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July's Vanity Trove

July's Vanity Trove of only Kose products was a nice welcome as far as I am concerned. I have not used Kose for a few years and this was a good reason to check them out again. 
'Forever radiant. Forever you.' I have more reasons to want to explore the entire box!
A whole goodie box of Kose Infinity products. This is good for a trial or test since we can see the efficacy of the whole range on our skin without being mixed with other brands.
This probably doesn't look attractive initially. After all, it says "FREE trendy pouch, skin consultation and analysis only with any purchase of Kose Infinity Pure Advance item." However, upon experiencing the whole range and should you find something that suits your skin and you would like to buy, then yes...this voucher is going to be very handy. In my case, it was perfect as I used it when I purchased the Inifinity Pure Advance Eye Jelly.
The Kose Infinity Pure Advance Eye Jelly (RM180 for 20g) is a delightful and refreshing eye care. Jelly form, its easily absorbed as soon as its applied leaving the eye area with an instant plumped up effect. Instantly the signs of aging e.g. fine lines are instantly 'erased'.
I always believed in double cleansing. This well thought July Vanity Trove promotes double cleansing! So here we have 10g of Infinity Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel and 10g of Pure Advance Clear Up Wash.
The Kose Infinity Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel is a unique gel that changes to oil when in contact with the skin. This cleanser rinses off easily and does a fairly good job of removing makeup and the day's grime fairly well. 
Step 2 is Infinity Pure Advance Clear Up Wash with a luxurious meringue like lather. Works to remove whatsoever that the oil cleansing gel failed to remove. Skin feels smooth and clean after use.
I prefer to use the Infinity Pure Advance Essence Lotion II (RM169 for 160ml) with my bare hand instead of the cotton pad. I pour approximately 20 sen size of the lotion and pat it gently all over my face and next. The lotion contains natural essences to help rejuvenate, hydrate and plump up the skin - most obvious on the third day of use. The 30ml sample that was in the July trove lasted me approximately 7 days.
Infinity Pure Advance Serum II (RM169 for 120ml). The sample was 30ml and lasted me 9 days. This serum claims to adjust the balance of natural oils and water content of our skin leaving the skin soft, fluffy and poreless. Perhaps my pores are quite large because I didn't seem to see the pores shrinking but again its only been 9 days of use...perhaps with longer use, the pore size will shrink. It certainly did leave the skin feel nice and hydrated without any greasy after feel.
I am a firm believer of using sun protection. The Infinity Deep Protection UV with SPF50+/PA++++ (RM118 for 30g). I love the emulsion like texture that spreads over the skin easily. Giving a translucent appearance, it makes the application of makeup easier.  

July's Vanity Trove was indeed a pleasant one for me. While some complained that it was too Kose focused, I actually found it to be a plus point. Love the idea of being able to try almost a whole range of the product line while minimising the need to mix and match with our regular skincare range. To be honest, I was quite surprised that the items were mostly travel sizes making it a wonderful value for money purchase.

While the future Vanity Trove seems to be a tad different because we'll be choosing 6 items that we want to receive each month. In other words, each trove will be customized according to your preference of products! Based on the beauty profile that you have completed, there will be a list of recommended products that you can choose from.
Take your pick of 6 items.
And in case you don't find the sample that you want, then head on to the products page and add more items to your wish list. Check out the reviews by other users too!
And for your chance to win full sized products with your Vanity Trove, 
• fill up your beauty profile
• add any products you want to your wish list
• like the brand that you wish for
• review and like the other products from the brand that you wish for.

For more information on VanityTrove or even to purchase your very own Vanity Trove, head on to http://www.vanitytrove.com. Your personalised Vanity Trove subscription is RM50 per month.

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Soup and Soup

I love soups. Any sort of soups though my fave is still the clear Chinese soups... after all I am Chinese and am half Cantonese. While some will say that with our working schedule, its almost imposisble to cook at home. Well while I agree to it to a certain extent, cooking a soup is certainly possible no matter how busy.

Random Musings: Notting Hill



I think I watched Notting Hill more than 20 times...perhaps more... the story is charming and so is the soundtrack. 

