Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Review: Etude House Darling + Repairing Gel Cream

Good day be -YOU-tiful people

Back again with another review and it is the Etude House Darling + Repairing Gel Cream. It also states here on top of the box 'Wrinkle Care + Whitening Multi Effects' so they have some good stuff going on there.

This is a special gift set that comes with a 50ml jar of Darling+Repair Gel Cream, two mini tubes of the accompanying Darling BB cream and also a spatula. This box set is priced at MYR239. I, however, got this at a 40% discount during its Chinese New Year Sale. I have heard that Etude House is currently (at this point of writing) having a buy 1 free 1 sale and other promotions. Good stuff so do head down to your nearest Etude House store.

The Darling Gel Cream is also known as the Snail Cream by ladies at the store :). Yes sir this gel cream contains snail mucin that helps to restore strength and structure of damaged skin. This gel cream, being in gel form, supplies nutrients deep into the skin with fast absorption. It also claims to provide instant relief and moist to fatigue skin.

The store assistant told me that this product has 73.2% of snail mucin and the rest are made of Spirulina Plantensis Extract. The sheer peachy colour gel cream glides on smoothly on the skin and does not leave sticky feeling to the skin.

I have been using this product for a month now and my skin is loving it. My skin is so smooth and it is fast healing whatever pimple scars that I have been trying to get rid of for quite sometime. The Darling BB Cream is a nice addition to my skincare routine. It does make my skin feels ultra smooth upon applying it as compared to my other BB creams. Using the combination of the two product has made my complexion much much healthier. I only get a tiny amount of oil on my T-zone area and it is not even noticeable! My makeup stays longer and fresh the whole day without having to do touch up on mid day.

This product combo is amazing on oily to combination skin .. that much I can say. The most important thing is they work. For a person who has been fighting adult acne and oil slick skin all her life (it seems).. not to mention acne scars, this is a blessing.

Since using the product, I can now go out of the house without having to put on my compact powder if I want to and mind you I have done that many times two weeks into using the product. I don't worry about oily T-zone anymore or the oh-so-obvious-uneven skin tone. All that is in the past!

I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has oily to combination skin. Yes.. it is a bit too pricey it may seem but... to all my combination-acne-prone-skin sisters out there.. it will save you a lot of trouble in looking for the right repairing-non oily moisturiser for your skin ( in which you will end up spending more and throwing out the ones that did not work on you ).

Take it from me.

Have a great day everyone!

Fresh Desire Handmade Soap

Hello amazing ladies

Phew! A lot has been going on and finally I get to sit and blog again. Aaaaanyway, I have recently acquire the love for handmade soaps simply because they are not drying to the skin as your usual bath products, that you can easily find on the shelves in many stores out there, do.

I was on a working trip in Penang and whilst browsing around the stores at Gurney Plaza I stumbled upon the cutest shop ever and being the curious person I am, I had to stop and see what's the cuteness all about. Take a look at this:

                                        Picture taken from Fresh Desire's Facebook Page (one is not 
                                                               allowed to take pictures of shops at the Mall)

Yeah it looked like a bakery supply shop and at the same time has these colourful concoction in bottles ... so I walked in. I was not prepared to see soaps shaped in the most adorable donuts and cookies ever ok. I mean they have Chocolate Sprinkled Donuts and Chocolate Chip Cookies, even soaps shaped in beautiful yummy cakes! Bottles of multi coloured shower gels lined the shelves, bath bombs in baskets, body creams, bath salt and the works. Overwhelmed.. is the word to describe my feeling at that moment.. Like a child in a candy store I went and looked at everything and asked a lot of questions. I was lucky that I was attended by a wonderful shop assistant who gladly walked me through everything and let me try on their wonderful products.

Ok enough said! Fresh Desire claims that their handmade and natural soaps are especially formulated using only safe and truly natural ingredients that are ethically sourced globally. They do not believe in the usage of solvent, harmful synthetic chemicals, preservatives or petroleum products. Their soaps are crafted using slow cold pressed method in order to preserve the goodness of the all natural ingredients used. You can read about them at their website here though I do think that the site is still under construction so there are certain pages that are still blank.

I finally settled on two handmade soaps that smell wonderful - Fruit Cocktail and Honey. The Fruit Cocktail even has orange pulp in it! I of course have not opened the Honey soap bar.

These bars are priced at MYR19.00 each. I have been using my Fruit Cocktail for about  a week now and my skin feels moisturized; not dry at all. My bathroom now smells of the soap and I look forward to each bath. It does leave your skin a hint of the smell but very subtle - not as strong as conventional soaps. I guess it is because it is made of natural oil.

What I like about the soaps?
They smell so good and they don't make my skin dry after using it like the usual soaps in the market. I love that they are made using all natural ingredients that are safe for my skin.

Would I purchase them again?
Most definitely! It is a bit pricey for a bar soap but you know what they say ... you pay a bit more but your skin will thank you for it. Plus I feel good after every shower. No tight feeling on the skin.

Would I recommend Fresh Desire to my friends?
Yes I will strongly recommend Fresh Desire to my friends and you readers.

