Day trip in Johor Bahru Malaysia

What do you do if you’re looking for a day of leisure in JB that’s also relatively safe?

Many Singaporeans who don’t drive will like to go City Square or the newly opened Komtar JBCC when they want a day trip to JB to get more bang for their buck (‘cos S$1 = RM3). I used to visit City Square as it’s quite easy to get there – it’s literally just besides the JB customs, just cross the overhead bridge and you’re there. City Sq has many shops – affordable restaurants, cinema and shops – perfect for students on budget like I was.

I used to take a cab (teksi) after the JB customs to Taman Sentosa (nearby KSL Mall) more than 10 years back for RM6, but faced the problem that it was hard to get a teksi from there back to City Sq. With Grab/Uber it’s much easier, just invest in a data SIM card and viola, JB customs to KSL Mall in under RM10, another mall to explore!

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Anyway, the thing that sparked this post is more than the usual hair salons, cinemas, eateries in JB. I went for yet another short day trip to JB very recently, and one of my friends recommended this massage place outside of KSL Mall. I know, I was thinking why on earth are we walking under the hot sun for like 10 minutes in search of this massage place when there’s a few inside the mall?

We were at: https://www.facebook.com/thaiimperialjb/

Thai Imperial I : 217, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Tmn Century,johor bahru TEL: 07-333 1355
THAI IMPERIAL II: 70, Jalan Serampang, Tmn Pelangi,johor bahru TEL: 07-332 1633

(all photos grabbed from google)

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We went to the outlet at Sulaiman, and opted for a member happy hour oil massage at RM79 for 90 minutes (Super cheap!) There are quite a few Thai masseurs, and it’s definitely not sleazy. Private rooms are also provided (or at least I had one without additional charges lol). I was on one of those hollow beds with a hole for my head to face down and breathe, which I prefer to just a mattress on the floor.

And the massage was omg super good! I’m not a fan of full body oil massage as they are often painful, always oily and tend to do little for my aching upper back, shoulders and neck. However, the masseuse focused on my pain areas (typical pain points from a desk-bound job) and it was painful but gooood. Or in her words, “Ohhhh, no pain no good~!”

It’s sore, but a good kind of sore. I seriously love a nice back/shoulder/neck rub that eases the chronic soreness I have. Oh but do be “warned”, they will do a bit of the Thai-style twisting of your bodies at the end. lol. I groaned and laughed when she did that.

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Anyway, if you’re planning a short staycation, you can consider the newly opened Holiday Villa (there’s an infinity pool!) that’s just next to KSL Mall (which also has its own hotel & residence). And you can also pop by Taman Sentosa for the nice Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh (Pork Ribs Soup with rice).

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Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh 顺发肉骨茶
11 Jalan Sutera Satu, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru. Tel: +019-778-0709
Operating daily 8 am – 8 pm (Monday closed at 5 pm)

Alternatively, if you’re at Taman Sentosa area at night, there’s also plenty of food places around the area in walking distance.

Taiwan Buys

Well, just thought I’d share a snapshot of what I bought from my Taiwan trip (late post i know):

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Generally, these are some of the items that i purchased, and most of them are kind of available everywhere in shopping streets and night markets.

  • Bags from pgmall and skyblue shops are cheap.
  • Contact lens from Pegavision is also good from a friend’s recommendation.
  • Clothes follow the season, and cheap ones are like NT200 a pop
  • Shoe shops are aplenty too, and generally flats are cheap at NT200-390
  • Taiwan does stock up several Korean and Japan cosmetics, but these will be higher than if you get it directly from the source countries, of course. That’s kind of why I didn’t buy cosmetics.
  • Apparently this Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine (it’s a facial wipe) is really good for exfoliating, but I’ve not tried it yet.
  • Items like fake eyelashes “falsies”, and facial masks are cheap too. Some brands are My Beauty Diary, and My Scheming Masks. Generally one box of 10 can be as cheap as NT168-200
  • Please consider before buying electronics in TW. I bought a hairdryer on a whim, and then realised it’s 110V and incompatible with my country’s power. :/

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Anyway before I end this post, just like to promote the above item from my loots. I remember it’s cheap, and it really can pick out all the hairs from my hairbrush! I used to spend much time removing hair with my hands but it was so difficult. This tool seriously makes it a breeze. the metal hook thingys will catch the hairs and let you pull it off the brush easily.

