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curious about indoor skydiving?

AirRider is an Australian leisure branded indoor skydiving centre in 1 Utama E which simulates the sensation of freefalling from a plane but without wearing a parachute and having to do it for real. I guess you're all wondering how this is made possible...Well you enter a vertical wind tunnel, (exact same ones used by military and professional skydivers during training) which is a large glass tunnel that extends upwards with powerful electric fans at the top. When these are operating, air is drawn up through the tunnel measuring 12 ft diameter 10 m high, creating a cushion of air that you can fly on. The amount of airflow is precisely controlled to ensure that it matches the experience level of the air rider. The base of the chamber is a trampoline floor of aircraft-quality stainless steel with wind speeds up to 250 km/h.

welcome to AirRider 1 Utama

the wind tunnel with wind speeds up to 250km/h

What is the sport of Indoor Skydiving? 
Indoor Skydiving was originally developed to allow experienced skydivers to train, whatever the weather. These days however, it has soared in popularity around the world and become an adventure sport in its own right.

Is it Safe?
Yes safety is top priority they have certified and highly-trained instructors who are with you at all times during your flight to give you guidance and reassurance. I felt safe throughout my flights although I was a little nervous as well as excited when it was my turn to enter the vertical wind tunnel.


How old do you have to be and who can fly? 
For ages 3-93! So just about everyone can fly no upper age limit as long as you're in good health and physical condition. If you've had a previous shoulder dislocation, back, neck or heart problems it's advisable to contact staff before booking to discuss your suitability. Weight limit is 105kg. Children under 18 years of age need to have a parent or guardian's signature on their waiver.

How long is a Flight?
Each flight within the wind tunnel lasts for 50 secs, which is actually more free fall time than a skydive from 14,000 ft! The standard flight package includes 2 flights and you can also choose to add additional flights to your packages. The whole experience normally takes approximately 1.5 hrs, depending on your group size and how many flights you are taking.

How much?
1st time flyer - from Rm89 for 2 flights (Rm45 per flight) The more flights you buy the cheaper price per flight so there's a discount for buying flights in bulk. 

You can also choose group/party packages which start from Rm399 for 10 flights (shared by up to 5 people) 

Return Flyer package starts from Rm79 for 2 flights a little cheaper so kind of like a loyalty reward
click to view how it feels!


change here for AirRider suit & helmet

My AirRider Experience

Look Baby! I'm flying! I'm flying!

During the opening event I had the privilege of being 1 of the 1st members of the public to try AirRider's Indoor Skydiving. First of all, we were introduced to our instructor who took us into a room to watch a training video in order to prepare us for the basics of beginner skydiving.  After about 10-15 mins we got suited up and after signing our waivers, we were lead into the waiting area to be seated ready to enter the vertical wind tunnel. Soon it was my turn and as soon as you enter you can feel an immense amount of air pressure I imagine like being in a gale force wind! There are railings to hold onto so when you're ready the instructor helps you in holds you and positions you correctly before he lets go of you and away you go floating in the air flying like a bird! Such a surreal exciting and exhilarating experience I never wanted it to end! You can't compare the experience to anything else unless I guess you have already skydived from a plane before. Definitely worth it although the only downside is that the flight experience is a little short it's over just as you're getting into it. If only it could last a little bit longer but I guess you can go as many times as you like if you can afford it.

AirRider is situated on level 2 Promenade of 1 Utama with a free viewing gallery and seating arena.



AirRider Malaysia
2nd floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Lot SS601, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.

Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

web: https://airrider.my
fb: fb.com/AirRiderKL
tel: +603 77285588

written by Baby G, photographed by Tammy



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1 Utama launches 1 Utama E

I knew something was coming up when I see my favorite mall 1 Utama doing massive construction over the old promenade. Something big was coming and I thought it was more retail outlets. Boy was I wrong because this new extension called 1 Utama E brought in two world-class sports to be introduced to the non-stop expansion of the great 1 Utama Shopping Centre! The AirRider and the FlowRider!

