50Gram X Swanicoco - Show The Velvet Lipstick in Juliet Red review

23 September 2018

Hi kawans!! New lipstick review alert! Swanicoco is one of 2018's hottest brands in Korea specialized in formulating natural cosmetics using biotechnology and 50Gram(yes, the famous online florist) is the first in Malaysia to sell Swanicoco's Nature Bio Cosmetics! Thanks to 50Gram, a couple days back I received one of Swanicoco's Show The Velvet lipsticks in the mail and after trying it out for a few days I'm ready to share my review with you guys! PS. 50Gram is also hosting a giveaway and all the juicy details will be at the end of this post so keep your eyes out for it!

Before hopping into the review let me share with you guys a little more on Swanicoco. The brand started off by creating naturally fermented soaps through boiling medicinal herbs, then fermenting them. From there on, the brand grew into a K-Beauty brand known for their natural bio cosmetics. When fermenting cosmetics, the particles become smaller, thus enhancing the absorption rate on the skin. Apart from that, this process also helps to generate amino acids and antioxidants which is believed to treat damaged skin while providing anti-aging benefits. 

Swanicoco Show The Velvet
Now that we've got to know Swanicoco a little better, let's take a look at the lipstick. Swanicoco's Show The Velvet lipsticks are a series of velvet lipsticks featuring fun and vibrant shades. The lipsticks contain natural moisturizing ingredients like carnauba wax and natural oils to keep your lips moisturized. Apart from being moisturizing, the attractive colour is supposed to be long-lasting too. 

This series has a total of 3 shades - #Pink Blossom, #Shine Orange, and #Juliet Red. Out of the 3 shades mentioned, the one currently available for sale on 50Gram is the shade #Juliet Red. This will also be the shade I'm reviewing today!

The lipsticks are retailed at RM88.85 each on 50Gram. The price tag sounds a little hefty but there's a promotion going on right now so be sure to read until the end to find out more! By the way, this lipstick is limited edition meaning once it's sold out on 50Gram, they will not be restocking em again!

Here's how the lipstick packaging look like. It's a simple black casing with the product name printed on it. The casing has a pretty sturdy plastic material with a smooth matte finish to it.

The bottom of the packaging matches the lipstick shade and along with it, the shade name is also printed. On the lipstick's sticker label itself, you'll find the expiry date of the lipstick.

This lipstick features a twist-open packaging. This way I won't ever have to worry about not closing my lipstick properly and painting my whole bag red!!

#JulietRed
Finally, here's how the lipstick looks like. I got the shade #Juliet Red and as the name suggests, right off the bullet you can tell that this is a fiery bold red colour with a tiny hint of orange.

This is the amount of product you'll get. From the looks of it, a shade as bold and bright like this is usually something I'd only wear on special occasions meaning this amount of product is probably going to last me forever. Though no worries, in a bit I'll show you how to work this into an everyday lipstick!

I have a tendency to use lipsticks as a cheat form of  'blusher' so here's a single swatch of the lipstick in it's full glory on the left and on the right is how the lipstick would most likely look like when a small amount is blended out as a blush. 

From the swatch on the back of my hand, the lipstick looks super creamy and pigmented. Not patchy looking either. I've only swatched it once and the fiery red colour is popping!

The 'blush' attempt does seem like a nice rosy flushed colour but you really gotta take note that a little goes a LONG way. To be honest, I don't really know who'd in the right mind would ever think of using this bright red lipstick as a blush but I just had the urge to try and see how it'll go on my hand haha.

Personally if you asked me, I wouldn't recommend using this as a blush at all but if you really insist on trying,  I recommend wearing it underneath a sheer-light coverage foundation ///Tip: Blend FAST!/// Also if you're into the deep rosy pink cheeks, you can easily build the intensity of this "blush".

Moving on, it's time for some 'act vain' lip swatches!

Hello pale bare lips, let's see how much a little bit of lipstick can transform one's complexion. 

and viola. I think I went from looking pale to looking ready for a dinner date kan?? Okay so true to it's colour, #Juliet Red is a bright fun party red shade. The lipstick has a velvet finish to it thus it will allow you to 'cheat' a matte lip look while keeping the visibility of the fine lines on your lips at it's minimum. It doesn't feel drying on the lips but you will feel a powdery/velvety feeling though.

