Friday, June 24, 2016

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation SPF30

Bourjois's City Radiance Foundation promises to make the complexion glow and provide continous 24-hour hydration while protecting the skin from aggressive urban factors.

Name: Bourjois City Radiance Foundation SPF30
Price: RM 54.90 for 30 ml
Made in: France

I love the packaging – the squeeze tube is light to carry and compact, meaning I could easily slot it into a travel/everyday makeup pouch. The second thing I noticed was the scent. Fresh water flower fragrance? Count me in please (I adore scented base products even though they may be bad for the skin)!

The thick, creamy consistency (just like you'd imagine a proper foundation to be) gives the skin a matte yet natural medium buildable coverage. It smooths away pores, hides localised redness and evens out the skin tone. I apply this using damp makeup wedges. Blending it in with my fingers also works nicely.



The shade range is not the most comprehensive... 4 shades are brought in (out of 6) and I wear the middle, 03 Light Beige. There is nothing in the spectrum for darker skin tones, which will quite rightly miff some. 03 is not yellow-toned enough for me - you may recall from other foundation reviews that I resemble a banana more than a peach colour-wise, haha - but I am not fussed about that.

02 Vanilla - 03 Light Beige

The staying power is the only downside for this foundation. It started separating around my mouth and crease along my nasolabial folds after 3 hours or so. My T-zone fared worse, it gobbled up this foundation up within an hour; I couldn't see any trace of it left when I checked in the mirror! Mayhaps a primer will be able to prolong its longevity.

Nonetheless, this really is a rather decent foundation considering it retails for a mere RM 54.90, has SPF 30 and goes regularly on sale at Watsons. If you prefer a matte finish and a more uniform look to the skin then there is no harm in giving it a look!

The full ingredient list for City Radiance Foundation SPF30:
Aqua (Water), Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Propanediol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, PTFE, Magnesium Sulfate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Sodium Citrate, BHT, Geraniol, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Biotin [+/- May contain: Mica, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Grow Young Gradually And Subtly With Authentic Ultherapy™

From left: Chris Tong; Merz Malaysia Country Manager Goh Sin Hua, Aesthetic Physicians Dr Sutna Nordin, Dr Kee Yong Seng and Dr Lim Ting Song

Merz Aesthetics (Malaysia), one of the world's leading aesthetics companies, recently held a media event on Authentic Ultherapy™ - an advanced and innovative non-invasive lift system that is globally recognised as trustworthy and effective.

Skin ageing starts with invisible changes between the ages of 25 to 30 but the most visible sign of this change is the appearance of facial wrinkles. Herein lie the popularity and demand for anti-ageing skincare and cosmetics, laser skin resurfacing treatments and plastic surgery.

Authentic Ultherapy™ is the only U.S FDA-cleared non-invasive skin-lift for neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. Now Authentic Ultherapy™ is also U.S FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. With Authentic Ultherapy™, doctors can see where and how deeply the treatment is applied, which then enables customers to achieve a natural and gradual lift, effectively and safely and with little to no downtime.

Authentic Ultherapy™'s precision technology ensures sustained lifting; harnessing the power of Micro-focused Ultrasound with Visualization to lift the eyebrow, under the chin, neck and improve wrinkles on the chest. It has been used safely worldwide for 9 years in over 620,000 procedures, with a strong record of scientific and clinical evidences in 40 peer-reviewed publications across 50 clinical studies.

Besides learning the science and technology behind Ultherapy™ and its efficacies, the guests at the event got to witness a live demonstration on a 'patient' how Ultherapy™ is administered and what a patient can expect during a treatment. Depending on each individual's profile, improvements can last at least a year or more.

Please consult your Authentic Ultherapy™ provider for more information.

Disclosure: Press release.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Stay Fit And Healthy Throughout Ramadan!

Muslims across the world fast during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan. In hot climates such as Malaysia, the heat and humidity could take a toll on the body. Fatigue can set in easily.

Guardian Malaysia joined forces with popular celebrities to share insights and tips on staying fit and healthy throughout Ramadan and the Raya festival that follows. The theme of the panel discussion "Ramadan Murni, Penampilan Berseri" aims at raising awareness on how to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle during the month-long fast.

Hosted by Nazrudin Rahman and his wife, Sheahnee Iman Lee, the panel included Guardian Malaysia's own pharmacist and store manager, Hajjah Umil Kalthom and Assistant Manager for Public and Government Relations, Farahani Failul Rahman. Lending additional glamour to the event was actress, Sazzy Falak and sports celebrity, Mohd Khairul Affendy Ahmad.

