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!  

i-Care Optometry Opens in Bangsar Village

Luxottica First Concept Store in Malaysia is now open to serve you

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Do you use eyeglasses or sunglasses? I don’t think anyone of us here in Malaysia would survive driving daily without sunnies. The weather can be very hot and bright, causing poor vision while driving if we don’t wear sunglasses. So I guess it’s safe to say that we all love our sunglasses to protect us from the glaring light of the sun.
Great news! If you love good quality sunglasses and eyeglasses, you’d be happy to visit a new optometry store, i-Care, which recently opened in Bangsar Village. i-Care Optometry Bangsar Village announced their partnership with Luxottica as the first Luxottica concept store in Malaysia. Luxottica Group is a leader in design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Luxottica has the most extended worldwide retail network for prescription and sun segments comprising over 7,000 stores worldwide in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa and Europe and a strong and well-balanced brand portfolio.
i-Care Optometry Bangsar Village carries some of Luxottica’s best known and most prestigious eyewear brands in the global fashion and luxury industries such as RAY- BAN, OAKLEY, BURBERRY, BVLGARI, COACH, DOLCE & GABBANA, EMPORIO ARMANI, GIORGIO ARMANI and PRADA. Check out these chic collections of designer eyewear! 
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I particularly looove the black Burberry sunglasses on the right!


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This blue Emporio Armani sunglass looks very hip and cool!

Being one of the leading eye care and eyewear providers in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, i-Care Optometry provides qualified Optometrists and Opticians who endlessly pursue to provide quality professional eye examinations. Well trained Optical Dispensers and Fashion Consultants are also known for their friendly services in all their outlets.
Kim (Model), Kevin Siew (Managing Director of i-Care Optometry), Mr Sami Haikio (General Manager of Luxottica Malaysia) and Josh (Model)
“We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Luxottica, a leader in design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear,” said Kevin Siew, Managing Director of i-Care Optometry.  He added, “i-Care Optometry will have a wide influence in fashion, luxury and sports with eyewear products that are exciting to our customers. We are confident that this partnership will have great success.”
Conveniently located in Bangsar Village, i-Care Optometry is easily accessible for those staying in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur. At its media launch held at Bangsar Village, i-Care Optometry revealed a number of new collections for Men and Women.

The opening ceremonies were highlighted with a short eyewear fashion show featuring a male and female model in their different attires and matching eyewear. 

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This season’s most stylish range for women comprises of COACH – Kissing C (Pamela), BURBERRY – Canvas Check, DOLCE & GABBANA – Filigrana, PRADA – Baroque and BVLGARI – Serpenti Limited Collection. Also stealing the show for men are eyewear from EMPORIO ARMANI Essential Eagle Collection, OAKLEY – Carbon Plate, RAY-BAN Wayfarer Denim and GIORGIO ARMANI – Timeless Elegance collection.

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This is a really nice, sporty eyewear from Oakley and Ferrari

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“i-Care Optometry has always made it a point to care for the less fortunate. Corporate Social Responsibility is a priority for us,” said Kevin Siew Managing Director of i-Care Optometry. To spread the love as we began the year 2015, i-Care Optometry sponsored vision care including eye test, spectacles frames and lenses worth RM3000 to LightHouse Children Welfare Home Association for a year long supply.
LightHouse Children Welfare Home Association, Kuala Lumpur is a welfare home established since May 2005 in Malaysia. The home looks after underprivileged children from various troubled background such as alcoholic and drug addicted parents, single parents, children from hard-core poor families and some who have even been physically and sexually abused. LightHouse believes very much in their tagline, “Every Child Counts”.
  
Where to find i-Care Optometry outlets:
i-Care Bangsar Village, Bangsar
F18, 1st Floor, Bangsar Village Shopping Centre, No 1,Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-22879788
i-Care Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas
Lot 66, Level UG1, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-62033368

