Let's get to the point without wasting anyone's time. This product works well but not as glorious as what it claims to be. It is a product good to have, but not a necessary one. You can find a lot of other loose powder with similar quality for a much lower price. Of course, when it comes to NARS, the brand is all that matters. So you decide where would you spend your money on... the branding or the quality?

Product description:
Enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color and prolongs makeup wear. This invisible silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light throughout the day. Fine lines, wrinkles and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Soft, silky and luxurious to the touch, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine and seamlessly sets foundation. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-Comedogenic.

Instruction to use:
Lightly brush the product on to your face after applying foundation. 

I have sum up my opinion on the product on the introduction. I have no love spot for this product, yet I don't hate it. It does a good job in preserving my makeup throughout the day. And I must give credit for that. However, when it comes to photography, it doesn't perform up to my standard. The Anna Sui loose powder (pearl) and Makeup Forever HD give a more satisfying result when photographed. I'm also not a fan of the packaging.

Price: RM145 (I can't remember the exact price, but it should be around RM140)

The winner of the CANMAKE Tokyo Giveaway is...

Teng Xwei, please email me your address so I can post out the lot to you as soon as possible.

If you didn't win this round, don't worry. I will organize more giveaway soon so that you guys have the chance to win something.

P/S: This giveway is not organized by CANMAKE Tokyo. I have retrieved the giveaway item out of my own collection to share with my readers. 

Hi all,

I am so late to announce this. SK-II PR have picked...

Felicia Chin

...as the winner of the Gifting with Meaning contest that I ran on this blog earlier. Congratulations Felicia! Please email me your shipping details.

For those who didn't win, you can still enjoy the SK-II Pitera set for only RM229 at any SK-II counters. As Christmas is approaching, SK-II also features the 2015 limited edition Wings of Change collection of Facial Treatment Essence.

Also, watch out for the festive sets, available now until stocks last...

Hi all! Today I have a stash of CANMAKE Tokyo products to share with you some of their latest products in terms of information & also physical product. So read until the end to see how you can win one product from their new collection.

CANMAKE Tokyo celebrated their 30th anniversary at Kuala Lumpur Beauty Expo last week. In conjunction with that, I was invited to the check out their booth and also the new product launch.

Here is a mixture of old and new products. I will give a brief commentary on each of the product and will only do a separate review post for those which I think is worth a single post review. Here is my look using most of the CANMAKE Tokyo products you see here:

The Your Lip Only Gloss is one of the best selling new products in Japan. Upon launching, the first batch was sold out in Japan. It is a lip gloss that changes colour according to your lips natural colour. Interesting? I love this!!! It gives a natural pinkness on your lips and the texture is not sticky at all. However, I would recommend you to try out before purchasing because it can be a hit or miss. The transformation of colour varies from different people. Also, the coverage is very sheer. If you are looking for higher coverage, this won't be the right product for you. There is a range of a few options you can choose from. The one I have is in 01.

Another product which I love is the Lip & Cheek Gel. This is a 2-in-1 product whereby you can use on your lip as a lip stain or on the cheek as blush. So far I've only tried it on my cheek and yet to try on the lips. I love the natural flush it gives. It blends easily on my foundation. Don't be afraid of the strong red colour. It is not as bold as how you see on the pan. Available in 4 colours and the one I have is in 01.

I bought this Shading Powder because my contouring powder already hitting the bottom of the pan. I must be honest that this Shading Powder is pretty average. It does its job for contouring and shading. However, there is nothing to praise about and there is nothing to hate about it too. It is still one of the product which is good to have.

Something which I have not tried, the Matte & Crystal Cheek, a powder blush. From my experience with their previous powder blush, they were all good. So I have a high expectation on this one too. We'll see..

This is one of my favourite - the Eyebrow Liquid. It feels like marker pen which is very easy to manage. The shade is buildable, so you can control whether you want it darker or lighter. It lasts very long and sweat-proof.

