Tuesday, 22 April 2014

My Mini ever so Mini Haul

Ta-daaa!!!! 

As I said, I have been skin care obsessed recently and this was what I picked up today while waiting for my yoga class to start.

1. Eucerin Anti-Ageing Hyaluron Filler Night Cream
This cream claims to plump up the skin and visibly reduces wrinkles from inside without thinning the skin. The 2 active ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid which helps with skin density, moisturization and Saponin which enhances stimulation of Hyaluronic Acid.

2. Garnier Pure 3-in-1 Wash Scrub and Mask
This product claims to help deeply purify, eliminate impurities, and mattify the surface of skin. What got me interested was this product contains salicylic acid, zinc, pumice and white clay.While I do not suffer from acne, I do get the occasional pimple and I plan to use this as a wash and mask.

3. L’Oreal UV Perfect (Even Complexion)
SPF 50/PA+++...enough said.

4. Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser 
This is a repurchase and yes, I really love this cleanser! I use it with my Olay Pro-X every night to get rid of my makeup and it does a brilliant job in cleaning without making my skin feels dry and tight.

I am bloody excited to start using these products but rest assured, I will consistently use each product for at least 2 weeks before giving any thoughts on it!

Nutmeg, Bangsar Village II

Last Saturday hubby dearest and I decided to wander out early in the morning to get our usual Chinese breakfast. Unfortunately our favourite shop was closed so we decided to walked slightly further to Bangsar Village II and try out a café which I pass by every time I head to yoga...Nutmeg.

I took this photo today as I completely forgotten to take a proper picture showing the cafe the other day.



A very simple interior but I do love the modern but no fuss approach.

 Hubby dearest ordered his usual latte (MYR8.00)


I had my usual Ice Lemon Tea (MYR8.00)

My breakfast platter ~ Southern Fried Breakfast (MYR26.00)

 Dearest hubby's breakfast choice ~ Nutmeg Big Breakfast (MYR28.00)

So how did this café fared? Well, we arrived at 9.30am right when breakfast service started and we were the second table of customer. It wasn't peak hour for breakfast service and we expected things to go smoothly which unfortunately did not.

Kevin ordered his eggs to be cooked over easy while I requested for scrambled eggs. As you can see from the pictures, those eggs were nooooo where near what we requested. Kevin's eggs were way cooked and mine...well, mine looked like someone got sick and puke his guts out. Taste wise? My chicken was dry, the batter was tasteless, the gravy that came as a side was bland, the potatoes were okay (you cannot go wrong with potatoes anyway) but thank goodness for the biscuit, it was good. Kevin had better luck with his breakfast platter as the whole plate was decent with the lamb sausage being absolutely delicious!

Will we be heading back to Nutmeg any time soon? Well, let's just say we will be sticking to our usual Chinese breakfast from now onwards and won't be in any rush to head back to Nutmeg for food. I think the food quality was just bleh! and this café certainly has some improvements to make...I mean seriously, try to get the simplest thing right...like the eggs.

Nutmeg
Add: UGF-28A Bangsar Village II,
        2 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru
        59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel:  +603 2201 3663
Business Hours: 9:30am – 10.00pm

Monday, 21 April 2014

REVIEW: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

Recently I have been on a skincare binge as in anti-ageing skincare obsession. Yes, no more makeup as I think my mind understood that I won''t be using much makeup in the next couple of months so bleh! what's the point of it, right?

Murad is a dermatologist brand which was developed by Dr. Murad to help his patients resolve their skin conditions. Needless to say,this is a high end brand which I would not have purchased due to the very steep price but I finally had the chance to give this product a try when I got a sample of this product in my VanityTrove box.


I received a 5ml sample


I do like the pump packaging as it is hygienic and allows me to control the amount of product dispense. 
The product itself is white and not too thick in texture

Ingredient list:
Rapid Collagen Infusion
Water (Aqua), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Honey (Mel), Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen Amino Acids, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Linalool, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

From VanityTrove site:
Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion is a fast acting, multi-tasking wrinkle fighting formula that promotes healthy collagen and hydration levels to plump skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This advanced collagen-building formula is loaded with clinically proven ingredients to immediately reveal a more youthful appearance and feel.

I have been using this product everyday ever since I received it only on my forehead to combat the existing fine lines from all the frowning that I have been doing all these years (the natural downside from being a worrier, sigh) and I must admit that after 2 weeks of consistent usage, I find my forehead is much smoother. I kid you not. The appearance of fine lines have faded and I can barely see any now.

The cream absorbs very fast and I only need very little to cover my forehead. It does not leave any tackiness and I also did not detect any smell upon application.

All in all, this cream really WOW'ed me and I am not easily impressed or so to speak. The downside of this product? The bloody steep price. It's retailing MYR428.00 for 30ml. Holy cow indeed! But frankly speaking? For the first time I am seriously tempted to purchase a product despite it's exorbitant price because it really worked wonders for me.

Yes, this cream is that good for me and hey, I do enjoy a wrinkle free forehead.

I'm Getting Lazy!

Hellooooooo luvs! Sorry that I have been away for 5 days...oh wow, it has almost been a week! Dear me, I am getting bloody lazy aren't I? Tsk! Tsk! Well, I have been kicking it back, trying to take things a wee bit slower as I am supposed to be resting waiting for the big day of little tyke's arrival. It took some getting used to...getting out of the routine of waking up early in the morning for work and such but I think I am getting less restless about not going to work now. I think hubby dearest is extremely pleased that I am home, we do get to spend much needy quality time and these days, I can stay up later and accompany him while he works too. So I guess this period of time is what one would call as the calm before the storm....with little tyke being the storm. Haha!