i-Care Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang
LG-13, Lower Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Tel: 03-56317620
i-Care The Weld
L1-05, 1st Floor, The Weld Shopping Centre, 76, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 03-21630936
i-Care Main Place
GF-32, Jalan USJ21/10, The Main Place 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-80819216
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About i-Care Optometry
i-Care Optometry (M) Sdn Bhd is one of the leading eye care and eyewear providers in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur, and set to become the preferred choice for generations of Malaysians. Established in 2001, i-Care Optometry (M) Sdn Bhd now has five outlets extending from Kuala Lumpur to Klang Valley, namely Bangsar Village, Empire Shopping Gallery, The Weld, Publika Shopping Gallery and The Main Place, USJ.
About Luxottica
Founded in 1961 by Leonardo Del Vecchio, always involved in protecting eyes and optimising the look of men and women everywhere, the Luxottica Group is now a vertically integrated organization, producing and distributing prescription frames and sunglasses of high technical quality and style. The constant attention paid to research and development, technological innovation, the adaptation to market evolutions in respect of people and the environment, have led Luxottica through worldwide expansion.
With net sales of more than Euro 7.3 billion in 2013, over 73,000 employees and a strong global presence, Luxottica Group is a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, with over 7000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa and Europe and a strong and well-balanced brand portfolio.

Contact Lens Shopping at MrLens.com.my

No time to rush outside to refill your lens supply? Save time and effort by simply buying online.
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I’ve been a contact lens user for 3 years now and for the past few years, I’ve always been buying them at retail shops. It was very convenient for me before because the nature of my previous jobs involve regular visits to the mall and I can quickly grab the lens wherever I was. 

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I stumbled upon Mr Lens in my affiliate program list and it looked interesting. Moreover, I barely have time to drop by the mall nowadays and I’m finding it a waste of time to purposely go there to replenish my lens supply. I’d rather spend that ‘shopping time’ for shoes, clothes, educational books and kids stuff. After all, if I already know the contact lens I need, the brand that I’m comfortable with and the power details, why can’t I replenish it in an easier, faster, more convenient way?

I decided to try Mr Lens for the first time, around early November. I ordered my usual brand, Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus, for bi-weekly use. This was the first brand and type recommended to me by the ophthalmologist and until today, even after trying other reputable brands, I find that this is the most comfortable one for my eyes. It doesn’t dry out my eyes and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing contact lens at all. 

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I really liked the first delivery from this online contact lens shopping site. See the cute lens case that came together with my order, which coincided with the Halloween season. Oh, and it also came with a Chupa Chups lollipop! 

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The website is simple, functional, nothing too fancy if you expect it to be spectacular like beauty, fashion or makeup sites. Although I feel that it can still be improved, I somehow find it easy to use and just serves the purpose of letting you order the contact lens you need. It also accepts several payment options, including PayPal, which even makes it convenient to shop with. 

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I ordered for the 2nd time to replenish my lens supply and my contact lens still arrived together with a sweet treat. Hmmm, I’m not sure what’s the relevance of a lollipop with the contact lens but hey, we all enjoy free treats! This is really cool. 

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Items are packed inside a resealable plastic bag. And another thing that I appreciate with this service is the included booklet of care tips for use of contact lens. I find it very helpful to have these reminders to make sure that I take care of my eyes and contact lens properly. 

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The prices are good, too! I normally buy this set of contact lens at RM99 from retail shops but I can get it for only RM85 with FREE delivery. 

I think that online shopping is now my first option for purchasing my contact lenses. MrLens.com.my also has other eye products such as branded sunglasses, glasses, daily contact lens, weekly contact lens, monthly lens, coloured and toric lenses. With cheaper prices, free delivery, ease and convenience, this is definitely a must-visit shopping site. I sometimes use daily wear contact lenses by Acuvue as well so I will order it via MrLens soon. 


According to www.mrlens.com.my 

2 week lenses are particularly suitable for being used for a period of 14 days if the contact lenses are removed in the evening. It is also possible to wear them continuously for one week. Due to the high oxygen permeability, your eyes do not experience a feeling of dryness, even after wearing the lenses for a longer period of time.

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

Stay connected to Melvita Malaysia via:
Or visit their online shopping site at:

Elianto Online Beauty Shopping now available!

