Inspiring Creativity, An Artistry That Is Shiseido Professional – Part 1

sa single1This is not my first hair show. I have been to and worked on one many years back. Nothing could have prepared me for something this EXCITING! From the time LUMINNEJ received the invitation (thanks Shiseido Malaysia!) to the event day, I have been waiting, anxiously, can’t wait to set foot at the fabulous Royale Chulan Hotel. The night was finally here. It was Shiseido Professional’s Beauty Innovator Award 2013 – Artistry of Inspiring Creativity! It is the largest cross-cultural hair design photo competition of its kind, bringing together the top hairstyling talents across eight countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.  Impressive indeed.

sa guests collagesa singlesa finalist collage1sa finalist collage2The crowd was sizzling, the food was tantalizing, the wine was dreamy, the prized car (a very colourful one) was definitely tempting! I even had a chance to meet up with some old industry friends like fashion designer Khoon Hooi and fabulous make-up artist, Monica Lee. The work of the top 11 semi-finalists were being displayed. It was interesting to see, how some of the top nation hairstylists came up with their creations, the concepts behind them and what actually influenced and inspired them.

finalist work collage1The competition was steep, to say the least (from over hundreds of entries nationwide). The competing hairstylists had  to impress a panel of esteemed judges who are talented professionals from the industry. This night, the top 5 finalists will be selected, and will be making their way to an all-expense paid trip (thanks to Mayfair) to Japan to attend the Shiseido Professional Beauty Congress to be held in Tokyo this coming February 2014! (How I wish LUMINNEJ can be there too *_^)

finalist work collage2These top 5 winners will be judged, again, by  the panel of Grand Jury comprising of  Shiseido Beauty Top Specialists, Mr. Masa Otake, as well as renowned photographers and designers. Only ONE Grand Prix winner will be chosen and the lucky winner will be driving home an all-new Nissan Almera 1.6, sponsored by Edaran Tan Chong. So nice! Some of the other Choice Awards up for grab included Shiseido Best Makeup Award, NUYOU Choice Award, Estetica Asia Choice Award, Shiseido Professional Popularity Award and H4ufme Choice Award. So, which ones are your favourites?

IMG_5925We were invited to be seated inside the Grand Ballroom as the show was about to begin. The moment I saw the stage, I was absolutely mesmerized by it. Such simple elegance. It has that very clean, simple, old kyoto-Japanese feel, yet being juxtaposed by intriguing visuals. Two big screens on stage, at each side, displaying some of the most vividly colourful and beautiful images of everything Japan – the food, the culture, the city, the landscapes. Extremely beautiful! I was immediately transported to a whole different dream world all together already.IMG_5927IMG_5926

Something interesting is brewing! To find out more about the show, stay tuned to my next blog post! Till then, have a fantastic weekend ahead.

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Celebrities Spotted In Burberry

lumi loves burberryIf one is at the other parts of the world, it should be autumn now! Of course, Malaysians rarely get a chance to even put on a trench coat or thick fur clothes walking under such hot Malaysian weather (or get ourselves dripping wet in the rain these days!). But always good to see how others dressed it chic their own ways in such outfits.

Collage spotted michelle obamaSpotted here are some celebrities in Burberry womenswear, which I absolutely adore (even the first lady of US Michelle Obama is looking pretty cool).

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

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Hunger Game star Jennifer Lawrence rocking that black trench and outerwear Burberry look!

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Hollywood celebrity Jessica Chastain in Burberry trench coats

Collage spotted celebsMy personal favourites? That long black trench outerwear that Jennifer Lawrence is rocking (with that purple fedora hat) in (shop here), Naomie Harris’s gem embroidery crepe white dress (shop here), Sandra Bullock’s black jacket and Rosie Huntington’s quilted leather black peplum biker jacket (shop here).

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LUMI red carpet Burberry look, featuring Brilliant Earth’s accessories

If ever I would walk the red carpet one day,  perhaps this is the ensemble look that I would go for. Till that day happens, have a wonderfully beautiful weekend, everyone.

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NARS Has Arrived In Malaysia!

