January 31, 2017

Sephora x Clinique

Sephora online shopping is superr convenient!
Place an order and they actually ship from Singapore but it arrives at your doorstep few working days later. I was honestly quite surprised with the efficiency and speed.

I purchased some products from Clinique in Sephora online shop and it took just 5 working days to receive my parcel =)

Ta-dah! Arrived safe and sound =)

So, what did I buy?

I purchased 3 products mainly a makeup remover, toner and a lip balm. I have tried Clinique products before and they really offer good quality products although it may be quite pricey. However, I have not tried the above 3 products that I recently purchased so I am just as curious as you are as to how it will turn out to be.

Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk 200ml

Gentle, milky makeup remover easily dissolves even long-wearing face makeup and sunscreens. Tissues off or rinses away with water. Residue-free formula helps maintain moisture barrier, leaves skin soft and comfortable. Ophthalmologist Tested. Ideal for drier skins.

I used to be lazy and not remove makeup using a makeup remover and just immediately wash my face with facial cleanser. But, I was told not to do so and learn the power of double cleanse hehe Because I have oily skin and prone to breakout, it is important that I take off my makeup with a makeup remover first before proceeding to cleanse with a cleanser.

Just pump a desired amount.

Massage gently over dry face with fingertips, avoiding eye area.
Rinse or tissue off.

I am actually a wipes kind of person. I love my makeup remover wipes because it's easy. But after using this cleansing milk, I am now a convert. It's better because now I just need to place this in my bathroom and before I wet my face, use this as a first step to remove my makeup and rinse off and thereafter, proceed to bathe. And then I will use my cleanser for that double cleanse. However, you need to use a separate eye makeup remover for eye makeup. That I would say is the only con because the instructions are said to avoid the eye area during removal of makeup.

I felt that once I used this cleansing milk to gently massage my face, most of my makeup or sunscreen has been removed so that it's easier for the cleanser to do its job later. My face felt fresh and no drying effect which was important to me. Also, with 200ml I think I will be using it for awhile and it's good value for money.

With this, I will now routinely remove my makeup before cleansing my face and not skip this step hehe

Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion 200ml

This is Step 2 in Clinique's Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. It's a gentle, medicated formula to exfoliate and clear dead surface cells as well as unclog pores and reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Oil-absorbing powders eliminate shine. Soothes irritation and visible redness.

Use twice a day, morning and night.
Shake well.

Apply with a cotton ball, sweeping gently over face and neck.
For external use only. Avoid eye area and lips.

Shake vigorously every time before you open the lid, because there's a powdery substance at the bottom of it. Once you shake it, you’ll see the clear liquid becomes cloudy. Then pour some toner onto a cotton pad and apply. 

The toner however has a heavy alcohol scent that may not be to some people's liking. It's quite strong to a point that when the cotton pad nears my eye area, I could feel my eye sting. But it takes some getting use to and after a few more applications, I don't really feel the sting anymore. But be careful when you have a popped pimple and if the toner goes over it, there's some stinging sensation.

So far this product has been great towards my skin. I didn't get any breakouts while using it, The powder is supposed to absorb oil but I didn't notice any matteness or less oil than what I experience on a normal day.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm 3g
Woppin Watermelon

Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. Natural-looking lip tints, with a subtle sheen.

I have been searching for the perfect baby pink lip colour and I finally found it in Clinique's Chubby Stick range. Out of the 10 colours available online, my eyes went straight to Woppin Watermelon. The colour looks like the perfect pink lip colour that I was looking for a long time and I immediately added it to bag.

Used a lip liner for colour staying power.

Then blend it with the lip balm.

The first application was sheer and slightly shimmery. I also realised it is super moisturising- perfect for those with dry lips. I wanted more colour for that 'pretty in pink' effect so I layered it and the more I applied, the colour started to be more prominent. Besides, since the texture is creamy, you can go on layering it and the final results is a glossy lip colour. 

Such a pretty colour <3

The reason for that moisture is the shea butter and it keeps lips hydrated all day long with a hint of shine to last the day. That's also the reason why the price is such- pricey for a lip colour balm but high quality! One thing it lacks is pigmentation but I think pigmented lipsticks look dry on lips.

