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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Giveaway: Etude House Hello Raspberry & Cranberry Body Wash & Body Lotion Sets (Mini May Giveaway)

Good Sunday Morning! 

I woke up this morning feeling kinda pumped to blog. With one more week left to May, I realised that I have not done a giveaway for this month, so I decided to host a quick one now! It's just to reward you readers for being patient with me as I update not-so-regularly nowadays but still giving me your full support whenever I post a new post. This is totally random, I know. I've been feeling really lucky and happy lately, and I thought I'd like to share the joy :)

I'm giving away 2 sets of these Etude House Hello Raspberry & Cranberry Body Wash & Body Lotion Sets. It smells so lovely and sweet! Seems like the school holidays and summer break are coming up so travelling season is on the way. These are in travel sizes so you'll be able to bring it along with you as you go on vacay. You'll be smelling fruity and fresh the whole time :D

How it looks like on the inside. Who doesn't love PINK, right?

It's not an expensive gift, but I would just like to gift something to my lovely readers for their support. I'll try and host a giveaway each month eh? :) All you have to do to win this is to follow my blog on both Google Friend Connect (GFC) and Google+. Leave a comment with your GFC, Google+ names and email so I can notify you if you win. 

Told ya it's a mini mini giveaway so the steps are really simple. The giveaway will end on 31st May 2015 and is only open to Malaysian residents.

Till then, take care and thank you once again for the love! <3


Love & smiles,
Carinn 

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. This giveaway is hosted by me and is in no way affliated to Etude House. Postage will be paid by me to send the prizes to the winners personally.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Carinn x Invisalign : Nuffnang x Invisalign Prize-Giving Ceremony

On the list of things that make me happy, this one is WAY up there. Ever felt what it's like to have your dreams come true? I'm on my way there, and I couldn't be more excited!

Yes, I have won myself an Invisalign contract!!!!!!

For those who don't already know, I'm letting you know officially here. 'Happy' is not even enough to describe my feelings when I received a text from Samantha of Nuffnang, telling me that I've won. I was at work, with the designer helping me out for some Photoshop when the text came. I peeked at the message from the corner of my eye and silently hyperventilated, but couldn't make a sound cos I was working. (I am a professional, ok :p) I was practically shaking when I replied the text, asking if I would be ok with any extractions. Of course I'd be ok with it, I'm getting my straight teeth! :D

Nuffnang announced the winners on their blog and email blast two days later and some readers were sweet enough to congratulate me on the previous post. If you have not read my entry for the #MYInvisalign contest, you can read it HERE!!
Posted the news on Facebook to share the good news and it garnered 200 likes and many congratulatory messages. I don't think I've had so many likes in a long time LOL. All my aunts texted to congratulate me as soon as my mum announced the news to them. Even gramma sprang a 'congratulations' on me the moment I reached home. Really, truly want to thank my family and friends for their support and for sharing my joy :')

I was told to go up to KL for the first ever meetup and briefing with the Sponsor of Invisalign on the 24th of April. It costed me another day of unpaid leave for that month, but so totally worth it :p I took a flight alone for the first time, albeit from JB to KL only, woke up at 5am but I was so stoked so, no complaints! I knew this was going to be a routine from now on if I were to do my Invisalign in KL. Thankful for Eunice who let me crash at her place for that weekend!

FYI, I arrived super early in KL Central from KLIA2 and waited there for about an hour before it was time for the meet-up and I decided to call a UBER. LOL. I even brought along my luggage to the NN office haha. I'm glad I met some friendly faces at the Nuffnang office (which seems so bright and fun, btw!) and also the two other winners of the contest, Valerie and Fadzi! And of course, Valerie from Invisalign too! She briefed us on the terms of the contract, what we are supposed to do and let us ask many many questions for about 2 hours before we finally placed our signatures on the contracts. I know I wasn't the only one who was excited! Since their HQ is in Singapore, I did ask if I can have my treatment done in JB or Singapore, in case you're wondering.. More on that later.

Fadzi and Valerie receiving their contracts, offer letter and a not-so-little gift from Valerie of Invisalign. These two are hot mummies who are gonna be even hotter after getting their Invisalign done! Wink wink ;)

My turn to get my prize. In my head, I was thinking, "I cannot believe this is happening!" And it all started because of my blog. Now I love blogging even more! It feels so surreal. It's probably a silly dream to most to want to get braces, but now I've gotten something way better. It's a different kind of effort put into achieving my dream. Instead of working maybe years to pay for regular braces, now I'm going to be a hardworking blogger and write about my experiences these coming years to share with my readers about my Invisalign journey. And I couldn't be happier to do so. Happiness is only true when it's shared, right? :)

Group pic! THANK YOU, Nuffnang & Invisalign for giving us the chance to get our dream teeth! <3 Such a contest is rare and we were the lucky chosen ones. I have no regrets and still feel like it's a lucky strike for me as I only submitted my entry 6 hours before the deadline after working on it the whole day. Haha. Gotta thank my sis and Audrey for telling me about the contest too! Notice how all of us have our teeth hidden behind our smiles in this photo. Guess it's going to be a very different case AFTER we've done the treatment! :D

Remember when I said that I asked about getting my Invisalign done in JB? Valerie said it was not possible at that time. But last week, I just received news from her that an orthodontist in JB (Q&M Dental, Molek) has agreed to sponsor my treatment here!! Right here in my hometown, and it's not even that far from my place! Oh. My. God. Good news just keep coming in and I am so, so thankful, I could cry. T.T 
Big thank you to Valerie for asking Dr Matthew Hong for me, and of course big thank you to the dentist for agreeing. I am going for my first consultation tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!

I realised that there are still not many people who know what Invisalign is. I will be talking more about that in the future as we slowly go along. To put it shortly, it is basically invisible braces, a modern approach to teeth straightening. My job now as an ambassador is not only to share about my road to straight teeth and my Invisalign experience, but to educate readers all over on what this revolutionary new technology is. Hopefully, I will not be TOO technical with my writing and it will be more relatable to you. And hopefully, it will inspire you to get your dream of having stratight teeth too :)

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @carerynn to keep up with my Invisalign journey! You can also find out more about Invisaligns here.



Love & smiles,
Carinn 

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Disclaimer: [Sponsored] I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment from Align Technology, Inc after winning a contest organised by Invisalign & Nuffnang. In exchange for that, I have agreed to promote and write about my Invisalign story. The review is written based on my honest views and personal experiences on the treatment.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Carinn x OOTD: Bohemian Chic feat. Shiny Happy People (shappytats)

Did I mention that I'm super happy that my camera is back so I can go back to shooting again? :D Anyway, just wanted to share with you guys my latest obsession - flash tattoos. Not only are they easy to use, they are the perfect accessory to add the right amount of style and sexiness to your outfit! Yep, it can make even regular T-shirt and jeans look good!

I am no stranger to temp tattoos, simply because I love how festive it looks and how a little design on my skin can make my day. To apply the tattoos, simply cut out your desired piece, peel off the plastic layer and place the print face-down on your skin, wet the back of the paper and hold for about a minute. Peel off slowly and voila, you are inked! Well, at least temporarily. It's great for people like me who long to have a tattoo but does not have the guts to. The best part is, these babies last for 3-5 days (depending on level of care, mine lasted for a week the last time) and you can get crazy and tattoo any place you want, with no pain at all!








Top - Cotton On // Crochet vest - Sunflower // Shorts - Forever 21 // Boots - Happy2u // Bag - Coach // Dreamcatcher necklace - Forever 21 // Beaded bracelets - Cotton On // Midi rings - Assorted (Lovisa & Happy2u) // Flash tattoos - Shiny Happy People

Photos by MCY, edited by yours truly

I decided to go for a boho chic style for this look. I wouldn't say I nailed it, but I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. It might be slightly late, but I'm still kinda hung up on Coachella fashion and here is my inspired look. Spring/summer 2015 is all about the Bohemian vibe - loose flowy off-the-shoulder dresses, bell-bottom pants, paisley & aztec prints, bucket bags with tassles, ankle boots, oversized sunnies, layered necklaces, stacks of arm candy, lace & crochet galore - to name a few. And of course, not forgetting the essential gold flash tattoos to complete the look. I got mine from Shiny Happy People (@shappytats), courtesy of The Butterfly Project - Beauty Bloggers! These tattoos come in many colours (gold, silver, black) but I got a full sheet of gold tattoos with prints that are very inspired by the wishful dreamer. 

It's all about looking casual yet put-together at the same time, and comfort is key. For Bohemian fashion, less is more. I chose this chiffon floral top that can be worn in multiple ways and layered a thin crochet vest over it. Paired it with rustic brown shorts, leather bag, big round shades & my ever trusty boots to make it look more music concert-appropriate. I tied the whole look together with the lovely dreamcatcher necklace (yes, it's finally in trend again!) and tassle beaded bracelets.Don't forget to stack up on 'em midi rings! The whole look is just so light and easy. For areas where I'm showing off some skin, I placed the flash tats there to make it a little more sexy and fun. Honestly, I'd go a little more crazy if I didn't have to go to work :p

Be creative. Go big, or go home with your flash tattoos. I'm so obsessed now, I'm thinking of getting more for my two beach holidays planned this year! PS: Do HYPE my look on Lookbook if you like it!

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)

These flash tattoos are priced at RM20 per sheet from Shappytats and you can order them from their website or Facebook page. They really were right in naming their brand Shiny Happy People because these shiny things, made me so happy! :D

Find out more at:
Instagram: @shappytats #shappytats #shinyhappypeople


Cheers,
Carinn 

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Disclaimer: Even though the products were sponsored, it has not affected my opinion in anyway. The review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the products.

Friday, 15 May 2015

[Guest Post] Why You Don't Have to Look Like a Model to Be Gorgeous

Fashion Friday is back! This week, I have another guest post for you, lovingly curated by Gabriella. If you have not read her previous guest post on my blog, you HAVE to! All her posts always contain useful and inspiring materials which I'm sure will be helpful to most of you girls!

