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Showing posts with label Organic. Show all posts

REVIEW ON L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE SHEA FACE COMFORTING OIL

I admit that there was one dark time in my life that I was into oil free this, oil free that and everything must be oil free to avoid the skin from getting oilier.

I am the glad that I started using facial oil because it seriously made a lot of different in my skin. My first love of facial oil venture was actually all-in-one oil for scar which I applied on my face and the next thing I know, it was love at first sight and I love facial oil.  So, if you have oily skin, don't be afraid to look into facial oil that can help your skin.

If you are into organic brands, then do stay and have a read on my opinion on L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil.  Their Shea line is one of the favourite line among customer =) .




L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
Here is some details about the origin of the shea butter.

Women’s gold… a symbol of life
The shea (karite) tree is essential to West Africa, and in the local language, the name means “lifegiving”.
The butter produced from the nuts is used by women for cooking and protecting skin. Shea Butter is also known as “women’s gold” because it ensures a precious source of revenue for the women involved in its production. In Burkina Faso, local women are the only ones who know the secret to how the butter is made. They use the income they earn from Shea Butter to pay for household needs and also for the education of their children.



A tale of sustainability

In 1980, L’OCCITANE founder Olivier Baussan discovered the magic of Shea Butter during a trip to
Burkina Faso. Processed by hand, it had surprising effects on the skin of the women who handled it:
instead of damaging, it softened! Intrigued, he decided to develop a range of products based on Shea
Butter. The very first product, Shea Butter Hand Cream, was launched in 1994. Immediately, women
around the world fell in love with it.

Scientists at L’OCCITANE have discovered that Shea Butter is exceptionally rich in Omega-6 and karitene (a powerful moisturiser). Together, these ingredients nourish and protect the skin every day.

Shea Face Comforting Oil & Shea Face Soothing Fluid 100% natural additions that join the Shea skincare range:
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil



L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
There is Braille on the box of L’OCCITANE products if you wondering what is those dots all over the box.

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
Do check the ingredients for potential ingredients that your skin probably do not like.

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
For normal to very dry skin


Two potent allies: shea oil (5%) and marula oil deliver nourishing and
antioxidant benefits respectively. Undeniably silky, yet never greasy, this
oil gently reveals skin’s innermost beauty. The ultra-fine texture absorbs
quickly for a dry-touch finish.
82%* Skin looks more beautiful
79%* Skin feels better protected from drying
*Consumer test on 31 women
TIP Apply 1-3 drops of Comforting Oil to face and neck in the evening as

skin regeneration is most active at night.

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

The bottle is made from solid heavy glass. The cap and pump is from plastic. It is recommended to use it within 6 months since organic products tend to have shorter life span but I think oil generally have longer life span.

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil

L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil





The Shea Face comforting oil smells amazing of sweet floral scent.  The clear yellowish oil has a smooth and silky texture. It is not greasy or waxy on the skin.  The oily leaves a subtle sheen and feels light on the skin. My skin was really dry and patchy from the changes in weather, face allergy and stress somewhere in Jan and this help my skin condition to get through those tough time. L’occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil and other skincare products help to restore my ‘moisture barrier’ back in the normal level. It is especially useful to seal in the moisture after using a sheet mask =). Just pump a few drop of oil into the palm and pat it on the face. Wrap your face with your palm to help with the absorption.

Ingredients are 100% organic.  Still do look into the ingredients if everyone skin is different.

Overall, my skin seems to like this facial oil because of the comforting scent, light texture and the moisturising property that it provides. Not to mention that I like the elegant packaging XP .  It is like a bottle of gold.



Product retails for
L’OCCITANE Shea Face Comforting Oil (RM172, 30ml) . Made in France.

For more information, please visit L'occitane official website. Press sample. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.




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REVIEW ON CUBECRATE OCTOBER 2016-HALLOWEEN GOODNESS

Hi gorgeous,

I am so sorry for having so little update this month. I have been really busy and really don't have much time.  I am sorry for keeping you waiting if any is waiting for my post.  So, how is your Halloween going to be?  I am just going to be spending my whole day being a nerd XD.

