Happy Hopscotch’s ‘When Life Throws You Lemon…’box

The last time I reviewed a Happy Hopscotch’s subscription box, I didn’t do much justice to it. So here it is; my second box subscribed from them. Keep on reading to find out more. 👇

FREE personalised message card. In this case, a birthday card. 🎂

Back in April last year, HH offered me a discount code for future subscription. But with 2020 being 2020, I kept the offer way until late November when my birthday was around the corner. I chose the Signature 4-box Plan (NP: rm360) and shamelessly tipped them that my birthday’s gonna be in early December.

Well my shameless-ness paid off! Because not only the box arrived with a Happy Birthday card, they were also sweet enough to include an extra item as an early birthday present for me. Aww thank you so much guys! 😊

A two-sided pink scarf with pom-pom trimmings, thoughtfully wrapped in white tissue paper & tied with string, with the handwritten ‘Happy Birthday’ note.
‘When Life Throws You Lemon…’ 🍋is the theme for HH’s Joy in a Box for the final quarter of 2020.

Now let’s dig in the box; apart from the free birthday present & message card, this dusty pink box contains 6 items;

1. GO BASIX Flourless Pancake Mix in Almond Original (105g)

2. Projek sembang-sembang notepad&envelope AND pink ‘Everything is gonna be okay’ bookmark

3. Hello Pfft handmade face mask

4. Yellow lemon squishy

5. Colourful pastel stationery kit

6. 3x mini Wicket Candles.

I had fun with this box. I’m looking forward to the next Joy in a Box which gonna come out in late January. I wonder what the theme will be…..😉

|Review| Rimmel WONDER’FULL mascara with argan oil

What is this blog if it doesn’t feature mascaras? Plus I’m not gonna move on straight to December without at least a single post in November, a month that happens to be handful for me. So here goes; the first and only mascara review for 2020.

Let’s talk about the obvious; I don’t like its bulky packaging. For a 11ml of black ink, I’m pretty sure the product can be housed in a smaller tube. We all know how much a big + bulky product could take so much space. However I like the shape; it reminds me of a ribbon so it’s comfortable to hold and provides easy application.

I didn’t realise it’s waterproof when I bought this from a drugstore during CMCO. The (smaller) word WATERPROOF is right there on top of the even-bigger WONDER’FULL font, right smack on the tube itself so this is honestly my fault for not examining the product more carefully prior to buying.

The formula on the other hand is rather decent but all in all, this is certainly a lockdown buy which I have no intention to repurchase in the future.

When the mascara happens to match my PJ pants!

|Review| MILANI eyeshadow primer

When it comes to eyeshadow primers, I admit I’m not experimental with it. For as long as I could remember I had always use Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) until December last year, when my almost finish UDPP started to dry up & the tip of the handle broke because ugh, strong grip. 😆

I was in Watsons mid-Dec 2019 when I suddenly stood in front a whole section of Milani products! Since when?! Regardless, I was mildly amused to discover that this drugstore brand which (I thought) used to be very popular among beauty blogging community in late 2000s finally made it’s way into our shore. Back then, my only access to Milani was the swap community on MakeupAlley. However on Boxing Day ’19, I learned from L’officiel MY magazine that Milani was indeed just launched in Malaysia.

from my copy of L’officiel Malaysia Dec19/Jan20 issue.

Simply called Milani eyeshadow primer, the name is as straightforward as it could be. It’s a “lightweight, invisible finish” that “works on all skin tones” kinda primer. Yep, yep and yep; except I can’t really say the last part for everyone’s lids but personally, it does work on my not-oily-but-often-sweaty dark toned eyelids. I dare say, the formula works for me as well as UDPP and guess what? I’ve checked and compared both products’ ingredients and they both look soo similar~

In terms of packaging, I’ll be the first to say it doesn’t look exciting at all compared to UDPP’s Original tube in Urban Decay’s signature purple. Yet what makes up for its basic black & grey look, is it’s practicality of the packaging. I mean, who needs a doe-foot tip applicator when you could conveniently squeeze the amount of primer you desire, then blend it well using your God-given fingers? Practical AND hygienic. Yes.

in shade 01 NUDE. Looks too light here but actually blends well on my eyelids.

