Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Coffee Review (Part 2)


Back with yet another coffee review compilations. I make black coffee on most mornings just to establish a routine in what seems to be a separation-less day after lockdown days. It's been like what? More than 500 days after the start of the first lockdown and things only seems to be getting worse (road to 25k/ daily cases?!). I'm staying in more and work, break, meals, exercise, sleep activities are done in like four walls...


In this post I'll be sharing the coffee I've tried the past months and the options have gotten more interesting because I need more excitement in life WTF.


1) Boncafe Mocca

Coffee Beans


Let's begin with Boncafe Mocca (ShopeeMY) is my usual go-to brand of coffee beans (okay, besides Starbucks) before I got more adventurous. Available in whole beans and ground coffee. Retailing about RM20 per pack, I remember trying most of BonCafe's coffee beans a long while back but eventually settled for Mocca.



Oh if you remember, I bought Kapal Api ground coffee a while back. I  did not brew it for a while because I didn't know how to prepare it_ I accidentally got it in super fine powder and they are terrible for drip coffee because the water won't pass through the coffee mud! Had a lightbulb moment one day to prepare it as a cold brew and *chef kiss* it is so-o-o good! Perfect for the recent hot weather too! I like it so much I've been trying cold brews with different blends of coffee just to taste how they'd turn out.



2) Starbucks Veranda Blend & Cafe Verona




The Veranda blend produces a very light and smooth, with almost unnoticeable acidic or fruity-ish.





The darker version of the Veranda Blend. I'm starting to think Starbucks coffee isn't so interesting to comment on. At least the ones I've tried, they don't have very adventurous notes but simply coffee beans in every level of bitterness. That's it. Except the Starbucks Premium Instant Coffee in Dark Roast because it's dark chocolate-y.



While we're on the subject of coffee, I thought of including 3-in-1s and convenience store coffee. I'm not kidding when I said I bring my adventure to the supermarket. Been trying random new stuff just to spice up lockdown life, I'm grateful for the privilege.



4) Chek Hup Hokkaido Milk Latte





There's been a boom of instant coffee choices in the market from brands like  Frenche Roast, Mamami, Richboy, Alor, Kanu wahlao I kenot keep up. Even Aik Cheong, and Chek Hup offers several range now. I try not to go for 3-in-1 since the lockdown but the packaging caught my attention. Also, Japan obsession *cough* This turns out to be very light, milk coffee. Would go for this if I run out of coffee or lazy to brew but otherwise, I'd stick to beans.



5) Delatte coffee packs



These are some of the packet drinks from CU Mart which you probably see a lot of people trying. They come prepacked, ready-to-drink in those sachets rather than the usual can or bottle. If you takeaway from the store, they actually have plastic cups with ice you can grab to prep your drinks. Would say the selling point is the experience you can't get this elsewhere. Also 'cuz Kpop craze hitting all time high?






The Delatte Hazelnut Flavor is a medium brew black coffee with tons of sugar. Not for those coffee drinkers who likes their coffee in their original taste. I find it OK but can't drink often 'cuz very sweet. I cannot recall any hint of hazelnut in this even though I've tried it twice.





This next one is the Delatte Americano that tasted like kopiko sweet, liquid version really leh. I have heard that CU Mart's packet drinks are sweet and best diluted with ice but I find it OK on its own. Not coffee, I have also tried the Blue Lemonade which tasted like lime 7up or Sprite with blue coloring that stains my bamboo straw.


And those are it for this post! I just restocked my coffee pantry with more fresh beans and will be sharing what I think about them when I've tried them all. Till my next posts!

Sunday, 8 August 2021

EP14 trying out new recipes & obsessing with cold brew | πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ #whatieat



 

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

The Ordinary haul | updated beauty routine

 

New beauty hauls!


The Ordinary Retinol, Niacinamide and Peeling Solution



Recently emptied my HadaLabo Hydrating Perfect Jelly and so it's time to decide on which beauty finds to experiment on! I want to change my lotion initially (it is a favorite!) because I saw one with ingredients I'm super like and super curious about. At the same time, a friend introduced me to retinol. As I researched about it, I find there's quite a hype about it and in many reviews, The Ordinary being brought up.



My curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to get The Ordinary 1% Retinol in Squalane (Shopee MY),  Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Shopee MY) and The Peeling Solution (Shopee MY). These all came up to RM116.95, with some Shopee Coins. 