Eyebrow Embroidery

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L: Lower quality. R: Better quality

I mentioned in my previous post that I really regretted doing eyebrow embroidery, and I feel like I should elaborate so other lazy girls like me know what to look out for.

I had this rather cheap package for Gelish manicure with this neighbourhood shop rather far from my house around 1 hour plus away (it actually got transferred from another shop that closed down). So I was going for periodical manicures to finish using up my USD100 package (yes it’s really cheap) and besides it’s really not too bad. One fine day the beautician started selling eyebrow embroidery services, telling me how good her skills are having trained with a renowned upmarket branded shop, and saying how she can give me a good discount with really natural-looking brows. I could get 30% off the price and even offset part of it with my package etc.

Yes I got sold by the convenience of eyebrow embroidery and went for it, paying about USD340 thinking that my brows will look like the right picture. But no, as fate would have it, mine turned out like the botched version of the left picture.

And guess what, eyebrow embroideries come with 2 session, at the 1st one the beautician gave my right brow a too-high tail, and at my 2nd the other beautician botched the color. So now I’m still grappling with the aftermath of a set of so grey it looks black eyebrows that’s not very artfully done,  with ink that runs so it’s blurry now. This is already like 8 months in, and I hope it doesn’t last as long as it’s supposed to be, like 2 years?

Oh my. I really should have done it in Korea or Taiwan where I expect the skills will be better. @.@ I hope you girls out there have better experience!

Korea Haul – Eyeshadow & Eyebrows

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Hey people! It’s been a long time so here’s a quick review of the 2 eyeshadows I’ve got from Korea. I think both are pretty similar in that after spreading they are very subtle, and there’s a fine sparkle about them.

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I’ve also been using the Lioele brow pencil that I got for cheap, and also Etude House’s Color My Brows. I feel that the brow pencil is nothing much to speak of, it’s just a really normal pencil, though I like the angled pencil. For the EH Color My Brows, it’s a rich brown colour but I think I selected the wrong shade (bright brown) for my eyebrows (more closer to dark grey). I really regret embroidering my brows and wish the pigment will fade away really soon!

Lash by Lash Extension

So I bought a local Groupon package for S$22 (16 USD) with a beauty shop in Orchard Road, for an introductory offer for a lash-by-lash extension. I’ve done cluster lash extensions before and thoroughly regretted spending the money, so this time round I only bought the voucher as my colleague is visiting this shop as well, and I see her nice results.

Read on till the end for my personal disclaimer!

Anyway, here are my results:

The shop’s name is Browtisan. Anyway the “young girl in 20s” on the website’s front page is totally photoshopped; the owner in person looks older than that.

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Pardon my obviously, crazily smoothed & whitened skin using photo apps – I’m that self-conscious hahaha.

Main focus is my lashes! ^-^ i LOVE it! it’s much thicker & longer than my natural lashes (made more sparse from the lousy cluster extension), and I feel pretty with these lashes (and BeautyCam)! Not to mention makeup becomes easier as I didn’t have to use mascara or eyeliner for the time the lashes are on me.

My cheap voucher only entitled me to the “natural” category of lash extensions, which was around 100-150 for 2 eyes (aka 50-60 for each). Anyway the beautician claimed she will tend to add on more lashes to account for those that will undergo natural fallout. The whole process was around 1 hour, and I actually dozed off like 2 times and erm, made those pig snorting sounds as my nose was blocked & I was breathing through my mouth @.@ hahaha!

Oh anyway in the end I paid another S$315 (USD 226) for 3 sessions that will come with moisturising eye mask instead of tape (these things tug at your eyes and will cause sagging I suppose?). I find it slightly unethical that they only told me about the charging of the 7% GST (Goods & Services Tax) AFTER I agreed to buy the package. tsk tsk. Usually the salons I go to don’t come up with GST addon after the customer agrees to buy the package.

