Monday, August 3, 2015

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Mousse Cleanser

Name: Innisfree 이니스프리 Jeju Volcanic Mousse Cleanser 화산송이 무스 클렌저
Price: ₩ 10,000 for 150 ml
Made in: Korea

Innisfree promises that this cleanser will remove makeup and sunscreen quickly and efficiently without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. 11.85 mg Jeju Volcanic Ash purifies as plant extracts (Orange, Orchid, Green Tea, Prickly Pear) maintain the skin's right balance.

The dense and fluffy foam (like whipped cream!) elevates the entire cleansing experience - by far the most luxurious and relaxing! The scent even adds to the whole atmosphere. A Korean blog that I came across is way off the mark (the author mentioned that it was awful), and unless my nose is deceiving me, I would describe it as a cross between floral and herbaceous.

It gently dislodges impurities, leaving skin feeling clean and fresh. I believe it is recommended for daily use but I only whip it out when my skin feels particularly clogged. I am accustomed to my gel/milk cleansers after all... that said, it doesn't dry, aggravate or irritate my skin. For those of you wondering, I have dehydrated skin and I am prone to hormonal breakouts.

Even though the blurb says that it is able to remove base makeup, double cleanse all the same (to be on the safe side). We wouldn't want remnants of makeup and pollutants interfering with our expensive serums right? And don't forget to give the bottle a good shake before working the mousse onto your skin!

Innisfree's Jeju Volcanic Mousse Cleanser is sold at for US$ 13.48.

The full ingredient list for Jeju Volcanic Mousse Cleanser:
정제수, 글리세린, 피이지-6카프릴릭/카프릭글리세라이드, 미리스틱애씨드,부탄, 아미노메칠프로판올, 스테아릭애씨드, 프로판, 라우레스-23, 소듐스테아로일글루타메이트, 화산재 (11.85mg), 이산화탄소, 귤껍질추출물, 난추출물, 녹차추출물, 동백나무잎추출물, 백년초열매추출물, 실리카, 세틸알코올, 포타슘하이드록사이드, 에칠헥실글리세린, 페녹시에탄올, 향료.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Counter Malaysia At Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Tucked in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur's Dining Loft, The Counter Malaysia is a little haven away from the hustle and bustle of my usual food haunts. The warm lighting and the hanging lights make for a cosy dinner setting (or lunch if that is your preference?).

The wait staff were friendly and attentive. It took a while (20 minutes or so) for them to prepare our order during peak hours but it was well worth the wait! Everything at The Counter is done to perfection, whether it is the succulent burgers, the delicious sweets or the perfect cuppa.

These are a small taste of the assortment of burgers that you can order out the 312,000 combinations! One glance at the menu was enough to tell me that the only outcome from this dinner was a serious food coma, haha! You can view the full menu here.

My burger - the Bacon² BBQ Burger! The beef was juicy with the slightest trace of pinkness. I can't take anything too rare so this degree of doneness is very much to my liking. It meshes beautifully with the bacon and the crispiness from the onion rings provided a nice crunch with every bite. By far the best burger I EVER had.

Upper left corner

The accompanying calorific buns are baked fresh by Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. Delivered daily, they are fluffy yet dense. Yuuuum! I felt that the portion is a bit on the large side (disclaimer: I am not the biggest eater in the world) so take what I say with a grain of salt. But if I can finish it, so can you, although I was just about to burst at the seams.

We also feasted on the most heavenly fries! They come with sauces but give them a try without dipping into the sauces first.

The Cheddar Cheese Fries Clear have a clear cheese taste but they can get a little cloying after a while. A favourite of mine, the Sweet Sriracha Fries, were incredibly addictive and shall delight those looking for a hint of spiciness.

The Sweet Potato Fries got better with every bite. The Crispy Onion Strings had a sweetness that made them simply irresistible. It may interest you to know that these potatoes and sweet potatoes are imported all the way from the US. Only the best will do for The Counter Malaysia!

