Monday, December 31, 2007
So after some deep thinking, here are the 10 products which I think deserve my "award" as the most outstanding beauty product:
1) Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Powder (Vanilla flavor)
I don't think I have to tell you why this is at the top of my list. Hellooo! I've transformed from chubby-bubby girl to a slimmer lady, who is told by one of her officemates as "having a nice body shape"! (gosh, it's quite embarrassing, but pleasing at the same time ;p). And since it's a cellular nutrition, I get all the health and beauty benefits from it ;) It's an inside-out beauty product, I must say!
2) Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Noir
This is my number 1 makeup staple! It goes on smoothly and pekat and last the whole day (if I don't rub my eyes). I don't mind not wearing any foundation or powder or lipgloss, but this, I have to wear. I'm always after the "big eye" look, so this gives me the look I want. I get compliments and sometimes queries as to what eyeliner I use, so now you know ;)
3) Nouri Fusion MultiVitamin Clarifying Mask
I could actually see the difference after wearing this mask, especially a day after I have applied it. I swear my skin looks more radiant and glowy after using this mask! And I think MZ notices that too bcoz usually after the next day I've used the mask (I usually do my own facials at night before bedtime) he will say that my face is glowing. The other thing I love about this mask is that it helps to clear out pimples. If I have like a whitehead that has been poked (you know, the ugly reddish + whitish spot), I just dab a little bit of the mask onto the spot and leave it overnight, and walla~ the next day it's almost gone (well, it depends on how badly it was poked by me tho. hihi)!
4) Radiant C Daily Facial Scrub Cleanser
Love the smell (it's orangy!), the texture and the feel after washing my face with this cleanser. It has jojoba and beeswax beads so it acts like a scrub (a very very very gentle scrub) to polish up your skin. It's loaded with Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, so that is a plus.
5) Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder
Got shine? Well this loose powder helps to matify your skin so that you won't look like you've been deep-fried. I've tried a few brands of loose powders before (Lancome, Stila, Clinique, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Loreal just to name a few) and so far this is the very best. Of course I still have shine, but it's not as bad as before. I only need to blot my face like 1-2 times a day.
6) L'occitane Almond Milk Concentrate
Oh God, this is so luxurious! I can't express it in words how soft and silky and light this cream feels on your skin. It's almost like a whipped cream. It's not greasy AT ALL and the smell is oh-so-delectable (especially if I use it together with this Almond Supple Skin Oil), I could almost lick myself! It's quite pricey, but it's all worth it.
7) Fasio Point Make-up Remover
Aha! This is only a drug-store brand, but never judge a book by it's title. Waterproof, heavy makeup, etc etc, just bring it on! This makeup remover gently removes everything and it's not oily. It has a very nice floral smell, which might be the smell of water lily as it has water lily extract in it. The best part is, it's less than RM20! It's cheap and it works better than department-store brands, so it's a steal!
8) Lancome Hypnose mascara in Noir
My number 2 makeup staple. I don't really mind the length when it comes to lashes, but I do want volume. It does not clump, it does not smudge - all it does is giving you hypnotizing lashes! The name says it all. Enough said.
9) Chanel Double Perfection Fluide
This is actually my first makeup product from Chanel, and it's also the best foundation I have ever used so far. It gives me a polished look without the heavy "made-up" look bcoz it gives light to medium coverage, and it's most suitable for oily/shiny skin as it controls them well. A little goes a long way. Love it!
10) Giorgio Armani Shine Lipstick in #5
I don't like wearing lipstick at all (I'm a lipgloss/lipbalm girl), but I have to give an exception for this one. It's sheer, moisturizing, not scented, smooooooth and feels nice on your lips. I love the color - dusty pink (well, if you remembered my GA makeover photo; the one with MZ - this is the lipstick that I worn).
So what's your favorite beauty product of the year?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Okay, let's get straight to the point. I am currently lusting over these 2 white bags:
The other bag would be this luscious pebble-grained leather bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs...
Now here comes the good and bad news.
The good news is, not only am I "allowed" to drool over the bag, I could actually have one!
The Marc Jacobs bag on the other hand, is not available in Malaysia. I've looked for it at KLCC and The Gardens, but nada. So my only hope now would be the one from LV.
Please God, let me have that LV bag.... I don't mind getting the displayed one, but please let me have it.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Do let me know the whole process, the price, how long it took and whatnot as well.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Have you ever wished there's a snack that you could eat in between your meal, that's sinful enough, say like a bar of chocolate that could satisfy yourself instead of the same plain crackers you forced yourself to eat, but at the same time it's healthy, makes you feel full, and could actually help you to lose weight?
Well, I have a great news for you: There is such thing as that!
