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Saturday, September 10, 2016

[REVIEW] My Beauty Diary Black Obsidian Moisturizing Black Mask and Oligopeptide Treatment Mask

Hello lovelies! My Beauty Diary is certainly no secret when comes to the sheet mask game. Personally, I'm always an enthusiast of My Beauty Diary Masks as long as I know since my high school days. They are high quality, easily accessible and pretty affordable as well. My Beauty Diary used to be the hot topic where tons of Taiwanese celebrities raved about this particular brand especially on TV shows such as famous Taiwanese Variety Show, 女人我最大 (nu ren wo zui da)

Hence My Beauty Diary knew I'm a huge fan of them and so, they hooked me up a couple of masks to try out and I will be sharing 2 masks from different series and see if they live up to my expectations. Damn I'm excited to try out! 

BLACK MASK SERIES 
The Black Mask Series consists of 3 types of masks -Black Obsidian Moisturizing, Black Rose Brightening and Black Pearl Total Effect Black Masks. They are known to have mystical black ingredients that helps to eliminate skin pigmentation, restore uneven skin tone and enhance skin elasticity. This range consists of a uniquely patented ingredient - Cosphingo™ with long-lasting moisturizing properties for improved hydration, leaving your skin soft and supple just like baby’s buttocks! *kidding but soft enough*

The major 2 key ingredients in this range are 3D Hyaluronic acid and Yeast Compound where by the unique structure of the 3D Hyaluronic acid creates a protective film over the skin to replenish and retain hydration, while preventing dehydration which allows skin to stay deeply moisturized while the Yeast compound helps tighten and regulate skin tone, and effectively soothes fatigue skin in just 15-20 minutes, leaving smooth and glowing complexion. 

What does Black Obsidian Moisturizing Black Mask does? 

Nourishing and Hydrating 
The main ingredient Black Obsidian originally comes from France where it is rich in minerals that allows to restore dull skin while supporting the skin's protective mechanism and initiates the skin hydration. As the 2 key ingredient - 3D Hyaluronic acid and Yeast compound provide nourishment and refinement to the skin, Laminaria digitata and sugar maple delivers intense hydration to the deep layers of the skin in order to improve dry skin texture and providing brighter and luminous skin.

Moisturizing and Illuminating 
With soothing ingredients such as Calendula officinalis, Licorice and Ruscus aculestus extracts - allows to relief dry, rough and irritated skin and at the same time this mask is rich in Bladder wrack seaweed, Aloe Vera and hydrolyzed Jojoba which helps to increase skin hydration, leaving your skin feeling soft, refreshed and nourished. 
I love the material as it soaks a lot of the liquid serum that I'm able to use a whole lot of it. The mask itself doesn't have any fragrance which I like. By the way, I might look crazy wearing this black mask but it's gonna be worth it. 

Oh yes, the best part was the mask covers your entire chin area whereby this mask specializes to perfectly fit your face. 

Here's a comparison of after using Black Obsidian Moisturizing Black Mask
I love how this mask provides a instantaneous effect onto my skin, my skin looks more rosy and brighter due to my dull skin, while I felt soothing and calming while wearing the mask and feeling refreshed right after I peel off the mask. FYI, this mask is suitable for any skin types - recommended for dry and dull skin. The Black Mask doesn't leave any oily residue and no breakouts so far! Woots! This mask is definitely recommended for anyone who's skin needed an effective boost.  


TREATMENT MASK SERIES
The Treatment Mask Series consists of 3 types of masks - Oligopeptide Treatment Mask, Hydaluronic Acid Treatment Mask and Tranexamic Acid Treatment Mask. This series is entirely features with the  perfect combination of extreme essence and sheet mask. Yes, that is a bold statement to describe but that's what it does. 

Multi Silk 
The masks is enriched with silk amino acids, silk peptide, and silk fibrion compound. It helps to rapidly infuses the rough and irregular outer layer of skin, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth. 

Ultra-Thin Fabric Mask 

Made with silky TENCEL fabric, woven with a unique technique to create a thin and hydrating structure that is also soft and translucent. For its enhanced hydration feature and distinctive cut to ensure seamless coverage of the skin and it is light and breathable which allows to fit onto your skin and leaving your skin intensively moisturized in short amount of time. 

