Why prioritizing yourself is important ?

Social connection or rather relationship is an essential part of our existence and certainly something we will not be able to avoid. It is fair enough to give some time to build a relationship that you share with your family, and friends but the core point to remember is, you are still an individual. To discover yourself is a big challenge, so it is important for you to focus on yourself first before you turn your focus on others.

  1. You will learn to find comfort in solitude. 

Socializing can be a fun thing to do, all the chit chats and laughter can boost your mood, and make you feel better about yourself. Also having friends, makes you feel important and cared but it is wise to understand that external factors will fade away with time hence it is important to feel genuine contentment from within you. It is important for you to take some time off, prioritize yourself and learn about yourself in depth. This means, at times you will need to take a break from your busy lifestyle and spend a good quality of time on yourself ; paying attention to little details of your likes and dislikes, spending time doing things that makes you happy. When you are truly comfortable and happy in your own solitary, you will eventually become a happy person in any situation.

2.  You will get more things figured.

It is no surprise that family or friends can impact our decision making skills. This happens as we are open with emotions with them because we trust them, which eventually making our mind to believe that they know us better than we do hence their advices should be apt for the situation. That is totally the opposite. No one knows yourself better than yourself – in short, you know the answers to your questions. Prioritizing yourself will help you to know what you really want vs what is good for you. Life is all about the choices but there isn’t any rules that you will need to play it safe – all the time. It is okay to take some risk and explore the path unknown. Most of the time, these are the choices that will help you to grow as an individual.

3. You will learn how to protect yourself. 

Making yourself as the most important person in your life, will help the process of removing the negativities in your life, much easier. You will find the need to remove toxic people, things or anything that is hindering your growth as an individual. Taking out everything that is negative in your life will eventually help you to lead a life that is veiled only with positivity. This not only impacts your present but also allows you to reflect on your past ; eventually creating an open space for the decisions that you will take in the future.

4. Grow as a person – spiritually, mentally and physically. 

It is important for you to know that growing as a person isn’t a phase – it is a continual process till your final twitch. And to grow, you will need to learn about yourself in a depth – to understand what you, as an individual, want in life. When you realize your true potential, the choices made then after will only shape you into a wiser person.

Self care is important. And you need to believe it is one of the most essential aspects in your life. Don’t feel guilty to put yourself first ; to give your body and mind what it really need. Or rather want. When you start paying attention to yourself, many impossible things will disentangle – and you will live a peaceful life.

First DPL experience @ Wax Candy

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Candy Wax Bar celebrated their third year anniversary on 13th January 2019  and I was invited to share the joy over their success. I, on the other hand is more than honored to be selected to be part of their journey in this sector. Of course, never been able to try their services before; this is quite a favorable opportunity for me, in order to get to know in precise details on the services they offer which includes the price, side effect and etc. Let me share some details about Candy Wax Bar. This prominent wax bar was founded in 2016, with an ideology to provide a healthy and hygienic waxing experiences to their patrons – which is quite apparent if you visit their branch – be it in Taman Desa or Damansara Uptown outlet. They have a very simplistic and clean concept – very open about their products as well. From what I experience, they do know how to take care of their customers.

Candy Wax Bar isn’t only providing waxing services but they also offer DPL services in a very affordable price.

 

DPL Services 

I am sure you have heard about Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which has been proved to be one of the really good hair removal methods – however the pain that comes with it sometimes can be super unbearable. But technology advances, there is a solution which is completely painless , and quick as well. Sounds like heaven? That is exactly what DPL does. DPL is Dynamic Pulsed Light (a broad-spectrum light source) which helps to remove or reduce the hair growth in the targeted area and can be undertaken by both men and women. Lucky for me, Candy Wax Bar is one of the few places in Malaysia that offers budget friendly DPL services (the price will be provided at the bottom of this page). 

My experience. 

