Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Review

Everybody knows Sake is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice. But, have you ever consider applying sake onto your face? Well, it's no secret that rice has certain benefits to the skin. So... why not incorporate sake into skincare then?!

Kiku-Masamune is a famous sake brewer in Japan that was founded in 1659. After many many years of producing sake for consumption, they have released their very own range of skincare that are mainly produced using dry sake.

I've heard and used multiple skincare that contains alcohol, but Sake?! It was definitely a first for me!

Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Cleansing (RM 42.90) - a moisturizing makeup cleanser gel.

The cleansing gel contains of fermented rice extract, amino acids, placenta extract and arbutin to protect the skin's moisture. The gel spreads on easily onto the face, but unlike many gel cleansers, this doesn't foam up.

Generally, the cleansing gel works perfectly fine in removing makeup, but it doesn't work on my waterproof mascara. So, if you are using super waterproof mascara or eyeliner, I would recommend using a proper eye makeup remover instead of this.

Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Facial Wash (RM 39.90). After removing the makeup, it's time to double cleanse the face! The facial wash has a white and creamy texture, but it lather nicely into fine and, dense foam. I like the subtle fragrance of sake on my face after cleansing, but my skin felt tight and a little bit dry after using it.

Apart from facial wash, it can be used as a full-body wash too! Since it doesn't suit my skin that much, I'll be using this as body wash instead. After all, I do enjoy the lingering sake fragrance on my skin.

Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Lotion (RM 42.90). In the age of before cosmetics, diluted sake was used to treat skin conditions, and the leftover sake was used by geisha. OK, now I know why the Japanese ladies have such amazingly good skin!!!!

Before I go any further, I must say I really like the size of the lotion. It's.... really generous! Secondly, the transparent bottle allows me to observe how much lotion I have left.

Instead of using hands, I pumped the lotion onto a cotton pad and gently apply onto my face. The texture is very watery and I like how easily it gets absorbed into my skin. The best of all, it doesn't leave any sticky residue after drying. Instead, my skin felt moisturized and hydrated after applying the lotion,

If you have any dry patches on the skin, you can pump a bit extra on the cotton pad and apply it as a facial mask on the dry spot to relieve the dryness of the skin.

If you have dry skin or looking for something stronger, go for the Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Lotion - High Moist (RM 49.90). Many of their customers have been asking for a lotion that has higher level of moisture, so they have introduced this high moist lotion with increased quantity of moisturizing ingredients and added ceramide.

Last but not least, moisturize your skin with Kiku-Masamune Skin Care Emulsion (RM 49.90). The emulsion contains two times more amino acids than toning water. It is not only outstanding in terms of oil content, but also in terms of moisturizing power.

At first pump, I thought the emulsion would be very thick and heavy. It turns out to be pretty light and non-greasy. However, it took a bit of time for the emulsion to be absorbed into my skin. The emulsion is not only suitable for the face, but it can be comfortably used at areas such as elbows and heels too.

Personally, I felt there are hits and misses on the skin care range of Kiku-Masamune. My personal favourite would have to be the lotion. If your skin is really dry, you may want to consider the lotion in high moist version.

Interested to try out this sake skin care from Japan? Kiku-Masamune is now available at selected AEON Wellness and SaSa stores. Do check them out as their prices are really reasonable!

Kaiju Company @ APW Bangsar: Thai-Japansese Cuisine

For the past few months, APW Bangsar has gone through some cool transformation, with a few new dining venues. One of its latest tenants is Kaiju Company, a Thai-Japanese fusion restaurant offering interesting dishes such as tom yum, rice bowl, udon and tuna tataki and many more.

Walking pass PULP and make a right turn, Kaiju is located just few doors down from the famous and ever-crowded Breakfast Thieves. During the day, the place is nice and bright with natural sunlight; while the 30-meter origami dragon lights up like a lantern after dark.

Ekamai Salmon Salad (RM 22). Fresh salmon, mixed green leaf and avocado tossed in Thai chili sauce and Goma Tarik - light and refreshing, yet have enough crunchy texture to kick-start a meal.

Aroi Tori Karaage (RM 18). The flavours were ok, but the texture was a tad tough (which could be due to the duration of us taking the food photos). However, I like the yuzu salad at the side, which is perfect in balancing out the heaviness of the fried chicken.

Okinawa Bittergourd (RM 18). Okinawa-style omelette served with bittergourd and cube duck. The omelette was nice and fluffy, and I was surprise how subtle the bittergourd flavours are. The dish could be enjoyed even for those who don't like bittergourd.

Spicy BKK Street Pasta (RM 28). This was one of my favourite dishes at Kaiju. Along with lime-based sauce, the pasta was served with prawns, lamb and cheese. The tangy and spiciness of the pasta reminded me of Thailand street food.

Hawaiian Kaiju Rice (RM 26). The curry has nothing much to shout about but the chicken patty was definitely a big hit on the table.

