Sunday, 30 September 2012

Crocs Fall/Holiday 2012 Collection Launch

Remember back in April I went on and on about how Crocs has managed to redesign their footwear from "Err.. I'll never be caught dead in that" to "Hey that's cute!". Check out the Spring/Summer 2012 post I did here and the review I did on the Carliana Peep Toe Ombre here which I thought was really pretty. So Crocs recently launched their Fall/Holiday 2012 Collection and also introduced their New Crocs New You Campaign Fall/Holiday Campaign which includes a contest where you can stand a chance to win a 3-day 2-night luxury accomodation at The Datai Langkawi Hotel, Pulau Langkawi. There are also 10 consolation prizes to be given away for 10 consecutive weeks. Wasn't that a mouthful. Xandria Ooi, well-known fashion icon was also around to share some styling tips.

Let me introduce the new collection first before going on to the contest just because it makes more sense that way. The latest collection is all about luxurious leather and canvas sneakers. Crocs signature light-weight comfort remains thanks to the Crosslite material sole. It's also lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant footwear that fits well and lasts long. The price range is between RM229-RM269 for the normal ones, a bit more pricey for the boots selection.

Here's what it is though, I know the season is changing so the colour choice will naturally move into the darker range. However I feel that the designs have gone back to the very basics, a lot more subdued unlike the funky designs for the Spring/Summer collection. I'm finding it a tad unexciting. But that's just me though, I'm all into the funky statement style. I suppose the basic type would be more easier to match with outfits. Might yet find a pair that I fancy.

Contest time. More like lucky draw time. The Fall/Holiday campaign is where you can discover your individual fashion identity while incorporating Crocs new collection into it. The campaign is divided into two parts - "Your Path,Your Style" and "Reveal You Fashion ID". To understand what I'm going on about log on to

Your Path, Your Style is where you have some fun with an interactive video. You take a journey with Crocs and match your personal style with a pair of Crocs shoes. You could be going to a park, off for coffee, kicking back with your mates, just pick your fave pair and you are on your way. After you share your journey with friends and family on your fave social website, you will then be automatically entered into a lucky draw to win great prizes. When you're done with that you will be given a coupon to redeem at a Crocs store!

Reveal Your Fashion ID is where you reveal you personal style with fashion icon Xandria Ooi. Simply answer a series of questions and your fashion identity will be revealed. Share your results with on your fave networking site so that your mates can join in on the fun as well.

The contest/lucky is already up and running so be sure to check it out at For more info log on to

L'Oréal Malaysia For Women In Science 2012

I just recently heard about it and I think it's fantastic. It's about time we recognise Women in Science especially since it's a male dominated field. After hearing what some of these women have achieved and plan to contribute to their specific fields I'm inspired to do so many things. I just have to get my head around a few things first. 

L'Oréal Malaysia recently rewarded 3 young female researchers for the excellence and feasibility of their scientific project for the L'Oréal Malaysia For Women in Science 2012 program.

Every year, L'Oréal and UNESCO renew their joint commitment to promoting scientific careers and identifying outstanding women scientists. Even though women increasingly attain the highest, academic levels, they are still under-represented at the top levels of scientific research. For the past 7 years, the L'Oréal For Women in Science program has given recognition to young women researchers, providing visibility and encouragement for the exceptional quality of their work which they will pursue in Malaysia. The awards are presented in Life Science and Material Science in alternating years.

L'Oréal Malaysia For Women in Science Fellowships is the extension to the international L'Oréal UNESCO awards, to provide financial assistance of RM20,000 each to 3 young female researchers to pursue their scientific project in Malaysia. The program was developed to recognise and support promising young Malaysia women researchers in their scientific research and highlight their significance in the field of science which would then encourage a new generation of women leaders. This programme also intends to position these women as significant contributors to the development of sciences that will aptly help Malaysia progress towards a developed country.

The three National Fellows 2012 are Assoc. Prof Dr Wan Azlina Wan Abdul Karim Ghani, Dr Firdaus Mukhtar and Dr Hakimah Osman.

