My Scar Story

I was one of those “unfortunate” people who got their chicken pox just a couple of weeks before entering a new phase of my life - starting university. I was 18 at that time. 18!

It all started when my youngest sister (who was in form 2) caught the chicken pox from her classmate, which she later “passed it down” to my second sister, who then passed it down to me. According to an article I read, getting chicken pox from a sibling is a lot worse than getting it from someone else – it has something to do with stronger dose of virus.

Anddd the child who gets it second or third usually will get a worse case. So can you imagine how extremely bad my chicken pox case was? I was 18 (no longer a child, which means the symptoms are worse), I got it from my siblings anddd, I was the third one to get it. Thanks a lot, sisters.

Not only did I have more pox on my entire body and face as compared to my sisters, but my pox were infected as well. I had to go to two different doctors for treatments and an injection. My pox were bigger, bernanah (purulent), with black-ish ring. It was so nasty, especially the ones on my face. I have never felt so ugly in my life; I seriously thought I looked like “katak puru”. I couldn’t even look myself in the mirror. God knows how incredibly down I felt at that time.

It took 2 weeks for me to heal from the chicken pox, but the scars were still there, all big and reddish all over my face. I wanted to wait until the scars were all gone before starting my university, but my mom insisted that I go because the orientation week was over (yeap, I missed it) and she didn’t want me to miss my first day of class. Plus, scars may take months or even years to heal especially for adults.

I still remember my first day in university. Thanks to my chicken pox scars, I had very low self-esteem. People looked at me as if I was some kind of a “disease” (or at least that’s how I felt) and I didn’t want to talk or meet anyone. I was so self-conscious of my face. I know it’s just chicken pox, but it was the worst kind and that was one of the worst moments in my life.

My scars were mostly gone after about 5 months or so. It felt like forever tho! Alhamdulillah, my skin is now clear from all those nasty scars, except for the ones on my forehead – two of them, to be exact. They are not as deep as they were 14 years ago and they might not be that obvious in photos, but they are still there.


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Now every time I see those scars on my forehead, I am reminded of that awful time and I wish none of my kids will ever experience that. It’s not just the pain and itchiness, but scars can also cause distressing psychological effects which can result in low self-esteem, especially if it’s on the face where everybody can see it.

There are actually ways to minimize scars, and the most affordable and easiest way is to use a topical product. I remember during the first couple of years of getting that chicken pox scars, I religiously applied vitamin E based creams on my face every day as I read vitamin E helps to heal scars, especially fresh ones.

Now there’s Bio-Oil, which not only helps to improve the appearance of scars, but also stretch marks, uneven skin tone, as well as ageing and dehydrated skin. Bio Oil contains plant extracts such as chamomile, lavender, rosemary and calendula oils, together with vitamins A and E. It also contains a breakthrough ingredient – PurCellin Oil that acts as an emollient, making the skin soft, smooth and supple.




If you have scars, please treat them immediately after they are fully healed. You can apply Bio-Oil to the affected area by massaging in a circular motion, twice daily for at least three months. A clinical trial showed that there’s a 92% improvement in the appearance of scars after just 8 weeks. I’ve tried this Bio-Oil and I like how fast it absorbed and it’s not greasy at all. Best part of all, you can use this oil on your entire face and body.

How I wish Bio-Oil was invented earlier. My scars would have probably healed much faster back then!

I believe that everyone have their very own scar story. Now that I’ve done telling mine, why not you tell yours too? Head over to and share your story, and you will stand a chance to win RM10,000!

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Dove Volume & Nourishment Hair Care Review

I have always dreamed of having long, luscious, bouncy locks instead of my fine, unruly and just plain old blah hair. I swear my hair has a mind of its own. It just won’t stay still! My hair always sticks to my face and kind of gets in the way of everything, so I tend to tie it up in a bun all day long (which probably just made it worse). My hair gets oily easily too, and this sometimes makes it so flat especially near the scalp. Can you imagine – flat and limp at the top, and unruly everywhere else? Sheeshh >_<

I have never bothered to try anything to tame my tresses until I found out about Dove’s new Volume & Nourishment hair range. This hair range is a breakthrough range from Dove with Oxyfusion Technology that contains oxygen-fused ingredient that breathes volume into dry and flat hair.




IMG_5261 The Oxyfusion Technology is present in both the shampoo and the conditioner.


I have been using this shampoo and conditioner for about 1 1/2 months now, and I can honestly say that my hair looks and feel so much better than before. My favourite is the shampoo, which is a clear gel and it lathers up beautifully. You only need a little product so one bottle could last you long enough.




