#MiriamBeauty

Althea Petal Velvet Powder First Impression + Review

Monday, August 14, 2017


"Althea Petal Velvet Powder - Like a flower's gentle petals dancing on the skin"

Hi there my loves, if I haven't said it enough let me say it again. Althea has just got to be the best online place to shop for all my beauty and cosmetic needs. They recently announced an exciting news - Althea Petal Velvet Powder. This is their first ever Althea range product and oh-boy was I excited to receive it


The Petal Velvet Powder is a translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves behind a silky finish to the touch. Inspired by Korean Althea flowers, the powder is infused with oil from the Althea seeds and reminds me of my favourite Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder.


Comes in a little packaging, you get 3g of micro-fine powder and it comes with a mini puff too. First impression, it's PINK! And the scent is just lovely - the scent of spring. Seriously, the product is super fine and can be compared with the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. 

Benefits:

❤ Makeup setting & Long Wearing
❤  Micro-fine particles
❤  Soft Smooth Texture
❤  Sebum Control & Pore Blurring
❤  Natural & Cruelty-free Ingredients


How I use it for my daily makeup is to set my concealer and also for sebum control. Nowadays, I tend to just use concealer instead of full face foundation unless I have an event The puff really picks up the product well and you just have to dab it onto your face.


I really like the finishing of the Althea Petal Velvet Powder; leaving my face looking soft but not cakey. It helps to set my makeup and also keeps my face oil-free for most part of the day. I like how it subtly covers my pores and not clog it plus it creates a satin finish. Even the boyfie approves of my makeup that day. He said that it looked natural which was a plus point. He hates it when I put on makeup so it was good to know that this powder is boyfriend approved.

Why wait any longer, go grab them at Althea while they still have stocks. 

Til next time
xoxo
Miriam

Guest Post

Captivating Blooms from A Better Florist

Friday, August 11, 2017

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There’s nothing that can match the beauty and magical energy of flowers. Flowers are in my opinion one of the best gifts nature has given us, and I am thankful for the existence of florists who are able to use flowers to create gorgeous arrangements that make us feel so happy.
I love flowers for any occasion or no occasion at all for that matter, as they simply uplift my spirits and give me a boost of energy that seems like it came out of nowhere. This flower power craze led me to test out numerous florists in Singapore, but I am happy to say that I have discovered the best florist in Singapore, and that’s not an exaggeration.
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A Better Florist dedicates the same amount of time and attention to every single part of the process of creating a bouquet. Although these flower arrangements look effortlessly beautiful and easy, the best florist in Singapore takes their time to grow their blooms, deliver them to the shop themselves, keep the blooms fresh, make unique designs and deliver it to people around Singapore.
The typical flower shop will usually offer flower bouquets and arrangements, but A Better Florist expert florists are experienced in creating fruit baskets, wedding flowers and bouquets, pampering bundles, funeral wreaths and so much more. If you have something in mind that isn’t offered on their website, you can contact them and ask for something specific and custom to be made exclusively for you.
I love everything that’s on their website, and I’ve spent some time scrolling through the flowers that are displayed on the website right now. It’s just the right number of bouquets and arrangements, so you don’t feel overwhelmed, but it can be hard to choose, because each and every arrangement is attractive in its own way.
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Their 24 hour florist delivery in Singapore is by far one of the best. Not many florists are committed to delivering flowers, every day, even on the holidays. They are the best flower delivery in Singapore as they are able to take your order, process it, create your bouquet and deliver it within only 90 minutes. If you’re looking for a cheap flower delivery in Singapore, A Better Florist are the masters of it.
And if you’re feeling a little envious of everyone in Singapore right now, you’re in luck, because they’ve expanded their flower empire and now have a Dubai Florist and a Hong Kong florist, and are known as the best florist in Hong Kong. Watch out world, you’re probably next. They now offer the best flower delivery in Hong Kong, so if you happen to be there, and not in Singapore, you can experience what they have to offer.
If you’re in Singapore, you can find A Better florist in Plaza Singapura, Bugis, Changi Airport, and all throughout Singapore, but my guilty pleasure is shopping online. It’s easy to find everything you need in one place, and it saves a lot of time.
I highly recommend you give in and take a look at what A Better Florist has to offer. If you love authentic, beautiful designs and fresh flowers, you won’t regret it.
Til next time, xoxo Miriam

#MiriamEats

Cheesy Korean Feast | 688 Korean BBQ & Steamboat

Monday, August 07, 2017

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Annyeonghaseyo!