The colour does stay for the day but it needs re-application after meal. It never needs sharpening. Just simply swivel up to reveal more lip colour balm.

I'm super stoked I finally found my perfect pink lip colour and it's definitely something I would re-purchase in the future.

Thanks to Clinique products for keeping my face clean, acne free and beautiful. I could go out with no heavy makeup for that au naturale look with good skin for CNY 2017 <3

Shop your favourite Clinique products from Sephora HERE!

January 28, 2017

January 2017 updates

January 2017 started off with travel and food!!

After Bangkok, came back to many Chinese New Year dinners. It's that time of the year again where all we Malaysians do is eat, visit people, eat somemore, have gatherings and eat during gatherings LOL.

My first yee sang of the year was at Sky Palace, One City.

I liked the fruits yee sang they served coz it's unique and I love fruits.

Huge prawns!

Half a pigeon each haha

Unfortunately, food wasn't that good and it was a disappointment rather.

So, to keep us entertained, drinks it is!
Wayy too much that night and wayy too hungover the next day >.<

My food adventure didn't stop this month either although there's already many scheduled dinners.

Baked chicken satay penne at Skillet@163
It's unique with one stick of satay and cheese pasta with satay sauce. I thought it would be weird but it was really good!

And of course, what better way to end lunch with free dessert from Skillet@163.
Was surprised they gave me a complimentary one but one cannot resist this. Looks all over the place but it's a combination of caramel mousse, chocolate, berry, coffee, crushed cookie, cake, etc etc etc haha thumbs up for this!

Next dinner was at Wellcome Seafood restaurant, Sunway Mentari.
We have eaten here before and the food doesn't disappoint.
In fact, it's one of the best dinners we ever had.


Sea coconut shark's fin soup.

Super hugee prawns!! This was the highlight of the night.

Scallops! Mmm yummy with the glass noodles.

Dessert time at Sangkaya. They have new flavours such as pineapple and orange.

Another hen's night at The BBP, Bandar Utama


Pork platter

They lighted up the chicken for us haha

Cupcakes <3

Dinner again at Jaya Palace, Wisma LYL, PJ

We are big fans of huge prawns haha!
Food was good and didn't disappoint either.

Next dinner was at Grand Imperial, Hartamas Shopping Centre. 

The 5th yee sang of the month >.<

Luckily we didn't order the set as I think I cannot take any more set menu LOL
Food was just so-so.

 Lunch at Dragon-i and couldn't resist their mango dessert.
Service was sloww and ala carte food was alright.
Wanted to eat the hot pot but it was fully booked -.-

Dessert at i-scream!
 I thought the mint ice cream was a bit too minty. I usually like mint but this was too much.

After this, paused for awhile on Chinese food and had McDonald's, pizza, fast food, nasi lemak etc before the wave of Chinese food strikes again HAHA

Then came the reunion dinner and the wave strikes

My 6th yee sang during the reunion dinner.
After this, I think I cannot eat yee sang already haha
Home cooked food is finally the best <3

And the many many cookies during visiting, junk food, lo kam and the eating continues *hides the weighing machine*

Pampering session to prep for CNY this year hehe

Ricco Nail Beauty Spa, Kota Kemuning

Did my nails and it turned out soo pweety!

Also, did a little shopping at KLCC hehe

Went in and came out with a new purse for this CNY <3

Here's wishing all of you Happy Chinese New Year 2017!!
Safe travels, happy gatherings, prosperous year and to many many more happy returns.

Keep feasting on food and we shall diet next month haha

January 23, 2017

Hada Labo's new and improved Lifting & Firming range

Hada Labo launched their new and improved Lifting & Firming range at Roofino Sky Dining & Bar, KL Trillion.

For many women, turning 30 signals a time to truly consider the best-suited skincare for their skin. It is a time to choose wisely a skincare range that is targeted at skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and collagen. Formulated to restore youthful radiance to the skin, the new and improved Hada Labo Lifting & Firming range does just that! This improved formula targets the epidermis layer to realize youthful skin with firmness and resilience. 

