Monday, August 21, 2017

Beauty Review: Nanowhite Dark Spot Corrective Serum


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?

I believe every girl has that “snow white” dream in the heart but having fair, translucent glowing skin may not be easy for some. Like myself, I have been staying outdoors for quite a bit lately and my skin condition isn’t making me happy.

So my hunt for whitening products has led me to the discovery of Nanowhite,
a locally-produced comprehensive whitening skincare range.

The Nanowhite Regime.
Nanowhite 4-step range is effective for general maintenance and whitening, suitable for all skin types.

Step 1: Cleanse - Awakening Snow Wash
Step 2: Tone - Refining Treatment Toner
Step 3: Serum -  Dark Spot Corrective Serum
Step 4: Moisten -  Double Action Whitening Gel-Cream

Step 1,2 and 4 are the ‘basics’ that have been well-loved by consumers. To complete the whitening skincare regime, Nanowhite Dark Spot Corrective Serum is newly added into the range and used as Step 3.

Nanowhite Dark Spot Corrective Serum (30ml)

The *new* Star Product.
Yay, glad to be one of the first to have my hands on the all-new Nanowhite Dark Spot Corrective Serum, the “one corrector for your various skin concerns” towards spotless clarity.

Why Serum?
Don't belittle the power of serum! It has smaller molecules that can penetrate deeper into skin. And it contains very high concentration of active ingredients. For better absorption of active ingredients, do not skip the serum in your skincare routine!

The Ingredients.
Simple. 3 unique and powerful whitening ingredients – Nanotechnology, Omega White-C and Natural Extracts – to form a whitening concentrate which helps:


Benefits:
❤ Visibly reduce dark spot intensity, acne scarring and skin discoloration
❤ Brighten and even up skin tone
❤ Improve translucent glow on skin
❤ Enhance skin luminosity
❤ Allow for longer-lasting fairness

How To Use:
After cleansing and toning, apply evenly to your face before applying day/night moisturiser.
Apply another layer over areas with spots.

Upon application ; Before spreading out

Texture:
Although it is known as a "whitening concentrate", the texture is amazingly lightweight.
Probably one of the lightest serum that I have tried so far.


After spreading out the serum over the skin

Feel:
It feels smooth and easily spreadable on the skin. Absorption wise, it is super speedy too. No sticky / uncomfortable residue. And it better preps the skin for the next step - day/night cream. Good for my dry, sensitive skin that cannot stand "overly rich products".


Effect:
Although my skin generally does not have much dark spots / acne scars, I love how the product helps to enhance the overall radiance of skin, brighten and even up my skin tone. But if you have some areas of concern (with spots), remember to apply another layer for maximum effect!

Verdict:
1. Overall, it suits those who need solution for dark spots, acne scars and skin discoloration.
2. Also works well as general maintenance for improved glow and luminosity of the skin.
3. Although the effect may vary on each individual, it is recommended to use the whole series of Nanowhite products for at least 3 months to achieve optimum results as they have been designed to work as a “system”.

Live your life to the brightest with Nanowhite!

Nanowhite products are available in-store and online at
Watsons: www.watsons.com.my or

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

[Travel] Kompong Phluk & MeChrey Siem Reap Floating Villages @ Cambodia

Back to a casual update on my trip to Cambodia, so I have visited most of the historical temples in Angkor Archaeological Park and explored the rest of Siem Reap Town. You must be wondering what else to visit there. As suggested by many tuk-tuk drivers and travellers online, the next best thing to do in Siem Reap is to go for a Floating Village trip around Tonle Sap lake

It is truly a good experience for those who have not seen similar places before, otherwise you may find it boring and not worth the entry fee of $20 for this short tour that takes about 2 hours. 

Chong Kneas and Kompong Khleang are amongst the floating villages that become top tourists' attractions, but seriously you'd get pissed off because there are just too many locals pushing you to buy stuff and young kids asking for donations. Hence, I prefer Kompong Phluk, totally peaceful and free from disturbances. 

The boat journey is actually quite scenic and enjoyable. I read online about the growing flow of tourists here with dozens of boats at the dock, but during my trip, Kompong Phluk is pretty quiet and has kept a lot of its authenticity.

Well, Kompong Phluk is a small village, so the boat ride is consequently quite short, passing by a mangrove swamp along a narrow stream of river. To hop onto the smaller boat and explore the mangrove swamp, there will be additional charge of $5 but we skip that because there are plenty of similar scenes in our country. 

Honestly the scene is unpleasant initially, with plenty of filthy smell and trash in the water. But as soon as our boat navigates towards the ocean, the smell goes away and I am very glad to see the oceanic blue sea right in front of me. 

Overall, it is a short but nice experience, to be able to get closer to the nature and enjoy the oceanic breeze.

On the following day, we spend our afternoon visiting another floating village, which is less discovered by the tourists and travel agencies. I particularly love this place more because it is truly authentic, despite of the long distance away from Siem Reap town (It takes 1.5 hours tuk-tuk ride to the small pier!) 

Thanks to its low number of visitors, MeChrey floating village feels genuinely untouched and peaceful. When we arrive by the small pier around 2pm, there are literally no other tourists' tuk tuk or van around. 

Upon arriving at MeChrey, you will see several dozens of wooden houses floating on the river as far as the eye can see.  Then I am surprised that this village moves along the river and Tonlé Sap lake according to the seasons. Sounds amazing right?


More than a village, MeChrey is a small town with a primary school, floating market and everything that such a large community requires to function. Along the way, you can ask the boat operator to stop for some photographs.

Here we can see how the little kids row their boats home, some younger ones are assisted by their seniors while the girls here are as strong as boys! As I personally have never seen such things before, it is a truly mind-boggling experience.

School children are rowing their boats home during sunset.

One of the best things about MeChrey is the picturesque scenery of sunset that truly captivates my heart when I am in the middle of the lake. Looking at those kids, I can't help but to feel how blessed I am to be able to live in the city complete with facilities that make my life so much easier compared to the less fortunate ones in Cambodia. 

Also, at MeChrey, there are few floating homes that sell freshly caught seafood at $2 per kg. This service is operated by the locals, and it is entirely up to us whether to buy anything from them. No forcing at all. I really hope it remains this way in future. 

But we show our support by buying a fish from them, and have it cooked at Khmer Organic Kitchen for our dinner. It is located in the village along the returning way from MeChrey, so we stop by for a traditional Khmer 4-course meal.

Sitting on the lovely rugs in the attap hut, it feels very relaxing to sip on the
fresh young coconut as the breezy wind sweeps lightly against the skin.

The trip to MeChrey including the delicious Khmer dinner costs USD $30 per person, which I feel slightly overpriced but totally worth the overall experience that perfects my trip to Cambodia.

Overall, the floating villages are worth visiting if you have spare time (Half a day or 1 day) in Siem Reap. The experience of living like a local here is indeed memorable for me :)

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