Sunday, April 23, 2017

[REVIEW] Dining Experience at Marco Creative Cuisine

Marco Creative Cuisine, 1 Utama
Always wanted to experience fine dining but it has always been out of your budget? Well good news peeps, cause now Marco Creative Cuisine offers you an affordable deal at RM78 for a 7-course meal. So if you're looking for a place to impress someone with fine dining within Klang Valley, why not consider to discover the journey of flavors with Marco Creative Cuisine by scrolling through my blog post.

Marco Creative Cuisine introduces the 7 multi course meal
Exotic Jellyfishes to welcome you as you enter
Loving the Tiffany blue interior too!
Marco Creative Cuisine is an ultra-modern gastronomic restaurant by Chef Daren, leavening the dining experience with a sense of excitement and a touch of adventure, located in 1 Utama, Ground Floor (old wing). Since I had a chance to dine in Marco Creative Cuisines, I'll be sharing with you about the current hype of their 7-course creative cuisine which is priced at RM78+ (inclusive GST) per person to experience fine dining the way it should be. And what's even better? As you enter the space, you'll be greeted by exotic jellyfishes at the entrance. Trust me, it's mesmerizing.

PALATE CLEANSER

Matcha-Lime Shooter
Before you dig into your meal, you'll be served with a palate cleanser to clean your palate. (I guess that's what its suppose to do) LOL. I don't think I've ever had a palate cleanser before, so this is pretty new to me. On the menu, it states that I'll be served with a velvety matcha-lime shooter. For a second there, since it came in a mini coffee cup, I swear I thought it was green tea, but once I got a sip of it, it had a pleasant lime mint taste (so do expect it to taste sour). It was surprising really refreshing and if I could have another round of it, I would!

APPETISER

Savoury Eclair
And a few minutes later I was then served with my appetizer which would be a Savoury Eclair. The menu had a description saying that it's Gruyere Flavoured Pate a Choux decorated with Aubergine Caviar, Green Chile Pesto, and Tomato Confit. Yeah, I know, if you're feeling confused, I was even more confused, but being Malaysian, as long as its food, I'll just swallow. HAHA. This actually tasted really light, and it has a bitter herbs taste which was odd to me but heck its fancy. Theres no reason not to savor every bite of this.

SOUP

Strawberry Gazpacho
Next would be the selection of soup, from the menu you can choose between Strawberry Gazpacho, French Onion Soup or Truffled Mushroom Soup. And if you guessed it, I decided to go a little more exotic by picking the Strawberry Gazpacho. Assuming that it would taste creamy, but if you're thinking of testing this, be prepared for a sourish intake. It was indeed something really different, and if you're reading this, I shall warn you that it's super savory! It may take you a while to finish this compared to the French Onion Soap and the Truffled Mushroom Soup, but if you're looking for long conversations with your companion, then why not!

ENTRÉE

Liver Parfait
Savoury Ice Cream Salad
I've always thought whatever listed in this section is considered as an appetizer, but at Marco Creative Cuisine, its considered as an entrée. Now in this section, you can choose either to have the chicken liver parfait, the garden plater or savoury ice cream salad. Again, since I'm a sweet tooth in person, i went for the savoury ice cream salad (CAUSE ITS ICE CREAM + SALAD!). Never in my life had I thought that Ice Cream and salad can actually go pretty well. But this isn't your ordinary ice cream, cause it actually had a savory salty taste that actually compliments the salad really well. In fact, the ice cream actually made the salad taste sweeter. I'm not kidding.

MAINS

Salmon with Jet Black Hollandaise
Duck Breast with Orange Purée and Roasted Beetroot
Chicken Roulade with Brussels Sprouts
And after 4 courses, it's finally time for the main course! The menu listed about 6 options to choose from and I would say that every dish has a character of its own. Be it wester cuisines, Asian, or a fusion, Marco Creative Cuisine has got it all covered to make sure that you'll have something to cater to your tastebuds.

