Malaysian Travel & Beauty Blog

Mar 20, 2017

[Haul] Sephora Birthday Haul


Y'all know the perks of having a Beauty Pass on Sephora? It's discounts, double points and freebies on birthday month. And since it's my birthday, I take the opportunity to try out new products that I've never use before.

1. Rebels Refinery Superbia Lipbalm

I find this skull lip balm super cool. To be honest, I don't have a habit of putting on lip balm. I just buy this for the sake of the cool packaging. It's a pretty awesome gift for the mister since he always uses my pink Chu Lip lip balm.


2. Origins Out of Trouble Face Mask

I have heard of so many good feedbacks about this mask. It is time for me try it out myself. This mask is extremely good to treat fresh acne or any early sign of breakouts. It will dry out the acne or stop the breakouts completely. The mask is clay-base and has a very strong minty smell (like Chinese medicine watermelon floss for ulcer). I like to use this mask after my Philips Visacare Microdermabrasion treatment.


3. Benefit's GALifornia Blush

I first saw this blush on the Makeup and Beauty Blog and I had this urge to stalk every local Benefit counter to get it. The shade reminds me a lot of NARS Orgams because of the gold particles. I haven't  try it yet, but I already know that me and the GALifornia are going have a great time together. Will update you guys with a review on this. I don't know why I always wanted to buy all the Benefit box blush as collection. Tell me I'm not alone.


4. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

This foundation isn't my first choice. I wanted to try the Makeup Forever Water Blend Foundation. But after reading a few bad reviews, I decided to skip it and get the Born This Way. Currently, I'm really enjoying my Burberry foundation and it is hitting the bottom of the bottle anytime soon. I do not have much expectation on this foundation because the Burberry one is extremely good. But I trust the Sephora nation since this is one of its best seller foundation. Let's see....


I purchased only 4 products because a lot of the things that I wanted already sold out on their site. The others are freebies. Sephora has new approach on their system where you can use your points to redeem discount voucher or free products. I've used 100 point for a 10% discount voucher and another 300 points to exchange three products.


1. Sephora Birthday gift

This year Sephora is giving away a mini duo blush as birthday gift. The color is very beautiful. I will try to create a look out of it soon.


2. Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi is now available on Sephora. Yay! This is a brand that I wanted to try since young. However, the products are all skincare only. I hope they will bring in the eyeshadows soon. The Glow Tonic is supposedly a toner which gives you glowing, brighter and clearer skin.


3. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Clamshell

Bronzer/contour isn't my staple product. I hardly reach out for it. Before this I purchased the M.A.C. Mineralized Skinfinish contour powder before. It lasted me 2 years! Since then I've stopped purchasing any bronzer or contour products. This deluxe sized Too Faced Milk Chocolate Clamshell comes in handy for rare events that I needed to contour.


4. Make Up For Ever HD Powder

I've never tried any Make Up For Ever products before. It sounds impossible since I'm a beauty blogger. But it's true. Since I purchase all my products and rarely I get sponsors, Make Up For Ever isn't the brand that I'm excited over. I hope I can establish a good relationship with this deluxe sized HD Powder since this is going to be my first Make Up For Ever product.


This is my little haul from Sephora as a treat for myself for my birthday. Which product would you like me to review first? Let me know... 
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Mar 18, 2017

[Review] Huda Beauty Liquidmatte Lipstick - Halal Lipstick?


Huda Beauty needs no introduction. I believe it receives the big hype as the Kylie Lip Kit. There are also claims that the Huda Beauty Liquidmatte and Kylie Lip Kit are very similar and possibly from the same manufacturer.

Today I will focus on the Huda Beauty Liquidmatte only. This lipstick is also known as a halal lipstick. We will analyze the ingredients at the end of this post to see if it is really halal.

I got this mini Liquidmatte from Sephora Champ Elysees. The Huda Beauty section was packed with girls wanting to try its products. The queue was as long as 20m. It is a big deal, especially in Sephora because other brands didn't get that much attention compared to the Huda Beauty crowd. Needless to say, I didn't have the chance to get through the line, but I still had the urge to get the Huda Beauty products. These mini Liquidmatte are placed at the payment counter, so it was really convenient for me to grab a set.


The mini set comes in four chocolate shades - Trendsetter, Flirt, Spice Girl and Vixen. Each tube has 1.9ml, which is very little product but it is a great size to try out the different colours.

L-R: Vixen, Spice Girl, Flirt, Trendsetter

The texture is extremely fluid and runny. It feels like spreading sheer liquid foundation on. It takes about 3 minutes for the lipstick to dry completely and create the matte texture. When it is set to matte, it is hard to come off and doesn't smear even when you eat greasy food. To remove it, simply wipe it off with makeup remover. I find that the oil based makeup remover works better compared to the other types of remover.

Top L-R: Trendsetter, Flirt. Bottom L-R: Spice Girl, Vixen
The color is indeed very beautiful. However, the colors are very close in terms of the shades. Well, it is called the Brown Edition anyway.

I personally do not like the feeling of matte liquid lipstick because it creates a thin film feeling on the lips. I know a lot of girls do not mind that because in terms of long-wearing and the color vibrant this is a great lipstick. To top that, it doesn't cause chap lips and dry the lips. If you love matte liquid lipstick, this is by far the best that I've tried. It's even better than the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in terms of texture.


Well, now let's dive into the ingredients of this lipstick to find out what it is really made of. Let's see if the halal tag is indeed really halal...



Isododecane = A type of solvent to create weightless feel on the skin
Cyclopentasiloxane = Silicone
Cera Alba = Beeswax
Trimethylsiloxysilicate = Silicone based polymer
Polyproplsilsesquioxane = Polymer
Octyldodecanol = Long chain fatty alcohol
Disteardimonium Hectorite = Clay mineral
Mica = Minerals
Alcohol = Alcohol
Ethyl Vanillin = Synthetic molecule
Phenoxythanol = Preservative to limit bacterial growth.
Parfum = Fragrance
Propylene Carbonate = Solvent
Aqua = Water
Phospholipids = Fatty acids
Coffee Arabica Seed Extract = Coffee
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil = Olive
Ascorbyl Palmitate = Antioxidant
Linoleic Acid = Colourless liquid at room temperature
Retinyl Palmitate = Vitamin A
Tocopheryl Acetate = Vitamin E
Lycopene = Red pigment

From the list of ingredients, it is obvious that the lipstick contains alcohol. I know that consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Muslim faith. However, after consulting my Muslim girl friend, she said that alcohol per se is not prohibited. It is the act of intoxication that is not allowed in their faith. And according to her, the amount of alcohol used in cosmetic is too little to cause intoxication and Muslim girls have been using alcohol based products for many years, such as perfume, nail polish, nail polish remover, etc. Unlike other products, lipstick is worn on the lips and we tend to eat it. Indirectly, applying the lipstick will result to you eating the ingredients as well. Whether it is halal or not, I guess I will leave it to your own judgement.


Overall, I love the Huda Beauty Liquidmatte Lipstick but not so much that I will wear it everyday. But I will leave it for special events or occasions when I need a long lasting lipstick.
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Mar 12, 2017

Step-by-step How to create your travel itinerary



Building your own travel itinerary can be overwhelming when you don't know where to start and it's even more difficult if you've never been to the place before. I have a fool-proved step-by-step guide that you can follow to build your own itinerary.


Step 1: List down the places you want to visit

This includes the places of interest, restaurants, pubs, shopping areas, etc. The list length should be 5 places per day.


Step 2: Mark the places on the map

Many years ago, I would download the city map, print it out and put my mark on the map. But now, things are are easier now. You can use online map to do so. My favourite website is ZeeMaps. It is totally free and you don't have to register to use the service.
Step 3: Divide the map into the number of days

After you mark all the places, you can separate the map into the number of days. Distribute the number of places evenly - if you have more markings, divide the days based on the reasonable number of places you can visit per day.

Step 4: Determine your starting point

Your starting point is where you should stay. I will mark a radius of 5km on the middle line to determine where I should book my hotel. That way I can maximize my time and don't need to spend a lot of time to travel.


Step 5: Mode of transport

You can stop at Step 4, but I will go on further to decide which mode of transport to take. Sometimes I will start my day visiting the furthest point by taking Uber or train. If the locations are close by, I will be working from point to point and slowly make my way to the hotel at the end of the day. There are times that I will start from the nearest point first and at the end of the day, I will take Uber or train back to the hotel. It saves me a lot of money on transport with that method.


Step 6: Write down your itinerary

After all the plan, write it down in your notebook. You can keep it in your email or make a softcopy file, but I personally like to write it down. When traveling there's always tendencies that your phone run out of battery, or getting snatched by thieves. You shouldn't risk it by storing your information in your phone.


