Review: 360° Beautiful Hair, with the Global Milbon Smooth hair treatment!

Ever since I have embraced my curls, I have always been on a constant hunt for a good hair product and treatment which is suitable for my hair type. Before I go, let me explain more about my hair. It’s curly with almost even curls of those similar to instant noodles but my hair texture is coarse and also frizzy. If you know speak the curly hair lingo, my curly hair type is probably between Curly 3A or Curly 3B. My hair also hates water so much that it repels it, which pretty much explains why my hair is dry.

Meet the whole range of products which will be used on my hair! I'll explain more on each of the products below. So read more to find out! 
There are salon care products and home care ones as well, so that you can continue to have smooth healthy hair after the treatment.

Recently, I was invited for a special session to try the new Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment by the Japanese brand, Milbon under their latest 360° Beautiful Hair campaign. The Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment  have yet to be launched yet, and it will be introduced, available in selected exclusive salons. At the moment of posting, I am not informed of the salons yet but once I know, I’ll be updating it here.

Milbon, which is Japan no.1 professional hair care brand introduced the all new Global Milbon Signature Line which is made up of Smooth, Moisture and Repair range. The line of products contains a special ingredient which is called SSVR-Silk complex which helps to improve the hair, from the inside of it to the outer side of each of the hair strands. It’s basically a nano technology incorporated into their product after years of research!

Having heard this all, I’m curious over how it works especially since it will help with my frizz hair which have been a long battle I have had. For curly hair, it pretty difficult to see the results of the treatment cause the curls are all over the place. So, I was indeed curious when the educator of the brand, Jacklyn mentioned that I would be able to see the results, even with my curls. The treatment recommended for me was the Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment.

This treatment detangles and improves the hair condition, giving it a soft, silky-smooth treatment. So let’s begin, with a simple run-down of how the Global Milbon Smooth Hair Treatment.




We started off with the Smoothing Shampoo (this is part of Home Care series, so can be purchased and used at home), by shampooing the hair. After the shampoo, a special step using the Perfecting Primer, which helps to increase and maintain the slippery texture for the treatment to absorb better for a softer hair. For more coarser type of hair like mine, the hair will be blown dry and flat iron after the Perfecting Primer is applied to achieve the smooth texture.

As I mentioned above, my hair is more of the coarse type and hence, Jacklyn suggested that it'll be best for my hair to be flat ironed after applying the  Perfecting Primer to open up the cuticles in my hair for better absorption of the nutrients!


The three part treatment is only then applied after the prepping the hair in the steps above. The first part, No.1 – Smooth is to smooth out the bumps in the hair, the No. 2 – Hydrate helps to keep the hair hydrated and the No. 3 – Top Coat, seals in the treatment for long-lasting smoothness. There is a salon technique in applying the No. 2 – Hydrate which help to emulsify the treatment cream and will remove the roughness of the cuticle, this technique is actually repeated until the hair is smooth. After all three part of the treatment is applied, it is then rinsed off from the hair.



After that, it’s the last step which is the Luminous Softening Oil topped on with the Restorative Blowout Primer applied to the hair, from the middle to the ends.The primer is an emulsion type, which is milky and appears to be thick. However, when I tried to apply it on my hair, it absorbs really quickly and was actually able to shape my curls or rather, it held my curls in position. I remember years back I stumbled upon a product which is similar to this and I loved it! I can’t find that product since but I’m so glad Milbon released this!

For the styling, Jacklyn opted to maintain my curls and she styled my hair with just the two products mentioned above! I usually just use oil to style my hair, but with the combination of the Luminous Softening Oil and Restorative Blowout Primer, my curls appeared to have more shape and body to it! See, the final look for yourself! In all honesty, I never seen my curls so gorgeous before. Not only was it defined, my hair looks smoother with definitely less frizz and healthier for sure. I’ve always had people telling me how “damaged” my hair was when it’s actually just dry and frizzy.



I’m actually really really amazed and satisfied with the end results, didn’t expect that the treatment would be able to show instanteous results. To be honest, I would have thought that with my coarse hair texture, it’ll be harder for the treatment to work? That’s my logic at least, but I’m glad it did. Now I cannot wait to try it again in the salon! I’m already planning to get the whole range of the Home Care which is the Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Treatment, Luminous Softening Oil and Restorative Blowout Primer, especially the oil and the primer cause I have seen how it works!


