February 12, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Yes, I know, it's a bit late haha
But then again Chinese New Year spreads til 15 days so there's still plenty of time =p

So, how has the festive week been treating you guys?
I have been tossing yee sang 2 weeks before this and come the reunion dinner was probably my 7th lou sang LOL I lost count on the number of dinners I attended and don't even want to count how much weight I've gained -_- I forsee this year to be my fattest year *sheeshh* Fat, once gained, is so hard to lose >.<

But anyway, Malaysian festive season is all about food so enjoy your food today. Diet starts tomorrow HAHA

Have safe trips to and fro hometown and to those who are not married, enjoy collecting all the ang pows (like me) =) May this year of the monkey be a year of prosperity, good health and wealth and a successful year ahead!

Mentholathum Botanics facial care series

Inspired by the goodness of nature from the earth, Mentholatum has developed a brand new facial care series called the BOTANICS that offers consumers not only the best skincare results but at an affordable price. BOTANICS uses the finest ingredients with the highest quality natural herbal essences from flowers and herbs to give you the best experience which only nature can produce. Each herb and flower were carefully selected based on their unique properties to offer exceptional results.

Thanks to The Butterfly Project, we were invited to see first hand on the launch of the BOTANICS series.

The BOTANICS consists of four range of products namely tube face wash, foaming wash, pump wash and sheet masks to offer consumers a relaxing nature’s experience. Each of these range includes a variety of offerings to suit various skin conditions. 

We had a beauty consultant to explain to us about the products.

Basically, in the Botanics series, there are only facial washes. You may mix and match with other brands for toners and moisturisers. There are 3 types of facial washes namely tube face wash, foaming wash and pump wash.

The Face Wash tube comes in 4 variants which are Hydra Whitening, Pore Refining, Deep Cleansing and Hydrating.

Pump Wash comes in 2 variants namely Deep Clean and Moisturising & Brightening.

The Foaming Wash comes in 2 variants namely Oil & Blemish Control and Whitening.

The sheet mask comes in 5 variants namely the Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Mask, Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask, Rosemary Pore Refining Facial Mask, Rosehip Oil Brightening Facial Mask and Lavender for Soothing Facial Mask.

During the launch, they even provided us with a variety of herbs to make our very own tea bag *loves* Everything is so au naturel!
I mixed all kinds of herbs into my tea bag and it turned out not bad actually!

This recyclable cup is great for tea/coffee takeaways lovers!

Here's the breakdown review of the Botanic series:

Face Wash, 100g (RM14.90)

This face wash is suitable for users who prefer a handy tube and a simple squeeze that can perform an effective cleansing task on the face.

Deep Cleansing Face Wash
o Refresh with the uplifting scent of lemongrass when you cleanse your face with this Deep Cleansing Face Wash. It contains Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree Extract as the main ingredients as well as White Tea and Olive Tea that helps balance oil, deep cleanse and purifies pores
o This face wash also helps prevent blemishes and blackhead occurrence and it’s suitable for oily and combination skin types

Hydra Whitening Face Wash
o It is formulated with Arbutin Bearberry that brightens the skin and enhances skin fairness. It also contains Agave that helps retain skin moisture and promotes collagen synthesis to protect the skin against environmental harm. 
o This face wash removes dirt and impurities deep inside the skin along with any excessive oil while maintaining natural balance of water in skin.
o It’s suitable for all skin types

Hydrating Face Wash
o Let the calming scent of Jasmine relax you as you wash your face. This face wash deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses. 
o It contains Calendula and Jasmine as the main ingredients as well as Aloe Extract and Violet which have moisturising properties. Its soothing properties also rejuvenate dry, irritated and sensitive skin 
o It is suitable for dry and also combination skin types

Pore Refining Face Wash
o Contains the uplifting scent of Orange Flower, this face wash deeply cleanse pores to remove oil, dirt and impurities.
o It contains Rosemary and Witch Hazel as the main ingredients as well as Lentil and Green Tea which helps to minimize pores, control oil and fights acne causing bacteria
o It’s suitable for oily and combination skin types.

The texture is not foamy and is like your normal everyday face wash.

Just cleanse face thoroughly and wash off.

