Cheryl Wee

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL GIVEAWAYS!!!!!


Few things in life are sweeter than waking up to a homemade sea salt caramel chocolate tart for breakfast. Combine that with receiving a surprise in the mail, a bag full of lipsticks in the richest Christmasy colours.

This was one of those days I was pretty much in heaven and warming up my homesick heart in the cold wet and windy taipei mornings. 

Speaking for most girls, there's nothing we love more than desserts and pretty surprises!!
So touched that VDL sent over their latest Expert Lip Cube OneClickWonder, and the colours are all so pretty. Perfect to kickstart the holidays this season. 





I've always admired ladies who are able to execute a perfectly lined red lips that are supple and moist. Especially ever since I been in Taiwan these past months, and with the temperatures getting colder and windier, I find my lips getting chapped and dry more often. When I first applied the Lip Cube Expert, I fell in love with its moist and creamy but not sticky texture. Application was really easy with just one twist of the dial. No wastage. Not too little leaving patchy red blots like you've just walked out of a vampire diaries novel. With it's thoughtful cube-like sleek pen shape, executing a perfect lip shape is easy without all that hassle to "stay within the line". 

Edge Fire 501


This Expert Lip Cube series is definitely gonna add on to my list of beauty essentials. I even thinking of getting 2 of each in my favourite shades, the Edge Fire 501, Miss Right 102, Hello stranger 502, Attitude 301 and the Tribeca 101, before the run out. If you're thinking of getting your Christmas shopping done this week, this Lip Cube Expert would be a perfect gift for your girlfriends, colleagues, aunts and mamas.

Plus!! 
It's GIVEAWAY time!
One lucky winner will have a chance to win VDL's Expert Colour Lip Cube EX.
To enter, just comment on my blog:

What are 3 of my favourite Lip Cube Expert EX colours?

Alongside your email, so we can contact you :)
Winners will be chosen at random and contest ends 14th Dec 2014 2359hr.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL's One Click Wonder

When I think of make up, science and technology isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
But ever since VDL found its way to us, I've come to appreciate the importance of technology to enhance beauty.

You guys are probably familiar with VDL's uniquely shaped moisture lip cube by now,
and who'd think it could get any better so quickly??
Because VDL's expert colour lip cube has now upped its game into a
ONE CLICK WONDER!


No more wastage, messy lipstick covers, too much too little,
cos now,
1 CLICK of the dial is all you need for a single full application.

This new range comes in 8 new colours and of course its signature sleek minimalist design, and here are 4 of my favourite shades (clockwise from top left to bottom left: 101 Tribeca, 301 Attitude, 502 Hello Stranger, 102 Miss Right)


Why I Love VDL's Expert Colour Cube EX:
  • Soft glossy finish without having to lather on extra lip gloss.
  • Creamy and Moisturizing even for chapped dry lips.
  • Super easy and handy application.
  • Sleek minimalist design, which I can slip it into those mini clutches without having to force and close my clutch with a lipstick buldge.
  • Smashing and sexy colour palatte.
  • Super long lasting.
  • It has SPF!!


Last but not least, this November, get to experience the new Expert Color Lip Cube EX at an introductory price of 10% off with a minimum purchase of $30 at VDL


Stay tuned cos we're gonna do some give aways real soon!!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sinful Sundays: White Chocolate Matcha Cake Recipe

  こんにちは
Konnichiwa!!!!

I absolutely adore all Japanese desserts especially all things MATCHA!!!
For today's Sinful Sunday installment, I'm gonna share a green tea cake recipe I tried out a couple of days ago. 
I went through a couple of recipes and came up with my own concoction of
White Chocolate Matcha Cake.


