Beauty: Laneige Launches 3rd Generation of their BB Cushion

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It’s no secret how much I love my Laneige BB Cushion. I rave about it every chance I get. Simply because, it’s the best in the market. For me, at least, as it works so well with my skin! It stays the whole day, it has a light yet buildable coverage, and a natural-looking finish. It’s definitely my go-to base product since most days, I just can’t seem to handle heavy makeup.

When I was told that the 3rd generation of the BB Cushion was being launched in Malaysia, I couldn’t say no to the invitation for the event. I needed to see it right away!

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Expat Life: Trying out Haftarent – Malaysia’s Hassle-Free and Long Term AirBnB

** This is a review of the service. For my article about Haftarent on Forbes, click here.

Being married to a diplomat, I’ve been thrusted into a life that entails periodic moves for the next couple of decades. Not that I’m complaining but I have to be honest here: While moving to a different country may be a fun adventure, the moving process itself is stressful. Those who tell you otherwise, are lying.

All the farewell dinners you have to be in where you’ll feel sad knowing that it will be a while before you see your family and friends, the tedious packing, the journey, and finally arriving at your destination – these can really take their toll on your energy reserves. When we arrived in Malaysia, there was the flat hunting to consider, the furniture, how we would decorate our home, and settling in. Again, fun yet tiring.

We got lucky that our embassy has a go-to landlord and once my husband and I visited the units in his building, we fell in love with the location, the size of the unit, and the view. (A separate post on moving, flat hunting, and buying furniture in KL coming up!)

That part was easy for us, thank goodness. A lot of expats in Malaysia, however, are not as lucky. I’ve heard of flat hunting that took from several days to weeks and people who had to deal with inconsistent deposits.

I was recently introduced to a new service that a lot of expats and diplomats can use for convenience. Haftarent is a service that connects landlords to possible renters and all transactions are done online. I tried it out last month and here’s how the experience went:

Booking and checking in

Booking through the site was a breeze and so was check in during a sunny weekday. I was met by one of Haftarent’s people at the lobby of Vipod Residences where the unit I will be staying in was located. I chose this building among the properties listed on the site due to its location. It’s along Jalan Kia Peng, a street that’s a few minutes from Pavilion Mall, the KL Convention Centre, Suria KLCC, and the Petronas Towers.

Also, I was quite curious with this building. Alvin and I considered renting here but after seeing our current unit, we never looked back. Later on, a Singaporean diplomat told us that her unit in Vipod (which is a new building, only a few years old) has cockroaches. I still went for the Vipod property though since I heard they have a gorgeous pool. I was praying not to see roaches as we went up as I am deathly afraid of them.

Spoiler alert: No roaches. Whew! Thanks goodness for neat landlords.

When I arrived, this is what welcomed me:

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Beauty: Althea Korea Turns 1! Also, My Top 15 Korean Beauty Buys!

Has it really been a year since Althea launched?! I can’t believe it. Feels like it was only a few months ago! Time really does fly when you’re having fun and in the past 12 months with Althea, I most certainly did!😉

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The droids here at home are gonna be doing some shopping to celebrate too.

I get my Korean beauty products from Althea in the lowest prices imaginable. Every time a package from them arrives, it feels like I actually went to Myeong-dong in Seoul for some serious beauty shopping!

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For Althea‘s first birthday, we’re gonna be the ones who will receiving gifts and treats! Awesome, right?!

The celebration and the promotions will be running from today, the 20th of July until the 31st of this month! Here’s what you’ll be getting:

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Beauty + Hair: Drying Natural Curls without Losing Volume

Back with a new hair video! So excited to share this with you guys.:) A lot of my friends use to see me often out and about with wet hair because drying takes over three hours! Who has time to wait around at home, right?

I’m sharing my quick dry process to you guys today. It takes 15 minutes tops and I’m still able to retain volume throughout the day.

 

The Philips Thermoprotect Ionic Hair Dryer is available in Malaysia. Check out the Philips Malaysia website for more information.

More later.

Love,

Carol

Travel: The British Museum, 221B Baker Street, and Madame Tussauds (London, UK)

***Or what I’d like to call ‘The rest of Day 1 in London’. Fair warning: This is going to be quite a long photo diary.

Sadly, most of my videos (and even some photos) for London were corrupted so I still don’t know whether I will be making one with the little bit that was left.😦 But at least, there are photos from my trusty camera so I can still share with you guys how awesome London was.

I love London.

There, I said it. My dad said he knew I would love it more than Paris and he was right. Expensive, yes, to the point where I can’t imagine living there but I love it still. When I think of London, I think of exuberance. I read somewhere that a man who gets tired of London is tired of life and I can see why. You just won’t run out of things to do! Most museums are free, the parks are just gorgeous, and walking around different neighbourhoods is an adventure in itself.

The British often complain about how gloomy London could be due to the incessant rains throughout the year but I do believe that the city itself has enough light and life in it to make the gloom bearable (even unnoticeable).

So back to the point of this post – London day 1. I already talked about our arrival and our  affordable accommodation that had a superb location in another post. I also did a post on the Imperial War Museum which was our first order of business after checking in. So this post will be a mish-mash of everything we went to afterwards.

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It’s no secret that we love museums so after the Imperial War Museum, The British Museum was up next on our list. Before going there, however, we had to drop by Trafalgar Square to pick up our pre-ordered London Passes. We will be needing them for the next couple of days.😉

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Beauty + Makeup: Lazy Girl’s Summer Makeup Routine (No Brushes!)

I love having summer all-year round and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, I have to admit that once summer reaches its peak here in the tropics, it can be a tad too much for me. I find myself wanting to crawl inside an igloo.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you guys my lazy makeup routine that’s so easy, you won’t even need brushes. Product list can be found after the jump. Enjoy!

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Jewellery: The Allove Diamond

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Marilyn Monroe once said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I’m not that shallow but I will have to admit that they are pretty and an un-boring investment to boot.😉

I was recently invited to the launch of SK Jewellery’s new diamond. Aptly called Allove, what makes this 81-facet rock unique is the perfect pattern of 10 hearts and 10 arrows on it.

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Allove vs Ordinary Diamond

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