Dior and Women’s Weekly present Makeup Masterclass Workshop

What do I expect from a makeup workshop? Let’s see if this one passed my expectations…

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I’ve always been interested to attend makeup workshops. Although I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 16, starting with simple eyeliner at first, I know that there are new techniques, tips or tricks based on latest makeup trends and technology to learn. So when I discovered that the Malaysian Women’s Weekly and iconic DIOR are hosting a makeup master class, I got excited and I quickly signed up! How often would I get a chance to have this Dior experience?

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Like a lot of ladies who fall in love with French designer brands or all designer brands, I am also mesmerized by Dior products. I don’t have a lot of it, though. My only Dior product at the moment is a Dior Addict lipstick. There’s just something about the luxury of owning a designer item that appeals to us. And I do have respect and desire for Dior skincare products as well…one day, I will have more of those…one day.
Guests were welcomed by an array of delicious, healthy breakfast (you can see what we ate on the latter part of this article). Dior Chief Makeup Artist, Matt Ng, conducted the makeup master class together with his team of makeup artists, in Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning and all of us ladies were excited to hear what Matt had to share.

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Matt began with a step-by-step guide in preparing the skin for makeup. What some people forget is that the condition of our skin affects how makeup achieves its best. On this portion, we had the chance to try and apply Dior’s luxury skincare products on ourselves, a choice between Capture Totale and Hydra Life. Since I go for anti-aging, I chose Capture Totale while those who preferred hydration used Hydra Life, meant for moisturizing the skin.

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I loved that we were all provided with a Dior mirror each while we conduct our own ‘pampering’ or skincare application. And we also have a handout or booklet to follow Matt’s tips and to write some notes.
 
Here are some of the products I used…
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I really loved the Dream Skin, which is an anti-aging treatment that also works as a skin perfector. It works instantly and over time to make the skin more youthful, to reduce spots and redness, and to minimize pores!
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Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin

One of the disappointments I get with some workshops is the condition of the products to be used directly on the face. I don’t like testing products in a workshop that are obviously ‘old’ or have been used as a tester for a long time. I believe that if a brand really wants consumers to have a good experience with their products, it is a MUST to showcase products in good, fresh condition. But guess what, during this workshop with Dior, the products were mostly NEW, unopened ones, especially for skincare. I’m impressed.
 

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Dior used new products at the workshop

When it comes to applying makeup at a workshop, I’m not really comfortable with sharing makeup tools. Say that I’m fussy or whatever, but I’d rather be safe and hygienic than sorry and infected. A lot of skin diseases can be transferred physically and I also wouldn’t want other people to get anything from me, if I do have something. This is why a daily brush cleanser is important for makeup brushes. But contrary to my bad experience, Dior executed this workshop flawlessly. They provided makeup brushes or disposable tools like cotton buds and spatula for everyone. This is how a workshop should be.
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So we continued with the workshop, going through application techniques for primer, concealer, foundation, skinflash, eye primer, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara. I probably missed something, we had so many exciting products to test. I fell in love with Diorshow Maximizer, the lash-plumping serum.
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Matt also revealed their new IT collection with limited edition colors and, of course, the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick. This new lip item is a hybrid of the best-selling qualities of Dior lip products: lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain and lip balm. You get that pop of color, a touch of gloss, the comfort of lip balm and the long-wear of stain. I’m not a fan of lip gloss because of the sticky feeling but this fluid stick feels great on my lips.

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To complete the look and overall appeal, we also sprayed Dior perfumes, a choice between Dior J’Adore and the new Dior Addict EDP. I chose the latter.
So here’s my look before and after application of Dior skincare and makeup, all by self-application…
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It was truly a beautiful Saturday morning! And I got to bring home a goodie bag with these goodies! That includes a full-size, not deluxe sample or tester, of Dior’s new Fluid Stick.
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Did this workshop pass expectations then? YES, it did, beyond. I congratulate Dior and Malaysian Women’s Weekly for planning and conducting this workshop successfully. To me, this is workshop done right. The brand and products were presented very well and aligned to what an iconic designer label should be. Guests were treated as premium customers with good food and good environment. Products, testers and tools were all in good or new condition. No hard selling, just focused brand presentation and experience. Even the parking fee at Hilton KL was settled by the team for us. And to top it all, for a small workshop fee of RM60 per guest, we received all that plus a goodie bag worth over RM100.

