Flexcils – Safe and Flexible Coloured Pencils for Kids

Tired of your kids’ broken coloured pencils or wax crayons?

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It’s great for children to experience the joy of colouring at a young age. It gives kids a good start to be creative, to discover colours and to develop their dexterity. It is important to allow young kids to learn how to use and control their hands with colouring materials. Plus, if they are busy with colouring, we, parents, have the choice to join them and have fun or get on with housework!

When my son was still a toddler, he started learning to colour by using coloured pencils, not wax crayons. It was fun and great. However, it can be challenging due to constant breaking and regular sharpening. I also need to keep reminding him to be careful with handling a coloured pencil and make sure that he doesn’t poke his own eyes with it or anybody else’s. 

I just recently learned that there’s a product to solve this kind of challenges with early stage colouring.  There’s a coloured pencil that doesn’t need sharpening, can be twisted or bent, and safe for young kids to use (no need to worry about pointed tips poking their eyes).  This cool thing is called Flexcils.

Flexcils pencils (try saying that 3x) feel and look different from our normal coloured pencils. There’s no pointed tip, no coloured lead, no wood. It looks cute and cool and toy-like. You might not think that it’s a coloured pencil if you see it for the first time!

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These pencils have a triangular shape, making it easy for small hands to grip and control.

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When used on paper, this pencil shows a light touch of color, not the vivid type like standard pencils. Older kids might prefer seeing bright colours but for younger ones, this is a great pencil to use because it’s safe, flexible and non-toxic.

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What makes it great for kids:
  • Can be bent and twisted unlike normal pencils (which would just break)
  • Don’t need to be sharpened and they will not break when used normally
  • Safe and non-toxic (they meet all safety standards for pencils and children’s toys)
  • Will not rub off on children’s hands
  • Come in up to twelve flexilicious colours (so there’s plenty to choose from)
  • Can be used straight out of the box (but if you want to sharpen them that’s ok)
  • Don’t use wood, so no trees are harmed (unlike normal pencils)
  • Last up to twenty times longer than your average pencil
  • Have no smell
  • Are guaranteed 100% pencil
  • Can be used by kids as young as 3



About Flexcils
Made from top-secret materials, Flexcils last up to twenty times longer than your average pencil. And unlike normal pencils, Flexcils can be bent and twisted so if you’re sick of having a box full of unusable pencils get some Flexcils. With no smell and no trees harmed, Flexcils are guaranteed 100% pencil and feature a triangle shape so they can be held easily, even by the smallest of fingers. They are safe, non-toxic, and meet all standards for pencils and children’s toys. Flexcils will not rub off on children’s hands and they won’t break when used normally. Flexcils can be used straight out of the box so they don’t need to be sharpened, but you can if you really want to. 


You can shop for Flexcils online at Mumspick www.mumspick.com and get them delivered to your doorstep. Available in 5-piece-set and 12-piece-set. 

Enjoy 10% OFF with your order from Feb 1-14, 2017 with code MUMSPICKCC and get your Flexcils delivered in Malaysia within 5-7 days! Happy shopping! 

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Visit www.flexcils.com to know more about the world’s most twisted pencil. 




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Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream

How do you take care of your kids’ skin?

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I’m a big skincare junkie and I sure am cautious about my son’s skin as well. He’s been experiencing rashes or prickly heat a few months ago, probably caused by dryness and sweat on his neck area. My son is very active, always busy with something, loves to cycle and play, and he’s always sweating on the forehead and neck. 

I tried to heal the rashes on his neck with antiseptic powder, calamine lotion and cream, alternate.  He didn’t really like the calamine lotion smell but I still manage to apply it when needed. The rashes disappear for a while but appear again after a few days after discontinued use of cream. So I thought if I need to apply something regularly, I’d better use a mild skincare product meant to improve his skin’s health.

I’ve gone through pharmacies and I picked Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream. I apply this cream twice daily, after shower, on my son’s face and neck. In just 1 day of use, I’ve seen improvement on his neck rash. We’ve been using this for 3 months now and it’s a great cream! He never had rashes on the neck (or anywhere on his head) again even with changing hot, humid or rainy weather. 

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This cream protects against irritation, soothes irritated skin, provides effective hydration, is safe for delicate skin and does not leave any greasy finish. I’d recommend it to parents who have babies or kids with delicate skin that is prone to redness, dryness or rash on face and neck. 

