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Monday, July 20, 2015

BANDI - Korea's No.1 Professional Nail Brand Launches in Malaysia!

BANDI, the No.1 professional nail brand in Korea is now launched in Malaysia! As a fan of nail care, nail colours and nail art myself, I'm always on the lookout for the latest and best nail brands in town, and am thrilled to find that there's a new nail care brand in town that I can choose from!

BANDI was established in Korea in year 2008, and has distributions in 15 countries whilst in Korea itself, which is highly known as the capital of Beauty mecca is surrounded by a bevy of 15 BANDI nail salons, providing nail care services exclusively using BANDI products.

 The brand is also known to be free from ingredients of Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene, and is committed to safe and eco-freindly formulas in creating its vivid and nature-inspired colours.

The launch took place at the cozy and modern Bridge Bar at GTower, KL on 13th July 2015, where some bloggers, media and celebrities were present to witness the launch of BANDI in Malaysia.

My partner of the day- Charissa Chong.

Emcee of the event- the gorgeous Sarah Lian.

We were given more insights about the brand with a presentation by Ms. Elly Jung, Development Team Manager of BANDI International.

It was then followed by a nail art demonstration by the BANDI Education Team, led by Ms. Lee Eun Kyung, Manager and Art Director of BANDI International, where we witnessed live on the screen 3 different designs that we could create with BANDI's wide range of vivid colours.

Wrapping up the event, the BANDI models showcased their respective nail arts creatively done by the BANDI team. Loved how the nail arts went so well together with their makeup which was done by Sheng Saw, and outfits by Khoon Hooi.

Guest model of the day was Lynn Lim, Miss Universe Malaysia 2014- 3rd runner up who's also a friend of mine. It was so good to see her again after so long! 

With fellow bloggers- Chanwon, Chenelle and Charissa.

Yeah, all C's!

Us ladies with the beautiful Amber Chia and Sarah Lian.
Mannnnn I looked and felt like a midget standing beside Amber!

There was also an Express Color Service by the BANDI team for us guests after the event!

More about BANDI's products now- BANDI's core lines are Gelique, DIA Stone Gel, Nail Lacquer and Switual Hand and Foot Spa series. 

The BANDI Gelique range is color cured by LED lamps that magically transform our gel color in just 30 seconds, that lasts for 3 weeks! Perfect solution if you like your manicures done quick without having to sit and fan-dry your fresh nail do's. We'll be spoilt for choice as there are a total of 109 gel shades available in Malaysia!

Next in line is the BANDI DIA Stone Gel series which creates high glossy, long-lasting and extraordinary glittery nails. Available in 47 shades in Malaysia, it uses high rated glitters from the US, Europe and Japan.

Besides its nail colours, BANDI is also famous for its iconic Spa treatment series- 
the BANDI Switual & Foot Spa

The BANDI Switual Hand Spa is formulated with organic botanical extracts from Swiss herbs, while the BANDI Switual Pedi Spa contains Blue Button flower that helps correct the appearance of stubborn cellulites. 

Us girls with the BANDI Malaysia team.

The price for BANDI Gelique service is RM90, while BANDI Nail Lacquer Service is priced at RM50. BANDI products are now available in major nail salons, hair salons, spa centres and also beauty salons, so be sure to look out for it and try it for yourselves!

Be updated with the latest products and news from BANDI:

Huge thanks to the BANDI Malaysia team for having us! Shall go get my BANDI mani and pedi done in 6 months' time after Little Bean is out! :P

Til' then!

love, Careen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Baby Impact

What an emotional morning. Was scrolling through Facebook while having breakfast, and came across this article shared by Pop Sugar Mums (yeap, I subscribe to mummy sites now haha).

When I saw the title, 'Touching New Pampers Ad Shows That Babies Bring Out the Best in People', I knew it wouldn't be a good idea to click on it and watch it so early in the day because I was sure that I'll end up being emotional.

But with a title like that, who could resist, especially a pregnant mummy who clicks on everything relating to babies nowadays? So I did. I watched the video.

And I wet my shirt. 
My heartstrings were pulled up, down, left, right. 

Tears just wouldn't stop falling and I had to wipe them off before I completely couldn't continue watching the video because the big, fat droplets of tears were blocking my vision.

The video made me realise just how powerful a tiny baby can be. They're powerful not in what their small and helpless selves can do, but what they can inspire others to do, and change. Parents, families, and even strangers.

When the lullaby came to the part saying the baby's uncle promised to not step into the house without quitting smoking first, I could relate and I started sobbing.

