Tuesday, March 12, 2013

:: it's pinky and it's spiky ::

This arrived at my office today.
Love it to max!

:: the best pencil eye liner ::

Have you heard or seen this comic called Archie?

Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher founded way back in 1939 and famous for its many series featuring teenage characters named Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and their friends. Many different series have been published since then and today, MAC Cosmetics have selected Archie and the girls as their latest limited edition collection theme. Me and my girlfriend, Nor could not resist to view the collection so we went to Mid Valley last week to at least catch a glimpse of the Archie's Girls. As usual, MAC built up an exhibition display at the Centre Court and we were approached by a nice guy named Apple Halique who assisted us. Thank you!

Basically the collection is inspired from personalities of Archie's Girls; Betty and Veronica. Betty is the one with blonde hair, sweet, girl-next-door type whereas Veronica is the seductive, sophisticated girl with dark hair and bold, red lips. Colours of the makeup items (eye shadows, pigments, face powder, blusher, lipstick, lip glass, nail lacquer, mascara)  resolved between the two characters so a customer can just decides whether to be a Betty or a Veronica. At first I was interested with Veronica's red lipstick in Ronnie Red but I was not confident enough to wear a bright lippie. Instead, I ended up buying the Archie's Girls Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan, which is black (of course) and slightly glittery.

The limited edition Archie's Girls packaging and a tin box of heart candies as freebie

Eye liner is my must have makeup item after lip balm, yet I have not find one that can makes me stay loyal. So far I have tried a number of pencil eye liner from different brands, as well as gel and kohl eye liners but they have not reach the 5 out of 5 level because my personal preferences would be:
1. Pencil type
2. Dark black
3. Non smudge
4. Smooth
5. Easily glides

The closest to perfect that I am wearing so far is from Topshop but it easily smudge and often leaves additional line underneath my eyes. There were several 'that horrid moment when you look at yourself inside the mirror and realised you just talked to a group of people with smudged eyes'. Hah, so embarassing. Despite being impulsive, I tried my luck with the Pearlglide eye liner and I must say that the purchase was nothing to regret about. I do not know where to begin but I actually do not need to write a long review about it because I can straight away jump into conclusion by saying that MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner is the best pencil eye liner I have tried so far for having all five (5) criterias as mentioned above. It is easy to apply, easy to control, rich in colour (with bits of glitters) and best of all, it is flexible because can be smudged after application but becomes waterproof after it is set for few seconds.

This is a photo I took after wearing it for the first time and honestly, the eye liner still remained there until end of the day and only gone with makeup remover or cleansing oil. Perfect for a humid country like Malaysia!

Finally, I can be loyal to one eye liner.

Archie's Girls Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner also came in Lord It Up (brown), Petrol Blue and Designer Purple for RM72. The eye liner is also available at the counter in standard range.

Friday, March 8, 2013

:: my current fav colour combo ::

My current favourite colour combo is




Lately I have been wearing this colour combo once a week. I have a number of green clothings because I always attracted to the colour but green is actually not an easy colour to match so I did not wear them often. I used to pair green with earth tones but since I have been wearing black a lot these days, I found black and green compliment each other better. What say you?

On another note, emerald green has been announced as Pantone colour of the year for 2013. Click here to learn more about the colour and its meaning.

Last but not least, did you notice the bracelet that I was wearing in all three photos? It is in green and black too and I had to buy it because it is simply irresistable. Check fadBRIC page on Facebook for more accessories selection. They sell trendy, colourful ones at affordable price.

Have a pleasant weekend!

*keywords: how to green skirt, how to wear green pants, what to wear with green

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

:: chicken shepherd pie recipe ::

This is what I cooked for dinner two nights ago. Although I returned home from office nearly 8:00 pm I was still determined to make it so I rushed to the kitchen just after I arrived. I am a bit unsure whether to call it shepherd pie or chicken pot pie because it is a combination of both. The combination that I meant is the mashed potato topping from the shepherd pie and the creamy chicken filling from the pot pie. The difference between the two is shepherd pie normally uses beef with vege as filling while pot pie normally uses pie crust as the topping so lastly I decided to call it Chicken Shepherd Pie instead. It was my first try and glad it turned out perfectly. Above all, my baby loved the pie a lot and even asked for more. He made me a happy mother.

- Potatoes
- Boneless chicken
- Carrot or mixed vege
- A can of Prego's Mushroom Alfredo (can also use cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup or carbonara sauce)
- Onion
- Garlic
- Salt
- Pepper
- Butter

I used a 9.5" x 5.5" deep baking tray because I have a small oven so amount of ingredients are according to size of my tray. I love that tray because I bought it at only RM5 from Daiso.

1. Prepare mashed potatoes
- The traditional way is to peel potato skin and boil until they are soft and tender. I used the modern way: peel potato skin and put 2 potatoes inside microwave for 5:18 minutes (my microwave has auto setting for baked potato).
- Mashed potatoes with butter and a pinch of salt then put aside.

2.  Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees.