Squid Ink Japonica Rice
Since I was a little hungry that night, I went for an Asian twist by having Squid Ink Japonica Rice. My dish featured Japanese short grain rice cooked with squid ink, accompanied with juicy prawns, baby squid, and omelet served with garlic mayonnaise. What I love the most about the dish was that it was prepared to perfection! Texture, portion, freshness, I tasted everything and I'm satisfied with my order, and the fact that the grains of rice just melts in your mouth cause it was just that good! (Just talking about it, makes me want to go back for more. haha)

DESSERTS

Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie
Raspberry Decadence
What's a meal without completing it with desserts! You can either choose to have the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie, Rasberry Decadence or the Créme Brülée with White Chocolate Sherbet and in my case, I just had to go for the Rasberry Decadence as I love raspberries! The Rasberry Decadence is a luscious raspberry cheesecake with raspberry gel accompanied by lemon meringue shards and passion fruit gel making it look as if its a piece of artwork. Trust me, the minute I received my dish, it felt as if I had a setting of candy land in my plate. Being it raspberry and cheesecake, to those who love a sourish taste, this would be the dessert for you.

DRINKS

Sparkling Iced Berry
Frech Press Coffee
To end your 7-course meal, you will be given a drink of your choice where you can either have loose leaves tea, sparkling iced berry or french press coffee. I was dining at night at the time, which automatically made me pick the sparkling iced berry. (and a sudden realization that I think I've been obsessed with berries in this post). HAHA, Yes. The Sparkling Iced Berry in simpler terms tasted like berry soda and was indeed refreshing to me if you're looking for something not too savory to wash everything down.

VERDICT

Be sure to make reservations if you're planning to take someone special out
As a verdict, i would have to say that it was indeed an exciting journey of flavours at Marco Creative Cuisine. And at a steal deal of RM78+/person for a 7-course meal, that makes each dish served only at about RM11/dish. That's insanely affordable when it comes to fine dining. Another thing that i would like to emphasize would be that your dish would be served based on where you sit. Thus there is no such thing as the waiter asking for reassurance of your dish being served to you. Talk about classy ey? And to think about it, its just a drive away to 1 Utama, to experience it all again! YAY! Well I guess I shall end my post here, details on location and contact would be below:

Marco Creative Cuisine
Lot G146, Ground Floor (old wing) 1Utama Shopping Centre, 
No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ, Selangor, Malaysia
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11:00AM - 10:30PM
Website: http://marcocreativecuisine.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/marcocreativecuisine

Thursday, April 13, 2017

[REVIEW] Neutrogena | Dermatologist Recommended


Dont you hate days when you have dull skin? I know i do. Imagine a day, especially after a long busy weekend, showing up to work with that dull look on your face. Ugh, even talking about it makes me sense that there are negative vibes. Thankfully, thats to Neutrogena, I finally found a solution to say goodbye to dull skin. I remember the days when i was a teenager and i was literally growing up with Neutrogena to fight my acne problems, and the brand has really gained my trust in beliving that it offers more than just cleansing.

INTRODUCTION


If you have never heard of Neutrogena, well let me give you a brief introduction on their background.  Neutrogena happens to be the #1 Dermatologies Recommended skincare brand that offers a wide range of skincare products. And since it has gained trust by dermatologies from all around the world, it automatically attracts attention by more people to emphasize that they are a reputable reliable established brand. YAY! Now in today's review, i will be reviewing 3 items which would be the Neutrogena deep clean brightening cleansing oil to foam, the deep clean brightening foaming cleanser and the deep clean blackhead eliminating daily scrub.

REVIEW | Deep Clean Brightening Oil to foam


I honestly found this really interesting, and you would have to agree with me! Just reading the name of the product ' Brightening Oil to Foam' makes me ask a lot of questions. I've heard of the usual foam cleansers where your cleansers comes out in forms of foam, but never oil to foam cleansers. But really, lets get into serious business, i think the description is pretty clear that the oil texture eventually turns into foam after a few scrubs.


Since there was a tiny description saying that it works as a make-up remover and a foam cleanser, i decided to do a make up removal test and surprisingly left me impressed. From the image above, you would see my everyday make up needs being swathed and it took me just 30 second of scrubbing to fully remove all the make up from my hand. And from the looks of it, i'd say it cleanses really well.


