Saturday, 3 November 2012

Nuk Baby Bottles - Long-Lasting Print

Ever wished that those "mL" labels on feeding bottles stay clear and readable for months? On a plastic bottle and not the glass type which is a bit heavy for our kids to hold while drinking milk and lying down? I am delighted to share my personal choice of feeding bottle for my son --- NUK!

Like a lot of Malaysian mommies, I actually started using the expensive bottle brand in the market. The quality is good, I am convinced with the BPA-FREE certification, anti-colic and all other stuff but over a course of 24 months, I got fed up with constantly changing the bottles every 2 or 3 months because the mL print just won't last. I use sterilizing tablets to keep my son's bottles clean and I guess the print easily wears off since the bottles are submerged in water a long time daily. But I expected better performance from a brand that's supposed to be one of the best (and most expensive) bottles internationally. 

I started using different brands and, yes, I also tried a glass bottle which has a very good print but it is just too heavy and my son wasn't comfortable with it. He always drinks milk lying down while watching TV and the glass bottle was heavy for him to lift. So okay, again, that fails. 

I needed a plastic bottle with the same requirements as BPA-FREE, anti-colic and all but with better quality print. I came across NUK bottles while doing my usual baby stuff shopping. Aside from the usual, it also has an Orthodontic feature for proper oral development AND I was attracted by the cartoon design. I'm sure it would be easier to convince my son to use this new bottle with those cartoons. There's Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and other colorful designs. The price is a bit lower than the leading one. But if you catch the sale period, member's specials then you can get it at a lower price. 

I've been using NUK for a year now and have bought 3 bottles to-date. I still replace his bottles regularly even with the amazingly long-lasting print. Here's to show you the latest one I got during SOGO sale so I got it at a lower price:


Regular price is at RM52 but I got it for only RM41.60.

See the cute Mickey design? 

The thing is the nipples/bottles are only up to 12 months. My son is already 3 years old and he's still a milk baby. So what I do is cut the nipple hole bigger. I also have to constantly change the nipples because my son keeps biting and spoils the nipples fast. The new nipples cost around RM22 per 2pc set.






















To show you how long-lasting the print is, check out his older bottle which I have used for more than 5 months already:




The bottle has turned color already (this also happens to the leading brand so no fuss) but the print is still so clear and vivid.
































Here are the 2 of them side-by-side:






Only the color has a difference but the prints are both clear and vivid. 




My son will be so happy to use his new bottle. But hopefully, he would start eating real meals soon. 


Monday, 17 September 2012

My 1st body scrub experience...Elianto's Natural Therapy Botanicals Body Scrub


Surprising but honestly, I have never used a body scrub before. I am not really convinced with using an additional bath item which I only need to use once or twice a week. Will such a product make a difference on my skin? Really? Once a week use? 

I am not much of an exfoliation type. I somehow find it a burden to remember to use something once or twice a week as opposed to something that I just simply use everyday. Little did I know how these simple things can actually make a significant difference. 

So, okay, I decided to give scrubbing a try. I decided to use Elianto's Natural Therapy Botanicals Body Scrub, also supposed to be whitening, moisturizing and an anti-oxidant. This is my first time to use a body scrub so I looked for a botanical or natural-based product. I was glad to come across this item while shopping for my usual nail colors at this brand's outlet in MidValley, conveniently located at an island in front of Bread Story, lower ground floor. 


This body scrub is formulated with extracts from 10 different plants and flowers, meant to give hydration and nourishment to the skin. The 10 different plants and flowers as listed in its ingredients are Impatiens Balsamina, Oppuntia Coccinellifera, Artemisia Capillaris, Chrysanthemum Inula Britannica, Bambusa Vulgaris, Pinus Densiflora, Centella Asiatica, Broussonetia Kazinaki Root, Camellia Sinensis, and Nelumbo Nucifera. Ok, I only recognize chrysanthemum, haha!

It also contains Vitamin E Acetate and antioxidants which are good to prevent dryness and premature skin aging. 

Another good thing is that it doesn't contain parabens. 



The scrub is brown in color with those small suds. Smells fantastic.


Quite easy to spread and apply all over the body when mixed with water. Feels great and very soothing. 



