(First Impression) Mothers' Day Gift Ft. Toko Tsuru Drip Essence of Chicken

Hello loves,
Being a mother is definitely not easy.
OT all the time and no off days. All house chores to caring for your kids and the family becomes the top priority and most mothers tend to forget to take care of themselves.

Have you already thought about what gift to get for your loved ones, especially in this coming Mothers' Day? :)

While I am penning down this post, I am in my 6 months of pregnancy and I am really excited and always remind myself to eat healthily for the baby. Other than supplements and some walking (as I don't exercise much), going for appointments and keeping myself nourished is very important.

Item: Toko Tsuru DRIP Essence of Chicken
Content: 50ml per sachet
Origin: Taiwan

I was introduced to Toko Tsuru Drip Essence of Chicken and were sent some to try.
Before that, let's get to know what this is all about?  ^^


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About
It is extracted from 100 days Taiwan black-feathered chicken by using advanced technologies to remove poultry smell from chicken while retaining the tastiness of pure chicken essence.

This is the manufacturing process of Toko Tsuru DRIP Chicken Essence.
(Image taken from HERE)

Traditional Chicken Essence VS Drip Chicken Essence:

Here's a comparison of how both were manufactured.
Below is an overall comparison to my understanding ^^

DRIP Chicken Essence is extracted using a steaming method WITHOUT any mixture of water at all to ensure PURE EXTRACTION of chicken essence.
DRIP Chicken Essence also do not go through a "vacuum" process to reduce the loss of amino acids and other nutrients.
DRIP Chicken Essence maintain the pure chicken essence flavor WITHOUT the poultry smell.
DRIP Chicken Essence is in a packet form for travel-friendly purposes.

Benefits
Proteins help to build and repair tissues.
A healthy intake of protein during pregnancy support baby's growth.
Promote and maintain a healthy milk supply for breastfeeding mothers.
Improve iron absorption and mobilization of iron stores in the body and also rich in gelatin, aka superfood - collagen!

3 NOs
Preservatives
Artificial colors
Artificial flavors

Recommended for?
Children, teens, working adults, elderly, pregnant and postpartum mothers, & postoperative care.
For those with serious illness, please check with your doctor before you consume.

How-to?
Take out the aluminium bag. Soak the aluminium bag in boiling water for 5-10 minutes and serve.
OR
Cut the aluminium bag and pour chicken essence into a glass cup. Heat it in electric cooker and serve.

I love how convenient the packet is especially when I travel or on-the-go. Tearing is also easy making consumption really enjoyable & feel pampered. ^^

Thoughts
Packaging is definitely very travel-friendly and convenient. I love how easy it is to heat it, tear it, & drink it for a healthier well being. Taste-wise its definitely a nice, rich mouthful of chicken essence without the poultry smell. It however taste less concentrated comparing to the traditional ones, which Toko Tsuru Drip Essence promised that they do not have any artificial flavors. It also claims to contain an abundant of amino acids for nourishing the baby's growth in my womb. I do feel stronger kicks as the baby grows with each passing time. Overall, I do feel more energized after consuming it in the morning on an empty stomach for 3 consecutive mornings.

Quite loving the taste and will want to get it for dearest mommy for her to try! ^^


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Retails at?
6 bags packaging for RM240.
15 bags packaging for RM600. at RM5XX in conjunction with Mothers' Day Promotion!!!

If you are interested in trying them out yourself or buying for your wife, mother or loved ones, do head over to their Website for their Mother's Day Promotion of a 15 bags packaging!


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Cheers,
Bee

(Event) (Mini Review) Althea's A'bloom Launch Event & Althea Angels Malaysia Tour

It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon.
The theme was pastel and its Althea's A'bloom Launch Event as well as the first ever Althea Angels Malaysia Tour! How exciting! <3

This blue dress subtly hides my 23 weeks 3 days bump while also feeling comfy without restricting my bump in anyway ^^ If you're wondering where I got this, its from Room 8008.
(Image credits to babe Jia Shin)

Venue
An artisan ice cream parlor that specializes in creating unordinary ice cream experiences.
A good venue for hangout and great place to take pics! You can find softserve ice cream, waffles, toast, parfaits, kakigori, desserts, sodas, coffee and teas.