Assoc. Prof Dr Wan Azlina Wan Abdul Karim Ghani, Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) - The winning project is about the development  of the hybrid material called hydrogel derived biochar composite (HBC) for greenhouse gascous (CO2) capture. This HBC  will be synthesise from a special formulation of hydrogel and biochar materials. The captured CO2 theoretically will reform into solid (sodium carbonate) which may then further develop as fertilizer or as construction materials. This research will reduce then greenhouse gas emissions and hence mitigate the climate change.

Dr Firdaus Mukhtar, Senior Lecturer DS51/Consultant Clinical Psychologist Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) - The proposed project is about psychoimmunology study. A study on the interaction of stress onto immune system reponse. The objective is to investigate the effect of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for women patients with anxiety disorders (panic attack, phobia) on their immunological and psychological parameters.

Dr Hakimah Osman, Deputy Dean of Academic Management Division and Senior Lecturer for School of Materials Engineering Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap) - To develop large-scale alternative (domestic) natural latex production from Tapioca or Cassava (Manihot esculenta). This research study will not only resolve problems on protein allergy in NRL and shortage of NRL supply, but there would be opportunity  to incorporate the production of tapioca's  latex into integrated, zero waster biorefinery systems.

L’Oréal-UNESCO  For Women in Science Program
Launched in Paris in 1998 by L’ORÉAL and UNESCO, the ‘For Women in Science’ Award was the first international award devoted to women in science. But today after 14 years celebration, it has  extended to a broad dimension with international focus on scientific vocations and dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of female researchers from every continent.
1)      5 International Awards – Created in 1998, the L’Oréal -UNESCO Awards have been presented every year to five women, one from each region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America) in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of science. The Awards are presented in Life Sciences and Physical Science in alternating years.
2)      1 International Special the footsteps of Marie Curie’. Created in 2011, the Special Fellowship is awarded annually to a former International Fellow who, since receiving her fellowship 10 years ago, has demonstrated excellence and determination in the pursuit of her career in research.
3)      15 International Fellowships – The  UNESCO -L’Oréal  International Fellowship program was created in 2000 to encourage promising women who are working in the life sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.  Fifteen International Fellows, three from each UNESCO region are chosen to continue their research in prestigious institutions outside their home country.
4)      20 Regional and 180 National Fellowships – In response to local needs, the L’Oréal –UNESCO For Women in Science program also provides fellowship to promising young women researchers in various branches of science at national and regional levels. Two Regional Fellowship programs have been developed in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Arab States, while National Fellowship programs are now in place in 47 countries.

L'Oréal Young Scientist Carnival

This program is launched in 2012 as a platform to encourage and nurture young students to develop their interest and career in Science. It is a science innovation and invention competition for all Form 4 students of High Performance Schools/Cluster and the projects can be presented individually or in Groups of 5.

The National Fellows will provide mentoring to the students in preparation for the competition. This is organised with Universiti Putra Malaysia and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (Management Division of High Performance Schools/Cluster) and the Education Department of Selangor. The final competition will beheld on the 20th September at UPM.

For more details go to and

*Note: Photos courtesy of L'Oréal Malaysia.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Veet® New Formulation Product Launch

Lets talk hair removal. Veet® has been around for ages and is currently widely used by women the world over. It's a great alternative to waxing salons especially when time is a huge issue for you ladies. Recently they developed a unique KeraDerm formulation that effectively removes short hair. KeraDerm formulation helps open the top of the hair follicle unlike shaving which removes hair at the surface and leave prickly bits.

The three new formulation products boasts to work on hair as short as 1.5mm. Products range from new supreme wax strips to new cream formulas. Thanuja Ananthan, Megan Tan and Diana Danielle were at the launch to give their testimonials after trying out Veet's new products.

Veet® Suprem' Essence EasyGrip Ready To Use Wax Strips with velvet rose fragrance & essence oils is made with a specifically developed grip tab for better holding position and angle to grab the hairs. The best bit about it is that it grabs hair as short as 2mm from the roots and leaves your skin smooth for up to 4 weeks. It is clinically proven that it will regrow fewer, finer and softer. 

I tried this one at the launch. No I didn't get waxed in public, I just tried it on a small area on my wrist. It wasn't my first time trying out waxing. Actually waxing is one of the first methods I tried for hair removal ages ago. Never really stuck to it though, I found it to be a tad time consuming. If you haven't tried waxing, it's not painful. Seriously.

