Friday, November 17, 2017

Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++

You may have seen anti-pollution skincare flashing across your screen. Ever wonder why they have been gaining traction?


Name: Skin Aqua スキンアクア UV Mild Gel マイルドジェル SPF30 PA+++
Price: RM 40 for 110 g
@cosme rating: 4.7
Release date: 13.2.2016
Made in: Japan

It is all due to PM2.5 – tiny particles in the air that are two and one half microns or less in width (about thirty times smaller than that of a human hair!). They not only clog pores, but can also penetrate the epidermis layer to accelerate cellular ageing and even cause hyper-pigmentation. Crikey!


The hard-working UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++ is designed to address this very matter by repelling polluting particles (including the dreaded PM2.5), while defending against UV rays. The watery formula absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no white marks or greasy residue. And as with all Skin Aqua's products, it contains a blend of hyaluronic acid, amino acids and collagen to prevent ageing.


Whatever your skin type, this day-to-day sunscreen won't lead you astray. Sold exclusively at Watsons for RM 40.

The full ingredient list for UV Mild Gel SPF30 PA+++:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Inulin, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Polyquaternium-51.

Disclosure: Press sample.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mamonde Holiday 2017 Collection

Packaged with beautifully designed boxes (the Mamonde garden harbouring butterflies and birds!), Mamonde's holiday collection consists of three amazing sets for you to pamper yourself and your loved ones.

First Energy Duo Set RM 219 (worth RM 319)
This set has some of Mamonde's best-sellers, the First Energy Serum, the First Energy Essence and the hydrating Floral Hydro Line.


Holiday Makeup Set RM 209 (worth RM 260)
The Holiday Makeup Set comes with two Creamy Tint Color Balm Intenses (No. 05 Blooming Rose and No. 11 Velvet Red) and a Brightening Cover Powder Cushion (choose between Medium Beige (21N) and Natural Beige (23N)).

You'll be pleased to note that the Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense matte pencils are also sold separately in limited edition packaging for RM 50 each (worth RM 55).


Holiday Hand Cream Set RM 69 (worth RM 116)
This set features four hand creams (Rose Bouquet, Gardenia Dream, Camellia Petal, Jasmine Cashmere), all bearing their own unique scents, properties and functionalities.


This holiday collection can be purchased through Mamonde beauty counters at Parkson KLCC, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall. They are also available on 11street.my and lazada.com.my.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler

Consistent curls from the front to the back of the head can be challenging because we don't have the same field of vision or length of reach when styling our own hair. Guess what? The new Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler overcomes this challenge!


The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler possesses a number of unique features such as a longer curling barrel, two smart curling guards and an open vertical design. Combined, these features make bouncy, uniformly-shaped curls a reality.

Increased curling surface
It features a longer barrel with 113% more curling surface, which enables us to style twice as much hair in one go.

Innovative open design
The innovative open design is shaped vertically, so that it follows the natural flow of long hair. This means there is less chance of the hair becoming trapped in the device!

Smart curling guards
The two smart curling guards ensures the section of hair being styled is perfectly wrapped around the curling barrel of the device, therefore creating perfectly uniform curls.


Simply switch on the curler to warm up, section out the correct amount of hair and hold the curler with the front facing you. Then insert the hair into the curling chamber, starting from the back of the appliance. Stretch the hair strand so it is tight, before pressing and holding the curl button. This will cause the hair to slowly wrap around the curling barrel where it will then be curled in the curling chamber. Once the curl is ready you will hear a series of beeps telling you to release the hair, leaving you with a perfectly styled ringlet.


The Philips StyleCare Prestige Auto Curler is priced at RM 629 and is available at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery and The Gardens Mid Valley, both in Kuala Lumpur, and in Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru; at Philips Experience Stores in Menara Axis, Petaling Jaya and in Penang; at retail partners and distributor stores nationwide, and online via the Philips Online Shop at shop.philips.com.my.


Settings: 10s and 190℃

For further information, visit philips.com.my.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner & Cream

Commonly blooming white or yellow, Narcissus is one of the rare plant species that survives the harshest winter. It develops from the bulb which stores nutrients and sufficient water necessary for the growth of the stem and flowers. Intensive research on the nature of the Narcissus bulb has led to the development of the Floral Hydro line.

Comprising of four products - Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (the star of the series!), Floral Hydro Emulsion, Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream and Floral Hydro Cream - the latest line to join Mamonde's extensive stable locks-in moisture to the skin for long-lasting hydration.


A few pumps of Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner (RM 89 for 150 ml) feeds the skin with moisture (like a drink for the skin!) - perfect if your skin feels tight and uncomfortable post-cleanse - and works to relieve dryness while enhancing the skin's natural glow. Instructions weren't given but due to the consistency of the toner (liquefied gel), I pat it in with my palms versus swiping with a cotton pad.



Floral Hydro Cream (RM 109 for 50 ml) has a silky, fast-absorbing feel and leaves absolutely no residue. The cream sits well beneath makeup without feeling heavy, which makes it perfect for daytime wear. That said, it lacks the nourishing film that I associate with my creams. Then again, those creams are better suited for nighttime use.



The Floral Hydro line is great for all skin types and particularly wonderful if your face feels hot and bothered in this unrelenting heat. It is a little on the perfumed side, so patch test first if you are especially sensitive.

It ranges from RM 89 to RM 109 and is available at Mamonde beauty counters in Parkson KLCC, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, Aeon Bukit Indah, Aeon Tebrau City and Aeon Queensbay Mall.

The full ingredient list for Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner:
Water, Propanediol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

The full ingredient list for Floral Hydro Cream:
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerylpolymethacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Drink A Rainbow: Kinohimitsu Superfood Supreme

I like ALL things colourful, so it is no surprise that I have taken to Kinohimitsu's Superfood Supreme like a duck to water. This nutritional beverage packs a varied spectrum of functional foods with proven health benefits (listed below) in a single scoop.

Heart health
Raspberry

Joint health & anti-ageing
Mangosteen, blueberry, elderberry

Immunity & muscle strength
Yellow pea

Memory
Black sesame seed, blackberry

Digestive health
Brown rice, cocoa

Cholesterol level
Oats

Bone & teeth health
Wheatgrass


Name: Kinohimitsu Superfood Supreme
Price: RM 89.90 for 500 g

I mentioned what it contains, but Superfood Supreme is notable for what it lacks: dairy, lactose, cholesterol, soy, trans fat, artificial colouring and artificial flavouring. So, rest assured if you either have an allergy or an intolerance to any of these ingredients.


The robust formula is perfectly adequate taste-wise but nothing to write home about. I think it borders on the sweet side... it should be noted that I am drinking it boiling hot, against their recommendation of mixing in cold or lukewarm water.


It is also a great way to add a healthy boost to smoothies, juices and shakes - make your blender your best friend! For those unable to meet your daily nutrient requirements, this fortified beverage could be an option; needless to say, proper meals should always be your first choice.

How does it stack up in terms of nutritional value (per 25 g)?

✤ Energy: 95 kcal
✤ Carbohydrate: 15.2 g
✤ Protein: 4.5 g
✤ Fat: 1.5 g
✤ Cholesterol: 0 mg
✤ Fibre: 1.1 g
✤ Vitamin B12: 0.5 mcg
✤ Calcium: 217 mg
✤ Sodium: 45 mg
✤ Magnesium: 20 mg
✤ Iodine: 9 mg

For more product information and to buy, visit 11street.my. It is currently RM 69.90 instead of RM 89.90!

The full ingredient list for Superfood Supreme:
Brown Rice, Oat Powder, Isomaltulose (Palatinose®), Isolated Pea Protein, Black Sesame Seed, Cocoa Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Mangosteen Fruit Extract, Wheatgrass, Sucralose, Mixed Berries (Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Elderberry).

Disclosure: Press sample.