My father in-law who had been smoking for decades, upon hearing that me and my sis in-law were pregnant decided to quit smoking. And he meant it for real.

For years it was a pretty difficult feat urging him to quit, but just the news of his new grandchildren who are on the way made him want to quit on his own. And he's been happily and proudly telling us how he managed to not smoke at all during his two weeks holiday to Europe last month, and how he has been making tremendous improvements.

After I broke the good news to my maternal grandmother over the phone, she spoke to my mum and she told her, "Wow I'm going to become a great-grandmother now! I better start getting fit and healthy again!". When my mum told me that, my heart melted. See how a little life can change someone immediately, just like that? Suddenly, they see a motivation for them to make a change in their lifestyle. They see a reason to quit their habits and improve themselves for the sake of one baby. Simply because they want the best for the baby.

Aside from the desire to become parents and have our own family, and for me, to experience pregnancy and motherhood, raising kids and loving them as my own, a huge part of why I really wanted to have a baby was because I knew just how it'll change the lives of the people around us, mainly our parents and family. I could imagine the new found excitement and joy that my parents and the in-laws will have, the new life that they'll be experiencing with the arrival of their grandchildren. My father in-law had already long declared (even before we decided to get pregnant) that he will surely be spoiling his grandchildren. Every time he says it a cheeky laughter follows and a big silly grin would be spotted on his face.

Looks like us the parents gotta be the bad cops then haha! But it's only normal that children are spoilt silly by their grandparents. I had the privilege to be spoilt by my grandmother all the way til 2-3 years ago when she passed on. She was always the good cop, placing my parents in difficult positions. I would go to her for forbidden snacks, she would sneakily pass me pocket money each time before we leave our hometown, and would religiously record tv shows on Astro for us on video tapes (decades ago!). Whenever my parents scolded us, my grandma would ask them to stop (lol). 

As a kid I knew that my parents meant well and I deserved to be punished, but I enjoyed the "shelter" I had from my grandma. These are the memories I'm keeping with me til I'm old, and I know just how different and nice it is to have grandparents' love in my life, and I cannot wait for Little Bean to experience that from both sides of our family. This Bean is going to be loved silly by everyone, and I'm excited for all the loving memories that he/she is going to have growing up with so much love around.

Since I got pregnant, I've made some changes in my lifestyle too. I pray way more, he prays way more, and I'm always reading and looking out for the best food and fruits to eat so that baby gets the maximum nutrients. Though I'm constantly craving for maggi mee, I'm cruelly stopping myself because I know it wouldn't be healthy for baby. These are just very minor changes and sacrifices that I'm making at this early stage, and I know there'll be more to come. But come what may, I know I'll be ready to make those changes and sacrifices. 

That's how powerful a baby is, and how powerful love is.

love, Careen.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Beauty Review: Mask House's Diamond V-Fit Mask

Reviewing a really interesting beauty product in my post today!

If you haven't already known, I'm a huge fan of beauty facial masks. How my skin improved over the years was highly contributed by my regular usage of masks. When I was invited to review this particular mask raved by many celebrities all across Asia and beyond, I was truly excited to see how it'll work out for me! 

You can view more Celeb Recommendations on Mask House's official website HERE!

Speaking of Mask House, they're a Korean Mask Expert that devotes to developing mask materials, functions and designs of masks in order to cater to different skin types and their needs. After years of remitting efforts, Mask House has been fully recognized as "Korean Mask Experts". More stories about the brand on their official website HERE.

There are various different mask products under Mask House, and Mask House's Diamond V-Fit Mask is one of the best-selling range! As the name suggests, this mask focuses on slimming, lifting and moisturising the skin.

A Diamond V-Fit Mask pack (worth RM129/pack) comes with:

- 5x of Diamond V-Fit Mask Sheets
- 1x Slimming Band
- 1x Paper Measuring Tape
- 1x Promotional Card

The instructions were stated clearly at the back of the box in both Chinese and English, with clear step-by-step directions on how to apply the Diamond V-Fit Mask accurately.

Instead of typing down the instructions one-by-one, I figured that I should accompany it with step-by-step pictorial guides to help you better understand how to use it! :)

*Note: Please excuse my no makeup face and messy hair. It was at night and I applied it right before bedtime, hence the dressed down look haha!

STEP #1: 
Cleanse and dry the face thoroughly.

STEP #2: 
Take out and unfold the V-Fit Mask Sheet. Apply it on the face, larger parts on cheeks and smaller parts around the upper neck. 

STEP #3:
Wear the slimming band and fix it under the chin. Colored part to face inwards.

