Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Must Go's: Kiehl's Party Update - I Got An Invite!!

Friday, the 15th of January 2010, a day that will live with me forever. That was the day of the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium and will remain the longest until the 23rd of December, 3043! And where was I? At Miu’s Superhero (Berry) Birthday Party of course! The party’s actual name has been misused so many times even I have forgotten what it was originally called. Anyway, I got an invite! Woo hoo…


Guest Book Superhero-Style

Lovely Chandelier

WARNING: PIC & WORD HEAVY POST AHEAD!!!!


So it was the Superhero party of the century hosted by Kiehl’s! Everyone (ok, almost everyone) came dressed up as their favourite Superhero. Those sighted were SuperMiu, SuperMom, Catwoman, Elizabeth Swann, and Fly Devil (don’t worry, I’ve never heard of Fly Devil either!) But what did I dress up as? Well, ME of course! Haha…I supported in a red ensemble (let’s just put it that way shall we).


Group Pic!


Spidey Alert!


The activities of the day were held right outside the Kiehl’s store in 1 Utama. Thankfully they occupy a corner lot. There were Q and A games, a mini “treasure hunt” encompassing the store window, a Best Dressed award giveaway, a 2 minute intro to their new Acai Berry range plus a self demo, face-painting, eating, drinking, and mingling!


Acai Berry Range


2-minute Acai Berry Intro


Miu trying out the Toning Mist

Oh, and CAMWHORING of course! Boy, were there a lot of cameras in the house that day! We could have opened a camera shop right there and then!


Behold, the elusive Fly Devil Spotted!!

Did I mention there was Camwhoring??


And as it was a Super Kiehl’s parties, good food was aplenty! I wasn’t even expecting to see food at that hour!


Food!!!

Mini Pretzels and Onion Dip

Dessert

Cake! For Miu and I! How generous are they!


Now now, we will get on to the prizes and promotions. First up was the Q and A session based on the 2 minute intro. Nadia Yap, PR Manager, acted as the questioner and was almost bombarded with the then pre-scrapped “ring-the-bell-before-answering” procedure.


It's Elementary My Dear Superheroes!


Acai Berry Promoter Miu


Then came the mini treasure hunt and after that the Best Dressed giveaway! It was no big surprise who won. Or was it? We all thought SuperMiu would win! Check out the costume, that pose, the Miu-ness!!


Look at them Prizes!!


SuperMiu Pose!


But, since the party was held for her, she was sadly cut out. SuperMom ended up winning the grand prize! Followed by Supernerd, and some Consolation prizes going to Catwoman and Elizabeth Swann.


SuperMom to the Rescue!

Supernerd! Nerd No More!

Catwoman! Meowrr....

Captain Jack? Or Elizabeth Swann?
You decide!

No one went back empty handed! Goodie bags were given out, the recycling bin filling up, and purchases made.


Buy 2 Acai Berry products to get

the lovely Kiehl's Bag!


More Special Promotions!!


I went back with an extra pressie! Oh, did I forget to mention, it was also MY BIRTHDAY that day! So what did I take home? A special goodie bag courtesy of the generous Kiehl’s 1 Utama and a Kiehl’s pressie boxful of Kiehl’s (yes I do love the brand!) goodies from Miu! Yay me! More stuff to review now. Everyone should stop feeding my addiction. NOT!


This was the most memorable birthday I have ever had and will remember forever. A BIG THANK YOU to Kiehl’s for hosting yet another SUPERb party and to Miu of course for inviting me as well as the amazing pressie!



*Will post my pressies from the Kiehl's Party in another post. This one is way too long!


By Abby

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giveaway Goodies: What's Your Name Little Kitty??

Isn't she the cutest! You wouldn't want this kitty to go on in life nameless would you? Are you a name whiz who wouldn't mind scoring some cool goodies while you're at it? Click HERE to "Name That Kitty!" Remember, no boy names as this cutey is a female! Maybe her name should be Shopaholic! Just kidding. No, really!




