GlamGlow Launches Thirsty Mud for Super Radiant Skin

It’s finally here! The much talked about brand loved by Hollywood celebrities now has a new addition to the mask family. And it’s now available in Malaysia…
  
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Wouldn’t it be great if you can have a product that dramatically and instantly makes improvements to your skin in 10 minutes? Sounds far-fetched? Too miraculous? Well, that’s what GlamGlow is famous for!
I’ve been hearing about GlamGlow for quite some time now and it was a wonderful experience to discover it first-hand with other beauty addicts. You’ve probably seen faces of your friends or friends of friends on your FB news feed with some gray, gooey stuff on. Chances are those gals (or guys) are raving about how GlamGlow’s YouthMud or SuperMud has done wonders.
GlamGlow was originally designed for exclusive professional backstage use in Hollywood for celebrities, supermodels and other people who need instant camera-ready skin in less time and effort. GlamGlow YouthMud is popular among celebrities like Natalie Portman, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and more. Because of the wonders it does on the skin, GlamGlow was eventually introduced to consumers. We all want the good, fast stuff, don’t we? And another great thing about GlamGlow is that it can be used by both women AND men. You can buy one and share with your hubby or partner, and do ‘GlamGlow-ing’ together!

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Last Saturday, GlamGlow in Malaysia hosted a wonderful morning filled with discovery about this amazing mask brand at Sephora’s boutique in Sunway Pyramid. Entering Sephora, I was welcomed by this catchy ‘Walk of Fame’ or should I say ‘Walk of Glam’. Several blue, glimmering stars styled in Hollywood Walk of Fame adorned the floor. Clever and glamorous.

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The Walk of Glam

GlamGlow’s assistant product manager, Cindy Lim, shared more information about the brand, satisfying our curiosity on why this is so famous among celebrities. It was followed by further explanation about the products from Janet Low, trainer and skincare expert. She also conducted a demonstration showing how to use YouthMud and ThirstyMud on the face.

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LEFT: Janet Low, trainer and skincare expert
RIGHT: Cindy Lim, assistant product manager

See that lovely smile from demo model for the day?
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GlamGlow has several tempting products for the face and eyes:

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YouthMudTM Tinglexfoliate Treatment 
RM240, 50g 
designed as a 10-minute anti-aging ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood; gives immediate camera-ready glowing skin; provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation

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We tested this product on our hands during Janet’s demo and it’s really intriguing. The gray mud contains particles that are apparently tea leaves, which brighten complexion, protect against free radicals, hydrate and balance oil production.

SuperMudTM Clearing Treatment
RM240, 34g 
clinically developed to help fight all common skin concerns; addresses PORES (Pores? Pores!), blemishes, pimples, breakouts, razor bumps, and even in-grown hair (I think I should try this, did you read pores?).
BrightMudTM Eye Treatment 
RM240, 12 ChromeCells 
the world’s first tap on + wipe off reverse action under eye and orbital eye treatment; designed for instant 3-minute results; addresses dark circles, tired eyes, puffiness, lines; brightens, hydrates and plumps the eye area.
NEW! ThirstyMudTM Hydrating Treatment
RM240, 50g 
provides deep instant, extreme hydration for long, medium and short term results; hydrates, moisturizes, restores, replenishes and calms for instant super sexy skin.

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GlamGlow ThirstyMud in Sephora

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This mud has a very delicious texture and scent. It is creamy and oozes with sweet, tantalizing fragrance. ThirstyMud can work as a quick wash-off mask, can be left on overnight as a sleeping mask, can be used in-flight and like the rest of GlamGlow products, also works both for men and women. That’s a truly multi-tasking item in a beautiful jar!

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Together with gorgeous butterflies from The Butterfly Project Beauty Bloggers, I had a fun time exploring GlamGlow’s products. Who wouldn’t be amazed at the Best Mask in the World?

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The Butterfly Project Beauty Bloggers team: Tammy Lim, Illy Ariffin, Ayna Jalal and Caroline Ng

GlamGlow is very interesting and noteworthy. Like what I mentioned in my previous posts, I wasn’t really a big fan of masks until I’ve discovered really good ones that gave me good results. So far, these GlamGlow mud masks will be the most luxurious and famous ones that I’ll be putting on my face.

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Me with Cindy Lim


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Me, excited to try GlamGlow YouthMud and ThirstyMud

Curious? This is just a teaser of what’s coming up. I’ll be reviewing GlamGlow YouthMud and ThirstyMud soon and will definitely share the results and tips with you…let’s see if GlamGlow lives up to its promise of beautiful skin in 10 minutes! #excited #yay

WOOX Launches You Need to Hear This Campaign

Love music? WOOX Innovations announces worldwide campaign
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WOOX Innovations has announced the Malaysian launch of the worldwide ‘You Need To Hear This’ Campaign. If you are passionate about discovering music on a new level, there’s never been a better time.  In every corner of the Internet you can find musicians who are reaching out to try and convince you to take the time to listen to their latest tracks. 
With the campaign’s hub at http://www.youneedtohearthis.com, focusing on the 18-28 year old audience, an influential group that accounts for more than a third of all headphone sales. WOOX Innovations manages the complete portfolio of Philips-branded headphones and headsets, including its CitiScape and Fidelio ranges. 
“Our goal with the campaign is to engage those people who are driving emerging cultural trends, particularly in music,” said Mr. Andrew Tan, Business Leader for WOOX Innovations Malaysia.

