Headband Shopping at Sereni and Shentel in Lot 10

Sereni and Shentel FREE delivery to Malaysia

I’ve raved a lot about this brand in January after I came across an article in Female magazine and then explored their website. I don’t think I can get enough of the chic designs and eye-popping colors! So when I stumbled upon the pop-up store in Lot 10, I knew I just had to buy a piece or two.
Sereni and Shentel in Lot 10
It was CNY season when I came to the shop. The display is just bursting with colors. It’s pretty clever that they only used simple, white walls and furniture to make the head pieces stand out.
Headbands displayed on golden holders
The headbands are nicely displayed on gold headband holders that are also sold online by Sereni and Shentel (around RM200). If my vanity kit had more space, I would probably get one of these because it’s convenient to display and store headbands.
Red headbands
Since it was CNY season that time, special attention was given to red-colored headbands. Check out the cool visual of a lady about to kiss the CNY lion. My son was so enamored by this picture.
Sereni and Shentel also offers a sweet collection of bands for the little ones. See the colors available from Baby Bow Down.
So what did I get for myself? I got 1 striking piece and 1 neutral one.
Headband haul! Only 2 pieces…

My first 2 Sereni and Shentel pieces

I was captivated by this purple Ice Ice Baby embellished with acrylic stones. Well, purple is my favorite color so it’s quite easy to get this sold with me. Each headband comes with a Sereni and Shentel tag stitched under the headband. It also has the signature 24K gold plated charm. Inside the provided cloth pouch is a small card with care instructions. I need to keep the headband inside the pouch when not in use to maintain its condition.

Sereni and Shentel Purple Ice Ice Baby
NP: RM156 but I got this at special price in Lot 10 (only RM93.60 or 40% off)
I also took this pink salmon-colored Mini Lolita. It is simple and has a cute, little bow. Easy to match with office clothes and even casual attires.
Sereni and Shentel Mini Lolita

Price: RM78

It’s easy to fall in love with S&S. The headpieces are very chic and range from simple ones to really thrilling designs. I even got a red Block Party piece online. It just goes well with a lot of my black outfits!
New collections are added regularly online. The Sweetheart Collection has been launched! If you love pinks and reds with a touch of sweet appeal, this collection is right for you.
Read my first article about Sereni and Shentel – click HERE.
For more info, collections and online shopping, visit
You may even request for a Look Book by filling up the form on their home page.
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Love your lips and cheeks even more with Benefit Lolli Tint!

benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain
Benefit Lolli Tint

It’s coming; it’s coming!
Are you one of those girls who just love multi-tasking makeup items? Then this is good news for you! The much-awaited Lolli Tint candy-orchid tinted lip and cheek stain is arriving in March!
Our beloved beauty brand, Benefit Cosmetics, has excitedly announced the arrival of this eye-catchy and tempting item that will definitely be a must-have in our cosmetic kits. This delicious candy-orchid lip and cheek stain is long wearing and leaves skin with a natural finish.
benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain
Benefit Lolli Tint with Brush Applicator

benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain
Benefit Lolli Tint in candy-orchid liquid color

The Formula:
  • Buildable payoff
  • Long-wearing liquid-gel formula
  • Natural finish
  • Enhances all skin tones
  • Smudge-proof/ smooch-proof color

Price: RM125 for 12.5 ml
Availability: March 2014
  1. Using the applicator that comes with the cap, brush three strokes on the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly
  2. Dab on lips and blend for a deeper “pop” of color
  3. For extra delicious color, repeat!

See how the lolli tint gives a chic and pretty blush to these girls while it also adds that luscious sparkle to their lips! And all these from just 1 product! Talk about multi-tasking! Take note: the color of Benefit Lolli Tint blends well on different skin tones. So whether your fair-skinned, tanned or dark, expect beautiful tint results from Lolli Tint!
benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain
Benefit Lolli Tint Candy-Orchid Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain

For a 30-second tutorial, watch Benefit Lolli Tint’s video HERE:
benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain
Watch a 30-second tutorial HERE

Check out more fun and flirty orchid-fuchsia Benefit items!
Benefit Lolli Tint, Lip Color and Lip Gloss 

Stay connected with Benefit Cosmetics, visit their FB page at:
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Or visit Benefit boutiques at:
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Or visit a Benefit counter in:
Parkson KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion, Gurney Plaza
Robinsons The Gardens
Sephora Starhill, KLCC, Paradigm Mall
Metrojaya Mid Valley
Colours & Fragrances, KLIA

