Tuesday, October 16, 2018

[BEAUTY] Swanicoco Limited Edition Velvet Lipstick | Juliet Red

Reviewing the Swanicoco Limited Edition Velvet Lipstick in Juliet Red
You cant keep changing men, so you settle for changing your lipstick, or as the saying goes. Other than giving you that extra boost in confidence, did you know that every shade of lipstick you wear has its own story to tell? According to studies, lipstick may enhance the color of your eyes and it makes your eyes look bigger, making the choice of color important. Thus, I personally fancy lipsticks that are versatile in creating different looks, one of it being an exclusive brand by Swanicoco.

Fermented beauty
In case you haven't heard of Swanicoco, the brand holds a very repetutive image being one of the top natural cosmetic companies in the Republic of Korea. Fermentation being their secret to beauty, Swanicoco embraces the fermentation process where particles become smaller to enhance the absorption rate on the skin. My personal attraction towards the brand is that they use natural ingredients that would not irritate the skin. Not to forget since its fermented, amino acids and antioxidants are generated to treat the damaged skin while preventing skin aging. You heard it right, this is a lipstick that makes you look great while repairing the skin on your lips throughout the day.

JULIET RED

Close up on the packaging and lipstick
Juliet Red taking stage even before the application
Juliet red being 1 out of the 3 limited edition shades, on a first impression, I was pretty shocked at how bright the shade is! Initially was a little worried on whether if the tone would suit my skin, and surprisingly, the colour is stunning! Upon swatching, i also noticed that the pigmentation of this formulation is very good as you'll only need 1 swipe to apply it over your lips. The shade features a reddish undertone orange that can be buildable based on your personal prefference. (Scroll below to see what im talking about.)

TEXTURE

One swipe is all it takes
When its contact with water, it doesn't smudge!
Starting off with the texture, I personally LOVE the texture the minute I slide it over my lips. Trust me, I am not exaggerating. Despite giving my lips a very matte velvety texture, I am truly impressed that it doesnt leave my lips feeling dry at all. In fact, I feel that im lip condition improved after using the Swanicoco in Juliet Red consistently for about a week. It actually feels very lightweight, comfortable and soft throughout the day, but if youre a heavy (messy) eater, then reapplication may be required.

WAYS TO WEAR IT

Korean Gradient Lip (by applying to the inner center of the lips) 
Full application all over lips
Being a brand from Korea, there are 2 very popular ways of using this. One being the tinted lips where there is a gradient of colors starting from the inner lips moving outwards. The other way of using this would be to apply it all over the lips, for a full lip look. I actually like that it has this tinted feature as they make beauty look so effortless in a sense where you can choose to wear it in a casual everyday makeup look or go full on Grab with full lips.

VERDICT

Whats my say on Swanicoco
As a verdict, I would have to say that the formulation of this lipstick definitely won my heart. Other than feeling very lightweight and comfortable on the lips, I also noticed that my lips look so much healthier after constantly using this over a few days. I have cracked lips when its left dehydrated for too long, and the Swanicoco Velvet Lipstick did a swell job in keeping my lips looking moist and healthy. Currently, it retails at RM98.72 (Promotion price: RM88.85) on 50gram.com.my, and I would consider the price to be slightly steep, but functionality wise, I make you look great while it improves your lip texture. Why pay for a lip mask when a lipstick can get all the job done for you? Hehe. Honestly, I can't wait to get the other 2 shades that are yet soon to arrive in Malaysia!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Fernleaf UHT Milk | My Morning Routine


Hey, guys so today I'll be sharing with you a thing or two about my everyday breakfast. Being over my mid-twenties I realized that my bones are getting weaker in a sense that my knees are weak when it comes to supporting and I am experiencing that my body weight is getting so much heavier to carry on a daily basis. Be active and sports and ballet, in order to do the things that I love to do I realize that I need to get the right nutrition into my body, and one of it would be milk to strengthen the bones.


If you have been following my Instagram posts, you would have noticed that I've been sharing about Fernleaf UHT milk. Honestly speaking I am very particular with the milk that I can consume (since im not really a huge fan of milk), but trust me, if you're like me, I find Fernleaf UHT milk to be one of the milk that I find taste really yummy! Leading to the topic of the day I would like to share with you on what I found about Fernlead UHT milk after doing some research.


Surprisingly, what makes Fernleaf UHT milk different from the regular milk that you consume, the source of Fernleaf milk comes from cows in New Zealand where they are free to graze outdoors almost all year round and it result to that producing nutritious milk. With the cows having a healthy lifestyle I believe that healthy cows can produce high-quality nutritious milk. Did you know that New Zealand is a country with fertile soil excellent rainfall and abundant Sunshine making it one of the best places in the world to produce milk?




