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!

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Love: 10 Simple Ways To Love Yourself Better

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Growing up has taught me a lot of valuable lessons, and the one I feel is most significant would be the importance of self-love. I had a pretty awesome childhood and did all the many things that most kids would but my parents never taught me the true value of self-love, which is fine because I got to learn about it throughout my 20s. But it would have been great to know that loving yourself doesn’t come as easy as loving someone else, or loving the idea of someone else loving you.

Now in my early 30s, after many ups and more downs than I would have prefered, I’m proud to say that besides my own daughter, there’s no one else I love more than my own self. It took a lot of practice and patience, but once you get to a place where you love yourself unconditionally, nothing or no one can stop you. Here are some simple ways to apply some self-love to your life:

  1. Friend cleansing – Nothing worse for your soul than to be surrounded by toxic people. Pay close attention to how certain people treat you and the contribution they bring.
  2. Remind yourself of all the things you love about yourself – It’s extremely easy to look in the mirror and pick out all the things you dislike but it’s also important to be kind. Face your weaknesses and flaws because it can really help the self-healing process. Repeating affirmations can also help!
  3. Let go – No matter who you are, we have all done things we wish we didn’t or done things we’ve come to regret in life, but forgiving yourself for all those things can help you move forward. If there’s someone or something in your past that really hurt you, it’s important to understand why and then only you’re able to forgive.
  4. Be happy with where you are – We all have dreams and sometimes, we’re not exactly where we thought we’d be in life, but that’s okay! Get rid of that negative filter and live in the moment. Be appreciative of how far you’ve come compared to the past few years.
  5. Form good relationships – You should surround yourself with people that see who you aspire to be. Not everyone may share the same goal or point of view as you, but it’s important to find the right people that understand you.
  6. Spend some time alone – You don’t always have to be out on Friday nights. It’s okay to say no to social calls and just stay home. After an exhausting work week, some down time is exactly what you may need.
  7. Exercise – Not to lose weight but to be healthy in general. It’s good for you physically, mentally and emotionally.
  8. Spend time with the people you love – Make an effort to see family and friends instead of just liking their photos on social media.
  9. Treat yourself – You’re a grown adult that works hard to stay ahead in life so, from time to time, treat yourself. Get that new bag you’ve been thinking about or a plane ticket to somewhere you can relax and unwind.
  10. Do favours – Help someone, do something good without expecting something else in return.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball

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.**

 

I Stopped Using Dating Apps For A Year. This Is What I Learned.

I am not ashamed of meeting someone through a dating app.

In fact, I fell head over heels and had an ‘almost relationship’ with the first guy I talked to on Tinder. We had a tumultuous and toxic relationship and I have no regrets. I still find a way to sneak his name into conversations he has no business being in and if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would. So, yeah. I’ve made my point – I’m all for dating apps.

But after being on it for as long as I have, you tend to miss the traditional way of being courted or starting a conversation with someone. There’s nothing charming about ‘Yeah, I swiped right and we hung out’ after several tries.

There are pros and cons, obviously. I mean it’s nice to meet men you would never end up meeting in “real life”. But it’s not really nice to feel like you’re really having a good time with someone only to see a new Tinder notification message pop up on his phone.

F***k it, I thought. I uninstalled the app and made a deal with myself that I will not resort to it no matter how lonely I get.

So, if you’re looking for a Cinderella-esque happy ending where I meet someone across the room and he walks up to me and asks me out and we have an amazing first night together and now I am picking out wedding invitation designs, you are wrong. Here’s the brutal truth:

#1 Guys on dating apps and real life are pretty much the same
If you think good, respectful and worthy men live on a magical island only accessible by a boat that you’d have to sell your leg and arm to get on then you must be outta yo’ mind. Get real, people. We are all swimming in the same pool. That guy you’re eyeing from across the bar probably has Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid and Christian Mingle on his phone. And based on an experience I can’t seem to erase, a guy you met by chance is capable of doing the same douchey things as the guy you met on a dating app. Nobody is safe.

#2 It’s not the same out there anymore
This goes for girls and guys. Nobody approaches anybody anymore. We all hide behind our screens. We all would rather swipe or double tap on a photo than walk up to a stranger we are attracted to. I get it, real life rejection is tough. But you know what’s also tough? Ghosting. Waiting for a text that’s never going to come. But that’s the easier and less painful option so we do it. It sucks, but it’s true.

#3 You might relapse and that’s ok
Sometimes you prefer to stay in your nasty a** jammies and binge watch Netflix all night until a Meg Ryan movie inspires you to find true love but you can’t be bothered to get out of bed so you pull out your phone and start swiping. The struggle to be dating-app free is real. It’s just so much easier to meet people without having to look like a reasonable human being. I think it’s ok to relapse. Delete and re-download as much as you’d like, I say.

