• Beauty,  Makeup,  Trends

    5 Beauty Trends That are Out of This World (Seriously!)

    We have so much time in the world these days to come up with the weirdest things. Some of those things are beauty trends. Some will go way beyond and do the most outrages things to stay in trend. But will you? Here are 5 beauty trends that we think areseriously out of this world.

    1. Bubble Nails
    This may have been one of the weirdest trends to ever pop up. Who even came up with the idea to make big chunky nails? Its difficult enought to maintain a fresh manicure, what about this?? This really got us scratching our heads.This particular nail art was made for Easter, so that makes a little sense, right?

    3. Clown Contour
    You’ve probably heard of this everywhere but why would anyone do it? We have no idea. Although the clown contouring was made as a joke, some people took it seriously. Yet again, too much effort for us to want to do it. Lets just stick to the basics, shall we?

    4. Fur Nails
    Everyone knows there is bound to be one weird trend that comes from fashion week. At the Libertine’s F/W 2016 runway at New York Fashion Week, the fur nails were introduced. Just imagine trying to wash the dishes or your hair with these nails. It is rather… troublesome. But we must say it does look pretty cool!

    5. Stuck Together Lashes
    Another weird trend from fashion week is from Vivienne Westwood’s A/W 2016/2017 fashion show. Now, this is something beyond. This look was created by MAC Cosmetics and we are just wondering, will they be selling these weird lashes in store soon? You definitely wouldn’t need to bother about combing the excess mascara off now, that is for sure. But would you go out looking like this?

    So far, we don’t think think we will be trying out any of these odd beauty trends soon. Some of these trends may suit your style, so don’t be afraid to try it out! We would probably try these out for a fashion photoshoot but not for an everyday look. Let us know what you think!

  • Food,  Living

    Plate Culture (Review) @ Mun Wei’s My Hakka Kitchen

    A cozy home setting, friendly people and good home cooked food. Would I recommend Plate Culture to you guys? Read on to find out:

    I had not heard of Plate Culture previously. But perusing their website I was intrigued. They have a good variety of cuisines to choose from; all prepared by home chefs that open the doors to their homes.

    From traditional Hakka to Malay as well as Western cuisines are offered. Some even offer cooking classes for you to learn about the cuisine.

    PlateCulture aims at connecting people who love cooking and hosting with people who love eating.

    “Social Dinning At Local Foodies’ Houses”

    They operate in several countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.  It’s really simple to use, you just request a dinner on your chosen date, Chef approves, you confirm and secure your payment and head over on your chosen date to enjoy the PlateCulturing experience.

    My Hakka Kitchen

    I was invited to a PlateCulturing experience at Mun Wei’s (Yuki): My Hakka Kitchen.

    Yuki was previously a chef at a café that served fusion Italian food; however, she gave that up to be a homemaker and especially to care for her, now, 3 year old daughter.

    I asked her “why she decided to join plate culture and serve Hakka cuisine instead?”

    Yuki told me that she loves cooking and as she grew up on traditional Hakka cuisine, wanted to offer the opportunity to try it to others.

    She was introduce to Plate Culture by her brother who is a Western cuisine chef.

    Getting There

    Yuki’s home is located at Jalan Kuchai Lama and the dinner was at 7PM on a Tuesday, so any of you who are familiar with KL would know my issue here. The usual Jam. But I had expected it and had left for dinner earlier to arrive on time.

    Getting there wasn’t too much of an issue other than the short crawl along the Federal highway on to Jalan Klang Lama. Once in the housing area, it was a little confusing and there were two streets with the same name. But it didn’t take long before I found Yuki’s house.

    As I arrived, Ken (Yuki’s husband) open the door for me and welcomed me warmly, I walked in entering the hallway that lead up to the dining area. The kitchen was on my immediate right as I entered where I met Yuki.

    Upon meeting, Yuki asked if I ate pork, as she would be serving pork (it is traditional Hakka). Due to a lapse on my part and excitement, I had forgotten about asking about this earlier (sorry guys).

