Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup

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Ah makeup, makeup, makeup. Can’t live without ‘em. And definitely cannot live without any foundation! 

I’m a fan of lightweight liquid foundation. I prefer texture and viscosity that feel like it’s just “second skin”. I tested this foundation in one of the retail shops (oh my, I can’t believe that I can’t remember where exactly did I buy this) and I really liked how water-like it was. So I bought one (hmmm, probably in Sephora, Aeon, Isetan, Metrojaya…). 

I’ve been using this for more than a month now and I’m enjoying how easy it is to blend and spread on the face. I normally apply it using wet beauty sponge and it easily gets absorbed by the skin. However, if you prefer full coverage, this might be a bit light for you. Although it says that coverage is from medium to full, I find that it might be light if there are dark spots that you want to blur. I do apply concealer before this foundation to even out some spots. 

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Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup
SPF30 / PA++
How much: RM205 / 30ml 
My shade: 1C0 Cool Porcelain

Made in Belgium. Use within 24 months after opening.
Created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.

It comes in a plastic bottle with frosted finish, looks like frosted glass until you touch it. The cap serves as dropper so you can dispense the liquid in controlled amount. 

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Here’s a closer look at the dropper
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Look at those drops. Aren’t they pretty to look at?
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My steps on how to apply this foundation:
1. Cleanse your face and neck. Pat dry.
2. Apply your usual skincare products: toner, essence, moisturiser and eye cream. 
3. Apply your makeup base. 
4. Based on your preference and need, apply concealer on target areas of your face. 
5. Dispense 2-3 drops of Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup on your palm.  
6. Using a beauty sponge, dab the foundation onto your face up to jawline and neck. Blend in circular motions until even. 
7. If needed, dispense another 1-2 drops and apply on selected areas. 
8. Finish with translucent or face powder. 


Throughout the day, this foundation feels great on the skin. No caking. My skin feels moisturised and I do notice slight brightening of some spots over the past weeks. It’s not massive impact but the foundation does function as makeup and skincare at the same time. Works great for me. 

It seems though that it’s not easy to find this specific product online except Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s still available in major retail stores but if in case you are looking for it, Amazon might be able to ship it to Malaysia. 

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About Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup 
(try to say that in 3 seconds, quite a mouthful of a product name)  

Every drop of this light-filled liquid foundation is fortified with skin-pampering, cooling hydration to plump skin, enhancing its luminosity. Advanced optics instantly blur and minimize uneven skin tones, dullness, fine lines, pores and dark spots. The result? A smooth flawless finish that seems one with your skin, glowing from within. Contains key actives that complement the Light Cycle Complex in the Crescent White skincare products. Medium to full coverage. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested. 

  • A brightening, fluid foundation with high UV protection 
  • Gives medium to full coverage to even out skin tone 
  • Instantly hides fine lines, pores & dark spots for a flawless complexion 
  • Delivers a luminous finish to refresh dull skin 
  • Enriched with cooling hydration to plump skin 
  • Boosts skin radiance & smoothness
  • Smooth on this luxuriously sheer, fluid base to help instantly correct and minimize dull, sallow tones and dark spots with advanced optics and skin-brightening lavender pigments
  • The luxuriously lightweight formula primes skin so effectively, makeup glides on effortlessly, blends smoothly and looks flawlessly fresh

For optimum performance, prime with Brightening Makeup Base. 
Shake well before use. 

Other available shades:
  • 1C0 Cool Porcelain
  • 2C0 Cool Vanilla
  • 3C0 Cool Cream
  • 4C0 Cool Cashmere
  • 1W0 Warm Porcelain
  • 2W0 Warm Vanilla
  • 3W0 Warm Cream
  • 3W1 Tawny


For more Crescent White products, you can check Estee Lauder site 

11 Reasons Why I Love Spotify

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If you’re not using Spotify yet and wondering why so many people are using it, here are some of the reasons why I love Spotify (and could be why you might want to start using it, too). 

#1 
I can find every song I want, from new songs up to the songs I listen to when I was, hmmm…8 years old? 
I’m a 1980 baby (yes, I admit, I’m old) and I grew up with my father’s music like The Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, The Carpenters and Cat Stevens. My strongest music preference is within the 90’s, when alternative rock and more rock genres have evolved up to gothic rock. Generation of today may not be inclined to listen to bands like Disturbed, Garbage, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation and System of a Down. I don’t listen to the radio and I definitely need my own mix of songs while driving or running. 


