Sunday, March 29, 2015

TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask Review

Ever since year 2015 started I've been more wary of my skin condition. I've also made a promise to myself that I'd be more committed in taking good care of my skin. Daily routines were such a hassle at first but after a while it became a great habit! Leaving home feeling moisturized and protected, those few minutes was all it took to make a difference. Besides, application of make up will be much smoother and the best part is there will be less flaws to cover up. Less is more my dear girlfriends :) SAY NO TO CAKEYNESS!

So I recently received this Detoxifying Facial Mask by TruSelf Organics and was eager to give it a try! At first I imagined it to be the usual cream or gel texture, but it is in powder form! Which I personally love as you get to play with its consistency.

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The cover states it all :)
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I had a blonde moment during my first ever application by putting way too much apple cider thinking it would stick! LOL!! Regretted for being such a dimwit cause I wasted quite a bit of powder :( Anyway, do learn from my mistake as it should only be 75% powder and 25% water/apple cider. And yes, apparently apple cider gives you the extra detox!

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I couldn't smile in the mask, I tried my best lol. I also feel sorry for my unloved lips here :(

After rinsing off, my face was little red for 10-30 minutes and yes I did panic at first thinking my skin was reacting badly to the mask until I found out that it's completely normal as this mask activates blood circulation. My advice is that if you have sensitive skin like mine, 10 minutes would be more than enough to suck out all those nasty creatures living in your pores! 

The end result of this mask was absolutely amazing because I felt as though my skin was glowing and I could see how cleaned up my pores were. Unlike other masks I used to wear, the effectiveness of this product really caught me by surprise, didn't expect such immediate results. I'll definitely keep using this mask for extra maintenance.

The next morning I headed to Penang with great skin! 

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Amanda aka Super Model Momma aka Owner of TruSelf Organics is truly inspiring! She's incredibly fit and enterprising <3 Follow to Know :)

TruSelf Organic products can be purchased here :) http://truselforganics.com/

xoxo,
Mel

Turning Blonde

So this is probably old news to most of you guys especially if you follow my Instagram, if you haven't already my username is 'misspopsasa' :) Anyway, yeah it was right before chinese new year when i got my hair makeover again, yes I know I've been neglecting this space a lot :( I wanna bash myself up for not updating about this much earlier but... here I am so let's get to it!

I've wanted to go blonde for awhile now but I didn't have the guts to just DO IT so I procrastinated for a long time, taking baby steps like just highlighting certain parts of my hair to go lighter. Reasons why I procrastinated was because...

1. Bleach Till Ya Make It

Those butt aching hours of thoroughly bleaching the crap out of my hair seemed frightening at first. Especially with stubborn asian hair, it will take multiple visits to the hair salon till all pigmentation has been stripped of from the hair (it doesn't just sound bloody violent, it really is). Not forgetting all the scary stories I have read about how bleach can really damage your hair and especially if you want to turn really blonde. You'll need the bleach to be left in longer which means MORE damage to the hair. It leaves the hair dry and brittle.

2. Hair/Scalp Condition

Was my hair strong enough for the hue? To be honest, I've always thought my hair was pretty strong in general but I ain't no hair expert so I couldn't make that conclusion on my own. I do occasionally suffer from sensitive scalp, mine is probably a really mild version compared to other really serious cases but yeah it tends to itch a little causing dandruff and IT SUCKS.

3. Maintenance

You can't be blonde forever. Dark roots will grow out, very quickly in fact. I found that a major downside because I would need to make frequent visits to the hair salon which just means KACHING KACHING! Monehhhhh! Super high maintenance head.

4. Face Shape

What has the face shape got to do with turning blonde? I had this fear that my face would look boarder than it already looks with such a light color.

Those are the few main concerns that were constantly running through my mind before I told myself "what the heck? YOLO!" before you start judging me for using the most overly used cliche motto, I'm pretty sure I'm using it the right way :P nothing so ridiculous about turning blonde.

Seriously though, if I don't do it Now.. then when?

Back at The Met KL where I've been doing my hair ever since I fell in love with their professionalism.
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Weave bleaching to create a more natural look instead of just slapping on chunks of bleach throughout my whole head. My scalp was not touched during this process, Randall didn't want to risk burning my scalp. Better safe than Sorry!
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After the bleaching process, the outcome came to a brassy orange-yellow tone which is pretty unacceptable on it's own! Yes I can now blend in at Sungai Wang... *cries*
I guess my hair could only take so much bleach for the day!
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Sweetie pie Jeffrey finished up with the toning and styling for me! Kept him there till 10pm, thank you dear!
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I actually brought make up to the salon but I got so lazy and tired, who's gonna see me at 10pm anyway?
 Here are some pictures I took the next day using my ring light.
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It looks so GORGEOUS under white light :) a bit fake but who cares!

I've discovered the best make up for this look and it is definitely Minimalism. 

Be More with Less! 

