Lush Opens Second Outlet At Sunway Pyramid !

When British cosmetics retailer Lush opened its first outlet in Malaysia at Pavilion KL back in 2018, fans of the brand rejoiced – bye bye, exorbitant shipping fees, hello lovely soaps and bath bombs ! You can read about my first visit here.

Now, just in time for the New Year, Lush has opened its second outlet at Sunway Pyramid – so good news for all the folks living this side of the Klang Valley! You won’t have to get stuck in the jam to Pavilion; just the jam at Sunway instead. 😛

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Innovation and inspiration has been at the heart of Lush since it was started 24 years ago, and this is reflected in everything from its products and philosophy to the very design of its outlets. The Sunway Pyramid store is no exception. Spread across 741 square feet, the new shop is larger than the one at Pavilion KL, which means more space to showcase its products and features.

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One of these is the Fresh Face Mask counter – a deli-inspired display for Lush’s iconic fresh face masks. Slate consultations are offered to customers where products are strung together to make a cohesive and personalised skincare regimen- including benefits on the products, demonstrations and pampering sessions.

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Looks good enough to eat (please don’t)

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Expect to find the brand’s iconic bath bombs, soaps, shower jellies, and much, much more.

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Embracing the environmental movement, the shop is outfitted to eliminate wastage and recycle materials where possible. Many of the products are ‘naked’ (ie no packaging), and if you do need to buy them as gifts, there are beautiful fabric wraps (reusable, and so pretty!) that you can purchase. That aside, the shop uses an LED lighting scheme to save on energy, while all paint and internal materials have been carefully selected to have a minimal environmental impact. No products used have ingredients tested on animals.

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Attractive, colourful displays.

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Creams and skincare products

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Shampoo bars

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Curious about a particular product? Try them out! The friendly staff are always on hand to assist.

LUSH (SUNWAY PYRAMID) 

G1.53, Ground Floor, Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway, Selangor

 

**Photos courtesy of Lush PR. 

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Review: Urban Retreat Onsen Spa – First Private Onsen In Malaysia!

It is said that the first spa was invented by the Romans, consisting of a large public bath where people went to relax and recuperate – not unlike the modern spas of today. In Japan, where there is an abundance of hot springs or ‘onsen’, soaking in the mineral springs dates back to ancient times, as the water is believed to have curative properties to help cure or reduce various ailments.

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The good news is that you won’t have to travel all the way to Japan to experience an onsen – we have it right here in Kuala Lumpur! Newly opened in February this year, the Urban Retreat Onsen Spa at 163 Retail Park in Mont Kiara is the first in Malaysia to offer private onsen services, in addition to luxurious treatments such as body polish and wraps, as well as massages.

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Tucked in a quiet corner on the second floor of the mall, the spa is designed to provide a holistic, pampering experience, offering the ambience of a traditional Japanese onsen with a local touch.  Bamboo and wood accents, coupled with warm lighting, immediately puts visitors in a state of Zen, as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away.

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The experience begins immediately upon entering the premises, where there is a cosy waiting area with comfortable pouffes and seats. A menu of bath salts (for the onsen) and scrubs (for the body polish treatment) is displayed on one side of the wall. You can try some of the samples and rinse it off at the sink.

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All the salts are imported from Japan, each with specific properties. The Hinoki (Japanese cypress), for example, has a refreshing vibe and scent, while the Relaxing, which features lavender, is designed to calm and soothe. There are also salts for Smooth Skin and Shoulder and Back Pain. I went with this since I’m constantly hunched over a computer screen at work.

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Also picked out the scrub for my body polish – I went with Jasmine – but they also have variants such as Tropical Spice, Hinoki Mandarin and Coconut.

Once done, I was ushered into the locker room and changing area. Time for my 45-minute onsen session!

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There are separate facilities for men and women, with lockers to keep your valuables and an electronic bracelet that you can tap to lock and unlock your unit. Toiletries such as face wipes are provided, as are combs and hair dryers.

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A beautiful woven basket is provided for you to carry your clothes and towels into the changing room. These are made by local Penan women as part of a social enterprise – you can also buy them if you’d like to support the initiative!

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Stepping into my spacious but cosy private onsen, it felt like I was experiencing a tiny slice of Japan in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Smooth stones littered the base where the huge wooden tub was, and the shower area came complete with a wooden stool and bucket – just like how I’ve seen in Japanese films and TV shows! The tubs are specially crafted and imported from Japan and are made from 200 year old hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, as it is believed that the wood has natural oils and a soothing fragrance which are released when in warm water.

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Iced water on the side, and there is a call button nearby for emergencies.

For those who have never tried onsen, it is recommended to have a cold shower for five minutes to clean the body, before going in the tub. My water temperature was at 40 degrees Celcius, but you can request for warmer temperatures if you prefer. Soak and relax for 10 to 15 minutes, then take another short shower before soaking again. Your 45 minutes will fly by!

The hot water is great for relaxing tired muscles – I could feel the tension easing from my legs, shoulder and back. The warm temperature makes you sweat, but once you’re out of the tub and after you’ve had a shower, your body feels super refreshed and loads lighter.

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The cosy ladies waiting room where you can chill and relax in your yukata with a drink, while waiting for your next treatment.

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For my Body Polish (45 minutes), I chose the Jasmine scrub, which had a nice, sweet scent that left me smelling like flowers. My skin also felt extremely smooth and soft after the session, especially since the therapist worked meticulously on areas that are usually hard to reach.

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The room had everything for a guest’s comfort – shower area, comb, mirror and even hairbands (a lot of people forget to bring hairbands when going for spa/massages). The bed had a heated blanket so I was warm and toasty throughout the session. It’s in these little details that I think Urban Retreat shines, because it shows how much thought they’ve put into ensuring a guest’s comfort.

The body polish session was followed by a 30-minute back massage to undo tired knots: we all need this once in awhile, since most of us are always hunched over our desks at the office. My Thai therapist, despite her small size, was extremely strong, delivering powerful strokes to reach deep into the tissue. Well, as they say, no pain no gain – but if you’re sensitive to pain, always communicate with your therapist. 😀

For those looking for luxurious and pampering treatments, Urban Retreat Onsen Spa comes highly recommended. Not only will you get to experiencing bathing in Malaysia’s first private Japanese onsen, their range of treatments are excellent as well, as is the warm and professional service.

URBAN RETREAT ONSEN SPA 

 Lot 2F-02, Second Floor, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM (daily)

Bookings: 017-8814486

Website 

 

**erisgoesto was invited to Urban Retreat Onsen Spa in exchange for an honest review. Views here are entirely my own.

The Hype Is Real – Lush Finally Opens in Malaysia!

You can probably count on your fingers the number of beauty-related posts there are on this blog, lol. Not a beauty guru, and makeup isn’t really my thing.

But soaps. Soaps I love.

Basically me but with soaps.

When I heard that the UK-based beauty and cosmetics brand Lush was finally opening in Malaysia at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, I was pretty excited to go check out their store. Good thing I was in town because I would be lazy to drive all the way to KL otherwise, ha

It was the second day since their opening and the place was pretty packed even though it was the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. I can see why though….

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LOOK. AT. THIS. DISPLAY.

If the phrase “Like a kid in a candy store” applies, then this warrants “Like an Eris in a Lush store”. ok lame

But seriously. The colourful and attractive display immediately entices the shopper. I think it’s brilliant how they market it because the stuff doesn’t even have wrappers ffs. They’re basically naked. But it’s arranged in such a way that it looks appealing. Of course, there’s the whole “promoting zero waste” philosophy that they follow. Good thing for them is that it also helps to save on packaging costs.

And that, folks, is how you do marketing and sales. 

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Some Halloween/autumnal/Christmasy-themed bath bombs.

One thing you have to be prepared with when you visit Lush? Bring a pocketload of money. Never been to a Lush overseas, but I am told it is much more affordable (also because of the purchasing power la lol). A bar of 100g soap here will cost you upwards of RM45, while bath bombs start at RM35 per pop.

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Gift boxes for the holiday season!

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Corner for demonstrations, where you get to try the scrubs/soaps/creams/etc. The staff were really friendly and keen to assist.

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DEAR LORD HERE IT COMES MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE DAY LOL

There were so many exotic ‘flavours’ and scents to choose from – sweet, fruity, floral. A lot of them had quirky, tongue-in-cheek names like Baked Alaska,  and not all were ‘block’ shaped like a conventional soap bar. The Golden Pear, for example, was shaped like… a golden pear, lol. Everything looked creamy, rich, decadent and luxurious.

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These were frickin adorable and were aptly named Strawberry Santa. You know, if I saw this alone on a small stand outside I’d probably go wtf is this deformity but again….THE POWER OF MARKETING AND BRANDING

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More gift packs. You can also customise your own.

