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Friday 30 December 2016

[Guest Post] Flowers Around The House - Are There Actual Health Benefits? (ft. Flower Chimp)

I'm just gonna come out and say it - I love flowers. Yes, I'm a girly girl like that but I believe my love for flowers have grown even more ever since I've started blogging and noticed the beauty of using flowers in photographs. I try to get fresh flowers as often as I can if they're not too expensive. Recently, I also found out that having fresh flowers around the house can also have benefits on your health! Read more via this article by Flower Chimp.

Thursday 15 December 2016

Shopping: Shopping on Taobao via SGShop Malaysia!

One of my greatest passions in life as many people know is SHOPPING. But most of the time, I try to source out the best deals which is why I love shopping on Taobao where everything is almost a fraction of the prices here! It can be quite tedious to shop on Taobao when you are half a 'banana' like me, so I'm really glad that SGShop came into the picture to solve that problem! See the huge parcel that I got? I can't wait to share with you guys how convenient it is to shop on the site + there's a discount code for you at the end too!

Monday 12 December 2016

Shopping: Lazada 12.12 Online Revolution 2016! #LZDRevolution

Omg, it's HERE! Today marks a historic day in Lazada's month-long Online Revolution since 11.11! On 12.12, the FINAL SALE is happening for #LZDRevolution, and you're invited to join in the fun! With over 1,000 brands and 55,000 international & local merchants, this year's Online Revolution theme is "Brands for All" to signify Lazada as a one-stop shop for anything and anyone. Here's a simple breakdown of each section of the sale for your reference. Hopefully something catches your eye as there's something for everyone ;)

Monday 5 December 2016

[Guest Post] If you are single, you should not miss this ft. Datein #LoveBeginsHere

Image from Datein
T'is the season of love. We all love to have a friend, a partner to share every moment with, especially the holidays. I do have a few single friends so when I was approached by Datein to write about their speed dating site, I thought, why not share about it on my blog since it may benefit others too? Read what the founders of the site have to say about it!


Friday 11 November 2016

Home & Living/ Lifestyle: The Epitome of Luxury Living @ Molek Pine 4 Luxury Apartments

I've always dreamt of living in a resort with many facilities at my fingertips. The name “Molek Pine” is not at all unfamiliar in the real estate industry in Johor Bahru. With so many ongoing residential developments in our cityscapes, Molek Pine 4 Luxury Apartments by Berinda Properties prides itself as the “epitome of luxury living” and let me tell you, they are nothing short of the best when it comes to eco-friendly living with one-of-a-kind facilities! I was lucky enough to spend a day there with my blogger friends, and let me tell you, we were more than impressed! 

Friday 28 October 2016

Beauty: Unboxing Althea Halloween Beauty Box!

Yay, I received this Halloween-themed Beauty Box from Althea awhile back in conjunction with the upcoming Halloween! You've heard me talk about Althea a few times so no introduction needed, I guess :) This box has introduced me to many products that I'd never thought of getting for myself but after trying out every product, I find that they're totally interesting to use yet effective. Lemme introduce you to each product one by one!

Thursday 27 October 2016

Carinn x OOTD: Sammydress Haul!

It’s been way too long since my last Carinn x OOTD post and I do apologise for that! Recently, I received an email from a reader who says that she hopes I’ll post more about makeup looks and fashion on my blog. I’m honestly touched that you guys do keep up with me so I hope to be more active with my outfit posts in the upcoming months! Until then, make sure you check out my Instagram or Snapchat (@carerynn) for my latest outfit and makeup looks to tide you over ;)

Monday 24 October 2016

Beauty x Giveaway: Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Water Cleansing Water [#Gentle] - #GarnierComeClean Challenge

Contrary to popular belief, makeup removing is the MOST important step of your beauty routine. If you do not get a good makeup remover to cleanse your skin well, you will most probably end up with clogged pores that leads to blackheads or acnes. I have sensitive skin, so choosing a gentle makeup remover is essential for me. It has to get the job done without irritating the skin so micellar water is the way to go. There’s also a giveaway for this product, so stay tuned till the end to find out more!