L’Oreal EverSleek Shampoo and Conditioner

Dealing with dry, frizzy hair has been part of my challenges since I was in my late teens (and now I’m already in my early 30’s, gasp!). When I was 26, I started rebonding my hair once a year. However, going through chemical hair treatments like this can make the hair unhealthy, more brittle and harder to manage once the effects of the treatment wear off. From 6 months onwards after treatment, my hair would start to get frizzy and dry again, reveal unwanted waves all over, and I notice bad hair fall while bathing. If I want my hair to be in presentable condition, it’s either I use a straightening iron or I tie it.
It’s not easy to find a good set of shampoo and conditioner that will be great for my hair type. For a long time now, I’ve been loyal to Clairol Herbal Essences Coconut Milk (see my post about this, click HERE). But I’m always happy to try something new and interesting. While shopping for my regular toiletries at Watsons Mid Valley one day, I stumbled upon L’Oreal EverSleek products. The ‘Sleek’ packaging and the product description caught my attention; it says EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System, 48-hour frizz control.
L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System

A lot of us have probably heard of sulfate a few times but why is this product highlighting “Sulfate-Free”? Sulfates are chemicals found in shampoos, cleansers and similar products that produce suds or foam. In the past, we consumers felt that the foam makes the product work or more effective. But as it turns out, the sulfates that produce the chemical process aren’t very good for our skin or our hair. Sulfates in shampoo strip away more than dirt and excess oil from the scalp; sulfates also remove natural oils that our hair needs to stay healthy. Without these natural oils, scalp can become dry and itchy, and hair can develop dandruff and become frizzy (for more details, check www.livestrong.com).
L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Shampoo
L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Reparative Smoothing Shampoo – Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
Gently cleanses while weightlessly smoothing frizzy, unruly hair. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.
The shampoo comes in a plastic tube with its opening cap at the base. The shampoo itself is a clear, colorless liquid with very light scent. Though the packaging looks elegant with its color gradient effect while showing the contents, I wasn’t happy with the cap. It’s quite hard to control the flow of the shampoo with this opening and considering that the shampoo is very water-like and fluid, it’s even tougher to stop the product from flowing out.

It would have been a good idea if the hole has some sort of stopper to control the liquid easier. Something like these two:

So I decided to transfer the shampoo to a bottle. This is why I love glass containers; they are reusable and easy to wash. The brown bottle here is my Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer’s glass bottle that I finished last year. But I’ve kept the bottle simply because I know it can be useful.
When I used the shampoo for the first time, I didn’t quite like it because of very little foam forming on my hair. But since this is a sulfate-free product, that is expected. I just wasn’t used to it and I had to pour more of the shampoo to apply all over my long hair. Nevertheless, my hair felt clean after shampooing. When used together with the conditioner, this shampoo does miracle to my hair! (Refer to my verdict below)
How to Use:
Apply to wet hair and massage into a thick lather. Rinse. For optimal results, follow with EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek’s advanced treatments.
PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies 

L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Conditioner

EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Intense Smoothing Conditioner -Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner smoothes and deeply conditions frizzy, unruly hair without weighdown. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.
The conditioner comes in a copper-colored metallic tube with shiny finish. Unlike the shampoo, this one is easy to control even with that type of cap since conditioners have a thick texture and don’t flow continuously. The tube is easy to press. The conditioner itself comes in a milky white color and has a good thick texture. I don’t like those watery conditioners that don’t stick well to hair upon application. But this one is good.
After washing my hair with EverSleek Shampoo, I apply a generous amount of EverSleek Conditioner on my palm then massage it all over my hair, focusing more on the roots then to the ends. I place a shower cap and leave it on for 3-5 minutes then rinse thoroughly. And OMG, my hair feels really SLEEK.
How to Use:
After using EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo, apply to wet hair and massage gently. Leave in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek’s advanced treatments.
PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies
Using the shampoo and conditioner together for the past 2 weeks, I notice significant improvements on my hair:
  • Less hair fall after washing
  • Fewer frizzes
  • Softer and smoother hair
  • More manageable hair
  • Even if I don’t iron, my hair comes out semi-straight after drying

In short, I love this L’Oreal hair care duo! Though it’s double the price of what I normally spend on shampoo and conditioner, it’s worth the price of saving my hair from harsh ingredients that result to dry, frizzy hair. I am now convinced that sulfate-free is the way to go for hair products.
The EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System is free of harsh sulfates and heavy silicones. With Argan, Sunflower and Olive Oils, it weightlessly smoothes hair for 48-hour frizz control. Unlike some silicones, which can coat hair, these natural oils penetrate the hair while natural botanicals invigorate the senses.  
  • Silicone-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • 48-hour frizz control
  • Natural botanicals & oils
  • 100% vegan

For more information, visit
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Valentina by Valentino Perfume and Lotion Gift Set

Valentina Fragrance and Lotion Gift Set

Last Christmas, my husband gave me a beautiful perfume set for the first time. He never bought fragrance for me before so I was delighted to receive one from him, and it’s not just any perfume…it’s Valentina by Valentino.
When I first saw this bottle while still working at a previous company, I was captivated. The floral motif in matte finish is just so feminine and iconic. One look and you can tell that this is a designer’s masterpiece.

