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Monday 27 January 2014

Nail-art: nail It! with bloop Nail Strips

Haven't had time to go for manicure to get your CNY nails? I know I haven't. Plus, manicures cost a bomb to do! >< So I'm going to introduce you to these nail strips by bloop! Thanks to HiShop x bloop's Facebook mini contest last month, I've won myself these nail it! with bloop nail strips but haven't had the time nor occassion to try them out. Now's the perfect time to put it on since CNY is in 3 days!

Why nail it! with bloop?
 No drying time
 Super thin and realistic on nail
 Fast & easy to use
 Made with environmental-friendly material
 No chemical and alcohol content
 Allows air to penetrate through nails
 A sheer protection to stop nail from breaking
 Pretty and stylish designs

Sounds too good to be true? Wait till you see how easy it is to apply it! First, let's look at the packaging.

Simple, lightweight and easy to carry around.

They gave me such a pretty, girly design! It's like they read my mind, these are perfect for CNY and my birthday! :p There are 12 strips altogether, so if you make a mistake for one, there'll be extras.

A tiny nail file! For filing off the excess nail strip.

How to use nail it! with bloop nail strips:

Step 1: Make sure your nails are clean and dry before using nail it!.

Step 2: Choose the best strip size for each of your nails.

Don't laugh but, my nails are so tiny, it's hard to find the suitable size :/

Step 3: Remove the transparent protective plastic layer.

Step 4: Align and place the nail strip on to the nail. The rounded ends should be facing the cuticle.

Step 5: Rub the strip with your finger over the nail, starting from the center and working it out towards the sides. Be gentle when doing this to avoid any bubbles forming on the strip.

Step 6: Press the excess nail strip across the edges of the nail. Be careful when you're doing this so as not to tear the strip.

Step 7: Cut off the excess nail strip to make filing easier.

Step 8: Using the nail file, file off the exces strip in a downward motion.

Step 9: Rub the strip again to move any excess bubbles.

Step 10: Apply a transparent top coat in order to make the strips stay in place, last longer and to provide extra shine,

This is how the finished product looks like. :D It is a little messy, but I'm sure with practice, your nail strips will fit perfectly.

Tadaa! Pretty in pink! The nail strips are really easy to apply and feels just like nail polish on your nails. Definitely feels a lot more natural than using fake nails or nail jewels.. And they're so easy to use, just 20 minutes is all you need to get salon-perfect manicure like this, for only RM12.90! And you don't even need to wait for your manicure to dry! Guess what, they even have toe-strips for easy pedicure hehe. Removing the strips is really simple too. Just remove the top coat with nail polish remover, dip your hands in warm water for 5-10 minutes and peel off the strips!

The downside is that my nails are too small (ok that's not the strip's fault..) so it's hard to find a size that fits. In fact, I had to trim some of the sides off just so it'll fit my nail. But the good thing is I can reuse one strip twice. lol! XD
Also, I find that the glitter design is on the straight edge, not the rounded ones so it's a bit wasteful if we were to file that part off.. Unless you can reuse the strip on two nails like me! Heh.

So, if you're pressed for time this New Year but still want pretty nails nonetheless, why not try these fuss-free, affordable and fast alternative? 
Speaking of which, here's wishing all of you a very Happy Chinese New Year in advance and may the Year of the Horse be filled with energy, love and prosperity! :)

Don't forget to drop by a bloop counter near you or log on to to get your nail strips and other CNY essentials! 
Newly-launched website!:

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post and the review is based on my own preference and experience with the product.

Carinn xx

Sunday 26 January 2014

Eats & Treats: Toast Box @ Taman Johor Jaya [CLOSED]

UPDATE: This restaurant has ceased operations as of August 2015. However, the review will remain on my blog as a form of reference for readers. Thank you.

My summer break has been really hectic yet fun so far. Struggling with internship, birthday & CNY preparation and meeting blog deadlines are not easy at all! But I do enjoy it. And I'm really thankful to the other bloggers and Kim yet again for inviting us for another food tasting event at Toast Box, Taman Johor Jaya! For someone who doesn't take breakfast regularly, I sure was excited for this review!