Baby G has personally tried the AirRider and FlowRider and will be releasing his introduction to the two activities soon separately. He'll be sharing his personal experience as well thanks to 1 Utama for inviting us to the opening launch where he got to try both of them! He loves all these indoor and outdoor activities u know :) 


AirRider & FlowRider opens in 1 Utama E (E Wing)

1 Utama E official Sports Tourism Destination by Tourism Malaysia


old 1 Utama map (look at blue section)

New 1 Utama map (blue section is now 1 Utama E)

The new expansion is called 1 Utama E adds 600,000sqft to the massive 6 million sqft of gross built-up area 1 Utama resides in. The total development costs a whopping RM150million onwards! 1 Utama's Director Tan Sri Dato' Teo Chiang Kok gave his speech on opening day, sharing his hopes and dreams of making 1 Utama the one-stop centre for everything and everyone, including world-class athletes coming to partake in events, regional and international championships right in 1 Utama E. Athletes, spectators and enthusiasts in watersports and skydiving from all over the world will also be coming! No wonder he has the support of the tourism ministry. This domino effect would put us right on the map for tourism and sports development in Malaysia and not forget the job opportunities it'll create.

Now if you're wondering what does 1 Utama E stands for, it's E for Excite, Entertain, and Exhilarate! A multisport and entertainment centre in Malaysia that's set to attract both local and foreign visitors not only as a world-class sports tourism destination but also as an entertainment lifestyle esplanade.

Recap:
1995 - 1 Utama opened its doors in August
2003 - the birth of New Wing
2011 - Old wing becomes the "new old wing" (renovated)
2012  - recognized as the 4th largest mall in the world by Forbes & CNN Travel in
2018 -  Jan @ 1 Utama E (phase 1) Air Rider & Flow Rider

Coming up:
Mid-2019 - 1 Utama E (phase 2)

1 Utama E has two phases!
Phase 1 officially launched on 24 January 2018,  consisting of outdoor surf centre FlowRider on the lower ground floor and indoor skydiving facility AirRider on the 2nd floor.

Phase 2 set to open next year with the following:

LG Floor:
- Alfresco F&B Street
*Trendy restaurants, cafes, chic bars, and bistros.

LG & G Floor:
- Specialty Lifestyle & Curated Retail
- Collective Living Space

1st & 2nd Floor
- Family Entertainment Centre
*A third sports tourism facility will be revealed in the future.

According to 1 Utama, when everything is ready, 1 Utama E will add both a designer landscape and avant-garde retail space to 1 Utama, where shoppers can chill and indulge in a varied mix of sports, global cuisine, fashion brands, art and culture, entertainment and nightlife. 


FlowRider LG Floor
Simulated wave generator featuring sheet wave technology (designed in Southern California, United States) for the sport of flowboarding, bodyboarding and surfing - 1st in a shopping mall in Malaysia.


AirRider 2nd Floor
Indoor skydiving wind tunnel for simulated skydiving (specialist equipment and technology imported from the Czech Republic and Australia) - 1st skydiving wind tunnel in a shopping mall in Asia Pacific!

CURRENT MRT PATH
SOON: Gate B connects directly to 1 Utama E

1 Utama has truly become one of the best malls in Malaysia throughout the years. With its ever-expanding plans to become a one-stop centre to shop, play and dine, it's not just a mall anymore. To get to 1 Utama via public transportation would be via MRT to Bandar Utama stop. From there, you can walk over to the mall and hopefully soon, the direct access to 1 Utama E via Gate B will be opened soon. For those driving, an additional 3 levels of basement carpark will be added in 1 Utama E. That's approx 500 bays but I doubt that would make the carpark situation better. Maybe 1 Utama needs to think about a sky car park soon.

For more information visit www.1utama.com.my or 1 Utama Facebook for updates and promotions.

Here's a list of exciting activities you can enjoy at 1 Utama. Click on the respective names to find out more information on how to book, prices, packages and operating hours.

AirRider Skydiving facility with viewing deck NEW!
FlowRider – Outdoor surf centre with water play area NEW! 
Camp5 - Asia's largest indoor rock climbing gym
Sealantis - a PADI 5 star diving centre
Padang - rooftop futsal
It's A Hit Batting Cages - S.E.A 1st and only automated baseball and softball centre.
U-Bowl - Bowling centre
Celebrity Fitness – Lifestyle gym
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1 Utama launches 1 Utama E

I knew something was coming up when I see my favorite mall 1 Utama doing massive construction over the old promenade. Something big was coming and I thought it was more retail outlets. Boy was I wrong because this new extension called 1 Utama E brought in two world-class sports to be introduced to the non-stop expansion of the great 1 Utama Shopping Centre! The AirRider and the FlowRider!

Baby G has personally tried the AirRider and FlowRider and will be releasing his introduction to the two activities soon here. He'll be sharing his personal experience as well thanks to 1 Utama for inviting us to the opening launch where he got to try both of them! Yes Baby G loves to try new things and outdoor or indoor sports activities.


