Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Yeabbo LUKE Korean Beauty Masks for Face, Eyes & Nose

Each time when a new Korean brand reaches Malaysia, I’d be excited because it means more fun and quirky products to experiment with! This round, I have gotten a full set of “LUKE – Total Skincare Solutions” masks from Yeabbo

100% designed, formulated and made in Korea, LUKE gives us 3 most effective ways to achieve that healthy glowing skin result by using:
(1) Face Mask
(2) Eye Patch
(3) Nose Strips

Look at LUKE’s cute packaging, does it remind you of some familiar doll characters? LUKE is the name of this little girl actually, constantly wanting to have fair smooth skin without spending a bomb.

Well, that’s us too right? We all love our skin health but are reluctant to spend too much on it. Hence, LUKE masks are affordably priced (in fact, it is very cheap!!)

Yeabbo LUKE Essence Mask (21g)

Yeabbo LUKE has different kinds of facial masks for different purposes:
❤ Deep cleansing, by penetrating the pores
❤ Healing, by reducing acne scars and pigmentation
❤ Brightening, for a gradual illumination of the skin tone

But the facial masks here mainly bring us the revitalizing, healing, and refreshing effects. Depending on your lifestyle, it can actually bring long-term benefits to the skin.

Among the 5 types of Essence Mask available, I'm using the Collagen mask for more moisturized skin.
The benefits of each type include:

❤ Aloe Vera - Soothing, Conditioning, Mosturizing, Calming
❤ Collagen - Moisturizing, Skin Nourishing, Anti-oxidation
❤ Green Tea - Soothing, Conditioning, Moisturizing, Revitalizing
❤ Hyaluron - Soothing, Conditioning, High Moisturizing
❤ Snail - Soothing, Nutrition, Conditioning

How To Use:
1. Apply moisturizer on cleansed face. 
2. Then position the mask on your face and put on lightly with your fingertips.
3. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and remove the mask.
4. Remove mask and gently massage remaining essence into skin.

❤ Design: The thick, smooth sheet in Asian-face size makes it one of the better quality Korean masks I have tried.
❤ Texture: ​It adheres well onto the skin.
❤ Feature: It contains different plant extracts that provide the skin with a strong foundation of anti-oxidants, moisture and nutrients.

❤ Result: Brighter, more plump and moisturized skin immediately after use. I can see the slight "glow" improvement on my skin.
❤ What I like: Very moisturizing and it makes the skin feel younger!

Yeabbo LUKE Hydrogel Eye Patch (5g)

I love how specialized the LUKE masks are! They have a series of eye mask-- the Hydrogel Eye Patch-- for removing wrinkles, dark circles or puffiness around eye area. We can't avoid skin aging especially on our most delicate eye area, but we can help reduce the sign of aging.

Hence, LUKE comes with these 5 variants of eye patches to cater for different needs:
❤ Dark Circle - Improve rough skin and prevent skin cell damage
❤ Collagen - Improve dry, rough skin around eyes
❤ Eye Puffiness - Reduce swelling
❤ Snail - Heal skin damage, and protect the skin from external environment
❤ Wrinkle - Refresh skin, improve elasticity and prevent aging
If you are constantly exposed to sunlight or don't get enough sleep, this is probably what you need the most.

How To Use:
1. Apply mask on dry, cleansed face. 
Beauty Tips: Applying cream before patch will enhance your result.
2. Leave mask on 20~30 minutes.
3. Remove the mask and no rinsing is required. 


I am trying out the Dark Circle Eye Patch.  For better effectiveness, I apply a thin layer of my usual eye cream onto my dark circles before putting on the eye patch.

❤ Design: The two droplet-shaped gel patch has a perfect fit on the under-eye area.
❤ Texture: ​The soft and elastic gel patch adheres on the eye area very well.
❤ Feature: It stores effectively the components of moisture and active ingredients (No additives!) due to the Low Density Matrix structure of patch.

❤ Result: My serious dark circles are remarkably reduced right after using the eye patch! I can see that it is less dark and swollen.
❤ What I like: This high-density thick gel patch is easy to use, convenient and I can skip the rinsing step! It can be used anytime at anywhere I want.  

