A couple of post ago, I mentioned that my skin was looking a little dull and feeling a little drier than usual. I wasn't sure if the cause is due to the seasonal changes or not. What I know is I have to amp up the hydration level of my skin before it gets worse. I started to bring back my lotion mask into my night routine and use my Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion as my toner in the day. Just tweaking my regime by using products containing humectants worked.
Why Hydration is Important?
The skin can be damaged easily by a variety of things. The sun, stress, hormones, and diet can all damage the skin, especially over a period of time. Since damaged skin tends to look older, hydration alone can make skin look much younger. Therefore, hydration is important to those who desire healthy skin which ultimately leads to better looking skin. Hydration is beneficial to:
Dry Skin- Proper hydrating will cause dryness to go away and makes dry patches, flakes or redness to disappear.
Aging Skin-Dry skin in need of hydration often makes people look older than they really are. Dry skin makes skin to damage easily, which further ages the skin. When cells move outward and age, skin's protective barrier becomes compromised, making water retention difficult. With a weakened barrier, dry skin becomes increasingly prone to environmental damage, free radicals, bacterial infection and other problems. So hydration will guard against skin damage and will give the skin a more youthful, healthy look.
Others-With age, skin is prone to sagging, brown age spots and wrinkles. Using hydrating products can help with skin's firmness to fight sagging skin.
L'occitane Verbena Summer Secret Moisturizing Body Gel 250ml MYR 111
( Bought at discounted price MYR 77 )
It is seldom that I would buy L'occitane's stuffs at their normal retail price. Personally, I feel that the pricing is a bit on the high side for something as simple as a body lotion. However, during one of their recent sale, I managed to grab some discounted stuffs and this is one of them. A sniff of this won me over!
I have always been a fan of their Verbena range but this scent is at a different dimension. It is both refreshing and just makes you feel 'oh so good'.
Enriched with organic Verbena extract from Corsica and refreshing agents, this moisturizing body lotion has a melting texture that envelopes the body with a fresh and aromatic bouquet of scents. Thanks to its unique jelly-like texture, skin is left supple and delicately perfumed with the aromatic and fresh Verbena fragrance notes. Ideal for an invigorating break!
Let's start with what I like. The first thing that I liked about this body gel is the scent. Yes, it had me at thefirst sniff! It is so wonderfully refreshing and aromatic without being overpowering sweet. It is just nice and the scent is lasting too...Secondly, I like the consistency of the body gel as it absorbs easily to your skin and does not leave the sticky icky feeling. It pretty much hydrates the skin pretty well too.
How many of us would be in awe as we flip through magazines pictures of women with flawless and porceline skin? Honestly, I do..even though I know that the pictures are airbrushed.
"Oh, wished I had a perfect skin like her, with no spots what so ever." or "Oh, wish I can be so thin". We are all sucked and sold into the advertisements. That in reality, we can never achieve it. I found this you tube, addressing the topic and it is Highly Recommended to view by all.
I've always thought that my skin is normal to combination all these while. In fact, I thought that this will always be my permanent skin type! In fact, I was wrong. Skin type do change season to season and as you age.
My skin type currently is combination and sensitive skin. I had many beauty advisors giving me 'multiple' diagnosis all the years. One would tell me that I have combination skin, the other will then say that I have dehydrated skin. One would say that I have normal skin. Usually it's between these three. But surprisingly, to date, only one told me that I have sensitive skin as well. ( and she is right ).
How do know that I have sensitive skin? I have the tendency to blushing to skin flushing when exposed to temperature change and I do experience stinging or burning reactions when using certain skin products. To some severity, I do develop some tiny skin bumps if the reaction is bad. Overly dry skin is also one of the symptoms of one having sensitive skin. We often misinterpret the dry skin condition and concludes that we have dehydrated skin type as a whole but not knowing that it is part of the signs of having sensitive skin.
I think many of us are still uncertain on what type of skin type that we have. We are so often influenced by what other tells us. Honestly, the best person to know your skin type is only YOU. I think no one can understand our skin better except ourselves.
Earlier this week, I've shared about the benefits of manuka honey for both skin and health. In hopes to heal my irritable bowel syndrome, I managed to purchase these two bottle of manuka honey through a group deal a few months back.
I am a bit sceptical on dealing with any promotions on group deals site. However, to my surprise, the process was pretty easy with no hiccups. I was extremely pleased too with the customer service from Manuka Ville as they personally send my purchases right to my doorstep! Not only that, dealing with them is a breeze ( they are very pleasant and friendly too ) and they are quick to respond to any questions pertaining to the promotion or their products. I praised them because these kind of customer services is a rare find in Malaysia!
It is my first time I heard of Manuka Ville, so I did a little background check on them before I made the purchase. Surprisingly, they are from an established background.
Girls, this is an impromptu post which I just have to share this with you. As all of know, the holiday season is drawing near and all major brands are pushing out their exclusive festive sets. Actually, this is the best time to shop for these sets because they are value for money.
