Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick Fix: Cayenne Parmesan Chips

This is probably the simplest, most sinful but tedious chips I've made. However, if you're a cheese lover like me a bite of these parmesan chips will take you miles. Very little ingredients are needed but a lot of patience are required. It's a great party snack, but make sure you have a big oven and a helping hand. It's okay to make a big batch and keep it in a sealed container, and it's great to crumb over salads, pastas or just about any dish that would be good with parmesan on top. 


- Grated parmesan cheese
- Cayenne pepper
- Dried Parsley & Oregano

How to:

- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread it in circles on a pan lined with a baking sheet. Make sure there are spaces for it to melt and spread. 
- Bake it in the oven til it turns golden, take it out, let cool and remove from baking sheet. 
- Pop it in the mouth and be prepared to be transported to cheesy heaven and back. 

Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Elsa Bright Laser Treatment at M.E Aesthetics Clinic

Disclaimer: After the whole XiaXue vs Gushcloud hoo-haa it seems like some people are getting angry about bloggers not being ethical by not stating "advertorial" in their posts. However, just to clear up some misunderstanding I wasn't being paid to write this article but I was invited (after many consultations with other clinics that offered me as well) to try out their treatment for a review. If the clinic doesn't leave me feeling satisfied, it is unlikely I'd go with the procedure. So now I added the "Review" part on the title so you don't feel like I'm bloody cheating you by getting paid etc. Kapish?


If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you will somehow notice that I’ve been taking steps to improve my skin condition lately. I never grew up with perfect skin. 

At one point in high school, my skin condition went downhill and I suffered from severe acne. So severe that my dad felt bad for her daughter to grow up looking like she’s sprouting all over her face so he sent me for vitamin C booster injections for months. It did clear up my skin although I wasn’t very sure if it had any side effects. The only things left were my enlarged pores, acne scars and some pigmentation from the years of tanning under the sun. 

I’m not a person who wears makeup on a daily basis, despite my undying love for cosmetics. Of course, makeup looks even better on a clean and clear canvas, don’t you think? I’ve always longed for clear, near-perfect skin so I can skip multiple steps of the makeup base everytime I want to put makeup on. 

I’ve consulted a few skin clinics before but I settled with M.E Aesthetics Clinic in KL, BerjayaTimes Square cause the doctors and the staff made me feels at ease. They were friendly, gentle and definitely one of the best I’ve met in explaining procedures and my skin condition to me. 

I had very little scarring left so I didn’t need to go for the major laser procedure. I also needed to shrink my pore size hence they recommended the “Elsa Bright Laser Treatment”, also known as the Lunchtime Laser Treatment as it takes only between 15-30 minutes to rejuvenate your skin. 

There are virtually no side effects right after this treatment so patients can resume back to their activities immediately, re-apply makeup and carry on with the day. However, it is advised that patients keep out of the direct contact with sunlight and apply at least SPF 30 before going outside. If patients have extra time, this Elsa Bright Laser Treatment can also be combined with Post-Laser Treatment as an ideal complement to microdermabrasion. 

Benefits of the Elsa Bright Laser Treatment:

  • Removes brown age and liver spots (lentigines)
  • Removes freckles
  • Removes tattoos
  • Removes brown birthmarks and Nevus of Ota
  • Improving dull & uneven skin tone,
  • Smoothes wrinkles,
  • Minimizing open pore
  • Improving acne & black heads.
  • Stimulates new collagen synthesis to improve skin tone

I’ve had multiple shoots over the past couple of months and have been exposed to extreme sun and harsh conditions but every time I did the treatment I would always come out with great skin right after. I can’t wait to finish all my shoots and have the best condition for my skin to breathe, heal and rest. So far, these are my photos with very little foundation less than a week after each treatment. I noticed that my scarring have lessened, my pores have tightened and it’s easier to remove my whiteheads nowadays. All you need it just good routine of skin care, sun protection and you’ll be able to maintain the post-laser skin for a very long time.  

After my first treatment, I got a little sunburnt in Thailand during my shoot but my pores were clearly diminishing in size and applying makeup was much easier. 

By the time I was in Azerbaijan, my makeup stayed and my face was less oily. I didn't need any more makeup base or pore fillers before applying my foundation. Plus, I was only using a tinted moisturiser instead of a full-fledged foundation on this trip.