Venue:
Softsrve Ice Cream, Dessert & Balloon Bar
Address:
D-G-11, Plaza Arkadia, No.3, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Parkcity, Kuala Lumpur.
Operation Hours:
Sunday - Thursday : 12pm - 11pm
Friday - Saturday : 12pm - 12am
Stalk:
Facebook  /  Instagram

We had charcoal waffle which is super yummy. Crunch is just nice and totally perfect for the non-sweet tooth current preggie appetite me right now ! ^^ Upon arrival I had this rose lychee + vanilla white ice cream. Its nice and refreshing and I think the pre-preggie me would loveee it! All the desserts and drinks that day are inspired by this cute and funky launch from A'bloom!
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We were also given a Petal Velvet Powder each to decorate with the sweet desserts. I feel like a kid again, thanks Althea Korea! ^^

Althea Crew
As an Althea Angel, I am always grateful to get the first sneak peek of new launches.
A huge thank you for all the hard work and love to Althea Pixies, managers and mamasan Tammy!!

This is the Althea Team and Angels that made the day more magical!
(Image taken from IG of @maybeitssyahira)

Before A'bloom was born, we had all enjoyed one of the many babies Althea has given birth to. From a basic line of skincare from the Bare Essentials line, Petal Velvet Powders (4 variants), Petal Velvet Sunaway, Waterful Green Bamboo, Skin Relief Calming Cream & expanded to Althea's own make up line called the Althea Collection (I love that its multipurpose too!).
Which is your favorite? :)
I have a small collection of their Petal Velvet Powders and enjoyed their latest summer drops! ^^

Althea's A'bloom Launch (+ first impressions)
A'bloom line is all about delivering fast, fresh & funky k-beauty products!

This is one of the limited edition A'bloom box. Super cute and funky looking just like their products!
We have the meringue puffs in 2 sizes, masks and blackhead blaster.

A'bloom - Refreshing Fruits Mask Pack

Brand: A'bloom
Item: Refreshing Skin Mask Pack
Variants: 4 (Avocado, Lemon, Peach, Watermelon)
Content: 25g
Cost: RM2 per piece / RM15 for 10 pieces
Launching Promo (23/4/2019): RM15 for 20 pieces

Functions:
Avo-cuddle-me (Nourishment) : For pH balancing, wrinkle improvement. Rich in Vitamin E to improve skin's elasticity and add a radiant dew to the skin.
Sparkle-me-bright (Brightening) : For pH balancing, whitening effect. Lemon and lime extract helps to brighten the skin making it looks clear and transparent.
Ac-me-peach (Anti-blemish) : For pH balancing. The peach extract contains vitamin A that helps regulate oil and moisture balance of the skin while soothing sensitive skin & provides purifciation for smooth skin.
Water-me-long (Moisturizing) : For pH balancing. The watermelon extract keeps the skin hydrated and supple for a long period of time. Watermelonextract is brilliant at retaining moisture, effectively quenching and soothing dry, chapped skin.
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If you've seen my instastory, you'd know I have already tried this Wattermelon variant coz it's Tammy's FA! My skin feels cooling upon application and after removal of mask. Definitely a mask to be included into my summer must-have list! After 20 mins application only a little part of the mask is dry but the overall mask is still very moist. Application is surprisingly easy and not messy. I love how soft the mask texture was and the adherence is amazing! After 2 hours, my face still looks really moisturized and glowy!!! The serum in masks requires some time to absorb completely. If you cannot take it, just lightly swipe with a toner and continue with your moisturizer to seal in the goodness! ^^ I think this is a mask suitable for all skin types and will come in handy when travelling ^^

Aren't they all looking soooo cute! They are priced very fairly too!

