SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Giveaway!

Ok guys, I know I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. I haven’t been updating my blog in ages! Sorry about that. It’s just that I’ve been a bit busy (and super exhausted being a SAHM) and umm… I got so addicted to Instagram that I’ve kinda forgotten about my blog. Tee hee. Plus, we just got back from our family trip last week so that explains my short hiatus. Will blog about the trip soon.

Right now, I’ve some awesome news for you guys. I’m giving away my ultimate beauty product; the one that I’ve been using for the past 4 years – the amazing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml (worth RM229) to 5 of my lucky followers!

 

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Here’s what you need to do:

1) Go to SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika.

2) Take a selfie photo of yourself at the SK-II Pitera House (or get someone to take a photo of you).

IMG_5756Well, something like this.

3) Upload your selfie photo on your Instagram and include these hashtags: #izachangeskindestiny and #skiipiterahousemy. Remember to tag me to your photo as well (make sure your account is not private).

That’s it! This contest has been running since last Tuesday (7th Oct) and will end on 14th October 2014, which is next Tuesday. Still got time!

In case you’re wondering what the heck is a Pitera House, it’s actually SK-II’s first ever pop-up store that features a Discovery Gallery where visitors could discover and learn more about SK-II. If you’re new to SK-II, you really gotta come here (and join the selfie contest)! If you’re already an SK-II user, you should swing by too because they’re having promotions on their products – both women and men.

I went to the launch of the Pitera House yesterday. There were personal skin stories from local celebs and supermodels, as well as a mini concert, featuring Atilia Haron and Fynn Jamal. And there were macarons too! Heh heh #foodiealert.

 

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Dragged my husband to the event as well because he has been neglecting his skin so I was hoping he would at least terbuka hati to cleanse his face because he didn’t even use any skincare product (men, right). Bila naik pimple seketul baru nak cemas huhhh.

 

IMG_5701Inside the Pitera House

 

IMG_5709Checking out the Discovery Gallery. I was given a simple quiz and was told that there’d be a mystery gift if I manage to answer all correctly (I got all correct and received SK-II photo album wee!).

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IMG_5722Here’s an interesting experiment using apples and banana slices to show how SK-II Facial Treatment Essence protects the skin from oxidation.

 

 

IMG_5725As you can see, one half of the apple turned brown after being exposed to the air within a few minutes compared to the other half apple that was dipped with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). And the banana slice that was soaked in SK-II FTE was protected from oxidation and almost didn’t turn brown at all as compared to the ones in water and brand X essence. This concept applies to our skin as well. SK-II FTE helps to protect our skin from free radicals that can cause pigmentation, spots, wrinkles, aging and dull complexion. It’s never too late to start using FTE guys!

IMG_5789There’s also Magic Ring test which is an in-depth skin analysis based on your skin’s texture refinement, firmness power, spot control, wrinkle resilience and radiance enhancement. It could even determine your skin’s age!

IMG_5791*ehem* Hello my name is Iza and I’m a 24-year-old mom of 2 girls. Hehe

IMG_5823I didn’t know SK-II has CC Cream as well! Must be their new product. Tested it on my skin and I’m liking the light texture and coverage.

IMG_5845My husband also did the Magic Ring test and I managed to hasut him to try some of the men’s product. Now let’s just hope he’s rajin to use them everyday.

If you want to find out more on how you can take charge of your skin’s destiny and transform your skin to crystal clear, do come to the SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika from 10am to 10pm.  You can get a complimentary skin check with the Magic Ring test and join the selfie contest to win yourself a bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It’s only for a week, guys. Don’t miss this chance!

I will pick the 5 most creative and beautiful shots and the winners will be announced on my Instagram on 21st October 2014.

Good luck!



Petrosains Science Festival

So there was Petrosains Science Festival in KLCC last week. Did you guys know?

It was a week-long festival, happening from 15th to 21st September 2014, and it was open to everyone.

 

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I got the chance to attend the media launch of this Science Festival at Petrosains KLCC the other day. This festival was launched by Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Petrosains Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim giving a speech at the media launch

ISM_9996Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim, Petrosains Chief Executive Officer and Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1 with the key partners of Petrosains Science Festival 2014.

