K-Beauty Addicts, Mamonde is Coming to Malaysia!!


Beauty products are my guilty pleasure. If it's Korean, it's better. I love their products because they work for my skin and are usually worth every penny. Not just that, I dare say that in these past few years, the spotlight in latest beauty culture and trends has now shifted more towards Korean brands and technology.

Yes, my obsession with anything Korean might have started with their entertainment scene (eg: dramas and handsome K-pop oppas), but it does not end there because I am now officially a hardcore K-beauty addict. The influence of Hallyu culture was the stepping point for the Korean beauty to get into the spotlight, but the main reason why they stay in the game for this long is because of the products. They are just so innovative, they come in such wonderful concepts that easily captures females (and males) heart, they are affordable and they work like magic too! I could say that more than seventy percent of beauty products that I own right now are made in Korea. But still, just like an addict, I always need my monthly dosage of new babies to admire. 

My prescription? 
Definitely more hauls. I just love checking out new products on both Korean beauty outlets and Korean beauty website. Research and testing out products are part of the fun too. Unfortunately, the experience can be limited if you are living thousands of miles away from South Korea.

Like me.

Thankfully, they noticed and Korean brands have now started spreading their wings worldwide. For those who are living in Malaysia, you must have noticed the increasing number of K-brands coming into this country. So, we have more access and opportunity to try out products without having to travel there ourselves. But even with that, I know we all want more! So today, I have a great news that will make you, Korean beauty enthusiasts squeal in delight once again.

Something smells good in the air!

Brace yourself and prepare to shop till you drop because another well-loved brand is coming onboard! Want some clue?

1. It is not a foreign brand for K-beauty lovers
2. It is inspired by flowers.
3. Its name is taken from a French word that means 'My World'
4. It is a brand under the K-beauty giant, Amore Pacific.

With the clues above, I'm pretty sure many of you have guessed it right. Yes, Mamonde is coming to us this August 2016 and their first beauty counter is going to be opened in AEON Bandar Utama!!

Say hi to Mamonde spokeperson, Park Shin Hye!

Thanks to Butterfly Malaysia I was invited to be one of the firsts to experience, test and intimately know the brand at their Launch Preview of Mamonde event in Royale Chulan Damansara. It was so amazing, it's still one of my favourites for this year. The exhibit hall was decorated with flowers and Mamonde products were displayed in such beautiful manners and I couldn't stop clicking my camera shutter trying to capture everything. We were also briefed on the brand history and their R&D approach which focuses on "5 key flowers that are used in Mamonde formulation, flower science technologies and their floral properties" .

Mamonde 5 Key Flowers



Honeysuckle: 
An enduring winter flower and widely grown in mountains and forests. Blossom in white but gradually turns orange as it age.

Hibiscus:
They bloom beautifully under the sunshine on summer days. Each Hibiscus shrub is capable of growing up to 5,000 trumpet-shaped flowers over a long season.

Narcissus:
They grow and blooms in bunches by the sea, revealing its pure and elegant beauty especially when clustered.

Lotus:
They breathe as the sun rises and anchors themselves firmly on a puddle of mud. They have deep, noble scent that travels in the wind which surely will attract you.

Camellia:
A flower capable of enduring long winter and is adaptable even in the ocean. It's also able to preserve its intoxicating scent regardless of the surrounding.


Not just that, other flowers such as Evening Primrose, Demask Rose, Peach Blossom, Magnolia, Water Lily, Heartleaf Houttuynia and Sage are also used in their products. All of these flowers has excellent properties for skin recovery and maintenance. This includes giving the skin vitality and hydration, providing anti-aging assistance, cleansing and exfoliating impurities and dead skin cells, brightening the dull complexion and giving pore care and oil balancing.


Research done by the AmorePacific Research Institute discover that flowers from the root to its stem and petals have amazing properties to provide nourishment to the skin. With the inspiration to enhance women beauty and preserve the feminity, Mamonde were born. Therefore, it is Mamonde's virtue to be inspired by flowers as they are a sign of beauty and a symbol of grace.

