Althea Must-Haves Beauty Essentials

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All together now.
"Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la"
Right, perfect unison!
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It is almost Christmas and I know us beauties (beautiful people) love to be perfect and on-point all the time. You may wear thousands of dollars worth of garments but when your face is nowhere near ready, you might as well stay at home and take care of that mug of yours. Haha.

And you know what? The best platform to get all the help is from Althea Korea, the home for all beauty essentials that will not break your bank account.

Here are my Althea's must haves (to take care of my mug and ensure that the face is perfect) and my routine whenever I make myself up for an event.

Before anything else, I will put on the primer on my face. This will prime my canvas for the massive work to come (I usually wear my make up heavily for events). It will even out the uneven surfaces and will make the work of changing the face much smoother.
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After making sure the surface is even, now is the time to lay the foundation. And the best foundation (as for my skin) will the ones that is full coverage, lasting and has double the effect. Nobody wants their beautifully painted face to be cracking in the middle of an event, right?
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After putting on the foundation, CONCEAL! That is the secret for a much sleek and on-point make up. Hide all the scars and uneven skin colour by putting on concealer.
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Owh. Did I not mention about concealing? I love this one concealer as I get to conceal more with either the cream or the stick, and at times use it as highlighter too. And it stays!
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Unless you have been walking the runway of Victoria Secret, then you'll agree with me that the secret for a perfectly sculptured face is SHADING and CONTOURING! So please people, learn to contour the right way so that you'll look perfect and on-point. Hahaha.
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I learn a secret of having a perfect lippie throughout the year - there is no such colour as a perfect colour for your lips. The secret of having one is by mixing and blending a few colours together to create that perfect lippie colour for your uniqueself. 
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For amazing and mesmerizing eyes, I love to use deeply dark colours for the edges. And this set certainly provides all the edginess that my eyes need.
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Another thing that is uniquely me is you will never have too many brushes as I love to use a different brush for a colour - may it be for your foundation, eyeliner or eye shadow.
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The set is my skin' saviour - I love the cleanser, the primer water and the fixer cream as it work wonders on my hyper-sensitive skin. I have been using the set since its introduction into the Althea Exclusives and have been hoarding them ever since (too afraid that it might run out of stock in my time of need). I use the set daily and my skin is loving the hydration that it brings.
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And to have this amazing cleansing gadget is the best of all. I never have to worry about my pores and the make up on the skin as the cleanser conquers them all, this gentle cleansing brush gets them all!
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After all set and done, now I will rest to sleep and keep on praying that the Althea's Santa will grant me all my mush-have wish list. So, what's your wish list for Santa this year?

Have you been nice?
Or naughty?
 
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The House with a Clock in Its Walls [Movie Review]

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I read mixed reviews about The House with a Clock in Its Walls and some keep on comparing it to the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
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Now, reading all those comments made me curious. What's the best way to ascertain the result? I see the movie and here's my review.

SYNOPSIS
The House with a Clock in Its Wall Trivia
  • Directed by: Eli Roth
  • Produced by: Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Eric Kripke
  • Production companies: Amblin Ent., Reliance Ent., Mythology Ent. and Amblin Partners
  • Distributed by: Universal Pictures
  • Running time: 105 minutes
  • Budget: $42 million
  • Box Office: $130.4 million
After the death of his parents, Lewis moves to live in with his uncle Jonathan. He meets Ms Florence, Uncle Jonathan's best friend and neighbour. 
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During the night, Lewis is puzzled when he hears a ticking sound in the walls. And he is shocked and frightened to stumble upon Uncle Jonathan smashing a wall with an axe when he explores the house to find the source of the ticking sound. Running for his life, he stumbles upon multiple household objects that are alive - literally alive to block him from escaping the house. 

Uncle Jonathan confesses that he is a warlock and Ms Florence is a witch. And both of them have been trying to find the source of the clock that gives out the ticking sound. Apparently, the previous house owner, a sinister warlock by the name of Isaac Izard and his wife, Selena has hidden a clock in the wall before they died. Both Jonathan and Florence do not know the purpose of the hidden clock but they are sure it was for no good.

And despite Jonathan disapproval, Lewis begins to teach himself magic.
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Lonely for affection, Lewis was happy to have Tarby as his friend at the new school. Little that he knows that Tarby only becomes friendly to win his vote for the class president. When Tarby abandons him, Lewis tries everything to win him back, including promises to show him a real magic. 