Yesterday, I was set to to buy the brush set from MAC, which unfortunately, was out of stock in 1 Utama. I was put on a waiting list and decided to drop by Laura Mercier cos I need to pick up a blusher from there. Lo and behold! Their Holiday 2011 was on display and they looked absolutely gorgeous!!! Seriously, I am in awe till now.
My eyes were drawn to this particular set- Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Porfolio. The contents of this kit is:
6 very wearable powder eyeshadows, three cake liners, two powder blushes and three travel-size eye brushes. I love everything about it. From the packaging and all the way to the brushes!
I have heard of manuka honey many, many years ago but didn't really invest in it. One of the main reasons is, it comes with a high price tag per bottle. I am so used to buying honey that cost me less than MYR 10 and honestly, I don't see myself buying manuka honey because..well..honey is honey right?
Last few months ago, I found myself purchasing this because my doctor advised me that consuming manuka honey will help me in my irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, I managed to get a good deal via deal mates and why not...just give it a try. It was my first time ever buying from those group deals sites and to my surprise, it was pretty simple and thank God, the distributor was very nice and helpful. I will talk more about this in my next post.
As I begin to do more research on manuka honey, I was surprised that it has so many benefits. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is derived from a particular floral source in New Zealand, that has been found to have extraordinary healing properties. It has been used successfully to cure...
How many of us believe that we would still experience the seasonal changes ( Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ) even though we live in a tropical country like Malaysia?
I don't know how far this is true but I was rather intrigued by this when someone pointed out this to me a few years ago. I didn't really think about that until recently, I see a few changes on my skin. At this time, it is a period of transition from autumn to winter, where the air tends to be drier. I noticed that my skin, overall, feels much drier and rather dull than in the month of May-July. Funny isn't it?
I am not sure if the cause is due to the seasonal changes or not. All I know is that I need to concentrate on hydration at this period. My skin regime is basically the same as updated in the month of October except that I incorporate my lotion mask back to my skin care regime. And boy, it does help! ( For those who have yet to know this wonderful and easy to do mask, click HERE to read more about it )
How many of us clean our hairbrushes often? If some do, do you clean them weekly? Yearly? Or once every 2 years?
Unfortunately, I am not brought up with the habit of cleaning my brush often. In 'those' days, I would usually resort to purchase a new one once my brush is a little wear off. Not very environmentally friendly, isn't it? And not wise either, I may add.
I have with me my old faithful Vidal Sasson brush, which I have been using for 10 years and has travelled with me wherever I go. Surprisingly, it is still in very, very good condition...despite that I haven't clean it since I bought it. I do, occasionally clear any hair remnants from my brush and rinse it off with water, but that's about it.*Sheepish smile* I am ashamed to have committed a serious offence, in the unhygienic category.
Burt's Bees in Malaysia have this recycling program that runs on every 31st of the month, where you can get 20% discount on the next purchase with every empty bottle returned. I like that they have this program because it encourages on recycling and also...I get a discount! :)
I purchased this when I ran out of my favourite Baby Bees Body Wash and the promoter also promises that all my 'daki-daki' ( accumulated dead skin ) will be washed off by this. Sounds very exaggerated, isn't it? Now let's put this to a test and see if it works, just like the promoter said, shall we?
How it Works
Add a little spice to your life - and your shower. This sulfate-free body
wash blends essential citrus oils and ginger root extract with a gentle
plant-based cleansing complex to leave skin feeling clean, smooth and soft.
Honey and glycerin provide skin with extra softness while aromatic botanicals
rejuvenate and energise the mind and body. Lather up and breathe in the
exhilarating scents of nature.
How to Use It
Apply to a sponge, loofah, washcloth or your hands and lather generously all
over your body. Take a minute to breathe in the stimulating aroma then rinse,
towel dry and follow up with your favourite Burt's Bees body lotion.
MVO Skin Lightening Vitamin C Supplement 50 capsules USD 60
I was given a sample of this during my first haul of MVO products. I tried it and...I liked it!! I quickly purchase this in full size in my next haul and to my surprise, they have reformulated this as many users have a hard time getting the Vitamin C to dissolve easily.
According to MVO, this new Vitamin C supplements contain the same ingredients but are ground finer, are grit free, and completely dissolve into the serums to provide a seamless application providing the highest quality and freshest delivery of Vitamin C.
Those who read my blog regularly knows that I have this love affair with yoghurt mask. I have been consistantly using this as my mask and it has become a staple mask for me. My skin has reaped great benefits from it, both in moisturization and evening out my skin tone too.
On the other hand, I love the benefits of rice powder as well. I have read some site that recommended adding rice powder to yoghurt as it claims to reduce wrinkles, blemishes and helps in brightening. So I have decided to amped up my yoghurt mask with my bedak sejuk pastilles.
In my previous post, I mentioned that my makeup items have been stacking up, right? Well, confession time. In the past weeks, I've invested in some lipsticks, eye shadows and even cream blushes. Wanna know the reason?
