Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Skincare Products For Air Travel

There's nothing like the thrill of going on holiday. But every air travel gives our skin a big challenge. And I really will do anything to make myself look less horrible when I step off the plane.

Simply because I do not want a PLANE FACE.

To fight with the drying cabin caused by the air pressure and recycled air on planes, I am happy to share with you my must-have skincare products.

1. Avène Thermal Spring Water


This is a super famous yet affordable skincare product that you can’t really go wrong with it. I use it as a toner after I cleanse my skin everyday because this doesn’t contain alcohol like most of the toner and it really makes my skin softer. It also works well to sooth my skin after comedone extraction at home.

I always use this as a spray to refresh myself when I’m not getting enough sleep on the plane.

Where to buy: Available at leading pharmacies
Price: RM18 for small size

2. HADA LABO Air Aqua UV


Before the plane touches down, I will always apply this on my face to give my skin enough sun protection for the whole day. This water-based sunscreen is definitely an easy-to-wear, non-clumping, lightweight and hydrating sunscreen. Super love this and I found it’s a lot better than those counter brand sunscreen honestly. I have tried Clinique, Clarins, Estee Lauder and Dior and none of them can beat Hada Labo.

Why is it a big winner? Simply because it’s grease-free and there’s no white sheen after application! It also provides good hydration level to my skin! In addition, the label says it’s Free of alcohol, colorant, fragrances and mineral oil. Feel so safe to use it!

I’m using the third bottle right now!

Where to buy: Available at leading pharmacies
Price: Around RM50

3. ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex


I have been using these for at least 5 years due to the oil-free formula and the texture that makes my skin feel hydrated. The oil-free formula can help prevent clogging the glands around the eyes, which is especially important for contact lens wearers like me.

It’s light, non-greasy and slips easily into any beauty routine.

Estee Lauder has launched a newer version which replaces this but I still prefer the gel type complex.

Where to buy: Cosmetic counter at leading departmental store
Price: RM220

4. KIEHL Midnight Recovery Concentrate


This essential oil is the must-have item if you are going to take a long haul flight!

After reading the good reviews about this product, I obtained a sample from Mid Valley and I tried this during my flight to Frankfurt. And I couldn’t believe that it actually delivered visible result with just one application!

This amazing essential oil kept my skin moisturized. It left my skin soft like a baby and I had no problem in putting on the ICI paint in the next morning. Usually putting on any type of foundation or BB cream will leave me a cakey look after exposing to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure but this product has helped to lock in the moisture and increase skin’s hydration level!

The visible result has convinced me to purchase a full bottle before I flew to Melbourne. I also tested it during my Melbourne trip and it did not disappoint me at all.

Highly, highly recommend this as it works better than La Mer, which costs double!

I would recommend getting a sample before buying this product, just in case face essential oil doesn't suit you.

Where to buy: Available at Kiehl outlet
Price: Around RM225

5. ESTEE LAUDER Triple Creme


For a skin that needs extra nourishment, this is the perfect product that you should use on the first night after the long haul flight. It comes in a rich and creamy texture, so leaving skin moisturized and revitalized after 10 minutes of application time.

I always apply it after exfoliation for the best result. I find it leaves my skin soft, smooth, plumped up and totally hydrated! This product is great value for money as one jar can last for four to six months.

Highly recommended, especially for difficult facial dry patches.

Where to buy: Available at cosmetic counter at leading departmental stores
Price: Around RM150

6. CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief


I love this hydrating cream simply because it gives my skin a smooth and velvety finish. It’s my best skin saver when I travel because it can be used as a mask. No rinse-off is required. So convenient and easy to use on the plane!

Best of all, it can be applied at any time under or over make up. My favourite all day moisturiser!

Where to buy: Available at cosmetic counter at leading departmental stores
Price: Around RM160

Nothing ravages a complexion faster than a long-haul flight and thus I never travel without the skyhigh skincare essentials.

Remember that once the seatbelt signs are off, it's time to start your air travel beauty regime by cleansing and topping up with great serum and moisturiser.

Come on, let's make a long-haul flight BEAUTIFUL!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen

I’m less active here recently because all the other managers have left the firm and I'm the only one who handles the branch. Of course, I’m facing a heavy load as expected. Feeling so breathless now honestly.

I have so many things that I want to blog but I think it will take forever unless I quit my job. LOL

Okay, this post will be a throwback of my trip to Germany on Oct 2013.

Neuschwanstein Castle (pronounced ‘noy-shwan-stine’. But it's super difficult to pronounce so I always call it Fairytale Castle) is a palace near the city of Hohenschwangau, Bavaria. It is located on a hill top and surrounded by breathtaking mountain and lake views. I believe many of you will find this castle very familiar as it is said to have inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle that we all love.

Horsedrawn carriage ride is available for you to experience the old-world charm.

Can you spot the castle?

A lovely shop selling all kinds of souvenirs.