    After the initial meet Ken guided me to the dining area. The home was nicely decorated with a cozy dining area that was next to a little outdoor garden (as you can see in the photo).

    Ken is an interior designer and humored my curiosity on the subject. It was no wonder the home nicely decorated.

    Before long the food came.

    Food

    Yuki served up 5 dishes that followed with desert. Despite my earlier mistake, Yuki did her best to accommodate, which was really nice of her. But she also presented the dishes so I could take photos for you guys 

    The dishes served were; Stir fried roast pork (cooked with garlic and soy sauce till crispy), Fried fucuk crab balls (filled with squid, prawn and fish paste), a Hakka style Yong Tau Foo (filled with salted fish and mince pork), Ginger wine chicken, two veggie dishes and followed by dessert.

    The dishes were served along with a bowl of rice.

    As I ate, both Yuki and Ken entertain me with delightful conversation,  educating me on Hakka Cuisine.

    As far as I can tell you, is that the food was very well prepared. The veggie dishes were well seasoned and I tried the ginger chicken that was really delicious. The ginger gave a good ommph to it and the chicken was flavourful.

    Yuki uses free range chicken and only seek the best quality of ingredients.

    The stars of the dinner however, were the stir fired roast pork, fried fucuk crab balls and the Hakka style Yong Tau Foo.

    The dinner ended with desert. I was given warm sweet soy milk cooked with egg. And trust me,  I was surprised at how nice it was. It was well balanced and sweetness did well to balance out the saltiness of the Hakka cuisine. Though Yuki usually serves barley and fucuk with ginkgo nut for desert.

    Would I Recommend Plate Cullture?

    I really like the concept of Plate Culture. My first thought was to have dinner parties, where you and friends could choose a cuisine to try and have it there.

    If the experience I had at Yuki’s is anything to go by, with good quality authentic food, friendly people and a cozy home setting; I would definitely recommend you try out.

    Plate Culture Website: plateculture.com

    Mun Wei’s: My Hakka Kitchen

  • Celebrities,  Entertainment,  Fashion,  Shopping

    Descendants Of The Sun Fashion

    We are self professed addicts of the popular show Descendants Of The Sun, a Korean romance starring Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo and Song Hye Kyo as the doctor he is wooing.

    In this article, we scoured local online shops to find lookalike pieces so that other fans can get the DOTS look too.

    Denim Skirt

    Song Hye Kyo’s A-line denim skirt goes well with a variety of casual tops.

    Get a similar one here with Espirit:

    Espirit Denim Skirt RM249.90

    Or a cheaper (and shorter) version with Something Borrowed:

    Something Borrowed Denim Skirt RM69.90

    Beige/Pink Sweater

    Song Hye-Kyo’s style is modern feminine with minimal accessories and light colors that are matched with loose fitting clothes.

    We found a version of her light beige/pink sweater here:

    ASOS Tunic With High Neck In Cashmere RM195

    Checkered Blouse

    Here she finds out that Song Joong-Ki is returning to Korea the day after. You can get a similar looking blouse from Uniqlo:

    Uniqlo Check Long Sleeve Shirt RM 99.90

    This recaps 3 pieces to get the look from Descendants Of The Sun! Keep checking back as we share similar outfits from more of our favourite tv series.

  • Food,  Living

    Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries

    It is a well known fact that we Malaysians love our food. Some food entrepreneurs have taken this love to the next level, with creative themes that give their cafes a unique identity. If you need some ideas on where to hang out this weekend, check out Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries, as voted by you!

    1) Chemistry Café+Lab

    Who said test-tubes and beakers wouldn’t be useful after school? This is one lab that isn’t just for science geeks. Located in Shah Alam, Chemistry Cafe is inspired by all the things you may find in a laboratory, which means you can expect your drinks to be served in scientific apparatus, and not cups. Food and cakes are also served at the cafe, which is open daily.

