From flat to fabulous

Attended Dove’s event at DoubleTree by Hilton last month. They just launched their latest hair care range, the new Dove Volume & Nourishment.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with flat hair almost all my life. I was born with naturally fine, wavy hair (pretty much like Raina’s), but as I get older, I noticed my hair becomes flatter and finer. The case gets worse especially after spending a whole day out because after wearing hijab for a whole day, my hair is further flatten with heat and grease. I never really tried anything tho because I’m so lazy and couldn’t be bothered to (heh), but Dove’s new Volume & Nourishment hair care range sounds pretty promising and simple.

 

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I’ve heard of women doing back combing, using curling irons and even braiding their hair and leaving it overnight just so they can wake up with volumized hair. I’ve never done any of those as I wear hijab, but I can totally understand their concerns! I suppose having a bad hair day is kind of like the same as having a bad tudung day as it affects our confidence, or probably worse!

 

IMG_8226They showed a live experiment of how the new Dove Shampoo and Conditioner instantly adds volume to hair after washing.

The new Dove Volume & Nourishment hair range with Oxyfusion Technology contains oxygen-infused ingredient that instantly dissolves into the hair, giving deep down moisture, while adding up to 95% of volume, so women with dry, flat hair can have smooth, bouncy hair without having to worry about it being weighed down, even hours after washing. It’s a hair care savior! Best part is, this shampoo and conditioner is gentle enough for every day use. Smells nice and fresh too!

 

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The Dove Volume & Nourishment range retails for only RM15 each for the shampoo (340ml) and conditioner (340ml), and is available nationwide. If you’d like more info on the products, or even get the product samples, you can log on to www.dovehair.com.my.

Now it’s my turn to try this out and volumized my hair! :)



A Wand For Your Eyes

There’s a new SK-II product that I’ve recently added to my daily skincare regime. It’s pretty interesting as I have never used anything like it before.

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It’s the revolutionary SK-II Magnetic Eye Wand!

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You probably know that your eye area is one of the first places where signs of aging will begin to emerge. This is because the skin around the eye area is very delicate and extremely thin, and it will become even thinner as we age. That’s why there’s a specific cream for eyes (you can’t just use your moisturizer) and you need to apply it very gently.

This Magnetic Eye Wand from SK-II features the first in-the-world tri-magnetic eye care technology, which induces micro-electromagnetic field and it works in tandem with SK-II Stempower Eye Cream. It claims to help boost penetration of the ingredients in the SK-II Stempower Eye Cream into skin for faster, greater and more controlled ingredient absorption.

To use it, take a pea-sized amount of SK-II Stempower Eye Cream using your ring finger (you really only need a little!), and lightly dab 3 small dots under the eye, and 2 small dots on your lids… like this.

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Gently swipe the eye cream below your eye, starting from the inner corner and moving towards the outer corner until the cream has mostly absorbed. Do the same above your eye. Repeat for both eyes.

Then take the SK-II Magnetic Eye Wand (make sure it’s clean) and lightly glide the curved side of the wand under and above your eye, starting from inner corner and moving towards the outer corner. Repeat this gliding motion until all the cream has been absorbed into skin.

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Basically, the eye wand is used to enhance the absorption of the SK-II Stempower Eye Cream for a more visible improvements, instead of just using fingers. The two products work together to firm up the the 3 critical areas for younger looking eyes, which are eyelid, eye corner and under eye.

This SK-II Magnetic Eye Wand comes free with purchase of SK-II Stempower Eye Cream (RM449) and is available at all SK-II counters.

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SK-II Auractivator CC Cream Review

Ever since discovering BB (Beauty Balm) creams a couple of years ago, I’ve been hooked. I’m not really a big fan of heavy foundations, but I don’t fancy the sheer coverage of tinted moisturizers either. BB creams seemed to fall in between those two - not too heavy, not too sheer. It’s just right. I love the “no makeup” makeup look it gives yet still provides enough coverage without looking too heavily made-up.

And then comes CC creams.

I read that CC cream is like BB cream’s amped-up big sister with more focus on skincare. It’s lighter and more opaque than BB creams and therefore they are better for acne-prone skin as it helps to conceal imperfections.

Behold the new SK-II CC Cream (this is actually my very first CC cream)…

 

IMG_2059It comes in a tube with pump dispenser, making it easy to use.

 

IMG_2062A pea-sized amount is all you need.

 

I was told that this Auractivator CC Cream has so many benefits, but I really like the fact that this CC cream helps skin reduce melanin that cause dark spots and protect the skin from future damage with its SPF 50, besides providing a good coverage. Gotta love makeup with added skin care benefits!

Here’s the product swatch:

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(You can use a makeup brush to apply it but I usually just use my fingers)

 

As you can see, the CC cream is very light in color (almost white), but once you slather it on your skin, it oxidizes and changes color and just blend right in. I think it does a nice job at disguising unevenness and redness, especially near my chin area. It also contains iridescent micro pearls to give your skin that radiant glow that you can see instantly. I would also suggest to go easy on the powder. You only need a thin layer to set it.

 

IMG_2118My current go-to minimal makeup look – SK-II Auractivator CC Cream, loose powder, mascara, lip gloss and I’m good to go!

 

Overall, I’m liking this new CC cream by SK-II. It gives great coverage, evens out my complexion with a nice glow anddd contains a whopping SPF 50, which makes it a makeup product with the highest sun protection that I have ever used. This SK-II Auractivator CC Cream retails for RM290 and is available at all SK-II counters nationwide.



