Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thank Goodness for PediaSure!


Having a child who’s a picky-eater is probably one of the biggest challenges for parents. But having a child who doesn’t want to eat at all is a dilemma. My son is already 3 years and 3 months old but until now, he’s main food every day is just milk. Doctors said that there’s nothing to worry about as he gets sufficient nutrition from milk but I am still worried because he doesn’t eat any meal. He would only taste a bit of this and that then spit after sucking and chewing for a while.








Lucky there’s PediaSure. Long time ago, during my single days, I remember a colleague facing the same problem with his son. Her pediatrician also advised her to give PediaSure and in my home country, this brand is considered very, very expensive. Though hard and heavy on the pocket, parents who have problem-eater kids would still spend and buy this milk. At that time, I actually thought, how could milk be this expensive??? Little did I know that I’d be spending so much every month on the exact product around 8 years later, haha.





My son used to eat a bowl of rice when he was around 12 months. My mother in-law cooked different meals for him every day (lucky for me as I am such an idiot cook). Then suddenly, when he was around 24 months or so, he just didn’t want to eat. After several months of failed attempts to get him back to eating, that’s when we decided to shift to PediaSure. Costing around RM130 per 1.8kg, it was my best option since my son is entirely dependent on milk for his daily nutrition. Until now, he still doesn’t eat much, except for a few slices of cheese, a few bites of cookies or a few strands of mee. I am worried but so far, doctors have assured that he’s doing fine, he’s growing well and his weight is ok. He drinks around 6-7 bottles of 6oz milk everyday, poops once to thrice daily, so he’s pretty much normal.

I’m just thankful that there’s milk for this challenge. Otherwise, I would be panicking on what to feed my son. I’m sure there are a lot of mothers who might be facing the same problem and for me, PediaSure is worth a try and its price. Aden never had problem with his weight, unless he was sick and vomiting for a few days. Our friends still get surprised when we tell them that he doesn’t eat meals and just drinks milk everyday. He looks as healthy and normal as other kids who eat.

I can foresee that I still have more cans of PediaSure to open for Aden. But I really hope and pray that he would start eating proper meals soon. In the meantime, PediaSure is still my son’s best daily meal.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Laneige Sun Block Triple SPF Product Review

So here's my review on the 2nd Laneige item I bought and used - Sun Block Triple SPF 40 PA++, 70ml at RM90. 


Let's start with the packaging and presentation. The box is very interesting as it added embossed graphic and metallic print aside from the normal printing. A shape that somewhat looks like snowflake is embossed in front and side. I just don't understand the snowflake-looking shape's connection with sun block. The product's packaging itself is in plastic tube with a twist cap. A bit inconvenient when in a hurry, specially for us working women who have to quickly finish our skincare and makeup every morning, in addition to preparing our child for school. It would have been better if it comes in a flip top or in a one-pull cap. 



The product claims to have 3 functions: blocking UV rays, relieving photo-aging and correcting skin tone. And according to the beauty consultant, it also serves as a make-up base. Main ingredients include cyclopentasiloxane, titanium dioxide, ethlyhexyl methoxycinnamate, butylene glycol, zinc oxide and ethyl dimethicone, contains parabens. 




I've started using it for a few days, together with my daily morning skincare and makeup routine. After my pore minimizing moisturizer, I apply the sun block then my RMK liquid foundation. The sun block smells nice. However, although the ingredients surely serve a good function in blocking the sun, I am quite disappointed with the texture and blending properties. It's a bit thick and leaves an obvious white film, probably because of the titanium dioxide. Also difficult to spread and blend even on top of a moisturizer. Considering that it's supposed to have color-correcting properties, I don't think that making my face whiter than my neck would be the right effect. Lucky I have a good liquid foundation so I get my correct tone again after applying on top of the sun block. I hope Laneige will improve on this, or better yet, launch a CC cream that will be better than this item. The product is not bad as the 3 main claims are very great functions, just need to improve texture and blending properties and maybe a more convenient bottle. 

Well, I will still continue to use it and see how effective it will be against protecting my skin from the sun and correcting my skin tone. Over the year, I've developed tiny spots on my right cheek due to sun exposure while driving. And now that I am working further from my home than before, I will be even exposed longer to UV rays on the road. If it shows good results on my spots and skin tone then I probably would try to live with the unsatisfactory texture and blending.