And that’s the greatest thing I experienced when I first used Spotify. I can create my personal mix and I can literally find every song I wanted. 

#2 
I can download songs or podcasts and listen to it offline. 
This makes the experience hassle-free. I don’t need to be dependent on data to start listening. I can create my mix or follow playlists that I like and download them into my iPhone, iPad or MacBook. 
You can’t play your music on more than 1 device at the same time but I have no issue with this. 


#3
I learn interesting stuff from podcasts and more. 
It’s not just all songs and playlists. Spotify has multiple categories including audiobooks, comedy and podcasts. My favourite podcast is Something You Should Know by Mike Carruthers. Oh and there are new ones including Chill Digital Marketing! I should start listening to that… 



#4
I discover songs that I probably wouldn’t know about. 
Since I don’t like listening to radio, I’m unaware of new songs that I might potentially like based on my music preference. Spotify has weekly updates under “Made for You” tab where you see playlists and songs that you might like. 



#5
I feel like Spotify understands my mood. 
There is a certain time of the day or day of the week when I need music to focus. Spotify has playlist for it. There are times when you need some energy boost. There are times when you need to de-stress or need good music while reading a book for that perfect chill-and-relax time. There’s this season of the year when you need Christmas songs, yes? Spotify’s playlists for genres and moods are just amazing.


It’s also great how Spotify has a localised approach. Since I’m based in Malaysia, my Spotify “Browse” section features Malay Pop playlist. I don’t really listen to it but it’s great that Spotify has this. 


#6
I fall asleep with Spotify Sleep playlists on.
I used to have a hard time falling asleep. At home, in local hotels, in overseas hotels, it’s just difficult for me to stop thinking, chill and fall asleep. And during one of the nights I was having trouble sleeping and I was tinkering with my Spotify playlists, guess what, Spotify showed “Can’t sleep?” And it displayed several playlists for sleep! Since then, I’ve been playing Sleep playlists every night, wherever I am, and it really helped me relax and doze off faster. 



#7
I run longer and better with my Spotify playlist on.
I started running every weekend around 2 years back and it can honestly be very boring. I find it more challenging to defeat boredom than enduring the exercise itself. Then I tried running with music on and it was a game changer! I can now last more than an hour with music on when I used to get so bored within my first 20 minutes. 



#8
I can survive hours of flights with Spotify. 
I’m not a fan of traveling, unlike most of young people out there who love to travel. I don’t like sitting for hours in a plane (or any form of transport). I try working on my laptop in flight but this gives me headache. Nowadays I have my Spotify music on. Whether I’m listening to songs or podcasts, I am now better at traveling for a few hours. 

#9
I can easily access what I recently listened to. And play it again and again when I feel like it. 
The Spotify app or software easily allows you to go through playlists, follow them and the playlists you recently played go inside the tab “Recently Played”. Then you can keep playing the same playlist and knock yourself out with the same songs again and again. Ahhhh, the joy of satisfying your song cravings. 



#10
The user interface is just awesome. 
This is just way easy to use, easy to find songs, easy to personalize and easy for discovery. 

#11
It’s affordable. 
It does have 30-day trial and even the premium subscription is only at RM14.90 per month. I use Spotify everyday and I find that it’s really worth it. I hope Spotify maintains its reasonable price while it keeps adding more cool things over time. 

 Music for everyone

Keep it up, Spotify! Rock my world. 

*Just in case you are wondering…the contents of this article are from my personal opinion and experience. This is not a paid post. 

Hypoallergenic Face Cream for Kids and Babies

How are you taking care of your child’s face?


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For the past few years, I’ve been using Sebamed Baby Protective Facial Cream on my son’s face. It’s a great product, I have no complain at all. 

However, my son is now turning 9 years old, not a baby anymore. So I thought it could be time to switch to a cream intended for children, not necessarily for babies. I saw  this Physiogel moisture cream while Sebamed was out of stock so I decided to give Physiogel a try. 

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Physiogel Hypoallergenic
Daily Moisture Therapy Cream
Price: RM45.90 / 75ml
Where to buy: Guardian Pharmacy

My son has been using this cream for 3 months now and it has been good. His skin is smooth and supple, still like a baby’s. He doesn’t develop rashes on the neck from sweating and no dry patches. 

The cream itself  is milky, easy to apply and easily absorbed by the skin, does not leave an oily film. 

