(Review) NEW Triple Skin Brightening with Hada Labo's Upgraded Premium Whitening Range

Hi loves, if you have been following me you will know Hada Labo is one of the first few brands that I am acquainted to since the start of my skincare journey. Today, Hada Labo, Japan's skincare brand that goes with the philosophy 'Perfect X Simple' has introduced its upgraded Premium Whitening Range - help women achieve 3x the skin brightening effect + fresh new packaging!


So what is so unique about their whitening range?

Hada Labo's new whitening formula incorporates Triple Whitening ingredients i.e Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3), α-Arbutin (a type of skin brightening agent), and Vitamin C. Also infused with Hyaluronic Acid, this special formulation provides the skin with intense hydration that plumps up and brightens the skin, resulting in healthier looking skin.

If you are looking for even, trasnlucent complexion that is glowy, well hydrated and reduced visible dark spots then you should use this Hada Labo Premium Whitening range consistently! Over time, your skin cells are healthier and more plumped and light reflects off them more evenly. This improved range is also fragrance-free, colorants-free, alcohol-free, and does not contain mineral oil and free animal derivatives - which make it suitable for all skin types.

The complete range of Hada Labo’s upgraded Premium Whitening includes:
Premium Whitening Face Wash
Premium Whitening Lotion (Rich) - for normal to dry skin
Premium Whitening Lotion (Light) - for normal to oily or combination skin
Premium Whitening Essence
Premium Whitening Mask
Premium Whitening Water Cream
Premium Whitening Water Gel


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MY Review:

After 3 weeks of almost consistent usage of  the Premium Whitening Lotion (Rich) and Premium Whitening Water Gel I love the result that I am seeing. I am considering to get the serum and mask too if I have more free time as I want to see less visible dark spots. So far I see the overall brightening and hydration of my skin. So when using this I tried including oils at night but I think it makes the texture not too great ( I don't know how to describe it. Its like some part of my face dried down "plastic-y" --- so I don't use oils with it) so I include water-based serums ; no oils so the dried down texture will be normal.

Premium Whitening Lotion (Rich)  /  RM69  /  170ml

Function:
Triple Brightening formula (of Niacinamideα-Arbutin, and Vitamin C) - Reawakens dull skin and evens out skin tone.
2 types of Hyaluronic Acid - Strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and deeply hydrates skin.
Seaweed Extract - Effective anti-oxidant that protects the skin from damage while keeping it healthy.

Scent & Texture:
No scent. Pours out in rich, milky texture.

Thoughts:
I am surprised that it dries down matte, and once all absorbed is not sticky. Skin feels hydrated too. It is definitely suitable for dry and sensitive skin as I am these ^^ After 3 weeks of almost consistent usage with the Water Gel, my skin is definitely more luminous and supple. Dark spot still need more time to fade. May need to add other steps like their serum and mask for the dark spots to fade faster.

Premium Whitening Water Gel  /  RM73.20  /  50g

Function:
Triple Brightening formula (of Niacinamideα-Arbutin, and Vitamin C) - Reawakens dull skin and evens out skin tone.
3D moisturising Hyaluronic Acid - forms a layer of moisture on the skin acts as a retention barrier to keep it hydrated.
Botanical Extracts - Control excess sebum & refine pores.

Scent & Texture:
No scent. Ultra lightweight milky gel texture. Skin feels very breathable.

Thoughts:
It is indeed ultra light like its name. Love that it dries down abit dewy. Once all absorbed, it is not sticky at all while leaving my skin hydrated. It is definitely suitable for dry and sensitive skin as I am these ^^ After 3 weeks of almost consistent usage pairing with the rich toner, my skin is definitely more luminous and supple. Dark spot still need more time to fade. May need to add other steps like their serum and mask for the dark spots to fade faster.


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Start using Hada Labo’s Upgraded Premium Whitening Range today and bid goodbye to dull looking skin! This range is already available at major pharmacies nationwide as well as on Shopee and Lazada.

Hope the post is helpful for you.

Cheers,
Bee

(Review) New FABER-CASTELL’S SMOOTHEST GEL PEN – FAST GEL Z TAKES WRITING EXPERIENCE TO NEW PEAKS

Hello loves, I am really happy to share that Faber-Castell Malaysia has launched the Fast Gel Z, a new retractable gel pen that offers an unbeatable smooth writing experience, making it the smoothest gel pen in the market. Nowadays I use pens to mark down my to do list or just to give baby to write or draw random lines that he want. What do you use your pens for?

In engineering the Fast Gel Z, Faber-Castell developed a new and innovative precision tip that is paired with ultra low viscosity ink that results in an unrivalled smooth writing performance. This innovative combination results in the Fast Gel Z pen delivering the smoothest writing performance compared to the many pens in the market.