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I personally love the deco of the NARS boutique! Has that very futuristic vibe to it.

nars deco1 smallerI was actually counting down the days the moment I got my invite approved by NARS from USA (via NARS Malaysia), to the opening party by this cult cosmetics brand! Blessed indeed that LUMINNEJ is a part of this special occasion. I was real excited, to say the least. Thanks a million.

nars collage1Very quickly once the registration for the guests was opened, the invited guests were slowly arriving. It was still a breeze for me to check the new boutique out upon my arrival, but MY OH MY, in less than 10 minutes, the nicely lit and decorated brand new outlet (just next to Topshop at Pavilion KL) was soon swamped with guests all dressed in BLACK, looking so chic!! Suddenly, the place was jam-packed with NARS enthusiasts (from fashion editors, actress, celebrities, beauty queens, make-up artists, hair stylists to ardent supporters of the brand and many others). Such a happening event.

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So much to choose from! SOS, need help *_^

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The NARS boutique is officially opened with the cake cutting ceremony

NARS Malaysia made it a point to see that it was indeed going to be the talk of the town. DJ Patricia Knudsen was pumping out some real cool house music (isn’t she looking sweet?), most could not contain their excitement any further, but tried out the products by doing colour swatching, some had their make-up done by the make-up artistes there (me included!), on standby. I was just having a great time snapping pictures away and catching up with some old friends (and making new ones ^_^)

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Lovely ladies. Girls just want to have fun, when it comes to make-up. No?

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Do you noticed how I went with a red lips, and after the magic touch of the make-up artist, I had a burgundy lips and a more even complexion?

Do you notice how I went with a red lips, and after the magic touch of the make-up artist, I had a burgundy lips and a more even complexion instead?

The event was emceed by the lovely Bernie Chan, and some of the celebrity guests were Shafinaz, Thanuja, Natasha Hudson (and her cute daughters), Elaine Daily, Vanessa Chong, Debbie Goh, Carey Ng, Amber Chia, among others.  Like most girls I happened to chat with, we shared the same dilemma, not knowing what to buy or choose, simply because we were spoilt by so many choices of shades, textures, and lovely products!  It was truly a happening event! I  had a blast. If you want to know what I have bought, stay tuned. For you fans out there (we all know you want it!), more of NARS here or stay more up-to-date at their facebook page here. Better still, head down to Pavilion KL now to shop >_<

nars deco2 smallerTill my next adventurous beauty or fashion adventure, stay luminous and happy, always *_^

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H2O+ Revealed Their Latest Ambassadress and Ambassador

reception5 smallerThanks h2O+ Malaysia for inviting LUMINNEJ to be a part of the recent brand spokespersons’ media launch! I arrived at One World Hotel with enormous anticipation, wanting to find out who are the ambassadress and ambassador for this leading global skincare brand in marine science, h2O+. Well, I was in for a surprise!

collage receptionIt kick-started with some light refreshments for the morning and quickly moved onto the lovely emcee of the day starting off the event by introducing the brand. I am aware of the brand for it has been around in Malaysia since 6 years ago, focusing on marine science based in a wide range of skincare that can be personalized to suit individual needs.

collage stageh2O+ recently combined its water concept of sea science with its revolutionary technology to introduce the latest range of Total Source. Now, they have even introduced their latest consumable product called h2O+ Collagen 8000 to help achieve a more hydrated, firmer and younger looking skin inside out as the collagen content is pretty high (8,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen extracted from high quality deep-sea fish, and it is 100% formulated and produced in Japan).

collage spokespersonsSo, the eagerly awaited moment has arrived. The spokespersons were unveiled. They are none other than the popular Hong Kong TV travel host and actress, Priscilla Wong Tsui Ying and the inspiring Malaysian singer actor, Aric Ho. Both of them greeted the audience warmly. With her nice complexion, Priscilla was chatty, with a really down to earth and friendly demeanor, telling the media how fond she is with the brand and some of her favourite products – Face OASIS and TotalSOURCE, while the energetic Aric shared his deep-sea diving experiences and expeditions while working on the Marine Conservative Programme to Save Our Water Planet (helping to build its first artificial reef in Pulau Soyak, off Pulau Tioman!) with the brand.

both1 smallerboth4 smallerBoth bonded very quickly during their previous TVC shoot for h2O+ while she was here in Malaysia. Priscilla’s natural beauty and approachable personality did shine through and is quite infectious. Both artistes kept the media entertained by answering all the questions skillfully. It was a pleasant event after all. We even walked away with a token of a goodie bag with some samples of the h2O+ products *_^

samplesh2O+ skin and body care including the latest Collagen 8000 are available in all h2O+ outlets throughout Malaysia. For more updates on these two celebrities and their marine conservative programme activities, one can follow them on facebook H2OPlusMalaysia here or visit the website here for more of their wide range of skincare products.

