Monday, 29 June 2015

Chikos Restaurant and Café Experience

I wanted to try a new restaurant around my city and I found Chikos Restaurant and Café. This restaurant was actually fairly new, and only couple of years old. I've heard great things about it from my friends, and read a lot of promising reviews online. The restaurant's interior was recently renovated to add more space due to the escalation of their daily customers. My friends and I decided to have dinner at Chikos since we were really interested in their new menu.

The restaurant was fully reserved when we got there. Luckily, we still managed to get a table even though we didn't have any reservations. The staff were very friendly and tended to our needs straight away. I was very impressed with their menu since I wasn't expecting something fancy. Their menu is actually sophisticated and comparable to the higher class restaurants I dined in at the city. The cuisines are mixed of Asian, Mexican, European, and bits and pieces of inspirations from countries around the world. It's surely is an impressive menu than can cater to a wide range of people. I love restaurants that has diversity in their menus, and can satisfy your cravings.

Chikos Restaurant and Cafe is an exciting elegant casual dining restaurant located in West Auckland. The first of it's kind; pacific rim flavoured cuisine with New Zealand's finest and freshest produce complimented by  friendly service in a warm inviting atmosphere. The site is built (infront of the well established Mazuran's Vineyards) in modern decor design with japanese influences, surrounding an open kitchen allowing you to view the creation of tantalising dishes infront of your eyes.

Chikos Restaurant and Café Experience 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lush Cosmetics Sweetest Thing Gift Review

It's been awhile since I did my last Lush review or demo. I still have 2 boxes full of bath bombs, bubble bars, and bath melts. Sometimes it feels so hard to part ways with them, they smell and look too good! If you've been following my blog, you would know well that I'm a huge advocate of Lush Cosmetics because of their incredible products, and especially because they have hand-made and all natural 100% vegetarian (mostly vegan) products. I adore the fact that they feel strongly against animal cruelty, and all their products are amazingly healthy for our skin and works like magic!

I received a gift box from Lush called Sweetest Thing Gift, it was actually one of my birthday gifts given by my brother and his girlfriend. I absolutely adore the items in the box since I've never tried any of the products, and I was very excited when I got them. I also adore the cylindrical container it comes with, and the pattern and colors are gorgeous! I would have definitely picked it up myself even if it wasn't gifted to me. It includes Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Sweetie Pie 100g, and  Fun Pink 100g.

Life doesn’t get much sweeter than this! A trio of our candy-sweet pink and purple treats will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Bubblegum Lip Scrub makes every kiss super sweet, while our Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly leaves skin ultra-soft and shimmering. Unwrap Pink FUN and let this vanilla and tonka-scented bubbler deliver a cheerful blast from the past — its sugary scent will make you think of childhood candies.

Lush Cosmetics Sweetest Thing Gift Review

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fun Day at the City (feat. Ela Cuisine, Samurai Restaurant, Starbucks, and many more)

My sister and I went to the city last weekend. We were there to go shopping, have lunch, and to watch one of my most awaited movies of the year - Jurassic World. If you haven't seen that movie, I highly, highly recommend that you should! It was brilliantly created, from the cinematography to the storyline, everything was absolutely amazing. The actors were fantastic too, Chris Pratt was super hot! I'm not surprised that the movie already grossed around half a billion dollars worldwide in just one week, how insane is that?! If you're an animal and dino lover, then you'll absolutely love Jurassic World, it was such a fantastic film. It didn't disappoint me one bit, and it even exceeded my expectations.

My sister and I arrived at the city earlier than expected, so we went around to check out most of the shops. I picked up some Pandora charms to add on my bracelet, and then we went for lunch around noon. We went to our usual favorite place to eat, at Elliott Stables. They have so many cuisines from all over the world, that's why we love going there. After lunch, we went window shopping to more shops since we still have a lot of time to kill before the movie starts at the cinema.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

NEW Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths Review

Cetaphil has recently released a brand new product from their line called Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths. I was so excited that Cetaphil has finally created cleansing cloths since I've been a huge fan of their skincare line. Like most teenagers, I've suffered from acne during the middle of my teenage years, it was really bad and I had to go to a dermatologist to get help. I was given medication for my acne, and was advised to use Cetaphil cleansing wash regularly. I used Cetaphil during the time when I was suffering from acne, and couple of years after my acne has cleared up. I can honestly vouched that Cetaphil has helped heal my skin and nursed it back to its former good health. Only Cetaphil was the one brand that is gentle enough and didn't irritate my sensitive skin or didn't leave my skin dry during those years.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes are a time saving product designed to remove makeup and wipe away daily grime such as sweat and oil. The gentle wipes suit multiple usage occasions - use at the gym, use to freshen up at work, or to remove makeup after a long night out. The convenient pack fits perfectly in purses, travel bags, sport and beach bags, ensuring skin is freshly cleansed, whatever the situation.

NEW Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths Review

Monday, 15 June 2015

My Birthday Gifts/Haul 2015

This has been a long over due birthday haul since my birthday was 3 weeks ago. Some of my gifts were ordered online from overseas and were bought after my birthday road-trip, so I had to wait few weeks before I get them. I finally have everything with me so I've decided to do a birthday haul. I'm very, very grateful to all the things I've received this year; whether something I got physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I always feel blessed and fortunate that I received special things like these, especially because of their high sentimental values. I cherish every single thing that my family, friends, and loved ones gave me on any occasions whether they're big or small, or just a simple heart-felt greeting. Also, to those lovely people in the blogging community including my close blogger friends who sent me so many sweet birthday greetings in social medias. I'm truly grateful for each and ever person who contributed into making my birthday such a special celebration. Thank you so much and I love you all!

Just a quick disclaimer. This post is not about bragging about what I received, it's a mainly featuring the items I received to show my gratitude and appreciation to those people who sent me gifts. Also, this type of blogpost is very helpful for people who are looking for gift ideas for any occasions. I actually enjoy and obsessed with watching YouTube videos and reading blogposts about what people get on their birthdays, they're all so interesting and very useful! I hope you enjoy this blogpost, and I hope you picked up some gift ideas to give to someone for future occasions. :)

My Birthday Gifts/Haul 2015

Friday, 12 June 2015

Angara High End Jewelry Collection

Jewelry is one of the ways we can show someone how much we love them. Whether it's for your lover, your family members, your friend, or someone special to you. It's not just something material, but it's something that can contain a huge sentimental value during a special moment in your life or when you just want to show someone how important they are to you. It's even more special when the jewelry is hand-crafted and made with top notch quality materials.

Angara is a jewelry establishment that specialise on creating beautiful engagement rings, gemstone jewelry, and diamond jewelry. They provide a new line of high end jewelry with GIA Certified gemstones including exceptional detailing. Angara  has been in the fine gemstone business for generations and has deep roots in gemstone cutting, polishing and design. They have a huge array of jewelry with yellow gold, white gold, and platinum metals. There are also options of stone shape, gemstone type, style, metal type, and carat weight. Angara specialize in Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Tanzanites, Diamonds and other precious gemstones.You'll definitely fall in love with their mesmerizing gemstones crafted to their most beautiful form.

The Forbes, Crain's, Women's Wear Daily, Daily Candy, Harvard Business Review and the others have written about Angara's success, and many happy and satisfied customers worldwide. They create jewelry that will stand out and make each individual who wears them feel very special. They put a lot of heart and soul to their work and craftsmanship in able to provide the world such intricate and well crafted authentic jewelry for any special occasion in your life.

Listed below are some of their stunning jewelry from their new line of high end collection.

Claw Set Sapphire and Diamond Three Stone Ring
Angara High End Jewelry Collection

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Color Correction and Deep Ash Brown with Grey Ends Belayage @ The Orange Room

My mom found this amazing new salon near our house called The Orange Room. My mom actually have tried the salon herself; she got a haircut, hair color, and eyebrow tint. She absolutely loved it and the prices are really great, so my sister and I wanted to give it a try as well. I love the fact that the salon is super close to our house which makes things so convenient; especially for me since I've been dyeing my hair for almost 4 years now.

My sister wanted to get her hair colored since her roots are getting longer and the color of her hair badly needed some color correction. She wanted a deep brown hair color with grey ends belayage. A belayage style of hair color is comparable to ombre, but the colors are more blended compare to ombre. I absolutely love the results and was done beautifully, and the grey tone is perfect. I'm planning to get my hair colored as well few weeks from now, and I can't wait for it!

PS: I totally forgot to take a before photo of my sister's hair which is so annoying! 
You can see the before and after photo at The Orange Room's facebook page here.

My sister's new hair
Deep Ash Brown with Grey Ends Belayage

Color Correction and Deep Ash Brown with Grey Ends Belayage @ The Orange Room

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Travel Diary : My Birthday Roadtrip 2015 (Matamata, New Zealand) - Wairere Falls

On the second day of my brithday roadtrip, we went to one of the most amazing and tallest waterfalls in the north island of New Zealand called Wairere Falls. You can even see the falls while you're driving towards the starting point of the track. The view is absolutely incredible, it's a picturesque scenery that will really make you appreciate what nature can offer. It really made me realised how beautiful our country is, it's so fantastic. The falls can be seen from the Te Aroha-Okauia Road and are signposted from the Goodwin Road turn-off.  In spring, watch out for the apricot coloured flowers of the taurepo or sandpaper plant on the rocky valley walls.

From the carpark, a well formed track weaves its way through moss covered rocks and tree roots. It meets up with the river and bridges assist with river crossings.There is a steady climb up the base of the cliff where sets of steps lead to the top of the gorge. The track passes through a grove of nikau, puriri and kohekohe before leading to a lookout platform with a spectacular view looking from the base of the falls. The falls drop 153 meters over the steep escarpment, which is part of the Okauia fault line.

The track climbs further with plenty of steps and staircases in the steep section.  At the top of the hill the track winds through a rich mosaic of forest species with tawa. The track then branches to the falls lookout. From this point the return tramp to the lookout will take you 2 hours. There is a magnificent view looking back over the valley and the Waikato Plains. Over the summer there are plenty of pools to paddle in and the track can be explored further upriver.

You need to be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on the longer day walks.  Ensure you have strong, comfortable boots, warm clothing, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen.  It is also advisable that you leave your tramping intentions with a responsible person, in case you get lost.

Travel Diary : My Birthday Roadtrip 2015 (Matamata, New Zealand) - Wairere Falls