5 Ways To Have Better Sleep

Sleep is definitely one of life’s priceless luxuries when you’re an adult. While a good sleep is what everyone needs, it’s definitely not something that’s easy to achieve. This is sometimes due to work, stress or even…Netflix. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night and getting very poor quality sleep, we may have some remedies that could assist you in getting a good night’s sleep.

To avoid sleep deprivation and getting adequate rest, try these:

THIS WORKS (Sleep Plus + Pillow Spray)
This spray just does it for me, especially when I need to relax because it really does put me in a deep sleep.

All you need to do is just shake the bottle and then spray it on your pillow. What you realise is that your pillow linen releases a gentle lavender and chamomile scent which is calming. For some people, this works so well that it puts some to sleep right away. If not, it definitely helps to relax and calm you down. This is definitely one of the best forms of aromatherapies.

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This Works (Sleep Plus + Pillow Spray) bottle is priced at RM158 which is pretty steep but you could also check out This Works (Deep Sleep Pillow Spray) which is priced at RM99. Product is available at Sephora.

P/S: This could also be a really good present for a friend!


Easy Stretches Before Sleep
Not talking about vigorous stretches but low-impact, gentle stretching in the evening can help with better sleep. Think of it as doing yoga while wearing your pjs. A friend shared the idea with me and i thought it would be good to give it a try. So, I have found five different form of stretches  and few more which I’ve picked up from yoga classes. Results? A quick 20-30 minutes stretches every evening has made me feel more relaxed and ready to dive into bed.

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Non-Caffeinated Tea
Enjoy a relaxing moment on the sofa in the evening with a cup of tea (if you like tea). If you’ve had a long stressful day, coming home and just enjoying a cup of tea is pretty relaxing itself. Every now and then, I enjoy a good cup of caffeinated free tea in the evening while reading a book in bed. Here are few suggestions which you can check out in your local stores:

  • OSK Japanese Green Tea
  • YOGI TEAS – Bedtime Tea (available at BMS Organics)
  • Twinings – Camomile, Honey & Vanilla, Lemon & Ginger, Pure Camomile, Pure Peppermint
  • T2 – Lemongrass and Ginger Teabag (outlet in Publika)

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My personal favourites are Twinings’ Lemon & Ginger, Pure Peppermint and OSK Japanese Green Tea which I love the taste of the tea, plus the prices are pretty reasonable.

Tip: If you’re having Twinings’ Lemon & Ginger, add honey in to it. It taste so soothing and great!


Silk Bedding
A friend recently shared this with me as she said purchasing silk bedding was the best decision ever! Sleeping on the silk bedding is beneficial for you and for your health.
Such as it is good for allergies sufferers (as silk is naturally hypoallergenic), it keeps you cool as it helps to turn down the heat and keeps you hydrated.

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It does sound like a luxury but there are some brands which are pretty affordable (keep a look out in department stores like Aeon and Parkson) with mark down prices. If you are lucky you could buy it for RM100++ or less. You can explore brands like Akemi or Jean Pierre. Once you get the sheets, you may not want to get out of your bed. Ever.


Essential Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy is one of the best forms of therapy. It brings out a soothing and relaxing bit to your life. It helps eliminate stress and calms you. One to two hours before your bed time, make your room conditions cool, dark (warm lights) and quiet. Next, switch on your diffuser and relax away on your bed.

Our editor’s favourite essential oil diffuser is Young Living Essential Oils. She had mentioned that she finds it very hard to fall asleep and she started using Lavender essential oil on the diffuser and she found herself in a deep sleep!

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Although Young Living Essential Oils is on a steeper price, you may also explore Muji’s Aroma Diffuser which is priced at RM229 – RM349. Or if you have an oil burner, you may want to try Aesop’s Anouk Oil Burner Blend essential oil which diffuses floral and citrus smell priced around RM130.

