MANGO Fall Winter 2012 Collection

Ever since my early twenties, I have been a big fan of MANGO (MNG) fashion line. I have always found their collection to be classy, elegant but not over-the-top. Also, if I waited until their yearly big sale, I would get pretty good deals for clothes that looked amazing! Therefore, I was more than happy to find out that their new Fall Winter 2012 collection is coming up soon, with four basic lines: Evening, Suit, Casual-Sport and Jeans on top of other designer collections such as the Arabic or Limited Edition.

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Kate Moss for MANGO Collection (source)

With these four different lines, there are plenty of mix-and-match opportunities to suit each person’s individual style and personality. I, for one, am a fan of the evening and casual-sport line. Just look at the red dress below, it’s love at first sight! :)

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Gorgeous red dress from MANGO Fall Winter 2012 Collection (source)

There is also a clear influence of architectural forms which add new volumes, with particular emphasis on volume sleeves and waists to which frills have been added in skirts and dresses. It doesn’t matter what color you love, really, because the black and white outfits enhance one’s silhouette while deep and bright colors add energy and vibrance to the look.

To make things even more exciting, supermodel Kate Moss is the MANGO Fall Winter 2012 ambassador. Watch the cool TVC here:

Kate Moss for MANGO Fall Winter 2012 Commercial

If you’re a big fan of MANGO, do drop by the online shop to check out the latest collection. FREE delivery for orders above RM400! http://shop.mango.com/home.faces?utm_content=robavideo&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=fw12kate&utm_source=malaysia-lolevara&state=she_701_IN

Venuss Beauty E-Light Facial

A few days after I wrote about myImart website, I couldn’t stop myself from browsing through the deals and trying out myself! I scrolled up and down, read every single deal and thought of what would be most suitable for me. Since I did not have plans to travel, I only focused on the lifestyle deals and boy, was it hard to choose! After what seemed like eternity, I decided to settle on the IPL and Erola E-Light Facial Treatment by Venuss Beauty Salon that claims to “to invigorate and rejuvenate your skin by improving skin texture, destroying and removing active acne, reducing pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles”

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Lifestyle deals from myImart.com

According to the website, this package is inclusive of :

  • 2 hour E-Light Facial Treatment involving cleansing, steaming, facial and shoulder massage, E-Light therapy, Mask, Serum and UV Light Treatment originally worth RM 280.
  • 45 minute Bio Light Full Body Whitening Treatment originally worth RM 350.

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Treatment room

Purchasing the deal was straightforward – just click on “BUY NOW”, proceed to payment and the voucher would be in your account soon after. I made an appointment with the beauty salon and went there a few days later. Venuss Beauty Salon is located in Kuchai Lama, where parking is a chore. Thankfully, I found refuge in the comfortable room that I was given once they validated my voucher. Very pink!

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The pink and girly treatment room

The facial took more than 2hours, with all the standard procedures of double cleansing, scrubbing, steam, extraction, mask and massage included. But what made this facial different was their signature E-light therapy, which was supposed to reduce fine lines and lighten pigmentation. Now one of the biggest problems for my skin was the freckles that I get especially after being under the sun. I am going to show you a very close up picture of the freckles, before and after the E-light (brace yourself!). The first picture was taken after cleansing, steaming and extraction, where the freckles and pigmentation were extremely obvious. The second picture shows the results after being zapped by the E-light and applying serum. The difference is incredible! Obviously, the freckles wouldn’t disappear just after one session, but the redness from the extraction was gone. The therapist made it very clear that the treatment would only lighten the appearance of freckles, and would continue to do so with more treatments. I was quite satisfied with the outcome and wouldn’t mind returning for another session.

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Picture 1 – before E-light treatment

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Picture 2 – after E-light treatment

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Smiling customer

I hope you were not grossed out by the pictures above (I know I was!). I guess I just want to say that myImart.com really does give good deals to the customers by ensuring a certain quality control before selling them. I definitely had my share of less than ideal experiences from purchasing cheap deals from other group-buying sites which focus more on quantity instead of quality.