By the way, I have this super cool travelogue journal to introduce to you. It is a planner and also a documentation journal for traveling. There are few sections on the journal such as Itinerary, Checklist, Budget, etc. that helps organize your trip.



My favourite part of the journal is the mini scratch map where you can literally scratch off the map to reveal the countries you've been to. It is a new take on ticking off your bucket list.


You can purchase this travelogue journal on my little shop Wanderlust Things. It is a project that I am working on with Constance. Wanderlust Things is a trend label store that is inspired by travel and adventures. If you love to travel, there are some really good stuff which you can use. I hope you can click the link and go over to our humble e-store. Let me know what you think about the products and what you wish to see more on our store.

Travel safe. Go and see the world. 
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Mar 10, 2017

Book Haul from Europe


Besides beauty products, I'm extremely excited over books shopping as well when I travel. I will scout for books that I can hardly get here (Malaysia book scene is pretty disappointing). One problem with buying books while traveling is the weight. Sometimes I have a lot interesting books that I want to buy, but I am limited to how heavy I can carry. Anyway....

On the previous trip, I limit myself to 5 books, but in the end, I managed to pick up 4 books that I really wanted to read.


#1 London's Strangest Tales by Tom Quinn

I read a book from the same series before - Law Strangest Cases. This book is informative, funny and entertaining at the same time. If you think you know London inside out, you need to read this book. I manage to know a lot of new facts and unpublished histories in between the pages. Each story is only one or two pages long which pack in about 50 short stories. My favourite story is A Mistress's Revenge. Let me attempt to type it out for you:

Disputes between lovers always involve emotional excesses and when lovers fall out it adds a new twist to the old saying: all's fair in love and war.

Salisbury Square, just off Fleet Street, once witnessed the conclusion to one of the strangest emotional disputes in the history of England. The problem began when Frederick, Duke of York (the second son of mad George III), began to lose interest in one of his mistresses, one Mrs Mary Anne Clarke. Mrs Clarke was his favourite mistress from 1803 until 1809 but then his enthusiasm began to wane. In short he completely lost interest in her. Mrs Clarke was furious at being unceremoniously dumped, but she would have accepted this meekly enough if the Duke had given her the pension she felt she deserved, together with a house in a fashionable part of London. The Duke for his part thought that he could completely discard her and that would be the end of it, but he had reckoned without the fury of a woman scorned. 

When the Duke refused to see her or give her any money Mrs Clarke sat down and wrote her memoirs, in particular her memories of her relationship with the Duke. The notoriety of Mrs Clarke and the public's appetite for scandal meant the publisher was convinced he would have a huge sale and make his fortune, so he printed 10,000 copies - an enormous number for any book at the time. Mrs Clarke then let the Duke know that the books was about to come out. In earlier times he'd have her head cut off, but even in Georgian England such an idea was unthinkable. The Duke knew when he was beaten. He immediately paid her a pension, bought her a house and bought up all 10,000 copies of the book - these were piled up in Salisbury Square and burned. If one copy survived and were to turn up now it would be worth a fortune! 

I cannot suggest if the facts are proven to be historically accurate, but it is entertaining and in fact, if you ever read it, you should take it in a pinch of salt. If you would like to know London from a different dimension, pick this book up.

I bought this book at Harrods for GBP7.99. Worth every quid.


#2 Lonely Planet's Travel Writing

I am not a good writer. But I'm a good traveler. You know what they say, "when you travel, you are speechless until you write it down". In order for me to share my travel experiences, I need to learn some writing techniques. My vocabularies are limited, I am grammatically insensitive, I don't have my own writing flare and I am not a good story teller. This book would be a great help.

If you are pursuing travel writing, I urge you to pick up this book. It is overwhelmed with tips and tricks. Plus, there's also writing exercises. The book also includes a comparison of layman writing vs. professional writing and how to get from layman to professional standard.

This is not a leisure reading. It is resembles a textbook.




#3 The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum - Dry Store Room No.1 by Richard Fortey

Richard Fortey is a British paleontologist at the Natural History Museum. One of the highlight of my London trip is the Natural History Museum, in fact that's the place I was so looking forward to visit and I didn't mind the super long queue at all. I didn't manage to go through all of the museum exhibitions. My only focus was the dinosaur (Night in a museum, does it ring a bell?). I bought this book at the Natural History Museum gift shop - I thought it was a souvenir apt for myself. I have not read the book yet, but I believe this is going to be one of my favourite book soon. The book tells the tale behind the scene of the museum - what the public get to see, what are the things filed under high confidential, and other day to day operation at the museum.