Saturday 22 October 2016

Shopping: ezbuy Malaysia vs Taobao

My love for shopping on Taobao was rekindled recently because of ezbuy Malaysia! In case you didn't already know, Taobao is the biggest China shopping site where you can find practically anything! I used to get friends to shop for me on Taobao because I can't really read Chinese.. I do believe the last time I placed an order from China was 2 or 3 years ago? It's pretty inconvenient when you can't read the description or reviews of what you wanna buy LOL. I'm glad a service like ezbuy was introduced to me!

Friday 21 October 2016

Lifestyle: Daily Puzzle Fun with JSPuzzles Jigsaw Puzzles!

Wonder what my cousin Joel and I were smiling about? We had so much fun piecing together jigsaw puzzles on this new website that I’ve found – JSPuzzles Jigsaw Puzzles . In this busy world that we live in, how do you de-stress? Jigsaw puzzles seem like a thing of the past, I’m not even sure if my kid cousins have played with physical jigsaw puzzles before XD Now that everything is digitalized, you can even play a game of jigsaw online!

Wednesday 19 October 2016

[Guest Post] Get Extra Savings Online with Promo Codes in Asia

In this technological-driven world that we live in, there is no lack of websites to help you save some cash. No matter what country you're in, there is bound to be a trusted coupon or money-saving site to help you get through your lifestyle a little easier. Here's one about KiasuPromos, a start-up coupons and promo code website from Singapore!

Saturday 15 October 2016

Giveaway: Dresslily Halloween Giveaway

Wanna win some free clothes? Get ready to win yourself a $100 gift card from Dresslily! All you have to do is to SHARE this post to your 2 of your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Lookbook, Instagram, etc). Next, email your social links to before 18th October 2016!

It's so simple. 15 winners will be randomly chosen by Dresslily from October 19th to 23rd. The more you share, the more you win so get to sharing NOW! 

In the meantime, you can check out more Dresslily products using the coupons found HERE. Happy Halloween in advance!

Saturday 1 October 2016

Fashion: The 3 Backpacks Every Girl Needs ft. StyleWe

One of the biggest fashion trends of the year is backpacks, and I'm not surprised at all seeing as they're not only functional but fashionable as well. Choosing the right backpack to go with your outfit is tricky and I believe there is no one backpack that suits both formal and casual occassions. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in the market and I'm here to share with you some of my favourite picks from StyleWe that is suited for every occassion! PS: You can read more about my StyleWe introduction here!

Friday 30 September 2016

Sports/ Lifestyle: Get Your Bubble Sports Equipment with Inflatable-Zone

This pic of me appeared on my FB memories the other day. It was back in the day when I was active in my school committee and we had a mini team-building activity which was playing Bubble Soccer, one of the trendiest game in KL around at that time. So far, I don't think there are any businesses in JB at the moment. It got me wondering.. Is it possible to purchase these equipments to play bubble soccer in my own garden? If you had the same thought as me, you should read on!

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Community: #UberPark is Here!

Don't you sometimes feel that our cities are getting more and more congested that there's almost no free space to breathe or just chillax? Parks used to be such a common public place to hang out, before it was taken over by buildings and parking lots. Well, to combat that feeling of congestion, Uber Malaysia has decided to launch UberPark!

Monday 26 September 2016

Beauty: Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks (4 Different Looks)

Raise your hands if you love lipsticks like me! I already have a case full of lipsticks, but I can't seem to stop buying them cos the colours are just so pretty :x My latest obsession has been these Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks! Now, it can seem quite confusing to have a gel formulation lipstick, with a matte finish? Let's see how it holds up! Plus, I was so inspired by the colours that I decided to do 4 different looks with them, read till the end to see more :)

Saturday 24 September 2016

[Guest Post] Important Considerations for Selecting a Diamond Jeweller for an Engagement Ring

Image by B_earth_photos via flickr
Whether I'd like to admit it or not, I'm already at that age where it is no longer surprising to see my friends getting engaged. I don't know about you, but as a fashion lover, I find that picking the perfect engagement ring is so important! Not only does it have to be meaningful, the quality has to be top-notch as well as you will possibly be wearing it for the rest of your life. For those of you who are looking to get a diamond engagement ring, you should read this article!