STEP #4:
Tighten the slimming band, pull head strap up, insert both ears into the designated holes, and fasten.

Wait for 30-40 minutes and enjoy the HEAT!

One of the things that amazed me the most is that the moment I put on the Diamond V-Fit Mask Sheet, even before I put on the slimming band, I was already feeling gradual heat on my face, chin and neck! The burning sensation became stronger as the minutes passed, and I got used to it and started to enjoy it (knowing that my fats were being burned) 10 minutes after putting the mask on.

As I mentioned earlier, the Diamond V-Fit Mask focuses on:

1. Slimming
- Accelerates metabolism and boosts lymphatic system.
- Helps to lose chin fats.

2. Lifting
- Performs skin tightening and restores loose and sagging skin.
- Reshapes the facial contours and delivers long-term firming results.

3. Moisturizing
- Gives immediate relief to dry and dehydrated skin
- Defences against the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

It is works on removing neck lines too! Which is awesome cos neck lines are very unsightly, and extreme difficult to combat and remove! 

Once 30-40 minutes are up, remove the slimming band and mask, and massage the remaining essence into your jaw and neck area for it to be fully absorbed. You don't want to waste all the moisturising goodness!

You can now achieve your desired firm, V-shaped face without going under the knife or injecting fillers! Of course, it takes some time to fully see results. Use the Diamond V-Fit Mask every other day for a week to see results.

It is said that some can see a 1cm difference on their chin even after a one-time use! I didn't actually measure so I'm not sure how many cm of chin fats I lost, but I did feel that my skin around my chin and neck became firmer after that!

You can purchase Mask House's Diamond V-Fit Mask and various under masks under the brand from all of SaSa's 58 outlets across Malaysia! :)

Would YOU like to try the miracle-working Diamond V-Fit Mask yourself? You can do so before deciding to purchase by participating in this contest and winning these amazing prizes!

Contest Mechanism:

#1: Share this blog post on your Facebook wall
#2: Share the contest post from Mask House's Facebook Page
#3: Like Mask House's Facebook Page
#3: Answer the question in the comment box of Mask House's Facebook Page contest post HERE!

Prizes to be won:

5 lucky winners will each be walking away with:

- 1x Mask House Diamond V-Fit Mask worth RM129
(consists of original pack of 5 masks + 1 band) 

- Mask Refill Pack worth RM89
(consists of 5 masks)

- Celebrity Hydro Gel Masks worth RM69
(1x Snail Mask, 1x SYN AKE Mask, 1x Bee Tox Mask)

Hurry and head on over to Mask House Malaysia's Facebook Page now!

All the best!

Other contact details as below:

Official Website:
E-Shopping Website:
Malaysia Sole Distributor: GK and Yap Trading

 love, Careen.
[sponsored review]

Friday, June 19, 2015

Surface 3 Roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall

Been using the Surface 3 for a while now for mostly work purposes, and also play such as watching shows on the super HD display. Special thanks for the Microsoft Malaysia team for the product loan for me to use and review!

When friends ask me what's the best thing about the Surface 3 to me, I always answer that it's because it basically works as my office laptop minus the heavy weight! Been carrying the Surface 3 around in my handbag and it didn't feel heavy as compared to my normal laptop. That's a great plus point!

Besides, with a starting retail price at only RM1989, it is an affordable price for students and young working professionals like myself. With all the powerful features in one tablet that retails at an affordable price, it is definitely a steal.

You can view more and purchase online at this link:

Alternatively, you can make a visit to Microsoft's upcoming roadshow where they will showcase both Surface 3 and Lumia 640 XL devices!

This roadshow will be held at Mid Valley Megamall from 24-28th June 2015 (Wed-Sun), where you can get your hands on both Surface 3 and Lumia 640 XL, and experience the devices firsthand.

Aside from product showcases, there will be exciting zones for visitors and customers to experience.

In the Experience Zone, there'll be educational topic sharing sessions by the Microsoft team on how to maximise your usage of the Surface and Lumia devices.

And if you made a purchase during the roadshow itself, you'll be entitled to take part in the Colours Shoot, where you'll walk away with exciting prizes based on your aiming skills with a nerf gun provided at the booth!

Bring your friends and family along to Mid Valley Megamall next week to experience the fun! There will also be gift vouchers from Isetan, Haagan Dazs, Tesco and KFC to be given away!


Roadshow Dates: 24-28th June 2014 (Wed-Sun)
Roadshow Time: 10am-10pm
Venue: Ground Floor, North Court, Mid Valley Megamall, KL

Have a great time over at the roadshow!
Til' then :)

love, Careen.

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