Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Trip To The SPCA

This noon, me and boyfie went to the SPCA shelter in Ampang today. It was a long journey there seeoccasion)assive jam, nothing unusual for Kuala Lumpur area. Well, we went there to adopt a puppy. The entire family was excited. I was even more excited as I'm a sucker for animals. I have to of my own which I adopted too.

     When we were there, it was heartbreaking to see the number of dogs especially adults there. They have that look that were filled with hopes of getting a good loving family to spend the rest oftheir canine lives with. The moment you see them wwagging their tails so hard, you would melt instantaneously. They were so happy at the sight of the human race. Some were barking and yelping for your attention along with their wishful eyes. How could anyone be so cruel to abandon these loving creatures?! This is one question that will never ever be answered finitely.

    There was also this 5-6 months old basset hound mix that was just rescued today prior our visit. It had the most saddest eyes ever. It was so frightened of humans. The shocking part of his story was that he had a collar on him and was as clean as a house dog. The volunteer there told us that he was rescued minutes after being dumped by his ex-owner.

    The puppies there caught all our attentions.  We did not bother finding out their breed as seeing there puppy antics simply melted our hearts away. There were those that looked like Jack Russell Terrier mix and there were those that looked like Labrador. I would adopt all if I could.

  Finally, we settled for a sweet girl which looked like a German Shepherd mix.

She is the cutest thing ever. She is also extremely smart. At the rate she is warming up to the family, she amazes me. 

Adopting her, she gained a chance of living a better life than being in a shelter. The rest there, they are as if waiting on death sentence should they are not adopted. I pray that all the others especially the adult dogs would get a chance to live in a loving home and die at old age instead of getting euthaiteuthanized.

Please people! !! It is with my most sincere love for these poor souls at the shelter, STOP BUYING PUPPIES... ADOPT THEM! SAVE LIVES! 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

My Beauty Haul From Daiso

So I had a shopping trip with le mom and came across Daiso. If any of you have not heard of Daiso, it is a Japanese store which has various of homeware and items. Best of all, the items are sold at only RM5.00 each. Anyhow, back to the story, I went to walk around Daiso (something I like to do when window shopping).

     While in Daiso, I remembered reading online about the charcoal peel off mask and decided to look for it. It was in a different packaging than the one I saw. But I bought it anyway just to give it a shot. Besides, it only cost me RM5.00 which is beyond cheap. The Charcoal Face Pack is supposedly to be able help unclog pores and absorb excess oil from the skin. However, since it is a peel off form, it is not advisable to use more than twice a week or might risk getting irritated skin.

 I gave it shot, trying only on my nose area since I would want to remove those pesky heads. Let me account my adventure with this charcoal mask:

  • I cleansed my face as per usual
  • Wipe dried my face (I figured since this mask is going to be liquid/gooey, we won't need extra moisture on the skin)
  • Applied a generous amount on my nose area
  • Let it to dry for about 15 minutes (depending on how thick the application is)
  • Peel off from top to bottom
  • Rinse clean and applied toner
My verdict:
It does pull out some of those pesky blackheads and whiteheads but wasn't as much as I expected. Watson's Nose Strip does a far more better job at it. But overall, removal was not that painful(if you've tried Watson's Nose Strip, you'd know how painful it can be) and it has a pleasant scent. For a person with sensitive skin, my skin did not feel any form of irritation. I'd say I would be a loyal user for now.

Maybe I could do a comparison the next time around. What do you think?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

My 1st Beauty Box Subscription

 The first time I have ever heard about beauty boxes would be when I was watching Michelle Phan's  YouTube video. In that video, she introduced her very own company known as Ipsy. Ipsy provides glam bags (her take on beauty box) at $10 every month. So the curious me, I decided to google it out (well, is one's best friend when we need info right?). As interested as I was on her glam bag, unfortunately they do not deliver to Malaysia just yet. I was a little disappointed at that point and let it to rest. All those happened around few months back.

     Then, last month my friend shared a link - and told me they provide beauty boxes on monthly basis at a reasonable price. Seeing how I was interested back then with the idea, I did not hesitate to click on it and have a look. I was thrilled to see that one could subscribe at a price of RM38.00 that includes the delivery price. What's more, they have Mivva Point system whereby we can earn points by providing product reviews at their website and/or by blogging about it. Having done prying around the web page, I placed my order.

     Come April 3, 2013, I finally received my first ever beauty box- Mivva Box. I was thrilled as I like to get my hands on products but always held back because I have sensitive skin and it is not worth it to purchase full sized products by uncertain of the compatibility to my skin.

     So, this is how the Mivva Box looked like:

As in the picture, there's about 6 products excluding the hair chalk, shopping list pad and the voucher.


I saw this mask at the bottom of the box. I have yet to try it as I am saving it for the weekend before I get ready for a date ;)

Product : Timeless Truth Charcoal Deep Whitening Mask
Price     : RM 10 per piece
Description: Whitening (prevent dark pigment), reduce freckles, moisturizing and soft glowing skin. The mask is black colour, colour that comes from the bamboo charcoal extract. This bamboo charcoal powder has a proven function in cleansing and absorbing dirt.