Yes, I have been hooked to watching Lisa Eldridge videos and she is truly amazing! Her makeup techniques are so effortless and at the same time, looking natural too. In this post, I am sharing a video which she did on using organic/ natural makeup.
I post this question because of late, I realised that I've been spending quite a significant amount on money ever since I started blogging and paying more attention to beauty products. I seldom go on an impulsive buying spree but still....it has taken a slight toll on my credit card. Sigh! I then start to re-examine and try to see which part that I spend the most on.
TBS Spa Wisdom Ximenia & Salt Scrub 350ml MYR 99.00
Daiso Wooden Spoon 2 pcs MYR 5.00
Every woman likes to pamper themselves once in a while. Ironically, my simple form of pampering is giving myself a good body scrub. Since I am using body oils at the moment, I was thinking "Why not I get myself a good body scrub to slough off all the dead skin so that my skin would look FA-BU-LOUS!"
Off I go for some body scrub hunting and my, my....body scrubs don't come in cheap these days. So I resort to step into The Body Shop ( by the way, it's been AGES since I step into this shop ). The last item I ever bought from The Body Shop was those cute little perfume bottles, which since has been a discontinued item. Yes...you can imagine, it's been more than 10 years.
To cut the long story short, among their range of body scrubs, this one appeals to me the most, mainly because of the scent. This scent is identical to the body balm, which was given to me by a friend, and used during my uni days.
I thought today might be a good time now to share and update all readers on my current skin condition. My last update was in the month of June and since then, I have made some changes because my skin is slowly going back to normal.
At this time of writing, I am pleased to share that my skin is feeling and looking good. The noticable radiance and glow is back too. My skin is much more balanced, dry areas are back to normal and I have less hormonal breakouts. I have seen remarkable changes especially on my skin's moisture level, lightening and firming. My pores are much smaller and refined too.
The products which I am using currently, is more or less the same as I did since the month of June. I've tweaked some on my day routines and have introduced the yoghurt mask, serum and topical Vit C from Marie Veronique Organics to my current regime. Here are my routines:
I used to be an unbeliever in regular facials but after attending one regularly for almost 5 years, I have to say a big yes to this! I personally find it important because it helps to improve and maintain my skin condition. My skin would have been worse if I hadn't been attending one regularly. However, during my 5 years of having regular facials at beauty salons, I wouldn't say all is well. Frankly, I have my moments of:
Beauticians telling me ( even to date ) that my blackheads are not improving and I need to constantly do my regular mask at home ( which I faithfully do 3 times a week ). I have to hear that again and again, and it can get pretty annoying.
Regular heartaches. When I think I have found the 'right' therapist for me, no sooner than that, they would tell me that they are leaving for greener pastures.
Putting up with rough and inexperienced therapist. I sometimes feel that they have an on-going 'who is the fastest' record breaking time competition among them.
Breakouts or allergy because they have used an unsuitable product on me...and worst still, not compenstated at all!
( Price unavailable as I bought this as a promo pack )
This was an unexpected buy because this comes in free when I bought the Sukin Night Cream for my sister. ( By the way, my sis suffers from acute ezema and apparently, only this night cream can restore her severely dehydrated skin without causing any allergies to her face ) Pretty interesting, isn't it?
I have heard several good reviews of Sukin for quite a while now but not sure why I have yet to try their products. When I got hold of this masque, I am unsure if I should try this since I am pretty happy with my yoghurt mask now and I know, I can't risk having any breakouts again seeing my previous experience HERE.
Without shelving this product and wasting it, the best person to use this will be my: husband. Actually, I was pretty surprised that he offered to use this product, with conditions that I do the mask for him! Tsk! My poor husband has been using up 'unloved' items that deemed unsuitable for me so I think this is a fair trade.
Now, let's see if this product works for him shall we....
Concluding 'my blemish treatment' trilogy will be this tradional beauty product called Bedak Sejuk ( Cooling Rice Powder ). For me, I would fondly call it 'Sui Fan' ( literally translated to powder water ) because I remember when I was young, my mom would apply them all over my face.
Then, I wasn't sure how this product will do any good to my face because I looked ridiculously ghostly when applied at night. Now, being older and wiser *cough*, I really have to thank my mom for this because I think, it gradually helped me as I don't have severe acne problems when puberty hits. I am very blessed with good skin condition ( up until now ) and my friends would always praise me for my fair and glowing skin.
Read more to know how is it made, the benefits of it and my experience with it.
Last week, I have shared the multiple benefits of using Latic Acid for face. ( Highly recommended toallreaders to read ). In this Part 2 of my experimental blemish treatment, I am going to share with you my experience in using Lactic Acid as a facial mask to combat my hormone related acnes.
In short, Lactic acid ( versatile alpha hydroxy acid derived from sour dairy products and fermented fruits and vegetables ):
Fight against Aging and Wrinkles
It is a safe and natural Skin Lightener alternative
Help against Acne
Read on to know whether this particular ingredient have helped me with my acne problems....
