Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brightening and Radiance with Scientific Skincare

Simple , Science , Effective

I really overwork myself recently. Totally forgotten about skin care at all. I did the normal routine but forgotten about doing this in order plus keep trying my best to finish off the almost expire one. Auntie Scrooge !

Result from my ignorance and reckless act?
My skin become darker, uneven and rough. Damn! 

I open up new skincare pack for my daily skincare routine. This time from Lab101. I was a bit sceptical because this brand use scientific formula.
My first impression for word a scientific is the products will be full of chemical. Yayaya...I know...that was my delusional thinking of science.

Lab101 is a well-known skincare from Taiwan. So I am more confidence to try this out. I have been using Lab101 Bio Brilliance Series and UV Protector for 3 weeks now. Not all suit to my skin.

Lab101 - Bio Brilliance Series

This series is suitable for those who are looking out to reduce dark pigments and brightening skin.  It comes with DermalRx SRC and AA-2G melanin-target, block, smash and clear melanin.

Lab101 - UV Protector

An innovative sunscreen technology to transforming the high SPF sunscreen to an invisible shield that blocks UV and protects skin from suntan, dryness, photographing and sensitiveness.

My experience after trying out Lab101 for 3 weeks now ?
Skin still in the midst of recovering from this lazy owner. Isk isk

Lab101 - Bio Brilliance Brightening Anti Spot Serum

Product claimed :
* promotes even skin tone
* reduce existing dark spots
* revealing a brighter and more even skin tone

I applied this after cleansing and toning routine. 
It come in transparent liquid with pleasant refreshing smells. The serum is not sticky and easily absorb into skin. I did see it started to even up my skin tone and the small dark spot still there. Hopefully it will reduce after using this longer.

Lab101-Bio Brilliance Brightening Radiance Fluid

Product Claimed:
* strengthen skin natural moisture barrier
* reduce the appearance of dark spots
* smoother skin
* even toned 
* radiant skin

I applied after spot serum every morning and night. It come with white creamy fluid. I love the flower scents of this fluid. Non sticky and absorb easily into my skin.

I tried this for 3 weeks now and feel my skin feels smoother and nothing else. I still have faith this will do as it claimed. I really need it so much.

Extra information, I am glad that my skin not oily after wake up in the morning when use Lab101 Bio Brilliance series. Really hate if it oily. So uncomfortable.

Lab101-UV Protector Sun Expert Multi-Protective Cream SPF50++

Product claimed:
* UVA/ UVB filters
* powerful anti-oxidants
* anti pollution protection
* suitable for baby and pregnancy

My experience using this UV Protector:

I don't like the Color is beige and not easy to even up this cream onto my skin. Guess this doesn't suit me at all. I give up on my second week use.

I would continue using Lab101 - Bio Brilliance Series because I still feel this give improvements to my skin. I am loving this.

If you need more details on Lab101 you can check more at www.lab101.asia

Lab101 Safety Commitment

1. High efficacy, Hypo Allergenic
2. Adhere to safe and additive free
3. Medical Skin care lab
4. Strictly follow ISO 22716 GMP manufacturing process
5. Active ingredients from globally well known factories.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Things to Do at Ipoh 2 Days / 1 Night

Last 2 weekend , I made a short trip to Ipoh for the first time after more than 20 years passing by that town when heading back to my home town , Taiping, Perak.

Ipoh is just about 2 hours 10 minutes drive from KL. I described this town has its own charm. The lay back and full of history and heritage building really make one to stay back more than 2 days. It really like a mind reset kind of feeling from busy city of KL. If you don't drive from KL , you can take this opportunity to just take ETS or Train ride. You can then travel around by Grab Car since they have such service in Ipoh.

My 2 Days / 1 Night itinerary suggestion in Ipoh totally the free and easy touring as liking.

Kellie's Castle

If you are in Ipoh, this is a must visit place. There are many mystery surrounding this incomplete castle. Just spend your time at least 30 minutes to 1 hour here. Walk and read the story of Kellie's Castle.

The architecture of this building is so stunning and for those who have good photography skills can make use of historical and vintage backdrop.

Tasik Cermin means Mirror Lake

Not easy to find this place though. I've got to know after a friend send me the location. You have to go a small village and old quarry to reach there. Then you have to walk through dark and wet tunnel. The stunning lake waiting for you right after the end of the tunnel. This place is awesome in the morning because not many people and totally quiet place.

Laksa Telur Sarang

This is a famous noodles dish with tangy fish gravy with bird nest style fried egg on top of it. This shop located near some shop lot and inside the housing area. We reached there very early where this shop just started the business around 12 noon. I heard this place normally super pack in the afternoon. Some people eat it there and then pack some home too.

How does this taste to me?

Well...I could say this is just another 'laksa' and the only special it serve with omelette on top. Nothing else to shout out. Delicious? I have taste something more delicious than this.

Concubine Lane

You don't visit to Ipoh if you skip this famous concubine lane. This place full of historical building and some of it with some mural painting on it. Most of the mural are faded and need to be retouch.

Everything was so layback here and I really love the old and vintage style atmosphere here. Just stroll of the small lane and explore every corner of this place and you will find something which will bring back to your childhood or memory lane.

My sis insist on trying out the 'Ais Kepal' which the ice shaved and top with some sweet syrup. I remember bought this for only 10 sen and now this cost us RM5.90 per ice ball and that tall cup ice shaved cost us freaking RM9.90. WTH!

Finish sucking on that expensive ice shave, we just walk around the flea market and small lane to see some items selling by some local vendors there. For instagramer , this place is like photo backdrop haven for them.

You can enjoy good white coffee and tahui or soybean curd here. Its just a short distance walk shopping street. If 'Jonker Walk ' in Malacca has a bigger scale of market and here would be the shortest I ever been to. The feeling is sort of short and sweet.

Ho Yan Hor Museum

This place is only 3 minutes walking distance from the concubine lane market. It is a free entrance museum which give you some short explanation on Dr Ho Kai Chong who is the founder to Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea founder, life and how this brand started. It is an interesting oriental herbal tea museum. Full of vintage equipment and old style items. 

For those who don't know Ho Yan Hor, this is a herbal tea which you can drink if your body feel heaty or when you are feeling under the weather. I drank this a lot and always have one box at home.

Where to stay in Ipoh ?

I booked Merton Hotel which located somewhere near Symphony Business Park. For only RM155 per night , the room is pretty decent and comfortable for a short stay. This is place kind of out of down town but only I love it because the surrounding is quiet and not so busy or havoc with traffic.

Since the will be a birthday party for one year old baby at the place we stay, all of us decided to take grab car for dinner rather than letting go our parking. hehehe...'kiasu'.

For those who don't feel like driving around, Grab car is on the go here in Ipoh. Super convenient!

Dinner at Miker @ Padang

We search around and found that this place apparently serve good food. We reached there around 6pm and this place super pack with people. We manage to get our seating. Ordered the Thai Set meal which for us is nothing too shout out. In fact, to us the food is salty and not delicious as what people review.

Chik Pizza at Miker

Inside Miker Cafe there is one counter selling Pizza. We tried the chef recommended Ultimate Kampung Pizza. I will give this 2 thumbs up and all of us really don't get enough with just one slice. The based is totally as what I wanted it to be. Freshly baked and the texture is super awesome. The sauce is sweet sauce top with anchovy, onion, shredded ginger flowers and of course cheese. The taste is really savory and I really love every bites of this pizza. Must try 'Chik Pizza' at Miker , if you are in Ipoh.

The next morning, time to say good by to Merton Hotel. Love the vintage deco of this hotel. Since we don't opt for any breakfast at this hotel. We went out to have our breakfast outside.

Old Town White Coffee at Padang

You can even get an Old Town White Coffee here in KL but in Ipoh, I could say this is a must try place. The location of this cafe is inside an old building and for us not much choices is many place close on Sunday. The white coffee is authentic. 

How I describe my recent trip in Ipoh?

It was short and sweet stay in Ipoh. I will visit this place again just for have that awesome Chik Pizza.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lovely Make Up Collection from Miss Hana

I used Taiwan skin care before and this is my first time trying out Taiwan made Make Up. During recent Taiwan Expo, I was blessed with lots of outstanding make up collection from Miss Hana . Thank you so much!

What is in the bag from Miss Hana?

* Miss Hana Spotlight CC Cushion Stick SPF50++
* Miss Hana Brightening Cream
* Miss Hana Eyeliner
* Miss Hana CC Eye Shadow Stick Duo -01
* Miss Hana CC Eye Shadow Stick Duo - 02
* Miss Hana CC Eye Shadow Stick Duo - 03
* Miss Hana Macaron CC Stick Duo - 01
* Miss Hana Macaron CC Stick Duo - 02
* Miss Hana Macaron CC Stick Duo - 03
* Miss Hana Macaron Bubble Clay Pack

Miss Hana Spotlight CC Cushion Stick SPF50++

This cushion stick design to keep hands clean while getting brighten up and radiant-looking skin. 

Miss Hana Spotlight CC Cushion Stick SPF50++ claimed :

* keep your finger clean
* natural and bright looking skin
* Flawless finish make up

My experience using Miss Hana Spotlight CC Cushion Stick SPF50++

I really impressed with the innovative applicator of this CC Cushion stick. I just need to press the button and the CC Cushion come out through the small hole of the sponge and just dab it onto skin evenly.
The texture is creamy but not flaky at all. In fact I love the cooling refreshing sensation of this CC Cushion and totally easy to apply on skin. They are talking about natural , bright looking skin and flawless finish make up? Well...just see the bottom left photo which is before I apply it. (face palm on my pale looking skin) Then compare it with the bottom right photo. It look more radiant and lively , right?

Miss Hana Macaron Color Contour Stick Duo

When I first saw this...I was like..what am I suppose to do with this? I am not a 'Beauty Guru' or whatsoever. I never do contouring throughout my 40th life before. Since it already falls to my lap. I have no choice to give my trembled hand a try to do such contouring. YOLO. You live only once! Why not?

Miss Hana Macaron Color Contour Stick Duo comes in 3 color tone.

Claimed :
- Flawless makeup
- Conceal imperfections while plumping!
- Solve dark circles , redness and dullness

It comes in 3 colors set combination :

* 01 - Lavender and Pink combination for light on skin tone. Lavender suppose to use on the dark area and pink color to brighten up skin tone.
* 02 - Mint Green and Sky blue combination to correct redness. Use the mint green color on the reddish area and sky blue for uneven skin tone areas.
* 03 - Salmon and Yellow combination for dark circles correction. Apply the Salmon tone on dark circle areas and Yellow color on dull skin areas to brighten up skin tone.

Since I have dark circles and uneven skin tone problem. This duo stick designed just like a lipstick. I applied Miss Hana Macaron CC Stick Duo - 03. I love the texture is creamy and easy glide on skin. Very easy to apply even for beginner like me. I just apply on the targeted area and dab lightly until it even out. Walahhhhh!!!! there you go. Did you see any dark circle and uneven skin tone? It works wonder. Keep following my Instagram to see how I apply other colors on my skin.

Miss Hana CC Eye Shadow Stick Duo

Claimed : Correction vs Eye-shadow and brighten up eyes in one stroke. 

It comes in 3 sets of color combination :

01 - Green base + Dark Brown eye shadow
02 - Salmon base  + Natural Brown
03 - Lavender base + Gold Brown

I  feel the applicator of this eye shadow stick is really innovative and totally suits beauties like me. (kekekeke...beauties like me. Kind of a bit ...mmmmmm) any way love the face they creates this with the combination of eye base and eye shadow. The eye base is like lipstick kind of applicator and the eye shadow part is dab kind of applicator which is easier and a beginner like me find this convenient and also less dirty because I normally use finger to dab my eye shadow evenly. The base kind of act like eye primmer and make you eye lid brighter before apply the eye shadow. I totally love this too.

Miss Hana Eye Liner

It claimed as :
* water proof
* oil proof
* no smudge in 24 hours

I don't really like apply the eye liner because of my trembling hand. But this one very easy to apply as it glide away effortless onto my eye line. What it claimed...really what it does. I will keep this and include to my daily make up routine.

My  thoughts after trying out Miss Hana make up collection,

* I love the innovative applicator. Really fulfill the customer needs and beginner like me.
* The texture and color combination totally perfect and really does what it claimed.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mamonde Presents ' Flowers For Me ' Holiday Collection

Christmas and New Year mood comes early for me. The season of givings and chilling out starting now with Mamonde's Holiday Collection themed 'Flowers for Me' sends out powerful message - that is to reward yourself before others. Its common we will be buying presents for other and forget about rewarding ourselves. Mamonde change the tradition this year and this year by crafting holiday sets specially for you!

The packaging are beautifully designed boxes with printed vibrant graphic of Mamonde Garden in harmony with butterflies and birds. Just by one glance it will make you in happy mode.

Mamonde's 'Flowers for Me' Holiday Collection 2017 brings 5 flower-amazing sets for self pampering. Holiday goers!!! inn addition to 5 sets, the holiday collection also includes a Holiday Limited Edition Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense and Holiday Limited Edition Brightening Cover Powder Cushion. What do you think?

First Energy Duo Set worth RM319, Price at RM219/-

In this First Energy Duo Set you can find :

* First Energy Serum, 100ml (Actual Size)
* First Energy Essence, 150ml (Actual Size)
* Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner , 15ml
* Floral Hydro Emulsion, 25ml
* Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream, 5ml
* Floral Hydro Cream, 15ml

The first energy line is uploaded with new Lactobacillus that is essential for healthy looking skin. It is also blended with the 1 year old fermented " Flower Vinegar ", which leaves your skin less susceptible and more resilient to external aggression. 
The Floral Hydro Line contains the brilliant Narcissus that are well known for its hydration.

If you are looking to get something to boost and uplift skin and get firmer and healthier skin, this set is totally worth it for self treats!

Holiday Makeup Set (21) and (23) worth RM260, Price at RM209/-

This set is totally worth it for you to look dazzling and fabulous during this holiday season.

* Brightening Cover Powder Cushion Medium Beige (21N) or Natural Beige (23N), 15g x 2
* Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense No. 05 Blooming Rose, 2.5g
* Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense No. 11 Velvet Red, 2.5g

Holiday Hand Cream Set worth RM116, Price at only RM69

Hand cream sets which is stress reliever with Mamonde's perfumed variety of flowers smells.

* Perfumed Hand cream - Rose Bouquet, 30ml
* Perfumed Hand cream - Gardenia, 30ml
* Perfumed Hand cream - Camelia Petal, 30ml
* Perfumed Hand cream - Jasmine Cashmere, 30ml

My favourite is the rose bouquet and jasmine cashmere. lalalalala

Holiday Limited Edition Creamy Tint Color Balm worth RM55, Price at only RM50.

This set is super affordable for gifting.
* Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense No. 05 Blooming Rose, 2.5g
* Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense No. 11 Velvet Red, 2.5g

If you are interested to get your hands on this awesome Mamonde ' Flowers for Me ' sets, you can get them from Mamonde Beauty Counters at :

* Aeon 1Utama, PJ
* Aeon Midvalley. KL
* Parkson Suria KLCC,KL
* Aeon Bukit Indah,JB
* Aeon Tebrau City, JB
* Aeon , Queensbay Mall, Penang
* Parkson Gurney Plaza, Penang

For those who thinks online shopping is more convenient for them, can go ahead get your Mamonde Flowers For Me set from this famous online store :

* 11street.my
* Lazada.com.my

Happy pampering !!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Taiwan Expo 2017 - Taiwan Beauty Industry on the Roll

Taiwan Beauty Industry on the Roll to Create More Business Opportunities

This is not the first time , I was invited for Taiwan Beauty Alliance (TBA) presentation. Last year they presented magnificent 11 Taiwan Beauty Brands. This year I have an opportunity to witness another 12 Taiwan Beauty Brands products introduction in the Taiwan Beauty VIP event at the Taiwan Expo 2017 at KLCC Convention Centre , Kuala Lumpur Malaysia . The format was different from last year and I can tell you I was so impressed with the organizer improvement for this year event. Congratulation to all team!

Founded in year 2016, TBA has carefully selected the brands and products with most represent Taiwan in terms of branding and also quality. These include skin care products, cosmetics and hair products. This year TBA selected another outstanding 12 companies to introduce each best selling products and create awareness of Taiwanese Beauty products among Malaysia consumers and provide Malaysians with high quality beauty products.

The selected 12 companies did a good job in presenting their best selling items here. Most presentation is sweet and precise. Not a long winded presentation as last year. :)

1. Arwin Bio-Tech(Taiwan)

Brand : Arwin , Biochem
Official website : www.arwin.com.tw
Feature Products : Skin and Body care products, including makeup removers, facial / body exfoliate, cleansers, soaps, toners, serums, essences, essential solution liquid extracts and hair care products. 

Do you know that Arwin Bio-Tech owned the largest Rose Farm in Taiwan ? If I am not mistaken during the product presentation, the co. rep. mentioned it at Puli. So if you happen to be in Taiwan do visit to this rose farm. Its free entrance. Try to search in internet on the exact location. Me super lazy at this point! hehehe. If you find out the location please drop the location address to my comment box here. Thank you!

2. Gold Nanotech

Brand : Gold Nano Tech
Official website : www.gnt.com.tw
Feature products : Gold series products such as cream, serum and facial mask. Transdermal delivery system, vitagold series and ampule producrts. 

Do you know that Gold Nanottech utilize PVD technology to produce active and high purity gold which can be applied on skincare, beauty device, food beverage and pharmaceutical fields?

3. Herdsman Enterprises

Brand : PSK
Official website : www.herdsman-cosmetic.com
Feature products : Skincare , Color Cosmetics, Pearl Cream, Mask

Do you know that PSK own by a Malaysian couple ? They started this in Taiwan about 43 years ago. Their best seller Beanne Pearl Cream has sales volume as the height of 1000 Taipei 101. Their product has sold off to over 30 countries.

4. High Belem Chemistry

Official website : www.highbelem.com
Feature products : Full range of skin cares and necessities.

Do you know , TSAIO the most popular natural skin products around the world , consist of wide ranges of products of everyday use from head to toe, pursuit high level quality of complexion by working with global R&D partners in Japan and the EU for over 40 years?
TSAIO takes the " plant regeneration ability" to give herbal and organic skin care products more profound significance values.

5. Kuan Yuan Lian

Brand : Kuan Yuan Lian (KYL)
Official website : www.cucumber.com.tw
Feature products : Skin cares strictly extract from Aloe, Cucumber, Roses and green tea and many other good local quality botanical essence.

Do you know KYL Loofah moist is natural moisturizing facial toner infused with pure cucumber extract ? It is refreshing for all skin type. KYL insist on manufacturing natural and clean skin care products.

6. Lam Sam Yick

Brand : LSY
Official Website : www.lsy031.com
Feature product : Makeup Brush

Do you know LSY has 120 years of history in producing brushes mainly for writing ? They are well known with concept of " precision making of the brush ". Using their expertise in brushes they successfully venture into new market for handmade brushes with the brand LSY professional cosmetics brushes. Made only with the finest hair, this craft perfection has been made the top choice make up tool among makeup artists and stylists.

7. Masacy

Brand : Solone
Official website : www.solone.com.tw
Feature products : Make up products such as eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, lipstick , foundation,blush

Do you know Solone is a renowned make up brand in Taiwan and has been awarded many times by famous and publicly recognized by beauty media?
Its eyeliner pencil which claims to be super waterproof, sweat proof and can withstand oily lids while remaining a smooth and soft glide.

8. Miho International Cosmetic

Brand : Miss Hana , Hanaka
Official website : www.86shop.com.tw
Feature products : Complete series cosmetics, including foundation, concealer, eye makeup, eyebrow makeup, lip & cheek makeup, make up remover,brush and many more

Do you know they started with online shop "86shop" ? Leverage on their pool of online customers, they slowly create their own brand name Miss Hana which based on customer needs and market trends analysis. Their brand name famous with high quality , trendy and affordable.

Yours truly won this goodies bag from Miss Hana from answering the quiz at the end of product presentation. Super happy because I have been eyeing on this while visiting their booth before the event. WTH! Super lucky. Thank you! I will review this in my future post.

9. President Pharmaceutical

Brand : My Beauty Diary
Official website : www.ppc-life.com.tw
Feature products : Skincare, sheet masks, facial cleanser and makeup remover

Do you know their facial mask brand " My Beauty Diary" has successfully marketed to 13 different countries ? It has been awarded with numerous beauty awards for it exceptional quality and product safety. The rave reviews from consumers gained them more than 2.5 billion sheets of masks sales in a year. Wow!

10. Shaan Honq International Cosmetics

Brand : SH-RD, NNPE
Official website : www.shaanhonq.com.tw
Feature products : Hair care including shampoo, conditioners, leave in treatment, semi treatments, deep treatments (rinse off), scalp care solution set, color, perm and hair accessories.

Do you know that Shaan Honq owned more than 100 halal-certified hair products ? They are play leading role in professional MIT brand in the global hair industry.

11. Tairjiuh Enterprise

Brand : City Color , Maxwell
Official website : www.tairjiuhgroup.com
Feature product : Color cosmetics including make up tools and skincare products.

Do you know TJ Group has produced thousands of cosmetics products for OEM/ODM customers for over 30 years? 10 years back TJ Group started its own brand City Color in US and very well known with its contouring palette.

12. Unicare Biotechnology

Brand : Unicare , Lab101
Feature product : Skincare including makeup removers, cleansers, soaps, toners, serum, essences, essential solution liquid extracts, gels, moisturizers,creams,facial masks, eye cares, sunscreens and many more.

Do you know Unicare's product are formulated with high efficiency and safety by professional , scientific demonstration ? Lab101 is a professional medical skin care brand which commit to create simple, scientific, effective formula in a full range of products for delivering the views of ideal skin.

With all the outstanding products introduction from each companies, the year 2017 TBA successfully launched. If you are interested do drop by at KLCC Convention Centre Hall 4 and 5. Taiwan Expo held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 9th - 11th November 2017 starting from 10:00am - 6:00pm.

There are many great business opportunities and knowledge to gain from this expo.Apart from beauty segment, Taiwan Expo brings you to the insight of other industry as well.

For example today , 10th November 2017, they have Taiwan Halal Seminar 2017 at meeting room 304, 3rd Floor , KL Convention Center.

I did a quick visit to other booth yesterday and seriously, there many opportunities if one can have whole day to get to know these companies.