    FB: chemistrycafe | IG: @chemistrycafe

    2) Locahouz

    The next cafe takes us all the way to Malacca for a bit of a history lesson. Almost every hipster cafe you’d see nowadays would have vintage memorabilia scattered throughout their venues, but this one is truly special as the items here are rooted in the state’s history. So sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in an old school kopitiam style cup, and take in the classic vibes around you, the Malacca way.

    FB: Locahouz | IG: @locahouz.b.c.d

    3) Hello Kitty Gourmet Café

    These days, even cartoon characters are worthy of cafes. Of course, with her cult global following, Hello Kitty is no exception to this. Nestled in Sunway Pyramid, fans of the pink-bowed feline can pretend they’re on a European escapade, as the decoration there certainly evokes such feelings. At Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe, you’ll also find a variety of food offerings which are of Western selections.

    hellokittygourmet.com.my | FB: Hello Kitty Gourmet Café | IG:@hellokittygourmetcafe

    4) Mamee Jonker House

    Malacca makes the cut once again, this time with a very familiar Malaysian snack – Mamee! Here, the infamous noodles are given a twist, in the form of well-loved local dishes like Bee Hoon Goreng and Curry Laksa. If noodles aren’t your thing, they even have classic Malacca favourites like Hainanese Chicken Rice. When you’re done tucking in, you can always head on over to their merchandise store where you can not only buy Mamee items, but see how the noodles are made.

    mameejonkerhouse.com | FB: my.mameejonkerhouse | IG:@mameejonkerhouse

    5) TOKB Café

    This cafe features a menu full of  Kelantanese flavours. TOKB actually stands for “Taste of Kota Bharu” and this is reflected in the food served there, which is reminiscent of cuisine from Kelantan itself, such as the traditional Keropok Lekor. But another attractive feature is actually the WWII inspired decor, which is in tribute to war heroes of that time. Camouflage lovers will certainly enjoy taking photos of the military artifacts and items available in the cafe.

    tokbcafe.com.my | FB: tokbcafe | IG: @tokbcafe

    6) Departure Lounge

    Frequent flyers, this one’s for you. Inspired by the airport lounges travelers wait in before jetting off somewhere, this place also has guidebooks for you to peruse over one of their famous brunch/breakfast type meals. Even the setting is somewhat reminiscent of an airport, with clocks showing the times in different countries. Explorers and adventurers will definitely have a soft spot for the interior here in this quaint Damansara Utama cafe.

    FB: CafeDepartureLounge | IG: @cafedeparturelounge

    7) M2escape

    The southern state represents here, for anyone who’s heading over to Johor Bahru looking for an interesting conceptual cafe. This cafe has a distinct Mickey Mouse theme going on, and you’ll definitely be seeing lots of nods to the world’s most famous mouse throughout their Mount Austin venue. Dishes feature classic Western and Asian items, as well as chocolate beverages and cakes.

    FB: M2escape | IG: @m2_escape_x_cafe

    8) Drums Café

    If it’s music that makes your heart beat faster, stop over at Drums Cafe in Johor Bahru. This cafe is inspired by the 24 Festive Drums, and these performances are very much tied to the Chinese calendar and are very symbolic and meaningful to the culture. The traditional drums used in the performances are seen all over the cafe, even functioning as tables, but lots of customers also frequent this place for the Ampang Yong Tau Foo, which is said to be delicious!

    FB: 24FestiveDrumsCafe | IG: @drumscafe

    9) Wheeler’s Coffee

    The Pearl of the Orient, Penang, is not to be left out in this list, with Georgetown’s Wheeler’s Coffee making the cut. Their theme is dedicated to bicycles, bikers and “bicycle art”, so cyclists can always make this a pit-stop on their next biking tour.  In addition to classic coffees and teas, they also have their own version of frappes, which should be a delight in the hot island weather. Meals like pizzas and pastas are served too, as are cakes, like their Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

    FB: wheelers67 | IG: @wheelerscoffee

    10) Slurp Café

    Your inner child will definitely enjoy Slurp Cafe. Whether it’s The Caped Crusader or Son Goku you fancied growing up, you’ll find them here. When you’re done soaking up the cool atmosphere and taking pictures of their adorable superhero memorabilia, sit back and relax over a drink, or enjoy something to eat from their fusion menu, which has an East meets West concept, so you’ll see influences from local and international cultures.

