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Friday, 25 July 2014

Let Cut's Gallery Pamper That Gorgeous Mane!

If you follow me on facebook or instagram, you may have noticed that I love going to get my hair washed at the salon. The feeling of walking into a good salon and sitting in a comfy chair while being massaged and cleaned, then walking out with a soft and silky head of hair is unbeatable!

To get a complete pampering session, I went for a hair spa treatment at Cut's Gallery Hair Salon in Palm Square, Centrepoint. Known for their skilled and professional staff members, I definitely felt at ease from the moment I walked in! Everyone is so friendly, and you'll even find the director herself, Stella, either styling or just catching up with some of Cut's Gallery's regular customers!
Stella & Florence. Stella was trained by the legend Vidal Sassoon himself when she was in London! 
My stylist of the day was Florence, who excels in short 'dos, and is actually my brother Oliver's go-to stylist! After telling her my concerns, I was sent off for some rubbin' n scrubbin'. Percy (who is a joy to talk to; my mom really likes him - yes, I guess my whole family does frequent Cut's a lot, lol!) told me that they always wash the hair twice: first to remove surface dust and oil, second to really wash the hair and scalp. If you have oily hair, he suggests washing with colder water to control the scalp.
The hair washing section in Cut's Gallery & the famed L'Oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo
I got to try out L'Oreal's Mythic Oil shampoo, which I'd been dying to try since the ads came out. It didnt disappoint! The Mythic Oil series smells really good, and kinda reminds me of walking into The Body Shop, if you know what I mean. It's for all hair types, and after this experience I actually went out and bought a bottle for home!
L-R: Apply masque; Blow-drying after rinsing; Ta-da!; L'Oreal Lissceutic 2-step Hair Masque
After giving my hair a well-needed trim (I think it's been almost half a year since my last cut!), Florence proceeded to slather L'Oreal Liss Unlimited masque all over, from root to ends. The Lissceutic range is designed specially for women who have thick, unmanageable hair (if there has ever been a description for my hair, this is it lol) and want to counter dryness. It comes in two parts: the normal mask cream and an oil-based serum, which after application, has to be wrapped in clingfilm for maximum absorption into the hair follicles for about 20 minutes before rinsing. The result? Smooth, frizz-free hair with less volume, more control! And yes, I do realise that "less volume" doesnt sound like a good thing, but trust me, when you have enough hair for 2 & a half people on one tiny head, a little less volume really doesn't hurt! =P
My mom being circled by a UFO
While I waited for my mom to finish getting her hair coloured, Florence styled my hair a little so I could take a pretty picture with my favourite wall in the newly-renovated salon:
"Flip that weave!"
Before & After:
From frizzy ends to sexy curls!
So while Cut's Gallery is far from being unknown in KK, I gotta say they really do live up to their reputation. Having already conquered the higher end Sabahan market, as well as being one of the top hair and makeup academies in the state, Cut's Gallery has now opened 2 Cut's Gallery Express outlets (one in Megalong Donggongon and one in 88 Marketplace, Kepayan), to cater for the "express" crowd, aka people who may not want to spend the extra time and money on the luxurious experience you are guaranteed in the main outlet, but still desire the same professional end result.
Interior of Cut's Gallery Hair Salon in Palm Square, Centrepoint
I can't wait for my next trip there! Think it's about time for another trim anyhow.. =)

Love Always,
Calista xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Trying It On With Adidas Neo

