Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winners Of Mini Botani Giveaway From Nature In A Box

Sorry for the slight delay in announcing the 5 winners of Mini Botani Giveaway From Nature In A Box.

Anyways, here are the 5 winners.......

OK, I'll just brief you on how I chose the 5 winners via random.org.

Firstly, I listed out all the names of the participants, including those who got additional entries by blogging about this giveaway in their respective blogs, in the order of the time each entry was received. So, in total, there were 16 entries.

Then, I put the list through the List Randomizer once to pick the 1st winner. In this case, the 1st winner is
Puteri87! And since Puteri87 had 2 additional entries, I eliminated her 2 other entries for the next round of randomizing.

And the 2nd winner is Angel! Then Angel's name was eliminated to go for the 3rd round of randomizing. The same process was repeated to choose the 3rd, 4th and 5th winners.

The 3rd winner is Baby, the 4th is Slowbrogal and the 5th is yl.

Winner #1: Puteri87
Winner #2: Angel
Winner #3: Baby
Winner #4: Slowbrogal
Winner #5: yl


To those who did not win, thank you for participating. All of you, including the winners, will be automatically entered for the upcoming Giveaway!

I will be forwarding your email addresses to Nature In A Box who will contact you for your mailing addresses to send the samples to you according to your skin types.

And please do remember to review the samples after you have tried them, either in your own blog(if you have one) and link to Nature In A Box Facebook page or give your feedback to Nature In A Box.

P.s. I must be really tired that I published this post without attaching the photos.... My apologies.

Photo: SASA Shopping Bag??

Yea, Vonvon has nothing better to do but to post up a pic of SASA shopping bag. :P

But this shopping bag is special, it's like Mary Poppins' bag, you know? ;)

Vonvon, that is me, went on a shopping spree in SASA last night, and got a bunch of goodies (all inside the shopping bag) for myself, and also for the upcoming Giveaways for my blog followers and also a special contest (with a special prize from Vonvon's private collection) for Vonvon's Interests Facebook Page fans!

Stay tuned!

P.s. Results for the Mini Giveaway by Nature In A Box will be announced tonight.

EOTD/FOTD: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio In PK403 Boudoir

I posted a couple of photos of my eye look using Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in PK403 Boudoir some weeks ago.

Shisiedo Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio
PK403 Boudoir

So here are the details on achieving this look.......... I added a dash of MAC Gilt By Association Mineralize Eyeshadow from Style Black Collection at the outer corner of the lid for contour. And the brown went subtly well with all the pinks! :)

Eye Of The Day
1 - Define brow with Stila Automatic Brow Definer in Coffee;
2 - Apply the lightest pink shade from the palette under the brow area;
3 - Apply the pink shade in the middle to the inner 1/2 the lid;
4 - Apply the rose pink shade on the outer 1/2 of the lid and blend;
5 - To add some depth and for contour, dab with a brush, MAC Gilt By Association Mineralize Eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye on top of the rose pink, but take care not to cover the whole area of rose pink with the brown;
6 - Line the upper lash line with MAC Super Slick Liquid Eye Liner in Smoky Heir, a beautiful dark violet shade;
7 - Line the lower lash line with Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Rose Quartz;
8 - Finish off with Estee Lauder Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

Face Of The Day
Face: MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base
Aqualabel White Liquid Foundation SPF23/PA++ in OC-10
Guerlain Meteorites

Cheeks: The Body Shop Roseflower Blush on the cheekbones
Clinique Enchanted Bronze below the cheekbones for slight contouring

Lips: Maybelline Colorsnesational Moisture Extreme Lip Color in Pink Bloom

Have a good day, my dear readers! :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Topshop/Topman Launch Party At Suria KLCC

Some weeks ago, Vonvon, that is Yours Truly ;), attended the Topshop/Topman Launch Party at Suria KLCC, held in conjunction with the re-opening of the newly-refurbished Topshop store and the opening of Topman new flagship store, which is the first stand-alone Topman store in South East Asia.

