Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA/BHA Cleanser  

Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in

Busy times ahead as I am finishing a couple of products at the same time, meaning blogging homework! :P

Before I go into the usual details, "I-really-love-this-cleanser!!! Love love love!" There, I said it.. lol.

Hada Labo Says:

Ingredients List:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Myristoyl Glutamate, PEG-20M, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Lauramide DEA, Glycolic Acid, Lauric Acid, Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Potassium Hydroxide, Methylparabean, Salicylic Acid, Betaine / Sodium PCA / Sorbitol Proline / Glycine / Glutamic Acid / Alanine / Lysine / Arginine / Threonine / Proline / Methylpar

Foxy Frangipani Says:

Scent: Not scented, but I think it smells like egg white?
Texture: Thick mousse
Nett Wt: 130g
Made in: China
Note: Remember to use sunscreen.
Price: RM31.90 (they do go on sale often)

Suds up well, not much of a lather though. I'm pretty fine with this.. less lather means less SLS in it (wait.. I don't think I see SLS in the ingredients, yes?) ;)

Brownie Points:
- It doesn't leave my skin feeling filmsy / tight (unless I overcleansed).

- I use this only in the evening. For a better cleansing, I use a facial brush to gently cleanse the pores. Skin feels incredibly smooth after that.

- A thorough cleanse only requires a small pea-size.

- No, after using one tube my pores did not completely disappear (just looks more even) nor I suddenly look like a supermodel hahhaa.

- I find that my moisturizer sinks in better, and BB Cream / foundation looks so much better.

- Will definitely re-purchase

What I Want For Xmas...  

Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in

.... *sigh dreamily*
It is the time of the year again, Xmas is near, Xmas songs are playing in my head... annnddd - I've got the shopping itch *ohmmm*

Without miss, there are always tempting catalogs from Guardian and Watsons.
Oh and Crabtree Evelyn too. Only, this year I'm giving CE a miss because all the stuffs I want are sold out! (both yay save money and boo I really want them!!)

Crabtree Evelyn's catalog always pleases my eyes..

With 30% off during the preview sales days.. its not surprising these were snapped up fast.

CE hand creams will always be my favourite ahhh... they keep my hands well moisturized :) So loved. And Wisteria, I have been lemming for the EDT for ages.. and now when I finally decide to get it... it was sold out :((

As for these yummies, looking at the price, hehehe posting up the pics would do for now :P


Okay, moving on to Watsons. Say hello to Rilakkuma! :)
Chho cute! I saw those mugs (PWP) and I know I gotta have them. And look at the cute baby blanket... hehe.

Who could resist these lovely neck pillows... I like Chip n Dale & Eeyore :D
And Xmas is not complete without chocolates and toys!

Beauty related...

I tried the Majolica Liner in Grey and really like the colour. And Mogitate Lipbalms.. something new, only.. I still have a couple to finish.

New range from Vichy - the Essentielles. With Rose Polyphenols and Paraben-Free. These are targeted for those with sensitive skin. Best part? They are very affordable!

Facial Cleanser 100ml - RM25
Facial Emulsion 50ml - RM35
Facial Cream 50ml - RM35
Softening Shower Gel 200ml - RM25
Body Cream-Milk 200ml - RM29

Been noticing these for some time now.. Pure Beauty now has whitening range. I tried the AntiOxidant Eye Cream and really like it (reviewing it soon). Wonder if this is as good?

Last but not least.. this is what I want most from Watsons..

Organic skincare for Sukin.. RM85 for all full sized items! WANT, but I'll also tell you about my "expensive weekend"... and you tell me if I should still go for this eh? ;)

Ok, next from Guardian (I'm not liking Guardian at the mo):

Its a jolly good time to collect those additional stickers, unless you plan to spend RM1200 for a free toy..

Revlon nail polish is on BOGO, eyeing purples and plums... mmmm

Should I return to Cetaphil or try Sukin? :P Price has increased though. Used to be RM68 for 2 bottles, free hand towel.

Also time to replenish sunblock.. Kose Sun Protector is finishing (I love this, but a lil pricey and I've hit the 4000 points quota this year, so will only buy next year), I have one Nature Republic Sun Balm as backup. But it needs time to blend the balm.. not something that I fancy doing in the mornings.

I'm eyeing the Matte version.. hopefully my skin accepts.

How good is this IDI MultiAction Mask actually... is it worth RM148 even? Haha now I ask $$ questions, after spending RM189 on Polynia Sake Mask ( I happen to love the Sake Mask hehehe).

Reviews... more reviews pls.

Don't know why I am attracted to this. I haven't really tried any products from Avene.. Just... don't know why..

*reminding myself of my recent expensive weekend!* arrghhh..