Because I want to see if they work, I decided to maintain the Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Jelly (Shopee MY) as an experiment constant. The lotion is a steal at RM59.55 (RP RM93.50) after discount + Shopee Coins redemption on Shopee Mall! Together with these are my unfinished Hada Labo Japanese Green Tea Extract face wash, Wahadabisen Gokujo Fermented Sake Yogurt Face Pack, Melano CC Essence and Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Oil.



Interlude: I shared my recent beauty hauls in this video. Tell me what you think by commenting or clicking the like button. Lotsa love!





WHY Retinol & Niacinamide?


While checking out reviews on Retinol, many times Niacinamide is mentioned together. YouTubers like Hyram, Dr Maxfield and Dr Shah (their channel is called Doctorly), Anthony Youn and many others rave about them on and on! To put it in layman terms, they're active ingredients targeting specific skin concerns. The benefits of using it includes reduces sebum production (they can be drying if you have dry skin), have anti-aging properties, assist in treating acne, helps reduce pigmentation and even improves skin texture!


My target is mostly on my adult acnes and pigmentation & scars due to that. Perhaps its the lockdown and more time staring at myself in the mirror (vain LOL) that I have been considering another laser treatment. I don't like the uneven texture and yes, it is partly due to my itchy fingers. DO NOT pick on your acne if you don't want to fork out $$$ to fix your skin! But obviously, clinics isn't operating now so that got to wait. So what better time than now is to experiment with these supposedly holy grail of the beauty industry.



WHY The Ordinary's Peeling Solution?


For the above reasons and because I'm extra curious, I also got this Peeling Solution to try. There's quite a lot of hype about it with many TikTokers (yeah I doomscroll TikTok a lot!) applying this blood red liquid on their faces. Many too have a lot of great thing to say about this. 



HOWEVER, use this with care! This is an ACIDIC SOLUTION which means you SHOULD NOT apply on skin with active-slash-inflamed acnes or broken skin due to recovering acnes or whatsnot. Besides that, applying too much and leaving it on over the recommended 10-minutes is a NO-NO!! The brand recommends using this only up to twice a week, but many say once a week is enough. It is recommended to do a patch test on the sensitive spot in your arms to see how it'd react to it.



The precaution is important because people over-abused this a lot and that lead to many issues like sensitive skin and even first degree burns. I know it sounds like a very dangerous thing to use on your skin, but use it properly and it should be good. No need so kiasi. Still, keep it away from children!



WHAT's my new routine like?


There are RULES to follow with the addition of these active ingredients. Some of the common rules include:


  • Retinol is to be apply every other day. I'm starting with twice a week since I'm introducing a high concentration retinol.
  • Retinol + Niacinamide combination is OK
  • Vitamin C + Niacinamide combination is a nope. Because of this, I'm alternating them.
  • Sunscreen is a must when introducing Niacinamide into the routine.
  • Use the Peeling Solution once or twice a week. Starting with once a week, on the weekend for myself. 
  • Finally, I'm using the Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Jelly and Tea Tree Oil daily as usual.



As always, starting with cleansing. Sometimes I just use the Wahadabisen Gokujo Fermented Sake Yogurt Face Pack. 






My post-cleansing regime will be as follow:


The Ordinary



I'll be documenting my new skincare journey with The Ordinary and update y'all about the result. Until then, stay tune!


Sunday, 1 August 2021

lockdown updates, being adventurous with food & getting my first shot

 

Sharing excerpts of my life since the start of the year until now. Most of them are spent at home with the supposedly "Full Movement Control Order (FMCO)" aka "strict lockdown" in place. I'm getting more stuff online just to stay in. And then after months of wait, I finally received my first jab *tears of joy*




Saturday, 24 July 2021

Beauty Products Hauls | restocking skincare (The Ordinary, Hada Labo) & more hair dyes 🀐

 




Links to all the items which I shared in this video are as below:



1. The Ordinary 1% Retinol in Squalane  ShopeeMY

2. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%  ShopeeMY

3. The Ordinary Peeling Solution  ShopeeMY

4. HadaLabo Hydrating Perfect Jelly  ShopeeMY 

5. eZn Creamy Hair Bleach  ShopeeMY

6. Hello Bubble Whale Deep Blue  ShopeeMY

7. Vijude Hair Color Cream in Smoky Ash Blue  ShopeeMY

8. ARTIZTA Linseed Restructuring Hair Lotion  ShopeeMY Link 1, Link 2, or Link 3

9.  ARTIZTA Soothing Infusion Pre-Chemical Hair Treatment  ShopeeMY



Sunday, 11 July 2021

Mise En Scene Hello Bubble in Whale Deep Blue & Dusty Ash Review

 

Hello Bubble Blackpink



Early this year, I ordered several shades of DIY box dyes brand called Mise en scene x Blackpink Hello Bubble. This usually retails in the local pharmacy at RM49 but I found retailers at more affordable prices on ShopeeMY, at RM26-29 per box! Some of the colors that caught my eyes from the are Whale Deep Blue,  Dusty Ash, Mermaid Green and Metallic Ash. I also love the warm brown shades rocked by Jennie in Dark Choco and Choco Brown but these are shades of browns I had tried. I wanted something different this year!