Well, on something which I don't quite like is the Secret Color Eyes eyeshadow. The pigmentation is not that strong, so it doesn't suit dark skin people like me. I believe this looks well on those with fairer skin. However, the champagne shade can be used as highlighter, so it's not a total waste.

Finally now, it is time for giveaway! 

Get all these CANMAKE Tokyo merchandise - hand fan, note book, pen, RM10 voucher (valid till 31st December 2015) and the Juicy Pure Eyes eyeshadow trio. Just comment below, "What is/are the product(s) you've tried from CANMAKE Tokyo". Contest ends 13th November 2015.

It would be a plus for me if you can follow my blog (at the right hand corner). Cheers!
Japan's leading brand of cosmetics, CANMAKE Tokyo, has brought the latest makeup trends from the century that gave birth to the kawaii culture to Malaysia with the arrival of its latest range of face, eye, cheek and lip colors.

They were previewed during a special showcase in Kuala Lumpur that was held in conjunction with a celebration of the brand's 30th anniversary.

'Glossy & Shiny' is the theme for the coming party season that promises to make you the belle of the ball. Natural, light and translucent looking skin creates a dewy glow that takes centre stage in this look, further complemented with glossy lips that accentuate its natural color. Recreate this look with Juicy Pure Eyes eyeshadow trios (RM39.90), Your Lip Only Gloss (RM39.90) and Matte & Crystal Cheeks (RM49.90).

Another trend that is popular in Japan is 'Color Coordinate' where lips and cheeks are coordinated with the same color using the new CANMAKE Lip & Cheek Gel (RM49.90). A meltingly smooth texture that can be used on both lips and cheeks, the 2-in-1 product gives a burst of color that can be applied in layers to deepen the intensity. For a cute kawaii touch, the gel blusher is blended high on the cheek, just below the eyes to create an oriental doll look.

Complete the look with Secret Color Eyes (RM45.90) eyeshadow palette that features a red shadow to create a delicate tint on your lower lid to enhance the skin's translucence, while deepening eye contours using the palette's shader and highlighter.

"These two latest makeup trends that are gaining popularity in Japan are particularly recommended for Malaysian women as they will be able to carry it off beautifully. There are certain similiarities between the two cultures when it comes to makeup styles such as a general preference for lighter makeup to give that natural look," Kaori Anzai who handles the overseas markets for CANMAKE Tokyo.

Launched in Tokyo in 1985, CANMAKE is now available in 13 countries including Malaysia. Its popularity and success stems from its commitment to bringing the latest makeup styles and trends at affordable prices with no compromise on the product quality that is created and manufactured in Japan.

"There's a huge following in Malaysia for Japanese styles and trends. From manga and cosplay to entertainment and fashion, there is no doubt that we are influenced by Japanese and that was one of the main reasons that Teeni Enterprise introduced this trendy brand that is reasonably priced for the Malaysia, the exclusive distributor for CANMAKE Tokyo.

During the event, CANMAKE Tokyo also presented prizes to the winners of its 30th Anniversary "Fly to Japan" contest organized recently.

Ho Yee Xin, 30, from Johor won the Grand Prize of a 5D4N trip for two to Japan while 2nd Prize Winner Gong Li Wan, 26, from Sabah and 3rd Prize Winner, Tan Hui Shee, 19, from Selangor walked away with a SONY Xperia M4 phone and Casio EX-MR1 digital camera respectively along with CANMAKE products.

The CANMAKE Tokyo line of cosmetics is available at selected SASA and AEON Wellness outlets nationwide.

Coming up next: CANMAKE Tokyo giveaway on my blog. Are you ready?
Here's another product sent in by MuffinBeauty. MuffinBeauty is an online community platform of girls sharing their reviews on beauty products. It is free and it is open for everyone to join in the discussion. Before you purchase any beauty product, make sure you head to MuffinBeauty to check the review so you don't end up being disappointed and waste your money.

The product that I recently received is the Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Waterproof Mascara.

Product description:
The uplifting brush coats lash by lash, creating irresistible curl with boosted volume and length.

Instruction to use:
Apply as normal mascara. No special procedure.

