Monday, 21 May 2018

Beauty haul April

Just a couple of recent purchases.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Archive

This is not mine. We bought this as a present for Jid as she has been wanting this lipstick in the shade Miss Kensington. This archive features 3 limited edition shades which includes the shade she wanted.



2. Fenty Beauty Mini set

I don't wear highlighter but I really wanted this! The highlighter shade is almost GOLD but still wearable. The lipgloss is nice too but I hardly ever wear glosses these days. Good thing these are in tiny sizes. I bought these during the Sephora sale and I also got the big girl BANG mascara from Benefit which is my current fave at the moment.



3. Polo Blue Perfume set

This was actually a present for the hubs! Got him a small speaker too.



Friday, 27 April 2018

Mum and Dad's 38th Anniversary

Mum mentioned to me earlier this week that it will be their 38th wedding anniversary and she wasn't sure if Daddy was even aware of it. She did say that she wants to celebrate.

So yesterday (26th April) on their anniversary, Daddy suddenly texted me to organise a surpise for Mummy. I was super impressed and thought it was very sweet of him. So texted the siblings to organise a small celebration that night at a nearby cafe. I order the flowers and balloons from Hanna Petals while my sister bought the presents.

Here is the lovely couple after 38 years of marriage and 5 kids and 4 grandkids later.











With the children

The whole Shamclan

One with the grandkids

Their presents

Kimi asked what's their tip after 38 years of marriage to which mummy replied "SABAR" hehehe
I pray that both of you are protected from any harm and be granted great health. Thank you so much for being wonderful parents. I love you both so much!


Here is a pic from their wedding. My handsome Daddy and pretty Mummy!




Thursday, 29 March 2018

Dior Woc Microcannage Unboxing

As I mentioned previously in my birthday post, I got myself a birthday present. It was also to mark one of the biggest work KPI that I achieved at the year end. So I took the plunge and finally got myself a Wallet on a Chain from Dior.

I have been wanting one since forever. You can even check out this post back in 2013 where I ended up buying a different bag as an alternative. I wanted to get a Dior this time coz it start with a D hahah plus I already have a Chanel handbag. So after going to the boutique in KLCC and choosing my colour, I placed an order with a personal shopper where I saved RM1,700! So here is my new baby!




A little review :

  • I love the colour. So easy to match and looks so elegant!
  • It's small! I can only put my iphone 8 plus and pretty much NOTHING ELSE! I just don't have the budget to get the bigger size. 
  • Also, I figured if I don't buy it now the price will increase again next year and I would not be able to afford it! 
  • I wished I got the normal white box though instead of the red Christmas edition one.
Here is the unboxing video too! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My micro needling experience at Prinz Giampapa Medisuite

2 weeks ago, I finally went for my first Microneedling session at Prinz Giampapa Medisuite. After seeing so many great results via their Instagram, I purchased a package for 2 Microneedling sessions last year. However, the doctor suggested that I started with their Silkpeel facials first. Furthermore it's so hard to find the suitable time especially when the Doctor said that the downtime can be from 3 to 7 days.

Anyways, I finally plucked up the courage to the Microneedling and at the time there was also a promotion on their Beauty Cleanser to get rid of oil seeds. So I decided to do them both.

They started with face cleansing and also did a quick Silkpeel (a vacuum to suck up dead skin cells and white/black heads). Then they applied the Numbing Cream and left it here for about 45 minutes.

Once the face is numb (hence less pain) they started with laser for the Beauty Cleanser. They basically lasered off my oil seeds (tiny bumps) especially the annoying one I have in the middle of my forehead. After that they commenced the Microneedling. Here is a little information on what it exactly is.

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling may also be combined with a topical treatment, like PRP (platelet rich plasma) or another vitamin-rich serum.

https://www.realself.com/microneedling



As this is a medical procedure, only a doctor can do it. Mine was done by Dr. Nadia and she explained what the procedure is and also the after effects. Basically she warned me that my face will be horrible and ugly in the next 7 days! Errrrkkk...As my acne scars were quite deep, she did an AGRESSIVE Microneedling, which meant that she used a deeper needle (hence longer down time). She also concentrated on my right side of the face where the scars were deepest. She just kept going at it and I felt that my face was thinning and it was starting to hurt. There was quite a lot of blood too which they showed me after wards. But luckily the procedure itself was tolerable. It was painful but I could handle it. However it did kind of feel like they were using sand paper on my face.