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Baby Sebamed Protective Facial Cream
Size: 50ml
Dermatologically – tested
Made in Germany
Ideal for delicate skin
Where to buy: Guardian or Caring Pharmacy
Price: RM50 


What this cream does:
  • Moisturising complex with vitasqualene
  • Soothes skin with Pantheon
  • Prevents dryness with effective hydration 
  • Panthenol and lipid compound protect against irritation around the mouth from saliva
  • Vitamin E safeguards against harmful environmental influences
  • Non-occlusive
  • Rich in panthenol and allantoin to soothe and regenerate irritated skin
  • Easy to apply and readily absorbed
  • Oil-in-water emulsion


Benefits:
  • Protective moisturizing complex – vitasqualane, lipids and the natural moisture-retaining ingredients allantoin and hyaluronic acid prevent dryness, enhance the barrier function against noxious substances and soothe the skin
  • The lipid compound and pantheon safeguard against dryness around the mouth from saliva
  • Easy to apply and rapidly absorbed without any greasy residue
  • Consolidates the resistance of baby’s delicate skin
  • With the pH value of 5.5 Baby sebamed is clinically proven to promote the development of the acid mantle
  • Free from nitro-mochus compounds, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, dioxan

Fun Laser Tag Games at Laser Warzone

Foster teamwork and cooperation among kids with this indoor activity. 
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If you’re a fan of “How I Met Your Mother” TV series, you’ve most likely heard about laser tag several times from Barney Stinson. He’s obsessed with this sport and plays aggressively against kids in a laser tag arena. I’ve watched a few episodes (my husband loves this show but, parents, take note that this is not recommended for young kids due to some topics and content) and Barney would often mention laser tag. My fave quotes: 
“I should be out playing laser tag, being awesome.”
“A few final thoughts, don’t get married until you’re thirty. Play laser tag once a week.”

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I’m not surprised why Barney loves laser tag. I often see lots of kids and adults forming teams, lining up at Laser Warzone at e@Curve on weekends. It must be something fun and exciting. It’s amazing to see that there’s such a game enjoyed by both young ones and grown-ups. I learned that even corporate companies organize team-building activities with laser tag!

Laser tag is an easy game to play. If you’re familiar with paintball then laser tag is a technology-based version of that and without the pain. If you are more familiar with PC/video games that involve shooting then laser tag is an interactive version where you get to engage with your teammates and opponents on a personal level. You strategize and plan directly with other people or kids then go to battle together physically. It makes game play more fun!

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Laser Warzone is a great place to play laser tag. It is well-known for friendly staff, weekend/holiday activity, birthday/corporate parties and has 3 arenas in various locations: e@Curve in Petaling Jaya, Wangsa Walk Mall in Kuala Lumpur and Gurney Plaza in Penang.  

The branch in Petaling Jaya is conveniently located at the first floor of e@Curve, just right next to The Curve shopping mall, perfect location for the entire family to hang out, shop and have dinner afterwards. Corporate events and birthday parties are often celebrated here as well. Laser Warzone has a party room where you can plan for almost any theme in mind. Boys and girls alike enjoy birthday celebrations here because they have a big room all to themselves and, of course, they can play laser tag during the celebration. Laser Warzone can assist to plan the event from concept to  activity. The party room in e@Curve has enough space for up to 100 guests. 

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My son had 2 birthday parties at Laser Warzone and we plan to do it here again this year. It’s great for him and his friends to hang out and play while we, parents, either wait in the party room or better yet, go around shopping! It’s in a shopping mall after all! My husband is the one in-charge of looking after him during my son’s game sessions with friends.

The suit and laser gun make a really awesome gear pack. Kids love it! No wonder Barney Stinson says it’s awesome!

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Each laser tag game can have up to 10 players divided into 2 teams or they can also choose to play solo, which means each player is battling against everyone. Most kids enjoy playing in teams because it involves planning and teamwork. They huddle and plan their strategy together, and it does involve more fun to engage in a battle as a gang!

This game is perfect for the entire family, well for kids around 6 years old and above, as long as they are big enough to wear the gear. Just look at this father with his daughters!

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Laser tag is a great activity for kids and adults. Visit a Laser Warzone arena and try it out. After all, it’s always a good time to be awesome!

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Image from “How I Met Your Mother” TV series

Hasbro: TRANSFORMERS 7-in- 1 Combiner Wars (Menasor) Collection Set

You haven’t seen the coolest TRANSFORMERS toy until you see this!


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The TRANSFORMERS is truly a timeless toy concept that evolved into movies, various merchandise, TV shows and more. With the epic TRANSFORMERS movies, it has become even more unforgettable and more loved by kids and adults of all ages and genders. How can anyone not find it cool to have vehicles that can transform into a robot?

