Wanna win SK-II’s New CC Cream?

My favourite skincare brand will be launching their new product – the Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream!

This CC Cream is a part of SK-II Cellumination range, which basically helps to brighten and even out skin tone for an aura-like glow, as if skin is illuminated from within. If you have dark spots, uneven skin tone or dull complexion, you might want to give this range a try. I’ve heard (and read) great reviews about this range and I’m actually using one of the Cellumination product because one of my skin concerns is uneven skin tone. I don’t know if you noticed, but my nose and chin areas are slightly darker than the rest, and I was advised by SK-II skin consultant to add the Cellumination Aura Essence as part of my skincare regime.

 

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I just love how lightweight this essence is and how it absorbs quickly, just like SK-II’s Stempower essence (another favourite of mine). I’ve used it for about a month plus now and I noticed that my skin is not as oily as before, but instead it gives my skin a nice pearly glow. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream because it would complement the Cellumination Aura Essence that I’ve been using.

Anyway, SK-II have set up #ChangeDestiny Light Museum at the Centre Court, Suria KLCC in conjunction with the launching of their new product. And they are offering 3 Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream, worth RM274 each to 3 of my lucky readers!

Do you hear that? FREE SK-II CELLUMINATION AURACTIVATOR CC CREAM.


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Here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit the SK-II Light Museum at Centre Court, KLCC any time between 10am – 10pm, starting from 27th February until 2nd March 2015.

2. Mention my blog name (The Pink Stilettos) at the museum entrance to receive an Aura makeover with the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream.

3. Take a ‘before and after’ picture of your Aura makeover and upload it on your Instagram with these hashtags: #changedestiny #myaurabeautymoment #izaskiiauramakeover. Don’t forget to tag me @thepinkstilettos to your Instagram photo as well.

I will choose the top 3 readers with the best-looking glow to win the SK-II Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream. Winners will be notified at a later date via my Instagram.

Easy-peasy, right? And it starts tomorrow! #youdontwannamissthis

Good luck!

*Open to all my Malaysian readers



Grilled Chicken with Spinach Pesto

I love spinach. I love them raw, I love them steamed, I love them sautéed, I love them in soup, omelettes, sandwiches – I just love ‘em.

I always have spinach in my fridge because that’s the only green veggie that everyone in my family eats, including my kids (I put spinach in their kway teow soup).

(Oh yes, my hubby doesn’t eat that much veggies except for spinach, lettuce and that’s pretty much it -____-).

Anyway, the other day, I ran out of ideas of what to cook for dinner so I googled “spinach chicken” and found this amazing grilled chicken with spinach pesto recipe by Giada de Laurentiis. I’ve had the usual basil pesto but never tried spinach pesto before, so I just had to give it a try.

 

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The recipe didn’t use any garlic tho, but I decided to add a couple because the usual basil pesto recipe uses garlic, and because I think garlic makes dishes taste better, especially veggies. You can even add basil leaves to this spinach pesto if you like, for that herby flavour. The rest of the ingredients are pretty much the same like the usual basil pesto – pine nuts (or you can substitute with walnuts if you don’t have pine nuts), Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

 

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Making pesto is reaaaally easy. Just toss everything in the blender (or a food processor, if you have one) and zap until creamy. No cooking involved, yay! Well, of course you need to cook the chicken but we’re talking about making pesto here.

Here’s the recipe, adapted from foodnetwork.com.

Grilled Chicken with Spinach Pesto:

2 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cups pine nuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Heat the grill pan on medium heat and lightly oil the pan. Grill the chicken until cooked on both sides (you can also bake the chicken in the oven for about 20 minutes). Transfer to a plate and let cool.

In a blender, combine spinach, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and lemon peel and blend. With the blender running, gradually add olive oil until the mixture is creamy. Add salt and pulse lightly. Transfer the spinach mixture into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the spinach pesto over the chicken breasts and serve.

 

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IMG_5805You can make this pesto in advance, store it in a jar and keep it in the fridge up to 5-7 days.

And best part is, you can eat this pesto with anything! Pasta, sandwiches, burgers, chicken. I ate it with pasta the other day. Just stir a couple of tablespoons of pesto with cooked pasta in a pan over low heat and it’s ready to eat.

 

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This has become my new favourite pasta sauce. Yum! Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make your own, right?



Umm, hello

Hey, hey, look who’s back to blogging? *grins*

I just noticed that I’ve been updating my blog once a month now. I feel so bad. I’m such a lazy blogger sheeshh!

Oh hang on a sec, Raina is calling out for me.

BRB.

 

*10 minutes later*

Ok, I’m back. She just wanted some crackers and roti Nutella.

That little girl eats a lot, I’m telling you. She just had 2 plates of briyani rice (no, I didn’t cook it) and she still.. – oh no, somebody’s screaming!

 

*35 minutes later*

Righttt so that was Raina screaming for help. She couldn’t reach the fan switch and tried to climb on a chair and tripped a little. Nothing major. Then she asked me play Lego with her so I did, for a while.

