November 15, 2016

Hikoco - Your K-beauty Webstore!

Hello guys! I'm finally back with beauty stuff!

This post gonna be quick, coz I just want to share my mini haul with Hikoco. I've been looking for a good online shop that sells authentic Korean makeup and skincare. After a thorough browse, I found Hikoco and this online shop based in Auckland, New Zealand. I found other beauty blogger reviewing this shop as slightly more expensive compare to other online shop, probably yes, they are right - I didn't check the price on that. As for me, I like how they work. I like the shopping experience with constant promo code, QUICK delivery, and authentic products. That's it for me. When online shop have those, I am buying. 

I won't be reviewing the website interface or sort of stuff, because if a tech dummy like me can buy from this website, means idiot proof. :D

I bought pretty broad range of skincare and make up, and guess what - they have those. 

NEOGEN

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine


30 GENTLE EXFOLIATING PADS THAT OFFER ALL THE BENEFITS OF CHEMICAL AND MECHANICAL EXFOLIATING IN ONE.

My take: I LOVE on how the whole packaging works. This is pretty much like fully dip cotton pad in beautiful wine smell, and seriously the scents is gorgeous. Sweet like a grape juice. There you go.

- Buy now at Hikoco -

SU;M37

Water-full Timeless Moisturizing Cream


FERMENTED BAMBOO SAP AND FERMENTED FRUIT EXTRACTS MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN FOR A LONG TIME AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM DRYNESS, MAINTAING THE BEST CONDITION FOR YOUR SKIN.

My take: I run out of my SK-II - and I give this product a go. 
It won't give you the radiant look like SK-II though, but it works wonder for hydration.
Like, amazingly wonderful for dry skin.

- Buy now at Hikoco


SU;M37

Water-full Skin Refresher

THIS TONER CONTAINS AN AMPLE AMOUNT OF FERMENTED BAMBOO SAP, WHICH IS ABSORDED INSTANTLY, CALMS DOWN AND MOISTURIZES YOUR SKIN.

My take: Therapeutic scent that absorb instantly and ample up my skin so well.

- Buy now at Hikoco -


TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

Egg Mousse Soap

A WHIPPED EGG WHITE MOUSSE CLEANSER INFUSED WITH EGG YOLK EXTRACT THAT GENTLY HYDRATES, PURIFIES, AND REPLENISHES YOUR SKIN.

My take: This product gives me a clean feel and a healthy glow after every cleanse. But I don't really enjoy the tightness feel afterwards. 

- Buy now at Hikoco -


L’AFFAIR

Aqua 3-Step Skin Renewal Mask [10 Masks]

L’AFFAIR AQUA 3-STEP SKIN RENEWAL MASK COMBINES FACIAL FOAMING CLEANSER, HIGH FUNCTIONAL AMPOULE AND SKIN RENEWAL MASK.

My take:  Buy this! Just buy this. 
If you want to dewy Korean skin the next morning, use this mask.
It comes with generous ampoule and lotsa moisturising liquid in the mask.

- Buy now at Hikoco -


CLIO

Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner [Black]


I have done a full review in this post, go have a look - and clearly you know why I re-purchase. :D

- Buy now at Hikoco -

CLIO

Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion 


I have yet to try this one, but I read tons of good review about this BB cushion and can't wait to try it!
I'll let ya know what I feel about this product soon! Currently finishing my Laneige BB cushion. :)

- Buy now at Hikoco -

And oh, every purchase come with free samples and free delivery for above $50. Take a look of the generous samples I got on top of my purchased products. Am overall very satisfied on my purchase with Hikoco, and definitely will buy again from this webstore.


"Till next time!

November 13, 2016

The Good Home - Mt. Eden

Not a restaurant review, but if you would need a suggestion on where to go for the weekend lunch..I recommend The good Home - Mt. Eden. That's the address, right there. 37 Normanby Rd, Mt. Eden.


