply of 12 free large pizzas and
3rd Runner Ups will receive
  • A year supply of 12 Free Regular Pizzas!
In addition, there are also
  • 50 consolation prizes of Domino’s e-coupon voucher worth RM50 each up for grabs!


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CAMPAIGN: Skinade

Friday, May 16, 2014

Skinade is the next generation liquid food supplement sold and recommended by top beauty professionals. The precious nutrients in Skinade will nourish your skin, hair and nails from the inside giving you a radiant complexion, luscious hair and stronger nails. Boost your body’s natural collagen production with one bottle of Skinade a day. 

Skinade are holding an onsite competition where entrants could win 30 days of Skinade, worth £90, by simply filling in the few fields onsite here.

For further details on Skinade's next generation skincare, you can find more information here.

Skinade is the collagen drink sold and recommended by beauty professionals, dermatologists and aesthetic surgeons. Skinade™ has been developed by leading UK scientists and is manufactured in the UK using only the highest quality EU approved ingredients. Skinade provides a perfect ratio of liquid to active ingredients working synergistically to create one of the most advanced, effective and bio-available anti-ageing skincare products on the market today. 

Skinade™ is the next-generation liquid food supplement that boosts your body's natural collagen production and improves the way your skin looks in as little as 30 days.
For best results a 90 day course is recommended
Traditional beauty products only function on the surface of the skin, skinade works from the inside. The advanced formulation of low molecular weight collagen and essential micro-nutrients ensures rapid absorption nourishing your skin from the inside, giving you a more youthful, glowing and radiant complexion. 

Skinade is suitable for both male and female adults (over 18 years) who want to do the very best for their skin. For Skinade to be effective, it needs to become part of your daily skincare regime. 

For best results, we recommended that you drink one bottle each morning after breakfast. Skinade does not have to be stored in a fridge, but tastes better chilled. When taking skinade there is no need to take an additional multi-vitamin. All the Ingredients in skinade are water soluble, which allows for safe, long-term use. Shake bottle before use and once opened consume within 24hours

Why is skinade a drink and not a pill?
  1. Scientific research has shown that liquids have a far higher bio-availability and absorption rate.
  2. Tablets offer an absorption of only 30% to 40%
  3. Skinade offers an absorption of 80% to 90%
  4. More convenient to take
  5. Better tasting than tablets or pills


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RECIPE: Tomato Sauce/Paste

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hello! I'm back with another healthy recipe to share! I am sure most of the time you want to prepare spaghetti or tomato soup, you would buy those in cans and bottles at your local supermarket. Do you know that those products actually have a lot of preservatives added to them especially ascorbic acid? In the long run, these artificial preservatives and flavouring will worsen your health. Canned tomato sauce also have a very high amount of sodium in it which can cause hypertension!

Today, I will be sharing a recipe on making your own homemade healthy tomato paste with no added preservatives, flavouring or colouring. It is super easy to do and you just have to spend a small amount of time to get a healthier version of tomato sauce.

Firstly, purchase some tomatoes from your local grocery or market. Get those which are orange-reddish in colour. Try to get those which are not too soft. Next make sure you wash your tomatoes well and get rid of any pesticide on the tomatoes. You don't want to be consuming those chemicals.


Wash your tomatoes

Next, I am going to share with you a great tip on removing the tomato skin. You can opt to retain the tomato skin but you won't get a smooth paste if you do not remove the skin. To remove the skin, make a small cross section at the bottom of the tomato as shown in the photo below.

Make cross cut section


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FOOD REVIEW: Caffe Bene @ Sunway Pyramid

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There have been so many reviews about this new Korean cafe that popped up at Sunway Pyramid that me and the sister could not resist paying it a visit. It is located in front of the escalator near AEON. First some introduction about Caffe Bene

[Source: Wikipedia]

Caffe Bene is a coffeehouse chain based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, current CEO of Caffe Bene. Caffe Bene is the largest coffeehouse in South Korea in terms of the number of stores. Caffé Bene is designed after European open-air cafés. The word "Bene" in the brand name comes from the Italian word for "good." This brand is combined with the European open-air atmosphere and traditional Korean culture of "Sarangbang". Like other coffee chains, Caffe Bene sells brewed coffee, hot and cold beverages, pastries, croissants, sandwiches, waffles, gelato, and so forth. In addition, Caffe Bene features Misugaru, which "consists of black sesame seeds, black bean, black and brown rice and barley". According to PR web, Misugaru "is rich in vitamins, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, folate and selenium". Misuragu drinks are a feature that differentiates Caffe Bene from its competitors such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the opening ceremony of Caffe Bene where Kwang Soo a.k.a Giraffe from Running Man, a hit Korean variety show came to officiate the launch.