There is no recommendation on how often to use in a week so I just started with once a week (since this is my first time).  After using my usual body wash, I squeezed out 2-pea size amount for every area of my body: arms, chest and tummy, back, legs...feet. 

I'd say I'm enlightened...a revelation on how using scrub can actually make a difference. Aside from the fact that it's so relaxing to use a body scrub, with the combined massaging and aroma, my skin actually feels a lot smoother and refreshed after. I've been using it for a  month already and my skin feels healthier. My legs used to feel dry before but I feel that  my once-a-week body scrub sessions using Elianto's Natural Therapy have made my skin better. I'd definitely continue to use, maybe increase it to twice a week...

This item retails at RM31, available at Elianto outlets. 






Sunday, 9 September 2012

Organic Hydra for Youthful, Hydrated Skin

Having dry skin is not really an option for any of us. Why? Aside from the fact that dry skin makes our face look dull and rough, it also tends to be more sensitive because of lack of protective moisture barrier against external elements that can easily irritate the skin. Even a slight change in temperature can lead to itchiness and redness. 

Dry skin makes fine lines appear more visible including rough texture and other imperfections. When dry skin is not properly treated, it can lead to more severe problems such as dermatitis.

Dry skin is caused by environmental factors, skin care habits, lifestyle or internal factors. Weather and climate conditions can lead to dry skin. Ever noticed your hands getting very dry inside your air-conditioned office that you regularly need to apply hand cream? Bathing too long with hot water also strips away your skin's natural moisture. If you really need a hot bath, make it short or try lukewarm water instead. The soap you use is also important. For those with dry skin, it is highly recommended to use fragrance-free soaps or cleansers. And while bathing, avoid scrubbing your skin too hard as you will strip away protective layers and natural oils. Exfoliate once a week if you really cannot escape exfoliation, and if you want to use body scrubs, just do it gently and don't scrub like you have the skin of some 4-legged mammal. Remember that our skin is even thinner than paper. 

Drinking enough water is very important to our body and to our skin's condition as well. Make sure you drink enough water. The key, don't wait until your thirsty before you drink water. 

Having a healthy diet, as everyone has been telling us, also has an impact on how we look on the outside. Minimize intake of junk food and sugar drinks. Increase your fruits and vegetable diet. Take your daily supplements as there are a lot of nutrients that we need which we cannot ingest completely from our daily diet. 

And, of course, having the right skincare products to address dry, dull skin will be of great importance in treating our skin right. I came across Elianto's Organic Hydra skincare range, a 5-piece collection of products formulated to give superior hydration to all skin types. 




Organic Hydra has combined gentle yet effective ingredients to deliver hydration and anti-aging benefits:



Organic Rose Water – maintains the skin’s optimal hydration level to keep the skin supple, soft and smooth. Known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rose water has been a precious ingredient for beauty and skin-healing treatments for centuries.



Organic Hydrosalinol (Salicorne) – provides extreme moisture, helps retain skin moisture, prevents moisture loss and restores the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Organic Salicorne is a plant rich in antioxidants with over 90 kinds of ocean minerals.

Hydrolyzed Collagen – helps fight the aging process, keeps the skin suppler and prevents formation of wrinkles and sagging skin. Hydrolysed Collagen leaves the skin with improved elasticity, tone and texture. 

Organic Hydra has 5 products:

Gel Cleanser (RM43/ 150ml) – thoroughly yet gently removes impurities and make-up without irritation while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. Suitable for all skin types. Oil-free and soap free.

Face Toner (RM55/ 150ml) – cleans, soothes and repairs the skin with its hydration-rich components. Suitable for all skin types.

Serum (RM59/ 50ml) – hydrates the skin and protects against free radicals, prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improves skin tone and firmness. Suitable for all skin types.

Moist Gel (RM65/ 150ml) – prevents moisture loss while stimulating collagen production,  eliminates dull, flaky skin while reducing the appearance or formation of wrinkles. Works well with make-up and foundation. Suitable for all skin types.

Intensive Mask (RM75/ 50ml) – restores radiance, combats dryness, rejuvenates the skin, plumps up wrinkles and fine lines, improves elasticity, skin tone and texture. Suitable for all skin types.

