Sunday, July 27, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Parfait

Hey bunnies! Thanks to the long break, I have all the time in a day to look into my daily cravings, stare at recipes online, and decide on which to put into experiment and which to just forget about.

Glory to Internet Almighty, I found myself already staring at a lengthy list of recipes by the tap of a few buttons. Salads, strawberry tarts, mashed potatoes, yoghurt smoothies...the list seems endless. It is amusing to have realised how oblivious I was to the fact that there are actually so many kinds of treats which we can pamper ourselves with at home. While we can enjoy the fun of baking or cooking, we can also save ourselves the trip to a dessert shop far far away, which......WAIT.

MASHED POTATOES. Did anyone just say mashed potatoes?

*eyes sparkle like diamond*

Alright I'll leave my awesome mashed potatoes for next time. I actually did manage to cook myself a good bowl of mashed potatoes, and I'm pretty satisfied with the results of my first trial. Before digging in, I wanted to take a photo, but when I clicked the "snap" button... I already had the entire bowl licked clean before the camera shutter actually shuts hahaha!

Soooo as for now, let me introduce to you a really simple, yet sinfully tantalising confection..!

 
Taadaa~ The Yoghurt Smoothie Parfait!!
(photo from http://www.healthyfood-blog.com)

Simple, delicious, and most importantly, HEALTHY! Just who doesn't give a damn about staying healthy these days? For those of you who are already tired of weighing every dish of food for their sins, here's something you can feel free to mindlessly devour.

Comprising of fresh fruits, cereals, muesli, low-fat milk and yoghurt, this can definitely pass as a highly customisable treat. Buy a box of muesli, pick your favourite fruits, select the cereal you love, throw in some yoghurt, uncap the carton of milk and hold it upside down above the jar...

and you are already done! :D 

Okay who am I kidding. Here's how I made my jar of Strawberry & Banana Smoothie!
Brace yourself. The steps are unimaginably DIFFICULT and MIND-WRENCHING. (not... :p)

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Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup milk (I used low-fat milk) 
- Frozen strawberries
- 1 banana  
- 2 tbs of Greek yogurt 
- Muesli 
- Cereals (optional)

Let's begin!

1. Clean the fruits! 
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2. Cut the leaves off the strawberries and peel the banana. 
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3. Cut the banana into pieces of the approximately equal size.
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4. Throw the fruits into the blender, then add 1/2 cup of milk to the party! 
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5. Next, add two scoops of Greek yoghurt into the mixture.
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6. Then? Blend everything of course! 
You may also add some ice cubes if you would like your smoothie to be served chilled. 
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7. Think of how you would want your smoothie to look like, then do the pouring accordingly. 
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8. Stick to your plan, add the constituents!
 I wanted to give my smoothie some layers, so I added a coat of chocolate-rice cereals at about the 1/4 mark of the jar.
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9. Decide on the final (uppermost) layer!
You might not want to make a slapdash out of this step - the final layer will make up a big part of the overall appearance of the smoothie. I chose the muesli (of course) simply because I suppose there isn't anything else better than it!!!
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10. Finish off by adding two little cute strawberries on top of your smoothie! 
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I'm so excited to check out your recreations!! So if you'd made yourself one, don't forget to take a picture of it and send it to me in Twitter @JessicaChaw so that I can RT them! Looking forward to receiving all your pictures!! 

Wishing all of you happy holidays and love ya!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eyeliner looks for monolids!

Hi bunnies! Today I'll be showing you some of my favourite eyeliner looks, by using the They're Real! Push-up Liner from Benefit Cosmetics!

On the days when I need to attend events and I want to look a tad more fabulous *flips hair*, I will take out my secret weapon from the treasure chest - the Benefit's Push-up Liner. (Oops, you guys know my secret now!)

 I've also written a review on the eyeliner just a few weeks ago. If you haven't read it already, please read it HERE!

Before that, of course, here's a picture of me without eyeliner.
(I think everyone is already familiar with my face without eyeliner lol) 
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Well, just to let you know, I'm definitely nowhere near a professional makeup guru! The purpose of this blog entry is just as innocent as it seems, that is to share my experiences in putting on eyeliners, and also to show you my personal favourite eyeliner looks!

