2017 Planner Setup

Hi. Long time no see.

For the year 2017, I’ll be using the same planner I use this year which is the gorgeous Kate Spade Wellesley in black.

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The only thing that is going to be different is the inserts, of course.

It’s hard to find good personal size planner inserts where I live. I tried Typo, Harris and other major bookstores in Johor Bahru but to no avail. So I decided to go online and I found this website called Paperdorable.com.

Thank god they carry personal size inserts! I’m so glad that I made the purchase and when it came in the mail a few day ago, the quality is good! Better than the Kate Spade ones that I’ve been using.

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I believe this is the Dream Planner inserts from Paperdorable.com

The inserts do come with beautiful dividers but they’re just too colorful to my liking so I decided to make my own. I went ahead and used the pages from New York at Night, a photobook that’s been sitting on my nightstand for so long, collecting dust. It turned out great after I laminated them!

The dividers that I’m going to be utilized next years are HOME, MONTHLY, WEEKLY, EXPENSES and an unlabeled one to house random stuff.

I also made my own dashboard from the same book and a couple other inserts like my Bucket List insert, When I Did Last, Month at a Glance, cash envelopes as well as my Cash Flow Inserts. They are all in black and white. I am going for the minimalistic and simple planning routine next year so there won’t be any crazy colored spread.

I also made the page marker from a pvc sheet that I am so proud of because it is so cute.

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Page marker.

Other than that, all the inserts are from Paperdorable.

 

And if you want to, you can watch this video where there are more pictures of the planner.

Mental Breakdown In A Cave?

Hi!

The video of day 2 and 3 from the Perak trip I went to last month is already up on YouTube.

Me, my friends and my kids went to Gua Tempurung (cave), where I had a major mental breakdown LOL, and Kellie’s Castle as well as to Menara Condong.

It was indeed a very fun trip.

Fun In The Sun

My vlog has finally gone live!

It’s a 10 minute video of my trip to Perak the past weekend. Me, my friends and my kids went to Perak for 3 days (23-25 Sept) and this vlog is for day 1 only. We spent one whole day at Gunung Lang and Lost World of Tambun and Kinta City, Ipoh’s version of i-City, (which I did not vlog because honestly there wasn’t anything much to see there). However, I did see a lot like A LOT of people playing Pokemon Go! and of course, I banded together. I had to, guys. Gotta catch ’em all.

I had troubles editing the footage because first the quality was bad, guys! I was legit shaking the camera like hell. I think I should go see a doctor or something.

Secondly because there’s too much going on. I don’t wanna show what’s not needed to be shown (aka my fat ass belly, lmao) and scare people. So the edit out process was pretty difficult and at the end of the day, it didn’t bother me anymore.

So here’s the video. Enjoy!

VLOG | Perak Getaway | 23 09 2016

Derma Health’s Skin Lab Concentrated Vitamin E Cream

Hi!

I am back with another product review. This time, it’s the Derma Health’s Skin Lab Concentrated Vitamin E cream, an Australian brand.

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Honestly this was a sudden purchase as I toured the aisle at Caring Pharmacy. I was sold at “Concentrated Vitamin E”. For the 200ml tube, it contains 10,000 iu of vitamin E means that the dosage of vitamin E is pretty high, which is good. Legit.

I’m avid user of concentrated vitamin creams. Prior to this cream, I’ve been loving the Simplysiti Hidra Vita treatment creams.

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Eventhough the amount of vitamins are not provided, they are sooooo so good. I can skip the other products, but not these. I use the Vitamin C one in the afternoon and the Vitamin E one in the evening. Sometimes I use the M (multivitamin) one, it depends on whatever it is that I wanna use that time. But these ones are pretty tacky so it’s not comfortable at all. So I only use them in the afternoon or in the evening, never in the morning before makeup.

However this Derma Health’s Skin Lab Concentrated Vitamin E cream is totally a game changer. It’s not oily at all. It has the consistency of a lotion, like our typical body lotion. It’s no surprise because I found it sitting on the body lotion shelf at Guardian. In fact, this product is made not specifically for face. It’s for skin in general.

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The packaging says that it is formulated to help reduce scar visibility, diminish stretch marks, prevent dry, cracked and damaged skin, lighten acne and other blemishes, reduce the sunburn effect as well as reduce the reoccurrence of new wrinkles.

