• Fashion,  Sale,  Tips

    Get Christmas & CNY Ready With Zalora’s Biggest Sale Of 2015

    Zalora’s largest online sale of 2015 has started and we think it is a great time to take advantage of the deep discounts to stock up for Christmas and Chinese New Year! Hurry, the sale is only for 3 days.

    With discounts up to 80%, the 12.12 sale is a good time to stock up on clothes, especially if you have Christmas parties and year end dinners to go for. And since Chinese New Year is just around the corner (February 8), this would be a good time to also stock up on red items.

    Here are our picks for items that are on sale, under RM100 and are great for both Chinese New Year and Christmas:

    nichii Knee Length Dress RM89.91 (NP: RM99.90)

    Happy Shopping!

  • Fashion,  Fashion Events,  Trends

    6 Favourite Moments at Malaysia Fashion Week

    Here is a recap of our favorite fashion moments at Malaysia Fashion Week 2015 November 4-7 2015:

    Malaysia Fashion Week 2015 has just ended it’s three day run at Matrade Exhibition & Convention Center with much pomp and circumstance; from trade exhibitions to fashion shows, showcasing over 100 local and regional fashion designers/labels.

    Since 100 pictures would be overkill, here are 6 fashion pieces that made the Venusbuzz team debate endlessly:

    1. That Wig-Hat Combination

    Is it a wig? Is it a hat? Does it come in Asian black hair? So elegant, yet so quirky. We love it!

    From: Whee up by Whee Jin (Korea)

    2. That Face Mask

    The Venusbuzz team had a love-hate relationship with this flower inspired outfit. The mask was beautiful enough to stop us from Instagramming our shoes… but we wished that the accompanying dress have more structure.

    From: Emma Rachman (Singapore)

    3. That Teddy Bear

    Fairuz Ramdan is undoubtedly a fan favorite, having won awards almost yearly since he launched his menswear label in 2011.

    Finally branching out to womenswear in 2015, he has translated his popular polo tees designs to female-friendly proportions. Our favorite accessory is undoubtedly the teddy bear necklace.

    From: Fairuz Ramdan (Malaysia)

    4. That Jacket

    Interesting yet elegant. Perfect outerwear for a day-to-night outfit.

    From: Jihnoy (Korea)

    5. That Outfit

    Artistic and well-crafted.

    From: Yuna Yun (Singapore)

    6. That Entire Collection

    Venusbuzz team’s favorite menswear collection from the entire show. With a heavy emphasis on nature and comfort (it is the Spring/Summer collection after all), we liked the floral knee length coat the most.

  • Sale

    Lazada’s Online Revolution Sale: Nov 11 2015

    Lazada will be having their annual Online Revolution Sale from 11 Nov – 12 Dec 2015!

    Week 1: Fashion Week,  12-18 Nov
    Week 2: Beauty and Family Week, 19 – 25 Nov
    Week 3: Tech Week! 26 Nov – 2 Dec
    Week 4: Lifestyle Week, 3 – 10 Dec

    This is a great opportunity to grab some great deals.

    Here are 10 items we hope to see on Sale during Lazada’s Online Revolution:

    1. DSLR Camera

    We’re definitely hoping to see some good DSLR cameras like the Canon 700D, on Sale.

    2. Prada Vitello Daino Satchel Nero  

    A chic Handbag is a must on this list. Something like this Prada Satchel would be an item to look out for.

    3. 12″ Apple MacBook 8 GB

    It’s a must, an Apple MacBook is always on the wishlist!

    4. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    Yes we are Apple fans, hence, the iPhone 6 Plus makes the list, in hopes of a good deal.

    5. Sony PS4

    The PS4 makes the list because it would make a great gift (whether for yourself or someone else) this coming season.

    6. Logitech Ultimate Ears UE Boom

    If you have read our review on the UE Boom, you would know that we are in love with it. So we are really hoping to see this item during the sale.

    7. Makeup Brush Set

    Enough of the tech stuff, there are other things to look out for.

    This would be the perfect time to keep an eye out for a Makeup Brush Set.

    8. SK-II Skin Care Products

    We all know how expensive skin care products can get. Especially the good ones. So we are definitely hoping to see some good products during the sale.

    9. Hair Styler Kit

    Keep a look out for a good Hair Styler Kit during the sale.

    10. DeLonghi Coffee Machine with Milk Frother and Container

    You know you want one… Imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee at home! Yes, we are hoping to see the DeLonghi coffee machine during the sale.