A lil unhappy with the service level from Guardian Malaysia.
I popped by on the 25th night asking if I can have a copy of the Xmas Catalog, and was told no because the sale haven't started. So I need to go back on the 26th instead. Duh.. it was already 9pm... but fine I left feeling a lil annoyed.

Then on the 26th, my mom went and requested for a copy and guess what the SA told her? "No cannot give, as we only have limited copies". "You must buy something then you can have the catalog". WTF?

As a customer / potential customer, we want the catalog to see what interests us, is it not? If you know quantities are limited - whose problem is that?

My mom told the SA "well, I want to see what are on sale then I decide what to buy..?" The greatest answer given by Guardian "oh ok.. you can stand here and look.."

Needless to say my mom walked out of Guardian empty handed. And I don't really feel like spending in Guardian anymore now.. ugghh.

I Wish For Thee...  

Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in

.. Gamila Secret Skin Care Cream Bar
I was watching Fashion Guide and this cream bar was featured with many positive comments.. and then followed by me furiously googling for details haha.

Really positive feedbacks. These are what it claims to deliver:


  • Handmade Cleansing Bar made from six pure vegetable oils, shea butter & 15 hand-selected herbs for face and body. 

  • A secret formula of 15 hand selected herbs from the hills of Galilee.

  • Cleanses, rejuvenates and restores skin.

  • Combination of six pure oils.

  • Softening, moisturizing, hydrating.

  • Hydrating shea butter.

  • Creamy texture with no foam - free from sulfates and other chemicals. Also suitable for sensitive skin.

  • Smooth, silky texture.

  • Great when used as a shaving cream.

  • Gamila exclusively uses 100% natural ingredients.

  • No chemical or synthetic perfumes, artificial coloring agents and preservatives have been added - leaving your skin silky and smooth.

  • More than 80% Virgin Olive Oil.

  • Only natural ingredients - no preservatives.

  • No animal testing.

  • Only vegetable ingredients.


    Activate with warm water. Apply directly on face & body. Massage the creamy texture into your skin. Give the emulsion the time to absorb deeply into the skin. Rinse off.

    Although Savta Gamila from Galilee keeps her handcrafted soap recipe a secret, she wants as many people as possible to have the opportunity to use her unique skin care and cleansing product. And she has succeeded.

    People all over the world have discovered Gamila Secret. Word is spreading. People who have experienced this rejuvenating "bar of gold" are enthusiastic. She has become a woman of fame in her own surroundings.

    At the site where she and her sons formerly hand-brewed the mixture for the dried creme and spread it dry on the roof of her house, there now stands a modest "factory", and she has staff to help her with the magical, increasingly celebrated Gamila Secret Soap.


    Original: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rucinus Communs(Caster)Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Urtica Dioica(Nettle)Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita(Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Ruta Graveolens (Rue) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil.

    Spearmint: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rucinus Communs(Caster)Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Urtica Dioica(Nettle)Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita(Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil.

    Lavender: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Powder, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Ruta Graveolens (Rue) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil.

    Seems fantastic isn't it?
    Only thing is.. it costs USD34 + Handling fee USD5 = RM125 for a bar of soap!
    For now I shall only dream of it... 

    Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Moisture Milk  

    Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in ,

    I was clearing my vanity space when I realized there is another Estee Lauder Moisturizer that have not been reviewed (I believe there is a couple more lol).

    Similar to the Radiance Serum, I could no longer find any info from Estee Lauder's website.

    Estee Lauder Says:
    A lightweight, fast absorbing milky lotion. 
    Refreshes skin in morning for a radiant, healthy look.

    Contains advanced skin-drenchers & essential minerals 
    Helps protect skin from daytime dehydration & external aggressors. 

    Fortifies skin natural ability to revive skin. 
    Skin appears soft & energized 
    Suitable for Asian skin types 

    Foxy Frangipani Says:
    Nett Wt: 50ml
    Made in: UK
    Price: I forgot... sorry!
    Skin types: All
    Color: White
    Texture: Milky, similar to Hada Labo Moisturizing Milk
    Scent: Fruity
    I quite like this because its texture is milky, hence easy to spread on.
    Absorbs almost instantly, leaving my skin really hydrated.
    Non sticky too.

    When I used this, I was still sitting at my old cubicle space, which wasn't as cold and drying. Hence for me the hydration effect was sufficient and satisfactory. Only thing is.. it doesn't contain SPF.

    Google of The Day: Cinnamon Powder for Skin  

    Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in ,

    I have been very tempted to include Cinnamon into part of my skincare routine. Of course, the packet of cinnamon powder stayed in the kitchen for a couple of weeks because my hobby is procrastinating? :P

    Finally! I cut it open and store into the empty Gui Ling Gao containers (oh I love the size, just perfect for a quick mask mixture / storing my scrub / mask powders – more reasons to stock up hee).

