Beauty Box. The Lilac Box.

Beauty box has been around for quite some time in Malaysia. Recently it has become more and more popular and we ladies are going crazy about them. Each beauty box provider is striving to provide varieties, in terms of brands and range of products. It’s getting more and more competitive now. Most of the times, it is not just the products, it also involves a great deal of customer service provided. We the consumers are the ultimate winners, we get better products and service each time. :)

Whether you’re only interested in premium brands or promotional discounts that you can get, you get to try out different kind of brands and products by just paying a small amount of money. If you like what you have tried, then only you go and buy the full size products on your own. No obligation or whatsoever. You buy at your own choice and you try at your own risk. Don’t like this beauty box? No problem, just move on to the next. :) There are so many out there. We are spoiled with choices.

In April, I subscribed to The Lilac Box. They are new in the market, only three months old. It is managed by three guys. Yes, you read me right, three GUYS. :) C’mon, there are a lot of men in the beauty industry, don’t look so surprised. You just have to admit sometimes men know better what a woman really needs.

They claimed that they only deliver premium products, and that got my light bulb lighted. *DING* :D I must say, I made a wise choice.

The Lilac Box is slightly more expensive (RM49.90 per box) than most of the beauty box, but they feature more premium brands. I was so happy with their Box 2 (in April). So, I bought Box 3 again early last month. It never disappoints! Can’t believe that Box 3 was sold out within 2 days.

I saw some subscribers commented that The Lilac Box mislead the customers by saying “it’s going to be a very heavy box”, they were disappointed when they received the box and it is not VERY heavy like what The Lilac Box claimed. I felt sorry for the three guys that worked so hard for putting the products together. When I finally received mine, I was actually on the cloud nine and excited. I must say the words “full and heavy” are true. Perhaps, some expected more than that. Kudos to the three guys behind The Lilac Box. I can see from its Facebook page that they make a lot of effort in satisfying every customer. Emailed one of them about the redemption voucher for the Talika eye therapy patch, I got a prompt reply and the email has a very personal touch.

Now, let’s see what Box 3 has.

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Love the packaging of the box. There is a cardbox (instead of the usual bubble wrap) to protect the box inside. Very thoughtful. I keep the cardbox in case that I need it for gift-wrapping in the future. :)

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Ta-da, here’s the box. The decorative lilac lace ribbon is less than impressive this time. I prefer the lilac ribbon in April. The box has no labels or markings, so that you can recycle and use it again. I noticed their boxes are of the same size every month, which to me is a good thing. I like the boxes. They are simple, but reliable. I’ve bought another beauty box from Mivva and I’m sorry to say that I don’t like the box at all, not even one bit. It’s not soft, but very easy to go out of shape and it looks “childish”. Perhaps it isn’t fair for me to comment on Mivva’s box, I only bought one month. I’ve bought the June box too, sad to say the box is the same as May.

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I was delighted when I opened the box. It was indeed full, not full to the brim, nonetheless it was still considered full. As of the heaviness, it is heavy but not as heavy as Box 2 which has 2 bottles of Redken hair products. I also love the going-green concept, no unnecessary vouchers or brochures. You can go to their website to check out the products’ details and print out the discount/promotional vouchers (if any) if you would like to use them. It’s another story for Mivva. I got a box full with unwanted brochures, cards and vouchers that I know I’m not going to use them. I threw them all away. In The Lilac Box, there’s only one piece of paper to thank the customers for their support and a little information on what the Box 3 is about.

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Yves Rocher Fresh Rose Shower Gel, 200ml. I’ve heard about Yves Rocher but never had the chance to try it because it doesn’t have outlet in the malls where I usually shop. I’ve heard all the good things about them and how they grow their own plants organically and harvest them on their own. Now finally I get to try it. Love the smell of this shower gel and you do not have to use a lot for the whole body. The scent of roses isn’t too strong, it’s quite refreshing. Unlike some shower gel I’ve tried from Body Shop which smells very strong. However, the scent doesn’t last long and it’s not moisturising enough. I still prefer L’Occitane, which smells better and moisturises very well. Price wise, Yves Rocher is much cheaper. Seeing that the plants are organically grown, I don’t mind to give Yves Rocher other products a try though.

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Payot Speciale 5 and Pate Grise, sachets. I was a little disappointed when I saw this 2 sachets. For such a premium brand like Payot, they don’t even bother to package their samples nicely in a bottle or container? Isn’t it more hygiene to use a proper container to prevent any contamination after open? I felt like they are just like some brands who think that they’re so high and mighty and simply give you some samples in sachets to make you go away. I could get a 5ml eye cream sample from La Mer, in tube!  Why not Payot? Sigh. Back to the product.

Speciale 5 and Pate Grise are said to be Payot’s legendary products, you can see the result with just one use. They’re for blemishes/pimples/acne. Pate Grise is said to help the blemish to reach its maturity. So happened that I had blemish that week. I applied Pate Grise on the blemish before bed. All you need is just a tiny dot enough to cover the blemish. The almond smell is very strong. Good that it doesn’t sting or irritates. The next morning, I was surprised to see the blemish was less swollen and no longer red. I was happy. I used Pate Grise for 2 nights in a row on the same blemish. On the 3rd night, I applied Speciale 5. Speciale 5 dries and purifies the blemish at the end of its cycle. It’s said to help diminish scar of blemish. Also, just apply a thin layer on the blemish. After 3 nights of applying Speciale 5, my blemish scar was still there! @__@ I thought my blemish hadn’t reached “the end of its cycle”. So I went back to apply Pate Grise. Nope. Nothing happened. T__T Not wanting to give such a premium product the “death sentence” so quick, I continued applying Speciale 5 for few days (almost a week). Sigh…… My blemish scar was still there! When my face developed new blemish, I again applied Pate Grise. Guess what, all of a sudden it just stops working wonders, on my face. End up I resorted to my usual blemish routine, pat on the blemish with a cotton pad with SKII Facial Treatment Essence then apply the Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel. Will I go on a second-date with Payot? The answer is a resounding NO. Moreover that it is so troublesome to use, how would I know if my blemish has reached its maturity? I’m not a dermatologist. I only know my blemish is GONE when it DISAPPEARS.

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Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, 15ml. It’s funny that it says BALM, it clearly is not balm! It is runny and colourless, more like gel. Sometimes how the French named their products really make you scratch your head. This is an anti-frizz smoothening/straightening gel. Squeeze a small amount of gel on fingers, apply it to your damp hair from root to tip, strand by strand. I know, it sounds ridiculous right to apply strand by strand and for people like me who has thick and long hair, this will take forever. I don’t really separate my hair to strands when I apply it. I just grab some hair and rub the gel onto the hair from root to tip. It says that it is heat-activated, meaning you’ll have to blow-dry your hair to achieve a better result. I always blow-dry my hair after the wash, so this is not a nuisance to me. Oh boy, I couldn’t believe that it really works. When I looked in the mirror and I saw my straight hair without frizz! My hair looks so tamed after blow-drying and without the oil-based serum that I always used. I was so freaking happy that I could finally ditch that oil-based serum for good. When I used that serum, my hair would appear to be smoother at the end of the day, but oily. It would be worse if I sweat. Now, I get straight and smooth hair all day long! If you have a bit of natural curls and would like to have straight hair, you may want to consider Phytodéfrisant. Last month, I got the full size (100ml) from Zalora at RM90. Thanks to The Lilac Box, I got a 20% discount. :)

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Babor HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream for face and eye, 5ml each. Nice packaging, Babor! I give you two thumbs up just for the packaging alone. When I opened the lid, I was surprised that the bottle was nicely sealed with a foil! Wow! That shows that they did not just scoop some cream from the full size into the bottle for the purpose of “samples”. When I opened the foil, another surprise, it is so full! Babor is definitely generous.

The Extra Firming Eye Cream is not oily and is easily absorbed by the skin. I used it for about 2 weeks, no good for me. I saw my right under eyelid has developed a new milia seed (or oil seed some may call it). I panicked. Ever since I got rid of most of my milia seeds years ago, I’ve been very careful with eye skincare. Nothing rich and oily for me. Some may argue that it is due to the oily stuff that we eat, but for me, it is proven that milia seeds on my eyelid were caused by rich and oily eye products. I have not had new milia seed on my eyelid for 2 full years. I stopped using this Babor eye cream immediately. As much as I love its texture and scent, I hate to have milia seeds growing on my eyelids, they look awful. Sorry Babor, you’re too “rich” for me. Other than the milia seed, I don’t see any significant improvement on the fine lines.