The long-awaited Herbalife Chocolate Peanut protein bar is finally available here in Malaysia! Ever since last year, MZ and I had been hoping that one of Herbalife chocolate protein bars would be available here, so you could imagine how excited we were when we heard the news yesterday (we're both choc-lover btw). I'm not really into the Lemon protein bars tho, bcoz I'm not too fond of lemon flavored sweet-stuff, except for ice lemon tea.
ANd also, this yummy protein bar contains Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Calcium, and it's high in protein (well, obviously!). Pardon my excitement, as it's not a common thing to get health benefits from eating something so delectable; at least to me it's not. Imagine eating a J.Co Donut and you get all those nutrients and vitamins instead of piling up the fat in your body. Mesti la syiokk kan! In case you don't know, protein is essential for weight loss bcoz it builds lean muscle so that you could burn more calories, and this protein bar helps to build and maintain lean muscle in your body, bcoz it's high in protein. Fabulous!
Now I don't have to feel guilty anymore whenever I have a sudden craving for chocolates (especially during PMS), bcoz I have a healthier substitute. Yummy and healthy, me likey! Well if you're interested to get one, just leave your email and I will give the details to you.
Btw, I hope Herbalife's other chocolate-flavored protein bars - Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Coconut (I bet this one tastes like Bounty Choc, which is my favorite!) - would be available soon too!
Speaking of Herbalife, let me share with you my weight loss progress. Remember in my previous entry I said that I've lost some weight, and that I have lost 0.5" on my waist? Well, tiny mistake there. I actually lost 0.5" on my butt, not my waist; which is even greater! My waist is still 24", which I'm currently pleased with and I do not wish to lose anymore now.
I did my own body analysis yesterday, and I am currently weighing at 45.3 kg (well, I guess if minus the tudung, pants, cardy + sleeveless, brooch, watch and the rings that I was wearing, I would be 45kg. hehee). My body fat percentage has decreased for about 2% which is just so great, my body system is 1 year younger than before, and surprisingly, my metabolic rate has increased! Eventho it's not that much, but it's increasing - which is a good sign. Must be the Tea Mix, bcoz ever since working on a shift yg tak tentu masa, I sleep more than I always do which means logically, my metabolic rate should be decreasing since less activity is being done to burn my calories. But instead it went the other way round!
Anyway, here's some of my body analysis info that I've recorded since July this year. I didn't measure that often tho, but you could definitely see the progress:
Body fat % for women of the age 20-24:
Excellent= 18.2, Healthy= 22.1, Medium= 25.0, Obese= >29.6
(Fyi, body fat % is much more important than your weight bcoz it determines whether the amount of fat in your body is healthy or not. You may be in ideal weight, but your body fat % does not necessarily be in the healthy-excellent range. Sometimes a person in ideal weight may be obese in terms of fat %, so it's not the kilos that you should really watch out, it's the body fat %. This is bcoz your weight (KG) comprises of not only fat, but also muscles, water, bone, etc. Which is why it's important to follow a healthy weight loss program bcoz you don't wanna lose water and muscles instead!)
For every extra KG of muscles gained, the body uses approximately 100 extra calories a day. Because muscle is denser than fat, monitoring your muscle mass gives you a more accurate understanding of your overall body compositions and changes in your total body weight.
(Basically, this means the more muscle mass you gained, the more calories you can burn. How can you gain muscles, you may ask? It's protein that does the work! You should also monitor your calorie intake accordingly.)
Basal Metabolic Age (BMA):
Basal Metabolic Rate starts to decrease after the age 16/17 years old. Your Metabolic Age Rating indicates what age level your body is currently rated at. If the age indicated is higher than your actual age, then you need to improve your basal Metabolic Rate. Increasing exercise levels will build healthier muscle tissue which burn more calories, consequently improving your Metabolic Age Rating.
(The BMA means that your body is functioning at the specific age as indicated. So let say if u're 25 but your BMA is 40, it means your body is functioning like a 40-year-old, which is not good at all. Well, I don't exercise at all so I suppose the "young" Basal Metabolic Age that I have right now is as a result of consuming Herbalife shakes and tea as it burns calories and build muscles and whatnot. You could see that as months went by, my body system is improving which is why I'm getting "younger" bcoz of the consistency of my shake intake. After all, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Just so you know, when I first started doing this body analysis, my BMA was 25 and that was AFTER I started Herbalife for about 2-3 months, which was around end of last year. I suppose I was way older than 25 before getting on Herbalife products!)
Visceral fat is fat that surrounds the vital organs in the trunk/stomach area of the body. High visceral fat level increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Lowering your visceral fat levels can stabilized insulin action substantially, reducing your risk of diabetes and other related illnesses.
Alarming: over 13
(I am SO excellent! hikhik ;p)
I could say that I'm very pleased with my overall weight loss and health improvement so far, and if you ask me whether I want to lose more.. Well, maybe just the body fat % and BMA (if I'm not mistaken, 16 is the youngest and bestest BMA).
