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Tips and Tricks on Buying Parfum and Top 3 Woman Perfumes

April 25, 2016
Hi lovelies, weekend is over and here comes Monday. Let's have a light chat to steer away our Monday blues! Are you a perfume person? What kind of smell do most of the girls and guys like? We don't want to chase away people around us by our smell, ain't we? Also, where do you usually buy your fragrances to ensure the originality?

I have quite a collection of perfume myself, but i feel like i always reach for the same fews every time. And i guess i just prefer fresh scents much more than others.

Here's some TIPS and TRICKS i discovered to help me making a better decision buying perfumes:

1. Go to Sephora or some stores that sells wide-variety of perfumes
Doing so, you can try out as many perfumes from different brands and compare them.

2. Always spray on the paper and a lil on your own skin

   Weirdly enough, the fact is some fragrances smell different on the paper than on people's skin. So
   we want to make sure we love it before we spend our money. Perfume nowadays are NOT CHEAP!

3. DO NOT rush to buy one after smelling it once!

   Girls are like 'OMG, i love this, i want it and i need it!' but then after you take it home 'it's just
   alright, i don't know why i bought it last time, i didn't really love it!'
   Believe me girls, I have been there so many times, especially when there is perfume sales. I would
   go crazy like i need 10 litres of perfumes. I cringe! But now i finally learned my lesson.


 Advice is: Try the perfumes at least on several visits to Sephora before really deciding whether you
 love the scent! and by doing so, you can also test out the longevity. Win-win!

4. Buy Perfumes at DUTY FREE

   If you are travelling, DUTY FREE is a great place to buy perfumes, because it is normally slightly    
   cheaper due to no-tax charges. They also have all the perfumes you can find on the market!

My Top 3 Hand-Picked Perfumes:

1.  Miracle by Lancôme

This is a classic perfume, first launched in 2000. This is exactly the 'fresh' scent that i like, it's not too sweet, yet smells so elegant, feminine but not overwhelming. I would definitely wear this to casual and formal occasions, even to a date. 

The idea behind this perfume is to represent joyful, empowering and inspiring woman. The sensuality comes from freesia, balanced with the warm amber and musk. 

Top Notes: Lychee Fruit, Freesia
Heart Notes: Magnolia, Ginger and Pepper
Base Notes: Amber, Jasmine, Musk

2. Chloé Eau de Parfum

This parfum is one of the bestsellers in Sephora and duty-free. I quite get it why so many girls love it. The scent is quite special; light, airy, seductive, elegant, and daring at the same time. It also smells a lil powdery resembles roses.

There are times when i encounter girls who wear this and i immediately could recognise its scent. Because there's no exact duplicate of this. And i love its simple packaging with a bow which symbolises innocence, elegance and chicness. 


Top: Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee
Middle: Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose
Base: Cedarwood, Amber, Honey.

3. Omnia Amethyste by Blvgari

This is the lightest perfume compared to the two before. It smells so innocent and fresh like baby powder to me, so comfortable and fresh. I will use this perfume when i want to smell light, clean and effortless. It is just that direct and non-pretentious scent that i love.

Inspired by the amethyst gemstone, this perfume captures the floral of iris and bulgarian rose caressed with morning dew.

Top Notes: Green Sap and Pink Grapefruit 
Heart Notes: Iris Flower and Bulgarian Rosebud 
Base Notes: Heliotrope and Solar Wood

Happy week ahead, guys!

Top 5 Facial Masks for Sensitive Acne Prone Skin

April 22, 2016
Recently the weather here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is fricking hot especially yesterday. When i said fricking, the temperature shows around 37-38 C with the heat index of 41C. I prefer to stay inside with my beloved air con on for 24/7. Oh Poor air-con! The weather is not helping my not-behaving sensitive skin. My skin just decided to throw its tantrum on me exactly at this time. Having some break out on forehead and cheeks, yet at the same time, my skin is all dry, flaky and showing some redness all over. NOT COOL! :(

If you are girls, you would know and understand how much skin means to you. I assume most of you wouldn't mind to spend your hard-earned $$ and extra time to take care of your skin to have glowing and flawless complexion. And i would say that is achievable. I always manage to return my skin's condition despite how bad it was. I had major break outs so many times since teenager and i have tried tons and tons of products to pick the right ones to help my shitty skin get better and EVENTUALLY to look good again!

