Thursday, May 28, 2015

Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch in Malaysia & My First Impressions of X-Scream 3D

Last Saturday, I was invited to attend the Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch in the Apartment, KLCC. I was pretty excited to find out more about the Salomon's new city trail shoes. The Salomon X-Scream 3D is the latest shoe from Salomon's City Trail range.
The new Salomon X-Scream 3D for men (Gecko green/bright red/black) and women (Hot pink/mystic purple/white). 

Salomon introduces the evolution of everyday training with X-Scream 3D. As the embodiment of Salomon's City Running Concept, X-Scream 3D provides ample ride and cushioning for everyday running on hard paths and roads, but with superior foothold and grip to ensure agility for diverse movements on multiple surfaces. For runners who want to break away from the same routine, X-Scream 3D delivers the foothold, grip and ride to let you make every run an adventure.
During the launch event, I was given a pair of Salomon X-Scream 3D in Hot pink/mystic purple/white to test run with invited media members and bloggers. My first impressions of  Salomon X-Scream 3D are light, quite cushioning and comfortable. It is easy to wear with just one-pull tightening the shoe lace and store the shoe lace in lace pocket. I was wearing size 7 Salomon X-Scream 3D and this pair of city trail shoe is comfortably roomy. I like lightweight running shoes and I always run in lightweight or minimalist shoes.
 
Now, I'm ready to join the test run session lead by Mr. Raymond, Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia.

After the briefing and warm-up sessions, we started to run around KLCC Park. 
We started off  with a slow jog in the park. This was my first time running in KLCC park. A complete loop of this park is about 1.30 km.
We ran on grassy surface and  slopes in the park. 

The Salomon X-Scream 3D are supportive and stable when I run on different terrain and surfaces such as rubberized track, grass, sand, concrete pavement, slopes and staircase. The 3D grip or better known as  multi-terrain grip works well when I run up & down the slopes and staircases in the KLCC park. At one point, I was actually running  below 5 minutes pace. (Thanks Marlina for this nice photo).
With YK and Karsten posing after the test run in Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe.
After the test run session, we were invited for breakfast and the product sharing session by Mr. Samuel Soong, Product Manager of Salomon.
Mr. Samuel shared with us the features and technologies used in Salomon X-Scream 3D. 
Foothold in every direction
3D Fit comfortably holds your foot in place, even during dynamic directional changes. X-Scream 3D shoes begin with Salomon's well known Sensifit and Quicklace system for outstanding foothold and comfort. With the Endofit and seamless upper, this shoe feel great even without socks.

Multi-surface Grip
3D Grip ensures confidence on wet or dry, soft or hard surfaces.

Responsive ride for a dynamic run 
3D Ride feels smooth and cushioned on consistent and uneven surfaces.
 
The Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia sharing their experiences running in Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe.
A group photo of invited media members and bloggers with Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia during the launch event.

The test run will continue with mid-long run and lsd for my marathon training in the coming weeks. 

Salomon X-Scream 3D is available in 5 colours at Salomon Pavillion, World of Sports and World of Outdoors for RM 489.
For more info, visit World of Sports and  Salomon Malaysia 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Running Journey: What's On - January 2015

Kick of the year of 2015, I joined my very first run in The Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd Run 2015 (MPIB) on 11/1/2015. This was my 3rd year joining the run. In 2013, I joined the 8km category and year 2014 I joined the 12km category.
This year, I joined the 12km category again. I was trying my best to enjoy this annual run as I just recovered from injury not too long ago. Furthermore, SCHKM is coming up in 2 weeks time.
That was me running towards the finishing line and finish strong in 65mins. :) Photos were taken from ET, RFF, Run&Explore and Victor. It was a good run except for the the long loo queues before the run. 
Well, it was an under-distance run as my Garmin Forerunner 210 showed 11.65km. Min. Elevation: 36m and Max. Elevation: 104km.
Not too bad as I managed to PB last year's timing and rank 13 in my category. I'll be back for 2016!


I only joined two races in January 2015, the major race was Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 (SCHKM) on 25/1/2015. This was my first full marathon for this year and it is also my first fm in oversea. Everyone was telling me that SCHKM is a PB marathon and it is easy to run there at cooling temperature. I was looking forward to this run and hope to finish this marathon with a good timing. 

 
Race kit collection at Victoria Park, HK.
The preparation before the big race...Top: LYN new pink-T and Uniqlo heattech, Shorts: 2XU Compression shorts, Shoe: Saucony Virrata 2 and of course my lucky cap.
The Marathon Run 1 category started at 6.40am (Yes, it was quite late for me to run a marathon at this hour) at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. My 1st 10km, 21km and 30km was awesome. However, I got the neck pain at KM32 which slow me down and the worst was "hit-the-wall" at KM37. :( I was walking in the last tunnel and wanted to give up. I was very moody and wanted to cry. But, I aksed myself, "Sharon, why are you here? What you want to achieve? Want to give up now? Want to walk all the way back? Want to regret after the race???" . My answers to myself was "NO! I don't want these!!!". Thank God, I managed to "stand-up" from the "hit-the-wall" condition and run towards the finishing line.
Finally I completed the SCHKM in 4hours 10mins (Not my PB marathon timing) at Victoria Park.
 Left: The map from Garmin Connect 
Right: Map from SCHKM website.
Well, I ran from:
Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near Hotel Mira) => Austin Road => Canton Road => Wui Cheung Road(E/b) => D1A(S) Road(S/b) => D1A Road => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Ngong Shuen Chau Viaduct(Kln/b) => Stonecutters Bridge(Kln/b) => East Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Nam Wan Tunnel(Kln/b) => West Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Tsing Ma Bridge(Kln/b) => Ting Kau Bridge(S/b) => Cheung Tsing Tunnel(Kln/b) => Tsing Kwai Highway(S/b) => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Western Harbour Crossing(S/b) => Connaught Road West Flyover(E/b) => Man Po Street => Man Yiu Street (S/b) => Lung Wo Road (E/b) => Fenwick Pier Street(E/b) => Convention Avenue(E/b) => Hung Hing Road => Marsh Road Flyover => Lockhart Road(E/b) => Percival Street => Hennessy Road(E/b) => Yee Wo Street(E/b) => Sugar Street => Victoria Park
Happily posing with my hard earn marathon medal! Maybe I'll be back for SCHKM 2016.
 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Maybelline New York Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 10 decades of Iconic Looks

The modern woman is not afraid to flaunt her creativity and individuality, not only in the way she acts and dresses, but also in the way she looks. Over the past 100 years, Maybelline New York has inspired generations of women to define beauty. The answer lies in their hands: a woman possesses the power to express herself however she wants.

 
Today, Maybelline New York is the #1 colour cosmetics in the world. It is available in over 129 countries worldwide, bringing New York City glamour to women’s fingertips no matter where they are. From the brand’s earliest eyelash and brow products, Maybelline New York has continued to break all rules and push limits to make makeup artistry accessible to all women.

This year, Maybelline New York celebrates its 100th anniversary! To commemorate the memorable event and to pay homage to the illustrative transition of makeup trends through the years, Maybelline New York makeup artists have created 10 iconic looks to represent each decade of the last century, starting from the 1920s. 

Let's take a look of the Maybelline New York: Celebrating 10 Decades with 10 Iconic Looks!

1.) 1920s - Fierce Flapper

2.) 1930s - Siren In Rouge

3.) 1940s - The Pin Up

4.) 1950s - Bombshell Glamour

5.) 1960s - Mod Rocker

6.) 1970s - Disco Diva

7.) 1980s - Electric Raver

8.) 1990s - Au Natural Wonder

9.) 2000s - The Socialite

And here is the future look...
10.) The Future - Fearless Femme

In addition to 10 decades of iconic looks, Maybelline New York also celebrated 100 years of innovation and success with 12 special edition makeup looks created by Maybelline's global makeup artist Charlotte Willer.

Ranging from retro glamour to futuristic beauty, her creations were photographed by Kenneth Willardt, who was inspired by "confident women, brave inventors and revolutionary innovations" that impacted the history of Maybelline New York.
 
One of the highlighted looks (the 1st picture in this blog post) created by Charlotte Willer featured dark eyeshadows and eyeliners, thin but strong eye brows and rich red lips inspired by Charleston makeup in the 20s. 

