Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Jun Ji-hyun’s “Cheon Song Yi” Lipstick Alternatives

So, my mum told me about this alien Korean drama which caused an increase in MC rate in China & Korea (unverified info) because people just want to stay home and watch the show.  

Out of curiosity, I decided to check it out even though I'm not a fan of Korean drama. 
And then, I caught the fever of My Love from Another Star / You Who Came from the Stars too. 


I love Jun Ji-hyun / Gianna Jun's style in the show. And how her lips are always so kissable and "coated" with luscious lip colours! Then I was told Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick #52 Rosy Coral was sold out worldwide. And same goes for other lip colour she has used in the show. Madness!

I'm not a frequent lippy user but I do want to experience some colours on my lips. But since I have switched to organic products, YSL wouldn't be the brand I would go for.

So my alternatives is ILIA Beauty! Their range of lippy colours are pretty extensive!

IOPE Color Fit Lipstick #44 Forever Pink vs ILIA Beauty Neon Angel
IOPE Color Fit Lipstick #18 Classic Red vs ILIA Beauty Bang Bang

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick #52 Rosy Coral

LANEIGE Serum Intense Lipstick YR25 Neon Orange
ILIA Beauty Dizzy

Monday, 31 March 2014

Restoran Todak 旗鱼海番村 (Malaysia)

Restoran Todak 旗鱼海番村  
1, Kg.orang Asli, Telok Jawa, 
Masai, 81750, Johor Bahru, Johor

This has quickly become one of my favorite places for cheap and affordable seafood.
From the Woodlands Checkpoint, it takes about 30 min from the customs. It's pretty straightforward and easy to get to.

One of my biggest concern is safety, since JB has a bad reputation for that. However, I do feel safe here as there are loads of Singapore cars and it's a very crowded restaurant even though the area is a little secluded. 

The view is pretty nice during sunset. Just across the restaurant is Sembawang, Singapore.
We had Kungbao Crayfish, Black Pepper Crab, Steam Fish Hongkong Style, Signature Tofu and Indonesia Prawn. We had plenty of rice, loads of coconut water and fish otak.

It cost about SGD $120 for 5 pax and I don't think we can get such prices here in Singapore for the seafood we had. The place gets really crowded after 6:30 pm so try to get there early.

We left Singapore at around 4 pm and reached the place at 5:30 pm with minor traffic jam at the Checkpoint. We are done at around 7 pm and got back to Singapore at around 7.45 pm. 

My parents loved it and I can't wait to go back there again :D

Thursday, 27 March 2014

MVO Acne Relief Travel Kit - Is it Worth USD $75?

This set won the "most times added to shopping cart but not purchased" award from me because every time I added it to cart, I'll quickly hit the 'X' on the window and praise myself for not making the purchase and saved my wallet USD $75. Good job, Mei.

Then one day my self-control wavers and I bought it along with another travel kit. I must have gone crazy. 4 teeny weeny bottles for close to $100?! Well, after using it for a while now, I can't say it's a miracle product but definitely something I would re-purchase if I have extra cash.

MVO Acne Relief Travel Kit - designed to naturally and effectively treat adult acne and blemish-prone skin.

CLEANSE to remove daily build up of dirt and oil without stripping the skin. 
MVO Treatment Cleanser 30ml  

REPLENISH the lipid barrier to maintain skin's natural radiance. 
MVO Treatment Oil 7.5ml  

PROTECT DAY from UV exposure to reduce cancer risk and prevent aging. 
MVO Everyday Coverage, SPF 30 15ml   

REPAIR cellular damage, at night, to restore youthful texture. 
MVO Treatment Serum 7.5ml    

My favorite products from this range are the MVO Everyday Coverage & MVO Treatment Oil.  This sunscreen is the only one so far that didn't cause any reactions on my skin. I've very sensitive skin and gets breakout from sunscreen like forever. Hence I haven't been using sunscreen for many, many years. 

MVO Everyday Coverage is very matte on skin & doesn't make me look like a oil slick at the end of the day. I'm surprised at how well this product evens out my skin tone. I use it as a primer before my daily makeup. It doesn't give me pimples, thank goodness!    

Key Ingredients 
Non-nano zinc oxidez: Non-nano zinc oxide protects against the full UV spectrum, UVA as well as UVB. It works by reflecting UV rays rather than absorbing them. And it’s highly stable, unlike most chemical sunscreens, which can generate free radicals that cause skin damage.  Red raspberry seed oil: With its natural sun protective properties, red raspberry seed oil helps to prevent sun damage. It was the subject of a study published in 2000 that showed that it could help prevent rash, eczema, and other skin lesions, and had superior anti-inflammatory properties. Raspberry seed oil also showed the potential to act as a broad-spectrum UV-shield due to its high anthocyanin content. Finally, research is suggesting that the antioxidants in raspberries are effective in slowing the effects of aging, both inside and out.  Green tea/white tea infusion: This duo imparts extra sun protection and anti-aging benefits, thanks to high levels of antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins. (Credit: MVO official site)

MVO Treatment Oil actually helps to calm my skin a lot and prevent pimples. When it's near to the time of the month, I would use this at night and it has managed to keep my acne under control! Though it doesn't smell that nice, it is very light on skin and easily absorb. It controls face oiliness really well when I use it in the day. When combined with MVO Treatment Serum, I don't need blot my face at all the whole day!   However, the serum makes my face itch upon application but once I pat on the Treatment Oil, the itch goes away. Not sure why but most likely mild allergy to one of the ingredients. 

When my self-control wavers again, I'll get the full-sized products.
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