AirRider & FlowRider opens in 1 Utama E (E Wing)

1 Utama E official Sports Tourism Destination by Tourism Malaysia


old 1 Utama map (look at blue section)

New 1 Utama map (blue section is now 1 Utama E)

The new expansion is called 1 Utama E adds 600,000sqft to the massive 6 million sqft of gross built-up area 1 Utama resides in. Wondering what 1 Utama E stands for? E for Excite, Entertain, and Exhilarate! It's a multisport and entertainment centre in Malaysia that's set to attract both local and foreign visitors not only as a world-class sports tourism destination but also as an entertainment lifestyle esplanade.

Recap:
1 Utama opened its doors in August 1995
expansion - New Wing in 2003
renovated old wing to become the "new old wing" in 2011.
recognized as the 4th largest mall in the world by Forbes & CNN Travel in 2012
1 Utama E (phase 1) Air Rider & Flow Rider - January 2018

Coming up:
1 Utama E (phase 2) mid-2019

1 Utama E has two phases
Phase 1 officially launched on 24 January 2018,  consisting of outdoor surf centre FlowRider on the lower ground floor and indoor skydiving facility AirRider on the 2nd floor.

Phase 2 set to open next year with the following:

LG Floor:
- Alfresco F&B Street
*Trendy restaurants, cafes, chic bars, and bistros.
LG & G Floor:
- Specialty Lifestyle & Curated Retail
- Collective Living Space

1st & 2nd Floor
- Family Entertainment Centre
*A third sports tourism facility will be revealed in the future.
According to 1 Utama, when everything is ready, 1 Utama E will add both a designer landscape and avant-garde retail space to 1 Utama, where shoppers can chill and indulge in a varied mix of sports, global cuisine, fashion brands, art and culture, entertainment and nightlife.

CURRENT MRT PATH
SOON: Gate B connects directly to 1 Utama E

1 Utama has truly become one of the best malls in Malaysia throughout the years. With its ever-expanding plans to become a one-stop centre to shop, play and dine, it's not just a mall anymore. For more information visit www.1utama.com.my or 1 Utama Facebook for updates and promotions.

Here's a list of exciting activities you can enjoy at 1 Utama:

AirRiderNEW! Skydiving facility with viewing deck 
FlowRider – NEW!  Outdoor surf centre with water play area 
Camp5 - Asia's largest indoor rock climbing gym
Sealantis - a PADI 5 star diving centre
Padang - rooftop futsal
It's A Hit Batting Cages - S.E.A 1st and only automated baseball and softball centre.
U-Bowl - Bowling centre
Celebrity Fitness – Lifestyle gym


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Althea's Wanderlust Beauty Box

 This has got to be my all-time favorite Althea Box! The Wanderlust Beauty Box calls out to the traveler in me seeking for adventures beyond the city. Just grab and go, everything is made to compliment one another from being smudge-proof to waterproof, it's one box you can't leave behind when you start wandering. Sold at an attractive price of RM114 (approx USD30) on www.althea.kr, I just couldn't resist buying this one. Luckily I did because it was sold out in a flash!

The box came with just 5 items but the most sought-after item would be the Peripera Fashion People's Carrier either in New York (Yellow) or Seoul (Pink). It does not matter which one you pick as the color only affects the luggage and sticker type. Normally sold at RM120 at Sasa Malaysia outlets, you can find this in the beauty box for a fraction of the price. Inside the Peripera Fashion People's Carrier, contains 5 travel sized makeup products (it's pre-determined colors found in both NY or Seoul carriers). Please scroll to the bottom to see what are they!

The other 4 items would be a gel eyeliner, a mascara fixer, a dual eyeshadow pen, and a liquid blusher. They're all waterproof, smudge-proof and requires heavy duty cleansing oil to remove (well in my opinion because soap, normal makeup cleanser, water couldn't even remove them).

Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer
Perpera Fashion People Carrier (New York)

COC Momo Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Heynature Dual Eye Shadow
Aqutop Water Color Blusher

I'm going to share the swatches I did with the 4 products here. In my testing, I was pleasantly surprised that they're all smudge and waterproof, including the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer. This is not to be confused with a mascara as it's actually a lengthening applicator filled with tiny black fiber hairs with a transparent liquid. I read that you're supposed to use it after applying your usual mascara so it helps to lengthen your lashes. I guess that is why it's named Dr.Mascara Fixer. It's waterproof, rub-proof and hard to remove just by normal cleanser or soap. 

all the makeup products match well
to create a natural, pink, youthful look

tiny black hairs helps to lengthen your natural lashes


dual eyeshadow with a smudger

While everything else is already pre-determined in the box, the Heynature Dual Eyeshadow shade option would be randomly given. You'll either receive the Champagne Coral or Daily Cinnamon. The Daily Cinnamon is a brown to cream eyeshadow for a more earthy, natural look. The cool thing about this is that you get to create the Korean gradient e/s look with just a swipe of color on your eyes. The colors are vivid and pretty! Even if you're not going for the gradient look, you can use the lighter (white) part to create the popular Korean charming baby eye fat look (youthful eye look) "Aegyo-Sal" by carefully using the end to draw a line underneath your eyes starting from the corner of your eye to the end. You can google to find out how to do that.

It comes with a smudger on the other end of the pen so you can blend away to create two or more makeup look after you tire of this one. I was lucky to receive the Champagne Coral as it gave a very pretty, girly color after I blend them. Matches well with the Aqutop Water Color blusher below!

a natural girly flush or va-va-vom spot me on the beach!

Oops, I put too much as a tiny dot is enough to give a flush. Just like any tint blushers out there, you use this sparingly and quickly to avoid it drying before you finish! In the picture, I use quite a good amount to show the color "Soft Pink". It was way too much liquid, the instruction says to use three small dots on your cheek and pat the skin to evenly spread it. It dries to a natural, bright, flush! Loving this one.

I read on Althea that this is a three-in-one product! You can use it for the lips, eyes, and cheeks. It's also blendable, say if you combine it with a moisturizer to create a pink undertone tinted moisturizer. Of course, experiment with the amount of product you need to use, else your face would turn into a peach fruit.

the Peripera Fashion People Carrier
comes with a sticker to DIY your luggage!

5 makeup products inside the luggage

maybe it's all you need to travel like a babe

the swatches - 3 lippies + 1 concealer (highlighter) + 1 multi-shadow (shader/eyeshadow)

watch this IG video to see how she uses it!

I am saving my kit for when I travel, it's just too cute to use! The luggage can actually be rolled as it comes with mini wheels. You can pull the handle and bring it around (if you have Barbie Dolls, this would be a 24" luggage size for them). You can't choose shades as it comes that way but the good thing is that each item is a multi-use beauty item. For instance, the concealer can double as a highlighter while the multi-shade can be used as an eyeshadow or shader.

The only thing I didn't like is that the amount of product inside all 5 products are too little. They're not even full, to begin with. That's a bit sad, I don't think you can use this for long. On the bright side, there are 5 products and I can make each one of them work.

P.S: The luggage can be emptied and used as a keepsake or home decor.


Overall, I love this box and I wish I could've bought more! Keep up the good work Althea, I want to see more fabulous boxes like this for your fans. I really wish you could come up with more travel curated boxes because we Asians love to travel! Especially to beautiful beaches.

I heard Althea is going to stop curating Althea Boxes as something big is about to be unveiled on their site. If you see any beauty box still available, I suggest you grab 'em fast and check-out like lightning.



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if getting over is that easy, world war II would've been forgotten

I still wake up, terrified of what happened to me in the past. Of the unfairness, of the betrayal, stripped off my innocence in believing in a person whom I thought was forever. I wonder if many of you experience the same too, sweat, fear, and this chunk of blackness in your stomach. Yes, this is the story of how sometimes, I wake up thanking God that I have survived such a trauma.

Even writing about it, makes me fear "his friends" whom I know, did not understand what I went through. Males, what would they know until they throw away their sheltered ego? The words "Get Over It" uttered so simply, so easy, like the world could move on from World War II. If it was only that easy.

I still remember it was just right after I was asked to move out from a home that I've built with him. Nowhere to go. So much on my shoulders. The love, the support, and a dream all shattered in just one sms "GET THE F****** OUT OF MY HOUSE". No one knows, the pain I carry.

And yet, "Still Not Over It?!" came from one of his friends, merely weeks after I left.

Till today, this word still haunts me. It stopped me from talking about what happened. Why should it? What power does it hold? Has the person been through what I have to even quote it?

It is not that I can forget 13 years in a flash. They say the formula for moving on is to divide the number of years in a relationship in half. I think it really depends. For instance, when I didn't know the real reason for the sudden change of heart, I just couldn't believe, even logically what has happened. But the minute I found the scandalous chats between him and his newfound China love interest, I got "over it".