You know what, I’m not really in the mood to blog now. I was going to post the recipe for my spinach pesto that I made recently, but I guess I’ll blog about that some other time.

I need to go pick up my dry clothes now before it rains.

 

Oh by the way, these just arrived today. My loot from Typo. So excited!

 

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Laters!



Touched

I put my girls to bed as usual, last night. I read them a bedtime story, chatted for a bit about their day, recited a few surahs and du’a, hugged and kissed them good night.

Then Ayra asked me to urut her knee. And then Raina also requested me to urut hers as well (she likes to follow whatever her sister does hehe). So I sat on the floor, in between their beds and urut them – one hand massaging Ayra’s knee, and another hand massaging Raina’s knee.

I told them that when I get older and sakit, they would have to urut and take care of me as well, just like I did to them.

Raina replied ‘okay’, but Ayra was awfully quiet.

And then I heard her sob.
OMG. She cried!

“I don’t want you to get older and sakit, nanti you die and I don’t have mommy anymore”.

Ohh sweetheart…

I hugged her tightly and whispered that mama’s here and I’m not going to die yet (and okay, I cried a little).
I was so touched!

“If you love mama, you have to make du’a to Allah and ask Him to protect me and let me live long enough so I can be with you”, I said and gave her a kiss.

She nodded.

“I love you mama”.

Sigh.

I love you, sayang. Both of you, so very much.

O God, be kind to me through the survival of my children,
setting them right for me, and allowing me to enjoy them.
My God, make long their lives for me,
increase their terms, bring up the smallest for me,
strengthen the weakest for me,
rectify for me their bodies, their religious dedication, and their moral traits,
make them well in their souls, their limbs,
and everything that concerns me of their affair,
and pour out for me and upon my hand their provisions!
Make them pious, fearing, insightful, hearing,
and obedient toward Thee, loving and well-disposed toward Thy friends,
and stubbornly resistant and full of hate toward all Thy enemies! Amen!

O God, through them strengthen my arm,
straighten my burdened back, multiply my number,
adorn my presence, keep alive my mention,
suffice me when I am away, help me in my needs,
and make them loving toward me, affectionate, approaching, upright, obedient,
Never disobedient, disrespectful, opposed, or offenders!
Help me in their upbringing, their education, and my devotion toward them,
give me among them from Thyself male children,
make that a good for me, and make them a help for me in that which I ask from Thee!
Give me and my progeny refuge from the accursed Satan,
for Thou hast created us, commanded us, and prohibited us, and made us desire
the reward of what Thou hast commanded, and fear its punishment!

Ameen.

[www.duas.org]



Handcrafted Crusted Ribs

I was invited to try out TGI Fridays’ new menu with a bunch of bloggers last week, and boy, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I had just recovered from a terrible cold – sore throat, non-stop sneezing followed by blocked nose and a slight fever that lasted for a few days. So this food testing was like a little celebration for me after 4 days of eating nothing but porridge and soups and warm apple cider vinegar with honey. Weee!

We went to TGI Fridays at The Curve. I haven’t been there in ages and didn’t even know they had revamped their outlet. I like it! It looks urban and feels more…. homey (I think because of the frames).

 

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IMG_0967Their latest promo. Handcrafted crusted ribs!

I don’t know about you, but the words crusted and ribs just made me drool. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in them.

But first, the appetizer.

IMG_0975Their famous Fridays Three-For-All – fried Mozzarella (my fave!), spicy buffalo wings and potato skins with beef bits. Yumminess in a platter!

And then behold, the star of the show – beef bacon crusted ribs, served with crispy seasoned fries and coleslaw. I mean really, just reading it is enough to make me salivate!

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This rack of ribs is cooked to perfection, glazed with smokey BBQ sauce and crusted with crispy beef bacon. The ribs were so tender and just kind of fell off the bone, and the crispy beef bacon adds a yummy crunchy texture to it. You beef lovers would love this!

And then we had this Texas spiced lamb ribs, also served with crispy seasoned fries and coleslaw. You can either choose lamb ribs, beef ribs or beef short ribs for this.

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Ok honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this particular dish because I’m not really a fan of lamb meat. They have this funny “sheep” smell which I don’t like. I even thought, “Ok, maybe I’ll just have 1-2 bites of this ribs, just to be polite”. But OMG, this lamb ribs exceeded my expectation. So juicy and tender and tasty and no funny sheep smell! Hehe.

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These lamb ribs are fire-grilled and crusted with a flavourful blend of Texas herbs and spices. It’s bone-licking good! I even had 2 of those.

We ended our meal with some desserts (why, of course).

IMG_1006Molten Chocolate Cake

IMG_1008Oreo Stack

IMG_1013And my favorite, Brownie Obsession.

Such a satisfying meal *rubs tummy*.

I’m sorry if my pictures are torturing you, but you can always go to your nearest TGI Fridays to satisfy your ribs craving. But better be hurry because this promo is for a limited time only!