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Eats & Treats: Crab Bar & Cafe @ Akademik Suite, Taman Mount Austin

Do you like seafood? It's really one of life's luxuries for me to be able to enjoy the occassional seafood meal. So blessed that our country has abundant seafood which is readily available all through the year. One such recent seafood restaurants that have popped up is Crab Bar & Cafe at Akademik Suite, Taman Mount Austin. It's the place to go if you want fresh, delicious Western-style seafood in a comfortable environment.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Shopping: Shop Easy with Hermo x MOLPay CASH @ 7-Eleven

It's a known fact that I love online shopping. In fact, I'd say that I get 80% of my shopping done online because a) there's not many choices in JB malls and b) prices online are way better, plus sometimes I get more savings as well. So internet banking is nothing new to me, but I've also come to understand that not everyone has that luxury nor trust in their bank providers to do online banking. For those of you who shy away from online shopping because of this very fact, I'm here to tell you that you can set your worries aside because with MOLPay CASH, you can now shop online and pay offline with a peace of mind!

Thursday 15 September 2016

Carinn x Invisalign: Opalescence Updated Method - RESULTS!

As promised, here's the results of my previous Opalescence DIY teeth whitening! Just to recap, Opalescence is a home teeth-whitening kit that comes with the whitening gel in a syringe. You are supposed to pair it with your retainers or aligners to get the best results. I have did this before following instructions from my previous dental clinic, but I received feedback from readers and the brand itself that THIS is the correct method to use the kit instead. Check it out before you proceed to the results!

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Community: LEGOLAND® Malaysia Exclusive Flash Deal Promo for Johoreans!

When people ask me about interesting places to visit in Johor, the first thing that usually comes to mind is LEGOLAND®! Come on, who wouldn't have heard of this world-class, world-known themepark? To be perfectly honest though, I myself have never been there before but this promotion that I'm going to share with you seems like the perfect time to finally go visit!

Saturday 10 September 2016

Eats & Treats/ Event: Anchor Say Cheese Campaign 2016 x Veluxe Cake House JB

Let's talk about something that everyone loves - FOOD! Hands up if you love desserts :) I was recently introduced to Anchor Say Cheese Campaign 2016, the 2nd phase of an exciting campaign by Anchor Food Professionals, that is all about about "Connecting with Loved Ones" during the festive seasons. If you love cream cheese and other sweet baked goods, check out what goodies this campaign has to offer!

The launch of this 2nd collection of breads and desserts couldn't have come at a better time, with the Hari Raya mood still going strong, so these desserts are great for Malaysians who wish to bring gifts and spend quality time with their loved ones. This campaign, a first of it's kind in the market, was designed to bring Anchor to more people in an experiential way. There are 2 bread and 2 cakes which are more European-themed in this collection. They are all limited-edition, and made with delicious Anchor-branded key ingredients such as Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Culinary Cream, Anchor Butter and Anchor Milk. Through this initiative, Anchor hopes to let more people savour the taste of their scrumptious desserts with a consistent taste of quality that they are known for. 

A brief introduction into Fonterra Food Services before we delve deeper into the signature creations. Fonterra is New Zealand's largest company and a global leader in dairy nutrition, some of the brands that you may be familiar with from them are Anchor, Anmum, Anlene and Fernleaf. This is their 40th anniversary in Malaysia, and I can proudly say that I practically grew up consuming food from all these brands! Under the Anchor Brand, there are a full range of dairy products, making them the market leader and the brand of choice for many professional chefs. Their products are made from fresh milk from free ranging cows that are fed with grass throughout the year, hence giving you the pure, delicious taste of dairy. Anchor is also the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients in many of the world's leading food companies and in Foodservice Channels.

First Love | RM3.30
First up on the dessert list is this sweet bread called First Love. This soft bread has an interesting exterior whereby it is sprinkled with brown sugar which is not only healthier, but gives it that extra crunch and sweetness. The filling inside is yummy cream cheese that can be consumed both chilled and at room temperature. The reason the bread was given its name was because at first bite, it hopes to give you the feeling you get when you experience love for the first time - sweet and lovely. I liked that the exterior kinda resembles a polo bun because of the crunchiness and that the overall taste is creamy and not too sweet.

