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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Elemis The HERO Collection - Beauty Review

The HERO Collection with the serene backdrop of The Magellan Sutera
For most of us, the quest for healthy skin is an ongoing struggle. For others, the only quest is for health itself. 

This month, you can get closer to reaching your #skingoals, while supporting Breast Cancer Care with Elemis

The Limited Edition ELEMIS: THE HERO COLLECTION comes in pink, which is recognised around the world as the colour to show support for women with breast cancer - and I mean completely pink!
Love the travelling bag!
To raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care, the collection comes in a pink box, with a pink travelling wash-bag. Inside you’ll get 4 products, also completely packaged in pink:



Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream: 

One of the brand's best sellers, this moisturiser is a bit on the pricey side, but according to online reviews, many women swear by it! 

“Clinically proven*, the powerful anti-ageing ingredients have been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve skin firmness, tone and hydration in 15 days. The unique Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica, has been shown to dramatically help skin moisturisation, improving suppleness, firmness and elasticity.”

A bit too rich for my skin, I'm gonna let my mom be the judge of this anti-aging miracle cream. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm: 

This smells really good. 

"Firm and smooth the delicate skin of the neck and décolleté with this powerful balm. In just 28 days this area will appear smoother, softer and more youthful*. Apply morning and evening to neck, decollete and bust area. Massage with light upward strokes and leave for few minutes before dressing."

Great for making your breast self-examination a pleasant one, and not such a chore.


Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil:

This body oil absorbs quickly so you're left with smoother, softer skin that smells heavenly, and no sticky residue.

"This truly exotic oil is rapidly absorbed providing superior moisturisation for dry, parched or mature skin. This product solidifies at cooler temperatures. Place the bottle in a bowl of warm water to return it to a silkly liquid. After bathing, apply to damp skin, massage over the entire body."

The only thing I really wanna know though: how damp is damp?!

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules:
The most luxurious serum I've ever tried. Love the way it warms up almost instantly when you rub your palms together before applying. 


"Formulated with optimum levels of anti-oxidant power to improve the visible signs of ageing and counteract the damaging effects of everyday pollution. These anti-oxidant moisturization capsules are the perfect skin-detox regimen for those who suffer the effects of pollution and lifestyle choices. Apply the contents of one pink Rose capsule in the morning (left) and one green Lavender capsule at night (right). Follow with moisturiser"

Elemis has pledged to donate £10,000 to Breast Cancer Care in the UK, and by purchasing THE HERO COLLECTION, you can help them achieve that goal, while also achieving total face & body nourishment for less! 

You can get your very own HERO COLLECTION at Mandara Spa, The Magellan Sutera Harbour for only RM383nett (actual worth per set RM661), but only until the end of this month (September 2016). I have just started using mine, but with my previous experience with Elemis products, I already know it’s gonna be great =D


Support your skin, support each other,
Calista xx

*Photos by OneWingedAngel168

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Unmissable Tips To Visit Beautiful Malaysia On A Budget

A lot of people are choosing to come to Malaysia for their next holiday, and I'm not surprised; there is so much to see and do that makes it an unforgettable holiday! However, it’s not always the cheapest country in the world, and if you are strapped for cash, it might put you off going. Don't fret! Here are some unmissable tips to visit beautiful Malaysia on a budget and still have a very good time.

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Fly cheaply and make stops
You can fly many different airlines to visit Malaysia, including Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines. If you want to travel cheaply, you should keep an eye out to see when these airlines have deals on. As this article explains, if you set up for flight alerts, they will let you know about deals that will save you a whole lotta money. Also, the day and date you go will make a big difference to the price, therefore try to depart on weekdays when fewer seats will be booked, and if you are travelling from very far away, you should choose a flight which has one or two stops if you want to make it cheaper. You might get to stop somewhere great to look around and it can make the cost a lot less!

Visit the less well-known areas
A lot of people head to Borneo and the capital city Kuala Lumpur when they are visiting Malaysia, and it's easy to see why! But don't forget you can also head to a smaller city such as Kota Bharu to experience a different side of Malaysia (you can see more on my previous blog). The prices of hotels and food are a lot more cost-effective if you are on a budget.

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Stay in a budget hotel
You can also save money on your trip to Malaysia by looking for budget-friendly hotels. After all, you are going to be looking around the area, not to be just sitting in your hotel room. It doesn’t need to be five star resort to have a great trip, however, make sure you do read the reviews before you book so that you know it’s clean and safe. You can look online to explore budget hotels in Malaysia that will be great to stay in. Also, you can save some money on your hotel price by booking out of high-season. You will get a lower price and will have more to spend on the rest of your trip.