The primer actually also repairs damaged area while keeping the hair supple and manageable. What I love best about this was the fact that it doesn’t leave my hair oily and greasy after the application. When I use coconut oil to style my hair, my hair is actually oily when I touch it. So yes, if you’re interested to get the products and try the treatment, do look out for my update. I’ll be attending the launch for the Global Milbon range soon, so let’s hope they will let us know then. Thank you once again to the team, the very talented Jacklyn and Gary for styling my hair and Cain for inviting me for this review. I loved it to bits!




Till next time,
xoxo

Shout-Out: Markets by Jaya One, the 19th edition!

Man, don’t you think that time flies by too quickly these days. I know I’ve been feeling so lately, especially with many of my friends already working and some even marrying now. I still remember those days in school with these friends of mine… oh, how we would crawl you many online blogshop and just browse. Back there, the online blogshop scene was booming and there were so many options to shop but there was a downside to it. We couldn’t try, see or touch these items since there were sold via online. Then came Markets which brought these online shop to an offline bazaar, where we could see these items in person and buy them.

Fast forward to now, Markets has ran 18th edition of their lifestyle bazaar and will be running the 19th edition, come this weekend! It’s their second time this year, so if you missed the first one this year, you can catch it at Jaya One on 6 and 7 August 2016, from 11am until 7pm on the Ground Floor! As I mentioned previously, this bazaar have now grown to host a plethora of vendors catering for fashion-savvy individuals, food lovers and music enthusiasts to find the best in fashion, gastronomy and entertainment.



There would be a whooping total of 80 different booths ranging from footwear, homemade paraphernalia, apparel and artisanal food! You’ll be sure to find something there that would suit your fancy. I’m eyeing on the clothing and food, mostly! Besides that, there will be entertainment from local up-and-coming musicians such as Nan Blues, Monsoon Market and Wolf that will be belting out melodic acoustic tunes to keep the crowd entertained. You can find the full list of the booths below! Do keep the layout below in your phone for easy reference since there are so many and it’s hard to keep track!


This time around, Markets 19 will be special for me as I will be having a booth there as well, selling my pre-loved items. I’ll be having cheap sale for my clothes, starting at just RM 5. There will other items for sale such as this Temporary Tattoo Eyeliner and Temporary Lip Sticker at just RM1 each! This is super clearance, so come support me and show your love. I’m located at Booth 79, the bloggers area, so do find me there! I’ve been really blessed to have friends come support me at my last booth gig which was for the Celebs & Bloggers Bazaar by ClosetStyles (see the pictures below!). Fingers crossed, I hope to see friends dropping by to support and accompany me again!




So, what are you waiting for? Mark down in your calendar and block the dates to attend this bazaar! Parking is only RM 3, a flat rate for the day. Do note that if you’re parking in the basement, park near Block J or Block H as these are the closest to the bazaar. :) See you there! Oh by the way, there will be goodie bags given out as well, so come early to grab them bags! 

Till next time,
xoxo

Shout-Out: Happy Birthday, ALTHEA!


If you haven’t heard, your favourite Korean beauty website; ALTHEA turns one today! Ever since the website started one year ago, the much beloved website have been our gateway to the unlimited types of Korean beauty products we can get. Be it those much raved products in Korea to various different types from skincare to hair & body as well. So, thank you ALTHEA for enabling us to have our hands on these amazing Korean goodies. The best part is ALTHEA is celebrating its first anniversary by having various promotions and a customised pink box, the birthday edition to mark its first year!



ALTHEA’s birthday celebration is a week-long one starting today, the 20th till 31st July 2016. During this period, you will received a Limited Edition Birthday Box  with a DIY Party Kit (just as pictured above, the party hat was made from the kit) for all orders placed! What’s even better is that there will be free goodies for the first 1,500 shoppers (the goodies are full-sized products!). There is also a birthday giveaway, where you pick 3 top sellers items and you’ll be entitled to a 100% rebate in terms of ALTHEA’s store credit for your next purchases. So, if you’re still reading this now, you had better go to ALTHEA and start your buying spree!



Besides that, there is an Instagram contest on-going which begins today and ends on 15th August 2016. You can join the contest after you have received your party kit and wish ALTHEA Happy Birthday with the hashtag #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea! The prizes are worth a total of KRW10,000,000 to be won. So hurry, shop and Instagram it now!

I'll be posting another post on my hauls and hopefully reviewing the products as well. So do look out for that post! Meanwhile, hop on over to ALTHEA and begin your shopping spree!


