Smoother Body with Soap and Glory Orangeasm Body Polish

I hope this is not discontinued…or at least, it should have a good replacement.
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I believe in the importance of exfoliating our skin once a week. Years back, I was a bit lazy to follow a routine but I guess when you notice how ageing starts to impact the texture and appearance of the skin, you get moving. Exfoliating is not only for the face but for the body as well. Scrubbing or exfoliating on a once-a-week basis signals our body to produce more collagen. It helps our skin to refresh itself by getting unclogged from buildup of dead cells on its surface. This way, it also helps the skin absorb moisturizers or body lotion better than before.

Smoother Body with Soap and Glory Orangeasm Body Polish

I picked up this Soap and Glory Orangeasm Body Polish when I was in Thailand and I’ve fallen in love with it! Aside from the catchy product name which Soap and Glory has been known for, the scent is captivating. But wait, not only does it smell great, it makes my skin feel great everytime, too! Compared to other body scrubs that I used, this one melts naturally onto wet skin and leaves that amazing refreshed feeling.

Step by step to exfoliate your body

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Soap and Glory says “this is a 3-in-1 body polish formulated to stimulate and revive the skin. The scent is a combination of fresh green mandarin, lemon and sweet orange peel oils. It is designed to to gently foam, cleanse, moisturize, uplift and refresh while smoothing the skin.”
Contains:
Natural Orange peel exfoliator
Pinkpepperberry
Jojoba Moisture melt beads
Glycerin
Green Tea antioxidants
How to use:
  1. Rinse your body with water. Some prefer to prep the skin by manually exfoliating using loofah or exfoliating gloves before they even hop into the shower.
  2. Squeeze a handful of Orangeasm Exfoliating Body Polish onto your damp skin. You can start with your shoulders to your arms then progressively downwards to your legs and toes. Rub gently in circular motions, like how you do using your body wash.
  3. Squeeze a bit more of the body polish when needed.
  4. Add extra attention to your elbows, knees and feet but don’t scrub like your angry. Just rub gently with probably more rounds than other parts.
  5. Don’t forget to scrub your back as well.
  6. Rinse with lukewarm water, gently rubbing off the beads.
  7. Towel dry and apply your favorite body lotion on your entire body.
Reminder:
  • Don’t scrub on wounds or broken skin.
  • If you have sensitive skin, you may want to test on a small part of your skin first.
  • This product is for adults only, not designed for children or babies.
  • Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into your eyes, quickly rinse with cool water until vision is clear and no stinging remains.
You can also check their site for more Soap and Glory products 
Happy exfoliating!




I’m not sure though if this product is still available. I notice that it’s out of stock in many places and I haven’t visited Boots in Thailand recently to check if it’s still being sold. But I do have a backup…Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub! You can check it out at Soap and Glory website

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 

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

Choosing the Ideal Contact Lens

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When I first started using contact lens years back, it was tough for me to pick which one to use. There are so many types and brands! At that time, my main concern was I wanted to shift to contact lens instead of using eyeglasses. Contact lens is just less obtrusive with various daily work activities and has less chances of being misplaced somewhere during the day. Now, although I wear eyeglasses most of the time, I still use daily contact lens when I have to or when I feel like it so I still keep a stack of dailies.

It helps to consult a specialist at an eye care centre. A lot of people ask what makes an ideal contact lens, which one is suitable, comfortable and safe to use (remember the story that spread across social media years back about a girl who used bad quality contact lens?). I’ve always been cautious about what I put on my eyes. And it always doesn’t hurt to ask professionals. From what I’ve learned from Alice Tan, Professional Service Manager of Vision Care, Bausch and Lomb Malaysia, the ideal contact lens is one that provides satisfactory visual performance, acceptable comfort, adequate corneal physiology, and ease of handling. On top of that, factors to be put into consideration when selecting a suitable contact lens are comfort, convenience plus the user’s needs and lifestyle.

My first set of contact lens can be used for 2 weeks but I shifted to daily contact lens after a year or so. I eventually got tired of cleaning the lens every time. A good brand to try is the Bausch and Lomb Biotrue® ONEday daily contact lens . This features the material called Hypergel and this contact lens has been considered ideal by many professionals and users alike.

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Biotrue ONEday lenses: RM125 per box of 30 pieces

If you’re a contact lens user and have tried various types or brands, you might have experienced instances when the lens get dry and cause discomfort. This is a no-no for me because I work using laptops at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week or more.

