Go Natural with St. Ives

One of my favorite beauty regimes is exfoliating. I’ve been trying to make it a weekly routine to exfoliate my skin ever since I was in university, after reading in a beauty magazine about how important it is to scrub your face. And I still remember my very first brand of scrub. It was St. Ives! I was attracted to its natural ingredients, such as apricot extract, oatmeal, shea butter and soy bean oil.

My first thought when I came across St. Ives Apricot Scrub for the first time was, “How yummy!”. And the rest is history.




So why is it important to exfoliate your face?

Clogged pores!

Here, read this explanation:

“As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy”. – www.awomanshealth.com

Next time if you think your moisturizer or essence is not doing its job or that you don’t see any difference, it could be the dead skin cells that’s clogging your skin and preventing whatever moisturizer and essence you put from absorbing into your skin. So exfoliate, people. Using scrubs made of natural ingredients, like St. Ives, would be best. It’s paraben free and the best part is, they don’t do animal testing!

St. Ives has 3 types of scrubs – Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub and Blemish Control Apricot Scrub.



This St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub contains walnut shell powder which helps to exfoliate deeply to reveal smooth and glowing skin. My skin feels squeaky clean and soft after using this scrub. I just wish the scent is not that strong though.



The Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub is the gentlest of all 3. Green tea contains antioxidants that help break up excessive oil in your skin and reduce inflammation. Smells nice too!



If you have acne-prone skin, then the Blemish Control Scrub is for you. It contains 2% Salicylic Acid which helps to prevent blemishes and minimize pores.

Another thing I noticed is that St. Ives uses eco-friendly packaging, called Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) to have a friendlier environment without producing too much waste. I really like the fact that they are really all about going natural.

Anyways, St. Ives is currently having a photo sharing contest on Instagram with awesome prizes to be won, including a pair of tickets for 3D2N to Bali!

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  1. Post a photo of your DIY natural beauty remedy or to share a photo of what Natural means to you (it could be natural make up, natural ingredients, natural environment, etc.) on your Instagram.
  2. Share why your natural beauty remedy makes you happy in your caption. (Eg. Cost effective, Old family secret, etc.)
  3. Also, include the hashtags #StIvesMy #GoNaturalWithStIves and #ChurpMYWIN in your caption.

For more info, go to http://my.churpieblogs.com/blog/2016/09/01/churpmywin-go-natural-with-st-ives/.

This contest ends on the 31st of October 2016. Good luck!

Cleaner Air with Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier Fan

I still remember the dreadful haze season last year. If I’m not mistaken, it was one of the worst haze ever in Malaysian history. Thick smoke and smog covered pretty much everything that even the skyline was shrouded in grey. The air was so polluted; it was like breathing smoke.

I thought staying indoor was safe and “healthy”. There’s no haze or any other pollutants at home, right? Well, apparently not.

Deterioration of air quality in cities globally is a rising problem, especially during the haze season in Malaysia that forces people to lock themselves indoors. But did you know that air pollution inside our homes can be up to 5 times worse than outdoors? And we spend 90% of our time indoors, trapped with the pollutants (well I’m a SAHM and I spend 24/7 indoors)! Modern buildings and houses are built sealed which trap ultrafine and potentially harmful particles indoor including pollutants, allergens, pollens and moulds that are invisible to the naked eye.

I was concerned about this as I just had a baby and we all know how very fragile babies are. They breathe much faster than older children and adults thus making them more vulnerable to some pollutants. My 2-month old baby had a cold and stuffy nose the other day and I was a little paranoid that I tried to do the best I can to ensure everything was clean for my baby. I washed his cot sheet every other day, I changed his blanket every 2 days, I vacuumed the house every day, and I wash my hands 6,458,899 times a day because I’m always touching him. Heck, if I could “clean” the air that my baby breathes, I would!

And that’s when I found out about Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan.




This is not your average purifier, by the way.


IMG_2391The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan combine a unique 360° Glass HEPA filter and active carbon filter, which captures 99.95% of ultrafine pollutants, allergens and odours down to 0.1 microns. To put things in perspective, 0.1 microns is 1000 times smaller than a strand of hair. That’s small enough to enter our bloodstream!

Dyson engineers have combined their expertise in fluid dynamics and filtration with software to develop the new Dyson Pure Cool Link. They built sensors inside the machine that could detect changes in air conditions and automatically adjust the airflow to maintain the target air quality.


IMG_2254It also comes with a remote control, which you can place at the very top and it won’t fall as it’s magnetized. Brilliant, right!



The cool thing about this Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier is that there’s an app that gives you an indication of the air quality in your home and automatically purifies the pollutants it detects, whilst reporting the live indoor air quality on your smartphone.




I just set up the Dyson purifier in my living room yesterday, and it automatically detected the air quality in my home – FAIR. Well, that wasn’t good enough.




So I put the Dyson Cool Link Purifier on auto mode and let it “clean” the air.

After about 2 hours (notice the time there), the air quality in my living room was reported GOOD. If it wasn’t for this app, I wouldn’t know how good or bad the air quality in my living room is. Pretty cool huh!




You can also check the historical data tracker on the app which reports your daily and weekly usage, as well as air quality history.



If you place this Dyson purifier in your bedroom, you can set it on night-time mode when you sleep. The machine will continue to monitor and respond to air quality using the quietest settings. Even the LED display will be dimmed so it won’t interrupt your beauty sleep.




Besides purifying air, this machine also doubles up as a fan. My girls love it! They would put their heads inside the “hole” and pretend to blow the air. I remember when I was little, I used to love putting my face right in front of the fan and sing loudly with the wind blowing right in my face :P. My mom would always tell me to get away from the fan as she feared that I might hurt myself or my hair might get caught in the fan blades or something. With this Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan, I don’t have to worry as it is blade-less. Totally safe for children!




Another thing I love about this purifier is the design. Just look how sleek and modern it is! I love how it’s not bulky like most purifiers. It fits any modern interior nicely 🙂






This Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan also comes in a smaller version, which are suitable for desks and worktops in smaller room. For more info about the product, visit http://www.dyson.my/fans-and-purifiers/purifiers/dyson-pure-cool-link/overview-page.aspx.

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 www.myscarmystory.com.my and share your story, and you will stand a chance to win RM10,000!

Meanwhile, should you require more information on the product, log on to www.bio-oil.com.

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 www.beautyboundasia.com.