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The family behind Michele’s Kitchen (from left to right): Agnes Tan, Michele Tan and Vincent Tan. – Pictures by Shafwan Zaidon and courtesy of Michele’s KitchenThe family behind Michele’s Kitchen (from left to right): Agnes Tan, Michele Tan and Vincent Tan. – Pictures by Shafwan Zaidon and courtesy of Michele’s KitchenPETALING JAYA, April 1 — Four years ago, Michele Tan — who is Hakka — started Michele’s Kitchen in Damansara Jaya.

The restaurant is very much a family affair.Her husband, KL Tan, who is retired from his steel factory, can be seen taking orders while their daughter Agnes manages the restaurant.

Assisting Michele in the kitchen is her youngest son, Vincent. Relive your memories of Hakka heritage food as the restaurant dishes up traditional eats such as hand-shaped abacus seeds made with yam, comforting mui choy kaw yoke, fragrant yellow rice wine chicken and the list goes on. 

Older folks will recognise the ubiquitous cold jelly chicken, a popular banquet dish from the 1960sOlder folks will recognise the ubiquitous cold jelly chicken, a popular banquet dish from the 1960sIt’s hard to believe that Michele is 65 years old as she looks incredibly youthful. “If you’re passionate about your work, you look like this,” she tells us with a chuckle.

From an early age, Michele would follow her mother whenever she cooked for others. Like a shadow, she picked up her cooking skills, just by observing her mother who would be hired with a bunch of cooks to help privately cater food for families or businesses.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, she boldly applied for a job to cook for a hardware company when she was just 17 years old. She challenged the owner, telling him to test out her food first before deciding if she should stay.

The restaurant is patronised by those who love home cooked tastes and Hakka foodThe restaurant is patronised by those who love home cooked tastes and Hakka foodThe restaurant has a second floor that is usually opened when their first floor is crowded or for special functionsThe restaurant has a second floor that is usually opened when their first floor is crowded or for special functionsThe workers loved her food, assuring her of a job there. She recalled how she had to prepare two meals a day for 22 workers. Lunch would often be a rushed affair since she’d return from the market with fresh produce to cook up the midday meal. Dinner saw her serving a soup boiled for many hours.

Later, following what was in trend, she ditched the job for a prospect in Singapore to learn hairdressing. While it was way more glamorous, hairdressing just didn’t ignite much excitement for her.

Most importantly, the long hours to perm, cut and style hair didn’t appeal to her, especially if a customer was dissatisfied with the style given. “It’s easier to just cook a dish and try again if it doesn’t work out.”

About 15 years ago, the passionate cook decided to open up her own cafe in Kepong where they served meals catering to solo diners. When Agnes gave birth to her son about eight years ago, they stopped the business for some time.

A classic dish from the past is eight treasure duck which is reinterpreted with chicken at Michele’s KitchenA classic dish from the past is eight treasure duck which is reinterpreted with chicken at Michele’s KitchenFor Chinese New Year or special occasions, their Hakka poon choy was a popular choice for families and requires three days advance bookingFor Chinese New Year or special occasions, their Hakka poon choy was a popular choice for families and requires three days advance bookingLater, they revived their business at this two-storey restaurant in Damansara Jaya. Agnes explains that this area was selected since they observed that it’s a mature neighbourhood which lacked traditional Chinese food like this.

Throughout the day, the restaurant gets a steady stream of customers. Most of them are regulars, calling up to place their orders for takeaway or planning long corporate lunches.

On the surface, you may think, this place resembles a tai chow dressed up as a restaurant. Taste their food and you will find there’s a subtle distinction, since food is cooked in a style similar to a home kitchen.

A popular order item for families is their steamed Nyonya style fish head. You can also opt for other versions with chopped ginger or just plain steamedA popular order item for families is their steamed Nyonya style fish head. You can also opt for other versions with chopped ginger or just plain steamedTheir yong tau foo is prepared the traditional Hakka way, stuffed with a filling of minced pork, fish paste and salted fishTheir yong tau foo is prepared the traditional Hakka way, stuffed with a filling of minced pork, fish paste and salted fishFor instance, Agnes explains, more time is spent in preparing a simple stir fried long beans dish with roast pork. Here, they take time to slowly pan fry the roast pork till it’s fragrant. Unlike the restaurant that will just dip it quickly in hot oil, using a typical chef’s shortcut.