I also found out there is two other range of Mise en scene x Blackpink called Hello Cream (Shopee MY) and Perfect Color (Shopee MY), both focuses on very pretty, natural, otona color shades. I had tried 9N Sand Gold from the Perfect Color range. You can read about it or watch the review here.



For this round, I decided to mix BOTH Whale Deep Blue and Dusty Ash. I have came across a TikToker who does that and love the result therefore I'm trying to emulate it LOL. Here is my video of me doing so:





Verdict? As you can see in the video, mine turn up a dark green. In fact, it is very similar to what's shown on Hello Bubble's Mermaid Green box! I suspect it's because my hair is orange and not yellow like the girl's in the TikTok video. Perhaps if I have toned my hair the color will turn out blue? While the color seem to compliment my skin tone, I don't think green is my shade WOOPS. Just me lah. I did get compliment on it.



The color is really vibrant and pretty IRL. HOWEVER! Very oddly, photos or videos don't do them justice! Several online reviewers share the same comments so I don't think it's just me. This is also a semi-permanent dye and lasted well over a month. I had thought like most colors other than brown shades, it'll probably be completely gone in two weeks but nope!



At present, they've lightened to ash green and I'm already noticing few sections of bleached hair visible. Still, it will probably be another week or so before they're completely gone (I think!) and I can move over to trying another shade.



Putting those aside, I find this brand is becoming a favorite. It's easy and not as time & energy consuming to apply. Of the many types of DIY hair dyes I have tried, I always love bubble dyes because they're less cumbersome and gives a much even result. I think Liese has found its competition! But yes, it does get all over my arms and face but they are easy to wash off. Hair dye brands usually changes their lineups every now and then but really wishing they could make some colors permanent! Hopefully, Mise En Scene comes out with more ashy colors too!

Monday, 5 July 2021

Shopee 6.6 Stationeries Hauls

 



Sunday, 13 June 2021

sharing my collective hauls~

 

I had been doing some online shopping the past months when the lockdown from MCO 2.0 had eased down. Thought that things will be returning to normal and with, returning to the office or able to be outdoor more often. Unfortunately we're back to square one as the new wave are worse.


During this lockdown period, I find myself using essential oil for self-care. Mostly because its therapeutic. I only have the Muji one in Bergamot which lasts a long while! Decided to explore on new scents and settled for John's Blend which turned out amazing! I bough in both spray and gel form just to try and love the latter. 'Cuz you won't need to respray and just need to keep the lid open and in front of my fan. Only thing is it shrinks really fast *cry


Find out what other hauls I got in my YouTube video~~



Thursday, 10 June 2021

EP13 i shopped at Donki, again!

 


Sunday, 6 June 2021

tutorial on how i make my youtube thumbnails


Hi y'all! Back with another video, this time a tutorial on how I make my YouTube thumbnails.


I usually keep my thumbnails very minimal because that's just the style I'm into these days. I use a lot of apps but these three _ Photo Collage, Phonto and Autodesk Sketchbook are ones I frequently use.


This video took awhile to be uploaded because procrastination LOL! That's why I told myself to finish it this weekend and post it. Hope you will find it useful ♪v('∇'*)⌒☆




 

Sunday, 30 May 2021

EP12 shopping at Korean Grocer in One Utama

 

Hello peeps! In late April I came across the then newly open Korean Grocer in 1 Utama! I have just uploaded the video taken back then (procrastinated until now because other things got in the way) showing you around and sharing the hauls I bought. 







Check out what I think about these in the video below. Thanks for watching!




Friday, 30 April 2021

Episode 10 & 11 #whatieat

This is a backlog posts to share the two videos I made in April~~



Episode 10






Episode 11






Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Samyang instant noodles haul from Shopee!


Hi hi!!! Sharing my recent food & snacks haul from Shopee Malaysia. Decided to stock up on Samyang instant noodles because they keep turning up on my grocery shopping list and they're cheaper on Shopee!πŸ˜† Took the chance to get the flavors I haven't try before (so many!!)