I guess I hope that I do not bore you of my uninteresting life.  Here is the Cubecrate October box which is amazing.  I really all the cute Halloween theme  goodies XD.
Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness
Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness
Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is
Pu Leather high quality stickers by StickwithMeStore
OISHI Malaysia lemon ice tea
Handmade Soap - Wake Me Up by Ilsa Soap Wagon
Monster candies
Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness-Pu Leather high quality stickers by StickwithMeStore
Pu Leather high quality stickers by StickwithMeStore

Pu Leather high quality stickers by StickwithMeStore Instagram or StickWithMe Facebook
Online shopping at 11street
RM38.  Halloween mystery pack for yourself today...🎃
Isn't it pretty?  It is not removable once stick on so make sure you choose where you would like to place these beauties carefully. StickwithMeStore is a fun, colourful and vibrant fashion brand promising versatile bags and small accessories just the way you like it.

Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness-Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is
Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is

Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness-Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is
Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is

Halloween Bubble Bars by Love Is
RM9.90
Store address: No.9, Level 2, The Cubez Store, Sungei Wang, Plaza Bukit Bintang,Kuala Lumpur, Selangor.
Boo, RIP, Sugar Skull & Poison Spider are super bubble making bars of foamy terror. Just crumble one piece under running water to enjoy a some bubble trouble.  I really like this. It is just so cute and fit the Halloween theme.  This is really affordable too!Their products are locally hancrafted and use finest ingredients from around the world.

Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness-OISHI Malaysia
OISHI Malaysia
 OISHI Malaysia lemon ice tea.  The blend of 100% organic tea leaves and lemon is so good and refreshing.  Enjoy a bottle of OISHI Green Tea Honey Lemon today.

Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness,Handmade Soap - Wake Me Up by Ilsa Soap Wagon
Handmade Soap - Wake Me Up by Ilsa Soap Wagon

Handmade Soap - Wake Me Up by Ilsa Soap Wagon
Full size 100g RM18.00
Ilsa get their name from Asli meaning original in Malay.  Their products are handmade and they are vegans =) and never tested on animals.

This soap contains all-natural essential oil to make you feel better before you start your stressful day. Eucalyptus E.O heals and rejuvenates your skin; and also provide cooling and refreshing effects. Peppermint E.O to counter stress and mental exhaustion. Tea Tree E.O to fight off fungi and bacteria. Lastly, Lemon E.O which is good for acne and eczema; also for anti-aging. Other ingredients including natural oils (olive, castor, canola, coconut, palm and red palm) and Charcoal Powder. This soap is extremely popular.


Cubecrate October 2016 Halloween Goodness-mosnter candies
Monster candies
Some Halloween sweets for treats XD.



Overall I do love the blend of products in this box.  It is so good to receive a bath bomb and to know that there is a local handmade affordable bath bomb in Malaysia. Besides, I welcome food items in my box.  I think the box just gets better each months.  I can't wait for the Cubecrate next box =).







Cubecrate has launched a wine subscription box with hundreds of imported wine to be offered from all over the world every month.

Product retails for
A box is Rm35 plus shipping
RM 90 for 3 months
RM 197 for 6 months


For more information, please visit Cubecrate official websiteCubecrate Instagram and Cubecrate Facebook.


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REVIEW ON PRIMERA ORGANIENCE EMULSION

Living in such a hot and humid country means light moisturiser such as emulsion or lotion is very much welcome because I can't stand applying layers of thick stuff on my face.  Moisturiser is necessary even if you have acne prone or oily skin because it helps to balance the skin and protect it from dryness.

Today I wanted to share my review on the Primera Organience Emulsion which is made to protect skin from pollution and restores irritated and weakened skin.  The Organience line is made with organic and chemical free products from special place in Korea.

I have been using the Primera Organience emulsion for a month so it is time for a review.

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
About Primera
prime + era = primera.
The compound word primera contains two words: prime, which means the most important, and era, meaning a fixed point in time; together, primera signals the most important period. primera is an eco-oriented cosmetic brand that focuses on the moment of germination when a plant releases its critical energy and collecting and delivering the energy directly to the skin.