A'bloom - Meringue puffs
It is of cute pastel color and made of non-latex sponge that will expand 1.5x when soaked in water. The Giant Meringue Puff (RM8) is for foundation, powders, baking etc while the Baby Meringue Puffs (RM11) are for more detailed work like concealing your panda eyes and redness around your nose etc. It can also be used 2 ways depending on your preference- moist, glossy finish or a matte, flawless with more coverage finish! ^^
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They are super cute & soft when damp and does what a blender claims to do.

A'bloom - BHA Blackhead Blaster
It is a quick & easy triple treatments daily care for blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin. It retails at RM16 only! :D The natural BHA gently deep cleanse the pores and removing dead skin cells, Apricot Seed Powder helps to remove excessive sebum, Charcoal will absorb dirt in pores & the Tea Tree Leaf Oil helps soothe & prevent any irritations or redness on the skin.
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I tried this yesterday and it is my first blackhead stick. It feels easy and does not tug my skin during application. After rinsing I do feel clean but slightly dry. Nothing a moisturizer can't fix! Cleansed area feels smoother tho. Will need more time to review it.

Althea Angels X BTS
Its always a fun time getting to meet new and old faces sharing the same interests in all things beauty!
This is the first ever Althea Angels Malaysia Tour and I am very thankful to be part of the amazing Angels team ^^ Below are some selfies by my phone and others credits to Eros the pro photographer for all our event pics! ^^

From Top L-R to Bottom:
Bo, Tammy, Anis, Zoelie, Aqalili, Yana, Cheryl, Shannon, Tiffany, Eros, Dash, Charlene, Mira.
From Top L-R to Bottom:
Aliza, Yana, Syafiqah, Sharon, Ridley, Dash, Zoelie, Me, Rachell



Before we mingle, we were gathered for a welcome speech led by Tammy & Angela, followed by an introduction to Althea Exclusives with Althea's Marketing Manager, Cindy. The center is the huge group photo, all taken by Eros (stalk his blog too!)! 


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 That's all for today and I hope this is helpful for you when you shop at Althea Korea!
Gonna set my alarm to wake up and buy the DAEBAK promo of A'bloom babies before they are Out Of Stock! 
HAPPY SHOPPING GUYS!!!!! <3

Dim Sum, Marshamallow, or me? :)
(Image credits to babe Betty)

Cheers,
Bee

(Review) My Hot Weather MUST-HAVE featuring Althea Korea Latest Skin Calming Series

SOOOOOO HOT!!!

How's your weather at your place?


Its so hot and humid now in Malaysia and I am really glad that Althea Korea launched this at the right time! What's your must have other than sunscreen? ^^


Aren't the packaging lovely? :)

As an Althea Angel its always exciting to get the first dibs of new releases before everyone else.
I was pretty excited for the Waterful Green Bamboo Pads as I love anything that's pre-soaked in toner and with dual uses! ^^ As for the Relief Cream I was just feeling neutral about it coz I did not have much of an expectation. Both turns out to be in my current skincare routine and am loving it! <3



Full thoughts below are based on a 2 weeks plus usage (currently ongoing)!



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Althea Waterful Green Bamboo Pads

Brand: Althea Korea
Item: Waterful Green Bamboo Pads
Content: 100ml (80 pads)
Skin Type: All (Great for dry, sensitive skin)
Re-purchase: YES
Rating: 5/5

Ingredients:
Water, Methylpropanediol, Isopentyldiol, Panthenol, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide Np, 1,2-hexanediol, Hydroxyaxetophenone. 

Key Ingredients:
Bambusa Vulgaris Extract - Rich in minerals and amino acids that deeply penetrate into the layers of skin to hydrate while protecting the skin's barrier with moisture.
Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract - Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Gentle, non-irritating treatment for mild, troubled skin.
Centella Asiatica Extract - Treats and repairs damaged skin. Best friend to soothe and hydrate skin.
*Made with EWG green grade ingredients to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy.*

Claims:
Instantly soothes and deeply moisturizes the skin to give a healthy skin glow. The Moist-veil System technology keeps skin hydrated all day long

How-to:
As a Toner Pad - After cleansing, wipe from center of your face and out before tapping the remaining essence into skin for full absorption.
As a Mask Pad - To boost hydration, place pads on targeted area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove, then tap gently to aid in full absorption into the skin.