From left: Nazrudin Rahman, Mohd Khairul Affendy, Sazzy Falak, Hajjah Umil Kalthom, Farahani Failul Rahman and Sheahnee Iman Lee

Farahani said, "Guardian, as Malaysia's leading pharmacy, health and beauty retailer, has made it a policy of empowering our Muslim customers by highlighting the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout this period, through a variety of activities such as this exclusive sharing session."

Farahani shared Guardian's campaign for Ramadan

Hajjah Umil mentioned that it is important to keep in mind that dramatic changes in eating habits can affect the way our body breaks down the nutrients and affect the metabolic rate. The change may negatively impact your health and the way you look. "Therefore, eating right is important during the fasting month. And this can be easily achieved with proper planning and care," she added.

Hajjah Umil emphasised the importance of good eating habits during Ramadan

In conjunction with Ramadan, Guardian has lined up a comprehensive and wholesome range of festive promotions available at all Guardian stores nationwide. These include selected vitamins, supplements, beauty products, pain relievers, deodorant, perfume, personal care products as well as skin and hair care products. Selected promotions are also available on Guardian's online store.

Please visit for more information.

Disclosure: Press release.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LipIce Sheer Colour Strawberry

Rohto-Mentholatum recently signed Kim Jae-Kyung to endorse its LipIce range. Kim began her career in 2008 and is best known as the leader of K-Pop group Rainbow. "Kim Jae-Kyung shares many similarities with the LipIce brand. She is a classic Korean beauty with naturally beautiful lips and she exudes a youthfulness which is exciting to leverage on. We are happy to have her as the new face for the brand," enthuses Lim Mei Yuen, General Manager of Rohto-Mentholatum Malaysia.

Name: LipIce Sheer Color Strawberry
Price: RM 15.80 for 2 g
Made in: China

The LipIce Sheer Colour ensures 10-hour moisture with Argan Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe Extract, whilst smoothening fine lines with Commiphora Mukul Herb Extract. Aside from all those juicy ingredients, it also contains antioxidant Vitamin E to protect the lips against damaging environmental elements.

Designed to work like magic on the lips, the newly upgraded formula glides on clear and changes to a natural sheer pink unique to the individual in just a few seconds. This means a fuchsia berry shade, for all colour changing lip products inevitably turn into this unbecoming shade once on my lips.

Swatched on my hand

If the colour was a little more me, I would never part with it for it instantly pulls together a look; the colour payoff of a lipstick but the sheen of a hydrating balm. The other thing I really enjoyed about it is the strawberry milk scent - it is yumminess personified! Sorry, the inner child within is making herself heard loud and clear, haha!

The LipIce Sheer Colour is available in three variants namely Strawberry, Shimmer and Fragrance Free for RM 15.80 each at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for LipIce Sheer Colour Strawberry:
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Microcrystaline Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Flavor, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride/Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Red 27 (CI 45410:1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Mineral Oil/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wellage Black Aqua Roll Mask Pack

My happiness meter understandably rocketed when I saw not one, but two masks in the care pack BNTNews sent over. You know how much I love my masks~


Name: Wellage 웰라쥬 Black Aqua Roll Mask Pack 블랙 아쿠아 롤 마스크팩
Price: ₩ 35,000 for 1 box (25 ml ×10)
Made in: Korea

Coming in a box of 10, the Black Aqua Roll Mask Pack emits ion and far infrared radiations to moisturise and de-stress the skin with the help of 25 special ingredients including caviar, malt, ginseng, pearl powder, aloe vera and sage.

The packaging is something to look at right? They may resemble coffee sachets (which reminds me that these babies are super portable!) but they hold a sheet mask each. The sheet masks are tightly packed in a whole lot of essence, and I unravel it by holding it to my forehead and then rolling it down.

After twenty minutes or so (I even stretched one session to an hour to put through its paces!), I slip the fabric off to reveal a firmer and radiant complexion that feels cool and refreshed. That said, the essence leaves my skin rather sticky and I have to wait a long while for it to fully absorb before applying moisturiser.

Decent mask all around but sorry to say that the sticky residue was deal-breaker for me. Mayhaps someone with drier skin will like it better than I do?

The full ingredient list for Black Aqua Roll Mask Pack:

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!