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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Adidas Neo x Calista Leah Liew

Collaborating with Adidas Neo for their Selena Gomez Collection, local photographer Sham KY helped produce three different lifestyle looks.

I'm wearing Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Black Studded Bralet  RM89 and Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Black & Pink Sneakers  RM220

I'm wearing Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Black & White Striped Sleeveless Shirt  RM120 and Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Black & Silver Studded Flats  RM220

I'm wearing Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Floral Jacket with Sheer Sleeves  RM199 and Adidas Neo Selena Gomez Collection Black & Pink Sneakers  RM220

More photos can be found on my facebook page, so do drop by!

My previous Adidas posts HERE and HERE.

Love always,
Calista xx

Monday, 11 August 2014

For Feet As Smooth As Velvet - Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

If I were to ask you, which part of your body could use a little pampering, what would you say? (I really would like to know which part popped into your mind first - drop me a comment to let me know!)

Truth is, most people neglect one of the hardest working parts of our body when it comes to their beauty routine. Think about it: you probably do hair treatments/masks every once in a while, go for monthly facials, slather hand cream on daily, but how often do you think "Hmm, maybe my feet need a little TLC"?
Before using Scholl Velvet Smooth
We're on our feet most of the day, standing, walking or driving - your feet hardly catch a break. It's no wonder we have dry, rough skin and calluses! But what can we do? Foot spas are expensive, and DIY scrubbing with a normal foot pumice takes so much effort. Well, you can probably imagine how excited I was to receive an electronic foot file, with promises of silky smooth feet in just a few minutes!
The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi is an easy-grip, easy-to-use electronic foot file which requires minimum effort to achieve maximum smoothness. Powered by 4 AA batteries (included when purchasing), #MyVelvetSmooth buffs away hard skin in just minutes. The phrase "no pain, no gain" has never been further from the truth.

I did a vlog review of my experience using #MyVelvetSmooth for the first time, so I wont repeat all the info I've already mentioned in the video. This is my first time reviewing a beauty product on video, and my first time actually owning a foot file, let alone reviewing anything foot-related on my blog, so bear with me if I made any mistakes k? =)

The roller can be used approximately 12 times on each foot before it needs replacing, but of course this depends on the individual. I think I could use it for more, cz I have tiny feet, but my bf is using it as I type (looking like a kid with a new toy), so I'm probably gonna have to replace it much sooner seeing as he has, well, guy feet haha. Omg, he's already trying to steal my unit (with my refill) to give to his mom! =.="
Before (left) & After (right)
The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File retails at RM129.90 and refills are RM49.90 per pack. Available nationwide at Guardian, Watsons, Caring Pharmacy, Aeon Wellness, and Lazada. If you'd like to know more, or would like to get a RM10 discount, you can click HERE for a complimentary voucher!

Verdict: Definitely the best DIY pedicure tool I've used. Easy and safe, it smoothed out my rough skin in a matter of seconds, and while it's not a miracle worker, you can definitely see and feel the difference after just one use. It's also quick to clean, as you only need to run the roller under water for a few seconds and allow to dry before the next usage! Will definitely save you money on those pedicure spas!

Love (your feet) always,
Calista xx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Samsung NX Mini: A Social Media Lover's Best Friend

My life pretty much revolves around social media, and I'm not ashamed to say I'm plugged in almost every single day (yes, I get internet withdrawal symptoms)! Whether for work or leisure, Facebook or Instagram, it's no surprise that most of what I share and like, are photos.
Mantanani Island, Sabah
So when I got the opportunity to review the all-new Samsung NX Mini, I jumped at the chance. You've probably seen #myNXMini on a lot of my photos recently, and if you missed them, my previous blog posts from when I first received the camera back in April are HERE and HERE

Three months in, and I'm in love

The NXMini has been the perfect travel partner, event buddy, and all-round daily lifesaver since it has been introduced into my life. Small & light enough at 22.5mm & 158g to carry around in my handbag every day, I've been able to capture things I was never prepared for before, and with 20.5 megapixels? Those moments are clearer than ever. 

Never being the selfie-a-day kinda girl, this camera has definitely helped peak my interest in taking snaps here and there, now that I can confidently know I'm not cropping off half my face with the 3.0 inch flip screen (although, mastering that perfect angle and smile is still a learning process for me =P). With the ultra slim 9mm wide angle lens, I've also been able to snap a selfie of not just my face (which is common when snapping with a phone camera), but with a good view of the background as well! Not to mention group "wefie" shots have been much easier to compose. =)

But my favourite feature? It's gotta be the easy-as-pie (and almost as good) NFC, which allows me to transfer the photos I've taken with my camera, directly into my phone so I can upload them straight away!

All I have to do is:

You can press the DIRECT LINK button on top of the camera, or I prefer to: 

and it's on it's way to my smartphone. Since my main phone at the moment isn't a Samsung phone, I just have to make sure 

4. the Wi-Fi on my phone is turned on
Click my (prior downloaded) Samsung Smart Center App 
wait for the photo to pop up! 
Then I do my cropping or editing or whatever, and upload it directly to Instagram/Facebook just as I would a normal photo. My record so far is transferring about 70 photos at once so I could Whatsapp them to my friends after a trip to Brunei!

I didn't think much of the camera at first, was just expecting another camera to use *yay*. But after using it almost everyday for the past few months, my honest opinion is, it has made my life much easier and my photo skills, if I do say so myself, are getting better just by playing around with it. If I had to have one complaint, I'd say it's the NX Mini's inability to zoom, but hey, I'm already planning to get the zoom lens, which is also compact enough to carry around and interchange as needed! =)

The Samsung NX Mini comes in 5 colours; I'm using white, but the black and mint ones look pretty cool too. There's also pink and brown, and with the leatherette design I can't really say any of them look anything less than stylish. They're selling for RM1399 with kit lens in all Samsung outlets.

For more info you can check out the Samsung website or their facebook page (maybe they have a good offer? You neeeevveeerrr know~!!)

Love always,
Calista xx

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