Thursday, April 30, 2015

Giveaway : Makeup Madness Box

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Hey y'all!
Yes I am finally back with another giveaway and this time its all about the face!
When it comes to beauty products, I am a sucker for them.
Let's check out what's in the box..


You see the box of  MeNow Kajal
Well, its actually 2 boxes attached which consists of 12 different colours. It comes as a set and yes.. 
I will be putting this into the giveaway box. I did a review about this last time. 
You can read all about it here.

Like what you see?

So here's what you have to do : 
1) Be a FOLLOWER of Take Another Step
2) Leave a comment with your name,blog URL 
and email address on this post.
3) Blog about this giveaway for an EXTRA entry. ***Optional***
(Only for bloggers)

**Note that all spammers will be disqualified.**

This giveaway is open to ALL my international readers too!

The winner will be selected via random.org.
The winner will be announced on 
27th May 2015.

It's just that simple!
Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Product Review : Daiso Silicone Mat (Brush Cleaner)


Hey hey hey!
Yes I am back with another product review and this time its something that most of you will thank me for after reading this. This will make your life so much easier so let's get started.

Introducing the..
(Photo credits to of Faces and Fingers)
Daiso Silicone Mat aka Power Mat.

I am a HUGE fan of Daiso and I get almost EVERYTHING I need from Daiso because its just so cheap, affordable and convenient too! 


I got this mat to help out with my brush cleaning routine and let me tell you this.. 
IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT!

(Image source from Sigma)

(Image source from Sigma)

 I'm sure a lot of you have heard of the Brush Cleaning Glove by Sigma which cost about US$35. 
Its a glove with some little bumps, ridges, lines and other textures on the surface which are suppose to help as your wash your brush. You basically rub your brush bristles along those bumps and ridges to help your brushes get clean but seriously.. WAAAAAY to expensive for a cleaning glove IMHO.

This Silicone Mat from Daiso only cost me RM5. HOW CHEAP IS THAT! 
I'm planning to head back to Daiso to grab a couple more to stock up for my brush cleaning aid.
The only thing I didn't like about the mat is the silicone-plastic-ey smell.


 This silicone mat I bought from Daiso is pretty similar to the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove and I think its enough to help clean my brushes. Here's a close up of the mat.
Check out the little bumps.



 How do you clean your brushes with this?
Just  dip your brush into baby shampoo (you can also use olive oil or hand soap) and start swirling it on the mat. You will see gunks of powder, cream or whatever you used earlier on the brush coming out onto the mat. Keep swirling until the brush is clean and rinse it off with water. 


How do you dry your brushes?
Place the brushes flat on a towel and leave them to dry over night.
For me, I have some brushes cases I got previously from Real Techniques and brush guards.
(You can read all bout the brushes and brush case here)


You can get your brush guards from Allure Dazzling.
Having a brush guard is good because the brush guard helps to keep the shape of the brush.


This is how I keep my brushes dry. 
This way the water from the brushes will drip down onto the towel. 
You don't want the bristles to start flaking off because of the excess water that is stuck inside the brushes. 

Overall, I am very satisfied with this mat.
Despite the smell and all everything else if fine with me.
A cheap and affordable way to keep you brushes clean and purse happy.
Doesn't look as good as the original brush cleaning glove but hey it gets the job done perfectly.

Lastly,
I will be having a giveaway soon and also apologies for the lack of updates as well.
Been busy moving to a new house and busy setting up everything with my family.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rock Climbing in Krabi,Thailand (Ao Nang, Tonsai, Railey, Phra-Nang Beach & Poda Island)


Sawadeeka!
Yes as you read it above, rock climbing in Krabi!
A whole week of nothing but climbing and eating on the beautiful beaches of AoNang in Krabi.
Sun, sand, sea AND ROCKS! What more could you ask for?
Gonna make this post quick and simple for you guys.


  A few weeks ago,
Roy and I flew to Krabi to meet up with the team.The flight was a pain but it was worth going through all that sh*t. Landed safely in Krabi and the place where we stayed has provided us a pick-up transfer back to the villa. Had to thank Max and the gang for arranging the accommodations.

After settling down in the hotel, we immediately head out for some sight seeing and wall hunting.
Took a long boat from Ao Nang to Tonsai beach on the first day. Our mission was to get a guidebook for ourselves so we could get around without a guide.



Arrived at Basecamp Tonsai to do some quick window shopping and also to get our guidebook.
The book cost 800baht (Rm80) and it has all the information bout climbing to Deep Water Solo (DWS) in Thailand and Laos. Definitely worth it!

Hiking through a small jungle to get to Railey Beach.




One-Two-Three Wall in Railey Beach


Dinner time in Ao Nang after a long hot day of climbing.
Tom yam and Green Curry everyday!

The next day, we got up early so we could go climb in Tonsai before it gets packed.
Food hunting in Ao Nang is madness. Too much too pick and everything was just too good.

Quick breakfast nearby the jetty






Breakfast in Tonsai before heading off to Phra-Nang.



They call this the Cave of Love.



Lead climbing on an easy wall before the day got really hot and sunny.
Love how Phra-Nang beach has nice walls to climb but most of them were quiet hard.
Ranging from 6c - 8b+.

After days of climbing, its off for a day of Deep Water Solo-ing (DWS) in Poda Island!
Something we were all waiting for.

Picking out our shoes before heading out to the sea.

Can you spot me?



Last photo of me before ending this post!

Already missing Krabi and I really can't wait to go back again for another climbing trip.
Definitely an experience not to be missed. Beaches as beautiful as the ones you see in the tv and people are so friendly. Food is just to die for! Tom Yam Goong, Green Curry..Mouthwatering!
 Did I mention the banana Nutella pancakes and coconut shakes?
Its a must try when you get to Krabi.

Here are some of the info I'd like to share for those going to Krabi :

If you are planning to go climbing, my best suggestion would be to stay in Ao Nang.
You can choose to stay in Tonsai and Railey but it will be slightly more expensive to spend there but definitely closer to the walls. You can take a boat from Ao Nang to Tonsai, Railey and every other beach. It cost us each 100baht (Rm10) for a boat ride so be prepared to pay for boat rides everyday. Be prepared for A LOT of hiking and trekking as most of the walls in Tonsai are quite hidden. Bring a waterproof bag and lots of sunscreen. 

7th Edition Rock Climbing Guidebook by Elke Schmitz - 800baht (RM80)

Grab this book from Basecamp Tonsai. This will save you a lot of trouble and money.
Very informative book and if you're lucky, you might also get to meet the author of the book at the basecamp. Very friendly German lady who speaks fluent Thai. Ask all everything you need to know before heading out to climb. Oh and another thing, do get their Thaitanium Project  tshirt. Its a contribution to their Titanium Bolting project for the walls in Krabi. 

As for the Deep Water Solo (DWS), it cost each of us 700baht (RM70). Plan you DWS trip with Basecamp Tonsai. Much more worth it. Just purely 5 - 6 hours of climbing and also lunch will be provided as well. It will be at Poda Island.



(Image source from Google)
Oscar Villa 

A little hidden somewhere in Ao Nang but very nice place to stay.
Very friendly staff and good service provided while I was staying there.
Comfy, cozy villa just right by their infinite pool and its very quiet and peaceful away from town.
Talk to Sand or Wanna if you need any information or anything. They are VERY helpful and very down to earth. 
Love how it feels like home staying at Oscar Villa. Everyone is like family.

Address :
7/13 Moo 2, Tambon Aonang,
A. Muang, Krabi ,
81150 Aonang Beach, Thailand.

Tel : (66) 75 695 586, (66) 81 9686 038, (66) 85 8883 708 
Fax : (66) 75 695 682

(Photo credits to Roy, Max, Derrick and Agustin)

For more photos, click here!
In case you have anything you want to ask about planning a trip to Krabi, 
informations about climbing in Tonsai etc, or anything else
you can drop me an email at unagi_jin@hotmail.com.