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Favourite Sunscreens

We’re going to talk about one of the most important skincare products – SUNCREEN! We know some of you guys love this andthere are some who just hate it. Like Hollywood’s beauty icon Jennifer Aniston’s said in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar :

“I hate it. I’ve been experimenting with ones that don’t make you look like you have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse. I understand we’re saving our skin, but they gotta figure that stuff out. Who wants to be in the sun and not look cute?”


Jen is right! We definitely do not want to look like we have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse! We know that purchasing sunscreen (the good ones that suits your skin) are expensive and you really have to find the right one for your skin.

Whether or not your foundation or BB cream has SPF, we believe it is better not to skip the sunscreen step. We have compiled some sunscreens which will blend well with makeup just for you to check it out and get yourself a consultation or test it out at their stores or counters!

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KIEHL’S – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
This sunblock is one of the best selling product in Kiehl’s! With its oil-free lotion texture, you can still wear makeup on top of it. It gives a matte finish and it feels refreshing on skin.

Kiehl’s – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, RM155, available at Kiehl’s outlets.

 

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CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++
The product’s name sounds pretty intense but it does one heck of a job especially if you’re living in a sunny, humid country like Malaysia! It works well as a base, no clogging of pores, non-sticky and it applies easily all over the face. This sunscreen works perfectly for all skin types.

CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++, RM160, available at Clinique outlets or counters.

 

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SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology
Holly Thaggard, founder of Supergoop wanted to create a sunscreen that’s non sticky, tacky or smells messy, one that you’ll want to wear every single day! It does its job keeping the skin from wrinkles, blemishes caused by UV rays. It’s water resistant and oil-free, which is also perfect to bring along with you on your beach vacations. Also, it has a very nice citrusy smell.

SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology, RM143 (7.5fl oz), available at Sephora.

 

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Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38
If you have an oily T-zone, combination skin or prefer semi matte finish – this may be the sunscreen for you. Many of Shiseido’s customers stick around for the brand’s sunscreen. Their sunscreen products blends well with moisturisers. It’s also non-greasy, smooth and easy to apply.

Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38, RM218, available at Lazada / Shiseido counters.

 

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DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30
This heavenly sunscreen delivers UV protection without unwanted oiliness or chalkiness. Easy on skin, reduces inflammation, irritation, redness and sensitivity. This is definitely ideal for our girlfriends with sensitive skin. The downside is that the bottle is only 50ml with a very steep price.

DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30, RM284, available at Dermalogica outlets.

 

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LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++
This unique packaging is different from all the other sunscreens. Just like Laniege’s famous BB Cushion, they recently released Sun Cushion which contains Japanese apricot extract and skin soothing powder to protect the skin. It is convenient to carry around wherever you go. One thing you should know is that this product has a newly formulated Water ScreenTM technology that maintains the moisture balanced on the skin.

LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (10g), RM110, available in Laniege outlets/stores.

 

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GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35
If you still haven’t heard about the Glossier hype, you’re missing out! Glossier is the beauty brand that’s about to take over the world, slowly! This divine sunscreen formula absorbs faster than your best serum. It’s called Invisible Shield sunscreen because it is invisible on all skin types and tones! Our editor from Buffer Daily swears by this sunscreen (read here for the review). This product is not available in Malaysia yet unless you have awesome family/friends living in the U.S who could ship it over to to try, it will be great!

GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35 (30ml), $34, available in Glossier website.

 

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LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA
If you have combination, dry or sensitive/acne-prone skin, this may be the suitable sunscreen for you! Non sticky, runny liquid, lightweight, tinted and overall it gives the skin feeling silky smooth. You would not feel like you have an extra layer on your skin. It’s also great if you want to apply make up over it.

LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA (30ml), RM232, available on Lazada or Laura Mercier outlets.

 

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CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50
Its formula is rich in plant extracts that gives a clear and light cream which is pretty suitable for all skin types. This sunscreen also helps to prevent your skin from ageing, which will make your skin look and feel younger, fresh and radiant. The light cream also spreads on your face easily, as well as drying up quickly.

CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50 Blue (30ml), RM185, available in Clarins outlets.

 

Your skin absorbs everything it touches, it’s important to be super choosy about your sunscreen! Let’s fight anti-aging, fine lines, wrinkles, all at once! If you have any great sunscreen suggestions, please feel free to share it with us too!

 

 

 

 

 

IN MY BAG – Jo’s Favourite Drugstore Products

Whenever time allows for it, I like to roam the aisles in drug stores and without fail, I’ll always walk out with at least one item! I know, I am terrible! But unfortunately it’s my thing! I’m currently obsessed with travel-sized items because I love trying out new things and I don’t really want to waste the products, in case I don’t quite fancy them. But let me share with you the drugstore products that are in my bag at the moment:

MAYBELLINE – Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara
Maybelline is well-known for their reasonably priced mascaras that give lashes the volume it needs. My current favourite is their waterproof Hypercurl Mascara. Thanks to its formula, the mascara helps lengthen my short lashes while making it appear curly and full of volume.

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BOURJOIS – Little Round Pot Blushes 41 Healthy Mix
I have been carrying this little blusher with me for a while now. I love how it’s so compact and light, therefore taking very little space in my handbag. This blusher allows for me to touch up while I’m on the go, and gives me a naturally blushed look because it’s not that heavily pigmented. Plus this Little Round Pot comes with a teeny-tiny mirror.

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VASELINE – Intensive care (deep restore) Lotion
Personally a big fan of most Vaseline products and yes it is a must that I carry the travel-sized lotion with me wherever I go. My wrinkly hands gets really dry at times (especially if I’m in air-conditioned rooms) and this little bottle of lotion gives my hand the rescue it needs. The formula is also non-greasy, which is a major plus.

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SIMPLE – Kind to Skin Cleaning Facial Wipes
I cannot even begin to describe how important it is for these wipes to be in my bag. My love affair with this particular wipes started when I was 17, and I’m still using it to this day. It’s kind to the skin, and has helped in several occasions. Perfect tool to have if you’re travelling or having a sleepover and find yourself without a cleanser.

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
This illuminating wand concealer is so lightweight! It has a soft bristle brush at the end and all I need to do is twist the other end; little bit of the concealer will appear on the brush and just conceal the problematic areas. It is quick and easy with zero mess at all. Coverage is great and perfect to have in the bag for reapplication.

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**All products can be purchased in Watsons and Guardian. Except for Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer can be purchased on Lazada.**

 

THINGS WE LOVE: October Favourites

Joanne Loves: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

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Two of my friends wouldn’t stop praising the Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass and how amazing it is. So, once I was done with my old primer, I made sure to rush down to Sephora and grab myself a bottle of this seemingly amazing primer. After first use, I was already impressed and probably will never change to another one.

Here’s why I love it:

  • Love how the texture is silky smooth, lightweight and sits on my skin well, even after I’ve put my foundation on.
  • It helps with keeping my makeup intact all day and controls the shine on my face (especially t-zone area).
  • Highly recommended to combination/oily skin.

The price for Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is definitely on the steep end (RM259), but it’s really worth every cent considering how long the bottle will last. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Product is available in Sephora.

Qing Loves: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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I wouldn’t call myself a makeup guru – I tend to keep my daily makeup routine as simple as possible. Using multiple makeup brushes was too much of a hassle for me, but I didn’t want to apply product using my bare hands either. So, using sponges was an obvious solution.
Everyone’s heard of the Beauty Blender, but after reading a number of reviews, a second name kept appearing again and again.
Enter the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Many called the Real Techniques sponge a great dupe for the Beauty Blender, with some saying it was even better! I had to try it for myself. And it sells at a fraction of the price of a Beauty Blender.
This is what I found:
  • Blends out evenly without absorbing too much product
  • Versatile – can blend both large and precise areas
  • Can be used damp for a fresh and dew look or dry for a matte finish
  • Easy to clean and maintain

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge can be purchased online.

