Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review: Your Perfect Setting Powder

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If you are a big fan of anything Korean especially Korean beauty products, I'm very sure you've heard of Althea. Apart from them celebrating their 2nd birthday recently in July, Althea has also released their first own product range - Althea Petal Velvet Powder!

Althea's debut product - a translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves a silky finish to the touch. Infused with oil from Althea seeds, the powder keeps sebum production at bay under control without drying out the skin for a radiant, fresh look, all while giving out a gentle scent.

Althea's Petal Velvet Powder is a cruelty-free product and they uses natural ingredients. The powder is made with micro-fine particles that minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. The powder provides sun protection, anti-aging and is also hydrating to the skin.

The powder comes with a seal.

Just like any loose powder, it comes with a puff. I couldn't stop touching the puff the moment I held it. The puff is so soft and fluffy!!

The powder is white in colour but it gives a translucent look after applying. If you noticed, the holes are slightly big so it is very easy for the puff to hold too much powder. Personally, I'll be very gentle when shaking to discharge the powder. Alternatively, you can use a brush to apply the powder onto the face.

I was surprise how lightweight and fine the powder is, and I like the floral fragrance the moment I apply the power onto my face.

I tried using the powder on its own, and can see that my face looks smoother after applying the powder.

Also, I tried using the powder to set my makeup. I realized my makeup stays longer and my face is not as oily.

If you are looking for a great loose powder, I would highly recommend Althea Petal Velvet Powder for sure! Not only it's a great makeup, but the price is super cheap too! Oh, how much you ask? The Althea Petal Velvet Powder is retailed at RM 16 ONLY! Wow~~ this is really cheap! Don't you think so?

Product: Althea Velvet Powder
Price: RM 16

To purchase or find out more about Althea Petal Velvet Powder, check out the website.

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Malgudi Restaurant @ Seksyen 16, PJ: Classic Indian Cuisine

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If you drive around Seksyen 16 often enough, it is very hard to not see name "Malgudi" around the area. Malgudi is a fictional town created by an Indian author R.K. Narayan. The story is so well-known that many started to believe Malgudi actually existed. Hmm.... maybe I should make a trip to India and explore the country for a bit.

Sadly, I'm still lacking of travelling fund to do that. However, I get to have a taste of India when I visited Malgudi Restaurant at Seksyen 16 last week.

Walking into Malgudi, I can't help but to notice the paintings and artwork hanging on the wall. The interior is like what you would expect from an Indian restaurant - colourful and vibrant.

More sittings are available on the 1st floor, and if you are going in a big group, the long tables are just perfect.

Seval Combo (RM 16). Vegetarian deep fried onions, bitter gourd and cauliflower. The deep fried fritters are really crunchy and I could still taste the sweetness and natural flavours of the vegetables.

It tasted so good that I even ate the bitter gourd (I HATE bitter gourd!).

Nasi Lemak Briyani (RM 19.50). Yes, you read it right. It is called Nasi Lemak Briyani, as Malgudi has brilliantly combined both nasi lemak and briyani into 1 delicious plate of food! Served with your usual sides of a nasi lemak, they have incorporated briyani flavours into the rice as well as the fried chicken.

I love this so much especially the sambal. Grew up in Johor, I'm very used to sambal that are on the sweeter side. The sambal at Malgudi has a hint of sweetness but as it lingers in the mouth, the spiciness starts to kick in. Go easy on the sambal, especially if you have low tolerance in spicy food. Nevertheless, this is a dish MUST ORDER at Malgudi!

Oh ya, the Nasi Lemak Briyani will only be served at Malgudi for a limited time only from 31/8/2017 till 16/9/2017. So, don't miss out the chance to try this brilliant dish before it runs out!

Kulfi (RM 7.50). What better way to cool down after having a deliciously spicy food with a plate of frozen dairy dessert? Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian subcontinent flavoured with saffron, nuts served with cow's milk. I like the creamy texture but I find it is a tad too sweet especially after having a spoonful of the ice cream.

Fresh Lime Juice (RM 5). Something sweet and acidic to wash down all the delicious food. It is perfect relieved for the palate from all the rich flavours of the dishes too.

Overall, the food I had at Malgudi were really great, especially the Nasi Lemak Briyani. During the time we were dining at the restaurant, we had the chance to speak to the lady boss. Malgudi aims to serve delicious Indian cuisine to their customers, hence everything on the menu are made from scratch at the restaurant. Compared to some Indian restaurant, the pricing at Malgudi might be a bit higher, but with the efforts and ingredients used, I would say Malgudi is a place worth checking out, especially if you are an Indian food lover like me!

