Best Champagne Gift for Chinese New Year (and Valentine’s Day)

Probably the most luxurious bottle of champagne anyone can give or receive this Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day or for whatever occasion…

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I first shot this Champagne for Christmas season and now that we’re approaching Chinese New Year, a lot of friends ask what would be a nice bottle of wine to give to clients or business partners. Without a doubt, even if some people might say that there might be other better ones, I’d recommend the Ace of Spades. 

When I saw the bottle’s photo a few months ago, I was amazed. How can a bottle of wine be so beautiful? And when I saw the actual bottle for the first time, I was mesmerised, captivated, enamoured. Is this for real? 

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One look at the box gives you an immediate feeling of class and elegance. Have you ever seen any ordinary wine or champagne bottle packaged in such style? Ace of Spades Champagne, or Champagne Armand de Brignac, comes elegantly packaged in a black lacquered box. Take note – lacquered. The cover is adorned with the brand’s logo in pewter, the stylized letter A inside a spade.  This is definitely the most beautiful letter I’ve seen. 

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The inside of this box is lined with solid rich black velvet. Under the top cover is a gold plate embossed and imprinted with “Armand de Brignac, Reims, France – Edition Limitee”. The bottle lies perfectly inside, with grooves specially made and designed to fit its size. 
And here’s another magnificent thing; the box comes with a sexy booklet, also in black and stamped with the logo and name in gold. 

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The bottle itself is in opaque gold and all labels are made of genuine pewter —- all handmade. Unique, elegant, classy. Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive this as a gift? The presentation of this Champagne is just amazing. If you’re someone really generous and if you even have a special someone who loves Champagne, trust me, sending this as a Valentine gift with your sweet love note would be such an unforgettable moment.
The Taste of Ace of Spades
Marvelously complex and full-bodied, its bouquet is both fresh and lively, with light floral notes. On the palate, Brut Gold has a sumptuous, racy fruit character perfectly integrated with the wine’s subtle brioche accents. The Champagne’s texture is deliciously creamy, with great depth paired with a long, silky finish. Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is pressed from a perfectly balanced blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wine. – Armand de Brignac

How to enjoy it:
Recommended serving temperature – 6 – 8 degrees Celsius
(place the bottle in the refrigerator the night before or chill in an ice bucket for 30 minutes)
Use a flute or champagne glass, not a broad-rimmed glass
For many different occasions, I think that the Ace of Spades is an ultimate gift.  Whether it’s for a loved one, a close friend, a business partner or a client, giving this bottle as a gift will make a solid statement of value and appreciation. Expressing it with a gold – pewter bottle of Champagne perfectly packed in a black lacquer box is just pure class. 
It was no surprise when I heard the news in November 2014 that Jay-Z bought this label. The Ace of Spades champagne was featured in his video, Show Me What You Got. Well, he’s also seen serving this US$300-worth-a-pop champagne in a lot of events and has long been associated with the brand.  

I haven’t tasted this Champagne yet, not that I can afford one. Well, one can dream. And I think that it’s one of the best wines to feature in preparation for Chinese New Year’s gifting season. 

Where to buy in Malaysia: www.winetalk.com.my
Normal price: RM1,480 / Limited promotion price: RM1,280
Origin: Champagne, France
Type: Non-Vintage Champagne/ Sparkling Wine


About Armand de Brignac via www.wine-searcher.com 
Armand de Brignac is the brainchild of the Cattier house, located in the Champagne village of Chigny-les-Roses, and the New York drinks distribution company Sovereign Brands.

The Cattier family have been growing grapes in the Montagne de Reims area since 1763, and have made Champagne since 1918. The house is still family owned and run by Jean-Jacques Cattier and his son Alexandre, both respected winemakers. Champagne specialist and writer Michael Edwards speaks highly of the Cattier Champagnes and is particularly fond of the family’s single-vineyard cuvée Clos du Moulin.

According to Jean-Jacques Cattier, Armand de Brignac aims “to present something authentically luxurious and which does justice to the once-in-a-lifetime events at which Champagne is so often present.” He believes that Champagne produces “bubbles in the eyes.”

De Brignac was the name of a hero in a book that Jean-Jacques Cattier’s mother once read. She liked it so much it became stuck in her memory, though no-one nowadays can remember which book the character was in. Later, Jean-Jacques’ sister added “Armand” to round out the name. The family registered it as a brand in the 1950’s with Champagne’s wine authority, the Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC). It then lay dormant until 2006, when they dusted it off for their prestige cuvée and the forgotten hero once again enjoyed the limelight.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Let’s all welcome the Year of the Goat with fireworks and Champagne bursts!