So what else have I been doing in during my maternity leave? Hmmm...I do like the fact that I have time to upkeep my bills and other chores but most of all, I honestly enjoy the slow and quiet time with hubster dearest. All this while it has always been a rush to spend some time together or trying to juggle between work and quality time but this past one week, it has been great. I get to be the caring, loving and doting wifey to him and it's a refreshing change from spending only 2-3 hours with each other.

I think this break is more of a revelation for me...that being a stay at home wife and soon to bee mum is not that bad after all. :-)


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

REVIEW: Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Multi-Targeted UV Shield BB Cream SPF 30 PA++

This was one of the samples that I personally choose for my first ever beauty box, VanityTrove. I have been venturing into BB creams recently after being a little tired of using foundations so this was an ideal way of putting this high end product to test.

So how did this BB cream fare in my opinion? Well, read on and let's take a look!

 I got a 7ml sample from VanityTrove


 List of ingredients




Little goes a very long way with this BB cream. Texture is a little watery.

Half blended into skin

Fully blended into skin. Did a great job in evening out my skin tone.

I was slightly disappointed when I  received this in Shade 01 which is lighter than my skin tone. However, upon application the shade differences was barely noticeable, somehow the BB cream adjusted to my skin tone.

The texture of this cream is slightly watery so a little goes a very long way. Coverage wise, I would say it's very light but it did a great job in balancing and smoothing out my skin tone. If you have blemishes then this will not work for you. This BB cream gives a dewy finish which made my face looks like it's healthy and glowing from within. Two thumbs up for that!

I have tried this BB cream with and without using moisturiser and I find my face gets shiny after 4-5 hours if I apply moisturiser before this BB cream. However, I do love the way this cream feels by itself! It was moisturising enough without making my face shiny after 7 hours! I think this product is good for normal to dry skin but anyone with combination to oily skin should stay away.

The one thing that irks me about this product is the smell. It has a pretty strong sweet chemical floral smell which annoys me a little. While the smell does not linger long after application, I still wish this is fragrance free product. I have also read reviews complaining this product stings upon application. I personally did not experience this but anyone with sensitive skin should be aware of this.

Another downside of this BB cream? The steep price. It's retailing at MYR198.00/30ml. Like seriously?! While I am satisfied with this product, I will not be purchasing the full size when the sample runs out. It's not worth the exorbitant price and I personally think there are better BB creams in the market with a much sensible price.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Song of the Day

Serena Ryder - Stompa


Stomp, stomp, stomp away from work! Yipee! The perfect song to celebrate my last day of work for next 2 months!

There's a light and I can see it in your eyes
There's a memory of the way you used to be
Nothing's gone it still shines evey time you turn it on
And when you slow it down...

People, working every night and day
Never give yourself no time
Got too many bills to pay
Slow down, nothing's gonna disappear
If you give yourself some room
To move to the music you hear

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet

People, looking for the great escape
Looking to the greener side
Trying to find a better way
Slow down; open up your big brown eyes
Feel the rhythm in your heart
You don't even need to try

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet
Nothing is wrong, if you move to the beat
Clappa your hands
Stompa your feet
Stompa your feet

When you can't seem to shake off all the feelings that are breaking

Little pieces of the music that's in you
All the pain that you feel
I can prove it's not real
There's just one thing you gotta do

Gotta get up, listen to me
Clappa your hands, stompa your feet
Nothing is wrong, if you move to the beat
Clappa your hands
Stompa your feet
Stompa your feet

Stompa your feet, stompa your feet

REVIEW: Dove Nutritive Therapy Nutri-Oil Serum

I have been on a hair product binge recently...and skin care. Makeup? Shockingly not so much anymore. *gasp!* You heard that right, not so obsessed about makeup anymore. It's probably a temporary break-up between makeup and me...but like a downward spiral relationship between Justin Beaver (typo but it's staying!) and Selena, we'll get back together again and again.

Guardian pharmacies have been playing Santa and giving blow out sales up to 50% on selected products so obviously I had to walk in to check stuff out. Hey, I never know what I have been missing from my life all this while....

I was running low on my Schwarzkopf leave in conditioner so when I saw Dove was on sale, I instantly zoomed in on the nutri-oil serum. I have not read much about this serum but it was retailing at MYR19.90, a decent low price so I thought why not?


Simple packaging, nothing fancy 

What it claims to do and directions to use 

 Ingredients


 Product in clear plastic bottle with a pump. I do love the plastic bottle as it's light which makes it great for travelling and doesn't break as easily as glass bottle. This is great for a klutz like me.


Product (2 pumps)

This serum pleasantly surprise me. I was expecting the usual heavy oil but this serum was actually very light! I used 2 pumps of this serum, warm it in between my hands and run it through my damp hair from mid length to the ends.

The result? My hair felt silky smooth and soft without any oiliness or heaviness. After blow drying, my hair seems to have some bounce in it and hey-ho, even some shine! It also seems to tame whatever little frizz that I have too.

I really like this serum. It's lightweight and seems to do wonders for my hair. The best part? It's so affordable and performs way better than some expensive hair serums that I have bought. If I have to be really fussy, the only thing that might be a downside for some people is the smell. This serum does smell like soap which might not suit everyone.

I must say Dove did a great job with this serum. Major love from me!