Advanced Safe Product
Of course, all MBD products are free of parabens, alcohol, mineral oils, artificial coloring or fluorescent agents. 


Oligopeptide Treatment Mask focuses on firming and refinishing the skin. The serum-infused mask contains Hyaluronic Acid, Arbutin and Peptides helps to improve hydration, brighten complexion, refines and repairs the skin. With the mask allows to reinvigorates, restores hydration, brightens skin tone and providing firming properties - giving a youthful and radiant skin.

Oligopeptide Treatment Mask contains a unique amino acid structure of the Peptides that are able to regulates healthy skin by penetrating into the deeper layer of the skin while providing firmer skin. Of course with their Multi Silk promotes soft and silky skin tone while providing intense nourishment and hydration. With Brown Algae extract and Wheat Globulin, it helps to restore the skin's elasticity through the smoothening effect. 


The mask itself is pretty thin but breathable and I was able to multi-task while putting on this mask.  

Here's the comparison after using Oligopeptide Treatment Mask
I was expecting anything particularly special, this mask is moderately brightening, moderately moisturizing, pretty much moderate like any masks does. Little did I know of, this mask is smoothing. I wasn't aware the fact that one of the key function of this mask has smoothing properties. However, even though this picture doesn't really shows any difference after using them but my skin definitely feels soft and slightly firm on the sides of my cheeks but I'm pretty sure the results will show if I use this mask in a long term. Of course, the serum is highly moisturizing that I don't need to apply any extra serums before I hit the sack but of course, it is encouraged to apply moisturizer. Recommended for all skin types - especially for anyone who's skin needs elasticity. 


Details of My Beauty Diary Masks: 
Black Obsidian Moisturizing Black Mask |5 pieces – RM44.90
Oligopeptide Treatment Mask |8 pieces – RM44.90

My Beauty Diary Eye Mask Series and other range of masks is currently available at SASA and Guardian
For more information log on to My Beauty Diary Facebook Page

Friday, July 1, 2016

TOP 10 Things To Do in Sri Lanka


Hello lovelies! During the early of June, I had the most spontaneous decision - to book an flight ticket the very last minute to en route to a tear-shaped island called Sri Lanka. My mum did asked me quite some time if I wanted to travel to Sri Lanka with her but I was hesitant at that time. Due to the fact that she travel to Sri Lanka for a purpose - doing volunteering work at a couple of Buddhist Monastery and giving donations and offerings to the monks. Literally few days before my departure, I made my decision to follow her. 

Therefore I've complied 10 things that I did in Sri Lanka and perhaps, it can give an idea of what attractions to see and do when you visit! 

#1 SPEND A NIGHT IN A BUDDHIST MONASTERY 
I spend my entire trip staying in Buddhist Monastery. Not just one but 2 monasteries in different location. The first few days I stayed in a temple in Kottawa, suburb city of Colombo. During our stay, we sleep on the floor with thin floor mats with a huge group of people in a big hall right behind the temple along with outdoor bathrooms. I wasn't surprised because we were informed that the temple might not provide any beds in the monastery unless you brought your own sleeping bag. 

The last few days, we moved to a Buddhist Monastery in Kurnegara (literally translates "Elephant Rock" in Sinhala), a major capital city in North Western Province. They are known mainly on agriculture such as coconut, rubber and rice. The entire journey was about 2 hours away from Colombo and going to the temple was pretty difficult as we need small vehicle to get through. I was being told that there might be snakes, lizards or scorpions appears during on our stay but I wasn't surprised as there were paddy fields nearby. Fortunately, the temple is in full form as they provide rooms with beds along with indoor bathrooms. The picture shown above is the monastery in Kurnegara as it is influenced with Chinese culture while the temple in Kottawa is a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastery. 


#2 VISIT FAMOUS TEMPLES IN SRI LANKA 
Sri Lanka's population are predominantly Buddhist and they were known to be the oldest continually Buddhist country, Theravada Buddhism being the major religion since 2nd century BC. Hence, most of the temples are mostly enriched with history for thousand of years. For the entire trip, I visited 4 of the most famous and iconic temples that was known in Sri Lanka. 

Tip for you: White clothing are compulsory in some temples and are usually barefoot to enter the temple. I advised to wear white clothing and sandals (Sri Lanka weather is unpredictable) 

GOLDEN TEMPLE OF DAMBULLA 
Famously known as UNESCO World Heritage Site, this cave monastery was the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka. The cave monastery was pretty high up and it took a few minutes to walk up before reaching the top of the hill. 
The bottom of the hill, there's a Buddhist museum and library.  

The view was breathtakingly beautiful as you are able to view the mountains nearby   

Is it me or the view just reminds me of the Disney movie, Lion King?

Yes, the temple is filled with monkeys roaming around and we were advised not to bring any food unless you're planning to feed them.  
Monkey's way of friendship: You check my flea, I check your flea.

 Inside the cave, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religion images following the contours of the rock.

While on the way up, we are able to buy some lotus flowers for offering to the Buddha 

Look at that baby Monkey!

RIDI VIHARAYA
Ridi Viharaya or the Silver Temple which was founded since 2nd Century BC. Located in the Northeast of Kurnegara. The only significant thing I recall when I saw this temple on my camera was Jackfruit. The history about the temple and Jackfruit was pretty long, so I suggest find out more on Wikipedia lol
Inside the temple cave, the ceilings were beautifully painted with brightly colours but we were not allowed to take any photos during the visit. Honestly, pictures can't do any justice until you see it for yourself. 

Faded Buddha paintings on top of the temple 

TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC 
Sri Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic was located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This temple was one of the iconic places to visit in Kandy and it was known as World Heritage Site. During the ancient times, the Buddha relic holds an important role as it was believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. On the day of my visit, I was lucky enough to see the tooth relic (housed in a golden casket) where it was kept away from the public eye for every 11 months! However, I was able to see the casket as the allowed distance was about few meters away. 


The temple was filled with people and I needed to queue in order to view the relic and it was scheduled from 8am till 10am.


Small stalls along the streets right outside the temple 

KELANIYA TEMPLE
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or known as Kelaniya temple, located in Kelaniya which was 7 miles from Colombo. It was believed that Guatama Buddha had visited this temple as many as three times during his departure in Sri Lanka. This was my last temple visit before I head back to Malaysia. 



Flower and water offerings to the Buddha




#3 SHOP SOME GEMS AND JEWELS 
Once upon a time, Sri Lanka was known as Gem Island (Ratna-Dweepa), known for valuable gems such as sapphires, amethysts and topaz. So, if you're interested to purchase them, make sure you bring your credit cards or cash in US dollars. If you're wondering if i brought any - I wish I'm able to buy at least one Aquamarine Sapphire T-T

#4 FRESH AVOCADOS! 
What can I say? Things I go crazy for - Avocados! Back in KL, Avocado are really expensive. Guess what? In Sri Lanka, it sells only less than RM1 each! If you are good at haggling, you can get more cheaper price. We stopped by a road where stalls sells fresh Avocados in Kandy. As I was told, Sri Lankans eat their avocados sweet by pouring some honey on top or making them into a milkshake. Avocado milkshake, yums. 

If you noticed that the skin looks different from the ones you typically see in supermarkets. 

#5 EATING SRI LANKAN CUISINE 
One of the best things in the trip - food, of course! My expectations would be similar with Indian food, but I was wrong. Despite Sri Lankan staple meals are rice, curry and coconut just like Indian food, the flavours are entirely different. For me, the flavours are more heavily spiced, thin broth, less spicy as well (or maybe i didn't get to eat the spicier curries). Even though, my meals in Sri Lanka are vegan or vegetarian but it still taste really good. I mean amazingly good. The only Sri Lankan dessert I was able to try was Kiri-Pani - traditionally it was made with Buffalo milk curd in a earthenware pots and it is always eaten with treacle (kitul pani) aka Gula Melaka. For me, the dessert taste like yogurt and cheese had a baby lol

#6 DRINK YELLOW COCONUT

One of the recommendations from my Sri Lankan friend is to try King Coconut. The coconut here looks different compared what Malaysia has, definitely something we don't see often. The best time to chug down fresh coconut water on a hot day - sweet and refreshing! It costs about 60 LKR (RM1.60)

#7 WEAR TRADITIONAL SAREE
When you go to Korea, you wear a Hanbok. When you go to Sri Lanka, you wear a saree! If you're walking on the streets in Sri Lanka, you will noticed that majority of women wears saree as daily outfit. If you come across to a saree shop, definitely try out the saree and maybe haggle the price if find the saree that you really like. 

#8 WATCH SNAKE CHARMER PERFORM 
As most people know what is snake charming - playing flute and using hand motions to hypnotize a snake. Typically they will start performing when they see tourists nearby and do aware as they expected a tip when tourists take photos of him.

#9 RIDE A RICKSHAW
Sri Lankan rickshaw is like Bangkok's Tuk-tuk, do catch one for a ride, and trust me, it's another entire experience. 

#10 SHOP IN SRI LANKAN SUPERMARKET
Grocery shopping looks the same in all over the world but they offers mostly Sri Lankan food products such as Wood apple juice, Elephant house sodas, Milo drinks packaged like Capri Sun, Ginger biscuits and many more. The supermarket I went was Aprico Supermarket in Colombo as my mum was shopping for Sri Lankan white rice and red rice and it is pretty affordable. 


The entire trip was amazing and it was definitely an eye-opening experience where I expand my travel horizons by getting know the local culture by visiting the major attractions around and doing something different of what I usually do back home. Of course, I came here not just to travel around - my job as a volunteer had definitely made my entire experience much more satisfying and rewarding. This would not be the last time visiting, as there will be more things to discover in the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. 

Ayubowan, Sri Lanka! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sonny Angel's 12th Anniversary Celebration!

Hello lovelies! Do you have any love in collecting figurines? I do. Since my childhood days, I have been a fan of collecting Pokemon to Hello Kitty figurines and recently, I found out  these adorable 2 inch baby-like figurines that has been floating around the social media and it is really popular in Japan. They are called Sonny Angels
DO YOU KNOW? 
Sonny Angel was originally created with the intention of it being a companion to the Office Ladies (OL) and since then it was standing at 8 inch as Sonny Angels was meant to be placed at home while accompany OLs upon their return from work. Slowly, it has evolved to current popular 2 inch collectible figurine that can be carried anywhere for connivence. 
The original Sonny Angel has movable arms and legs (pose-able) with soft baby-smelling skin and comes with a birthday suit! FYI, he was born on the 15th May! :D


WHAT ARE THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF SONNY ANGELS? 
You must be wondering why are these figurines so unique? Well, Sonny Angel's facial feature and headgear is artistically hand-painted which explains the lively in their expression. Every detail are not identical just like us, humans! 


WHAT'S THE CONCEPT OF SONNY ANGELS?
So you already know some things about these babies and  how can you get your desired Sonny Angel? Well, Sonny Angels are sold in a blind box with no indication of which angel you will be getting. The blind box is wrapped with an element of 'surprise', hence the mystery will be unveiled upon opening the box and sealed foil wrapper! Another thing, I was told to make a wish of which Sonny Angel you wanted to get before opening them! 

THE BEST PART OF SONNY ANGELS
As there are consists of 12 angel designs in one series, there might be "Secret Angels" & "Robbys" hidden in random boxes which is really rare and command in high premium! Better pray hard to get them! 
I got my first Sonny Angel from Sonny Angel's Animal Series Volume 2!   

I was invited to Sonny Angel's 12th Birthday and I was able to meet Sonny Angel collectors and enthusiastic fans from Malaysia and also all the way from Singapore! They have so many collections and each of them are so rare and hard to get! 
Spot that Sonny Angel White Rabbit which was a "Secret Angel"  

Sonny Angels with cameras are really exclusive and unique, only few people are able to get their hands on! 
See those utterly adorable knitted pants? you can buy those pants and shoes, only in Malaysia! 

Sonny Angel 11th anniversary edition


This year, Sonny Angels 12th Birthday were held in Charms Cafe, One Utama and I'm glad to be invited and get to know more about these adorable figurines and how they collect and take care of them! 


SONNY ANGEL CARE AND SHARE PROGRAM
For every Sonny Angel purchased, RM1 will be donated to the charity as Sonny Angel Malaysia's vision of caring and sharing for the society with the hope of bringing some cheer and happiness back to our world. 



For more information, visit Sonny Angel Malaysia for more updates; 

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