Lewis' mother visits him in a dream and advises Lewis to use a spell from a forbidden book to impress Tarby. 

On Halloween night, Lewis performs a black magic spell and accidentally revives Isaac from his death. When Isaac brings Mrs Hanchett, the nosy neighbour to the house, Jonathan's household learns that Mrs Hanchett is actually Selena who killed the real Mrs Hanchett and also took the form of Lewis' mother to persuade him to read from the forbidden book.
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You will know why we rather stay outside the house soon
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With such creepy looking toys, no wonder they stay outside the house
Why did Isaac and his wife hide a ticking clock in the walls of the house?
Will Jonathan, Florence and Lewis be able to stop the menace plan of the sinister duo?

MY REVIEW
Plot: 4.8/ 5.0. Where there is Jack Black, you can expect funny like nobody's business. I love the plot of the movie with twists thrown here and there. I keep on guessing the reason for the ticking sound until Isaac shares the reason with the viewers. I love the suspense and the magic in the movie so much. As compared to the other movie, I would say each has their own strengths and weaknesses. It will not be fair to compare them as one is an apple, another is an orange. As for me, I love this more for its magic scenes. 

Cast: 4.8/ 5.0. OH MY MAGIC! The cast is just brilliant. I have to applaud Owen Vaccaro as Lewis. His performance was brilliant! The other two veterans were equally good and are amazed that Cate could throw funny punches as great as Jack do.
  
Will I watch it again: Yes, I would!

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Ralph Breaks The Internet [Movie Review]

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Whenever I am feeling down, my best remedy would be a book, a coffee session and a movie. And somehow, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, tired and down last week.
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So, I went to the nearest mall to have my remedy (Read: MyTown is not that near to Bangi hahaha). I read a book, had coffees (read: Starbucks hahaha) and then watched Ralph Breaks The Internet as I love the first movie in 2012 and the trailer has got me excited to see the movie.

SYNOPSIS
Ralph Breaks The Internet Trivia
  • Directed by: Rich Moore & Phil Johnston
  • Produced by: Clark Spencer
  • Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures & Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Running time: 112 minutes
  • Budget: $175 million
  • Box Office: $211.6 million
  • The film was originally entitled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2
Been hanging around forever since they become best buddies, Vanellope feels like she is missing something in her life. Ralph, on the other hand, like the routine where they work when the sun comes up and hangs around when the arcade closes.

Ralph tries to cheer Vanellope up by creating a secret bonus track during a race in Vanellope's game but somehow causes a conflict that results with the steering wheel controller being destroyed. Feeling bad, the kid finds out from the internet that controller is no longer in production and the only one left is being sold on eBay. The arcade owner decides that the replacement is too expensive to buy and unplugs the game Sugar Rush, leaving the game's citizens homeless.
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When they learn that Mr Litwak, the arcade owner has installed wi-fi, Ralph and Vanellope decide to enter the internet and buy the controller. They won the bid for the controller but do not have the cash to pay for the item. They were given 24 hours to complete the purchase.

In their bid to buy the controller, they met so many characters on the web to raise the money to pay for the item - Spamley, Shank and Yesss. 
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Vanellope even reaches her own musical epiphany, just like any other Disney's princesses, during their journey to raise up the money. After that, Vanellope realises that she will be happier staying with Shank in the game Slaughter Race and that fact makes Ralph a bit angry and disappointed. He then turns to Spamley for a way to make Slaughter Race slower and more boring that eventually, Vanellope will want to come back to Sugar Rush with Ralph.

From then on, everything went downhill, for the internet and also for Ralph and Vanellope's relationship.

What will happen to the internet?
What will happen to Ralph and Vanellope?
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MY REVIEW
Plot: 4.8/5.0. I love this one much more than the first one. The plot is fresher and current. There are twists thrown around that will make you on your toes, to see what happen next. Funny scenes are everywhere and they are really funny!

Cast: 4.8/5.0. Just love!

Will I watch it again: I don't mind watching it again.

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Milk For Skin?

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I was often told by my teachers to drink more milk as I was such a small kid compared to others in my class. I was told that milk will help me grow stronger and taller.
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As I grow wiser (read: NEVER older), I learn more about the benefits of milk to our health. Milk packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition - and the best thing is you don't have to drink a gallon to reap the benefits. 