Vonvon at the Topshop/Topman Launch Party
Was not wearing anything Topshop that night, as some of the clothes that I like from their A/W collection didn't have my size. ;)

Topman flagship store at Suria KLCC

Free flow of cocktails

The refurbished Topshop store currently carries a much larger selection of Topshop mainline collections, including footwear and accessories. The store is well-stocked with Topshop Christmas Collection, consisting of 4 key trends - Snow Queen, New Puritan, Demi Couture and Abigail's Party.

The launch party for invited guests and media kicked off with Topman Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion show, followed by Topshop Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion show. And there was an exclusive late night shopping experience too. And this was the first time that Topshop Unique was launched exclusively in Topshop Suria KLCC.

Adam C was the emcee for the night

Some of the Topman A/W 2010 collection

Some of my favorites from Topshop A/W 2010 collection! :)

With my new friends....while Q-ing up for almost one hour to pay for just 1 pair of tights!

Huh! That night, the Q to the fitting room was so long, and so was the Q to pay! And all I managed to get was a pair of tights which after all the discounts, and voucher redemption, I only paid RM0.40! :D Normal price: RM63.

Actually I had wanted to get some of their dressy shorts, but unfortunately I am no longer a UK size 8 or 10, and all that they had was in those sizes....sigh....

It's not a big deal. But seriously the Q for the cashier that night was just too long. And they had only 3 cashiers working. Perhaps, they should set up some express tills for those who purchased less than 5 items, in events like this. I mean, I bought only 1 item, and my friend also, but we had to Q for 45 minutes to pay!

Photos: MAC A Tartan Tale Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit

MAC A Tartan Tale Violet My Love Lash & Line Kit

Pigment: Violet
Fluidline: Macroviolet
Mascara: Zoom Lash Zoomblack
Eyeliner brush: 209SE

Swatches, reviews and EOTDs coming up soon.......

Retails for RM165 at MAC stores and counters.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vonvon's Interests Is Featured in Beautiful With Brains!

Vonvon's Interests was featured in Gio's blog yesterday under the "Blogs We Love" series.

Gio has been a lovely friend and loyal reader of my blog since last year, and she was one of the Top Beauty Bloggers 2009, and it's really an honor to be featured in her blog. :)

Thank you so much, Gio! xoxo

And to the new readers who have come by after reading Gio's blog, a very warm welcome to all of you. You can also check out Vonvon's Interests Facebook Page.

Happy reading! :)

Hurry Up! The Mini Botani Giveaway From Nature In A Box Ends Tonight!

Just a gentle reminder to let you know that the Mini Giveaway by Nature In A Box closes tonight, 11.59PM Malaysian time.

Click here to enter.

And please, please abide by the rules. Putting the rule "Becoming a follower of my blog" is not my intention to 'beg' you to follow my blog. But I just want to be fair to other participants who have followed all the rules. Should you be chosen as one of the 5 winners and you did not abide by the rules, then it is not fair to those who did not win but is a follower of my blog and also a Fan of Nature In A Box Facebook Page. I hope you understand.

And to the participants who have entered, a big thank you to all of you. If you have a blog, please feel free to blog about this Giveaway and get yourself additional 2 entries. :)

Good luck!

Wacoal "X" Factor Women Only Event - By The Beauty Apprentice

Wearing the proper undergarments is like having a tummy tuck and other procedures without having to go under the knife. ;)


A couple of months ago, I received an invitation card sent out by Parkson to attend the Wacoal "X" Factor womens only event which was to be held at the Wacoal Counter at Level 1 of Gurney Plaza in Penang. Attendance was strictly by RSVP only. There was a choice of two sessions, 2.00-4.00pm or 7.00-9.00pm either on the 7th or the 8th of October, 2010. I decided to RSVP for the one on the evening of the 7th of October, 2010.