Tebe Lavish Soap Bar for Face & Body

Cleanse, moisturize and refresh your skin with paraben-free soap
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Are you someone who only uses body wash or shower gel? Do you use soap bar?
I love using shower gel together with a bath sponge or lily but I also enjoy using soap bar for my body every morning. During the day, it’s just faster to use a bar of soap instead of my usual shower gel that I pour on the bath lily. Some of us have to rush bathing; put makeup and get ready quickly as we also need to prepare our child/children for school.
I love soap bars from Crabtree & Evelyn, Melvita and The Body Shop. I’ve recently opened my Tebe Lavish Soap Bar and I love it.
  
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Tebe Lavish Soap Bar
With pure olive leaf & green tea extracts
Price: RM75 for 170g
Where to buy: Skintopic Outlets or Kiosks
Can be used on the face and body
Free from mineral oils, parabens, artificial colourants & fragrance, silicones and animal products
Tebe’s triple milled Lavish Soap Bar with olive leaf extract contains a sumptuous blend of extra virgin olive oil and natural waxes that will produce a rich, creamy lather. pH balanced and lightly scented, your skin will feel soft, moisturized, cleansed and refreshed.
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This soap comes in a dark brown rectangular box. Upon opening flip-top box cover, you’ll be welcomed by a mild scent of the soap, which is wrapped inside a thin special paper.

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The light scent is fresh and invigorating. I personally love floral fragrance so it’s quite easy for this soap to capture me. After use, you’ll feel refreshed and your skin will feel lightly moisturized. It’s just a bit challenging to handle this soap bar at first because of its size so if you have small hands, it will be large to hold. 
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Tebe Lavish Soap Bar Ingredients: 
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua (Water),  Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride,  Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Olea europaea (Olive)  Leaf Extract, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Key Ingredients:
  • Olive leaf extract for brightening
  • Olive oil for softening
  • Chamomile for purifying
  • Green tea leaf extract as anti-oxidant

Tebe Lavish Soap Bar is manufactured at Simunovich Olive Estate Limited in New Zealand. For more information, visit www.simuoliveestate.com








Makeup Style using The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

Trying new beauty products is always fun! Combined with some of my loved items, these products that I haven’t tried before have become even more interesting.
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Last December, I had a fun evening with fellow butterflies at The Apartment, The Curve. The Butterfly Project, headed by Tammy Lim, gave a celebration where both fresh and seasoned bloggers had a great time, great dinner and great opportunity to meet new friends. Luckily, I was free to join the group on that weekday dinner.
Aside from the Secret Santa gift-giving session, I also received a beauty box from the group. Thanks to all the generous sponsors who worked closely with the group and brought us happy cheers and, of course, new beauty products to try.
It’s exciting to explore different makeup looks by combining different products or brands. But at the same time, it’s also fun to mix and experiment with the new products together with those that you already have and love. Like a lot of you, I also have my favorites when it comes to skincare or makeup.

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Some of my loved products include GlamGlow ThirstyMud, Makeup ForEver Mist & Fix, Nars Eye Paint, Nars Dual Eye Shadow and Maybelline Color Tattoo. And I decided to mix these with some of the items from my butterfly beauty box: Shizens Lip Tattoo, Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner and Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist.

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Starting with smooth, healthy skin makes a lot of difference on how makeup can accentuate or complement your look. I love using GlamGlow ThirstyMud to do my regular mask routine. It’s quite addicting so I limit it to twice a week. After washing off ThirstyMud, I spray Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist on my face and apply a moisturizer (I’m using Mario Badescu at the moment). Afterwards, I apply my makeup primer, foundation, pore minimizer and face powder (not included in photo shot).

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Now it’s time for my eye makeup. I’ve been loving my Nars eye paint and dual eyeshadow since last year, and I don’t think I can live without them. I’ve also started to use Maybelline Color Tattoo and it works well in making my eye color more vibrant and longer lasting. From the butterfly beauty box, I used the Dolly Wink Eyeliner, which has a pen style application.
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The Dolly Wink eyeliner has good color results and very easy to apply on the skin. It has a cute, dotted pink packaging, with a pen cap.
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On my lips, I used ShizensLip Tattoo, which came from The Butterfly Project beauty box. I’ve reviewed this lip product a few weeks ago and I loved its long lasting color on the lips. Great thing about this Lip Tattoo is that it makes the lips look naturally rosy through the day and keeps the lips moisturized. I now use it every morning together with different lip colors.
And here’s my quick 15-minute makeup look with a mix of my new and loved beauty products:

What are your favorite makeup products? Those that you must always have in your makeup kit? Thanks once again to The Butterfly Project for organizing events to meet friends and to explore more beauty products!