Entrance

Caffe Benne displays some of their popular menu at the entrance to the cafe. These include waffles, toast and their signature Bingsu.
Some of their products on display


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Malaya Optical @ Damansara Uptown

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Thanks to Bag of Love, I had the chance to visit Malaya Optical at Damansara Uptown for a mini tea party. I wanted to check out the deals at Malaya Optical and also get my eyes and the boyfie's eyes tested. It's been a while since I had an eye checkup. The store is located at the same row as Starbucks. Just walk on down and you will see the Malaya Optical signboard :)

I was the first one to reached the store and was welcomed by Ryan Ho himself! Let me give you a brief introduction to Malaya Optical. 




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EVENT: Butterfly Walk @ TTDI Park

Monday, May 12, 2014

Yoo hoo~ I'm sure most of you have noticed me tagging the Butterfly Project Malaysia in my recent post! Let me introduce them to you all! The Butterfly Project Malaysia is a blogger community which is founded by lovely bloggers who wants to gather new bloggers and old bloggers together to create a blogging community. 




Last Sunday, they held a Fund-raising Walkaton to raise fund for the community. 

I just recently joined the community and have been a part of them for the past 3 months! I am really grateful to The Butterfly Project and the team for all they have done for me. Starting a blog is not something easy especially if you want to get to know more people. Having them start this community made it so much easier for new bloggers to join events and meet more people! I've been invited to events and also meeting fellow bloggers after joining this community. Totally love these butterflies. They are so kind and friendly. To show my support, I joined the walkaton and brought along the boyfie, sister and a friend from university. 

Butterfly Project Malaysia Fund Raiser Walkaton

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CAMPAIGN: Missrebel

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Missrebel is a leading online fashion retailer thats aims to deliver high quality on-trend women's clothing at affordable prices. Online since 2009, Missrebel have emerged as a reputable and reliable company that is able to stand alongside some of the most well-known online fashion retailers to offer the latest fashion styles to its mainly young, fun loving, fashion forward female audience.

Missrebel features tons of top fashion outfits and also celebrity looks like Kim Kardashian, Amanda Holden, Paris Hilton and other top fashionistas! They also have plus size clothings on sale!

Now pay attention: 
Missrebel are giving you the chance to WIN a £500 voucher to spend online. To be in with a chance of winning, feature Missrebel and any of our products in a wishlist blog post - its that simple. Entries will close at 5pm, Wednesday 28th May 2014. The competition commences Wednesday 28th April 2014.

These are the items on my wish list from Missrebel: 

WISH LIST:

1. Lace Trim Playsuit in Rust
The first item that caught my eye is this! I totally love the lace trimmings of the play suit which kicks it up a notch compared to regular playsuits. The colour is also vibrant and suitable for spring/summer outfits!


2. Black Panel Studded Purse
The second item is this Black Panel Studded Purse. Have been looking for a clutch/purse that I can use for a nice dinner outing that is also suitable for a casual date night! Love the studded details on the purse.
 Black Panel Studded Purse
3. Studs Detail Jumper / Black
I know this is another stud outfit but I can't get enough of the stud details at the shoulder area which transform a simple plain jumper into a fashion statement. I can imagine myself pairing it with shorts for a comfortable attire out!




4. Wine Daisy Lace Vest Top
This wine vest top with lace details is also so eye-catching. You can dress it up or even throw a jacket to change it to a casual assemble. 




5. Smudge Print Hi Lo Chiffon Dress
Don't you think that this print really stands out? Love the sheer material and the asymetrical cutting of the dress! This will definitely accentuate your legs :)



6. Neon Aztec Collar Playsuit
This is another play suit but with a neon Aztec print. Aztec prints are so in trend now that I just can't stop eyeing this playsuit!



 
These are just some of the outfits that caught my eye! There are so much more to browse through.