The Invite

Due to the usual traffic snarl, that evening I arrived at the Wacoal Counter at around 7.10pm and duly presented myself at the Registration Counter. I was given an envelope containing two vouchers and a customer profile form to fill in, which I was told to keep until the end of the event as it contained a Lucky Draw number and also entitled one to the Goodie Bag which was to be given out at the very end of the presentation.

The event kicked off at around 7.20pm that evening with a brief presentation about the importance of knowing your measurements and size when it comes to choosing undergarments. It seems that many women out there are either unaware that they are wearing the wrong undergarment size or are unaware that their undergarment size do change as they age.

Participants were then introduced to Wacoal's latest range of foundation garments known as Magic X. The Magic X range was unveiled to participants in a Fashion Show when two models appeared, each wearing a complete set of Magic X foundation garments, which consists of a bra, a vest and a girdle. The "X" in Magic X is supposed to denote the hourglass shape of a woman's body and is meant to enhance a woman's appearance thereby giving one that crucial missing "X" Factor. The three functions performed by the Magic X range is, to enhance the breasts, reduce the waistline and lift up the buttocks.

Participants were told that the ageing process affects the shape of a woman's body and that these bodily changes can be minimised and mitigated by wearing the correct size of underwear. The Magic X range is meant for those seeking to enhance their body shape, whether post pregnancy or otherwise, and in doing so it will enhance one's appearance, image and outlook, thereby creating a better body silhouette overall. These undergarments come in a range of bras, vests and girdles. The Magic X vest provides a push-in and lift-up effect and also provides a tummy tuck and waist enhancement. Its higher elasticity gives one the desired comfort. The vests have an "X" shape at the back for posture correction and strong backbone support. The Magic X girdles also provides one with that all important tummy tuck thereby creating a slender look and also has higher elasticity for comfort, and again endows one with that all important perfect silhouette. Participants were then introduced to a Wacoal employee whose body measurements were taken sans Magic X undergarments on and after, with the Magic X bra, vest and girdle on. Just by looking at her, after the employee wore the Magic X girdle and vest, there were indeed noticeable differences and enhancements in her appearance, namely a more visibly enhanced cleavage, a flatter tummy and more lifted buttocks. The physical measurements taken of the employee subsequently did indeed confirm the noticeable differences which were detected by the naked eye earlier on.

These undergarments do take getting used to and participants were told to start by wearing them for 2-3 hours only initially, slowly increasing as one goes along or when one has gotten used to wearing them. Wacoal also has a range of Crosswalker girdles which is supposed to assist in weight loss as one goes about one's daily routine especially when walking around. The material for this particular range of girdles is very soft and smooth indeed. A girdle specially for weight loss and works when worn just by walking around? Sounds rather interesting isn't it? Might be worth checking out!

During the interval that evening, Wacoal staff were on hand to assist participants in their selection and purchase of undergarments. They also assisted those who wished to get themselves measured to determine whether they were wearing undergarments of the correct size or not. Participants were then treated to food and refreshments which was catered from Secret Recipe and thereafter a Lucky Draw was conducted whereby five lucky ladies walked away with an additional Goodie Bag and a Wacoal voucher. The evening concluded with the participants collecting their respective Goodie Bags at the Registration Counter as they left.

Goodie bag (above) and discount vouchers

The Wacoal Magic X range retails from around RM359-90 onwards for the vests and RM289-90 onwards for the girdles. They are made of nylon and spandex in the ratio of 70% nylon to 30% spandex and is available at all Wacoal counters in Malaysia.

The Beauty Apprentice

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Random Saturday.....

Good morning, my dear readers!

I know that today, there are plenty of going-ons for many of you, beauty buffs and addicts, and so it is for me...... :)

Just some quick links here and there......

