My Mireica® Nutri Peau Journey

I was given a chance to try out a box of Mireica® Nutri Peau (30 sachets x 5g) last month, and I am satisfied with the result. After one month, my skin texture is more refined and smooth.
Left: Before - my face is dull and sagging
Right: After - face is lifted and glowing

Mireica's scientists have included some natural yet beneficial ingredients, such as: Acerola, Blackcurrant, Astaxanthin, Ceramides, Marine Collagen, Ceramides, Plant Stem Cells & many others These natural ingredients ensures that Mireica is multi-dimensional - great for skin AND overall health too! NO artificial coloring is added into Mireica and it’s the natural algae, Astaxanthin, that makes Mireica RED and the very same reason why salmon, shrimps and lobsters are red too.
Ingredients in a nutshell:

Ronasutra™ Mineral Makeup

Officially launched in Malaysia in 2007, the Ronasutra™ brand of cosmetics and beauty products are wholly formulated using the earth’s minerals, rendering them free from harsh chemicals including talc, dyes, perfumes, preservatives and oils. The products are formulated to suit all skin types, especially sensitive and/or problematic skin.
I’ve heard so much rave about Ronasutra™ Mineral Foundation & Powder, and I finally had the chance to try it out last month, thanks to Ashley babe.
I was given a makeover using Ronasutra™ 2-in-1 Mineral Base & Concealer, Ronasutra™ 2-in-1 Mineral Foundation & Powder, Ronasutra™ Eye Colour as well as Ronasutra™ Cheek Color Mineral Blusher during the Ronasutra™ Mineral Eye Colour launch.
It was my first time using loose mineral powder as foundation as well as blusher. They really stay on my face for whole day while giving me a natural finish. I had transformed to a versatile look with Ronasutra™ Mineral Makeup in that evening.

Just like other Ronasutra™ products, Ronasutra™ Mineral Eye Colour is 100% natural and safe to use. Innovation at its best, this product not only enhances, but imparts brilliant and intense shades without over-powering the natural beauty of your eyes.

Be Afraid… Yes, be Very Afraid of Bag of Lice

Are you afraid of the dark? Then face your darkest fear in Bag of Love Lice!
In this fearsome bag, you will find beauty products that will prep you up to be the scariest creature of the night this Halloween! Flawless, pale skin? Checked! Terrific Hair? Checked! Wicked eyes? Checked! An awesome silhouette? Checked! And of course, don’t forget to let your talons glow….
The Bag of Lice contains 3 deluxe size samples;

New! Hada Labo Deep Moisturizing Hand Cream and Whitening Hand Cream

How often do you apply hand cream? I like to pamper my hands with hand cream, but I always feel hesitated to apply them during the day because most of them made my hand greasy after one application.

When I discovered that my favorite skincare brand – Hada Labo has introduces hand creams, I can’t wait to give them a try.
Just like Hada Labo skincare, Hada Labo Hand Cream is formulated with its signature ingredient Super Hyaluronic Acid and essential oil that deeply hydrate, soothe and calm the skin.

The relaxing natural essential oil that is added into the formulation leaves my hand smelling great, and the best part is, I could now apply hand cream whenever I want to without worrying the greasy feel.

Applying Hada Labo hand cream over a period of time will result in the improvement of the skin’s elasticity and moisture level on the skin. It is pH balance and free from alcohol, colorant, fragrance and mineral oil, which makes it perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Deep Moisturizing Hand Cream

Thalassemia 地中海贫血症 - Something We Should know As a Parent in SEA

I’ve always wanted to share this information since long time ago but somehow I’ve dragged until now. If you are Live Lite FM & Melody FM supporter, you should have heard about it too sometimes ago from the advert, a disease called Thalassemia 地中海贫血症.

Thalassemia is caused by variant or missing genes that affect how the body makes hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. People with Thalassemia make less hemoglobin and fewer circulating red blood cells than normal, which results in mild or severe anemia.

There are 3 types of Thalassemia: Alpha, Beta and Delta. Thalassemia is very common in South East Asia including Malaysia. According to a government report, 1 out of 8 Malaysian Chinese is a Thalassemia carrier. If husband and wife are Thalassemia carrier, they could Inherited it to their children. So, I think it’s important to know this when you are married and expecting a child.

We could have a normal baby in 25% chance, and a Thalassemia carrier’s baby with 50% chance, and worst case scenario a Thalassemia Major 25%.

Thalassemia carriers is not a major disease, we would be getting tired easily because of blood disorder. Other than this, we are just as normal as others.

I am here to share my experience as me and hubby is both Alpha Thalassemia carriers. We knew this when we did the DNA test few years back. We both are strongly disagreeing to a HK TVB drama recently, that a couple cancelled their wedding because they are both Thalassemia carriers and CANNOT have a child! It is rather misleading. In fact, we COULD have child, and Not Only One, we can have many many childs.

Though I agree that we could not predict if the fetus is infected by Major Thalassemia before conceive, but we could prevent from suffer by doing Chorionic Villous Sampling(CVS) test.

CVS is usually performed at 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. In Malaysia, CVS is commonly done for women with the risk of having a baby with alpha or beta Thalassaemia major. These are blood disorders, which can severely affect the baby.

Although CVS can detect many of the same congenital problems earlier in the pregnancy, it carries a 1% to 2% risk of miscarriage. Bed rest is a must after CVS, and I usually bed rest for a week to make sure I’m fully recover.

I’ve done my CVS tests at Fetal Medicine and Gynaecology Centre (FMGC) by Doctor Patrick Chia. FMCG used to situated at Taman Tun but they have shifted to Jaya One few years back.