I’ve also used the Extra Firming Cream for face for 2 weeks, night and day. It smells heavenly! Note that though the cream is rich, it is not oily. It doesn’t give the sticky or oily feeling after application. I enjoyed applying it on my face, felt like some goddess whenever I used it. :D However, I had blemishes and acne after using the cream. :( At first I thought it was my body being heaty. Then, I noticed the blemishes started growing more and more, some even look like milia seeds! It was about the same time when I discovered that damn milia seed on my eyelid. I stopped using the cream and started treating my blemishes with the Payot products that came together in the beauty box. Speaking of perfect timing. It was only 2 days ago I fell back to my usual Clinique routine, and I saw improvements. Sigh. Babor, Babor, you’re just too “rich” for me. Second date? Sorry, my FACE says NO even when my HEART says YES. Someone advised me to use only a tiny bit of the cream for the face. I did. Again, same thing happened. Babor is really too rich for me. By the way, I don’t see and feel the firming effect after I tried this.

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Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum. I’m so happy to see there’s 10 packets of foundation from Max Factor. Love this 2 in 1 foundation as it is so easy to apply and it doesn’t feel oily. It is very light-weighted. I don’t even need to use facial powder. Coverage is good too.

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See By Chloe Eau De Parfum miniature. It is very similar to Moschino Cheap and Chic, only this is lighter. The funny part is I LOVE Moschino Cheap and Chic, but I don’t like this See by Chloe. I don’t think it “suits” my personality. Perfume is very personal and subjective. What I love may not be what you like and what you adore may not be what I like. So, don’t take my word for it. You’ll have to go try this out and see if you like it.

The Lilac Box launched their first ever concept box last month, the box is going to be filled with only products from Decléor. Can’t wait to receive them. :D

SK-II: The Journey Continues

Last year, I’ve sort of written a review on the Facial Treatment Essence, the so-called “miracle water” from SK-II. Now that I’ve been using it for one and a half years, and I must say that I love it.

I have previously heard people said that you’ll get hooked once you start using the Facial Treatment Essence. I must say that it is true, but not for the reason that I’ve heard. Some said that the essence is actually “eating” away the dead skin and expose your true skin, which is why your skin will look like baby’s skin which is soft and smooth. If you stopped using it, the dead skin that grows back will become dull and thick and make you lost all the radiance. So, you’re hooked. You’ll have to use the essence for the rest of your life. Some even said that the essence caused them to have sensitive skin.

Well, I must say that there is no one perfect skincare that is perfect for everyone. Remember, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. What works perfect on me, may not be all that good on you and vice versa. If one thing can really work best on everyone, we wouldn’t have so many brands and products in the market and yet they have their own loyal customers.

Like I’ve mentioned before, you’ll just have to try it out to find out what is best for yourself.

Back to the essence. I’ve actually stopped using it for a while to see if my skin really needs to depend on it to look good. Last year, when I was on sick leave for more than a week, I actually stopped all skincare. I was at home and I was lazy. :P Guess what, after more than a week without skincare, my skin still looked as good as (or as bad as) when I use them. Perhaps I was at home the whole time and there wasn’t any pollution to my skin, my skin looked fine. I didn’t see any skin regrowth during that 10 days break.

The essence works really good on blemish and breakouts. Whenever I have pimple or blemish, I’ll press the facial cotton (wet with the essence) on the concern area. The pimple/blemish will be less swollen. The best part is, the essence doesn’t irritate. You don’t feel the tingling or burning effect that you may feel with some anti-blemish cream. Instead, the essence soothes the skin. This, has become my ritual whenever I have breakouts. :)

When I feel that I need a little of pampering and extra care, I will use the essence as a mask. I’ll wet 2 or 3 pieces of facial cotton pad with the essence, and put them on my face for 10 minutes, usually the cheeks and forehead. If the cotton pad is still damp, I’ll put them on other areas such as the nose, chin and neck. Trust me, with something expensive like that, you do not even want to waste a drop of it. My face feels so supple and soft after this little pampering.

Another good thing about the essence is that I can use it on the eye area. I don’t have to worry about it being too heavy or oily or irritation. It actually helps a little in puffiness in the morning. When my under eyelids appear puffy in the morning, I’ll pat and dab the essence (with the cotton pad) around the eye area and stay on longer. Surprisingly the puffiness reduced. Also, the oil seeds (some called them milia seeds) around my eyes stopped growing larger when I started using the essence. Some even reduced in size and they’re not so obvious anymore. I was so, so, so delighted.