If a vehicle that transforms into a robot is cool, wouldn’t it be awesome to have 6 cars that transform into robots and even be combined into a big one? Say hello to TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars! My son is so lucky to have one of those bots, the incredible 7-in-1 TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars (Menasor) Collection Pack by Hasbro Toy Malaysia.

Any child who sees the gigantic box will get excited. In fact, even my husband wanted it. Wait, even I want it! Don’t tell my son but I play with these figures when he’s sleeping, bwahahaha!



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Box Size: 46cm width x 35.5cm height x 9cm depth
Recommended for ages 8 years old and above
Made in Vietnam
Manufactured under license from TOMY Company, Ltd.
© 2015 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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What’s in the box:
  • 6 Figures – each one converts from robot to vehicle mode and back
  • 7 Accessories
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Collector Card
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Who are inside the box:
  1. MotormasterTM – Motormaster punishes enemies and allies alike with the brute force of a tyrant.
  2. DragstripTM – To Dragstrip, victory means power, and second place is as good as a place on the scrap heap.
  3. Dead EndTM – He’s convinced the end of the universe is right around the corner, and he’s going out with his blasters blazing.
  4. BreakdownTM – Breakdown’s paranoia about being seen actually makes him a formidable scout.
  5. Brake-NeckTM – Brake-Neck has no respect for the rules of the road, or anything on it.
  6. BlackjackTM – This clever warrior calculates the odds and hatches his plan before moving into action.

Combine all 6 of them to form a massive, unstoppable Menasor figure!

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Witnessing your child’s happiness is priceless. The moment I stepped through the house door carrying this box of wonder and colour, he already got excited. He didn’t assume that it was his; he actually thought that it was mine. Haha! You can just imagine how happy and delighted he was when I told him that the toy was for him.
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The 6 figures, like the bestselling TRANSFORMERS toys, are convertible from robot to vehicle and back. My son loves them in vehicle mode but he finds joy in the “transforming” function of these toys. Whether it’s a Deception or an Autobot, he just loves these vehicles!

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The robots in this Menasor set are characters that we haven’t seen in the movies (yet) but I think they are a kickass bunch. My favorite in this pack is Brake-Neck because of his beautiful sports car mode and his cool face. This figure takes only 11 steps to convert from vehicle to robot and back. Around 14cm tall in robot mode.

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The biggest robot in the pack is Motormaster who converts into a truck and also forms the face of Menasor. This one takes only 10 steps to shift between modes, robot is around 20cm tall. We haven’t tried combining all of them together yet. My son is still enjoying the toys as separate figures.

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Dragstrip is a blue, black and yellow colour combination open-wheel racing car. This only takes 9 steps to convert. Around 13cm tall in robot mode.
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The second figure that I like is Dead End, a red sports car with a yellow face. What’s not to like about the cool colour, awesome car mode and fighter robot mode? This one takes 11 steps to convert. Around 14cm tall in robot mode.

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Breakdown is another racing car that comes in purple and aqua green color. He carries a red sword and has a serious face similar to Brake-Neck. This takes 12 steps to convert. Same height as Dead End and Brake-Neck at 14cm tall.

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The smallest one in this pack is Blackjack who’s only almost half of Motormaster. It is the fastest to convert at 7 steps. It turns into a 2-door purple sports car with cool blue highlights. Around 10cm tall in robot mode.

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It’s pretty amazing how a 6-year-old kid can easily play with these figures. He was able to follow most of the instructions, just needed a little bit of help with Dragstrip and Dead End. There are only 7 – 12 steps to follow in converting the cars to robots; quite fast and easy.

Let’s play TRANSFORMERS Combiner Wars! You can grab the Combiner Wars toys sets at Toys “R” Us at RM529.90

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Smart Moves and Exercises at BrainFit Studio

And my son’s smart exercises continue.

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My 6-year-old son has been attending classes at BrainFit Studio for 4 sessions and it has been a great experience. You can check my first article about BrainFit here 

The sessions are a routine of around 10 different exercises but each session is intensified with more challenging steps, aiming to increase efficiency of the activity.

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The objective of these activities is to improve various skills:
  • Focus and organisation 
  • Rhythm and timing 
  • Learning speed 
  • Body and spatial awareness 
  • Advance visual skills 
  • Gross and fine motor skills 
  • Confidence 
  • Handwriting & copying
  • Learning speed and abilities
  • Focus and attention
  • Visual perception and memory
  • Accuracy in detailed work
  • Visual spatial awareness and organization
  • Attention and concentration
  • Ability to stay on task
  • Attention stamina
  • Impulse control

See some of the actual activities in action here:

Another great thing with BrainFit is that each child gets full attention from the trainer and gets evaluated on a personal level. The trainers adjust the activity based on the learning pattern and speed of the child. This means personalised learning pace for children, allowing them to discover their potentials without feeling left behind if they are slower than others. Isn’t it great? This means children will be confident and happier with their environment. 

