Beauty : Trying Althea’s first Beauty Product — Petal Velvet Powder!


The loose powder is an essential make-up products for ladies, which I'm sure many will agree with me. It may seem like a simple product but it is one which works wonders in any make-up regime which is why the loose powder step, is one not to be missed. It's usually use as a finishing powder because of how versatile it is. I'm sure ladies will agree with me on this one, because I personally swear by it too! Because of that, I’d always been on a hunt for the perfect loose powder which can set my make-up, get rid of oily shine (usually after applying foundation / BB cream) and sebum control, which will leave you face looking matte especially for those with oily T-zone.

Ever since ALTHEA was launched, it had been my favorite place to shop for the latest K-beauty products especially since it’s the cheapest place to get them. My experience has shown me that the prices on ALTHEA can be even cheaper than shopping in Korea itself, so rest assured that the best deals can actually be found on ALTHEA. Having said all this, it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of ALTHEA, so imagine my excitement when I found out that ALTHEA will be releasing their very own line of beauty products.


To kick things off, they launched their first product which is the Petal Velvet Powder, which translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves behind a silky finish. If you didn’t know ALTHEA is actually named after a flower, and hence, for this product … it is actually infused with the oil from Althea flower seeds, giving it a light floral scent. I honestly loved how amazingly, good this product smells like and this would definitely be a hit among the ladies.



Althea seed oil extract, is the key ingredient of this powder which creates a hydrating and protecting barrier – to shield, brighten and keep the skin oil-free as you go about your day without drying it out. This loose powder is a translucent one with a silky finish, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch, just like flower petals. Its formula is a hydrating one that keeps the skin feeling plump all day, while its micro particles work to blur pores, hide imperfections and control sebum.


Personally, I have tried the powder and I found that after application, it actually left my skin feeling supple and oh-so soft, that I almost couldn’t stop touching it. The Petal Velvet Powder works as described in terms of keeping face oil-free until towards the end of the day. For me, this is more than suffice as my T-zone is more on the oily side.


From the picture above, you can see how oily my T-zone, especially my nose area. So this is why I'd need to use a loose powder which can help me with the oil & sebum control. After using the ALTHEA's Petal Velvet Powder,  I can see how the powder helps with giving my face a matte look.



Compared to other brands out there, I find myself liking this version from ALTHEA, not just because of the formula used to create the powder but rather it’s the design of the product. If you noticed, the holes for you to dab the powder from is visibly thicker than other brands which makes it easier to get more of the powder to apply on your face. I remember I struggled with the other brand’s one, I even went to the extend of flipping it over and shook it, to get more product out.


Last but not least, this Petal Velvet Powder by ALTHEA is only RM 16 each. If you’re looking for a loose powder with floral scent, this is the product that you should try. It also comes in shade of baby pink – which definitely appeals to most of the ladies! Plus, I’m so loving how minimalist it looks. Shop for the Petal Velvet Powder on ALTHEA here >> http://my.althea.kr/petal-velvet-powder. And if you’re new on ALTHEA, join using my code to get RM20 off your first purchase (minimum RM150 spend), join using this link ya >> https://www.talkable.com/x/HIPKKT

Till next time,
xoxo

Beauty: The Prettiest Beauty Parlour —Luminous Beauty Parlour, Desa Park City !


As ladies, it’s within us to appreciate the fine beautiful things in life. That can explain why we always dress up, it’s important to look beautiful and feel confident too. Let me share with you a secret on pretty little space, (which is so Insta-worthy) where it can make you prettier too! Intrigued? Imagine a beauty sanctuary, where you can opt for different kind of services such as facial treatments, manicure pedicure and eyebrow embroidery too. I call it a sanctuary because how gorgeous the place is, and it exudes a calm serene feel.


Ever since I discovered about nail polishes, I have been painting my nails since then which was mostly during my college days. Click here if you want to read on my previous posts on nails >> http://www.carmenhong.com/search?q=nails. Painting my nails and photographing them was actually one of the reason why I kept this blog running, because I would post pictures of my nails here. Before I stray further away from sharing about my experience Luminous Beauty Parlour, let tell you about my first ever gel manicure experience. I opted for a design which was in-trend now, the marble print! Except that this was not printed on, but carefully hand drawn on each of the nails.



The polishes used by the manicurists at Luminous Beauty Parlour are DIAMI gel polishes, which originates from Korea. This is my first time hearing this brand but I already fell in love with wide selection of colour choices available. There are so many colours to choose from and with different finishing too. If you cannot decide on your nail designs, you can always refer to the nail design book, which have plenty of different designs that you can select from! Here are some of the designs from the book which I managed to take pictures of!


The manicurist was very attentive in doing my nails, she made sure to properly prepare my nails for the gel polishes to ensure that they will be long lasting. At every stage, being the curious me, I asked her what the purposes of these steps and she would patiently answer me. I would say it was a very fascinating and informative session to understand why she was doing what she was on my nails. There was so many steps taken just to prepare my nails for the manicure, feels so luxurious and pampered if you ask me. <3



As I mentioned earlier, the marble designs are actually hand-drawn and it’s not an easy feat. As she carefully layered the polishes and drew on my nail, I saw how the marble design came to form. It really requires talent to draw out these marble designs, to look this realistic too! Here’s some pictures of the finished nail designs, which I have mad love for. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails, the best part is how long lasting there were. It lasted through a week plus before some of the polishes started peeling off.



