Saturday, April 11, 2015


I've always been a fan of fragrances. I have more fragrances than I can count and my desk drawer could hold. But I've always liked having choices of fragrances each morning, different fragrances suit different moods: fun, sexy, flirty, serious, gala, classy, business, happy, melancholy, etc.

The thing is I've never thought I would wear a fragrance that speaks business, until recently when it has become apparent that I need to at times. And I've never really come across a fragrance that speaks business and formality, bold but feminine (maybe even alluring) all at the same time.

And that's how I would describe the HUGO Woman fragrance.

Written in the press description:
HUGO Woman is a fruity, floral fragrance with an unconventional, boyish twist, combining unexpected naturals and pioneering molecules. The scent creates a contrast of tones and sensations, fusing traditionally feminine and unexpected masculine notes to redefine the conventions of female fragrances to reflect HUGO's minimalist glamour. 

The HUGO Woman has a boysenberry top note and really rich amber base note defined by sandalwood and cedar which I assume give the subtle masculine scent.

The HUGO Man fragrance was more direct, signature classic scent of all HUGO men fragrances. The bergamot and cedar leaves combination gave it an adventurous twist, vibrant but grounded, thanks to a dry base note provided by sandalwood, vetiver, cedar wood and oak moss.

The scent is also well represented by the rugged style design of the bottle.

The new HUGO Woman is already available in departmental stores and perfumeries. Do check out the prices below and try it out on your next visit to the mall.

HUGO Woman EDP 30ml -  RM157
HUGO Woman EDP 50ml -  RM226
HUGO Woman EDP 75ml -  RM289

HUGO Man EDT 125ml    -  RM296

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Midori Travel Notebooks

Things have finally settled down a little in the month of April. What was supposed to be a hot dry season ended up in heavy downpours everyday at 4pm for a straight month and half. 

For the first time in 14 months I could sit down and think about things other than work, it sounds a little exaggerated, sadly it's not. Truth be told, it didn't feel that a year has passed. And each month went by just as quickly. And it has been a year, isn't it? That I'm now sitting in my own shop, writing my thoughts down as the rain pours relentlessly outside. It felt unreal. I have been so occupied that I didn't have time to rejoice in the many things occurring in my life. I left my 20s and welcome my 30s with work on my head; I hardly travel at all, nor had the mind to; I didn't have time to meet friends, or have dinners or teas; I missed out on so many major movies I used to swear I would never miss; I didn't even stop to think that now I have my own outlet, until now. Which is pretty fucking surreal. 

And then I came to my blog. And found it's left poorly attended to. 

With such a huge gap of time since I've done some proper catching ups with my own thoughts, it feels weird I should, or could, write any of those stuff on this space. I've grown to be such a private person, and spilling my mind on a public space is, if anything, a little intimidating. 

I stumbled onto the idea of owning a midori travel notebook. It's like an stationery arrangement system the Japanese created to journal things, photos, thoughts, itineraries and ideas down in a leather binder. The idea is pretty neat.

It has somehow never occurred to me about writing my own diary. Sure I don't travel as much anymore, but it's nice to document thoughts I'm reluctant to share on a public site. The idea only occurred for a day before I realize I may not have this sort of free time for myself for long. How long before I dive back into that hectic whirlwind of a work schedule. 

I enjoy every minute of these challenges, and it's pretty exciting to be planning, organizing and executing almost all the time. 

Ok end of muse. Time to pick up that book I have left aside for FAR TOO LONG. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Estee Lauder Crescent White Range Review

Since getting to know several beauty blogger friends, I started trying out new beauty products more often. Recently I was asked to try out the new Estee Lauder Crescent White Range so here's my review of it.

It came in three products to the three steps in daily facial ritual.

I came back from a long day at work so my skin was super fatigue and dull. I decided to try the products to see the difference it can make on my skin.

All the photos below are without photo edit and filter. Straight from the phone.

Step 1: 

I started off with the Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Treatment Lotion, which acts as a toner after cleansing your face. So usually I also double it as a refresher during the day because it can revitalise yoiur skin with a surge of hydration and at the same time corrects the look of dark spots.

Pour and do a quick swipe to spread it evenly and then start patting your face lightly to let it get absorbed. I don't like to use cotton pads for my toner because I feel that more moisture goes onto my face when I apply direct. I love the smell of the toner too, so refreshing.

Step 2:

Here I use the Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence after the toner. This high performance essence helps even skin tone and significantly reduces the look of dark spots. The secret lies in the Japan Quasi-Drug whitening and anti-inflammatory formula. 

Then spread it from middle of the face and gently swipe upward towards your ears. This is the correct way to apply essence and moisturiser onto your face.

Spread evenly on your forehead too, swipe upward from forehead and then swipe alongside toward the side of your face.

Step 3:

Take the Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme, take a generous dollop with your finger, and tap five spots onto your face. This helps strengthen skin's moisture barrier and correct the look of dark spots and prevent new ones. The result is a more supple and translucent, even-toned and bright skin.

Again same method with applying the essence, the slight pull to the side of your face will help tighten your skin. See it as a face lift exercise.

And done. VoilĂ !

What do you think? Do you see the brightening effect?  It instantly gave a radiant effect to my skin right? And I  LOVE the smell. It's not oily and very easy to apply on.

If you go back to the first photo of my face, you will see how dull my skin looked. In this photo, it looked like I just freshen up in the morning and am about to head out. Quite surprised with the effect. Very impressed with it.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Treatment Lotion (RM190)
Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence (RM380)
Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme (RM365)

Try it.
Redeem a sample of Estee Lauder Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence here.