You probably remember that I went on a shopping spree at Adidas Neo a few weeks ago, where I got to spend a RM1000 gift voucher because I'm awesome for an exclusive blog experience. You can check out my previous post HERE, where I pranced around the store like a kid in a candy shop, while in this post, I wanna share my experience in the girl's version of Disneyland...
"Skip, skip, skip to my -- Oooh! Pretty!"
As fun as it is to pick out new clothes, rummage through racks and racks of pretty dresses, and try on different pairs of shoes, I'd have to say the changing room is where the real fun is! Every little girl loves to dress up their dolls in different outfits, and every mother likes to dress up their own real life doll (aka their daughters) in cute little dresses for every occasion imaginable. This hobby doesnt stop for most girls, and only flourishes more once we reach that amazing age of having our own money!
Black Crop Top was fun but even the 2XS was a lil too big =/
The changing rooms in Adidas Neo, 1 Borneo are pretty spacious, and I had room to twist and turn while trying on different tops, even with Ana in there with me snapping pix! (Although, I guess you gotta bear in mind we're 2 of the tiniest girls in KK lol) I say tops because I'm not a fan of leggings, and the one pair of pants I took a fancy to made my butt look like twice the size of the rest of me. Which it probably is - hips dont lie for sure, but sometimes I wish they would!
Loving this casual sleeveless shirt - can wear this with almost anything!
Studded and black? Ring it up, cashier!
One thing I like about the Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection, is that although they do have a mostly feminine look, what with the pastel pinks and floral prints, but they also possess an edge which makes them wearable by even the least girly girls. 
I actually really love this whole look!
They're also casual, but in a dressy type of way, so you won't be overdressed, but you'll still look fashionable enough to hit the streets, not to mention that since this is the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, the designs are airy and comfortable enough for Malaysia's tropical weather (an average 35 degrees anyone..?)
Selena hips up a super casual yet comfy outfit with snazzy hi-tops!
Alright, I did promise to show you my haul in this post, I remember! So here we go:
No happiness like full shopping bags!
Pretty good for a couple of hours shopping huh? =P
I'm working on a special surprise for my next post - I hope you'll like it! Sneak peeks will be up on my facebook and instagram accounts, so don't forget to follow me!
We were tired and hungry after our shopping spree, so we decided to reward ourselves with yummy cake!

Love Always,
Calista xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

"Wait! Let Me Put On My Face!" and Other Makeup Stories

It's a well-known face that most girls (and some boys!) love makeup, whether on a daily basis, for the camera or stage, or to create masterpieces. Hey, your face is a great canvas, and who doesn't like getting dolled up?
Makeup can definitely boost your confidence; and your ability to feel sexy!
Coming back to basics, Make up allows us to create different looks based on our mood each day, and can complement an outfit. Best part? "Flaws" are easily covered up, while your best features can be accentuated beautifully. We live in an appearance-orientated world, and we all have those days where we stress over a blemish, scar or pimple, and wish we could just erase it. Of course, the proper way would be to apply the appropriate skin care, but while we're waiting for that whitening cream or pimple gel to work, concealer is our best friend before that important meeting or hot date! Personally, eye brightening concealer is a life-saver, because no matter what Korean/Japanese eye bag trend is going on, I'd very much love to live without my dark circles, thank-you-very-much!
Korean actresses with emphasised eye bags with the help of makeup

Another personal daily-must product for me is mascara, probably passed down from my mom, who never leaves the house without a flick of the mascara brush! (I use a lot more makeup than her though - mascara is her only cosmetic!) I love mascaras which can give me volume, as I'm blessed with long-ish lashes, but would love for them to be thicker. I'm not a big fan of falsies, thus am always on the hunt for new mascaras to try. Sephora is a haven for this: not only do they stock a large variety of brands, but as each brand usually has way more than one mascara... I just wish I had more eyes to try each time! =P
Mascara widens and brightens up your peepers!
Blusher and shader are other products I'd love to learn more about. With my hamster cheeks, blush and shading is a must, but unfortunately I'm still not as well-versed on them as I'd hope to be. I really envy the girls with amazing makeup skills; and good makeup skills often translate to a large and colourful makeup collection! In Sabah, we're not blessed with any makeup one-stop-shops (yet! Fingers crossed they decide to come in, to the 2 upcoming malls perhaps?), but all is not lost as there are still online stores such as Zalora where we can browse through a wide selection of makeup products and have them sent right to our doorstep! 
How about trying a horoscope-themed look? (Yes, I'm a Capricorn!) Source
While I'm not a fan of caked-on makeup every single day, I think we could all agree that makeup is a fun must-have for different occasions. My daily ritual is usually concealer, mascara, and most recently, eyebrow pencil, with jet black eyeliner if I'm feeling a little dark or fancy. What about YOU? How do you leave the house each day? Tell me in the comments!