  • Fashion,  Trends

    10 Alternatives for H&M x Balmain

    Didn’t get your hands on a H&M x Balmain piece? Here are a few H&M x Balmain alternatives:

    H&M launched its the much awaited collection a few days ago on November 5, 2015.

    The fans queued and waited patiently for hours, for the doors to open to them.

    Some had even been waiting a day before.

    The H&M x Balmain collection didn’t take long to sell out.

    So whether you missed it or just want a piece to emulate the look, here are a few alternative pieces to check out:

    1. Sequin-embroidered Dress

    Alternative: ASOS NIGHT Metallic Wrap Plunge Mini Bodycon Dress

    2. Wool Jacket with Satin Lapels

    Alternative:  ZALORA Pant Suit Jacket

    Modify the jacket with some gold buttons, to get a similar look.

    3. Velvet Dress with Braiding

    Alternative: ASOS Skater Dress With Empire Line in Velvet

    4. Beaded Velvet Dress

    Alternative: ASOS NIGHT Armour Sweetheart Mini Bodycon Dress

    5. Leather Jacket

    Alternative: ASOS Leather Biker Jacket in Boxy Fit

    6. Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

    Alternative: ZALORA Festive Sueded Luxe Tuxedo Jacket

    Again modify the buttons to make it look closer to the one above.

    7. Striped Silk Blouse

    Alternative: One Teaspoon Le Player Dress in Stripe

    8. Sandal Boots

    Alternative: Missguided Heeled String Gladiator Sandal

    9. Suede Boots

    Alternative: Vero Moda Sofia Leather Buckle Biker Boots

    10. Leather Biker Pants

    Alternative: ASOS Skinny Biker Trousers with Coated Front and Zip Detail

  • Food,  Living

    Iconic Dishes From Around The World

    The unifying qualities that good food can have is something that should never be underestimated.

    Here is an infographic on ‘Iconic Dishes From Around The World’.

    This article was brought to you by www.perfectstays.co.uk.

    We Malaysian love our food.

    And there are so many Malaysian Food Classics that no infographic can do it all justice!

    Here are some Malaysian food articles you may be interested in:

    The 8 Different Kinds Of Laksa And Where To Get Them In Malaysia

    Top 5 Nyonya Kuih Finds

    Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

  • Fashion,  Living

    Where To Rent Halloween Costumes in KL and PJ

    Don’t want to buy or make a costume for Halloween? Here are some places for Halloween Costume Rentals:

    Halloween is just around the corner and that means parties, costumes and a night of fun.

    If you are stumped on where to rent one, here are some places in KL that you could visit:

    1. Costumes ‘N’ Parties

    This shop is literally located in the center of KL.

    They have costumes for adults and children ranging from 1920’s themed and Cosplay and Video Games inspired. You can also buy special effect/ stage makeup to complete your look.

    With over 20,000 costumes, Costumes ‘N’ Parties is one of the largest costumes boutiques in KL.

    Their store is a nice studio like outlet with visual interesting decorations – recently a spooky theme for Halloween.

    They try to update their collection with the latest costumes as soon as possible.

    For example, they already have the latest Star Wars costumes from the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

    Cost:  RM60 to RM170 each for a three-day rental.

    Costumes’N’Parties
    The Weld, #L2-09, Level 2, 76,
    Jalan Raja Chulan,50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Contact: 03-2164 8184

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 8PM
    Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    2. Costumes Empire

    They have a wide variety of costumes for you to pick from.

    From Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood to Batman and Superman, you can even have your costume made to order.

    Costumes Empire also has a selection of  fancy dresses, different coloured wigs and accessories.

    Cost: RM80 – RM100  for a three-day rental

    Costumes Empire
    KL Outlet
    Penthouse Suite 7.07, 7th Floor Wisma Central,
    Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Contact: 0111-5713651

    Opening Hours:
    Mon- Fri: 10AM – 8PM
    Sat: 10AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    PJ Outlet
    Unit B-1-23A, Block Bougainvillea,
    10 Boulevard, SPRINT Highway, Petaling Jaya.

    Contact: 0111-5713652 or 03-77311886

    3. Century Fiesta

    This store has 6000+ costumes to choose from for either adults or children – ranging from Cowboys, Cosplay, Uniforms, Lady Gaga to cultural based costumes.

    Cool part is that they are able to customize all kinds of costumes, and prices will depend on the design.

    More than 95% of their costumes are design and made by their tailors right here in Malaysia.

    Cost: RM60 – RM500 for a three to four-day rental.

