I'm Hooked - Kiehl's

I guess, I'm hooked. I've been using Kiehl's skincare awhile now, I think they works what it claimed and most importantly it doesn't give me skin rashes/ allergic.
Last month, I invested  on some new products to try out after trying the samples and also to repurchase some of my skin's necessities - kill acne!

I've some points to claim for RM100 voucher, and I think I'm sort of out of control. I admit I'm such a skincare maniac and I ended up with all these things, including some deluxe samples and a travel friendly toiletry bag.

What I got?

  • Ultra facial cleanser which has been working well for my combination skin.
  • Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque to drag out all the impurities from my pores, keeping'em tight and small. I noticed it smooths my skin too.
  • Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin Clearing Treatment, backups just in case I run out my current one
  • Blue Herbal Moisturizer (new item to try, hopefully it will work for me)
  • Micro Blur Skin Perfector (new item to try, how I wish those pores can be gone, oh!)
Review for some of items mentioned will be up soon. Still taking some times to see how it works and reacts.

I'm so happy with the toiletry bags. It comes with red and blue, but my brother thought blue looks better.
I like how spacious it is and able to fit it quite many full size skincare.

Well, well.... I'm getting a bit drowsy now, is time for bed.

Review: Hada Labo Lavender/ Whitening Hand Cream

Hello, I've been a fan of hand cream/ hand lotions. Since I'm staying in an air-conditioning room for almost 24/7, having a hand cream has become a must for me. My hands, especially the edges around my nails will start to peel off and it isn't nice to look at nor good to touch. Ouch!

I spotted the Hada Labo hand cream awhile back, but never really got the interest to try it. Well, this time, I decided to give it a try. It comes with 2 variations, another one is rose -pink color tube, which is meant for hydration. I think I like lavender scent better, so I picked up this purple buddy.

It contains:

  • Arbutin and lavender essential oil which can maintain the youthfulness of our hands
  • Contains hyaluronic acid which can maintain & hydrate the hands
  • Contains vitamin E and vitamin B5 which will repair dry and dehydrated skin
  • The lavender essential oil is obtain from Europe. The scent is soothing and relaxing, plus what's great about it is that it helps to whiten the skin and keeping our hands more hydrated and supple.
  • Coloring, fragrance and mineral oil free.
A month of friendship with this purple buddy, I would like to say, it works quite well. I have less problem with skin peel off around the edges of my nails and less scaly hands. The scent is very calming too. However, I still couldn't tell if it really helps in whiten my hands. The cream itself is quite creamy, very easy to rub and blend into the skin. It also doesn't leave any oil or sticky residue after apply. I like to reapply the hand cream from time to time as I'm dealing with lots of paper work which sometimes got myself a bad papercut ( >.<)
Price is slightly higher than regular drugstore hand cream, I still think is consider more affordable than those high end hand cream.

Overall, I give it a thumbs up. Anyone who like the lavender scent, you'll definitely like it. I don't think it will serve well for terribly dry winter weather as you will have to reapply quite regularly. For me, this is a good hand cream for my current needs yet didn't burden my wallet.

I Do Really Appreciate Sunday

Rise and shine! Is Sunday again, oh my.... is a special Sunday for me because I'm off today and hopefully I would be able to spend the rest of the day with my hubby and doing some happy little hobbies and boring house chores. Today, I'm not going to talk about beauty related things but I would like to share how happy and excited I am for Sunday and rambling about it. It has been awhile I didn't do such post.

Since I've been moved to this new place 2 years ago, I didn't have Sunday off each week, my Sunday off depends on shift and workload and staffs availability. I do find it a bit nerve wrecking and clench fist but I'm not going to feel upset because when you know how to appreciate the not so easy to get Sunday off, it is something very special and happy day.

Most of the Sunday I will visit my little bro since he is staying alone for study, I will pay him my visit whenever I can, sort of family time and I'm really content with that. Sometimes, I will shop together with my hubby, walking around here and day, enjoy the crisp air, I'm happy. And there's just too many sometimes for me to share here.... countless of words to describe how much I enjoy and appreciate my Sunday off.