First, let's talk about the packaging. I love the elongated tube that looks like an ancient urn. It's sleek and has an expensive look. This is a pretty easy-to-use mascara for everyday. I can sum it all as a no-comment review. It has pretty decent quality, but there are also a lot of other mascaras that perform much better. It does not lengthen my lashes, but it does a good job in thickening and curl my fine eyelashes.

The wand is huge and can be clumsy for some girls. It picks up a lot of products so you might want to remove the excessive products before applying, or it will make your eyelashes look clumpy and messy. 


Available at:
Watson, Bourjois kiosk

Loathe going to your office? The thought of being in office makes you feeling lethargic? If your answers are yes, then read on and discover how you can make office a healthier place to be. After all, we spend majority of our day in office and it is best to grow some positive vibes around.  

We cannot deny that office is a place with accumulated negative vibes. Bad news, whether you like it or not, deadlines, demanding bosses, coworkers with bad attitudes, and office politics are some things you can't avoid and have to face at all time. Good news is, you can improve on your own inner wellbeing while at work. 

#1 - Take 5 minutes break every 1 hour 
Our brain can concentrate at its optimum level for at most an hour. You will then need to reboot it with 5 minutes break away from your work. Take 5 to read news online, go to the restroom, have coffee break, or simply close your eyes and shut down for a moment. Continuous working for long hours will result in lower quality results in your work and make you less productive. 

#2 - Do a one-location exercise at least twice a day
Do some stretching exercise at your cubicle whenever you take the #1 five minutes break. Alternatively, roll tennis ball underneath your feet helps blood circulation while you're sitting. If the space permits, spread your workout mat and do a simple yoga. Your body needs some movement to get the oxygen up to your brain. 

#3 - Crack a joke with your coworkers
Laughter is the best medicine. Share a funny post or joke with your office mate. This will lighten the mood and also increase bonding with your team. Make sure the jokes you're cracking don't offend anyone. 

#4 - Take a dose of sunshine
The sun does not only provide vitamin d and e, it is also a mood lifter. Guess why some people have winter depression? The main reason is lack of sunlight. Walk towards the window and take a dose of uv while you're on the phone. If your office blocks out the sun, walk out of the building once a day. 

#5 - Drink plenty of water
This is pretty self-explanatory. Besides keeping you hydrated, it also increases the oxygen level in your brain while helps stimulate thinking. 

Do you have any good office habits to share with me? Comment below and I would love to try it out. 

Hey ladiess ! I believe most of you have heard of Makeupalley or Birchbox especially when it comes to beauty product reviews. Today I am going to recommend a website to everyone of you- MuffinBeauty, a beauty review social platform for Asians!

MuffinBeauty is the first beauty review community targeting Asian women. People are increasingly looking up online reviews at TripAdvisor or any other similar websites before deciding on which hotel to stay. And MuffinBeauty is like a beauty version of TripAdvisor in Asia. A platform where everyone shares information and makes neutral reviews about beauty products.

There is a Muffin Beauty Club set up especially for beauty enthusiasts and bloggers who share reviews in their own social media sites actively. With only minimum 10 reviews written in MuffinBeauty, you already have a ticket to join this club and a member can access the redemption page in order to receive products for making reviews. This is how the team rewards review contributors, I was told we stand higher chances to receive products for review if we constantly share about genuine and useful reviews to the community. I am invited to join MBC by Muffin team and there it goes my first beauty box! Check out their page for more information.

This is the product I am going to review today...

Bourjois is a French brand. It's a huge name in the Europe and recently landed in Malaysia's drugstore (if I'm not mistaken last year). Not many people know about this, Bourjois is the sister company of Chanel. The products are made by the same manufacturer with similar ingredients. Both the brand focus on different market. So if you're looking for a good makeup product without hurting your pocket, Bourjois is the brand you should go for.

Product description:

Instruction to use:
After foundation, apply one pump on the apple of your cheek in dabbing motion for richer color. For more transparent effect, spread it evenly. Seal your makeup with loose powder after. Use fingers or flat top brush to blend. Blush brush may not work well for the product. It tends to eat up the products.

