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For the love of OATS 

Today, i will be revealing one of my beauty secrets. As obvios and as simple as written as my title OATS.
Some of you may have heard the benefit of Oats and how it changes you with the benefit it brings to you. Some may still be on the edge whether or not to give it a go, some may think “ewwww. that’s food! gross!”
I am proud to say, i love oats has changed me alot, given me benefits as well as gotten me hooked on to it till this very day.

Everyday we wake up to a marvellous day to something new. The first thing i’ll do is to cleanse my face with oats. YES! Oats is a life-saver cleanser, whether or not you are oily, dry combination, acne prone skin, oats is the cleanser for you. Now you might be thinking HOW is it possible that one ingredient can do so many things and save so many things, then why are they so many other cleansers and skincare routine out there? (trust me. i’ve thought of it too). Well, If you were to extract or put oats as an “ingredient” into your cleanser or if companies would have put oats in their product, the purpose wouldn’t be the same already because they would have used chemicals and other preservance which would have spoilt what is needed.

Oats is best used by ITSELF. (with warm water). And logically thinking if a beauty company were to just get a pretty packaging jar and sell oats, what’s the purpose right?? We must well go buy Oats from the supermarket right? Well, that’s what i’ve been doing now. The oats i’m talking about isn’t some specific brand or form some high end makeup counter, it’s from the supermarket, the oats your mom feeds you when you were a baby (i use to hate it. I will pour my bowl into my sister’s and my brothers before they come down OR when my parents turn around. LOL)

So today, my beauty secret isn’t about how oats can change your healh and diet, BUT how oats can change your skin as well. From the inside oats are excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan (which may help regulate blood sugar) and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides (which may help promote healthy circulation). Oatmeal is also believed to help reduce harmful cholesterol levels and it may boost the immune system.
Breaking down of the ingrediants of Oats.
Polysaccharides
Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, a type of complex carbohydrate. When polysaccharides mix with water, a gel forms. This gel softens and nourishes the skin. It also protects skin from drying out even after you’ve washed the oatmeal away.

 

Adding Moisture

 

Oatmeal contains healthy fats. When they come into contact with your skin, these fats help to add moisture to soften and repair your skin.

 

Natural Barrier

 

Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against pollutants. Oatmeal helps to strengthen your skin’s defenses so it can do a better job.

 

 

Gentle Cleansing

 

The saponins in oats help to remove dirt from your pores. This effect, combined with oatmeal’s moisture-adding properties, gives your skin that soft glow after an oatmeal cleanse.

 

 

Inside Out

 

Oatmeal isn’t just good for your skin as a topical treatment. It also helps promote healthy skin as part of your diet. The fiber in oatmeal helps to control the release of insulin and the uptake of glucose, and good insulin regulation helps keep your skin taut and healthy.
All you need is this

Ingredients
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– Oats (quick oats or instant oats)

– Warm Water

Directions For Face Cleansing

– Put a handful of oatmeal in a bowl and add warm water to make a paste

– Apple it to your face avoiding eye area and gently scrub (you will feel amazing and how smooth your skin will be)

– Wash it off with warm water then splash some cold water

– Dry your face and your skin will feel softer, cleaner and amazing.
Directions for Body Bath

– Put three handsful of oats into a meshbag

– Run warm water and fill up your bath tub

– Drop the meshbag of oats into the tub and let it soak in for five minutes

– Enjoy your bath, use the mshbag to scurb your body.

– After your bath, you don’t need soap, just rinse your body with clean water and dry off.
Directions for Pore Mask

– First, grind it up in a blender. Make sure it is ground up finely.

– Add hot/warm water and stir until it thickens into a paste then let it sit for a while.

– Apply it to your face all over or the trouble spots and large pores.

– Let it dry completely and rinse off with warm water.
If you are using a standing shower, you can use the meshbag as a body scrub. Take caution that if you have a bad drainage it would not be adviseable to let the oats clog up your drainage.
Next time i will be talking about the different type of oats.

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Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couveur #GwenBeauty

Chanel has launched a whole new product recently in Australia and its the Le Rouge Crayon De Couveur. 

It comes in 11 new shades and it is a twist up lipstick in a chubby stick form. Good thing about this? No need sharpening and making a mess or losing thay damn sharpener and not knowing where you have placed it. Or worst? If you’ve gotta pay extra for it.

 

What do they say??

I’ve always loved Chanels lipstick, they’re plots are pigmented and lovely shades. The downside to it is that they aren’t as long-lasting as other brands, so that means you might end up with patchy, smeared or bare lips. The good side about it is, it doesn’t stain and there isn’t any permanent pigments that would go deep down into your lips.