Packaging:
A minimalistic, clean green packaging and comes with a clip for hygienic purpose <3

Texture & Scent: 
Soft natural cotton pads made using a mix of eucalyptus and tencel to create a natural cotton gauze that allows the watery and light toner to absorb well into the skin. The toner has this refreshing citrusy orange scent that dissipates after a while.

Look at the thin, gauze texture. It holds a lot toner too!

Thoughts:
I love that it provides instant deep hydration with a refreshing scent. It is also very lightweight and does not leave a sticky or tacky situation after! I love to apply it at any time of the day especially when I feel HOT or to prep my skin prior to makeup application ^^ I was pleasantly surprised with the ultra soft gauze-like pads that holds a lot of the toners and does not dry after my 10-15 minutes masking session. The only con is if you are looking for mild exfoliating pads like the cosrx hydrating pads then this is not for you. I do prefer this one more as the toner absorbs quickly and does what it claims to do! ^^

Look at the glowy, glass-like skin after a 15 minutes application! ^^



Brand: Althea Korea
Item: Skin Relief Calming Cream
Content: 80ml
Skin Type: Dry, Sensitive skin
Re-purchase: YES
Rating: 5/5

Ingredients:
Water, GLycerin, Methylpropanediol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-hexanediol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alchol, Glyceryl Stearate Se,Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Sea Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Allantoin, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium EDTA, Beta-glucan, Myristic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Free:
Paraben, Synthetic Pigment, Triethanolamine, Mineral Oil, Benzophenone-3. Animal Ingredients, Propylene Glycol, Ethanol, Talc, & Benzoic Acid.

Key Ingredients:
Shea Butter - Rich with skin hydrating properties that nourishes skin and form a protective moisture barrier.
Sea Water - Packed with natural minerals that serves anti-aging properties for a radiant glow.
Panthenol - Changes into Vitamin B when absorbed into the skin, keeps skin hydrated and smooths while strengthening skin barrier function.


*Made with EWG green grade ingredients to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy.*

Claims:
A soothing cream that intensively hydrates (by Shea Butter and Hydrogenated Lecithin) and reinforce the skin's barrier by Panthenol, Chamomile Water, Sea Water and 5 soothing ingredients (Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, & Ficus Carica Fruit Extract) for a revitalized complexion.

How-to:
After cleansing and toning, apply an even layer and pat until its fully absorbed.

Packaging:
Clean, tube packaging allows easy dispensing.

Texture & Scent:
Dispensed in a white cream texture and spreads like gel. It has the similar refreshing citrusy orange scent that dissipates after a while.

Thoughts:
A little goes a long way. I still remember I said it was tacky. Well, that's coz I have applied tooo much. When using just the right amount, it gets absorbed fast and does not leave a sticky after situation. Definitely for users who loves the hydration while also not feeling heavy. It also does soothe the redness where I squeezed my acnes/whiteheads. I would be using this everyday for its anti-pollution property where it restores fatigued, irritated skin for a healthy calm complexion.
It does give a glowy look right after application but dries down to a skin-like finish. I love that I still feel hydrated after and the soothing properties. ^^


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Thanks for dropping by and I hope this post is helpful for you!
Also, they're launching their A'bloom series TOMORROW! Launching prices are unbelievable! ^^
A mini review will be up tonight at my IG story @beeleec! ^^


Cheers,
Bee

(Review) 2 Items from Neogence HA Series

Hello loves!



I am back with another skincare review featuring Neogence HA series.
I have been using these two item from the HA series for 2 weeks now (March 2019) and below are my thoughts and what my skin feels.

Before that I would like to update you on my preggie skin condition:
Dry dry dry...... LOL. Slight sensitivity too but lesser these days.


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Neogence Hydrating Cleansing Liquid

Brand: Neogence
Item: Hydrating Cleansing Liquid
Content: 300ml
Rating: 3.8/5
Re-purchase: Maybe

How-to:
This is my first cleanser step, where I remove all debris and makeup at the end of the day. Rinse thoroughly with water. Continue with the rest of the steps of your skincare routine.