The menu is an extensive one — giving room for multiple visits — to try every item. Go for their crispy pork belly; thickish slices of three layered pork, deep fried to perfection with a hint of savouriness from the nam yue or fermented beancurd.

Unlike other places, each piece has a nice balance of fats and meat. We dare you to stop at just one… since they are incredibly addictive! No wonder, Agnes tells us, it’s a firm favourite with everyone. We’ll definitely vouch for this addictive dish.

You can order the traditional Hakka dish of abacus shaped dumplings fashioned out from yamYou can order the traditional Hakka dish of abacus shaped dumplings fashioned out from yamLike a comforting hug, their homemade yellow rice wine chicken is served with wood ear fungus, fresh ginger and wolf berries (left). We guarantee you won’t be able to stop eating this crispy pork belly, marinated with nam yue or fermented beancurd (right)Like a comforting hug, their homemade yellow rice wine chicken is served with wood ear fungus, fresh ginger and wolf berries (left). We guarantee you won’t be able to stop eating this crispy pork belly, marinated with nam yue or fermented beancurd (right) For something unusual, go for the fried pumpkin mee sua whereby the orange, smooth strands are handmade in Kepong by a familyFor something unusual, go for the fried pumpkin mee sua whereby the orange, smooth strands are handmade in Kepong by a familyOther trademark items include a variety of dishes using pig’s intestines. Popular in the old days, this item is almost extinct in modern-day menus. Here, they offer the ingredient, stir fried with different flavours, using dried shrimps, pineapple or even fresh basil leaves.

If you love soupy items, your top choice should be their yellow rice chicken. One whiff of their fragrant homemade wine made from glutinous rice with its warming effect will evoke comfort and envelope you like a hug. Solo diners can even opt for this served with smooth strands of mee sua.

Old timers will recognise a classic banquet dish from the 1960s — the cold jelly chicken. Michele tells us that originally the cold jelly was much more than just chicken, it would also include chicken gizzards and pig’s stomach.

Frying up the noodles requires lots of skillsFrying up the noodles requires lots of skillsVincent Tan may just be 21 years old but he’s a pro when it comes to frying up items in the kitchenVincent Tan may just be 21 years old but he’s a pro when it comes to frying up items in the kitchenHowever, as healthier diets rule the present day, these have been omitted. Michele’s version, known as the colourful cold platter or leng pun, combines a variety of items like cold salad prawns, baby octopus, jellyfish, century eggs. The sauce for the cold platter has been tweaked to suit present tastes, with a hint of wasabi. In the old days, it was just a simple peanut sauce.

Another well-loved dish is their eight treasure chicken. Traditionally, duck is used for this 1960s dish but as customers prefer chicken, they have adapted the recipe.

Using only kampung chicken, it’s stuffed with goodies such as dried oysters, gingko nuts, roast pork, shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts and the list goes on. The delicacy requires about six hours of steaming till the meat is fork tender.

One thing you won’t find on their menu is the classic salted steamed chicken, or ham kai. Sadly, that typical Hakka classic has been omitted as most of their customers have a healthier palate, opting for less salty dishes.

Michele tells us, she has had to adjust the amount of salt by three levels to fit their customer’s tastebuds. Don’t be surprised but there’s one Hokkien dish in the menu too.

An item often omitted from modern day menus is pig’s intestines, like this version fried with sliced onions and dried prawnsAn item often omitted from modern day menus is pig’s intestines, like this version fried with sliced onions and dried prawnsWe understand that the braised pork item is a nod towards Agnes’ father’s Hokkien legacy, a dish that his mother used to cook all the time. You also have a variety of noodle dishes, including an unusual fried pumpkin mee sua. The smooth noodles are made in Kepong by a family business.

It’s hard to believe that your meal here is being cooked up by 21-year-old Vincent, who helms the kitchen like a professional. The young man, following his mother’s footsteps, observed from a young age.

Michele tells us, that she knew her son had the potential to be a great cook when he’d observe on his own what went into each dish she cooked. Just after Form 2, he decided to carve out a career in the kitchen rather than continue studying.

