March Discovery - Nourishing Skin Cream

Hello My Loves,

How has 2018 been treating you? For me everyday is a new day and a new discovery (at times I do brood about the past & eat not that hearty meals - I am only human). My life’s discoveries covers both good and bad episodes of mankind and of course beauty products.

When my I was hanging out with my crazy soulmates, I was introduced to this brilliant Skin Cream from Himalay Herbals. I had to borrow some face moisturiser, me being me....having the habit of kepoing (let’s call this being inquisitive) had to ask my friend what she had in her travel makeup bag. Knowing me, she shared and I was in love with this cream.



For those of you who don’t know this brand or the product range they carry, here is a brief introduction for you. Himalaya Herbal is a 100% herbal pharmaceutical company that produces personal care, baby care and health care products. Their toothpaste has always been my household staple. 

Over the years they have produced a variety of products that can be used by all age groups. I do have product regrets from this brand but they are once again different to each person. Some products that work on me may not work on you. So, this is just my sharing and inputs.

If you are someone who has dry skin like me, I think this product will well suit you. I have damaged my skin by not moisturising everyday....you can say I am lazy...but that is the bitter truth....lol. I have experienced changes in my skin after using this product. 



I have 2 jars, one for the face and the other for the body. The product come is a 150 ml jar. That is a lof of product for one person.  In the label is say it is suitable for all skin types.  So that clears our the question of applying this  on sensitive skin.

2 main ingredients / contents of this cream are Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry.  I used to be very sensitive to Aloe...I know this may sound ridiculous to some of you, but that is the sad truth. Fortunately for me, this preparation seem to have no issues on me.  I did not breakout or have any form of tingling or burning sensation post application.




The cream is very rich and heavy in formula, but it will vanish into you skin upon application. You want to go light handed with this cream if you are someone who has oily skin. You can always add of as you go if you feel you need more moisturizing. 




Once applied smoothly the cream will vanish into your skin.


Aloe Vera has soothing properties and is well suited for sensitive skin. Winter Cherry  keeps your skin hydrated.


How I use this cream:

Day Time:

- As moisturizer and face primer 
- As tinted moisturizer ( just by adding a little foundation with it )

Night Time:

- As Night Cream for face, neck and body



Changes to skin so far ( 2 weeks of usage )

- Skin feels hydrated 
- No dry patches on forehead 
- Make up last a little longer 
- Skin feels a little brighter 
- Skin feels supple
- 0% percent irritant  - NO BREAKOUTS EVEN WITH MINIMAL GREASING 

Rating :  4/5  cause it tends to grease a little after 6 hours of use under makeup.

If you are looking for a good moisturizer for your skin and willing to try something a little more natural and chemical free...this would be a good buy. So stay gorgeous, big and beautiful people.

P/S : Thank you Dana @ Danica for sharing and introducing this beauty to me. Muah XOXO. 










Dear Zindagi ( Life ) I Love You



Have you ever woken up in a day of your life and asked yourself, do you want to be the HERO of your own life? Honestly I would be happy if your answer is a YES. Mine was a huge YES this morning. 

I told myself, I had enough of living a fake life, putting on a fake smile and I was even told that I am so good in giving excuses and have ready-made answers for everything.


At times, you have to ask yourself the most toughest question? If you are lucky you will get a truthful answer from the bottom of your heart. When you get that answer, trust me you will want to do things for yourself and yourself only. It wasn't the world, people around me or the spouse that had me pinned to the ground. It was me the whole time. 


I am where I am today because of me and my actions entirely. I blame no one but myself for this. My very good friend's mother told me....you have made you fair share of mistakes too my sweet girl. No one is perfect, now build yourself and and don't make the same mistakes of the past. I only then knew I wasn't perfect. I am still not perfect. I am just my mummy's little girl and a human.


I want to share with you guys the few episodes of my life, but I am moving on and I really don't want to be ranting negative things and end up sounding so whinny. Let's skip that and let me tell you some changes one should cultivate to enjoy "zindagi" which means life.


This is going to be a long long post, grab something to sip/munch on folks. I just want to talk, in words so you can hear in writing. 


When you think life is not treating you kind, tell yourself be kind to yourself. No one else have the time to do it for you. If you don't no one will. You have to place yourself in a position that will enable you to be treated the way you want to be treated. Forget all the past wrong doings, cause if you don't you can't move on. Take my words....I had to do a lot of thinking and repairing on my own. 


The first thing I did was to pick up a book to read, I wanted to escape from the stressful events of life and just hide behind pages and not let anything escape in the form tears. I was wrong, I needed to cry and let off the hurt and fix the broken me. I tried looking for friends to talk and share my sorrows, most of them did hear me out, some shut completely and some even said I really don't care. 