Use public transport
A lot of people are put off using public transport in a different place. After all, you might not speak the language and could easily get lost. However, it will save you a lot of money if you do use the bus and train during your visit. As this article says, the local subways and bus services are quite easy to get around, so you will hopefully not get lost during your visit!

Also, make sure you buy food from the street stalls instead of restaurants if you want to save some cash. You will find some excellent food on the stalls that will often be a lot nicer than in the expensive restaurants!

A special Malaysia post will be coming up soon, especially for Malaysia Day month, so make sure you follow this blog!

Love always,
Calista xx

*This post is contributed.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Fascinating Finland: An Exhilarating Nordic Experience

Finland may have a modern, cosmopolitan capital but most of the destination remains untouched. It has a gloriously other-worldly feel about it and a natural landscape that is truly breathtaking. Visiting in summer and winter offer two vastly different experiences. From Helsinki to Finnish Lapland you’ll experience a country of wild and beautiful contrasts. Are you ready for an exhilarating Nordic Experience?

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Finland In The Winter
Visit Finland in winter for snow-white landscapes, magical dark days and numerous icy activities. In northernmost Finland the sun doesn’t rise for nearly a month, adding to this out-of-this-world experience. The Finns call this period Kaamos. However, by mid-April, there are up to 16 hours of sun a day. In winter you can enjoy everything from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and husky sledding to sleigh riding. Head to Finnish Lapland for the ultimate Nordic winter experience. Here in the wilderness, you’ll see how the nomadic Sami people live and get to witness reindeer in their natural habitat. If you’ve got kids, Santa Claus also happens to be available all year round at his home here! If you want snow, head to northern or eastern Finland in the winter. Here you can experience ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowboarding. And no winter trip would be complete without experiencing a traditional Finnish sauna. The best Finnish sauna experience ends with a plunge into an icy lake to cool off, and then sausages for dinner! You can stay in an ice hotel, an igloo or a log cabin and spend your nights trying to chase the spectacular Northern Lights. Winter in Finland is all about enjoying the outdoors. So wrap up warm and get ready to appreciate the beauty of ice, snow and crisp, fresh air as you enjoy myriad of exhilarating adventures.

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Finland In the Summer
Finland in summer brings the feeling of endless sunny days. In July and August, the sun doesn’t set. Hence why it is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. And the Finns certainly know how to celebrate! The spellbinding natural landscape means that summer celebrates all sorts of outdoor activity. You can swim in the lakes, go cycling across mountain roads, canoe and kayak, and enjoy forest walks and Nordic hiking. Experiencing the Midnight Sun is also one to add to the bucket list. Imagine seeing a day that never seems to end. Finland in the summer brings to life the beautiful wildlife and flowers that lay hidden in the nine months of winter. If you love nature, summer in Finland is perfect for exploring. And if you love fruit picking there is nowhere better to go! The forest floors are covered in all sorts of wild berries; from blueberries to cranberries and bilberries to lingonberries. It’s a great place to take children on a day of foraging. As Finland is known as a winter destination, summer is particularly quiet. For its serenity and calming nature, it also makes for a great escape if you are thinking about a babymoon, as you can do as little or as much as you want. If you love hiking, strolling, cycling and nature, and you want somewhere isolated and serene, Finland is the place to be in the summer months.

*This post is contributed.

Friday, 2 September 2016

#hitzEscape: Roaring Taiwan


I've never met anyone who's been to Taiwan and didn't fall in love it.

Personally, I've been to Taiwan twice: Once on a family trip to Taipei, and once on an Air Asia Fam trip for a leisure farming tour. I definitely wouldn't mind going again!

Taiwan is such a beautiful country, amplified by the fact that the people are so friendly and nice, not to mention there's so much to see, do and eat!
"Best thing about traveling is not always about what I will gain or how many selfie I will make. It's what I can afford to share with others and that will forever capture their hearts for my presence. Travel. Live. Love with tigerAir." - Jason.
Hitz fm Sabah & Tiger Air is sending one lucky winner plus a friend on a round trip to Taiwan with #hitzTigerAir, so this post is of course dedicated to helping them get the most out of the trip!

Night markets: With over 100 night markets all over Taiwan, it's no wonder they're the highlight of almost everyone's trip!  From clothes, food, fresh fruit, to street performers, the variety is so wide it is definitely possible to get everything you want, and if you can't find what you're looking for? Well, just try the next one! Tristan suggests checking out Shilin and Raohe.

Food: What's a place without good food? Taiwan is known for their street food, and Charlotte says the sausages and breakfast pancakes - little roti canais with meat, vege and sauce that is divine - are a must-try! Gin loves the mee sua (oyster noodles) and o jian (oyster omelette), and I personally really loved the rice balls you can get at almost every 7-11 and the beef noodles.