    Century Fiesta
    No.44-2, Jalan 24/70 A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,

    Contact: 03-2300 2048 or 012-440 2048

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 5PM
    Sun And Public Holidays: Closed

    4. Costume World

    Costume World’s selection features Star Wars Characters, mascots, as well as ethnic themed costumes, among others.

    They have different variations and styles for every category that they have.

    So you and your friends can go as the same character, but with different outfits.

    Although they buy the costumes and accessories, they will often modify them to improve on the overall look of the items.

    Cost: RM60 – RM150  per costume rental

    Costume World
    B-3A-17 Pusat Perdagangan Pelangi Square,
    Persiaran Surian PJU 6, Pelangi Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

    Contact: 03-7729 7332

    Opening Hours:
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    5. Abracadabra Costume Rental

    Abracadabra houses a selection of over 3000 costumes for rent and accessories such as hats, mask, props, among others.

    There are costume available for adults and children – even as young as pre-school kids.

    They cater for a variety of events such as TV commercials, stage shows, theater and music production – and take very good care of their costumes.

    Costume themes range from cartoon characters, Wild Wild West, Pirates and more.

    Most of their costumes are imported and they have just replenish for this coming Halloween.

    Cost: RM45 – RM 350 per costume rental

    Abracadabra Costume Rental
    No 2-1, Prima Avenue 3, Jalan Cenuk 2,
    Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

    Contact: +603- 8071 7950 or +603- 8071 7951

    Opening Hours: 
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4.30PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

  • Food,  Living

    NESCAFE’s New Mountain Wash Decaffeinated Coffee

    NESCAFE has launched a decaffeinated coffee to join their ever popular coffee range. It’s called NESCAFE Mountain Wash  and we in Malaysia are the first to get our hands on it.

    The coffee was inspired by the traditions of a hidden village in Vietnam named Tri-An, where the beans are soaked for long hours to gently remove the caffeine.

    Here is a video overview on the story of NESCAFE Mountain Wash.

    The Review

    The Name

    The name strikes me as slightly odd. When you say “mountain wash” fast, it sounds like “mouth wash”. However, since the coffee range draws inspiration from the village in the mountains, I can understand the origins of the name.

    The Packaging

    The packaging is a nice, medium sized canister with an artwork of a mountainside scenery.

    The Coffee

    The taste is very similar to that of other instant coffees by Nescafe. I like that it wasn’t as sweet and had a lighter body.

    I was suprised by the smooth texture, making it extremely easy to drink.

    The coffee has a nice smell to me(maybe because of the familiarity). Let’s just say you would know that it is from NESCAFE

    Effects

    I drank the coffee at night (11 PM) to test potential caffeine effects. Well there was none. I had no problems falling asleep that night. Since caffeine in general has little effects on me. I tested with my brother and he had no problems sleeping that night either.

    I took another cup in the morning (10 AM) and the coffee woke me up sufficiently (without a caffeine buzz).

    Price

    The Mountain Wash range retails at RM 14.84 for a canister of 12 sticks or RM 14.85 for a bag of 15 sticks.

    This is more expensive than NESCAFE’s Original instant coffee which retails at RM 13.99 for a bag of 30 sticks.

    Conclusion

    I did not expect too much the NESCAFE Mountain Wash, since it was a decaffeinated coffee, but they have done a good job overall. It is a decent  alternative to the regular instant coffee.

    I would recommend that you try this coffee out for yourselves.

    You can find out more at:  www.nescafemountainwash.com.my

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Hair,  Makeup,  Trends

    Beauty Trends with Bobbi Brown – Spring /Summer 2016

    Fashion is more than just clothes, its style and presentation, and makeup plays a big part. New York Fashion Week saw models strutting down the runway with latest the fashion world has to offer for Spring/Summer 2016 collections. And with upcoming clothing trends being showcased, beauty trends naturally followed.

    Yahoo Beauty’s editor-in-chief recently appeared on with Good Morning America says that three big beauty trends stood out at Fashion Week.

    “The entire look for the season is all about natural, comfortable, easy and it doesn’t take a lot of work” – Bobbi Brown

    1. “No Makeup” Makeup

    A big trend at Fashion Week was the no makeup look. Bobbi Brown says it can be worn with a nude lip or bright red lips, similar to the models at the Jason Wu show.

    Bobbi Brown said in the interview “Some designers sent models down the runway without a stitch of makeup on, just some moisturizer”

    Image via Youtube

    Though Brown notes that the models are in their 20’s, making this trend a “don’t try at home”.  We suggest go for it if you are bold enough.