Description of the product

LE ROUGE CRAYON DE COULEUR by CHANEL simplifies makeup rules. Its easy-to-carry, jumbo on-the-go format allows you to have fun and apply colour in a single stroke at any time. Its retractable tip twists easily to reveal bright, satiny and ultra-intense colours. A long-lasting, comfortable formula that lasts for over 4 hrs* after the first application. May the art of colour become a playing field.

How to use

  • Twist to reveal the retractable tip and apply colour in a single stroke.
  • Use the tip of the pencil to trace the lip contour, then colour in the lips with the flat part.
  • For more ways to play, use LE ROUGE CRAYON DE COULEUR on the cheeks as blush. 

Most Crayon lippies or chubby sticks that we know usually has a matte finish, it glides on easily and stays on forever. But as for Chanels Crayon lippies, they last for about 4 hours and it’s touch up time.

As a lippie junkie I would definitely get my hands on all colors cause they’re amazing!!

Have you tried them? Which would be your favourite color?

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My first Maid Of Honor Speech

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Carol Oh Carol.. Someone who is my sister, my best friend, my pillar and my support. Someone who knows me in and out. What I liked and disliked. And i believe everyone here would agree with me that she is the best person you will ever meet, even though at times she has a face that can just scare you to death, she has that funny side of her that is beyond control.

Carol is not just only any sister. She’s the best I would say. She would do anything for me, her one and only little sister. Even though she hates it, she would still tolerate and take it in for me. And mostly protect me.

And then there’s Ben. I don’t even know where to start with him. But one thing I can say now is that I’m got a one heck of a handsome brother in law to show off. 😂

The first day I met Ben, we clicked, we laughed and throughout the days, months and year. We became so much closer that the day Ben told me he was going to propose to Carol, I was in tears.

Ben, you have been there for me, even before being officially my brother in law. You were there when I was down, you became my support, you were someone who listened to me and help me to be a better me. And thank you for loving my sister and thank you for letting me be part of your family as well.

So to Ben and Carol, no matter where am I, I will always be your tua liap.

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DocLab Face Ampoule – The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Face Ampoules are now getting much more popular and more brands are coming in. Before this, ampoules were highly used in the makeup artist industry because of the instant and long-lasting effect it creates.

Recently, I’ve been trying out a new set of face ampoules by DocLab which is voted as Korea’s No 1 face ampoules!

DocLab face ampoule apparently claims to boost skin moisture and provide deep hydration with their Hyaluronic Acid technology. ALSO, with Collagen and Ginseng Extract as their active ingredients, these ampoules are able to restore skin suppleness, elasticity, retextures skin and making your skin smooth as well as protect your skin from harmful chemicals and pollutants.

Ampoules are known as small airtight products that are filled with concentrated high active ingredients, they usually come in sizes like 5ml/10ml but sold in boxes so you get maybe about 30ml-50ml depending how many ampoules are in a box.

What are the benefits of using DocLab’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Ampoules?

– Makeup last longer

– Skin is more hydrated

– Controls sebum, balance your skin PH (Hence oily/dry/combo/normal skin wouldn’t be a problem)

– Repairs skin (anti-wrinkles & Hyper-pigmentation)

– Skin is more radiant and supple.

How to use the DocLab’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Ampoules?

Day: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Moisturiser -> Sunblock -> Makeup

Night: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Night Cream

Treatment: Cleanse -> Tone -> Ampoule -> Mask -> Moisturiser

My thoughts on it: 

When I opened the box and took out the first ampoule, I was a little confused and unsure of how to open the ampoule. It was then I realised I had to slowly tilt the tip to one side and push it down. There is a rubber seal/quality seal inside which is sealed up air-tight so even though it was a little confused with the packaging I think it’s a good one as it’s packed nicely ensuring quality will be remained in there. Also, once you’ve opened it, you can’t close it back, therefore you know it’s a legit quality seal.

This ampoule has a very light watery texture, in fact, it felt like water and I was very afraid of spilling it. Lesson learnt; pour it on my palm not the back of my hand. Took me a while to figure out how to apply it as it is so watery, so in the end, i placed it on my palm and dabbed it onto my face like how i would use any of my treatment essence (Ex: SKII, EL Micro Essence Lotion, Missha Treatment Lotion, etc…) With this, the product is pat directly onto my face and I would also ensure it’s not placed onto only one spot or dripping everywhere. Unlike serum which usually has a thicker, much more concentrated texture, this is watery and you just need to get a hang of it.

I love how it doesn’t have a sticky feeling to it like certain sheet mask or serum. It’s not heavy and doesn’t irritate your skin. HA is known for deep hydration and most HA products are very sticky, so I was really surprised with this as well.

I was worried at first, as I suffer from Rosecea and with the high heat during this month, my face has been flaring and acting up. I hesitated and wanted to push this till the redness has gone away but after two weeks I realised that I could give this a shot to see how it works on sensitive skin as well. How did it go? It did not flare up my skin but i wake up with a morning with no redness. Then again the minute the heat comes in, the redness starts again (but this can’t be changed)

Would I recommend it? 

