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



SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Giveaway!

Ok guys, I know I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. I haven’t been updating my blog in ages! Sorry about that. It’s just that I’ve been a bit busy (and super exhausted being a SAHM) and umm… I got so addicted to Instagram that I’ve kinda forgotten about my blog. Tee hee. Plus, we just got back from our family trip last week so that explains my short hiatus. Will blog about the trip soon.

Right now, I’ve some awesome news for you guys. I’m giving away my ultimate beauty product; the one that I’ve been using for the past 4 years – the amazing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml (worth RM229) to 5 of my lucky followers!

 

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Here’s what you need to do:

1) Go to SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika.

2) Take a selfie photo of yourself at the SK-II Pitera House (or get someone to take a photo of you).

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3) Upload your selfie photo on your Instagram and include these hashtags: #izachangeskindestiny and #skiipiterahousemy. Remember to tag me to your photo as well (make sure your account is not private).

That’s it! This contest has been running since last Tuesday (7th Oct) and will end on 14th October 2014, which is next Tuesday. Still got time!

In case you’re wondering what the heck is a Pitera House, it’s actually SK-II’s first ever pop-up store that features a Discovery Gallery where visitors could discover and learn more about SK-II. If you’re new to SK-II, you really gotta come here (and join the selfie contest)! If you’re already an SK-II user, you should swing by too because they’re having promotions on their products – both women and men.

I went to the launch of the Pitera House yesterday. There were personal skin stories from local celebs and supermodels, as well as a mini concert, featuring Atilia Haron and Fynn Jamal. And there were macarons too! Heh heh #foodiealert.

 

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Dragged my husband to the event as well because he has been neglecting his skin so I was hoping he would at least terbuka hati to cleanse his face because he didn’t even use any skincare product (men, right). Bila naik pimple seketul baru nak cemas huhhh.

 

IMG_5701Inside the Pitera House

 

IMG_5709Checking out the Discovery Gallery. I was given a simple quiz and was told that there’d be a mystery gift if I manage to answer all correctly (I got all correct and received SK-II photo album wee!).

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IMG_5722Here’s an interesting experiment using apples and banana slices to show how SK-II Facial Treatment Essence protects the skin from oxidation.

 

 

IMG_5725As you can see, one half of the apple turned brown after being exposed to the air within a few minutes compared to the other half apple that was dipped with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). And the banana slice that was soaked in SK-II FTE was protected from oxidation and almost didn’t turn brown at all as compared to the ones in water and brand X essence. This concept applies to our skin as well. SK-II FTE helps to protect our skin from free radicals that can cause pigmentation, spots, wrinkles, aging and dull complexion. It’s never too late to start using FTE guys!

IMG_5789There’s also Magic Ring test which is an in-depth skin analysis based on your skin’s texture refinement, firmness power, spot control, wrinkle resilience and radiance enhancement. It could even determine your skin’s age!

IMG_5791*ehem* Hello my name is Iza and I’m a 24-year-old mom of 2 girls. Hehe

IMG_5823I didn’t know SK-II has CC Cream as well! Must be their new product. Tested it on my skin and I’m liking the light texture and coverage.

IMG_5845My husband also did the Magic Ring test and I managed to hasut him to try some of the men’s product. Now let’s just hope he’s rajin to use them everyday.

If you want to find out more on how you can take charge of your skin’s destiny and transform your skin to crystal clear, do come to the SK-II Pitera House at The Square, Publika from 10am to 10pm.  You can get a complimentary skin check with the Magic Ring test and join the selfie contest to win yourself a bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It’s only for a week, guys. Don’t miss this chance!

I will pick the 5 most creative and beautiful shots and the winners will be announced on my Instagram on 21st October 2014.

Good luck!



My Hijab Story

I see more and more local female celebs who were once quite “sexy” have started wearing the hijab. I even followed some of the celebs’ hijrah stories and was truly amazed, not just by their appearance, but also how they have totally changed and become better Muslimah – even better than those who have worn the hijab long before they did (that would be me). MasyaAllah! It just shows that the Almighty can give His hidayah to whoever he wants.

As for me, I started wearing hijab when I was 9 years old but only at school. It wasn’t until I reached the age of 14 that I started wearing hijab full time.

Well… I didn’t actually decide it myself; it was my parents. They had been telling me (and my sisters) since we were small, that once we hit puberty, we will be accountable for all our sins, bad deeds as well as good deeds, and that they will no longer be responsible for our sins. So on top of not missing the 5 daily prayers, fasting in Ramadhan and other do’s and don’ts, we were also told to wear the hijab. Being a good daughter that I was (I still am la, ok hehe), I obeyed them without any protest. It wasn’t that easy tho.

One of the biggest issues I faced when I first wore hijab outside of school was styling it! I had to ditch my skirts and dresses and switch to wearing only long pants. And because I was the eldest, I didn’t have anyone to turn to for fashion advice. I had zero sense of style and didn’t know how to dress up especially with hijab. My sister’s friends used to ejek the way I wear my hijab and called me “tudung empat segi” because of the way I shaped my tudung that made my face looked squarish. Pffft. But seriously, when I looked back at my old photos when I was a teenager, I would cringe. No wonder I sulked in all the photos. I looked hideous!

Trust me, I’ve tried and tested all sorts of hijab styles. There was even a time when I wore a floral tudung with a scarf ring down the middle – with a denim shirt and cargo pants. 8-O I don’t know what I was thinking! But oh well, we’ve all had our fashion disaster moment, no? Hehe. So yeah, that was one of my biggest struggle when I first started wearing hijab, which actually lasted for a decade! I wanted to cover up but didn’t know how to do it nicely… and I felt ugly. My self-esteem was at the lowest point at that time (didn’t help that I also gained weight!) and I felt selekeh all the time. I just wanted to be invisible!