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This cream:
Is for normal / dry sensitive skin
Provides long-lasting moisture
Makes skin less sensitive
Is clinically proven to strengthen and repair the skin’s moisture barrier
Has no preservatives, perfumes, colorants
Is suitable for face and body

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Daily use moisturizing cream for normal / dry sensitive skin that can feel tight, rough or uncomfortable. Also suitable for babies and children. Clinically tested by dermatologists. Non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Proven results:
Nourishes and repairs the moisture barrier even in sensitive skin
Restores skin’s elasticity
Promotes long-lasting moisturization to protect against recurring dryness, with regular use
Softens and smoothens for visibly healthier skin

How to use:

Apply to clean skin twice daily
Apply on face and neck

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Upgrade your old phone to an OPPO F9 with the OPPO and TecProtec Trade-in Program

Want to upgrade your phone to the new OPPO F9 without breaking the bank?

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Manila, Philippines
AmTrust Mobile Solutions and OPPO is elevating consumer purchasing power with its new TecProtec Trade-in program partnership. With peace of mind and fast processing for trade-in, customers may now have their current smartphones assessed and evaluated for a new OPPO smartphone directly at select OPPO concept stores.

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TecProtec, a program by AmTrust Mobile Solutions, in exclusive partnership with top international smartphone brand OPPO, aimed to offer more options to consumers in purchasing smartphones. Starting September 28, 2018, customers may now inquire to trade-in their current smartphone and get evaluated in its value in just 5 minutes. Qualified smartphones will then be eligible for its trade-in value to purchase a new OPPO smartphone such as the recently launched F9 with VOOC Flash Charging technology.

“The goal of this program is to provide an easy way for smartphone owners to upgrade to their choice of new phone,” said Jaime Jose M. Javier, Jr., AmTrust Mobile Solutions Philippines CEO. “With the Trade-in to the New OPPO F9 Program, we are happy to provide a great solution to more smartphone owners to upgrade and get their dream phone,” Javier added.

“It’s a simple and easy solution to trade-in and upgrade. With any old device, a customer can walk-in to our selected outlets and get the trade-in completed within minutes” announced Garrick Hung, OPPO Philippines Vice President. “This eliminates the time-consuming journey of having your phone sold first and even avoiding the risk of low ballers. In just a few steps, anyone can walk out with the new OPPO F9 in their hands and just in one store.” Hung added.

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AmTrust Mobile Solutions / TecProtec team at OPPO + TecProtec Trade-in Launch
(left to right) Mikko Bacani, Aldrin Ocampo, Clark Afortunado, Ronelyn Ordonez, Jimmy Javier, Menan Tagle

Part of the goal was to develop a creative and engaging concept that showcases TecProtec’s Trade-In Program positioning and unique mobile trade-in capabilities. TecProtec’s approach to mobile is anchored by their belief that mobile is more than just a transaction platform; it can strengthen the relationship of brands with consumers.
Starting September 29, 2018, Saturday customers may now visit the following OPPO concept stores to inquire about availing current smartphone to the TecProtec trade-in program.

List of OPPO Concept Stores
·       SM Megamall
·       SM Mall of Asia
·       Tutuban Mall
·       SM Sangandaan
·       Starmall Alabang
·       SM Southmall
·       SM BF Paranaque
·       SM Novaliches
·       SM Fairview
·       Robinsons Nova
·       Fairview Terraces
·       Sta. Lucia Mini Concept
·       SM Marikina
·       SM East Ortigas
·       Robinsons Galleria Ortigas
·       Robinsons Metro East
·       Market Market Taguig
·       Alimall Cubao



(from left) Edward Lacap, Regional BuyBack Manager for AmTrust Mobile Solutions, together with Jemma Dela Cruz, General Manager for AmTrust Mobile Solutions, explain details of the OPPO program on stage

Visit a participating OPPO Concept Store today and get yourself a new OPPO F9!


About TecProtec
TecProtec, a brand of AmTrust Mobile Solutions, is a device protection program that gives you peace of mind. As smartphones become an integrated part of our lifestyle, it is important to ensure our devices are protected and TecProtec ensures that you’re always connected.

