Beauty: Rihanna for Viva Glam

Happy Friday Everyone! If you think the RiRi heart MAC phase is over, you cannot be more wrong. If you were one of those who missed her RiRi heart MAC collection including her holiday collection, don’t despair because I have wonderful news for you! 🙂 Rihanna for Viva Glam is set to launch on 6 February 2014 and the collection will feature both a lipstick as well as a lipglass in a “frosty blue-red”. For those RiRi fans, not only will you be able to get your hands on a super chic lipstick and lipglass but every cent of the purchase price paid to MAC will go help those men, women and children all around the globe in combatting HIV and AIDS.


So a little background to Viva Glam for those who don’t already know… Viva Glam lipsticks were introduced in 1994 by MAC to raise money for the MAC AIDS Fund and over the past 20 years, MAC has launched 7 exclusive Viva Glam lines including lipsticks and lipglass, with each featuring a limited advertising campaign with celebrities such as Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Mary J, Blige, Dita Von Teese, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and of course the latest addition, Rihanna… just to name a few. So what does the MAC AIDS Fund do? The MAC AIDS Fund basically provide financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations, which in turn, such organizations provide a wide range of services to people living with AIDS around the globe. Basic services include providing nutritional services to people living with AIDS, providing counseling, providing knowledge training, testing pregnant moms for the disease and so forth.

So diarise 6 February 2014 as the product line will be available in MAC stores nationwide and not only glam up but at the same time, you can lend a helping hand to those of need… in a glamorous way of course! 😉

With love…xxx

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Travel: LoveMaryLu for the W Hotel Taipei

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I am super excited to write this post because knowing that I’m a little fussy when it comes to hotels, I was super impressed with the W Hotel in Taipei when I stayed there on my recent trip to Taiwan in December 2013. Not only was it walking distance to the 101 building but it is conveniently located next to the MRT station as well as the bus terminals. Initially before we made reservations, I was sitting on the fence between the W Hotel or the Shangri-La, both world-renowned for their luxury, great service and 5 star facilities. It’s the first time I’ve stayed at a W Hotel boasting spectacular views and ultra chic furnishing, how could I possibly refuse? The only reason I’m a little fussy about hotels is because it bothers me so much that I can’t even sleep at night knowing my sheets are possibly dirty and I absolutely cannot use a dirty bathroom!



That said, not only was our room very clean and modern but it’s the little things that count. Like our slippers were changed on a daily basis, we received a new set of toiletries everyday despite we never finished the previous day’s ones and our towels were also changed everyday. Also, it makes me super happy when the hotel provides bath robes since it’s such an inconvenience to carry my own bathrobe everywhere. They were so thoughful in providing toiletries, you literally can leave your toiletry bag at home and you’ll survive perfectly, they provide toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, razer, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, body butter, bath salt, nail file, shower cap, cuticle sticks and some other random things. What impressed me was that all their toiletries were Bliss products, and those who don’t know Bliss, it’s a very reputable skin care brand. Check out their website by clicking here. The facilities in the room were super high tech, everything is pretty much electronic including the curtains, lights and even the toilet! The toilet senses when you enter into the bathroom and you’ll never ever have to touch the toilet seat or flush the toilet on your own. The design of the room was also simple, chic and an absolute pleaure to stay in. Our room wasn’t even the suite, it was a pretty standard room but the facilities are still very impressive, which says a lot about the hotel.



The staff were all nothing short of fantastic, you were always addressed by sir, madam or Mr and Mrs …., and will always be greeted with a smile, regardless the time of day. Welcome amenities were delivered to our room on Christmas Eve, which was our first night and since we weren’t in our room when the staff came by, they left a letter in an envelope to call them when we wanted our welcome amenities delivered and everything was personalised, we were addressed by our names. I’m sure you’ll agree that good service count big and small things. Another thing I liked about the hotel was that the lobby was on the 10th floor and the concierge and arrival area was on the ground floor. Since the rooms only started from the 11th floor upwards, every room would have a decent view. Once you get to the 10th floor, the hotel guests would need to walk to another set of lifts where you use your room card for the lift to take you to the floor you stay on, this way, you will never find non hotel guests hanging around and using the same elevator as the hotel guests.



The best part of our room was that we had a massive floor window which is basically one side of the wall. It’s always amazing to stay in a room with a view. One thing I loved about the blinds/curtains was that it completely blacked out the room when it was down, for obvious reasons of course! That said, of course staying at a hotel like this comes at a price but it’s worth every penny considering the kind of service and facilities you get at your fingertips! I always take issue with staying in such amazing hotels when traveling to big cities because you’re out most of the day left with very little time to actually enjoy the facilities at the hotel. I admit that I never took advantage of the pool, gym or the spa but it was definitely still a great exerience none the less and I’ll be happy to stay at the W Hotel Taipei again. 🙂

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