One of my FAV skincare routine is MASKS. YES! I am a maskholic, mask-freak, Mask-queen, you call it. I never pass a day without doing mask. I am just obsessed with it. I feel good while doing it. And i crave to feel good. After a long day, i would take shower, put some masks on while watching some movies or reading books and enjoy my evening. I am quite certain i would never stop my mask explorer journey. And I've tried hundreds of masks from western to asian brands, you name it.. and i think it's essential in our skin care steps. 

I have 5 in my list that are the most effective, my major saver, in my skincare routine:

1. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatment Masque

Contains ingredients such as 10% of sulphur, bentonite clays and kaolin to help reduce and prevent acne, exfoliate dead skin, unclogged pores, and absorb excess oil. Also contains aloe extract to soothe redness. This mask smells quite strong, like hot spring. Some people might be irritated by the smell, but i don't mind. 

Normally i would use this mask on my whole face once a week max. But my favourite way to use it is to dot it on the problematic area, leave it for 15-20 mins and rinse with warm water. It can be used for chest and back acnes also. 

The effectiveness of this mask is pretty obvious. My skin becomes less oily and shiny, less clogged pores. Caution: Try on small patches of skin first if your skin is sensitive, and don't use it on continuous day, might cause skin to be a little red. 

Available in Sephora

2. Annie's Way Charcoal Black Jelly Mask

Mask from Taiwan with Jelly-like texture mask to control oil, cleanse pores, and has brightening effect. Contains charcoal, liquorice and hyaluronic acid. 

This mask is quite unique in a way. You apply it on your face with spatula with 0.5 cm thickness. Then, scrape it off with spatula after 20 minutes when the mask is half dried. Don't wait until it's fully dried. you couldn't scrape it after that. 

When i scrape it, i would see some blackheads and whiteheads coming off with the mask. I quite like the feeling of this mask. It's refreshing, cooling and definitely brightening. 

Available in SASA

3. Skin Peptoxyl Instant Soothing Bio-Cellulose Mask 

This mask is my favourite mask for the sheet mask category. It's super effective to soothe sensitive skin, moisturising yet not greasy, firming my skin. 

It's not the usual sheet mask that made from paper or cotton.It is like a true skin-like mask made of LIPOSOME to penetrate deeply to dermal layer. 

Although the price is a bit on the upper side, but i think it's totally worth it. You can feel the difference compared to normal sheet masks. I always save it for special occasion. You can get it in SASA. 

Key ingredients of this mask are:
Copper Acetate - stimulate growth of collagen and elastin
Beta-Glucan - Soothe sensitive skin and lower irritation
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate - cell renewal, prevent allergy, and brighten
Aloe - moisturizing, and soothe. 

Available in SASA

4. Tsururi Ghassoul Mineral Clay Pack 

LET me TELL YOU! This is a great dope of Glamglow Clarifying Mask with the black jar. It dries out the same way as Glamglow and also has that granule to exfoliate our dead skin. But the price is only 1/6. I bought if for SGD 15. GET IT! 

This mask is one of my fav because it's super budget friendly yet effective, smells amazing like lavender. It's from Japan. If you go to Japan please get one of this!

Contains Morocco clay to clean pores, sugar to exfoliate and honey to moisturise. The sugar granules is super gentle and does not cause irritation. It also has slightly firming effect after usage. It's just amazing for that kind of price. 

Available in Guardian.

5. Origins Drink-Up Intensive

This is the mask i always reach for if my skin is flaky, dry, peeled, and red. It soothes, super moisturising, and calms down my skin instantly. 

It is actually claimed as an overnight mask to quench skin's thirst. But my skin would be too oily and greasy the next morning if i just leave it. So the way i'd do it is i put quite a thick layer on my skin, leave it for 1,5-2 hours depending how bad my skin is and i rinse it off with warm water. My skin would be less red, less dry and supple. 

What are the ingredients?
Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils - deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves 
Japanese Seaweed - repair skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging

Available in Origins

Thanks for reading and wish it helps!