    FB: cafeslurp | IG: @slurpcafe

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  • Fashion,  Tips

    Simple Black Dress: 3 Easy Ways to Style!

    We all know about the little black dress that is a must have in every woman’s closet. It is versatile, easy to dress up or dress down for every occasion. There may be various kinds of simple black dresses but here are our 3 picks and how you could style them from day to night.

    1. Casual
    ZALORA, Basic V Neck Skater Dress – RM59
    One of the most basic ways to style a simple black dress is for a casual day out. Wear the dress with a pair of cute flat sandals and a crossbody bag and your casual look is good to go! Add some basic bracelets for an added touch.

    2. Formal
    ASOS, Clean Deep V Tailored Midi Dress – From RM233
    For a more formal look, wear a pair of high heels and red lipstick. Add on a cute clutch and a simple necklace to keep it classy. This dress is super easy to style as it may be worn on casual days as well but the deep v neckline is perfect for a formal event.

    3. Edgy
    MISSGUIDED, Curve Hem Waffle Textured Bodycon Dress – RM115
    If you want to go for a casual look but have a more rough style, you can opt for the edgy look. Easily wear the dress with a pair of sneakers or boots and add on a bunch of chokers to finish it. Carrying a backpack instead will add to the look. You could also take the look a step up by putting on dark lipstick.

    The thing is, all three of these dresses can be switched up to all three styles. Great isn’t it? Get yourself a simple black dress now so that you don’t have to worry about future occasions of not having anything to wear!

  • Love & Sex

    Flirty Foods: Top 8 Aphrodisiacs That Feed Your Sex Drive

    For years men and women have sought after aphrodisiacs to increase and improve their sexual desire and sexual responses.

    Do they actually work? There are varying schools of thoughts on this subject but one thing is for sure, that aphrodisiacs have crossed all barriers – be it race, culture, age or gender. Everyone wants to have better sex.

    There are all kinds of foods which are aphrodisiacs and they work uniquely on different people. One specific category of foods that were thought to be aphrodisiacs are foods that resemble genitalia. Eggs and caviar, as well as asparagus, celery, bananas and even onions are some to name a few. Clams and oysters also have aphrodisiac qualities because of their shape, texture and their high zinc content, which could improve a person’s overall health and thus, increasing his or her sex drive.

    There are foods for all kinds of things – that specially boost energy, sharpen memory, and even fight flab. These foods listed here are the ones which have aphrodisiac qualities but are perhaps lesser known compared to the popular ones like the ones mentioned above or the queen of it all, chocolate.

    These snacks are listed for one reason and one reason only – to serve a sexier purpose, i.e. to improve your sex life. So, feel free to feast on these foods to feel friskier. Your loved one may just thank their lucky stars (and you) later!

    Here are the Top 8 Aphrodisiacs That Feed Your Sex Drive:

    1. Chili Peppers

    Spicy foods have long been considered to be sexual stimulants. It seems that foods that are heavily spiced often contain capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper. Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which mimic how you feel when you’re aroused. And these are the feelings that are quite similar to the physical reactions experienced during sex.

    2. Honey

    Honey contains boron, which is supposed to help regulate estrogen and testosterone levels. It also provides a natural energy boost, which is great for upping the energy levels in the bedroom!

    3. Watermelon

    According to sciencedaily.com, this fruit is known as the ‘lycopene king’ which may have Viagra-like effects on the body. It causes the blood vessels and relax and therefore, it improves circulation, which then in turn helps you get into the mood.