As you guys know, I pretty much cook at home and change a little of our lifestyle (and save a lot) by not eating out that often. But every now and then, we enjoy going out as family and just a have one good afternoon talking to each other (without phone down, clearly - in my case) and enjoying a little sun.

 

Le Mr took us to this place and oh boy oh my, we love it!
 
 

Let's start with ambiance! What we love the most about this place is the cozy feeling we experienced the moment we stepped in to the indoor dining area. All woody with bits and pieces of semi industrial interior across the huge room.


And when you walk in to the left hand side, there was this semi outdoor dining area that meant for family with kids. 

 
 

Take a look on how thoughtful the placement of toys and activities for the little one. They even have those small chair and table for the kids. Super love the dining place that are kids friendly. At least in this place, I won't feel embarrassed if they want to cry or decided to show off some tantrum. :P




The food was good with generous portion! I ordered seafood chowder and OMG, supaaa yummy! Le Mr's steak sandwich was good, although not as good as he remembered, though. :/


 

This is us! Finally hitting a year living in New Zealand. 
If we were to look back and see how the things go for us, we definitely would say it was ONE HUGE blessing, indeed. We got a place, we easily got a good job, and Ethan is settling really well with plenty of space to run around. We are blessed with many good friends and really amazed on how God place everything perfectly. We had, i mean mostly I had a down stage in my life throughout the year, but today - I am loving every bits of the new life we have here.


We grow so much as couple during the one year, we worked together as team to reach the financial freedom we want and the beautiful retirement that we already start planning. These were not even in our conversation 2 years ago. I am grateful for him and this marriage that we always work on. Our marriage was in a bad shape couple of months ago, and I learn that marriage is best to stay as Husband and Wife. Put aside the families, extended families, and those who know nothing about your relation and decided to judge and talk about it in front of others family member. 

Just remember, no one ever have the right to make u feel small, unwanted, and losing your confidence. For me, I got painful experiences with uncle and auntie that has a habit of "biting" people, but when it's their turn to get "bite" - they got very offended! Say what?

But oh well, we can never control what other people do, but we can choose to react positively, and continue life without their remarks. So I choose to ignore, stay away from them, and building my little life with BIG happiness.


..and taking our little steps to a better tomorrow, as family.


November 01, 2016

A little of me in..


Yahoo Hong Kong




Jakarta Post



Japan Business Newspaper



Singapore Wan Bao



Face of Korean Skincare 
- Biolee -



Vanity Trove Magazine
-Beauty Blogger Scoops section-



Singapore Press Holding Digital
St701



September 02, 2016

Hidden Gems: IQ Container Homes!

Welcome back to the Hidden Gems section! It's been a while, I know...and to make it up, I found something so interesting to share with you guys!! This nothing related to beauty though, but I think this is the right time to share something innovative about housing alternative.

I'm not a property expert, nor a council consultant or anything, I am just a normal citizen that started to pay attention to New Zealand, Auckland's property market for the last one year and honestly, I am not excited to see overseas investor coming in with cash offer to buy houses, leaving the first home buyer struggling to even score a chance to bid. So, I decided to look around and find what are the other interesting in property scene apart from " that house sold for bloody 400K above reserve" kind of news. :(

Fortunately, from where I used to sit at work, I was surrounded by successful people, investor, and great entrepreneur. That is where I heard about container home business. So, I goggle up and found out that we have that kind of business in here!! And guess what, the lady behind this amazing idea sits 5 steps away from my desk!! Say what???

So I, literally approached her and hoping she would agree for the feature in this blog, and SHE SAID YES! She accepted my proposal!
- no ring involves tho - 

Meet Brenda Kelly, the spreadsheet Queen, my amazing and sweet colleague and the owner of IQ Container and read up her inspiring stories! You might want to own one!