“Hypergel, a high-moisture next-generation material, was designed to work like the eye, matching the cornea’s 78 per cent water content and mimicking the tear film’s lipid layer to retain moisture. Inspired by the biology of the eye, the material combines the lens polymer with Surface Active Macromers which mimic the lipid layer of tear film to resist dehydration and maintain water within the lens for up to 16 hours. The material which combines the best features of conventional hydrogels and silicone hydrogels retains 98 per cent of moisture throughout the day, ending the day with more moisture than many lenses begin with, meets the oxygen levels an open eye needs without the use of silicone to maintain healthy, white eyes and it matches the cornea water content, which provides exceptional vision and comfort throughout the day”, said Alice Tan when asked about what was so unique about Hypergel.

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When choosing a suitable contact lens, many would put the water content of the lenses into consideration. While a higher water content provides good initial comfort, it does not necessary translate into all day comfort, as this generally cause dryness at the end of the day. Biotrue® ONEday Daily contact lens is unique because it mimics the lipid layer of tear film to prevent dehydration thus provides moisture up to 16 hours, surpassing all major contact lens brand in the market today.

Alice Tan stresses the importance of good oxygen flow for the eyes. “The cornea, the outermost layer of our eyes has no blood supply of its own. Therefore, under the open eye condition, atmospheric oxygen is dissolved in tears and absorbed by the cornea. When one wears contact lenses with poor oxygen transmissibility, the oxygen supply to the cornea can be disrupted. This can lead to corneal swelling and if the condition persists, blood vessels can grow into the cornea and cause new blood vessel formation. Such complications are common when one wear contacts to sleep, particularly with lenses that are not designed for overnight wear. And in general, overnight wear of lenses is more prone to eye infection and that is why sleeping in contacts are generally not recommended”, said Alice Tan, Professional Service Manager, Vision Care Bausch and Lomb Malaysia. To maintain healthy, white eyes, Tan recommends that users choose a lens that can provide the amount of oxygen that the open eye needs. 

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Above all benefits, Bausch and Lomb Biotrue® ONEday Daily’s Hypergel is the first soft contact lens material that provides UV protection. It can block 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB radiation. However, Alice Tan advised against forgoing the regular UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles and sunglasses for a complete protection. 

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Biotrue® ONEday Daily lens is a premium daily disposable contact lens. Inspired by none other than the human eye itself, Biotrue® ONEday lens is made from HyperGel™, an innovation that combines the best of conventional hydrogels and silicone hydrogels and is set to be the next generation of Daily Disposable material. Biotrue® ONEday lens, priced at RM125 per box of 30 pieces is available at all leading optical outlets nationwide. Biotrue® Multi-Purpose Solution is available in Twin pack (355ml x 2) priced at RM61.50. 




Althea Celebrates 1st Year with a Shopping Party for You

Perfect time to shop; loads of surprises in store.
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I’m captivated by Althea 🙂 

E-commerce has made beauty shopping so much easier and more convenient. When it comes to beauty products, though, I must admit that I don’t have a lot of Korean ones. I guess I often find that information on packaging can be tough to understand when there’s no English translation. But with Althea, I don’t have this problem anymore. Each product available for shopping online has product information and details, even photos of actual application!

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Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick 


Althea is celebrating its 1st year birthday and all of us are invited. This is the perfect time to shop for makeup, skincare, haircare and body care products. I assure you that you’ll definitely find something that will be interesting and fun to use. 

With this birthday party, Althea is also giving us a chance to win amazing prices such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! 

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Why it’s great to shop now with Althea’s Birthday Celebration (20th – 31st July, 2016):


1. Enjoy a Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last.

2. Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers! Full size beauty products. While stocks last. 

3. Birthday Giveaway. Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE!
Rebate will be credited into your account. 

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4. The #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest with total prizes worth KRW10,000,000 to be won!
Wish Althea a “happy birthday” with hashtag #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers! Contest starts from 20th July – 15th August, 2016.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.althea.kr and Althea Facebook for more information. Hurry, hurry, hurry! This is the best time to shop at Althea!
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Althea has a great lineup of interesting makeup and skincare items (my top beauty addictions). I’ve recently shopped for a bunch, and I was so excited when I received the pink parcel. The beautiful limited edition pink birthday box is lovely, containing the DIY Party Kit, samples and my ordered items protected with bubble wrap. 