To know more updates on Malgudi Restaurant, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: 17, Lorong Universiti C, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operation Hours: 12pm to 3.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm DAILY
Contact: +603 7931 2556

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Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar @ Pavilion KL: A Taste of Italy

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Italian cuisines are simple yet offer an abundance of taste, and it is one of the most popular cuisine worldwide. What's your favourite Italian dishes? Is it pasta? Pizzas??? Or the famous Italian dessert - Tiramisu? No matter what is your favourite Italian food, I would like to bring your attention to Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar at Pavilion KL.

Michelangelo's has been in Pavilion for years and I went there for dinner with my friends when they first opened.

Located along the al fresco area of Pavilion, Michelangelo's is facing a gelato stall. Instead of indoors, I always enjoy dining in an al fresco area, where I get to do some people watching and enjoy the natural air. And no surprise that my favourite spot at Michelangelo's is their outdoor sittings.

Walking into their restaurant, Michelangelo's offer a dining area that's filled with beautiful sofa chairs.

Trio di Ostriche (RM 35). A trio of oysters for all the oysters' fans out there.

Baked oysters with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese. The acidity of the tomato sauce nicely cut through the richness of the Mozzarella cheese and oysters.

Fresh oysters are my favourite, especially with lemon or lime. Took a bite into the fresh oyster and I was surprised to find that aromatic lemongrass bonzu that lingers in the mouth nicely, while the tobikko roe added an extra savoury flavours to the oysters.

Ever since I had a bad experience in a Japanese restaurant with baked oysters, I'm never a fan of cooked oysters especially when it comes to frying them. However, I find the balsamic reduction and tomato sauce paired perfectly well with the crunchy deep fried oysters.

Antipasto di Mare (RM 110). A 3 tier seafood platter that is nice to be shared among 2 person.

Wanna enjoy delicate seafood at one go? The seafood platter might just be the choice for you - lobsters, oysters, mussels, soft shell crab, baby octopus, fish fillets and tiger prawns. I had so much fun going through each tier and picking up the seafood with my fingers! It reminded me of all the seafood feasts I had back in Sydney and Perth.

Risotto Frutti di Mare (RM 55). I love risotto but it is not easy to find a restaurant that makes good risotto. I love how al dente the risotto at Michelangelo's is and so flavourful. They are quite generous with the ingredients of tiger prawns, squids, mussels and clams too. Probably the best risotto I've had so far.

Linguini Porto Cervo (RM 59). Since it's an Italian restaurant, it is kinda a must to have their pasta too. Prepared in aglio olio style, the linguini is served with lobster, anchovies, clams, prawns, cuttlefish, and cherry tomatoes. Another dish that I love and highly recommend at Michelangelo's.

Pollo Affumicato BBQ (RM 36). A new dish at Michelangelo's, the pizza is topped with smoked chicken breast with BBQ sauce and arugula leaves. A very simple plate of pizza, but the dough is soft and chewy and the BBQ sauce added an extra hint of smoky flavours to the smoked chicken breast. Delizioso!

Tiramisu (RM 23.50). Tiramisu is a very traditional Italian dessert; many have "modernize" this classic dessert by making it into their own version of Tiramisu. Michelangelo's serves their Tiramisu with sponge finger biscuits dipped in espresso liqueur, then layered between the rich Mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa powder. The Tiramisu is not too sweet and had a nice balance of coffee, liqueur and chocolaty flavours.

Zuccotto Semi Freddo (RM 23.50). Another traditional Italian dessert. This semi-frozen dome cake is sweeter, and filled with creamy Ricotta cheese, almonds, dark and white chocolate chips and confit fruits.

Blackcurrant Smoothie (RM 17). The smoothie has a similar taste to Ribena, a combination of sweet and tangy.

Cafe Freddo (RM 16). A bottle of iced latte to cool down under the hot sun.

Iced Chocolate Cube Special (RM 16.90). Michelangelo's has specially collaborated with Cocoraw by incorporating fresh hand-made chocolate truffles into their iced chocolate.

Chocolate loves, you'd definitely love this rich and chocolaty drink.

Michelangelo's has a few varieties of wine to offer if you are in the mood of clinking glasses.

There are many Italian restaurants out there in the market, but there are only a few that truly serve good Italian dishes. Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar is one of them. Not only they are generous with their ingredients and portions, but they are very particular in making sure the flavours and textures of the dishes are just right. If you are looking for a place that serves delicious Italian dishes, don't forget to try out Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar!

