[Review] b.liv Power Duos – Hydro Quench Booster

Hello and a Happy New Year!

I’ve been a busy bee recently, preparing for 2015 to be uh-mazing, so I’m kicking off 2015 on the blog with a post aimed to achieving great, healthy skin. As we all know, and I’ve been repeating this mantra over, and over, and over again in all my previous blog-posts, which is the fact that I believe hydration is the key to achieving perfect skin. I’ve been constantly hydrating internally (drinking more water yo!) & externally, via treatments, masks, moisturizers, etc, so I’m trying my best here.

It seems that the universe is in agreement with me, since these babies landed in my mailbox not too long ago. ❤

Let me do the honours of introducing the b.liv Power Duos- Hydro Quench Booster to you guys, a powerful set containing b.liv’s two best-selling moisture boosting products:

  • b.liv Hyaluronic Original Hydration Essence (25ml, RRP 99.90)
  • b.liv Repair & Rescue – Sensitive Salvation Original Japan Silk Mask (7pcs, RRP 49.90)

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Product Pack Description: Treat your skin to a moisture boost with our Hydro Quench Duo! This awesome duo consists of the richly formulated Hyaluronic Acid serum and our perfectly pre-soaked Japan Silk Masks, Immerse Me. With this, your skin will be filled with highly thirst-quenching ingredients that will bring back a healthy and dewy look to your skin!

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid yet, have a quick read on what magic it can do for your skin.

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Personally, I’ve already been incorporating Hyaluronic Acid into my skin care for a while now with Hydraluron, and the b.liv skincare set is another additional step in my skin-care routine to enhance moisture retention.

Lets start off with the b.liv Hyaluronic Original Hydration Essence.

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Product Description:  b.liv’s hyaluronic original – a 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid powder in solubilized solution acts as a super sponge to hold 1000 times its weight in moisture. It provides intensive moisturization and soothes all skin types, including the excessively dry. It’ll revive your complexion and make it the focus of everyone’s attention!

The essence is made of 100% pure of Hyaluronic Acid powder. The ultra-lightweight serum, water-smooth texture melts into the skin after application, so gentle, it is ideal for use after a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. It can be applied anytime throughout the day or night to add extra moisture to the skin.  Suitable for all skin types, inclusive excessively dry, acne prone and sensitive skin.
Can be used alone for oily skin or layered with moisturizer if you have dry skin.

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Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Lactamide MEA, Rice (Oryza sativa) Bran Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben

Usage Instructions: After cleansing and toning, apply 4-6 drops of Hyaluronic Original evenly over the face in the morning and night. Follow up with your skin moisturizer of choice.

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Personal Thoughts: I’ve been using the essence for exactly 28 days now (morning & night) , though I skipped a day or two when I was feeling too ill to get out of bed.(boo, fever!) My normal routine is to start of with the Kiehls Calendula Cleanser, following up with the Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner, Melvita Rose Mist, Alpha H Liquid Gold (at night), Hydraluron,  the Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel Moisturizer, and the Shiseido Perfect UV Sunscreen to finish off. At night I sometimes add-on the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate into the mix as well if I feel extra dehydrated.

For all intents and purposes of this trial, I stopped using Hydraluron & used the b.liv’s Hyaluronic Original (BHO) instead to replace it. After 30 days of use, I’ve noticed a couple of things. The BHO definitely works the same way as Hydraluron, but absorbs much faster into the skin that Hydraluron would. If Hydraluron would take a minute to dry off, the BHO takes half the time. Also the BHO is less tackier that Hydraluron, and has no scent. Hydraluron sometimes has a strange gluey scent to it, lol! The texture of BHO itself is slightly thicker than water, much like any other serums really.

The glass bottle itself is quite small, only 25 ml, but I reckon with 4-5 drops daily, it can last you at least 2 months. Also, may I just add here that the glass bottle with the pipette screams luxe to me!

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Effects wise, the BHO definitely made my skin feel more hydrated, (I feel more boing!) and it made my skin feel much smoother and softer. I only noticed the extra plumpness during the few days I stopped using the BHO because of my fever, and my skin felt less hydrated and less soft. It didn’t break me out, no adverse effects whatsoever. It didn’t make a world of a difference to my skin, considering the fact that I’ve been on the Hyaluronic Acid bandwagon for a while now, but for someone just starting to incorporate it into their skincare, I’m quite sure it will do wonders for your skin.