To those who want to enter this competition, just head on to this link Missrebel and submit your wish list! Hurry on and submit them now! You can also check out their latest updates from their website and Facebook page :)
Website: Miss Rebel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missrebeluk

Love, Miriam 

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ONLINE REVIEW: Mr Lens

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Hey everyone, I'm back with another review thanks to Butterfly Project Malaysia and Mr Lens! Online shopping is becoming a craze nowadays and it is not only limited to clothes, accessories and gadgets. Introducing MrLens, an online shopping website for eyewear! You can even save up to 50% by purchasing your eyewear from MrLens. 

MrLens started in 2002 and is a dynamic company dedicated in providing their customers the highest quality service for the eyewear you require. Today, they are proud to be the largest online ocntact lens reseller in Switzerland and other major parts of Europe.

MrLens is competitive, fast and reliable and you can get your eyewear just at the click of your fingers. They have tons of eyewear from lenses (Daily disposable, Monthly disposable, Coloured lenses and also Multifocal lenses) and glasses (Corrective glasses, Reading glasses and Sun glasses). 

On the main page of the website, there are some featured products for first time buyers. You can also click on their side menu to choose the products you want. 

Featured products

MrLens delivers nationwide and also have secure payment so don't have to worry about purchasing online.


Benefits and secured payments

This is what you have to do to purchase your eyewear at MrLens.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Gadgets Meets Fashion

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Hey all! Do you know what happens when Gadgets meet Fashion?? Being a gadget fanatic does not make you a nerd. Here are some awesome combinations when gadgets meet fashion! Technology is no more boring and nerdy but they can be used as accessories to brighten up your day and make it part of your fashion statement!

The minds at i-Pmart have put together some fashionable outfits and here are some sneak peeks! So loving the Floral + Mint concept! Was thinking of getting a Fujifilm Instax Mini and totally loving the colour combination!

Loving combination 1 too with the Dr Martens spicy red hot boots pairing with the Nintendo 3DS! You can get all these gadgets at i-Pmart and they have great deals so check them out now :)


Source: i-Pmart

Love, Miriam

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RECIPE: Mushroom Pizza and Mushroom Soup

Monday, May 05, 2014

Hey everyone! I'm back with another super duper easy recipe that you can do in a jiffy! For parents out there, your kids can also help you prepare this super easy and tasty meal. This recipe is also suitable for vegetarians.

Today I will be sharing a recipe using mushrooms! Actually saw these mushroom on sale at AEON, Sunway Pyramid and couldn't resist buying them to cook. They are super cute. ^___^
My Japanese Mushrooms

Anyway, let me introduce the mushrooms to all of you :) I bought my mushrooms in packs of three which means I get three different varieties of mushroom to try out! Firstly, meet the Japanese Brown Beech Mushroom. Shimeji Mushroom is the thrid most popular mushroom in Japan, after shitake and enoki. They are also known as beech mushroom because they often grow on fallen beech trees.

These mushroom have a white base and speckled brown caps which are so pretty. Reminds me of a giraffe. They don't have a strong aroma but once cooked they have a smooth and crunchy texture. They also have a buttery and nutty taste. Please remember, you have to cook these mushroom before eating!
The Brown Beech is not only flavourful but also very healthy. It provides a significant source of niacin and is a good source of protein, fiber and antioxidants. This mushroom is also cholesterol-free, low in calories and a tasty meat substitute. So to all those out there who are vegetarians or are dieting, this is a great ingredient to consume!


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RECIPE: Sunny Mango Popsicles

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Happy weekends people! Been having a very busy week so have not been updating my blog. However, I've got a special treat for everyone. Going to start a recipe section for my blog and I'll start of with a Sunny Mango Popsicle recipe! This recipe is super easy to make and also very healthy. For mothers out there, you can make this very easily for your children or even for those out there who are dieting but crave for some yummy cool dessert without the calories, you can try out these Mango Popsicle! 

All you need for this recipe is:
  1. Ripe mangoes (cubed)
  2. Milk of your choice 
  3. Honey


Ingredients needed: Mango, Low fat milk and honey

I actually had a batch of super ripe mangoes at home and I don't really like eating overly ripe mangoes. So I decided to turn it into something yummy that the family will love! First, you cut your mangoes and de-seed it. Just place your mangoes in your blender or food processor and add some milk. You can choose to add cream instead of milk but since we're making a healthy sweet treat, I chose to use low fat milk. I added roughly 50 ml of milk but this recipe really depends on how creamy you want your popsicle to be.


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