Great beauty deals at your fingertips…shopping online is so good!
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Online shopping is a good companion for my beauty needs. Aside from the convenience of having beauty products delivered at my preferred address, I also enjoy the feeling of receiving a parcel like a ‘surprise’. Most of the time, prices combined with promos online make beauty products such a steal!
I recently discovered that elianto now has an online shop and I was tempted to try their website. Like a lot of you, I’ve known elianto mainly for its wide range of nail colors and colorful cosmetics. Have you seen their eyeshadow color palettes and refills? They have beautiful, popping colors that are great for those who love to put on different colors every day.
Elianto’s online shop caters to various beauty needs:
Skincare
Makeup
Nail Care
Fragrance
Body Care
Hair Care
Accessories

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We all love makeup, don’t we? You’ll be happy to see elianto’s selection of makeup items. They have very affordable lip colors. And if you’ve seen my review or heard about elianto’s new brilliant riche transfer-proof lip colors, you can also buy it online (and it’s only RM25 per tube!).
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Skincare items are also available for ordering online. Love anti-aging products? You’d be happy to hear that elianto’s anti-aging range, Youth Compact for lifting and wrinkle reduction, has attractive offers online.
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You can now buy nail polishesat the convenience of looking at more colors while sitting down on your sofa, lazing on the bed or having coffee at a shop.
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DELIVERY Charges are reasonable. For West Malaysia, you’ll enjoy FREE delivery with orders above RM80. For East Malaysia, you’ll enjoy FREE delivery with orders above RM150. Minimum purchase for free delivery is a bit higher than Luxola but you can easily reach these amounts if you’re also buying bodycare and skincare items. Or you can combine orders with your friends.
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PAYMENT methods accepted by elianto
   Debit Cards
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I decided to make my first order a few weeks ago. I picked a Feather Lite Airbrush foundation, Celestial 2-in-1 Eyeliner in gold and Celeste 2-in-1 Eyeliner in white.
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GlamGlow Launches Thirsty Mud for Super Radiant Skin

It’s finally here! The much talked about brand loved by Hollywood celebrities now has a new addition to the mask family. And it’s now available in Malaysia…
  
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Wouldn’t it be great if you can have a product that dramatically and instantly makes improvements to your skin in 10 minutes? Sounds far-fetched? Too miraculous? Well, that’s what GlamGlow is famous for!
I’ve been hearing about GlamGlow for quite some time now and it was a wonderful experience to discover it first-hand with other beauty addicts. You’ve probably seen faces of your friends or friends of friends on your FB news feed with some gray, gooey stuff on. Chances are those gals (or guys) are raving about how GlamGlow’s YouthMud or SuperMud has done wonders.
GlamGlow was originally designed for exclusive professional backstage use in Hollywood for celebrities, supermodels and other people who need instant camera-ready skin in less time and effort. GlamGlow YouthMud is popular among celebrities like Natalie Portman, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and more. Because of the wonders it does on the skin, GlamGlow was eventually introduced to consumers. We all want the good, fast stuff, don’t we? And another great thing about GlamGlow is that it can be used by both women AND men. You can buy one and share with your hubby or partner, and do ‘GlamGlow-ing’ together!

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Last Saturday, GlamGlow in Malaysia hosted a wonderful morning filled with discovery about this amazing mask brand at Sephora’s boutique in Sunway Pyramid. Entering Sephora, I was welcomed by this catchy ‘Walk of Fame’ or should I say ‘Walk of Glam’. Several blue, glimmering stars styled in Hollywood Walk of Fame adorned the floor. Clever and glamorous.

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The Walk of Glam

GlamGlow’s assistant product manager, Cindy Lim, shared more information about the brand, satisfying our curiosity on why this is so famous among celebrities. It was followed by further explanation about the products from Janet Low, trainer and skincare expert. She also conducted a demonstration showing how to use YouthMud and ThirstyMud on the face.

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LEFT: Janet Low, trainer and skincare expert
RIGHT: Cindy Lim, assistant product manager

See that lovely smile from demo model for the day?
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GlamGlow has several tempting products for the face and eyes:

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YouthMudTM Tinglexfoliate Treatment 
RM240, 50g 
designed as a 10-minute anti-aging ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood; gives immediate camera-ready glowing skin; provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation

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We tested this product on our hands during Janet’s demo and it’s really intriguing. The gray mud contains particles that are apparently tea leaves, which brighten complexion, protect against free radicals, hydrate and balance oil production.

SuperMudTM Clearing Treatment
RM240, 34g 
clinically developed to help fight all common skin concerns; addresses PORES (Pores? Pores!), blemishes, pimples, breakouts, razor bumps, and even in-grown hair (I think I should try this, did you read pores?).
BrightMudTM Eye Treatment 
RM240, 12 ChromeCells 
the world’s first tap on + wipe off reverse action under eye and orbital eye treatment; designed for instant 3-minute results; addresses dark circles, tired eyes, puffiness, lines; brightens, hydrates and plumps the eye area.
NEW! ThirstyMudTM Hydrating Treatment
RM240, 50g 
provides deep instant, extreme hydration for long, medium and short term results; hydrates, moisturizes, restores, replenishes and calms for instant super sexy skin.

