Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winterize your nails this Christmas!

Christmas has to be my favourite day of the year!

I have always been a big fan of white Christmas but as luck would have it, being born and raised in Malaysia, I have never even seen snow before. Hence, one of my wish this lifetime - white Christmas.

Since white Christmas would be way out of my league as of now, I have to curb my craving via winterizing my nails - you know, Christmas is just a week's away.

I am naturally born with healthy nails - my nails aren't brittle or dry hence, I normally do not really do much to them when there is no event. However, I do apply hand lotion from time to time to ensure my nails are healthy as I am exposed to the air-conditioner most of the times due to the nature of my job.

I would have to admit that I love nail arts, manicures and pedicures but sometimes, you may find out that the designs that you have drawn onto your nails never lasted more than 3 days!

Oh, I know exactly how it feels!

You take hours and hours trying to perfect your manicure and after just one to three days - chipped manicures and all!

Over the years, I have finally come to know that one of the reasons that manicure chips easily is due to the fact that you did not clean and moisturize your nails before painting them. By doing so, at least it would help to prolong the lasting power of the nail enamel.

Today, I am going to share Julep's tips on giving more oomph to your nails this holiday season!

If you do not know yet, Julep was founded as a nail parlor in 2007 and expanded into a rapidly-growing beauty brand that takes an end-to-end approach to product development, testing and distribution.

For this holiday season, Julep is introducing few new shades into their collection and I went ga-ga when I saw the shades!

I wish I could try them all out because right now, those shades fit my mood - wintery and cold!

If I would have to choose, my choice would definitely be Shari and Kiki!

Anyway, since I couldn't get Shari, I figured out I would go for something similar like what I have in the picture below.

Winter, for me has to be sweet, that explains the pastel pink. Then, the chunks of glitters actually represent the snow. The silver carving represents my love for art and anything creative.

The end result - awesome!

Even though I do not get to experience white Christmas, at least I could feel the spirit on my nails!

Remember to pay Julep a visit for their tips and nail polish!

So, how do your winter nails look like?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Home-made goodness in every cup :)

Hello, everybody!

I'm back with another recipe today - hot white chocolate beverage.

Just in time for Christmas!

In a small town like this, the only thing that keeps my sanity is cooking or food preparation.

Last month, stupid sister and I actually craved for hot chocolate but we couldn't find any available in our town so, we opted to make this beverage at home.

Instead of the normal dark chocolate, we went for white chocolate for a twist.

Below are the ingredients.

First step - you need milk!

I love it has been said in a lot of recipes that full-cream milk would be the best option but seriously, both of us did not feel like wanting to go on the heavier side hence, we opted for low-fat milk.

Amount of milk needed - 250ml for one serving.

Pour the milk into a pot or something and turn on the fire.

To the slowly boiling milk, add in a tablespoon of heavy cream.

Since I was unable to get heavy cream in this small town, I went for whipping cream instead.

I am not quite sure how much chocolate chips you need but since stupid sister and I don't really fancy overly sweet beverages, we used only 100g of white chocolate chips.

Let the chocolate chips melt into adding in one tablespoon of vanilla flavour.

Then, wait for your beverage to boil before serving it.

However, you need to constantly stir it to avoid those chocolate chips from getting burnt at the bottom of the pot.

There you go!

A nice cuppa hot white chocolate beverage!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shopping at MGP and VGY :)

I have always been skeptical when it comes to online shopping because I am kind of a little paranoid over paying for everything and if my parcel gets lost - there goes my hard-earned money...

Through time, I learned that when you are staying in a small little town with practically nothing, you would have to revert to online shopping in the end. At the time when I wanted to get just a piece of decent dress for an event, I couldn't get anything and it ticked me off.

Now, after a few years of doing online shopping locally, I finally developed a little bit of extra courage to shop at least from Singaporean online stores. Seriously, it takes more than courage because of the exchange rate and everything..,

In the end, I gave in to my desire and I actually did shop...

My first ever Singapore based online store - MGP Label.

I totally fell head over heels in love with one of their rompers that I finally made up my mind to perform my first ever purchase from Singapore online based store - Lorena Skorts Romper.

I wanted to get it in black but I guess I wasn't fast enough - I was left with teal as my last alternative. Well... yeah, I kinda bought it... I gave in to temptation.

I remember, I was a little worried especially when it comes to postage from Singapore to Malaysia but MGP made it so brief!

The parcel got to me in less than 5 days! I told stupid sister how crazy it was because I certainly did not expect the parcel to get to me within 3 days.

My purchase was made on Sunday night and the parcel was delivered on a Monday morning and it got to me on Tuesday evening.

How fast is that?!

Here's a picture of me in the romper!

I know I don't look as slim or pretty as the model but don't judge me. Everybody is born different and there is no perfect somebody in this world.

My next purchase from Singapore online store was VGY Store.

I totally fell head over heels in love with their Enya Chiffon Slit Maxi when I saw so many pretty pictures of the dress...

The dress was calling out for my name like literally and I had to get it... LOLX!

However, it was a little difficult for me to make purchase at that point of time because VGY Store did not accept credit cards. I had to get my BBF in Singapore to do an online transfer to the store but for all the effort - it was worth it because the dress is really beautiful!

With VGY - the parcel actually got to me a little like 2 weeks because it wasn't posted using registered post. I remember I was so worried over the parcel because that dress costs close to RM150 with international postage.

I was so, so excited to try out the dress because I remember seeing so many pretty pictures already and I was dying to see how the dress fares on my fat body. LOLX!

Despite not being slim enough, the dress does look a little flattering on me - it even covers the bulging tummy =.="

In the end, the 2-week wait was quite worth it actually. LOLX!

If I am not mistaken, VGY has new colours added for this piece of gorgeous dress. If there are places where I could go to, I would get more of these but sadly, in the small little town, even when I wore this dress for a wedding reception, people thought I over-dressed.


Anyway, I'm gonna end this entry here now.

Have a blessed weekend.