Til next time,
Calista xx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sabah's Hospitality Ambassadors 2014

Given that tourism plays a big part in a nation's economy, it's no surprise that hotels all over Malaysia are constantly working to up their game and give travellers the best experience possible during their stay here, with great service and knowledge of their state.
The Awards Ceremony 
A few weeks ago I got to meet with this year's Sabah Hospitality Ambassadors, chosen by the Sabah/Labuan chapter of Malaysia's Association of Hotels (MAH) during the 40th anniversary celebration at Le Meridien Hotel. They told me the objective of this competition is to select an industry employee who would present a positive image of tourism in Sabah - a warm and friendly personality who is not only passionate, but also committed to their career as a hotelier!

The winner, in this case Ms. Zetty Raudhah Crehan of Sutera Harbour Resorts, will represent Sabah for the MAH National Employee of the Year award, co-represent MAH Sabah at official Ministry of Tourism functions, and be a spokesperson at career inspiration and guidance talks held by MAH Sabah Chapter member hotels. It wasn't an easy task, winning the award; a total of 11 participants were judged on their personal appearance, presentation, personality, intelligence, and communication skills.
L-R: Fauzy, Zetty and Haeruddin
Zetty definitely has the experience and the charisma to represent Sabah. Starting out as a flight attendant with Malaysia Airlines, Zetty regaled stories of her adventures in the sky, and subsequently on sea when she was Cruise Director for luxury cruise ship SY Lili Marleen! Deciding it was time to return to solid ground, Zetty now heads Pacific Club at The Pacific Sutera, and I can personally confirm that hospitality is definitely her forte! Her favourite part of Sabah? Tuaran, because it's not too far from the city, yet offers beautiful beaches, gorgeous wetlands, and amazing food!

1st and 2nd runners-up Haeruddin bin Nordin and Mohd Fauzi bin Latip, from Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan and Gayana Eco Resort respectively, also make their passion known, especially when talking about their workplace: Haeruddin names two of his managers at Starwood Hotels and Resorts as his mentors and inspiration, while Fauzi has definitely made his rounds to gain experience in various hotels around Malaysia, since 2001! When asked where their favourtie place in Sabah was, Haeruddin says the cultural experience of the Sabahan cowboys in Kota Belud has his heart; Fauzi, spending most of his time on the sunny Pulau Gaya, where Gayana Eco Resort is situated, loves taking trips up to Kundasang to cool off!
Me with the top 3 Sabahan Hospitality Ambassadors! 
I hope this yearly award will inspire those in the hospitality line to give their ultimate best, not only to be in the running to win next year's honour of being Sabah Hospitality Ambassador, but also to carry the name of our state's tourism above and beyond what we have achieved so far. Sabah is such a beautiful state, and those in the Tourism and Hospitality industry are front-liners to showcase our Sabahan pride!
Congratulations guys! =)

Til next time, 
Calista xx

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Red Hot Pyjama Party In KL!

Guess who just got back from KL!

... and yes I realise it hasnt been a month since I last left haha, but how could I resist coming down for a week when Air Asia was gracious enough to fly me down for the RED HOT party, and the new Tune Hotel's pyjama party? =D
A quick snap with Ashman before leaving the Sultan Lounge
Gotta thank the fabulous Ashman for literally creating a miracle and scouring every available option to get me a seat on 4 days of sold-out flights from KK - KL! (The website showed sold out flights from 28th - 31st May, probably because it was Kaamatan weekend) I was on the last physical seat too: 31F lol!
Heaps of kisses for Yukiko!!
I got to spend a few hours with my brother before meeting Yukiko for the Air Asia Red Hot Taylor Swift Live in Malaysia Party at Sultan Lounge, Mandarin Oriental on the 30th. Was feeling a bit sad that I was missing out on the Kaamatan madness, but also excited for the week ahead, as I'm having an extended slumber party with Yuki - she invited me to crash at her place for my whole trip, and even bought a new bed for the guest room just for me!
Rocking out with Taylor!
We arrived late due to horrific traffic in KL, as did quite a few others I believe, including Bruneian food blogger Thanis Lim, whom you might remember from KK, his second home! =P Was great catching up in a different city for once, and he even brought me a homemade matcha waffle! *yum~*
Taylor Swift inside and out on a special Air Asia Airbus A320! Why is she so pretty~
Look at all these lucky b*tches! Argh! (Yes, that is jealousy in my voice lol)
Air Asia is the official sponsor for Taylor Swift's South East Asia leg of her RED tour, hence the Red Hot party in anticipation of Taylor's first Malaysian concert. Backstage passes were the main lucky draw prize, but as you can probably guess, I didnt win the coveted tickets (gutted I dont have tickets to her show - I can't believe it's happening NOW and I'm here typing! T.T)

