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November Bag of Love for Women on the Go

23 Nov

Hi y’all! The November Bag of Love is dedicated to the busy women of today. So it contains a little something to either save time, or take care of your skin and so on. If you have been following Bag of Love on their Facebook page, you’d have heard about the “extraordinariness” of the November bag. It would contain something that no other beauty bag/box in Malaysia has included so far. This was enough to drive fans to press the “Get the Bag” button (apart from the bag itself of course!). The only hint given on what this item would be is that it’s from the Panasonic Beauty line. We can only guess and wait till we get our bags to find out.

Well, I finally found out! First, the very cute Levi’s denim bag.

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Taken with a big fluffy pink heart for Bag of Love.

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The interior is a red and white checked pattern reminiscent of a picnic basket.

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So the star is revealed! I had thought it would be the eyelash curler. We got the Doltz Battery-powered Toothbrush instead. This retails at RM99 and is single-handedly worth more than the subscription price. It reportedly vibrates at approximately 16,000 brush strokes per minute with the vibrations of a sound wave. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that it will give a more thorough brush than doing it manually for the same amount of time. Replacement brushes can be had at RM25 for a set of two.

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Next up is Double Serum by Clarins. This serum “combines two powerful age-defying serums into one optimum balance to help fight all aspects of visible ageing. Now you can stay younger. Longer. The only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that revitalizes the skin’s 5 vital functions. A unique formula the promises a visibly youthful look: firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, more even complexion and less visible pores.” This is a 7 day supply. I took the sachets out to count them and found this at the end:

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Oo. A generous extra gift should you like what you see and wish to explore further!

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Dove Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo (90ml) and Conditioner (80ml). Stress can cause hair fall as well so if that sounds like you, this set may just address your problem.

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Last but not least, Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Aura EDT sample vial and a voucher for their Christmas Set. Interesting, feminine scent which smells floral and woody at the same time.

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Family portrait!

If you like what you see, check out Bag of Love at their Facebook page. Their December bag is revealed there in case you’re looking for a nice gift. Till next time!

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Brighten Up with Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansers

23 Oct

Neutrogena has been around for decades and is familiar to most people. I remember seeing advertisements for their Liquid Neutrogena cleanser while flipping through magazines when I was much younger. I do still have a bottle in my bathroom.

So it came as a pleasant surprise when I received a box from Wonderbox about three weeks ago.

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Pretty purple ribbon. Wonder what it contains?

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Ta da! Neutrogena Deep Clean Mulberry Ultra Foam Cleanser and…

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Mulberry Foaming Scrub. The foaming cleanser claims to clean deep into pores removing 99% of oil, dirt and impurities. The scrub has gentle exfoliating beads to remove dead skin cells and is safe to be used daily. Both contain mulberry extract which brighten skin naturally.

I put it to the test right away.

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The cleanser comes in a self-foaming dispenser which dispenses just the right amount of soft, fluffy foam. I use one pump for my face and, I’m not sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me that first time I used it, but I noticed my skin visibly brighter after the cleanse. Subsequent uses did not have the same dramatic effect but I’ll get to that in a while. It also makes my skin feel quite clean but not tight.

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The scrub contains the little white beads and some larger red beads (Could this be the mulberry extract?). It was gentle enough that I don’t feel like I’m rubbing sand on my face so that’s a good thing. Oh, did I mention both products have this lovely fragrance? That’s the first thing you’d notice when you dispense the product.

What I do is, I use the foam in the morning and the scrub in the evening when I feel that I need a more thorough cleansing. I’ve been using them for three weeks now and must say I quite like them. Overall, I do think it has somewhat brightened up my face, although like I mentioned earlier, it’s not apparent after just a few washes.

So do check out Neutrogena’s latest range at their Facebook page. They also have a Revitalising version of both the foaming cleanser and scrub formulated with pink grapefruit.

The foaming cleanser (175ml) retails at RM31.90 while the scrub (100g) retails at RM21.90 and are widely available.

These products were sent for review by Wonderbox Malaysia. This does not affect the opinion of the writer.

Bag of Love September – Travel theme!

27 Sep

Sometime in March this year, a friend of mine in the know asked me, “Have you heard of Bag of Love?”. I hadn’t, and decided to look it up. It was interesting, but I didn’t feel that I should splurge on another beauty box/bag. Fast forward 5 months, I realised how much I would have liked their debut and April bags. Anyway, it’s never too late.

For September, it’s a travel themed bag. The bag itself is a transparent, airmail envelope inspired one, which I already know what I want to use for.Image

The goodies! The welcome note and information card featured a very cute Mimi in a pilot’s uniform. I like all their illustrations! So for this month, a few lucky subscribers would find an extra item in their bag — A CK Euphoria 15ml miniature. Looking at the picture, you’d have concluded that I’m not one of them, but that’s all right. Let’s see what else we have:

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O’slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Advanced Formula III (60ml). What a nice size! I’ve never tried O’slee products, but I did use rosehip oil years ago because of its moisturising properties as well as effective treatment of scars and stretchmarks. Let’s see how this one fares. I already like the light rose scent.