Here are some of the yummy food we enjoyed at Hilton Kuala Lumpur:
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Thanks and congratulations to Dior and Women’s Weekly. Hope we’ll have more of this kind of workshops with you.  

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Dior Addict Fluid Stick enables a flawless application in a single sweep: the high-impact colour and long wear of a classic lipstick, combined with the shine of a gloss, all in a thin film that delivers sensational comfort. Colour and shine come together as one for maximum impact with intense, long-wearing lip stain pigments directly encapsulated in spheres of gloss. Dior Addict Fluid Stick does not contain wax, but water for maximum lightness, an immediate fresh effect and addictive comfort…
A pure object of desire: the illusion is maintained until the case is opened and an applicator emerges that is steeped in colour and as precise and easy to use as a lipstick.
16 explosive shades like so many flashes of brilliance. Resolutely Dior, Terribly couture…
Price:
Dior Fluid Stick – RM102
Where to buy:
Departmental stores, selected cosmetic boutiques and Sephora
My Dior Wishlist – what I plan to buy soon:
Diorshow Maximizer Lash-Plumping Serum
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl
Dior Addict EDP
Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin
Stay connected to Women’s Weekly via:
and Dior via:

Dinosaurs come to life at Dinoscovery in Avenue K

Expand your kids’ knowledge and unleash their imagination at Dinoscovery

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Have you ever told your children about dinosaurs? Have they seen these prehistoric creatures on TV, on National Geographic, Animal Planet or Discovery Channel? Whatever your answer is, bringing them to Dinoscovery will be a wonderful experience to relive the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
Located at the 4th level of Avenue K in Jalan Ampang, just walking distance from Suria KLCC, Dinoscovery is a unique and engaging world class exhibit spanning 13,000 sqft, specially created to propel adults and children back in time to the Mesozoic Era for an unforgettable prehistoric adventure.

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(photo by Dinoscovery)
Last April, popular Australian children’s musical group, Hi-5 launched Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live!, Asia Pacific’s first, one-of-its-kind interactive, edutainment exhibition amidst colourful confetti and a cheering audience which included 40 kids from a children’s enrichment centre, The Curious Academy at Discoveria, Avenue K.

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The all-Australian cast from the hit television programme created much excitement in a special appearance and interacted closely with the children in the build-up to the unveiling of the Dinoscovery mascot. There were audible “ohhhs” and”ahhs” when a life-sized dinosaur accompanied by two “paleontologists” decked in tan-coloured Dinoscovery vests, Bermudas, safari hats and matching trail boots emerged from the imposing entrance of the exhibition.
So I decided to bring my 4-year-old son to Dinoscovery one Sunday morning. He has been curious about these creatures and was, in fact, fascinated by them when he saw Jurassic Park on TV (raaaarrrrr!).

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The entrance to the exhibit is a perfectly themed wooden gate. Upon entry, guests are welcomed by a map showing the dinosaurs to see inside.

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 (Note that not all of these dinosaurs are available inside)
First thing to do is to wear the explorer’s vest and take the paper map where explorers need to place stickers on the right spot on the map based on the journey inside (you have to experience it for yourself, I won’t spoil the fun by sharing the mystery, hehe).
Inside, you will see an amazing display of life-like dinosaurs completely provided with scientific information for our kids to learn. By the way, the display is not just the typical, hard, stationary statues; these dinosaurs are life-like to the touch and they move. Pretty amazing and even accompanied by sound effects.

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Amongst Dinoscovery’s star attractions include the Dino Quest, an RFID-based scavenger hunt for dinosaur specimens which enables visitors to redeem a Junior or Expert Paleontologist certificate at the end of the tour; the Dinoshooting Range where visitors partake in a mission to save sleeping Diplodocuses from pesky mosquitoes with paintball rifles; and Race A Theropod where visitors challenge the swift-footed Gallimimus in a 10-metre interactive race. Other attractions include posing for pictures with dinosaurs in 3 different settings, climbing a wall to glimpse a Pteranodon’s eggs and excavating for fossils in a sand pit. We also watched a 3D documentary movie about dinosaurs where my son discovered how heavy floods long time ago killed a lot of dinosaurs.  
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Children can even ride a dinosaur! (My son didn’t do this, he’s too small and scared, haha!)

