Saturday, April 18, 2015

[Sponsored] Divo Hair Connection @ Kota Damansara

Divo Hair Connection is opened daily at Kota Damansara (Sunway Giza area). It was my first time trying out Divo’s hair service thanks to the creative director, Bryan who sponsored the complimentary trim, dye and treatment.



Despite having operated for quite a few years, the saloon remains fairly new and well-maintained.




Cosy waiting corner. I like how they added some artistic feel to that area by putting on that photo collage. Reminds me of casting agencies.



My hair had long faded into dirty gold with bothersome black roots. It was really time for a change.



According to Divo, the hair dye they use is meant for Asian hair so the colour wouldn’t fade that easily compared to certain brands.



Trimmed off my damaged spilt ends. Requested to remain the length as I am in the process of getting back my long volumous hair ^^



Bryan personally dyed my hair! *proud*



I picked a dark colour this time. Something very close to black but with a subtle tinge of ash green.



They offered a treatment as they washed up my dye. Must have realized how bad my hair condition was :x

Divo is having a promotion for their hair treatment at the moment in conjunction with their 2nd anniversary. 29 days offer until 15th of May. More details from their Facebook page at the end of this post!



Final outcome - darkened and healthier. Couldn’t be happier that I have finally gotten rid of my embarrassing dog fur hair. LOL.



There is a mini studio at the saloon where photos of before and after will be taken. Lovely concept!




More photos of my new hair. Appeared rather brownish under the light.



Selfy with Bryan, the hensem saloon director :)


Make an appointment with Divo Hair Connection now! You may quote my name “KATE20” for 20% off your next visit! (validity: 1 month from now) Alternatively you may check out their Facebook for the ongoing promotion as well: https://www.facebook.com/DivoHairConnection

Thank you Divo for the great hair treatment experience!




Divo Hair Connection
Address: Jalan PJU5/11, Dataran Sunway,
47810, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03- 6150 1910

Operating hour: 10.30am – 9pm daily

Friday, April 3, 2015

[Sponsored] Moschino "Toy"



Look what just arrived at my doorstep??? A new fragrance in town that is the cutest thing ever! Million thanks to Moschino! The good news for you girls out there is, Moschino is giving away one of these cute teddy bear fragrances for a talented lucky winner. More about the giveaway at the end of my post.

Well what’s better than a bottle of a nice fragrance? A bottle of a nice fragrance that looks like a little teddy bear!

Moschino - the Italian luxury fashion house which specializes in ready-to-wear apparel, leather and fashion accessories, shoes, luggage, and perfumes, was founded in 1983 by Franco Moschino. The fashion label became famous for its innovative, colourful and sometimes eccentric designs which broke away from the norms of the conventional designs of Italian fashion.

In 2006, Moschino designed the outfits for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Moschino also designed outfits for some famous celebrities such as for Kylie Minogue's 2005 Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour, Madonna's 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour, and six outfits for Lady Gaga for her The Born This Way Ball in 2011-2012.

Moschino also launched fragrances for women notably Funny! Which was launched in 2007, Glamour which was launched in 2008, and Pink Bouquet which was launched in 2012.



In January 2015, Moschino launched their newest fragrance – the Moschino TOY which is a unisex fragrance conceived by Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott. TOY is unlike any fragrance in the market, boldly redrawing its form, function and fabulousness.

The fragrance is literally a toy. You can hug and play with the real, fuzzy-faced teddy bear and when you need to use the fragrance, simply screw off the bear’s happy faced head and you will find an atomizer built into the bear’s soft body.

After spraying the amount you want, simply set TOY back down on your vanity table, or toss him on your bed, or place him together with your other furry stuffed animals. The soft body of the teddy bear also acts to cushion the atomizer inside against knocks and accidental drops!

“I wanted to push the fragrance beyond the realm of what a perfume looks like it, or how it’s packaged,” says Jeremy Scott of his first fragrance for Moschino. “And I think we’ve achieved that!”

Scott shares his unabashed love and icon-ization of teddy bears with founder Franco Moschino, who previously used stuffed animals to cover dresses, coats and hats in his fall-winter 1988 collection. Jeremy Scott’s teddy comes with a heart-warming smile and a rather cheeky T-shirt that states, “This is Not a Moschino Toy.”

Just like a toy that’s sold in a toy store, the cute teddy bear is housed inside a realistic toy package would be, complete with clear plastic viewing window, bubble writing instructions to “Try Me” or “Touch Me” and the exact same back flap and hanging hook that are used to hang toy on the rack.