I actually like the fact that it comes in a pump nozzle bottle, where all you need is just one pump and you're already on your way to deep cleansing. YAY. Despite it being considered an oil cleanser, i was expecting it to be oily, but surprisingly since the oil formulation turns into foam once you scrub your face, the oil texture instantly disappears. As a result, it was really easy to wash it off, which left my skin feeling clean and refreshed!

REVIEW | Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub


Next would be the Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, which is a daily scrub to eliminate blackheads. Now, the real deal here is that im usually very particular when it comes to face scrubs as its usually too rough for my skin, or that it would make my skin turn red because the beads are just too harsh. The texture of the scrub had a gel-like texture and i noticed that it also had tiny orange beads in it! Another fact that i would highlight is that i found it rather odd that this is to be considered as a daily scrub, assuming that its gentle enough for daily scrubbing.


It actually foams really well when its mixed with water, and i have to emphasize that the beads are really micro sized! I was assuming that it may be a little rough on my skin (since i know my skin isnt too fond with scrubs) but instead it was actually really gentle. PLUS POINTS! No wonder its suitble for daily scrubbing. But personally, despite it being a daily scrub, im personally using this twice a week.

REVIEW | Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser



And last but not least would be the Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser. Amoung the three, i would have to say that this would be the most safest choice if youre looking for a daily cleanser. According to its decription, it says that it effectively deep cleanses and brightens the skin resulting to a more radiant skin. Just what i need! I love being outdoors, and ocassionaly the sun leaves my skin feeling burned and eventually it leaves my skin looking dull. Booo. But after a week of using this, i have to say that i did notice that my skin seems to be brighter. 


Upon testing this out, it actually foams really well, and i have to say that its very gentle on the skin. I dont know about you, but i've expereince really bad washing and i hate it each time that the facial cleanser dries out my skin. With the Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser, i enjoy washing my face because its really hydrating and it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. 

VERDICT



As a verdict, i would have to say that the range really defines what its suppose to do. Other than washing away impurities, it also deeply cleanses all the unwanted dirt almost effortlessly. By having just 3 of these products, it made me felt as if i was having a facial treatment of my own at my very own home. All you need is some aromatic candles, some theraputic mist, yellow light, relaxing music, and you can happily cleanse away. Thank you so much for reading on my review, do share me your thoughts as i would be happy to know if my review has helped you in any way. 

Sara ♥

Friday, April 7, 2017

[LAUNCH + REVIEW] ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics

Presenting ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics
So about a week ago, I was invited to attend the launch of ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics, and since it was a local brand, I'm all in for support! Founded by Datin Zamzarina Zambri, Zarra introduces color cosmetics under the name of ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics with Matte Lipsticks as their first product. I was told that the production put a lot of attention when it comes to product quality which they claim to reach a minimum standard of international standards, BUT with an affordable price for fellow Malaysians. YES! Thank you so much, Datin!

Image credit : http://nurulzayani.blogspot.my
ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks are made out of main ingredients such as Shea Butter, Argan Oil & Vitamin E. And the founder strongly holds a principal of "Beauty that's healthy" which I think has a really strong meaning behind it. For women who wants shine-free lips, ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics Matte Lipsticks are the key to sexier thicker lips. Cause you know how it is in the beauty world right now, #matteforlife. This matte lipstick has also been designed to no easily stain and is long lasting which you won't need to worry about re-applying.

The 7 trendy shades for each day of the week!
Now for the coolest information that I found during the launch! Hehe. It comes in 7 trendy shades for 2017 with a concept of wearing matte lipsticks 7 days a week. Every shade was named with a hidden meaning to boost your day with positivity and confidence when you wear the shades to your lips as you start your day. And i have to say that the array of colours are indeed interesting as it has a little touch of bold, mysterious, sexy and even versatile natural colors which were very well thought of. The 7 shades features Zesty Rose, Zenia Daisy, Zazzy Verbena, Zaftig Carnation, Zealous Dahlia, Zonal Peony and Zappy Therapy,