Till next time,
xoxo

Out & About : The Star Closet - Celebs & Bloggers Bazaar by ClosetStyles


It’s been a rather eventful day for me today, kicking off the much-awaited weekend with The Star Closet - Celebs & Bloggers Bazaar organised by ClosetStyles. But this was not before a series of ‘minor’ accidents (injured my feet while preparing for the bazaar)… In the end, I arrived about 30 minutes after the bazaar started. The venue was located in the Tropicana City Mall, at the new extension area which is a spacious area for a bazaar to be held.

Despite arriving late, I managed to prepare my booth in a jiffy because everything was already provided and set up for us! There was racks filled with clothes hangers too ready for us. Unfortunately, I had an ‘enthusiastic’ vendor next to me who used the hangers from my rack for her clothes…. +___+”. Oh wells, lucky thing I brought my own ones too.


My booth is located within a dedicated air-conditioned space, which was very comfortable to be located at. It wasn’t hot at all, it even went to a freezing cold too because it rained during late afternoon. The crowd today was little bit more mellow, probably dampen by the rain too. But hey, tomorrow is a Sunday and the bazaar is still on-going for the last day!

Do come and say hi to me at the bazaar! Bring your friends and family over too, as you’ll be able to meet the rest of the bloggers and celebrities too! Thank you to my friends and loved one, for coming today and helping me out. I really appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart! Thank to my fellow bloggers for dropping by too; CindyCookies! and Kelvin too. Another shout out to my other friends who tried to come but couldn’t make it in time, cause of rain and jam :(



Ending this post with a picture of my other booth neighbour, the gorgeous babe from http://www.arisachow.com/. Loved her unicorn pastel hair, much envy! By the end of the day, I was simply exhausted surviving on only 4 hours of sleep. It shows from the picture too, right? Hope to see you, lovelies later at the bazaar. Details as per the poster at the top!


Just show ClosetStyles app for FREE entry (Download ClosetStyles free app at Apple App Store and Google Play Store) and receive a free goodie bag too! The goodie bag has ClosetStyles shopping vouchers, KOSE Skincare products, Christy Ng Shoes vouchers and many more!
Till next time,

xoxo

Out & About: Parents’ Day with Nara Kitchen and Ketchup

The month of May and June have always been special days for all mothers and fathers alike as we celebrate our love for our mothers and fathers. This year, I’ve been blessed to be able to spend more time with both my parents on those respective days. But to make things sweeter, I entered a contest organised by KetchUp a few months back, to be in the running to dine at one of the restaurants partnered up with KetchUp. One of the restaurants is Nara Kitchen & Co, which I fell in love with since I stepped into the place when they first opened!

As it turned out, I won the contest (yay!) and the team KetchUp have selected Nara Kitchen & Co for me to dine in with my parents! I was pretty chuffed that we’ll be dining at such a lovely place with really gooooooood yummy food, and I have my parents to share the dining experience with. Of course, on top of it, I get to spend time with my food bloggers parents. If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you should do so now. My mom blogs at FollowMeToEatLa and dad blogs at BestRestaurantToEat, show them some love!


It was indeed an amazing dining experience at Nara Kitchen & Co, the food was healthy and wholesome (just as how I remember it when I first visited). This time around Caroline, the owner of Nara Kitchen & Co was there too, and she recommended a few of her delicious, favourite food to us too! But really, it wasn’t just the food that made the experience a memorable one but kudos to KetchUp’s team for planning a surprise during the lunch! I managed to surprise my parents with flowers and chocolates. Even Daddy got a bouquet of flowers and chocolates too!


Thank you KetchUp and Nara Kitchen & Co for the experience and celebration with my parents. Nothing can quite compare to spending quality time and bonding with my parents. :) By the way, KetchUp have also recorded a video of the lunch. You can watch the video of it here, excuse my awkward voice :p KetchUp Parent's Day @ Nara Kitchen & Co.

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If you’re curious on the food we had, I took some lovely pictures of the food served to us. Most of them were recommended by Ms Caroline of Nara Kitchen & Co, so you can be sure that they are delicious and probably is one of the best sellers of the restaurant.

Big Belly | RM 26.00

Daddy was deceived by the word belly in the dish and was expecting pork belly salad. Instead, this gorgeous mix of white organic quinoa, fresh mint, roasted beets, orange wedges, kyuri (a Japanese cucumber) paired with homemade hummus and then topped with miso vinaigrette.