The first time I heard that I will be getting a DPL for my underarm, I was quite nervous. One thing you have to know is that I am not a fan of waxing – and is always dreadful when I need to get my waxing appointment done. I have really low pain tolerance hence why waxing can get quite irritating to my skin. IPL is definitely a big NO in my list for the apparent reason as I have heard about it from many of my friends – making me all uncomfortable, so I never wanted to try it. To be honest, I was really nervous and almost wanted to politely decline their offer – because in my head it is all painful. But then, my blogger friends reassured that the process was quick and almost painless – this was somewhat comforting but it wasn’t enough. Eventually my turn came around and I was greeted by the person in charge ( I am sorry I was too nervous that I completely forgot the name of the sweet lady who did my session ūüė¶ ). 

My first thought – the staffs are really friendly.

I was explained thoroughly on the process and the product that will be used. She also provided me reassurance – but she was really honest while doing it, not at all over doing which made me to trust her. I do understand that they truly care about their customers because they take time to explain each and everything you need to know because as a consumer you should know what is being done to your skin / body and what are the products being used – this is legit.

The Process 

  1.  As my armpit was not hairless, so the staff shaved the hair patches and she did it very smoothly, and gently. The ensured there were no cuts and I was comfortable along the process.
  2. Cooling gel was applied to the surface of my armpit – it was soothingly cold and I believe it helps to numb the area to reduce the pain.
  3. The DPL procedure begins – and ended within 5 mins ~ !
  4. Sensation, yes ! Pain? NOT AT ALL.

                                                              Verdict.

I was left stunned after the procedure where it ended quite fast – and was totally painless. Of course there was sensation quite similar to ant bite but it was bearable, almost unnoticeable if it wasn’t for the sound of the DPL machine. I really loved the service provided since I walked into their outlet – I mean they won from the first impression itself. It is also important to ensure that your customers are adequately informed – and they did their part excellently in this matter.

One of the other factor that makes me want to avail their services again is how neat and clean their work stations are !  This proves that hygiene is their priority and that is so essential especially dealing directly with skin needs extra care or else, you’ll end up with many skin issues.

The winning factor here is definitely the price – you can avail DPL service at only RM69 for your underarm ; isn’t that a great investment?

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This is where the DPL is done – Picture Courtesy @najatul

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Price of the services available at Wax Candy

Address : 

(Taman Desa Outlet)‚Ä©Lot 115A First Floor, Podium Block,‚Ä©Faber Towers, Jalan Desa Bahagia, ‚Ä©Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.‚Ä©T / +603 7971 9999 / +603 7972 1999
(Damansara Uptown Outlet)‚Ä©67M, Jalan SS21/37,‚Ä©Damansara Utama, 47400 ‚Ä©Petaling Jaya, Selangor.‚Ä©T / +603 7722 5277

Lennox Inner D’tox – Comprehensive Inner Body Cleansing.

Health is wealth – a very popular phrase to emphasize the importance of health to live a prosperous life. We are aware of this and many of us do our best to stay healthy, but the question is are we really doing our best ? It’s not a lie when I say that we live around food temptation – and Malaysia has always been regarded as a food heaven and well I am a foodie, so eating healthy is not really easy thing to do. However, I made sure that I am constantly detoxing my body – workout, vegetarian diet and fruit fasts but sometimes it can be a little hassle specially if you are working full time.¬†However, I have found the perfect solution to a quick detox – Lennox Inner D’tox.¬†

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Lennox Inner D’tox

Lennox Inner D’tox is a 7 days formulated herbal detox that helps to cleanse the body from unwanted toxins through digestive system, liver, lymph, and urinary tract. This detox comes in 4 different categories which is : Diet Enzyme, Antioxidant & Probiotics, Waterful Skin and Collagen. I will explain further about these and their functions, so that you know exactly the kind of detoxifying element that your body needs.

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  1. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† –¬†¬†Antioxidant and Probiotics¬†

Antioxidant is a compound that helps to inhibit oxidant that prohibits the growth of other molecules in the body. Antioxidants are mostly found in fresh vegetables ( good kids eat their veggies, remember ? ) and fruits – helping to also neutralize free radicals that is the main culprit of ageing and diseases. While probiotics are live and yeasts are good for your body as they are the good bacterias that helps to keep your gut healthy, which helps strong immune system, brain health and more. This supplement gives double the requirement for your body hence this is something that you need if you consume a lot of processed food, or well, not a fan of green tea.

