Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hada Labo Lifting + Firming Part I

The new and improved Lifting + Firming formula uses a blend of hydrolyzed elastin, hydrolyzed collagen, elasgrow, fermented soymilk as well as 4 types of hyaluronic acids to penetrate the epidermis layer for significantly tighter, firmer and more lifted skin.

Lifting + Firming Lotion – Rich (RM 67.50 for 170 ml) delivers moisture deep into the skin and preps it for subsequent products. In a pinch, this lotion can be used as a mask to bring dull skin back to life. Just be prepared to whiz through the bottle because a lot of liquid is needed to saturate the cotton pads.

Featuring Pomegranate Extract and Lycopene, Lifting + Firming Essence (RM 89.90 for 30 g) improves the skin's elasticity. Although the range as a whole gets a thumbs-up, this gentle serum has got to be my top pick. The fluid consistency absorbs quickly and completely into the skin, resulting in skin that's healthier-looking.

Then there's the Lifting + Firming Milk (RM 70.90 for 140 ml), an emulsion that adds a great deal of comfort to taut skin. Its lightweight texture makes it perfect for layering and if your skin oils up easily, it can even replace the cream step!

This range is available in stores and online now, you can view and buy it here. I will be reviewing the rest of the products in Part . Please keep an eye out for it!

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Lotion - Rich:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-11, Triethanolamine, Pullulan, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Isohexadecane, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 60, Polyquaternium-51, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrapeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Essence:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Inositol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methylparaben, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract/Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin/Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Carnosine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer/Pentylene Glycol/Water, Lycopene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene/Zea Mays (Corn) Oil/Tocopherol.

The full ingredient list for Lifting + Firming Milk:
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-12 Olefin), Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Pullulan, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Cholesterol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Tetrapeptide-5.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Get A Brighter Beam With The All New Philips Sonicare DiamondClean!

Having not-so-white teeth and bad breath can be unpleasant to many. More than that, however, improper oral healthcare routines cause a deeper problem than just on the surface of your teeth, sinking deep into the gums and affecting your entire mouth, thus posing a potential risk for gingivitis and periodontal diseases. These diseases can cause excruciating pain, loss of teeth, infections and indeed affect daily life and overall health.

Philips Malaysia is once again taking the lead in educating Malaysians on the importance of thorough cleaning and taking a smart approach in ensuring good oral healthcare with the launch of the new Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.

Performing over 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean offers five modes for superior cleaning – clean, white, gum care, sensitive and polish. The clean mode ensures ultimate plaque removal while the white mode does exactly what it says – whitening the surface of teeth to remove stains. The gum care mode combines the clean mode with an additional gentle massage for the gums to improve gum health. People with sensitive teeth will not have to worry, as the sensitive mode is extra gentle to cater to their needs. Finally, the polish mode brightens and whitens the teeth, giving a nice finish to the total brushing routine.

Additionally, the unique diamond-shaped bristles on Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush heads – Philips Sonicare's best whitening brush head yet! – provide a wider surface area and denser bristle pack that effectively yet gently sweeps away plaque and extrinsic stains, providing an exceptional clean and significantly whiter teeth.

Sold at a recommended retail price of RM 999, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in black is available at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery, The Gardens Mall and Sutera Mall; at Philips Experience Stores in Menara Axis, Petaling Jaya and in Penang; and at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide and online via blipmy.com. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in purple is available only at dental clinics.

For further information, visit philips.com.my.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes

Name: Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Wash
Price: RM 31.90 for 130 g
Made in: China

The latest Hada Labo AHA + BHA Mild Exfoliating Face Washes are powered by Bentonite Clay (draws impurities) along with Glycolic Acid (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA) for clearer, smoother and healthier looking skin. Additionally, they are alcohol, colourant, fragrance and mineral oil free.

The creamy paste transforms into a luxurious lather to lift grime, oil and environmental pollutants without stripping away moisture. Continued use of the AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash will result in fewer flare ups and reduced skin reactivity due to the infusion of Wild Pansy Extract. The AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash contains Alpine Plant Extract to discourage excess oil production and over time visibly minimises the appearance of enlarged pores.