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Time for some #MiriamEats with delicious Korean BBQ. My food exploration this time took me to Ampang, where most will associate it with Little Korea Town. There are tons of Korean eateries around that area and some serving really good Korean BBQ too. I celebrated my sister's birthday at one of the little Korean BBQ joints last two years.

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688 Yook Pal Pal Korean BBQ & Steamboat is located at the shoplots right opposite Ampang Point. A quaint corner lot, parking spaces seem ample during my visit. This place serves both Korean BBQ and Steamboat. Let's get down to business and check out what they have to offer.

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We actually got to try their Signature Cheese Pork BBQ (RM69.90) and Cheese Topokki (RM23) which was the highlight thanks to the cheese. Pork slices were abundant and the cheese really elevates the taste and flavor of this dish. What can you not love when you have cheese in it? The outer ring has steamed egg, kimchi, pineapple and corn which will get heated up.

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The cheese when melted is absolutely divine as it wraps itself around the pork. Pork meat is succulent and well marinated as well. Although it was a heavy dish, grab some fresh lettuce, green pepper and kimchi to make a ssam (lettuce wrap). I just love enjoying my Korean BBQ this way; a healthier and much filling choice. 

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Cheese Topokki (RM23)

Cheese lover will like their Cheese Topokki as well. Spicy and sweet with chewy rice cakes, fish cake, cabbage and also an egg. I actually quite enjoy this version of Topokki as some places tend to cook theirs rather sweet.

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Besides the two signature dishes, we ordered some meat to grill because you just cannot forget getting meat! I love how the grill actually uses charcoal because there's that smokiness that adds more flavor to the meat. This grill plate comes with cheese ring (Yes!), steamed egg, garlic and corn.


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As you can see, we did order quite a lot of meats! From Pork to Beef, do take note that you have to order a minimum of 2 pax portion. Here are some of the recommended meat options to choose from:

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Marinated Lamb Chop (RM35/pax)

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Marinated Octopus
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Beef Ribs


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Haemul Pancake (RM27)
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Japchae

Just Korean BBQ sure won't fill you up so you can opt to add some side orders like Haemul Pancake (Seafood Pancake), Samgehytang (Ginseng Chicken), Japchae, etc. The Haemul Pancake was rather thick compared to other places that I eat but it is up your preference on how you like your pancakes.

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Kimchi Hot Pot (RM60 for small)
Their Kimchi Hotpot was laden with ingredients and can really fill you up. Recommended if you're coming in a large group. Well seasoned and you can really taste the flavors from the kimchi used.

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Samgyetang (RM38)

If you like Sangehytang (Ginseng Chicken), this place serves really 'power' ginseng chicken. Each sip is filled with the strong flavor and taste from the Ginseng Wine that they provide. If you do not like it to be too strong, don't pour in the whole cup. Chicken was well infused with ginseng and the glutinous rice stuffed was well done.

Overall it was a pretty satisfying meal and we left the place with a full tummy. Those of you who are looking for a new Korean BBQ joint, check out their menu and LIKE their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/yook.palpal/ for the latest offers.

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

#MiriamTravels

SeniKome Peng Heng Resorts World Genting: East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre Visit

Friday, August 04, 2017

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The past weekend has been pretty epic with a 36 Hour Food Trail at Sky Avenue Genting Highlands. I surely have not eaten so much in that two days! Eating at 28 outlets within a period of 2 days has got to be an amazing feat so do stay tuned to my post once I manage to filter through the hundreds of photos.

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In the meantime, let's have a little culture and artsy post first. Culture and the arts are given prominence at SeniKome Peng Heng in Resorts World Genting—and reflecting this is a series of activities that will be held in the coming months. We managed to schedule in a short break to pay a visit at SeniKome Peng Heng which highlights East Coast  traditional visual and performing arts. The Cultural Centre is located right next to Food Factory which I also reviewed the last time I had a staycation in Resorts World Genting.

Related Post: Food Factory First World Plaza, Genting Highlands

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From July to September, you will be able to really submerge yourself in your Malaysian roots with the amazing exhibition in the East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre. One of the highlights is the Joget Gamelan, a classical dance that originated in the 17th century and specifically popular in Pahang and Terengganu.