All in all, it’s been a wonderful experience at Luminous Beauty Parlour. It truly is one of the most prettiest beauty salon which I stepped into to get my beauty fix. In this salon, you can let go of your worries and just chill back to relax here. I would highly recommend you drop by to see and feel it yourself. Not to mention, parking is ample so you don’t have to worry about that. It’s located on the first floor near the Block G.




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Luminous Beauty Parlour
// G-1-7, Plaza Arcadia NO.3 Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Park City //
// 012-696 6183 //

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EAT: A gem of Japanese food in Butaya ISAKAYA, Sri Hartamas


For the longest time whenever my friends come to me for recommendations on where to eat isakaya,  I’d be stumped. Stumped because there are just too many options out there to choose from and I’ve only tried a handful.  There were mostly hits and misses, but I may have stumbled upon a place worth recommending to Japanese food lover. Although the name suggests that the eatery serves izakaya, don’t be fooled to think that that is the only type of dishes that they have.

It surprises me so when I had a look at their menu, I was pretty much spoilt for choices. There were pages and pages of different type of Japanese food. The type of food served there ranges from their signature of Japanese yakitori, sashimi, deep fried (Age) dishes,  rice (Don) dishes, noodles (Ramen & Soba), tempura and various options of side dishes.

It is located at the quieter side of Hartamas, where it is considerably less congested and parking is aplenty, which is an absolute plus point for me. The next point that Butaya Izakaya would get is from its effort to replicate the interior of a Japanese casual restaurant. In all honesty, I haven’t yet been to Japan, but I envisage those casual restaurants by the streets to look something like this.

The best way to begin a meal is through the array of appetisers that the restaurant has, and these are some of the dishes which we had - Boiled Salted Pork Belly With Spicy Miso Sesame, Chashu Bun Platter, Luncheon Tomago, Takoyaki, Cucumber Sesame, Spinach Dashi. Of these all, my favourite would have to be the Luncheon Tomago, being both a fan of the luncheon meat and eggs! That dish really was the combination of my favourite food!

Boiled Salted Pork Belly With Spicy Miso Sesame | RM 15

Luncheon Tomago | RM 12

Takoyaki | RM 12

Cucumber Sesame | RM 8

Spinach Dashi | RM 7


But it is the wide array of yakitori selections that was the highlight of my dining experience in Butaya Izakaya. For the longest time, I’ve been on a search for an affordable Japanese restaurant to eat the yakitori sticks! The ones from Butaya Izakaya have a price range of RM4 to RM5 per sticks, with a variety of options to pick from … approximately about 30 different types! To name a few, there are part of pig's internal organ such as heart, tongue, kidney, liver. You can also have the pork belly, loin and shoulder too. As for the vegetables, there are choices such as asparagus roll, leek roll and shitake. If you fancy chicken or fish over pork, there is always the chicken wings, thigh, heart, tail, skin, gizzard, liver and also the healthy fish options of salmon, saba, unagi, hamachi and shishamo to pick from.



If yakitori is not your kind of food, rest assured that there are so many other options of Japanese food which you can opt for such as sashimi, tempura, donburi, pizza, ramen and soba. I’m just naming the few different type of food that I had, because if I had to list them all… I’ll be boring you out with names of the food! Let me share with you what else I tried during my dining in Butaya Izakaya.


Teriyaki Pork Ribs | RM 38

Sashimi Platter of Salmon, Tuna, Ebi, Hamachi and Kani | RM 75

Pork Karaage | RM 14

Crispy Pork Skin | RM 9

Gyoza | RM 14

Stir Fried Pork Kidney | RM 12

Luncheon Meat Egg Pizza | RM 15

Tonkatsu Ramen | RM 22

If you’re not yet convinced that you need to try the food at Butaya Izakaya, I’m sure their latest promotion will win you over and have you rushing to their restaurant now. For a limited time only, it is only RM10 for Tiger Beer & Saito Japanese Sake which is pretty much the cheapest price you can get in town! So, what are you waiting for? Come on over and try these amazing eats and snatch these deals since it’s available only for a limited time!



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Butaya Izakaya 豚家居酒屋
// 14, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur //
// 03 - 2389 4172 //
Open daily from 5pm - 12pm

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Eat : Let's Chill at AfterWerk, Scott Garden!


Scott Garden has long been known as one of the more happening places, once the sun goes down. Located along conveniently along Old Klang Road, it’s obvious why many head over there to have a couple of drinks, chill or even party … which is mainly because of the central location, ample of parking, and abundance of food to eat. One of  these such establishment is Afterwerk – the cornershop of  Scott Garden with bold signage which you cannot miss if you ever drove past it before.

