(Event) Malaysian Babywearers - International Babywearing Week 2019

Hello loves, a quick update on a Babywearing event that I have just attended, especially helpful for new mommies and daddies. Babywearing is extra helpful as it acts like an extra pair of hands for when you need to run errands, cook, shop or even reply emails when no one is around to help look after baby! ^^

“Babywearing” is a very new word for me. I have not thought of babywearing mostly coz I have few mommy friends and I initially didn’t see the need of it.

What is Babywearing:
Babywearing is the action or practice of carrying a baby close against one’s body in a sling or similar carrier.
FYI, there is NO evidence that babywearing with modern carriers CAUSES HIP DYSPLASIA- it instead is often diagnosed at birth or soon after.

Benefits of Babywearing:
(Based on Mr. Google)
Strengthens the bond between parent and baby, as you maintain a closeness throughout your day, especially during the “fourth trimester”.
Aids in baby’s physical, emotional and language development.
Promotes neural development, respiratory and gastrointestinal health, and aids in balance.
Decrease risk of SIDS and flat-head syndrome.
Let’s moms discreetly breastfeed on-the-go.
Boosts breastmilk production due to close contact with baby.
Caregivers can be “handsfree” to get stuff done while holding baby.
Fosters a close parent-child bond through toddlerhood. Toddlers can be worn too, reminding them their “home base,” and allowing that bond to continue as they grow.
FYI: A carried baby is generally calmer.

“A carried baby is a happy baby!”


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The Malaysian Babywearers -International Babywearing Week 2019 took place on 2nd November 2019, from 10am-5pm, at The School by Jaya One.

Upon arrival, I first went to register and receive my goody bag. Then went to The Asian Parent booth to download the app and spin the wheel of fortune. :)

Come join me at The Asian Parent community. Members there are friendly & helpful! And yes, I am scouting for a baby carrier suitable for my 3 month old ^^

The Asian Parent app is a community for you to ask questions and get immediate suggestions or help. There are also interesting articles covering various topics such as pregnancy, relationship, parenting, baby, news, beauty, lifestyle, nutrition, health and education! By being an active user, you can earn points simply by asking/answering questions and polls. You can redeem rewards using the accumulated points for stuff such as mug, dining set, skincare, photobook or even shopping discounts for Grab ride, Shop Back, Mamaway, & Boost.

Here they are showcasing various baby carriers and styles for different age groups. There were a lot of people and most of them carry their baby in the carrier while there are also many that comes to check out and buy carriers that day!

I have no idea what to expect, only expecting to see different carriers but it was more than that. From babycarriers from different booths to helpful talks covering topics from tips and tricks when using baby carriers to car seat safety, gentle birthing, breastfeeding, soap making and natural remedies for health and beauty. There are also various healthy snacks and food as well as local kuih and cakes and healthy cold pressed juice! Also spotted some skincare and natural household products too!

Here are a few stores that I visited. A video on the event at my instagram, @beeleec

I have also discovered this Malaysia diaper brand that is super affordable from The Manja Company.

Look at the available sizes, price & testimonials! Aren't you tempted? Visit them at Shopee too for more info.

I will definitely go the next year to discover all the amazing carriers when my baby is bigger. I meet friendly owners who are passionate in advising or just simply talking to me on why they started their business on manufacturing their own baby carrier and so forth. Even if you’re not buying, there is just a lot to see and learn. I am sure you will definitely grab some snacks or toys for your baby coz it’s too hard not to not get anything! Also, I met blogger friend and new mommy, Aliza, that day and seeing how comfortable her baby is in this pittari wrap from UnisonCA that I was super tempted to want to get something from their store too as it has the most versatile of carriers there + the promo price is very reasonsble!!! What you see there are mostly local Malaysian entrepreneurs with their product! I am truly amazed on the quality of their work! A quick video on the event and what to expect at a Babywearing event in my Instagram ;)

Visit their store online or offline!
Image on the bottom left is the promo and retail price of their products.