Packaging:
Its in a plastic packaging. I love that it comes with a choker/stopper (is that what its called?) so it makes it very travel friendly on road trips.

Claims:
A mild moisturizing cleanser that easily removes facial impurities and makeup.

Texture & Scent:
An oil-free refreshing gel that can easily remove makeup even with my bare hands. I cannot really describe the scent, most likely the signature scent of Neogence XD

Thoughts:

Point remover is recommended to be used before using the cleansing liquid for more efficient removal. It does not fully remove waterproof liner and powerful lip stains like the althea lip paint I am using above. Thus I recommend this for those who do not really makeup much, but only sunscreen XD
These days I prefer to only have sunscreen on without makeup. I do enjoy using this at the end of the day with the help of my cleansing tool. It does not leave me feeling greasy or tight which is awesome! A little goes a long way so this bottle will last me quite a while. ^^
However, during days where I have to makeup, removal of concealer around my eye area and eyeliner makes it somewhat hard to remove completely. Other face makeup like bb cream is fully removed. For tougher stains of lip product will require more patience in removing. Of course, I will still recommend you to go in with a point remover prior to using this Cleansing Liquid.

Neogence Hydrating Cream with Hyaluronic Acid.

Brand: Neogence
Item: Hydrating Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
Content: 50ml
Rating: 3/5
Re-purchase: No, as it is not fully suitable for my skin. I think an oily skin type would love this.

How-to:
As a moisturizer step. After your toner, before any skin oils (if you are using it).

Packaging:
White sturdy packaging in tub form. Would be great if there is a built-in spatula.

Claims:
Help reduce sebum and increase the ability of water locking. The formula is also said to be moisturizing, making it suitable for normal-dry skin, or fall/winter usage.

Texture & Scent:
White cream that spreads easily with kinda a strong "alcohol"-ish scent.

Thoughts:


Love using this on my cheeks but its a bit drying for my forehead somehow. A little facial oil added in will help eliminate dryness on my forehead. XD

I really like the application and how fast the product can be absorbed into my skin leaving my skin soft. But after a week of usage I noticed more prominent fine lines on my forehead which makes me think that this may not be suitable for my skin type. However, I do incorporate it with some face oils and it help reduce the appearance of fine lines on my forehead. I personally think that those with less dry or of an oily combination skin type would enjoy it much more.


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For more info, stalk:
Neogence Instagram
Get at Watsons online & offline


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Cheers,
Bee

(Event) Enjoy Hours & Hours of Joy with your Little Ones featuring PETPET

Hello loves!

These are all the activities at the PETPET Joyland that day.

Its my first parenting event and I am excited to share with you this quality & affordably priced diapers from PETPET. It has important improved features which claims to make parenting journey more convenient and fulfilling by keeping your little ones happy and comfortable for longer periods of time. ^^

Dahlia Shazwan together with her hus band and daughter taking a family photo at the PETPET Joyland.

As a first time expecting parent, from a point-of-view of an aunt, I do not know much about diapers other than it needing to be soft and comfy while also being able to keep the baby/toddler comfy. NO leakages is very important too! I have been leaked on by my nephew at least 2 times XD

PETPET R&D team looked from the point-of-view of parents/consumers and so they have developed these new & improved range to deal with the top three concerns:
1- NO leakages
2- Long lasting
3- Continuous dryness

Patt Sue Ann (Right) conducting a demonstration on the absorbing power and durability of PETPET's new diaper range to a guest.

"We understand that family time is extremely important in this day and age where everything moves at lightning speed. With this new range of diapers, lets collect the memorable moments together!" says Yeoh Aik Cheong (Managing Director of PETPET Malaysia).

Unique Features of PETPET New & Improved diapers:
1- Utilizes non-woven fabric and absorbent material processing and moulding techniques
2- Superior 'Fast Dry' technology + 360degrees AirThru system allows more comfort and a quick drying mechanism keep babies comfortable and happy for up to 10-hours* a day.
 *Up to 10-hours of dryness is applicable for sizes M, L & XL
3- Significantly softer diapers for New Born and size S diapers.