Here's a look at the goodies you'll get if your name is chosen!

The Body Shop Merry Cranberry Lip Balm
and
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Oyster


This is what you have to do at Fatin's blog:

1) You must be a follower of her blog. Just click on 'Follow'.
2) Suggest name(s) for Kitten*.
3) Leave your Follower Id & Email.
4) Blog about it if you have a blog & leave her a comment.

*each follower only can suggest 2 names per person!

Submit your suggestions by : 15/01/10 (Friday) 11:00pm

Get to it Name Whizzes! Send in your entries!


By Abby

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Face It: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, How Does It Stack Up?

Yesterday I talked about the Ultra Facial Moisturizer, today, it is one of Kiehl’s bestsellers, the Ultra Facial Cream’s turn! This one has quite a reputation. It was tested in Greenland by a special team of hiker who reported great results upon usage of this product. And knowing Greenland, this product still managed to perform under harsh conditions. If it worked for the hikers, think what this product can do for us living in hot little Malaysia.


Texture-wise, I find this one more lightweight than the Moisturizer. It ha the same fluffy white colouring found in the whole Ultra Facial range. Scentless yet again which is a thumbs up! I was given some advice by a KCR to use this very sparingly. Just a smidgen will do the trick. As you don’t need to use a lot of the product at one go, this tub is actually going to last you a very long time! Great for value-conscious consumers like myself.

Again, my dry cheeks soaked this baby right up! And surprise surprise, my T-zone quite likes this one too! I feel this Cream is much more suitable for me. I wake up to a very light sheen on my T-zone which is very good news to me. I believe this one is probably the closest I am getting to HG for now. Ain’t that grand!


Loves: no scent, very light texture, moisturizing for all skin types
Gripes: NONE!!



The Ultra Facial Cream comes in tub form of 50ml retailing at RM 100.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

Face It: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Ultra Good?

I am terribly late with the supposedly-daily Kiehl’s product review. I was in a jolly good mood, having just watched a detective with a keen eye and his dashingly handsome sidekick.



Today’s review will be about Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. This product is one of three moisturizers in the Ultra Facial range targeted at all skin types. It is said to be easily absorbed and thus leaves skin soft and moisturized.

The lovely egg white colouring of the moisturizer is quite common place yet I expect better results from this one compared to other brands. The product doesn’t have a very distinct scent which is good for a facial product most people depend on to keep skin plump and glowing. The inclusion of several moisturizing oil piqued my interest even more! The product doesn’t have a very distinct scent which is good for a facial product most people depend on to keep skin plump and glowing. Plus, I found the texture quite light which is good enough for me. At my age of 20 plus, I don’t really need a very rich moisturizer just yet.


My dry cheeks found this product really moisturizing which made me happy. The skin on my neck and décolletage felt just the same which is great as I have had reactions from other brands before on my neck. Unfortunately, I found the Ultra Facial Moisturizer a tad oily on my combination skin T-zone. It would have been the perfect moisturizer for my moisturizer-obsessed self but for this fact. And now I will have to look again for that ever evasive HG moisturizer.



Loves: no scent, light texture, moisturizing for dry skins

Gripes: slightly oily on oily skins



The Ultra Facial Moisturizer comes in 2 forms, one with SPF and one without. I tried the one without SPF. The Ultra Facial Moisturizer retails at RM 70 for 75ml and RM 100 for 125ml while the Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 retails at RM 75 for 75ml and RM 115 for 125ml at all Kiehl’s outlets nationwide.


If you’re interested in the product, drop by for a sample and try it for yourself! Let me know if you have a different experience from mine.


The other moisturizer in the Ultra Facial range is coming up in the next review! Read about it and see how these 2 products compare.


* I was recently advised by a KCR to apply an even thinner layer of the moisturizer on my forehead instead of the slightly heavier hand I use on my cheeks. If there is a change in the T-zone situation, do expect an update!