Leaving the place, I had to start wearing the face mask. Basically during recovery time, I had to stay out of the sun and also the face mask helps to cover the "ugly" face from the world. Once I got home and I had to take air sembahyang (ablution) that's when it starts to hurt! Basically you are putting water on your wound and your wound is the whole face! My face was red and it was swollen too. I tired to stay home as much as I could but when I was out, I had my face mask on. During the weekend (i.e. Day 2 and Day 3) is where it hurt most. Especially when it came in contact with water and also when applying the Aloe Vera gel. Monday came in I had our monthly meeting with the whole department. To avoid scaring everyone and questions, I wore my mask. Still got loads of questions but i told people that I had a nose job! hehe


So after the redness subsided, the face started scabbing. Like any wound, it starts to scab but in this case a very thin layer for scabbing. So it started to get dark and black. Unfortunately, I had breakouts on Day 4 when a cluster of 10 pimples started forming near my jawline. It was so itchy and painful but the Dr. just reminded me not to touch or pick it.  Day after day, the scabs and skin layers kept peeling off as well. So I had dead skin falling off my face through the day that week. Basically after micro needling, the old skin peels off to reveal the new skin underneath. After 7 days, it all came off and out came my new skin. Here is my face from Day 1 to Day 7.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

THE RESULT! My first impression was WOW! I could see the huge difference especially on the right side where the Dr concentrated at. Where I had deeps scars, it was pretty much no longer there. My pores are still visible and but most of my oil seeds are gone. The annoying one between my forehead is still there and  it hasn't gone completely. Here is the comparison.



However a few weeks after the treatment, the pinkish new baby skin didn't stay like that. My pores are still visible. I guess I need another few rounds before it becomes flawless.

Would I recommend you to do it? Unless you have deep acne scars, yes. But if not, don't put yourself through the torture! Would I do it again? Hmm I'll give it a few months to prepare myself. If you are interested; here are the details for the clinic;

Prinz Giampapa Medisuite

Do check out their instagram from lots of testimonials and amazing results!







Wednesday, 7 February 2018

My 36th birthday

Another year, another candle, another wish.
I turned 36 this year and what a day it was!

It started with a wish from Mummy. Every year she digs up an old photo and uses it to make a wish.
The baby photo was taken when I was about a week old. We tried to recreate the photo again, jadi tak?! hehe


My first basket of flowers arrived in the morning and it was from Diana. Also in there was a set of Jo Malone Candles. Thanks Dee!

During lunch, Natte, Nadia and I went to the hospital to visit a friend (that's a whole sad story in its own) so afterwards, Natte bought me a slice of cake!

 

Little that know that I would be receiving another 3 bunch of flowers after lunch. I know how some people think that giving flowers are such a waste as they wilt and die. But that feeling when they arrived, you feel so special and loved and THAT lasts forever! I received flowers from my CBA girls, Hanna Petals (my aunties) and Nadia.


That night, Kimi arranged for a small celebration with my family. Look at those cute kids posing in front of my cake.


Of course, a gift from the hubs. He bought me an anklet which I later converted into a bracelet. He also gave me a stalk of rose which is sweet!


A few days later, I received my present from my CBA girls which was an Apple mouse! I have been working a fair bit at home using my Mac and not having a mouse really hurts, especially when I am using excel. So eventhough I did not put this on my wish list (coz it's so expensive!), Natte was confident that I wanted it! However, I am currently having trouble connecting it to my Macbook! Grrrr...


I also received a dUCk scarf from Nadia (my officemate). She got me a square meringue scarf.



The week after, I had my birthday lunch with my Bimbotches (Bangi gang Ann and Paris) and I got a box of Colorpop lipsticks and Soap and Glory set.



An office friend also treated me to lunch at Acme Bar behind the office. Yummy lunch and cake!



I also got a present for myself! Hehehe..here is a sneak peek!