Valentina Eau de Parfum 80ml Bottle
The clear glass bottle comes in round shape front but has a flat bottom to make it stand nicely. The designer name ‘Valentino’ is neatly engraved on the gold cap that sits on top of the smallest flower motif. It features an unconventional spray shape, a black round spritzer with a flat top piece that also comes in gold.
Examining the bottle while inhaling the enchanting scent, I was asking myself how to keep the spray from accidentally being pressed if I bring this to travel. At first, I thought it looks very nice but there’s no protection for the spray. Oh well, never mind. So I lifted the lotion bottle to give it a try and to my surprise, under the lotion was an instruction card!

Valentina Perfume set instruction card
The card gave instruction on how to use the spray by pressing the top of the fragrance bottle. And to answer my question, the card also revealed a secret; I have to lift the tray to discover the safety cap for the bottle! Obediently, I followed the card and there was the cap, carefully mounted behind the tray. Clever design trick, I must say, because if they put it together in front, the presentation of the bottle and gift set may not be as impactful. The safety cap is just meant for carrying/ traveling purposes anyway.
Valentina perfume safety cap
Top notes:
The exuberant freshness of Calabrian bergamot is enhanced with the unexpected twist of white Alba truffle.
Middle notes: The iconic beauty of a white floral bouquet (Amalfi orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine) is subtly kissed by wild strawberry.
Base notes: The captivating sensuality of amber is enriched by the noble signature of cedar.

Valentina fragrance satin body lotion

The gift set included this lovely lotion in a good size of 200ml. The plastic bottle replicated the flower motif embossed on the plastic itself. The cap is also a resemblance of the gold signature on the fragrance glass bottle. The scent is, oh, so beautiful. It’s the perfect fragrance lotion after bathing at night to engulf and relax your senses in floral aromas. It gives the skin a smooth, satin finish. Best to apply all over your arms and legs after shower.

Valentina evening bag
And because my husband bought this during Christmas season, it came with a nice GWP (gift-with-purchase) item…a Valentino evening bag! It’s in light rose pink color with 3 zipped compartments that are convenient for bringing basic necessities during an evening celebration. I haven’t used this yet but it’s really a charming addition to any lady’s bag collection.
Oh, yes, I love this gift set. The perfume is captivating with dominant floral scents, which I love when it comes to fragrance. The lotion is just divine and leaves the skin deliciously enticing. I’m not sure if it’s still available in stores, but if it is and if you (or your special someone) love floral scents, better include Valentina in your fragrance collection and daily body care routine!

Valentina by Valentino Perfume and Lotion gift set
GIFT SET includes:
Valentina by Valentino Eau de Parfum (EDP) 80ml
Valentina Satin Body Lotion 200ml
Made in Spain
Comes in elegant and textured hard board box with satin label and floral motif made of chiffon cloth; Free bag also comes in a hard board box
Available at selected department stores in Malaysia
(Mine was purchased at Metrojaya The Curve)
More about the Fragrance
From this sensual, insolent beauty, this blatant femininity that eludes conventions, two master perfumers, Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, created a fragrance as a tribute to today’s Valentino woman. With attitude, sophistication and unexpected characteristics, the bouquet of Valentina blends an irreverent Italian floral oriental in which each facet reveals a paradox. Calabrian bergamot is a hymn to exuberance and freshness, shaken up by the insolence of white Alba truffles. In their trail, jasmine, Amalfi orange blossom and tuberose celebrate radiant beauty, while being offset by the rebellious delight of wild strawberries. Finally, the nobility of cedar is seduced by the captivating sensuality of amber… Valentina marks out a solar, unexpected trail, classic yet modern. (by www.parfums.valentino.com)
The Inspiration behind Valentina
Synthesized in a refined bouquet of fragrances, the ingredients that define the femininity and uniqueness of the Valentino woman have inspired a new perfume called Valentina that was conceived as couture style and a signature element of distinction that expresses a feminine ideal. Valentina is beautiful, radiant with charms belonging to a modern heiress. She is seductive, sophisticated, unconventional, charismatic. She creates her own style. She sets home in a classical Roman Palazzo but there is nothing she likes more than feeling the heartbeat of the vivid city of Rome. She is the only protagonist of a hypnotic, bewitching story full of references and allusions to legendary figures of Italian fashion and cinema. Valentina comes to life in the advertising campaign for the perfume shot by David Sims and the TV film directed by Johan Renck along the dark and secret streets of a sumptuously deserted, nocturnal Rome. (by www.parfums.valentino.com)
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Silk Apple delivers beauty right to your doorstep!