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Philips SHB 9150BK: Wireless, fits snuggly over the ears, available in red, white or black

“There is no better way to do this than by offering exactly what they are looking for: superior sound quality whenever and wherever they may need it. In addition, WOOX Innovations is also bringing in various different models of Bluetooth-enabled head phones,” he added.
Initially focused on the UK and Germany, the campaign is now being rolled out to more countries. In addition to its online presence, the global campaign also includes exclusive video premieres, access to unique gigs, unique artist sessions, festival participation, pop up events, tables you need to hear and much more.
In Malaysia, the campaign will feature an exclusive video premiere shot in schools and campuses in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. The videos will be uploaded biweekly from July 25, 2014 onwards to the Philips Sound Malaysia Facebook page.
If you want to explore innovation in sound for yourself, go to http://www.youneedtohearthis.com now, or the Facebook Page
About WOOX Innovations
WOOX Innovations is dedicated to delivering meaningful innovation in connected entertainment. From great sound quality, to advanced technology and sophisticated design, we strive to improve the entertainment experience. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with over 2000 employees worldwide, WOOX Innovations develops, markets and sells Philips branded audio, video, multimedia and accessories products worldwide. WOOX Innovations is a brand licensee of Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Wine Talk Exclusive Blogger Event at La Bodega Bangsar

Wine appreciation still seems to be a mystery for a lot of people. But with Wine Talk and with its French Sommelier, David Stephan, wine discovery becomes easier and more fun. 

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Have you ever experienced going to an event where wines are served and you’re not really sure how to look like you’re confident with holding the wine glass? And even if you finally become confident with how you hold the wine glass, you are then faced with the challenge of drinking like a pro? Why do people swirl the glass and sniff the wine? What difference does it make? Is that a requirement or something?
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Comfortable seats at La Bodega Lounge in Bangsar – did you know they have Ladies Night every Thursday where ladies enjoy free drinks between 8-10pm?

Wine Talk held a wine tasting evening exclusively for bloggers in June at La Bodega in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. Wine Talk’s French sommelier, David Stephan, started the evening by serving the first white wine then followed by 2 more white wines and 3 red wines. There was a total of 6 different wines from different regions and countries. All the wines we tried that night are exclusive to Wine Talk; you wouldn’t find these in supermarkets or other wine shops.

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David Stephan with guests for that evening

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More lovely guests that evening

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More gorgeous guests having fun that night

Guests were served with delicious dishes from La Bodega that evening, like this really yummy platter of different cheeses!
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Delicious Cheese Platter by La Bodega


DAVID’s TOP 8 TIPS to appreciate and taste wine like a PRO:
  1. Hold the wine glass by the stem, not by its bowl. In my years of serving wines, I’ve probably seen hundreds of people holding a wine glass by the bowl. It’s not that bad but doing this exposes the wine to your fingers’ temperature. Best is to hold a wine glass by its stem. It reduces exposure of wine to heat and it also makes you look like a pro. Classy and elegant.
  2. Swirl the wine in your glass, be careful not to spill. Swirling allows the wine to release aromas. Just give your glass a gentle swirl. After you’ve done this a few times, you’ll get the hang of wine glass swirling.
  3. Sniff the wine. It’s totally fine to put your nose inside the glass. Learning to appreciate wine aromas is learning how to appreciate the character of the wine. Don’t panic if your friend smells something else than what you smell. Wine aromas can be completely subjective. Your friend might smell flowers while you smell fruits. It’s fine. The important thing is whether you like the aromas or not.
  4. Look at the color of the wine. You can hold your glass higher to get some light. The color of the wine can tell you a lot of things about what you’re drinking or tasting. Some white wines might be lighter than others; it will roughly give you an idea about the taste. Some red wines are very dark while types like pinot noir might have lighter red color than merlot and shiraz.  
  5. Sip the wine. Take note: SIP not gulp. Sipping gives you more chance to appreciate the taste. If you are willing to expand your tasting skills, you can explore inhaling air through your mouth while the wine is inside. This can be tricky but perfecting this skill can give you significant difference in appreciating wines.
  6. Take note of the aftertaste. This is where you’ll notice if a wine has strong or light tannins. Tannins are most commonly present in red wine. It is the textural element that makes wine taste dry. Observe your tongue when you taste red wines, it’s that ‘dry’ feeling or taste when you swallow wine. Some grapes have higher tannins while some have lower.
  7. Swirl, sniff then sip again. This will allow you to rediscover the aromas and the taste for another time.
  8. Be familiar with basic wine terms. Looking and sounding like a pro need a bit of research. Some people might talk to you about nose, legs, fermentation, vintage, corked wine, acidity and other terms. Take a few minutes to read about some wine terms before you attend a gathering where wine will be served. If you’re armed with some wine knowledge, you’ll relate to what people are talking about and maybe even add some comments that make you look and sound like a pro!
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If you really want to learn more about wines, it is best to keep trying more. Wine Talk has a special service where wine lovers or enthusiasts can discover more wines that will be personally handpicked by David. A person just needs to join the Wine Club, which is FREE from sign-up or membership fee, and receive 6 or 12 bottles of wines every month or 2. It’s a convenient way to enjoy wines. You don’t need to worry about what wines to buy because David, the sommelier, will choose them for you based on your preference. Isn’t this amazing? And another great thing from Wine Talk is their GUARANTEED PRICE and GUARANTEED SATISFACTION. If you’re not happy with the wine you received, they will change it for you. Cool!
Wine Club and Wine Talk’s wine delivery service are currently available across Peninsular Malaysia. For further information, log on to http://www.winetalk.com.my or call 1300 88 97 88.
Good news for my readers! Love wine? Need to send wine as a gift or need wines for an event, gathering or party? Use my special voucher code when you shop at Wine Talk to enjoy RM50 OFF on your order of RM300 worth of normal-priced wines! Simply key-in BLOG50CC upon checkout!

