Melvita's Extraordinary Water + April Promotion

This was what started my love affair with Melvita, so we really need to discuss it!

Your first thought has to be a query as to what on Earth "Extraordinary Water" is! In essence, it is an essence (I had to). 

What is an essence? It's a booster. Yes, this could go on tautologically forever, so let's get straight to the point: This could technically be used as a toner, but it isn't really marketed as one. It's that additional step you would use between your toner and serum/moisturiser. Is it necessary? Chocolate isn't necessary, but I need it in my life. It just adds that something extra that makes life quite lovely.

[Rose and Narcissus Extraordinary Waters]

Their Rose Extraordinary Water was my first ever Melvita purchase back in December, and because I only use this at night, I'm down to a quarter of the bottle at present. The little bottle of Narcissus was part of Bag of Love's Special Edition Bag, but in its full size, the packaging is identical to that of their Rose variety.

There is an additional variant of their Extraordinary Water, and that would be the Orange Blossom, which will be added to my collection once I'm done with this bottle. Each of them serve different purposes, so I'm rather intrigued by how well that would work. 

So, why do I only use their Rose Extraordinary Water at night? Primarily because it's good for dry and/or aging skin. Since I'm one in the oil-riddled camp, but I'm also aging rapidly, I thought this would be nice and gentle enough to start things off with.

[Rose Extraordinary Water - Full Size]

And indeed, it was! It's so nice and soothing because it truly does smell like the freshest, loveliest roses in bloom! Granted there is fragrance added to it, but it doesn't smell artificial in any way. 

The key thing that got me really excited was that this contains hyaluronic acid, which is why it's so good for dry and/or aging skin. Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration, which helps to combat both those issues, as well as excess oil production. All their Extraordinary Waters contain hyaluronic acid, so they would boost hydration while sorting your peripheral issues out, which aid in sorting said peripheral issues out anyway. It's a win all round.

For those of you who have gone through the ingredients list, you may have noticed that alcohol is rather high on the list as the fourth ingredient, but they actually have asterisks (*) - THREE OF THEM - next to the ingredient in order to point out that it's derived from organic materials. In any event, alcohol in certain products actually aids in keeping them safe for use for longer, especially organic and natural products. Melvita is a truly organic brand, which means that over 90% of their ingredients are naturally derived, as opposed to a vast number of organic brands which only contain a fraction of organic materials in them (5-10%). In any event, the alcohol has had no effect whatsoever on my skin, and I have no issue with it. For those of you who do, you might want to take note of it and check out of a sample of the stuff first. 

As for application, it's simply. You could either pour some onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over your face, or you could pat/massage it in with your fingertips. Personally, I use both. I'll swipe it all over with a cotton pad, and then pat it into my skin gently.

The texture of this took a bit of getting used to for me. It's a liquid that's slightly more viscous that your traditional toner. It's thicker and just short of a jelly, so it won't soak right through your cotton immediately. 

[Rose Extraordinary Water]

Despite it's viscosity, it absorbs rather quickly and it gives you an immediate, perceptible boost of hydration. My skin always feels more comfortable and plumped up when I use this stuff. I've found that it is a little too heavy for my skin during the day, but it's absolutely lovely at night. If you sleep an air-conditioned room, it would work wonders for preventing all the moisture from being stripped from your skin.

While their Narcissus variety does contain hyaluronic acid as well, it serves a very different purpose from that of its counterpart above. 

Since it's meant to be paired with their brightening range, the easiest way to describe this is as a chemical exfoliant, albeit a mild version of the stuff. 

[Narcissus Extraordinary Water - Travel Size]

This stuff contains lactic acid and various fruit extracts which all aid in chemically exfoliating the skin over time. This is not nearly as comfortable to use as the Rose Extraordinary Water because it tingles/stings (depending on your pain tolerance) a little. This is normal since it's a peel, but those of you with sensitive skin might want to steer clear of this. 

I quite like it because you get used to the sensation, and it hasn't irritated my skin, but I haven't put it to the complete test as yet. I've currently become rather enamoured with these chemical exfoliators because my skin takes well to consistent and frequent exfoliation.

The texture on this is also lighter than that of the Rose variety, as it is far less viscous, and rather watery, much like a regular toner. You would definitely use a cotton pad for this, and stay well clear of your eye area. Even when I took the picture below, I could feel the acids working on my skin. It's truly a rather effective product. 