This broke me further, thinking I had no one to turn to. Then I realized how stupid I could be. I had a friend in me the whole time. I had me. I have a life to live and everyday I was wasting another day of my life complaining and complaining and complaining. At times you have to stand of for yourself by yourself from yourself. I was fighting my own battle and being the pain in the butt to myself. 





I picked up this book from a book store at Senai Airport, Johor during my very short holiday. Wish I stayed longer and enjoyed Johor a little more on my own. I love reading and reading motivational books always lifts my spirit. Owh yeah, the bookmark was also something that I got from Johor. 


I am very sure that many of you have read this book and may have benefited from the teachings. It is of similar concept to Michael Losier book Law of Attraction. I like that this book is a little more structured and has a 28 days plan for you to deliberately follow and to receive positive changes in your life. The one thing that I think everyone should be doing on a daily basis is to express gratitude.

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Gratitude about everything good in life that you have received. The day one exercise is called count your blessings. I have not been really doing the 28 days plan, but I have read the book and am just picking and choosing the practices that I really want to work on. This could be your type of learning as well, but it is recommended to follow the plan and reap more benefits. 

Here are some serious journaling accessories that I got from Mr.DIY


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So with that said, I am now doing day one, I will give you the summary so that you can try doing it too.

MAGIC PRACTICE #1

1. First thing in the morning , make a list of ten blessings in your life that you are grateful for.


2. Write why you're grateful for each blessings.


3. Go back and read your list. At the the end of every blessing say the magic work - thank you, thank you, thank you and feel it in your hebe-jibees


4. You have to do this for 27 day then on .... no excuses


Get the book people....it has templates :) 



With the positive vibe you will look at life and yourself in a different way and you will tell life I love  you and life will love you back and that is MAGIC people. So here is to Zindagi and Zindagi I LOVE YOU.

Have an amazing week ahead and I am so grateful to be back. Let's love us unconditionally from this second on. Till we meet again in my next post. 







Back to Basic Face Series: Mary Kay Foundation Primer

Back with my part 2 of the Face Series, I want to dedicate these series of blog posts to each product...like sharing with you guys reviews of  one product at a time. So as the title of this post suggest I am going to share with you some details of the Mary Kay Foundation Primer.

I have featured this product on my Instagram -  Top 5 Skincare Products.. It was a collab with another beauty blogger Illiya https://www.instagram.com/illiyaridzuan/ . Pay her a visit and checkout her Top 5 Skincare Products.


From Left: Mary Kay Botanical Effects Cleansing Gel, Foundation Primer, Timewise Moisture Renewing Softener , Botanical Effects Moisturizing Gel and Timewise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask

I always wear a face primer prior to applying my foundation....why? Is not that I am vain it just help my makeup last so much longer and adhear better on my skin.I have not really tried out tonnes of face primers. To date I have only tried 3....one of them is not really a face primer. It was a Post Shave Balm by Nivea....which I need to reuse it before it expires....lol.


Check the link below for  review on the Nivea Men - Replenishing Post Shave Balm. 




Product Description:

Mary Kay® Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15† is a must-have product if you want the most flawless look possible. The formula contains ingredients which scatter light, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines and skin imperfections. This effect is known as a“soft focus effect,” and is used by professional makeup artists to create the look of perfect skin. The primer acts as an invisible “buffer” that not only  fills in imperfections but also acts like a “magnet” to give your foundation real staying power. 

This formula is so unique it has a patent pending. This amazing product provides a perfectly flawless finish while helping to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it’s oil-free and contains an ingredient that absorbs excess oil as an added bonus.

What I like about it?

Mary Kay Foundation Primer contains SPF 15 in it. So you get some level of protection against UV rays. It come in a really travel friendly tube and has a pointy tip dispenser.




I like the light weight gel formula that does not leave my skin greasy and diffuses light for smoother looking skin (mattifies). It fills pores and fine lines making the face a much smoother canvas for foundation application.

Unlike other primers, this product does not crumble as it contain silica. Silica is a mineral that absorbs oil and acts as an optical diffuser  that help skin look smoother. Suitable for sensitive skin, oil free and fragrance free.  

I really don't any negative thing to say about this product and it is almost going to finish.....that shows the love that I have given to this product. If you are interested in knowing more about this product, just drop me a message.


In my next post I will be sharing with you beauty junkies details about my foundation routine. Do check out my Instagram for another Glam Squad Beauty Collab Entry which is happening some time this week - This time we will be sharing with you our fav concealers, contouring and setting products. Thank you for dropping by and stay fabulous.