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My Althea shopping haul! 
(from left to right, clockwise from bottom)

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Angel of Firenze hand and nail cream

AirFit CC Cream SPF30 
Skin Liar Primer
Skin & Lab A Plus Lifting serum
It’s My Lip Crayon WN 01
Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer 
Witch’s Pouch POPO Lipstick x 2 colours (Burgundy Wine and Sweet Red)
Witch’s Pouch Color Corrector CC Cream

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I came across this cutely-named and cutely-packaged primer, the Skin Liar Primer by Elizavecca. It promises to conceal pores like magic so, yes, I must try it! Witch’s Pouch has an interesting name and line of products, which tempted me to buy 4 items from this brand. 

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I love the black and white color theme of this brand

I was also in search of new CC Creams and Althea has a good lineup of them. Did I mention that products at Althea site mostly (if not all) have price specials? 


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What you will enjoy at Althea:

  • FREE Shipping on orders above RM150 – products are handpicked and packed from Althea’s warehouse in Korea, shipped to you!
  • 100% Authentic Guarantee – any suspected counterfeit can be returned and will be compensated 200% of the product value!
  • Best Price Policy – you always enjoy trustworthy and transparent pricing for all products!
  • Unconditional Returns – if you are not satisfied with your order, Althea guarantees 30-day unconditional returns. 
More details here if you’d like to know more – http://my.althea.kr/promises  

My DIY Party Kit! Happy birthday to Althea!

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I love the full colour of the lip crayon! (Sorry, can’t smile too wide…wrinkles…)

Tried here: Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer, It’s My Lip Crayon, Witch’s Pouch Perfect Cover Concealer, AirFit CC Cream

Here’s a personal tip in creating your party kit. After you have decorated your hat with the paper accessories, you can try mounting it on a headband instead of tying a string on both ends. Using a headband can allow you to position the hat to the right or left aside from the usual centre position. Plus it’s easier to wear and you don’t need to use a string. 

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Happy shopping, guys!  

Claim your Rewards now with ShopBack and Hermo Malaysia


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I kept hearing about ShopBack from my gorgeous Head of Digital Marketing named Rowena (Haha! Sorry, Rowena, if you’re reading this, I can’t help but mention your name…see, I don’t ignore what you’re talking about.) Being an online shopper like me, although maybe not as notorious, she enjoys discovering great ways to be rewarded from spending online. Since I keep hearing about ShopBack, I knew I just had to investigate. 

What are the usual online sites that you shop from? I’m a beauty junkie but my shopping needs are not limited to beauty sites alone. I do look for device and gadgets, kids stuff, health products, flights, accommodations, stock shots and more. Name an online site and I’ve probably shopped there! To name a few:

  • 11street
  • Agoda
  • AirAsia
  • Amazon
  • Dreamstime
  • eBay
  • FoodPanda
  • GemFive
  • Groupon
  • Guardian
  • HappyFresh
  • Hermo
  • Hermo
  • Lazada
  • MySale
  • Sephora
  • Shutter stock
  • Signature Snack
  • Watsons
  • Wine Talk
  • Zalora

I spent time today checking the site and exploring what ShopBack does. The concept is pretty simple and amazing: shop online with ShopBack stores and get cashback rewards through your ShopBack account, which are then transferred to your preferred bank account. With whatever value you spend, based on each store’s ShopBack offer, you get rewards! This cashback site gives you savings online!

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It’s easy to earn money back. From the long list of available stores at ShopBack, I’d say it’s impossible for a lot of us not to find at least 10 brands or stores to shop from. After you’ve created a ShopBack account, simply click on the store that you want to shop from, ensure that you shop on that URL so ShopBack can track your purchase, proceed with your purchase on that store and that’s it! You can check your ShopBack rewards within 4 – 48 hours. 

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Discover how to get started with this video:


I’ve checked 2 online beauty sites: Hermo and Sephora (but of course!). Hermo gives customers up to 5.6% cashback. If you’re an existing customer, you get 4.2% cashback while a new customer gets 5.6%. You can enjoy cashback with the latest Hermo voucher easily through ShopBack. Some of the beauty brands you can shop for at Hermo are Acca Kappa, B.liv, Bioderma, Clinelle, Cyber Colors, Dr. Wu, Garnier, H2O+, Kate, Kose, L’Oreal, Laneige, Lierac, Physiogel, Talika and The Face Shop.    