Yeabbo LUKE Nose Cleansing Strip (2g)

Another type of special care mask is specially for the nose! Admit it, nobody likes blackheads and whiteheads. The usual remedy I use is the clay type of mask, which may be messy for some. So LUKE Nose Cleansing Strip is a quick, mess-free alternative to it.

The peel-off pore strip works well in getting rid of the excess sebum and dead skin cells that cause blackheads. It comes in handy especially when you have only 10-15 minutes for quick beauty treatment-- You'll be able to see instantaneous result after using it!

The Nose Cleansing Strip comes in 3 types:
 Lemon Tea Tree - Eliminate toxin, calming, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
❤ Charcoal - Calming, sterilization and anti-inflammatory actions
❤ Mugwort - Calming and deep cleansing

How To Use:
1. Peel the strip of the plastic liner.
2. Make the strip wet slightly by spraying water on.
Beauty Tips: Don't make it too wet, otherwise the adhesive side may not work
3. Apply to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
4. Let the sheet dry completely (You will feel the pulling sensation).
5. Peel off slowly from the edges towards center. 

Beauty Tips: Recommended 1-2 time per week to keep nose clean and freshly.
Don't forget to tighten the pores after use, by applying toner!

The result of the Charcoal Nose Strip I use on my nose - Sorry this is a bit disgusting,
but I can clearly see all my whiteheads and blackheads on this strip.

❤ Design: Perfect size and shape for the nose.
❤ Texture: ​The strip adheres very well on a wet nose surface. As it dries, it gives a pulling sensation on the skin.
❤ Feature: It removes wastes and excess sebum deep in the pores effectively.

❤ Result: Whiteheads and blackheads are removed from the nose and are stuck to the strip. My nose area is remarkably cleaner and free from clogging substances!
❤ What I like: It is very easy to use, quick and effective to remove blackheads and sebum.

Verdict: 
1. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with Yeabbo LUKE beauty masks for the face, eyes and nose as they are all effective and affordable! ❤ 
2. The mask concept is simple and straight-forward, making my beauty regime easier and more convenient without having to worry about the cost.
3. My favourite product? Definitely the Nose Strip!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: PURE BEAUTY Pomegranate Urban Shield Skincare

It wasn't too long since I first tried the new Korean skincare series, Pure Beauty Pomegranate Urban Shield; but I am pretty satisfied with the products. The reason why it is called the “Urban Shield” is because it mainly defends the skin from pollution! 

Well, we know how the daily pollution makes our skin looks dull and contributes to skin aging.
Therefore we need to enhance our “protection”...

Pomegranate is known for its powerful, high antioxidant content. What’s better in this range is that the upgraded formula combines fermented pomegranate extract, Swiss Radiance, Bulgarian Rose Water, certified organic ingredients and most importantly, the anti-pollution compound, Urban Shield Complex to bring anti-oxidant, anti-pollution and anti-aging benefits.

If you do not already know, Pure Beauty’s products are always derived from antioxidant-based blends of ingredients created from the finest natural resources for visible, long-term results.

Pure Beauty is exclusively available at Watsons.

There are 8 products altogether in Pure Beauty Pomegranate Urban Shield range:

         ❤ Clarifying Foaming Cleanser (150ml)
         ❤ Clarifying Toner (140ml)
         ❤ Reviving Serum (35ml)
         ❤ Protective Day Lotion SPF20 (50ml)
         ❤ Renewal Night Cream (50ml)
         ❤ Reviving Eye Gel (15ml)
         ❤ Recharging Cream Mask (100ml)
         ❤ Makeup Remover Facial Cleansing Wipes (20 wipes)

I am sure all of us want to have a strong skin barrier, revitalized and radiant skin, right? Then this is the skincare range to go for. This range is dermatologist tested and made in Korea using advanced skincare technology. 

Now...let me try the 3 recommended products from this range 

Clarifying Foaming Cleanser (150ml)

A cleansed, pollution-free skin always begins with deep cleansing (of course with appropriate makeup remover too). And this foam cleanser can help to:
          ❤ Remove impurities and all traces of pollution
          ❤ Soothe and hydrate skin
          ❤ Strengthen the skin barrier 

Texture: ★★
Upon pressing the pump bottle, the cleanser comes out in the form of smooth, creamy foam.
Hence, the tiny particles of the foam can reach the pores and cleanse away any impurities.
I love it because it saves me from the hassle of lathering :)

Fragrance: ★★★
It smells great with refreshing fruity scent. Lovely!