Image on the right is a quick snap of lady boss, Mummy Charmaine, demonstrating the latest in-store product, the Beco baby carrier!

Why you should come?
FREE entrance & goodie bag!
Lucky draw!
Free consultation on different baby carriers!
Promotion price for baby carriers & more!
Free sampling on health food and drinks!
Awesome deals like nursing wear and baby accessories
Free spinning at the wheel of fortune from The Asian Parents booth!
Support Local!!

Here’s my goodie bag thanks to sponsors & thank you The Asian Parent for inviting me :)
From vouchers to skin care & household samples to cocoa powder, batik wallet & carrier protector thingy (I think its called a drool pad or teething pad if I'm not mistaken).

Here is a close up. The quality of batik wallet and drool/teething pad is really good!

Thanks to sponsors for the cute gifts and what’s not in the pic is 2 mini bottles of healthy cold pressed juice, a bread and a snack.

About Malaysia Breastfeeding Support Group & Cozy Lady.

For any breastfeeding related questions, visit them!

For fashionable yet comfy wear, visit them!


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Thanks again The Asian Parent for having me!
It was a pleasure to learn the many benefits of babywearing as a first time mom ^^


Cheers,
Bee

(Review) BioGaia Drops Bring Smiles to my Baby

Hello loves.

Confinement is really boring and what’s more troublesome is handling / soothing a colicky baby. By the time you read this post, baby and I have successfully gone through the most boring but memorable confinement period (40 days for us!).
*throws confetti*

I am glad to be introduced to BioGaia supplements that helps with colic issue that my baby is currently facing. At 22 days young, I double checked with my baby’s paediatrician and she quickly says yes to the drops that help soothe colic baby. She assured me it’s perfectly safe as it’s a supplement and NOT medication so I am 100% at peace when giving my baby this to soothe his colic issue.

About BioGaia Probiotics:
BioGaia is an innovative Swedish healthcare company and a world leader in probiotics with more than 25 years of experience in the field of probiotic lactic acid bacteria. Their probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri is a natural probiotic supplement that is safe and suitable for long term use. The health effects are documented in more than 130 completed clinical studies conducted on more than 12,300 individuals including infants, children and adults.


What’s Colic?
To me colic and gassy means the same. (Yes, it’s the same my pediatrician says.) The clinical term refers to a condition of inconsolable crying, fussing and irritability in an otherwise healthy baby during the first three months of life. Colic usually appears in the evening, but can present at other times as well.
FYI: up to 1 outta 5 babies are diagnosed with infantile colic!!!

Causes of Colic?
No one really knows for sure. It may be of psychological, social & biological. Eg food allergy and disturbed gut motility are possible causes.
FYI: Colicky infants have been seen to have a lower number of a certain type of healthy bacteria (lactobacilli) in their system, compared to healthy infants.

Colics Untreated can lead to?
FGIDs (functional gastro intestinal disorders) especially in the first 12 months of infant life.
Neurological disorder (eg migraine), psychological disorder, developmental delay.
Inadequate gut hormone secretion.
Gut micro flora imbalance.
Aerophagia (excessive air swallowing)
CMP allergy (eg cow milk allergy)
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

BioGaia Probiotic Drops puts smiles inside your baby - how?
Powerful strain of Lactobacillus reuteri is proven to maintain gut motility (L. reuteri improves barrier function of the gut by tightening the intestinal lining and increasing cell growth), health and function in infants. Thus creating an optimal condition for a happy tummy and a good gut feeling. It does not affect breastfeeding or the taste of food. It’s completely safe for both infants and children (0-3 years old). The only probiotic with scientific evidence in infantile colic. Prescribed in 100 countries worldwide by child specialists!
FYI: BioGaia L. reuteri is special — it’s derived from human mother’s milk & survive in stomach.

L. reuteri is indicated for:
Infantile colic
Regurgitation
Constipation
Acute gastroenteritis
Infection protection
Reduce allergies and eczema
Help tolerance for infant formula
Antibiotic - associated side effects

Let’s jump right into how-to and what I think it did for my little baby.