Stay tuned for my review on their First Energy Essence and Serum!

Mamondee products will be available in Malaysia with price ranging from RM6-RM169. Some of their star products include The First Energy Essence and Serum, Cover Powder Cushion, Age Control Eye Power Cream, Moisture Ceramide Cream Lotus Micro Cleansing Foam, Rose Water Toner and Floral Hydro Cream. I received The First Energy Essence and Serum and is still in the middle of testing them out. Will be back with a complete review on those two later on so stay tuned!

Mamonde Korea Website:
www.mamonde.com
Mamonde Malaysia Facebook:
Mamonde Malaysia
Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

New Mentholatum Oxy Whitening Oil Control Wash Review for Oily Skin

Hello guys!


I received another surprise from Mentholatum just a few weeks after they sent me their brand new Sugar Lips Coloured Lip Balm which I have also reviewed. It was a pretty good timing because my brother had  ran out of his cleanser and the Oxy Whitening Oil Control Wash is just perfect for his oily skin type. On the contrary, my skin is on the drier side on the cheeks but my T-Zone can be either normal or a tad oily depending on the weather. I did use it on my T-Zone to at least have a better idea on how this cleanser work on my skin but thankfully I have an extra person to experiment on for this review! 

Fast forward to two weeks later, I'm finally ready to share about this product with you! First of all, this range is fairly new and it comes in two sizes; 50g and 100g . I will say that this is very affordable product considering the quality. I know Oxy has been around for quite sometimes, and I bet it have a pretty wide fan base already. So, you won't have to worry if the brand is trustworthy or not because it won't be here for that long if it's not good enough.


Mentholatum Oxy Whitening Oil Control Wash is made to focus on improving these five aspects of oily skin condition:

1. Giving fair and brighter skin.
2. Help in controlling shine.
3. Minimize appearances of pores.
4. Deep cleansing factor.
5. 72-hours moisturization with just a facial wash.

Yes, just because you have an oily skin doesn't mean that you won't need moisturization. As opposed to popular belief, oily skin is also caused by lack of hydration. Insufficient hydration will end up triggering more sebum production. So, with the right amount of moisturization, you can actually combat overproduction of oil and at the same time, help reduces overly enlarged pores.


I think this cleanser smells like men's aftershave product. Very clean and fresh. If you feel lonely, maybe you can just smell yourself if you don't have a man. LOL, just kidding! *giggles*

It is not too thick nor too watery and it lathers pretty well with just a bit of water. I also noticed that it gives off a cooling feeling on the skin during cleansing! I checked the ingredient afterwards and saw Balm Mint and Peppermint included in the ingredient list. I guess that's the reason why. Really love that cooling feeling since it often helped me to 'wake up' even more in the morning.

Price wise, this Mentholatum Oxy Whitening Oil Control Wash is an absolute steal. Sometimes, a meal at a nice place can cost you more than that. The whole tube lasts quite long considering it has been two weeks and still there's more inside. You can purchase this at major pharmacies nationwide for RM8.50 (50g) and RM13.90 (100g).

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

US Fries & Burgers Fiesta: Kawaii is for Mini Mini Cafe

Hello guys!


My potato-filled journey with US Fries & Burgers Fiesta in this whole month brought me to another participating outlet called Mini Mini Cafe, which is located on Level 3, Mid Valley Megamall. Both visits I had prior to Mini Mini Cafe was really splendid so I was hoping to keep it that way until the end. KGB Bangsar showed me that even a burger can taste like million dollars (gourmet) while Tryst Cafe let me experience a very laid back tasting session. The two of them have a totally different dining concept with each other so it made my review became even more interesting. That's why I couldn't seem to contain my excitement before going this last one.


This cafe is located at the new renovated part of Mid Valley so I have no idea about their concept. I can't draw any image of the cafe in my head beforehand at all so you can say that I was so surprised, almost taken aback by how cuteeee the decoration at the Mini Mini Cafe. It turned on my geeky side as the cafe is literally a cross between Alice in Wonderland and a toy shop. Yeah. They have toys or more specifically dolls, displayed all over the place. I felt like I'm in a tea party. I realized I didn't take any more picture of the interior ESPECIALLY THAT KAWAII SAILORMOON DOLL that was displayed near our table so I am definitely going back even if it's just to soak in all the cuteness, and take pictures. Lots of them.