Samyang Instant Noodles



Those are not all!


Samyang Instant Noodles



You can get them on Shopee MalaysiaVideo of my entire haul here~~



Wednesday, 7 April 2021

EP9 Malaysia's first Don Don Donki branch in Lot10, Bukit Bintang!!

 

Back with another video, this time me exploring & shopping around the newly launched Don Don Donki! Super happy that more Japanese branded foodstuff are more accessible here and OMG the variety!! It'll be quite an adventure to try 'em all.



When I went, it's just slightly over a week since the official opening and quite a number of items were sold out from the empty shelves here and there. For one, I wanted to try the yuzu sake flavored kit kat but didn't find it nor the other flavors! *sigh* A lot of well-known Japanese beauty products were unavailable but still, there were still enough things to spend on LOL. Donki's having quite a field day!



Sharing the video on my mini adventure in Donki. I can't wait to revisit already!





Here are what I bought!


First Donki branch in Malaysia at Lot10



Snacks which I proceeded to stuff myself silly the next few days. I shared the price and what I think about them in my video above.


First Donki branch in Malaysia at Lot10


First Donki branch in Malaysia at Lot10


Not in the video bc I tried the potatoes laterwards. The silk potatoes have the most velvety texture and prettiest Indigo shade I've ever seen! Told my fam that they look like they lead a very good life. I heated it in my toaster oven just like it's instructed at the back of the packaging but don't know if I do it right. Unlike the creamier ready-to-eat sweet potatoes you can get at both Donki and Isetan, this one felt drier? Still filling but it's like, I felt like I need to have something that isn't too dry on top of this since it's dry (idk how to describe!)? Interesting stuff.



Don Don Donki Lot10

Don Don Donki Lot10


Monday, 5 April 2021

(Sponsored Products) eZn Creamy Hair Bleach, eZn Pudding Hair Color in Truffle Mushroom Blond and Dr.BokGoo's Rx-Plex Perfect Set Review


eZn Malaysia



Think 2021 is going to be a colorful year! This be like my third color _ if you don't count bleaching! I finally accepting that if I want to achieve my dream ashy brown hair color, I would need to bleach them. For that, I am super lucky to be able to collaborate with Active Medi Pro, the official distributor of eZn products in Malaysia. This is NOT a paid post but they are sponsoring the products which I am reviewing here.



You can find this DIY hair bleach & dye in Aeon Wellness, ShopeeMY, LazadaMY or Active Medi Pro's official website. 



Until July 31st, 2021 you can use the promo code VIVIEN10OFF for 10% off your purchase when you order directly from Active Medi Pro's official website. Free shipping too for purchase over RM100. BTW, these applies for my fellow readers based in Malaysia only.



A quick introduction of this brand which originates from Korea. While this is relatively new in Malaysia, the brand is quite established in Korea and well-known for having quite a selection of pretty colors that actually turn out well. Active Medi Pro or AMP Beauty currently carries 22 colors, each at RM50.90! The colors are so unique and they carry the widest range of fashionable ash-y tone dyes.



eZn Malaysia





A lot ash-y shades which are quite trendy these days! From the ads, Truffle Mushroom Blond, Smoky Ash Beige and Sandy Ash looks so pretty! Austria Vienna Brown and Bourgogne Burgundy Brown are my other favorite shades but I've sported burgundy for almost 2 years, it's about time I change hahaha!

 


eZn's at Aeon Wellness


eZn Malaysia



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I chose the shade called Truffle Mushroom Blond with expectation is to achieve the medium if not lightest tone!



DIY hair dye in Malaysia



eZn Malaysia



To achieve that, I will first be using eZn Creamy Hair Bleach (RM40.90 per box).


eZn Malaysia



One very interesting product is the eZn Dr.BokGoo Rx-Plex Perfect Set (RM49.90 per box). It contains cystine, billberry fruit extract, sugar cane extract and rosemary extract to improve elasticity, supply moisture, increase volume in hair and longer lasting shine. 


eZn Malaysia


eZn Malaysia


This hair treatment set consist of Rx-Plex 1 which is to be used together with the bleach or dye to maintain a healthy hair. The Rx-Plex 2 is used after shampoo similar to conditioner/treatment and is recommended to leave for 5-7minutes or longer for best results. 


