KATE Long Lash Mascara

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KATE Cosmetics has been around for as long as I could remember. It’s one of those Japanese drugstore brands that are easily available nationwide. However, unlike other Japanese or Korean cosmetics with cutesy packaging, KATE is more on the edgier side. With Nakashima Mika as the former face of KATE, no less.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally purchase a KATE product for the first time. I chose the Long Lash non-waterproof mascara in BK-1. I’m a mascara maniac, remember? So if I had to try a new brand I’m interested in, it has got to be an ever trusted tube of mascara.

The slim yet slightly curled wand with tiny bristles really helps to separate lashes. Unfortunately, the product clumps up in no time. I remember only after a month of using the mascara that dried, black flakes started to clump around the edges of the tube. We all know what clumpy mascaras do to our lashes, don’t we?

Maybe it’s the sleek, architectural black packaging, maybe it’s the ‘No More Rules’ cool-girl attitude, or maybe both factors are what made me had high hope for this mascara. I’m sorry long lashed KATE, I’m afraid my lashes and you won’t hang out together anymore after this.

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A Date with Ramadhan

Ramadhan Kareem!
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This year, Muslims folks all over the world observe the holy month of Ramadhan as early as June 6th. For those of you who are on the northern hemisphere, fasting hours will be longer in summer. Phew, hopefully the sun won’t be fierce when summer comes soon. Meanwhile us Malaysian folks, we have about 13 to 14 hours of fasting to do everyday for thirty days of Ramadhan.

Doesn’t matter which part of the world you are now, I’m sure dates are a staple during Ramadhan. Nope, not that date, but the super fruit which is power-packed with minerals and vitamins. Natural Society lists down some of the health benefits of eating dates.

Personally, I love blending my smoothies with dates. When I feel like drinking avocado smoothie, I’ll add in 3 to 5 pieces of dried dates. That way, the nutritious smoothie tastes naturally sweet and yummy! While I was pregnant, I loved blending milk and dates and drank it during sahur to help me stay as energized  as possible while fasting.

What about you, how do you have your dates? Happy fasting from Mascaras & Motherhood!

Rub That Scrub

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It has been ages ago since I went to a spa for a full body pampering session. In fact, it was exactly three years ago that I had my whole body scrubbed by a pair of firm but gentle hands of a Balinese masseuse. Oh, how I wish to have such luxury again . . .

That memory was the reason I took this tub of Body Salt Scrub from Good Virtues Co.  They have several ranges of products but this one is from the Radiant & Renewing range. Like any other Good Virtues Co. products, this salt scrub is ridiculously affordable especially when it’s on sale at Watson’s.

The product is pretty decent for my skin when used once a week. Unfortunately, I believe it is not friendly enough for sensitive skin. My palms started to develop contact-dermatitis about two years ago and as a result, from time to time rashes & itchiness appear especially on the edges of my right fingers. It happens when the skin on the areas of my palms are in contact with certains soaps, laundry detergents and even dishwashers. And my, how my palms sting when I scooped up some Skin Renewal & Lightening Body Salt Scrub. Ouch! This is honestly such a letdown for a brand that claims they only use “ingredients that are safe and respecful to all, and treat our planet and its people with dignity“. Surely there must be some irritating chemicals in this product. How else can it explain my recurring contact-dermatitis during my course of using this product? Oh, they also claim that all their products are “free from SLES, ALES, Parabens and Synthetic Colourants“. Double letdown.

If you do not suffer from sensitive skin like I do, this beautiful tub of salt scrub might do good for your dull skin. Let me know what you think about this product if you’ve tried it.