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My 2015 Beauty Regime from The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

How are you starting your beauty regimen this year? Have you got your whole body (or most of it) covered? Thanks to The Butterfly Project, I got started with my new regimen early.

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Happy New Year! Wait, what? Is it late?

It’s always wonderful to welcome the new year with new things…specially beauty stuff. And this month, I have started using new and exciting products to take care of my lips, hands, face and hair. 

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For the face, it’s time to explore a new cleanser and a moisturiser to improve my skin tone with Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleansing Foam and Moisturizing Cream. I have yet to unbox the cream but starting with the cleansing foam, I fell in love with the beautiful scent. I know, I know, it’s not the scent that solves my skin concern but, hey, can’t help it if the scent is really lovely. These Sakura White products give the skin fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. And they are affordable, too, starting at RM12.90.

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I’ve been using GlamGlow since last year and seeing this travel size ThirstyMud is an excitement. This is still part of my beauty regime and with Chinese New Year approaching, I’m just happy to have this travel size tube! GlamGlow ThirstyMud gives hydrating wonders on the skin within a 20-minute application and wash off or tissue off. 
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Oh, yes, I regularly enjoy my GlamGlow mud with some wine

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I enjoy using mist on my face for instant moisture and skin refreshment. I’m currently using Melvita Eau Florale de Rose Damask Floral Rose Water, which I’ve also placed in a mini spray to carry with me to work. Now this Always Aloe Vera Soothing & Refresh Gel Mist is a delightful treat from the beauty box! I haven’t heard of this brand but the scent is invigorating, the mist feels great on the face and I love the spray. 

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Hair is a priority for me to start this year right as the effect of my rebonding treatment is starting to wear off. I’m always exploring shampoos and conditioners that will take care of my damaged hair. This Matrix Biolage Colorlast shampoo, as its name suggests, is for making color last longer – giving you salon-vibrant color for up to 9 weeks – but I discovered that Biolage also has a shampoo for dry hair —- Biolage Hydrasource. The Matrix Biolage hair care range addresses specific hair concern and is committed to creating sustainable products. 

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I love lip care products and will continue to love them. I’ve tried Shizens Lip Tattoo (see full review HERE) and it’s an amazing moisturizer, color and anti-aging product in one. It’s priced at RM168 so I may want to save it for office days and important events. For those casual days, I have Maybelline Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm to save my dry lips. If I remember right, this is only around RM15, available at leading pharmacies and beauty shops. I love the watermelon flavour and color of this Pink Shock variant. Did I mention it provides 8-hour moisture? 

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We must always hydrate our hands and take care of them daily and hourly. Hourly? Oh, yes, specially if you’re working inside cool temperature places. Never allow your hands to feel dry so always carry a tube of hand cream with you. This L’Occitane Velvet hand cream is a perfect companion to make sure that my hands stay young and beautiful. 
So these are some of my beauty picks to start my beauty regime this year! What are yours? 

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Lovely Lips with Shizens Lip Tattoo

There must be a good reason why this is a star product. I just had to find out. 

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I’ve been collecting new lip products for the past few months and I am enjoying this newfound addiction…to lip color. But like a lot of ladies, I don’t like the look of dry, fine lines on my lips. Some lipsticks are good enough to be worn bare but some need extra moisturiser before or after application. For those that feel a bit dry on my lips, I normally apply lip balm first then apply the lip color on top. But what if I can have a lip product that moisturises, gives rosy color and prevents fine lines on my lips all at the same time?

I was thrilled to receive the Shizens Lip Tattoo star product inside The Butterfly Project’s Beauty Box last month during our Christmas dinner. Love all the interesting items inside this box!

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This is really something new for a makeup product. Lip tattoo? Have you ever heard of other beauty brands having a similar lip product? I haven’t. Shizens Lip Tattoo comes packed inside a brown and gold box. The lip tattoo is plastic wrapped with easy-tear cutting. Here it is after removing the seal…

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Price: RM168 for 8ml
What it does: Moisturises, lightens dark pigment of lips, gives lips a rosy tone, provides long-lasting color wear

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This lip product has a sleek cap in metallic brown color while the tube itself is a mix of white and transparent plastic. Notice that after taking out from the tube, the applicator is white in color, hmmm, white lip color? You’ll see the magic of this tattoo in a short while.


I decided to experiment with this lip tattoo. Upon applying the product, it shows white at first but immediately changes to a pinkish color (see Swipe A on the left). I wanted to see what difference in color it would have if I apply it under lipstick and on top of lipstick. 