I recognize the same ways he used to court me, to this girl and to the next. The same personality test, the same "You make me feel relax", the same modus operandi and then, some more. The same perversion he put me through.

Trust turns to dust.
Love turned to disgust.

You know, when a woman has given up on you, it really means it's over. They couldn't care less if you died. Sure, they could forgive you for the first few rounds, but when they start seeing you for who you are, there would not be a turning point back.

Which comes to my ending, I got over it but the trauma is something I can't control. It sometimes haunts you in your dreams, and you relive that moment again. The moment of betrayal.

Betrayal is a powerful antidote to a women's long slumber.


How Did You Get Over It?
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A CELEBRATION OF SPEED
Scuderia Toro Rosso & Acronis Event @ JW Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya 

A few days before the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, I was invited along to an evening with Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso team as part of the Acronis Racing week event. Acronis is a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, meeting the needs of the modern IT infrastructure and also offering complete protection for all data through backup, storage, file sync and share solutions.

Team Scuderia Toro Rosso L-R Franz Tost (Team Manager)
Carlos Sainz (Driver) Pierre Gasly (Driver) 

Scuderia Toro Rosso Trackside Engineer 

Scuderia Toro Rosso is an Italian Formula 1 team, processing and generating large amounts of data every day fully relying on the uninterruptible performance of the IT and manufacturing infrastructure. Data security and availability is critical to the company's performance and competitive advantage on and off the track. As Motorsport data is highly sensitive and must be secured, Scuderia Toro Rosso team's performance and success depends on data safety and integrity. As part of its partnership with Acronis, the team deployed Acronis Access Advanced as the solution for secure file access and sharing.

At the JW Marriott hotel in Putrajaya, KL the latest Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 which is an enterprise file sync and share solution helping companies ensure security and flexibility when sharing data with remote devices, was presented to the media.

"With Acronis Access Advanced, we're in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way," says Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT.

Drivers drawing Sepang Circuit from memory 



The evening entertainment came in the form of an appearance and interview by Scuderia Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost and the team's 2 drivers Carlos Sainz and their new driver Pierre Gasly making his F1 debut at Sepang circuit. A speed painting session was organised by Acronis, where the 2 drivers were tested on their memory of the Sepang circuit by painting it in the time it takes to do a lap of the circuit - 1 min 34 secs! Both drivers did a pretty good job though just quite not as good as Haze Long a speed painter who comprised her own surprise masterpiece featuring portraits of both drivers in about 5 mins. She later presented the painting to Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Manager, Franz Tost.

Local Malaysian Speed Painter Haze Long at work 

The surprise painting is revealed 

Both drivers look pretty pleased with how they look 

Haze Long presents her portrait of both drivers and Toro Rosso F1 racing car 

Selfie with both drivers 

There's no denying that we like speed, and that's why the collaboration between Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis is an exciting one. It's the marriage of two-speed devils - the first is one of the fastest F1 racing teams in the world; the second, the fastest backup software on the planet.

Prize Draw giving away Scuderia Toro Rosso Acronis F1 racing team memorabilia 

I won a Toro Rosso Acronis Lanyard 

written by Gareth Tucker, partner-in-crime for plusizekitten.com

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Aperio Valentine's Giveaway

Can't believe I'm doing another giveaway and this time it's for 11th Street who graciously gave me an early Valentine's Day gift to giveaway! Looks like they're promoting their new merchant, a brand called Aperio Natural which I have never heard before until now. The branding and packaging made me feel that this was somewhat an Asian brand, from Taiwan or Japan maybe but upon further reading, it's actually an organic beauty line from a small town called Saratoga in Sunny California founded in 2008. The founder inspired by the Californian lifestyle set off to develop his own line of products using all-natural ingredients. You'll be happy to know that there's no artificial preservatives, colors, mineral oils, alcohol or SLS used in their products. Cruelty-free too!

P.S: Californians love the natural environment, outdoor lifestyle, and more interestingly using natural ingredients and growing their own vegetation in their backyards to use as skin care!


one for you, one for me!

4 products (including 5pcs of mask!)