Here's how the lipstick looks like under a different indoor lighting away from the window.

It is not smudge proof so if you work fast enough, you technically 'can' use this as a quick emergency blush/eyeshadow!

Not entirely kiss-proof but for a bold red lipstick, it's actually not bad!

For those of you that would go "Huh?? I cannot wear such a bright red lipstick everyday leh!" Okay! I gotchu fam! Instead of applying the lipstick onto your lips the usual 'glide all over the lips' way, try dabbing the lipstick all over your lips gently to get a coral-red-pinkish colour instead. This gives you a hint of colour suitable for every day wear and if you're planning a night out after that, just switch up your look by going full on bold red lips. 

By the way, wearing it like this also takes away the powdery/velvety feeling on the lips you'll usually get when wearing velvet lipsticks! Another 'pro' to wearing your lipstick like this is that the fine lines on your lips will be way less obvious.

[Closeup lip swatches]
Here's my bare totally naked lips. Since most of the time I would forget to exfoliate my lips, I figured it'll be best for me to try this lipstick without exfoliating. Also, when it comes to wearing velvet/matte lipsticks, I usually don't apply any lip balm underneath as I feel that it'll alter the formula slightly.

One coat of Swanicoco's Show The Velvet in #Juliet Red! You can see some fine lines on the lips but this is barely noticeable from afar.

Finally here's a closeup on how the lipstick looks on my lips when it is lightly dabbed on instead of the usual standard lipstick application method. I personally like this better because my lips feel 10x more comfortable and this colour is so much more wearable for an everyday look! Plus, can you see how much less visible the lines on my lips are?

I was testing halfway and since I was meeting my bf for brunch I decided to just wear this out to test especially knowing that our brunch would be an oily one hahaha. This is how Swanicoco's Show The Velvet lipstick in Juliet red(dabbed on version) looks like after having a delicious bowl of Ipoh prawn hor fun. The result shows that the lipstick has successfully survived the oily meal test but instead of looking matte it looks a little shiny now LOL. 

πŸ‘„Overall rating: 8.5/10πŸ‘„
Packaging: 8/10 (love the twist-open concept but packaging designed seemed a little average)
Comfort (full on red): 6.5/10!!
Comfort (as a hint of colour): a solid 9.5/10!!! (super comfy!)
Colour: 8/10
Price: 5/10 

I think my thoughts on this lipstick is scattered all over the post but here's a quick summary on it! When wearing this lipstick or velvet lipsticks in general, there's a powdery/velvety feeling on the lips and in terms of comfort, I kinda have a love hate relationship with that? I like how velvet lipsticks don't feel super drying and they don't accentuate the fine lines on my lips as much as matte lipsticks do but sometimes I do find the powdery feeling a little annoying?

The lipstick has a rose scent to it but once you have it on your lips you won't smell it anymore. As for the colour, I love the bold red shade for a dinner night out but I'm not one to wear such a sharp bright red when I'm just out to run some errands. Though with this said, I like how I can simply switch up the way I apply the lipstick and get a beautiful pinkish-coral colour by lightly dabbing the lipstick onto my lips. 

Comparing the two 'wearing methods' I prefer lightly dabbing the lipstick on then slowly building the intensity from there. By doing so the product feels way more comfortable on my lips, the colour doesn't look as intense, I can wear that shade everyday, and the fine lines on my lips are way less obvious. 

In terms of long wearing, I think it's pretty long wearing? It didn't stay on for 24 hours but it is as long lasting as most velvet lipsticks! If I'm wearing the 'dabbed on' method, there's still a tiny hint of colour left on my lips evenly by the end of the day. However if I go full on red, by the end of the day, there's still some colour left but it did look a little patchy.

The lipstick is also very easy to remove when using a cotton pad but it did stain my lips a tiny bit. A positive sign is that this is probably the 'least staining' red lipstick I've used.