    4. Pomegranates

    Now this one owes its passion power to the high amount of antioxidants it has in this baby! This amazing fruit protects the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them. And the upshot? Increased genital sensitivity.

    5. Arugula

    If you didn’t know this, you’ll be surprised to know that this peppery plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The minerals and antioxidants found in its dark leafy leaves have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido. So, go on. Up that salad intake today and be sure to have some arugula in it on your next date night!

    6. Olive oil 

    Some may think this is strange but olive oil is known to be an aphrodisiac. Olives are packed full with antioxidants and for years, olives and olive oil has been used for health. In fact, the ancient Greeks believed that olives made men more verile! Olive oil is a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow and hormone production – all of which help boost your sex drive.

    7. Figs

    Figs are the fruits designed for love. It has been associated with sexuality for many years and the ripe fruit represents fertility, whilst the fig leave itself represents modesty – see Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Figs are also full of potassium and is a powerful antioxidant as well.

    8. Pumpkin seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are super high in magnesium content and it seems that helps to raise testosterone levels by ensuring more enters into the blood stream. Time to throw some into your next dish you plan to cook up for your man!

    Source: Readers Digest & PBS Food

  • Fashion,  Men

    Father’s Day: 10 Gifts for Dad Under RM100

    Mother’s Day passed not too long ago and while that is over, Father’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks! For us ladies, it sometimes can get pretty difficult when it comes to buying gifts of our fathers because we never know what they want and some products may be really expensive. Well, here are our 10 picks under RM100 gift ideas for Father’s day.

    1. River Island, Plain Tie – RM75
    A simple tie can make or break a formal attire. Getting the right tie would be a great addition to the other bunch of ties your father would own. This simple tie is great and classy one for a formal outfit.

    2. River Island, Belt Basic Pu BeltRM59 Now RM34
    A very simple but classic silver buckle belt is an essential in a man’s closet. Sometimes, it tends to wear out and when that time comes, its time to get a new belt! This belt is currently on sale, so make sure you snag it before it sells out! A gift perfect for everyday wear.

    3. Zalora, Basic Long Sleeve Oxford Bundle Pack – RM89
    Another classic piece that would be perfect for your father would be a basic long sleeve shirt. The best thing about this gift is that it is a bundle pack, where you get two shirts at a lower price. With two classic colours of black and white, this bundle is totally worth it!

    4. 24:01, Textured Faux Leather Analogue Watch – RM69
    Is your father a more into casual looks? This brown analogue watch is perfect for taking everyday wear a notch up. A very modern masculine watch, this would be great for fathers who have a bit of an edge to their style.

    5. Swiss Polo, Swiss Polo WalletRM99 Now RM79.92
    A sleek black wallet is always a good gift for any guy, especially if its for a father. This classic black wallet is not just high quality but truly of a class of its own. Currently on a RM20 markdown, get it now for this Father’s Day!

    6. Zalora, Laptop SatchelRM99 Now RM69
    Another item on markdown! This laptop bag is chic and could turn your father into a ‘cool dad’. The best part is, its practical for not only work, but for short travels as well. Convenient and on sale right now!

    7. Mango Man, Braided Leather BraceletRM99.90 Now Rm69.93
    Some fathers love to accesorize and if that is your father, this chic braided leather bracelet is perfect. Either for casual or even formal wear, this bracelet is an easy addition to any man’s closet and also a good gift for any father.

    8. RAV Design, Leather Wallet – RM99
    Not into the classic black wallet? This brown leather wallet is a different take from the classic wallet. Edgy and unique, this leather wallet would last for a long time and may even look better when it gets worn out, giving a more rustic look.

    9. 24:01, Men’s Analogue Watch With Canvas Strap – RM89
    If your father is into expensive watches but it is out of your budget, this analogue watch from 24:01 is not only high quality but it looks chic and expensive (when in reality its less than RM100!). This watch is perfect for a high end look at a low price.