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Venuss Beauty Salon treatment room

Venuss Beauty Salon
No 8 (GF), Jalan Kuchai Maju 11,
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Off Jln Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
Contact No.: +603 7984 6266 (Rachel)

Amber Chia’s Signature Course

Modeling Advanced Photo and Video was my final course at Amber Chia Academy, and one that was fully taught by none other than Amber Chia herself. I took this class end of last year, when there were only about 8 of us in it. The small class guaranteed full attention from Amber, as well as better concentration from us. Also dubbed as Amber Chia’s Signature Course, this class focused mainly on posing and facial expressions in front of the camera, with minimal catwalk required.

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Photo and video course

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“Follow this pose”

At the beginning of the course, we were given a handbook with notes and pictures of various poses. The 5 main poses that we focused on were: Happy, Confident, Sexy, Strong and Dreamy. Each of this pose required different techniques on the eyes, mouth, neck, shoulders and legs. For example, a Sexy pose requires our eyes to be sensual, and our lips to be partially open. A Strong pose would mean strong-looking eyes and a strong jawline (by clenching your teeth).

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Different poses

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Eyes send the strongest message

To demonstrate the various poses we learnt, my classmate Celine was kind enough to pose for my camera. Of course, this was only in our first or second class, when we were still learning. There’s definitely room for improvement, but doing this together was fun! We always need a buddy to practice together, to laugh at each other and to learn from each other’s mistakes.

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Confident

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Dreamy

Amber’s style of teaching was systematic. She taught us how to pose starting with the eyes first. By covering the rest of our face, we’re supposed to portray the different emotions just through our eyes. After the eyes, we moved on to our lips, and then our neck, shoulder and hands. By using different angles with our neck and shoulders, we could come up with tonnes of combination for a photo shoot. What Amber always encouraged us to do was to feel the emotion and let our imagination run wild. There’s no room to be shy in the class, so she always asked us to be creative, to be daring and to express ourselves.

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Jumping pose

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Sexy pose

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Happy pose

Even though we were quite shy during our first couple of classes, we began to warm up in the third class onwards, and started to be more adventurous with our posing. It’s amazing knowing what we can do with our face in front of the mirror, if we would only set ourselves free and go crazy with posing. :)

Note: This is Part 11 of a series of Advanced Modeling Catwalk course at Amber Chia Academy. Check out the remaining series here.

A Date with the Camera

A couple of months back, I took up a studio photography package to put my posing skills to test. To be honest, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the results since I only managed to find a handful of pictures that I like out of the hundreds that we took! Anyway, since it’s only my second professional shoot, it’s forgivable. :P I was allowed to choose 2 outfits for the shoot so I chose one wearing the basic white singlet and jeans, while another wearing a short blue dress. Showed the pictures to some of my friends and most of the feedback I received said that I looked better with a smile. Looks like I have got to put in more effort to look better when I’m serious. :) Here are some of the pictures taken from the shoot!

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Constructive comments much appreciated! :)

For Ladies Only

In a couple of hours, Christmas would be over, and we’d be looking forward to the New Year! How time flies when one is having fun, yes? :) How was your Christmas celebration? Saucer and I went shopping on Christmas day morning (!!) to buy ingredients for dinner. By the time we were done, it was already 4pm and we’re exhausted! Tired as I was, I persevered, for I had plenty to cook on the menu! :P Luckily everything went well and after 2.5 hours of cooking, dinner of pumpkin soup, salad with bacon and pork sausages, aglio olio spaghetti with salmon, shrimp and squid ring, and dessert of chocolate cake was ready! Unfortunately, in the midst of all the cooking, I was too exhausted and forgot to snap pictures of the food, except for the chocolate cake. :D

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My homemade chocolate cake

That aside, I was looking back at my old pictures recently and I realized that in most of the pictures, I was wearing shorts! I guess shorts are ever so versatile, so comfortable and so cooling in the hot tropical weather of our country. However, one thing about wearing shorts is when that time of the month is here, I’d feel extremely self-conscious with my bulky sanitary pads. It gets worse when I have to go for photo shoot that requires me to wear short skirt! I have to be very careful with my posing to make sure that my pad is not obvious to the camera. That is when I would wish for sanitary pads that are thinner, insignificant if possible, without losing its absorbency.

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Wearing shorts is my favourite past time :)

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Photo shoot with short skirt

Elegant Walk

 Getting ready for catwalk class

When I found out about Laurier Slimguard available in the market, I was too excited for words! Finally, there’s someone out there who understands our agony – 1mm ultra-absorbent sanitary pads that promise to be dry and comfortable. I got 2 types to try out – the Laurier Super Slimguard Day 22.5cm and Laurier Super Slimguard Night 30cm.

