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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Best-Suited Skincare for Women in 30s

Saturday, January 28, 2017 14 Comments
While in 20s we are enjoying our best time in life experimenting some new trendy hairstyles and colors and some of us may be the fashionista while enjoying dating as many possible to get various choice for long term partnership. Flowers are blooming at this age. Who did all this? Sounds like a movie. huh?

Then here come the 30s where all this time things in life will get more serious. Regardless your work , lifestyle and even overall life. 30s women supposed to be in control over life and even relationships. Work is on track with some savings in bank and enjoying the more stable life. Sounds like happy ending...huh?

Natural sometimes can be cruel. Like people always says...nothing last forever. Your youthful slowly faded with age and this is the fact. When you in 30s you can feel your body, skin and looks change. Its not a good change though...you can't smiles to often due to deep wrinkles will began to emerge and faint lines around your eyes will slowly turn into full blown crow feet. I would say....this...been there and still there. Still trying my best to slowdown the whole process of aging. This is the time where we always find excuses to purchase more and more beauty products. WTH!

What kind of beauty products should women in 30s buy?

Well..to answer this question ,we need to identify the key problems of women in 30s are facing. 

* Fine lines
* Wrinkles
* Loss of skin elasticity
* Collagen


Which product I use during my 30s? See all those blue bottles below? Well..to be honest I tried most of it before. I myself a hardcore fan of Hada Labo because of the key ingredient in their products which is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is important to your skin. Even though this already and naturally in our skin but due to aging process and also our lifestyle this important nutrients in skin slow diminish and the process of producing it slower than time needs.



I was excited when Hada Labo invite me to showcase the new improved lifting and firming range to awaken skin's youthfulness at Roof Top Bar , KL Trillion.


This is the first beauty event I attended in year 2017. Seriously, no joke since 2017 started I never expect that I will be super busy and decline those who invited me. Sorry lor....work more important than pleasure at this moment. 

The dress code for that day was White with tinge of red. Gosh!!! do you believe this is my first time wearing white after I finished my high school. All this while my wardrobe look more like grim reaper than angel or princess. WTH!


It was a light drizzle day. But the view and the atmosphere here is superb! Since mingling around with people totally not my cup of tea. So I end up enjoying the breath taking view alone while waiting for the event. 

Well... my introvert moment doesn't last for long. Angie the savior came to save my lonely and awkward moment and Thank God she was also invited. At least I have somebody to chat and laugh that day. Totally glad to see her that day. 


The presentation of Hada Labo's new improved lifting and firming range was done with simple demonstration.


Just tie rubber band on 4 chopsticks to form into square. Tie it firmly! Then try to push and pull the shape. That shows how firm your skin are when you are young. Firm and Elastic! Then untie one of the rubber band from the chopsticks. It lose open right? Everything like almost fall off? Thats shows how your skin sagging over the years due to lack of important nutrients like Collagen and Elastin in your skin while aging. 

The new and improved Hada Labo range has 2 key ingredients :

1. Hydrolized Elastin

2. Hydrolized Collagen

These 2 ingredients works together at cell level to create skin strength , firmness and shape. The Elastin and Collagen are both essential to maintain skin firmness and elasticity. 

This range also infused with Elasgrow and Fermented Soymilk, an exclusive ingredients to boost collagen and elastin production that helps improve skin density, firmness and elasticity to keep skin visibly tighter, firmer and more lifted.

Hada Labo doesn't stop there....this new improved range is also upgraded with 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid to help deeply hydrate skin from the surface to the inner skin layers. for significantly soft, smooth and supple skin. It also contains powerful anti oxidants properties to fight against the damaging effects of free radical.

These are some of the Hada Labo lifting and firming range :






Lifting and Firming Lotion - Rich (RP : RM67.50)

Use this twice daily after cleansing. Gently pat this lotion onto face and let it absorbed.
It will awaken skin ad drives moisture deep into inner skin. To keep it short it helps to ready your skin to absorb whatever nutrients your are putting on next. 



Lifting & Firming Milk Lotion (RP : RM67.50)

Applied twice daily before lotion / essence application . Gently pat on to the face and let it absorbed.This helps to restore youthful radiance and luminosity , leaving skin smoother and visibly firmer. 



Lifting & Firming Essence (RP : RM89.90)

For best results , apply after Hada Labo lifting and firming lotion. This essence is highly formulated with high performance penetrating and deep moisturizing (HPP&M) Technology which has active deliver system to drive moisture deep into skin to fully hydrate skin from the surface to the inner skin layers. 