The PETPET Joyland was last month. If you did not get to visit, its okay.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest info !


Patt Sue Ann (First Left; Commercial Director of DSG Malaysia), Dahlia Shazwan (Third Right) and Yeoh Aik Cheonng (Managing Director of DSG Malaysia), together with mothers and baby models, presenting PETPET's new range of baby diapers.


Cheers,
Bee


*All images credit to ContinuumPR*

(Personal) Our Stressful Pregnancy Journey

Hello loves.

Its been awhile since I talked about my personal life. I find it important to note it down as it serve as a motivation to myself and many others who are trying so long to conceive. I was one of them. 2 years of trying may sound short and less of a difficulty to some but it feels like a million years to me. Hubby and I have gone through uncountable disappointments throughout our trial and error period.

Currently, I am now in my second trimester and before I talk about my exciting first pregnancy journey I'd like to share with you our 'stressful' conception process.

Before I start the story, do note that I'm a hypothyroid patient.


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We have been trying ever since we signed our papers.
We had our papers signed on 15th October 2016.

This was a screenshot of when we signed our papers.
It was honestly awkward and exciting coz the process happens in Hokkien XD

We then got married on 16th December 2016.

A pretty shot by my photographer.
Feels really blessed. Love you mommy daddy <3

Prior to trying we assumed getting pregnant was super duper easy and that we do not have to be stressful or be troubled about it. That is why I was really firm with only trying after everything is done.

We are so wrong!
Stress got to us---- I mean, me, fast!

For half a year we have been trying naturally, with high hopes. I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism since 2016 at our pre-marital check up in BP Pathlab. We went for some follow ups here and there but not anymore when I am in KL. I just continue taking the same dosage without any follow ups *facepalm*
It was after that only I realized that the pre-marital test offered in BP does not include sperm test. Hubby did not want to do that since he first agreed to do it and assumed it was included in the package. My bad, didn't ask properly. My report diagnosed by the doctors in BP says that I have PCOS. I then went to check with 2 other doctors to confirm the report and they say that it was actually my period about to start so that's why they see cysts-like stuff but its not PCOS.

Mid 2017 was another half a year later of trying naturally and our hope slowly died.
At mid 2017 itself we went for TCM first as it seems to be the safest but maybe slowest option. My first TCM told me to not conceive first, instead, she advised me to regulate my menstrual cycle for a more stable and healthy pregnancy. Went for a few times for regulation but gave up and changed one or two other TCM in between. It either take too long to regulate or the med just did not suit me.

Next, we tried around 3-4 times of Clomid prescription by 2 different clinics but to no avail too.
I had about 3-6 eggs ok and I think it was either my thyroid hormone level or stress that makes it a big failure.

Can you believe we even purchased a so-called "magic pants" that can help with conception and medication is not needed? It cost RM1.2k and I am not super duper happy with it. Its basically a body shaping pants that consists of several pieces of lava rocks thing and one should wear it for at least 8 hours a days and drink 8 glasses of warm water each day to fully optimize the effect of the pants for conception. Of course I wore it several times and stopped coz I eventually had UTI more frequently coz I wore the pants too high up and maybe 'suffocated' my sensitive V part. XD

In the early 2018, we went to another TCM recommended by my sis-in-law. He is famous in getting people conceive fast, if you followed his to-dos and not-to-dos. We almost conceived one but my womb is said to be not 'warm' and strong enough for the embryo to 'stick' to the wall thus it slipped and I was really sad after. The TCM doctor was also agitated as we were one of the toughest patients he had to deal with and normally his patients will be pregnant by the third cycle of 12-day medicine prescription at most. He asked me to have my thyroid followed up. I got another round of med to regulate my menses (it did regulate my menses cycle pretty fast!) and that's it. Around June or July 2018 was when we stopped taking any med from the TCM doctor.