When I first encountered online beauty shopping several years ago, I was a bit skeptical about ordering beauty products. My experience in managing skincare brands has given me good knowledge that if the shipment is not properly done and the products get exposed to extreme heat, skincare items will not be in good condition by the time I receive them. Heat is one of the enemies of beauty products including makeup items.

I love shopping!
But over the past years, online shopping has given me good experience.  I’ve probably shopped in every online shopping site launched in Malaysia. Well, I didn’t shop for beauty products right away. I started with non-expiring items and hair treatment services; those discount deals are just irresistible, right? Like a lot of shoppers, I admit I’m a sucker for huge discounts, too.
I then dared to buy some skincare products online and I was surprised to receive them in good condition. Well, I guess I underestimated the capability of online beauty shops!
I recently had a chance to experience a new online beauty shopping that has reached the country — Silk Apple.
Silk Apple is an online beauty-shopping site (www.silkapple.com) with headquarters in Taiwan that delivers to Malaysia as well. Silk Apple offers a wide range of products: eye care and eye makeup, skincare items such as cleansers, lotions, serums, moisturizers and masks. Silk Apple is currently carrying 4 beauty brands namely: Angel en Provence, Ferrmina, Echisse and Reacheer.
I received all these 4 items in good, intact condition from Silk Apple:

4 items delivered directly to my address!

I was, of course, excited to sample and test the products.


RM48 for 200mL
With an infusion of many kinds of plant extract essences such as chrysanthemum extracts, oats and hyaluronic acid, Echisse Total Essential Lotion naturally stimulates repair and maintenance of the skin. It refines pores, reduces dark spots and promotes a brighter skin color. It gives a younger, firmer look, minimizes the lines on the face, and supplements moisture content.  
How to Use: After cleansing and drying your face, disperse Echisse Total Essential Lotion on cotton pad and gently pat on the face. Allow a minute for your skin to absorb the lotion before applying your serum or moisturizer.
My verdict: This lotion is easily absorbed by the skin and makes the skin supple and smooth. The light, fresh scent is pleasant and makes your cheeks even more kissable, especially in the evening. I just hope it will come with English product information and instruction on the bottle in the future.


RM58 for 50mL
This lovely smooth cream balances oil on the skin while minimizing that greasy uncomfortable feeling. It enhances the skin’s natural moisture content and provides lasting hydration to the skin. Ferrmina Aqua Fresh Facial Cream contains flower and plant essences and snail mucus extract, which provide superb moisturizing properties, giving your skin that moisture boost to maintain supple, youthful feeling.
How to Use: After applying your toner or lotion and/or serum, take a pea-size amount of Aqua Fresh Facial Cream and massage all over the face and neck in upward direction.
My verdict: This water-based facial cream has a nice texture and spreads easily on the face. It does have lasting hydration on the skin and also provides a good canvas before applying makeup during the day. It also comes in a cute, unique jar. This is probably the first time I’ve used a moisturizer that comes in 3-color container. Similar to Echisse item, I also hope it will have an English instruction and product information.


RM67 for 30mL
Your makeup will spread evenly and last longer with Reacheer Radiance Makeup Base. The color of the product adjusts naturally to the color of your skin. The technology behind this makeup base allows you to have an even and radiant complexion. It gives your skin a healthy radiance and defines your makeup finish beautifully.
How to Use: During the day, after applying your sunscreen, dab a few dots of Reacheer makeup base all over the face and gently spread using your ring and middle finger until product is fully spread. Apply your foundation on top. At night, simply apply before your foundation.
My verdict: This is my favorite among the 4 products I’ve tried from Silk Apple. I love the black, clean look of the tube (yes, I’m a sucker for nice packaging) and I enjoy seeing the magic of the purple cream naturally blending to my skin color after spreading on the face. This product has some English product information, which is good, although some info are still in Chinese.


RM53 for 25g
Bothered by huge, visible pores? The Ferrmina Smooth Pore Invisible Cream provides instant solution to reduce the appearance of pores. This quickly and naturally clears the pores, leaving them smooth with an effective protective barrier. 
How to Use: After your skincare regimen, apply Ferrmina Smooth Pore Invisible Cream on targeted areas where pores are visible such as the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. This can be used before or after makeup.
My verdict: I am actually surprised that at this relatively affordable price, this pore cream does its purpose well! It blends smoothly with makeup without cracking or ‘caking’. It also spreads nicely on the skin both before and after foundation.

