Monday, April 7, 2014

Current Skincare Routine

I think this is my simplest, most random skincare routine ever. I only use 3 products, which follows the basic skincare step-by-step which is cleanse, tone and moisturize.

Even the products are random because they are from 3 different brands. I typically like to use one brand for my whole skincare routine because I think it produces the best result, but strangely, my current skincare routine works!

Without further ado…

1. Cleanser – Mud Rang Cleansing Foam


I’ve never heard or seen this cleanser/brand in any store until I won this in a giveaway. I was quite sceptical to use this at first because I’m afraid it will dry me out (‘cause, you know, it states “clay” on the packaging) but surprisingly, it doesn’t! It foams up easily so you don’t have to use much, and it cleanses the face pretty thoroughly. I feel that my face is really, really clean after using this but it doesn’t strip off all the oil from my face because I don’t feel it dries out my skin. So far, I’m loving it.

I don’t know the price or where to get it so I cannot provide you that information should you are interested in it. Sorry! I don’t know whether I would try to find it once I run out but I’ll worry about that when I finish this product.

2. Toner – Dr. G Super Aquasis Moisture Toner


I like trying out new products, and since Dr. G brand never breaks me out, on one fine day, I decided to try this toner. I was debating between this and one from Avene brand, but in the end I chose this because it claims to be super hydrating. It has quite a thick consistency compared to what I used to, maybe pretty much like Hada Labo toner, but it works well and I think it lives up to its claim.

One thing I don’t like is that it comes in a glass bottle so it is quite fragile and not really suitable for travelling because it is heavy. I also found that it runs out pretty fast, maybe because of its thick consistency. I like this toner but I’m not sure whether I would repurchase this.

3. Moisturizer – Hada Labo Perfect Gel


Read my review here.

I’m loving my current skincare routine! It makes getting ready so much faster now. I did have an eye cream but I don’t know where it went. I lost it somewhere. I will replace it eventually because I feel awkward without an eye cream, but I can say that face masks, scrubs, pimple cream, etc. are not important to me anymore – it used to. I can live without them, I’m sure.

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Everyday/Basic/Essential Makeup Products


I don’t have much now as I don’t buy and wear makeup as often as before, but here’s what I still use and need:



  1. Hada Labo Air BB Cream in Natural Beige – I like to mix this with moisturizer for a lighter application.
  2. Garnier BB Cream – A great affordable BB cream.
  3. Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light – I’m not really in love with this concealer but it lasts a long time. I had it for almost a year now. Provides quite decent coverage.
  4. The Body Shop Pressed Face Powder in 01 – So far my favourite face powder. It takes shine from my face without making it powdery.



  1. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 25 Bad to the Bronze – It has cream texture, glides on smoothly when applied, great natural colour to be used as an eyeshadow base or on its own, doesn’t smudge and very affordable.
  2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Demotion – I like to use dark brown eyeliner instead of black because it looks less harsh. This eyeliner is creamy and glides on smoothly when applied, thus, doesn’t pull my eyelids or feels pokey (which I hate!). It is long-wearing and doesn’t smudge once it sets.
  3. Essence Last & Brow Gel Mascara – Not really a great product but I like to use brow gel/mascara to make sure all my hairs stand in one direction, lol.
  4. IN2IT Eyebrow Shadow in 01 Striking – One of the oldest products in my makeup collection. I really need to replace this because it is so old, but over the years, it has serve me well. I love it, will repurchase this, but I would like to try other eyebrow shadow, too.



  1. NYX Blusher in 02 Dusty Rose – I love the colour because it gives such a natural rosy blush on the cheeks and I think it is suitable for most skin tones.
  2. Elianto Kabuki Brush – I use this to apply the blusher. This brush is very soft, packs on product nicely and distributes it evenly on the cheek.



  1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 020 Lovesick – If you could tell, I love Revlon lip products. I love the balm stains because it is quite moisturizing and leaves a pretty stain after a certain period of time. This specific colour doesn’t rub off easily.
  2. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey – This is my favourite balm stain ever. It is one of my MLBB (my lips but better) products. It gives colour to my lips but still looks natural. It is also moisturizing. I don’t need to use lip balm underneath.
  3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 460 Blushing Mauve – This lipstick is also my MLBB product. It looks quite similar with the balm stain 001 Honey. I like to pair this with balm stain 020 Lovesick (apply the lipstick first then apply the balm stain on the insides of my lips to give a little more colour and stain).

Only 13 products! I can’t believe I could go out with only 13 products (sometimes less) nowadays. I used to have an eyelash curler and mascara and a few eyeshadow palettes plus brushes but I guess I don’t really need them anymore. Maybe after the baby is born, I’ll find my mojo back. But now I’m quite happy with these things. It makes getting ready super fast!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Timotei Shampoo & Conditioner

Have you ever seen this duo in the store before?