This is part of my continuation post of 'My Blemish Treatment'. What I have decided to do here is to write a separate page of the multiple uses of Lactic Acid as the benefits are too overwhelming for me to write :D
I first came to know about the benefits of Lactic Acid when I was reading a featured article posted on Marie Veronique's blog (http://mvorganicsblog.com/) To my discovery, it seems to do wonders for your face!
What is Lactic Acid? It is a versatile alpha hydroxy acid derived from sour dairy products and fermented fruits and vegetables.
I had a series of breakouts for the past 2 months and most of it is due to hormonal breakouts. Sigh! My breakouts are not major... probably 1 pimple per week especially on forehead and chin area. Though it is little, I usually freak out and I would desperately find remedies to calm it down. ( I think anyone would )
This is the Part 1 of my 3 'experimental treatments' ( which I will share with you this week and next too ).
Before I move on, here is a quick look on my updated skin profile:
Normal to dry, sensitive.
( Slight oiliness on the forehead but normal to dry on nose and cheeks area)
Occasional breakouts at forehead and chin area.
( blackheads )
Pigmentation and freckles at cheeks area.
In the month of April, my skin type was combination to dehydrated. ( Read HERE ) I am happy that after 5 months, my dehydrated skin type changed back to normal and my pigmentation problem is under control.:D
Due to my skin type, I am prone to acne scarring ( even though I do not pick on them ) and it would usually take 2 months for the scars to lighten. I am not sure if it is only me or it's normal for acne scars to take that long to clear or lighten.
In this post, my first blemish treatment that I've tried is using products containing salicylic acid. Here is a brief description on salicylic acid and other uses too.
I have bought 3 types of cleansers since April and it seems that I can never find the right one for me. One works rather decently but had a beer scent to it. The other is good for deep cleansing but too oily for everyday use. I was hopeful for the last one but it was drying to my skin and gave me breakouts. Sigh!
I had been eying on Trilogy's Cream Cleanser for a while now because I have heard great reviews on this item. However, I was reluctant to buy then because of the price. I had never spent over RM100+ for any type of cleansers! But after going through 3 failed cleansers ( that cost less than RM100 ), I caved in and see if cleansers ( that cost more ) do does it's job.
I bought a bottle of Eucalyptus a few months ago and my initial use of it is to treat my husband with his sinus problems. So far, I only use it once with my room diffuser to disinfect and clear my room air. With the hazy situation and the flu bug that we are experiencing now in our country, I think it's time for me to use it more often. But, are there any other uses of this oil rather than just using it with a room diffuser? Yes and here is a list of uses that I discovered:
Eucalyptus oil has a fresh distinctive odor and is the most powerful antiseptic with several disinfectant properties. It also has a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, that relieves pain and soothes.
Commonly use as chest rubs or decongestants. Mix 2 drops of Eucalyptus oil in 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and apply as chest rub.
Clear nasal passages ( noseblock ) or respiratory system. Put 2-3 drops of oil to a steam inhalation.
Purify a sickroom during illness or antibacterial spray for kitchen and bathroom. Add 20-30 drops of oil to 300ml water in a spray bottle and spray into the room to kill the germs.
Muscle or joint rub. Mix 3 drop of Eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of Chamomile to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and apply to joint for soothing effect.
As an antiseptic gargle.
Removal of tar from clothes. Apply a few drops of oil to the area and wipe the tar gently using a clean cloth
Helps ease rheumatism, arthritis and muscular aches.
Even though Eucalyptus oil has many benefits, one should be careful to use it. It can cause skin irritation and should be use in moderation. Eucalyptus oil is very stimulating and it is not advisable to use it on anyone who is pregnant or suffers from high blood pressures, heart disease, hypertension and epilepsy.
Where do I get my essential oil?
Eucalyptus Smithii Essential Oil ( from Garden of Wisdom )
Price: USD 3.85 ( MYR 11.97 ) for 30 ml
This item was purchased by me for my personal purposes. This review is based on my honest and personal experience with this product and is not influenced by any parties.
I discovered my love for body oils when I first bought my first bottle from Weleda. I love body oils and I find that it works so much better than body lotion. I love applying them after shower at night and the next morning, you willl wake up with smooth and supple skin.
This time, I decided to be a little adventurous by doing my own body oil when I ran out of my Weleda and Burt's Bees oils. I did a little research on DIY sites and found the right percentage by incorporating my favourite carrier and essential oils.
I like oils that are moisturising, regenerative and anti-oxidant..and that is why I choose the oils below for my body oil. Feel free to select any carrier oils of your choice or anything that is suitable for you should you like to embark on doing your own DIY body oil.
My carrier oils are:
Jojoba Gold Oil- Moisturising and anti-oxidant. Avocado Oil- Regenerative with vitamins A, B, D and E, emollient, slows aging, repairing, stimulates collagen. Apricot Kernel Oil- Vitamins A and E, absorbs well, soothing and moisturising.