The instruction mentioned that 4ml of Rx-Plex 1 should be added for every 10ml of bleach or dye. A box of eZn Creamy Hair Bleach is 30ml bleach while a box of eZn Pudding Hair Color is 70ml _ you do the math LOL. I added mine into the bleach knowing it is the most damaging to the hair. Also because I knew I will be using 3 boxes, I divided it equally among the three at 8ml each.


eZn Malaysia


~♡~


How much for all the eZn products?


For the length & volume of my hair, I am using 3 boxes of eZn Creamy Hair Bleach (RM40.90 x 3 = RM122.70) and 2 boxes of eZn Pudding Hair Color (RM50.90 x 2 = RM101.80) plus a box of eZn Dr.BokGoo Rx-Plex Perfect Set (RM49.90) which sums up to RM274.40. 



It is slightly affordable than doing in the saloon because the last time I get my long hair professionally bleached and color in Klang Valley, it will probably be a minimum of RM400-RM700++ in total. That's probably the lower end and without treatment... 



How many boxes would I need for my hair length?


If your hair is past shoulder length like mine, 2 boxes of bleach and 2 boxes of pudding hair dye are sufficient. Add extra box(es) if you think you have thicker hair or gonna do another round to even out on spots you missed.



This guide works for both bleach & dye:




How did the bleaching and dyeing process went?


The whole process (bleaching then coloring) took about if not more than 8 hours over two days. I didn't experience bleach burn like when I tested it on my hand_ I think not washing my hair for a few days prior to bleaching did the trick! However, my scalp did sting when I apply the dye and throughout the waiting period so much that I was getting headache. I think the multiple bleaching processes and then dyeing have stripped the natural oil and turned my scalp sensitive.



Before bleaching followed by first round of bleaching with 2 boxes of bleach and final round of bleaching with last box.



eZn Malaysia



On the bleaching, my hair turn orange and not yellow nor platinum blonde despite me leaving the bleach for an hour! Eeek! I look like Ichigo Kurosaki's long lost sister OMG. Some part or strands did turn yellow but very minimal. I am unsure if leaving the bleach longer or doing more rounds of bleaching will achieve the result as shown on the box. I did attempt a second round of bleaching but only to turn the spots I missed orange while the parts that were already orange didn't bleach any further.



My hair becomes dry (expected with bleaching) but using eZn Dr.BokGoo Rx-Plex 2 revives my hair and made them softer. It makes a huge difference! Would recommend you getting it for the sake of protecting or keeping your hair healthy.



For dyeing, according to the instructions you only need to massage the pudding onto your hair. I use a dye comb (not provided) just in case and the results turn out satisfactory!



What's my verdict?


The color turns out SUPER PRETTY!!The ash brown with lavendar hint is such a unique shade of compared to most DIY hair dye available in the pharmacy now. This gotta be my personal favorite shade after burgundy!


eZn Malaysia



eZn Malaysia




I'm also impress at how accurate is the color is to what's advertised. I do see hints of yellow or orange bleach hair (missed out sections) but would say overall the coverage is quite even!



Also, the coverage on my scalp was quite good despite me only bleaching them very slightly. 


eZn Malaysia



Though I cannot be sure if you'd achieve this shade (second level) I have without bleaching because some parts of my hair at the back looks closer to the first level of result. Perhaps I'll try this shade on unbleached hair in the future!



eZn Malaysia



I was expecting the yellow bleach color but after bleaching I decided that dyeing (aka purple toning) from orange gives nicer results. Saying this because for the strands that were lighter orange-yellow became gray-er after bleach and while I can see the subtle purple hue, they look more like gray hairs to me. The orange hair turn a beautiful ashy, purple brown that I super like.



In some sections, the orange from bleaching my hair are still visible. Also because of the crazy bright orange hair undertone from the bleaching, the color do become brassy! And so I think if you'd want to maintain a nice ashy-purple shade, you can maintain your hair with purple toning shampoo. eZn Korea actually carries a toning shampoo called the Dr.BokGoo Magnetic Color shampoo to fix this but this is not available locally just yet *shrugs*



Last but not least, sharing this video I made while trying this product. What do you think about the color turnout and which color do you think I should try next? If you have tried this, do tell me how it goes!



Wednesday, 31 March 2021

more videos for this month #whatieat series | Episode 6 to 8

Trying to post on a consistently. Here are the #whatieat videos in March 2021. I include the timestamps to what I prepped in each videos' description box.




