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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bye Bye Bin Project | 2019 Q1 Empties!


Inspired by sakura for her Monthly project!, I decided to do summary of my empties to get me motivated to finish the things i buy! I buy so much sometime that its so hard to stay religiously applying them. 2019 i started everyday applying AM & PM routines, and its finally clearing off my purchases! 

best part is also seeing some improvement for my skin. being a really good girl applying basics to my skin now. it's true when people say "there's no ugly people, only lazy people". I may not be beautiful, but i feel more confident now with better skin.  


Here's the empties for Q1! 

  • Cathydoll Aloe Ha 2in1 Real Aloe Vera Peeling Pack 
bought this super long time ago in Thailand - during university days. which was 3 years ago - not sure if the range is available, and i think it has lost its ultimate effectiveness due to the expiry date, but honestly I still manage to finish it with no side effects. In fact, i feel that it still works nicely and still peels off like it should back in the years. The i found the tub during spring cleaning some time in 2018 November. it was 3/4-used so i figured why not finish it. as long as it doesn't irritate. lol

VERDICT? the product really does peels of dead skin on the face and you'd definitely feel the smooth after-feel with no dried out skin feel. 

REPURCHASE? nope. as this was actually my 2nd purchase during my university days. Remember somehow seeing it in Guardian before, so perhaps when I'm out of choices?

  • LANEIGE Water Bank Eye Gel 
got this some time ago too from Althea's birthday box! and finally able to finish it before it expires. phew! all-in-all a good product which i love the texture and scent. As its a quite popular product for K-beauty and also considered a luxury item in my opinion because of the brand. 

VERDICT? love the texture and how it blends well on my eyes, but i did not felt a super wow after-effect to my eyes as i have serious dark circles. however, to be fair it did felt more hydrated and i only started tracking in after 1/4 left in the tub. 

REPURCHASE? yes, because its one of the affordable ones compare to other eye creams i have survey. but not anytime soon as i am trying out Innisfree's Orchid Eye Cream soon! 

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream
Bought this last year during their promotions together with their Essences Boost - the range is affordable and at the time i was more into Vitamin E and C on my face focusing more on hydrating and dark spots, my long overdue care. Fell in love immediately with the texture because I didn't like the sticky moisturizers - if you noticed most hydrating moisture fix will have that sticky after-feel. but this won't! it absorbs well! and best part is that is enhances my Vitamin C booster too!

VERDICT? A good non-sticky moisturizer and it is really hydrating as I can feel the difference after a weeks application. The tub may look small during purchase, but it lasted me 3months with a day and night daily use!

REPURCHASE? TOTALLY YES! at affordable price! i'm reconsidering it for my morning routine!

  • Etude House Sunprise Sunblock - Must Daily
Bought this quite sometime ago, as i think its a totally different packaging now. bought this entirely because of how cute the packaging was with no research on the sunblock's review. Overall it really helped me in protecting my skin, i really did notice the difference in my dark spots - it's not fading it away. but there was no incoming addition to it - so by experience i'd say yay for the results! the tube lasted 3-4months? 

VERDICT? A good sunblock to consider, but it did left a sticky after-feel - but a totally non-cakey or white cast texture. so aside from stickyness, which can be covered with my petal powder. It passes for overall love.

REPURCHASE? yes, because the cost was really affordable for sunblocks. and for the results it has given me. I will survive the stickyness. but hey, until i am lost with sunblock options, this will come in to mind for that backup. 

  • Althea Velvet Petal Powder - Beige & Translucent
just stocked up recently and started with the Beige colour, the beige version is not as smooth to blend as there is has pigments to it, so you'd have to evenly pad them. overall, okay finishing powder. I still love the Translucent sister. so, we'll see how the limited edition one plays out in the next bin! 

VERDICT? Love this product to bits! you can read more detailed post here at my Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review! smooth matte finish for the last step of your morning routine! 

REPURCHASE? Nope for Beige but YASS to the Powder in general. already did. and probably will when i run out. haha 


  • PALMER'S Cocoa Butter Formula - Micro Fine Exfoliating Facial Scrub
one of the impressive brands you can get from local drugstore, Watsons and Guardian. this is our family favourite and really does pack a punch on scrubbing off nasty dead skins. Probably our 3rd purchase. will do some comparisons with my other scrubs soon!

VERDICT? all time family favourite, so its enough said. however, with the strength on the scrub - it might be too harsh for sensitive skin as the granules are more rough and you can really feel the texture rubbing off your skin. I use it on alternate days, sometimes even twice a week only depending on how dirty my face feels like as i have dry skin. doesn't rip of moisture - but definitely will leave you some tingly pain.

REPURCHASE? yes! but not anytime soon - feel like trying out other scrubs for a change. But if you're looking for good scrub - try it! because on its strength and cause its around RM20 if you get it on offer price.

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Hope you guys enjoy these empties, i can finally say goodbye to them at the bin! 
As i will be more religiously finishing skincare and makeups before buying others - hope these will be just as helpful to you guys who are considering these. They are in no particular order of favoritism, just sharing my experience using them till the end. 

Will be doing my Bye Bye Bin Project Quarterly! 
stay tuned for Q2 because there are a lot of them currently at the verge of finishing. Q2 will have a longer list of empties. because my AM & PM skincares are running low!



until next magical day,
wan
Monday, April 15, 2019

#Dressupyournails with Maniqure | Lifestyle Review


I have heard so much of Maniqure KK for the longest time and has been stalking their nail art personally! When I finally had the chance to try out the service for myself, I was ecstatic with excitement! Located in Lintas on 1st floor above Salim's in Lintas, you won’t miss the lovely turquoise trademark branding of theirs and the lovely setting of the salon. The salon has a really nice wall of flowers perfect for the ladies.


Its usually very rare for me to do manicures and pedicures as I always prefer simple designs which most of the time, I do them at home with my mom and sister. Given that my outfits are always very simple and too much blings usually overwhelms. But, Maniqure has so much variety even for simple designs. It was such a hard time to decide which one I wanted!

credits to Maniqure's instagram for all these lovely designs
Took me some to really decide after stalking their instagram, and blog and gallery on their website at https://www.maniqure.my/ and I finally decided on these few! couldn't narrow down to which one I really wanted because I loved them all. so I gave the lovely, Wasabi to decide for me. 


I was welcomed with a shockingly pretty dainty salon, and it was already calm and relaxing as I took off my shoes and got seated! Served with some honey tea as I wait for prepping, the whole session was a 2 hrs duration, but the entire time I was so happy to talk and interact with my artist while she do my nails, somehow feel a little guilty on breaking her concentration and attention while she work! – but if you’re not chatty, and prefers a quiet time they provide Ipad available for use as time fillers if you're up for a pedicure.

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Here are some of their designs, and salute to the highest respect to the nail artists in Maniqure for great talents, and precision. You’d be able to compare the results below with the choices I choose above.

TADAAAAA!

Just look at the beautiful results they have made my nails, painting my own nails will never be the same ever again! The attention to details and soft colours! And shiny sparkles! I was in awe and practically teared up a little for its beauty! It was my first time having matte nails too! so it was a nice blend of shiny gloss and clean matte! 

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THE RATINGS
RESULTS  YASSSS! I love the simple yet detailed flower petals! a nice blend of matte and gloss! :) 
SERVICE  feel very welcome and they serve really nice tea as a plus! The place is clean and tidy!
STAFF  SUPER FRIENDLY BUNCH! its nice to see the team works so well with each other like family.  
PRICE  ranges around RM78 onwards for Gel manicure dependable on your designs. Overall for the quality i have gotten, I'd say its actually quite worth it. You may check out their services and price here! Maniqure Services


Please believe me when I declare that I converted into a girly girl who would probably be doing this more regularly on special occasions. Because it was so well worth it! And because every lady deserves to love themselves more often, which means pamper time to look good and why not start by #Dressupyournails! I am now super confident to flaunt my hands everywhere!

Feel free to reach out to them at the details below! and book yourself an appointment to try them out! 
If you're thinking of buying it as a gift! good news! they have beautiful gift cards available too!



MANIQURE NAIL SALON
Address : Lot 4-1 (PARCEL 0102), First Floor, Block B, Lorong Lintas Plaza 2, Lintas Plaza, 88300 Kota Kinabalu
Opening Hours : Friday - Wednesday (9AM-6PM) | Closed on Thursday
Contact: +6
0123470152
Email: maniquremy@gmail.com


 Thank you for having me Maniqure! I will definitely be back for my next dress up! 


Until next magical day,
wan

MARCH Highlights


hello there! 

it's already the end of March! which is also end of the first quarter of the year! could you believe time really does flies by so fast, and as everyday we live through it - it's a real blessing from God. So much going on in March, which i think i spent the most this month, on well - skincares on promotions, facial packages, props and pretty stuffs, some flight tickets! yay will be going for Butterfly Party in April! super excited. Overall, i think my bank is crying this month. but I'd be stopping now - after my humidifier comes. time to work on some part-time stuffs to earn extra income? anyone wanna commission my noob artworks? haha 


WHAT WENT WELL
  • Clean eating habit! yay I am now sugarless drinker and fried food at the most once a week chance with minimal cravings and limited consumption each time! I eat much less now, and i don't force myself to finish my plate, manage the portion part of my intake well this month.
  • Started to listen to music as much as I can  - current endless loop BTS (방탄소년단) - Answer: Love Myself & Shaun Way Back Home
  • Practicing self-love alot and meditate every night now - time to get myself a air humidifier! :P
  • Build up a everyday workout exercise habit! yay! slowly but surely. though aren't extreme exercise yet. 

TO IMPROVE ON
  • I spent too much money this month! Time to really pull out an Expenses book to control myself! I have to really stop looking and scrolling in Shopee. Shopping is sadly addictive and easy nowadays. not good for the wallet. period.
  • To draw more on original pieces and explore styles and colouring - 3artworks/weekly goal
  • Time management and prioritization! Daytime job and juggle with Sides at night 
  • Online courses new skill learning on Udemy or Skillshare 
  • Work on HIIT Workout! 

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let's start Q2 with a nice flower partyy! i am so excited for the upcoming months and to be better step-by-step! 

until next magical day,
wan