Acne Treatment

My face has gone haywire since getting pregnant! Red bumps, white bumps, deep bumps, whiteheads – it’s the worst acne I have ever had in my whole life. There are 7 of them (yes, no kidding), and it seems to get worse day by day – especially since entering the second trimester. I am not blaming the pregnancy hormones alone (although that is obviously the main reason), but my lack of skincare routine especially during the early days might also worsen it.

I began searching for acne problems during pregnancy and whether it’s safe to use acne treatments… and I found some conflicting viewpoints. Most acne treatments as we know contain Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide, and some websites say it’s safe to use, while others say to stay away from anything containing Salicylic Acid bcoz it may be harmful to the baby. I’m really confused.

But I went to Kiehl’s the other day anyway, and purchased the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment, hoping it would ease my pimples. I told the SA that I’m pregnant and she said it’s okay to use, so I believed her. I should’ve asked my doctor first before purchasing it bcoz… it turns out that leave-on gels/creams especially, should be avoided during pregnancy bcoz it will be absorbed in the bloodstream and to the baby. I even showed the box to my doc. She said those pimples that I’m having is bcoz of hormone changes in my body so I just have to live with it *sobs*. She mentioned something like “pembawakan budak” – which I’m not sure what it means, but the fact that my skin will be back to normal when the pregnancy is over is a total relief. As of now, I shall leave my pimples alone and try not to focus on them so much. Anything for you, baby!

So since I can’t use the spot treatment, I’m gonna let it go. I have only used it for about 4-5 times, so it’s hardly used. Here’s the details:

  • Inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion®
  • Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root
  • Helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming
  • Clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Not tested on animals

Inspired by Kiehl’s venerable and most enduring preparation, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion™, this gentle, yet effective gel dries and clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes and allows skin to heal. Quickly penetrates pores to eliminate most acne blemishes and help prevent new ones. May be applied on clean skin, per directions, as necessary. Dermatologist-tested to help minimize allergy risk.

Size: 15ml
Retail price: RM70
Selling price: RM50 only (free shipping)

If you’re interested, please email me at iza_mirilyea@yahoo.com for details of the payment.

*update*

The Kiehl’s Spot Treatment is sold. Thank you!



It’s a *toot*!

This mommy-to-be is so anxious and excited to know the sex of her baby that she couldn’t wait another week for her next check up! And Alhamdulillah, this time the little one was cooperative. It even waved at us sambil pusing2, as if saying “Hi mama! Hi walid! Weeeee….. I’m doing great in here” (I think that’s what we’re gonna call ourselves).

Anyway, I’m not gonna announce it yet – not until it’s really confirmed. All I can say is, if the ultrasound scan that I did today was accurate, then my very first instinct was right. But I’m gonna do a 4D scan sooner or later InsyaAllah, so you have to wait for that.

Meanwhile…

Left pic: View from baby’s bottom with legs apart. Right pic: Top view of baby’s head.

Does that look like a hotdog or a cheeseburger to you? ;)


Sleepless Night

During the 1st trimester, I went to bed early. On average, at 10pm.

Now I have a hard time sleeping – at night. I’m not talking 15 minutes or so; I’m talking hoursss. Sometimes up to 4 hours! My eyes refuse to shut before 4am, no matter how sleepy and tired I am. There was even a time when I only get to sleep after Subuh (actually it was about 3 times). It’s not bcoz of the little one kicking. And I don’t think it’s insomnia. I just… think a lot.

I would lie in bed thinking about… well, all sorts of thing. Like what should we name our baby, or the food that I’m craving for, or should I buy that pretty pink GUESS peep-toe, or how I miss eating sushi, yada-yada-yada… You get the picture. Sometimes my mind even sings! That’s the toughest part to deal with bcoz most of the songs that my mind loves to sing are the songs that I hate. And it keeps on repeating over and over again, even when I tried to stop. It gets really annoying. And when it’s about 2 hours later, I think to myself, “Why am I still not sleeping”, and later commands, “Come on, go to sleep NOW!”.

But I’m still not sleeping. Not at least for another hour or so.