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Face It: Is Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, Rave or Rant?

Now, in honour of the Kiehl’s Berry Birthday Party coming up, I have decided to review (or try to) 1 Kiehl’s product everyday.


First up is their Lip Balm #1! I have an equal amount of read raves and rants about this product. But as everyone knows, they don’t matter unless the product actually works on you! If they call it Lip Balm #1 there MUST be something good about it right? So, did it work for me? Let’s find out!

Here’s my story. A few months ago, on a Singaporean trip, the weather was bad. Really bad. It was scorching and blazing every single day. To cut it short, my lips ended up chapped, cracked, bruised, and painful! It was torture as I am quite sensitive to the heat of the sun. the worst part was that I smeared goops of my then favourite lip product, Vaseline, all over my lips. Just so you know it was an SPF 15 product and yet I got burnt! This sensation continued even after I returned home from my trip and with copious amount of yet again, Vaseline. But it wouldn’t budge!


Then a lightbulb went on in my head. What better time to try out the much touted Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1!? So off I went to the store and smeared some on while browsing through their many products. Just a few hours later I realized, the painful, cracked lips of mine had vanished! As if into thin air believe it or not. I ended up buying some of course. Nowadays I use Vaseline for my normal condition (I sill have to finish it up right) and Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 when my lips aren’t doing so well. How I wish I was introduced to it sooner! Think of the pain I could have avoided. I think the SPF 4 would have helped lots.

It has a nice texture too. Quite firm coming out of the tube, unlike the goopy Vaseline you get on hot days. This one has no scent so for those who dislike scented products, this is for you! The lip balm also comes in several seasonal flavours during the Christmas season but so far have not been very impressed by them. I found them too light in scent. It is also non-greasy which makes me like it so much more! I already bought a back-up! This baby is going in my carry-all every time I go on a trip. I am not going to risk getting sick lips again!


Loves: very moisturizing, no scent, firm texture, non-greasy, comes with SPF 4
Gripes: NONE!!


So far, I must say that this is my LE lip balm. Not even Chapstick has worked this good!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 comes in tube-form of 15ml as well as a small tub, of which I am not sure of the size. This baby retails at RM 29 at all Kiehl’s outlets throughout Malaysia.

Have you ever tried this product? How did it work out for you?


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Must Go's: HELP! Somebody Save Me!!!! A Kiehl's/Miu Exclusive Party!!

By now you should have read or at least heard about the very Berry Birthday Party being held by Kiehl’s for the lovely Miu of Plusizekitten.



And if you haven’t, here’s how you can score a very limited invite to this exclusive party!

The deets on the party:


- Kiehl’s 1 Utama

- Friday, 15th of January

- 6 – 8 p.m.

- Exclusive to 20 Super Duper Very Berry Fans!


Want the scoop on the party?


- There will be games

- There will be prizes (of course!)

- There will be GOODIE BAGS!!! (are you drooling now??)

- There will be the launching of their new Organic, Damage-Repairing Acai Berry skincare range!! And more!!!!



So, HOW do you become a Super Fan you ask??


- Make sure you’re a Plusizekitten Follower

- Create your very own comic strip NOT frame (YES! You get to be your very own Superhero! Think Superman, Spiderman, or even Catwoman!)

- Blog about it if you have a blog OR e-mail your comic strip to tammylci@gmail.com if you don’t have a blog

- Contest ends 13/1/10 at 2.00p.m. Results will be out on the night of the 13/1/10

- The 20 BEST comic strips* will be invited to attend this party by e-mail

- Come dressed as a masked crusader, be it with a mask or even with your costume

- The best dressed superhero costume will win a PRIZE!



Now you want to create your own Kiehl's Comic Strip. Here’s how!


- Go to www.expressyourpow.com

- Click get started now!