Even so, I did have fun chatting with new and familiar faces throughout the night, and even got to suck at charades with Yuki, Don and Zana over drinks and Luk-Luk before going home! No prizes for guessing we woke up late the next morning...

Yuki's husband Nate had bought us yummy nasi lemak and soy milk for breakfast, and Yuki stared at me in disbelief for about 10 seconds when I told her I'd never tried soy milk before. I havent! I dont like milk, so I just generally don't pick soy milk up. Hahaha.. It was pretty good though!

A snap in Yuki's car before checking in - that's Thanis' matcha waffle in between us!
I drove Yuki's Hyundai Tucson (Yuki, please remember your car model hahaha) up to KLIA 2, where the new Tune Hotel is situated.
Exterior and part of Tune Hotel KLIA 2's parking lot
We were impressed by the ample parking space right outside the hotel, while the fact that it's within walking distance from KLIA 2, and equipped with ramps and luggage trolleys, is definitely convenient for travellers.
Love the facilities inside the hotel itself! Check in, keep updated with arrival/departure times, or just lounge in the.. spacious lounge! Bottom right pic is the courtyard area where the pyjama party was held.
KLIA 2 is the new home of Malaysia's low-cost carriers, 
Air Asia having moved there in early June. 
The rumours are true: KLIA 2 is pretty huge. 
From landing to parking, it took about 10 minutes of taxiing down the runway, 
and walking through the arrival hall took about 20 mins before I reached baggage reclaim. 
I planned to reach the airport early when I flew back to KK, 
just in case I got lost/underestimated walking time from check-in to the departure gate etc.
Good news is that the KLIA Express now runs to KLIA 2 as well, 
with no extra charge - still a flat rate of RM35 one way.
Thanis did a pretty good job of KLIA2 For Dummies, you can check out his post HERE
Interior of the rooms
It was both mine and Yuki's first time staying in one of the Tune Hotels, and we were pleasantly surprised with the comfort of the room! We spent a bit of time trying to decide what to wear for the pyjama party; hey, I dont wear pyjamas to bed! (Not ones I'd wanna be seen in public in anyway haha)
I loved that everyone followed the theme! Except for.. Ana! I know you dont wear that for bed! Hahaha..
Also finally got to meet Sarawakian comic blogger Jian Goh aka Akiraceo, and Sabahan comic blogger Kendy in person (check out his blog on the 6th of June for a special feature on yours truly!) I could've sworn I took a photo with you Kendy.. Is it in your camera..? =P
Giant Jenga! Hahaha.. I wasnt the one who made it fall, cz obviously I couldnt play after level 1 =/
... And I thought this was gonna be a short update. Oh well!
Goodnight everyone!
Til next time,
Calista xx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

A.D.I.D.A.Shopping Sprees!

As we enter mid-year, I have to say May was a good month for me; it may very well be my favourite month for the first half of 2014! This was boosted by the fact that (if my Korn-referenced blog title hasnt given it away yet) I got to collaborate with Adidas Neo Malaysia for a blog shopping spree!

Armed with a RM1000 gift voucher, I marched into the 1 Borneo outlet, determined to walk out triumphantly with items that were not your everyday Calista -  I mean, what better opportunity to change up my style right? Having gone in for a sneak peek a couple of weeks before the actual trip, I knew Adidas Neo was the lifestyle division of Adidas, so I wasn't expecting your normal sports bras/running shoes.

Adidas Neo, 1 Borneo Hypermall
Photo credits Hayden Chan
The vibrant outlook of the store pretty much encompasses what the brand is about: bright, bold, and comfortable. The almost neon green of the logo catches your eye immediately; while the spacious and well-lit interior makes shopping a breeze. Another interesting fact? Selena Gomez is their guest designer! Is it any wonder the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is dominated by sweet colours with a rebellious streak?

