Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year 2014!

Here comes the year of the wooden horse! As we are just a few days away from ushering in this festive occasion, most would be busy preparing for the Chinese New Year - cleaning up the house, preparing the dishes, buying new clothes, praying and many others.  

This year, it would be my first year celebrating it without a very special person in my life. I would most definitely miss her deeply. I miss her warmth, her strength, her love and her passion for taking real good care of us, as a family. She is none other than my mom. One thing for sure, I would definitely miss her cooking. She used to make the BEST nasi dagang (a local Kelantanese steam red rice dish with coconut milk/santan, taken with curry chicken or fish and acar timun/pickles), amongst other dishes that she could easily cook up, like a pro chef! 

Nasi Dagang with curry chicken and pickles. Picture via (click here for full recipe)
Hope the year of the horse brings everyone great success and the best of health. Most importantly, cherish deeply the ones you loved the most for life can be that much more meaningful when you can share the happiness with them, no matter how near or far they may be. 

Enjoy your festive holidays and travel safe! GONG XI FA CAI lovelies. 
All pictures above via pinterest

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Friday, January 24, 2014

[Spaces] House C16 H14 03

House C16 H14 03
Location: Sao Paulo/ Brasil
Architect: Marcio Kogan

We love this house! The concept to the house is the play of transparencies and light filters. It is spacious, modern with a minimalistic approach. If you have no kids at home, the staircases with suspended steps do not seem that intimidating after all. The house seems to come alive at night with such beautifully crafted and designed lights that illuminate the creative space. 

Once the sliding glass door is opened, it totally frees one of the corners of the ground. During the day, it bathes the internal space of the living room with sunlight. The living room then becomes the extension of the garden, to give the notion of a more wider space, and bringing in the nature to the house. 

Such a lovely space to be in, right? Simply divine. All pictures via The Architect HOUSE app available on mobile phones.  

Hope you have found your dream home *_^ 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Lovely Pink Afternoon With RMK [PLAY ON PINK]

We were cordially invited to this part of the town, a place called WORK@Clearwater, and one must be wondering why (but later we found out). Upon arriving, am pretty much fascinated by the way this cosy restaurant, PLOY was being decorated and turned into for a fun pink afternoon event. Yes, we were at RMK's 2014 Spring Summer Collection Press Launch, how lovely is that? Great way to start the new year 2014 for LUMINNEJ *_^

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SENKA Speedy Perfect Whip - The Gentle and Quick Way To Cleanse

This came as a really early new year present from SENKA last year but I never really had a chance to try it out yet as I have been using the other SENKA cleansing products which I find work wonders. This latest product from SENKA is called SENKA Speedy Perfect Whip.

My family and I went for a short get-away holiday counting down to the new year, checking ourselves into The Swiss Gardens Residence right smack in KL city centre end of last year. It was fun walking down the streets, across the busy roads of Changkat Tong Shin or even Bukit Bintang, hunting down food and did some shopping. We went all the way down to even Lot 10 and Pavilion area as and when we had the time, basically checking out the Christmas and New Year countdown. Boy, you won't believe how dirty my face felt each time I got back to the hotel! The fume from the buses, the cars, you name it, I could feel it. 

Luckily, I had my trusted SENKA Perfect Oil and Perfect Gel with me. So, I had no worries as I knew after using either one of these, my face would be cleansed, comfortably. You can check out the two products at my previous blog post here

Recently, I finally started trying out SENKA's new addition to its existing Perfect series - SENKA Speedy Perfect Whip. I guess this Japanese brand which puts consumer first knows what's best for modern women like myself. We love skincare that works fast, yet effective and high quality while pampering our skin and complements the rest of our skincare routine effortlessly at the same time. Now, this product is wicked! With just one pump, you don't even need to lather to create that thick, creamy foamy texture that you usually need to rub for about 30 seconds. This comes out instantly foamy already and ready to be applied to your entire face. How cool is that? 

I love the simple packaging, as always, from SENKA and I like that it uses less water to rinse it off our face than the usual cleanser. (psst, usual rinsing with normal cleanser requires about 1 minute, equivalent to 12 litres of water used. The water consumed to rinse off the Speedy Perfect Whip is reduced to 6 litres, which comes up to approximately 4,380 litres of water saved in a year!). Furthermore, it does not feel dry but keep our face moisturized. It's definitely worth looking into if you are a lover of lather-foamy-facial cleanser and don't like much fuss *_^

It is retailed at RM34.00 only, at selected Watson's stores nationwide. Have a clean face before we hit the bed, always, lovelies.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Truly White Occasion: Za True White Ex Launch

Our very first beauty event of the year 2014 and it came in all white, so nice (post christmas feeling). We were invited to the unveiling of the all-new Za True White Ex at the lovely Alexis Bistro, The Gardens Mall, Midvalley last week.  The venue of the press launch was all nicely decorated with all-white theme (you can see mashmallows in big clear glass bottle, white lily, white candles, white draping, almost everything that can come in the colour white). Lovely concept to tie-in with this latest whitening range that was about to be revealed to us. 