After completing the scavenger hunt and placing the stickers on the map, my son submitted his map and claimed his Junior Paleontologist certificate. Wee!

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My son is now a Junior Paleontologist!

There is also an area where children can color sketches of dinosaurs and see different types of dinos from A to Z.

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Discoveria Cafeteria
The journey inside Dinoscovery might get you and your kids thirsty or hungry but no need to worry. Discoveria Cafeteria is right at the exit!
My son had a wonderful time at Dinoscovery. It was a good learning experience to know more about prehistoric creatures and be able to relive this part of our world’s history. I believe that we as parents must strengthen, ignite and encourage our children’s quest for knowledge. We must show them that learning is fun and can be an exciting way to spend time with the family.

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Watch out for these cute, dinosaur footprints on the white tile floor of Avenue K…kids adore these things.
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Here’s one of the backlit posters at the lift lobby of the mall. Can you spot the dinosaur?

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Where’s the dinosaur?

Aha, there it is, found it!
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Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! will run from 21 March 2014 to 28 February 2015. Tickets for children aged 17 years and below are priced at RM35 for Malaysians and RM50 for non-Malaysians while tickets for adults are priced at RM25 for Malaysians and RM40 for non-Malaysians. Senior citizens (aged above 60) and persons with disabilities are given a special concession rate of RM19. Opening hours are 10am to 10pm daily including school and public holidays with last admission at 9pm.

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Ticket Prices at Dinoscovery

For more information, contact Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! at 03-2181 7218 or log on to http://www.discoveria.com.my
Stay connected to what’s happening at Avenue K via their FB page:
About EMS Entertainment
EMS Holdings Pte Ltd “EMS Entertainment”, is one of the leading entertainment exhibitors in the world and a multi-award winning producer of interactive exhibitions; developing, building and promoting themed blockbuster exhibits which tour internationally and attract several million visitors every year. Started in 1993, EMS Entertainment has built a portfolio of highly acclaimed exhibits such as CSI: The Experience, Dinosaurs – Live!, 1000 Years of Inca Gold, Terracotta Army, Leonardo Da Vinci: Man | Artist | Genius, Leonardo Da Vinci: Man | Inventor |Genius, and World of Games. In 2011 the group has an estimated 4,500 open days with 20 travelling exhibitions on 4 continents, as well as a series of live shows. The group has, in 2012, acquired and own the exclusive rights to Star Trek: The Exhibition from CBS Consumer Products Inc. and Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience from Mattel Inc. The group expects to welcome their 10,000,000th visitor this year.
EMS Entertainment is owned by the Asiasons Group via its Dragonrider Opportunity Fund II L.P..
For more information, log on to www.ems-entertainment.com.
About Asiasons Group
Asiasons Group is an Alternative Asset Investment and Management Group focused on opportunities in Emerging East Asia.
The investment strategy of Asiasons is geographically focused in Emerging East Asia, mainly South East Asia and Greater China while the sector focus is in the consumer space and resources. This strategy has been formulated based on the demographics trends in Emerging East Asia namely increased consumer spending and urban migration in one of the most populous and youngest populations in the world.
Asiasons has a unique hands-on value creation proposition combining traditional Brick and Mortar strategies with Design and New Economy strategies via its in-house multi award winning Creative team. These value-added competencies together with the group’s regional footprint allow Asiasons to successfully expand its portfolio companies throughout the Asian region.
For further information, log on to http://www.asiasons.com
About Malaysia Major Events 
Malaysia Major Events (MME) is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC). MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia. With its main objective to enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and profile, MME is also tasked to identify and support major event bids for sports, arts, lifestyles and entertainment events and provide assistance to home-grown and home-hosted events in order to further strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as the venue of choice for major events in the region. MME also acts as a conduit between the public and private sectors in ensuring seamless processes are achieved through synergistic relationships with diverse event stakeholders in staging successful events in Malaysia.
For more information, please visit  www.mymajorevents.com.myand follow us on www.facebook.com/MyCEBand twitter @MyMajorEvents


Transformers 4 Age of Extinction at Mid Valley Megamall

The movie will soon be rocking the cinemas…but in the meantime, we have awesome Autobots at Mid Valley Megamall

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Just sharing some wonderful news, if you haven’t noticed it yet. Mid Valley Megamall, Hong Leong Bank and Nokia have brought a majestic display of some of the autobots right here in Kuala Lumpur in celebration of the upcoming launch of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. When I saw friends post about it a few days ago, I knew I just have to bring my son to see it!