I had my experience living in the East Coast, in particular Kelantan when I was undergoing my Degree so stepping into this Arts & Cultural Centre brought back memories and also allowed me to learn more about the heritage of Malaysia.

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There will be different art forms being showcased throughout this two months every weekend.

29 - 30 July : Batik Canting
26 - 27 August: Silk Screen Painting
31 August & 1 September : Watercolour Painting Demo
2 - 3 September: Joget Gamelan
9 - 10 September: Sketching 
16 - 17 September: Pottery
22 - 24 September : Weaving Demo 

The splendours of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia—the states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan—lie at the heart of SeniKome. Thematic displays of art and culture from these states are the
focus of the centre. SeniKome, which means “our art” in the Pahang local dialect, is indeed dedicated to promoting the beauty of the east coast local craft, fashion, games, food and music.

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The centre also aims to foster a creative environment where traditional artistry can flourish through immersive programmes such as the Wayang Kulit and Batik displays that are coming up. There is also an experiential area for various traditional games; this is where visitors can participate in Congkak and Batu Seremban.

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I still remember those times in Primary School when we played Congkak and Batu Seremban for fun! Really brings back a lot of memories and you can also try playing these games at the centre.

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How can one truly experience art and culture without trying some of the delicious East Coast cuisines? You can also enjoy food and drinks at the centre; the East Coast Art and Souvenir Shop not only offers gift options like fine textiles and pewter ware items—visitors can enjoy traditional dishes like the signature Nasi Kerabu or Keropok Lekor. Their Nasi Kerabu is the best! I could taste the Kelantan flavors in each spoonful; with the different herbs and ulam. Gosh it just transports me back to Kelantan and I just love it.

There is also a Reading Corner at the centre, and visitors can join the guided tours that are held three times daily. Admission tickets to SeniKome are priced at RM8 for adults (RM7 for GRC members) and RM6 for children (RM5 for GRC members). For larger groups,the family package is priced at RM25 that allows entrance to two adults and two children.

Don't miss out on this cultural experience while enjoying the cool weather up in Genting Highlands. For more details call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

Now time to get that 36 hours Food Trail post up.

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

#MiriamBeauty

G9 SKIN White In Whipping Cream Review

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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G9 Skin White In Whipping Cream

" Beautiful Makeup, Starts with Beautiful Skin "

No matter how expensive your makeup is or how much you lather it on, it's best if you have the perfect base to start of with. So today, I'm going to share with you another product from G9 SKIN.


G9 SKIN not only has cosmetic products but they also have specially formulated skincare products that is best suited for anti-city pollution. Korean cosmetics are all the craze especially when we see those porcelain skin actresses in Korean dramas. They might be able to afford high end skincare treatments but here's how you can get that milky white porcelain skin.

G9 SKIN White In Whipping Cream

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This skincare product is actually a 2-in-1 beauty product that is known as the 'instant tone-up cream or whitening cream'. This cream aims to whiten, moisturize and also help to improve your skin complexion. You can use it as a skincare and makeup product both day and night.

The G9 SKIN White in Whipping Cream actually acts as a primer which evens out your skin tone and gives a nice surface before applying your makeup. 

Packaging

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Korean products always have the cutest packaging ever! Just look how cute they packaged their product in a milk bottle. Inside the milk box packaging you have a jar which has their products filled to the brim. You have around 50g of products in each jar.

One downside is that there isn't any spatula provided. For those who are picky about double dipping in your products, you might want to get a separate spatula.

Formulation

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The product itself has a smooth texture like whipping cream and as you can see there is actually a lot of product in the jar. You only need a minimal amount as this product actually spread out to quite a bit.

The G9 SKIN White In Whipping Cream is made from 9 moisturizing and whitening ingredients including milk protein extract and Vitamin E to create smooth and moist photoshopped skin.

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As you can see, the texture is quite thick and you would need to spread it to allow it to be absorbed into your skin. The product forms tiny water droplets and do take note you have to really take some time to allow the product to absorb. For someone who has to rush out every time, this was a bit troublesome.

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You can see how the thick cream actually turns into white droplets. This water drop formulation is very moisturizing which after it fully absorbs into your skin it gives a smooth finish. You can immediately see a whitening effect to your skin. 