Btw, Slamat Hari Raya AidilAdha everyone!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Anyway, MZ and I have been on night shift (10pm-7am) for 2 weeks now, and starting next week our shifts will start at 5.45 in the morning until 3pm. Which means, next Monday is an off-day for us bcoz we're only gonna start our shift at 5.45am, and that would be on Tuesday morning (but in American time, it would be Monday). My off-days are not on weekends anymore; it's gonna be on Wednesday and Thursday, which, in Malaysian time, would be Thursday and Friday. MZ on the other hand, has off-days on Saturday and Sunday, which means Sunday and Monday Malaysian time. Sounds confusing? Well, we're more confused. Sometimes we lost track what day is it, and like now, if I'm not looking at the calender I would have thought it's Saturday morning. I feel like I'm living in a different time zone with a different time system or something. Wait till you hear my daily meal routine...
But it's not a bad thing, it's just... a new experience. And to be honest, I find this new experience rather exciting. I mean, I love changes bcoz I'm the type of person who gets bored easily doing the same thing or having the same routine or whatsoever (which explains the need to update my wardrobe every so often, and letting go the stuff that "I'm done with" ;p). But then when I discovered something that I really love (like a favorite food or a bag or something), I don't mind having/wearing it all the time. Okay, now I'm babbling.
I was hoping to be on the night shift for a little longer - in fact, I wish I work only at night. I tell you why. It's bcoz:
- parking is free, so we saved RM25 a week
- there's no traffic jam pergi dan balik, which means lesser money spent on petrol
- we don't have to spend money for "lunch" as we brought our bekal from home bcoz our "lunch" is at 2am, so malas nak kuar mlm2 buta; we saved about Rm20 there
- we get to wear casual clothes (read: jeans!)
- and most importantly, we get allowances! :D
And to top that up, since working on night shift I have actually lose some weight. My waist is 0.5" smaller (I do not wish to lose anymore, except maybe my lower tummy part), and most importantly, my love handle has also shrunken to 0.5" smaller! You know why? Coz I only have 2 meals a day. My breakfast would be around 8pm where I would have my usual Herbalife shake (I woke up at around 6pm btw), and my lunch would be at 2am, and that's it (notice the Pm and Am). By the time I reached home, which is around 8am, I was too sleepy to have my dinner so I hit the pillow straight away. I'm not sure if that's a healthy routine, but then it's not good to have your meal right before you go to sleep, right? And it's not like I starved myself. Tido lagi sedap dari makan kot.. huhu. I haven't weigh myself tho, but if I do lose any kg/fat %, I will let you know.
Okay, I'd better hit the sack. I'm going shopping with my sisters later in the afternoon and it's sunrise already!
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
There will be a movie based on the Confessions of A Shopaholic book which will be released somewhere around middle of next year, and I'm so excited as I've been waiting for like ever, and bcoz that is one of my favorite Shopaholic series of all! But I'm also a little anxious as to how the movie and the book would be related to each other bcoz the whole plot would be in New York instead of London, and Becky is NOT a British. I mean, all this while I've been imagining Becky's posh-but-friendly British accent and the whole London thingy when reading the book, so if the movie "turned" Becky into an American - well, something is just not right. Hmm...
I guess we'll just have to wait and see, huh!
Anyways, I think it's about time that Sophie releases a new book and walla~ my prayers were answered!
p/s: I don't know why, but I keep on picturing Victoria Beckham as Becky (bcoz of her fashionable sense of style), and Julian McMahon as Luke. Who do you have in mind to play the characters, btw?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Then recently I've found a way that could 'enlarge' the front part of the shoe without having to go to the cobbler or any shoe experts. What I did was squatting on the tips of my toes, with my shoes on for a few minutes. It helps to expand it a little, and so the too-tight-front-part problem has now been solved.
I'm still searching for the solution for my other shoe problem tho, which I always always have with pump shoes. I do not have a problem wearing high heels (except the tiredness after a 6-hour walk, which is pretty normal), but when it comes to pump shoes, my feet totally refuse to tolerate. It's kind of like a love-hate relationship, you know. I've tried everything - biting the shoe, waxing it with candle (I could not find a proper candle so I used the birthday candle from Secret Recipe), folding the edge of the shoe to expand it and I also tried Bama Smiling Feet invisible gel strips which I put at the back edge of the shoe. But nothing works so far. The shoe still hurts. It's so frustrating bcoz I personally think pump shoes look more posh and elegant than sling backs, and there's about a hundred pumps I've been longing to wear, like these beauties from GUESS and Forever 21...
I really want to be able to wear my GUESS wedge-pump. Help!
Sticking the handsaplast (is that how u spell it?) thingy at the back of my feet would be the last resort bcoz it's kinda leceh la, especially sbb nak solat...
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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