The next item in the set is the b.liv Repair & Rescue – Sensitive Salvation Original Japan Silk Mask (7pcs) though you’re only seeing 6 pcs because I went ahead and used one first while taking pics for this post haha.

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Product Description: This moisturizing mask covers your skin with a generous boost of hydration! Immerse Me acts like a balm for parched and dry complexion as it gets absorbed in a blink of an eye and makes sure your skin’s longing hydration will never turn tail. Its nourishing essences shoo away the dryness and replenish moisture into the deeper layers of your skin. It improves skin water retaining ability and provides long-lasting hydration. So, why not make it an everyday affair?
 
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium PCA (Sodium 1-Pyrrolidonecarboxylate Solution), Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, 1,3-Propanediol, Honey Extract, Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrical) Extract, Glycerin, PEG-8, Carbomer, Fragrance, Fragrance, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
 
Usage Instructions: Do I really need to teach you guys how to use a mask? 😉
 
Personal Thoughts: I’ve actually raved plenty about the b.liv’s Silk Masks which you can read here, so I was really glad this mask lived up to the standards I was expecting. I basically slap on this mask once a week, watch some TV for 20 mins, and voila, extra hydrated skin in an instant! I swear, these masks are the bomb. My skin feels softer, plumper and just a teeny bit lighter after using the mask.
 
To sum the review up, if you’re one who needs extra hydration, you’d do well to pick this set up. No harm in adding more moisture to ones life, no?And take into the account that this set is on sale at RM 99 only, I’d call it a steal. Yeap, from 149.80 to only RM99!
For more info on the products mentioned, do click on the useful links below:

 Product Info: http://www.hishop.my/b-liv-power-duos-hydro-quench-booster?utm_source=shashasekharan.wordpress.com&access=clicks

While you’re browsing at HiShop, here a 15% coupon code for you to use : SHASHA
(you can thank me later!)

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xoxo,
Shashay

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[Review] RA8 Refreshing Cleanser

Haroo awesomesauces!

I’ve been missing for a while, yes I know. Sorry, been busy moving houses, shifting my stuff (I have too much stuff I tell you) and now I can finally catch a moment to sit down and type a proper blog post. Anyway, I digress from my intent which is to review the RA8 CleanserWhat’s that you ask? Sit yourself down and I’ll tell you all about it. 

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The RA8 cleanser is actually a relatively unknown brand to me as I’ve never tried any of their products from their range, but I was rather eager to give it a go. The bottle you see above is the 50 ml bottle, however the 50 ml one is only sold in the Starter Kit. If you’re looking to purchase the cleanser separately, you would have to get the bigger 100 ml sized one.

A little about RA8 first. From my research, RA8 seems to be a locally cultivated Malaysian brand based in Kuala Lumpur itself. I usually stay away from local skin care brands because I’m just a skin care snob that way, and I highly doubt I’ll ever change, LOL!  However, for the sake of the review, I thought why not just bend the rules one slight time?

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The cleanser comes with a pump that dispenses exactly the right amount of cleanser one needs. With squeeze tubes, I always end up using way too much 😦

The cleanser is a runny clear gel, which as you can see is running down my hands as I attempt to photograph it. 

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When lathered with water, it brings a very soft bubbly lather, and doesn’t foam up immensely. Usually really foamy cleanser indicate a a high presence of SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) which is very bad for your skin. Good on you RA8. 

Product Description:   RA8 Cosmeceutical is a simple & effective skin care regime that produces noticeable improvement in skin tone, texture and overall appearance of the skin. The cleanser is a soft foaming liquid that gently cleanses your face. It contains aquamarine extract to brighten, clarify facial skin tone and to restore the skin’s hydrolipidic film.

Personal Thoughts: I have been using the cleanser for about 3-4 weeks now, which I the normal timescale I use to gauge the effectiveness of a skin care product. The cleanser does indeed brighten my skin tone, but the other thing I noticed was that my skin felt super bouncy! It felt super soft and plump, not the bad plump, but the good one 😀 Other than the softness, the cleanser is just a cleanser. It didn’t break me out, which is a great thing, but like I mentioned, I only could see some brightness and feel the softness. 

Now here comes my gripe with the cleanser. I dislike the scent. The smell of the cleanser is enough to turn me off RA8 products forever. Maybe its just me being extra PMS-y, because I haven’t noticed anyone else complaining about the scent, but to me, it smells rather awful. If it wasn’t for the smell, I’d definitely give this cleanser a repurchase! 

