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

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. 



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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Tebe Lavish Soap Bar for Face & Body

Cleanse, moisturize and refresh your skin with paraben-free soap
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Are you someone who only uses body wash or shower gel? Do you use soap bar?
I love using shower gel together with a bath sponge or lily but I also enjoy using soap bar for my body every morning. During the day, it’s just faster to use a bar of soap instead of my usual shower gel that I pour on the bath lily. Some of us have to rush bathing; put makeup and get ready quickly as we also need to prepare our child/children for school.
I love soap bars from Crabtree & Evelyn, Melvita and The Body Shop. I’ve recently opened my Tebe Lavish Soap Bar and I love it.
  
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Tebe Lavish Soap Bar
With pure olive leaf & green tea extracts
Price: RM75 for 170g
Where to buy: Skintopic Outlets or Kiosks
Can be used on the face and body
Free from mineral oils, parabens, artificial colourants & fragrance, silicones and animal products
Tebe’s triple milled Lavish Soap Bar with olive leaf extract contains a sumptuous blend of extra virgin olive oil and natural waxes that will produce a rich, creamy lather. pH balanced and lightly scented, your skin will feel soft, moisturized, cleansed and refreshed.
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This soap comes in a dark brown rectangular box. Upon opening flip-top box cover, you’ll be welcomed by a mild scent of the soap, which is wrapped inside a thin special paper.

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The light scent is fresh and invigorating. I personally love floral fragrance so it’s quite easy for this soap to capture me. After use, you’ll feel refreshed and your skin will feel lightly moisturized. It’s just a bit challenging to handle this soap bar at first because of its size so if you have small hands, it will be large to hold. 
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Tebe Lavish Soap Bar Ingredients: 
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua (Water),  Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride,  Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Olea europaea (Olive)  Leaf Extract, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Key Ingredients:
  • Olive leaf extract for brightening
  • Olive oil for softening
  • Chamomile for purifying
  • Green tea leaf extract as anti-oxidant

Tebe Lavish Soap Bar is manufactured at Simunovich Olive Estate Limited in New Zealand. For more information, visit www.simuoliveestate.com








My 2015 Beauty Regime from The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

How are you starting your beauty regimen this year? Have you got your whole body (or most of it) covered? Thanks to The Butterfly Project, I got started with my new regimen early.

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Happy New Year! Wait, what? Is it late?

It’s always wonderful to welcome the new year with new things…specially beauty stuff. And this month, I have started using new and exciting products to take care of my lips, hands, face and hair. 

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For the face, it’s time to explore a new cleanser and a moisturiser to improve my skin tone with Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleansing Foam and Moisturizing Cream. I have yet to unbox the cream but starting with the cleansing foam, I fell in love with the beautiful scent. I know, I know, it’s not the scent that solves my skin concern but, hey, can’t help it if the scent is really lovely. These Sakura White products give the skin fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. And they are affordable, too, starting at RM12.90.

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I’ve been using GlamGlow since last year and seeing this travel size ThirstyMud is an excitement. This is still part of my beauty regime and with Chinese New Year approaching, I’m just happy to have this travel size tube! GlamGlow ThirstyMud gives hydrating wonders on the skin within a 20-minute application and wash off or tissue off. 
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Oh, yes, I regularly enjoy my GlamGlow mud with some wine

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I enjoy using mist on my face for instant moisture and skin refreshment. I’m currently using Melvita Eau Florale de Rose Damask Floral Rose Water, which I’ve also placed in a mini spray to carry with me to work. Now this Always Aloe Vera Soothing & Refresh Gel Mist is a delightful treat from the beauty box! I haven’t heard of this brand but the scent is invigorating, the mist feels great on the face and I love the spray. 

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Hair is a priority for me to start this year right as the effect of my rebonding treatment is starting to wear off. I’m always exploring shampoos and conditioners that will take care of my damaged hair. This Matrix Biolage Colorlast shampoo, as its name suggests, is for making color last longer – giving you salon-vibrant color for up to 9 weeks – but I discovered that Biolage also has a shampoo for dry hair —- Biolage Hydrasource. The Matrix Biolage hair care range addresses specific hair concern and is committed to creating sustainable products. 

