[Beauty Finds] SaSa Double Pencil Sharpener

♫ 규현 (KyuHyun) The 1st Mini Album '광화문에서 (At Gwanghwamun)'

Yes, I'm blogging about a (makeup) pencil sharpener.
No, I'm not crazy - yet.

I was so fascinated by it that I posted an Instagram video when I got home to show how it works opens up.

Okay, something like this might be pretty normal to you, but to me, it's a pretty amazing beauty tool that I recently discovered. I've always been a liquid eyeliner kinda gal so I didn't have much use for sharpeners, but being a makeup aficionado means that you'll inevitably end up with some products that you (1) hardly use but still own several of anyway, or (2) love to use but can't be bothered to sharpen, which in my case are pencil eyeliners.

My point is, pencil eyeliners offer so much more variety in terms of colours, but they also need to be sharpened, and really, ain't nobody got time for that! Anyway, I'll let the pictures (and captions) do most of the talking.
It comes with a sturdy plastic case, very convenient for travel.
Flip up the lid at the back. There are 2 sizes to fit your eyeliner/eyebrow/eyeshadow pencil.
You can also flip up the top portion...
...as well as detach the sharpener from the plastic casing for cleaning!
It's really convenient because you can keep it in your makeup pouch to sharpen your pencils even while on-the-go, and you can remove it from the casing when it needs to be cleaned. What I did not expect to see was this...
What's this?
It's a tiny hidden scraper underneath!
It's a tiny scraper cleverly fitted under the sharpener, which you can use to scrape out any excess product after sharpening your pencils! Pretty nifty, eh? (◑‿◐)

The sizes are just right for my pencil eyeliners and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil.
And so I finally got around to sharpening all my eyeliners (and that solitary Jumbo Eye Pencil which I use for the inner corners and lower waterline) today. Since it's still new, the blade sharpened the tips beautifully. I sure hope it stays that way for a long time, haha!

I can haz (almost) brand new eyeliners to use again!
Tip: You can minimize the mess made while sharpening your eyeliner/eyebrow/eyeshadow pencils, simply by placing them in the fridge (I prefer to put them in the freezer, lol) about 30mins prior to sharpening. This way the creamy part of the pencil won't stick to the blade, and makes it easier to remove and clean.

Oh, last but not least, did I mention that they're only RM 5.90 at SaSa outlets?
You can look at me like I'm crazy all you like. At least it's better than buying an overpriced high end cosmetic brand sharpener that costs upwards of US$ 8.00.

Review: 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #10 Mojito

♫ Lorde - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

My fondness for anything mint-coloured is still going strong, as well as my love for eyeliners. So what do you get when you dangle the proverbial carrot in the form of a mint eyeliner like this 3CE Waterproof Eyeliner in Mojito in front of me?

Why, an overly excited makeup junkie and a review chock full of raves, of course! :P

3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner

Review: Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo

♫ 丁当 - 一个人不可能

Are you a fan of herbal products? If you are, you might want to check out this herbal shampoo from Korea!

I was sent a bottle of Atomy (Atom美)Herbal Hair Shampoo to review by Cosmetic Love, a Korea-based online shop that sells a huge variety of Korean skincare, hair care, and cosmetic products. I did not expect it to be such a big bottle of shampoo (500ml), and it even comes with a box! The packaging is simple but convenient; a plastic bottle with a press pump in the shape of a leaf (a nice touch).

Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo
The Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo contains Atomy Saengmodan, a specialized prescription for hair care which combines oriental medicinal secrets with 10 complex oriental medicines to cleanse, nourish and care for hair and scalp.

The herbal ingredients of Atomy Saengmodan combine together to provide the hair and scalp with the following benefits:
  • Scalp Cleansing - removes wastes and contaminants with traditional herbal ingredients such as asparagus cochinchinensis, eclipta prostrata, and chrysanthemum.
  • Hair Trouble Treatment - cares for scalp troubles with angelica extract and tricholoro acid contents.
  • Improves Hair Texture - protects damaged hair texture with various effective ingredients such as pleuropterus multiflorus, Dictamnus dasycarpus Turcz. root bark, and Swertia pseudo-chinensis extract.
The full list of ingredients are printed on the side of the box.
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True to its name, the Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo has a very distinct herbal smell, not unlike that of Chinese traditional herbs. Some might enjoy the scent, while others may not like it.

Personally, I am not a fan of the scent, as it reminds me too much of the taste of Chinese herbal medicine. (⌒_⌒;) However, as a shampoo, I find that it works well to clean hair and scalp, plus it has a very refreshing minty (menthol?) feeling when you shampoo your hair. The shampoo doesn't make your hair feel overly dry or have that 'squeaky' feeling after you rinse it off, but as I have coarse and damaged hair, I will still use a conditioner after shampoo. 

Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo
You can purchase the Atomy Herbal Hair Shampoo (500ml) from Cosmetic Love, which carries a wide range of Korean skincare and cosmetic products. They offer free shipping worldwide!

*This item was sent to me by Cosmetic Love for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Review: Secret Key Snow White Cream

♫ 李行亮 - 愿得一人心
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?

That's probably the first sentence you think of when somebody mentions Snow White, right?

Secret Key Snow White Cream
Along with the Banila Co. lip crayon, Cosmetic Love also sent me a tub of this Secret Key Snow White Cream to try out.
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The Secret Key Snow White Cream has 5-in-1 functions, which includes whitening, as a base for makeup, provides moisture, protection from makeup chemicals, and a 5-free system that is suitable for sensitive skin.

Product information on side of box
Unfortunately, the product information (information, usage) on the box is all written in Korean. However, on the top of the box and on the sides of the tub itself, it is written that the cream contains niacinamide. Niacinamide is a type of Vitamin B3 that can help to prevent skin from losing water content, and is also able to treat uneven skin tone and to mitigate acne and red marks on the skin (source).

Upon opening the tub, you will see a protective plastic lid to prevent the cream from sticking to the screw cover. The cream is quite dense, and has a fairly strong baby powder scent. Some people may love it, but personally I am not a fan of the scent.

The cream comes with a spatula for you to scoop out the cream, which is great for hygiene purposes. Just scoop out a small dollop of the cream, place it on the back of your hand, and gently apply to your face.

Once applied onto the face (you'll need to blend it out), you'll find that your skin is slightly fairer and moisturized. It doesn't have any greasy, sticky or silicone-y feeling, but the baby powder scent does linger a bit. Personally, I will not use it as replacement for a makeup base, as it just seems like a normal whitening moisturizer to me. My skin did not break out while using it, which is good news.

✓ Pros: Smooth feeling, non-greasy, non-sticky, quite moisturizing, did not cause skin breakout, includes protective lid and spatula, affordable price.
✗ Cons: Strong baby powder scent, not recommended as replacement for makeup base, will dry up into powder form if left exposed to air for a long time.

You can purchase the Secret Key Snow White Cream (50g) from Cosmetic Love. They carry a huge variety of Korean brand cosmetics and skincare, which are 100% genuine and sourced directly from Korean retailers and manufacturers. 

*This item was sent to me by Cosmetic-Love.com for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Review: Banila Co. The Kissest Tinted Creamy Lip Crayon #04 FC Fuchsia

♫ Fall Out Boy - Immortals

Have you heard of Korean cosmetics brand Banila Co. before? I have read a number of reviews about their products, and it seems pretty good, but have not been able to try any because it is not available in Malaysia. :(

Quiznos Sub @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre

♫ ZHOUMI 조미 - Rewind (挽回) feat. TAO of EXO

I bet you're feeling hungry right now just looking at this temptingly juicy sandwich. (¬‿¬)

Follow the #AdventuresOfZumba to find out where and what Zumba's up to next! ;)
If you're a frequent of 1 Utama like me, you'd probably have noticed the new eatery called Quiznos Subs which opened recently, located right opposite Papparich and just a few doors away from TGI Friday's.

At their grand opening last week, I had the opportunity to find out for myself how good the world famous Quiznos toasted subs tasted.
Interior of the outlet
Work area where the subs are prepared
Established in Denver, Colorado in 1981, Quiznos Sub is the pioneer in toasted sandwiches. Offering unique, chef-inspired submarine sandwiches (also known as 'subs'), soups and salads in an enhanced chic ambience, Quiznos maestros carefully craft their mouthwatering and flavourful subs using butcher-quality meats, all-natural cheeses, chef-designed signature sauces and toasted artisan bread.

Preparing the sub
Wait for it to come out through the toaster
Adding the finishing touches
After placing your order, the first half of your sub (meats and cheese placed on bread) is prepared. It is then put through the toaster (yay for melty cheese!), following which the vegetables and sauces are added.

Baja Chicken Sub
First up is the Baja (pronounced as 'ba-ha') Chicken sub (6" RM 14.90), which is a combination of chicken, smoky beef bacon, all-natural cheddar, onions, Baja sauce and chipotle mayo, laid on your choice of white, wheat or Rosemary Parmesan artisan bread. The slightly sweet and tangy Baja sauce and rich chipotle mayo went very well with the crunchy onions, generous portion of chicken and slices of beef bacon. Of course, everything tastes better with melty gooey cheese, ha!