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Well, he was used to seeing Optimus Prime and Bumblebee only on TV but now he gets to see them in mega-size! You can imagine his excitement when I told him I was bringing him to see the giant robots. This afternoon, I brought him to MidValley and he had a blast seeing gigantic models of his favorite autobots! 

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I am definitely excited to see the movie soon. But my son is not ready to go to the cinema so it’s a choice between watching it without him or wait for the DVD to come out. I’ve been collecting original DVDs of Transformers so it’s fine with me. I just don’t get to see it while everybody else does. But with Mark Wahlberg in it, I’m not sure if I can wait that long! 

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So while waiting for the movie launch and if you’re a big fan of Transformers, it will be worth your while to visit the display at Mid Valley Megamall while the autobots are there! Just be patient with the crowd specially on a weekend as the area gets really crowded. It will be worth the wait and patience to have your #selfies with these robot displays. 

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The Transformers 4: Age of Extinction display is located at Mid Valley Megamall, Ground Floor, East Atrium, right in front of Uniqlo. Movie is launching on 27th June 2014, watch out for schedule in Malaysia at Golden Screen Cinemas soon!

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Duriana Presents a Market in the Skies at La Scala Rooftop

Pop-up photo booth plus champagne pong plus pre-loved goodies in one place? With free rides from UBER? You gotta join me at this event!

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Duriana, Malaysia’s #1 social marketplace app, will be hosting their first fashion-focused Market in the Skies at La Scala Restaurant’s rooftop terrace on Saturday, 14th of June 2014 from 12-6pm.
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La Scala Rooftop with an amazing view of Kuala Lumpur City Centre


Following the success of the 360 Kuala Lumpur Bazaar, which was held in collaboration with Pintu Merah, the app is gearing up for its third event of the year, which will showcase its most-loved fashion vendors and The Other Party, who are expected set the floor alight with their indie disco tunes from midday to late evening.

Upon launching in late 2013, the app acquired over 110k listings after only six weeks in the market. Today, Duriana leads as the biggest social marketplace app in Malaysia with a wide range of products from arts & crafts to pre-loved fashion to wonderful vintage collectibles.
The app recently launched its latest version, which introduced a host of new features enabling better browsing. Users can now receive email notifications, browse up to 18 categories and sign in with a username as opposed to their Facebook names, among many other new features.

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“The whole concept of our market events is about creating communities beyond the online world,” said Camilo Paredes, co-founder of Duriana. “As a social marketplace, it is all about introducing our sellers in intimate events and gatherings, which are an extension of our platform.”
There will be several activities on the side such as a pop up polaroid photobooth and a Champagne pong competition. La Scala restaurant will be serving a champagne brunch and assortment of finger food and tidbits throughout the day.

This looks like a nice spot to hang out at La Scala Rooftop, eh?
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GIVEAWAY ALERT!
The first 30 readers who drop by the media registration booth, flash the Duriana app and the password: BLOGGERS IN THE SKIES will receive a goodie bag from FH Club. What’s inside? I’m not sure so we all just have to find out on 14th June! If you do see me there, say ‘hi!’, don’t be a stranger! 

And don’t forget, if you need a personal driver who will pick you up in a nice car on that day, download the UBER app on your phone and use this coupon code: UBERDURIANA to enjoy free rides. 

Buy and sell stuff online via your phone? Even pre-loved items? This is just cool! Gotta find out more on 14th June! And did I mention that they’re serving champagne? 

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ABOUT DURIANA
Duriana is a new mobile-first, peer-to-peer marketplace app available in Malaysia and Singapore. Duriana positions itself as a social selling app, which merges the functions of Instagram and eBay. Duriana allows you to discover a world of amazing products for sale – from your friends & neighbors, trendy blogshops or cool local shops you have yet to discover. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android systems at

WATSONS ARGAN OIL Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry, Damaged Hair

This mummy blogger is happy to discover new sulfate-free hair products

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Well, I’ve finished my other brand of shampoo and conditioner so I hunted for a new one a few weeks ago. I’ve heard about the launch of the New Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil and got curious about these products. Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner at these affordable prices?
  