Insta-worthy? Checked!

Like the other two outlets, Mini Mini Cafe Mid Valley also have two participating dish in this fiesta. The first one is the Ox Bites Burger and the second one is the Roasted Chicken Burger. Without further ado, let's go through each of them!

Ox Bites Burger.



This burger is very meaty and has a strong beefy flavour to it. The burger bun is soft, and the patty is topped with salad, cheddar slice, and the Mini Recipe Sauce. As usual, no burger can be complete without its fries buddy and this dish also come with the U.S Skin-on fries. You know what? After going around fries last May, I found that I really like the crispiness achieved with a skin-on fries compared to the naked one. LOL!

Roasted Chicken Burger


If you approach me any day and ask if I am a beef or chicken person; most of the time my answer would be beef. Like probably 99% of the time? The rare 1% goes to a certain moment when I feel like a chicken dish is more amazing than the beef one. That includes this Roasted Chicken Burger from Mini Mini Cafe. Just like it's ox twin, the burger is served with U.S Skin-on fries. The burger has the same stuff inside too. Salad, cheddar slice and the Mini Recipe Sauce. But what set this burger higher than the first one is the fact that the patty is so juicy, not overcooked at all. Roasted perfectly. I notice that the burger patty is mixed with ground black pepper which gives it a fun spice taste.

In overall, both burgers are good but the chicken tops the game this time. The portion is just nice to eat per person, especially if you're hungry. As for other sauces like chili sauce or ketchup, Mini Mini Cafe provides a condiment section which allows you to customize the amount of sauce you want.

My journey with U.S Fries & Bugers Fiesta 2016 ends here. I would like to thank you to the U.S Potato board for having me as a part of this gastronomic fun. I had so much fun trying and enjoying a various style of burgers and fries! If you want to check out the full list of the participating outlet for this fiesta, you can read my previous post. May 2016 officially became the month where Anis eats burger almost every week! Not that I'm complaining. LOL!

Location:
Mini Mini Cafe
T-005C & T-007A,
3rd Floor, South Court,
Mid Valley Megamall,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mon-Sun: 10.30AM-10PM

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

100 Years of Eye Care with Rohto Eyedrops.

Hello guys!


What causes dry eyes? It's a very simple question but sometimes we are too neglectful to care. The hecticness of daily schedules without giving a rest to the eyes and over-reliance on technology devices like computers, laptops, TVs and mobile phones are the reason why we frequently the feel the dryness and strain. Not just that, environmental irritants like smoke, dust, hazy weather and usage of the air conditioner are also a contributor to this issue. A quick and refreshing solution to the weary eyes would be by giving them some eye drop treatment.

Introducing Rohto Eye Drops, an eye care brand originated from Japan with over 100 years manufacturing experience! It's now available in Malaysia in different variants depending on your eye problem like the Rohto Cool (Blue), Rohto Aqua (Pink), Rohto Dry Aid (Turquoise). Under the wing of a trusted company Mentholatum, what makes this brand different is that the products have a different cooling level, ranging from 0(mild) to 8 (strong).

Rohto Cool

Tired Eye Relief - Cool & Refreshing

This is one product that got a lot of highlight during the launching event. The uniqueness of Rohto Cool eyedrops is on it's cooling feature it gives everytime you apply it on your eyes. Rohto created a 0-8 (low-high) cooling scale and this product is rated at level 5.

Rohto Aqua

Tired Eye Relief - Gentle and Moisturizing

I screamed 'PINK' when I saw the packaging. Maybe I'm biased but this one is has a cute design (yeahh totally biased). Unlike the Rohto Cool, Rohto Aqua has a 0 (mild) level of cooling effect. If you find the cooling feature too foreign, you can opt for this one. Both Aqua and Cool are contact lens friendly so they are just perfect to bring along anywhere. 