EAT : Cosy neighbourhood “Vin Wine Bar” at Sri Petaling


In areas such as Hartamas, Damansara or Bangsar, you’ll definitely be able to find establishments like bars and pub at these “happening” locations. But for some us, travelling to these areas can be quite a nightmare-ish given the distance from where we live and considering how ridiculously jammed it can get. Parking in these areas are virtually impossible during peak hours.

This is when you wished that there would be a neighbourhood bar for you to chill and hang out without going through the hassle. Why, say hello to Vin Wine Bar, a cosy boutique wine bar located in quiter side of the bustling Sri Petaling area. Sri Petaling is no stranger to the cafe hoppers since it houses  an array of hipster cafes. But Vin Wine Bar is an interesting new concept of wine bar & shop where you can enjoy a few glasses of wine or even just walk-in to purchase wines.

Beauty : Trying the Curél Sebum Care Trial Kit, by Kao!


Growing up, I’ve had my fair share of sensitive skin episodes where I found out the hard way that I’m allergic to excessive chlorinated water. The skin exposed to those water would itch so badly that I needed to take medication or apply calamine lotion. Besides that, I also suffer from exfoliative keratolysis, where the skin on my palm and feet would peel, most of the time for no reason at all. It took me years before I realised that the products I was using was not suitable for my skin.

Eat : Spicy Seafood Feast at Fatt Kee Roast Fish!


As a Malaysian, I'm proud to say that I can take spicy food with a fairly good tolerance for them. Not only can I handle spicy food, I actually love them passionately too. If you love spicy food as much as I do, then you must have heard of Fatt Kee Roast Fish. Fatt Kee Roast Fish rose to fame last year when its concept of serving an array of seafood on a silver pan, with a spicy broth went viral on social media. Riding on the wave of the hype they have created, the couple which hails from China came up with another “viral” social media  concept of serving their seafood dish but this time, a jumbo sized version. It’s called the Jumbo Seafood Platter, which comes in several different sizes too and a whole lot of different type of seafood too!

Out & About: XIXILI ANNUAL LINGERIE FASHION SHOW 2017




XIXILI unveiled the Spring Summer 2017 Collections in its 5th annual lingerie fashion show themed "Wanderlust, Come Away With Me" at Makespace, Quill City Mall.  The fashion show was themed around a wanderlust soul who loves exploring and enjoys every moment of her life. There were in total 14 models who breezed through the runway styled with wide brim boater hat and dainty choker to take on that edgy style with confidence. The pieces worn by the models portrayed free-spirited wanderlusts enjoying moments, as well as the power of being comfortable in your own skin.

Out & About : A Soiree Party at the *new* Posh! Nail Spa TTDI !



Located at the corner of the quiet street of Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7 in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is Posh! Nail Spa, a nail parlour founded by Ms Sereen Ng in 2010. 7 years later, Posh! Nail Spa have expanded to 4 different outlets across Klang Valley – with outlets located at TTDI, SS2, Nu Sentral and Damansara Heights. When you think of this and of their humble beginning of a room sized saloon with two chairs, you cannot help but feel amazed at Posh! Nail Spa’s success!

Beauty : Let's Talk! - The Pros and Cons of Hair Removal Methods


Most of us love our hair, striving for luxurious tresses we can arrange in hundreds of different styles. However, we also have hair we would rather not grow, like on the legs or upper lip or back. There are many ways to remove unwanted hair and each with their own pros and cons. Today I decided to list down several common methods along with the good and the bad of each treatment type.

EAT : Porkylicious meals at Naughty Nuri’s !

For all the pork ribs lovers out there, I’m sure you need no introduction to Naughty Nuri’s where you can find the best ribs in the world. To claim such and be known for having the best ribs in the world, comes with a heavy responsibility of upholding that. Whilst I was in Bali which was where Naughty Nuri originate from… I actually didn’t have the chance to try them out. But rest assured, we can get the same ribs they serve in Bali, right here in our homeland.

  Signature BBQ Spare Ribs | RM 48

Beauty : Unboxing the Butterfly Project 4th Birthday Party Box worth RM1,000+ !


 “ Be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

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If you’re a blogger in the beauty scene, chances are you’ve heard of the Butterfly Project Malaysia. It’s a community for beauty and lifestyle bloggers which was founded by Tammy Lim, whom we fondly known as Mama-san. It is an avenue where like-minded individual who are passion in sharing about their experiences can gather and create content together! That was the core founding principle, and boy, did this community grow! I joined the Butterfly Project Malaysia since December 2013, during its early days making me one of the ancient butterflies of the community.

Out & About: Launch of Jonlivia Lifestyle Club, SS2


Just the other day, a good friend of mine casually mentioned that being fit is the new trend. I wanted to object it but then I let the fact sinked in, to realise that it is true. So often I find my friends sharing pictures about their fitness workouts whilst scrolling through my social media feeds. Riding along this fitness bandwagon is a clothing brand that most Malaysian would have heard of before. Jonlivia, the brand name in active lifestyle wear had recently launched the 1st ever activewear Lifestyle Club on the 25th of May, 2017 at their premises in SS2, Petaling Jaya. The Jonlivia Lifestyle Club (JLC) aims to help Malaysians in general to discover a healthier, active lifestyle whilst staying trendy and stylish at the same time.