SWATCH TEST REVIEW

Very unique packaging
As a start, the Matte lipstick tube has a really nice elegant touch to it. Never in my life i've seen a lipstick tube like this before, making it a trademark on its own to ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics. The casing comes in matte black with a transparent bottom to make it convenient for you to view the actual shade. Psst, as i was trying to test this out, i was shocked to find out that the formulation smells like cake (no kidding). *inserts shocked face here*

Thats about 8 hours without re application!
Here i have the ZarraB'Joy Cosmetics Matte lisptick in Zealous Dahlia, which i found pretty dark at first, but after application it honestly doesnt look that bad. Hehe. Upon swatching, i notice that it dries really well on my lips and its not at all oily which means i can say that its really comfortable on my lips. I wore this at 12pm one day, and got back home at 8pm to be surprised that the shade lasted me the entire day without reapplication! I noticed that reapplying really makes your lip liquid runs out really fast, but with this, i think it may last me a while since its so long lasting despite with just 1 application. So gais, what do you think of the shade on me?

VERDICT

Some fun activities during the launch
As a verdict, I would have to say that any women would be excited to own the full collection of 7 shades, and I was also told that these shades are mixable based on your preference, which means, you can practically create shades of your own by a 'mix and match' concept. It's also Halal, approved by KKM, wuduk friendly, non-drying, no-chemicals, long lasting, doest not leave stains (especially when you're drinking from a cup) and 100% Malaysian made! It retails at only RM47 and can be easily purchased from www.harmonymall.com.my. Alternatively, you can also get this via WhatsApp by texting 019344778 or 0126229970 to make your order. Thank you so much, and I have to say that I'm tempted to get another shade in Zaftig Carnation. What's your favorite shade? 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

[REVIEW] Hair Attitude Group in Pandan Indah | Hair Colour

Reviewing the services at Hair Attitude Group
If you're here looking for a hair salon in Pandan Indah that provides hair care/grooming needs, well you have come to the right page! Hidden in Pandan Indah is a Pandan Indah salon called Hair Attitude Group which was opened in mid-2013. Since I recently got myself a job (YES I DONT BELIEVE IT EITHER) somewhere in Ampang, might as well find a regular salon to pop-by on days when I need a new look. Teehee. So, if you're wondering about the services at Hair Attitude Group, I'll be sharing with you about my most recent hairdo. So scroll away.

SERVICES


The interior of Hair Attitude
Well like any other salon, they provide cut & wash, trimming, colouring service, treatment and more! And since it has been a few months since I last coloured my hair, I decided to test out their colouring services. Since my hair was a little bright at the bottom half, and I didn't want to bleach my hair (cause it usually takes forever), I decided to only colour the bottom part and what colour fits black like blue. WOOOPS, spoiler alert!

REVIEW


The condition of my hair before the treatment
Advised by Lee to bleach the bottom parts of my hair
Felt like a VIP with 2 professional hair stylist drying my hair
The whole colouring procedure took me about 2 hours and 30 minutes which I consider it pretty fast than usual. I left my hair to the hands of Lee, a hair stylist from Hair Attitude Workshop who has been working at the salon for over 3 years and counting. He was indeed very friendly as he advised me on what to do to my hair based on my preferences. I decided to go dark blue, and he was nice enough to bleach the ends of my hair just so that the blue pops-up at the bottom creating an ombre shade to my hair. Sweet!
The dying process
A closer look to the Schwarzkopf dye
Now let's go to the process of colouring. Application of the bleach, leave-on and rinse took about 40 minutes overall, and I had a nice conversation with Lee while waiting. The process then continued with the hair dye, which I was told that they used Schwarzkopf hair products to colour my hair and I honestly have to say that I like that the product did not have an ammonia smell which I usually hate. That took another 50 minutes from application, leave-on and rinse.

On steam treatment twice since i took the 2 step treatment
We all known that the hair loses moisture once your hair has been coloured, so Lee was nice enough to explain to me the importance of treating the hair after dying hair colour to my hair. Customers may opt to choose 1 step treatment or 2 step treatments, but in my case, i opted to go for the 2 step treatment cause obviously the 2 step treatment is better. Teehee. So again they applied the first step, left it to steam for 5 minutes, applied the second step, left it to steam for another 5 minutes then brought my hair to rinse. The the treatment took about 40 minutes.