If that wasn't enough... dessert was mind-blowingly scrumptious. We had the Caramel + Chocolate Brownie (warm gooey brownie centred with ice cream that melted in the mouth) and the Key Lime Pie (tart tangy flavours that bloomed on the tongue). They really are what dreams are made of. Boy, was I glad that I saved some room for a final sweet course!

I managed to have something that wasn't sinful and it was this Orangaberry smoothie. Made from a blend of fruits and fat free vanilla yoghurt (to add creaminess to the drink), it didn't feel substantial thanks to the sourness from the orange.

The Counter Malaysia is a place I will 100% return just to continue working my way through the burger menu. I think you will have a fantastic time should you stop by! Now if only I could stop drooling over the Bacon² BBQ Burger...

Lot 7.01.01, Dining Loft,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

03-2856 0240

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Philips KeraShine Heated Styling Brush, Dryer & Straightener

As the cells in your hair mature, they fill up with a fibrous protein called keratin. Damaged hair occur when (inferior) products are used improperly. When your hair is dry and keratin deficient, a remedy in the form of a keratin treatment should be implemented.

This is where the Philips KeraShine range of products comes in. They are infused with keratin and built-in ionic conditioners to keep hair smooth, shiny and free from frizz. The stylers themselves are black (glossy for the heated styling brush and hair dryer; matte for the straightener) and sturdy in construction. The yellow light will illuminate to indicate they are on.

Here's how I got on in no particular order!

Philips KeraShine Heated Styling Brush HP8632 | RM 199
My favourite kind of curls is the classic vintage Hollywood curls like what you would see on Grace Kelly, but this styling brush won't help you achieve that look. Instead it gives soft, effortless curls. Y'know the kind of look that we wish we can all sport when we roll out from the bed?

Second best is still pretty good, and with the KeraShine Heated Styling Brush around, I can pretend that my hair looks naturally perfect from the time I wake up (thanks to the quick heat-up time) to the time I head to bed. And need I mention that the bristles has this awesome retractive ability? No more getting my mop ripped off or even tangled!

◆ 190℃ heat temperature
◆ 45mm barrel
◆ 2 temperature settings

Philips KeraShine Dryer HP8216 | RM 169
I am pretty lucky in the sense that my hair dries fairly straight with a hair dryer (and a round brush) but I can toss my brush away with the KeraShine Dryer around. Sporadically combing through with my fingers is enough to give me sleek locks. Add in a lustrous silky sheen and we have a winner in our hands! Who would have thought that a hair dryer can give me all these?!

I also liked that it had a cool air setting but let's face it, I only use it to dry my nail polish (I might as well admit to bad habits). My only complaint for an otherwise incredible tool is the longer drying time. If it takes my 2,200W ThermoProtect Ionic Hairdryer four minutes to finish the job, the 1,600W KeraShine Dryer will need double the time.

◆ Even Heat Distribution technology
◆ ThermoProtect temperature setting
◆ 3 flexible settings

Philips KeraShine Straightener HP8316 | RM 169
The KeraShine Straightener has a whole host of convenient features from the extra wide plates (H75×W47mm) for easy gliding over thick sections of hair at a time to a swivel cord for flexibility in my movements. One pass and I am ready to go!

Sliding a button located at the base of the straightener will lock the plates in place, making storage quick and easy and protecting the straightener from accidental damage. The lightweight wand (approximately 280g) requires little to no effort to lift, ensuring that my arms don't tire as I work on my hair. All of this is basically meant to ensure that I get poker-straight strands in minimum time without frazzling my mane unnecessarily.

◆ 210℃ heat temperature
◆ 60s heat-up time
◆ Auto shut-off function

It was such a treat to try these new tools out, so thank you, Philips Malaysia, for the opportunity! Want gorgeous tresses on a daily basis? Get the KeraShine collection from!