Where + How to buy/win?
Yes, win!! I'll get to that in a bit but at the moment, the only place in Malaysia selling Swanicoco's Show The Velvet lipsticks is 50Gram. Nationwide delivery is available so just make your purchase and your lipstick will be shipped to your doorstep! 

Now I did mention that this lipstick is limited edition and the only way you'll be able to purchase/win the lipstick is via THIS LINK HERE! Once you've arrived at the link you'll see this page:

To purchase Swanicoco's Show The Velvet lipstick, all you have to do is sign up this form and once you're done, you will be able to access the product page and at the same time you will also be given your very own referral link! 

50Gram is also hosting a giveaway! By signing up, you will be automatically entered in this giveaway to stand a chance to win yourself a free lipstick + a villa stay!!! The more you refer, the more goodies you'll unlock! 

When you get a number of kawans to sign up through your referral link, you will be able to unlock some discounts too! So hurry up and get your kawans to sign up using YOUR referral link (you'll get it after signing up via THIS LINK)! Each person that signs up via your link will grant you 1 referral point.

By the end of the giveaway, whomever with the most referral points will be receiving a complimentary stay in a Villa along with a complimentary lipstick! The top 2nd-50th will also win yourselves a lipstick!


πŸ’–πŸ’–That is all for my review today, and good luck!πŸ’–πŸ’–

-candy-

The product reviewed is sent to me by 50Gram but all opinions mentioned are 100% mine and un-bias!

Early 21st Birthday Celebration with a Fun Dining Experience at Babe Restaurant

17 September 2018

Hello friends! Today I'm back with another foodie post but before anything else, lemme thank my boyfie that's currently in Tokyo(the land with the best 7-11 and Lawson konbinis) eating all the uni, ikura, and ramen he can get his hands on---- for taking me to this restaurant for my early 21st birthday celebration! Yes, I'm not a baby any more guys!!

The restaurant we visited is called Babe and it's located on the top floor of Work@Clearwater, Damansara Heights. Babe Gastro/ Babe Restaurant serves Japas dishes (Japanese inspired Tapas) through a 'fun dining' experience, best described as fine dining with a splash of fun? Continue reading until the end and you will get what I mean :D

Only photo of the restaurant I took > <


Our reservation is at 7PM and upon arrival the waiter brought us to our table right by the window facing the KL skyline. Too bad the weather was a little foggy over at KL, otherwise the view would've been perfect. When I saw that our table was located at a semi-open air area, I prayed for my makeup. Thank goodness it was actually pretty nice and cooling!

After settling down at our table, the waiter explained the menu options to us. I believe there were 3 set menus to choose from along with a variety of ala-carte choices available. We both chose their mid-range Summer Tasting Menu featuring an 8-course meal priced at RM300+ per pax.

For the main course, there was a choice of Lamb Loin or A5 Kagoshima Wagyu (extra charge of RM120) and because we were tempted to try both, we ordered one of each to share. 

Babe Restaurant wasn't kidding about giving their diners a 'fun dining' experience. These two Alice in Wonderland inspired mystery 'drinks' are complimentary on the house to start our journey. The two tubes feature two different types of flavours and we were given some time alone to taste and guess before the waiter comes back to reveal the answers. No prizes if you get both right but either way it was still a fun start for the night!

The green one tasted like chicken rice chili at first but there was something about it that tastes more than that and in the end my guess was spot on, the green blended drink was 'Chicken rice in a bottle'!

Cute little message too!

"You can let expectation and preconception cloud your experience; You can be like Alice, and wander down the rabbit hole. It's up to you to take the first step."

For the orange drink I tasted tomato and herbs, a familiar taste that I absolutely loved. My guess was pasta sauce but the exact answer was Ratatouille. Close enough right?? 

This next dish is not part of the set menu. So happen my boyfriend is friends with one of the chefs working at Babe and thanks to his friend, Chef Alvin, we got some surprises from the kitchen!! This dish here was a little treat from Alvin featuring pineapples infused with alcohol (couldn't remember what alcohol though). I love the big presentation of this simple appetizer btw. The bowl is literally a glass bottle cut into half!