Conclusion, I’ll still continue using this Facial Treatment Essence. Expensive but one bottle of 70ml can usually last me 5 months. I don’t buy the largest bottle, which is 215ml even the salesgirl kept telling me it was more worth it to go BIG. I prefer the small bottle, easier to carry around and 70ml can already last me 5 months, imagine how long 215ml can last for me.

I am now so tempted to try the Cellumination Essence EX. A lot of review said it works and skin glows even without make-up. Isn’t that what all of us women want? But it is darn expensive lah, RM499 for 30ml. @__@

Women are so contradicting. When we are young, we spend money on cosmetics to look beautiful. When we are old, we spend thousands of money to look au naturale. Sigh……

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid

Thanks to my friend, Vanessa who informed me that Hada Labo was giving away a 9ml Moisturising sample for those who registered. I registered out of fun.

Few weeks ago, I received the sample which I’ve totally forgotten. Can you believe that they sent it via post? I thought we would have to go to some counter to collect it, I was waiting for a SMS or something. Instead, they mailed it. Right to your doorstep. Awesome service.

In the envelope, I also received a leaflet with a code. It says that the code will entitle me to some discount on the products. Sorry, I can’t remember how much discount I got. Hahahahaha. I threw the leaflet after I made my purchase. :P I think it was either 20% or 30% off the normal price.

I was surprised to see that the prices of the products are relatively reasonable and affordable. I’m not interested in the whitening and lifting range, and I’m a bit allergic to AHA+BHA. So, I only concentrate on their moisturising range.

Hyaluronic Acid is famous for its moisturising function and it is proven on my skin that it is indeed VERY moisturising. I’ve tried The Face Shop Hyaluronic Acid masks and loved it so much. I guess the SUPER Hyaluronic Acid from Hada Labo would be even more moisturising then. Super wor, must be lah.

I bought 4 Super Hyaluronic Acid products.

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My Clinique cleansing oil finished few months ago, am now using the cleansing foam which I bought in Korea and it is also finishing. So I thought might as well try Hada Labo’s cleansing oil. It’s only RM35 after discount! No harm trying.

I am very particular with facial wash. I’ve tried other brands but I would always go back to Clinique. Other brands are either too oily or  too dry, only Clinique’s liquid facial soap has that “just right” feel. The best part is, one bottle of 200ml can last me for more than 9 months. :D Thinking of giving this Hada Labo Moisturising Face Wash a try. Since it says that it is moisturising, guess it couldn’t be that bad. After discount, I only paid RM20 for it. DIRT CHEAP!

I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this Moisturising Milk and Moisturising Cream. I didn’t know what’s the difference until I Googled them. Found a blogger who did a comparison between the two. Her verdict was to use the milk during day time and to use the cream during night time. I am already using two moisturisers for day and night. So, I don’t mind the same routine. After discount, RM39 for the Moisturising Milk and RM41 for Moisturising Cream. Adoih…… So cheap!!! If at all they’re not good on the face, I can use them on my hands, right?!

Four products, only costs me RM135! I could hardly buy 2 products in Clinique with that money!

I didn’t purchase the hot selling Moisturising Lotion though. I am already using SKII Treatment Essence and Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus serum, don’t feel like stopping them. If I were to add the lotion in, gosh, how many products I have to put on my face?!

Today, I’ve received all the products, and I’m gonna start using them. Hope Hada Labo won’t disappoint me. Few weeks later, we will know. :)

SK-II: Surprise Surprise

My first SK-II product was Advanced Eye Treatment Film. Started using it since last year September. I am now on second tube. Usually the beauty consultant will tell you a full size (15ml) eye gel/cream will last you 3 months, but this eye gel from SK-II could last me 5 months! Yes, you read me right,  5 months. Although it is in gel form, it is not watery. I use it twice a day, morning and night. The amount I apply is slightly bigger than a grain of rice, and that is enough for both eyes. I don’t see any big improvement on my dark under eye circles, but the skin around my eyes is not so dry anymore.

I’ve been helping my sister buying SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I never had the urge to try until last year. My uneven skin tone became pretty visible. I also noticed the pores were getting larger. I realised that the amount of foundation that I had to apply was getting heavier.  Every morning I woke up to enlarged pores and dry skin. Was pretty sad that my skin condition was deteriorating. I’m only at my early 30’s, why I age so fast??!! *Cries* :( I used to have good skin, but I guess you can’t fight the ageing process that’s happening every minute and second.