So I believe it’s a multipurpose cream and totally safe to be used on the face too, according to the packaging. You can definitely use it as a moisturizer right before makeup but I don’t because for that purpose I have a specific moisturizer that I swear by. So I only use this cream whenever I don’t wear makeup.

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The first time I applied this cream I was already awed at how fast it absorbed into the skin, like almost instantly. It leaves nothing on the skin. No oil residue, no film residue, nothing like that at all. So I love to reapply it 2 to 3 times each time.

I notice that it does reduce scar visibility. I had one small scar at the corner of my nose from scratching and it was gone in just like a week, I’m not kidding you. As for stretch marks, I haven’t tried it on mine so I don’t know if it works or if it’s not. Maybe I should try.

Because I’m so obsessed with the cream, I went ahead and bought another pack of 2 and a miniature one for travelling.

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This pack has a 100ml tube and a 200ml tube.  

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I wanna give one of these to my mom because she has cracked heels. Hopefully this cream will help her combat xerosis as well.

Oh, the price? It’s not expensive at all. For a single 100ml tube, it retails for ±RM24 and for the value pack (100ml+200ml), I bought it for ±RM44 at Caring Pharmacy. I know the box says RM51.90. Don’t trust the box, trust me. And the travel size, I picked it up for RM5.90 at Guardian.

I think that’s it for the review. I’ll see you in the next one.

Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam

Hi.

So this is another review on a facial cleanser, which is the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam from The Face Shop.

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Honestly I have nothing much to say about this cleanser. Other that the amazing scent that it has, I find to be so-so. Compare to the Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam, this one doesn’t have beads in it so it won’t exfoliate my skin, which is not necessarily bad. I mean because I can use it after my ultimate favorite scrub, the St. Ives apricot scrub. So it’s good. It doesn’t break me out either and I use this everyday in the afternoon after work (my work ends at 1 p.m.).

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The packaging says that this cleanser cleanses away makeup but I don’t think I should rely on the cleanser alone. So what I do is I remove my makeup with baby wipes, proceed with makeup cleansing oil, scrub and then this cleanser. I love the smell of this cleanser. I think it smells sort of like floral talcum, mild yet calming.

This cleanser is for all skin types and it contains natural cleansing agents including rice extract and soapwort extract. It leaves skin looking clear and bright. Since I’m pretty tan myself, I don’t see a permanent difference in the brightness of my skin but it does look a little brighter right after cleansing (or am I delusional? lol).  I guess it takes time for the brightening property to take effect on my skin. Don’t confuse brightening with whitening though. This cleanser is not for whitening or bleaching or anything like that. I just hope that this cleanser helps me lighten my hyperpigmentation and even out my skin tone.

On the website, it retails for RM33.90 (150 ml), slightly cheaper than the Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam. So give this a try if you’re in the market for a moisturizing and brightening yet mild cleanser that doesn’t hurt your wallet.

Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam

So today I decided to do a simple review on the two cleansers that I bought last month. Since it has already been a month since I started using them, I believe I’ve got the ‘license’ to leave commentaries that’s if I like them, if I don’t and what’s good have they done to my skin.

First is the Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam from The Face Shop.

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I’ve been meaning to try this one since I started using the emulsion from the same line. I am obsessed with the emulsion so I figured the cleanser would be good too and I was right. It is not like the best cleanser but it’s good. At least it doesn’t break me out. Not WOW! but just wow, y’know what I mean, right?

I use this cleanser every morning (with bare hands) and I notice that my skin is less oily for the next 6 hours.

From the packaging, it claims to remove impurities trapped in pores, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. It does leave my skin feeling fresh and clean. It smells so good too, very mild and refreshing and it wakes me up so I like that about it.

The website says that this cleanser contains soluble scrub to exfoliate and care for pores at the same time. I barely see any beads but it does feel a little rough (but not sharp or harsh or anything like that) to the touch. So I guess that’s the exfoliator.

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I use a little less than this but it still  foams very richly since it has abundant amount of saponin* in it. So a little definitely goes a long way.

* Saponins are glycosides with a distinctive foaming characteristic. They are found in many plants. Thanks, Google.

For 150ml tube, it retails for about RM38.90. You can purchase it from the website. http://www.thefaceshop.my/shopping/Products/Chia_Seed_Fresh_Cleansing_Foam/

But I picked it up during my birthday month so I got 30% off. I took the advantage of the discount and picked up another cleanser which is the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam. I think I’ll do a separate post on this one since this post is already pretty lengthy. So, see you there!