Don't forget to join the Mini Giveaway by Nature In A Box for readers/followers of Vonvon's Interests! Come on, sweeties....it's your chance to try out some awesome natural Australian skincare from Botani. Those who enter this current Giveaway will automatically get an extra entry for the next Giveaway starting next week which will be BIG, partly sponsored by Nature In A Box and also Yours Truly with some big brands' goodies!!! :D
But you must be a follower of my blog and also "Like" Nature In A Box Facebook page to qualify to enter the current Giveaway.

Next, Vonvon has created a Facebook page for Vonvon's Interests! Do drop by and "Like" it as for the next BIG Giveaway Vonvon's Interests Facebook fans will be given top priority with extra entries, which mean higher chances of winning BIG and AWESOME prizes!!!

If you are out shopping or window shopping for Christmas, drop by SASA for awesome deals at their Year End Sale!

Check out AromaFabulous products at tns Skinlab stores. I will give more info on the availability of this brand's products next week, as they are so NEW in Malaysia!

Here's some shots of Princess in the UK................

She imagines she's Darby(from Winnie The Pooh) on her scooter
"The super sleuth in on the way........"

With her parasol..........;)

LOL!!! Running away from the paparazzi, aka:Mummy...or what? :P

So long for now...............
Have a great Saturday and weekend! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Future Sephora Of Malaysia II

Good evening, my dear readers!

Vonvon has been busy working on my new Facebook page today, replying to tonnes of emails, preparing and scheduling posts, editing photos, and also received a little 'enlightenment' that I should only trust myself, and love myself more.....LOL!

Oh, and I was busy window shopping virtually at Sephora.com for their Black Friday's deal with the GWP of their luxe "Haul-iday" tote with only USD25 purchase for Beauty Insiders! Can't decide which NARS blush to get, or should I get the Orgasm Illuminator....but my biggest lemming is the Korres Vitamin E 10-Color Pencil Kit (pic below), hopefully my girlfriend would be able to get it for me. *fingers crossed and toes crossed too :P

Speaking of Sephora, last Saturday I was at Pavilion and Lot 10 area with my little girl again. This time, they had put up the posters of Sephora and that scaffolding which I saw in early November has been completely covered with netting, probably they are in the process of putting up the glass or whatever....

I am just counting the days to when the building is completed and I will be able to shop in Sephora right in my own country! I really hope that they will have all the brands that a Sephora in the US normally has!

Have a good evening!

Vonvon's Interests Is Now On Facebook!

Good morning, my dear readers!

Happy Black Friday! But I guess there's not much Black Friday celebration here, in Malaysia, with all the super duper great deals like what Sephora in the US has to offer, and so many other beauty brands, and consumer products' brands.....

Anyways, just to share with you, all the lovely people who have been reading and supporting my blog, Vonvon's Interests now has a Facebook page, just newly-created! Just as you have always shown your support for my blog, I hope you will continue to do the same for my page on Facebook.

Thank you so much, my wonderful readers!



100% Handmade Aromatherapy Products From AromaFabulous - By The Intrepid Beauty

NEW in Malaysia are AromaFabulous products which are hand-blended in Singapore and created from a combination of organic pure essential oils and ingredients. The founder of the AromaFabulous range of skincare and bodycare products is Sara Shih, a certified aromatherapist.

Some of the products which will be available are as follows:


Bamboo Mist Facial Care Range

(1) Bamboo Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Creme 200ml

Blended from Lavender, Lemon, Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Green Tea, it contains exfoliating beads. It's effective in removing all traces of makeup (note: not eye makeup as I always use a separate eye makeup remover) and leaves a pleasant scent on my face. I look forward to washing my face with this cleansing creme because of the scent. I apply a small amount on my dry face and wash off after massaging for a few seconds.

(2) Bamboo Antioxidant Facial Tonique 80ml

This small bottle is alcohol free and I use it in 2 ways, either applied with a cotton pad or spritz it on to my face whenever my skin feels dehydrated. The scent reminds me of Chinese herbs and no wonder as it contains herbal liquid extracts of Dang Gui, Green Tea and Ginseng. I wish the size of the bottle was slightly bigger as I like it and 80ml isn't a lot. Still, it's a good size for traveling.