Part of my Sunday routine if I'm off and free from work, I will love to enjoy some nice meal with my family and the love ones. Hubby and I recently encounter a new Japanese restaurant nearby the seaside, I think it tastes lovely. I enjoy Japanese food and Italian food very much, match with my taste bud I supposed.

Then, I will spend sometime chit chatting with my mom trough the phone. Doing some bakery if I'm in the mood, sipping numerous cups of tea, munching butter cookies.... oh, isn't it lovely and nice?

My point of view for Sunday is it has to be really relaxing and nothing related with work. I'm not sure if I really like my current job but sometimes, I just wish I have my regular working hours from Monday till Friday and Saturday, Sunday off. How much I've missed those days...  Sunday is the time I spent to do things I enjoy and not to forget, go to church (if you're Christian).  Sunday is the day whereby the shopping center is packed with lots of peoples and hardly to find a car park, but sometimes, when I pondered back, I do really miss those Sundays. Sundays should be happy instead of sad, Sundays remind me of my late grandfather. Oh, Sunday......

In case you are like me, need to work on Sundays shift every month, try to have those happy thoughts in your mind, it will make you feel better and merrier.

Review: Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil & Argan Oil

Weather changes can be good and bad sometimes. Good, because it is either turn into the comfortable type, bad because skin needs time and more nutrient/ hydration/ oil to protect it from skin disaster.

I've been a huge cleansing oil lovers as well as essential oil lovers for few years now. When I saw Josie Maran having this travel set, it immediately caught my attention and the tiny devils inside me. Oh, I must have this. Ha...

Talking about the argan oil, many beauty gurus have been raving about how great it feels on the skin and hair. Well, I do survey 1st before put in my order. I'm keeping my fingers crossed before try it out. Well, 1 month test, I think it passed with merit.

My thoughts for the argan oil:
I thought it smells terrible actually, because those vitamin E oil smells terrible and oil most of the times has those old lady scent which scares me off. Anyway, this Josie Maran argan oil doesn't has too much scent actually, thank God it is quiet light weight and absorb nicely into the skin.
I like to have 2-3 drops onto my palm, rub it and apply onto the ends of my hair. I can't tell if it really helps to prevent split ends but my hair do feel smooth afterwards and less frizzy. I also notice my long hair has become less tangle.
As for my skin, since I've oily to combination skin, I will not simply putting oil onto my face unless the oil is really meant only for face. I apply the oil onto my skin especially on area such as elbow, feet and cuticles. It helps to prevent dry patches keep it soft and supple. Unlike other oils which I've tried before, usually leave an oily and sticky residue on skin, but with this argan oil, I found it absorb really well without leaving any footprints or hand prints on places I've contacted with.
The travel size itself contains 15mL of pure argan oil which is quiet a lot for me, after all, I really didn't use that much. 2-3drops is just enough for my hair or even whole body.

My thoughts for the cleansing oil:
I don't really bother whether the cleansing oil is organic or not, most important is it how well it can cleanse my skin after the whole day with dirts, oils and makeup sitting on my face.
The oil is very thick and I do feels it heats up a little bit when rub onto my skin. Not sure if everyone have this heating issue, but I suppose it is activated when contacted with skin. It has a strong orange/citrus/flower scent, at first it was really nice to sniff but day by day, I find the scent is a little bit irritating because for me, it smells like children cough/flu syrup. Well, working in the pharmacy I don't think I want to sniff more medicine scent after reach home. It is just way too crazy I think. Anyway, I'm always good in tolerating with scent, so as long as it didn't make me sneeze, I'm still okay with it.
It removes my makeup very nicely and once it contacted with water, it emulsifies immediately. Sometimes, I just use this cleansing oil without follow up with another foam cleanser. Once it is emulsifies, it turns into a thick almost like a gel cleanser white cast on the skin, then, continue massage with more water and then rinse off. My skin feels really clean, I mean squeaky clean afterwards.
I keep the tiny bottle with me because next time, I can dispense my other cleansing oil into it. The tiny bottle is easy to carry around and perfect for travel. Plus, I just need to press the cap and it is ready to be used.

Overall, this Josie Maran Argan Oil set is amazing. I like the idea of include 2 products into 1 tiny travel set so that customers can try out 2 things at once. The products work well for me, I'm not sure if I will repurchase it, but still it is a good set to try out.

