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Hi all, I just said bye to my long hair recently. I got exactly airy, pear-shape, medium-length hair as shown in above picture now!

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Hmn… a little bit too short than I expected. My new hair stylist moved his scissor before we finalized the length (!!), surely I got to be more alert and well communicated with him next time.

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In order to create the “bob” and light effects, I had Japanese perm (梨花烫) at hair tail and coloured the hair to brunette. Surprisingly my SO liked my new hairstyle very much, though I personally still preferring long hair (“b). Only thing is that this new hairstyle did require proper makeup to compliment the overall look, so basically I forced to have proper eye makeup on when I stepped out the house.

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My hair stylist taught me step-by-step how to blow my hair (after shower) at home, hence I can easily create the volume and thickness in just 10 minutes, with just a hair dryer and my fingers! It was pretty easy to manage I must say and the hair didn’t get tangled in strong wind too (haha).  However, the hair did get slightly flattened after an overnight sleep. Dampen the hair a little bit and take a quick blow normally can fix the issue and restore the fullness. Besides, I noticed the hairstylist applied a little bit baby powder (talc) onto my hair when he blew my hair to dry at salon, it gave the hair more volume but in the meantime, my non-oily hair got more drying. Good tips for greasy hair but definitely I won’t do that for my hair.

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         (Left: Haha, I can still tie up the hair!)

(Right: hair is slightly flattened when woke up in morning)


This new hairstyle can last for 6 months, so my hairstyle may be re-styling in this way (as shown in below picture).

Wanted to share a little bit trivia about my new hair stylist here. He is recommended by my sister (he is my sister’s hair stylist too), owned his own salon in a residential area and constantly upgrading his skill by attending various hair courses. During the four hours’ time spent in his neighborhood hair studio, I asked him a lot of questions and here are some interesting info that I got to know from him. Be warned, I didn’t study and verify the info with trusty source particularly in more detailed chemical explanation, hence welcome to leave a comment if you obtain different opinion from your hairstylist or you think his answer is untrue. (“v)


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Hair is dead tissue?

I read somewhere before that our hair is dead tissue, that sounds really odd actually. According to him (the hair stylist), it was correct for rebonding hair only because the extreme heat to straighten the hair had destroyed the inner hair structure, hence rebonding hair looked like “paralyzed” and remaining absolutely straight and flat in all circumstances, until you cut it off. Colouring, perming, curling, styling don’t change the inner hair structure, so these hair are still alive!  (Glad to know my hair is not dead tissue!)

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Oily hair and dry hair, which is better?

I saw few whitish flakes came off from hair scalp and he told me they were dead cells of hair scalp, which normally happen to dry hair scalp. Oily hair scalp tends to loss hair compared with dry hair scalp. According to him, the most troublesome and tricky hair work was always associated with boldness because it was very difficult to create a nice hairstyle for the customers who have boldness issue. (My goodness! I haven’t thought of boldness yet…)


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Is hair treatment necessary?

I believe all hair stylists would tell hair treatment is necessary. With no exception, he said it was worth to invest in periodical hair treatment for healthy balanced hair scalp. Hydrate the hair with nano-technology product and seal in the moisture with oil or silicone based product. We can DIY at home but hair salon has proper equipment, hence the result may be varied. (So we still can have treatment done at home with good product …)


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Silicone bad for hair?

He also advised me try to avoid silicone-based product if possible because silicone builds up and accumulates on hair over the time (silicone has ability to bond to hair), which resulting limp hair and might obstruct treatment ingredients to be absorbed in hair. Moreover, a new hair colour won’t be easily pigmented on hair (Does this means silicone also prevents bad ingredients to be absorbed by hair then??).  Generally silicone-based product is helpful to keep the hair more manageable. (I actually pondered if this was the reason why my normal drugstore hair care lost their softening effect after using for a while as most budget drugstore hair conditioner/mask were heavy silicone-based)


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Should I wash my hair everyday?

I asked him this question because I was a little bit worry if I over-cleansed my hair since I shampooed my hair every day. He told me to wash the hair everyday to prevent oily scalp in tropical climate and also remove the silicone build up from hair styling product and conditioner. Nevertheless,  he told not to leave on the shampoo on hair scalp for too long because the detergent wasn’t good for hair scalp. He/the assistant actually washed my hair in quicker way comparing to other hair salon, no 3-step washing (shampoo, conditioner, treatment) and no head massage too. (Ya… I always not shampoo my hair more than a minute because I wasn’t a miner worked in mines)


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Dying the coloured hair?

