Birthday dinner at Nadodi

Sunday, July 02, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

I'm that person who loves to cook/bake,eat, buy cookbooks, and watch numerous cooking/food related tv shows. One of my favourite show on Netflix is Chef's Table.There's three seasons of the show now on Netflix and each episode is amazing.

In each episode they showcase a chef and his/hers restaurant..how they became what they are today. Most of these restaurants have Michelin stars or are on the list of the best restaurant in the world..or just some random person who makes incredible food (that's the case with episode about a budhhist monk).

For my birthday this year, my husband surprised me by bringing me to dinner at Nadodi. He reserved a table a month and a half before as it's by reservation only. He wanted us to experience what a fine dining meal is. We were served 12 courses and we chose two different menus (they only have two menu) so that we were able to taste all of their dishes.

The meaning of the word Nadodi is a wanderer/nomad, which is why at Nadodi, they serve you a journey through Southern Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine.They only opened recently in March and is very new.

I didn't know what to expect at first, but the experience left us in awe and it was mind blowing. I even told Ashkar(their Head of Operation, who was very friendly and accommodating) that I hope Nadodi will get a Michelin star one day. Thailand and Singapore already has it! :P

Pictured below is the two different journey that we chose. Ours was without wine pairing of course.haha My husband's journey is the Nadodi Journey 2.0 (RM 360++)--a new menu from them  while mine was the original Nadodi Journey (RM 430++).

My Nadodi Journey
Husband's Nadodi Journey

From the other reviews of Nadodi that I've seen online, they are constantly changing their menu which makes for an exciting experience!

Pictures from my Nadodi Journey:


The yellow sauce on top is also a favorite of mine. It's lobster truffe sodhi..sooo delicious!

Pictures from my husband's Nadodi Journey 2.0:






One of my dish was called Red Meat. And the meat was lamb(my least favourite protein by the way). I'm not a fan of lamb at all but they changed my mind. It was the softest, melt in your mouth piece of meat that i've ever tasted in my life. My husband also said that the meal at Nadodi definitely will spoil our meal at any other place. haha. They've created a benchmark for all the other fine dining restaurants out there.

Another dish named Red Kari which is made from beets and I was quite scared of it because I've had a bad experience before eating a vegetarian burger made out of beetroot(it tasted horrible!). BUT, surprisingly, I like this dish! It was delicious and refreshing.

I have so many favorites from our meal at Nadodi but I wouldn't want to give much away to the people out there who have yet to go there.

As it was my birthday dinner, they gave us a special plate of dessert which consists of three types of Valhorna chocolate mousse, crushed pistachios,some kind of biscuit and also lavender sugar. It was delicious!
Birthday dessert!



The service was just really good. Each of our dish was presented and explained by a different person from Nadodi..from the chef to the waitress,to Ashkar himself as well. I also love the dish ware that they used for each of our course..some of my favorites, pictured below. 

For a special occasion, one must try it once and have a great dining experience at Nadodi.
The price paid is worth every penny! Though I can say that because my husband paid for mine :P

https://www.nadodikl.com

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick reviews : Rose Matter, Gemini, Watermelon Soda, Masochist and Pumpkin Pie.

Sunday, July 02, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

I love lipsticks. Last count I have about..60? But rest assured, I've given them away to friends and family..nowadays I'm obsessed with liquid lipsticks. I've accumulated a lottt since last year and up till now.

So I thought that I'd do a blogpost about some of my favourites.

The first one that I'll blog about today is the holy grail..the one that everybody raved about and has been said as the BEST liquid lipstick out there. It's none other than, Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick!!

Now...,he has a lottt of shades that are a bit out there for me..which is why I didn't purchase it months earlier. Plus, it's very hard to get here as well. So when I saw that my favourite online beauty store Beautybay carried the line a few months back, I knew I had to buy them.

My first purchase was the shade Rose Matter. Btw, Beautybay is one of the authorized resellers for Jeffree Star cosmetics so it's 100% original ( I don't dare to buy from insta sellers etc cos there's lots of fakes out there!)


I know the controversy surrounding Jeffree Star but I don't care because from his Snapchat and his videos, I feel like he's being genuine.

I have to say, that out of all of my liquid lipstick, Jeffree Star has the best formula of them all. It's not drying, when it fades..it fades out and doesn't leave a gaping hole around your lips. It lasts a long time as well. I just really love it.

1.Rose Matter

When I saw this colour, I immediately knew I had to buy it. The liquid lipstick smells exactly like root beer! So unique..usually liquid lipsticks that I buy smells chemically or like a dessert. The shade is very pink on me somehow. haha But I love it! It lasts a longgg time and is not drying.

2.Watermelon Soda (Summer collection 2016)

The Watermelon Soda is from their Summer collection about a while ago. It smells of watermelon!! The colour is beautiful but unfortunately, it was streaky! So I guess the formula does differ depending on the colour. I tried it once and didn't like it. Tried it again and still didn't like it. So I sold it on my Carousell account.

3.Gemini

This was a colour that was soooo hard to get because they sold out so fast. One lucky day I saw the shade finally being sold on Beautybay. I quickly snapped it up! (it's sold out there already)This was the one that I've been wanting for months and when it arrived in the mail I was so happy.

On the website it's described as a terra-cotta warm-toned nude. It's a very dark nude on me and I love it!

4.Masochist




This was one of the brightest colour of liquid lipstick that I own. I love how it brightens up my face when I put it on! I bought it because I saw reviews and how unique the colour was. But I haven't worn this in quite sometime..I stick to Rose Matter or Gemini for everyday. I've since sold it to a colleague of mine.

5.Pumpkin Pie (Winter Collection)



I definitely gravitate toward burnt orange lipsticks and this one is extra special because there's glitter in it. Though it's not super shiny..it's very subtle. I loveee this shade but it's pretty similar to OFRA's Miami Fever by Kathleen Lights which I have as well.

I have to admit that Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick as the best liquid lipsticks out there and worth the price you pay. I feel like if you love liquid lipsticks, you should definitely have one of them in your collection.

I've recently purchased one of his Lip Ammunition Chrome Summer collection. Can't wait for that to arrive soon!




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Althea Raya Giveaway Festival!

Thursday, June 08, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments


I don't know about you.. but I love getting pretty packages in the mail. You know, that feeling when you've purchased something online and waiting for it to arrive...and when it does, they package it soooo nicely.

The only website where I purchase my Korean beauty stuffs, Althea Korea, has now done it again! They've come up with beautiful Limited Edition Althea Ramadan Box(pictured above) that you'll get when you make your beauty purchase with them this month.
Free item!!!

They're also having a Raya Giveaway Festival where you'll get one fabulous item of your choice. A beautiful box AND a free item??What are you waiting for?

There's many products choose from..there's no catch.But it's limited to one item per customer when you shop with Althea! You just choose the item that you want and add it to your bag, they will then automatically deduct the price to 0. :)

Nowadays, I'm all about skincare. I thought i'd share some of my favourites from Althea that I feel you should buy and prep your skin for Raya! I've used these items and I love them. :)


I always make sure that I remove my makeup well everyday. I actually have a three step (cleansing water + cleansing cream + facial wash) that I do every night. The first step that I do is to use a cotton pad and saturate it using the SAEM cleansing water (above). Then I'll wipe my face gently. The cleansing water removes my makeup very well..even waterproof mascara!I've almost finish using the entire bottle (which lasts up to..4-5 months)and will definitely repurchase it!


I don't really wear sleeping mask every night because my skin is sensitive and anything too rich will make my skin breakout!eeek. BUT..I've used the Laneige White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack and it doesn't cause my skin to breakout at all.My skin feels and look much smoother in the morning as well..the fact that it brightens it is a bonus as well.I use this once a week/two weeks.



Because I wear makeup almost everyday, I like to use a face mask once or twice a week to detox it. I loveee Innisfree Jeju Volcanic clay mask..this is a new one from them and it works well to remove the gunk from your face and unclog your pores. Major love!

That's my recommendation for you girls (or guys) out there! I hope that you'll have fun browsing and shopping on Althea. The prices are amazing that I don't think you'd be able to not buy anything there. haha.

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iNContro review

Saturday, May 27, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

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I have a sweet tooth and it's no secret that I love food. I have very little will power when it comes to food. When I was told that there's a safe and healthy way for me to control my cravings for up to six hours and reduce my hunger, I was like..