This is a great time to earn cashback from Hermo, look at the collection they recently featured. It’s Disney’s Alice in Wonderland beauty collection!

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Hermo has regular deals, it’s best to check on your favorite products and brands from time to time.  

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Sephora is also one of the numerous stores with ShopBack rewards. New customers get 8.0% cashback, existing customers get 2.0%. Oh man, all the rewards I’ve missed from my Sephora shopping! Great brands from Sephora include Benefit Cosmetics, Burberry, Clinique, Caudalie, Dr. Jart, Ecotools, GlamGlow, Julie Hewett, Lancome, REN, Sigma Beauty, SK-II, Too Faced, Urban Decay and Zoeva. I’m a fan of makeup brushes from Zoeva and Sigma Beauty, I buy them from Sephora online (previously Luxola). I should have been shopping with ShopBack where you can also find the best Sephora coupons

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Now I’m wishing that I listened to Rowena a lot earlier. I could have collected more rewards from my online shopping sprees! Why why why didn’t I pay attention long time ago? 

Start getting rewarded through ShopBack and collect money back from shopping. Make the most out of your dollars / ringgit by getting rewards. 



Kerastase Elixir Ultime – Hair Serum

Is it worth spending a bit more on a hair serum?
I used to have a simple “wash and go” routine with my hair. That was until last year but then I realised that my hair is often exposed to harsh environmental elements like sunlight, dust, smoke, haze, dirt and more. Hair fall has become a concern and it came to my attention that I haven’t been taking good care of my hair after washing. 

I used to shampoo my hair daily, I just can’t stand the feeling of sticky mane and the thought that it’s been outside. How to sleep and place my head on the pillow if my hair is dirty? Oh, man, I have to wash daily. The head of my digital marketing team, Rowena, who has this glorious hair, tells me that I shouldn’t. And, yeah, the internet says that, too. So I’ve started to alternate shampooing, every other day. But regular washing does dry my hair. During my visit to the salon a few months back, my stylist recommended that I use a serum: Kerastase Elixir Ultime. The first time she applied it on my hair, I felt the immediate difference. My hair was shinier, bouncy, smooth, less frizzy.

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This elixir comes in a transparent, plastic bottle with pump. I like transparent containers because I can easily see how much is left. The serum itself is a golden yellow color with oil texture. But don’t worry; the oil texture leaves a great, non-sticky feeling on the hair. The scent is beautiful, reminds me of coconut oil but added with mild fragrance. 

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Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complexe
Suitable for all hair types
Size: 125mL (4.2 fl.oz.)
Life after opening: 18 months
Made in Spain
Price: RM130 (from salon)

Price is a bit higher than pharmacy products, even other L’Oreal Paris hair serums. But I don’t mind paying a bit more. The Kerastase Elixir Ultime works great on my hair, can be applied in various ways and I love the smell. The bottle comes in 125ml, which can last for more than 6 months, even with my hair length and daily use. I love this serum!

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WHAT IS THIS SERUM:
The Kerastase Elixir Ultime is a versatile beautifying oil that provides ultimate softness and nourishment.  

BENEFITS:
71% more shine than hair’s natural state
Delivers deep conditioning and nourishment with 24 hours anti-humidity protection
Helps restore hair fiber
Reduces split ends and resists breakage
Four essential oils add softness and smoothness
Offers thermal resistance with faster drying time
A blend of precious scented oils that works for all hair types

HOW TO USE:
Apply 1-2 pumps (or more if you have longer hair) throughout lengths and ends of dry or towel-dried hair. Style as desired.

Elixir may be applied in different ways:
Pre-Cleanse: Apply to combed hair and rinse out before applying shampoo to remove impurities
Pre-Blow Dry: Apply to towel-dried hair and blow dry as normal for additional protection
Finishing: Work into the ends of the hair to control frizz, smooth and style
Touch-up: Apply a drop to ends throughout the day for a touch of shine as needed

WHAT’S INSIDE THIS SERUM:
Maize Oil: Delivers emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine
Pracaxi Oil: Brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair
Camellia Oil: Helps smooth the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine
Argan Oil: Helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors

Head-to-Toe Care with Lip Hop

Affordable face care, hair care, body care and sun care for everyone.