I just dyed my long hair at home with Garnier kits nearly 3 months ago,  of course the dying was uneven and not even meet a professional hair-colouring standard. Ehm… my main intention was to hide the grey hair, after all not many (any??) women can tolerate grey hair despite the hair stylist said I don’t have to worry about my minimal grey hair yet. Forget the harmful hair bleaching, professional hair stylist with hair-olouring qualification able to work with colour system and mixed a custom-blended colour. That means, in order to create the colour C as end result, the new custom-blended colour A will mix/swatch with customer existing hair colour B then come out the desired colour C. As this was my first-time dying the hair in hair salon, so I never knew hair stylist needs to have special qualification for this. I think next time I should just leave the hair colouring to my hairstylist if I wasn’t sure the end-result of DIY hair dying.  (Or I just stick with the DIY hair-colouring kit that worked fine for me)


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Treatment is essential after hair colouring?

I always thought treatment after hair colouring was aimed to repair & strengthen the coloured hair or to protect the new colour. However, he only used a lightweight ampoule to massage on my hair scalp after hair colouring. He told me the ampoule aimed to balance the alkaline pH from hair colouring chemical in order to maintain healthy growing environment for hair root. (When I DIY at home, I always avoid the dye chemical contacted with  hair scalp)


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What is the difference between normal shampoo and shampoo for coloured hair?

Interestingly he said the only major difference between normal shampoo and shampoo for coloured hair was the pH. According to him, shampoo for coloured hair was non-alkaline or less alkaline than normal shampoo because alkaline-pH cleansing product has stronger cleansing power which wasn’t good for maintaining hair colour. As conclusion, using pH gentle hair care can prolong the hair colour, not necessary must grab a shampoo for coloured hair. (So we should question what is the “special ingredient” next time when product marketing department told us their shampoo has “special ingredient” to protect the colour treated hair)

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How long the colour will fade?

Among the colour base, red, purple and blue colours were the easier to colour fading. So if you want to have long-lasting hair colour, avoid these three colours series. Colour fading doesn’t mean to reveal the original hair pigment because the original hair pigment had been changed during irreversible chemical reaction of hair colouring. In fact the fading dye will look dull and less attractive.  (I see…let’s wait and see what happen to my brown shade after few months)


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At the end of the chatting with my hair stylist, I found there was a lot of similarity between hair care and skin care, after all the main component of our hair, skin and nail were protein. At this moment I was still using normal drugstore shampoo because that was what I can afford but I started adhering to natural botanical-based conditioner/hair treatment since several months ago because I had seen the difference. The bottom line is, when you are the user for 365 days per year, you can speak from your own experience what is good for your hair.

~ Have a nice day ~

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I never spent a lot on body care product but this Aromatherapy Associates (AA) Enrich Body Butter seriously tempted me. I had raved this body butter in my spa review, admittedly INR3024/150ml (~USD68 at that time) excluding tax for a body cream was immensely expensive, did it worth the price then?

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First of all, it smelt heavenly for me! The therapeutic scent did calm my mind, reduce the mental fatigues and improve depression before sleeping. This was pure bliss whenever I wanted to pamper myself into sweet dream. (︠   ︡  ﺭ) z Z z…

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However, I was not wearing this body butter every night, it was nothing related to its hefty price tag but the powerful scent was quite overwhelming if using every night. It was only essential when the night I needed some therapeutic properties, alternatively I would go for another drugstore body butter or aromatherapy body massage oil.

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Though it called butter, the cream consistency felt rather light and quickly melted into skin, like wearing a soft silky veil. Non-greasy, non-sticky, yet it just blended into the skin very well. It was a nice touch for not-so-dry skin, you certainly need richer cream or additional product for harsh/very dry climate. For optimal result, the use direction was clearly printed on the product packaging, not necessary must be AA product line but you getting the idea what type of product work best together with the body butter.

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Click to enlarge picture for the use direction

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If you love aromatherapy as much as I did, having healthy skin  and do not mind to splurge on occasion, I love to recommend this lightweight body butter to you.  Else, a budget body butter probably giving the same moisturizing result. Please note this is not soothing and suitable for irritated and sensitive skin. Nonetheless, this is the “best” (subjective term) body cream that I used so far and the fineness of the cream is definitely not a budget body butter can compare to. My honest opinion.

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Rating: …)))       Excellent. Willing to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Octanoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglycryl-3 Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Orbignya Speciosa (Babassu) Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose Gum, Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka) Bean Extract, Parfum (Pure Essential Oils), Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Salicylate*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Citral, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, ISO Eugenol*, Benzyl Cinnimate*, Limonene*, Benzyl Alcohol*

*Natural Essential Oil Contents

 

Embracing the modern science, while I adore Asian wisdom of using oriental herbs in beauty, I also admire the ancient wisdom of west in skin care. I was mentioned how this Aromatherapy Associates (AA) Revitalizing Face Oil worked amazingly for me in the spa review previously. Today, I am going to bring out additional good things about this face oil.

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UK origins Aromatherapy Associates offers various face oil such as Fine line Face Oil and Intensive Skin Treatment Oil for their Anti-age skincare, or Essential Skincare like Revitalizing Face Oil, Nourishing Face Oil and Refining Face Oil. Their products are now sold at exclusive hotels, spas and retail outlets in over 30 countries worldwide.

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Enriched with rose, frankincense and borage, the AA Revitalizing Face Oil aims to soften and smooth skin, whilst improving radiance. It has very similar delightful scent of Clarins Blue Orchid Oil, a divine scent to soothe stressful mind. Honestly, I am getting addicted to aromatherapy day by day especially I am a person easily get stressed.

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The oily consistency is runny on skin, apparently it feels lighter than Clarins Blue Orchid Oil but it actually tastes heavier than the Clarins’s for my combination skin. As per the product label, this is suitable for normal to dry, mature and sensitive skin type. Seriously not for acne prone and oily skin.

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My skin care routine with this oil was pretty simple. Cleansing –> AA Revitalizing Face Oil –> Shiseido Revital Wrinklelift AA (eye care). Well, I did not even need moisturizer afterwards because it already very moisturizing for my combination skin in humid climate. However, I avoided using this oil on oilier T-zone when I suffered acnes from using a BB cream or, when the T-zone becomes very oily.

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Although the product said to be used morning and night after cleansing and toning, I only used this at night in air-conditioning environment. What I normally did is, take a drop (pump) in palm, then rub and warm the oil in palms before gently sweep onto skin in lifting motion. Remember to sniff the scent, then repeat the step for neck and use the leftover for my T-zone. Under normal warm & humid room temperature, it seemed to take ages to be absorbed; when my skin is normal-dry in low humidity environment, it absorbed in skin fairly quick and skin was very silky and smooth touching. In fact it surprised me every morning with a lovely soft and firm skin though my oily T-zone might be a tad shiny. Well moisturized skin that I could not spot a dry line on my face! Besides, my aging pores were appearing tighter too, must praise the exceptional moisturizing factor.

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Nevertheless AA Revitalizing face oil did not work positively at the beginning, my forehead even broke out a little which reminded me of the same experience using Clarins Blue Orchid Oil in the past. Anyhow it started showing the positive effects after using it for more than 2 weeks. Being an aromatherapy lover and having sensitive skin, although I could enjoy benefits of aroma therapeutic treatment every night but any potential side-effect of essential oil and parfum are still under observation.

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Ever since I justified the scar healing result of pure Rosehip oil, I was keen to know if this premium face oil works as well as the Rosehip oil. Okay, I got a tiny scratch under eye (what a careless woman), it was really small and I actually expected it would naturally heal up in short time. This AA face oil never stung the scratch but in the meantime I did not think my unscientific testing here can truly justified the healing effect, I was actually more interested in knowing if the oil helped to fade the tiny scar. Probably the tiny scar can be healed up and leaves no scar naturally without any skin care too.

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。……∞…… 。 Testing  。……∞…… 。


(From left to right) A tiny scratch under eye. Fortunately it can be concealed easily by a concealer. When I remembered to check the scar again after 10 days, it had been totally faded off (no makeup in the third picture).

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Note: I used the AA face oil for undereye on first 2 nights, then the following days I used Shiseido Revital WrinkleliffAA on the scar too. I just simply forgot I had a scratch under eye!