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My son is enjoying his classes at BrainFit. He loves meeting other children, making new friends and doing activities with them. What improvements have I seen in him? His physical exercises has improved his coordination skills. He’s more confident than ever to explore different tools to write or draw. He has even began to use ballpoint pen and liner pen to draw figures such as cars, trucks and scenes. This is his own initiative and he’s happy to explore his own skills. I don’t think I’ve used ballpoint pen to write before I was 8 years old and my son is already using it to draw at the age of 6! This needs precise control compared with pencils. It’s great to see him enjoy this skill. 


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For more information, you can drop by or call:
BrainFit Studio Malaysia
Lot 118, First Floor, The Curve Mall,
No. 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-77100273 / +6012-2179921

Founded by a team of child developmental professionals passionate about maximizing human potential, BrainFit Studio has been dedicating itself to bring you the most up-to-date and scientific brain fitness training programmes since 2001. 
BrainFit Studio originated in Singapore and is already 14 years in the region with over 5000+ databased results from programs conducted across Asia. It has established foothold in other countries like Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Turkey. BrainFit Studio aims to transform lives by improving learning capabilities, boosting performance, shaping behaviours and increasing intelligence through high-quality evidence-based neuro-scientific cognitive training programmes.

Great Experiences Ahead at Little Kingdom

You and your kids are in for a joyous adventure.
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Yummy cakes! Would you believe that these are just deco?

When was the last time you visited Maju Junction or Jalan Sultan Ismail? If it was more than 3 months ago, now’s the perfect time to walk along this busy, lively street in Kuala Lumpur. Coming from Cheras, my son and I decided to take a train ride instead of driving down. Aside from it’s much faster than driving to town, my son enjoys train rides. Ah, convenience, speed and my son’s joy, a train ride to Maju Junction is perfect. Did I mention that the trip only costed RM5.20 two-way?

The trip from Cheras to Sultan Ismail station was fast, roughly 15 minutes on a Saturday morning. From the station, there’s a walkway leading directly to the entrance of Parkson Maju Junction. Very convenient. The guard is friendly and showed me the way to go up to Level 3, where an amazing experience awaits me and my little naughty boy at Little Kingdom.

A magical-themed play land boasting of 40,000 sq.ft., Parkson Edutainment’s Little Kingdom is a first-of-its-kind personalised learning edutainment park. It’s a place where kids and parents experience various realities, from fairy tales to space missions. This play land features technology games, Amazon rides, magical shows, learning workshops and beautiful classrooms that children will enjoy. 

Upon entering this kingdom, you’ll immediately feel the “magic”. Here’s my naughty boy wanting to eat that giant red mushroom. 

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Visitors are welcomed by cobblestone streets, miniature shops with bright signages, colourful walls and dramatic lighting.

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Wanna feel like you’re in Nevada?
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There are giant, adorable fairy tale books on the streets, stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Aladdin and the Little Racing Car. No, these are not for reading but for making the place even more magical and, I guess, for hugging! 

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Little Kingdom has a magical stage where performances are held everyday. We caught a magic show performance, which kids truly enjoyed. 

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See how attentive and focused the kids were?
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Why it’s great to spend time at Little Kingdom:

1. It’s accessible by car and train. You can choose to drive over, use Uber or Grab, or like me, I prefer to use train! Very fast.


2. At every corner of the theme park are cartoon characters to welcome everyone. You’ll see Little Snow White, Little Pinocchio, Little Tinkerbell, Little Aladdin and more. 

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3. Augmented Reality Tech allows children to be transported into another world. Perfect for those who love gadget play. 


4. Indoor Sandplay Zone allows children to exercise sensory skills and creativity within a 500-sqft play area.


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Sandplay Zone

5. Lots of educational games and activities. The kingdom has 6 themed classrooms where everyone can experience a variety of enrichment classes such as music, aerobics, Lego lessons, arts and crafts, storytelling and more. These classes are conducted daily so you can freely visit on a day suitable to you and there will always be several classes to choose from. Wonderful!


6. Personalised Learning Options. You can choose for your child to learn more activities such as piano, vocal, guitar, culinary arts, languages, speech, drama, ballet, martial arts or even yoga. 