Beautiful and internationally famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) meets British bookstore travel bookstore owner William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant)  in the Notting Hill district in West London. Anna buys a book from William and a romance blooms but will she find love?

Pacific Rim

Most of you must have caught Pacific Rim by now or have yet to watch because of mixed reviews for this movie. Finally its movie day for the hubster and I. Our choice was Pacific Rim at Cathay Cineplex @ eCurve. 

Colossal giant monsters versus over 10 storey tall huge mechanical robots? Really? Back then when we used to see a lot of these from our TV days of Japanese created serials. And now when its on the big screen, it is Hollywood's take. 

What's Pacific Rim? For me its the brilliant but underrated movie Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed. This science fiction action film is all about alien sea creatures that somehow created a portal to attack the surface of earth where we humans live. 

"Kaiju" as it is named by the Japanese was quite unstoppable at first. It took weeks to destroy these monsters who would stomp everything in sight. These monsters were so destructive that nations started to work together to build huge robots also knows as Jaegers to combat the giant sea creatures.

What we liked about Pacific Rim is the overall movie atmosphere. Love the complexity and texture details of the "Jaegers'. It pretty much kept us glued on the screen watching scene after scene as far as the monsters and robots were concerned. Certainly visually stunning that warranted a second watch as far as we were concerned. Totally unsurprised that many have rated Pacific Rim's CGI way above other highly successful alien robot movie franchise. After all it was the good works of Industrial Light Magic (ILM).

The human chemistry of Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman in this movie is nicely pieced together. While most will recognise Ron Perlman, it was the characters Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) who stood out. Not many understood much Mako's character, unfortunately her character (being a Japanese actress) was dubbed by a better sounding female English voice for some regions. Perhaps they should have left Kikuchi's original voice intact for the movie.

Kikuchi's character is memorable. Her outer appearance in the film are blue and dark grey, with striking blue highlights on her hair. It was no coincidence that it was to remind herself when she was orphaned by Onibaba's attack on Tokyo. She carried that memory and had becomeso focussed under the wings of Stacker Pentecost (Elba). It was easy to dismiss her demure first impression but her character knows what she wants to and seek her chance to take revenge against those alien kaijus. 
Also notable actor was Elba's portrayal of the military head of the Jaeger programme who was also a strong leader and a mentor to Mako. The movie protagonist was Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), who was a retired jaeger pilot when he lost his co pilot brother pilot in a kaiju attack.  Raleigh's service was then needed again when Pentecost approaches him to pilot 'Gipsy Danger' after the earth defence counsel felt that the Jaeger programme wasn't working and wanted to pull the plug on the programme.
Interestingly, the Jaegers were given interesting names: Gipsy Danger, Crimson Typhoon, Cherno Alpha, Striker Eureka or Coyote Tango. While it is easy to dismiss them as mere giant robots as so much as the those kaijus, they lend a important part to the story. For me, it was endearing to see Mako and Raleigh speak of the Jaeger with much love and treating it like an animated alive creature.

Pacific Rim is a movie worth a watch (or more). Its a movie that certainly stacks up much better in the long term over Bay's Transformer franchise. The hubster gives it 7/10 while I think it deserves a 8.5/10. 




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My Very First Mivva Box




A pretty polka dot box arrived on my table. It says Mivva box. Yippee...my very first Mivva box. I must say that I happily unboxed it, feeling really excited to check out the contents after reading and hearing lots of raving reviews from the girlfriends. 

This month it says "My Pamper Kit". Nice welcome message! All girls love to be pampered and for RM38, its definitely an affordable pampering (on a monthly basis). Like the previous months, there are full sized items too that is certainly value for money!
Unico and BeautyMate are 3 full sized items. OK...let's call it 4. The pumice stone is also a regular size item:P

Unico Eye Lip Enriched Cream RM98.80 for 15ml. This is a full sized bottle. One pump and I can easily use it on both my eyes and lips. Its a light formulation that feels more like emulsion than cream with a lovely light flowery scent to it. Formulated to enhance the biological function of the lymphatic system and to strengthen cell metabolism so as to eliminate eye bags, dark eye circle, puffiness and fine lines. 
Used for a week and for me I noted that the lips were not so 'wrinkly' at the edges especially after prolonged time spent under the sun and has a nice rosiness to it. It certainly smoothened the eye lines as little like any other eye care product that i have. My favourite feature of this product is that it is one product that can be conveniently used for both the eyes and lips.