Now I like discovering new brands in the market so I said yes to doing this giveaway. You can do more research on them and their ingredient list to ascertain how true they are to their brand but for now, I'm going to share what I received and what one lucky winner will be winning :)

1. Cherry Blossom Radiance Shampoo (500ml)
2. Cherry Blossom Hair Defense Leave-In Conditioner (200ml)
3. Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (60ml)
4. Brightening V-SHAPER Mask (30ml x 5pcs)

Aperio Natural Valentine's Day Giveaway


Cherry Blossom Radiance Shampoo 500ml @ RM100
This shampoo has a light Cherry Blossom scent (does not last). For my long hair I used 3 - 5 pumps and it quickly foams up. This left my scalp and hair clean and volumized but in the process, it left my hair tangle, dry and stripped clean. Not the fault of the shampoo because my hair has been bleached. I felt this shampoo would be better for those without damaged hair.

Ingredients:
Aesculus Hippocastanum Extract, Yeast Extract, Algae Extract, Botanical Extracts, Vitamin B5.

Cherry Blossom Hair Defense Leave-In Conditioner 200ml @ RM88
Apparently their best selling product. I see this being promoted on their Facebook page and it was what made me want to do this giveaway. Seriously, who doesn't want hair that's silky, smooth, airy and falls back into place after a blowout? After receiving the gift, I quickly shampoo, towel-dry my hair and pump the product to smoothen my hair. I blow-dry my hair and massage it again one last time using the product. I used quite a lot of product to get the desired effect (my hair is thick and long, dry and damage so it needs more "food" haha).

this video had me at #fliphair

My hair was all over the place (tangle, dry) after the shampoo but this product pump the life back in! It detangled, made my hair soft, silky, smooth and airy. NO KIDDING. Plus it didn't weight my hair down. I am impressed with this product *thumbs up*. BUT depending on how badly damaged or colored your hair is, I feel the effect would not be 100% achieved. For me, it's 80%.

Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Olive Oil, Vitamin B5

What does hydrolyzed mean? It means that a chemical compound is split into smaller units. So if you see the word  “hydrolyzed” in front of any of the protein names, it just means that protein has been broken down into smaller units.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein: Water soluble protein derived from wheat, it penetrates the cortex of each strand. It strengthens and moisturizes hair, increases it’s ability to receive and maintain moisture.

Hydrolyzed Silk Protein: Derived from one of the strongest natural fibers in the world. Forms a cystalline protective barrier on strands. Improves hair’s elasticity, resiliency, increases shine (silk is known for it’s ability to hold 10,000 times it’s weight in water.).

source: all about hair proteins

The Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is a natural moisturizer which hydrates and helps softens your hands. Lightly scented cherry blossoms, with rich shea butter to moisturize dry skin. Absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

Ingredients:
Shea Butter, Bees Wax, Avocado Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, Neroli, Sun Flower Oil, Algae, Honey Extract.

Brightening V-SHAPER Mask @ RM140 for 10pcs
The Brightening V-shaper Mask gently tightens your skin texture leaving your face feeling hydrated and moisturized. This mask is specially formulated to refine the skin by decreasing visible effects of aging like wrinkles and facial lines. This extremely moisturizing sheet mask will give your skin an extra hydrating boost.

Ingredients:
Sodium Hyaluronate, Morus Alba Root Extract, Argireline®, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract

yes, of course, I used them lol

THE GIVEAWAY! Now the fun part. Leave a comment on this post with your name, e-mail and answer this question where are Aperio Naturals from? This will be a lucky draw alright. One lucky reader will win this Aperio Radiance Hair Gift Set worth RM350 to flip hair this Valentine's Day!

Terms & Conditions:
  1. Open to readers residing in Malaysia only.
  2. Giveaway starts today and ends 11th Feb 2018.
  3. One lucky draw winner will be contacted via e-mail.


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A miracle arrives just in time

Thanks to THE FACE SHOP Malaysia, I had the chance to test out their latest product THE FACE SHOP Anti-Darkening Cushion. Now, this is a new baby to their iconic collection of bb cushions called the Miracle Finish. What set's it apart is that this bb cushion will keep your face, fresh all day long without turning dull or dark!.

A God-sent to many who cringe at having their face make-up oxidizing into a grey or lack-luster shade, or at worst, cakey and uneven dark patches on a romantic date (eep!) but The Face Shop says whether this happens right away, later or after a day, shine or sweat, your skin will say it never looked this good!

So will this be a keeper? Only time can tell *puts on bb cushion & goes out*. 

