Monday, March 2, 2015

Your One Stop Shopping Destination

I am always online looking at whatever that catches my fancy. I am practically on a first name basis with my postman, haha! Anyways I digress, I wish that more brands have online counterparts to fuel our my shopping addiction. Why? No fighting with the crowds, saving petrol costs and being able to shop 24/7 (and in my comfiest clothes!)? 'Nuff said!

And on to you! Do you shop online? Especially on sites like Foodpanda, Lazada, Qoo10 and Zalora? Well, there is this nifty little site, iPrice, and you will want to add it to your bookmarks!

In their words:
iPrice provides product information on different fashion brands and also offers coupons, discounts and voucher codes to our visitors. On our website, you can find renowned labels like BCBGMAXAZRIA, MAC and many more.

We help you to find what you are looking for and then we hand you over to our trusted e-commerce partners to actually buy the products you want. In this function, we aggregate all the products from the most trusted e-commerce shops in Asia and globally onto one platform. We offer a lot of fashion on iPrice and many other product categories as well.

So gone are the days of checking twenty different websites to find a particular product or the two hour hunt for the best price. iPrice is your one stop shopping destination.

What are you waiting for? Start browsing now

Disclosure: Sponsored post.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Etude House Give Me Chocolate Review: Give Me Chocolate Shadow, Give Me Chocolate Nails

Etude House tempts us with a chocolate based collection come February. This year, it is called 'Give Me Chocolate' and as per usual, the items are good enough to eat!

Give Me Chocolate Shadow

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Give Me Chocolate Shadow 기브 미 초콜렛 섀도우
Price: US$ 8.50 for 4.5 g
Made in: Korea

These are teeny-tiny! You do get quite a bit of shadow despite the size though. They don't come with applicators so you have to use/bring your own if they make it into your makeup pouch.

#1 Cherry Truffle 체리 트러플 has a reddish brown paired with a matte coral. Both shades are buttery soft and smooth - a winner all-around!

I have a penchant for all things cool toned, so naturally, #3 Cacao Fudge 카카오 퍼지 is more to my preference. A dark cool chocolate and a shimmery yellow gold? 'Nuff said! The shadows here are drier plus the glitter particles add some grit.

I am intrigued about the texture for #2 Salted Caramel 솔티드 카라멜 . Shall I get it to do a thorough comparison?

Give Me Chocolate Nails

Clockwise from bottom: #310 Mint Choco Chip 반전매력 민트초코칩, #313 Cherry Ganache 악마의 체리 가나슈, #314 Milk Cocoa 봄날의 밀크 코코아

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Give Me Chocolate Nails 기브 미 초콜렛 네일즈
Price: US$ 3 for 8 ml
Made in: Korea

The polishes feel a little diluted/watery if that makes sense? They are not as opaque/creamy as the norm. Nonetheless, they give an even coverage by the third layer.

My mouth gaped open when I caught a whiff of the delectable chocolate syrup fragrance. By gods, the team at Etude House certainly kicked it up a notch when they brought the Give Me Chocolate collection to life! Last year's Chocolate Kiss polishes didn't come with a scent (aside from the generic nail polish smell).

#310 - #313 - #314

Order now on to secure these limited edition goodies. Once they are gone, they are gone for good!

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mayfair Bodyline R3 Pro Facial

There is nothing more delightful than a facial or a bag but since a new bag is hard to come by, a facial I shall go for!

Mayfair Bodyline has many branches, and I visited the one at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (the first time I stepped foot in the Beauty Hall!). Before anything commenced, I sipped my tea and filled in forms (practically mandatory at all salons/spas)!

I was led to the centralised locker area and then my treatment room.

A program is tailored for each customer and since I lacked hydration, my therapist decided that the R3 Pro Facial was my best fit. It comprises of the following steps:

Tension releasing massage
Makeup removal
Hyaluronic Acid serum
Ultrasound machine
Face massage
Shoulder massage
Toner, moisturiser + UV care

Mayfair Bodyline utilises products from Tegoder (a Spanish brand for those not in the know). Even their machines are imported from Spain!

My nasolabial folds reduced in severity and my face was significantly lifted immediately after the facial (if only I always looked like this!). The smooth egg-skin effect lasted about 5 days, which is the norm for most facials.

Despite all the extraction that went on, I only experienced minor redness. I was even okay with showing the whole world my bare face afterwards (the weekend before Chinese New Year, so you can imagine the size of the crowd)!

The R3 Pro Facial costs RM 250 and takes 1.5 to 2 hours in total.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
Lot 7.01.02, Level 7,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

03-2141 1189

I will get back to you guys with the opening hours.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Nivea Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum SPF33 PA+++

Nivea's Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum SPF33 PA+++ is absolutely brilliant. The silky body serum, fragranced with the beautifully fresh citrus scent is different than the usual body lotion due to a few reasons. Firstly, the serum formulation. Secondly, it provides UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. To top it off, re-application throughout the day is not required. How awesome is that?!