About AmTrust Mobile Solutions
AmTrust Mobile Solutions by AmTrust International is a leading hub for mobile phone and gadget protections in the market, with business segments: device protection, repairs, trade-ins, and tech support for convenient and seamless solutions. Its value-added solutions support businesses and customers for an uninterrupted digital life. For more information, visit our website: https://www.tecprotec.co/and https://amtrustmobilesolutions.asia/

About OPPO
For the last 10 years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing camera phones, while innovating mobile photography technology breakthroughs. OPPO started the era of selfie beautification and was the first brand to launch smartphones with 5MP and 16MP front cameras.  OPPO was also the first brand to introduce the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature and the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO’s Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a selfie trend in the smartphone industry.
In 2016, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. And today, OPPO provides excellent smartphone photography experience to over 100 million young people around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/index.html

Beauty on a Budget: Freeman Golden Grain Brightening Mask

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Who says you can’t find good beauty products within a tight budget?
I haven’t tried using a face mask purchased at a pharmacy before; my previous face masks were from specialty stores or brands, like Sephora, Glam Glow and Skin Food. I do like to try different brands once in a while. My favorite so far is still Glam Glow Thirsty Mud.
I came across this Freeman mask at a Guardian store. The name was quite catchy with its “Golden Grain” phrase and I was surprised to see the price at only RM24. It claims to hydrate and brighten, and suitable for dry skin. I doubt that any wash-off mask can really brighten the skin progressively but I decided to give this a try.
Golden Grain Brightening Mask
  • Price: RM24 / 175ml
  • Available at Guardian Pharmacy stores
  • No Parabens
  • Contains Vitamin C
  • Made in USA
  • Life after opening: 36 months

Packaging
  • Simple, easy squeeze tube with flip-top cap
  • Not ideal for hand-carry luggage as it exceeds 100ml – either check it in or transfer the amount you need into a travel container

Price
  • Very affordable at only RM24 for 175ml, that’s RM0.14 per 1ml

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The Product itself
  • Face gel texture, light and easy to apply
  • Can be applied easily using your fingertips or with a face mask brush if you prefer
  • Bright, clear color with tiny gold grains, which you won’t feel at all on the face
  • Has light floral scent that I like, a bit odd considering that most of the ingredients are fruit extracts

The Result
  • Right after washing off, skin feels soft, smooth and refreshed
  • Hard to see brightening results but I didn’t expect it to brighten my skin just after 4 times of use

Overall, I like this product as a regular face mask to use. Not bad at all for this kind of price!
What the product packaging says:
  • Glowing skin is worth its weight in gold! This illuminating gel mask with natural Golden Grain helps to lift moisture levels for a dewy-smooth look and feel. Get triple skin benefits from Vitamin C, known to help control the formation of dark spots, firm and brighten. Perfect for dry skin.

How to use:
  • After cleansing, apply generously to the face and neck, avoiding contact with the eyes.
  • Leave on skin for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Personal recommendation – Apply your routine skincare after washing off. Don’t skip eye cream, especially if you’re in your 30s and beyond.
  • Use two times a week or as often as needed.


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Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Amaranths Caudatus Seed Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Extract, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Carbomer, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Limonene, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.
If you want to find out more about this brand, visit

Say Goodbye to Irritating Tummy Pains and Bowel Syndrome

Ever felt that sudden stomach pain and you just have to rush to the washroom? 


Not an easy experience, is it? You are not alone. Over 800 million people suffer as you do, from a condition known as IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. IBS can affect anyone, and up to as high as 21% of adults are affected in certain regions. More women (70%) than men (30%) suffer IBS and all ages are affected, from teenagers to the elderly. However IBS is most commonly found in the age groups 30 – 50 years old. Many people don’t even realise that this is a condition, with only 30% of sufferers consulting their doctors about this condition. There are many different remedies on the market, but only 8% of patients are satisfied with their particular remedy. The syndrome affects patients both physically and psychologically, impairing the patient’s ability to function emotionally, socially and professionally.  

RM66.80 for 30 capsules / RM111.80 for 60 capsules

Fret not. Now, there’s Prime ProGIGuard. The Prime ProGIGuard is a yeast probiotic formulation scientifically proven to relieve abdominal pain and discomfort.

The Prime ProGIGuard recently hosted an event where scientific and clinically sound results supported the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 in abdominal symptomatic relief such as pain and generalised discomfort. Members of the public and media were made aware of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, a common gastrointestinal disorder often unreported and under-diagnosed, and other associated conditions in IBD, or inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, thanks to Professor Pierre Desreumaux, an international gastroenterological expert based in France.


You are happily living your life as an active member of society, and can be aged anywhere from 15 – 65 years old. Sure, life can be stressful every now and then, but then who isn’t stressed in today’s fast paced lifestyle? So imagine waking up with abdominal pain, bloating, distension, flatulence, with constipation and/or diarrhoea. This goes on not just the whole day, but continues to the next day, and the next, with no sign of letting up. It is socially embarrassing and you feel self-conscious, anxious and depressed. The constant bloating leaves you developing a bad body image and alters your entire lifestyle. You don’t go to school or work and miss important academic or work developments that leave you behind and struggling to catch up. You cannot enjoy your food as you used to, fearing that a particular type of food will add to the bloating, distension and flatulence as well as the alteration in stool. Examples include not being able to eat ice cream, milk, spices or French fries.