- Click create strip

- A how-to window pops out! (this teaches you exactly how to do it! your friendly neighbourhood comic strip maker!!)

- There are 3 background comic strips to choose from

- Just add your own TEXT into the bubble box

- You can even change the colour of your character's hair/skin/eyes etc (mine has PURPLE hair!!!)

- Save the comic strip to your desktop & email/blog about it

- Why not have some extra fun sharing it on Facebook/Twitter and show the world your inner comedian!




Simple right? If a computer noob like me can do it, so can YOU!!

Terms & Conditions of the Super Fan Contest to be posted as a comment in Miu’s blog post:

- Your follower ID:

- Your e-mail:

- Your blog link to comic strip:


Kiehl's Recycling Programme for this Party!


What’s more, the lucky 20 Super Fans get to SAVE THE EARTH WITH KIEHL'S by recycling! For every 3 Kiehl's bottles you return, you get a deluxe sample for FREE! A win-win situation if anything. What are you waiting for, start collecting from friends and family! You can even choose to decant your own bottles, the lovely people at Kiehl’s won’t mind. Hehe…


Here's my comic strip!

Subway Superhero: Never Too Late With Acai Berry

Visit Miu’s blog post to see a few samples of other bloggers’ comic strips!


*Comic Strip entries will be judge by Kiehl's & Miu on 13/1/10. Winners will be contacted by e-mail on 13/1/10 itself. Please look out for the results day on 13/1/10 night!


*Some pictures in this post come courtesy of Miu


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Have fun creating *cough playing cough* with the comic strip maker!!


A BIG THANK YOU to Kiehl's and Miu for organizing this Super Duper Powah Party!! I hope I get picked!



By Abby

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Random Thoughts: Are We Spreading Ourselves Too Thin?


This truly is quite a weighty issue (sorry for the pun!). This isn’t an actual post about our weight, but the weight of the things we do during our days and nights. Let’s start with the basics, the daily grind.

The recommended hours of sleeping time is set at 7-8 hours a day. Add that to the average 9-5 working or studying hours and we have 15-16 hours. That alone leaves us with around 9 hours left in our 24 hour days. Not to mention the extra work to be done at home like schoolwork or work, from work!!

Top that off with actual house work, toilet duties, and semi-proper meals, and we have roughly 4-5 hours left. Now that gives us about that much time left over for entertainment!

Most of us have some kind of a routine. Be it catching out favourite series on TV, surfing on the Net, shopping our wallets dry, playing games both online, Facebook, or in real life, and blogging for some of us! No wonder Malaysians don’t read very much!

The unfortunate thing is that many of us have interests in practically all of the above! I know I do! My TV series and movie addiction is already enough to drive some people insane. I was a former addict of Facebook and Orangeshark online games too. Damn you Restaurant City! The recent ones being Café World, Farm Ville, Pet Society, and Vampire and Mafia Wars! So many of my friends are so addicted to these they send me requests all the time. And time and time again I have learnt to decline. Although it has taken some work on my part I must say.

I feel the pinch especially when it comes to blogging. I have written so many partial reviews in my head I am ready to burst! I keep telling myself, “tomorrow will be the day” and yet, each day passes by so quickly I don’t even feel as though we have been granted 24 hours! If I were to be a Superhero, I’d hope for powers like Hiro Nakamura’s. At least I wouldn’t go crazy trying to balance sleep, work, and entertainment.

That’s it for random thoughts today. I hope to post about my Penang trip soon. Very soon let’s hope.

No wonder I listed “To be more loyal to my blog and post more frequently and regularly” as my #1 New Year’s Resolution!! I own myself as well as everyone who reads this blog that much at least.

So with a sigh and a pant, I end this post. Until next time! Stay lovely!


By Abby

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Giveaway Goodies: Want To Win Some Luxurious Goodies and A Style Memoir??

Yet another great way to start the New Year. I should add this to my Resolution list! How often do you come across a chance to score some cool goodies?