This year’s Science Festival theme is ‘Music, Arts and Science’ with hope to attract and inspire the public to understand science with a broader appreciation that includes science and arts. Visitors can expect various fun and educational activities for children, youth and parents alike, such as hands-on science workshops, immersive talks and forums, entertaining music and performances, and colorful displays of artworks.

I think this is a great way to encourage people especially children and youth to appreciate science because science is all around us and this festival could give them a holistic and enriching experience.

 

ISM_0092Yang Berhormat Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Education 1, Malaysia participating in one of the science workshop during the media launch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was also a live performance that combined music, art and science at the media launch. I thought it was cool!

Some of the fun activities at the festival include baking (cheesy cheesecake, cupcake art, yummy cookies), pop-up art cards, under the microscope, world of robot martial art (LEGO Mindstorms), shadow puppet creation and many many more.

Sigh, too bad we couldn’t join the festival. My girls would have enjoyed it. Next year, maybe!

For more info about this festival, visit www.sciencefestival.my.



Spinach and Mushroom Frittata with Beef Streaks

I made this spinach and mushroom frittata for breakfast this morning. It was definitely one of those rare mornings when I felt like making something a weebit fancy (well I usually have protein shake, so yeah… this is fancy).

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Frittata is a cross between an omelette and crustless quiche, in case you’re wondering. It’s loaded with all types of fillings, but unlike omelette, frittata is cooked (broiled) in the oven. It’s super duper easy, I promise!

For the fillings, you can use any veggies, meats, cheeses and herbs that you like. Broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, basil, chives, parsley, zucchini, sweet potato, chili, asparagus, ground meats, chicken slices, pepperoni, sausage… anything really. You can even add cooked pasta if you want it to be more filling.

 IMG_2992For this frittata, I used red capsicum, baby spinach, swiss brown mushroom and beef breakfast streaks, because that’s all I have in my fridge.

IMG_2996Saute the chopped onion, garlic and the fillings in a pan (if you have a cast iron skillet, then use that).

IMG_3002Then pour in the beaten egg mixture that has been seasoned with salt and pepper (I used 6 eggs by the way). Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese and chopped scallion and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.

IMG_3003Finally, place the whole pan under the broiler. Because I don’t have a cast iron skillet, I just placed my pan like this with the handle sticking out and let the oven door slightly ajar. Broil for about 8 minutes. (excuse my dirty oven! :P)

IMG_3021Remove from oven and let it cool before serving. I find it easier to cut it using a spatula.

IMG_3008And my fancy breakfast is served! Hehe.



My Hijab Story

I see more and more local female celebs who were once quite “sexy” have started wearing the hijab. I even followed some of the celebs’ hijrah stories and was truly amazed, not just by their appearance, but also how they have totally changed and become better Muslimah – even better than those who have worn the hijab long before they did (that would be me). MasyaAllah! It just shows that the Almighty can give His hidayah to whoever he wants.

As for me, I started wearing hijab when I was 9 years old but only at school. It wasn’t until I reached the age of 14 that I started wearing hijab full time.

Well… I didn’t actually decide it myself; it was my parents. They had been telling me (and my sisters) since we were small, that once we hit puberty, we will be accountable for all our sins, bad deeds as well as good deeds, and that they will no longer be responsible for our sins. So on top of not missing the 5 daily prayers, fasting in Ramadhan and other do’s and don’ts, we were also told to wear the hijab. Being a good daughter that I was (I still am la, ok hehe), I obeyed them without any protest. It wasn’t that easy tho.

One of the biggest issues I faced when I first wore hijab outside of school was styling it! I had to ditch my skirts and dresses and switch to wearing only long pants. And because I was the eldest, I didn’t have anyone to turn to for fashion advice. I had zero sense of style and didn’t know how to dress up especially with hijab. My sister’s friends used to ejek the way I wear my hijab and called me “tudung empat segi” because of the way I shaped my tudung that made my face looked squarish. Pffft. But seriously, when I looked back at my old photos when I was a teenager, I would cringe. No wonder I sulked in all the photos. I looked hideous!