Reports show that activities are restricted up to 139 days of the year, and up to 40 days of absenteeism are recorded. Life goes on a downward spiral as you lose control of your once ordered life, and you are prescribed strong medicine such as antidepressants with potential side effects.

This gastrointestinal syndrome is a collection of symptoms as listed above, and is diagnosed according to the Rome III criteria as recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort (an uncomfortable sensation not described as pain) for at least 3 days in a month in the last 3 months associated with 2 or more of the following: improvement with defecation, onset associated with a change in the frequency of stool, and the onset associated with a change in the appearance of stool according to the Bristol stool chart. 3 different types of IBS exist: IBS-C (IBS with constipation), IBS-D (IBS with diarrhoea), and IBS-M (IBS with mixed constipation and diarrhoea). Other symptoms of IBS include nausea, loss of bowel control, sudden urges to go to the bathroom and soiling.
IBS happens all over the world, and an average of 15.6% of Malaysians suffer from IBS, with the highest number of sufferers at greater than 20% in its respective country (the USA for example). The global cost incurred for sufferers of IBS is estimated at over USD$21 billion, including both the direct medical costs (physician visits, investigative tests, drugs, etc.) and indirect costs (loss of productivity, work absenteeism).

Professor Pierre Desreumaux, International Gastroenterological Expert

According to Professor Pierre Desreumaux, Head of the Inflammatory Digestive Diseases Research Unit at Lille University in France, one way to combat Irritable Bowel Syndrome is to consume probiotics, a product readily available on the market. However, The Prime ProGIGuard is the only yeast probiotic available on the market, so that it can get rid of bad bacteria AND bad yeast, especially harmful candida yeast that can enter the bloodstream.

(L-R) Canmy Ang, Managing Director of Taiping Poly (M) Sdn Bhd, Maria Tunku Sabri, TV Host, Teo Tze Seng, Product Manager of Cambert (M) Sdn Bhd for The Prime ProGIGuard, S.L. Ho, General Manager of Cambert (M) Sdn Bhd, Professor Pierre Desreumaux, International Gastroenterological Expert, Isadora Chai, Celebrity Chef, Owner of Antara & Bistro à Table and Food Stylist


The Prime ProGIGuard is safe and fast acting, and has strong scientific support and clinically proven efficacy. Anyone from children aged two years and above can consume it, and it is a breakthrough in gastrointestinal pain management.

The Prime ProGIGuard has been clinically proven to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms, and is suitable for anyone suffering from indigestion, food poisoning, food allergies and/or food intolerance, constipation, diarrhoea, trapped wind and bloating, overeating, anxiety, depression, stomach flu or even menstrual pain.

Studies have shown that sufferers of gastrointestinal pain and discomfort experienced a significant reduction in symptoms from the first week onwards of consumption and especially within the first two weeks/15 days of consumption.

Bakers Yeast – a Natural Probiotic Proven to Settle the Stomach
Saccharomyces cerevisiae in The Prime ProGIGuard works in IBS by several ways. One of the ways is that Saccharomyces cervisiae CNCM I-3856 secretes saccharolytic enzymes and assisting intestinal flora in generating short chain fatty acids that accelerates the bowel movements. It also acts as a visceral analgesic, increasing resistance to pain by up to 40%. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory to combat intestinal inflammation. It helps rebalance the bacteria in the gut, being shown to reduce the harmful bacteria Enterococcus, E. coli and C. albicans. The result is decreased inflammation, bloating, pain, discomfort, constipation among relief of the other symptoms of IBS. It is indeed a wonder probiotic (good yeast)!

The Prime ProGiGuard costs RM66.80 for a bottle of 30 capsules and RM111.80 for a bottle of 60 capsules and is available at Guardian, Caring, AA and other leading pharmacies nationwide.

Say goodbye to tummy pains. Live life to the fullest. Be happy. Be IBS-worry-free 🙂

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/theprimecambert/

Good oral health for good life and good food!

We love good food and we love delicious drinks. But do we practice good oral hygiene?

