4 February 2017

#Candy Gets Hungry #7: Best affordable Churros in KL – A Street Churros food review

As seen on the title, today’s post is all about being crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I’ve never been to Paris but a fact for sure is that I’ve never had a good piece of churro until I’ve stumbled across this gem in town call Street Churros. I’ve first came across Street Churros at 1 Utama but too bad my busy schedule forbids me to try it *sobs* Lucky for me, I got an invitation the other day to review their churros and drinks at their latest branch at Berjaya Times Square!

I got to Times Square around 3PM and our review session started with the owner of Street Churros, Dato’ Joe Tan giving us a brief introduction on Street Churros. During the introduction, he had also shared with us the process of making the magic happen as well as introducing us to Street Churro’s best sellers.

 A glimpse of their menu

 First to be introduced would be their churros. Because, Street Churros, right? On the tray is their cinnamon, chocolate & cheese churro along with various dipping sauces. Dipping sauces available are chocolate, cream cheese, butter scotch, and blueberry. Their churros are selling for RM4.90 each while their dipping sauces are RM1.50 each.

One thing you guys need to know is that Street Churros only serves fresh churros to their customers at an affordable cost! The machines and ingredients used are also imported :) It was quite fun seeing the machine produce fresh dough for the churro. They have two machines to produce two shapes of churros – one is for the standard horseshoe churros, while the other is for filling churros. Once the produced dough meets the quality check for the perfect size & shape, they will be deep fried to a golden shade.

After frying, the churros will be set aside on a tray to cool for a short while before going through the coating station. Churros will be coated either in cinnamon/chocolate/cheese flavoured powder.

Here we have the drinks station where they brew their handcrafted beverages. Soon you’ll find out my favourite drink and churro from them! ;)

Original cinnamon churro with plain soft serve ice cream (RM7.90) Churros already tasted great especially when it’s warm. When you fuze a hot and cold dessert treat together, it just becomes the perfect duo.

The Ice Cream Churros are also available in a variety of toppings to choose from namely – plain (RM7.90), mango, choco choco, and choco berry (RM8.90).

Next to be introduced was their Shakes. On the left we have O’My Coconut and on the right we have O’My Mango. Both RM9.90 each.

 Fruit Ade (RM7.90) – Available in Lemon, Passionfruit, and Korean citron

A short history for those that are new to Street Churros like me haha

Soon later we were given a paper to fill in the food and drinks we were interested to try. Trust me, I was really tempted to order EVERYTHING on the menu ok. Without any further ado, let’s see what I ordered! 

From left to right we have their Cinnamon, chocolate, & cheese churro! (RM4.90 ea) These churros are shaped as a horseshoe because it is believed that horseshoes bring good luck to you! So cute to think of that right! Plus for RM4.90 each I think it’s a pretty fair price.

All their churros has the identical ‘crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside’ requirement checked. However, in terms of flavour, I find that their cinnamon sugar churro was the best. The balance of sugar and cinnamon ratio was just right for the perfect balance of sweetness.

The Cheese Churro simply screamed childhood in my mind. You know our favourite cheesy childhood snack Cheezels? Now imagine that yummy cheesy goodness all over a warm piece of churro. Personally, this wasn’t my fav but I wouldn’t say that it’s a bad flavour either, so if you’re a fan of Cheezels, I guarantee you’ll love this.

Their Chocolate Churro’s flavour was an interesting one. The typical chocolate churro will be coated in just basic chocolate powder & sugar but Street Churro elevates it with a touch of cinnamon flavour to it. I’m not sure if there is cinnamon in it but I do taste a faint cinnamon flavouring to it which does give off a refreshing vibe. I guess you could say this churro tasted like Christmas? :p Next up let’s welcome the filling churros.

Filling churros are selling for RM7.90 each, available in three flavours to choose from. (Chocolate, cream cheese, and custard) I’ve decided to try two out of the three – Chocolate & Cream Cheese. The photo above is their Cream Cheese Filling Churro. Because the churro is warm, the cream cheese was pretty messy to eat so just a heads up to get some tissues on hand if you’re planning to try this. If I wasn’t mistaken, the cream cheese churro is coated with cinnamon and sugar around it which surprisingly is quite a good match for the cream cheese filling.