For those who are regulars to my blog do know that I always blog about products ranging from skincare, haircare, bodycare to personal hygiene and seldom..or never about makeup. And I am sure many of you would wonder "Does this woman ever wear makeup at all?"
The answer is : Yes, I do.....Only on weekends or on special occasions...:P
Reason being I am such is that I run my own business from home. Of course, wearing makeup for special occasions do include meeting up with my clients or friends, going for a nice dinner with hubby or attending weddings.
Seeing my need to wearing makeup is only applicable to special occasions would obviously result to: A very limited makeup stash.
I am always in awe with bloggers who have so many chances to try new colours or new makeup products almost all the time. And they have VAST amount of products ranging from brushes, face powders, eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushers.
However, I am a simple girl and my makeup is fairly simple with basic colours too, which I think will last for 365 days! Wanna peek to my makeup 'collection'? Brace yourself.....
I have heard of this brand through blogs from overseas and was rather surprised to find this selling at Sasa stores. Giovanni, which hails from USA, is relatively new to the market in Malaysia which is skewedtowards using natural ingredients and most of the products do not contain SLS, SLES or Parabens. Though they are not certified organic, most of the ingredients that they use in their products are.
I love leave-in conditioners and I find them very suited to my hair. However, for the past years, I have been using conditioners that do not contain natural ingredients and finding one product that is 'natural' base for hair is a rare find. I was delighted when I find that this product DO uses very natural ingredients and the price is fairly reasonable too. So I took this home with me and have been using this product for 2 months now!
I just adore the smell of lavender and any product which carries the scent of lavender, will be the first to be picked up by me. This scent really puts me in a calming and relaxing mode, which I am so in need of those these days.
I picked up this shampoo during my July haul from Milagro Trading as I have heard some pretty good reviews about this product. I was also interested in trying their shower gel and was pretty happy that Milagro Trading managed to give me a sample of this for me to try.
I am pretty new to EO, though they have been around for 16 years and hails from Marin County, CA of USA. EO is a family owned and operated, Certified Organic Manufacturer of personal care products using the highest grade of natural and certified organic ingredients. To learn more about their story, click HERE.
EO products certainly sounds pretty impressive and does their product worked well for me?
I use to practice this habit when I was young but as years go by, I kinda dropped this good habit and resort to the usual '2 in 1 habit', which is using my bath towel for my face as well!
Recently, I adopted back the good old habit when I was experiencing bad breakouts and allergy due to an unsuitable product. ( Read my experince HERE ) I was really concern with the allergy and I will try other methods to not to aggrevate it further.
By using a separate towel for my face, it had helped me to calm the condition and even promotes fasterhealing! I also noticed that I have fewer breakouts ( especially at my forehead ) and I haven't found any blackheads at my chin area. I know now that I can never go back to using my bath towel for my face EVER again. The thought of it gives me visions of germs and bacteria, eating their way to my pores to find a new home.
I have also discovered that there are several benefits by adopting this good habit, which:
I admit that I am! I wasn't that particular last time until I started to use this baby. It have completely change my views and preference on cotton pads. Crazy, I know.
Below are some that I have tried and used before and it is sadly a meh to me.
Premier Facial Cotton ( Picture not available )
Daiso Facial Puffs ( Picture not available )
I used to be trifty when it comes to facial cottons. I am not keen in spending so much on something which I will throw after using it for toner or removing makeup.
However, my views and preference changed when I discovered Suzuran 100% Cotton Puffs. I was pretty amazed on how delicate it feels on my skin when I use it to remove my makeup. The performance is a far cry from those I have used before because the previous ones will either slowly wear off, leaving bits of cotton shreads on my face, with a few strokes.
The thing I like most about this puff is that it is not abrasive to my skin at all. It is gentle enough for not leaving my skin with unslightly red marks.
So do share, are you quite picky when it comes to using your regular items such as cotton pads?
This item was purchased by me for my personal purposes. This review is based on my honest and personal experience with this product and is not influenced by any parties.
I absolutely love the smell of lavender..so does my hubs. I find it really soothing when exhaled and it will automatically put me in a calm and relaxing mode. I usually get my staples from L'occitane ( be it lotions, shampoos, etc ) but I do find that their pure essential oil is a bit too expensive for me to purchase.
Recently, I found out about Milagro Trading and was glad that I bought my EO from there at a reasonable price. I also found out that there are lots of different types and grades of lavender oil that one needs to be aware if they are getting the right and a high grade of this oil before purchasing. In this post, I will be sharing with you on the common ones, pricing grades, as well as their benefits and uses.
Where does it come from?
Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender.
Common Types of Lavender Oil( from lowest to high )
Lavender ( 40/42 ) or lavandula officinalis
Most floral scent of all lavenders but therapeutic levels are the lowest. However, it is recognised as having some strong properties. Has a floral, herbaceous fresh scent with balsamic woody undertone.
Lavender Mont Blanc or lavandula augustfolia
Scent is similar to common Lavender Population but subtle differences in tones due to different growing conditions.