Thumbs up for the long lasting effect. It is also waterproof, which makes a perfect match for swimming or beach day out. However, the gel texture can take awhile to get used to, especially for those who have been using powder blush for a long time.

The shade leans towards sheer side. However, the colour is buidable. I love the look on me. It looks so soft, especially with the Cocoricorial shade.

It has 4 shades to choose from. And I love the Cocoricorial shade - warm peach tone, which suits my tanned skin. I wish it comes with dark brown shade for contouring. It blends really smoothly with my foundation and creates a natural look.

Recommended for:
Those who wants a no-makeup look. Perfect for travel, sports or water activities as it is waterproof and long lasting.

RM48.90 for 10ml

Available at:
Kiosk exclusive (not available at Watson)

CI 45380 (RED 22 LAKE), 
CI 12085 (RED 36), CI 15850 (RED 6), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 15880 (RED 34 LAKE), CI 15985 (YELLOW 6 LAKE), CI 17200 (RED 33 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE),
Last year I started a small e-commerce site because it is a cool thing to do these days. By the end of the year, I ran out of options to maintain my business and eventually closed down the business. It was around Christmas, and my friend Chris got me the Sophia Amoruso's #GirlBoss book.

To her, this is the best gift at the right time. She wanted to give me a book on business tips, hoping I can learn something from it. However, the book she gave me is not about business at all. It is about the founder of Nasty Girl, started with dumpster diving, selling clothes on eBay and now owning a billion dollar business. She had mistakenly bought a book thinking it is a business guide book. However, it is an inspirational book that only inspires itself. Despite carefully picked by Chris, the book is not for me. It doesn't speak to me. I don't know how it can be useful for my venture into fashion business.

Chris didn't have to give me the book. She didn't owe me anything. However, she spent the 1 hour of her lifetime looking for something which she thought can help me improve in my career. That 1 hour she could have spent it with her family. She could have used the 1 hour to replenish her sleep. She could have saved that 1 hour doing something meaningful for herself. But she chose to spend it on me. The book costs her more than just 1 hour. It also cost her money. She spent RM80+ on me. That could have lasted her a week of groceries!

But, that didn't matter at all. It is not the book that I cherish. Material things come and go. In fact, material things don't mean anything. It is the gesture of how it is presented that mean something

The thing that I truly appreciate is friendship like Chris'. And I am blessed with wonderful friends who are like Chris. I am thankful that I am surrounded by genuine people who are constantly wishing nothing but the best for me.

Yvonne got me the rosary from Vatican, hoping that my prayer becomes more effective. She also got for me the Victoria's Secret's limited Bombshell holiday collection from London because I'm a big fan of Bombshell perfume. This shows that I'm always in her mind wherever she goes to.

Shikin got for me my very first SK-II product - the famous Facial Treatment Essence. She was promoting it to me after she use it and sworn by it. I was reluctant to get it, obviously because of the steep price. Without any hesitation, she bought a 215ml bottle for me at the airport during our holiday. She really wanted to share the good things with me. And I'm glad she did. It has been my staple beauty product ever since. I still keep the empty bottle of the SK-II FTE that Shikin gave me.

Alicia got me a patch of grass. It is quite funny. But I need the grass so badly at that time because I was taking photographs on real grass. It was so inconvenient. With the fake grass, I could take photo comfortably at home. Recently, she got me skin moisturizer tester. Oh my, I wanted this so badly. As a beauty blogger, this machine will definitely help me a lot! She always take note of the little things I want and need.

These are just a few of the very thoughtful gifts that I received from my friends. There are a lot more and I can't possibly list all of it.

The greatest gift I've ever received in my life is friendship. Sometimes it is odd to me that how these people are not biologically related to me, not compelled to care for me, but willing to do it anyway. And it is nice to know that I'm always in their mind wherever they go. The bond is something magical that I can't explain. I am truly fortunate to have these girls in my life.