My latest skin condition in Sydney, smoother skin with less acne scar visible on my skin. I had little foundation and my skin was easier to manage. However I was sunburnt again from this trip and I'm currently rejuvenating my skin with home remedies and also going for the facial treatment at M.E Clinic soon! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

1) What is the ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT and how can it benefit patients?
ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT effective in improving signs of mild-to-moderate photo-damage skin irregularities with no downtime and without any adverse side effects. 

2)Are ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT allowing patients to return to work immediately after treatment? 
Yes, ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT is a “lunch time therapy” that is comfortable, effective & best of all, nobody knows you’ve done laser when you’re back at the office as there is virtually no downtime. This treatment is a non-invasive procedure unlike any other skin resurfacing treatment. It is effective in improving dull & uneven skin tone, smoothens wrinkles, boost up collagen production, rejuvenation, open pores, acne & black heads. 

3) How ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT work and what benefits can patients expect? 
The laser light passes harmlessly through the upper layers of the skin and stimulates those cells deep below the surface which produce natural collagen. The collagen and elastin fibers continue to multiply after your treatment, and you will continue to see improved results over the months ahead. 

4) What can patients expect during treatment and how long does treatment time last?
None or skin turns mildly pinkish for a few minutes to hour. It can be done once every 3-4 weeks. The procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes, and there are virtually no side effects. Those who wear facial cosmetics can reapply their makeup right away, and freely carry on with their day. 

5) How many sessions does one need to achieve optimum results for removing pigmentation/ solar lentigines /freckles/brown spots?
Depending on the size, depth and type of the pigmentation, the number of treatments will vary. Some may be removed in two to four visits, though many more sessions may be necessary. You should schedule a consultation, during which time a trained professional will evaluate your personal situation and advise you on the process.

6) What are the disadvantages related to ELSA BRIGHT LASER TREATMENT and if there is downtime, can patients return back to daily activities immediately after?
For pigmentation such as solar lentigines and freackles. Most patients undergo a ten-minute treatment. A mild to moderate redness and irritation of the overlying skin is to be expected for a few days to a week, depending on the depth and amount of pigment to be removed. Patient can resume back to work after the procedure and advised to apply sunscreen at least SPF 30 and above and to avoid excessive sun exposure. 

Lastly, if you’d like to try the SkinFix with Skin Laser Treatment,

Mention [HANIE] to get BUY 1 FREE 1 off on ANY laser treatment before 31st Dec 2014

They also do non-surgical double eyelid procedures, browlift, V-face shaping and facial services. Results may vary individually so it's best to contact them and get some consultation done specially for you!

Contact M.E Aesthetics Clinic Times Square via the details below:

Address: M.E Aesthetics Clinic, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, M'sia. (LG, Nearby BORDERS) 
Phone: 03-2143 3866 / 03- 2110 6883 
Whatsapp/ Wechat: 018-2228122 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 (Annoying) Things Girls with No High Cheekbones Face Every Time

1. Gain a little weight and people call you fat.

You're not exactly that chubby, you're an average size UK6 (S) girl that just gained a couple of kilos over the last month, or are currently bloated from your monthly cycle. The first comments you get when you meet people "OMG you put on weight!" combined with their faces of terror/forced smile and burst into a weak laugh. You're not sure whether to laugh along, or cry. You know how some girls complain that when they put on a little bit of weight, it'll show on the face first? Yeah, girls with no cheekbones (and busty girls) gets it. 

size UK 6 me (above) vs size UK 8 me (below)

2. Never knowing how to properly contour the blusher.

Is it supposed to be on the apples? or the sides? Do i create a fake shadow? Where does my contour line ends?

3. Forever looking like a kid.

It can be a compliment, but sometimes when you're all dressed up especially with the whole vintage, pin-up look the last thing you'd want is to look like a jailbait.

I was looking for a photo to explain this situation, but I figured it'll be bit much for some people to comprehend lol

4. Photo angles makes no difference.

No matter which angle you choose, there's still not much difference. You end up clenching your jaw to create the 'illusion' of an oval, structured face wishing some evidence of cheek bones would show. Most of the time you end up not smiling and looking like a sourpuss just so you don't blow up your cheek balloons.