Sightseeing: Oliver's favourite place in Taiwan is Mao Kong Mountain, where you can ride a gondola up to the temple in the sky. It really is a beautiful and peaceful place, with a quaint lil village there too! An obvious landmark to visit would be Taipei 101, the highest tower in Taiwan. If you're exploring the city by rail, you can also collect stamps (as in rubber stamp prints) in a little booklet at various hotspots in Taipei! It's fun, a cool momento, and helps you make sure you've seen everything haha.

Been to Taipei one too many times? Check out the farmstays! Sounds weird, but so much fun. No actual farming is necessary - just pick a location in Taiwan, stay on a farm, walk through 100 year old pine trees, breathe in fresh air, watch the sunrise, or whatever else that particular leisure farm has to offer! Trust me, it's so relaxing and beautiful, and such a different experience from the norm, you'll be dying to go back!

Festivals: Chinese New Year is an experience in itself, but the Ping Xi Lantern festival, which is held every CNY, is something else altogether. 1000s of lanterns carrying personal wishes are released simultaneously into the sky, creating a beautiful landscape like no other. Deriving from over 100 years of history, this one constantly tops the list of must see festivals.

And finally, the people: The Taiwanese are so hospitable, friendly and genuine; and that is what keeps people going back for more. Everyone is so polite and eager to help, and so nice and generous! Abby actually fractured her leg before her trip, and because she was using crutches, she got so much free stuff and discounts hahaha.

Taiwan is definitely one of my favourite countries to visit, and I know you'll have a great time there too. Know any more tips? Drop me a comment!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @CalistaLeahLiew & Snapchat @CalistaLeah;
And join me on the hitz Playlist every weekday 10am - 1pm on 
hitz fm Sabah 100.8 in Kota Kinabalu & 99.8 in Sandakan! 
*Daily #hitzEscape tips at 12pm

Love always,
Calista xx

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Planning to Get Married Abroad? Your Essential Checklist

If you and your fiance love to travel, then you might consider getting married abroad for your wedding. It is a great way to celebrate your union, as well as being in a truly beautiful setting. You might consider a country that you both love, or even somewhere that neither of you has been to before. It can also double up as a honeymoon destination. So it works well for that reason too. Wherever you decide it will be, there is a lot to plan and organize; perhaps more than any other kind of wedding. So here are some essential things to remember. Then your wedding planning can run smoothly and be as stress-free as possible.

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Pretty much after you get engaged, you need to be thinking about where you would like to get married. It is a good idea to narrow it down to perhaps two or three locations. Then the next step is to do some research into the legalities of getting married in those locations. There might be certain costs for licenses involved, so it all needs to be taken into account. Do you need to be in the country at least a week before the wedding date, so that you can sort things out? All of this needs to be checked so that it will all run smoothly for you.

The next thing to think about is the budget that is available. Then it might help to determine exactly where it will be. You can still get married abroad on a budget. It could just be on a beautiful beach somewhere, rather than a luxurious hotel or resort. So don’t panic if there is less in the budget that you thought there would be.

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Once those decisions have been made, you need to know who will be coming. Knowing the number of guests helps you to narrow down the finer details like location specifics and things like catering. So one of the best things to do is to send out some save the date cards. You can gauge interest and make some plans from there. You could get some save the date cards from Pure Invitation online, or you could even make them yourself. Once those kinds of details have been organized, you can arrange things at the location. Will you want everyone to stay in the same hotel or just close by? Sending out details about flights and the destination to your guests will make it much easier for them to attend. It might even be a good idea to send them a reminder to check the date on their passports; as well as checking the expiry date on yours! If it needs to be renewed, then get it done as soon as possible.

Getting wedding and travel insurance are good ideas when you are planning a wedding abroad. You don’t want to be left with large bills, should anything untoward end up happening. If there is a contact at your wedding location, then make sure you keep in touch with them regularly. Be clear and specific about what you would like. Explain your expectations and what you want to do when you arrive in the country. Then your contact can make sure that they are around to help you out.

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Once the major issues of getting married abroad are in place, then you can get the ‘regular’ wedding planning sorted out. So think about the wedding dress, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. It is much harder to rent these kinds of things when you are abroad, as it will mean renting out for quite a while. So it might be easier to buy these outfits to take with you. Consider the climate of the country that you are going to and choose the outfits accordingly. You should bear in mind how you will do your makeup and hair on the day too. Will you seek out a local person and hope for the best? Or perhaps you and a bridesmaid could have some practices before you fly. Then you can just do it yourself on the day. Make sure you take all of the equipment and makeup you need with you, as well as things like power adapters. Then you can recreate the look easily.

Then the last things to do are in the couple of weeks before you fly. Make sure that all your holiday essentials are packed, like suncream and travel clothes. Pack anything else that you might need for the wedding too, like a handheld steamer for the dress, for example. Good luck and enjoy planning your wedding!