Weight Loss Update #1

Wink, wink.... I would like to start this post as my weight loss update #1 after joining the Curves workout for 3 months, and the outcome..... holy moly, it is quite successful. I'm still working on it.

I'm proudly to tell I've loss:
cm: 32cm
body fats: 2.5%
Kg: 3.5kg

Weight loss is not a monthly program, for me, it is a long term goal, just work for it and be consistent.
Of course, not to forget to control the food intake and try to eat as clean as possible. Stay away from fast food and refine sugar.

Eat your breakfast everyday with a variety of fruits, proteins and complex carbohydrate such as oat/ grains.
Eat your lunch with more vegetables and white meat, try to stay away from process food and fast food. It will not make you full and eventually you will start to crave for food 3-4hours later.
Eat your dinner as simple as possible.
Never ever skip your meal. Eat wisely, choose a nutritious food meal.
Exercise regularly including cardio workout, stretching and strength training.

Below are the examples of food that I had for dinner.

 Always remember, nothing is impossible but of course, no pain, no gain. 
Let's keep on moving and strive our very best. Healthy body, healthy mind!

Review: Anastasia Brow Wiz # Brunette

Talking about brows, I think other than obediently putting on sunscreen before I leave the house, brows is probably the second thing I must get it done before I heading out.

I've always wanted to try the famous Anastasia Brow Wiz, everyone seems to enjoy and talking great things about it, oh dear, how can I miss it !

Using it for almost a month on everyday basis, I've to say I'm in love with it. Whenever I picked up a brow pencil I will make sure it attached with a brush, so that I will not have to bring another brush for my brows.
The packaging is classy and chic, very light weight and easy to carry around.
The brow crayon is slightly thinner than what I expect it to be, but nonetheless, I'm really happy with my purchase. I've dark and almost black hair color, so getting shade in brunette is almost and close to perfect match. 
It is really easy to use, I believe it will be as easy as ABC for a beginner. Since the crayon itself is quite thin, it is easy to control the strokes and the shapes you want to fill in the brows. It is easy to draw onto the skin as well, not streaky or too soft/too creamy, especially when I wanted to have a thinner brows with higher arch.  After that, just use the attached brush, brush trough the brows, viola! I'm done!

Sorry for my oily face, the photo was taken at the end of the day after almost 13-14hours working hours. I find it looks natural and long lasting.

In case you are on budget, I highly recommend to try the Za brow pencil which is way more affordable.

My brow wiz is almost finish soon, repurchase seems to be a must for me now.

Price: USD 21
Volume: 0.003oz
Color range: 9shades, very good and easy to choose for a perfect match

Overall I give this a thumbs up. Price and quality is equivalent. It is so convenient and easy to use.

Review: Korres Lip Butter # Pomegranate

Hello, I'm back with a short review. Well, I bought this tiny jar last month and I thought it is time to share my thoughts about it.

It has 6 colors to choose from, starting from clear sheen towards deep/darker red but all are very sheer yet buildable, depends on individual needs. For me, I like it to be sheer or semi opaque.

Price: USD 12
Volume: 6g

I got mine in shade pomegranate (sheer coral) which I think is pretty neutral and natural, perfect for every day use. Good thing is it compliments nicely with my skin tone so I will not have to use lipstick or lipgloss every day. You know I do have days which I just don't really feel like putting on lip color.

First of all, I'm enjoying the color, texture, light scent very much. However, since I've a picky and untamed lips, not all lip products work for me. Even thought it is a lip butter, I find it dries out my lips quite easily and I can't just use this alone without putting on a layer of clear lipbalm on top or underneath it. It does last about 4hours on me and I started to notice peeling and cracking on my lips. Application goes on like a dream and create a really nice sheen. I'm just adore with the outcome, despite the lip peeling part.
Another issue is it comes in pot, easy to carry around but it is not so hygienic to dip my fingers in. I don't consider it is a good way nor a convenient way for touch up. At the end, I still need to have a wet tissue with me to clean my fingers.

Overall, I consider it as an affordable products but the formulation is a bit disappointing. I was hoping it to be more  moisturizing. As for the packaging part and finger dipping issues, I'm still willing to tolerate with it, after all, it isn't a big deal if I have wet tissue with me.