End rant. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

New Faces of H&M Chinese New Year 2015

Renowned Chinese actress Zhou Xun and Hollywood actor Archie Kao are the faces for H&M’s Chinese New Year 2015 campaign, available from 29th January 2015 in the latest and second H&M Chinese New Year collection. These items will be available in four Asian markets - China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Since they've announced their marriage on stage at a charity event last July, the newly-weds surprised their fans and became the talk of the town. Being noted for her strong fashion sense and her prominent achievement in the film industry, Zhou Xun is one of the most influential fashion icons in China. Loved by fans for his bright appearance and killer smile, Hollywood actor Archie Kao is best known for his role in the cast of the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 

Here's a first look behind the scenes of their shoot for this campaign. Lock your calendar dates on 29th January 2015 for your only CNY shopping destination next year! 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Quick Fix - Lemon Tabasco Air-Fried Wings

This is my ultimate favourite chicken recipe, especially for air-fried chicken wings. The flavours are tangy and slightly spicy but not overwhelming to the tastebuds. It's a perfect pair with oven roasted sweet potatoes or any grilled vegetables sprinkled with parmesan, salt & pepper. My favourite would be zucchini and bell peppers. It's easy to make and the measurements depend on your preference. Go slow with the lemon juice as it is strong and add on more tabasco or cayenne pepper powder if you like it spicier. The Lea & Perrins will balance the sour and tangy flavour with it's sweetness and you may add a little bit of sweet soy sauce if you want it slightly sweeter. It's my favourite TV meal, and definitely a hit for the potluck parties. If you don't have an air fryer, just pop it in the oven or the BBQ grill until the skin is crispy and golden. I usually leave it a little longer as I like it charred and crispy. It works well with other parts of the chicken and tastes better if you marinade them longer. Leave the mix in a sealed bag overnight in the fridge before you cook it for intense flavour. 


1. Freshly squeezed lemon
2. Tabasco
3. Lea & Perrins® - The Original Worcestershire Sauce
4. Garlic powder
5. Salt & Pepper
6. Sprinkle of Cayenne powder
7. Rosemary (Fresh or dried)
8. Dried Oregano
9. Half tablespoon of olive oil or none if you prefer.

Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett for H&M Magical Holidays

Year end is approaching and Thanksgiving weekend is over. The shopping trend worldwide is now gravitating towards Christmas and what better to hype your holiday season this year with this new tune as H&M is celebrating with a spectacular campaign and festive collection starring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” from their #1 album Cheek To Cheek. Put this on your playlist and feel the spirit of the holiday as you shop in their stores nationwide. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Quick Fix: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Sundried Tomatoes & Basil Pesto

This might not look very appetising but I swear it was one of the nicest things I've had in a while. It's not exactly a quick meal to whip up but it definitely isn't difficult either. I'd recommend this dish to impress that date, or even as a staple for cafe owners to consider on their menu - the stuffing can be made in big batches and kept for a couple of days. 

Please experiment with it to understand how much stuffing and lemon juice needed for flavouring as I went a little bit too much on the lemon (I only used half a fruit juice for two chicken breasts and it was a little too sour). The recipe also calls for bacon so I substituted it with beef bacon to make it pork-free. 

Feel free to add any side dishes you prefer than the bell peppers - portobello mushrooms, beans, broccoli etc. 


120g dried tomatoes in oil
4 tbspn chopped fresh basil
3 tbspn grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbspn toasted pine nuts
3 tbspn olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 large red bell peppers
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tbspn lemon juice
8 slices of bacon

How to:

1. Drain the tomatoes from the oil and finely chop them. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celcius.
2. Make a pesto out of the basil, parmesan, pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil by blending them in a food processor. Season with salt & pepper if needed. 
3. Cut peppers into quarters, place skin side up in an overproof dish (lightly greased). Brush it with a little oil. You can add any other hard vegetables if preferred.
4. Make a horizontal cut along each chicken breast to form a pocket. Rub each breast with lemon juice, salt & pepper. Fill up the pockets with pesto and chopped dried tomatoes. 
5. Wrap each chicken breast with two strips of bacon ( or just enough to hold the fillings in) and put it in the baking dish with the veggies.
6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until tender and cooked through. 

Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit!