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[Beauty] Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask + Cleansing Milk Review

My happy skin after using Beaubelle skincare products!
Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask + Cleansing Milk Review
I've only tried 2 of their products so far - Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask and Extra Mild Cleansing Milk.
Beaubelle products

Beaubelle Extra Mild Cleansing Milk (200ml)

View product at: http://www.beaubelle.com/product_info.php?use=1&pid=2
First step of every AM and PM routine is cleansing. I LOVE to use cleansing milks because:
  • Gentle on skin without irritating
  • Feels incredibly soothing as you massage it
  • Removes dirt & my light makeup
  • Skin feels hydrated after use
  • No oily feeling
Beaubelle Extra Mild Cleansing Milk Review
I need about 3-4 pumps per use. Not much! It contains hydrolyzed milk protein & shea butter; no wonder my skin feels so soft, smooth and plump with hydration! I'm going to enjoy every last bit of this cleansing milk!
Applying Beaubelle Cleansing Milk
Let's test this on removing lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow & eyeliner.
Result: Managed to remove all of them but I do recommend using a proper eye makeup remover.
Using Beaubelle Cleansing Milk to remove makeup
Remove makeup with cleansing milk

Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask (50g)

View product at: http://www.beaubelle.com/product_info.php?use=6&pid=22

"It is filled with cocoa tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps boost our mood by initiating serotonin release. ‘Feel good’ chemicals engulfed in cocoa’s mouth-watering bitter-sweet aroma melt away stress and uplift the spirit. Cocoa is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage to protect and age-proof skin. Full of magnesium, cocoa beans are ideal for preventing hormone and stress-related breakouts. This ultra rich creamy mask also combines an intricate blend of complex hydrators that acts as oxygen carriers to improve cellular respiration, increase hydration and delay the aging process. Soothing red algae protects against inflammation and retexturizes for a complexion free of stress-related pigmentation. Skin conditioning sorbitol soothes and moisturizes leaving skin soft, supple and replenished."
Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask Review
Got a shock when I squeezed the product out. Is this a mask or foundation? LOL My nose picked up a nice chocolatey smell too.
Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask
When applied on face, I immediately felt a very warm sensation which lasted for the entire duration I had the mask on. Not exactly very comfortable but I can endure it. I'm gonna be honest, it doesn't look good when applied so make sure nobody will see you with this on LOL
Using Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask
Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask closeup
I left it on for 15 minutes and it didn't get super dry even though I only applied a thin layer. Spray some toner to moisten your face, massage & wipe off.
Spraying toner on Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask
Once the mask is off, continue with regular skincare. Indeed my face felt hydrated and soft! It's not too creamy so still okay for my combination skin.
After using Beaubelle Jubilation Skin Wellness Mask

Who is Beaubelle?

Beaubelle was launched in 1995 to be the pioneer in providing holistic rejuvenation through health-giving, pampering and solution-oriented products and services for the harmony of body, mind and soul. An impressive 200 products were initially launched to accentuate Ruby Siah, the Beaubelle founder’s belief that: “Life’s true happiness achieved, when you have the harmony of body, mind and soul.” True happiness will lead to both internal and external beauty!

Apart from a wide range of holistic products, they also have various face and body spa treatments. The "Aroma-Chroma Oxygenating" Face Treatment sounds really good!

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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14 Cool Ideas for Your Summer Date

Summer is in the air (technically all year long here lol) and it is time for discovering new facets of your love! Each season provides us with unique opportunities to express our deepest feelings. Why not say everything without words by organising a non-conventional date? Meet the top 14 ideas to benefit from.
1. How about stargazing? Well, this word is often used as a euphemism for sex but I’m really talking about gazing at the stars now. You are free to do what you want simultaneously, though. Not only is it ultra romantic but it also extends your knowledge about celestial bodies.

2. Watch open-air movies. Have you ever been to an outdoor cinema? Just like at normal cinemas, movie nights are run there too. Grab some snacks and don’t forget about blankets – summer nights may be chilly. Or you can visit a drive-in movie theater if you like it more. Dating on YourBrides, you are guaranteed to find a partner to try out this interesting option!

3. Go fishing. Can it be fascinating? Yes, especially for couples longing for tranquility. Imagine you spend the whole day by the water, enjoy the beautiful scenery and have personal conversations. It’s definitely better than surfing the Internet on your smartphones! Not to mention that you can cook an exclusive dinner then.
4. Time for a wild-berry hunt! Summer is a very delicious season and you can combine adventures in nature with culinary. Please remember that not all berries are good, some of them can be poisonous so you need to know how to distinguish them right.

5. Meet up on the rooftop. If there is no opportunity to decorate your home rooftop for this purpose, don’t worry! There are many alternative spots – look for restaurants and bars under the sky. Many of them feature swimming pools and small park-like areas and function as beach clubs.

6. Rollerblade across the city. Are you sure you know your home city very well? If it’s big enough, there are probably areas you’ve never been to. Of course, you two need to be skilled enough to have such a tour. On the other hand, some interesting places are easier to access this way.

7. Diversify your beach relaxation. Don’t restrict it to sunbathing only. Play tennis or volleyball and take up your favorite water sports; pack a romantic picnic and catch the sunset or have an alluring overnight stay by the sea until the sun rises. Dating a Russian woman, you will never be tired of such leisure!
8. Have a very private BBQ. Hold a party just for the two of you. It’s even easier than grilling for a big company of friends: organize everything in a way you want and nobody will disturb your happy routine. You can even have a night BBQ; bring some board games or play trivia to avoid turning any devices on.

9. Sail away. Probably, no one can argue with the fact that boat trips are splendid. Apart from a mere rowboat, you can rent a motor or a small sailing yacht to make this day unforgettable. Good if you know how to steer a boat on your own to ensure privacy. However, you can always hire a skipper.

10. Just take a long walk in nature. How often do we walk by foot? We sit in our offices, in our cars, and even in our living rooms when there is no work to be done. In fact, it’s possible to exercise without attending the gym. Take your significant other’s hand and follow your wanderlust! You would also have a great opportunity to get your body fit as nature can be really tricky!
11. Immerse in cocktail making. Isn’t it sexy? To make the process more valuable, search for non-conventional recipes. Trying new things together is essential for maintaining harmony in your relationship. Just avoid getting drunk or the entire charm will be ruined.

12. Take a bike trip to the nearby attractions. Biking is beneficial for your health and can boost the chemistry in your couple. That’s why joint workouts are considered to be so good for lovers who wish to take their relationships to another level.

13. Go camping. If you have no time for long weekend trips, you can simply bring all the necessary stuff to the backyard. Imagine you’ve rushed into the wild and no one else is around. It works! Likewise, such a variant can be cheaper since you don’t have to drive far.

14. Visit a local winery. Do you like fine beverages? If the answer is “yes”, wine tasting should be on your bucket list. It’s a kind of fine art, you know. You will see how wine is produced and what nuances each sort has. Some wineries allow you to drink for free, by the way. And vineyard landscapes are so appealing!
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[Travel] My Travel Guide To Hawaii

Hawaii is a special place that anyone should get to if they get the opportunity. I love it there and have been many times and trust me, I will make this many more in the future. I thought it might be a good idea to give you a little guide about Hawaii, what it means to be there and what it is that I love about it. So sit back, relax and enjoy my Hawaii travel guide.

My first thoughts

Hawaii is a very interesting place when it comes to the first impression that you get. When you land you are presented with luxury homes in Hawaii next to the beach, great weather, nature, skyscrapers and a relaxed atmosphere. It is very interesting because technically speaking it is a state of the United States, but that is certainly not the impression that you get when you are there.

The People

Hawaii is a nice mix of people from all around the world from the native people, Americans, Japanese and many people from the Philippines. The Hawaiian culture is one of a relaxed nature and also of a warm friendliness that you don’t often experience in other parts of the world. This is, of course, very difficult to describe in a blog post, but is very obvious when you get there.

Food culture

One thing that I like to benchmark in every place I go is definitely the food and Hawaii is certainly a place that doesn’t disappoint in this regard. The food of the locals is very interesting and my favourite aspect is the concept of the “imu”, which is like an underground oven. Hawaiians heat stones and place them in the ground along with the food wrapped in leaves or foil to slowly cook things like meat and vegetables. This makes for some delicious meat, which simply melts in your mouth.
There is also a number of local producers of food, which make for some incredible meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. This means fresh food that tastes great and in particular, I really like the fish and seafood. Hawaii is, after all, an island in the middle of the ocean and this means some of the freshest fish that you can imagine.

The American influence can be seen in a number of American restaurants, such as burgers, ribs and all the good stuff that we all love. In general, many people may see choices like this as the choice of unsophisticated tourists, but that isn’t the case here.