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Recently I was introduced to Australian-listed Holista CollTech Ltd recently launched iNContro, the world’s most documented and award-winning weight loss supplement from Sweden in Malaysia! 

So what is iNContro?

iNContro™, which contains Appethyl®, an all-natural spinach extract, helps to reduce hunger, control cravings up to six hours and enhance satiety. Appethyl® is a patented, clinically-tested and all natural spinach extract rich thylakoids. Thylakoids are found in all plants and are thought to be the single most abundant protein on Earth. 


Because iNContro is plant-based, it is safe for us Muslims to consume. It's also all natural, ensuring there's no side effects!

Such proteins are crucial for weight management as its profound effects on appetite control. The thylakoids in iNContro™ temporarily inhibit enzymes which break down fats, which in turn delay fat digestion; thus allowing more fats to travel further down the intestines resulting in efficient release of satiety hormones (CCK and GLP-1). 

Release of these hormones induces satiety by suppressing appetite and reducing food intake.
Clinical studies conducted in Sweden have show that Appethyl® reduces hunger up to 25%, reduces cravings up to 95% and slows down the absorption of fats.

How to take it?

Just mix it with water or juice and consume before taking your meal. You can take 1-2 sachet per day.
The taste is like drinking a green juice, which I do once a day as well!

I tried the product for 1 month and I can safely say that there's no side effects. Here's my review of it below:

Pros

1)There's so side effect! That's great to know because there's a lottt of weight control products out there that is not safe to be consumed.

2)It really did reduce my hunger and cravings! I'm not sure up to six hours though...haha But I did find myself not eating as much sweets or snacking after my meal.

Cons

1) Because it's a sachet and you've to mix it with water and juice, and you've to consume it before your meal, it's easy for you to forget to take it. It has happened to me a few times. haha. (I finished consuming all of it and forgot to take a picture of the mixture..but it basically looks like what blended spinach does!)


Now I don't think I lost any weight from reviewing the product, but I do feel better as I became more mindful over what I eat. And because for us Muslims as Ramadhan is upon us, and we're fasting, we tend to go overboard when we break our fast.

We tend to buy a lot of food from bazaar ramadhan and overeat..I really recommend people to consume iNContro before having your iftar as it will pace you and control you from overeating.


iNContro™ is available at major and independent pharmacies around Malaysia. The recommended consumer price is RM56.50 for one week supply (7 sachets) and RM198.00 for four weeks supply (28 sachets).

For more info, kindly refer to : 
http://www.incontrodiet.com/index.html



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Riverdale

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

When I first saw the teaser for Riverdale series months back, I was a bit skeptical. Growing up, our home was filled with many many copies of Archie comic books. My mum collects Archie comic books ever since her high school years and still reads them to this day. My brothers and I love reading them!

So, it was a bit of a shock to the system when I watched the first episode on Netflix and realize how totally different the series was compared to the comic books that I grew up reading. But it was visually beautiful, I love the songs, they have a great cast..and I continued watching until last Friday when the season ended.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Here's my rundown of the entire season.

1) I wonder where is Ms Grundy(or whoever her real name was..I couldn't remember) now. She's 100% different than the one in the comic book for sure.

2) Adding diversity to the series, Weatherbee and Pop Tate is African American while Reggie is Asian American.

3) Chuck is somehow a bad guy..when in the comic he's oh so nice.

4) There's no mention of Midge throughout the season...who's suppose to be with Moose. And Moose is also gay in the series.

5)In the comic, Ethel is suppose to be with Jughead. hahahaha

6)I love loveee that Archie ended up with Veronica. As it should be. *flips hair*

7)I know girls loveee Jughead..a brooding guy with a complicated backstory..who wouldn't right? But I'm team Archie..he's so ripped. hahaha I just wish he's not so pale. :P Did you know that KJ Apa (Archie) is from New Zealand? His accent..phewwww. Hawtttt!Watch the video HERE!
8)Did you guys catch that brief appearance by Hot Dog in the finale? I was like..hey..he's not Jughead's pet!

9)I love that the series didn't keep us waiting and revealed who killed Jason Blossom in this season.

10) The scene where Archie break the ice using his bare hands to save Cheryl while Jughead looks on..likes a chump. I have so much issue with that scene. ahahahah (screenshot from Netflix below)

errr Jughead..help your friend!