However, you do not have to wait until you are 30 to start taking care of your skin. You can start in the mid twenties itself to brace the big 3-0 hehe

Hada Labo products

It is easy to spot the new Lifting & Firming range as it's in striking red colour. Just nice for the coming Chinese New Year hehe

The two key ingredients in the new and improved Hada Labo Lifting & Firming range are Hydrolyzed Elastin and Hydrolyzed Collagen, which work together at cell level to create skin strength, firmness, and shape. The Elastin and Collagen are both essential to maintain skin firmness and elasticity. This range is also infused with Elasgrow and Fermented Soymilk, an exclusive ingredient to boost collagen and elastin production that helps improve skin density, firmness and elasticity to keep skin visibly tighter, firmer and more lifted. 

We did a small activity using chopsticks and rubber bands.

If you tie together this is the elastin and collagen.

If an elastin breaks off, the whole thing falls apart. This is what happens during old age and when we don't take care of our skin.

This new and improved range is also upgraded with 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid to help deeply hydrate skin from the surface to the inner skin layers for a significantly soft, smooth and supple skin. It also contains powerful anti-oxidants properties to fight against the damaging effects of free radicals. 

The Hada Labo Lifting & Firming range comprised of 6 distinct products: 

Lifting & Firming Lotion – Rich (RM 67.50)

Lotion is an essential first step after cleansing. It helps to awaken skin and drives moisture deep into the inner skin layers to prepare skin to fully receive the benefit of the next skincare regime that follows. For best results, use twice daily after cleansing. Gently pat the lotion onto the face until thoroughly absorbed. 

Lifting & Firming Milk (RM 70.90)

A light-weight milk that easily penetrates deep into skin to restore youthful radiance and luminosity, leaving skin visibly firmer and smoother. This can be applied twice daily after lotion / essence application. Gently pat onto the face until thoroughly absorbed. 

Lifting & Firming Cream (RM 78.00)

This velvety cream melts into the skin to provide an intense nourishment to strengthen and improve the skin’s youthfulness, leaving skin visibly lifted, firmer and more luminous. After applying lotion / essence, take a sufficient amount and apply evenly on the face and neck area. Gently massage and pat to allow absorption into the skin. 

Lifting & Firming Wrinkle Care Cream (RM 74.90)

A rich and nourishing cream that is designed to treat age sensitive contours around the lips and eyes. Regular usage of the Wrinkle Care Cream will leave the lines looking finer and smoother, revealing a plumper, more youthful and renewed skin texture. Use this twice daily after moisturizing. Gently dab onto wrinkle prone areas such as the forehead, eyes and lip area. 

Lifting & Firming Mask (RM 52.90)

A serum-soaked mask enriched with anti-aging ingredients to deeply hydrate the skin and restore the skin’s youthful vitality. This soft cloth mask is designed with the right thickness to fit the face perfectly. Upon application, skin feels instantly revitalized, lifted and smoother. The Lifting & Firming Mask can be used once or twice a week as part of your skincare regime. 

Lifting & Firming Essence (RM 89.90)

The Lifting & Firming Essence contains naturally derived Pomegranate extract and Lycopene, which boasts 100 times more antioxidant power than Vitamin E to fight signs of aging and pollution. It also contains Soybean Extract to help improve skin elasticity and boost collagen and elastin in the skin to reveal firm and youthful skin. The Lifting & Firming Essence is formulated with High Performance Penetrating & Deep Moisturizing (HPP&M) Technology which has an active delivery system to drive moisture deep into skin to fully hydrate skin from the surface to the inner skin layers. This also works to prepare skin to receive the full benefits of skincare that follows. For best results, use after Hada Labo Lifting & Firming Lotion. Apply on palms and gently pat onto face until thoroughly absorbed.

The Hado Labo Lifting & Firming range is pH balanced and free from alcohol, fragrance, colorant as well as mineral oil. It will be available at all major pharmacies nationwide starting January 2017.

 Thank you Hada Labo for the invite!