How-to?
BioGaia Probiotic Drops
Shake well for 10 seconds before each use to mix the bacteria culture with the oil. Tilt 45 degrees and a drop will come out. Dispense right to mouth or spoon.
1 dose (of 5 drops) a day for baby 0 months onward.


Thoughts?
Packaging - it's a glass bottle that is similar to essential oil bottles but is actually a clinical bottle with clear instructions and ingredients too. Convenient to bring around & dispense easily.
Texture & Scent/Taste - It’s liquid-y. No scent to my nose when smelling directly from bottle. Taste, unsure coz my baby is the one tasting it XD
Thoughts - My baby is currently 1 month 3 days young. I always had it out of the fridge a while before letting him consume and my doctor recommends to consume around the same time daily for maximum effectiveness. Ever since his third day of consumption I realize he farts and poop more often. His cry is also much lesser which is a good sign! I will definitely repurchase as it does do what it claims and helping my colicky baby happier.




Also, they have another product, which is the…


BioGaia Probiotic Chewable
If you’re currently pregnant, lactating or just wanna take it as a supplement for your children (4-18 years old), check out the BioGaia Probiotic Chewable.
FYI: Mom’s Choice Award Gold Recipient Winner.

I am currently breastfeeding my little one and also consuming this BioGaia Probiotic Chewable Tablets for 2 weeks now.

Claims:
Promote healthy microflora - prevent / relieve common pregnancy problems like constipation.
Increase overall immunity for infections and may even help boost the immune system for your unborn baby.
Reduce antibiotic-associated side-effects.
Promote the microbiota after C-section.

How-to?
Consume one tablet per day. Either chew or let it melt in your mouth.

Thoughts?
Packaging - Each tablet is individually sealed and comes in a strip of ten tablets. A box contains 30 tablets. I like how it is convenient even for the busiest adult or younger kids to maintain healthy gut & improve overall immune system :)
Texture & Scent - It is of a white smooth, round tablet with specks of yellow. There is no scent.
Thoughts - It tastes mildly of lemon & doesn’t leave weird aftertaste which is awesome! I am surprised that it melts quite fast too so won’t be too worrying if my nephew eats it coz he for sure will enjoy it like his usual candies. I personally feel that it helps ease my constipation issue & I know the good bacteria (L. reuteri) can be passed to my little one via my constant breastfeeding.




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Hope this post is helpful for you and your little ones as it did for us! ;)

I only hoped that I’d known this supplements sooner when I am pregnant because their studies show an increase of anti-inflammatory factors in milk & enhance babies’ immunity when mothers consume BEFORE lactation, thus baby would have fewer chances to have food allergic reactions as well as overall improved immunity.


Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Prreti Moisturizing Eye Stick

I got this when it was first launched in Althea Korea.

The main reason of buying was coz its cheap! So so so cheap for an eye product so I am unsure if it will actually work so let's try it together! ^^

Brand: Prreti
Content: 9g
Cost: RM21
Origin: Korea

Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceresin, Octyldodecanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Beeswax, Silica, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Diisostearyl Malate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Mentol, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum)

Claims:
Portable moisturizing eye stick

It does give a glossy finish right after application but does not feel heavy or suffocating for the skin. I use this at night as I do not want any dust particle to stick to my face. A little goes a long way too and I have only tried using in my skincare routine. What about you? :)

How-to:
After essence, gently swipe the eye stick onto the area around your eye and use fingers to rub the application until it is absorbed into the skin. It can also be applied when touching up your makeup to give your eyes some much needed moisture. (I have not tried applying it when touching up my make up, have you??)

Hygienic, portable and easy application. Definitely useful when traveling to cool & dry places! :)

Thoughts:
[Packaging] Cute-sized, portable, plastic packaging in stick form. It also has a plastic cap for that extra hygienic step. [Texture & Scent] It is in a stick form that is buttery upon application and has an oily-olive scent, not too overwhelming and does not bother me. [Thoughts] Swatching on both hands and eye area or even dry patches does not leave skin oily or heavy. I like the light, breathable texture. It is also moisturizing especially for dry patches on my nose! Long term use does moisturize area but not remove fine lines (it did not claim to remove fine lines but its what I expect from a moisturizing eye product) around eye area or forehead. [Recommend] Helpful for moisturizing dry patches anywhere on face or body. I would re-purchase (but not too soon coz this stick can last me quite a while) for its moisturizing properties and its affordable price.