They also conducted laboratory tests with other competitor gel pens in the market, the Fast Gel Z pen achieves the lowest friction (friction refers to that between the pen and the paper). "Faber-Castell always strives to produce innovative products that cater to the demands and needs of consumers. Some of the concerns we noted among consumers when using a gel pen is its inability to glide smoothly coupled with constant ink smudges and slippery especially during a long writing duration, which do not give consumers a good writing experience. This has prompted us to innovate the Fast Gel Z pen that can take users’ writing experience to new peaks,” said Mr Andrew Woon, Managing Director of Faber-Castell Malaysia.

“With the inclusion of the latest technologies, such as the precision tip technology and ultra smooth ink feature, one can now experience pure writing pleasure using the Fast Gel Z Pen as it ensures an effortless, vibrant and intense line; without skips, smudges and lags,” added Andrew.

Andrew said the gel pen is an important business segment for Faber-Castell Malaysia. According to a study by Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company, the market size of gel pens in 2019 stands at RM43 million in Malaysia.

Persistence Market Research’s published report in 2020 state that the global writing instruments market is expected to expand 1.5 times by 2030. Students represent the biggest opportunity in terms of end users in the writing instruments market and is on track to expand at a CAGR of around 5 percent through 2030. Among the stationery product types, the pen segment account for a significant share of approximately 60 percent in the global writing instruments market.

Features of the new Fast Gel Z pen:
• Ultimate smoothness in writing performance
• Fast-dry ink with no smudges
• Intense, vibrant inks
• Extra-soft grip for superior comfort when writing
• Refillable

Discover the ultimate smoothness of the Fast Gel Z today!
This gel pen comes in two variants - 0.5mm and 0.7mm, both of which are available in black, blue and red ink.

Each Fast Gel Z Pen retails at RM5 a pen while its refill retails at RM3.50.
They are now available at major stationery stores and hypermarkets nationwide as well as Faber-Castell’s eShop .

(Review) NEW Cetaphil Baby with Organic Calendula helps keep Little Z's Skin Healthy

 Hi lovelies, finally I am back with a new post. Not about adult skincare this round. Continue reading if you would like to know about my baby's latest skincare that helps with his eczema / dry skin journey.

At birth, his skin was soft but flushed red. After some days later we noticed his skin, especially his face, looking pretty bad - peeling and just heartache when I see him. It looks painful. We assume it was just newborn dry skin issue that will go away on its own. However each time after shower, his skin will look flushed red then when its chilled he will look better. As time pass, it became worse. We went to a paed and he says its eczema. We were prescribed with a steroid cream for faster recovery. We delayed a little but it shows no sign of improvement so we went with some time of steroid cream plus prebiotic drops...slowly he recovered till today. However, I still noticed his skin is more on the dry side and especially after mosquito bites, so I do prioritize what I apply on my baby to build a stronger skin barrier for my Little Z.

I thank you Aliza for introducing me this Cetaphil baby line. Its now approved by us (me, hubby and Little Z). We really love this as we are now addicted to smelling our baby's head. Its subtle and like a very "clean" scent. I love that Little Z love using it coz he will tell me the lotion smells nice. More  of what we think below.


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About Cetaphil baby Calendula line:
- This line helps with improving hydration of skin, protects skin against damage by irritants and also help promote skin healing process.
- Helps skin maintain soft and supple.
- For face and body.
- Certified with Organic Calendula & Paediatrician recommended.
- Suitable from newborn onwards.

This is my baby's 3-step skincare routine with Cetaphil Baby line:

#1 Cleanse: Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo (230ml  /  RM88.90)
- For daily use.
- Keep skin and hair soft and smooth; overall improvement of skin texture.
- Clinically proven gentle formula to keep skin moist and hydrated.
- Cleans baby delicate skin from birth onwards.
- Gentle, tear free moisturizing wash
- How-to: Use twice a day
- Texture & Scent: Dispense in a clear runny liquid formula with flowery scent.
- Thoughts: Lathers up easily and bubble goes away quickly. Easy to wash off. No after residue leaving on which is awesome! His hair feels softer and smells great for longer period. Little Z is also more open to washing his hair ever since using this line 2 weeks ago. ^^

#2 Moisturize: Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion (400ml  /  RM47.20)
- Clinically proven to keep baby's delicate skin hydrated for 24 hours
- Soothes, softens skin and improve skin texture.
- How-to: Use immediately after shower to seal moisture in.
- Texture & Scent: It comes in a big, hygienic pump bottle. The pump also has a twist lock function which makes it really handy to bring around. It dispenses in a light yellow runny liquid.
- Thoughts: It feels watery, ultra light and absorb quickly into skin leaving no tacky sensation. The light floral smell dissipates after awhile. Little Z loves it and ask for daily night application without fail. This ultra light feel is definitely suitable for daily use.