Follow Maybelline New York’s journey as it celebrates 100 years of beauty with the hashtag #Maybelline100 on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit Maybelline Malaysia’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/maybellinenysimplyfab) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/maybellinemalaysia) for more information and updates.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Giveaway + Product Review: AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain

Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or menstrual pains are periods in which a woman has crampy lower abdominal pain. I have been suffering the menstrual pains since my early teens, from slight discomfort to severe pain. :(
My menstrual pain normally lasts for about 24hours and the pain is usually at its worst on the first day of menstruation. This menstrual pain causes me absent from work, events , school (during school time) and other activities.
I have tried numerous remedies such:
  • eating dark chocolate
  • drinking warm water
  • reduce caffeine intake by not drinking my favourite coffee
  • increase calcium intake by drinking milk
and others. All these remedies didn't really help to reduce the pain. I even take pain killer to reduce the pain if the first day of menstruation during my school and uni exams.

Last month, I was introduced to a new product ~ AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain is a new product from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, one of the major pharmaceutical company in Japan established in 19th century running their business for over 120 years.
This new product is the right product for people who are suffering from menstrual pain but cannot find the appropriate remedy for it.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain comes in a box with 2 patches with a price of RM10.90. Each patch is packed individually. The product features are:
  • Reduce menstrual pain symptoms by non-medicinal heat therapy.
  • Ready to use. Stick directly on skin. It can be used during office working hours.
  • Provide stable and safe temperature (40°C) up to 8 hours
  • Odorless so that it can be used in any occasion

The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain comes in a small size with the measurement: 14cm x 7cm. It is odorless and I can use it during my work and attending events. 
The ingredients for the  AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain are Iron Powder, Water, Activated Carbon, vermiculite, salt, super absorbent polymer.

 How does this heat patch works?
Heat therapy targets pain at its root cause as it helps improve blood circulation. By warming the affected area, the volume of blood flow increases and it produces vasodilation, which increases the supply of oxygen and removal of metabolic waste, leading to better healing and reduced pain.

I have been using this product since February and it is effective to relieve my menstrual pain. This heat patch provides heat therapy which can improve blood circulation and reduce my menstrual pain symptoms. It has a safe temperature which is 40°C and warming effect last for 8 hours. Moreover, it is convenient, effective, safe and non-medicinal. :)
Direction for use:
1.) Before I apply the  AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain on my targeted area, I make sure the my skin is dry and clean. 
2.) I open the sachet to take out the heat patch.

 
3.) I gently peel away the protective film on the back of the heat patch.
4.) Apply adhesive side of the heat patch to the skin over the painful area.
5.) After use, slowly peel off the heat patch. Do not use the product for more than 8 hours in a day. Each patch is for single use.

During the application of the AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain, the painful area feeling warm and it helps to relieve my menstrual pain. I used in the morning before leaving my house to work. I also carry another pack of heat patch in my handbag during my menstruation. It is small, thin and odorless. Nobody notice I'm using the heat patch when I attending events. :) I'll recommend this product to my girl friends and my female reader. The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain  is currently sold at RM10.90 (for 2 pieces in a box) at nearest pharmacy such as Watsons,Guardian, Caring, other independent pharmacies.

Oh, I also try another product from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical!
Introduction of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain also used heat therapy to relieve the neck and shoulder pain.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain comes in a box with 2 patches. Each patch is packed individually. 
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain comes in a  size with the measurement: 13.9cm x 9.5cm. It is odorless and convenient to use. This product is currently sold at RM10.90 (for 2 pieces in a box) at nearest pharmacy.

I know you have been waiting for this......
Giveaway:
I have 5 boxes of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain
(worth RM10.90 each) to giveaway !

How to win this giveaway?

It’s very simple. 

All you need to do is answer 3 simple questions and leave your answers, Follower ID, and Email the comment box below.
1) What is the safe temperature of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain and how long does it last? 
2) How does AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch help for Menstrual Pain? 
3) Share with us, why do you want to try AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain? 


Example:
Follower ID: ZhengNorahs

Email: koollert@yahoo.com

Answers:
1.)
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3.)
This giveway contest ends at 11.59pm, 31st March 2015.

*This giveaway is opened to Malaysian readers with valid Malaysia address only. 
*5 lucky readers that answer the questions correctly will be picked and contacted by email.

Lastly, do share my giveaway to your friends and invite them to join!
Good luck!

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