Etude Fest  

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Ever since my KL trip I came back stalking Etude outlets for the remaining 2 All Over Color. No such luck as one of it was always out of stock.

Weirdly though I managed to score some items each time. The Husband did some damages too but they were very affordable.

I've got the Baby Choux Base in Mint and Berry. Now I'm praying these base wouldn't give me geisha look. I've used the Berry once and I like the texture. Geisha wise.. maybe need some effort.

However,  I finally found the remaining 2!!! Now complete is my collection. Probably weekend is a good time to experiment.  Have been sad and tired due to some sad events in life.

Perhaps better times coming soon :)

Oriks Water Max Gel Cream  

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Nett Wt: 30ml
Made in: Korea
Texture: Gel

I bought this from Bangkok 7-11 some time back. This came with a cleanser,  toner and a BB cream.

Lately I've been dissatisfied with the day creams I tried. Either too sticky or too light or made my skin look tired. (Maybe stress causes these because I recently went through some sad events. Loved ones passed on and work got political hmm).

This turned out to be the better one. Not perfect but I do reach out for this alot. The gel texture does not leave my skin sticky - 

I pat my palms on my cheeks a couple of times and I am good to go. Hydration wise it does its job decently. Nothing longer than 6 or 7 hours. I prefer something a little more moisturising of course. I did not detect any scent using this.

I quite like this but it didn't meet all my needs so probably not repurchasing this.

KL Trip May 2013  

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The main purpose of the trip is for a night of get together; but somehow the shopaholic in me managed to squeeze in time for shopping.

Something drew me into the Etude outlet in Times Square. The Husband scored some super affordable skincare from the collagen range (he blamed me for his growing skincare addiction heh!)

When it is Buy 1 Free 1, it is difficult to choose...
I had some samples of the Baking Powder scrub from my Korea trip - I love the scent and texture. So of course its the right time to buy!

My eyes did an autopilot looking for blushers.. and settled on Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Color. I picked two out of four as one was out of stock. RM41.90 for 2.. 

The window display at Sasa caught my attention - the massage bar. Turned out free with each Loreal Revitalift product. I chose the moisturiser.

My second trip to Hyakuland (Daiso's twin) - some powders and concealers. I've collected blushers from my first trip back in December..

Some gold and silver eye shadows from Essence. Collections are so much slower in Penang.. hmmm.. just look at the EU releases already hmmph.

Time Square is a great place to shop for accessories. Affordable - belts and earrings at RM10 each. Also, some pretty dresses and cardis also at RM10 each! Now I wish I am a petite Thai size....

Naruko Magnolia Brightening and Firming Serum  

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Naruko Says:


Step 1: After cleansing and using toner and milky lotion, pump out a dime-sized amount of the serum and spread it evenly onto the face. For areas fine lines and dull skin, leave the serum on for 3-5 minutes. Then gently pat the face with your fingertips.
Step 2: Follow with eye cream and/or night gelly for the best result.

How to Massage Using the Serum:

Step 1: 
After your skincare routine, pump out a dime-sized amount of the serum and spread it evenly onto the face, starting with your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. Use your fingertips to massage thoroughly.
Step 2: Enhance use on the dark spots and trouble areas as needed.
Step 3: Rub your palms together until they are warm. Use your palms to gently press against your forehead, chin, and the sides of your nose. Press each area for 3-5 minutes.

When massaging, please remember to close your eyes and breathe deeply to smell the scent of the essential oils. Wash your face with lukewarm water the following morning.

Purified Water (Aqua), Taiwan Magnolia Grandiflora (Michelia Alba) Flower Water, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Plantago Major Seed Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Phytoferulin® Extract [Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria Alpina) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Masterwort (Peucedanum Ostruthium) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Alps Wormwood (Artemisia Umbelliformis) Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium Fleischeri) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamolmilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract], Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide 3, Baicalin, Alpha-Arbutin, Glycoprotein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Glycerine, Propanediol, Sclerotium Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP Copolymer, Sodium Citrate, D-Glucono-1, 5-Lactone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Essential Oil of Lemon (Citrus Limonum)

This gentle, ecofriendly product is made without parabens, preservatives, artificial ingredients or coloring.  The product is cruelty free and is not tested on animals.

Foxy Frangipani Says:
Scent: Floral
Nett Wt: 30ml
Made in: Taiwan
Texture: White milky lotion

Another item from my Taiwan trip :)

I remember I was super excited at one of the Watsons outlet because I saw the entire Naruko range there. Spent quite some time browsing and deciding what to buy, because it was sale time (thank you thank you so lucky I was there when many outlets were having sales); many items are either on discount or Buy 1 Free 1 :D

I didn't have time to browse the internet for reviews on this, but I thought it looked good. I have to try it. And boy I'm glad I did!

Ok let me gush about the scent first. If I were to rate what I like most about this serum, it would be the scent. Each time I apply this, I am reminded of Wesak's Day. You know the fragrant floral water that devotees use to bathe the Buddha? Yes this smells just like that. I love it! Its so relaxing.

I use about 3-4 pumps for face and neck. This milky lotion is very easy to absorb, and didn't make my face shiny. No breakouts too. I only use this for day time. I'm already done with the serum :( Lasted me about 1.5 months of once a day use.