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About Wine Talk Malaysia
Wine Talk is an online wine delivery service where customers can easily order wines via www.winetalk.com.myor via call to 1300 88 9788. Customers can choose from over 400 labels of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, champagne, rosé wine, even non-alcoholic wine, and have them delivered to their home, office, wedding venue or any location within Peninsular Malaysia.

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David Stephan, Wine Talk Sommelier
David Stephan who is Wine Talk’s sommelier, studied hospitality and sommelerie in a professional school from the age of 16 in France, with internships including stints in various hotels & renowned restaurants in Paris.  In the late 90’s, he moved to the exclusive island of St Barts, working in a 5-star resort.  The island is famous for stunning beaches and locations, but also high-end hotels and restaurants, frequented by the rich and famous including ‘L’Esprit Salines’, one of the island top restaurants at that time, where he managed a splendid premium wine list. In 2003 he moved to Shanghai, China, where he worked in relation with the wine industry for 8 years.
Wine Talk is known for successfully launching the Wine Club in 2012. “This is a club, and its members will get to be a part of its development to enjoy a wine journey that is meaningful and rewarding.  We offer members an exclusive access to wines that are imported exclusively for Wine Talk while also enjoying privileges such as exclusive member prices, surprises, access to events and more.” said David Stephan, Wine Talk’s sommelier.
Wine Talk’s Wine Club is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The Wine Club is an exclusive service with no membership fee wherein members will receive wine cases on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, delivered straight to their home. Members will receive great value wines with a different selection every time, handpicked by David. The selection will feature popular labels and also fun discoveries, which a lot of people may not have thought to try. It comes with a personalized booklet that details the history of the winery, grape varietals, tasting notes, food pairing and more. At only RM428 for 6 bottles and RM788 for 12 bottles with FREE delivery included, personalized selections from David Stephan, Wine Club members will enjoy a wonderful wine experience. And due to insistent demand, Wine Talk recently launched the Premium Wine Club selection for those who want a different level of wines to be handpicked by David. 
Anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Wine Club even have the option to arrange for personal wine tasting where a Wine Club ambassador explains more about it while serving wine and canapés to a customer.
Aside from the Wine Club, Wine Talk customers also enjoy wine advices for weddings, events, giftsand other requirements. David and his sommelier team take pleasure in serving the needs of customers via online, via call and via personal appointments.

Amante Nail Spa Charity Fair for Children

When was the last time you joined a charity event? Or at least did something to help the less fortunate?
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Not everyone in this world is privileged to have a roof above his head, a soft bed to sleep on, a blanket to shield the cold, a pair of shoes under the feet, 3 meals in a day or to be loved by a parent. It is heart-breaking and heart-wrenching to see or even think about the despair of unfortunate and innocent children, whose painful paths have been created for them by others.

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Amante Nail Spa, a superlative spa for women housing popular beauty and wellness needs, will be hosting a one-day Amante Charity Fair on 7th September 2014 from 10am to 6pm. In conjunction with this fair, customers can purchase the Amante Charity Coupon booklet for RM35. Inside the booklet are 7 pieces X RM5 cash vouchers where you can purchase treatments, activities, food and games at Amante Charity Fair and BONUS thank you RM88 Hot Stone Massage treatment.

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Proceeds from the Amante Charity Fair will be donated to GOOD SAMARITAN HOME – Home for Children in Malaysia for their education. Amante Nail Spa believes by helping to raise funds for this home would make learning possible for students of all ages, from pre-school to graduate school, providing basic education to those who need it most. Please come and join us on the 7th September 2014 at Amante Kota Damansara to show your support for these amazing young children and to Good Samaritan Home.
Getting To Know the Good Samaritan Home
They arrived, frightened, frustrated, anxieties written all over their faces, undernourished and neglected. They have been removed from home because of derelict parents, or have suffered the heartbreak of a home shattered by divorce, ran away parent, abandoned, or have tragically lost one or both parents. These are the children who come to Good Samaritan home. It takes time to erase the effects of these tragic experiences. Good care and warm love erase fears and dispels anxieties. Every effort is made to provide a homelike atmosphere.
Good Samaritan Home is a non-profit charitable children’s home committed to serve the poor and needy children in our society. Its aim is to provide for the physical, spiritual and educational well-being of the children. The home started operating in January 1999 with just one child and currently has 32 resident children and another 30 children in the Extension Program.
How Can You Help?
1. Purchase the Amante Charity Voucher booklet at only RM35 from the nearest Amante outlet. Visit www.amante.my for a list of locations near you.
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2. Don’t have time? You can transfer/bank in to Amante Beauty Care Sdn Bhd (MAYBANK ACC NO. 512491131743). Send transfer note/bank-in slip to amantecharity@gmail.com with name, e-mail address & mobile number. You can collect your Amante Charity Coupon Booklet on 7th September 2014 at Amante Charity Fair.
3. Lastly, SAVE THE DATE! Let’s all join hands in helping these children have a better life. See you at the Charity Fair:
When:
7thSeptember 2014, Sunday
Time:
10:00am to 6:00pm
Where:
Amante Kota Damansara @ Dataran Sunway
Level L3, Central Park
(multi storey parking),
No.3-03, Jalan PJU 5/13,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-6141 7613
Tel: +6018-285 5244
A day of fun and wellness activities awaits you. Bring your girlfriends, your boyfriend, your husband, your loved ones and let them join you in helping these children, even just for a day. Your time and support can make a big difference to these children’s lives.