Available in select Watsons, it’s retail price is rm40 for a tube of 9ml. That is almost half the price but double the size of 5ml UDPP. Will I repurchase it? Well that depends; I personally like both Milani eyeshadow primer and UDPP and since one product could usually last a year, either primer is worth spending for.

Have you tried MILANI eyeshadow primer in 01 NUDE? If you have, let me know what you think about this budget beauty babe. *winks*

-Hanna-

|Review| The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream moisturiser

RM70. Purchased online with Birthday Discount.

I was looking for a new face moisturiser on the start of the nationwide MCO in late March. Armed with 25% off discount code, I checked out TBS mobile app as back then, The Body Shop MY was one of the few brands that were able to operate online during MCO.

Apart from this moisturiser, I also got myself some loofahs & a bottle of British Rose hand soap (❤ it!)

While I really love the moisturizing hand soap (or gel? wash?) and definitely would love to repurchase, I can’t say the same for the Vitamin E moisturiser. It’s way too sticky for my skin. The scent is decent but not enough to tempt me to use it every.single.day. And twice a day? Nope. My skin was sweaty and ‘heaty’ once the cream was applied, as if it never set on my skin.

Turns out, this product is way too rich for my skin, especially in this hot & humid Malaysian weather I’m in. Now I use it as neck cream instead.

BTW, how lovely is that (somewhat wilted) pink rose? ⚘ It’s part of the flower bouquet I got myself last week. 😄 It’s 2020 guys, a woman can buy herself a bouquet of flowers to lift her mood so that it’s more WFH-friendly.

Flowers from Flower Chimp, RM99 with free card & delivery

-Hanna-

|Review| Bioré UV Perfect Protect Milk Moisture

Presenting my (current) favourite sunscreen in the world! *drumrolls please*

Dirt cheap effective. What more could you ask?

UV Perfect Milk Moisture SPF 50+ PA+++ by Bioré is my go-to daily sunscreen. After my favourite Shiseido sunscreen got a price hike last July, I had no choice but to look out for a cheaper alternative. Mind you, Shiseido Perfect UV Protector was already RM165 at the time I’d been using it a lil’ over a year circa 2018-2019. No way I’m gonna fork out more than RM165 for a bottle of 50ml liquid. Especially when I swiftly found an alternative just as good, with a fraction of the price.

Available at most drugstores, I usually repurchase mine at Watsons, which costs more or less RM15.90. And it doesn’t dry out my skin like how Shiseido did. The yellow-and-white bottle of Biore sun protection lasts barely a month when I used almost daily on my face and neck. But with such cheap price, do I mind?

The ingredients, listed in English despite everything else in Bahasa Melayu

The only downside is, it contains fragrance even though I barely detect any distinct scent. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin therefore wihtout the fragrance, this could have easily pass as my perfect sunscreen.

Do you wear sunscreen everyday? What is your favourite sun protection?

-Hanna-

This year, do more.

How pretty is my latte? Apparently, after reading too much of Adventurous Kate blog on my last holiday, I’m pretty much influenced by how the lady boss behind the travel blog, Kate McCulley hunts for coffee in every city and town she travels to. Particularly small, independently-owned local cafes. With that, since late last year I’ve embarked on my ‘New Year mission‘ to discover as many local cafes (some call it hipster cafe?) as I could in 2018. Little did I know, there are indeed abundant of cool and cute cafes around, even a couple of good ones that are barely 3km than where I live! I cannot believe I’ve never paid any attention to these little gems before! Sorry Coffee Bean & SF Coffee, you’ve had too much of my love already.

Anyways, that’s a cup of hot latte up there, which I had the pleasure of indulging in on one, drizzling evening at The Parque Cafe at Eco Sanctuary. Here are a few more Instagram-worthy coffees I’ve had to date, so far this year;

White Chocolate Latte, frespresso.

Hot mocha, Brew & Bread Coffee Roaster

Now, what’s better than a cup of coffee? A cup of coffee with a good book! Again, thanks to Kate, I’m taking up her challenge to try to read 12 books in 2018. If you asked me twelve years ago if I could ever finish reading 12 books within a year, the twenty year old me would shout ‘Yes!’ without hesitation. But now….hmm I’m honestly not sure if I am capable of this challenge. Which makes this even more interesting.