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I was really tempted to buy the shower jelly (right) because it felt squishy and cold. Apparently you can put it in the fridge but my mom would kill me if the scent of strawberry somehow seeped into the chicken ew

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Lush’s soaps are handmade –  they even have the name of the artisan on them! The ones on sale in the Malaysia store are imported from Japan.

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Looks more like a creamy block of butter or cheese that you can eat > soap lol.

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Shampoo bars in various colours and scents.

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Pic when less busy

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In the end, my limited budget allowed me to buy ONE bar of soap. Not a big fan of citrus-y scents, but since I love honey, I got the Honey I Washed The Kids, which featured a really sweet, pleasant scent. I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and what I can say is the quality IS much better than some of the commercial soaps which tend to splinter and sting. This was quite gentle on the skin and left a nice, lingering smell. My bathroom also smells like honey!

That, or maybe I’m just trying to justify spending RM45 on a bar of soap.

LUSH

Lot 4.23.00, Level 4, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

 

Happy Hopscotch: A Lifestyle Subscription Box

Hey guys!

Apologies for the long absence – I was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for work/travel and haven’t been able to update this space.

I return with a video I did recently for work reviewing Happy Hopscotch, a lifestyle subscription box where they curate goodies for you every quarter. Great gift to surprise friends, or as a treat to pamper yourself!

Prices and subscription plans : here

 

My First Facial Experience! Review: Faboso Beauty, Taman Meranti Jaya Puchong

**You know I rarely write about stuff like this when I can’t find a category to fit it under 😛 

Hey guys! I’m not sure if any of you are aware (since I rarely post selfies here) but I don’t have very good skin.

When I was in my early 20s, it was so bad I had to take isotretinoin pills to control it. The acne cleared up, but it had terrible side effects on my emotional wellbeing (ie I became depressed and shit). Fast forward a couple of years: I don’t eat the pills anymore, (still depressed but for entirely different reasons lol) so I still get occasional breakouts/acne, especially when that time of the month draws near.

Now. 

Some of my friends swear by facials, which they go to religiously every month. Apparently you have to go on a regular basis in order to see any effect, although many med journals will tell you that it’s all absolute bullshit and that any benefits you get are purely short term. I’ve always been curious but haven’t had the motivation (or the money, ha) to try it up until now. It started off with me looking for a place for a cheap massage, but they also had facial packages so I figured what the heck, right?

Faboso Beauty is located on the second floor of a shoplot in Taman Meranti Jaya, Puchong. There are actually several beauty parlours in the area; I chose this coz it also had cheap massages.

Place looked neat and clean enough. There were partitioned treatment rooms at the back, curtained for privacy. Shelves were lined with the usual beauty /facial products.

The staff did not speak English very well, so I had to communicate in my broken Mandarin lol. Anyway, ended up getting one of their cheapest facial packages (Upgraded Rossy Facial – RM98 – the most basic one is RM68) + a one hour ‘full body’ massage. You then fill up a form stating your preferences for the massage (strong, medium or light) as well as any skin conditions you might have.

Cosy-looking interior.

The massage was up first, so I went into the room and changed. The space was rather cramped, so even though my masseuse was petite, it was difficult for her to maneuver around to the left side (between the wall and the bed). She was skilled at pinning down the stress points, especially around the shoulders but I wouldn’t call it a ‘full-body’ per se since very little time was spent on the legs/arms/back (it was mostly the shoulders).

Next was the facial, which comprised many different steps. First, a cleanse, a moisturizer and a scrub was applied in quick succession. The staff then adjusted a steam machine which blasted vapour in my face. Sat there for several minutes as beads of water formed slowly on the surface. This was followed by an extraction process where the blackheads/whiteheads are removed. Then a thick and minty-fresh clay mask, and several other layers of idk-what slathered onto my face before one final moisturizing session.

Good thing is they give you a thick blanket while you’re doing the facial.

Skin did feel bouncier and more supple immediately after (this effect was gone by the next day), so I guess it is true what they say about facials being a short-term thing and more of something to pamper yourself. That being said, it was a nice experience and I’d go back again if I had money to splurge.

PS: Aside from the good service, I really like that they don’t try and sell you packages that run into the thousands – each session is strictly per pay basis only.