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GlamGlow ThirstyMud in Sephora

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This mud has a very delicious texture and scent. It is creamy and oozes with sweet, tantalizing fragrance. ThirstyMud can work as a quick wash-off mask, can be left on overnight as a sleeping mask, can be used in-flight and like the rest of GlamGlow products, also works both for men and women. That’s a truly multi-tasking item in a beautiful jar!

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Together with gorgeous butterflies from The Butterfly Project Beauty Bloggers, I had a fun time exploring GlamGlow’s products. Who wouldn’t be amazed at the Best Mask in the World?

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The Butterfly Project Beauty Bloggers team: Tammy Lim, Illy Ariffin, Ayna Jalal and Caroline Ng

GlamGlow is very interesting and noteworthy. Like what I mentioned in my previous posts, I wasn’t really a big fan of masks until I’ve discovered really good ones that gave me good results. So far, these GlamGlow mud masks will be the most luxurious and famous ones that I’ll be putting on my face.

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Me with Cindy Lim


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Me, excited to try GlamGlow YouthMud and ThirstyMud

Curious? This is just a teaser of what’s coming up. I’ll be reviewing GlamGlow YouthMud and ThirstyMud soon and will definitely share the results and tips with you…let’s see if GlamGlow lives up to its promise of beautiful skin in 10 minutes! #excited #yay

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Product Review

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you can intensify your eyeshadow color just by using a wet brush? My excitement for NARS makeup goes on.
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What a delight to get my hands on the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Being a smoky-eye addict, I really go for colors that will create deep, defined tones on my eyes. I add a tone of black eyeshadow or apply my Nars eye paint on the eyelid and as eyeliner. I just can’t survive without a dark tone! So my eye makeup palette for daily application will consist of around 4-5 colors. Although I enjoy applying several colors, it can sometimes be a challenge when you’re rushing for an early business meeting while getting your child ready for school, too, if you need to use several eyeshadow palettes to create the look.

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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows (Europa and Supra) and Nars Brush #49

But here comes Nars with eyeshadows that can be intensified simply by using a wet brush. You might ask, why is it necessary to have a dual-intensity eyeshadow for wet and dry application? Can’t you use a wet brush on normal eyeshadow to get the same effect? Well, not really. You can try using a wet brush on a non-dual functioning eyeshadow but the texture won’t be good, resulting to an uneven application.
So I got myself 3 Nars items to create my new look this season: 2 shades of Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow namely Europa and Supra, and 1 new brush to apply them with, Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49. Excited!

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Color: Europa Gossamer pink peach
Price: RM102 (around USD32)
Net Weight: 1.5g / 0.05oz
Made in Italy
Life after opening: 18 months
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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Europa/ Gossamer pink peach

I definitely love the packaging, as with the other Nars items that I have. This eyeshadow comes in Nars signature black matte compact but this one has a magnet closure, making sure that it’s secure even if you forget to close until it clicks as with other compacts. It has a built-in mirror, convenient for ultra close-up view while applying makeup. The Europa color is peach-like, great as a base color and highlighter. I apply this under the eyebrows, under my eyes and in between my inner eye and nose bridge as highlight.
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Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow
Color: Supra Black Orchid
Price: RM102 (around USD32)
Net Weight: 1.5g / 0.05oz
Made in Italy
Life after opening: 18 months
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NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Supra/ Black orchid

This is an amazing color. At first, I thought it was just deep brown (maybe I’m color blind) but upon checking the website, it’s also defined as black orchid so it will have that deep purple or violet tone.
Testing it with dry application first, the colors have a nice, fine sheen finish.
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Dry application

Now, here I tested how it appears with a wet brush, oh my! You can see how intensified the colors were. The texture is just lovely and very easy to apply.
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Wet and dry application

As I mentioned, I normally use 4-5 colors on my eyes. But I wanted to test out if I can use these 2 Nars colors to complete my eye color. First, I applied the 2 shades using dry brush on my eyes as basic 2 colors. Then, using a wet tissue, I dampened my Nars brush #49 and applied each shade on my eyes to create a more defined set of colors. Using a dry eyeshadow brush, I then blended the colors again on my eyelids. (I’ll probably do simple photo collage of the steps later on but I’m too excited and I can’t wait to share this now)
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Apply Nars Europa using Nars Wet/Dry brush #49

