Friday, September 15, 2017

Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion

The Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion features nano-encapsulated squalane oil (plant derived) solubilised in water to give skin an ideal oil-water balance. It also uses Vitamins B3 and E to improve skin texture and ease surface roughness.


Name: Hada Labo 肌ラボ Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion 極潤オイルイン化粧水
Price: RM 69.90 for 220 ml
@cosme rating: 5.4
Release date: 22.8.2016
Made in: Japan

There's no denying Hada Labo's expertise in lotions, and the brand new Oil-in-Lotion feels so much lighter compared to the original. That said, my skin feels fine all day even when I skip everything else. I am not sure this would be the case with drier skins, so think twice before you emulate this lazy blogger's doings.


I find a new spot in the evening if I use the lotion in the morning. Every time, without fail. This could indicate purging due to something in the formulation or could just be a result of too many snacks... sorry guys, I will refrain from gobbling everything unhealthy in sight when testing out skincare products in the future!


This blip aside, my skin hasn't been any different to how it was with my usual lotion. Definitely not enough for me to want to run back and repurchase. There is a whole new world of lotions out there waiting for me!

Sold at all Watsons stores for RM 69.90.

The full ingredient list for Hydrating Oil-in-Lotion:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Niacinamide, PEG-6, PEG-32, Polysorbate 20, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium Succinate, Disodium EDTA, Succinic Acid, Tocopherol, Squalane, Hydrogenated Lecithin.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mamonde's Parkson KLCC Counter Reflects New 'Journey Of Flowers' Concept & Design

Mamonde, a South Korean beauty brand under Amorepacific Malaysia, held a grand opening of its 6th beauty counter at Parkson KLCC on August 3rd.


The beauty counter is a reflection of the brand's latest concept 'Journey of Flowers'. The fresh new interior design creates a truly unique immersive experience where you get to learn about flowers and satisfy your sense of smell with the flowers used in Mamonde's formulations. The counter also features an illustration of Mamonde's very own pressed-flower pattern that is created in collaboration with Rachel Pedder-Smith, an illustration painting company.

In addition to skin consultation, the new counter offers a complimentary 1-minute Flower Touch Hand Massage to all its customers. While you are there, don't forget to check out the two new arrivals: Flower Pop Eye Brick and Flower Pop Blusher!

Flower Pop Eye Brick (RM 99 for 9.2 g) is an eyeshadow quad developed using White Flower Complex (Madonna Lily, Edelweiss and Lily Magnolia). It is available in 5 colours: 01 Golden Beige, 02 Laura Coral, 03 Burgundy Pansy, 04 Pale Purple and 05 Rosy Road.


03 Burgundy Pansy

Flower Pop Blusher (RM 59 for 7.5 g) is formulated with Flexible Binder System alongside a coat of camellia oil for a complexion that truly glows. Packaged in a clear, see-through round casing, Flower Pop Blusher comes in 6 shades: 01 Pansy, 03 Daisy, 05 Peony, 06 Camellia, 07 Rose Bay and 08 Ginger.


06 Camellia

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mentholatum Premium Rich Moist SPF23 PA+++



Name: Mentholatum メンソレータム Premium Rich Moist プレミアムリッチモイスト SPF23 PA+++
Price: RM 22.90 for 4.5 g
Release date: 27.7.2014
Made in: Japan

This blend of olive oil, honey, avocado oil, argan oil, jojoba seed oil, royal jelly, shea butter, moringa butter and ceramides from Mentholatum relieves dryness around the clock for luscious lips primed to pucker.

It is very comfortable to wear - really moisturising, long-lasting and it is even nice to have on when it is windy because my hair doesn't stick to it! And, just in case it matters, it adds a glossy sheen if I layer it enough.

Ideal for outdoor use, this premium lipbalm comes with SPF23 PA+++ for protection against harmful UV rays. It is available in two variants, namely Fragrance Free 無香料 and Natural Honey ナチュラルハニー, at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets for RM 22.90.