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I love lip care products and will continue to love them. I’ve tried Shizens Lip Tattoo (see full review HERE) and it’s an amazing moisturizer, color and anti-aging product in one. It’s priced at RM168 so I may want to save it for office days and important events. For those casual days, I have Maybelline Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm to save my dry lips. If I remember right, this is only around RM15, available at leading pharmacies and beauty shops. I love the watermelon flavour and color of this Pink Shock variant. Did I mention it provides 8-hour moisture? 

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We must always hydrate our hands and take care of them daily and hourly. Hourly? Oh, yes, specially if you’re working inside cool temperature places. Never allow your hands to feel dry so always carry a tube of hand cream with you. This L’Occitane Velvet hand cream is a perfect companion to make sure that my hands stay young and beautiful. 
So these are some of my beauty picks to start my beauty regime this year! What are yours? 

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Watsons names its GLOW 50 Top Personalities in Malaysia

Who are the celebrities you look up to? There are a lot of celebrities in Malaysia and Watsons has identified glowing personalities in society.  

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chelsia Ng; Cathryn Lee; Carven Ong; Candy Ice & Anuja Ananthan


In November, the leading retail brand announced Malaysia’s top 50 individuals who personify the Watsons retail brand and represents true essence of beauty and health. 

In its latest endeavour ‘50 Glowing Personalities’, GLOW Magazine by Watsons has identified top personalities who are known for their social influence in the industry. GLOW magazine is a health, well-being and beauty magazine for readers and people who have or aspire to have a healthy attitude towards life. The bi-monthly magazine brings latest trends to Watsons’ diverse customers’ base through beauty, healthy, lifestyle tips and step by step guidelines. If I remember it right, this magazine costs only around RM3, available at Watsons boutiques. 

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Red carpet interview with GLOW 50 Personalities – 
Carven Ong (Renowned Fashion Designer) & Atilia Haron (Jazz singer and song writer)

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Kevin Kam, Head of Property Watsons Malaysia; Low Siew Hui, Finance Director of Watsons Malaysia; Julie Woon, Joanne Yeoh & Diana Danielle 
“The top 50 Glowing Personalities is an initiative that echoes Watsons brand and how we want to inspire our customers towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. Our panel has selected celebrities, bloggers, sports personalities and opinion leaders who truly are champions in their own ways, and represent the essence or health, beauty and wellbeing. They are also Watsons VIP Black Card member and Watsons Celebrity Friends, and have really experienced remarkable effects of our Watsons brand, products and services. They truly GLOW,” said Danny Hoh, Chief Editor of Watsons GLOW Magazine, and Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia at the 50 Glowing Personalities party which was organized to mark the success of the campaign.

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L-R: Hansen Lee; Danny Hoh, Marketing Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jessica Ng, Marketing and Development Director of Watsons Malaysia; Xin Le Chai; Wong Chui Ling; Vanessa Chong; Siti Saleha; Reem Shahwa & Dato’ Dr Fazley Yaacob

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L-R: Low Kok Kwan, IT  Director of Watsons Malaysia; Chin Oi Mee, Business & Process Controller of Watsons Malaysia; Jojo Struys; Patricia K; Pamela Chong; Nadine Ann Thomas; Nadia Heng; Michelle Lee & Megan Tan
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Finale group photo of Mr. Kulvinder Birring, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia 
& Indonesia (Centre) together with Watsons Management Team & GLOW 50 Personalities 


The glowing personalities at the event are Anuja Ananthan, Atilia Haron, Candy Ice, Carven Ong, Cathryn Lee, Chelsia Ng, Chermaine Poo, Diana Danielle, Ezra Chuah, Fazley Yaacob, Hansen Lee, Joanne Yeoh, Jojo Struys, Julie Woon, Jun Yong, Kit Mah, Lavin Seow, Lenna Lim, Linora Low, Megan Tan, Michelle Lee, Nadia Heng, Nadine Ann Thomas, Pamela Chong, Patricia Knudsen, Reem Shahwa, Siti Saleha, Vanessa Chong, Wong Chui Ling & Xin Le Chai.