Yes.

Where can you get it? 

You may contact Miss Lim for direct purchase at +6019-206 2386

or

you may find more information here http://www.doclabkr.com/product/doc-lab-face-ampoule/

Till then, Remember! You’re never ugly, only if you’re lazy! 🙂

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Dr Morita Face Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask | GwenBeauty

Face mask is something that I use once every two days. That is almost 3-4 times per week. It’s just a quick and easy way to re-hydrate and rejuvenate my skin the quick, easy and efficient way. This would also mean that I’ve gone through a whole lot of different brands of face mask and there’s bound to have good and bad ones.

Recently, I’ve been loving a brand called Dr. Morita.

Almost four years ago, I came across this brand in Singapore and I tried one of their face mask which was really good. But over the years, I’ve never really seen it in Malaysia and I go through so many face mask that it did not really come across my mind until recently I’ve been spotting it in Guardian Malaysia and friends have been talking about it.

My all time favourite would be the Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask (The Blue One). This goes into my #monthlyFavourites as well as #HolyGrail

Dr Morita also has a starter pack that comes with

  • Narcissus Whitening Essence Ultra Slim Facial Mask
  • Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Essence Mask
  • Collagen Repair Essence Mask.

 

The packaging on a first impression looks the same as any other face mask but what’s really good about it is that their face mask sheets are made of Tencel Silk cotton mask, a man-made fiber that allows all the essence and active ingredients to be absorbs and to the skin and not only that, it doesn’t feel tacky, sticky, hard, and dry after applying it for 10-20 minutes.

Packed and sealed nicely

They aren’t many sheet face mask with really good quality. One that isn’t harsh that irritates the skin or the ones that dries out quick.

The few problems that I face mostly with other brands sheet mask are; (something that i define bad)

  1. Cotton sheets are too dry/Face Mask dries up and stiffens after 15 minutes.
  2. Face Mask are either too dry or too “drenched” and ends up either NOTHING being absorbed onto the skin or essenve/water dripping everywhere
  3. Face mask sliding down my face or not fitting well.

but with Dr. Morita face mask, not only it’s drenched with the right amount, it doesn’t leave essence dripping down my chin or face. The face mask is quite a good size fitting without it sliding down my face as well. Not only that, after 15-20 minutes, it’s not dry and I can still easily remove and put it on my neck/hands and leg for a hand-me-down mini pampering mask session.

So, i’ve tried the few Dr Morita mask for the past two weeks, and I have to say, my skin has become brighter, clearer, smoother and much more moisturising.

Due to the whole El-Nino and the heat that this country is facing. My rosecea has been flaring up really bad. #noJoke and I shall talk/share about it one day.

But, let me show you a before after photo of my left chin to show you the effects.

Throughout my entire skincare routine for both day and night HAVE been the same with the same products that i’ve been rotating throughout the month and the ONLY thing i’ve changed and added is the Dr Morita face mask.

Right before this, I’ve been having de-hydrated dry sensitive with rosecea flaring up which can be quite annoying. Moisturisers, Face Oils and Serums were not enough to re-hydrate my skin.

I’m SERIOUS! If you look at this photo and the “BEFORE” photo, you can actually see the dry skin patches that are now no longer around thanks to Dr Morita. I think my pictures have shown much more than my words can describe. Those who knows me will know that I always say no matter skin type you have, in whatever weather you are in, be in dry, oily or combination – hydration is always important. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you skin your moisturisers or you can ignore hydration and just because you have normal skin doesn’t mean you can ignore. Prevention is better than cure remember?

Kononnya, It’s the number 1 Best Selling Facial Sheet mask in Hong Kong & Taiwan. And as of right now, there are 13 series of facial sheet mask & 2 watery cream (sleeping mask) in Malaysia & it’s exclusively in Guardian nationwide.

If your’e looking for face mask, need a quick fix or you’re travelling. Or even just going to Guardian, Grab yourself a box and try it out! They are available in Guardian Malaysia Nationwide (only exclusive in Guardian).

Dr Morita’s face sheet mask are only RM22.90 for a box and the Dr Morita Watery Cream is RM39.90.

Let me know if you’ve tried them and how it has changed your skin!

You may also find out more;

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/DrMoritaMY/

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PHYTOSQUAM ANTI-DANDRUFF SHAMPOO

Most of us who suffers from dandruff, be it oily or dry scalp always would need to be in a dilemma to pick between a dandruff shampoo or a shampoo that repairs your hair. Many of the dandruff shampoo out there such as selsun blue, head&shoulders, or clear or any other, contains ingredients such as selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, coal tar, zinc or anti-fungal agents which are high in chemicals. They are even products that contains menthol for anti-itch leaving you with a nice cool feeling. But all these are temporary relief that doesn’t fix your problem.