The fragrance itself features the scents of mandarin, cardamom, and bergamot; and a heart of lavender, violet petals, and hawthorn. Its finish of sandal wood, vanilla, mountain tree moss and acacia give the woodsy notes reminiscent of the bear’s forest home.

TOY is undeniably humorous, laced with wit and packed with fun, and offers as a completely innovative way to package a fragrance. Jeremy Scott’s teddy bear is definitely an unusual emblem in the world of perfumery, but works to give this unique product a universally recognizable face which is both captivating and timeless.

TOY is a limited edition fragrance that’s available in a 50ml EDT size and retails at RM349.00 at Sephora and major departmental stores in Malaysia.






Moschino TOY Giveaway

Up for grabs - One (1) 50ml bottle of Moschino TOY worth RM349.00

To be in the running to win, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Head over to either one of the Sephora Stores on the following dates:
STORE
DATE
Moschino Toy
Sephora Starhill
March 12 – April 10

Sephora KLCC
March 19 – April 10

Step 2: Take your best or cutest photo with the Moschino TOY.

Step 3: Post your photo on your Instagram account with the hashtags #moschinotoymy and #theITfragrance and tag my Instagram account @mscopykate

Step 4: Include in the captions why you like the fragrance OR why the fragrance is perfect for you OR what is special about the fragrance and why you like it


Terms and Conditions
  1.  Entries must be published on Instagram by 11 April 2015
  2. Each person is allowed to win only one (1) prize
  3. The winner will be selected by Prestige Products (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  4.  The winner will be notified on their Instagram giveaway entry by 30 April 2015
  5. The winner must collect their prize within one (1) month of the winners announcement after which the prize will be forfeited
  6. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained




Don't miss your chance to get your hands on one of these cute Moschino Toy EDT. Thank you Moschino! 

[Sponsored] One Direction Fragrance




The one thing that could complement your beauty and make them go on singing about what makes you beautiful? An elegant bottle of perfume! Therefore the boys have come out with their own fragrance - You & I.

Mention One Direction and any girl below 30 would probably know the English-Irish pop boy band from the UK, comprising of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Zayn Malik was a member until he announced his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

One Direction is signed under Simon Cowell's record label after finishing third in the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. The band has four albums to date - Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014), which have set new records, and topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Story of My Life" and "Steal My Girl".

One Direction has won five Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, and nineteen Teen Choice Awards.


Following their musical success, One Direction have come up with a line of fragrances, and launched their newest fragrance “YOU & I” on 5 August 2014 in New York. YOU & I is the third in the band’s line of fragrances, following “That Moment” and their debut fragrance “Our Moment”, which broke records to become the fastest selling female fragrance in 2013.

The band took a little detour from their ‘Where We Are’, World Stadium Tour, to attend the launch event where they shared about their involvement in the development of the new fragrance – from scent tests to the bottle design.

Liam Payne comments: ‘We love coming to New York, so it means a lot to us that we get to launch YOU & I here. As with Our Moment and That Moment, we worked hard creating the fragrance and making sure that YOU & I was different to anything we’ve done before. It’s not easy when you’ve got five different ideas on what smells and looks better – but I think that’s what makes the end result so special to us.’

The fragrance is named after this One Direction song.




YOU & I is a bright, floral scent that is fresh and uplifting. The fragrance is made up of splashes of fresh fruit and seasonal flowers, infused with an undertone of musk. Bright splashes of mango and refreshing grapefruit are combined with a heart of creamy osmanthus, exotic orchid and soft peony that combine to form a romantic signature mirroring the peak of nature in bloom. Background notes of musk, indulgent praline and sandalwood blend to give a smooth, seamless harmony.

TOP - Mango, Grapefruit, Peach Blossom

MID - Osmanthus, Orchid, Peony

DRY - Musk, Praline, Sandalwood

Richard Herpin, perfumer, commented: “The scent embodies that unique time between spring and summer when nature is in full bloom; when everything is at its peak. Juicy fruits and gourmand notes are paired with fresh florals in a way that is perfectly balanced, achieving a harmony much like the charismatic dynamic of One Direction.”




The bottle’s design consists of a very attractive angled glass bottle with a clear lilac overlay, accentuated with gold outlines, giving the impression of a bottle within a bottle. The elongated cap follows the same design and the lilac coloured fragrance is complemented with a detachable charm that you can remove and wear once you’ve finished the fragrance.