Final thoughts? Thumbs up for the brightness & softness, a big thumbs down for the scent. If you are the kind of person who doesn’t mind scents that much, you might wanna give this cleanser a go.

The ingredient list for those interested:  EDTA, Glycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquathernium-44, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Limon (lemon) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Aqua, Aquamarine Extract .

Thank you HiShop for sending the product over to me, and if you are tempted to purchase this cleanser, useful links below!  

The RA8 Refreshing Cleanser 100ml retails for RM88.00.

Here is an exclusive RM20 rebate for all my readers, use the code RA814 with minimum purchase of RM99, valid till 30 June 2014 ❤

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That’s all from me for now, I still have loads of unpacking to do! Have a great week ahead!

xoxo,
Shasha

I’ve Lost My Head Thank You Very Much.

Harooo awesomesauces!

Yes, I have finally lost my head and my marbles along with it. Jokes aside, it’s been a really stressful week and I’m super glad that it’s finally hump day. For now, I’m back again with another skin care review with the b.liv Off with Those Heads Blackhead Sebum Gel. Now to be perfectly honest, during the whole time I was drafting up this post, I was thinking of the Queen of Hearts (from Alice in Wonderland for the unitiated).

Seriously, my love for Helena Bonham Carter knows no bounds! How can one person be so talented? 😀

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Moving onto the review, I’ve been using the b.liv off with those heads gel recently, and I must admit it had me a little surprised. Personally, I don’t b.liv (see what I did there?) anything that promises to remove blackheads, and especially in two weeks. Those things are stubborn little buggers which usually need manual extraction which will cause you hurt like a beyotch.  HOWEVER, the b.liv off with those heads gel doesn’t actually removes blackheads, what it does is that it actually softens the clog blocking your pores allowing for effortless extraction and removal of all sores, hence there is still the need for manual extraction, minus the beyotch 😛

If you’re familiar with the b.liv by Cellnique range you’d realize that all b.liv products come with a 14 day 100% money back guarantee with no questions asked. So, if you’ve used it for 2 weeks and see no results, you can always send it back to the manufacturer and you get your money back! This is actually pretty cool, I mean, Cellnique must be really confident in their product to offer such a guarantee!

And for you PETA inclined people out there, you will be glad to know that Cellnique does not test on animals! 🙂

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As a disclaimer, I don’t have much blackheads to start with because I extract them almost on a daily basis, but for the review purposes, I’ve left my blackheads as it is for 2 weeks without any manual extraction on my part. (Do you know how much I was itching to squeeze all of the out?)

Product Description: Say goodbye to painful squeezing! b.liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel is a light cooling gel that promises to easily remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads in just 14 days of daily application. It keeps excessive oil secretion under control while preventing future irritation and breakouts. Best for oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Removes blackheads and whiteheads, keeps acne under control, controls oil, unclogs pores, provides a gentle exfoliation & has soothing and hydrating properties.

The instructions on the box will tell you to use the Off With Those Heads daily on cleansed, towel-dried face, to pump 2-3 pea-sized drops onto your palm and proceed to apply it onto your problem areas, but what I do is I use them on my dried cleansed face, twice a day, morning and night, and I only use only one pea sized drop for my whole nose and chin area. The gel is very light and easy to spread, so you only need a little bit to cover your whole face in fact. I use it before applying any of my skin care, so it’s the first thing to go on my face each day.

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The gel actually comes out clear & thick, but is very spreadable. Upon application, you will feel a minty, cool, tingly sensation which to be perfectly honest, is a very nice feeling. However those with more sensitive skin than mine (I have thick cow hide skin which is insensitive to everything lol) might experience a stinging sensation. It dries off in a minute leaving skin feeling slightly tacky. The rest of your skin care can go on right after that!

On the product box, and on the bottle too actually, there is a precaution bit listed which tells you that it is very common for more oil to be secreted during the period you’re using the gel. I didn’t see any more oil secreted than usual, so those with oily skin, take note.

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I’ve seen the raves for this product, and I can finally understand why its such a cult favourite. Fast forward two weeks later, and my skin is almost blackhead free! Almost. They advise that you will start seeing results in 14 days, and that definitely rings true, but it DOES NOT remove all blackheads in 14 days. I can still see a spot or two left, but I expect them to be gone in no time. I  thought the extraction after two weeks to be difficult and painful, but it was relatively easy. All the blackheads just came off with minimal pressure.The blackheads really are softened! (And to finally be able to extract all those blackheads after two weeks was such a relief!)