Do visit Althea Korea for other innovative and affordable K-beauty products!
Hopefully this post is helpful for you :)
Will be more active once my confinement period is over ;)


Cheers,
Bee


(Review) GingiLacer Toothpaste Helps Stop my Bleeding Gums Issue

Hello loves, its now coming to the end of July. How has your July been?

Currently I am getting more sluggish and my third trimester will be ending soon. So excited to see baby. My biggest concern in my third trimester so far has been the bleeding gums. It has become more frequent and severe. What do you do to fight bleeding gums issue? I have tried brushing more consistently and changing toothpaste but it doesn't work. Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to be contacted and introduced to this GingiLacer Toothpaste. It was 2 tubes of 5ml toothpaste. I accepted coz I simply want to know and test if this little tube can really help me fight my bleeding gum issue.

《Causes of Bleeding Gum》
Gingivitis / Pregnancy gingivitis
Medications (eg. blood thinner)
Dentures that don't fit well
Lack of Vitamin C & K
New flossing routine
Leukemia
Diabetes


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Item: GingiLacer Toothpaste
Content: 75ml
Cost: RM33

《Origin》
Lacer is a Spanish pharmaceutical laboratory firmly committed to public health since 1949. Its headquarter is in Barcelona, Spain. Their service focus on improving people's well being and quality of life and is ranked among Top 10 in domestic health companies. Lacer is a specialist in oral dental hygiene.

《Features》
Reduce gum bleeding within 48 Hours.
Reduces dental plaque formation.
Strengthen and protects gum.
Suitable for daily use.
Prevents tooth decay.
Non-staining.
Alcohol-free.

One tube can last me about 1 week and on day 3 usage, a significant reduction of bleeding gums is observed! :)

《Notable Ingredients》
Enoxolone - has congestive & anti-inflammatory properties which improve the reddened gums issue.
Triclosan - clinically proven to reduce mediators of inflammatory reaction.
Triclosan & Zinc - have prolonged effect of inhibiting bacterial activity.
Xylitol - a non-cariogenic sweetener, protects tooth enamel by preventing plaque from adhering to it.
Zinc - has astringent properties that reduce gum bleeding, improving the overall condition of inflamed gums.

Thoughts
Simple normal toothpaste packaging.
Normal white toothpaste texture with a mild minty taste.
Before I tell you my result, I must let you know the severity of my bleeding gums issue. It used to be red all over at each spit and gargle. No kidding! I am glad to find lesser bleeding on day 2 of usage. Much more significant result on day 3 usage! Will buy this for my bleeding gum issue coz they work! Will definitely recommend to those with pregnancy gingivitis!

I will definitely purchase this for my pregnancy gingivitis issue ^^
Do consider this if you too are facing the same issue and has yet to find a solution ^^

《Recommended to》
Bleeding when brushing
Persistent bad breath
Receding gums
Swollen gums
Loose teeth


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Hope this post is helpful for you!


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Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Eucerin UltraWHITE SPOTLESS Challenge

Hello loves.

How has your July progress so far? It’s really exciting & nervous for me as my bump is now halfway in the third trimester. Do you know that some pregnant women have more pigmentations during their pregnancy and it'll be either gone for good or still remain on the face even after labour? I also noticed my skin getting darker even with constant use of sunscreen. FYI, I am not taking any collagen or supplement that helps in brightening or whitening so I am looking forward when trying this new Eucerin product that claims to diminish dark spots and achieve fairer skin in 4 weeks time WITHOUT laser treatment! Also suitable for sensitive & pregnant skin!! ❤️


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Eucerin is launching their brand new baby which would help me with my current skin concerns- say hi to Eucerin UltraWHITE SPOTLESS Double Booster Serum!