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7. Little Kingdom encourages parent and child bonding. Parents can freely join their kids in every activity. My son’s favourite was Fantasy Driving, he’s just addicted to cars, trucks, trains or anything that runs on wheels. A great thing about this activity is that parents can join their kids in the car. Yay, I can fit!
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8. Its Magical Castle is also an awesome venue for events, parties and special occasions. This hall is just like a palace ballroom where kings, queens, princes and princesses host a ball. See this armed guard and his magnificently detailed shield? 


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9. It’s endless fun in here, the kids wouldn’t want to leave!


10. Affordable prices. By the way, Little Kingdom is having its Soft Opening Tickets Promotion this month = Get 50% OFF on single entry admission tickets!

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Little Kingdom is also running a promotion on its Birthday Party Package, for a limited time at only RM1,800 (normal price: RM2,400) for 30 pax, includes:
  • 2-hour usage of the Magical Castle – party hall
  • Food and beverage
  • Birthday cake in Little Kingdom theme, of course
  • Party decorations
  • 4 Little Kingdom themes to choose from: Little Snow White, Little Cinderella, Little Aladdin and Little Pinocchio
  • 1 Mascot appearance
  • 1 day unlimited access within Little Kingdom, which includes rides, games, activities, soft play area and more

My son seriously didn’t want to leave, haha! He was having a great time at Mysterious Mars and the Mystical Forest. 

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Little Kingdom is a wonderful place for kids, adults or parents. Whether you want to have a great time with friends, with kids or feel like a child again, this place is great for a whole day of fun!


Before leaving, you can shop for pretty novelty items inside the gift shop!

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You know what, I don’t think 1 article is enough to talk about everything in this kingdom. I haven’t even talked about  the upcoming addition to the Little Kingdom family, Talking Tom House, where children can have ‘personalised meals’ by an in-house dietician.  

Online booking is available via www.nenerland.com 


Power Up with Lego Nexo Knights at MidValley

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Yay, Lego! Yes, that’s the voice in my head screaming in excitement. When I saw the Lego Nexo Knights display set-up at the Centre Court in MidValley, I just knew I have to bring my son as soon as the school holiday starts.

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The Lego® Nexo Knights is the latest and newest product line from Lego Malaysia. My son first knew about this new LEGO® line through Cartoon Network and he loves it. He even records the shows from Astro and watches them after school or after doing his homework. Children and adults alike can easily be captivated by the story as this combines a futuristic, high-tech world with the classical theme of knighthood where there are heroic knights, a kingdom, princess, king, queen and, of course, an evil army to conquer.

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Making this school holiday even more exciting for children, Lego® has brought the Nexo Knights experience to life at MidValley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. As someone who resides in this beautiful country, I’m proud to say that Malaysia was the first to host the Lego Nexo Knights event in Southeast Asia!
This is the perfect time to bring the kids to MidValley and allow them to explore various activities by Lego Nexo Knights. From now until 20th March 2016, every day is packed with a “training schedule” where our children can have a fun time undergoing the Knight training process. These activities are free for you and your kids to experience.
Here’s the Weekday Training Schedule:
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Love taking photos? Lego will print your Instagram photo for free! Just share a picture of your Lego Nexo Knights experience and add the hashtag #LEGONEXOKNIGHTS and you can redeem the print instantly at the Power Up Zone. This is just located within the same floor, across several zones from the event area.
My little Nexo Knight with the Clay Morrington Lego model, printed instantly for free:
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At The Power Up Zone, kids can enjoy a life-size game where they will “power up to be a Nexo Knight” by physically holding a shield and a sword to engage and battle with enemies on a TV screen. Isn’t this cool? My son enjoyed this a lot and made him feel like a real knight in battle!
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At the Battle Zone, this is at the Centre Court where all the Lego models are in display, Lego has several activities lined up for the little ones and even adults. There’s a showcase of tablets where everyone can play the Merlok 2.0, a free-to-download app available at the AppStore and GooglePlay, then battle as a Nexo Knight and fight the evil forces of Jestro. This cool app has an amazing feature where you can scan knight shields to use them as powers within the game. There are as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights powers that can be found in physical and digital forms, in building sets, print ads, books, comics and even from the TV series. (I will share more details and guide for this amazing app and the NEXO Academy in my next post, this is really exciting! I wanna play!)

