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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Recap & New Year Eve FOTD

The year 2010 finally come to an end. =) 2010 has been eventful for me as I ended my university life gracefully and enter the world of working life. (Working life isn't fun at all but getting your paycheck is!)


Some Random things of 2010:
  • I learn how to makeup in year 2010 - I have to admit before that I was a geek
  • I've attended my first beauty workshop and there goes the 2nd,3rd and so on~~
  • I've made myself into public events - Sasa Event was my first one
  • I'm on advertisement :p
  • My vanity table is definitely expanding because I hauled more than I expected
  • I've met new blogger friends and more readers~~
Thanks for the loves and support from all my friends and readers. You guys have been doing real great in encouraging me into blogging world. Without all the supports I don't think I'll able to keep my blog posting up regularly. =) Lastly, this post marked my 99th post in my blog. Yay!! ♥ 


Before I end my post, here's a New Year Eve look with Naked Palette requested by one of my reader. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Introduction: Shiseido Aqualabel - The Japanese No. 1 Skincare Brand

AQUALABEL, the Japanese No. 1 Skincare Brand had instantly become one of my favourite skincare brand. AQUALABEL is a masstige skincare brand developed by Shiseido with over 100 years of whitening experience and first in the market to formulate Hyaluronic Acid. It focuses on Asian women and it is the No.1 Whitening and Anti-aging brand in the self-select category (under 2,000¥) in Japan.

I've attended their workshop recently to learn more about the products range.



Aqualabel is the daughter of Shiseido, therefore the price are quite affordable. It was known as the best drugstore products range in Japan back in 2006. There are also a hit product in China, Hong Kong, Japan and even in Singapore now!

The product range targeting working woman in their 20s to 40s (mostly Asian) who in need of products with high moisturizing efficacies and likely to have pigmentation and aging issues. Oh! Did I mentioned that the products are paraben-free?? (I love this!!)

**Don't read if you hate long post, read more if you're OK with it and eager to know!**

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Boxing Day + Mini Giveaway Winner

How's your Christmas so far my dear readers? I guess most of you had a wonderful and memorable one. Unfortunately, I am down with sickness on Christmas Day. So I couldn't go anywhere out of my house. :( And I apologize that I'm slow in replying comments too. Luckily, Boxing Day makes me feel awesome!! :D

Not because of the Boxing Day sales. Well, sadly we don't have any great Boxing Day Deals in my country but we do have year end sales.

I've received several gifts from my friends and a little hauls for myself as Christmas present. Show time!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tagged: The Nice & Naughty List 2010

I saw this post from Jen and I decided to share my list here too. It was such a brilliant idea to sum up your yearly top favourite products with this Nice & Naughty List 2010. When I was young, I always wish to be in Santa's nice list as my mum always tells me that good kids get more prezzies..Haha XD (I think I am much a naughty one).

So today, Santa gonna make a list of my favorite and Holy Grail products while those in my naughty list will be products I won't use, regretted buying it or doesn't work for me.

Let's start on with my Naughty List!!
I <3♥ this pic!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review: Dress Me Facial Mask

The name Dress Me itself sounds so cute for a facial mask. Last week I received three Dress Me Facial Mask from thesamplestore for review. Before that let me introduce you the brand which is said to be equivalent to the My Beauty Diary.

Dress Me facial mask series uses the finest and purest quality ingredients extracted from selected plant concentrates. Enhancing your skin care routine, Dress Me is the perfect companion that boosts your natural capabilities to good skin, tailored according to your skin’s needs.


The three different types of mask I've been sent are Moisturizing & Refreshing Mask (Clear. Balance. Revitalize), Silky & Soothing Mask (Clear. Moisture. Soften) and Revitalizing & Firming Mask (Clear. Balance. Renew)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Jill Stuart Valentine Love Collection

I am officially a Jill Stuart fans by now. After getting my first JS blusher months ago, I couldn't stop purchasing more JS stuff. After all the packaging is awesome!! I was browsing through the Urcosme today and saw this!!

The new Jill Stuart Valentine Love Collection 2011 will be launched on 28 January 2011.

Jill Stuart Heart Glass Trio Set (NT$1380)
Aww.. The heart makes such a perfect gift for valentine. I'm sooo gonna hint my boy for this!! (He reads my blogs :p)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Say Hello Kitty from Sephora!

My weekends been awesome spending most of my time traveling and meeting up with friends and more Christmas prezzies from them!! Just when I though I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping, this mail came into my mailbox. (I am a beauty insider :p)
Sephora proudly present to you the new and exclusive Hello Kitty Beauty Collection!!
I'm sooo attracted to their advertisements and posters. Check out more Hello Kitty products!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review: Bio-Essence Bio Platinum BB Cream

I'm back on BB cream craze now~~ After trying the Bio Essence Bio Multi-Effect BB Cream, I absolutely love it. So today I gonna review another type of BB cream from Bio-Essence series. The whitening BB cream together with 10 benefits in 1, Bio-Essence Bio Platinum BB Cream. Sounds awesome isn't it? It has more benefits than the previous Bio Multi-Effect BB Cream.

10 Benefits of the BB cream: 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review: Bio-Essence Multi- Effect BB Cream


I used to be a BB cream lover but my complexion went really tan after a few exotic outdoors activities and sunburn. Since then, my skintone has been tan forever :( So I had to abandon all my BB creams and go on with foundation. Nevertheless, I love how awesome the BB cream look on me!! For me BB cream is a one step product that covers all your imperfection even if your skin are like the orange below. :p

Why BB Cream?

BB Creams stands for Blemish Balm Cream was initially prescribed by dermatologists to patients who had undergone laser skin treatments to soothe redness and cater to their sensitive skin. Most celebrities in Korea started using them to create a natural and dewy finish.

Recently, I received this Bio-Essence Multi-Effect BB cream for review purposes. I often learn the raves about Bio-Essence especially their face lifting cream and the 24K Bio-Gold eye products. As for BB cream, honestly I did not know they introduce BB cream until this product was sent to me. (I am such a ignorant girl) Bio-Essence has launched 3 different BB creams series: Aqua BB Cream (moisture); Bio Platinum BB cream (whitening) and the Bio Multi- effect BB Cream (Coverage).


Monday, December 13, 2010

Review: Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel & Jade Eye Roll Away

If you've followed me on my Facebook, you must have seen this review coming up. So, I'm invited to participate on Ginvera blogger's challenge again. The brand has been around in the market for years. I always wanted to give it a try whenever I passed by the drugstore but the winner often goes to my cosmetic hauls. Bad gal :p So I was so happy when Ginvera send me the famous two products of Ginvera to review.

The Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel and Green Tea Jade Dark Eye Circles Roll Away are one of the best seling item from Ginvera Green Tea Skincare. As everyone heard of, green tea has been famous with their health benefits. Green tea extract contains 20 times more anti-oxidative power than Vitamin C and Vitamin E which is good for our skin. Not convince?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

November Favorites~♥

OMG!! December is finally here. The ending sign of year 2010 and Christmas festive is here!! I know I'm a bit late for this post, but it just something new that I would like to share. Better late then never? :p

Any of you spotted anything familiar?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sneak Peek: Dr Jart V7 VitaLaser

I guess everyone here has heard about the name of Dr. Jart. The famous brand with their BB cream in town and the No. 1 dermatological cosmetic. I've personally tried their BB creams and yes it does great on skin. After trying the BB cream, I received this Dr. Jart V7 VitaLaser a few days ago for review purposes.


Dr. Jart V7 VitaLaser is a high performance whitening treatment which come in 7 kinds of vitamins that help improves skin's youthful quality and advanced regenerating system. 

Looking at the awesome advertisement, I had high hopes on this product secretly wishes that it can get rid of my acne scars that stuck on my face for months!!

I'll be trying this for a week from today and see how it works!! Keep an eye on my updates. Meanwhile do join Confirm Trading in Facebook for more information.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Review & Swatches: NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

I'm all a neutral eyeshadow lover. Most of my eyeshadow palettes are neutral shades and I couldn't stop buying more. It's called addiction. :p When NYX are on their 20% sales months ago, I grabbed a chance to seize one of this and even bought an extra for my dear friend who's a makeup newbie.


The new NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit when out of stock when I was trying to get it. Back then people does comment that it was a dupe for the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette. I'll do a little comparison on that later on. Today, we gonna see how special is this kit compare to UD.

"An all-in-one nude on nude natural kit comes in a convenient case for easy and beautiful makeup application whether at home or jet-setting across the world! 9 eye shadows, 2 lip colors. Comes with applicators, mirror, and step by step instructions."

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Review: Greenland Fruit Emotion Scrub Salt Lime-Vanilla Flavor

I've always been searching for the best scrub to scrub away all my dead skins making my skin soft and smooth. Sometime ago, I've received this Greenland Fruit Emotion Scrub Salt from Shins for review purposes. 
Greenland originated from Netherlands are well known of their innovative brand of body care products with its main speciality being the collections based on 100 % natural raw materials. One of the best collection are the Fruit Emotion and Milky collection. All products are Fruit Emotion collection are from a blend of two different essential oils. Each combination of essential oils has its own particular effect on the mind and body.

Talking about Lime-Salt. It makes me think of the indigestion salt drink doc gave me. But have you wonder how Lime-Salt Scrub works?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer

Remember my post about my October Favorites? I got a few review requests by my readers Eva and Suzanne on this!! One of my everyday-use concealer. Who doesn't want a perfect and flawless skin? Concealers usually do a good job of hiding blemishes by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. We can survive without a foundation base, but we couldn't survive without a good concealer. Agree or No? :)

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer instantly revitalizes and brightens the skin while protects against fine lines. The Stone Therapy minerals ingredient instantly energize stressed skin. Vitamin C fusion for brightens and antioxidants to help strengthen skin’s natural defense systems.

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's WINTER!! Time to get some warm boots!

My friend who is in Nottingham got so excited that he was particularly telling me in the middle of 3.00am that he saw snow outside his hostel. (I don't get snow in my country, so yeah...I can feel his excitement)
So we were practically discussing on the fashion during winter time. So I was suggesting that it's time to warm the feet with a pair of good ugg boots. You couldn't be walking under the snow with slippers right? A pair of a good ugg boots would keep your feet feeling warm and prevents it from drying. So here comes the Ugg Boots by Whooga

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do you anti-frizz?

Frizz is a common enemy whether it's for sleek straight hair or gorgeous tight curls. A bad frizz is a always a bad day for you to start off. But what is Frizz about?
FRIZZ!!

Though some are born with dry, unruly hair, that state of wiriness usually stems from dehydration and damage from chemical processing, excessive heat styling, or UV exposure.

Damage leaves the hair cuticles open when hair strands rub against each other, static builds and cause the kinks. The open cuticles can get entangled with each other too. The result: Frizzy heads. Humidity can make situation worse. Though there is moisture in the air, damaged hair cuticles don't swell evenly-hence the flyaways.

Anti-frizz products help to coat the hair shaft with a very thin layer of silicone which smooths and seals the hair cuticles, to prevent moisture loss. Most products are good on damp or dry hair, and can be used on tandem with other styling products. I started my anti-frizz war about 7 years ago back in high school. During then I was using the pure olive oil to fight the frizz. Well, nothing beats the old traditional way isn't it?


And the result? I got a black, shiny thus a bit oily hair. I always had this thick black hair since I was born and everytime I went into salon, my hairdresser will have the same comment: "your hair is so thick and dark". Some even commented that my hair looks my like a wig. Partially, I should thanks the olive oil for the dark black hair. ^_^
Olive oil for hair
As years grown, I find that olive oil is too oily for my hair to adapt. Thus, I seriously doesn't adores the smell. :p Then I craved in and bought Loreal Elseve Smooth Intense Leave-On Hair Conditioner. Basically I think it did nothing to my hair except my hair is kinda softer. But it was discontinued and new hair serum are launched.
These are those anti-frizz fighters I used
Recommended by my hair stylist, I bought Shiseido Crystalling Aquafix. This is one of my favorite anti-frizz/ hair care products for years. I only use this when my hair is damp and it works wonderful for my damaged rebonded hair! But even the best anti-frizz love affair could come to an end, and so my Pantene Hair Mask went out of the door, Liese Hair Cocktail Serum nicely place in my shelf and lastly Essential Damage Care Nuance Hair Essence (will review it soon) follows me everywhere I go!

Here's a little tip to share being anti-frizz:
* Always follow the rule: A little goes a long-way
* A 10-cent coin size amount of serum is good enough for short to medium length hair
* A longer or thicker hair goes about 20-cent coin size amount of product
* Rub it between palms, then smooth over dry or kinky bits

Have a awesome Sunday and enjoy reading!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review: Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Skincare

Life's been really busy for me nowadays. As all of you'd heard, my dad had been admitted to hospital for a heart operation. Thanks for all the best wishes and concerns, his condition is getting better now. Due to the hectic and frequently travel back and forth to hospital, I did not have a good sleep or even time to really take care of my skin. :p 

That's when I had a little acne breakout time. Out of coincidence, I was sent to review this Eucerin DermoPURIFYER skincare products.


Eucerin DermoPURIFYER range is an innovative skincare range developed to keep teenagers and adults skin clean, soft and healthy-looking without the drying, irritating effects found in other acne treatment products.  This range contains skin-natural Lactic Acid to effectively eradicate acne, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.


The problem?? ACNE SKIN?

How Lactic Acid works?     
    TARGETS: clogged pores where acne and skin impurities originate
    TREATS: inflamed acne and unblocks clogged pores, without drying out skin pr causing flakiness
    PREVENTS: fight acne-causing bacteria and stops the formation of new acne
    PROMISES: a healthy, clearer complexion within 3 weeks

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    UPDATED: NEW WINNER!!

    UPDATED: Our Grand Prize winner did not claimed her prize from me for more than 48hours even after I've emailed her. I'll have to obey the rules and give new chance to other readers. Fair enough right?? So...the new Grand Prize winner are chosen by jackpot~~
    So......Who's the jackpot winner??

    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Annoucement: Slowbro's Birthday Giveaway WINNERS!!

    Finally after all the hassles, I had some time to sort out the entries. I hope this post will blow away your Monday Blues~~ Once again, congratulations to all the winners!!!

    I shall say the process of picking up the winners was quite tough. So let's move on!! I've prepared a list and put it randomly using random.org. And here's the lucky 6 numbers for PART A!!
    So who's the lucky one??

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    Review : Collistar Talasso- Scrub Termoacttivo

    Collistar is one of the famous brand from Italy. Their best selling body treatment Talasso-Scrub was the first exfoliator based on sea salt and essential oils in 1999. Apart from that, with technology advancement they had now launched the upgraded version of the reshaping exfoliating scrub, Talasso-Scrub Termoattivo. Never did I though that I was given a chance to own a "slimming scrub" till Sasa sent this to me.
    You must have been wondering how to this 'reshaping' scrub works?

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Quick Update

    Life's been very hassle for me past few weeks. My dad was admitted to hospital two days ago. Therefore, I'll be visiting back on forth from hospital. Hope everything gonna be fine after this. Please keep note that I'll be slow in updating my blog for this few weeks. Although I have some committed deadline review for certain products, but I will have to delay it for the above reason.

    Since Christmas is coming around the corner, any Christmas Set that have lured you into the temptation of getting it? As for me, I am lemming for the Jill Stuart, RMK and MAC Marcel Wanders!
    Jill Stuart LE Edition Christmas Set 2010

    Have fun wit your coming weekends. Just pray everything gonna be fine for me =)

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Beauty Tip of the Day: Do not spray your perfume on your neck

    Where do you usually spray your perfume? There are certain hot-spot areas that we usually spray our perfume on which are our neck, back of ears and wrists. But do you that it is advisable not to spray the perfume on your neck?
    WHY?!?

    The reason:
    The skin area at the neck is as delicate as our eyes area and the alcohol of the perfume will cause pre-mature aging. (Oh no!!) The alcohol contains in the perfume attracts the sun and magnifies its burning and aging effect which is very bad for our skin!

    So, avoid spraying your perfume on your neck. You don't want your neck to betrays your real age!
    Recommendation:
    The best places or hot-spot areas to spray your perfume are lower inner arm, wrist, back of ears, knees and even your hair. Hold the perfume at a distance of about 8 inches, while spraying it on the hair. It does makes a different. ^_^

    Extra tip for perfume lover:
    To make your perfume last longer, put an unscented moisturizer on first and then spray on your perfume a few seconds later. It works much better on oily surface than on dry skin, preventing it from evaporates quickly.

    Have a nice Sunday and stay beautiful!  ❤ ❤

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    SlowBro's Birthday Giveaways CLOSED!!

    SlowBro's Birthday Giveaway is now CLOSED!!


    All entries after this post will be void.

    Thank you for those who've been supporting me all these while and participating in it.

    Please feel free to drop by again for more products reviews and hauls.

    ^_^
    Winner will be announced soon.
    (Please be patient ya! As they are lots of entries I need to sort out.)

    Cross your finger and GOOD LUCK!!

    PS: For those who did not verified their email through Feedburner subscription, please do so before 16 Nov. Please check your spam box for the verification email. Any inquiries, please do drop by a question via formspring or twitter. Failure to do so will automatically disqualified for subscribers entry.

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Review: EcoTools Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set

    I am very picky in choosing my makeup brushes. I like good quality brushes especially the synthetic ones. The touch of the brushes on your skin are very important especially when your skin are very sensitive. It makes me feel good when my brushes are gentle for my skin..Hehe XD

    Sometime ago, I finally lay my hands on these EcoTools brushes. Kudos for me~ :p

    EcoTools is an earth friendly set of high quality cosmetic brushes. The really soft bristles are made of cruelty free hair and the handles are made of natural & recycled materials. Say yes to the Earth!  I got myself the EcoTools Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set from drugstore.com during their 20% sales and I gonna say that I'm loving it!! 



    Monday, November 08, 2010

    Review: Juju AquaMoist Pure 100H Essence


    I guess everyone here knew about the Juju Aquamoist - The Asia No. 1 Japan skincare series which contained Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is in a big hype nowadays ever since their hydrating properties had been recognized. Approximately 2 months ago, I was given the one of the most popular items of JUJU AQUAMOIST series for review purposes.

    The best selling item
    Juju AquaMoist Pure 100H Essence. Juju AquaMoist Pure 100H Essence contained 100% pure Hyaluronan/ Hyaluronic Acid which is a real good deal for hydration purposes.
    Some said that it works like a facial mask during the night that creates a thin moisturizing layer to your skin to prevent from the dehydration and helps your skin’s healthy turnover which you can tell the difference the next morning! Sounds awesome?

    Sunday, November 07, 2010

    October Favourite ~❤

    Time past really fast isn't it? It's already November now and in a few weeks time we're celebrating Christmas!! October whizzed past and I've been through the most important day in my life. Well, not to worry is not my wedding. :p So today I'm gonna share my favourite items of the month. I've been reaching for these items real frequent and almost everyday during October.

     Can you spot what are there?

    Saturday, November 06, 2010

    Saturday Magazine Reads

    Japanese Magazine always come with wonderful products, tips and even freebies. The only drawback is I couldn't read Japanese well enough. (Slap me for not paying attention to Sensei during uni time :p)

    The November Spring Magazine which comes with a Jill by Jill Stuart Tote bag. ♥ ♥
    This is my birthday present from Starryxuan!! She's such a sweet girl. This is why I always love all my friends~~ ^_^ 
    The Jill by Jill Stuart tote bag not very special or pretty but is something that I feel I need to have. :p The bag is made of cotton and polyester which I find it quite fragile.

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Kao Liese Blogger's Challenge + Review

    What would you do if you wake up in the morning and find your hair irritating? Does that make your mood bad the whole day? A bad hair day?
    Approximately about 2 weeks ago after my review on Liese hair treatment products, I was invited to participate in this Liese Blogger's Challenge organized by Kao.

    I had a little question for all of you. How do you actually say Liese?? Liz? Lai-see? Lee-see?

    Wednesday, November 03, 2010

    Buddy News: Jessying's birthday Giveaway

    My pretty beauty blogger Jess had her belated birthday celebration lately. She's the first beauty blogger that I've met in-person despite of being online. (You owned me a party pack! :p) She'll be having a great giveaways for her readers as well as bloggers too. Feel free to join the fun~~
    Don't forget to join mine too!! Another week to go!!


    Skincare Prize
    (plus some of which are not shown here as some still bury inside my cupboard)
    Wuahhh!!! Did you see sooo many products?? There's more~~

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Annoucement: SlowBro's Birthday Giveaways EXTENDED

     Good news to all the readers!!! 

    SlowBro's Birthday Giveaway  
    will be extended to 
    8pm, 12th November 2010 (Malaysia time, +08 GMT).
     

    The reason is because  I'll be busy with some upcoming review contests
    which I will reveal on my blog soon.

    There'll be 7 winners with different prize pack for this giveaways.
    So your chances to win is higher!!
    For those who haven't join my giveaways, please click here and join ya!

     GOOD LUCK!!
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