How does it feel: ★★★
The creamy foam makes cleansing easier as it is able to reach deep in the pores. After washing off,
it does not leave any dry / sticky feeling. I like the fresh finish it gives to the skin.

What I like: ★★
Simple, straight-forward and easy to use!

Reviving Serum (35ml)

Cleansing is always followed by toning, and let's not forget about applying serum too. The reviving serum is a transparent gel that gives the skin a lightweight "protection" by:
          ❤ Penetrating deeply to replenish and repair damaged skin to improve skin tone
          ❤ Smoothing and revitalizing skin  
          ❤ Boosting skin defense and minimizing effects of pollution

Texture: ★★
The gel texture is lightweight and easy to "melt" onto the skin.

Fragrance: ★★★
It has rich fruity-floral aroma which I believe most girls will love it!

How does it feel: ★★★
The gel serum is ultra lightweight and not overwhelmingly rich for the skin. The smooth finish is just
nice to give a thin, moisturizing layer of protection to the skin without leaving any sticky feeling.

What I like: ★★
 A quick and easy-to-apply serum that provides glowing youthful looking complexion over time.

Protective Day Lotion SPF20 (50ml) 

Apart from special care items such as night cream, eye gel and facial mask, I will never ever leave home without applying day lotion / sunblock. The Protective Day Lotion SPF20 works well both as a skin hydration booster and sunscreen. 

Some of the benefits are:
          ❤ Hydrate and protect skin against the harmful effects of city living
          ❤ Revive tired and stressed skin
          ❤ Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
          ❤ Revitalize the complexion

Texture: ★★
Despite of its creamy texture, the product is easy to blend on the skin.
Nevertheless, the cream is not overly thick.


Fragrance: ★★★
Lovely and feminine scent that makes the skin feel great!

How does it feel: ★★★
The cream is not extremely rich, but a very thin layer is sufficient to protect the skin without feeling oily.

What I like: ★★
A two-in-one sun protection day cream-- Convenient and hassle-free.


Verdict: 
1. Overall, Pure Beauty Pomegranate Urban Shield is great for those who need a stronger skin barrier and natural healthy radiance ❤ 
2. Good products need not be expensive, all we need are products that suit our skin and do not burn our pockets. I love how this skincare range is affordably priced and able to deliver its benefits effectively.
3. My favourite product? Definitely the Reviving Serum


Looking forward to trying out the rest of Pure Beauty Pomegranate Urban Shield skincare range! 

Pure Beauty Pomegranate Urban Shield range is exclusively available at all Watsons stores nationwide and e-store. Don't forget to check out the latest promotions / deals at www.watsons.com.my!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

百味濃 Bai Wei Cuisine : Value Meal at Desa Sri Hartamas!

The opening of Bai Wei Cuisine in Sri Hartamas is probably the most welcoming scene for the Chinese community there who are seeking delicious oriental food. Plus, I don't see much Chinese comfort food around this area too. 

The reason behind this name is pretty simple-- Bai Wei Cuisine Restaurant (百味濃) brings us a wide variety of flavours from different provinces in China, such as the classic dishes from Hainan, Teochew and more. 

Tucked around the quieter side of Desa Sri Hartamas, slightly further away from the night entertainment hub, I am delighted that parking is ample during my weekend visit. And the restaurant's weekend crowd mainly comprises families staying around the area. 

A beautiful wall painting of an oriental lady with her cigarette and marble wooden furniture adorn the interior, reminding me of a classic scene in the old Chinese movie. The restaurant is spacious and you can dine comfortably at your ease. 

The two-page menu is pretty simple and straight forward but that does not limit the number of choices you have there. The menu of Bai Wei Cuisine is pretry extensive, ranging from main noodle dishes, to light bites and Chinese sweet soups.


Considering the location, the food here is really affordable and the portion is reasonably huge.
Suitable for all meals be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper! 