Disclosure: Press samples.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Etude House Dreaming Swan Overview

Celebrated Australian illustrator, Kerrie Hess, joined hands with Etude House for the Dreaming Swan collection. It centers upon the ballerina fantasy we all had when we were little girls, twirling around on pointe with our tutus flared out.

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Dreaming Swan 드리밍 스완
Made in: Korea

If you only plan to buy one thing, then go for the Eye & Cheek 아이 앤 치크. The powder formula is incredibly blendable, to the point where it goes unnoticed on my skin. This will be amazing on lighter skin tones and I may even crack 02 Pointe Coral 포인 코랄 (a beautiful peach shade) out to add some warmth to my skin. And to make it ten times dreamier, the puff applicator comes with a bow and a tutu.

However, if cheek products aren't your thing, then you may want to head straight to the Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk 디어 마이 블루밍 립스 톡 lipsticks. OR225 Dream Pointe Coral 꿈꿔왔던 포인 코랄, an apricot, is on the drier side. It will emphasize lip lines and flakes so moisturise well before use. I wish the Etude team repackaged the Dear My Wish Lips-Talks instead; now is one awesome formula!

Something I can't quite pinpoint as a must buy is the Any Cushion Case 애니 쿠션 케이스. If you already own their cushion foundations, purchasing this may border on the excessive side because you only need the refill (which you are able to buy separately). Nonetheless, the limited edition 01 Dreaming Swan 꿈꾸는백조 is scarily pretty so we will fall down that rabbit hole no matter what our minds may tell us, haha!

The Dreaming Swan collection even has this adorable Mini Pouch 미니 파우치. As indicated by the name, it is an itty bitty thing, measuring in at H6.8×D10.2cm. It doesn't fit much - I am only able to get a couple of my daily essentials in (about 12 lipsticks or so?). It is not something that I would necessarily buy for myself, but it is nice having it around to beautify my dresser cum work table.

Go to for a detailed look at the whole collection! I have only featured four, there are plenty more on the site!

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Amaranth Messaline Ultra Hydrating Cream

Name: Amaranth 아마란스 Messaline 메사린 Ultra Hydrating Cream 울트라 하이드레이팅 크림
Price: ₩ 42,000 for 60 g
Made in: Korea

Ultra Hydrating Cream comes in a tube with the convenience of a pump. And thanks its clever design (more likely the flat-base cover), it can even stand upright by itself! It bears a strong plumeria scent, similar to the Collagen Moistfull Cream by Etude House.

The texture is worth waxing lyrical about. It literally transforms in front of my eyes from a gel to water droplets. Rub, rub, rub and tadaa! How cool is this?! My CC cream does the exact thing but it still thrills me. I am so easily pleased right? Haha!

This moisturiser gives a burst of cooling sensation upon application, which is a telling sign of how high the water content is. This is always a plus in my books, because it feels like the Sahara desert here sometimes (make that always!). Besides water, it also contains Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Red Ginseng Extract and Chamomile Extract to boost moisture as well as elasticity levels.

The lightweight cream (or should I say gel?) sinks into my skin in a snap of fingers leaving it supple and hydrated without creating unnecessary greasiness. I also liked how smooth it made my skin feel (a nod to the silicones in the formulation perhaps?). It may not be enough for those with drier skin or are currently living in the southern hemisphere so I recommend supplementing it with a richer lotion or an oil.

You will be happy to know that you will be receiving a generous amount of product – 60 g to be exact – for ₩ 42,000. This means at least 2 months or maybe 3 months of twice daily usage? In South Korea, it looks like Amaranth products are available from selected duty-free shops. Unfortunately I don't think it has made it over here yet...

The full ingredient list for Messaline Ultra Hydrating Cream:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Ethyl Alcohol, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Dimethicone, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Phospholipids, Whey Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Menthol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Colloidal Platinum, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-8, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, CI 42090, Fragrance.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!