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the hijab. I just hated that I don’t know how to look nice wearing it. And I feel offended when I was told that wearing hijab “tak standard and outdated”. Sigh.

As years went by; as I grew older, I slowly started learning how to improve my appearance. After more than a decade, I finaaally “mastered” how to wear the hijab without looking selekeh (took me so long haha). I also started dieting to lose weight (but umm well, I’ve gained them back after my pregnancies woohoo). Honestly I never thought of becoming a lifestyle blogger and that people would actually ask me for style and fashion tips (seriously, guys? haha).

I am no fashionista, but I still think that just because you wear hijab doesn’t mean you cannot look good. I still think that you can still be modest and look chic at the same time and just be confident with yourself. Looking and feeling good don’t always mean wearing fancy clothes, the latest bags and shoes, and thick, heavy makeup. Sometimes something as simple as wearing deodorant and nice-smelling shampoo can make a huge different.

I find that my head feels so much more comfortable and “lighter” in hijab when my scalp and hair are clean and smelling fresh. I love how Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh gives my hair that clean and fresh feeling because nothing is more annoying than an itchy scalp and hair full of dandruff – not even if you’re “free hair”.

 

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And because I wear hijab, I feel the need to shampoo my hair every other day to maintain the cleanliness and freshness. It makes wearing my hijab a lot more pleasant and I love when I get a whiff of that sweet fruity-floral smell of Sunsilk shampoo, even when I had my hijab on (yes, you can actually smell your own hair even underneath the hijab!).

Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh is actually co-created with scalp care expert, Dr. Francesca Fusco, and the shampoo and conditioner are enriched with Vitamin Citrus Complex that cater specially for hijab-wearing women to give that fresh, itch-free and sweet-smelling scalp, even after a long day or wearing hijab. It also helps to remove excess sebum to give a clean and fresh scalp.

 

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I no longer feel selekeh now; in fact I love my hijab and I feel confident donning it. It is a part of me and I would feel incomplete without it. My hijab is going to stay with me for the rest of my life, insyaAllah. I do admit tho, I am not a perfect Muslimah. Modesty is a never-ending journey and there are a lot of things I need to improve myself as a Muslim woman, and I hope God will ease my journey.

Sunsilk understands the challenges and struggles that hijab-wearing ladies are facing, and they want to encourage women to share their hijab journey in their digital contest on Facebook, Menemanimu Sejak Tahun 2000. The Grand Prize includes, RM20,000 cash prize for you to achieve your aspiration, as well as Sunsilk products and t-shirt with your tudung journey illustration. There will also be 10 consolation prizes – RM3,000, t-shirt with your tudung journey illustrations and Sunsilk products.

I’m sure every one of you hijab-wearing ladies have your own challenges and struggles that you faced in your hijab journey. Share it here and who knows you might win yourself one of the cool prizes!

For more info about this contest, log on to https://apps.facebook.com/sunsilkmenemanimu.

 



A Tiger Balm patch a day keeps the mosquitoes away

Ughh, I just hate mosquitoes. Especially when those bloodsuckers did this to my kids!

 

Sekali gigit sampai 4! And that’s not including the bites on their legs >__<

 

It’s very upsetting seeing my girls scratching their arms and legs and mengadu gatal. Usually they would scratch until they bleed and then it will leave unsightly scars. But it’s not just the scars that bothered me. I’m worried about Aedes and dengue, nauzubillah!

I am very positive that my kids didn’t get these bites at home because our house is mosquito-free. I can bet on that. I noticed they would only get those mosquito bites (or “mosquitorosis”, as Ayra calls it)  when they’re outside or at other people’s house, especially those with lots of plants and just won’t shut their windows even at night. Sigh… what am I to do. I mean, as a guest, I can’t just simply tell “Excuse me, could you close all the windows? Mosquitoes are getting in and they are feasting on my kids”. And I surely can’t tell my kids to stop playing and not go near the trees!

 

 

 

 

I actually want them to enjoy the outdoors whenever possible because my girls spend most of their time indoors. But can’t do that with a peace of mind, not with mosquitoes around.

What I usually do when we’re going out is slather insect repellent oil on their bodies and make sure they wear long pants and cardigan over their tops. But c’mon, this is Malaysia. Nobody, especially kids, can stand wearing cardigans for hours on a hot sunny day! And the insect repellent oil thingy only lasts for a couple of hours so it’s a bit of a hassle because I have to re-apply 3-4 times a day (I usually forgot to re-apply them).

Then I found out about this mosquito repellent patch by Tiger Balm. It’s a round patch with a unique formulation to repel mosquitoes and insects effectively, using natural active ingredients. It contains no DEET so it’s safe for children and even babies too.

There’s also mosquito repellent spray which comes in a small handy bottle. You can spray it directly onto skin or clothes, or both.

 

Each box comes in 10 individually-sealed patches like this so you can bring it everywhere with you. I have a few in my purse!

 

The patch has a sticky back so all you need to do is just peel the protective film and stick it on your child’s clothes. You only need 1 patch for your child (and 2 for adult). I think it’s a genius! Just remember not to stick it directly onto skin.

 

The patch has a strong scent but in a good way – it smells pretty much like the Tiger Balm ointment, which I really like. Didn’t bother my kids at all too. They even thought it was fun wearing sticker on their clothes! They call it “the mosquito sticker”. Hehe. Don’t worry, the patch is easy to remove and won’t leave any sticky residue on your clothes. You just have to remember to remove it before putting the clothes in the washing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing I like about this patch is that it lasts long. At the end of the day, I could still smell the ointment scent whenever I go near my kids, which must mean they are still repelling those damn mosquitoes. At least I can have a peace of mind and not be so worried about those bloodsuckers like I used to!