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Are you a fan of colourful products? Love Korean fashion, drama and music? Do you take care of yourself with beauty products? A new, interesting series of face, hair, body and sun care has landed at our nearest pharmacy and they’ve combined the things you love. If you’ve been to Guardian pharmacy recently, you must have noticed a display of pretty, colourful facial cleansers, body gels and sun protection products —Lip Hop, exclusively at Guardian pharmacies. 

Guardian has launched additional collections to the Lip Hop items that it has introduced in late 2015. The response has been amazingly positive for a line of dermatologically-tested sun care that comes with proven benefits and fun, colourful packaging. Yes, they’ve listened to customers and brought in more products made in Korea with 3 Lip Hop range early this year: Lip Hop Sun Care, Lip Hop Happy Cleanse and Lip Hop Aqua Jelly. It’s a complete head-to-toe range at an affordable price range, making it easy for all of us to take care of our hair, body, face and even lips (will tell you more about that later). 

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The facial cleansers, youthfully named k:skin HAPPY CLEANSE, effectively cleanse the face without drying the skin. There are 5 different variants, each specifically made for a skin concern: 

1. Moisturising Manuka Honey Cleansing Gel – cleansing, moisturising, brightening, anti-aging 
2. Ultra-Soothing Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel – cleansing, soothing, hydrating, calming
3. Antioxidant Green Tea Foam Cleanser – cleansing, anti-aging, soothing
4. Sebum-Control Amazon Clay Foam Cleanser – cleansing, oil-control, soothing
5. Deep-Cleansing Bamboo Charcoal Foam Cleanser – deep cleansing, oil-control, moisturising
Price: RM12.90 each, all 100ml
Made in Korea, dermatologically tested and proven

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These cleansers are amazing. My favorite was the Moisturising Manuka Honey Cleansing Gel. I love honey and this cleansing gel looks exactly like honey. The color and viscosity of the gel itself looks edible, tempting to taste! The scent has a mild, sweet honey aroma and leaves a lovely sensation on the face after use. My skin feels clean, smooth yet moisturised after washing. 

If your skin is acne-prone due to excess oil, you can try the Sebum-Control Amazon Clay Foam Cleanser. If you’re like me who has big pores, you can use the Deep-Cleansing Bamboo Charcoal. I alternate this with my Manuka Honey Cleanser. 

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After cleansing, it is very important that we moisturise our face and body. The Lip Hop AQUA JELLY range includes 8-in-1 multi-purpose products with 4 variants:

1. Lip Hop Aloe Moist Aqua Jelly Face & Body Gel
2. Lip Hop Bamboo Soothe  Aqua Jelly Face & Body Gel
3. Lip Hop Ice Plant Water Cool Aqua Jelly Face & Body Gel
4. Lip Hop Dragon Blood Fresh Aqua Jelly Face & Body Gel
Price: RM19.90 each, all 250ml
Made in Korea, dermatologically tested and proven

I mentioned 8-in-1, didn’t I? And I also did mention that Lip Hop also makes it easy for us to take care of our lips? Here are the great uses of Lip Hop Aqua Jelly:

1. Moisturising gel or mask pack for dry facial skin.
2. Make-up base for a luminous face. 
3. Acts as an after-shave gel for your face, legs and underarms to soothe and moisturise sensitive skin. 
4. Suitable to be used as hair treatment without any stickiness.
5. Acts as a mask pack to rehydrate skin after sun exposure.
6. Keeps your nails moisturised and nourished.  
7. All-over moisturiser that is ideal for those working in air-conditioned environment. Lip Hop Aqua Jelly even relaxes area around your eyes by applying it with a piece of cotton. 
8. Acts as a lip moisturiser to sooth and chapped lips.

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I enjoyed using the Ice Plant Water Cool. It’s perfect during this hot weather. Do you sometimes feel that body lotion gives you a sticky sensation especially after bathing on a warm day? The good thing about these body gels is that they have water-based formulation instead of oils, making the texture light and cooling during hot weather. 

The gel is highly water-like, as you can see on my palm (I had a tough time shooting that moving blob of gel, haha), and also has water-like color. The scent of each gel is very mild. Because these gels are multi-purpose, they’re perfect to travel with! This head-to-toe gel can be used on the hair, the face, lips, eyes and entire body. I even use it on my son’s hair in the morning before school to control his “bedhead hair” as alternative to normal gel or hair oil. Oil can get sticky during the day. 