Somang Danahan products came in trial size of 5ml each. I must admit that this is perhaps one of the products that I was looking forward to use having used the Somang Ecopure BB cream some time back. Both the Skin toner and elmulsion (RM139.90 each for a bottle of 160ml) are suited for dry and dehydrated skin. This herbal based products are blended following an Oriental formula which includes Chrysanthemum Indicum flower, Cyperus Rotundus root, Red Ginseng, Hoelen Alba, Angelica Gagas, White Peony roots, Chuanxiong and Gardenia seeds. A long list of ingredients that are believed to to improve blood circulation and enhance skin’s natural moisturizing functions. 
Pleasant floral scent that can be a tad strong for some people but the combined use of the toner and emulsion is lovely luxurious experience.

Elianto Ardour Shadow RM8 for 2g. This is also another full size product. I received Earth Brown #12 which is perfect since I don't really use any colour other than earth tones. This matte eye shadow glides easily on eye.
Full size product:D
Pretty in brown:D

Do not disregard the Pumice Stone. Its a handy must have in every girl's (and boys) beauty regime to brush away the calluses on the feet. Stop cutting those hard skin. The correct way is to brush them off daily with pumice stone after a shower:D

My regular all time must have product is Re-Gen Oil (RM29.90 for 75ml or RM45.90 for 125ml). The 3 sachets comes in handy for weekend getaways. This light oil contains an active ingredient PCL liquid which promotes skin regeneration. Further enriched with lavender, canlendula, chamomile and rosemary oils, Re-Gen oil is rich in Vitamin A and E to help fight skin ageing. Re-Gen oil is is highly recommended for blemished skin, stretch marks and scar tissues.

Beautymate Purifying and Hydrating Nano Toner RM49.90 for 120ml is another full size product this month. Contains gingko biloba leaf extract, hydrolyzed pearl and glycoproteins which to improve skin hydration, brightens skin and balances skin pH. 
The product claims that the Glycoproteins help to increase the moisture balance in the skin cuticle for up to 15 hours. after using it for a week, I certainly have to agree that the skin certainly feels more moisturized even though I am still using my regular Dermalogica moisturizer 
The packaging comes with instructions for a 4 step application technique to enhance the efficacy of Beautymate Purifying and Hydrating Nano Toner.

Conclusion! RM38 for the box of goodies mentioned above is certainly value for money. We are after all looking at 3 full sized products which are valued above RM150. To grab your own Mivva box, hop on to www.mivva.com. Alternatively check out what other happy Mivva users have to say to at https://www.facebook.com/MIVVAcom

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Laundry Helpers

My name is Shalom and I am a 10 year old shihtzu. Let me tell you about laundry time in our house.
Mummy loves to exercise and running is probably her favourite because she runs so often. But she often comes back after her run with mud stains and sweat smell on her clothes!
Daddy loves to eat as much as mummy and he is one messy eater who often leave stains on his clothes. This one is curry stains. Gosh!
Eewww time! Dirty laundry time....eeeewwwwww
And because I am at home all day while mummy and daddy go to work, I am expected to do the laundry at home! Yes I am the maid at home!
You must agree that I am a good furkid to help with laundry!
Good thing mummy has been buying Vanish Power O2 for our laundry use. I can choose the pink for our general use or the white one for white clothings.
I can read instructions! I add 1 scoop of Vanish to stubborn stains if necessary.
Otherwise its just 1 scoop is necessary for the usual food and stinky sweaty clothes!
And magic! We have clean clothes without any stains on them. And all sweat smells are gone too!

And if you have laundry woes like we do...then you should give Vanish Power O2 a try. Don;t worry about buying them if you have not tried it before. Pop by to http://bit.ly/1aIkd2I and register to have FREE samples of Vanish Power 02 delivered to your door step!

