Friday, 13 December 2013

Lennox Firm Up Plus+ Bright Changed My Life

Collagen drinks are certainly a-go-to health or beauty drink for ladies these days. Every year you will see new brands coming up with their version of Collagen drink promising smoother, firmer,  radiant, for some fair glowing skin. Lennox is one of those many brands filling up the shelves or floors (because the bottles or boxes are too big for the shelves) of local pharmacies here.

I never give these drinks a second glance until about a year and a half before. :) I have to warn you that this is quite a long entry because this is something that is close to my heart :p

I have always suffered with acne since I was 15. I have bumps all over my face. 3 years ago I started to have adult acne and especially along the jaw line. I have hideous acne scares and I used to wear a lot of makeup to cover those scars. My skin was oily so you can imagine how my makeup will look like by noon. It was not something that I would like to remember honestly.

I have tried so many beauty products and have spent so much on facial packages and beauty products ... yet my skin is still not good. In May 2012, my sister brought me to see a beauty advisor at Sa Sa. This lady is a friend of hers and as soon as she saw me she quickly took pity ( erhmm .. she still sold me products worth more than MYR500 ya despite having pity lol).

She advised me to start drinking this Lennox Firm Up+. She said it will help to detox my body and taking care of my skin from the inside is always a better option. I was sceptical at this point of time because I have spent money on these ind of stuff too i.e.. Grape Seed Oil, Flex Seed to name a few.

After giving it much thought ( I took a month to think this over ), what do I have to lose anyway as my skin is already bad as it is. Bought my first set of Lennox. Price? MYR145 for 25 bottles 50ml collagen drink. I bought the upgraded one with the whitening essence, OPC & Co Q10 powder mix. For first time user you have to consume 1 bottle daily for the next 10 days at night before you sleep. After that it is 1 bottle every 2-3 days.

Mini 50ml collagen drink in a big momma bottle container

The collagen drink and the whitening plus powder 

My findings:
1. I don't feel tired. I felt energetic and no aching pains in my body.
2. My skin cleared up! My acne dried up
3. It didn't make me fair which is fine because I was not in for that to begin with so that was not an
4. By the 10th day skin was smooth to the touch ( as in no more bumps! ) and my acne scars fading.
5. My pores were not the least bit minimised but that's perfectly ok!

Words cannot express how I feel when I touch my skin. I have forgotten how it feels to not have bumps on my face. The last 3 days of the 10-day detox period was a very emotioal time for me. I could only thank that lady for recommending me this drink and my sister for insisting that I should pay the lady in Sa Sa a visit.

Makeup application was so easy after that and I don't look messy and sloppy anymore. It gave me confidence and enjoyment of putting on makeup.

I continued on with the second set and stopped after that. Please note that I didn't buy the Lennox at Sa Sa. Bought it at Guardian a month after the recommendation and the lady there told me you can't stop taking the drink or it will reverse whatever good it has done for me. WRONG. It didn't. I stopped taking it a good 8 months and my skin while not perfect, as I do get my occasional 1-2 breakout, it still maintains the acne free skin. I have only recently started to take it again last November. I will let my pictures do the talking ;)

Now my before pictures:

My after picture:

My picture after 8 months:

My sister who has flawless skin recently was plagued with hormonal acne around her jaw line. I recommended her to take Lennox as her Kinohimitsu was not working. Guess what? It worked for her too.

So for those of you who are suffering from acne skin please do give this a shot. After all, I am sure you have spent so much on beauty products already that does not seem to work.

Read more about Lennox by clicking here .

If you have similar experience I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments below.

Have a great weekend!

Garnier Aqua Defense Moisturizing Cleansing Foam Review

Hi again

This is the second of the Garnier Aqua Defense product review. If you have read my experience with my dry skin condition, you would know of my suspicion that my cleanser was one of the reason for my skin dryness. 

On a recent work trip to Medan, I roomed with a buddy who, being a bit more mature than I am had issues with her cleansers too. Foam cleansers makes her already dry skin dryer until she found Garnier Aqua Defense Moisturizing Cleansing Foam. She, of course, after hearing my plight urged me to try and try I did. 

I was amazed to find that my skin did not feel tight or dry. In fact it feels moisturized and comfortable. In love with it instantly. It has the same smell as the Aqua Defense Non-Stop Intensive Hydrating Essence  light and fresh. It lathers up into a creamy light foam as the name suggest but I find that its lather is not as I would say 'thick' as other cleansing foams I have tried in the past.

My skin does feel clean minus the uncomfortably squeaky tight skin I normally experience with other type of foaming cleansers. So double thumbs up! 

I would recommend anyone with normal to dry skin (particularly dry skin) to give this a try. I am not sure about those with oily to combination skin though. I guess it would depends if you skin is oily and dehydrated at the same time. That usually happens if you use to much of oil control products. So if your skin is of that condition, perhaps this will be a good 3-times-a-week-cleanser thing :). 

It is priced at MYR10.90 only. I bought mine for less than that with the year end discounts. I use this in combination with the hydrating essence and so far my skin has not seen those horrible dry patches I suffered from more than a week ago. Having said that, I do use sparingly on my T-zone because I do not want to tempt it into getting greasy because the hydrating essence is really hydrating so less on the T-zone and more on the cheeks ;D

 If you have tried this cleanser please share with me your experience in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you. 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Garnier Aqua Defense - Non-Stop Intensive Hydrating Essence Review

Hello there

Lately my skin was experiencing massive dryness especially on my forehead and cheeks. Yaiks right?! At my age, dry skin is not good!

There could be two possible reason for this other than my water consumption:
1. My cleanser is too harsh for my skin condition at this moment
2. My moisturiser is not moisturising enough.

Acting on my first hunch,  I went on a mild gentle cleanser hunt.That was 3 weeks ago. Ended with two cleansers (thought my current cleanser acted up on me) .. tested one at a time and my skin is still dry and taut feeling. Now I know that it may not be my cleanser. It is my moisturizer. Went through all my different moisturisers but none worked.

Met a friend for lunch one day and she told me that swears by Garnier Aqua Defense and that I should give it a go. I did.. cost me only MYR17.91 as Watsons was having sales. Original price is MYR19.90. God knows I have passed by this item on the shelf many many times and didn't even care about it til now.

The Aqua defense is a light green gel packaged in a tub like all Garnier moisturisers. It has a light fresh smell and when you smooth the gel over your skin it gives a cooling sensation for about 5 seconds. I was not convinced with its potency since gel type moisturisers (in this case the hydrating essence) are usually meant for acne prone, oily to combination skin. But man! I was wrong.

Not only did it worked on my dryness, it made my skin looking fresh and healthy. To think that I was about to spend my money on a MYR300 moisturizer from Clarins! Geez! My skin tautness gone, dry flaky skin gone! And the price was awesome!

Product features:

  • Locks in moisture all day and builds hydrating barrier to defend skin hydration level
  • Formula is enhanced with Glacier Water (for hydration) and Green & White Tea extract (for its antioxidant properties)

Needless to say I was beyond happy. For those of you who are experiencing similar skin issues as I do.. please give this product a go. For a 50ml product that cost less than MYR20  I think this is phenomenal.

Fun Fact:

  • Garnier Aqua Defense Non-Stop Intensive Hydrating Essence comes in different names in other countries i.e. In the USA it is known as Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-cream. In Australia its equvelant is Garnier Youthful Radiance ( Functions a bit different than the ones found here in Malaysia )

Let me know if you have tried it and share your experience in the comment box below.

Love and belief!