The full ingredient list for Premium Rich Moist Fragrance Free:
Paraffin, Squalane, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dipropylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Iron Oxides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Water, Honey, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Royal Jelly Extract.

The full ingredient list for Premium Rich Moist Natural Honey:
Paraffin, Squalane, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Flavor, Dipropylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Cholesterol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Synthetic Wax, Iron Oxides, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Water, Honey, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 6 II, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Royal Jelly Extract.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet

There is a new product in town to help restore hydration lost at sea and to dial the sun's burn down a notch - the Hada Labo Whitening Cooling Sherbet!


Name: Hada Labo 肌ラボ Whitening Cooling Sherbet 白潤冷感美白シャーベット
Price: RM 65.90 for 30 g
@cosme rating: 4.9
Release date: 13.3.2016
Made in: Japan

It is a multi-purpose cream that comes in a sherbet-like texture. It combines a blend of Witch Hazel, Tranexamic Acid, Edelweiss and Strawberry to tone and soothe the skin. Upon application, the cream melts away like snow, giving the skin a refreshing, cooling sensation. I apply it after moisturiser as the last step of my skincare regimen.


It is also ideal to use after outdoor activities to cool and brighten skin that is flushed from an overexposure to the sun. For better results, refrigerate the product to maximise coldness.


Gentle enough for all skin types, the Whitening Cooling Sherbet is free from alcohol, mineral oil and colorant and is sold exclusively through Watsons for RM 65.90.

The full ingredient list for Whitening Cooling Sherbet:
Water, Stearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Tranexamic Acid, Arginine, Polyglyceryl-10 Eicosanedioate/Tetradecanedioate, Methylparaben, Menthoxypropanediol, Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Menthol, Butylene Glycol, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, July 28, 2017

LipIce Tinted Lipbalm In Disney Edition

A Disney themed lipbalm has landed! That's right - the LipIce Tinted Lipbalm has been repackaged for maximum adorableness. Disney fans of all ages will rejoice at this new look as well as the pocket-friendly RM 12.50 price tag.


Clockwise from bottom right: Baby Pink, Berry Red, Poppy Pink

Name: LipIce Tinted Lipbalm
Price: RM 12.50 for 3.5 g
Made in: China

This Tinted Lipbalm adds tint and conditions lips - so you get the colour of a stick (albeit sheered out) alongside the nourishment of a balm. Made from a mix of Super Hyaluronic Acid, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Collagen and Vitamin E, this berry scented balm hydrates and repairs chappy woes, so lips stay plump and protected.


Clockwise from bottom right: Baby Pink, Berry Red, Poppy Pink


From left: Baby Pink, Berry Red, Poppy Pink

Choose from Baby Pink (Strawberry), Berry Red (Wildberry) or Poppy Pink (Raspberry) at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for Tinted Lipbalm Baby Pink:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Ceresin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Tin Oxide, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen.

The full ingredient list for Tinted Lipbalm Berry Red:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Ceresin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen.

The full ingredient list for Tinted Lipbalm Poppy Pink:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Ceresin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Flavor, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850:2), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Kicho Argan Brush Cleanser & Cleanser Wipes

Kicho offers two options for cleaning your brushes: a thorough wet wash and a quick-dry method.


Argan Brush Cleanser (260 ml) is specifically designed to thoroughly clean (green tea, iris, calendula, lemon, sophora root and citrus extracts) and condition delicate bristles (argan oil). It lifts makeup off my brushes and restores them to their pristine selves. Plus, let's face it, the nice smell is a big help!


There are 2 ways I use the it. No.1: swirl my brushes in circular motions in the solution until clean, then rinse. No.2: spritz both sides of my brush before gently blotting clean with a towel.


The second point leads me to the Argan Brush Cleanser Wipes (1 box (×5)) because I use it to spot clean my brushes too! It is great for extending the amount of time to go between washes. And, if you must share your brushes - I would highly discourage it, by the way - keep a wipe close by to curtail the spread of bacteria.