It's not my first time there, and I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Toast Box. They are from the same company as Bread Talk, both from Singapore! Bread Talk has the best floss bun! :9 With over 10 years of history in Singapore, Toast Box and Bread Talk have started expanding to Malaysia in the past few years. Currently, there are 90 branches worldwide, 60+ in Singapore and 7 in Malaysia - five in KL, two in JB. Have you seen any Toast Box booths in most Aeon foodcourt in the past? They have thus altered their concept and are now operating in food courts in other major malls. The concept of conventional Toast Box is to rent a small lot in malls and they are usually self-service. 

Toast Box @ Taman Johor Jaya, JB is the first ever and biggest one in Southeast Asia! It is located at a corner lot and they offer table service here! Plus, there is free Wi-Fi and sufficient seating so you don't have to be cramped up in a small space like in malls. The other Toast Box in JB is at KSL City Mall. However, you might think that the price in a spacious, corner shop lot will be more expensive right? You're wrong. The prices of food here are actually 20-30% CHEAPER than the Toast Box at KSL! Nice environment, cheap & good food, what more can you ask for?

The place is crowded as it was a Saturday morning. There are three interior concepts for Toastbox- the traditional Nanyang concept, British Colonial Old English style and this particular branch is Modern Rustic. So dreamy and pretty huh? White makes everything looks so pure and clean. I love the big windows with sufficient sunlight streaming in! Don't even need to adjust my DSLR setting much cos the natural light was so perfect for photos.

Takeaway counter/ cashier area.

Check out the cool coffee machine.


Toast Box uses traditional Nanyang coffee beans and blends it for your aromatic cup of coffee! 

My fave spot. Of course must take photo :p

Randomly picked this outfit and surprisingly it matches the dreamy theme of the cafe! 
Lilac tank top from Terranova
Hi-low midi skirt from Sungei Wang
Belt from F-Block
Shoes from Taobao

The cover of the menu is designed to look like coffee stains. Creative!
After walking around taking photos, we were all hungry. Now let's move on to the food and drinks!

Nanyang Coffee (RM2.30)
 Roasted and grinded with Nanyang coffee beans on the spot. The milk to go with the coffee is specially made too! I can't drink coffee but this smells so aromatic.

Teh-O (RM2.30)

Caramel Cappucino (RM7.90)

Aloe Jelly (RM3.80)
Soothing for the throat and very refreshing! The sweetness is just right. I like the chewy aloe vera and aiyu jelly bits inside.

Iced Honey Lemon (RM3.50)

Peanut Butter Thick Toast (RM2.60)
One of the recommended food. You can also opt for wholemeal bread for an additional RM1. All thick toasts here are about 2cm thick. Not sure if they usually slice the toast up like this, or it's only for our food tasting purpose. But anyway, this was quite enjoyable. The peanut butter is not too sweet and doesn't stick to my teeth, which is what I liked about it.

Kaya French Toast (RM3.60)
We were so busy being #asiansatwork that the butter melted already. XD This is a rendition of the HK-style French toast; bread fried in oil and paired with butter, kaya and honey drizzled on top. I don't usually fancy toast like these as I find I get sick from eating too much... Jelak, you know? This is not as thick as other french toast and it's not as oily, so I found myself actually enjoying this! Of course, it only tastes super good if you eat it while it's hot.

Traditional Kaya Toast (RM2.30)
Another one of their famous toasts. The most basic and wholesome Malaysian breakfast; smooth butter and kaya in between two slices of toasted white bread. Look how evenly toasted the bread is, and how thick the butter and kaya spread is! I really like the bread. Fresh from the oven, one bite and you can hear the crunch.  A must-have! Would be wonderful if the butter was solid and cold, like how it was prepared in the olden days... Ahh miss that taste!

Otah Baguette (RM3.50)
There are two otah breads- one served on thick toast and one served on baguette like this. When eaten hot, the bread is crunchy and the otah flavour is just so syiok. Can even taste the pandan, herbs and prawn taste. People who adore spicy food like me will love this, but of course I don't mind it being spicier. :p

Curry Puff (RM2.40/ pc)
Golden fried pastry puffs stuffed with curry potato, chicken bits and egg filling. The curry puff is large and not too oily! And just look at how packed the filling is. Quite spicy, and I love the fluffy pastry skin.

Curry Chicken with Rice (RM7.50)
A highly recommended Malaysian dish. The curry is cooked with santan, paired with tofu, potato and juicy chicken drumstick. This is the only branch that serves drumstick instead of chicken wing as it is more meaty. The chicken is so tender cos Toast Box insists on buying it fresh from the market every morning. I like the potato too, as it has been cooked quite long in the curry, so it has soaked up the gravy nicely and is quite soft yet dense. You can also opt to pair this with baguette instead of rice.