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Different shades with 3 techniques: a) plain lip tattoo, b) lip tattoo with lipstick on top, c) lipstick with lip tattoo on top. The great thing here is you can see that the plain lip tattoo gives enough rosy color on my skin. In fact, it is not necessary to wear with lipstick at all! It’s good enough on its own. 

Of course, if you’d love a darker red shade, it will be great to mix your darker red lipstick with Shizens Lip Tattoo for that moisture boost, prevention of lines and long-lasting color. Why is it called Lip Tattoo? Yes, you’re right. Because it does stick to your skin or lips for a long time than normal lip colors do. Be warned…your lips will stay lovely with rosy tones for long hours. It actually took a day for those test swipes on my arm to wear off even after bathing a few times! Cool. 

I’m someone who needs lipstick and lip balm or butter most of the time. See how pale I look without lip color? See how dry my lips are? 

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But a few swipes of Shizens Lip Tattoo made an immediate difference to the color and condition of my lips. The white product turned rosy in less than a minute (maybe it’s also because I’m hot, haha) and moisturized my lips in seconds. Love tattoo? Yes, I do. 

Find out more about Shizens via:
Website – www.shizens.com 

Watsons names its GLOW 50 Top Personalities in Malaysia

Who are the celebrities you look up to? There are a lot of celebrities in Malaysia and Watsons has identified glowing personalities in society.  

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chelsia Ng; Cathryn Lee; Carven Ong; Candy Ice & Anuja Ananthan


In November, the leading retail brand announced Malaysia’s top 50 individuals who personify the Watsons retail brand and represents true essence of beauty and health. 

In its latest endeavour ‘50 Glowing Personalities’, GLOW Magazine by Watsons has identified top personalities who are known for their social influence in the industry. GLOW magazine is a health, well-being and beauty magazine for readers and people who have or aspire to have a healthy attitude towards life. The bi-monthly magazine brings latest trends to Watsons’ diverse customers’ base through beauty, healthy, lifestyle tips and step by step guidelines. If I remember it right, this magazine costs only around RM3, available at Watsons boutiques. 

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Red carpet interview with GLOW 50 Personalities – 
Carven Ong (Renowned Fashion Designer) & Atilia Haron (Jazz singer and song writer)

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Kevin Kam, Head of Property Watsons Malaysia; Low Siew Hui, Finance Director of Watsons Malaysia; Julie Woon, Joanne Yeoh & Diana Danielle 
“The top 50 Glowing Personalities is an initiative that echoes Watsons brand and how we want to inspire our customers towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. Our panel has selected celebrities, bloggers, sports personalities and opinion leaders who truly are champions in their own ways, and represent the essence or health, beauty and wellbeing. They are also Watsons VIP Black Card member and Watsons Celebrity Friends, and have really experienced remarkable effects of our Watsons brand, products and services. They truly GLOW,” said Danny Hoh, Chief Editor of Watsons GLOW Magazine, and Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia at the 50 Glowing Personalities party which was organized to mark the success of the campaign.

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L-R: Hansen Lee; Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Xin Le Chai; Wong Chui Ling; Vanessa Chong; Siti Saleha; Reem Shahwa & Dato’ Dr Fazley Yaacob

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L-R: Low Kok Kwan, IT  Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chin Oi Mee, Business & Process Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jojo Struys; Patricia K; Pamela Chong; Nadine Ann Thomas; Nadia Heng; Michelle Lee & Megan Tan
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Finale group photo of Mr. Kulvinder Birring, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia 
& Indonesia (Centre) together with Watsons Management Team & GLOW 50 Personalities 


The glowing personalities at the event are Anuja Ananthan, Atilia Haron, Candy Ice, Carven Ong, Cathryn Lee, Chelsia Ng, Chermaine Poo, Diana Danielle, Ezra Chuah, Fazley Yaacob, Hansen Lee, Joanne Yeoh, Jojo Struys, Julie Woon, Jun Yong, Kit Mah, Lavin Seow, Lenna Lim, Linora Low, Megan Tan, Michelle Lee, Nadia Heng, Nadine Ann Thomas, Pamela Chong, Patricia Knudsen, Reem Shahwa, Siti Saleha, Vanessa Chong, Wong Chui Ling & Xin Le Chai.

I’ve personally met Chui Ling Wong and I truly adore this woman. She has an amazing charisma, respectable personality and admirable character. 

As Christmas and New Year are around the corner, Watsons has taken this opportunity to initiate a year end campaign themed as ‘Watsons – A Time to Shine’.