If you have really congested skin, I would assume the process takes a whole lot longer.

An awesomesauce product as a whole! ❤ I will make sure this goes into my everyday skincare routine from now onwards!

The ingredient list for your perusal. It seems to contain Witch Hazel, Tea Tree and Peppermint as active ingredients, which I know helps to get rid of spots and so on. 

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I also received the don’t get mad, get matte masks together with the gel, and I had a go with thm! The mask actually is supposed to remove excess sebum to leave skin feeling matte, which is great for those with oily skin, but considering my skin is as dry as the Sahara Desert, I think I’ll take keep all the oil I can get my hands on!

For review purposes, lets see if they make me feel a little less.. oily?

The mask is a black charcoal mask that apparently acts like a magnet to draw out deep dwelling pore cloggers. The mask contains a really thick, gooey liquid which feels really nice to me. I left the mask on 15 minutes, massaged whatever mask juice that was left in the packet onto my face and neck, & after 15 minutes, skin feels taut & tight, much much smoother , which means they actually do dry out the skin for you, leaving it feeling less oily.

One thing I didn’t expect to see was the fairer/brighter complexion I had. I literally looked like I had been scrubbed clean! I was amazed to see my skin looking so fresh and fair. I had gone one shade lighter! I need more of these masks, stat!

The masks have a strong minty scent, and while I had the mask on, the minty feeling was so strong I had like a mild stinging sensation. Sensitive skinned people, proceed with caution.

The active ingredients in the mask is Retinyl Palmitate (regulates sebum secretion) , Zinc Sulphate (clarifies the complexion) , & Willow Bark Extract (used to lift away impurities).

The mask comes in a set of 7 for only RM49.90 which I’m gonna pick up!

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I personally feel that the b.liv Off with Those Heads Blackhead Sebum Gel works wonders my blackheads, and if you’re someone who needs to get rid of yours, you might wanna try this out! You can purchase it by clicking here, or you can have a peek at their whole range of products at http://www.hishop.my/b-liv-by-cellnique. They actually have quite a bit of items with catchy names, like Spots Got Shot or No Spots Bye Dots, LOL!

If you ask me, the mask or the gel, I would say the mask, only because I don’t have much blackheads to worry about. If your concern is blackheads, go for the gel because its freaking amazing! If a brighter, more toned appearance you’re looking for, get the mask, which is what I’m gonna do ❤

Do you have blackheads that you need to get rid off? Will this be something you would love to try?

Since HiShop were the ones to send these amazing product to me, have a peek at them okay!

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The b.liv Off with Those Heads Blackhead Sebum Gel retails for RM139/30 ml & RM 179.90/45 ml.

PS: If you’re reading this, and you’ve stuck with me till the end of this long post, here’s something for ya! Key in BLIV2014 while you’re shopping at HiShop, and you will get RM20 off your purchases,with a minimum purchase of RM99.  The code is valid till 30 April 2014, so go crazy!! 

xoxo,
Shashay

Novexpert Paris : Repulp Mask, The 10 Minutes Expert

Its been a while since I did a HiShop review hasn’t it? 🙂

A big thanks to the people from HiShop and Novexpert, because I have something new for you lot to explore today!

Allow me to introduce the Novexpert Paris The Repulp Mask Express Anti Aging Care!
( Why are products always a mouthful?)

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I was quite excited to receive this as it promises baby soft skin in just 10 minutes!

As usual HiShop style, this item came in a bright red box a la Dorothy.

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If you have never shopped at HiShop before, they promise free delivery for purchases over Rm50, secure payment systems and even COD!

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The mask box comes in a very simple, clean and crisp white packaging, and looks like something you would find on a pharmacy shelf  since it looks quite clinical to me, which makes a lot of sense since the mask was formulated in collaboration with Dr Colletta, a Doctor of Science and member of the Novexpert Scientific Committee.

Le handsome Dr Colletta 😉

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It even comes with a leaflet in the box, just like how it is when you buy products at the pharmacy! (with 10 languages or so mind you)

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Novexpert was founded by researches and doctors specializing in skin aging to create formulas & discover the fountain of youth, and most of their products focus on anti aging, anti wrinkles and etc, so if anti aging is one of your main missions in life, do have a peep at the products at Novexpert.