The kind of guy who would break his hand to save a friend
11) The Coopers are actually the Blossoms? And Betty has an older brother somewhere out there?More mysteries next season for sure!

12)I wonder who's the actor who will play the character Hiram Lodge?

Here's hoping second season would be even better!


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Hello 2017!(4 months too late)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

I haven't blogged in a longggg time.
There's so many posts of mine that is in draft mode.
I've been working for a media science agency since middle of last year and it's a breath of fresh air but it also means that I'm really really busy during weekdays. Even on weekends i'm busy going here and there.

This blog has always been about the things that I like but I haven't voice my opinions and thoughts about anything in a long time as well.

I'm trying to find the mood to blog again. Hey, if the super busy Vivy Yusof can do it..why not me?

I love making lists. So I thought that I'll list down in this posts about things that I want to talk about.

1. Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

I still can't believe that this happen. It's sad to be honest..because he like to spew hate and the people just eat it up. It's crazy that a few years ago, my parents & I watched the first season of The Apprentice and we loved it. To me, Donald Trump is a reality tv star who somehow managed to be come the President of America.

It's frightening because he's clearly not fit to become a president..you can browse his past tweets on Twitter to know what I mean. All the bridges that he's burning..here's praying that there won't be a WWIII.

2.Netflix in Malaysia.

Last year when Netflix finally hit our shores, it was pretty boring. I felt that it was because my friend have the US version of Netflix (superrr awesome)and there's wayyyy more shows on it. But i've subscribed to it for..5 months now and I love it.

I've watched Stranger Things,Black Mirror,The OA, Thirteen Reasons Why,Terrace House, Chef Steps and many moreee. It's pretty cheap as well and I like that I can watch it anywhere. On my phone, tv or my laptop. Very convenient!

3.Online shopping

I kid you not..every month I spend my money online compared to offline. From international sites such as ASOS,Colourpop,Beautybay,Shopbop to our local ones like Tesco,Honestbee,Zalora and Nelissa Hilman. It saves time especially for people who ain't got time to shop leisurely at the malls.

Recently I discovered the beauty and comfort of Nelissa Hilman's shoes. I got hooked and i've bought a pair a month for three months in a row now. haha. They're well made, the service is very good (order today, get it tomorrow) and they're so comfy! I'm not ashamed to admit that I rarely buy local goods. But with Melissa, I keep coming back again and again. I already have my eye on what pair of shoes to purchase next.
My Nelissa Hilman's!

I also found out about Honestbee. Where I can shop for groceries online from one of my favorite, Ben's Independent Grocer. I wanted to buy groceries during lunch hour but didn't have much time so my colleague told me about Honestbee. I ordered on the same day and got my groceries 2 hours later. So convenient!

The service was great as well. Usually when I buy from Tesco, if they didn't have a particular item in stock, they'd just bring me whatever they feel can replaced it. But with Honestbee, they texted me what items are OOS and give me suggestions. I called them and choose a different item and they were able to accommodate me.

Also, when my groceries arrived, I was surprised to see my frozen items in the plastic bag, sitting with a big bag of ice to preserve the items. A great touch! I'll definitely shop with them again!

4. Liquid lipsticks

Last year was the year of liquid lipsticks. I've bought soooo many..3-4 in a month. From Jeffree Star (they're being sold on BeautyBay--I don't dare to buy from insta etc cos there's lotsa fakesss out there) to Ofra, Milani,Tanya Burr, Colourpop..or even drugstore like Revlon and Silky Girl..I like to buy and try them all!
Some of my liquid lipsticks collection

Even until now brands are still coming out with it. Like the recent Urban Decay Vice liquid lipsticks and Bobbi Brown came out with their own version..though I can't remember the name. I planned months back to review all of my liquid lipsticks collection..maybe soon I'll get to complete the posts.

5.Cooking/baking

If you've followed my blog from the beginning you'd know that I love to bake and cook. But because i'm so busy nowadays, I only get to cook a few days out of a week..and that's if i'm really lucky. But I did manage to try new recipes these past few months! See belowwww..

Some of the food that i've cooked and baked throughout these past few months

p/s:I update my instagram regularly, so you can see my cooking/baking there. I don't even tweet nowadays. I find it to be so irrelevant now.

I will try to blog more..but I can't promise! I've no idea if people still read my blog haha

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