Here’s the Chocolate Filling Churro. The churro on its own has the exact same crunch and coating as the chocolate flavoured horseshoe churros. Though with the addition of the chocolate filling, I personally find this combination a little too sweet for my liking. Though comparing this and the cream cheese one, I actually prefer this better haha!

Now we have our last churro treat of the day, Ice Cream Churro! Their ice cream churros are available in 4 flavours – plain (RM7.90 ea), mango, choco choco, and choco berry (RM8.90 ea). Being a chocolate fan, of course I chose to try Choco Choco Ice Cream Churro. The horseshoe churro was their cinnamon flavoured one which I think went well with this combination. This was one of the last churros served so at this point I was already very very full. Thankfully, the ice cream was a nice and light one. It had a very faint milk flavour to it and it wasn’t too sweet either so we managed to finish it despite being very full!

Now that we have covered all the churros I’ve tried, of course we can’t miss out on the drinks, right? The one above is one of their top sellers Iced Green Tea Latte (RM8.90 iced / RM7.90 hot) On such a hot day, I’ve opted for the iced cold option. Before I talk about the drink itself, can we take a moment to appreciate the cup? The blue Street Churro logo label around the cup is SUPER THICK and I find that super useful because you know when it comes to cold drinks, it gets pretty cold when you’re walking around the mall with it. If I’m walking around the mall with a cup of cold drink, I /have/ to wrap it with tissue and sometimes when you’re rushing also wrap until not pretty la haha. So basically in my opinion, this thick blue label (whatever you call it haha) looks great! + functionality on point.

As for the green tea latte itself, I’ll say that the matcha taste is just right though personally I find the beverage a little too sweet. I’ll definitely grab one of these again but keep in mind to tell them to make a less sweet one instead. For RM8.90, I wouldn’t say it’s a very cheap beverage but looking from the point where it’s a decent size drink plus it’s an iced green tea latte I think RM8.90 for it is considered cheap in the market.

 Caramel Macchiato. RM8.90 for hot and RM9.90 iced. This drink was not my cup of ‘latte’ as I personally find it a bit too sweet and too bitter for me.

O’My Coconut – selling for RM9.90, this too was one of their best selling beverages and I can see why. As Malaysians we all love a nice and chunky ice blended coconut shake to quench our thirst on a hot and sunny day. I really love this drink as you could actually taste the coconut in it, only thing was as it got to the bottom it tasted a little too sweet because I didn’t stir the caramel on top haha.

This drink was by far the most special drink I’ve had on the day. This is their Spanish latte – RM8.90 for hot / RM9.90 for iced. Two words to describe this: My Favourite. First things first, this is my first ever cup of Spanish latte so I have nothing in mind to compare this to but for a coffee beverage in general, this has a balance bittersweet taste to it. Not too sweet, not too bitter, just nice. Plus, this coffee beverage has cinnamon in it! Which really makes it stand out because I’ve personally never drank any latte with cinnamon in it. On the side note, I’m actually really glad that Street Churros is in 1 Utama because I know that I won’t have to go all the way to Times Square just to have another cup of Spanish Latte haha! (shows how much I love this drink ok)

Overall it was a great food tasting session. I really love the idea of a “made to order churro store” with affordable prices. My personal favourites have got to be their Cinnamon horseshoe churro and their Spanish latte. So highly recommend these to all first timers like me! Street Churros is actually still very new in Malaysia and is looking forward to expand their branches. I’m happy that they’re at 1 Utama, but if you guys want them nearer to you, just go over to their fb page and hint them! *wink wink*

I was so full that I got myself a little paper bag to bring home any leftovers for my sister to try! (don’t waste food ok!!) Surprisingly after a few hours, the churros were still crunchy! Plus points ok.

 Thanks for the invitation Street Churros and I hope this review comes in handy for those planning to try Street Churros or are simply hunting for a yummy piece of churro that isn’t going to make your wallet cry! Don't forget to share this out to all your churro-kakis! 

Oh and, Happy Chinese New Year! 