What to do

If you asked anybody about the things that you could do there, it would be a never ending list, but let’s start with the beaches. Hawaii is the home of surfing and here you can learn to surf and there are beaches to suit those with all kinds of surfing experience. On some beaches there are huge waves and on others there are calmer and more relaxed waters that are more suited to the beginner. My personal favourite is Oahu, which has the big waves that we have all seen on television. The beach is also a great place to relax, swim and snorkel. Snorkeling is one of my favourite activities, especially due to the beautiful tropical fish that you can see in the clear waters around the islands. For those that enjoy diving there are a number of dive sites too, so if you are planning a trip to Hawaii, you should seriously consider getting a diving certification before you go.
The nature is one great aspect of Hawaii and there are a number of ways that tourists can interact with the landscape of this great place. For example, the active volcanoes are a great attraction and provide some incredible sites to see. Seeing the lava fields and steam rising from the earth is a strong reminder of the power of mother nature. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend getting up in the air in a plane or helicopter to observe the amazing sights of the volcanic landscape. It is a very special experience to see molten rock pouring into the sea from high up in the air and it is a sight I will never forget.

Another highlight for me when I was last in Hawaii was seeing the sunrise at Haleakalā and it is probably the only place on the planet where you need to reserve a place to see the sunrise! Here you are presented with the sun rising above the clouds and one of the most spectacular views that you are likely to see in your life. Be organised and book early, because this is not an opportunity to be missed.

For those interested in the history of Hawaii, there are also a number of historical sights. In particular, those that were significant during the Second World War. Pearl Harbour is one great example of this and the naval base here was ambushed by the Japanese air force and this effectively signalled the entry of the United States into the World War. There are a number of memorials that dot the place and my favourite is the USS Arizona, which was the only battleship that was not raised from the sea. It serves as a memorial to those that lost their lives in protecting their nation and you can even see the remains of the ship from the shrine that was built above it on the water.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about Hawaii and hopefully this has whet your appetite to travel there. I will certainly be traveling there again very soon!

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[Travel] Melipoly EHoney Bee Farm, Bentong, Pahang

One of the best parts about going to Bentong was visiting the Melipoly Bee Farm at Valley Agro Park! It was truly an eye opening experience with much to learn. Everyone was pretty much excited to see the bees and visit them at their home.

Bee Farm Tour

A 'roof' is built on top of each hive as an extension to their house; honey stored here will be harvested. The honey in the original hive is left untouched as not to interrupt the bees.
This is the first time I'm taking a close look at a bee hive (obviously because these bees don't sting!) and I was utterly shocked! Those little pods are all FULL of pure, liquid honey, freshly made by the hardworking bees.

About Stingless Bees 

Due to their small size, stingless bees are able to collect pollen from a larger variety of flowers, compared to their larger counterparts such as the honeybees. As a result, the honey produced by stingless bees have a unique taste. They are not actually stingless though - however their sting is so tiny that it cannot prick human skin so they're perfectly safe to be around.

Honey Tasting

Right from the hive! That's right.. Honey is carefully extracted using a syringe and you can taste the precious golden nectar straight from the hive. It can't get any fresher than that. You will be amazed at how each pod can taste different as the honey is made using pollen from different trees and flowers. Taste a few and you will realise some are sweet with a hint of fruitiness while others have an exciting sourness. I swear I tasted longan in one of them!

Pure, Organic E Honey 

In order to obtain truly organic honey, the source of pollen had to be as pure as possible. Instead of building an artificial environment for the bees, the bee hives are placed in a natural rainforest. Here, the bees collect pollen from the surrounding trees and wild flowers.
Cool mountain water flows through the rainforest, making the tour really relaxing. The goodness in the water is also transferred into the honey. The place is quite big and if you would like to enjoy the outdoors, you can walk around instead of taking the car to the farm. Consider it a good workout with nature.

E Honey Health Benefits

There are several types of honey available for sale here. You can try a few of them to taste the difference. I really like the stingless bee variant as it has a fruity sweetness that isn't TOO sweet.
These would probably make good gifts for house warmings, weddings etc.

We had a great time at the bee farm! Looking forward to the opening of the Bee Museum.
Brought home a jar of honey to experiment too =D

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[Home & Living] Guide To Settling Down In A New City

Sometimes we move to new cities because they have better opportunities than our home city. If you are moving to a new city such as the Lion City - Singapore, it can be confusing at first if you have no relative or friends living there. Settling down quickly in a new city is paramount to your own success. You might be moving into a new city because your job requires you to move or you are looking to advance your education. Whatever the reason, settling down in a new city should not be difficult even if you don’t know anybody there. Before moving to a new city, it is advisable you check the property news in Singapore to know if the place you are moving to has all the amenities you need. Checking property news in Singapore can help you know if the city is worth living in, before you make the big decision to move there. Here’s a guide that will help you settle down in a new city in Singapore.