Mee Goreng (RM7.20)
I personally do not like mee goreng but I tried this out anyway. It's oily, but there are a lot of cabbage bits in it, giving it a more crunchy texture. I find their rendition of mee goreng has a bit of sweet aftertaste? Plus point is there are two HUGE prawns! Also bought from the market daily, so its very fresh!

Laksa Mee Tai Mak (RM7.00)
Mee tai mak is actually something like coarse rice noodles. The noodles give the dish a more chewy texture. According to the operations manager, the recipe is the same as in Singapore. For me, it tastes like Singapore laksa because of the coconut milk, but it is watery like Johor Cathay Laksa. Taste wise, it is still fragrant and flavourful. Again, it comes with two unshelled big prawns to keep its freshness, tofu, fish cake, egg and some garnishing to go with the rich soup. I give this a thumbs up!

Mee Siam (RM6.50)
We were just chatting after the meal when someone brought up Malacca Nyonya-style mee siam and guess what, they have it at Toast Box too! So Janet prepared big big bowl for us. XD A different take on your usual dry mee siam. This has springy meehoon paired with fish cake and some other condiments which are then soaked in sour and spicy gravy. Even though we were already very full, everyone liked this dish because it is very appetizing. Tastes even nicer when you squeeze some lime juice in it. Needless to say, this was my favourite dish of all! No need to go all the way to Malacca to eat it already!

Banana Cake (RM2.40)
Dessert time! Surprised that a breakfast place like this sells cake? Have some fluffy and freshly baked banana cake to finish off your meal! The colour looks abit ombre-ish, right?

Pandan Cake (RM2.80)
It's the size of a large muffin! I only took a few bites but I found it to be soft and sweet, with a subtle pandan fragrance. Yum. Btw, this is my fave shot of the day lol.

Vanilla Swiss Roll (RM2.40)
Hmm.. Somehow this swiss roll tastes different from others that I've tried before. I think the buttery smell makes it more fragrant and the cake is also soft, with smooth, light cream in it!

Photo-taking time! How can you miss out on a chance to snap pics in a pretty place like this? Usually photo-taking is not allowed by the public so thank you Janet for allowing us to snap some pics :)

With Janet, Toast Box's Operations Manager aka Superwoman! XD

First time meeting Eryn! She is so elegant and her outfit was like a princess so everyone was vying to take a pic with her lol. :p

Finally met Sin Yee aka Princess Neverland! :)

Group shot! Ler Ler, Princess Neverland, Kim and Eryn! Check out their blogs on their Toastbox reviews too!

Photo credits to Eryn's hubby, Kelvin.

Photo credits to Kelvin.

Yeap, I dyed my hair red and purple. :D So bright under the sunlight. Thanks to my bf for fetching me there and waiting patiently for 2 hours while we were reviewing!

Love this bike!

Photo credits to Kelvin.

Toast Box is a pretty awesome place for families to gather on weekends. It's relatively relaxing because of the decoration and the crowd is less noisy as there are sufficient space. As it is not crowded, I would want to come back again for breakfast, lunch or tea. There is also an outdoor dining area where smoking is allowed. Oh, and they are very considerate too seeing as they have prepared a Nursing Room for mothers with babies! Very-family oriented place. A tip is to order their Toast Set or Asian Delight Set as you get the same good food and drink for a lower price! 

Photo from Toast Box Malaysia Facebook page
Drop by your nearest Toast Box for breakfast or lunch now! They have ongoing value sets to satisfy your cravings without burning a hole in your pocket!

Photo from Toast Box Malaysia Facebook Page

Spend RM20 and above and receive a pack of 5 red packets from Toast Box! *While stocks last.

Photo from Bread Talk Malaysia Facebook Page
Have you bought all your Chinese New Year goodies yet? If not, why not consider dropping by your nearest Bread Talk outlet and try out their CNY cookies and cake! Sooo many choices, so affordable!

For more information, please remember to check out:
Johor Jaya Branch
No. 2 & 4, Jalan Dedap 13,
Taman Johor Jaya,
Johor Bahru.

KSL Branch
LG-43, KSL City Mall

Toast Box Malaysia Facebook page:
Bread Talk Malaysia Facebook page:

Carinn xx

Disclaimer: Even though the post is sponsored, the review is based on my personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the food.