    2. Accented Nails

    A trend that was spotted by Brown was the Accented Nails. She says “A black dot, a white stripe and then colors coordinating with the clothes on the side of the nail,” talking about the looks seen on the runways of Tibi, Public School and Adam Selman.

    Brown says that this is a very modern trend and easy to apply, and definitely something to try at home.

    3. Beachy, Wavy Hair

    Brown describes the hair trend as “kind of a downtown, cool girl.” Noting that there shouldn’t be too many curls and just a little bit of waves.

    Brown does suggest pulling out the curler and trying it yourself.

    You can find and purchase beauty products here.

  • Home,  Living

    6 Cool Things That You Can Buy at DESIGNation.Co

    Beautifully pieces by local talent all in one place! What more if you could peruse and shop these items online. Well now you can with DESIGNation.Co!Here are 6 cool things you can buy at DESIGNation.Co

    1. Leather Watch Roll by Convoy Co

    Convoy Co is all about durable goods made ith integrity. This leather watch roll made with high quality leather form New Zealand, can fit up to 4 watches and added accessories. It’s also available in Black and Grey.

    2. Random Bean’s Baymax Coffee Table

    This intriguing coffee table is a beautiful center piece for any room. Made with high quality materials, the Baymax Coffee table by Random Bean is a definite cool buy.

    3. Repleat Co’s Large Origami Bag

    A beautiful and interesting bag by Repleat Co. The Origami bag bridges the gap between functionality and design.  Design to be powerful to wear and allow the world to see you.

    4. Cuts Studio’s Dr. Seuss Engraved Quote Block

    A fun and unique item to have, this block is engraved by a really cool quote by Dr. Seuss, and who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss. Hang it on the wall and smile every time you see it.

    5. Riumz Biosphere Terrarium Steps

    An incredible amount of work and craft when into making this beautiful terrarium. And it looks amazing.

    6. Vertical Sphere’s 3-Legged Pipe Desk Lamp

    Industrial styling are always cool and this little pipe desk lamp is perfect to add that little bit of style to you desk space.

    ABOUT DESIGNation.Co

    DESIGNation.Co is a retail store with a great concept. They support only local designers and want to help these talented people to reach their audience. But not just any designer is picked up by DESIGNation.Co, they carefully curate from only the best artistry and craftsmanship to offer the best to the public.

    Carrying items for Home Decor, Furniture, Stationary and Accessories. The retail brand has some well crafted products to offer.

    Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co Michelle Alice Tan tells us that there are certain key points that they look for when curation for the retail outlet. She says that they must be “Malaysia, the designs need to be original, and the products must be of high quality.”

    “DESIGNation is an incubation and retail platform for local independent designers. What sets us apart is that we are the pioneers in Malaysia to promote only local designers. Our main aim is to create high-level international standard products. So essentially, we don’t just curate and sell local products but we also invest in local designers to create new products.” – Michelle Alice Tan, Founder and Curator of DESIGNation.Co

    The list of designers that they carry is nothing short of superb. With high quality products that truly showcase the highly skilled and talented designers and speaks to the uniqueness of DESIGNation.Co

    Michelle Alice Tan also shares with us that DESIGNation.Co hopes to “uplift and improve the quality of design in Malaysia to meet international standards”, and “to encourage the public to value good design”. Taking a step further in doing their part for the local economy they also hope to “enable the local creative economy to flourish. To tackle creative brain drain in Malaysia”.

    DESIGNation.Co’s vision of uplifting and improving the quality of local designs is already well on its way being backed by designers such as Wood&Steel, Nala Designs, Kedai Bikin, HWA and many more, already producing amazing quality pieces.

    They also just celebrated the 1st year Anniversary of DESIGNation.Co this past 16th September 2015 (on Malaysia Day!). And is currently having a sale that you simply have to check out, here.

  • Fashion Events,  Health & Fitness,  Home,  Living

    Top 5 Trick Art Museums In Malaysia

    Trick art has never become more fun and it has literally brought art to the masses in a fun, interactive way.

    If you don’t know what trick art is all about, it’s also known as the ancient art of “tromple-l’oeil”, which in French means to deceive the eye. According to Wikipedia, it is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

    In some forms of trick art, it is also considered 3D art and the 3D factor is observed in terms of its height, width and depth. Sculpture, for example, is a form of three-dimensional art.

    There are many forms of 3D art and trick art. Some of the more popular trick art pieces can be found on the streets of Ipoh and Penang. Some of which you probably may have seen on your friends’ social media posts.