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Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua Vitale Cream (10ml). Another brand I haven’t tried although I hear rave reviews about their products. Eager to try this one as well!

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (10ml). Yay! I’m using my dry oil sparingly and it’s such a nice surprise to try the shimmer version. For about a minute I was tipping the bottle over and over looking at the shimmery oil flowing down like liquid gold, and the tiny bubbles making a trail as they rise through the oil to the surface. Oooo.. well, enough of that.

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Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Woman EDP (6ml). This rollerball is different from the usual vials we receive and a welcomed change. It looks really classy and much easier to handle. Popular scent too.

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RVB Skinlab Diego Dalla Palma Cell Detoxium Purifying Clay Mask (10ml). “Intensive care thanks to the presence of ventilated green clay with detoxifying and remineralizing action. Thanks to the presence of puri-enzyme, an enzyme complex with an exfoliating and moisturizing effect, it removes impurities in a few minutes and gently refines skin texture, restoring brightness, firmness and softness all in one.” I’m trying this today.

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Olay Regenerist Serum (10ml).

And there you have it. It’s a good set of products to care for your skin whether your travels bring you to dry weather, sunny places or walking through crowded markets for street food.

Let’s look at the value:

1) O’slee Rosehip Beauty Solution Advanced Formula III – RM59.90/100ml |RM35.90/60ml

2) Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua Vitale Cream – RM368/50ml |RM73.60/10ml

3) Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil – RM198/100ml |RM19.80/10ml

4) Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua Woman EDP 6ml – RM49

5) RVB Skinlab Diego Dalla Palma Cell Detoxium Purifying Clay Mask – RM29.90

6) Olay Regenerist Serum – RM49.90/50ml |RM10/10ml

which brings the total value to RM218.20! How’s that for value? Do check out their website and Facebook page for updates and mini contests!

Modbox Relaunched!

15 Aug

I’ve heard of Modbox months back and was quite tempted to jump in but never really did. Then when I decided to try them out, they announced that they were taking a break to revamp the company. Boy was I excited when they finally relaunched in August! At an even lower price of RM9 at that!

This time, the concept was a little different. We get to actually choose the items we want to try out. It was not easy choosing because they all looked good but here’s what I got:

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The small but functional box. I like it!

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The personalised welcome note. I appreciate it when people get my name right 🙂

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First up, Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy (25g). A good size, delicate scent, and I like how it feels on the skin. This came together with:

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A Tarocco Orange body lotion sample and a Somerset Meadow EDT sample vial. Somerset Meadow smells really green and fresh, something different.

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Next, I got the Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++ (7g)

SPF indicates protection against UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns while PA indicates protection against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin and is responsible for premature ageing. + shows the least amount of protection and +++ shows the most so this product has got some really good protection! This one comes with a 20% off voucher for the full-sized item.

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Last but not least, Murad Eye Lift Illuminator (0.44ml)

This one claims to depuff and firm skin in 15 minutes as well as cover and treat the delicate under-eye skin. I have dark circles so I’m excited to see how this works for me.

So the value of my first Modbox:

1) Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy, RM35/25g

2) Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++, RM198/30ml |RM46/7g

3) Murad Eye Lift Illuminator, RM165/1.8ml |RM40/0.44ml

Excluding the voucher and Crabtree samples, this box comes up to RM121! Not bad for the RM15 (RM9 + RM6 for shipping) I paid.

If you like what you see, hop on over to their website or their Facebook page for updates.

Cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise with Avène

25 Jun

I was browsing through my blog when I noticed I missed out on this post which was supposed to be after my first Avène post. Oh well, better late than never.

So I’ve been using the said products for about four months now, and will be penning my thoughts on them.

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First up, Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser. This range I’m using is for oily, blemish-prone skin. And usually, these products tend to dry the skin a bit, which this cleanser does for me as I have combination skin. But that’s where the Thermal Spring Water comes in. A spritz or two refreshes the skin and lessens tightness. The scent smells “clean”, although sometimes it gets a bit strong for my sensitive nostrils.

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Next, Cleanance Lotion-Toner. This one is all right. I felt that it left a thin film after I applied it. Maybe it’s just me.

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Cleanance K Cream-gel. This product claims to reduce blemishes and control oil secretion. It contains Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid to exfoliate the skin as well as Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften the skin. I applied this on spots and it does reduce the redness and swelling. A little goes a long way for this product and I quite like it.

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Cleanance Emulsion-Lotion. This goes well with the Cream-gel mentioned above. I like that it doesn’t make the skin feel greasy but doesn’t dry it out either.

As a whole, I think my experience with the Avène skincare routine has been quite pleasant. I especially like the Thermal Spring Water, Micellar lotion and the Cleanance K.

Have you tried Avène products? Which is your favourite?