MAIN MEAL (主食)
Signature Mee Pok (招牌面卜) @ RM7.50

If you are working nearby, Bai Wei Cuisine is a great choice for a hearty lunch that fits your budget. The No. 1 Signature Noodle, Mee Pok is a must-try for first timers. It looks similar to Hakka noodles as it is generously topped with flavourful minced pork and crispy pork lard, but the homemade noodle here is thinner and smoother in texture. 

I love how they insist in using the homemade ingredients such as noodles, fish cakes, fish balls and fish cakes-- so they do not contain any preservatives or boric acid. The resulting taste? Fresh, crunchy and delicious! 

Celery Noodles (芹菜面) @ RM8.00

Same goes to the homemade celery noodles. It is a well-loved dish especially among the healthy goers as the clear soup is well-flavoured while you can really taste the aroma of celery in the noodles. Your parents would probably love it too!

Fried Porridge (绝味炒粥 - 两人份) @ RM13.00 (Serves two)

Here's another highly-recommended dish that you must try! The key ingredient here is the sliced dried cuttlefish (吊片) that makes every spoonful of the thick, smooth porridge bursting with rich flavours. 

If you are up for heavy flavours, this is certainly for you. 

Fried Fish Noodles and Chee Cheong Fun (炒鱼面猪肠粉) @ RM8.50

My personal favourite also includes this fried noodle dish which is a creative variation from our usual staple Char Kuey Teow. Instead of Hor Fun, it features crunchy Fish Noodle and soft, chewy Chee Cheong Fun sheets. 

The texture is fantastic as we can get a combination of both. Plus, the "wok hei" in this dish brings out the robust aroma and flavours we love. 
  
Golden Homeland Noodles (黄金家乡面) @ RM8.50

Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南鸡饭) @ RM8.00
Not keen on noodles? They serve rice too! 

SNACK (小吃)
Bai Wei Trio Platter (百味三宝) @ RM10.00

I am pretty sure that an individual portion of main dish is sufficient for one. But sometimes we prefer ordering some appetizers for sharing and the first thing we pick is the Bai Wei Trio Platter, comprising 3 types of fish paste stuffed in crispy bean curd sheet with different condiments.

Here we can taste the real fish flavours, so soft and juicy!

Fried Dumpling (锅贴) @ RM7.00

Yam Cake (芋头糕) @ RM4.00

Toast Bread (烘面包) @ RM2.50

While we also share the fried dumpling and steamed yam cake, we want to have the toasted bun just to ourselves. The slab of butter melts perfectly in the mouth with the crispy bun. Simply comforting to the tummy. 

DESSERTS (甜品)
Barley Fu Chuk Gingko (Hot) (白果腐竹薏米) @ RM4.50
Ginger Tea + Soy Milk (Hot) (姜茶豆奶) @ RM4.50
Signature Tau Fu Fah with White, Brown or Almond Sugar (Cold) (招牌豆腐花) @ RM4.50

I am surprised that the restaurant serves 6 types of homemade Chinese soup desserts as well. Everything is prepared in-house, and it costs only RM4.50 per portion! We love the way each dessert is made from generous amount of ingredients, bringing out the real flavours instead of mere sugar sweetness.

Recommendations? The crowd's favourite is the Tau Fu Fah with Almond Sugar and the Barley Fu Chuk Gingko

Double Boiled Winter Melon Longan (Cold) (炖冬瓜龙眼肉) @ RM4.50
If you prefer something cold and soothing to the palate, here you go.

Signature Hainan Tea (招牌海南茶) @ RM3.80

Overall, we are satisfied with our hearty lunch here as it brings us different flavours close to home. But no meal here is complete without the signature frothy Milk Tea-- the right ratio of milk, tea and foam, plus the "pulling" technique are just on point.

To sum up my experience at Bai Wei Cuisine in 3 words, it would be "Value for money, delicious, and comfortable!"

百味濃 Bai Wei Cuisine
(Same row as Old Town White Coffee)
38G, Jalan 28/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2389 3701
Facebook: www.facebook.com/baiweicuisine.srihartamas
Business Hours: 8am - 10pm daily

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