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Product Description: This mask is  designed to treat stressed and aging skin by restoring comfort and re-plumping the skin, resulting in a baby-soft complexion. How does it do that?  The mask uses ultra-high concentration of two pure hyaluronic acids with immediate “lipo-filling” action, and as we all know, hyaluronic acid is the best thing that ever happened to skin care! (Hyaluronic acid is a moisture booster which slows down aging)

You can watch  this 30 second video I found on Youtube which shows you how the Novexperts’  Hyaluronic acid works on the skin.

The mask is best used by skin that is always exposed to the cold, hot sun, pollution, and skin that has massive dryness issues. Its also perfect if you are the outdoorsy kind and are always exposed to the outside, or if you need a special mask for that night out 🙂

The mask come with a specific set of “Expert” guarantees which include:

  • Its tested under dermatological control
  • Its guaranteed hypoallergenic
  • Its guaranteed 100 % natural origin
  • Its guaranteed 0 %preservative

The mask comes in a 50 ml tube, which makes dispensing a breeze. Don’t you just hate jar/tub packagings?

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Since this product promises anti aging, who can use this mask? I know you 20 somethings out there are thinking. “I’m still young and wrinkle free, I don’t need this!” . Trust me, anti aging starts early and yes, you may not have wrinkles now, but wait a few more years, and muahahahaha, come forth ye wrinkles! 😉

Anyone can use this mask, men, women, sensitive skin (since its hypoallergenic), and even you young 20 somethings out there!

The Repulp Mask promises baby soft skin in 10 minutes, and I’m about to put this baby to the test. 🙂

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Directions of use:  I apply a thick layer of the mask to my cleansed and dry face and décolleté and avoiding the eye area. If you have normal skin, leave the mask on for 10 minutes, and if you have very dry skin, do it for 15 instead. The mask is to be used twice a week for best results. You need a small amount for the whole face, like the new 50 cent coin size.

The mask has a thick, creamy, paste consistency, and even smells a little clinical to me.It has a very pleasant scent but very medicinal at the same time. As a mask, it doesn’t contain those granules you normally see, but its just a standard cream mask.

On top of that, you know how most masks always make your skin feel super tight, and you cant move for fear of your mask cracking? This doesn’t do that! I could pull faces like Cara Delevigne with this mask on!

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I used this mask for 15 minutes , since I have dry skin at the moment. (I can thank the Malaysian weather for that)

I walked around my apartment while it was drying, watched a bit of Modern Family, drank some yogurt juice and 15 minutes later, here are my results!

This how thick I applied the mask on 🙂

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I know you cant feel my skin (I’m still waiting for that technology) , but my skin feels so much softer and I feel so radiant!! I couldn’t stop touching my skin after using the mask! 

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Personal thoughts: I love the scent of the mask even though it smells very clinical. If you have sensitivity to scents, then you may not like the scent, but the mask does what it says. Plump, soft skin in 10 minutes! The mask comes of easily with water and leaves a very soft silky feeling on the skin, and I follow up with my Murad cleanser just to remove any traces of the mask, and skin is visibly softer and brighter. The price is a little turn off since a tiny 50 ml tube is Rm120, but if it works, why not? 🙂 On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate this an 8 just for delivering what it promised!

If you’re just as convinced as I am on this mask, have a look at  http://www.hishop.my/Novexpert   for their complete range of anti aging skin care products, and who knows, your Holy Grail product may just be this mask!

HiShop was kind enough to send me some vouchers for my next shopping trip with them, so thank you again HiShop! 

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And yes, and HiShop has something for my readers as well! If you’re shopping at HiShop.my later today , here’s a rebate code for you!

Exclusive RM20 rebate for my readers: NOV14
*With minimum purchase of RM99, valid till 31 March 2014

Do have a look at what HiShop has to offer apart from Novexpert .I used the Carol Priest skin care range from them before this, and I loved it so much!

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Meanwhile, I’m going to keep touching my soft skin and continue to be amazed at how soft it is!!

Let me know if you have any secrets to soft baby skin 🙂

xoxo,
Shashay

Murad Face Treatment & Skin Analysis @Damansara Utama

“I can’t think of a more rewarding life than being able to help people look younger, feel healthier and live happier ” -Dr. Murad

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Hello awesomesauces!