Lavender Malliette or lavandula augustifolia
A hybrid of the true Lavender and widely use in aromatheraphy and perfumery industry.
Lavender Blugarian or lavandula augustifolia
Very therapeutic grade comparable in status to the better known Lavender Population. It has a rich lavender floral scent, fruitier, mellower and less champoraceous than Lavender 40/42. Smells more like fresh lavender.
Recently, my interest in doing my own skincare has grown and to date, I have mixed my own hydrosol and body oil. In this post, I am introducing my own homemade hair serum, which is using camellia oil and lavender essential oil. Apart from using camellia oil for my hair, I also use the oil as a moisturiser for my skin.
I am fond to mix my own skincare ( mostly oil based ) because by doing that, I am rest assured that the products that I am mixing gets superior quality ( minus all the additional addictives ). Secondly, it is far more cheaper than products on shelf. Thirdly, I can always get fresh products everytime, hence the efficacy of the product.
What is Camellia Oil?
Camellia oil is also known as tea seed oil, which is derived from the seeds of the plant called camellia oleifera or camellia sinensis ( camellia japonica ). The seeds of this plant are cold pressed to extract the oil, which is in pale greenish yellow in colour and has a slight aroma.
It is said that camillia oil is high in omega fatty acids, polyphenols and vitamin E and is traditionally used for healing wound and preventing infections.
Benefits of Camellia Oil
Camellia oil is highly beneficial for hair and skin conditional properties and are mainly used in hair oils, soaps and skin products. Camellia oil benefits the hair as it prevents breakage, promotes hair growth and soothe dry scalp conditions. It is easily absorbed into the hair, without making it greasy.
In skincare, it is an excellent moisturizer as it is easily absorbed to the skin, without making it oily. Camellia oil is good for preventing damage from the sun and reducing the signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots. Not only that it beneficial for wound healing and soothing skin irritations, it is said to be effective to fade scars with long term use.
It is great for sensitive skin as it is not found to cause allergic reactions and is not prone to cause acne.
Some of those who follow my blog may know that I had a bad case of allergy on my face due to a new product which I have been trying. Initially, I was in denial of the fact that it gave me rashes because I adore the ingredients of that product. It all looked very promising. In fact, in the first few days that I used it, it really gave me wonderful plumped up face and it somewhat amped up the radiant look.
To cut the long story short, after trying at least three times on and off again, it is concluded that the product is not suitable for me because it gave me tiny little red rashes on my eyes, chin and nasalabial fold ( near my nose ) area. And it is itchy as well! Not only that it gave me rashes, it cause me to breakouts as well.
This incident brings me back to the same experience I have when I use Dermalogica's Age Smart SkinResurfacer. It gave me the same tiny little red rashes at the same spot as mentioned above. It was that bad that I had to see a doctor and was given some medication and hydrocartisone cream ( a steroid based cream to reduce inflammation ).
I am not comfortable to using hydrocartisone cream on my face as there are several side effects, which one of them causes thinning and discoloration to the skin. I certainly don't want to see dark patches on my face!
On route to my search for natural based products, I am very thankful that I purchased a great and wonderful cream from Moogoo a few months back and ta-da, this product saved my skin!
Garden of Wisdon Eye Majik Cream( No Wax ) 10g USD 18.85/ RM 58.60
How many of us actually include applying eye creams as part of our skincare regime? Not many I reckon. I actually started paying attention to my eye area when I started using Marie Veronique Eye Serum sample early this year. Yes, I am a late bloomer!:D
One of the many reasons that I am not fond of putting creams to my eye area is because I dread developing milia seeds. I really dread the thought and secondly, I find that most eye creams comes with a high price tag for a tiny tube or a little small jar. I simply think that paying RM 100 and above is a little bit overwhelming for me.
However, I am glad to find that Garden of Wisdom does offer reasonable prices for their products and I took the plunge in ordering a small jar of eye cream to address some of my fine lines and dark circle.
This cream is very light and fluffy, and soaks into the skin without being greasy or oily. This version of Eye Majik was specially formulated for those who are sensitive to wax based creams. Date seed extract significantly reverses wrinkles, while other actives cool, calm and relax skin.
I was very keen to try out Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser after reading some good reviews over the net and at Makeupalley, it was rated 4.0 out of 5. I was surprised too that this product was out of stock in Malaysia when I stopped over at their store a few months ago. ( I am thinking...this product must be good )
I left my contact with the sales people over at the store so that I can quickly grab them once it arrive. Till date, I have yet to receive a call from them and it is unfortunate that I found out the stocks have arrived in their stores for sometime already. I am quite 'tiffed' that no one at Burt's Bees is even bothered to let me know. Oh well, I might as well take my money to somewhere else where it's appreciated and in this case, I decided to purchase it online through Milangro Trading in Singapore.
I found this pretty interesting article on MVO's blog and thought that it's a good topic to share. Enjoy!
