Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Launch of Gucci Bamboo and Review of James Bond 007 for Women

James Bond 007 for women eau de parfum

James Bond 007 for women eau de parfum

It was like Christmas came early when I received this gorgeous floral arrangement filled with fragrances. Nothing can please a girl who adore fragrances more.

The floral arrangements had white lilies and orchids and they were my favourites~! (orchids because they are my mom's fav, so it became my favs too).

Two days later it bloomed beautifully and the whole room smelt of lilies. LOVE.

James Bond 007 for women eau de parfum

You can also get a floral arrangement when you purchase any 2 large size GUCCI Fragrance in conjuction with the launching of GUCCI new fragrance: GUCCI Bamboo.

Gucci bamboo edp

Available in SOGO KL for purchase after 7th July 2015.
Pre-order on-line now at www.klsogo.com.my


Also available only in SOGO KL a 3-pc gift set (inclusive of a jewellery case) when you purchase the new James Bond 007 for Women EDP 75ml and body lotion 150ml, which had just launched in May.

sogo

James Bond 007 for women eau de parfum

Quick review for the James Bond 007 for Women EDP:
Top note has a quick almost unnoticeable spicy black pepper enveloped with rose milk followed by an attractive blackberry combined with soft white floral jasmine, ending with black vanilla blend with white musk with a touch of cedarwood.

Overall a very fruity fragrance with a slight formality (female masculinity?). I would wear this to a casual business lunch date.

James Bond EDP
30ml     RM100
50ml     RM140
75ml     RM180

Body Lotion 150ml    RM40.


//will be reviewing the Gucci Bamboo in the next post along with the other fragrances in the basket. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

How to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer

Violet blue hair

You spent a fortune at the salon getting that crazy intense color you wanted after a long decision.
After spending 5 hours at the salon, you walked out with a head of glorious, perfectly blown awesome pink, lilac, red, blue, turquoise, silver, etc, hair.

You come home, wash your hair two days later and your beautiful vibrant color disappears.
Fades into a sad washed-up grey/orange/dirty yellow hue.

NooOooo...!!!


It doesn't have to be that way. I colored my hair vibrant blue three weeks ago and today the color still shows, no touch ups!
In fact my tips DO NOT require those expensive and complicated color enhancing or preserving shampoo. Especially when it is difficult to obtain those products in many countries.

Three weeks ago:
Violet blue hair
My latest hair color - two-tone violet and blue ombre.
Outdoor shot

Violet blue hair
Indoor shot.

Today: 
Blue hair
indoor, under sunlight

Blue hair
indoor, away from sunlight

The blue has faded a little but it is hardly noticeable.


Here are my tips.

1. Pick a Trusted Salon. 

This sounds like a no-brainer but believe me, just because a salon is expensive and well-known doesn't mean they know what they are doing when it comes to achieving out-of-the-norm hairstyles. And even if they have the portfolios, not all their stylists can create fantastic results. Do your research, go through several stylists and salons before you decide on one that you trust.

I once paid over RM700 for a bright ash-grey hair makeover at a local big franchise popular salon chain only to receive a sad DARK color hair with a hint of ash. Even after they offered me a re-do two weeks later, it still didn't come out the way I had hoped for (not even close).

Now I only visit Sunny at Hareta Hair Studio, located at desa sri hartamas for my hair. Not only he could give me the color I want (while protecting my hair at the same time), he did it at almost half the price.

Before and after blue hair
4 weeks ago, pure navy blue


2. Dry Shampoo

Let's be honest. The best way to maintain your bright hair color is to never wash your hair. But our hair follicles oil up, dust and dirt compile, and dandruff buildup means you have to wash your hair eventually.

However, you can try to reduce the frequency of your hair wash. Instead of every 2-3 days hair wash, make it 4-5 days a hair wash instead (my record was 7 days and it only happened once). Apply dry shampoo and massage into your scalp will help extend the days.

Less sweating helps too. Which means do less activities that will cause sweat.
If you're washing your face, tie a head band to keep your hair away from face and water.

3. No Swimming

Basically no touching water other than the necessary hair wash you need to have. If you are keen to maintain that beautiful pink in your hair for a much longer time, forget beach holidays and pool time. Chlorine and salt will bleach out your hair color.

The journey of my hair
Bye beach. See you when my hair color fades away


4. Cold Water

This is crucial.
Wash your hair with COLD WATER. Warm or hot water will fade your color really fast. If you can't handle cold shower, you can opt to wash your hair and body separately, or visit a salon to do the job.

I wash my hair at Hareta every single time.
It's really affordable at only RM20 per wash + blow + curl when you get a package (RM100 for 5 washes).

I don't even curl my own hair anymore. Saves me time and money to buy new shampoos, conditioners and hair spray.


5. Curl Hair Using Low Heat

This only applies to those who curl or iron their hair. Always set with lower heat setting so not to damage the hair and hair color as much. If you do it in a salon, remember to request lower heat setting. Same goes with hair washing. Don't be shy to make a request and don't expect everyone to know what they are doing.


Have fun coloring your hair!!

Violet blue hair

Violet blue hair

Violet blue hair

Violet blue hair

Violet blue hair

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SK-II Mid-Day & Mid-Night Miracle Essence

Sk-II mid-day miracle essence

Wanted to write this earlier but I've been ill for a week now. Yesterday felt better so decided to take few more photos with my newly received Miracle Essence.

Initially I thought it was a new type of day and night serum by SK-II. Only to find out it's a day and night facial mists (with Pitera as the main ingredient) after reading a few of my friends reviews. Cool!

Sk-II miracle essence

I love facial mists! But I don't spray a lot of them (even though I do own quite a few of them) mainly because I don't like fragrances on products I put on my face unless they're natural scents from ginseng or lavender. I used to travel a lot so plane rides dehydrates my face A LOT so I'd always bring a bottle with me in my bag whenever I board a plane. Nowadays because I stay inside an aircond room all the time, it's always something nice to have at the working desk.

What I have always loved about SK-II is that all their products are fragrance-free.

Sk-II miracle essence
sick face lol

The Mid-Day and Mid-Night Miracle Essence can penetrate through make-up and can be used throughout the day, spray up to 5 times a day. The Mid-Night version has a cooling effect which can be refreshing in the evening when your face is tired. Both contains Sodium PCA which helps binds water within skin tissue to lock in moisture.

SK-II

Sk-II mid-day miracle essence


Verdict: Face feels instantly hydrated and refreshed. It gets absorbed pretty fast after spraying and doesn't leave any sticky feeling even with make up on. I'd give it a 10/10 as far as facial mists go.

SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence 50ml        RM232
SK-II Mid-Night Miracle Essence 50ml      RM232