I’ve personally met Chui Ling Wong and I truly adore this woman. She has an amazing charisma, respectable personality and admirable character. 

As Christmas and New Year are around the corner, Watsons has taken this opportunity to initiate a year end campaign themed as ‘Watsons – A Time to Shine’.

“Year end period is also holiday period cherished and celebrated by people all around the world. It’s the time of the year, when you want to look good and feel great. Thus, Watsons will help its dedicated customers to shine in beauty, health and wellness so that they can have gorgeous year-end gatherings. Customers who spend RM150 will stand a chance to grab 5 limited editions Watsons – A Time to Shine tumbler, while those who spend RM50 will get limited edition collectible paper bags and 2015 calendars,” added Danny. 
Kulvinder Birring, Watsons Malaysia Managing Director, who launched the event, thanked all the celebrities and suppliers who attended the event for their support to Watsons in the past years, which have helped Watsons in becoming Asia’s No. 1 Pharmacy/Drugstore for 6th Year in the running. In addition to that, in 2014, Watsons Malaysia has also won numerous awards including the prestigious Putra Brand Award and Dragons of Asia GOLD awards.”

“Watsons has also just launched our home delivery services to drive our e-commerce. With the growth of online shopping, Watsons will take the lead among retail stores in Malaysia to create a memorable online shopping experience for its customers in terms of convenience, one-stop information portal which include beauty tips and benefits for members, exclusive products and offers, digital version of GLOW magazine and Watsons mailer. Customers will also get and spend points by shopping in Watsons’ stores as well as online. This means Watsons literally is reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at watsons.com.my,” added Kulvinder.

Caryn Loh, Watsons Malaysia General Manager – Trading and Jessica Ng, Watsons Malaysia Director of Marketing & Development and other senior management team were the presenters in this glittering ceremony.

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Award Presentation to Glow 50 Personalities Round 
L-R: Nermin Hodzic, Supply Chain Director of Watsons Malaysia; Caryn Loh, General Manager – Trading of Watsons Malaysia; Atilia Haron; Linora Low, Lenna Lim; Lavin Seow; Kit Mah & Jun Yong

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Spectacular laser show to kick start the GLOW 50 Party event

Watsons GLOW 50 red carpet gala was held at the fashionable Zebra Square and attended by hundreds of celebrities, Watsons’ suppliers and members of the media. The guests were chauffeured fashionably in the sexy Mini Countryman. They were also treated to the online shopping experience on watsons.com.my by beautiful Watsons Online Ambassadors. Apart from that, they were feasted with performances by Atilia Haron, Malaysia’s popular jazz singer/songwriter, Dato’ Dr. Fazley Yaakob, Celebrity Chef and Patricia K, a renowned DJ.

Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer awarded 50 Malaysian personalities who embrace the true essence of beauty and health in a glittering red carpet gala event. 

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My 8 Festive Gift Picks from Crabtree & Evelyn

Let’s keep the Holiday Gifts ideas rolling…here are more gift sets that I came across with! Oh, excited to go Christmas shopping!
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My Pick #1:
Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin  
RM288 – contains Hand Therapy 25g x 12
This wonderful and entertaining gift contains twelve of much-loved and ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy creams. Rich and decoratively presented in the 2014 Seasonal Spectacular designed collectable musical tin, which features a traditional wind-up mechanism on the base and plays Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson. I think this can be a great set to buy if you want to give something to a group of friends or colleagues. Price for 12 pieces will only be around RM24 each and you get to keep the collectible musical tin!
Contains:
Rosewater Hand Therapy 25g
Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy 25g
Gardeners Hand Therapy 25g
La Source Hand Therapy 25g
Summer Hill Hand Therapy 25g
Citron, Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy 25g
Lavender Hand Therapy 25g
Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy 25g
Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy 25g
Lily Hand Therapy 25g
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy 25g
Verbena & Lavender de Provence Hand Threrapy 25g
Large decorative wind-up Musical Tin


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My Pick #2:

Scentsational Six Hand Therapy Musical Tin

RM158 – contains Hand Therapy 25g x 6
This one is half of my first pick. Give the gift of soft, smooth and supple hands with C&E’s Hand Therapy in 6 favourite fragrances, beautifully presented in the 2014 Seasonal Spectacular designed collectable musical tin, which also features a traditional wind-up mechanism on the base and plays Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.
Contains:
Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy 25g
Rosewater Hand Therapy 25g
Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy 25g
Gardeners Hand Therapy 25g
La Source Hand Therapy 25g
Lavender Hand Therapy 25g
Decorative wind-up Musical Tin
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My Pick #3:
La Source Bath & Body Duo
RM140 – contains a body wash and body lotion
Perfect gift for everyone and anyone who enjoys bathing! Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with a decoratively presented La Source Bath & Body Duo gift set. With a relaxing, green marine fragrance reminiscent of the sea, La Source Shower Gel gently cleanses and refreshes, while La Source Body Lotion moisturises and conditions the skin.
Contains:
Relaxing Body Wash 250ml
Relaxing Body Lotion 250ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance: A crisp, clean scent of refreshing aquatic notes, musk, and gentle shoreline breezes.
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My Pick #4:
Nantucket Briar Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and scented body lotion
Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with this decoratively presented Nantucket Briar Bath & Body Duo. With a soft and classic oriental fragrance, the Bath & Shower Gel gently cleanses and conditions, while Body Lotion  locks moisture into the skin.
Contains:
Nantucket Briar Bath & Shower Gel 200ml
Nantucket Briar Body Lotion 200ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance: A blend of briar roses, bergamot, fresh greens, amber and vanilla.
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My Pick #5:
Summer Hill Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and body lotion
Give the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin this Christmas with this Summer Hill Duo. With a warm and floral fragrance, our Summer Hill Bath & Shower Gel gently cleanses and conditions and Summer Hill Body Lotion locks moisture into the skin.
Contains:
Summer Hill Shower Gel 200ml
Summer Hill Body Lotion 200ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance: Warm, white floral blend of summer grasses, wildflowers and orchard fruits.
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My Pick #6:
Rosewater Bath & Body Duo
RM150 – contains shower gel and body lotion
Brighten this festive season by giving the gift of silky soft and wonderfully scented skin with decoratively presented Rosewater Bath & Body Duo gift set. With a captivating and elegant floral fragrance, Rosewater Bath & Shower gel gently cleanses and conditions, while Rosewater Body Lotion helps lock moisture deep into the skin.
Contains:
Rosewater Bath & Shower Gel 250ml
Rosewater Body Lotion 245ml
Seasonal Spectacular design Gift Box
Fragrance:Captivating rosewater surrounded with light notes of violet, florals, and musk.
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My Pick #7:
Porcelain Diffuser 180ml
RM230
Wouldn’t you want to smell the holidays in the air? Indulge in the continuous and celebratory fragrance of Noël with elegantly designed porcelain bird-shaped diffuser. A captivatingly decorative and festively scented addition to any home for the Christmas season, the porcelain bird is designed to draw in the oil and diffuse the fragrance into the room. Look at that adorable bird! Would be very nice to have that on the coffee or side table.

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A great holiday season centerpiece
Porcelain bird-shaped diffuser
Exquisite fragrance without flames
Allow 24-36 hours for the fragrance to start to diffuse into the room
Fragrance:  Irresistible festive blend of fresh balsams, persimmon and citrus fused with spicy star anise, clove and nutmeg.

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My Pick #8:
Large Poured Candle
RM150
Create a luxurious glow and ambiance in anybody’s home for the holiday season with this festively fragrant Hollyberry candle. Presented in a beautifully bold frosted purple jar, this Hollyberry Poured Candle will decorate the home with the festive, warm and welcoming scent of just-cut foliage, plump wild fruits and trails of inviting spices. Inspired by crimson berries and fresh, green leaves, this fruity fragrance captures the magic of winter with red currant, fig and frankincense notes. And simply because I just love the color purple, this gift immediately caught my attention.
Provides a long-lasting scent
Beautiful frosted purple glass
Presented in an elegant Crabtree & Evelyn signature festive box
Approximately 45 hours of total burn time
Fragrance: Hollyberry is a festive fruity fragrance that captures the magic of winter with red currant, fig and frankincense notes infused with crimson berries and fresh, green leaves.