What makes you started IQ Container Homes?
Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by small homes. Utilising the likes of clever storage solutions, innovative furniture and good design principles to make the most out of small spaces. When it comes down to it, the majority of us can live quite comfortably in a small space, one that is much more economical and less wasteful than your traditional sized home.  
NZ currently has one of the highest average sized dwellings in the world yet with an aging population, high proportion of singles, couples holding off till later in life to have children and the huge increase in the cost of housing, the demand for smaller homes is on the rise. It just doesn't make sense to keep building McMansions. I believe there is a gap in the NZ market for small homes. My passion for small space design, coupled with a desire to create affordable, sustainable, quality homes led me to take the giant leap of faith to start "IQ Container Homes Ltd" in 2013.


How long have you been living in Container home?
Faced with the realisation that gaining consent for such an alternative concept was going to take time and $, driven by the desire to stop paying rent, get some hands on experience with container construction and test different materials I embarked on a father daughter project of building one of my smaller designs, a prototype of sorts, to put on my land and live in while I awaited approval and construction for my larger home. This small off-grid unit which I aptly named "My Tiny Container Palace" served as home for 1 1/2 years and I loved it. Having since completed my larger council certified 45m2 2 bedroom home, I subsequently moved into this where I have been living for the last 6 months. I like to walk the talk.

What was your first impression of living in there? 
Living in "My Tiny Container Palace" was an awesome experience. Being only 10m2 in size, it forced me to downsize, go minimalist and taught me just how little is needed to have a very comfortable home. The design still allowed for a kitchen, living area, bedroom, office space, separate bathroom and plenty of storage. I lacked nothing! What's more it was completely off grid so I had no monthly bills.



Were you ever wish to go back to conventional house? and what are some of your favorite features on your container home? 
Having now lived in 2 container homes, I can't envisage ever wanting to revert to living in a conventional home. Containers are virtually indestructible, recognised as earthquake, hurricane and fire resistant. While our homes are smaller than most, our designs make effective use of space. While not completely off-grid, my larger home that I now reside in still features solar and rainwater harvesting (rainwater from the roof is recycled for use in flushing the toilet and clothes washing) but is grid tied allowing me to draw from the national grid for potable water and additional power. An eco-friendly gravity fed vermiculture (worm) based system is utilised for wastewater.  Fruit trees, composting facilities and a vege patch complement this sustainable home. Our homes are all constructed with superior insulation and non-toxic materials with photovoltaic (solar) system and rainwater recycling as standard. Not only do I have a healthy, warm, low maintenance home but it is environmentally responsible with minimal running costs.



What are three things any first-time container home owner must do? 
If considering your own container home;
A) Do your research. If you're hoping to build one yourself be prepared for a lot of R&D, expense and liaising with the council. If you're thinking you can purchase a few second hand containers and knock something up yourself on the cheap you are sadly mistaken, there is a lot involved. Definitely achievable but don't underestimate the time and cost. 
B) Ensure your site is easily accessible by road for delivery and that there are no covenants restricting this type of home in your area. Like any home, consider a design and orientation that makes the most of your site, sun and views. 
C) If looking to downsize, ensure the size and design are going to work for you and your family. Individual containers are quite narrow (interior width is around 2.2m wide once fully lined and insulated) Consider the use of dual purpose storage maximizing furniture to make the most of your space, don't assume your exiting furniture and entire wardrobe is going to fit, be realistic.

What’s the best way to enjoy the container home? 
I recommend building a large outdoor living area to supplement your container home, our layouts are all designed for indoor outdoor flow and an undercover deck can double the size of your living area and provide ample space to entertain year round. 
With eco-features such as photovoltaic system (solar panels) learn how to best utilise these. eg. Set your dishwasher and washing machine etc to run during the day when you're generating your own power to save on cost.
If looking to utilise as a bach or rental, it is not uncommon for a premium to be gained due the the novelty factor and environmental features.


What are the best selling design?
Our designs cater to a number of people and situations. Our small off-grid Great Barrier model is popular with fans of the tiny house movement after a cosy permanent home for themselves or couples after a weekend getaway for their site in the middle of nowhere or temporary accommodation while building. Our 2-bed Russell model is popular as a bach or minor dwelling. While our 3-4bed Paihia model is attractive to families.