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Apply Nars Supra using Nars Wet/Dry brush #49

I finished my look with liquid eyeliner on the eyelids and my eyeliner pencil under my eyes and well, here’s how 2 Nars dual-intensity eyeshadows transformed my eyes…
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LEFT: Before eye makeup with Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows
RIGHT: After NARS

I love the texture and finish of these eyeshadows! Here’s a closer look of my eye makeup…I may not be a pro but I found it amazing that I can create this look with just 2 eyeshadow colors instead of 4 or 5. Just shifting between wet and dry applications can create a well-blended, smokey eye look. The Supra shade is very easy to build, making smokey eyes easier for me even without using a black shade. But I’m sure this will look even more defined with my Nars eye paint 🙂 
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My eye makeup using just 2 colors of NARS eyeshadows + 2 eyeliners!

With its small compact size, the Nars dual-intensity eyeshadow is travel-friendly and a makeup junkie must-have. You would want to carry this around for quick fashionable look! Nars brush #49 (RM115) is an ultimate makeup brush for intensified application for both wet and dry eyeshadow. You gotta try it!
#nars #narsaddict #ilovenars #ilovemakeup #whatwouldmakeupbewithoutnars
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Where to buy:
NARS Cosmetics outlet in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Available from July 2014 onwards 

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NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Double-down with the new dual-application formula – apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid.
Using NARS’ especially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush, the ultra-soft and luxurious shadow glides on smoothly and easily for precise application.
ARTIST’s TIP:
For an effortlessly chic eye look, use the Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 to apply a soft wash of color over the entire lid, working into the bridge and blending up towards the brow. Next, add the final touch by using the same shadow wet onto the lid for a more intense finish.–Jane Richardson, International Makeup Stylist
SHADES INCLUDE:
  1. Andromeda Alabaster
  2. Cassiopeia Iridescent electric pink
  3. Callisto Icy pink silver
  4. Desdemona Rich shimmering burgundy
  5. Dione Metallic champagne beige
  6. Europa Gossamer pink peach
  7. Giove Navy
  8. Himalia Shimmering topaz
  9. Lysithea Shark grey
  10. Sycorax Black
  11. Phoebe Deep shimmering amethyst
  12. Subra Black orchid

PRICE:

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (RM102)
Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 (RM115)

Egyptian Magic Cream – Why do celebrities and models love this?

There must be a good reason why this cream seems to be the rave of a lot of Hollywood celebrities and models…but I have to try it for myself
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Is it really possible for 1 cream to solve concerns on the body, face, lips, eyes and hair? I’ve heard of all-purpose cream for making salads and desert, or all-purpose flour for pancakes but an all-purpose skin cream? Hmmm, this is new to me.
My first question was, why “Egyptian”? I checked the jar, it is not made in Egypt; it’s actually made in the USA. The answer lies in the rich, influential history of the Egyptians when it comes to body care and skin care. The Egyptians are probably the most abundant in ancient practices for beauty and cosmetics. As early as the time of the pyramids or even before that, the ancient Egyptians used soaps that contain olive oil for their cleansing rituals. They also used honey to moisturize their skin and protect it from the arid climate. The scorching heat of the sun and windswept sands caused a lot of skin problems and infections for them so the Egyptians put very high importance to skincare regimen. And men even rubbed oils on their hair to fight baldness and promote hair growth!

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There is no doubt that the rituals of ancient Egyptians still apply as reliable science for skincare today. The use of certain oils and honey are very beneficial to the skin and even hair. Isn’t it amazing how the ancient tradition still is a relevant practice at this age and time?

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6 Natural yet Powerful Ingredients inside Egyptian Magic Cream


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And so I opened my Natta Cosme box containing a carefully-bubble-wrapped Egyptian Magic Cream. The box itself is filled with paper shredding to absorb impact and protect the product from shock. It also contained tip cards indicating how to use the cream and more information.

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I excitedly unwrapped and unsealed my new Egyptian Magic Cream, looking forward to know what the celebrities are raving about. The cream itself reminds me of petroleum jelly, but the Magic Cream is more solid and not very sticky like the former. The color is of light yellow wax, without fragrance or scent. It just smells of clean, fresh oil.