New Zealand office high quality of grass cozy-climate clean air and water for Fernleaf happy cows produce milk naturally without needing any form of milk booster. I guess it's true what they say it's when you are happy you do things with your heart and this goes for the cows as well. Hehe.  Fernleaf has over 140 years of experience in dairy farming and their farmer's Heritage and expertise have made New Zealand a world leader in dairy today.


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If you think that milk is only for drinking then you are wrong. There are honestly so many ways to enjoy milk and just to share with you a few examples of dishes that I like to pair with milk. Typically most people like to enjoy their milk with cereal but for me, I like to enjoy milk with my fruits my toast and even pancakes! If I get a little busy to prepare my breakfast I would secretly use banana and milk to make my pancakes fluffy and creamy in texture, trust me it's sooo good! Never underestimate the power of milk.


I started consuming milk when I was 25 diligently which was when I realized that my bones were getting weaker and it has approximately been about a year now and I am so thankful that my bones do feel so much stronger than before. Other than that, milk also strengthens immune system nourishes dry skin makes teeth strong and healthy and also improves healthy digestion that gives your skin that healthy glow and improve body health as well. Milk is rich sources of calcium and minerals, and it's a great way to maintain your body strength and health by just consuming a glass of milk every day. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

[REVIEW] NION BEAUTY OPUS Express

Presenting to you the NION BEAUTY OPUS Express
SCREAMS! I didn't know why, but I've been raving over silicon facial brushes lately, and today I'll be sharing with you the newest addition to my collection, the Nion Beauty OPUS Express Exfoliating Facial Brush. For your information, facial brushes are one of the ways ensuring that your face and pores are properly cleansed, being one of the ways to reduce acne and breakouts. I suffer from combination skin, and breakouts are my worst nightmare! But with this baby in hand, I have no worries on each cleansing session to be the cleanest it can get.

NION BEAUTY OPUS EXPRESS


The Nion Beauty Opus Express
A little introduction on OPUS Nion Beauty Express, the facial brush offers not only cleansing features but also an addition to an innovative way of cleansing. Its super-charged with negative ions and packed with pioneering features making it a product that you'll definitely can't live without once you know how well it cleanses and improves your skin condition. What makes this facial brush different than any other silicon facial brush is that it explores into S-ion Technology to cleansed and encourage better absorption of products into the skin.

FEATURES


What's in the box: a protective bag, warranty documents
Now that you know what it is, let's get into details! Firstly, it operates on 2 AA batteries (Which is at your own cost), thus you may need to get yourself some batteries before getting to use this at its maximum potential. It is also safe to use in the shower, and undeniably easy to clean. As mentioned earlier, it also has S-ion Technology silicon tip and vibrates up to 3 speeds of Kinetic Skin Cleansing to cleanse deep into your pores making it the perfect cleansing assistant that you'll ever need. Each pack of this contains the OPUS NION BEAUTY EXPRESS, a silk bag to keep your facial brush and the warranty claim documents in case your OPUS NION BEAUTY EXPRESS doesn't work. So rest assured, you'll definitely get a good set in hand.

REVIEW


A close up on the Nion Beauty OPUS Express facial brush
One thing about coming home from work after a long exhausting day, one step that I hate the most would be washing off makeup when its all mixed up with the sebum from your skin. I used to wash my face with my bare hands, and ocassionally when I get a little too lazy to double cleanse, eventually it'll lead me into getting breakouts. But now with the OPUS NION BEAUTY EXPRESS, I noticed that cleansing has never been so easy! In fact, I've never been so excited to get back-home to cleanse my face.

Full makeup (For this review purpose, i purposely skipped the makeup remover)
Apply Cleanser on face
Gently scrub face with cleanser
To use, I would usually apply the cleanser on my face, then I'll gently glide the facial brush over, gently spreading the cleanser all over my face. Since there are 3 speeds to choose from, I usually go for the highest level first, to really wash-off the layers of makeup from my skin, then I'll move down to a slower speed to gently cleanse my face. It has been roughly 3 weeks now since I've been using the facial brush, and trust me when I say that my Skin is glowing! I believe that since it vibrates, it naturally encourages blood circulation and cell restoration making it a-plus point of using the OPUS NION BEAUTY EXPRESS.

Use the Nion Beauty Opus to enhance your cleansing experience
All the dirt removed by the Nion Beauty Opus
Before and After comparison. (Convincingly clean)
So, just to explain to you on how this cleansing device works, it cleanses using kinetic skin cleansing. The Kinetic Skin Cleansing system uses gentle vibrations to remove dirt and break up impurities. As much as it looks pretty solid in images, it actually feels very gentle and soft as it glides through my skin. Did you know that having squeaky clean skin isn't all exactly a good thing? Another feature of Kinetic Skin Cleansing, it purifies the skin without stripping the skin's protective layer that protects your skin against aging, dryness, and infection.