Waited super long for our lunch. Didn't know why such poor thing can happen! Hate this tour guide seriously!

Grilled fish with almond chips! It was almost tasteless so we all sprinkled a lot of black pepper and some salt on top of it. T_T

What a clear bright day!


Neuschwanstein Castle, we are coming!

The entrance ticket. Tickets must be purchased at the bottom of the hill.

You can either walk, take a bus or a horse carriage to go up to the castle.

Our tour manager had arranged us to take bus as well as to experience horse carriage. We took bus to go up to the hill but the queue was terrible. So if you plan for a visit, please remember to allow some waiting time especially during holiday.

As the castle was located uphill, the bus did not stop in front of the castle and what we had to do after we get off from the bus was to walk, walk and walk up to the hill.

From the way up we really loved the beautiful view featured the Bavaria Alpsee.

The scenery was superb along the walk but too bad we didn't have much time so it was just a touch-N-go.


Walking up the hill was super tiring and finally we arrived at the gatehouse.


The Neuschwanstein Castle admission is on a time-slot basis and we were all afraid to miss the time slot given to enter the castle. So everyone tried to take as little photo as possible when we walked up the hill.



The castle interiors can be visited only on a guided tour - free roaming around is not possible. The tour is accompanied by a local tour guide and photography and video recording is prohibited.

There are hundreds of steps inside the castle and no lifts. We had to climb the spiral staircase up to fourth floor if not mistaken. We visited only a few rooms with the preserved furniture and fittings. But honestly speaking, the inside of the castle was slightly disappointing since there were only a third of the rooms done but it appeared much less than that. The tour of the castle was only 35 minutes which showed that there was not much to see.

But something not to be missed was the great scenery at the balcony on your way outside. The views are most spectacular. This is at the same level as the cafeteria and it is signposted.

Great scenery plus good weather was such a perfect combination

As our tour manager mentioned in the bus, we would have a chance to take photo from a bridge to see the entire castle if time permitted, and this was the most awaiting moment for us. Coming to Neuschwanstein Castle of course is for this!

However, right after we finished the tour and when we inquired the tour manager how much time we could have to go to the bridge for photo but the answer we got from him was extremely disappointing as this plan was being cancelled since we spent too long time to wait for the bus and the visit to the bridge was supposed to be done before we entered the castle. And the horse carriage time had also been fixed............

Of course we did not give up and we managed to convince him to allow us to have 20 minutes time to go to the bridge. Besides Wei Ying and myself, there was another sweet couple who always complained the tour manager like I did and without any hesitation, they joined us.

We ran all the way down from the castle heading to the bus drop off point to look for the bridge signage. And we had the chance to return to the great photo spot that we missed just now!!!

Finally got myself a good shot with this beautiful landscape

Finally we walked over the suspension footbridge behind the castle. We were mesmerised by the breathtaking view! Alps, Swan Lake, castle and the perfect weather made this a postcard-like photo.

This bridge is called Queen Mary's Bridge, and it is older than the castle, which spans the gap over a waterfall nearly 100 metres below.

Castle and me! The greatest achievement of the trip!

Running up to the hill again to catch our horse carriage back to the town until we were gasping for breath. My legs were almost numb. It had been a long long time that I did not move my body so much like this. I gotta take a short break otherwise I would have fainted.

And when we reached the horse carriage station, all the tour mates were pointing fingers at us because we were super late as we spent 45 minutes while the tour guide only allowed us to have 20 minutes to roam around. You can say we were selfish but we couldn't afford to miss the must-do activity when visiting this castle. This was like once in a lifetime opportunity okay?

We ran we sweat but all the effort and the 30 minutes walk was worth it after all as only four of us got to walk on the Queen Mary's Bridge for the incredible view.

Went down the hill by horse carriage and I felt so sad for the horses seeing them walking non-stop on the hard surface to send the passengers up and down the hill. One carriage carries eight to twelve passengers each time and it's not romantic at all to see the horses endure pain and suffering because of this outdated practice. This is so cruel.

And we were then back to the small little quaint town for shopping.

I was so upset with the tour manager as he disallowed us to have more time to walk to the bridge for photos but instead gave us like 45 minutes to shop for souvenirs. And in fact there was nothing much to buy here and souvenir shopping could be done in less than 30 minutes time.

I was so disappointed with APPLE HOLIDAY because I couldn't believe that they could get the poor tour manager like this.

The biggest regret was time didn't permit us to take the trail for this front facade castle view. So I could only snap this from a stall selling all kind of castle photos.

After some research which I did while writing this post, I got to know that there's a short paved trail takes you down to the castle and has beautiful views to the neighborhood castle Hohenschwangau. So you can see the entire Neuschwanstein Castle settled in beautiful landscape. I believe there must be enough preparation work to be done if you want to see the castle from different angle.






Two of us with Neuschwanstein Castle and alpsee as backdrop

Finally completed this post and Good night everyone! I shall feed you more travel posts soon!
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