That is one good reason why I’m not going back after my 3 sessions finishes, and not like I can afford many $100+ lash extensions all the time lol. I’m just a normal working girl. I do like it that I can just wake up and look even slightly prettier without doing anything – suits my lazy motto. LOL.

Now for the disclaimer: it does seem like not everyone is meant for such splurging. I didn’t feel any irritation from the glue’s vapour on the first day, but in the week plus that followed sometimes I’d suddenly get the sharp pain in my eyes when I yawn (which is a lot as I’m always sleep deprived lol). My other 2 colleagues who did it at the same place had little to no side effects at all.

Anyway, if you’re interested, I do see a couple of places that offer cheap 1st trials, and even just cheap rates:

First Trials:

Corene Nail Spa (Facebook)

Green Beauty Solutions

Nett prices:

Allure Secrets

Or, you can always look out for deals that specify “lash-by-lash extension”.

Never go for cluster extensions! 😀

 

Etude House Big Cover Cushion Concealer – After thoughts

After using the EH Big Cover Cushion Concealer for a few times, I find that I like the brightening effect it brings. After dabbing onto my under eyes, I’d use an inspired beauty blender to blend it out. (Anyway i guess the real blender isn’t this rock hard ?)

BUT GUESS WHAT?

Yesterday when I used it as I had a wedding to attend, and the sponge part of the concealer disintegrated into pieces and fell off! Omg. I’ve never read of that happening on any blog post before.

Was it because I didn’t use it enough? Didn’t dry it before I capped it? Hmm anyhow now my cushion concealer has turned into a cushionless – normal – concealer lol.

 

Korea Haul – Lipsticks Review

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Hello all!

Wow it’s been a really long time since my last update! Above are the lipsticks from my haul from my last trip in Korea – from L-R:

Missha Lasting Paint Tint (Red Poncho), Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk PK005, Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk OR201, Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense #23, Etude House Balm Color Tint #4, The Saem Kissholic Lipstick M in PK02. I also swatched at the extreme right my current go-to lipstick as a comparison, Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF15 in Pink Glisten.

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF15 in Pink Glisten

For a long time I’ve been using this lipstick as it has a nice pink tone to it, nothing too glaring. It also has the right amount of moisture and doesn’t cause any irritation to my sensitive lips. However I kind of went crazy at Seoul and wanted some variety with my lipstick collection, although I did ask myself after buying them – a tad too late – how many lips do I have to need to buy so many lipsticks. LOL. Well I can say the same for my eyes too.

Avoid Korea at all cost if you are vulnerable to cheap and cute cosmetics! 😀

Anyway here goes the long review of my lipsticks haul:

Missha Lasting Paint Tint (Red Poncho)

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This was actually my last lipstick bought in Seoul. I vaguely remembered I had bought many pinkish shades so I thought I’d get a red one. The color for this is very intense, glides well and is moisturising. I love it! There’s also a tint effect to it, so after the initial shiny gloss wears off there will be a nice tint left behind.

I do still feel a little hesitation to wear my whole lips red though, my teeth aren’t white so having my lips red will tend to make my teeth look more yellowish. Hence I’m only wearing it as a gradient lipstick for now. I do have high hopes for it though, perhaps to wear it full red for a night out. *wink*

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk PK005

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When I swatched this on my wrist I really thought it’s a moisturising and nice pink shade. However in real life, it’s not shiny like in the picture. And worse, I’m not sure why but on my lips it flakes. OMG. I tried to apply some vaseline before this lipstick but nope, it still flakes. It’s similar to what happens with the next lipstick…

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk OR201

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Again, like the “sister” lipstick above, this lipstick looks so dainty and pretty in its casing and on swatchd on my wrist, however on my lips it flaked again.

I hate my sensitive dry lips 😦

Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense #23

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Ok I have to be honest, this is one I haven’t really worn much.

It’s a matte kind of tint and it has a buttery consistency. when I tested it on my lips it doesn’t cause flaking, which is good! However I’m wondering if I chose the wrong shade as orange doesn’t seem to look flattering on me. hmm.