Trust me, I’ve tried and tested all sorts of hijab styles. There was even a time when I wore a floral tudung with a scarf ring down the middle – with a denim shirt and cargo pants. 8-O I don’t know what I was thinking! But oh well, we’ve all had our fashion disaster moment, no? Hehe. So yeah, that was one of my biggest struggle when I first started wearing hijab, which actually lasted for a decade! I wanted to cover up but didn’t know how to do it nicely… and I felt ugly. My self-esteem was at the lowest point at that time (didn’t help that I also gained weight!) and I felt selekeh all the time. I just wanted to be invisible!

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the hijab. I just hated that I don’t know how to look nice wearing it. And I feel offended when I was told that wearing hijab “tak standard and outdated”. Sigh.

As years went by; as I grew older, I slowly started learning how to improve my appearance. After more than a decade, I finaaally “mastered” how to wear the hijab without looking selekeh (took me so long haha). I also started dieting to lose weight (but umm well, I’ve gained them back after my pregnancies woohoo). Honestly I never thought of becoming a lifestyle blogger and that people would actually ask me for style and fashion tips (seriously, guys? haha).

I am no fashionista, but I still think that just because you wear hijab doesn’t mean you cannot look good. I still think that you can still be modest and look chic at the same time and just be confident with yourself. Looking and feeling good don’t always mean wearing fancy clothes, the latest bags and shoes, and thick, heavy makeup. Sometimes something as simple as wearing deodorant and nice-smelling shampoo can make a huge different.

I find that my head feels so much more comfortable and “lighter” in hijab when my scalp and hair are clean and smelling fresh. I love how Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh gives my hair that clean and fresh feeling because nothing is more annoying than an itchy scalp and hair full of dandruff – not even if you’re “free hair”.

 

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And because I wear hijab, I feel the need to shampoo my hair every other day to maintain the cleanliness and freshness. It makes wearing my hijab a lot more pleasant and I love when I get a whiff of that sweet fruity-floral smell of Sunsilk shampoo, even when I had my hijab on (yes, you can actually smell your own hair even underneath the hijab!).

Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh is actually co-created with scalp care expert, Dr. Francesca Fusco, and the shampoo and conditioner are enriched with Vitamin Citrus Complex that cater specially for hijab-wearing women to give that fresh, itch-free and sweet-smelling scalp, even after a long day or wearing hijab. It also helps to remove excess sebum to give a clean and fresh scalp.

 

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I no longer feel selekeh now; in fact I love my hijab and I feel confident donning it. It is a part of me and I would feel incomplete without it. My hijab is going to stay with me for the rest of my life, insyaAllah. I do admit tho, I am not a perfect Muslimah. Modesty is a never-ending journey and there are a lot of things I need to improve myself as a Muslim woman, and I hope God will ease my journey.

Sunsilk understands the challenges and struggles that hijab-wearing ladies are facing, and they want to encourage women to share their hijab journey in their digital contest on Facebook, Menemanimu Sejak Tahun 2000. The Grand Prize includes, RM20,000 cash prize for you to achieve your aspiration, as well as Sunsilk products and t-shirt with your tudung journey illustration. There will also be 10 consolation prizes – RM3,000, t-shirt with your tudung journey illustrations and Sunsilk products.

I’m sure every one of you hijab-wearing ladies have your own challenges and struggles that you faced in your hijab journey. Share it here and who knows you might win yourself one of the cool prizes!

For more info about this contest, log on to https://apps.facebook.com/sunsilkmenemanimu.

 



Lavender

Guys, we have lavender growing right here in our own country! See?!

*jakun mode*

 
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I never knew we could grow lavender in our climate until that day when I was in Cameron. I was like, “OMG, lavender!! I’ve always wanted to go to Provence to see lavender field!”.

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Okay so it wasn’t exactly a huge field with rows and rows of lavender like in Provence; it was just a small garden. The lavenders were gated some more and no one’s allowed to walk through them unless if you’re a bride and groom couple who wants to take wedding photos in there (there were actually one when we were there. Everyone was like eee tak aci, nak jugak).

The rest of us pengantin lama can just take photos from outside the gates, thank you.

 

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These lavenders didn’t have any scent tho, which I thought was a tad weird. I had to take a closer look to check whether they were ori lavender or not. They were ori alright.

But whatevs – scent or no scent. The most important thing is, we have lavender here!

Malaysia boleh! Hehe *tiba-tiba*