The Hair Removal Cream with Lotus Milk and Jasmine Fragrance works in just 3 minutes. This formula is designed to work close to the root of the hair. Also effective on very short hair. The box says that your hair can take noticeably longer to grow back. This one is specially designed for Normal Skin.

I tried this one as well. Also another of Veet's products that I have previously tried but that was the old formulation. I tried this on my hairless leg at that point of time as I had already gotten rid of it the day before. So I didn't exactly see any hair melting away but what I can tell you is that this formula is gentle and I did not experience any side effects.

The next one that I was told is a must try is the In-Shower Hair Removal Cream with Lotus Milk and Jasmine Fragrance. This one also works effectively on very short hair without cutting it. The unique thing about this product is that it's water resistant. So all you have to do is apply for example on your legs, step into the shower, the cream stays on, a few minutes later use the soft sponge it comes with to gently wash it off. This one sounds very convenient!

These new products from Veet® are available at all major pharmacies and supermarkets.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Final Giveaway: 2 Day 1 Night Stay @ Prince Hotel & Residence KL

The time has finally arrived. Before I get into the details I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Chocolate Cats Birthday Giveaway. It's been exciting getting the series of giveaway ready for you guys.

The Final Giveaway is again courtesy of Prince Hotel & Residence KL -  A 2 Day 1 Night Stay in a Deluxe Room inclusive of Buffet Breakfast for Two(2) Persons at Eccucino. Looks like for one winner, it's time for a quick getaway. *winks*

How to win this one? Just answer...

Name one place you would like to visit before you turn 37 and why.

You must be a Follower of Chocolate Cats, so click Follow. Then leave your Follower ID and Email. Winner will be picked at random. One entry per follower only.  Winner announcement will be made on this page within two days from end date. Giveaway is open to Malaysians only. Good luck guys!! :) 

The Prince Hotel Giveaway Ends: Friday 28th September 2012 11.59pm

Huge thank you to The Prince Hotel & Residence KL!!

Monday, 24 September 2012

L'Oréal Professionel : L'Oréal Colour Trophy Malaysia 2012 Grand Final - The Winners & More Photos

You guys already know the winners, so here's what happened before the big announcement. I think I should warn you, tons of photos ahead..

I attended the L'Oréal Colour Trophy 2012 last Thursday a boy was it huge. If you're wondering what it's all about, it is the Oscars of the Hairdressing Industry. The 14 finalists were announced some time in June (post here) and I have waiting in anticipation for the evening.

The Red Carpet and Pre-dinner Cocktails

With Hair Maestro Albert Nico and Lydia

The theme for this year's competition is A Tribute to Beauty which pays homage to the sucess and tribulations of famous hairdressers with styles that are distinctively French. The competition kicked off with L'Oréal Professionel's 5 Artistic Ambassadors showcasing looks inspired by L'Oréal Professionel Spring/Summer 2012 Colour Collection. The showcase entitled 'Artisinal Expressions', was led by Albert Nico founder of Albert Nico Boutique Salon, Andy Chan founder of Andy Chan Hair Studio, Kevin Woo founder of Centro Hair Salon, Miko Au founder of Miko Galere and Simon Koh founder of Elle Hair Studio, which paid homage to "The Parisian House of Hairdressing". 

The story was unveiled in 3 chapters - 'Reto Nouveau' which takes us back to the glorious 50s and 60s, 'La Couture' where it was a celebration honouring the finest and detailed work of the atelier and 'The Parisian House of Hairdressing' where hair, makeup and fashion come together as a single entity in fashion.

L'Oréal Professionel's 5 Artistic Ambassadors
An insanely creative bunch with mind blowing creations!

Talk about spectacular, the show was elaborate, theatrical just amazing. The things that could be done with hair is out of this world. I mean some of the creations are not for the faint hearted and to wear it out on a daily basis would be challenging and a tad if not totally absurd but the impact it had at the show was magnificent.

After the show from the 5 Artistic Ambassadors, the 14 finalists presented their creations to the judges. The creations were cutting edge, forward and evoked a sense of modernity. Some of the creations even phantom next season's trends such as the deep amethyst colour, which was prominent in the hair creations by the finalists. It's fascinating to see how sleek and feminine short hair can look when styled correctly. I applaud you ladies who rock short hair I feel it's a tough one to carry, I tried and it was such a challenge trying to make it work.