Name: Nivea Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum SPF33 PA+++
Price: RM 19.90 for 180 ml
Made in: Thailand

The packaging tells you what it does, it infuses the skin with 95% pure Vitamin C derivative which provides 10× more whitening effect (than 4-Butylresorcinol) in order to repair dull and sun damaged skin, giving long lasting fairness as early as 14 days.

One of the draws, like I mentioned, was the serum texture. It spreads fairly easily despite what the thick texture may imply, and absorbs in a jiffy, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple. I am inordinately pleased with my find; something that does not leave my skin clammy in this hot and humid condition is a dream come true.

This is best applied immediately after a nice hot shower. The rate at which it sinks in increases after scrubbing down with an exfoliator or a loofah! Most days, my regimen looks something like this: Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum in the AM, Whitening Night Serum in the PM and In-shower Skin Conditioner as my ace for lazy days (we know often these days come by, haha!).

Now, it may offer SPF33 PA+++ protection but I am not recommending that you replace your actual sunscreen with the serum and wear it to the beach. It covers the bill for everyday use though for e.g. walking to a restaurant for lunch, making a coffee run or driving to an event after work.

And since I am an expert in all things related to brightening, I have a few words of wisdom to stuff down your throat. To be honest though, I am not - I was mocked by friends when I professed my love for Snow White (they said I was better off liking Snow Black *sob*). Nonetheless, you will still listen to me right?

Slather brightening products as if they were free.
Long sleeves, long everything is your best bet.
Bring an umbrella everywhere.
Consume sun-fighting superfoods such as tomatoes, carrots, spinach and watermelon.

The extremely helpful 14 days calender prepared by Nivea~

There you have it! If you are on the lookout for a body lotion that defends against sun rays then you may fancy a go at Nivea's Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum.

The full ingredient list for Extra Whitening Skin Therapy Serum SPF33 PA+++:
Aqua, Homosalate, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, 4-Butylresorcinol, Carnitine, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Glyceryl Glucoside, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Polyisobutene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethiconol, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, Glucose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Parfum.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Oxy Acnoplex: Deep Cleansing Wash, Acne Control Whitening Wash, Acne Control Toner, Acne Control Moisturizer SPF15

Say hello to clear, blemish-free skin with the new Oxy Acnoplex formula! The 4-in-1 acne fighting solution will help to keep skin clear and blemish-free.


Oxy's Acnoplex range of products include Deep Cleansing Wash (RM 13.90 for 100 g), Acne Control Whitening Wash (RM 13.90 for 100 g), Acne Control Toner (RM 13.90 for 150 ml) and Acne Control Moisturizer SPF15 (RM 14.90 for 45 g).

As my face sits between dehydrated and oily I like it to be thoroughly cleansed without the squeaky clean over-stripped sensation a lot of acneic cleansers give. It actually physically pains me to say this is the reason I am not in love with Deep Cleansing Wash and Acne Control Whitening Wash. I guess my skin is at the stage where I need a little more moisture...

There's something to be said about the icy cool sensation Acne Control Toner gives - it instantly refreshes and I can even feel it working against my spots/blemishes/what have you thanks to the slight tingles.

I top them off with a pea sized amount of Acne Control Moisturizer. This one boggles my mind because it is rich yet a minute or so after application it completely sinks in leaving zero greasy residue. It is definitely one for those who can't stand a heavy cream.

Have you tried any of them? They are available at the aisles of leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

The full ingredient list for Deep Cleansing Wash:
Glycerin, Water, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-2 Stearate SE, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lauramide DEA, Alcohol, Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, O-cymen-5-OL, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Propylene Glycol, Butyl Avocadate, CI 77288, CI 77492.

The full ingredient list for Acne Control Whitening Wash:
Glycerin, Water, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-2 Stearate SE, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lauramide DEA, Alcohol, Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Water/Butylene Glycol/Centella Asiatica Extract, O-cymen-5-OL, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Water/Butylene Glycol/Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water/Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan)/Propylene Glycol/Citric Acid, Butyl Avocadate.

The full ingredient list for Acne Control Toner:
Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide/Butylene Glycol, Succinic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Disodium Succinate, Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, O-cymen-5-OL, Menthol, Water/Butylene Glycol/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butyl Avocadate, Water/Butylene Glycol/Centella Asiatica Extract, Water/Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan)/Propylene Glycol/Citric Acid, Butyl Avocadate.

The full ingredient list for Acne Control Moisturizer SPF15:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Dimethicone/Dimethiconol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 60, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Citric Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Salicylic Acid, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Amylopectin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Betaine, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, O-cymen-5-OL, Butyl Avocadate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice, Sorbitol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Arginine, Fragrance.

Disclosure: Press samples.