Nowadays, Michele tells us, most of the dishes can be perfectly handled by him. Try his specialty — sang har meen or freshwater prawns noodles — a dish he has perfected which requires at least one hour’s notice to order. Next on his list of classic dishes to tackle and perfect… the ubiquitous Hokkien fried mee.

Michele’s Kitchen

37, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7731 2237/019-2258003

Open: 11am to 10pm

Closed alternate Mondays

FOR all its benefits, dog walking can have at least one major health disadvantage: back trouble.

On the one hand, a four-legged friend ensures the owner goes for regular walks, which helps strengthen the small of the back, where the spin curves in.

On the other, eager dogs can often pull on the owner’s back and cause injury, says orthopaedic Reinhard Schneiderhan. That’s why it’s important to make sure the dog’s leash is long enough to avoid strain.

For anyone with back problems it’s also important that the dog stays by your side, rather than racing ahead and forcing you to pull them back. If that doesn’t work, professional training can help.

Despite the risk of back trouble, pet owners can go ahead and count the walks they do with their pooches as their exercise, says Schneiderhan.

A person can even add stretching and strengthening exercises during the walk, like lunges or a quick round of push ups against a park bench. – dpa

Here are three variations of the perennial Malaysian favourite that always makes great tea-time snacks.

SPIRAL SARDINE CURRY PUFFS

Filling
1 small can sardines in tomato sauce, well drained
1 sprig curry leaves, sliced thinly
25g onion, diced
2 tbsp meat curry powder
150g potatoes, diced and steamed till soft
50g California raisins
3 hard-boiled eggs, cut each egg into 8 slices

Seasoning
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1 tbsp lime juice

Water dough
225g all-purpose flour
2 tbsp castor sugar
1 tbsp shortening
160ml water
1 tbsp lime juice

Oil dough
140g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
100g margarine

Drain sardines from the sauce. Mash with a fork. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan. Saute curry leaves till fragrant. Add onion and curry powder. Fry briefly then add potatoes, sardines and seasoning. Add raisins and toss until well combined. Dish out and leave aside to cool completely.

To prepare water dough: Sift flour into a bowl. Stir in sugar and add shortening. Combine water and lime juice and add to the bowl. Knead into a soft dough. Cover dough with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

To prepare oil dough: Sift flour into a clean bowl. Stir in salt then add margarine. Knead into a dough. Rest for 10 minutes.

Divide each dough into 3 portions. Wrap a portion of oil dough inside a portion of water dough. Roll out into a rectangle. Roll up swiss roll style then flatten and roll swiss roll style again (repeat these steps two more times). Slice each portion into 7 equal discs.

Flatten out each small disc into a thin circle (you will see spirals once you roll out the dough). Spoon a small portion of filling into the centre of each pastry circle and add 1 slice of hard-boiled egg. Fold the pastry over into a half moon. Secure the filling by pinching the edges together. Repeat until all the pastry and filling is used.

Heat enough oil in a wok over medium heat. Deep-fry the puffs till golden brown. Drain on crushed paper towels.

Serve immediately.


Curry Puff

Tuna Puffs

TUNA PUFFS

Filling
1 sprig curry leaves
40 g potatoes, steamed till soft and diced
25 g onion, thinly shredded
1 can tuna flakes, well drained
1 tbsp finely chopped red chilli
1 tsp cornflour or just enough

Seasoning
1/2 tsp chicken stock powder
2 tbsp chili sauce

Water dough
200g all-purpose flour
40g margarine
25g shortening
1 tbsp castor sugar
50ml water
1 tbsp lime juice

Oil dough
170g all-purpose flour
100g margarine
1/2 tsp salt

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok. Fry curry leaves, potatoes and onion till fragrant. Add tuna and stir in seasoning to mix. Fry until mixture is dry. Add red chilli and sprinkle in cornflour to bind the mixture well. Dish out and put aside to cool.

To prepare water dough: Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients and knead into a smooth dough. Cover dough with a damp tea towel and leave aside to rest for 25 minutes.

To prepare oil dough: Combine all ingredients together and mix into a soft dough. Divide the dough into equal portions.

Divide water dough into the same number of portions as the oil dough. Roll out each portion into a large round piece and place a portion of oil dough in the centre. Wrap water dough completely around the oil dough. Roll out into an oval then into a swiss roll. Do this again one more time. Next, roll out into a rectangle and cut each portion into 2 equal circles with a fluted cutter.

Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into the centre of a pastry round. Top with the other pastry round. Dip a fork in flour and press down the edges to secure. Repeat until all ingredients are used up.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the puffs over medium heat until golden brown and crispy. Drain the puffs well and serve immediately.


Curry Puff

Spicy Pumpkin Puffs

SPICY PUMPKIN PUFFS

Filling
100g sweet potatoes, cubed
60g potato, cubed
150g pumpkin, cubed
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
25g onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp chili powder

Seasoning
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt + sugar to taste

Pastry skin
250g low-protein flour
1/4 tsp salt
60g margarine
1 tbsp beaten egg
70ml water or enough to bind

Steam sweet potato and potato for 10 minutes. Add pumpkin and continue to steam for 10 minutes. Dish out the steamed ingredients and put aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a nonstick saucepan. Add cumin seeds and fry till fragrant. Add onion and stir in chilli powder. Fry till fragrant. Add the steamed vegetables, then the seasoning. Stir-fry till mixture is dry and well mixed. Dish out and set aside.

Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Stir in salt and rub in margarine until it forms a sandy mixture. Add egg and water; knead into a dough. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

Divide dough into equal portions. Flatten each portion into a round. Spoon in enough filling. Fold into a half moon. Pinch the edges to seal the filling.

Deep-fry the puffs in medium hot oil till golden brown.

DO you always struggle to get out of bed? Here are some tips that will help to make you into a morning person, and start your day the right way.

Try some exercise

Pounding the pavements at 7am isn’t for everyone, but if you can manage some gentle movement it can help wake up body and mind, as well as give your health a boost. An at-home workout is often easier to achieve than heading outdoors to the gym or swimming pool and gives you the flexibility of choosing how intense to make it depending on how energetic you’re feeling first thing. Even yoga or stretching will help ease you into the new day with a gentle boost of energy.

Look forward to breakfast

If you know you have something nutritious and delicious to eat, then you might be more likely to get out of bed for it! Rather than rush out of the door with a slice of toast, make time for a breakfast you really enjoy and that will set you up with enough energy to last until lunch time. Add eggs or smoked salmon to your bread for extra nutrition, or if you have time, warm up a nourishing bowl of porridge.

If you’re short on time, a homemade smoothie can be a quick but healthy breakfast, or why not try a bowl of chia seed pudding which can be prepared the night before.

Make a morning plan

If you’re still not motivated enough to get up, then making a morning plan with friends might give you an extra nudge out of bed. Get up to have breakfast with your partner and share some time together before work or make a date with a colleague to grab coffee together before the office.

If you feel motivated enough, why not book a gym class with a friend, that way you’ll not only be up early but you’ll also squeeze in a workout and some time together.

Stop pressing the snooze button

This can be a difficult habit to break and at first seems counterintuitive, with many of us thinking that an extra 10 minutes sleep will help us feel more energised when we do get out of bed.

However, according to experts hitting the snooze button repeatedly does not give you good quality sleep or help you feel more rested as you don’t have time to fall back into a deep sleep. In fact, it would be a better idea just to set a later alarm rather than drag out the process of getting up, so try to get up as soon as your alarm goes off.

Let in some light

Just as dimming down the lights at night helps encourage production of the hormone melatonin, which makes us feel sleepy, exposing yourself to light in the morning will help to stop production, therefore waking you up. As soon as you’re out of bed, open the curtains to let in daylight, or if it is still dark, turn on the lights until the sun rises. – AFP Relaxnews

Maybe it’s the extra exercise, the mental challenges, or simply a psychological effect – but older people who spend a lot of time with their grandchildren are healthier and live longer, a new German study has found.

Psychologist Ralph Hertwig and his colleagues at the Berlin-based Max Planck Institute for Human Development evaluated data from the Berlin Aging Study, in which more than 500 people aged over 70 were interviewed between 1990 and 1993, and followed until 2009.

They found that half of the grandparents who looked after their grandchildren were still alive 10 years after the first interview, while half of those who didn’t – and also, non-grandparents – died within five years.