Neutrogena Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Neuwomen

How often can you hang out with a beauty brand’s team to share your personal thoughts and experience? Neutrogena recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a fun session of sharing and pampering among “Neuwomen”

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I’ve been converted back into being a Neutrogena fan a few months ago when I tried its Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion, Deep Clean BlackHead Eliminating Daily Scrub, Deep Hydrating Mask and Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. I’ve known Neutrogena since I was in my teens, used their acne product and found it to be very effective. I guess with the tons of beauty brands in the market, I just lost touch with Neutrogena while going through my journey of testing different brands to suit my ‘aging’ concerns.

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Beautiful wall mural at Neutrogena 60th Anniversary

It was happy news to be invited to Neutrogena’s 60th anniversary celebration. This private event was an opportunity for all “Neuwomen” (a term coined by the brand for Neutrogena users and fans like me) to share their experience with any of the products.

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Host Joanne Kwan

The event started with lively greetings from lovely host, Joanne Kwan, who herself also shared personal skincare and beauty habits with the rest of us. It’s amazing how we, Neuwomen, found common ground with similar habits that we have, both right and wrong, when it comes to taking care of our skin, or at least trying to, haha! 

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Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh

Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh, talked more about each Neutrogena skincare range and what concern each one addresses. Grace encouraged us to share our experiences and feedback about the products that we have tried while she listened intently to what we had to say.

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Cindy Teh conducting skincare pampering demo

Neutrogena had a guest speaker, Cindy Teh, a beauty specialist and makeup artist, who gave more advices and tips on how to properly use skincare products. Cindy also conducted a pampering demo where she showed best techniques step-by-step on taking care of the skin. To ensure the efficiency of the products we use, it is very important to apply each one in the right order and in the right way.  
A lot of women nowadays want everything to be fast or 3-in-1 or even 7-in-1. But as Cindy reiterates, skincare is just like cooking a dish. You cannot dump all ingredients in the pot and expect it to the taste the way it should. It has to be done step by step and in the right order; otherwise, your dish wouldn’t taste right. With this, I totally agree. In the morning, I do skip some products because I’m in a hurry but I still use them step-by-step. At night, I apply my full range of 7 different items, which I religiously do as a routine. To be honest, I’m surprised when some people say that it takes too long to apply beauty products when in my 21 years of doing this (I started skincare at 13), it will only take between 10-15 minutes each time. Like Cindy, I also apply my products while watching TV at night; whatever show my son is watching. I’m a working mother so I have to manage my time in taking care of my almost-5-year-old son after work, study with him, do some house stuff, do my blog which involves taking photos — editing photos — writing an article, then spend time again with my son, get him to bed, wake up early to get him ready for school while I myself also get ready for work. But I still allot 5 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night for my skincare routine. I think that at this age and technology, it’s a matter of time management, or rather task management, that we all should learn. If we want to keep our skin healthy and youthful, we need to work on it, don’t we, ladies?   
Neutrogena showcased their range of products during the event, including the range that I’m most intrigued about at the moment—AGELESS, Neutrogena’s Age-Fighting Solution.

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Neutrogena Ageless Anti-Aging Skincare Range

I haven’t tried the Fine Fairness range yet but I’m excited to test the Brightening Serum and Brightening Cream once I finish my current whitening products. Hope these solve my dark spots (oh, sun, sun, why do you torment me so…)
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Neutrogena Fine Fairness for Brightening

All blue and looking cool, the Hydro Boost range provides optimum hydration to the skin. I’ve tried a sample of the Hydro Boost SPF30 and I loved it. It smells great and fresh, and it’s a non-sticky SPF.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost for Skin Hydration

The Deep Clean range is best known for its cleansing efficacy, with different items that provide solution to every cleansing requirement, from makeup removal to blackhead elimination. I’ve tried several items from this range and each one is a great product that never fails to fulfill its promise of effective cleansing. I’ve tested the Deep Clean Cleansing Lotionbefore and it works great!
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Neutrogena Deep Clean Skincare Range


Another product that I raved about was the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. This is seriously a MUST-HAVE for ladies. It works great on the face and body, works great with makeup, doesn’t leave a white film, is not sticky and contains SPF50. What else can I ask for? Oh, I have 1 wish for this product: that it eventually comes in a flip top cap to save me time in the morning to unscrew and screw back.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

Neutrogena came up with a variant for those with sensitive skin called Ultra Sheer Pure-Mild. Love the all-white with silver accent packaging (yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for good presentation huh).
Cindy also conducted a makeup demo session (yep, the ladies were all eyes and ears on this one) where she revealed artist tips and tricks. Did you know that you can make your lip color stay longer with tissue + foundation + re-application of lip color? After applying your first layer of lipstick, dab it with a tissue then apply powder foundation then reapply the lip color, and voila! It will stay longer.
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Cindy demonstrating makeup tricks for Neuwomen

There were other activities like nail pampering session, video testimonial taking, which allowed the ladies to enjoy that Saturday afternoon even more.
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Held at CANVAS photography studio, Neutrogena’s 60th Anniversary was a fun-filled session with fellow women who share similar skin and beauty concerns. I think that it’s really amazing of Neutrogena to ask for and listen to what consumers have to say about their products, whether good or not very good. I had a great time discovering skincare and makeup tips from experts, and I did enjoy sharing my thoughts with other women, too.

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Excited to try more Neutrogena products, especially AGELESS Eye Cream!

Although technology has come a long way and now has solutions that may provide immediate results, it still pays to take care of our skin on a daily routine basis. Like what Neutrogena says, Beauty Begins with Healthy Skin. So ladies, let’s all start on our journey to healthy skin. No shortcuts ya.
Thanks again to Neutrogena and to the gorgeous Neuwomen of our time.

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ME (right) with Sui Ying

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Shizens Awards Prizes for Stand Firm Stay Firm Photography Contest

It was out of passion for photography and interest in the subject that I participated in this contest. And guess what? I was one of the lucky winners.