The golden charm which is meant to be a gift from the band to their fans, is lined with glittering ornaments and signed on one side with: ‘ONE DIRECTION’. The box showcases two images of each band member – a strong monochrome image contrasting against a more intimate and softer photo.

Chad Lavigne, bottle designer, commented, “After watching the guys transition over the past two years, I was slightly obsessed with finding a new balance in the next bottle design; something that had a more avant-garde voice while still holding onto the energy that the guys deliver in everything they do. The graphic illustration of the “bottle within bottle” felt incredibly unique and personal while the form of the bottle and cap felt quite precious.”

Besides the fragrance, there are also other products in the YOU & I range, including:

Body Lotion - The 150ml body lotion is blended with uplifting fruits that give way to a fresh floral heart

Shower Gel - The 150ml shower gel combines the unique uplifting ingredients of mango and grapefruit with the delicate fragrances of orchid and peony

YOU & I is available in all leading departmental stores in Malaysia in:

Eau de Parfum Spray 30ml RM170.00

Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml RM220.00

Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml RM270.00





Win an Autographed Fragrance by 1D

Head down to Sephora KLCC from 3.00pm to 5.00pm on 3, 4 and 5 April 2015, where every purchase of any 100ml One Direction Fragrance entitles you to participate in the “One Direction Lucky Dice” Game for a chance to win a One Direction CD* or a One Direction 30ml fragrance* by playing the special “One Direction Dice” game.
*while stocks last

One Direction – You & I Fragrance Giveaway

Up for grabs - One (1) 100ml bottle of One Direction – You & I worth RM286.00

To be in the running to win, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Head over to Sephora KLCC anytime from 12 March to April 2015

Step 2: Take your best or cutest photo with the One Direction – You & I.

Step 3: Post your photo on your Instagram account with the hashtags #onedirectionmy and #inloveagainwith1D and tag Stephanie's Instagram account @stephiielim

Step 4: Include in the captions why you like the fragrance OR why the fragrance is perfect for you OR what is special about the fragrance and why you like it


Terms and Conditions
  1. Entries must be published on Instagram by 6 April 2015
  2.  Each person is allowed to win only one (1) prize
  3. The winner will be selected by Prestige Products (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  4. The winner will be notified on their Instagram giveaway entry by 30 April 2015
  5. The winner must collect their prize within one (1) month of the winners announcement after which the prize will be forfeited
  6. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained


For more info on the fragrance, head over to onedirectionfragrance.com

If you are still sad over Zayn leaving the group, perhaps this new fragrance could cheer you up! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

[ADV] CoCo ICHIBANYA, One Utama Official Launch



An internationally acclaimed Japanese Curry House – CoCo ICHIBANYA has finally arrived on our shores! Proud to be one of the first few who managed to try out their Japanese curry during the official launch at One Utama along with fellow MHB members. CoCo ICHIBANYA is widely known worldwide as “The Japanese Curry House” with 1,350 restaurants in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, North America, Singapore and now in Malaysia!



Japanese curry house is quite common in Taiwan and Korea but in Malaysia, it is definitely difficult to look for a restaurant that specializes in selling Japanese curry. Now, with CoCo ICHIBANYA opened so closed from home, I definitely know where to fulfil my occasional sweet curry craving!




Amber Chia, Gary Yap, Orange Ning and Julie Woon

CoCo ICHIBANYA’s tagline is “The tastiness you can choose” where you get to customise your meal based on your preference and appetite – from the spiciness level of the curry, to the various toppings, and even the amount of rice. There are 7 different levels of spiciness for the curry, starting from mild for kids, the signature original flavour, and from level one’s medium hot to level five’s “crazy hot”.

There is a selection of over 30 meat and seafood varieties to choose from including chicken, beef, pork, prawns, clams and more, and some are paired with toppings such as egg, corn and croquettes. If you’d like more toppings just add-on what you want or if you want more/ less rice, simply order the amount that is right for you.

On the menu are also some fusion items like spaghetti with curry meat sauce, curry gratin and curry pilaf, while for those who don’t eat spicy food there are also non-spicy options such as seafood spaghetti with cream, creamy corn soup and salads. Have some juices, coffee, teas, soft drinks, floats, milkshakes or even beer to go along with your meal and have a sweet ending with some Matcha or vanilla ice cream!