What is argan oil anyway?
Argan oil is extracted from the nut of the fruit of the Argan tree, which is only found in the beautiful country of Morocco. The amazing Argan tree lives to be about 150-200 years old but the fruit is only produced when the tree is about 30 to 50 years old. That’s a long time to wait! Because the argan tree is only found in a limited area, the argan oil is rare. This ingredient is gaining popularity very fast due to its various benefits for the skin, hair and body. (for more info, visit http://skincare.about.com/od/skin101/a/Argan-Oil-Benefits-For-Skin-Hair-And-Body.htm)
One of the brands with Argan Oil that I’ve heard of is Josie Maran, which is exclusively available at Sephora. I haven’t tried it yet but let’s see how Watsons Argan Oil fares first.
The Naturals by Watsons Argan oil hair product range is formulated with ECOCERT certified organic argan oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids and provides necessary nutrition and protection to nourish body and hair roots to tip. It also consists of Soil Association certified organic avocado oil and wheat germ oil to help heal dry skin and strengthen hair while restoring hair’s natural shine.
Both the shampoo and conditioner come in a brown and orange color combination of plastic bottle with pump. The pumps are protected by seal to prevent leakage and tampering.

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The bottles have this sticker highlighting “5 Benefits in 1, Ecocert certified Argan Oil from Morocco”. The benefits are:
  • Nourish
  • Detangle
  • Smooth Frizz
  • Damage Repair
  • Strengthen

The Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil shampoo is in a gel-like texture with white translucent color that glimmers under the light. One of my concerns before with sulfate-free shampoo is that it has very little foam so I tend to use more of it on my hair. But, hey, wait a minute. This one produces enough foam nicely!

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The pump makes it easy to dispense shampoo and it just dispenses the right amount, too. Since I have long hair, I probably press the pump 4-6 times. The scent is also pleasant but it does remind me of cola drink, which is nice and sweet; I like it.  
The Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil conditioner is also gel-like with creamier white color than the shampoo. The bottle of the conditioner is exactly the same as the shampoo so it also has the same quality of pump to dispense the product. I find the pump user-friendly and convenient for ‘mummies in a hurry’ like me.
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The minor downside to this type of identical packaging is that some people might mistake one for the other. The labels are of the exact design and color with only the words ‘shampoo’ and ‘conditioner’ as difference. If you’re buying these in a hurry off the shelf, you might accidentally purchase 2 of the same items. Guess we just need to remind ourselves to read carefully.
The conditioner glides smoothly on the hair and although it has a gel texture, it surprisingly adheres well to the hair, not watery at all. The scent is similar to the shampoo, reminding me again of cola drink (feel free to disagree with me if you’ve tried this, haha).
So are these hair products good?
Oh, yes! With very affordable price, these Naturals by Watsons hair products are a great addition to your hair care regimen if you have dry and damaged hair like mine. My hair is well moisturized with these argan oil – based shampoo and conditioner. I just rebonded my hair last week and it’s important to use products that repair damage and strengthen the hair. Yay for Argan Oil hair care from Watsons!

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LEFT – Before Washing
RIGHT – Right after Washing

Well, it doesn’t really show the effects unless you feel my hair or unless you try it for yourself

All Naturals by Watsons Argan oil hair solutions are free from paraben, mineral oil, silicone, sodium lauryl sulphate and colorant free which have harmful side effects and can cause health problems.
PRICE:
Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil Shampoo RM22.90 (around USD7) for 490ml  
Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil Conditioner RM22.90 (around USD7) for 490ml  
Where to buy:
Selected Watsons stores

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For more information about Naturals by Watsons Argan Oil solutions, visit www.facebook.com/watsonsmalaysiaor Watsons official website http://www.watsons.com.my .
ABOUT WATSONS
Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 3,600 stores and more than 900 pharmacies in 12 Asian and European markets, including China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Ukraine.
In Malaysia, Watsons currently operates over 300 Watsons stores in the country serving more than 2.5 million customers per month.
Watsons continually sets the standards in the health, wellness and beauty market, providing personalised advice and counseling in health, beauty and personal care on top of its market-leading product range, making customers LOOK GOOD, FEEL GREAT every day.  Since 2009, Watsons has been the No. 1 pharmacy/drugstore brand in Asia*.  In Europe, Watsons is also the leading health and beauty retailer in the Ukraine.
Watsons is the flagship health and beauty brand of A.S. Watson Group.
Please visit www.aswatson.com for more in-depth information about A.S. Watson Group and its brands.
*Campaign Asia-Pacific’s “Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands” Survey 2012 of over 5,000 Asian respondents