#4 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I mentioned a little bit of this book being one of my February favourites. This book is about getting your life into place and feel content of what you have. The book is separated by month - basically it is a book for a year project. Each month is focus on a topic. The first topic (January) is about clearing your clutter. That part was relevant. On the second chapter, it is about marriage, which I cannot relate to. Hence I am slowing down on the book and may skip a few chapters which are irrelevant at this junction of my life. The chapters on children and spouse aren't my cup of tea. Otherwise, this book is pretty helpful and insightful to keep my messy life in place. Putting the book in practice is really a tough one to follow.

I think this is a good book to have as bedside table book.


Anyway, how's your reading going for 2017? What book will you pick up this weekend? I'm still digging into The Happiness Project at the moment.
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Mar 8, 2017

Testing out DAISO products - Full Face


The economy situation is bad right now. Indirectly, this affects our spending. To save you all the hassle of trying cheaper beauty products, I volunteer to do it for you. Personally, I am a big fan of Daiso. My favourite aisles are usually the festive section, kitchenware and stationery. Most of the time I will take a peek at the beauty section, but I've never tried any beauty products from Daiso before.

With just RM5.90 (yes, the price increased recently, previously was RM5+6%), the price is really cheap compared to other drugstore products. But the price kind of giving me a doubt - do the products work, what is the quality of the product, is it harmful to my skin? Hopefully I can answer all that questions by the end of this post.


Foundation


There is only one type of foundation available at Daiso and only one shade to choose from. After I got the products out, my first impression was "Wow, this is so thick, must be full coverage". But I was wrong. The coverage is medium and buildable to full coverage (you have to let the first layer settle first and apply second layer for higher coverage). It doesn't cover scars or To my surprise, this foundation is really great. From my layman observation, it is not as hydrating as branded foundation. You will have to apply a primer underneath.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I think this foundation is usable. But I do not encourage you to use it daily because I am not sure what are the ingredients inside. However, if you go for traveling or needed a foundation in emergency cases, this foundation is adequate to assist you. 


Eyeliner


The gel eyeliner was kind of disappointing. The aesthetically the packaging looks good with the pink crystal. However, it can look like kids makeup at the same time. There are a few types of eyeliner on the shelf, but I picked up the gel eyeliner, expecting the gel type would be easier to use. It turns out rather disappointing. The gel is dry and chalky. It doesn't give that smooth glide like what I expected. When applying on the eyes, it is hard to get a smooth line.

Rating: 1 out of 5

In my opinion, skip this. I had a hard time getting the eyeliner works. After awhile, the eyeliner smudge and the eyeliner wear off. This is by far the worst eyeliner I've ever tried. 

Mascara


There are few mascara options and also different colors to choose from. But I pick up this version (Panoramic Curl) because the wand has dual function. I personally think that the wand plays very minimal role in curling the eyelashes, but the mascara formula is pretty good. The quality is on par with other drugstore mascaras such as Essence.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I recommend the mascara because it is of drugstore quality standard. In fact, it is much better than some other drugstore brand mascaras (ahem... Physician Formula... ahemm...). Since it is more economical, I think it is worth it give it a try. 

Nose Shadow


If you're into contouring and highlighting, there's a product here at Daiso for you. The brown powder is too dark for my skin tone, but it works. The highlighter is not that great though. It is just a white powder and lack of shimmer.

Rating: 3 out of 5

I have mixed opinion of this product. The contour is good, but the highlight fails badly. It depends on your need. If you're looking for highlighter then skip this. 

Eyeshadow


I picked this Anna Sui inspired packaging instead of other eyeshadow because it looks really pretty. The color is also practical since they're all earth tone. It swatches pretty good on my hand. But when I apply on my eyelid, it doesn't blend at all. The lighter colors hardly show on the eyelids, meanwhile the darker colors are too strong.

Rating: 1 out of 5

This is by far the worst product of the whole lot. If you would like to try the eyeshadow, go for other option instead of the Anna Sui-inspired type. 

Blush


Is this pretty or is this pretty? My god! The moment I saw this blush my heart melts. It looks so much like Japanese brand blusher. Oh wait.... Daiso is from Japan too. Anyway, what I mean is it looks like it belongs to Etude House or Canmake. It is pretty on the pan, it is pretty when on swatch, it is also pretty when applied on the cheek. Grab this if you see it!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5

I love everything about this blush. You can look at it.... is there anything to dislike about the blush? For RM5.90, I think this blush is totally worth every cent. On top of that, it looks like branded Japanese drugstore product. 