Lilac Box 3 – A Weighty Affair

19 Jun

Hello ladies,

It’s been some time since my last post and I thought I’d better get on it before my posts start piling up even more. This is my third Lilac Box, which I also got mum (her first beauty box!). So this is what we received:

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Pretty lilac lace ribbon

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Quite a full and heavy box.

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First up, Payot Pate Grise and Speciale 5 (1ml each). I quite like this but wish there was more. It does dry up spots quickly.

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Phyto botanical hair relaxing balm (15ml). I love green, botanical products so I like this as well, plus my hair tends to get frizzy. I do like my natural waves though, so as long as it doesn’t straighten them out too much I’m happy.

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Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation & serum (10ml). Well, I like the fact that they gave so many samples to make up for the sachets. The texture and coverage is good too. However, the shades are a tad too pink to match my skin tone. It also has this light fragrance which, while not overpowering, would have been better without.

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Babor HSR extra firming cream and eye cream. I’m quite excited to try this out. I like eye creams and so far you don’t see it much in beauty boxes.

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Yves Rocher Fresh Rose shower gel (200ml). Yay! Nice big bottle with a lovely scent. Very happy with this.

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And finally, See by Chloe (1.2ml). As I probably mentioned before, I’m not much of a fragrance person. This one is not bad though.

Here are the list of items and approximate value:

1. Payot Pate Grise and Speciale 5, 2ml (RM93/15ml) – RM12.40

2. Phyto phytodefrisant botanical hair relaxing balm, 15ml (RM90/100ml) – RM13.50

3. Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation & serum, 10ml (RM78/30ml) – RM26

4. Babor HSR extra firming cream, 3ml (RM650/60ml) – RM32.50

5. Babor HSR extra firming eye cream, 3ml (RM490/30ml) – RM49

6. Yves Rocher Fresh Rose shower gel, 200ml – RM39

7. See by Chloe, 1.2ml

So the grand total is roughly RM172.40. If you like what you see, hop on over to The Lilac Box to find out more about Box 4.

The Lilac Box 2

5 Apr

Hi y’all! How nice it is to keep receiving packages in the mail. My Lilac Box 2 arrived a few days after I received my March Wonderbox so it was just delightful.

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Their usual brown cardboard box (which I really like) and lilac ribbon (I prefer this one over the previous polka-dotted one). My first impression: This feels quite heavy.

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Green crepe paper tied with brown straw. And something smells lovely.

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A welcome note from the 3 guys at Lilac Box

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The main reason for the weight: Redken Intra Force Shampoo and Toner (145ml each)

I’ve used Redken products before and they’re not bad although I have stopped because there are so many others to try! This allows me to sample their other products. My shampoo bottle was slightly open with some product dribbling out, but it was mostly safe. Some girls weren’t so lucky.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel (15ml), Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (10ml)

I’ve never heard of Nuxe before this, but apparently their dry oil has quite a following. I realised that part of the scent comes from the dry oil. 98.1% of it consists of natural ingredients with 30% plant oils and Vitamin E. You can use it for your face, body and hair. I gave it a little go and found that it does absorb quickly into the skin without feeling oily.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation (0.6g), Lunasol Smoothing Makeup Base (2g)

This powder foundation claims to provide the radiant finish that liquid and cream foundations have been able to provide, but powder foundations have not. It “combines beautifully with your skin in that it becomes a part of your skin rather than just being applied to the surface, and coats your skin to produce the appearance of no pores or roughness”. Sounds good, and it comes with a little sponge applicator.

The makeup base is formulated to be used together with the powder foundation, smoothing out bumps and pores and allowing the foundation to adhere to the skin better.

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The main cause of the scent: Calvin Klein Beauty EDP and Sheer Beauty EDT (1.2ml each)

CK Beauty is described as “the ultimate feminity of a luminous and modern floral” while Sheer Beauty is “transparent sensuality captured in a fresh fruity floral”. In the picture above, you only see Beauty. That’s because my Sheer Beauty broke, which is such a pity because I really like the smell. I like light, fresh scents and this one fits the bill.

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And the customary family portrait!

So those are the 8 products in this edition of the Lilac Box.

1) Redken Intra Force Shampoo (RM60/290ml) | RM30/145ml

2) Redken Intra Force Toner (RM65/245ml) | RM38.50/145ml

3) Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel (RM68/200ml) | RM5.10/15ml

4) Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (RM148/100ml) | RM14.80/10ml

5) Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation (RM148/10.5g) Case and refill sold separately | RM8.50/0.6g

6) Lunasol Smoothing Makeup Base (RM118/30g) | RM7.90/2g

7) Calvin Klein BeautyEDP 1.2ml (RM361/100ml) | RM4.30/1.2ml

8) Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty EDT (RM325/100ml) | RM3.90/1.2ml

This gives you a total value of RM113 for RM49.90. If you’re interested to subscribe to the next box when they open for orders, check their website or Facebook page for updates.