With so much happening on the property scene, what's the best advice to invest in container home?
Container homes are constructed off-site and are relatively quick to build. While not cheap (if done properly), they are affordable. Due to requiring minimal cost effective pile foundations, they are often a suitable solution for difficult sites where traditional construction would prove cost prohibitive. They are also transportable, so if for some reason you wish to on-sell or move them at a later date this is a viable option. They are gaining momentum for first home buyers and investors and will assist ease the housing crisis.


How much can we expect to spend for a container home?
Our homes all feature a solar system and rainwater recycling as standard and can be delivered nation wide. They start from as little as $90k+gst (for a 1bed) through to $232k+gst for a 3-4 bed model. This price excludes consents, delivery and site works (foundations, connection to services and any decking/landscaping required)

What advice would you give to future owner?
Don't be afraid to try something different like a container home. NZ building code and strict council inspections mean these days homes are designed and constructed to survive a minimum of 50years. A well maintained container home will surpass that, providing a safe, warm home for several generations. 

What's the best thing about living in container home? 
It's hard to chose the best thing about living in a container home. If I had to chose, it would be the sense of security it provides (knowing its virtually indestructible) and the eco-features that ensure it is healthy, warm, environmentally responsible and has minimum running costs.



Are the container home suits couple or more to family?
Container homes have been described as lego for grown ups. Due to their modular construction they can even be added to over time if a client wants to start small and add on once family circumstances change and/or finances allow. For example our 2 bed Russell unit suitable for a couple, can be converted into a family sized 4 bed Paihia model with the addition of another container featuring 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

What are some common misconceptions about container home?
The most common misconception about container homes are that they can be built cheap. While a containers themselves are affordable, everything that goes into a container home is as per a normal house. In addition engineering and reinforcing is required to accommodate windows and doors and specialist insulation is used which all adds up. The other common misconception is that they will rust. Containers are mode from corrosion resistant Corten steel and a specialist steel paint is used which if maintained correctly (we recommend an annual wash down and repaint every 10years depending on the environment) will prevent any rusting.

It's amazing, isn't? Do you want to see more?

Check out this cool video by BRYCE from Living Big in a Tiny House. I got permission from Brenda to publish this video, and both Bryce and Brenda are amazing in the video! DO subscribe to Bryce Video for more cool stuff he has! That dude is AMAZING!!



'Till the next Hidden Gems' section!

August 09, 2016

[Video Tutorial] Strong Eye Make Up With Pale lipstick?

Hollaaaaaa! 
Like finally, video tutorial of the make up I did like probably last month, my goodness!
I've been busy, I've been busy, and definitely been sick and finally feel better! On the good news, I finally know how to edit video using proper video editing software! *toss confetti*

Personally, I like this kind of make up for a great day out with girlfriends, a good summer party, or the time when you want to look good, without looking like you are "trying to hard".

Hope you like the video, and do let me know what kind of make up look do you wish to see next :)







July 17, 2016

Cozy up!

Cozy up!


Phase Eight knee length dress
110 NZD - johnlewis.com


Jil Sander turtleneck sweater
530 NZD - stylebop.com


Barbara Bui red jacket
1,865 NZD - intermixonline.com


Anine Bing leather motorcycle jacket
1,540 NZD - orchardmile.com


Sandy Liang blue coat
490 NZD - stylebop.com


Black leather boots
65 NZD - spylovebuy.com


Suede shoes
1,510 NZD - christianlouboutin.com


Slip-on shoes
46 NZD - warehouse-london.com


Prada Sport white shoes
835 NZD - barneys.com


Chanel purse
8,700 NZD - 1stdibs.com


Cartier ring
6,560 NZD - therealreal.com


Cat-eye glasses
14 NZD - makemechic.com


Michael kors sunglasses
165 NZD - sunglasshut.com


Nails Inc gel nail polish
54 NZD - selfridges.com

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