Lifting & Firming Wrinkle Care Cream (RP : RM74.90)

Use this twice daily after moituring. Just dab onto wrinkle prone areas such as forehead, eyes and lip area.  If you use this regularly the lines will look finer and smoother and helps to renewed skin texture and more youthful.
Lifting and Firming Cream (RP: RM78.00)

Use this after applying lotion / essence. Just take sufficient amount and apply evenly on the face and don't forget your next area too. 


Lifting and Firming Mask (RP : RM52.90)

Use this twice a week. I can tell you this mask is super because you can see the result the very next day. You will feel your skin instantly revitalized, lifted and smoother. The serum soaked mask enriched with anti aging ingredients to deeply hydrate the skin and restore the skin's youthful vitality. 

With this..I hope you don't confuse with Hada Labo products again ya. Just like me previously. Since the writing mainly in Japanese it really confuse me what to what. hehehehe...

Hada Labo brought to you by Mentholatum a well known company with 99 years of history. Hada Labo uses the finest , purest and highly effective ingredients to provide you with ultimate result of beautiful skin.

If you are in 30s, its time for your to be more thorough in your beauty regime. Only use skin care suit to your skin. Ladies keep your skin properly moisturized!


I am not 30s but in 40s.

Tip :

Key of cleansing is not to rub the cleanser for too long. Try to finish the cleansing process as quickly as possible. If you are massaging your face after cleansing..just tap it with finger tips not to rub it!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Instant Tummy Tuck with Jonlivia Shirt Shaper

Monday, January 23, 2017 33 Comments

I started wearing shapewear when I was in the early 30s and neglected after 2 years. I was at my prime and the best body ever when people envy me the most. WTH! Its all gone!

Here I am living in my early 40s becoming overweight with  all flabby , sagging waist and hips. Lack of confidence to even wear dress out. All I can wear these days is a big baggy plus size clothes out. I feel less and less attractive even to look at my own reflection in the mirror. I just woke up this year!

I want to change this year. Since my knee is getting better this year. I started to eat healthily and also exercise regularly. I don't hope for instant drastic change but I am expecting change when come to end of this year. 

To compliment my healthy lifestyle, I wear shapewear to give instant tuck to my body. It also corrected my body posture. I try to gain back my confidence. 

I got this shirt shaper from jonlivia.com. Its selling at RM200 for one suit but now its only RM120 at their website. It suppose to give me Instant Two Sizes Smaller in a seconds. Read further for my experience trying out Jonlivia Shirt Shaper for the first time.



It came with top pieces and seamless panties. First glance when this piece reached me, I was like...how am I going to fit into this one? No zipper or nothing. Meaning I got to fit in from the top. Fitting in is one problem but taking off is another hassle too. This was my first while unpacking my package. 

I was hurried to try on when I reached home on the very same day. Surprisingly, its easy to fit on this one. Not like others that I knew. The material is so much comfortable and totally make you feel tummy tuck in almost immediately.




The waist part is transparent which give some air so I don't feel stuffy underneath. Not like others which will roll up once you sit down, this one will fix in place if you tuck into your pants or skirts.



While the chest part with some beautiful lacey totally give the boost to my breast which I feel its a bonus to me to wear it in my dress.



My experience using Jonlivia Shirt Shaper for more than a week now;

* Jonlivia Shirt Shaper is super easy to put on and to take off. 
* Its comfortable to wear because the material used is breathable.
* You can wear it underneath any clothing. Its hard to notice its since the material at super thin
* Don't worry about your shaper roll up since it use elastic silicon waistband. So it hold the shaper in place.
* I can feel that my tummy tuck in immediately and help to shape up my bulge on the sides and front.
* My posture has improved automatically while wearing this. 
* I feel two sizes smaller immediately after wearing this. No joke! I am serious about this. I can fit in my smaller size pant. Really thank to this because I don't have buy new pant.

I may want the arm shaper too soon.

 Most women dreams to have a beautiful body. But everyone is built differently. Some comes in round figured , straight figured, hourglass figured and many more to list down. Since all comes in different shape , the best is to embrace our own body type and dress well to flatters own built. With this it is important to find great shapewear to suit well.

For those who are still looking for suitable and comfortable shapewear , you can try on Jonlivia Shirt Shaper. It worth of investing on this one since its really comfy and it serve the whole purpose to make you look more shapely and sexy.

Friday, January 13, 2017

3 reason why Name Cards beat smartphone

Friday, January 13, 2017 13 Comments

Why Name Cards Beat Smartphone ?