 The standard curry dishes here are served with Level 1 curry which we thought was too mild for our liking. Suitable for those who don’t take spicy food. Level 3 was just right, albeit not up to Malaysian’s standard spiciness level. Of course, we wouldn’t let go of the opportunity to test their Level 5 curry, and we are proud to announce that we are certainly able to take it!




I would personally recommend Level 3 as I thought there was too much chili powder in Level 5 curry for my liking. Meanwhile, check out some of the normal serving dishes from the actual menu:





Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry – RM26.00 





Fried Chicken Curry – RM20.00 





Grilled Spinach, Bacon and Corn Curry – RM20.00 





Seafood Spaghetti – RM22.00





Fried Fish Curry – RM25.00 




During the official launch, there was 5 variety of dishes served in the tasting menu which we managed to try all! Those 5 dishes were Lightly-Crisped Chicken Curry, Fried Shrimp Curry, Fried Chicken Curry, Salmon Cream Croquette Curry and Fried Fish Curry. 




Surprisingly both chicken dishes were my favourite, although I rarely order chicken dishes on normal circumstances. Unlike the usual bland and hard chicken breast meat, the chicken served here comes in bite sizes and the chicken meat was so soft and tender! Opt for the Lightly-Crisped Chicken for crispy chicken skin. 


Some notable items that stood out from the menu were the beef yakiniku curry, grilled garlic prawn curry, and salmon teriyaki curry, while there’s even vegetable curry for those who don’t eat meat.




The CoCo ICHIBANYA branch in 1 Utama seats a maximum of 65 persons in the 128 square meters restaurant which exudes a casual, friendly and unpretentious ambience. Folks in Penang, look out for the second outlet which will be opening in Queensbay Mall soon. 



We were satisfied with our dining experience at CoCo ICHIBANYA 1 Utama and will definitely come back to try out more of the dishes! Love the neat and clean contemporary design of the restaurant and the friendly service manners of the waiters. 

CoCo ICHIBANYA is a non-halal establishment which serves pork and beer. 




CoCo ICHIBANYA

Address: Lot LG 333A, Lower Ground (New Wing), 
1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, 
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Tel: 03-7732-8937 
Operating Hours: Daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm 

CoCo ICHIBANYA is a restaurant chain owned by Fuji Group, the company of Fuji Japanese Restaurant in Thailand, and for more information, head over to http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/english/index.html

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Men's Shitty Excuses in Avoiding a Committted Relationship

When you know that a man really likes you, but does not like you enough to be in a committed relationship with you, there could be only 2 explanations:

a. He has not played around enough.

b. You really aren’t the one.


The silliest mistake that we girls often make is thinking that the problem lies with us.

Maybe he feels that I am not pretty?

Maybe I should lose some weight?

Maybe I should be more attentive to his needs?

Maybe he will like me if I allow him more space?

Maybe I am not good enough for him?

Trust me, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you! A man who does not like you for who you are now will never learn to like you no matter what changes you are willing to sacrifice for his sake.

There is really no need to change anything just to make him fall for you because that will never ever happen.

Wake up girl, he does not want to be with you. Maybe he seems interested at times. You can’t tell. That’s because he doesn’t mind keeping you around while waiting for that dream girl to appear in his life.


Some shitty excuses a man could give for not wanting to be involved in a committed relationship:

1. I don't think I am ready to be in a committed relationship (and he didn’t even bother with the explanation)

2. I need to focus on building my career (most commonly used excuse! the next thing you realize he is holding another girl’s hand)

3. I have been in a bad relationship. I am afraid of getting hurt again (c’mon, we all have had our shares of heartbreaking past! Don’t play the sympathetic game :/)

4. I think you deserve someone better than me (aww, don’t be fooled sweetie, that’s just his polite way of indirect rejection. He does not want to be with you, and he means it!)


5. Sorry I will be too busy at work to reply your text (A man who cares would have keep you updated while he is at the loo)

6. I don’t wanna get married until I am 35 (you are simply not part of his future)

7. I am the type who will never get married (he's a fcking liar)

8. Maybe one day, but not now (maybe one day, one day when he gives up his hopes of meeting someone better)



Forget about how much he says he misses you and how he utters those sweet words that linger on your mind.  Don’t even begin your wistful thoughts of him being the father of your child. Think about the ugly truth, the truth that he really isn’t that into you.


You deserve someone better.

One last cheongsam photo of the year just so I could complete this post.

p/s: I am not bitter :P