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I’m a big fan of sun care products and I’m pleased to try Lip Hop’s SUN CARE range. The range includes 4 variants: 

1. Ultra Whitening Sun Protection Lotion SPF80 PA+++ RM34.90 / 100ml
2. Super Defence EX Sun Protection Milk SPF115 PA+++ RM36.90 / 50ml
3. Moisturising Lightweight Sun Protection Spray SPF50 PA+++ RM35.90 / 150ml
4. Kids Hypoallergenic Sun Protection Lotion SPF50 PA+++ RM34.90 / 100ml
All made in Korea except the Lightweight Sun Protection Spray, which is made in Japan

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I love spray products because these save time and I’m enjoying the Sun Spray SPF50, which comes in a canister of my favorite color, purple. Just spray it lightly over my arms and legs, and I’m ready! It can also be used on the face but not directly sprayed; spray onto the palm first then apply on the face. 

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And thank goodness for having a Kids’ variant, too. I’m pleased that Lip Hop recognises the need for children to be “sun-proofed” as well, not just grown-ups. My son loves playing outside and I’m very cautious about his protection against the sun (and mosquitoes, arghhh, those pesky, little things). The Lip Hop Kids Sun Protection Lotion:
– is hypoallergenic, means it’s safe to use on sensitive skin
– can be applied on the face and body
– contains natural ingredients that soothe kids’ skin after sun exposure
– is water-resistant for 40 minutes, making it great for use during prolonged water and outdoor activities
– is free from parabens, artificial colorant, alcohol and mineral oil
– can be reapplied as needed, after swimming, frequent perspiring, towelling 

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My son loves to cycle and was excited to try a cycling range by Urban Playz at Ikano Power Centre, next to The Curve shopping mall. This place is outdoor and enjoyed by a lot of kids, especially during the weekends. An activity like this definitely needs sun protection and I’m not one who’d simply allow my child to be exposed to sunlight and UV rays without shield. I allowed him to cycle for 30 minutes, armed with Lip Hop Kids Sun Protection Lotion.  

Now it’s even easier and more affordable to pamper ourselves, our entire family and the kids with Lip Hop’s head-to-toe care. Lip Hop’s Happy Cleanse, Aqua Jelly and Sun Protection products are conveniently available at Guardian pharmacies, in price range of RM12.90 – RM36.90. You can even check out Lip Hop’s site at http://www.liphop.com.my/ and even purchase online via Guardian’s e-shop
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CLASSaaNTA Sheep Placenta Product Review

Be on your way to vitality through 1 capsule a day
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I personally think that getting healthy is one of the toughest challenges in life. It is the trophy, the goal and the strategy at the same time. I admit that I’m not a healthy person and I am not very cautious or watchful of what I eat. I rarely spend time to exercise or burn the extra calories that I take in. I love fried stuff, I love carbohydrates, I love sweet stuff and I also sleep very late.
Getting the right and sufficient nutrients that our body needs everyday is not an easy task. It takes a lot of effort and discipline to make sure that we are healthy. Some may not agree with me but I personally believe that it is important to take vitamins and supplements and here are some of the reasons:
1. Temptation from amazingly delicious but unhealthy food. In a country like this where every corner boosts of yummy dishes, how can I say no to fried kuey teow, nasi lemak, chapatti or naan? I don’t think I have enough discipline to just eat salads every day.
2. Even if I eat healthy food, daily intake may not be enough for daily requirement. And the body needs different nutrients everyday; I’ll probably get crazy trying to get all those from food alone.
3. Stress. Need I say more?
4. Aging(gasp!). I accept that at my age, my body’s metabolism is slowing down, including production of important enzymes that are needed to keep me healthy.
5. Well, taking supplement together with (trying to have) a healthy diet is just way more powerful than just trying to eat healthy, isn’t it?

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I first heard about CLASSaaNTA while reading my usual monthly issue of Female a few months ago. I haven’t tried any Sheep Placenta product before, maybe because I haven’t paid attention to what the benefits were or maybe I wasn’t too concerned before with signs of aging, which I’m facing now.
From what I’ve read, CellLabs CLASSaaNTA combines both healthy and beauty benefits into a capsule for daily supplement. Now, isn’t that something? This is definitely something I need!