And I just love this season’s gift box designs. It’s very different from the simple, floral C&E boxes.

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All these gift sets are in limited availability and stocks within Malaysia. For stocks and prices, check with a Crabtree & Evelyn shop near you.
Photos and gift details captured from Crabtree & Evelyn UK site

Exfoliate to Smoother Skin with Soap & Glory Flake Away

Do you use a body scrub at least once a week? You must check out this S&G item…

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I received a set of Soap & Glory products last Christmas from my sister-in-law and I really loved the contents of this set. It was just last week when I started using its Flake Away, a body scrub made of brown-color suds. 
Like some ladies, I also forget or get lazy at times to use a once or twice a week product. But did you know that using a gentle body scrub to exfoliate is very important in maintaining healthy and smooth skin? Applying moisturizers or lotion regularly will not work as efficient as they could when we don’t exfoliate. The challenge is that our skin continuously develops dead skin cells. These dead skin cells remain as additional layers that block nutrients from moisturizers to reach the skin. We need to slough it off; otherwise our skin will look dull, rough, unhealthy or simply old. Now, we don’t want that, right?

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So I’ve learned to spend a few minutes once or twice a week to use a good body scrub. This Soap & Glory Flake Away is just great for me. I love the scent, which leaves a trail of fresh fragrance (what S&G calls Original Pink fragrance) on the skin after bathing. 

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I love that that the scrub easily melts on the skin after a few circular motions, making scrubbing easy and convenient. Some scrubs take long to work or don’t melt at all. Maybe some people like that but I prefer the Flake Away suds. 

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My skin feels smooth and supple just right after my first use. It’s getting addictive for me but I limit use to twice a week. Great to use on the entire body and works on the feet, too! Between you and me, it feels nice to use this on the butt area. I have smooth, lovely skin over there after use.
What it is:

A superhero strength skin smoothing body polish with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. Transforms your scaly legs from reptilian to radiant. Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance. 
How to use:
  • Apply a handful of Flake Away on to damp skin.
  • Massage in circular motions until most of the grains are gone. 
  • Rinse well, pat dry and apply body glossing oil or moisture butter.

(Careful! Avoid application over irritated skin or abrasions, as salt scrubs can sting.)  
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I love using this after my Salvatore Ferragamo shower gel. 

Where to buy in Malaysia: Sephora Outlets
But if you are going to Thailand, you might want to check it out at Boots because they have bigger sizes and better prices or promos, too. Just remember to check it in with your luggage if you buy more than 100ml variants. 
Happy scrubbing!
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Melvita and Women’s Weekly Anti-Aging Workshop

The battle against anti-aging is a never-ending challenge, isn’t it? So when The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced an interesting workshop last August, I took the chance to learn more about anti-aging…
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The free Melvita skincare items in the goodie bag

It’s always interesting for me to attend beauty workshops. I find it worthwhile to discover latest products and to observe how consumers respond to what different beauty brands have to say during such events. It’s also amazing how thirsty we are for advice and knowledge when it comes to techniques, tips or secrets to combat the dreaded ‘a’ word…aging.
How did I acquire a seat for the workshop? The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced the Anti-Aging session in its August magazine issue. For a minimal fee of RM30, you secure a seat to the workshop, which also comes with refreshments and goodie bag.
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The session was held at Lavender Bakery in 1 Utama, at the open air section, where we enjoyed the breeze of a cool morning. Before the session started, Melvita conducted this ‘spin the wheel’ mini-game to get something that addresses aging. I got a small packet of fresh raspberries. So cute.
Refreshments from Lavender were provided, together with a lovely bottle of Esprit Raspberry Sparkling Water. Don’t worry, what you see on my plate here isn’t all of it. I just chose to take a little amount of food.
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Workshop items such as sponge, wash bowl and mirror were provided for each guest. We got to sample and apply different anti-aging products from Melvita, ranging from cleansers to beauty oils.
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Some of the products tested at the workshop

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Melvita also introduced their latest skincare range, Bio-Excellence Naturalift, which consisted of 3 products: Youthful Day Cream, Youthful Night Cream and Eye Contour. These can be combined with other items such as beauty oils and floral water.
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Melvita Bio-Excellence Naturalift Skincare