Lady Marmalade | RM3.30
Yup, this was named after Christina Aguilera's famous song as it makes you feel like dancing. :p This bread is similar to First Love, but not as basic because it is filled with ORANGE cream cheese filling, topped with orange candied peel! The orange peel that was simmered in sugarcan indeed be eaten, and there are even orange bits inside the bread. No flavouring was used, only the freshest orange infused to give you that natural taste. In fact, Mr Chan of Veluxe Cake House has added more orange to make it smell and taste better. I'm not a fan of orange-flavoured food, but this was a surprisingly refreshing bread that I can accept!

Almond Rosa | RM6.50
Almond Rosa is a soft classic almond butter sponge cake with a nutty taste, and layered with cream cheese. This isn't your regular sponge cake, as it's more dense and compact, so it has more texture. The almond powder used kind of reminds me of macarons! The combination with cream cheese is great, as the smooth cream cheese layer is not too thick so it doesn't overpower the taste of the cake. Again, no flavouring whatsoever is added so all you're getting is the soothing fragrance of Anchor milk. The nutty taste really takes away the sweetness and 'jelak' feeling when eating cake for me, thumbs up! Also, did you realise that the cake seems to be smaller than most cake sold in stores? The packaging and size is designed this way so that it makes consumption on the go much easier and less messy. It's something unique to gift your guests too as party favour or what not!

Cheeznie | RM6.50
This cake has a generous cream cheese layer baked between two delectable layers of chocolate walnut brownie. So as you can probably guess, the name is a combination of brownie + cheese, hehe. Surprisingly, the decadent taste of chocolate isn't covered by the cream cheese, but rather enhanced instead. One interesting thing to note is that the chocolate used has to have at least 55% and above of cocoa content, which made me fall in love with this dessert. The dark chocolate gives it that bittersweet taste and is perfectly complimented by the tanginess of the cream cheese. All the cream cheese in this series have added lemon to it to further enhance their fragrance. The texture of the brownie is made even better with extra chunks of chocolate and fresh walnut, yum!

You can find all these desserts at Veluxe Cake House and selected bakeries from now until December 2016. Anchor might consider keeping these desserts permanently if they receive great feedback from their customers, so fingers crossed that they'll keep them! Oh yea, did I mention that with every purchase of 2 boxes of Anchor signature desserts, you can receive this limite edition Anchor spoon? The heart-shaped spoons are totally cute!

These creations were exclusively prepared to perfection by Anchor's in-house patisserie chefs that will leave you craving for more and inspire you to create your own desserts using Anchor products. This new range of desserts are available in selected bakeries, who are supportive and long-term users of Anchor products, throughout the country and for Johor Bahru, Anchor is proud to partner with Veluxe Cake House in Sutera Mall, JB where their pastries are baked fresh daily with the finest ingredients. You must be wondering why are these desserts only available in a few outlets. This is because Anchor believes in quality-control so they have carefully hand-picked these quality bakeries to carry their products. The bakers at each location usually follow the recipe and training given by Anchor, but are allowed to tweak it according to their customers' preference and skill set. Anchor also provides the packaging and ingredients which truly makes this partnership a helpful one for both parties!

Outlets in Malaysia where you can find Anchor desserts:
- RT Pastry, Klang Valley
- Bread History, Penang
- Born & Bread, Manjung
- The Baker's Hut, Ipoh
- Patisfrance Boulangerie, Malacca
- Yeast Pastry House, Malacca
- Fung Seng Cake House, Muar
- Port View Euro Bakery, Kota Kinabalu
- Taka Cake House, Kuching
- Hot Cross Buns, Miri