    I attempted my first facial mask with cinnamon powder, without any expectation in return. I just wanna try it. Instead of the infamous honey + cinnamon mix, I used yoghurt and cinnamon instead.

    - 1 teaspoon of yoghurt
    - ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

    Mix them well, and I started to really like the yummy smell..

    This proportion is enough for 2-3 times use – I like to slather on a thick layer as a treat. So what happen then?

    - I felt a stinging sensation, like slight burning for a good 2-3 mins!
    - I left it on for about 15 mins
    - It kinda thickened a little after a while
    - Washed it off with a towel soaked in warm water.

    Foxy Finds:

    - This is best used at night just before you retire to bed; because it does leave a pinkish flush on my face for about 15-20 mins. Unless its Halloween and you wanna sport a baboon-arsed face.. Its gone after about 20 mins though.

    - Face is really smooth to touch, very soft. Likes!

    - Face looks hydrated, no tight feeling.

    - The whole experience is really calming.. cinnamon makes me think cosy, and warm on a rainy day..


    I did some Googling on Cinnamon for skin care and here are some infos:

    - Cinnamon actually has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. This could explain the burning sensation I felt? Further reads, some ppl do experience stingings / burnings sensation. But if it kills the germs for me and load my skin with antioxidant, heck the 2-3 mins are worth it!

    - Remedy for Skin Imperfections: Applying equal quantities of a paste of Honey and Cinnamon Powder on the affected skin before sleeping and washing it the next day morning with warm water for about two weeks; would remove the infections and bring the glow back to the skin. Even pimples would disappear. Hmm I don’t think I could sleep with this on! So… sticky and may attract ants! Nooooo…

    Say, a little more info on Cinnamon:

    The name cinnamon comes from Greek kinnámōmon, from Phoenician and akin to Hebrew qinnâmôn, itself ultimately from a Malaysian language, cf. Malay and Indonesian kayu manis which means sweet wood.

    Its flavour is due to an aromatic essential oil. This oil is prepared by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole. It is of a golden-yellow colour, with the characteristic odour of cinnamon and a very hot aromatic taste.

    The pungent taste and scent come from cinnamic aldehyde or cinnamaldehyde and by the absorption of oxygen as it ages, it darkens in colour and develops resinous compounds. Chemical components of the essential oil include ethyl cinnamate, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, beta-caryophyllene, linalool and methyl chavicol.

    Some of its other uses:

    - Cinnamon has aphrodisiacal powers. (Ooohh..?)

    - Strengthens heart beat

    - Reduces the cholesterol level in the arteries. Honey and Cinnamon revitalize arteries and veins by unclogging the clogged arteries and veins

    - Arthritis: take daily morning and night one cup of hot water, with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder. It is stated that if taken regularly, even chronic Arthritis can be cured.

    - Bladder Infections: take two tablespoons of Cinnamon Powder and one teaspoon of Honey, in a glass of lukewarm water, and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

    - Toothache: make a paste of one teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder and five teaspoons of Honey and apply on the aching tooth. Apply three times.

    - Weight loss: equal part of Cinnamon Powder and Honey is boiled in a cup of water and consumed daily half an hour before breakfast and before sleeping it reduces excess weight in an obese person. Whoaaa!

    - Reduces fatigue

    - Restore the hearing power from 20Hzs to 20Khz. Really!?

    - Get rid of bad breath: Gargle a mixture of cinnamon and honey in water. Poor Listerine…

    - Hair loss: Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found to be very effective

    There! So many benefits..

    I will be continuing this yoghurt cinnamon mask.. :)

    Freeman Grapefruit & Honeysuckle Skin Firming Hand Lotion  

    Posted by: Foxy Frangipani in ,

    Pic taken from Freeman's site as I keep this in my office :P

    Freeman Says:
    ~ Moisturizes

    ~ Evens out skin tone and firms

    Enriched with extracts of grapefruit and honeysuckle, this moisturizing, non-greasy lotion absorbs quickly and smoothes fine lines, noticeably improving skin tone and texture. Leaves hands silky smooth.

    Smooth onto hands until well absorbed. Reapply as needed.

    Available Sizes: 4.2 FL oz (125ml)

    Price: $3.99

    Foxy Frangipani Says:

    Texture: Uhmm how do I describe this.. like thick mousse?
    Scent: I love the light, fresh citrusy smell. Lingers for quite a while too.
    Price: Affordable at about RM16.50

    The Good:

    ~ It does absorbs almost instantly, without leaving any oily residue (my keypad loves!)
    ~ Not slippery when I wash my hands either.
    ~I sometimes use this as a quick foot hydrator hehe.

    The Bad:
    ~ The only downside is that it doesn’t hydrate for long.
    ~ I really have to be generous in applying this one.

    Did you keep count on how many tubes of hand creams I have? Hehe.