This formula offers the protective and firming action of the bud complex, to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains shea butter, to nourish the skin, and the combination of rye, oat and hibiscus, which together redefine facial contours. The skin is deeply replenished and firmer; it appears visibly smoother.
I think this is a good product to try, especially for those who are looking for organic skincare solutions.  
The rich texture of this cream sinks gently into the skin, to nourish and moisturize throughout the night. In addition to the firming and protective action of the bud complex, which smoothens wrinkles and fine lines, this formula also contains nourishing shea butter, as well as evening primrose oil, known to help prevent skin ageing. These ingredients are combined with rye, oat and hibiscus, which help redefine facial contours, to provide intensive regenerating action.
For rejuvenating the skin overnight, it is good to have a night cream, which is normally a bit thicker than the usual moisturizer. This night cream has a lovely texture that is suitable for overnight skin recovery. I like the gentle scent, too.  
Formulated with the firming and protective bud complex, this eye cream is enriched with plankton – known for its draining properties, which help to reduce dark circles. It also contains rice powder, for a delicate powdery finish. Rye, oat and hibiscus provide complementary action, filling out wrinkles and fine lines.   
This cream has a light texture that doesn’t feel thick or heavy around the eyes. I guess with the rice powder ingredient, it leaves a nice powder finish so you have no risk of developing those oil seeds or milia.
  
The session ended with a Q&A game where 3 lucky guests bagged gift sets. Too bad I wasn’t listening carefully; I didn’t answer the question correctly, ha!
Ooohhh, and I enjoyed this yummy dessert!
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Overall, the workshop is fine and enjoyable, except for the set-up of the venue. The seating arrangement is too tight, squeezing in around 30 guests. Where I sat, in front, I had to keep asking other guests to stand up so I can access food. I can’t blame the other ladies who were probably rolling their eyes but they also can’t blame me. Well, it was a non-working day for me, I don’t want to be a bitch on a weekend, and so I just keep my cool. The table setting was also tight to conduct self-application of the products. I hope these points will be considered by brands when conducting workshops. Guests must have comfortable space for beauty sessions.
We were given a RM30 voucher to use at Melvita outlets, so it’s like giving back the workshop fee paid to reserve a seat. No worries, you can buy an item with this RM30, such as natural or organic body soaps.

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My beauty loot that day:
Organic Rose Floral Water 200ml – RM122.00
Certified organic and fair trade (EFT attested), our floral water is obtained by steam distillation of fresh Rosa damascena petals. Our unique extraction method enables us to obtain a floral water that is particularly rich in active ingredients, making it a naturally powerful formula. With its fresh, delicate scent, our floral water helps to combat dehydration and regenerate the skin.
I love this floral water. I’ve been using it for more than a month now and I’m enjoying the immediate hydration and convenience. It comes with a spray so I don’t really need to use cotton with it. I used to have reaction to rose products but this one proved to be safe for my skin. I spray it on my face in the morning, afternoon at work, and at night.  
  
Eye Contouring Avocado Oil 50ml – RM112.00
100% of the total ingredients from Organic Farming. Very rich in non-saponifiable components, avocado oil is obtained from the flesh of the persea gratissima fruit. An excellent natural anti-ageing treatment, this oil is recommended for dry and delicate skin. Extremely nourishing, it is recommended for the eye contour, the neck and for stretch marks, especially if used with shea butter, which contains non-saponifiables that are remarkably complementary.
I think it’s amazing that this product can be used on the eye, neck and body stretch marks. So I bought one for my mum-in-law. She’s enjoying the multi-function, too.
I also got myself these 2 soap bars:
Lavender Flowers Soap Bar 100g – RM20.00
Vegetable Soap Bar 100g – RM35.00
I am using the Lavender Flowers Soap Bar every morning. The light scent is just nice, unlike other lavender products that often have a strong aroma.
For an organic beauty brand, I think Melvita is worth a try. I signed up as a member as well to enjoy more privileges. My next purchase would probably be a brightening eye serum and another bottle of floral water. I’m now addicted to spraying rose water on my face every day.

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Membership card came with this adorable green beauty pouch that has print of bees inside

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