Before
Explore the city first

Before moving to a new city, it is important to consider various factors to see if it is going to be easy living there. Most jobs that relocate their employees to new cities give them the chance to explore the new city weeks before their move. If you already know a coworker or a friend in that city, you can move in with them just to have an experience of the new city. This would help you find out important details like the average rental price of apartments, stores available, hospitals, roommate opportunities and convenient places you can rent that is near your job or school. If you don’t know anyone there, you can stay temporarily in a hostel that can help you save a few bucks.

Check your financial situation

The last thing you want to happen before moving to a new city is to run out of money because of poor planning. A good plan will help you anticipate the income you will earn in a new city and the expenditure you will incur. Always keep in mind that expenses in the new city might be higher than what you planned. In this economy, it can be tough if you don’t have a proper source of income. Check whether your financial status can help you afford the basic commodities like food or apartment rent. If you are still job-hunting, it is important you have a buffer to support you until you find a new job. A buffer could include a few months’ savings or finding a part time job to support your lifestyle. Having a back up source for money will help sort things when there is a financial situation that may require extra coin. Compare this with using public transport and find out which one is more convenient and cheaper for you to use.

Prepare yourself

Before you move to a new city, it is important to consider if it is worthwhile to sell your home if you already have one. Selling your home might not be a wise decision to make because you never know if you would wish to return back in the future. The new city may not be comfortable for you thus the feeling of returning home. Instead, find tenants who can stay there. This will earn you an extra income while having the peace of mind that you have a home to return if you need to. If you are renting, give your landlord enough notice so that he can have time to reimburse your deposit. If you are looking to use the post office for mail, it is important you notify them that you are changing city. For your belongings, you need to consider what stuff you should carry and which one you want to leave behind. Also consider if it is ideal for you to move the belongings personally or you will need a moving truck.


During
Stay somewhere you feel safe

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone or places to go can be nerve racking. You don’t want to pile up the pressure on yourself by moving into a neighborhood you don’t feel safe. If it is your first time in a new city, you might not tell a bad neighborhood from a good one. But if you have done your research, you should be able to tell if it is safe for you to move into that area. The first six months is important for you to adjust in a new city by checking in safe places as you maneuver around.

Don’t be afraid to say yes

Whether you like hanging out with people or not, it is important you accept invitations from people in your new city. Even if you don’t know them well, accepting their invite for a coffee is a good opportunity to form lasting friendships with them. You never know if the person whom you accepted their invite, will help you find that dream job. Also, don’t just sit at home. Ask your friends to introduce you to new people. This is how you will make friends in the new area. You can leverage your network for advice on Facebook or old contacts on your phonebook.

Join a local organized group

Joining a local group is a new way to meet new people in your new city. You can decide to join a local sports club or a volunteering organization just to bond with people. Joining a local organized group would help feel much accommodating and feeling much accepted in that society. However, don’t be tempted to overspend your money just to please a guy you just met. It is important you get out there to meet new people, but spending your money on unnecessary stuff is a bad decision.


After
Do stuff alone

After you have settled in your new area, you might not have time to hang out with friends. Don’t be afraid to do stuff alone. Doing stuff alone will help you feel relaxed. Instead of staying at home, you can go outside and eat alone in the public. People might find you interesting and initiate a conversation with you.

Don’t look back

Sometimes you might feel lonely in a new city that you are tempted to think about your old life. This might make you feel like your new city is a big mistake and you will never have a good life like you used to have. Avoid the urge of comparing your new city to your old home. Always remember that things will get better, especially if the move was precipitated by conditions beyond your own control.

Have something to do

Make sure you have fun stuff you can do every week. It can be joining yoga classes or a weekly sporting activity you enjoy. Having something to look forward to every week will make your life in the new city enjoyable. When you are having a long week in school or work, knowing that you have an interesting activity to join at the end of the week make your life easier.
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[Fashion] Buy Designer Eyeglasses Online from SmartBuyGlasses!

If possible, I would like to do most things online as it's really convenient. Now I'm even buying my sunglasses online from SmartBuyGlasses! I already have several pairs with the 'usual look' so this time I chose a translucent frame with floral design.
Gucci sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses
Gucci eyewear
Honestly I thought this was a lil risky. How can you possibly buy eyewear online without trying them on?? Well, I chose glasses for Women first then filtered them based on shape. You can compare the shape using your current glasses. Usually each of us have a certain shape that suits our face. You can also choose the brand, price, frame colour, and frame material. Those marked 'Asian Fit' are also more suitable for Asian noses. In the end, they fit perfectly!
Buy branded sunglasses online

Are the eyewear authentic?