Ingredients :
250g of butter (soften)
150g of white chocolate chunks
30g of white chocolate chips
100g of sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon of matcha
3 eggs separated
2 tsp of vanilla 
65g all purpose flour 

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 170degrees celsius.
Line the pan with parchment paper. 
Over a double boil, melt white chocolate chunks and butter and whisk until smooth.
Leave it to cool slightly. 
Whisk eggs yolks and half the sugar. 
Add vanilla to egg yolk mixture.
Then combine into chocolate mixture. 
Sift matcha powder and flour into the chocolate mixture. Whisk until smooth. 
In a separate bowl, whisk egg white with remaining half of the sugar until soft peaks form. 
Fold in egg white into the chocolate mixture.
Fold in white chocolate chips. 
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 45mins.

Cool and dust with matcha powder and serve it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
Happy baking :)


(photo credits: rachel wee) 





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sinful Sundays at The Diner

Hey guys! 
Ever since I came to Taipei, I've realized that their breakfast culture is a must. You can easily spot breakfast bars everywhere, serving every kind of toast, sandwiches, mantou/steam buns, eggrolls, and prata-like scallion pancakes 葱抓饼. But these breakfast bars serve only during the AM, and with the Sunday Brunch culture taking over our world one eggs benny at a time, Taipei is definitely heading windwards, and now, there are loads of places you can have ALL-DAY breakkies EVERYDAY! 

*wooohoooooooooooo*

One of the widely recommended brunch places on tv, blogs and friends was The Diner. 
And in celebration of N's birthday, we decided to celebrate with Brunch!


Thankfully we've been rather active at the gym, which means we can eat whatever we want! I started off our pig out session with Smoked Salmon and Spinach Frittata (420NTD) and had it changed to an egg-white frittata with an extra topping of avocados. You might be wondering if these healthy swops would compromise on the taste, but believe me, it was just as good! Though the whole dish was slightly on the salty side, the crisp flax seed toast complemented well with the frittata. The portions here are huge! Standard american size. You might wanna share your orders. And each order comes with an orange juice and a refillable coffee or tea.



Another dish we ordered was the Baked Eggs with Oxtail Sugo Breakfast (460NTD). This dish reminded me of a Russian Borscht Soup and Wild Honey's Shakshuka baked eggs. It's like a breakfast pan from all around the world. Though it was heavy but delicious.



Since breakfast is the most important meal, we had to complete it with some sweets. The greedy pig in me kept a watchful eye on the servers while we were having our mains, and most of them were walking around with this thick fluffy stuffed french toast. The Strawberry and cream cheese French Toast (370 NTD)

Thick brioche bread stuffed with strawberries and cream, coated with a golden brown eggs mixture, topped with fresh berries, dusted with some icing powder and drizzled with maple syrup. Sounds good?  Can you imagine the taste already? But sadly, it tasted way better in my head and the looks of it. It was dry and the flavours weren't as robust as we expected it to be.



Unsatisfied with one dessert = order another!!
 *YES!!!* 
This is what I call a blessing in disguise.
We ordered the Cinnamon Roll drenched in cream which tasted kinda like a marshmallow sauce. 
The sweets kinda fell short of what we were expecting. Felt this was a tad dry and the cinnamon flavour wasn't soaked into the bun well enough.


All in all, The Diner is a decent brunch spot, but perhaps go for the savories instead.
Be sure to get here early or make a reservation cos it gets crowded especially during the weekends.


The Diner
ATT4Fun
No. 12 Song Shou Road
Tel: 02-7737-5055
10am-12am












Monday, August 25, 2014

Primp Palettes: VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation

During these hot hot hot summer months dehydration is at its PEAK. Plus all that sweating from just stepping outside into nature's oven leaves you feeling sticky on the outside but dry on the inside. Isn't a pretty situation we got here. During these months, we pay a lot of attention to SPF and protecting ourselves from the blazing sun, which is no doubt very very important, but, sometimes we forget that HYDRATION is as important.

