(Review) Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel

Any Melano CC fan/user here? 

I got attracted by its stunning yellow packaging that made me look forward to the Vitamin C effect. :)
What about you?

I’ve heard many good reviews about the skincare line but I’ve not gotten the chance to explore it. Melano CC is a popular J-beauty brand by Rohto Mentholatum. It was famous for its Vitamin C Brightening Essence that it sustains #1 Whitening Essence in Japan for 4 CONTINUOUS years!!!!! I’m super thankful for receiving this in my mail and testing it out for a period of 3-weeks with an almost consistent use in my daily routine. For the first week I use it for my AM and PM routine. Second week onwards was only using it in my PM routine coz I think the brightening effect will work better at night? :) not too sure where I got the theory but I also religiously use my new suncare product. Before I show you my before-after pics, please take note that I try my best to wash my skin daily to show you the “almost” consistent use and what this amazing moisturizer did to my skin! ;)

About Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel:
It is a moisturizer formulated with Vitamin C, Fruits Extracts and Deep Penetration Technology to brighten dull skin, even out skin tone, fight dark spots, lighten pimple marks and minimize pores while keeping the skin hydrated — all for a radiantly brighter, youthful skin. The Melano CC Vitamin Brightening Gel completes the Melano CC skincare range, a step away to achieving spotless fair skin!!!!

Key Ingredients:
•Vitamin C & E Derivatives - Lighten dark spots, reduce redness and soothe skin for a healthy glowing skin inside out.
•Deep Penetration Technology - Includes high-stability and high concentration properties that help ensure full absorption of its derivatives into the skin.
•Alpinia Seed Extract (Ginger) - Brightens and evening out skin tone.
•Cornus Officinalis (Japanese Cornel) Fruit Extract - Deeply hydrated and soothe skin.
•Lemon Extract - Hydrates skin for a significantly soft, smooth and supple skin.
•Citrus - Add fragrance to the moisturizer.

Here is the full Ingredient List.
Do note that there is fragrance.
For me I do try to avoid some but this is a welcoming yummy scent that don’t linger so I don’t mind ;)


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Review:
This review is based on a 3-week-ish period with an almost consistent usage. Taking care of my more mobile baby and caring for my skin never comes hand-in-hand but I always tell myself that I must care for my skin coz I only have one face and there is no “Re-play” button, unless, I have tons of cash standby, which I clearly don’t. XD
Most times I care for my skin in the wee hours in the morning after he’s in his deep sleep. XD
#sacrificesofmillenialmama

Brand: Melano CC
Item: Vitamin C Brightening Gel
Content: 100g
Origin: Japan
Cost: RM70

Packaging:
Sturdy and striking yellow plastic tub of 100g goodness.
Would be great if it comes with a spatula for better hygiene purposes.

Texture & Scent:
Milky gel texture with a citrusy yummy scent like yogurt.

This is how it looks like in the tub.

This is how my it looks like on my hand.

How-to:
Take sufficient amount of the gel and apply evenly onto face and neck. Gently massage to allow full absorption into skin.

Thoughts:
I am definitely surprised to be able to see improved skin in about 3 weeks time of usage. At first I plan to use for 1-2 months time before I give you my review :)
Scent-wise, I am loving the yummy scent upon opening the tub every time of using it. It spreads easily and readily sinks into the skin while moisturizing my skin. I am not worried if my baby rub into my face coz it’s not there while keeping my face hydrated and brighter each day. As you can see, just a period of approximately 3 weeks, my skin is now brighter and if you want this healthy glow, you must try for yourself!!!
FYI, I tried my best using this moisturizer on a daily basis, mostly at my night routine. You can see that my dull skin is more revived (more rosy color!) & even skin toned.

I love this gentle yet effective moisturizer that claims what it can do and it did for my skin. :)


Recommend:
After trying this Melano CC Vitmain C Brightening Gel, I am so looking forward to getting the whole range myself (when my stash runs low) as I am confident the Melano CC range will help to revive dullness, even out skin tone and promote healthy skin! This is for you if this is the result you want. The whole range includes the Melano CC Enzyme Face Wash, Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Lotion, Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Essence, and Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel.

