Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Neesya Review: LumiScience Hydrating Serum, LumiAdvance Age Defence Moisturiser

2015 is the year I was jolted to the fact that my skin has changed from the combination end of the scale to a permanent state of dehydration. While I used to pile layers of whitening products, now I can only treat myself to hydrating and/or anti-ageing products... and this is where Neesya's LumiScience°® Hydrating Serum and LumiAdvance°™ Age Defence Moisturiser come in!

LumiScience°® Hydrating Serum

Name: Neesya LumiScience°® Hydrating Serum
Price: RM 125 for 30 ml
Made in: Malaysia

Neesya, Greek for butterfly, is a homegrown brand all about enriching lives with premium beauty care made affordable to women from all walks of life. All of their products are colour-free, paraben-free and manufactured in plants which are GMP certified to ensure high quality processes are observed.

LumiScience°® Hydrating Serum utilises Acquacell™ along with combination of Silver Vine Extract and AcquaBiomin™ Gem Blend to increase hydration levels and refine skin texture.

I use two pumps day and night. The watery texture makes it easy for it to be absorbed pretty quickly, and I have no problems slapping on a moisturiser immediately afterwards. My skin looks plumper after application – due to it gulping up all the additional moisture.

I know that some react badly to fragrance but I have gone through my fair share of foul odours so something with a floral smell is a joy to use. It is the least these brands can do since we slather these products next to on our noses, haha!

The full ingredient list for LumiScience°® Hydrating Serum:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Glycereth-7, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/Opal/ Mother Of Pearl/Turquoise, Diamond Ferment Lysate Filtrate.

LumiAdvance°™ Age Defence Moisturiser

Name: Neesya LumiAdvance°™ Age Defence Moisturiser
Price: RM 125 for 50 ml
Made in: Malaysia

Enriched with Silanol, Brown Algae Complex and Silver Vine Extract, LumiAdvance°™ Age Defence Moisturiser smoothens wrinkles, firms skin, soothes and protects against environmental agressors. The addition of Carbohydrate Complex promises deep and long-lasting hydration up to 72 hours.

There is an alcohol scent to this light, almost gel-like moisturiser. It would really much more palatable if it was swapped with a floral scent (like the serum) or no scent at all for those fussed about fragrance in their products. And because it is sort of a gel, I found it can be a little sticky, and it needs to absorb completely before I stop feeling it on my face.

It gives my skin a smooth, velvety appearance. It works better with the Hydrating Serum than alone, thus I have been consistently pairing them together. It is hard to say if it actually does anything to my lines the way it says it will, but I like to think of it as a long-term investment. Perhaps in a few years time, I can thank this moisturiser for helping me look younger than my peers?

The full ingredient list for LumiAdvance°™ Age Defence Moisturiser:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-32, Sorbitan Isostearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Saccharide Isomerate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-6, Dimethicone, Lauryl Glucoside, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid.

If you would like to know more about Neesya and also their products, visit

✤ Website: neesya.com
✤ Facebook: facebook.com/neesyaskincare
✤ Instagram: instagram.com/neesya.skincare

Disclosure: Press samples.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

[News] Clarins Body Slimming Range

Stubborn fat and cellulite on the thighs, buttocks, waist, arms and abdomen are part and parcel of a woman's body. Although we can't get rid of them completely, the right body slimming routine, balanced diet and exercise plan can reduce their appearance.

So, I mentioned a body slimming routine right? What exactly does it entail?

Body Lift Cellulite Control (RM 222.60) uses aquatic mint and celosia extracts to slow down the expansion of fat cells and prevent the formation of cellulite at the source.

Body Shaping Cream (RM 222.60) improves your skin tone, boosts micro-circulation and reduces the size of cellulite-causing swollen tissue cells.

Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil (RM 220.50) effectively expels the toxins stored in your body and reduces puffiness, leaving your legs less fatigued and feel much lighter.

Weekly (2×)
Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin (RM 150.50) with its Natural Bamboo Powders formula casts-off rough, flaky surface cells and impurities.

For those who can't be bothered to slather on products, you can opt for a body slimming treatment called Body Lift Sculptor (RM 315) at Clarins Skin Spas. This treatment intensively streamlines body contours with skin refining exfoliation, 60 minutes of detoxifying and sculpting massage and a super-shaping body mask.

Are you ready for that jaunt to the beach?

Disclosure: Press release.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The television commercial for HUGO MAN and HUGO WOMAN is the work of Ryan Hope. In this, French model Adrien Sahores and Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen inspire HUGO's wearers to write their own story, take their own path, and stray away from the herd. Your fragrance, your way.

They make an intriguing pair: nonchalant, audacious, self-assured - neither revering their scent, nor telling others how to live in the print campaign shot by Karim Sadli.