Here are some common notions about what we need to do to keep our skin vibrant and healthy. Just answer true or false, then see if your answers agree with ours.
1) High SPF ratings are your best protection against sun damage.
The problem with a sunscreen with a high SPF rating is that, because it allows you to stay out in the sun longer without getting burned, you may feel that you have not incurred sun damage when in fact you may have exposed yourself to the more insidious damage caused by longer wave-length UVA rays. Risks from UVA over-exposure are potentially of more concern than the risks associated with simple sunburn occasioned by over-exposure to UVB rays. See #2 below for more discussion of UVA rays.
Two better ways to protect yourself are: 1) MAKE SURE YOU GET BROAD-SPECTRUM UVA/UVB PROTECTION.
2) Remember that sunburn is your natural alarm system–red skin tells you that you’ve had enough and it’s time to cover up.
GoW Argan Anti Aging Serum 15ml USD 15.65/ RM 48.50
I am always on a look out for anti aging serums and while I was web shopping at Garden of Wisdom's site, this serum stood out among the rest, mainly because it contains Argan Oil and Niacinimide. While I am hesitant to purchase the full bottle, I asked if I can purchase a 15ml bottle. I am happy that the good people at GoW is able to accomodate that. A bottle of 15ml would be able to give me at least 2 months of usage to see the full potential of the product. Before I proceed with my review, here is the quick product description taken from Garden of Wisdom.
Our Argan Anti-Aging Serum is slightly emollient, and is an absolutely perfect anti-aging serum for use during summer. Argan Oil helps with emollience, while CoQ10 and Niacinamide address wrinkles and aging skin, while also nourishing and reviving the epidermis. This serum is great for addressing dry skin and lifeless skin. Perfect for all skin types.
What are Hydrosols? Hydrosols are sometimes referred as floral waters and is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation. The water which is used for the oil distillation has a wonderful aroma and even has some medicinal properties in it. Hydrosol also offers some therapeutic benefits and is also widely used for aromatherapy purposes.
Hydrosols are versatile to use and can be added to creams or lotions in replacement of water. Some may use it as facial toners, body spritz or as a wetting agent with clays as your homemade mask.
Neroli is one of the most desirable natural aroma used in skincare products. It's delicate floral scent makes it light and feminine that promotes happy feelings and relieving depression and anxiety. In short, it is calming. In skincare, it works as a gentle yet effective astringent, helping in balancing skin.
Neroli Hydrosol is a good, less expensive alternative to those who want to enjoy the benefits of neroli. It makes a good toner for mature and oily prone skin as it has anti-bacterial properties.
When I purchase my body oil from Weleda a few months back, I was happy to receive this sample size body wash from them too. I was torn between the Lavender and Sea Buckthorn but later settled for the latter.
Revitalizes and nourishes the skin.
Gently cleanses, revitalizes and nourishes the skin without synthetic detergents. Vegetable-based cleansers leave the skin clean and soft. Antioxidant rich biodynamic Sea Buckthorn Oil and sun-drenched essential oils revitalize the skin and the senses.
When Burt's Bees in Malaysia were having their buy 2 free 1 promotion, I quickly made a dash to their nearest retail store and bought myself two of my current favourite baby bee body wash and I grab their baby oil too, since I am a lover of body oils.
It's time for a treat. Soften and smooth baby’s skin with a medley of vitamin-rich oils. Apricot is infused with grape seed, wheat germ and sunflower oils to create a rich, natural treat for precious skin.
Featured Ingredient- Apricot Oil
Prunus Armeniaca. An extremely desirable moisturizer rich in vitamins A and E, apricot kernel oil is extracted from the inedible kernels found in the apricot pit. The oil helps skin retain elasticity and suppleness without feeling greasy. It is especially effective when used on dry or mature skin.
I made a lot of hauls recently...and I did another haul this week too :) My hubby thinks I am nuts for making so much purchases online and my reasoning is that products are cheaper by 20% if made online. Really it is! I find it hard sometimes to purchase an item that I like in Malaysia because the price is fairly high and I would only purchase if they have a sale or a promotion. ( I am sure most ladies who are residing herewould agree with me )
Another reason that I prefer online purchasing is that I wish to try some products that are not made available here in Malaysia. It is fairly hard to find good natural or organic products here, much less reputable brands. The only way for me to go is to purchase online.
Of course there are many online websites that you can purchase from, but one have to wise to purchase from a reputable online shop with good shipping charges and good shipping track records too. It also helps that they have good customer services ( especially to international customers ) and that their products are reasonably priced after conversion.
I've heard a lot about oil cleansing method ( OCM ) from the internet and gathered that many had great results by using this. Some claimed that they have clear, dewy-looking skin and blackheads are gone by using OCM. This cleansing method is that the oil will dissolve the oil within your skin that has hardened with impurities by massaging. In short, OCM is a deep cleansing method. When I heard that it can remove impurities or blackheads, I am all for it! I have really bad congested blackheads at my nose area and I am really hoping that OCM will help me to solve this problem.