If you love creamy tom yum, or just about anything that is creamy... go for the Tom Yum Udon (RM 26) with fish paste, prawn, squid and mushroom. Though I like the spiciness of the tom yum, the creaminess of it might too jelak after a few bite.

Seemingly harmless, but the Salmon Manow Nabe (RM 26) is one serious contender in its spiciness. The heat might be over the roof for some, but the sour-spiciness soup would definitely keep you going back for more and it goes SOOOOOOO well with bowl of rice!

Sake+Asamboi (RM 20). One of the popular drinks at Kaiju. Never would I have thought the combination of sake and asamboi would be so good. I was expecting the drink to have some "kick" from both sake and the heat, but turned out the chili is just for garnish and the sake was very mild. A highly recommended drink if you prefer something less intense.

Compared to the Sake+Asamboi, the Hot Yuzu (RM 10) was kind of a let down. Instead of the citrusy flavours of yuzu, it tasted sweet. I'm not sure if they have added too much sugar by accident.

Thai Ice Tea (RM 10). I only wish it has more pronounced flavour of tea.

Lemongrass - Cold (RM 10). For something as aromatic and strong as lemongrass, I was pretty surprised that we could hardly taste it in the drink. Again, if you are into less intense drink, you might like this.

Overall, there were hits and misses during our meal at Kaiju Company. However, it is still worth a try and I'd definitely be back for some of the dishes - especially the nabe!

On a side note, there are pretty limited seats at Kaiju. We were there just before lunch and the place was already filling up fast. So, do go there earlier if you don't want to walk away disappointed. Also, they do not have a baby chair at the restaurant. So, don't forget to bring along your baby stroller.

They accept CASH ONLY, and NO credit card.

Address: No.29, Jalan Riong, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: Monday to Sunday (12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm)
Contact: +603 2788 3796

For more information and updates on Kaiju Company, do visit their Facebook and Instagram.

Purple Miao 紫喵 @ Kampung Baru Ampang: A Simple Breakfast Place

I'm NOT a morning person, and would skip my breakfast most of the time (I know.. this is very bad >.<). However, I would still get up early in the morning once in a blue moon to have nice breakfast. And today, I'm going to share with you this lovely place in Ampang that I willingly sacrificed my sleep for - Purple Miao 紫喵.

I'm not sure how would you categorize Purple Miao. They are not a cafe; neither would I consider them a food stall. Occupying a small space in front of Typical Cafe, Purple Miao serves simple breakfast and hand drip & cold brew coffee.

Purple Miao has REALLY limited seats, so it is advisable for you to either go early and grab a seat, or bring your Tupperware for take-away.

The simple breakfast at Purple Miao - toasts, sandwiches and egg pancake.

No specialty coffee, but local coffee. Yes, Purple Miao only serves local coffee with 2 options - Cold Brew - Black/White (RM 8.50) or Hand Drip Coffee (RM 9.50). I've tried all 3 and can't pick a favourite. Regardless cold brew or hand drip, the coffee is smooth with bodied yet not overly acidic. For the White Cold Brew, it has a nice ratio of milk and coffee.

Let's start with something light before we started to chow down our entire breakfast - 青葱蛋饼 Spring Roll Egg Pancake (RM 5.50). Personally, I'm not a fan of spring onions. But if you are, you would definitely love this.

芝士肉松蛋饼 Meat Floss with Cheese Egg Pancake (RM 9.50). Freshly cooked egg pancake filled with melted cheese and savoury chicken floss~~ yummy!! It tasted so good, especially when it is still hot!

豆腐肉饼 Toufu with Meat Patty Sandwich (RM 8.50). Moist patty and fresh tomatoes sandwiched between perfectly toasted bread - crunchy but not greasy. The flavours are very subtle and just nice to have it as breakfast.

大太阳三明治 Big Sunny Side-up Sandwich (RM 6.50). THIS... THIS.... THIS... is one of my favourite sandwich! Look at that creamy egg yolk oozing out and coating the crunchy toast and fresh tomatoes!!! Oh~~ they added a surprise element too - passion fruit! Surprisingly, the passion fruit goes very well with all the elements, and I love how the slight sourness of the passion fruit cut through the richness of the sandwich.

芝士蛋吐司 Cheesy Egg Toast (RM 7.50). Sometimes, the simplest thing can be satisfying too. This hearty Cheesy Egg Toast is certainly one of them.

番茄三明治 Tomato Sandwich (RM 8.50). This is their "special menu". Meaning, it is off-menu, and you have to be lucky to drop by on the same day that they are serving it. We were super-duper lucky that day. They have yet to prepare the ingredients and wasn't sure if they would be able to serve it. Lucky for us, we managed to grab one that was freshly out from the kitchen!

We left Purple Miao feeling satisfied and happy! Looking at this table of food, I'm already craving for the sandwiches at Purple Miao~~~ looking forward to my next visit, which I hope will be SOON!!!

Worry that you can't find the place? Look out for the striking purple car, and you'll definitely find the place!

Oh ya~~ almost slipped my mind.. Purple Miao only accept cash and NO credit card.