It is available exclusively at Watsons since June 2020 and priced affordably at RM70.


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Thanks for dropping by and I hope this post is helpful for you. I also hope to create more content in my blog soon. Meanwhile you may drop by my Instagram for more skincare / baby posts ;)


Cheers,
Bee

(Shoutout & Offer) Launching of Olay Retinol24 with its First Virtual Event!

It’s such an exciting day as 19/05/20 marks a significant milestone of the leading skincare brand, Olay, paving way to transformative skincare with a live Instagram event!


The live Instagram event will take place on 27th May 2020, at 8pm on Instagram Live - Olay Retinol24 in conversation with David Khoo (Principal Scientist of Olay) and Alexis Sue-Ann (Emcee, Model, & Miss World Malaysia 2019). The 45-minute session is in celebration of the brand’s newly launched, revolutionary collection Olay Retinol24. Offering am exclusive behind-the-scenes peek, consumers will discover science secrets and tips on how to amp up their night time skincare regime to achieve plumper, younger-looking skin — perfect for those sleepless nights!

According to a national sleep survey done by Nielsen in Malaysia in 2019, 9 out of 10 Malaysians suffer from one or more sleep problems and 47% believe that the lack of sleep can cause beauty or skin problems. Stress was the main reason keeping people up at night, while other factors include sleeping environment, distraction from entertainment such as television and social media, health conditions or drinking caffeinated drinks close to bedtime.

With this in mind, Olay understands to rising concerns of looking fatigue. Developed for the time-pressed millennial, Olay Retinol24’s innovative proprietary Retinoid Complex keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours and gives visible skin transformation in 28 days. The best part? It does not need to be layered in a regimen, ideal for those who are prone to staying up late while having absolute assurance in looking radiant.

In partnership with Watsons Malaysia, the live stream event will offer consumers an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the Olay Retinol24 range. Conversation touchpoints include: Science skincare secrets and tips, an educational insider look into an Olay Retinol24 skincare routine and discover how to achieve inner and outer confidence by addressing tired skin from sleepless nights. The session will end with a live Q&A to answer all of your burning skincare question. Olay Retinol24’s virtual event will also feature 2 guest speakers — Josephine Yap and Nadiyah Shabah.

“Gone are the days of complex 10-step skincare regimen, it has become clear that millennials are looking for quick and effective solutions in their skincare, and Olay Retinol24 aims to help them streamline their night time routine. Retinol products have gained a reputation for being harsh on the skin, but that is simply a blanket answer that does not apply to every formula. With this live stream, we hope to educate consumers about Olay Retinol24’s unique blend that sets it apart from other products as it’s active ingredients and bioavailability culminate in better absorption, for a speedy and potent night time regimen,” says Mr David Khoo (Principal Scientist and Global Scientific Communications Leader for Olay).

Alexis added, “We hope to give women the Olay Retinol24 tools and secrets during the live stream event to help them feel empowered everyday. Confidence is the ability to understand your weakness and work towards changing them, while embracing your strengths - without comparing yourself to others whenever you walk into a room.”

Olay Retinol24 - Exclusive Offers on Instagram Live

To commemorate its first virtual event, Olay will be offering 3 lucky attendees the chance to win 1 full set of the Olay Retinol24 range (worth RM329.70) for them to start their restorative journey to plump and bouncy skin. On top of that, customers will be able to get RM5 discount on any Olay Retinol24 products purchased on Watsons by using “OLAYFORME” (22nd May - 14th June 2020); Limited to first 1000 redemptions)!

Marking down my calendar πŸ—“ 27th May 2020, 8pm! See you!


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Q&A about Olay Retinol24 range:

#1 What is the difference between Olay Retinol24 and other Vitamin A / Retinol products?
Olay Retinol24 is designed and formulated ensuring stability and effective delivery of Vitamin A actives into the skin. Olay Retinol24 uses Retinyl Propionate which is a form of Vitamin A- it’s milder, less irritating on skin.

#2 I heard Retinol/Vitamin A is irritating to skin, will Olay Retinol24 cause skin irritation? Suitable for all skin types?
Olay Retinol24 products are safe for use by all consumers. Olay Retinol24 uses Retinyl Propionate which is a form of Vitamin A, its milder/less irritating on skin, however, there can still be some consumers who might experience skin tingling, burning, redness or peeling effect at the beginning or when they just started using the product. All these are normal reactions to Vitamin A. If it’s your first time using a Vitamin A product, we recommend to gradually introduce product into the skin by using it 1-2 times a week for the first 2 weeks and slowly building up to normal usage thereafter,

#3 Can breastfeeding or pregnant mommies use Olay Retinol24 products?
All of our products are safe for use by consumers including pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, we don’t suggest pregnant and breastfeeding women to use Olay Retinol24 since the skin becomes more sensitive during pregnancy and using Vitamin A might be an unpleasant experience. Separately, we suggest that you also consult your doctor.

#4 I want to try Olay Retinol24, which of the 3 products should I use? Should I use all 3 Retinol24 products together?
Olay Retinol24 contains Vitamin A which is a potent ingredient, they do not need to be layered & they do not need to be used in regimen to achieve greater results. We’ve designed each individual product to provide visible improvements in fine lines, smoothness, brightness and firmness. We therefore recommend that you only choose between Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Serum OR the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Moisturizer. If it’s your first time to use a Vitamin A product, we recommend to gradually introduce product into the skin by using it 1-2 times a week for the first 2 weeks and slowly building up to a normal usage thereafter. If you are interested in an eye cream, then you can choose Retinol24 Eye Cream and use it on its own or add in your current regimen. It is also ok to use Retinol24 Eye Cream along with either the Retinol24 Moisturizer OR Serum, if you’re skin can tolerate.

#5 Can I use Retinol24 with another moisturizer or another Retinol treatment?
We do not recommend applying two retinol products at the same time. You can, however, use Retinol24 in combination with another non-retinol product. For best results, apply Retinol24 first then follow with your other moisturizer. You can opt for Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream.

#6 Can Olay Retinol24 products be used in the morning?
Olay Retinol24 range is designed to be a night skin care. However, it is still safe for you to use during the day, but we recommend using it with Olay Regenerist Whips with SPF25 or your preferred UV sun product.


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Where to get?
Available at Watsons stores nationwide & on Shopee!

Product Prices:
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Serum (RM109.90)
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Moisturizer (RM109.90)
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream (RM109.90)


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Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Range for my Dry Skin

Hello loves, its been 5 months since my last update in my blog and I am very happy to share with you this skincare range from Hada Labo. Its their latest Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Range, just what my changing skin needs. After labor, my skin was really dirty and random pimple comes and goes. Definitely redness and tightness with once a while face washing in between (whenever I have a 5 mins breather, I'll go wash my face or whatever). So I am really happy this was sent in time to save my face, however, reviewing it after two weeks of continuous usage seems impossible. I can hardly wash my face 5 times in a week so ya. So sorry for the delayed review!!!!

Before I share with you what I think about it and my routine with it, here's some info you'll need to know about the line.


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About:

Pretty PR packaging.

The Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating range consists of a Face Wash, Lotion, Milk and Cream. Its formulated with multiple protective soothing formula to strengthen and restore balance in the skin. The triple protection formula-

PROTECTS - Lecithin, Squalene & Shea Butter forms an invisible bionic liquid crystal as a protective film  to protect the skin against environmental pollutant and stressors in keeping the skin healthy.
STRENGTHENS & REPAIR - Phytosterols & Ceramide help to smooth, soften, strengthen and repair skin barrier.
SOOTHE REDNESS - Alpha Bisabolol & Gingerol calm and soothe irritation and redness.