Zesty Steak Sub
Next, we had the Zesty Steak sub (6" RM 15.90), one of their signature subs, which had beef slices, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, sautéed mushrooms, honey bourbon mustard, and zesty grille sauce atop a bed of white bread. If you love meat and gooey cheese, this is definitely the one for you. The mixture of caramelised onions and juicy sautéed mushrooms complemented the perfectly sliced beef steak, and brought together by the mustard and zesty sauce. 

This is what I call a beautiful mess
We were also invited to try their new addition to the menu - pizza! Basically, their pizzas are open-faced, slightly crispier, flat bread versions of their subs, so you can order your favourite flavours in pizza form. The pizza was accompanied by a helping of their air-fried waffle fries.

Did I mention the pizza is rectangular?
Honey Mustard Chicken Pizza

What we have here is the Honey Mustard Chicken Pizza (pizzas are priced from RM 7.90 onwards), which has toppings of chicken, beef bacon, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions and a honey mustard dressing, all on a perfectly-toasted rectangular pizza base. There was so much chicken on the pizza that it was literally falling off the sides. I kid you not. Each pizza is cut into 4 slices, so if you're with 2-3 other people, this would be a great appetiser or snack. I absolutely loved this one.
Air-fried Waffle Fries
Yup, seems that it's air-fried using the same toaster that toasts the subs
The air-fried waffle fries can be ordered a la carte (RM 6.90) or with a drink (RM 5/6) to accompany your sub. Unlike your regular fries, these are air-fried, which means less oil and less greasiness. Proven with my own eyes + tastebuds. They're just as crispy as your regular deep-fried fries when served fresh, but they do soften and become less crispy after a while. Best to consume as fast as possible, which isn't that hard. :P

Om nom nom nom ψ(`∇´)ψ

Are the subs worth a try? Yes. Will I be back for more? Definitely.  

Zumba approves. (¬‿¬)
Quiznos Sub Malaysia Facebook
1 Utama outlet: Lot G202, Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
(Old Wing; opposite Papparich & same row as TGI Friday's)
Tel: +603 7733 0523

Bling It On with Benefit Bling Brow

♫ MIKA - We Are Golden

God Save The Bling! Now, I'm no Brit nor particularly religious, but Benefit's latest (and limited edition) addition to the party definitely has me seeing lots of sparkles.

For the upcoming festive season, Benefit Cosmetics is set to bring on the glamour in a whole new way with their limited edition Bling Brow kits and Bling Brow service to add an irresistable sparkle to both flatter and frame your peepers.

Last week, a small group of us bloggers had the chance to catch a sneak peek of the new Bling Brow kits, and we even got to play around with them! We all got to wear tiaras and bling up our brows with the Swarovski crystals; it was definitely a royal affair, haha~

Before getting hands-on with the crystal, a demonstration was done to show us the three different types of looks we can do with the Bling Brow kits.

First, the Touch of Bling look, which is the simplest and subtlest (and I daresay easiest) one to do. It's an eye-catching set of 3 Swarovski crystals that go beneath one or both eyebrows. Shivani looks gorgeous, doesn't she? ;)

Next was the Over-the-Top Bling look, which features a studded row of Swarovski crystals that float above the brows. This one is a bit more sparkly yet simple enough to grab attention, and looks absolutely beautiful on Ming. :)

It totally matches with her statement earrings!

Last, but definitely not least, is the Big Time Bling look. This is for the ultimate party animal who loves her bling, as it is the most daring Bling Brow look out of the three, with crystals adorning the brows from head to tail. (You can sort of see it on the makeup artist's brows a few photos above, lol)

Seeing all that bling without playing with it would be such a shame, wouldn't it? After the demonstration, the rest of us got busy trying to recreate the Touch of Bling look. I quite like it because it's so simple yet pretty. ♥

Close-up look
The Bling Brow kits (RM105 each) are available in 2 combinations: rose gold & crystal, and rose gold & greige. Each limited edition kit contains 52 self-adhesive Swarovski crystals, mini tweezers, and a tips & tricks guide to give your brows the royal treatment, and is packaged in a beautifully intricate and vintage metal storage tin.

Benefit Bling Brow limited edition kit: rose gold & crystal; rose gold & greige
If you're looking to amp up your party look just for the night, you can also pop by any Benefit Boutique to give your brows the royally bling Swarovski treatment with their new Bling Brow service, which is available for a limited time only. You can choose from 8 different crystal colours, and prices range from RM15 - RM65.
Crystal colours  for Benefit boutique Bling Brow service

Make a date for your Benefit brow service now! For more updates and info, visit Benefit Cosmetics Malaysia's Facebook and Instagram.