“But it’s false to conclude that the more you help, the longer you’ll live,” Hertwig warns, noting that previous studies have shown no longevity benefits for grandparents who mind their grandchildren round the clock, which is stressful.

The tipping point varies from person to person.

“It’s important to find a happy medium,” he says, adding that the motivation should be intrinsic. “Expecting something in return can quickly leave you frustrated if you get nothing.”

Erhard Hackler, managing director of the German Senior Citizens League (DSL) and a grandfather himself, says that caring for the little ones helps to keep him physically and mentally fit.

“You simply take part in everything, whether it’s playing tag or going swimming,” he says. “Without grandchildren, you probably wouldn’t do that.”

Nevertheless, he says there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to babysit all the time, and that you should be open about this with your child.

“You can say: ‘We love the grandchildren, but we raised you and now need some space for ourselves.’”

People without grandchildren who nevertheless keep busy with other social commitments have also been found to have a longer life expectancy.

“For a good, long life, the most important thing is to feel that you’re needed,” says Christoph Englert, a researcher at the Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jena, Germany.

Having a sense of purpose is important in old age – whether it’s minding the grandchildren, or something else entirely. – dpa

Many heart disease risk factors are the same for everyone. Lifestyle choices such as insufficient exercise, obesity, nicotine addiction and excessive alcohol consumption are factors that put many adults at risk.

But Dr Regis Fernandes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic (a nonprofit medical practice and research group in Rochester, Minnesota), says such behaviours seem more prevalent in younger people now than before.

What are the factors that millennials – anyone born between 1982 and 1994 – may be at higher risk of developing heart disease at a younger age than previous generations?

“Lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, smoking and things like that (are risk factors),” says Dr Fernandes, adding that these habits seem more prevalent now in those aged 24 to 36 than those in the older bracket.

And while millennials are the most closely associated with the computer generation, Dr Fernandes says, “They’re very savvy with computers, but they’re lacking exercise. Obesity is increasing.”

He says another big reason is stress. “That’s a problem that they’re going to carry through their lifetime. We’re seeing this nowadays. This will eventually translate into heart disease at a younger age. We see that in our emergency rooms now every day.”

He says millennials have to stop thinking about heart disease as something older people like their parents suffer from and start addressing their own risks.

“Eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding high-calorie foods that are high in sugar and flour, etc. Those behaviours actually help to reduce your blood pressure, reduce your sodium intake and your sugar intake,” he says. “And they actually help to reduce your stress level.” – Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service

Many buyers fled the Bordeaux market in 2011, after a bull run in prices during the sales campaigns for the critically acclaimed 2009 and 2010 vintages left the wines perceived as overpriced, just as harvest quality started to turn lower. — AFP Relaxnews picMany buyers fled the Bordeaux market in 2011, after a bull run in prices during the sales campaigns for the critically acclaimed 2009 and 2010 vintages left the wines perceived as overpriced, just as harvest quality started to turn lower. — AFP Relaxnews picPARIS, March 31 — Bordeaux’s 2017 vintage being presented to the global wine trade in early April is a “chance to win the customer base back” following variable wine quality and price turbulence over the past seven years, according to Justerini & Brooks Managing Director Chadwick Delaney.

The renewed success of vintages since 2014, after more challenging harvests in 2011 and 2012 and cold, wet weather in 2013, means the latest wines provide an opportunity for the region’s growers to regain lost business and strike a firmer relationship with those buyers who are returning, he said in a March 26 interview in London.

Many buyers fled the Bordeaux market in 2011, after a bull run in prices during the sales campaigns for the critically acclaimed 2009 and 2010 vintages left the wines perceived as overpriced, just as harvest quality started to turn lower. Some have yet to return.

Delaney said some of the high-end clients he represents have turned to other regions in the intervening period, notably Burgundy, northern Italy and, more recently, California. But with the run-up in Burgundy prices over recent years, he sees an opportunity for Bordeaux to make up lost ground.

Since 2014 “they’ve been making some very smart wines, priced very well,” he said, noting Bordeaux still represents the largest volume of Justerini’s business. “This is Bordeaux’s game to lose.”

While Bordeaux was hit by its worst frosts in a quarter-century last year, top estates largely escaped damage, either because of their protected geographical location close to the river or on higher ground, or because their owners had the means to put frost-protection measures in place. Frost hit hardest south of the city and on the right bank around Saint Emilion. “The top estates running down the Medoc are virtually untouched,” he said.