Pump Wash, 150ml (RM21.90)

Pump wash is certainly convenient and it controls the usage amount much more effectively. Just a pump or two, that’s all you need for a clean relaxing wash.

Deep Clean Face Wash
o Contains Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree Extract as the key ingredients for oil control, prevention of blemishes and it’s also soothing on the skin. It also contains other soothing and moisturising ingredients such as Cucumber and Aloe Vera
o The Lemongrass scent refreshes your every wash and puts you in a relaxing mood
o It’s suitable for oily and combination skin

Moisturising and Brightening Face Wash
o Formulated with Rosehip Oil that is rich in Vitamin C and Pearl Extract to help brighten, tone and improve skin’s luminosity
o It’s suitable for all skin types

The texture is dense and it will lather into foam easily once mixed with water.

Foam Wash, 160ml (RM25.90)

One pump and it comes out like a blob of foam. Easy to use and wet your face before washing with foam. Don't mix the foam with water in your palm otherwise it becomes diluted.

If you like your facial cleanser all foamy then this is the product for you. 
Oil & Blemish Control Foam Wash
o It contains Ylang-Ylang and Tea Tree Extracts as the main ingredients as well as Wild Pansy that are effective in curbing blemishes.
o Skin will feel revitalised and refreshed after a wash 
o The scent of lemongrass is simply refreshing and it calms you after a long day at work
o It’s suitable for oily and combination skin

Whitening Foam Wash
o Enjoy the wonderful scent of Rose as you cleanse your face
o It contains Aloe Extract and Narcissus that have moisturising properties while at the same time brightens the skin as you cleanse your face
o It’s suitable for all skin types

The BOTANICS Sheet Mask is infused with herbal essence and enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to repair and rejuvenate your skin while you close your eyes and relax.

Sheet Mask, 22ml/pouch (RM6.90)

Rosemary Pore Refining Facial Mask 
With Rosemary and Witch Hazel as the key ingredients, the herbal essence kicks in to help diminish the appearance of enlarged pores for a more refined, soft and smooth skin texture while retaining moisture for firmer skin. It is also enriched with Vitamin B3 to protect skin against environmental damage. This mask is suitable for all skin types and especially for oily and combination skin.

This is the right mask for my oily/combination skin!

Other mask variant includes:

Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Mask 
Formulated with the finest blend of Natural Herbal Extracts such as Aloe Vera and Narcissus that hydrate and soothe the skin apart from reviving dull-looking and tired skin. This mask is suitable for all skin types and especially dry skin

Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask 
Blended with Pomegranate and Natural Herbal Extracts, it protects the skin from free radical damage which causes skin aging. It also awakens and moisturizes the skin with naturally rich anti-oxidants. This mask is suitable for all skin types

Rosehip Oil Brightening Facial Mask
Rosehip Oil is naturally rich in Vitamin C to help brighten skin tone and improve skin luminosity leaving the skin looking healthy with enhanced natural radiance. It is also enriched with Vitamin B3 that protects the skin against environmental damage while it helps to revive dull skin and evens out skin tone for a more radiant and healthy looking complexion. This mask is suitable for all skin types.

Lavender for Soothing Facial Mask

Refresh and re-energize with a soothing blend of Lavender and Chamomile that calms and reawaken the skin. It helps soothe, repair and pamper skin while protecting the delicate skin against environmental damage. This mask is suitable for all skin types and especially sensitive skin.

After the facial foam and the mask, face feels brighter and rejuvenated =)

The BOTANICS series is available only at Guardian stores nationwide from January 2016 onwards.

Thank you The Butterfly Project in collaboration with Mentholatum for this wonderful introduction to the new Botanics series =)

February 2, 2016

Chemical Peel @ Premier Clinic

Premier Clinic opened its doors a year plus ago, is an aesthetic clinic with branches strategically located in Bangsar Baru and Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Licensed by the Malaysia Ministry of Health, Premier Clinic offers an extensive range menu of aesthetic treatments to help you attain your desired perfection in beauty and health. Premier Clinic is equipped with modern technology, advanced machines and credentialed doctors with specialised knowledge in aesthetic medicine to cater for each individual's needs.

I was at Premier Clinic's TTDI branch for a doctor's consultation to see what is the best treatment to treat my oily skin condition with open pores. 