Dining with a view? yasssssssssss

Hello boyfie thanks for taking me here! Full course atas dining experience bucket list goal [x]

The first dish that's on the menu to grace the table was this dish called 'Natsu no Momotaro'. The dish features a Brix 9° Tomato Nigiri with Mountain Wasabi and Raindrop Cake with Soy Syrup + finely grounded bonito powder.

I've tried the usual sweet Raindrop Cake with Brown sugar and soy powder back in Ipoh so Babe's savoury twist on this dish was pretty interesting. The raindrop cake itself has no taste to it so people tend to experiment different topping combinations with it however this is the first time I've seen a savoury combination! If the waiter didn't explain the dish to us I'd probably be biting into a surprise!

I have no idea what is a Brix 9° Tomato but from afar I really thought I was about to eat some maguro (tuna) sushi. The tomato was really sweet (like fresh ripe tomato sweet) and tasty, I'm usually afraid of wasabi but this one was OK for me! It had a baby kick but wasn't too spicy.

Eating the sushi as a whole, you can taste the tomato flavour slightly but it did taste almost like a real piece of sushi dipped in shoyu :O

The next Japas was something me and my boyfriend really wanted more of. This is their take on a Curry Bun and it tasted SO GOOD. I'm not going to grandma story you guys on this but simply put if you ever wonder how crispy japanese curry tastes like, this is how it tastes like but better. 101% will recommend! I don't remember if this is available on the ala carte menu but if anyone from Babe happens to stumble upon this post please add it in thanks!!

Following on we have another beautiful Japas called 'Hamachi Ceviche'. On the menu this one here is described as a 'Nikkei Leche de Tigre' served with Black Rice Crisps and local herbs. This dish is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion dish featuring torched Hamachi sashimi slices in a fresh citrus-ish marinade topped with some local herbs, edible flowers and some jelly cubes as well. Sashimi without sushi rice paired together has never been my cup of tea but I would say the citrus-like sauce really did help cancel out most of the fishy taste from the fish.

The dish came with these black rice crackers as well

Next up is yet another surprise dish from Chef Alvin! This one here is the Arctic Surf Clam Chowder - Warm potato cloud served with onion jam and coconut bacon. You guys, this is a super yummy dish!! In the beginning I couldn't really taste the clam/seafood and it kinda tasted like a good plate of yummy fluffy potato mousse. But there was a surprise hidden inside that's shaped in a pearl!! I did not remember to take a photo of it but when you poke it, all the yummy clam soup/broth would burst out of the pearl and bam!! You have a bowl of super yummy Clam Chowder! Another 101% will recommend! FYI, I'm not too sure about ala carte but this dish is included in the RM400+ set.

I've once came across Coconut Bacon recipes online but this is the first time I've actually tasted it and I have to say the taste was legit!! The coconut bacon really does have the smoky bacon taste and compliments the dish very well! If people sold coconut bacon in a packet, I'd be snacking on em all day long.

Hello chawanmushi and hello presentation! The next dish was presented to us in a wooden treasure box of sorts decorated to resemble what looks like a bird's nest to me?? Tucked nicely in the nest are Babe Restaurant's Smoked Uni Chawanmushi. For those who doesn't know, Chawanmushi is a savoury Japanese egg custard dish cooked using dashi seasoning and this one here y'all is...

Chawanmushi with a luxury upgrade.

Before opening the box, the waiter also told us that we might want to get our camera ready as there's going to be smoke coming out of the box too. I just like it when waiters remind me to get my foodie cam ready for such moments :'D After the beautiful entrance that got me and the boyfriend going "Oooooh", each chawanmushi is transferred out into their individual wooden box nest.

Here's a closeup on the most atas(luxury) chawanmushi I've ever had til this day! Unless I come across Chawanmushi with 24k gold or this exact chawanmushi + scallops, I honestly can't think of any other chawanmushi that'll top this! Never have I ever ate or even seen a chawanmushi with this much uni, caviar, and never ending amount of HUGE ikura you guys!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

sorry I'm really having a moment here with the chawanmushi and I'm really enjoying myself as I write this post lol

Literally every bite I took I felt like a million bucks. I never ever order ikura or uni in local japanese restaurants because they're generally ridiculously expensive in Malaysia so obviously I was a happy girl that night. I remember the last time I had ikura and uni was when I visited Shibuya about 4 years ago?? I've never had ikura or uni since T.T!!