This shampoo has a formula that instantly dissolves into hair to give deep down moisture without weighing it down. Both the shampoo and the conditioner have a sweet fruity scent and I love it. Can’t stop smelling my hair! Hehe.

The best part is that I can see the effect almost immediately after using it! So my hair is still thin and fine (I guess I can’t do much about that as I was born with it) but it’s more volumized now and kind of gave that somewhat thick hair illusion. Haha! It’s not too flat as before, and it actually made my hair light and bouncy!

Watch this feather test video to see how the shampoo adds volume to your hair and makes it feel lighter.



The Dove Volume & Nourishment range is available nationwide at only RM15 for the shampoo (340ml) and RM15 for the conditioner (330ml).

SK-II Beauty Bound Asia

I have always loved watching makeup tutorials and product reviews on Youtube. In fact, I learned a lot of makeup techniques from Youtube videos (winged eyeliner, the “no makeup” makeup look, how to apply falsies, etc). I think it’s great that these beauty gurus share their knowledge and expertise because you know, some of us don’t have the chance to attend makeup classes and whatnot, so these easy-to-follow videos are a saviour!

My favourite Youtubers are Michelle Phan (there’s just something about her voice that makes me wanna watch more. So captivating!) and MakeupByTiffanyD (I love all of her makeup looks!).

Recognizing the growing importance of digital beauty influencers, SK-II proudly presents Beauty Bound Asia on Youtube, the region’s premier digital search and creator cultivation program in search of the next Michelle Phan. It is a part of SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny philosophy to inspire and empower women to take control of their own destiny.

Beauty Bound Asia is a ground-breaking initiative designed to help discover and cultivate the next generation of online beauty experts with mentorship programs and workshops curated and led by top beauty influencers in Asia. It’s open to all legal residents of 11 cities where the contest is taking place including Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Syndey.




Phase 1 of the challenge in Malaysia was held in KL at Makespace, Quill City Mall on 12th September. A total of 73 contestants made it to Phase 1 and each of them was given a box of SK-II products worth RM2,000 before they left the event and they were supposed to capture on video their reviews of the products as part of the online challenge to qualify for Phase 2 of the challenge.


JT150393The 73 contestants who made it to Phase 1 of the challenge


JT150337Makeup Artist KF Bong showing the contestants the right way of applying foundation


JT150440Some of the contestants with the SK-II products which they’re supposed to review as part of the challenge.


And hey, guess what?

I was also given the same box of SK-II products. Yay!! #excited (Thank you SK-II!).



Let’s take a look inside, shall we….





So these are the contents of the box:

  • SK-II Pitera Essence Set (comprising Facial treatment Essence 75ml, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml & Facial Treatment Mask 1pc)
  • SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence 50ml
  • SK-II Mid-Night Miracle Essence 50ml
  • SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream 80g
  • SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence 50ml




I may sound bias because I am an avid SK-II user, but really, I love all of these products! It’s so hard to pick just 1 favourite. I’ve been using the R.N.A Power Radical New Age cream and essence for more than a month now and I really love them. I’ve tried numerous brands of moisturizers before, and so far SK-II works the best for my skin. It hydrates and plumps my skin well and gives that lovely fresh morning glow. Yes it’s a bit pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. I don’t know about you, but I believe a good moisturizer is an investment for your skin (besides essence) and I won’t ever skimp on one.

But if I were to pick just 1 favourite from the box, it would be this.




The Mid-Day Miracle Essence. This is something new to me as it is kind of like a facial spray/mist. It contains a high level of Pitera and the Mid-Day version can be used over makeup and lock in moisture. It’s designed to help maintain your morning look and hydrate your skin. I think this comes in handy, especially after taking wudhu because I rarely touch up my makeup or re-apply my moisturizer after that (I just couldn’t be bothered to and because I like to limit my daily moisturizer usage to 2 times a day hehe). I can just spritz this onto my face instead. Easy-peasy! It’s now one my must-bring items in my bag, along with my other necessities.  This Mid-Day Miracle Essence would be great for long-haul flights too as skin tends to be more dehydrated and tired because it gets very little oxygen during flight time.




Anyway, Phase 2 of the BBA challenge will take place at Ruyi & Lin, Bangsar Shopping Centre this Saturday, and I’ll be joining the contestants. There’ll be workshops on beauty trends, skincare, tips and tricks from industry experts and lots more. For more info about the Beauty Bound Asia program, you can log on to

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.






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!



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

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.



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



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.


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.


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.