The interior is very stylish and cozy and does not feel like a doctor's appointment at all which can be scary sometimes hehe

I met with Dr Elaine Chong for consultation. My oily skin is also dehydrated and therefore to treat my pores and skin condition, she suggested the chemical peel treatment.

Chemical peel is recommended for both men and women and is suitable for all ages. It is typically used to remove the top layers of the skin, and is done by applying a peeling solution to the skin, which causes it to naturally peel off. This removes any dead skin cells on the surface and reveals a fresh layer of skin, which is generally smoother and healthier than previous layers.

Before treatment, a photo to show the 'Before' look for their record purposes.

And then I was prepped for treatment.

My face was first cleansed thoroughly.

Then Dr used alcohol to clean my face for anti bacterial purpose. The alcohol scent was quite strong but it's only a few seconds.

Premier Clinic uses a Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel, which is one of the original peels used for skin rejuvenation. Other types of peels are also used depending on the condition of your skin and this will be pre-determined by your doctor after an initial consultation.

The chemical peel was then applied to my skin. There is a slight tingling sensation but it's bearable - this is the solution taking effect on your skin. During this period, a fan device is hovered over my face to blow out cool air, considerably reducing the sting. The solution only lasted 2 minutes on my face before it's washed off. So the entire process took only around 15 minutes. It can be a lunch time procedure with no down time.

There is no visible peeling, which is what I love about this treatment. I don't want to have down time and needing to stay at home because my skin is peeling out LOL 

The strength of the peel and its effects can also be increased by applying several layers of the chosen solution but this also depends on your skin type, situation and desired outcome. Dr Elaine chose the solution for my oily skin type and open pores. Regardless of the type of peel, you should notice an improvement after each session.

Thereafter, I had the LED Phototherapy treatment.
Because the chemical peel will dry up my skin due to the harsh chemical, this LED treatment restores the youthfulness of skin. The light penetrates the skin at the right depth and the light wavelengths help to activate cellular functions in the body which speeds up the pace of skin healing and rejuvenation. These functions also help to address several conditions at the same time, meaning that one session could potentially treat a few skin imperfections.

Light therapy is a non-invasive technique and does not cause any pain or discomfort, nor thermal damage. The technology has been successfully utilised by NASA and the NAVY Seals to regenerate muscle and to heal wounds, and studies have shown this treatment to be safe. It triggers the production of fresh collagen and elastin in the skin, which help to form constructive nets that hold the skin cells together, making it tighter and thus reducing large pores significantly.

Similar to the process of photosynthesis, our body needs sunlight in order to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is used as fuel for metabolic processes that synthesis essential proteins, enzymes and more. The tissue also uses ATP to catalyse the process of healing and rejuvenation in the specific treatment area.

If you focus on my forehead, you will see that my blemishes have reduced in the right(AFTER) pic. This is 1 week after treatment. My blackheads have soften and is easier to unclog.

The procedure was fast and easy and you can see results after a few days. 

The staffs were also very nice and accommodating and I had a pleasant session in Premier Clinic =)

Thank you Dr Elaine Chong! I cannot imagine a doctor who is so sweet and soft spoken but at the same time, she's experienced and professional =)
You may find her at her page at http://www.beauty-clinic.co/

Do visit Premier Clinic for any aesthetic consultations and/or procedures:

Premier Clinic:
No.31, Jalan Wan Kadir 2, 
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-6625552
Email: contact@premier-clinic.com
Instagram: @premier_clinic

Ola Bola

Ola Bola is quite the hyped movie in Malaysia currently.
And yes, it is all as it's hyped up to be.

From the director of the Journey, here's another touching Malaysian story.
It is inspired by the true story during the qualifying rounds for Moscow Olympic games. This was back in 1980.

The show is multilingual. Our rojak language is very much depicted in the movie hehe You will hear English, Bahasa, Chinese and Tamil. The movie has all races as well- it's really 1 Malaysia and with football as the centre of the storyline, it really shows cultural unity in the spirit of the game. The movie shows the story behind every success- hardships, team support, sacrifice etc.

You will laugh, tear and sing along in the movie. Especially during this difficult times in our country these days, economy and politic wise, we need a movie like this to remind us how proud we are to be a Malaysian. This is one true Malaysian movie. And only a Malaysian will understand hehe

You don't need to be a fan of football and neither do you need to know the techniques of a football game to watch this movie. You will enjoy it just as much as those who do. 