Behold, I will show you the worst makeup I've ever put on with all the products above (minus lipstick)...
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Foundation - medium coverage, not too bad to purchase.
Eyeliner - skip it.
Mascara - good to try, no harm getting one.
Eyeshadow - skip it or try other options.
Nose shadow - you can try it, but you won't lose anything if you skip it.
Blush - absolutely get it!!!

Now, forget about that ugly makeup I had. It took me 45 minutes to put on due to the eyeliner that is hard to put on and the eyeshadow that didn't blend.

Have you tried Daiso beauty products? What do you think about it?
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5 Ways How You Will Get Cheated in Bali



On TV channels, magazine write-ups, blog features and Instagram photos, the Wonderful Indonesia campaign can be seen as one of the successful local tourism ad. The Wonderful Indonesia wins the best use of social media influencers and hence attracted many of us social media addicts (including me) to yearn for a visit to Indonesia.


When we mention Indonesia, the first place that would pop-up on our mind is Bali (thanks to the feature in Eat Pray Love). Bali is a place that I have a strong love-hate relationship with. I love the places in general. They are really beautiful and as picturesque in real life as it is on photos. 


At the same time, I really hate the people. On the surface, they're no doubt friendly and put on those toothpaste ad worth of smiles wherever you go. Behind the scene, they're cunning people. I won't generalize everyone in this situation. When I mention 'they', I really mean those people who are in the tourism industry. I'm sure there are a lot of other good locals that I didn't manage to meet in person. 


A lot of people say to me that Bali is a nice place and they're very nice people. To be honest, I wouldn't go there if I am traveling alone. I've been there twice and I've encountered numerous times of getting cheated. Probably a lot more if you count those times when I'm not aware I've been cheated. Hmph. 


If I ever going to go there again, I would remind myself that these are some of the ways those people in service line are trying to get my money without me knowing consciously:


#1 - No disclosing the full charges
If you opt for private transportation, be sure to ask about the charges thoroughly. We booked a car and the price mentioned was fixed on the board. Nothing happened, until when we about to get down the car, and the driver asked for his OT payment. Apparently, there is an OT charges which they failed to disclose to us when we did our booking. It got me so mad because they don't factor in the time when the driver took a 15 mins stop for prayer and another 15 mins stop for a cigarette break. We were actually paying for his break in between and we weren't aware of it until the end of the trip.

Lesson learned: Question every charges before you commit into paying for something.


#2 - Hidden charges
The second time when I aware I was being cheated is at a restaurant. The receipt shows funny description such as "tsunami donation". When we questioned the owner, she told us it is optional donation. It doesn't look like optional to me if they pre-charge us without letting us know.

Lesson learned: Always ask for the itemized bill and question any item which you are in doubt of.


#3 - Not as advertised
If you are booking a non-commercialized hotel, be sure to check the reviews from previous guests. Or only book the place if someone recommended you to do so. The photos are often deceiving. I have a friend who suspected her Airbnb pat was not fully cleaned. There were stains of poo on the toilet bowl and strains of pubic hair on the bed. Will it get any worse than that? And they don't do any refund. She ended up paying for the 1 week at the Airbnb which she did not stay and 1 week for hotel.


Lesson learned: Stay in commercialized hotel or check out independent reviews of the place.


#4 - Not able to give small change
Beware of small stalls. If you have big notes, they always tell you that they don't have change and push you into buying more stuff. Or they will get a very small change from you. For example, not giving you back your change in coins. Normally we will ignore it. But if it happens to every customer, we are encouraging them to cheat more people. In the end it will become a norm.

Lesson learned: Keep small change and pay exact amount.


#5 - Money changer
In every country, the small money changers are always the biggest cheater of tourist. They will take a small fee like commission (which if you agree, it would be OK). But sometimes they change the rates on the board and tricking you to think that it is the actual rate.

Lesson learned: Change the money before arriving, at the airport or at the bank.


I don't mean to scare you with these horror stories. But you should be extra careful with your money in Bali. The positive way to see it, they don't mean harm. They just want to earn some extra cash. As a tourist, it is really annoying. 


