|Review| Bio-essence “Bio Treatment Essence-in-Oil Scar Speacialist” 


Scars. I generally dislike them. Post-pregnancy scar, now that’s a bittersweet affair. While I am thankful for the priviledge of carrying my child in my womb for over nine months, I have to admit, I don’t exactly enjoy what I see in the mirror when it comes to my tummy which to me, resembles those topography maps in Geography text books. 

So when I came across this sample of “Bio Treatment Essence-in-Oil Scar Specialist” from Singaporean brand; Bio-essence, wrapped together in SHAPE magazine as a free gift back in June, I’d had to grab that magazine from the newstand shelf. Never mind that I’ve never got to finish reading the whole mag in the end. See publishers, if you want your magazines to sell well , never underestimate the power of freebies.*big grin*

The generous sample is 30ml oil housed in a small, “chubby” bottle. The actual product is double the amount of oil (60ml) , double the height yet slimmer than this chubby sample bottle. Regardless, 30ml is actually enough to last for over a month when used at least once daily. Hence, I describe it here as ‘generous’. 

The unique blend of 11 essential oils

Despite eleven different oils blended to make this “scar specialist”, lavender is the only distinct scent I could detect everytime I use this product. 

As a self-proclaimed “Scar Specialist”, this oil fails to do nothing to my post pregnancy scars except moisturises the area. But then again, it does claim to helps minimize the formation of new scars. Therefore, it isn’t exactly fair for me to expect my three-year-old tummy stretch marks  to disappear. 

As a wound-healer, I’m happy to report that the oil really helps a small, new cut on my arm dried & healed faster! No surprise there since two of its ingredients, calendula oil & chamomile oil are both natural anti-imflammatories. 

All in all, Bio-essence “Bio Treatment Essence-in-Oil Scar Specialist” moisturises skin effectively when used daily as well as heals new, small wounds a little faster. As for scars, it doesn’t fade them at all, just like any other anti-scars and anti-stretchmarks products I’ve tried so far. I guess I’m just gonna make peace with the fact that my strechmarks (and yeah, my acne scars too) are here to stay, leaving me never. 

|Review| Revlon Ultimate All-in-One mascara

It has been awhile since my last post on a  mascara, my favourite go-to makeup product. After I was done with the last mascara I’d been using for three months, off to the drugstore I went to search for another wand that hopefully, won’t leave me disappointed this time. I was aware that I don’t really use Revlon products much, so I stood before the Revlon section, and a range of contrasting black-and-colour mascaras quickly caught my eyes. There are 5 different mascaras of black+blue, black+green, black+red, black+purple and black+pink packaging all to deliver different effects on lashes.

I picked up the black+red one; REVLON ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE mascara at about 15% less than it’s normal price of RM39.90 in Blackest Black. Packaging wise, I really love the non-traditional shape of the tube. It’s flatten as opposed to the usual cylinder mascara tubes, which makes storing of this product more effective. (doesn’t it annoy you when mascara or lipstick tubes roll off the table all the time?!) A part of the tube, the black one is velvety rubber so it leaves no visible fingerprints. Interestingly, the bristles (or mini brush, depending on the mascaras) matched the colour of the outer packaging so in my case, red Revlon Power Mini Brush™. Personally, I find this the most useless feature of any mascara. Honestly what is the point of having a coloured brush only to be dipped and darken by the product and leaves you no chance of seeing the red (or green, or blue, etc) at all? No, please don’t suggest me to wash off the brush just to ensure whether my mascara brush is, indeed red because seriously? Who in their right mind would do that?!

Okay, enough with my 2 minute rant. Now let’s move on to the product itself. Here’s what Revlon has to say about this 5-in-one multi-achieving mascara:

 • Our innovative, high-impact formula delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits, while our Revlon Power Mini Brush™ leaves no lash behind. Choosing the one has never been so simple.
• High impact formula delivers the ultimate 5 benefits in 1:
– Volume
– Length
– Definition
– Lift
– Intense Color
• Revlon Power Mini Brush™:
– Unique mini oval shape designed to reach every lash
– Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact

After more than a month of using this mascara, I must say this one gem does deliver at least three of the five benefits promised. That is sincerely not bad at all for a multitasking mascara. I’ve been experimenting with enough mascaras to know that there is actually no such thing as multitasking mascaras, simply because different effects require different formulae. While one mascara can deliver fantastic lengthening effect, it fails to add volume to the lashes and vice versa. So “why ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE mascara if you’re such a smarty pants, Hanna?” Ah, I can hear your mind out loud. My answer is simple; curiousity. I’m always curious about how well can multitasking products deliver their 5, 10 or even 15 promises. *winks*

As a conclusion, REVLON ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE mascara is good enough for definition, adding a bit of volume and offers intense color (of Blackest Black for me). However, it doesn’t provide lengthening effect nor lift my lashes, especially with two of more coats so if you have straight lashes, you may need to curl your lashes prior to applying this mascara.

If you have used this mascara, or any other from this range please let me know what you think. Perhaps you could suggest me the other four mascaras I could try next time? Do let me know. Till then, enjoy this festive month!