For more updates on Michelangelo's Restaurant & Bar, check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Address: Lot C3.04.00, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operation Hours: 11am to 12pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 11am to 1am (Friday & Saturday)
Contact: +603 2141 1123

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Nasi Kok Kok Ayam @ Kota Kemuning: Homemade Fried Chicken Rice to Die For

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Looking at the name is not hard to guess that I'm going to share with you about chicken rice. Most of the time when we talked about chicken rice, we usually refers to the Chinese chicken rice. But today, I'm gonna recommend something different - chicken rice inspired by the Northern region of Peninsula Malaysia.

Nasi Kok Kok Ayam, such a cute name. Don't you think so? The name is just so catchy that I'm sure you won't forget it.

Nasi Kok Kok Ayam has a very simple interior that is almost very similar to the kopitiams back in my hometown.

Lontong (RM 6.50). Lontong has always been my favourite since young. The rich and aromatic coconut milk-based soup is what kept me going back for more, topped with their homemade peanut sambal, the dish is definitely a must try at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam. On the other hand, the compressed rice cakes are a bit too hard.

Nasi Ikan Keli (RM 6.30). Ikan keli is commonly found in Malay dishes. The fish at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam is perfectly fried - crispy skin while the meat is still moist and flaky. Even for a person who doesn't fancy Ikan Keli, I was pretty fond of this.

Nasi Kok Kok Berempah + Telur Masin (RM 7). Not a fan of the bony Ikan Keli? Opt for the fried chicken then. Well-marinated chicken are fried till crispy while the meat is still juicy.

Nasi Lemak Pandan Ayam (RM 6.50). Nasi lemak can be considered as our national food, and I can understand why many have fall in love with the fragrance coconut rice. Nasi Kok Kok Ayam takes their nasi lemak to a whole new level by incorporating pandan into their fragrance rice. With every mouthful, you'll get to enjoy the both the fragrance of coconut and pandan at the same time, along with the crispy fried chicken.

Nasi Kerabu Ayam (RM 7.50). Originated from Kelantan, this plate of blue rice with juicy fried chicken and greens are the perfect meal to have.

Apart from rice and main dishes, Nasi Kok Kok Ayam is also serving breakfast too! Starting from 25th August 2017, you can enjoy their breakfast set at only RM 9, and you get to choose your preferred set with either coffee or tea.

Soft-boiled eggs with steamed bread and kaya are a crowd favourite.

You can also switch to coconut bun too.

Alternatively, go for the yam cake! Trust me, you won't regret choosing this.

Yam Cake (RM 3). You can also purchase the yam cake separately too, and the size of the ala carte will be bigger than what you get from the set. My aunts make a killer yam cake and growing up eating theirs, I'm now super picky when it comes to yam cake. I've tried many and sadly most of them are a disappointment. Nasi Kok Kok Ayam made their own yam cake and I love they they still leave the chunks of yam in it to give it some texture! No matter pairing it with sambal, sweet sauce or having it just like that, the yam cake at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam is truly a delicious snack to have!

Coconut Bun (RM 3.50 - 2 pieces). The bun is soft but I'm not a fan of the sweet coconut fillings. However, I know coconut bun is a childhood memory for many people.

Steam Roti Cubes with Homemade Pandan Kaya (RM 3). The evaporated milk cut through the sweetness of the rick kaya while giving it a touch of milky goodness at the same time. According to the owner, this was inspired by Thailand.

Teh (RM 2.50).

Kopi (RM 2.50).

Before the cafes, we used to have these glasses of aromatic local tea and coffee to kick-start our day.

The milkshakes at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam is worth trying too.

Coconut Shake (RM 3.80). Rich and creamy coconut topped with Vanilla ice cream, this is my favourite.

Jagung Shake (RM 3.80). Blended using actual corn, the Jagung Shake still has the bits and pieces of the corn in it.

Lime Shake (RM 3.80). When the sun is blazing hot, the refreshing Lime Shake is certainly the one to have!

Cendol (RM 3.50). The cendol is soft and nice, and they incorporated actual gula melaka syrup into the Cendol. A highly recommended dessert to have at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam.

As Malaysian, we are very pampered with various delicacies from different states and different races; and these dishes are favourites to many people. To ensure not to compromise the quality of their dishes, most of the food and sauces were made in-house. On top of this, the pricing is really cheap too. You can have a satisfying meal at Nasi Kok Kok Ayam within RM 10!

To know more updates on Nasi Kok Kok Ayam, check out their Facebook and Instagram.

Address: No.8, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla M 31/M, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor
Operation Hours: 8am to 5pm (Tuesday to Saturday) | 9am to 5pm (Sunday) | Monday CLOSED
Contact: +6017 911 1732

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