Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Far: Baby Shower! - Fairy Princess Theme


Last two weekends my sister and Aiysha threw me a baby shower! They wanted to keep it a surprise at first but alas broke down because they needed my help on some things:) I really didn't mind and was elated because I had something to do other than mull between thesis readings, groaning, watching tv and being a super lame excuse of a housewife. A few months ago I let slip to Aiysha that having a fairy theme party would be a cute idea for our next party bash - if you haven't noticed that we like theme parties, shame on you!- So both Aiysha and my sister set on making my baby shower a pink fairy bonanza! I'll stop writing now and let you oggle pictures.

My sister made the banner, but we had some trouble putting it up! the pretty paper flowers are dead easy to make, check them out.

Menu designed by Hubby who couldn't make it to the shower because of work:(

The invitation! designed and created by my sister and her friend!


Yummy drinks and fairy punch!
ofcourse it had to rain cats and dogs and elephants! but we made it through!

look-ee! presents!

this pretty picture was taken by either ad or nina's instagram!

this beautiful cake was made by our baker extraordinaire Aiysha!! Vanilla and strawberry layer cake with vanilla bean buttercream icing with edible flowers

the yummmy beef pie and chicken bruschetta were also made by Aiysha, yum!

Friends! poor lina couldn't make it because she fell ill:(

my lovely sister!!

et le bump!

Special thanks to my sister, aiysha and all my friends! for the fun, love, and prezzies. This baby and me loves you all! This little girl is definitely blessed with many great aunties!

Lina: Review: Botanical Choice Deep Cleansing Peel-off Mask "Cucumber"

Hi everyone! How many of you like to use peel-off mask? I usually use mask sheets, and I figure I should start trying peel-off ones. I feel that my skin is dry and tight lately. I have no idea why because many of my facial products have been very good to me. Could it be hormones? *sigh*  So I chose Botanical  Choice Deep Cleaning Peel-off Mask "Cucumber"
I like natural ingredients so I hoped this would work. I know cucumbers are some of the best natural ingredients to moisturize your skin. This mask claimed to peel away impurities and dead skin cells, as well as moisturize and unclog skin.
Just in case if you're allergic to some ingredients, you can read this below..
The mask is in soft green. When I touched it, it was cool and not warm, perhaps due to the cucumber extract!
Firstly, I cleansed my face. Then, I applied the mask evenly all over my face and left it on for about 15 minutes. The mask was really cooling and calming. It felt like an ocean breeze just past through me. haha. 
After 15 minutes, it dried off and it was time to peel it. 
Reminder: Don't pull. Peel it gently, bit by bit if you have to. 
This  is the peeled mask!

My review of the mask:

1) Skin feels softer and more smooth. After I cleansed my face and before putting on the mask, my skin felt tight and dry. But after putting on this mask, my skin felt less tight.

2) Feels refreshed, I believe due to the cucumber extract. When I touched my cheeks, it felt cool! 

3) Skin is moisturized for a few days, but after that my skin got a little bit of that tight feeling, but not as bad as before. I guess this must be worn once a week to get long-term results.

4) Application is easy, don't need to use a mask brush. You can use your fingers. It doesn't get messy too. 

Anyway, this is a good mask for a quick glow and softer skin. For example if you're having a party in a few days, this can be in your to-do list.

Price: RM 4.72 for one sachet

You can get these in all major drugstores.

Packaging: 3/5 
Product satisfaction : 3/5
Price : $
Will I buy again? : YES

Rating Guide
1/5 : Poor
2/5 : Fair
3/5 :Average 
4/5 : Good
5/5 : Excellent
$ :Budget
$$ : Mid-range
$$$ : Splurge 


Monday, 1 April 2013

Far: DIY paper daffodils- great for nurseries!

I have been making tons of these flowers, I can do them in my sleep. I'm making them for a party, hehe post will come up soon! but I'm going to make some for my baby's room. Just to brighten the room up, and you certainly can too. It is dead easy and cheap to make.

First you will need:

crepe or tissue paper- I found that cheap paper napkins from Giant works really well!
tape or wire

1. Cut three pieces of crepe paper or tissue each smaller than the other. individually fold them and cut jagged edges for two small ones, and a petal shape for the biggest piece. place them as the image above.

2. Start folding it like a paper fan and make sure that you can see the other two layers, they should be at the top like the picture. Find the middle and tape it! or secure with wire.

to secure further, twist wire.

3. Spread it out gently.

4. Start pulling the layers up, starting with the top layer first. Remember be gentle.

5. It should look something like this! You can stop now, but it won't look like a daffodil.

6. Cut in petals like so with scissors. Make sure your petals are even. No need to cut until base.

et voila! une daffodil!