In this post, Gabriella talks about the different kind of clothes, hair, makeup and skincare tips for all body shapes, hair type and face shape. This post was written so that even a petite girl like me can be confident and look like a model! Well, maybe not really but you get the point. It's a good read, so make sure you read it!

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You do not need professional make up and expensive clothes to be beautiful and enchanting. Without tons of make-up, you can be gorgeous. You don’t think it is possible? It is more than possible. If you are interested in this, continue reading. I promise you will love what I have to say.

Body Type
In order for a piece of clothing to suit you perfectly, it should appropriate to your body type. There are five basic body types. If you have an inverted triangle-shaped body, wear a dress with tight waist or pants in bright colours. A pear-shaped body type is opposite to the previous one. So, embellish your upper part of the body as much as you can and wear dark colours for the bottom part. When it comes to rectangle-shaped body types, the most important thing is to accentuate your waist as much as you can. On the other hand, apple-shaped women should wear a V-neckline in order to elongate the upper part of the body. If you have an hourglass-shaped body, lucky you! Any colour and piece of clothes suit you to a T.

Hair Tips
Another tip is to make your hair beautiful and shining. It all depends on the hair type. If you have oily hair, use shampoos for oily hair. The good thing is you may not even need to apply a conditioner. For styling it, avoid heavy creams and oils. If you have fine hair, the advice is to use shampoos for dry hair and to sparingly use a conditioner. Dry hair is in a desperate need of shine. Use shampoos especially made for dry hair and apply a lot of conditioner. For thick hair, the recommendation is to use hair products that nourish your hair. Curly hair damages easily, so the best option is to opt for products for damaged hair. The best recommendation for women with thinning hair is using volumizing products. Maybe you want to think about getting yourself a little better hair styler. For me personally, Cloud Nine is the one I like the most since their hairstylers has temperature control and my hair is really damaged.

Make-up based on the Shape of your Face
Another thing I want to mention is the choice of the make-up based on the shape of your face. If you have a square face, the advice is to contour the corners of your face and draw the attention to your lips. Round face shaped women should contour temples, cheekbones and the sides of the jaws and visually elongate their face with a blush. For a heart-shaped face, the recommendation is to apply darker shade of foundation under your cheekbones and accentuate the beautiful high-cheekbones you have with a blush. Those women with an oval face can stick to normal foundation and accentuate their best features.

Skin Care
It is important to know your skin type in order to be able to use appropriate skin products. No matter what your skin type is, there are some recommendations in order for your skin to be beautiful even without make-up. Use a sunscreen. Drink great amounts of water. Use products which moisturize and nourish your skin. Exfoliate it once a week.

I hope I convinced you that you can look stunning without great amount of work. We all have something special inside us which makes us uniquely beautiful. All we need to do is to accentuate it a bit. And do not forget: you don't have to look like a model to be gorgeous!

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Lovely post, isn't it? I can't thank Gabriella enough for writing this! Would love to have more guest posts on my blog in the future. If you are a freelance writer, feel free to drop me an email!

Until then, be confident and strut your stuff. Like they say, just be yourself because everyone else is taken. You are beautiful no matter what! :)


Love,
Carinn 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Shopping/ Fashion: #ReebonzSPLURGE One-Day Only Sale “Let The Cat Out of The Bag”

Are you ready for the #ReebonzSPLURGE? It's a one-day only SPLURGE that's not to be missed! For those of you who don't already know, Reebonz (pronounced 'ribbons') is Asia's trusted online shopping destination for buying & selling luxury brands. Reebonz is letting the cat out of the bag only for today (14th May 2015) to let you and your besties enjoy a ONE-DAY ONLY splurge that is out of this world! It's called a 'splurge' but really, you will be saving money a well! Time to get that luxury piece you've been eyeing to pull your whole outfit together!

I myself have been eyeing some bags from the website, maybe now's the time to get it? :p Personally, I've shopped on Reebonz previously and the site is really easy to use! Checkout is a breeze and all items are 100% authentic. I got my item within 5 days, now isn't that super cool?

This much-coveted and very special event starts on Thursday, May 14th 2015. With more than 15,000 new and pre-owned luxury items to choose from, you'd better start shopping! Now, start adding your wishlist items to the shopping cart! These items will definitely add class, colour, cool and charm to your wardrobe. 

Aside from the amazing deals, the #ReebonzSPLURGE online sales event will give you a further 11% off with this code "1SPLURGEMY11" at checkout (if you only plan to splurge on one item). Amp up the fun and savings when you buy 2 or more items, using the code "2SPLURGEMY20" at checkout to receive a whopping 20% off your order. All the more reason to shop with your BFF, right?

Don't forget to share this news with your family, friends and fellow fashionistas because it is too good to be true! Fashion is only cool when it's shared, and a splurge is even more satisfying when you team up with your BFF to shop!

2015 is almost half over, it's time to reward yourselves for the hard work you've done this year!


Cheers,
Carinn 

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