I wouldn't substitute wipes for regular deep washes with the fluid, nonetheless, I would recommend it if you are always travelling... I would toss a sachet in my makeup kit if my trip lasts for more than a week though I don't believe it is a must-have. It is like that last slice of pie. An indulgence? Yes. A necessity? No.


They cost US$ 20 and US$ 15 respectively on kichocosmetics.com.



The full ingredient list for Argan Brush Cleanser:
Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, SD Alcohol 40-B, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

The full ingredient list for Argan Brush Cleanser Wipes:
Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethanol, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mamonde Malaysia Partners With 11street!

On top of its 5 beauty counters in Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall, Mamonde Malaysia launched the sale of its products on 11street.my for the convenience of customers who prefer shopping online.


With this launch, shoppers can expect exclusive online only items and special deals (for the month of June only, so hurry!) such as the Basic Skincare Set at RM 49 (49% savings), First Energy Serum Set at RM 119 (20% savings), Highlight Lip Tint Set at RM 50 (GWP) and Mascara (Volume) Set at RM 59 (GWP). Awesome deals will continue in the second half of 2017 with an exclusive workshop for 11street customers.


One last thing to note: be sure to buy products with the logo below to guarantee authenticity.


Happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Skin Aqua Super Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++




Name: Skin Aqua スキンアクア Super Moisture Essence スーパーモイスチャーエッセンス SPF50+ PA++++
Price: RM 55.90 for 80 g
@cosme rating: 4.5
Release date: 13.2.2016
Made in: Japan

Capitalising on Super Hyaluronic Acid, Nano Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acid and Collagen, Super Moisture Essence provides the skin with hours of hydration and also protects the skin from signs of ageing. The pale yellow cream has a silky texture, weightless feel, and is designed to apply smoothly on top of other skin care products and under makeup for an even and soft finish. Meant for both the face and the body, this broad-spectrum sunscreen is allergy-tested and free from colourant, fragrance and mineral oil.

It is available exclusively at Watsons nationwide for RM 55.90.

The full ingredient list for Super Moisture Essence SPF50+ PA++++:
Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hada Labo Lifting + Firming Part II

Continuing my previous work...


The Lifting + Firming Cream (RM 78.00 for 50 g) boosts the skin's moisture levels to banish dryness and tightness. Although the range as a whole gets a thumbs-up, this velvety moisturiser has got to be my top pick. It leaves the skin so much plumper and firmer by the next morning.


Brand-new on the market from Hada Labo is the Lifting + Firming Wrinkle Care Cream (RM 74.90 for 30 g). It targets age sensitive contours around the lips and eyes. The rich cream (like one of those balmy eye creams!) nourishes the skin, imparting a smooth appearance.


Finally, there's the Lifting + Firming Mask (RM 52.90 for 20 ml ×4). The mask is a good size albeit thick, but the essence left my face so sticky that I ended up rinsing it off. Someone living in a drier climate will be very happy with this mask. Me? Not so much.


Are you a fan of the original Lifting + Firming formula? Are you excited about the new iteration?


The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Pullulan, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tetrapeptide-5.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Wrinkle Care Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Pullulan, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cholesterol Stearate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Agar, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Mask:
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Diglycerin, Squalane, PPG-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Methylparaben, Beheneth-5, Pullulan, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrapeptide-5, Tocopherol.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hada Labo Lifting + Firming Part I

The new and improved Lifting + Firming formula uses a blend of hydrolyzed elastin, hydrolyzed collagen, elasgrow, fermented soymilk as well as 4 types of hyaluronic acids to penetrate the epidermis layer for significantly tighter, firmer and more lifted skin.



Lifting + Firming Lotion – Rich (RM 67.50 for 170 ml) delivers moisture deep into the skin and preps it for subsequent products. In a pinch, this lotion can be used as a mask to bring dull skin back to life. Just be prepared to whiz through the bottle because a lot of liquid is needed to saturate the cotton pads.


Featuring Pomegranate Extract and Lycopene, Lifting + Firming Essence (RM 89.90 for 30 g) improves the skin's elasticity. The fluid consistency absorbs quickly, resulting in skin that's healthier-looking.