#3 Protect: Cetaphil Baby Advanced Protection Cream (85g   /  RM33)
- Gentle, multipurpose cream formulated to soothe and protect baby's sensitive and delicate skin from dryness and irritation.
- With Organic Calendula, Allantoin, and Shea Butter to replenish skin's moisture barrier and strengthen skin.
- Reduces discomfort caused by very dry, irritated, chaffed skin.
- How-to: Use immediately after shower or as needed on dry, irritated or chaffed skin (elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, cheeks, diaper area).
- Texture & Scent: Dispense in a creamy white formula that has almost no scent. Texture is definitely thicker than the daily lotion, therefore more suitable to treat drier skin/patch.
- Thoughts: I only apply it when his mosquito bite is recovering or on peeling skin. It is definitely a boost of moisture that stays as long as baby don't go rubbing it off.


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Stalk more on Cetaphil or get them at:


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Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Power Up Your Glow with Melano CC Premium Brightening Essence

Hi, its been another mco after mco and I must say I almost forgot what it's like to makeup. So I have been seeing a lot of my own imperfections and always searching for solution for my dark spot issue. It has multiplied ever since after having my baby. I also do not have the time for facial treatments as I cannot find suitable person to help take care of my baby.

I am glad I found the NEW Melano CC Premium Brightening Essence as it help with improving my overall skin tone and textures. I may also be bias as I have love its brand ever since last year when trying its moisturizer.


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About:
Melano CC Premium Brightening Essence

Formulated with 4 types of Vitamin C to reduce dark spots and even out skin tone. L-Ascorbic Acid is the most stable  and powerful form of Vitamin C - give us brighter, smoother and even skin tone. It is also able to penetrate deeply into the skin layers to fight skin concerns as it uses a high penetrating technology that ensures full absorption.

This is the unique packaging and texture of product.

Who is it for?

Someone who wants to lighten stubborn dark spots, pimple marks, acne scars, minimize pores, revive dull skin and rebalance skin tone for a visibly brighter and more radiant complexion.


Key Ingredients:

Pure Vitamin C, Penetrating Vitamin C, Oil Soluble Vitamin C and Long Lasting Vitamin C - penetrates into skin to actively fight stubborn dark spots, lighten stubborn pimple marks, lighten acne scars and improve uneven skin tone.

Vitamin B6 - controls excess oil production and minimize large pores.

Vitamin E - softens and hydrates the skin for glowing, radiant and healthy skin.

Allantoin - soothes redness and calms irritated skin. It also gently removes rough and dead skin cells to reveal smooth and radiant skin beneath, and boost skin moisture to keep it plump and youthful.

Alpinia Seed (Ginger) Extract - helps brighten and balance skin tone. 

Grapefruit and Lemon Extract - rich antioxidant properties that can rejuvenate dull skin and even out skin tone.


Thoughts:

Bare face, snapped with iphone 7+ back camera.

Packaging:

It comes in an aluminium tube and special nozzle to prevent oxidation, keeping the Vitamin C essence fresh till the last drop! 


Scent & Texture:

Dispenses in clear liquid that feels like oil. Has citrus scent that dissipates quickly.


What my Skin Thinks?

.It spreads like very light oil texture and sinks in quickly with light massages. Applied area feels soft after and dry skin is less obvious. I initially tested for first impressions on the back of my hands (image below) and I am blown away! Then after trying this on my face for a 1 week period throughout my inconsistent 2 week period, I do notice how it helps with improving my overall skin tone and texture (above pic). I will definitely include this in my skincare routine. Also recommending to sensitive skin buddies who is looking for a Vitamin C essence that works well! You should give this a go. ^^

It retails at RM75 and will be exclusively available at all Watsons starting July 2021


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If you are interested in brightening your skin with Melano CC, you can try any of their range product from Lotion, Essence, Premium Essence and a Brightening Gel. Below is the recommended steps for your daily skincare regimen:

#1: After cleansing, hydrate and brighten skin with Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Lotion

It has a refreshing, citrus scent infusing with Vitamin C that intensely hydrates and brightens skin for a radiant, evenly toned and healthy skin. It also helps prepare the skin for better absorption of the active ingredients contained in the subsequent skin care products.