I've bluetacked them to my wall for now:) you can make them in any colour and shape and after awhile you can make all sorts!

hope you like this post!


Far: Lush haul and review part 2!

and the reviews continue ladies!

Then! both my friends Aiysha and Haneesa went to the UK and got me even more goodies!! hurrah!! I had requested Haneesa to do me a favour and help me get one of my favourite items of all time from lush, Each a peach (and two's a pair) body massage bar!

Each a peach (and two's a pair) body massage bar

What lush has to say about this beautiful product..

"A lovely rich massage bar with beautiful fruit oils.
With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter. Which means this is not just very emollient and moisturising for the skin, but will give a good slip when it is being worked over the body."

Here's what I say!
This is absolutely one my faves because of it's scrummy scent! it doesn't smell like peaches unfortunately but it does smell like a fresh creamy lemon curd, yums! I don't use it to massage myself, I prefer my oils to  this bar, but I use it as a moisturizer. Its great to bring on planes because it is solid, it also wont spill and mess your handbag. On my skin it is a bit greasy but it absorbs pretty fast so no worries. I apply it on my ever growing belly to soothe the itchiness of stretched skin!
ps- sorry I have no nice picture of my bar because I was so excited to use it I forgot to take a picture and it is half gone by now:(

Then Aiysha went on a two week holiday to London and brought back a lot of goodies!

 and bought for me several stuffs. one of which is...
Creamy Candy Bubble Bar
What lush says...
"sweet creamy candy-floss pink bath that’s like a hug in a soft fluffy towel. This one is a girly night in. Makes you want to put on your cutest jammies, bounce on the bed and have a pillow fight. For those who know that youth and innocent glee are things never to be left behind."

What I say...

This is also a yummy lush product. The smell is divine, like a well perfumed cupcake! Sweet vanilla, and honey suckle with a slight note of lavender. It immediately relaxed me as I sunk myself in a slightly pink lemonade coloured bath with frothy but barely much bubbles. It didn't fiz but simmered, but I didn't mind because its a bubble bar n not a bath bomb anyways. After a while I couldn't take it and started mushing the crumbs of the bar and scrubbed my hands with it. I even applied some to my hair! Just to see if the smell will linger longer, but it didn't really. Lol, it was worth a shot!

My skin didn't feel much softer than it already is. But my skin didn't feel tight or itchy which means that the bar has some moisturising properties. Perhaps it doesn't have much physical effect, but it makes quite a fun n relaxing bath!

Godiva Solid Shampoo

What lush has to say...

Named after a certain naked protestor, Godiva gets to work sending a message to your hair. Our vegan, 2 in 1 shampoo bar conditions your hair follicles with moisturizing nut oils and Shea butter to care for dry, processed locks and leave you with glossy, shiny, and softened tresses. Long used as a tonic for the hair and scalp, jasmine also perfumes your locks with an ultra-sexy fragrance with serious staying power.

What I say...

Sorry! but yet again I dont have a picture because I was too excited to use it! THIS IS MY ULTIMATE FAVE. It is almost like a miracle product because first, lush has made something that is generally liquidy into a solid piece of shampoo! not only is Godiva a shampoo, its a two in one! the bar does make my hair soft and the smell last days! days I tell ya! but I must say that the trick to making it last longer is to let your hair air dry if possible. The smell is obviously jasmine but so much more. It is a very sexy scent, that I imagine would be lingering in a night garden from a sultry scene of A Thousand and One nights. You can see chunks of the jasmine buds in the shampoo bar and it even gets in your hair! Perhaps this shampoo isn't the best I have used "hair wise" (softness, silkiness, etc) but it really is a good basis shampoo and conditioner and the smell is to die for.

Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask

What lush says...

Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition.

What I say...

Ok I know it is starting to sound ridiculous but this is also my favorite (I will restrain myself from atleast capitalizing every favorite). But lush does make the best masks. I use tons of facial masks and it is true, lush makes the best. The only drawback is that they are fresh, hence need to be refridgerated and only last about three weeks before you have to toss it away. But this mask is the only one that lasts 3 months! and it really is gorgeous. It is minty and fresh and you can really feel your pores being cleansed and tightens as it dries. my skin is uber soft after every application.  The adzuki beans are gentle but also gives you a good scrub down. It really makes me feel fresh and clean, and smelling like creamy mint choc ice cream! However, it doesn't really prevent breakouts! I will still get the odd small pimple or two, but whiteheads and blacks head keep their distance. sigh, c'est la vie and I guess you cant get everything!

it looks like you can take a spoon and dig in! yums

That is all folks! but stay tuned because more posts are coming your way! 
ps- this time I took the professional looking lush pictures from but the description from their usa website:)

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