They are the Timotei brand shampoo and conditioner. I first saw them when I was in KK last Christmas holiday. I was staying at a hotel near Guardian Gaya Street, needing a shampoo, rushing to Guardian to get one and bought it. Just the shampoo though.

At first I was quite sceptical about it because I’ve never seen the brand before. Of course I doubt it; what if I use it and doesn’t suit my hair thus damaging it? But nothing else attracted me except this shampoo, so I just closed my eyes and picked up the one with avocado image on it (there were two others but I don’t remember).

It retailed RM 16.90 if I’m not mistaken. At Guardian. But I think I got in on sale, maybe 10% off, so I paid less than the original price.

Okay, so what attracted me so much about the shampoo? First, it claimed to be 100% natural extract. Second, it claimed it contained 0% paraben. However, when I looked at the ingredients’ list, it contained SLS so that threw me off a bit. But the smell was really, really good so maybe that was the third factor that contributed into me buying this product.


At first I thought it smelled like chocolate but after washing my hair, husband commented that my hair smelled like coconut oil. I sniffed…and it really did!

My hair did smell like coconut oil…and a bit chocolaty, I must say.

Fourth, it was made from avocado oil and macadamia oil. From the knowledge I got from watching beauty videos on Youtube, I know that macadamia oil was really good to nourish the hair. So I was sold.

The thing about the shampoo being intense repair/nutrition intense and specifically targeted for dry and damaged hair, I cared less about it. But I did have dry hair so I guess it suited me.

I left my shampoo back at the kampung and when I returned to Kuantan, I searched immediately for it. But if I only knew how hard it was to find this specific brand and type of shampoo, I wouldn’t have left it.

After countless trips to different Guardian stores (I only ever find it at Guardians), I finally found it. There was only one pair left for the Timotei avocado shampoo and conditioner duo, in bad condition nonetheless, but I didn’t care because I was searching for it for so long so I just bought them.

I liked how using the shampoo alone could make my hair less dry and smelled so good. Paired with the conditioner, it was less dry, smelled so good, quite shiny and less tangled. I think it was my hairbrush that did this but I also have less hair fall than before.

Oh, I think I can bravely say that this Timotei shampoo and conditioner duo would be a good dupe for Kiehl’s Amino Acid shampoo and conditioner that I was so crazy about before. But the Kiehl’s were really expensive, RM75 for 250ml of product, whereas Timotei you could get for RM16.90 for 300ml of product. They were similar in scent and performance so Timotei is a really great bargain!

Loving it and highly recommend it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

I Take It Back…

In this post, which I wrote way back in August last year, I talked about how Kiehl’s lip balm disappoint me. The reasons were in the post, if you want to know why. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t throw away the lip balm even though I don’t like it very much (I tend to do that with products I don’t like) – maybe because it was kinda expensive – because a few months after that, it became an essential daily product to me. I could not live without it.

During the first few months of pregnancy, I had terrible morning sickness. My nose became so sensitive; I hated almost everything that smells. I stopped using makeup almost altogether. I still wore lip balm though – I cannot stand dry/chapped lips. But the one I was using at the time was flavoured, I think it tasted and smelled like strawberries. It made me sick.

I didn’t want to buy a new one because I didn’t know which one I would like – don’t want to waste the money. Plus, I didn’t have a mood going into Sasa or Watsons, etc. One day I sort of saw the Kiehl’s lip balm tucked in the corner of my vanity. I took it out, tried it and used it ever since.

The reasons were obvious: Kiehl’s lip balm didn’t taste or smelled like anything. It was easy on my nose and tongue, and it was the only product I can wear when I was suffering from morning sickness.

I take back what I wrote in my August post. It doesn’t disappoint me anymore. In fact, I love it so much now!


My Kiehl’s lip balm now. It is well-loved :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Favourite Youtube Beauty Guru #1

I watch Youtube beauty videos like I’m watching TV series, except more religiously. I subscribed to a lot of channels but there are some I watch on a constant basis.

My most favourite person to watch is probably Elle Fowler, also (famously) known as AllThatGlitters21. Her main channel are about beauty, fashion and decor. She also has a second channel called EllesGlitterGossip, where she vlogs, talks about stuff that is not beauty-related, and my favourite part is that she is also a hardcore reader (like me) so sometimes she review books on her second channel and gives many book suggestions!


Elle Fowler

(click on the picture for the link!)


Beauty Channel: AllThatGlitters21


Non-beauty Channel: EllesGlitterGossip

I think she is so pretty, successful, well-rounded and down to earth. She has a nice voice that is so soothing to hear. Watching her videos is like a therapy because she sounds so calming.

She also write blogs. Dreaming in Blush, where she review beauty products, and I Heart You Coffee, which is more like a lifestyle blog. I love both!

I will review more of my favourite Youtube beauty gurus in the future. Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hada Labo Perfect Gel

I have a new product to rave about. Based on the title above, you know it is a moisturizer ♥

My skin has gotten so dry again (blame the pregnancy hormones!) so the Avene moisturizer that I used and loved before doesn’t work anymore. I had to find other solution, fast. I was thinking on switching to the richer Avene moisturizer but then I changed my mind. I don’t know why though.