 

Jiar Loves: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF25

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Up until very recently, I never about the need to wear SPF on my lips. I know, I’m clueless! Anyway, when I heard this, I wasted no time and quickly began my research. After reading countless listicles that suggested plenty, I decided to try the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I can’t tell if it’s protecting my lips from the sun but here’s why I love it:

  • Its thick but non-sticky consistency. A little goes a long way with this tube!
  • The product holds its own. I don’t have to reapply very often, even after I’ve eaten!
  • The scent is glorious, I chose the black tea & raspberry.

As I learn more about the importance of protecting our skin from sun damage, I find myself investing in more products with SPF. The lip skin is so delicate that we should not forget to protect it as well.

Shop for this at Lazada

Emma Loves: Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ SPF35

Y’all, I’m a firm believer in spreading word about skincare that works and one that I need to preach about this month is the phenomenal everyday sunscreen by Glossier. Believe the hype because Glossier is about to get you excited over wearing sunscreen. It’s a little hard to believe this considering SPF has a very greasy feel and has a ridiculous white tint that doesn’t agree with women of colour like me. Here’s why you should immediately throw out your old sunscreen and replace it with Glossier’s winner of a product:

  • It’s not white! Its gel-like form is completely clear, making it suitable for EVERY SINGLE SKIN TONE out there. This alone is already why Glossier is winning.
  • It absorbs extremely quick, which is a convenient factor for those looking to apply makeup right after.
  • It’s not greasy at all but if you have oily skin, I suggest patting some powder on after. Perhaps the Wowder?
  • There is a fresh smell to this sunscreen. If you’re not into scented products, this may not be your cup of tea but trust me, the citrus aroma is only light and not overpowering in the slightest
  • The packaging is light and super cute!
  • Its got all the good stuff like aloe leaf extracts, Vitamin E, Vitamin P and brocolli to keep your skin protected from pollution and free radicals.
  • Its broad spectrum SPF 35 shields your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays

It’s a little pricey thanks to the ridiculous exchange rates at the moment but it’s really worth your hard-earned money. Especially if taking care of your skin is priority.

Cop your Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ on Glossier’s website.

10 Epic Reasons Why Witch Hazel Is Magical AF

What is witch hazel? No, it’s not some fancy-schmancy product. It’s simply a plant-based substance that comes from the leaves and bark of the witch-hazel shrub, also known as Hamamelis Virginiana, which can be found in North America.

Where have you seen it? All over Pinterest, and maybe your grandmother’s bathroom.

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One of our contributers is a witch hazel devout. She discovered this multi-purpose product by chance because in her free time, she likes to lurk around pharmacies across town looking for new skincare products. At first, what attracted her to it was the pretty packaging but before she decided to swipe her card, she quickly Googled its benefits. What she read was enough to convince her to purchase a bottle, and life has never been the same since.

Witch Hazel has many surprising uses, which includes:

  1. It’s great solution to treat all your acne, dry skin and soothing dry skin. Our contributer says, “No other toner out there can quite compare.”
  2. It’s the best type of makeup remover because it’s all natural. The last thing you want is more chemicals on your skin.
  3. Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This is a tried-and-true method by one of our mommy contributors. This is done by spraying once a day for a few months, and dilligently so.
  4. It can heal bruises and cuts, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
  5. Do you suffer from puffy eyes? Soak some cotton pad with witch hazel and apply to closed eyes. Allow a few minutes for it to really soak into your skin.
  6. Throw out all your artificial deodorants and spritz some witch hazel to your armpits instead. You can even add some lavender essential oil for a pleasant scent.
  7. Stock a spray bottle of witch hazel in the fridge and treat razor burns or sunburns with it.
  8. Looking for an eco-friendly cleaning agent for your home? Add witch hazel with some baking soda and lemon, and voilà!
  9. Next time you’re planning on going outdoors, carry a bottle of witch hazel with you because it can help treat pesky bug bites and ease the pain of stings.
  10. Suffering from frizzy hair and dry scalp? Yeap, you guessed it. Witch hazel can help! All you gotta do is spritz some on your scalp before going in for a shower, and then wash it out.