Early this year, I finally managed to buy the Facial Treatment Essence trial pack that costs RM199. It comes with a 75ml of Facial Treatment Essence, a piece of Facial Treatment Mask and a 30ml of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (toner).

Two months after using the Facial Treatment Essence (half a bottle of the so-called “miracle water”), I saw no miracle at all. :( My facial skin condition was still the same, still having the the uneven skin tone, red blotches were still visible on my cheeks when I did not apply foundation. Was disappointed with the essence and I proclaimed to myself that my skin would not get any better. :(

Lately, I’ve noticed some improvements! After 4 months of using the essence, I have more even skin tone now! Hurray!!! I no longer wake up to enlarged pores and dry skin, there’s no red blotches on my face anymore and I use little foundation now! The most surprising one would be the 3 tiny dark spots under my left eye, they’re lighter now! I noticed that few days ago when I was applying concealer. They were still visible after the concealer but now, hardly visible! I am so delighted. :)

Now, let’s look at how I apply the essence first. There has been 2 different methods of applying the Facial Treatment Essence. Some said pour the essence onto the facial cotton and dab it all over your face. Some said pour the essence onto the palm and apply to your face directly. Those who used the latter argued that by using the facial cotton, some of the essence would be absorbed by the cotton and it is a waste. The essence is not cheap, you definitely don’t want to waste any of it. There is no right or wrong, it simply depends on how you prefer to do it.

At the beginning, I used the first method, by using my palms. Kiasu mah, also don’t want to waste any of it mah. Then, when I had breakouts, I remember my sister pressing the facial cotton (with the essence in it) directly on the breakouts and it seems to soothe the skin. So, I did the same. Surprise!!! It really soothed the pimple/zit and the area was no longer reddish and swollen!

Then, I decided to use the facial cotton. I’ll dab it all over my face and stays longer on the eye areas and areas that needs extra care, such as the cheeks and nose. I feel that the essence is best absorb this way. You don’t dab across your face quickly, you have to dab gently and slowly. It’s like dab-and-press.

Wastage? Not really. I’ll dab around my face and neck until the cotton is totally dry, and then I’ll rub it against my elbows. :D I usually pour 2 drops, and 3 drops if I have breakouts. Also, avoid applying the essence with the fan blowing on full blast. It’s essence, but it is watery. With the wind blowing strongly the essence dry up very fast! You may think that the essence absorbs very fast but in fact, it’s been blown dry lah! That is so wasting!

So, it IS indeed the “miracle water” huh. :) Guess the miracle took longer to happen to me. :P

One bottle of 75ml Facial Treatment Essence could last me 4 months, whereby the beauty consultant told me it would only last 2 to 3 months! Gosh…… Cannot waste such an expensive stuff like that lah! Must treasure every drop of it!

I’ve bought another bottle recently and would like to see what it can do if I use it long-term. See if it can still work miracles and improves the skin around my eyes. :D

I have yet to try the facial mask, heard that it can instantly boost moisture level and leave skin looks younger! Who doesn’t want that huh? :P

I have also bought this Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil. Hmm…… Although it cleanses pretty well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, I’m not going to buy this again. It contains mineral oil. :( Found out only after I bought it! It’s weird, for such a high-end brand to use mineral oil in its products. Clinique doesn’t use mineral oil in its cleansing oil and oil-based make-up remover. This is bad coming from SK-II. So people, please read the ingredients of the product first before you purchase. If you’re sensitive to any particular ingredients, DO NOT buy even others tell you that their product is different.

Read lots of reviews on SK-II, they’re really confusing. If you seriously want to see how good it is, by all means, go try it out. RM199 for a 75ml of Facial Treatment Essence, is worth to try. If you think RM199 is expensive, well, if it doesn’t work on you, it is expensive and you stop using and buying. As simple as that. If it does work, trust me, RM199 is cheaper compared to using a range of products which could cost hundreds that don’t really work. I wish it could be cheaper though. Seriously, if their products are so good, why do they still need heavy advertisements and all the celebrity spokespersons? If the 75ml Facial Treatment Essence costs only RM170, I believe more people would want to try. That, would be a better marketing strategy. Well, I’m only gonna use this Facial Treatment Essence and eye gel. Will not want to try its other products. I still love Clinique better. :)

Loot from the Incredible Seoul

It was spending time! Spent quite a lot in Seoul. Not on the souvenirs though. Came back only realised I do not have enough souvenirs to give away! Shoot! I was so obsessed with all the fashion and skincare and I conveniently forgot about the souvenirs! I am in deep sh** now.