F01 - Dexter Chiew Han Seng
Degroom Salon (Souther Region)

F02 - Steven Chu Chin Hua
Cut By Elle (Southern Region)

F03 - Fei Pee Lian Huei
The Inc (Central Region)

F04 - Herry Eng Kim Tatt
Max Style Hair Saloon & Academy (Northern Region)

F05 - Fukuo Goh Hock Hock
Fu Coiffure Hair Salon (Southern Region)

F06 - Edison Lim Won Giap
Miko Hair Studio (Central Region)

F07 - Sam Chan Kim San
A Cut Above (Central Region)

F08 - Ellie Liew Lee Ling
Hair Zone Studio by Michael Poh (Central Region)

F09 - Lim Siang Kiat
Centro Hair Salon (Central Region)

F10 - Ricky Tiew Sing Aik
RCS Hair Studio & Academy (Southern Region)

F11 - Temah Low Yoke Wei
Andy Chan Hair Studio ( Southern Region)

F12 - Low Dick Thim
Albert Nico Boutique Saloon (Central Region)

F13 - Hugo Tan Wee Siang
Kimo Hair Artist (Southern Region)

F14 - Alexander Yap Peng Choy
The Met (Central Region)

While the judges were deliberating, guest hair stylist Caterina Di Biase displayed her hairdressing skills in an entertaining showcase with her interpretation of A Tribute To Beauty. Caterina's creations were very fairy tale like. Amazing colour play! I loved the flaming red hair. It's a good thing red doesn't really suit my skin tone because if it did I would be running around town with that shade.

Apart from the main winners there were also other awards that were presented - Editor's Choice Award: F09 Lim Siang Kiat, Estetica Cover Award: F08 Ellie Liew Lee Ling, Sin Chew's Readers' Choice Award: F04 Herry Eng Khim Tatt, Shu Uemura Makeup Award: F03 Fei Pee Lian Huei and Star Clove's Reader's Choice Award: F07 Sam Chan Kim San. The winners were chosen by an international judging panel which took into account colour, cut and style, total image, make up, professional look and commercial look.

The Winners

Grand Prize Winner: Temah Low Yoke Wei (F11)
Andy Chan Hair Studio (Southern Region)
Wins  prizes worth RM155,000, a brand new Toyota Vios 1.5G Limited in Deep Amethyst Mica Metallic. 5-Day 3-Night stay to London to be part of the L'Oréal Colour Trophy United Kingdom Gala Night, a feature in Female, NuYou and Eh! and exposure on an international platform by having the opportunity to experience another L'Oréal Colour Trophy in one the Asian countries as an esteemed judge.

1st Runner Up: Dexter Chiew Han Seng (F1)
Degroom Salon (Southern Region)
2nd Runner Up: Steven Chu Chin Hua (F2)
Cut By Elle (Southern Region)

My Outfit

I'm not sure what triggered it, but I decided to rock the old hollywood glamour look that evening. It had to be that skirt. Yes, it's a skirt. *winks* A lot of people thought it was a dress. Looks like the top and the skirt were made for each other like long lost lovers. *laughs* The dress code was 'Black Tie' but in a hall full of hair stylists, it could only mean anything from a funky suit to a floor length gown. So I figured why not a gold pleated poof skirt.

On nails: Essie Thigh High
It looks even more sexy under the lights ;)
Cocktail ring: MANGO

Make up: Ismie of Lancôme
Hair: by me ^^
With all the excitement I forgot to take close up photos of my eyes. Ismie did a combo of teal and purple for me which looked smashing!
I heard some of L'Oreal's big names had their make up done by Ismie too for the big evening.

It really was a brillant evening. My eyes were glued at the stage the whole time. All 14 finalists were fantastic but I have to say the show case by L'Oréal Professionel's 5 Artistic Ambassadors stole the show. ;) And if you were wondering, there were 40 models involved and 40 looks created just for the show. Congratulations to the winners and thanks loads to L'Oréal Professionel Malaysia for inviting me! 

*Note: Photos are taken by MRZ Photography for the exclusive use of Chocolate Cats.


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