Organience Line

Pollution and various other external stimulants found in our daily life trigger stress on the skin. They irritate the skin and weaken the skin’s functions and innate vitality. Primera Organience Line contains Natural CureplexTM, which is full of sprouts grown environmentally friendly to maximize nature’s vitality. It restores weakened skin and provides enriched nutrition and vitality.
Organience is made with Korea's eco-friendly farm produce that has been certified organic and chemical-free.
Eco-friendly farm produce: 'Black soy' from Chungju, Chungbuk, 'Black Rice' from Cheorwon, Gangwon, 'Mugwort' from Ganghwa, Incheon, and 'Houttuynia cordata' of Boseong, Jeonnam
Eco-friendly farm produce certificate: Organic/chemical-free
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
A nourishing lotion that helps maintain skin's balance leaving it baby soft without irritation. Natural ingredients such as black soy beans are used as an antioxidant, protecting skin from environmental stress. Germinated black rice help preserve skin's delicate balance while seamollient, contains a heavy dose of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids extracted from seaweeds to provide hydration and protect skin from external aggressors.

Suitable for all skin types
4FREE formula (paraben, mineral oil, synthetic colorants, animal-originated ingredients) product.Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested



HOW TO USE-
After using your toner and essence, apply an adequate amount to your palm and pat evenly over your face, neck and decolletage.


INGREDIENTS-
Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, 1,2- Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Algae Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Dextrin, Dimethiconol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Silica, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Pca Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Disodium Edta

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion


PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion


PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
The bottle is made from heavy transparent glass so be careful when handling it. There is a seal on the opening to avoid tampering or leakage during shipping which is a good thought.

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
The opening of bottle is of medium size so be careful to not pour too much.  Don't shake it hard or else it will pour out too much.  Just gently tilt the bottle and the emulsion will gently flow out from the bottle.

PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion
PRIMERA Organience Emulsion

The emulsion smell like the organience water with slight smell of soy.  It is faint as the smell doesn't linger long after application.  It has the very light brown colour which turns transparent upon application.  The emulsion is very smooth, absorb easily, no stickiness or a film on the skin. I feels that it hydrates my skin without being too thick which is nice to have in this hot weather.  It does cause piling under sunscreen or makeup if you use a lot.

The emulsion doesn't irritate my skin or cause clogged pores despite having some shea butter in it.  There are many moisturising ingredients in there such as Algae, Rice, Cocoa, Soybean Sprout, Shea Butter, Olive Fruit Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.  There is also Dimethicone but is the 7th ingredients and all the moisturising ingredients starts from the 7th ingredients so I guess the percentage is not high enough to be clogging pores but still provide the moisturise and benefits that the skin needs.  After all, I don't mind if my moisturiser works slower on my skin but still hydrate and don't clog my pores.

However, do still check if there is any ingredients that you have to absolutely avoid because of allergy.

Soybean Sprouts helps in anti-aging and inhibit tyrosinase.
Dioscorea Japonica Root is a Japanese mountain yam that suppress allergic reaction for over sensitise skin.
Oryza Sativa(Rice) extract is for improving the texture of skin that has been damaged physically or chemically.
Houttuynia Cordata Extract is antifungal, anti bacterial, anti-viral and the plants that survives even after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2012.
Artemisia Vulgaris Extract is mugwort or wormwood relieves itchiness caused by burn or sensitivity.


Compare to the organience water, this contains more moisturising ingredients and lesser of the fantastic Houttuynia Cordata Extract and Artemisia Vulgaris Extract which my skin just seems to love.  This works great as a light moisturiser during summer and for oily skin type.  It didn't help to get rid of my acne but it doesn't make it worse.  The Organience series is not made to get rid of acne but made for skin that is already damaged by pollution or other external factors.

The organience line really does helps to reduce my redness, irritation and protect it from pollution since my skin only gets better when I was using it compare to when I stop using it for a few days.

Overall, I will recommend it for oily, barrier damaged skin, those living in polluted areas , sensitive red skin and love organic products with a lot of plants ingredients.  It does have any ingredients from animals so it should suit one's looking only for products made from plants.


Product retails for
Primera Organience water 180ML + Primera Organience emulsion 150ml for $38.45. Made in Korea.
from Globalinterpark or mobile Global interpark
Free international shipping and direct mobile link Here

For more information, please visit Primera Korea official website. Press sample. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.


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FOOD: SNOW FUNGUS AND GINGKO BILOBA DESSERT RECIPE

Hi Foodies, =)

I have finally drag my feet and come up with the recipe for Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis).  This is a traditional beauty food that dates back to Tang dynasty where royal concubine Yang Guifei (713 to 756) who is one of China's famed four great beauties favourite food to maintain her beauties and youth.  