I don't have double-eyelids, but I'm NOT ONE BIT ashamed of having single-eyelids. I've noticed that many people, especially women, are very likely to buy into what the media makes-believe as  better. As the media always portrays women who have double-eyelids to be prettier and more attractive, majority of the people with single-eyelids will feel ashamed of themselves. They often end up giving away hard-earned cash to trade for double-eyelid tapes, or even go for double-eyelid surgeries. To be honest, I don't believe that having single-eyelids is a misfortune, because I believe that people with monolids can also look beautiful and sharp! Perhaps you might think that I am just trying to one-up myself or whatsoever; but the message that I want to convey is that everyone can be beautiful and special in their own way. Try to imagine if everyone has the features Angelababy has; will everyone of us be celebrated like how she is?

Having said that, lets hop back to the topic - eyeliners.

A lot of people would perceive that it's harder for people with single-eyelids to put on eyeliners. In fact, I used to be one of them, but only because I didn't know the tips and tricks of putting on eyeliners for my eye shape.

With lots of practices and experiments, I've finally discovered the perfect eyeliners for myself!

First look - Thin and natural eyeliner 
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This look is very simple, and it might just be your everyday-eyeliner look.
Tips for beginners: Begin with drawing dashes above your lash line with your eyes opened,  staring straight at the mirror. With this as a guideline, you can fill in the rest – this time with the eye shut.



Second look - Little sexy wing 
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Flatter your eyes by drawing a tiny "wing" at the corner of your eyes! Benefit's Push-Up Liner's AccuFlex™ tip actually makes it a lot easier to grant your eyes a wingspan of seductiveness.

Third look - Cat-eyes babeh!! 

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Believe it or not, winged or cat-eye looks are perfect for people who have monolids!! 
The most important factor of single-eyelids makeup is to draw a THICKER eyeliner than the people with double eyelids.

Well, I dare not say that my eyeliner-looks are perfect. I am fully aware that I am still a beginner who has so much room for improvement. It will surely require a lot of patience and practices to put on the PERFECT eyeliners for yourself, so never stop halfway!! You'll never know how close you actually are from perfection ;)

Hopefully this post benefited you!!!


Also, don't forget to check out Benefit Cosmetic's Facebook Page and Instagram for the latest updates of their products!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VCR Cafe

Hi bunnies!! Today I'll be blogging about VCR, a very popular cafe situated in Jalan Galloway! I've seen a tremendous amount of people "checking-in" at the cafe, posting pictures of their cakes and coffee on Instagram, and it got me really curious. So I decided to pay a visit to this cafe myself, tagging Joanne with me before she flies off to Singapore for her studies.

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A cute hand-decorated chalkboard to welcome you. And the kitty to personally welcome me. LOL

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Strictly coffee, tea and cakes only.

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Lemon poppy seed cake.
It's so moist, fluffy and yummy!!

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The King (peanut butter + chocolate banana)
I don't really like this because I'm not a fan of peanut butter and chocolate..

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VCR Cafe (Located beside Swiss Garden Residence) 
  • 2, Jalan Galloway
  • 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Review

Okay I have a confession.

I find it very hard to suppress the urge of buying something from Benefit Cosmetic every time I pass by their stores. 

I love almost everything from Benefit Cosmetic. I love their physical stores which are all in baby pink. I love the adorable and colourful packaging of their products. And I love how effective and awesome their products are. Most of the cosmetic products I own are from Benefit and they are my daily essentials! ♥ 

Sometimes, my lips can get very dry after applying lipstick. So, I will always prefer lipsticks which hydrate my lips. However, there are also days when I don't feel like wearing lipsticks, but I need something lighter than a lipstick...a tinted lip balm will come in perfect! 

Hence, I've gotten myself a pair of new products from Benefit - The Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms! 

 
Available in 4 colours, these adorable tinted lip balms can instantly call forth a moisturising gush onto your lips! 

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I chose the Posie Balm and Lolli Balm! (I'm so going to collect all the colours!)

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These two little babies look super adorable! 

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Posie Balm 
The Posie balm gives your lips a sheer yet natural-looking pinkish coral colour. 

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Lolli Balm
The Lolli Balm on the other hand gives your lips a very pinkish, candy-orchid touch.

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Verdict 

These are the BEST TINTED LIP BALMS I've ever used!!! It is surprisingly moisturising, and I absolutely love its texture. It is very creamy, but not sticky at all - in other words, it feels very comfortable on the lips. Not only that these tinted lip balms give me the BAM on the lips, they are also supremely comfortable and lip-friendly!

If you are looking for a tinted lip balm which is able to give your lips a tint and hydrate your lips simultaneously, the hydrating tinted lip balms from Benefit Cosmetic are definitely among the best choices you have!!

Get yours now from any Benefit Cosmetic stores! 

Don't forget to follow them their social network profiles to keep yourself updated with the latest news!