How do you use it?
Step 1 – Scoop out the balm
Step 2 – Gently rub the balm on your palm
Step 3 – Apply on desired area
Just to show you how the product looks like (I didn’t rub on my palm), I scooped a small amount onto the back of my hand here. At first, the product itself seems very solid but once it gets in contact with the heat of your fingers, it will melt naturally. 

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Upon rubbing it onto the skin, here you can see that my hand has a film of moisture. The Egyptian Magic Cream is a great solution to those with dry, chapped hands. I’m the type of person who constantly needs hand cream, especially after washing my hands or the dishes or any activity that involves getting my hands wet. My hands easily get dry but applying this magic cream on my hands at night before going to sleep does magic!
  
Of course I gotta try it on my legs, too! Since it claims that it can be used on the body, I have to test it. I also tend to have dry skin on my legs and it can get very itchy and uncomfortable. But applying EMC on my legs calms down the discomfort and moisturizes my skin well. If you apply it during the day in this tropical weather, it might feel a bit oily so I use it at night before I sleep. We use air conditioner in our room so I really need to apply body lotion to bed. And the Egyptian Magic Cream does a great job in keeping my legs (and arms) hydrated through the night.

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I also apply it on my son’s feet before he sleeps and it makes his feet even more kissable!

You can try applying it on your face, too. The Egyptian Magic Cream provides an instant hydration and gives the skin a healthy glow. Here I applied it on my face right after washing. No toner, no serums, no moisturizer. Just the magic cream. Make sure you just apply a thin film. 

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Left: Right after washing, no skincare
RIGHT: With Egyptian Magic Cream on bare face

I didn’t need much convincing to understand why celebrities and models love this product. It’s really amazing, I discovered 8 great benefits from the Egyptian Magic Cream:
  1. It’s multi-purpose! You can apply it on
  2. a.     Eye area
    b.     Lips
    c.      Neck
    d.     Arms
    e.     Legs
    f.      Hands
    g.     Feet
    h.     Hair
    i.   Face
  3. It contains all-natural healing ingredients. Olive oil + honey + royal jelly + beeswax + bee pollen + propolis in 1 balm.
  4. It’s a great moisturizer, making it a powerful anti-aging balm that works on several areas of the body and face.
  5. It can be used on children, too!
  6. It’s a travel companion. Since you can use it on almost everywhere on the body and you can use it on your kids, it’s simply convenient to bring the Egyptian Magic Cream with you.
  7. If you love to go swimming, it’s a great after-sun lotion to soothe the skin and sunburns.
  8. It simply works it magic. You’ll wake up to hydrated skin in the morning.
  9. It gives dry hair an instant shine. 
Some tips:
  • If you plan to use on different parts of the body, you might want to separate the balm into few containers, probably a small jar for eye area, a mini jar for the lips, a jar for face, a jar for hair use, and a jar for body.
  • For optimized results, dab appropriate amount on the area and follow with gentle massage to allow the balm to be absorbed faster into your skin.
So who are some of the celebrities who swear by the benefits of the Egyptian Magic Cream?

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Where to get this multi-purpose magic cream?
Natta Cosme at www.nattacosme.com
Price: RM125 (around USD39) for 118ml / RM89.90 (around USD28) for 59ml

Why you should buy from Natta Cosme:
Money-back guarantee within 14 days! When you order your EMC (Egyptian Magic Cream), it will arrive with a FREE 3ml sachet for you to try first. If you’re not happy, just send back the unopened jar and Natta Cosme will refund your money (excluding postage fees).

Natta Cosme at www.nattacosme.com
Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is made with the following pure ingredients: olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis and Divine love. Gynecologists, plastic surgeons, homeopathic physicians, chiropractors from all over the world sell Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice.”
Surveys show that about 35% of the clients using Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” had eczema and psoriasis. When they found that conventional skin creams could not solve their problems, these clients turned to natural health food stores and to their delight discovered Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice.”
Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is today’s all-purpose skin cream of choice, recommended and used because of its all-natural pure super healing ingredients and its phenomenal results. Even pharmaceutical companies secretly acknowledged that products derived from all pure natural living sources are better than those products derived from chemicals. Today, scientists in the Amazon are finding the most powerful solutions from the rain forest.