3. Prepare the filling
- Cut boneless chicken into small pieces.
- Cut carrots into small cubes but this is not necessary if using mixed vege. Boil the carrots / mixed vege until tender.
- Cut garlic into thin strips and cut onion into small cubes. I used 4 cloves of garlic and 1 onion for this.
- Heat a table spoon of butter and saute the garlic and onion. Use olive oil for a healthier option.
- Pour chicken inside the pan and fry until they almost cook then add in vegetable.
- Pour in can of sauce or soup and mix some water if it is too thick. I used mushroom alfredo because it was available in my kitchen for ages. Didn't regret using it because the distinctive mushroom taste gave umph to the chicken filling.
- Add in salt and pepper according to taste.

4. Pour the filling into the baking tray then spread the mashed potatoes on top. (Next time I want to try grating some cheese on top of the potatoes...yumsz!).

5. Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

:: chiffon flower corsage diy ::

I have not done any DIY project ever since we moved to the new house since end of November last year but after meeting a friend and saw her fluffy fabric corsage last week I got inspired to return to the crafty world. All these while, most of my DIY projects involved felt cloth because felt is cheap (bought it at Daiso, only RM5 for a huge piece) but when Diana said she made hers using remnants bought at fabric store I said to myself "why didn't I think of that before?". Fabric corsage looks more sophisticated and formal than felt so it is a must have because it can helps to enhance any plain shirt.

Instead of buying remnants from the shop I however sought some from my mother-in-law who apparently has three bags full of fabrics leftovers. From several pieces of fabrics I took, the one that attracted me the most was this particular three tone chiffon in my favourite shades of green-white-pink. At first I wanted to make similar corsage like Diana did, which she already shared the YouTube tutorial on my FB page but while searching the internet I found another tutorial, went on with that one and happy with the end result that look like this:

It may look complicated but it is not that hard to make. Items needed are:

- Long piece of fabric (chiffon, polyester or any soft fabric)
- Needle and thread
- Small piece of felt in circle shape
- Decorations for flower center: beads / crystals / buttons / sequins
- Glue
- Pin


1. Fold the fabric downward and sew all the way at the bottom from one end to another. Length and size of the fabric determines size of the flower. No need to sew it nicely because the intention is to pull the thread and produce ruffles as below.

2. When ruffles are created, roll the fabric in spiral to create a flower. Secure the base with glue or sew with thread.

3. Attach the circle shape felt to the flower base with glue, then attach pin to the felt as below.

4. End with decoration of your choice on the center of the flower.

proudly wearing my own creation to office today

Using the same technique, I also made a small brooch for my mother-in-law as a way to say thank you for the pretty fabrics :-)

I still have few more fabrics to work with. Will try to make different one next and update if the project is a success. Stay tune!

Monday, March 4, 2013

:: picnic at setia city park ::

We did not travel anywhere far during the Chinese New Year long weekend and we purposely did that because we know how bad traffic is during long holidays. In order to occupy time my best friends (except Nor who travelled to Jakarta) suggested us to go out for a picnic at the park. It was such an awesome idea because it is something different. In oversea we used to watch people relaxing and spending time at the park but people hardly do that in Malaysia, I think it is mainly because of the hot weather. We decided to go picnic at Setia City Park which is just besides the Setia City Mall in Setia Alam area. It is a recently developed housing area quite far from the city. Everything is new so the park is still nicely maintained with green grass and playground area. We were lucky because it was sunny and breezy at the same time; a perfect weather for an evening at the park.

Picnic is incomplete without food so Rabby made potato salad, Fila brought sandwich and fruits while I brought fried mee hoon and fried sausages. My family who came to visit us also joined our picnic session for awhile. Ady really enjoyed himself that day because he got the entire park to himself and besides running around he was interested watching guys playing skateboards. We only spent around 2 hours at the park but it was meaningful and many times better than spending a day at the shopping mall like we usually do. I am glad that the long public holiday was nicely spent with family and friends.

So, when are we going to repeat this again, girls?
...and specifically to Nor, jom picnic jom! Hehehe.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

:: how to extend a necklace ::

You went inside an accessories store and saw this pretty necklace. You grabbed it, went to the mirror and hold it on the chest. Yeah, it looked gorgeous but (oh NO!) the necklace was too short so you had to put it back on the rack. Well this usually happens especially to those who are wearing hijab over the chest because short necklace could not be seen except if it is worn outside the hijab.

Last time I went through a similar situation, early in the morning while preparing to work. I have planned to wear this faux pearl necklace I got since I was 10 years old only to find it was shorter than I expected. I am not sure how my mind works during a crisis but somehow, the 'light bulb' just popped and problem solved. That was the day when I found how to extend a necklace and this is how I did it...

Using a chain necklace, one clasp was attached to another end and that is all ;-)

Nowadays I have a dedicated chain to be used as necklace extender and with a small safety pin I applied the same step as above. Chain can be bought by length from hardware shops (even in Ace Hardware) and instead of using safety pin it is much better if it can be connected to a proper necklace clasp that can be bought from hobby or craft shop.

From Google I found people using paperclips to extend their necklace. There is also necklace or bracelet extenders on sale but basically the concept is similar to what I have so this can be considered as a DIY necklace extender then ;-)
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