These came in an ornament bag that reminds me of the ones you'd get when purchasing some nail polishes from The Face Shop during their sales period. I find these sample pack sized shampoo much more handy for me seeing that I always travel and do not want that extra baggage of bringing bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
      For my long hair, one packet is enough for two washes. The product is made in Korea. I find that the shampoo has this powdery flowery scent that isn't too strong and to my liking. Having washed my hair, I do feel that my hair strands are much smoother than its previous dry state.

Product : Somang Keratin Silk Protein Hair Care
Price     : Hair Shampoo - RM 49.90 for 620ml
               Hair Pack       - RM 49.90 for 500ml / RM 79.90 for 1000ml
Description: Contain keratin protein and silk protein which is the components of hair that keeps hair healthy and silky. It helps restore damaged hair due to frequent dye and styling.

These two little sample sized packaging are the SF Sunscreen (the upper packet) and the SF Cleansing Gel (the lower packet).

Product : SF Beauty Skin Perfect Glow Sunscreen
Price     : RM 125 for 30ml
It has 6 amazing features. It is an effective sunscreen that enhances skin's UV protection. It also moisturizes the skin and can be used as concealer or nude makeup.

Product : SF Beauty Skin Remover Cleansing Gel
Price     : RM 100 for 150ml
It cleanses the skin effectively, wet or dry. The 2-in-1  Remover Cleansing Gel features a ground-breaking adhesive gel that removes makeup, heavy or light, cleans dirt from pores and eliminate grease in one effective wash.

This bottle of essence by Beautymate comes in a glass bottle that I personally like. It pumps just enough to cover the entire face right to the neck. Upon application, it leaves my skin feeling firm and supple. The essence absors almost immediately into the skin and do not cause the skin feeling oily. The essence has a mild fragrance and it lingers for a while. I noticed that my blemishes reduced just after 3 days of application.

Beautymate Purifying and Brightening Nano Essence

Price: RM 69.90 for 30ml

It contains Gentiana Lutea Root Extract and Black Pearl Extract. It effectively brightens and hydartes the skin as well as minimizes melanin and spots, relieves dull skin tone and prevent new formation of melanin for thorough whitening results.

 This bottle of solution leaves my skin feeling soft and dewy. The delicate rose fragrance is relaxing.

Product : O'slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Advanced Formula III
Price     : RM 59.90 for 100ml

This solution contains 7 benefits - moisturizing, whitening, UV-oxi protection, pore-refining & blackhead reducing, enhance absorption ability, relaxing, multifunction.

It can be used for toning, make-up base, soothing, deep moisturizing as well as body lotion.

This is one of the item in the box that I really look forward to trying. I am sure I am not the only one with those pesky blackheads. I've been wondering if this product really works but never bought it as it is quite pricey. I wouldn't want to pay for something that might or might not work, so I end up ignoring it. Let's see if it works.

Product: B.LIV Off with Those Heads
Price    : RM 139.00 for 30ml /
              RM 179.90 for 40ml

The gel softens the clogs blocking the pores, allowing effortless extraction and removal of all sores. The essence ingredients keeps oil secretion under control.

Other than beauty products, Mivva also throw some extra items like the shopping list pad, voucher and the hair chalk.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Un Poco de Mi ( A Little Bit About Me )

     Well, for starters, my name is Serah. As of now, I am pursuing a degree in a local government university. I am an easygoing person who loves the great outdoors and enjoy getting myself all sweaty and dirty. I also happen to enjoy food and cooking food. I always experiment with my food whenever I get the chance to. Cooking for me is a form of relaxation and bonding session with those I love. When people enjoy the food I make, I find it therapeutically enjoyable.

     Like any other girls, I like to get all pretty and prepped. However, I am the thrifty kind of person, so things that I do get my hands on are usually between RM0 - RM50. I have recently gotten myself to try out nail art and different fashion style. As a girl who is more towards the plus size, fashion for me is a challenge in addition to my reserved nature when it comes to fashion.

     I always get excited when I am able to get my hands on items that are affordable and works wonders. I have sensitive skin which means not all kinds of products may agree to my skin type. In the past, I have purchase few products that I never continue using, either because of the price or the suitability.

   With all the rambling, this blog of mine is more like an online diary of sort. I also hope that people who read this may find it helpful and perhaps there those out there who are similar like to me.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Vivir Y Amar La Vida - What It Means?

     The name is Serah and no, I did not type my own name wrongly. 

     I have been thinking about creating a blog for quite some time now. It took me long enough to actually do it, for real! I am new in blogging and have never tried posting any form of written work for the eyes of the public.

     'Vivi Y Amar La Vida' simply means 'Live and Love Life' in Spanish. The way I see it, regardless of how dreadful we may think I life is/could be, we need to learn to live and love the life that we have. There are so many cliche sounding proverbs, sayings etc about life that no matter what, are true and logical in many aspects. So, with such a title, it serves as a reminder to myself that I should live and love life, and I believe You should too.

     Vivir Y Amar La Vida every lovelies out there!