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¬† ¬† ¬† 2.¬†Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – Diet Enzyme¬†

Protein molecules that works as catalysts is known as enzyme, where is helps to increase the speed of chemical reaction in human body however in the process of doing so, enzyme stays intact. Consuming fruit based enzyme drink is beneficial in many ways specially aiding to improve immune system and lowering cholesterol level.  If you are someone who likes fatty foods, or high cholesterol food eg fried dishes, fast food, then this is something that you will need.

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3. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – Collagen¬†

Collagen exists largely in our body – it is the component that gives structure to our skin, hair,nails ,bones, ligaments, tendons and – allowing us to move freely without limitation. Not only that, Collagen also helps to give our skin the healthy glow, strong nails and shiny hair. However, ageing process slows down the production of collagen – hence supplementing with collagen can assist greatly to increase the body’s collagen level. Hence, this one is suitable for everyone who is going to the stress of ageing process.

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¬† ¬† 4. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – Waterful Skin¬†

Our body is made up to 60 % of water, which means this is the most important component to keep our functioning well – in fact, our body depends on water to survive. Our body used H2O to eliminate waste products, to maintain our body and even to lubricate our joint so that we can move freely. Keeping the body hydrated, day to day basis can be a tough thing to given our busy schedules – hence you will need supplements that is able to vital role in this process – hence this one works best for them who needs to detox the body through hydration.

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Verdict

I am always careful when it comes to putting something inside my body – so I did a little research on this but there is not much reviews out there, which also means a good thing because I will not be blinded by testimonials. I do have my pro’s and con’s and I will be as honest as I can be.

  • I like the packaging – it light, both the sachets and the package it came in. It is also resealable which means you can pretty much place it anywhere – and carry it with you if you are going out of town.
  • The supplement comes in individual sachets – which means easier to throw it in your bag while you are leaving to office – so no hassle of carrying an individual bag for this sole purpose.
  • It is easy to consume – with or without water. You don’t need a shaker to get it dissolved or mix well. All you have to do is to tear the top part and consume it directly in your mouth ( based on your preference ).
  • It dissolves in your mouth after few seconds (this comes under my con’s ), which was a little annoying but I got it dissolve quicker by drinking some water – which later made the powder to have gum like texture ( and almost tasted like green apple Sugus – BUT I am not surprise , because the flavor was Apple Yogurt ).

Price 

  1. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† –¬†¬†Antioxidant and ProbioticsRM 38.80
  2. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – Diet EnzymeRM 32.80¬†
  3. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – CollagenRM 38.80
  4. Lennox Inner D’tox¬† – Waterful Skin RM 38.80¬†

These are currently only available at selected Watsons Malaysia outlets, as well as online via https://www.watsons.com.my/ .

 

*Toodles till next time *

 

Spooky Halloween Party with Potboy and Carlsberg.

Recently, I had a chance to experience Halloween Party at Carlsberg HQ as I was invited by POTBOY groceries, and in one word, it was totally – BOMB¬†(a word I rarely use unless I love it ūüėČ ). This was an event filled with great people, games, and well – it was BEERLICIOUS – with free flow of drinks , cool isn’t it ?

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We cannot deny the fact that BEER makes every occasion special and it keeps us hyped up ( but just don’t drive after being totally hyped – LAH ). But if you are not a fan of beer – you can always opt for shandy or apple cider ( my personal favourite is SOMERSBY Blackcurrant ).

If you are looking for hassle free way to get your favourite beer, you can visit  https://potboy.com.my/ and get your  it delivered to your doorstep Рbe it home or office. Cherry on the cake, the site offers Free Delivery with No Minimum Order covers majority of Klang Valley, to know if your area is included, you can check here : https://potboy.com.my/free-delivery.

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Following are some of the drinks that is available on their site :  

Carlsberg Smooth Draught Pin

Corona Extra Pint

Jolly Shandy

Somersby ( Apple Cider, Blackberry Cider , Elderflower Lime)

Somersby Sparkling Rose Cider Pint

Skol Beer

Royal Stout

Kronenbourg

Wait no more and get these awesome drinks only from POTBOY, direct link to the alcoholic beverages : https://potboy.com.my/index.php/beverages/alcoholic-beverages.html .

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Heartiest thank you to Carlsberg Malaysia & Potboy, for a very spooky evening ‚̧

 

*Till next time Рtoodles* 

Wonder Series + Prologue Masks Series

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I used to wonder how Korean girls always look pretty ; at all time – even without the help of makeup. And eventually, I learned that they are passionate about taking care of their well being – be it internally or externally. The products produced are well researched and often comes with a great benefit, not only to the Koreans but also to the rest of the skincare enthusiast around the world. Just as such, I came across a brand that is enthusiastic and creative to construct a series of products that will be a great help in our daily skincare routine – HARUHARU .

HaruHaru – An introductory.

A subsidiary of one of Korea’s prominent fermentation pundits – OK Bio Lab ; Haru Haru was recently introduced in Malaysia with Wonder Skincare Series and HaruHaru Prologue mask series – one of the many products that has been assembled to fit any lifestyle – mainly focusing most common issues women encounter such as dull skin, aging and dry skin. HaruHaru implements state-of-the-art technology techniques in producing their skincare products which includes breaking down the molecules of the ingredients to ensure the nutrients are focused in being absorbed into the cells besides helping to keep the product’s moistness and smoothness texture.

HaruHaru skincare has vowed to provide the most effective skincare product hence the products used are one of the best, including Maqui Berry from the Chilean Alpine which has been as one of the Top 5 super food, along with fermented honey and green tea extracts.

Haru Haru Wonder Series. 

HaruHaru Wonder products are mainly focused for the skincare enthusiast from early twenties to mid thirties – where the skin is rapidly going through changes on daily basis. The pretty part of this series that the bigger version of it comes in as a “take away” coffee cup design, while the smaller ones come in a tube that fits in easy in any bag – for daily use, after gym and even, while travelling.

Below are the products and their functions :

Wonder Maqui Berry Antioxidant Cream and Mask : Infused with extract of fermented Maqui Berry for anti-aging and skin regeneration. The packaging comes in a purple tube / cup  and this cream has a very strong green tea fragrance to it Рquite similar to the ones you get in spas.

Wonder Honey Green Reparative Cream and Mask : This cream comes in a maroon tube/ cup and smells exactly like Wonder Maqui Berry Antioxidant Cream and Mask. One of the many ingredients in this cream is Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract which works perfectly as anti-inflammatory, anti aging and with the bonus effect of regenerating whilst hydrating the skin.

Wonder Honey Green Aqua Bomb Cream and Mask –¬†¬†As the name suggests, the main function of this cream is to hydrate the skin thoroughly, which I personally believe is what most of women need – skin hydration because drinking plenty of water alone might not be the best solution , at times. One of the main ingredient in this cream that comes in a turquoise tube and cup is Moso Bamboo which effective for intense moisturizing and revitalizing the skin.

Wonder Honey Green Brilliant Cream and Mask –¬†¬†This is an environmental friendly cream that comes in a white tube / cup , how out of the norm is that ! This cream contains green tea and honey extract that helps to fight skin problem that comes along with age – wrinkle. Whilst it minimizes wrinkle, the cream also helps to brighten skin by clearing dull pigmented layer and provide intense hydration in the process.

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HaruHaru Prologue Masks Series

This set of masks is targeted for the young , fun and vibrant crowd where it is packed in the form of prologues hence the name. The main ingredient is Maqui Berry and it is about Haru – the skin superhero that tackles the main culprits that results in bad skin ; Dry skin, wrinkles, dull skin tone etc.

HaruHaru Prologue Maqui Berry Lifting Masks – the function of this mask is to act as antioxidant that helps to resolve wrinkle issue while firming the skin, at the same time.

HaruHaru Prologue Maqui Berry Brightening Mask –¬†¬†this is also functions almost similar to tackle wrinkle issues but at the same time minimizes fine lines while brightening the skin for ensure the skin tone is even.

HaruHaru Prologue Maqui Berry Soothing Mask –¬† This mask is specially curated for them with sensitive skin with the same functionality, which is to reduce wrinkle but more subtle on the skin.

HaruHaru Prologue Maqui Berry Moisture Mask –¬†this is the best mask to use for the with dry skin, flaky and wrinkled. In fact, this mask is one stop solution for all the skin issues – where it promotes moisture on the skin. Apart of that, it also helps to renew the skin to maintain a younger and fresher look.