Fight pigmentation with Clinique Dark Spot Corrector & Brightening Cream

My concern for my dark spots and uneven skin tone has brought me to test Clinique products for the first time
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With the kind of weather that we have in Malaysia, it’s quite inevitable to face the dark truth about having bright, sunny days — skin darkening and pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not ‘dark skin’ per se that I’m worried about. I believe that every woman is beautiful in her own skin, no matter what color. It’s those dark spots and discolourations that I’m concerned with. Sun exposure and aging can cause uneven pigmentation and unsightly spots on our body and, worse, on our face.
I recently hunted for a product with dark spot correcting properties as I’ve developed some spots on my cheeks. It might have been there for some time now but it has become noticeable and I’m on ‘panic’ mode. And I think it’s about time I try a brand or product that has some strong clinical background. After all, it takes good science to combat and repair pigmentation. So I decided to try Clinique for the first time.

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The Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (RM245 for 30mL) is packed in a light green box with the logo in silver stamp. The cap has a silver seal to ensure that you purchased a new, unopened product.

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The dark spot corrector is dispensed from the bottle with a fine pump. It works well to dispense just the right amount to apply on the face.

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The dark spot corrector is a light, white translucent gel that is easily absorbed by the skin. Because it is 100% fragrance free, don’t expect any scent, just clean and simple on your face. Although I enjoy skincare products that have mild, pleasant scent, I don’t mind it being fragrance-free. It is meant to be suitable for those with sensitivity to whitening or evening products.

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I’m someone who enjoys reading product inserts, like this one that comes with Clinique Dark Spot Corrector. Let me share some important notes…
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
Meet the damage eraser. Clinical studies confirm that its patented formula with CL-302 Complex dramatically helps reverse the appearance of dark spots, age spots, skin stresses and darkening from blemish marks, starting in 4 weeks.

What improvement can you expect and when will you see it?
Lots of variables affect how quickly you’ll start to see results — degree of pigmentation, medications, stress and UV exposure all play a part. Generally, it takes 4 weeks of twice daily use to see measurable results. Be patient. 
  • In 1-2 weeks – skin seems brighter, feels smoother
  • In 4 weeks – dark spots are visibly diminished
  • In 12 weeks – you’ll see dark spots dramatically reduced

I love this honest statement written on the insert/ leaflet: “Sorry, but freckles you were born with are forever. Does not correct melasma (mask of pregnancy).”
How to use the Dark Spot Corrector:
Twice daily, cleanse, gently exfoliate, then apply the dose from 2 pumps all over the face. Apply a moisturizer. Daily sunscreen of SPF15/ PA++ or higher is imperative.
Life after opening is 24 months.
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As I mentioned before, no single product can work alone. Skincare products work with other products in our entire skincare regimen. To maximize the result for brightening my dark spots, I also got the Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream.
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Like the dark spot corrector, Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream (RM175 for 50mL) is packed in a light green box with the logo in silver stamp. The cap also has a silver seal to ensure that you purchased a new, unopened product.

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The moisture gel cream jar has a secondary cover to preserve the cream from dust and other elements when you open it. The white plastic cover is embossed with Clinique logo and has a small finger handle for easy opening.

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The gel cream is a white, light texture that easily blends on the skin and does not leave a sticky feeling. It is also 100% fragrance free, allergy tested and formulated for Asian skins. This gel cream feels great on the face and blends well with my daily sunblock. Some whitening products can be too harsh, specially when applied on the neck, but this Clinique Brightening Gel is also suitable on my neck.
Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream
Oil-free brightening gel cream supplies refreshing, all-day hydration for oilier skins. It is formulated to be a year-round source of refreshing all-day hydration. It helps visibly reduce dark spots and discolourations, bringing new clarity to the skin. Skin-fortifying ingredients help strengthen skin’s resistance to future darkening.
How to use the Brightening Moisture Gel Cream:
Twice daily, cleanse, gently exfoliate, apply toner then serum/ spot corrector. Apply the brightening moisturizer all over the face. Daily sunscreen of SPF15/ PA++ or higher is imperative.
The ultimate question…DOES CLINIQUE WORK FOR ME?
I know that the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector needs at least 4 weeks to see results on dark spots but I wanted to check my spot improvement in as early as 2 weeks. I am patient but I am also excited.
Compare my cheeks before (left) and after (right) 2 weeks:
 