[Instagram] So Much Have Gone By

insta collage7It’s been a while since I updated what’s been happening on my IG. Been to a great make-up session with RMK by Japanese make-up artist, Masaaki Abe himself recently, had such great fun, then bought myself a pair of colourful Zara heels! Been addicted to this Korean drama called The Master’s Sun starring the gorgeous looking So Ji Sub and cute Gong Hyo Jin (so, my Wednesday and Thursday nights are off limits, even my TV lover-hubby also stepped aside to let me have my “dating” time with the leads and their ghost friends!). I was extremely excited to also roll out LUMINNEJ very first giveaway, a collaboration with Cle De Peau BEAUTE Malaysia. (Still waiting for entry to pour in *_^) and of course, was invited to attend the inaugural local Mandarin film industry’s Golden Wau Awards 2013 ceremony. There, I met up with new talents, model cum actress Tracy Cheong, among others. It was glamourous indeed.

Am really looking forward to more new things happening with LUMINNEJ and hope to achieve more here, be it making new friends, or working with new partners to share the passion about all things beautiful. Above all, hope to connect with different people out there. A big thanks for all my readers (thought not many yet, at this point, haha but I am grateful) and hope you will stay with me, on this journey of making LUMINNNEJ a better lifestyle blog, each day, everyday, with small little steps, at a time. More on RMK here, Cle De Peau BEAUTE here and The Master’s Sun here.

As always, stay luminous and happy, always!

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Yuzu Goodness in Za Perfect Solution Launch

Za PerfectSolutionModel ImageZa Perfect Solution grpI was pretty excited waking up early on a Thursday morning, braving the little rain and the infamous KL morning traffic (which usually I won’t need to), simply for the fact that this morning would be my very first product launch event to go to, for LUMINNEJ blog. Surprisingly, the traffic was gentle on me. Not too  bad. I arrived earlier than expected. Visited the Guerlain counter in Isetan, out of curiosity, and had an add-on make-up done by this enthusiastic make-up artist, Din. Thanks to him, I looked way more polished than I started off with (very limited make-up skills I have, to be honest). At Yuzu the Japanese Restaurant, I was quickly greeted by the friendly personnel and staff of Za and voila, I was there, for the new product launch of Za Perfect Solution!

Za PS EventZa PS SetZa Perfect Solution Ingredients labeledZa PS event1Za PS event3The invited media and bloggers were slowly filling up the serene space of this Japanese restaurant, I could see the Za Perfect Solution sets nicely decorated and displayed. Quick snaps of some pictures, and the pretty Patricia Khudsen (voted Malaysia’s Most Wanted Woman for 2012 by FHM) started emceeing the launch away. Of course, followed by a brief introduction of the products from two lovely Za representatives. Apparently, one of the main ingredients for this new line is actually the Yuzu roots (no wonder we were invited to this Japanese restaurant! I must say it’s quite an ingenious marketing approach). This Marine Collagen (very in trend these days) is meant to help with firming and resilience of the skin. The other important component is the Collagen Booster Complex, rich in bio Hyaluronic acid to help fade those wrinkles away. Apricot extract for radiance, and plenty of good water for deep hydration. Well, will this be your perfect solution to a younger looking skin? You will have to try it for yourself then.

Za PS event2Yuzu IngredientZa PS Restoring Collagen CreamZa PS Yuzu FoodIt was pretty fun of Za to actually get some good-looking young male models to present us each, a bottle of the Za Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream to have a try on. The rest of the range came in the goodie bag. The launch was straight-forward and interesting. We were later served with a sumptuous  and healthy spread of Japanese delights. All in all, it was a great experience for me, to get to meet some new media friends and get to know new products in the market. Thanks Za for the invite. I had a blast! To know more about Za cosmetics, you can check out Za website here.

Till my next event, stay luminous and be happy, always *_^Za PS Set2

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