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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Father’s Day Gifts and Deals from L’Occitane

Father’s Day is approaching fast! Have you found a gift for the special man in your life?


Just a quick post to share the special offers from L’Occitane. Well, I love their products and have reviewed a few skincare items. Which reminds me, I should grab that Almond Milk Concentrate one of these days. I’ve tried the sachet sample and I just love the texture and scent!

Okay, back to Father’s Day. L’Occitane has body care products for men and here are some great gift ideas from L’Occitane. What’s even better, you can order it online and enjoy FREE shipping with purchase above RM200! Why not surprise the special father with a delivery direct to home or office? By the way, they have FREE gift wrapping service, too!

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Gift for Dad – The Vert & Bigarade Set at RM135 (worth RM165) includes shower gel, soap, mini EDT and a pouch

Gift for Dad – Sophisticated L’Occitane Set at RM175 (worth RM204) includes shower gel, roll-on deodorant, shaving gel and a pouch

L’Occitane also has GWP or gift with purchase deals available online. These make it even more tempting to buy presents at www.loccitane.com.my 

Get a FREE Almond Shower Oil, Almond Delicious Hands and an Aromachologie Body Lotion when you purchase above RM380. Receive an additional Almond Milk Concentrate and a premium bath duo when you purchase above RM550. All while stocks last so hurry if you like these gifts!

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To all the fathers and fathers to-be, happy father’s day! May you shine light and wisdom to your children and make this world a better place!



Gifts Made Easy – 8 L’Occitane Gift Sets below RM200

Holidays are here! And as I shared before, I just love Christmas season! A lot of specials, a lot of sales promotions and yearend activities!
Giving gifts is exciting and fun but it can also be daunting when you’re having trouble finding suitable gifts that your loved ones will like and, of course, are within your budget. In this series of posts, I’ll be sharing some gift ideas that I noticed around and hopefully it can help you with your gift shopping. It would be great to somehow have an idea about what you’d like to buy before going to the boutique and maybe plan your budget ahead. 
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I’m starting with one of my loved brands, L’Occitane En Provence. Some might think it’s too expensive while for some it’s just fine (or maybe some might find it low-priced). I noticed some adorable gift sets which I think are worth sharing with you:
8 L’Occitane Sets below RM200

 Floral Shower Treat at RM110 contains:

– Lavender Organic Shower Gel 75ml
– Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel 75ml
– Rose 4 Reines Bath & Shower Gel 75ml
– Pivoine Floral Shower Gel 75ml
– comes in a Gift Box
  


 Petite Cherry set at RM99 contains:

– Cherry Blossom Bath and Shower Gel 75ml
– Cherry Blossom Body Lotion 75ml
– Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 30ml
– Pouch



Shine with Fleur D’Or at RM191 contains:
– Fleur D’Or Luminous Oil 100ml
– Fleur D’Or Hand Cream 30ml
– Fleur D’Or Lip Gloss 15ml
– Pouch


Shea Hand & Foot Set at RM198
– Shea Hand Cream 150ml
– Shea Foot Cream 150ml


Travel With You set at RM169 contains:
– Shea Hand Cream 30ml
– Shea Foot Cream 30ml
– Repairing Shampoo 75ml
– Repairing Conditioner 75ml
– Shea Shower Cream 75ml
– Shea Body Lotion 75ml
– Cotton Pouch 


Petite Rose set at RM99 contains:
– Rose 4 Reines Bath & Shower Gel 75ml
– Rose 4 Reines Hand Cream 30ml
– Rose 4 Reines Body Milk 75ml
– Pouch


Angelica Starter Kit at RM151 contains:
– Angelica Gel Cleanser 50ml
– Angelica Face Toner 50ml
– Angelica Hydration Cream 15ml
– Angelica Milky Lotion 50ml
– Cotton Pouch

Almond Mini Kit at RM117 contains:
– Almond Shower Oil 75ml
– Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
– Shea Hand Cream 30ml
– Pouch

I’m already planning my list before I visit L’Occitane. Have a happy holiday shopping!

For more holiday collections, you can visit
http://loccitane.com.my/ 

L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam for Soft, Fresh, Radiant Skin

It’s been said so many times but I will say it again: cleansing is an essential part of our daily skincare routine and should not be taken for granted. For those who wear full makeup almost daily like me, it is very important to properly remove makeup with extra cleansing step such as cleansing oils and eye makeup remover. Cleansing removes impurities, excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt from our skin. I am the type of person who, no matter how tired even after working late until midnight, will still go through proper cleansing steps to make sure that my face is clean before I go to sleep. And for this, I am very particular when it comes to my facial cleansers.
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I’ve tried a lot of different cleansers since my teenage days. I started quite early with my beauty routine at the age of 13, I think. At that age, I already follow the basic 3 steps of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. My cleansers range from bar soap, cleansing gel, facial scrub, facial foam and more. As I matured into my 30’s (agh, I’m so old), I’ve been more exploratory and enjoyed trying different brands. Some of the cleansers I loved were Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser, the Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator and Estee Lauder Nutritious Cleanser.
Since I’m concerned with dark spots and uneven skin tone nowadays, I decided to try L’Occitane’s Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam. This is a soap-free, non-drying facial cleanser. The Brightening Cleansing Foam is a very gentle face cleanser, enriched in Immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel to lighten the complexion.