Mr Chan, the owner of Veluxe Cake House, hopes that this collaboration with Anchor Food Professionals will exceed their customers' expectations and let them enjoy more exclusive and delicious products. The main objective of his cake house has always been to satisfy each and every one of the customers and this is achieved by consistently providing high quality desserts, thanks to Anchor. FYI guys, we also tried out the best-selling Soy Chiffon Cake and fruit tarts from Veluxe Cake House, it's definitely something you should try also when you drop by to purchase your Anchor desserts! :P #dontsayinevershare

From left to right: Sherlyn, Mr Chan, Mr Chua, Kim, me and the bf
Ending with our group photo of the day! I find this campaign so interesting and it has probably never been done before by any other brands in Malaysia. While it may seem troublesome as you can only find these desserts in certain places, it does give that sense of exclusivity and uniqueness once you try them. After all, we Malaysians love travelling to find good food, so this should be right up your alley! :P
VELUXE CAKE HOUSE (Sutera Mall Branch)
Address: L2-042, Sutera Mall,
Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Skudai, Johor
(Other branches can be found in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah and Nusa Bestari)
Tel: 07-5573362
For more information on Anchor Brand and the Anchor Say Cheese Campaign, check out their Facebook page or Fonterra website!

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Thursday 8 September 2016

Shopping: Save Money on Health, Beauty & Wellness with Groupon

I'm all about enjoying life, I love getting my hair coloured, facial done or nails did. But these pampering are even more satisfying when its on a budget so it makes my wallet happy too! Don't worry, it's possible to get good quality services on health, beauty and wellness even though it's purchased on a fraction of a cost.. with Groupon! As mentioned previously, my mom and I are avid fans of Groupon because it helps us save so much money! Trust me, I've had my fair share of facial and hair services that I was introduced to from Groupon and most of the time, the experience was great. 

Thursday 1 September 2016

Carinn x Invisalign: UPDATED Opalescence Technique! (Teeth Whitening)

Happy September! Why is this year flying by so fast.. Anyway, not long ago, I did a post on my DIY teeth whitening at home using Opalescence Teeth Whitening Kit. The results weren't as impressive as I thought and I recently found out that there's actually a more effective method to use this kit, which is what I'll be sharing about with you today! Here you go, my UPDATED Opalescence method! Big thanks to the people at Opalescence for sending me more of these gel as I finished using the previous ones that I got from my dentist already :p Yay, whiter teeth~

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Beauty/ Shopping: Sephora x Tarte Cosmetics Haul!

I'm basically obsessed with Sephora. I love to window shop in the stores, so much so that I think the BAs in the Johor Bahru branch knows me now because I go there practically every week. :P This year when Sephora Malaysia went online, I was elated.. but my wallet wasn't. Haha. Not many in-store brands are available online yet, but one of my favourite brand Tarte, is! Check out my recent Tarte Cosmetics haul, which I used to create this look!

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Beauty: Result of Using The New Realash Cosmetics Eye Products [30-Day Challenge - Part 2]

A few weeks ago, I posted about my unboxing and first impression of REALASH Cosmetics' eye products namely, the Realash Eyelash Enhancer and Brow by Realash. Now it's time to share with you how I use it and the results. I have used the eyelash enhancer previously, so I was pretty confident about the results, looking forward to the brow enhancer's outcome though!

Beauty/ Shopping: Unboxing My August Hermo Haul!

It's no secret that I love shopping on Hermo Malaysia. I've been their loyal customer since 2013, and have watched them grow through their user-friendly website and top-notch customer service. One thing I love about Hermo is that they are constantly adding new brands and the latest item into their ever-expanding collection, which gives me a chance to try out more new products that aren't available anywhere in Malaysia!

Monday 29 August 2016

Carinn x Invisalign: Aligners vs Retainers - What's the Difference?

Things have been real slow with my teeth aka Invisalign treatment lately.. Since I've been put on retainers (indefinitely), I am currently still awaiting news from the orthodontist and Invisalign Malaysia on the next step.. It's a really long story, but let's not go there for now. Ever since I started my treatment, I've had friends who are curious how my aligners look like. There are also friends who have worn braces who are curious what are the difference between aligners and retainers. Lemme try and break it down to you in this post!

