Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[OPENING] Les Néréides Now Available at Pavilion KL

Les Néréides Paris now available in Pavilion KL
It was indeed an honor to be invited to such an exclusive launching & anniversary celebration of Les Néréides at Pavilion KL earlier this week. But if you haven't heard about Les Néréides, the background actually goes back to the 1980's, founded by Pascale and Enzo Amaddeo. Offering only unique and whimsical pieces, you would be surprised and amazed with the collection that they have to offer. So if you're looking for whimsical and unique jewelry, read on to find out more!

Preserving the finer things in life in forms of jewelery
Each jewelery with a character of its own
Inspired by nature
Les Néréides features pieces that are inspired by nature and animals, where each collection unfolds the most poetic story and conveys emotions while deploying the same high precisions savoir-faire. And in simpler terms, for anyone who dreams of bringing your magical fantasies back to life, Les Néréides will not disappoint you in bringing back your youth as you take your childhood memories to a whole new level. With its extreme details and sense of refinement, Les Néréides is now a renowned international company recognized all over the world.

Fancy a monkey with a hula skirt? YES PLEASE!
Ervery detail matters
Bringing mystical creatures to life
As you can see, every piece of jewelry is made and handpainted in the workshop of Les Néréides. This makes each piece unique on its own where each collection tells a story worth telling. The highlight of it all would be the ballerina collection which really gave me a certain connection since im a ballerina myself. Alternatively, if you have your favorite childhood fairytales or fantasies, their collection would surprise you with mermaids, little red riding hood, Alice in wonderland and more as the collection brings your favorite childhood characters back to life in form of exclusiveness.

The offiial launching ceremony
"Did you know that Néréides comes from a greek mythology where the 
Néréides were the sea nymph daughters of Nereus, the Old Mad of the Sea. "

The Classic design by Les Néréides
Bringing your childhood back to life
With the 2nd outlet of Les Néréides in Malaysia now being launched in Pavilion KL, this marks the successful expansion after the 1st outlet opened at The Gardens Mall in 2015. Psst, good news to those who are in Penang as I heard that the 3rd outlet will be opening soon at Gurney Plaza Penang. (Holla at cha girl Penang readers!).  Be sure to keep an eye on the Les Néréides signature collection, Pas De Deux, the classic line inspired by the feminity and grace of the ballet dancers of the opera de Paris.

Located on the 2nd floor, Lot P2.03.00 in Pavilion KL
Well with this exciting announcement, be sure to check them out at their nearby outlets to witness one of the most magical designs of jewelry which each piece features a character of its own. I've been keeping my eye lately on the ballerina pieces as I had the chance to observe on their fine detailings. Be sure to check facebook page for more updates! Have you spotted your favorite collection yet? Hehe

Outlet Info:

The Garden Mall 
S-K03, 2nd floor, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 
Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
03-2201 5166

Pavilion KL 
Lot P2.03.00, 2nd Floor, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, B
ukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur 
03-2110 2760

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 20, 2017

[FASHION] CIRGARO APPAREL | Modest fashion in Shah Alam

Here's a little preview o the Cirgaro Apparel Store
What's my weekend without getting the chance to discover new store's to check out around Malaysia right? This time I decided to experiment with some trendy Muslimah fashion with blogger friends that I believe can be super versatile when it comes to styling yourself effortlessly without looking too casual. One thing about Muslimah fashion that I love would be that it's suitable for anyone who seeks for modest wear or something for modest family wear. And in today's post, I'll be sharing with you a thing or two about Cirgaro Apparel.

INTRODUCING CIRGARO

A preview of some of the men collection
And of course, how can we forget the ladies
As I was told, they have been in the fashion industry for a while now as has generated a lot of organic attention on their Jubah Bangsawan in the past year, especially to the Muslim society. What makes Cirgaro Apparel different is that they emphasize on focusing on the best quality that is guaranteed to be super comfortable to wear, and not to forget that the design is extremely versatile. Getting a once in a lifetime chance to be able to talk to the owner himself, I would have to say that I'm surprised by his passion and the direction that the team is heading too. The brand has foreign suppliers and sets their quality to reach a certain standard.

THE STORE
The Cirgaro Apparel store is now available at Shah Alam, Masalam
How can we not love getting hands on with the pieces we choose to wear?
Now, a close-up look at their first offline store located in Shah Alam, Masalam, which recently opened in March 2017, upon a first impression, I would have to say that the colors of their clothing were the highlight itself. Since I visited their store on their first-day opening, some decorative items were not arranged yet, but nevertheless, the layout was not too bad. I love the fact that Cirgaro Apparel provides Muslim wear for men and women so that couples can even get a matching pair in store! The concept itself really brings out the character of Cirgaro Apparel providing proper modest wear to suit family wear as well. [PLUS POINTS]

THE COLLECTION

One of the latest design collection
How do you like us now? 
You'd be surprised that I'm apparently more attracted to getting more modest clothes due to work, but I'm starting to like how versatile it can be! As mentioned, Cirgaro Apparel has emphasized a lot on the material , and before selling them in stores, they go through the quality check, color check, comfort check and everything else. Brands who go an extra mile is really what I look for nowadays if I'm talking about trends that would be everlasting. I won't need to worry about the material fading off, cause the team has done it for me. YAY!

We're all wearing the Clara Silky Pleated Blouse in different shades
Since I couldn't resist, I got myself a piece of their Clara Silky Pleated Blouse in Blue. I love the design, the color selection and the whole looks of it. Despite it being long-sleeved, it was very comfy and it doesn't make me sweat as the material does not absorb heat. The material used is silky linen, and I would say that the material plays with the design really well. Won't you agree? hehe. Every Cirgaro Apparel comes in an XS to XL sizes for women and an S to XXXL sizes for men. It also has a fine detail with a Cirgaro Apparel tag attached to is which states that its classic, elegant and exclusive.

CONCLUSION


As a conclusion, I honestly see a lot of potential from Cirgaro Apparel. If you're looking for a comfortable family oriented Muslimah/Muslim wear, why not check out their store via online by heading to Cirgaro Apparel, or alternatively visit their store located at Masalam, Shah Alam. I love the idea that its designed by Malaysians, and the fact that they emphasize on quality when it comes to producing exclusively designed apparels. Their price range would usually go between RM50 to RM159, and that to me is affordable for the quality and finishing. With the Raya season being just around the corner, a little birdy told me that Cirgaro Apparel, will be looking forward to releasing their Raya season collection! So be sure to keep a lookout on that. For more updates, do keep yourself updated by heading to their facebook page for the latest news xx

Cirgaro Apparel Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cirgaroapparel

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?