    Recently, trick art museums have grown in huge popularity. If you’ve not been to one, go pay a visit the nearest one to you and you’ll understand the fun, the hilarity and even, the wonder of it all. It may bring out the child in you! A great bonus is that you’ll get some terrific photos (not to mention conversation starters) out of it.

    Here are the Top 5 Trick Art Museums In Malaysia:

    1. Trick Art Museum, i-City, Shah Alam

    Trompe l’oeil has thrilled many people since this place opened at i-City in Shah Alam. Your eyes play tricks on your mind as the 2D paintings have been skillfully painted to make the art appear three dimensional. The museum boasts 8,000 square feet of space and has 2 floors of delights for you to explore.

    There are varying themes in this museum. The optical illusions are created by the clever painting of shadows and action outside the perimeter of the picture frames. The real fun comes in visitor participation in order for you to enjoy the full effect of the paintings (as shown below).

    Address: Jalan Multimedia 7/AJ, i-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

    Ticket price: RM10 per person

    Opening hours: 11am – 11pm

    Tel. no: 03-5521 8800/8494
    Website: www.i-city.my
    2. Magic Art Museum, Melaka

    One of the latest attractions to hit Melaka is the Magic Art 3 D Museum at the Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. This museum comprises of two floors and the art is well done and there are quite a lot of interesting exhibits to participate in. It’s best to go with two or more friends. The more the merrier when it comes to visiting trick art museums because some pieces look better with more people in it when you take a photo.

    They’ll tell you to take off your footwear before you go in, which isn’t too bad as some photos look better without footwear but we’ve never been asked to remove our footwear at other trick art museums so this may be off-putting for some others.
    Address: Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil, 75450 Melaka
    Ticket price: Currently, there is a special promotion for the entrance fees at RM15 for an adult and for a child / senior citizen, it’s RM12. The normal price is RM25.
    Opening hours : Mon-Thur : 9am – 7pm.   Fri – Sun, Eve Public & School Holiday : 9am – 9pm
    Tel. no: 06-2311604
    For more details, visit their Facebook page.
    3. 3D Trick Art Museum, Penang
    The museum was set up by six people consisting of interior designers, painters, sculptors and a mass media expert, which created Penang’s first pure hand-drawn 3D museum.
    This one isn’t as large as some of the others listed here, but it’s still a fun place to visit if you’re ever in Penang and looking for something fun to do. Some say that this museum is more suitable for kids but it is still a place which is fun and taking photos will definitely bring a smile to your face.
    Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
    Ticket price: Adults – RM15 (With MYKad), Children aged 12 and below / Senior Citizens – RM10. Foreigners – RM25
    Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Weekends & public holidays 9am – 9pm.
    Tel. no: 04-263 1628
    4. Kuso Trick Art Gallery, Johor Bahru

    If you’re ever in Johor Bahru and looking for something fun to do with the family, visit Kuso 3D Trick Art and prepare yourself to be entertained. Why is it called KUSO? On their website, they explain that the word “kuso” is a new term that has a double meaning, which can be to make fun of something or of someone or pertaining to anything hilarious and funny.

    It’s the first destination for 3D trick art in Johor Bahru filled with unique 3D paintings and interactive pieces. There’s something for everyone and it’s suitable for all ages.

    Address: 83 & 85 Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/2, Taman Mount Austin,  81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

     

    Ticket price: Adult / Child – RM18. Children ages 5 and below will not be charged ticket prices.

     

    Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 11am – 8pm,    Fri-Sat : 11am – 9pm.

     

    Tel. no: 07-358 7973

     

    Website: www.kuso3d.com.my

     

    5. Langkawi Art of Paradise 3D Museum

    This museum is the newest one to surface, opening earlier 31st of January this year. It’s the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and it’s the second largest 3D art museum in the world. Located in Oriental Village in Langkawi (where the cable cars are), the museum has an exhibition space of nearly 2,000 square metres in a three-storey building. Large much? We think so!
    The museum is divided into nine zones covering optical illusion, aquarium, safari, interactive 1 and 2, fantasy, classic, Egyptian theme zone, ancient palaces and scenery as well as the Malaysian zone. It has more than 100 pieces of 3D paintings produced by 23 Korean artists in collaboration with local artists. Definitely a must-visit!
    Address: Art in Paradise Langkawi, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok area
    Ticket price: Adult – RM38, Child – RM28. Family ticket for 2 adults & 2 children – RM120. Children of ages 2 or under is free.
    Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
    Tel. no: 016-557 6096
    For more details, visit their Facebook page.