    10. Puma, Fundamentals Sports Bag S – RM89
    If your dad is into staying fit or plays sports, this Puma bag would be the perfect father’s day gift. This simple gym bag is big enough to fit the essentials, making it easy to carry to and from gym or sports court. The plus point is that it looks trendy too!

    Now you’ve seen our picks, make sure to get your hands on them just in time for Father’s Day! Under budget and suitable for almost every father out there, we hope these picks would give you inspiration or help you in selecting the perfect gift.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

    We tried innisfree’s best seller Green Tea Seed Serum and we’re quite pleased with the results. 

    Spring is the season of refreshment which is reflected in innisfree’s star product and number one global bestseller, The Green Tea Seed Serum. Infused with green tea essence instead of water, natural amino acid and minerals are generously delivered on your skin while keeping its moisturised from deep inside.

    Known as the “3-second hydration serum”, it is the first serum to use right after cleansing, and touted to seal the moisture within 3 seconds after applying.

    The Green Tea Seed Serum

    First we tried the The Green Tea Seed Serum (RM90.00 for a 80ml bottle). The serum comes in a green bottle with a push cap.

    Applying it on the skin had instant moisturizing effect. However, we found the scent to be slightly too strong. This would be a personal preference, so if you like scented serums, this would be suitable for you.

    Green Tea Perfumed Diffuser 

    Love the scent of green tea? Well then we have good news for you. You can get innisfree’s green tea scented diffuser. The set comes with a green tea scented perfume, diffusion stick and a wooden holder for the bottles and one handphone.

    There are several perfume scents, the one we tested is 0408: Green Tea. The top note is green tea, the heart note is rosemary, and the base is lavender. We like the fresh scent it gives off around the office.

    If you would like to find out more about innisfree, do check out their website here for more information on their products.

  • Career & Money,  Living

    Cost Of Living In Malaysia VS Singapore

    Some people say it’s much cheaper to live and work in Malaysia, while in Singapore the cost of living is so high that you’d practically need to take out a personal loan just to survive for a couple of months. But is that really true? Read this infographic to find out more about cost of living in these two country.

    Brought to you by Loanstreet.

  • Beauty,  Makeup

    7 Things We Love About Matte Lipsticks

    Lippies, lippies, lippies everywhere! We first started the craze when Kylie Jenner started over lining her lips and applying matte lipstick. Ever since then, everyone has been so obsessed with lipstick and mostly matte ones. There are matte lip creams, matte lipstick, matte lippies, matte everything! We love everything about matte lipsticks and here are our 7 things we love most about matte lipsticks.

    1. They stay on for what seems like forever
    If you purchase the right brand of matte lipstick (we personally love NYX and Sephora!), it would feel like you would need to only reapply once. Fuss free!

    2. They are easy to wear
    So easy, you can wear it almost everyday! No worries about transfer or not being able to match your outfit, its so easy to wear.

    3. They come in the most unique colours
    The best part about matte lipstick is the crazy colours you can get! Electric blue to bright orange, it looks so cool!

    4. They are usually very pigmented
    One swipe is usually all you need! Gloss may look pretty but the pigmentation would never be the same as matte lipsticks. The colour you see in the tube is exactly what you’re getting!

    5. There is hardly any transfer
    Worried about getting lipstick stains on your glass or when a the guy your kissing? Worry no more! Matte lipstick hardly transfers, seriously. Kiss all the way!

    6. They are very trendy
    Ever since it was introduced, it has been in trend until today. And it has all the right to be! Having pucker lips without the gloss can look really amazing.

    7. They suit almost everyone!
    Fair, tan or dark, for those with a full face of makeup or for those who only want to put some lipstick on, matte lipstick is the way to go.

    Seriously, if you have not tried matte lipsticks, you really should! Its perfect for almost every occasion, even on casual days. Here is a tip, exfoliate your lips half an hour before applying matte lipstick for the perfect smooth pout.