Brilliant Breakfast Pudding | RM 17.00

When this arrived, the inner child in me was going “This is such a cute food, I just want to dig right in to it!”. I managed to get a quick photograph of it before I tried this cutesy food. It’s actually a rice pudding made with fresh vanilla milk, then topped with poached apricots, toasted almonds, fresh mangos, red orange zest and edible flowers!

Soup of The Day | RM 18.00

This was the Soup of The Day, which is actually a creamy broccoli soup with a truffle and cream drizzle. There is a little added surprise in the soup too because there were slices of sausages in our soup too! The soup of the day changes everyday, so do ask on the daily specials before you place your order. If it happens to be broccoli, you should give it a try because I love it to bits. I think this is something everyone should try at least once. It’s unique to have it cooked the creamy soup style.

Nara Donburi | RM 36.00

THIS, right here… is why I fell in love with Nara Kitchen & Co. The egg in the Nara Donburi is the 63 degrees egg cooked to perfection and topped with ikura (salmon’s roe), served with torched salmon, miso zucchini with truffle mayo shredded seaweed on top of sticky Japanese rice. The rice has an accompanying sauce, which can be quite overwhelming when there is too much of it. So be sure, to let the waiter know you’ll prefer less sauce. You can always ask for more sauce to add on if it’s insufficient.

  Pink Lobster Salmon Pasta | RM 61.00

I remember coming across a picture of this on Nara Kitchen & Co’s Instagram page (@NaraWithLove) and told myself that I have to give this a try one day! This is pasta is served with grilled lobster meat alongside with salmon chunks cooked in creamy tomato sauce topped with sundried tomato, parmesan and cilantro. The lobster is oh-la-la fresh, and juicy to chew one. Just can’t get enough of it. The portion of the mains are quite huge as you can see above, so best to share with friends! Not to mention, that they are really very generous with their servings!

Seared Duck with Squid Ink Pasta | RM 49.00

When I first saw the name of dish on the menu, I actually thought it was a squid ink sauce paste. However, it arrived in a creamy primavera sauce and then I realised that in the description, it is stated that it’s a cream sauce pasta! It’s just that the pasta used is the squid ink linguine. So the pasta is served with seared duck breast in five spices, shimeji mushrooms, cherry tomato and topped with alfalfa sprouts. This dish is quite creamy on its own, so if you were to order, just one cream sauce based for the main dish would be sufficient.

If you realise we actually had two main cream based dishes and that actually left us feeling slightly bloated. We were so so stuffed after all the dishes above, so we didn’t have desserts!

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All in all, it is such an amazing experience dining at Nara Kitchen & Co and to be back there again, with my parents. Completely honest, I’m guilty for not spending enough time with my parents especially with the demands of my work and trying to balance my social life too. So, it’s really great to bond over good wholesome, comfort food at Nara Kitchen & Co. A huge thank you once again to KetchUp’s team and Ms Caroline, Nara Kitchen & Co!


Till next time,
xoxo

Review: Say hello to healthy and shiny hair with Jemile Fran’s Juicy x Glossy Shampoo & Treatment Products!



Hello, lovelies! I’m back with another beauty product review and I’m rather excited to share with you about these products by Milbon. These products are of a new range known as Jemile Fran, which have both shampoos and treatments. They were recently launched at the Number76’s Starhill Gallery where I had the opportunity to attend it and had my first experience with the shampoo and treatment, demonstrated on me by the fantastic stylists at Number76.



During the launch, we were briefed on how their star product, the shampoo works. How it does it magic is through lathering the shampoo thoroughly through your wet hair; your hair need to be completely soaked for the bubbles to foam up. That is when the magic works, because the foams contains healthy nutrients which will seep into your hair to keep it moisturised and silky smooth! There are two type of shampoo to choose from, which is based on the type of hair you have. Naturally, my hair falls into the course type. The other type is the fine type.

On the other hand, the treatment works by improving your hair texture and giving you your desired hair texture for after the wash. What this means is if you love a silky and shiny texture after drying your hair, get the silky x shiny range. For me, with my curls, I would love a product which can keep my curls bouncy. Hence, juicy x glossy one is more suited for me as it add moisture to my hair.

I have taken closed up shot of the products, so that you can have a general feel of how it looks like. The packaging is of a very sweet light pink and simple, no frills design. Or minimalist, I would say. I love the simple designs and the squeeze type of dispensing for both the products are spill-free. Meaning, they don’t spill out excessive when you pour them out.