Clear and minimalistic teardrop-like packaging!

Rohto Dry Aid

This is an advanced dry eye relief in order to restore moisture. I was unable to try out this one but I think I will grab a bottle soon as I am hoping it will help my very dry eye problem. It contains 3 layers of tear film which are the Oil Layer (Sesame Oil) which is used to prevent evaporation of tears, Water Layer (Hypromellose) to provide moisturization and Mucin Layer (Polyoxyethylene Polyoxypropylene Glyycol) to help enable tears stays on the surface on the eyes. I hope this will help my problem. I am sad since I can't wear contact lens longer than a good 20 minutes. Maybe this could help me keep them on longer. *cross fingers*

Verdict:
During the event, I made a quick Vlog with my fellow blogger Kak Ella and Betty. You can check out our reaction on the Rohto Cool products. Really, a sensation that you should experience at least once in your lifetime! 




The safety and quality level of Rohto eyedrops are considered top notch. Each ingredient is filtered and sterilized through gamma sterilization or electron beam sterilization, from the packaging bottle to the cap and nozzle. Very Japanese like right? LOL if you get what I mean. They are now available in Malaysia leading pharmacies and hypermarkets nationwide, priced at RM16.90 (inclusive of GST) per bottle. Very affordable as it can be used for quite a lot of times. 

From left: Betty, Misz Ella, Me and Miera!

It is recommended to use the eye drops up to 5-6 times daily with 1-2 drops on each affected eyes. The product should be used up to 2-3 months after opening!For more information, you can visit www.rohtoeyedrops.com.my! Thank you to Butterfly Project Malaysia for inviting me to try this cool product. It's now my handbag must have!

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ

US Fries & Burgers Fiesta: Go Gourmet with KGB

Hello guys!


My food-venture with US Fries & Burgers Fiesta continued at Killer Gourmet Burger (KGB) branch in Bangsar. The outlet is very easy to find, just a few shop away from Devi's Corner and was really crowded that Sunday evening. It was my first time eating at KGB so I was really curious about the food they serve. Like, why gourmet? Especially with their name being eerily similar to that Soviet Union security agency. LOL. I was crossing my fingers hoping to get a taste of a killer burger from the get go especially when I have been hearing about this burger joint from my peers a lot of time. Since I was there to specifically try their US Fries & Burgers Fiesta menu, I was served with two different dishes. They are:

Frito Pie


Let's start with the side. Frito Pie is a U.S Skin-on fries that are served with 24-hours smoked beef brisket with sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, and grilled onion as toppings. The crispy fries (especially with the skin on) taste really good with the toppings. At first, I didn't know that the beef brisket was smoked for a whole day to gain its deep taste, but I remember my mind went 'holy smokes' #punintended as I took my first bite. The shredded beef just melts in my mouth. So soft. I feel like I don't even use a lot of energy to chew it. Meanwhile, the caramelized grilled onion gave a sweet taste that blends well with the cheese and sour cream giving the Frito Pie a rich, savoury taste.

Santa Fe Burger

The Santa Fe Burger is marvelous. I just love love love love it! A nicely grilled (and juicy) beef patty topped with guacamole, smoked chipotle mayo, crispy beef bacon, and jalapenos screamed the word harmony especially to my taste bud. They are the kind of food I like, almost Mexican with a perfect balance of flavour. An ultimate comfort food if you want to melt away your stress and help your stomach plays a happy song. The US Potato fries that are served as a side for the set just completes the meal. The bun holding the ingredients are soft and fluffy and I liked the KGB branding sealed on it. I would definitely agree that this is the definition of a gourmet burger that won't actually burn a hole in your wallet. Affordable and delicious. What else you can ask for, right?

This burger turned me into KGB-mania!

I would like to thank US Potato Board for giving me an opportunity to chance upon this outlet. Being so near my office, I could foresee myself frequently going there. Stay tuned for my last restaurant review for 2016 US Fries & Burgers soon! You can also check out my first review at Tryst Cafe Subang or see the full list of participating cafes and outlets here.

KGB Bangsar
23, Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