What I like about the store?
Apart from all the goodies sold, their shop assistants are the best! Excellent customer service, very engaging and sincere in giving their professional advice. They make your shopping experience so wonderful! I can't help but compare them to most beauty shop assistants out there who only give you half hearted information or service. These ladies at Fresh Desire went out of the way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed not knowing whether I would buy their products or not. Two thumbs up for the ladies at Gurney Plaza.

The downside of it?
Fresh Desire is only found in Penang at two locations - Gurney Plaza and Strait Quay. They do not have an online store as of now ... I did try on the website and they have a shopping cart and all but they are not fully up and operating at this point in time. So the only way for you to get these lovely bath stuff is for you to drive up to Penang or ask a friend or relatives staying in Penang to buy and ship to you. :(

My hope?
I hope they plan to branch out to other states in Malaysia. I also hope that they will start running their online store at full capacity soon.

Good news is ... I will be going up to Penang again in May yeahey!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Revlon New PhotoReady BB Cream

Hey girls

I am back with another announcement. Revlon's new PhotoReady BB Cream Is now out at you favourite Watsons or Guardian near you. At Watsons it is now sold at an introductory price of MYR38.90.

This PhotoReady BB Cream is a skin perfector with SPF 30. This product comes in 3 shades ; Light, Light/Medium and Medium.

Like all Beauty Balms, this product is lightweight and has multi benefits that combines skincare, makeup and sun protector all in one tube. This product claims to:
1. Hydrates like moisturiser
2. Smoothes like primer
3. Covers like foundation
4. Blurs flaws like concealer
5. Protects like sun block with SPF 30

I have tested this product *wink2 obviously and my first impression is:
1. It is as it claims to be lightweight though it doesn't dry as quick as Maybeline's Clear BB Cream
2. It does not seem to have that much of coverage as do all BB Creams in the market
3. It definitely feels like a tinted moisturiser so I am not convince with the whole 'cover' and 'blurs flaws' claim honestly. Just... don't put your hopes too high on those two claims ok :)
4. It is nice that they have 3 shades to choose from
5. I love the sleek silver coloured packaging with a tiny window that shows off the shade in the tube

So ladies, if you happen to run out on your BB Cream, or you are a makeup junkie like me and just want to try all the latest release :D, then you might want to try this and this advantage of the introductory price offer.

I would love to hear your comments so don't forget to share your experience with the product and write them in the comment section below.

Till my next post, you stay healthy and beautiful.

P/s: the weather here in Penang is perfect so far .. Not too hot and not rainy either.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Haul: MAC Archie's Girls

Hello gorgeous

Have you had the chance to drop by your favorite MAC store and grab your Archie's Girls limited items? Well I heard reports of many who were disappointed because they can't get their hands on them because each stores (particularly the ones out of Kuala Lumpur) on have between 8-10 units of each items.

I am currently in Penang so I definitely missed the launch in KL. Penang and other states have only started to put the collection on display yesterday. From what the consultant told me, about an hour ago, the collection is running out fast; considering how little stocks they received.

The picture above was taken from MAC at Gurney Plaza Penang and after looking and swatching everything (except the mascaras) I have decide to just have the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Blue Patrol. Hahaha yeah surprise2. I was not too crazy over the rest of the collection. I bought Betty Bright and Daddy's Little Girl for my sister because her outlet had run out of everything.

Here is something about the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ... they glide like the Urban Decay Glide on 24/7 liner if you are familiar with it. So creamy and smooth. Love it.

So that's my purchase. You will receive and can of candy (the one in heart shape tin can) with all purchase think. That's all for now. Till my next post, stay Be-You-tiful!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette available now at Sephora Malaysia

Hello ladies!

Yup2 the long awaited Urban Decay Naked series is back with another goodie for us makeup junkies. It is the Naked Flushed palette which consist of a soft bronzer, a highlighter and a gorgeous blusher. Put these on your cheeks and people will be wondering what you have been up to, to get that gorgeous radiant flush. Retails at MYR 109 at a Sephora near you.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection is out in Malaysia.

Hello my lovelies

The day has finally come why the Archie's Girls collection is out in MAC Stores today. So run down over the one nearest to you and grab the ones you have been eyeing.

All the best and good luck! I am currently in Penang so I hope MAC Penang at Gurney will already have their stocks huhuhu

That's all for now

Ciao ciao and stay beautiful

Friday, 1 March 2013

Sephora Malaysia releases Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful palettes

Hey gorgeous!

Urban Decay Oz The Great and Powerful palettes are now available in Sephora Malysia. Both Theodora and Glinda palettes retail at MYR180 each and the come with the accompanying Super-saturated High Gloss Lip Color.

I got mine today yippie yeay yeay. Bought the Theodora because of the colour scheme and I felts the Glinda are too shimmery for my everyday use. Glinda's palette has more unique iridescent colours though so for those fair skinned maidens do grab this one.

Getting the palette is a total bargain as they come with the new gorgeously and specially designed Limited Edition eye colour casing (which you can pop out the eye pan and replace with eye colours of your choice), 6 never before released full sized eye colours, a travel sized eye Glide-on 24/7 eye liner and a super-saturated high gloss lip colour valued more than MYR500.

So don't wait and head down to a Sephora near you. Read more about these two palettes and the colour list by clicking on the Urban Decay label on the sidebar :D Cheers!

Pictures of my haul: