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Dr Morita Face Mask – Hyaluronic Acid Essence

Face mask is something that I use once every two days. That is almost 3-4 times per week. It’s just a quick and easy way to re-hydrate and rejuvenate my skin the quick, easy and efficient way. This would also mean that I’ve gone through a whole lot of different brands of face mask and there’s bound to have good and bad ones. Now i introduce you – Dr Morita Face Mask

Almost four years ago, I came across this brand in Singapore and I tried one of their face mask which was really good. But over the years, I’ve never really seen it in Malaysia and I go through so many face mask that it did not really come across my mind until recently I’ve been spotting it in Guardian Malaysia and friends have been talking about it. So when Dr. Morita approached for a review, I couldn’t say no.

My all time favourite would be the Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask (The Blue One). This goes into my #monthlyFavourites as well as #HolyGrail

Dr Morita also has a starter pack that comes with

  • Narcissus Whitening Essence Ultra Slim Facial Mask
  • Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Essence Mask
  • Collagen Repair Essence Mask.

 

 
The packaging on a first impression looks the same as any other face mask but what’s really good about it is that their face mask sheets are made of Tencel Silk cotton mask, a man-made fiber that allows all the essence and active ingredients to be absorbs and to the skin and not only that, it doesn’t feel tacky, sticky, hard, and dry after applying it for 10-20 minutes.
Packed and sealed nicely
They aren’t many sheet face mask with really good quality. One that isn’t harsh that irritates the skin or the ones that dries out quick.
The few problems that I face mostly with other brands sheet mask are; (something that i define bad)
  1. Cotton sheets are too dry/Face Mask dries up and stiffens after 15 minutes.
  2. Face Mask are either too dry or too “drenched” and ends up either NOTHING being absorbed onto the skin or essenve/water dripping everywhere
  3. Face mask sliding down my face or not fitting well.


but with Dr. Morita face mask, not only it’s drenched with the right amount, it doesn’t leave essence dripping down my chin or face. The face mask is quite a good size fitting without it sliding down my face as well. Not only that, after 15-20 minutes, it’s not dry and I can still easily remove and put it on my neck/hands and leg for a hand-me-down mini pampering mask session.

So, i’ve tried the few Dr Morita mask for the past two weeks, and I have to say, my skin has become brighter, clearer, smoother and much more moisturising.
Due to the whole El-Nino and the heat that this country is facing. My rosecea has been flaring up really bad. #noJoke and I shall talk/share about it one day.
But, let me show you a before after photo of my left chin to show you the effects.
Throughout my entire skincare routine for both day and night HAVE been the same with the same products that i’ve been rotating throughout the month and the ONLY thing i’ve changed and added is the Dr Morita face mask.

 

Right before this, I’ve been having de-hydrated dry sensitive with Rosacea flaring up which can be quite annoying. Moisturisers, Face Oils and Serums were not enough to re-hydrate my skin. So i’ve put it to a test with Dr Morita Face Mask to see how it reacts with sensitive skin.

I’m SERIOUS! If you look at this photo and the “BEFORE” photo, you can actually see the dry skin patches that are now no longer around thanks to Dr Morita Face Mask. I think my pictures have shown much more than my words can describe. Those who knows me will know that I always say no matter skin type you have, in whatever weather you are in, be in dry, oily or combination – hydration is always important. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you skin your moisturisers or you can ignore hydration and just because you have normal skin doesn’t mean you can ignore. Prevention is better than cure remember?

Kononnya, Dr Morita Face Mask the number 1 Best Selling Facial Sheet mask in Hong Kong & Taiwan. And as of right now, there are 13 series of facial sheet mask & 2 watery cream (sleeping mask) in Malaysia & it’s exclusively in Guardian nationwide.

If your’e looking for face mask, need a quick fix or you’re travelling. Or even just going to Guardian, Grab yourself a box and try our some of Dr Morita Face Mask! They are available in Guardian Malaysia Nationwide (only exclusive in Guardian).

Dr Morita Face Mask are only RM22.90 for a box and the Dr Morita Watery Cream is RM39.90.

Let me know if you’ve tried them and how it has changed your skin!

You may also find out more;
Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/DrMoritaMY/

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Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Most of us who suffers from dandruff, be it oily or dry scalp always would need to be in a dilemma to pick between a dandruff shampoo or a shampoo that repairs your hair – I introduce you Phytosquam. Many of the dandruff shampoo out there such as selsun blue, head&shoulders, or clear or any other, contains ingredients such as selenium sulphide, salicylic acid, coal tar, zinc or anti-fungal agents which are high in chemicals. They are even products that contains menthol for anti-itch leaving you with a nice cool feeling. But all these are temporary relief that doesn’t fix your problem.