SmartBuyGlasses has been around since 2006 and they guarantee that all their eyewear are genuine designer quality eyewear, supported and backed up with 24 month warranty.
Original Gucci sunglasses
Gucci sunglasses
There are tonnes of brands so you can buy Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Bvlgari, D&G etc. eyewear online. If you're on a budget, you can check out the wide range of branded eyewear below RM 350.
Wearing Gucci sunglasses
Branded Gucci eyewear
What are you waiting for? Start shopping from SmartBuyGlasses!
Wearing Gucci eyewear
** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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[Beauty] Can Clip In Hair Extensions Cause Bald Spots & Hair Loss?

I’ve heard a lot of horror stories for clip ins. Now you might think clip ins are the best extensions because they are not permanent, they don’t cause damage etc etc. Actually it’s not true, they are actually one of the worst methods of extensions if you’re going to be wearing them every single day.
Clip-ins are great for an event, let’s say you have a wedding to go to or you just want to wear them every Friday night when you go out for dinner or go to the clubs, whatever, then I would say go for clip ins because they are not permanent. But if you’re the type of person who wants to wear extensions every single day, I would research different methods of more permanent extensions that would be less damaging.

But the main thing people complain about is..
"How come my clip ins are giving me bald spots?"
Well a lot of times clip ins can give you bald spots if you wear them every day.

When do Clip Ins Cause Bald Spots?

This happens when you wear them every single day. You tend to clip them in the exact same position and place, which makes sense because why would you place them anywhere else especially if they’ve been cut into your hair cut. Hair extensions are heavy and clip ins are attached using these metal or plastic 'teeth'. They grab onto your hair, pulling, pulling, pulling all the time on the SAME spot of hair. This causes hair breakage and on the long run, you will have spots with 'broken hair' from repeatedly wearing the clip ins at the same place.
Sleeping with clip ins is like the worst thing you can do, definitely the biggest no no. Think about it. If you wear them, you've probably slept with your extensions. You go straight to bed because you’ve been out really late at night, you come home and the last thing you want to do is take out your extensions. Or maybe you met a guy and you want to not take out your hair and be like hey this is my natural hair (lol).. it just happens. But really though the worst thing you can do is sleep with them because when you're rolling around in your sleep, you’re puling and tagging and girls have really bad horror stories with the bald spots because of sleeping with their clip ins.

The Solution

If hair extensions are your life, here are some tips to wear them but still reduce the risk of bald spots and hair loss:
  1. Shift them slightly every time you wear them
  2. Wear lighter extensions that put less strain on your hair
  3. Try not to wear them everyday and give your hair a break; even diets have cheat days
  4. Use other types of hair extensions
  5. DO NOT sleep in your extensions!

IMO, the best remedy is to either wear them less often, to place them in different spots or maybe not put the entire full set in so that its less heavy on your hair or just to get a different type of extension like a micro weft or even fusions if you don’t mind going for the permanent route but anyways those are my suggestions for avoiding bald spots with clip ins.
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[Home & Living] Tesco vs Branded Liquid Laundry Detergent

For years I've been buying branded laundry detergents. If it's not Top or Breeze, I probably wouldn't buy it. Then one day I decided to go el-cheapo and try out the Tesco brand one. What is the difference between cheap and expensive detergent? Is there even a difference?
Top & Breeze are labeled in kg but Tesco is in litres so I can't do an accurate comparison but Tesco is slightly smaller in size.
Usually I buy the refill packs because they're cheaper. This Breeze 4.4kg in bottle is RM 28.90 while the 1.8kg refill pack is RM 11.25. However, the Tesco 5L detergent is only RM 11.05! And Breeze is not even the most expensive brand on the shelf..
"It's cheaper because it's diluted"
So you have to use more of the Tesco brand which in the end makes it the same price? According to the instructions, you actually use LESS!
And not to mention Tesco's cap is significantly smaller as well. Doubt that tiny bit can wash my clothes but tried anywayyy..
I tried using that small cap of detergent and it just wasn't working LOL Let's be realistic here alright?

Verdict?

Still able to wash my clothes clean with cheap Tesco detergent. The fragrance isn't as strong because the branded ones are heavily scented. If you're using scented softener, this isn't a concern. So I add more than the recommended 1 cap or else it'll have a musky smell coming out of the dryer. I use 3-4 caps for a full load and my laundry smells quite nice. It's a modest scent that isn't overpowering. I really wouldn't mind using Tesco brand which is less than half the price.
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