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LEFT: Before using Clinique Dark Spot Corrector and Brightening Cream

RIGHT: After 2 weeks of using Clinique

It is a small improvement but there was improvement in 14 days! So, YES, Clinique products are working on my skin. Take note that I am using the dark spot corrector and brightening cream together with a sunblock product.

Here’s how my skin looks with makeup over Clinique:

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Let’s start fighting those dark spots! 

Price:
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – RM245 (around USD76) for 30mL
Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream – RM175 (around USD54) for 50mL
Where to buy:
Departmental stores, selected cosmetic boutiques and Sephora
They offer FREE standard shipping with orders above RM250

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50 Product Review

Looking for a sunblock that is clear, light and non-sticky?

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I am very cautious of being exposed to the sun. My colleagues and friends would sometimes tease me of being a ‘candle princess’ or someone who would melt under the sun. But my experience as a brand manager for skincare products, which also included sunblock brands, has given me sufficient knowledge of how the sun’s UV rays can damage the skin in various ways. It’s actually not the darkening that I’m concerned of but premature aging that can lead to wrinkles and other conditions, uneven pigmentation and, worst of all, the possibility of developing skin cancer.
Applying sunblock is part of my daily routine, right before I apply makeup. As such, it is important that I use a product that does not leave a white film because this will mess up how my foundation color turns out. The problem with a lot of sunblock products is that ‘white film’ and the sticky, heavy feel that it leaves on the skin.
I tried the Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++. The name “ultra sheer dry-touch” makes it catchy. I find this a good choice because it indicates that it can be used for face and body. What some of us might forget when applying sunblock is including our arms. Remember that while driving or riding in a car, our arms get exposed to sunlight through the car windows. Don’t be surprised but some UV rays can penetrate glass.
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Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock tube is nicely packed in a clear, plastic box. The tube opening is sealed with foil to preserve the life of the product itself.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock tube with foil seal

This sunblock really has ultra sheer and dry-touch properties. Even if the product color is milky white, it turns to clear, unnoticeable color when rubbed on the skin.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock cream is white in color (before rubbing) 

 

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The white cream spreads easily with a sheer, dry finish

I have another sunblock that leaves a white film on the skin. I depend on my foundation to balance the color on my face when applying this one.
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Other sunblock brand which is also white in color

 

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This other brand leaves a white film after application 

Here you’ll see that this brand ‘X’ leaves a white film and looks sticky. But thank goodness Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock does the opposite.
When applied on my face, you’ll see that you can barely see the difference between with and without sunblock in terms of my skin tone. Because Neutrogena Sunblock is sheer and dry to the touch, my face looks the same before and after.        
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LEFT: Before applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

RIGHT: After applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

How to use:
Every morning after clear lotion or essence, massage evenly over face, neck and arms, apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. When going swimming or activities with long exposure to sunlight, apply the sunblock on your body including the legs and re-apply frequently to maintain protection.
Price:
RM39.90 for 88ml – available at Watsons and other leading pharmacies
What I love about this sunblock:
  • Ultra sheer or no white film on my face
  • Non-shiny finish
  • Dry to the touch, non-sticky
  • High SPF50 but still feels light
  • Broad spectrum UVA/ UVB
  • Allows easy application of makeup
  • Both for face and body use
  • Reasonable price for a multi-use sunblock (you wouldn’t want to use an expensive sunblock meant for the face on your arms, right)

Are you protected from the sun’s UV rays? If not yet, Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is worth a try. It’s great for daily use, great for outdoor activities, works well with makeup and affordable!
Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is a breakthrough in sun protection. Stabilized with HelioplexTM, it provides superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays, and combines it with Dry Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. This lightweight sunblock has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
This sunblock is:
Waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Oil-free and PABA free
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