Justerini & Brooks is a private client-focused business selling to 49 countries, whose biggest collectors spend up to £3 million (RM16.2 million) a year on wine, although the average budget is closer to £30,000 to £40,000, he said.

The broker stores about £200 million-worth of customer reserves, mainly at Octavian in western England, and counts many three-generation families among its clients, and even one family that has been buying wine from it for eight generations, he said.

As part of its business model, to get access to the volume of wine it needs for its private-client base, it also sells on about £20 million of wine a year to hotels and restaurants. — Bloomberg

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Sharing with you, the second last shade from this line – the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in the shade “Ruby”. I’ve enjoyed reviewing this line for you and sharing all the looks with each shade. So, let us discuss Ruby!

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Review

Product Description:
What it is:
An all-new lipstick formula that delivers a just-kissed stain effect in one swipe.

What it does:
Loaded with soft matte pigments for high color payoff with a blotted-down stain effect and formulated with vitamins E and C and beeswax, this lipstick glides on comfortably and leaves lips hydrated and kissably-soft. The long-wear formula gives lips color without feeling heavy, for a un-lipstick look and feel that doesn’t feather or fade. Swipe once for a pigment-rich, stained effect or more for a fuller-coverage look—no mirror required.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.

Suggested Usage:
-Swipe on bare lips for a blotted-down look.
-Add two or three more swipes for more intense color payoff.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Label

Price:
INR 1700 / USD $29 for 3.4gms (Not sure why Sephora site states 5ml!)

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Price

Ingredients:
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ingredients

My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:

Packaging: The brand kept the packaging in line with the Bobbi Brown aesthetics by doing a cuboid back casing and yet gave it a fun and efficient twist. Each of the lipsticks has a colour coded band which extends to the lipstick tube itself. The colour of the band corresponds to the colour of the lipstick inside. So, if you have more than one of these, it’s easy to identify the shade from the packaging itself – plus it looks more fun and vibrant.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Packaging

The lipstick bullet is a regular twist up with the cap clicking soundly into place. The lipstick bullet is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.

Shade: Described by the company as “Mid tone ruby red”! Honestly, I don’t see the “Ruby” in this shade! It’s more of a Garnet, than a Ruby! Not kidding! The shade looks like a medium to deep, slightly translucent berry toned red! It should work for all skin tones when built up.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Cap Open

Texture: The formula is consistent to the other lipsticks that I reviewed earlier. It feels light on the lips. The lipstick glides effortlessly, but does not have too much slip where it would slide off the lip line either. It deposits pigment evenly. It is almost like a lip balm with buildable pigmentation. It is definitely hydrating. The texture is very lightweight and moisturizing. The lips look youthful. It fills in the lines on the lips and makes them look more hydrated.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Without Cap

What is most remarkable about the lipsticks is that the texture does not build up even when the pigment does. Meaning, normally if a lipstick is not too pigmented, we build the colour by adding more swipes. However, as we add more swipes, we also end up depositing more product which adds texture to the lips and if the lipstick has a cream/satin texture, the product would end up sliding around on the lips. However, that does not happen with this lipstick. I assume it is because the texture is so lightweight. Whether swiped once or more, the pigment does not sink into the fine lines either.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Bullet

Pigmentation: A single swipe gives substantial colour. Just a swipe or 2 gives a bruised stained look to the lips, since this is a deeper shade. However, the colour can be easily built up – this means about 5-6 swipes. The shade does retain a hint of translucency – despite its depth. My lip swatches and FOTDs are with built up colours so that you can appreciate the difference between 2 shades. However, I have shared arm swatches where one side is a single swipe of the lipstick and the other side is with multiple swipes. This will enable you to understand how low the pigmentation is and how richly it can be built up.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Hand swatch

Lasting Power: When used as a single swipe, I get about 1.5-2 hours of wear. With multiple swipes, and the colour at full intensity, this shade gives me about 5-5.5 hours of wear and leaves a very slight stain. I expected a shade this deep to leave a deeper stain – but it doesn’t. It wears off evenly and does not get patchy.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby Lip Swatch