I have always received comments that my hair is damaged and frizzy, but it’s actually just because it lacks moisture to be honest. I am banking on this product to restore the moisture in my hair. From the launch, I received the product for me to try and use it at home. The launch was a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it since. Guess what? I loved it to bits!

It is are the most amazing hair product I have ever tried, and the best part is that it works on my curls too. It’s actually really difficult to find a product for my hair type given that majority of the market caters more for girls with straight hair. After using the product, my hair is very much softer and the curls more prominent. I used to have issues whereby my curls won’t behave and they love to bounce away from each other,  very much like a lion’s mane.


It is said that the more you use this product, the better your hair condition will get. I have already noticed this. I used to have tangles in my hair, but now as I run the water through it, I can actually comb my hair with my fingers without tangles. I can also feel the softness in my hair. But do you know what is the best thing about the product? It’s how amazing it smells like. Imagine spring with peonies blooming all over… that is what the shampoo and treatment smell of. It stays in your hair and just smell so damn goood.


So, where can you get the products? It is available in all Number76’s outlets, priced at RM80 for the shampoo and RM92 for the treatment. Currently there is a promotion where you can the limited edition gift pack which comes with both the shampoo and treatment but also with a travel sized set. Just as the one I photographed above. There are only 100 units available, so do hurry and grab while it last.

Till next time,

xoxo

Out & About : Sally Hansen’s Mother's Day Spring Tea & Pampering Party

About a week ago, Sally Hansen organised a pleasant tea party to pamper the ladies, along with their mothers in conjunction with the upcoming Mother’s Day celebration. When I got the invitation to attend, I was happy that I’ll be able to spend some mother-daughter time bonding over one of my very first love which is manicure and nail polishes. Do click on the link here to see some of very early work in my days of blogging >> [ Manicures ] . Boy, do I miss doing these beautiful nail swatches and designs.



Anyway, back to the Sally Hansen’s Mother's Day Spring Tea & Pampering Party. At the party, we were treated to manicure session using Sally Hansen’s latest product range called the “Complete Salon Manicure Spring Pull & Plug Collection” . This Complete Salon Manicure range is basically nail polishes designed to cater for your own home manicure, all in just one bottle. Just one bottle, because this polish has the following 7 benefits; base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon colour, top coat, chip resistant with a gel shine finish.

This is basically the closest to gel nail polishes you can get, without the hassle of getting them nails done at a salon. Additionally, the brush used for this range have an 800-bristle count, with a shorter brush length and more precision to pick up the polishes. I didn’t know that there was a technology behind the brushes for the polishes! This goes to show how much research have been done for these products.



Having heard so much about the product, I was pretty excited to have a chance to try the latest collection from the  Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure range, their Spring collection. Since I had a wedding dinner to attend that night, I picked a sweet pink shade called Aflorable. To complete the look, I had a nail art done on one of the nails as well. Here’s how it looks like.




After getting our nails done, it was time for the scrumptious lunch buffet spread by Closer Kitchen & Espresso Bar! I love the ambiance and the feel of Closer Kitchen & Espresso Bar, it had a laid back modern feel to it. Not to mention that there was plenty of light filling in the cafe making it just the perfect place to take pictures!  



Throughout the food spread, you’ll find all the polishes of the Complete Salon Manicure Collection matched to the colours of what the food is. Like the dragon fruit yogurt was purple in colour, there were bottles in the purple violet shades placed right next to them. It was so gorgeous! Kudos to the organizers behind the Sally Hansen’s Mother's Day Spring Tea & Pampering Party, every single little detail was thought of! There were fresh flowers all around the cafe too, matching the Spring theme of the party.








You can see how cute some of food were presented in; there were salads in mini glass with yogurt and latte in a jar. Yums! The presentation of the food, made it all the more appetizing. I took a plenty other more pictures from the party, with my mom and the blogger friends there which I have not seen for the longest time! It was so good to be able to see them again and catch up on our lives. Enjoy the pictures!








Since the theme was spring, my sister Clarrisha suggested I wear this gorgeous chiffon floral dress. As it happens, I also have a long dress with a similar print but different design. So I asked my Mom to wear the same as well and ta-da! Our dresses matches one another, the sweetest ever! Boy, am I blessed to be able to wear matching outfit with my Mom.



So, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all mothers out there a very belated Happy Mother’s Day! Mother's Day should be celebrated everyday of our lives, not just on a decorated day in May. Honor your mom each day for appreciate them for bringing us into this world and blessing us all with the unconditional love Mothers can give to us. :)

xoxo,
till next time.

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