FABOSO BEAUTY 

27-2, Block B, Tanming Boulevard,, Jalan Meranti Jaya 3/1, Taman Meranti Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Open : 11AM – 8PM (closed Tuesdays)

018-951 0082

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First Halal Beauty Products Portal: Prettysuci.com Launch

Never been much of a makeup fan, and on the rare occasion that I wear some, it’s super basic – foundation, powder, blusher, eyebrow pencil. 😀 Of course, makeup can enhance one’s features and help them gain more confidence. And having to go to lifestyle events for work, I’m starting to feel a teensy bit left out when I see people looking all glam and fabulous.. maybe it’s time to invest a bit more into looking more presentable instead of my usual beanie-sweater-jeans-sneakers style. 😀

Was recently invited for work to the launching of Malaysia’s first halal beauty products portal, Prettysuci.com. Started by two entrepreneurs with a passion for beauty and fashionHalal in this sense encompasses more than products that are suitable for Muslim customers; it also means the brands are vegan, cruelty-free and organic.  The site carries both local brands as well as from Australia, USA, Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia: everything from lip sticks and balms, skincare, fake eyelashes and face wipes to foundation, primers, nail polish and more.

Booths at the event launch with a showcase of items.  Have to say I was really tempted – too bad my wallet wasn’t allowing it :/

Lipsticks from a local brand called Sorfina. Look at those pretty colours!

I have a thing for nail polish;too bad I  do a lot of housework and it tends to chip. 

Can someone gift this entire set for my birthday or something ? 😀

The launching was graced by members of royalty and celebrities such as rapper Joe Flizzow and Indonesian songstress Dato Rossa, who also performed a couple of numbers to delighted fans. I also got to interview Dato Sheila Majid, and she was super down to earth and friendly! 🙂

Potato me and Dato Sheila. For a woman in her 50s, her skin is flawless. Fans can also find her lip range, Boneka, at the Prettysuci store.

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Anna Sui X FitFlop – Designer Collection

If you haven’t heard of Anna Sui…. where have you been? She’s only one of the ‘Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade’, with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, alongside other fashion greats like Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Her fashion empire is estimated at over $400mil, covering cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, jewellery, accessories, gifts and footwear.

FitFlop, the British shoe company, recently did a collabo with Anna Sui to launch a line of must-have ballerinas and sandals. This is the company’s third time working with the renowned fashionista, and it promises some beautiful, eye-catching designs that will have your friends looking at your feet in envy…

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Lattice Ballerina Navy – love the pineapple prints! 

Looks are not all there is to these flops – they’re laced with the brand’s signature Supercomff Tech, which makes the shoes lightweight and diffuses areas of high pressure, making them comfy to wear all day long.

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Lattice Ballerina White

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Same print, different design, more ways to wear – the Skinny Aqua is a perfect pair to wear while strolling on the beach or for a casual day out.

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Skinny Navy 

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Last but not least, Printed Ballerina Aqua…

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and Printed Ballerina Midnight Navy.

Prices in Malaysia range from RM439 – RM699, and you can buy them from FitFlop Malaysia. List of stores on their Facebook page. 

 

So, which one’s your fave? Lemme know in the comments below! 🙂

 

Make It Happen by Maybelline

Remember that defining jingle ? ‘Maybe she’s born with it, Maybe it’s Maybelline’. 

Yeah, I sang that song in my head.

After years in the industry, Maybelline New York has finally revamped their brand with a new tagline : Make It Happen, to stay relevant to a new generation of women. They introduced a range of products and ‘It’ girls who come from all walks of life, to represent the new ‘face’ of the brand.

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The center court of Mid Valley Megamall was crowded with guests, beauty bloggers and media.

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The ‘It’ girls (left) and guest finalists from Asia’s Next Top Model 2015, who showcased the looks done using Maybelline products.

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Makeup in session.

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They gave media a starter kit each. There’s White Superfresh powder liquid, Magnum Barbie mascara, blacker than black eyeliner, and rosy Matte lipstick.

I don’t wear makeup often, becoz I’m constantly rushing from one place to another and it makes me feel uncomfortable. But I know how makeup purportedly gives ‘confidence’ to a lot of women. It’s just not my thing, beyond eyeliner. I respect those who choose to wear it though – Idk how you guys do it all day, everyday. It’s hard work!

You might have noticed that this post is pretty short. Let’s just say I found the event and theme to be a little… shallow for my taste. It wasn’t about ’empowerment’ as they wanted to position it, and the campaign seemed pretentious. I liked their old tagline better lol.

I took a break from blogging for a bit – just finished rushing my magazine deadline and I really want to take this time to rest. And play Borderlands 2.

Ciao!