Episode 5






Episode 6





Episode 7




Episode 8





Friday, 19 March 2021

365 Days of Lockdown in Malaysia | Movement Control Order (MCO)

This vlog took me awhile to put them together! Compiled are the videos I have taken throughout MCO, mostly in the recent months since at the first few months I was literally hibernating. These were just a summary of what happened, to tell everything is impossible! So much has happened, a lot of them in my own head! (:



Jumping right into the video!






Friday, 12 March 2021

coffee reviews | for the love of coffee


recent coffee hauls



Yet another compilation posts but doing a different kind of post today _  coffee reviews! It didn't occur to me to review coffee before but while browsing through my photos, I noticed that I have experimented with multiple brands in the past months and thought it isn't a bad idea to share my passion with my fellow readers! Before MCO, I was an instant coffee lover. Guess partly due to boredom of the whole lockdown that I take it to try new foodstuff and coffee is just one of them. So yes, expect more posts as I indulge myself and experiment with all the brands. 



At the same time, this particular blog post is just my coffee journal of what I tried and among which what I like and don't like for future reference. Because seriously, I already cannot recall the flavors of most brands I tried like this Starbucks Espresso Roast even though it was a few months ago! (οΎŸΠ”οΎŸ ;)



Just a note before I proceed, I have included affiliate links to Amazon and Shopee Malaysia in this blog post to which I may receive a commission should you choose to use it. My advance appreciation if you do! <( _ _)>


Starbucks espresso roast



Expect a rather amateurish mini reviews, I'm not planning to be a coffee connoisseur! I make good-enough-to-drink coffee. If there are something I'm picky about brewing my own drip coffee, it'll be that I always make sure the grind is small enough and that the flow is slow because these affects the coffee taste by a whole lot! Too course or too fast and it'll come off super bitter, yucky and a waste of good coffee beans. In terms of flavor notes, I prefer smooth tasting one with hints of floral, nuts or chocolate. Mildly sourish or acidic is acceptable but not a personal preference. Apparently there are quite a lot of different flavor profiles I have yet to try! Lastly, nothing 'flat' because life is short to be that boring.



I don't usually buy multiple different packs at the same time but only made an exception because I want to brew and let my fam try when I returned to home sweet hometown end of last year. In the end only my dad humoring my whole VV cafe business nonsense ( ̄γƒΌ ̄;) Gulung tikarlah like that. Because I was only home for a week and we are moderate coffee drinker who usually drink a cup a day, I ended up with all the brands in my pantry.



Before I get to the beans, here is a quick introduction to my humble collection of coffee making tools: Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill (Amazon | ShopeeMY), Hario V60 Plastic Dripper 02 (Amazon | ShopeeMY) and Daiso plastic dripper & paper filter and a cute pour over kettle. The milk frother (Amazon | ShopeeMYis a recent addition as I want to experiment with latte.



home coffee tools


Between the Hario V60 and Daiso's I'd say go for Daiso because drip size matters! If I can do differently, I'd get the other ceramic dripper with smaller drip hole (Amazon | ShopeeMY).



Also, I'd recommend going for a larger size pour over or an electrical pour over in aesthetic black design (Amazon | ShopeeMY) or retro wood design (ShopeeMY), just for convenience sake. The one I have needs to be refilled twice to make a cup of coffee. Not complaining, it is a pretty gift from a friend and I love using it! Final note on the pour over, good to have one with insulated handle too because it can get too hot to hold. As for the hand grinder, I got mine for RM100-ish which is great for making up to 2-3 cups but found if you're willing to top up a bit you can get a machine grinder (Amazon | ShopeeMY). To some may be much convenient and you get precise grind size but it takes up counter space. A handheld one also meant it is super portable.




1) Starbucks Pike Place

Medium Roast



Starbucks Pike Place Medium Roast



The reason I try so many Starbucks' coffee beans are because of  the quality, variety and accessibility to buy the coffee beans in the supermarket. On top of that, I also very much tempted to try their seasonal blends just for fun. That said, I do get super overwhelmed if I have to choose between 50 brands of coffee beans! 


Like the other Starbucks coffee pack, this Starbucks Pike Place (Amazon | ShopeeMY) retailing at RM24.90 for 200g. This one is mildly bitter and didn't really leave much of an impression in me really. If you haven't hear yet, with every pack of Starbucks Flavorlock™ bag you recycle at any branches, you are entitled to a 10% discount off their coffee beans. So don't forget to keep them if you want to try in-house specialty and seasonal blends that are only available in the store which BTW is different than what's in the supermarket.