Many people including me suffer from the itch and the unglam white flakes be it oily scalp or dry scalp. It can be embarrassing! Imagine going out on a first date and the guy sees you with dandruff. How unattractive that can be! #pointsminus for you. LOL

So when Phyto approach me which their new range of anti-dandruff shampoo, I was a little skeptical at first thinking “Are you being serious?

BUT! I decided to give it a try because they claimed to use botanical essence, being paraben-free, fragrance-free and all that.

 

SO? Let’s see…

 

 

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Phytosquam – A unique formula that no longer requires to choose between anti-dandruff effectiveness and beautiful hair. This is a range which removes dandruff while providing beauty and vitality to the hair.

I really like the packaging, very sleek and simple!

Phytosquam is a new range that just launched last month and it comes with three products in two different types.

1. Phytosquam Intense – Anti-dandruff intense treatment shampoo

This is to be used before you shower, massage into your dry scalp and leave it in for 5-7 minutes. Like a pre-shampoo. But once you’ve added water and massage throughly, it emulsifies and your rinse it off.

2. Phytosquam Shampoo

– Anti-dandruff moisturizing shampoo ( For softness & Shine )

– Anti-dandruff purifying shampoo ( For radiance & Lightness )

I’ve been using Phytosquam for the 3 months and it was a little bit tricky in the beginning to be able to figure out if I should be replacing my regular shampoo with this or should I switch alternative between my shampoos. The thing about shampoos is that, they don’t usually show immediate effect after 1 wash. It takes a few wash for your hair to sink in and show any side-effects such as dryness or itchiness and what-not.

I personally had really bad itching scalp to a point where even if there isn’t any flake, my scalp would itch like a M*****-F*****. Then there are days where I’ve got tiny flakes, and also days where I have huge flakes. As any other dandruff shampoo, it doesn’t go away with one wash.

So after 3 months, I realised the best way for me to use it is to add Phytosquam in my haircare routine as a treatment shampoo that is used once every 4-5 days as I have dry scalp, and using it everyday would make my scalp too dry and I would need extra treatment to moisturise my scalp back after I shampoo. Bad enough I have damaged, dry, split ends that look like a dead mane which requires extra time after shampooing, not to mention the time that I would need to dry my hair. So I wouldn’t want to take an extra few steps to moisturise my scalp. If that’s the situation I think I would need 2 hours at night just to complete my hair care + skin care. *Ain’t nobody got time for that*

So if you’re looking for a dandruff shampoo that is botanical and gentle on your scalp. I would recommend the Phytosquam range.

Phytosquam range is available in store at Sephora and it retails at:

Phytosquam Intense Anti-Dandruff Treatment 200ml – RM140

Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Moisturising Shampoo 200ml – RM160

Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Purifying Shampoo 200ml – RM160

http://www.phyto.asia/needs/hair-disorders/dandruff.html

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Sunscreen 101

The difference between Physical Sunscreen and Chemical Sunscreen

It continues to amaze me that so many woman today are willing to undergo drastic surgery/aesthetic services for wrinkles but don’t wear sunscreen.

Many people underestimate the power of the sun. It is not just a major cause of hyper-pigmentation, but also wrinkles, dryness – which leads to premature aging.

Friends and people always laugh at my love-hate relationship with Mr. Sun, but they are reasons why I do so. As much as i love him, there are moments I dislike him too (hate is such a strong word. lol). BUT!! That doesn’t stop me from going outside and enjoy the beach. I just simply have my precautions.

How many of you actually use sunscreen and actually understand the things that it does to you in the long run? (I think sunscreen is one of the topic I talk about the most here.) The most common question I get is

“How do you keep your complexion so nice?”

or

“Why are you so fair? What do you do?”

It’s simple. Always use sunscreen! It doesn’t matter if you have any foundation or BB Cream on or if you’re just plain jane. You always need sunscreen. Even if you don’t like the fair skin and you want a tan, it’s important to get the right sunscreen/tanning lotion/oil and stay away from the damage it does to your skin in the long run.

I remember when NIVEA came out with the sun protection awareness ads, it was really effective as it shows you the effects it does it the long run (plus, how you would look like).

Not endorsed by NIVEA.

Now you wouldn’t wanna wait till you’re old with wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation to start using sunscreen right? Bit too late don’t you think?

Many have also commented that there’s so many types of sunscreen from UVA to UVB to broad spectrum and what does all that mean? And whether if physical (known as mineral) or chemical sunscreen is better.

What’s the difference between UVA and UVB? 

UVB cause burning on the outer surface of the skin whereas UVA breaks down your skin collagen, and only appears in the long run. Even during the winter days, you may not be exposed to UVB, but you’re still exposed to UVA rays. So put on your sunscreen before going out! You’re never too young for sunscreen – prevention is better than cure I always say.

Physical Sunscreen VS Chemical Sunscreen

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Taken from futurederm.com

Physical sunscreen (known as mineral sunscreen) contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – which reflects the rays away from the skin.

Chemical sunscreen absorb the rays which isn’t a great option for sensitive skin because when the rays are absorb into the sunscreen, it’s on the surface of your skin.

So what would you rather have? bouncing of rays? or leaving them on your skin surface?

Then they are sunscreens that contains both physical and chemical which are popular because they have consistency and protection.

Remember! You’re never ugly, only if you’re lazy! 🙂

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Gel-liner

Today, i would be talking about eyeliner. Not just any eyeliner but gel-liner. Six years ago, i bought my first eyeliner, it wasn’t a pencil or liquid but it was Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink 7.

 

Gel-liners have been around for a while with many brands out there and there are plenty of hits and miss with this. I often get asked which gel-liner would i recommend and I’ll leave that for a different day to talk about.

The other thing I get asked alot is the concern and the problem of gel-liners drying up fast. So here are some tips of how to pro-long your pot of gel-liner.

1. DO NOT USE WATER!!!! (you know who you are. honey, you know you aren’t suppose to do that and I’ve told you before )

2. DO NOT USE OIL!!!. (you also know who you are. Another few girls who told me about this) i don’t care if it is olive oil, argon oil, grape seed oil, camomile oil or vegetable oil. NO.

There are two ways to do it.

Step 1: you’d need a hair dryer. 

– Turn on your hair dryer to max heat and heat up your gel linear. It can stand the heat. If you do it for a few minutes. Your gel linear would last longer. If you do it for a minute or less, your gel linear would last about a week or two depending how the heat was distributed and penetrated. Then all you need to do is se your hair dryer and heat it up again.

(You can also pop it into the microwave if you want to. But i wouldn’t sugggest so)

Step 2: You would need Vaseline. 

– Use a clean brush to scoop a slight pea size of vaseline, then mix it into your gel linear, you don’t have to mix it all, but you can scrap it at the side and only use what you need. Then with the same brush apply eyeliner, then you won’t waste any.

Next, they are different kind of brushes you can use for your gel linear. Some that bought from Maybelline, Kate, Loreal and some of the brands, you would get a free brush along in the packaging. But some doesn’t come with one. So here are some brushes to show you. What kind of brush would give you what kind of outlook. They are many kinds of brushes from blunt tip to sharp tip to fine tip to slat tip and from nylon to fibre to natural hair to synthetic and the list may go on.

An extra information if you want to know more.

Synthetic brushes are normally made up from nylon or takelon.

Natural brushes (non-synthetic) are normally made from hair of goat, pony, squirrel, sable, capra, kolinsky, badger.

– Synthetic hair are easier to clean as the makeup don’t hold on to your brushes and you won’t waste so much makeup.

– Natural brushes are softer but would go out of shape. But it doesn’t mean synthetic hair aren’t soft, they are but they won’t go out of shape for sure.

So the best brush for eyeliner would be a synthetic brush. It is important for you to pick an eyeliner which you feel you can control best. It’s just like painting, some people prefer a bigger paintbrush, some people would prefer a smaller paintbrush with more control.

Here i am showing you. All synthetic brushes except for the third of from the right. (Next to the two flat angle brush)

As you can see i have list out from left to right. number 7 is a natural brush. So you can see why a synthetic brush would give you a better control and in drawing a eyeliner. If you are looking for a much thick look, you could go for what i call a “blunt brush” which is number 1- 4 where most free eyeliner brush you get are these. If you want a much more define look that you would get from a liqiud pen-linear you would have to go for brushes 5 and 6. or 9 using it in the slate vertical way. All the demonstrations are done in one stroke.

Gel linear is pretty tricky, but once you get use to it. a little goes a long way. And the more control you get, the more you can play around. Never be afraid to test around on your palm or hand.

Hope you like it. And please comment below on your thoughts, opinions and any questions and would you be looking forward to see a brush cleaning post or a post on how-to- demonstration on eyeliner and gel-linear.