One of the top male models of the moment, Adrien is unmistakeably charismatic, cool and original, just like the HUGO MAN fragrance. With an infectious zest for life and spirit, he perfectly embodies the sentiment of the fragrance. He describes travel and the experiencing of life around the world as something that fascinates him and as one of the opportunities he relishes as a model.

Known for her unique and captivating beauty, Freja has a femininity that carries a subtle boyish twist, much like the HUGO WOMAN fragrance. Today, Freja is one of today’s most celebrated female models, appearing in the world's best campaigns and runway shows, including HUGO BOSS, with Vogue citing her as one of its top models of the 2000s.

Would it interest you if I say that I happen to have an insight into Freja's beauty regimen, her style and even the contents of her fridge?! Go on, have a nose around! And while you are at it, peep at my perspective on the HUGO WOMAN perfume here.

Disclosure: Press release.

Monday, May 11, 2015

HUGO WOMAN Eau De Parfum

HUGO introduces a new fragrance for women who live the HUGO attitude: passionate, bold and lives up to the motto 'invent yourself'. The HUGO woman is a trailblazer, who leads rather than follows, with a passion for the extraordinary in everything she pursues.

Here is a woman who seizes life, embracing all it has to offer. Originality is everything; surprise all. She is a pioneer: unique in her character, in her style, and in the scent that spurs her to live life on her own terms. Others aspire to be her. She sets the mold.

(Source: fragrances.hugoboss.com/)

Name: HUGO WOMAN Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 251 for 50 ml
Made in: UK

The Fragrance
Apparently humans can tell apart 1 trillion smells. Well, I must be from another species then for I can't differentiate the most basic of things! In spite of that shortcoming, I got EVERYTHING noted down below (for the first time ever!). Ok fine, most of them. The description by the brand hit the nail on the head! For a moment there I actually clapped like a seal, haha!

My first whiff was a blast of masculine Indian Black Tea, which then softens down to reveal the intense elegance of the Jasmine Sambac and Iris components. The fragrance develops by becoming warmer and more full-bodied with the emergence of woody amber in its base.

Overall, HUGO WOMAN feels like a heady, creamy scent. It contradicts the form of the flacon; something so minimalistic brings forth thoughts of dynamism and coolness in lieu of the very essence of feminine charms.

◆ Top notes: Boysenberry, Italian Mandarin, Himalayan Red Grass
◆ Heart notes: Jasmine Sambac, Black Plum, Iris, Indian Black Tea
◆ Base notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber

It requires frequent touch ups, but I can't say I mind at all since it is one of my new favorites!

The Flacon
With its sleek circular body complete with a hidden scarlet ring, the design of the flacon speaks to the individual with her own defiant style.

The Collection
◆ HUGO WOMAN EdP 30 ml RM 174
◆ HUGO WOMAN EdP 50 ml RM 251
◆ HUGO WOMAN EdP 75 ml RM 321
◆ HUGO WOMAN Shower Gel 200 ml RM 112
◆ HUGO WOMAN Body Lotion 200 ml RM 127

The Composition
The full ingredient list for HUGO WOMAN Eau de Parfum:-
Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, BHT, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol, Citral, Anise Alcohol, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

Disclosure: Press sample.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

[News] L'Oreal Paris The Brush Contest Malaysia

After 14 weeks, 50 videos, 10 finalists and a 2-day Makeup Designer Bootcamp, the winner of L'Oréal Paris The Brush Contest Malaysia is finally revealed! 30-year-old Jamie Tan, a Business Analyst with Malaysia Airlines, was selected the national winner and she will represent Malaysia in the global makeup designer competition's finale in Cannes in May this year.

Inspired by pastel shades of cotton candy, Jamie's winning look features a combination of sweet pink and blue that blends into purple hue, further accentuated with navy blue eyeliner to open up the eyes. The eye makeup is complemented with a gradient lip colour in striking pink, finished with L'Oréal Paris Color Riche L'Extraordinaire in Fuchsia Pink 106.

As the world's first-ever international makeup designer contest happening exclusively on YouTube, The Brush Contest has received overwhelming response from beauty lovers around the world. It was held simultaneously in 12 countries, inviting amateur, professional and potential makeup artists to ignite their creativity and use every colour, tone and shade possible to turn faces into masterpieces. The objective and concept of The Brush Contest is in line with L'Oréal Paris' vision of 'Sharing Beauty For All', because true beauty transcends all, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or even geographical location.

Jamie will continue to battle it out during the International Grand Finale of The Brush Contest, where the ultimate prize up for grabs consists of a professional 1-year contract with L'Oréal Paris Makeup Designer team (worth € 100,000)! As a L'Oréal Paris Makeup Designer, the winner of The Brush Contest will also have the opportunity to participate in beauty shoots, tutorial creation and interviews, as well as join in part of the excitement at the Makeup Academy in Cannes.

The Grand Finale will also be broadcast on YouTube on 11 June 2015, hosted by L'Oréal Paris spokesperson and Woman of Worth, Eva Longoria.

Disclosure: Press release.