If you read the financial pages of the papers, its mostly doom and gloom. Recession, reduced spending and rising costs dominate most of the news. Go out and eat and you’ll find food portions reduced in size at higher prices. Then you look at your paycheck and wonder if it’ll cover all these rising costs.

So, new stuff aside, I thought now is a good time to play a little game called “Shop in your Stash” :)

Rules are simple:

  1. Look in your present skincare, makeup, clothes or handbag stash or collection and pick out one item that is over 5 months old that you have not used or worn in a while.
  2. Write about it on your blog (pictures will be nice!) and link back to this post. If you link back here, I should be able to pick it up and in 1 week from today (7 November 2008), I’ll put up a roundup post of everyone who participated in this little game.
  3. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret, just tell us in the comment section about your experience shopping in your stash.

The goal:

  • To help rediscover some oldies but goodies
  • To help us appreciate what we already own and hopefully stop us lusting after new stuff (not that it’ll work! :P )
  • To introduce some of our old favourites to everyone else (and maybe cause them to lust after them LOL!)

I’ll go root about in my stash this weekend – will you join me? :)


Lavshuca is to Kanebo Cosmetics what Majolica Majorca is to Shiseido. Both are low end brands of the 2 Japanese cosmetics giants and found readily in drugstores of Japan and Taiwan. Majolica Majorca has dipped their toes into Malaysian waters and many of you readers have expressed such an interest in the brand, I will not be surprised if Kanebo decides to fight back by bringing in Lavshuca! One can but hope of course ;)

For now, I’ve mainly tested only the Lavshuca single eyeshadows and the Summer Gradually Palette. Between the two brands, I think Majolica Majorca wins in the princess department. But strangely enough, Majolica Majorca has never attracted me as a brand. I’m all for Lavshuca instead, even if my initial forays into the brand weren’t as good as I had expected. Still, its a brand that I keep looking into and that keeps me interested.

When my sister went to Taiwan, I latched on an order of Lavshuca products – the Lavshuca Loose Powder and Lavshuca Powder Blush.

Lavshuca Loose Powder and blush

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I took the day off on my birthday last week but did not have much planned for the day. I intended to mainly laze the day away before meeting my sister for dinner and what better way to laze your day away than at a spa? I however am “bored” of the many spas in town that offer the usual sauna, jacuzzi thing so when a friend suggested the Hammam Turkish Bath Spa at Bangsar Village II, I perked up. Now, this would be interesting!

Hammam Turkish Spa

Interesting it was indeed! I just wasn’t aware of how interesting it got!

Hammam is located at Bangsar Village 2 on the topmost floor – 3rd Floor. You might miss it if you walk by too fast as its quite unobtrusive. All you see in a wide expanse of ochre coloured wall and a door. It could be anything – a restaurant, a spa, an apothecary… but that is Hammam.

Hammam Turkish Spa

I was not quite sure what to expect but the therapist behind the simple reception counter nicely explained the various treatments on offer at Hammam. After I’d gotten over the initial shock at the prices (yes its expensive but I was there to indulge so I grit my teeth, felt a pang of pity for my bank account and got on with it) I was ready to choose my treatment package and start. I had the Imilchil Bridal Radiance Recipe (RM335) - no bride to be I am, but the idea of bringing a healthy glow to the skin attracted me. Continue Reading ►


About 2 weekends ago, I jetted off to Bangkok for 36 hours. It was impetous and it was a “pilgrimage” thing so it was something that needed to be done. Once the pilgrimage was out of the way, what else is there to do in Bangkok but eat and shop myself silly?! It did not help that most of the stores were on sale and the sales were ending just that week so there were lots of extra discounts! What is a girl to do but go a little nuts? :)

I did not quite though. I managed to show great restraint and only ended up with a couple of things.

Enough shower gels to keep me clean until my next trip to Bangkok!

Boots shower gel

Yes to Carrots was 50% off everything at Central World so I snagged the shower gel that would normally cost THB446 for THB223 (about RM23) for 500ml. I love the Boots Natural Collection line and although Wild Strawberry shower cream smelt rather sweet, I picked it up anyway. The Tea Tree Oil + With Hazel Foaming Face Wash was picked up from the bargain bin. Continue Reading ►


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