MVO Skin Lightening Vitamin C Supplement 50 capsules USD 60
MVO Moisture Serum 30ml USD 80
When I received my Marie Veronique products a couple of months back, I was pleased that they included a number of samples for me to try and here, I am going to give a short review for the remaining two samples.
Skin Lightening Vitamin C Supplements
Stimulates collagen production and repairs free radical damage, making skin smoother and evening out skin tones
Provides extra skin lightening support with a uniquely effective form of kojic acid, a natural byproduct of sake fermentation, and dipotassium glycyrrhizate
Reduces hyperpigmentation with licorice root, Niacinimide and n-acetyl glucosamine
Delivers Vitamin C and other rejuvenators to the skin in powder form, dramatically improving their effectiveness
Use in conjunction with any of our serums for advanced skin brightening
Ingredients: l-ascorbic acid, kojic acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide No oil soluble Vitamin C forms that are less effective or liquids that can cause the Vitamin C to oxidize.
I have heard a lot of the potential of L-Ascorbic Acid ( Vitamin C ), which increases the levels of collagen in the skin, prevents and repairs damage from hydroxyl free radicals. Here's what MVO have to say about L-Ascorbic Acid:
Vitamin C in its water-soluble form (l-ascorbic acid) is extremely effective as an anti-oxidant, and it also repairs past damage, lightens sun spots and stimulates collagen production. The problem with Vitamin C is that it oxidizes rapidly in liquid, becoming a prooxidant, creating free radicals rather than neutralizing them. Skin care companies have tried to resolve the l-ascorbic acid problem by replacing it with oil-soluble forms (Vitamin C-esther, ascorbyl palmitate), however studies show that these versions are much less effective than l-ascorbic acid. MVO solves this problem by delivering Vitamin C in powder form and in capsules. This allows you to dispense the exact amount you need and ensures that it's fresh each time.
I had wanted to try out DIY Vit C serum all the while, which a lot of DIYers have amazing results with it. Because L-Ascorbic Acid is unstable and oxidises quickly, I still doubt myself on mixing this at home and I don't like wastage if the serum is not used up or if kept improperly. However, I am glad that MVO have found another alternative to apply this, just to ensure that it is fresh each time upon use.
I came to know about this face contouring massage through Viva Woman and subsequently, from Epicbeautyguide, that did a video translated in English. I find this very, very interesting as I usually have my face massages from my monthly facials and would like to incorporate massages as part of my skincare routine at the comfort of my own home.
Yukuko Tanaka is a Japanese Beauty Expert and here are the videos that presents her anti-aging, face contouring massage. This massage is believed to reduce and prevent wrinkles, improves sagging skin, minimizing pore size, emiminates puffy and under-bag eyes and improving skin tone and texture.
Burt's Bee Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash 350ml RM 62.60
( Bought this during their threesome promo ( Buy 2 free 1 ) Promo Price RM 41.60 )
Many of us in Malaysia are quite familiar with brands like The Body Shop, L'occitane, Kiehl's but Burt's Bees? This brand is still relatively new in our land despite that they have been operating for more than a year now. I've heard of this brand over the internet but never really went into their shop ( at the Curve ) to browse their stuff..until recently. My Madara Cleansing Milk is used up and I am eager to look for a replacement. I have heard mixed reviews but relatively good comments about their Radiance Facial Cleanser and decided to hit to the store and check it out. To my dismay, their cleanser is out of stock! Anyway, left my details with them so they would call me once it's in ( to date, I haven't receivedthe call ) but they sms me saying they are having the buy 2 free 1 promo. So I made my research over the net, went to the store with my list and made a small haul..only on the baby range.
Last 2 months ago, I went on a mini MooGoo haul as I heard many postive reviews on this brand. I really liked it that they are an all natural brand and many people with skin conditions like ezcema or with sensitive skin, benefitted from their product. One day, when I visited my favourite pharmacy searching for a replacement for my hand cream, they had a promotion for MooGoo Udder Cream that sells for RM 29.90. Any quick thinking shopper who is eyeing on this product ( like me ) would be silly to pass this off, right?
How MooGoo was Born?
MooGoo was first made when the founder adapted a cream used in dairy farms to help a family member with a skin problem in Queensland, Australia. The dairy version of "udder cream" was designed to heal the cow's udders and keep them in good condition for milking. It was full of skin repair ingredients and no gimmicks. Cows don't care too much about the latest fad in skin care, or even "Organic blends of Horsetail and Bergamot..." They do need healthy skin on their most valuable assets.
Although the original cream used in the dairy farms was legendary for its skin healing properties, it was thick and greasy. MooGoo modified the cream for human use by keeping all the skin healing properties but making it non-greasy.
Friends and neighbours started using the creams. It is amazing just how many people came out of the woodwork that had either very sensitive skin, or some sort of problem for which "nothing works". Since then, many other products have been added for people with sensitive skin and scalps and MooGoo was born.