Fragrance: This one has some fragrance. It reminded me of the Hourglass Lip Stylos. Maybe, it is the smell of the oils used to make it hydrating.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:

  • A berry toned red – but not too deep/vampy.
  • Extremely Lightweight texture.
  • Buildable pigmentation.
  • Very comfortable to wear with no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
  • Hydrating formula.
  • Easy to apply and get clean lines.
  • It applies smoothly and evenly with no tug or pull.
  • No feathering or bleeding – despite the balmy texture.
  • Does not flake.
  • Classy and yet fun packaging.
  • Decent wear time – 5-5.5 hours – considering their texture.
  • Free from Sulfates and Phthalates.
  • Product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.

Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:

  • Nothing at all.

IMBB Rating: 4.5/5
Do I Recommend Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby?
The shade is pretty and looks nice. But I do not see it as a NEED to have shade. If you prefer deeper shades and tend to apply them as a stain because you find similar shades in a regular lipstick too dark and vampy, this could be a great alternative for you. However, this isn’t a shade I would run out to replace if it got over.

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Skin Type: Combination

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In this post, I will be reviewing a product from the famous “Green Tea” range of Innisfree. It has three lines in green tea – “Fresh,” “Balancing,” and “Moisture,” for oily, combination and dry skin respectively. This product is from the “Green Tea” seed range, which is the fourth line meant for special moisturizing and nourishing care. To know more about this product and how it fared for me, please read on further.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream packaging

Product Description:
Antioxidant-infused cream made with Jeju green tea seeds for deep hydration and nourishment. A moisturizing and nourishing serum containing eco-friendly Jeju fresh green tea and green tea seeds More moisturizing and refreshing than ever before!
Price:
1750 INR for 50 ml.

Ingredients:
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream ingredients

How To Use:
Put a small amount of cream into your hand and apply it around your face and neck.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream price

My Experience with Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream:

The packaging is pretty cute. It comes in a dark green tub with a brown screw on lid. Of course, tub packaging is not the most hygienic and a spatula should have been provided at least. It has all important information printed on an English label with all the details. The outer cardboard box also contains all the details like price and ingredients.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream tub

The texture of this cream is very soft and gel-like, but it is quite thick I would say. It spreads quite easily over the skin and a little amount goes a long way.

Originally, I had intended to buy the Green Tea Moisture Cream, but the oily texture was bothering me. The texture of this one was much smoother and seemed to absorb better into my skin.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream texture

It smells fresh and nice, although that may be attributed to the addition of fragrance to the cream.

Coming to the application of this product, I use it after double cleansing and toning my face. I generally skip essence or serum as this does have serum in it. I also avoid using any sleeping packs over it.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream tub open

I bought this cream as I wanted a night cream as the weather change is taking a toll on my skin. This cream has helped to prevent my skin from drying out or looking dull. However, I do believe that there are other creams in the market that provide similar effects. I would recommend this product if Innisfree’s Green Tea range suits you, or products containing green tea work for you for that matter.

Pros of Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream:

  • Moisturizes and hydrates skin.
  • Not oily.
  • Spreads easily, only a little amount is needed.
  • Smells amazing.
  • Contains 100% green tea.

Cons of Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream:

  • Tub packaging is not hygienic.
  • Contains added fragrance.

IMBB Rating:
4.5/5
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream?
It is a good cream, and I would recommend it to those who would like to incorporate green tea into their skincare regimen.

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Hey Lovely Ladies,

This is my last review for Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color. It feels a bit sad when a series comes to an end. But, with this review you will finally have all shades from this line reviewed on IMBB – all the swatches, lip swatches, FOTDs will enable you to pick what shade you want for yourself! So, let us get on with it and discuss the last shade in the line “Cranberry”!

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Review

Product Description:
What it is:
An all-new lipstick formula that delivers a just-kissed stain effect in one swipe.

What it does:
Loaded with soft matte pigments for high color payoff with a blotted-down stain effect and formulated with vitamins E and C and beeswax, this lipstick glides on comfortably and leaves lips hydrated and kissably-soft. The long-wear formula gives lips color without feeling heavy, for a un-lipstick look and feel that doesn’t feather or fade. Swipe once for a pigment-rich, stained effect or more for a fuller-coverage look—no mirror required.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.