Step-by-step use:
DAY - Cleanser --- Toner --- Serum --- Moist Gel, and for those who need extra hydration, use the Intensive Mask after moist gel.
NIGHT - Cleanser --- Toner --- Serum --- Moist Gel --- Intensive Mask (no need to wash off)

The Organic Hydra range is available at all Elianto outlets across Malaysia. 



Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Enuca's Light Me Up...lightened me up!

Pigmentation and dark skin have always been a challenge for us women. As for me, my main skin concerns are huge pores, oily skin and fine lines around the eyes. But when presented with the opportunity to test drive a new whitening skincare range, I said to myself, "why not?". 


I was asked to try this range from Enuca called Light Me Up (well, isn't that just cool and straight forward?). This is my first time introduction to the brand and it is no surprise as Enuca just started in 2011. It is based on a multi-level marketing business model which gives proprietorship opportunities to anyone who has the passion in beauty products and would like to build their financial freedom through this industry.

And so I tried the Enuca Light Me Up products: Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Spot Concentrate, and Day & Night Moisturizer. This range is supposed to brighten, lighten the skin and reduce pigmentation including freckles. Its key ingredients are 7 powerful Alpine plant-derived skin lightening extracts. 



The Cleanser is a non-foaming type but the great thing is it cleanses my skin just nice. One of my disappointments with some non-foaming cleansers is that it doesn't really clean the skin. The Light Me Up Cleanser claims to brighten, lighten and purify the complexion gently without stripping the skin's natural moisture. The product itself is white in color, milky and has a gentle fragrance. 

This is suitable for dry to normal skin. As with a normal cleanser or facial wash, use a small amount in between palms and gently massage over wet face and neck in circular motion. 









After using the cleanser, I apply the Light Me Up Toner. This toner is not your usual water-like base type. It is actually milky, more like a facial lotion, white in color. Just apply it on a cotton pad then wipe over the face and neck. There is no stinging feel at all. And right after applying this, I can feel that my face is already supple and smooth. Very refreshing. 





The Serum is quite interesting as it has a rather unconventional pump cover which has a button on top to dispense the serum. The serum is very clear, gel-like in texture to be spread all over the face using your fingertips. Safe to use day and night.





The spot concentrate is a concentrated formula targeted for specific areas that require special attention. So you look closely at the mirror, look at your cheeks and the area near your eyes and you just might notice some small dots there...yes, might be sun exposure or you are just very cute and inherited some freckles. Nevertheless, the spot concentrate will be a good weapon against those pigmented spots. This product, like the serum, is gel-like liquid, to be applied on targeted areas only. Not on the entire face, unlike some other brands which have the spot concentrate and yet you have to apply it on the entire face. Isn't that just weird? 




And the last product on this skincare range is the Day & Night Moisturizer. This one has a very nice jar, not your usual plastic and it has that elegant, gold brand logo on the cover. All the other products have black logo and only this one is in gold. It comes with a spatula so you can just use this to scoop the right amount that you need and makes it more hygienic as you don't need to dip your finger inside. Pretty cool. It has a rich texture, easy to spread over the face and neck. This one feels good on the skin and you immediately feel moisturized. The only disappointment for me is that there's no SPF content so I still need to add another layer of either my BB cream or sunscreen which could feel a bit heavy during the day. 

HOW TO USE ALTOGETHER:
Cleanser - Toner - Serum - Spot Concentrate - Day & Night Moisturizer

The VERDICT:
After 2 weeks of daily use, there was an obvious and visible improvement on my skin tone and pigmentation. On the photo below, you can see on the encircled area that the pigmentation was reduced after 2 weeks. On the square area, you can see that my stubborn spot (it's really just 1 big dot there) was visibly lighter. The size is not yet reduced but the color improved. And look at my overall complexion! Really lighter and brighter!



Prices:
Cleanser - RM108
Toner - RM128
Serum - RM198
Spot Concentrate - RM88
Day & Night Moisturizer - RM138





Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Get Baby Silky Feet in 7 Days???