Street Churros Berjaya Times Square

 Lot LG-36
 Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, 
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 

* This was an invited food tasting event coverage but the review above is my honest opinion*

22 January 2017

Kylie Jenner Merry Lip Kit and Burgundy Kyshadow Palette unbox & swatches & review (+mini non-kylie giveaway)

Heyyyy everyone, this is going to be a lengthy post but make sure you stay til the end to see what I have for everyone ok! This is actually my "end-of-the-sem" / Christmas present to myself because the last semester was sooooo crazy tiring so I saved up big time and placed an order the moment everything restocked but who knew two weeks later they'll have a sweet promotion that would've saved me 30$ :(

Decided to unbox + swatch + quick demo of the products on a video! So check it out if you're too lazy to read haha

Since Kylie Cosmetics doesn't ship to Malaysia, I've shipped my order to my aunt's place in Singapore instead. When she received the parcel, she sent a photo of the box to me and it got me panicking! I mean, I wouldn't be so worried if I was shipping liquid lipsticks but the thing is I was shipping a 42$ palette over all the way from the United States! Thankfully everything arrived safe and sound :')

Now let the unboxing begin! Upon opening the box, you get 'KYLIE' printed on the inner top lid with the classic white drips on the top. Similar to most parcels, Kylie Cosmetics ships their products with foam sponges to ensure that your products don't break during shipment. All orders will come with an invoice as well.

Here's the stuff I got! I picked up Kylie's holiday edition Merry Lip Kit (30$) as well as her burgundy Kyshadow palette (42$) This was a pretty huge bank account damage for me because this is actually my first time splurging so much on just two makeup products in a go! T_T 

Here's whats written on the back of the lenticular "Kylie's Eyes" card.

Here's what you get in the Merry lip kit for 30$ - 1 Merry lip liner & 1 Merry matte liquid lipstick. The lip kit is packed in a silver rectangular box. Unlike the usual lip kits where the boxes open from the top, this limited edition Merry Lip Kit comes in a pretty sturdy hard box. (like gift boxes) The box has a reflective silver finish to it with the product info printed in white.

Now here's some close-up photos of the lip kit + swatches without filters

Merry is a cool tone red. It dried matte and was very difficult to remove with my usual makeup remover. I'm not an oil-based makeup remover user but if using makeup wipes + my usual water based makeup remover + 2 rounds of vaseline doesn't get it off, it's an issue for me. I don't use many lip liners but this lip liner in particular went on very smoothly. The liquid lipstick had a pleasant sweet scent to it. For a matte liquid lipstick, I'm actually pretty glad that the formula didn't completely dry my lips out but I strongly advise that if you have dry lips like me, be sure to exfoliate first!!

Next up is Kylie's Burgundy Kyshadow palette.

Overall I don't have much to comment on the outer box, I personally like how the edges is a metallic pink to indicate that it's the burgundy palette! It's great for those who owns her bronze & holiday palette as they could stack the three palettes and won't have a hard time searching for the right one. Not cool that they didn't state that it's the burgundy palette on the front of the packaging though! I also liked the simplicity of it's packaging though I did wish that the material of the palette wasn't a cardboard-like one but rather a plastic/metal kind?? If that even make any sense haha! Having a mirror or not doesn't make much of a difference to me as I probably would never end up using it unless I'm travelling with it. Though I'm sure for most people, having a mirror would be a plus point. (fyi, the holiday palette comes with one!)

Here's a closeup of the shades without filters. I've picked this palette because I personally find these shades very wearable especially when it'll complement my go-to burgundy liquid eyeliner very well.

As you could see from the swatches above, this palette has a good selection of mattes and shimmery shades. When I'm searching for a palette, I personally want a balance of bright shimmer shades and matte shades. I want transition shades and a good eye popping colour. Which I really wished it came with a brighter pearl shade I could use on my inner corners because Naked isn't exactly bright and popping enough for me. Neither was LA bright enough either. :(

Here's a quick experimental look I've tried out with this palette + Merry Lip Kit. (Yes, I've made sure I PS-ed my face smooth smooth for the photos lmao. I've tried to apply very minimal face makeup on during the video because my skin isn't exactly in a very good state so please bear with my skin throughout the video T_T tqqq

A few closeups on the look created using the Burgundy Kyshadow Palette

Closeup on Kylie's Merry Lip Kit. I personally love the colour and would definitely wear it when I'm feeling bold. Since they're so hard to remove, I guess it's pretty obvious that these lip kits are not joking about being long wearing. They're also almost kiss proof. Almost!