I had a great time going through racks of bold prints and bright colours, trying on so many different pairs of shoes, and having a laugh with the staff! Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and what could make a shopping spree more fun? Shopping with a friend of course! Ana must have been bored stiff while I umm'd and ahh'd over which pieces would make the cut, but she heroically stood by me while taking some awesome photos of my indecisiveness! =P
The sleeveless pink jackets, or the sheer-sleeved floral?
Ready for anything!
With RM1000 in hand, I have to say I was quite surprised that it took me a while to actually use it all up! Prices are definitely reasonable, with tops starting from RM89.90 (there could be cheaper ones I didnt notice), and shoes on average RM189.90/pair. I'm quite happy with the amount of stuff I got, and even managed to grab a pair of sneakers for the bf - hey, gotta make the man happy every once in a while right? *wink*
Bright red sneakers, or black with a dash of hot pink? HMMM...
I'll show you my haul in the next post, but let's see if you can guess what I chose in the end?
*Hint: My initial determination faltered a little; I guess one can't change one's style overnight! Lol

Til next time,
Calista xx

Thursday, 5 June 2014

15 Years A Natural Beauty!

I think most girls would agree that makeup is a way of life for many of us, whether putting on a little lipstick for a day at work, winging out that liner for a night out, or just experimenting with different looks.

Like fashion, makeup trends come and go; which colours are in this season? Which particular shade? Matte, or shimmer? The list goes on. One thing is for certain though: 2014 is all about wearable makeup that gives you a healthy glow.

For Lunasol’s 15th Anniversary, Kanebo introduced the Lunasol Sand Spring 2014 Collection; a selection of nude, gold and natural shades, intent on creating a fresh look that’s simple to create, and easy to take from day to night.
With Vicky after my makeover
In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, I was invited to the Kanebo counter in Metrojaya, Suria Sabah for a makeover with the new makeup line. Vicky, KK’s very own Kanebo beauty consultant, told me that all Kanebo makeup artists are trained to finish a look within 45mins, compared to some makeup counters I’ve been to which take over an hour! =D

Arriving with a bare face, Vicky wiped my face over briefly before applying makeup base. The Lunasol Modeling Beige Skin contains SPF 30 PA++, so no extra sunblock is required – extra points! Makeup base smoothes out uneven skin tones and fine lines, and leaves the skin hydrated and glowing. I actually think its pretty ok to even use on its own for a light & casual day out!
Clockwise: Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation;
Apply foundation to the inner parts of face and slowly blend outwards;
Pat on loose powder then brush over with a flat brush;
Lunasol Skin Contrast Face Powder
The Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation was the next step to make sure I had the perfect skin before the rest of the colours were added on, followed by a light dusting of loose powder– the painting can only be as good as the canvas right? =P
Clockwise: Eye makeup complete!
Application of eyeshadow; Liquid Eyeliner; Line those water lines! Lenghty lashes.
As always, we start with the windows of the soul, and pretty up those peepers! The latest colour palettes accentuate the eyes’ natural contours, and enhance them subtly, rather than making it obvious you have coloured powder on them. Here’s a chart on how to apply eyeshadow properly (cz I know blending is so complicated hahaha)
After eyeshadow (I chose 03 Warm Sand), a quick swipe with liquid liner, a flick of mascara, and a smidge of pencil liner on the bottom lid, one of the most important things an eye-catching face needs, is a frame – I’m talking about those eyebrows of course!

Vicky successfully found my hiding cheekbones and highlighted them with Lunasol Sand Natural Cheeks in EX 02 (Natural Orange). This blusher looks so pretty!

All the products that were used to complete my look!
To finish off the look, concealer was first applied to the edges of my lips so as to make sure they were even, and followed by lip liner, and Full Glamour Lips in no. 24. To add a glisten to my smile, Vicky finished off with Pure Pink Treatment Gloss.

And voila! My finished look! Polished yet light enough to continue lunch and shopping with my mom! =D

Want a makeover? Drop by any Kanebo counter for a complimentary consultation by one of the Kanebo professional beauty consultants!

Til next time,
Calista xx