[Narcissus Extraordinary Water]

As for the Orange Blossom Extraordinary Water, it functions as an ultra hydrating product, so those of you with irritated or extremely dry skin might want to look into it. 

Their 100ml bottles of Extraordinary Water retail for RM88 each, which is extremely reasonable because a little goes a very long way. Plus, this is the perfect time to pick one up because Melvita is running a promotion throughout April to celebrate Earth Month.

Melvita is trying to encourage recycling, so throughout April, if you give them an empty skin care bottle, you are entitled to 10% off your purchase. If you give them a Melvita skin care empty, you are entitled to an additional 5% off. 15%! You just know I'm going to finish off my Rose Extraordinary Water and pop in for something else, don't you?

[Source: Melvita]

With the discount of 10%, the Extraordinary Water will cost you less than RM80, which is awesome. For those of you who don't use toners, but want an added boost to your routine, this would be the perfect way to go as well. 

[Source: Melvita]

UPDATE: Melvita has confirmed that they will be accepting any size of skin care empty, so your travel sizes will get you the discount as well! Yay!
Bistro a Table's Degustation Night - March 2014: Bringing Back the Eighties

If you haven't heard of Bistro a Table, your life isn't complete. Granted, it's tucked away in a very quiet part of PJ's Section 17, and you probably won't ever stumble across it, but that just means you don't love food enough! 

Contrary to the lack of accolades it has received, I'm convinced it's one of the best restaurants around, not just because of the quality of the food, but because of the ingenuity involved as well. The chef, Isadora Chai, is truly a mad scientist at work in the kitchen, and if you look back at their Alice in Wonderland degustation night (which I am hoping there will at some point be a repeat of because I missed out), or the wonderful desserts which litter their seasonal menu, you will agree that genius is at play! 

While I've been to Bistro before for a meal, I've been dying to attend one of their Degustation Nights (held every first Saturday of the month), and when they announced a full on 80's Bad Fashion extravaganza, I simply couldn't stay away!

And so, I turned up on time for the 7 pm date with my decade of birth, to music that was nostalgically tacky, and oh so wonderful. Mind you, I even dressed the horrendous part (pictures at the end)! I was a bit sad that I was going to be alone, but Laura surprised me by turning up with Samia

[At the entrance]

[You know you've arrived]

[A Date with Myself]

Degustation Nights at Bistro traditionally run at around RM200+-RM300+ for a meal, and an additional RM100 or so for the inclusion of wine. Since this night was meant as an introduction to wines by Gustave Lorentz, the wine was complimentary. I don't drink, but I was informed that the wine was spectacular.

As I was booked for a party with myself, I was placed at a table with a stranger, but I genuinely appreciate the fact that we were given separate bread bowls. As nice as he was, I don't want anyone touching my food! Not even the people I like! 

[Bread and Butter]

You're always served with bread at Bistro, and it's always warm and crusty! 

[Decadent Butter]

Even the butter is truly lovely. It has all the full-bodied flavours that butter should have, and tasted incredibly fresh with its sprinkling of salt on top of the pat. Unsalted butter is a lie! You might as well dip your bread into milk if that's what you are going for! 

[Look at those pockets!]

I'm a bit of a pariah in the sense that freshly baked bread with freshly churned butter is the stuff I would pick over almost anything else (maybe throw some bacon in) if I were forced to pick a meal for the rest of my life. There's just something about cold butter melting into the pockets in freshly baked bread that hits the spot, and the bread here never disappoints! 

As much as I would love to spend this entire post waxing lyrical about my relationship with bread and butter, the affair was interrupted in the most welcome manner by the first dish.

[Scampi Cocktail] 

The layers of this from the bottom are cucumber, avocado, blood orange jelly and lobster mayonnaise. 


Honestly, this was so incredibly good that I polished it off in no time! So quickly in fact that they didn't have time to come round to explain what the layers were to me before they were gone. Yes, gluttony is my middle name.

The flavours were so complimentary with the rich avocado sandwich between the freshness of the cucumbers and the mild tartness of the jelly. Needless the say, whipping anything into mayonnaise makes it better, but the lobster mayonnaise was out of the park!

Then they popped out of the kitchen with a bonus dish for those who dressed for the theme!

[Bonus Dish: Salmon Siew Mai]

I don't particularly like salmon because it's usually just terribly smoked or butchered in terms of preparation. This was not the case. I was a bit sad there was only 1 of these little parcels of delight on my plate, but I'm glad it was there! Delicious! I vote for this to be on the permanent menu!

[Salmon Siew Mai]

Laura is a bit sneaky and she told me she was coming with "someone special" which I took to mean her fiancĂ©. She surprised me with Samia however, and I quickly hopped over to their table to join them! From this point on, some of the pictures (the really good ones) are taken by her. She's an amazing photographer, so I simply had to steal them! 

[A loaf of freshly baked baguette - Photo by Laura]

My meal was on hold until they caught up, so while waiting for their first course, it was essential to get our camwhoring on!

[Me and Laura]

[Samia & Me - Photo by Laura]

As they were getting caught up and we were all basically swooning over the food, the second course was served. 

Now this is something I've been eyeing on their occasional menu, and I was so excited to see it on the degustation menu! 

[French Onion Soup with Vanilla Ice-Cream - Sans Broth]

You may be thinking this sounds awkward, but you would be sorely mistaken! I was right to have lusted after this dish for so long because it was spectacular!

[Photo by Laura]

The dish was served as pictured above, with Isadora walking around with her pitcher of broth which we poured into each of our bowls. She's a bit like a cat because it was impossible to catch her on camera in the act of such things! 

The hot broth melted the ice-cream, and the resulting concoction was simply spectacular! I'm reasonably sure the cheese was Gruyere, but I could be wrong. In any event, it added a lovely saltiness to the sweetness of the soup. I already want more! 

[Photo by Laura]

This was followed by the next vat of loveliness! 

[Boston Lobster "Thermidor" - Photo by Laura]

Look at it, seriously! 

[Photo by Laura]

There's nothing in this world better than the sight of melted cheese! 

This was absolutely delicious, and I noticed a distinct silence at our table as we all consumed it. While conversation is an art at dinner, the ability to hold conversation means that your food isn't amazing enough to keep you quiet! 

And finally, we came to the main course.

[Australian Wagyu MS8+ "Beef Wellington" - Photo by Laura]

Could this be any prettier?! 

[Photo by Laura]

The beef was on the rarer side of things, and it was already being tucked into before there was even a hint of sauce in sight! 

The pastry was out of this world. It was buttery and crumbly and soaked up everything perfectly! 

And then, it was time for dessert! 

[Passionfruit Bombe Alaska - Photo by Laura]

It certainly looks like an igloo to me. 

[Isadora Chai]

Any chef walking around with a lighter and some alcohol is not to be trifled with! 

[Light my Fire - 60's, but still!]

[Photo by Laura]

We all had a bit of trouble blowing out the flames, which I suppose speaks to our character as gentle women! 


[Almost burnt...]

[Photo by Laura]

While the dessert was lovely to look at and play with, it was the one part of the meal I didn't thoroughly enjoy. As with all meringue it was far too sweet, although the non-meringue bits were excellent! 

It was an absolutely spectacular meal, and worth every penny (trust me!). Between the food and the company, it was a perfect night out. It doesn't hurt that I got rewarded for my questionable dress sense either!

[Pascal, Me and Isadora]

Pascal is one of the guys from Gustave Lorentz.

[80's Mania!]

[Pascal, Me, Laura, Isadora]

[The Chef Chats]

I strongly suggest you pop by their Facebook Page because there are some incredibly exciting things in the works. Here, she was talking to us about their recent foray into Bangsar's Pasar Malam where they all dressed the part and ran amok. I was beyond sad that I couldn't make it on the day, and I do hope she manages to convince her partners in crime to reconvene! 

[Pascal Chats Wine]

[Laura, Me & Samia - The Perfect Recipe for a Perfect Night]

For those of you who are salivating and devastated that you didn't get to attend this desgustation night, there's some good news for you. Bistro is holding a repeat telecast of the menu on the 7th of April, 2014. I strongly recommend you attend it for a full taste of what goes on behind those secret doors! 

I for one will be heading back there soon because I've been lusting after their Ode to Newton for ages now, and simply haven't found the right company to savour it with. This is no longer the case, and anyway, I'm not so sure I want to share food anymore!

Bistro A Table
6 Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun - 6:30pm-11:00pm
Tel: 03-79312831
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