Chill Festival

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning has been a part of my daily routine for about a month now. I’ve seen a lot of health and fitness junkies posted (on Instagram) about the benefits of lemon water and I decided to follow their advice. I just can’t believe something as simple as lemon water (I mean, it’s just juice from lemon and water!) can give your body SO many benefits, among which are – cleanses your system, aids digestion, boosts immune system, clears skin, promotes healing, hydrates lymph system, energizes you, enhances your mood and aids in weight loss.

 

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What I didn’t know is that, this morning routine of mine could somehow harm my teeth because lemon juice is actually one of the worst drinks for teeth as it is highly acidic (apparently, sugar is not the only thing that is bad for your teeth). If I don’t do anything about it, I might end up with tooth sensitivity. Yikes!

To be honest, I was quite ignorant of tooth sensitivity. I thought it was like a hereditary case or something. I didn’t know tooth sensitivity is actually quite common in Malaysia. In fact, I just found out from a Sensodyne event that I attended recently, that approximately 1 out of 3 Malaysian consumers claimed they have sensitive teeth. Now that’s a lot! Sadly, only one third of the sufferers use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to relieve their condition. Others probably just tahan the ngilu-ness. I just can’t imagine if I had to deal with that sharp ‘zing’ sensation every time I eat or drink something! #iamafoodie

*Ipsos, Oral Care Usage & Attitudes, 2014

 

IMG_8143Dental Surgeon, Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, explaining about tooth sensitivity.

According to Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, some of the possible causes for sensitive teeth are:

  • Enamel wear and dentine exposure caused by acidic food/drinks
  • Brushing teeth too hard
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums

There are ways to reduce or even prevent yourself from tooth sensitivity, such as practice good oral hygiene, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoid grinding your teeth and use sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. I’ve always thought Sensodyne is only for those with sensitive teeth; turns out anyone can use it as a prevention from tooth sensitivity.

Sensodyne has a range of products that provides different solutions for consumers. There’s Sensodyne Repair & Protect that helps repair sensitive teeth, Sensodyne Rapid Relief gives fast relief in 60 seconds when used as directed, and Sensodyne base range which gives everyday protection for sensitive teeth which includes Sensodyne Fresh Mint, Sensodyne Gentle Whitening and Sensodyne Gum Care. Using the right sensitivity toothpaste can help to relieve tooth sensitivity and allows you to indulge and enjoy your favourite food and drinks.

 

IMG_8265I got the Sensodyne base range toothpaste in Fresh Mint. Hopefully this will prevent my teeth from sensitivity despite my daily lemon-water routine.

If you’re not sure whether you have sensitive teeth or not, you can take this Tooth Sensitivity Check at https://www.sensodyne.com.my. I’ve checked mine and I don’t have sensitive teeth. Phew! Else, I wouldn’t have enjoyed drinking this delicious organic cold-pressed juice at the ‘Tiada Ngilu, Hidup Ceria’ Chill Festival!

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Sensodyne is currently collaborating with Chatime Malaysia for ‘Unfreeze the Coolest Drink’ contest where consumers get to vote for their preferred Chatime drink and enjoy 20% discount for the most voted drink.

To enter this contest, go to http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my, click on the ‘Unfreeze Deals’ tab and vote for your favourite Chatime drink. You can also participate on any social media platform by including this hashtag #tiadangilu <drink code>. The discount voucher can be downloaded on the website by the end of March.

For more information or terms and conditions of the contest, visit www.sensodyne.com.my or http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my.

*This is a sponsored post. All samples are provided by GSK and opinions expressed are of my own personal views.



Wanna win SK-II’s New CC Cream?

My favourite skincare brand will be launching their new product – the Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream!

This CC Cream is a part of SK-II Cellumination range, which basically helps to brighten and even out skin tone for an aura-like glow, as if skin is illuminated from within. If you have dark spots, uneven skin tone or dull complexion, you might want to give this range a try. I’ve heard (and read) great reviews about this range and I’m actually using one of the Cellumination product because one of my skin concerns is uneven skin tone. I don’t know if you noticed, but my nose and chin areas are slightly darker than the rest, and I was advised by SK-II skin consultant to add the Cellumination Aura Essence as part of my skincare regime.

 

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I just love how lightweight this essence is and how it absorbs quickly, just like SK-II’s Stempower essence (another favourite of mine). I’ve used it for about a month plus now and I noticed that my skin is not as oily as before, but instead it gives my skin a nice pearly glow. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream because it would complement the Cellumination Aura Essence that I’ve been using.

Anyway, SK-II have set up #ChangeDestiny Light Museum at the Centre Court, Suria KLCC in conjunction with the launching of their new product. And they are offering 3 Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream, worth RM274 each to 3 of my lucky readers!

Do you hear that? FREE SK-II CELLUMINATION AURACTIVATOR CC CREAM.


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Here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit the SK-II Light Museum at Centre Court, KLCC any time between 10am – 10pm, starting from 27th February until 2nd March 2015.

2. Mention my blog name (The Pink Stilettos) at the museum entrance to receive an Aura makeover with the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream.

3. Take a ‘before and after’ picture of your Aura makeover and upload it on your Instagram with these hashtags: #changedestiny #myaurabeautymoment #izaskiiauramakeover. Don’t forget to tag me @thepinkstilettos to your Instagram photo as well.

I will choose the top 3 readers with the best-looking glow to win the SK-II Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream. Winners will be notified at a later date via my Instagram.

Easy-peasy, right? And it starts tomorrow! #youdontwannamissthis

Good luck!

*Open to all my Malaysian readers