Here’s what I bought, for Andrew and myself! Yes, only for Andrew and myself! It was so rushing and I did not have the luxury of time to think of others except Andrew and ME. Felt guilty to go without Andrew, he was on my mind all the time. Hence, bought quite a number of things for him.

These are for Andrew. Polo Ralph Lauren @ Paju Premium Outlets. The blue one is the most expensive, only realised the price after I paid! @__@

Polo for myself. :) KRW42,300 each. You can’t get that kind of price here in Malaysia.

Finally, got myself a pair of running shoes! No excuse for me to not exercise now. KRW76,300 for the shoes, KRW8,800 for 3 pairs of socks.

Bought this at the very last minute. GAP @ Paju Premium Outlet, KRW42,300.

Bought this huge tote bag at Myeongdong, KRW10,000 only!!!

Got this in Myeongdong too, KRW25,000.

Also got this in Myeongdong, KRW12,900.

Skincare from The Face Shop for Andrew. Don’t know how good they are though.

Bought the powder puff and eye mask only for myself.

From Etude House. (Clock-wise) Eye-brow pencil, Hello Kitty Perfume, loose powder, BB Cream and eye-shadows.

Free gifts! I don’t even know what they are. The sales girls just chucked them into our shopping bag.

Got these from the cosmetics duty free shop, KRW30,000 each.

Ta-da! Got myself a Longchamp in Incheon airport. :D I wouldn’t have bought it in Malaysia. :P

Hmm…… I am missing Seoul already. -__-

Matured Enough?

I’ve been helping my sister buying SK-II for 2 years. She has sensitive skin ever since years ago after some not-so-pleasant experience in a facial salon, been trying a lot of facial products that did not work and she finally decided to try the Facial Treatment Essence from SK-II. Every time when I asked her if it really works, she would tell me, “better than not using it”. That adds to my confusion with the good and bad comments from friends and others.

I then noticed something, SK-II users who found it effective are mostly ladies with matured skin, a.k.a. matured ladies. :) I thought, when I am matured enough, I shall give it a try then. Hahahaha.

Last month got sister another bottle of Facial Treatment Essence, and it came with a pack of free gifts! Don’t we all love free gifts? This is the first time SK-II gave me free gifts with purchase! I was shocked but happy to keep them!!! Yes, I get to keep the free gifts and I told my sister, “those have got to be mine”. :P On the sideline, I too thought it was time to sign up as a member. :D I get the free gifts, and the membership that could let me accumulate some points for redemption later! Wuahahahahahaha……

My Origins’ eye cream finished and I decided to go for SK-II. To my surprise, SK-II eye gel (same size) costs only RM14 more than Origins’!!! I was expecting it to be at least RM200 or more! *Phew* Let’s hope this works equally good if not better. After reading all the mixed reviews, all you can trust is your own self.

I chose eye gel since it is light weight and I wouldn’t have to worry about oil seeds if at all I used too much of it. Second of all, it is less expensive. :P It is indeed very light. In clear gel form, which explains why it’s in a tube and not a bottle, easy to apply. Feels a little bit sticky after application, but it’s ok, I can live with it. Any difference from the first application? I don’t know, and I don’t think so.

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Wanting to get the trial pack for Facial Treatment Essence that costs RM199, too bad it is sold out in KLCC. Gotta try my luck else where tomorrow. Then, I can start my SK-II matured regimen. I’m using my hard-earned money to make myself a guinea pig again. Sigh.

I’ve been with Clinique for so many years and there’s definitely nothing wrong with their products. I still love their products. Guess I can’t just cut it off from my life, there are some products (Clinique’s) which I really, really like and I’ll never stop using.

We shall see how well SK-II works on me.

Dry Skin

Last year August, I started to have rashes around my neck. Occasionally the skin around my eyes felt itchy too, then my arms. Didn’t bother it at first. Then it got bad. The skin started to become very dry around those area that I scratched. Went to a GP, the doctor couldn’t put it to what causes it, he called it “systemic allergic”. He prescribed me with some medication and cream for external use. That was it.

Obviously the condition was better whenever I was under medication. However, the moment I stopped taking those drugs, the itching started all over again.