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Verdict.

HaruHaru seems to be a complete package product that is able to cater the needs of almost every woman in Malaysia Рwhere it can be used as a set or can be applied individually but either way the effect is visible. One of the reason for this is the ingredients that is being used in the product Рand the method of fermentation that helps the skin to absorb the products efficiently. Apart of that, HaruHaru also practices patented biotechnological delivery approach which is the natural liposome that allows the product to reach the cell for better effect. Apart of the common ingredients used like green tea and honey, HaruHaru went a notch to include superfood like Maqui Berry into the product, where this berry is said to be the powerful component as antioxidants.  Back to basic, the packaging of the Wonder Series is definitely creative and convenient, where it comes in two sizes 90g Рon the go take away coffee cup while the 30g comes in tubes so that it can be carried easily, anywhere.

You can purchase the Wonder Series and the Prologues Masks Series at the following locations :

SenHeng Outlets – Pandan Jaya, SS2 , USJ Taipan, Kepong, Bukit Tinggi and Setia Alam.

Watsons : TBA – coming January 2019

If you would like to know more about this brand you may visit them at their social handles listed below or on their website :

IG : http://www.instagram.com/haruharu_malaysia

FB : http://www.facebook.com/haruharumalaysia

Website : https://i-m-pine.com

Till next time *toodles* 

LaF Water Bomb Ampoule

To begin with, I am really sluggish when it come to skin care routines but I love exploring products that really suits my skin. My skin care routine is rather simple – cleanser, toner & moisturizer, sometimes I add on scrub into the routine. Recently, when I got my hands on LaF Water Bomb Ampoule, I was quite stunned so I started to research more on this and came across some interesting instances. More on it, below.

Lost and Found , Seoul (Korea)

A brief introduction to the brand Рthe catchy name Lost and Found (LaF) has a literal meaning to it. It basically is the abbreviation for LOST AND FOUND, in the sense of lost being the problem and found is the solution. The main aim of this brand is to provide innovative solutions to skin problems to anyone who needs it. This brand has products for almost every skin issue and if you check out these products, you will find tea tree as the common denominator. The price is quite easy on your pocket Рranging between RM 47.10 to RM 56.50, and can be easily found in Guardian ( with some discount as cherry on the cake Рif you are lucky ).

LaF Water Bomb Ampoule. 

My first impression is that this is a very simplistic formula. The packaging – super minimal – with a dramatic definition to it.¬† However, I was not quite happy that the instruction, ingredients and what not is in Korean. That can be a drawback if you don’t know Korean, I mean who would want to get one if you don’t even know what it is made off, right? But no worries, I have listed the ingredients below so that you are aware of what you are applying to your skin. As for the product , it comes in a very easy to operate 30ml bottle , but again except for the name , everything else in Korean. I like that the label did not cover the whole bottle, as you will be able to see the color of ampoule that is transparent. The smell is very mild – almost relaxing I would say, and I never like product with strong smell , so plus point here. Coming to the product – it is liquid yet a little oily ( you will realize when you are applying , which I think due the fact that Glycerin is one of the main products. Visually it looks like droplets of water, and easy to be applied onto the skin.

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Application & Review 

After a little more research, I decided to wash my face and then to use this ampoule right after using a toner. I pumped out about 4 droplets and applied it onto my face – and looking at the texture, I had a feeling that it is going to be sticky but to my surprise it is not sticky all ! It almost felt like I was applying water mixed with a subtle amount of oil – and it glides really well on my skin. For the first few minutes, it stayed onto my skin before being absorbed into the skin, and it did irritate my skin for abit but soon after it felt soft and cool. This was basically my last routine, and when I got up the next day – I can still feel the softness and the result was quite instant – my skin looked fresh like I had scrubbed it for awhile. This difference was also realized by my colleagues and that pretty much made me a happy person !

What do I think ?

This product retails at RM 47.07, and I wouldn’t think twice to get this again once I’ve completely utilized the bottle that I have now. It comes in a generous amount of 30ml give the function of the product that is almost immediately. This is a product that suits almost any skin¬†out there because like it or not, hydrating is a major part of our skin care routine – and hydrated skin is a healthy skin. Not only that the price is reasonable but the product is indeed effective, if¬†you’d like to give a try, you can proceed to purchase it from here :¬†https://guardian.com.my/index.php/laf-tea-tree-bha-skin-solutions-water-bomb-ampoule-30ml.html .

I hope this was informative enough and till next time *toodles*

 

 

 

Depression is not a drama!

On a serious note…

I know for sure that I am getting uncomfortable with the ideologies by a group people, assuming mental health is as easy as ABC. And also it’s heart breaking to see how many of them thinks that depression, anxiety or any other kind of mental health is controllable. Yes, I strongly agree to this but then it only applies if the condition is brought to attention and handled in the right manner Рpreferably by certified professionals. In most cases, you can help yourself but with a strong support system. The point here is to acknowledge it.

The sad part is, people do know that something is wrong with them and it is actually taking a toll on their daily routine. They do understand that they have symptoms but you know what is the saddest part? They are afraid to ASK FOR HELP. They are afraid to approach someone because they don‚Äôt want to be judged or mocked. Do I need to explain more on this? We have a form that allows the person to stay “anonymous” to get help! But WHY?

Mental health is not a taboo and shouldn’t be one or else why do we have Psychiatrists or Psychologists to help them in need? Mental health is legit . Depression is legit. Anxiety is legit. You need help, and you deserve to get help. You need support and you will get it. Your pain is legit, and your suffering should be acknowledged. No one deserves to make fun of you.

And if you think depression is drama and it is a choice that people can choose to feel or NOT to feel well I have a challenge for you. If you ever met in an accident, and broke your leg ; don‚Äôt ask for help. Don‚Äôt cry in pain. Don‚Äôt even bother going to the doctor. In fact, don‚Äôt even put on a drama, you can walk because it is just a matter of choice ūüėČ

50Gram x Swanicoco

 

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I am not a straight up make person but I am always on the hunt to find the best lipstick in the town. Recently, I was introduced to couple of Korean product and one of it is by the renowned brand in Korea ; Swanicoco. Before I begin talking about the product itself, let me have the honor to talk a little more about Swanicoco.

Swanicoco – the hottest brand in Korea.

Initially, Swanicoco started off by producing naturally fermented soaps, where they were determined to produce the best outcome by precisely selecting the best medicinal herbs before getting into the next process such as boiling and fermentation.¬† As we speak about this brand, they are currently ranked the top natural cosmetic brand in Korea – mainly an impact from their core value where they believe only products that are 100% made from natural ingredients able to bring the best results. This is strongly proved by the existence of the word “Natural” on their logo ( refer to the image below ).

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The word “Natural” is a symbol of being a representative natural cosmetics company.

If you are curious about the name “Swanicoco” , worry not because I have been there too ! How did they came across this unique name and what does is really meant? Well, “Swanicoco” means the pursuit of the elegance of a swan while “Coco” means Coconut which again emphasizes their love for natural product, but “Coco” also means cute in French – how creative is that? Pretty much, they are a brand that not only creative but also, puts in great work to create products that is effective for both men and women.

50GRAM 

50Gram is an online florist shop that is quite known to Malaysians. They offer various flower bouquet for various occasions, be it for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day , Graduation, well you name it, they have it !¬† There aren’t only focusing but also alternative options like Plush toys, merchandise even juice – now that is innovative.¬† Adding into the bucket, 50Gram is the only company that is currently selling¬†Show The Velvet Lipstick –¬†Juliet Red¬†and the product recently went live on their site on 18 September 2018.¬†

Show The Velvet Lipstick –¬†Juliet Red¬†

Show The Velvet Lipstick, black edition is basically a limited edition lipstick produced by the brand. Comes in three different shade¬†but I am lucky enough to get my hands on the shade “Juliet Red”( the other two is called “Pink Blossom” & “Shine Orange”.¬† The main attraction of this lipstick is the packaging, where it comes in a sexy black box with a tint of red and a chalk illustration of the lipstick. Being a person who adores anything minimalistic, the packaging is definitely worth saving – and the lipstick comes in a tube of the same color combination minus the illustration. The color shade is really pretty -I love how the red color looks perfect, almost like the lipsticks I’d draw in my notebook, the cartoon lipsticks or the drawings we usually see around.¬†

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As for the shape of the lipstick, I love the slendering toward the tip of it where it is quite useful while applying on the lip. This allows the lipstick to be apply smoothly on the lip, reaching the curved corners without leaving traces of it. The lipstick surprisingly smells good Рit has very floral pleasant fragrance to it and it kind of got me wanting to smell it over and over again without applying it on my lips. I literally moved around my office getting my colleagues to smell the lipstick which they liked as well.  So BINGO! 

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Ingredients : Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isoeicosane, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Kaolin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 15850, Ci 45410, Ci 15985, Ci 19140, Ci 15850. 

Swatches and Application 

I tried applying the lipstick and turned out that the color is quite bright for my brown skin tone. Although the lipstick has a pretty shade to look at, the color didn’t turn out to be the same ; it was more orange-ish red rather then just red. It did provide me an immediate “alive” look given the fact that I am not fond of wearing makeup to work, I alternatively use this lipstick slightly ( more like a tint ) on my lips and cheeks. So here’s the thing, I do not own blusher(s) because for some reason, I just cannot find the right shade for my skin tone so I end up lightly applying my red lipsticks onto my cheeks to give the “flushed” look, which worked quite well with Swanicoco’s¬†¬†Show The Velvet Lipstick –¬†Juliet Red¬†.

However, for a better visual understanding, I have applied this lipstick on four different skin tones РPale, yellow, light brown and caramel ! The results are as following :  

As you can see the color is not that different from all the skin tone Рyou can still see the orange Рred tone but how deep the red color does change with the skin tone Рso this can be applied by any skin tone Рbut preferably lighter skin tone babes ! 

What do I think ?

I honestly find this product is good and is indeed a worthy investment however, I will not buy it again for the second time and this is only because I am not quite fond of the bright color this lipstick carries. However, I might give it a try for the other two shades , just in case it suits my skin tone. As for the price, well it is not pocket friendly, but the quality is good, so you can definitely invest a little if you are looking for a subtle lipstick. 

This lipstick retail at RM 88.95 , and you can purchase it here :¬†https://50gram.com.my/product/swnccstvljr/ . Swanicoco’s¬†Show The Velvet Lipstick –¬†Juliet Red is only available on 50Gram’s website and it is limited edition, which means it it will not be restocked again, so go and purchase it while stock lasts.¬†

I hope this was informative enough and till next time *toodles*

‚úĶ Primero Tatuaje ‚úĶ

They say there is a story behind every tattoo. Mine is simple. In fact – the most common one, in my personal opinion. Ribbon. Colorless. Seems childish, I know but the heart wants what it wants. Got my first tattoo 4 years ago, it was a long overdue plan and I didn‚Äôt want to push any longer so I decided to go with a ribbon. It was a random thought that jump into my mind – and I was like “Well, that’s it”. Once I got inked – people was quite curious, and started questioning, like “Why ribbon?”, “why colorless?”.

There were even weird questions – some even wondered if it was an inspiration from my favorite disney princess, Cinderella. At that point, it was super annoying and i often sigh about it, genuinely couldn’t find the essence to talk about my tattoo. It was less than 5 cm in size but was such a big concern for many. Eventually, I gave up and prepared a whole story in my head – LITERALLY. I knew exactly what to say – but honest, and it took quite a number of revisits to find why RIBBON was good enough to be my first tattoo.

My answer, like I‚Äôve mentioned earlier, is as simple as my tattoo – my tattoo symbolizes the action of “giving love”. How does a ribbon can be a symbol of such action you may ask, but again tattoo stories with individual, it is a personal choice – something we want others to respect ; just like our personal space. This is the “thing” that was there in my head in the moment, and kept lingering around – it was almost difficult to take it out thus I took it a sign. I am someone who believes in love and kindness – people are capable of these and we should always spread positive vibes, than the negative ones.