Make Up For Ever HD Make Up Workshop

The mummy blogger continues to explore brands that she hasn’t tried before
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When fellow beauty addict Ashley Yeen announced that she collaborated with Make Up For Ever to conduct a workshop on high definition make up, I knew I had to join. I’ve certainly encountered MUFE long time ago but I haven’t tried any of the products. I guess I just didn’t have the chance or the time to really explore it before.
So it was good news when Ashley invited me to this workshop with MUFE! The agenda: High Definition Make Up. Wait, by the way, what is high-definition makeup? You guessed it right; HD makeup has something to do with video and photography. I’m sure you’ve encountered the term ‘HDTV’ or high-definition television. This type basically project images that are several times better in resolution than normal or standard types of TV. Same for photography, we have high-resolution images captured by DSLR and even point-and-shoot cameras.
And what do all these have to do with makeup? Simple. When these latest technology video cams or cameras capture your face, your makeup should be in ‘high-definition’ technique, especially if you want to hide some flaws. Professional make-up artists have undergone intensive training to perfect this high-definition technique but they also use good makeup products and tools to achieve that HD look. When the makeup technique is not HD-ready, a person’s face may reveal imperfections on video or on photos, which, of course, is something we ladies don’t like. Moreover, some make-up products or techniques make the face look overly done, unnatural and even older.
But HD makeup is not just for videos and photos. It is a great makeup technique for daily wear, especially if you have to face a lot of people. Having an HD-ready face is close-up ready, meaning your face will look great and flawless when people see you face-to-face. HD makeup effectively conceals imperfections without the look of thick application. Like what I said on Ashley’s post, HD means “Head-turning Diva”, and it was such a delight to attend a short workshop to learn how to achieve this look with Make Up For Ever.

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Arriving a few minutes before the starting time, I had sufficient shooting time to explore Make Up For Ever’s store in Sephora Starhill. The façade is a welcoming display of cosmetics beautifully displayed on predominantly black walls and fixtures. The focus collection was HD high-definition makeup such as HD primer, HR elixir, HD foundation, HD cream blusher and HD concealer.
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The class started with a short introduction and thank you remarks from Ashley. Our workshop make-up artist for the day was Angeline while the workshop model was a lovely gal named Izza. Here, Angeline started removing Izza’s make-up so we can see the full effect of HD make-up before and after application.

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As this was a workshop, we were taught how to do it on ourselves. Here are some of the MUFE products that we used that day:

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Make Up For Ever collection including HD products

I really loved that Mist and Fix because it makes your makeup look even better by adding some glow or radiance while making it last longer. For someone like me who only applies full make-up in the morning and needs it to last the whole day at work, Mist and Fix is a great make-up companion. I recommend this as a must-have item in your cosmetic kit. It is priced RM110 for 125ml.
Here are my fellow guests applying make-up on themselves:
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We started by removing our own make-up (I used So Divine Cleansing Cream) then applied the HD primer blended with HD elixir, followed by the HD foundation. We also applied the HD concealer under the eyes. All these products blended smoothly and evenly on the skin. The textures were great, which allowed easy application on the face.

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Here’s JL Buzzbee, whom I finally met in person that day, being assisted by pretty make-up artist of MUFE, Shiory.
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Angeline also recommended using the HD high-definition concealer under the eyes to conceal fine lines and other imperfections prior to eye make-up.
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The effect of the first few products was very flattering on Izza’s face. She’s lovely to begin with, by the way, but the effect of HD primer + HD elixir + HD foundation + HD concealer made her face look flawless. Compare the right to the left side and you can tell how HD make-up made a wonderful transformation in concealing imperfections without the look of overly done make-up.

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The workshop continued with application of eye make-up, HD foundation powder, lip color and other make-up items. See all of us with HD-ready faces and smiles here, together with Shiory and Angeline of MUFE. Can you spot Izza in her full HD make-up look?

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Can you spot where’s Izza with her new HD makeup look?

Oh, yeah, there she is, even lovelier than when we started the workshop…
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While the other gals continued with their HD make-up sessions, I continued to explore the store and their products. MUFE has really nice make-up collections. Oh, please, don’t tempt me to overspend this month!
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I loved the makeover tables at MUFE. Each table has a face drawing like this, showing a list of products used and by which make-up artist. Isn’t that cute and also helpful?

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It’s a paradise of lipsticks and brushes!

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Make-up, make-up, make-up…
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I had a great time learning some tips and tricks for achieving a high-definition make-up look. Thanks to MUFE and to Ashley for organizing this session.

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