Many people including me suffer from the itch and the unglam white flakes be it oily scalp or dry scalp. It can be embarrassing! Imagine going out on a first date and the guy sees you with dandruff. How unattractive that can be! #pointsminus for you. LOL

So when Phyto approach me which their new range of anti-dandruff shampoo, I was a little skeptical at first thinking “Real or not want!

BUT! I decided to give it a try because they claimed to use botanical essence, being paraben-free, fragrance-free and all that.

SO? Let’s see…

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Phytosquam – A unique formula that no longer requires to choose between anti-dandruff effectiveness and beautiful hair. This is a range which removes dandruff while providing beauty and vitality to the hair.

I really like the packaging, very sleek and simple!

Phytosquam is a new range that just launched last month and it comes with three products in two different types.

1. Phytosquam Intense – Anti-dandruff intense treatment shampoo

This is to be used before you shower, massage into your dry scalp and leave it in for 5-7 minutes. Like a pre-shampoo. But once you’ve added water and massage throughly, it emulsifies and your rinse it off.

2. Phytosquam Shampoo

– Anti-dandruff moisturizing shampoo ( For softness & Shine )

– Anti-dandruff purifying shampoo ( For radiance & Lightness )

Excited or not? LOL

But, i’ll leave the reviews till next day. If not it’s going to be a never ending post.

Phytosquam range is available in store at Sephora and it retails at:

Phytosquam Intense Anti-Dandruff Treatment 200ml – RM140

Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Moisturising Shampoo 200ml – RM160

Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Purifying Shampoo 200ml – RM160

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EONIQ | CUSTOMISED YOUR OWN WATCH

Anyone who knows me would know how much I love watches. Downside about it is that, sometimes, I really love a particular design, but feel that it’s not worth to buy it because of the mechanics/how it’s made and the whole package. ANOTHER reason why, it’s too common. You’re bound to bump into a friend or even a stranger with the same watch. Well, I don’t mind if it’s a good watch, that means someone knows the quality and have the same liking as me. Nothing wrong with that.

But what if, you had a ONE-OF-A-KIND watch? Everybody loves limited edition – a unique, one in a million kind.

I stumbled upon instagram on a brand called EONIQ – a start up fashion brand started by three friends in Hong Kong led by Quinn Lai.

I knew immediately, this was the perfect gift.

It was pretty easy to work on.

You can create your watch on your laptop/desktop, tablet or even your mobile phone. BUT of course if you want to upload a file for engraving, best to do it on laptop/desktop.

When I first saw this, I was a little skeptical tbh. I know everyone would.

p/s. spot the watch at the end. LOL

I contemplated, searched and looked up at them for a really long time. And decided what could go bad? Everything’s clean and pretty good on social media.

Few reasons why I went ahead with it.

1. It’s a custom-made watch. Meaning it’s limited edition/one in a million (okay, not even one in a million, it’s ONE in the world) kind of watch. Anyone who has the same watch/design, would be a copycat. 

2. With that, it’s a very strong personal statement and a very meaningful gift that people who value it would really appreciate it. 

3. It’s a mechanical watch – the Miyota 8 series movement which is the legendary 21 jewel powering some of the most robust watches including the drive and pilot watches. Mechanical watches right now are highly overpriced with a good quality/brand and would at least cost RM2.5k for a good one. 

4. The watch is entirely hand assemmbled and checked by a single watchmaker, with the proper tradition way of watchmaking (HOW COOL IS THAT??) 

Asides that, the all-time-famous Daniel Wellington where 8/10 would own have owned one, doesn’t allow you to customise it, AND, it’s an analog quartz watch. Which retails now roughly at RM800. When DW came into the whole Social Media sphere, I was excited. I loved the clean, sleek minimal yet classy design. But I was in a hunt for something sentimental, something more personal, and EONIQ came to me. Not literally to me, but their ads on Instagram appeared on my feed.

SO,

Took me 5 days to decide and design the watch, and another 4 weeks to arrived to me. (that’s a very loooong time)

– Creating the watch was easy, steps were given and everything was in a single page. 

– The difficult part was the finalise and select the final design to check-out with because EVERYTHING LOOKS SO GOOD! 

– Customer service via email and Facebook were really quick, responsive and helpful with my queries. (I needed it within 4 weeks and they were able to send it to me even though the website states it would take about 5-6 weeks) 

When it finally arrived, I couldn’t be any happier. I was really satisfied with the finishing, how it turned out to me, the rose gold rims and the brown leather strap.

“Some said long distance relationship will never work, but with effort, time and commitment, love will find it’s way.”

You can find out more and follow them;

Facebook: EONIQ https://www.facebook.com/eoniq/?fref=ts

Instagram: eoniqdesign https://www.instagram.com/eoniqdesign/