This new breakthrough product EucerinⓇ UltraWHITE+ SPOTLESS with Thiamidol diminishes dark spots, in just 4 weeks to give you fairer skin. Best of all, it is completely gentle on your skin!!!! 

In the past, the only treatment to diminish dark spots is laser treatment. Now, with UltraWHITE SPOTLESS, you can opt for a gentle and safe skincare product to diminish dark spots, uneven skin tone & pigmentations!!!!


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About Eucerin:
Eucerin has more than 100 years of expertise in the science of skin care. Since it’s launch, the brand has been leading innovation in the science of skin care. It is now one of the world’s most trusted derma-cosmetic brands, endorsed and recommended by dermatologists and pharmacists to help keep skin healthy & beautiful. The brand is committed to research, development and testing to deliver innovative and effective products for the face and body. 

Current skin condition:
I have uneven skin tone (darker at T-zone), some freckles on my cheeks and nose, some new acne which will leave marks soon as well as overall dull dry skin with minimal sensitivity.


About Eucerin UltraWHITE+ SPOTLESS Double Booster Serum:

Ain't the packaging so innovative and convenient? :)

Packaging:
An innovative dual-chamber system (protect active ingredients for maximum efficacy) in a plastic packaging with clear instructions on how to use the product.



Texture & scent:
Dispenses in both Gel & Cream formula and has this clinical perfume-ish Eucerin scent but dissipates after application.



Claims:
Gentle, safe & effective on skin.
Diminish dark spots in 4 weeks WITHOUT laser treatment.
Leaves skin fairer and brighter with patented active ingredient, Thiamidol.
10x more effective in reducing dark spots without the need for laser treatments.

How-to:
Press precisely in the middle of the pump to ensure release of both formulas equally.
Press slowly to allow the formula to fill the pump.
Apply to clean skin at night routine, tapping gently until serum is fully absorbed,

Ingredients:
Chamber 1 (Metallic Silver-Pink) : Thiamidol - a light emulsion cream that inhibits melanin at its source, prevent pigmentation.
Chanber 2 (Metallic Silver) : Pure concentrated Hyaluronic Acid is a clear transparent gel that easily absorbed, boost hydration & prevent fine lines. Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B5) promotes cell regeneration.

Thoughts:
I am definitely doubtful whether my dark spots can be diminished just by using creams. I have tried many but they only lighten a while or a few days max and not diminish dark spots fully from underneath my skin. I enjoy looking at the packaging and it is super light to bring around when traveling. I love how fast the cream-gel gets absorbed into my skin & the scent don’t really bother me much since it dissipates after application. I do notice the slightest stinging sensation the few times I applied on my skin but after that it’s all normal & soothing. I tried to apply on my eye area too and it does not leave me any oil seeds or such but the already-formed fine lines will need a long way to go.

The biggest change I noticed is the lightening of my acne scars and overall more glowy and even skin toned! Super happy with my face.


Definitely recommending you to experience this cream yourself if  you too are facing issues of dark spots / pigmentation, uneven skin tone and improving acne scars!!! 


Thanks for dropping by and I hope this post is helpful for you! ^^


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For more information:
Eucerin Website
Eucerin Facebook


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Cheers,

Bee

(Review) Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion

Hello loves!
How have your June been?
I hope you're more productive than me!
Today's review is a self-purchased item I purchased some time back during their Hada Labo Road Show coz my babe @beautiventures highly recommended it.

My no-buy moment didn't last very long and prior to that I forced myself to do some spring cleaning for my skincare/makeup stash. I had some help from baby sis and we sorted according to their expiring year. Had one tray lined up for those expiring this year 2019! XD This is one of it.


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I tried googling its name and I got this > Hada Labo Gokyujun Squalien Oil-In Face Clear Lotion or simply Hada Labo Hydrating Oil-In Lotion. I am assuming it to be somewhat oily somewhere but the first impression is quite enjoyable as there is no oily sensation at all! Instead, it gets absorbed into the skin quickly leaving my skin feeling fresh! More thoughts below!