Silk Apple provides an easy, affordable access to beauty products that will be sent right to your doorstep or preferred address. I was happily surprised to receive my chosen products within 3 days; that’s very fast. Silk Apple is currently offering a promotion to Malaysian shoppers: simply purchase RM150 and enjoy FREE delivery plus FREE eyeliner of your choice.

FREE Delivery and Eyeliner of your choice from Silk Apple!

Here are some of the new products at Silk Apple (hey, that Shea Butter Hand Cream looks interesting):

More beauty products at Silk Apple

Silk Apple’s site also hosts beauty tips or photos showing actual application of featured products:

Beauty Tip Photos at Silk Apple
Several payment options are available for online shoppers at Silk Apple. Choose from Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and American Express.

If you’re looking for good beauty products at an affordable price while enjoying the surprise of receiving them at your home, check out Silk Apple’s range of beauty items!
Stay connected with Silk Apple, visit their FB page at:
Check out more fabulous beauty products at
Silk Apple is headquartered at:    
Freedmart Pretty,
3f/8. No.1 Wu Chuan 1st Rd, Hsib-chuang Dist,
New Taipei City, 248 Taiwan
If you have an enquiry, contact Silk Apple by clicking HERE

Sweet Deals on Champagne and Wine this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day and Chap Goh Mei celebrations are here! But I guess a lot of us are looking forward to the celebration of love this Friday! Why not make it more classy and unique with some wines versus the usual?

Express your love with wines this Valentine’s Day!

Pamper your sweetheart with Wine Talk’s Sweet Celebrations champagne and wine this Valentine’s Day. With great offers on iconic champagnes like Moët &Chandon (now only RM190) and Dom Pérignon (now only RM528) as well as a specially arranged Valentine wine set for RM248 you can be sure to enjoy the celebration with a smile on your face rather than a hole in your pocket. The Valentine wine set consists of 3 most popular sweet wines to express your sweet love for your sweet one: a light and fizzy Moscato from Australia – Peter Lehmann Princess Moscato (500ml), a rich and luscious Muscat from Spain – Torres Floralis Oro (500ml), and a gentle but intense Semillon from Australia – Cranswick Estate Sarus Botrytis Semillon (375ml). This is a great gift of love for the season!

Yummm…My Sweet Valentine Set!

Celebrate the day with a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial (750ml) priced at only RM190. Moët& Chandon’s unique style is distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and elegant maturity. Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial can be enjoyed throughout your meal from the entree to dessert and pairs perfectly with sushi, white fish oysters and even white fruits such as a white peach tart with chocolate cream.

Champagnes ON SALE now!

Instead of the conventional bouquet of roses, romance her with a bottle of Moët& Chandon Rosé Impérial (750ml) at only RM240. The sparkling rosé is a symbol of spontaneous, radiant, romantic expression of the Moët & Chandon style. The Rosé Impérial pairs well with foods that have simple, intense and colourful flavours such as red meat with fresh, red-fleshed fruits, fresh goat cheese and mozzarella.

Feeling like spoiling yourselves this Valentine’s, Wine Talk is giving champagne lovers a reason to do so with a special price for its Dom Pérignon (750ml) at only RM528. Appear effortlessly sophisticated when you present her with a bottle of the most iconic Champagne in the world – intense, full-bodied, and hedonistic.

Wine Talk sommelier David Stephan said “In the age of technology, online shopping is fast becoming a trend and people are sometimes too busy to physically shop for wine. Let Wine Talk take out the guesswork for you with wine advices or with our mixed wine sets that are all ready for you to choose from.

Transform your home into a classy wine and dine restaurant!

If you want to take things a step further, you can even transform your home into a classy restaurant in just one hour! Order his or her favourite dish from Room Service and enjoy Valentine’s Day dining in the comfort of your home. All orders before VDay will receive RM88 food vouchers from Room Service.    
Need advice on which wines to serve? Easy, breezy. Let Wine Talk’s French sommelier do the choosing for you. You can call them at 1300 88 9788 or email us at info@winetalk.com.my for the best wine advices this Valentine’s Day season or maybe Chap Goh Mei! Visit www.winetalk.com.my for more details.
Wine Talk’s Sweet Celebration makes it easy for you to express your love this season!  

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth: Miracle in 5 days!

