Monday, January 28, 2013

AGift with care Beauty High Tea, Queensbay Mall

I'm not that kind of girl who would spread on hand cream or body lotion before bed.

I'm not that kind of girl who follow a facial regime with a stream of products.

Simplicity is what I am.

I only apply hand cream or body lotion in the office after at least 10 hours of air-conditioning dehydrates my skin. And my facial routine is a simple 3-step of cleanse, tone and moisturise.

Nonetheless, I'm truly honoured to be invited to this beauty high tea with AGift with care at Paddington House of Pancakes in Queensbay Mall, Penang.

Not just because they served delicious snacks and drinks...

But because of its mission.

AGift with care is a social business that provides special people with job opportunities and sustainable income, through selling of perfume and personal care products.

Its mission also includes to enhance confidence and instil a sense of self-worth in special people through real outcomes and to raise public awareness towards their needs as well as to eliminate negative stereotypes towards these special people.

And in our midst that afternoon, was Winnie. If you are wondering what she was doing...

She was painting the bottles... together with Esther.

For every bottle decorated, a negotiated wage is paid either directly to the painter or to their beneficiary organisation. All special people who works with AGift are recommended by their charitable organisations and have received approval from their guardian(s). In fact, Esther's mom was sitting next to her, touching up her masterpieces.

After admiring their work, paper test strips were given to all to sample the InnerScent perfumes. Can you guess which scent seduced me at first sniff...?

Next, 2 lucky guests were treated to sample the Nutritious Cocktail Shower Scrub. With the natural scrubs, made of walnut and cocoa bean shells with other ingredients including soy protein, honey, yogurt and goat's milk, it was an indulgence for the back of my hand!

After cleansing, we got to sample the Nutritious Cocktail Hand & Body Lotion, which is also made of the same ingredients to keep our skin elastic and moisturised with a youthful glow. I think the other parts of my body is very jealous of the back of my hand - receiving so much care in one afternoon *wink*

At the end of the high tea, one of the staffs informed me that a voucher was included. So I quickly unwrapped the door gift and voila! I can't wait to shower my body with some TLC, knowing it's all for a good cause.

Charity is something close to my heart. That's the reason en(reach)ing lives was birthed, and I can't put all these new found encounter behind. I have to do my part, as many have also been supporting en(reach)ing lives.

So yes, I did not waste any time... I headed over to their outlet, just over the corner from Paddington. The products are very reasonably priced. You can handpick the bottle design at RM34.90 each or if you like a little surprise, choose the pre-packed at RM32.90 each for the 25ml EDT.

All those lovely paintings on the bottles melted my heart, and I didn't know which to choose.

Photo credit: AGift with care

So I chose the pre-packed Amazing Grace EDT. Besides, I love surprises and I believe in chances... because everything happens for a reason.

Yes, Amazing Grace stole my senses away at first scent *wink*

I am amazed at how Amazing Grace is... so me!

From AGift with care's website

Although my childhood wasn't terrible, it was just not as pleasant as I would've hope. And especially the last sentence: Grace's tears become something beautiful.

That reminds me of how I would lie in bed and in my mind, I'd chose either a blue or a red pail. As I cry myself to sleep, I believed the pail I chose would carry all my tears. When the morning came, I'd pour the pail of sadness away before getting out of bed.

Anyway, I love the bottle design so very much... because flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine for the soul.

Chanakya quoted that the fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction, so thanks to AGift with care and Queensbay Mall, I'm now a part of this humble mission of caring.

For every product sold, an amount of up to RM10 is set aside for their charity partners. And after AGift's financial audit, they will donate a significant portion of their profits after tax (targeting 20%) to their charity partners.

So, if you'd like to do your part too, check out AGift with care at 1F-73A, Queensbay Mall, like them on Facebook or visit their Website.

This is the simplest way of caring... for yourself and for so many special people!

Happy shopping for a good cause!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wacoal Salute Launch in Parkson, Gurney Plaza

I know it's a delayed post, but I just have to share this... because like a good friend, the perfect bra is hard to find, comfortable, supportive, always lifts you up, makes you look better, never lets you down or leaves you hanging, and always close to your heart.

I was honoured to be invited to attend the Wacoal Salute Autumn/Winter 2012 Showcase at Parkson, Gurney Plaza in November 2012. It was an exclusive event for Parkson Elite Card Members, and guests received cash vouchers for purchase of the new Salute line and the Magic X line.

So of course I'm thrilled to attend such a sexy event, although I'm not a Wacoal lover.

The new collection is inspired by European flair, designed and tailored for the Asian women. Topped with its name - Salute - to aptly celebrate femme vitality and to extend respect to women.

A lot of lace and accessories are adopted into the design to further emphasise its indulgence, opulence and luxurious merits that complement the sophisticated women of this modern generation.

I honestly think the collection is overly va-va-voom. Or maybe I prefer simplicity and 'm just not the lacey kinda person.

And based on my observation of those invited and attended the event, I believe that the collection was targeted at matured ladies, or those with bigger bust as the collection provides full coverage and firm support. And because of that, they come with quite a hefty price tag.

Thank you Wacoal for inviting me to such a lovely event, and thank you for the wonderful goodie bag!

With the RM40 worth of vouchers, I bought my mum this set. And she loves it!

If you love what you see, and see what you love here... Wacoal Salute is now available at Parkson Gurney Plaza in Penang, as well as Parkson Pavilion and Parkson KLCC in KL.

Go grab yours today! For Chinese New Year or Valentine's Day, perhaps? *wink*

Happy shopping!

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