Will do a full reveal soon! Stay tuned!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

2018 Birthday wish list


Not looking forward to turning 36 tomorrow! So to cheer myself up a bit let's see what I wish for my birthday!

Handbag

Ultimate wishlist is this Dior handbag! But even the small one is around RM13k, I can't justify such purchase! I would love a WOC version in the same colour! But apparently that's not even out yet!

Muji Diffuser

I have been using essential oils and would love to start diffusing them too. But not sure if Kimi would like the smell though.


Diptyque Baies Candle

All time, no 1 fave candle scent ever!



Concealer

I am running out of my current Nars concealer (in Custard).





White dUCk Satin Silk

Any white satin silk is perfect to be matched with outfits for weddings.



Thin sejadah

Loving this one from Naelofar. Thin sejadahs are perfect to bring for travelling.




Nice tops!

Can never have enough tops for work and weekends.

Calligraphy lessons

I always perasan that I have a nice handwriting and would love to learn calligraphy!

Make up classes

As you all know, I love make up and I always complain that I always do the same look. So I would love to learn other looks and also pick up neat make up tips and tricks.



So there you go. This year's list but really would love a little prayer from everyone for great health, lots of rezeki and happiness. Thank you!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Japan Day 5 - Kyoto



The last and final day, we went to Kyoto. There are actually many attractions in Kyoto but bearing in mind that we were travelling with kids and this was our last day, I really had to choose wisely on where to go in Kyoto. My word of advice is ONE DAY is NOT ENOUGH for Kyoto! So do try to spend at least 3 days here.

After discussing with an officemate who has been to Japan a few times, he suggested that we went to Southern Higashiyama area where the famous Fushimi Inara is. So from the train station we walked to Fushimi Inara.



We only walked around to the entrance of Fushimi Inara. We didn't do the full round tour as that would be long and tiring for the kids but I was happy enough to snap a few pictures of the famous red Shrine Gates.





Out of the many shrines in Kyoto, I chose Kiyomizu-dera as that was in the area. I read that the attractions in Kyoto are not that accessible via public transportation and it was suggested that we took a cab. So we took a cab from Fushimi Inara to Kiyomizu-dera which costed about JPY1000. Luckily we took the cab as we didn't have to hike up the hill from all the way down. The cab dropped us off around half way so we made the climb up to the shrine. The walk up was packed with people but it was nice to see the old Japanese streets. The area is very commercialised as it was lined up with souvenir shops but the it was still nice to see. Where Osaka is a modern city, Kyoto is your "kampung" (village).




Once we got up to the entrance, it was scorching hot and Kimi was pretty tired. So he sat down at the steps while I walked around the entrance compound taking pictures. The boys followed me and I just let them run around the area which they loved while throwing and playing with the small rocks.

Unfortunately they had renovation works when we were there. So instead of seeing this,



We saw this instead. 



We also opted not to enter the grounds as that would involve more walking and by this point (on our last day) our legs couldn't take it anymore! But I took loads of pictures here and it was enough for me.

Before leaving Kiyomizu-dera we found a restaurant where we had our late lunch eating soba and teriyaki eel with rice. Would you believe that this was our first time actually eating out in Japan. Other days, we either had McDonalds or food cooked from home and every night we cooked dinner ourselves. The boys were sick of our nasi goreng by then so they loved eating something different. 

After our late lunch, we headed to Gion. We only had about an hour of daylight left so we walked around the streets of Gion. I was hoping to see some Geisha but no luck. We did managed to find a street where there was a river running through it. It was so beautiful and apparently it was a pretty famous spot. A few friends commented that they had the exact same picture that I posted. 








It got dark around 5pm and we headed back to Namba. Unfortunately it was rush hour so we had to stand in the train. Luckily the boys were seated in their strollers. Luckily it was a direct train to Namba so we didn't have to change lines or trains anywhere.

Oh there was one thing I found very useful during my travels in Japan which was my iWatch! Using Google Maps from my phone to my destination, I then only need to look at my watch as it would show which stops I need to get off, which platform or direction to go. This saves me from having to hold on to my phone as it was all on my wrist! Super useful!

Google maps on iWatch

So there you go! Phew! I finally finished my Japan series. Hope you found it useful!





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