Then there's the Lifting + Firming Milk (RM 70.90 for 140 ml), an emulsion that adds a great deal of comfort to taut skin. Its lightweight texture makes it perfect for layering and if your skin oils up easily, it can even replace the cream step!


This range is available in stores and online now, you can view and buy it here. I will be reviewing the rest of the products in an upcoming post. Please keep an eye out for it!

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Lotion - Rich:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-11, Triethanolamine, Pullulan, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Isohexadecane, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 60, Polyquaternium-51, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrapeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Essence:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Inositol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methylparaben, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin/Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Carnosine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer/Pentylene Glycol/Water, Lycopene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Milk:
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-12 Olefin), Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Pullulan, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Cholesterol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tetrapeptide-5.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Get A Brighter Beam With The All New Philips Sonicare DiamondClean!

Having not-so-white teeth and bad breath can be unpleasant to many. More than that, however, improper oral healthcare routines cause a deeper problem than just on the surface of your teeth, sinking deep into the gums and affecting your entire mouth, thus posing a potential risk for gingivitis and periodontal diseases. These diseases can cause excruciating pain, loss of teeth, infections and indeed affect daily life and overall health.

Philips Malaysia is once again taking the lead in educating Malaysians on the importance of thorough cleaning and taking a smart approach in ensuring good oral healthcare with the launch of the new Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.


Performing over 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean offers five modes for superior cleaning – clean, white, gum care, sensitive and polish. The clean mode ensures ultimate plaque removal while the white mode does exactly what it says – whitening the surface of teeth to remove stains. The gum care mode combines the clean mode with an additional gentle massage for the gums to improve gum health. People with sensitive teeth will not have to worry, as the sensitive mode is extra gentle to cater to their needs. Finally, the polish mode brightens and whitens the teeth, giving a nice finish to the total brushing routine.


Additionally, the unique diamond-shaped bristles on Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush heads – Philips Sonicare's best whitening brush head yet! – provide a wider surface area and denser bristle pack that effectively yet gently sweeps away plaque and extrinsic stains, providing an exceptional clean and significantly whiter teeth.


Sold at a recommended retail price of RM 999, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in black is available at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery, The Gardens Mall and Sutera Mall; at Philips Experience Stores in Menara Axis, Petaling Jaya and in Penang; and at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide and online via blipmy.com. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in purple is available only at dental clinics.

For further information, visit philips.com.my.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes



Name: Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Wash
Price: RM 31.90 for 130 g
Made in: China

The latest Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes are powered by Bentonite Clay (draws impurities) along with Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) for clearer, smoother and healthier looking skin. Additionally, they are alcohol, colourant, fragrance and mineral oil free.

The creamy paste transforms into a luxurious lather to lift grime, oil and environmental pollutants without stripping away moisture. Continued use of the AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash will result in fewer flare ups and reduced skin reactivity due to the infusion of Wild Pansy Extract. The AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash contains Alpine Plant Extract to discourage excess oil production and over time visibly minimises the appearance of enlarged pores.

I am using them interchangeably because I simply fail to tell the difference between the two. If this little nugget of information isn't a deterrent, then browse any leading pharmacy aisle for them!

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Viola Tricolor Extract, BHT.

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Veet Sensitive Touch

If you are at a loss on how to handle the Veet Sensitive Touch then let me this video get you started:


Name: Veet Sensitive Touch
Price: RM 119
Made in: China

It goes without saying that this is the device you need if you are very particular about eyebrow shaping. There is something satisfying in getting even hair lengths on both sides every time (or is it just me? Haha!). A double sided comb attachment allows you to choose from two different lengths: 2 mm or 4 mm.


Shall we take a look at the obligatory before and after pictures? Please ignore the sparseness and the lack of an end. Hair just refuses to grow!


Pruning the garden (heh!) is just as easy with this device. The comb attachment stops the bikini trimming head from coming in contact with the skin, which means that there won't be nicks and bumps on sensitive areas. Not to worry as it is close enough for a neat bikini line.