There is also a contest going on now that you can take part like I did. Of course I took part using mummy's name:D Do vote for my our entry if you see it OK? Hopefully we get enough votes so we can win some fantabulous prizes that include 3 units of 32" LED TVs, washing machines, fridges and Vanish products!

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Eat and Dance @ Songket

Nestled in the middle of KL is a quaint and cozy Malay restaurant. My regular haunt for Malay food during lunch in general for their affordable set lunches. Now its Ramadhan, its only natural to also visit Songket for my buka puasa. Its a nice 15 minutes walk from KLCC area if you fancy walking and ample parking space if you prefer to drive.  

The selection of food isn't too large but its just nice. With a daily rotating menu, you wont be bored of the same food with each visit to Songket. Arrangement of food is a well thought. There is no walking all over the place. One can just walk and follow the line and sections.

We start off with the roast lamb (one of the best in town...I will still sat it again and again), satay, grilled fish. Then you can have your choice of noodles, fried or soupy versions. If mee rebus is on the menu, then make sure you check it out. Good stuff!

The assortment of ulam, kerabu and light appetizers form quite a bit of the buffet line. My all time faves (which is coincidentally their best sellers from their ala carte menu) are the kerabu mangga and kerabu pucuk paku). Take your pick of the appetizers like the must have tauhu sumbat and pegedil. I know they are delicious but please go easy and leave space for the main!

Lemang and ketupat will be the usual suspects at all Ramadhan buffet line. And so will roti jala. However, the roti jala at Songket is green! Yes! Green from the use of pandan (screwpine) juice. A must have with the chicken curry!

Together with the ketupat line up is a smart arrangement of sayur lodeh, kuah kacang and sambal. If your read this blog often enough, then you will know that I will not resist piecing together a famous Johor dish lontong. Yes! That's the very first dish that I pieced together (my fruits don't count as I normally break fast with fruits before any mains). Took a bowl, filled it with ketupat, sayur lodeh, kuah kacang and topped it with sambal. Trust me it looked so good that even buddy Farish could not resist and quickly assembled a similar bowl. Taste is definitely good. My dining companions took a bite and made their own bowl of lontong too!

The mains are basically dishes from Songket's existing ala carte menu.  On the night that we broke fast at Songket, we had enjoyed very kampung like dishes including udang peria, ayam lemak masak gelugur, beef rendang, daging masak halia, ikan rebus assam keladi, sambal ikan bawal, udang mentega berkuah, ayam rempah tumis, sotong sambal kunyit, ketam masak lemak buncis, labu air goreng and vegetable stir fry. A good long list eh? Have it with a big plate (or two) of steaming white rice. I opted for the Nasi Hujan Panas.

Bubur lambuk is available daily while the soup menu changes daily and includes sup tulang rusuk, sup ayam kampung, sup daging, sup kambing and sup pindang.

Desserts are a must with every meal. Local kuih, cakes, ais kacang, fruits and home made ice cream awaits. Wash it down with some teh tarik or coffee to avoid a food coma. 

Though my fave reasons for visiting Songket at night for dinner is because of the cultural dances. Don't be shy! Kick off your shoes and dance! Its seriously fun!
Juicy tender grilled lamb good to be eaten on its own.
Satay
Kerabu pucuk paku
Mee kari or mee rebus? have them both though my fave has always been the mee rebus.
Pandan infused mee jala
ketupat...
kuah kacang...
sayur lodeh...
and...you have a bowl of awesome lontong!
Appetizing salted fish
Ayam lemak assam gelugur
Ikan rebus assam keladi
Nasi hujan panas
Bubur lambuk
Sup daging
Rojak buah
Bubur kacang hijau
Ais kacang 
Assorted local kuih and cakes
Dance to our Tarian Malaysia. Its seriously simple:D

Songket’s buffet items are rotated daily from five different menus. Buffet is between  6.00 p.m. - 11p.m. daily @ RM75++ for adult and RM35++ for children between 3 and 12 years old. Kids below 3 years old eat for free.

Songket Restaurant:
29 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2161 3331 

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Full set of pics: Ramadhan2013: Songket