Then, I was told that milk could also assist in hydrating and moisturizing the skin. 

HOW? Should I wash my face with milk?
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Nothing is impossible in the world of Althea. Joining the latest member to the Althea Exclusive products is the Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask.

What is Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask?
  • A combination of a cleanser, exfoliator and mask in one 
  • Uses a mix of AHA and BHA to slough away dead skin cells, encouraging skin turnover and improving its texture, while milk protein extract (casein) strengthens and moisturizes the complexion
  • The combination helps to even out and brighten dull complexion while minimizing enlarged pores

This amazing 50ml can of a milk fusion really help in minimizing the regime of mask-wearing. Usually, mask-wearing will take around 20-30 minutes but with Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask, it will take you less than 5 minutes for the whole process.

How so? Here's how.
  1. Dampen the whole face
  2. Pump out a suitable amount of cream to cover the face area
  3. Apply an even layer of cream on the face
  4. Massage the cream. Here you will see and feel the transformation of the cream to bubbles that will lightly 'massage' the face
  5. Leave the bubbles for 30 - 60 seconds
  6. Wash face with lukewarm water
  7. Your milky mask is done
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Easy peasy right? 
So, what's my take on the new Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask?
  • Mobile: The size is travel-friendly and the cap with the nozzle helps from leaking and staining the clothes during travelling 
  • Fast: The process is super fast. I use mine every 3 nights (as my skin texture requires often and consistent treatment) before I sleep
  • Safe: My super sensitive skin has no reaction whatsoever after using it so, as it claims, it is suitable for all type of skin
  • Mild: I love the sweet smelling of baby talc - not overpowering like some mask/ facial treatment liquids that I encountered before
  • I always choose Althea's products as it is cruelty-free!
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You want your own personal can of milky goodness? Get yours from Althea's site.

Just for your information: For a limited time, get FREE SHIPPING on all Althea's Exclusives with CODE: PBSHIP 

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Renovation Trends To Consider

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Having a home is always a dream of every living soul. A home is where you will feel tranquillity and peace. But not all home are to one's expectation so some renovation might be required to make the house a home.

A renovation is always on the work every now and then whether it is a residential or commercial property. There are many reasons to do renovation works; to upgrade their old housing development board unit (HDB) in Toa Payoh for rental purpose, to replace the electrical points of the old landed terrace houses or to upscale the new Build To Order (BTO) house interior design. Before embarking on your renovation journey, be clear on what you want to renovate before conveying your ideas and plans to your contractor or interior designer. There are some trendy ideas for renovations to consider that you can convey to your contractor or interior designer.
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Mix Scandinavian and rustic industrial designs
There was a time when the Scandinavian and industrial design is a trendy thing and the trend is still going strong with the marriage of both styles. While both elements looked as though contrasting but they actually complement each other. Industrial design is known for it’s edgy and rustic looks while the Scandinavian design is widely known for its simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

It is recommended that to choose a subtler colour from the industrial colour palette, such as black and shades of grey. The beauty of Scandinavian designs is the minimalist wooden touch, while the industrial designs can be applied to some elements such as metal light fixture or vintage furniture. Be careful, the combination can be tricky and complicated but if the balance is a strike, it would turn out lovely. Wanna see the stunning Scandinavian design? See it here.

Creative lighting
In order to complement the minimalist design of Scandinavian, you will need modern lighting that is flexible and of course, low maintenance. By choosing the matching material and colour of the lights, they will look stand out even if the lights are not turn on. Metal and brass will continue to be in trend with various creative designs in the market.

Track lights are suitable for Scandinavian and Industrial themes because they are flexible and easier to maintain. Unless, if you are looking for something more contemporary and luxurious, you can upscale your game by installing a modern chandelier with a polished mirror body or hair-line brass body. But if you are contemplating to choose the suitable lights, here’s the rule of thumb, chandeliers are more suitable for houses with higher ceilings and for lower ceilings, stick to the simpler lights.
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Matte finishing
Shiny materials trend is slowly fading and it is time to replace with something more flattering in colour. Matte finishing is more durable and the ability to hide pesky marks on the walls and ceilings, making them look flawless without cracks or nicks. The in-trend texture of matte finishing that is widely used for many things at home which includes black tap and sink.