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Shizens Time Resistance Essence STAND FIRM STAY FIRM

In April, so that was around 3 months ago, Shizens proudly launched their Stand Firm Stay Firm photography campaign. The “Stand Firm Stay Firm” campaign aims to display the outer beauty of women while also revealing their inner strength, which serves as an encouragement for them to stand firm within our society. It was an online contest where customers and fans stood a chance to win prizes by expressing their creativity through photos that display inner strength and outer beauty.
Hundreds of people submitted entries for the campaign, both for mobile photography and photography enthusiasts. And in the end, 10 finalists were selected/voted from each category that vied for grand and consolation prizes. I was so happy when I learned that I was one of the 10 finalists under photography enthusiasts.

My entry for Shizens Stand Firm Stay Firm Contest

My entry was this photo of myself with my precious son. I had a great time taking this photo with him, as he was very participative and supportive of what I was asking him to do. 
Shizens announced the final results early in June and I was one of them! My photo landed as First Runner Up. Wee!

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Winners were invited for a prize-awarding session last weekend. Held at Shizens flagship store in Level 6 of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the awarding of prizes included photo ops with Shizens brand manager and time for us to explore skincare and cosmetics at the store.
 

Shizens Flagship Store at Pavilion KL

 So what did I get as the First Runner Up?
  • RM1,000 cash prize as shown on the mock certificate above
  • RM800 cash voucher from Shizens
  • RM500 cash voucher from Flissco photo studio

The first thing I did was splurge on Shizens products, of course! I had RM800 to spend and I was more than happy to pick my choices. Well, I’m already in love with some of their products so I knew what to pick. And here’s my Shizens haul:
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My Shizens picks that day!

Natural Pore Nutrient Pore Foundation 12g RM228
Hydro lotion 100ml RM188
Silky Renewal Gel 50ml RM138
Replenish Nutrient Expert 30g RM380

Shizens Natural Pore Nutrient Foundation RM228 (around USD71)

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I was very much intrigued by the foundation and I was more than happy to finally get a chance to test it. The name is very interesting and that white swirl of moisturizing nutrient visible on the foundation really makes it eye catchy. Must try!
Thanks once again to Shizens and to my friends and families who supported my son and me.

Shizens Photography Contest – GRAND PRIZE Winner

Congratulations to all the winners, especially to the grand prizewinner, Abam Mizie, who captured an amazing expression that truly represents the aim of this campaign. Great job!

Philips and Disney Work Together To Light Children’s Imagination

Philips announces new Philips and Disney Product Line in Malaysia. Children can discover a whole new world of inspiration, enchantment and magic through light.

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Philips Disney SoftPal Mickey – it’s a HUGGABLE LAMP!

My son is turning 5 years old in November and my next challenge is to train him how to sleep alone in his own bedroom. To be very honest, it worries me. First, how do I get him to even lie down on a bed outside our current bedroom? Second, what if he wakes up at night and discovers that I’m not at his side? Will he cry? Will he panic? How can I get him to feel comfortable being alone?
My first thought was to make his room themed to his favorite cartoon characters so he’d be more comfortable to be inside it. Maybe use a bed sheet and pillowcases with Disney’s Lightning McQueen. I’m even thinking of getting him a bed shaped like a racing car. But I haven’t thought of lighting yet. It’s amazing to discover how these small elements in a child’s room can make so much difference to their comfort and well being.

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Royal Philips, a global leader in lighting, announces its partnership with family entertainment giant Disney to develop a range of inspiring, magical, and playfullighting products for children, parents, and everyone young-at-heart. Philips and Disney lighting, available in Malaysia, combines Philips’ groundbreaking innovation in lighting with the magic of Disney characters and storytelling to transform a child’s bedroom into a more creative place for bedtime stories and a restful environment for a good night’s sleep. I’ve already developed a nightly routine of reading stories to my son before he sleeps and it’s important for me to keep this habit of learning and imagination.

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My first visit to Hamleys in One Utama

The launch – held at the Malaysian branch of Hamleys in the new wing of One Utama, saw 15 children aged from 4 to 9 years embarking on fun activities such as a mini race to look for Philips and Disney lighting products. They were also given pillows to build their own pillow fortressas part of engagement activities to encourage them to use their imagination. PILLOW FORTRESS?I didn’t even know there was a term for that play stuff where kids create a “house” or “dungeon” using their pillows. Wow, I learned something new.
As an (ex) interior designer, I have learned that lighting plays a significant role in creating the ambience of a room and it affects the people who dwell in it. Studies show that lighting has a strong impact on an individual’s mood, and the right lighting can help everyone, from children to adults, fall asleep and wake more naturally so that they can concentrate, perform tasks better, and simply feel happier during their waking hours. Philips and Disney Lighting is designed with children in mind, in order to provide the best lighting for their bedrooms. Whether parents need help encouraging their children to sleep or wake, Philips and Disney’s range of compact, portable lighting products can help.

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Philips Disney SoftPal Mike at RM199

The most interesting Philips and Disney product that I’ve seen that day was the SoftPals. These soft, nighttime companions introduce just enough light to chase away the bumps in the night, without interrupting children’s natural sleep patterns. It’s an adorable soft lamp that our kids can hug and play with! Isn’t that amazing? I’ve never heard of something like it. Philips and Disney have truly done an innovative invention.

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Philips Disney SoftPals Mickey and Minnie (RM199 each)


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Philips Disney SoftPals Sulley and Mike (RM199 each)

Philips Disney LED Night Light (left – RM73) and 

LED Projection Lamp (right – RM104)


During playtime, magical make-believe is brought to life with the new LivingColors Mickey & Minnie, which feature vibrant lighting displays to create spectacular, imaginary worlds. The entire range of products offers imaginative and fun lighting to make bedtime a joy for children and parents alike.