Now for the brightening effect.. I think it does help a little. Because I've been too slack with the sunscreen (don't ask why, don't shriek too - just another episode of crappy sunscreens and I don't know what other ways to finish them before I open a new one). So, I've been without sunscreen for probably 2-3 months or more now? Sun exposure as usual - lunch time glaring sun for say 3-5 mins? Irregular though.

I didn't develop any new dark spots. While I didn't turn into luminuous Snow White, not getting new dark spots seems kinda great. Right?

Couldn't vouch for firming though, because I've been quite consistant in massage and sagging haven't come visiting :P

I will most probably repurchase this again because I really love the scent. Ahhh.

By the way, the glass bottle is quite heavy and its not easy to gauge the content inside. So I am unlikely to take this along for travels.

The Body Shop Sale May 2013  

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This just arrived today..
The Body Shop is having a sale on their webstore. I was in luck as my favourite White Musk Body Mist is on 70% off :D
They charge a flat rate of RM10 for shipping by PosLaju.
Shipping took about 3 days (excluding weekends); and came properly sealed. No spillage and I immediately took a whiff.
Ooh I love the Passion Fruit Shower Gel! I love Body Shop shower gels and would usually buy when they are on sale. I checked the web again today and these shower gel is no longer offered :S
I also picked up:

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser  

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Vichy Says:
Skin Concern: Aging, Dehydrated, Dry, Dull
Skin Type: All, Sensitive

Purete Thermale 3 in 1 One Step Cleanser is a cleansing milk, toning lotion and eye make-up remover combined into one convenient formula that is lightweight and non-greasy. 

Formulated for sensitive skin.
This one-step cleanser acts as a cleansing milk, a toning lotion and an eye make-up remover. With Captelae(tm) to trap impurities by minimizing rubbing with cotton.

Ingredient Innovation: Captelae™, a shea plant extract, which works like a micro-magnet to remove impurities from the skin. 

With Vichy Thermal Water, clinically proven to soothe and fortify skin. Also with vitamin B5 for its moisturizing properties. Lightweight non-greasy fluid. No rinsing required.

Results: Face, eyes and lips are perfectly cleansed in one simple step. Leaves skin feeling soft and supple.

Dermatological Standards: Allergy tested. Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological and ophthalmological control and on contact lens wearers. Alcohol-free. Soap-free. Colorant-free. Skin pH. Non-comedogenic.


Foxy Frangipani Says:
Scent: Mild, non irritating 
Nett Wt: 200ml
Made in: France
Texture: Cream

I got these when the news of Vichy pulling out of Malaysia came to my knowledge. They were on buy 1 free 1 clearance.

This is a fine cleanser. On my bare faced days I use this both day and night. It doesn't rinse well though.. I think it is meant to be wiped off with tissue. But I don't like using tissue, or no rinsing (icky); so my trusted dampened muslin cloth it is.. After cleansing my skin really does not feel tight or dry.

I'm not comfortable with just using this alone when I have my BB cream or foundation on. I find it still leaves some residue on.. However this is my go to cleanser in the morning when I do not want to strip off too much oil from my skin.

I've since finished one tube, and am wondering if I would repurchase this again (overseas that is..). I'm not exactly loyal to facial cleansers.. but I really do like this one quite a bit.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Kabuki Brush  

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I'm so thankful iHerb ships to Malaysia. Then I no longer need to drool longingly at stuffs only available in the US.

As part of my first order from iHerb, I was attracted to a few items from Physicians Formula. Previously I could only drool over :P

This kabuki brush looks really interesting with the eye catching blue colour.
It is very dense and soft to touch. I use this with pressed and loose powder, and so far I really like it.

Its size allows me to cover my face in just a few quick rounds. Just stipple and buff. Time saving! I like it even more for it distributes the powder evenly, no cakey look.

My only concern is due to its short bristles, when washing this I had to be extra careful not to get excess water into the trunk. Also the bulky size may not be most suitable for travels.

Other than that, USD10.51 well spent :)

The Body Shop Earth Lovers Watermelon n Eucalyptus Shower Gel  

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The Body Shop Says:
This 100% biodegradable shower gel is sulphate, paraben and colourant-free. Contains real watermelon and eucalyptus extracts.

  • Soap-free
  • No sulphates, parabens or colourants
  • Watermelon and eucalyptus scent
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (Surfactant - Cleansing Agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent), Zinc Laurate (Anticaking Agent), Salicylic Acid (Preservative/Hair Conditioner), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract (Natural Additive).

Foxy Frangipani Says:
Nett Wt: 250ml
Scent: Very watermelon!
 Price: RM29.90

Body Shop's shower gels are usually a "luxury" for me. I know for shower a normal bar soap would do just well, but there's something about indulging in yummy scented body washes...

I got this when they have a buy one free one promotion. RM29.90 for 2 isn't too expensive I think (now that I'm not on a student's budget).

This doesn't lather alot, but when used with a wash cloth, cleanses really well. I love love the fresh scent of watermelon. So yummy. The fact that this is biodegradable and without sulphate and parabens is just an added bonus.

Rinses well and won't dry out skin, won't leave an oily residue as well.