[ F I N A L    T H O U G H T S ]
The two products I've tried did come with a fairly high price but I will say that the pigmentation of the Kyshadows as well as the "not-so-drying" liquid lipstick formula does make up for it. I understand that you're also paying for the Kylie brand name. Personally, I'm obsessed with burgundy shades that's why when this palette launched, I knew that I just had to get it. So I saved up, and got it when they've launched the Merry Lip Kit. (that way I can justify my order and get free shipping lol) J

[Burgundy Kyshadow]
If you're looking for pigmentation + burgundy shades in a palette, I do believe that there are much cheaper alternatives in the market. However if you're a huge fan of Kylie, and you don't need a super duper bright popping shade like what I need, then go ahead! I personally don't regret my purchase as I could always reach out to one of the super shock colourpop singles for my inner eye corner! :) Also don't get me wrong, I really love the colour combinations of this palette, but my one and only main concern is really just the lack of a super popping inner eye highlight.

[Merry Lip Kit]
I don't know what benefits Diamond powder brings to me, but forget about that, lets talk packaging. I'm a HUGE fan of this packaging. I love it when anything comes in sturdy boxes because yes, I hoard packaging that are nice. So when I saw the box, I was like YES. My money has been justified. Kind of. Ok not really, because the shade is common. But lets talk about the lip liner and formula. My first ever lip liner was from NYX many years ago and because they tugged on my lips so bad, I've just stopped using lip liner until now. This Merry lip liner went on so smoothly. Plus as someone with super dry lips, matte liquid lipsticks scare me. There is only a handful of Colourpop matte liquid lips that I could wear without it flaking all over my lips. So thankfully, I've learned that as long as I exfoliate my lips, my Kylie's 30$ Merry Lip Kit will work pretty well for me. They don't dry my lips out throughout the day either, which is great for a matte liquid lipstick. Colour is gorgeous too! Only issue I have with it is just the removing process. Perhaps I really do need to get an oil makeup remover just for my liquid lipsticks?

[ O V E R A L L ]
Are they worth the buck? Yes and No. The products did not wow me. I don't think that they're too overly priced either because as I've mentioned, they are good quality stuff + the name. Though if you don't care about the name and just really want the shades, you can definitely find a cheaper alternative because it's not worth your 30-42$.

Would I repurchase from the brand: Perhaps not the Kyshadows unless there's gonna be a palette with colour selections that wows me. Lip kits? Sure! I'm actually looking into getting my hands on 22 & Kristen. But first, let me save. 

By the way, on a very unrelated to Kylie Cosmetics note. 2016 has given me many blogging opportunities and over the year, I've hauled so many products and has also been given so many products from various brands. Because I only have one face, I can't use everything. Plus I've also mentioned during my Club Clio launch blog post to stay tune for a mini future surprise! So here I've decided to put together a box of goodies including some products I personally love as well to giveaway to one beauty junkie like me. I've never done a giveaway before so this is something new to me and will be a small one. It's also very easy to enter as you don't have to share or repost anything. 

All you have to do is:

1. Follow my instagram @yumizo_
2. At the comments section, @tag a friend on this instagram post HERE 

and you're entered! <3

Giveaway ends on the 26th of January 2017. This giveaway is open to all with a valid Malaysia address. If you're under 18, be sure to get your parents permission before participating. Be sure that your instagram DM is open because I'll contact the winner via DM for your mailing details! <3 Good luck! To be fair, the winner will be selected using an online randomizer.

PS. This giveaway is not affiliated with any of the brands of products given or any of the social media involved. Some products are sponsored but not specifically for this giveaway. I'm not sure how this will go but hopefully at least one person will join? T v T

Thanks for reading til the end! Until next time!! <3