#2: As treatment step, use Melano CC Premium Brightening Essence

It is formulated with 4 types of Vitamin C, B6, and E to brighten skin, even out skin tone, fight dark spots/pimple marks and minimize pores for a healthy glowing complexion. You can use it as a spot treatment or an all over face application and massage gently onto problem areas. Alternatively, 

#3: Seal off goodness with Melano CC Brightening Gel

Apply generously onto face and neck. Gently massage to allow full absorption into the skin. Now everyone can enjoy spotless beautiful fair skin!


Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Mentholatum's All NEW Color Correcting Lip Balm

Hello loves.

I am finally back.
Its been about half a year since I last publish a blog post.

A separate post will be up on my own personal update but first let me introduce to you my recent new found love, the all NEW Color Correcting Lip Balm by Mentholatum.

I don't know about you but I have been experiencing peeling and crack lips ever since I have been masking since last year MCO 1.0. Because of masking (even when I don't mask at home) I gave myself reasons to skip lippie and lip balms. After taking it off I was occupied with other stuff and forgot all about it. I will only apply if I am annoyed by any peeling or bleeding. So lazy and forgetful. Lol

So now I make it a point to keep it moisturize before it cracks. I will apply once in the AM and another in the PM. This new color correcting lip balm, color correctsmoisturizes and also has spf protection.

Please remember to not be like me and take care of your lips more. Apply lip balms even if you are going out with your mask! Get your hands on these Tone My Lip lip balms already available at all leading pharmacies and hypermarkets.


About:
Tone My Lip Color Correcting Lip Balm

This is a triple action lip balms that works to correct lip color, moisturizing, sheer color, and spf protection. This color correcting lip balm is perfect for those who do not like wearing colored lipsticks! It makes my lips look healthy and glowing naturally.

The Tone My Lip range contains hydrating skin care ingredients such as Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and nourishing vitamins A, C and E, and a sheer wrapping formulation that gives lips a fluffy 3D effect.


Variants Available:

Blossom Pink - for pale and dull lips.
Bright Up Red - for dark and dull lips.
Yellow Pink - for uneven lips; when used consistently over time, it will help turn lips slightly pink to even out the color of your lips.
Green Clear - for lips with too much redness; it also has Pure Pearl Nuance to neutralize redness and bring out naturally shine of lips.


Thoughts:

Package of lip balm is like any other. I love that each lip balms tackle different lip concerns. Its already day 6 of MCO 3.0, no matter we work form home or when we are needed to go out for important work, remember to keep your lips moisturized and looking healthy! 

Pros:

Color correct.
Moisturizing.
Spf protection.
Fragrance-free.


Get yours at:

It retails at RM19.90 and already available at all leading pharmacies and hypermarkets starting this June 2021!


Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Favorite Past Time with English Tea Shop MAMA ME Tea

 Hello lovelies, how are you in this MCO?

It's been a month-ish of no blogging for me and I am back.

Little Z has been really mobile and independent these days. Patience needed is 120%. Anger management for my part is very much needed. A lot of discipline, repeating necessary while trying my best to not use the word "NO No" to him coz afraid it will make him less confident.


Our past time
Walking the park and snacking is our favorite past time ^^


Anyways, let's go through some positive little worth mentioning things like:

1- YAY! He can finally walk more steps on 23/10/2020 - approx 14 months 12 days old.
Now he walks everywhere and take everything.

2- Thankful to be able to breastfeed him till now.

3- Starting on another new project. Online shop.

4- Favorite past time (other than skincare) is milk (or tea) + cookie whenever I have some alone time.


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Recently I was introduced to English Tea Shop Organic - MAMA Me Tea.



Here we are having English Tea Shop Organic Mama Me tea available at Gan Teck Kar.
Pairing wonderfully and to boost milk supply is the Ruuah Lactation Cookies.


Mama Me tea is a rich, caffeine-free blend of fruit, spices and vegetables. It has a beautifully balanced blend which is just the thing for new mamas and mamas-to-be. It is Halal certified, USDA Organic, Non-gmo verified and portable as it comes in 20 individually packed sachets. 

Gan Teck Kar Shopee  /  Gan Teck Kar Website  / Gan Teck Kar Facebook  / Gan Teck Kar Instagram



A close up before I gobble it ^^


Ruuah Lactation Cookies is by Pensive Bakers. They are made with mainly organically sourced, healthy ingredients like oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds, virgin coconut oil, dates, brewer's yeasts, and fennel seeds. It comes in 2 flavors- Caramel (subtle and comforting) and Chocolate (rich and indulgent).

Ruuah Website  /  Ruuah Facebook  /  Ruuah Instagram


Ingredients:


Organic Herbal Tea with Cinnamon (39%), Chamomile (19%), Nettle (6%), Fennel (13%), Beetroot (12%), Orange (7%), Blackcurrant (2%) and Blueberry (2%).