2) Aeon Big's 

Ipoh White Coffee Bean


Aeon Big Ipoh White Coffee Beans


This beans were bought from Aeon Big Mid Valley, probably the only Aeon Big that offers fresh coffee beans by the gram? This simple pack of 250g is RM15.50For those who just wants to appreciate homey, traditional kopitiam-style kopi-o but better, this is worth stocking in your pantry. Just one thing, make sure to store them properly! I think my containers lid isn't airtight enough. On top of keeping it too long, this made the beans no longer fresh, harder to grind and the brew, much bitter...




3) Bonjour Garden Bakery Cafe

100% Arabica Mandheling Coffee Beans


Bonjour Garden Bakery Cafe 100% Arabica Mandheling Coffee Beans



I got this from Jaya Grocer, retailing at RM15 for a pack of 100g. The other option to get this is on ShopeeMY. This rich chocolate-y scented beans make quite bitter coffee with slight acidity. With sugar, it has a moderate taste and I think I sense some floral-y flavor. Tell me if you find the same!



4) Kapal Api 

Kaw Coffee Mixture


This is a combination of Java Robusta and Mandheling beans which results in a dark, slightly bitter brew. This pack of 180g retails at RM4.80 (Amazon ShopeeMY). Rich, dark and earthy scented, almost resembling Kopi Bali.


Kapal Api Kaw Coffee Mixture


I don't think this is meant for drip coffee! The grind is so fine (I didn't noticed it was mentioned on the packaging!) that it takes forever to get a cup of coffee. Forever because the water can't even pass through even though I stirred several times *face palm* I think you would need a fabric coffee strainer (who has that at home OMG) or allow the grind to settle at the bottom then pour over into another cup?



I found out that super fine coffee grinds are perfect for espresso machine or moka pot, both of which I don't have (≧Π”≦ ) I have been obsessing with the idea of owning a Bialetti moka pot for the sake of a home cafe but still thinking about it! Purchasing it meant I'd probably need to get a mini electric stove top because I don't want to put it directly on the gas stove, personal preference stuff.


Kapal Api Kaw Coffee Mixture


I later found out that Kapal Api actually offers two grind size: fine and course but overlooked it when I bought mine! *screams internally* While I wish I have a moka pot right now just so that I wouldn't need to drink badly brewed coffee, I'd just have to tolerate this for now because I don't really want to waste it...


I could have settled for cheap brand-less moka pot but from reviews online, I hear they don't last because the pressure valve would get loose after just a handful of use. I wouldn't mind paying for something that'd last besides a matter of safety. Personally eyeing Bialetti's Moka Express Oceana 4 or 6-cup moka pot (Amazon | ShopeeMY) and an electric stove (ShopeeMY), the latter apparently has Bialetti's logo but oddly I can find it on local Shopee site only and not on the official store website. Can't tell if legit, but if I get the moka pot, I'd rather use it on an electric stove. Both would have cost me RM450 which is why I'm really considering if I really want to drink espresso often!


Kapal Api Kaw Coffee Mixture




5) Starbucks' 

Premium Instant Coffee 

Dark Roast & Medium Roast


Starbucks Premium Instant Coffee  Dark Roast & Medium Roast



A new edition of Starbucks for 2020, premium instant coffee in Dark Roast (ShopeeMYand Medium Roast (ShopeeMY)! Comes in cute aluminium tin price at RM35 for 90g which makes approximately 40 cups with a tablespoon at a time. I found that you can get them online between RM29.90-RM32.50. This is perfect for the days I want quick coffee without resorting to 3-in-1 and still have satisfactory coffee. What I don't like is that you can't keep them for long as they will coagulate with exposure. 


The dark roast one has deep and chocolate-y flavor that I'm super loving while the medium is plain mild but smooth, less exciting flavor. 10/10 will repurchase the former.




6) Davidoff Espresso 57 Intense


Davidoff Espresso 57 Intense



Lastly, not coffee beans or grounds but instant coffee _ Davidoff Espresso 57 Intense (Amazon | ShopeeMY) which I got for the sake of making Dalgona Coffee. I find Davidoff instant coffee has a strong bitter taste on its own but the strong flavor definitely suits Dalgona-making.



It didn't work out though (γ„’oγ„’) I don't know if its too much water or just don't have the strength to beat the coffee until it thickens. I used the milk frother at the beginning to speed up the process but still didn't work out. First two attempts ended up with quite a mess!