I’m back with a spanking, sparkling new blog post, and today, I’m taking you to Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya Uptown, to experience the magic of Murad Skincare! I’m sure most of you have heard of Murad Skincare before since its been around for a very long time. Personally, I’ve never tried any of their products, but I’ve heard good things about them.

Let me take a quick moment to thank HiShop Malaysia and Murad Malaysia for sponsoring this facial experience for me, so thank you very much HiShop & Murad! 🙂

A little intro about Murad Skincare, it was started up by Dr Howard Murad himself in 1989, who is a board-certified dermatologist, pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology). His philosophy of beauty is that a healthy complexion is a reflection of total wellness both inside and out. which, in turn, creates a healthy environment for the skin.

Murad guarantees that transformation because only Murad combines advanced scientific research and practical clinical experience to create high performance skincare products, dietary supplements and lifestyle programs that help people look and feel their absolute best.*I agree with that, and I always say that in order to look good on the outside, you have to look good on the inside too.*

Murad Malaysia has been around for 10 years now, and has two exclusive salons, one in Damansara Utama, and the other at the Empire Mall in Subang, and more than 50 selected salons all around Malaysia. *Links at the bottom of post*

Murad Damansara Utama is conveniently located right beside the Sprint Highway and is not too far from the Taman Bahagia LRT train station as well. Parking may be an issue here since it is PJ, so be forewarned.

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Carol Priest: Part 2, Green Clay Mask, Facial Lotion & Hand and Body Cream

Hello awesomesauces!

This review is the second and final part of my Carol Priest Review. In part one, I reviewed the Orangeflower Cleansing Milk and Damask Rose Toner. And they scored pretty well in my opinion.

For part two, I’ll be reviewing 3  products,  The Rose Damascena Facial Lotion, the Green Clay Mask with Herbal Oils,and the Damask Rose Hand & Body Cream.

To read about my un-boxing the Carol Priest goodies sent to me by HiShop, and also to learn more about CP as a brand, do read my first post here!

#3 : The Rose Damascena facial lotion for sensitive, dry & mature skin types(50ml)

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Now I know I don’t have mature skin, so I passed this to my mum to use and let me know how it is for her.

  • The lotion contains a high percentage of nourishing 100% certified organic oils like macadamia nut oil and rosehip seed oil, apricot kernal oil and naturally occuring vitamins such as B5, A and E.
  • Macadamia nut oil is incorporated to support moisturisation and to protect cell lipids from rancidity and peroxidation.
  • Apricot kernal oil is used for its high content of vitamin A and for its light texture.
  • Genuine Damascena Rose Oil has been incorporated to stimulate the cell activity which brings new vitality and energy to our skin.
  •  The pure plant oils in this intensive treatment day lotion have been protected from oxidation and rancidity by adding non genetically modified naturally occurring vitamin E oil.
  • It also protects your skin from harmful ozone damage and damage from the sun by neutralizing free radicals.

Active Ingredients:
Aqua, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Daucus Carota Sativa, Commiphora Myrrha Resin.

It comes in the lovely glass bottle as the Cleansing Milk, and smells very nutty, and earthy to me.

How to use?

  1. Apply to cleansed skin, pat pat pat, and you’re done!

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women. 

So what does my mum think?

Scent: A very earthy smell, very natural smelling, it doesn’t bother her much.
Spreadability:  It absorbs very easily, doesn’t take long for it to actually sink in. It spreads very nicely and softly. 
End result: She thinks it leaves her skin smelling nice, smooth, and after using it for a few days now, she wants to continue using it. A keeper then!

She rates this product an 8 out of 10 points.

Pros: Not much to complain about, She didn’t have any adverse effects, and she likes the subtle fairness it imparts on the skin.
Cons: Pricey. For a small bottle,  which lasts maybe 2 months, she thinks its pretty pricey!

This product retails at HiSHop for RM220.00 for 50 ml.

Link to purchase:
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-rosa-damascena-facial-lotion-50ml

#4 : Green Clay Mask with Herbal Oils for all skin types (15g)

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Mask time! I love masks, since they always leave my skin looking like a million bucks!

  • The green clay mask is a deeply purifying and stimulating mask made from freshly cut organic herbs such as chamomile flowers and peppermint leaf which have been blended with herbal oils and  manuka honey to refresh and tone the pores.
  • Active green clay (from France) which is rich in minerals from was chosen to cleanse, exfoliate, smooth and condition the skin.

Active Ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Honey, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Powder, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil

How to use?