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CellLabs CLASSaaNTA
Sheep Placenta Plus
Opaque Brown Oblong
Soft Gel Capsule
Sold in a box of 60 capsules (30s x 2)
Manufactured in New Zealand

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The size of the gel capsule may seem bigger than a usual supplement or multivitamin but don’t worry; it’s not hard to swallow at all. It is also tasteless and there’s no aftertaste or funny taste when you burp. This is one of my concerns when taking some supplements — the funny aftertaste or “burp taste”. Luckily, CellLabs CLASSaaNTA doesn’t have any of these.
As instructed, I take it in the morning before breakfast, together with plain water. The great thing is you only need to take 1 every day and that’s it, just like your usual vitamin. As for my daily multivits, I still take them during the day, after lunch so I don’t take them all in 1 shot.

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After taking CellLabs CLASSaaNTA for 1 week, I’ve experienced these wonderful changes:
1. Effortless sleeping and better sleep quality – I am a late sleeper and it used to be difficult for me to sleep at night. I would normally read something or browse through my phone to get myself sleepy. But after taking this supplement, when it’s time to sleep, after reading a story to my son, kissing him good night, I go to bed and fall asleep within a few minutes. My sleep quality is better, too, meaning I wake up in the morning easily and feeling well recharged. This is wonderful and necessary to make a highly productive day!
2. Clearer skin – Last month, I was having a few breakouts on my face and décolleté, not sure why but I was having pimples. OMG, at this age, come on, it’s eew. Probably hormonal. But after taking CellLabs CLASSaaNTA for a week, my skin calmed down and the breakouts stopped. My skin started to be clearer and healthy-looking.
3. Improved immune system – When we experience haze in the air, I believe it has become a normal situation for most of us at work or at home to be sick with cough, colds and/or flu. Luckily, I seem to have better health defense and I didn’t catch or develop a sickness even if some colleagues and family members did.
With this progress I’ve seen within 1 week, I’m sure there’ll be more benefits to see while making CellLabs CLASSaaNTA a part of my daily health regimen. It might not be an affordable option for some; you can consider sharing the purchase with friends or loved ones. But keep in mind that our health is wealth. If this supplement can make us better and healthier individuals with less frequency of taking sick leaves and thus having more time to spend on more important things, then it’s worth the investment. Let’s have a great and happy life!  🙂

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More details about CellLabs CLASSaaNTA
Benefits – what to expect from taking this supplement:
Youth and Beauty
Improves physical vitality, energy and stamina
Improves complexion and refines skin texture
Smoother, softer and velvety skin
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Lightens pigmentation and freckles
Immune System
Anti-inflammatory properties
Reduces arthritis pain
Improves blood circulation
Hormone and Endocrine System
Regulates menstrual cycle and eases menstrual pain
Balances hormones
Eliminates menopause symptoms
Improves sleeping quality
Injuries and Tissue Damage
Speeds up wound healing
Speeds up recovery after illnesses
Reproductive System
Increases libido
Aids in breast milk reproduction

Active Ingredients:
250mg         Ovine Placenta Extract

                      -equivalent to Placenta Fresh 30,000mg

100mg          Silk Protein
30mg            Lycopene 10%
1mg               Astaxanthin
200mg          Avocado Oil
100mg          Collagen
10mg             Aloe Vera Powder
Daily Intake:
1 capsule a day before breakfast
Where to buy:
selected CARING Pharmacies or buy online at http://bit.ly/R-CLASSaaNTA 
Find out more at http://www.celllabs2u.com/categories/CLASSaaNTA/38 
Price:RM1,188 for 60 capsules

1 capsule a day = 1 set lasts for 60 days

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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Product Review

Can you erase skin flaws both instantly and gradually over time?

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Pores, fine lines, wrinkles…now becoming more and more a major skin concern for women of my age. And although there are numerous temporary fixes out there that can give you instant results, not all of them are designed to give results that develop over time.
News arrived that L’Oreal has launched a new addition to the Revitalift skincare range called Magic Blur. As its name implies, it gives you an immediate ‘blurring’ solution; it is meant to instantly reduce the appearance of imperfections that include pores, lines and wrinkles. Of course, I’m one of the many enthusiasts who were excited to try and test this range, as pores have always been a challenge and I’m always looking forward to explore new innovations that address this never-ending skin concern.

