7 March 2017

Althea Addiction #7: 24k gold mask & a mask that really helps with acne?

Ever since I've started my internship, I don't recall the last time I've found time/energy to type a blog entry T_T (It's so rare I get to leave at 6:30pm today so I actually have time to rest and blog at night!) But one thing I did find time is to stock up on masks!! I'm always eager to try new and funky masks, or really anything in general that'll help my face and is a cheaper alternative to a facial visit haha! I've been procrastinating this post for about a week so I've actually tried a few of these masks - in which I'll be including a short review on the ones I've tried below. On the side note, I find writing about my hauls really helpful in preventing 'accidental purchases' haha! (btw, I just bought my second bronzer in life lmao. My makeup collection is officially complete and I should stop shopping for new makeup. haha. jokes)

I pretty much get all my korean beauty products from Althea, so here's my usual favourite hot pink parcel. I ordered this parcel the same day I finished my favorite acne mask and I've never appreciated it's speedy delivery than ever. It literally took only a week to fly itself to my doorstep from Korea.

Got my 2-minute appetizer entertainment with this fine piece of bubble wrap. 

As you can see, besides of the sheet masks, everything else is also wrapped in bubble wrap. 

First up is Innisfree's capsul recipe pack - Jeju Bija & Tea Tree. (RM7 each) This mask is also the whole reason I made this purchase. Give me a bit more time to write a thorough review for you guys ok but 4 days of using this baby, my acne cleared up big time. So when I ran out, I repurchased 5 at one go. FYI, this is my 3rd time repurchasing so you know something works when you are repurchasing it non-stop. I personally use it chilled so after each use, i'll wrap it up with a Glad wrap and store it in the fridge. 

Next up is the SAEM's Sebum removing cotton swab. (RM10 a pack/ 40sticks) Because I don't own any sebum/black head extractors I've decided to get this to try and have my own DIY home facial. One end is the extractor and the other is regular cotton. Whether or not if this really works, I'll keep you guys posted! 

Believe or not but this 24k gold wrapping mask by PIOLANG (RM69) has been in my cart since new years eve! I've been holding back because I told myself I really have to finish up my existing masks. But since I really needed my innisfree acne mask, I thought why not. So here it is. Liquid gold

The mask seemed to be leaking from the side slightly but nothing too big as I could clean it up easily. I guess you can say the liquid gold was being quite a teaser. 

It comes with a spatula - which is great! But honestly the first thing that came to mind was "This packaging ugly lol" 

Ugly packaging aside, this was really really really. like. really satisfying to look at. 

allergy test haha. Also at this point I was really tempted to paint my whole body gold.

more sheet masks. Some of these were on promotion so I stocked a few up for those emergency nights where my face is just screaming for help. 

These Lebaton masks were retailing for RM3 each so i got about a mixture of 10(Aloe Soothing Essence Mask & Aqua Hydrating Essence Mask) on standby in case some of the random sheet masks I got from SaSa runs out. I actually did try the famous ' korean 1 sheet mask a day ' routine. Sure it was really effective and costly at the same time, but some nights I just really want to shower and sleep. I'm so tired that I don't even want to spare 10minutes to pamper my face and I'm sure we're all secretly like that. sleep > face 

On the side note, I've also tried these masks out and although they do keep my face hydrated, I personally didn't really like how sticky my skin felt even after a long period of time after removing. 

Another mask I saw that was under RM5 haha. So I bought one to try. This is Pure Smile's Original Essence Mask Royal Jelly. (RM3.70) 

This is one out of the two masks I bought from the brand APIEU. I've tried the gold one and have yet to try the silver one. But here's my thoughts on the gold silk blanket mask. (RM7) 

I can't read Korean but I'll assume that I was suppose to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes. Each mask has their specific wear time so I try my best to keep track of time while doing masks. 

I ain't gonna lie but this mask looked weird yet cool at the same time! It was so cool that it had this dual-chrome effect to it! But for odd reasons it just looked weird too haha. I really hope to like the mask but like the Lebaton one, I'm not a fan of this because this mask too, left a sticky touch on my skin. Asides from that I guess it doesn't really suit my face shape :(

This is probably the priciest single sheet mask I've purchased. I'm not a hardcore sheet mask believer so it's rare for me to purchase any sheet masks above RM10. So I made an exception to this hoping it'll really really work.
 This mask here is Dr.Jart+ 's Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution. This series of masks is retailing in Sephora for RM26 but I only got mine for RM15 on Althea! (so at least I'm getting a good start lol) Anyways, this mask is suppose to control blemishes and correct uneven skin tone. So a part of me is really hoping this works because really this sounds like everything I need in a sheet mask. 

Last but not least, I had to end this haul post with some form of makeup product. This is another product from the SAEM - Water candy tint in soft persimmon! (RM18) I know I own a lot of lip colours but I don't really have an orange water tint...so...I guess...it's...fine??? Will test it out soon when I have time and maybe I'll do a blog post again soon on a collective lip swatch? We'll see haha. 

Okay, officially ending with this innisfree green tea balancing skin miniature set. Got this for free in my parcel! I've previously tried their green tea face wash and I loved the scent! Can't wait to try these out as well! Thank you <3

On another very unrelated side note, my internship is ending soon and honestly, I never knew how much I enjoyed editing videos until now. At the mean time, I'm really struggling with deciding what major to further my studies in and also what university to enroll in T_T I'd love to write more but I need to work on some editing and then get some sleep soon in hopes that my health will improve tomorrow. Seriously most flu medication don't work on me anymore T_T

Good night!

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*