I’ve tried to change shampoo, shower gel, facial moisturiser, facial cleanser, bedsheets, towel…… None seemed to work. Tried eating seafood, it didn’t make the condition worse. Phasing out all the possibilities that could cause the rashes. Nothing.

Last month right before CNY, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Went to another GP in my hometown, gotten an injection. Phew, all the itchiness and rashes gone! Too bad, it didn’t last. It came back last week. I was so sick of going back to clinic for medication. How long am I going to be on drugs?

For months I’ve been suffering from the irritating rashes and under medication. The skin started to look dull and grayish. My cousin told me it could be due to dry skin disorders. With some doubts, I started to don on a lot of lotion day and night. Surprisingly, the skin felt less itchy but the condition didn’t improve much.

I went on the internet, searching for dry skin disorders, found this website that cleared all my doubts and got me relieved. Ahhh… I’m not that sick actually.

So, I started asking around on FB for most moisturising body lotion. Finally, I chose Rosken. Thank goodness! It works! On the second day after I started using it, I did not feel itchy anymore! Then the skin condition started to improve. No more rashes or redness or dry flaky skin.

Guess my dry skin problem is caused by the air, age and habits. Used to take long hot shower in the morning, used to towel-dry my body so harsh that not a drip of water was on it, didn’t bother to put on any lotion both at home and at work…… Guess I took it for granted, thinking that my skin was so perfect that it couldn’t give me any problem. Nah, so wrong.

Now, it’s become my routine to don on the Rosken lotion in the morning before work and at night before sleep, right after shower.

People, please take some time to read the website I mentioned above, and start taking good care of your skin. It’s the largest organ of our body and don’t underestimate even the slightest problem it could give you.

Dry skin disorders isn’t a disease, you just need to take extra care so that it could recover. Start your body lotion routine now, if you haven’t. You won’t regret it.

Summary – How to keep the moisture in your skin:

  1. Do NOT take long HOT shower. It is best the water is cold or lukewarm and keep your shower time short.
  2. PAT dry your skin after shower instead of wiping or rubbing it.
  3. Put on the body lotion right after your shower when your skin is still damp.
  4. Use PH balanced fragrance-free shower gel/soap.
  5. If you have dry skin, use a thick and greasy body lotion. Especially if you’re in an air-conditioned room all the time.

 

Shop Till You Drop

Isetan is having anniversary sale this month, 3-day members special starting yesterday. The crowd was crazy, we didn’t even get the chance to go into the car park, the traffic at the KLCC entrance was so bad! I told Andrew even if we got in, the chance to get an empty car park within 10 minutes would be very dim too. Seeing that we too were rushing to go home to watch the Thomas Cup, I decided to go home and do the shopping today.

Got there around 11 this morning, hoping the crowd would not be big. Luckily, no crowd at all. Went to TGV KLCC to see if we could grab any movie later. Well, earliest show for The Bounty Hunter is 4.20pm. Bummer! That is too late. No other good movie, full concentration on my shopping then. LOL!

Went straight to Clinique, I was the only customer. :D Geez…… There were so many things I needed to replenish! Looked at the amount, oh Lord! I could feel my heart ached so much and Andrew was like “whoa, that is a lot! But well, if you really need them, that is ok though.” Aww…… That was so sweet of him to comfort me. I have no idea why my skincare all finished at the same time! Usually they did not, I used to replenish one at a time. The money involved was too scary, I dropped a few items in the hope that the existing ones could still last me another month.

If it was ME 2 years ago, I wouldn’t even blink an eye to buy all of them. I am proud to say that I am a more careful consumer now. :) Thanks to Wan Yi and Melissa. They are constantly telling me “do not buy what you do not need”.

Roaming around in KLCC whilst waiting for my ex-colleagues to come, also looking for a gorgeous top for my upcoming photography session, hopefully! Hahahaha. Argh, couldn’t find one that caught my eyes. Finally my ex-colleagues reached, passed me a bottle of super healthy fish oil that promise could improve health dramatically. So nice of my ex-colleagues to come all the way from PJ to give me the fish oil. Couldn’t thank them enough. I am truly blessed with many little angels. :)

Tomorrow meeting with another 2 angels. Hope I could grab some really yummy-looking top then.

Bought 5 pieces from Clinique, and one from Origins.