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|Review| SILKYGIRL Shimmer Duo Blusher

As I’m bouncing back from two-year-makeup hiatus, I’ve been trying out affordable products from drugstores because, monthly visit to SEPHORA is way impractical. Since Silkygirl products are dirt-cheap and always come with great discounts, I picked up this Shimmer Duo Blusher from a Silkygirl section in my neighbourhood Watsons.

Left: highlighter Right: blusher

Available in four shades, this one is Rose Petal; a rosy colour with slight shimmer. I had no idea that these duo blusher is half highlighter (on the left) and half blusher (on the right). Rather, I had been using this as a regular blusher for a month until I knew about this, whoops! But with only 4 grams of product, that means each highlighter and blusher is only 2g each. That’s a very little amount of pink particles if you ask me. Moreover, I’m too impatient to meticulously sweep half of this pan and then another half, every time I use it.

Speaking of sweep however, I love how Shimmer Duo Blusher comes with a mini brush which is placed in a separate compartment underneath the blusher pan. That’s systematic and more hygienic. Not to mention travel-friendly too. As much as I love the soft brush, I prefer using my current favourite blusher brush , so this cutesy brush is now my daughter’s toy brush for her dolls.

In a nutshell, this is a decent blusher if you are looking for an affordable (priced between RM21-RM28,even cheaper when on sale) blusher that’s slightly pigmented and easy to be carried around, without having to bring along a blusher brush. 

|Review| Sultana of Soap

Remember my last LUSH haul? That was three years ago.Those days of spending my cash on cutesy soaps, bath bombs and glittery shower gels. Occasionally, I also obtained those funky looking soaps from countless swaps I did on a (now-defunct) online swap community; Makeupalley.  Ah…fun times!

Melted a little when I received this from the courier guy. Sultana is so regal it can’t take the Malaysian heat LOL!

I had a hard time explaining to my little girl that this isn’t a piece of white choc. 

Recently, a friend offered to make a LUSH haul from Korea. Of course I jumped at the chance! As much I was salivating over their Christmas ’16 collection, I am at the moment not looking to splurge (Read: can’t afford) on fancy handmade bath products. In the end, I settled for a chunk of Sultana of Soap.

One from their permanent soap collection, I’ve actually tried Sultana a couple of times before. The first time, it was a sample I received from a swap. Second time was a full-sized 100g, which a friend from the States was kind enough to custom-purchase it for me.

Fast forward to now, Sultana feels exactly like I last used it. It’s moisturizing, luxurious, creamy,  with heavenly scent that filled my entire bathroom. As the folks at LUSH perfectly put it, this soap gives you a “royally well-fed skin”.

The only downside is, those pieces of dried fruits that I constantly need to pick up after my shower. Since LUSH soaps are handmade, no two chunks of soaps are identical. For this particular Sultana, I happened to get generous amount of dried currants & apricots on top of the soap chunk. If only I could just eat up those dried currants and apricots….(I’m kidding, of course.)

Even the paper bag smells heavenly!

|Review| Duraneyls Luv Nail Cleanser

Guys, take a look at your nails now. Are they shimmer & shine ala diamonds, or as lackluster as stained windows? To most of us, a quick solution for dull nails is to shine them with a buffer block while watching our favourite TV shows. But do you know that buffing blocks contains dry wax? Yes it does the job. Unfortunately the dry wax means it creates an additional layer on your nails, preventing wudhu’ (ablution) water to pass evenly on the surface of the nails.

The idea of “high quality, Syariah compliant nail care range” was conceived by founders Muhammad Hafiz and wife Nur Hanani when they realized that manicure & pedicure services out there lack Muslimah friendly products, specifically products that are solat and ablution-friendly. Hence, Duraneyls was born. Duraneyls Nail Care is a range of high-quality solat-friendly products. One of them is Luv Nail Cleanser (RM58) , which comes with the 23ml cleanser itself, a nail smoother and a cloth buffer. Instructions on how to use them are provided both in English and Bahasa Melayu on the primary as well as the secondary packaging.

1. Luv Nail Cleanser (23ml) 2.Nail Smoother 3.Cloth Buffer

The texture of the cleanser resembles toothpaste, but it isn’t a problem at all to me. Rather, I find the minty-like scent refreshing. I personally like the glittery turquoise  Luv Nail Cleanser bottle cap. It adds a glamorous feel. After using these products based on the instructions, this is the result;  

It may not shown accurately in these pictures but in reality, my nails are shiny. It’s not the exaggerated shine which you usually get from buffing blocks. Rather, it gives my nails a subtle and healthy-looking shine. Of course, the surfaces of my nails feel slippery and clean too. I also used this on my toe nails and my, how I LOVE the result! They look even better than my finger nails. If you do manicure and pedicure regularly you know exactly how the former usually fades faster due to constant contact with soaps, laundry detergent and whatnot. 

All in all, Duraneyls Luv Nail Cleanser is a perfect solution for Muslims who want pretty-looking nails without compromising their belief. Go ahead, perk up your nails and observe your daily rituals such as taking ablution and prayers with ease.