Philips General Manager, Adrine Ong, with SoftPals 

“As likeminded companies, Philips and Disney are committed to enhancing wellbeing and overall happiness,” says Adrine Ong, General Manager for Philips Lighting Malaysia. “This starts in the home, by creating a comfortable and engaging environment for our children. Designed with children in mind, the Philips and Disney lighting products transform the bedroom into a magical world. Philips is excited to bring these products to Malaysia and give new meaning to children’s bedtime.”
The product range is equipped with child-friendly features like the Smart Philips LED bulbs designed to last for years and stay cool to the touch to protect little fingers. Each product is also meticulously designed with child safety in mind. There are no small parts or sharp edges, and cables can be safely tucked away using the velcro binders.

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Child-friendly, safe, easy-to-use lighting


“These child-friendly, safe, and easy-to-useproducts will provide endless inspiration for Malaysian children’s imaginations and create the perfect environment for night or day,” Adrine adds. “Through this partnership between two known and trusted companies, Philips and Disney Lighting will create wonderful family memories for every home.”
Where to buy:
The full range of Philips and Disney lighting products will be available in branded retail outlets, department stores, specialty stores, and hypermarkets in Malaysia immediately. For further information, visit http://philips.com.my, or join the Philips Lighting Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PhilipsLightingMalaysia.
 
  
GOOD NEWS for parents and children!
Philips is running the Pillow Fortress Facebook Contest
From 30 June to 30 July 2014

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Fans of Disney and Philips lighting stand a chance of winning the latest Disney SoftPals and LivingColors lighting by participating in the Philips Pillow Fortress Facebook Contest.
There will be 10 winners for this contest and two top winners will bring home the Philips and Disney Lighting products in the form of classic Minnie, Mickey or Monster’s Inc. stars Sulley or Mike characters. More details can be found www.facebook.com/PhilipsLightingMalaysia. 
How to Join:
  • To enter the Facebook contest, participants must upload an image of their pillow fortress creation to the Phillips Pillow Fortress Contest Facebook App.
  • The pillow fortresses can be made of pillows, bolsters and other soft bedding furnishings. Structures constructed from wood or metal are not eligible. 
  • Submissions must be an original photo, drawing or any other static visual form of their own pillow fortress creations.
  • Photos, which copy other participants, will be disqualified.
  • The entries must be uploaded as a contest entry on the Philips Pillow Fortress Contest tab on the Philips Lighting Malaysia Facebook page only.
  • All participants must also complete and submit their details as requested by the contest app, along with a caption of their entry.

Participants are encouraged to share their entries with their friends and fans via Facebook to garner votes for their entries. The votes will contribute 30% to each participant’s evaluation during the judging stage while 70% will be based on judging of the entries by the Philips’ team.

So BUILD AWAY, parents and kids! Share your pillow fortress moments with Philips and with your friends!

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Magical moment with kids and Philips Disney lighting

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Me with Adrine Ong of Philips

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 112,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

Eskayvie i-Qids for Health & Brain Development Product Review

With a synergistic formula to support healthy growth, body, brain and immune function, Eskayvie i-Qids supplement will enrich our kids’ and our lives from within

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Many scientists and researchers believe that the first five years create the foundation for our children to accomplish key developmental advances in their mind and body. “Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, and health. The experiences children have in early childhood shape the brain and the child’s capacity to learn, to get along with others, and to respond to daily stresses and challenges.” (www.beststart.org)

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I personally agree that I need to build or influence my son’s character, habits, emotional and physical development in the best way I can at this stage. He will soon be 5 years old and I’m worried that he’s not getting sufficient nutrition, as he should. At the age of 4, he still doesn’t eat full proper meals and this worries me.

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During a health and beauty talk conducted by CEO Dr Syid Ayob Syid Mustafa Al-Qudri, who has over 15 years of experience in alternative medicine research and formulates the products of Eskayvie, I discovered how I can assist my son’s health and brain development with a simple addition to his daily beverage aside from milk and water.
Eskayvie has recently launched i-Qids, a brain booster supplement that keeps the brain healthy and enhances the memory with its truly revolutionary formula, delivering DHA (docosahexanoic acid), ALA (alpha linoleic acid) and PC (phospholipid complex) in one synergistic drink. But don’t be mistaken; this product is good for both kids and adults! 
So I excitedly unpacked the box of i-Qids to start with my son’s healthy development regimen. The box contains 20 individual sachets and a booklet containing information in 3 languages: English, Chinese and Malay. I find this very helpful and considerate of the brand. I’ve seen and used other nutritional products that do not provide information in English. It’s such a pain trying to understand instructions. Luckily, Eskayvie’s i-Qids booklet comes in English, too.

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How to use i-Qids for children below 12 years of age:
Mix 1 sachet with 150ml of cold or room temperature water and it’s ready to drink. Take before breakfast. For kids 1-12 years old, take 1 sachet a day. For children and adults above 12, take 2 sachets daily. (Note: It is not recommended to be mixed with warm water as this will destroy nutrients.)
My style:
Mix the contents of the sachet in 100ml room temperature water in a shaker. Shake a few times until liquid is fully mixed with powder. I add 50ml of cold water to make it yummier for my son to drink.