I know I’ve mentioned this several times in my posts but, yeah, I am definitely concerned about my skin aging and I am becoming more and more of an anti-aging junkie. I’m pretty sure I will continue to be one in the next coming years. Every time I notice a bad change on my skin, e.g. additional dark spots, a fine line, or some redness, I get into some (minor) panic frenzy then I start to recall my younger days when I only panic if I ran out of my liquid eyeliner. Haaayyy, why does time fly so fast?
The truth is I don’t believe that one, single skincare product can solve all our problems. Although one product can make a significant change or improvement, that product still needs to work together with other skincare, with our lifestyle, with our routine and, of course, with our diet. People who expect one beauty product to change or solve all problems still surprise me. There’s a reason why experts call it “skincare regimen” and “skincare routine”. It involves several products, several applications and it takes time to see expected results. I guess we are all just impatient and always in a rush. We want everything to be easy and fast.
But it’s definitely great to discover an amazing product that can result to significant changes on my skin! And this latest discovery gave me wonderful results in 5 days! It’s not easy to believe in miracles but this one did make me see the light.
What are your major skin concerns? Here are some of the concerns I deal with:
1) uneven skin tone
2) redness on certain spots  
3) dullness, unhealthy appearance, lack of radiance
4) visible pores
5) dryness/ dehydration that leads to premature aging
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth

I was given an opportunity to test-drive The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth. The trademarked name Nutriganics sounds like a very intelligent science, and I’m definite that coming from The Body Shop, it must be. It seems to me as a fusion of the 2 words, Nutrition and Organics.

Nutriganics Drops of Youth bottle and dropper
The product comes in a green glass bottle with a white cap that also serves as a dropper dispenser. I like the fact that it is in glass as generally, glass containers are better in preserving the integrity of skincare products, especially for organic ones (some might debate the glass vs. plastic issue but I personally like glass packaging for serums or moisturizers). The glass is also colored dark green to prevent it from too much light but at the same time, still allows me to see how much is left inside. I really like this type of packaging as I don’t like running out of my products; I need to buy a new one when it’s about to finish.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth water-like droplet

The texture of the product is very water-like. You can see that even without applying pressure to the dispenser, the serum/ concentrate naturally flows out slowly from the dropper.
The scent is very light and pleasant. I smell flowers, plants and baby powder. The concentrate is immediately absorbed into the skin within seconds. I apply it after my toner and moist lotion daily, morning and night.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth contains NO PARABENS and NO SILICONES. It is also certified organic cosmetic (with ECOCERT seal – find out more below). 
So I started my 5-day-test-drive of the Nutriganics Drops of Youth (DOY). My Drops of Youth journey started after Chinese New Year. On the photo below, you’ll see my skin condition before I used DOY. My skin was actually quite bad after CNY due to fatigue, I think, from long hours of travel and going here and there for the festive celebration. This usually happens to my skin when I’m travelling. Maybe it’s also because I don’t really follow my normal skincare routine during travels. I just bring a few of my beauty products that come in travel size but not all.
This is my skin condition before DOY; this photo was taken right after cleansing — no beauty product applied. Notice the appearance of spots, rough/dull look and uneven skin tone:
My skin condition right after cleansing – BEFORE my 5-day trial of Drops of Youth
Day 1, 2, 3, 4 passed and on the 5th day…voila! See my skin condition after only 5 days using DOY. Again, this photo was also taken right after cleansing — no beauty product applied. Notice the fresher look, smoother and more radiant appearance.
My skin condition right after cleansing – AFTER my 5-day trial of Drops of Youth

Here are my face photos before and after, side by side so you can see better:
LEFT – Before using Drops of Youth/ RIGHT – After 5 Days of Using Drops of Youth

In just 5 days, I saw significant results in using The Body Shop Drops of Youth together with my current skincare regimen.
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth

As I mentioned, no single product can work alone. Here are the other skincare products that I used together with The Body Shop Drops of Youth. I am actually also using another Body Shop skincare item, the Pomegranate Invigorating Toner.

My entire skincare regimen including The Body Shop Drops of Youth

Now that’s miracle in 5 days! I’m looking forward to seeing even more miraculous results while I continue to use Drops of Youth!

The Body Shop’s certified organic range has been created for the first signs of ageing. The Nutriganics Drops of Youth is an innovative concentrate that helps to enhance surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier. Enriched with plant stem cells, Drops of Youth helps to optimize your skin’s youthful beauty by helping to enhance surface skin renewal, the skin’s natural process of replacing the uppermost dead skin cells with new ones beneath. Drop by drop and day by day, skin looks smoother and firmer.
  • Enhances surface skin renewal
  • Makes skin smoother
  • Makes skin firmer
  • Makes skin fresher and healthier
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

The Drops of Youth promise — 5 Days to Results!
Amazingly, it takes as little as five (5) days to see and feel the difference. In less than a week, you could be enjoying skin that looks fresher, healthier and more radiant. Don’t take our word for it. In an independent study, 74% of women agreed their skin looked brighter and healthier in 5 days
Did you know? 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.20% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. Natural and organic cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com