Anti-Darkening Cushion Foundation is the
newest extension to the Miracle Finish line

love the gold and salmon pink packaging

designed to combat dullness, brighten up your complexion
+ give you velvety-smooth skin all year round

along with the new cushions, came a surprise too!
the Flat Velvet/Glossy Lipsticks

Perfect pairing for face & lips this New Year

long-wearing, perfect complexion – even without the need for touch-ups!

Featuring a brand-new formula, Anti-Darkening Cushion Foundation stays fresh all day without darkening, even after sweating and spending the entire day outside. The lightweight texture gives your medium-high coverage, concealing imperfections without leaving behind any white cast or unnatural effect. The 4 main ingredients in the formula are what gives this cushion, it's unique qualities.

Persimmon tannin
  • Pore tightening through powerful astringent effects (skin tightening)
  • Continuous sebum control
  • Skin protection for rough skin texture
  • Enhances long-lasting effect for makeup
Citrus unshiu peel extract
  • Citrus unshiu peel is the green unripe peel from the citrus tree
  • This is higher in efficacy than completely ripe peels
  • Has various effects including blood circulation, inflammation relief, anti-allergy, bile secretion
  • Nobiletin ingredient within citrus unshiu peels block the stimulation pathway of sebum glands
Chamomile extract
  • Chamomile is a herb originated from Europe and is well known as household medicine
  • A herb that is famous for its calming and soothing effects
  • Excellent effects on allergic skin and prevents the expansion of capillaries from stimulation helping to calm and soothe the skin (apigenin ingredient)
  • Anti-inflammatory effect that is widely used for curing burns, ulcers, acne, dermatitis and etc
  • Helps to soothe sunburned skin as well as exhausted skin (α-Bisabolol ingredient)
Lemon balm (Melissa)
  • The scientific name Melissa means ‘bee’ in Latin. Because the fragrance of lemon balm is sweet and strong, so it attracts the bees easily.
  • Lemon balm tea increases the activity of the brain, improves the memory and helps to make you feel refresh
  • A lemon-like fragrance helps to calm down the emotions and lower the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Lemon balm is rich in citronellal and geraniol that effectively works to relief stress

Selfie Perfect Skin With Just One Tap

the swatches on all three shades I received

Currently available in 3 versatile shades of warm / cool-toned complexions #N201 (Apricot Beige/Fair), #N203 (Natural Beige), #V203 (Natural Beige with pink tone-up). I tried all three and find that #N201 is slight fair for me, while #N203 is just right. Somehow #V203 seem slightly on the darker side for me. The lightweight texture still gave coverage, concealing the usual flashes of red and uneven skin tone I have. I don't have scars or blemishes, so I'm unable to verify if the coverage is high enough to cover that. It didn't leave behind any white cast or unnatural effect (even with UVA UVB protection).

While the texture is lightweight, I felt there was a dewy layer on my skin. I could feel the product due to that, but the on the positive side this is what makes the product effective in combating dullness. It stays fresh until I remove my makeup! 

Another note is that for a sebum control bb cushions (which isn't my favorite) it didn't give that powder finish I cringe. You see I have dry skin, and I avoid powders if I can. They give a cakey, white cast on my skin. I always felt sebum control bb cushions are too powdery or drying for my liking since I have dry skin. This works just fine, I applied it and went out for 1/2 a day and my face is still looking as it was freshly applied.

The only thing I didn't like is that the product stains easily if you're not careful. I notice this when I touch my face or when I blot my face with a tissue.

How To Apply BB Cushion

I still prefer liquid foundations due to my dry skin, but I do love bb cushions with dewy, hydrating finishing that's natural to the skin. I used to just apply bb cushion like how I do with my liquid foundations and well, I found out that's not the right way. The right way is to gently pat it on your face for a natural finishing. 

How To Use BB Cushion

1. Gently push your puff or sponge into the cushion
2. Tap it onto your skin, building coverage. Do not swipe!
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for extra coverage around eyes, nose, and mouth.

click here to read about THE FACE SHOP'S latest lipsticks

Not too bad, but I'm a natural beauty (ahem) thanks to all the skincare and masking I do at home so I didn't feel I would need an anti-darkening bb cushion. BUT I know friends who do, so I do recommend you give this a try because it did work for me when I put it to the test (outside 1/2 a day and only remove at night). I would sum this cushion up in 4 key points:
  • UVA & UVB filters keep skin protected from sun’s rays
  • HD technology prevents foundation from darkening
  • Lemon Balm Extract & Chamomile Extract give you all-day comfort
  • Mandarin Peel Extract & Persimmon Leaf Extract brighten up the skin

THE FACE SHOP Anti-Darkening Cushion Foundation (RM104.83 incl. GST // 15g) comes in 4 versatile shades of warm- to cool-toned complexions. Available at all THE FACE SHOP outlets from January 2018. You can purchase online as well from THE FACE SHOP Online Store.