There are a lot of witch hazel brands to choose from but most contain more alcohol than actual witch hazel. We highly recommend choosing this brand, which is available at all M+ Pharmacy nationwide.

THINGS WE LOVE: Too Faced Hangover Primer

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Recently, our Editor made a trip to Sephora in search of the perfect primer and being a primer-newbie, she took advise from a beauty expert who recommended the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Here’s what she thinks:

I’m not really the kind of gal that uses primer, up until very recently and this is because most primers tend to make my skin feel and look like I’ve smeared it with cooking oil. Having oily skin can really make you despise any products that gives your skin a greasy feel but then one product changed the game for me and I became a devout primer user.

Introducing the Hangover Primer by Too Faced. Priced at RM153 per tube, this primer is worth every ringgit. Infused with coconut water, probiotics and other skin revivers, it promises to bring your skin to life even after a rough night out – hence why it’s called Hangover. If you have dry skin, the Hangover Primer will give it a boost of moisture that it so desperately needs. If you have oily skin, you can rest assure that it won’t make your face any more oily.

It’s certainly the perfect canvas for the artwork that is your makeup and for our humid Malaysian weather.

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Pros:
– Texture is super light
– Instantly moisturizes the skin
– Suitable for dry, oily and combination skin
– Super cute packaging and travel-friendly
– Brightens the skin

Cons:
– It doesn’t include SPF

Get your Too Faced Hangover Primer at any Sephora outlet or online at sephora.my

Get Pretty This Valentine’s Day With These 6 Makeup Products

So, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and at Buffer Daily we believe in celebrating it with someone you love. This is not exclusive to a partner but also with a bestie, family member or even your colleague! To get you ready for a night out, we highly recommend these makeup items:

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Bobbi Brown – Pot Rogue for lips & Cheeks
This multitasking lip and cheek tint is one of Bobbi Brown’s best-selling products. All you need to do is smudge a little of the product onto your cheeks and blend it in (same with the lips). This 2-in-1 compact also comes with a mirrored flip-top that is handy for when you need to do minor touch ups on the go.

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Estee Lauder – Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 / PA++
We all need that one really good foundation. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation is an absolute must-have as its long-wear, lightweight, oil-free and doesn’t require touching up! So, if you’re spending Valentine’s Day on a night out with the girls, this foundation is perfect. More so, this foundation gives a good radiant and natural looking coverage. Selfies!

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Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
If you are looking for mascara that will dramatize your lashes, we found one for you. This Tarte mascara is great as it gives your lashes vo-vo-volume, it also sets quickly and does not clump. No need for touch-ups with this mascara thanks to its long-wear factor!

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KAT VON D – Tattoo Liner
Owning good eyeliner is a must! One of our favorite’s is Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner but we have found another to add into our list – Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner. This waterproof liner stays put all day and night with no smudges and it gives thick bold lines. This is a bonus if you have oily lids.

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Make Up For Ever – Super Matte Loose Powder
If you have everything you need but the one product that allows you to touch up on the go and have you looking fresh again, you might want to give the Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder a go. It is perfect for all skin types and helps to set the makeup, even it out and give a matte natural finish. There are 3 shades available!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty – Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick
If you are a lipstick person, this festive season you may want to try a different colour other than the usual red lips. This lovely cream lipstick by Marc Jacobs Beauty (Infamous 228) colour is warm pink with a satin finish and leaves your lips feeling luxe. It doesn’t dry your lips and last for hours. If you want to explore other colours, there are 20 other shades for you to choose from.