What is ECOCERT?
To those who are quite new to organic skincare products, this might sound like some fancy, science stuff.  ECOCERT is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. (source: Wikipedia)
ECOCERT was the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics”. It follows several principles to ensure an environmentally-friendly cosmetic product, one of which is “a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming” (http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics)
How to Use Nutriganics Drops of Youth:
Gently massage two to three drops into skin, and allow to sink in before applying your usual moisturizer or serum.
Life after opening: 12 months, indicated on packaging 
The Heart Inside: BABASSU OIL – additional reason why I have great respect for The Body Shop’s practice in the beauty industry


Drops of Youth benefits from Community Fair Trade Organic Babassu oil. The Body Shop trade in babassu oil has helped to empower the women of the COPPALJ co-operative in Maranhão, Brazil, by turning the traditionally female occupation of shelling and pressing babassu nuts into a key source of income. Its 150 members now have a greater say, and new standing and respect, in their communities. 

Where to buy Nutriganics Drops of Youth:
All The Body Shop outlets nationwide
RM129 for 30ml
GOOD NEWS! Nutriganics Drops of Youth now comes in a bigger bottle of 50ml size at RM189.

Full Ingredients of The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth (so you can see that it really has No PARABENS and No SILICONES):
Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Chondrus Crispus Powder (Abrasive), Propanediol (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Adenosine (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate (Skin Protectant), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Buddleja Davidii Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Malva Sylvestris Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract/Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract/Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative).
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A Beautiful Love Story Unfolds in Amethyst

Amethyst Restaurant opened its doors at Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, 5 February 2014 – Amethyst restaurant officially opened its doors with much love in the air. One of Malaysia’s favourite celebrities, Hani Hatim (a.k.a Hunny Madu), shared this joyous moment with the celebration of marriage between Hani and her husband of over three years, Khairul Azhar Abdul Wahid.

Khairul Azhar Abdul Wahid with wife Hani Hatim a.k.a. Hunny Madu

Founder of Amethyst, Arash Farahmandi, had this to say at the launch event, “We know Malaysia’s favourite pastime is to eat and most would go to the ends of the earth in search of great food. Celebrating our undying love for food, we also wanted to highlight this special moment with a beautiful love story – that is the celebration of commitment between a lovely couple that Malaysians have grown fond of”.


(L-R) Khairul Azhar Abdul Wahid and daughter Eva; Hani Hatim (a.k.a Hunny Madu); Anita Eslami (wife to founder of Amethyst restaurant), and Founder and Head Chef of Amethyst Restaurant, Arash Farahmandi

Their love story was a beautiful setting for the launch event. The couple re-ignited their love for one another with Khairul presenting a beautiful Amethyst ring to his dear wife, Hunny Madu.
Khairul Azhar celebrating over 3 years of marriage to Hani Hatim with the presentation of the precious Amethyst ring
The Amethyst, a semi-precious gem stone is believed to bear great powers, which include healing, peace, love, protection, and happiness. With its rich purple tone colour, the Amethyst has also been long associated with royalty.
“I am ecstatic because after three years of marriage and with a baby girl in tow, we are still very much in love. The renewal of our love further affirms our feelings and promise. I am so glad to be here in Amethyst to celebrate this moment. Great food, great ambience and great moments worth cherishing for a lifetime,” said the very happy Hani Hatim.
Befitting the meaning of the stone, Amethyst is a mid-casual dining restaurant that harmoniously combines a touch of luxury and comfort in its deco of rich purple tones, private corners and warms lights. Its food also boasts generous portions of quality ingredients bursting with unique flavours, passion and love.

Amethyst Delectable Dishes 

Amethyst Blueberry Cake

Amethyst Crispy Skin Salmon
Amethsyt can comfortably seat 60 people at any one time. Guests can take their pick from dining al-fresco all the way to simply cosying up at the VIP booth area. The open kitchen bar top concept also gives an inviting feel as if allowing you to step into its world as it whips up delectable fares for you.

Amethyst Restaurant VIP Dining Area

Amethyst Restaurant

Amethyst Restaurant’s Beautiful Dining Setting

The restaurant serves a mixture of western-Italian food. Amethyst’s signature dishes are rather unique. Such is the ratatouille steak with saffron rice. The well marinated beef is cooked to tender texture and served with saffron rice, home-made chutney, and ratatouille. The flavours are nothing short of a rich combination of sweet, sour and spicy, all in one plate.