The next dish is another interesting one! 'Babe-n-Dazs' screams fun right from the packaging to it's taste. This here is a Foei Gras and Martell VSOP Ice Cream Sandwich with Monaka Wafers and the sides are coated with dark chocolate. It was served exactly how an ice cream sandwich would be sold as - perfectly sealed inside this custom made 'Babe-n-Dazs' box.

This is how it looks like. I was never a fan of Foei Gras so I only ate a bite or two and my boyfriend got to eat the rest of my share :'D According to him this definitely checks the yummy and unique checkbox! I mean if you put this in front of me without any context I never would've guessed that this was foei gras!!

Moving on we have something that looked like a main but isn't a main? This dish here is a Breaded Hirame with Tzatziki which kinda translates to a Summer Flounder served with Tzatziki (a yogurt based sauce). On the side there's Cucumber Caviar, Kabocha Pumpkin, and pieces of toast.

To be honest fish in general is probably my least favourite protein but this happens to be one of the rare times where I actually enjoy a fish dish. The flounder did not taste fishy and the top layer was seared beautifully. Crispy goodness. Cucumber caviar was interesting and with each bite you can taste a burst of refreshing cucumber juice. The tiny toast bread bits were absolutely /delicious/. So yummy that I kinda wanted an entire toast to snack on after this. Overall the cucumber elements in this dish really does remind you of Summer days where all you want is a glass of chilled cucumber juice.

A choice of...
We have now reached the mains. This also means that the night was coming to an end :( and honestly the waisekmao in me really didn't want the night to end even though at this point I was already almost full haha. Okay so, on the menu the standard option for your main course would be this Lamb Loin Steak and Jus. I mentioned that we ordered both Lamb and Beef to share so I will get to the Wagyu in a moment. For now let's take a look at the Lamb Loin Steak.

I know what you guys must be thinking. This girl gotta up her photography skills lol. I deeply regret not getting a shot to justify the plating of the dish but ya know, I was excited to eat asap. Anyways, the Lamb Loin Steak was delicious. It is served along with Caramelized Cauliflower and Miso Coriander Cromesqui. I can't exactly remember which is which but I really enjoyed the Lamb Steak and I believe I personally enjoyed this even more than the Wagyu beef option simply because it felt less filling to me? Anyhow I have no regrets ordering the wagyu though, it's not everyday I visit a restaurant that serves A5 grade Wagyu in Malaysia plus they did cook it beautifully.πŸ˜‚

Finally we have the long anticipated A5 Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin Steak (100g) cooked to medium rare. The thickly cut Wagyu slices were fat and juicy. A little too fat for me but the portion was just nice because I was sharing this with the boyfriend. Though if I'm ever here alone I probably wouldn't be able to finish this. The steak was seared beautifully and like most premium beef steaks all you need is a sprinkle of salt and it's ready to go.

For this dish, Babe Restaurant has prepared it in a sense where we can savour this yummy premium plate of meat in 5 different combinations. I can't remember what is what but the white one on the left is pickled daikon (Japanese radish) and the white one on the right is salt. Out of the 5 'condiments' we can pair together with each slice of Wagyu, my personal favourite pairing was with the pickled daikon! I love how the flavours go so well with each other and I also enjoyed the slight crunch from the daikon when eaten together with the juicy Wagyu that melts in your mouth!!

Do take note that there's an additional RM120 charge to switch from Lamb Loin to the A5 Kagoshima Wagyu. I think that if you can afford it and you're someone that appreciates and enjoys eating beef, this is definitely worth the upgrade. If you're there in a group, you could also order this from the ala carte menu to share.

After our mains it was time for dessert! But before that the waiter brought out my 'birthday dessert' first hohoho. My birthday dessert was a slice of banana cake, some berries and a sorbet. I can't tell what sorbet it is but it kinda tasted like soy/tofu?? Before you be like me and go 'huh banana cake ah?' lemme tell you the banana cake was actually really really yummy and I ate all my doubts back!!