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I do like the finishing touch as the whitening effect is not like you slather white cream but it's a whitening + brightening effect. I apply it on my face as a primer and also not forgetting my neck area. This product works well as a blur cream as well but you have to make sure you blend it in well. If not absorbed well, the product does sit on your fine lines and pores. You can also use this product in other areas you wish to tone up.

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G9 SKIN White In Whipping Cream


For more information about G9 Skin, please visit:
Website: www.g9skin.com
Facebook: fb.com/G9skinMY
Instagram: @g9skin_malaysia

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

#MiriamBeauty

First Lipstick - G9 SKIN Lipstick Review & Thoughts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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G9 SKIN First Lipstick


" Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world"


Pucker up with some new lipsticks from an upcoming Korean brand - G9 SKIN, a sub-brand by Berrisom. 


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The "First Lipstick" series has 8 gorgeous shades for your everyday makeup looks but currently you can purchase only 5 color options from their Malaysian retail website. I was able to get my hands on the 5 popular shades:


#01. Midnight Red
#02. Dry Rose
#03. Dazzling Pink
#04. Peach Brown
#05. Vintage Red

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The packaging was slick black with just a simple logo on it. You will be able to determine the color from the bottom of the tube. From the first impression I sure was already impressed with how vivid the color looks and how simple the overall packaging is. Just the perfect size to slip into my bag and on the go.



Let's start with the swatches and how it looks in person.




G9 SKIN #01 Midnight Rose


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#01 Midnight Rose is just a gorgeous bright red color, perfect for a night out or on your date night. FYI, this is the perfect shade of red that has blue tones in it which helps make your pearly whites look gorgeous. I am normally quite skeptical of Red lipsticks because they can really make you look yellow but this shade is just great.

G9 SKIN #02 Dry Rose


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Next we have #02 Dry Rose which is a subtle vintage pink color that you can pair in for a daily makeup look. I love how this color just adds some flush to my face. One of the must have item for me is a lipstick or liptint especially if I'm bare faced. You sure don't want to look like a sick patient roaming around the street without an streak of color on your face.

G9 SKIN #03 Dazzling Pink 


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#03 Dazzling Pink is a vivid bright pink color that most of my friends would categorize it at Miriam's color. This bright pink color has a tint of fushia to it and can really help brighten your skin complexion. I normally would not apply a full lip color but you can also use it for a gradient look. Just apply it to the inner corner of your lips and blend it out naturally. 

G9 SKIN #04 Peach Brown


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Now #04 Peach Brown is an interesting color option. I don't have any nude lipsticks and I tend to feel it makes me look like I just walked out of a hospital ward. However, for the G9 SKIN Peach Brown, it has a tint of coral in it which actually adds some color to the nude. First time trying out nude colors and well, I think with the right makeup this would be an interesting lip choice for a date night.

G9 SKIN #05 Vintage Red


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Finally #05 Vintage Red. If this is your first time trying a red lipstick, you can try this shade. It will slowly ease you into trying out brighter red. The red glides on easily

Overall Thoughts


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The G9 SKIN First Lipstick series exceeds my expectation of a good lipstick choice. I would normally go for liptints because I often find lipsticks to not glide on the lips and can get quite chalky. However, this lipstick series glides on perfectly. 

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The color payment was gorgeous as you can get that exact vivid color in just one glide. Although it claims to be a matte lipstick, it was more of a semi-matte lipstick that does not leave your lips dry. This moist lipstick is perfect to hide any fine lines on your lips and is also long lasting. One tip is after applying one layer, blot it with a piece of tissue then reapply. This ensures that the lipcolor stays longer.

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For those who are are not a fan of bold lips and prefer gradient lips, you can try mixing the colors together to give you a unique color combination. Just apply a darker color like #01 Midnight Rose in the inner corners of your lips and blend it outwards. I think blending #03 Dazzling Pink with #04 Peach Brown would be an interesting color combination as the nude from the Peach Brown would soften the vivid pink.

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So which is your favourite color?  Because I just can't decide! Share with me which color do you think suits me best. 

For more information about G9 Skin, please visit:
Website: www.g9skin.com
Facebook: fb.com/G9skinMY
Instagram: @g9skin_malaysia

Til next time,
xoxo
Miriam

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