We need more shows like these produced in Malaysia *two thumbs up*

And I was very lucky on the day I went to watch the show, that suddenly, when the credits have rolled out, the cast appeared were brought out in front of us. We were so shocked that they surprised us like that! And so surreal that we were just watching them on screen and suddenly they appeared real life!

Even managed to take a selfie with main star JC Chee ='))

 He looked so different from his character Chow Kok Keong. So much more handsome in short hair hehe *girl crush*

If you haven't watched Ola Bola, I strongly suggest you do!

P/S: It was so good that I watched it a second time ^_^

January 27, 2016

Refinity Acne Hydrogel

I have been battling acne ever since high school. Even up to now, I still have adult acne especially at the time of the month. This is what girls have to go through *sobs* Lucky for me, I found Refinity's Acne Hydrogel to cure my monthly breakouts.

Why is this Hydrogel super effective? Because it contains Salix Alba Extract that works 3 times faster to cure acne. In addition, it works fast to repair skin cells so that there won't be any visible scarring.

A breakthrough formula derived 100% from Salix Alba Extract, Refinity works by enhancing the body's natural defenses to eliminate bacteria, reduce sebum and inflammation and repairs damaged skin cells caused by acne.

A very classy metallic silver bottle. 

After lightly washing the face, pump one pump onto finger and massage gently onto affected area. Use 2 times daily, every morning and night. See results in just 24 hours.

The gel is clear and transparent so it would not leave a mark on the skin. Besides, there's no pungent scent and there's just a slight minty herb smell. When applied, there's some cooling sensation.

Suitable for all skin types as it is made of natural herbs so those with sensitive skin can use this product as well.

I have been using this product for one week and I have seen great results!

BEFORE(left) and AFTER (right) 
Just after a day, my acne size has reduced. 

After a week, it disappears without leaving any scar. This is good for emergency. Like a day before any event and that darn zit has to pop out! You know which product to look for =)

The 15ml bottle can last for a month if consistent day and night usage. 

1 15ml bottle costs RM90 for West Malaysia and RM100 for East Malaysia.

For more info on products and testimonials, please visit their website: www.Refinity.com.my

January 15, 2016

Visit Po's Village in Sunway Pyramid!

For the coming Chinese New Year, Sunway Pyramid has transformed its Orange Concourse into a scene inspired from Kungfu Panda 3, the latest instalment that features Po reunited with his family in the Panda Village. Similar like the movie, the mall’s BountiFU Spring Lunar New Year features the panda village nestled amidst the mountains, where a Chinese temple lies, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. 

Shoppers will also be delighted with a photo booth where they can take pictures with Po’s family, and print immediately as a souvenir. 

For the launch, 38 children dressed in panda costumes danced to the tune of 'Kung Fu fighting'
They were superrr adorable =))

Lion dance performance followed soon after.
Shoppers can also enjoy the Lion Dance performance every Sunday, as well as on both days of the Lunar New Year. The second day of the New Year will feature an Acrobatic Lion Dance show at the Main Entrance to bless the mall.

Po was soo fluffy and fat and cute haha
I cannot get enough of him!

Thereafter, the traditional lou sang session was held.

On the same day, there were a few other activities held simultaneously:

Calligraphy writing

Soo pretty!

Dough doll making

It takes a lot of skills to make something that small and cute *respect*

As 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, the mall will be rewarding shoppers with adorable monkey plush toys.  From the 8 till 21 of January, shoppers who spend more than RM1000 in 3 receipts (RM800 for HSBC cardholders) will be able to redeem the monkey plush toys, while those who shop from 22 January till 9 February will receive a mini Panda blankie. Throughout both duration, shoppers who spend RM250 and above (RM150 for HSBC cardholders) will be rewarded with JoyFU angpau packets. 

With over 900 shops to wander, the mall is a perfect choice for festive shopping and dining. As a mall with endless options for shopping, dining and leisure, Sunway Pyramid is celebrating a BountiFU Spring, spreading cheer to all its shoppers!

For more information, please visit www.sunwaypyramid.com or visit the mall’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sunwaypyramid