There are two ways to perform CVS: through the abdomen, trans-abdominal CVS or through the cervix (neck of the womb). Dr Patrick normally did it through my abdomen. It was a bit pain but don’t worry, just relax and the procedure will be done in less than 30 minutes. If you are curious on how to do it, ask for my video documentation from Doctor Patrick, he has recorded my procedure using his iPhone last year but I forgot to get a soft copy from him hence couldn’t share with you here.

We paid RM 1850 for CVS tests since year 2008 till last year, and if you want to do a further down syndrome test and confirmation on the sex of fetus, it would cost RM 500 extra. Report normally is out in a week time, and Doctor Patrick will call to tell you the result.

If you want to pay a visit to FMGC, do make an appointment in advance because FMCG is always crowded with patients.

FMGC website

If the result is showing that the fetus is unfortunately a Major Thalassaemia, then it’s time the parents to make a decision. In many cases, the doctor would not advice patient to raise the baby to prevent suffering. As an adult, I think we should accept the fact and make a wise decision. I have relatives who have not do the CVS test and their babies died on birth. This is rather sad to me. It’s a painful path in our life but that’s what makes us a better parent to our precious children.

I hope this article would help you, who are a Thalassaemia carrier like us. Don’t give up and you will get what is gifted to you at last!

Plump Up Your Skin With Melvita Extraordinary Water Using Melvita Patting Sponge

A 3 minutes plus vlog further from my previous Melvita post, showing you how do I apply Melvita Extraordinary Water with Melvita Patting Sponge on my skin. Patting the toner or Essence onto facial skin does help the it absorbed better. Gently pat it all over facial skin and neck for 3 to 5 minutes and your face will become subtle and moisturised.

Kiss Me Party at Sunway Lagoon

Carmen and I woke up extremely early on a Saturday morning last month to the Kiss Me Party at Sunway Lagoon.
Sunway Lagoon was full house that day, People Mountain People Sea as many other companies were having family day events there too.
We had some eye makeup done before taking the challenge set by the Lagoon’s event team.
4 of us were in the “Octopus” group – Me, Carmen, Ashley and Wendy. Cute Ashley created our team name “Octopus” and the shout “Pus Pus Pus, we are Pctopus” lol
We run around Sunway Lagoon with sweat and laugh. Too bad Ashley got to leave for her bus to Penang before the event ended.
The team has managed to complete 7 games out of 8 games, and we were the third team to check in the finish point. Just while we thought we would be the top 3, and suddenly we were informed that we only got the Consolation prize, we were confused. At last, we found out that one of the coupons was folded in the letter and hide inside the envelope, and hence we only passed back 6 coupons and not all the 7 of them. We became consolation prize winners for this careless mistake, morale of the story: Don’t panic and always double and triple check for every work you have done.

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil is My HG Hair Care

This post is about my Holy Grail hair product of the year 2013 - the L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil.
I believe those who have tried this would love it like I do. I have soft, shiny, bouncy and manageable hair by using this range, moreover it has saved my fragile and damaged hair.
L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil features in-salon and at-home products, it is designed to balance the natural oil levels in the hair, resulting in cleansed roots and lustrous, moisturized ends. The Mythic Oil experience nourishes your hair, while indulging you in the ultimate oil ritual.
The Mythic Oil range comes in four products includes:
Shampoo 250ml RM 48
Conditioner 190ml RM 48
Nourishing Masque 200ml RM 65
Mythic Oil 125ml RM 75

Caudalie Workshop at Kens Apothecary Bangsar Village 2

Caudalie, a brand that contains 3 exclusive patents – Polyphenols from grape-seeds for anti-oxidant; viniferine from grapevine sap for anti-dark spot; as well as Resveratrol-Oleyl from grapevine stalks for anti-aging.
I’m not going to tell you the history of Caudalie as I’ve already blogged about previously during their Vinosource  and Vinoperfect launch post here.
Kens Apothecary had carried Caudalie not long ago, and The Lilac bloggers were invited for a mini workshop at Kens Apothecary Bangsar Village 2 not long ago.
The highlight of the workshop was eye care because eye is so important, and it’s the windows to our soul. If you think your eye does not need rest to function, you are absolutely correct. The eye is the only part of the human body that can function 100% ability at any moment, day or night without rest. Of all the muscles in our body, the eye muscle are the most active. The average person blinks 12x a minute and up to 10,000x blinks a day! Because the skin aound the eye area is 10x thinner compared to the skin on the face, fine lines and wrinkles appear much faster! That’s why we need to use eye care to prevent puffy eyes, dark circles, fine lines & wrinkles, and the scary droppy eye lids.
Caudalie has introduced 3 eye care star products targeting different purposes;

theSkintopic Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Chairman & Founder of Linden Leaves, Ms Brigit Blair

New Zealand beauty and lifestyle distributor theSkintopic celebrated its first anniversary at their Pavilion Kuala Lumpur kiosk on my Birthday, 26th Sep 2013. I had the opportunity to attend the event with members of the press, loyal customers, business partners and other bloggers.
The most exciting part for me was to meet the special guest for the afternoon - Chairman and Founder of Linden Leaves, Ms Brigit Blair who came all the way from Christchurch, New Zealand. She had presented a live demonstration creating the best-selling Aromatherapy Synergy Body Oil in front of us.
Following her presentation, guests had the opportunity to assemble the body oils themselves by manually filling the bottles with the freeze dried ingredient such as lavender and rose followed by the respective body oils.
The activity proved to be a hit with guests (including me) as they happily posed with their ‘masterpieces’ which they all got to bring home.
The afternoon ended with a lucky draw where three guests took home a Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy hamper each worth RM414, jealous max to the lucky ones!

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