Address: No.342, Jalan Merdeka, Kampong Baru Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: Monday (6.30am to 11.30am)
                                        Tuesday to Thursday (CLOSED)
                                        Friday & Saturday (6.30am to 11.30)
                                        Sunday (7.30am to 1pm)
Contact: +6016 359 9121

For more information and updates on Purple Miao, visit their Facebook and Instagram.

KOSÉ Lip Gel Magic: Make Any Lipsticks Transfer-Proof!

Putting on lip colour is so important to prevent us from looking pale. BUT, we've all been through the awkward situations where our lip colours faded away or got transferred to our food, cups or even clothes. Despite the utmost importance of having lip colours, I do often find it very troublesome in having to constantly touch-up.

Ladies, if you are frustrated as me... KOSÉ Lip Gel Magic comes to the rescue!!

Lip Gel Magic is KOSÉ most powerful lipstick coating gel yet!

With one single swipe, this maximum-strength lipstick top coat gel helps:

1) protect lip colour from fading, even after drinking or eating
2) lock in the lip colour making it last longer
3) keep the lips moisturized

The gel comes in a small tube, which is very handy and convenient to be carried around.

It has a small tip, which is easier to control the amount of gel when squeezing it out.

The gel is semi-opaque and fragrance-free. You can apply it with any of your favourite lip colour!

How does the gel work?

a) Flourine Coating Powder (a unique colour migration prevention ingredient) creates a gel film over the surface of your lips, coating and preventing it to migrate onto other surface.

b) Super lasting ingredients latches onto the lip colour and holds it in place - No more smudging!

c) Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid keeps yous lips moisturized and kissably-soft.

Application of the gel is super easy!

Step 1: Apply your favourite lipstick.

Step 2: Shake the lip gel magic tube with the cap on. Make sure it turns into gel form and semi-transparent after shaking. My first attempt was a failure because I did not shake the tube enough, and it came out watery.

Step 3: Squeeze out a small amount of gel, roughly the size of rice, onto fingertip.

Step 4: Apply KOSÉ Lip Gel Magic evenly over your lips. Don't forget the corner and inside of your lips.

I like how the gel dries up to a matte texture.

I did a small experiment with KOSÉ Lip Gel Magic, and the results are surprisingly good! It's super transfer-proof and leaves almost no mark or stain!

Small tips:

a) Rubbing your lips together repeatedly or touching them your fingers may cause creasing.

b) Lipsticks such as liquid rogue may not produce the maximum transfer-proof results.

Overall, I really like the results of KOSÉ Lip Gel Magic in making the lip colours transfer-proof, while keeping the lips moisturized. On the other hand, it might not be too troublesome to apply both layers of lip colour and lip gel seperately, especially when you are in a hurry.

For more information, please visit their Website and Facebook.

Tabiyo Shop @ Seremban: A Heaven for Stationary Lovers!

I used to do journals and was a big fan of all sorts of stationary when I was younger, but I have stopped journaling as well as collect stationary for the longest time! Until my friend "ignited" the interest of journaling in my again!

If you are also a fan of journaling and stationary, I'm sure you are familiar with Tabiyo Shop. Started as an online website, they have recently opened a store in Seremban. My friend and I made a trip to visit the shop just before Christmas, and we had lots of fun!

I love the white and bright interior and the zen ambiance of the shop. Regardless how busy the traffic was on the outside, we felt an immediate peace the moment we stepped into the shop. Tabiyo is owned by a young and pretty lady boss who is passionate about journaling and stationary, and turned it into a business of her own.

There are so many items in Tabiyo and we spent the whole afternoon exploring every corner of the shop!

Traveler's Notebook corner for all of you journaling fans out there.

Pretty masking/washi tapes! It was Christmas week when we visited Tabiyo and we spotted few tapes with very cute Christmas packaging.

Stamps, anyone?

I have one of these clips, and I really like them a lot! Not only it's practical and doesn't leave a mark on the paper... it's very photogenic too! LOL~~~

Super-duper cute little plates. You can either use them as plates for snacks or a storage for your pins and small items, or..... just as a prop for photography.

There are so many products in Tabiyo and we ended up spending the whole afternoon at the shop. Every corner just seems to have something interesting, and if you enjoy stationary and journaling as much as us, you would certainly have a field day at Tabiyo.

Some of products that can be found at Tabiyo are:

Traveler's Notebook
Mark's Inc
Tools to Liveby
Grey Ray
Fog Linen Work

Tabiyo has generously prepared few stamps and tapes for public to use. If you have time to spare after shopping at the shop, why sit back at the shop, sip on a cup of coffee and enjoy a quiet time journaling?

If you don't have time to drop by the shop or is too far for you to travel, fret not! You can always purchase online via their Website. For more information on Tabiyo Shop, you may visit their Facebook and Instagram too.

Address: 92, Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal, 70000 Seremban
Operation Hours: 11am to 5pm (Tuesday to Sunday), CLOSE on Mondays
Contact: +6018 666 7607