Instead of singing you Happy birthday in such a quiet dinner setting, Babe Restaurant shows you a little science-y 'Birthday Magic trick' instead. They brought me an empty birthday card and when they pour the liquid nitrogen on it, the Happy Birthday greeting appears!!!

I genuinely enjoyed the banana cake ok haha.

This photo quite nice right hahaha!! Ok so after my birthday dessert, we were served our 'actual dessert' of the night. This here is called 'Summer Peach' featuring grilled white peach, rosemary honey, and Tofu sorbet/ice cream. I couldn't tell if they're the same, but I think the sorbet on my birthday dessert tasted pretty similar to this one here?

I have a love hate relationship with this dessert. I'd give it a solid 8.5/10 for plating but taste wise I personally think that the spices on the peach was a little over powering for my liking and I didn't quite enjoy tofu flavoured ice cream either 😢. Nonetheless it's 100% fun and refreshing to see and taste a plate of dessert I've never tasted before anywhere else!!

After dessert we both had a piece of Miso Butterscotch soft candy wrapped in edible wrapper. This tiny piece of candy looks so ordinary yet tastes so yummy. The sweet and savoury balance was great and if they sold a jar of these, I'd buy a jar home.

Thank you again for bringing me here to celebrate my 21st birthday! I was honestly really lazy to throw any fancy birthday party and I initially thought I'd just spend my 21st birthday having dinner at some restaurant in a mall or eat all my favourite hawker food that are usually sold out early noon/located at places tough to find parking hahahaha! But having an early birthday celebration at a fancy restaurant like Babe Restaurant was totally unexpected and I really appreciate it!! πŸ’–
I forgive you for going to Tokyo and eating all the yummy Japanese food without me on my birthday itself okay T.T

Overall, I enjoyed my early 21st birthday dinner at Babe Restaurant very much. The KL skyline may be a little far but it's still pretty nice to watch the sky go dark and the KL high rise start lighting up one by one(I recommend booking your appointment at 7-7:30PM so you can witness this). There weren't many people during that weekday night so we got the best corner table available. This also means that we got our own little privacy along with the view.

I've never been to any full course fine dining restaurants before this but I've always dreamed of visiting one for a really long time. So in a sense, this is actually one of my 'bucket list' checking moments!!! The food and service at Babe Restaurant definitely sets the bar for my future fine dining expectations and I believe it'll be pretty tough to beat especially for it's price point. I'm not very familiar with fine dining prices in general and I wouldn't call this affordable but based on the dishes individually I do believe that for what we paid, the experience and quality was definitely worth it. Plus, I don't really fancy alcohol so my boyfriend definitely did save some $ on beverages. Perks of dating me right??? 😁

Oh and before we left the restaurant we went to say bye to Alvin and also thank him for all the yummy arrangements! The waisekmao is genuinely grateful!! During then we happened to bump into the owner of Babe, Chef Jeff Ramsey. We were about to leave so all we did was told him that we enjoyed our lovely dinner and the food was great. It was later on we found out that Chef Ramsey is a Michellin-Starred chef that has previously worked as the Executive Chef of Tapas Molecular Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Hotel!! So hey! Now I can say that I've tasted some Michellin Star quality Japanese Tapas y'all!!

For those planning a visit, I believe Babe Restaurant is on reservation basis only so do remember to give them a call to book a table :D I had an enjoyable birthday dinner and with each cake I blow during my birthday I make a different wish. That night I wish that I'll be able to earn good money in the future so I can enjoy good food like this again and again without feeling any pain in my wallet. Even though this time my wallet felt no pain either haha but hey, I still wanna have a successful future ok.

101% will come back again!!

Babe Restaurant / Babe Gastro
11th floor, Work @ Clearwater,
Jalan Changkat Semantan,
Damansara Heights,
50490, Kuala Lumpur.

Contact number: +6 03 2095 8599
E-mail: hello@babe.com.my
Social links: Website | Facebook | Instagram


Thank you for reading! It's been a while since I've came across a restaurant that I have been eager to share with everyone. So as much as I enjoyed writing this, I hope everyone enjoyed reading this too!

- candy -

*This post is clearly sponsored......by my boyfriend hahahaha ok bye.*

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