Share with me what is your most meaningful gifts by commenting on this post and stand a chance to win the SK-II Pitera Essence set (containing the iconic Facial Treatment Essence 75ml, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml, and a piece of Facial Treatment Essence Mask) worth RM229. Contest end Oct 15, 2015. The best story will win. Good luck!

Also, you are invited to SK-II #changedestiny World Festive Edition special event happening 5-11 October 2015 at Mid Valley Megamall Centre Court.

I have been taking a back seat from updating my posts on this blog because I have stumbled upon a new hobby which is pretty addictive - colouring. The adult colouring book is a new phenomenal event in the publishing industry since its sales surpassed the Holy Bible and Quran for being the top selling books from the shelf. Psychologists around the world have been recommending colouring therapy to patients that suffering from stress and anxiety for many years. Not until recently, illustrator Johanna Basford is to be blamed for introducing the therapy to the public at large.

There is only one answer to why adult colouring books are selling like hot cakes - every adult is suffering from stress and anxiety. We are all facing it at different levels, be it severe or mild. And we have been seeking for therapy in every possible way. The adult colouring books is probably the most accessible therapy for all. It is cheap, safe, easy to use, and effective.

With so many options available, it is pretty hard to choose the adult colouring book that suits you best. If you choose the wrong book, it can add up to your stress. So before you purchase yourself one, ask yourself what is the purpose of you engaging in this activity?

To relieve stress/help on insomnia/relax your mind
Choose adult colouring books that have mandala patterns.When you start filling in the repetitive patterns, you will find yourself get drawn to the rhythm that puts you into a meditative state. The Mindfulness Mandalas is a recommended pick.

To make yourself happy
Find the colouring book that has the theme of your interest. If you are into tattoos, the Megamunden Tattoo Colouring Book will fit your personality. There are fashion colouring book for fashionistas, cats theme, or even colouring books for hipsters. In my case, I bought a colouring book that is filled with foods. I find myself giggling with excitement everytime I open the book.

To spark creativity
Not everyone is brave enough to create a piece of canvas with splashes of paint on it. However, you can be creative with a simple guide from your colouring book. For example, the Daria Song's colouring book encourages you to fill up your own thoughts on the pages. Some other books allow you to tear out the pages and turn your artwork into a postcard. There are so many different styles out there and you just have to choose the one that allows you to create something.

To bond with your children
Colouring is not just an activity for reducing stress. It can also be a bonding time for you and your kids. While accompanying them painting their colouring book, you can choose a design which you can relate to. It is really fun thing to do at home. Choose designs that your kids would love such as fairy tales colouring book. The top one is my baby's, and the bottom one is my work.

To fill in the gap
Do you have a deprived childhood? Do you love to travel but don't have the means to fulfill your dreams at this moment? Choose a design that can fill in the gap in your life. For example, go on a virtual travelling around the world's cities with the Steve McDonald's Fantastic Cities.

After you have found the purpose of you venturing into the adult colouring book, determine what are the colouring medium you would like to use - coloured pencils, watercolour, ink or crayon. If you will be using coloured pencils or crayon, you can pick up any book. However, if you are a watercolour or ink person, you will need thicker pages, or pages that has a blank sheet at the back of it to prevent colour bleeding.

Next is to evaluate the level of your patience. If you are extremely impatient person and can't stand even an hour of concentration, do not go for designs that are delicate, intricate and fine. Your level of motivation will drop off half way. Go for designs that are bold, sparse and easy to colour.

These are merely a guide. There is no right or wrong way to choose the adult colouring book as different people have a different preference. Of course, the artist do play a role in determining what style suits you. We also have our very own local illustrator that features colouring book with Malaysian touch. Her name is Emila Yusof. Do check out her style, it is super cute with some patriotism injected in her work.

I find that the Chinese publisher have better options, especially those from Taiwan. Do venture to the Chinese section in the bookstore if you are looking for more designs. The food colouring book I bought was the best so far and it is published by a Taiwanese company. I stumbled on it at the Chinese section in Popular. It has a lot of extra information regarding food.

The adult colouring book are available at all bookstores, newstand and some selected lifestyle boutiques. Prices range from RM20 to RM60. 
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