(photo credits: breakingmuscle.com)
No matter how you avoid it, living in the tropics with 365days of summer or places that enjoy hot summer days, you're bound to lose fluid through sweating. A no-brainer solution of course would be to drink lots of water. But for us ladies, it gets a little tricky. Other than locking in moisture through drinking water and facial moisturizers, our make up and foundation may be causing our skin to get drier, soaking up what's little left of our natural moisture, hence causing more damages to our skin. 



VDL in collaboration with LG has come up with the perfect summer solution.
VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation.
You may be wondering how much difference can a metal plate make?
This metal plate is no ordinary plate, it's designed to: 
  • Keep the low-viscosity foundation cool  
  • Maintain the moisture level of the foundation
  • Provide anti-bacterial benefits by reducing contact between application sponge and foundation
Other than its moisturizing effects, it's SPF50++ too! So fret not cos VDL has got you covered all round.

This foundation is super moisturizing as it contains PRUNE WATER.
This super food contains:
  • 8x more potassium than an apple
  • 4x more vitamin A than an apple
  • 2.5x more antioxidants 
Now I think I'm gonna have prunes for breakfast before I primp up with VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation. Eat your prunes and lock in that moisture with some prune water to prevent getting pruny :)



Metal Cushion Foundation finishing effect

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

VDL's 1st Bday!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY VDL!!!



This August, my favourite korean make up label VDL turns 1!!
I absolutely love birthdays and giveaways, especially during this time of the year when we're just slightly off the mid year mark, and not quite yet near christmas, when things are starting to feel a little slower. So I'm pretty excited that VDL is having a timely birthday celebration to perk things up.

I'm a rather practical person whether it comes to gifts, daily essentials or most things, well maybe with the exception of food. If a product is good and scores on practicality of usage plus design, it would be something worth taking an extra look at. What drew me to VDL was their incorporation of technology into their design and products. 

As most lipsticks are roundish, VDL came up with a series of square tip lipsticks. You may wonder what so special since it's just different shape (especially you guys out there who probably won't get it with us ladies and our make up). What I appreciate it VDL's thoughtful efforts to make it easier for us to draw a more precise lip shape with their square lipstick design, hence without the need of an extra lip liner. Convenience without compromising on beauty. 

Good news is, VDL will be giving away 2 sets of gift sets. Whoever who wins the LADY-OF-THE-NIGHT set will get to bag home their star products and their square lipstick. Their CHICK-ON-THE-GO set comes with their triple shot lip tint :) Here's all you gotta do:
Repost: Go onto my instagram @cherylweexh and repost the HappyBirthday VDL pic
Tag: Tag @vdlsg 
Hashtag: #vdlturnsone

Contest ends August 22nd 2014.
For those of you who would love to grab these anniversary gift sets, they are currently retailing at any VDL store in Singapore right now!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sinful Sundays

In honour of the weekend, I'm treated myself to one of my favourite breakfast desserts,
Pancakes!!! 
And since I was going to for body combat later on, rightfully I do feel I need some fuel.

Found this Hokkaido cafe along one of the alleys in Taipei's ZhongShan District. Konayuki is under the umbrella of Hokkaido's dessert chain store, LeTao, famed for their airy light cheesecakes. But what drew me to this place was their thick fluffy pancakes drizzled with strawberries. I couldn't pass on pancakes, not when they look so fluffy.


The berries pancakes (NT360) took about 20mins cos they're made fresh upon ordering. It was fluffy-dense and more like a cake-like texture. The pancakes itself weren't overly sweet nor special to wow about. Tasted pretty much like your average Moringa Pancake Mix that you can get in the supermarket.  Perhaps that's why they are famed for their Cheesecakes instead, which is actually flown in from Hokkaido. I had it some time ago during one of their food fairs, it has a light creamy cheesy texture that would be more worth the while than the pancakes. 

There's also a minimum charge per customer of at least one drink or a sundae and a food item per table.


Konayuki
No. 1 Lane20 Sect2 Zhongshan North Road
台北市中山區中山北路二段20巷1號
02 2522 2020