#4 You deal with a lot less bulls**t from men
All those nights you spent waiting for them to text back, arguing with them about things you didn’t know you could argue about, and wondering when you will see them are all going to vanish. You’ll have so much free time from all the dating drama you’ve escaped that you’ll pick up a new hobby you never thought you’d be interested in. Now doesn’t that sound nice?

#5 You might or might not fall in love
I suppose this article would be more inspiring if I had found someone to call my own without technology’s help. I’m sorry to disappoint but I didn’t. I did not get into a relationship. I did not fall in love with someone. I did not meet Prince Charming. But, I did worry less, I travelled more, I met interesting people along the way, I was 101% focused on my work, and I can confidently say I was really happy with myself. That’s what I learned and that was OK.

 

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.

6 Things You Can Do To Celebrate Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day is coming up next and if you have no plans yet, don’t worry  because we have few ideas to suggest. All these activities will allow you a great weekend with family, friends, or even time on your own.

A staycation at Taman Sari

If you are up for a short getaway but looking for somewhere that’s not too far from Klang Valley, and you don’t mind spending some quiet time with nature then Taman Sari is the place for you. Taman Sari is located at Batu 18 Hulu Langat (nearer to Ampang). This is place is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a quiet retreat to recharge and have a relaxing Malaysia Day celebration!

Picnic at Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

If the weather isn’t boiling hot or if it’s not pouring down, why not have a picnic session with a group of friends or your family! Make it an outdoor potluck gathering, take some Instagram-worthy pictures and if you have kids this will be great place for them to run around and just have some fun! Taman Rimba Kiara boasts plenty of big trees so you’re able to find a shady area for sure to set up your picnic!

Road trip to Sekinchan Paddy Fields

Another thing you could do is organise a day trip to Sekinchan, which is located in Kuala Selangor. Depending on where in Klang Valley you’re coming from, the commute shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half. There’s plenty to do like visit the paddy fields, paddy factory and the paddy museum. You can also enjoy the wide variety of seafood and indulge in some coconut shake too.

Escapade to Sekeping Serendah

周末充电 – Weekend Trip 好爱这里的环境 完全与世隔绝 完全opening air的居住环境 (没aircorn没wifi连电话也没service) 下午的时候比较热 晚上睡觉的时间很凉快 房间也是完全opening air的 只有蚊帐围绕着 时不时会有飞虫黏在蚊帐外面 可不用担心它们进不了来 泳池的水是直接从附近的瀑布流过来的 非常干净和凉爽 泳池的四周都是森林围绕着 早上起来只听见虫鸣声 没有烦人的车声 好舒服 厕所非常舒服 保留了旧时的水龙头和🚿 I love my short trip …………………………. #weekend #shorttrip #rawang #sekepingserendah #nature #relax #comfortable #smile #happy #enjoyed #photography #cspicture #travel

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All you need for this trip is to pack your clothes (include swimwear), toiletries, food for a barbecue, board games or cards, bluetooth speaker (for your Spotify playlist) and some good company. Sekeping Serendah will be the perfect getaway from the city. There’s also outdoor activities such as jungle treks, visit to the Orang Asli villages, and enjoying the waterfalls.

Go for an ATV ride

Feel like doing something adventurous and don’t mind getting a little muddy? Then ATV ride sounds like the perfect thing for you! ATV Fun Adventure Park is located in Kg. Kemensah, Hulu Kelang and they offer different ranges of terrains for riders. For beginners, you can just book for one to one and a half hour ride to the waterfalls or if you wish to do longer hour and more challenging route, you can opt for the 3-4 hours ride. They are opened on Monday to Sunday (pls refer to their website for further details) and require advance booking.

Check out new brunch cafés

Make advanced reservations to some brunch cafés that you’ve never been to or catch up with friends over some delicious meals! Below are a few cafés that’s recently seen on Instagram and worth checking out:

THINGS WE LOVE: Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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One of our contributors decided to rock up at the Estee Lauder counter with the sole purpose of testing out the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation. This is because she’s perenially on the look out for the foundation that suited her skin best, and never had any luck. The ones in the past were good but they weren’t perfect.

Jo has combination skin and some foundation doesn’t sit all that well on her face especially when the weather is humid. But the trip to Estee Lauder proved to be worth her time because after purchasing the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation, Jo fell in love with it instantly. She even received compliments on how great she looked!

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She highly recommends this product because:

  • It lasts all day without touch-up needed (they meant it when the said it was “long wear”)
  • Lightweight and oil free
  • Gives you natural looking coverage
  • Semi-matte finish and it does not smudge
  • Easy to apply (with a brush or Beauty Blender)

Get the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation (RM175) at any Estée Lauder counter nationwide or on the Estée Lauder website.