Sunday 28 August 2016

Home & Living/ Lifestyle/ Event: TWC Concept Showroom (Jubin BMS) 1st-ever Press Conference

From left: Eunice, me, Kim, Eryn
Yeap, this is going to be another Home & Living post, something I don't always talk about on my blog but feel it's necessary as I'm growing older and will be a homeowner soon (hopefully). My Ma Cherie girls and I were invited to attend the first ever press conference organised by TWC Concept to take a tour around their new showroom and learn more about their products. I must admit, it was really quite interesting!

Saturday 27 August 2016

Fashion: Things to Look For in a Modern Prom Dress Shop

As you may or may not know, I've been on the hunt for a good formal wear to wear to my aunt's wedding at the end of this year for quite awhile now. As much as I appreciate online shopping, sometimes there are things that cannot be avoided and you'd still need to go to a physical store ultimately to try on dresses. Here are some tips on how to shop for a prom dress or formal wear for that special occassion!


Friday 26 August 2016

Beauty: [MASK WEEK] Gobdigoun 곱디고운 Placenta Power Bio Cellulose Gel Mask & 24K Golden Cream

It's the final post for Mask Week on my blog, so let's end it with a bang! Once again, I got to try out these unique products, specially imported from Korea! I somehow find that my skin agrees more with Korean skincare most of the time, but lets see if this works just as well. What's unique about these Gobdigoun skincare is the fact that they have incorporated the goodness of sheep placenta into their products! Sounds gross, but it's actually an expensive beauty ingredient used in many luxury skincare!

Thursday 25 August 2016

Beauty: [MASK WEEK] My Secrets of Beauty Mask (MSB)

"Beauty does not require much effort, with little love and care, beauty never fades away". Totally agree with this statement, which is why I spend a lot of time on my skin. But with all the stress and external environmental factors (like HAZE which just came back today...), we need all the help we can get. I recently got my hands on this My Secrets of Beauty mask set and I will be attempting to do a 7-day mask challenge because I want to see if doing a facial mask everyday really helps to improve your skin as claimed. And yes, I should make a disclaimer that throughout this Mask Week, all the masks have been tried prior to this at different time intervals, hence the different condition of my skin from each review.

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Beauty: [MASK WEEK] Ettang Modelling Take-Out Cup Pack

You must be wondering.. What am I doing here? Recently, these powder masks that turn into rubber modelling masks have been on the rise. I've found it quite intriguing and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Little did I realise, my beautician has been using this kinda mask on me during facials.. XD Which made me think that this would be so cool to try at home too, since they work so well in the salon!

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Beauty: [MASK WEEK] Charis 'Try Me' - INSbyN 인스바이엔 Vita Brightening System Mask BX

Korean actress Han Chae-ah loves this mask, so if you love her, you should totally read this review if you wish to get glowing skin like hers! My skin has been feeling dehydrated, rough and dull lately so once I laid my hands on this INSbyN 인스바이엔 Vita Brightening System Mask BX, I knew I had to try it out and rescue my skin! This mask makes for the perfect addition to my Mask Week series as I love bio-cellulose mask!

Monday 22 August 2016

Beauty x Giveaway: [MASK WEEK] Dr. Morita Ultra Slim Facial Masks & Snail Essence Watery Cream

Hey ladies! I decided to do something a little different this week (and actually force myself to be more hardworking in posting on my blog) XD I'll be doing a Mask Week this week where I'll be introducing a different mask that I've tried out and share my review everyday. For this first mask set from Dr. Morita, I'll be reviewing it with a special guest which is my sister! To make this series extra special, we'll be doing a giveaway as well so make sure you read till the end to find out more!

Sunday 21 August 2016

Shopping: Time to Save Money with Groupon Coupons!

Let's be honest here. Who doesn't like to have that extra buck or two in your wallet? What if I told you that it's possible to fulfil your shopping needs, but still save money at the same time? Some of you may or may not know, but I am currently freelancing so every cent counts when it comes to saving money. Believe it or not, this is actually a trick that I learnt from my mother, an avid Groupon user! She uses this coupons-saving site all the time to buy dining vouchers or merchandises, and I've picked up on this skill to help me save some money while enjoying life!