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At the Battle Zone, you’ll also have access to the Virtual Lego Nexo Knights Battle Tour where you get a close-up look into the fantastical world of Knighton, as an apprentice in training for the Lego Nexo Knights academy.
The Forge Zone allows kids to play mini-models and have fun learning to build Lego figures with simple steps. It’s fun to see children having a great time building something. I believe that this kind of activity fosters imaginative and creative skills among our children.
The Lego Nexo Knight mascot also appears in the afternoon, bringing much delight to everyone. Here are the happy children at the event together with Clay Morrington and the fun team of Lego!

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Lego Nexo Knights is the first ever collection of Lego products to combine various points of activities into a multi-dimensional play and a new way of playing with technology. With the NEXO Academy, LEGO fans of all ages can engage in both online and offline realms as we all train to be the best knights of Knighton!
Love FREE and collectible stuff? Show the Instagram post of my son holding 5 different 3D cards at the Power Up Zone to get a FREE limited edition LEGO® NEXO Knights merchandise 3D card until 20th March 2016! Limited to 500 redemption, first come first served. Just grab my Instagram post at celestechoomy and start redeeming now. See you at MidValley!

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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Product Review

Can you erase skin flaws both instantly and gradually over time?

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Pores, fine lines, wrinkles…now becoming more and more a major skin concern for women of my age. And although there are numerous temporary fixes out there that can give you instant results, not all of them are designed to give results that develop over time.
News arrived that L’Oreal has launched a new addition to the Revitalift skincare range called Magic Blur. As its name implies, it gives you an immediate ‘blurring’ solution; it is meant to instantly reduce the appearance of imperfections that include pores, lines and wrinkles. Of course, I’m one of the many enthusiasts who were excited to try and test this range, as pores have always been a challenge and I’m always looking forward to explore new innovations that address this never-ending skin concern.

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But what makes Revitalift Magic Blur from other products that also give instant blur effects? I’ve been using Benefit Porefessional more than a year now and I’m happy with the immediate solution it provides to reduce the appearance of my pores. So how would Revitalift Magic Blur fare against products like Benefit Porefessional or primers that hide pores? Revitalift Magic Blur promises to build results over time, meaning it gives instant AND continuous results.

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This new range includes 2 products: Eye Cream and Moisturizer. Both products come in elegant red packaging with gold stamping on L’Oreal logo, which I find very classy. I know, I know, the packaging is not what I put on my face but I always take note of good packaging. I believe that a good brand will always put a certain level of attention and effort on making sure that the product has a good presentation, would you agree?
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Pro-Retinol A
Price: RM65.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – diffuses light on skin to immediately blur lines, wrinkles and pores
Pro-Retinol A – fights the signs of aging for an anti-wrinkle action over time and a younger-looking skin
How to use:
Apply a small amount every morning on cleansed skin.
Spread gently all over the face without massaging in circular motions. Take note, DO NOT massage in circular motions.
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, pores and imperfections.
Over time, reduces signs of aging, wrinkles. Skin feels firmer, skin tone is more even.

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This cream has a beautiful texture, somewhat soft and fluffy on the skin, like cotton feel. It has a lovely scent that dissipates in a few minutes, not too strong. It is easily absorbed on the skin and leaves a matte, velvety finish. It feels great on the skin but it is recommended to apply SPF afterwards, especially if you’re going outdoors or even just driving around, as most products containing Retinol needs sun protection.
It comes in a red glass jar packaging with the signature L’Oreal-engraved jar cap. I like the glass jar but some may not because it’s heavy and you have to dip your finger into it. This doesn’t come with a spatula but what I do is to just use a small plastic spoon that I collect from my son’s jelly snacks. Yes, improvise! This way, I don’t need to dip my finger into it.
My Experience:
I loved the instant result that it gives on my skin; my pores are less visible, lines are diminished, and the texture is just nice. However, when sunscreen is applied afterwards, you’ll have by-products forming on the surface of the skin, like eraser shavings. Some of you may have experienced this, it normally happens when the layers of cream, moisturizer or foundation on your face don’t blend well together.
It is fine if applied on the skin with no plan of applying foundation afterwards. I tried using different brands and type of foundation but it was challenging to find a suitable one that will not result to “eraser shavings” even without massaging in circular motion. I’ve used it with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, BodyShop BB Cream and Givenchy Loose Powder alternately, using makeup brush, but I still get the “eraser shavings”.    
After 2 weeks of using this moisturizer every morning, I agree that the texture of my skin feels better. It may show improved results over time on my pores if used for a few more weeks. The downside is it’s hard to blend with makeup and I end up having ‘eraser shavings’.
Before and After Application:
So here is how my skin looks before (left photo) and after (right photo) application, with no filter, no editing effects here. The matte effect immediately gives the skin a smooth look…MyInstantMagic!
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Caffeine
Price: RM57.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – the fusion of blurring polymers inside a miraculous skin-transforming texture to create a perfectly smooth surface
Caffeine – reduces aging signs over time and diminishes puffiness and dark circles
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, bags and dark circles.
Over time, wrinkles are reduced, dark circles are less visible, puffiness is diminished.