Malaysian Popular Blogger
 
When I received my first event invitation to attend as blogger, I learn how important for bloggers to carry own name card. I remember my first event , one PR hand me her name card and I was so embarrassed for not being able to hand out mine in return. She did asked for it and I was shyly replied I don't have one. Lesson learn! 

I carried my business card for second event. I then asked one bloggers who was sitting beside me for her blog url while handing out my new name card. She then shyly replied she need a pen and paper for her to write her url. Hope she learn her own lesson like me too. Then I realize this is how I look like during my first event. I look so sloppy and not ready to represent my blog. 

Some people may commented , we are just bunch of bloggers and most of us just start a blog for fun during pass times as hobbies. To be honest, I did started out for rant space and over the years its shows some small coffee money out of it. Not bad! Some people commented why need name cards when smartphone is enough when you attend event. Well....whether you are at networking event or product launching event, if you meet your fellow blogger or PR, nothing beats the power of name card.

Here are 3 reasons why business cards beat smartphone :


1.  People still ask for name card

Do you ever encounter the same experience like mine? People always asked for it when you don't carry one? 
Have you ever see their face expression when you replied , you don't carry any and ask for theirs instead? You will end up spoil your chances to connect with other parties.

2. Branding

With name card , you can show you are professional and means business. You even have your own logo, contact details, blog url, sns name which make it easier for potential advertiser to contact your for future collaboration.

3. Convenient for Potential readers

Too many blogs out there. Let say you meet someone and they have interest on your blog. Example your blog call 'superbrokelady'. It sounds awkward to say it in event, though! Well your blog name may sounds stands out but let say people need to google out that phrase and there are too many results from google and they may end up refer to the wrong site. They may probably give up and move on with other!
Further more, I don't think most of the people you met will find you are important enough and remember all your details. You don't expect people to memorise your blog name, instagram and fb name , right? I bet that potential readers or people you met, may forgot all about it within few minutes.

Getting a business card now as easy as 4 simple steps via online business card printing. I ordered my business cards online at gogoprint.com.my. The process are simple and delivery is super fast too.


I chose MY Gogoprint Sdn. Bhd. , a leading online printing marketing and technology firm offers free delivery service all over Malaysia.

1st Step




1. Choose size option - recommended size is 9 x 5.4cm. If you have you own size in mind you can customized you own too.

2. Then choose whether you want your name card to be one side or both sided printing. You can also opt for full color.

3. Then select paper type - most popular type is 310g art card. You can also choose other option which is 260g art card.

4. Finally , choose your desired finishing. They have few options here and the most popular is NONE mean normal edges. Other options available are Rounded Corners, Lamination Matter, Lamination Glossy and Lamination Matte with Rounded Corners.


You need


2nd Step


 1. Select your delivery location. Eg. Selangor or Kuala Lumpur

2. Then choose your desired quantity. For example 100 pieces, 200 pieces and the order can up to 10,000 pieces.

3. You can also choose the delivery based on your urgency. For example 24 hours, 48 hours , Express production and Normal Production. They even set the timeline for you to expect receiving the finished products.


4. Make payment.

3rd Step

You can upload file if you have any. However, this is the challenging part for most of us. Like myself I really bad in all this artwork file like Ai and so on. I only know jpeg. Don't worry too much. You can always contact super fast responsive customer service at gogoprint.com.my for advice before you place order. They help me with mine.

4th Step


While not leaving office or house.....my new name card for 2017. What do you think ? Nice design or not ?



By the way, you can also order other printing services like invitation cards, flyers, letterhead , postcards and many more via Gogoprint.com.my.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tips to minimize pores on the face

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 17 Comments
Enlarged pores on the face are not appealing at all! 
This phenomenon on the face cause by dirt, dead skin cells and oil residue which residue build up onto your skin overtimes and provide pressure to it clogging pores forcing them to stretch out. Sounds like ugly procedure ?
That is why we need to clean and moisturize face in regular basis without fail.

Let me know if you have other tips other than listed here.

Here are some tips to minimize pores on the face :

1. Exfoliate
I include exfoliate on alternate day to make sure my face pores free from dirt. It also helps to remove irrelevant dry skin too.

2. Cleansing
Never fail to cleanse your face thoroughly on daily basis. Avoid regular soap to wash your face. At least use the ph-balanced purifier face cleansing product.

3. Sunscreen
I will not walk out from my house without any sunscreen protection. Exposure to UV variation is super harmful for your skin and slow down the cell reproduction on the skin.

4. Serum
Best to add in serum to your skin regime to replenish the overtime losses nutrition to your skin.

5. Steam
I failed to do this but did it occasionally when I visited beauty center for facial. You can do this at home by using one hot water basin with rose petals in it and cover your face with clean towel. It helps to make your pores smaller.

There are many skincare in the market targeted pores in particular. One of them is Naruko. A popular brand from Taiwan. 



I was given Job's Tears skincare line which focusing to minimize the pores and brightening skin tone. This is exactly what I needs!
Most of Naruko products line made of natural ingredients and this Job's Tears skincare line in particular smells like you are applying honey from flowers onto your face. So sweet smells. Love it!

Naruko skincare  line pledged as free of parabens, mineral oil, artificial preservatives, artificial coloring or pigmentation,fragrance, silicone and talc. Thumbs up...Naruko is cruelty free which means its not tested on poor animal.

I currently using 3 items for my night skincare regime to achieve close to flawless skin.




Naruko Raw Job's Tears Superficial CO2 Pore Minimizing and Brightening Lotion 150ml

Apply this onto after face cleansing. I have a habit to apply all skincare with my fingertips and avoid using cotton.






Naruko Raw Job's Tears Superficial CO2 Pore Minimizing and Brightening Essence 30ml

This is one of my favourite for this series. I really feels the essence formula are high concentration and high activity. You can feel it almost immediately it nourish skin. Just one pump and you can feel it boost up the moisture on your skin. I am totally in love with this.
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Naruko Raw Job's Tears Superficial CO2 Pore Minimzing and Brightening Night Gelly 80g

Naruko famous with their night gelly. Here I am experiencing the famous gelly from Raw Job's Tears line. I ditch all my sleeping mask for this gelly. It leaves a sticky feeling but its gone after 5 minutes. I wake up with soft and moist skin.

Texture 
* liquid translucent
* Lightweight
* I find this a bit sticky at first but then it fast change and soak into skin which left my skin soft and feel smoother. 

Overall my ratings after using Naruko Raw Job's Tears skincare series :

Naruko claimed :
* to control the oil - my rating 4/5 Yes! it helps to control oil residue from my skin. It less oily now.
* tightens the pores - my rating 4.5/5 I can see my pores slowly minimize
* Brightening effect - my ratings 3.5/5 not really brightening but I can see my skin less dulls looking.
* Soothing and repairing - my ratings 4/5 yes! you can feel it helps. Make sure to use this at least 1 month to feel the different. 

Well... It does what it claims if you faithfully include it in your skincare regime.

What is your tips to minimize pores? If you don't mind please share with me.

Have you tried Naruko Brand before? Which skincare series have your tried?

Will you give Naruko Brand a try?

Disclaimer : This product was included in the goodies bag during Taiwan Beauty Networking last year. Naruko is one of the participant for that event. However, I don't obliged to review the products included in the goodies bag. I wrote this post based on my experience using this product and happy with the result. All review and opinion are on my own with no influence from the brand.  You can check the brand website by googling the brand name for pricing.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Things to do at Langkawi - 3 Days / 2 Nights

Friday, January 06, 2017 17 Comments
Few people emailed asking me to do a summary for my short vacation to Langkawi. huhuhuh...giving me more works. IMA so busy with work early of the year. Haihhh! Anyway, I won't disappoint your request. Here goes everything must do for short visit in Langkawi.

To me my visit to Langkawi is like a visit to Jeju Island from Busan. Just an hour flight from KUL.  I wish I visit to Langkawi much earlier. I was missing out!

I took 7:30am flight on Saturday morning from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and back to Kuala Lumpur on Monday afternoon, 3:15pm flight. My sis rented a Perodua Viva car for 3 of us which we collected at Airport itself to roamed around Langkawi. We paid RM100 per day with half full tank petrol ready filled for us.

So...what to do in Langkawi for 3 days?

My itinerary to Langkawi was super easy and relaxing vacation :

* Flight KUL - Langkawi depart 7:30am arrival 8:30am
* collect rented car at airport
* Visit Langkawi Sky Cab
* Lunch Laksa Ikan Sekoq (on the way to our Motel from Langkawi Sky Cab)
* Check in to Motel at Pantai Tengah - we stayed at Cactus Inn because ample parking space there. If you stay in Chenang you may have parking problem. Too congested there.
* Chocolate Shopping at Haji Ismail Complex
* Dinner at Wan Thai Restaurant
* Visit Night Market (location opposite Baron Hotel)
* Go back rest and relax at Motel (we woke up early to catch morning flight though. Everyone feel like wanna collapsed!)

* Breakfast at Cactus Inn Cafe (Motel we stayed. The cafe is not so good looking but the breakfast was superb!)
* Half day Mangrove tour by Bard - highly recommended half day tour. I paid RM100/pax with simple fried rice lunch.
* Back motel and rest
* Evening walk at Pantai Chenang
* Shop for chocolate again at Chenang area (I still recommend you buy your chocolate at Haji Ismail complex because its cheaper)
* Dinner at some Restaurant which we were not happy with the taste. We made the wrong choice of Restaurant for that night. Expensive and sucks! That cook deserve to be fired and totally don't have heart to cook the meal serve.
* Back motel to relax

* Breakfast at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau with Paddy Field view 
* Visit Seaworld at Pantai Chenang
* Check out Motel and drive to airport
* Lunch at Kak Yan mixed Rice (not worth to shout out. The food is just average. We went there because my Third Sis would like to taste the spoon worm salad. This place is super pack with people and I just don't like it )
* Flight Langkawi - KUL depart 3:15pm but flight delay to 3:30pm and arrive KUL around 4:30pm

The end of my short vacation to Langkawi.



Don't miss this awesome cable car ride.


Overcome your fear of heights by strolling on top of this sky bridge and enjoy the fabulous Andaman Sea view.

Buy your Sky Cab ticket online and redeem it on site to save time. You can purchase at panoramalangkawi.com. We bought combo A ticket for RM42/pax. Recommend you to go direct from Airport if you take early morning flight. If you visit afternoon the queue will be longer. I am not sure about you...but me ? long queue? BIG NO!


Try this delicious fish paste gravy rice noodles call 'Laksa Ikan Sekoq' for RM5 / plate at Jalan Kuala Muda, 07100 Langkawi. This is just a road side stall selling street food. They have others too if you find this noodles is too fishy for you.


Chocolate shopping is a must in Langkawi because some of imported chocolate is so like 40 - 50% cheaper than duty free KLIA. Highly recommended to visit HIG Mall. I went for other shop but HIG Mall is way cheaper price.

Highly recommended to have your dinner at Wan Thai Restaurant, 80,Persiaran Bunga Raya, Kuah 07000 Langkawi. The location aren't good at all because it at shop lot area without any superb view but the food is delicious. They open at 6:30pm so please come early because this place always pack with people. We waited since 5:30pm in our car and we barely got the table. Don't forget to order tomyam soup.


Highly recommend to do this Mangrove Tour by Bard (just google and you will get the info in FB) if tou visit Langkawi. This guy is highly rated at Trip Advisor too. I personally learn a lot about survival at Mangrove from this tour.

I even learn how Langkawi gots its name from this trip.

Lang means short for HeLANG which means Eagles (many eagles especially the brown one here in Langkawi)
Kawi is the name of brown stone which you can find many in Langkawi.

The van will pick you up from Hotel or Motel to the based camp for this tour to start. Awesome speed boat ride too.


Pantai Chenang pack with people and really make me feel like in Thailand beach rather than in Malaysia. But its still a great evening strolling by the beach here.


Have your breakfast at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau for this fabulous paddy field view. If you are visiting to Mahsuri Mausoleum aka Makam Mahsuri this place is perfect . We pass on Mahsuri Mausoleum because we are not interested. This place offer the view with Malay style traditional breakfast. Don't hope for western breakfast here, ok!
Nasi Dagang Pak Malau address : Jalan Makam Mahsuri , Kampung Mawar, 07000 Langkawi Kedah.


Visit Seaworld at Pantai Chenang. You can see adorable penguin up closed. Adult ticket for RM32/pax.

Long CNY holiday weekend coming up end of this month. Take this opportunity to be one of those festive tourist if you don't mind! For Malaysian...don't just aim for out of country travel. Langkawi is one of those gems for you to explore and experience. This place is still oversea. hahahaha and you only spend in MYR no need to exchange to other currency.

Budget for 3D/2N to langkawi

* Air Ticket - just look out for cheap airfare it can even cost you less than RM200/pax
* Hotel or Motel or hotel - don't need to be so grand expensive hotel. You will be staying out all day and back for good night sleep. Maybe you can get good place for less than RM160/night
* Car Rental - we book smaller car like Perodua Viva so it cost RM100/day
* Enterance fees and tours for 3 Days based on the itinerary given - cost us less than RM200/person
* Food and shopping RM300 ( I eat what ever I want and buy what ever I like)

Total approximately less than RM1,000/person (you can save more if you go with many people since you can share you accommodation cost and food cost.)

I am not sure about others traveling style who can even travel with RM300 for Langkawi. But this is my style of traveling. I always feel traveling is not about tighten your budget until you feel in misery while traveling.  I believe be happy while traveling.