“Year end period is also holiday period cherished and celebrated by people all around the world. It’s the time of the year, when you want to look good and feel great. Thus, Watsons will help its dedicated customers to shine in beauty, health and wellness so that they can have gorgeous year-end gatherings. Customers who spend RM150 will stand a chance to grab 5 limited editions Watsons – A Time to Shine tumbler, while those who spend RM50 will get limited edition collectible paper bags and 2015 calendars,” added Danny. 
Kulvinder Birring, Watsons Malaysia Managing Director, who launched the event, thanked all the celebrities and suppliers who attended the event for their support to Watsons in the past years, which have helped Watsons in becoming Asia’s No. 1 Pharmacy/Drugstore for 6th Year in the running. In addition to that, in 2014, Watsons Malaysia has also won numerous awards including the prestigious Putra Brand Award and Dragons of Asia GOLD awards.”

“Watsons has also just launched our home delivery services to drive our e-commerce. With the growth of online shopping, Watsons will take the lead among retail stores in Malaysia to create a memorable online shopping experience for its customers in terms of convenience, one-stop information portal which include beauty tips and benefits for members, exclusive products and offers, digital version of GLOW magazine and Watsons mailer. Customers will also get and spend points by shopping in Watsons’ stores as well as online. This means Watsons literally is reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at watsons.com.my,” added Kulvinder.

Caryn Loh, Watsons Malaysia General Manager – Trading and Jessica Ng, Watsons Malaysia Director of Marketing & Development and other senior management team were the presenters in this glittering ceremony.

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Nermin Hodzic, Supply Chain Director of Watsons Malaysia; Caryn Loh, General Manager – Trading of Watsons Malaysia; Atilia Haron; Linora Low, Lenna Lim; Lavin Seow; Kit Mah & Jun Yong

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Spectacular laser show to kick start the GLOW 50 Party event

Watsons GLOW 50 red carpet gala was held at the fashionable Zebra Square and attended by hundreds of celebrities, Watsons’ suppliers and members of the media. The guests were chauffeured fashionably in the sexy Mini Countryman. They were also treated to the online shopping experience on watsons.com.my by beautiful Watsons Online Ambassadors. Apart from that, they were feasted with performances by Atilia Haron, Malaysia’s popular jazz singer/songwriter, Dato’ Dr. Fazley Yaakob, Celebrity Chef and Patricia K, a renowned DJ.

Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer awarded 50 Malaysian personalities who embrace the true essence of beauty and health in a glittering red carpet gala event. 

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush Review

How do you apply your liquid foundation? If you’re still using fingertips, you might want to consider trying this makeup tool. 

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I can’t live without liquid foundation…seriously. I’d probably melt and disappear on-the-spot if I go to work or go out without liquid foundation on my face. I’m not comfortable with the appearance of my pores and I need my face to have light to medium coverage. I don’t really go for heavy foundation as it can feel very thick on the face but with the right foundation and brush, I’ll be happy. 

I used to apply foundation with fingertips before. It was fine, a lot of foundation products nowadays are very easy to blend and apply. But when you aspire for flawless, almost perfect application like how makeup artists do makeup, using a brush is the best way. 
I first encountered Real Techniques makeup tools via Luxola and I liked the stylish look of the handle. It’s not the typical black and silver combination; this one is in gold and black. I also liked the imprinted brush model on the handle so I don’t need to recall which brush I have or don’t have for my next purchase. 

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Price: RM43.00
Free shipping via Luxola 
Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation
Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
Ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
Self-standing for easy storage
Extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

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The brush comes in a transparent plastic box, making the brush perfectly visible. At the back of this box is a photo of 2 women, Sam and Nic Chapman, who are sisters and are the founders of this brand. These women have created makeup video tutorials available on YouTube and have provided wonderful tips for beauty enthusiasts around the world. What a cool duo of makeup lovers!

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The brush itself is placed on a white cardboard inside the plastic box. I appreciate this kind of extra protection to ensure that the brush can be shipped to customers in good condition. Some of the more expensive brushes are only protected by plastic cover and I wish those had a bit more protective packaging. 

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The bristles are synthetic but it feels of high-grade. I’ve been using this brush for more than a month now and I love how it picks up foundation, applies it evenly and comfortably on my face. It is also easy to wash and after several times of washing now, I’ve never seen a strand fall off. It dries quite fast, too. 

Getting tips on how to use this brush is also very easy as Real Techniques have videos online that are easy to access and find. You can check out this video where Sam shows 3 different brushes and how to use each. 

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I love this Real Techniques brush and would be trying more of its makeup brushes! 


For more info from Real Techniques, you can visit their website at:

Interested to get your hands on the brushes? Visit Luxola and be warned that the brushes run out-of-stock once in a while (I’m actually on the waitlist for one of the sets):

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