In September 2018 I had my thyroid followed up at Subang Jaya Medical Center and by November 2018 it was stabilized. The doctor told me I can get pregnant anytime now but I will need to get back to him once I am confirmed pregnant. This marks the moment where we stopped trying everything and eventually gave up habits including always excited checking my ovulation calendar, taking the TCM med and etc.

 I was devastated. Both the TCM and Clomid trials brought multiple disappointments to the both of us. I even had false pregnancy symptoms multiple times and that sucks bad. We were also being really careful in not consuming alcohol (me), carrots (red& white), tea, lime and lemon(including food like tom yam, "asam" (in Malay, it basically means anything sour I think), as well as a kind of vege called "Cai4 Bu3 (in Mandarin, its a kind of vege that is very chewy and nice and added on fish for the extra chewiness). We were also rushing for certain Chinese zodiac to begin with and the stress from in-laws comes in after a year of our marriage. I too was rushing my hubby to get me pregnant coz my granny was sick at the end of December 2017. I wanted her to see me pregnant but it was not a thing to be rushed.

At that point of time other than feeling sad and somewhat depressed, I questioned why hubby don't want to do the sperm count test and self-blaming. In the end we just gave up.


We just forget & give up on the urge to want to get pregnant fast.


Giving up is the best gift!
We started by giving up.
Eat more home cooked, healthy meals.
At least 2 dish of leafy green veggies a day.
Finally resuming my long-stopped supplements consumption eg Vitamin C, etc.
Not doing any noting down for my period calendar app, and just eat whatever I feel like including those I cannots with minimal amount.
He did all the above except the supplements but took more fruits instead, as well as increasing the frequency in doing his usual exercise.

Surprisingly in December 2018, a few days after TBP Christmas Party on 8th December 2018, I was having spotting. I assume it was something really normal for me as I normally spot a day or two and it will eventually get heavier and my normal period is here. But this time my spotting is about 5 days and I am 1 week late for my period (according to my period app). I asked my mom if I should get some Home Pregnancy Test (HPT) kit and my mom says no coz she's worried it'll come out as a false test if testing it toooo early. I told her what if its really a real pregnancy and its not stable coz of my thyroid issue?

Soon after, on 13th December 2018, after work, I had my baby sis brought me to purchased my HPT kit and my dinner.
The same night after a shower, while hubby is out, I decided to do the test.

Can you imagine the surprise to finally see 2 freaking lines?

I squeaked like a cat and just cannot contain my excitement. Tried calling mom and sis but I guess everyone was sleeping by then. So I decided to only tell them after hubby and I go for a 100% confirmation ^^

It was god sent.
I am really really excited at the moment and I shrieked and jumped like I won a lottery.
Wanted to tell hubby but he did not understand the pregnancy test picture I sent.
Came back and ask him to see again and he was over the moon.
The next morning we went to the ER to confirm my pregnancy and they refer me to their gynae to 100% confirm if there is a sac or not. If I wanna confirm in the ER it will only be the same urine pregnancy test.

I was really scared that time if I were to scan and there was no sac and we will be heartbroken again.
Thank god it was good news all the way <3 and my HPT worked.

Thank you! Finally seeing a scan with sac!
The doctor I was seeing did not congratulate me immediately as it was about 5 weeks in, which is still very early. She asked me to come back again in 2 weeks time to see whether there's a yolk that will resemble a healthy pregnancy. A big congratulations from the doc at my week 7 of pregnancy with my precious pic of yolk! <3 Thank you God for helping us with the pregnancy! Did I tell you I have been praying for one since 1 year ago? But I was not an avid believer in Buddhism and hubby is. He started praying for one since the beginning of last year for a piglet, not a puppy so.... XD
I think that's why our TCM is failing XD
But anyways, thank you God for bringing us this little life after 2 years of our marriage. It definitely wasn't an easy journey and I appreciate that hubby is all in with me throughout. <3

Thanks love for always being by my side no matter what happens.
May we be good parents for our little one ^^
This picture was taken when I am 3 months plus, credits to my baby bro.

Also, hop over to Careen's post as I find a lot of inspiration and uplifting words from her post!
I can feel her situation and I believe many will find it an inspiring post. I love the verse she wrote in end of her post, "It is truly when we have Faith and totally surrender into God's hands that we can have true peace within. And when we surrender and let go, only can God perform His wonders and miracles."

That's all for now and I hope this post is helpful to you somehow!

Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Pang Pang Hair Shadow Workshop

It was a wonderful evening with the Mamonde team at the Pang Pang Hair Shadow Workshop. We were re-introduced to this not-so-new but versatile makeup bag MUST-HAVE, the Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow.

Ready for the workshop and be more flawless ^^
(Image credits to bae Bella)

So good to finally seeing familiar faces after not attending events for some time.
Thank you Miera for the pic and Mamonde Team for the invitation.

I love that the Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow is light weight, compact (there's a puff and mirror in it), portable, pigmented and long wearing tinted powder with multiple usage. I love anything that can multi-use!!! <3


Brand: Mamonde
Item: Pang Pang Hair Shadow
Variants: 3
01 Baby Face Hairline
02 Light Brown
03 Reddish Brown
Origin: Korea
Cost: RM59
Re-purchase: YES! But will need a long time as a little goes a long way! ^^

4 Ways with Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow:


This is one of the ways to use the Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow.
4 methods to use it creatively, anytime anywhere ^^


#1 Hair Shadow
Identify the area to cover. Remove excess sebum with loose powder for oily scalp. Tap the hair shadow onto hairlines with small strokes to create a natural gradient finish at uneven hair line, not patchy finish! This is said to make you look younger by 5 years!
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I did my "M" hairline to a soft "U" shape and it was really good and natural looking! Definitely putting it into my makeup bag as its multi-use and does what it claims to!

#2 Eye Brow Powder
I use an angled brush and fill in sparse areas of my brows to make them fuller naturally.
Types of Brows according to Face Shape:
Oval (1:1.4) - The most beautiful face shape and suits all types of brows.
Long (1:>1.4) - Gives a slightly mature impression, thus a straight Korean brows with slight arch will make one look more feminine and youthful!
Round (1:<1.4) - High arch brows helps elongate face.
Square - Angular brows will strengthen  jawline; Soft arch brows will weaken jawline making whole appearance softer.
Heart - Suits thin, curve round arch brows.
Diamond - Suits curves eyebrow; avoid angles and length!

#3 Face & Nose Contour/Shading
Use a contour brush and smaller brush to contour the nose and make your face smaller where necessary. For instance, I used it on my uneven "M" hairline to form a soft, natural "U" shape for a more youthful look. Tap lightly and build from there to create a gradient natural hairline for a slimmer face and more youthful appearance.

#4 Eye Shadow
Using an eye shadow brush, lightly sweep over lids for a quick, easy, day time look or line lids for a sultry night out look! Easy!!


The puff is so cute and soft! It comes in handy when contouring the hairline ^^
First image on left (from L-R):
01 Baby Face Hairline is for natural black and dark brown hair color.
02 Light Brown  is for lighter browns hair color.
03 Reddish Brown is for like its name.

Unique Features of Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow:

#1"Skin-Fit Powder System"

Pigments in it are bounded with lecithin-coated powder which allows better adherence while the Rose Hip Fruit Oil Extracts help with smoothing and revitalizing the skin and hair, keeping user looking radiant! ^^

It is also much more lasting and higher water resistant power comparing to other eye shadows or contour powders you may use to contour your hairline!! ^^


It was really fun playing with all shades of Mamonde Pang Pang Hair Shadow.
I love how multi-use it is and it does last quite a long time with natural finish!
Hope this post is helpful for you!
Thanks again to Mamonde Team for having me!
(Image credits to bae Betty)

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Get At:
Available at all Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall KL, Aeon Bukit Indah JB and Aeon Tebrau City JB. It is also available on Hermo.my and Lazada.com.my.


We were also provided with a few brushes for a quick competition. It was fun!
Congrats to the three winners that day! ^^


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Cheers,
Bee