VERDICT

Time to cleanse the rest of my face
Testing out the level of cleanliness using a wet tissue.  
The results are pretty impressive, unnoticeable dirt detected
As a verdict, I would have to say that it really improved my skin condition making it naturally look like its glowing and I have way better skin texture too! Another thing that I noticed, it's honestly unbelievable that my skin is less oily ever since I started using this. Overall, I would highly recommend the OPUS NION BEAUTY EXPRESS for anyone who is seeking better ways of cleansing the skin. Cleansing with Negative Ions, it not only cleanses but it also encourages circulation, cell restoration, prevents signs of aging, detox the skin naturally and improves the immunity of the skin. With all these benefits coming out from 1 product, it's really hard to resist but to get this for my own. Hehe. Well, thats all on my thoughts on the NION BEAUTY OPUS EXPRESS. For more details on OPUS, you may checkout the links below to see what else they have to offer.

OPUS 

Top 10 things to do in Busan, Korea | + Accommodation Recommendations

Out of the blue, I was listening to some Korean music in my bedroom and realized that I missed visiting Korea very much! One place I miss is definitely Busan, and since that was about a year ago since I last visited Busan, I decided to list down a few places that I truly missed and enjoyed during my stay there. With all hopes that this post would benefit anyone reading this, please enjoy my list of things to do while in Busan!

1 | Haedong Yonggungsa

Taking a picture at Haedong Yonggungsa with Golden Buddha at the back
Make a wish and throw a coin
Had to take a photo with the monkey statue since both of us were born in the year of the monkey.
A little history check on the Haedong Yonggung Temple, it is actually a Buddhist temple which was built in 1378 by a teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Sadly during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592-98, it was partially destroyed but eventually rebuilt in the 1930s. The unique feature of this temple is that it built of one of the beautiful seasides in Korea thus making it a trademark of its own. Particularly famous for its Golden Buddha, you will enjoy walking around hills of rocks, filled with wishing stones. While you're there, feel free to make a wish!

2 | Jagalchi Market - Fresh fish and seafood market




If you're looking for seafood heaven, this is the place to be! Jagalchi Market is located on the shoreside road in Busan's Jung-gu and its well known to be Korea's largest seafood market selling both live and dried fish. This place represents Busan pretty well thanks to its history. It would be best to visit in October as there will be a Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival held. There are tons of restaurants along the market if you want to enjoy fresh seafood from the sea.

Train Station: Jung-gu
Opening Hours: 5am-10pm
Closed on First and Third Tuesday of every month

3 | Busan Tower


Busan Tower is another trademark not to be missed! Too bad I didn't get to visit the top cause we were running out of daytime. It opens at night, but I was expecting to go during daylight. Like any other tower in any country, this is one of the observatory decks if you would like to see a clearer view of Busan. The Busan Tower stands proudly 69m above sea level at the height of 120m. A unique feature that this tower has would be that the top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple.

Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
Upon exiting the station, turn left onto Gwangbok-o Street.
Walk approx. 160 m to arrive at Yongdusan Park (escalator on the right).

※ Take Bus 8, 15, 126, Airport Bus 161 or Airport Bus 61.
Operating Hours: 10am-11pm

4 | Gwangandaegyo from Haeundae Beach


Next would be the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stretching over 7.4km from Namcheon-dong to Centum City. You can opt to view it from afar or make a trip to actually cross the bridge to be able to tell people that you've been on the longest bi-level bridge over the ocean in Korea. I decided to take a look at it at night from Haeundae Beach, and its a really nice sight to see. I only managed to check it out at night, but if you're here during the daytime, you'll get a clear view of Oryukdo Island, Hwangyeongsan Mountain, Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaekseom I, land and Dalmaji Hill.


Without a doubt, Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan. With white sandy beach stretching up to 1.5km long, it has a beautiful coastline making Haeundae Beach perfect for swimming. Popular during summer, Haeundae Beach is famous for various cultural events. While you're there, you can opt to visit Dongbaek Island, Busan Aquarium, and more! Perfect for those who love the beach, be sure to make time to spend your evening here.

 Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5, 7.
- Walk straight for about 500m.

5 | Bulguksa Temple



Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designed as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. Built-in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, the temple underwent numerous renovations from different dynasty and was burned down during the Japanese Invasion war. It was renovated about 40 times, the Bulguksa Temple now is home to many important cultural relics such as Dabotap Pagoda, Saritap Pagoda and other national treasures. Making a visit here is a must when you're in Busan.