The signature ingredient in this range is Hyaluronic Acid that penetrates deep into the skin to intensely hydrate and restore the skin's moisture. It is pH balanced and free from fragrance, colorant, alcohol, and mineral oil.

In a consumer test using the Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Cream on sensitive skin with skin redness, a significant reduction in redness and irritation is seen within 4 hours of application.


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Packaging:
All are plastic packaging. Except the cream packaging looks more expensive with a glass-like look. Easy to dispense tube (All). But if there's a spatula for the Cream than it'd be awesome for hygienic reasons.

Texture & Scent:
A very natural mild scent that dissipates shortly after application.
Cleanser is a creamy and light texture that bubbles little and easy to wash off leaving a clean canvas for after skin care application. Lotion is light and runny with a milky color that absorbs quickly into the skin. Milk is white cream color that is easily spreadable and feels like a light moisturizer. The cream is gel-like that absorbs into the skin quickly yet feels light and definitely perfect to be used under makeup.

These are all the textures.
All have a natural scent that dissipates after a while.
#1 Cleanser is creamy like its name and lather very little.
#2 Lotion is runny with a barley-like color.
#3 Milk is like lotion texture. Easily spreadable and don't feel thick.
#4 Cream is gel-like texture. Feels moisturized but light. Suitable to be used under make up.

How-to:
Use the Cleanser > Lotion > Milk > Cream

Thoughts:
After months of really using the whole series, I really love the whole line. The cleanser works well by effectively cleansing without stripping the face natural oil. After patting dry, my face does not feel tight or whatsoever. Lotion I drop a few droplets on my palm, and pat all over my face. Milk I will warm them a my palm and massage in an upward motion, leaving a more refreshed and relaxed feeling. It takes a little while to sip in leaving a smooth canvas. The cream is a unique gel formula that suits day and night use. For much drier skin or in winter places, add in a few drops of oil would suffice. Overall, I love that my changing skin condition loves it. It always calmed my skin after, especially on a humid day. After being a mother, I do my skincare more slowly and each step of lotion, milk and cream I will just massage them in an upward motion. It feels amazing after! Cleansing my face and completing with the other three steps is just a bliss before I continue doing my chores and take care of baby.

I also had my mom use it when she's over at my place. She told me her skin feels nice and not tight. She love that all the scent of the product in this range are natural and scent is no longer detected after application.

FYI:
My skin is dry-to-combi skin with mild sensitivity.
My mom's skin is dry and mature with more sensitive skin.

This is my before-after. Face looks much refreshed. ^^

Will I Re-purchase?
YES! A range that soothes my skin and no sensitivity for both my mom and me.


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Where to get?
Available at Watsons stores nationwide.
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Face Wash (100g) RM29.90
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Lotion (170ml) RM69.90
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Milk (90ml) RM59.90
Hada Labo+ Sensitive Hydrating Cream (50g) RM78.90

I love the Hydrating Milk for its massaging purpose and the Hydration Cream of its lightweight and suitable for day and night use.


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Cheers,
Bee

(Review) Feeling Closer to my Baby Again ft. PITTARi Wrap from UnisonCA

Hello loves, how are you all doing?
Its been one hectic month. We are both finally resting abit from hospital trips as the doctor still cannot diagnose why my baby is still jaundice, all normal and is lowering pretty slowly. XD

This PITTARi Wrap came in a sturdy box and a manual. It is easily understood, if not you may enquire UnisonCA on suitability and choose according to your preference.