I’m not gonna pressure myself too much with my (former) love for reading so I go lax with the theme for this challenge; this year, I’ll read 12 books by 12 female authors.

The first book for this challenge is:

Time To Say Goodbye by Judith Gould. Avid readers out there, go ahead and burst out laughing. To those who aren’t as avid (me included), here’s a fact: Judith Gould, as feminine as the name suggests, is actually a pseudonym….of two men! I was already halfway the book when I discovered this fact. Ha! So does this book count? Well remember that I said that I’m not gonna pressure myself too much with this challenge? Since I’m the one who came out with the theme of this 12-books-challenge, I’d say; ‘Yes, Hanna honey. This counts too.’ 😉

By the way, this old book belongs to my sister. I found this fiction novel while doing a little bookshelf cleaning at my parents’ home two weeks ago. As I was almost done with Time To Say Goodbye, I bought a brand new debut novel by Samira Ahmed last Sunday. Gosh it’s been awhile since I bought a book! I’m looking forward for February filled with yet another book for me to read.

Have you read anything this month? Maybe a good read with a great cuppa? Let me know what you’ve been up to. Till then, 😉

-Hanna-

|Review| theBalm Time Balm Face Primer

 I cannot believe that I haven’t talk about this darling! I first discovered this primer by theBalm early this year while I was casually browsing at SaSa. theBalm section straightaway caught my eyes as I’d always wanted to try this brand but ended up never tried anything from this brand, until this year.

theBalm Time Balm Face Primer “for a flawless face” comes in a 30ml (1 FL OZ US) peachy-pink tube. As far as I know, there’s only one size of this product and it has been around. In other words, it’s not a recently-launched product from theBalm. It was only me who has just recently discovered this gem. Haha!

The ingredients

As for the product, it really does its job as a primer that helps products stay longer and matte on my face. However, do note that I don’t use cream nor liquid foundations. I’m a minimalist makeup-wearer with acne-prone and combination skin. As least for me, it’s great enough to hold my powder foundation and powder blusher. I noticed that my skin looks less oily too whenever I put on Time Balm, even if I skip the powder and the blusher.

I just ordered my third tube online. Yeah, the second, and current one I have is almost finish. Gosh, aren’t you proud of yourself when you did actually use up the whole product? 😄  Priced at RM124, but I bought it with 10% off, it is available at SaSa stores and Sephora online. (I haven’t been to Sephora stores for months so I’m not sure if it’s also available in store) 

 -Hanna-

|Review| REVLON Ultra Volume Mascara

Hey guys! Yes we’re all still in Eid holiday but I miss blogging too much, so here’s a super short product review on one cold, rainy Syawal night. 🌙😁🌙

Remember REVLON ULTIMATE All-in-one mascara? Well here’s her girly-pink sister. (They are actually five of them, like the Kadarshian-Jenner sisters) “Girly-pink sister” is the black+pink REVLON Ultra Volume non-waterproof mascara in 001 Blackest Black. I’m not sure if they have shades other than Blackest Black though, as I usually go for black all the way when it comes to mascara. 

For a voluminizing mascara, this baby is pretty good at helping my lashes to appear fuller. Removing it with water isn’t much of a hassle too, although I won’t suggest it. I usually clean up my lashes with oil makeup remover, or with a makeup remover wipes. 

Now, I’m interested to try out if the other three mascaras are just as good as this one. 😀

Finally! A perfect moisturizer for my crazy-imperfect skin.

I’ve finally found my (moisturizer) match! It fells so good saying that, I feel like shouting it from the rooftop. If you are anything like me, you would understand how wasting a decade of your life with harsh toners and improper moisturization would result to a skin that’s challenging to care for, and imperfect to be seen. Due to years of severe acne and oily-skin problems I’d been struggling with since adolescence, I skipped moisturizer from my skincare routine for the most part of those years. Plus, back then it was just plain impossible to find a decent moisturizer that worked on my crazy-imperfect skin. All of them were either too oily or too rich for me.