(3) Ginseng & Green Tea Antioxidant Boost Moisturizer & Leave-on Masque 120ml

This is one of the heftiest/heaviest jars of moisturizers I've seen in a long time. Most moisturizers come in 50ml jars/bottles but this one is a mammoth 120ml. At first glance, it looks very thick but the texture isn't as creamy as it looks. Just a little will do for the entire face. Essential oils of Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang & Lemon are used in this moisturizer. I've used it as an overnight masque and it absorbs much faster than other overnight masks in my collection. Every time I use it as an overnight masque, my face feels smooth, glowing and well moisturised the next morning. The only downside to this moisturizer is that it's really too heavy and bulky to bring along when you travel. Other than that, it's probably good value for money since it's more than twice the size of most moisturizers on the market.

Rose Escape Facial Skin Care Range

Rose Escape Eye Creme & Leave-on Masque 15ml

Contains aromatherapy oils of Rose Damascena, Chamomile Roman and Neroli Blossom. As the texture is quite thick, you'll only need a dab for both eyes. It has quite an overwhelming rose scent.

Overall comment on Skincare range:
Although I generally don't mind scent in skincare, some people may find the scent in the products to be too overwhelming. These are all aromatherapy skincare products after all so one would have to be partial to scented skincare to find these products appealing.


Skinny Lemon Body Care Range

Skinny Lemon Body Wash 200ml

It claims to have high slimming and detoxifying properties. I think I'm beyond help when it comes to slimming products of any shape or form so I can't say it's helped me in that respect. I use this product in 2 ways, I massage a few pumps of the product directly on to my skin or pump some of the product into my bath. The scent of lemons is quite intoxicating and relaxing. A very luxurious body wash for sure.

Skinny Lemon Body Lotion 150ml

This Body Lotion complements the Body Wash. I apply the Body Lotion as soon as I've towelled myself dry. It's formulated to restore skin tone and softness, hydrate the skin and attack cellulite beneath. It has a blend of Citruses, Marine Collagen, rich Shea Butter and Macadamia Nuts. It doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky and one pump is about all I need for the parts that need hydrating.

Skinny Lemon Scalp Cleanser 200ml

As a scalp cleanser, it is effective because my scalp doesn't feel itchy until the next shampoo. Prior to using this shampoo, I was having an itchy scalp problem no thanks to a new shampoo I was trying out (more on that in another review perhaps) so this Scalp Cleanser was a Godsend. However, it's the driest shampoo I've ever used. It's difficult to massage the shampoo into my hair because my hair feels all matted up when I use this Scalp Cleanser. I'm not quite sure why this is so but there's no doubt it is a pretty good Scalp Cleanser. Until I tried this Scalp Cleanser, I hadn't used a shampoo which rendered my scalp itch-free for up to 5 days.

Skinny Lemon Hair Conditioner 200ml

Unlike most other hair conditioners, this product can be used on the scalp. After using this Hair Conditioner, my hair is instantly smooth and smelling of lemons. Seriously, the first time I used the Scalp Cleanser and Hair Conditioner, my hair still had the lingering scent of lemons the day after the shampoo.

Overall comment on Bodycare range:
It'd be right up your alley if you love the scent of lemons. I do and I especially like the haircare products as my scalp didn't itch for days in between shampoos. If I can forget when was the last time I shampoo-ed my hair, that says something about the effectiveness of the products.

Note: Prices of the products are currently unavailable. I'll update here as soon as I'm informed on the retail outlets where the products are available. All products are free from chemical additives and preservatives such as sulphates, paraben, lanolin, mineral oil, artificial colour, ethoxylate, silicone, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), petrochemicals and other pollutants typically found in today's products.

For more information and details, please contact the Malaysian distributor, Zecca Limited, myap@zeccaltd.com. Or visit here.

The Intrepid Beauty

*Photos by TIB