As always, travel safe. Go and see the world!
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Mar 7, 2017

Breena Beauties VelvetCreme



Breena Beauty is the brainchild of Sabrina Tajudin, a beauty blogger turned cosmetic entrepreneur. I have a lot of respect for this girl, not because she's young and successful, but I know that she works very hard to make her name in the beauty industry. I feel like I have to support such great spirit and also support local indie brands like hers.

Hence, I grab her recently launched Velvetcreme matte creme lipstick.



There are 9 shades in the Velvetcreme collection, but I picked up only 3 - Lady Boss (my favourite since the moment I saw the swatch on Sabrina's FB), Chocolate and Peachcake.


All these 3 shades that I picked are very different, I think I can get 3 different looks from the shades.

L-R: Lady Boss, Chocolate, Peachcake
What I love about the Velvelcreme is the long lasting effect. I put it on in the morning and by evening the color is still as vivid. It withstand greasy foods and drinks; so you can save a lot. There's no need to reapply everytime after meal. In terms of price point, it is affordable but not cheap. A single tube is RM39 and currently, it is RM100 for 3 tubes (you see why I got 3 tubes now?).

Every product has its own flaw as well. To be fair, I don't like the feeling of thin layer of the creme when it dries up. This is a matter of preference and also it takes time getting used to. Otherwise, the color is extremely beautiful.
L-R: Peachcake, Chocolate, Lady Boss

You can purchase this from Breena Beauty website. Get it while the 3 for RM100 promotion is still ongoing.
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Mar 5, 2017

Skincare Showdown 2017



One of the blog posts that I enjoy writing every year is the Top 5 Best Beauty Products and the Top 5 Worst. The post summarizes the products I have tried throughout the year and I narrow it into my Top 5 favourites.

This year, I am going to do something different. Instead of showcasing the best, I have options of high-end and budget of the best products.

Some of the things like facial wash and serum are worth to invest on the high-end. But things like toner is sufficient to get the budget option. Anyway, I let you decide on your own which one you prefer. The price indicated varies from different point of sale, however it wouldn't much of a difference.

These are the products that I find effective and enjoy using. I hope it helps you in deciding which product to get when shopping for skincare.



Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser

This cleanser removes even the toughest foundation. Because of its 3-in-1 function, this cleanser actually saves a lot of money on makeup remover and scrub. It is a daily facial wash and not harsh on the skin. If you are interested to try this, contact me. I am one of the Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay.

Hada Labo AHA+BHA Foaming Facial Wash

The AHA+BHA facial wash comes in tube (cream) and pump (foam) form. There is no difference between the two except the texture form. This is usually my pick if I am lack of budget to purchase the Mary Kay Timewise Cleanser. I find it works really well in reducing black & white heads. It also keeps the face smooth by reducing small bumps. Purchase on Watson.



SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

The SK-II FTE is hands down the best essence. Although it was highly raved, it also gives consistent results in keeping your face glowing, healthy, moisturized and slows down aging. Bare in mind that this is an expensive product, however, it is worth it. Treat yourself with a bottle when they have their promotion from time to time. I believe the price is RM199 for a small bottle during the promotion period. Purchase on Sephora.

Guerisson 9 Complex Essence

If you haven't tried any Guerisson horse oil products, you should. The cult product Guerisson 9 Complex Cream have been loved by a lot of people, however, I find the texture thick and sometimes too oily. The Guerisson 9 Complex Essence gives the same effect as the cream and the good thing is it doesn't leave the oily residue. Purchase on Amazon.

Fresh Peony Brightening Moisturizing Facial Toner

This toner gives a brightening and moisturizing effect at once. In fact you can skip the moisturizer altogether after applying it. For those who need a dose of hydration on the skin should give this toner a try. Purchase on Sephora.

Mamonde Rose Water Toner

I wasn't a fan of rose products until I tried the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and I became a convert. The Mamonde rose toner smooth and your skin feels refreshed immediately. The rose scent makes it feels really luxurious - soothing and calm. Purchase on Althea. Use my affiliate link to register and you will receive RM35 credit.


Lancome Advanced Genefique

I have previously blogged about this serum with noticeable improvement on my skin within one week. I got the first bottle from Lancome PR, since then I have been repurchasing it with mu own money. Currently, I am using the third bottle. Read the full review here. Purchase on Sephora.

Mamonde First Energy Serum

Another Mamonde product that I love is the First Energy Serum. The serum contains flower aged vinegar that can help keep your skin preserved the youthfulness. Purchase on Althea. Use my affiliate link to register and you will receive RM35 credit.



Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

I think I don't have to introduce the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. This is arguably one of the famous moisturizer in the world. The moisturizer deserves all the praise. It is a simple moisturizer that only focus on restoring the hydration level of your skin. Purchase on Kiehl's.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Cream

I find the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Cream has a lot of similarity with the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. In fact, I have done a comparison of the two products. You can read the differences on the post. Purchase on Watsons.


SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

I am a big fan of the SK-II Pitera range because it gives immediate results. The Facial Treatment Mask is no difference. If I am traveling or having a hectic working schedule, I will purchase this. It turns tired and dull skin into refreshed and hydrated skin within few minutes. Purchase on Sephora.

b.liv Stem Cell Revival Mask

b.liv is a great drugstore brand. There are a lot of masks under their range that are pretty good. But I particularly like the Stem Cell Revival Mask because it lifts up sagging skin and smooth out wrinkly area after application. Consistent use of this mask will promote younger looking skin. Purchase on Watsons

Kiehl's Powerful Reducing Eye Cream

Eye cream is probably one of the skincare that is hard to tell its improvement. To be honest, I do not know which eye cream is good. But I know that the Kiehl's Powerful Reducing Eye Cream is by far the best to keep my upper eyelid stay put and reduce sagging around eye area. Purchase on Kiehl's

L'Oreal Revitalift Eye

L'Oreal has been a trusted skincare brand that is pocket friendly. The Revitalift range is good for anti-aging effects. I find the eye cream is pretty strong. It is an eye cream for night use and you can't use it under your makeup. Despite the thick texture and strong effects, it is a product that delivers quick result. Purchase on Watsons

Kiehl's Ultra-Light Daily UV Defense

I think it is obvious that Kiehl's is one of my favourite skincare brand. I use this sunscreen on a daily basis. You can read the full review here. This sunscreen is lightweight and has no issue to apply underneath foundation. It contains SPH50 with PA++++ to protect your skin from UVA and UVB.  Purchase on Kiehl's.

Senka Perfect UV Gel

It is hard to find drugstore sunscreen with high-level sun protection. The Senka Perfect UV is probably the only drugstore sunscreen with SPF50 that you can get in Malaysia. It is water-based so it doesn't feel oily and thick during hot days. Also, do you know that Senka is a brand by Shiseido? Purchase on Watsons.
Mary Kay Timewise Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is actually a professional treatment to remove the dead skins on the top layer of the skin. The Timewise Microdermabrasion is a mild version that is safe to be used at home on a frequent basis. This is a high compact scrub that is very effective in removing impurities in the pores. The scrub granule is also very fine. You can purchase this from me as I am one of the Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Invigorating

I believe every household has a tube of the St. Ives Apricot scrub at one time. Following the success of their body scrub, St. Ives product a milder scrub for face. The exfoliating beads can be quite rough, but it does what it promises. With the affordable price and immediate results, you really can't find any other facial scrub better than this. Purchase on Watsons.


If you are looking to purchase skincare, I hope this post can give you a reference so you won't feel overwhelmed with the different products in the market. Next week I will be featuring another post for makeup products. I am currently compiling the Makeup Showdown 2017 for my next post. If you have any makeup holy grail makeup products to recommend, please feel free to leave me a comment so that I can check out the product. 
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Mar 3, 2017

Philips VisaCare Microdermabrasion - Is it good?

You may have seen this facial device somewhere but do you know what it does? Contrary to popular belief, THIS IS NOT A CLEANSING BRUSH. Unlike other facial cleansing devices, the Philips VisaCare Microdermabrasion is a targeted treatment tool.



Equipped with the microdermabrasion technology commonly used in professional beauty salons, this device invigorates and maintains the skin's natural youthful look. The DualAction Air Lift and Exfoliation system encourages blood circulation, while removing dead skin cells. This stimulatesthe natural cell renewal process, resulting in younger-looking skin in just four to six weeks. Suitable for all skin types, the device can be used for five minutes twice a week for smoother, firmer and more radiant skin.

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical and non-invasive procedure that removes the outermost layer of dead and dry skin cells, and revealing younger and fresh layer of new skin.

The box comes with the device, manual guide, a charger portal, a replacement head, device cleaning brush, and a carry on pouch for storage.



How to use:

After cleansing your face at night, wipe dry and use the device by running the nozzle on your skin. Use it for 3-5 minutes and twice a week.