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ePure Membranous Jelly Masque

Some of you may have already heard of this, some may have not. But today, i would be giving you my review and opinion on this.
The main ingredient in this product is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) “hyiah-lu-ro-nic acid”. And why is HA so important t our skin? It is the ingredient for moisture and giving us that soft bouncy skin. As we age, our skin doesn’t retain and hold as much HA as a baby or when we are younger, so it is important to fill it back and pamper our skin with HA.
HA exist in many products that we see around (just check the ingredient list). So why this some may ask, this is not just any ordinary mask but it penetrates into your skin so it’s not just your outer layer of skin that gets it but deep down inside as well.
Taken from epureskin.com
éPure Membranous Jelly Masque

Developed by the renowned Dr Yulong Moy from USA, is the first-of-its-kind facial mask with ACF (Active Cellular Factor)

Description

Developed by the renowned Dr Yulong Moy from USA, ePure Membranous Jelly Masque is the first-of-its-kind facial mask with ACF (Active Cellular Factor). This unique mask retain 70% more moisture than other sheet mask, it forces the skin pores to fully absorb the nourishing ingredients while drawing out the impurities instantaneously. it also inhibit melanin synthesis, which lightens pigmentation, balances uneven skin tone, leaves your skin brighter and supple with dewy fresh vibrance.

I’ve had a few friends approaching me to buy this in the beginning and I wasn’t quite convinced because I was told it was RM89 per sachet. I was like HELLNO I’m paying so much for that! And let’s just say they didn’t give enough information to convince me or make me believe it. You know it was one of those times when you don’t really buy it and think how can it work?  (p/s. i won’t mention what was told to me)
But then i was on hishop.my browsing through as one of my usual boredom days, i stumbled upon this product and this time i got to read the desciption and really read and find out what it really was. Instantly I wanted to give it a try. But remembering the price my friend gave me, i decided to look further and i found a tub version instead of the sachet. So i bought the tub one, I personally prefer it in a tub as i can control how much i want to apply and store it easily.
Say Hello to Chi Chi as a comparison and a companion to the new commer – ePure Membranous Jelly Masque.

 

 

A clear description on what it does. It is stated that it increases the skin moisture by 30-50%, and restores and balances your skin as well as melanin synthesis and in the end you will have a brighter, supple dewey fresh face.

 

Comes with a seal sticker

 

Finally, Does it deliver what it says?? Read on…

The most common issues that nowadays we would have is blackheads, uneven skintone, dark/dull skintone, freckles and pigmentations, wrinkles, acne, redness, eczema, roseacea, oily skin, dry, skin, combination skin, sensitive skin and the list goes on and on. And APPARENTLY, this product is THE product that saves everyone from all that trouble with just ONE product and instantly?? a little too much to believe right? Then all the other beauty skincare company will hate them go bankrupt or start stealing their secret recipes already.

My skin type: 
– Sensitive skin with rosecea
– Freckles and pigmentation
– Darkcircles and puffy eyes
– Combination oily skin
– Blackheads and pores.

How to use: 
1. Remove makeup and cleanse your face.
2. *Optional step* Apply Toner and Serum for better effects.
3. Use the spatula and evenly apply the mask for about 0.3mm-0.5mm thickness
4. Let the mask do their work for 40minutes
5. Use the spatula to scrape of access mask and rinse off.

So did it work?
As most mask does, after you rinse if off, you immediately see a bright nice shiny dewy face. So, it does work! but the problem with most things are, how long does it last?

For this product, it is advised and stated for maximum long lasting effect and result, For the first month, use three times a week, then after that you cut it down to once a week. So with frequent usage, you’d get a maximum result out of it. (In a way, it’s also a very good advertising scheme right?) BUT, all things don’t last forever, we wash our face everyday, we grow old everyday, our skin produce oil everyday so eventually whatever we put on our surface of the skin would be washed off. So we need to apply them back to give back everything that our skin needs.

One thing that i have noticed with this is that, my skin has been better, it has reduced my rosecea and the sensitivity of my skin. AND my pores are now tighter. So those with bigger pores, this product will definately help you. In terms of my freckles, I really need to use it for a longer run in order to really see if there is really a difference and would it really help.

I personally don’t believe in products that works overnight miraculously.Because scientifically speaking, that would be one hell of a chemical product in order to make it work right? For example, if my freckles were to go away in ONE night, wouldn’t that mean there is alot of bleach or chemical in it to make it dissapear? Then what happens to the other spots that I applied that doesn’t have freckles, would it get whiter? Then i would end up with white patchy spots right? If a product is a overnight miracle, means, it’s a one time usage, not a daily usage. But for this membrane jelly masque, in long term usage, my skin would be able to absorb it and work with it in long run. So we will see if my skin will age quicker and pores will get larger.

Pros:
– It made my skin brighter with a radiance.
– Tighten my pores.
– Clears up my skin and calms
– A tub can go a long way.

Cons:
– Quite expensive.
– A little troublesome to wash off, you’ll need patience and time.
– Not a morning wake up instant quick mask.

Would i Recommend it?
YES. It’s a good investment.