I am using them interchangeably because I simply fail to tell the difference between the two. If this little nugget of information isn't a deterrent, then browse any leading pharmacy aisle for them!

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Acne Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Viola Tricolor Extract, BHT.

The full ingredient list for AHA + BHA Oil Control Face Wash:
Water, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyquaternium-7, Cocamide DEA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Caprate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Laureth-23, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Glycolic Acid, Amylopectin, Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Veet Sensitive Touch

If you are at a loss on how to handle the Veet Sensitive Touch then let me this video get you started:

Name: Veet Sensitive Touch
Price: RM 119
Made in: China

It goes without saying that this is the device you need if you are very particular about eyebrow shaping. There is something satisfying in getting even hair lengths on both sides every time (or is it just me? Haha!). A double sided comb attachment allows you to choose from two different lengths: 2 mm or 4 mm.

Shall we take a look at the obligatory before and after pictures? Please ignore the sparseness and the lack of an end. Hair just refuses to grow!

Pruning the garden (heh!) is just as easy with this device. The comb attachment stops the bikini trimming head from coming in contact with the skin, which means that there won't be nicks and bumps on sensitive areas. Not to worry as it is close enough for a neat bikini line.

To minimise damage, it is not recommended to submerge the body of the device in water. So there goes the convenience of using it in the shower, and cleaning it immediately after! This is the only con that I can think of but be sure to read the instructions before you proceed.

This cordless personal grooming trimmer has grown on me - I can't see myself without it! - and this is why I think that it is well worth the RM 119 price tag. Each blister pack also comes with one AA battery, one styler cap, one cleaning brush and one beauty pouch.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parasola Essence In UV Cut Spray EX SPF50+ PA++++

Name: Parasola パラソーラ Essence in UV Cut Spray EX エッセンスイン UVカットスプレー EX SPF50+ PA++++
Price: HK$ 79.90 for 90 g
@cosme rating: 4.6
Release date: 20.4.2015
Made in: Japan

Spray type sunscreens with PA++++ rating are becoming so common now. One only wishes that Korea stop churning PA+++ sunscreens. Why can't you pick up a perfectly good trend?!

Besides giving my olfactory senses a treat with the delectable floral fragrance, Essence in UV Cut Spray EX also packs a punch with hydrating agents (Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3), anti-oxidants (Trisodium Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Coenzyme Q10) and an anti-ager (Hydrolyzed Collagen).

The convenience makes this waterproof sunscreen indispensable. Shake it, spritz liberally and I am good to go. No more wasting time (and energy) rubbing it in! My only concern is not being able to tell whether I have covered every inch since it goes on invisible and all...

This stuff rules! But since it is not sold here, the next best option would be Sunplay's Sport UV Body Mist SPF120 PA++++.

The full ingredient list for Essence in UV Cut Spray EX:
LPG, 水, メトキシケイヒ酸エチルヘキシル, イソドデカン, カプリリルメチコン, シクロペンタシロキサン, エタノール, 加水分解ヒアルロン酸(ナノヒアルロン酸), 加水分解コラーゲン, パルミチン酸アスコルビルリン酸3Na(高浸透型ビタミンC誘導体), セラミド3, ユビキノン(コエンザイムQ10), セリン(アミノ酸), ヒアルロン酸Na, ポリテトラフルオロエチレン, (ビニルジメチコン/メチコンシルセスキオキサン)クロスポリマー, グリチルリチン酸2K, イソノナン酸イソトリデシル, ポリブチレングリコール-3PEG/PPG-8/5グリセリン, PEG-10ジメチコン, ビスエチルヘキシルオキシフェノールメトキシフェニルトリアジン, テトラエチルヘキサン酸ペンタエリスリチル, メチルグルセス-10, ジエチルアミノヒドロキシベンゾイル安息香酸ヘキシル, セスキイソステアリン酸ソルビタン, ラウリルPEG-9ポリジメチルシロキシエチルジメチコン, グリセリン, オクトクリレン, トコフェロール, 塩化Na, BG, トリ酢酸テトラステアリン酸スクロース, エチルヘキシルグリセリン, オクチルトリアゾン, フェノキシエタノール, 香料.