Brand: Hada Labo
Item: Hydrating Oil-In Lotion
Content: 220ml
Origin: Japan
Cost: RM78 at Lazada; discounted to RM49.80
Rating: 3/5
(Image not mine)

Claims:
Squalene maintains moisture in skin.
Helps satisfy oil-water balance of skin.
Experience moisturize skin without sticky sensation.
Comfortable for user and gives user clear complexion.

This is my packaging after the pump has carelessly broken off.
Still usable and I pump right from the top with my cotton pad on hand, however I can no longer just pump onto my hands and layer as many layers as I like XD 


Thoughts:
[Packaging] The pump design and choker is hygienic & convenient to use and if you happen to travel, you do not need to worry of spillage or anything. Unfortunately I have dropped a few times  and the pump broke off. Still usable but slightly troublesome. XD
[Scent & Texture] Watery texture with no oily sensation at all! It absorbs fast into the skin leaving the skin looking slightly dewy, no tacky sensation and no scent at all!
[Skin Feels] After swiping with cotton pad, I find myself layering it as it provides more moisture to my face. I believe this 220ml will last me quite a while so it is definitely value for its price if it works for you. After a 2 weeks plus usage I do find that my skin is slightly more moisturized especially with the layering technique, also I do not breakout throughout the period of usage! Simply wiping with just cotton pad actually decrease both my moisture and oil level of my skin. Since it kinda dries me out during my lazy routine (just cotton pad alone), I think it will suit oily-combination skin user more!

This is how it looks like when dispense on a cotton pad.


This is a reading taken before-after a swipe of  toner on my hands. As you can see, both my water & oil level has decrease. I am not happy with the decrease of moisture but the decrease in oil level shows a good sign!! I believe layering technique would show a better reading.


Re-purchase:
No. There are other range in Hada Labo that works much better for my dry-combination skin.



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That's all from me. Thanks for dropping by and I hope this post is helpful for you!


Cheers,
Bee

(Shoutout) Park Shin Hye Coming to Malaysia this JUNE X Mamonde's Launch of The Red Energy Recovery Serum

Hello loves!
Are you a fan of Mamonde or Park Shin Hye?
If you are, save the date, venue and time below to meet her and get up close with mamonde's products and latest launch!!!!


About Mamonde

Mamonde is a brand that inspires feminine beauty with flowers. It brings women’s beauty into a bloom by instilling the wisdom of nature found in the flowers’ vitality into their products. Inspired by flowers, Mamonde devotes to deliver the zenith of flower energy to bloom the beauty inside you. Mamonde aspires to provide skincare solutions for every woman so that they may radiate in blossoming beauty.


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Save the Date
Mamonde's brand ambassador, Park Shin Hye, is returning to Malaysia this June to meet fans of the brand. This will be her second visit to Malaysia as the brand ambassador since her last visit in 2016.

During her visit, Park Shin Hye will grace the launch of Mamonde’s latest innovation, the Red Energy Recovery Serum and also celebrate the brand’s new partnership with Watsons Malaysia. Mamonde Malaysia has recently expanded their sales channels to over 50 Watsons Malaysia stores nationwide. The launch of Mamonde into Watsons stores nationwide is in line with Amorepacific’s global partnership with A.S Watsons Group to widen its distribution platform for both online and offline.


Fans of Park Shin Hye and Mamonde are invited to head over to the Centre Court of Mid Valley Megamall on the 21st of June 2019 as she will be making an appearance to officiate the Mamonde Garden In The City event!

Mamonde Garden In The City is an event to introduce the new Mamonde Red Energy Recovery Serum and will be held from the 17th to the 23rd of June 2019 with a series of brand experiential activities and special promotions being offered during the 7 day event. Join Mamonde and experience the unique Blossoming Energy of the Red Energy Recovery Serum.


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Stalk
Facebook: @Mamondemy
Instagram: @MamondeMalaysia
Website: www.mamondegarden.my


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Cheers,
Bee