Back to Basic Face Series : Pt 1 - Primers & Foundations

The glam squad collaboration series are back. This round we will be doing a back to basic kind of series. We are going to be focusing all about the face in this collab. 


Part one of our Face Series is all about setting the base right and by base I mean prepping and priming the face and getting the right foundation for the right event or should I say the right coverage.... The squad will have 5 different product reviews for each category to share with you. These products consist of affordable to high-end brands. Hope the reviews will help you guys have a better understanding of the products and and how it works on different skin types.

When it comes to identifying the right product for the right skin type, what we read over the internet may or may not be as what they describe it to be. Over the years, I have always thought that my skin type is normal to dry. This is because I don't really oil up at the T-zone and my mum will constantly ask me to apply more moisturizer as my skin looks really dry. Mum knows best. So I religious follow her advise. Little did I know there is something called the combination skin type. Lol

I have done my fair share of damage to my skin my by applying luminous type of make on my skin to make sure it was not dry. After becoming an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay, I came to understand that skin type is more than just dry or oily and not only the skin care line has to suite our skin type but aslo the makeup formulas have to be right.

Phew, I know that was a long long rant on my skin type discovery. I have combination to oily skin. My skin is very sensitive as I breakout into small rash bumps post weekly facial hair removals and if dust touches my skin. 

Here are some of the products that are well suited for such skin type:

From left :  Sendayu Tinggi Collagen Face Spray, Sephora Smoothing Primer, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in the shade Yucatan Honey, Mary Kay Timewise Mate Wear Foundation in the shade Bronze 1 (Combination to Oily Skin) and Mary Kay Foundation Primer.


This is the Sendayu Tinggi Collagen Facial Spray  for Firming and Lifting. It is used to prep, firm and lift the skin prior to makeup application. It can be used as a mist to moisten makeup brush as well.

Let me share with you some product details :

Brand : Sendayu Tinggi (ST)
Product :  Collagen Facial Spray - Firming & Lifting
Bottle size :  2 oz / 60 ml
Bottle type : Plastic Sprayer Bottle
Manufacturer : ST Body & Skin Care Kuala Lumpur
Normal Price : RM 30.75
Discounted Price : RM 27.65
Availability : Selected Watsons Outlet & Sendayu Tinggi Online-Store ( http://www.sendayutinggi.com )

Product Description:

Before Makeup Face Toner - Facial toner and moisturizer enriched with Collagen to soften the skin. It gives out a radiant and natural makeup look, thus making the skin elastic and supple. To be used after cleansing and before applying makeup.

First Impressions :
Price point, super affordable. Quality is amazing, the formula does not irritate skin, does not cause any form of breakouts and smells amazing.

Get's absorbed well into skin and does not leave sweat like water formation on skin. The only thing that I wish that they will modify in the future is the sprayer. It literally sprays on your face, I was hoping for the dispenser to elegantly mist the mixture on my face.....but it sprayed.

I have been receiving compliments for good skin lately. I did feel some firming action taking place....this a not the botox kind of firming...it firms in a comfortable way. As for lifting, I have not experiences any lift action going on my face...but my face is a tad smaller than what it used to be. I can't really tell the difference cause I am working-out on a regular basis for the past 4 weeks...thus my face did shrink a little.

I do mist the product on my face after applying Mary Kay's Moisture Renewing Softener daily. I have add this step to morning face routine. Even when I don't wear makeup I still use it. It can be mixed with other products too.

If you are interested in getting this facial spray, check them out at Watson's or go directly to their website. Tomorrow I will share with you details of the other products that I use to prep my face prior applying foundation.

Do check out the rest of the squad's favorite Primers and Foundations at Instagram... their IG handlers are:

Harivain - +Harivaindaran K.Veeriah


Geetha - @geethavijaymakeup


Esther - @estherkaurmann


Dhema Priya - @dhemapriya


Stay tuned for my next post.


Bloop Cosmetics Diamond Eyeshadow Review

Bloop Cosmetics has been my recent discovery for this year. Little did I know they had a good line of makeup items. My blogger friend Hari is the one who introduced them to me. If you are looking for a good shimmer pans at  super affordable price, Bloop Cosmetics is your answer.


After visiting their physical store at Gurney Plaza Penang, I checked them out on-line too. I was to deep into picking colors that I forgot to take picture of the store and cosmetic line. Sorry, you can't blame a shopaholic for this you know. The shop lot is in Parkson, old wing. Ground floor just near NARS.