By the time I am penning down my first baby carrier experience my baby is already five months 10 days old. This babycarrier was one great help! Before that, have you ever thought there’s a need of a baby carrier or even heard of the term “Babywearing”? This is a very new word and something I didn’t even consider when I was in my third trimester...coz in my head it’s something for more clingy and older babies. But after delivering baby and taking care of him myself most of the time when my confinement lady left, I realize I can hardly have baby outta my sight and I just worry about him crying while I do my work. Do google on the benefits of babywearing! ;)

This is where PITTARi Wrap comes into play. Giving mommy/daddy a piece of mind and giving mom & dad a chance to be “closer” to baby. This would come in handy if you are alone caring for your baby while doing chores and work especially in the fourth trimester and onwards! This is also one of the best wrap to start with for first time parents, as I am one, and I do recommend! :)

This wrap requires little skills and some getting use to. What I love best is the unique clip for an easy and secure base and also hiding my ugly top at the last step of wrapping.

About PITTARi Wrap:
Traditional baby wraps have been widely used in European countries but not all new parents will have the skill to find it easy to use. PITTARi Wrap is an innovative baby wrap with waist belt. The wearer will easily wear their baby (after 1-2 times of practice) and feels comfortable & close to their baby. There is two ways to wear your baby with this PITTARi wrap- front & side carrying.
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Recommended: From newborn babies and up to 2.5 years old (15kg).
Available colors: Navy, Turquoise Blue, Grey
FYI: The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) acknowledges PITTARi as a “hip-healthy” product.
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Get at: Unison CA . You may also look at other carriers, skin care and accessories!!!
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Unison CA values the needs of both mother and baby with products which offer comfort and convenience. I like that they think from a mother’s point of view (as founders are parents themselves) and look at the world through the eyes of a baby.

How-to:
Firstly, secure at the desired place and clip on. Unroll the wrap and have one on each shoulder. Form an X behind and infront. Lastly tie a knot securely at the back.

This is how it looks like!
The pouch can also use to keep car keys etc.
You can pair with any outfit to make it more fashionable.
At the last image, you can bring forward the extra cloth and hide it or tie infront for extra security or decoration.

My Experience:
I got my hands on this Grey Pittari Wrap from UnisonCA after seeing blogger mommy, Aliza & Sebrinah, babywearing their little ones on their chest. It looks so comfy for both the mommy and baby. Also one reason why I’d like to have it coz it makes going to events or just simply running errands or doing house chores a breeze coz you still can have a pair of free hands while carrying and calming baby at the same time! I cannot believe I didn’t get it and introduce to my baby earlier.

I have been using it for approximately two months now and I must say it was a bit challenging for the first few times of usage. Firstly was coz my baby is used to lying down on me, the bed, couch, musical gym, or his baby rocker little spring bed while I do my work and I will just chat with him and look at him from time to time. That’s how my 3 months was before PITTARi Wrap came. Another challenge was he was on a month long (still have an additional 2 months supply!) medication making it harder to babywear him as often as I’d like to. He feeds every hour or two last month (now no more) just like he’s a newborn while also coz I need to have a good 20mins rest before I babywear him after feeding or not he will vomit. These are my challenges but after one month of a few tries, we got better and he shows much excitement when he sees the wrap :)

As a new mommy, PITTARi Wrap has been quite a best friend of mine as I get to free my hands while doing all these my own:
Running errand eg grocery, laundry, prep dinner, eat, evening walks as well as going for hospital check ups :) Hubby is also less worried when I can do all these alone with our sometimes fussy little baby πŸ‘ΆπŸ»
Breastfeeding him while wearing the wrap takes some practice but I think I got the hang of it a bit and glad that it’s not obvious at all when I do remove him to breastfeed in shared nursing room :)
Also, as the baby grows I would definitely recommend to get baby carrier if you too have weak arms like mine XD

That's us doing things together while babywearing him.
Now we have more enjoyable moments to remember ;)

I also got some nursing top and bras to make the breastfeeding journey smoother while wearing the PITTARi wrap. If you do not want to purposely get nursing tops, opt for round neck or V-neck t-shirts or even wrap top or button top!

Do get in touch with Unison CA to know which kind of carrier suit you and your little one more! I would definitely babywear my second baby earlier in the future! Gonna babywear my little Z till he don't allow me XD

Cheers,
Bee