The instructions given on the product are very very tedious, which involves teaspoons, warm compresses and cold compresses. Who got time for that?? But if you’re super hard working, the instuction can be found on the link down there, *scroll down a little*

What I do is this instead.

  • I apply a small quantity of the mask to my cleansed face and neck using my fingers, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, maybe go and watch one episode of Big Bang Theory, wash my face with warm water, and pat dry. Voila!

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women.

So what do I think?

Scent: Since it contains so much herbal oils, it does smell very herbally to me. It has a weird scent, I think it smells a little like paint, I dont know why.
Application: Simple and easy, and it dries pretty quickly and leaves your face tighter, and smoother.
Spreadability: It is a thick cream, very thick okay, and it takes some time to spread it, but if you;re using your fingers, its easier cause the warmth will melt the mask a little.
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling much smoother, and tighter, and it seems my pores are smaller too!

I rate this product an 7 out of 10 points. Less points cause of the scent.

Pros: Smoother & tighter skin even after one use.
Cons: The scent may put you off a little, but otherwise its good!

This product retails at HISHop for RM90.00 for 15g.

Link to purchase:

http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-green-clay-mask-with-herbal-oils-15g

#5 : Damask Rose Hand & Body Cream for all skin types (50g)

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  • The cream is a luxury pure plant based hand and body conditioning cream, rich in shea butter and jojoba oil which leaves the skin feeling soft and silky.
  • It also contains pure Rosa Damascena essential oil for its exquisite fragrance, healing and soothing qualities.

Active Ingredients:
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil

How to use:

Simply massage the cream onto hands and cuticles as a conditioning hand care treatment. Also, moisturize the rest of your body with cream!

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women. 

So what do I think?

Scent: A very strong rosy smell, which is so nice! I keep smelling my hands for no reason!
Spreadability: It is a thick cream, so you need to take some time to let it absorb, and your skin will feel like velvet.
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling very smooth, moisturized, and smells ‘mazing too.

I rate this product an 10 out of 10 points. Full points in the house yo!

Pros: An awesome product as a whole. Nothing to complain about.
Cons: It takes a while, but hey, if its worth t, why not?

This product retails at HISHop for RM75.00 for 50 g .

Link to purchase:
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-damask-rose-hand-body-cream-50g

Carol Priest is running a 20% discount for the month of November!  Check it out here!
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest

And guess what, for all my readers you get the below!

RM20 rebate for all my awesomesauce readers.
Key in the code below during checkout to redeem this offer:
NOVSPECIAL
With minimum purchase of RM99, valid until the 15th of December 2013

Check em out here okay!

shashay

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Carol Priest: Cleansing Milk & Damask Rose Toner Review

Hello awesomepeoples!! 

I haven’t been updating as much as I want to, thanks to a super busy time at work, but YAY NEW POST! 

I received this from HiShop a few days ago, and imma happy girl! They sent it out and I received it the next day, awesome service I must say! Lets un-box my box of goodies shall we? 

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I LOVE BUBBLE WRAP! ITS SO FUN!!!! 

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The star brand of the day?
Carol Priest 

Now I have never used this brand before, so I’m pretty excited to write about it; I mean the best part about a brand is discovering something totally new and different.

A little introductions are in order, so say hello to Carol Priest! 

They started out as a small brand in New Zealand, *think fresh green lush surroundings*, and they specialized in making herbal skin care products. And they started wayy back in 1991,  that makes them about 20 years old.

The interesting thing about CP is that they hand make and prepare the products to ensure freshness and so that the goodness in the products are retained. Very similar to theSkintopic I notice, I guess New Zealand brands practice this religiously.

Each product they make contains special mixes of proven botanicals with absolutely no mineral oils to act as carriers. So say no to clogged pores. 

Their light product colours and scents come from ALL  natural sources. Instead of chemicals/synthetic fragrances, they use essential oils, in its unadulterated form.( meaning not mixed or diluted with any different or extra elements; complete and absolute).

Combine all of the above, and you get an amazing line of natural, fresh, & quality products!

I recieved 5 products from the Carol Priest brand, courtesy of HiShop, so I’m going to break em down to two posts so that you dont have ANOTHER super long post from me *thousand apologies*

#1 : Orangeflower Cleansing Milk for all skin types (30 ml) 

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  • This is a light cleansing milk, which was made to cleanse all types of skin, yay to no skin discrimination =D
  • It contains cold pressed essential oils of lemon, bitter orange and sweet orange included for their astringent tonifying (is that a word?) and cleansing properties.
  • And it contains sweet almond oil and cold pressed jojoba oil that helps to nourish skin! 