The sales consultant was so warm and welcoming. She took the trouble to check each and every colour that I had picked and made sure she could help me find them. 


Bloop beauty products development takes place all around the globe. Their partners are from France, Malaysia, Denmark, Korea, HK, China, UAE, Taiwan, Australia, Germany and Indonesia. So far, I have only seen their nail polishes in store like SaSa and Watsons.

These Diamond Eyeshadows comes in 2 sizes; a large pan and these mini ones. The large pans retails at RM 28 per piece and the mini ones were RM 18 a piece. I got all these 15 colours and an empty palette for only RM 89. Crazy right. The actual price would be RM 270 just for the colours and RM 30 for the palette.

All these colours are super pigmented and shimmery at the same time. I did pick up 2 matte shades as the colours that I initially picked was out of stock. They glide on like butter and give a flawless finish. The shimmery pans won CLEO's wall of fame in the year 2010.


Here is the close up of the pans. I just used a double sided tape to secure each pan into the palette.



Tried out the colours on my lids today. I call it Teal soft cut crease look. The colors used to create the look below are 1. Dark Green 2. Blue 3. Black Brown.




First Impression:

Very Pigmented
Affordable
Applies like butter
Has some fall outs

Follow me in Instastory ( IG Id; Lakshmi86) for more Mini Tutorials. Thank you for dropping by.






2017 First Palette Review - Kat Von D Metal Mattes

Hello everyone, hope you guys are keeping well. It is almost the end of February now and I have my schedule sorted midways.  Early this year, we had series of relatives visiting and 2 family gathering in my household and I was really busy. Apologies for the silence...

So I din't want this month to end without a post...so here I am with a review. I have a very interesting palette to be sharing with you guys....if you follow me on Instagram I am very sure you would have known by now....It is none other than the The Kat Von D's MetalMatte Palette. Below is how the box and the packaging looks like. The palette is the center one, on the top is the box.


The palette is made in USA and comes with 9 metallic and 13 matte shades. Each pan weighs about 1.7 grams and you can kind of understand by now that this is a steal and any makeup junkie would want to get their hands on this bad boy.

 
Yes I have dipped my fingers into every single pan in this palette and I have never felt this much value for my money. The top row are the metallic/shimmery ones and the bottom 13 are the matte shades. I was really debating hard if I should be getting this palette...but finally bought it anyway. Firstly the price was really affordable, RM 140 for 22 shades. It is on sale at www.sephoramy.com The service was fabulous, made my order on Wednesday and  got my parcel on Friday.




You also get a guides that details 3 looks that can be created using this palette, Metal Maiden, Metalmatte Mashup and Velvet Romance.




I created a look using this palette this morning and I am calling it the lazy girl's smokey eye. Checkout my video to see a mini tutorial on this look.



Here are some are the swatches and a close up of the look that I created this morning. 




So now, let's get into my first impressions:

1. Highly pigmented
2.Smooth application, velvet texture.
3.Awesome finger application
4.Brush application, need to work with care...can give some fall outs. 
5. Amazing lasting power, doesn't get dissolved over oily lids
6. Pigment and shimmer stays put, may crease slightly if you have hooded lids.
7. Value for money (this bad boy is HUGE)

I am loving everything about this palette people. If you are looking into investing in a palette this year...get yourself this. You will love it just as much as i do. It is on sale at Sephora now...original price is RM 280+-






Glam Squad - Massive Makeup & Beauty Products Giveaway

For those of you who have been with me will know that I met 3 beauty bloggers via Instagram and I am so blessed to have found  the glam divas. We call our self glam squad. Well we are just a bunch of makeup junkies looking to make an impact in life with makeup. 

In out tiny little world ( Glam Squad Group ) we practically share everything about makeup and being the Diva we are we do bitch about many other things. So here I proudly present you the Glam Squad. The forth member is a very good friend who is also a sister to me Ms.Esther. We are very good friends for four years now.


We had a sweet meet up session not long ago and also did a collaboration for Halloween too. 


I am so happy to have found these beautiful souls and hope our squad will go places.

Our giveaway consist of makeup and beauty products that we have tried and currently in love with. Since we love them, we are going to share them with one luck winner....we a picking 1 follower at random via Instagram. He or she will be leaving with all the goodies worth RM 200.00++


Here are our rave about the products. 







You too can participate today via Instagram. All you got to do is follow all 5 of us, repost our giveaway picture with hashtag #glamfivegiveaway and tag 2 of your friends who you think would love to be part of this giveaway. The giveaway end on 22 December 2016.

Check us out on Instagram today. Good Luck to all who have participated. 
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