Then PALMER’S COCOA BUTTER FORMULA Daily Calming Facial Lotion came along. I remember it was one afternoon in late January, I was at Caring Pharmacy in my ‘hood trying to look out for my daughter’s shower gel. Then I saw a section filled with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula products. “They have a range of skincare too?” I thought to myself as all this while I knew they were popular only for their body lotion & strechmarks lotion. I picked up Daily Calming Facial Lotion as I was quickly drawn by the words “Lightweight Moisturizer”,“Sensitive Skin” aand Fragrance Free. Whoa, that’s triple threats (or in this case, triple treats ? ;p ) With retail price of RM29.90 (but I bought it on sale for RM23.90) , I didn’t expect much from this product as even if it doesn’t work out (like the hundreds of moisturizers I’ve been using my whole life), at least that RM23.90 won’t sound like a lot of money wasted.

But my,  this baby is a gem! It glides on my stubborn skin and absorbs effortlessly. My skin is left feeling and looking well-moisturized throughout the night. Ending my skincare regime with this moisturizer at night before I got to bed has been my routine for the past three months, and my skin has never been decently moisturized as well as it is now.

However, the only two downsides of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Facial Moisturizer is first; it’s not lightweight enough to be worn during the day. At least for me. I tend to sweat often and I work at a non-air conditioned workplace so I have to skip moisturizer for a my daytime skincare routine. Secondly, this lotion has a very unpleasant scent. Forget the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula signature cocoa scent; it is completely abscent here and what you get is a fragrance-free, funny scent all over your face. But that’s okay. Because any product that is as respecful to my sensitive skin as this moisturizer deserved my undying lurve, baby.

-Hanna-

|Review| per-fékt lash perfection gel

I have never been more disappointed in a beauty product more than in per-fékt lash perfection gel , which I purchased online from Sephora Malaysia website.Wait, maybe it’s Sephora MY is to be blamed because as I was browsing for this particular product, this is how they describe per-fékt beauty mini lash perfection gel:

This ultra modern formulation glides on effortlessly to strengthen, lengthen, darken, condition, prime and per-fekt lashes. Smudge-resistant and clump-free, lash perfection gel provides natural, buildable coverage and leaves the lashes looking luscious.

Can’t find the word ‘mascara‘ in the description? Neither can I. So what is the problem here? I’d say, the description itself is misleading, especially when the product’s packaging also forgot to bear the word ‘mascara’ on it, which further misleads customers into thinking that this ‘gel’ is a lash care rather than a cosmetic product.

Now, compare that description with the ones from Sephora US website as well as the official website; perfektbeauty.com :

What it is: 
A jellified primer, mascara, conditioner, and enhancer that gives the lashes extreme length and definition. -Sephora 

What is it?
Lash perfection gel is a silky smooth mascara that conditions, defines and lengthens lashes. -perfektbeauty.com

Sigh….partly I myself am to blamed for not doing a through research prior to buying this mascara. But then again, I got the SEPHORA RM30 Birthday Promo voucher to be spend in a busy December, so c’mon Sephora! 

Now that’s a lesson learned there, let’s get straight to the product. For RM39, I feel that it’s a decently affordable mascara. Physically it may look tiny but the amount of product is 7ml (.25 FL.OZ.). It comes in two sizes; mini (7ml) and full-sized (13ml). There are three shades available which are blu, flash and flash deluxe. Mine is flash which is their fancy name for black. 

In ‘flash’ ; which is just basic black

As a mascara, I’m pretty much satisfied with how well it separates, curls and darkens my lashes after just one coat. (Go on to a second coat and your lashes won’t be as curled so don’t bother.) The product stays on for hours even during a hot day. The only downside is the shortness of the wand; which is pretty standard for mini or deluxe-sized mascaras. However I’m pretty sure the full-sized one doesn’t have this problem. 

However, as a ‘primer’, like how this brand claims it to be, I don’t see nor feel any improvement on my eyelashes after three weeks of using it. Clearly, this is not a lash primer nor it is a lash serum. Just a delusional non-waterproof mascara who blows its own horn.