This product is sent to me by THE FACE SHOP for testing and review.

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Defining your moments with a kiss

We had the pleasure of putting to the test THE FACE SHOP's latest lipstick and just right in time for Valentine's Day and the Chinese New Year! So if you're looking to shoot arrows at either your bae or angpao (red packets) we say these edgy, defining lipsticks should be your weapon this February! Available now at all THE FACE SHOP stores, the Flat Velvet Lipstick and Flat Glossy Lipstick (yes two different formulas) comes in 6 shades each. We swatched and pucker up for you so you can have your pick on your favorite colors! (scroll to the bottom).

These lipsticks have a semi-matte finish that doesn't feel dry or high-shine finish without the stickiness. During our swatch-test, we instantly notice that the lip colors brighten up your complexion and look oh so good on camera! (selfie perfect pout). The colors are so pigmented, that you go from plain jane to a polish 10 in seconds. Not to mention the ultra define lip shape you get without using brushes or liners only with just one product thanks to the flat, square-shaped bullet tip.

say hello to your new best friend

   
THE FACE SHOP Flat Lipstick - YouTube

check out the video introduction!


Available in 6 colors each, go matte or go shine!

The Velvets are probably my favorite formula out of the two. They apply on super creamy and opaque in one swipe so you won’t be tugging till your lips hurt just to get it on. They don’t settle into the creases of the lips and don’t feel drying at all on the lips, making them really comfortable to have on all day. These wonders look great and matte upon application, however, they’re not transfer-proof, so you’ll want to keep these in your bag for touch-ups.


Matte out or gloss up? The choice is yours!

If you prefer a shiny look, you’ll definitely love the Glossies! These have a hydrating formula that glides on effortlessly, and both look and feel nice on the lips for a glossy formula (no wishy-washy pigmentation here!). As all glossy-type lip products, they won’t last super long on your lips but these are easy to reapply in a flash. They don’t slide around or bleed either and are definitely not sticky. Super comfortable to wear all day.


Flat, square-shaped bullet makes it so easy to define lips!
Super-pigmented formula – one swipe for vivid color


How To Draw A Well-Defined Delicate Line

Here's a tip on how to draw a well-defined lip line using the unique square tip. We'll even show you in 3 easy steps. It's only a matter of criss-cross applesauce (just a jingle). Use the angular point to make a criss-cross then finish the areas delicately and neatly - corner of the mouth and cupid's bow.

Step 1: Turnabout 3mm of the dial at the bottom to release the content.

Step 2: Use the angular side to draw a clean, well-defined line along the lip line.

Step 3: Lean the product on the wide side and fill the area with a rich color.


crisscross & line, then fill!

In addition to all the amazing colors, they're also made with a blend of lip-loving oils which explains why they glide on oh so smoothly and gives that extra relief and moisture to your lips! Nourishing oils such as Argan and Rosehip oil protects the lips from moisture loss and creates a plump, smooth surface. If you have cracked or sensitive lips, soothing oils such as Jojoba, Calendula, and Olive oil helps to instantly calm your lips.

We pucker up & tried them all on for you!


tell us which is your favorite color

We enjoyed putting these lipsticks to the test that we created a swatch gallery just to show you how vivid and intense the color pigments are! Even with just one swipe.

THE FACE SHOP Velvet Lipstick
Cassis Red- luscious cherry with pink undertones
Darjeeling Red - warm red with a hint of brick brown undertones
London Red - true bold scarlet
Be My Pink - warm, mid-toned pink
Rose Pink - brown blush pink
Solar Beige - nude with orange and brown undertones

THE FACE SHOP Glossy Lipstick
Berry Up Red - rich berry red with slight pink undertones
New York Red - classic blue-based red
Rocco Pink - bold, bright pink with hints of purple
Lily Pink - more muted mid-tone pink
Gemstone Coral - Coral shade that leans redder
Punch Orange - vibrant orange shade with red undertones

THE FACE SHOP Flat Velvet/Glossy Lipstick (RM45 incl. GST) comes in 6 flattering shades each. Available at all THE FACE SHOP outlets from January 2018. Online purchase available on www.thefaceshop.com.my and for more info THE FACE SHOP Facebook

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