More like a reverse cappuccino _ milk and coffee foam ( ¬ _ ¬ ;)



~♡~


Switching to coffee beans is just my way to avoid drinking too much 3-in-1 coffee. For a long while I stocked up on brands like French Cafe, Old Town, Essenso, Caffe Bene, Pappa Rich and of course Nescafe _they taste sinfully good but too much sugar content! I still don't do black but I noticed with better beans with fresh, natural sweet flavors I don't need so much sugar YAYYY!



Expect more coffee posts on this blog after I finished what I already have. Though I'm pretty sure I won't run out of ideas with the selections available in the supermarket and online just yet, happy to listen if you have recommendations for great coffee beans! 


Friday, 5 March 2021

EP5 #whatieat while clearing my pantry & fridge



Saturday, 27 February 2021

Mise En Scene x Blackpink hair dye: Perfect Color Series in 9N Sand Brown Review (with vlog!)


Blackpink hair dye



Reviewing this Mise En Scene collaboration with Blackpink's Perfect Color range of DIY hair dye. This is less well-known compared to their Hello Bubble DIY hair dye range which you've probably seen thousands of reviews and TikTok videos. The color options for the Perfect Color is less 'experimental' compared to Hello Bubble, which almost need no introduction. 



Then there are shades that seems rather similar between these two range _ Perfect Color's Smoky Ash vs Hello Bubble's Metallic Ash or Perfect Color's Gold Blonde vs Hello Bubble's Vanilla Gold.



By the way, this is NOT available in the local pharmacy. I got mine from a Shopee store that ships this directly from Korea. 


Blackpink hair dye



I'm quite obsessed with the idea of dyeing my hair in either ash brown or blue! In order to achieve the colors I want, I would need to bleach my hair. Because of really bad experience bleaching which damages my hair real bad, I didn't want to do that again. However, I'm much confident that I can take care of my better and I know which products work (Refer to my favorite hair care products posts)! 



Blackpink hair dye



Also, there are more options of DIY hair dye to either lighten up your hair or bleaching that seems to work based on reviews I've checked out online. Here, I'm attempting the former and chose Perfect Color in 9N Sand Brown which gives a ashy light brown result. I didn't want the yellow-ish, golden-y, blonde color like Perfect Color in 11G Gold Blonde. It doesn't seem to compliment my skin tone!



Blackpink hair dye



IDK why but I kiasi these days and actually do the testing at least 48 hours. Because the manual is in Korean and there are little explanation on the manual, I assume it's mixing the applicator & color cream at 1:1 ratio.



The product is not strong smelling which is great but still don't go sniffing directly from the bottle like I did! The cream glides smoothly on my hair and doesn't harden so application was easy. Still very time consuming with the amount of hair I have! Formula-wise, this is amazing and not drying _the L'oreal Excellence Fashion hair dye fare better in this aspect. Still very impressed of the quality of DIY hair dye available these days! I do have a bias and think some cream/liquid type ones gives uneven results unlike bubble ones. I tried to get the hair color distributed properly but nope, didn't happen. 



I think the graphic designer or colorist or whoever's in charge of the whole product is failing at many levels. My expectation was a muted, ashy gold like what I see online or the front side of the packaging BUT the back packaging shows a different caramel brown. And then the result is this honeycomb yellow to orange-y brown? SO-O-O CONFUSING! Btw, I try to edit minimally in the photos I upload to give you the colors closest to what I see.



I try to give the benefit of the doubts and assume the orange-y brown is because I have dyed my hair with orange-based dye (L'oreal's) just a month before and mahogany red (existing color I have that has outgrown) but nope! The other YouTuber who tried the same color too has orange-y brown result from (what appears to be) her original black hair. Let me try taking more photos the next week to see how the color turn out with more washes!



Photos taken the next day. I think it looks better 'cuz front camera. Also, no filter and edit because I was lazy.


Blackpink hair dye




Close up on the hair situation using back camera. I think this photo is the closest to the real thing. As you can see, the scalp is in honeycomb gold which I'm hoping it'll darken with more washing. Then there are obvious uneven or missed-out sections in black (middle part) and dark orange-brown (top & bottom). Feels like there are so many shades on my hair now LOL




My final verdict? I don't dislike the vibrant orange shade, it doesn't make my skin looks darker as oppose to another shade I had tried before. The uneven part isn't nice but it does make my hair more 3D-ish. I wouldn't get this shade again (dyeing lighter shades can be so tricky!) but wouldn't mind trying other shades in the Perfect Color range. I do want to try the more well-known Hello Bubble range that seems to give very satisfying results based on the hundreds of reviews on YouTube and TikTok.



Sharing the vlog I made while trying this product out~




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