Additional tips:

  1. The treatment is suitable to use at night because of the peeling effect that may harm the skin if exposed directly to the sun. 
  2. After treatment, put on facial mask or serum to let the products soak in. Your skin will be more effective in absorbing all the skincare goodness because the dead skin cells on the surface are removed through the microdermabrasion process.
  3. If you have done any chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment in the saloon, do not use the device for a week. The device is as effective as salon grade. It is best to leave your skin to cure in between few days before you go for another treatment. 
  4. When first starting to use the device, use the "Sensitive" head first. After a month, you can switch to the normal head. Use sparsely in the beginning. When your skin gets used to it, you can use it regularly twice a day.
  5. You may experience break out when first using the device. This is due to the impurities recur on the surface of the skin. 

Benefits:
  1. The device helps to remove dead skin cells and dried skin cells on the surface of your skin. 
  2. The suction and gentle pulling motion promotes blood circulation. This will slow down aging process and slow down the appearance of fine lines.
  3. The suction also massage your skin and enhance elasticity. Consistent usage of the device will make your skin firmer.
  4. If you have scars or pigmentation, the microdermabrasion treatment will reduce the scars gradually. I have very deep pores and it is slowly lighten now after two weeks.


The rose gold tone makes this device looks luxurious. It looks really pretty on the vanity when you're not using it. One full charge will last about one month usage. It is travel-friendly as well. I can't think of any bad thing about this device, except the price. At RM1,499 retail price, it can be expensive. However, the price is a subjective matter. If you frequently go for chemical peeling or professional microdermasion treatment, this device can save you a lot of money.

Personally I really enjoy the treatment. It doesn't feel painful at all, in fact it feels like a massage device. Initially, I had bad breakouts from using the device because the suction retrieves all the impurities that buried deep inside my pores. When it appears on the top layer of the skin, the skin breaks out. It lasted for one week only and after that fresh skin is revealed. Right now I am enjoying the smooth skin and some of my old acne and chicken pox scars are slowly disappearing. 

I suggest you go to the nearest Philips counter to check out the device. Try it yourself to see if you will like it. 
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Mar 2, 2017

The Anti-Haul Post: What I wanted to buy but didn't



I started a practice - which is to refuse myself from buying the stuff I wanted (besides necessities) and keep the money in a jar. The money has to be physical money so that I am able to count and see the cash that supposedly spent on something I wanted. This <<post>> triggered my decision to do so. I encourage you to read it.

Since I have always showed you guys what I bought in my haul post, I am now showing the anti-haul post. To my surprise, I save up almost RM5k in just a month. Here are the things I really wanted and the reason why I didn't get them:


Gucci Marmont Matelasse Mini in Red

Money saved: RM3,800.00

Why I didn't get it: I wanted the Gucci Soho bag in red. God, I wanted it so badly. It is completely sold out everywhere, so I bought the Gucci Soho in black. What triggered me to get the Gucci Marmont Matelasse is just the desire of owning a red bag. It wasn't that I wanted it. So I decided not to get it. Besides, I have credit card bills to clear off. It is a good decision to let this go, but I want a small red bag. Will source for a cheaper version.


Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Money saved: RM199

Why I didn't get it: I have plenty of eyeshadows already. And eyeshadow isn't something I use on a daily basis. 'Nuff said.



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Money saved: RM79.90

Why I didn't get it: If I want to tidy up my house, I would get up and do it. I do not need a book to tell me what to do. The whole Konmari Method has indeed helped a lot of housewives and mothers in keep their house organized and clean. But I think it is up to personal commitment. Not only I can save some money from NOT buying the book, I also can save some time to do the house chores that I've put aside. 




Ikea MALM Dressing Table

Money saved: RM499

Why I didn't get it: This is going to be a KIV project. Although I skip this round to buy the dressing table, I will still get it sometime in the future. I'm looking for my income tax refund and I will be able to to get the dressing table. I can live with my current dressing table, so I don't really need to buy it at this moment. What do you think?


You see,  the total money that I saved is RM4,577.90! If I have bought all that, I am about RM4.5k poorer. If you have a problem in saving money, perhaps you should do the same. Keep a piggy bank (Mason Jar works as well) and start putting money in it on the things that you didn't buy but wanted to. On top of that, write down the things that you wanted to buy. So that when you really have the extra cash, you can treat yourself out of the list.


My ultimate advice here is, keep your hard earned cash tight and firm. You'll see results and thank me later. 
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