And a colorless ribbon symbolizes the action has no boundaries – it is an oath to love each other without looking at one’s external but to love them with no borders – to spread kindness and love no matter where you are.¬†It is also a symbol that love is not within human being only – it can be extended to our Mother Nature and everything we are blessed with in this universe and beyond.¬†It is a reminder of what the fundamental of love really is¬†to show kindness, genuine care and all the little things I do to make someone happy. It acts as the anchor to my values – holding me grounded to what I am passionate about and to always be as compassionate as I am – in spite of the circumstances.

Curiosity Gap – Anxiety

Experiencing some forms of anxiety, little pangs of apprehensions here and there occur on a daily basis is a normal thing,¬†at least for most people.¬† Anxiety is not really the “death” word we assumed ; in fact, in some situation it can actually be helpful. For example,¬† you are super exhausted and you are not able to walk fast, so you drag your feet on the pavement. Out of sudden, you think you heard a noise from the back, this will raise the anxiety in you and you’ll forget how tired you are – completely energized to get away from that place. Basically, anxiety is also another way our body is alerting us to keep ourselves safe from possible “danger”.¬† It can also be a source of motivation during times like examination, preparing for competitions and completing an assignment that’s due – as feeling anxious about something can actually be the fuel to drive you to get it done.

If Anxiety is not harmful, why is it a disorder? 

Anxiety on the scale of 1 to 5 is completely normal, but when it reaches level 6 and above, that is when it becomes unhealthy as it starts to disrupt a person’s normal life. In this level, a person with anxiety no longer feel anxious to the possible ACTUAL danger but they are very responsive to the situations they PERCEIVE as dangerous. This can be triggered by something as simple as getting on public transportation or meeting someone new.

Based on last year’s statistics, approximately 300 million people are suffering from Anxiety disorders – that means 1 out of 13 people are affected by these disorders. United States tops the chart with the highest number – 40 million adults! Despite of living in an era with state-of-the-art medical facilities, only 10 % are receiving proper treatment. The two main reasons of why this is happening because we are either living in denial or¬† just being plain ignorant. Sad isn’t ? But that is the truth and a reality to many of them out there.

Types, causes and symptoms of Anxiety disorders. 

Anxiety disorders can be divided into 6 parts – the most common anxiety disorder is¬†Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).¬†¬†This has been regarded as a chronic disorder due to the effect it has on the person who is suffering from it.¬† To begin, a person with GAD experiences an extreme, and long enduring anxiety and worriedness towards things that don’t really matter. The cause of this can only be determined by the person itself and it varies vastly , eg – it can be any kind of stress, emotional trauma, abusive substances like cocaine etc.

A sudden rush of intense terror or uneasiness is categorized as Panic disorder. The person suffering from this will feel physical symptoms such as shaking profusely, nausea, dizziness and difficulty to breath. In some cases, the person can feel really confused with everything around him / her. These attacks can be a brief one, the whole can happen and resolve within couple of minutes but in some cases it can last for hours.

One of the other most common anxiety disorder is Phobia ; bare in mind that this is slightly different from the rest as this occurs with a distinct reason. The fear that one has in this case is usually seemed to be petty matter but this will not be able to stop the person from feeling anxious. The reason for phobia varies as per individual as well – it could be insects, animal, situation or even building.¬†¬†Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)¬†is an anxiety disorder that motivates one to do something on a continuous mode, despite it being unnecessary – it is more like compulsion. I am sure you’ve came across people who needs to wash their hands after touching everything or having the immense urge to keep everything organized – and not doing these will make them feel anxious.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatic experience ; sexual assaults, natural disasters, vehicle accidents etc. This is usually experienced by them who has came across situations that involves death or injury  Рbe it actual or threatened, which results the person to feel the intense moment of weakness, fear, horror or helplessness.  Flashbacks and experiencing symptoms that is close to the initial event can trigger anxiety Рand chances of a behavioral change.  Separation anxiety is felt when the figure of attachment, or the place the person is attached to is drastically or gradually taken away.  This is a condition usually experienced by kids below the age of 18 Рand kids are usually too clingy to their parents, refuse to leave home for school , refuse to sleep without the parents Рetc.

The above mentioned types of anxiety is just tip of the iceberg and I will write about the treatments and the syndromes more detailed in my next blog post as Anxiety can be quite overwhelming, and I would like to find the easiest way to understand this disorder.