To minimise damage, it is not recommended to submerge the body of the device in water. So there goes the convenience of using it in the shower, and cleaning it immediately after! This is the only con that I can think of but be sure to read the instructions before you proceed.


This cordless personal grooming trimmer has grown on me - I can't see myself without it! - and this is why I think that it is well worth the RM 119 price tag. Each blister pack also comes with one AA battery, one styler cap, one cleaning brush and one beauty pouch.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parasola Essence In UV Cut Spray EX SPF50+ PA++++


Name: Parasola パラソーラ Essence in UV Cut Spray EX エッセンスイン UVカットスプレー EX SPF50+ PA++++
Price: HK$ 79.90 for 90 g
@cosme rating: 4.6
Release date: 20.4.2015
Made in: Japan

Spray type sunscreens with PA++++ rating are becoming so common now. One only wishes that Korea stop churning PA+++ sunscreens. Why can't you pick up a perfectly good trend??

Besides giving my olfactory senses a treat with the delectable floral fragrance, Essence in UV Cut Spray EX also packs a punch with hydrating agents (Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3), anti-oxidants (Trisodium Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Coenzyme Q10) and an anti-ager (Hydrolyzed Collagen).

The convenience makes this waterproof sunscreen indispensable. Shake it, spritz liberally and I am good to go. No more wasting time (and energy) rubbing it in! My only concern is not being able to tell whether I have covered every inch since it goes on invisible and all...

This stuff rules! But since it is not sold here, the next best option would be Sunplay's Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++.

The full ingredient list for Essence in UV Cut Spray EX:
LPG, 水, メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル, イソドデカン, カプリリルメチコン, シクロペンタシロキサン, エタノール, 加水分解ヒアルロン酸(ナノヒアルロン酸), 加水分解コラーゲン, パルミチン酸アスコルビルリン酸3Na(高浸透型ビタミンC誘導体), セラミド3, ユビキノン(コエンザイムQ10), セリン(アミノ酸), ヒアルロン酸Na, ポリテトラフルオロエチレン, (ビニルジメチコン/メチコンシルセスキオキサン)クロスポリマー, グリチルリチン酸2K, イソノナン酸イソトリデシル, ポリブチレングリコール-3PEG/PPG-8/5グリセリン, PEG-10ジメチコン, ビスエチルヘキシルオキシフェノールメトキシフェニルトリアジン, テトラエチルヘキサン酸ペンタエリスリチル, メチルグルセス-10, ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル, セスキイソステアリン酸ソルビタン, ラウリルPEG-9ポリジメチルシロキシエチルジメチコン, グリセリン, オクトクリレン, トコフェロール, 塩化Na, BG, トリ酢酸テトラステアリン酸スクロース, エチルヘキシルグリセリン, オクチルトリアゾン, フェノキシエタノール, 香料.

Friday, March 17, 2017

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

Exceptionally concentrated in shea butter (25% to be precise), the L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream intensely soothes and nourishes the skin. It is also enriched with linseed, marshmallow, sweet almond, honey and apricot oil for long-lasting hydration.


Name: L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream
Price: RM 195 for 200 ml
Made in: France

It is a thick, buttery and great smelling cream. I slather it on damp skin before bed to take advantage of the skin's overnight renewal process, heh. I have used it daily for a month and I see and feel the transformation - soft and smooth joints instead of their usual scaly appearance.


That said, it is high maintenance... I have to rub and wait and repeat (many times) for it to sink in somewhat. For drier climates and/or skin, this will be perfect for your needs. If your preference leans towards the more lightweight side, you are better off with something else, mayhaps the Shea Butter Body Lotion?


Before - After

For RM 195, I expect something more luxurious, and plastic just doesn't cut it. Would I recommend? Sadly for my wallet, yes. It is a treat for the senses as well as the skin!


The full ingredient list for Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream:
Aqua/Water**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin**, Tapioca Starch**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract**, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract**, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Ceteareth-33**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mel/Honey Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Chlorphenesin, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene**, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol.
**Natural origin ingredients.