Ok, this gotta be good. I stumbled upon this new beauty section at 1F in Isetan KLCC. I actually didn't realize that they now have this part at the 1st floor. They have a few brands within this area which obviously caters to the younger shoppers. It has Shizens, TheFaceShop, Canmake, Holika Holika and Nature Republic (er, I've only heard of Shizens and TheFaceShop, the rest are all new to me.

Honestly, I am not young anymore to be really attracted to these brands BUT (!) I saw this very interesting product and it really captured my addiction to baby feet...a product by Holika Holika from Korea --- BABY Silky FOOT One Shot Peeling, and in smaller text, it says: Seven day miracle! A simple one-step foot peeling pack for smoothening dead skin cells on coarse and chapped feet. 



The product costed me RM38.60 (well, that's just weird pricing). It's so darn cute and interesting, look at that cute baby feet shot. And I guess I was intrigued with the seven day miracle...

I've had dry and chapped feet for as long as I can remember. I have been using Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Lotion and it has really done wonders for my feet. But this Baby Silky Foot thing should be interesting to try.


Inside this cute box are plastic disposable socks and the peeling solution inside babyfeet-shaped pack. Again, cuteness...


Here are the step-by-step directions:

1) Wear the plastic socks on both feet (best to start after bathing or washing your feet)
2) Put each liquid of the pouch into each foot sock


Tie the plastic strings to keep the liquid and moisture inside the socks (and to prevent spills as well)


Watch some TV first, chill, relax...read a book or something...

3) Take off the socks after one and a half hours

4) Wash feet gently with water

And the wait is on for the seven-day-miracle. Right after washing my feet, it feels soft and tender. During the 1st day after this peeling solution, the skin on my feet started to peel off, especially at those areas with dry and thick skin.

I am now on my 4th day and the peeling has become more evident. Sorry, I won't be posting photos for this as it's quite unsightly. The great thing is my calluses are actually peeling off, too. It's quite amazing to see (hehe, goodbye thick skin).

Overall, I see that this was worth a try. You just need to do this peeling solution once every 28 days so it's not too much of a hassle. It's just like going for a foot spa every now and then. I'd definitely repeat next month to fully peel off my calluses and to make my feet even more silky...of course, I would still be using my indispensable Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Lotion.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Perricone MD Chia Serum...magic in a bottle.

Ever heard of chia seeds? This seed sounds really new and interesting to me. Upon some research, I've learned that chia is an edible seed that comes from a desert plant called Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in the country of Mexico. It is said that this small yet amazing seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the south west and Mexico as well. Just a teaspoon full is good enough to sustain the energy of the Indians of the south west when going on a 24-hour march. 24-hour?!!! Wow, look how small this seed is...


This small little seed is also notable for its high oil content and it is the RICHEST vegetable source for Omega-3. And if you can well remember, omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which is vital for normal metabolism and has a lot of health benefits. 



So why am I talking about chia seeds? Well, it's because the chia oil found in chia seeds is the main component of this new revolutionary product from Perricone MD called Chia Serum. Chia Serum is a multi-tasking serum with rare extracts of chia oil and fat-soluble essential vitamins: vitamins A, C and E. It is scientifically-formulated to rapidly transform dull, dry skin to a visibly vibrant, glowing and healthy complexion. And because of the powers of chia oil, the Chia Serum also protects the skin from oxidative stress that accelerates the signs of aging. 

The application and usage of the Chia Serum is also very amazing and convenient. You can apply it directly after cleansing your face or after treatment or before make-up application or as a make-up finish. Talk about multi-tasking! Just rub 1-3 drops in between your palms and pat gently in circular motions over the entire face. You can even mix it with your favorite Perricone MD moisturizer. You can apply it several times a day, as often as you feel your skin needs. The bottle can easily be placed inside your cosmetic pouch and bring it with you the whole day! 

RESULTS based on Perricone MD tests:

- 90% said their skin felt more hydrated immediately after use
- 88% agreed after using for 1 week it helped their skin retain moisture
- 73% agreed it boosted the effects of their daily moisturizer
- 88% agreed when used under make-up, make-up applied more smoothly

Perricone MD Chia Serum is now available in Malaysia at Isetan KLCC, The Gardens, 1 Utama; Parkson KLCC and Pavilion, and Metrojaya Mid Valley. Retails at RM306/ 30ml.