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Burberry Prorsum Menswear A/W14: A Painterly Journey

A brand founded way back in 1856, very much steeped in history, tradition and craftsmanship, Burberry very recently showcased its Burberry Prorsum menswear Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, entitled A Painterly Journey, part of the fourth London Collections: Men week (since its debut in June 2012). LUMINNEJ is extremely thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of this esteemed occasion, streaming the show LIVE via our blog here!

The first thing that grabbed our attention, was most definitely the song Lilac Wine, performed live by Clare Maguire (who has such a hypnotic voice) as the first male model strutted down the long runway in the London's Kensington Gardens. The collection, as a whole does fit that whole vision of what Christopher Bailey wanted to achieve - that fusion of artists and painters attitude and work, with the traditions of menswear, yet with a sense of dreamy romantic flair to it. It shows in the pieces of beautifully hand-painted floral printed silk squares, equastrian blanket scarves and leaf designed scarves, among others. Of course, a Burberry collection would not be complete without its signature check motif.

Colour palate are more towards charcoal, stone, bitter chocolate, brilliant navy, pretty muted with quiet sense of attention. There are tonnes to choose from when it comes to silhouettes. What really caught our attention in this collection, in fact, are the accessories, especially the bags that the models were carrying!  Such creative work, love the designs of the St Ives bag in geometric blanket, weave rug, especially the ones with six different iconic global city skylines (London, Shanghai and many others) motif.

Here are some of our favourites looks from the collection. 

What is also amazing about Burberry is its fashion-forward approach in providing digital experiences for its brand lovers, globally. You can practically watch a LIVE Burberry show, in any parts of the world, as long as you are wired in and connected to the internet! Burberry is practically in most of the social platforms available today. The WeChat platform delivered the most personalised Burberry social show experience to date. Using responsive text, followers could explore different show storylines by messaging keywords to unlock layers of content relating to the event and guests. Now, how cool is that! (China followers will be very pleased *_^). The show is basically fully optimised for mobiles.

For die-hard fans of Burberry, one can take advantage of its Runway Made To Order services, whereby personalized nameplates can be added to custom-made outerwear, bags, knitwear, embroidered onto scarves and so much more, allowing customers to be the first to own and personalize next season's collection months before it hits the store. So, what are you waiting for? Here for just that.

Some of the guests attended the show included Chinese actor, Chen Kun, Korean actor Yu Ah In (his very first Burberry show). British musicians Tinie Tempah, Paloma Faith, James Righton, British model Suki Waterhouse and many others, most look exceptionally stunning in Burberry.

Well, it was indeed quite an experience and most definitely, a wonderful collection, with such deep British sentiments and love for quality and style. Till the next Burberry show, have an awesome weekend, everyone *_^

For those who missed the show, you can watch it over at Burberry website here or check out the highlight video below. Cheers!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Great Start To 2014!

Love the way we started the new year 2014! We were at Alexis The Gardens Mall yesterday for an all white luminous event, and today, we headed to Ploy at The Work for a pink affair make-up session. How beautiful can it get? How wonderful it is to kick start a new year this way *_^

Want to know the secret to achieving that bright, translucent skin? (Shhhh... it involves white mashmallows... serious?!) Or would you like to know ways to wear this seasons's pink colour? (with a splash of glitter!). Stay tuned to find out more. Meanwhile, here's a little sneak peek!

Stay luminous and happy always *_^
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Burberry Prorsum Menswear A/W2014 Sneak Peek

Sneak peek, everyone! As we are counting down to the actual runway show (in less than 24 hours), LIVE from London, these are some of the beautiful elements you can expect from the show. Full of autumn feel, drawing inspiration from its colours, the mood this mellow season evokes, the muskiness in the air and we also spotted, perhaps some water colour elements? (Check out the teaser video below). 

Gosh, Burberry videos always look so lovely! How could one not fall in love with it? We will definitely be in front of our screen when the time comes. Hope you all could join us too. See you then *_^

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