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis) is consider as a tonic food which is widely use in medicinal food.  It has contains protein, fat and various amino acids, minerals and glycogen that can strengthen the immune system and thus help maintaining youthful beautiful skin =)

Snow fungus with gingko biloba is not difficult to cook but it is not easy to find fresh ingredients from this rural place I am currently in.  Also thanks to a reader who asked me for this recipe or else I will probably buried this somewhere in the back of my mind.

Snow fungus with gingko biloba recipe- Asian beauty food secret
Snow fungus with gingko biloba


Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis) tastes exactly like bird nest, also help the skin texture to be more hydrated, for anti aging and is a popular ingredient for traditional sweet dessert.  It is also called the "poor men bird nest".  Yeah, I am not rich to afford ginseng, don't like to be picking uncountable amount of bird's fur from the bird nest and doesn't want to contribute to increase in demands for bird nest.  

Besides, I admit that I like any plants ingredients that promises youthful skin without breaking my bank.  Beauty is also about inner health and also using the suitable skincare products which really makes sense since Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis) appears in medicinal and beauty products but of course the effect is better eaten =).

So, let's get into details on the recipes and ingredients.


gingko biloba
gingko biloba 
gingko biloba shells. If you buy the one fresh with the shells, then it is painstaking removing the shells.  Most of the time, I keep nails for this reason.  Also use a nutcracker or use a hammer like I did XD.

gingko biloba
gingko biloba 

This is the gingko biloba out of the shells . Please make sure the remove the skin or else it is going to be bitter. The one I have is about to dried up so please excuse the wrinkles look.

gingko biloba
gingko biloba
gingko biloba in the shells.

gingko biloba
gingko biloba
Please make sure to cut the gingko biloba in half and remove the 'heart'.  The heart is 'poisonous' and should not be eaten. Also limit your ginkgo biloba to not more than 10 else it will be overloading your body.  Gingko biloba eaten in moderation is good to lower blood pressure and also for anti aging XD.

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
This is the snow fungus or the scientific name Tremella fuciformis that I use.  Make sure the one you use is soft and easily breakable.  There are some others that feel, taste and smell like plastic which is far from being a delicious dessert.  Yes, this one is from China but please do not get the wrong idea.  There are quality stuff that comes from China but also many fakes and low quality stuff.  We only know how to differentiate good and bad stuff according to experience.  Snow fungus as you know if a type of fungus XD that grows from trees.  It is called with many names such as yin er, white jelly mushroom, Yin Er, Shirokikurage in Japanese and etc for the gelatinous white look.

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
DO not use the whole flower or else it will be too much. Half of the flower is enough for 4 bowls.  Stay away from those snow fungus that is to white. A good quality one is yellowish.

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis)
Soak the half snow fungus with boiled water (make sure the boiled water is in room temperature) and you will get something like this. Then break it up with scissors for it to be like bird nest.




Snow fungus with gingko biloba recipe- Asian beauty food secret
Snow fungus with gingko biloba

Snow fungus with gingko biloba recipe- Asian beauty food secret
Snow fungus with gingko biloba

Snow fungus with gingko biloba recipe- Asian beauty food secret
Snow fungus with gingko biloba

Snow fungus with gingko biloba recipe- Asian beauty food secret
Snow fungus with gingko biloba



SNOW FUNGUS AND GINGKO BILOBA DESSERT RECIPE

Recipe for five bowls (those Chinese rice bowl)

Ingredients: 
Snow fungus 20g (Tremella fuciformis)(soak in water and break it up)
rock sugar 200g
plain water 1250ml
gingko biloba (cleaned&removed the 'heart')

1.  Put the snow fungus, plain water and gingko biloba cooked inside the slow cooker for 4 hours on medium heat.  I am using the small slow cooker which doesn't have any heat control.

2.  After 3 hours, add in rock sugar and cooked until the until rock sugar got dissolved.


I am sorry that I could not find good red dates. You can add red dates(make sure the seeds are removed). So, who said Asian cooking is difficult?  So, if you are wondering what are the secret to youthful looking skin, Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis) with gingko biloba is one them.  It is like a long term botox for your skin XD .

If you find eating sea cucumber not your thing, then this gelatinous, jelly-like and plants can probably be your anti aging food.

So, do let me know if you like this recipe or find it interesting?






Not sponsored.  I am just sharing a homemade cooking recipe.
However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.



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