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The new Laurier Super Slimguard series sanitary pads

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Laurier Super Slimguard Day 22.5cm

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Laurier Super Slimguard Night 30cm

The first thing I did? I took out a pack and compared it with my existing pad, from an older series of Laurier. The difference was so significant! The Slimguard was really slim and thin, only 1mm thick according to the specification, but with 200x absorbency.

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Super Slimguard on the left and normal on the right

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Look at the difference in thickness

It’s common to have heavy flow on the first 2 days, so I tried the Super Slimguard Night series, which is a massive 30cm long. I used to have this phobia of staining my bed sheets whenever I have period such that I end up not sleeping well at night. But with such long and protective pad, I could sleep however I want without worrying about leakage especially from the back! What I love about the night pad was the adhesive that they provide on the 2 mini wings on the back, something that I don’t see from other brands. Most of the time, these 2 mini wings could easily go out of place especially with active movements but with the adhesives in place, the pad would stay put no matter how active we are.

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Super Slimguard Night extra long at 30cm

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Notice the adhesives on the back wings

Apart from the superb long pads, I saw great improvement in their surface too. The pad is now reinforced with Quick Dry Mesh Surface which guarantees absolute dryness without the stuffy feeling. I have tried Slimguard for a few days now and I am proud to announce that I now don’t have to worry about sleeping even on white bed sheets. :) It’s an amazing feeling, almost liberated! Try it and tell me if I’m wrong.

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Quick Dry Mesh surface for a dry and comfortable feeling

Laurier Super Slimguard has changed the way I sleep during that time of the month, and given me the freedom to wear short pants and skirts whenever I want to. It’s true. :)

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Laurier Super Slimguard has changed my life

Catwalk as a Couple

Have you been wondering if I am still attending my modeling classes at Amber Chia Academy? Well the truth is I have completed the Modeling Advanced Catwalk Course a couple of months ago and have just started the Modeling Advanced Photo & Video last week, a signature course taught by Amber Chia herself. But before we move on to the new course, I would like to share with you what we have learnt on our final class at catwalk! We were all asked to tie our hair up into a bun and apply smoky eyes make up before coming to class, with bright chilli red lipstick! I have always thought lipstick application is the simplest process of the makeup but when it comes to chilli red lipstick, it could be quite challenging! Every minor flaw drawn with the lipstick becomes very obvious because of its bright colour. We need very steady hands. This was how we all looked like for the class. :)

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Chilli red lips!

During class, we were taught on how to walk as a group – be it a couple or in a group of 3 or more models. We started with modeling as a couple in casual catwalk, and the choreography was quite straightforward – the couple was to meet at the beginning of the runway, walk to the end together and return to the starting point. Then the female model would do a solo catwalk while the male model waited for his turn and do his solo afterwards. To get a better picture, watch the first video below by 2 of my classmates.

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 Getting ready for couple catwalk

Casual Catwalk by a couple

After the Casual catwalk, we were asked to put on the gowns and do a catwalk Elegant/Bridal style. The first time I did it, I actually forgot to maneuver my can can gown at the end of the runway, therefore  almost stepping into my tail when I turned around. *gasp* I guess I was concentrating too much on synchronizing with my partner that I forgot about the basic steps. But of course, we learn from mistakes and I never forgot to turn my dress now whenever I walk in can can gown. :) Watch the second video below to see us modeling as if it’s a bridal show. My part is towards the end, so be patient! ;)

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Elegant catwalk in a couple formation

Elegant/Bridal Catwalk

What do you think of my catwalk? Is it much better than the first time? I certainly hope so! Well the experience was fun especially when we saw how the guys were trying to avoid stepping on the tail of our dresses many times (but failed!) at first. Then, with more practice, we started to understand each other more through body language and our synchronization became better. That’s the most important thing we learn from group modeling – communication through body language, because there was no way we could talk or even make signals while walking in front of the audience. :D

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with the students and model Kelly Jagan

Note: This is Part 10 of a series of Advanced Modeling Catwalk course at Amber Chia Academy. Check out the remaining series here.