I went to Guardian and there I saw it, the possible solution to my problem. I know Hada Labo is famous for its ability to hydrate the skin, and hydration is all I need. As I was browsing their moisturizers, I saw this Perfect Gel and immediately was drawn to it. Basically because it claims to provide intense hydration.

The fact that it acts as an essence, sleeping mask and moisturizer also caught my attention.


Label at the box said Hada Labo Perfect Gel contains:

  1. Collagen – to replenish skin nutrients and refine skin for healthy radiant skin.
  2. 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid – to provide intense and long lasting hydration.
  3. Ceramide – to continuously penetrates moisture into the skin to deeply hydrate and repair dehydrated skin.

It is also pH balanced, offers low irritation and free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.

Here’s the list of its ingredients:


The fact that Hada Labo never give me allergies making me wanted to try this product. I was also quite confident that it would give me the hydration that I need so I bought it without hesitation. Hada Labo Perfect Gel comes in a jar that contains 80g of product. The price ranged between RM75.90 – RM85.90, depends on where you buy it. I bought mine at Guardian with 10% discount so I only paid RM77.31.

From its name, you could guess that Hada Labo Perfect Gel has gel texture. It is quite slippery when I swatch it on my finger. It is quite sticky when I first apply it on the skin, like it gives a heavy feeling. I had to rub the moisturizer for about 30 seconds for it to fully be absorbed into the skin. And when it was completely absorbed, the sticky feeling was gone. My skin feels smooth and silky afterwards.



I noticed the difference in just a few days. My skin is more hydrated and smooth, and it seems that my pores have shrunk.



Overall, I think Hada Labo Perfect Gel lived up to its name!

Highly recommended!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Favourites

I never done this before, but I saw so many of these “favourites” going on on Youtube so I thought I should try doing a blog post about products I’ve been loving for this month. I don’t have a lot though.


In clockwise direction:

1. Hada Labo Air BB 10-in-1 Function SPF50+PA+++ & Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream


My Avene moisturizer does not have any sun protection and I’m not really fond of the Hada Labo BB cream texture – I feel like it is quite heavy – but I love combining these two to use as my foundation! I just squeeze a little bit of each onto the back of my hand and blend, and apply it to my face. The result was amazing! The Hada Labo BB cream gives coverage and the Avene moisturizer dilutes the BB cream and makes the texture light on my skin and hydrates it as well!

2. The Body Shop Cushion Wooden Pin Hair Brush


I just bought this and I cannot express how much I am in love with this brush! Since I’m currently pregnant, I chose to use a natural shampoo and let’s face it, natural shampoo doesn’t clean as well as shampoo with SLS. And I don’t use conditioner at all because I’m lazy haha. That makes my hair really tangle after I wash it, and pretty much stays that way all day everyday. Every time I run my fingers through my hair, they will always get stuck. Same goes if I try to detangle my hair using a wide-tooth comb. That will result in hair fall.

So I thought using a large brush could solve my problem. I want a good quality brush that is gentle on the scalp and hair. I know The Body Shop sell some hair brushes and the reviews on them are good too, so without hesitation, I bought one. This particular hair brush cost me RM 58.00 but I have no regret in buying this because this brush is awesome!

It detangles my hair easily with minimal hair fall and also very gentle to my scalp. If there’s a hair fall, my hair doesn’t stick to the brush unlike any other brushes and this brush is easy to clean too. Major love!

3. Shaklee OmegaGuard


Before, the thought of swallowing a couple vitamins a day makes me nauseous. That’s why I only take what is necessary for pregnancy i.e. folic acid and obimin. Since I no longer experience morning sickness, I think it is time for me to add supplements to my diet. I chose fish oil for baby’s brain development and calcium pills because I don’t really like to drink milk.

I only consume OmegaGuard for about a week but I already notice a difference. I no longer constipated and I sleep more easily at night. And no matter how much I eat, it seems like my weight gain is slower this time (maybe because I poop almost everyday haha). I took only 1 capsule a day. Not sure if it’s because of OmegaGuard, but I eat pretty much the same everyday and the OmegaGuard and calcium pills are the only thing that changed in my diet.

4. Safi Olive Oil Plus Rose Hip


Someone recommended this to use as stretchmark prevention and I bought this specifically for that reason. Even though I love it, my belly is allergic to it. It does moisturize my belly but it makes my belly itch. I also got a few rashes on my skin. Strangely, that only happens to my belly. I’m not allergic to this product on other body parts so I use it to moisturize my hands and sometimes I use it on my hair.

This product is so multifunctional because it is also great to use as massage oil! I asked my husband to massage me the other day using this and it works wonderfully. Although this is an oil, it doesn’t feel sticky on the skin at all. It absorbs to the skin easily.