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When I first came to Malaysia, I was amazed at how people would go out of their way, travel the distance and even wait on long queues just to eat. I can’t imagine myself waiting for 30 minutes or more just to sit down and have a bite. Well, that was 8 years ago. I’ve now been accustomed to how much Malaysians love food. And I’ve grown to love different types of food, cuisine and other pleasurable delights in this country. 

My son is growing up fast and he’s learning to enjoy new dishes, drinks and desserts. He’s also enjoying a little bit of spice in his food now (ah, Malaysians and your undying love for spicy food). It’s nice to see him appreciate and ask for Japanese food, Filipino food, Chinese food, Western and, of course, cakes and ice cream!

But no matter how much we love food, it’s very important to practise healthy eating habits. I know, I know, not easy. It’s important to try to have a balanced diet. We can’t have a diet that’s all-carbs or all-protein or no veggie. Kids generally love fried, oily food, chips and junk (I do, too!) and we have to be strict, set an example and make healthy eating a habit for them.  

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He loves mac and cheese (yummy kid’s meal at Chili’s).

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He loves fried chicken and rice meal, which comes with side dish vegetables (from Pancake House).


Another important habit to develop among our families is practising good oral hygiene. Again, I admit this is not easy to do. Some kids find brushing an unusual or weird thing to do and some of them might not even like the taste of any toothpaste. While my son was growing up, it did take a while for him to get used to brushing. But it’s necessary to start them young. As soon as he had his first two teeth, I already started brushing. Now, at seven years old, he has fully developed a habit to brush in the morning after breakfast, after lunch and right before going to bed. 

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Here’s the naughty boy about to brush his teeth. 

My son likes Jordan brushes mainly because of the fun design he sees on it. He’s comfortable holding it and brushing with it. I personally like it, too, because this type comes with a cap that is very useful when travelling. 

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If you’re having trouble getting your kids to brush teeth, check out some tips from this mom!

As for myself, I brush teeth every after meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although some might say that 2x a day is enough, I just cannot stand the feel of my teeth and tongue after a meal without brushing. 

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No matter how busy we are during the day, it’s important to spend a few minutes to take care of our teeth and freshen our breath as well. 

How to brush teeth properly:
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, spending an equal amount of time (30 seconds) in each area of your mouth.
  • Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle pointed towards the gums.
  • Brush your tongue to help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
  • Brush all the surfaces of your teeth including the sides and the chewing surface above your tongue.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day: at least once during the day and once before going to bed.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or as soon as you see that the bristles are out of shape or discoloured. 


Aside from food, Malaysians also love various drinks. Teh tarik, teh o ais, teh o ais limau, Milo ais, kopi tarik…wow, there are so many choices for drinks here. I enjoy fruit shakes, occasional coffee from Starbucks and milo ais kosong. 

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Rich banana milkshake (from The Narra Filipino restaurant)

If you love to drink coffee, tea or fruit juices, you might want to try using whitening dental floss. A whitening dental floss like this one can effectively lift off plaque and surface stains between teeth and around the gum-line. Stains are caused by daily consumption of different foods and beverages. This Jordan floss is available in 25m and coated with mint flavour, fluoride, xylitol and ingredients proven effective against discolouration and tartar.  

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How to floss your teeth properly:
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • Make sure to floss the teeth at the back of your mouth.
  • Use 45 cm of floss—wrap each end around your fingers and gently lower it in between your teeth.
  • Follow the curve of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums.
  • Repeat this for every tooth, as you move to the next tooth take the dirty floss with one finger and unwind the clean floss from the other finger.


Not convinced to floss or to start to? Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. 

How do you know if you have good oral health?
  • It’s best to visit your dentist regularly for a checkup. But here are some basic factors that help you identify good oral health:
  • Your gums are pink.
  • Your gums do not get sore or bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Your teeth feel clean and not “fuzzy”.
  • You don’t constantly have bad breath.
  • You don’t have toothache.


Why should you bother to have good oral health?
  • First of all, you must understand the importance of healthy teeth. Good teeth means you can eat well and continue to enjoy what you like to eat.
  • To prevent tooth decay, tooth aches and gum disease. Bacteria buildup can severely damage your teeth and gums.
  • To avoid bad breath because…well, who likes to be close to anyone with bad breath? It’s not good for your personal relationships, whether family, friends or colleagues. And if you’re going for an interview, bad breath is a definite turn off. Consider it as part of your personal presentation. 
  • To maintain a complete set of teeth and be confident to flash that beautiful smile, haha! 


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So, everyone, let’s all please practice good dental hygiene and habits. Use good quality toothbrush and floss for healthy gums and teeth. 

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jordan toothbrush for adults and kids