Active Ingredients: 
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange ) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary ) Leaf Extract.

It comes in a very beautiful glass bottle and  upon first smelling it, I think it smells very citrusy! 

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How to use? Its actually quite similar to an  oil cleanse .

  1. First, skin has to be super clean and free from any dirt, bacteria and oils. Apply a small amount, or you can also use a lot! I used a penny sized dollop.
  2.  Make a warm compress using a clean wash cloth and apply firmly to the face and neck areas for a few minutes.This helps to open pores and dissolve any oils on your skin.
  3. The soaking of clean skin helps the aromatic essential oils and plant oils dissolve and soften skin.
  4. Massage the cleansing milk into the skin and neck, let it slowly absorb into your skin, and do avoid the eye area. I did this massage for like 5 minutes. Use small circular motions and create a light lather.
  5. Remove the milk using a warm wash cloth. Rinse any traces of the milk  by splashing warm water over your face and neck.
  6. Optional* finish with a cold compress and rinse.

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women. 

My face after using the cleaning milk. Not too bad, quite clear. LOL

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So what do I think?

Scent: A very nice light citrus smell, I like it, my skin smells fresh. Smells a lot like herbs and fresh forests comes to mind.
Lather: It lathers really well, you only need a small amount to get the whole face, and its really creamy, like massaging milk on your skin! 
Removing: Since I’m using the warm water and wash cloth, it removes all traces of the milk perfectly, but if you were just to use normal temperature water and just your hands, *AND I tried this way as well*, it leaves a slight oily feel, which I dont really mind, since I have dry skin, but if this would bother you, I’d suggest you to use the wash cloth =)
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling very smooth, and it is very moisturizing. After a few days using this milk, my skin feels more supple and it kind of glows! 

I rate this product an 8 out of 10 points. 

Pros: An awesome product as a whole. Not much to complain about, I didnt have any breakouts from the milk, and no adverse effects. Plus I have glowy skin now, so YES! 
Cons: Just like the Oil Cleanse, this takes patience and time, and I think its worth it, since great skin takes effort and some time.

This product retails at HISHop for RM85.00 for 30 ml but they’re having a massive discount now *see below*

Link to purchase:
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-orangeflower-cleansing-milk-30ml

#2 : Carol Priest Damask Rose Toner for sensitive, dry & mature skin types

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  • An mild and hydrating toner to help restore moisture and improve skin texture.
  • The damask rose species Rosa damascena has been carefully selected for its deep tenacious rosy perfume and tonifying properties
  • Apply morning and night. Use it alone or after cleansing.
  • Use it to freshen up at any time of day or whenever skin feels dry. Spray onto the face and neck, avoiding the eye area

Active Ingredients:
Distilled Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.

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How to use?

  1. I saturate a cotton pad with about one teaspoon of toner.(I’m using my Lilian Bell Cotton )
  2. Gently apply it to my cleansed face and neck. 
  3. Leave to dry!

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women.

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Pat Pat Pat!

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So what do I think?

Scent: A very strong rose scent, so if you’re a fan of roses, you’re in luck! Your skin smells like roses for at least an hour after application. I smell like a rose garden now!
Application: Simple and easy, and it dries pretty quickly too, within 2-3 minutes, and leaves a nice tingly feeling afterwards.
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling very nice smelling, and I like the smell, makes me smell all girly and feminine. 

I rate this product an 9 out of 10 points.

Pros: Love the toner, it removes any traces of dirt on my face, and I smell awesome. 
Cons: Nothing to comment on =)

Link to purchase: 

http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-damask-rose-toner-100ml

This product retails at HISHop for RM139.00 for 100ml but they’re having a massive discount now *see below*

Carol Priest is running a 20% discount for the month of November!  Check it out here!
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest

And guess what, for all my readers you get the below! 

RM20 rebate for all my awesomesauce readers.
Key in the code below during checkout to redeem this offer:
NOVSPECIAL
With minimum purchase of RM99, valid until the 15th of December 2013

Check em out here okay! 

shashay

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I’m pretty impressed with Carol Priest so far, and do follow my updates for Part 2 of my Carol Priest Journey! 

My happy face after using Carol Priest!!

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xoxo,
Shashay