Amethyst Restaurant’s Signature Ratatouille Dish
Other signature dishes include their Barbequed Chicken Wings, which is marinated in a secret sauce; a variety of vegetarian pastas; special Greece mix fillet sandwich; and more. The familiar dishes are also played up with a dash of home-made sauces and creative cooking methods to bring out unique flavours and textures. This can be said of their Crispy Skin Salmon, which is pan fried salmon on a bed of spinach with lemon caper sauce – the juicy and tender salmon with the spinach cooked in the special sauce makes for a truly divine combination. Even the Lamb Shank is cooked to tender perfection with a rather unique flavoured sauce.
“Amethyst will place great importance on service. In our restaurant, our customers’ point of views will be crucial and we appreciate any feedback. The kitchen will be our lab of innovation and creativity and we will strive to serve dishes in a different way to stand out from the rest” Arash commented.
Dishes at Amethyst start from RM16 to RM52.

Amethyst Restaurant is located at 
A4-G2-06, Publika, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
Weekdays, Mondays to Fridays at 10am-11pm
Weekends and public holidays at 10am-1am
Stay connected with Amethyst via www.facebook.com/amethyst.restaurant 
or call +603-6206 5797

Join Friso “Our Today Moments” Contest to Win RM10,000 worth of Special Experience

At this time and age, motherhood continues to be challenging with more and more demands to balance time between career, family, marriage and parenting. Like a lot of mothers, I also face the tough task of creating sufficient quality time to spend with my son. For a long time, my work has been eating up my time, and I have been very guilty of allowing other priorities to take over my life as a mother.

Have you been so busy with work, business or other pressing matters that you barely spend happy moments with your kid/s? When was the last time you gave your children a long, tight hug? How often do you tell them that you love them? Do you laugh together at anything and when was the last time you made them laugh or giggle? Have you done any fun activity with your child last month, last week, yesterday or today? 


When I participated in Friso Gold’s Mum Survey, I realized that I have the power to make a better childhood for my son by creating Today Moments. Friso Gold’s Today Moments refers to the time we spend with our children, the time we set aside our daily to-dos and focus on “today”.  In other words, it’s about us mothers making the effort to make every moment count with our kids. (read more about my discoveries from Friso Gold Mum Survey and Today Moments – click HERE)


Now, you also have the chance to discover and realize your own Today Moments with Friso Gold. Its “Our Today Moments” contest aims to remind us, Malaysian mothers, to put our daily tasks aside and live moments with our children. Friso Gold will help us achieve our wish list on the things we want to do with our children — big or small, tough or easy. It can be something as simple as enjoying a full day of fun at a kid’s theme park or a swimming day. Name it and Friso Gold will help the winners achieve those wishes!

Friso Gold will help you achieve your wishes!

So how can you join the exciting Friso Gold “Our Today Moments” contest? It’s quite easy with these 5 steps:

Step 1 – Purchase any participating Friso Gold product – Frisomum Gold, Friso Gold 3 or Friso Gold 4 (any size)

Step 2 – Tell Friso Gold one special experience (big or small) that you have always wanted to do together with your child but have not been able to and why.

Step 3 – Complete your personal particulars: Name as per IC, IC number, contact number, mailing address, email, your child’s name and age

Step 4 – Attach proof of purchase (original Friso Gold scoop from any participating product) to contest form.

Step 5 – Mail to PO Box:
Friso Gold “Our Today Moments” Contest, P.O.Box 3202, 47507 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
And that’s it! You and your child are on your way to winning great prizes from Friso Gold!
There are 2 ways to get the contest form:
You may download the contest form from Friso Gold website: http://friso.com.my/activities/our_today_moments/
You can get the sticker form on pack at major supermarkets and retailer outlets near you.

And the exciting part, what prizes await you?

Early Bird prize x 100 winners: Entry tickets (2 adults & 2 kids) to Legoland Malaysia worth RM540 each

100 Early Bird Winners will get entry tickets to Legoland!

Grand Prize x 100 winners: A special experience for the parent and child worth up to RM10,000 each

That’s RM1,000,000 worth of prizesto be given away to the lucky Malaysian mums! 

Contest runs from 13thJanuary until 28th February 2014.


If given an opportunity, I would want to spend a whole day with my son (and my husband) at Legoland without queueing for hours. It’s coincidental that this is the Early Bird Prize but my son adores Lego very much and we’ve been trying a few times to get in. We just can’t go through the long wait as my son can get really impatient. I would love to bring him around Legoland, take photos of him with those cute bricks and Lego displays. I’m sure he’ll have a fun time and so will I! I do hope that Friso Gold can help me achieve this wish for me and my son!
So to all mothers who have that special wish to do something really fun and memorable with their child, this is your chance! Friso Gold will be granting wishes to 100 winners with RM10,000 worth each of that special experience!


It’s never too late to create your ‘Today Moments’ with your child. Let’s make a brighter, better and happier childhood for them. Live each moment. A happy childhood leads to a good future. Let’s all start now and make the world a happier place.

Watch Friso Gold’s Our Today Moments TVC, click the image below:

To find out more about Friso Gold ‘Our Today’s Moments’ Contest, visit