Operating Hours 
Mar-Sep 07:00-18:00 / Oct 07:00-17:30 
Nov-Jan 07:30-17:00 / Feb 07:30-17:30

[Bus]
From Gyeongju Train Station, follow Hwarang-ro Street and take Bus No. 10 or 11 (located in front of the post office).
- Get off at Bulguksa Temple (불국사) Bus Stop.
- Travel time: approx. 1 hr




While you're there, don't forget to visit one of their restaurants available as the prices are pretty reasonable and definitely something that is not easy to find in the main city. We managed to visit one of the stalls to try out this beef bulgogi freshly cooked right before your eyes. It was really yummy but it's a shame that I don't remember the name of the exact shop. Nevertheless, most of the food there is pretty similar, so don't be shy to walk into a shop and say hi! 

6 | Gwangalli Beach


Because I consider myself a beach babe (*coughs*), I just had to see Gwangalli Beach with my own eyes. The beach is a 1.4km long beach that is famous for its fine sand. This beach has undergone a water cleaning program and as a result, the water of the beach here is pristine. A famous spot for the younger generation (such as mua), this place is filled with romantic restaurants and cafes, and stores selling fashion brands. Usually, some locals would come here to enjoy the bright lights fo Gwangadaegyo Bridge.

[Subway]
Geumryeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1 or 3.
Make a U-turn and turn on the first street toward the beach.

7 | Beomeosa - 1300-year-old Buddhist temple founded in 678 AD




Beomeosa Temple is located at the eastern edge of Geumjeongsan Mountain and was constructed by monk Ui Sang in the 678 during the 18th year of King Munmu. Being one of the three most famous temples in the Yeongnam region, it was lost during the war and was restored in 1613 and has remained until now. Since I was an architecture student at the time, I enjoyed every detail of the pagoda with pillars, pavilions, gates, and eleven hermitages. Its pretty insane to imagine that most of the construction is made out of natural wood. There is also a temple stay program for visitors to learn more about the Buddhist culture and possibly discover oneself.

[Subway + Bus]
Beomeosa Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), Exit 5 or 7.
- Walk along the main road for about 5-min to arrive at Samsin Transportation Bus Stop.
- Take Bus No. 90 and get off at Beomeosa Ticket Office Bus Stop. 

[Taxi]
Approx. 5 min from Beomeosa Station

8 | Gamcheon Culture Village




Gamcheon Culture Village is one of my favorites MUST GO places when in Busan. If you haven't been to Gamcheon, you haven't been to Busan. Hehe. The Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning its nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan". If you love taking images, this is one of the places that you must visit to get the perfect shot of an unbelievably colorful village. It's an exciting resident area, thus be sure to respect their privacy while you're here.

[Bus]
Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6. 
- Take local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop. 

Toseong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
- Take local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

9 | BokcheonMuseum



If you love history, or you just want to understand more on the history of Busan, you can always make a quick stop at Bokcheon Museum. The museum is very informative and has an intriguing way of showing the history of Busan. It has a fairly good overview of the history of Busan. Worth the visit for newbies who have not been to Busan before. You'll spend a good 1-2 hours enjoying the exhibits explaining major events in Busan History. What I enjoyed the most was that they explained the array of relics and tombs discovered in the Bokcheon-dong ancient burial ground giving you some insights before visiting the actual site.

Admission: Free

[Subway]
Dongnae Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 4.
Take Bus 6 and get off at Bokcheon Museum.

10 | Cheonmachong - Tomb of King Michu



The Cheonmachong Tomb is one of the many tombs that I have yet to visit! Excavated in 1973, the tomb consists of wooden coffin places inside an underground chamber mounded with boulders and earth, a typical upper-class tomb of the Silla period. I learned a lot about the Silla period while visiting the Cheonmachong Tomb as it explained on how tough it was to live in history. During the Silla period, they believed that the properties of the upper-class individual would be buried together with the body, which also includes human individuals too! It was a cruel period to live in, but honestly, exciting to know that there were a total of 11,526 artifacts were discovered within the tomb, and this is only one out of the many.

Operating hours: 9am -10pm

[Train] 
From Seoul Station, take a train to Singyeongju station. 
(Express KTX Line: operates 20 times a day / Travel Time: 2 hours) 
* Operating hours changes on week and weekend.


ACCOMMODATION


Hotel Cont, Yongdunsan-Gil
In case you're planning on your accommodation during your visit to Busan, I would highly advise you to check out Expedia to make your bookings! For less than RM300 a night, you can get a room located near the Busan Tower, specifically around Yongdunsan-gil area. I would suggest you stay in Hotel Cont here as it located in a convenient area with easy public transportation AND its located near Lotte Mall in case you want to do some shopping. hehe. Even though its marked as 2 and a half stars on Expedia, rest assured you will have a comfortable sleep with no worries. Wifi is free and breakfast can be included in your package if requested.

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Well, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed reading about my visit to Busan and if you may have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me if you need anything urgent. Well, that's all for now. Signing out.

Sara xx