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But what makes Revitalift Magic Blur from other products that also give instant blur effects? I’ve been using Benefit Porefessional more than a year now and I’m happy with the immediate solution it provides to reduce the appearance of my pores. So how would Revitalift Magic Blur fare against products like Benefit Porefessional or primers that hide pores? Revitalift Magic Blur promises to build results over time, meaning it gives instant AND continuous results.

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This new range includes 2 products: Eye Cream and Moisturizer. Both products come in elegant red packaging with gold stamping on L’Oreal logo, which I find very classy. I know, I know, the packaging is not what I put on my face but I always take note of good packaging. I believe that a good brand will always put a certain level of attention and effort on making sure that the product has a good presentation, would you agree?
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Pro-Retinol A
Price: RM65.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – diffuses light on skin to immediately blur lines, wrinkles and pores
Pro-Retinol A – fights the signs of aging for an anti-wrinkle action over time and a younger-looking skin
How to use:
Apply a small amount every morning on cleansed skin.
Spread gently all over the face without massaging in circular motions. Take note, DO NOT massage in circular motions.
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, pores and imperfections.
Over time, reduces signs of aging, wrinkles. Skin feels firmer, skin tone is more even.

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This cream has a beautiful texture, somewhat soft and fluffy on the skin, like cotton feel. It has a lovely scent that dissipates in a few minutes, not too strong. It is easily absorbed on the skin and leaves a matte, velvety finish. It feels great on the skin but it is recommended to apply SPF afterwards, especially if you’re going outdoors or even just driving around, as most products containing Retinol needs sun protection.
It comes in a red glass jar packaging with the signature L’Oreal-engraved jar cap. I like the glass jar but some may not because it’s heavy and you have to dip your finger into it. This doesn’t come with a spatula but what I do is to just use a small plastic spoon that I collect from my son’s jelly snacks. Yes, improvise! This way, I don’t need to dip my finger into it.
My Experience:
I loved the instant result that it gives on my skin; my pores are less visible, lines are diminished, and the texture is just nice. However, when sunscreen is applied afterwards, you’ll have by-products forming on the surface of the skin, like eraser shavings. Some of you may have experienced this, it normally happens when the layers of cream, moisturizer or foundation on your face don’t blend well together.
It is fine if applied on the skin with no plan of applying foundation afterwards. I tried using different brands and type of foundation but it was challenging to find a suitable one that will not result to “eraser shavings” even without massaging in circular motion. I’ve used it with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, BodyShop BB Cream and Givenchy Loose Powder alternately, using makeup brush, but I still get the “eraser shavings”.    
After 2 weeks of using this moisturizer every morning, I agree that the texture of my skin feels better. It may show improved results over time on my pores if used for a few more weeks. The downside is it’s hard to blend with makeup and I end up having ‘eraser shavings’.
Before and After Application:
So here is how my skin looks before (left photo) and after (right photo) application, with no filter, no editing effects here. The matte effect immediately gives the skin a smooth look…MyInstantMagic!
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Caffeine
Price: RM57.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – the fusion of blurring polymers inside a miraculous skin-transforming texture to create a perfectly smooth surface
Caffeine – reduces aging signs over time and diminishes puffiness and dark circles
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, bags and dark circles.
Over time, wrinkles are reduced, dark circles are less visible, puffiness is diminished.

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This cream, like the face moisturizer, has a lovely texture that is also easily absorbed by the skin. It also leaves a matte finish on the eye area, like the texture that an eye primer also leaves on the skin.

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It comes in a red, soft plastic tube, which is easy to press. It has a white cap and a transparent rubber applicator. By pressing the tube, the eye cream will be dispensed through the transparent rubber tube then apply it on the eye area like how you would by using your ring finger. I love this kind of eye cream packaging versus the jar; easier to apply on eye area, less or no wastage because you can easily control the amount of cream for your eyes.

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My Experience:
The instant results for the eye cream is easier to see because it does great in solving my fine lines immediately. It works like an eye primer, providing a good canvas for my eye makeup, which by the way, doesn’t result to ‘eraser shavings’ because I don’t apply cream products on it.
After 2 weeks of using this eye cream every morning, I can see good improvements on my fine lines (no photo, sorry, I did try to take close-up photos but it’s hard to show the difference). My fine lines were noticeably diminishing! Compared to the moisturizer, the results from the eye cream were easier to see after 2 weeks.
  
Where to buy:
Watsons stores or via online at watsons.com.my
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