*This post is contributed

Saturday, 27 August 2016

If You Love To Travel, Check Out These Apps

If you are anything like me, you love your apps. Especially if they help you make the most of your holidays. There are lot of great new travel apps on the market. But there are some specific ones that you just cannot do without if you are planning a trip aboard any time soon. Read on for some top picks.

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Media apps
First of all long journeys can be boring, even if there is something exciting at the end of them to look forward. That's why it’s handy to always have an entertainment app at hand. You can get e- reading apps to catch up with that latest romance novel during a bus ride. Or how about a movie streaming app like ShowBox App Download - Free Movies App so that car journey isn't so boring when you're not driving?

If you are doing a city tour, why not download an audiobook through an app like audible that is set in the country for the city that you are in. It can help you get into the swing of things. Just remember to keep one earphone out, and your wits about you if you are in a strange place.

Google Maps
Of course, anyone from a seasoned traveler to an occasional holiday maker knows that map apps like the one from Google are essential. In many areas, you can get the time of public transport through these apps, as well as being able to pinpoint exactly where you are.

A useful feature that some have, that is particularly clever, is that you can get audio directions through your headphones. Then you can explore a new city at your ease, without worrying that you look too much like a lost tourist.

Taxi Apps
Another way to prevent highlighting yourself as a non local is by using taxi apps such as Uber. Then you can travel around your chosen location with ease and cut out the need for public transport altogether.  

Google Translate
Another app that you can’t do without on your adventures is one that will translate what people are saying to you. You can try one such as I translate or Google Translate. It is so helpful, especially if you are traveling alone to be able to get the gist of a menu or what a hotel reception clerk is telling you.

Jet Lag Apps
Lastly if you are a fan of long-haul trips, then you probably know all about the perils of jet lag. Cause by crossing a time zone, jet lag is when your body stays on ‘the clock’ of the previous area that you are in. This mean you want to sleep in the middle of the day and wake up at night!

Luckily, there are now even apps to help you overcome your jet lag as quick as possible. Apps like Jet Lag Rooster help you to close the gap between the previous time zone and the one you are in now. They do this by coming up with a sleep plan to get you into the new time zones’ pattern. So even if you can't get rid of it completely, you can minimize jet lag and the impact that it has on your trip.  

*This post is contributed.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Luxury Traveler? Awesome Modes Of Travel To Try Before You Die

Travel isn’t for everyone. Those cramped seats and long waits can be horrendous. Then there is that ominous odor that just won’t quit. Traffic jams, flight cancellations, and terrible food are just a few of the things that put people off going places. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You could enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Have a look at some of these incredibly luxurious ways to travel:

Private Jet
OK, so flying doesn’t appeal to everybody. But if you had your own private jet to fly about in, you might change your mind! Luxury leather seats, lots of legroom, and proper cutlery for your chef-selected meal sounds like heaven. If you haven’t got the garage space at home for your own plane, you can always charter a private flight at your convenience from your local airport. Get where you need to go without all the long queues.


Luxury RV
There are lots of types of motorhome that can cater for large family groups, partygoers, and even fashionable celebrities. Many of them are incredibly luxurious inside. If you’ve got a long road trip, forget the convertible. It’s comfort and air conditioning you need. Your own kitchenette on the go, plus a shower to cool down sounds perfect for a long journey by road. And if you’re tired, just pull over, and enjoy a well-deserved rest in a king size bed.

Limousine
If the journey’s not quite that long, you might fancy being driven. A chauffeur driven limousine is the perfect way to start a night out on the town. No taxis to hail, no worrying about having that extra tipple. And you can make an incredible entrance too! The door to door service is typical, but many people hire the car for an entire evening, making it easier to travel from venue to venue.

Cruise
A luxury cruise liner offers you the very best of everything. A beautiful suite with your own butler and balcony could be just the start. You’ll have amazing entertainment acts to enjoy. And the dining couldn’t be better. Best of all, you can choose what you want to eat, where you want to eat, and what time you want it served. There are spas, jacuzzis, pools and gyms to enjoy too. Choose the Caribbean, Europe or even the Far East to hop on and off for some shopping.


Yacht
Of course, you may want a more personal service and a lot more privacy while at sea. However, most people that hire a luxury yacht tend to stay moored at a luxury resort or secluded island. Enjoy bobbing about or, jump in for a swim. Choose a sunny venue, or just sail around to your New Hampshire mansion. The choice is yours.

Living the lifestyle of the rich and famous would be a dream come true for most of us. Of course, there may be a few financial hiccups along the way! But if you’re looking for that once in a lifetime experience, why not try one of these awesome modes of travel?

*This post was contributed.