To find out more about Duraneyls and more products from them, go to the official website www.duraneyls.com and also check out their Instagram account @duraneyls .

|Eczema 101| Moogoo Cream Conditioner


The second part of my Moogoo hair care post, this time we are looking at the other half of the duo; Moogoo Cream Conditioner. Months before using this, I noticed that using shampoo alone wasn’t enough for my daughter’s hair. Soon enough, her scalp started sweating and we all know what would happen next. *sigh*

But ever since she uses both the shampoo & conditioner from Moogoo Value Pack almost daily, her hair is noticeably smoother and manageable. In addition, her hair smells yummy too! I usually don’t expect nice scents from eczema-friendly products but I’m so glad this conditioner comes with a lovely, coconut candy-like (?) scent which still lingers hours after my daughter’s bath time. Honestly, I’m not really sure how long the scent could actually stay as my girl is pretty much active, with a scalp that sweats just as soon as I sweat after I have my makeup on. Them genetics. *second sigh*

Can I have your hairstylist’s number?

Here’s the list of the ingredients I got from the website:

Ingredients:

Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Emulsifier), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Canola Based Detangler), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Piroctone Olamine, Allantoin, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Fragrant (Phthalate free).

I tried this product myself too a few times. I’d say it is as effective as any other generic hair conditioners I’ve tried. However due to economical reason, Moogoo Cream Conditioner is reserved exclusively for my daughter. My husband and I still prefer chemicals on our hair, thank you.

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|Eczema 101| Moogoo Milk Shampoo

Moogoo shampoo & conditioner combo for RM99.00
For about a year my daughter had been using Buds Everyday Shampoo for her scalp and head. Although the shampoo did a decent job washing both her hair & my makeup brushes, I felt like her hair wasn’t at its best. Her hair occasionally tangled, and she was constantly scratching her head. I wondered if the shampoo was no longer effective as she got older & became more physically active, causing her to sweat more.

So in mid-July when we ran out of shampoo, I took this chance to try another eczema-friendly shampoo. Luckily, the pharmacy I went to had a Moogoo shampoo+conditioner promo pack, plus extra discount for members. Both products came as a pair for RM99.00 , which is a very good deal considering that the shampoo or the conditioner alone normally costs around RM55-RM65.

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Moogoo Milk Shampoo

I will review the conditioner in a separate post someday. For now, I’m happy to report that this shampoo is by far the best my girl has tried! The milky and creamy texture of the product lathers just fine. The fluffy, milk-scented foam keeps her entertained during her bathtime. My palms aren’t irritated at all by this product, despite using it almost every day. Yay! Fun time for girl, sting-free hands for mommy.

Below here are the list of ingredients of Milk Shampoo, which I sourced from the website. They even provide description for each and every  one of the ingredient. Please excuse the load of images, I find screenshot images easier to read for my personal reference;

Please note:

When it comes to treating eczema, there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ treatment. While this product works wonderfully for my daughter and tons of users out there, it may or may not work for you. I’m well aware how eczema can cause financial constrain, since effective natural-based products are usually expensive.

So I am stressing out here; make an informed decision before you purchase this product. If you aren’t sure whether you are willing to fork out RM55 for a full-sized product that you have never even tried, maybe you could try the samples first. Unfortunately, they don’t offer samples for Malaysian market as far as I’m concerned. Therefore what you could do is, try to ask around in local eczema support groups. Usually, there are bound to be some angels among the members who would sincerely give away second hand products to other members for free. Or to the very least, buy them for a fraction of the full prize.

Are you a Moogoo mania just like us? Let me know what you think if you like or don’t like it.

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|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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|Review| Barbie+mascara = Boo-ha

I have a shameless confession: I’m a Barbie fan. Never mind her unrealistic body measurement. Never mind what the feminists say about how Barbie isn’t the ideal potrayal of women. Hate her all you want but dare I say, you’re in denial if you said Barbie never had a place in your childhood. 

Imagine my surprise when I saw the iconic Barbie font on a Maybelline mascara. I’m a mascara fan and a Barbie fan so naturally Maybelline the MAGNUM Barbie mascara is a match made in (makeup+Barbie) heaven! Of course first thing first; I scrutinized every inch of the mascara for the word ‘waterproof’, because I don’t wear waterproof mascaras. Man they are a struggle to remove. Maybelline have a lot of waterproof mascaras from what I observed. That is usually what stops me from having a tube from Maybelline. However for this girl Barbie, I didn’t see waterproof tattoed on her so hey why wait any second? I bought her eventually with 15% off from the actual price.

Unfortunately, this mascara is actually waterproof. C’mon Maybelline, what sorts of joke is this? Not.funny.at.all. 

I really find the metallic pink & yellow packaging pretty. Sadly I don’t see any point of keeping this mascara so after only using it twice, I sent this away to my friend as an extra for a care package. At least she loves it. She loves it so much I promise I’d get her a fresh new one when she runs of this mascara. 

Now where are my old Barbie dolls….