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Packaging:

Lovely inside out till the sachet. So much details and the packaging from bags, boxes and outer packaging are fully compostable. Tea bags are staple-free and sachets are recyclable.


How-to:

100 degrees hot water. Steep tea bag for 3-5 minutes. Ready to drink :)


Taste Test & Thoughts:

Upon opening the box I can smell fragrant rich cinnamon scent. When I steep with hot water, red color tea is immediately observed with the same rich cinnamon scent. I was at first hesitant coz I never really like any cinnamon. This Mama Me tea has become a favorite to my surprise coz the first taste of tea is smooth cinnamon with calming chamomile and a cooling sensation. The after taste is of fruity taste that makes it a very refreshing beverage to wind down ^^
After 2 weeks of consumption, I take 1 sachet of Mama Me tea every alternate day with Ruuah chocolate lactation cookie, I can feel the boost in my milk supply coz I had to pump even after baby has latched. 


Re-purchase:

Yes. Definitely re-purchasing coz I am still breastfeeding on demand and don't want any caffeine in me. Definitely recommending to mamas and mamas-to-be or cinnamon lovers! ^^


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Extra Promo Code:

Check out this promo code at their store and get healthy teas, snacks and more for yourself and your loved ones as surprise gift or even christmas gifts ^^

Quote "GTKFOOD12"
for 12% off on all products** online at Shopee and Lazada.

*this promo code is valid till 31/12/2020!
**promo code not applicable for ongoing promotion and product clearance!


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Cheers,

Bee

(Review) My September favorite from Mentholatum LipIce Line Friends Lip Balm Collection

Hello all.
It has been awhile since I last published blogs.
I thought it'd be great to share with you the star product I love from last month, the Mentholatum Lipice Line Friends Lip Balm Collection that help keeps my lips moisturized.


Before that I would like to applause for the amazing effort and cuteness in the pr packaging.
Even my baby is fighting over this mini house with me XD
 
Inside it are functional battery-operated lights with 2 different light modes.
 

Inside it is 3 fruity lip balms and 2 tinted lip balms.
When it comes to tinted lip balms I did not expect the color to be vivid.
It was a wonderful surprise and good job Mentholatum in making these nice fruity and vivid lip balms for various occasions. I think the tinted lip balms are great start for teens who want to makeup but not really brave enough to go for lipstick ^^

Packaging are on point with each Line Friends characters featured on the lip balm casing. They definitely make great collectibles for fans of Line Friends. Other then that, the formula does moisturize and protect our lips. Your lips will thank you ^^


Mentholatum LipIce Line Friends Fruity Lip Balm
(3.5g, RM14.90)
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Packaging-
3D plastic juice cup (Apple, Strawberry, Lemon) with Line Friends characters of Cony, Sally and Brown respectively.

Texture & Scent-
It does smell like what it says it is. It has this cooling and refreshing sensation upon application. It is formulated with natural moisturizing ingredients to help moisturize our lips while leaving them with a refreshing fruity flavor. Plus point is that it comes with SPF15 to protect our lips against the UV rays.
Definitely suitable for everyday use.

 
Here's how it looks like on my lips. Very obvious that its moisturzing. For my lips it requires quite a few times of application throughout the day coz my lips are really dry. But great deep moisturizing effect.


Mentholatum LipIce Line Friends Tinted Lip Balm
(3.5g, RM14.90)
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Packaging-
Each tinted lip balms (Raspberry Red, Wild Berry Pink) comes with Line Friends characters of Choco and Cony respectively.

Texture & Scent-
It is nourishing like the lip balms while giving 'sheer' color and also UV protection! Awesome! I like that it also has sweet fruity flavor however the color is abit more than vivd than many sheer lip balms would offer so be prepared ^^ Not a bad thing but when I see 'sheer' I really expect it to be really light. The colors here are more vivid so it will make it for running errands or for a quick date night or something. Really useful for a teen who's about to start in learning makeup ^^
 

This is how both looks on my lips. I prefer Wild Berry Pink more coz it looks more subtle while Raspberry Red is really chillie red red, more suitable for date night or for some boost of confidence.


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Ingredients to highlight:

Super Hyaluronic Acid -
Seals in moisture, ensuring long-lasting hydration on the lip.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Collagen -
Help improve lip texture giving you a bouncier and smoother lips upon application.

Vitamin E (antioxidant) -
Keep lips smooth and healthy while its SPF15 protect the lips from harmful UV rays.



Get yours at all leading pharmacies nationwide!


Cheers,
Bee