VERDICT & RESULTS


And tadaa! Loving how mysterious the shade of blue is
Before and After shot
*Drum rolls please* And tadaa, here's the outcome! I was surprised that it looked better than expected. This really proved to me that the hair stylist at Hair Attitude Group really knows what they're doing. My hair was styled by Lee and Ah Hong, both very well experienced in hair styling and I have to give credit to them for making me feel beautiful again. Hehe. I have to emphasise that they were very gentle when it comes to handling my hair, and they were nice enough to give me advice on how to properly care for my hair too. Definitely worth my time coming by this salon. Would I come again? I'd say YES! I like the confidence the hair stylist has, and I wouldnt need to worry about anyone messing up my hair.

PROMOTIONS 


Meet my hair stylist of the day, Ah Hong and Lee
Good news! If you're looking for colour services, Hair Attitude Group has an ongoing promotion! Starting from RM68nett you can get your hair coloured by Hair Attitude Group. To make it more convenient for you, below would be the price list of the promotional prices. I was actually really surprised to see the price list, but please take note that the colour services are for standard one tone colours (that requires no bleaching). But if you want different shades or two-tone shades, or for after dye treatment, there will be additional fee's that may be added on.

Normal Colour Services

Short Hair Length - RM68nett
Medium Long Hair Length - RM88nett
Long Hair Length - RM108nett
Super Long Hair Length (extra 2 inches off shoulder) - RM128nett
*Promo ends during Hari Raya 2017*

Facebook: Hair Attitude Workshop

Sara xx

Monday, April 3, 2017

[PROPERTY] The Greens @ Subang West | Two-Riffic Bonanza Campaign

The Greens @ Subang West
Being in my mid-twenties, I find it rather challenging to find properties that I can afford. Recently I went to check out a property at The Greens located in Subang West, for a preview of how the place and location looks. I was fascinated by the offer as the price starts from RM482k* for a unit of your own, in a very central area with easy access to highways. (BONUS POINTS) Thus giving me a reason to share with you on a great property to invest/buy together with an ongoing campaign called the"Two-Riffic Bonanza" Lucky Draw Campaign.


The CBHB group has carved a strong foothold in the local construction industry and now with another project expected to be completed in June 2018, The Greens @ Subang West. The Greens is a Freehold residential development comprising of 646 units of condominiums developed on a 7 acre land with a total gross development value of RM400 million. The condominiums are available in 8 different type of layouts from 3 bedrooms, terrace units and penthouse with built up raging from 915 sqft to 1,830 sqft.



The development emphasizes on healthy living and is fitted with over 45 facilities spanning over a 120,000 sqft park which includes a half basketball court, indoor and outdoor gymnasium, reflexology walkway, yoga deck, infinity lap pool, BBQ Terrace, Social Lounge, Cycling Track, Sauna Room and much more! The development also comes with multi-tier security system to create a safe and secure living environment.

Two-Riffic Bonanza Campaign


Just in case you brought your lucky star with you, let me just lightly share with you a thing or two about the Two-Riffic Bonanza campaign. The campaign is a gesture of appreciation from Crest Builder for their customers support for the past and future developments. The Two-Riffic Bonanza lucky draw campaign consists of four (4) Monthly Lucky Draws which are held every month from February to May 2017 and one (1) Grand Draw to be held in June 2017. The campaign grand prize includes Honda Jazz, Mac Book & an Ipad or alternatively you may stand a chance to win an iPhone 7 and mysterious prizes from their monthly draw prizes. All buyers are eligible to participate in both the lucky draws as they meet the qualifying terms and conditions.

Masterbed room
The kitchen space
Just making myself at home in the living room
Whos ready for dinner?
I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this property as its located in one of my personal ideal locations, and hopefully be suitable as an investment as well. Sharing to you from an architectural perspective, I would have to say that the layout has been well thought off and internal layout has been arranged to be maximized in terms of playing around with spacing. Not too bad for small families or if you're thinking to rent it out to MSU students, it would also be an ideal property that you can think about as its just 2km away from the university. Hehe. Do share me your thoughts and do leave me a comment below 

Sara ♥