Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Loreal Paris EverSleek Smoothing System - Great value?

U guys know I'm a sucker of beautiful packages kan kan kan?????

I know I know, I still have stock of my Redken Smooth Lock shampoo and conditioner, but sometimes, saya sentiasa gagal melawan nafsu, especially when it comes to hair care stuff. Yalaaa, who doesn't

It was a really nice Sunday where we spend some leisure time in Ikea, not to look for furniture, but more to look at some deco ideas for our new home.... (belum siap lagi ye... lambat lagi...). Sambil2 tu, we wanted to look for a baby chair for Ammar. Iyalaa...sekarang sudah pandai duduk demand2 makanan...so its only fair for him to have 1 chair for himself!


Sukanya dia.....


Anyway, we decided to make a stop at the Curve. Boleh kire dengan jari berapa kali I datang Curve ni...maybe due to distance kot... its too far from my home and plus, KLCC is my backyard so...let's say I'm pretty much self-sufficient shall we? :D

Meriah juga hari Ahad ni... tapi sale2 mcm kurang menarik...if  I came on a different day, would it be different?

Jom teman I gi Watson? Nak cari shaver.

(Hubby changes shaver as frequent as he changes his t-shirts!...)

Scan scan scan.....



Menariknya!

Apparently, Loreal Paris came out with a new range of Hair Care Products! The best part is that its SULFATE free!

Oh my god, a few months ago, you could only get sulfate free shampoos at high end salons and now, you could get at Watsons for a fraction of the price!!!

OMG!!!!!




What happen to Old range Loreal Elseve????

Tapi ni mcm lagi best! Wooo~

Of course I got hooked! I mean I've tried Elseve range, and I hope this one is better!

Bought the shampoo and conditioner, and 2 of these products only costs me less than RM 50! ...wooo~

Am I crazy?  Or genius???

-Jue-

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Hi peps! Just recently purchased this deal from Groupon.com.my.

For Just RM168, you could do Hair Colouring/Rebonding/Relaxing/ Digital Perm + Wash + Cut + Blow at SOHO Salon, Starhill.

Fantastic! Just when I need a new colour job.

I haven't made an appointment yet, but once I do, I'll review about it, PROMISE!

Btw, if any of you guys are interested, deal runs until 25th Dec 2012, while deal lasts.

CEPAT CEPAT!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thank You!

I've had so many people sending me mails to enquire, to comment or giving ideas on what to blog about.

Just wanna attend my most warmest thank you to all of you for reading, appreciating and giving me great ideas. I have taken down notes and InsyaAllah I'll try to update my blog to follow your requests.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

-Jue-

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Laura Mercier Foundation Powder

I'm always disheartened every time my curiosity and expectation doesn't meet the mark I was hoping it should. Many readers (I'm sure) would agree with me that if you were to spend on costly cosmetic items, you'd already have an upper hand towards certain information that you would need to know, before you actually make your purchase.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes its not due to the product, but due to the item's characteristics as a whole. 

So I was loitering around Bangsar Village while waiting for my newly wed buddies to arrive, since we promised to have big mouth burgers at The Daily Grind. I'm not sure about you guys, but if I'm up for a gourmet burger, this place is my pick. 

Down-On-The-Farm Burger... always satisfies me like wow!

Anyway, I have always wanted to visit Laura Mercier's beauty counter. As you guys know, I'm a huge junkie for natural, barely there makeup rather than stage-look makeups; which is why I post a lot of Bobbi Brown and Burberry entries in my blog. 

I know, i know...Soon I'll post some eye-shadow reviews..promise!!!

I have no idea why, but I seem to be "eating" powder rather than wearing it. Ha ha ha... but god knows how I always prowl for face powder macam how I go for food-hunting. It irks me like mad!



So this is my purchase:-

The Packaging


I can't say I love the packaging. Feels too plasticky and very fragile. Its not as solid feeling as the other powders.



Description

The thing that had me slightly disappointed was the content. Initially I was overjoyed the fact that it was priced at RM150, which I thought was okay, judging that most powders are priced way more expensive.

But when I looked at the content description, the powder only weighed 7gms!!!

7 Grammes!!!! That's so cheapskate! Kalau macam ini, sebulan je dah habis!!!

Most other powders weighed like 11gm - 12gms on average, hence I was frustrated that this one had so little content in it.

My bad. Should have checked the content first online before purchasing. Aisehhh........


Coverage

Its very sheer I would say, something that I really liked about it. It also leaves a barely-there feeling of no-makeup makeup. Plus point there. But don't expect it to cover any imperfections (a lot on my face I would say), cuz its not meant to do that.


Verdict

I would say its a practical powder; no fuss, you can bring it anywhere since its lightweight. Coverage is good, not cakey yet not drying. Even though it leans on to more mattifying effect, its suitable to be used by both oily or dry skinned people.

Would I buy it again?
I must say I love this better than the Dior Light Veil  previously purchased. But for the content of 7gms???
I must seriously think....

-Jue- 





Friday, November 23, 2012

MAYDAY MAYDAY!!! Moisture Needed!!!




Doesn't the sight of this excites you?????????

In the effort to work like crazy (work like crazy pun harus ada effort kah?), we constantly drown ourselves with gallons and gallons of caffeine (Guilty as charged!) to keep our brains boosted (or shall I say, kurang mengantuk maka pekerjaan menjadi lebih produktif?)

Namun, kita lazimnya melupakan bahawa betapa pentingnya air untuk perkembangan sel-sel diri kita... be it for the healthy development of body cells, to quench thirst, and not to forget, our dear skin.

I'm 26...going to 27 next year... A friend once asked me, is it okay to start anti-ageing products at this stage of life???

Well, to be honest...in some cases, our numerical age doesn't actually reflect our true biological age i.e we may be ageing older than we are due to work stress, family stress, financial distress etcetra etcetra...

So should we start on anti-ageing?

My safe answer would be no harm...But then again, some anti-ageing skin cares are priced HIGHER than the normal ranges for us young (boleh dikatakan) people. So is using anti-age fighters really necessary or somewhat another marketing ploy to make us spend more???

 


Hang-on a second, aku ni sudahlah mempunyai masalah kulit kering, dah tu nak start dgn anti-ageing pulak?? Bankruptlah ini macam!!! Aiyoo....

So I need a solution. And I need it quick. 

So in Guardian, I came across this:-


Description (Cuz I'm so Malas to Describe today...)

INNOVATION:
This daily 24h nourishing cream from RoC® combines moisturising agent Hydrovance®* with a cocktail of vitamins and essential nutrients, for a threefold moisturising action:
  • attract and lock water
  • rebuild reserves of nourishing ingredients
  • strengthen the skin barrier

RESULTS:
Every day your skin is intensely nourished and feels soft and supple, for 24h hours of comfort.

USE:
Apply every day on a perfectly cleansed face and neck. Its rich and fast absorbing texture constitutes an excellent base for make-up.

SKIN TYPE:
Dry skin.


To simplify things, this is a highly hydrating night moisturiser...absolutely luscious for us with dry skin. 
And to add, since ROC is well-reknowned for its kind-to skin, anti-ageing products, you could say that this is great anti-ageing product for younger skin like us!

LIKE WOW!!!


Look at the creamy texture....

RESULTS

After using this for a week my skin not only felt lovely and soft but actually looked noticeably plumper, which I’m putting down to it being more hydrated.

If you’re searching for something to to hydrate your dry, air-cond exposed skin, I’d definitely recommend giving RoC Hydra+ Rich 24hr Comfort Nourishing Cream since it’s not too expensive either. RoC Hydra+ is also available in a light texture that’s suitable for normal to combination skin types. My bro's using the lighter version of which, he bought it at RM35++ after 50% discount!

Best tak best tuuuu...........

RoC Hydra+ Rich 24hr Comfort Nourishing Cream retails at RM79. Great value~

Love, Jue

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boscia Bright White Mask

While sheet masks continues to be my personal favourite (easy, cooling, comforting, no mess), I find that they only provide short term visible results. Makes u glow one day, and everything turns normal the next day.Thank god for science and technology, there are always other alternatives when you pretty much get bored of the usual same stuff...

For those who really know me, they would know that my favourite place to spend time in KLCC would either be Bakin' Boys, for their lovely muffins and cookie milkshakes, or Starbucks for pure coffee-holic experience (sorry CBTL, you don't really satisfy me enough...) or Mothercare (Ammar!), or other than that, is Isetan or Sephora (yup, you guessed it).

 

Btw, is it just me or that most Sephora skincares not sold in Malaysian department stores are pretty much priced higher than what you pay overseas? 

Ponder ponder ponder...

Nevertheless, I'm always prowling inside Sephora everytime I'm in KLCC. Yes, I'm only woman.

At this point of time, I was looking for a mask. Sure, peels have helped me a lot, but then again, too much exposure towards Glycolic Acid is not advisable.

Plus, skin caring is a marathon, not a sprint... so I don't wanna lose steam awal-awal, and become malas later on he he he....

I spoke to one SA, and as expected, she pointed out on my spots and unevenness. I gave her a sob sob story of my unexpected break out with the C serum (yes, you know which one), that caused me to broke in so many pimples, hence loads of acne scars.

The SA informed me that at this point, using serums to treat the visible acne scars is not enough. I needed to use some sorta exfoliation + brightening product to 'lift off' the dark marks and to peel off the dead cells first, in order to let the serum absorb into the skin.

(hey, isn't that what I've been doing??? Nevermind...dengar saja lah...)

So she recommended me this peel-off mask that helps to exfoliate and peel off the dead skin:-

BOSCIA BRIGHT WHITE PEEL OFF MASK

Sesungguhnya, aku kurang menggemari peel off masks. They're messy, hard to remove and can cause dryness. But the SA convinced me that mask ini tidak mengeringkan. Claims that it helps to increase hydration.

Plus, for a big tube, only costs me RM90 sumthng...Menarik menarik....

Front View

Back view with description

Ninja! Haiyak!!!!!!


So to provide you guys with some description:-

An advanced antiaging mask that brightens, hydrates, and smoothes the skin.

What it is formulated to do:Soothing and hydrating, this antiaging mask contains clinical levels of advanced whitening ingredients to visibly even skintone, reduce dark spots, and brighten the complexion. Pro-vitamin C suppresses skin damage caused by UV radiation while delivering intense hydration and increasing natural moisture factors in the skin. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts collagen production to reduce excess sagging. The peel-off technology instantly smoothes the complexion for a healthy, youthful, fresh glow.

Texture: Sticky, white mixture...mcm dodol.

It screams everything good. But is it good? Wait for my updates soon!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hair-Oetry!


Want More Hair?

          
I'd love
I think
more hair
more hair
like a big
old grizzly bear
more hair makes
you manly
more hair
makes you tough
more hair feels
like carpet
more hair keeps
you rough
             
more hair
for pretty ladies
to rub their faces on
more hair for
guys to jealous of
and more locks that can
be flung

I think more hair would be awesome
but I wouldn't wanna overdo it
because too much hair would make
me like a little furry blanket
and I couldn't cover both of us
just you and that ain't fair
more hair! 

Here's to all the beautiful ladies out there. Aye Aye!

Bioessence Tanaka 4x Flawless White Serum

Okay, so the disclaimer today is that I'm so not in a good mood. First of all, my PC has been lagging for months and months, causing a remarkable 50% drop in my work productivity... and to top up, I have accidentally deleted my powerpoint slides (consisting of 40++ slides done in a few months)...

What a fantastic life I'm having...

So I guess, its calls for some stress-busting time alias blogging time.

But then again, what I do take pride in myself is that I don't normally vent all my anguishness on blogs or facebooks ... and channel my inner chakras to releasing onto something else...whether great food, great company, or mere beauty-blogging!

(There, I feel better already :D)

Anyway, I'm sure u guys a well aware (and probably sick) of my ongoing, never-ending search for dark spot serums? Apparently here's the latest addition to a list of spot treatments and serums that I have hoarded..and dun seem to work (for me, that is....)


BIOESSENCE 4x FLAWLESS WHITE SERUM




Hubby says I'm always excited when something screams "White, Flawless, Dark Spot"
Wee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Other than being a sucker for marketing of which caught my attention, this serum contains Kojic Acid and Arbutin, ingredients of which are normally used in most whitening products.

Okayh okayh... I was also hooked by the beautiful bottle...and the fact that the face of Bioessence was Scha Al-Yahya (I know she already have superb skin to begin with, but for some reason, the gimmick works on people like me...sighhhhhhhh.......)


Furthermore, the serum only costs RM70++, which is like a fraction of what I have spent on other whitening serums. 

For the description:-

Formulated with Tanaka Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Kojic Acid and Arbutin, what the serum would do is to protect the skin against UV rays, cools and moisturizes, curbs melanin production, as well as lightening of spots, eliminate of pigmentations and improves overall skin complexion.
As a result, pigmentations would be lightened, dull and yellowish skin tone would be brightened, blemishes would be reduced and skin would become fairer. The most amazing part is that the result can be expected in just 4 days!
Frankly speaking, I have no idea what the hell is Tanaka Extract... some sorta tree bark I guess?
The dropper
CONSISTENCY
White in colour. Upon application, it absorbs immediately into the skin. I love the fact that its not greasy at all!
RESULTS
The product claims that you could see results within 4 days. As for myself, I've used it for 2 weeks and I so far I haven't been seeing any effects on my spots. Still looks the same...
Or am I impatient?
Other than that, I could say that I have seen slight evenness in my skin tone.. but then again, its probably due to the MD formulations peel pads I've been using.

So much for wishful thinking...





Monday, November 5, 2012

2 Weddings... Bliss on A Weekend....

So my post today is nothing skin care / makeup related.As the title says, this weekend we have celebrated 4 individuals who have vowed to join their lives together in a marriage, so beautiful in their own ways.

1) Yana Brahim and Syam Suhaimi

Having known this person since I started work, her bubbly, vivacious, carefree character always warms our hearts and souls. To my beautiful GF Yana, congratulations for your latest milestone as at 2nd November 2012, where you have upgraded your status to becoming a wifey.A bundle a joy soon perhaps???

And Ain... U look gorgeous at any time, whether ur preggers or not he he he...







2) Badran & Liyana

Strangely, both weddings I've attended that weekend had the name Liyana for both brides kan?
On the morning of 3rd Nov 2012, my abang saudara, Wan Mohd Shamsul Badran also tied the know with his wife Liyana, ending his bachelorhood @ 30 ++ years (sorry bang, I don't know ur exact age) hehe...
Mum and Son Getting Ready
Btw, this is the first time I've seen the groom wore skinnies to his wedding reception @ Bangi Golf Resort. Oh well, each to their own! :)

To Abg Bad, tahniah diucapkan...semoga menjalani kehidupan yang bahagia bersama isteri dan keluarga baru...

And Yana, welcome to the Big Endudian Family!

Kitaorg mmg suka crash other people's wedding w our photos he he....




Thursday, October 25, 2012

UPDATES! - Redken Smooth Lock Treatment Review

Remember the time when I did the Redken Smooth Lock Anti-Frizz treatment?

Well it been 3 weeks after I did my treatment, so here are my latest updates. I was worried that the frizz free effect doesn't last long since the stylist told me it shall last up to 13 washes...

And I've lost count on how many washes I've been in.

But ultimately, this is the current condition of my hair -


Post-mandi...with some serum applied

Still looks ok... Of course I don't expect to have MISS WORLD hair...but I must say styling time has not been a problem to me so far. Aminnn....



So ladies out there, I've had my Smooth Lock experience. What about u???



SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL ADHA EVERYONE!



-JUE-



Kinks? Not A Problem! - Redken Smooth Lock In Salon Treatment

Having a darling boy in the house is great pleasure...but alas, it limits the amount of time you could afford to spend in personal care! Summore, dah la si Ammar ni asyik nak berdukung aje...... kelam kabut mummy kene bersiap! 

Sharing the same sentiment as mummies out there however doesn't hinder me from looking for great solutions. Where there's a will, there's always a way! To tell you the truth, I've always been a person who asal nak kuar je, I'd spend some time on hair styling. Bukan apa, since I'm always in a messy state MOST of the time...kkdg keluar tu, nak la nampak presentable konon2nya...

But, how can you afford to go washing and blowing when your darling boy squeals for attention and that you just don't have the heart to say "nanti la sayangggg..." ?

Ahahah...so much for little tales of motherhood eyh? Tapi, makin lama pk, makin serabut you become! And my hair become frizzier and frizzier day by day! Argh!

But as much as I'm adventurous at skin care, the same can't be said with hair though. I've always been more careful when it comes to 'doing things' with my mop.

I've cut it pixel short, and I don't like it.
I've coloured it blonde! and I don't like it either~

In that line, experimenting and experimenting was a costly affair. So.....what can I do? Right now, at this juncture I'm looking for something that's:-

- Easy to maintain
- Fuss - free
- Cuts styling time in HALF (or QUARTER even....)

Initially, I was so keen on doing Hair Relaxing. I've seen so many of my friends gone through the process but, I had a few qualms about it:-

1) I don't carry straight hair as good as they do
2) What if I don't like straight hair? What if it doesn't work on me?

Ponder ponder ponder.....

I called Curlers and Trimmers in Hartamas, initially wanting to ask on hair relaxing, but instead, they recommended me this -


Since my main qualm is that I just want to reduce the frizz, without straigtening my hair, this seems like a great option!

But wait, what's the price like? I've previously tried another frizz-reducing option, called the Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT)...



Works wonders, but doesn't last long and it costs me 500 bucks! Plus, the take-home care products are pricey too! Plus, I'm not sure of what the long term effects would be...

So, crossed my fingers and hoped that this will help.

The Process

On thing I love about this treatment is that it doesn't take too much time to complete the whole process. For my length, it took me about about 2 1/2 hours. (Reasonable time to wait, since colouring/normal treatment takes about pretty much the same time)

To cut short, the process goes as follows:-
1) Hair is washed and conditoned with Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo and Conditioner
2) Then,  Smooth Activator is applied to relax the hair to weakened the disulfide bonds that form hair’s structure and shape
3) The Smooth Sealer is then applied to lock the relaxed, smooth form into a finished place.

After the whole process is completed, Derrick (my stylist) used a flat iron to seal the treatment in.
And I'm told to not wash my hair for 2 days (48 hours)




Immediately After treatment....

I look weird with straightened hair! But oh well...let's wait for 2 days shall we?

After 2 days

Yup, so this is after I have washed my hair. Looks like I got my original state back... with lesser frizz. Wuhuu!





VERDICT

Great to smoothen your  kinks and add some shine, if you're not ready to go all straight. Plus, my length only costs me RM150. What's not to love about this?

So my dear babes out there, if frizziness is ur main issue, visit ANY Redken Salons and ask for the Smooth Lock treatment. Out with the frizz, in with the healthy hair!

Muax!

- Jue-

Thursday, October 11, 2012

UPDATES! MD Formulation Daily Peel Pads - My Latest Addiction!

Remember bout my latest post on the MD Formulation Daily Peel Pads? Well, I've been using it for 2 days, and I must say that I'm loving the results that they give me. So far, after application, I could see that there's a slight improvement to the dark spots and rough areas on my my inner cheeks.

Application is a breeze, just simply swipe both sides of the pads all over your face, and wash off after 10 minutes (but I left it longer, like for 20 minutes). Follow with your serum and moisturiser.

Word of caution, don't use other exfoliation products if you've used this, since the Glycolic acid compound of 10% is more than enough for your skin to take, so don't go overboard with other add-on treatments ok?

Writing is kinda long tho...so I'll post pics to get you guys to see the after effects ya?

A week before: skin is on the rough side...dry and cracky.... I look tired...