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My son is a bit fussy with what cup he uses. So I have to transfer the drink into his cup with straw.
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And here he is, enjoying his Eskayvie i-Qids chocolate drink.
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Eskayvie’s i-Qids comes in convenient sachets, which make it travel-friendly and easy to use. It has a delicious chocolate flavor that both kids and adults will love. 
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What are the benefits of taking i-Qids:
  • Helps develop a stronger body defense
  • Provides a potent array of immune factors
  • Helps promote growth and development
  • Helps support nervous system development
  • Supports memory and alertness
  • Helps promote brainpower and intelligence
  • Supports school performance and study
  • Helps to control hyperactivity
  • Helps to build stronger bone and teeth
  • Helps promote bowel health
  • Helps maintain a healthy, functional gastrointestinal tract and gut integrity
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Helps promote muscle relaxation
  • Helps promote healthy joint and improve mobility

Results will definitely vary with each individual, as with other food products or supplements. We must ensure that our children also get proper nutrition from other food sources every day. My son has been taking i-Qids now for 2 weeks and he’s been free from colds, cough or flu when he normally catches one of these once in a while. I’m sure that together with healthy food and, of course, proper guidance, my son will have better chances in having high IQ with Eskayvie’s i-Qids! For now, I’m thankful that he’s enjoying the taste of this chocolate drink and seems to be better at warding off flu.
Price: RM59 (WM) for 20 sachets
Where to buy: Guardian and via www.eskayvie.com 
For further inquiries, contact Eskayvie at +603 5511 1050 or visit their website at www.eskayvie.com
Stay updated with Eskayvie via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/eskayviemalaysia 


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I-QIDS 
I-Qids is a brain booster supplement that keeps your brain stays healthy and enhance your memory with its truly revolutionary formula, delivering DHA, ALA and PC in one synergistic drink!
It is a cutting edge formula, combining well researched brain nutrients of Memofortex™ (Phospholipid concentrate) and Omegalinol™ (DHA and Alpha Linoleic Acid) along with the health supporting benefits of Co-isolate, Vitaral™, Colostrum and Algalithe®. It is a must for all ages to ensure having a strong brainpower & memory to stay ahead on your daily chores of work & studies.
i-Qids also serves as a very special pack that helps a child’s growth not just physically but mentally too. With all other nutrients in i-Qids, it provides all level of healthy development for children where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. It sets a strong early foundation for growth and learning so that your child has the best possible start in life.
Complete innovative formulation all in one
I-Qids comprises of branded ingredients that provide all the nutrients children need on a daily basis. The combination of Omega-3, Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidylcholinecan help spark your brain’s excellence as certified by hundreds of international clinic studies. Certainly a wise and worthwhile investment for the future of your beloved child!
Omegalinol™in I-Qids is widely recognized for their positive role in the health of the brain, heart, skin, joints, eyes and has many other benefits. Algalitheprovides the body with a rich supply of minerals and recommended for healthy growth of the bone and teeth. Colostrumcontains with immunoglobulin G (IgG) and lactoferrin to provide maximum protection against common diseases such as colds, flu, cough and diarrhoea.
Memofortex™ helps brain cells communicate and influences how well receptors function. These will help to support healthy memory, mood, mental clarity, concentration, alertness and focus. Vitaral™ consists of a full-spectrum of multivitamin and minerals, which are essential to ensure the foundation of health. Co-isolated compounds help promote a healthy growth and have variety of other functions such as to accelerate tissue healing, new bone formation and have been demonstrated as anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antiviral and antifungal.
I-Qids, the best start for you and your child!
Eskayvie Sdn Bhd is a dynamic company that operates in Malaysia, not only developing its business in the local market but it also serves as a strategic hub to expand the business to countries in Asia and the Middle East. Eskavie is recognized as competetive brand in health and beauty industries based on bio-technology, innovation and commitment to upgrade the quality of health of its customers.
Eskavie proudly introduces its latest product, i-Qids, functioning as a brain booster supplement, has been getting lots of fame recently. I-Qids uses an advance fomulation, combining well researched brain nutrients of Memofortex™ (Fospolipid concentrate) and Omegalinol™ (DHA and Alpha Linoleic Acid) along with the health supporting benfits of Co-isolate, Vitaral™, Colostrum and Algalithe®. I-Qids increases the body’s immune system, memory and concentration, as well as increase the development and growth of the body.
  

Wine Tasting Event for Wine Club Members

It is always delightful to meet and greet fellow wine lovers. Last month, Wine Talk gave its Wine Club members an afternoon of wine tasting at Bricks & Barrels Hartamas.

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Wine Talk, online wine delivery service in Malaysia, celebrated its passion for great wines together with its Wine Club members in May, at the famous Bricks and Barrels Beer Garden in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.

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(photos courtesy of Wine Talk)


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Wine Club guests flanked by Wine Club ambassadors

A wine afternoon like this won’t be complete without Wine Talk’s French sommelier, David Stephan, who served 6 different delicious wines. The guests experienced premium service from David as he personally filled wine glasses with white, rosé and red wines fresh from Wine Talk’s exclusive wine collection. The French wine expert personally handpicks all the wines that are available for ordering online via www.winetalk.com.my

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Gorgeous guests at the Wine Club event, photo bombed by David Stephan

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David Stephan serving delicious wines to guests

The event was closed to Wine Talk’s Wine Club members and friends. During that afternoon, the members did not just enjoy wines but were also treated to delicious canapés and finger food from Bricks and Barrels.

What made that afternoon even more fun and exciting for the members was the lucky draw where David gave away bottles of wine, crystal decanters, crystal wine glasses and a grand prize of Pascal Jolivet magnum size wine bottle! (FYI, a magnum size wine bottle is equivalent to 2 x standard size 750ml wine bottle)

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The Wine Club members had a great time sampling wines while hanging out with friends, fellow members, Wine Club ambassadors and David. The afternoon was filled with laughter and good cheers, just like how a wine tasting should be.

