|Review| Helpful & Delightful

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Like the rest of Good Virtues Co. products, Helpful & Delightful Multiple Repair Hair Serum packaging is pretty and chic. Obviously this is the main reason that attracts me to this whole range of Good Virtues Co. Second being that the brand is Halal and very friendly to my wallet.

However, I’m afraid I cannot give a similar high praise for the effectiveness of this product. 2 weeks after using this serum; sometimes after I washed my hair and sometimes straight on my dry hair, I hardly see nor feel any improvement on my limp hair. Another thing which I find questionable about this product is, how it irritates the skin on my palm. (I have on-and-off contact dermatitis on my right palm) It does sting when the liquid comes into contact with my dry and crusty palm. For a product that claims it’s SLS, SLES and paraban free, this is a disappointment to us folks with sensitive skin.

At least the price is very affordable. That, in a way makes up for what it lacks in. Perhaps I simply am not suitable with this serum. What do you think? If you have tried this product and love it, please share it with us all here.

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|Review|GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire EDP

My favourite perfume will always be Cheap n Chic by Moschino, which I won one from a contest way back in 2004. However, when it comes to fragrances I don’t really stick to just one. As a person, I consider myself a loyal individual; I’m committed to my child and my spouse, I treasure my siblings, I love devoting my time to my good friends. But when it comes to wearing perfumes, I try to be as non-monogamous as possible. Ha!

At the moment, I wear  La Petite Robe Noire, an eau de parfum by Guerlain. It means Little Black Dress. Here’s how  Escentual describe this perfume:

How cute & dainty is the bottle!

Personally, I really love this perfume! Despite being EDP instead of EDT, it isn’t as strong  as how EDPs usually are. That makes it very  appropriate to be worn during the day, and at work. I work in a non-air conditioned workplace, dealing with young learners. Couple that with year-round Malaysian tropical heat and what do you get? Awful B.O. if you are super sweaty and skip the deodorant & perfume all together. That, is the reason why I really rely on perfumes to dress me up daily.

I bought a 30ml size of this EDP for RM150 at Sephora. A very good deal I’d say. They were having a sale on fragrances back in July when I bought this. Barely two months later, the 30ml bottle is now less than half-empty. Will I repurchase once this one is finished? Uh-no! GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire eau de parfum is sweet and sexy, chic and glamorous, and I have a great time with her. But life is too short to be stuck with one scent forever.

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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.

SUNPLAY Sunscreen

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Be honest folks, do you wear suncreen as routinely as you brush your teeth daily? I wasn’t, to be painfully honest. For years I had been dealing with oily skin. So I took that as an excuse not wear suncreen as it would only clog up my already congested pores. Oh, it also caused my makeup to disappear faster too.

But then ,something happened; I turned 30. And suddenly, my oil-drenched skin turned dry and felt sandpapery. So now I have to treat my aging skin rather kindly, which has been neglegted for the past couple of years. Now, I make it a point to always, always apply suncreen before heading out of the house, especially when the sun is fierce. Some days I may skip the mascara or the blusher, but not the sunscreen. Ever.

I’m currently using SUNPLAY SKIN AQUA UV Watery Gel suncreen. I’ve always been using SUNPLAY products for as long as I could remember. I used to wear the Whitening one. But now my main concern is protecting my skin from the harmful UV rays. Plus, I believe that UV Watery Gel with SOLAREX-3 technology is an advanced & improved formulation compared to the blue-and-white SUNPLAY bottle I’d been using years ago.

Now that I’m treating my poor skin the way it deserves to be treated, I hope I do look my age and that people no longer mistaken me for someone who is 35. Or 40. Yikes!

|Eczema 101| Multipurpose

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One look at the blog name and you know the person behind Mascaras & Motherhood  is a mother. Apparently, I have a two year old daughter. A cheerful, bright toddler with eczema. Yes you read that right; unfortunately this little sunshine of mine has eczema since three months old. Long story short, after two years of suffering she’s now has improved tremendously. Expect to see more eczema related posts in the future but for now, how about a fun review on a product that’s not only kind to sensitive scalp but also doubles up as a makeup brush cleanser?

Just like any other products by Buds, Everyday Shampoo is organic. It contains aloe vera as the main ingredient. It works okay for my daughter’s hair. However this gentle multitasker doesn’t withstand sweaty scalp. After running around and busy exploring in a humid weather, she will start scratching her head.

But you know what I love more about this multitasker? It’s great as a brush cleanser! I guess due to its organic nature, all my makeup brushes (both natural and synthetic) are clean, soft and back to their shape after one wash.

Any mother out there would agree that having children means less space in your bathroom, bedroom or pretty much every possible space in your life. So imagine how relieve I am to find one product that works for my daughter AND me. Yay for sharing!