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This cream, like the face moisturizer, has a lovely texture that is also easily absorbed by the skin. It also leaves a matte finish on the eye area, like the texture that an eye primer also leaves on the skin.

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It comes in a red, soft plastic tube, which is easy to press. It has a white cap and a transparent rubber applicator. By pressing the tube, the eye cream will be dispensed through the transparent rubber tube then apply it on the eye area like how you would by using your ring finger. I love this kind of eye cream packaging versus the jar; easier to apply on eye area, less or no wastage because you can easily control the amount of cream for your eyes.

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My Experience:
The instant results for the eye cream is easier to see because it does great in solving my fine lines immediately. It works like an eye primer, providing a good canvas for my eye makeup, which by the way, doesn’t result to ‘eraser shavings’ because I don’t apply cream products on it.
After 2 weeks of using this eye cream every morning, I can see good improvements on my fine lines (no photo, sorry, I did try to take close-up photos but it’s hard to show the difference). My fine lines were noticeably diminishing! Compared to the moisturizer, the results from the eye cream were easier to see after 2 weeks.
  
Where to buy:
Watsons stores or via online at watsons.com.my
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Swarovski Stardust Fashion Necklace

Who doesn’t love fashionable and anytime-wear accessories… 

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This is probably the first time I’m sharing something about a necklace! How exciting!
I’m one of those few, or shall I say, very few women who are not enamored by all kinds of jewelry. I’m not fond of wearing rings, except for my wedding ring because I am obliged to wear it (haha!). Rings slowly fall out of my fingers when washing my hands or applying hand cream. I’m also not a big fan of bracelets because these disturb my comfort while typing on a laptop, desktop or any computer. I do love earrings and I do love necklaces.

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Miranda Kerr for Swarovski
I first saw Swarovski’s Stardust collection in magazine ads featuring Miranda Kerr. I loved the simple yet creative and unique treatment of crystals with the bracelets and necklaces. The collection includes different colors of nylon tubes but I liked the gray/white color the most as it will be easy to mix and match with any color of outfit. Of course, having the other colors would be nice, too.

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It also includes beautiful colors of bracelets that wrap around your wrist in 2 loops – the Double Bracelets. I love the shimmer of the crystals inside the nylon tube but as I’ve said, I’m not really comfortable wearing bracelets to work…I can wear one on a casual, no-work day but how often do I enjoy those days…ahhh, time is limited.

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*Stardust Bracelets images from swarovski.com
   
My husband was sweet and thoughtful to give me what I asked from him for my birthday…my very own Swarovski Stardust Necklace!

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Swarovski Stardust Necklace
The necklace comes in an elegant, thick hard blue box with Swarovski’s logo embossed and silver-stamped in front, its iconic swan beautifully represented in the center. Inside, the necklace rests on a solid dark blue, velvet finish board, with a Swarovski blue card tag attached to it. A booklet is also provided for jewelry care information and other important details.

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The lobster clasp is adjustable, which I also adore. I can easily play around with the length with its flexible closure. The clasp itself is adorned by the swan logo and you can see the name ‘SWAROVSKI’ all in capital letters engraved on one side of the necklace’s silver end. These 2 details are definite identifiers for a genuine/original Swarovski Stardust necklace.

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It was tough to shoot this product while trying to show its sheen or shimmer, I still need to discover more about jewelry photography. Anyway, I am so in love with the shimmer of those crystals inside the nylon tube, my shots don’t give justice but if you want to see how it really looks like, just visit any Swarovski boutique or visit www.swarovski.com
Look at those sparkling crystals inside!

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Thanks to my loving hubby for this necklace. I think I want another color of this or a necklace-earring set. Nyahahaha!

Swarovski Boutiques in Malaysia:
  • Pavilion – Level 3
  • Mid Valley – Ground Floor
  • Suria KLCC – First Floor
  • Gurney Plaza – Ground Floor
  • One Utama – First Floor
  • Sunway Pyramid – Lower Ground One
  • Aeon Ipoh Station 18 – Ground Floor
  • JBCC – Ground Floor

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*Swarovski Stardust Necklace via http://www.swarovski.com
About Swarovski Stardust Necklace
This easy-to-wear necklace from Swarovski’s Stardust collection features a nylon tube filled with sparkling crystals for multi-colored shine. Boasting a stunning 3D silhouette, this palladium-plated necklace is a must-have item for your jewelry box and a limited edition. It comes with an adjustable lobster clasp closure in stainless steel.

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Zoeva and Luscious Lipsticks to Get that Girl-Next-Door Look

It’s amazing how a dash of color on a woman’s lips changes her personality and appeal.

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I’m getting more addicted with using different lip products and different colors these days. In one day, I’d probably use 2-3 different brands and shades of lipsticks at work: one in the morning before I go, another one right before stepping out of the car and a third one when I retouch after lunch time. I find it fun and stylish to be shifting lip colors through the day!
I have a collection of lip colors that I mainly use for my office look but there are times when I want to have that simple, innocent look (so I don’t look like that tough monster all the time at work, haha!).
I love shopping at Luxola and I had a fun time choosing 3 lipsticks to try and to achieve a girl-next-door look. I picked 3 different shades from light pink to vibrant red. And I was also excited to try 2 brands of lip color that I haven’t tried before: Luscious Cosmetics and Zoeva. I’ve tried Zoeva brushes and I loved them so I decided to try its Lip Crayon.
The Zoeva Lip Crayon comes in a black matte box and the lip crayon stick comes in a black matte finish with silver text letterings. The lip color shade is visible at one end so it’s easy to identify even with the cap on.
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Color: Tender Rose
Lipstick Pencil
Made in Germany
2.8g / 0.10oz
Price: RM34.00
What is it:
The ZOEVA Lip Crayon is a chunky lipstick pencil with a super light and creamy formula. It gives your lips sharp colour and a fine shiny finish. This product is also very smooth, as it melts naturally like butter on your lips for a visibly soft and plump effect.

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What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, making the lips smoother, plumped and moisturized.

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The downside to this crayon is that it’s not the twist up type. You need to use a sharpener for this one.

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The texture of this crayon is amazing. It’s so easy to apply, it glides smoothly on the lips on its own. I normally use lip balm with some other lipsticks but with this Zoeva lip crayon, I’m good to go without balm. It also has a soft sheen finish, giving you an overall fresh look. With light makeup, I can easily have a girl-next-door look. Adding a hair accessory like this Sereni and Shentel thin headband makes it even sweeter.

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I also decided to try this brand, Luscious Cosmetics, as it has an interesting name and the shades are fashionable. This Signature Lipstick comes in a combination black and silver tube, with the color visible on the base, like Zoeva Lip Crayon.
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Color: Buff Pink
Made in USA
4g / 0.14oz
Price: RM57.00
What is it:
The Luscious Signature Lipstick Collection provides the lips with lightweight, vibrant colour. Each lippie in infused with nourishing oils that make the formula feel moisturising. It also offers a velvety finish that makes your lips look and feel rich.
What makes it great:
This lip product contains jojoba oil that keeps the lips well-moisturized. It feels lightweight on the lips while giving a velvety finish.

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The texture is good and color is buildable. If you want a very light touch of color, you can apply 1 swipe. I, however, prefer a deeper shade so I apply 2-3 swipes then blot my lips over folded tissue. It has a darker color than Zoeva Lip Crayon but it still gives me that girl-next-door look. Combined with a white plain headband, my look is complete, voila!

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And who said that dark, rich red lipstick won’t give you a sugar-spice-and-everything-nice appeal?
I was happy to give this Luscious Super Moisturizing Lipstick a try. The shade I picked is sexily named ‘Flirty Fuschia’, and it comes in a sleek silver tube. Nudes dominate the full color collection and I picked one of the deepest colors.

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Color: Flirty Fuschia
Made in Taiwan
3.5g / 0.12oz
Price: RM51.50
What is it:
The Luscious’ Super Moisturizing Lipstick gives colour and luster to your delicate pucker with its creamy and moisturizing formula enriched with Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil.  
What makes it great:
This lip product contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil to keep lips moisturized and supple.

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The texture is great and like the other Luscious lipstick, the color is also buildable. Because it contains Vitamin E and Grape Seed oil, this lipstick feels smooth and comfortable on the lips. 
Yes, the color might seem too sexy for a girl-next-door look but with light eye makeup and right accessories, this shade can be sweet and dandy. Here is the flirty fuschia paired with my red Sereni and Shentel headband.

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I love these 3 new lipsticks and I find it amazing how I can change my look with different lipstick shades.  Do you switch lip colors throughout the day? Give it a try and explore how your lip colors change your mood, your look and your appeal!
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