Open kitchen concept
The concept of the open kitchen is becoming favourable and preferred in new homes especially for younger generations. The concept allows the dry kitchen area to be extended to the living room that encourages more interaction among people at home especially if you love to invite guests over. The idea of open concept also creates more breathing space as the air typically gets very stuffy during and after cooking.

Besides, perspective plays an important part where the open kitchen concept overall gives a positive feeling as space that looks spacious and wider. White and earthy tone colours are more preferred as it matches the living room or other rooms’ colour by blending naturally into it. After all, the concept allows homeowners to get more storage for their kitchen appliances especially the bulky ones like the dishwashers.

Feature wall and balcony touch up
With the minimalist designs trend around, there will be more space on the wall to feature some artwork or decoration. Interior designers recommended to include craft stone for the walls. It is also ideal for outdoor walls due to it’s durability to water and heat.

There is another area that often undergoes renovation is the balcony. This is because there are many people looking for their cosy for on their balcony. It is often found that wooden or artificial decking that is durable and waterproof, convenient for cleaning. As furniture is constantly exposed to sun and wind, it is usual that the colours were chosen that won't fade easily.

Upscale ceiling games
Most homeowners will seek to decorate with a false ceiling, that’s aesthetically pleasing and functional which they help to hide cables and wires in the ceiling. Besides, walk-in wardrobe and patterned blinds that accentuates the lighting of the room as well as upscale the room to be more stylish. There are several designs for false ceilings that homeowners can explore but depend on the design theme of the house.
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Karnival YEZ (Year End Zakat) 2018

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Having attended a session with Pusat Pungutan Zakat (PPZ) when they launched the newly improved zakat2u (this post), I was excited when I received an invitation to attend the YEZ Carnival.
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YEZ Carnival?
Not YES Carnival as in Year End Sale Carnival?

NOPE!
YEZ Carnival stands for Year End Zakat Carnival, an event to get close to the masses in order to ease  the zakat process and to excite the public, young and old, about the zakat and its benefits in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.

مَا نَقَصَتْ صَدَقَةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ
'Zakat itu tidak mengurangi harta'

When Datuk Che Mat Che Ali, the Chairperson of PPZ-MAIWP mentioned that some people are still reluctant to give zakat for their ignorance and lack of understanding, it shows that there are still work to be done to educate the masses. He hopes that the bi-annual carnival will further educate the masses that zakat is wajib, not an elective. 
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- (At-Taubah: 71).

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Prior to the carnival, there were contests carried out by the PPZ and Datuk Che Mat Che Ali presented the winners after his officiation speech. The winners for Jom Sertai Skim THOHIR 2018 receive gifts sponsored by Five Estec Travel Serves Sdn Bhd, which of course are trips to different locations for the winners and Umrah package for two for the grand winner, one that belonged to Mr Shah Rizal Abdul Moin.  Whereas the winners for the Kempen Jom Berzakat (Ogos - Oktober) 2018 receive gifts in the form of mobile phones, sponsored by SeriGroup Global Sdn Bhd

The carnival spreads over two days period (1 - 2 December 2018) at the compound of Masjid Usamah bin Zaid, Wangsa Maju with a great line up of events from 10 am until 10 pm.  There are 90 stalls of different nature awaits the crowd - ranging from food stalls to health check stations and Muslim travels. 
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There are also stalls owned by the previous recipients of zakat - look out for the Ikon Asnaf MAIWP stalls to see how far these recipients have come. Once, they were the recipients and now with the assistance from PPZ-MAIWP, they are able to give back to the community. Thus, this is why we need to give zakat as in our 'rezki', there are parts for others too.

Not forgetting the entertainment for the young ones, there will be shows from Didi & Friends and the mascots of Hana and Omar. The event is also a star-studded event as Hijjaz, Raihan, Ustaz Wan Akasyah, Ustazah Dato' Siti Nor Bahyah, PU Amin, PU Idris and many more will be attending the carnival too. So, if you are keen on brushing shoulders with the stars for a great cause, please do attend the carnival and learn more about zakat (apart from brushing shoulders with the stars too).

Oh. Make sure you attend the concert tonight (1 December 2018) at 9 pm onwards as the stars will be there!

For more information about the upcoming events and updates, please follow the social media of Pusat Pungutan Zakat.

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