How do I tell my mind to shut up?



Healthy Snack/Meal

One of my favorite snacks during pregnancy, besides this yummy wholegrain cereal, is sandwiches. Egg, chicken, tuna – anything! I eat sandwiches almost everyday, either for lunch or in between lunch and dinner. It’s so easy to make, and the best part is, it’s healthy!

I’m gonna share with you one of my favorite sandwich recipes:

Poached Egg Sandwich

The ingredients:

2 slices of bread, toasted (I prefer wholemeal bread but I’m using white bread bcoz that’s the only bread left)
1 egg
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 cup water
Salad – I use lettuce, that purple-colored veggie which I’m not sure what it’s called, carrots, red capsicum, celery, cherry tomatoes and grapes (all chopped/thinly sliced)
Chili sauce
Mustard (it’s a healthier alternative to mayonnaise bcoz it’s lower in fat and calories)
Thousand Island dressing
Margarine

First, poach the egg. It’s easy, really. Crack the egg and put it in a small bowl (make sure you don’t break the yolk). Place the water and vinegar in a pan, and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiled, turn down the heat and pour the egg. The vinegar allows the egg white to congeal easily. Cook for about 3 minutes. Once it’s cooked, lift the egg using a slotted spoon and put it aside.

Spread some margarine on one side of each bread. Layer the bread with salad, mustard, chili sauce, thousand island dressing and the poached egg the way you like it. I like mine to be salad, egg, salad. Here’s how it looks like before placing the other slice of bread on top…
Yum!

Here’s another sandwich I made for lunch the other day using avocado, chicken pistachio which I got from Mercato, cheese and boiled egg. I call it Double Decker Chicken Pistachio with Avocado Sandwich (it’s a mouthful, I know).

I may be one of the minorities, but I loveeee avocados!


Baby shopping: Diaper bag

So I have decided to get the pink diaper bag that I have been eyeing for quite some time. It’s not available here, that’s why I had to get it when I had the chance!

Anyways, I decided to look for a diaper bag online since there aren’t many choices here in Malaysia (plus, I’m new in this area). And boy are there so many!

Choosing one was easy bcoz I know what I want. I want:
a messenger bag so that it can be worn over the shoulder or hang on a stroller, easy-to-clean fabric, full-flap or zipper closure, not too big but spacious enough, have lots of pockets and compartments, simple and chic design, and most importantly nothing too handbag-looking nor cutesy-girly (even if I’m having a girl). In short, a functional yet fashionable diaper bag.

I googled for diaper bags, and found DiaperBags.com. That’s where I started my own little research. There are a lot of designer brands for diaper bags to choose from (I never knew that before) and the best part is, they don’t cost a bomb! Believe me. Most of the bags cost less than RM500.

The most fab designer diaper bag that I have come across so far is by Reese Li. Here are some of my favorites from the Lexington collection (there’s a pacifier dangler on each bag. So cute!) :

There’s also a matching Changing Clutch. Just how brilliant is that?

The only drawback of the Lexington bag is the flap closure. It’s only in the middle, so it’s quite open on both sides. Bag closure is one of my most important features to consider when buying bags, even handbags. I don’t like the contents of my bag to be visible (and easily accessible) to others. It makes me feel bare and insecure. But even if it has full-flap or zipper closure, I won’t be able to get it bcoz they only ship within the US, and the nearest Reese Li store from Malaysia is not even in Asia. It’s in… Norway. I don’t have any friends/family in Norway.

So I had to look for other brands…

…and came across this Grey Dot Messenger bag from OiOi! It’s perfect; just what I was looking for. It’s chic alright, and my husband wouldn’t mind carrying it bcoz the exterior is not too pink and girly. The interior, trim and accessories are pink in color btw.


This bag also comes in blue and green lining.

I managed to get the bag with the help of my friend who is currently in Singapore. She’s a total life saver! I don’t mind if my baby turns out to be a boy, I can use it for myself! It can be used as a gym bag, too. Well, I am planning to take up a gym (yoga) class with my sister. Isn’t that right, Wani? I’m just not sure when. And where. But that’s not the case here ;p