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xoxo,
Mel

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nerovivo Lunch Date ♥

I got a lovely surprise text from Vanessa two weeks ago inviting me out on a date! Her boyfriend who is a close friend of mine has always mentioned that we (Nessa and I) needed to meet when she comes to KL cause he was real certain that we would get along and so the three of us met up for dinner and to no surprise, Nessa and I clicked immediately. She's totally how I imagined her to be, easy going and real cheerful with her British accent, hawt! Not to mention she's absolutely gorgeous! Too bad guys, she's taken :P I still remember for the very first time we greeted each other on skype, her accent was so strong it was amusing! Can't help but be a little of a 'jakun' hehehe! I don't come across asian girls with a strong British accent very often k... Not to mention that it's the real deal!! 

So we agreed to go for an Italian lunch! I've been to Nerovivo once but it was years ago during a family dinner and I can't remember what I ate so I can say it's sort of my first time there too.. no?

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Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomatoes
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"fritto della casa" basically deep fried squid, prawns, white baby fish with delicious creamy dip!
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one of Nerovivo's classic pasta dish, Squid ink taglietelle crab pasta!
The taste of it was out of the world! Tasted really buttery yet not jelak and that distinct crab flavor went so well together. Their pastas are homemade so it was thick enough, cooked to perfection!
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That poised moment before I ruined my red lipstick and devoured this pasta dish which included using my hands (how else would I eat crab huh?)! Poor Nessa had to see such a sight... on our first date! hahaha!
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homemade Scialatelli pasta with mix seafood, white wine & saffron sauce
yummy yum!
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Behind that sweet innocent smile is an extremely hungry girl! hehehe.

sorry for the bad photography :(
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Chocolate Fondant
Their dessert selection wasn't very creative so we went for this chocolatey explosion (close enough).
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Let it flow, let it flowwww..

and what's a girl date without more pictures of ourselves?
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Conversations about everything and anything under the sun over excellent pasta! There was never a dull or awkward moment, like as though we've known each other for sometime now haha! If only you didn't need to leave, :( I already feel attached even though we've only met twice hahahaha!! Till we meet again Nessa! 
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#ootd 
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xoxo,
Mel

Monday, February 9, 2015

Into The Wilderness

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Photographed by Khairi Zawawi
MUA & Hair by Melissa Tan
Outfit details:
TOPSHOP Bralet, Missguided Lace Maxi Skirt 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Opium, Changkat Bukit Bintang - "For 2 Please!"

Yang and i are similar in certain ways, especially when it comes to food. I usually always leave it to him to choose the restaurant cause i for one can't seem to decide unless i'm craving for something specific, like if i wanted to have steamboat, i'd just keep going on and on about it till you get me some of that wet fish ball, what you don't like to eat wet fish balls? pfft. lol anyway what we find way more exciting is when we both discover new places to eat and it's usually spontaneous and unplanned.

Changkat is probably one of the most happening places at night, there's never a night empty and quiet.. always filled with people, especially tourists! Besides the colorful nightlife, food is plentiful and good food is easily sniffed out (just made us sound like a frigging dog, my bad).

Opium is probably one of the most unique restaurants along the main street of Changkat. Its ambience brings you back to the olden oriental days where men would smoke on opium and drink alcohol while being accompanied by women with Terasa Teng playing in the background. 

this blog post will consist of pictures from our first and second night there!

Our first night at Opium was just for their drinks and snacks because the kitchen was already closed :(    SAM_2994SAM_2993

here's what we had at 11plusPm!
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Calamansi Apple Ginger
Quenches your thirst instantaneously! YUM my fav :)
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Mango Asam Boi 
 Kicks ya in the face with its sourness! I'm always up for anything sour sweet~ *nibble nibble on mango bits*
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Lamb BALLS! i mean Patties.. 
fried braised lamb with sambal mayo dip! the dip is ze bomb, spicy and tangy! makes a real great snack!
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Salted Egg Cream Bun aka LIU SHA BAO!
definitely up to standard! look a that creamy goodness oozing out! *obsessed*
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I picked up a Thai boy! lol
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me with melted make up, was doing an outdoor shoot earlier on so i was pretty tired but whatever cause  look at that pretty rose petal background :)

Second night!
We wanted to try out their main dishes so dinner at Opium it was!
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it's cool how they serve tea with porcelain bowls instead of ordinary cups!

Time for the REAL DEAL!
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Opium's signature poppy flat bread! We had the Smoked Duck and wow it was delicious, i couldn't stop eating slice after slice, thank goodness it was a small portion! MONSTER MEL, shush don't cha judge me.
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Cod Fish in Curry Cream with steam buns
coconut cod submerged in thick curry!
we really wanted to order their Wagyu Rendeng but they were out! SAD LIFE US.
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Crispy Tofu Salad
this was pretty ordinary :]
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Yang: Put that tabasco down!!
Mel: WHYYYYY!
...why would people hate on an innocent bottle of tabasco pfft. not to mention bossy! lol
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Banana Fritters with Aged Cheddar topped with Banana Ice Cream
I was completely mind blown when i had a bite of the ice cream (was totally expecting boring Vanilla), BANANA FRIGGING ICE CREAM OMG BANANA ON BANANA! SOOOO GOOOOOD I ALMOST CRIED LOL
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chunks of banana in the ice cream Yummers! ONE MORE SCOOP FOR ME PLS!
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the heck, your eyes are already small enough! hahaha
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#TaiwanEditionConverse

Hope you've enjoyed reading my series of "For 2 Please!", there shall be more to come so please keep coming back! hehe :D

xoxo,
Mel