Etude House Balm Color Tint #4

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I Love this too! It’s like a cheaper version of Laneige Gradient Lipstick. This lip balm is so easy to apply and subtle enough for everyday use. I do have to be slightly careful not to smudge the lines too much though.

The Saem Kissholic Lipstick M in PK02

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This is a somewhat matte dull pink lipstick colour, also really suitable for everyday wear including during work.

What’s your favourite lipstick? Any shade recommendations for My Lips But Better (MLBB) look?

Meanwhile, enjoy your weekends dearies!

 

Dove Hair Set & Babyliss Ionic Hair Brush GWP

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I’m so excited to share this!

I saw my friend’s Facebook post about a GWP (Gift with Purchase) promotion for Dove, where she bought Dove’s Nutritive Solutions Shampoo and Conditioner and it came with a free Babyliss Ionic Hair Brush, all for the price of S$21.90!

I knew I had to get this! I know, I’m an auntie (a term for middle-aged woman who, in this context, loves to scout for best / free deals) at heart. I suppose different countries are running different promotions for Dove, I heard for Malaysia it’s another kind of brush.

Anyway, after scouring 4 shops I finally saw and grabbed my own set. My main focus is actually on the free gift so I have yet to try the new Dove products. Lol.

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Babyliss Ionic Brush

 

The Babyliss Ionic Brush is touted to have frizz control and conditioning ions, and operates with 2 AAA batteries which are included. Although they claim that this brush cost S$59, it looks more like it should cost not more than S$30. It is housed in plastic casing, light and has a hole in the middle supposedly to allow ions to go through.

My first thoughts? It’s definitely a good buy especially that it’s FREE, never mind the actual performance of the brush. But I’d say it’s not too bad. My hair does look more tamed and slightly shinier, though I don’t know how much of that is placebo effect. Haha. I shall wait and see.

Oh! By the way there are different versions of the Dove set, I saw the anti-hairfall and the damage care series. If you’re interested in that anyway. lol.

Korean Makeup Review: Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

Good day dearies! It’s one more day to Friday, finally! Weekends are soooOooOoO hard to reach. Anyway, sometime back I ordered some Korean products online and I got to try out one of them, so here’s a short review on it.

 

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Behind: Innisfree Dualcara Mascara, EH Moistfull Collagen Emulsion & Play Color Eyes in Ice Van. Front: Missha’s Style Perfect Concealer + Under Eye Brightener

Review: EH Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

Price: S$15.50Image and video hosting by TinyPicThis product is opaque and milky, and does moisturize rather well yet doesn’t give me any breakouts. It’s 180ml but I use a coin size of it every time so I guess it can last pretty long?

However it seems to be more suitable as a night cream because it does tend to feel very slightly sticky and shiny. I’d bought this intending to use it as a moisturizer before my foundation but perhaps I should’ve chosen the Moistfull Essence instead – think it’s closer to the Innisfree Green Tea Serum gel texture that’s less oily.

Lol nevertheless I’m still using this as a morning cream, and I’ve been too lazy to wear any makeup to work recently. Hah!

Etude House Lash Perm All Shockcara Review

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This Etude House Lash Perm All Shockcara was recommended as an all-round mascara by the EH sales person in Seoul, claiming that it gives volume and length.

I’ve used this mascara for a few times on my lashes  – first the zig-zag motion then the vertical brushing. I find that this mascara tends to clump when I do the zigzag motion which i do to get more volume (the vertical brushing is okay). Then I’ll have to wipe the excess with a tissue, which I find slightly inconveniencing as I’m a Lazy Girl and I’d love for all my makeup to be applied nicely the first time round (Eyeliners are another bane but that’s a tale for another time).

Once applied the mascare stays on nicely though, but before that you’ll probably need a lash comb to separate the lashes. Another inconvenience for the Lazy Girl ’cause I prefer a lighter look and easier AND faster application.

I’ve used drugstore brands like Maybelline & Loreal mascaras before and they apply slightly more easily though they end up flaking at the end of the day. So I guess we can’t have the best of both worlds?

Here’s a quick guide to applying mascaras:

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TGIF everyone!!!!!!  Lots of hugs and kisses from the (near) equator here!! 🙂