This time the giveaway is by Miss Notty Littl' Evil NewB of the lovely Hong Kong!


Let's take a look at the prizes shall we? Got to get those tongues rolling, yes we do!

Up for grabs are:

1 La Mer The Lifting Face Serum (5ml)
1 ADDICTION Eyeshadow (Exclusive in Japan, I received this from a PR lady. For more info see here)
1 Maquillage Mascara (Also received from a PR lady)
1 Maquillage Mascara Primer (Also received from a PR lady)
1 STELLA by Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum (10ml roll-on tube)
1 Molton Brown Invigorating Suma Ginseng Bath & Shower Gel (100ml)
2 Fresh Sugar Blossom Hand Treatment (10ml each)
1 Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream (10ml)
2 Fresh Meadowfoam Cream Treatment Conditioner(10ml each)
1 Fresh Pomegranate Conditioner (10ml)
2 Annick Goutal Mandragore Eau de Toilette (1.75ml each)
1 Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien Eau de Toilette(1.75ml)
1 Lunasol Mirror
1 Elemis white leather cosmetic pouch

*all items have never been used except for the ADDICTION eyeshadow which I have color tested once and realized I have an identical color from my other ADDICTION palette

AND

1 copy of Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown, Notes from a Single Girl's Closet by Adena Halpern


So, how do we get our paws on these lovelies?

Couple of simple steps to enter this giveaway contest*:
  1. You must be a follower of Miss Notty Littl' Evil NewB's blog
  2. Write a comment with your username and valid email address
  3. Re-blog about my giveaway with the above picture and post a link to your blog about the giveaway
  4. Tell her what's your best gift idea ever for your boyfriend/partner/husband
  5. This is an international giveaway (also listed on her other blog nottyevil.wordpress.com) and the deadline is Jan 22, 2010 (midnight 12:00am Hong Kong time). The winner will be selected by her based on your creativity, please reply to the notification email within 48 hours
*Must complete all four steps for a complete entry.

Please click on the link for the entry form.

Better hurry, just a few days more days to post your entries!

Have fun people! And good luck!


By Abby

Monday, January 4, 2010

Giveaway Goodies: Win a complete Kérastase minis set

What a way to start the New Year than a head full or gorgeous locks! And here's your chance to win some Kérastase goodies courtesy of Hair in Manila!

Your first look at the lovely prize up for grabs

The Hair Care Collection

The collection of shampoos, conditioners, masques,
and treatments all in one cool box!

Take a look at those babies! Aren't they cute?

To win, all you have to do is:

1. Write about the contest in your Facebook wall/blog/multiply/myspace/etc.

2. Make sure to link your post to Hair In Manila's comments section.

3. The contest starts on Dec 30 and ends on January 8, 2010.

4. The winner will randomly drawn and you'd better remember to add your link becuae all links will be checked!

5. The winner will be announced on January 9, 2010

The wonderful part, it it OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!! And shipping is free as well. Now does that make a cool, beneficial giveaway or what?

For more information, do check out Hair In Manila's blog post!

Go get your posts in or regret it!


By Abby

Friday, January 1, 2010

Random Thoughts: A New Year Greeting From Me To You

Another year has come and gone I wonder where all those days went. 2012 looms around the corner. But we musn't let this bother us. Instead, we should embrace the new year like any other and making even better than the past.



And with that I offer up my New Year's Resolutions:

1) To be more loyal to my blog and post more frequently and regularly

2) To meet and make many new blog buddies

3) To take better care of myself physically and mentally

4) To lose 5kg

5) To attend more events and workshops (hopefully)

6) To do all the things I couldn't in 2009

7) To take up photography seriously and be a more creative person

8) To spend wisely (doesn't mean I will buy less...tee hee)

9) To travel and experience new things

10) To live life to the fullest


I Wish You A Happy, Healthy, Hearty New Year! Bring on 2010!
I'll be seeing you!



By Abby