Suggested Usage:
-Swipe on bare lips for a blotted-down look.
-Add two or three more swipes for more intense color payoff.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Label

Price:
INR 1700 / USD $29 for 3.4gms (Not sure why Sephora site states 5ml!)

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Ingredients:
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ingredients

My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry:

Packaging: The brand kept the packaging in line with the Bobbi Brown aesthetics by doing a cuboid back casing and yet gave it a fun and efficient twist. Each of the lipsticks has a colour coded band which extends to the lipstick tube itself. The colour of the band corresponds to the colour of the lipstick inside. So, if you have more than one of these, it’s easy to identify the shade from the packaging itself – plus it looks more fun and vibrant.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Packaging

The lipstick bullet is a regular twist up with the cap clicking soundly into place. The lipstick bullet is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Unboxed

Shade: I do not know what the product team was smoking to name this shade Cranberry! 😉 Just like the shade “Plum“, Blackberry and Ruby, the shade name has no relation to the actual colour! The moment one says “Cranberry”, you get the image of a rich pink toned medium to deep red – something bright and vivid. The company describes this shade as “mid tone rich red.” The shade is actually a medium, brown toned, muted red. Go figure! Don’t get me wrong – the shade is quite beautiful and it seems flattering (when built up). But, not what you would expect a shade named “Cranberry” to be! The built up shade would work on all skin tones. When used as a single swipe, the colour looks kind of dirty brown on my lips – not something I go for. But, built up shade is very pretty, like a neutral (not nude) take on red.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Cap Open

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Without Cap

Texture: The formula of this lipstick is in line with the other shades I reviewed. The lipsticks glides on effortlessly like a lip balm and yet does not have too much slip where it would slide off the lip line either. It deposits pigment evenly and allows you to build up pigmentation. The texture is very lightweight, moisturizing and extremely hydrating. It fills in the lines on the lips and makes them look more youthful. What is most remarkable about the lipsticks is that the texture does not build up even when the pigment does. Meaning, normally if a lipstick is not too pigmented, we build the colour by adding more swipes.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Bullet

However, as we add more swipes, we also end up depositing more product which adds texture to the lips and if the lipstick has a cream/satin texture, the product would end up sliding around on the lips. However, that does not happen with this lipstick. I assume it is because the texture is so lightweight. Being the texture it is, it will transfer to other surfaces on contact.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Hand Swatch

Pigmentation: Being a muted shade, a single swipe gives a very light wash of colour on the lips and isn’t too flattering. The single swipe shade is a bit too yellow toned brown. The colour can be easily built up – this means about 5-6 swipes at least. The built up colour is quite unique and fairly opaque. My lip swatches and FOTDs are with built up colours, so that you can appreciate the difference between the different shades in the line. However, I have shared arm swatches where one side is a single swipe of the lipstick and the other side is with multiple swipes. This will enable you to understand how low the pigmentation is and how richly it can be built up.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry Lip Swatch

Lasting Power: When used as a single swipe, the shade does not last too long – maybe an hour or so of a soft stained look. With multiple swipes, and the colour at full intensity, this shade gives me about 5-5.5 hours of wear and leaves a light stain. It does wear off evenly and does not get patchy. My lips feel better off and thanks to the hydration provided by the lipstick.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry FOTD

Fragrance: There is a slight fragrance but nothing too discernible unless you put your nose to it.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry:

  • Beautiful, brown toned, muted red – an interesting neutral shade.
  • Extremely lightweight texture.
  • Buildable pigmentation
  • Very comfortable to wear with no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
  • Hydrating formula
  • Easy to apply and gives clean lines.
  • It applies smoothly and evenly with no tug or pull
  • No feathering or bleeding – despite the balmy texture
  • Does not flake
  • Classy and yet fun packaging
  • Decent wear time – about 5-5.5 hours or so
  • Free from sulfates and phthalates
  • Product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage

Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry:

  • Nothing at all.

IMBB Rating: 4.5/5
Do I Recommend Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Cranberry?
While the shade isn’t “Cranberry”– by any stretch of imagination – even if you cook the cranberries and make a sauce out of it; it is a very pretty shade. It is a lovely neutral like NARS Audrey. I like the shade and totally recommend it!

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