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What L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam does:
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Makes your skin radiant
  • Evens the skin tone
  • Softens the skin
  • Brightens the complexion

I’ve been using it for 1 week and I’m lovin’ it. The promise of gentle cleansing is really true and I’m enjoying the burst of foam on my palm through its pump.
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I still use my cleansing oil to remove makeup as my eye makeup consists of waterproof items but my skin feels soft, fresh and ultimately clean after using this cleansing foam. It doesn’t leave a drying sensation and the gentle scent leaves the face with a delicate floral smell.
This is the 2nd L’Occitane product in my daily skincare routine. I love the Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream and this Cleansing Foam is just as good. Though I haven’t noticed yet if there is brightening result from cleansing (still too early to see), the L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam is a definite star cleanser for me and will be an addition to my list of great cleansers!
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam’s tolerance is dermatologically tested.  Effectiveness tested over 3 weeks:
    Skin is gently cleansed:  100% of the women
    Complexion is even and radiant:  96% of the women
Made in France
Price: RM110 (around US$34) for 150ml

Gifts Made Easy – L’Occitane Gift Sets

October is here! Yeah, I’m kinda 15 days late to announce that. This is the time of the year when I miss my home country. In Philippines, all shopping malls will be beaming with Christmas decorations by this month. Christmas songs will be playing in the radio, TV shows will be starting with Christmas themes, offices will be planning for celebrations and, best of all, shopping season will be in the air! To satisfy my craving for this season of gifts, I’ve decided to start posting about gift items and share gift ideas. 


Personally, I enjoy receiving bath and body products in a set. But what makes it even more special is presentation. The way gifts are presented can make the actual gifts look more expensive or cheaper than their true value. It’s not that your gift should look expensive but paying attention to presentation sends a message that you took the time and effort to make it special to a friend or loved one. This is why I appreciate brands that provide extra service and care with their gift sets.  




For this first round of gift sets, I’ve chosen to share a Cherry Blossom set from L’Occitane. I chose a Cherry Blossom set of body lotion and shower gel. When I told the sales staff that it’s a gift, she carefully arranged it in a gift box. That’s great service. The box is very reflective of the brand – calming, peaceful, nature-inspired. 

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I loved the pink paper with a clever, simple touch of the brand stamp sticker. 

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The products were neatly tucked under the pink paper. I’d be happy to receive something like this and I do hope my friend did enjoy this set. 

L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shower Gel and Body Lotion


What’s even greater after buying several items from L’Occitane that day was receiving this lovely set of miniature fragrances. This box contained 4 different scents: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mure, Vanille & Narcisse, The Vert & Bigarade. All in 7.5ml each. I liked the Jasmin & Bergamote. 


L’Occitane Miniature Fragrance Set

L’Occitane mini Jasmin & Bergamote fragrance


And so my hunt for great gift sets has officially started. If you are thinking of giving a bath & body set to anyone, do check out L’Occitane gift sets. They also have selections for men which can be wonderful gifts for those guys who do care about their body and skin. 


Enjoy giving gifts to your loved ones!




L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream

Recently, I’ve been very much concerned with the uneven skin tone on my face. I used to be so focused on treating my pore problems that I seemed to overlook that aging is catching up with my skin, too. 


I decided to try L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream, quite by chance. I was buying a gift set for a friend’s birthday and I was convinced by the skin consultant to give this a try. 




It’s another pretty product to add to my vanity cabinet. I like to try cosmetics that also pay enough attention to good and beautiful packaging. After all, these products are supposed to be for beauty, right? Of course, the brand and product features and benefits are the key points but great packaging simply makes it more appealing and trustworthy. 




L’Occitane’s Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream claims to smoothe, even and lighten the skin. 


What the packaging says:

Immortelle is a flower with exceptional longevity: it never fades, even when picked. Its organic essential oil is rich in active molecules with unique anti-aging results. Bellis perennis, the daisy flower, offers a brightening extract that contributes to regulate melanin production. The Brightening Moisture Cream offers triple action benefits to correct wrinkles, make the complexion more even-toned and brighter. 


The cream jar is sealed when you remove the cap to ensure that it doesn’t oxidize fast before opening. And since this is a nature-based product, it has  short life upon opening at 6 months. Nothing bad about it as skincare products are completely consumed within 3-4 months at average. 


I also liked that L’Occitane has a product insert provided inside the box. It’s good to know more about the product that I’m using on my face in more detail aside from the packaging print. 


The texture of this cream is very good. Not oily, not too creamy, easy to spread and quickly absorbed by the skin. One of my concerns with a lot of anti-aging creams is that it can sometimes be too creamy or thick for my skin. But this L’Occitane cream is just right. The scent is beautiful with floral extracts which is just nice to sleep in when used in the evening. I used to have skin reactions from creams with floral scent, especially rose, but this one didn’t do my skin harm (thank goodness!). 


I’ve been using this cream every night for a week now and I can say that I wake up to smooth and glowing skin every morning. This cream is supposed to be for day and night use but I’m currently alternating it with another product that I have yet to finish.


I love the fresh and light formula of L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream, and I love the appearance of my skin every morning. I’ve only been using it once a day and I believe I’ll see even better results once I use it twice a day! 



Where to buy: L’Occitane boutiques 

Price: RM240 for 50ml