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Using 1~2 drops (pump) a night, the face oil can last for several months, however I used 5~6 drops each application when spent my vacation in dry climate, hence it consumed pretty fast in such circumstances. I bought this INR3427.20/15ml (~USD78 at that time) excluding tax at The Claridges Spa in India, it is available in several spas in Bangkok too which I believe they are also overpriced here. Beautiful face oil but I might be searching for more affordable alternative, having said that, I would be always happy return to this face oil.

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Rating:  ….)))       Excellent. Willing to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil, Santulum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Parfum**, Boswellia Carteril (Frankincense) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*.

*Essential Oil Contents     

**Pure Essential Oils

Cosmetics may be making me look 5 years younger but stress surely make me look 10 years older.

Oh ~ No no no no nope ~ 

Here are some tips to cheer up the mood …

Act cute

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Being loved

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Be a little bit narcissistic

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Be kind to animal

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Be surprise

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Being out of ordinary once in a while

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Surprise others

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Love your pet

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Cry the sadness away

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Healing power of music

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In good relationship

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Keep your best buddies ‘s secrets

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Smile from your heart

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Give a kiss to your love one

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Have character

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Pick up your yoga

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Shake your body to be fit

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Have a sound sleep

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Take thing easy

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…. ~ Have a nice day ~ …

I wanted to get a replacement of the Diorshow mascara sample, and drugstore mascara was my primary choice. I was just being price-oriented and without thinking much, I got this L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes – Extra Black for €10 at Etos pharmacy in Netherlands. After all, I do have some confidence in L’Oreal mascara, not to say their discontinued Lancome Definicils mascara used to be my favorite.

The product label did not give much information, literally I could only recognize English word “Volume Million Lashes – Extra Black” on the product label. There were several versions of this mascara at the store but only “Extra Black” was having promotion at the time of purchase.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes claiming volumize and millionize lashes, inside the mascara tube it contains an excess wiper to remove excess mascara, thus no overload, no clumps.

The mascara wand is bendable and having soft bristles. I personally did not find any technically difference with unbendable wand for application.

This is non-waterproof, it can easily be removed by water. As circled in white in above attached picture (after removing the mascara by water),  you can see the mascara contains very fine shimmering particles. It normally “smudge-proof” since my eye area is quite drying however when skin became oilier it would smudged a little on the lower lashes. In fact, I would not purchase if I know it is non-waterproof beforehand because I felt more secure  with waterproof one.

 

∞ ▫ ∞  Testing   ∞ ▫ ∞

(I did not use eyelash curler for the testing pictures)

Minimum lengthening and volumizing, slightly up-lifting, well seperating.

 (before) In initial usage, the excess wiper seemed to be useless, the mascara still overload and created a clumpy look.

(after) After several usage, the mascara became more drying, no more clumpy

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As I have naturally spare and short lashes, almost all mascaras able to enhance my eyelashes. I quite liked the “feathery” eyelashes  by this L’Oreal Volume Million Lashesn but ignored this mascara after a month because the mascara became rather drying. Looking for new mascara now.

Rating: ….)))        Satisfied. Will not buy again.

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I had no intention to purchase this initially. However, when the Sasa sales assistant told me this was on 50% discount which only available on particular date and at particular outlet (purchase condition applied). Oh no (!!)… as I had fulfilled the all requirements, my left brain and right brain were fighting fiercely in the minute and obviously my right brain claimed the victory at the end. I paid RM25 for 30mlx6 sheets in Malaysia, the normal retail price is RM55.

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Anyway my left brain was not upset at all. This was a nice whitening mask, my skin appeared hydrated and glowing after each application. The mask essence was easily absorbed into skin and has no noticeable scent. Perhaps there was a little bit sticky touch right after removing the mask sheet but it left skin feeling refreshing and the mask essence was non-heavy.

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As the mask essence was very watery so be aware the mask essence will be dripping when newly removed from the pack. The very wet mask sheet adhered to skin nicely except the jaw part the mask sheet dropped few times during the 20 minutes application.

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In fact this Neogence C+ Multi-Whitening Mask served me well in both humid and dry season. I did not rate it Excellent here because I actually had no dehydrated and dull skin lately hence the effects of the mask did not impress me. As a conclusion, not the best whitening mask I had ever tried but it was a budget whitening mask that worth a try.

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Rating: ….)))     Good. May buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Beta-Glucan, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (0.5%), Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Exract, Ellagic Acid, Methylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA.


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Hi, many things have been keeping my mind and time occupied these days, thus I need more time to response to all comments. Please bear with me, thank you.

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