With special thanks to Uber, Wine Club members who chose not to drive to the venue were transported by Uber’s premier private drivers. They enjoyed hassle-free traveling within KL and a worry-free, pleasurable time at Wine Talk’s wine tasting event.

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So the question is, what is the Wine Club and how do wine lovers join the Wine Club? The Wine Club is an easy and pleasurable way to enjoy wines where David personally handpicks wines for you and sends them to your preferred delivery address on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. With the Wine Club, you discover more and taste more wines from around the world that you might not have tried if you were picking them from a shop.

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There are 4 ways to join:
  1. Sign up online via www.winetalk.com.my/wineclub where you will choose the quantity, frequency and type of wines that you like.
  2. Call 1300889788 to speak to a Wine Club ambassador and state your preferences.
  3. Arrange for a personal wine tasting session where a Wine Club ambassador can share more details with you, click HERE
  4. When you visit La Bodega or The Pressroom, you can grab a Wine Club booklet, fill-up the form and fax/email to Wine Talk

And that’s it! David will start sending you a personalized selection of wines based on your preference. So far, I’ve been enjoying selections of white wines that I’ve never heard of before. If you want to learn more about wines, I agree that the only way is to keep tasting more! And as David says, “Life is too great to drink bad wines!”
Visit http://www.winetalk.com.myor call 1300 88 97 88 for more details and wine selections.
Stay up-to-date with Wine Talk via their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/winetalkmalaysia 

You can also enjoy RM50 OFF by using my special code – BLOG50CC – valid for purchase of RM300 on normal-priced wines at Wine Talk. Simply key-in the code upon checkout to redeem discount.





World Cup 2014: Tips for Using ATMs and Avoiding Credit Card Cloning

Are you traveling to Brazil for the World Cup? Kaspersky Lab shares some tips to avoid ‘card mishaps’ while overseas
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If you’ve purchased a ticket to Brazil for the World Cup or even for a holiday, this is definitely something that you should be aware of. Besides, even if you have no immediate plans to go there, most of these tips are applicable even in Malaysia or other countries. After all, better safe than sorry!

If you still haven’t decided how you plan to pay your bills while you’re in Brazil – cash or credit card – it is high time to do so. Kaspersky Lab warns that Brazil has some of the most creative and active criminals specializing in credit card cloning. And, unfortunately, they love to target foreigners who don’t know how to protect their cards when withdrawing money from an ATM or paying for their drinks in a restaurant. But our experts have some useful tips to protect against the most common attacks on ATMs and point of sales (PoS) devices in Brazil.  

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Avoiding credit card cloning
PoS devices are very common in Brazil – according tothe Brazilian Central Bank, credit and debit cards account for 70% of all payments in the country. Chip-and-PIN cards are accepted by almost all businesses, even by cab drivers.
  • Tips: despite some recent newsabout security flaws in this protocol, chip-and-PIN cards are still more secure and harder to clone than magnetic swipe cards. If you don’t already have this type of card, ask your bank if it’s possible to get one before you travel.

In Europe and North America, many people are in the habit of handing over their cards to staff in restaurants and stores. In Brazil, this can be dangerous.
  • Tips: please don’t do this – you’re presenting fraudsters with a golden opportunity to clone the card, and the temptation is inevitably too strong to resist. Ask the staff to bring the electronic payment terminal to you. 

  • Be careful of chance encounters or accidents which might take your card out of reach for a moment. If it happens, check that the card you get back is really yours. If you have any doubts, report it immediately to the bank.

PoS and PIN-pad malware
So-called Chupa Cabra malware and Trojan-Spy.Win32.SPSniffer, a malware family with several variants developed in Brazil and seen in the wild since 2010, affects PoS and PIN-pad devices, both of which are very common in the country. These devices are connected to a computer via a USB or serial port to communicate with electronic funds transfer (EFT) software. The Trojan infects the computer and sniffs the data transmitted through these ports.
The PIN is encrypted as soon as it is entered, most commonly using triple DES encryption. But Track 1 data (credit card number, expiration date, service code and CVV) and the public chip data aren’t encrypted in the hardware of old and outdated devices. These are sent in plain text to the PC via USB or serial ports. Capturing this data is enough to clone a credit card. 
·       Please keep a close eye on your credit card statement to check all transactions and inform your bank immediately if you see something suspicious.
·       Wherever possible try to pay using a wireless PoSdevice – they are a bit more secure than the older ones connected to serial or USB ports.
Using ATMs in Brazil
Brazil has 118 ATMs per 100,000 adults according to the World Bank, placing it ninth in the world in terms of ATM numbers. This presents lots of opportunities for fraudsters to install skimmers, also known as “Chupa Cabra” devices.
·       Tips: use your hand to cover the keypad while you enter your PIN, it is a great way to foil most skimmers, which tend to rely on hidden cameras.
·       If you see something that doesn’t look right, notify the bank or owner of the machine, and go somewhere else to withdraw your cash.
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“Be cautious while using ATMs or paying with your credit card. Don’t forget that cybercriminals in Brazil perform their malicious schemes all the time. Even during the day you can see them hanging out, wearing flip-flops and beachwear while installing skimmers in a crowded bank. Also remember that it’s far more secure if your transactions happen right in front of you. Be careful of chance encounters or accidents, which might take your card out of reach for a moment. If that happens, check that the card you get back is really yours. If you have any doubts, immediately report the incident to the bank,” said Fabio Assolini, Senior Security Researcher with Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team.
More information can be found at securelist.com.

So to everyone, whether you’re going to Brazil or anywhere, be cautious of how you use your ATM and credit cards. Happy shopping!

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About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.