Something to share about this Origins Youthtopia eye cream. Using Rhodiola as one of the ingredients, it claims it is able to reduce fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and helps firm the skin. I have been using it for more than a year, this is the 3rd bottle. What I love about it is that it is made from all natural ingredients, no chemicals. Hence, it is not oily at all even though it is pretty creamy. It feels oily and heavy on your fingertips, but when you dab it around your eyes, you will only feel that it is creamy but definitely not oily. I can’t use oily products on the skin around my eyes, otherwise I’ll get oil seeds and that would be nasty. The skin around my eyes used to be very dry. I’ve tried a lot of eye products that claimed to work wonders and magic. None of them really worked. Some of them were so oily and caused oil seeds to grow and I have gone through a tough time removing them. I gave up on my eyes for some time, only using the hydration eye gel from Clinique to prevent it from dehydration. It was by chance I stumbled upon this Youthtopia. Tried it for the first time, didn’t like it. Since I’ve bought it, I gotta use it. 1 month later, I noticed my skin around the eyes was improved! It is still dry, but I no longer have fine lines! Also, the skin has more elasticity now, it is no longer sagging. I am absolutely loving it. No worries about applying too much of it. RM160 for 15ml, which can last 6 months if you use it day and night.

I’ve been a loyal customer of Clinique. I can’t remember for how long, 5 or 6 years perhaps. Their products are less expensive compared with others. They do not have celebrity as their spokesperson, guess that’s why they managed to keep their prices reasonable. Also, their products are milder and gentler on the skin.

Lancome, Estee Lauder, Shu Uemura, L’Oreal, Kose, Shiseido, Clarins…… I’ve tried them all. Most of the times, 6 months of usage, either they were too oily for me, or they lost their effects on me. Clinique is the only brand that balances everything out on my face. There are people telling me some of Clinique products contained alcohol which is harmful to our facial skin. Well, after years of usage, I would say my face is still looking good, if not best. :)

Love Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer and Derma White concealer stick. They are so easy to apply, do not cause dryness, do not flake, and not oily! Their Derma White liquid foundation is very light too, but I’ve stopped using it for quite some time since I now prefer BB cream and the mousse foundation I got from Taiwan.

Okay, enough of Clinique. :) More photos.

6 pieces of free gifts plus few other which the lovely sales assistant always smuggled into the bag for regular customers. :)
Andrew insisted on buying me this since the one I have now cracked at its end although it is still usable. He said now I could have one at home and one at work. :) Thank you my dearest.

Spent Again

Make-up remover finishing, wanted to replenish. Ended up I bought some other things!!! Aiks… Cost me RM346 in total!

Got a 6-piece gift with purchase of RM330 and above.

Planning to buy a pair of Crocs shoes, going to Mid Valley soon to hunt for one.

Just now Andrew was at the brink of buying this Electrolux air purifier, our room is getting dustier as there’s construction of a condominium nearby, but didn’t manage to buy as the one we wanted was faulty!!! Muahahahahaha…… Now surveying on other brands.

My shopaholic side is creeping back silently…… Scary…… *Shoo shoo… Go away…*

I Shopped Again

Ok, recently I have done a lot of shopping I must admit. Hahaha. But I dare not to spend or buy impulsively like I used to. I’m going to need a lot of money when the wedding day comes. I am worrying about it now.

I ran out of facial cleanser last Thursday. So, I went to Isetan KLCC to replenish it. Have I mentioned that I’m a Clinique user? Well, I am. I was previously using all sorts of brands, Lancome, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, Biotherm, Shiseido…… Few years back bought some Clinique products, tried them and I fell in love with them. They just suit my skin. But recently I found out one of their products (moisturiser) has mineral oil in it. I shall discontinue using it after this one finishes. Overall, their products are ok. They don’t use supermodel or international artists for advertisement. Therefore, their prices are indeed quite affordable in the market.

I like the sales girl who serve me, she always gives me lots of freebies/samples. I love those travel-sized samples, you can just bring them anywhere you want, good for traveling. Last Thursday, she even gave me a face mask when she knows that my big day is coming!!! Hehehe…… So sweet of her. Also, she hinted to me that the sale will probably start end of the month. She advised me not to buy anything now but to buy later to get those vouchers and other promotional items. Gosh… I’m not sure this is a good news or bad news. I’m going back to Johor for my 1st wedding dinner at the end of the month!!!

Wedding is coming…… Do I feel nervous? I don’t know… I don’t know what to feel now……