Sunday, 29 January 2012

Suisse Programme Cellular Skin Radiance serum review

Disclosure: This sample was sponsored by However, this review is written based on my own honest opinions.

I've been travelling a lot lately and it's taken a toll on my skin. Travelling, while fun, can be very tiring and it shows on my face. However, Suisse Programme Cellular Skin did help a little. It kept my skin moisturised, soft and a tiny bit firmer. I don't normally use serums, so this was a first to me and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised.

I quote Sasa,
Delicate to apply, effective in terms of results, Cellular skin radiance serum helps restore tone and firmness whenever the skin shows the first sign of fatigue. Ideal during periods of stress or climatic changes. Rich in active biomolecules capable of acting on the cellular respiration. The benefits of this serum is to increase intensively the skin regeneration processes and improves skin vitality. This treatment contains a combination of natural substances that stimulate hydration. Restores the skin natural luminosity. Skin looks smoother and revitalized. Restores firmness and elasticity.

The sample I received was a tiny 7ml bottle of the serum. However, a little goes a long way. I have been using this for several weeks now and I'm not even halfway through the bottle. The pump on the bottle is very convenient and I just use about 3 pumps to cover my face.

I use it after cleansing my face and before applying my lotion and moisturiser. Once applied on to the skin and massaged gently, the serum absorbs pretty quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue. The scent is lovely and it lingers for a bit, but evaporates (?) after a couple of minutes.

Kelly Lin is the spokesperson for Suisse
 [Pic credit: Suisse Programme]

The only thing that makes me hesitate to buy this is its price. At USD$155 a pop, I'm not sure if I'm willing to fork out my money for that. However, it does seem to make my skin a little bit firmer, so an investment like that might be good, yes?

If you're interested in the product, you can get it here at

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hong Kong (Part 3)

Happy Chinese New Year!
Selamat Tahun Baru Cina!
Gong hei fatt choi!
Gong xi fa cai!
Kiong hee huat tsai!

There, 5 wishes in different languages/dialects for each day of the new Year of the Dragon.

This will be my final post on Hong Kong. It was certainly great to re-visit this place even though it was much more congested and polluted than I remembered it to be. I hope I'll be able to visit again some day!

By the way, I'm sorry I wasn't able to thank everyone in my last post as it was scheduled in advance. So here's a huge THANK YOU to everyone who congratulated me on my graduation be it via comments, emails or Twitter. It truly meant a lot!

I am now back in Malaysia and won't be going anywhere in the near future, so I'll be catching up on comments and eagerly bloghop.

See you at your blogs! xx

Friday, 20 January 2012

Shopping haul from my recent trips

1) Beauty haul from Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, I spent more money on beauty/skincare stuff than I did on clothes. I bought all the above from Sasa, Mannings and Bonjour. Even though we have Sasa and Mannings (known here as Guardian) outlets here in Malaysia (and Singapore), it's so much cheaper to get them in Hong Kong. I regretted not buying more of my favourite My Beauty Diary masks. It was practically half price!

2) Beauty haul from Malaysia and Singapore
As if that wasn't enough, I bought even more in Singapore and Malaysia. These were all purchased from Guardian and Watsons. These are some of my HG products. I've been using KAO Essential products for a few years now and have no intention of changing to a different brand. As for Hada Labo, I started using them last year and haven't looked back since.

3) Magazines from Hong Kong and Singapore
Bought some magazines, mooks and books, too. So happy to have found Kevin and Niu Er Lao Shi's beauty/skincare books in English. One of my New Year's resolutions is to start taking better care of my skin. I've even started doing facial massages. I know. Hardcore. Hope I can keep it up throughout the year.

4) Shopping haul from Hong Kong
Besides Ladies' Market, I also shopped at Argyle Centre, a shopping mall in Mongkok. I love the place! Malaysians, the best way I can describe this is a smaller, more disorganized version of Sungei Wang. Now I LOVE Sungei Wang and it has always been my most favourite shopping mall since my teenage years. Like Sungei Wang, Argyle Centre is the place to go to if you want to get cheap Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese fashion.

5) Close ups

6) Shoes from Malaysia

7) Shopping haul from Singapore
I didn't intentionally get such colourful clothes from Singapore, but that's the way it turned out. They're all plain pieces, but if you want to have a nosey, you'll have to wait for outfit shots to see what I got :P

Friday, 13 January 2012

Monday, 9 January 2012

Hong Kong (Part 1): Ladies' Market

Alright, ladies! A little shopping post for you.

If you're ever in Hong Kong, you have to visit Ladies' Market. Basically, it's a street market full of clothes, bags, shoes and knick-knacks. Yes, some may argue that it's too tourist-y and you may be able to get some things cheaper elsewhere, but if you're only there for a short while and don't have time to hunt all over the place, a street market like this is perfect for shopping (especially for souvenirs). Ladies' Market is located at Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok.

1) Envelope bags

My Top 10 tips for shopping at Ladies' Market:
1) Haggle! However, start haggling only if you're really interested in the item. The stall owners can get pretty mad if you do some serious haggling (50%), then change your mind.
Personally, I start off looking slightly interested, ask for the price, make quick mental calculations while looking disinterested, then quote price I'm willing to pay (50%). The stall owner would usually then quote another price higher than mine (80%). My next step depends on how much I like the item. If I still really like it, I make one final quote as a compromise (60% or 70%). If I sort of changed my mine (say, the quoted price put me off slightly, but I'll have it if the price is cheap), I stick to my original price (50%). If the owner is still unwilling to match my price, I then walk away. More than once, the stall owner called me back to give me the price I asked for. WIN!

2) Little denim handbags

2) Do not despair if the walking-away trick doesn't work. Many of the stalls sell the same thing, so you can always move on to the next one to haggle. Even better now that you know what the "market price" is.

3) Colourful rubber purses/phone holders

3) It's fine to ask for prices and it's perfectly fine to walk away if the quoted price is too high for you. Do not be pressurized into buying anything.

4) Umbrellas

4) This didn't happen to us, but if a stall owner starts grumbling at you, just walk away. They can get very persistent, but just smile and say, "No, thank you" and quickly walk away. Don't be over polite, just walk away as soon as possible.

5) Funny underwear

5)  Be reasonable. Do not ask for ridiculously cheap prices. I heard a stall owner scold a woman because she was asking for a 80% discount!

6) Mao Zedong pocket watches

6) I noticed the stall owners who were more friendly and helpful were more willing to haggle in order to make a sale. The ones that continue chatting to their friends and don't even look up when we peer at their items are the ones that are not desperate to sell off their items (for what ever reason). You probably wouldn't get much of a discount from them.

7) Earrings

7) Do not be afraid of asking for new items. Personally, when ever possible, I don't buy the displayed item, but instead ask for a brand new one. These are usually still wrapped in plastic/paper and haven't been touched/dropped by hundreds of hands.

5) Louboutin knockoffs

8) This goes without saying, but if you see a branded item there, it is most certainly fake. So be aware that you're buying counterfeit items (no judge-y, though. I may or may not have bought some knock-offs myself hehe).

9) Mini food keychains

9) Be aware of "No Photography" signs. Although I didn't see many of these, certain (anal) stalls did have them.

10) Mini camera thumbdrives

10) If you're like me and like to look at and buy quirky things, be prepared to spend a good couple of hours here. Bring some water, wear comfortable shoes and go crazy!

11) Mini teapot thumbdrives


12) Ladies' Market

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